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VOLUME 13, NUMBER 22, NOVEMBER 15th, 2005 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 Grand Cay Was Slammed by Wilm a Eight Residences Were Destroyed, Others Were DamagedBy Richard E. Fawkes The government of The Bahamas, through NEMA, recently built eight new homes on Grand Cay to replace those destroyed during back-to-back Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne during September of last year. This year Hurricane Wilma, approaching from a south-westerly direction on October 24, laid waste that many homes and inflicted severe structural damage on at least three more buildings, including business establishments, in this northernmost Bahamian community. Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne had approached from the east. According to District Council member George Russell, Grand Cay residents were somewhat caught off guard and did not prepare for Wilma as well as they could have. He blames this on the failure of ZNS Radio and the Meteorological Office to specifically locate and warn Grand Cay residents in their forecasts and bulletins. He said he had taken a trip to Florida not long before the storm, unaware of its path toward Grand Cay and that it was only when he turned on the television in his hotel room was he able to get a clear picture of the imminent threat. He had to charter a plane from Florida to get home to secure his property and family. Mr. Russell said residents on Grand Cay have to extrapolate a hurricaneÂ’s threat to them from reports of its proximity to Grand Bahama or mainland Abaco. Grand Cay cannot reBy Portia Jonsson On October 28th a two-hour radio telethon was staged by Radio Abaco to raiseTelethon Raised Thousands for Hurricane Victimsfunds for the victims of Hurricane Wilma Please see Grand Cay Page 2 Please see Telethon Page 23 This is all that remains of Maxwell CooperÂ’s house on Grand Cay after Hurricane Wilma passed by on October 24. Mr. Cooper and his family escaped to a stone structure next door. His roof landed on his brother Jolly CooperÂ’s hotel, shown between the two buildings at rear, virtually destroying it.Firemen Assist with Controlled BurnChildren Enjoy Guy Fawkes Fun DayGuy Fawkes Fun Day on November 5 is an annual event on Green Turtle Cay to raise funds for its Island Roots Heritage Festival held each May. The Guys are displayed then they dance with their creators before being thrown on the fire. This was the 400th anniversary of the original event in England. Friends of the Environment has an ongoing project in the pine woods of South Abaco. They are studying the effects of the burn on the flora and fauna with the view to keeping a healthy forest. This was the second burn and was studied from many aspects by scientists from the U.S. Forestry Service and The Nature Conservancy. One of the observers at the burn was Mr. John Rood, U.S. Ambassador to The Bahamas, who is standing in the middle of the group. The burn followed a seiminar sponsored by the U.S. Southern Command that trained firemen in firefighting techniques, first aid and CPR. See story on page 18.


Page 2 The Abaconian November 15, 2005 Joint venture ofUnited Abaco Shipping & Marsh Harbour Shipping* Weekly Sailings from West Palm Beach & Nassau* NEW Warehouse outside of Port Security Area* NO MORE DELAYS AND HASSLESwith deliveries at the Port of Palm Beach(warehouse located on the corner of Old Dixie Hwy &15th Street)When Shipping to Abaco rememberABACO SHIPPINGRELIABLE, DEPENDABLE AND PERSONALIZED SERVICE TO THE ABACOSGeneral cargo, 20’ & 40’ dry and refrigerated containers. Drive on ramps. Special charter to the cays. US DELIVERY ADDRESS Gulfstream Lines/Heavy Lift Services 900 W 15th St, Riviera Beach Fl, 33404 561-840-9393 (T) 561-863-3451(F) Contact John Gilson BAHAMAS ADDRESS P.O.Box AB-20737 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas 242-367-2091 or 242-367-3341(T) 242-367-2235 or 242-367-4885 (F) Contact Lesa Albury or Shelly Russell Email: DUKE OF TOPSAIL TRITONceive ZNS television because its antenna, destroyed during Frances or Jeanne last year, was not replaced. Seventy-six-year-old Vera Hield said she was lucky enough to have been at her daughter’s house during the storm’s passage. The roof and front portion of half her six-room dwelling were ripped out, with the remaining rooms losing their ceilings as a result of roof damage. Maxwell Cooper has only his concrete foundation, strewn with bathtub, stove, washer, bits of furniture, pieces of clothing and children’s toys to show where his house was. He, his wife and children were able to escape and find refuge in a stone building next door. His roof landed across the street on top of his brother’s hotel at harbour side, crushing its roof. The brother, Jolly Cooper, said he had rebuilt his business, Jolieeka’s Hotel, in that location after last year’s hurricanes had destroyed it at a higher level. Mr. Jolly Cooper said he also lost his 25-foot fishing boat with two Mercury outboard engines. Next to Mr. Cooper’s hotel, Roosevelt Curry’s motel had its upper floor ripped off again, although Mr. Curry’s docks and restaurant remained intact. One half of the building housing the government clinic was demolished. Nurse Vilma Mitchell and her assistant, auxiliary nurse Dollie Mae Cooper, had been ordered off Grand Cay to Freeport prior to the hurricane. Grand Cay’s health and education services are under Grand Bahama’s juris-Wind Caused Destruction on Grand Ca y Grand CayFrom Page 1BEC Team Repairs Electrical DamageBy Richard E. Faskes A five-man distribution crew, led by Kenneth Williams, a supervisor in the Family Islands Division of BEC, arrived on Grand Cay from Nassau on November 1 to begin restoring the damaged electrical infrastructure on the cay, which suffered the loss of at least three poles, four transformers and many downed lines. Mr. Williams said a barge delivered all the equipment and supplies they needed that morning. Kenneth Knowles, BEC’s distribution manager in Marsh Harbour, flew in that day to help assess the damage and get restoration work going. The generator on Walker’s Cay, which supplies Grand Cay with power, was running, however, and the connection to the water plant was in place, supplying that important resource, with only intermittent cuts, according to some residents. The re built water tower held firmly in the storm this “Bad woman make good man sleep in policeman hand,” goes the refrain to an old calypso song and Hurricane Wilma, being one “baaaad woman!” did exactly that to caretaker Jason Brown when she forced him to flee this house, owned by an American, as it collapsed around him during the storm. Mr. Brown said, after telling his feet, “Feet don’t fail me now!” he escaped through a window and found refuge by breaking into the police station across the street. A police officer said no breaking and entering charges will be brought against Mr. Brown for creatively saving his life. This is the remains of a rented house on Grand Cay that was occupied by a couple. diction, but police, administration, social and environmental health services are under Abaco’s jurisdiction. A clinic facility was set up at a duplex near the school and was re-opened for business on November 1, when this reporter visited Grand Cay. A three-building clinic complex, with doctor and nurse’s residences, and upgraded faPlease see BEC Page 6 Please see Grand Cay Page 4


November 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 3 Damianos Sothebys International Marsh Harbour Office: t 242.367.5046 f 242.367.5045Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated.ABACO AGENTS HOPE TOWNKerry Sullivan t 242.366.0163 f 242.366.0164 kerry.sullivan@sothebysrealty.comELBOW CAYJane Patterson t 242.366.0035 f 242.366.0569 jane.patterson@sothebysrealty.comMARSH HARBOURLaurie Schreiner Marsh Harbour Office: 242.367.5046 Lubbers Quarters: 242.366.3143 Cell: 242.359.6216 laurie.schreiner@sothebysrealty.comTREASURE CAYStan Sawyer t 242.365.8198 c 242.477.5821 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY ELBOW ROOMŽ Oceanfront home with 3 master suites. 100 linear feet on the ocean and deeded dock slip in Marnies Landing. Expansive outdoor living area with swimming pool. Great rental history & more. $2,175,000. #2989 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY Island Cottage in Dorros Cove Subdivision with 2 beds 2 baths, panoramic ocean views, on half acre hilltop lot. Central A/C and 400 sq. ft. detached garage. New 30 KW generator, deeded dock slip and more. $1,100,000. #2987 Jane Patterson: 242.366.0569 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY WINDOVERŽ Tranquil gardens surround this immaculate 3 bed 2.5 bath home with exquisite views of the Sea of Abaco & surrounding cays. Verandahs, upper deck gazebo, 10KW diesel generator & more. $1,400,000. #2638 Jane Patterson: 242.366.0569 BAHAMA PALM SHORES Beautiful beachfront home! This 4 bedroom, 4 bath home sits on just over 1 acre with 100 feet of oceanfront. Solid CBS construction, sprinkler system for the landscaping, 15 KW generator and air-conditioned bedrooms. $1,050,000. #2853. Laurie Schreiner: 242.366.3143 BAHAMA PALM SHORES Charming duplex in Section One of this peaceful community. Two bed one bath unit downstairs and a one bed one bath unit upstairs. Second floor balcony, attached garage and spacious 15,000 sq. ft. lot. $250,000. #2753 Laurie Schreiner: 242.366.3143 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY BIG POINT Beachfront pr operty with 90 feet on the Atlantic Ocean, just south of a scenic rock cliff with oceanfront cave. US$725,000. #2969 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 WHITE SOUND Ocean lot with 100 feet on the water x 300 feet deep. A beautiful waterfront building site, on the Atlantic Ocean, just steps away from the public dock and sandy beach. Excellent elevation. $600,000. #2866. Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 BUTTONWOOD High elevation 107 ft. x 149 ft. lot with Sea of Abaco views. $183,000. #3000. Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 LUBBERS QUARTERS WATERFRONT LOTS from $140,000. INTERIOR LOTS from $52,500. AOC GREAT BUILDING SITES One lot off the Sea of Abaco with access to public beach 300 feet away. LOT 82 AOC $118,000 LOT 83 AOC $106,000. Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 TILLOO CAY TILLOO BEACH SUBDIVISION Hillside interior lots with shared dock starting at $85,000. #1836. SEA TO SEA 3 3/4 acres $715,000. #1884 Jane Patterson: 242.366.0569 MARSH HARBOUR TWO LOTS Quiet neighbourhood, 100 ft. x 200 ft. lots each $55,000 or both lots for $100,000. #2623 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. #2513 PELICAN SHORES Waterfront lot, 8,000 sq. ft., beautiful sea views. $581,000. #2719 LITTLE HARBOUR Beautifully elevated building site with panoramic views. 52 feet of waterfront on Hurricane Hole (entrance to the harbour). 50 ft. of water in the pond very protected for docking. Access by water or by road. US$280,000. #2990 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 OLE KERR ACREAGE BEACHFRONT ACREAGE Beautiful 9.210 acre parcel, near the beach and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. $180,000. #2694 BAHAMA PALM SHORES SECTION THREE Block 14, Lot 20 $47,000. Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 GUANA CAY Build your vacation home! 135 ft. x 165 ft. lot $145,000. #2499 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY SURF SONGŽ Clear aqua ocean and 125 feet of white powder sand beach at this 3 bedroom 2.5 bath beach house. Garage generator & more. Located at the north end of Elbow Cay in Hope Town Point Subdivision. US$1,500,000, #2785 Jane Patterson: 242.366.0569 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY GAZEBO VILLASŽ 2 Waterfront villas in Hope Town Village. Each with 2 bed 2 baths upstairs and spacious living areas downstairs. Fully furnished and professionally landscaped grounds. Excellent rental history. $1,490,000 for both. #2509 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY LADY BUG LOFTŽ Overlooking Tahiti Beach is this two storey 3 bed 2 bath 1,600 sq. ft. island home. Wrap around deck, 2nd floor loft with Sea of Abaco views, central A/C and 1/2 acre lot. Private dock slip. $920,000. #1975 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY HILL TOPŽ Beautifully restored 3 bed 1 bath heritage home. Double lot on highest elevation in Hope Town Village. One block off the water. Panoramic views from rooftop gazebo. Lush garden & private outdoor living space. $850,000. #2855 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY SWEETINGS LANDINGŽ Harbourfront 3 bed 2 bath 1,300 sq. ft. home. Bonus second floor space. Additional waterfront lot kitty corner to the property, excellent docking space. Nicely landscaped. US$1,800,000. #2911. Kerry Sullivan, 242.366.0163 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY LAS OLASŽ Oceanfront cottage near the Sea Spray Resort with 2 bedrooms 1 bath. Wrap around deck, terracotta tiled floors & panel wood interior. Enjoy the surrounding natural beauty, ocean views & surf. $875,000. #2871 Jane Patterson: 242.366.0569 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY NOREASTERŽ Lovely 2 bed 2 bath cottage, on a spacious lot steps away from a beautiful ocean beach. Furnished, dock access. $400,000. #1945 Jane Patterson: 242.366.0569 PARROTS PERCHŽ Fractional ownership for $225,000. #2427 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 UNDER CONTRACT HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY Loyalist 2 bed 1 bath cottage. Beachfront location with Atlantic Ocean views, hardwood floors, screened-in porch with seaviews. Lush tropical 5,000 sq. ft. lot. The town of Hope Town is just steps away. Great rental history. $690,000. #2967 Jane Patterson: 242.366.0569 UNDER CONTRACT LUBBERS QUARTERS Beachfront Hotel/Resort with 240 feet of white sand beach. Four fully equipped furnished homes on six lots, 200 foot dock, four 20 foot boats, backup generator. Lush tropical gardens, Tiki huts, cabanas & more. $2,900,000. #2644 Laurie Schreiner: 242-366-3143 LUBBERS QUARTERS OCEANVIEW COTTAGEŽ Secluded 2 bed 2 bath hillside home, 50 feet above sea-level. Spectacular seaviews, French doors, screened wrap around porch. Energy efficient Solar powered home with propane appliances. $512,000. #2849 Laurie Schreiner: 242.366.3143 MARSH HARBOUR PELICAN POINTŽ lies in a very private cul-de-sac in Pelican Shores. The elevated property has 435 feet of waterfrontage, and 75 foot dock with 6,500 pound boat lift. Three bed 3 bath 2,900 sq. ft. main house with spacious deck & more. US$1,690,000. #2769 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY SWEET HAVENŽ Four bed 2 bath home in White Sound, built as a duplex easy to convert back. Good elevation, large yard, no zoning. New Bermuda roof, ocean view and wrap around deck. Excellent rental potential. $375,000. Internet Ref. #2825 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 UNDER CONTRACT HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY RUDYS PLACE RESTAURANTŽ Well established, fully licensed restaurant and bar with potential for growth. 1728 sq. ft. air conditioned, 1/4 acre main road lot with dock access. All restaurant equipment and furniture included. Excellent business opportunity. $325,000 firm. #2681 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163


Page 4 The Abaconian November 15, 2005Residents Were Thankful for No Injurie s cilities such as emergency room, x-ray room and dental clinic, is under construction near the school. It is slated for completion by next June, according to contractor Tony Rolle. The owner of the building which housed the clinic, Alphonso Rolle, also lost his home, shop and a six-unit apartment complex. A house owned by an American, which he had bought from its Bahamian owner and rebuilt after it was destroyed in last yearÂ’s hurricanes, was also levelled. The caretaker, Jason Brown, was in the house when the storm struck and barely escaped through a window before the structure colGrand CayFrom Page 2 These three BEC transformers were partially embedded into the roof of Talesa HiggsÂ’ NEMA-built house when Hurricane Wilma snapped off the portion of pole to which they were attached. Ms. Higgs and her family were unscathed. A five-member distribution team from BECÂ’s Family Island Division arrived on Grand Cay with equipment and supplies on November 1 to begin restoring electrical infrastructure and power. lapsed. Mr. Brown found refuge by breaking into the police station across the street. The Grand Cay All Age School fared a lot better this time around, suffering the loss of shingles on one wing and leakage in two classrooms. The roof over the studentsÂ’ lavatories had to be repaired and Principal Suresh Seeram lost the porch to his residence. The school now has a generator, which Mr. Seeram says comes in handy as the power was still off. None of the residents interviewed by this reporter who lost property had insurance coverage. All of the structures were of T111 or other wood. Some claimed the premiums for coverage of wooden structures were prohibitive. Maxwell Cooper said he will rebuild in stone. The clinic was destroyed, but a week later Nurse Vilma Mitchell was seeing patients in a rented duplex. Here a young resident is being weighed, A three-building clinic complex is under construction, with completion targeted for next June. one building will house the clinic while the other two buildings will be residences. The Grand Cay clinic use to stand here. It was in a building added on to an existing building that could not stand WilmaÂ’s winds.. Buffet Dinner Menu Buffet Dinner Menu Buffet Dinner Menu Buffet Dinner Menu Buffet Dinner MenuSoupPumpkin BisqueSaladsMixed Garden Green Tossed Salad Potato Salad Pasta Salad Assorted Salad DressingsHot EntreesSage Roasted Turkey Carving Station Brown Sugar Glazed Ham Carving Station Pan Seared GrouperFixingsPeas & Rice Mashed Potato with Gravy Candied Yams & Marshmallows Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Sweet Glazed Carrots Stuffing & Cranberry SauceDessertsPumkin Pie Pecan Bourbon Pie Apple Pie Fresh Bread Rolls & Butter Tea & Coffee Adults $35.00 + 15% Per Person Children $18.00 + 15% Per Person Reservations call 367-2158 Abaco Beach Resort & Boat HarbourCordially Invites You To Join Us On Thursday, November 24th. 2005at The AnglerÂ’s Restaurantbetween The Hours of 6:00 pm 10:00 pm for our Mouth Watering Thanksgiving Buffet DinnerLive Entertainment will be provided all evening


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Page 6 The Abaconian November 15, 2005time; last year’s hurricanes had put a big dent in the tower, which had been left half empty. It took several months to repair it. Three of the knocked-out BEC transformers, attached to a single pole, fell on the roof of Talesa Higgs’s one-bedroom home when the top portion of the pole snapped off like a match stick.. This home was built for her by NEMA after last year’s hurricanes. The piece of pole and the transformers did not fall all the way through the roof, but a thick black substance from the transformers was still dripping onto Ms. Higgs’ living-room floor a week later. Neither Ms. Higgs, her two children, nor her boyfriend was hurt as a result of the mishap. Fishermen in this town which relies heavily on crawfishing, especially since the Seventy-six-year-old Vera Hield was lucky not to have been at her daughter’s house when Wilma struck. Ms. Hield’s six-room dwelling was damaged beyond repair. By Richard E. Fawkes Grand Cay District Council member George Russell said he wants ZNS and the Meteorological Office to address hurricane warnings specifically to residents of this northernmost Bahamian settlement that was dealt a severe blow by a quickly travelling Hurricane Wilma on October 24. “We hear about where the hurricane is in relation to Freeport or Nassau, but they never say anything about Grand Cay,” Mr. Russell told The Abaconian a week after the storm, which destroyed eight homes and badly damaged at least three more structures, including business establishments. “Grand Cay is never mentioned on ZNS or the Florida stations. We have to guess where it is in relation to us when we hear them talking about Grand Bahama. But it would help us to better prepare if they would tell us exactly where it is in relation to us. We feel at a disadvantage to prepare when they don’t tell us where the hurricane is in relation to us. We seem to be forgotten.” Mr. Russell said serious consideration should be given to the construction of a facility for refuge as an alternative to evacuation. “We’re in the middle of nowhere.” he said, “Where are we going to evacuate to; how far in advance would such evacuation have to take place; how is it going to be done? I think we have to find an alternative. We definitely need a secure place for people to go to. You see all the homes that were destroyed.” He said Grand Cay does not really have flooding problems as the cay is generally high. Wilma brought virtually no water at all. “But we are very vulnerable to that wind,” he said. Grand Cay is about 50 miles north of Grand Bahama and about 40 miles northwest of the mainland of Abaco. Mr. Russell, who has previously served as Chief and Deputy Chief Councillor, said the cay’s residents are still not able to watch ZNS TV as the special antenna to enable such reception was destroyed during one of last year’s hurricanes and never replaced by Batelco. Residents with satellites can receive international television signals. Mr. Russell is also appealing to BEC to put an auxiliary generator on Grand Cay. He was grateful to the corporation for despatching a team from Nassau within a week with equipment to replace downed poles, lines and transformers; and distribution manager Kenneth Knowles from Marsh Harbour to assess the damage and get the repairs underway. The cay receives power from a plant on the now closed Walker’s Cay resort. The generator was running, but there was no power on Grand Cay except for the water plant because of the downed lines, poles and transformers. Mr. Russell said an auxiliary generator on Grand Cay would give some assurance if the plant on Walker’s were to go out.Councillor Urges Post-hurricane Changes Ms. Vera Hield closure of the Walker’s Cay resort over a year ago, were waiting for the waters to clear of mud to resume work. Only two or three boats were lost in the storm. It was not clear how many fishermen were able to pull in their traps in time. Most reported that the season had been going very well prior to Wilma, with sales reaching $10 per pound. Of course, gasoline has now jumped to $6 per gallon on Grand Cay, probably the highest in The Bahamas. The national average is about $5 per gallon. A team of four social services workers spent November 1 conducting needs assessments, while environmental health officer, Christine Greene, and a vector control assistant carried out tests on the water supply. Ms. Greene said there was no immediate concern for mosquito infestation as Wilma brought little rain. 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November 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 7 Located at waterfront on Marsh Harbour strip Marsh Harbour, AbacoOpen 11 am until 7 days a weekHapp Happ Happ Happ Happ y Hour Dail y Hour Dail y Hour Dail y Hour Dail y Hour Dail y y y y yPhone: (242) 367-2278 Cherokee SoundBy Lee PinderMethodist FellowshipThe three Abaco BCMC Methodist churches on Abaco, St. Andrews, St. James and Epworth, met for a Fellowship Meeting on October 30 at St. James Methodist Church in Hope Town. Somewhere around 175 to 200 parishioners came together for this occasion. Each of the churches participated in the service in one way or another. The guest speaker was Dr. Reg Eldon from Nassau, who spoke strongly on the subject of unity. He began his program by telling of his own personal experience of accompanying the Prime Minister and a delegation of 52 other government officials and clergymen to view the recent hurricane damage to Grand Cay, Eight Mile Rock and surrounding areas on Grand Bahama. He pointed out that the devastation was almost more than he could bear. Not only had people lost their homes but were without even clothing, food and waterall the things that are necessary to sustain life. He reminded us of the monies we had sent to the Tsunami victims last year and the donation we had made to the victims of Katrina, but pointed out that these were our neighbours, our brothers and sisters and Bahamians and they definitely needed our help. He announced that all the churches within the BCMC would be taking up a special offering in the very near future for this special need. The weather was nearly perfect and the luncheon prepared by St. James’ ladies was not only delicious but bountiful. Joining the Methodists on this day of fellowship were the members of the Kirk of the Pines who contributed their talents to the day’s entertainment as well as to the food preparation. It was a most joyful and exciting time for all who attended.Town MeetingOn November 2nd Cherokee Sound held its first Town Meeting for the new year. It was very well conducted by the new chairman with an initial explanation by the Administrator about our budget, commitments and expenditures. A good cross section of the community was present and voiced their concerns. One of the items brought up for discussion was the completion and opening of the new public toilets plus the need for a sign. Some minor carpentry work needs to be finished before they will be ready. Another problem discussed was the moving of our local dump. The Administrator stated that tenders were being accepted now from contractors who might want to bid on garbage collection from the various settlements for transport to a central collection depot. He assured the public that central government was addressing this very important environmental problem and that a solution would be forthcoming soon. Also discussed were the developing “pot holes” appearing on the main road (which they noted had been circled with orange paint). The Administrator stated that road department was already aware of this damage and was in the process of doing the repairs before they got any worse. It was pointed out that there was a need for attention to some of the local roads within the settlement which have badly deteriorated as well. To this the Administrator agreed to join with the local Board members to have a “walkabout” to estimate the damage and come up with a solution. He said he could petition the government for assistance as this was an infrastructural problem. Also mentioned was the need for speed limit signs along the main road as there was so much more traffic using them now. Someone asked about a water supply for the people of Cherokee and, more particularly, the newly built homes in Yellow Wood. The Administrator gave the impression that this project was on the books, but that there weren’t any extra funds to take on a major project such as this at the present time. One of the Board members pointed out that anyone living in or owning property in Yellow Wood should be extremely appreciative to The Abaco Club at Winding Bay for seeing to it that the electrical lines were brought that “extra mile” and, thereby, enhancing the value of the Yellow Wood property by probably 200 to 300 percent. A couple of small problems were brought out regarding road verge or park areas. It was pointed out that if persons having building materials, rock or quarry deliveries made on public land needed to remove all traces of the delivery and return the land to its original condition. It is necessary for the land to be smoothed off so that trimming and mowing can again take place. It was pointed out that the mowers cannot pass over large rocks or be cut properly if the land is left gouged out. Or, if the land is being used to park boats, boat trailers or other vehicles that are kept there for any length of time that they need to be grouped together as closely as possible so that they do not impede the regular clean ups, as trimming and mowing must continue throughout the year. The public was asked to take care when driving onto or through the school grounds which, as we all know, is a very low area and can become quite muddy at times. This is a hardship on the persons doing maintenance work and it would help if everyone did his part to help keep Cherokee clean and presentable. Further, South Abaco News Please see South Page 24 Dr. Reginald Eldon was guest speaker at the Fellowship Meeting that three Methodist Churches held at St. James Methodist Chruch in Hope Town on October 30.


Page 8 The Abaconian November 15, 2005Letters to the Editor Dave RalphThe Editor Says . Abaco’s Growth Are We PreparedThe 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: Richard Fawkes, Portia Jonsson, Mirella Santillo Contributors: Annabelle Cross, Lindsey Delaplaine, John Hedden, Matt McCoy, Lee Pinder Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9Abaco’s 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 Moore’s Is. Subscription rate $20.00 Abaco$25 other Bahamas (One Year) $40.00 USA$50 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface Compliments Resort for Employee TrainingDear Editor, We would like to ask The Abaconian to print the following letter. To John Neophytou Manager of Abaco Beach Resort Dear Mr. Neophytou, In regards to fire extinguisher use On behalf of the Marsh Harbour Fire Department I would like to thank you for inviting Lt. Danny Sawyer and me to come down and give your employees a class on the proper use of the fire extinguishers that they have at their disposal. We were impressed with the size of the turnout and the interest your employees took in the class. The Fire Department encourages the local businesses and their employees to become familiar with the fire fighting tools at their disposal. Your personnel are the first line of defense in the safety of your guests, employees and property. We are available to assist you in any ongoing training you wish to expose your employees to. Regards, Lt. Steve Skulnick Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire DepartmentComments on Illegal ImmigrantsDear Mr Editor Every time I pickup a an issue of the Abaconian newspaper there seems to be a problem with Haitians illegally building houses in the Mud, the Peas, and on the road to Star Farm. That is a serious problem that needs to be dealt with as soon as possible. I want the Bahamian officials to know that going around knocking the buildings down don’t necessarily means that the Haitian people are going to stop. You have to understand where the Haitian people are coming from. There is absolutely nothing in Haiti for most of the population, they have nothing. Now I know that that is not the Bahamian people’s problem, but they have to come up with a way for the Haitian people to acquire cheap land that nobody is going to build on anyway, legally. The Bahamian people claim to be a Christian nation and everything, why don’t they try to help the Haitian people. Real Christians believe in something called humanity, and basically that means we are all brothers and sisters. A Concerned SisterOpinions on Immigrants and Sexists LawsDear Editor, I’m a Bahamian female student studying in the UK. I would like to commend you all on your paper which I think is brilliant and very informative. I look forward to reading it every month over the internet. The reason I’m writing is that sometimes our Bahamian people can be a bit closed minded. Reason being that we all at times are too quick to point out that oh, there are so many Haitians or for that matter all foreigners living in our country and taking Bahamian jobs! Yet, we are so keen to send our kids away to foreign countries to school. There are so many of our kids including myself who are studying abroad. Kids whom most will have to work as well in these foreign countries to help support themselves. Don’t get me wrong. There is no way I’m condoning illegal immigration. It is wrong, period! What I”m saying is that we should treat others the way we want to be treated at home and away. If a foreigner goes through the right procedures to live and work in The Bahamas, whether it be a cleaner or a lawyer, why should anyone have a problem with it. After all, foreigner or not, we all need to eat, we all need to live. As a student, as a human being when your tummy grumbles, you want food. When you feel cold, you want shelter. So when you see the means to survive, jobwise, be it may a cook, cleaner, typist, doctor, etc., if you can do the job, foreign or not, you go for it. As I mentioned before, many of us Bahamians are studying, working and living abroad. Most of us have to work to support ourselves because we are not rich! There is also every chance that many of us will want to live and work in these countries after our studies. Some of us will meet and fall in love with a foreigner and move back to The Bahamas after marriage. So I ask you, my fellow Bahamians, do you want yourself, your son, your daughter to endure the same persecution that be it may a minority of our people put foreigners through? Are we as a nation going to let a few ignorant, prejudiced and nationalists speak on our behalf ? I for one say, No way, you smallminded minority. You don”t speak for me! I’ve also found out that if a Bahamian male marries a foreigner, she has the right to apply for a permanent residence permit anytime after marriage. But if a Bahamian female marries a foreigner, he cannot apply for this until after five years! Can you believe this rubbish? Here I am thinking we were living in the 21st century. How sexist is that? So basically all us females who comes home with a foreign husband, that husband will have to wait five years before he feels secure in his wife’s country. When our Bahamian men bring spouses, they can feel secure and settled from the word go! This law is sexist and was made in the dark ages when women had the mentality that oh, whatever my husband says is law even though it’s one of Please see Letters Page 9 Abaco’s growth is phenomenal by any standard. We are acknowledged to have the fastest growing economy in the Bahamas. Recently, we heard a statement by Administrator Revis Rolle that we may have the fastest expanding economy in the Caribbean. These are giddy thoughts. Our economy was on a steady climb prior to the arrival of the Abaco Club at Winding Bay and the Baker’s Bay project on Guana Cay, but they have put the economy into overdrive. The current Abaco boom was born in the late 1950s when the two airports were built. This was followed by the pulpwood project in 1959 with its extensive road network. The weekly payroll from its 500-plus employees helped many small businesses open or expand in Marsh Harbour. Several small inns had opened earlier and were patronized by hardy and determined individuals coming through Nassau and arriving here by seaplane. The New Plymouth Inn on Green Turtle Cay was first in 1954. This was followed in a few weeks by New Hope Lodge on Elbow Cay. Guana Cay saw the Yachtel open in 1957 which morphed into the Guana Cay Beach Resort. These little inns were followed by several others, all of which fit quietly into their host town. It was during this era when the small tenroom inns were springing up that saw the arrival of second homeowners without notice or fanfare. Many of these homes were available for rent in the owner’s absence. Five of these rental houses could accommodate as many guests as one of the tenroom inns, and it was not long before the rental houses provided more room capacity than the inns in many of the settlements. The Great Abaco Beach Hotel opened in 1960 followed by the Treasure Cay Hotel in 1961, But it burned down just as it was scheduled to open. The replacement hotel opened in 1963. The staff required by these small inns and guest houses was able to either be recruited or trained locally as the demands were not that great. The small inns and the rental houses grew in concert with the capabilities of the host settlement. After all, how much did a tenroom inn burden the settlement? With the increase of guests, the grocery stores expanded, some fishermen augmented their fishing trips as fishing guides, boats were rented and repaired, bakeries, take-out services and small restaurants appeared. Green Turtle Cay and Hope Town are examples where private restaurants outnumber the dining facilities in the commercial inns. This can be attributed to hotel guests wanting to move around and the house guests wanting to eat out. As people became trained and proficient at their new jobs, they began to move up the employment ladder as opportunities presented themselves. Air service, ferries, restaurants, rental cars and boats all expanded incrementally to meet the demands, and all required people to operate them. During this period of private expansion, the government facilities were slower to keep up. This may have been due to government’s inability to recognize Abaco’s growth which did not fit the typical pattern for a Bahamian Family Island. Several factors must be addressed if this growth is to continue in an orderly fashion. Government’s ability to provide sufficient support infrastructure, both physical and management A current example of government’s staffing problems is the unfilled position of resident engineer which has been vacant since last May. With the storm damage recently on Grand Cay and Grand Bahama, it is imperative that our buildings be constructed to the present building code or better. It is up to the resident engineer and his staff of building inspectors to ensure that the code requirements are met. Many of the buildings destroyed may be legacy buildings from another era, but newer buildings are not immune to hurricane force winds. The availability of a stable and qualified labour force As the Abaco Club and Baker’s Bay expand their operations, they will need more employees which are getting scarce. The Abaco Beach Resort is about to embark on a major expansion, and people of all capabilities will be required. Then there is muted talk by politicians of a massive development somewhere to the south. Whatever is planned cannot be accomplished without workers and supervisors of all sorts, both in the construction phase and the actual operation. Where are all the employees to come from. Our present growth bears no relationship to the slow and steady expansion Abaco saw during the past 40 years which enticed, trained and employed local persons in all sorts of new ventures. Due to a shortage of qualified staff, the larger and newer projects throughout The Bahamas are being forced to look outside the country to fill many of the jobs. With the shortage of qualified labour, good employees are being enticed with wage increases or better positions to leave their current job to join one of the new projects. This is good for the employees, but leaves the previous employer in the difficult position of finding new qualified staff. As Abaco continues to grow with new and expanding developments, this realignment of employees will become more prevalent and difficult to cope with. Some effort must be given to long range planning Converting a 5or 10-room residence into a small inn made far less impact to a community than the present 500-acre developments and their need for 100 or more employees within a matter of months. Housing is getting scarce, traffic is becoming congested, parking is becoming an issue and the marginal or quasi-legal status of the immigrant or Haitian labour must be addressed. Abaco is faced with these challenges that need to be addressed, and they cannot be entirely resolved locally. Central government must take the leadership and provide the environment to allow Abaco’s growth to continue in an orderly fashion.


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Box AB 20551, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below Man-O-War CayJoe’s StudioANNUAL CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSESaturday, November 26th • 10 a.m. untilthe silliest things she’s ever heard. Gone are those days when we would sit back being the quiet, stoic little housewife, of this I’m sure. Otherwise, it would only be Bahamian males, not females, going away to further their education! This law and every other sexist law we have need to be changed. I know I am right, you know I am right! So what are we going to do about it? A Proud Young BahamianCommunities or Just a Living Space?Dear Readers, I felt the need to write and share an experience with you all. I am hoping to enlighten one or two people along the way. I am also very hopeful that something will actually come about from your reading what I have to say. I remember the days gone by when you knew your neighbors. When you borrowed sugar from one another. How about the days when all the kids in the neighborhood spent time with one another playing hop scotch or jumping jacks. It wasn’t that long ago when people actually spoke to one another when they passed each other on the streets. I live in a new developing subdivision in Marsh Harbour. A couple of enthusiastic, good-willed people came together and proposed a committee for the subdivision. The idea was that the committee would help citizens to handle some of their concerns, but also to bring us together as a neighborhood. It was received positively and encouraged by the community. The committee had a couple of good meetings when residents came out and discussed the future plans of our subdivision. Even our newly appointed local government representative came out to our first meeting. There were suggestions made and the committee has worked and accomplished some of the concerns that the residents had. Like most things it is taking time to get some of our concerns addressed. People are still willing to give up their free time to help the community as a whole to achieve those goals that were discussed. What concerns me is where are the residents now? Are we just going to sit back and allow the crime, dirt and people to move in around us and not even take the time to introduce ourselves. Our last two meetings were only attended by the committee. Why is it that we start projects that we encourage people to be a part, then when it’s too late, we all get together and reminiscence about how it used to be and what could have been. Our subdivision has an opportunity to start with a clear slate. No predetermined way of life, we get to choose how we want our neighborhood to develop. All it takes is for us to come together as a community and to be neighborly. A little pro-active behavior could make the difference to what we create and leave behind for our children. Not to mention the community or Abaco as a whole. So, please make that effort to make a difference now before it too late. Come on, what’s an hour once a month to show your support and your neighbors that you care, not only about your surroundings but their surroundings, too. Let’s take the steps now because soon it will be too late. One morning you will wake up and look outside and wonder is this a community or is it just a living space? A Concerned CitizenToo Much NoiseDear Editor, It’s disturbing enough to be nearly blasted off a sidewalk by a passing car whose speakers are so loud they are vibrating and the sound literally slams one in the chest. What is far, far worse is to see some tiny tyke strapped into the same vehicle. The opera-More Letters to the Editor LettersFrom Page 8 Please see Letters Page 24


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November 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 11Hope TownNew Pool and Swim TeamBy Lindsey Delaplaine Big things are happening at the Hope Town Community Pool. Not only is it open to the public, after seven years of hard work by the committee, but it is being put to good use by the families, school kids and lap swimmers of Hope Town, and soon the Hope Town Swim Team. Currently, the pool is open from 6:15 a.m. until dark every day. It’s always open to the public, although scheduled activities like physical education classes for the school or swim team practice have priority. Visitors have the option of buying a year’s membership or paying a drop-in fee. Memberships are $200 for a family of four or $75 a person. The drop-in fee is $5. News of the CaysDespite having to cancel the Swim-AThon this fall due to weather conditions, things are still happening at the pool. They hosted a successful spaghetti dinner at the Harbour’s Edge as a fund raiser on November 11th and are moving forward to create a Hope Town Swim Team. Although about 20 kids have been practicing in the pool six days a week since the pool opened, thus far it has only been at a club level. But several factors are changing that will allow the program to take it to the next level. The first, and perhaps, most important factor was securing Dominic Latella as a swim coach. Mr. Latella, who swam while attending college at the Savannah School of Art and Design, spent part of the summer in Hope Town, working with the local kids on their swimming. Just recently his return was secured. He will live in Marsh Harbour and serve as the swim coach for Long Bay School on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On Thursdays and Saturdays he will come over to Hope Town to coach at the pool. On other days Carrie Cash will run swim team practice. “I’m excited about coaching at Long Bay,” said Latella. “The school has all of the equipment that you really need for a team already in place.” In order to get that same equipment in place in Hope Town two different strategies are being employed. First, members of the swim team will pay a registration fee, and there will be continued fund raisers. Anna Albury is working to create a parent’s committee for the Swim Team. “We’d really like to see the parents get involved,” she said. “The kids are already excited about it, but to make it a reality we need the parent’s support.” Interested parties can contact Anna at 366-0429. Although the Marsh Harbour and Hope Town teams will train separately, the plan is to create a regional Abaco Swim Team out of the combined Long Bay School and Hope Town kids. Cash said the first meet for the Swim Team will be in the spring. Both Nassau and Freeport already have swim teams for Abaco to compete against. But Mr. Lattella has his sights set even higher. “I’d like to see Abaco kids competing in the Caribbean Games, the Pan Am games and even representing the Bahamas in the Olympics one day.”Green Turtle CayBy Annabelle Cross As the days of September and then October slipped slowly by, we thought the chances of a hurricane were slipping by with them. But Wilma made her way across Florida and let us feel her wrath on October 24th. Wilma was a very dry storm, bringing little or no rain to Green Turtle Cay and leaving everything coated in salt and dirt. We went to bed that evening with tropical storm winds still blowing outside our boarded up homes and awakened the next day to a cold front. Once again we were very fortunate as Wilma caused only minimal damage to the island. The brown, burned-looking trees and foliage is the only sign that a hurricane blew through.Community Holds Meeing with Police ChiefGreen Turtle Cay is a peaceful community and violent crimes don’t usually happen here. However, many residents have become increasingly concerned about traffic, underage driving, loud music from vehicles, speeding, underage drinking, the sale and use of illegal drugs and other public nuisances. After many complaints to the Police, a meeting was held with ASP Wayne Miller to discuss the concerns of the community. The meeting was well attended and there was much discussion. Many people feel the need for more police presence around the town. (There are two police officers and two reserve officers living on Green Turtle Cay). They feel that police presence will discourage some of the incidents that concern the public. However, ASP Miller seemed to feel that a form of neighborhood crime watch is what we really need on GTC. For every concern expressed by the residents, Mr. Miller seemed to point back to the formation of a Please see Cays Page 12 New swim team coach Dominic Latella hands out orders to his trainees at the Hope Town Pool. “I enjoy practices,” said Shannon Thompson in between laps, “except for when he makes us work too hard.” Merry Christmas T h e s s t a f f o o f W W r a c k e r s J J o h n B B u l l A A b a c o G G o l d C C o n c h P P e a r l G G a l l e r y a a n d J J a v a would like to cordially invite you the public to join us onFriday, December 9, 2005for a C h r i s t m a s B B l o c k P P a r t yon Marsh Harbours Treasure CornerD o o r s o o p e n a a t 5 5 : 3 0 p m a a n d c c l o s e a a t 9 9 : 0 0 p m .Refreshments will be available.Junkanoo Band to perform starting at Java Coffee Shop and ending at John Bull


Page 12 The Abaconian November 15, 2005 crime watch group. The question was raised as to the authority this group would have. While the people feel that a few tickets should be issued for speeding, Mr. Miller proposed the idea of building speed bumps. He said that it was not easy to prove that a person was speeding, and proof would be needed in court. Chief Councillor Chris Farrington quickly pointed out that the budget did not allow for speed bumps to be built at this time. Another concern was that groups were using the school property for a hangout, leaving their trash and cigarette butts around the property. Mr. Miller pointed out that this concern was not a crime, but a nuisance. He suggested lighting the area, putting up a fence or placing trash bins around the property for the groups to use! He did not mention who should be responsible for paying for the lights and fence or emptying the bins. (A routine patrol of the area would be cheaper, as the school property should not be used as a hangout ). Some of the young people expressed concern about the violence that exists in the North Abaco area and how Green Turtle Cay young people are often targeted when they are in that area. They voiced concerns about the upcoming regatta and their safety when attending parties at the regatta village. ASP Miller talked about the arrests that had been made in that area after a recent incident. He mentioned a search for drugs on GTC in recent months and that nothing had been found. A local resident complained about the embarrassment of having his property searched on what he considered was a false tip. He felt that the police acted without investigating. It was also pointed out that many people do not feel comfortable reporting incidents to the police because they feel that their identity will be revealed. Mr. Miller told the crowd that it would be unethical for the police to do this and that it was merely a perception that they do. After a lengthy meeting and much lively discussion, ASP Miller said that the concerns had been noted. He still suggested that the community form a crime watch group and have programs for the youth. He stressed the importance of parental involvement. While most people agree with ASP Miller on many points, they still feel that the police can do more to discourage many of the public nuisances in the community. ASP Miller remarked about how tranquil our community is. We would like to keep it that way and hope that the police will assist us by nipping petty crime in the bud!Setting the Record StraightThere was a recent report on Radio Abaco concerning the youth violence in North Abaco. The involvement of young men from Green Turtle Cay was mentioned and a recent fight in a local bar was reported. Contrary to the information given in the report, fighting or violence is not a problem in nightclubs on GTC. The fights that the local young men have been injured in have happened in other Abaco communities. No one was stabbed in a nightclub on GTC. A fight was alleged to have happened in a local club on the afternoon of October 8th. It was alleged to have involved the owner of the club and a person who is NOT a resident of GTC. As a result of the alleged fight one person was injured (not stabbed) and required medical treatment. The police are investigating the incident. This was an isolated incident.School Boasts New Physical Education CoachNow to the peaceful happenings that we are known for! The students of Amy Roberts Primary School held a bake sale to raise money for their fellow Bahamians who were victims of Hurricane Wilma. Each student of the 5th and 6th grades are also packing a Christmas box to be delivered to children affected by Hurricane Wilma. Amy Roberts Primary now has a Physical Education teacher and coach. Mr. Williams took his newly formed softball teams to a jamboree in Marsh Harbour. They came back all excited because they had won a game! They still have a lot to learn and the jamboree was a great experience for them. The PTA of Amy Roberts Primary has once again decided to have its annual Fair and Raffle in the spring of 2006 instead of December as had been the tradition. The spring fair proved more successful.Regrets of Cancelled RegattaThe All Abaco Regatta was postponed from September to late October because of the threat of a hurricane. However, Hurricane Wilma passed through the area just days before, delaying the arrival of the sailing boats. The weather was not suitable for a sailing regatta and many persons were disappointed. While GTC does not host or organize the regatta, the boats are offloaded at our dock and many of the sailors have accommodations here. We heard many More News of the Cays CaysFrom Page 11 Please see Cays Page 13 This is the tug boat that was blown off the North Bahama Bank along with a drill rig barge. This tug boat went aground off on High Cay and was later towed to Green Turtle Cay where is it shown here. The owners say they are going to tow it to Grand Bahama. The barge is still on the reef between Man-O-War and Hope Town. Owners claim that they will refloat the barge and tow it away soon.


November 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 13 Blue SkyGALLERYOriginal Art !" Prints !" Framing Originals byLou Lihou Anne Ray Malcolm Rae William Johnson Shula Raney Alvin Moss Photography by TuppyLocal Artists Beth Sweeting Zandrick Jones Lori Thompson Dion Lewis Located Queen Elizabeth Drive, Marsh HarbourTel: 367.0579 complaints this year and felt bad for those who had traveled so far. While we pointed out that our residents have no control over the regatta, we still feel that it was a poor reflection on our community. Our community is known for organizing successful events and for our hospitality and wouldn’t want this one event to give us a bad name. It seems that more attention is paid to the shore activities at the regatta site than to the sport of sailing, which is what the regatta is all about. It is a part of our culture that needs to be passed on to the youth and maybe there will be more appreciation for the actual racing.Guy Fawkes Fun NightThe Island Roots Heritage Festival Committee held its third annual Guy Fawkes Fun Night on November 5th. A large crowd turned out to enjoy good food, socialize with friends and watch the bonfire. The weather was beautiful and tradition was broken because it did not rain! A strange variety of “guys” was entered in the competition and the judges had a hard time choosing a winner! It always helps to watch the creator of the “Guy” dance it around! A winner was finally chosen and it was off to the bonfire! The highlight of the evening was when one of the “guys” came alive and ran through the crowd followed by a huge “gorilla” that seemed to come out of the bonfire! Kids ran screaming, but for the next few days it was all they talked about. The children all missed the hay ride that is usually a part of the event. Mr. Wade Cash usually runs the ride, but he was in Freeport where he is working on the film set of Pirates of the Caribbean 2. We look forward to having him back next year! The evening was quite successful, raising funds for the 2006 Island Roots Heritage Festival.Wedding Bells RangCongratulations to Antonio and Lise Albury, who were married on October 15 at the New Plymouth Gospel Chapel. A lovely reception followed at the home of Steve and Faye Buchanan. After a honeymoon in Florida the couple will reside in Marsh Harbour. The children of the community will miss Lise because she was active in Sunday School and Awana. Lise is the daughter of Junior and Judy Roberts of Green Turtle Cay and Antonio is the son of Stan and Ruby Albury of Marsh Harbour.Community Has Lost Town LeaderOur community was shocked and sadMore News of the Cays CaysFrom Page 12 dened by the sudden death of Capt. Roswell Sawyer on November 9th. Mr. Sawyer had been recovering from a surgical procedure in a Florida hospital and all efforts to revive him were in vain. It is hard to imagine GTC without Roswell Sawyer as he was so much a part of the community. Over the years of his life Mr. Sawyer spent a lot of time at sea. He operated a fishing boat and many of the local fishermen got their start with the man they affectionately call “Cap.” He was very interested in politics and even offered himself as an independent candidate in the general elections of 1967. He was not successful, but his interest in politics and the future of his community and country continued to grow. He served on many of the government boards and committees for many years and was elected in the first local government elections, serving as Town Chairman. Mr. Sawyer was committed to the development of his community. It was because of his dedication and commitment that work on the proposed park project at Settlement Point continued, even after Hurricane Floyd caused extensive damage. He could always be called on to contribute to community functions. He was very knowledgeable about both local and national affairs. He was firm in his beliefs and could not be easily swayed to change his mind. He stood for what he believed in and those who knew him had deep respect and admiration for him. He was a Justice of the Peace and was honoured by being awarded the OBE medal. At the time of his death he was servPlease see Cays Page 26 Tel: (242) 367-2170e-mail: abacohdwe@batelnet.bsSPECIAL! SPECIAL! SPECIAL! SPECIAL! SPECIAL!DISCOUNT ON PURCHASE OF 4 OR MORE APPLIANCESCOME IN AND SEE OUR LINE OF ACE HARDWARE SUPPLIESVisit GEappliances.comand shop and let us assit you with your special orders we can get the products you need!! Up to 2 3 weeks in house. HARDYSPECIAL15kw $8925.00 15kw $8925.00 15kw $8925.00 15kw $8925.00 15kw $8925.00 23kw $9690.00 23kw $9690.00 23kw $9690.00 23kw $9690.00 23kw $9690.00NOW IN STOCK NOW IN STOCK NOW IN STOCK NOW IN STOCK NOW IN STOCK DIESEL GENERATORS(Net price)


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November 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 17 P.O.BoxAB22275 Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Phone: 242-365-8500 Fax: 242-365-8501 E-mail: Craig@bahamabeachclub.comBroker Participation Invitedwww.BahamaBeachClub.comFor more information, see your Real Estate Professional or contact: Toll Free 800-284-0382 "Best Beach in the Caribbean"Caribbean Travel &Life Magazine Visit Our On-Site Models Today! Phase1-4 SOLDOUT NowSellingonTreasureCay!BahamaBeachClubPhase5 3&4Bedroom/3BathLuxuryBeachfrontCondominiums €Private Gated Community€Two Freshwater Pools & Spa€Designer Interiors Available€Optional Detached Garages€Local Bank Financing€Terrific Rental Income potential Treasure Cay Resort Area Amenities include:€Spectacular 31/2mile White Sand Beach€150 slip Marina for Yachts to140 feet€18 hole Championship Golf Course€Tennis, Snorkeling & Scuba Diving€Restaurants, Grocers & Duty Free Shopping€International Airport (6,500 foot runway)Residences from $742,500 plus closing costs B & V Plaza Don MacKay BlvdT T T T T el: 36 el: 36 el: 36 el: 36 el: 36 7 7 7 7 7 .2 .2 .2 .2 .2 798 F 798 F 798 F 798 F 798 F ax: 36 ax: 36 ax: 36 ax: 36 ax: 36 7 7 7 7 7 .5098 .5098 .5098 .5098 .5098 A firefighting training course was offered on Abaco on November 2-6, 2005. This course was sponsored by the U.S. Southern Command of the U.S. Embassy in Nassau in cooperation with NEMA and the Royal Bahamas Police Force. The course was for Royal Bahamas Fire Service personnel and for Family Island volunteer firefighters. It covered many aspects of firefighting and emergency medical training. Ms. Nancy Bennett, U.S. Embassy and U.S. Southern Command staff member from Nassau, coordinated the arrangements for the course. Cpl. Paul Johnson of the Abaco Police Force and Lt. Steve Skulnick of the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department organized the event on Abaco. This course was the second of a series of three training sessions. The first was held in Nassau in July 2005 and was attended by Cpl. Johnson and Lt. Skulnick of Abaco. It was a one-week training course which culminated in train-the-trainer instruction. There are now 28 trained personnel who will continue extending this training throughout The Bahamas. The course held on Abaco was to accommodate the large number of volunteer fire fighters involved with fire departments in several communities on Abaco. Mr. and Mrs. George Florence, fire consultants from G & G Fire Protection Consultants based in Dallas, Texas, provided training for both sessions in Nassau and Marsh Harbour. Mr. Florence instructed the group in some of the topics while Lt. Skulnick and Cpl. Johnson taught some of the segments. The topics covered related to firefighting included teaching proper techniques for ap-Fire Fighter Receive More Trainingplying fire suppressants, lectures on the use of water for effective firefighting, maximizing water usage and hose maintenance. Several segments were devoted to problems and situations specifically for Abaco. One of these was marine fire. Mrs. Karen Florence was the teacher for the Medical First Responder training which included 16 hours of lecture and skills. Since the course was offered during the The U.S. Embassy arranged for a training workshop for firefighters in the Police Department and volunteer firefighters on Abaco. Part of the training included practical demonstrations to show better ways of using fire extinguishers. The training course included many aspects of firefighting. Mr. George Florence in the foreground taught classroom sessions and organized demonstrations while his wife, Karen Florence, taught emergency medical procedures. Their approach was to teach this group so they could in turn teach others. Firefighters came from Nassau, Grand Bahama, Eleuthera and San Salvador for the course. Please see Training Page 18


Page 18 The Abaconian November 15, 2005 Gold & Silver Jewellery, Bronze Sculpture & Nautical CuriosThe work of three generations of JohnstonsVisitors to our P P P P P ub & Gallery ub & Gallery ub & Gallery ub & Gallery ub & Gallery are always welcomeVisit Abaco’s largest and most diverse art gallery Chat with the sculptors and artist craftsmen Open for Lunch Thursday SundayThrough November18 miles South of Marsh Harbour, by road or boatWebsite: • e-mail: P.O. Box AB-20282, Marsh Harbour, Abaco • Tel: (242) 366-3503On the beach in downtown Little HarbourHappy Hour Happy Hour Happy Hour Happy Hour Happy Hour F F F F F riday riday riday riday riday 5pm Until 5pm Until 5pm Until 5pm Until 5pm UntilSee a different part of Abaco and have lunch at our beach front pub day, unfortunately, many of the volunteer fire fighters were unable to attend as they all have normal employment. Employers realize that fire fighters need to leave their work when there is a fire, but they cannot take a week off work for a seminar. Approximately 22 people attended the work shop that was held in the conference room of Friends of the Environment that offered the use of the room. The course was encouraged by Mr. John Rood, U.S. Ambassador to The Bahamas who helped organize the seminar and visited Abaco on the day of the controlled forest burn. By Mirella Santillo As early as civilizations have existed, men have burnt vegetation and forests to clear pathways, to drag animals out for hunting and to fertilize the soil for new crops. In every part of the world vegetation has been exposed to fires on a regular basis, either started by lightning or by humans. Here on Abaco we have been confronted many times with forest fires. The first reaction is to put it out as quickly as possible because we feel threatened.. But ecologists have come to realize that some types of vegetation need fire to thrive, and a pine forest is one of these. When a forest has not burnt for a long time, there is an accumulation of dry material, such as pine needles, grasses and dry wood called “fuel.” When a fire occurs in such a condition, it is more intense, more destructive and more difficult to control. It could spread to the nearby coppice areas, where it can be very damaging. In a pine forest fire, nutrients contained in the fuel are released, contributing to a rapid regrowth, whereas in a coppice fire they are destroyed due to the different nature of the soil. A way to control the degree or severity of a fire in a pine forest is to conduct regular “burns” if nature has not interceded first A forest that burns regularly contains less “ fuel” and presents less of a threat to nearby vegetation and settlements. During a burn, a chosen area is set afire when proper climatic conditions are favorable, since a fire progresses in different ways according to the wind speed, to the humidity and ambient temperature. Control burns also provide in-field training for fire fighters. Such a burn was organized by Friends of the Environment on November 4 on approximately 30 acres of the Crown Land in southern Abaco. The event was part of a program organized in partnership with other agencies. The Nature Conservancy provided classroom training and were consultants for the projects. Michael Parotti of the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department was in charge of the actual burn. He has had extensive training in fire fighting, fire control and controlled burning. The November 4th burn began about 10 a.m. with patrol trucks monitoring traffic on the highway on both ends of the involved area. A fire truck was ready to intercede if necessary and an ambulance was close by. There were a few spectators and many participants. Mrs. Anita Knowles with Friends of the Environment, Administrator Roderick Bowe, Sgt. Rahming from the Sandy Point Police Station, and Mr. David Knowles, a reserve police officer, were TrainingFrom Page 17Burn Takes Place in South AbacoThe firefighter on the right is starting a small fire that will be monitored as it moves through a 30-acre tract in a controlled burn. Many precautions were in place to keep the burn under control while many weather and fire conditions were monitored. Please see Burn Page 19 Mrs. Karen Florence taught basic emergency medical procedures to the firefighters during the workshop held in Marsh Harbour on November 1-3. The Florences of the G & G Consultants of Dallas, Texas, were brought to Abaco by the U.S. Embassy program which is teaching groups who will in turn teach others


November 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 19 Your home is probably the biggest investment youll ever make. Safeguard your home, furniture and valuables against hurricane, fire, flood and theft with our full coverage Home Policy. Call one of our agents today and make sure your home is covered.Visit us online at 2005 ADWORKSABACO242-367-2688 € Exuma 242-336-2420 € Freeport 242-352-7119 NASSAU Collins Ave 322-2341 € Thompson Blvd 325-8776 € Mall at Marathon 393-6286 present as well as Mr. Wetherell from the U.S. Embassy. A couple of local firefighters monitored the fire near the road and a group of firefighters and scientists were spread inside the forest. The burn ended at 6 p.m. that same day. “It was a great success,” explained local veteran fire fighter, Lt. Parotti. “Everything went well,” he said. “Everyone performed the way they were asked to do, and the scientists were able to conduct their experiments.” He mentioned that taking part in the burn were Marsh Harbour firefighters, Steve Skulnick and Mary, Matthew Key and James McKenzie as well as two Abaco Beach Resort staff members, Triska Knowles and Jason. Bro. Bob Cornea and several other volunteer fire fighters represented the Casuarina/ Bahama Palm Fire Department their engine. Police fire officers from Inagua, New Providence, BurnFrom Page 18 Eleuthera, San Salvador and Grand Bahama had come to Abaco for training. “We received a tremendous amount of help from Cpl. Johnson representing the Police and the Fire Department, and from Colin Albury and Mickey Lowe with Crash and Rescue. Also David Knowles and Chris Bergh, who assisted in organizing and supervising the burn,” added Mr. Parotti, who explained that two firefighters, Danny Sawyer and Michelle Key, stayed on duty in Marsh Harbour in case of emergency. “We learned how to burn with the weather,” he explained. “We performed weather readings every half an hour, measuring the wind, the humidity and the temperature and did an average at the end of the burn. This is the second controlled burn we have conducted. We are planning a third one next year. We will then have made three controlled burns in three different forest areas at different stages of regeneration and we will be able to compare data.” There were ideal conditions for a burn. There was “fine fuel,” enough to get the fire started and spread to the secondary growth, and enough humidity, so it did not burn too fast. “It burnt slow and low. We had created a 30-foot to 50-foot belt to prevent the from fire extending and when we came back to check on Sunday, it had extinguished itself. All the hot spots were gone.” Mr. Parotti has been a fireman with the Marsh Harbour Fire Department for 15 years. He explained that his family lost a home to a fire at a time when there was only one fire truck and two firefighters. That loss prompted him to get involved. The Casuarina/Bahama Palm Volunteer Fire and Rescue kept a truck at the site in case of any problems. Mr. John Rood, U.S. Ambassador to The Bahamas, came to Abaco to observe the burn. He is in the foreground, consulting with Mr. Chris Bergh of The Nature Conservancy. The Nature Conservancy is a consultant for Friends of the Environment that is the organizer of the controlled burn program.U.S. Ambassador Observed the Burn Check Outwww.abaconian.comThe Abaconian’s New Web SiteMost Recent Issue Archive Issues Maps Abaco History Business Listing Pictures


Page 20 The Abaconian November 15, 2005 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 By Mirella Santillo Mr. Joseph O’Brien, a research scientist with the United States Department of Agriculture with the Forest Service, was invited to come to Abaco during the prescribed fire burn on November 4th. As a research ecologist, his goal is to “understand the role of fire in the ecology of a natural forest.” Here in The Bahamas, and particularly on Abaco, one has to deal with the pine forest, a forest that needs fire to keep growing.” Mr. O Brien said, “By taking part in a fire management program, one will get a basic understanding of how a pine forest works and apply the findings to similar habitats in the United States.” He explained how various plant species react differently to fire and how in a pine forest, most species are actually stimulated by fire.” An induced fire helps scientists understand the dynamics between a pine forest and coppice area. Studying the way a fire behaves under different weather conditions and its consequences on the environment has become an important research field, specially when controlled burns are conducted since they allow scientists to collect data than can be applied to other similar circumstances somewhere else. “A pine forest needs fire,” explained Mr. O’Brien. “Very little research has been conducted in The Bahamas about the impact of fire on the pine forest. The seminar and the burn were conducted to help develop a fire management program and to obtain a basic understanding of how the dynamics of the forest work and apply it to similar forests in the U.S. As a side project, Mr. O’Brien accompanied the fire fighters during the fire “to record temperatures, to measure the amount of “fuel” present prior to the burn, to mea-A Forester’s Involvement in the Burn sure pine seedlings mortality in an effort to configure the pine demography.” He also wanted to study the effect of a fire on the plant community present in a pine forest and to analyse the response of different species of plants to fire. “Most of the plant species in a pine forest are actually stimulated by fire,” he explained. “We want to study the dynamics between the pine forest and the coppice. The burn will allow us to evaluate which time of the year and which weather conditions are better to conduct a controlled burn. We would like to have on going research about fire in the Abaco forests. There is a relation between the amount of fuel present and public safety. If you understand the dynamic of fire, you can control the safety issue.” explained Mr. O’Brien. It is the scientist’s fourth trip to Abaco connected to the same research. He was here three years ago to evaluate the forest and subsequently performed a training session in 2004. He then visited in July of 2005 at which time the burn was supposed to take place. It had to be cancelled because of the weather, but he took advantage of the visit to place markers and outline plots. He plans to be back in January of 2006 for the Abaco Science Alliance meeting which is to take place in Marsh Harbour. While in the forest, he collected data to study the effect of forest fires on the Bahamian parrot’s habitat. Sensors were placed in the parrot’ holes to measure the temperature, the amount of smoke and carbon monoxide. The measurements showed that the temperature level did not rise considerably and the carbon monoxide was actually sucked out the hole during the fire. The only inconclusive data was the effect of smoke on the parrot. Mr. O’Brien said, “There was a lot of smoke created by the high humidity during the November 4th burn. What is the bird tolerance to smoke? We have little background on fire here. It is very exciting to find this information. The parrot depends on the forest. This should motivate us to better understand the consequences of a fire. I am trying to do as much as I can here during this trip, but I hope to expand the research. I‘d like to get a graduate student to help monitor the research as an on going project.” He tookair samples from the cavities for smoke analysis which will be done in a lab. He explained that he does the same type of work in the United States, mostly in Georgia. “But here the plant species are different and the growing season longer.” The habitat on Abaco is very similar to the one in the Florida Keys where the US Department of AGriculture has conducted ongoing research. So as a good neighbour policy, there is a lot of interest in transferring the learned data to The Bahamas.” Mr. O’Brien, who did research in Costa Rica for his PhD, is fascinated by tropical vegetation. “My early training is as a botanist,” he stated, “and I admire the incredible diversity of The Bahamian vegetation. I enjoy doing research here and hope it will be an on-going project.”


November 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 21 Jacquelyn EstevezManager,Marsh Harbour BranchDerek MossManager,Systems Operations & NetworkDuaneJohnsonAssistant Manager,Marsh Harbour BranchMs.Estevez has been promoted to Manager, Marsh Harbour Branch.She has over 33 years of banking experience and has been with Commonwealth Bank for the past 13 years. During her tenure with the Bank,she has held various positions,the most recent being Assistant Manager Marsh Harbour Branch. She holds an Associate Diploma from the Bahamas Institute of Financial Services and has attended numerous management programs, in the Bahamas and Canada. Mr.Johnson has been promoted to Assistant Manager,Marsh Harbour Branch.He brings to the position over nine years of banking experience,having served in a number of key roles during his tenure.Mr.Johnson holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. Mr.Moss has been promotedto Manager, Systems Operations and Network.He joined the Bank's Information and Technology team twenty years ago,and has held various positions within the Department.Mr.Moss holds an Associate's Degree in Specialized Business and has attended numerous IT Conferences both locally and abroad. Delivering Service Excellence Everyday Leader in Personal Banking ServicesStaff AppointmentsMr. William B. Sands Jr., President & CEO of Commonwealth Bank, is pleased to announce the following promotions2005 NIPPERSBEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & DinnerPig Roast Every Sunday Oceanfrontier Log CabinsRental and Vacation Club Memberships On Beautiful Guana Cay Beach Six two-bedroom cabins sleep six, queen size bed in loft, kitchenette, private deck, full bath, short walk to townRent by the day or weekCall now 888-541-1616 or 519-389-4846 Website: E-mail: info@oceanfrontier.comSuzanne Bethel, Chair of the Wyannie Malone Museum Board, stands proudly in front of the recently rebuilt gazebo with the donors who made it possible, Mr. and Mrs. Wolfgang Baumann of France. The gazebo is the center piece of the Byrle Patterson Memorial Park, named for a founder of the Wyannie Malone Museum, Byrle (Malone) Patterson, who passed away in 1981. The park is located in Hope Town just south of the Post Office on the upper road that leads to the Hope Town Harbour Lodge. It stands on land that was once the location of the CommissionerÂ’s house and belonged to the Bahamian government. The land was put under the MuseumÂ’s protection some time ago. The Wyannie Malone Historical Museum Society is actively soliciting funds to rebuild the parkÂ’s fence that was destroyed in recent hurricanes. For more information or to contribute contact someone at the museum, which is once again open to the public after being closed during the off-season.Gazebo Has Been Rebuilt By Lindsey Delaplaine Friends of the Environment is hosting its second Abaco Science Alliance Conference on January 5th 8th, 2006. The purpose of the conference is to provide a forum for the networking of researchers and the sharing of Abaco-related scientific information with the public. Friends hopes to encourage more research for educational purposes and to stimulate the use of scientific findings in local environmental management decisions. The conference will open on January 5th with a cocktail reception at the Conch Inn and an opening address by the Hon. Dr. Marcus C. Bethel, Minister of Health and Environmental Services. The bulk of the conference will take place at New Vision Ministries. Throughout the day Friday and Saturday morning scientists will be sharing their findings with attendees and answering questions from the audience. Presenters include: Karen Bjornal, The Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research, University of Florida Diane Claridge, Bahamas Marine Mammal Survey, Sandy Point, Abaco Richard Frantz, Associate Scientist, Department of Natural History, Florida Museum of Natural History Ethan H. Freid, Biology Department, University of Tampa Sally P. Horn, Professor, Department of Geography, University of Tennessee Craig Layman, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University Gary Morgan, Assistant Curator of Paleontology, New Mexico, Museum of Natural History and Science John Mylroie, Professor of Geology, Mississippi State University Joseph J. OÂ’Brien, Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Athen, Georgia Joseph M. Wunderle, International Institute of Tropical Forestry, USDA Forest Service, Puerto Rico Saturday afternoon will feature a field trip to Little Harbour with some of the presenting scientists in the fields of botany, geology, ornithology, wetlands and creeks ecosystems serving as guides. Sunday morning will be a field trip to Hole-in-the-Wall, also with scientists as guides. Saturday evening the closing reception will be held at Snappas. The public is welcome to attend the conference. The registration fee is $90. For registration information you can visit the Friends website: or call their office at 242-367-2721.Science Seminar Is Set for January


Page 22 The Abaconian November 15, 2005 visit our our latest (203) 389-3304www.underthepalms.comLive Support Monday-Friday!Just call for immediate assistance 8:30am-4:30pm M-FWeb Design & Hosting10 years in the out islands Is your website more than 3 or 4 years old? Chances are its time to update the look. Dont lose viewers to the competition with an old or outdated site. Keep ahead of the competition, keep them coming back! "They completely understand what Abaco is all about, what should have been a huge time-consuming project for me ended up so easy. I didn't have to do anything, and they got it right the first time. So professional, a delightful team to work with."Nancy McDanielwww.blueberryhilllanding.comHas your website been out in the sun too long! The funeral service for Barbara Madrica Dean, 38, formerly of Fox Town was held on October 23 in Nassau. Interment was also in Nassau. She is survived by her daughter Chanae Glendia Curry; sisters Lisa Butterfield, Valerie Dean, Margo Dean-Kelly, Arnette Stuart, Bertha Knowles, Ameace Nonome, Torkel Dean-Smith, Valdia and Camille Dean; brothers William and Micheal Dean, Kirk Stuart, Lamont, Julian and Tyler Dean; adopted father Valance Dean; sisters-in-law Henrietta Dean and Jacklyn Stuart; brothers-in-law Delon Nonome, Chet Kelly, Joseph Knowles and Jamaal Smith; nieces Lanischa Butterfield, Chelsea and Chanel Cooper, Robertha Dean-McIntosh, Celeste Kelly, Lateisha Dean, and Joseth Knowles; nephews Armco Dean, Manuel Miller, William, Malik and Trent Dean, Jacoby Dean-Bethel, Miguel and Kirk Stuart Jr., Joseph Knowles Jr., Delano and Amare Nonome, Tristan Seymour, Trevor, Tevin and Valentino Dean, Dontae and Montez Dean; aunts Remilda Stirrup, Mildred Burrows, Emily Rahming, Jestina Rolle, Albertha McPhee, Ruth Beckwith, Mary, Albertha and Genesta Stuart; uncles Christopher, Levit, Wilton, Geoffrey, Bertram, Wendall and Carlton Stuart; godchildren Deon McIntosh, Marco Cooper, Jaunette McIntosh and Kamir Reckley; grandaunts Geneva and Beulah Stuart; and many other relatives and friends The funeral for Gesny St. Charles, 35, of Marsh Harbour was held on October 23 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Marsh Harbour. Pastor Leonardo D. Rahming assisted by Pastor Edward St. Fleur officiated and interment was in the Marsh Harbour Public Cemetery. He is survived by his mother Adilia Joseph; father Gessyles St. Charles; children Shanit and Luman St. Charles; brothers Kerli, Role and Dalis St. Charles; fiance Marie Clotide Barthelemy; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives and friends. The funeral for Howard Stuart, 67, of Sandy Point was held on October 29 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Sandy Point. Rev. Dr. Carrington Pinder, Rev. Napoleon Roberts and Rev. Morris Bain officiated. Interment was in Sandy Point Public Cemetery. He is survived by his wife Ismae Stuart; sons Edward and Garvin Stuart; daughter Nadia Stuart; adopted daughter Caree C. J. Pinder; grandsons Adrian and Clinton; granddaughters Khadijah and Sydney; brother Hemmlin Stuart; uncles William Swain, Lurtie, Ivan and Neville Stuart and Rev. Dr. Michael Symonette; aunts Emma Butler, Ismae Dawkins, Minerva Davis, Icelen Hanna, Lil Mama Stuart, Rev. Hilda Symonette and Merkelene Lightbourne; nephews; nieces; daughter-in-law Cindy; father-in-law Edward Pinder; mother-in-law Isadora Pinder; brothers-in-law John, Roland, Wilfred, Alexander and Patrick Bevans, Lionel Russell, Basil and Martin Dames, Fred Grant, Rev. Dr. Carrington, Adolphus, Willard, Rev. Andrew and Deacon Paul Pinder, Evangelist George Jennings and Sean Rlyden; sisters-in-law Priscilla, Paula, Alvilda Grant, Louise Stuart and Louise Swain, Deaconess Vernae Jennings, Rev. Sabrina Pinder, Hilda Ellis, Martha Jones, Ruthmae, Electa Lloyd, Isadora Blyden, Anastacia, Sherry, Claudia and Adlaide Pinder and many other relatives and friends. The funeral of Charles Wesley Neeley 63, of Crossing Rock was held Nassau on October 29. Interment was also in Nassau. He is survived by his son Eric Stuart; Eric’s mother Ethel Stuart; grandchildren Eric, Derek, Shadia and Taquan Stuart; special friend, Ena Williams; stepchildren James Dean, Johnny Higgins, Theodore Carroll, Theophilus Williams, Albert, Kirt, and Peter Russell, Nathalie Burrows and Sandra Cotterell; step-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral for Ellamae Swain, 56, of Murphy Town was held on November 5 at Zion Baptist Church in Murphy Town. Rev. Christopher Dean officiated assisted by Rev. Leroy Tbompson. Interment was in the Public Cemetery in Murphy Town. She is survived by children Doranell Swain, Juliette Cornish, Carolee Swain and Desmond Swain; grandchildren Sheoka, Khiry, Raheem, William Jr., Riveanna, Isbella and Camintti; sons-in-law Kenneth Cornish and William Johnson; sister Olga Davis; brother Patrick Swain; brother-inlaw Edison Davis; sister-in-law, Majorie Swain; aunts Jennie Stuart, Edith Clarke, Leonie Davis and Minerva Davis; uncles Laban, Kenneth, Hencil and Ronald Davis; many nieces and nephews including Zelma Hepburn and family, Alidice Munroe and family, Creola, Lynette Dean, Karen Antonio, Grace Arahna, Mena Bootle and family, Ricardo Brown, Ada Deveaux, Patrick McPhee, Leota McDonald and family, Hiram Davis and family, Anamae Cornish and family, Pastor Christopher Dean and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service for Linda Forbes ,14, of Treasure Cay was held on November 5 at St. Simon Bay the Sea Anglican Church in Treasure Cay. Father Dwight Rolle officiated and interment was in the Public Cemetery in Treasure Cay. She is survived by her parents Jessie Emmanuel and Adelrose Forbes; sisters Roseline and Victoria Forbes; brothers Michael, Oliver and Jessie Forbes Jr; aunts; uncles; granduncle Rev. Stafford Symonette; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service for Keith Winston Antonio Basden 49, of Dundas Town was held on November 5 at the Dundas Town Church of God in Dundas Town. Pastor Lernis Cornish officiated assisted by other ministers. He is survived by his wife Deborah Basden; daughters Carol, Christine, Cinquetta, Claire and Chante Basden; brothers Trev and Wayne Basden; father-in-law Delgarno Newbold; mother-in-law Viola Newbold; sisters-in-law Brenda Basden, Lisa Knowles, Temra Ferguson, Jacqueline Ritchie, Bernadette Major, Rosanna McKinney, Sherell, Sandy, Meoshie, Melissa and Harveyann Newbold; brothers-inlaw Trevor, Elvis, Lynden, Faron, Dereck and Dwight Newbold, Linward Knowles, Rufus Ferguson, David Ritchie and Drexel Major; uncle Joseph Williams; uncle-in-law Edward Sawyer; aunts-in-law Catherine Misick Williams, Kathleen McIntosh, Olevia Nesbitt, Floreen Armbrister, Elvinet Isaacs, Linda Sawyer, Ruth McQueen and Flora Lowe; nieces Trevez and Tylor Basden; nieces and nephews-in-law; cousins Gerald Williams, Dudley and Martha Moree, Lillian Jolly, Josephine Robinson, Louis Williams, Elena Hanchell, Judith Williams, Saundra Lightbourne, Ben Johnson, Peter Williams, Shirley Cox, Robert Williams, Gladys, Veronica and Clinton Williams, Allison, Deborah, Kevin, Kenyon, Godfrey and Kirkwood Basden, Iris Henchell and many other relatives and friends.Obituaries of Family and Friends


November 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 23 Open Monday Saturday : 9 am 6 pmPh: 367-2180 / F Ph: 367-2180 / F Ph: 367-2180 / F Ph: 367-2180 / F Ph: 367-2180 / F ax : 367-5241 ax : 367-5241 ax : 367-5241 ax : 367-5241 ax : 367-5241Queen Elizabeth Dr., Marsh Harbour & Treasure Cay Shopping Centre, Treasure Cay Regardless 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) 423-1774E-mail: • CHECK OUR WEBSITE BEFORE YOU PLAN YOUR NEXT TRIPDaily Service Marsh Harbour Melbourne Treasure Cay Orlando Intl. Daytona Beach Jacksonvilleon Grand Cay and also Grand Bahama. During the broadcast the station was inundated with pledges from residents and the business community from as little as $5 to large amounts of $20,000. When the telethon ended just over $90,000 was pledged and at the close of business that day $26,000 was already turned in and deposited. Ten homes were destroyed on Grand Cay by Hurricane Wilma and these families have been left with nothing. The monies raised by this telethon will go a long way in helping these people get back on their feet. All funds collected are deposited to the Bahamas Disaster Relief Fund managed by the Bahamas government. To assist in this great cause, please make donations to the Royal Bank of Canada, Main Branch Account No. 1281013.Telethon Assists Hurricane Victims TelethonFrom Page 1 Out Island Inter.Net MondayFriday 9 am—5 pm Call us for INFO By Mirella Santillo If you listen really carefully, you can almost hear the sounds of the cowbells, horns, whistles and oh, those goatskinned drums. This can only mean one thing Christmas time is near. Organizers are already hard at work to make this year’s second annual Abaco Christmas Festival a great success. The festival is being planned for December 10th at the Memorial Plaza between 12 noon and 11 p.m. and promises to be a fun-filled family event. Santa Claus will be making a special appearance during the day and kids will be able to have a photo taken with him. Additionally, there will be Christmas tree lighting, arts and crafts, Toys For Tots, Junkanoo rush out, fireworks and a taste of Abaco’s finest cuisine. A slew of musical talents is also planned including the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band, choirs, quartets and soloists. Mark your calendar and plan to be a part of this joyous and holiday event.Plans Are Underway for the Christmas Festival Road Safety Is Everyone’s Responsibility


Page 24 The Abaconian November 15, 2005 You are cordially invited to anAVONChristmas Product ExpoSaturday November 19th, 2005 1:00 6:00 pm St. John’s Parish Hall, Marsh HarbourBe the first to see the new products! There will be giveaways and raffles. YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS EVENT! BRING A FRIEND! Tides:Pelican Harbor based on Hampton Roads (Sewells Point), Virginia (NOAA) 26 23 N 76 58 W December 2005 Average Tides Mean Range: 2.6 ft MHWS 3.1 ft Mean Tide: 1.4 ft Sunday 6 n 6 Monday 6 n 6 Tuesday 6 n 6 Wednesday 6 n 6 Thursday 6 n 6 Friday 6 n 6 Saturday 6 n 6 1 (EST) 2 (EST) 3 (EST) 4 (EST) 5 (EST) 6 (EST) 7 (EST) 8 (EST) 9 (EST) 10 (EST) 11 (EST) 12 (EST) 13 (EST) 14 (EST) 15 (EST) 16 (EST) 17 (EST) 18 (EST) 19 (EST) 20 (EST) 21 (EST) 22 (EST) 23 (EST) 24 (EST) 25 (EST) 26 (EST) 27 (EST) 28 (EST) 29 (EST) 30 (EST) 31 (EST) -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 1:04a 0.0 7:32a 3.2 2:06p 0.0 7:53p 2.5 1:50a -0.1 8:18a 3.3 2:53p 0.0 8:41p 2.5 2:37a -0.2 9:06a 3.3 3:42p 0.0 9:30p 2.4 -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 3:28a -0.1 9:56a 3.2 4:32p 0.0 10:23p 2.4 4:22a -0.1 10:49a 3.1 5:25p 0.0 11:20p 2.4 5:22a 0.0 11:45a 2.9 6:20p 0.0 12:22a 2.4 6:27a 0.1 12:45p 2.7 7:16p 0.0 1:26a 2.5 7:37a 0.1 1:48p 2.6 8:12p -0.1 2:31a 2.6 8:48a 0.1 2:51p 2.4 9:08p -0.1 3:34a 2.7 9:56a 0.1 3:53p 2.3 10:03p -0.1 -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 4:33a 2.8 10:58a 0.0 4:51p 2.3 10:55p -0.2 5:27a 2.9 11:55a -0.1 5:45p 2.3 11:44p -0.2 6:17a 3.0 12:46p -0.1 6:34p 2.2 12:31a -0.2 7:04a 3.0 1:33p -0.1 7:21p 2.2 1:16a -0.2 7:49a 3.0 2:18p -0.1 8:04p 2.2 2:00a -0.2 8:30a 2.9 3:00p -0.1 8:46p 2.2 2:42a -0.1 9:11a 2.9 3:41p 0.0 9:27p 2.2 -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 3:23a 0.0 9:49a 2.7 4:20p 0.1 10:08p 2.1 4:04a 0.1 10:27a 2.6 4:58p 0.1 10:50p 2.1 4:47a 0.2 11:05a 2.5 5:36p 0.2 11:33p 2.1 5:32a 0.3 11:45a 2.4 6:15p 0.2 12:18a 2.1 6:21a 0.4 12:28p 2.3 6:55p 0.3 1:06a 2.1 7:15a 0.5 1:14p 2.2 7:38p 0.3 1:57a 2.2 8:14a 0.5 2:06p 2.1 8:24p 0.2 -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 2:49a 2.3 9:14a 0.5 3:01p 2.0 9:13p 0.2 3:43a 2.5 10:14a 0.4 3:58p 2.0 10:04p 0.1 4:37a 2.6 11:11a 0.2 4:55p 2.1 10:57p 0.0 5:30a 2.8 12:06p 0.1 5:49p 2.1 11:49p -0.2 6:22a 2.9 12:58p -0.1 6:43p 2.2 12:41a -0.3 7:13a 3.1 1:48p -0.2 7:35p 2.3 1:33a -0.4 8:04a 3.2 2:37p -0.3 8:26p 2.4 Monthly High & Low High December 2, 8:18a 3.3 ft Low December 31, 1:33a -0.4 ft Printed by Tides & Currents for Windows’ by Nobeltec Corporation. (503) 579-1414 € The Moorings Yacht Charters• The Best Sailing Vacations In The World! Prestige Class crewed yacht charter Sailing Sloops and cats 35 ft. 47 ft. Power catamarans 37 ft.The Conch Inn Resort Hotel rooms on the harbour front Curly Tail restaurant and bar on the waterfront Dive Abaco a complete dive facilityThe Conch Inn Resort and MarinaPO Box AB20469, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph 242-367-4000 Fax 367-4004 Email: Come and experience the beauty of the Bahamas. We are waiting for you.The Conch Inn Marina Docks are in service with power Cable TV connections underway Texaco fuel station Compliments of The Moorings and The Conch Inn Hotel and Marina 34 ft. mono-hull or 37 or 45 ft. Catamaran Cruise the Abaco Sound in one of our new power boats Tide North Bar ChannelDecember 2005By Portia Jonsson A one-day customer service seminar conducted by Ms. Kelly Stewart of Grand Bahama was held at Subway Restaurant on November 6th for all staff members. Ms. Stewart, a Certified Caribbean Hospitality Trainer shared with the staff the importance of employers and employees giving excellent customer service to their internal and external customers. A customer is the most important person in your organization, she said, whether it is in person or by mail. She reminded them that a customer is not dependent on their business but vice versa, their business is dependent on the customer. Ms. Stewart instructed the staff to exceed their customers’ expectations and if they do this, the customers will come back again and again. She congratulated Ms. Yvette White, Subway’s owner, for providing her staff with the training and also recognizing the importance of giving excellent customer service. Customers today are often treated like a nuisance instead of the reason that a company is in business. Products and services continue to increase in cost. Customer service, on the other hand, continues to decline. Dealing with surly cashiers who seem to have more important things to do than ring up your sales are the rule rather than the exception. Without customers, no one earns a paycheck. Everyone seems to agree that it is essential to long-term business success, especially in today’s competitive marketplace. Why then do more businesses not deliver? Most of us have come to believe that outstanding customer service is just a thing of the past. Mediocre service (or worse) is the norm. When a company actually delivers great service, it is almost too good to be true. In the end, only those businesses with an ongoing commitment to delivering excellent service can consistently keep their customers delighted and Subway definitely on the right course.Subway Staff Hear from Hospitality Trainertor is likely partially deaf, the child probably isn’t (more pain for the child) but soon will be. From A Natural History of the Sense Diane Ackerman, page 186, sub heading Loud Noises In a Crowded Dorm : “It was physically painful to walk down the hallway toward the torture-level noise emawith noise abatement showed no (such) difference. An eleven-month retardation in the course of only four years of school is disastrous. A child would have to struggle hard to catch up.” “Without a loudspeaker, we would never have conquered Germany,” Hitler wrote in his Manual of German Radio in 1938. “ . the noises that irritate us are sounds loud or spiky enough to be potentially damaging to the ear.” If you want to destroy your minds and ears, roll up the windows. Don’t do it to the rest of us. And either cut it down for the kids or leave them at home. They’re defenseless. Blasted in Paradise LettersFrom Page 9 nating from students’ audio equipment. Many of the students were “prematurely deaf, as frequently happens . among loud-rock addicts. “Unfortunately, hearing can be permanently destroyed by loudness. Playing a ghetto-blaster (CD player, car stereo system) at full tilt . is probably more an act of aggression and dominance than of love for music. Anyone within earshot will have his personal territory invaded, his peace of mind slit open.” And the walker or worker is a few feet away from the vehicle. Pity the child within. It has been discovered that exposing children to chronic noise “amplifies aggression and tends to dampen healthful behavior.” In a school “children in half of the building facing . elevated train tracks were 11 months behind on reading by their sixth year. A follow up study


November 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 25 Professional Graphic Services (Graphic Artist on Site) and much more . . Carbonless Forms Envelopes Wedding Stationery Office Stationery Brochures Funeral Stationery Book Binding Yearbooks Photo Scanning Business Cards Laminating Certificates Calendars Labels Flyers Tickets Invitations MenusAbaco Print ShopYour Friendly and Professional Printing Service!Located in the Abaco Shopping Centre Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201 it was suggested that an electrical line needs to be extended to the public cemetery for maintenance purposes by the grounds keeper. The Chairman said he would check with Mr. Strachan as to what was required and into having this done as soon as possible. The Administrator announced that he would be in Cherokee again on November 10th from 6 until 9 p.m. to register voters. The Administrator appealed to Cherokee for a donation to the victims of Wilma especially for the eight family who lost their homes on Grand Cay. As Grand Cay is grouped in with the Abaco cays, this catastrophic hurricane hit very close to home. He reminded us that we were spared this time, but that next time it could be us in need and asked our resiMore South Abaco Newsdents to give generously as the need was great.Antique Road ShowThe Antiques Road Show is now set for December 29 from 12 noon till 6 p.m. in Cherokee Sound at the W.W. Sands Community Center. In addition to a display of local historical artifacts we are requesting that the public preregister any antiques that they wish the visiting appraiser’s to value for them. You can call the Abaco Tourism Office any weekday from 9 until 5 p.m. at 367-3067 for additional information. The receptionist will include your item or items to a preregistration list. This will give us an idea of the type of items that will be coming in that day and give the Appraisers a chance to familiarize themselves in a particular field. We know the artifacts are out there, and we feel sure you want to know if they really are worth anything. You may want to show them off. So please call and preregister your items. After all, what good are they stuck away in your upstairs. Why not share them with other Abaconians to reminisce and remember bygone days. We hope this will be a kind of “Show and Tell” like we used to have in primary school and we believe it is going to be a fun day for everyone. A quick phone call giving your name and a general description of the item is all that is needed. On the day of the Road Show a small donation will be accepted for the appraisal service. All donations will go to the Cherokee Primary School Windows Project Fund. SouthFrom Page 7 The schoolchildren are planning a May Pole Dance and we hope to have a local storyteller, some old and some new games for fun and competition, a raffle and silent auction. There will even be a mystery item that we want you to guess “What is it?”a surprise ending for the day’s festivities, not to mention food and drink and all for your enjoyment and pleasure. Abaconians always have so m uch fun when they get together and talk about “the old days.” We will have our new genealogy book on hand so that you can check out to see if you come from Cherokee Roots. So come out, see some old friends and go back in time to another era. 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 Maintained35% off all rentals through February 11 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


Page 26 The Abaconian November 15, 2005 CITIZENS AGAINST CRIMEKeeping your neighbourhood safe since 2001. We need your help to keep going. Donations can be sent to: Citizens Against Crime P.O.Box AB-20095 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Bahamas or call Randy Key at (242) 367-2674 Area Code 242 unless listed otherwiseIsland-wide Abaco ListingsAbaco Vacations + 800-633-9197 Bahamas Vacations + 800-462-2426 Abaco Bound + 242-367-5576Casuarina PointDifferent of Abaco8 rm 20 cott366-2150CherokeeLee Pinder + 3 hse366-2053Grand CayRosieÂ’s Place352-5458GreenIsland Properties +34 hse365-4047 New Plymouth Inn9 rm365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties +30365-4636 Roberts Cottages3 cott365-4105Guana CayDolphin Bch Resort4 rm 10 cott.365-5137 Donna Sands +12 hse365-5195 Guana Beach Resort6 units365-5133 Guana Seaside8 rm 7 cott365-5106 Harbour View Haven365-5028 Ocean Frontier 519-389-4846 Sea Shore Villas365-5028Hope TownAbaco Inn22 rm366-0133 Club Soleil6 rm 1 cott366-0003 Crystal Villas 6 villas 321-783-4576 Elbow Cay Prop +53 hse366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm366 0095 Hope T Hideaways +63 hse366-0224 Hope T Villas + 3 hse366-0030 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages +3 hse366--0266 Sea Spray Resort5 villas366-0065 Tanny Key +43 hse366-0053 Turtle Hill4 villas366-0557Lubbers QuartersSea Level Cottages4 hse366-3121Hotels and House Rental AgentsMan-O-WarIsland Home Rentals +8 hse365-6048 SchoonerÂ’s Landing 5 condos365-6072Marsh Harbour areaAbaco Beach Resort82 rms367-2158 Abaco Real Estate +6 hse367-2719 AlesiaÂ’s 3 rms367-4460 Ambassador Inn6 rms367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms367-3980 Conch Inn9 rms367-4000 DÂ’s Guest House6 rms 3367-3980 Great Abaco Club + 12 hse367-4151 Island Breezes Motel8 rms367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas6 eff367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas6 cott367-3600 Regattas (Prev. Abaco Towns) 32 effic367-2227MooreÂ’s IslandMooreÂ’s Is Bonefish Camp8 rm 366-6334Sandy PointOeishaÂ’s Resort366-4139 Pete & GayÂ’s Resort14 rm366-4119 RickmonÂ’s Bonefishing 10 rm366-4477Spanish CaySpanish Cay Resort18 rm 6 hse 365-0083Treasure CayBahama Beach Club365-8500 Banyan Beach Resort21 rm365-8111 Island Dreams + 45 hse365-8507 Treasure Cay Resort95 rms365-8801Wood CayTangelo Hotel 19 rm 3 villa365-2222Web Sites with Abaco Information http.// + agents with multiple cottages and houses Rev. 29 Aug 05 THE OUTBOARD SHOPMarsh Harbour, Abaco Tel 242.367.2703 Fax 242.367.3709 Full range of Johnson two stroke and four stroke Evinrude outboard engines from 2hp to 250hp "# Lower than US prices "# Up to three year warranty Extensive parts inventory "# Factory trained mechanics "# Dry boat storageAssociated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Dolphin MarineGreen T urtle Cay 242.365.4262 Island MarineP arrot Cay 242.366.0282 Roberts MarineGreen Turtle Cay242.365.4249 Sea Horse MarineHope Town242.365.0023 Fishermans MarineL ong Island 242.337.6226 Minns Watersports Exuma 242.336.2604 Authorized Distributor CaysFrom Page 13 ing on the local government council. He will surely be missed. He is survived by his wife Anne; his sons and their wives, David, Danny and Tammy Sawyer, Randy and Bernadette Sawyer and Michael; nine grandchildren David, Bruce, Matthew, Dakota, Dexter, Randall, Denton, Samantha and Michael Jr.; step-granddaughter Brooke, a greatgrandchild, a step great-grandchild, his five brothers, four sisters and many other relatives and friends. Mr. Ross enjoyed a good cigar and I along with many who knew him will never again smell a cigar without thinking fondly of Mr. Ross. A funeral service is scheduled for November 19th. Quality Star Auto Service Station And GarageDon MacKay Blvd., Marsh HarbourTHE PLACE FOR YOUR ENTIRE AUTOMOBILE AND TRUCK NEEDSWe stock a wide variety of parts and tyres. If you need an item that is not in stock, we will quickly import it for you Open7 am 7 pm Monday thru Thursday 7 am 8 pm Friday and Saturday Tel: (242) 367-2979 By Portia Jonsson A one-day customer service seminar conducted by Ms. Kelly Stewart of Grand Bahama was held at Subway Restaurant on November 6th for all staff members. Ms. Stewart, a Certified Caribbean Hospitality Trainer shared with the staff the importance of employers and employees giving excellent customer service to their internal and external customers. A customer is the most important person in your organization, she said, whether it is in person or by mail. She reminded them that a customer is not dependent on their business but vice versa, their business is dependent on the customer. Ms. Stewart instructed the staff to exceed their customersÂ’ expectations and if they do this, the customers will come back again and again. She congratulated Ms. Yvette White, SubwayÂ’s owner, for providing her staff with the training and also recognizing the importance of giving excellent customer service. Customers today are often treated like a nuisance instead of the reason that a company is in business. Products and services continue to increase in cost. Customer service, on the other hand, continues to decline. Dealing with surly cashiers who seem to have more important things to do than ring up your sales are the rule rather than the exception. Without customers, no one earns a paycheck. Everyone seems to agree that it is essential to long-term business success, especially in todayÂ’s competitive marketplace. Why then do more businesses not deliver? Most of us have come to believe that outstanding customer service is just a thing of the past. Mediocre service (or worse) is the norm. When a company actually delivers great service, it is almost too good to be true. In the end, only those businesses with an ongoing commitment to delivering excellent service can consistently keep their customers delighted and Subway definitely on the right course.Subway Staff Hear from Hospitality Trainer


November 15, 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 Brendal’s 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 Rich’s 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 Donnie’s 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 Cat’s 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 Cas’s Carts........................................365-8771 Claridge’s Cart Rentals......................365-8248 Cornish Car Rentals..........................365-8623 JIC Boat Rentals...............................365-8465 Rich’s 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 McLean’s Town, Grand Bah. Daily 7:00 am & 2:30 pm McLean’s 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 McLean’s Town Rental automobiles at both terminals. Bahamas Ferries Sandy Point to Nassau under 4 Hr. Call Sandy Point 366-4119 Wednesday, Friday & Sunday Lv Sandy Point for Nassau Adults $90 RT, $50 OW Islander Express Bus M Harbour & Sandy Point -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. The Great Abaco Express Marsh Harbour bus to N Abaco Call 367-2165 Lv Marsh H. 5 am & 12:30 pm, connect with ferry to Grand Bahama & bus to Freeport Lv Crown Haven 9:30 am & 5:30 pm bringing ferry passengers to Marsh Harbour From Freeport take cruise ship to Ft. Lauderdale or ferry to West Palm Beach 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 ......... 366-0234 North Abaco O’Donald 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) + Picnic tables & restroom only ‡ Provides ride from town Marsh Harbour Anglers.........................$$$.............367-2158 Conch Crawl.....................$.............367-4444 Gino’s ...............................$.............367-2002 Golden Grouper................$.............367-2301 Hibiscus Cafe.................$$.............367-2782 Hummingbird..................$$.............367-2922 Jamie’s Place...................$.............367-2880 Jib Room........................$$.............367-2700 Kentucky Fried Chicken (lunch-5pm)367-2615 Mangoes.......................$$$.............367-2366 Pop’s Place.......................$.....+....367-3796 Sapodilly’s.................... $$$.............367-3498 Sea Shells........................$.............367-4460 Snack Shack....................$.....+....367-4005 Snappas...........................$.............367-2278 Subway..............................................367-2798 Wallys...........................$$$.............367-2074 Dundas Town Ambassador Inn...............$.............367-2022 Mother Merle’s................$$ Hope Town Abaco Inn.....................$$$.............366-0133 Cap’n Jacks......................$.............366-0247 Harbour’s Edge............. $$.............366-0087 H T Harbour Lodge.......$$$.............366-0095 Munchies..........................$.....+....366-0423 Rudy’s Place.................$$$.....‡....366-0062 Sea Spray.......................$$ .....‡....366-0065 Man-O-War Pavilion .............................$.............365-6185 Hibiscus.............................................365-6380 Island Treats Snack Bar....................365-6501 Guana Cay Blue Water Grill............$$$.............365-5230 Guana Seaside.............$$$.............365-5106 Nippers.........................$$$.............365-5143 Orchid Bay.........................................265-5175 Treasure Cay Florence’s Cafe................$ Coconuts............................ Harbour Cafe....................$.............365-8635 Hudson’s Delight..............$.............365-8648 Spinnaker Restaurant...$$$.............365-8469 Touch of Class..............$$$.............365-8195 Traveller’s Rest..................................365-8654 Green Turtle Cay Bluff House...................$$$.............365-4200 Jolly Roger Bistro...........$$.............365-4200 Green Turtle Club.........$$$.............365-4271 Laura’s Kitchen...............$$.............365-4287 McIntosh’s Restaurant......$.............365-4625 Plymouth Rock Cafe..........................365-4234 Rooster’s Rest................$$.............365-4066 Sundowners.......................................365-4060 Wrecking Tree Restaurant Harbour Caf (ferry dock).$.....+....365-8635 Sandy Point Big J’s...............................$.............366-4020 Nancy’s............................... Oeishas.............................................366-4139 Pete & Gays.................$$$.............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 & corrections to our attention Emergency ServicesPolice Marsh Harbour 367-2560 The following services are provided by volunteersFire 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 Cooper‘s 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 1 Nov 05Compliments of The Abaconian Abaco Marinas Slips Fuel Phone Walker’s Cay Walker’s 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 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 .......................... 367-0169Major’s 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 Gov’t dock thru Dundas Town....................................................$10 + $3 Dove Plaza, Stop Light or Sawyer’s Market..........$10 + $2 Gov’t Clinic thru Western Auto ................................$ 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 Poin t........................................................$135 + $10 Between Marsh Harbour Ferry and: Ab Beach Hotel thru Wally’s & Eastern Shore.......$ 2 each Jib Room................................................................$ 3 each Solomon’s Super Center ..........................................$5 + $3 Stop Light, Dove Plaza, Gov’t dock ........................$ 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 Resort ..............................................$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 Joe’s Creek.............................................................$40 + $6 Black Wood............................................................$16 + $5 Fire Road & Cooper’s Town...................................$35 + $5 Cedar Harbour ........................................................$50 + $5 Wood Cay...............................................................$55 + $5 Mount Hope ........................................................... $60 + $5 Fox Town................................................................$65 + $5 Crown Have n..........................................................$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 Joe’s 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 exhibitsGreen Turtle Cay Memorial Sculpture Garden.............. Green Turtle Cay Wyannie Malone Historical Museum............Hope Town Elbow Cay Light Station...............................Hope Town Walk to swin onMermaid Reef off M Harbour Pelican Shore Drive to & swim in Blue Hole off Treasure Cay farm road Open Nights Only Closed Aug Nov Closed Aug 27Sep Closed Aug Nov Closed Oct Closed Aug 20 Oct 1To Abaco by land and sea from Florida • Take Discovery Cruise Line (954-971-7347) from Ft. Lauderdale or CloudX ferry (866-473-3779) from West Palm Beach to Freeport •Bus to McLeans Town • Ferry to Crown Haven • Bus to Green Turtle Ferry or Marsh Harbour •Taxi to Marsh Harbour ferry dock • Ferry to Hope Town, Man-O-War or Guana Cay


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VOLUME 13, NUMBER 22, NOVEMBER 15th, 2005 Students of Agape Christian School enjoyed a day out of uniform on November 10th when it held its annual Weird Hat Day. Student s were asked to adorn the weirdest, funniest and most outrageous hats they could find for $1. Pictured are a few of the hats worn that day which included a sombrero, rooster’s head, pirate, cat in the hat and Rastafarian plaits. These casual days help raise mone y for the school and are enjoyed by all.Ingraham Wins Leadership of FNMEdison Key Is on Board, TooWeird Hat Day Raises School FundsBy Richard E. Fawkes Abaco is once again poised to play a pivotal role in challenging the ruling Progressive Liberal Party for power in the next general elections with native son, the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham, regaining the leadership of the opposition Free National Movement and another native son, former PLP parliamentarian Edison Key publicly declaring his support for the FNM at the party’s convention in Nassau last week. “This week you have created something here that is the greatest nightmare that Perry Christie has ever seen in his life,” Mr. Key told the convention when Mr. Ingraham invited him to join him at the podium before the former prime minister began his leadership acceptance speech. “You have put together a team and all I can say is win; three letters: W-I-N. “I assure you tonight, I will do everything in my power to see that the FNM is restored as the government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas,” said the man who led white Abaconians to support the PLP from around the time of Independence. Mr. Key, who reminded Mr. Ingraham of how they both ran for the PLP in Abaco 27 years ago, represented South Abaco for that party in the House on at least two occasions and Please see Ingraham Page 6 Mr. Edison Key The Rt. Hon. Hubert IngrahamLumbering Began at Wilson City Open Letter to the Citizens of Abaco During the last hurricane, our operation west of Waller’s Cay suffered substantial damage. As you may know, there were many totally destroyed homes at a neighboring cay. We had several related drilling vessels in the Walker’s area, and there are no safe haven ports or areas that our vessels can be located in the event of a hurricane. Therefore, my company went to extra efforts to secure the vessels when it became apparent that the Hurricane Wilma might strike Walker’s Cay directly. We reinforced our anchor system by laying out over a thousand feet of 1 3/8 inch anchor chain and anchors. However, the hurricane was far more severe than the local knowledge believed and that our vessels abilities could withstand. Our drilling barge was pulled off anchor by the surge and wind and is now sitting off the reef near Johnny’s Cay. The drilling barge has no contaminates or oil on board, only drill pipe and drilling supplies. The anchor and chain appear to be holding the barge away from the reef but the barge is partially flooded and not moving. After we located the barge, we contacted the government for assistance and have worked with them in looking for the best resolution that could be found given the circumstances. We are now in the process of obtaining several six-inch pumps and repairing our tugboat that was also damaged in the hurricane, hiring some local help and additional vessels. We are open to hiring local skilled and experienced underwater welder and crane operators. As you know Please see Open Letter Page 27 Drill Rig Owner Promises to Remove BargeThis is Jericho, one of the workers’ housing communities at the Wilson City lumber camp that was operational from 1905-1915. Wilson City is located on the penisula across from Lynyard Cay north of Little Harbour. Please see Lumbering Page 2 Part 1 on Timber Operations in The Bahamas Timber operations in The Bahamas contributed to the economic fabric of the country for many years on Abaco, Grand Bahama and Andros. Pine trees are abundant and comprise a renewable natural resource on these three islands and also on New Providence. Although the pine grows in the forests bordering Nassau, the island’s smaller size and dense population precludes those trees from being commercially harvested. Timbering operations finished on Abaco in 1966 and on Andros in 1972. The Caribbean pine is closely related to the pine trees of South Florida although they are considered a separate species. The trees are very slow growing, yielding a very dense wood logs actually sink rather than float. Many of the older homes on Abaco are built of Abaco pine harvested and milled in one of the lumber camps that dotted Abaco in the first half of the 1900s.The Piecesof-Eight house on Elbow Cay was built in the early 1970s by an Englishman using the last of the available native pine lumber which he found in Nassau and Andros. The trees slow growth is evident as you look in the woods and note their small size 40 years after the last harvest. There are some fine examples of large original growth trees in Little Abaco which we believe were not logged. The slow growth is due to a lack of soil and marginal growing con-


Page 2 B The Abaconian November 15, 2005 B & D MarineAbaco’s Largest and Most Complete Supply of Marine Products• Bait Rods Reels Fishing Tackle & Dive Gear Filters Pumps Hoses Anchors & Ropes Marine Paints Hardware & Maintenance Items• At the Traffic Light • P.O. Box AB 20461 • Marsh Harbour • Abaco • Tel: 242-367-2622 • Fax 242-367-2395 Outboards & GeneratorsSUZUKI SUZUKI SUZUKI SUZUKI SUZUKIThe newly cut lumber was stacked and dried before being shipped out. A view inside the mill which was a very busy place. ditions. The island limestone does not allow a taproot to grow so the trees deCay on Abaco and winding up operations on Andros in 1972. Wilson City was situated on the Abaco headland opposite the north end of Lynard Cay and just inside North Bar Channel. Ships drawing 12 feet or more would sail through North Bar Channel to the dock. Remnants of this dock are still visible. It was a modern operation by standards at that time. It had a rail sysLumberingFrom Page 1 Please see Lumbering Page 3Wilson City Was the First Large Lumber OperationThis is the mill showing the railroad track in the left foreground and the log pond on the right. velop an extensive but flat root system in the shallow soil. The extensive lumbering operation established in 1905 at Wilson City generally gets credit as the first in the industry. However, we were recently told of a lumbering operation at Witches Point, five miles south of Marsh Harbour, prior to the Bahamas Timber Company at Wilson City. The 100-year timbering lease held by Bahamas Timber Company morphed through different names and owners on the three islands with forests: the Abaco Lumber Company, National Container Corporation, and lastly OwensIllinois of the Bahamas operating at Snake


November 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 3 B ARAWAK AGENCYC U S T O M S B R O K E R S 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 AllŽ Nassau: 242.322.2305 Lyford Cay:242.362.4211 Marsh Harbour:242.367.5046 Hope To wn:242.366.0163 Treasure Cay:242.477.5821 Elbow Cay Properties:242.366.0569 Lubbers Quarters Cay:242.366.3143 Eleuthera & Harbour Is:242.332.2820Damianos Sothebys International Head Office, Nassau: t 242.322.2305 f 242.322.2033Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated. George Damianos, CRS, HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY HONEYMOON VILLAŽ Two bed 2 bath Loyalist style cottage in the village, near the sandy North End Beach. Professionally decorated and landscaped. Central a/c, hot tub, watermaker, generator and laundry room. Excellent rental history. $575,000. #2291 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 SOLD TREASURE CAY SERENITY HOUSEŽ is a modern 5,600 sq. ft. two storey four bedroom 4.5 bath CBS home offering incredible ocean views from every room. Designed by noted Bahamian Architect John Darville. Two fully landscaped lots with 290 ft. oceanfront. US$3,900,000. #1660 TREASURE CAY HILLTOP ESTATESŽ Hilltop 3 bed 2 bath home located 60 feet above sea level with scenic views. The five acre property features hundreds of fruit bearing trees, hillside cottage and double carport. $650,000. #2115 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TREASURE CAY SANDY SHORESŽ Beautifully laid out 3 bed 2.5 bath family home. This beachfront two storey home features an elevator and spacious living areas. Enjoy panoramic 360 degree views and serene ambience. $1,700,000. #2934 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TREASURE CAY CROSSWINDSŽ Four bed 3 bath 2,800 sq. ft. family home and apartment. Located in multi-millionaire neighbourhood. Family room, 2 central A/Cs, 2 generators, 2 fresh water wells and manicured garden. $820,000. #2516 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TREASURE CAY Prime waterfront cottage development. T en acre property with 460 feet waterfront, including a 120 foot beach. Four 2 bed 2 bath fully equipped cottages. Development potential as a marina, resort or fishing lodge. Price upon inquiry. #2407 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TREASURE CAY CASA BELLAŽ 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 foot ceilings. Marble floors, granite countertops and more. US$3,100,000. #2640 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 TREASURE CAY SEAGRAPESŽ World famous location. Sandy beachfront residence with awesome ocean views. Professionally decorated featuring 3 bedrooms 3.5 baths, open concept kitchen, dining & living rooms ideal for entertaining. $3,700,000. #2887 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 MARSH HARBOUR Great investment opportunity! 3 duplexes -2 bed 1 bath, 750 sq. ft. each side, furnished and air-conditioned. Separate furnished one bed cottage. Attractive landscaped grounds with mature shade trees. $300,000 each duplex. #1669 Jane Patterson: 242.366.0569 tem with steam engines which brought the logs to the mill. The community even had the first ice plant in The Bahamas, electricity and a tennis court. Today amateur Sunday-afternoon archeologists enjoy roaming the Wilson City area as there are rusted locomotives and foundations LumberingFrom Page 2Other Lumber Camps Were on Back of Abacoof mills and buildings scattered through the area. At low tide, the off-shore stones cairns are visible which supported the railroad track and formed the log pond. After the Wilson city operation closed around 1915, the lumbering moved to Please see Lumbering Page 4 The stone cairns that formed the log pond, foreground, can still be found in the shallow water off the Wilson City shoreline. Deep water which could accommodate the twoand three-masted schooners carrying the lumber to various markets was out at the end of the penisula. Supervisory housing can be seen on the “Mount Pleasant” ridge


Page 4 B The Abaconian November 15, 2005 EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTOR FOR FAMOUS BRANDS € DON MACKAYBLVD. MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO. (242) 367-2020/8 FAX: (242) 367-2242 OPEN MON-SAT 8 AM-6 PM Happy Thanksgiving! Get more for lessno membership required Norman’s Castle sometime after World War I ended. It was on the west side of Abaco opposite Green Turtle Cay and on the coast beyond the present farm acreage. Once again there was a rail system and steam locomotives that brought the logs to the mill. Both of these early operations relied on horses to bring the logs out of the woods to the rail sidings. After Norman’s Castle there were portable mills at several locations on the west side of Abaco and south of Marsh Harbour Cornwall, three different Millvilles, and finally Cross Harbour which closed in 1943 or 1944. These latter sites used tractors for hauling the logs out of the woods rather than using horses although the locomotive was believed to be the main route to the sawmill and the shipping dock.. Abaco temporarily lost its lumber industry in 1944 when Abaco Lumber Company moved its operation to Pine Ridge, Grand Bahama. This was near the present Freeport which did not exist then. Shipping was done from the north shore of Grand Bahama. The lumber company was owned for a while by Wallace Groves who eventually developed Freeport. The larger timber was milled into lumber and the smaller trees were cut into pit-props and sent to England to prop up mine ceilings. In 1956 an American company, National Container, bought Abaco Lumber Company. The operation was moved from Pine Ridge about 40 miles east to Riding Point on the north shore. The end use of the wood changed as the pine trees were cut into eight foot lengths and barged to the companies pulpwood plant in Jacksonville, Florida, for making container-board. Smaller trees can be harvested for pulpwood than sawmills require for dimensional lumber. The pulp from the Bahama trees was made into container-board, the inside and outside pieces of corrugated cardboard. Since pulpwood was the desired product and would be harvested by newer methods, much of the Pine Ridge equipment was left behind in the move to This was one of the main buildings. However, we do not know whether it was offices, a store or apartments. LumberingFrom Page 3 Riding Point. The use of the narrowgauge steam locomotive came to an end. Moving the residential aspects to The Gap, as the new village was called, was a major operation. Many of the employees followed the operation to Riding Point and the Gap while a few left the lumber-Remnants of Old Lumber Camp Still RemainThe Wilson City operation was quite modern for the turn of the 20th centray. It boasted of electricty and the first ice plant in The Bahamas. ing business and joined with the various elements in the growing Freeport area. In the next issue we will explore the change from sawmills to pulpwood and the use of new harvesting methods.


November 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 5 B Nassau (242) 356-5030 Eleuthera (242) 359-7660Showing Integrity Every DayIncredible hilltop home named for the ancient Tamarind tree that stands proudly surrounded by the breezey wraparound verandah. Beautiful, fully furnished 2 bed 2 bath home with one bedroom apartment and one acre of land in very private Lucayos Subdivision. Awesome view of the Sea of Abaco. Community dock steps away. 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 $70,0002 lots available each lot priced atNEW LISTING! Long BeachEXCLUSIVE LISTINGS Peek-A-View' Hope Town #2136 $868,000One 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 $156,000Breathtaking views await you once you are standing upon this lovely 10,000 square foot hill top property in Long Beach. Lot # 370 is a corner lot with great elevation and views of the open Atlantic Ocean. Nestled in a quiet neighbourhood about 30 minutes south of Marsh Harbour with quality neighbours to entertain once you build your dream home. Long Beach #2205 $89,000 Buttonwood #1849 $143,000This lovely, elevated lot overlooks the Sea of Abaco and is located in the quiet Buttonwood subdivision. Only a 10 minute walk to the settlement of White Sound and the beach, this lot is an excellent spot to build a cottage or rental home surrounded by native foliage. The community dock is just down the hill from the property. Gorgeous, 3 bed, 2 1/2 bath secluded home situated beachfront on the shores of Long Beach, minutes from Marsh Harbour. This picture book 2 story beach house is newly constructed, never lived in move in and decorate to your own taste. Excellent construction Hardy panel siding and hurricane resistant windows. #2221 $549,900Beautiful home overlooking the Sea of Abaco. Private dock permit already approved. Ideal family hideaway w/ private water access. 2 of the 4 beds have private quarters & baths. Ideal for entertaining, there is a bar set into the living room & a cosy fireplace to enjoy on those cooler tropical evenings. Wraparound decks are the perfect spot to enjoy the ocean view. West Wind' Buttonwood #1852 $1,500,000This 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 $144,000Beautiful Wooded Lot Elbow Cay #2175 $1,200,000Tamarind Hill White SoundCall 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 November 15, 2005 Lighthouse MarinaHope TownLighthouse Rentalsand Property SalesDeep Water Dockage Gas Diesel Ice Bait Dry StorageNew 10 ton marine forklift Full service marina • Fiberglass repair Bottom painting Bright work Waxing Gift shop Largest selection of fishing tackle T-shirts Souvenirs Marine suppliesYamaha Sales and Service Factory Trained Mechanics Cottage Rentals Property SalesPh 242-366-0154 Fax 366-0171 Email: lighthouse@abacoinet.comFreeport Skiffs13’ 15’ 17’ Now AvailableCall for information PETER DUPUCH PETER DUPUCH PETER DUPUCH PETER DUPUCH PETER DUPUCH BRI CRS CIPS BROKER (242) 357-8001peter@eradupuch.comDONNA REES DONNA REES DONNA REES DONNA REES DONNA REES 242-366-3088 (h) MARSH HARBOUR & OUTER CAYSjamesanddonna@ erabahamas.comwww.erabahamas.comJAMES REES JAMES REES JAMES REES JAMES REES JAMES REES Tel: 242-366-3088 MARSH HAROUR & NORTH & SOUTH ABACOjamesanddonna@ erabahamas.com2809 ATLANTIC OCEAN PARCEL WITH BREATHTAKING BEACH ,VERY PRIVATE COCO BAY PARCEL WITH DOCK AND DREDGED CHANNEL. $750,000.P.O.Box AB-20340 P.O.Box AB-20340 P.O.Box AB-20340 P.O.Box AB-20340 P.O.Box AB-20340 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Marsh Harbour, Abaco Marsh Harbour, Abaco Marsh Harbour, Abaco Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel. 242.FOR.SALE Tel. 242.FOR.SALE Tel. 242.FOR.SALE Tel. 242.FOR.SALE Tel. 242.FOR.SALE or 367-0288 or 367-0288 or 367-0288 or 367-0288 or 367-0288 Fax. 242.367.0289 Fax. 242.367.0289 Fax. 242.367.0289 Fax. 242.367.0289 Fax. DUPUCH REAL ESTATE 13359 CHEROKEE HOMECUTE 3 BEDROOM /1 BATH COTTAGE, IMMACULATELY KEPT & VERY COMFORTABLE.CALL FOR DETAILS13001 13003 LITTLE HARBOUROn the habour front in quaint Little Harbour. Extraordinary views Great Elevations.STARTING AT $170,000 TREASURE CAY TWO ADJACENT LOTS ON GOLF COURSE. PRICED AT $42,000 EACH .MARSH HARBOUR COMMERCIAL ACREAGE. CALL FOR DETAILS LOTS AVAILABLE IN CASUARINA POINT AND BAHAMA PALM SHORES STARTING AT $25,000 BAHAMA PALM SHORES BEACH LOT STARTING AT $110,00 REGATTA TIME SHARE FOR SALE STARTING AT $6,000CHEROKEE HILLTOP 100’ ELEVATION, BREATHTAKING OCEAN VIEW, 3 LOTS. STARTING AT $189,000. CHEROKEE SAND BAR LOTS STARTING AT $169,000. 13254 HARBOURFRONTON THE HARBOUR IN PELICAN SHORES, THIS ELEGANT, SPACIOUS, 5 BED,4.5 BATH HOME IS PERFECT FOR A FAMILY OR CORPORATE INVESTER. CALL FOR DETAILS.11/15/05 2818 CASUARINA POINTSPACIOUS BEACH FRONT, 4 BED AND 4 BATH. GORGEOUS VIEW OF BAY AND ATLANTIC OCEANOFFERED AT $695,000 2840 TILLO CAY3.75 ACRE SEA-TO-SEA 2 BED/1.5 BATH COTTAGE PROTECTED BOAT BASIN W/ HORSESHOE DOCK. BRING YOUR YACHT. MOTIVATED SELLER!!REDUCED PRICE $1,850 ,000 BAHAMA PALM SHORESLOVELY ISLAND STYLE 3 BED,2 BATH BEACHFRONT HOME. 20’ ON 100’ GORGEOUS BEACH FRONT. COME & RELAX!! OFFERED AT $580,000 13240 PELICAN SHORESTHIS 3 BED, 3.5 BATH HOME IS SITUATED ON 2 ACRES. POTENTIAL FOR CONDO/TOWNHOUSES WITH PRIVATE MARINA. $2,000,000. 3035 CHEROKEE HILLTOPEXTRAORDINARY OVEANVIEW PROPERTY. PRIVATE AREA. 1/2 ACRE LOTS AVAILABLE STARTING AT $189,000.TWO NICE BUILDING LOTS IN SECLUDED DEVELOPMENT. GREAT INVESTMENT. SOLD 13312 CASUARINA POINTLOVELY 4 BED, 2 BATH CANAL FRONT HOME, SITE 120 FEET OF SEA WALLED PROPERTY. A BOATSMAN’S DREAM. COME RELAX WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. $750,000 13345 CASUARINA POINTCUTE COTTAGE ON CORNER LOT WITH EXTRAORDINARY VIEWSUNDER CONTRACTSAND BAR LOTS $169,00013088was their candidate in South Abaco in the 2002 elections. Members of the FNM Abaco delegations, who overwhelmingly supported Mr. Ingraham’s return to leadership, were not available for comment up to press time, as most were still in Nassau for the party’s installation banquet last Saturday night. But there is speculation that Mr. Key, who resigned as a PLP senator over a year ago in a public break with Prime Minister Christie, would carry the FNM’s standard in South Abaco when the House is dissolved. Incumbent three-term FNM Member of Parliament, Robert Sweeting, has long indicated his desire not to seek re-election. Mr. Sweeting told ZNS personality Darrold Miller during live coverage of the FNM’s leadership election last Thursday that he preferred to make known his intentions from Abaco. In an extraordinary convention that answered months of speculation on whether Mr. Ingraham would resume the party’s leadership and whether the party would fracture as a result, members of the FNM conducted an impressive three-way race among Mr. Ingraham, incumbent Tommy Turnquest and Dion Foulkes for party leader. The results: Ingraham 227; Turnquest 104; and Foulkes 40. Montague MP Brent Symonette won the deputy leadership position over outgoing chairman Carl Bethel and incumbent Sydney Collie, and Desmond Bannister won the chairmanship. Mr. Ingraham quickly moved to heal any possible rift by meeting privately at his home on Friday with Mr. Turnquest and Mr. Foulkes, separately, to assure them of their continued active roles under his leadership, including inviting Mr. Turnquest to continue leading the party in the Senate. He called all of the losing leadership candidates to the podium as he made his acceptance. He also announced the appointment of Mr. Bethel to fill the vacancy there created by the resignation of Senator Tanya McCartney. “As you know, the party elected me as its leader,” Mr. Ingraham began his acceptance speech, “I made a very late decision to allow my name to go forward on Monday. I had been of two minds and I was persuaded by the persistent calls which turned into demands by many party supporters and Bahamians. I then agreed that if it was the will of the people that I should lead them, I would do so.” He told Mr. Turnquest he regretted the people did not agree with his assessment of Mr. Turnquest as a leader to continue where he left off. Mr. Ingraham had promoted Mr. Turnquest as leader and Mr. Foulkes as deputy leader when he stepped down in 2002. Reminding the FNM of the responsibility he felt toward the party and heeding its call for its service, the MP for North Abaco said in his own inimitable way: “Twenty years ago when the PLP dumped me overboard in shark infested waters, firing heavy artillery at me while I swam for my dear political life, you voluntarily came to my rescue. Instead of helping to kill me politically you called a unilateral cease fire and you instructed your supporters throughout The Bahamas and most especially in North Abaco to support me.” It was the support that Abaconians gave Mr. Ingraham when he ran as an Independent in the 1987 general elections that enabled him to beat back the PLP’s attempt to unseat him, thereby making it possible for him to assume the FNM’s leadership in 1990 and lead the defeat of the PLP after 25 years of unbroken governance in 1992. Mr. Ingraham expressed confidence at last week’s convention that a united FNM under his leadership can once again unseat the PLP, and once again, Abaconians are at the forefront of that showdown. IngrahamFrom Page 1FNM Leadership Plans for Next Election Support the Cancer SocietyDonate Used Items to Be Sold in Their Thrift Shop Call 367-3744 for infoTHE SAND BAR at CHEROKEEPotential for expansion. 2+/acres of pristine water front property. Small villa and restaurant buildings. Spectacular views of ocean and sound.$2,455,000.


November 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 7 B Mailin Sands mailin@coldwellbankerbahamas.comPh# 242-367-2992 Fax# 242-367-4800 P.O. Box AB 20403 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Marsh Harbour-#5106 Established commercial complex. features several retail stores and two rental apartments. Ideally situated on main tourist strip. GREAT INVESTMENT.www.coldwellbankerbahamas.comYellowwood-Vacant parcel of property in fast growing neighborhood. 51,000 sq.ft. lot, partially cleared and awaiting its new owner.-$68,900 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. Yellowwood-waterfront lot available. 37,368 sq.ft of property, this parcel commands endless ocean views and runs 184 on the Atlantic.-$275,000 COLDWELL BANKER LIGHTBOURN REALTY Green Turtle Cay-#5191 Luxurious home located on a 2.5 mile sandy beach. Consists 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-#5077 Historic 10 room inn located in story book pretty New Plymouth. Comprising 10 guest rooms 40 seat restaurant and bar, patio and swimming pool. Painstakingly restored to its original Colonial condition. Offered at $1,780,000. Chris Farrington, BRI Sales Associate Green Turtle Cay, Abaco (242) 365-4695 Business (242) 365-4697 Fax (242) 559-8800 Cell chris@coldwellbankerbahamas.com____________________________________________________________________ Yellowwood-#5263-2B/2B cottage newly built. on large lot -100 x 150. Features a laundry room, outside patios, and a hobby room.central A/C, and all appliances are include. A MUST SEE!-$219,000 Nov 15th, 2005Dundas Town-#5276 Income producing property, unfinished duplex on elevated lot. Situated on lot 100x128$92,000. Call for more details. Lubbers-#0350 -v acant lot in Abaco Ocean Club. Comprises 10,125 sq.ft. call today for more details. $70,000UNDER CONTRACT Green Turtle Cay-#5347 This island paradise is a rare find for the discerning yachtsman who is looking for privacy and all the amenities the island has to offer. 2 bed/2bath home also has a private dock and dredged channel. Offered at $2,300,000.00NEW LISTING NEW LISTINGSMALL HOME, ACREAGE AND CANAL SLIP! Near Treasure Cay Sits on 10 acres, property includes a 1b/1b home. Utility room, underground electricity and back up generator.Call NowYellowwood Cottage-#5027 partially completed 1bed/1 bath cottage on a 150x175 lot. Near to Cherokee Sound. $150,000.00 Leisure Lee-#5366-3 bed, 3bath home in quiet neighborhood. 1,600 sq.ft. living space, extensive wrap around screened in porch and central A/C. All lots have beach access. $347,000.00 Yellowwood-Vacant property features elevations and views of Cherokee Sound. This 33,690 sq.ft. lot is a great location for a home.-$82,000 UNDER CONTRACT Green Turtle Cay-Pineapple Bluff-3 bed, 3.5 bath, 3,289 sq.ft. home overlooking the Sea of Abaco. $1,980,00.00 NEW LISTINGOrchid Bay-#5428-Only bay front lot available in Orchid Bay. Over acre, and runs more than 100 on the Sea of Abaco. Picturesque views! $789,000Ready to sell? Looking to buy? Call us today! orPlease visit our new office location on Queen Elizabeth Drive, Next to the Fire Station. Man-O-War Cay # 5439 2 bed/2 bath home in immaculate condition, 1,280 sq. ft. Features generator, tool shed and wrap around covered porch. Furnished and awaiting its new owner-$399,000. NEW LISTINGMan-O-War Cay-#5451-Two, 2bed/2bath cottages, 16,000 sq. ft. of waterfront property. 60,000 gallon water cistern, and 15KW generator. $1,100,000.00 Marsh Harbour-List#5464-2bed/ 2 bath home in SweetingsVillage. Furnished, central A/C, hobby room and outside patio space. Property size-100x 100-Call now! $250,000 NEW LISTING NEW LISTINGManjackCay-10 acres of property with beautiful beachfront at both ends. Protected anchorage on west side. Close to Green Turtle Cay.$2,000,000 Man-O-War-#5475-Vacant property from sea to sea on Eastern Harbour. Total of 160 of waterfront. Rare offer. $830,500 Call now! NEW LISTING New Listing NEW LISTINGUNDER CONTRACT Man-O-War Cay # 5509 2,000+ sq.ft of room in this well kept two story home is awaiting it's new owner. only minutes to the ocean this house features 3 bdrms/3bths. Spacious living and dining areas. Extra features include a loft, three outside patios, and 17.5 kwgenerator. To many details to list! Dont delay!-$ 750,000.00NEW LISTING NEW LISTINGNEW LISTING


Page 8 B The Abaconian November 15, 2005 Marsh Harbour Contact Ph: (242) 367-2653 Government Dock Marsh Harbour, Abaco Palm Beach Contact Ph: (561) 840-9393 M/V Legacy c/o Palm Beach Steamship 158 B East Port Road Riviera Beach, FL 33404 Nassau Contact Ph./Fax: (242) 393-4371 Western End Potter’s 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 ... 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 DON’T PRO-RATE OUR WARRANTY(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 BAHAMAS HOT MIXCivil Engineering Contractor Providing Abaco & surrounding cays with the following services for over 10 years:Site clearance Earthworks Water & Sewerage installation Road paving Car park & drive ways Airfields Asphalt related products Materials testingLar Lar Lar Lar Lar g g g g g e Flee e Flee e Flee e Flee e Flee t of Hea t of Hea t of Hea t of Hea t of Hea vy Eq vy Eq vy Eq vy Eq vy Eq uipment uipment uipment uipment uipment a a a a a v v v v v ailable f ailable f ailable f ailable f ailable f or r or r or r or r or r ent ent ent ent ent : : : : :D8 DozerExcavator TrucksLoaders Low BoyRollers Tractor Heads GradersTrenchers Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: (242) 367-3956 367-3957 Fax: (242) 367-3959 BAHAMAS HOT MIX For FREE estimates contact Harlin JohnsonBy Matthew McCoy Despite adverse weather and financial conditions, the All Abaco Regatta was held on the rescheduled weekend of October 28th in Green Turtle Cay. It was moved from its original date due to a hurricane threat. Unfortunately, even though the Regatta was delayed, there was very little money available and it was hastily put together. To compound these problems, there was a very strong cold front that had just moved through, leaving strong, gusty northerlies and poor racing conditions. Poor weather has always been a problem for the Regatta, as the last two years of incomplete competition has shown. Despite all this, officials and sailors alike are optimistic that with a modified plan and disciplined execution the All Abaco Regatta can become the top Bahamian work boat event. This year’s Regatta Committee started off with a slight deficit, as the Regatta Village venue was destroyed in last year’s double hurricane strike. It was estimated to cost between $20,000 and $24,000 to repair the village. Since its inception eight years ago, the Regatta Committee has raised most of its money through sponsorships from Marsh Harbour businesses. This year Regatta Committee Chairman Jackson MacIntosh felt that the support just wasn’t there, emotionally as well as financially. According to Mr. MacIntosh, Abaco currently has so many events that need sponsoring, including the well received Sandy Point Homecoming and Regatta, that sponsorship has to be spread thinly among many recipients. Additionally, when Treasurer Mitchell Albury left the committee at the end of the summer to pursue further education in the US, much of the Marsh Harbour support departed with him. Shortly after, Secretary Wynsome Ferguson left the committee, due to her time consuming job at the Abaco Tourism Office. That left an undersized committee with just three members: Mr. Macintosh, Perry Thomas, and Ishmael “Stretch” Morley. In midsummer the Ministry of Tourism withdrew it support. The reason, according to Bernadette Harding of the Abaco Tourism Office, was, “We felt that there wasn’t enough community support for us to get involved. We try to support events and venues that are supported by the community.” This summer the Committee had a booth at the Goombay Festival, but it was very expensive to run and although they made a profit, it did not bring in as much money as they had hoped. With the typical sources of funds not producing, Mr. MacIntosh began to look for other avenues. He arranged a meeting with Baker’s Bay in May to see if they could help support the reconstruction of Village Park. He asked for $20,000, but the representatives said that they had to discuss the matter with the project partners. As late as September, Mr. Macintosh thought he could count on their support and went ahead with the reconstruction, even though he had not had any follow up meetings. Livingston Marshall of the Baker’s Bay Project is the only man allowed to commit funds on Abaco. He says that although they approved $700 to advertise on the back of the Regatta Program, they never committed to the reconstruction. “We look for more global causes,” he said, “things like education and health care. We look at what will make the most impact.” To that end, he says they put $20,000 into Abaco schools. The next blow to the Regatta was the threat of Hurricane Rita, which meant that the boats were unable to ship out of Nassau for the original dates of the races. Because they needed the money, the Committee decided to go ahead with the planned entertainment anyway, but the event cost $25,000 and failed to break even. In order to raise much needed money before the rescheduled October 27th deadline, the committee then decided to throw parties in a makeshift venue every weekend, but there was no marketing and turnout was consistently poor. Then Hurricane Wilma threatened, and it looked again like the 2005 All Abaco Regatta would be cancelled. The Island Link, chartered to bring the other island work boats up to compete, had to cancel due to the weather. At the last minute the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture stepped in and found another boat. The mailboat left on October 27th, a day late.All Abaco Regatta Looks to the Futur e Please see Regatta Page 9


November 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 9 B Abaco ExpressProviding U.S. Mail and Parcel ServiceBetween West Palm Beach and Marsh Harbour Call for Details 242-367-3450 • 561-689-1010 www.cherokeeair.comAt this point it is unclear why the whole event wasn’t cancelled. Although Wilma had passed, a strong front was coming right on its heels, and the funds still hadn’t been raised. Mr. MacIntosh may have felt pressure from the Ministry that found the boat (they contributed $30,000), but Mr. Morley of the Marsh Harbour office does not think so. “In all my dealings with him [Min. Neville Wisdom] he has been straight up,” he said. “I don’t think he would go behind my back and pressure Jackson.” Mr. MacIntosh communicated to the sailors in Nassau that he had $72,000. It was not a large purse, but the sailors decided to come anyway. In fact, Jackson had only $36,000, but he was confident that between the Thursday and Friday night parties he would be able to raise the money. “We would not be the only venue to do that,” said Mr. MacIntosh. “Most of the Out Island regattas raise their money during the regatta parties.” Due to bad weather and poor local advertising, the parties were not a smashing success. All the entertainers had yet to be paid, and the two most successful bars had been sold to private managers who did not pay all of the fees up front. There was some advertising on Grand Bahama, but not a great turnout. “Grand Bahama is usually a very big supporter [of All Abaco Regatta],” said Mr. MacIntosh. “But this year they were not in a position financially or emotionally to attend [due to Hurricane Wilma].” Saturday morning the sailors had to be told there was no prize money. Although upset, the sailors decided to race anyway in the deteriorating conditions. They got in two B class races but had to call the A class because of strong winds. The next day the final races were canceled. “From my point of view, I didn’t like the way it turned it out,” said Mr. Morley, “I feel it could have been handled better.” Mr. MacIntosh agrees that he was not happy with how things happened. He felt that there were many people who did not have faith in his leadership, leading to underwhelming local support, both from party patrons and sponsors. But he says that he still believes in the All Abaco Regatta. “It unites our community,” he said. “It RegattaFrom Page 8 Kathleen 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 seven years of extensive and varied experience in real estate, both in the U.S. and the Bahamas, five 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. HGChristie.comP.O. Box AB 20777 Bay Street Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: (242) 367 5454 Fax: (242) 367 5452 Hope Town, Elbow Cay Tel: (242) 366 0700 Fax: (242) 366 0701 Cell: (242) 477 5350 e.mail: kathleen@hgchristie.comWhen you require a Real Estate Appraisal, please call: Changes Could Bring Successdoes a lot for our economy. We should learn from this weekend and move on. Abaco has a lot going for it, in terms of both purse and the fact that we are the only Please see Regatta Page 25 Island Living Real Estate P.O. Box AB-20997 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Phone: (242)367-2696 Fax: (242)367-5329www.islandlivingrealestate.comElevated Waterfront, Lynard’s Cay UNDER CONTRACT $144,000 Listing#7393/4 acre on the Sea of Abaco, Atlantic seaviews and deep water for a dock. Short distance from Little Harbour and Cherokee.$145,000 Listing#28619,400 sf with 100 feet of beach frontage in a quiet and upcoming community. Miles of scenic tranquilityBeachfront Splendor, Long Beach


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November 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 11 B More School News SchoolFrom Page 10School Prepares for Jr. JunkanooBy Richard E. Fawkes Ministry of Youth Officer Ishmael “Stretch” Morley recently announced that the Junior Junkanoo competition will be held in downtown Marsh Harbour on December 17. Last year, because of the late opening of schools caused by the hurricanes, the schools were only able to mount exhibition presentations. Schools throughout the island have been in “the shacks” for some weeks now, preparing for the return of stiff competition with the construction of costumes and music and dance practice — none more than Abaco Central High, whose Marlins are the defending senior division champions from the 2003 competition. Music teacher Denise Gadsby, a native Trinidadian who was a participant and national judge in her country’s world-famous carnival before coming to The Bahamas, is once again directing the students with the help of a team of her colleagues. On pain of death for breaking a promising not to take revealing photographs or writing give-away lines, this reporter was shown some of the workin-progress on banner pieces and individual costumes during a recent visit to the school. Ms. Gadsby declined to say what the group’s theme is this year. About 30 students are involved in pasting the costumes, with a total of about 70 in the entire project. Students work Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 after school, and on Saturdays, pasting, painting and practicing their music and dance steps. Denise Gadsby, Abaco Central’s music teacher seen here with her eighth-grade class, is once again directing the Junior Junkanoo Senior Champions in their efforts to defend their title on December 17. Please see School Page 16 Aba Aba Aba Aba Aba co R co R co R co R co R eal Estat eal Estat eal Estat eal Estat eal Estat e Agency e Agency e Agency e Agency e Agency Abaco Real Estate AgencyAbaco’s Oldest and Most Experienced Real Estate Agency“ EXCLUSIVE LISTING”DORROS COVEElbow Cay Lot#39 with private boat slip $250,000 GUANA CAY BEACH FRONT300 yards NE of Nippers Large 105’ x 300+’ building site HURRY $550,000 SANDY POINT BEACHFRONT2 Beautiful Lots $89,900 each or $165,000 for bothSUNRISE BAYMarsh Harbour Only 10 lots remaining From $142,000OLD KERRJust South of Bahama Palm Shores 10.8 acres Great Elevations $165,000LONG BEACHLots 316 & 418 $48,000BAHAMA PALM SHORES3 lots $25,000 eachMARSH HARBOURCommercial Lot Near Spooners Dept Store $150,000MARSH HARBOURCOMMERCIAL2300 +/sq. ft. Building 10,500 sq.ft. property GREAT LOCATION Call for informationCROSSING BEACH AREAMarsh Harbour 3/4 acre 138’ waterfront $365,000 ABACO REAL ESTATEP.O.Box AB-20404 Marsh Harbour, Abaco,BahamasPhone : (242) 367-2719 Fax : (242) 367-2359 • www.abacobahamas.comContact Bill Thompson 477-5712 Lil Bill Albury or Elaine Thompson Now Serving Abaco !" Most reliable delivery service 7 days a weekBIG SKY AIR FREIGHT BIG SKY AIR FREIGHT BIG SKY AIR FREIGHT BIG SKY AIR FREIGHT BIG SKY AIR FREIGHT Courier Service Letter Delivery Package Deliveries Freight Services3000 Southern Blvd Hangar D West Palm Beach, Fl 33406 (561) 228-8745 Tel (561) 615-3897 Fax


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Children less than 10 years old will need to have a second vaccination one month after the first dose. Asthmatics, pregnant women, persons with chronic conditions (such as heart and lung diseases) dialysis patients, and diabetics who have been hospitalised within the last year are also at risk. The influenza vaccine is safe and persons will not get influenza from it. The Department of Public Health and the Ministry of Health wishes to remind the public that good hygienic practices including handwashing, covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, using a tissue only one time and disposing of it, and careful, frequent cleaning of surfaces will prevent the spread of influenza.Government Will Begin Influenza Vaccination CampaignBy Portia Jonsson Retail gas prices, which soared over the past several months, are finally beginning to come back down. This reduction brings great relief to Abaconians who have been paying close to $5.50 at the pumps. Texaco Service Stations have lowered their price of fuel effective November 12th by $1.13. The new price on AbacoGas Prices Are Beginning to Fall is presently $4.20 per gallon as opposed to the recent $5.33 per gallon. Mr. Gary Sawyer of Abaco Petroleum said Texaco is leading the way on Abaco in the reduction of gasoline prices. It is not yet known whether or not Esso and Shell Service Stations would follow this example.


Page 14 B The Abaconian November 15, 2005 #8928. Secluded 4 bedroom, 2 bath home. 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. $422,000BAHAMA PALM SHORES LYNYARD CAY#9510: Greenland 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 parcel may be sold in each instance; the entire acerage is not offered a whole. Starting at $ 120,000. GREENLAND BAY#9770: Leisure Lee. Lovely, oversized wooded home site containing 18,204 sq. ft. Inland location, road-to-road site with possible views of canal system and the Sea of Abaco if buyer “builds up”. A greenway borders one boundary making the site secluded and private. $68,500. LEISURE LEE #9492. 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.BAHAMA CORAL ISLAND EASTERN SHORES #9662. Treasure Cay. Located in Galleon Bay of Treasure Cay, this approx. 10,000 sq.ft. site is located on Windward Beach Drive. Sea of Abaco views are in store for the lucky buyer. Build up on “stilts” for views on all levels and added protection. Well-priced for a quick sale $60,000.TREASURE CAY UNDER CONTRACT #9756. Lovely, oversized home site in Casuarina Beach Estates. Located at the end of a schedule cul-de-sac and directly on the golf course. Great investment for the future!. Price to sell at $45,000.TREASURE CAY DUNDAS TOWN #9601. Building site situated in Anchorage Estates, the perfect location for a small multi-family project. Located adjacent to the round-about, this 14,000 sq.ft. lot is zoned muti-family and could be developed for a small boutique style resort. $69,500TREASURE CAY #9323. Just built and never lived in! 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, nicely detailed with arched interior doorways, tile and modern fully equipped kitchen. The perfect starter home for a young family. Near Government high school and all conveniences of town living. $165.000.MURPHY TOWN UNDER CONTRACT#3646: Two nice side-by-side home sites just 300 feet from Eight Mile Bay Beach. Good elevation, cleared and ready to build. Buy both for a generous building envelope and ‘build up’ for Atlantic Ocean views and breezes. $41,000 each.BAHAMA PALM SHORES #9939. Lovely wooded home site located in the secluded community of Bahama Palm Shores. The site is situated within 300 ft of the gorgeous 8 Mile Bay and its sugar sand beach! Build up for views and breeze. Priced to sell! $38,000.BAHAMA PALM SHORES #9934. “Southwind”. One of the first homes built on the lovely peninsula of Pelican Shores. Encompassing just under one acre of land, fronting on Duck Pond. Comprised of 2 bedroom/2 bath, den/library, open living and dining area and galley style kitchen. Included is a guest cottage, pool, enclosed 12Kw generator and dock. A promising property with superior land value and great potential for the discerning, imaginative buyer. SERIOUS INQUIRES ONLY PLEASE.PELICAN SHORES #9935. Lovely home site of approximately 10,000 sq.ft with high elevation and views of the sea on the west of Abaco and the South Side. Conveniently located just 3 miles north of Marsh Harbour. $35,000.BAHAMA CORAL ISLAND REDUCED !#9486: Rare homesite located on the secluded peninsula of Eastern Shores. Property runs sea-to-sea, 70' on the protected “Creek”, western boundry runs 120', eastern boundary 133'. Serious inquiries only, please. #9297: Bordering the Sea of Abaco with the Atlantic Ocean to the east, this expansive parcel boasts 77 fabulous acres, including high elevations, a pond, dense native coppice, numerous coconut palm trees and pristine white sand beaches. Serious inquiries only, please. #9092: Modern triplex with efficiency apartment. Well-built, solid concrete construction, tile floors. Spacious back yard. Convenient to Government Primary school and all amenities. Nice quiet culde-sac location. Fully furnished, this won’t last long! $285,000. REDUCED!UNDER OFFER!


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Page 16 B The Abaconian November 15, 2005BRIGANTINE BAY “Dolphin” Very special canal front CBS home, 2bed / 2 bath with living/dining/kitchen opening on to a covered porch. Also garage/ utility room as well as dock and boat lift. MUST SEE $984,000 GALLEON BAY CANAL / ESTATES “Seaductress” / “Harbour’s Edge” Modern CBS 3bed/ 3 bath home including private entry suite, pool, detached 2 car garage Except ional location and view. Many more features, must see to appreciate. NEW PRICE $1,265,000 + 7.5% 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 bed rooms, 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 $1,284,000 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! $400,000 Brokers Anne Albury Marcellus Roberts Sales Associate Everett Pinder(242) 365-8538 Ph (242) 365-8587 Ph/Fax Treasure 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 $556,000 +12% closing 3. TREASURE LANDING Condo units on interior property with direct beach access $349,000 + 14% closing 4. THE COTTAGES Now the newest oceanfront development on Treasure Cay beach com prising individual luxury units Starting at $625,000 + 14% closing TREASURE HOUSES Ocean Front Development Comprising 12 Luxury Units with Lagoon Pool / Waterfall Unit #9 2 bed / 2 bath octagonal home. Completely redone with additional storage below and storm shutters $550,000 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 Upstairs end unit, 2 bed / 2 bath, totally redone, with boat slip, includes golf cart. MOTIVATED SELLER $406,000 OCEAN VILLA SUBDIVISION Pool side / garden location 2 bed / 2 bath $369,000 VACANT LOTS AVAILABLE • Casuarina Beach/Ocean Blvd. ocean front/ Sand Piper Bch. Beginning at $875,000 • Canal Front Beginning at $264,500 • Rock Point Waterfront, bulkheaded Beginning at $175,000 • Golf Course / Interior Beginning at $45,000 MARINERS COVE Townhouse Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool Marina View 2 bed / 2 bath, end unit, extra features, never rented $212,000 BAHAMA BEACH CLUB New luxury condominium project on Treasure Cay Beach. 3 bed / 3 bath / Den / Lanai / onsite pool and many other features Starting at $783,500 Plus 14% closing LEEWARD BEACH ESTATE “Trident”/”Turquoise Seas” You cannot be more “on the beach” than in this special home. Offering 3 bed / 3 1/2 bath in the main house with detached garage / bed / bath / attic plus storage. Vast deck oceanside with widow’s walk. WOW! $2,500,000 + 7.5% closing “Cross Winds” Split level CBS home extra large lot across from 2 beach greenways. Private. Master bed/ bath suite upstairs. Lower level 2 bed / 2 bath, cozy living room/ kitchen/ dining/ utility. Apartment annex 1bed/ 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 guestbedrooms / 2 baths, large living / kitchen / dining / family room. Many, many features. MUST SEE $2,400,000 SOLD SOLD More School NewsArt teacher Lori Thompson directed a group of students in creating the designs and is directing them in the making of the costumes. Colon Curry, leader of the Spring SchoolFrom Page 11 The Ministry of Education held its first spelling bee competition for the school year 2005/ 2006 on November 4th at the Learning Resource Centre in Marsh Harbour for the students of grade nine. Winners in this competition were from left to right 2nd Place-Taj Anderson (Forest Heights Academy), 1st Place-Ludline Joseph (St. Francis de Sales) and 3rd PlaceAlexis Williams (St. Francis de Sales). Also pictured is St. Francis de Sales’ spelling coach accepting the trophy for the winning school. Other schools competing for the title were S.C. Boodle High School and Agape Christian School. On November 10th fifth and sixth grade students at Central Abaco Primary School learned the importance of tourism in The Bahamas from Mrs. Bernadette Harding of the Abaco Tourist Office. Mrs. Harding shared with the students the meaning of tourism, the various jobs available in the tourism industry and the reasons why tourists choose to visit our islands. She advised them that three quarters of every dollar spent in The Bahamas comes from our tourists. She also stressed the importance of taking care of and keeping our environment clean so that visitors will want to come back again and again. The students were rewarded prizes of t-shirts and pens for correctly answering tourism questions. City Rockers and also a staff member, is assisting students in their design and construction of the large pieces, according to Ms. Gadsby. Ms. Thompson has integrated some of the work into her classroom activities, with students doing research on the origin of Junkanoo. The preparation for the Junior Junkanoo competition is intended by the Ministry of Education to be integrated into the curriculum. Other teachers involved in the committee are Joyce Chamagnie, Shantell Miller, who is assisting with choreography; and Erika Burrows, treasurer, who is organizing fund raising. Ms. Burrows said the community, including businesses and individuals, has been quite helpful. Cost Rite, for example, has provided a Please see School Page 17


November 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 17 B 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: Ph: 367-2516 35% off ALL boats August 15thDecember 17th, 200505 Limited spaces available, based on availability, proof of travel tickets required (airline, ferry ticket) not available to Abaco Residents, 1 coupon per rental/family, please contact participating airlines, hotels etc.Treasure Cay ResortAbaco, Bahamas Sept. 1 Nov. 31, 200520% off regular hotel rates! 25% Off Golf Cart Rentals Sept. 1st Nov. 15th 2005 1 Coupon per Family Sea Side Cart Rentals20% off Any Golf Cart Rental September, October & November 15th 2005 The Abacos Domestic Fall Travel PromotionSeptember 1st November 30th, 2005 For More Information Contact The Abaco Tourist Office at 367-3067 or The Ministry of Tourism Office on your Island. Green Turtle CayPh: 365-4200Sept 1st-Oct 31st & Nov 26thDec 18th,20053 night package, deluxe accommodations for 2 people. Breakfast daily, 1 day golf cart rental, all service charges & taxes. $247.00 per person for 3 nights including all service charges & taxes. Ph: 367-2681 Sept. 16th Dec. 14th, 2005 ALL INCLUSIVE FALL PACKAGE September 1st –December 15thDay $110 3 Days 100 per day Weekly $640 Green Turtle Cay, Abaco BahamasPhone: 242-365-4060 Brain Sawyer Manager Email: Sundownersbar2002@yahoo.com10% Discount on Dinner & Alcoholic Beverages Fall Promotion Weekly Rate of $300.00 & free Road Map September 1, 2005 !October 31, 2005Phone: 242-367-4887Marsh Harbour, Abaco September 15 December 15, 200521’ Dusky !"24’ Ocean Pro 26’ PARAMOUNT Single 26’ PARAMOUNTCAT’S PAW BOAT RENTAL Off Season Discount 25%Boat Rental Rates:Ask for Harold or Lisa Bar & RestaurantGreen Turtle CaySundownersHopetown Abaco, Bahamas Phone:/Fax 242366-0380$137.00 per night Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Phone: 242-367-4000 or 4003 Fax: 242-367-4004 VHF Channels 16 and 82FALL PROMOTION September 15 October 15, 2005Email: Abaco Beach ResortMarsh Harbour Ph: 367-2158 www.greatabacobeach.comSept. 1st Dec. 12th, 2005 $175.00Inclusive of tax & service 3 night minimum, single or double Green Turtle ClubPh: 365-4271 Sept. 29 Nov. 22, 20055 Days/ 4 Nights $697.50 per person based on occupancy (1,395.00 for 2) Add on nights: $174.00 per person. Extra Person rate (18 & older) $130 per person per night. Age 13-17 $89.00 per person per night. Age 6-13 $39.00 per person per night, Children under 6 are free.Package Includes: ROH Accommodations (S tandard Waterfront or Deluxe Club Room) Three Meals Daily: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerBeverages (Not including call brands, liqueurs and wines by the bottle) All Taxes & Gratuities Hope Town Hope Town Hope Town Hope Town Hope Town Hideaways Hideaways Hideaways Hideaways HideawaysPh: 366-0224 Ph: 366-0224 Ph: 366-0224 Ph: 366-0224 Ph: 366-0224 Promotion Code ATM12005 Package Includes accommodation only. Pricing based on 4 people. Sharing 2b/2b villa subject to 10% tax. Offer Sept.15 Dec.15 2005 Excluding Thanksgiving. $720 3 nights/4 days in your own private villa!*Full Kitchen *Satellite TV *Direct dail phone *Wireless Internet *Maid *Pool *Boat (Harbour use only 11ft motorized dinghy) *Reverse Osmosis water *Back-up Generator. Discounted accommodation rates are available to Bahamian Residents only (proof of residence may be required), are quoted for single or double occupancy and are subject to availability, 10% tax, plus $2.00 per person, per night service charge. To receive a discounted rate, please contact the hotel directly at 242-365-8801 in Fort Lauderdale at 954-525-7711 or by e-mail at info@treasurecay .com and quote “ Bahamian Resident Rate ” to receive the special discount. Hope Town Harbour LodgeSept. 1st Dec. 15th, 200512 rooms with no minimum stay requirements in the main building. $80.00 per night plus 20% tax. Includes a complimentary welcome cocktail & complimentary morning coffee Ph: 366-0134 T & A Golf Cart Rentals Green Turtle Cay 1 or 2 people: $115.50 Daily;: $751.31 Weekly 3 People : $137.50 Daily; $894.30 Weekly 4 People:$159.50 Daily ; $1037.30 Weekly Tax IncludedPete & Gay’s Guest HouseSandy Point, Abaco, BahamasPh: 366-4119$331.00 Double Occupancy $225.00 Single Occupancy" Round Trip on the sea-wind Nassau-Sandy Pt-Nassau 2 nights at Pete & Gay’s Guest House Free Breakfast for the 2 days at the Guest HouseNote: Bahamas Fast Ferries has agreed to a 10% discount on their fares for adults & children. Green Turtle Cay 477-5497 OR 359-6062The Bahamas Wahoo Championship Tournament is a series of wahoo competitions that is now in its ninth season. Three legs make up the Championship and this year for the first time one of the legs will be held at Treasure Cay Resort on January 11-14, 2006. The first leg was held at Port Lucaya Marina on Grand Bahama on November 912 and the final leg will be there also on February 1-4, 2006. Each leg begins on a Wednesday with registration and cocktail party. Entrants will fish on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and that leg ends with a cocktail party and awards banquet held on the Saturday night. The Bahamas Wahoo Championship Tournament supports scientific research and works closely with the Wahoo Research Project at Florida Atlantic University. Scientists there have discovered that wahoo seem to be reproducing and dispersing their genes on a global scale. In other words, a wahoo caught in The Bahamas is genetically very similar to a wahoo caught anywhere else in the world. Scientists expect that this movement does not occur in a single lifetime but is happening over several generations. New technology for studying the movement of open-ocean fish has produced a popup satellite archival tags called PSAT’s These contain a computer chip that records the fish’s precise latitude and longitude, depth and temperature preferences on an almost continuous basis over a period of several months. When the tag is released, it floats to the surface and transmits this stored data to a satellite. The tag does not need to be recovered. The information that these PSAT’s provide is very important to scientists studying fish movements. The PSAT’s have been used on tuna and billfish but the study of wahoo has just begun. The Wahoo Research Project is working with fishermen from this Championship to attach tags in a pilot study to gain more knowledge of the movement of this species. This information was provided by the Bahamas Wahoo Championship Tournament.Wahoo Tournament Will Have Competition on AbacoBy Mirella Santillo Only a few clouds decorated the bright blue sky on November 3rd as local school students gathered on the sports field of Abaco Central High School to participate in a soft ball jamboree organized by Crossing Rock’s Primary School’s Principal, Mr. Frank Hepburn. “The purpose of the event was to get as many schools as possible to participate, to awaken interest in that game and to help the coaches find out the weaknesses of their teams,” explained Mr. Hepburn. Primary and high schools were included. The attendance was very good. Nearly all the schools on Abaco, both private and public, showed up. Crossing Rock and Sandy Point’s J.A. Pinder School were combined as one team, Hope Town Primary, Man-OWar, Central Abaco Primary, Abaco Central High, St Francis de Sales, Amy Roberts, Cooper’s Town Primary and S.C. Bootle were represented. 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Page 18 B The Abaconian November 15, 2005 Hope Town Abaco, Bahamas375-8655Mike Jones Sales Cell # 551-5545 Frank Knowles Sales Agent Cell # 375-8655 By John Hedden As one travels between settlements in the Northern Bahamas the dominance of the pine in the forest landscape is readily apparent. Long journeys become monotonous unless of course one takes an interest in the forest itself. This may precipitate a foray into the interior to have a closer look. The forest itself is not closed and oppressive, as fairy tales and nursery rhymes would have us believe; but rather a very open and exposed area that magnifies the prevailing weather of the moment. Historically the forest has had an economic impact, whether through subsistence or commercial exploitation of trees and wood, wild boar hunting, foraging for food, fresh water and of course the raw materials for utensils (clays and thatch). More recently however the forest has been exploited for large scale production of lumber and logs, agriculture, urban water supplies and wildlife tourism. The forest has also been largely affected by the influence of human society through change in patterns of treatment, viz garbage dumping, forest fires and urban clearing for development. The delicate ecology of the forest is held in dynamic balance between species of flora and fauna, and the interaction with the physical substrate on which they survive. Climate and seasons are an integral part of this and create a symbiosis that is truly one of the great symphonies of life. This and the following article will attempt to document some of the more obvious characters of the Bahamian pine forest, whether physical or biological, and bring these together to show how fire is the one critical factor maintaining the dominance of the pine in the Northern Bahamian landscape. I would stress that we must all remember that ecosystems are all changing constantly; they are never “stopped,” and conservation and preservation are not interchangeable. The Bahamas is literally a product of the subtropical marine climate in which it exists. The warm shallow seas have encouraged precipitation of carbonates onto the sea floor, building up over thousands of years to form a land mass shaped by winds, changing sea levels, and weather; finally divided into islands by the rising seas around them. Life was here as this physical sculpting was taking place; and some of the result is what we see today in the pine forests around us here on Abaco. The forest is defined vertically by the levels that make it up. The bottom level consists of the rock and soil and the myriad of living bacteria, fungi, mosses, ferns; in turn supporting a diverse fauna many of which we know quite well. These include worms and snails, cockroaches, snakes, mice, lizards, centipedes and scorpions. Many of these will move between the different levels over a daily cycle. The higher levels are probably the most noticed by us. The lower canopy consists of the broadleaf plants; this including poison wood, five finger, wild guava, Bahama stopper, pigeon berry, thatch palms, native grapes and poison ivy. The upper canopy consists exclusively of Bahamian pine rising up to 90 feet high and living for up to 130 years. In these top levels most of the bird life is found, including the brown thrasher, hairy woodpecker, red tailed hawks, owls and vultures. The heights of the canopies are distinct; broadleaf rising to 30 feet; a layer of tree trunks, and then the top canopy 70 feet above the ground. Why should this be so distinct? To understand we must look at the weatherseasons, temperature, light, rainfall, wind, storms, tides and sea levels. One other factor is equally important time. Weather systems and the geology work togetherlow lying land systems and marine-influenced weather patterns affect the geological medium and its ability to support the forest. Rainfall stored in aquifers, salts and minerals imported by storms, light and temperature from seasonal patterns; all affect forest growth and survival. Salt, water, temperature and wind extremes may negatively affect the forest through poisoning, cold damage and physical destruction. But they may also be beneficial in weeding and thinning old and weakened members of the community; allowing replacement by younger more vigorous individuals. Plants and trees decompose to provide nutrients and humus for the soil, recycling for the next generation. The animals living in the forest also make their contribution to the organic content of the soils. Water availability, temperature, light levels, all affect the rate of transformation in this cycle of life. Rainfall absorbing chemicals from the air to form acids, wind throws uprooting large chunks of rock, temperature changes causing expansion and contraction, all help break down the parent rock to provide a soil to support the forest. Over time this symphony of life develops and the success of one species will eventually affect the success of all the other species in the community, none becoming dominant to the exclusion of others. Climatic extremes all have their effects on the forest system. Hurricanes and winter storms thin out the larger and weaker pine trees of the forest through wind throws; they also strip leaves Please see Forests Page 19 C Characteristics of the Pine Forests


November 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 19 B and branches from the broadleaf understorey. However, it all regrows and the empty spaces are filled. But why for example doesnÂ’t the broadleaf vegetation overtake the pine and become the most dominant species? The answer lies in fire. In a forest without external interference fires are caused by one factor alone. Lightning! Lightning only occurs during thunderstorms; which themselves more frequently occur during the summer rainy months of the year. The intensity of the fires caused is determined by several factors including the dryness of the vegetation, the fuel load (amount of dead and dry matter lying around), the wetness of the environment and wind. If all of these factors are favourable towards fire, then very hot, far reaching fires will occur. The result being large scale destruction in the forest community. Summer storms however tend to be immediate and wet, which limits the spread and intensity of the fires through the forest. The result is localised burning of the broadleaf canopy, thinning it out to allow the young pine to grow through towards the uppermost canopy. This burning allows nutrients to be returned to the soil very quickly, encouraging rapid growth of the pine trees. The pine is protected from these low intensity fires by its thick bark insulating it from the heat, the protection of the growing parts by a thick circle of very green pine needles around the young shoots, and its growth habit of long unbranched trunks lifting the green canopy above the reach of these fires. The broadleaf plants are also well adapted to this fire factor relying on the low intensity heat which does not penetrate to any great depth of the rock and soil. Large clusters of fresh growing points exist on each plant just below the soil surface, and these quickly develop into new branches and leaves to replace those damaged by fire. Many of the animal kingdom also burrow into the soil, hide under rocks, and dive into pot holes to escape the rapidly moving fire; only to emerge minutes after the fire has passed over them. Within months of the fire passage, and with the help of summer light, rain and temperatures, the forest is actively growing again. The young pine trees are able to penetrate the understorey before the broadleaf shades them out again, and the mature pines are well above the level of fire and so do not get badly damaged. The pine maintains its dominance. This is the fire climax system and exists in many pine forests all over the earth. But......... the Bahamian Pine Forest has been interfered with, it has been exploited, it has been invaded and altered. How will these effects influence the survival of the forest? The next article will attempt to shed some light on this. Fire and the Health of the Pine Forest ForestsFrom Page 18C Cold Beers Cold Beers Cold Beers Cold Beers Cold Beers Cubed Ice Cubed Ice Cubed Ice Cubed Ice Cubed Ice Huge Wine Selection Huge Wine Selection Huge Wine Selection Huge Wine Selection Huge Wine SelectionWeekly Specials Quantity DiscountsFree Delivery Friendly ServiceConveniently Located W W W W W e offer a large selection of bar accessories e offer a large selection of bar accessories e offer a large selection of bar accessories e offer a large selection of bar accessories e offer a large selection of bar accessories OPEN MONDA OPEN MONDA OPEN MONDA OPEN MONDA OPEN MONDA Y SA Y SA Y SA Y SA Y SA TURDA TURDA TURDA TURDA TURDA Y 9am-6pm Y 9am-6pm Y 9am-6pm Y 9am-6pm Y 9am-6pmHope T Hope T Hope T Hope T Hope T own own own own own Abaco Abaco Abaco Abaco Abaco T T T T T el: 366-0567 F el: 366-0567 F el: 366-0567 F el: 366-0567 F el: 366-0567 F ax ax ax ax ax : 366-0157 : 366-0157 : 366-0157 : 366-0157 : 366-0157 Email:lighthouseliquors@hotmail Email:lighthouseliquors@hotmail Email:lighthouseliquors@hotmail Email:lighthouseliquors@hotmail Email:lighthouseliquors@hotmail .com .com .com .com .com


Page 20 B The Abaconian November 15, 2005 Out Islands Finest Vacation Homes Waterfront Properties • New Marina Rentals & Sales1 Purple Porpoise Place Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas Chris & Peggy Thompson, Proprietors Phone 242-366-0224 • Fax 242-366-0434 Provided by Gladstone”Stone”McEwan The endless global hopping associated with Mr. Ernie Els’ professional golf games has earned him a well deserved break. He chose the Abaco Club on Winding Bay for a weekend of relaxation. He was accompanied by his wife Liezl Wehmeyer Els, their daughter Samantha and son Ben. Because it’s imperative for all proficient athletes to maintain their form, Mr. Els also brought Mr. Josh Salzmann, his personal trainer. They all had a wonderful weekend at the club, so good, in fact, that Ernie became a member of the Abaco Club before he left. Who is Ernie Els? He is one of the top three golfers on the planet. His winnings over the past five years alone is over $19 million, not taking into account the other 11 years of prize moneys he won since he turned pro 16 years ago. Ernie turned professional in 1989. Three years later at the age of 22 he won the Big Three tournaments on the South African Tour: the SA Open, the SA PGA and the SA Masters. In 1993 he won the prestigious Dunlop Phoenix Tournament in Japan. In 1994 he won the Dubai Desert Classic, breaking the Emirates course record in the first round. He also won the Johnnie Walker World Championship, the Sarazen World Open and his first World Matchplay Championship at Wentworth. Ernie went on to win a PGA Grand Slam Tournament, featuring the four major winners of 1997: Tiger Woods, Justin Leonard and Davis Love III. In October 2004 he became the only man in golf history to win the World Matchplay Championship for a sixth time. He has continued to win many other major titles to the present day, maintaining his position as one of the top money winners in the world of golf. As is evident from this certification of Ernie’s achievements throughout his professional career, he is one of golf’s few truly global players. He has visited many countries and stayed in some of the best hotels and resorts. He has played the best golf courses the world over. But for Mr. Els, the Abaco Club on Winding Bay was like no other. Members and guests at the Abaco Club have access to almost three miles of one of the most beautiful beaches in The Bahamas, engulfed with different shades of blue waters that cannot be better harmonized anywhere. Viewing photos or a DVD does not prepare one for the splendour of it all. The tropical Scottish links style golf course will challenge the most skillful golfers in certain weather conditions, while at the same time leaving them totally mesmerized by the natural ambience of it all. The Abaco Club promotes healthy and fit living. The club has a gym outfitted with the most modern and professional exercising equipment available, making it a physical trainer’s dream. Ernie and Josh indulged themselves in it and took advantage of the incredible spa managed by competent professionals after their work out. One can assume that one of the main contributors to Ernie and his wife Liezl joining the club are the fun, educational and amusing children’s programs Winding Bay have to offer. There is horseback riding, kayaking, nature walks, swimming, fishing and tennis. They all intermingle with the attentive hospitable staff at the Abaco Club. The Abaco Club offers residents total privacy without the feeling of being shutin. Ernie Els summed up the Abaco Cclub with these words. “It’s a phenomenal golf course, a sensational beach and a great concept with privacy for family, kids and seriMr. Ernie Els, center, a world renowned golf player, recently spent a relaxing weekend at the Abaco Club at Winding Bay. He is seen here on the golf course with Mr. Kenny Gargiulo on the left, golf pro at the Abaco Club, and Mr. Brian Romer on the right, caddy master at the Abaco Club. Golf Pro Praises Abaco Club Course Please see Abaco Club Page 27


November 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 21 B REVERSE OSMOSISSEA WATER DESALINATORS MAKE DRINKING WATER FROM SEAWATER Advanced Water Engineering, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of water treatment equipment including our REVERSE OSMOSIS. We are re-introducing our equipment to the Bahamas. Residential and small boat sizes from 100 to 20,000 gallons per day.Pricing starts at $2,300.00 We also stock: pumps • membranes • filters • test kits cistern liners • poly tanks cat pumps • cat parts • fittingsADVANCED WATER ENGINEERING, INCIndian Harbour Beach, FL 32937 Tel: (321) 777-4909 • Fax: (321) 773-8338e-mail: DISTRIBUTORS WANTED CALL OR E-MAIL FOR PRICESCorner Value Liquid Propane Gas LPG Tanks refilled LPG Appliances by Maytag Appliances Refrigerators Household Goods Kitchenware Clothing, Shoes Stationery Hallmark CardsQueen Elizabeth Drive One Block East of the Traffic Light P O Box AB20490, Marsh harbourPhone 367-2250 Explore the Golden R Golden R Golden R Golden R Golden R eef eef eef eef eef and find a delightful array of resort-wear fashions, Abaco Gold jewellery and other fine gold jewellery to dazzle you, art prints, and many other souvenirs and gifts to take back home to remind you of your visit with us. Located in the heart of New Plymouth Green Turtle Cay on Parliament Street Tel: (242) 365-4511 By Portia Jonsson The United States has withdrawn a proposed December 2006 deadline for implementing new travel rules that would require Americans to show passports when returning from The Bahamas, Caribbean countries and Central and South America, amid complaints that the measures will hurt tourism. The U.S. Embassy in a press release stated that the Departments of State and Homeland Security recognized that implementing the requirements of the passport legislation would have “potentially significant implications.” The Administration is now proposing a revised time line for implementation, which will be published in the near future. Minister of Tourism, Mr. Obie Wilchcombe attributed the withdrawal of the December 2006 deadline to the combined efforts of all the Caribbean countries and those who fought the issue on their behalf. Mr. Wilchcombe believes that with a later deadline The Bahamas tourism industry “is going to be fine.” Following the initial announcement of the new passport rules, Caribbean countries raised the concern that the December deadline would not give travelers sufficient time to apply for the necessary documents, thereby leading to a significant decrease in American visitors to the region. As travelers to Mexico and Canada were given until 2008 to comply with the policy, the Caribbean also felt discriminated against. Until the new passport policy goes into effect, Americans only need birth certificates or driver’s licenses for travel to and from The Bahamas.U.S. Withdraws Proposed Passport Deadline Civic OrganizationsKiwanis Club of Great Abaco Tuesday, 7 p.m., weekly at Mackerel’s 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


Page 22 B The Abaconian November 15, 2005 Supplied by Coldwell Banker Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty teamed up with 225 Abaco students to raise money for the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department. First graders from four schools learned what to do if their clothes caught fire Stop, Drop and Roll through a Coldwell Banker-sponsored colouring contest. The students worked hard and produced delightful colouring sheets showing three dogs, fur ablaze, rolling on the ground to extinguish the flames. As a reward for their hard work, First grade students from four Central Abaco school entered a colouring contest sponsored by Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty. Fire Safety entrants in the front are second place winner Natalia Sawyer of St. Francis de Sales School and first place winner Lynsie Albury of Agape Christian Schoolt. Not shown are Ashley Laroda of Long Bay School, third place winner, and Alexandra DeVillas of Central Abaco Primary, fourth place winner. In the back Fire Department Volunteer Mary accepts a donation from Mailin Sands and Natasha Albury on behalf of Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty, Marsh Harbour branch.Coldwell Banker Donates to the Fire DepartmentColdwell Banker made a donation to the fire department and the winners were treated to a fire engine ride through town. A fire volunteer drove the children through Marsh Harbour. The winners also received gift certificates to Abaco Pizza. Mailin Sands, Coldwell Banker agent and a volunteer dispatcher in Marsh Harbour, said the funds will be used to help build a new fire house. Lynsie Albury of Agape Christian School walked away first place winner. Natalia Sawyer of St. Francis de Sales, The winners of a colouring contest were treated to ride through town on a fire truck and were given gift certificates to Abaco Pizza. Ashley Laroda of Long Bay School, and Alexandra DeVillas of Central Abaco Primary placed second, third and fourth respectively. “We are delighted to help the fire department which operates on a strictly volunteer basis,” Mike Lightbourn, president of Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty, said. “We’re also happy to help develop an awareness of fire safety among the young people of Abaco.” By Portia Jonsson The Ministry Of Finance has announced that Bahamians affected by Hurricane Wilma will be allowed to bring duty-free items into the country until January 31st, 2006. This includes residents in Bimini, the Berry Islands, Grand Bahama as well as Abaco, where some ten homes were completely destroyed in Grand Cay.Duty Free Items for Hurricane Wilma VictimsQualifying goods are building materials, electrical and plumbing supplies, appliances, clothing, household furniture and motor vehicles. Motor vehicles must be approved by application to the Ministry of Finance. Any abuse of the exemption will result in both seizure and disposal in the goods.


November 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 23 B !COMMERCIAL DOCKS!PRIVATE DOCKS!SEA WALL CONSTRUCTION!BOAT LIFTS!DOCK DEMOLITION & REMOVALOffice Tel: 367.4842 Cellular: 357.6564 P.O.Box AB-20757, Marsh Harbour DOCK BUILDING SPECIALIST Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Constr Constr Constr Constr Constr uction uction uction uction uction Residential Inland Lot(Ref #442) Choice residential lot on paved Flamingo Drive, located just one block from Ocean Blvd. 10,000 s/f & 80 on the road. All utilities are available at the property boundary, including TV & DSL. Price $45,000.LITTLE HARBOUR:Waterfront Property(Ref #347) 2.2 acres, sea to sea, total 280' water frontage, ideal for boat dockage in protected Little Harbour, large natural cave. $910,000.NORTH ABACO:Waterfront Lot(Ref #431) Large waterfront lot includes 20,000+ sq.ft with 110 ft of waterfront on the Sea of Abaco. Deep water access, views of Spanish Cay just 3 miles south of Coopers Town. All utilities accessible. $129,900.BAHAMA PALM SHORES:Beach Front Parcel(Ref #337) Spacious 17,129 sq. ft., 124 foot sandy beach frontage on Atlantic Ocean, Spectacular ocean views $299,000.ELBOW CAY:Elevated Parcel(Ref #380) large 66,600 s/f 148 x 450 parcel located near lighthouse. Can be subdivided, natural vegetation, public dock access $586,000.TURTLE ROCKS:Turtles RockŽ(Ref #361) 3 bedroom 2.5 bath beach front home built in 2000 on 1.18 acres with 102 on the beach, very private area, fully furnished. $755,000.Ridgetop Home(Ref #123) 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 4,520 sq. ft. home on 5.84 acres, 2 car garage, large modern kitchen, Requires repairs and completion $375,000. GUANACAY:Two Commercial Lots(Ref#368) 2 adjoining lots, harbour front road location, across from the public dock, total frontage 161 feet, $245,000 each.BUSTICK BIGHT:Waterfront Acreage(Ref#381) 2.73 acres, featuring 900+ of water front on protected Bustick Bight, located just 6 miles north of Marsh Harbour, open zoning, ideal location $425,000.SPLIT ROCK:Waterfront Parcels(Ref#299) Large waterfront lot(s) in new Split RocksŽ subdivision. This prime property consists of 1.39 acres and features over 100 feet of frontage on the beautiful Sea of Abaco. Call for pricing.MARSH HARBOUR:Great Abaco Club Canal Lot(Ref#440) Choice cleared lot ready for construction in highly desireable gated community, dockage potential for 55 vessel plus 26 runabout, location provides great rental home possibilities and use of all resort amenities. Limited number of lots available in this community! Price $499,000. Prime Real Estate Listing Throughout Abaco TREASURE CAY"Trident House"(Ref #317) Superb 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath fully furnished beach front home, 3,500 square feet, sensational beach & ocean views, many extras $2,500,000."Casuarina Beach House"(Ref #350) Fabulous 2 storey 6 bedroom, 5.5 bath, fully furnished, plus efficiency, pool, 80' beach frontage, recently renovated $2,300,000."Harbours Edge"(Ref #191) 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,500 s/f harbour front home, 90 of bulkhead for dock with 8+/depth, waterfront views though large glass doors, open kitchen, interior decor includes hand painted tropical mural, 2 car garage, 1/3 acre lot with privacy walls, Mediterranean style pool, fully furnished. Price: $1,265,000.Tigh-Na-MaraŽ(Ref #179) 7 bedroom 7.5 bath 3 storey Ocean Blvd. Beachfront Estate with freshwater pool, landscaping with mature coconut trees and privacy walls. 80 on the beach. Interior requires some renovations, materials on site. New Price: $1,445,000. SOLDSams LandingŽ(Ref #398) 3 bed/3 bath plus office area, 2,400 sq. ft. two story open concept canal front home with 102 of water frontage with dock and davits on Brigantine Bay. Fully furnished, central A/C, garage, unique glass front living area provides gorgeous 180 degree panoramic views. Price: $978,000."Four Bedroom Mariners Cove"(Ref #454) Luxurious fully furnished 4 bedroom, 3 bath two level waterfront condominium overlooking both Treasure Cay Marina and poolside. Large kitchen for entertaining, master suite overlooks marina with sitting area and balcony. Price $485,000."Brigantine Beach Condo"(Ref #369) 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath bath townhouse with ocean views just steps from the beach, furnished, rental history $458,000.Canal Lot on Brigantine Bay(Ref #321) Oversized, cleared, 130' canal frontage, deep water $365,000."Two Bedroom Mariners Cove"(Ref #454) 2 bedroom, 1 bath fully furnished, two level poolside unit within view of Treasure Cay Marina and just a 5 minute walk from the Treasure Cay Beach. Can be combined with listing #455 to make a 3 bed/2bath with open living area. Price $317,900."One Bedroom Mariners Cove"(Ref #455) 1 bed, 1 bath fully furnished ground floor poolside unit. Mariners Cove offers pool, tennis courts, laundry facilities, on site management, good rental potential. Price $200,000.Canal Lot Package(Ref #396) Two adjoining canal lots sold together as a package for a total of 20,000 +/sq. ft. on Galleon Bay Drive and 168+ of bulkhead, cleared, possible ocean views $275,000 each or $540,000. We Exceed Client Expectations!www.abacoestateservices.comPlease contact us for additional details on this sampling of our featured listings or for information on our other prime properties throughout Abaco. Phone: (242) 365.8752Cell: (242) 357.6570 Sales Team of Ed & Cindy Newell James Moir Broker Members Bahamas Real Estate AssociationABACO ESTATE SERVICESREALESTATESALES VACATIONRENTALS1st Nov, 2005 Well Done Drilling ServicesSpecializing inWell Drilling: Water Wells, Drainage Wells, Septic Disposal Wells Seawater Reverse Osmosis Systems: 350GPD to 200,000GPDExcavator Rental: Specialized Excavator Foundation Drilling for home foundations in sand and Excavator Digging Piling Holes: Piling Holes for home foundations and utility poles plantedTrenching: Trenching for underground utility services We serve all of Abaco including the caysCall us today for a free consultationMarsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842Congratulations to Mr. Lavar Burrows and Ms. Brenda Rolle, who were wed on October 15th at the Assemblies of God Church in Sandy Point. The bride is the daughter of Mr. Bernard Rolle of South Andros and Mr. and Mrs. George Burrows of Sandy Point are the proud parents of the groom. Mrs. Lavar Burrows, who moved to Abaco in June of this year, now calls Sandy Point her home. Sandy Point Couple Wed Tiffany Roberts is in her second year at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is studying Biochemistry, Cell Develop-Graduate Student Excels ment & Biology in a P.H.D. Program. Tiffany graduated from Forest Heights Academy in 1999 and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. She is the daughter of Bert & Martha Roberts of Green Turtle Cay. We regret that incorrect information was given in the last issue concerning Tiffany. Tiffany Roberts


Page 24 B The Abaconian November 15, 2005 NippersBar and GrillCOMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2005/COM/COM 0032 IN THE SUPREME COURT COMMERCIAL DIVISION THE MATTER OF TRANQUILITY BEACH RESORTS LIMITED AND IN THE MATTER OF THE COMPANIES ACT, CHAPTER 308 OF THE STATUTE LAWS OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS NOTICE OF ADVERTISEMENT OF PETITION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Petition for the Winding-up of the above-named Company, TRANQUILITY BEACH RESORTS LIMITED, by the Supreme Court was on the 27th day of May, 2005 presented to the said Court by RANDY WALTER ALBURY of Guana Cay, Abaco, The Bahamas. AND that the said Petition is directed to be heard before The Honorable Justice Mrs. Vera Watkins of the Supreme Court sitting at Court No. 3, 2nd Floor, Supreme Court Building, Bank Lane, Nassau, Bahamas on Monday, the 23rd of January, 2006 at 10.30 in the forenoon; and any Creditor or Contributory of the said Company desirous to support or oppose the making of an Order on the said Petition may appear at the time of hearing in person or by his Counsel for that purpose; and a copy of the Petition will be furnished by the undersigned to any Creditor or Contributory of the said Company requiring such copy. SignedCallenders & Co. One Millars Court P.O. Box N-7117 Nassau, Bahamas Attn: Cheryl D. Cartwright Attorneys for the Petitioner, Randy Walter Albury Telephone: (242) 322-2511 NOTE: Any person who intends to appear on the hearing of the said Petition must serve on or send by post to the above-named notice in writing of his intention so to do. The notice must state the name and address of the person, or, if a firm, the name and address of the firm, and must be signed by the person or firm:, or his or their solicitor (if any), and must be served or, if posted, must he sent by post in sufficient time to reach the abovenamed not later than 4 o’clock in the afternoon of the 22nd day of January, 2006. CAREER OPPOR TUNITYA growing financial organization invites applications from suitably qualified persons for: 1) The position of Branch Manager, at its Marsh Harbour OfficeThe Successful applicant should have: A Bachelor’s Degree in the relevant area At least 5 years related managerial work experience Banking work experience Good communication and computer skills Credit Union background( 2) TellerApplicants must have a minimum of three BGCSE’s including Mathematics and English. Work Experience as a Teller will be an asset.Interested Abaco residents meeting the above requirements, are requested to forward their resume to the address below, by November 18th 2005 at the latest.The Human Resources Manager P.O. Box AB-20187 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire & RescueOn behalf of the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department We would like to take this opportunity to thank the businesses and private individuals for their donations for the years 2004 and 2005. Without the on-going support to the Volunteer Fire Department, the maintenance, up keep and readiness of our equipment would be next to impossible. By Nancy Russell Sometimes in a small town or area such as we have here; the do-gooders never get the kudos they deserve for all the good things they do. Each month we will be looking for all the good deeds being done around this area to give our kudos award to. My first kudo goes to Pattie Toler, a resident of Eastern Shores in Marsh Harbour. She and her husband, Bob, have maintained a morning information program on the VHF radio each morning at 8:15 a.m. on channel 68 called the Cruisers Net. It was started to give local information to the boaters coming to Abaco. As Pattie says, she “just volunteered” to do the program, receiving her script from Dave and Kathy Ralph who where doing it; that was 16 years ago. Information about bars and restaurants, where to fill their propane tanks, grocery stores, hours of operations, medical clinics, and on and on. Pattie is a wealth of local knowledge. Taking on this info program has been time consuming and requires getting up very early every morning to put together all the info she can to pass on to our boating guests who arrive here with no means to communicate but by VHF radio. The program carried us all through many hurricanes over the last few years, broadcasting info for homeowners and boaters alike. I, as many others, rely on the info given out during this program, especially after hurricanes. We got info from the program that we could not get anywhere else on Abaco after the storm of 1999 and then last year after the two big ones, Frances and Jeanie. As many of us know, to keep a program going as the Cruisers Net, it takes much dedication and a very strong personal desire to get all the info she can to the public. They receive no money for doing this free service. When many people would lose interest and just stop over time, Pattie just keeps going with new updates and so much more new info. After the storms last year we could not make calls to loved ones in the U.S. This program put together locals with boaters who had access to single side band radios and/or satellite phones to get info back to the U.S. to family members who needed to know if we were alive over here or if we got blown away. Also info was passed along as to what the situation was in North Abaco and South Abaco and all areas in between. The Tolers maintain a weather info station that is always so helpful. As any weather reporting goes, it is not always an exact science but it does give us what we need to know. So special kudos go out to Bob and Pattie Toler. Thank you for all you do for the community.Kudos Kor Kudos Kor Kudos Kor Kudos Kor Kudos Kor ner ner ner ner neron all day until about 3:30. There will be a series of games, oneon-one until the end of the school term. At that time there will be a final game to decide the winning team and the runner-up. “We are trying to get the parents to get out and get involved with the kids,” explained Mr. Hepburn. “Softball was very popular until three years ago and it died down.” Quite a few parents were participating on that beautiful day of fall. They had come from the cays and the near-by townships to help or just watch. Mr. Colon Curry, who is now helping Abaco Central High School with various projects including maintenance and Junkanoo, was the referee. SoftballFrom Page 17 Advertise in The Abaconian


November 15, 2005 The Abaconian Page 25 B Doors & Windows Moldings & Millwork Pressure Treated & Dimensional Lumber Custom Cypress Builder’s 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: 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 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 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 Elbow Cay’s Best Houses and Land, rentals and sales, Hope Town Hideaways. Call 242366-0224 or fax 242-366-0434. On the internet at Tilloo Cay charming hideaway, 1 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 accres, sea to sea. Generator, battery and solar powered. Call 508-5403240 or e-mail Turtle Rocks area, 3.47 acres, joining the Three Beaches. Asking price $225,000 gross. Ph 242365-6058 or 242-477-5944 or 242-333-4165 or 242-557-7584 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS East Bay Street Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph: 242-367-2365 Homes • Property Beachfront Condos Corporate Rentalswww.abacoagent.comSandra Evans, BRI, CIPS (242) 367-2365 Bill Thorndycraft (242) 357-6638 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTSBustic Bight private, two bedroom apartments, fully furnished, on the water. $800 monthly. First & last months’ rent & security deposit required Call 365-0448 or 367-2445 Sweeting’s Village land for sale. 100 x 100. Call for more information. 365-6473. Sweeting’s Village for sale by owner. 2 bed 2 bath, 1400 sq. ft., furnished, Central A/C, carport, w/tool room. Call 367-5978. Little Exuma 8 1/4 acre lots. Package price $80,000 (net) or 2 side by side lots for $25,000 (net). Call 1-242-365-8674 BAHAMAS VACATIONS 100+ private Out Island homes, resorts, villas for rent. Free listing. Call 1-800-462-2426 Buying or Selling?A low cost ad like this can bring fast resultsCall 367-3202 Fax 367-3201Guana Cay 2 bed apt. $1500/ mo, no pets. Also new vacation rental $900/ wk. Call for details. 904-982-2762 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 Marsh Harbour, townhouse for rent. Located at the corner opposite Boat Harbour, behind John Bull. $2500. Call 359-6455 or 559-8687. RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTSLittle Harbour 1/2 acre building site, high elevation, good ocean view, walk to Pete’s Pub. Best deal in Little Harbour, $145,000 net. Call owner 970-562-3868. Little Harbour New 2B/ 2B home on 1/2 acre. Fantastic ocean view, high elevation, nearly finished. Buy now and save. Owner 970-562-3868. Lubbers Quarters Waterfront property and/or beach cottage. Pretty 2bed/bath cottage on 72 ft.private beach front with private dock, electricity. Vacant water front lots with private dock. Brokers protected. Please call 242 366 0347 or email: You can now find your favourite newspaperThe Tribuneand your favourite magazines at these great locations: MAN-O-WAR GROCERY BUDS & BLOOM THE CHEMIST SHOPPE HIT MUSIC & VIDEO ISLAND PHARMACY PRICE RIGHT GROCERY STORE SHELL MARSH HARBOUR SERVICE STATION TEXACO QUALITY STAR VERNON’S GROCERY HOPE TOWN BAHAMAS FAMILY MARKET K & S AUTO SERVICE LTD SOLOMON’S SUPERCENTER LOWE’S FOOD STORE GREEN TURTLE CAY SEA SPRAY RESORT AND MARINA Nassau and Bahama Islands’ Leading Newspaper AB AB AB AB AB A A A A A CO CO CO CO COinvitational regatta.” Mr. Morely agrees that there is a good future for the Abaco regatta. He suggests making some changes, and perhaps taking a year off to plan those changes and to raise sufficient funds. “The bottom line is if you don’t have sufficient resources, it won’t work out.” Perry Thomas agrees, noting you need to raise about $120,000 to successfully pull off Regatta. He suggested finding a new site and changing the time of year, so weather will not be so problematic. Stafford Patterson of The Rage agrees. September is the off season for tourism. He feels that if the regatta is scheduled so tourists, second homers and cruisers were around, the regatta would become the top work boat event. The Abaco Rage Sailing Syndicate (ARSS) believes that it should be held the week before Regatta Time in Abaco, so that there is a strong base of both tourist and sailor support. ARSS and Mr. Morley both support a change in venue to bring the event into the hub of Abaco. The Regatta Committee’s three-year term has ended, and no one on the current committee will run again. Anybody interested in running should contact Bernadette Harding and the Abaco Tourist Office for details. She would like to see a wide representation of Abaco on the Committee. “It’s supposed to be ALL Abaco!” she said. “It should be broad base committee,” agrees Mr. MacIntosh. He says there should be seven to 12 committee members and election dates should be announced this week. Mr. MacIntosh would like to see somebody from ARSS step forward. “They have an interest in Regatta and can generate support for it.” ARSS is interested in participating in further planning of the regatta, but would like to see if there can be two committees, one for the shore side activities and one or the sailing event. “Hopefully, we can put all this negativity behind us. Abaco has some of the nicest people and islands,” said Mr. MacIntosh at the close of our conversation, “A new commitment is what we need, and we can make this something we can be proud of.” RegattaFrom Page 9


Page 26 B The Abaconian November 15, 2005 Church Listing 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 Children’s 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) New Vision MinistriesOur Mission “Turning people into devout followers ofSunday Worship11:00 a.m. Sunday Kids’ Korner9:30 a.m. Tuesday Interactive Bible Study7:30 p.m. Thursday Prayer Time12:10 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Pastors/Leaders Derek Benjamin Ted Pearce David Lowe For Directions call 242-367-3324 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 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________________________________ Diane FletcherChartered AccountantSpecializing in Restaurant and Point of Sale Softwaredfletcher@coralwave.comWorking with you in AbacoNassau Cellular 359-3207Financial Statement Preparation Audits and Investigations Business Licenses Accounting Software Installation &Training ABACO INTERNET & COMMUNICATIONS SERVICESWe specialize in CCTV Systems, Access Control, Alarm Systems, Gate Operators and Magnetic Door Locks.We also monitor Alarm Systems and CCTV Systems for your Home and Business, as well as connect Remote Office Networks and Phone Lines and or Extensions. “SECURING AND CONNECTING YOUR WORLD” HONEST RELIABLE AND DEPENDABLEPhone/ Fax: 242-367-6245 Mobile: Island Phar Island Phar Island Phar Island Phar Island Phar macy macy macy macy macyPrescriptions • Testing Beauty Supplies • Vitamins Ricardo Miller, PharmacistHours 8:30 am 6 p.m. Sundays 9 am 12 Noon Ph/Fax 367-2544 Cell 554-8183 Dove Plaza, Marsh Harb. Business Service Directory Guardian Angel Security CompanySecuring Life and Property • 24 Hr. Security Guards Body Guards Money Escort Mobile Patrol, etc. Servicing Abaco and the CaysP.O. Box AB 20156 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel 242-367-5187 Big Ca Big Ca Big Ca Big Ca Big Ca t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment Rentals: Backhoe, D3 Tractor, Payloader, Dump Truck Services: Land clearing, Trenching Foundations Fill, rock and sand Fax: 242-367-2464 Tel: 242-367-2655 367-5250 Cell #: 477-5322 359-6839 Amelia Airways, Inc.Based in South Florida Serving Florida, the Keys, The Bahamas and other destinations throughout the US and CaribbeanPhone # 954-491-4942 Fax# 954-489-9126Fly with Us on Your Schedule Want More Business?A low cost ad like this can bring fast resultsCall 367-3202 Fax 367-3201Ms. Gwen Martin and her team at Special Touch Beauty Salon are spearheading a collection drive of clothing, shoes and household goods for the victims of Hurricane Wilma on Grand Cay. The drive, which started on October 28th, will continue as long as there is response. Ms. Martin said so far the response has been good, and she has the assistance of all the beauty salons on the island. All donations will be sent to Corporal Bartlett on Grand Cay who will then make distributions. Ten homes on Grand Cay were destroyed and the families lost everything.Hurricane Relief Supplies Are Collected for Hurricane VictimsThe Anchor Clubs of Abaco Central High and St. Francis de Sales School staged their annual trick or canning event on October 31st whereby they go door to door soliciting the donation of canned goods. In past years the canned goods were distributed on Thanksgiving to the senior citizens in Central Abaco during a special Thanksgiving service. This year the clubs decided to donate all canned goods and clothing to the victims of Hurricane Wilma on Grand Cay. Ms. Philippa Farrington of Abaco Central High Anchor Club said while most people made donations, some refused because it was done on Halloween night. Trick or Treaters Collected Food for Hurricane Victims


November 15, 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 Forklift, Hyster S40XL 3-stage warehouse, used, well maintained, in use now. $10,000 OBO 367-2128 Call between 9-5 Propane chest freezer, Frostek 240, 8.5 cu. ft. storage, needs no electricity. $500 Call 375-8079 For all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031. Sales and ServiceIce Cream Parlour, great location. Intersted persons should call 367-2831Wanted to Rent a substantial dock or mooring in Man-O-War for a 48', 25 ton, classic motorsailer, long term, each winter, Dec. to April. Call Bob at (519) 899-2401 Canada before October 15. Full Time Help Wanted Bar Tender looking for a full time night time bar tender. Interested person please apply in person at Sea Spray Resort DAMIANOS REALTY CO. LTD Is seeking to hire Licensed Real Estate Agents and Apprentices in its Marsh Harbour, Abaco, office. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who wants to join an established growing company. Visit our website to learn more about our company or contact Mr. George Damianos at 242-362-4211 email: Wanted music teacher for marching band. Call 365-4120 or 365-4080 91 GMC Jimmy $5,500 OBO Call (242) 4775422 or 801-413-2864. Brand new paint job & serviced on Nov 8th, 2005 92 Lincoln Continental, A/C, Excellent Condition. For sale, $2,500 OBO. Tel: 365-2401 or 357-6826 2001 Laser Sailboat with trailer & cover for sale. Excellent condition. $1500. Call Doug @ 242-366-0301 or 319-337-5342 14' Edgewater 140CC, 2002 35 HP Johnson, Bimini, trailer, cover, DUTY PAID. $11,800, (242) 365-8397 17’ Flats boat w/50 HP w/trailer w/bonefishing equipment (rods, reels, etc.) $10,500 O.N.O. Call for info 554-8471 17’ Boston Whaler Montauk 2003, 90 HP Mercury/Yamaha 4 stroke, Bimini, VHF, depth sounder, GPS, swim platform. Full Sunbrella cover used 90 hours, in storage. Contact Keith or Blake Albury, MOW 242-365-6006 18’ Fiberglass boat ready for crawfishing, 150 HP Evinrude outboard, GPS, VHF, stereo, compressor, Bimini top, etc. Serious inquiries only. Call (242) 359-6978 20’ Albury 2002, CC, Yamaha 200 HP 2 stroke, Bimini top, spray rails, fresh water, DUTY PAID. $36,000 Call 772-263-1031 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 23’ Hurricane, 135 Mercury, great fishing/ dive boat or water taxi, VHF. $6500 OBO Ph: 502551-5760 e-mail: 23’ Albury 2004 CC, Mercury 225 Optimax, VHF, color GPS, plotter, depth, compass, Ttop, rocket launchers, DUTY PAID. $56,000 772-263-1031 25’ Grady White Sports Fish twin “90” 200 HP Evinrudes, all effects, 2 VHF, Live Well, Depth Sounder, Out riggers, fully found. At Dolphin Marine, GT. Ph: J. McAllister Fl. 561799-9426. or 242-365-8420 $15,000, OBO. 25’ Irwin Sailboat 1976 w/mooring rights in Hope Town harbour. Abaco registered in good condition. 8 HP Johnson outboard, sails & many extras. Dry Stored @ Edwins Yard 2 Man-OWar Cay. Price: $10,000. Call 365-6007 / 3660204 or owner 011-3496-584-3141 (Spain). 26’ Carver powered by completely rebuilt 220 HP Volvo diesel engine, has stove, fridge, bathroom, 2 steering stations. Can be seen @ MH Boat Yard. Price $16,000 Firm 559-8196 26’ Monza w/ twin 225 HP Optimax, VHF, chart plotter, fish finder, depth finder, fresh water shower. Call 367-4576 Hrs. 8-5. 28’ Mako, 1987, 96’ 225 Ocean Runners, full tower, NEW Rupp riggers, Furuno depth recorder, split console. $22,500. Ph: 321-7954577 email: 32’ Island Gypsy Sportfish 175 Ford Lehman, 8 KW Westerbeke, air conditioned, etc. $44,000 Call 365-4120 34’ Catalina 1988 shoal draft sailboat DUTY PAID 27 HP Yanmar, 12 v. refrig, many upgrades. Lying Abacos. $51,500 Call 828-6690828 Fax 828-664-1710 37’ Hatteras w/twin 671 Detroil diesel engines 190 HP each. 300 gal watermaker, 8 KW generator, 2 central A/C units, fridge, stove, microwave, icemaker. Appraised in 2003 for $148,000. Asking $65,000 OBO. MUST SELL. Call 242-366-0342 38’ Bertram, classic 1964, flybridge, sedan cruiser, repowered with twin Cummins 555 diesel engines in 1990, low hours, galley up, 8 KW Yanmar diesel generator, solid overbuilt fiberglass hull, sleeps, 6, head with shower. Bahamian registry. $39,000 USD. Must sell, owner will consider all serious offers. Boat at Abaco Yacht Services, Green Turtle Cay. Call 242365-4033, fax 242-365-4216, email 38’ Gulfstar Trawler 1983 with 6 cyl Perkins Diesel. Asking $45,000 Tel: 242-366-0637 Or 407-384-7301 96 Mercury Marquis LS everything power $8,500. Please Call 365-4643 99 Cadillac Escalade, white, w/leather interior, A/C, DVD player, screen by dash & screens in back headrest, CD player, sound system, 22’ rims. Call daytime 551-4163 or 3753511. After 6 p.m. call 365-8867 $23,000 O.N.O. 00 Dodge Dakota low miles, fully loaded, includes headers, exhaust, supercharger, full leather, one of a kind paint job. Call 359-6481. Asking $20,000. 00 Japaneese Maximum 4 doors, full A/C with tape player. Colour: Champagne w/black trimmings. Contact Gwen Baillou at 365-0614 or 554-8424. MARINE ITEMS WANTED TO RENT BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE WANTED TO RENT A BOAT Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats COMMERCIAL SERVICES EQUIPMENT FOR SALE EMPLOYMENT PPORTUNITIES VEHICLES FOR SALE BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BUSINESS FOR SALE MERCHANDISE FOR SALE VEHICLES FOR SALEGraduate from College of Charleston (S.C.) looking for sail boat, fair condition, that can be repaired and lived on. Limited funds. Call Sheftall @ 912-927-1517. Buying? Selling?A low cost ad like this can bring fast results Call 367-3202 Fax 367-3201ous golfers.” He said, “It’s honestly one of the best beaches I’ve ever seen; the water is just beautiful. All in all it was one of the nicest weeks I can remember in a long time.” Mr. Kenny Gargiulo, the interim golf pro at the Abaco Club, had the pleasure of playing a round with Mr. Els and had this to say. “It was an honour to have Mr. Els vacation here with his family. He was genuinely impressed with our tropical links course and his performance proved it. I truly Abaco ClubFrom Page 20 enjoyed playing with him and I think you will see his name atop the leader board quite often in 2006.” Mr. Peter de Savary, Chairman of the Abaco Club, was on hand to personally greet Mr. Els and his family to the club and said, “We are privileged to have Mr. Els as a member and we do expect many other pinnacle names in the golfing world to visit and join the Abaco Club in the near future.” Mr. de Savary said that the Abaco Club is currently exploring the prospects of hosting a major PGA event early next year. the wind and weather has been and continues to be relentless. As soon as we can make all these logistical arrangements and the weather becomes calmer, we will pump the barge and tow it back to Walker’s. I ask the local people in the area to be patient and that the barge will not be in your area one day longer than it necessary. We are moving as fast as we can to get it out of the vicinity without any damage to the reef. The project that we are working on at Walker’s is so important to all the people of the Bahamas that I hope that you will understand and be patient. Thank you, Kermitt Waters Liberty Oil Phone #: 702 499 9832 E-mail: Open LetterFrom Page 1 Remember to Buckle Up


Page 28 B The Abaconian November 15, 2005Man-O-War Cay 4 Bedroom, 2 bath, 1,536 sq.ft. home, 440 sq.ft of covered verandah. set on a 6,469 sq.ft. parcel in the northwest-central area of the Man-O-War Settlement Auxiliary Generator, Fully furnished and equipped. #MW1001XH NEW LISTING $575,000. "Cragamo" NEW LISTINGMarsh Harbour Great Abaco Club2 bedroom + Study, 2 bath home 1,228 sq.ft. 400 sq.ft. screened porch. Private dock for 55' boat and 25' runabout. Beautifully furnished. Great Sea of Abaco views. # AB163 NEW LISTING $753,000. NEW LISTING "Moonlit" Elbow Cay Buttonwood Bay -2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath 1,056 sq.ft home on 1/3 acre Over 600 sq.ft. of Covered verandahs and deck. Excellent design and use of space. Convenient location. Great View. Furnish ed # AB88 NEW LISTING $399,500. NEW LISTING "demwells" Man-O-War Cay 2 bedroom, 1 bath, 1,270 sq.ft. home. 1 bedroom, 1 bath, 400 sq.ft. guest house with full kitchen. Separate workshop with crows nest for great views set on .373 acre in the southeast area of the settlement. # AB NEW LISTING $650,000 "Golden Palms" NEW LISTINGScotland Cay 124' of of Atlantic Ocean Beach-front. 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 1,470 sq.ft. home with Central A/C. Over, 2,000 sq.ft. of covered and open patios and decks. 19,000 gals fresh water. Fabulous Ocean views. #AB161 NEW LISTING $1,100,000. "Casa Bueno" NEW LISTINGScotland Cay "Summer Camp"300' of prime Ocean Beachfront. 2 Bedroom & Bunkroom, 2 Bath 1,300 sq.ft. home on two levels. Guest Cottage, "Playhouse" with Bar. Covered and open decks.Fabulous ocean views. #AB160 NEW LISTING $2,315,000. "Summer Camp" NEW LISTINGMarsh Harbour Great Abaco Club Unique 3 bedroom, 3 bath home 2,800 sq.ft. Living Space on 3 levels. Upper Level Decks Superb Views. On 2 Lots totalling 10,180 sq.ft. Swimming Pool. 100' of Private dockage. #AB149 $1,750,000 "Jaffa"Green Turtle Cay Coco Bay, 4 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath, 2,300 sq.ft. Water-front Home 4,800 sq.ft. of Decks. Recently completely Renovated. Over 1/4 Acre with 100' of bay front. Fabulous views. Private dock with dredged channel. #AB140 NEW LISTING $1,725,000 "Bay Lodge"Great Guana Cay 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 1,686 sq.ft. Beach-Front Home 725 sq.ft. of Decks. Over 1/4 Acre with 80 of ocean front. Fabulous views. Deeded access to semi-private dock. Beautifully Furnished. Great Rental History. #AB142 $1,380,000 "Watch Hill"Elbow Cay 2 Two Storey Waterfront Homes. A total of 9 bedrooms, 8 baths in 4,000 sq.ft. Set up as four separate rental units with great history. About 1 1/2 Acres with 170' of Sea of Abaco frontage. Furnished. Fabulous views. Private dock. #AB141 Each Home Separately $975,000. The Complete Estate $1,925,000. "Twin Dolphin Point"Elbow Cay White Sound 7 Unit Apartment Building, Total of 3,800 sq.ft. Four 1 bedroom, 1 bath units and three 2 bedroom, 1 bath units. All fully Furnished Central A/CLaundry BuildingExcellent Rental History # AB156 $925,000. "Hope Town Apartments" Scotland Cay 3 Bedroom, 2 bath, 1,815 sq.ft. home. 630 sq.ft of covered and open decks. Sited on two lots for a total of 1.04 Acres. Central Air, 2 Golf Carts. Auxiliary Generator Great Ocean Views. Fully Furnished #AB162 NEW LISTING $635,000. "Green Door" NEW LISTINGScotland Cay 162' of Sea of Abaco Frontage. 3 Bedroom, 2 1/2 Bath 2,150 sq.ft. home on two levels with Central A/C, 360 sq.ft. Shop, 260 sq.ft. Bar, 1,137 sq.ft. of covered and open decks. Fabulous views. Private Dock #AB158 NEW LISTING $1,545,000. "Samahab" NEW LISTING Great Guana Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay and North AbacoSand Banks Creek "Dannie's Den" 2 bedroom, 2 bath new home + 80' Waterfront Almost 1 1/2 wooded acres. Private Dock # AB73 $355,000.Turtle Rocks "Hidden Paradise" 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,200 sq.ft. Beach-Front Home Almost 1,600 sq.ft. of Covered wrap-around veranda. 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Facing west for fabulous sunsets, and Great Sea of Abaco views. Community Dock access. #AB5189 UNDER CONTRACT Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club Canal Front Building Site 5,207 sq.ft. dockage for 55 'Vessel and 25' runabout #AB5187 NEW LISTING $545,000. Sand Banks Creek One Acre plus Wooded lots with over 90' of water frontage on Bay 3 miles south of Treasure Cay Limited Number Available. # AB5069 from: $63,700. PRIVATE ISLANDSSea of Abaco "Carrington Cay" 300' from the Abaco mainland, near Leisure Lee 1.4 acres. Excellent elevation. #AB5147 $375,000.Marsh Harbour, Central Cays and South AbacoMan-O-War Cay "Bien Choisi" 3/4 acre sea-to-sea. Elegant 1 Bedroom, 1 1/2 Bath, 1,220 sq.ft., home. 3 Bedroom, 1 Bath guest house. 3,300 sq.ft. of decks and porches. Private Dock, Beach. Central A/C, Generator, watermaker Beautiful landscaping. #AB133 UNDER CONTRACT Man-O-War Cay "Ceylon's Isle/Rosewood" 3 + Acres Sea-to-sea. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,920 sq.ft. residence. 1 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath guest complex on beach.259' of beautiful Sea of Abaco beach. Lush landscaping, Fully Furnished and equipped. Superb Views. # AB111 UNDER CONTRACT Man-O-War Cay "Sugar Apple" Charming, exquisite, traditional Bahamian home on over 1/4 acre corner lot. 1 bedroom, 1 bath in 1,047 sq.ft. Two screened porches. 249 sq.ft. Guest House with 1/2 bath and attached workshop. Crows nest for great views. #AB131 UNDER CONTRACT Man-O-Wat Cay "Utopia" 5 Bedroom, 4 bath, 3,000 sq.ft. home, 2,400 sq.ft of covered verandahs. set on over 1/3 Acre with 100' of Beach-front. Fabulous ocean views. Swimming Pool, Generator, Water-maker. Fully furnished. #AB138 $1,400,00 Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club "Casa Sirena" 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,474 sq.ft. Canal Front Home Over 900 sq.ft. of porches and Decks. Two Car Garage. Private dock for 55' boat and 10,000 # Boat-lift for 25' boat. Fully Furnished and Equipped. #AB121UNDER CONTRACT Man-O-War Cay 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,921 sq.ft. main beach-front residence. 2 bedroom, 1 bath, 400 sq.ft. guest cabin. 1.189 well landscaped acres. Semi-private dock on harbour. Fantastic Ocean Views. # AB150 $1,840,000 "Sunsplash" Man-O-War Cay Ocean Beach-front. Superb, beautifully maintained, 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath 3,300 sq.ft. home on two levels. Wraparound covered and open decks. Fabulous ocean views. Central A/C, Generator. #AB134 $995,000. "Czanne" Meet our Abaco Team of Agents and discover Why you need a Managing Broker in our H.G. Christie Ad on Page 2 of the first section.Great Guana Cay -Dolphin Beach Estates 4 Bedroom, 4 bath, 2,100 sq.ft. home. 670 sq.ft of raised decks Sited on one half acre. Central Air Great Ocean and Sea of Abaco Views. Beach and Dock Access. Furnished. #AS11731 NEW LISTING $838,000. "Pura Vida" NEW LISTING