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VOLUME 14, NUMBER 8, APRIL 15th, 2006 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 Please see Awards Page 2 Please see Chamber Page 2 Academic Achievement Is RecognizedStudents with a 3.0 to 4.0 GPA Were Acknowledged Students with a GPA last year between 3.0 and 4.0 were recognized at an awards ceremony which included giving out certificates and trophies. All schools on Abaco, government and private, were invited to participate. Four students earned a 4.0 GPA: Britta ny Benjamin, grade 12; Gabrielle Manni, grade 10 and Candace Malone, grade 10, all from Forest Heights Academy, and Chelsea Sawyer, grade 11 from Agape Christian School. Shown above are, left to right, Sen. the Hon. T. Ricardo Whilly; Mr. Robert Sweeting, MP for South Abaco; Dr. Linda Moxey-Brown; Birttany Benjamin; Mr. Gary Sawyer; Chelsea Sawyer; and Mr. William Davis, MC for the evening. Chamber Hears from Finance Parliamentary Minister Sen. the Hon. James Smith, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance, was guest speaker at a Chamber of Commerce meeting held at Abaco Beach Resort on March 25. Previously, he held the positions of Governor of the Central Bank and Ambassador for Trade. He was chosen by government to reorganize the finance ministry. He spoke on the topic Abaco’s Past Present Future, a Model for The Bahamas. Under his guidance the foreign reserves have more than doubled. Mr. Smith brought out that The Bahamas is experiencing moderate economic growth rate. Most of this growth is in the Out Islands and will continue to be dominated by growth on Abaco, Grand Bahama, and Mayaguana. Abaco’s economy was mainly subsistence farming Sen. the Hon. James Smith, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance. spoke to a meeting of the Abaco Chamber of Commerce on the future of Abaco. By Portia Jonsson Under the theme Keep Your Eyes On The Prize the Fourth Annual Awards and Prize Giving Ceremony for Outstanding Students in Bahamian High Schools and Primary Schools in the Abaco district was held on March 30th at New Vision Ministries. This program, which is the brainchild of Senator the Hon. T. Ricardo Whylly, began more than 10 years ago in New Providence for the purpose of recognizing students for their academic and athletic achievements. Since then invitations have been extended to each island in The Bahamas to join hands and do likewise. Guest speaker for the evening was President of Outstanding Students Awards Program, Senator Whylly, who is pleased with the growth and expansion of the program on Abaco. Far too often, he said, we do not focus on our children and we tend to have the “Me, me syndrome” and not the “We, we syndrome.” He remarked that the only way to measure the success of Abaco and know if it is taking its rightful place in The Bahamas was for all schools to come together. Abaco, he added, has continued to be a pacesetter among the schools in The Bahamas, ranking first in some areas and third in others. This program is a labor of love House Addition Under Construction Is Torn Down A team from the Ministry of Works went into the new Hidden Valley residential area April 5 in the forest off the Norman’s Castle farm road. Their intent was to demolish a crude night club built at the far end of the 14 houses dotting the road. The houses were discovered last year on an obscure road behind a small cluster of houses on the farm road. The residents, believed to be either Haitian or of Haitian origin, have built their houses on Crown Land in the forest without any Please see Hidden Valley Page 18 A group of Ministry of Works personnel led by Mr. Roland Bevins, District Works Controller for Abaco, along with police officers, concerned citizens and media, intended to knock down a night club that had been constructed in Hidden Valley. This is an area near the Treasure Cay airport where immigrants are squatting on government land, building houses, a night club and a cock-fighting pit without government permission. The group was led to the site by Jeffery Cooper of Cooper’s Town, who is campaigning to have government take a stand against illegal building. Here they are demolishing an unfinished addition being built to a home there.


Page 2 The Abaconian April 15, 2006 Joint Venture ofMarsh Harbour Shipping Co. & United Abaco Shipping Co. NEW EXP ANDED SER VICE 2 Weekly Sailings to Marsh Harbour from West Palm Beach 2 Weekly Sailings to and from Nassau 1 Weekly Sailing from West Palm Beach and Marsh Harbour to Spanish Wells Eleuthera NEW Warehouse outside of Port Security Area. General Cargo, 20' & 40' Dry and Refrigerated Containers, Drive-on Ramps, Special Charters available RELIABLE, DEPENDABLE AND PERSONALIZED SERVICE 708 710BlueHeronBoulevardOld Dixie HighwayBroadwayMart i nLutherKing, Jr .Boulevard45thStreetAustralianAvenueAvenue R 1North Congress A v enue EXIT 76 ABACO SHIPPING II Heavy Lift Services Gulfstream Line EXIT 74 West 13th Street 2006 D.A. Lee Riviera Beac h Port of Palm BeachLakeWorth 95 95 PeanutIsland ABACOSHIPPING ABACOSHIPPING Bahamas Address:P.O. Box AB20737 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: 242-367-2091 Tel: 242-367-3341 Fax: 242-367-2235 Fax: 242-367-4885 e-mail: unitedabacoshippingco @coralwave.comU.S. Delivery & Receiving Address:Gulfstream Lines Heavy Lift Services 1210 West 13th Street Riviera Beach, Florida 33404 Tel: 561-840-9393 Fax: 561-863-3451 Contact: Tina Diaz NEW OFF-POR T F A CILITY 1210 West 13th Street Riviera Beach, Florida 33404When Shipping to Abaco Remember ABACO SHIPPING M/V TRITON EXPRESS M/V DUKE OF TOPSAIL and commercial fishing until the mid-1970s when tourism began be a prominent factor on Abaco, mostly as a result of the hotel at Treasure Cay. Now tourism is the dominant industry with The Abaco Club at Winding Bay, 6000 yachts visiting each year and 1500 second homes. It is estimated that the capital investment is $195$200 million with investments of $130 million since 2002. This level of investment has created 400 permanent jobs. Abaco is growing rapidly. The Marsh Harbour airport is the second busiest in the country in terms of plane activity, landings and departures. The government will be giving Abaco a new state-of-the-art airport costing $7 million when completed. Leading economic indicators show that the average household income for Abaco is $33,700 which is similar to Nassau and ChamberFrom Page 1 Grand Bahama, but much higher than other Out Islands. Growth of labor between 19902000 was one of fastest in the country and during that period the population increased by 34 percent. Abaco enjoys a high labor force participation with 60 percent of the working force actively working. The combination of capital investments and labor make for strong economic growth. Abaco has a good future. Good infrastructure and educational system are necessities. Road works, BEC and Batelco all need to plan for the future. Education results on Abaco are way ahead but nationwide need improvement. Eco-tourism with wild horses, parrots and bonefishing will all contribute to the economy. Abaco has the potential of becoming a prime agriculture center with 50,000 acres available for farming. The last figures available show that citrus exports amounted to $10 million from Abaco. The island has a very strong economic future. Abaco has the largest percentage of minorities living in a sub-culture. Those living in the Mud and Pigeon Pea bring the The Abaco Chamber of Commerce invited Sen. the Hon. James Smith, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, to speak on the future of Abaco. Shown at the head table are, left to right, Senior Administrator for Central Abaco, Mr. Revis Rolle, Mr. Smith, Chamber co-chairman Derek Lee, Ms. Cindy Hayworth, Mr. Art Sands and Mrs. Brenda Mitchell, Directors of the Chamber. and just a vision he had that has come to pass. In closing, Sen. Whylly said the future of Abaco is safe because the promise is recognized and wished all the students the very best. During the eveningÂ’s ceremony the audience enjoyed beautiful musical selections from MooreÂ’s Island All Age School, Hope Town Primary and a visiting choir from Awards From Page 1 Chamber Hears Favorable Talk on AbacoÂ’s Future Taylor University. In attendance were Deputy Administrator, Neil Campbell; MP for South Abaco, Mr. Robert Sweeting; Director at Abaco Tourist Office, Ms. Jeritzan Outten; Dr. Linda Moxey-Brown and local businessman Mr. Gary Sawyer. Congratulations to all the students! poverty rate for Northern Bahamas to 13 percent and is a problems that needs attention. This situation is under review. A choir from the MooreÂ’s Island All Age School performed for the audience and was appreiciated. They should be commended for coming from MooreÂ’s Island, an major effort in both time and expense. The principal of the school, Ms. Ruthamae Rolle, has worked to give these students as many opportunities as she can to broaden their horizons and give them experiences that give them a background for their future lives.


April 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 3 TREASURE CAY NEAR THE BEACH “CARIBE ” With just a 3 minute walk to fabulous Treasure Cay beach, this 3 bedroom, 2 bath home features landscaped property and a spacious master bedroom $215,000. #2841 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 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 OCEANFRONT “ELBOW ROOM” Turnkey 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. $2,175,000. #2989 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 TREASURE CAY BEACHFRONT “MY ISLAND RETREAT” Beautiful 4 Bed, 3 Bath 2 storey family retreat. Cathedral wooden ceilings, Nicely detailed woodwork throughout. Wr ap-around screened-in porches with views from every room. $1,300,000. #3073 Stan Sawy er:242. 477.5821 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY SEA VIEWS “WINDOVER” Tranquil gardens surround this immaculate 3 Bed 2.5 Bath home on 2 lots with exquisite views of the Sea of Abaco & surrounding cays. Ver andahs, upper deck gazebo & more. $1,350,000. #2638 Jane Patterson: 242.366.0569 BAHAMA PALM SHORES BEACHFRONT “TRANQUIL BREEZES” Beautiful 4 Bed, 4 Bath home sits on just over 1 acre with 100 feet of oceanfront. Solid CBS construction, sprinkler system, 15 KW generator & air-conditioned bedrooms. $1,050,000. #2853. Laurie Schreiner: 242.366.3143 BAHAMA PALM SHORES Charming duplex in Section One of this peaceful community. 2 Bed 1 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: 242.367.5046 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY BIG POINT Beachfront property 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 LOT 33 Located at the North End of Elbow Cay. .3642 acres. Ocean and bay sides beach around the corner. Dock access minutes walk away. US$270,000. # 3261 Jane Patterson: 242.366.0569 BIG POINT Lot #19 ocean view, 7798 sq.ft.. $140,000 #3201 Jane Patterson: 242.366.0569 WHITE SOUND Oceanfront lot with 100 ft on the water x 300 ft deep. Beautifully elevated waterfront building site, close to the public dock & sandy beach. $600,000 #2866. Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 LUBBERS QUARTERS WATERFRONT LOTS from $300,000 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 #2857 Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 GREEN TURTLE CAY Beautiful waterfront lot overlooking Coco Bay’s harbour. A dredged channel to an exisiting dock for the avid boater. $650,000. #3031 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 MARSH HARBOUR 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 BAHAMA PALM SHORES SECTION THREE Block 14, Lot 20 $47,000. Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 TREASURE CAY Wonderful canal lot on the northern side of Galleon Bay Drive & overlooking Carleton Point Development. Fabulous views of the canal waterways. $310,000 #3071 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 GUANA CAY Sea of Abaco Lotapproximately 1 mile west of the settlement. 6,560 sq.ft with rising elevation & good water depth for future dock. $250,000.00 #3206 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 TILLOO CAY TILLOO BEACH SUBDIVISION Hillside interior lots with shared dock starting at $85,000. #1836. Spectacular Sunrise! Unobstructed view of the Atlantic Ocean. Beachfront Lot 100x190. Tropical landscape. Community dock for your boat. $248,000. #3120. Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 LUBBERS QUARTERS WATERFRONT “HIDDEN JEWEL” This exquisite property offers maximum privacy & is located on the northern end of Lubbers Quarters Cay. The 3 Bed 2 Bath home is situated on 2.5 acres of lush tropical landscape. $1,750,000. #2611 Laurie Schreiner: 242.366.3143 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY WATERFRONT “GAZEBO VILLAS” Two 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 GREEN TURTLE CAY HARBOURFRONT “Turtle’s Nest” This large, immaculately landscaped property overlooks White Sound Harbour. Main house, guest cottage, dock & fresh water swimming pool. Many extras! Fantastic Views! $3,800,000. #3075 Stan Sawy er:242. 477.5821 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY SEA VIEWS “HILL TOP” 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 & outdoor living space. $850,000. #2855 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY HARBOURFRONT “SWEETINGSLANDING” 3 Bed 2 Bath 1,300 sq. ft. + 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 Beautiful piece of property with 109 ft. on the Sea of Abaco approx 380 ft deep, total area 39,190 square feet. Build your own private dock. Easy access to the town of Hope Town. One of a kind. Beautiful Sunsets. $750,000. #3126 Jane Patterson:242.366.0569 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY WATERVIEW “SLEEPY HALLOW” 2 Bed, 2 Bath turn-key home with wrap-around deck & cool breezes from every direction. Dock with room for a run-about just 3 minutes walk away. Generator, golf cart, & garage on lower level. US $740,000 #3251 Jane Patterson:242.366.0569 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY WATERFRONT WHITE SOUND1/2 acre vacant lot on excellent surfing beach in established neighborhood. Permitted architectural plans for a 1200 sq.ft. beach cottage. Steps from public dock, sandy beach, & all amenities. $590,000. #3207 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 LUBBERS QUARTERS WATERFRONT “FLIP FLOPS” Private beach bungalow with 1.19 acres. 1 Bed 1 Bath that can sleep 4. A/C, and many new upgrades. Lush tropical foilage and beautiful sunset view. This one won’t last! $499,900. #1851 Laurie Schreiner: 242.366.3143 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY “RUDY’S PLACE RESTAURANT” Well established, fully licensed restaurant and bar. 1728 sq. ft. A/C, 75ft. by 125 ft. main road lot with dock access. Restaurant equipment and furniture included. Excellent business opportunity. $325,000 firm. #2681 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 TREASURE CAY “TRANQUILITY” Very clean CBS inside and out central air conditioned 3 Bed 2 Bath home in peaceful neighbourhood in Treasure Cay. Mature fruit trees in backyard. $235,000. #3070 Stan Sawyer :242.477.58 21 MARSH HARBOUR HARBOURFRONT “HARBOUR HOUSE” 2 acres with 200'+ of protected deep water, perfect for large vessel docking. Spacious 2800 sq. ft. home with 4Bed/ 3.5Bath & screened-in porch. Excellent for private estate or development. $2,298,000. #2818 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 ABACO AGENTS Marsh Harbour Office: t 242.367.5046 April 15th, 2006


Page 4 The Abaconian April 15, 2006 News of the Cays Hope TownMore Than Hope for Hope TownWith a frightening construction crew accident this past fall, Philip Yasinski and Janet Reingold, new members of the Hope Town community, learned firsthand what it means to be so far from medical help. They also learned, firsthand, about the selflessness and dedication of the all-volunteer Hope Town Fire and Rescue and the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA) as these dedicated volunteers performed lifesaving first aid and then rushed a member of their home restoration crew to Marsh Harbour and on to Nassau for emergency surgery. Once their home was finished, Philip and Janet decided to do something for the community, something that could help save another life. Earlier this month, they donated to Hope Town Fire and Rescue a state-ofthe-art AED —Automated External Defibrillator—for use in emergency medical situations. “We’d like to get the word out to the cruisers and our land-based neighbors as well so that if you have an emergency, you’ll know that this device could possibly safe your life or the life of one you love,” said Ms. Reingold, “We consider this an investment in protecting the community.” Accepting this donation on behalf of the Hope Town Fire and Rescue, Chief Bonnie Malone said, “We really needed this new equipment for our rescue boat; waterproof and crash-cart ready, we are extremely grateful to have it. When seconds and minutes count, this AED will make a life-ordeath difference.” Mr. Reingold and Ms. Yasinski are great admirers of the professionalism of the fire and rescue personnel as they consult to such organizations in the United States—among them, the Center for Public Safety Excellence and Virginia’s Prince William County Fire and Rescue Department. “The high standards of professionalism, physical condition and public service demonstrated by the Hope Town Fire and Rescue and BASRA volunteers are an inspiration. As Kurt Vonnegut mused, ‘I can think of no more stirring symbol of man’s humanity to man than a fire engine.’ We’re so pleased to give this potential gift of life to our small community.”Rage Raised Regatta FundsBy Lindsey Delaplaine The spring fund raiser for the Abaco Rage Racing Syndicate was a huge success. Jarrett Park was overflowing with people and opportunities for Rage supporters to spend money. The Rage crew organized an impressive array of activities, raffles, drawings, Rage merchandise sales, food and drinks. Crabgatta races emceed by Mike Jones were in one corner. Across from him was the balloon burst for a variety of fun prizes. The lunches and the baked goods went fast with everyone talking about the delicious jerk pork. Luckily, the swiggle and the beer didn’t run out and continued flowing throughout the day. Hourly drawings for door prizes kept the crowd on its toes and clutching their tickets. Prizes included a Sea Horse Boat rental, five pounds of fish, an Island Marine boat rental, a painting of The Rage by Herman Schadt and a golf cart rental from Island Cart Rentals. A fifty-fifty raffle gave the crowd another chance to win and more tickets to shove into their pockets. As a warmup to the final raffle of the day, there was an auction featuring Willy, the trivia question guru from the Cruiser’s Net. Willy got the crowd engaged, even auctioning off his own hat when someone offered to buy it. One of the items that had the most bidders wasn’t even on the original list: Mike Jones and Christopher Lightbourne spontaneously offered themselves for an eight-hour day of hard labor. Gavin Daniel came out on top, but it remains to be seen whether or not he will get the day of labor from them. The grand prize of the main raffle was dinner for two for an entire week. Tickets could be purchased for a set of Marsh Harbour restaurants or Hope Town restaurants. Happily for the crowd, the second through fifth places prizes were just as nice, all donations from John Bull, a major sponsor of The Rage Prizes included an Olympus camera, Escape Magnetism Cologne for men, Freshwater Pearl Earrings and a ladies SAK wallet. Funds raised will go to assist the crew as they travel to Georgetown at the end of April to represent Abaco in the Georgetown Regatta.Green Turtle CayBy Annabelle Cross The warm, spring weather seems to bring a lot of activity with it, and this year is no exception. The students are looking forward to their Easter/ Spring break and having a Please see Cays Page 5 After dating for 10 years, Patty Santos and Greg Ferry from Nantucket, Massachusetts, tied the nuptial knot on March 25 at Turtle Hill in Hope Town. The wedding was performed by Vernon Malone. Instrumental in the arrangements were Ms. Amy Pearce of On the Beach Grill and Mrs. Bonnie Malone Hall. Best Man was Capt. Ed Metcalf, retired, of Hope Town and Nantucket. Usherettes were Leslie T. Pitteway and Stuart Tenney, both with Hope Town connections. The couple honeymooned at This and That cottage in Hope Town.


April 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 5 CaysFrom Page 4 More News of the Cays chance to enjoy the nice, warm weather. There are a lot of visitors around town and boats are filling up the anchorage.School Had Special VisitorAmy Roberts Primary School welcomed a very special visitor on March 24th. The United States Ambassador to The Bahamas, His Excellency John Rood, was visiting relatives on Green Turtle Cay and took time from his vacation to visit the school. The teachers and students prepared a short programme to welcome Mr. Rood and his guests. Fifth grade students Amanda McIntosh and Colby Cross welcomed and introduced Mr. Rood. Quitel Charlton impressed Mr. Rood and the students with her award winning speech on the importance of reading. The students of Grade 3 presented a summary of CharlotteÂ’s Web The students sang their school song and Sister City a song about our historical connection with the city of Key West. With the help of a few students Mr. Rood read to the group. He then answered their questions and explained what he did as an ambassador. They wanted to know if he liked his job and if he wanted to be president of the United States some day! (HeÂ’s not interested in that job!) Mr. Rood presented a lovely selection of books to the school. Abigail Jones thanked Mr. Rood for visiting the school and presented a gift to him. The students were well behaved and enjoyed their visit with Ambassador Rood. Amy Roberts Primary held its annual school fair and raffle on April 8th. There were a lot of games for everyone to enjoy and a craft room for the children. Massage and hair braiding were offered to those who wanted to be pampered. Homemade dinners, desserts, cotton candy, conch fritters and fresh conch salad were sold throughout the day. Bingo winners took home power Please see Cays Page 6 2006 ADWORKSSALES OFFICES: NASSAU, FREEPORT, ABACO & ELEUTHERA C ORPORATE CENTRE: EAST BAY STREET, NASSAU P.O. BOX SS 6232Linda M. Jarrett, FLMIVice President Group Life & Health Division Family Guardian announces Senior Management appointment. Patricia Hermanns, President & CEO of Family Guardian, has announced the appointment of Linda M. Jarrett to the position of Vice President, Group Life & Health Division. Mrs. Jarrett will manage the further development, marketing and administration of the BahamaHealth group of medical plans and Family Guardian's group life, dental and vision, and long term disability product lines. Mrs. Jarrett brings to Family Guardian a wealth of experience and expertise in financial services and a strong background in the development and management of group health operations. Her notable career began with banking and finance, moving to the life and health insurance industry in 1984 where she has held senior management positions in sales and administration. Family Guardian welcomes Mrs. Jarrett to the senior management team. announcement INSURANCE COMPANY THE GROUP DIVISION OF FAMILY GUARDIAN


Page 6 The Abaconian April 15, 2006tools, gift certificates and gift baskets. Delicious cakes were won on the cake walk. Fifty lucky winners walked away with prizes from the grand raffle. There was a garage sale where one person’s junk became another’s treasure. The fair was very successful and the students of the school will benefit. A special thank you to BEC and especially Mr. Floyd Johnson for making sure there was electricity at the school. On Friday BEC announced that electricity would be off on GTC on Saturday for maintenance. Mr. Johnson was contacted and true to his promise the school had electricity for the fair!Church Honours Long ServiceCongratulations to Pastor Pearl Lowe of the Miracle Church of God who was honored for her long service to her local church as well as to the Church of God in The Bahamas. Friends and relatives of Pastor Pearl traveled to Nassau to be a part of this special celebration that was held during the church’s convention week.Town News of NoteMr. Christopher Farrington resigned from the Green Turtle Cay District Council last month, leaving a seat to be filled. A bi-election will have to be held and nomination day was announced. On April 4th Brian Sawyer nominated. He was the only person to do so there will be no election and Mr. Sawyer will be sworn is as the newest member of the Council. On March 25th a traffic accident involving a golf cart and a car left three tourists injured. After treatment at the local clinic they were flown to Nassau for further treatment. Two were discharged and the other, who suffered head injuries was flown to Florida. Events following this accident and the procedures at the local clinic had some residents very upset and concerned. Because there is no government doctor on GTC, residents would like to know that private doctors, licensed to practice medicine in The Bahamas, are able to assist the resident nurse at the clinic in emergencies. This is especially important in situations involving more than one injured person. The police are investigating the accident. Congratulations to Leanne Russell and Clint Curry on the birth of their baby daughter, Natalie. Natalie was born in Freeport on April 6th.Plans Are Progressing for Island Roots FestivalThe Island Roots Heritage Festival Committee is making final preparations for the third annual Island Roots Heritage Festival to be held on May 5th, 6th and 7th. This year’s theme will be Green Turtle Cay Celebrates the Conch Connection Ms. Jeritzan Outten of the Abaco Tourist Office traveled to Key West to promote the event. We are hoping for a large group of Key West residents to celebrate with and share conch traditions. A busy, fun filled weekend is planned. And, of course, with conch as a theme, expect conch.....conch dances, conch facts, conch cracking, conch salad, conch fritters, conch chowder....everything conch! A great entertainment lineup will include the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band, The Brilanders, The Gully Roosters, Miss Daisy, The Green Turtle Cay Marching Band, Junkanoo, A Rake and Scrape Band and local Abaco artists. The committee is busy compiling a photographic display of early GTC. The much promised genealogy booth is all arranged for this festival. Sailing tours will be offered on the schooner Wolf a pirate replica ship from Key West. And, of course, there will be traditional Bahamian food to enjoy. So make plans to be a part of the 2006 Island Roots Heritage Festival on Green Turtle Cay. If you have walked though town you will More News of the Cays CaysFrom Page 5 have noticed the renovations of government buildings. The public restrooms and administrator’s building are being renovated. The public dock in Settlement Creek has been repaired and the rusting tug has been moved from the freight dock. An addition is being added to the Library. These much needed repairs and renovations will help to enhance our community. As I write GTC is enjoying wonderful weather...its raining!! His Excellency John Rood, U.S. Ambassador to The Bahamas, visited the Amy Roberts Primary School on Green Turtle Cay on March 24. Ambassador Rood and a group of students read about Martin Luther King to the students. He spoke about his work as ambassador and answered their questions. He presented the school with a selection of books. 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Page 8 The Abaconian April 15, 2006 Dave RalphThe AbaconianDavid & Kathleen Ralph Editors & Publishers P O Box AB 20551 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Photo credit: Tuppy Weatherford for parrot & lighthouse on page 1 Reporters/Writers: Jennifer Hudson, Portia Jonsson, Mirella Santillo Contributors: Annabelle Cross, Lindsey Delaplaine, Samantha Evans, Shawn Roberts, Lee Pinder Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9AbacoÂ’s most complete newspaper Inquire for advertising rates (U.S. address) 990 Old Dixie Hwy #14 Lake Park, FL 334038,000 copies Published twice monthly Free at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to MooreÂ’s Is. Subscription rate $20.00 Abaco$25 other Bahamas (One Year) $45.00 USA$50 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface Letters to the EditorThe Editor Says . On Runways and Roads Thanks for All the HelpDear Editor, This is a brief note to thank the more than 40 people, cruisers, locals, off island residents, the Scurvy Few Motorcycle Club, BakerÂ’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club as well as the local Office of Tourism and Friends of the Environment who participated and supported the Marsh Harbour Shoreline Cleanup on April 1. It was immensely gratifying to see the outpouring of help and willingness by the participants to tackle even the large pieces of building roofs, docks and pilings left over from the three hurricanes that have hit this beautiful island. We should, of course, also mention the indiscriminate discarding of bottles, cans, paper and, above all, plastics. We could simply allow these waste items to accumulate; however, apart from the fact that it is unsightly, such debris could become a health hazard, in which case the problem would be a lot more painful and expensive for the community. Another solution would be to teach the pupils in the Central Abaco schools such topics as environmental ethics, environmental economics and environmental policy. Obviously, such lessons should be tailored to each age group. Based on the positive impact of environmental education on our children in the many places my family and I have lived for short or long periods of time, we know that the lessons taught in schools have had a tremendous positive impact. In a way, such reverse lessons from pupils to parents have been very important tools in many communities in Europe as well as in North America. I would urge the school administration on Abaco to seriously think about developing and introducing such lesson plans to their students. IÂ’m convinced such efforts would bear fruit resulting in a cleaner, healthier and more pleasant environment for all. Niels West s/v Westwind Marsh Harbour MarinaRemoval of Abaco Barge Is ImminentDear Editor. Liberty Oil would like to provide current information to the residents of Abaco as to the ongoing removal process of the barge stranded off their coast.History of BargeLouis Gender is an un-powercd barge, not a tanker or an oil barge, and it is used to support drilling. It has no oil products on board and was at anchor near WalkerÂ’s Cay at the time Hurricane Wilma struck. At the time we became aware of the possibility of a direct hit by Hurricane Wilma, Liberty Oil was refused requests for sanctuary at South Ridding Point, Freeport, and U.S. ports for the Louis Goulet. When the barge broke loose, the companyÂ’s tugboat was also pulled off her anchor. Liberty Oil tried to hire a local tug to assist us before the barge was grounded, but no assistance could be employed at any cost. Immediately after the grounding our crew got on board to access the damage and have been working on board ever since.Current Information on Stranded BargeReasons why the barge has not yet been removed The barge is located over I00 feet outside the main reef near Man-O-War Cay and is constantly subject to large waves which often come over the bow and up on the deck. This makes boarding or loading of equipment dangerous or impossible except in near flat weather. The barge is 110 feet tall and is an open cargo type with one million gallons of seawater inside due to several breaches in the bottom of the hull. The breaches were not easily visible from the outside and inside the visibility is nearly zero. After many dives outside and as many dives inside the cargo hold, the breaches were finally located. The patching and repairing is now mostly completed. There is, however, a large hole in the bow which is very visible, but it is separated and has now been sealed. Because of its tender stability, several stability studies were required to determine the best way to remove the barge safely. With one million gallons of seawater in 11 compartments, the proper method of pumping the water off the barge would have to be followed precisely. We purchased three additional six-inch diesel pumps in Miami and shipped them to Marsh Harbour. We hired AbacayÂ’s Carib Freight Company to delivery these 3000pound pumps to the barge where our crane could pick them up. It was AbacayÂ’s captainÂ’s call but it took 42 days of unsuitable weather before the captain felt the weather was safe enough to load the three pumps on to the deck of the barge. After loading the pumps, each had to be placed in the correct location in the cargo compartments to comply with the stability studies and pumping plans. The reasons that this process has been slow are many, but the overriding reason is that if the barge is not pumped in a precise sequence and in the most favorable weather, one to three-foot or less waves, westerly or southwesterly winds and on a falling tide, the barge could be overturned and salvage at that point would be almost impossible. Liberty Oil subsequently has contracted for a tugboat, which Please see Letters Page 9 A contract was recently signed for the Marsh Harbour airport to repave the existing runway, extend it by 1,000 feet and construct a taxiway. Neither a start date nor a work schedule was given for $3.9 million project. Several people have recently asked when will construction begin and why was this course of action taken? We are not schooled in runway construction and must plead ignorant as to the reasoning behind the proposed improvements. They all agree that the work is desperately needed. They are just questioning the method for getting the improvements. Some persons have wondered why the government didnÂ’t consider building a new runway south of the existing one. The money spent to repave the existing runway, making the extension and taxiway could have all gone into a new runway. This would result in the existing runway becoming a taxiway. Maybe there are some potholes to be fixed but aircraft do not taxi at high speeds and paving potholes is not expensive. The existing paving, with repairs, would be satisfactory for a taxiway. There does not appear to be room between the present runway and the fixed-base operators and their hangers for a taxiway. Putting a taxiway on the south side requires clearing the land, preparing the base and adding pavement. This expense could be applied to a new runway. Little has been said, but it appears that with the current plan the present runway will have to be closed while the paving is underway. Following the suggestions made by local people would mean that the existing runway would not have to be closed. Construction on a new runway could be undertaken while the airport was in operation. The contractor would be under no pressure to complete work in a hurried schedule. We do not know the time schedule when construction will begin but there are concerns that it could be late spring or early summer our busiest tourist season. Closing the airport while the runway is being paved and extended could seriously impact our economy. If the rationale and costs of the various options were known to us, perhaps the present scheme would appear logical, cost effective and the obvious way to go. Maybe a forced drive to the Treasure Cay airport will cause more people to reconsider the new junk yards, cleared lots, quarry pits and other potential eyesores and impediments to highway use. It might then be a good thing if it causes those in power to rethink about unchecked or unplanned development and make changes to the system. A boating visitor initiated a shore cleanup along a limited section of the Marsh Harbour waterfront where the shore and the roadway are in close proximity. Truckloads of debris were carted off from this highly visible and traveled section. When looking at the larger picture, this was a token but very welcome effort.Coastline CleanupA letter writer (see letters on the next page) speaks about the pollution we are willingly creating along our major roadway out of Marsh Harbour from auto repair shops which appear to be junk yards as one speeds by. Besides the accumulation of vehicles and machinery there is the huge pile of debris from the initial land clearing. It is all pushed to the back onto someone elseÂ’s land. Besides looking bad and putting a burden on someone else, these piles of dead trees are a serious fire hazard. This issue goes back to the first term of local government when land was requested for mechanic shops and other unsightly commercial and industrial operations. Lots were requested off the South Side road which would have been out of sight. However, when the land was finally made available, it was on the main highway; and we are now faced with mechanic shops that more resemble commercial junk yards. A redeeming factor was a required buffer between the highway and the improved area. Those buffers have either been ignored or are so sparse as to be worthless. A pine tree does not hide much. Other eyesores are the roadside quarries and hills being ripped or cut for crushed rock and fill. We need the fill, but it is just as useful when it comes from areas out of sight. One of our problems is that most of us take the easy way without thought for the long term consequences. Neither do our controlling boards or authorities pay much attention to a projectÂ’s impact on the future. The junk yards on the S.C. Bootle Highway are a good example. They solved an immediate need for expansion by the vehicle repair industry. They would have been just as effective had they been 500 or 1,000 feet off a highway. The problem is that someone would have had to pay for a road into a suitable area, and it was easier and cheaper to place them on the highway. There are several land clearing operations on the highway believed to be in a agricultural allotment area. Suitable applicants were given a lease on land for farming. Although a few are being used for agricultural purposes, others appear to be growing houses instead of agricultural products. Some look like the main harvest is soil and rock, leaving bare rock with no vegetation beside the highway. Planning and oversight years ago could have prevented much of this visual pollution. Abaco is blest with a good highway serving the north and south ends of the island. Each end is about an hourÂ’s drive at 60 miles per hour from the Marsh Harbour commercial district. Efforts should be undertaken to maintain this as a primary access road. Generous setbacks should be mandatory for construction along the open highway. The open road serving north and south Abaco should remain as a through road and not be gradually choked with school zones, children playing and driveways leading to residences a few feet off the road. The road should spawn commerce but not be a victim of development. Children, parked cars and activities should not infringe on or impede highway traffic. Presently, there are no setback standards or guidelines for construction or buildings along the highway. As AbacoÂ’s growth forges ahead unchecked this will become a greater issue. The Central Pines subdivision is a example of proper planing with two exits on S.C. Bootle Highway and two exits on Forest Drive serving approximately 500 lots. We now have people living in Sandy Point and Crown haven driving an hour to and from work in the Central Abaco area. The highway must be maintained as a thoroughfare for commuters and commercial interests. Added to this role is the requirement that development along the highway be neat and orderly.


April 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 9Order The Abaconian Today Apr 2006Name Address Address City St. Postal code + Country E-mail (or Fax) (for renewal) 24 issues US$ or B$ Above subscription is a gift from: $45 USA via 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas via surface $20 to Abaco US$50 Canada via Airmail US$95 UK, Europe Surface Mail to: 990 Old Dixie Hwy, #14, Lake Park, FL 33403 or: P.O. Box AB 20551, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below Why subscribe Receiving the Abaconian regularly will keep you informed on issues such as: • Resort & hotel development • Improvements to roads, airport, docks, schools, etc. • Phone and electric company changes • Fishing, boating & sporting activities • Immigration, taxes or duty changes • Changes to laws and regulations • Community events • New business ventures • Changes in airline service • Actions by local government has been dispatched to Marsh Harbour and is requested to arrive March 31st. Kermitt Waters, President Liberty Oil Refining & Association March 27th, 2006 Ed. note: We have been infromed that a tug is now alongside the barge.Wants Better Ferry ServiceTo whom it may concern: We, the citizens of Man-O-War Cay, would like the ferry service we are entitled to. When the ownership of Albury’s Ferry Service changed hands, the fares for all travelers increased. The one-way fare was raised 50 percent overnight. Since that time, the fare has increased again. We were told this fare increase was to cover the cost of each boat now required to have a first mate along with the captain. This is totally understandable, but many times, especially at 8 a.m., the ferry is without a first mate. Most of the time a former captain, on board as a passenger, has the responsibility of tying the boat up and driving while the captain collects money, while still having to pay full fare himself. This is totally acceptable with us as long as we can pay the old rate. If we are paying for a first mate, we would like to have first mate. Besides lacking a first mate, we are also lacking ferry space. The government of The Bahamas pays for the ferry fare for high school students of Man-O-War. Hope Town has a separate ferry, just for these school kids. Man-O-War does not. This would be fine if we could all fit comfortably on the one ferry that is sent to Man-O-War, but a lot of times that is not the case. Many times people have to sit in the back of the ferry or stand. Some are even asked to sit on the luggage rack. These people are required to pay full fare as well. This seating isn’t so bad if it is a calm day, but on a rough, windy day standing is not a good option. The people that have to sit in the back end up getting wet along with luggage. Can we please get what we deserve and pay for? This would be okay if the fares were cheaper. But if a couple needs to go to Marsh Harbour twice a week, it will cost them $64. This is an outrageous price to stand up and have our bags get wet without a full crew. Please Albury’s Ferry, correct this problem! Sincerely, Fed UpCrawfishing Needs to Be ControlledDear Editor, Thank you for allowing me a few lines in your column. This letter is addressed to the Ministry of Fisheries. This is another year for the crawfish season which ended the last of March. We the fisherman of Abaco are so very upset as to how the foreigners are here long before the crawfish season starts, and they continue to raid the Abaco fishermen’s traps. Not only are they raiding the traps but also carrying them away. We are begging the Ministry of Fisheries not to turn a blind eye on this matter. You are aware now that the fishermen have had to start carrying their shot guns in their boats. Please look into this situation before someone gets killed. You have four months to come up with some suggestions. The season closes March 31st and opens August lst. I went to the meeting that was held in Marsh Harbour earlier this year, and the majority of the fishermen decided that the foreigners should not be allowed to fish at all. If they can afford to vacation on Abaco, they should not be allowed to crawfish at all in August. This would give the Abaco men time to work their traps. I pray that you take a long hard look at this problem before it gets any worse. I thank you if there are any solutions out there. On Behalf of the Fishermen of Abaco A Retired FishermanJunk Yards Are a DisgraceDear Sirs: I have a friend who, to emphasize when she’s had enough, says simply ‘s’nuff (it’s enough). Well, for Abaco it is s’nuff. S’nuff supposed repair “shops” popping upon what seems to be a weekly basis on the Great Abaco Highway. What a wonderful introduction to the Bahamas for first-time visitors who are expecting to see a tropical paradise especially after seeing the beauty of our waters from the air. Instead there is what seems to be an endless row of junk yards. Please bear in mind that most folks on Abaco have to use the Marsh Harbour airport as the Treasure Cay airport, which is much more practical and a lot cheaper for us “northern” Abaconians, is under utilized, but that is another topic. So we and our visitors are, in fact, forced to view these vehicular garbage dumps. It is extremely embarrassing when transporting visitors, more so first-timers when passing these areas, and very offensive to residents on a more constant basis. How can it be explained away? Where are the cars coming from? Are they imported, dragged from all over Abaco, brought in from Freeport or Nassau? Is it this government’s intention to allow this to continue to discredit Abaco’s potential? More important who in government is allowing this? Whoever it is must not live here on Abaco, as there apparently is no pride in their surroundings. Perhaps there are other motives, the usual “under the table” gratuities? To take it a step further, where are the Abaconians? Does anyone care? Wake up, people, this island is ours and our children’s future! We don’t want this pollution, neither do we want to look at this mess, and certainly neither do our visitors. Whoever is responsible, please take a slow drive on this great highway of ours, feast your eyes on the beauty of this island, then think about the environmental impact of these junked cars, think about the impact on tourism, think about the offensive view. Just think! One look and you will know that S’NUFF! Yours faithfully, Bernard CurryAutomated Answering Services “So Called Progress”This system of automated answering services is becoming more and more prevalent in The Bahamas, much to the dismay and dissatisfaction of the public. Some of the banks in Marsh Harbour have this set up and so does BTC. Today, I discovered that BEC now has the system. At the time of writing, I have called six times and have still not been able to speak to a person. I even left a message to have someone call me back and still no response. Many times calling these business houses, you are not able to get through to anyone unless you know someone’s extension. Unfortunately, many times you cannot get through to an operator to even get someone’s extension. What has happened to that “Quality Customer Service” that The Bahamas has always claimed we have? Maybe the World thinks “automated answering machines” are the way to go. I think they are a waste of time and are a way to avoid dealing with customers or carrying out your work if you don’t really LettersFrom Page 10 More Letters to the Editor want to. Maybe someone will respond to this for the public’s sake. Concerned CitizenShould a Few Control Guana’s Future?Dear Editor, I pen these words for thought in favor of the Baker’s Bay Project after having read a few letters and newspaper articles opposing the project. I cannot fathom why a few persons (foreign or Bahamian) residing on Guana Cay would think they are able to stop development and progress as well as numerous employment opportunities for Bahamians. I am very confident that the environmental concerns are being dealt with by the Discovery Land Company. In any event, after a company or a group of persons has invested millions of dollars into our Bahamian economy, what government do you think would stop work on a project that is well underway and employs many Bahamians (170 at present)? My suggestion to those who oppose the development is to “Re-think the Benefits” that will come to both Guana Cay and to the many Bahamians who will find employment at Baker’s Bay. It may be my child or yours that will need employment there. A Bahamian GuanacayrnanGarbage Is Getting WorseDear Editor, Much of Abaco is rapidly becoming one large garbage dump for all to see. More and more derelict cars are piling up in many areas and constitute an absolute eyesore while garbage festoons the roadsides and even people’s yards. Unfortunately, the packs of homeless dogs which roam around do not help the situation as in order to find food they tip over people’s garbage cans if they are not properly secured. If only people would secure their garbage cans, the situation would be somewhat alleviated, but how people can leave piles of garbage all strewn over their yard and not make any effort to pick it up is beyond me. Such garbage then blows all around the neighbourhood. Many people do try to prevent dogs from getting into their garbage cans by placing sheets of wood on top weighted down with cement blocks. This helps to some degree but only while the garbage cans are empty enough to accommodate this. Murphy Town in particular still seems to be suffering from lack of garbage pickup thus resulting in bags of garbage being piled up high on top of already overflowing garbage cans and the amount of overflowing garbage and derelict cars in Murphy Town is a disgrace. I, and many of my friends, feel embarrassed to drive visitors to Abaco past all the vehicle graveyards and littered streets. When the new local government officials took over last year, I spoke with Chief Councillor Cubell Davis about the problem, and he said that this would be one of the first things on his agenda. But, it seems, he has a very short memory. I was recently passing by the home of another Council member who resides in Murphy Town and just a few yards from his house in both directions was the most ugly and nasty garbage situation with mess all spilling out over the road. I would really like to know what these Council members are doing for their communities if they can turn such a blind eye to problems which are staring them in the face. People on the Great Cistern Road to the north of Murphy Town were promised garbage pickup as soon as their road became paved. Paving took place last year, but residents are still having to carry their own garbage to the dump and are wondering when and if that promise will be kept. The garbage problem, I feel, is one of the first things which should be tackled. If this beautiful island keeps becoming marred more and more by piles of garbage, tourists are going to go somewhere else where it is cleaner and, therefore, more attractive. Then, when the tourist dollars which provide for Abaco’s livelihood dry up, it will be too late for the District Council to amend matters. Abaco is such a beautiful place, and we are all very privileged to live here. What a pity to debase this paradise. A resident longing for a cleaner Abaco.Post ScriptSince writing this letter, I have learned through conversation with a Dundas Town council member that the person who has the contract for removal of garbage in Dundas and Murphy Towns is dissatisfied with the amount he is being paid for that service and is taking action. I understand that Please see Letters Page 23


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April 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 11 CONGRATULATIONS MS. SHEREE RUSSELLMANAGER Marsh Harbour, Abaco John Bull Ltd., The Bahamas premier luxury goods retailer, is pleased to announce the appointment of Sheree Russell as Manager of its Marsh Harbour store. Sheree has been with the company since September 1999 and looks forward to serving the Abaco community. Tel: 242.367.2473 Jewellery € Watches € Fragrances € Cosmetics € Leather € Eyewear Located at waterfront on Marsh Harbour strip Marsh Harbour, AbacoOpen 11 am until 7 days a week Happ Happ Happ Happ Happ y Hour Dail y Hour Dail y Hour Dail y Hour Dail y Hour Dail y y y y y Phone: (242) 367-2278 By Jennifer Hudson The Youth Police Community Band has gone from strength to strength and now boasts 100 members. In charge of training these young people is WPC Vernique Miller, who took up residence on Abaco to become Director of the band on November 8 to replace Sgt. Hutcheson, who had to return to Nassau for family reasons. WPC Miller comes to her post in charge of training the band with five and a half years experience as a musician in the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band. Prior to joining the Police band, she worked for a short time as a regular police officer. She plays both flute and trombone though is able to teach many instruments and received her early musical training at the L.W. Young School in Nassau, where she was a member of the band. When given the opportunity to take up this post in Abaco, WPC Miller enthusiastically agreed and says that she is enjoying being on the island where she had made several previous visits with the police band. Detective Constable Smith, an alto saxophone player, who is a member of the St. Andrews Methodist church musical group, assists WPC Miller with the teaching. Approximately 45 members of the band have been participating since its inception. There was a cut-off date for the band but, according to WPC Miller, young people come all the time begging to join. Nobody is turned away as it is the wish of ASP Miller, Abaco’s Chief of Police who is himself a talented musician, “to provide as many young people as possible with the wonderful opportunity of filling their time with such a worthwhile activity instead of idle hands and minds becoming involved in drugs and crime.” In order to facilitate teaching, the players are divided into two groups: the original and thus more experienced members meet on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays while the newer members meet on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. WPC Miller tries to teach them two new songs per month to build their repertoire and says, “They are coming along fast.” Five flaggettes are being added to the team and their costumes and flags are presently being prepared in the band’s colours of navy blue, white and gold. Later, it is hoped to increase the number of flaggettes to 10. WPC Miller is trying to establish a colour guard but quickly adds, “Their rifles will only be make-believe.” Keno Clarke, an impressive 17-year-old student of Wesley College, holds the prestigious position of drum major. WPC Miller describes him as a serious minded young man whom she selected for this position at the head of the band as she feels that he is very well suited for the job. Keno plays both trombone and trumpet but told me that he prefers the role of drum major as “ he gets more attention.” ASP Miller, who is the driving force behind the band, says that it is his aim now to get the young band members used to performing in front of people. He therefore seizes any opportunity for them to play in public. The band made its debut at Christmas when it played for the tree lighting ceremony outside the Marsh Harbour Police Station and also put on an excellent marching display at the Ministry of Tourism’s Christmas Fair. Recently, the band performed in Treasure Cay at a church fun day and marched at the Police Force Annual Youth BandFrom Page 13 Youth Police Band Has a New Director The Youth Police Comunity Band has a new director. WPC Vernique Miller has been transferred to Abaco to direct the band. She is shown here with some of the band members. She plays the flute and trombone and teaches all the instruments. The band is the creation of ASP Wayne Miller, Abaco’s Police Chief, who felt that the youth of Central Abaco needed an activity that they could be involved with that would teach them music along with good discipline. Now Ms. Miller is developing the idea further by adding costumed flaggettes and eventually a colour guard.


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April 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 13 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 Church Service though they did not actually play. On March 2 they put on an excellent display for the guests at the Ministry of Tourism’s People to People reception at Regattas of Abaco. Their first “overseas” performance will be March 24-26 on the island of Grand Bahama. They have been invited by Assistant Commissioner of Police for the Northern Bahamas, Mr. Ellison Greenslade, and this will be an exciting opportunity for them. The band members are raising money toward future trips, uniforms for the flagettes and the colour guard. Fifty young people and many parents turned out on February 25th to organise a carwash and cake sale in the area opposite Memorial Plaza. The band leaders want these young people to not only turnout for band practices, but to get involved in various group and fund raising activities where they can also have fun. ASP Miller said, “The band has really taken off in a big way and has had a huge impact on the community. The parents really appreciate what it is doing for their children and more is being achieved through the band than any other community policing efforts.” The parents are very supportive both in making sure that their children arrive at functions on time and assisting with fund-raisers. Many of the children say that it was their parent’s idea for them to join the band rather than theirs but that now they are really into it they are thrilled Youth BandFrom Page 11 to be members. When I spoke with the young people, they showed such enthusiasm at being members of the band. Rolanda Williams, who plays clarinet, says that the teachers are very nice, and she enjoys the lively tunes. Kendero Murray, leader of the clarinet section, enjoys the social aspect of the band while Kehesia Murray loves the music. Diajha Cox, an 11-year-old clarinettist, who attends St. Francis de Sales school, says that it teaches the members how to be disciplined and the music sounds very nice; she especially enjoys “playing out when they get lots of fame.” She is already dreaming big and hopes one day to go to Japan with the band. If the talent, enthusiasm and hard work of these young people is matched by the generosity of the public, then one day her goal may indeed become a reality. Her twin brother, Deanza, is thrilled to be a drummer in the band as he says he has always wanted to play drums. Now that he has mastered that instrument, he is moving on to play trumpet. O’neil Charltoy, a student of Abaco Central High School is the only tuba player in the band and enjoys playing this instrument which requires plenty of ‘puff’, as he “likes its bass sound.” The band is in need of additional instruments to accommodate its increasing numbers and donations from the public to assist in this way towards helping this wonderful band of young people achieve its goals would be very much appreciated. Persons willing to assist may contact ASP Miller at the Marsh Harbour Police Station. The Youth Police Community Band entertained the Black Sailors Summit at a reception the Ministry of Tourism held for them at Curly Tails in Marsh Harbour on March 24. Although the band is quite new, their musical abilities are developing well and their marching maneuvers are becoming very precise. Youth Band Now Performs Publicly


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The final draft had shrunk from its original size of over 100 pages to about 30 pages. Much of the language removed was either not deemed appropriate for the Hope Town District or was deleted at the request of residents. The final draft can be viewed on the Council website: and copies will be available through the Council office. Mr. Wayne Hall, Chief Councillor of the Hope Town District, said he was pleased with the final document and believes it is an important step towards allowing residents of the Hope Town District more say in what happens in their communities. The Council had been notified that central government was not going to pay for an election on the Bye-Laws as the cost was too high. Those costs will either have to be paid for by the District or the Bye-Laws will have to be voted on petition style with voters signing the page for or the page against. If the Council decided to go the petition route, which they seemed to be favoring, this will still take place towards the end of April, but it will occur over the course of a few weeks instead of one day, as would happen with an election. The Council is considering having a second set of petitions for foreign property owners to sign saying whether they are for or against they new Bye-Laws. Although those signatures would not affect the outcome of the election, Councillor Hall explained that the Council is interested in the opinions of the foreign property owners as they make up the tax base through their property tax and are an important part of the community. Of the five sections of the White Paper Mr. Hall said that the Wetlands Section stayed much the same with its protection of the dunes and mangrove areas. Much of the Coastal Section, which contained language about public gatherings on the beach that had angered many residents, was deleted. The majority of the waste management section stay the same although all specific fee schedules were removed as it was decided that each community should set their own fees for waste removal based on the community’s needs. However, the Council is still given the right to assess those fees which would be a change for the District. Currently, the Council is prohibited from collecting any fees. The Wharves and Waterways Section that addressed cleaning fish, swimming from and docking at public docks was amended so that various designated public docks can be exempted from those prohibitions. The new height restrictions in the zoning portion states that buildings may only be 35 feet high from the median point of the property, as opposed to the lowest point, which was the case before. The Council would like to have a local town planning committee on each of the three islands, which would be a change from the current situation where the Council is required to oversee the planning for all three islands. For the petition to be considered by central government more than 50 percent of the registered voters need to sign saying they are in favor of the new Bye-Laws. The Council will announce when they will start collecting signatures.White Paper Will Be Decided by a VoteThe final presentation in Man-O-War on April 3 of a greatly condensed version of the Hope Town Council’s white paper was well accepted as most of the restrictive items had been deleted. The slimmed down version of the document was accepted as a good Local Government at Work Please see Local Govt. Page 17 basis to begin with. Given a choice of deciding the issue by either a formal ballot or a less formal petition, a ballot was the overwhelming choice by those Man-O-War residents present. Since Hope Town chose to decide by petition and Man-O-War wanted a vote by ballot, the choice fell to Guana Cay to break the deadlock and they subsequently requested a ballot. This presents problems as there is a required protocol for an election or referendum by ballot which must be followed. Circulating two petitions in each town would have been nearly cost free whereas the ballot will incur expenses for the simultaneous voting in each of the three towns. Just over 20 Guana Cay residents were


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Page 18 The Abaconian April 15, 2006 permission or permits. Jeffrey Cooper, an activist from CooperÂ’s Town, has been lobbying various government agencies to eliminate further construction and to reduce or remove those houses now there. He accompanied Mr. Roland Bevins, the new District Works Controller for Abaco, and a crew from the Ministry of Works. Several police were on hand. Except for the owner of the night club, there were no other residents present. The night club owner was on site and asked to remain anonymous. He produced a passport proving that he was Bahamian and a letter to Crown Lands dated 2001 requesting land there. Being there with his passport suggested he was aware of the planned exercise by the Works staff. He has not had a reply five years later nor any other documents indicating approval for the land or permission to construct a building. He further stated that a call had been made on his behalf to the Prime MinisterÂ’s office requesting that the demolition be called off. After a short conversation between District Works Controller Roland Bevins and the night club owner, the building was allowed to remain, but the owner was told not to make any improvements or extensions to the building. The Works crew then demolished a small arena out of sight in the woods apparently used for cock fights and a floor extension to a small house. This appeared to be ready for walls and a roof to be added. The crew then went off the road about 500 feet into the woods and demolished an addition being built to an existing house. It was nearly ready to be occupied with walls, roof and windows completed. The existing house was left alone. No persons or families were displaced during this mid-morning exercise. Mr. Cooper was upset that someone would call the Prime MinisterÂ’s office in order to allow this squattersÂ’ settlement to remain. A cock-fighting pit was one of the structures knocked down by Ministry of Works personnel on April 5. The group had gone to Hidden Valley, a cluster of houses along with a night club that has been built in the forest near the Treasure Cay airport. All buildings were built without permits on Crown Land with no permissions. Hidden ValleyFrom Page 1 Immigrant Homes Were Built Illegally 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


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Page 20 The Abaconian April 15, 2006 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 Black Boaters Summit Visits AbacoBy Portia Jonsson For one week, March 24th – March 31st, a group of 16 sailors came to Abaco who were different in one very obvious way: they were all African American attending an event called Black Boaters Summit. Capt. Paul Mixon of Honey Let’s Travel, a tour company for active African Americans in the San Francisco, California Bay area, was invited here by the Abaco Tourist Office to take a look as a prospective sailing destination. On his return, he was accompanied by 16 boaters instead of the normal 80 who have been sailing for years to the British Virgin Islands. A long time sailor himself, 10 years ago Capt. Paul was asked by a charter company to help them market charter yachts to African Americans particularly Black Snow Skiers. Every year since he has sailed to the British Virgin Islands and now the group wants to try other areas. On March 25th the group was hosted to a wonderful reception party by the Abaco Tourist Office at Curly Tails Restaurant attended by Senior Island Administrator, Mr. Revis Rolle. The next day they sailed to Hope Town aboard two catamarans chartered from Florida Yacht Charters and visited the lighthouse and went to Capt n Jacks for dinner. Then it was on to Great Guana Cay and since it was Sunday, they all went to Nippers and enjoyed their world-famous pig roast. Capt. Paul said they “shot the whale” to Green Turtle Club and were welcomed by Manager Lynn Johnson. At Treasure Cay they enjoyed the hospitality of the Treasure Cay Resort. The next day they sailed to White Sound on Elbow Cay and visited Abaco Inn. They anchored for the night at Tahiti Beach, then sailed back to Marsh Harbour to complete their trip. Capt. Paul is excited about the opportunity that presents itself here in marketing bareboat charters to African Americans. Everyone “had a ball” and said the people of Abaco are wonderful, the boats sailed well and the scenery spectacular. From start to finish the event was a success. Capt. Paul plans to make Black Boaters Summit Abaco an annual event and has set a goal of 15 yachts and 50 “landlubbers” who will follow the fleet by ferry.Coastal Area Clean UpBy Jennifer Hudson April 1 marked the beginning of Coastal Awareness Month, and so it was very fitting that on this day a coastal cleanup took place, organised by Mr Niels West, a boating visitor on his second visit to Abaco. Coastal issues are very familiar to Mr. West for in what he describes as his “former life,” he was a Professor at the University of Rhode Island in the Marine Affairs Department, and his special area of interest was coastal management. “I was appalled at all the “stuff” along the coastal areas here. As a small thank you to the community I decided to organise this cleanup,” stated Mr. West, who spent the last month organising the event. Firstly, Mr. West approached Friends of the Environment whom he found to be very supportive of his idea and in turn suggested he contact Bernadette Harding at the Ministry of Tourism to seek its assistance. “The Ministry of Tourism was very enthusiastic and extremely helpful in obtaining necessary supplies,” he said. “That office provided the printing of notices and were able Please see Central Page 21 More Central Abaco News The Black Boaters Summit came to Abaco for the first time and visited many communities on Abaco. They reserved bareboat charter boats from Florida Yacht Charters and cruised the area. Shown here is Uncle Bob with Florida Yacht Charters conducting a chart briefing with Capt. Bill Pinkney, Capt. Paul Mixon and BBS participant Sharon Jeffries Capt. Paul Mixon accompanied the group of Black Boaters to Abaco. He is the organizer of the Black Boaters Summit and was pleased with this first visit by the group to Abaco. The group enjoyed the hospitality that Abaco showed them.


April 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 21 White Sound, Elbow CayFULL SERVICE MARINA• 50 Deepwater Slips • Fuel/Oil/Bait/Ice • Fresh Water • Garbonzo Reef Bar WATERFRONT VILLAS• One, two & three bedroom units • On the ocean & harbour • Full kitchen/air cond/sat TVFor local transporation to Sea Spray call VHF 16 or 366-0065email : Boat House Boat House Boat House Boat House Boat House R R R R R es es es es es t t t t t aur aur aur aur aur ant ant ant ant ant Come for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Bahamian Breakfast Sat. & Sun.• Stew Fish • Chicken Souse • •Cornbeef & Grits • Steam Sausage & Grits Enjoy a delicious dinner with us Sea Spray will pick up from Hope Town B & V Plaza Don MacKay B lvdT 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 to get local businesses to donate goods.” North Rock donated water for all of the participants, Abaco Groceries supplied garbage bags, gloves were supplied by the Chemist Shoppe and trucks for collecting full garbage bags and other trash were supplied by Jack Albury and Yvonne Key, who also supplied a group with a chain saw. A group of employees from Baker’s Bay also assisted with a truck. Mr. West sent out notices to marinas, individual boaters and the general community and put out notices on the Cruisers’ Net. “It is very encouraging that everyone who said they would assist actually showed up, and it has been a very pleasant process. Approximately 50 people have turned up to help, which is way above what I expected,” said a very satisfied Mr. West. The participants met at 9 a.m. at the Union Jack Dock and split into two groups. One headed west to the coastal area just beyond the traffic light road while the other began cleaning up in the opposite direction by the Garnet Archer walkway. Both groups made their way back to the Union Jack Dock cleaning as they went. In addition to the usual paper and plastic litter there were large amounts of timber, boat parts and canvas ducking left from Hurricanes Jeanne and Francis. A truck had to be used to haul a roof out of the water, and one lady even found a complete case of unopened beer bottles! More Central Abaco News CentralFrom Page 20 Mr. West said that if the venture turned out to be a success he would like to do it again next year if he is here. They picked up a total of two 40-foot garbage containers plus several truckloads of trash. A Ministry of Tourism official stated, after the event, that she was very disappointed with the support from the locals. Apart from those already mentioned and a few members of the Scurvy Few Motorcycle Club and a group of 12 persons from Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club, almost the entire clean-up team was visitors. “It is a shame visitors have to come and clean up our island; how embarrassing is that!” she said.Dive Scholarships Are OfferedAbove and Below Abaco, a new SCUBA and tour business in Marsh Harbour, is offering three scholarships to young adults who wish to become Professional SCUBA Dive Masters. Applicants must be 18 years of age by August 30th, be in good health, know how to swim and have a desire to become a professional in dive related fields. The course will take 12 weeks to complete and will include all course work required to become a Professional Certified SCUBA Dive Master. Courses included in this program are Open Water Scuba Diver Certification, Stress and Rescue, CPR, First Aid, and AED Certification, Oxygen Administration for Dive Accidents, Advanced SCUBA Diver Certification, Master Diver Certification and Dive Master Certification. Additional courses included in the scholarship program are Basic Dive Shop Management, Finance, and Marketing. All fees and educational materials will be provided for the recipients of the scholarships. Upon successful completion of the course, Above and Below Abaco will provide assistance in job placement. The total value of this educational opportunity is greater than $3,500. Those wishing to apply for these scholarships can contact Chris Smith at or Kay Politano at Scholarships will be awarded on May 15, 2006. Kay Please see Central Page 22 A group of about 50 people cleaned the shoreline in Marsh Harbour from the government freight dock to the boat slip by the Garnet Archer walkway. Several truck loads as well as two 40-foot containers were filled with trash and garbage. Most of it was debris from the three hurricanes of 2004 and 2005.


Page 22 The Abaconian April 15, 2006 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 Politano has been providing SCUBA scholarship to Abaco youth for the past six years. Several of her former students have been employed by Atlantis, Dolphin Encounters, and The Discovery Corporation.Out Island Carpenters and Affiliates ProgramThis started as a two-man program and has become so infectious that many of the visiting boaters and yachtsmen are excited to be a part of this. A gentleman, Dan Ladrigan, who had worked with the Habitat for Humanity program in the U.S., visited the Department of Urban Renewal’s Office in Marsh Harbour stating that he wanted to do something good for the community while he was visiting here. Ms. Elaine Martinborough identified persons in need of minor house repairs who had no source of income. These included elderly persons and those unable to afford the repairs themselves. Mr. Ladrigan got on the Cruiser’s Net and asked for persons interested in helping to come forth. His group now consists of about eight men and their wives who come along not only for moral support, but the wives are there handin-hand working diligently with their husbands.Fire Threatened Bahama Coral Isle and Great CisternBy Mirella Santillo A large area north of Murphy Town was threathened by fire on April 4th As a resident of Great Cistern, an area of Abaco located in the middle of coppice and pine forest, I have been exposed to a few bush fires, but none as threatening as the one that happened on April 4th. According to veteran firefighter, Mr. Michael Parotti, the fire started in Bahamas Coral Isle around two homes that the firefighters helped save, but they could not prevent the fire from spreading to Great Cistern. A fire in the pine forest is a natural process that contributes to the forest health and regrowth and help keep in control the fueling material accumulating on the ground. A forest fire usually takes care of extinguishing itself as fuel burns up. However, with more homes being built amidst the forest, this natural process becomes a threat to the inhabitants. By April 3rd ominous smoke clouds were making their way over Murphy Town. By the next morning the fire had spread to Great Cistern. Early that morning a crew of volunteer firefighters, among them retired Fire Chief Norwel Gordon and firemen Michael Parotti and Steve Skullnick, were positioned at the entrance of Great Cistern. The fire was raging along the south side of the road, and they were trying to protect the houses that were being threatMore Central Abaco News ened.. The shifting wind made it difficult to control the fire as new pockets ignited in every direction. The three fire trucks from the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department were soon joined by the one from Casuarina Point and more fire fighters arrived from Hope Town and Casuarina. By late morning the entire south side of Great Cistern Road was burning and by midday, it had jumped to the north side of the road. Soon after, the fire spread to the east, threatening several houses in Murphy Town. Residents along the road were trying to prevent the fire from spreading to their houses by hosing down the grounds. The forest and coppice areas are very dry due to a three-month drought. Mr. Parotti explained, “The dry cold front made it even dryer.” When the electricity was cut off because of a burning pole that fell, preventing traffic on Great Cistern Road for a few hours, buckets of water were used pumped from a hand pump to prevent the fire from spreading. “Everybody helped,” said Mr. Parotti. ASP Wayne Miller, Abaco’s Police Chief, patrolled the area to organize assistance, if CentralFrom Page 21 A group of boaters with their spouses has volunteered to help elderly homeowners with repairs to their homes. They call themselves the Out Island Carpenters and Affiliates. The Urban Renewal office chose the recipients of this service. They are shown here at a residence in Murphy Town. Please see Central Page 23


April 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 23 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 THE OUTBOARD SHOP Marsh 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 at 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 OBS MarineF reeport 242.352-9246 Authorized Distributor THE OUTBOARD SHOP Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel 242.367.2703 Fax 242.367.3709 E-mail: needed, and brought snacks and drinks to the firefighters. It was a whole day’s fight. It took 11 hours to get the fire under control and at the end a D8 bulldozer had to be brought to stop the fire from advancing. By sundown only a few pockets of fire were still smouldering. A church, a bar and more than 20 houses were saved. “The only personal property lost was a bicycle,” recalled Mr. CentralFrom Page 22 More than 20 homes were threatened in Bahama Coral Isle, Great Cistern and Murphy Town as fire spread through forest and coppice lands the beginning of April. Fire fighters from the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department at one point had to call on help from the Casuarina Point and Hope Town Fire Departments. The fire here is raging just over the embankment. There was no property damage. More Central Abaco News Parotti proudly. As late as 11 p.m. volunteers checked the area for rekindling fire sites. By Wednesday it all seemed under control, but a spot rekindled on Friday, threatening Murphy Town residents. It was soon put out by a fire truck. Five days later the west part of Murphy Town and most of Great Cistern were still smouldering and smoking, but no harm came to any houses, thanks to the efforts of our fire volunteers. A huge thank you to all the volunteers including Fire Chiefs Claude Sawyer and Brent Key, Mr. Doug Evans, Mr. Danny Sawyer, Mrs. Sharmaine Claridge, Ms. Jessica Cook, Mr. Gary Guerrier, Mr. Steve and Ms. Mary Skullnick and, of course, Mr. Norwel Gordon and Mr. Michael Parotti as well as all the other firemen. instead of collecting garbage twice a week from Dundas Town he is now only collecting once per week and has completely stopped pick ups of garbage from Murphy Town, hence the horrific pile up. Chief Councillor, Cubell Davis, I am told, is trying to speak with Minister Gray on the subject of acquiring more money so that it will be possible to implement a better service and with additional service into the Great Cistern Road which is a part of Murphy Town but whose homeowners still have to carry their own garbage to the dump! Also, monies need to be allocated for collection in the Central Pines Sub-division. Home owners there are presently depositing their garbage in E&D Waste containers. It seems that Government cannot see further than the end of its nose. By not supplying Abaco with enough money to implement an adequate garbage collection system they are running the risk of cutting off the tourist dollars on which we all rely. The island is not only becoming an eyesore due to the litter but is becoming a breeding ground for disease due to rat and cockroach breeding Please see Letters Page 26 LettersFrom Page 9 Cancer Society Thrift ShopOpen Third Saturday 9 a.m. -12 Noon


Page 24 The Abaconian April 15, 2006Cherokee SoundBy Lee PinderCorrectionMy apologies to Dwight and Moweena Sawyer for mistakenly listing them previously as being Sands.Sea Shell Exhibition and ShowCherokee is sponsoring another display of seashells for the communities’ enjoyment and perusal. We have so many beautiful shells in The Bahamas and probably little Cherokee has some of the prettiest ones around, and we want to show them off. Who knows how many it has taken to form our coral bedrock over the centuries or the ones that left The Bahamas altogether to travel to the other side of the world as a scientific specimen or be displayed in a museum or just as lone souvenirs? Nearly every home you visit these day, both here and abroad, has some lovely shells, we want to keep them, cherish them and put them in a place of prominence to show them off. This year Cherokee is celebrating our fifth annual show of local seashells and we hope you will come out and enjoy it with us on April 15, 2006.Shriners Help Local GirlRepresentatives from the Amara Shriners in Florida came together with the local chapter of Masons on Abaco and Grand Bahama to have a Steak Out and regional fund raiser in Cherokee Sound on April 8. A beautiful sunny afternoon brought a good turnout to support the event and bring together many old friends for a time of fellowship and fun. Although not many people know about it, the Shriner’s organization and its children’s hospital in Tampa were able to help one of our own citizens recently. A highly acclaimed and worldwide organization known for its charitable achievements and its children’s hospitals that specialize in handling extreme cases of rare and unusual medical problems and deformities in children up to 21 years of age. In addition, we are told that they also run a highly sophisticated Burn Unit. Not open to the general public, but patients need not be associated to the Shriners or Masons organization to receive their help. It is not unusual that many may not have heard of their good works as they are a very private and closely structured association of business men who go about the task of simply helping those in need, free of charge without ever sending out a bill. Grand Potentate of the Amara Shrine, Wade Ferguson, together with a contingent of eight to 10 other Shriners and their wives visited Cherokee on this occasion to bring support to the event. In addition, Grand Potentate, Mateland Cates of the Freeport Shriners and some of his Arawak Mason Lodge associates came to offer support. Organized by the Carlton Lodge of Masons in Marsh Harbour with the assistance of Michael Bethel in Cherokee, the proceeds of the Steak Out were donated back to the Shriners as a way of saying “thank you” for their compassion and recent assistance in helping a local Cherokee girl who sufPlease see South Page 26 South Abaco News The community of Cherokee Sound held a Steak-out for the Shriners orgnaization on April 8 to raise funds to give to that organization. This was in thanks for surgery done at its hospital in Tampa on a girl from Cherokee that corrected a spinal problem she had. The surgery was done at no cost to the family. A group of Shriners was in Cherokee for the occasion along with Masons from Abaco and Grand Bahama chapters who arranged for the surgery. Shown in the center is Michael Bethel presenting a check to Wade Ferguson. Tides:Pelican Harbor based on Hampton Roads (Sewells Point), Virginia (NOAA) 26 23 N 76 58 W May 2006 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 (EDT) 2 (EDT) 3 (EDT) 4 (EDT) 5 (EDT) 6 (EDT) 7 (EDT) 8 (EDT) 9 (EDT) 10 (EDT) 11 (EDT) 12 (EDT) 13 (EDT) 14 (EDT) 15 (EDT) 16 (EDT) 17 (EDT) 18 (EDT) 19 (EDT) 20 (EDT) 21 (EDT) 22 (EDT) 23 (EDT) 24 (EDT) 25 (EDT) 26 (EDT) 27 (EDT) 28 (EDT) 29 (EDT) 30 (EDT) 31 (EDT) -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 5:52a 0.1 11:45a 2.4 5:43p 0.1 12:09a 2.9 6:41a 0.2 12:34p 2.3 6:34p 0.3 1:00a 2.7 7:33a 0.4 1:27p 2.2 7:29p 0.4 1:55a 2.5 8:26a 0.5 2:23p 2.2 8:29p 0.6 2:52a 2.4 9:20a 0.6 3:23p 2.2 9:32p 0.6 3:50a 2.3 10:11a 0.6 4:20p 2.3 10:34p 0.6 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 4:44a 2.3 10:59a 0.6 5:13p 2.4 11:30p 0.5 5:34a 2.3 11:42a 0.5 6:00p 2.6 12:21a 0.5 6:20a 2.4 12:23p 0.4 6:42p 2.8 1:07a 0.4 7:03a 2.4 1:03p 0.3 7:22p 2.9 1:50a 0.3 7:44a 2.5 1:41p 0.3 8:01p 3.0 2:31a 0.2 8:24a 2.5 2:19p 0.2 8:39p 3.1 3:12a 0.2 9:04a 2.5 2:58p 0.2 9:19p 3.1 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 3:53a 0.1 9:45a 2.5 3:38p 0.2 10:00p 3.1 4:36a 0.2 10:28a 2.5 4:21p 0.2 10:44p 3.1 5:21a 0.2 11:13a 2.4 5:09p 0.2 11:32p 3.0 6:10a 0.2 12:04p 2.4 6:02p 0.2 12:25a 2.9 7:02a 0.2 12:59p 2.4 7:02p 0.3 1:23a 2.8 7:57a 0.2 2:01p 2.5 8:08p 0.3 2:25a 2.7 8:54a 0.2 3:05p 2.6 9:19p 0.3 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 3:30a 2.6 9:51a 0.1 4:08p 2.7 10:29p 0.2 4:34a 2.6 10:47a 0.0 5:09p 2.9 11:35p 0.0 5:35a 2.5 11:41a -0.1 6:06p 3.1 12:35a -0.1 6:32a 2.5 12:33p -0.1 7:00p 3.2 1:30a -0.2 7:25a 2.5 1:23p -0.2 7:50p 3.3 2:22a -0.2 8:16a 2.5 2:12p -0.2 8:39p 3.3 3:11a -0.2 9:04a 2.5 2:59p -0.1 9:27p 3.2 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 3:59a -0.1 9:51a 2.5 3:46p -0.1 10:13p 3.1 4:45a 0.0 10:37a 2.4 4:33p 0.0 10:58p 3.0 5:30a 0.1 11:23a 2.4 5:20p 0.2 11:43p 2.8 6:14a 0.2 12:09p 2.3 6:08p 0.3 Monthly High & Low High May 25, 7:50p 3.3 ft Low May 26, 2:22a -0.2 ft 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 Tails restaurant and bar on the waterfront See their ad • 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. 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April 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 25 Local Government Authority District Council Hope TownPress Release April 7, 2006For More Information, Please Contact: Wayne Hall, Chief Counselor Hope Town District Council Email: whall@hopetowncouncil.comHope Town District Seeks Smart Growth Hope Town District is on a history-making path. Recognizing that people only protect what they love, and they only love what they understand, the Hope Town District Council has spearheaded the development of proposed Bylaws to help guide building and growth in keeping with the historic charm and character that has drawn so many discerning individuals to call these lovely islands home. According to Wayne Hall, of the Hope Town District Council, the newly proposed Bylaws contain provisions to: 1 Encourage appropriate and proportionate physical development preserve open spaces, prevent congestion, and provide guidelines for building height, size, proportion, and scale; 2 Protect the wetlands and natural marine ecology and resources and preserve treasured scenic views within the Hope Town District; 3 Recognize the historic character of our island settlements, reduce traffic, noise, and congestion, promote the safety of our children and our citizens; 4 Provide for our health and safety in waste management handling, processing, and disposal; 5 Protect our beaches, wharves and waterways, providing for safe, considerate, hazard-free navigation boating recreation, pollution controls, and other safety and sanitary measures. The proposed Bylaws reflect a thoughtful and inclusive process. Farsighted planners studied what other similar remote island communities have done to preserve the physical beauty of their historic past, and their unspoiled, natural beauty, while also enhancing their local economy based on tourism and second-home development. Through a transparent, open, and inclusive process, planners convened a series of community consultations throughout the Hope Town District, encouraged widespread input, and re-crafted the Bylaws to reflect community concerns. Knowing that the Bylaws may need to be amended as experience and circumstances warrant, they also contain provisions to initiate and adopt amendments. At a crossroads between our past and our future. Over the past several years, we have witnessed considerable new construction, and some of this seems out of keeping with the size, scale, proportion, and balance of our quaint, century-old cottages, neighborliness, and unspoiled, scenic beauty. Stop and think about what drew you here, and what keeps you here. Is it the charming, well-preserved architecture representing many past generations? Is it the welcoming island settlements, the pristine sweep of beaches, the rhythm of the waves, the tides, and of island life itself? Why your voice matters. What we see happening in our small communities is not new, nor is it unique to the Hope Town District. Historic communities worldwide have faced similar challenges of balancing old and new, blending the past with the future. To date, we have done a remarkable job, resiliently restoring our communities when faced with the ravages of hurricanes, termites, age, or simple neglect. And when we rebuild, we have respected history, culture, tradition, and our unique sense of place. But we are now beginning to see a new breed of development, an over-eagerness to tear down, an influx of aggressive, incompatible, super-sized McMansions, out of keeping with our Bahamian heritage. Once a historic home, a scenic landscape, or an entire settlement is compromised or gone, it is gone, forever. By helping to enact these Bylaws, you create benefits for both residents and homeowners. Together, we can: 1Protect our quality of life for future generations 2Promote public health and safety 3Conserve our pristine environment 4Safeguard our natural resources and beauty 5Preserve our towns’ quaint character and ambience 6Attract discerning tourists, thus promoting economic vibrancy 7Ensure jobs and livelihoods for our residents 8Enhance our hospitality industry 9Preserve our congenial, neighborly, community spirit A call to action: what you can do. We urge all voting residents throughout the Hope Town District to affirm these Bylaws by supporting their adoption. We also urge the land owners (including second home owners) to express their views by supporting a similar petition, so that we might convince our Central Government Authority to regard our town planning actions as an expression of our wishes, and as a potential model for other Bahamian Districts and communities. If you care about making history, and making history matter, speak up on this issue. Encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same. Clip this article and share it with others. Express your solidarity in your town newsletters. Post this in public spaces. Let your District Council members know you back their efforts to enact common sense guidelines that reflect our Hope Town District’s wishes. To learn more about the proposed Town Planning Bylaws, or to receive a copy of the draft Bylaws, please visit our website at or contact: Wayne Hall, Chief Councillor, Hope Town District Council email address: Check out The Abaconian’s Web Site • Current Issue • Photos • History • Listing of Advertisers • Maps • Back Issues • 4000 Hits Monthly


Page 26 The Abaconian April 15, 2006Area 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 CayRosie’s Place352-5458Green Turtle CayCocobay Cottages6 cott365-5464 Island 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 Villas365-5028 Ward’s Landing4 units 904-982-2762Hope 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 villas366-0557Hotels and House Rental AgentsLubbers QuartersSea Level Cottages4 hse366-3121Man-O-WarIsland Home Rentals +8 hse365-6048 Schooner’s Landing 5 condos365-6072Marsh Harbour areaAbaco Beach Resort82 rms367-2158 Abaco Real Estate +6 hse367-2719 Alesia’s 3 rms367-4460 Ambassador Inn6 rms367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms367-3980 Conch Inn9 rms367-4000 D’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 effic367-2227Moore’s IslandMoore’s Is Bonefish Camp8 rm 366-6334Sandy PointOeisha’s Resort366-4139 Pete & Gay’s Resort14 rm366-4119 Rickmon’s Bonefishing 10 rm366-4477Spanish CaySpanish Cay Resort18 rm 6 hse 365-0083Treasure CayBahama Beach Club365-8500 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 Mr. Hall was hoping for resolution by petition as this would incur a minimal cost, and this could be undertaken in each town over a longer time span. Two petitions in each town would have been circulated, one for and one against the initiative. He was also hoping to circulate another set of petitions to the second homeowners to get their opinion. Their opinion would have been interesting information but would not be allowed for a final determination. Using the ballot will allow only registered voters to participate. However, a petition could still be circulated to second homeowners as a matter of general interest. The procedure for voting by ballot is normally overseen by and financed by central government with local persons following instructions by the Administrator. In this case, Chief Councillor Hall will have to make all physical and financial arrangements using his Council budget for funds. Hope Town Council’s budget is inadequate for normal maintenance to the District’s three towns and financing for three poling stations will have to be squeezed from remaining funds still available. Mr. Hall pointed out that 51 per cent of the votes determine the outcome of an issue resolved by a ballot. He requested that everyone eligible to vote should go to the poll to avoid the minority imposing their will on the majority of the population. He expects to have information on the voting date and procedure in three or four weeks. Local Govt.From Page 17 LettersFrom Page 23 fered from scoliosis. Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that causes the rib cage to lose its symmetry. It can be due to a congenital abnormality of the spinal column, through paralysis or weakness of the spinal muscles, or to an abnormal growth of the spine associated with other ailments according to some medical journals. This time the patient was very fortunate indeed that someone recognized her problem early and she was quickly seen by doctors who recognized it. In the beginning the doctors recommended physical therapy, and she wore a back brace. Eventually she went to the Shriner’s hospital in Tampa for an operation to implant two steel rods and straighten the back and ease her suffering. Since the operation, she stands straight and tall. The problem is not SouthFrom Page 24 a common affliction, but if caught early enough, can be corrected. Thanks to the Shriner’s organization, this particular story has a very happy ending and the proceeds from the Steak-Out were a way for the community to add their thanks as well.Sandy PointBy Shawn RobertsSpanish Club Gets a Taste of Spain!Que Suerte! On March 31 some members of the Buenos Amigos Spanish Club were privileged to have as their special guest Senorita Monica, also Civil, a native of Barcelona, Spain. She is visiting Sandy Point for a few weeks as a whale watcher. It was a great experience for all of us to learn some of Spain’s culture including its people, food, weather and economic conditions. Senorita Civil, who is multilingual, enjoys reading and dancing. When asked what she likes about Sandy Point, she replied, “La gente is muy amable y simpatico.” When asked if there is anything she dislikes about the place, she admitted, “Nada.” The club’s first year’s anniversary is quickly approaching and we are looking forward to great activities in a few months, such as a weekend trip to Nassau where we will visit the Amistad Spanish Club and foreign language unit of the Ministry of Tourism where we will take part in a walking tour, bus tour and treasure hunt, all conducted in Spanish. A complete three days of events are being planned. To Senorita Civil we say, “Muchas gracias, Buena suerte y vaya con Dias.” More South Abaco News The Spanish Club of Sandy Point recently invited Senorita Monica from Spain tobe their guest. They learned much about her home coountry and its culture from Senorita Monica. in the piles of garbage. It was announced by the Minister for Health during the recent ceremony for the commissioning of the new ambulances that Abaco ploughs $70,000,000 per year into the National Treasury, the largest amount from any family island and second only to New Providence and Grand Bahama. Surely we deserve a bigger slice of the pie instead of just crumbs to run our Island and keep it in good shape.


April 15, 2006 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 notedAlbury’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 onlyGreen Turtle 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 destinationsAbaco 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 timePinder’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 $45 OW / $90 RT • 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 OWIslander Express Bus M Harbour & Sandy Point -call 366-4444 or 457-9958Enovahs 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 ...........365-4261 Visitors’ Guide Restaurants • 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.......$$$.............366-0095 Munchies..........................$.....+....366-0423 Sea Spray.......................$$ .....‡....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 • www Use Abaco area code 242 unless listed otherwise Please bring errors & revisions 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 20 Mar 06Compliments of The Abaconianwww 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 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 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 B, Ft Laud .......... 367-2095 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 Calypso Fort Lauderdale ...................... 367-0140 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 Point ........................................................$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 • Caged pets as people Luggage $1.00 each over four, Surf boards $4.00 ea. • Between Treasure Cay Airport and: Effective 13 Nov 05Treasure Cay Resor t..............................................$20 + $5 Madeira Park ..........................................................$14 + $4 Green Turtle Cay ferry dock.....................................$8 + $4 Moxy .......................................................................$18 + $5 Bahamas Star farm ................................................$24 + $5 Sand Banks ............................................................$24 + $5 Joe’s Creek, Leisure Lee .....................................$44 + $10 Black Wood............................................................ $18 + $5 Fire Road & Cooper’s Town...................................$37 + $5 Cedar Harbour ........................................................$55 + $5 Wood Cay ...............................................................$60 + $5 Mount Hope ........................................................... $65 + $5 Fox Town................................................................$70 + $5 Crown Haven ..........................................................$75 + $5 Marsh Harbour Airport ..........................................$75 + $10 T Cay Hotel to Marsh Harbour............................. $65 + $10 T C Hotel to G Turtle Ferry (Blue Hole $24).........$18 + $ 5 T C Hotel to Bonefish Marles.................................$22 + $5 T C Hotel to Joe’s Creek ........................................$35 + $5 T C Hotel to Moxey .................................................$16 + $5 T C Hotel to Banyan Bch Club XX........................... $6 + $3 Green Turtle Ferry to Marsh H Airport.................. $75 + $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 & swim onMermaid Reef off M Harbour Pelican Shore Drive to & swim in Blue Hole off Treasure Cay farm road Open Nights OnlyTo 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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Fairs and Parades Mark Easter VOLUME 14, NUMBER 8, APRIL 15th, 2006St. Francis de Sales Held Its Annual Competition Culverts Will Open Cross Harbour Flow By Portia Jonsson The Fifth Annual Easter Bonnet Parade for the Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Grade One classes of St. Francis de Sales took place on April 5th at the school. This was a grand occasion and as usual, a contest was held for the most original bonnets and top hats as well as the best-dressed boy and girl. The boys were dressed in smart suits with bow ties, and the girls wore pretty spring dresses complete with gloves and handbags. The children paraded in front of the judges showing off their beautiful attire and bonnets in hopes of capturing the top prize. This year’s winners in the Pre-Kindergarten class were Dante Darville and Autumn Albury for the most original top hat and bonnet. Best-dressed girl and boy went to Hannah Parotti and Jovan Bailey. The most original top hat and bonnet prizes in the Kindergarten class were awarded to Jordan Russell and Chloe Sweeting while Chloe Sweeting and Quintin Jones were named best-dressed girl and boy. St. Francis de Sales held its annual Easter Bonnet Parade for the youngest students in the school. The judges had a difficult t ime naming winners but the students shown above were beautiful participants. The most original hats and the best dressed children i n Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade won prizes. The causeway to Cross Harbour was opened on April 3rd to allow five 36-inch culverts to be installed. The culverts were discovered to float which posed a last minute challenge. Improvised weights had to be used to sink them until fill could cover them and hold them down. They expect that the air pockets between the corrugated ribs and an inside lining will eventually be filled with sea water. This project will allow about 40 acres of the creek to be opened up, allowing sea water to circulate through the entire creek. About 250 fish were tagged, many by students, so their movement can be tracked. This is a project of Friends of the Environment. The culverts were provided by the Ministry of Works. Please see School Page 6 The Torchbearers, youth organization of the Free National Movement, held a rally on March 31 at Ingraham Park in Cooper’s Town. Between 200-300 young people and adults from North Abaco attended. The guest speaker was the former Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham, MP for North Abaco, who extolled the young people to register to vote in the next election. To facilitate registration the administrator’s office was open that evening for this purpose. Entertainment included praise dancing, games and competitions. A variety of food and drink was available. North Abaco Torchbearers Held Rally Coming Events Earth Day • Marsh Harbour • April 28 Island Roots Heritage Festival • Green Turtle Cay • May 5-7


Page 2 B The Abaconian April 15, 2006 Aisle of Palm Realty P. O. Box AB 20900 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Bahamas Phone 242-367-0080 Fax 242-367-0081 Aisle of Palm Realty Brent Cartwright web site: www.aisleofpalmrealty.comPlease call us for information on these fine listings or any of our other listings throughout Abaco Email: web site: Maria Silvester 1218 NEW EXCLUSIVE Two story home in Bahama Palm Shores offering two beds along with detached one bedroom guest cottage. $355,000 1216 NEW EXCLUSIVE 3/2 home upstairs with 2/1 and 1/1 apartments downstairs. All units fully and tastefully furnished. A must see!! Call for more info. Yellowwood hillside 1208 Hillside lot with great views of Cherokee and the mainland beaches and ocean looking south and views of Winding Bay. 1226 Royal Harbour waterfront Ideal protected dockage in Marsh Harbour. Close to town, all underground utilities. 1 Apr 061 234 Beach Walk is a 3/2 home in the settlement of Guana Cay. Just steps to the beach. $299,900 Tilloo Sea to Sea 1107 Great new price on over 3 acres of bay and oceanfront land. Unlimited possibilities. We are a small company, BIG on SERVICE, and based on TRUST and HONESTY Watching Bay near Cherokee Sound offering lots starting at $45,000 Beach access for all lots. 1256 Guana Cay beachfront home on double lot. Home offers 3/2 on two levels. Excellent rental home. Priced Right to sell 1248 Great Cistern hillside lot with great views of the Sea of Abaco. 28,000+ square feet. $65,000 1265 Marsh Harbour commercial One acre prime commercial with 60' x 36' building. Lots of room for expansion. Priced Right!! 1258 Scotland Cay beach lot Half acre beach lot ready for dream home. Over 100' of pristine beach P O Box AB 21027 Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Ph. 242-367-4962 E-mail: or Leslie Pinder Little Orchard Lovely 3 bed / 2 bath home, furnished, split air a/c units with effiency apt. on the side, great neighbourhood for kids. EXCLUSIVE $315,000 Regattas of Abaco CONDO 2 bed downstairs / 2 bath, fully furnished, swimming pool, tennis courts, security. EXCLUSIVE $290,000 Regattas of Abaco CONDO upstairs UNDER CONTRACT High Rock Beautiful home 3 bed / 2 bath, furnished, family room, central air, over 2,000 sq. ft. EXCLUSIVE $710,000 Pelican Shores elevated lot on the harbour. One of the last (Beautiful views) Lots available on Pelican Shores. Can be made into 2 lots. Exclusive Call for Info Marsh Harbour 2 Bed, 1 Bath Home on large lot. Fully furnished. Old Ballpark Rd. EXCULSIVE NEW PRICE $175,000 Don MacKay Blvd. 2 buildings on 2 1/2 acres 1.3 million Exclusive Treasure Cay Carleton Landing Condos on the canal Call for info. Pelican Shores Elevated Lot on the Harbour. Great views Exclusive Call for Info Little Orchard Triplex Two, 1 bed, 1 bath apartments One, 2 bed, 2 bath apartment, central air, fully furnished. Price $440,000 Sweeting Tract Lot 90 x 100 UNDER CONTRACT Bahama Palm Shores 3 lots UNDER CONTRACT Regattas Units Rentals Daily, Weekly, Monthly HIGH ROCK Beautiful waterfront home 4 bed / 4 bath on two acres of nicely landscaped property, swimming pool, fully furnished, boat house and dock, fantastic views EXCLUSIVE Price upon inquiry P O Box AB 21027 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Telephone : 242-367-4962E-mail: or leslie@landandsearealty.comIf We Don’t Have It, We Will Find It!HIGH ROCK 3 bed / 3 bath home, fantastic views of Marsh Harbour, Hope Town and Lubber’s Quarters, 2 car carport, central air, beautifully landscaped lot, Exclusive 1.08 acres, 50 ft. above sea level CALL for INFO EXCLUSIVE Four dogs and their handlers traveled to Nassau for the Bahamas Kennel Club’s 25th Annual International Dog Show and Obedience Trials. Dogs from all over the world come to compete in this show. These four dogs competed in two areas: 1. Conformation which judges the dog’s appearance and disposition and the dogs earn points towards their Championship title; and 2. Obedience where the dogs have to perform a series of exercises and receive several qualifying scores to earn titles. The Abaco dogs did extremely well. Champion Copper Fox Splashing in Abaco, aka “Splash,” is a white Standard Poodle owned and handled by Maureen and Austin Koepp. Austin handled Splash in Conformation and Junior Showmanship, winning Best of Breed on Saturday and Sunday, then placing third in the Non-Sporting Group which gave Splash her Championship title. Austin also placed first in Junior Showmanship, a class for kids of different age groups where they are judged on how well they handle the dog for Conformation. Maureen handled Splash in Novice Obedience, receiving one leg toward her Novice title, with a High in Trial score. Magicstar Safir Puyneras, aka “Flash,” is a Black Standard Poodle owned by Janice Hocking and David Brown of Scotland Cay and handled by David Brown. Flash earned five points towards his Bahamian Championship title. Flash is the father of Splash. Champion Sandon N’Oakhill Bahama Breeze, aka “Breezy,” is a Bedlington Terrier owned by Will and Candace Key of Hope Town and handled by Candace Key. Breezy won Best of Breed Saturday and Sunday, then won Best in Show over all dogs entered from the USA, Canada and the Bahamas, in Conformation on Saturday. Maya’s Abaco Illusion CD, RN is a Golden Retriever, aka “Maya,” owned by Terrence and Kimberly Roberts of Marsh Harbour and handled by Kimberly Roberts. Maya competed in a new form of obedience called Rally Obedience where the dog and handler walk thru a course laid out by the judge and complete various obedience exercises as directed by a sign. Maya received three legs in this giving her a Rally Novice title. Maya completed her Companion Dog title in a show in November 2005. Four Abaco dogs competed in the 25th Annual Dog Show of the Bahamas Kennel Club in Nassau and all did very well. The outstanding honour of best in show went to the Bedlington Terrier owned by Candace and Will Key of Hope Town. That dog, Breezy, is the dog on the far right with Mrs. Key, who showed the dog. The others pictured are, left to right, David Brown and Janice Hocking of Scotland Cay with their Standard Poodle, Flash; Austin and Maureen Koepp of Marsh Harbour with their Standard Poodle, Splash; and Kim Roberts of Marsh Harbour with her Golden Retriever, Maya. Abaco Dog Wins Best of Show in Nassau Replace your old countertops with locally made tops of Marble & Granite For More Information Call 242-367-4726(Abaco Ace Hardware)Marsh Harbour, Abaco


April 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 3 B 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:242.332.2820 George Damianos, CRS, t 242.362.4211 f 242.362.4730 TREASURE CAY WATERFRONTPrime development. Ten acre property with 460 feet waterfront, including a 120 foot beach. Four Bed 2 Bath cottages. Dev elopment potential as a marina, resort or fishing lodge. Price upon request. #2407 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TREASURE CAY NEAR THE BEACH “RUBY’S LOVE” Comfortable 3 Bed, 2 Bath family home 5 minutes from Treasure Cay’s world famous white powder sandy beach. Needs some TLC but is fully furnished. $205,000. #3028 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TREASURE CAY BEACHFRONT “BEACH VILLA 715” Cozy 2 Bed, 2 Bath villa on beautiful Treasure Cay beach. Great family home, or vacation rental. Magnificent sunrises & sunsets at your doorstep! Won’t last long. $460,000. #3076 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TREASURE CAY BEACHFRONT “SERENITY HOUSE” Modern 5,600 sq.ft. 2 storey 4 Bed 4.5 Bath CBS home. Incredible ocean views from every room. 2 expansive lots with 290 ft. oceanfront. Newly refurbished, turn-key estate $4,900,000. #1660 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TREASURE CAY BEACHFRONT “SANDY SHORES” Beautifully laid out 3 Bed 2.5 Bath family home. This two storey home features an elevator and spacious living areas. Enjoy panoramic 360 degree views & serene ambience. $1,700,000. #2934 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 MARSH HARBOUR WATER VIEWS “VILLA ESPANOLA” Tropical 4 Bed, 3 Bath island home with Mediterranean flare. Extreme privacy, yet close to town. Spacious kitchen & formal dining room. Pool & huge verandah for outdoor entertaining. $1,200,000. #3248 Laurie Schreiner: 367.5046 TREASURE CAY SEA VIEWS “HILLTOP ESTATES” 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 N N N N NEAR EAR EAR EAR EAR THE THE THE THE THE B B B B BEA EA EA EA EA CH CH CH CH CH“HOMESWEETHOME” Package deal with 2 deeded parcels of land. 1 vacant lot & a spacious 2 Bed, 2 Bath home on the other lot, together 1/2 acre. Fully furnished & with A/C, heating, & ceiling fans. $350,000. #3032 Stan Sawyer 242. 477.5821 TREASURE CAY WATER VIEWS “CROSSWINDS” 4 Bed 3 Bath 2,800 sq. ft. family home and apartment. Located in multi-millionaire neighbour-hood. Family room, 2 central A/C’s, 2 generators, 2 fresh water wells and garden. $820,000. #2516 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TILLOO CAY WATERFRONT “HUNKALOO” Beautiful waterfront property with 2 Bed 2 Bath home & a 1 bed 1bath guest house. Two + acres that are Sea to Sea with protected docking on the Sea of Abaco. $995,000. #2724 Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 TREASURECAY WATER VIEWS “GARDEN VILLA 675” Charming 2 beds 2 Bath villa on a corner lot, just one minute from beautiful Treasure Cay beach. Great rental oppurtunity or family retreat. Community pool. Very private. $300,000. #3072 Stan Sawyer 242. 477.5821 TILLOO CAY WATERFRONT “TILLOO DREAM” Two parcels, 1 acre on the Sea of Abaco, & 1/3 acre with a 1 Bed 1 Bath cottage which has a spacious deck & access to the Atlantic Ocean with a shared dock. $597,000. #2723 Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY OCEANFRONT “SIROCCO” This 4 Bed, 3 Bath home overlooks the bluegreen Sea of Abaco to the east and beautiful gardens. Central A/C, tile throughout with cypress tongue & groove. US$1,850,000. #3125 Jane Patterson:242.366.0035 SUGAR LOAF CAY WATERFRONT ““PARROT POINT” Unique 4.96 acre property. Private marina with 278 lineal feet of dock space. 5 water cisterns, electricity, telephone, furnished main house & guest cottage. US$4,000,000. #2817 GeorgeDamianos: 242.362.4211 HOPE TOWN, ELBOW CAY BEACHFRONT “HOPE TOWN POINT” Sandy ocean front lot with 120 feet of water frontage in a small cove. Swimming and snorkeling all year round. An excellent property for investment or to build your dream home. $675,000 #2279 Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 TREASURE CAY BEACHFRONT “SEAGRAPES” World famous location. Beautiful residence with awesome ocean views. Professionally decorated featuring 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, open concept kitchen, & living rooms -ideal for entertaining. $3,500,000. #2887 Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TREASURE CAY MARSH HARBOUR WATERFRONT 10 ACRE PARCEL is perfect for a marina, small development or commercial endeavour. Deep water on the Sea of Abaco with a canal dredged on the backside of the parcel. $2,500,000. #3100 Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 SUGAR LOAF CAY WATERFRONT “Parrot Point” Unique 4.96 acre property. Private marina with 278 linear feet of dock space. Five water cisterns, electricity, telephone, furnished main house and guest cottage. US$4,000,000. #2817 George Damianos: 242.362.4211 April 15th, 2006


Page 4 B The Abaconian April 15, 2006 If you’d like to buy or sell a piece of property, Call Uncle Bill Tel : (242) 365-8061Madeira Park Plaza Suite1l l l l l P.O. Box AB-22182 Treasure Cay, Abaco Bahamasemail : wfhertz@cocotels.netWilliam Hertz Limited l l l l l Tel. & Fax. 365-8061email : wfhertz@cocotels.net156 acres 3000ft Beach front Crossing Rock Ripe for development Treasure Beach Lot 155ft x 700ft deep Beach front Treasure Cay 4 bed 4 bath home on the beach. Ocean Blvd.$1.2 Million exclusiveBeach Town House, 3400 sq.ft. 2 Million Duplex Villa in Treasure Cay$385,000Garden Villa, screened porch, extra large living room$300,000 gross exclusive By Portia Jonsson Country music lovers filled the marquee at Abaco Beach Resort on April 8th to hear their favorite country songs performed by The Magnificent Seven from Spanish Wells. The group’s manager, Mrs. Yvonne Key, proudly welcomed everyone to the annual country concert and buffet and hopes next year to have another great one. Mrs. Key said she renamed the group The MagnifiCountry Music Concert Was Huge Success The Magnificent Seven, a country music singing group from Spanish Wells, performed its third concert on Abaco on April 8 at Abaco Beach Resort. A dinner performance thrilled the audience with old time favorites. The concert was orgnaized by Mrs. Yvonne Key shown on the far left. cent Seven herself and the name speaks for itself. The group’s members include Alise; the youngest member and the star of the show, Sue Lynn; those with roots in Hope Town, Doris, Carol and Kevin; those with roots in Cherokee, Renata and Roy. Sue Lynn said all of the members have been singing and performing most of their lives, some as young as age three. As a group they are very young and came together just two years ago. This is their third time on Abaco, having previously performed at their annual concert and at the Independence celebrations at the invitation of the Abaco Tourist Office last year. At eight o’clock sharp the Magnificent Seven “took to the stage” outfitted in cowboy hats and boots and belted out some of country music’s favorite tunes; Crazy by Patsy Kline, Hell Yeah and Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Patton. Before the show ended late into the night, requests were made from the audience and the Magnificent Seven did not disappoint. Everyone had a “swinging good time” and cannot wait for the next show. By Samantha V. Evans The family is the basic unit in all societies but sometimes parents find it difficult to provide the basic needs of food, shelter, education, love and spiritual and emotional stability necessary for their well being. A few churches on Abaco are providing lunch for needy students at Central Abaco Primary School on a rotation schedule every week. These students do not bring lunch and do not have money to buy food. So far, three churches assist with this effort to ensure that all children at that school receive at least one hot meal a day. As I spoke to one of the pastors, he stated that this is a good thing that they are doing, but it is not done for “show.” He asked that the privacy of the churches be respected. However, this is such a great effort that I wanted to share it with the reading public with hopes that more of you would get involved. I also appeal to other churches to find out what the needs are in their community and reach out to hurting families and their children. It is good to know that there are Good Samaritans still left; those who are making a difference in the community by helping to feed our children. Churches Provide Lunches for Needy Students


April 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 5 B SAND BAR AT CHEROKEEGreat potential for expansion, 2 acres of pristine waterfront property, small villa & restaurant. Spectacular view of ocean & sound. #13088Price: $2,455,000 TOM CURRYS POINT HOMEHome with 360 ocean/harbour views. Access to deep sea and bone fishing/dockage. Close to Petes Pub for food & drinks. #13469$850,0000 LITTLE HARBOUR LOTSWater front and interior lots in quaint Little Harbour. With great elevation, extraordinary views. #13001Harbour $500,000 #13002Interior $170,000 TOM CURRY  S POINT LOTOn the ridge overlooking three bodies of water, prime building site, great elevation and views. #13003Price: $550,000 CHEROKEE HILLTOPExtraordinary property boasting scenic ocean views, located in a quiet private area with 1/2 acre lots available. #3035Price: $189,000 BAHAMA PALM SHORESGreat starter home still under construction. One bed, 1 bath located in a quiet area. #13415Price: $95,000 BAHAMA PALM SHORESLovely 4 bed, 4 bath furnished home sitting on 1/2 an acre in the quiet, safe community of Bahama Palm Shores. #13403Price: $540,000 BAHAMA PALM SHORESLovely island style 3 bed, 3 bath beachfront home on one acre of property. #13081Price: $580,000 CASUARINA POINTLovely 4 bed, 2 bath canal front home situated on 120 of sea walled property. Boaters dream. #13312Price: $600,000 #13348Price: $86,000 ISLAND DREAMThree and 3/4 acre sea to sea lot, with a 2 bed, 1.5 bath cottage and protected boat basin including horseshoe dock. Quiet and peaceful location with absolutely fantastic views. Bring your yacht. Motivated seller has reduced the price. #2840 Reduced to $1,850,000 TURTLE ROCKSFabulous 1 acre+/beachfront properties with mature coconut trees. Sea of Abaco frontage, peaceful area, great views. #13424$295,000Visit our website today! Dupuch Real EstateMarsh Harbour Office POBox AB 20340, Abaco, The Bahamas Tel.: (242) 367-0288 Fax: (242) 367-0289 € e-mail: TREASURE CAY Vacant lots with all amenities close by and utilities in place. Interior and Golf Course lots available. Starting from$20,000 LEISURE LEE Interior lots available with great coppice growth and within easy walking distance of beautiful, peaceful beach. Price $49,950 TURTLE ROCKS Private and secluded, yet only minutes from both Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay. Lots available. Starting from $49,950 RED BAY Over 12 acres with deepwater, shoreline, great elevation and views of the Sea of Abaco and the outer Cays. Price $495,000 CASUARINA POINT Canal front lot with ocean access in quiet community. Water, electricity, cable and phone ready. Price $95,000 CASUARINA POINT Canal front lot with ocean access in quiet community. Water, electricity, cable and phone ready. Price $170,000 BAHAMA PALM SHORES Vacant interior lots available with electricity and phones available. Starting from $25,000 SAND BAR Lots with spectacular views of ocean and sound in ideal location. Good value lots, fantastic potential for development. Price $169,000 15 Apr 06 LITTLE HARBOUR HOMETwo bed, 2 bath offers 360 ocean/harbour views. Walk to the beach, Petes Pub and attractions. Island living at its best. #13013$185,000 WATCHING BAYGreat new development near Cherokee Sound and Winding Bay. Ocean access to all lots, utilities are available. #13231Starting at $37,500


Page 6 B The Abaconian April 15, 2006 Capturing the top prize for the most original top hat and bonnet in Grade One were Taye Stuart and Nakara Adderley and the title of best-dressed boy and girl were given to Taye Stuart and Raevyn Bootle.Marine Education Poster Contest 2006By Portia Jonsson Sun, sand and sea . The Bahamas is home to a treasure of marine wonders. The Bahamas is blessed with a combination of natural resources that fosters a thriving economy and benefits us daily. But what if there was trash on the beaches and our waters were dark and muddy from pollution? Would tourists still want to come here? Would our ocean be full of sea life? Would School News SchoolFrom Page 1 Thirty-eight students from grades 1-6 of St. Frances de Sales received first honor certificates for making 90 percent or better on their second term report cards. These students have worked hard, putting in the extra time to receive this honor. Mrs. Diehl, grade five teacher, is especially proud of her two first honors students, Aisha Jones and Charese Kemp, who set this goal early in the term and worked hard to achieve it. Once students commit themselves to excelling, they can do it; and with the commitment of teachers, they can do it if they put forth the effort. The fourth annual school fair at Agape Christian School was a success, according to Mrs. Cecile Albury, principal. This year’s fair, held March 11th on the school grounds, offered lots of games, prizes, face painting and, of course, food. Several new games were added including a dunking booth and pie-in-the eye, where students either soaked their teachers with water balloons or they smothered their faces with shaving cream. There was also a basketball game with a digital camera as the grand prize. Parents and students helped to make this fair a success by volunteering, baking and cooking food and bringing others along to enjoy the fun. Despite not having the bouncing castle as promised, the kids were still all smiles and kept busy with the face painting and other fun games. All in all it was a fun day for all and enjoyed by everyone. Shown here the popular children’s character, Dora the Explorer, made a surprise visit to say hello and have her photo taken with the kids. you even want to live in a place like that? Many Bahamians think that the ocean is so big that it cannot be harmed or that our little bit of trash could not hurt it. Well, that would be wrong. Marine debris trashes our treasure, causing serious harm to ocean animals, humans and our environment. We all have a part to play to protect the treasures of The Bahamas for ourselves, our tourists and for future generations. Learn more about marine debris and protecting the treasures of The Bahamas featured in this year’s poster competition and share your concerns through poster art. The Marine Education Poster Contest 2006 Trashing Our Treasure sponsored by the Treasure Cay Hotel, Resort and Marina and marine vendors from Nassau was open to all students residing in The Bahamas within the following four divisions: Kindergarten – Second Grade, Third – Fifth Grade, Sixth – Eighth Grade and Ninth – Twelfth Grade. Certificates of Ap preciation acknowledging each student’s submission will be sent to all who participate. Please see School Page 8


April 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 7 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!Ekali' is the main house in a recently subdivided, idyllic seaside community, overlooking the Sea of Abaco. The flagship house is on 2 levels, the top floor is a beautiful 3 bed, 3 bath home that has a rich English flair. The Guest Quarters are on the ground level & boast another 2 bed, 2 bath w/ full kitchen, open dining & sitting room. Just outside the lovely French doors on the sea side is a spacious deck. A unique property. Casuarina PointEXCLUSIVE 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. Sits on a double lot with over 150' canal frontage. Hardy panel exterior, concrete base, Very well constructed. The interior needs to be completed to new the owners specifications. 10ft ceilings, large walk-in master closet. Decking out back, very private. 1 floor, no garage. brand new, never lived in. This is the "Bone Fishing Capital" of Abaco #2226 $462,000Beautiful 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 $1,200,000This 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 This magnificent property is comprised of three lots. A gorgeous 2 bed, 2 bath cottage w/ all new quality furniture, state-of-the-art kitchen appliances, computer, television & new laundry facilities. The house also has new septic, cistern, IPE decking, & new hurricane windows.The entire house has also been re-roofed. Must be seen to truly appreciate all of its wonderful features. Clifford Sawyer House Hope Town #2147 $692,000 Breathtaking 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 $75,500 Ekali Elbow Cay #1883 $2,100,000


Page 8 B The Abaconian April 15, 2006 Marsh Harbour Contact Ph: (242) 367-2653 Government Dock Marsh Harbour, Abaco Palm Beach Contact Ph: (561) 844-5387 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 is a private charter plane company providing safe, reliable transportation to and from the islands of the Bahamas and southeastern Florida.has opened it’s new facility at the Marsh Harbour International Airport. We are a full service FBO with Customs, Immigration, Fuel, VIP Lounge and many other five star services. We handle all your aircraft ground handling service needs the way you want. CHEROKEE AVIATION Tel.# 242-367-0525 Fax.# 242-367-0526 VHF 122.80P.O.Box AB 20485 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Email : fboinfo@cherokeeair.comCHEROKEE AIR Tel.# 242-3673450 Fax.# 242-3673451P.O.Box AB 20485 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Email : Cherokee Air Cherokee Aviation NIPPERS BEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & DinnerPig Roast Every SundayEach child that places in the top three slots for their grade category will receive a award. The location and date of the award ceremony will be announced later in April. The teacher for each of the first place winners will be awarded with a gift certificate for two nights at the beautiful Treasure Cay Hotel, Resort and Marina. Announcement of the winning contestants will be made by April 15th. All school entries had to be submitted to DE-Project Beach by March 31st. Posters from participants will be laminated and posted throughout the community in recognition of student efforts to help preserve the oceans on which we depend.Abaco Central High SchoolInternational Day Is CelebratedBy Portia Jonsson Have you ever wanted to take a trip around the world but did not want to leave home? Well, on March 16th Abaco Central High School allowed you to do just that. You were able to visit Argentina, Costa Rica, Great Britain, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, United States or see what was in your own backyard, The Bahamas. During the day-long activities exhibits featured arts and crafts, food, clothing, music, currency and a wealth of information about the various countries. For the first time this year a souvenir shop and game room were added. Guyana showcased historical buildings, national symbols, places of interest and the history of the Republic of Guyana. The Bahamas showed off its straw products, bush medicine, Androsia, produce, seafood and arts and crafts. The United Kingdom displayed all the British products that can be bought in food stores here like HP sauce, baked bean and rich tea biscuits. The United States saluted their heroes and just about Located: Queen Elizabeth Drive Marsh Harbour, Abaco Phone: 242-367-3007 Fax: 242-367-3839 Email: -Wireless Internet Access Dial-up Internet Access -Internet Caf (use your own computer or ours ) -Coffee Bar! WWW.ABACOINET.COM More School News SchoolFrom Page 6 International Day at Abaco Central High School on March 16 showcased several countries represented by students and staff at the school. This annual celebration includes culture, handcrafts, music and food of the coutnries. These students proudly display the United States’s flag at the display of American memorabilia The parade of flags heralded the opening of the International Fair 2006 at Abaco Central High School on March 16th. Students were dressed in traditional costumes from the various countries. SchoolFrom Page 10


April 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 9 B Mailin Sands mailin@coldwellbankerbahamas.comPh# 242-3672992 P.O. Box AB 20403 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Chris Farrington, BRI Ph# 242-3654695 P.O. Box AB22758 Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas. April 15th 2006 NEW LISTING UNDER CONTRACTNEW LISTING Where will you stretch Your hammock? Man-OWar#54392/bed/bath island home. 1,280s q,ft. Features generator, tool shed, wrap around covered porch. Partially furnished and awaiting its new owner-$399,000Call Mailin Green Turtle Cay#5532Beach house on Bita Bay features 2beds/2bath and panoramic views of the turquoise ocean. Ideal spot for great snorkeling just off shore. Central A/C, fully equipped kitchen, water maker and more. Great rental historyCall Chris Man-OWar Cay # 5509 3 bed/3bath, two story home. Short distance to the Atlantic Ocean. Features an upstairs loft, 17.5 KW generator, several outdoor patios, basement, manicured lawn. $750,000.00Call Mailin ManjackCay-10 acres of property with beautiful beachfront at both ends. Protected anchorage on west side. Close to Green Turtle Cay. Great development property $2,000,000Call one of our agents today! 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 $2,300,000Call Chris Green Turtle Cay-#5347 –This island dream is a rare find for the discerning yachtsman who’s 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 $2,300,000.00Call Chris Man-O-War Cay-#5451Two cottages, both with 2beds/2baths located on 16,000 sq. ft. of waterfront property. Features 60,000 gallon rain water cistern, generator house and 15KW generator. Endless views of the Atlantic Ocean. Great vacation getaway. Post card pretty view. $1,100,000.00 -Call one of our agents. Yellowwood#5484Large waterfront lot available. Comprising 37,368 sq.ft of property, this parcel commands endless ocean views and runs 184’ on the Atlantic. Great lot for your dream ocean front home. Close to The Abaco Club on Winding Bay and only minutes from Cherokee Sound$275,000Call MailinYellowwood-#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 included. Close to Cherokee Sound. A MUST SEE!$219,000 –Call Mailin Long Beach#5520-Long Beach is a peaceful 40 minute drive from Marsh Harbour. Lot 115 is a corner lot and acre in size. All lots have access to a beautiful powder white beach. $55,000.00Call Mailin Leisure Lee-PRICE REDUCED#53663 bed, 2-bath 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. $325,000.00 – Call Mailin Vacant Lots for Sale Green Turtle Cay  Three lots situated on the Atlantic Ocean with over 90 ft. of beach front each lot. $440,000 each.  Sea to Sea Lot on White Sound. Lot has a cottage already built, and is ideal for a dock with good depth at the shoreline. $550,000  1/2 Acre lot on Blacksoundideal for a dock and home site. Owner financing available. $602 ,000  Building lot with a shared 100’ dock on beautiful Blacksound. Just outside of the settlement and near to beaches at Gillam Bay. $550,000 Vacant Lots for Sale BahamaPalm Shores  Several lots in Bahama Palm Shores and Pinehurst starting at $13,000.00 Sweeting’s Village, Marsh Harbour  Great building lot available in fast growing area, 11,000+ sq.ft,$52,000.00 – Call today Casuarina Point  Vacant Lot, 10,000 sq.ft. +, US $ 42,000.00NEW LISTINGDolphin Beach Estates, GuanaCay#5572-2 bed/2bath home,768 sq.ft This home is being sold fully furnished including appliances, hurricane shutters and a back up generator are also included $307,000.00Call Mailin NEW LISTING UNDER CONTRACTLubbers -#5617-Lubbers is a 25 minute boat ride from Marsh Harbour. This lot comprises 10,094 sq.ft and is one lot in from the Sea of Abaco. $110,000.00-Call one of our agents today Yellowwood-#5492Vacant property features elevations and views of Cherokee Sound. This 33,690 sq.ft. lot is in a great location for a home.. Close proximity to Cherokee Sound and Little Harbour-$82,000Call Mailin NEW LISTING


Page 10 B The Abaconian April 15, 2006 BAHAMAS HOT MIX Civil Engineer ing Contra c to r P roviding A baco & surr ounding cays w i th t h e fo l l owing serv i c e s for ove r 10 years : S i te clear ance E a rt hwo rks Wa ter & Sewe rage i n st allation Road pa ving Car park & dri ve ways A i rf i e l d s Asphalt re l a ted products Mate ri a l s te st i n gL a r L a r L a r L a r L a r 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 a i l a b l e f a i l a b l e f a i l a b l e f a i l a b l e f a i l a b l e f o r r o r r o r r o r r o r r ent ent ent ent ent : : : : :D8 DozerExcavator TrucksLoaders Low BoyRollers Tractor Heads GradersTrenchers Marsh Harbour, Abaco Te l : ( 242) 36 7-3956 3 67-3957 Fa x : ( 242) 367-3959 BAHAMAS HOT MIX For FREE es timates contact Harlin Johnson everything else American. A cultural show featuring the parade of flags, countries national anthems, cultural performances and food fair closed out the International Fair. Mr. Euthal Greene, school principal, said the day’s activities heralded an important factor that there is diversity among us. When we realize that we are different in many ways, we have a lot to offer in different ways. In The Bahamas we need to start celebrating this strength that is among us. He added that this international day tells him that the unity has to continue and go deeper if we are to become a better nation. He enMore School News couraged the students to remember that diversity gives them greater strength.Rotary Sponsors Debate in NassauBy Samantha V. Evans The Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas sponsored a debate for high school students held over the weekend of March 26th-28th in Nassau, Bahamas. Previously, students from both St. Francis de Sales and S.C. Bootle High School attended but due to unforeseen events, only St. Frances entered this year. Brittany Archer, Elise Bain, Samantha Baillou and Barry McKinsey represented the school. Accompanying them were Mr. Simon and Ms. S. Johnson. SchoolFrom Page 8 Please see School Page 11 The topic this year was Is There Equality Within the United Nations? The Abaco students represented the Czech Republic region and based their argument around this region. Their argument was that in order to achieve equality in the United Nations, there first must be equality in the Member States. The argument was presented by Brittany Archer of grade 11. Samantha Baillou stated that Brittany did very well and has a lot of confidence in herself. The judging process was a sore topic for this group because they felt that the judges did not honor the rules as stated. They judged based on different criteria such as popular argument. Mr. Simon stated that the speech in the competition should represent the United Nations which is without dramatization but rather should focus on developmental speech. In spite of all things, the team did very well even though they did not place. Ms. Baillou stated that the debate was very competitive and the judging process was unclear. They feel that the rules need to be clear and consistent and followed through to the judging process. She hopes that those who enter next year will bring back a trophic but most of all she wants them to continue the legacy that they started.Forest Heights AcademyFair Raises FundsBy Mirella Santillo Forest Heights Academy held its annual fair on March 25 and according to Principal Paul Vernal in his closing address, “It This group went to Nassau to compete in a debate sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas. Only students from St. Francis de Sales went this year. They did very well although they were disappointed that they did not bring back a trophy. The students are Brittany Archer, Barry McKinsey, Samantha Baillou and Elise Bain. They were accompanied by Ms. S. Johson, left, and Mr. Simon, right. Students took delight in wetting Susan Parotti and other teachers at the fair held at Forest Heights Academy on March 25.


April 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 11 B S t e i n e r H H o u s e T T r e a s u r e C C a y R R o a d 4 BR,2 1/2 BA $ 8 0 9 0 0 0 B a h a m a B B e a c h C C l u b 2039, Deluxe Beach-front Condo 3 BR,2 BA $ 8 5 0 0 0 0 R o y a l P P a l m 2 BR, 2 BA Marina front condo, fully furnished, with boat slip. Tropical decor $ 5 9 9 0 0 0 H e l e n s P P o i n t G G a l l e o n B B a y Waterfront 4 BR,3 BA Home, Sea of Abaco views $ 1 3 8 8 0 0 0 G a l l e o n B B a y R R o a d Homesite overlooking Treasure Cay Marina $ 4 0 5 0 0 0 T w i n P P a l m s B B r i g a n t i n e C C a n a l Home, 3 BR 2BA pool and dock $ 8 7 0 0 0 0 E a r l y L L i g h t R R o y a l P P o i n c i a n a 2 BR, 2BA Condo on Treasure Cay beach $ 6 9 5 0 0 0 A t l a n t i s 2 2 2 0 2 2 BR, 2 BA Condo with 25' wide boat slip, including boat lift $ 4 0 5 0 0 0 S O L D 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 For being honored as the top boy with the highest GPA in Grade 6 at Agape Christian School and also the top boy overall in Abaco, with the highest GPA in Grade 6. We are very proud of you for doing such an excellent job. Love Mom, Tatiana, Baby Stanton Jr. & Aunt Tiffany. More School News SchoolFrom Page 10 Please see School Page 12 was a great success. We had 10,000 raffle tickets for sale and we sold every last one of them.” Not only the sale of the raffle tickets was successful, but the fair itself, judging by the attendance on that rather cold Saturday. Numerous were the games and activities to keep everybody occupied. The bouncing castle had a line of waiting kids till the end of the festivities. An art room had been set up with supplies such as construction paper, glitter, glue and more for the creative ones, and many children spent the afternoon displaying their talent with the help of parents and teachers. A dart board pegged with playing cards was a popular stop. Whoever hit the joker or made 21 won a stuffed animal. The more active participated in a basketball shuffle that was rewarded by a prize at the end of the day. There was the usual white elephant sale and objects displayed for a silent auction. You could bid on lots ranging from a four-piece cannister set to gift certificates from popular businesses such as Pinewood Nursery, National Marine, Buds and Blooms, Dawn Design, to students slaving for a day on the school Lots of delicious food was available at the Forest Heights Academy Fair on March 25. Shown here are Yvonne Wilmore and Delarie Davis cooking specialties on site. Students helped with the booths; this student is selling cotton candy. grounds! The dunk tank attracted a lot of participants; the players bought three balls to throw at a target. If they scored, a balloon full of water was punctured and was dumped on top of a teacher’s head. Teachers Jason Van Tol and Alana Carroll each took their turn being dunk for half an hour and shivered the rest of the afternoon. Face painting, a fish pond and a variety of games kept children lining up for their turn and a modeling session for Adams and Eve had all the men’s eyes riveted to the podium where students showed a line of skimpy outfits to the beat of loud music. It was soon time for the names of the 15 raffle winners to be announced. Prizes ranged from $20 phone cards to a laptop computer that was won by a Cherokee resident, Mr. Daniel Lowe. The highest bidders of the silent auction were then revealed


Page 12 B The Abaconian April 15, 2006 Abaco Agent Hideaway, Great Cistern CayLike new 3/2 waterfront home with 40 dock, covered terrace, wonderful elevation and views, great neighbourhood. $575,000Waterfront, Guana Cay3 1/2 acres Sea to Sea property just south of Orchid Bay. 300+ of water frontage with deeded easement to the beach $895,000Waterway, Sand Bank CreekWaterfront fome with private dock and dredged channel. 3/2 plus games room, conservator dining room and deck. $375,000Beachview Turtle RocksLovely 16,000 sf homesite in private community. Natural elevation, direct beach access and great Sea of Abaco views. $58,800Gumelemi House, Central PinesVery stylish 3/2 home with high ceilings, carport, laundry room and fenced yard, Borders conservation land, ready for occupancy. $205,000Summerwind, Guana CayThe perfect beach house! Simple, casual and carefree. 2/2+ open & covered porches Access to two beaches, short drive to settlement, rental history $345,000Beachfront, Turtle RocksTwo one-acre propertises each with 100 of beautiful Sea of Abaco frontage. Convenient, quality neighbourhood with protective covenants. $208,500Waterway, Sand Bank Creek1 acre with 95Sea of Abaco frontage, dredged channel and private boat ramp. Secluded but only minutes to cays, bonefish or blue water. $125,000Bill Thorndycraft & Sandra EvansPhone: (242) 367-0365 Cell: (242) 357-6638 Abaco, Bahamaswww.AbacoAgent.comSandra Evans Real Estate Sales as well as the winners of the basketball shuffle and guess the number of M&M’s in the jar game. The food was abundant and delicious from the usual conch fritters, baked chicken, macaroni and cheese to a large display of baked goods. By three o’clock whatever was left was offered at half price, and many took home a great dinner for very little money. More School News Please see School Page 11 The fair was a great success for the school and provided an afternoon of fun and activities for the many families and friends who attended.Program Emphasizes Learning about Their CommunitiesBy Samantha V. Evans Ms. Elaine Martinborough visited several of the schools on Abaco to personally launch a program of Know the Spirit of Your Community Program. It involves the students researching the history of their settlements and persons in those communities who may be known for a special gift, ability or talent such as a woman who makes the best bread, a well known singer or writer. The program also involves the students in thinking how their communities could improve. The students are making a list of 10 items that they feel the community needs The Ministry of Education Abaco District held its annual General Knowledge Competition on April 7th at the Learning Resource Centre. Only three schools, Agape Christian School, Man-O-War School and St. Francis de Sales competed for the title. Education Officer, Ms. Felemease Sawyer was very disappointed with the lack of participation from the district. She said the General Knowledge Competition is curriculum based therefore all primary schools should have taken part, expecially since they had the schedule from September last year. First place winner was St. Francis de Sales followed by Man-O-War School for second place and Agape Christian School received third. Vicente Chea from Agape Christian School, Andrew Janes from Man-O-War School and Fieasha Johnson and Matthew Grammatico from St. Francis de Sales will make up the District Team and participate in the National Competition in Nassau next month. to change, implement or improve on. The list is then narrowed down to the five most important/urgent items and then further narrowed down to the three most urgent items. It involves the students understanding why they feel these items need to be done, by whom, what needs to be done to accomplish the task, the length of time needed to get the task done, how much money is needed. This program is being tied into the social studies/history programs at all Abaco schools. Students from the Abaco Karate Academy traveled to Grand Bahama to compete in The Bahamas and Caribbean WADO KAI Tournament on February 25th. Sensei Churton Toote said this level of competition was what they were looking for because some of the students attended other tournaments abroad and achieved top position. Pictured front row left to right: Sebastian Andrews, Spencer Bethel, LaChelle Lightbourne and Eugene Moss. Back row left to right: Sensei Agatha Curry, Sensei Churton Toote and Matthew Deveaux. Missing are Tyler Deveaux and Jitano Johnson. The students enjoyed the tournament and had a great time. Karate Students Compete on Grand Bahama


April 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 13 BWINDWARD 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 WINDWARD BEACH ESTATES “Bahama Sunset” Canal front two storey CBS home with 141 ft. water frontage with dock. Upper level has living / dining / kitchen, master bedroom with ensuite bath, den / optional bedroom and bath, and large covered dock. Downstaris 1 bed / 1 bath / living also large garage / workshop. Unique property with fantastic sunset view as well as sunrise ocean view. $1,107,000 ROCK POINT “Pilot House” special unique location with a commanding, enviable view of the Sea of Abaco. Water front home, 2 storey, CBS/ frame. Upstairs master and guest bed, 2 baths, large living/ dinning/ open kitchen; lower level 1bed / 1 bath, 2 car garage plus 1 car/boat garage. $1,230,000 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: info@treasurecayrealestate.comMember “NEW” STORAGE UNITS, centrally located in Treasure Cay town centre. Storage units come in assorted sizes for boats, cars, golf carts and ”stufff.” Starting at $25,000 CONDOMIUM DEVELOPMENTS 1. CARLETON LANDING Newest opportunity Ccanal 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. THE COTTAGES Now the newest oceanfront development on Treasure Cay beach com prising individual luxury units Starting at $625,000 + 14% closing 4. BAHAMA BEACH CLUB Luxury condominium project on Treasure Cay Beach. 3 bed / 3 bath / Den / Lanai / onsite pool and many other features Starting at $742,500 Plus 14% closing ROYAL PALM Canal Front Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool Phase I 3 bed / 3 bath upper end unit, 12’ wide slip with boat lift, includes golf cart. $553,500 ATLANTIS Canal Front Condos with on-site Pool Bldg 1 Lower unit 2 bed / 2 bath, 15’ wide boat slip, includes car. Newly decroated. MUST SEE $430,500 Bldg 4 Upstairs end unit, 2 bed / 2 bath, totally redone, with boat slip, includes golf cart. MOTIVATED SELLER $406,000 ROYAL POINCIANA Ocean Front Condos with on site pool and tennis 2 bed / 2 bath downstairs end unit with wrap-around deck. Never rented. Fully and tastefully furnished. Special must see unit. $738,000 VACANT LOTS AVAILABLE • Ocean front properties Casuarina Beach/Ocean Blvd. Sand Piper Beach Sunrise Point Beginning at $875,000 • Canal Front Beginning at $264,500 • Rock Point Waterfront, bulkheaded Beginning at $175,000 • Golf Course / Interior Beginning at $50,000 OCEAN VILLA SUBDIVISION Pool side / garden location 2 bed / 2 bath $369,000 Second row beach with direct ocean access. Great view. 2 bed / 2 bath, many special features. MUST SEE $553,500 MARINERS COVE Townhouse Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool Marina View 2 bed / 2 bath, end unit, extra features, never rented $212,000 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 BRIGANTINE 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 UNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT SOLDYouth Council Board Is Formed for Central AbacoBy Samantha V. Evans Marsh Harbour has a Youth Council Board whose job will be to plan events for the area, discuss activities pertaining to youth and to assist with youth events going on throughout The Bahamas. It will be their job to make the community aware of these events. Mr. Revis Rolle initiated the forming of this Board and wants to see the Youth Council Board serve for a period of two to three years. The first invitational meeting was held on February 15th at the Court House but due to a power outage, it was cancelled until the following Tuesday. On February 22nd more persons attended and the meeting took off. The following persons were nominated to serve on the Board: Chairman Mr. Emory Curry, Asst. Chairperson Ms. Elaine Martinborough, Secretary Ms. Samantha V. Evans and Treasurer Ms. Barbara Johnson. Persons who serve must be committed and hardworking, and Mr. Ishmael “Stretch” Morley stated that he will work with those who are interested. Plans for the first youth activity, Youth Month, began. The board will meet every two weeks to ensure that they have a very successful event during the month of May.Youth Council Board Plans for Youth MonthBy Samantha V. Evans May is Youth Month throughout The Bahamas. The theme for this year is Empowering Youth for the Eradication of Poverty, HIV/AIDS and Crime The Youth Council Board in Marsh Harbour is responsible for organizing and finalizing all of the plans for Youth Month and making recommendations for outstanding youth in Abaco. Plans have already begun and a calendar of events has been prepared. Schools and local churches have been sent letters and a calendar outlining all of the activities for this month. The Board plans to showcase Abaco youths during this month and expose them Youth News Please see Youth Page 14 to as many positive events as possible. Some of the events planned are a special Church Service on May 7 at Friendship Tabernacle, a Youth Concert on May 12 and a March and Rally on May 26. Special school assemblies are planned for several schools. We encourage the public, schools, churches and civic/community groups to participate. A banner competition, sports tournaments and an essay competition are also slated to be held. Awards for these competitions will be given out in Marsh Harbour. Nationally there are a number of competitions and events that will be held. Some of the events where nominations are to be made are for Youth Parliament, Pacesetter Award, Youth Organization Award, Youth Enterprise Award and Youth Leaders Award. These awards will be given out in Nassau. The Board encourages Abaconians to nominate persons or organizations where applicable. Abaco has a lot of great talent in the youth department and we need to showcase them. The Youth Council Board is committed to providing wholesome, positive activities for the youth of Abaco. The support of the public, schools and churches will be needed to make this happen.Boys Club UpdateBy Samantha V. Evans A week ago, Mr. Samuel Rolle returned to Abaco to continue talks on the start of the Boys Club in Abaco. At the conclusion of the meeting with head of Urban Renewal, Ms. Elaine Martinborough, it was decided that the Boys Club will be operated under the umbrella of Urban Renewal. Not only did Mr. Rolle meet with decision-makers, he spoke with class of 30 students at Abaco Central High School and the males of grades 10-12 at St. Frances de Sales about the importance of getting an education and realizing the role that they all play in the success of the Bahamian society. He encouraged the stu-


Page 14 B The Abaconian April 15, 2006 abaco-realestate.com04/01/06Derek Lee, BRIAbaco District Managing Broker Marsh Harbour (242) 367-5454 Res: (242) 365-6156 dlee@hgchristie.comChris Plummer BRIAssist. District Manager Estate Agent Green Turtle Cay (242) 365-4052 Cell: (242) 554-9451 chris@hgchristie.comKathleen Albury BRIEstate Agent -Appraiser Elbow Cay (242) 366-0700 Cell: (242) 477-5350 kathleen @hgchristie.comNeil Aberle BRIEstate Agent Marketing Specialist Marsh Harbour (242) 367-5454 Cell:(242) 359-6274 neil@hgchristie.comChris AlburyEstate Agent Marine Specialist Man-O-War Cay (242) 365-6008 Cell: (242) 477-5245 calbury@hgchristie.comFaron SawyerEstate Agent Transportation Specialist Abaco (242) 367-3450 faron@hgchristie.comBill JohnstonEstate Agent Utility Specialist Little Harbour (242) 367-5454 Cell: (242-357-6674 bill@hgchristie.comRobbie BethelSales Assistant Photography Specialist Hope Town (242) 366-0700 (242) 375-8533 robbie@hgchristie.comRetta ThomasOffice Manager Support Services Marsh Harbour (242) 367-5454 Bay Street P.O. Box AB 20777 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasTelephone: (242) 367 5454 e.mail: abaco@hgchristie.comMargo SawyerEstate Agent Green Turtle Cay I.T. Specialist (242) 365-4052 Cell: (242) 551-7976 msawyer @hgchristie.comSilbert MillsEstate Agent Media Specialist Abaco (242) 367-2935 Cell: (242) 375-8359 "Vista Mar" Great Guana Cay Orchid Bay Lot # 39 45,100 s.f. 1.035 acres 158.5' on Sea of Abaco 6,500 s.f. foundation in place 13,000 gal Cistern Building Plans Approved Fabulous Views #TS10552 $838,000. NEW Great Guana Cay Dolphin Beach Estates Beachfront Building Site 36,839 s.f. 0.845 Acre 50' Beach Frontage Good Elevation Superb Ocean Views Lush Native Vegetation #AS10575 $545,500. "Lost Shaker" NEW Man-O-War Cay Eastern Harbour Rare 0.40 Acre Building Site Sea-to-sea 80' of Harbour Front Average Depth 200' Good elevation #AS10694 $830,500. "Eastern Harbour" Treasure Cay 2 Lots offered as a single parcel 24,140 s.f.over 0.5 acre 174' of water frontage Overlooks entrance to Treasure Cay Marina Cleared and ready to build All utilities available #AS10592 $739,000. "Treasure View" NEW SALES RENT ALS RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL ALS RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL The Exclusive Bahamas Affiliate for:CHRISTIE'SGREAT ESTATES SALES RENT ALS APPRAISALS RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPRAISALS RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club 5,207 s.f. Building Site. Semi-private dock. Dock rated for a 55' Vessel and a 25' Runabout. #AB5187 $520,000. "Lot # 30" NEW PRICE Sand Banks Creek near Treasure Cay 1 Acre plus Building Sites Wooded Lots 90' of Bay Frontage 80' of Road Frontage 3 Miles south of Treasure Cay #AB5071 from: $61,500. "Sand Banks Creek" Sea of Abaco near Leisure Lee 1.4 Acres 300' from mainland Excellent Elevation 8' water at western end 3 Miles south of Treasure Cay #AB51471 $375,000. "Carrington Cay" PRIV ATE ISLAND "Conched Out" Green Turtle Cay Coco Bay 3.08 Acres 225' On Atlantic Ocean 235' On Coco Bay 30' Elevation Last Sea-to-sea parcel on Green Turtle Cay #TS10560 $2,600,000. NEW NEW Great Guana Cay Beachfront Building Site 16,500 s.f. 0.3787 Acre 100' Beach Frontage Over 200' of depth Good Elevation Superb Ocean Views Lush Native Vegetation #AS$425,000. "Secret Beach" NEW WEBSITE More Youth News dents to make the grade and that once they do, he will do all he can to assist them with getting scholarship assistance for college. The students were very excited and agreed to take on the challenge. Male students at both high schools are ready for the Boys Club to get started in their respective schools. Mrs. Kumar has pledged her support and assistance. Our males are an essential part of our society and the sustenance of the family. At a Youth Council meeting on March 15th, Mr. Revis Rolle pledged his support to the Boys Club here on Abaco. He encouraged the Council Board to get it started as soon as possible. He is all for it! He stated that boys need to learn that being loud doe not make them men. They must learn to be respectful and have manners. Mr. Samuel Rolle was the guest speaker at this meeting and informed the Council Board of the dynamics of the Boys Club which is that it is a discipline based program. Mr. Rolle and Ms. Martinborough are working closely together to get The Boys Club of Abaco established.Stanley McIntosh Is HonoredBy Samantha V. Evans On April 1st Stanley McIntosh was honored by the Boys Club of the Bahamas in Nassau. Stanley is an eleventh grade student at Abaco Central High School where he has had a number of challenges. He has been a part of a Boys Group at the High School under the direction of the Guidance Counselor for the past four months where he has been receiving training in Character Development, Anger Management, Conflict Resolution, Communication and Cooperation and many others. He, along with others in the group, recently started attending a local Saturday discipline class with Cpl. Minnis and Officer Ellis. Stanley has been associated with the Boys Club of The Bahamas since December of last year. Due to his dramatic changes in behavior over the past few months Mr. Samuel Rolle honored him at a banquet in Nassau. Ms. Evans stated that she is very proud of him because Stanley has great leadership abilities that he needed to learn how to channel to do more positive things. He has shown that his future is important to him and he will achieve excellence. His mother, Anna Baillou, and other family members accompanied him to Nassau and cheered him on as only family can. Well done, Stanley! Your comrades, Pastor Shawn Robbins, Officers Minnis and Ellis and counselor, Ms. Evans, all salute you. YouthFrom Page 13 By Jennifer Hudson I was pleased when I heard that Chester Thompson had recently published a new book as I had thoroughly enjoyed reading his first book, The Fledgling a delightful story of the first 14 years of his life spent growing up happily in Hope Town in the 1920s and 30s. I must admit, though, that I was a little disappointed when I discovered that his second book, The Long Day Wanes is “a memoir of love and war.” The love story part I was quite happy about as this would have been a natural progression from the ending of his previous book but, unlike some, I have never been a fan of war stories. However, I decided to give it a read and was pleasantly surprised since it is not an endless and impersonal description of one battle after another but a very personal account of the next stage of Mr Thompson’s life after his boyhood in Hope Town, and I found it to be most informative and enjoyable. Though his father tried to dissuade him, Mr. Thompson volunteered for service in the Royal Navy in 1942 during the throes of World War II. On completion of his training in Britain, Mr Thompson began service on the destroyer, HMS Beverley an escort ship, whose purpose was to drive off attacking U-boats in the Atlantic. He gives a vivid and very personal insight into his very harsh experiences at sea where he encounters storms, battles, bombs and daring rescues. He entered the Navy, as a “rating” and worked his way up to the rank of Sub Lieutenant, Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, after having proved himself through his many trials and hardships to be officer material. The lives of all 150 men on the HMS Beverley were lost when the ship was torpedoed in the battle of the Atlantic on April 11, 1943. Mr. Thompson, however, lived to tell the tale since, just as the destroyer was about to make her last crossing, he was ordered off the ship to report to Portsmouth for officer training. He still grieves for his shipmates to whose memory his book is dedicated. The story of war is interwoven with scenes of rural English life and the many people Chester became close to, especially Annabel, whom he had met in Hope Town as a youngster. She had left Hope Town at the age of 16, but fate brought them together again five years later in England, and the story tells of the blossoming of their love affair. Mr. Thompson craftily ends his book with a real cliffhanger so that one is left anxiously awaiting his sequel to discover how the relationship develops between himself and Annabel, who was by that time a Wren instructor in Hull, not far from Grimsby, where Chester was to take command of “one of the early Mark 4’s.” Chester’s next book is eagerly awaited. Review: The Long Day Wanes by Chester Thompson


April 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 15 B m r e a SALES RENT ALS RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL SALES RENTALS APPRAISALS RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL a y 0. e 0 "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."One Bedroom Mariners Cove"(Ref #439) Fully furnished and meticulously maintained one bedroom, one bath ground level, poolside condominium, recently completely renovated, all new appliances & furnishings, customs cabinetry, terracotta tile floor, lots of amenities. Rental potential Price $185,000.Residential Inland LotŽ(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. LEISURE LEE:Canal Front Home"(Ref #214) 2 bedroom 2 bath single story CBS construction home, open living/kitchen on the end of a finger canal, tile floors, central A/C, low maintenance, 50 of bulkhead canal front with deep water and dock, fully furnished, includes vehicle. Close to beach access $465,000.Rocks CleftŽ(Ref #466) Fully furnished, topsider home, 3 bedroom, 3 bath with 2,600 s/f on 2 levels located on peninsula with 360 degree waterfront views, canal front dockage for 100+ yacht, boat ramp, lots of amenities includes vehicle and boat. Price: $986,000.LITTLE HARBOUR:Waterfront PropertyŽ(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.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.GUANACAY:Two Commercial LotsŽ(Ref#368) 2 adjoining lots, harbour front road location, across from the public dock, total frontage 161 feet, lot#8 $299,000, lot#9 $349,000.00.BUSTICK BIGHT:Waterfront AcreageŽ(Ref#381) Two 1 acre parcels, featuring 150-200 feet of water front on protected Bustick Bight, located just 6 miles north of Marsh Harbour, open zoning, ideal location. Call for pricing.SPLIT ROCK:Waterfront ParcelsŽ(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.SCOTLAND CAY:Waterfront LotŽ(Ref#319) Large lot with 125 feet on Sea of Abaco, Private island with air strip, elevations up to 50+/$500,000.MARSH HARBOUR:Great Abaco Club Canal LotŽ(Ref#440) Choice cleared lot ready for construction in highly desirable gated community, dockage potential for 55 vessel plus 22 runabout, location provides great rental home possibilities and use of all resort amenities. Limited number of lots available in this community! Price $499,000.Great Abaco Residential LotŽ(Ref#493) Select residential lot in Great Abaco Club, 7,750 sq. ft. in size, finger dock for 25 vessel, direct access to Sea of Abaco, gated community, all utilities available, use of all resort amenities, close to restaurants, shops, etc $425,000. Prime Real Estate Listing Throughout Abaco TREASURE CAY:"Argyll House"(Ref #483) Elegant & luxurious 4 bedroom, 5.5 bath Ocean Blvd. Estate approx. 6,900 s/f, on 1.6 acres with 153 on the beach, landscaped, fully furnished, high ceilings, marble floors, 2 car garage, includes vehicles. $5,100,000."Peace & Plenty"(Ref #503) Splendid 7 bedroom, 4.5 bath 2 storey, fully furnished Ocean Blvd beachfront estate, situated on 1.453 superbly landscaped acres with 163 feet of spectacular beach frontage, magnificent views, covered balconies, superior finishes, guest cottage, ideal location with privacy. $3,800,000."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 HouseŽ(Ref #350) Fabulous 2 storey 6 bedroom, 5.5 bath, fully furnished, plus efficiency, pool, 80' beach frontage, recently renovated $2,300,000.OceanaŽ(Ref #498) Furnished 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath private home with open floor plan and British Colonial decor for elegant and comfortable living, located on Sandpiper Beach with magnificent views, garage, landscaped, beachside deck. $1,875,000."Alexandre"(Ref #510) 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath harbour front residence, 3,000+s/f with loft, CBS construction with high ceilings, French doors overlooking harbour, 60 dock plus boat lift, landscaped double garage, screened patio, fully furnished, pool, Price $1,850,000."Beachfront Vacant Lot"(Ref #462) 1.82 acre cleared lot with 144 of prime beach frontage, located on prestigious Ocean Blvd, all utilities available, limited beach lots available in this area. Price $1,200,000."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."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.Waterfront Lots"(Ref #260) Four adjoining sea-walled waterfront lots on Galleon Bay Rd with spectacular views of the Sea of Abaco, cleared ready for construction, excellent value, Price $220,000 each.Galleon Bay Canal Lot"(Ref #422) Prime Canal Front cleared lot totaling 10,295 s/f and 88+ feet of protected canal water frontage situated on the wide expanse of pictureque Galleon Bay, quick access to the Sea of Abaco. $350,000.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 VACATIONRENTALS15 April, 2006 By Nancy Russell Kudos are being sent to our areas own motorcycle club, The Scurvy Few Motorcycle Club, for all that the “few” have done for our community. The club started in 1998 when two men, Sid Dawes and Skeet La Chance, were having a conversation and the idea to start a motorcycle club became their main topic. It all began as sort of a joke because at the time there were very few motorcycles on the island. Regardless, others members were recruited and before long the club began. With six charter members, Sid, Skeet, Bob Kilroe, Simon Bethell, Piere (PO) Mertz and Steve Williams, they would ride south on most Sundays to Sandy Point but would occasionally head north to Crown Haven. Since its organization, the club has accomplished a great deal for the local community. You may have noticed park benches in Marsh Kudos Kor Kudos Kor Kudos Kor Kudos Kor Kudos Kor ner ner ner ner ner Harbour with sponsors and area maps placed around at rest stops and more recently the club has placed benches at the airport. These go far to assist visitors to Marsh Harbour and assist them in recognizing local businesses. Members of the boating community especially have benefitted from these rest areas and “thank you’s” and appreciative remarks are commonly heard about the road maps included at these locations. According to Sid Dawes, the organization is well known for its entry in the annual Soapbox Derby in Hope Town and for beginning the Toy For Tots collections during the Christmas holidays. The organization has an active “fan club,” but not like most that you may be accustomed. The Scurvy Few Fan Club actually buys fans and distributes them during the heat of the summer to the elderly and others that lack air conditioning or fans. The club should be commended as well for extending its services to areas outside of Marsh Harbour, such as Freeport, Grand Bahamas, when several club members made a bike ride to West End to distribute toys. So much has been done by this recognized organization that I must give them the honor of receiving the Kudos Award, thanking everyone involved with the club. It is our hope that the members of the Scurvy Few continue to enjoy themselves as they continue doing good for our community. The Scurvy Few Motorcycle Club has improved our community by putting park benches and maps in several locations in Marsh Harbour. The members constructed this gazebo along Queen Elizabeth Drive for a rest stop for our many visitors along with a kiosk with maps and relavant information. 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 16 B The Abaconian April 15, 2006 A b a c o R e a l E s t a t e A g e n c yAbacos Oldest and Most Experienced Real Estate AgencyContact Bill Thompson 477-5712 Lil Bill Albury or Elaine ThompsonABACO REAL ESTATEP.O.Box AB20404, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Ph : (242) 367-2719 Fax: (242) 367-2359 lMARSH HARBOUR LISTINGS l lSOUTH ABACO LISTINGS l CONTACT : BILL THOMPSON: 367-2719P.O.Box AB20404, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Ph : (242) 367-2719 lFax: (242) 367-2359 l www.abacobahamas.comWATCHING BAY, CHEROKEENewŽ Subdivision, limited number of investor lots available. Interior lots from $50,000 Ocean view lots from $190,000 grossOLD KERR2 miles south of Bahama Palm Shores 10.8 acres, Great elevations $165,000 gross BAHAMAPALM SHORES6 Interior lots from $25,000LONG BEACH2 Interior lots from $55,000YELLOW WOOD CREEK1.17 Acre Hilltop lot Winding Bay Oceanviews $300,000 GrossLONG BEACHInterior Lots from $55,000 Lots with Great Ocean views from $120,000 lGUANA CAY l lGUANA CAYUnique Business Opportunitiesl lHOPE TOWN lLUBBERS lTILLOO CAY lORCHID BAY1.07 acre lot 144waterfront on Sea of Abaco $849,000GUANABEACH FRONTLarge beach front lot 300 yards NE of Nippers $495,000 gross 2 / 2 HOUSE IN SETTLEMENTGreat location 150 yards to beach Next to Batelco & School 21,000+ lot nice 2 / 2 house $585,000 gross3 VACANT LOTSLocated in settlement next to Batelco 1) 8251 sq. ft. 2) 7922 sq. ft. $160,000 each 3) 7593 sq. ft.2 VACANT LOTSDolphin Beach Estates, side-by-side lots, Great Sea of Abaco views, each lot 33,500 sq. ft., $200,000 each1 VACANT LOT10,400+ sq. ft. great views, near Boat Harbour, $135,000SEASHORE VILLAS3 Town Houses, each 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bath, Living & Dining room, full kitchen, tv, vcr, cd player, satellite, all central a/c, fresh water swimming, pool, deck & Gazebo. Fully furnishedHARBOUR VIEW HAVENTop floor; 2 bedrooms with Queen Beds, 1 bathroon, one single room with futon, full kitchen, living room, Dining room, full balcony. One single unit with 1 bedroom, 1 bath & futon. These 2 units can open into one. Central A/C, T.V. Satellite, VCR, & CD Player, Ground floor; 1 bedroom with Queen bed, 1 bath, ground floor office, Cistern 48,000 gallon. Exclusive Listing by Appointment only @ B$1,750,000SUNRISE COTTAGE2 Bedroom 2 bath, fully equipped kitchen, Central A/C., Satellite TV., CD Player For more photos and information on this business please see www.guanacayvillas.comThis amazing Guana Cay 3 bedroom 3 bathroom home is built on a 50,730 sq. ft. lot with 130 ft of protected waterfront. Ideal spot to build your own private dock. Located on the water between the settlement & Blue Water Grill. Construction & finish work are of the highest quality available. Beautifully landscaped with manicured gardens and flowers. Generator house with standby generator and r/o water system. This home is beautifully furnished and is turn-keyŽ. Must be seen to be appreciated. By appointment only.Ž B$2,875,000 Gross. (Exclusive of 1/2 Stamp Tax and Purchases own legal fees)EXCLUSIVE LISTING BYAPPOINTMENT ONLYŽ@ B$3,600,000Located on the waterfront in the center of Guana Cay Harbour, Business comprises of:-For more photos and information on this business, please see www.guanacayvillas.comHOPE TOWN50waterfront 300deep in Hope Town Harbour on Back Creek $570,000 grossLUBBERS2 acres 115waterfront $600,000 grossNewŽ Abaco Ocean Club LUBBERS Lots 39 & 40 $99,000 gross eachGREAT CISTERN3 bed 2 1/2 bath home 3,179sq. ft. plus 2/2 cottage 1000 sq. ft. both fully furnished and turn key. Located on a hill top with great views. Reduced to $670,000 grossCOMMERCIALLOTnear Spooners Dept. Store $150,000COMMERCIALBUILDINGacross from Golden Grouper $520,000REGATTAS OF ABACO4 2/2 fully furnished Units 203, 302, 303 & 503 $315,000 gross eachSUNRISE BAYonly 7 lots remain in this beautiful subdivision from $170,000CROSSING BEACH AREA3/4 acre 138waterfront $365,000CENTRALPINES ESTATESLarge Interior Lot 15,690 sq $35,000BUSTIC BAY5 minutes north of Marsh Harbour Two 1/2 acre lots w/ 100waterfront each $99,000GIFT SHOPCentral A/C, Ice Cream Freezer, soda cooler, chest freezer, bathroomLAUNDROMAT5 Washers & 5 Dryers, bathroomSTORAGE BUILDING22,000 Gallon Cistern, r/o water maker, Ice Maker, 3 Big Chest Freezers, Central A/C., 100kw GeneratorDOCK250 ft. x 8 ft wide dock & 2 beach cabanas, Great marina potential. TILLOO CAYHappy Cats, nestled on 3 acres of Sea to Sea property with private dock,Fresh water, swimming pool,4 bed 3 bath 3,380 sq. ft.Home, central a/c standby generator, Caretakers cottage, 5,500 gallon cisterns $1,750,000 gross PELICAN SHORES HARBOURFront Lot located on exclusive Pelican Shores. This 26400+ sq. ft. Residential lot sits on an elevated hill top with 360 views of the Harbour & Sea of Abaco, property is landscaped with electricity & water installed. Utilities supplied at your private dock on the harbour. Waterfront is 162 +/and has a new dock that is 90x 8LŽ shared with an additional 15x 15area that can have a roof installed to provide shade.B$1,225,000 Gross (Exclusive of 1/2 Stamp Tax and Purchases own legal fees)


April 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 17 B YOUR FIRST CHOICE IN BAHAMIAN REAL ESTATE GUANA CAY TREASURE CAY BAHAMA PALM SHORES LYNYARD CAY GUANA CAY LEISURE LEE CROSSING ROCKS MURPHY TOWN BAHAMA PALM SHORES BAHAMA CORAL ISLAND SWEETINGS VILLAGE BAHAMA CORAL ISLAND BAHAMA PALM SHORES PELICAN SHORES#9934 SouthwindŽ. 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. Apromising property with superior land value and great potential for the discerning, imaginative buyer. #10181. Super Bahamian style two-story home, fully furnished. Concrete block ground floor & frame above. 8Ž wide wrap-around deck affords great views. The second level offers a modern kitchen with all amenities, open living/dining area, 2 bd & full bath with shower. All tongue & groove southern pine interiors. The ground floor houses a third bd & bath, a 13,000 gallon water cistern & ultility/storage area. Includes 5,500kw backup generator, golf cart, tools. Great rental potential, the perfect island getaway $512,500. #9601. Building site situated in Anchorage Estates, the perfect location for a small multifamily project. Located adjacent to the roundabout, this 14,000 sq.ft. lot is zoned muti-family and could be developed for a small boutique style resort. $69,500 #10202: Gorgeous, generously-sized home site on Eight Mile Bay beach. Encompassing approx. 1.7. acres of nicely elevated land. Thickly treed with native hardwoods. Wonderful views, wide sugar sand beach and community offers underground utilities, telephone and internet access $615,000. #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. #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 upŽ. Agreenway borders one boundary making the site secluded and private. $68,500. #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 #9323. Just built and never lived in! 3 bedrooms, two 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. $135,000. #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 upŽ! Buy now for the future! $21,000. #9073.NEW! Nicely elevated cottage overlooks the Sea of Abaco and catches every tropical breeze. Two bedrooms, 2 baths, hobby room, laundry nook, home is wired for generator power. Tiled living areas, carpeted bedrooms. Sturdy cement construction, tongue and groove ceilings. The perfect first home or retirement cottage! Move in condition! $230,000 #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. Motivated seller! $35,000. #10195 : One acre Atlantic Ocean front home site adjacent to Orchid Bay. Lovely high rock shore and nice 20plus elevations. Superb views of the coast to north and south and just 150from beach access. Densly vegetated, nature coppice and native trees. License to use area that has been set aside for dockage on Sea of Abaco $641,000 #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. $422,000 #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 UNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT UNDER OFFER UNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT Email : abaco@bahamasrealty.bsTelephone: (242) 367-3262 lFax (242) 367-3260These offerings are subject to errors, omissions, change of price or withdrawn without noticeŽ


Page 18 B The Abaconian April 15, 2006 10 years in the out islandsby Under the Palms(203) visit our site at louiesseasidevillas.comvisit some of our clients schoonerslanding.comWeb sites starting at$600 We contacted Under the Palms to develop a new web site for us within 3 months it was up and running. With over 50 pages and close to 300 pictures, that was a lot of work to accomplish in a short period of time. We are extremely happy with the result, they know and love the Abacos and that comes across in their workŽ. Julie Farrington, Island Property Management, Green Turtle Cay visit our site at By Jennifer Hudson A pistol-toting, sword-wielding pirate girl presently stands guard outside Don Wood’s studio on Key Drive in Marsh Harbour. She is actually a four and a half-foot high wood carving of cypress wood. As a light-hearted touch, Don has placed what he describes as “a scrawny-necked parrot with a peg leg and eye patch” on her shoulder. Although Don has a home in North Carolina where he goes in the summer, he can be found most other days either inside his quaint little studio or outside under some shady awnings, working on his masterpieces. He finds that it is too hot for him to work here in the summer and there are no customers at that time of year. He works in many mediums including wood, gold, bronze, silver, stone and fibreglass and even paints as he originally attended art school in Florida to become an illustrator. Seized by wanderlust 25 years ago, Don built a 32-foot sailboat on which he sailed here to Abaco and made it his home. He became a permanent resident and began a little business carving small fish out of guava wood, cherry or maple which he sold in shops locally. One day a visitor stopped by his studio and suggested Don start working in gold. Though he had no idea how to work with gold, Don took wax and instructions the visitor gave him and got started, thus becoming the early persons to make jewellery on Abaco. Don’s work is displayed at several shops in the area and at his own studio on Key Drive. Adorning the outside of his studio are a 12-foot osprey and a 12-foot blue marlin. But the piece which holds pride of place in Don’s heart is The Spirit of the Sea, a 250-pound bronze sculpture which he completed last summer. This was time consuming work as his crucible can only handle 75 pounds at a time. “The piece represents the first person to find the islands and the Spirit is Native American since they were the first people to find and settle these islands. The Spirit’s right and left hand rest on baby dolphins which are leading the way with a turtle on the bow. This represents The Protector of the Universe and I built it as a memorial to the boaters of Abaco,” says Don with pride and emotion. This jovial spirited man continued, “I just love what I do and am so happy. I keep getting ideas, all my work is original and is all guaranteed for 3,000 years!” Don is also a dog lover and is “father” to The Three Musketeers: Stumpy, Wily and Brownie. These three potcakes are very well-known in the area of Memorial Plaza just opposite Don’s studio and acquired the name of The Three Musketeers since they always travel together. Don took them under his wing about ten years ago and feeds and cares for them whenever he is here. When he is away in summer, many people are happy to look after them. Like all potcakes, they are very canny so they travel together around the marinas where they know they will get an extra tasty meal from the boaters. A few days ago a visitor from Boat Harbour appeared at Don’s door asking Don Wood Carves a Pirate where were the Three Musketeers because he had a T-bone steak ready for them. Stumpy has arthritis now and the other day a visitor stopped by Don’s studio with a bottle of tablets she had obtained from the vet to ease his condition. Stumpy loves to bring gifts and lay them at the door. One day a friend who was staying with Don lost his glasses and after searching high and low could not find them. However, Stumpy, “the gatherer,” saved the visitor the expense of buying a new pair by appearing several hours later having found them and bearing them as a gift in his mouth. “The tourists love them and a visitor from Pennsylvania even sends a money order for food for them,” says Don. A pistol, sword and knife are the weapons this woman pirate is carrying. Don Wood carved her out of cypress, one of the many inspired pieces of art he has created. By Samantha V. Evans This effort is an attempt to improve the public’s awareness of the importance of sanitation and assist the public in improving the general sanitary conditions in order that all persons could remain healthy and prevent any spread of disease and environmental degradation on our settlements. The Department of Urban Renewal is asking all property owners throughout Abaco to remove all derelict vehicles from their properties, to have all dilapidated and unoccupied buildings/structures torn down and the debris removed, and to clear and clean all overgrown properties. They also ask all persons with trucks to assist their various settlements in having all debris and garbage properly disposed of at the public dump. They wish to make the public aware of the importance of keeping their properties free and clear of garbage and debris. This is important for the following reasons: 1. The accumulation of empty cans, bottles and other containers which hold water can contribute to mosquito breeding. 2. It breeds rodents which may attempt to move into your home or business. This may contribute to the problem of rodents biting not only food stored in homes but persons residing there. We need to do all we can to reduce the potential for disease conditions, epidemics or outbreaks of any kind. April Is Spring Cleaning Month


April 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 19 B Showing Integrity Every Day www.grahamrealestate.comEkali EstatesVilla San Paulo is a spacious, beautiful, 3 bed, 2 bath villa resembling a Swiss chalet. It also features wide, covered decks which are ideal for entertaining just 20ft from the sea. Only a step away from the villa is a beautiful 27ft swimming pool edging the sea with a cabana at one end which affords spectacular views to those relaxing within. Under contract. The Main House on 2 levels is Ekali a beautiful 3 bed, 3 bath house that has a rich English flair. The Guest Quarters are on the ground level & boast another 2 bed, 2 bath with full kitchen, open dining & sitting room. Just outside the lovely French doors on the sea side is a spacious deck. $2,100,000 Set back on a hill Kashmir House is a unique home that offers a view of the ocean from every room as well as magnificent views of the nearby English gardens. This very attractive, well built home sits at the center of the estate and is constructed with aluminum & hurricane proof glass. This home is spacious & can accommodate a very large family. $1,600,000 Alcantara I & Alcantara II are 2 identical 4 bed, 4 bath homes, built using the best craftsmanship. Alcantara I & II sit on very high, solid concrete bases hence they stand above all the other cottages, overlooking the entire estate with an excellent view of the Bay of Abaco from the wrap around porch. Just below these 2 homes sit a large, spacious 35ft. pool. $1,750,000 LOTS for sale 1 available 1/4 Acre = $201,000 1 available 1/2 Acre with 1 bed cottage = $430,000 6 available 1/2 Acre = $301,000 All of these lovely homesites come with full access to the facilities of Ekali Estates. This includes, magnificent oceanfront, 60ft dock, lush landscaped grounds and pool. Ekali Estate is a magnificent commercial property consisting of 5 upscale villas, 1 cozy cottage & now 6 newly subdivided homesites. Ekali lies in a lush tropical setting with beautifully landscaped gardens on the Sea of Abaco which offers breathtaking views of the ocean during the day and unimaginable evening sunsets. Now you can be a part of this idyllic community by the sea. Choose from one of the unique existing homes or purchase a parcel on which to build your dream home. Call Patti Love at Graham Real Estate today to find out more about this exciting investment opportunity!NOW SUBDIVIDED INTO AN OCEANFRONT COMMUNITY WITH EXISTING HOMES & LOTS FOR SALEEkali EstatesPatti LoveOffice: (242) 366-0601 Cell: (242) 554-9429 Fax: (242) 366-0602Regional Offices: Nassau (242) 356-5030 € Eleuthera (242) 335-5464Email: GENERAL CONTRA GENERAL CONTRA GENERAL CONTRA GENERAL CONTRA GENERAL CONTRA CT CT CT CT CT ORS & ORS & ORS & ORS & ORS & CONSTR CONSTR CONSTR CONSTR CONSTR UCTION MAN UCTION MAN UCTION MAN UCTION MAN UCTION MAN A A A A A GEMENT GEMENT GEMENT GEMENT GEMENTProfessional care of all building needs from start to finishCavalier Abaco Office: (242) 367 0664 Contact Niels Wiethuchter or Tom Wallace for more informationCavalier Construction Company Ltd. Crawford Street P.O. Box N-8170 Nassau, Bahamas www.cavalierbahamas.comBuilding The Bahamas since 1956! Representing the pioneers: COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIALFILTRATION SYSTEMSWATER SOFTENERS, REVERSE OSMOSIS, CARBON FILTERS, STAINLESS STEEL & PLASTIC PUMPS, SALT & MOREContractor Prices Available CALL/FAX365-8749oremail: ATLANTICFILTER CORP PRICES BELOW U.S. RETAILBy Mirella Santillo Walking the beach looking for shells in Sandy Point on January 15th, elevenyear-old Kahdijah Stuart and ten-yearold Dario Gator picked up a clam that seemed heavier than it should have been. They brought the mollusk home and upon opening it, discovered that it was the home of a rather large black marble likepearl. Intrigued by the discovery, Kahdijah’s mother, Mrs. N. Stuart took it to the Conch Pearl Gallery to be examined and find out if it had any value. The gallery’s geologist, Mr. Peter Bradley, was at a lost to identify the object which had a glassy look. A web site, was consulted, but on line experts could not come up with any conclusive answer either. Unable to come up with a satisfying answer for Mrs. Stuart, Mr. Bradley suggested that the pearl be sent to the Geologist Institute of America, in New York. She agreed. It will take two weeks and cost $200 for the results, but the pearl’s owner as well as the gallery owners are anxious to find out what it is. Assuming it is a pearl, it would not be as valuable as colored pearls such as the ones found in conch, but Mr. Bradley said that it could be mounted in a very attractive setting. Clams, also called quahog, are known to produce pearls, but usually not as big as the one found in Sandy Point. Rare Black Pearl Was Found The black pearl shown above was found in a clam by Kahdijah Stuart and Dario Gator of Sandy Point. It has been examined by a jeweler in Marsh Harbour who is not able to value it. It will have to be assessed by an expert to set a value for it. Hints for Helping Our Environment• Recycle • RebuildFriends of the Environment Presents• Rethink • Reduce • Reuse


Page 20 B The Abaconian April 15, 2006 ... the battery with the lightning bolt of life!!!Automotive Batteries Gel Batteries High Reserve Capacity Batteries UPS Computer Batteries A/C Delco Marine Trojan Golf Cart 6 & 8V Truck / Tractor Diesel Marine Batteries DieselFULL ONE YEAR FULL ONE YEAR FULL ONE YEAR FULL ONE YEAR FULL ONE YEAR GUARANTEE!! GUARANTEE!! GUARANTEE!! GUARANTEE!! GUARANTEE!!(If an epic battery fails due to workmanship any time during that year, Epic would replace that battery free of charge!) DELIVERY SERVICE AVAILABLE WE DON’T PRO-RATE OUR WARRANTY Daily Service Marsh Harbour l l l l l Treasure Cay Daytona Beach l l l l l Melbourne l l l l l Ft. LauderdaleRegardless of the destination, Please Call Us Today to quote Your Next Trip at:1-242-367-4852 or 1-242-365-8852(Marsh Harbour Terminal) (Treasure Cay Terminal)1-800-852-0275 (U.S. Only) (386) 423-1773 € Fax (386) 423-1774 E-mail: CHECK OUR WEBSITE BEFORE YOU PLAN YOUR NEXT TRIP STARTING FT. LAUDERDALE SERVICE APRIL 1, 2006 Blue Sky GALLERYOriginal Art Prints Framing Originals byLou Lihou Anne Ray Malcolm Rae William Johnson Shula Raney Fritz Keck Kim Rody Photography by TuppyLocal Artists Beth Sweeting Zandrick Jones Lori Thompson Dion Lewis Colyn Rees Located Queen Elizabeth Drive, Marsh HarbourTel: 367.0579 Foster Clarke passed away in Tampa, Florida, last September at the age of 86. He is survived by his daughters, Jane Clarke Wisnewski and Nina Burt, and four grandchildren. Foster Clarke was born in the jailhouse in Nassau almost 87 years ago. He loved to tell people he was born in jail to see their reaction. His father was the Gaoler in charge of Her Majesty’s prison and so there was a perfectly good reason why he was born in prison. As a young man he knew he wanted to pursue a career in law. He worked in the pharmacy by day and studied at night. His sense of duty took him to Canada in 1943 to train in the Royal Canadian Air Force, but the war ended before he was able to serve. On returning to The Bahamas he married a young, beautiful and highly spirited woman, Eloise Sawyer. Foster apprenticed with a local law firm and passed the Bahamas Bar exams in 1948. When Foster passed away, he was the oldest member of the (Legal) Bar Association in the Bahamas. As he launched into a successful career as an attorney, he made the decision to enter politics in 1955. He wanted to help shape The Bahamas and provide a better future for the people. He was instrumental in writing the new constitution of The Bahamas and was part of the delegation that went to England to go before the Queen to present the constitution and witness her signature. Foster Clarke was the first Minister of Health in The Bahamas and was responsible for the overall health of the Bahamian people. In 1973 Foster and his wife Eloise moved permanently to Hope Town where he continued to practice law there and in Marsh Harbour. He was a member of the Rotary Club and was active in both communities. Foster Clarke was an accomplished pianist and organist. He was the head organist and choir director at Christ Church Cathedral in Nassau for over 15 years. Sailing was his passion. He raced in the Star Class Fleet in Nassau for many years. In later years he raced on Abaco and was instrumental in establishing the annual Regatta Time in Abaco. The funeral service for Wilburt Ward 73, formerly of Fox Town was held on April 8 in Nassau. Interment was in Nassau. He is survived by his daughters Glendina Saunders Brown, Malinda Greenslade and Astra “Shannie” Woods; sons Sean “Nugget,” David, John and Timothy Ward; grandchildren Sean Jr., Anwar Ward, Latonya Adams, John Jr. and Tiniyah Rubins; sister Nettlie Fynes; sister-in law May McIntosh; nephews Edward Barton Jr., Jeremiah McIntosh and Kenneth Ward; nieces Birdie, Pat, Delores, Natasha, Joycelyn, Eleanor, Shanna, Rafaletta and Agnes McIntosh, Patricia, Dianne and Brenda Ward, Eleanor Williams, Enid Saunders and Viola Rolle; grandnephews Mannix, Jason, Tony and Kevin Barton, Troy Ward, Trevor and Wayde Delano Carter; grandnieces Debbie Carter, Tiffany, Karen, Margo and Jennifer Barton, Antoinette Sawyer, Nicole and Peaches Ward and Shauna; stepchildren Stephanie, Glenda, Bridget and Dr. Ava; and many other friends and relatives. Robert Leslie McDonald, 61, of Hope Town died at the Princess Margaret Hospital on April 3rd. His funeral was held at the St. James Methodist Church in Hope Town on April 8th. Rev. Carla Culmer officiated assisted by Mr. Vernon Malone. Burial was in the public cemetery. He was predeceased by his father and mother, Basil and Flora McDonald. He is survived by his wife Edna McDonald; son Paul McDonald; and many other family and friends including, Gregory, Diane and William Newbold, Elaine, Carlton and Shana Lowe, Cannis, Hughena and Marcus Sands, Ann McDonald, Elvis Roberts, Doug and Mary Albury, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Ketay, Thomas Hazel, Carmella Scott, many other staff and friends at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge, and the staff of the Lighthouse Marina. Obituaries of Family and Friends Dis & Dat ToursBy Portia Jonsson Newly opened in Marsh Harbour, Dis & Dat Tours is owned and operated by Brent Bass. Brent started diving in 1986 and trained under the well known Skeet LaChance, original owner of Dive Abaco. He trained in all aspects of the dive industry and was one of the first in The Bahamas to “kiss fish” and has made 5,000 guided underwater tours on the reef over the years. Brent has lots of local knowledge and expertise to share. He currently operates from the dock west of Snappas with a fast tour boat that comfortably seats 10 persons and leads guided tours through reefs, and blue holes and offers a full day of diving, snorkeling and island hopping. He also offers deep sea and bottom fishing charters and will pick up visitors from the cays or guide them on their yachts. After many years of working in the tourism industry, Brent has learned to cater to the needs and will customize his tours to fit vacation plans. To arrange a trip, contact him at 367-5400 or (242) 477-5640. Business Briefs


April 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 21 B 95 708 710West 13th StreetBlueHeronBoulevardOld Dixie HighwayBroadwayMartinLutherKi ng, Jr.Bouleva r d45thStreetAustralianAvenue Riviera Beac h Avenue R 95 1NorthCongressA v e nue EXIT 76 EXIT 74 ABACO SHIPPING II Heavy Lift Services Gulfstream LinePortofPalmBeachLakeWorth 2006 D.A. Lee PeanutIsland ABACOSHIPPING ABACOSHIPPINGBahamas Address:P.O. Box AB20737 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: 242-367-2091 Tel: 242-367-3341 Fax: 242-367-2235 Fax: 242-367-4885 e-mail: unitedabacoshippingco @coralwave.comU.S. Delivery & Receiving Address:Gulfstream Lines Heavy Lift Services 1210 West 13th Street Riviera Beach, Florida 33404 Tel: 561-840-9393 Fax: 561-863-3451 Contact: Tina DiazJoint Venture ofMarsh Harbour Shipping Co. & United Abaco Shipping Co.NEW EXPANDED SERVICE2 Weekly Sailings to Marsh Harbour from West Palm Beach 2 Weekly Sailings to and from Nassau 1 Weekly Sailing from West Palm Beach and Marsh Harbour to Spanish Wells, Eleuthera NEW Warehouse outside of Port Security Area. General Cargo, 20' & 40' Dry and Refrigerated Containers, Drive-on Ramps, Special Charters available RELIABLE, DEPENDABLE AND PERSONALIZED SERVICE M/V DUKE OF TOPSAIL M/V TRITON EXPRESS NEW OFF-POR T F A CILITY 1210 West 13th Street Riviera Beach, Florida 33404When Shipping to Abaco, Remember ABACO SHIPPING 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 By Elwood D. Bracey, MD North America’s rarest warbler winters only in The Bahamas but finding one of these special birds on one of the 700 islands extending over 700 miles is not easy. The bird is small, five and a half inches, is for the most part silent on its wintering grounds. The largest number have been found on Eleuthra where there is a Kirtland’s Warbler Research and Training Project now going on. This species was in serious trouble in the 1980s when only 167 singing males were found on the breeding grounds in central Michigan. With dedicated conservation efforts the number has increased to 1415 singing males in the June 2005 census in the jack pine forests where they spend the summer and are banded by researchers. At 5 a.m. on March 25th Woody Bracey, Hagen Peters and Hank Adams set out from Treasure Cay in hopes of finding one of these rare birds on Abaco where it was photographed by Lionel Levine of Nassau a week before. Getting an early start is key as the birds are most active in the morning. On the way through the Abaco National Park, approximately 30 pair of Abaco parrots were observed a welcome sight since Kirtland’s Warblers Have Been Sighted many were displaced by Hurricane Wilma last October. At 9:30 a.m. along Soldier Road on the way to the abandoned old sisal plantation at Alexandria, a female unbanded Kirtland’s Warbler was found, first by Hank and then confirmed by Hagen and Woody who had also found and photographed a male in almost the same location in January of 2000. Three separate close sightings over a 1-hour period left no doubt as to the bird’s identity. It’s nice to know wild and special species are doing well on Abaco. Let’s all support our Bahamas National Trust that administers the Abaco National Park and our local Friends of the Environment conservation organization. Illustration is from Roger Tory Peterson’s Field Guide to the Birds East of the Rockies.Have You Seen Any Sawfish?The Center for Shark Research at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida, is studying the smalltooth sawfish. The study began in 1999 to address inadequacies in the current knowledge about sawfish and to assist in the development of effective conservation strategies for this critically endangered species. One component of the project is to compile a sawfish sightings database. We are currently seeking information from experienced fishing guides, recreational fishermen and fellow researchers in Tthe Bahamas regarding sawfish activity. Learning about the sawfish population and habitat use in The Bahamas could help us save and protect the population in the U.S. And that is where you can help. If you catch or see a sawfish while fishing, diving or boating, we would appreciate details on the encounter. Report as much information as is available such as date and time of capture, location (GPS if available or detailed description of the location), habitat type, water quality, method of capture or encounter and Please see Sawfish Page 27


Page 22 B The Abaconian April 15, 2006 REVERSE OSMOSIS SEA 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 PRICES Stanton Paul CheaSeptember 17, 1970 April 22, 2005 G o n e B u t W i l l N e v e r B e F o r g o t t e nSadly missed by Mom & Dad, Wife & Children, Sister & Brother & a host of relatives and friends We miss you very much.M a y Y o u R e s t I n P e a c e for the lateStanton Paul CheaSeptember 17, 1970 April 22, 2005We, the family, would like to again thank you for your prayers, telephone calls and other acts of kindness, for your devotion and affection at the time of our loss and also for all you continue to do. We are deeply inbeted and sincerely appreciative. These gestures have helped and continue to help ease the pain of our great loss. May God bestow His richest blessings upon each of you. Love, M e c h e l l e C h e a & f a m i l yVTote of hanks B e s t s t y l e s a n d t h e B e s t p r i c e s i n T o w nI f y o u a r e l o o k i n g f o r u n i q u e f i n e f u r n i s h i n g s a n d h o m e d e c o r s t o p i n a n d g i v e u s a v is i t I F W E D O N  T S T O C K I T W E W I L L O R D E R I T102B Royal Harbour Village Marsh Harbour next to Java Coffee House Ph/Fax : 367-0329Monday,Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am-6pm Wednesday & Saturday 10am 2pmlFurniture traditional and contemporaryl Lamps lMirrors l Framed art lNatural Area Rugs l CandleslInterior Decorating Services lLayawayTurning Houses into Homes is our BusinessŽC l i p a n d S a v e 1 0 % O f f A l l F u r n i t u r e By Jennifer Hudson “The Ministry of Tourism’s Abaco office is working to touch all the key areas of concern which emanated from the 10year business plan developed during our retreat in 2004.” stated Ms. Jeritzan Outten, Abaco’s Director of Tourism. Investors, government departments and a large cross-section of the community including people from the cays are working on key points regarding how this destination should develop. Though this is their major ongoing project, there are many other developments continually taking place. A new office in Hope Town is in the pipeline. This will be a joint venture with Local Government, and plans have already been drawn up and sent out to bid. The Hope Town office will be located in the corner to the right of the government dock by the golf carts. Its design is in harmony with the architecture of Hope Town and will be very attractive. It will be manned by Ministry of Tourism staff three days a week while volunteers will fill in the other days. The exterior of the kiosk at Marsh Harbour International Airport will be beautified with stepping stones and a grassed area. The interior has already been redone. The Abaco Tourist Office now has a new Industry Trainer, a teacher from Eight Mile Rock High School with Abaco roots, who is presently in Nassau undergoing introductory training. She will work with hoteliers, cab drivers, shop clerks and other front-line people within the tourism industry. More Bahamahost programs, especially for cab drivers will be held, and the new Industry Trainer will work closely with the schools on education and training. “The Ministry of Tourism needs to be more visible within the schools, and the students need to be more educated about careers in tourism,” says Ms. Outten. Schools have started to become more involved recently, and tourism awards have gone to schools in Green Turtle Cay, Man-O-War, Hope Town and Forest Heights. First and second place went to two students in the Ministry of Tourism National Photographic competition and a cash prize was awarded by the Florida Cruise Association. The Tourist office works closely with the Friends of the Environment on recycling projects. The idea for the Abaco Clean Community Operation was developed from the Keep America Beautiful programme and will be launched before summer. Approval was obtained from the relative organisations such as Administrator’s office, Ministry of Health and Environment, the educational system, businesses and the community. Bridal promotion has become a very big item, and last year the Ministry of Tourism on Abaco coordinated 400 weddings. Proper training is needed for the wedding coordinators, and the tourist office will be bringing a representative from the international company Weddings Beautiful to conduct a seminar for wedding planners at which they will receive full training in the planning of weddings. Recently, Ms. Outten attended an International Tourism Conference in Berlin where she received many inquiries regarding weddings and honeymoons on Abaco. Representatives from over 138 countries attended the conference to talk about their tourism concerns, and Ms. Outten had many opportunities to answer questions and give information on tourism in general on Abaco. At the conference she met the Regional Public Relations Director for Ritz Carlton, who wanted to obtain general information for the Abaco Club on Winding Bay. The Ritz-Carlton chain has recently partnered with the Abaco Club on a new venture, and the representative was very pleased with the information received about Abaco. Ms. Outten met with representatives of Virgin Airlines, business people and people interested in weddings who all want to come to Abaco. “Many people became aware of Abaco after information became known about the Abaco Club at Winding Bay. One hundred international upscale media have been to the Abaco Club. While they were on the island, the Ministry of Tourism facilitated additional touring experiences for them to expand their experience of Abaco and this has been very helpful in reintroducing Abaco to the European community,” said Ms. Outten At the end of February, Michelle Mikula of the Abaco office took up the post of Executive with responsibility for public relations and Abaco’s web site which is a very busy area. She will work closely with the public relations agency of the Ministry of Tourism in Nassau. Many requests are being received for group media visits and six groups came in March alone. A group of six to eight from Canada will be here at the beginning of April. “Everybody wants to experience this destination, and we receive lots of inquiries about real estate,” said Ms. Outten, who asserts that she needs more staff very soon. The location has been obtained for a training division upstairs from the present office. This will provide a much needed training room for all-day training sessions instead of having to hold them at night as is presently the case. The Country Western concert will be expanded next year and be held during February which is a slow period. This year’s concert, which featured country music sensation Aaron Tippin as well as some local performers, appeared eight times on American television and gave great press coverage to Abaco. “I am being unmerciful in pushing for a new airport and am really forcing the issue,” stated Ms. Outten. “This is critical for our island, and a new airport is in the cards within two to three years. Delta wants to bring in its 50-seater plane, but because of the inadequate runway it has not been able to happen. However, the new 1,000foot extension to the runway will enable Delta’s regional jets to come here. The general quality of the airport is of concern and is being dealt with by the airlift division of the task force.” Abaco’s Domestic Fall Promotion was a great success when, during the months of September to November, great discounts were given by hotels, ground transportation, rentals and restaurants. Tourism’s Accomplishments Are Many and Varied


April 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 23 B ThankYou The Sands family of the late Leroy Sands of Great Guana Cay would like to thank all the donors and patrons who supported the fund raiser which took place on March 4th, 2006.Thank You Pat & Ryan Sands, Family & Friends Near Winding Bay Exclusive Yellowood, two lots, 70Â’ x 170Â’, side-byside, near Winding Bay, spectacular ocean views and awesome views of Winding Bay beach and Cherokee Creek. $77,000 eachTreasure Cay Highway Exclusive 2.28 acres, open zoning, beaches nearby. Approximately 240Â’ x 600Â’ Asking $135,000Pelican Shores Exclusive Harbour front lots, prestigious neighbourhood, protected harbour frontage, side by side lots. $549,000 eachBeach Front Lots South Abaco 2 lots 100Â’ x 140Â’ ea. $120,000 each Interior half acre lots with deeded beach access starting from $35,000 Marsh Harbour Office 367-SOLD (7653) Hope Town Office 375-8655 Frank Knowles Sales Agent Cell # 375-8655 Donna Darville Sales Agent Ph/Fax 367-SOLD (7653) North Abaco News Treasure CayTCPOA Holds Its Annual MeetingApproximately 150 persons attended the annual meeting of the Treasure Cay Property Owners Association, TCPOA, held March 21 in the community centre. After listening to ASP Police Chief Wayne Miller, various ideas and security measures were presented by Ed Whitcraft who chaired the meeting and by Patrick Fetsch, Treasure CayÂ’s manager. An entrance gate has been added which is staffed around the clock. It is equipped with a camera that photographs all traffic entering Treasure Cay. The camera memory is on an eight-day memory loop. Another camera is being installed at the highway intersection so traffic entering and leaving Madeira Village will be recorded. The association recognized Bill Hertz as the outstanding resident of the year for his contribution to the Treasure Cay community over the past 38 years. He was presented with a trophy for his service. The state of the sewage disposal system is dismal with no hope for improvement. A study is now underway for deep well disposal of the effluent liquids after the solids have been separated. The separation process may require approximately $35,000 to implement. Sewerage is now dumped in a lush cat-tail swamp at an obscure inland site off the golf course. Renovations to the present sewer plant and system are estimated to cost between $3.5 to $4 million The sewer plant is owned by government and there is no money allocated by government for its renovation or upkeep. The airport was mentioned briefly with the BakerÂ’s Bay and Winding Bay projects both supporting a Marsh Harbour expanded airport to the detriment of the Treasure Cay airport. Mr. Jerry Roberts advised that $100,000 is on hand for an emergency services building which will be sufficient for a minimal facility. Documents for this land have not yet been finalized. Documents for the Corbitt Medical property were delivered to the trustees just recently. Dr. Shed has replaced Dr. Ron Wilson who retired after serving the medical needs of Treasure Cay for 17 years. It was noted that 85 percent of the patients seen at the clinic are either Haitian or Bahamian. Government is utilizing Dr. ShedÂ’s background in emergency medical response to design an emergency medical response system for Abaco. It was brought out that a $7,000 work permit has been secured for retired resident Dr. Warren Hall allowing him to perform pro-bono medical treatment is the event that Dr. Shed is not available. Finances for TCPOA were discussed at length noting that if property owners paid their annual assessment as required in their deeds, the maintenance program could be expanded. The role of Treasure Cay Limited as the guiding force was discussed at length. It is doubtful that the property owners can operate to the exclusion of Treasure Cay Limited since the annual assessments are structured in the deeds to go to Treasure Cay for area upkeep. The new security measures are accounting for an increasing portion of the associationsÂ’s budget and are expected to increase with time. A committee is studying the best way for the association to go forward. Assessments are one cent per square foot for residential property, two cents per William Hertz was honoured at the recent Treasure Cay Property Owners Association meeting for his 38 years of community service. Presenting the award is Mr. Wardy Thompson. square foot for multi-family property and three cents for commercial property. This is in addition to the property tax which is paid to the government treasury by all foreign property owners in the Family Islands. This tax money funds the police station, post office, school, the water supply system and other government services. Government does not budget money for Treasure Cay residents as it is still considered a private development and the responsibility of the developer or homeownersÂ’ association. AA and Al Anon MeetingsThe AA (Alcoholics Anomyous) group of Marsh Harbour meets Mondays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Marsh Harbour Community Library. The AlAnon group of Marsh Harbour meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Marsh Harbour Community Library. The AA group in Hope Town meets Mondays and Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 p.m. at the Hope Town Library. The AA group and the AlAnon group meet in the Treasure Cay Community Center on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Please call 357-6511 for additional information.


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Thank you!FRANK TUBITO, REALTOROffice : 1-321-725-9810 Toll Free : 1-800-486-2935 Cell : 1-321-537-0449 Email : Assault A Marsh Harbour woman was assaulted mid-morning on March 6 on Forest Drive in Marsh Harbour by a woman she knew. The assailant said she had been slandered and gave a beating with her fist. Gun stolen A 12-gauge shotgun was stolen from a boat docked at Boat Harbour sometime between January 5 and February 24. Three houses broken into A house on Ocean Boulevard in Treasure Cay was broken into during the day of March 9 through a sliding door. Jewelry and cash were stolen. A beach villa was broken into through a sliding door. Stolen were an Ipod music player and a gold watch. A house on Ocean Boulevard was burglarized late in the afternoon through a sliding door and about $1800 was stolen. Police assaulted A Moore’s Island man was arrested on March 9 about 10:30 p.m. while at Rosie’s Bar on Grand Cay for using obscene language and assaulting a police officer Basketball assault A Dundas Town man was hit in the stomach by a man he knew on March 9 late in the afternoon while on a church basketball court Vagrancy arrest A man without an address was arrested on vagrancy charges in downtown Marsh Harbour on March 10 about 3 a.m. Restaurant broken into Sometime after 3 a.m. on the morning of March 11, Sapodilly’s Restaurant in Marsh Harbour was broken into and a quantity of food was stolen from a freezer. Shop door smashed A 10:30 p.m. night police patrol discovered the door smashed at His and Her Jeans in Marsh Harbour on March 15. The owner was called and four men’s suits valued at $960 were discovered missing. Assault & disorderly behaviour A Cooper’s Town man was arrested about 10 p.m. on March 20 near Snappas Restaurant in Marsh Harbour for disorderly behaviour, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. Assault While at the Union Jack dock in Marsh Harbour about 9 a.m. on March 18, a resident of the Mud was punched about the body by a man he recognized. Attempted housebreaking A Fox Town woman was awakened about 2 a.m. on March 19 by knocking noises at her front door caused by a man attempting to enter the house. A Fox Town man was subsequently arrested. House breaking and stealing A house in Dundas Town was broken into between 11a.m. and 1 p.m. on March 17 by a burglar who stole $15,000 in cash. Grievous harm A resident of the Mud was stabbed about the body while on Marsh Harbour’s Front Street midday on March 21. An assailant was identified and later arrested while the victim was flown to Nassau for further treatment. Threats of death A Murphy Town parent reported that about sundown on March 22 his 13-year-old daughter was slapped by a man unknown to her who then threatened to let his dog bite and kill her. Subsequently, a Murphy Town man was arrested for assault and making threats of harm and death. He was released on $1500 bail. School burglary The Abaco Central High School administration building was broken into during the weekend of March 24. Stolen were three cellular phones, BJCSE mock examination papers, diplomas, jewellery and $776. Assault A 16-year-old girl from Dundas Town was beaten about the body late in the afternoon on March 24 by her boyfriend while near Roderick’s Food Store in Marsh Harbour. Burglary The Good as New store in Marsh Harbour was broken into during the night of March 24. Assorted tools worth $975 were stolen. Unlawfully carrying arms A Dundas Town man was arrested early in the morning of March 25 when found carrying a cutlass in a residential area. Traffic accident A golf cart collided with an automobile on Green Turtle Cay just after sundown on March 25. Three American tourists in the cart were treated locally, then flown to Nassau for further treatment. Assault A Crown Haven woman was assaulted by her boyfriend who punched her in the mouth about sundown on March 26. About three hours later the assailant was arrested. Shop breaking The Bahama Beach Club office in Treasure Cay was burglarized during the night of March 27. Stolen were a computer monitor, a UPS power supply and $776 in cash. Stealing A mounted tire and rim worth $650 were stolen from a Treasure Cay resident’s car during the night of March 25. Shop breaking Coins were stolen during a night burglary at the Conch Inn office in Marsh Harbour on March 29. Assault A Marsh Harbour woman was beaten about the body while at her residence by her baby’s father about 9:30 p.m. on March 30. Assault with a dangerous instrument A Guana Cay woman was held against her will by her husband who threatened her with a silver bladed knife. This occurred about 5 p.m on March 31. Attempted shop breaking A resident of Marsh Harbour reported seeing a dark male attempt to break into the Wil Dar Liquor store on Queen Elizabeth Drive in Marsh Harbour just before midnight on April 3. About two hours later, a man was arrested in the same vicinity by a policeman in an unmarked car when the man was found in unlawful possession of a case of Dove soap and a case of Colgate hand sanitizer. Burglary The Ministry of Works office in Goombay Park in Marsh Harbour was broken into during the night of April 5. Stolen were two boxes of Lipton tea bags, two bottles creamer powder, two 10-pound bags of sugar, one box of Ritz crackers, twotins of tuna, a half loaf of bread, one Black & Decker saw and drill, and one Black & Decker drill. Illegal apparatus Two Grand Cay fishermen were arrested on April 5 when found in possession of an air compressor during the closed crawfish season. Police Crime Report


April 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 25 B In an effort to provide more efficient service to its customers, The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd. (BTC), Abaco reminds the public that all telephone faults are to be reported to the Customer Service Department, Complaint Section at 914 to ensure proper record logging of the complaints. Telephone faults reported to other departments or personnel at BTC may not be properly logged, resulting in a delay of restoration of service. Please help us to help you by reporting all telephone faults to the Customer Service Department, Complaint Section at 914. The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd. appreciates your cooperation. P.O. Box AB-20180 Marsh Harbour, Abaco PH: 367-0020Mammograms OfferedFor Appointments Call 367-0020Ms. Kim Scriven Audiology Hearing aids, hearing testing April 21, 2006 Dr. Elaine Lundy General Practioner April 22, 2006 Dr. Richelle Knowles Dermatologist April 22, 2006 Ms. Sandra Watson Ultrasound Technician, Echocardiogram April 22, 2006 Dr. Edwin Demeritte, Neurologist / Neurophysiologist (Adults & Children) April 22, 2006 Dr. Bernard Rolle General Medicine/ Diabetes Specialist April 25, 2006 Dr. Winston Campbell, Ears, Nose & Throat Specialist, Sleep Apnea April 27, 2006 Dr. Duranda Ash Opthamologist April 28-29, 2006 Dr. Hubert Minnis Ob Gyn / Ultrasound April 29, 2006 Dr. Frumentus Leon Obstetrician / Gynecologist April 29, 2006 Ms. Diane Davis Mammogram Radiographer Technologist April 29, 2006 A public presentation in Treasure Cay on March 21 was typical of the message ASP Wayne Miller was spreading to our various communities. Along with the economic boom Abaco is experiencing comes increased crime. This ranges from drugs becoming more prevalent to break-ins and robberies. A small portion of our increased labour force are opportunists looking for lax security allowing a quick robbery. Others are more forceful, looking for residential and businesses to prey on in the dark of night. To the Treasure Cay homeowners he gave the sobering statistic that 71 percent of the house burglaries in North Abaco last year occured in Treasure Cay. Of the 28 recent home burglaries there, 14 were through the front door, six were through unlocked sliding glass doors, four were through unlocked back windows and four were by smashing a window. More diligence to keeping doors and windows locked would likely have deterred many of these perpetrators. So far this year there have been only three burglaries because of the increased security measures and homeowner awareness. These three incidents were all through unlocked glass doors. Unfortunately, he said, changing situations and the ongoing construction taking place over the area are all fertile ground for the criminals. A similar message was given to the small group of Man-O-War residents attending a meeting in the school on March 23. Mr. Miller said The Bahamas is in the dubious position between the poorest and richest two countries in the world with the constant flow if immigrants going in one direction through The Bahamas. Mr. Miller recognized the contribution the Haitians labour force makes to the economy, but he felt that their presence also leads to vagrants joining their ranks to seize criminal opportunities. Some may come with the legitimate workers, but just roam the island then leave with the workmen in the afternoon. He felt the high employment among the Haitians deters public disorder, contributing to their peaceful presence here. Residents of Hope Town are of the opinion that their Haitian population now outnumbers the native Bahamians. Man-OIWar is becoming more aware of a Haitian presence. These two communities show a typical pattern where second homeowners employ a Haitian gardener and provide housing somewhere on the property. It is often discovered that in the absence of the owner, the Haitian “cottage” becomes home to an expanded family. Mr. Miller also alluded to the downfall of many Bahamians due to the influence of drugs which are staying here increasingly instead of just passing through. He asked for community help in curbing the drug Police Chief Encourages Public Diligence ASP Wayne Miller, Abaco’s Police Chief, has been holding meetings with residents in many of the communities on Abaco to discuss with them the escalating crime problems developing on this island. He stresses that the police cannot work alone, but they need the cooperation of the residents. He names several reasons for this increase which include the economic boom and the influx of illegal immigrants. He is shown here on Man-OWar with Insp. Gregory Barr on the left and Res. Cpl. Bascom on the right. Please see Police Page 30REPORT PHONE COMPLAINTS TO NUMBER 914


Page 26 B The Abaconian April 15, 2006 Stanton Paul CheaW a l k I n S u n s h i n eMay you always walk in sunshine and Gods love around you flow, for the happiness you gave us, no one will ever know, it broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone, a part of us went with you, the day God called you home. A million times weve needed you. A million times weve cried. If love could only have saved you. You never would have died. The Lord be with you and may you rest in peace. Deeply lovingly missed by wife, Mechelle; sons Vicente & Stanton Jr; daughter Tatiana; Mom, Iris; Dad, Philip; grandfather Stewart; mother-in-law Dorothy; brother Steven; sister Sonia; and a host of family & friendsIn LovingMemorySeptember 17, 1970 April 22, 2005Alight is from our household gone, a voice we loved is stilled, a place is vacant in our home which never can be filled. God gave us a beautiful father a father who never grew old, you were always there with a helping hand, help us now to accept His plan. We miss you now, our hearts are sore, as time goes by we miss you more, your loving smile, your gentle face, no one can take our fathers place.Ž We will always love you Daddy. Love, Vicente, Tatiana Baby Stanton Jr. BROKEN CHAIN Little knew that morning that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, did you not go alone; for part of us went with you the day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide, and though we cannot see you, you are always by our side. Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.ŽYour loving wife,Mechelle • NCR Forms • Office Stationary • Flyers • Certificates • Tickets • Brochures • Photo Scanning • Wedding/Funeral Programs • Business Cards • Envelopes • Menus • Labels • Laminations • ...More Abaco P Abaco P Abaco P Abaco P Abaco P rint Shop rint Shop rint Shop rint Shop rint Shop Friendly and Professional Printing Services Friendly and Professional Printing Services Friendly and Professional Printing Services Friendly and Professional Printing Services Friendly and Professional Printing ServicesLocated in the Abaco Shopping Center Located in the Abaco Shopping Center Located in the Abaco Shopping Center Located in the Abaco Shopping Center Located in the Abaco Shopping Center Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Ph : (242) 367-3202 Ph : (242) 367-3202 Ph : (242) 367-3202 Ph : (242) 367-3202 Ph : (242) 367-3202 Fax : (242) 367-3201 Fax : (242) 367-3201 Fax : (242) 367-3201 Fax : (242) 367-3201 Fax : (242) 367-3201FOR ALL Y FOR ALL Y FOR ALL Y FOR ALL Y FOR ALL Y OUR PRINTING NEEDS! 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Two games take place each Sunday at the Murphy Town Park, one at 2 p.m. and the other at 4 p.m. The first two games of the season were between the Show-offs and the Stars with the Show-offs winning 1 to 0, followed by the Medics winning 2 to 1 against the Steelers. League President, Mr. Malcom Spicer, said a good crowd showed up to watch the games and so was it on April 2nd when Abacom played the Tigers, winning 5 to 0 and the Medics 3 to 0 against the Bahama Stars. Soccer afficionados, mostly Haitians, flocked to the park with their entire families to watch their favorite teams play. Local schools have recently added soccer to their sport schedule and students have been coached in the recent years through the Youth in Action program. It is becoming a favorite sport with many children, girls and boys alike. The Sunday games offer an occasion for families to participate in common recreation outings. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children 15 and under. Food and drinks are available on the grounds. So if you like soccer, remember to save a few Sunday afternoons to watch and support the local teams.R/C Sailboats RaceJennifer Hudson On April 1 flat water and light shifty winds out of the east provided excellent conditions for remote control Laser sailing at the April Fools’ Day Regatta off Snappas Restaurant. “The remote control sailing group is a spin-off from the Marsh Harbour Sailing Club,” explained race organizer, Jim Kaighin. These remote-controlled Laser boats, measuring 41 inches in length and with a 17-inch keel, are exact replicas of their Laser sailboat counterparts and the races are organised in exactly the same way with a starting line, set buoys and identical strategies. “It is just as much fun, but you do not have to get wet and cold,” says Jim. Each race lasts about five to ten minutes, and the aim is to get in eight to ten races, depending on wind conditions. Remote-controlled boats cost about $500 in the United States and sport three sizes of sails; an A, B and C rig. On Abaco only one sail, the B rig measuring 710 square inches, is used. Nine enthusiastic “sailors” gathered for Sports News The soccer season has begun with the Abaco teams well organized. This game was played between the Bahamas Beach Club Stars and the Auskell Medics. Most games are played on the Murphy Town field next to Abaco Central High School. an afternoon of competition and fun. Five of the group were trying their hand for the first time, tensely holding their remote controls with great looks of concentration on their faces, while the experience of old-timers such as Jim Kaighin and Randy Key showed, not only in their relaxed demeanor but also in their first and second placings. Third place went to Lucy Welch of Michigan. Many of the first timers were experienced sailors and did very well after getting used to the controls. Mr. Kaighin praised the great job which Lenore Mulock did of running the races as usual. Jim’s involvement with remote-controlled laser boats stemmed from his and his The group of sailors with remote controlled boats keeps growing. The group now holds the races off the dock of Snappas. The boats are sailed the same as full sized boats. It just takes a little practice to get used to the remote control. Please see Sports Page 28


April 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 27 B You can now find your favourite newspaper The Tribune and 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 CO COMMERCIAL DOCKSPRIVATE DOCKSSEA WALL CONSTRUCTIONBOAT LIFTSDOCK 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 By Mirella Santillo New Beginning, New Image, New Attitude This is the motto for the All Abaco Regatta, now chaired by Administrator Mr. Revis Rolle. The All Abaco Regatta is a series of races for Bahamian work boats. For the past two years, the All Abaco Regatta did not fare well because of bad weather. This year the date has been moved up to the weekend of July 19th to 22nd in the hope that the weather will be more accommodating. In the meantime organizers are raising funds for the event. The first fund raising was an evening cruise on the M/V Legacy that was very successful. The second event took place on March 25th and was an all-star concert featuring famous Bahamian performers. The concert took place at the port which had been specially set up for that purpose. Containers were moved along the perimeter of the area that was not fenced to provide a completely enclosed and safe area, easy for the police to patrol. “It went very well. It was peaceful, and people had a good time. They are asking for another concert, “ said one of the organizers, Mr. Stretch Morley. DJ Audrick McKenzie entertained the crowd until 11 p.m. at which time the first performer, Erin Thompson, an Abaconian, made his appearance. He was followed by Blaze, Xtra Band, Ronnie Butler and finally KB, Concert Raises Money for All Abaco Regatta SawfishFrom Page 21 size of the sawfish. Any photos that are available are helpful. To report information regarding a sawfish capture or encounter email Or log on to Or call 800-691-6683 ext. 395 for more information. If you regularly encounter sawfish and would be interested in helping more thoroughly, we have a charter guide logbook program. We supply pre-printed postcards that can be filled out and mailed in for each sawfish encounter. If you are interested in participating in the logbook program, please email your mailing address and a kit will be mailed to you. A concert was held on March 25 to raise money for the All Abaco Regatta, a series of races for Bahamian work boats, which will be held this year on July 1922. The concert featured well known Bahamian singers. who closed the evening around 2 a.m. “I had a great time,” said one of the spectators. “There should be more events like this.” The attendance might not have been as large as the organizers had wished. “But we made good receipts from the gate,” stated Mr. Morley. “Money is coming slowly,” he said, “but we hope to have enough to make it happen.” Another change for Regatta 2006 is that it is scheduled to take place in Central Abaco. The main venue and all the entertainment will take place at Goombay Park. Because of that, the Committee hopes that some of the previous sponsors will come back on board. The organizers wish to thank all the sponsors who supported the concert and all the volunteers who helped make the evening a success.


Page 28 B The Abaconian April 15, 2006 By Lindsey Delaplaine On March 10 author Beti Webb and students from Every Child Counts entertained a full crowd at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge with a play and a reading from Webb’s latest book, Madrigal’s Midsummer Magic. Beti and her husband Jack, who spend winters in Hope Town, have long been supporters of Every Child Counts (ECC), especially their literacy program. Last year Mrs. Webb had organized a play, reading and book sale to benefit the group, and it was such a success that she followed up this year with another wonderful program. Mrs. Webb wrote a play, A Greedy Cat Called Clovis which was acted out by students from Ellen Hardy’s class at ECC. Their colorful costumes were made by their fellow students. She then read from her new book, which is a follow up to last year’s success, Madrigal the Secret Witch Moderator Nancy Ann Kenyon introduced Treasure Cay resident, Mrs. Malvern Cornish, who spoke in glowing terms about the difference ECC had made in her grandson’s life. Before he started at ECC, Ms. Cornish explained, her grandson didn’t know the names of the days of the week. Now only six months later, “he cannot only tell you what day it is, he can even spell it.” Her sentiments were echoed by Junior Menard, whose son Eric also attends ECC. Mr. Menard said, “ECC has brought so much hope to families that would not have had any alternative to educating their child.” Former Hope Town teacher Suzanne Bethel also sang the praises of ECC. She said of the ECC students, “Not only do they count, but they are special.” They will all be members of the adult community in a few years and thanks to ECC they will be productive members. All of the speakers encouraged everyone to continue to support ECC. In response to a long wait list for students who want to enroll, a full school with more than 60 children, and thanks to support from an anonymous donor, ECC has recently broken ground on an expansion so they can accept more students. It is hoped that the new classrooms will be completed by September so new students can begin the fall term on time. But ECC still has to raise $100,000 to meet that deadline. The Bahamian sales of Webb’s books and Razmataz dolls (based on one of the characters from her books) all go to benefit ECC. They are available in local stores. To learn more about ECC or to make a donation, contact Lyn Major at 242-367-2505, email or visit their website: Reading Benefits Every Child Counts Students of the Every Child Counts School in Marsh Harbour produced a program at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge. They acted out a play A Greedy Cat Called Clovis to the delight of a full crowd. Their colorful costumes were made by the students and the play was directed by Mrs. Beti Webb, who wrote the play. family’s lifelong love of sailing. He grew up in Florida where he began sailing small boats at an early age and later raced small boats all over the United States. For Christmas 1997, Jim’s mother bought the family a set of RC Laser sailboats and Jim quickly became hooked. In 1999 he introduced them to the Key and Stratton families of Marsh Harbour who decided to buy a fleet of eight boats for family fun. Jim and Randy Key began sailing them off Lewis Key’s dock, while the rest of the family either watched or participated. They then moved to the creek area at the end of the harbour where people began to stop and watch and become interested. Jim decided to move the races to Snappas to provide a better location for people to stop, watch and participate, and since then more people have been coming out to try their hand. Jim estimates that there are 17 of these boats on Abaco now with Charlie Cook, Dave Lowe and his son, Jeff Gale and Doug Evans all owning their own boats. Jim himself owns 10 boats and loans his boats out to anyone who is eager to give it a try. The Abaco remote-controlled Laser fleet has an official fleet listing (Number 6) with the R/C Laser organisation in the United States of which there are between 10 and 15 fleets. There are R/C Laser organisations all over the world, and Jim would like to organise an international regatta on Abaco one day. Jim once again thanks Snappas for the use of their premises and asks that anyone interested in finding out more information on how to participate in remote control sailing call him at 367-3086. SportsFrom Page 26 Drive SafelyDon’t Be an Abaco Fatality


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Overlooks entrance to the Hurricane Hole private marina. 84’ of protected deep water dockage w/ electric and a second 60’ x 22’ boat slip. $595,000 net. Ocean view lot w/ excellent unobstructed panoramic ocean views. Good elevation. $295,000 net. Both properties are located on Scotland Cay, a pvt. island w/ airstrip, ferry svc, beautiful beaches, lagoon, marinas and upscale homes. 850-519-1990 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 Treasure Cay 1/2 acre canal lot on Galleon Bay, with sea wall. $249,000. Call 366-3247 Prime Water Front Land for Sale Perfect for that very private individual estate or small gated community. Just minutes from Treasure Cay airport and Treasure Cay shops. 6 2/3 acres located between Green Trutel Ferry Dock and Treasure Cay road. Great commercial frontage on highway with excellent views of Green Trutel Adn Treasure Cay from hop of hill and water front (over 30’ elevation on top of hill with approx. one acre plateau and view of water to teh west) with gradual rolling stair step eleavations to Sea of Abaco. Room for approx. two acre private marina. Land has been cleared of large vegetation with gravel road from highway to water front. Basic boat ramp cut into water. Two fresh water wells. electric adn telephone at highway. Available for inspection until April 6 by appointment only. For sale by owner, no brokers. Call 365-8009 or after April 6 305-238-2459 Marsh Harbour, commercial shop/ office spaces available in Royal Harbour Village shops. Great location, high traffic area. Please call for details. 242-367-3262 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS Cherokee Yellow Wood, vacant property in view of Cherokee Sound and overlooking Winding Bay. 13,478 sq. ft. Call 366-2005 for more details. $100,000 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 Guana Cay 5 bed/3 bath house on interior lot with ocean view. Shared dock. Call for info. 365-5181 Guana Cay 2 bed/2 bath on water, with dock, like new. Asking $725,000. Call 365-5181 for details Leisure Lee Lovely home site with views of canal system, beach and Sea of Abaco. For sale by owner. $75,000 Call 242-362-1021 Lubber’s Quarter, beach front lot. 1 acre, dock and electric. $525,000 Call 375-8313 or Beach front property: Gorgeous beach front on Lubbers Quarters with two beach cottages, private, w/ dock. Call 366-0347 or e-mail conch@ctinternet.comNEW DELUXE CONDO FOR SALEThe Moorings at Lantana on Intracoastal 5 miles from PBIA 2/2 indoor park – Marina space available Call R. Denkin, owner/agent at 561-6838810 M-F 9-5 pm or 561-641-9080 Leave message on tape PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE Florida Palm Coast. Brand new intracoastal 2bd/2ba condo. Full service marina, tennis, shopping, dining and championship golf. Also avail direct intracoastal lot ready to build your new waterfront home. Membership to Yacht Club & Beach Club incl. The Selby Group 866-439-3159 or 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 Duplex for Short Term Rental in Nassau Located in Little Blair, 2 bed/ 1 bath, cable, laundry, facilities, no petes allowed. $100 pernight, $550 per week, monthly rate available. Please inquire at 242-393-1962By Portia Jonsson Our children are our future, but their well-being in our society continues to decline. The month of April has been declared Child Protection Month by the Ministry of Social Services and Community Development in conjunction with the Multi Disciplinary Committee. The theme this year is Child Protection Is a Family Affair In an effort to sensitize Abaconians to the overwhelming problem of child abuse in our communities and mobilize them to work together to prevent and stop the problem, many activities are planned this month including a church service, foster parents’ workshop, speak-out rally, juvenile panel luncheon and many school assembly talks on the mainland and cays. Exhibitions are in place at government clinics in Marsh Harbour, Cooper’s Town and Sandy Point clinics and a walk-a-thon was staged on April 8th at the Abaco Police Station, Marsh Harbour. Child Abuse is an intentional act that results in physical and/or emotional harm to children. There are several different types of child abuse, and some children experience more than one form. Physical abuse includes deliberate acts of violence that injure or even kill a child. Unexplained bruises, broken bones or burn marks on a child may be signs of physical abuse. Sexual abuse occurs when adults use children for sexual gratification or expose them to sexual activities. Sexual abuse may begin with kissing or fondling and progress to more intrusive sexual acts. Emotional abuse destroys a child’s self-esteem. Such abuse commonly includes verbal abuse in the form of shouting, threats and degrading or humiliating criticism. The most common form of child abuse April Is Child Protection Month is neglect. Physical neglect involves a parent’s failure to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter or medical care to a child. It may include inadequate supervision and a consistent failure to protect a child from hazards or danger. Emotional neglect occurs when a parent or caretaker fails to meet a child’s basic need for affection and comfort. A walk-a-thon was held to promote Child Protection Month and raise awareness of the issue. Winners of the three children’s groups were awarded with trophies. Adults walked in support of the children. Food was served at the conclusion of the walk. Please see Protection Page 30


Page 30 B The Abaconian April 15, 2006 Straw Baskets • Shirts • Hats Casual Wear • Gifts • SouvenirsLocated Don MacKay Blvd. and Airport Phone 367-2431 • Marsh Harbour Mon Sat 7:30 5 • Sun 10 5 Visa and MasterCard Accepted Tropical Souvenirs Souvenirs • Cuban Cigars • Casual Clothing T-Shirts • Venus Swimwear • Jewelry Children’s Clothing and lots more ...Located in Simmon’s Plaza next to Snack Shack Mon Sat • 9 5 • Phone: (242) 367-4822 B’s Sunrise Business Service Directory 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 ________________________________ 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 Well Drilling ServicesServicing All of AbacoAndrew MajorMarsh Harbour Abaco, BahamasTel: 551-7375 DRA NAGE SOLUTIONS Sick Copier?Call the Copier DoctorWe make house calls! Most brands serviced We make business quality rubber stamps: Deposit Stamps, Daters, Address Stamps Self-inking and traditional stylesCall 367-4709 Island Phar Island Phar Island Phar Island Phar Island Phar macy macy macy macy macy Prescriptions • Testing Beauty Supplies • Vitamins Ricardo Miller, PharmacistHours 8:30 am 6 p.m. Sundays 9 am 12 Noon Ph. 367-2544 Cell 554-8183 Dove Plaza, Marsh Harb. Fax 367-6544 • Fyne’s Pest ControlPhone 365-8409 • Cell 359-6312 Stephen Fynes Professional ExterminatorPO Box AB22214 Treasure Cay www.Fynes@msn.comCommercial, Residential, Pre-construction Treatment BAHAMA TILE LICENSED INSURED Office : 367-7072Larry LoweCell : 477-5966 Marble l Granite l Ceramic Porcelain l Mud Work l Kitchens Bathrooms l Entire Home Amelia Airways, Inc. Private Air Charter Based in South Florida Serving Florida, the Keys, The Bahamas, Caribbean and other US Destinations Phone # 800-546-4648 Fax # 954-489-9126 Ask us about our Spring Discounts! Commercial & Residential Padding & all necessary accessories Installation and quotes availableDelivery within a week!! Carpet Carpet CarpetRoss Pinder477-5019For all your carpet needs, call Ross Pinder @ 477-5019. Serving all of Abaco with over 25 years experience. Lots of samples to choose from... GIACO & CO. Gary ClarkeWest of Forest Drive Ph: (242) 367-4560 Cell: (242) 456-5291We sell steel already put together for construction needs. We also do burgular bars.Specializing in Bending Fabrication of Rebar for Foundation Decks, Columns and Belt Course. FOR SALE Iggy Biggy located in two prime tourist locations Sucessful long standing (16 yrs) Turnkey Retail Business, Serious Inquires Only Call 561.628.7946By Jennifer Hudson On April 6, the beginning of Coastal Awareness Month, Ms. Jeritzan Outten, Director of Tourism in Abaco, Mrs. Bernadette Harding, Activities Coordinator with the Ministry of Tourism and Mrs. Lindsey McCoy, Executive Director of Friends of the Environment, discussed coastal awareness issues during a live talk show at Radio Abaco. Ms, Outten began by saying that the natural environment forms the foundation of life. Yet, we tend to take it for granted. We must be more concerned as the natural environment will not always be here if we do not take care of it now. The Bahamas is a country based on tourism, where the visitors come for the climate and the natural environment. Tourism affects everyone in the country, so she was speaking to everyone. We must protect our natural environment for posterity. Mrs. McCoy spoke on the problem of pollution or marine debris. Not only does this look unsightly, but it is damaging to boats, fish and birds which get caught up in plastic bags, fishing line and six-pack holders. Environmental education is new in schools, said Mrs. Harding, but 10 schools will be participating in the science fair projects for Earth Day on April 28. Last year a presentation at Earth Day focused on the problem of pollution in our waters and gave a mind-boggling breakdown of the length of time it takes for various pieces of flotsam and jetsam to fully decompose and disappear. Fishing line – 600 years; plastic items and diapers – 450 years; soda cans – 200 years; milk cartons and cardboard – 3 months; fruit and food – 2 months; paper – 6 weeks. Ms Outten stated that she hoped everyone hearing that would be amazed and determine to do something about it. “What can we do to conserve our natural environment?” asked Mrs. Harding, who then made the following suggestions. When picnicking, take your trash home with you, but take not only your own, but someone else’s. If you do not want to take someone else’s trash home, then gather it up and put it up above high watermark. Then it can be picked up during a cleanup and will not be left in the sea to harm the sea life. Also, she suggested using canvas reusable bags when going to the grocery store in order to cut down on the number of plastic bags which are so detrimental to the environment. We can all help. Although there was a coastal cleanup one year ago, the coastline is already very messy again with local trash such as Styrofoam lunch containers, bottles and cans. Awareness is so important – people need to be made to feel embarrassed. Ms. Outten addressed the subject of fishing and urged people to be responsible and not to use bleach or other chemicals. Also, not to take too many fish. Sometimes people take far too much fish, all of which they cannot use. In many places in the Caribbean the Nassau grouper is already gone and also conch. People are often not allowing fish to grow to full size which means that the fish do not get chance to produce the amount of eggs they should in their lifetime to replenish the supply. People are reminded that the crawfish season is now closed, and that there is a legal size for grouper. The possibility of implementing a conch season in the Bahamas is being discussed. Mrs. McCoy urged people not to pull out mangroves. A project is now in progress at Cross Harbour Creek to rebuild a habitat for the fish, which was diminished when a logging causeway was constructed in the late 1930s for a railroad. People did not realise at the time the damage they were doing. Now 400 acres at Cross Harbour Creek are being reclaimed as a nursery habitat and 250 fish have already been tagged to show their movements when the creek is opened. Five culverts have been put in to re-establish the water flow into the 400 acres. It is very exciting to see children from many of the schools in Abaco participating in the process of rebuilding this habitat. It shows that the young people are taking ownership and creating a good future. This is important in making the young people aware and trying to get them to think about preservation of the natural environment. Invasive species are another problem, and The consequences of child abuse and neglect can be devastating and far-reaching. Neglected and abused children suffer hurt in their bodies, their minds, their emotions and their spirits. The physical hurt to their body can mend and heal but the hurt to their minds is far-reaching. The health and safety of our children is everyone’s responsibility. ProtectionFrom Page 29 trade. The residents in all of our towns were asked to be more diligent in keeping their houses and property secure. Many breakins and robberies are through unsecured sliding glass doors or unlocked entrance doors. With Abaco’s expanding economy attracting a larger labour pool, it is inevitable that some of those we are attracting are criminals. Our relaxed lifestyles and trust of our neighbours allows those who are opportunist criminals a chance to snatch a wallet, watch, jewelry, computer or other valuables during an unguarded moment. This initiative of town meetings by ASP Miller is his way of bringing the police closer to the community they serve. Mr. Miller explained that the police force is responsible for safety of the area residents, and he wants to hear of their concerns. The message is one Police Chief Miller is taking to all the communities. Coastal Awareness Is Topic of Radio Show homeowners are encouraged to remove all invasive plants and purchase only native plants for their yards. Anyone requiring information on invasive plants can call the Friends of the Environment office at 3672721. Listeners were encouraged to change their mind set and begin talking to everyone else about litter, trash, preserving mangroves and conserving power and telling others why the environment is important. Take ownership, start a group in your community or church; begin a movement. Mrs. Outten closed the forum by saying that we are all partners in this. It is not just the tourists. It is for ourselves, our grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Abaco needs to work towards becoming a model community as almost 75 percent of our gross national product is from tourism.Abaco Youth Makes Carifta TeamBy Samantha V. Evans Zinnia Miller, an eight grader from St. Frances de Sales School, made the Carifta team over the weekend of April 1st when the trials were held in Nassau. Accompanied to Nassau by her mother, she won the high jump with a winning jump of 1.6 m or 5 feet 3 inches. She left for Freeport on April 5th to train with the Freeport team; the entire team will travel to Nassau on April 10. Even though she is from Abaco, she will be competing as a part of the Freeport team. Midweek, the entire Bahamas Carifta team will travel to Guadeloupe where the Carifta Games will take place on April 13th-17th. PoliceFrom Page 25


April 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 31 B Corner 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 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 S40 XL 3-stage warehouse, used, well maintained, in use now. $10,000 OBO 367-2128 Call between 9-5 For all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031. Sales and Service US Visa Services bring your info and we get your US Visa 242-392-4060. Ask for Mr. Wilson (Abaco) Wanted Cashier with experience in hair and beauty supply products, nail technician, hair stylist. Call 367-2386 Sea Spray Resort Help Wanted Cook, general kitchen help, bartender, wait staff and marina assistant. Full time. Paid transportation. Experience with references required. Call for appointment. 366-0065 Harbour View Grocery, Hope Town, Teller/ Stock person wanted. Must be computer literate. Call Thomas 366-0033 for appointment. Energetic, sales-oriented female betweeen the ages of 18-25 to work in busy snack bar. Light cooking and cashing experience needed. Call 367-2178, leave message. Boat trailer for up to 20’ boat, galvanized, tandem, new wheels and tires. $1200 OBO to see, contact Steve Albury at Abaco Outboard 367-2452 2 Honda 130 HP outboard engines. Low hours. Call 553-7037 12’ Carolina skiff, new, with 15 HP Mariner, with or without trailer. For more information contact Buddy at 365-6152 COMMERCIAL SERVICES EQUIPMENT FOR SALE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES VEHICLES FOR SALE BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats 94 Ford Taurus, fully loaded, good running condition. Asking $2000. To view or make offer call 559-8656 99 Ford 250 Pick-up fully loaded, double cab, leather, only 80,000 miles. $15,800 OBO Call 365-8188 or 359-6241 01 Ford Focus Station Wagon, beautiful condition, white color, fully equipped. $13,900. Call 365-8188 34’ Catalina 1988 shoal draft sailboat, DUTY PAID, 27 HP Yanmar, 12 v. refrig, many upgrades. Lying Abacos. $48,500. Call 828-6690828 Fax 828-664-1710 35’ Chris Craft, DUTY PAID A/C 6.5 Onan generator. Located at Marsh Harbour Marina. Great live aboard or island boat. Port engine runs fine. Starboard engine needs work $20,000 Call 367-0572 38’ Gulfstar Trawler 1983 with 6 cyl Perkins Diesel. Asking $45,000 Tel: 242-366-0351 or 407-384-7301 45’ #1 Hull Crawfishing Boat with stabilizers. Fully equipped. For further info call 366-0430 45’ #1 Hull Fiberglass Fishing Boat, 1980, single 8V71 engine, 6,000 lb freezer, 15 KW Isuzu generator, water maker, 300 gal fresh water tank, 1200 gal diesel tank. Sleeps 8. Excellent condition. Contact Arthur Lightbourne 366-4355/366-4430, cell 375-9644 45’ #1 hull, fiberglass crawfishing boat wiht stabilizers. Call 367-2707 or 375-3830 MERCHANDISE FOR SALE Pre-castin concrete molds for sale. Call for info. 559-8538 or 242-535-1492 or 242-3611857 BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE 16.5’ Malibu, 1984, w/ 2003 50 HP Mercury (3 hrs), w/ trailer. $6950. Can be seen at National Marine. See Royce or call 242-367-2326 or 367-5960 22’ Abaco-built fiberglass boat 200 HP Evinrude motor, float-on trailer, Garmin colour map GPS, VHF, fishfinder. Asking $30,000 OBO Contact Earl, Ph 367-2289 or 357-6813 32’ Island Gypsy Sportfish 175 Ford Lehman, 8 KW Westerbeke, air conditioned, etc. $44,000 Call 365-4120 34’ Sailboat 1974, Volvo Penta diesel. Located on GTC. Asking $18,000 OBO Call 365-4119 BUSINESS FOR SALE Dive Operation for sale, Treasure Cay marina. Contact James Sweeting 242-365-8582 Local Government at Work Central Abaco Dist. Council 23 Feb 06 Councillors were advised that their recent ordinance prohibiting golf carts on Marsh Harbour roads has been routed to the Minister of Transport for further processing. Additional data was requested by Road Traffic in Nassau on area traffic, street widths and the nature and number of accidents. Concerns were raised by several Councillors over the very messy condition of the Central Abaco Primary school and they felt it may be due to poor management practices. Councillor Stephen Knowles is concerned that pit bull dogs are breeding with the native potcakes which will cause the potcakes to become more aggressive. He feels that the pit bulls should not be loose on the streets. Councillors voted to rescind a liquor license for a new liquor store behind Roderick’s M & R Grocery Store off Crockett Drive. Councillors were told of government’s interest in purchasing the RND theater building for use as a culture center. The larger of the three theaters in the 10,000 square foot building would remain as a theater for stage or screen productions. The other two theaters would be converted into a conference room and a recreational room for youth. The building was believed to be on the market for $1.2 million but was thought to be available for closer to $800,000. A delegation from Nassau recently took a first hand look at the building located beside the airport roundabout. Marsh Harb. Town Comm. 1 March 06 A town management committee has been formed with a primary goal of assisting with the continuing garbage collection and removal problem. This board is a private group not under control or the constraints of Local Government. The Marsh Harbour Management Committee is composed of Terry Curry, Dianne Sweeting, Kim Roberts, Kandy Pinder and Yvonne Key. Committees of this nature raise money through voluntary contributions and use the funds for various town projects of which assistance to garbage removal might be considered. Present rules prohibit local government and the various boards from assessing and collecting taxes. Neither are they allowed to have a bank account. A private group can collect donations and maintain a bank account. Local government is required to pick up residential garbage but trash and garbage removal at commercial establishments is the responsibility of either the landlord or the tenant. A lively discussion ensued over long term tenants in apartment buildings and duplexes as opposed to rental houses with short term tourist rentals. The short term weekly rentals are conceded to be of a commercial nature and assistance can be expected from the homeowners for garbage removal. Discussions within the Town Committee then centered on whether long term duplex rentals by Bahamians fit the residential or commercial definition. The issue was not resolved. Members were advised that BEC has applied for 100 acres somewhere in the area of Snake Cay for expansion. The Marsh Harbour Town Committee was given $25,000 by government for minor capital projects. A lively discussion followed as the committee member Roger Delancey of Spring City demanded that $5000 of this be allocated to Spring City for projects there. It was then disclosed that Spring City had been allocated $6000 by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture for repairs to the basketball court. A cemetery for Spring City has been discovered as unsuitable as the water-table is too close to the surface. The cleared area may be used as a park, but it was conceded that a new location for a cemetery must be found. The allocation of the capital projects money was not determined with some asking if it should be shared based on population figures. Chairman Yvonne Key advised members that the cement dock in Gombay Park was being readied for the workman’s ferry serving Guana Cay. There are several advantages over the Union Jack dock now serving the ferry. • It is a mile closer to Guana Cay • There is room for car parking which is absent at the Union Jack dock. • It is closer to the worker’s communities. Mrs. Key hopes this move can be accomplished in the next several weeks to alleviate congestion at the Union Jack dock. Remember, Register to Vote Your Ad Could Be Here


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Residence 300' of Ocean Beach 1 Bedroom, 1Bath Guest House "Playhouse" with Bar Covered & Open Decks Fabulous Ocean Views #AB160 $2,315,000. "Summer Camp" Scotland Cay 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths 1,470 s.f. Residence 124' of Ocean Beach 2,000 s.f. of Decks Central A/C 30,000 gal Fresh Water Fabulous Views Furnished #AB161 $1,100,000. "Casa Bueno" Derek Lee, BRIAbaco District Managing Broker Marsh Harbour (242) 367-5454 Res: (242) 365-6156 dlee@hgchristie.comChris Plummer BRIAssist. District Manager Estate Agent Green Turtle Cay (242) 365-4052 Cell: (242) 554-9451 chris@hgchristie.comKathleen Albury BRIEstate Agent -Appraiser Elbow Cay (242) 366-0700 Cell: (242) 477-5350 kathleen @hgchristie.comNeil Aberle BRIEstate Agent Marketing Specialist Marsh Harbour (242) 367-5454 Cell:(242) 359-6274 neil@hgchristie.comChris AlburyEstate Agent Marine Specialist Man-O-War Cay (242) 365-6008 Cell: (242) 477-5245 calbury@hgchristie.comFaron SawyerEstate Agent Transportation Specialist Abaco (242) 367-3450 faron@hgchristie.comBill JohnstonEstate Agent Utility Specialist Little Harbour (242) 367-5454 Cell: (242-357-6674 bill@hgchristie.comRobbie BethelSales Assistant Photography Specialist Hope Town (242) 366-0700 (242) 375-8533 robbie@hgchristie.comRetta ThomasOffice Manager Support Services Marsh Harbour (242) 367-5454 Bay Street P.O. Box AB 20777 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasTelephone: (242) 367 5454 e.mail: abaco@hgchristie.comMargo SawyerEstate Agent Green Turtle Cay I.T. 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