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August 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 Central Abaco By Canishka Alexander Captain Stephen Russell, Director, and Gayle Outten-Moncur, Disaster Man ager, of the National Emergency Manage ment Agency (NEMA) attended the Cen tral Abaco District Disaster Committee Meeting held on July 25 at the Department of Education’s Conference Room. According to Capt. Russell, his visit to Abaco was part of his customary tour of the islands prior to the peak of hurri cane season. Altogether, his visits take him to eleven islands and two cays with Abaco, Grand Bahama and Bimini being the northernmost islands targeted by hurricanes. Nevertheless, he added that his agency adopts a comprehensive approach when dealing with all types of disasters. Although last year brought many chal lenges, he was thankful that no lives were lost. Still, there were 2,253 private homes adversely impacted by Hur ricane Irene. Additionally, churches that function as shelters also sustained damages. Capt. Russell said that they are currently trying to wind down operations after a year of carrying out repairs in the af termath of Hurricane Irene. During that time, NEMA employed local construc tion agencies to carry out 200 plus repairs throughout the islands and an account was NEMA Director heads disaster meeting set up at hardware stores for people needing repairs. “The Bahamas is the only country in the region where the government buys materials and does repairs,” he disclosed. “The Baha mas is the only country in the region where the government buys materials and does repairs,”Above: Capt. Stephen Russell, NEMA director, at the Central Abaco District Disaster Committee Meeting on July 25. He suggested that the Disaster Committee form a group of sub-committees to focus on the many different aspects of disaster preparedness. OQNKUJGFD[CECTVJGNNKPIQHRQVJQNGU with cold patch and to repair the road to the entrance of Bahama Coral Island. Continuing with the building of the Community Center on Forest Drive was also included in the plan and is to resume as soon as the other two major projects are completed. The graveyard wall was rebuilt by mid-July and is ready to be painted. On July 14 Mr. Jackson Blatch and his crew of three proceeded to remove the damaged roof of the Burial Society building. Within a week a new roof was in place. They are presently working on remodeling the interior of the building, including the bathrooms. At Coconut Tree Bay, on July 24, Mr. Jermaine Johnson with Island Designa company owned by Mr. Revie Foxwas dredging the bay up to a depth of four feet CVNQYVKFGVQCNNQYNCTIGTUJKPIDQCVUVQ use the jetty. &WTKPIVJGTUVYGGMQH#WIWUVVJG foundation of the community center buildKPIYKNNDGVVGFYKVJVJGPGEGUUCT[RNWOD KPIGSWKROGPVKPQTFGTVQJCXGKVTGCF[HQT pouring. The road to Bahama Coral Island UJQWNFCNUQDGNNGFCPFTQNNGFD[VJGGPF of August. 6JGTGSWGUVGFKPETGCUGQH for next year’s budget, which Chairman Simms considered necessary to be able to face the expenses of the township, was not accepted.Renovations From Page 2 Please see NEMA Page 7


Page 6 Section A The Abaconian August 15, 2012 Enjoy great dining at Angler’s Restaurantor casual fare at our famous pool bar both at the water’s edge in Marsh Harbour Karaoke Tuesday night by the Pool Bar starting at 8 pm. Rake n’ Scrape Dance with “Brown Tip” every Friday night starting at 8:30 pm. Calypso Night “Clint Sawyer” LIVE every Saturday night at 8:30 pm. Stephen Colebrook Enjoy Stephen’s versatile piano music and vocals Wednesday through Sunday.Contact us at Central Abaco By Jennifer Hudson Work is now winding down on the new airport terminal at the Marsh Harbour International Airport, which means that the training experience for government ap prentices employed there will soon come to a close. Thirty young men began working with FES Construction in September 2011 YJGPITQWPFYCUTUVDTQMGPHQTVJGPGY airport terminal and control tower. The agreement was that FES would keep these young men as trainees for 52 weeks. Al though numbers have varied due to some leaving for various reasons and others join ing, there are a few who have remained for the entire period. Two young men, Rudenell McIntosh and Clayton McIntosh have been particu larly diligent trainees. Rudenell holds the distinction of having been there from day one and never missing a day while Clayton comes very close, having only missed one day. Assistant Project Manager, McArthur McIntosh, explained that the trainees have worked in all areas of the construction, as sisting with carpentry, masonry, plumbing, electrical, block and plaster and inventory. He stated how pleased the company is with the skills they have learned. “Most knew nothing of these skills when they started the scheme but have been given the opportunity to learn as much as possible and hopefully we may be able to carry some with us to future proj ects. The electricians are ready to hire two QHVJG[QWPIOGPCUUQQPCUVJG[PKUJ with the airport as they like the way they work. They are all anxious to know what YKNNJCRRGPVQVJGOCHVGTVJKURTQLGEVKUPished but we have their contacts so if they have shown willing to go further we will call them,” McArthur said. McArthur explained that FES owners, Fletcher McIntosh and James Edge combe, like to help people and wanted these young men to learn so that they could carry the information wherever they go. “They have the reward of knowing that the trainees have learned a good bit,” he said. Rudenell McIntosh has worked in the electrical department since day one and says that he has enjoyed it very much. He started from scratch knowing nothing of electrical work and has the satisfaction of having gained so much experience on the job that he can now wire a room. “It was a great moment when I wired my own room here. When I turned the switch and the lights came on it real ly made me feel I had done something,” Rudenell said. He stated that he would like to thank FES and the electrical companies he had worked with on the airport project.Government apprentices very pleased with training experience Please see Apprentices Page 7 6JG)QXGTPOGPV#RRTGPVKEGUJKR2TQITCOVGORQTCTKN[GORNQ[UYQTMGTUKPVJGJQRGUQH teaching them new skills to join the workforce. FES Construction, building the new airport VGTOKPCNJCFVJKTV[UWEJ[QWPIOGPCUUKIPGFVQVJGOYJGPITQWPFDTQMGKP#UVJG RTQLGEVCPFRTQITCOEQOGUVQCENQUGUQOGTG€GEVDCEMQPVJGKTGZRGTKGPEG#DQXGUQOG of the apprentices working at the new terminal.


Page 8 Section A The Abaconian August 15, 2012 From the Editor's Desk // Cheers The Abaconian t Bradley M. Albury Editor-in-Chief AB 20213 Marsh Harbour Abaco, The Bahamas Logo Photo Credit: Tuppy Weatherford Reporters/Freelance Contributors: Canishka Alexander, Samantha Evans, Jennifer Hudson, Timothy Roberts, Mirella Santillo, Rashida Murray, Lee Pinderen Phone 242-367-3200 FAX 242-367-3677 Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9 Abaco’s most complete newspaper.2022 Aero Circle New Smyrna Beach FL. 321687,500 copies Published twice monthlyFree at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moore’s Is. Subscription rates: $20.00 Abaco t $25 other Bahamas (One Year) $45.00 USA $65 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface Order The Abaconian TodayJUNE 2012Name Address Address City tttttt St. Postal code tt + tt Country E-mail or Tel # ttttt 24 issues US$ or B$ t Above subscription is a gift from: $45 USA via 3 rd Class t $25 Bahamas via surface t $20 to Abaco t US$65 Canada via Airmail t US$95 UK, Europe Surface t Mail to: 2022 Aero Circle, New Smyrna Beach, FL, 32168 t or: P.O. Box AB 20213, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below Why subscribe?The Abaconian will keep you informed on issues such as: V4GUQTVbJQVGNFGXGNQROGPV V+ORTQXGOGPVUVQnCPFFKUTGRCKTQHKPHTCUVTWEVWTG V+ORQTVCPV7VKNKV[7RFCVGU V(KUJKPIDQCVKPIbURQTVKPICEVKXKVKGU V+OOKITCVKQPVCZGUQTFWV[EJCPIGU V%JCPIGUVQNCYUCPFTGIWNCVKQPU V%QOOWPKV[GXGPVU V0GYDWUKPGUUXGPVWTGU V%JCPIGUKPCKTNKPGUGTXKEG V#EVKQPUD[NQECNIQXGTPOGPV 0#/'10%#4& %#4&07/$'4 ttttt ':2' 5+)0#674' tttttt #/17062#+& Master Card VisaWE NOW EXCEPT MASTER CARD/VISAEvery four years the nations of the Earth get a chance to compete in the Summer Olympics. A chance to show case the athletic talent they have culti vated and to rally behind them. It’s not always about the medals, though that hardware is the ultimate prize, instead it’s often about seeing your country represented on the world stage. There is a reason the opening ceremony and walk-in always proves so popular. For a country like ours, one so small in stature, the Olympics is not about the relentless pursuit of an ever increasing medal count. Though, as a country of little over three hundred thousand we have not done badly at all. The Olympics is about showing what you’re made of. Per-capita, The Bahamas has done incredibly well over the years. It is in credible the amount of talent this country produces and can produce. Every four years we don’t just show up: we compete. In athletics The Bahamas has shown itself more than capable to make a name for ourselves. Going forward, however, I would like to see our country show this same kind of competitive spirit and enthu siasm for success in other areas. We can make a name for ourselves in industry and education, not just athletics. Our chief industry, tourism, drives our economy almost entirely. Diversifying away from this particular service in FWUVT[KUCUECT[PQVKQPDWVUKVVKPIUVKNN is just as frightening. Yes, The Bahamas is the leader in our region. But how much of our suc cess has to do with our close proximity to our largest “client” and how much is because we, as a nation, have trained our children to be the best in this par ticular industry? That is an important debate we should have. If, moving forward, we decide the best course of action for our country’s economy is to continue growing the tourism sector at the expense of other investments then we need to get seri ous about it. We can’t let our children continue to produce so far below par academically. We cannot allow our ed ucation system to continue along a path that will cripple our country when it is time for the next generation to take the starting block. I am not an educator. I have no ex perience in that system. But I do know many, many hard working teachers and principals who deeply care about the youth of this island and this coun try. Still, I don’t need to have years of experience in academic administration to see the direction our country is head ing. We can all see it. Unless we, those of us with the ability, make an effort to JGNRQWT[QWVJPFVJGKTHQQVKPI9G need to help them start the race and we need to be there to cheer them on much like we do our athletes. Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace and Debbie Ferguson are incredible role models and each relay an incredible story. They are more than worthy of our praise and cheers. But if we roar and applaud when these Olympians take the stage every four year but sit back and watch our children continue to struggle in a system, that is so ob viously broken, day after day then we are hypocrites. Somewhere along the lines we have gotten lazy. We’ve relied on our crutch and it has dampened our com petitive spirit. Somehow we got the idea that the tourists will always come here because of our close location to U.S. soil. I don’t think anyone actually thinks this consciously, but instead it is a notion that has been buried in our society’s subconscious. It has made us lazy. It has reduced our competi tive spirit. And it will destroy us if we continue to sit back at the starting line while our neighbors in the region, and globally, work furiously against their every disadvantage to attract foreign investment and tourists. 6JGYQTNFKUIGVVKPI€CVVGT6JG track is going to get easier to run and it will open doors to competitors we didn’t even know we had. If we don’t invest in our youth and our education now then those who have been doing so this whole time will not only beat us they will make sure we don’t even place. That is not acceptable. The bare minimum is not our country’s potential. A murder every week is not our country’s potential. And a crumbling academic system is not our country’s potential. Our potential isn’t to just show up to the race. Our country’s poten tial isn’t just to place in an event. Our country’s potential isn’t just bronze or silver. Our country’s potential, our children’s potential, is gold. But we need to help each other reach that goal. That goal won’t be accomplished by cheering every four years for our country’s sports heroes. We accom plish it by cheering every day for our children and for our fellow Bahamian. Get involved with a local school. Vol unteer for mentorship programs. Find CPKEJGVJCVKUUQWPKSWGVJCVCP[GH fort you put towards it will yield an improvement. Start something that will leave a mark. Corrections:-The caption under the image for the August 1 story “Government ministers visit Abaco” fails to list Edison Key, the Member of Parliament for Central and South Abaco. This was a mistake on the part of the editor. We apologize to Mr. Key and we apologize to the readers of The Abaconian. We will continue to work tirelessly to make sure this kind of error does not happen again.-The July 15 story “Will Bethel fundraiser rallies community” incorrectly implies that the auction event was over. The auc tion is scheduled to be drawn later in the year.-Regarding the July 15 paper’s story “Re cord Registration for Abaco Myriad Com munity center Summer School,” we have since been asked by Ms. Bekera Taylor, of Myriad Community Center, to publish a disclaimer in light of a new situation regarding Ms. Russell who has, since the story was published, been released from her duties at the Center: “Mrs. Russell, a k a Dr. Russell, is not CHNKCVGFYKVJ#DCEQ/[TKCF%QOOWPKV[ %GPVGTUJGYQTMGFHQTVJG%GPVGTQPVJG 52 weeks government program to assist with the Summer program.” Ms. Taylor also claims Ms. Russell does not have the credentials to run Sunbeam Academy. The Abaconian will look into the veracity of these claims.Write in to the editor:BradleyAlbury@gmail.comor call Bradley at his RIFH 242-367-3200 Visit us online:


August 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 9 Letters to the Editor Re: From C.O.B. student to the teaching profession&GCT'FKVQT I read with pain and interest a let ter written by a recent college graduate who was posted to Moores Island. Her litany covered her loneliness, isolation ism, dearth or lack thereof of intellectual and cultural stimulation and the curiosity and intrusiveness of the island people who could only express their gratitude by offerKPIUQHEQPEJCPFUJ+YQPFGTJQY&T Evans Cottman managed over 50 years ago when he laboured among the same people. One is not unaware of what some con sider to be the limitations of those awkward corners of our family islands, but one must always remember that the call of teacher like that of the clergy is a holy calling and one must determine to grow where one is planted no matter how temporary the time may be. Teaching is the ‘noblest profes sion.’ and a teacher trains a child for time and eternity. Review the musical “The King and I.” An Indian professor has said that there are three important persons in the life of a child and he gave them in their order: The parent, the teacher and god. I appeal to our young professionals to become committed to the youth in the Bahamas. Some newly graduated doctors have displayed the same disdain towards QWTHCOKN[KUNCPFU5Q+CUMVJGSWGUVKQP Is it fair to ask the foreign/expatriate teach ers and doctors to give of their gifts and graces when we refuse to do so? Should we complain when they apply for citizen ship and lands on which they build rentals and rent them to Bahamians? NO! A mil lion times no. How do we consider our children: Are they ‘commodities, consumers or burdens?’ We have so many opportunities on the family Islands to mold, shape and train our young people. Let us not forget the four young athletes from Moores Island who surprised the whole country. Chil dren are the ones who need intellectual, social and spiritual upward mobility. I ask the dear teacher, what is your legacy to the children who were entrusted to you? Did you bring out the best in them? Did you give them an insatiable appetite for learn ing? We as teachers are often called upon VQUWDLWICVGQWTPGGFUYJKNGHWNNNKPIVJG needs of our students. “We have a present responsibility to our students as we are the stewards of their complete development.” As a family island person/teacher, I COVJCPMHWNHQTVJGUCETKEKCNNKXGUQHVJG teachers before me. They taught in oneroom school houses without modern ame nities and pushed us to go on to universities and obtain graduate degrees which we did. Our family island children are the “Hope of the Bahamas,” and we should jealously guard that sacred trust of teaching them. Yours sincerely, N.BenebyAn explanation for BEC&GCT'FKVQT +VJKPMVJCV+JCXGPCNN[IWTGFQWV why our power goes off all of the time. When they built the new power plant and installed the new generators, somebody wired them into the bathroom light switch by mistake. So now, when anybody goes to the bathroom out there and turns on the light, the generators go off. If anybody out there has a more logical idea I’d like to know because so far this is better than anything we have heard from BEC. Gee wish, I forgot. They actually haven’t told us anything! Sid Dawes Compliments for the new website&GCT'FKVQT REALLY nice job on the new website. For those of us off-island for half the year, it's a wonderful way to keep up-todate with the happenings on Abaco. Thanks! C. Bertrand Editor’s note: For the new website see YYY6JG#DCEQPKCPEQONotes on a caption error&GCT'FKVQT I have just read through the August UVGFKVKQPQH[QWTRWDNKECVKQPCPF+TGHGT to the front page headline article about edu cation and the minister. +OC[DGOKUVCMGPDWV+EQWNFPF no reference to the representative for South Abaco Mr Edison Key. I am sure that this lack of acknowledgement of his presence in both the article body and the photograph caption is purely a mistake. However it should not be al lowed to happen, and is a serious error on the part of the editor. The reasons are obvious, and it must be remembered that Mr Key is the current member of the House of Assembly, duly elected by the voting population of the South. I hope this type of error will not hap pen again. A public apology in you next edition KUEGTVCKPN[VVKPI ttttt Sincerely, John Hedden Editor’s note: An apology to Mr. Key and VQVJGTGCFGTUQH6JG#DCEQPKCPKUKPFGGF necessary. Seep page 8 for the correction.Ministries won’t address any problems&GCT'FKVQT I called Nassau to ask the Director of Immigration to please talk to the same immigration about the Haitians in the pigeon peas: they are up all night. They are killing my cats again, well when I called the Director of Immigration again, I was told he could not speak to me he was a busy man and can’t talk to me. +JCXGIQPGVQKOOKITCVKQPJGTGCNN they want to do is eat sit on their butt and forget everything else. The garbage is piled so high on my fence it falls over. The rats are bigger than my cats. Environmental health won’t come to do anything: they are a lazy bunch. I also called Ministry of Works about the Haitians who have built foot from my fence. I have been to them before and they will not do anything. What is Perry paying them well for when you take money for a job and you don’t do the job and don’t give it back, that makes you stealing it. Last but not least, Perry you still have the same lot working for you what worked for the last Prime Minister is this a repeat of the last ten years? Do something and change all of the bummers. It is bad when you let people from another country come on and take over. We Bahamians don’t have any rights any more so Perry now is the time to do something. Martha Russell Write to The Abaconian to express your opinions


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Page 18 Section A The Abaconian August 15, 2012 White Sound, Elbow CayFULL SERVICE MARINA‡'HHSZDWHU6OLSV‡)XHO2LO%DLW,FH ‡)UHVK:DWHU‡*DUERQ]R5HHI%DUWATERFRONT VILLAS‡2QHWZRtWKUHHEHGURRPXQLWV ‡2QWKHRFHDQtKDUERXU‡)XOONLWFKHQDLUFRQGVDW79For local transporation to Sea Spray call VHF 16 or 366-0065email : www.seasprayresort.comBahamian Breakfast Sat. & Sun.Enjoy a delicious dinner with usSea Spray will pick up from Hope Town Happy Hour Daily 5 pm 6 pm Open Year RoundCome lounge at The Helm, our indoor barBoat House Restaurant LIVE MUSIC by: Brown Tip Rake N Scrape Every Sunday 6:30 pm 9 pm we eat, and that as a result we have accu mulated a “food bill of one billion dollars a year.” As he shared ideas with Abaco farmers, he encouraged them to produce UWUVCKPCDNGSWCPVKVKGUQHVJGKTRTQFWEVUCVC reasonable price because there is a law to protect farmers that do. Calling on farmers to produce what The Bahamas needs, he listed a number of incentives that will assist them like the leasing of land to them, providing fencing and irrigation at half the cost, and pushing farm roads. Min. Gray said that all the government is asking is that farmers pay a HQTVJGKTNKEGPUGCVVJG&GRVQH#I riculture. “This is the best opportunity right now,” he assured. “We will also give you JGCX[FWV[GSWKROGPVCPFVTWEMUFWV[HTGG and a guaranteed loan with the Bahamas Development Bank if you have a good business plan.” Additionally, an Agricultural School is planned for Andros, and a Fish and Farm Store is available on Potters Cay Dock in Nassau. #UHQTUJGTOGP/KP)TC[VQNF VJGOVJCVVJGTGKUPQUJQTVCIGQHUJJGTG There are also duty-free incentives in place HQTUJGTOGPCPFVJQUGYKVJCPKPVGTGUV KPUJKPICPFVJGWUGQHEQORTGUUQTUECP DGEQOGEGTVKGFFKXGTU Once again, Min. Gray told the au dience that he would encourage them in whatever they are doing. Those in at tendance were interested to hear that the BAIC Farmers Market site would soon be available for their use. &WTKPIVJGSWGUVKQPCPFCPUYGTUGU sion, Min. Gray heard concerns regarding HCTOGTUKPUWTCPEGVQRTQVGEVCICKPUVNQUUGU the need for mechanized production, infra structure and education to be in place as YGNNCUGZVGPUKQPUGTXKEGUCPFITCPVCU sistance for farmers associations. Min. Gray assured them that there would be no change in plans in what was promised to them. Min. Alfred Gray was accompanied by Rena Glinton, Undersec TGVCT[/KEJCGN$TC[PGPFKTGEVQTQH/C TKPG4GUQWTEGUCPF5KOGQP2KPFGTFKTGE tor of Agriculture. Central Abaco By Jennifer Hudson Mr. Joshua Smith, newly appointed Administrator for South Abaco, and vari QWU.QECN)QXGTPOGPVQHEKCNUYGTGVTGCV ed to a luncheon at Schooner Bay on July 27. Afterwards they were taken on a tour of the property to view the various aspects of development. Mr. Clint Kemp, Director of Community Development for Schooner Bay, explained that the company likes to meet with local representatives a couple of times a year in order to keep them up to date with construction and also for the develop ers of Schooner Bay to learn from others what is going on in the community. He was very pleased with the positive outcome of the meeting which he described as provid ing a lot of good interaction. “Contrary to what many people think, we are not a gat ed community but are very much an open community and like to work in partnership with all of the settlements of South Abaco. We listen to the needs of the community and are committed to work with the people of the various communities. We do not hand out big checks but help in whatever way we can,” stated Mr. Kemp. He explained the many job oppor tunities which Schooner Bay can offer to the community which afford prospects for both employment and partnerships. Firstly there are two arts projects coordinated by Mr. Antonius Roberts, a well-known artist from Nassau. He has created a national South Abaco program which is already underway in Nassau and Andros and which he hopes to begin on Abaco soon. In this program he teaches people to make very attractive benches from casuarina wood and also drift wood found on the beach. These benches were featured recently at the Schooner Bay Spring Fest in May. Mr. Roberts is also planning a ‘creative arts project’ in which works of art will be created out of objects found on the beach. Schooner Bay is hoping to develop a specialty food program in which it will market a regional food brand. There is al ready a farm development project underway in which two acres are already pro ducing vegetables as a demonstration for what can happen in the future. Presently the vegetables are used by Black Fly Fish ing Lodge and the food service at Schooner Bay but eventually a farmers market will be established so that persons from the sur rounding communities will be able to pur chase these fresh organic vegetables. The Schooner Bay project focuses on the sustainability of the environment and every aspect of its development is eco-friendly. There are plans for a school which, although it will be a private school, will provide several scholarships. “The goal of this school will be to bring up a new generation of children with environ -Schooner Bay hosts local JRYHUQPHQWRIFLDOVGray From Page 1 Above: Minister Gray listening to ques tions and concerns from the crowd at the recent meeting held in Marsh Harbour. Min. Gray highlighted the importance of farming and food security in the nation and spoke about challenges facing the industry. Please see Schooner Page 20


August 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 19 how the whole event came off last year. “I was surprised that 52 persons par VKEKRCVGFKPQWTTUVGXGTMC[CMEJCNNGPIG it was an amazing turnout, especially since the weather could not have been worse. People were great,” stated Ms. Williams. Last year, the Snake Cay Creeks, which are part of the East Abaco Creek National Park Proposal, were highlighted as part of the course. This year the Bight of Old Robinson will be the area highlighted. “This is an incredibly beautiful area with the second highest density of blue holes in the Bahamas,” commented Ms. Wil liams. “Participants will paddle over 10 blue holes. We are very excited about this course as lots of people have never even been back there.” Last year the event began and ended at the Abaco Beach Resort but this year it will begin and end at Pete’s Pub in Little Harbour. Every course will go through the creek except the 3 mile course and the children’s’ course. The three-mile course will go from the Little Harbour beach to Bridges Cay and back. The eight mile course will go through the Bight of Old Robinson, across the bay then back over the stunningly beautiful blue holes. The 15 mile course will go out to the end of Lynyards Cay to Wilson City and back around through the creeks. The kids’ competition will take place in Little Harbour itself. According to Kristin Williams, the organizers would like all participants to make an early start and be on the course D[CO6JGTGYKNNDGRNGPV[QHHWP for people who are not actually paddling but would like to enjoy the party and sup port the two organizations. There will be games and kids’ competitions on the beach plus activities like at the Friends of the En vironment’s summer camps. Local artists will showcase their work, donating part proceeds to the event. A pig roast and live music will add to the party atmosphere. Friends and supporters will enjoy watch ing for the paddlers to come in and cheer ing them on. Q6JKUKUCTGCNN[IQQFVHQTVJG Friends of the Environment and the Abaco Cancer Society because both help to promote health and the environment and a lot of pharmaceutical companies are now looking at coral reefs and sea fans for can EGTIJVKPIFTWIURUVCVGF/U9KNNKCOU Anyone interested in participating in the 2012 Kayak Challenge should call Friends of the Environment to register. 6JGTGKUCTGIKUVTCVKQPHGGQHYJKEJKP cludes a T shirt. Each participant is asked to get individual sponsors up to at least #P[QPGQHCP[CIGECPRCTVKEKRCVGCU there is a course to suit all abilities. “This will be a really fun day for pad dlers and spectators, so mark the date on your calendars and come out and enjoy the fun,” urge the organizers. South Abaco Kayak From Page 2 By Jennifer Hudson An appreciation dinner was held in the Community Hall, Sandy Point, on July 21 to honour former Administrator for South Abaco, Benjamin Pinder. Mr. Pinder was hoping to work until his contract expired in September 2013, but was replaced by an Administrator from Nassau, Joshua Smith, YJQCTTKXGFVQVCMGWRQHEGQP,WN[ In an emotional farewell speech, Mr. Pinder said, “I am a little saddened at leav ing my post but I was taught whenever one is down one should stand up, shake it off and move on so that is what I will do. I trust that I have done the best I can for peo ple wherever I went. I have been branded as being political but no one can say that I have ever promoted one party over an other. It has been my pleasure to serve you and I did my best. I give my thanks to the people of South Abaco for allowing me the privilege of serving you.” In 1999 Mr. Pinder was approached by the Prime Minister who asked him if he would be willing to become Administra tor for South Abaco. He replied that if the 2TKOG/KPKUVGTHGNVJGJCFVJGTKIJVSWCNKties then he would be happy to do it and he served from 2000 until mid-2002. He then served again from 2007 until July 2012. Mr. Pinder is a native of Sandy Point but upon leaving school spent some time in Nassau as a telegraphist. He returned to Sandy Point in 1969 YJGTGJGGCTPGFJKUNKXKPICUCUJGTOCP and boat builder. He soon became involved in the community in many ways serving for a while as President of the Burial Society and the Freemasons Lodge, serving on various boards and assisting in the St. Martin’s Anglican Church where he is still active. Respects were paid to Benny, as he is affectionately called, by all persons seated with him at the head table. These included Mike Lightborn and Robert Sweeting, former Members of Parliament for South #DCEQ,QJP*WFUQP.QECN)QXGTPOGPV Chairman for the Townships of Cherokee Point, Casuarina Point and Bahama Palm 5JQTGU5VCPNG[9JKVG%JKGH%QWPEKNNQT for South Abaco and Israel Williams, Dep uty Chief Councillor from Crossing Rocks who all spoke in glowing terms of the contribution Mr. Pinder had made to the com munity of South Abaco during his term as #FOKPKUVTCVQTWUKPIUWEJRJTCUGUCUQ*G YCUCRNGCUWTGVQYQTMYKVJJGYCUWRright in all his dealings and I am sad to see JKOIQJGYCUCOCPQHWVOQUVFGFKECVKQP VQVJGEQOOWPKV[JKUEJWTEJCPFHCOKN[ we thank him for his years of service to the community and it was a privilege to work with him.” Please see Pinder Page 20 Administrator Pinder bid farewell by constituents and friends


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Page 2 Section B The Abaconian August 15, 2012 By Mirella Santillo The fourth annual golf camp, spon sored by the Abaco Club at Winding Bay, took place the week of July 23-28. Four teen young people from Abaco eagerly RCTVKEKRCVGFKPVJGXGFC[RTQITCO#RCTV from three or four new recruits most in at tendance were returning participants who had enjoyed the teaching of previous years. The cookies distributed at the end of each session added to the excitement as well. The group was welcomed by golf pro Marley Hield who said he wanted them to have fun while learning and developing qualities such as integrity and honesty. He explained these qualities were crucial to the game of golf. The Community Footprints Program Chairman, Mr. Frederick Munnings, expressed his joy at getting to work with Mr. Hield and his team during the golf camp. He reminded the young audience that the camp was also sponsored by Community Footprints, a very active and strong pro gram created by the Ritz Carlton Corporation to give back to the community. He wished them a wonderful week. They were also greeted by the company General Manager, Mr. Craig Sacco, who also wished well and encouraged the youth to have lots of fun. Mr. Ishmael “Stretch” Morley expressed his gratitude to the Directors of the Abaco Club at Winding Bay for offering the children such a valuable opportunity. He reminded them that golf, like other sports, can provide the possibility of schol arships to colleges in the United States. Fourteen spaces set with tees and irons awaited the participants and a small table displayed the trophies that would be awarded to the winners of the last day’s competition. 6JGTUVEQWRNGQHFC[UYGTGURGPV with reviewing and learning techniques. On Thursday, July 26, Mr. Hield had them shoot one-hole balls on the course and take part in a team competition. On the last day of the camp the youngsters participated individually in a School & Youth News competition of chipping and putting. The EJKNFTGPOUGZEKVGOGPVCPFPGTXGUTG€GEVGF in their performance. Some who did well during the week’s events did not perform as well under stress, but as said Mr. Hield, “competition is part of the game and whoever wants to become a pro has to perform well under stress.” The points of the two events were tal lied at the end of the day each player had collected at least a couple of points; some many more. Please see Golf Page 4 Above: Children at the golf camp practice different techniques. They were instructed by golf pro Marley Hield. $GNQYVJG[QWPIIQNHGTUFKURNC[VJGKTEGTVKECVGUCPFVTQRJKGUCVVJGGPFQHVJG#DCEQ Club Golf Camp.


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Page 4 Section B The Abaconian August 15, 2012 While waiting for Mr. Munnings to hand out the trophies, the results were announced. Girls and boys had been separated into two different categories. For the second year in a row, Brennae Bain took VJGTUVRNCEGYKVJRQKPVUKPVJGIKTNU category, in front of Ebany Hanna who ICVJGTGFRQKPVU&GQPFTC9KNNKCOUQP RNCEGFVJKTFYKVJRQKPVU Twenty one points brought Ivan Curry to the top of the list in the boys catego ry. He was followed by Bijuan Bain, Bren nae’s brother, who placed second with the UCOGCOQWPVQHRQKPVUCUJKUUKUVGTn #PFTGY*CPPCRNCEGFVJKTFYKVJRQKPVU In his farewell address Mr. Munnings told them that they had been taught by someone who had just been voted the best golf pro in the Caribbean. He also praised Mr. Frank Austin, a pro for more than twenty years. “You should feel honored and privileged to be taught by them. I hope to see you next year or perhaps later on TV making millions,” he joked. School & Youth News Golf From Page 2 Camp Horizons helps children explore possibilities By Samantha Evans Camp Horizons is an extension of Horizons Academy and was the brainchild of 5KOQPG$QYG/WNNKPIUDCEMKPYJGP VJGTUVECORYCUJGNF0QYVJCV*QTK\QPU Academy is open, the camp has shifted its focus. Originally, the camp focused on ca reer preparation for children but now the camp provides a more well-rounded approach to summer educational activities. Camp Horizons began on June 27 CPFGPFGFQP,WN[6JGUVWFGPVUOGV at the school in Government Sub-Division from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. While there, they were equipped with information and tools to help them reach their full potential. Ad ditionally, the camp allowed them to en gage in wholesome activities, make lasting friendships, and inspire them to pursue all possibilities life has to offer. Over the four weeks the youth took part in classroom sessions where they were given academic challenges in areas of weakness, played fun summer games and heard from speakers on ways that they can discover themselves and learn about leadership skills, purpose and team build KPI6JG[YGPVQPPWOGTQWUGNFVTKRUVQ the Neem Farm and to other educational sites. The kids engaged in lots of fun ventures and were able to improve upon much needed academic skills which made parents happy. The camp was open to students from the school as well as the wider community. Simone Bowe-Mullings is committed to helping students embrace their full potential and prepare themselves from an early age for the world of work so that they can HWNNNLQDUCXCKNCDNGCTQWPF6JG$CJCOCU The camp was supervised by one of the teachers of Horizons Academy Patricia Saunders.Success Training College prepares to graduate second group of studentsBy Samantha Evans College education is a great accom plishment for any person and traditionally students who graduate are still in their ear ly to mid-twenties. Success Training College makes it possible for mature persons to attend college while maintaining their normal daily activities and family commit ments. Success Training College has been QP#DCEQUKPEGCPFJCUDGGPCUVCDNG tertiary level institution on the island of Abaco. These students that will be graduating began their educational pursuits approxi mately two and a half years ago in Busi ness Administration and have had to secure sixty credit hours to receive their Associ ates Degree. According to Coordinator of the Success Training College Center for Extended Studies, they pride themselves in working with their students as much as possible so that they can be comfortable with the amount of courses they are taking and the turn-around time for graduation. On Abaco they have found this approach to be very effective as the students are pre pared to attend classes during the summer months as well. Additionally, the College has all of VJGRTQHGUUKQPCNCPFSWCNKGFKPUVTWEVQTU needed to teach the classes so that these students can be well skilled to function KPYJCVGXGTYQTMGPXKTQPOGPVVJG[PF themselves in. Abaco Central High School makes their classrooms available for their use. The graduating class is made up of professionals from various sectors includ ing hoteliers, health professionals and nurses, teacher’s aides, administrative as sistants, managers, supervisors and others. 6JGPWODGTQHITCFWCVGUJCUPQVDGGPnalized as yet but the graduation is sched uled for November about one week before Thanksgiving. The students have been preparing for this day for months now and will be hosting a few fundraisers to assist YKVJPCNEQUVU6JGITCFWCVGUJCXGVCMGP the lead with all activities that have been approved by the college. The new semes ter for Success Training College begins on 5CVWTFC[#WIWUVWe would like thank the following persons for donating their time, money and love to help Island Waves Creative Cultural Community Centrethe Island Waves C4 studio and staff. Most of you were here from the beginning of this adventure and a few of you just joined in the fun. Noel Gordon, Rodrick's Convenice Store, A&A Convenice Store,Louis Shinder, Don Wood Originals, T-Time, Brown Tip, New Entry Band, Abaco Neem, Rondell, Shabo Conch Stand, Lucy Hair Braiding, Bobo Herby, Ephrim Cornish, Audrey Sawyer, Ashton, Marvin Russell, Marian Curry, Betsy Russell, Lanishka Cornish, Cassa, Mucca, Heads, Artical, Nugrade, Antonio, Chocolate, Devon, Bylinx TV, Support The Arts Movement, Jah Nyne, Rom Boy, Price Right, Abaco Groceries, Island Bakery, Ritz Carlton @Winding Bay, Star Fish ConstructionPlease forgive me if I have missed anyone one there are so many more people to thank. If there is one thing that I have noticed since I became involved with the centre and studio is the amount of unity and love that is be ing spread around,the road to sucess is not straight, there is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, red lights called Enemies, caution lights called Family. You will have flats called Jobs, but if you have a spare called Determination, and engine called Perseverance, insurance called faith, a driver called The Almighty, you will make it to a place called Success. Thanks to all and May The Almighty Bless you all.


Page 8 Section B The Abaconian August 15, 2012 Further Business VPGUUCPFNQUGKPEJGUVJGPYGJCXGRTQ grams designed for you,” stated Dr. Lewis. “We will have specialized doctor super vised programs for weight loss, programs for patients with nutritional problems and programs to help with osteoporosis prob lems all of which are good for cardiovascu lar and pulmonary health,” he explained. In addition there will be aerobics and Zumba exercise classes plus seminars for the general public. 6JGTGCTGVJKTVGGPUVCVKQPUKPVJGV ness centre which include ten exercise machines and three exercise bikes, all of which are very easy to use. There are no free weights as in the other type of gym, instead all of the equipment at Auskell, YJKEJKUOCPWHCEVWTGFD[N2#%'*[FTCVPGUUWUGUJ[FTCWNKEUCUTGUKUVCPEG “With this equipment there is much less chance of injury than with free weights,” explained Dr. Lewis. It is very simple to start off slowly and increase resistance as desired by just going faster or simply turning a dial, Dr. Lewis explained. As well as the special K\GFRTQITCOUVJGTGYKNNDGNQRGPI[OO times when people can go in and work as VJG[YKUJ#URGEKCNN%QPVQWTU'ZRTGUUO fast workout program will be an excel lent option for people who would like to go during their lunch hour and do a quick workout for thirty minutes. Dr. Lewis has also recently begun a spinal decompression program for patients UWHHGTKPIDCEMRCKPCPFVJGVPGUUEGPVTG will offer a spinal exercise program which will not only complement this but will also provide rehab for back and neck surgery patients. Two members of the Auskell medical staff, Anthoniece Edgecombe and Aggie Ferguson, have been trained in the use of the machinery and will be in the gym to assist members. A soft opening takes place during the month of August and a grand opening will be held at a later date. For in formation on rates and to sign up for mem bership, call the Auskell Medical Clinic at Fitness From Page 7 An introduction to the BSFNPresented by:The great writer and sportsman, Ernest Hemmingway certainly knew he had HQWPFCJKFFGPLGYGNYJGPJGTUVGPEQWP tered our very own Bimini. For Heming way, Bahamian waters were a place of rare, captivating beauty and excitement. /CP[QVJGTITGCVUJGTOGPJCXGUEQWVGF our shores over the years, searching for VJCVOQPUVGTUJVJCVYQWNFECVCRWNVVJGO to a tournament victory, a big cash prize, and perhaps ESPN fame, or would, at least, give them bragging rights among their friends. 'XGPUCNVYCVGT€[UJGTOGPVTCXGN from all over the world to walk the Bahama Flats: a place that many professionals rank as a top-three destination for saltwa VGT€[UJKPI;GUVJCVOUVQRVJTGGKPVJG whole world! 9G$CJCOKCPUCNUQNKMGVQUJCPF we can rightfully claim some of the best URQTVUJGTOGPKPVJGYQTNF$CJCOKCPU are breaking Marlin records, competing in world championships, and famous Bahamian guides and captains service some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in the world. And yet, very few people fully understand or appreciate the heritage, importance, and monetary value the sport UJKPIKPFWUVT[DTKPIUVQVJG$CJCOCU 9GNEQOGVQVJG$CJCOCU5RQTVUJKPI Network. We aim to awaken a far greater CYCTGPGUUQHVJGURQTVUJKPIKPFWUVT[KP the Bahamas. We plan to become the voice of the industry and of its heritage and traditions. We feel – we know – that the Bahamas needs a platform to showcase our TKEJURQTVUJKPIEWNVWTG9GGPEQWTCIG you to join us as we celebrate and promote the culture, the history, the excitement of $CJCOKCPURQTVUJKPI4GOGODGTQ+VOU DGVVGTN(+5*+0)OKPVJG$CJCOCUR Submitted by: Brooks Russell YYYDCJCOCUURQTVUJKPIPGVYQTMEQO With September quickly approaching and the traditional tourist summer months waning fast, many seasonal businesses are closing shop. Many of these seasonal businesses, res taurants for example, rely heavily on visitors to Abaco for their revenue and often close FWTKPIVJGUNQYUGCUQP'URGEKCNN[UWUEGRVKDNGVQVJGGDDCPF€QYQHVQWTKUVUCTGUGTXKEG businesses on the cays and those outside of Marsh Harbour’s central hub. Above: tourists and visitors escape the heat during Pete’s Pub & Gallery’s end-of-season beach party. Summer tourist season drawing to a closeMany service businesses close or reduce hours until next busy season


Page 10 Section B The Abaconian August 15, 2012 “This research expedition is an early step of an ongoing project to develop an exhibit studying aspects of Bahamian slave history at the Pompey Museum in Nassau, through a grant from the Templeton Foundation,” Pateman said. “The Peter Mow GNNGPVCKNUHCTOQTGVJCPPFKPICPCEVWCN wreck; It gives us the opportunity to learn the story about these liberated Africans, the people who rescued them, the slave traders and all of their descendants.” “The history of the Bahamas is fas cinating, and the Peter Mowell wreck is a particularly compelling story. It’s exciting to reawaken it and make it public knowl edge,” Malcom said. “We want to present a story of Baha mian history that hasn’t been told before and needs to be told, so that we can learn more about the history of our Islands and its rich heritage,” Pateman said. The successful location of the wreck of the slaver Peter Mowell promises to open a new chapter in the archaeology and history of The Bahamas and the transat lantic slave trade; it could allow modern Bahamians to trace their roots to the site and remains of a particular slave ship. Any Bahamian descendants of the Peter Mowell survivors or wreckers who have knowl edge of this shipwreck, please contact Mi EJCGN2CVGOCPCV “What we have is the opportunity to link families descended from the survivors of this event -from the Africans, the wreckers and the slave-ship crew,” Malcom said. “Our ultimate goal is to bring the members of these families together.” The Cays Artifacts From Page 9 Above: The “Man-O-War” carefully being moved through the streets of the settlement. Below: The old, wooden vessel resting in its custom designed cradle. Without the cradle, engineered by Doug Foust and Billy Albury, the boat would have not been salvaged suc cessfully. Weatherford and Captain Tommy from Abacays were also instrumental in mov ing and positioning the old wooden ves sel. The forklift needed for the job was donated by Fred Sweeting. Many other members of the commu nity were indispensable. Between provid ing refreshments, coordinating the logis tical nightmare and helping with all the work necessary for the project, the com munity on the cay pulled together to save a piece of their heritage. One of the most important parts of the project was the TGOQXCNQHVJGPGCTN[RQWPFMGGN which allowed the boat to be transported. 1P5CVWTFC[,WPGVJGUVTGGVUQH Man-O-War were cleared. After lifting the boat into its cradle and trailer, the treacherous journey up-hill began. Finally resting on the newly cleared property, the “Man-O-War” survives as a proud re minder to the community of its past and its willingness to work together. The next decision regarding the old sailboat is whether to maintain her antique look or to refurbish her much like what was done to the Museum building. Man-O-War From Page 1 For these stories and more be sure to check


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August 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section B Page 15 Dr. Elaine Lundy -General Practioner $XJXVW Dr. Ronald Knowles -Obstetrician / Gynecologist August 29, 2012 Dr. Shamanique Bodie -Gynecologist/ Obstetrician $XJXVW Dr. Winston Campbell, Ears, Nose & Throat Specialist, Sleep Apnea $XJXVWwww.auskellmedical.comDr. Freeman Lockhart -Orthopedic Surgeon $XJXVW Ms. Nikeia Watson Mammogram &DOOIRUGDWHV 32%R[$%0DUVK+DUERXU$EDFR For Appointments Call 367-0020Extended Care (After Hours) Call 577-0113A General Practitioner is on staff Monday through SaturdayCall Auskell for dates of other doctorsDr. Gerhard Klassen -General surgeon &DOOIRUGDWH Dr. Augustin Ohueyi -Dermatologist/ Internist $XJXVW Dr. Frumentus Leon Obstetrician Gynecologist $XJXVW Dr. Duranda Ash -Ophthamologist $XJXVW Dr. Paul Hunt Pediatrician, Asthma and Allergy Testing &DOOIRUGDWHV Dr. Edwin Demeritte, Neurologist / Neurophysiologist (Adults & Children) $XJXVW Dr. Michael Caplia Optometrist $XJXVW Dr. Jana Rasmussen Cosmetic Surgeon &DOOIRUGDWHV Quality Star Auto Service Station And GarageDon MacKay Blvd., Marsh HarbourTHE PLACE FOR YOUR ENTIRE AUTOMOBILE AND TRUCK NEEDS:HVWRFNDZLGHYDULHW\RISDUWVDQGW\UHV ,I\RXQHHGDQLWHPWKDWLVQRWLQVWRFNZHZLOOTXLFNO\LPSRUWLWIRU\RX Open t 7 am 7 pm Monday thru Thursday t 7 am 8 pm Friday and Saturday t Tel: (242) 367-2979 Church News Abaco Methodists congregate in CherokeeBy Lee Pinder On Independence Sunday, July 8, many of the residents of the Southern District of Abaco came together for a joint-church service at Epworth Chapel in Cherokee. Reverend Marie Neilly spoke on “United Together in Love & Service.” The occasion attracted persons all the way from Sandy Point to Cherokee to join in and celebrate Independence Day in The Bahamas with many who were around at the original Independence festivities in 6JGHQTOGT#FOKPKUVTCVQT$GPLCOKP Pinder, was on hand to give remarks and congratulations to the region and reminisce over the changes that have taken place in those 39 years. Afterwards the congregation enjoyed some refreshments and fellowship in the W.W. Sands Community Center across the street. By Samantha Evans “All Aboard the Kingdom Express Train” was the theme for the Vocation Bi ble School held at the Church of Christ in /CTUJ*CTDQWTHTQO,WN[VQ 6JG8$5HQEWUGFQPXGCTGCU5VCPFKPI Up and Being Different, Making Good Choices, Thinking about Others, Choosing the Right Friends, and Putting Jesus First. According to host Pastor of Church of Christ Abaco Jason Quashie, a group of ten professional from the sister church in Dallas Texas was on Abaco to conduct the VBS. The coordinator of the group was Raymond Christopher. The VBS averaged VQMKFUGCEJFC[ The kids engaged in devotion, class room sessions, crafts and singing. The young people were divided into groups based on their age and they were given instruction at their various age levels. They were given snacks each day before the camp ended. The VBS was free to all those who CFFGF6JGECORYCUJGNFHTQOCOVQ noon. On Friday, the closing ceremony was held at which time the students perHQTOGFCUMKVCPFYGTGIKXGPEGTVKECVGUQH participation. The VBS was open to youth CIGUVQ[GCTUQHCIGHTQOCP[EQO munity on the island. Vacation Bible School held at Church of ChristAbove: The Marsh Harbour Church of Christ was the location for the Greenville Avenue Church of Christ members’ 5th annual Vacation Bible School held from July 23-27. The group was led by Raymond and Mary Christopher, who were accompanied by eight mem bers from the Texas-based church. Although the VBS was held two weeks earlier this year, it did not lessen the number of children in attendance. According to Evangelist Jason Quashie, pastor of the local congregation, 116 children attended in 2011. On July 24, there were approximately 130 children there.Members of Victory Tabernacle take Old Testament courseBy Samantha Evans Two years ago, the members of Vic tory Tabernacle began a survey of the Old Testament so that they can have a better understanding of the teachings of these books and connect these stories to those of the New Testament. Pastor A. B. Lewis led the survey and touched on all of the major themes of each book. Over this time, the group got to have hearty discussions and clear up some of their misconceptions about stories. They CNUQIQVCEJCPEGVQWPFGTUVCPFIWTCVKXG language used in the stories and realize that they have a lot in common with people of Biblical days. Pastor Lewis stated that some of the members were fascinated by the fact that ferryboats were used in Biblical times and did not begin in The Bahamas. The members just recently completed the survey and were given a questionnaire VQNNQWV2CUVQT.GYKUKUEWTTGPVN[IQKPI over them and stated that all of the mem bers who successfully complete the quesVKQPPCKTGUYKNNTGEGKXGCEGTVKECVG*GKU hoping to do a survey on the New Testa ment soon. ing practices. Ms. Baillou thanked Rev. Charles Carey and Leroy Thompson for assisting with the morning devotionals. “We wanted to have a well-rounded camp, so that when they are older and look back at these areas that we touched on they would remember. They can use some of the things they’ve learned as they go along in life,” Ms. Baillou reasoned. August 2 was one of their more fun days because the children visited Pop’s Animal Shelter and returned to the camp site to participate in “Wacky Olympics Day.” Q6QFC[KUCNUQQWTN9CEM[1N[ORKEU &C[OCPFKH[QWNQQMQWVKPVQVJGGNF[QW will see our balls, Frisbees, hoops and skip ropes,” she said. “So the kids were doing their Olympics – London has theirs, and Abaco has ours.” Mr. Baillou also talked about Mrs. Nadine Been’s presentation that day on Daniel’s interpretation of King Nebuchad nezzar’s dream. She pointed at a statue that had a head made of gold representing Babylon, while the other parts of its body represented Medes, Persia, Greece and Rome. Ms. Baillou thanked J.S. Johnson Insurance Company, BTC, members of the New Rehoboth ministry, and parents and children for their support of the camp. Rehoboth From Page 14


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