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VOLUME 13, NUMBER 11, JUNE 1st, 2005 Local Govt. Election Will Be June 27Nomination Day Is June 2Island Roots Heritage Festival Attracted HundredsGreen Turtle Cay presented its second annual Island Roots Heritage Festival on May 20-22 at the Settlement Point Park in New Plymouth. Featured entertainment and a variety of of activites along with booths offering arts, crafts, food and drinks kept ev eryone involved and entertained. The Green Turtle Cay school girls demonstrated their skill at plaiting the Maypole. Story on page 4. CSME Is Explained by the Hon. Fred MitchellThe Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Fred Mitchell, addressed the Chamber of Commerce on the Caribbean Single Market Economy which is a treaty that The Bahamas is considering signing. Mr. Mitchell on the right is talking with Ms. Jeritzan Outten, Abacos Tourism Director, Mr. Patrick Bethel, and Mr. Art Sands, the Chambers Vice President. The election for local government officials will be held on June 27. The polls will be open on that day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The nominating process will take place on June 2. This election will be the fourth since the Local Government Act went into effect in June 1996, creating elected committees in each community. The Act set up a system which gives the local communities more control over their towns. Candidates will declare their intentions to run for local government on June 2. Anyone interested in serving his community must submit a completed form which is available in the administrators offices. The nominee must be sponsored by five people who live in the same polling district as the candidate and are on the voter register. There is also a $50 deposit for registering. If that person receives the votes of at least 1/6 of the registered voters, the deposit is refunded. There has been talk of making changes to the Act and of reorganizing the make up of the councils but no definite announcements have been made. Voter registration was open for several weeks for new voters to register or for voters to register their change of constituency because of moving. The registration closed on May 25. The elected town committee members will serve a three-year term. The town committees are made up of three, five or seven members, depending on the number of registered voters in that town. PRST STD US POSTAGE PAID Permit #2438 MIAMI FL 331 Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian 9945 NW 88th Ave Medley, FL 33178 Forward and Address Correction E-commerce Can Assist Our TourismBy Jennifer Hudson An e-commerce meeting, sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism for its Marketing and Airlift Task Committee, was held on May 5th at Mangoes Restaurant. Present were hoteliers, airline officials, Ministry of Tourism staff and media. Ms. Jeritzan Outten, Director of Tourism for Abaco, introduced guest speaker, Mr. James Turner, Director of E-Commerce with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. This was his first visit to Abaco but he said that it certainly wont be his last. Mr. Turners task was to familiarize people with the vast opportunities available to them through e-commerce. He has been instrumental in organizing the extremely successful Bahamas Interactive Ms. Winsome Ferguson with the Abaco Tourism office presented Mr. James Turner with a memento of Abaco. Mr. Turner was on Abaco to discuss the benefits of Ecommerce to improve tourism business. Please see E-commerce Page 26 By Jennifer Hudson The Hon. Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs, spoke at the Abaco Chamber of Commerce meeting at the Abaco Beach Hotel on May 18th to bring members up to date about the CARICOM Single Market and Economy or CSME. Mr. Mitchell began by saying how pleased he was to have been invited to Abaco to address the need to further the public education on the CSME. He stated that over the last week the Please see CSME Page 2


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CHEROKEE AVIATION Tel.# 242-367-0525 Fax.# 242-367-0536 VHF 122.80P.O.Box AB 20485 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Email : fboinfo@cherokeeair.comCHEROKEE AIR Tel.# 242-3673450 Fax.# 242-3673451P.O.Box AB 20485 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Email : info@cherokeeair.comCherokee Air Cherokee Aviationsubject had been much abused, with far too much information being spun about a subject that is not as complicated or difficult as it sounds. Mr. Mitchell referred to the first principles which went back to 1983 when The Bahamas government, headed by the late Sir Lynden O. Pindling, signed the Treaty of Chaguaramas, named after a town in Trinidad and Tobago. That treaty contained two distinct segments 1.) The Caribbean Community, thus CARICOM, 2) the Caribbean Common Market. The Bahamas decided at that time that it was not in the best interest of our country to join the Common Market because our economy and those of the region were too divergent, and we had no manufacturing base to speak of. In 2001 the Treaty of Chaguaramas was revised and the two parts that existed previously were put into one document. If The Bahamas wants to continue in the Treaty arrangements, it must sign the new Revised Treaty. However, Mr. Mitchell stressed that The Bahamas never joined the economic side. What is happening now is that The Bahamas proposes to sign the Revised Treaty but still reserves itself on most of the economic issues, thus leaving us in the same position that we were in under the 1983 Treaty. We do not want to fool the people so we have been blunt with the truth, continued Mr. Mitchell. We have said that the Revised Treaty contains the agreement to move towards a single market and single economy. However, because of the peculiar nature of The Bahamas, we have decided that we will not pursue those provisions. In order to do that, The Bahamas will have to enter what is known as reservations to the Treaty. That means that when we join, we will exempt ourselves from certain of its provisions. The provisions that we propose to exempt ourselves from are those that deal with the free movement of people, the monetary union, the Caribbean Court of Justice on its appellate side and the Common External Tariff (CET). The Right of Establishment which allows non-Bahamians to own businesses in the country, is another issue that has been identified as an area of contention. However, the Treaty provides for the Right of Establishment principally in areas that earn foreign exchange such as hotels, export manufacturing and even ethnic and specialty restaurants, all of which are already open to foreign investors under the current National Investment Policy. So, in essence, no retail or wholesale operation in The Bahamas will be threatened by our joining the CSME. While Mr. Mitchell said that that was really the end of the story, he spoke further to address certain issues which had arisen amongst the general public. Some of the proposals have suddenly been transformed into a conspiracy to subvert the sovereignty of The Bahamas, he said. However, in this regard he quoted from a letter by Edward Carrington, the Secretary of CARICOM, who, in responding to some misinformation in the press in The Bahamas, said, CARICOM has already agreed to accept the reservations on monetary union and the free movement of people. He reaffirmed that the decision to sign onto the CARICOM Revised Treaty has no implications for the sovereignty of The Bahamas. Mr. Mitchell reiterated the fact that The Bahamas has the sovereign right at all times to withdraw from the Treaty. Another question was, Which flag will fly over The Bahamas, the CSME flag or The Bahamas flag? Mr. Mitchell stated, There is no CSME flag and the Bahamian flag will continue to fly over The Bahamas. Another question which had been brought up was that of people from neighbouring islands governing The Bahamas and Mr. Mitchell assured that they would have no political say over The Bahamas. Both political parties agree with the approach that we have decided with regard to this, said Mr. Mitchell, who stated that he would be reporting to the Cabinet about the widespread concern that this matter has engendered. One hopes that we are able to gently persuade the people of The Bahamas that this is the right decision, to buy into a better future. Nothing will be forced down anyones throat and please be assured that no harm will ever be allowed to come to Abaco or any part of The Bahamas by any decision in which I am a part as long as I am a part of the government. Mr. Mitchell closed his presentation by asking, Was your life changed fundamentally when The Bahamas signed the Treaty in 1983? He then assured the group, Your lives will not be changed fundamentally by signing the revised Treaty.Abacos Concerns Are AnsweredSeveral concerns were expressed by those attending the meeting. Mr Mitchell answered all questions quite thoroughly that were raised. One concerned the Common External Tariff. The Bahamas receives most of its revenue through customs duties on imported goods. There has been quite a bit of discus-Government Must Make a CSME Decision CSMEFrom Page 1 The Hon. Fred Mitchell, center, discussed the CSME Treaty with Chamber members and the business community on May 18. He was accompanied by His Excellency Leonard Archer, High Comissioner/Ambassador to the Caribbean, on the right. They chat with Mr. Robert Sweeting, MP for South Abaco. Please see CSME Page 25


June 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 3 HOPE TOWN & ELBOW CAY Kerry Sullivan Tel: 242-366-0040 Fax: 242-366-0164 ELBOW CAY PROPERTIES Jane Patterson Tel: 242-366-0035 Fax: 242-366-0569 jane@damianos.comMARSH HARBOUR, LUBBERS QUARTERS & TILLOO CAYLaurie Schreiner Marsh Harbour Office: 242-367-5046 Lubbers Quarters: 242-366-3143 Cell: 242-359-6216 BUILDING SITES DAMIANOS REALTY COMPANYEXCLUSIVE LISTINGSTILLOO CAY WATERFRONT LOT Beautiful building site with deep water for private dock in pristine area of Tilloo. Southern exposure facilitates fantastic views of the Sea of Abaco and protection from north winds making this a perfect retreat year round. Shared dock and swimming beach on Tilloo Beach, 5 minute walk to the Atlantic Ocean. Ref. #2426. Call Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 TILLOO BEACH SUB. Hillside interior lots with shared dock starting at $85,000. #1836. TILLOO CA Y SEA TO SEA 3 3/4 acres $715,000. Inernett. Ref. #1884HOPE TOWN/ ELBOW CAY DORROS COVE Lot #13 with dock slip and Atlantic views. Walk to Tahiti Beach. $250,000. Internet Ref. #2344 NEW LISTING WHITE SOUND 1.034 acres with lisensed dock slip, excellent elevation, view of Atlantic and White Sound Harbour. Listing # 2735 Call: Kerry Sullivan 242-366-0040. NEW EXCLUSIVE 105 ft. x 105 ft. lot in White Sound area of Elbow Cay near ocean. Asking price $175,000. #2648 Call Jane Patterson 242-366-0035 IN TOWN 97 ft. x 62 ft. lot for $200,000. #2806 Call Laurie Schreiner: 242-366-3143GUANA CAY BUILD YOUR VACATION HOME! 135 x 165 lot $145,000. Ref. #2499LUBBERS QUARTERS JACKS JUNGLE High elevation, waterfront and interior lots with lush native foliage. Private dock slip. From $80,000. Call Laurie Schreiner: 242-366-3143. LUBBERS QUARTERS Waterfront lots starting at $140,000. LUBBERS QUARTERS Interior lots starting from $52,500.GREEN TURTLE CAY NEAR THE BEACH Excellent 312 x 209 corner lot 100 feet from the beautiful Coco Bay Beach overlooking a peaceful harbour. Telephone and electrical utilities are easily accessible in this quiet residential neighbourhood. Perfect building site for a vacation home! Asking $350,000. Internet Ref. #2580 Call Stan Sawyer: 242-4775821MARSH HARBOUR TWO LOTS Located in quiet neighbourhood, 100 x 200 lots each $55,000 or both lots for $100,000. #2623 Call Stan Sawyer: 242-477-5821 COMMERCIAL Located in town near the Government Dock, this 6,525 sq. ft. lot has great investment potential. $75,000. Internet Ref. #2513 PELICAN SHORES Waterfront lot, 8,000 sq. ft., beautiful sea views. $581,000. #2719SOUTH ABACO PINEHURST SUBDIVISION Four interior lots, nearby beach; 12,500 sq. ft. to 15,750 sq. ft. $13,000 each. Internet Ref. #2605OLE KERR ACREAGE BEACHFRONT ACREAGE Beautiful 9.210 acre parcel, near the beach and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Offered for sale at $180,000 Internet Ref. #2694CHEROKEE SOUND NEAR WINDING BAY One Acre hilltop Atlantic seaviews $220,000.GREAT HARBOUR CAY, BERRY ISLANDSAwsome beach views 300 to beach $89,000. Internet Ref. #2635 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY TOP OF THE WORLDInternet Ref. #2584Fully furnished Loyaliststyle 2 bed 2 bath cottage with covered porchLarge lot with ocean view2nd floor framed out for Master suite or 1 bed studio with separate entranceGround floor storage$360,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY DEMWELLSInternet Ref. #18282 bed 2.5 bath island homeTwo storey with covered porch and balconySea of Abaco view from upper deckV-joint cypress wood interiorOpen living/dining roomsElevated wood deck at the rear great for BBQLush native foliage$420,000Jane Patterson: 242-366-0569 TREASURE CAY Stan Sawyer Tel: 242-365-8198 Cell: 242-477-5821 LUBBERS QUARTERS Charming 2 bed 2 bath fully furnished home. Stainless steel kitchen appliances & central A/C. Ground floor studio apt. with builtin sofas, beds, kitchen & bath. Located 200 feet from sandy beach. $425,000. Ref. #2425 Laurie Schreiner: 242-366-3143 LUBBERS QUARTERS FLIP FLOPS Private beach bungalow on lush tropical 1.19 acres. One bedroom one bath; will sleep 4. Airconditioned with many new upgrades. Beautiful sunset view. This one wont last! $425,000. Internet Ref. #1851 Laurie Schreiner: 242-366-3143 MARSH HARBOUR APARTMENT BUILDINGSInternet Ref. #16693 Duplex Apartment Bldgs.Great location in townEach Duplex is comprised of two 2 bed 1 bath apts. 750 sq. ft. eachFurnished & A/CLandscaping/mature treesGreat Rental HistoryEach Duplex for sale at $300,000Jane Patterson: 242-366-0569 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY SILVER PLUMEInternet Ref. #2649Spectacular ocean viewsIsland Style elevated home2 bedrooms 2 bathsCozy V-joint wood interiorTiled floorsWrap around deck with views of Hope Town lighthouse and the seaGround level outdoor shower$875,000Jane Patterson: 242-366-0569 LUBBERS QUARTERS HOTEL RESORTInternet Ref. #2644Own a business in paradise!4 Fully equipped furnished homes on six lots240 feet of sandy beachfront200 foot dock/Four 20 boatsBackup generatorLush tropical gardens, Tiki huts, two cabanas & moreEstablished turn-key operation$2,900,000Laurie Schreiner: 242-366-3143 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY GAZEBO VILLASInternet Ref. #2509Two Waterfront villas in Hope Town VillageEach with 2 bed 2 baths upstairs & spacious living areas downstairsShort walk to white sand beachFully furnished, R/O water systemBack-up generator, laundry bldg.Professionally landscapedExcellent rental history$749,000 each Villa $1,490,000 for bothKerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY RUDYS PLACE RESTAURANTInternet Ref. #2681Well established, fully licensed restaurant and barManagers house 840 sq. ft.6 lots totaling 1.3 acresFabulous elevation with endless views of the Sea of Abaco, the lighthouse, and the Atlantic OceanDock accessExellent for further development$1,500,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 May 15, 2005 Exclusive Affiliate of More Exclusive Listings in Section B Page 3 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY TAHITI HAIInternet Ref. #1640Dorros Cove SubdivisionNewly renovated 4b/2bCentral A/CWrap around porchSea to sea viewsSeparate gardeners apt.1/2 Acre & dock accessNear Tahiti Beach$895,000 FIRMKerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY NOREASTER 1Internet Ref. #19452 bed 2 bath 1,000 sq.Great rental historySeaviews & steps away frombeautiful ocean beach spacious lotFurnished & dock access Reduced $400,000PARROTS PERCHFractional ownership for$225,000 (Ref. #2427)Jane Patterson: 242-366-0569 Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY LADY BUG LOFTInternet Ref. #1975Overlooking Tahiti Beach3 bed 2 bath 1600 sq. ft. two storey island home2nd floor loft with fabulous views of Sea of AbacoWrap around deckCentral A/CSpacious 21,113 sq. ft. lotPrivate dock slip$920,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 BAHAMA PALM SHORES SECTION ONEInternet Ref. #2753Charming duplex2 bed 1 bath downstairs1 bed 1 bath upstairsSecond floor balconyAttached GarageSpacious 15,000 sq. ft. lotSandy beach nearbyPeaceful environment with native Bahama parrot habitat$250,000 Laurie Schreiner: 242-367-5046 NEW LISTING MARSH HARBOUR CHARMING COTTAGEInternet Ref. #1688Very well kept & furnished2 bed 2 bath 1,400 sq. ft.Spacious 24,000 sq. ft. lot with lush manicured gardenCentral A/C & ceiling fansCovered Patio & GarageQuiet neigbourhood, a few minutes from town centreTurnkey$345,000Marsh Hbr. Office: 242-367-5046 NEW LISTING MARSH HARBOUR AREA CHARMING DUPLEXInternet Ref. #27381,800 sq. ft. buildingTwo 2 bed 2 bath apartment unitsOne unit furnishedCentral A/CSpacious 90 x 100 lotGreat investment opportunity could attract income of $1600 p/m$215,000 Marsh Hbr. Office: 242-367-5046 NEW LISTING HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY SWEET HAVENInternet Ref. #2825White Sound4b/2b, 1,800 sq. ft. built as a duplex easy to convert backExcellent rental potentialNew Bermuda roofOcean viewWrap around deckLarge yard, no zoningGood elevation$360,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 NEW LISTING HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY WINDOVERInternet Ref. #2638Island Style 3 bed 2.5 bathCovered verandahsExtended decks & GazeboGreat views of the Atlantic Ocean & Sea of AbacoCentral A/C9,000-Gallon Cistern plus 30,000-Gallon water storage10 KW diesel generator & more$1,400,000 Jane Patterson: 242-366-0569 NEW LISTING


Page 4 The Abaconian June 1, 2005By Mirella Santillo Late Friday afternoon, May 20, the officials climbed on the podium to proceed with the official opening of the Second Annual Island Roots Heritage Festival in Green Turtle Cay. Set against one of the most beautiful sunsets, various speakers took turns praising Green Turtle Cay for its speedy recovery after the hurricanes and for the efforts of the committee in organizing the festival. Mr. Don Cornish with the Ministry of Tourism in Florida was the Master of Ceremony for the evening and presented each of the speakers. Ms. Jeritzan Outten, Director of Tourism for Abaco, welcomed the crowd saying, Enjoy this magnificent evening. You are in the real Bahamas here tonight. She thanked the Minister of Tourism for his support and the funds he granted towards the event which was a joint effort between the community of Green Turtle Cay and the Ministry of Tourism. She encouraged people to eat, drink, try the delicacies, enjoy the music, tour of the William H. Albury participate in the games and watch out for the Bunce Man! Mrs. DeeVon Quirolo with Reef Relief was representing the Mayor of Key West, Mr. Jimmy Wickley, who could not be present that evening. She brought his apologies and said, I feel personally blessed to be able to work in protecting the coral reefs here as I do in Key West. The Hon Obie Wilchcombe, Minister of Tourism, said, I am happy to be here to participate in the official opening. In spite of the hurricanes, tourism had rebounded. Expect great things in 2005, he promised. Lets celebrate what we are about. Without culture, we are lost. Our roots are strong beginnings. People from other parts of the world have helped cement our roots and made us what we are today. He praised Mr. Peter Anderson, Secretary General of the Conch Republic who blew the conch at the beginning of the ceremony and offered to have him in the Saxons Junkanoo Parade. He also praised the Royal Police Force Band for its performance and urged people to enjoy the next two days. The Hon. Neville Wisdom, Minister of Youth and Culture, confessed that it was good to be home and told stories of his youth while spending summers with his family in Marsh Harbour. After asking the audience to join in giving the Prime Minister wishes for a complete recovery, he delivered a message from the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie of kind and warm regards. The Post Master General, Mr. Godfrey Clarke, announced the issue of a special postage stamp edition which came out on May 17 to commemorate the bond between Key West and Green Turtle Cay. The stamps were designed by Mr. Alton Lowe and represent portraits of John Bartlum and William Curry and their houses which were moved from Green Turtle Cay to Key West in 1847. The Curry house was bought by Mr. and Mrs. Well known artist Alton Lowe autographed stamped envelopes commenorating the Second Annual Island Roots Heritage Festival held in Green Turtle Cay. The stamps were made from artwork of Mr. Lowes showing two Green Turtle men who emigrated to Key West. The other two pictures in the set show the Green Turtle Cay houses which those men took with them when they moved to Key West. Amsterdam in the 1970s and remodeled to subsequently become a bed and breakfast. It stands in the same block as Sloppy Joes, one of the favorite hangouts of Ernest Hemingway. Mrs. Karen McIntosh, in charge of the committee responsible for organizing the festivities, proclaimed that she was happy and proud to be here. She thanked everyone who participated. The Royal Bahamas Police Band played, entertaining the crowd well into the evening. The Green Turtle Marching Band, formed just six months ago, entertained the crowds at the Island Roots Heritage Festival held on Green Turtle Cay on May 20-22. They were under the direction of Mrs. Marilyn Saunders and Mr. Floyd Johnson.Roots Festival Opens With Much Fanfare


June 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 5 J & J ELECTRICBILL JOHNSTONMIKE JORGENSENELECTRICAL CONTRACTORSINDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL SPECIALISTS CELL: 242-357-6674 (BILL) CELL: 242-477-5222 TEL: 242-367-5145 FAX: 242-367-5144 P.O. BOX AB 20413 MARSH HARBOUR ABACO BAHAMASE-mail: Roots Festival Showcases HeritageBy Mirella Santillo Founded in the late 1700s, New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay is proud of its Loyalist heritage and its African roots. The two cultures have happily coexisted for many decades, sharing customs and entertainment. It is the home of the Bunce Man, the Green Turtle Cay Junkanoo Group, the Island Roots Heritage Festival reborn in 2004, and the Green Turtle Cay Marching Band formed six months ago and composed of all ages of the community. Festivities are always well planned so it does not come as a surprise that many visitors from all over Abaco and abroad flock to New Plymouth on those occasions. And it was no different on the weekend of May 20-22 during which New Plymouth celebrated its ties to Key West, its Sister City in Florida. At the turn of the last century many residents of Green Turtle Cay moved to Key West, establishing a permanent bond between the two towns. The festivities started on Friday, May 20, and continued through Sunday, May 22, with music, games, talks, booths offering crafts, art, specialty items, food and drink. There was poetry reading by HolThe Sundowner Bar proved to be a very popular booth at the Roots Festival. The second day of the Festival was a sunny hot day and the drinks they provided were very welcome. Junkanoo was an important part of the Roots Festival with the Green Turtle Junkanoo Group rushing each day of the festival. Mr. Floyd Johnson is the organizer of the group. Please see Festival Page 6


Page 6 The Abaconian June 1, 2005 Queen Elizabeth Dr., Marsh Harbour Treasure Cay Shopping Centre, Treasure CayOpen Monday Saturday : 9 am 6 pm Ph: 367-2180 / Fax : 367-5241 Resort Features: Spectacular 3-mile beach Championship golf course Marina-view restaurant & bar Pool,tennis,watersports 150-slip full-service marina Diving,snorkeling & dive shop Boat rentals,charters & guides Hotel rooms,2 or 3 BR suites Treasure Cay Road (exit off Bootle Hwy) TREASURE CAYHOTEL RESORT & MARINA Hotel: 242-365-8801 Spinnaker Restaurant: 242-365-8469 Golf Course: 242-365-8045 Treasure Divers: 242-365-8465 low Back and Garnell Stuart who sang her compositions to the rhythm of a rap beat and several other musical groups. The Royal Police Force Band paraded through town demonstrating their skills both at making great music and displaying complex marching maneuvers. Seventy-five officers in full attire, led by band leader Supt. Sylvester George and Drum Major Taborie Dean, marched through New Plymouth and performed on the festival grounds in front of captivated audiences gathered to watch them several times during the week end. A Junkanoo parade enlivened the afternoon. The well known Green Turtle Cay group led by Mr. Floyd Johnson, rushes every New Yearss Day and on several occasions throughout the year. They brought a colorful note to the festivities. Other activities included Green Turtle Cay girls performing a May Pole dance, Tiny Turtles Pre-school children play-acting and singing, the choir from Amy Roberts Primary school singing and play-acting the Turtle and The Snail Entertainment included talks on the Lucayan Indians, archeology and other topics. A crowd gathered to hear the debut of the Green Turtle Cay Marching Band. Led by Mrs. Marilyn Saunders and Mr. Floyd Johnson, they entertained every one present. Their performance was very commendable since the group was formed only six months ago. The Festival grounds were encircled by stalls offering a variety of tropical drinks, delicious Bahamian food, toys and games The Roots Festival was a great time for people to get together and renew friendships along with all the entertainment provided. The casual atmosphere encouraged people to roam and enjoy the wide variety of displays, art work, demonstrations, games and items offered for sale at the numerous booths. FestivalFrom Page 5 Mr. Joe Albury demonstrates the way tools were sharpened in the old days when there were no power tools. The grinding wheel was powered by a foot-operated pedal and the water/ lubricant was automatically provided by a small hole in the can. The girls are fascinated by the process.Crafts, Games and Demonstrations Were Highlighted Please see Festival Page 20


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Page 8 The Abaconian June 1, 2005The AbaconianDavid & 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: Jennifer Hudson, Portia Jonsson, Isobel Sherman Contributors: Lee Pinder Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9Abacos most complete newspaper Inquire for advertising rates(U.S. address) 990 Old Dixie Hwy #14 Lake Park, FL 334037,500 copies Published twice monthly Free at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moores Is. Subscription rate $20.00 Abaco $25 other Bahamas (One Year) $40.00 USA$50 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface In just a few days, on June 2, candidates for the fourth term of local government will submit their nomination forms. By entering their names for nomination, they have declared their intention to serve their town at the local level. Any registered voter may file for nomination for election to a town committee. A brief campaign will be conducted by those seeking election. It then becomes a popularity contest of sorts. Voters will have to look at the candidates and their accomplishments either within local government or as a concerned resident in the town and consider what they intend to do in the future for the town. This is an interesting exercise in itself. Some community leaders in the past who nominated but chose not to campaign lost to lesser known persons who made the effort and canvassed door-to-door. The lesson seems to be that if you choose to run, you must connect with the voters and ask for their support on election day. Local government elections will be held on June 27. If the same number of persons nominate who are allowed on a town committee, then they are elected by default. The Minister will appoint persons to serve if not enough people nominate. Most people in the townships are anxious to know who is nominating as this can suggest what the make-up of the next town committee will be. For the North, Central and South Abaco District Councils, speculation will also arise as to the composition of the councils as it is the town committees which choose from their members those who will represents them at council. Once the councils are formed, the new council members then appoint the statutory boards for their district. These boards are town planning, licencing, port and hotel licensing. Road traffic is also appointed but this is a single composite board representing the entire island with members from the three districts. Moores Island and Grand Cay elect council members directly. This singular group conducts all the affairs of a council, a town committee and the statutory boards. The Hope Town District Council functions similarly but has the complications of administering three industrious and booming islands Guana Cay, Man-O-War and Elbow Cay. Central Abaco and the Hope Town District Councils are perhaps the two busiest councils in the Family Islands with large and growing economies and a workload to match. In fact, several suggestions have been made that the Hope Town District should be realigned with the Central Abaco District, making provision for the cays to have autonomy in town planning, licensing and port matters. Central Abaco is one huge economic engine and the cays are an integral part of the area. Abaco Central High School, the garbage disposal site, the airport, tourism in general and the government clinic are all Central Abaco District Council responsibilities. Besides serving the greater Marsh Harbour area, these facilities also serve the cays. Just as the country is an archipelagic nation with logistical problems to overcome, Abaco is an archipelagic island state with similar problems although on a much smaller scale. During the original term of local government the Central Abaco District included Hope Town, Man-O-War and Guana Cay. The three cays were formed into a district of their own for the second term. That solved some problems but generated others. It is interesting that councillors and town committee members are given a small stipend for their efforts but members of the statutory boards serve on a strictly voluntary basis with no stipend. Our observations are valid only for Central Abaco but the board members put in as many or often more hours than council members while performing their duties. Councils receive a budget and pay for various services in their districts. They issue contracts for road cleaning, residential garbage collection and pay salaries for janitorial staff and other employees. Council allocates funds to the towns within the district for their up-keep expenses. The councils and the town committees oversee the maintenance to the district or the town. Town committees can . .issue guidelines to be followed in the upkeep, restoration, design or alteration of any building . normally visible from a street . .. This is interesting language as they cannot make laws However, a guideline to be followed sounds like a law by another name. Initially, there was some effort to keep this in mind when reviewing building applications. The practice fell out of favor when town committees attempted to enforce this provision but town planning boards objected on the basis that they were the guardians of town planning. In reality, town planning does not do any planning but only reviews building applications for construction compliance and appropriateness at the requested location. The local tourism department has undertaken several committees to look into long range planning, but there is no known attempt in this direction by local government. The councils and town committees are not allowed to levy taxes or collect money. Therefore, residents in some towns have formed improvement associations which have either imposed voluntary assessments or engage in fund raising events for town projects beyond the scope of local government. An example of voluntary fund raising is Sandy Point with their privately financed hurricane shelter. The committees and councils have budgets but almost no funds for discretionary use. Most of the money is spent on town maintenance, keeping the roads clean, collecting garbage, maintaining government buildings and paying janitorial staff and other local government employees. On the other hand, the boards have no funds to spend but are the decision-making bodies that determine the future of the towns. Although the statutory boards neither have budgets nor do the board members receive a stipend, they play a larger role than the councils. It is the decisions of these boards which affect the present and future make-up of the towns they serve. It is town planning or licensing that decides if a warehouse can be built in a residential area a gas station can be built a residence can be converted into a business a residence can convert a room into a beauty shop or a take-out food service a restaurant or shop can be built on the waterfront a liquor store can be licensed near a church or school or in a residential area if a variance can be granted for less than required setbacks if the required parking spaces can be waived. In theory the boards may only be making recommendations to council but in practice, the decisions of the boards are accepted. All local port authority recommendations concerning docks must be forwarded to Nassau for approval. This process can take months or even years. How does all this tie into the nomination process on June 2? Hopefully, dedicated good people will step forward to be involved in the local government process. Serving does lead to frustrations but the process must go on. Good maintenance and thoughtful decisions affecting the towns rests in the hands of those serving on the committees, boards and councils. Lets hope that good people step forward throughout Abaco. Civilized IslandBy: C. McCullyNominations for Local Government are June 2 No time to decide! I hope he has time to feed me. Now what? So much needs to be done Maybe I can make a difference. Dave RalphThe Editor Says . Local Govt. Needs Good People Remember to Nominate for Local Government on June 2


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Marine F reeport 242.352.9246 Up to three year warranty extensive parts inventory and factory trained mechanics Why subscribeReceiving the Abaconian regularly will keep you informed on issues such as: Rresort & hotel development Improvements to roads, airport, docks, schools, etc. Phone and electric company changes Fishing, boating & sporting activities Immigration, taxes or duty changes Changes to laws and regulationsFeb 2005Order The Abaconian Today Community events New business ventures Changes in airline service Actions by local government Name Address Address City St. Postal code + Country E-mail (or Fax) (for renewal) 24 issues US$ or B$ Above subscription is a gift from: $40 USA via 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas via surface $20 to Abaco US$50 Canada via Airmail US$95 UK, Europe Surface Mail to: 990 Old Dixie Hwy #14, Lake Park, FL 33403 or: PO Box AB 20551, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below Appreciates Emergency Health CareTo the Editor, We would like to thank all the people in Sandy Point who helped us in our emergency situation on April 16 for Mr. Ferris Pierson. The treatment at our home and at the clinic was excellent. Our thanks to Nurses Estelle Pinder and Shirley Saunders and Dr. Consulta. Our thanks to Commissioner Roderick Bowe and the police being instrumental in the air ambulance landing at night. Mr. Pierson was hospitalized at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, for life threatening pneumonia. We finally made it back to Michigan on May 26 and Ferris is doing well. Our thanks to all, Ferris and Donna PiersonCongratulationsDear Mr. Ralph, I will be grateful for your favorable consideration in placing a following note in your newspaper: I want to congratulate The Abaconian and also Friends of the Environment on their fifth annual Reef Ball. This is coming from a good friend in Nassau, Mr. Cyril E. Morley. Continue to keep up the good work on Abaco and again congratulation is in order to The Abaconian and to Friends of the Environment. Yours truly, Cyril E. MorleyThanks for Helping the HorsesDear Editor, The Wild Horses of Abaco Preservation Society would like to thank Bahamas Hot Mix and Sunshine Trucking for providing drivers and heavy equipment who helped WHOA move a container to the site of the wild horse preserve and then juggled three containers into final positions. On May 20 Bahamas Hot Mix hauled the heavy duty forklift of Sunshine Trucking to preserve site near Treasure Cay to do the job. Moving cargo containers is a tough job even with plenty of maneuvering room. Moving a containers into position with WHOAs old tractor was a challenge. Getting three containers down a narrow logging road and putting them in position was a major production. The resulting compound will provide a guard house, equipment storage and a clinic for the horses. To find out more about Abacos Wild Horses go to on or visit Buck a Book from 4 6 p.m. in the Abaco Shopping Centre. Thank you from W.H.O.A.An Open Letter to Friends of the EnvironmentRe: The cat control program underway to save the parrots Studies indicate that cats are not the primary culprit in dwindling bird populations, says Becky Robinson, co-founder of Alley Cat Allies. The World Watch Institute and other environmental research groups verify that the decline of bird and other wildlife populations is directly linked to the loss of natural habitat. Urban sprawl, tropical deforestation, the construction of shopping malls, roads and golf courses and increases in pesticide use and pollution are to blame. Cats are rodent specialists, with birds comprising only a small portion of their diet. The trap-neuter-release method has been successfully employed for decades in countries such as England, South Africa and Denmark. If it is said that there is no money for this, you are making the problem worse by killing, you are not solving the problem. You would do better to do nothing than throw money away on trap-and-kill. Animal welfare advocates consider trapand-kill methods inhumane and objectionable on several fronts. The chief objection is that it is ineffective. It has been proven that as soon as a cat is removed, a new one will move in, assuming a steady food source is available. Trap, vaccinate, alter and release programs are the most effective method for stabilizing and reducing feral cat (and dog) populations. Conversely, animal control programs to removeand exterminate are ineffective, costly, (since they never solve the problem} frequently inhumane and publicly unpopular. These quotes are from Save Our Strays by Bob Christiansen, CLC Publishing. This excellent handbook, available for free on line and at reasonable cost with bulk discounts via regular mail. Somebody really has to pay attention to this information. Current activities are wasting money and will sooner or later draw the attention of some international humane organization with resultant publicity that wont do our tourist trade any good. There are proven, reliable, humane methods to deal with the problem. Ignore them at great risk to Abacos touted image as slice of paradise. A Concerned Cat LoverWants to Save Feral CatsDear Sir: As a founder of Friends of Abaco Animals and a member of several local humane societies, I am writing to express my strong concerns about a project currently being undertaken by a group called Parrots International and to suggest an alterative means of addressing the issue. Based on research done by Caroline Stahala, Parrots International submitted a proposal to the Bahamian government for a predator control project in Abaco National Park on Great Abaco. In the application they cited a number of reasons for the increased threat to the parrot population including a forest fire in July of 2004, predation by cats and the two hurricanes that blasted Abaco last fall causing large scale destruction of parrot habitat and food sources. The group asked permission to trap and remove the feral cats within the breeding area of the parrots, citing high exposure to extinction pressures and stating that predator control was imperative. The application was approved by the Ministry of Agriculture, the Bahamas National Trust and Friends of the Environment. The application does not mention the major factor that has had the most impact on parrots human encroachment. Logging, development and hunting have all been responsible for decreasing the parrot population to its current state. As I see it, there are several problems with the project: The cats are being trapped in an inhumane and irresponsible manner. According to several witnesses the cats are being trapped with leg traps they are so named because animals have been known to chew off their own legs to get out of them. Several dogs from Cherokee were caught in the traps and had to be freed by their owners. There was no sign of anyone in the area to remove any animal from these traps, and it is difficult to tell how long they couldLetters to the Editor have been trapped there. In addition, wild dogs in the area have been seen limping, which is likely a result of being caught in one of the traps. It was reported that a dentist associated with Parrots International purchased euthanol, a legally controlled substance in the United States, used for euthanasia, which raises concerns about the professionalism and experience of the person responsible for handling the cats and the manner in which they are put to death. It has been shown by a number of studies that removing cats from an area does not provide a solution to the problem. Biologist Robert Tabor has studied the attempted eradication of feral cats for more than two decades. Tabors studies show that when feral cats are removed from an environment, it creates what he terms a vacuum effect. This vacuum will be quickly filled by more cats moving in to take advantage of whatever food source is available. These new and unsterilized cats will quickly breed to the capacity of the site. The Bahamas National Trust tried a similar program several years ago, only they hired hunters to kill the cats. The vacuum effect was illustrated by the current population of cats that Parrots International is trying to eradicate. Not to mention the number of wounded cats that were left to die a miserable death. In addition to being an ineffective program I also feel that government sanctioned cat killing as a solution sets a poor example for the community. What kind of message does it send to people who are facing problems with other inconvenient animals? Cats are not the only cause for the decline of the parrots, they are just one factor. The parrots are being successfully bred in the United States and this program could easily be implemented in the Bahamas. This stock could be used to supplement the wild population. Finally, the Abaco parrots have been counted so many times at this point they could probably count themselves. I have to Please see Letters Page 26


Page 10 The Abaconian June 1, 2005 Parrot PointSugar Loaf Cay only a few hundred yards from the Eastern Shores, Marsh Harbour US $4,000,000 grossExclusive Listing Viewing by Appointment onlyABACO REAL ESTATEP.O.Box AB-20404 Marsh Harbour, Abaco,BahamasTel : (242) 367-2719 Fax : (242) 367-2359 www.abacobahamas.comContact Bill Thompson: 477-5712 Lil Bill Albury or Elaine Thompson A one of a kind property. Features 4.96 +/acres with 1/2 mile of water frontage. A private marina (100 x 100) with 278 lineal feet of dock space, 4 1/2 feet at low tide. Amenities include : Main house with storage 1580 sq. ft. Guest house 1000 sq. ft. Both fully furnished with screened porches, breathtaking views, beautifully landscaped, stand by generator / work shop (electricity and water from eastern shores), Dock House, Boat Ramp too many features to listMUST see to appreciate. Hope Town District CouncilCouncil Defers Bakers Bay ApplicationsBy Lindsey Delaplaine The Hope Town District Council met on May 19. The meeting was opened with the announcement that all nominations for Local Government elections are made on June 2nd. The election has been scheduled for June 27th. Representatives from the Bakers Bay development met with Council to answer questions regarding two permits under consideration: one for a temporary dock that will be located next to the old Premier Cruise Line dock and another for temporary marketing facilities. The marketing facilities will consist of eight platform tents. They had applied for a permit to repair the old dock but were informed that permits are not required to make repairs as long as the dock footprint remains the same. The developers were anxious to have some action taken on their applications so they could move forward in the process. Representatives from the Save Guana Cay Reef Association then met with Council to present their opinions on the permits under consideration. Troy Albury gave the Council folders full of signed petitions and letters from residents of Guana Cay expressing their displeasure about the development. Attorney Frederick Smith stated that it is not the development in general they are opposed to; they are upset about the scale of the marina, the proposed dredging, the golf course and the use of Crown Land. Youre elected by the people to be our representatives, Hope Town resident Jamie Bethel said to the Council, so you need to represent our opinion. Mr. Smith asked if they could see the plans submitted by the Bakers Bay group as they had not been provided with any copies. The Council agreed although they did not allow the plans to leave the room. The Save Guana Cay Reefs objections included concerns about the sanitation facilities of the temporary tents and the environmental impact of the proposed temporary dock. After each group had been given a chance to explain their interest, they were dismissed; and Council discussed the issues and voted to defer the matter for another month until more information could be gathered. For the dock there were some questions that needed to be addressed with the Port Authority about the process for the permit. For the marketing facilities the Council requested a recommendation from the BEST Commission as well as an Environmental Impact Assessment and an Environmental Management Plan from the developers. The Council went on to discuss the capital projects that are underway thanks to a $45,000 capital grant from Nassau, (although the capital request was for $1 million). Man-O-War has been using their News of the Cays Please see Cays Page 11 Representatives of the Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club met with the Hope Town District Council on May 19 hoping to be granted two permits for their project. They requested permission to build a temporary service dock to replace one that was destroyed by storms and permission to erect temporary marketing facilities. Mr. Ed Divita and a lawyer for the project are discussing them with Chief Councillor Walter Sweeting. Save Guana Cay Reef representatives examine the plans presented by Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club at the recent Hope Town District Council meeting. They are Mr. Anthony Roberts, Mr. Jaime Bethel and Mr. Troy Albury.


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Michael Skinner Don Wood Jeweler/Gemologist AppraiserPeter Bradley, G.I.A.Gallery ManagerTheresa Rahming The Watercolours of J. Michael Skinner He captures the beauty and essence of Abaco, whether he is sailing, beachcombing, or walking down a winding village lane. Exclusively at Conch Pearl Galleries. Artists/Photographers May 15, 2005 A Full Lunch MenuMon. Tues. Thurs. Fri. 11:30 am 2:30 pm Sat. 9 am 2:30 pm Evening Dinner 6 9 pm same daysClosed WednesdaysSunday Dinner 6 9pm Come by for our Saturday morning snacks Bar snacks 6 pm... untilRestaurantLive Music all open days by Estin SawyerCuban Cigars & Island FashionsHarbour-side Dining on our water front deckRestaurant Phone : 367-2366www.mangoesabaco.comConvenient dinghy dock for boaters Marina docks being reconstructed share for road repair, to construct a handicap access ramp to their clinic, and to create a new staging area for their town dump. They are developing a park with a swim area, grill facilities and cabanas on land near the dump. Guana Cay is using its share of the money for road repairs. Hope Town will use its funds to repaint the post office, clinic, library and public toilets, re-tile the library floor, buy No Parking and Speed Limit signage, make town road repairs and fix the Jarrett Park fence.Frustrated Local Government Prepares for Fourth SessionBy Lindsey Delaplaine It has been announced that nominations for District Councillors are due by June 2nd. Application forms can be picked up in the Administrators office. The application cost is $50 and must have five signatures to support the nomination. The election will be held on June 27th. Currently the Administrators office is working to register new voters. This last session of local government has been marked by frustration on the part of many of the current Council members as there is never enough money to do all that is required to keep their towns and islands operating, maintained and make the necessary repairs after hurricanes. Instead of receiving any additional money in 2005, the Council received a five percent cut and has been told it is unlikely they will receive any additional funding next year, although they have requested an additional $100,000 for their operational budget, for a total budget of $412,000. The Council has repeatedly More News of the Cays CaysFrom Page 10 made capital requests of approximately $1 million to make a number of necessary repairs and improvements. In response, this year they received $45,000. Currently, all elements of local government are permitted to impose taxes or fees and are not allowed to have a bank account. Chief Councillor Walter Sweeting made the comment at the Hope Town annual meeting that local government will not truly exist until the localities have some say over the tax monies that are raised in their area. Currently, all tax revenues are sent to through the Administrators office and deposited in the Treasury in Nassau. It is central government that decides how the monies raised are disbursed throughout the islands. The Hope Town District Council is made up of three representatives from Hope Town, three from Man-O-War and one from Guana Cay. At this time none of the three Hope Town representatives is considering running for reelection. The Man-O-War representatives are still deciding whether or not they are going to throw their hats in the ring one more time. One major factor in their decision is the extra amount of time they spend traveling to Hope Town for meetings and working on issues that do not pertain to their island. Mr. Sweeting has written a letter to the Minister of Local Government, the Hon. V. Alfred Gray, proposing three alternatives to this problem, including splitting the Hope Town District into three separate districts so each island can address its own special concerns and issues so the entire group does not have to be bogged down by a problem in one area. Another alternative would be to return to the original form of local government when each town had a committee and the head of that committee went to Marsh Harbour to form the Council as a representative of their locality. Guana Cays representative, Glenn Laing, has said he will run for re-election. Im in the fight now. Im involved and I dont want to leave the people of Guana Cay before this fight is over.Hope Town Holds Annual Town MeetingBy Lindsey Delaplaine The Hope Town District Council held its annual town meeting on May 10. Nearly 40 residents turned up at St. James Methodist Church to receive an update on the Councils activities and ask questions. Chief Councillor Walter Sweeting of Man-O-War opened the meeting and introduced the other Council members: Deputy Chief Councillor Jeffrey Key, Mrs. Diane Bethel, Mr. Haziel McDonald and Mr. Roscoe Thompson, Jr. The Councillor from Guana Cay, Mr. Glen Laing, and Councillor Roy Russell from Man-O-War were absent. Mr. Sweetings opening remarks Please see Cays Page 13


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June 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 13 Washers, Dryers Microwaves Stoves, Fridges Freezers Phones, Satellites Car Stereo System Stereos, Speakers WE NOW CARRY FLAT SCREEN TVSEvery Day Great Low PricesA/C UNITS ON SALEAbaco Distributors Ltd. Ph : (242) 3672265 (242) 367-2128 Live Music Every Friday & Saturday Nights!!!Open Daily Mon SatLunch 11:30 3pm Dinner 6pm 9pmTel: 367-3498HAPPY HOUR Every Friday 5:30 to 7:30pmOPEN DAILY except SundayPH : 367-3498Serving LUNCH 11:30am TO 3:00pmServingBurgers & Bar Snacks3:00 pm 5:00pm Serving Dinner6:00 pm -9:00pmEVERY WEDNESDAY Fiesta Nite!!concerned this years financial situation. The budget was originally set at $326,000 to operate local government on the three islands in the district. That budget was cut in the middle of the year by five percent to $310,000. After fixed operating costs such as garbage, upkeep and maintenance of public buildings and staff costs, the Council was left with approximately $15,000 in discretionary funds. As there was no additional money received after the 2004 hurricanes, that money had to be used to assist clean-up efforts. Mr. Sweeting acknowledged they couldnt have done everything without help and praised the volunteer work that had been done to repair the islands and thanked everyone who had involved. The Council requested an increased budget of $412,000 for next year but has been informed that it is unlikely they will receive any additional funds. The Council did receive $45,000 this year for capital expenses (after making a request of $1 million dollars). This money will be split between the three islands. The Senior Administrator, Mr. Revis Rolle, made welcoming remarks. In light of the financial situation, he explained that Abaco is doing better than many other parts of The Bahamas, and for that reason it will be some time before this district receives a significant increase in money. As other areas catch up, it will become more possible for the tax dollars raised on Abaco to stay on Abaco. He echoed Mr. Sweeting in commending the voluntary spirit of the area. The meeting was opened to questions. Mr. Ray Katay asked how the budget was generated and if it was based on the taxes collected in the area. Mr. Sweeting answered that it was not based on tax revenue. Mrs. Suzanne Bethel asked if the Council had been able to find out how much tax revenue was generated by Abaco. When local government was created, they had been promised up to 50 percent of local tax monies. Mr. Sweeting replied that he had not been able to get that information, but not for lack of trying, but said that we are not receiving anywhere close to 50 percent. He commented that we will not really have local government until the budgets were based on the revenue raised by the area and that money stayed in our area. Mrs. Carrie Cash mentioned the new six percent tax on house rentals and increased assessments of their value, which she wouldnt mind, but it would be nice if the money collected and spent on advertisements for The Bahamas included Abaco. Also disgraceful are the huge concessions given to developers in the area while locals struggle. Administrator Rolle admitted that the tax system in The Bahamas is flawed and needs to be addressed. He explained that local government officials are often put in awkward situations as they are not the ones who make the budgetary decisions. He urged residents to get in touch with members of the central government and bring them to Abaco to answer some of these questions. Mr. Tito Baldwin asked about the possibility of permanent housing and a car for the local police officer as well as an additional officer. He also asked if anything could be done about the freight situation at the public dock which creates congestion and danger to others using the dock. Councillor Thompson explained that he had worked with others to design a new freight area below the school. The application for funds is currently at the Ministry of Public Works for consideration. Mr. Thompson explained that he had secured a golf cart for the police officer. Administrator Rolle said he would work More News of the CaysResidents of Hope Town attended a Town Meeting to hear from the Council and to bring the questions and complaints to the attention of the Council members. There was quite a bit of discussion on the limited budget and criticism that the district was not receiving enough of the tax money that the area generates and sends to Nassau. CaysFrom Page 11 Please see Cays Page 16


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Page 16 The Abaconian June 1, 2005 CURRYS FOOD STORECustomer 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 B & V Plaza Don MacKay BlvdTel: 367-2798 Fax: 367-5098 Mens, Womens & Childrens Wear T-Shirts Infants Clothing Household Items LuggageQueen Elizabeth Drive Marsh HarbourMon Sat 8:30 am 5:30 pmTel: 367-2017 at Work at Play Weve Got Something for Everyone Weve Got Something for Everyoneto address the situation with the Police Officer. In his words, I am ashamed that any government official should be reduced to begging or be dependent on others so they can do their job. However, he did say it was unlikely that additional staff would be sent to Hope Town as there are other areas that have a higher level of crime, and those areas are receiving the additional resources of the police force. When asked by Mr. Thomas Bethel if Hope Town had to wait until crime increased to receive an additional officer, Rolle did not have an answer. Mr. Bethel suggested creating a way for crimes that are currently under reported for fear of damaging tourism to be made known to the police so that they could make an informed decision. Mr. Clay Wilhoyte asked several questions. He questioned a report about large amounts of funds recently raised in Nassau after last Septembers storms and asked if Abaco would see any of that money. Mr. Rolle reported that the money was being use to pay off government debts incurred during hurricane relief efforts. Mr. Wilhoyte asked if any additional bins could be put into service to help ease the overflow at the town dump. Mr. Sweeting replied that the budget is already stretched thin. They are contacting the Hon. Ron Pinder, Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health, in the hope that he will be able to assist in correcting the situation. He was the one who originally came to Hope Town after the situation at the dump was publicized. While he has followed up on some of the promises he made at the time, more money and attention needs to be paid to the situation to get it running smoothly. Councillor Key read four ordinances that have been posted this year. All vehicles that transport solid waste are required to have a cover to keep the trash from blowing out. Failure to do so can be punished with a $5,000 fine. All construction sites are required to make provisions for temporary toilets. All music and noise must cease on or before midnight, and any excessive noise can be stopped at any time. All alcoholic beverages must be consumed on the premises on which they are purchased. He urged everyone to help enforce these laws. Finally, all rental properties are going to be assessed a $250 fee for garbage collection. Mrs. Karen Lowe asked about the process for reporting buildings or structures which are being erected without permits. Mr. Sweeting said she should contact the Council and either they would help, or they could direct her to the proper official. Mr. Thompson said that any structure blocking public access could be demolished. Mrs. Candace Key voiced her displeasure about the removal of the large fig tree behind the Mermaids Purse. Shes concerned about the pace of development and its impact on the town. We have something in Hope Town that no one else has, and its going very fast. She asked that Council get more input from the community before making such controversial decisions.Man-O-WarStudents Attend Island Roots Heritage FestivalBy Larry Elkins On May 20 a group of students, teachers and parents made the trip to Green Turtle to attend the Island Roots Heritage Festival. The party left Man-O-War at 8 a.m.and traveled by ferries and jitney arriving just before 10. As we approached the dock in Green Turtle, we passed the William H. Albury the last schooner to be built on Man-O-War. More News of the Cays CaysFrom Page 13 Upon disembarking, we were met by the owner of the William H ., Mr. Joe Maggio, who invited us to tour the ship later in the day. Walking to the festival site, we obPlease see Cays Page 17 The Man-O-War school students toured the William H. Albury a schooner built in Man-OWar. The boat was on display during the Island Roots Festival on Green Turtle Cay. You name it, we can do it!Your Friendly and Professional Printing ServiceAbaco Print Shop Abaco Print Shop Abaco Print Shop Abaco Print Shop Abaco Print ShopLocated in the Abaco Shopping Centre Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201Book Binding Yearbooks Photo Scanning Business Cards Laminating Certificates and much more . . Professional Graphic Services (Graphic Artist on Site) Carbonless Forms Envelopes Wedding Stationery Office Stationery Brochures Funeral Stationery Tickets Invitations Menus Calendars Labels Flyers


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Page 18 The Abaconian June 1, 2005 I have been searching the internet extensively the past month planning our vacation and I must tell you, your website is the nicest and most user friendly I have come across... thank youSubmitted by client of Waterways Boat Rentals to Samantha Sands www.waterwaysrentals.comvisit our clients Live support Monday-Friday!(Just call for immediate assistance 8:30am-4:30pm)Free web hosting for 6 Months!(With all new websites)Search engine registration $99(Makes your site easy to find on the internet! Reg. $199)(203) www.underthepalms.comSite changes & updates made within 24-hours!10 years in the out islands A COMPLETE LINE OF GROCERIESGreat Guana Cay, Abaco Mon Thurs 8 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Fri & Sat 8 a.m. 6 p.m. Closed Sundays & Holidays Tel: 365-5067 Fax: 365-5180 VHF ch. 16Guana Harbour Grocery By Portia Jonsson On May 2nd the Abaco Christian Council came together at the Dundas Town Church of God to find a solution to the problems facing our community today. Addressing the small crowd were Mr. Greene, Principal of Abaco Central High School; Bishop Campbell, Pastor of Dundas Town Church of God; and Pastor Stephen Knowles, President of the Abaco Christian Council. Mr. Greene told all that they can be sure there is a resolution to the problems that exist at Abaco Central High School, which has in excess of 500 students. He said anytime there is a large number of persons together there will be room for conflicts, which are presently in the school. Abaco Central, he said, has faced physical challenges to start with which flowed over to emotional challenges. They will have completed the entire school year and not yet the restoration. Mr. Greene rejoined the school system in 2004 and has spent 32 years as a teacher. He admits that throughout his career, he has never met with this level of aggression in students. Something is wrong, and he feels that parents need to be more supportive of the institution. He explained that the school is as strong as its weakest link. Parents have a responsibility and the problem at Abaco Central, in his view, did not start with the fire. Mr. Greene said a blow was thrown at everyone and not only the staff, faculty and students of Abaco Central. He commended the effort there that night in an effort to identifying the problem and go on planning to improve the situation. He concluded by saying he believed everyone there that night has the concern of the community and school at heart. For all those kids serious about their education, the school, Bishop Campbell said, cannot provide any transcripts for them. He encouraged the teachers that this too will pass and to build the team so that Abaco Central can win the championship. Bishop Campbell also feels that parents are not doing their jobs as parents. It takes the parents to help the teachers enforce the rules. He told all that the Bible says if you spare the rod, you spoil the child. If we fail to pass the baton and it is dropped, then the parents are to blame. Bishop Campbell said parents will buy cell phones, Air Jordan shoes and other luxuries for their kids but would not spend $25 for a textbook. Teachers need our support; and if parents took the time to walk around the school, he contends it would make the teachers job a lot easier. We are today what our thoughts were yesterday. We are tomorrow what are thoughts are today. If we do not change our way of thinking, Bishop Campbell asked, then where would we be? The floor was then opened for any questions and suggestions. Chief Councillor Cay Mills was among the first to voice his concerns. As a community leader he puts the blame solely on the church and parents. He would like to see a sporting atmosphere for kids on Abaco and views sports as another avenue of learning. He asked when was the last time parents turned off the television for study time or looked at their childs schoolbooks? Mr. Mills also spoke out against the young men in Dundas Town selling drugs, stealing and ruining the community. He appealed to the proper authorities to do better to clean up the situation. Before the meeting concluded, Pastor Knowles told those present of the need to put the responsibility of rearing children back in the hands of the parents. He will not rest until someone says Abaco Central is leading the way in education in The Bahamas. The Abaco Christian Council met with the teachers of Abaco Central High School after a fire which destroyed the Administration building. The pastors were wanting to help the teachers find solutions to their problems. Shown are Bishop Campbell, Mr. Euthal Greene, Principal of Abaco Central High School, Pastor Stephen Knowles. Christian Council Met with High School Teachers Civic OrganizationsKiwanis Club of Great Abaco Tuesday, 7 p.m., weekly at Mackerels Restaurant, Dundas Town, 367-5932Pilot Club of Abaco Third Tuesday, 7 p.m., Central Abaco Primary, Dundas Town, 367-3457Pilot Club of South Abaco Last Thursday. monthy, J.A. Pinder School, Sandy Point, 366-4001Rotary Club of Abaco Tuesdays, 6 p.m., weekly at Anglers Restaruant, Abaco Beach Resort


June 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 19 Jack Thompson Has New AppointmentIt has been announced that Mr. Jack Thompson has been appointed the new controller of the Road Traffic Department. He will be taking over the department from Mr. Brensil Rolle, who will take up a position at the Ministry of Works. Mr. Thompson has most recently headed the NEMA team on Abaco overseeing the relief and restoration program after the hurricanes of last September. He was called back to Abaco from his position as Deputy High Commissioner to Canada. Previously he had been Administrator for North Abaco for several years during the implementation of local government in the late 1990s. After leaving Abaco he headed the Passport Office. Mr. Thompson has already announced that while he is with Road Traffic that he will take a zero tolerance approach to traffic safety. We are going to take a zero tolerance approach with respect to those persons who play Russian roulette on our streets. Whether that calls for the suspension or revoking of licences, we might have to do that. We have to do what we have to do, he said. A joint workshop made up of representatives from government, the insurance industry and corporate organizations has made recommendations which will be implemented. Road Traffic is hoping that these changes will bring about greater safety on the countrys roads. The department is also considering changes to the Road Traffic Act which would relate to training and certification of public service drivers. All of Abaco wishes our favorite Jumping Jack great success in his new endeavorr.Bahamian Will Oversee Bakers Bay PreserveDr. Livingston Marshall, Jr. has been appointed to the position of Senior Vice President of Community and Environmental Affairs in the Discovery Land Company for its Bakers Bay development on the north end of Guana Cay. Dr. Marshall will be responsible for ensuring the projects environmental compliance, chairing the projects foundation which will govern the 66-acre preserve and guiding projects related to community and public affairs. Mr. Adelson, a partner in the Discovery land Company, said, Being able to attract someone of his calibre, a Bahamian who has extensive experience with Environmental Impact Assessments and understanding the governments process speaks volumes. Dr Marshalls appointment adds to the number of Bahamians that the company has hired over the past few months as it prepares to begin construction of its $500 million Bakers Bay Development, pending the necessary government approvals. Prior to accepting this position, Dr. Marshall was a Consultant and Science Advisor in the Office of the Prime Minister where he provided scientific advice on a range of marine and environmental science, education and policy initiatives. In accepting this position, Dr. Marshall said that while studying the Bakers Bay business model, he found that preserving and enhancing the environment is key to the companys success and that is something that I feel very strongly about and of which I am glad to be a part. Prior to holding these positions, Dr Marshall held faculty positions at Morgan State University, Clark Atlanta University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. His many years of professional research experience in marine and estuarine systems have focused on applied fisheries, habitat restoration, ecosystem monitoring, conservation and environmental policy. People in the News Dr. Livingston Marshall Mr. Jack Thompson


Page 20 The Abaconian June 1, 2005 Ph: 367-2222 Fax: 367-2888 Van StrattonNN NN N ASSASS ASSASS ASS AA AA A U UNDER U UNDER U UNDER U UNDER U UNDER WRITERS C WRITERS C WRITERS C WRITERS C WRITERS C OLE ALBUR OLE ALBUR OLE ALBUR OLE ALBUR OLE ALBUR Y LY L Y LY L Y L TD.TD. TD.TD. TD.INSURANCE AGENCY BB BB B AHAMAS FIRS AHAMAS FIRS AHAMAS FIRS AHAMAS FIRS AHAMAS FIRS TT TT TGeneral Insurance Company Limited Bahamas First General Ins. Co. Ltd.Monday Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.for the children, even face painting. The sun which was absent on Friday but was out on Saturday, so the straw hat stand was popular. African wear, plants, jewelry, crafted wood objects, cloth mermaids and paintings were displayed. The place was alive with vendors and consumers and a festive mood prevailed with people renewing ties and socializing with each other. Several tents provided sitting accommodation in the shade. Both days the crowds kept coming with not only the town residents crowding the fair grounds, but visitors from Key West, other visitors to Abaco and many Abaco people. The Green Turtle Cay Ferry added several more trips to its regular schedule and was running until 11 p.m. After dark the Police Pop Band invited people to dance to the rhythms of rock, oldies and calypso music. One highlight came when New Plymouth residents Martha Cash and Scott Lowe climbed on the stage to do The Twist. Said Matthew Lowe, another resident, I had a great time, I cant wait until next year. By Mirella Santillo Like many islands of the Caribbean, The Bahamas is a melting pot of cultures that evolved over the centuries to represent what we are now. After the take-over by the Spaniards, the French and the English fought over the islands, and the English finally settled in, making The Bahamas part of The British Commonwealth. In the 18th century the Loyalists running from the War of Independence in the United States, established several settlements on Abaco,A Diverse Heritage Is Featured at Festivalmostly on the cays. When the slave trade was abolished, the Africans on board of the slave boats were released on our shores. People of French descent came from Haiti after the black revolution as did later inhabitants of other Caribbean nations. As we all know, when the Spaniards discovered our islands, they were inhabited by the Lucayan and Arawak Indians. These gentle people were soon exterminated by the diseases brought by the Europeans and the enslaving imposed upon them. But perhaps their blood still runs in some of people today. So at this time of reminiscing upon Abacos heritage during the Island Roots Festival on Green Turtle Cay, they were included into the search for the islands roots. As we know, many Indian camp sites were found throughout The Bahamas including Abaco as they moved North to escape the Spanish invasion. Human remains were found in Hope Town and camp sites have been located on Green Turtle Cay and on the main island of Abaco. A New Plymouth resident, the well known artist, Mr Alton Lowe, developed an interest in local archeology at an early age. The first artifact he came in contact with was a gourd decorated with two FestivalFrom Page 6 birds found in a cave by his father. Mr Lowe explained how the discovery was made. My father, an avid gardener, used to collect guano from caves as fertilizer and found the object among the dirt brought back from the cave. When Mr. Lowe opened the Albert Lowe Museum on Green Turtle Cay, his father gave him the gourd. It is not until later when he joined forces with David Bethel, Bob Carr and Sandra Riley to continue the search for more archeological sites on Green Turtle Cay that the gourd was actually authenticated as an Indian artifact. The Royal Bahamas Police Force Marching Band was a very popular feature of the Roots Festival in Green Turtle Cay. They marched through town and put on a show at the Settlement Point Park several times. Their marching maneuvers always fascinate the crowds. To the left is the Drum Major.


June 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 21 By Mirella Santillo Mrs. Edith Amsterdam visited Green Turtle Cay from Key West for the Island Roots Heritage Festival for the second year in a row. I enjoyed the celebrations so much last year that I had to come back, she said. She went on telling how she purchased the Curry House in Key West with her husband over 30 years ago in the hope of restoring it as their home. Located in the same block as Sloppy Joes Restaurant, the Loyalist house had originally been built on Green Turtle Cay by William Curry, He later disassembled the house and shipped it By Mirella Santillo A film presentation was offered in conjunction with the Island Roots Heritage Festival in Captain Roland Roberts house. This historic house built in 1840 was restored to become an Environmental Center operated by Reef Relief. However, the film was not about the reef, but about the Lucayan Indians. The short preview offered a glimpse of a movie which is presently being filmed in Florida and on Green Turtle Cay called Paradise Now It is adapted from the play of the same name written by Sandra Riley and from the book Lucayans that she and Alton Lowe wrote together. Ms. Riley said that it was a special presentation to special guests, exploring the roots, going back to the native people. With the help of a few Key West people, with the archeological support of Mr. Bob Carr and of Mr. David Bethel of Marsh Harbour, we are taking a look at the Lucayans as part of who we are. Mr. Bethel, who has recovered many Indian artifacts on Abaco, said, I hope that my mission will give these beautiful people a real face. Paradise Now, which is to be released in the summer of 2006, takes place at the time of the arrival of the Spaniards in The Bahamas and brings out the similarity between catholic masses and the Indian ritual, among whom the cross meant connectedness to the universe. The movie will be produced by Travis Neff, Nathan Rausch and Sandra Riley. All three were present during the movie presentation and will stay on Green Turtle Cay to film some nature scenes. to Key West where it was reconstructed as his home. Over the years it had been neglected and was in dire need of repairs. Mr. and Mrs. Amsterdam proceeded to restore it, but as the house was regaining its looks of grandeur, the real estate taxes made it impossible for them to keep it as a private residence. They decided to build an additional 15 rooms and make the house into a mansion which could be a bed and breakfast. Mrs. Amsterdam does not have any direct connection with The Bahamas except her love for it and her status as a frequent visitor to several of our islands.Many Cultures Blend in Green Turtle CayA Film Will Feature Lucayans Curry House In Key West Was Transported from Green Turtle CayFlorida Archeologist Bob Carr By Mirella Santillo The native Indian heritage played an important part in this years Island Roots Heritage Festival held in New Plymouth on May 20th 22nd, nearly as important a part as the Loyalist heritage and the African heritage. A prominent archeologist was present to remind the people about these first inhabitants of the islands who were the gentle Lucayan Indians. Literature and artifacts found on Abaco were displayed by Mr Alton Lowe who explained that a way to identify Lucayan pottery is to look for pieces of conch shell in the shards. Our native clay is brittle and to make it stronger, the Lucayans mixed it with ground conch shell, giving it a rough look and a paler color. Mr. Bob Carr, an archeologist from Florida, gave a lecture on his work in Florida and in The Bahamas where he has spent many years looking for Indian camp sites. Besides hundreds of sites discovered in Florida, he was the one who discovered the Miami Circle, a sacred site. This discovery was very significant because it fulfilled Seminole Indian lore which held that a circle would be found in the southern United States. This signifies the beginning of more recognition of Native Americans. In The Bahamas he, together with Alton Lowe and Sandra Riley, has studied several camps sites on Eleuthera, San Salvador, Green Turtle Cay and north of Marsh Harbour. Here on Abaco, Mr. David Bethel, an amateur Abaconian archeologist, and Mr. Carr have identified many Indian sites. 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Page 22 The Abaconian June 1, 2005 Cherokee SoundBy Lee PinderSchool NewsOn May 7th Club Cherokee members gathered to do a beach clean-up by the Long Dock and the Bridge Creek. It was a very disappointing turnout with more adults showing up than students. They removed lots of plastic bags, which are very harmful to sea life, abandoned and tangled fish lines plus general garbage that people bring to the Long Dock for picnics or snacks and leave behind for someone else to pick up. The club members informed me they would be doing another clean-up real soon to remove old pilings knocked down by last years hurricanes. The students held their annual talent show on May 3th. The theme was Inventors Down Through the Ages and the students picked everyone from Benjamin Franklin to Henry Ford to the man who invented Kelloggs cereal, chocolate, windshield wipers, cat eye reflectors, marshmallows and bandaids. They preformed all types of talent including poems, jokes and a magic act as well as culinary skills (making a salad and a sandwich) to a beauty make-over. It was a pretty impressive show for elementary age students. A King and Queen were chosen and crowned by last years winners Terrence Albury and Dominque Chea. The new winners were Donovan Hepburn, who sang a song and portrayed George Washington Carver who invented many things including peanut butter. Hayley Sands gave a poem she wrote herself and her inventor was Earl Dickson who developed the BandAid. Ms. Michelle Lowe, Principal, tells me that the children are concerned about the loss of land crabs locally. Every year around this time these little crustaceans have always been quite prevalent in our area, but not this year. They are used in preparing crab nrice, a favourite local dish. What has happened to them? Last month it was the dead baby fish and tiny shrimp that washed up on our shores and now the crabs have disappeared. Something or someone is disturbing the fragile ecology of Cherokee Sound and our surrounding area. We have to find out what it is and how to stop it before it affects our natural underground water supply that we all depend on. The students are preparing a letter to the Department of Environmental Health Services requesting an investigation.Town Meeting Discusses FinancesOn May 5 the chairperson called a Town Meeting and reported on the budget and how the funds had been spent. She announced that out of the nearly $41,000 given to Cherokee, Casuarina, High Banks and Bahama Palm Shores for our 2004/2005, $19,000 or the lions share of money went to salaries. She said that $4,800.50 was still remaining in the account and out of that $3,000 was allocated to dig a septic tank for the public bathrooms in Cherokee. She further said that $l,000 had been given towards the repairs for the Long Dock and $4,000 has gone towards landscaping as well as $3,000 for clean-up after the hurricanes last season. She said that $ll,000 had gone towards a Fire Station/Community Center for Casuarina Point and $l,900 went to bulldozer work for the various dumps. The Board members were asked about when our dump would be moved and the Administrator said that the Environmental Ministry had it on their agenda of things to look into. They were further asked about the much needed water supply for Cherokee and were told it had been taken out of the contract that brought water to Casuarina three years ago because of lack of funds, but agreed it was still high on the priority list. The Chairman suggested that the Winding Bay people might be convinced to bring their water lines just that one mile further along the road to Cherokee with some gentle persuasion by the right people. Kathyanne Sawyer announced that shingles and felt to finish the post office/ library roof were being kept at her home, and all that needed to be done was to find some volunteers to do the work. Before the meeting came to an end the problem of dogs was once again brought up. People are being charged and taken to court when their dogs are allowed to roam the streets without leashes and attack pedestrians. The Administrator confirmed that there were laws in place to handle these persons and they should be carried to court and made an example of for the benefit of others who may feel it is okay to break the law. The meeting came to an end at 8:45 p.m. Many young people from all the communities of South Abaco took part in the special service held at Epworth Methodist Church in Cherokee Sound to commemorate National Youth Month. The service included many special features by the youth. This group was from Cherokee Sound. 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June 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 23 For more information contact Laurence Higgs or Ian Carroll Tel: 242-367-5205 Fax 242-367-4018 Email: Services include: Short & long term haul-out (up to 24.5 beam) Aluminum & stainless steel fabrication & repairs Welding & machine shop (CJs Welding on site) Hydraulic trailer for lifting small vessels Bottom cleaning & painting Blister prevention & repair Fiberglass & gel coat repairs Hydraulic hoses and fittings Well stocked marine store Mechanical repairs Marine Store Products: Yanmar Engines & Generators Marine Paints & Accessories Repair & Resin Supplies Yanmar Parts & Service Bottom Paint & Solvents Stainless Steel Bolts etc. Cleaning Supplies Cutlass Bearings Fuel Dock Zincs Full Service Boat Yard 85-ton Acme Boat Lift Bottom blister repair Propeller repair ROOMS TO GO Open Monday Friday 9am 5pm Saturday 9am noon Tel: (242) 367-2230 or (242) 367-2300 Fax: (242) 367-2391 We can order your furniture DUTY FREE Vouchers Accepted Here Richs Boat RentalsAbacos Best Rental Fleet At the Head of the Harbour Rental Rates Daily 3-day Weekly 21 Paramount $150 $395 $695 26 Paramount $200 $575 $995 Fishing & Snorkeling Gear Bait, Ice & GuidesCall 367-2742P.O. Box AB 20419, Marsh Harbour By Jennifer Hudson A meeting was held on May 3rd at Mangoes Restaurant to review problems relative to medical emergency services on Abaco. Mr. Revis Rolle, Island Administrator, called the meeting and had a team from Nassau attend. The group was headed by Dr. Baldwin Carey, Director of Public Health and Chairman of the Medical Council.Dr. Carey wanted to get feed back from the group. Mr. Robert Sweeting, M.P. for South Abaco, Mr. Roderick Bowe, Administrator for South Abaco, doctors and nurses from throughout Abaco, dentists, EMTs and members of the Police Force and Red Cross were in attendance. The meeting was convened because of numerous complaints received by the office of the Island Administrator from Abaconians, other residents and visitors regarding the current lack of emergency medical services on Abaco. Mr. Revis Rolle stated, Various representatives of the main engines of the economy were of the strong opinion that if the availability of these services did not improve, then the tourism product which is the enclave of the economy would be undermined. The result of this would have a serious negative impact on the tourist product which would result in a drastic decline in economic activities which could cause devastating short, medium and long term results. He praised the excellent service which has been provided by Mr. Daniel Wiltfang and the Trauma One team over the past nine years but felt that the recent tremendous growth in Abaco has now placed the need beyond that of a volunteer service. Dr. Baldwin Carey stated that the Ministry of Health is concerned about the question of emergency medical services on Abaco and other large islands. We should have seen the need earlier but it is sometimes difficult to meet all the needs. There is a definite need to respond and Abaco will now take the lead in how government will respond. An ambulance service for Abaco has now become our number one priority and has taken priority over Exuma. We cannot rely on a totally voluntary service any longer and must have some trained, paid EMTs to have a good ambulance service. There will be some cross training so that the EMTs will be able to assist in other areas while waiting for ambulance calls. We need to know how many first responders will help here on Abaco. At present the Marsh Harbour area has about ten trained responders. Mr. Micahael Pintard will retrain and certify others. Dr. Carey gave the encouraging news that the decision to build a mini hospital in Marsh Harbour is definite. This will be a joint effort by his office and the National Insurance Board and plans have already been completed and money allotted. The facility, which is expected to be completed within two years, will contain a mini operating theatre, laboratory and X-ray and will offer 24/7 care. Dr. Carey stated that two Emergency Medical Technicians have been here on Abaco in response to the crisis situation but they have to return to Grand Bahama so we must be ready to replace them and establish something for Abaco on an ongoing basis. Arrangements must be worked out as to what to do, how to pay and how to manage the service. Only five islands of the Bahamas have ambulances and until now have relied on voluntary services; now,Emergency Medical Services Is Discussed Please see Emergency Page 24 Dr. Baldwin Carey, Director of Public Health, met with medical staff, government officials and other interested persons in Marsh Harbour on May 3 to discuss emergency medical services on Abaco. It is a critical problem which officials are trying to resolved. Dr. Carey, right, is talking with Dr. Frank Boyce and Dr. Marc Binard, both of Abaco Family Medicine.


Page 24 The Abaconian June 1, 2005 A Unisex SalonOfra Cosmetics Acrylic Nails Hair Braiding Matrix, Nexus and Paul Mitchell Products and Accessories Elaine Summerville, Manager Monday Saturday 9am 5pm In Memorial Plaza 367-3623 but not before Mr. Saronne Kennedy from the International Red Cross gave a short talk on Hurricane Preparedness and gave out some Red Cross buckets to store preparedness items along with informative pamphlets and a package of tarpaulins for emergency use by the community.Cherokee Sound Hosts Youth ServiceThe South Abaco District held a special service to commemorate National Youth Month on May 15. It was held at Epworth Methodist Church in Cherokee Sound. Rev. Carla Culmer, the Methodist minister for the Abaco District, received a standing ovation for her words of encouragement to the youth of our nation while at the same time admonishing parents that education and manners start at home. The program was moderated by Frank Hepburn of Crossing Rocks and included other uplifting remarks from Administrator for South Abaco, Mr. Roderick Bowe and Chief Councillor, Jason Roberts as well as several other local preachers and dignitaries. Also included in the program were the youth who all did an outstanding job. There were poems, singing, scripture readings and liturgical dancing. Musical accompaniment was very ably provided for the days festivities by Deacon Jason Roberts of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Sandy Point. The large church was filled to capacity and windows rattled and the rafters shook with the loud and enthusiastic closing, with the best rendition I personally have ever experienced of our National Anthem. Refreshments were provided afterwards at the W.W. Sands Community Center. however, we have to change. In responding, the EMTs said that their big problem on Abaco has been that of communication between patients, nurses, ambulance and clinic and they felt that meetings should be held more often to discuss concerns and what needs to be done. The problem of getting to government doctors was discussed, It was noted that the care given by the doctors at the government clinic is to be praised but that the problem lies in the system of reaching them because of the protocols which are in place. Presently there is only one air ambulance to service all the islands. The Coast Guard will come if needed but is very busy. The Ministry is looking at other agencies for airlift. Dr. Carey said, I would like to understand the position of the private physicians regarding emergency care as there had been some unrest within the community regarding their recent comments in this regard. Dr. Boyce responded by informing that when he first began practising on Abaco 20 years ago there were three doctors here, now there are still only three private doctors in Marsh Harbour and they are overwhelmed. We have made the decision to take care of our own patients to whom we will be available; but we are too overwhelmed to take others. We now also face concerns regarding malpractice. Dr. Boyce commended the Government Clinic but stated that they are overworked. Dr. Biney asked if the number of personnel at the clinic could be increased in order to have staff there around the clock. Dr. Careys reply was that the Ministry is looking into the needs; they know that the clinic is not fully equipped but there are budgetary constraints. Nurses from the Coopers Town and Fox Town areas felt that their areas are left out. Jeritzan Outten emphasized that the need is more critical here than on the other islands because Abaco is the third largest island. Tourists need to know how to get emergency medical service; response time is a problem. Tourists e-mail the Ministry of Tourism to find out if the clinic system has improved before they will make their vacation plans. Dr. Carey agreed that Public Health must be responsible for response time. Regarding Mr. Robert Sweetings concern as to lack of X-ray facilities at the clinic, Dr. Carey stated that the problem with an X-ray machine is maintenance, though he recognizes that an X-ray machine would cut down the need for air ambulance. He is looking at a portable unit to be used as a temporary measure but stated that there will be a full unit in a hospital here within two years. Mr. Revis Rolle in summing up what will be done locally listed the following tasks: Get a list of first responders; get recertification. Procure additional communication equipment to have alternatives for efficiency and effectiveness. Catalogue telephone numbers of emergency personnel and establish protocols and emergency numbers for hotels and marinas. We will evolve a system comparable to our neighbours in the North so that they need not worry about coming here because we can provide the services. In concluding, Dr. Carey stated that this represents the beginning of ongoing dialogue with persons from the capital and that 30 days hence they would revisit some of the suggestions to see if progress has been made. The Minister is very concerned about the situation; that is why we are here. We will work with the Marsh Harbour staff to ensure that the response mechanism is the best it can be and a decision will be made within one week. The Governments policy position on island emergency care will come out of this. Accompanying Dr. Carey were Ms. Charlene Bain, Coordinator of Progressive Training with the Department of Public Health, and Ms. Bernadette Godet, Acting Administrator for Public Health. 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Home delivery in the Marsh Harbour, Dundas Town and Murphy Town areas is available.Chef TerellFormerly Head Chef Abaco Beach HotelCall (242) 367-2782 for reservationsFlour House Catering ServiceAND April 15, 2005Open 7 Days a WeekServing Breakfast from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. Lunch from ll:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Dinner (Friday and Saturday Only) from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Sunday Brunch 11:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. Light Impressions Tile OutletNew Arrivals in Stock NOW!Keep Your House Clean, Cool & Comfortably Stylish With Todays CeramicsSouth America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. .We stock: Spacers Caps Trims and Accessories Thin-set Mastic Grouts Saws & Blades Free estimates Free delivery for larger orders Special pricing for builders and contractors Installation also optionalAbaco Shopping Centre Tel: 367-3242 Fax: 367-3474 Visit us and see over 200 samples on display Ceramic Granite Stone Procelain Vinyl Wood sion about changing this. Mr. Mitchell explained that the country needs to change to another type of taxation because Customs duties will not be sufficient to meet the needs of the country in a few years. The government is looking at several alternate taxation systems. The most likely would be a VAT or Value Added Tax. This would be applied to all areas of our economy, services as well as goods. In other countries this has been quite successful and has raised more money than expected. It means that the consumer pays the tax, not just businesses. In explaining about the Caribbean Court of Justice, the Bahamas has already agreed to support the court financially although we do not use the appellate services it offers. The Bahamas has already contributed to the initial financial costs. The Bahamas is still taking appeals to the Privy Council in Britain. There is a possibility that Britain may abolish this court. The Bahamas will use the Caribbean Court of Justice for disputes arising from the Treaty. The Bahamas is already supporting many of the institutions that CARICOM has organized including the University of the West Indies, a joint tourism board, medical accreditation. Mr. Mitchell brought out the fact that The Bahamas will be liberalizing foreign exchange soon making it less difficult to get foreign money for investment. He indicated that soon Bahamians would be allowed to have US dollar accounts. He assured the group that the government has to protect the way of life that Bahamians have and the government will not agree to anything that would jeopardize this. Other countries can bring pressure for change on The Bahamas but the government will make changes only if it is in the best interest of Bahamians. The Bahamas has observer status with the World Trade Organization at this time and is seeking full membership. The process is almost complete. That will bring additional pressure on the government to change its system of producing revenue to accommodate the WTO regulations. The government is preparing a White Paper which is almost complete which will state the governments position on CARICOM. Mr. Leonard Archer, High Commissioner/Ambassador to the Caribbean, who accompanied Mr. Mitchell, was of the opinion that the meeting with Chamber members was a very good one and that whilst some people did not seem to see the need to sign and expressed concerns, most were addressed. Also accompanying Mr. Mitchell was Mr. Philip Miller, Under Secretary with Responsibility for Trade and Economic Matters.Bahamas Will Have Several Exemptions CSMEFrom Page 2 sides Lucayan camps, they explored the first Loyalist settlement on Abaco, the town of Carleton, located near present day Treasure Cay which was settled in 1783. Mr. Lowe is hoping to make the basement of the Albert Lowe Museum into an archeological section where the artifacts can be displayed. Editors Note: The location of Carleton was discovered by Steve Dodge after he researched documents in England and Nassau. He conferred with Harvey and Ann Albury whose family owns where the discovery was made. Mr. Albury led him to a location where artifacts were found that were later verified by Mr. Carr as being from that time period. 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Page 26 The Abaconian June 1, 2005Area Code 242 unless listed otherwiseCasuarina PointDifferent of Abaco8 rm 20 cott 366-2150CherokeeLee Pinder 3 hse + 366-2053Grand CayRosies Place 352-5458Green Turtle CayBank Apartments3 apts 365-4105 Bluff House 8 rm 20 cott 365-4200 Chris Plummer3 hse 365-4648 Coco Bay Cottages4 cott 365-5464 Green Turtle Club34 rm 365-4271 Island Properties34 hse + 365-4047 New Plymouth Inn9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties30 + 365-4636 Roberts Cottages3 cott 365-4105Guana CayDolphin Bch Resort 4 rm 10 cott.365-5137 Coco Paradise8 cott 365-5197 Donna Sands12 hse + 365-5195 Guana Beach Resort6 units 365-5133 Guana Seaside8 rm 7 cott 365-5106 Harbour View Haven 365-5028 Sea Shore Villas 365-5028Hope TownAbaco Inn22 rm 366-0133 Club Soleil6 rm 1 cott 366-0003 Crystal Villas 6 villas 321-783-4576 Elbow Cay Prop 53 hse + 366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways 63 hse + 366-0224 Hope T Villas 3 hse + 366-0030 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages3 hse + 366--0266 Sea Spray Resort5 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key43 hse + 366-0053 Turtle Hill4 villas 366-0557Lubbers QuartersSea Level Cottages4 hse 366-3121Man-O-WarIsland Home Rentals 8 hse+ 365-6048 Schooners Landing 5 condos 365-6072Hotels and House Rental AgentsMarsh Harbour areaAbaco Beach Resort82 rms 367-2158 Abaco Real Estate 6 hse + 367-2719 Abaco Towns 32 effic 367-2227 Alesias 3 rms 367-4460 Ambassador Inn6 rms 367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms 367-3980 Conch Inn9 rms 367-4000 Ds Guest House6 rms 367-3980 Great Abaco Club 12 hse + 367-4151 Island Breezes Motel8 rms 367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas6 eff 367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas6 cott 367-3600 Sunset Point Resort8 rm 367-5333Moores IslandMoores Is Bonefish Camp8 rm 366-6334Sandy PointOeishas Resort 366-4139 Pete & Gays Resort14 rm 366-4119 Rickmons Bonefishing 10 rm 366-4477Spanish CaySpanish Cay Resort18 rm 6 hse 365-0083Treasure CayBahama Beach Club365-8500 Banyan Beach Resort21 rm 365-8111 Island Dreams 45 hse + 365-8507 Treasure Cay Resort95 rms 365-8801Walkers CayWalkers Cay Resort 353-1252Wood CayTangelo Hotel 19 rm 3 villas 365-2222General for AbacoListings for the entire island Abaco Vacations + 800-633-9197 Bahamas Vacations + 800-462-2426 Abaco Bound + 242-367-5576Web Siteswith general Abaco information http.// + agents who have multiple cottages and houses NCR Forms Office Stationary Flyers Certificates Tickets Brochures Photo Scanning Wedding/Funeral Programs Business Cards Envelopes Menus Labels Laminations ...MoreAbaco Print ShopFriendly and Professional Printing ServicesLocated in the Abaco Shopping Center Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Ph : (242) 367-3202 Fax : (242) 367-3201FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS!Call us today... 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The cats in this area should be humanely trapped, neutered and spayed and then returned to the area This will limit the areas population without requiring constant trips to trap and kill a never ending supply of new cats. Studies show that a stabilized cat population will be less likely to hunt there wont be any young to care for. The stabilized colony will also prevent new cats from moving into the area. Stabilized feral cat colonies have been successfully created in Canada, the Virgin Islands, South Africa, the United States and Denmark. Also, decreasing a cat population will cause an increase in the population of rats, snakes and crabs, which all prey on parrots. According to local sources, Parrots International will be returning to Great Abaco in May to trap and kill more cats. I urge you to help us stop this from happening contact your Member of Parliament, the Ministry of Agriculture, Bahamas Trust and Friends of the Environment and urge them to pull their support from this project. Please work with us to create a safe environment for both populations. Friends of Abaco Animals will be willing to work with any number of partners to raise money to pay for this new approach. I believe that we Bahamians can work to protect our environment without outside interest such as foreign self-serving organizations and graduate students who are receiving thousands of dollars in research grants that do not add to our economy but impact our environment. I would be happy to provide any supplemental material to support the facts presented in this letter. Thank you for your consideration. We must act soon to prevent more cats from dying in a painful and inhumane manner. Yours etc, Jane Thompson Friends of Abaco Animals LettersFrom Page 9 Guide which benefits all types of tourismrelated businesses. He described what has happened with as awesome and it costs absolutely nothing. The website has received 2.4 million visitors within the last 60-day period and offers significant opportunities to extract business through the site. There is a need to do something about informing visitors that the Bahamas is not just Nassau, Paradise Island and Grand Bahama, said Mr. Turner. An interactive map is being created specifically about the Out Islands of The Bahamas. Viewers will be able to click onto all islands except Nassau and Grand Bahama. Once a visitor selects Abaco, all information that the Ministry of Tourism has been told about any business will be clear for the consumer to see., whether it be about what to do, where to stay, diving, eco-tourism, golf, wonderful beaches, resorts or activities. All you need to do is tell us the appropriate elements to add. We can present interviews or videos or photos of your facility, informed Mr. Turner. Hotels can tag onto the destination and visitors can see views inside the hotel. They can then click Book now. It has been found that the average person spends seven minutes on A shopping cart is available to enable the comparison of prices and a summary can be obtained of all the items clicked on. Six million dollars has passed hands in bookings since November 2004 through the web site. Significant traffic reaches from other search engines and works with Expedia, Travelocity and others. Persons can now type in and go straight to the Abaco page. In answer to the question, How can businesses factor in? Any persons wishing to present their services through should contact Michelle Mikulah at the Ministry of Tourisms office in Abaco with their information as she will be in charge of the Abaco page. Mr. James Turner, Director of E-Commerce with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, explained how the internet is changing the way the tourism market does business. He had information on the effect it has had so far on tourism in The Bahamas and the future benefits the industry can derive from E-commerce, E-commerceFrom Page 1


June 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 27 Dive Shops Dive Abaco, Marsh Harbour.........367-2787 Abaco Dive Adventures, Marsh H.367-2963 Froggies, Hope Town................... 366-0431 Treasure Divers, Treasure Cay....365-8465 Treasure C. Adventures................365-8111 Brendals Dive, Green T. Cay.......365-4411 Dive Guana..................................365-5178 Man-O-Wa r Dive Shop.............365-6013 Bikes & Scooters Boats Cars & Carts Rentals Marsh Harbour A & P Car Rentals..............................367-2655 Bargain Car Rentals..........................367-0500 Blue Wave Boat Rentals....................367-3910 Concept Boat Rentals.......................367-5570 Laysue Boat Rentals.........................367-4414 Pier One Boat Rentals.......................367-3587 Power Cat Boat Rentals....................367-4620 Rainbow Boat Rentals.......................367-4602 Rental Wheels Scooters, Bikes, Cars367-4643 Richs Boat Rentals...........................367-2742 Sea Horse Boat Rentals....................367-2513 Sea Star Car Rentals.........................367-4887 Wilmac Car Rentals.......367-4970 or 367-4313 Green Turtle Cay Bay Street Rentals............477-5300 365-4070 C & D Cart Rental..............................365-4084 D & P Cart Rental..............................365-4655 Donnies Boat Rentals.......................365-4119 New Plymouth Cart Rentals.365-4188 or 4149 Reef Boat Rentals.............................365-4145 Sea Side Carts..................................477-5497 T & A Cart Rentals.............................375-8055 Guana Cay Donna Sands Cart Rentals................365-5195 Dive Guana Boats & bikes................365-5178 Man-O-War Conch Pearl Boat Rentals.................365-6059 Island Treasures Cart Rentals...........365-6072 Ria-mar Golf Cart Rentals.................365-6241 Water Ways Boat Rent..357-6540 & 365-6143 Hope Town Bike Shop Bicycle Rentals................366-0292 Cats Paw Boat Rentals.....................366-0380 Hope Town Cart Rentals....................366-0064 Island Cart Rentals............................366-0448 Island Marine Boat Rentals...............366-0282 Sea Horse Boat Rentals....................366-0023 Sea Spray Resort Boat Rentals.........366-0065 T & N Cart Rentals............................366-0069 Treasure Cay Alison Car Rent.................................365-8193 Cass Carts........................................365-8771 Claridges Cart Rentals......................365-8248 Cornish Car Rentals..........................365-8623 JIC Boat Rentals...............................365-8465 Richs Boat Rentals...........................365-8582 Triple J Car Rentals...........................365-8761 Abaco Adventures Kayaks..............365-8749Ferry Schedule Departure times shown Daily unless noted Albury s Ferry Service Ph 367-3147 or 367-0290 VHF Ch. 16Marsh Harbour > Hope Town 20 minute trip from Crossing Beach7:15 9 am 10:30 12:15 pm 2 4 5:45 9+ 10:45+ Return 8 am 9:45 11:30 1:30 pm 3 4 5 6:15 9:45+ 11:30+Marsh Harbour > Man-O-War 20 minute trip from Crossing Beach10:30 am 12:15 pm2:30* (M-Sat) 4 5:45 Return 8 am 11:30 1:30 pm 3:15* (M-Sat) 4:30 Marsh H. > Guana Cay (& Scotland Cay with advance notice) 40 min. from Conch Inn 6:45am 10:301:30 pm 3:30 5:45 Return 8 am 11:30 2:30 pm 4:45 6:30Same day fare Adult oneway $15 / Round Trip $20 Kids 6-11 half fare Free under 6 From Union Jack Dock Except holidays + Hope Town late trips Fri & Sat only Green T urtle Ferry Phone 365-4166, 4128, 4151 VHF Ch 16Green Turtle Cay to Treasure Cay Airpor t 8 am 9 11 12:15 1:30 3 4:30 Treasure Cay Airport to Green Turtle Cay 8:30 am 10:30 11:30 1:30 2:30 3:30 4:30 5One way adult $7 (Children $3) Round trip $12 Extra to some destinations Abaco Adventures Ph 365-8749 VHF Ch 16Treasure Cay to Guana Cay Sunday Lv 12 & returns 4:45 p.m. $25 RT T Cay to Man-O-War/ Hope Town Wed 9:30 am, return 4:30 pm $35 RT T Cay to Guana Cay Sunset Cruise Fr $25 call for time Pinder s Ferry Service Between Abaco & Grand Bahama -Crown Haven, Abaco to McLeans Town, Grand Bah. Daily 7:00 am & 2:30 pm McLeans Town to Crown Haven Daily 8:30 am & 4:30 pm Fare $40 one way Children half fare Call Abaco 365-2356 for information Bus between Freeport and McLeans Town Rental automobiles at both terminals. Bahamas Ferries Between Nassau & Sandy Point under 4 Hr. Friday & Sunday Lv Nassau 3:30 pm Lv Sandy Point 8 pm Adults $90 RT, $50 OW Cars, trucks and cargo Call Sandy Point 366-4119 or Marsh Harbour 367-5250 Islander Express Bus between Marsh Harbour & Sandy Point -For information call 366-4444 or 457-9958 Enovahs Bus Service Hourly bus through Murphy Town, Dundas Town & Marsh Harbour to Ferry dock. Spring City early morning & late afternoon. Sandy Point Patrick Roberts ....366-4286 Nicholas Roberts Derrick Gaitor Ferdinand Burrows366-4133 Vernal Burrows Kendall White Anthony Bain .......366-4107 Floyd Burrows .....366-4175 Links Adderly .......366-4335 Valentino Lightbourne Ricky Burrows .....366-4233 Marsh Harbour Jody Albury .........375-8068 Terrance Davis ....367-4464 Buddy Pinder .......366-2163 Justin Sands .......367-3526 Danny Sawyer .....367-3577 Jay Sawyer .........367-3941Bonefish Guides Man-O-War David Albury. .......365-6059 Cherokee Theodore Sawyer .... 366-2111 Will Sawyer ............. 366-2177 Marty Sawyer .......... 366-2115 Noel Lowe ...............366-2107 Junior Albury ............366-3058 Randy Sawyer .........366-2284 Hope Town Maitland Lowe .........366-0133 North Abaco ODonald McIntosh..477-5037 Pope McKenzie .......477-5894 Orthnell Russell .......365-0125 Alexander Rolle .......365-0120 Edward Rolle ...........365-0024 Green Turtle Cay Ronnie Sawyer ........365-4070 Jeff Survance ...........365-4040 Ricky Sawyer ...........365-4261Visitors GuideRestaurants Services Transportation Restaurant Guide Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper (Based on dinner entree range) Provides ride from town + Picnic tables & restroom only Marsh Harbour Anglers.........................$$$.............367-2158 Conch Crawl.....................$.............367-4444 Ginos ...............................$.............367-2002 Golden Grouper................$.............367-2301 Hibiscus Cafe.................$$.............367-2782 Hummingbird..................$$.............367-2922 Jamies Place...................$.............367-2880 Jib Room........................$$.............367-2700 Kentucky Fried Chicken (lunch-5pm)367-2615 Mangoes.......................$$$.............367-2366 Pops Place.......................$.....+....367-3796 Sapodillys.................... $$$.............367-3498 Sea Shells........................$.............367-4460 Snack Shack....................$.....+....367-4005 Snappas...........................$.............367-2278 Subway..............................................367-2798 Wallys...........................$$$.............367-2074 Dundas Town Ambassador Inn...............$.............367-2022 Hope Town Abaco Inn.....................$$$.............366-0133 Capn Jacks......................$.............366-0247 Club Soliel.........................................366-0253 Harbours Edge............. $$.............366-0087 H T Harbour Lodge.......$$$.............366-0095 Munchies..........................$.....+....366-0423 Rudys Place.................$$$.........366-0062 Sea Spray.......................$$ .........366-0065 Man-O-War Pavilion .............................$.............365-6185 Hibiscus.............................................365-6380 Guana Cay Blue Water Grill............$$$.............365-5230 Guana Seaside.............$$$.............365-5106 Nippers.........................$$$.............365-5143 Orchid Bay.........................................265-5175 Treasure Cay Florences Cafe................$ Coconuts............................ Harbour Cafe....................$.............365-8635 Hudsons Delight..............$.............365-8648 Spinnaker Restaurant...$$$.............365-8469 Touch of Class..............$$$.............365-8195 Travellers Rest..................................365-8654 Green Turtle Cay Bluff House...................$$$.............365-4200 Jolly Roger Bistro...........$$.............365-4200 Green Turtle Club.........$$$.............365-4271 Lauras Kitchen...............$$.............365-4287 McIntoshs Restaurant......$.............365-4625 New Plymouth Inn........$$$.............365-4161 Plymouth Rock Cafe..........................365-4234 Roosters Rest................$$.............365-4066 Sundowners.......................................365-4060 Wrecking Tree Restaurant Harbour Caf (ferry dock).$.....+....365-8635 Sandy Point Big Js...............................$.............366-4020 Nancys............................... Oeishas.............................................366-4139 Pete & Gays.................$$$.............366-4119 Seaside Inn..................$$$.............366-4120 Rickmon Bonefish Lodge..................366-4477 Everyone reads The Abaconian Abaco Chamber of Commerce 367-5822 Fax 367-5823 Abaco area code 242 unless listed otherwise Please bring errors, omissions or corrections to our attention Emergency ServicesPolice Marsh Harbour 367-2560 The following services are provided by volunteers Fire Marsh Harbour 367-2000 Fire Dundas Town 367-2935 or 4935 Fire -Hope Town VHF Ch 16 Fire Green Turtle Cay 365-4133 Fire Man-O-War 365-6911 BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc all areas Marine VHF 16 Hope Town 366-0500 Marsh Harbou r 367-3752 Guana Cay 365-5178 Treasure Cay 365-8749 Medical Services Abaco Family Medicine Marsh Harbour.367-2295 Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic............367-0020 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.................................Rev 4 Mar 05Compliments of The Abaconian Abaco Marinas Slips Fuel Phone Walkers Cay Walkers Cay Closed.. 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 Service10......F....365-4033 Treasure Cay Treasure Cay Marina150......F....365-8250 Man-O-War Man-O-War Marina...26......F....365-6008 Marsh Harbour Boat Harbour Marina183......F....367-2736 Conch Inn.................75......F....367-4000 Harbour View Marina36......F....367-2182 Marsh Harbour Marina52 F 367 2700 Mangoes...... Rebuilding......F ....367-2366 Hope Town Hope Town Marina....16..............366-0003 Hope Town Hideaways.................366-0224 Lighthouse Marina......6......F....366-0154 Sea Spray.................50......F....366-0065 Spanish Cay Spanish Cay Marina.75......F....365-0083 Guana Cay Orchid Bay................32......F....365-5175Boats can clear Customs at Spanish Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour Tours & Excursions Kayak Abaco Outback Marsh Harbour.. 367-5358 Birding Abaco Outback Marsh Harbour..367-5358 Abaco Island Tours Marsh Harbour .......... 367-2936 Excursion boat Froggies Hope Town ..... 366-0024 Excursion boat Froggies Hope Town ..... 366-0431 Airlines Serving AbacoAbaco Air Nassau, N Eleuthera, Moores Is ....... 367-2266 Air Florida Ft. Lauderdale .................................. 367-5599 Air Sunshine Ft. Lauderdale .............................. 367-2800 American Eagle Miami....................................... 367-2231 Bahamasair Nassau & W. Palm Beach ............. 367-2095 Bimini Island Air Ft Lauderdale .................. 954-938-8991 Calypso AirFt Laud & W Palm Bch..............954-3594191 Continental Connection Miami Ft. Laud and W Palm Beach ........................ 367-3415 Fla Coastal Airlines Vero B & Ft Lauderdale..... 367-0179 Island Express Ft Lauderdale .......................... 367-0169Majors Air Service Freeport ............................... 367-4826 Southern Air Nassau .......................................... 367-2498 Twin Air Fort Lauderdale .................................... 365-8677 USAir Ft. Laud and W. Palm Bch ...................... 367-2231 Vintage Props & Jets New Smyrna B. ............... 367-4852 Yellow Air Taxi Ft Lauderdale ..................... 954-359-0292 Local air charters serving Bahamas & S.Florida Abaco Air .............................................................. 367-2266 Cherokee Air Charters .......................................... 367-2089 Taxi Cab Fares for one or two passengers Plus extra for each passengers above two Between Marsh Harbour Airport and : Ferry Dock or Murphy Town to Ammons Dr ...........$12 + $3 Bristol Cellers thru A. Beach Hotel or Govt dock thru Dundas Town....................................................$10 + $3 Dove Plaza, Stop Light or Sawyers Market..........$10 + $2 Govt Clinic thru Western Auto ................................$ 6 + $2 Gov. freight dock through Dundas Town................$10 + $3 Murphy Town to Shell Sta......................................$14 + $4 Pelican Shores to Frankie Russel house ...............$14 + $4 Eastern Shores to Peas & Rice house..................$14 + $4 Beyond Russell house or Peas & Rice house.......$16 + $5 Great Cistern ..........................................................$20 + $5 Spring City ..............................................................$15 + $5 Snake Cay ............................................................$35 + $10 Treasure Cay .......................................................$60 + $ 10 Casuarina Point ....................................................$60 + $10 Treasure Cay Airport or Bah Palm Shores.........$70 + $ 10 Little Harbour or Cherokee ...................................$80 + $10 Crossing Rocks ..................................................$100 + $10 Sandy Point ........................................................$135 + $10 Between Marsh Harbour Ferry and: Ab Beach Hotel thru Wallys & Eastern Shore.......$ 2 each Jib Room................................................................ $ 3 each Solomons Super Center ..........................................$5 + $3 Stop Light, Dove Plaza, Govt dock ........................$ 6 + $3 Government Freight Dock .......................................$ 7 + $3 Gov.Clinic, W. Auto or Nat. Insurance.....................$ 9 + $3 Mother Merle restaurant .........................................$10 + $3 Waiting time $20 per hour, $10 per half hour Children under three free Uncaged pets as people Luggage $.50 each over four, Surf boards $3.00 ea. Between Treasure Cay Airport and: Effective July 2004Treasure Cay Resor t..............................................$18 + $5 Madeira Park ..........................................................$12 + $4 Green Turtle Cay ferry dock.....................................$6 + $4 Moxy .......................................................................$16 + $5 Bahamas Star farm ................................................$20 + $5 Sand Banks ............................................................$22 + $5 Joes Creek .............................................................$40 + $6 Black Wood............................................................ $16 + $5 Fire Road & Coopers Town...................................$35 + $5 Cedar Harbour ........................................................$50 + $5 Wood Cay ...............................................................$55 + $5 Mount Hope ........................................................... $60 + $5 Fox Town................................................................$65 + $5 Crown Haven ..........................................................$70 + $5 Marsh Harbour Airport ..........................................$70 + $10 T Cay Hotel to Marsh Harbour............................. $60 + $10 T C Hotel to G Turtle Ferry or Blue Hole............... $14 + $ 6 T C Hotel to Bonefish Marles.................................$20 + $5 T C Hotel to Joes Creek ........................................$30 + $6 T C Hotel to Moxey .................................................$14 + $5 T C Hotel to Banyan Bch Club.................................$6 + $3 Green Turtle Ferry to Marsh H Airport.................. $70 + $10 Points of InterestAlbert Lowe Museum......................Green Turtle Cay Capt Roland Roberts House, reef exhibits..........GTC Memorial Sculpture Garden......... Green Turtle Cay Wyannie Malone Historical Museum.......Hope Town Elbow Cay Light Station..........................Hope Town


Page 28 The Abaconian June 1, 2005 Find your new home with Bahamas Realty. Find your new home with Bahamas Realty. Find your new home with Bahamas Realty. Find your new home with Bahamas Realty. Find your new home with Bahamas Realty. Bahamas Realty reaches the world via its simple and easy-to-use website We have offices in Nassau, Abaco, Grand Bahama, Exuma, Long Island, Harbour Island & Eleuthera.#8928. Secluded 4 bedroom, 2 bath home in the lovely community of Bahama Palm Shores. Located directly across the lane from Eight Mile Bay and its gorgeous beach. Rooftop deck enjoys some of the best views in the area. Room to expand and put your personal touch to this promising home. $422,000 #8842: Murphy Town. Very nice duplex plus efficiency. Recent renovations, fresh paint, traditional Colonial style. Quite part of town, near highway. Dont miss out on this! Nicely priced at $289,000 #9297: 77 acres bordering the Sea of Abaco with the Atlantic Ocean to the east, includes high elevations, a pond, native coppice, numerous coconut palm trees, pristine white sand beaches. Serious inquiries only, please. #9486: Marsh Harbour, Eastern Shores. Rare home site located on the secluded peninsula. Property runs sea-to-sea, 66 on the protected Creek, western boundary runs 120 eastern boundary 133 Serious inquiries only, please #9492. NEW! Lovely homesite in secluded Bahama Coral island; just 10 minutes north of Marsh Harbour. Elevated and just across from natural wildlife area and 5 minutes to the secluded beach area. Great views if built up! Buy now for the future! $21,000.Offered Exclusively by Bahamas Realty E-mail: Royal Harbour Village. Opposite Boat Harbour EntranceTel: 242-367-3262 Fax: 242-367-3260Hope Town Tel: 242-366-0601 Fax: 9510. Gr eenland Bay. Gorgeous, unspoiled beach front, dazzling white sand, rolling grassland interior. Parcels encompass 100 to 200 feet on the beach, depth of +/-300. 30 miles south of Marsh Harbour. Only one parce may be sold in each instance; the entire acreage is not offered a whole. Starting at $120,000. GREENLAND BAY #9079: Outstanding beach front building site situated on the Atlantic Ocean. Very desirable, approximately one and one half acres running over 100 feet along Guanas fabulous sugar sand beach and approximately 525 feet deep. Conveniently located near the settlement and well north of Nippers. Secluded and well-vegetated. #9092: Only 3 years old, modern triplex plus efficiency apartment. Solid concrete construction, tile floors. Spacious back yard. Convenient to Government Primary school. Quiet cul-de-dac location. This wont last long. $298,000 DUNDAS TOWN UNDER CONTRACT GREENLAND BAY BAHAMA PALM SHORES EASTERN SHORES BAHAMA CORAL ISLAND GUANA CAY UNDER CONTRACT UNDER OFFER MURPHY TOWN #7735: Lovely wooded home site, cleared and ready for building. A fresh water well is in place to service the property. Nice elevation for views of the South Side of Abaco. Power and telephone line run close to this property. $20,000BAHAMA CORAL ISLAND#8551: 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath family home in Cove Estates. Custom built, tongue & groove interiors, tile, master bath spa with hot tub, double vanities, deluxe master suite. Many built-ins, gorgeous gourmet kitchen. Offered where is, as is. Roof needs to be re-shingled. Owner motivated! Price is firm. COVE ESTATES UNDER CONTRACT#9484: Bright, cherry, newly-built family home, 3 bed 2 bath. Coopers Town has all infrastructure, including Government medical facility, schools and grocery stores $154,900 LYNYARD CAY COOPERS TOWN


VOLUME 13, NUMBER 11, JUNE 1st, 2005 By Candace Key The Hope Town School senior class end-of-the-year trips are planned years ahead and talked about that long afterwards. It is our aim to visit all of the Bahamian islands. The trips last longer and longer each year as we find more and more to see. The trip last year to Inagua drew a lot of interest from readers and several people took the trip and found they enjoyed it as much as we had. This year we visited Andros, Fresh Creek, North Andros, to be exact. These trips allow students to experience first hand what they normally only read about in books. Bahamian islands are definitely for experiencing and exploring. We are never disappointed. If anyone would like information on places, people, hotels or sites, please feel free to contact me. Past and present principal colleagues were a great help to us. It is always great to see Administrator Cephas Cooper and Principal Emily Miller, both of whom opened many doors for us. Come nowlets go to Andros through the eyes and voice of the students. Oh! By the way, next year we plan to travel to Exuma.Away We Go to Andros!Hope Towns Senior Students Write About Their ExperiencesWeather Vane Repair Is Risky Shoot Out Brings Anglers Please see Andros Page 10 The senior class of the Hope Town School makes a trip to one of the Family Islands each spring. This year they visited Andros w here they met Scraplron Colebrook of Red Bays, a master at doing strawork. They were fascinated by his craftsmanship which is of suc h high quality that some of his work is in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. The students had a very memorable trip w hich they will remember for many years. The Elbow Cay Light Station has been in operation since 1863. It requires care and maintenance. But seldom does the weather vane refuse to follow the wind. The risky repair required skill and daring. Thats Jerry Whiteleather who undertook the dangerous job. Homecoming is a great time to rekindle relationships and visit with family and friends. Sandy Points Regatta and Homecoming is planned for the Labor Day weekend commencing June 3rd. This year the Sandy Point Regatta Committee is working with the Ministry of Tourism to ensure that this years celebration will be extremely successful. Under the theme Salute to a Sailing Legend, Captain Ivan Stuart, the Regatta Committee will present a wide presentation of food and drinks along with a competitive and exciting schedule of sporting and enter-Sandy Point Plans Regatta Remember to AttendThe Native Plant ExpoFriends Office in Marsh Harbour 10 a.m. on June 11, 2005Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina once again hosted the 26th annual Bertram Hatteras Shootout, a very prestigious billfish tournament. And again this year it was Hatteras that took top honours. However, the biggest fish this year did not translate into the top finish. The big one was caught by the Bertram Grander with this 718-pound blue marlin. Only two marlin were boated while 72 were released. Fortythree boats participated. Story and Photo by Dave Gale The wind is blowing from the noreast but the wind vane atop the lighthouse is pointing sowest! So went the call from folks at Hope Town. Not nearly as important and exciting as the bygone days call of Wrack Ashore! but nevertheless the wind vane hadnt been stuck in one position for any Hope Towners lifetime. A member of the Hope Town Sailing Club who was also a member of the Harbour Rhatts Please see Lighthouse Page 18 Please see Regatta Page 16


Page 2 B The Abaconian June 1, 2005 Local Agent:Marsh Harbour Shipping Company P.O.Box AB 20777242-367-3341 Fax:242-367-4885 Ray Weatherford,Shelly Russell and John BethellThe BestConnectionto AbacoSaturday departure and Sunday arrival,ready for Monday pick-upFull Container Load Services including expanded area of equipment positioning throughout the southeast United StatesWe provide fenced and secure dockside storage and parking in Marsh HarbourConveniently located near Interstate 95 at 1489 Martin Luther King,Jr.Blvd.Riviera Beach,FL 561-844-8306Consistent and personal customer serviceLess-than-container load, Refrigerated and Consolidation Services Diamente Dental ClinicDr. J. Denise Archer D.D.S. Garnett Archer Mem. Blvd., Suite #6 P.O. Box AB 20579 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Website: (appointments can be made online) Tel: 242-367-4968 Fax: 242-367-3001 Emergency 242-554-8327 Email: Dr. Barry L. Russell June 2 of the Bahamas Orthodontic Center Orthodontics (Braces) Dr. Kendal Major June 17 Periodontics (gum disease) Implants Dr. J. Denise Archer Mondays Saturdays General Dentistry Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) available By Neil Sealey Efforts are underway to clean up hazardous waste, abandoned equipment and derelict buildings at the former cruise ship shore facility on the northern tip of Great Guana Cay. The remediation programme is expected to cost over $1 million and take weeks to complete, according to Doug Shipman, project manager for the low-density, environmentally sensitive residential resort that is planned for the Bakers Bay property. The cleanup contract was awarded to American Bridge, the company that recently completed construction of the Marsh Harbour freight dock. The company is working with numerous Bahamian subcontractors. The shore facility was leased from the previous owner of Bakers Bay, Ludwig Meister, by Premier Cruise Lines and developed under contract with Disney. It catered to thousands of passengers a week between 1989 and 1993, after which it was simply abandoned. To give cruise ships access to what Disney liked to call Treasure Island massive dredging was undertaken to create a 45-foot deep, three-mile channel into the bay with a 3000-foot turning basin, Mr Shipman said. The dock that was built for water taxis will be used temporarily by the Bakers Bay development to bring in supplies and then will be removed. The beach dunes will be restored and native vegetation will replace the invasive casuarinas which contribute to coastal erosion. In addition to removing trash and debris from inshore waters, the developers are also transplanting corals to artificial patch reefs to replace those that were smothered by the cruise ship dredging. The artificial reefs will eventually be used as an environmental education snorkeling trail. The abandoned facility was described by some as a pirate-ship paradise built of plastic and spare parts. It included dolphin pens, a 500-seat amphitheatre, canteens, walkways, restrooms, shops, jetties and other infrastructure. Spread over dozens of acres, the Treasure Island complex includes buried dump sites, abandoned fuel tanks, electrical transformers and other hazardous materials that require removal and mitigation, according to the Bakers Bay environmental impact assessment. This previous development introduced invasive plants and insects that now threaten the natural flora and fauna of the island. Immediate landscape management and coastal stewardship actions are needed to prevent further degradation. The EIAs mitigation plan for the Treasure Island complex calls for cleanup of contaminants, dune restoration, reinstatement of native vegetation, wetland restoration and proper management of wildlife habitats. Australian pine (casuarinas) and Hawaiian Beach Napuka (Scaevola sericea) are prevalent in the altered areas. Both of these species are on the BEST Commissions list of invasive alien plants to eradicate from coastal landscaping. Beach dunes will be restored with native species. The non-native insect pests present on the island are likely to have been imported with exotic plants. So the developers will be replanting from a locally cultivated nursery. The native plant programme is supervised by Keith Bradley of the Institute for Regional Conservation in Miami. He has been contracted to work with the University of Miami Environmental Management Team that is overseeing the Bakers Bay development. Mr. Bradley spent the last several weeks conducting a detailed inventory of native flora on the island, identifying a number of rare plants. Large trees mapped on the cay included wild-saffron, locust berry, mastic, ironwood, blolly, seven-year apple and yellowwood. The plant data will be analysed to determine habitat areas that should be protected. During the initial construction phase, the developers will use tent-like structures for temporary housing. Construction workers will be ferried from Marsh Harbour directly to the construction site. Workers will not be passing through the Guana Cay settlement. Septic tanks will be initially installed and replaced with composting toilets within six months. Additionally, a constructed wetland for treating wastewater will be deKathleen Albury, BRI a professional Licensed Real Estate Appraiser who has performed work for most local financial institutions, many attorneys and private individuals. She also serves as Estate Agent with H.G. Christie, Ltd. with six years of extensive and varied experience in real estate, both in the U.S. and the Bahamas, four of these years in Abaco. She maintains licenses in both countries. She has completed many continuing education courses, having received her Bahamas Real Estate Institute designation, and can be considered one of the best trained realtors in Abaco. Kathleen serves all of Abaco and currently resides in Hope Town, Elbow Cay.When you require a Real Estate Appraisal, please call: HGChristie.comP.O. Box AB 20777 Bay Street Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: (242) 367 5454 Fax: (242) 367 5452 e.mail: Clean Up Has Begun at Bakers BayThe Premier Cruise Line that operated a small cruise ship coming to Abaco in the early 1990s left a lot of debris at Bakers Bay when they pulled out. The developers of Bakers Bay will be spending about $1 million to clean up the site. This is the ruins of the amphitheatre that was left. Please see Clean Up Page 26


June 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 3 B Dr. Therese M. 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Second floor living, dining and bedrooms opening to verandahs with sea views. Ground floor guest suite with living room and patio. Great views of powder sand beaches. Serene island ambience. Offered for sale at $1,550,000. Internet Reference #2671 Stan Sawyer: (242) 477-5821 MARSH HARBOUR Pelican Point lies in a very private cul-de-sac in Pelican Shores. The elevated property has 435 feet of waterfrontage and has 75 foot dock with 6,500 pound boat lift. The main house encompasses 2,900 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms 3 baths and spacious deck with hot tub. It sits on a bluff with fantastic sea views. Garage and private one bedroom apartment. US$1,690,000. Internet Ref. #2769 George Damianos (242)362-4211 TREASURE CAY PRIME WATERFRONT COTTAGE DEVELOPMENT Ten acre property with 460 feet waterfront, including a 120 foot beach. Four cottages, each with two bedrooms, ensuite baths, kitchen and living area. High quality, low maintenance materials. On-site furniture, fixtures and Reverse Osmosis water system. Development potential as a marina, resort or fishing lodge. Price upon inquiry Internet Ref. #2407 Stan Sawyer (242) 477-5821 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY Surf Song Clear aqua ocean and 125 feet of white powder sand beach to be enjoyed at this 3 bedroom 2.5 bath beach house. Located at the north end of Elbow Cay in Hope Town Point Subdivision. Spacious kitchen and open living room, dining rooms. Tropical landscaped grounds, central A/C, back up generator, garage and more. Offered for sale at US$1,500,000. Ref. #2785 Jane Patterson: (242)366-0569 TREASURE CAY Windsong Stylistic, cozy and very private beachfront residence. Island style three pod residence with centre pod comprising living, dining, kitchen and patio areas. Master suite pod with Jacuzzi bath takes advantage of refreshing ocean views through sliding glass doors. Two guest bedrooms each with private baths in a separate pod. Lush tropical environment. $1,550,000. Internet Ref. #2722 Stan Sawyer: (242) 477-5821 UNDER CONTRACT TREASURE CAY Casa Bella" Luxury 3 bed 3.5 bath beachfront home bordering white sand and crystal blue water. Professionally decorated 5,200 sq. ft. of living space with 12' ceilings. Quality finishes include: custom cabinetry, Monogram stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, marble floors and designer furnishings. Study, attached 2-car garage and more. Offered at US$3,100,000. Internet Reference #2640 Kerry Sullivan: (242) 366-0040 TREASURE CAY The Blue House Uniquely designed 4 bed 5 bath beach house on Treasure Cay Beach. Great ocean views, master suite and bedroom/study, three bedroom suites with private baths; each bath has access to the outdoor deck. Hurricane shutters, 3 central A/C units, open kitchen, cathedral ceiling in main living area and more. Offered at US$2,090,000. Internet Reference #2086 Nick Damianos (242) 3222305 TREASURE CAY Serenity House is a modern 5,600 sq. ft. two story CBS home offering incredible ocean views from every room. All floors are marble and ceilings are open wood-beam in this four bedroom, four and a half bath, two car garage home. Designed by noted Bahamian Architect John Darville. Two fully landscaped lots with 290 ft. oceanfront. Fully furnished at US$3,900,000. George Damianos (242) 362-4211 TREASURE CAY Crosswinds Four bed three bath 2,800 sq. ft. family home and apartment. Located in multi-millionaire neighbourhood. Solid CBS construction inside and out. Family room, 2 central A/Cs, 2 generators, 2 fresh water wells and manicured garden. Apartment with large bedroom and bath, living room and kitchen; great rental history. Offered for sale at $820,000. Ref. #2516. Stan Sawyer (242) 477-5821 By Jennifer Hudson Preserving our natural resources. If not now, when? If not us, who? was a slogan many people became familiar with recently since the month of April was observed island-wide as Coastal Awareness Month and, according to Mrs. Bernadette Harding of the Ministry of Tourism and Mrs. Anita Knowles of the Friends of the Environment who spearheaded the event on Abaco, it was very successful. The idea of the month-long observation was initiated by Nassau to educate people about the importance of the coastal environment as the entire Bahamas is considered coastal. All islands of The Bahamas were invited to participate in this first national community awareness effort. Mr. Earlston McPhee, General Manager of Sustainable Tourism Development and Chairman of the Planning Committee for Coastal Awareness Month, sent a letter suggesting areas to cover and suggestions for planned activities. Ms. Harding and Ms. Knowles took the message to schools, civic and church groups throughout Abaco where they spoke on important issues and showed the film Hanging in the Balance which covered the topic of fishing and over-fishing. Churches took part by having the message preached during Sunday sermons and schools held competitions to sensitize the children to the issues. Several schools took part in beach clean ups. There was a Ministry of Tourism chat show on Radio Abaco and logo T shirts were on sale throughout the month. The month began with the Reef Ball at the Abaco Beach Hotel on April 2nd and culminated with a very successful Earth Day for which school children had researched various environmental projects and presented their findings in a series of interesting booths on the grounds of New Visions Ministries. Certificates and prizes donated by the Ministry of Tourism were presented during a ceremony at the conclusion of Earth Day. Each school was presented with a CD of Hanging in the Balance The main topics for consideration during Coastal Awareness Month were: Pollution: Marine pollution is caused by anything we throw into or allow to seep into the sea which can result in harm to the marine environment, marine life or both. Help by not throwing or allowing waste, garbage and other items into our seas which will pollute our waters. Climate Change: As Bahamians we can play our part to reduce the impacts on our coastal zone by reducing the amount of greenhouse gases that we emit into the atmosphere. Overfishing: Obey fishing regulations regarding the size limits and closed seasons. Invasive species: Invasive plants out compete local vegetation and contribute to coastal erosion. Plant native species in your yard and community. Habitat Destruction: This is a major issue affecting our coastal zone in The Bahamas; avoid filling in wetlands and cutting mangroves for development; maintain natu-Coastal Awareness Month Was a Successral barriers and sand dunes; observe recommended setbacks for developments; do not anchor on coral reefs; never use chemicals such as bleach while fishing. The organizers of Coastal Awareness Month feel, We have played an important role in bringing a level of public awareness to the threats our coastal resources are challenged with on a daily basis and would like to do it again next year. A national school competition will begin in June and it is hoped for full participation from public and private schools. The Ministry and Friends would like to thank the business community for their support. Guana Freight Services Regular Freight Runs to Guana & Scotland Cay Monday thru Friday Charters & Water available on request Phone or Fax Rich or Melena at 242-365-5190 477-5292 375-8833 Great Guana Cay


Page 4 B The Abaconian June 1, 2005 TREASURE CAY SHOPPING CENTRE,ABACO (242) 365-8350 FAX:(242) 365-8352 OPEN MON-SAT 8AM 6PM AND SUN 9AM-1PMCome visit our newly renovated store. More products.Great service. More from our store. A BRAND NEW LOOK ... THE BATTERY WITH THE LIGHTNING BOLT OF LIFE!!!BATTERIES A/C Delco Marine Trojan Golf Cart 6 & 8V Truck/Tractor Diesel Marine Batteries Diesel Automotive Batteries Gel Batteries High Reserve Capacity Batteries UPS Computer Batteries WE HONOUR THE FULL WARRANTY PERIOD NOT PRO-RATED(If an Epic Battery fails due to workmanship any time during that year, Epic would replace that battery free of charge!)Delivery Service AvailableFULL ONE YEAR GUARANTEE!Located in the Colina Building on Queen Elizabeth Dr. Ph: 367-3742 Fax: 367-0064 Friends of the EnvironmentInvites you toNative Plant ExpoSpecial Guest SpeakerEach attendee will be give 1 native tree to plant or replace an invasive on your property. When:Saturday June 11, 2005 at 10:00 amWhere:Friends of the Environment (Above Dougs Place and Abacom in Marsh Harbour) Come and see what you can do to prevent plants like this invading YOUR Abaco Natural habitats. Come and do your part in ERADICATING INVASIVE SPECIES on Abaco By Portia Jonsson On May 13th the Minister of Education and Attorney General, the Hon. Alfred Sears, met with all teachers at a luncheon held at the Anglican Parish Hall. In his brief remarks to the teachers Mr. Smith said when Mr. Sears was last here to launch the book club, he was unable to meet with them for a luncheon but made a promise to return in two weeks. The Minister delivered on his promise. Mr. Crestwell Sturrup, Permanent Secretary, informed all that security is as important in our schools today as teachers and principals. The minister is open to the concerns of many. He advised that Mr. Sears came into the ministry to effect change and this kind of leadership is necessary because of the environment we live in today. He added that Min. Sears brought a new vision to the ministry and two months from now the Ministry of Education will hold a national convention where they will engage in critical examination of the education system and look for ways to improve it. After hearing the song My Anchor Holds Mr. Sears spoke on this topic: The Anchor Holds in Spite of the Storm Min. Sears said these past three years have been a very challenging time. When he assumed this position, it became apparent to him that given our resources and our small size, we can do better in the delivery and contents in terms of the quality of administration of education. As he traveled the country, everywhere he went teachers complained of the thousands of dollars owed to them by the ministry for work already done. There is also a problem with principals, senior personnel and administrators. He told of teachers who said the ministry is not caring and not concerned with the hardships they face because of the unanswered letters. Many students expressed the desire to be doctors and scientists, but he had to confront the reality that in those islands science is not taught in the schools. This has caused him to conclude that with the resources in The Bahamas and our small size, we can do better. He asked himself some fundamental questions, Why are we educating our students? and What is the outcome? He decided to pursue a number of objectives. The extended learning program was designed in the department. Students who did not meet the required level of language are required to attend summer school. He was pleased to say that last year the results were better but making a remedial class is not enough. Emphasis must be placed on early education. Over the next year his ministry will establish a preschool on every island beginning at age 4 and later on age 3. The public preschool program in the Ministry of Education started in 1989. The Ministry of Education has an obligation to provide a place for every child. He said this years budget has allowed the ministry to engage additional teachers aides. Human resource is the quality of our education and the ministry will make provision for teachers to go back to school and get their bachelors degree. In September of this year a leadership program will be established in the ministry. Mr. Sears wants everyone to have a common background. As minister he is not here to look pretty or be a rubber stamp. In order for teachers to have the confidence in the system they need to have an appraisal system that is fair. Accompanying the Minister were Mr. Cecil Thompson, Deputy Director of the Ministry of Education; Mrs. Eulavese Newbold, Director of Communications; Mr. Joshua Smith, National Coordinator for Physical Infrastructure for the Ministry of Education; Mr. Garth Johnson, Director of School Security; Mr. Farrington, Chief Security Officer; and Mr. Rudolph Smith, District Superintendent.Education Minister Meets with Teachers The Hon. Alfred Sears


June 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 5 B Nassau (242) 356-5030 Eleuthera (242) 359-7660Showing Integrity Every DayThis lot is located in beautiful Leisure Lee, just 15 minutes north of Marsh Harbour. It is situated on a protected canal waterway, great for boating enthusiasts & nature lovers. It is approx. 9000 sq. ft. & is the perfect place to perch your dream home. This lot is in a great neighbourhood that is fast growing, so don't miss your opportunity to own your own little piece of paradise. Only minutes from Marsh Harbour & Elbow Cay, there are two 80 x 125 choice lots available. Identical in size & price, both lots can boast picturesque sunsets, & views of the Sea of Abaco. There is soon to be dockage close by. Roads are in great condition, & this desirable location is walking distance from the local restaurant. Tahiti Beach is a skiff ride across. Abaco Ocean Club Lubbers Quarters #2200 & #2201 $70,000.002 lots available each lot priced at Bahama Palm ShoresEXCLUSIVE LISTINGS Peek-A-View Hope Town #2136 $868,000.00One of the finest homes on Elbow Cay & overlooking the beautiful crystal blue Atlantic Ocean. Centrally located on the island, 'Peek-a-View' is a great choice for a second or retiring home. The property is beautifully landscaped & the home is open & spacious. This 4 bed, 3 1/2 bath home has a large, open kitchen, Jacuzzi tub & his & her closets in the master suite. Located just 20 minutes from Marsh Harbour in beautiful Bahama Palm Shores is this great parcel of land. Just across the street is the beautiful eight mile beach. This property is approx. 22,000 sq. ft. & is the perfect spot for your island dream house. The community of Bahama Palm Shores offers second home owners & full-time residents a personal atmosphere. Bahama Palm Shores #2172 $156,000.00This magnificent property is comprised of three lots. A gorgeous 2 bed, 2 bath cottage w/ all new quality furniture, state-of-the-art kitchen appliances, computer, television & new laundry facilities. The house also has new septic, cistern, IPE decking, & new hurricane windows.The entire house has also been re-roofed. Must be seen to truly appreciate all of its wonderful features. Clifford Sawyer House Hope Town #2147 $780,000.00 Turtle Rocks Marsh Harbour #2176 $242,000.00Located just 15 minutes north of Marsh Harbour is this beautiful lot. With 100 feet of Sea-of-Abaco frontage & 125 feet on the main road you will be well secluded from the outside world. The entire property is 2.5 acres & can be sub-divided at a later date into no more that 5 1/2 acre lots. This is the last one available in this area, so call our office today for more details. This offering consists of three consecutive lots on Banyan Tree Drive in beautiful Bahama Palm Shores. Priced to sell at a mere $89,000 you can build your home on one lot and keep two for future use or resale. Only a short walk from the beach, this property is an excellent buy. Call our office or make an appointment today. #2171 $89,000.002 blocks from this stunning sandy white beach and cystal Atlantic Ocean, walking distance. This lot is perfect for those who want their own little piece of paradise. It is located in the peaceful and quiet Bahama Palm Shores. Bahama Palm Shores #2134 $20,000.00Bahama Palm ShoresThis lot is located near Fry's Mangrove on Elbow Cay. It is situated between the Sea of Abaco & a creek making it an ideal location for nature lovers & boating enthusiasts. The property is approx. 41,000. sq. ft. & is just a few minutes from Hope Town. This is a great investment opportunity for those that want their own little piece of paradise. #2168 $144,000.00Beautiful Wooded Lot Elbow Cay #2175 $110,000.00Leisure Lee Marsh HarbourCall for an appointment today. To view all of our Bahamas Listings go to Marsh Harbour (242) 367-0100 Cell: (242) 357-6819 Fax: (242) 367-0099 june@grahamrealestate.comJune E. Russell, BRIHope Town (242) 366-0601 Cell: (242) 554-9429 Fax: (242) 366-0602 patti@grahamrealestate.comPatti Love, Realtor


Page 6 B The Abaconian June 1, 2005By Portia Jonsson On May 5th the developers of the Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club met with members of the Abaco Chamber of Commerce and the public to present their project and inform them of the business opportunities that will be afforded to the community. Mr. Ed Divita, a partner in the development, communicated all aspects of the project and its time frames. He gave the Chamber members insight into the background of his company, Discovery Land Company of San Francisco which has similar projects in Hawaii and Montana. Bakers Bay he said is the most exciting project ever done. There are three components of land included private, Crown and leased Treasure land. Of the 105 acres of Crown Land within the property, 66 acres will be used as a permanent preserve and 25 acres will be part of the seabed of the marina. Fifteen acres of the leased Treasury land will be incorporated into the development for residential use. Of the 43 acres of Treasury land owned by the government, portions will be leased for infrastructure purposes including water and sewer treatment plants. The design for the reverse osmosis water treatment plant is expandable. The sewer treatment plant will provide hook up for boats treat waste. The marina will meet the Blue Flag criteria which is very stringent and an ongoing process. Mr. Divita remarked that he did not know of any other marina in The Bahamas with Blue Flag certification. An electrical sub-station, solid waste disposal and recycling facilities were also discussed. These facilities will be able to accommodate the loads from Guana Cay residents in addition to Bakers Bay. The green waste will be mulched to help reduce the bulk of solid waste. Glass and papers will be separated with the benefit of reusing. The current goal is to take the balance of solid waste to the landfill which will be constructed south of Marsh Hharbour. Mr. Divita is proud of the goal to work on recycling and hopes to bring recycling in Abaco to maturity. Construction of phase one will begin June 2005 and is scheduled for completion June 2008. It will include a community centre and park with an existing beach, freight dock, marina and a marina village for residential uses, a bar, grill and concessions. The service pier will be open to the public, and the community centre near the service pier will have an area for the police, a meeting room and rooms for a clinic, customs office and other ancillary uses. It will also house a fire truck provided by Bakers Bay. Phase Two will commence June 2008 and finish in June 2010 and includes the golf course. Mr. Divita advised that he needs to get information on the geology of the soil for the golf course. The reuse water from the sewer treatment plant will go to the golf course. The coastal buffer is another aspect of the golf course. The natural vegetation acts as the coastal buffer and provides a physical barrier and protection. It is their intention to take out the casuarinas and putChamber Heard About Bakers Bay Projectin native plants. Planning and Organization Manager, Mr. Doug Shipman, said there are many opportunities for general contractors and other companies to get involve in this project. He advised that they are not ready to go to bid now but are generating bids. Mr. Carter Redd, Operations and General Manager, said they are in receipt of over 300 applications from a recently held job fair and have already employed seven Bahamians. They have also engaged 30 vendors in developing Bakers Landing for entertaining guests. Within two to three months they will be doing considerable hiring. They will begin training for the developers office, food and beverage vendors, ferry service and fishing guides. Bakers Bay will employ 160 persons. Mr. Redd said there is tremendous opportunity for business on Abaco and hopes there is entrepreneurial spirit here. He is proud to be a guest of our community. Mr. Divita finished their presentation by saying he hoped the information was helpful to the business people in Abaco and advised that they are setting up an office in town. The floor was then open for questions, remarks and concerns. Many business opportunities will be available as Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club gets underway. Mr. John Head, one of the principals on the left, and Mr. Carter Cooper Redd talke with Chamber Directors Brenda Mitchell and Cindy Hayworth. 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June 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 7 B COMMERCIAL DOCKSPRIVATE DOCKSSEA WALL CONSTRUCTIONBOAT LIFTSDOCK DEMOLITION & REMOVALOffice Tel: 367.4842 Cellualar: 357.6564 P.O.Box AB-20757, Marsh Harbour DOCK BUILDING SPECIALIST Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine ConstrConstr ConstrConstr Constr uctionuction uctionuction uction Boats equipped with:VHF Bimini Top Cooler Anchor & Lines Compass Dive Ladder Life Jackets Paddle Flares Flashlight Fire Extinguisher First Aid Kit30 Boats to Choose From All Meticulously MaintainedOur Customers Get Extra Attention W eekly Rates: 26 Paramount$1295 23 Albury Bros$1015 22 Boston Whaler$ 945 20 Albury/Hydra$ 910 18 Privateer$ 665 Rates do not include gas Open 7 days 8am 5pmLocated in Hope Town & Marsh Harbour Call (242) 367-2513 Fax (242) 367-2516 ARAWAK AGENCYCUSTOMS BROKERS Air & Sea Shipping Customs Clearance Freight Forwarding Transportation & Logistics Services Ship AgenciesFor More Information:Tel: (242) 367-2089 Fax: (242) 367-2530Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasVisit our office on Front Street One Call Does It All By Jennifer Hudson The month of May was celebrated as National Youth Month and involved a variety of activities throughout the whole of Abaco. On May 22nd the Ministry of Sports and Culture presented A Celebration of Youth Church Service at St. Andrews Methodist Church in Dundas Town, hosted by Rev. Carla Culmer. The church was packed with young people, their families and friends worshiping and participating in this very lively service. Kayshara Adderley, Abaco Central High School, rendered the National Anthem; Mesha Smith, Long Bay School, gave a welcome address; Sinclair King, Wesley College, read the Scripture; Adia Rolle, St. Francis de Sales School, introduced Senior Administrator for Central Abaco, Mr. Revis Rolle; and the members of the St. Andrews Young Mens Choir, St. Andrews Dance Team and Change International Youth Choir performed items. Mr. Rolle, who understands young people well as he began his career as a school teacher, gave high praise to the three young men who sang a selection just prior to his remarks and commended them for using their time wisely in singing instead of getting into mischief. His words to the youth of Abaco were, Continue to do all the positive things you do, take your time and take advantage of study while you are young and your brain is alert and get to know God in your youth. Mr. Rolle encouraged the adults to support the positive things young people do and direct the youth in the way they are to go. Before embarking upon his sermon, guest speaker, Pastor Samuel Cornish of Change Ministries International, recognized the achievements of the many honour roll students present by asking them to stand. He stressed the point that all young people are not bad; we hear so much about fighting these days but those young people are in the minority. If you want things to be possible, you must have God, for with God nothing shall be impossible, he told them. Place God first, give him priority over everything else. Pastor Cornish told the congregation that he does not cut corners and he gave the youth five keys to living a good life in very straight, down-to-earth terms. After a vote of thanks by Mr. Ishmael Morley, Youth Coordinator, the service was closed in prayer by Mr. Emery Curry, Youth Pastor, Friendship Tabernacle.Church Service Culminates Youth MonthEach area of Abaco celebrated Youth Month with a church service. North Abaco held its service in Coopers Town, Central Abaco at St. Andrews Methodist Church in Dundas Town and South Abaco at Epworth Methodist Church in Cherokee Sound. Young people took a very active part in all these services. These youth are at the service in Dundas Town.


Page 8 B The Abaconian June 1, 2005 Marine ElectronicsCapt. Pat and Ann McFadenFactory authorized Sales, Service and Repair of: Web: E-mail: VHF CH 16 Mon Fri 8-5 F.C.C. Licensed, Factory Trained Technician At the Jib Room. Marsh Harbour Marina Tel: 242-367-2163Fax 242-367-3388 SIMRAD Doors & Windows Moldings & Millwork Pressure Treated & Dimensional Lumber Custom Cypress Builders Hardware Tools, Plumbing & Electrical items202 Old Dixie Highway Lake Park half mile from The Port of Palm Beach Call now 561-842-4666 Distributors for: School NewsAbaco Central High SchoolNew Administration Building Nears CompetioneBy Mirella Santillo On April 27th the administrative building of Abaco Central High School was destroyed by a fire believed to have been started by arson. Barely one month later a temporary structure was erected ready to accommodate the principal and the teachers who had refused to work a full day because of the lack of facilities. On May 19th Mr Bill Swain, the contractor who was on site overseeing the last phase of the construction, said, Theyll move in some time next week. Mr Swain confirmed that construction started on April 30th, and he is proud of the fact that his team of workers will have erected and finished a building in less that a month. The temporary building comprises a secretary/ reception area on one side, the principals office on the other side, a large teachers lounge at the back and two restrooms. The building is air conditioned and is carpeted. The Principal, Mr. Euthal Green, confirmed that the teachers would stop their half day schedule as of the 23rd of May. The telephone which had been operating only partially since the hurricanes has finally been repaired and service is fully restored. Supplies and equipment to replace destroyed in the fire were expected to arrive from Nassau in time for the opening of the new building. Data saved on floppy disks was lost, but most of the data on the hard drives was recovered. The principal did not think anything vital had been lost. During the conversation, Mr Green mentioned, Things have quieted down. The high school had to deal with serious problems related to gangs this year. In spite of the situation being under control, two full time security officers have been hired by the government to patrol the grounds daily accompanied by a local police officer. Mr. Green said that the Chief of Security with the Ministry of Education, Mr. Garth Johnson, has promised that he would have a full time security staff with state of the arts equipment to ensure proper surveillance. People have been recommended for the job and are being evaluated. The plan is to have officers on the school grounds at all times. The burned building will be demolished and replaced by a two-story administration facility. Mr. Green is hoping and confident that the construction will be well on the way by the beginning of next school year. With all the construction going on, the principal is hoping for a technical vocation building that has been promised to the high school by both the Prime Minister and the Minister of Education. Prior to the fire, plans had been made for the BGCSE national examinations to take place at Long Bay School. The end of the year examinations will take place as usual at Abaco Central High. Mr. Green would like to remind parents that school registration for September is going on as usual and should be conducted as early as the beginning of June. Not all teachers have decided to leave the school campus at 12 noon. Mrs. Elva Davis, Language Arts teacher, has elected to stay until regular hours and do her grading in the quiet of her classroom.S.C. Bootle High SchoolTeachers Are RecoveringBy Mirella Santillo Two teachers from S.C. Bootle High School, physical education teacher, Mr. This temporary building will serve as administration building so Abaco Central High School can get back to normal school hours. The administration building was completely burned, leaving the school staff with no offices or rest rooms. The building is now completed. Jose Torres, and computer teacher, Mr. Hardeen, were injured in a car accident while traveling between Coopers Town and Marsh Harbour. The teachers usually come to Marsh Harbour every week for banking. Mr Hardeen was driving when one of the front wheel of the vehicle blew off, and he lost control of the car which flipped over, explained Mr. Oscar Hernandez, a friend of Mr Torres. According to Mr. Rolle, Principal of S.C. Bootle High School, Mr. Torres suffered fractured vertebrae and was flown to Cuba the following day. Mr. Hardeen was flown to Nassau and released after being treated for cuts and bruises. Mr. Torres, who has to be hospitalized for three weeks, is in stable condition. Mr. Hernandez received an email from Mr. Torres in Cuba stating that he was doing better every day and was hoping to be back on Abaco by June.Every Child CountsStudents Display Their TalentsBy Jennifer Hudson The talents of the students of the Every Child Counts School were showcased on May 10th when they produced a delightful interpretation of Shakespeares play Hamlet for family and friends. Every child in the school participated in some way, whether in the acting, scene painting, costumes or sound. Even little three-year-old Emily sang an action song assisted by her supportive teacher, Ms. Melanie. Teacher of the senior class, Mr. Mars, Please see School Page 9


June 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 9 B Abaco Marine PropsPropellers 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 Alburys Ferry ServiceEnjoy Dinner in Romantic Hope TownFerry $20 RT *Late trips Fri & Sat only Leave Crossing Beach 12:15 2:00 4:00 5:45 9:0010:45 Return from Hope Town 1:303:00 4:009:45 11:30P.O. Box AB 20163, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Phone: 242-367-0290 or 242-367-3147 More School Newshad been preparing his students during the previous weeks by reading the story to them in modern day English. He was then joined by Mrs. Claudia Parrone, a teacher from Winston Salem, North Carolina, who helped produce the performance in two weeks. Mrs. Parrone works with the Sawtooth Centre for Visual Arts that kindly granted her the time off to come to work with the students of the Every Child Counts School. She thoroughly enjoyed her time here working with these special children. Each day was something new, she said. A child would take a different role or come up with SchoolFrom Page 8 a new idea. The students did an excellent job of acting out the play and though a few were a little stage shy, which is to be expected, some were extremely confident and fifteenyear-old Alonzo Williams was very self confident in his role as Hamlet as was MJ the narrator. Alonzo had great insight, said Mrs.Parrone, and Michael captured the whole essence of the play in the poems which he wrote and read. The play was enhanced by very attractive scenery painted by the students and a sound track of Enya as background music which was ably controlled by a student. A BEC power failure on the morning of Students of Every Child Counts put on their interpretation of Hamlet by Shakespeare. Every child in the school took part with the production which they performed for family and friends.An Appeal to Marsh Harbour ResidentsMarsh Harbour Public CemeteryDear Friends, As you may or may not be aware, our local cemetery has been shrinking steadily over the past few years. The opportunity has now presented itself to us to enlarge the size of the Marsh Harbour Cemetery with the option to purchase the property of the late Mr. Maurice Albury. Since our cemetery is only allotted a small stipend by local government for cleaning purposes, our cemetery relies heavily on donations from private citizens like you. Unfortunately, some never think of the cemetery until a loved one passes. Our proposal to you is this. If we can obtain a donation of $1,000 or more from 300 families or individuals, the cemetery would be able to purchase this additional property along with the necessary capital to clean and prepare this property. If you are interested in helping in this endeavour, please contact Mrs. Yvonne Key or Mr. Perry Sawyer, or make a direct deposit to account # 1245304 at First Caribbean International Bank. We thank you for your help regarding this matter, and hopefully we can maintain and expand our cemetery for future generations. On behalf of the Marsh Harbour Cemetery, Regards, Perry Sawyer the play did not in the least mar the performance, thanks to the kindness of Solomons SuperCentre which provided the school with a feed of electricity to run the spotlights and sound system. Mrs. Lynn Major, principal of the school, was very proud of her students. They did great, she said afterwards. These students do not usually do well without structure but through this venture we found out things we did not know about them before. In other ECC news, the students played their first basketball game against Forest Heights Academy in mid-April. Although FHA emerged the victor, it was by a very close margin. The team was coached by Mr. Vernon Register, a retired basketball coach from the United States who resides on a boat on Abaco and was assisted by Mr. Alva Knowles, father of a student. A rematch with Forest Heights Academy is planned and also a match with Agape Christian and St. Francis de Sales Schools. The leading provider of household, automotive, hardware, and industrial products and services in The Bahamas.Carrying Items for your entireHome & Garden HOME& Auto CenterDon MacKay Blvd. Marsh Harbour, Abaco Phone : (242) 367-2077


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JacksonvilleRegardless of the destination, Please Call Us Today to quote Your Next Trip at:1-242-367-4852 or 1-242-365-8852(Marsh Harbour Terminal) (Treasure Cay Terminal)1-800-852-0275 (U.S. Only) (386) 423-1773 Fax (386) 423-1774 E-mail: CHECK OUR WEBSITE BEFORE YOU PLAN YOUR NEXT TRIP Jacksonville Our First Stop Adventure Learning CenterBy Louivenson Etienne After landing in Nassau my class and I visited a place called Adventure Learning Center. It is a place for students where you study the wetlands, planets, plants, and there is also a petting zoo. We walked away from the main center onto a narrow dock where the three types of mangroves were on the sides of us in the wetlands. The water seemed shallow but it is sinking sand which went down pretty deep. We studied the depth of the water and wind speed with special instruments. Then we went on a bird watch and tried to spot birds with our binoculars. Afterwards, we went to ride horses. Our horse was named Eclipse. We also went to a playground that had a giant slide. When we finished there, we walked to the petting zoo. It had really friendly animals. I held a Bahama Boa. Then we ate a delicious lunch. We left to check into our hotel and got ready to swim at Atlantis. Atlantis Water ParkBy Laura Albury Every child wishes they could go to Atlantis and my class got to go twice! Wow! To get to the water park, we all walked through a beautiful aquarium. It had huge fishes, humongous manta rays, sawfish, moray eels and sharks of all kinds. There were beautiful eagle rays that swam right up to the glass. We walked in an underwater tunnel that seemed as if we were actually underwater. Barracudas swam over our heads and sharks were on either side of us, colorful tropical fishes were everywhere. When we exited the aquarium, we walked on paths leading by waterfalls and over swinging bridges where you can look down and see all sorts of fishes and sea life. We were close to the water slides when we looked out at the ocean to see people on jet skis and parasailing. We all went to the towel booth and got towels and wristbands. My friend Aly and I grabbed a double-seater ring and ran up the stairs to the Serpent Slide. It is a slide where you go in a dark tunnel in the ring and go pretty fast until you shoot through a glass shark tank. The slides are located in a monument that resembles a Mayan temple. Then we went on the Leap of Faith. It is a water slide where you go up five sets of stairs until you reach a slide that goes vertically down! You plunge into three feet of water after rocketing down the slide so fast it takes your breath away. I would recommend this resort to absolutely everyone.Ferry Trip to AndrosBy Roddie Joseph The fast ferry we took to Andros was very luxurious. It was also very cool! Our ferry, the Sea Wind was 160 feet long. It had a snack bar, a sitting area and a TV room with four TVs. It also had an upstairs open-air sitting area and a room below for several cars and trucks. I walked around for a while. Oh! I had to show everyone where the bathroom was. When we left Nassau, we played Gameboys, listened to music on our CD players and watched movies in the TV room. We ate lunch aboard the ferry. It took about three hours from Nassau to Fresh Creek, Andros. It was a very smooth ride. It was interesting to know that our ferry was brought to The Bahamas all the way from Australia!Fresh Creek and Red Bays, AndrosBy Aly Boyce Fresh Creek was a very interesting settlement. It is not as modern as Abaco. Most people were not poor, they just lived a different life-style. When we got off the ferry, we saw the Chickcharney Hotel where we were going to stay. AfterSchool Trip Proved to Be Fun, Educational AndrosFrom Page 1 Please see Andros Page 11 PROFESSIONAL GOLF CAR CORP.19 Years of Selling ExperienceBest Selection of Cars and Parts in South Florida Call Paul at: 800-334-5058 ext. 208 or 561-433-2500 ext. 208 Fax: 561-433-2919 E-mail: 5385 Lake Worth Rd., Greenacres, FL 33463Free Delivery to the ports of West Palm Beach & Ft. Lauderdale Authorized DealerELECTRIC OR GAS NEW USED REMANUFACTURED 2, 4, 6 & 8 PASSENGER LIFTED BOXESAndros is famous for its crabs so it is only fitting that there are many large stone sculptures of crabs at intersections in Fresh Creek. Hope Town students, dressed in clothing made of Androsia, pose with one of the crabs.


June 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 11 B ABACO HARDWARE Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh Harbour, AbacoTel: 367.2170 Fax: 367.2928that we went with our tour guide, Rev. Hamilton, to Red Bays where the people living there are descendants of Seminole Indians. It took about 45 minutes to get there. When we got there it was like going back 200 years. People lived in old wooden homes, and some had palm frond huts that they used to live in during hurricanes and big storms. Everybody knew how to weave baskets. The first person we went to see was Scraplron Colebrook His straw work is in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. The next person we saw was Ms. Marshall. She has won the Cacique award and many other awards for her amazing straw work. We also stopped by a site where people were sponging. There were a few sharks swimming around near the dock and eating the dead particles. We saw the kralls where they soak the sponges. The kralls are made by pushing sticks in a circle in the soft sand in shallow water. The tides wash in and out, cleaning the dead sponges where they get some of the dead particles off the sponges. It was a long and very enjoyable day.Our Tour of AUTECBy Bronson Roberts AUTEC stands for Alantic Underwater Testing and Evaluation Center and was opened in Fresh Creek for submarine testing. There are many Navy officers and staff there, and they also employ many Bahamians at this top secret testing base. They are located on Andros because the very deep Tongue of the Ocean area is so close to shore they can easily drop testing cables to depths they need. Local kids from Hope Town Primary got a tour of this testing facility. We felt lucky that Administrator Cephas Cooper had been able to arrange the tour for us. First we went to the office and met Sgt. Waters and Commander Lovell. We watched a 12-minute movie about AUTEC. After that we checked out the Sikorski helicopter that had just landed. We met the pilots who let us sit in the cockpit, try on their gear and ask questions. It was great fun We then visited the fire and rescue station. They are both very well equipped for any type of emergency. We really enjoyed all the friendly officers and staff at the base. Afterwards we ate at their fantastic cafeteria and enjoyed great desserts. Then we returned to our Chickcharney Hotel to write our days activities in our journals as we do every night while on a field trip.Arts and Crafts FestivalBy Nicole Maltarp Arts and crafts are important, interesting, and a moneymaking venture for the residents of Andros. People weave straw fronds so tightly that water cant get through! The Arts and Crafts Festival is one of the big events of the year for them. Its held on the AUTEC property twice a year in Fresh Creek, Andros. People gather from all over Andros to sell their straw work and crafts at the event. The people there are interesting and so talentedl The straw baskets are so tight they could float a small straw boat they had made in water. Woodcarvers, quilters, potters, jewelers and spongers were featured. All sorts of people displayed wonderful crafts objects for buying... and, boy, did we buy!Government HouseBy Shannon Thompson When our class stopped in our capital, Nassau, we had a very special invitation to visit Government House. We were very honored that the Governor General, Dame Ivy Dumont, had time to meet us. Before we could be introduced, we had to learn to curtsy and bow. The police and protocol officers practiced with us so we would know the proper way to greet her as My Lady. Curtseying has been a part of our heritage ever since England was the ruler of The Bahamas. When Dame Ivy came into parlour, we curtseyed and bowed and individually introduced ourselves. Even our chaperone moms and Principal Candace Key had to curtsey. We sat in a beautiful room overlooking Nassau harbour and were served tea, sandwiches and cake by her butler. She told us about her life and career. She allowed us to ask any questions, and we sure had a lot! After My Lady answered all our questions, she excused herself and went up a swirling staircase brought from England by the Duke of Windsor when he lived in the same house. Officer Russell toured us around the historic house, and we saw the throne that Please see Andros Page 13 AndrosFrom Page 10School Trip Included a Visit to Government HouseThe tour of the AUTEC Base was very thrilling, especially when a Navy helicopter landed and the pilots allowed the students to wear their gear and sit in the pilots seats. These helicopters can shoot as well as drop missiles, and they are equipped with multi-million dollars worth of equipment. All photos of school trip are by Candace Key except as noted.


Page 12 B The Abaconian June 1, 2005 Select Homes Affordable Property Serving All AbacoP.O.Box AB-20955, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas Phone: 242.367.2365 Email: Website: Hideaways, G G reat C C istern C C ay Wonderful stylish home with 149 frontage on the Sea of Abaco. Three bed/two bath, all utilities in popular artists colony area of Abaco near town and airport. Quality construction. French doors, tiled floors, W/D 40 dock, plus access to private fishing cay. $575,000Regattas, M M arsh H H arbour Deluxe upgrades, bright and cherry, fully furnished and equipped. Two bed/two bath. W/D, A/C, dishwasher, granite counters and Italian tile floor. Private beach, swimming pool, tennis courts, extremely convenient to all amenities, vacation rental program on site. $265,000Cabbage P P oint Breathtaking natural beauty. Pristine conservation land suitable for sensitive, low impact homebuilding. 100 of shoreline. Protect and preserve our environment. $118,000 Beach P P oint H H ouse, E E astern S S hores Spacious open plan, extensive decking, excellent dockage potential. Highly desirable location with 80 of beautiful Sea of Abaco frontage. Three bed/two bath plus loft office. Superior pole construction, Bermuda roof, beach access. $862,000 Guana C C ay Available with property purchase, 30 leased boat slip in a spectacular deepwater harbour on a very popular destination cay. Oversize properties include garden and oceanfront homesites. Easy golf cart ride to settlement. $130,000 $ $ 299,000Calamitys C C ottage, G G reat A A baco C C lub Beautifully remodeled home with privacy and security, four bed/ four baths including courtyard suite. Protected dockage up to 60, tiled floors, A/C, Bahama room, sundeck, built-ins. Excellent on-site management plus private beach, tennis courts & health club. $950,000 Marsh H H arbour C C ommercial P P roperty Singular commercial offering in the heart of the business district. 16,500 square foot corner property with 80 of frontage on the main road. Includes two occupied historic buildings and is in a quality area near the harbourfront. $287,500The R R anch, M M arsh H H arbour Rare chance to develop a 19,536 square foot corner property with a finished 1,500 square foot concrete building on the main thoroughfare on Abaco. Unlike many adjoining properties, this holding has clear title deeds. $399,000Scotland C C ay Unusual opportunity to buy into exclusive Coconut Creek. 17,750 square foot property with 80 of hardshore plus protected boat slip in the private marina. Secluded residential island with airstrip, ferry service and beautiful beaches. $422,000Paradise, G G uana C C ay Cute cottage in small resort community. Sea of Abaco to Atlantic Ocean views with beach access on both. Good rental record with adjacent resort providing dockage, pool restaurant. Two bed/one and 1 & a half bath, A/C, cypress V-Joint, metal roof. Easy golf cart ride to settlement. $339,000 Far H H orizons, G G reat A A baco C C lub Expertly built home in small prestigious gated community. Three bed/ three baths including dockside efficiency. Deepwater dockage up to 60, cypress V-Joint, terracotta tiles, garage, A/C, Bermuda roof, fabulous views and garden. $1.1 M M Turtle R R ocks Pretty 16,00 square foot property only steps from the gorgeous beachfront. Easy drive to Marsh Harbour or Treasure Cay. Unspoiled residential area with protective covenants. Elevate your home for views and breeze. $58,800 Beachfront Dockage Private Islands Condominiums Corporate Rentals SOLD Turtle R R ocks Two exquisite, adjacent, one acre level homesites with quiet Sea of Abaco frontage. Protective covenants, underground power, quality neighbours. Dockage available in nearby community. $208,500


June 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 13 B Waterfront with Dock Situated in beautiful Black Sound. 1.5 acre lot with a 125 ft. dock Near beach and settlement. Under Contract! Treasure Cay #1322 Three bedroom two bath home near beaches and golf course. Fully furnished with all amenities. $265,000 Reduced! Historic Club & Inn #5077 Located in the heart of a story book Colonial village, this 150 year old landmark has been meticulously maintained in its original dcor. Consisting of 10 guest rooms, 40 seat restaurant, lounge, pool and patio. A rare find that will allow you to enjoy a lifestyle reminiscent of the old days. This once in a lifetime opportunity is offered at $1,780,000 Coco BayDeep water lot with a dredged channel. Spectacular views of the bay, ideal for a future dock. $498,000 Beachfront Beautiful 1.5 acre plot located on a 2.5 mile white sandy beach. 100 ft. of frontage with elevations for magnificent views. $550,000 Beachfront acre lot located virtually on the Atlantic beach Sold! Black Sound 2 acre deep water harbour side lot near settlement ideal for boaters. $910,000 Waterfront with Pool & Dock Three bedroom 2 1/ 2 bath located in beautiful White Sound, overlooking the Harbour. This new house is sure to be a pleaser. Offered at $1,100, 000 Acreage 4 acre plot located 3 miles South of Treasure Cay over 250 of water frontage and 900 deep. $298,000 excluding stamp duty and purchasers legal fees.Green Turtle Cay OfficeP.O. Box AB 22758 Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Email: Big Bluff Two lots with panoramic views of White Sound and near to resorts and beaches. $180,000 Beach/Canal lot package Enjoy the best of two worlds, a beautiful sandy beach and a safe canal front lot for your boat. Located in Leisure Lee, these adjoining lots are a rare find for the person who loves living on the beach and boating. $600,000 Coco Bay Waterfront with DockBeautiful lot overlooking Coco Bay, has a deep water dredged channel and dock. Property is landscaped and ready to build. Offered at $ 482,000 Sold! White Sound One acre lots on White Sound with good elevations and magnificent views of the Harbour. Last two remaining lots on White Sound. $545,000 Coco Bay Good investment property located near Coco Bay. The property consists of 1.5 acres of elevated land with natural foliage. $325,000 Beachfront -Two bedroom two bath house situated right on the beach. Excellent rental history and ready to enjoy. $850,000 plus 7% closing costs. Building Lots -1/4 acre and acre lots located near resort and beaches. Prices start at $59,000 SeatoSea with a Dock3.6 acre plot with over 135 of beautiful beachfront extending to a protected bay with your own private dock. $1,320,000 New Three Bedroom Two Bath In quiet residential neighborhood. Near to beach and docking facilities. Large deck with swimming pool for those hot summer days. $665,000. Chris Farrington BRIOffice (242) 365-4695 Fax (242) 365-4697 UNDER CONTRACT ON GREEN TURTLE CAY: New! 90 beach front on gorgeous Bight O Bay on the Atlantic Ocean. .4 acre $500,000 plus 7% to close. ONO New! Furnished one bedroom one bath cottage located high on a ridge overlooking Ocean Beach where the reef is close enough to swim to. Spacious screened live-in porch. Outstanding views of the ocean. 30 x 30 garage and small shed on 18,800 sq. ft. of land. $580,000 (All closing costs included.) New! Two inland lots 8,500 sq. ft. and 9,000 sq. ft. respectively. Located near Green Turtle Club and a public dock. A short walk to Coco Bay and ocean beaches. B$46,000 (All closing costs included.) New! Family estate consisting of a two story furnished house on 1.67 acres with 120 dock on Black Sound with 5 draft at low tade; 2 vehicles; 3.9 acres on Gillam Bay beach with over 300 of beach front and Gillam Bay House with four bedrooms; four baths and pool on 3/4 acre with 140 of water front. Gillam Bay House has repairable hurricane damage. Details available to serious inquirers. $5.34 million (All closing costs in.) New! 90 feet of white sandy beach front on Coco Bay with elevations throughout of approximately thirty feet. 360 feet in depth running towards the Atlantic Ocean. Residential, 3/4 acre, located at north end of island near Coco Bay Cottages. Great for viewing the sunset and watching small boats sail by towards South Abaco. US 595,000 plus 7% to close New! 1854 sq. ft. lot with wood building located in the heart of New Plymouth. Just a short walk to Sea of Abaco & public dock. $72,000 plus 6% to close A jewel of a home with pool set high on a bluff overlooking the Sea of Abaco. One acre. Stunningly landscaped with wooden decks and walkways. Six buildings set in pod arrangement. 3 bedrooms, 3 baths. Wicker and rattan furniture. A/C throughout. Satellite TV. 1.98 million plus 7% to close Motivated Seller! Brand new two bedroom two full bath home located within five minutes walk of Coco Bay Beach and Ocean Beach. Central A/C. 40 x 32. Tile floors; porch and deck. Fully landscaped with white picket fence. 9 ft. high ceilings throughout. Centrally located near public dock; beaches and a major resort. Perfect for first time buyers or retirees! B325,000 gross New! Spacious two bedroom two bath furnished home on the beach at beautiful Gillam Bay. Excellent rental history. Within one mile from historic New Plymouth and two miles from two major resorts. A/C in bedrroms. Full kitchen with separate dining room. Laundry room. 135 on beach. 19,735 sq. ft. of property. $775,000 gross New! Prime water front commercial / residential location in the town of New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay. Site of take-away restaurant plus two bedrooms and two baths; kitchenette and great room. Private deck. Furnished two story building. Near public dock. Views of water from both floors. $350,000 plus 2% to close A perfect site on White Sound. 2 bedroom 2 bath main house with deck and porch. Boathouse and 2 Whalers. Guest cottage with one bedroom and one bath. Waterfront on the Sea of Abaco. Only accessible by boat. $660,000 ONO Two bedroom one bath basically furnished home with large deck and view of Coco Bay. Just steps away from beautiful Coco Bay Beach. 18,000 gallon rain water tank. Basement. Garage. Good elevation. 1/3 acre. B $398,000 firm North End: Stunning, furnished 3 bed 2 bath home with fireplace. 125' on Atlantic Ocean. 35' elevation. Commanding views of the ocean. Spacious screened-in porch. One acre. $1.32 million plus 7% to close Four unit income producing building with views of Coco Bay and dock. $700,000 plus 7% to close. Two inland lots 1/3 acre each located within walking distance of Coco Bay Beach and Ocean Beach. Good elevation. B$90,000 each firm New! 112 x 200 ocean front lot on north end of island. Outstanding ocean veiws. Reef is close enough to swim to. $495,000 plus 7% to close MUNJACK CAY: 1/4 acre on Atlantic Ocean. 125' frontage. $183,000 gross SOLD: Lot 12 & 14 Coco Bay Tract Coady Point Lot 8 A Coco Bay UNDER CONTRACT: Treehouse No. 2 Seabreeze Cottage Lot 9 Coco Bay TractOCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER TIESTIES TIESTIES TIES G.P.O. Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Telephone 1-561-656-9708 Telephone/Fax 1-242-365-4636Sales, Rentals and Property ManagementE-mail: www.oceanblueproperties.comthe Queen of England sits on when she visits. We enjoyed looking at all the gifts other countries gave us when we became independent in 1973. Our favorite was a piece of the moon from the U.S. Government. We explored more Bahamian history later that day when we visited the Pirates of Nassau Museum. AndrosFrom Page 11Pirates of Nassau MuseumBy Nicole Maltarp The Pirates of Nassau Museum was very educational and historical. The displays were stories about the history of piracy in The Bahamas. The features looked so real, especially the actualsize model of a pirate ship. The exhibits showed us the famous women pirates, Anne Bonnie and Mary Read. It Students of the primary level of the Hope Town All-Age School, accompanied by teachers and parents, paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency Dame Ivy Dumont, Governor-General, at Government House on April 25. The visit was part of their Social Studies curriculum which includes knowledge of how the government works. Adults from left are Cha Boyce, parent; Candice Key, principal; the Governor-General; Peggy Thompson, parent; and Dorothy Bethel, the tour guide. It was the first time she had ever been in the Government House. Photo by BIS also told us how Pirates got marooned, what they did in battle and what they used to fight with. The gift shop and restaurant were interesting, too. We learned the truth and the fantasy of being a pirate and what they did for punishment such as walking the plank, being hung and to get dipped in tar and then covered with feathers. The lives of the Caribbean pirate was most definitely not an easy one nor a romantic one. I certainly recommend this as an exiting and an interesting museum for all ages. This was the last part of a wonderful five-day trip. We drove to the airport and boarded Bahamasair, tired but happy.Our Snorkeling Trip and PicnicBy Rosena Joseph, Madeliene Joseph and Mauria Etienne Although three of us were not able to go on the field trip to Andros we had an exciting day with our volunteer, Mrs. Kathy Meyers. My two best friends and I went to Tahiti Beach to swim and snorkel. Mrs. Kathy took us there. We snorkeled for about 30 minutes. We saw some beautiful sand dollars in the sand. After we went to swim deeper in the water, we swam back to shore to eat some snacks that Mrs. Kathy had packed that morning. We also buried Madeliane in Please see Andros Page 25


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June 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 15 B Chris Thompson Real EstateOffering the Islands Most Exclusive Listings One Purple Porpoise Place, Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas ph 242.366.0216 fax 242.366.0223 Chris ThompsonGreg Roberts* Private Islands Waterfront Homes and Land Investment Property Acerage Project/Property Management Complete Service from Sales to Construction ***** Exclusive Agents for Matt Lowes Cay ***** HIGH HOPES Atlantic Ocean, North End Elbow Cay 3 bed 3 bed bath, large ocean side deck, excellent rental history $1,450,000FLAMINGO VILLASFabulous villas located at the mouth of Hope Town Harbour. Each 2 bed / 2 bath, incredible West Indian decor, open decking and shared pool. Excellent rental $865,000 eachBLEST NESTHigh on ocean dune at North End. 3 bed / 3 bath (detached guest cottage) panoramic views, excellent rental history $ 1,725,000Exclusive Listings Hope Town Exclusive Listings Hope Town Exclusive Listings Hope Town Exclusive Listings Hope Town Exclusive Listings Hope TownLOTS 53 NORTH END Pristine ocean front property at the secluded north end $495,000MAGNUSON HOUSE quiet North End Elbow Cay, 3 bed/3 bath (detached master efficiency) overlooking white sandy beach, large wrap deck, sold fully furnished, great art work, boat, golf cart included $1,525,000 ATLANTIC HORIZONS Dorros Cove ocean front home, 3 bed/3 bath, pool, dock slip at Tahiti Beach, furnished, great rental history $1,500,000 SOLD CASA LUISA located one lot away from long sandy beach just south of Turtle Hill. Custom 3 bed/2 bath home, good rental history, turnkey $630,000 SEA TO SEA ESTATE PROPERTY PARCEL 4 last available lot on this lush estate property. On the Sea of Abaco, North End Elbow Cay, access to incredible beach, and perfect spot for a deep water dock $785,000 PARCELS 1, 2, 3, AND 5 SOLD BREAKERS White Sound, great ocean front lot located on surfers dream, Garbonzo Beach. Great building site for single family home, or 2 villas, convenient location, walk to marina and restaurant $595,000 SWEPT AWAY perfect family home located one lot from the ocean in White Sound steps to restaurant and marina. 2 bedroom/2 bath, large open kitchen with pass through dining bar. Fenced back yard, room to add pool or cottage $793,000 JOES CAY 3 acre private cay located in White Sound. Great elevations and surrounded by deep water perfect for dock $1,762,000 UNDER CONTRACT AUNT PATS BAY Rare opportunity, 5.18 acres located on the Sea of Abaco in White Sound. High elevation, white sand beach, deep water dockage. UNDER CONTRACT DORROS COVE 1/2 acre lots with Atlantic views, seconds away from Tahiti Beach. Some with dock slip starting at $152,000 to $230,000 OCEAN HOUSE Just at the edge of historic Hope Town located on beautiful beach. 2 bed / 2 bath, large lot with room to expand, $1,300,000 SOLDMARNIES LANDINGPrivate waterfront community of 1/2 acre lots from the Sea of Abaco to the Atlantic Ocean, dock slip included starting at $330,000 SOLDSOLD SOLDSOLD SOLD


Page 16 B The Abaconian June 1, 2005 Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass CompanyWindow Glass Cut and Installed Screens Made and Repaired Commercial Store Fronts Installed and ReplacedYale WindowsIn Marsh Harbour on Don MacKay Blvd. 367-2442 Lubbers Quarters Lots starting at $48,000 Lots with private dock slip starting at $89,000 Elbow Cay Adjacent to Aunt Pats Bay Subdivision This 1.034 acre lot with sea views is located on Elbow Cay. $606,000 Half acre also available for $364,000 Spencerville Lot 4 acre, elevated, residential lot. One of the few lots still available under $100,000 on Elbow Cay. $85,000 Southern Breeze Lubbers Quarters 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Offers sea views, a beautiful patio, custom cabinetry, central air, a modern kitchen, and a 9,500 gallon cistern. Great rental history. Private dock slip available for purchase. $448,000 Moon Shadow Lubbers Quarters 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, this charming 1,600 sq. ft. 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home sits on 4 acres. It enjoys spectacular views of the ocean and cays and 150 foot of dockage space including T. $1,200,000 T amarind Hill 2b/2b w/one bedroom apartment plus 1 large unfinished studio/apartment. Located in very private Lucayos subdivision. Great view of Sea of Abaco. Plans approved for private dock slip. F ully furnished home and landscaped property w/ large shade trees and mature fruit trees. large deck, car port and storage area. $1,200,000 Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas 375-8655 Mike Jones Agent Cell # 551-5545 F rank Knowles Sales Agent Cell # 375-8655 frank@paradisebahamas.comAeolian Stunning view of the mouth of Hope Town harbour and the Sea of Abaco. 100 feet of water front property, three bedroom, two bath rooms. Fully furnished and a great rental history. Asking $1,400,000 tainment events. It is designed to create a weekend of active participation that all in attendance can enjoy. A number of Bahamian sloops throughout The Bahamas has already signed up for the homing coming regatta which will display the C Class category of the Bahamian sloop racing.Schedule for the Sandy Point Regatta and HomecomingFriday, June 3, 2005Music provided all day by DJ Crank 12 noonStart of the Regatta Races 1 p.m.Childrens Supervised Activities (beach & water games) 3 p.m.Conch Cracking Contests (Novice, Men & Woman) 4 p.m.Regatta Race 4:30 p.m.Adult 3 Team Beach Volleyball Tournament, Dominoes TournamentOpening Ceremony6 p.m.Sandy Point Community Marching Band 7 p.m.Speaker Jason Roberts (Chief Council The South) 8 p.m.Rake n Scrape Band Ophie & the BoysSaturday, June 4, 20059 a.m.Regatta Race 11 a.m.Childrens Supervised Activities (beach & water games) 12 p.m.Regatta Race 1 .p.m.Rake n Scrape Band Ophie & the Boys 3 p.m.Regatta Race 3:30 p.m.Conch Cracking Contests (Novice, Men & Women) 4:30 p.m.Open Adult 3 Team Volleyball, Dominoes TournamentClosing Ceremony8 p.mSpeaker Hon. Neville Wisdom, Minister of Youth, Sport & CultureAwards Ceremony9:30 p.m.Junkanoo and Fireworks RegattaFrom Page 1Sandy Point Will Host Work Boat Regatta on Labour Day HolidayThe line-up of traditional Bahamian games will include a conch cracking contest, an assortment of supervised beach and water activities, volleyball and dominoes tournaments. The climax for the event will showcase the Sandy Point Marching Band, the Rake n Scrape Band, Ophie and the Boys on Friday evening and the Spring City Rockers Junkanoo Group and fireworks on Saturday. The funeral for Dominique Michel, 49, of Hope Town was held on May 14 at St. James Methodist Church. Mr. Vernon Malone officiated and interment was in the Hope Town Public Cemetery. He is survived by his wife Francoise Michel; his father Erilas Michel; his mother Adelcia Michel; daughters Catia, Macula, Nicolette, Manoucheka and Dulie Michel; brothers Fleell, Eric, Yven Jean, Octave, Enocent and Ostence Michel; grandparents Rezilas and Laonce Michel; friends Attendieu Blanc, Cecile Blanc, Jeantilia, Fontane, Masceline, Wesley, Mary, Yanique, Elise, Johnny, Chenet, Lafontaine, Marie, Mercie, Ifody, Mazaire, Ms. Charles and Mrs. Charles, Persler, Mark Deeius, Ferlanda Pinder, Edward and Michel.Obituaries of Family and Friends Aisle of Palm Realty P. O. Box AB 20900 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Bahamas Phone 242-367-0080 Fax 242-367-0081Aisle of Palm RealtyBrent Cartwright web site: www.aisleofpalmrealty.comPlease call us for information on these fine listings or any of our other listings throughout Abaco BEST BUYS IN ABACO1105 Bonefish Lodge located on the beach in Sandy Point with 10 rooms, large dining room and kitchen, just minutes to the flats. 1115 5 lots with amazing views and excellent elevations. All lots 1+/acre in size and underground utilities to come. Email: web site: Maria Silvester Coral Point 1007 Two adjacent parcels of land approx. 1.5 acres each with 40' elevations and 130'+ of waterfront. One parcel is vacant, other has partially completed home of 3/2 Bahama Palm Shores Seven lots exclusively listed starting at $12,750. Bahama Palm is HOT! HOT! HOT! Tilloo Cay 1021Only one lot left. 100' of waterfront and great elevations and deep water draft. $199,900 Guana Cay 1162 Sea to Sea property of 3.5 acres. Also interior lots with sea views available. Bahama Coral Island 1200Two adjacent parcels listed at $12,900 each. Cherokee 1157 Abaco pine built home in the heart of the settlement. Offers one bed and bath with sleeping loft $125,750 Bahama Palm 1160 Section one home site w/ foundation started for 2/1 home. Finish to your liking. $35,500 Marsh Harbour Home 1180 2/2 home in Marsh Harbour. Entertainment room can be converted to third bedroom. Spacious and open, large fenced in yard. Great Abaco Club 1189 NEW LISTING 3 bedroom home on three floors. Pool, 100' dock, unbeatable views, lovely landscaping. A must see. Call today Under Contract Under Contract


June 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 17 B Don MacKay Blvd., Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: 242-367-2020/8 Fax: 242-367-2242 Open MonFri from 8:30 am5:00 pm, Sat from 8:00 am1:00 pmQuarter, half and full cases and bales. Cash & carry and wholesale bulk buying means you always get more, for less at Abaco Wholesale.fresh produce &meat, groceries, supplies, household items & more! NEW CASH & CARRY NOW OPEN & Cash and Carry By Portia Jonsson For over six weeks the family and friends of 39-year old Andrew Sidney Sands have been sick with grief, worrying about his whereabouts. Andrew was last seen in Treasure Cay on April 18th wearing short jeans, a t-shirt and tennis shoes. He is 5" tall and weighs 170 pounds. According to Mr. Sidney Sands, Andrews father, he and his wife returned home from Florida on April 20th. When they arrived, Andrew was not there and at the time they did not worry too much because they thought he would come home in time to start work the following morning. The next morning when Andrew did not show up his parents started asking persons in Treasure Cay if anyone had seen him and if so, when was the last time they saw him. They learned that no one had seen him since the afternoon of April 18th. Mr. and Mrs. Sands became increasingly worried by this time especially after they could not find his small boat in Treasure Cay. They went out in their boat searching for their son looking in all the creeks and rocks along the beaches and shores. Despite all their efforts they did not anything. Mr. Sands then went to the police in Treasure Cay and told them about Andrew being missing. On April 24th Mr. and Mrs. Sands were informed that Andrews boat was found off Whale Cay on the morning of April 20th. Seats which provide flotation had been cut out of the boat, probably in hope of sinking it. Everything else was gone. Persons have been searching by land, sea and air for something that would give Mr. and Mrs. Sands a clue as to what might have happened to Andrew. To date, there has been no luck at finding anything out. Mr. and Mrs. Sands are 99 percent sure their son has met with foul play because about one month prior to his disappearance his life was threatened by someone when he was in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Mr. Sands said Andrew was so upset about the threat he called his mother and told her about it. When Andrew returned home, he reminded them about the threat and was afraid to go out. Mr. Sands said the person who threatened Andrew was seen in Treasure Cay just days before his son went missing. Mr. Sands said Andrew is extremely close to his mother and would not go one day without some sort of contact with his family. Mr. Sands said it is not knowing what happened to his son that is costing his family pain, anguish, grief and sleepless nights. A $100,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the whereabouts of Andrew. Flyers of Andrews disappearance have been posted throughout the island, and Mr. Sands said they are inundated with calls leading nowhere. He appeals to the public for their support and any information leading to the recovery of Andrew Sands. If anyone knows any information about Andrew leading to his whereabouts, please call Sidney or Ella Sands at 365-8028. Only serious calls please.Family of Missing Man Offers $100,000 Reward


Page 18 B The Abaconian June 1, 2005 one of the live-aboards on a mooring, advised me, as the president and founder of the Bahamas Lighthouse Preservation Society, of the problem. I, in turn, told our BLPS Engineer, Jerry Whiteleather, who immediately called our contact in England who has had experience with such unusual happenings. As a mater of fact, he is familiar with this particular and famous lighthouse, having worked on it with the Imperial Lighthouse Service Bahamas which was in charge of our nine major coastal lights before Bahamian Independence. This retired lighthouse engineer in London told Jerry that it might just be the most difficult and dirty job that an old lighthouse can offer. He estimated that it might cost $1000 to repair a long way from your handy squirt of WD-40, as suggested by someone. The Hope Town Sailing Club immediately offered to underwrite that cost and told Jerry to get on with it. Jerry had to build a scaffold/platform at the very top in order to lift off the 100-pound plus wind vane. He was at the very top on two separate days with calls to the UK in between. Since Jerry and I had been up there before and the wind vane was the handiest thing we could find on which to clip our safety harnesses, I decided this time to be the one to take photos from the ground. Anyway, Jerry un-jammed the thing, re-greased it, and it once again points to the direction from whence the wind blows as it has done since 1864. While working in the tower Jerry also replaced the safety netting around the outside gallery, where the visitors go, with a sturdier type netting than was available to us before. The damage caused by the hurricanes of 2004 to the roofs and gutters of the keepers dwellings, has not yet been dealt with by government due, I am told, to a lack of funds. Thanks to the fast and generous donation of the Hope Town Sailing Club, however, the wind vane was not still for long. Donations to and memberships in the Bahamas Lighthouse Preservation Society are gratefully accepted and are US tax deductible for $250 or more. Please contact Dave Gale at 242-366-0285 for further information. LighthouseFrom Page 1Weather Vane Is OperationalNeil Hingle of Hope Town displays national pride with a Bahamian flag attached to his cap as he proudly receives his Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science with minor in meteorology from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. While attending Embry Riddle Neil, the youngest graduate of the 2005 class earned his commercial pilots license and is now qualified to fly single engine, multi engine and sea planes with instrument rating. Student Earned Degree and Pilots Licence P O Box AB 21027 Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Ph. 242-367-4962 E-mail: or Leslie PinderPELICAN SHORES Fantastic parcel of land on the harbour, over 1 acre, very private area EXCLUSIVE Marsh Harbour Regattas of Abaco 2 Bed, 2 Bath upstairs unit c/air, fully furnished, tennis courts, swimming pool and more SOLD High Rock Beautiful home 3 bed / 2 bath, furnished, family room, central air, over 2,000 sq. ft. EXCLUSIVE $510,000 Don MacKay Blvd. Large lot 1.5 acres, across from Abaco Wholesale EXCLUSIVE $335,000 Regattas of Abaco Condos For sale or rent by Day, Week or Month 2 bed / 2 bath, fully furnished, swimming pool, tennis courts, security EXCLUSIVE Call for Info. Pelican Shores elevated lot on the harbour. One of the last (Beautiful views) Lots available on Pelican Shores. Exclusive $450,000.00 High Rock elevated large 3 bed / 3 bath, excellent sea views, nicely furnished, 2 car carport, central air, 1.08 acres Call for Info EXCLUSIVE Don MacKay Blvd. 2 buildings on 2 1/2 acres 1.3 million Exclusive Treasure Cay Carleton Landing Condos on the canal Call for info. Bahama Palm Shores Three lots in section three UNDER CONTRACT Two lots in section two UNDER CONTRACT Pinehurst Seven Lots UNDER CONTRACT Royal Harbour 4 Lots on the water SOLD Bahama Palm Shores 2 bed / 2 bath home on stilts, on 2 lots, furnished, central air, tool shed, stand by generator & much more. Call for Info Little Orchard Triplex Two, 1 bed, 1 bath apartments One, 2 bed, 2 bath apartment, central air, fully furnished Call for Info P O Box AB 21027 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas E-mail: or Telephone : 242-367-4962 UNDER CONTRACTHigh Rock Beautiful waterfront home 4 bed / 4 bath on two acres of nicely landscaped property, swimming pool, fully furnished, boat house and dock, fantastic views EXCLUSIVE Price upon inquiryIf We Dont Have It, We Will Find It!PRICED REDUCED Blue SkyGALLERYOriginal Art Prints Framing Originals byLou Lihou Anne Ray Malcolm Rae William Johnson Shula Raney Fritz Keck Kim Rody Photography by TuppyLocal Artists Beth Sweeting Zandrick Jones Lori Thompson Dion Lewis Colyn Rees Located Queen Elizabeth Drive, Marsh HarbourTel: 367.0579


June 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 19 B Mailin Sands mailin@coldwellbankerbahamas.comPh# 242-367-2992 Fax# 242-367-4800 P.O. Box AB 20403 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Bahama Coral Island-vacant lot situ ated in subdivision Elevated.-$40,000 Long BeachBeautiful area featuring gorgeous white beach. All lots approx. acre, and have beach access. Financing available. Call today. Bahama Coral Islandvacant property in Bahama Coral Island, financing available, Call for details. Treasure CayCanal Lots in desirable location, sea views, great buyUNDERCONTRACT Cabbage Point5 acre parcels on the SC Bootle highway, financing available Call today for details Marsh HarbourVacant property on Key Club Road appr ox 0.7 acres, features elevations. $92,000 Guan a C a yyVacant lot situated only a short distance from the settlement.$144,000 Marsh Harbour-#5106. Great Opportunity. Established commercial complex. features several retail stores and two rental apartments. All currently rented. Ideally situated on main tourist strip. GREAT INVESTMENT www.coldwellbankerbahamas.comMarsh Harbour-# 5220-Large Parcel of property 100 X 270 with two concrete warehouses, would be ideal for certain commercial adventure. Property fenced in. Call today for more details.Dundas Town-#5222-Property situated in prime location running 135 on the waterfront. Fixer upper situated on property. Views of the harbour and Sea of Abaco. $125,000 COLDWELL BANKER LIGHTBOURN REALTY UNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT Green Turtle Cay-#5191 Luxurious home located on a 2.5 mile sandy beach. Consisting of five bedrooms, four bathrooms with wrap around verandas. Careful craftsmanship and attention to detail describes this villa. Offered at $2,300,000 Green Turtle Cay-#0272 Unique "Pod Style"luxury estate situated high on a bluff overlooking the Sea of Abaco. This three bedroom three and bathroom consists of 3,289 square ft. and over 2,000 sq. ft. of decking. Built with attention to detail, this can be described as "Island living at it's best". Offered at $1,980,000. Green Turtle Cay-#5077 Historic 10 room Inn located in "Story Book" pretty New Plymouth. Consisting of 10 guest rooms 40 seat restaurant and bar,patio and swimming pool. Painstakingly restored to it's original Colonial condition. Offered at $1,780,000.Green Turtle Cay-#5282 Luxury Waterfront Estate with over 100' of frontage. Swimming pool, dock and guest cottage. Property is 1.7 acres of elevated land with panoramic views. Offered at $3,500,000 Chris Farrington, BRI Sales Associate Green Turtle Cay, Abaco (242) 365-4695 Business (242) 365-4697 Fax (242) 559-8800 Cell chris@coldwellbankerbahamas.com____________________________________________________________________ Great Harbour Cay-#2096-Charming 1B/1B house on elevated lot in the beautiful Barry Islands. This island style home also features a 1B/1B guest cottage, and looks over the golf course and Ocean.-$230,000Yellowwood-#5263-This adorable 2Bedroom 2Bathroomcottageis newly built, and never lived in! It sits on a large lot that is 100 x 150. Features a laundry room, and outside patios, Also boasts of a hobby room which has great potential. It could be an office, toy room etc. Features central A/C, and all appliances are include. Electricity is no in that area! A MUST SEE!-$219,000 June 1st, 2005DundasTown-#5276 Incoming producing property, unfinished duplex on elevated lot. Can be finished to ones own taste. Situated on lot 100x128-$92,000. Call for more details. Man-O-War Cay-Vacant interior lot close to the Atlantic Beach, restaurants, and grocery stores. $120,000.00 UNDER CONTRACT Please visit our new office location on Queen Elizabeth Drive, Next to the Fire Station. UNDERCONTRACT Lubbers-#0350 -vacant lot in Abaco Ocean Club. Comprises of 10,125 sq.ft. call today for more details. $70,000 UNDER CONTRACT


Page 20 B The Abaconian June 1, 2005 Brokers Anne Albury Marcellus Roberts(242) 365-8538 Ph (242) 365-8587 Ph/Fax LEEWARD BEACH ESTATE Trident/Turquoise Seas You cannot be more on thebeach than in this special home. Offering 3 bed / 31/2 bath in the main house with detached garage /bed / bath / attic plus storage. Vast deck oceanside with widows walk. WOW! $2,500,000 + 7.5% closing Cross Winds Split level CBS home extra large lot acrossfrom 2 beach greenways. Private. Master bed/ bath suite upstairs. Lower level 2 bed / 2 bath, cozy living room/ kitchen/ dining/ utility. Apartment annex 1 bed/ 1 bed, living kitchen, enclosed patio. Plus! Plus! Plus! $868,000 + 7.5% closing SANDPIPER BEACH Idle Hour Seeing is believing describes the many features of this special home on our beautiful beach. Living space 2750 sq. ft., garage 450 sq. ft. beach side porch 550 sq. ft. Master suite bedroom / bath plus 2 guest bedrooms / 2 baths, large living / kitchen / dining / family room. Many, many features. MUST SEE$2,400,000 GALLEON BAY CANAL / ESTATES Safe Harbour Canal front with excellent elevation. Octagonal 825 sq. ft. garage / efficiency guest house with plans for main house. Dock with power in place. Must see.$405,000 Seaductress / Harbours Edge Modern CBS 3bed/ 3 bath home including private entry suite, pool, detached 2 car garage Exceptional location and view. Many more features, must see to appreciate. NEW PRICE$899,000 + 14% closing WINDWARD BEACH ROAD Darnell House REAL PACKAGE DEAL Canal front home fully furnished, vacant beach front lot, car / golf cart / 23 boat. Well planned home has 3 bedrooms / 3 bath, including master suite with 2 guest bedrooms, den, open livingroom, dining, kitchen, utility room, screened-in porch on canal side, large garage and covered carporte/breezeway, landscaping with fenced section. MUST SEE $1,284,000Treasure Cay Properties Offered by Treasure Cay SpecialistsTreasure Cay has one of the world's best Beaches, Golf Course, Tennis, full service Marina, just naming a few amenities. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information We not only sell here, we live here and love it.For further details and pictures visit our web page at Mailing address: P.O. Box AB22183, Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas E-mail: tcrealestate@oii.netMember NEW! NEW! NEW!Call for more information and prices 1. CARLETON LANDING Newest opportunity canal front condo and cottage units with available boat slips Starting at $625,000 +14%closings 2. PALM BAY Townhouse units in protected harbour with boat slips Starting at $525,000 +14% closing 3. TREASURE LANDING Condo units on interior property with direct beach access $349,000 + 14% closing ROYAL PALM Canal Front Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool Phase II Marina side 2 bed / 2 bath -12 ft. wide slip. Special location, end unit, never rented$430,500 ATLANTIS Canal Front Condos with on-site Pool Bldg 4 Downstairs 2 bed / 2 bath, w/ boat slip and storage shed $296,400 MARINERS COVE Townhouse Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool Marina View 2 bed / 2 bath, end unit, extra features, never rented $212,000 OCEAN VILLA SUBDIVISION Pool side / garden location 2 bed / 2 bath $335,000 ROCK POINT Apartment four-plex, 2 storey CBS building, each level has 2 full apartments with 2 bed, 1 bath, living/dining/kitchen. Great rental investment. MUST SEE!$350,000 BAHAMA BEACH CLUB New luxury condominium project on Treasure Cay Beach. 3 bed / 3 bath / Den / Lanai / on-site pool and many other features Starting at $701,250 Plus 14% closing VACANT LOTS AVALABLE Casuarina Beach/Ocean Blvd. ocean front 1 acre+/Beginning at $875,000 Canal Front Beginning at $175,000 Golf Course / Interior Beginning at $35,000 SOLD UNDER CONTRACT By Jennifer Hudson Top meteorologists at the National Hurricane Centre forecast another busy season and urge people not to let down their defences as hurricane season 2005 approaches. Each year for the past several years Mr. Silbert Mills has been attending an annual weather conference under the auspices of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. This years conference was held at the Atlantis Hotel, Paradise Island, from April 13 to 17. Ms. Winsome Ferguson from Abacos Ministry of Tourism was also in attendance along with 200 meteorologists from Nassau and around the world. These conferences were begun eight or nine years ago in order to sensitize meteorologists to the geographical situation of the Bahamas. According to Mr. Mills, what was happening was that when a hurricane was traveling towards The Bahamas, meteorologists would say that The Bahamas was under hurricane threat, not realizing that if the storm were headed for Inagua, Abaco may have nothing but sunshine. This was seriously impacting visitor arrivals as it caused many people to needlessly cancel their reservations. These conferences draw the top weather people in North America and this year persons from the National Hurricane Centre formed a focal point as the main thrust of the conference was hurricanes. Dr. Max Mayfield gave a presentation on the previous hurricane season. Dr. William Gray, an authority on forecasting hurricanes, spoke along with Mr. May about the 2004 season and said that while Abaco and some other Bahamian islands were hit by two storms, they were more intrigued by Florida being hit by four in 30 days. They issued a word of caution that the people of The Bahamas should not sit back but should be conscientious in their preparations. While Bahamians were under the impression that Hurricanes Francis and Jeanne were category three storms, the authorities stated that they were minimal category two with gusts at the upper end. If a hurricane like Charlie came through Abaco, you would not recognize the place, they said. Charlie had a small eye which was very powerful while Frances and Jeanne had larger eyes. Hurricane Floyd was a top category two or low category three possibly with gusts and tornadoes. It was their opinion that there have been no serious hurricanes to hit Abaco in recent years. They stated that they have been very much on the pulse of storms while they were over Abaco, flying through, getting measurements and data and taking photographs of the shoreline. They were very impressed by the ability of Bahamians to reduce loss of lives. The Bahamas stands out; people seem to listen and respond to emergency management. Preparations must remain a priority, stay away from streets and listen to weather reports, they advised. Mr. Mills stated that Dr. Gray, in his prediction of the number of storms, remains resolute in that there will be an increased number of storms because of the cycle the earth is going through and not because of ozone depletion, though his view is not shared by meteorologists around the world. Every 30 years or so there is a lull, says Dr. Gray. The ocean temperature is the determining factor with storms; the sea surface temperature determines whether it will be a good or bad storm season. Since the sea is quite warm, there is a greater average for predictions this year. It was proposed that when forecasting hurricanes with graphics meteorologists stay away from using a straight line as to their future path as residents may see the line nowhere near them and determine that it is not headed their way. However, hurricanes can be 400 to 500 miles across so the use of the cone gives a more accurate picture. Most meteorologists are opposed to the National Hurricane Centres five day forecast; historically, only three days have been given. However, the National Hurricane Centre feels that last year they got it right; that was their best year as far as precision forecasting. When they looked at the dynamics of Jeanne, they predicted that she would turn back five days before it happened. Mr. Mills brought to their attention about five years ago the consideration of also forecasting rainfall and tornadoes, and that has now become very much a part of the process.Weather Conference Focuses on Hurricanes Taxi Driver Is Honoured The Abaco office of the Ministry of Tourism honoured Mr. Jeff Key for exemplary service given to persons he had in his taxi. One visiting group was so impressed with his going beyond the normal level of service that they wrote Tourism and explained that they were very impressed with him. On a trip to Treasure Cay, he gave them much infomation about the area and he even loaned them money that they needed. Tourism staff is shown presenting him with a certificate of appreciation. Ms. Jerizan Outten, Abacos Tourism Director, is hold the certificate.


June 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 21 B Marsh Harbour Contact Ph: (242) 367-2653 Government Dock Marsh Harbour, Abaco Palm Beach Contact Ph: (561) 840-9393 M/V Legacy c/o Heavy Lift Service Inc. 801 Avenue East Riviera Beach, FL 33404 Nassau Contact Ph./Fax: (242) 393-4371 Western End Potters Cay Dock Nassau, New ProvidenceServing Marsh Harbour and the Cays with Freight Service from Nassau and Palm Beach Departing Palm Beach Weekly service* Departing Nassau Every Tuesday Night Arriving Marsh Harbour Early Wednesday Morning Extended Services to Green Turtle Cay* For more information on the Palm Beach service Call Trinity Customs Brokerage (242) 367-4297 A resident of the Mud was awakened at 2 a.m. on May 13 by rumbling sounds coming from her daughters bedroom. On investigating the noise, the 14-year-old girl explained she was getting ready to take a bath. Further checking disclosed a young man she knew hiding under the bed. A resident of the Mud in Marsh Harbour was beaten about the body while in an argument on May 13 about 6 p.m. near a neighbors house. A Green Turtle Cay resident had a window of his car damaged by a woman he knew. This happened mid-afternoon on May 13 while at a Marsh Harbour business. Two Dundas Town women were arrested and released on bail for fighting during midafternoon at the Abaco Shopping Center in Marsh Harbour on May 14. A resident of Pigeon Peas was arrested late Sunday afternoon on May 15 when observed carrying plywood near the Learning Resource Center and could not explain where he got it. A visitor died while snorkeling near Castaway Cay mid-afternoon on May 15. A history of heart problems suggested he may have suffered from a heart attack and an autopsy will be performed. St. Andrews Methodist Church in Dundas Town was broken into during the night of May 15 and a $300 keyboard was stolen. A Murphy Town woman was punched several times and threatened to be killed by her boyfriend at her residence on May 17. A Cedar Harbour woman reported having stones thrown at her house and being annoyed by obscene language by a woman she knew about sundown on May 16. A Dundas Town man was hit in the head with a large stone by his girlfriend while visiting at her house in the Mud. A resident of Sand Banks was beaten about the body and on the head with a piece of pipe by four black men about 3 a.m. on May 17. A woman had her cell phone stolen from her purse by her husband while in Dundas Town about 9 p.m. on May 16. While driving in Fox Town the next afternoon, her husband cut in front of her causing her to run off the road, then attempted to hit her with a bottle. A 15-year-old girl from Murphy Town was surrendered to the police on May 18 by her mother as being an uncontrollable child. Her mother alleged she is rude, disobedient and stays away from home for extended periods, and normal forms of discipline are ineffective. A woman living in Sand Banks was hit in the back by a rock thrown by a man she knew. This happened in mid-afternoon on May 18. Police responded to an alarm about mid-night on May 18 at Solomons SuperCenter in Marsh Harbour. On finding a door ajar, more officers were called along with a police dog. Accompanied by the store manager, a thorough search was conducted which disclosed that someone had left through a rear door. A white Hyundai car was found in the parking lot with a key in the ignition, leading officers to subsequently arrest a Murphy Town man.Police Crime Report 5 1600 KW Standby Diesel Generators Your TV, refrigeration, water pump and air conditioning can operate during power outages. Minimize storm damage to your home. Our Lexan shutters protect your home. Make your own custom ply-wood shutters.MarMar MarMar Mar sh Harbour Or sh Harbour Or sh Harbour Or sh Harbour Or sh Harbour Or der ader a der ader a der a t 367-2660 367-2881 367-2820 t 367-2660 367-2881 367-2820 t 367-2660 367-2881 367-2820 t 367-2660 367-2881 367-2820 t 367-2660 367-2881 367-2820 PAINT Transparent Storm Shuttersof bullet-proof LEXAN Full Storm Protection AND Daylight Dont be in the dark Top quality & Performance Storm shutters are one of the most cost effective steps you can take to protect your home. Keep the wind and water outside while you are safe inside. Dont wait until the last minute. Order custom shutters today!4000 Watt Gas GeneratorsNow in stockSpecial Purchase Special Price Be ReadyBuy NowStock up on tarps, flashlights, coolers and batteries. UseVisqueen plastic to protect furniture and bedding.June 2005


Page 22 B The Abaconian June 1, 2005 PUBLIC NOTICE MINISTRY OF HOUSINGThe following person who applied for lots in the Central Pines Subdivision and were assigned a lot are required to contact Mr. Richard Gibbs at the Department of Housing Office, B&L Plaza, Marsh Harbour before the 31st of May 2005 URGENTLY: Anthony Bostwick/Sylvia Alfred Marcia Cash Marion Cash Troy Cornish Rodney B. Davis Rodney Shortie Davis Gerlene Dorceus Delrose Hepburn Eulona and Della Kelly Samantha and Trevor Miller Cynthia McKinney Omar McKenzie Wenzel and Mary McBride Roselene McLaughlin Frederick Pinder Selryn L. Rolle Elizabeth Roberts Ginger and Sylvia Swain Dudley Stuart Demetrius Taylor Gerda Vilmar Sidney and Angela Wells Dorothy McIntosh and Margaret Williams Michelle Pickstock/Erlande PettitBy Jennifer Hudson A country music concert and buffet introducing Roy Pinder with Big Red and the Gang from Spanish Wells took place in the pavilion of the Abaco Beach Hotel on May 7th. This was the first introduction of the group to Abaco, and they drew a huge crowd of 300 people. According to Yvonne Key, organizer of the event, The group was well received, and it was a fantastic evening. In fact, there was such a good response to this country group that another concert is being planned for November, and it is most probable that we will have them do two concerts every year. Due to the excellent response to this first concert, 400 tickets will be printed for the next concert/buffet and will go on sale on November 1st.Concert by the Magnificent Seven Proved Popular The Magnificent Seven, a country singing group from Spanish Well, performed a concert on May 7 to an appreciative crowd at Abaco Beach Resort. They will be back. They are, left to right front row Kevin Underwood and Roy Pinder, middle row Doris Ross, Ranata Sands, Elise Pinder, Carol Sands, and in teh back Sue Lynn Pinder. Remember to Buckle UpBy Mirella Santillo Youth In Action basket ball players are doing extra practice in preparation of the competition taking place in Freeport. The Youth in Action program is for youth of Central Abaco to teach them the principles of soccer, basketball and softball while they are learning discipline and good sportsmanship. The program is run entirely by volunteers. The first phase of the Youth in Action Program for 2005 started with soccer which ended in March. The second phase, basketball, is nearing its end with play-offs taking place in Freeport. Coaches Mr. and Mrs. Lynden Davis, Mr. Murray, and Ishmael Morley, Youth Coordinator for Abaco, will accompany about 45 children to compete against Eleuthera, Nassau, Sandy Point, North Abaco and Freeport. The players added extra practice on their schedule in preparation for the games. The Youth in Action athletes have been very successful in their previous competitions, and the coaches are confident about their achievements in these play outs.Basketball Players Will Compete in Freeport


June 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 23 B Pastor& Mrs. Stephan N. Knowles And The Family ofStrong TowerCommunity Church Welcomes You! Please feel free to come and Worship with us INTERNAT I O N ALPh: 367-5411 E-mail: strongtower@coralwave.comWednesday Bible Study and prayerat 7:00 p.m. Sunday Worship Celebration at 10:45 a.m. Aldersgate Methodist ChurchMarsh Harbour, Abaco Sunday Services: 11:00 a.m. Radio Ministry: Radio Abaco 93.5 FM Monday through Friday at 7:55 a.m. Minister The Reverend Charles A. Carey Congregational Board Chairman Brother Percival J. Archer Phone: 242-367-2009/2566 Fax: 367-5419 Catholic ChurchesSaturday Mass Treasure Cay 3:00 p.m. Bahamas Farm Chapel (Creole) 5:00 p.m. Saints Mary and Andrew ChurchSunday Mass Marsh Harbour & Hope Town 9:00 a.m. St. Francis de Sales Church 12:45 p.m. Jarrett Park (Hope Town) 5:00 p.m. St. Francis de Sales Church (Creole)Weddings and Funerals (by arrangement)Confession (before Mass or by appointment)Baptism (every Sunday before Mass or within Mass)Rev. Father Rogelio (Roger) P. Madrazo Parish Priest 242-367-2714 Speaking where the Bible speaks; Silent where the Bible is silent. Schedule of Services Sunday Bible Class10:00 a.m. Morning Worship11:00 a.m. Evening Worship7:00 p.m. Radio Abaco 93.5 FM5:00 p.m. Wednesday Devotion/Bible Class7:00 p.m.Church of ChristP.O. Box AB 20543 Marsh Harbour, Abaco 242-367-3496/ Minister Jason G. Quashie Friendship Tabernacle ChurchPastor Silbert MillsSunday Church Services 11:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Bible Study on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Youth Meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. P.O. Box AB 20513 Dundas Town Abaco 242-367-5848 Nursery Pre-School Day Care Teaching Children to Achieve 242-367-0295 Kirk o the Pines For information and help please ring an Elder at 367-3643, 367-4479-367-3477 or 367-2365 (Presbyterian) Seek and Ye Shall Find Sunday Mornings at NineWelcomeSaturday Morning Childrens Club at half past tenSaturday and Sunday at Forest Heights Academy (Don MacKay Blvd. near airport round-about)Thursday Evenings at six thirtyBible Study & Discussion Group (in varius homes) St. John-the-Baptist & St. Martin Anglican ChurchesSchedule of Services Sunday Holy EucharistEvening Prayer Marsh Hbr. Sandy Pt. 1st (ACW) 8:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.7:30 p.m. (Both) 2nd (CYM)11:00 a.m. 7:30 a.m.7:30 p.m. (Both) 3rd (AYA) 8:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.7:30 p.m. (Both) 4th (ACM)11:00 a.m. 7:30 p.m.7:30 p.m. (M.H.) 5th11:00 a.m. 7:30 a.m.7:30 p.m. (S.P.) Rector: Reverend Father Earl Hepburn 242-367-2518 (phone/fax) Dundas Town Church of GodWhere Everybody Is Somebody and Jesus Is Lord! Sunday Prayer Meeting6:00 a.m. Sunday School9:45 a.m. Morning Worship11:00 a.m. Evening Worship6:00 p.m. Weekdays (Prayer Meeting) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday5:00 a.m. Monday Night7:00 p.m. Wednesday Night F.T.H.7:00 p.m. Friday Youth Night7:00 p.m. Tuesday, ThursdayFamily Night For Transportation call Rev. Jerry Cornish at 367-2457 or 367-4719 (church) or contact Bro. Val Nesbitt at 367-5565 Bishop Anthony Campbell242-367-4718 or cell phone 242-457-5565 Dtcog@coralwave.comJesus Saves We exist to: Reach, Develop, Train, Love and Send Grace Baptist ChurchSunday Worship 9:45 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m. Divine Worship 7:30 p.m. Evening Worship Every second and fourth Sunday 8:00 a.m. Morning Glory (no evening service) Tuesday Evening Prayer Meeting 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Evening Bible Study 7:30 p.m. Friday Evening Youth Night 7:30 p.m. Bishop Clifford and Minister Evelyn HenfieldYou are always welcome at GraceGrace Baptist Preschool Quality Christian education for children ages 2 1/2 5 years. Please call 242-367-5403 for Principal Mrs. Claudine Burrows or Secretary Ms. Lorraine Lewis to register. Bus service available. Phone242-367-2926 Fax 242-367-5403 Church Page AnnouncementsNew Vision Ministries is celebrating The Family between Mothers Day and Fathers Day. Call 367-2677 with the special events at your church. New Vision Ministries(Non Demoninational)Our Mission Turning people into devout followers of Jesus Christ Sunday Worship 11:00 a.m. Sunday Kids Korner 9:30 a.m. Tuesday Interactive Bible Study7:30 p.m. Thursday Prayer Time12:10 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Friday Youth Night (high school & up)7:30 p.m. Pastors/Leaders Derek Benjamin Ted Pearce David Lowe Youth Pastor: Brooks Russell For Directions call 242-367-3324 Drill RigDock Construction Boat Lift SalesQualityBOABOA BOABOA BOA T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC.These lifts are made of top grade aluminum and stainless steel to maintain their finish and strength in our saltwater environment .Freddy Albury 242-367-4769 Brandon Thompson 242-367-2704 Fax: 367-2704 P.O. Box AB 20872 Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Email: www.drillrig.i8.comWe offer a variety of boat lifts From personal water craft lifts to lifts up to 54,000 lbs. Call for information and a quote,The Board of Directors of Colina Holdings Bahamas Ltd., the parent company of Colina Insurance Company Limited, approved a reorganization plan today, which involves the appointment of a new executive team. The shareholders also approved the appointment of three new directors: Macgregor Robertson, Zhiavago Laing and Ednol Farquharson. ColinaImperials executive team will be led by Guy Richard who has been appointed President. It was also approved to change the name of the insurance company to ColinaImperial Insurance Ltd. This change recognizes the importance of Colinas acquisition of Imperial Life in January of this year as it consolidates its position as the leading insurance company in The Bahamas.New Executive Team Is Announced by Colina


Page 24 B The Abaconian June 1, 2005 COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS2005 / CLE / QUI /00300 IN THE SUPREME COURT Common Law and Equity Division IN THE MATTER of ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of land comprising Eleven and Fifty-four hundredths (11.54) acres more or less originally granted to John Cash by Crown Grant B-219 which said John Cash Grant is situate on the Southern edges of the Township of Marsh Harbour on the island of Great Abaco one of the islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and runs from the Sea on the East Westwards between the Northern edge of the Nathan Key Grant (Grant K-145) on the South and a Road Reservation to the North and bounded Westwardly by a Road Reservation sometimes called Pole Line Road or Nathan Key Drive AND IN THE MATTER of The Quieting Titles Act, 1959 AND IN THE MATTER of the Petition of Roy Carlisle Newbold, Sr. NOTICE The Petition of ROY CARLISLE NEWBOLD Sr. of Stede Bonnett Road in the Township of Marsh Harbour in the Island of Great Abaco one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in respect of:ALL THAT piece parcel or part of a tract of land comprising Eleven and Fifty-four hundredths (11.54) acres originally granted to John Cash (Grant B-219) which said John Cash Grant is situate on the Southern edges of the Township of Marsh Harbour and runs from the Sea on the East Westwards between the Northern edge of the Nathan Key Grant (Grant K-145) and a Road Reservation to the North and bounded Westwardly by a Road Reservation sometimes called Pole Line Road or Nathan Key Drive and generally having the position shape boundaries marks and dimensions as shown for Grant B-219 on Bahamas Registered Plan 436 ABACO and which said hereditaments is bounded ON THE WEST by the said Road Reservation sometimes called Pole Line Road or Nathan Key Drive and running thereon Four hundred and Thirty-three and Five hundredths (433.05') feet more or less, ON THE SOUTH by the aforementioned Nathan Key Grant (Grant K-145) and running thereon One thousand Seven hundred and Forty-four and Three hundredths (1744.03) feet more or less ON THE NORTH by the aforementioned Road Reservation to the North and running thereon One Thousand Seven hundred and Fourteen and sixtyone hundredths (1714.61) feet more or less AND ON THE EAST by the High Water Mark of the Sea and running thereon by straight transect One hundred and Fifty and Eighty-three hundredths (150.83) feet but following the configurations of the coast running thereon One hundred and Seventy and Ninety-two hundredths (170.92) feet more or less and which said piece parcel or part of a tract of land has the position shape boundaries and dimensions as are shown on plan filed in the above Action and thereon coloured Pink. Roy Carlisle Newboid Sr. claims to be the owner in fee simple in possession of the said land free from encumbrances and has made application to the Supreme Court of the Commonwealthof The Bahamas under section 3 of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959 to have his title to the said land investigated and the nature and extent thereof determined and declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted by the Court in accordance with the said Act. A Plan of the said land may be inspected during normal business hours at the following places:1. The Registry of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher Building, East Street, Nassau, Bahamas. 2. The Office of the Administrator, Local Government, Central Abaco District, Dove Plaza, Don MacKay Boulevard, Marsh Harbour, Abaco. 3. The Chambers of the Petitioners attorneys, Messrs. Maillis and Maillis, Chambers, Fort Nassau House, Marlborough Street, Nassau, Bahamas. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any person having dower or right of dower or an adverse claim or a claim not recognized in the Petition shall on or before the 31 st day of July A.D, 2005 file in the Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a Statement of his claim in the prescribed form verified by an Affidavit and other prescribed papers to be filed therewith. Failure of any person to file and serve a Statement of his claim within the prescribed time will operate as a bar to such claim. DATED the 26th day of April, A.D. 2005 MAILLIS AND MAILLIS Chambers Fort Nassau House Marlborough Street Nassau, Bahamas Attomeys for the Petitioner By Mirella Santillo Mrs. Vernette Parker, wife of Rev. Burnell Parker of the Revival Time Pentecost Church of God, mentioned that women of the Pentecostal Church celebrated their eighth annual fellowship convention by a week of services from April 25th to May 1st. The celebration was marked by a Gospel Concert that was held on April 30th with the participation of the famous Christ Side Dancers. A guest speaker from Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama, Evangelist Rita Stuart, closed out the meetings on May 1st. Sister Parker would like to say a special hello to all who came to the service during that special week. Rev. Henry Wright of Revival Time Pentecost Church of God in Coopers Town was married to Ms. Magnola Rolle on April 23rd. On May 10th tuberculosis testing was performed at the clinic for the Fox Town Primary Schools children who had supposedly been exposed to the bacillus. The testing was done as a precautionary measure to ensure that all the children were all right. Ms. Navidia Mills, grade 2 teacher at Fox Town Primary, said that with the joint effort of the PTA members, she is organizing the Fox Town Primary School Beauty Pageant which will be held on May 21st at the New Hope Baptist Church. Four Little Misses, grade 1 to 3, and four Misses, grade 4 to 6, will be judged on their opening dance, their introduction, their sport wear, their questions and answers, their evening wear and their talent. The event is open to whoever wishes to attend. The Zion Baptist Churches of Abaco held their 43rd convention in Mount Hope. The first event of the convention was a 5 p.m. service on May 8th during which 16 mothers from various participating churches were honored. The actual opening night was on May 9th. During that day Constable Dames from Marsh Harbour gave a lecture on community policing. Rev. John Mc Intosh, Pastor for Mount Hope Church who is also a moderator for the district, took time off the pastors conclave that took place on May 10th to explain the topics of that meeting. The pastors of the nine Zion Baptist Churches were discussing the means to address the gangs problem in the school and the possible solutions involved. He added that every morning during the convention lectures were given focusing on how to connect the church to the communities and establishing the role of the church against crime. He said that more interaction is needed between communities and churches. He hopes that more involvement will help resolve the crime problem that seems to be on the rise among the younger population. During the week a daily evening service with a different theme each night was held. Fellowship night was on Wednesday, Thursday was Youth night and Friday was womens night. On Friday Bishop Sam Green arrived from Nassau to officiate the closing service of the convention on May 14th. Little Abaco News Nomination Day for Local Government Is Thursday, June 2


June 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 25 B Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE Houses and Land For Rent and For SaleClassified Advertisements BAHAMAS VACATIONS 100+ private Out Island homes, resorts, villas for rent. Free listing. Call 1-800-462-2426 Guana Cay brand new island apts. with harbour views, 2 bed/1 bath, full kitchens, TV, VCR. $900 / week, discount for extended stay. Reserve now for Regatta $200/day 3-day min. 904-9822762 Guana Cay brand new rental, 4 bed, deep water dock, privacy, plenty availability, 561-805-8673 Elbow Cays Best Houses and Land, rentals and sales, Hope Town Hideaways. Call 242366-0224 or fax 242-366-0434. On the internet at GREAT GUANA CAY 3 COMMERCIAL WATER FRONT PROPERTIES -Beach Front Hotel/Condo +/-175 beach frontage, +/6000 sq ft private dock -Guana Harbour Marina +/310 water front, 24 slips dev opportunity -Beachfront Dev. Property in Settlement +/200 beach frontage Complete details www.guanabeachfor (828) 242-1060 Ph. 242-367-3420 Cell 242-375-8465Realtors Ruth Albury Percy PinderLocated above theSand Dollar ShoppeP.O.Box AB 20473 Marsh Harbour, RENTAL COMMERCIAL PROPERTYMarsh Harbour, commercial shop /office spaces available in Royal Harbour Village shops. Great location, high traffic area. Please call for details. 242-367-3262 PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE Island Property ManagementJulie Farrington & Leslie SawyerP.O. Box AB-22758 Green Turtle Cay Abaco Tel: (242) 365-4695 or 365-4047 email: Vacations Rentals Sea Grape RealtyVictor R. Patterson Memorial Plaza P.O. Box AB 20123 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: 242-367-2749 E-mail: seagraperealty@hotmail.comElbow Cay:Interior lot with paved road, electric, telephone lines for $53,500 Best deal on Elbow Cay! Lot on Big Hill adjacent to Centerline Road, one of only a few left going fast! $125,000Lubbers Quarters:1/2 Acre House Lot on East Side! Deep water and utilities available. $298,000 Hillside acre with private dock slip and utilities. $145,000 LIVE YOUR DREAM ATEnjoy the life style you deserve . Luxury vacation rentals with private boat slips and all resort amenities in a gated community. Call 242-367-4151 or Fax 367-4152 Hope Town Stunning views from attractive 3 bed/2 bath cottage with100 of water front just outside the harbour. Central AC & 30+ rental weeks/year. (561) 202-8163. Lubbers Quarters beaut iful home across from Tilloo Cut with 2 kings / 2 baths / queen loft. Gorgeous view, convenient location, private boat slip, central A/C, turn key, rental history. By owner 242-366-0266 Marsh Harbour, Sweetings Tract, 2B / 2B plus pool table room, fully furnished, tile & carpet, wood & Hardy board exterior, sheetrock & V-joint interior. Manicured lawn, fenced backyard. $250,000 gross. Contact Marcus @ 375-8248 or Tara @ 357-6842 Scotland Cay excluisve pvt. island for property owners and guests only. Located 7 mi. N. of Marsh Harbour between Guana & Man-OWar. 2 mi. of pristine pink powder beach with a uniquely protected lagoon and marina. Paved airstrip & roads. Daily scheduled ferry service from Marsh Harbour. Deeded 1/2 acre lot, 200 to beach & ocean with 180o unobstructed ocean view. $350K net. 850-519-1990 Tilloo Cay charming hideaway, 2 br/2 ba cottage, safe haven, tucked in cove with dock. Panoramic view of ocean in all directions from top of hill. On approx. 3.75 acre, sea to sea. Generator, battery and solar powered. $2 million. Call 508-540-3240 or e-mail Treasure Cay, nice 2 br. 2 bath, fully furnished ground floor unit at Sand Dollar condo Nice pool and beach. By owner. 365-8499, US 540721-6786, 540-885-1459, e-mail $299,500 Guana Cay long term rate, fully furnished, newly renovated, 1 bed and 2 bed rentals, TV, VCR, pool and sandy beach. Call Jerry, Guana Sunset Resort 365-5133 Hope Town Specialist. A collection of upscale homes with pools, private docks, etc., ideal for special occasions, reunions, honeymoons. Hope Town Hideaways 242-366-0224 or Lubbers Quarters vacation rentals, secluded, privately owned coastal cottage, 15 min. boat ride from Marsh Harbour. Marsh Harbour fully furnished, well appointed, 4 bed, 3 bath home on 3/4 acre on Sea of Abaco. With dock and boat lift. Available for long term rental. Call 367-0124 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS Three Earn Karate Black Belts Three students of Sensei Churton Toote recently earned black belts in Karate which they have been studying for six years. With Mr. Toote are Krista Kelly, age 16 from Forest Heights; Agatha Ferguson age 15 from Abaco Central High School; and Albert Albury, age 15, from St. Francis de Sales School. the sand. We had a great day together and I hope we can do it again. We were also excited to be able to attend the Earth Day program in Marsh Harbour. We acted as special chaperones to the younger students. We set up our schools owl and parrot projects and helped AndrosFrom Page 13 with the ancient turtle shell and crocodile display. It was so exciting to have been able to see the display after we had seen the 2,800 year old, blue hole treasures the week before at the meeting with the scientists. Earth Day was very educational, and we learned a lot about the Abaco pine forest which was the eco-system theme for this years program. The Right ChoiceI, Glenn C. Laing, representing Great Guana Cay, am once again nominating for Councillor in the Hope Town District Council. During my first and second terms, I have lived up to the commitment I made to the residents of Guana Cay. I am seeking a third term to complete the unfinished tasks. I am thankful and grateful to be a part of this great community and for the support and encouragement given to me. I am asking for your continued support as always in this great venture. Glenn Laing The William H. Albury at Island Roots Festival


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Business Service DirectoryGadites Maritime & Navigational Institution P.O.Box CB-13328 Nassau, Bahamas Tel/Fax: 242-362-4305 (home) Cell: 242-557-1617 Email:gaditesmaritime@hotmail.comInternational License Class B License Radar Observer Unlimited Bridge Resource Management COURSESCOURSES COURSESCOURSES COURSESClass A License Celestial Navigation Personal Survival Basic & Advanced Call 367-4585 or Fax 367-3091 B B a a h h a a m m a a D D a a w w n n D D e e s s i i g g n n s s Custom Quilts and Fabrics Behind B&LPlaza 367-4648 phone/fax ABACO FENCING CO.We make sure its secure Best prices on all your fencing material & quality work that lasts Call or fax 242-367-2277, Mobile 242-559-8273 PO Box AB20976, Marsh Harbour Email: MAGARIMS CONSTRUCTION CO.Licensed Contractor Large or Small JobsCall 357-6970 or 367-0246 Marsh HarbourElectronics& SatelliteAbaco Shopping Centre P.O. Box AB 20265 Ph: 367-5880 Fax: 367-3538 Bargain Car RentalsThe Newest and Finest Car Rental Co. Low Rates High Quality ServiceBargain Parts FinderYour #1 store for Auto Parts (Windshields, Bumper, Lights, etc.) Delivery within 96 hrs. Call us today Ph: 367-0500 Next to Abaco Wholesale Don MacKay Blvd., Marsh Harbour For All Your Termite Problems CallAlburys Pest ControlSince 1979 Now Serving AbacoPh: 242-325-3643 Fax: 242-326-5730 Cell: 427-3651 Simon 557-2008 Billy veloped. Solid waste will be composted and recycled when possible. The Bakers Bay EIA was supervised by Dr Kathleen Sullivan Sealey, a professor of marine biology at the University of Miami. Dr. Sullivan Sealey is on the BEST Commissions list of approved EIA experts, and the developers contracted with the university to conduct the assessment. The university will also be involved in monitoring the project to ensure that the highest environmental standards and management practices are applied at all times. Bakers Bay is a unique project in the transparency of its site management and environmental reporting, Dr Sullivan Sealey said. The developers believe that good environmental stewardship will add value to the community as well as protect property from storm damage and erosion. The main aims of the monitoring programme are to maintain the natural vegetation on Guana Cay, to preserve onshore and near shore water quality at pre-construction levels, to enhance wildlife habitat and to promote coastal stability. Clean UpFrom Page 26MH Airport Has Serious PotholesThe Marsh Harbour International Airport has a very dangerous problem because of many potholes. One sink hole is 10-15 feet across and about six inches deep. It is located in the center of the area where planes touch down. The entire surface of the runway is wearing away with the coating of tar becoming very thin. This is particularly so for 2000 feet on the western end where planes land much of the time. Pilots are concerned that an accident could happen if a wheel gets caught in a pothole


June 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 27 B Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 COMMERCIAL SERVICES Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & BoatsFor all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031. Sales and Service Home & commercial maintenance, home appliance installation, service and repair, washing machines, dryers, etc. Ph. 5417 10' New custom built fibre glass boat with bench seat and bow deck. Includes trailer. Duty paid. $2400 OBO. Call 367-4486. 11 Sea Worthy Dinghy, good condition. $400 Call 365-5045 or 904-982-2782 14' Edgewater 140CC, 2002 35 HP Johnson, Bimini, trailer, cover, DUTY PAID. $11,800, (242) 365-8397 16 Edgewater CC 1998 70 HP Yamaha, unsinkable, new boat covers, excellent condition. DUTY PAID $12.500 Ph 367-2452 17 Proline CC 1996, 2004 Yamaha 90 HP, nice run about boat for the Sea of Abaco, includes trailer. DUTY PAID $10,900 OBO Call 305-451-5751 or 305-942-3597 20 Shamrock cuddy cabin 220 HP V8 inboard, f/w cooled. Harding double axle trailer. DUTY PAID Boat kept in dry storage. $12,000 Call Dale 365-4359 or Bill 365-4319 21 Cobia 214 CC, 2002 150 HP HPDI with 309 hrs., lean post w/ cooler, T top, compass, raw water pump, console enclosure, VHF, Garmin GPS map 238 sounder, dual batteries, dual battery charger and dual batteries for 24 v. rod, new trailer never used, motor has 2 yrs factory warranty. Contact 365-5195 MERCHANDISE FOR SALEFrench doors, 3 sets, Anderson high performance doors, new in carton, warranteed, DUTY PAID. No shipping, no hassle. $2500 each OBO. In Hope Town. Call Philip 366-0680 or 202-686-8600 Large window A/C new 18,000 BTU, 240 v. $600 Call 365-5045 or 904-982-2762 Moving off the Island Sale 6 high artificial Christmas tree complete with lights and decorations $40, 15 Sylvania colour TV complete with built-in VCR $100, 17 Sylvania colour TV $100, upright Hoover vacuum cleaner $40, computer desk $40, 18-speed Braemar Mountain bike, hardly used, 1 year old $100, 5 gallon water cooler/dispenser $100, 2 15 computer monitors $40 each, 17 computer monitor $50. Phone 365-8764 any time, will consider all offers.Real Estate Sales Agent WantedMarsh Harbour Damianos Real Estate Company wishes to employ for their Marsh Harbour, Abaco office a licensed, experienced and reputable Sales Agent. The successful applicant must have exceptional phone and communication skills, be self-motivated, enthusiastic and be prepared to work as part of a team. If you feel like joining our innovative and successful company, please forward your resume to or fax to (242) 3624730. Bluff House on Green Turtle Cay seeks a handy man with experience in carpentry, electronics and plumbing. No certifications required. Full or part time. Call David Phillips at 3654247. Positions are also available for front office staff. For more information please call Tracey at 365-4247 EMPLOYMENT PPORTUNITIESLunch/concession mobile van, complete kitchen with sink and washing equipment. Asking $10,000. Ph 551-5417 Club golf cart for parts has fold-down back seat. $150 Call 365-5045 or 904-982-2762 87 Buick LeSabre, loaded, A/C, runs good. $2000 OBO Call Karen 366-0266 94 Dodge Caravan, good condition. $6500 Please call 366-3027 96 Yamaha Virgo 1100, excellent condition, just over 7000 miles. Asking $5500 Ph. 3753551 98 Toyota Camry Cloth interior, CD player, power windows and locks, grey. Asking $12,500 Contact Chris Pinder at 375-8835 99 F 150 4x4, A/C, CD player 99 F 150 4x4, A/C, CD player, automatic, 53K miles, excellent condition. Asking $20,000 OBO Ph. 3672289 Contact Earl 22 Atlantic Bay Skiff, 8-foot beam, fiberglass, 350 MerCruiser inboard, center console, Bimini, VHF, depth sounder, US registered, fully found, DUTY PAID. Asking $16,500 OBO Call 365-8608 or 365-8420 22 Sailboat new Mercury 15 HP electric start outboard, zip stop mainsail, cover, 110 and 140% jibs, 3.5 draft, new cushions, canvas covers, Bimini frame, anchor, battery, solar charger, DUTY PAID. $3900 Call 760-8311688 24 Rampage Cuddy Cabin 240 HP Yanmar diesel, 70 hrs. Excellent condition. DUTY PAID. Call Darvin Sands at 242-365-6007 days and 365-6093 nights 26 Carver, Bahamian registered, 200 HP Volvo diesel engine. Can be seen at Marsh Harbour Boat Yard ( Suits Us Three ) Asking $12,000 as is. Call 772-589-9812 or 367-5205 VEHICLES FOR SALE BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BUSINESS FOR SALERetail store in prime location. Call for details after 5 p.m. 367-3472 EQUIPMENT FOR SALEForklift, Hyster S40XL 3-stage warehouse, used, well maintained, in use now. $11,000 OBO 367-2128 Call between 9-5 By Jennifer Hudson The Abaco Insurance Fun Fishing Tournament has been an enjoyable family event for the past ten years but at this years Awards Dinner it was announced that this years tournament would be the last as the committee members feel that they can no longer cope with the task of organizing the event. The emphasis in this three day tournament is FUN and the tournament began ten years ago as a way for locals to have just that. Though there was no separate womens division this year the ladies were still very much involved as were the children who fished on Saturday. Prizes were awarded daily for the largest tuna, wahoo and dolphin and also for the most catches and releases of billfish ( sailfish and marlin ). The main awards were presented at the Awards dinner on May 8th hosted by the Jib Room. Approximately 80 people took part this year and 16 boats went out from 4th to 7th May. The results were: Top boat: Harvester. 2nd boat: Kathi II. 3rd boat: My Dream. Largest wahoo60 pounds:Matthew Bethel. Largest dolphin45 pounds:Sheri Roberts. Largest Tuna23 pounds:Timmy Higgs. Most billfish: Kathi II. Special prizes were awarded to the junior anglers to encourage junior fishing. There is a tradition that whenever a per-Abaco Insurance Fun Fishing Tournament son catches his first billfish he gets dunked so Wesley Lowe was caught and thrown unceremoniously into the Jib Room pool. Timmy Higgs had filmed an interesting underwater video of the struggles between the fish and the fishermen which was shown on Sunday afternoon and all of the people involved in the tournament enjoyed watching their struggles and successes. The hard working committee of Chad and Ginnie Sawyer, Daron and Sheri Roberts and Tom and Linda Leffler would like to thank all the official sponsors of the tournament. Several of the people involved are hoping to form a fishing club for Abaco in which they will try to involve more juniors to get them interested in fishing and also in the important issue of conservation. Three couples have orgnaized the Abaco Insurance Fun Fishing Tournament for 10 years. They all enjoy sport fishing themselves and they have created a great event for local fishermen. However, regretfully, they have announced that this is the last year for this tradition. Water Delivery on the CaysThe Hope Town gate is locked after letting a tank truck full of water go through. This is a common sight during periods of little rainfall such as the past winder.


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