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March 1, 2015 The Abaconian Section A Page 1 PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAIDWEST PALM BCH FLPermit NO 4595Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian Stuart Web Inc. 5675 SE Grouper Ave Stuart, FL 34997 Change Service RequestedVOLUME 23 NUMBER 5 March 1st, 2015 Mitchell Meets Gov’t Agencies Ahead of Immigration MeasuresBy Timothy Roberts Fred Mitchell, Minister of Immigration and Foreign Affairs, held staging meetings with multiple agencies ahead of intensive immigration checks set for Abaco possibly “within the next 42 days”. “This operation planned for Abaco if it is to be successful in dealing with this vexing problem,” Mr. Mitchell said on February 16. “It will require community support and it appears from our meetings at the start of the year on January 2 and 3 in Coopers Town, Marsh Harbour, Hope Town community support for the immigration effort.” He said that the staging meeting took place with all government agencies in Marsh Harbour, Abaco on Friday, February 20 as “a precursor to the execution of special measures to be executed in Abaco to combat illegal migration in the coming weeks.” He said “The agencies of the government are in the process of mapping out a schematic which will provide a set of options and choices from which the political directorate can decide. There will be a meeting with the heads of law enforcement agencies in The Bahamas to discuss the way forward including timing and logistics [on February 24]. Please see Immigration Page 4 Direct Tampa Flights Increase Airlift to Abaco See Page 4. February Junkanoo Heats up the Cold For the Junior Junkanoo see Page 2. For the Senior Results see page 18. What’s Inside Local Gov’t. 5 Bikeathon. 7 Research Center. 12 Don Wood Auction. 13 Letters. 9 Songwriters Festival. 14 Flea Market. 14 Crossword. 16 HT Council. 17 Visitors’ Guide. 19 NEW Yellow Pages B13 What’s Happening Feb 27: BEC Town Meeting Feb 28: Reef Ball March 4-5: ECC Raise the Roof Concerts March 7: Treasure Cay Library Yard Sale March 7: Treasure Cay island Marketplace March 7: Hope Town Heritage Day March 13: Baham Palm Shores Arts & Crafts Show March 20-22: Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend Community Calendar A8


Page 2 Section A The Abaconian March 1, 2015 Central & All Abaco The 2015 Love Rush Junkanoo Paas the celebratory weekend of Junkanoo and Bahamian culture kicked off on Feb. 20-21. The event was sponsored by BTC, Sands Beer and Bristol Cellars. As promised by the All Abaco Junkanoo and Cultural Committee Chairman – Anthony “Big Mo” Morley – the Junior Junkanoo parade began on time with Grace Baptist Preschool (GBPS) out the gate shortly after 6 p.m. The tiny performers were not intimidated as they marched down Don Mackay Boulevard in brilliant colours that depicted the beloved characters of Little Bo Peep, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Humpty Dumpty, Three Blind Mice and Hey Diddle Diddle to the cheers of adoring fans. Their characters perfectly executed their theme “Fun With Nursery Rhymes.” Frankie Fleuridor and Shelly Austin hosted the event and added to the excitement with their lively remarks as they introduced each school in the line-up. Still, it was a disappointment for fans this year not to see Central Abaco Primary School (CAPS) or Forest Heights Academy’s students making an appearance, who have had incredible showings in the past, but the schools that did show up put on a Spectacular Performances Mark Junior Junkanoo Parade stellar performance. Nevertheless, in the primary school category, the students of St. Francis de Sales Catholic School and Treasure Cay Primary School came out in great form and style. Francis had ever participated, and their performance included the school’s preschoolers along with primary school students. St. Francis’ theme celebrated “50 Years of Building Character through Faith, Knowledge and Service.” While the students positioned by the banner wore their uniforms, the performers and musicians were adorned in yellows and blues with the St. Francis emblem displayed on their head pieces. Treasure Cay Primary School executed the theme, “Into the Orient,” and their most prominent feature was the female students masquerading as geisha dolls along the illuminated streets. for the opening ceremony. Rev. Dr. Silbert Mills was called on to give the opening prayer, while Preston Roberts, chairman of the Junkanoo Committee’s Taskforce, gave the welcome address. Next, in line for remarks was Chairman Morley, who thanked the audience for braving the cold weather to join in on the celebration. “I must say that we had long, hard working sessions to bring you by far what is one of the most exciting parades I’ve seen,” he said. “I’m very happy about the production of schools like Treasure Cay, and I’m also happy with the production of St. Francis because they look like they’re ready to compete against Nassau.” Chairman Morley thanked all for coming as well as his committee members, and he expressed his pride in Forest Heights Academy going to Nassau and capturing “an achievement we can all be proud of.” “If you look around at the productions, you will notice that the quality is much better, and I attribute that to the hardworking staff from all the schools. Next year is going to be even better!” Hinting at the following night, Chairman Morley said that they could look forward to seeing an All-Abaco production “Nothing was imported,” he said of the Senior Parade. “This is a no-alcohol zone, and no liquor will be served at any Junior Junkanoo parade. It’s another achievement we can be proud of.” In his address, MP for North Abaco of the Prime Minister, Renardo Curry welcomed everyone to the cultural event that he described as an expression of The Bahamas’ culture. He congratulated all the schools that were participating, and applauded the teachers, administration and students of each school for working so hard to make the costumes. “To the chairman and the committee, the event is good for the community and serves as a moment of pride for all Bahamians and visitors who come and enjoy our festivities,” Curry said. Curry also welcomed his colleague Parliamentary Secretary for the Dept. of Immigration Cleola Hamilton; and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration the Hon. Fred Mitchell. The next speaker was the Director of Youth Sports and Culture, Dr. Linda Moxey-Brown, who shared that it does her heart well whenever she can attend a Junkanoo parade throughout The Bahamas. Please see Junkanoo Page 18


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Page 4 Section A The Abaconian March 1, 2015 FULL SERVICE MARINA WATERFRONT VILLASBahamian Breakfast Sat. & Sun.Enjoy a delicious dinner with us Happy Hour Daily 5 pm 6 pmOpen Year RoundCome lounge at The Helm, our indoor barBoat House Restaurant For local transporation to Sea Spray call VHF 16 or 366-0065email : www.seasprayresort.comWhite Sound, Elbow Cay Sea Spray will pick up from Hope Town He said that the government wants to conduct this “in an open and transparent way so that there can be no misunderstanding of what we intend and how we intend to execute our immigration policies.” He said that “the aim of the policy is several fold: to ensure the integrity of the work force and its “Bahamianness”; to ensure the national security of our state and protect its cultural integrity; to regularize 22 where appropriate; to exclude from the country those who have no right to live and work here.” Mr. Mitchell emphasized that “this policy is not targeted at any national group. It is a generic policy.” Abaco has two of the largest shanty towns in the country, The Mudd and Pigeon Pea, and the majority of its residents are believed to be of Haitian descent. On Monday, Mr. Mitchell released year-end statistics that indicate that 40 per cent of Haitians apprehended during November and December 2014 – following the implementation of a stricter immigration policy – were repatriated. He revealed that repatriations conducted as of December 2014 have exhausted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration’s deportation budget with six Central & All AbacoImmigration From Page 1 By Timothy Roberts Abaco held a grand welcome for the by Silver Airways on Saturday, February 14 with a special ceremony highlighting Chris Minner, Vice President of Marketing at Tampa International Airport, said that Abaco was one of the most requested destination surveyed at the airport and exmendously. Joy Jibrilu, Director General at the Ministry of Tourism, said that “one of the strategic goals and initiatives that Tourism is looking at is expanding and opening Direct Tampa Flights Increase Airlift to Abaconew gateways, from Florida in particular, which accounts for a huge percentage of our market, but we tend to concentrate on Southern Florida and the Eastern Seaboard of Florida.” She said that Tourism knows “oppordo, Tampa, Jacksonville and Tallahassee.” With this in mind Tourism made a concerted effort to engage more gateways to the country and a “tri-partnership” formed between the Ministry of Tourism, Silver Airways and Tampa International Airport. Mr. Minner said that Tampa is the fastest growing market in Florida and “many wealthy people live in Tampa Bay and they have chosen Tampa Bay because it is a beautiful place to live. They love their boats and they love the opportunity to travel from Tampa International Airport.” He said that Marsh Harbour for several years has been the number one requested destinations and that Tampa International Airport has the largest percentage of originating travel of any major market in the state of Florida, with 22 percent of passengers at Tampa International beginning their journey there. He noted that Silver Airways has nine sengers annually at Tampa International Airport and “have quickly become a staple of the service that we offer.” Ms. Jibrilu said “We’re delighted with the partnership with Silver Airways; they account for about 45 percent of the air a “tremendous opportunity for both leisure travelers and romantics, wanting to get away. It opens up a tremendous opportunity for boating, yachting and seeing the best that Abaco has to offer, with ease.” Mr. Minner complimented the new Airport Terminal and the hospitality they have experienced here in Marsh Harbour; “truly extraordinary, I’ve never had a welcome like this anywhere that I have been.” He went on to say to the people of Marsh Harbour and Abaco that if they are looking for good places to shop, or to have a wonderful time, Tampa has a lot to offer in the area surrounding the airport. He also said that they have excellent universities; Please see Tampa Page 5


March 1, 2015 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 Furniture Plus “we have the University of South Florida, the University of Tampa and St. Leo’s University, all home to many Bahamian students who like to be close to home.” Ms. Jibrilu said that they are also excited about the upcoming Fort Lauderdale is a private charter company but they will ens and opens up more opportunities for Abaco.” She spoke of the Ministry of Tourisms commitment to “showcase the beauty and diversity of the Bahamas.” She added that the airport in Marsh Harbour is something to be proud of; “Now that we have the airport and infrastructure in place we can get the airlift here.” Central & All Abaco Tampa From Page 4 Town Committee Patches Potholes By Timothy Roberts February 18, stopped a young man walking in the Central Pines area near Central Abaco Primary School (CAPS) around 2am. When police searched the young man they found he had in his possession several tools, such as screwdrivers and knives which are known to be used for breaking and entering. The police arrested him and later (CDU) searched his home and discovered a number of electronic and other items believed to have been stolen from CAPS. items to have been stolen from the school. The young man is believed to be a former student of the school and among the stolen Police Capture Thiefitems found were keys for the school. He was charged the following day. Department, Kevin Mortimer said he was public to continue to work hand in hand with the police to help keep crime in check.Marsh Harbour Spring City Town CommitteeThe Marsh Harbour Spring City Town Committee met Wednesday, February 18 to discuss several projects they are engaged in completing in the community. The Chairman, Carl Archer, presented a rough draft of an architectural plan for the proposed libraries to be built in Marsh Harbour and in Spring City. The Committee is working with persons in the community to fund the construction. Mr. Archer also noted that the swing and play set is ready to be built at the Crossing beach and it is hoped will provide years of fun for local youth. Mr. Archer also reported that talks with Central Government regarding the striping of the Crossing public parking areas went well, and said that the governsibility for it. Mr. Archer also reported that conversations with Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) were fruitful and the company is expected to adopt, beautify and maintain the round-abouts at the airport, by the new clinic and at the government complex. try of Tourism


Page 6 Section A The Abaconian March 1, 2015 Marble and Granite counter tops, showers and floors installed Made in Marsh Harbour Call 367-6867 or 367-4726 View installations on our web South Abaco Members of Epworth Methodist Chapel in Cherokee Sound held a congregational meeting to keep everyone informed of the business of the church. Some future repairs are in the planning stage and new shutters need to be made for the Manse along with some other minor maintenance expenses according to the Board Chairman, Jim Bethel. The Co-Treasurers, Erica Bethel and statement to all those who were in attendance covering the period of March 2014 through January 2015. All renovation expenses have been paid and there are no outstanding bills leaving a sizeable balance in the account. However, it was pointed out that because of the recent renovations on the building, new insurance coverage is needed which will probably double the existing coverage and costs. In addition, all donations and charitable work was listed, letting the audience know where their collections and donations are being spent. The Minister, Rev. Marie Neilly, was happy to report that Sunday morning and evening services are steadily increasing. The once-weekly Bible Study group meets and visit with the elderly, ill and shut-ins. She also advised that there will be an upcoming Revival as well as Street Evangelism Membership classes commencing very soon. Palm Sunday Services will be held at our sister-church, St. James Methodist Church in Hope Town, on the 29th of March, 2015 and the entire Eastern Regional Members are welcome to attend. The congregation was also advised that C-LET preacher and leadership courses will once again take place in Abaco from March 6 8 and all interested persons are asked to get in touch with Rev. Neilly or Mr. Michael Knowles. A church member in the audience inquired as to the status of a proposed new entry-way for the Chapel bathroom that had been presented to the previous Board Members. They asked if it could be re-presented to this new Board and Church Members. The Chairman said that he would look into it and report back. ished all were invited to join in a Pot-Luck Luncheon across the street at the W.W. Sands Community Center. It proved to be a real feast and was enjoyed by more than 30 persons who decided to stay for the food and fellowship. Everyone agreed it would be nice if we could repeat the Luncheon again sometime soon. The church leadership thanked all persons who supported the church with their prayers, encouragement Cherokee Church Board Meets with Members North Abaco Abaco Crash Fire & Rescue Facilitates Safety Drill


March 1, 2015 The Abaconian Section A Page 7 South Abaco On February 15, twenty seven community-minded individuals completed a Bikeathon to raise much needed funds for the High Banks (Bahama Palm Shores) Fire House. The ride began at the High Banks Fire House at 9 a.m. and riders began arlittle over two hours later. Within the next This was not a race, but purely a friendly ride in support of a very worthy cause. Twenty one energetic riders completed the full course of 30 miles while six riders chose to ride a 10 mile course. Four children participated. The youngest, Daniel Kelly, 9, and his 10 year old friend, Robert Lightbourne, rode ten miles while 12 year old Jonathan Strachan chose to ride Bikeathon from Bahama Palm Shores to Sandy Point raises Fire House Funds ish the entire course. When asked how he felt at the end of the ride he admitted that he had found it to be a long way and was tired. Completing a ride of thirty miles was an especially noteworthy accomplishment for Jonathan who does not even own a bike and had borrowed one for the day. While the majority of riders were from Bahama Palm Shores, three Marsh Harbour residents joined the ride and also a few from various areas of South Abaco. The idea of a community bike ride began in 2012 when two friends decide to challenge themselves to a 19 mile bike ride from BPS to Pine Woods Nursery, Marsh Harbour. The following year they decided to raise their challenge to 30 miles from BPS to Sandy Point and were joined by one other lady. In 2014 two more ladies joined the ride and when 2015 came around they had the idea to invite as many as people as possible to join them and make it a fundraising event. the ride had been a fundraiser but also the A large crowd of excited friends and well-wishers, including several South Abaco local government representatives, were came in with cheers, pats on the back, fresh orange slices and a cooling beverage. Three young children from Sandy Point joined in the fun forming a charming welcoming committee holding up a colourful banner which they had made themselves. Once all the riders had reached the trucks of persons who had volunteered to the riders and friends went on to Nancy's Seaside Rrestaurant at Sandy Point to enjoy a very welcome lunch. The organizers would like to thank their many corporate sponsors and especially Scotiabank which was their main sponsor. Each of the riders had their own sponsor sheets. The organizers were very from this event. Please see Bike Page 12 Amazing hilltop lots with fantastic sea views. ese lots are the best priced lots in the subdivision, and boast the best views. Bakers Creek is located roughly 8 miles north of Marsh Harbour and also from Treasure Cay. e subdivision features underground utilities to all lots and access for all homeowners to the beach where picnic tables are available. Each lot is 11,300 sq. . (.26 acres) BSD $39,900 Property For Sale BAKERS CREEK BEACH LOT 10 BAKERS CREEK Bakers Creek Lots 10 & 11


Page 8 Section A The Abaconian March 1, 2015 From the Editor's Desk // Tick. Toc. Bradley M. Albury Reporters/Freelance Contributors: P.O. Box AB-20213 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Phone: 242-367-3200 FAX: 242-367-3677 U.S. Address: 2022 Aero Circle, New Smyrna Beach, FL. 32168 Free at over 100 Abaco locations 8,000 Copies Published Twice Monthly Subscribe Today!! Name: Address: Address: City: St. Postal code: + Country: E-mail or Tel # I f you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below NAME ON CARD: CARD NUMBER: EXP DATE: SIGNATURE: AMOUNT PAID: Master Card VisaWE NOW ACCEPT MASTER CARD/VISA One Year Subscription US$ or B$ $27 Bahamas via surface $49 USA via 3 rd Class US$70 Canada via Airmail US$105 UK, Europe Surface The above subscription is a gift from: ORDER Your Abaconian Today GIFT Give a Subscription as a Mail to: 2022 Aero Circle, New Smyrna Beach, FL, 32168 or: P.O. Box AB 20213, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas Why subscribe? Community Calendar(See for More Calendar Events) ing Dundas Town Community Sign Language Event Government pensions are a ticking time bomb. But as long as the political parties use the civil servants as a vote farm, it does not matter how much VAT money that continues to grow beneath our countryÂ’s feet. cal policies, noted that there is no fund in place to pay the current penamount of pensioners in the coming years. We pay retired government employees directly out of the Treasury in a haphazard pay-as-theywill be $2.5 billion. $4.1 billion by 2032. Our countryÂ’s current sovereign debt is ~$6 Billion. That means you owe about $15,000 for borrowing our government has deemed necessary. Do you trust your $15,000 is being spent the right way? Well, you canÂ’t be sure because we donÂ’t have a Freedom of Information Act. And when the government rolls out the new health care system next year you will owe even more on top of new taxes. Our nation has evolved beyond a system of voting for our uncles and cousins. We have outgrown pledging our allegiance to job handouts. We have outrun the lumbering, political beast that has employed only three Prime Ministers in 40 years. There is a $1.5 billion (with pensions. And itÂ’s growing. It will continue to grow because the money to pay the current employees is not there. We will have to borrow more. It will continue to grow because the parties will continue to add to the public servant ranks to ensure votes. We will have to borrow more. It will continue to grow because the politicians have bound themselves to a that guarantees a 50% chance at being reelected. We eventually will not be able to borrow more. Are there public employees that do an excellent job? Absolutely. Are there necessary departments and workers that better Bahamian lives? Absolutely. Should the public sector be a storage tank for votes? Absolutely not. Our government has created a tion is not to throw more fuel onto it. The solution is to control burn. Will the immediate effect colder? Yes. But we wonÂ’t have to worry about it burning our country to the ground. Ask your government to make the hard decision. ItÂ’s an easy decision for the taxpayer, obviously, but hard for those who, in doing so, will be committing political suicide. But do not let them burn away our childrenÂ’s future simply for an


March 1, 2015 The Abaconian Section A Page 9 Appliances PlumbingMarine ProductsPaintsFencingHardware Tools&Building SuppliesElectrical SuppliesLumberSpring is in the air...Choose from a wide range of mowers, weedeaters, pruners, hoses, rakes, shovels,pesticides, soils, fertilizers and much, much more. PH: (242) 367-2170Don MacKay Blvd., Marsh Harbour, AbacoWe Appreciate Your Patronage! ...and we have the tools you need! Retraction & CorrectionIn the Feb 15, 2015 issue of The Abaconian we reported that South Abaco’s new Chief CouncilChief Councillor for Abaco. That honour in fact goes to Suzanne Bethel of the Hope Town District Council who served her district faithfully from 1999-2005. We apologize to our readers for this error and we apologize to Ms. Bethel. Stop SignsDear Editor, Central Pines needs stops signs. That is all. -A residentNo to Little Harbour MarinaDear Editor, My name is Edward Fessenden III and I am a homeowner in Little Harbour. I am writing you this letter to tell you why I believe a marina shouldn’t be built in Little Harbour. My family and I came upon Little We had sailed our boat from Tampa all the way up the east coast to New York City until we came to the Bahamas on the way back south. We sailed our boat into Little Harbour, which was very much less inhabited than it is today. We instantly fell in love with the place and the people who lived there. That is when we decided to purchase property for sale within the harbour. Growing up in the islands of The Bahamas is not something that most kids from the United States get to do. I was lucky enough to have had this experience. Attending school in Cherokee was amazing and I have made life long friends within that community. As a kid I spent most of my time playing in Winding Bay. It was always known for its pristine white sandy beaches and clear blue water. More importantly it was known to be completely uninhabited. Since the installment of The Abaco Club at Winding Bay there can no longer be those days of peaceful play on the beach. The club has ruined one of the best places to go in the area. The thought of continuing that destruction within Little Harbour does not sit well with me. Adding a marina of the size and scale projected by Southworth will ruin marine life and add pollution to the area. Cruising boats will no longer enter the harbour, as there will be no space. The noise from the generators will run into the night and lights will be illuminated only to ruin the calmness of its nights. I remember as a young boy friends and continue to see people do the same. This will not be possible with proposed additions installed. Little Harbour is a very special place and should not be commercialized just so a developer can make money and get out. Over time it will become rundown and eventually shut down leaving a wasteful spot that ruined a community. Please do not let this happen! Thank you, Edward Fessenden IIIIs This Government For Real?Dear Editor, Please allow me a space in your paper. I really want to know if this government is for real! The economy is not where it needs to be, especially in Grand Bahama where the people are hurting the most. The government is charging tax on food, medication and selling everything to China. And to top it off, [we are being robbed because] people charging VAT when this is illegal, and they charging Seriously, The Bahamian people are too quiet and they need not to wait until election to not only get rid of this administration but to voice their opinions. The Prime Minister can’t possibly expect people to survive paying VAT on food and medication these are pivotal to every economy. We understand that VAT was necessary, however vat on food, electricity and medication? Why allow medication to be duty free then have the people charge VAT in pharmacy and etc? This country needs to be governed by people with innovative minds. I fully respect some members of his team but he needs help. I guess their color suits them. You can’t see bronze and silver when you are wearing gold. I am currently a PLP but Soon it will be “Welcome to China -Bahamas.” -Concerned Bahamian


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Page 12 Section A The Abaconian March 1, 2015 Lifestyles By Nan Kenyon Friends of the Environment is pleased to announce that their new Research Centre will be named after one of the organization’s 1988 founders, Frank Kenyon. Frank has put his heart and soul, in an unassuming way, into the development and protection of Abaco ever since he arrived here in the 1950s. Through an aggressive fund raising campaign by Frank’s friends and family members, the construction of the building is well underway and has warranted the name “The Frank Kenyon CenThe High Banks Volunteer Fire Service, for which the funds were raised, was established in 2008 as a much needed service in the area. June 2014 was a time of Palm Shores/Casuarina Point which kept truck caused the need for the replacement of four rear tires, a major refurbishment of the 1800 gallon tank and repairs to the hydraulic brake system. A booster reel was also added. Much of the work was done gratis by and gas is a costly and ongoing vital commodity. Their next fundraiser will be an Art and Craft Show to be held at the BPS Firehouse on March 13 from 6pm to 8pm. This promises to be a delightful event as there are many very talented residents in the settlement. This will be the third year that Bahama Palm Shores has put on an Art and Craft show and according to the organizer, this year’s will be even bigger and better with several new additions such are inviting any other artists and crafters from South Abaco to join them and interested persons may contact the organizer at From Page 7 Frank Kenyon Research Centre Celebration tre for Research, Education and Conservation”. In recognition of those initial contributors to the Centre, FRIENDS held a gala celebration on Saturday, January 31st. Events Organizer, Cha Boyce, and Executive Director, Kristin Cartwright-Williams, opened the program with enlightening talks on how both FRIENDS and the Centre were born. Cha initiated the idea of naming this Centre in her Dad’s honor and solicited family and friends for funds to build this important addition to FRIENDS’ infrastructure. The invited guests were divided into six small groups, each led by a tour guide who took them through the Centre and explained its function. There are dormitorysearch personnel and students, kitchen and lab facilities, all surrounded by spacious, covered decks for classes. The highlight of the tour, for many, was the impressive solar building which incorporates sixty 250 watt solar panels and nickel iron batteries, installed by South Island Solar. Greg Johnson, co-partner with Michael Lightbourne, explained how the new solar capacity will power the facility. Dr. Diane Claridge, Executive Director of the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization, announced that BMMRO plans to loan a sperm whale skeleton for display at the Centre entrance. Nancy Albury, Curator of Paleontology for the National Museum of The Bahamas, showed the groups fascinating fossils from Abaco's blue holes, caves, and beach sediment as she explained the diversity of Abaco’s fragile land and sea environments. Following the tours the guests were shutan afternoon buffet. All attendee donors agreed that it was a “totally awesome day” in honor of a totally awesome man. Frank sees this Centre as the next important phase of the FRIENDS’ education mission and is looking forward to the opening celebration, tentatively scheduled for Earth Day on April 22nd. Additional donors are encouraged to join this select group. Please contact Cha at or call the FRIENDS


March 1, 2015 The Abaconian Section A Page 13 “Now Open To The Public” **Tear out this ad Bring it to Sandpiper Inn for a Complimentary House Cocktail** (Limit 1 round per party)Inn, Restaurant, Bar & Pool Located on Harbour at Schooner Bay Village Contact: info@sandpiperabaco or Call: 242-458-5181 or 242-699-2056 Open for Lunch Daily, ursdays Sundays for Dinner, Live Music Sunday AernoonsŽ Lifestyles Local artist, Don Wood, suffered a bad accident at the beginning of December, 2014. The call went out to help him in the form of an Art and Craft Auction did members of the tight knit Abaco artist community come to show their support, but many residents from all over Abaco gladly became involved, making the event a success. Artists and artisans had given some of at the Jib Room where a crowd of wellwishers showed up to buy pieces of art or special items that had been donated. The patio of the well-known restaurant had been transformed into an art gallery and by 3pm it was full of people buying tickets from volunteers or putting their names in the silent auction for a favourite item or two. the items on display were water colours by Brigitte Carey, oil and pastels by Jo-Ann Bradley, decorated wood pieces by Melissa Maura, ceramics by Abaco Ceramics and Kim Roberts, jewelry by Linda Wiltfang, silk paintings by Marjolein Scott, acrylics by Lori Thompson. Approximately sevjewelry items, were on display on several tables. From the top of the stairs, Jack BowMr. Bowers, who lives in Bahama Palm at the site of Don Wood’s accident. was closed and the last bidder could pay and claim their purchase. Tables subsequently closed in turn to allow people the time to pay and receive their lots without confusion. “We raised a good deal of money. Donnie is going to be thrilled,” commented Marjolein Scott, one of the organizers She said that the auction was not the only source of funds, as people would stop her in the street or at the food store and offer money for Mr. Wood. Many business owners and private people contributed to and Abaco Gold to mention a few of the businesses. Residents and second home owners of Little Harbour and Bahama Palm Shores also gave strong support. A week before the actual event, Mrs. Scott had conducted a sale on Facebook which also contributed to increase the amount of money raised. Mr. Wood had fallen from his roof on December 14 and was air-lifted to Princess Margaret Hospital with several fractures, concussion and damage to two vertebrae. After more than one month in hospital, including two weeks in ICU and one month recovering at the home of artist Melissa Maura, Mr. Wood was due to return to Abaco within the month Visitors who witnessed the incredible response of the community commented that nowhere in the world would people have demonstrated such involvement to support one of their fellow residents. Mrs. Scott was helped with the organizing by Jo-Ann Bradley and Lori Thompson.Overwhelming Response Don Wood’s Art Auction A group of twelve people from Kansas City chose Abaco as a destination for yoga and spiritual seminars. They stayed at the Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour from February 8 13. Below Decks was the venue for their morning activities, which included early morning yoga sessions on the deck facing the beach, followed by breakfast and an hour long spiritual seminar. On that Tuesday morning, the peaceful location was rendered even more peaceful by the soothing background music. Following the demonstrations of their instructor, Tom Jacobs, eight people performed yoga stretches and positions. A lecture took place after breakfast. Dr. Chris Michaels, the Spiritual Leader of the Center for Spiritual Living in Kansas City, was the presenter of the daily seminars. The topics varied each day and usually dealt on approaching and solving issues that could be encountered in one’s life, such as self-acceptance, forgiveness, higher consciousness or turning obstacles into opportunities. As a young man, Dr. Chris Michaels was looking for answers to resolve the difseeking a way to live successfully and happily. Looking around, he found a Center for Spiritual Living in Atlanta which he joined. He liked the organization’s philosophy and after two years of adherence, he left Georgia to found his own center in Since then, Dr. Michaels has become a national speaker on radio shows and seminars, an educator, a spiritual counselor and the author of two books, ‘Your Soul Assignment’ and ‘The Power of You.’ He success and happiness through spirituality. The Center for Spiritual Living, though, is not a church but a place where people of different ethnic backgrounds and connection with a higher being. There are presently 450 centers worldwide, among which was founded in California. In our region, there are some as well as in Canada and Jamaica. Dr. Michaels was impressed with the peaceful surroundings and the friendliness of the local people. “They want to know that visitors had a good time. It was a pleasant experience; we will come back with other groups.” The retreat was coordinated by a consultant from Fort Lauderdale, Susan Phipps, who organizes groups for the Abaco Beach Resort. Science of the Mind Group on Retreat in Marsh Harbour


Page 14 Section A The Abaconian March 1, 2015 The Cays The 3rd Annual Patrick Davis Songwriters Festival was held in Hope Town that performed this year were Mark Bryan, Kylie Sackley, Johnny Bulsord, James Otto, Cory Crowder, J.T. Hodges, Randy Montana, Janell Wheeler, Tyler Reeve, Django Walker, Bryson Jennings, Jesse Rice, and Patrick Davis. Songwriter Festival on Tuesday night with another intense cold front bringing temperatures into the 50’s. The Songwriters last year were enjoying their time in Hope Town paddle boarding and beaching, however, this year brought on a more “chill” case of events for the festival. The show carried on the rest of the Wednesday evening and Hope Town Inn the listeners came out bundled up to brace the weather and enjoy the raw talent of the artists. On Friday, the venues were Lubbers day of singing and keeping warm under the sun. The songwriter Jesse Rice performed one of his more popular songs “Cruise” also known as “Florida Georgia Line.” That evening the festival venue was at Harbour’s Edge where everyone gathered on the deck and watched the artists perform their hits, concert style. Many sat at the tables, stood along the sides and even gathered in front of the small stage for a closer seat. The crowd enjoyed hearing and singing along with the artists. The following night on Saturday the everyone sang and danced the night away in celebration of the festival. Sunday, the at the Abaco Inn was truly a beautiful day to sing Country under the sun after a long week of being in the cold. vis, Jesse Rice, Django Walker, Mark “Hope Town” on the porch of one of the The Patrick Davis Songwriters Festival will take place again next year so be sure to keep a look out.Songwriters Festival Embraces “Chill” Event The weather cooperated this year to make the annual Man-O-War Flea Market THE family attraction of the weekend. It was supported by Albury Ferry’s schedule which added an extra trip from and back to the Union Jack dock, hence facilitating attendance of visitors from the northern part of the island. It is a wonder that in spite of the many years the function had taken place, ing many things in their attics or garages to attract and interest buyers. They came in numbers again on February 14, browsing through the second hand stalls of books, frames, marine paraphernalia and miscellaneous household sundries or partaking of the rich lunch food cooked by the Cay’s residents or buying freshly baked breads, pastries, jams and sour oranges from The Pantry. bargain hunters blocked the entrance of the white elephant corner. And bargains they toys, and games for only a couple of dollars; there was also table and bed linens rarely priced higher than ten dollars. The silent auction posters offered a multitude of interesting items. People MOW Flea Market Raises Money for School stopped regularly during the morning to add their names in front of the lot they fanto shop at Standard Hardware, purchase woods Nursery; winners could also rent a car if their vehicles had let them down or enjoy a stay at a resort or a lunch or dinner at a favorite restaurant. A guitar playing duo entertained the passers-by, their collection going to the Primary School, like a percentage of all the merchants’ proceeds. Children took part in their usual hermit crab races while parents caught up with acquaintances or discuss a little politic at a street corner. The point occupied by Friends of Abaco Animals revealed more treasures; a good many people could be found there browsing through several tables of bareven discover a favorite toy. Visitors walking to the Canvas Shop By 1pm some people started to make their way to the ferry dock, with the aucing for the results before leaving.


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Page 16 Section A The Abaconian March 1, 2015 Across2. Continent “Down Under” 4. This festival takes place in Andros 7. Renewable Abaco resource 8. Pulpy, tropical fruit 9. Feathered, Bahamian mythical creature 10. Discreet 13. Flashing navigational aid 14. Folk magic similar to voodoo. 15. Bahamian cultural festivalDown1. Inagua industry 3. Ability to read and write 4. ‘Haven’ at the very north of Abaco 5. Bahamian slang for “Unsalted” 6. The best island in The Bahamas 7. Fruit associated with Eleuthera 8. Abaco Swamp; “The Southside” 11. New air route direct to Marsh Harbour 12. Bahamian Capitol2. MANGROVES —Red, Black and other 5. PHONE —Communication device 6. TOY 7. WIND —Powers sail boats. 8. BEACH 10. TURTLES —Eat sea grass. 12. OCTOPUS —Eight legged mollusc. 14. CROWD —Large group of people. 15. TONGUE —______ of the Ocean, Separates Nassau from Andros. 16. CRAWFISH —Delicious whipped crustacean. 1. PARROT pirate’s shoulder. 2. MILLION —A thousand thousands. 3. VOLLEYBALL net across the sand or a court. 4. ALPHABET —A, B, C, etc. 7. WHALES —Large marine mammals. 9. VALENTINES 11. COFFEE —Morning beverage. 13. PACIFIC —Ocean around Hawaii.Feb 15 Answers


March 1, 2015 The Abaconian Section A Page 17 “Honesty and Quality You Can Count On”Brandon ompson Residential and Commercial Customized to suit your lifestyleSales and Service Quality boat lift dealer for 10 years detail with almost two decades Cell: 242-357-6532 Ph/Fax: 242-367-2704 Hope Town District CouncilBy Timothy Roberts The Hope Town District Council met to conduct business on February 19 and discuss their budget submission for the upAt the opening of the meeting Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting took time to note the passing of several prominent Abaconians; Jack Albury, Walter Key and his mother-in-law Paulette Albury. The Council observed a moment of silence in their memory. Clarke Allen, Project Engineer for BEC, provided the Hope Town District Council with an Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for the proposed submarine cable to be installed between the mainconcerning this and several power expansion projects soon to be underway. As the council reviewed their budget in preparation for submitting their requests for the upcoming budget year they made note of the effect of VAT on their contracts and other purchases. They talked at length concerning the garbage contract which is held by Clay Wilhoyte noting that the amount paid to the contractor for the collection of garbage has not changed in more than ten years despite The CaysThe Council agreed to look into whether they would be able to request extra funds to offset the foreseeable extra expenses the contractor would incur. It was also suggested to request a ten percent increase for this contract as well as others as they felt that the cumulative effect of VAT The Council approved permits for homes and other construction totaling over $12 million in value. Approved renovation of the community library is expected begin the last week of February. The Committee for the restoration of the Library has raised about $50,000 and has received good community wide support. Susan Bethel, who heads the committee, was thanked by Mr. Sweeting for her years of dedicated service to the community. Cay Topics Features Doctors Without Borders VolunteerBy Alice Chenault The second “Cay Topics” program of the Abaco Inn on Elbow Cay. A sold-out crowd of women sat engrossed by Sidne Maddison’s account of her work as a nurse in Medecins Sans Frontiers (known in some countries as Doctors Without Borders). Her duties took her to Africa, Bosnia, Pakistan, Rwanda, Somalia and many other sites where sick or injured people face extreme hardships in obtaining medical treatment. Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) was from Nigeria had triggered a two-year war that killed a million civilians through cona voluntary workforce of 30,000 doctors, midwives, epidemiologists, psychiatrists, pharmacists, sanitation engineers, and administrative staff. Its medical staff has worked in more than eighty countries and treated tens of millions of people. MSF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999 for its pioneering humanitarian work. To maintain independent action and speech, MSF disallows all political and religious ties. Eighty percent of the organization’s $400 million budget comes from private donors, the rest from governmental and corporate contributions. A trained and seasoned nurse, Ms. Maddison worked for more than a decade in places where natural disaster or other calamity has caused basic medical care to fail. She treated people with tetanus, malaria, and meningitis, and once was in charge of a children’s ward in which not one of her patients still had all four limbs. In Bosnia she went to work in a helmet and Kevlar vest. She was stoned in Afghanistan. She suffered from malaria. Still, her message to the Cay Topics women was, “I went there to serve and give back, but I gained so much more than I gave.” ster salad, was served by Tom Hazel and his admirable staff. "Froggie’s Out Island Adventures" graciously provided transportation to and from the venue. The next Cay Topics luncheon program, featuring Abaco blue holes expert Brian Kakuk, will be held on Tuesday, only, male guests are cordially invited.


Page 18 Section A The Abaconian March 1, 2015 Area Code 242 unless listed otherwise Island-wide Abaco ListingsAbaco Cottage 114 hse 366-0576 Abaco Vacation Planner + 25 hse 367-3529Casuarina PointSea Grape/Coco Plum 2 Units 367-2107CherokeeLee Pinder 3 hse 366-2053 Marina Albury Cottages 5 cottages 366-2075Grand CayRosie’s Place 352-5458Green Turtle Cay Abaco Breeze 13 hse 577-4570 Bluff House Club 12 units 365-4200 Cocobay Cottages 6 cott 800-752-0166 Green Turtle Club 35 rm 365-4271 Island Properties 34 hse 365-4047 Leeward Yacht Club 5 hse 365-4191 Ocean Blue Properties 34 hse 365-4636 Other Shore Club 365-4226 Roberts Cottages 3 cott 365-4105 Guana CayDive Guana 11 hse 365-5178 Dolphin Bch Resort 4 rm 10 cott. 365-5137 Guana Sunset Beach 13 units 365-5133 Ocean Frontier 6 cott 519-389-4846 Ward’s Landing 4 units 904-982-2762 Ruth Sands 9 hse 365-5140Hope TownAbaco Inn 22 rm 366-0133 Crystal Villas 5 villas 321-452-0164 Elbow Cay Prop 53 hse 366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways 63 hse 366-0224 Hope Town Inn 6 rm 4 Villas 3 Suites 366-0003 Hope T Villas 3 hse 366-0266 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages 4 hse 366-0266 Sea Spray Resort 6 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key 43 hse 366 -0053 Turtle Hill 4 villas 366-0557Lubbers Quarters CayLubbers’ Landing 4 villas 577-2000Man-O-WarIsland Home Rentals 2 hse 365-6048 Waterway Rentals 14 hse 365-6143 Marsh Harbour areaAbaco Beach Resort 82 rms 367-2158 Abaco Real Estate 6 hse 367-2719 Abaco Towns 16 apts 367-0148 Ambassador Inn 6 rms 367-2022 Conch Inn 9 rms 367-4000 Living Easy 16 hse 367-2202 Island Breezes Motel 8 rms 367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas 6 eff 367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas 6 cott 367-3600 Regattas 32 apts 577-6764 HG Christie 11 hse 367-4151Sandy PointOeisha’s Resort 366-4139 Pete & Gay’s Resort 14 rm 366-4119 Spanish CaySpanish Cay Resort 18 rm 6 hse 365-0083Treasure CayAbaco Estate Services Mult hse 365-8752 Bahama Beach Club 88 units 365-8500 Brigantine Bay Villas 5 units 877-786-8455 Treasure Cay Resort 95 rms 365-8801Turtle RockVillas at Palmetto Beach 3 villas 262-820-1900 Hotels and House Rental Agents Web Sites with Abaco Information www.bahamas.comHope Town..cont ere & Back.....AgainEFFECTIVE: Jan 2015Ph: 242-367-0290 Fax: 242-367-0291 REGULAR FERRY SCHEDULE Marsh Harbour to Hope Town20 minute ride7:15am / 9:00am / 10:30am /12:15pm 2:00pm 4:00pm / 5:45pmHope Town to Marsh Harbour8:00am / 9:45am / 11:30am /1:30pm 3:00pm 4:00pm / 5:00pm / 6:30pmMarsh Harbour to Man-O-War20 minute ride7:15 / 9.00am / 11.00am / 12:15pm 4:00pm / 5:45pmMan-O-War to Marsh Harbour 8:00am / 10:30am / 1:30pm / 3:30pm/ 5:00pmMarsh Harbour to Scotland/Guana Cay30 minute ride*6:45am / 10:30am / 1:30pm /3:30pm 5:45pm * 6.45am ferry leaves fron Union Jack DockScotland/Guana Cay to Marsh Harbour8:am / 11:30am / 2:30pm / 4:45pm / 6:30pmAny stops outside the main harbour will be a minimum charge of two persons. Two persons or over will remain at regular charge.During the month of August through December there are some adjustments made to the schedule. You are advised to contact the oce for any changes.REGULAR FERRY FARESOne Way: $19.00 Round Trip Open Return: $30.00Children 6-11: One way $11.00/ Round trip $17.00Children 5 and under: Free Hope Town and Man-O-War ferries depart from the Ferry Dock at Crossing Beach. Guana /Scotland Cay depart from the Conch Inn. Prices subject to change without notice.Albury’s Ferry Service“It tells me that our culture is still alive and well, and those same people who paraded earlier tonight in the preschool into the primary school [categories], they are our future Junkanooers,” Dr. MoxeyBrown expressed. “I love them dearly, and I want to say hats off to all those who’ve been working with them over the months to bring them to this point in the parade.” Austin also acknowledged Deputy Director of Culture Eddie Dames, Director of Junior Junkanoo Pastor Henry Higgins, and Chairmen of the National Junkanoo Committee George Bethel and William “Bill” Wallace along with Arthur ThompBy Timothy Roberts Despite the cooler than usual temperature, thousands of visitors and locals came together to watch the beautiful display of colours and dancing and feel the rhythm February 21 as the annual ‘Love Rush’ Junkanoo parade conclude with years. under the theme “Signs of the Zodiac,” the winning in all categories. The Superstars started up front with an impressive, banner piece which featured Astrological Signs, decorated with balloons, stars and glitter. The group followed up with a stunning display of costumes small and large representing each sign. The Superstars featured an array of colourful costumes coupled with nicely choreographed dancing supported by a strong and talented music section. The Green Turtle Cay Lil’ Island Slammers put on a spectacular show to the theme of “Welcome to The Bahamas” featuring colorful costuming and a solid rhythm. The group gave an overall great performance and achieved a second place prize. The third group of the night featured the youth of Spring City in the absence of the Spring City Rockers. The group was a crowd pleaser with good music, choreography and costumes. Anthony Morley, Chairman of the All Abaco Junkanoo Committee said he was impressed with the costumes in this year’s parade, saying that they were “much improved over last year’s costumes”. He added that it was especially good to note that none of the costumes were imported as in years past. “In fact that is why several groups didn’t show,” he said. “They got seed money but didn’t show.” He said that there are several exciting advancements to come. There are going to begin training classes which will be sponsored by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture. They are also looking at setting up a Junkanoo Cadet program for young people age 16 – 25. Mr. Morley says he also wants to establish a national group using the persons from the cadet program until they reach age 25 and then they will be free to join any group. He said he also has a number of sponsors already calling to support the development of Junkanoo for looking forward to next year’s parade. He said he has received interest in starting a Junkanoo group in Sandy Point and noted that Baker’s Bay wants to invest in a community group as Central & All AbacoJunkanoo From Page 1 Superstars Win Junkanoo Paradewell. He said he is working on getting together an all Abaco group of artists and Junkanooers to do an art exhibition in Kansas City to support a major multiple sclerosis fundraiser. Mr. Morley was pleased with the Police support and said he thought it was good overall event for the family with no reported incidences either night. He said BEC did an excellent job on the lighting of the streets. He said he is also arrange for several of the members of the Junkanoo Task Force to get training on organizing the event. He is doing all he can to pass the knowledge on to the committee in order to make Abaco a cultural power – “I won’t stop,” he said. He said special thanks were in order for Kendy Anderson from the Abaco Vincent Coakley who did a great job on the Junkanoo Task Force, and James Richard who serves with him on the All Abaco Junkanoo Committee. Results 1st place winner: Murphy Town theme: 98; Costume: 901; Music: 510; Group Performance: 389. Total: 2,405. 2nd place winners. Green Turtle Cay Slammers. Banner: 395; Execution Group Performance: 348. Total: 2,001. 3rd place winners. Spring City Youth. Banner: 222; Execution of theme: Performance: 308. Total: 1,548 son who accompanied them. Finally, Minister Johnson concluded the ceremony by applauding everyone involved, and commending Forest Heights Academy on its win in Nassau. Turning back to the parade, Abaco competitor to storm the streets with their attractive banner – “Celebrating Festive Ocseen as the free dancers gyrated, swirled and danced to the rhythm of the drums, cowbells, whistles and horns rounded out by the brass section. The Junior Junkanoo parade ended with the rake n’ scrape sounds of Eugene Davis aka Geno D, renowned Bahamian music artist, who is originally from Abaco. On Tuesday, the results were in, and The Abaconian is happy to report that: PRE-SCHOOL: in the pre-school category as the only participant. PRIMARY SCHOOLS: 1st place winner: Treasure Cay Primary School. They were awarded 504 points for banner; 112 points for execution mance: Overall total was 2,231 points. 2nd place winner St. Francis de They were awarded 316 points for banner; 64 points for execution of theme; 468 for costume, 398 points for music; and 332 points for group performance: Overall toHIGH SCHOOL: Abaco Central High School was the ner:491; Execution of theme: 98; Cosmance: 439. Total: 2,246.


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March 1, 2015 The Abaconian Section B Page 1 VOLUME 23 NUMBER 4 March 1st, 2015 Defence Force Rangers Receive Donation Above (back row from left to right): Marine Seaman Deoroop Louis, Iris Henchell and Able Seaman King with Rangers Travar Blanc, Kavantia Reckley and Melonie Pierre. Front row left to right: during the cheque presentation to the Defence Force Rangers on Feb. 18. See Page 4. Hope Town School students showed off their writing talents in the 9th Annual Commonwealth Writers of the Bahamas competition. Nassau on January 30. Every year Hope Town School has had a winner in this competition. This year’s winners were: Youth Short Story Ages 7-9: 1st Place Jasmin Aberle, 3rd Place Journey Higgs Ages 10-12: 2nd Place Megan McCully, Runner up Ryan Knowles Hope Town Students Continue 9 Year Winning Streak By Jennifer Hudson Twenty four sociology students from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, were on Abaco for the week of February 14-22 to participate in a new university credit course, ‘International Community Engagement ' hosted at Every Child Counts School. The course was directed by Professor Jean Golden as part of the University's Bahamas Project in association with ECC provided by Professor Patrizia Albanese. This course was designed to immerse students in an intensive learning experience in a developing country through were prepared for this course ahead of their arrival in the Bahamas by attending mandatory classes at the University and reading a variety of sources on development and social justice issues in the Bahamas which would later be integrated into They also met in groups to prepare projects for use at ECC. University Course Engages ECC School and Bahamian Culture; Student Lives Impacted Of the WeekBy @shea0714 YELLOW PAGES Page 14 Speech CompetitionPage 2 ECC Film PremierePage 4 Sports Page 8 ObitsPage 12 Classi“eds Page 14 Section B ment, Ryerson University and the 24 Ryerson students attending the new University credit course, International Engagement Unive rsity, hosted at ECC. Please see Ryerson Page 7


Page 2 Section B The Abaconian March 1, 2015 Abaco Real Estate By Bradley Albury The Rotary Club of Abaco hosted the Annual Hugh Cottis Speech Competition on February 11. It was held at the Anglican Parish Hall. The competition was split School & Youth Newsinto three divisions: Primary, Junior and Senior. Twelve students competed in total. The winners of Primary, Junior and Senior, respectively, were: Daphne D’Haiti (Long Bay School), Ebany Hanna (Forest Heights Academy) and Jonnajah Boodle (Forest Heights Academy). with the Department of Education, was the morning’s Moderator. Steve Davis, Debbie Curry and Michael Knowles were the judges; Bradley Albury was the Score Keeper and Wallas was the Time Keeper. Each grade category had a different speech topic: “The Value of Education in the Digital Age,” “Rotary International as a Source of Inspiration for the Younger Generation,” and “Enlightening the World through Rotary.” Eight schools were represented: Central Abaco Primary, Long Bay School, James A. Pinder Primary, Angels Academy, Abaco Central High, Forest Heights Academy, Wesley College and St. Francis. Primary competitors: Abriel Ingraham, Daphne D’Haiti (winner), Antonia Rolle and Rocky Thompson. Junior competitors: Charisma Price, Ebany Hanna (winner), Desmona Bootle and Danica Edgecombe. Senior competitors: Jonnajah Boodle (winner), Joshua Archer, Donovan Hepburn and Jessica Knowles. It was a tight competition with the winners just barely edging out their colleagues by a few points. The Speech Competition showed the creativity, poise and preparation of the students. Few mistakes were made in general, making the judges’ were tallied independently the winners were named. The Senior and Junior winners, Jonnajah and Ebany, were invited to recreate their speech the following Monday at the Rotary Club of Abaco’s dinner meeting. Rotary Hosts Hugh Cottis Speech CompetitionAbove: Rotary Club of Abaco President Steve Davis with the Speech Winners. The winners of Primary, Junior and Senior, respectively, were: Daphne D’Haiti (Long Bay School), Ebany Hanna (Forest Heights Academy) and Jonnajah Boodle (Forest Heights Academy). Above: the competitors, coaches and spectators at the Hugh Cottis Speech Competition.


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Page 4 Section B The Abaconian March 1, 2015 ABACO FREIGHT COURIER SERVICE Ocean & Air Walk-In & Special Handling 6671 W Indiantown Rd, Suite 50-453 Jupiter, Florida 33458 Ph: 561-689-1010 561-502-2632 Nick Mazzeo Groceries All you need & more! Fruit & Vegetables Canned Goods Dairy Products Frozen Foods Phone or Fax : 366-2022Mon. Fri. 7:30am 6pm Sat 7:30am-7pm The Place to be is Cherokee!Cherokee Food Fair Defence Force Rangers Receive Donation from First Caribbean-CIBCBy Canishka Alexander On Feb. 18, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Rangers received a $1,000 cheque to assist in acquiring a bus to better accommodate the students involved in the program. The cheque was presented by Iris Henchell, CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank Manager, who met with Rangers Travar Blanc, Kavantia Reckley and Melonie Pierre along with Able Seaman Marco King and Marine Seaman Deoroop Louis. Henchell explained that the bank received a letter from the Rangers requesting assistance during their Bus Drive to raise funds. “We wanted to contribute to their Bus Drive to assist with them getting a bus,” she expressed. “They are doing such a great job in the community, and we are proud of them.” Able Seaman King thanked Henchell for the donation, and made an offer for her to call on the Rangers whenever they are needed. School & Youth News By Jennifer Hudson A showing of the Every Child Counts Counts. The amazing story of the little school on the evening of February 16. The world premiere of this international docu-Abaco Premier of ECC Documentary has Emotional Impact premier. 26 at the National Art Gallery in Nassau taries in attendance and was extremely well received. Those who attended the Abaco premier were visibly moved by the incredible story. The documentary has already been shown in Treasure Cay and Hope Town United States and Canada. conjunction with Toronto's Ryerson Unithe Every Child Counts School from its small beginnings about 15 years ago when Lynn Major established it to provide a learning environment for her developmentally challenged twin boys and other young children with severe developmental delays who could not learn in a normal school environment. Through hard work, dedication, a staff of incredible teachers and much support from visitors and the Abaco community, the school has grown by leaps and bounds into an establishment which provides education and hope for physically and developmentally challenged children of all ages. Originally the idea was to make a ing purposes but the director soon realized that this incredible school warranted a full documentary and so this movie became a full three-year project in the making. Jean Golden, Professor of Sociology at Ryerson University, who collaborated with Wendy Loton on this project has been associated with Every Child Counts School for several years bringing groups of students each year to assist at the school. She and several of the students were in attendance at the showing on February 16. his wife, Ruth, six years ago. The couple, both educators from the United States, were so moved by what they saw that they are now both teaching at the school. for teachers at ECC and Founder/PrinciPlease see Film Page 5


March 1, 2015 The Abaconian Section B Page 5 Abaco Marine Props Propellers Reconditioned & Rehubbed Brass Stainless Aluminum Sandblasting & Marine Grade Welding on Stainless & Aluminum Across the Street from Abaco Outboards Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph: 242-367-4276 Fax: 242-367-4259 Certi“ed Propeller Repair TechnicianThe ONLY NNPA Techncian in The Bahamas CURRY’S FOOD STORECustomer docking Homemade bread Complete line of groceries Frozen foods, fresh fruits & vegetables Block & crushed iceGreen Turtle Cay Ph. 242-365-4171 Fax 365-4072Located on the harbour front Located Near Town Dock, New Plymouth, Green Turtle CayTel: (242) 365-4055 Sid’s Food StoreGroceries Toiletries & SouvenirsServing New plymouth and the entire Green Turtle Cay Area WIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE . Fresh Fruits & Vegetables . Frozen Meat . Dry and Canned Goods . Homemade Breads pal Lynn Major has the rare ability to let tremely talented ECC students, Ronell and with your Heart”. David de Luca, who is a member of the ‘Music Doing Good’ team which has performed fundraising concerts for the school over the past two years is presently at ECC working with students to get them ready for a concert which will be held in March at the Abaco Beach Resort in which he will perform along with the stuhe is here because of what the school does for him. He was joined in the chorus by Ronell and Eve Rose. teresting story of how the school has developed over the years but brings out in a very big way the atmosphere of love and caring amongst the students and staff. Marsden Lawley (Mr. Mars) who with his wife, Melanie, has now been teaching at the school for 10 years stated in the movie come over. does it because it feels the right thing to School & Youth NewsFilm From Page 4 points they made were how the children come from previous schools with issues of self-esteem but at ECC they are taught that they have value and an important contribution to make. For many of the children it is be able to do anything in life if I had stayed The teachers speak of how all the children become friends. “They help each other and look out for each other, the more able helping the more disabled students. Some of the students are from good homes but some are from homes where they are neglected and at ECC they get a warm meal and a hug. They all love to come to school.” that these children have attained at Every Child Counts shines out through this movie through all the big smiles the students have on their faces during all their many activities at school. One young lad became very emotional when telling about what a differis the best thing that ever happened to us in This movie will continue to be shown internationally letting everyone who sees it know what a priceless treasure we have here on Abaco at ECC. By Canishka Alexander Annually, Central Abaco Primary School (CAPS) celebrates the month of February as Parents Month. Numerous activities are planned from breakfast being served at the school for parents to fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers or uncles being encouraged to bring their children to school. One of the highlights was the Picnic on the Lawn Luncheon held on Feb. 13. All over the school grounds, blankets were laid out on the lawn with all sorts of goodies for families to partake. Students were ecstatic to see their parents bringing lunch CAPS Picnic Strengthens Bonds between Parents and Students picnic luncheon. for them at the school, and most enjoyed lunches along the walls or under trees whose branches provided shade. Most of what was served was Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), pizzas, burgParents remarked that the picnic offered a great experience for parents to put extra time into bonding with their children. ing engaged in such an experience, and they expressed wanting to see the event held more frequently. Please see Picnic Page 6


Page 6 Section B The Abaconian March 1, 2015 Customs Brokerage Service Air & Sea Import & Export Entries Serving all Vessels from Foreign Ports Queen Elizabeth Drive, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas E-mail: Tel: 242-3672333 Fax 242-367-3136No job too big or small!!With our professional line of trucks we can truck it all. Give us a call today & let us give you quality prompt service Containers 20, 40, 45 Flatbeds, Flatracks & Piggyback Trucks WE CAN HAUL IT ALLTel: 242-367-2976 VHF 16 Perscriptions Vitamins Supplements Glucose & Cholesterol Testing Health & Beauty Supplies Accepts all Major Insurance Plans Accepts National Prescription Drug Cards Accepts US Perscriptions Fast and reliable service! Ph: 242-367-2544 Fax: E-mail: abacoislanpharmacy@gmail.comMon-Sat: 8:30 6pm Sun: 9am-4pm Meanwhile, Principal Beatrice Moxey, who stood at the main gate, greeted parents as they entered in search of their children. She said the school seeks a closer relationship with parents although she realizes that parents have their jobs and various responsibilities. “The parents seem to make a special effort for the day when we have the luncheon for the parents and the students,” Moxey acknowledged. “The students look forward to it, and the parents look forward it to also.” The next event scheduled is the Parents General Knowledge Competition at CAPS on Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. School & Youth NewsPicnic From Page 5 Press Release On Jan. 7, the Kiwanis Club of Central Abaco held a ceremony for the instalAbaco Community Key Club and K-Kids Division, which are the youth arms of the organization. District Administrator Melford Clarke; Immediate Past Governor Hope Marks; and Governor-Elect of the Eastern Caribbean and Canada District Governor Allen Ure, who brought words of encouragement to the students. Kiwanis Club Youth Advisor Neulessa Major said that 40 members of the members of the K-Kids. Later that evening, the Kiwanis Club and installed. “It was a monumental time for the club,” Major expressed. “The club was originally a satellite arm of the Kiwanis Club of Fort Montagu in Nassau. “The club made history, and would be remembered as the club that was chartered during the Kiwanis Club’s 100-year celebration. There were some 500 Kiwanis dignitaries who travelled to Abaco for this event.” The dignitaries included: GovernorElect Of The Eastern Caribbean and Canada Governor-Elect, Allen Ure; Immediate Past Governor Hope Marks from Jamaica; Lambert Longley, Regional Trustee; Lt. Governor Andrea Whyte; Immediate Past Lt. Governor Christine King; Melford Clarke, District Administrator; Alfred Poiter, Lt .Governor-Elect; Tereco Laing, President of Kiwanis Club of Cable Beach; Asenath Pinder, President of Kiwanis Club of Fort Montagu; Wayne Francis, Immediate Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Nassau A.M.; and District Trainer Henry Gibson along with other guests who travelled to Abaco for the event. The Kiwanis Club of Central Abaco Davis, President; Neulessa Major, President-Elect; Paul Knowles, Vice President; Cindy Holllingsworth, Treasurer; Raisa Hamilton, Treasurer; and David Knowles, Above: Newly inducted members posing of Abaco's Charter, Initiation and Installation Ceremony on Jan. 7. Press Release Principal Huel Moss expressed with great enthusiasm that this year’s InterHouse Sports Competition will always be one to remember. For more than a decade, the Panthers S.C. Bootle’s Panthers Secure First Win in Over a Decade seemingly competed for fourth place out of the four-house system comprised of Tigers, Lions, Panthers and Cougars. “Panthers had always seemed to have been watching – watching as if success was impossible,” Moss observed. “There are many speculations as to why it never happened. At best, there were times when third place was attained, but this was easily lost. “Going into the competition there was feeling of excitement, optimism, fear and Kiwanis Club of Central Abaco Lisa Scott and John Pintard as directors. Other chartered members are Christine Brown, Nyoka Johnson, Diana St Fleur, Louise Knowles, Corderro Dean, and Luzena Dumercy. Those inducted as new members were Tito Russell, Ricardo Ferguson, Ingrid Wright, Demietra Moss, Yasmin Glinton, Sgt. Huqlin Mullings, Colon Curry, Christine Jenoure, Cheri Rolle and Lisa Scott. The dinner was catered by Chaka's Catering. Guests were served stuffed Cornish hen, and spiced stuffed potatoes with a medley of vegetables, and dessert was comprised of an assortment of cheese, coconut and other delightful bites. Please see Panthers Page 7


March 1, 2015 The Abaconian Section B Page 7 E-mail: School & Youth Newsdread; however, this was soon to change.” On competition day, and with a combination of a few new athletes, increased team effort, weather clemency, creative inspirational leadership coupled with keen insightful strategy, the S. C. Bootle High cats were busy roaring, meowing, snarling and strutting. When the dust had cleared, the scores were as follows: Panthers: 423 points; Tigers: 421 points; Lions: 419 points; and Cougars: 402 points. Moss said: “This win is dedicated to Panthers past and present, and near and far that strive for greatness with blood, sweat and tears. Ever hopeful, fearful never; He instructed all Panthers to voice their years of frustration and comments on the school’s Facebook page.Panthers From Page 6 These projects required research work on the Bahamas to put together interesting material for the education of the ECC students which also involved putting Child Counts students also put together and about The Bahamas which they presented to the Ryerson students. While on Abaco, the students studied international development, equity and diversity issues and participated in communiThey enjoyed talks by a large number of community leaders on their wide ranging areas of expertise which included educareligion, media, environment, social services, community clubs, politics and aspects of the economy which included agriIn addition to the many diverse lectures the students received they also expepects of The Bahamas. They were taken on tours of various settlements which included Spring City, Murphy Town, Dundas Town and the Mudd, and were taken by bus on an eco-tour by Glender Knowles. bow Cay. During the week, the Ryerson stu-Ryerson From Page 1 dents sampled and enjoyed traditional Bahamian foods. Following lunch one afternoon at the Oasis restaurant, Chef Antonio Huyler presented a history of food and business. During their free time they attended a local club to experience the live music of the Bahamas. The visiting students were also served a traditional Bahamian meal at ECC by the students of Mr. Mars’ class which they had prepared themselves. They were fortunate to be here to witness both the junior and senior Junkanoo parades and anoo Master Colin Curry of the Spring City Rockers. Another traditional Bahamian treat they enjoyed was conch salad which they were shown how to make. In addition to the wealth of information that the Ryerson students received from the various speakers they themselves gave back by contributing to the ECC curriculum through the projects they had developed especially for the students of ECC. They worked in groups within the classrooms with all age ranges from the youngest to the most senior students. All of the Ryerson students say that they were profoundly moved by their interaction with the ECC students. Dimitra Varitimielis worked with the youngest remedial students who, she said, had made an great impact on her. “It has been a very heartwarming experience and I will always remember how all of the children help each other. When you see their backgrounds it really affects you and it makes me want to return,” she stated. Daniela Ranieri had not realized before she came the range of disabilities of these students and felt that she really bonded with them. Patricia Roque was amazed at how talented the students were, each one being unique and with something special to offer. “It has helped tremendously to see this all experiential learning,” she stated. Jennifer Lavergne was almost overcome with emotion as she said, “The kids have been a great inspiration to me, they never show that they have had any struggles”. The students and their professors left Abaco on February 23 to return to their classrooms at Ryerson University where nals toward their course credits. On the effect this visit will have on the students, Above: Ryerson University students touring the Mudd and Pigeon Pea shanty town communities in Marsh Harbour. The University tion. The students visited other Abaco communities as well. Professor Albanese stated, “This has been a life changing experience for everyone involved. It has been a phenomenal week. The Every Child Counts School is a marvel with passionate and committed teachers. This has been magical and we will never know how much our students’ lives will be emotionally touched by this experience.” Above: a Ryerson student working with a child at ECC.


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Page 10 Section B The Abaconian March 1, 2015 SportsSwim From Page 8 Brayden Dam, Taylor Albury and Katie Sands attended the Barracuda Meet later in the month. Abaco Swim Club had a very successful meet and were extremely proud of the small team. Some results: Brayden Dam 9-10 boys high point Taylor Albury 11-12 girls runner up high point The Abaco Swim Clubs team is looking great for the RBC National Swimming Championship coming up this June. Congratulations went to Carter Albury, Noah Albury, Roman Pinder and Joshua Wong for being nominated in their age group for the Best Swim Award, 2014. The winner will be announced at the 1st annual BSF awards banquet on March 14, 2015 in Nassau The Nominees: Girls/Boys 8 & Under: Carter Albury, Noah Albury Girls/Boys 9 – 10: Roman Pinder Girls/Boys 13 – 14: Joshua Wong By Mirella Santillo Fortunately, the weather had warmed up enough in February so that the Horticultural Society’s meeting could take place outside in the tropical surroundings of a member’s yard in Bahama Palm Shores. It was the best attendance of the year so far. Over forty members attended the presentation on succulents by Katherine Cadman, who had come from Nassau to make a presentation on her favourite subject. President Barbara Foreman welcomed the assembly as usual and informed the audience that the Society would have a table at of the Market Place in Treasure Cay on March 7. She asked for volunteers to help work the table. She told the group that the March 14 meeting would be held at her place in Leisure Lee. It will be a presentation on ferns. Since Mrs. Cadman was bringing Above: Katherine Cadman displaying her succulents with President Barbara Foreman and Past-Presidents Anita Knowles. LifestylesHorticultural Society Meets in Bahama Palm Shores to Learn about Succulentssucculents with her from Nassau, members had not supplied as many plants for the auction. A few were presented by Gardener Jack who conducted a quick sale but people were saving their money to indulge in the succulents. Mrs. Cadman was then introduced by President Foreman. A table had been set with a large display of succulents including cacti. The presenter used the plants to illustrate her presentation. “Succulents like this weather,” she for them. They are resting now but they are setting their blooms for spring.” “All cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti,” she stated in her opening remark. She explained that her enthusiasm about that particular plant family came from discovering its numerous varieties. “There are so many species, so many colours and textures. From smooth jade, fuzzy kalanchoe, bumpy or thorny cacti. Different sizes can be encountered in the same species such as the aloe that can be tiny or as tall as a tree. They have clean, geometrical shapes but can be unruly in their growth, making them perfect as container plants. They are easy to grow as they need little water and do not have any special soil requirement. Succulents Please see Succulents Page 11 Epworth Methodist ChapelCherokee Sound, AbacoEstablished 1816Sunday Morning at 11:00 a.m. Sunday Evening at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Abaco Region Minister, Rev. Marie Neilly Invites you to join them to hear the word of God! Members of the Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church and the World Methodist Council


March 1, 2015 The Abaconian Section B Page 11 Happy BirthdayIf you see this handsome young man, August 8th, Please wish him a HAPPY 70thBIRTHDAY 2014CLASS OF THE NAME OF THE SCHOOL JANE SMITH JUNE 24TH, 2014 WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOUCONGRATULATION J born 01.10.16 at 1.52am 6lbs 2oz / 19in Jaden Daniel Smithto the proud parents John & Mary Smith Share your Special Moments Memories & Wishes John S. Smith ~Gone But Not Forgotten~ 1931-2012For A Wonderful Husband, Father and PapaLove knows no boundaries.... whether earthly or in his presences. Still loving and missing you as much today as one year ago. When weve there ten thousand years bright shinning as the sun Weve no less days to sing Gods praise then when weve rst begon. ~Were Dreaming Of e Day When Were Finally ere With You.~Ph: 242-367-3200 or E-mail: Ask us about our Special Rates for your personal ad. .CONGRATULATIONS .GRADUATION .THANK YOU .IN MEMORY .BIRTHDAY .ANNIVERSARY .FUND RAISER .TEACHERS APPRECIATION .ENGAGEMENT, WEDDING & BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTSare also well adapted for landscaping, as they’ll grow anywhere.” Succulents are hardy and versatile and their reproduction is easy, explained Mrs. Cadman. They can be propagated from cuttings or from one leaf touching the soil. These plants will tolerate some shade, but will have more colours in more sun. One caution, though: they should not be over-watered and need good drainage. Mrs. Cadman recommended putting small pebbles at the bottom of the pot to facilitate drainage. She had a surprise for her audience, a hanging succulent garden set in a box. Built by her husband, the box had a metal mesh nailed to its sides, designed to hold the plants in place. She explained that it should be started with small cuttings that have been let dry for a week. In a few the container. When they have rooted, the garden box can be hung on a wall. It is to be taken down for watering approximately once a month. The succulent hanging garden was later auctioned and sold for forty dollars but all the plants on display were for sale at very reasonable prices, the most expensive being a large round prickly cactus that was marked at sixteen dollars. Needless to say, there were not many left.Succulents From Page 10 School & Youth Lifestyles By Canishka Alexander On Feb. 13, sixth grade students of J.A. Pinder Primary School organized their Annual Spa Day. On Spa Day, parents, teachers and students were invited onto the school grounds between 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and they were treated to manicures, pedicures, facials and massages just in time for Valentine's Day. Principal Brenell Higgs explained that Spa Day was held in aid of the Class of 2015’s upcoming Commencement Exercise. The next event was held on Feb. 18., and J.A. Pinder Primary School acknowledged student Antonia Rolle who placed third in the Rotary Club Speech Competition. Higgs commended Antonia, who is Additionally, Antonia along with Breanna Pinder also represented the school in the recent Grace 5 Spelling Bee. Then on Feb. 19, J. A. Pinder held its Inter-house Sports Meet. time participated in the 50-meter dash, and they were having a ball along with everyone,” Higgs shared. “They even did the J.A. Pinder Students Participate in Numerous Activities of J.A. Pinder Primary School egg and spoon race.” Although the weather was cold, she said that the students were excited and did well overall. However, the Courageous Soldiers defeated the Mighty Warriors for the winning title. Higgs also acknowledged the ongoing support of parents and community stakeholders. She was particularly grateful for the work of Garnell (Limperes) Dawkins of Island Waves Community Center, who has been travelling weekly to Sandy Point to teach the students music. Print & Digital Advertising All For $400Full Colour Quarter Page Ad in Our Print, Digital & App Editions And Your Ad on Our Website for One Month And Included in Our Newsletter for One Month And Free Graphic Design To Advertise email us: AbaconianNews@ or Call 367-3200 www. TheAbaconian .com Multiple Frequency & Colour Options Available to Suit Your Budget and Goals Price includes VAT


Page 12 Section B The Abaconian March 1, 2015 Reginald Albert Eugene Hall, Jr. (Capt Al Hall) was born in Nassau on September 11, 1936 to Reginald Albert Eugene Hall (Gene Hall) and Alice Myrtle Hall (nee Gates) and passed away at home on February 15, 2015. He was predeceased by his wife, Cynthia (Cynnie) E.M. Hall, his parents, his sister, Ruby, brothers, John ('Buck'), James ('Jim') and Roland ('Rolie'), sistersin-law, Doris Randolph Hall, Dorothy Albury, Carolyn W Bethel, Elizabeth Albury, brothers-in-law, Jack Albury, Raymond Albury, Gladwyn Bethel, nephews, Scott Roberts and Kenny Albury. Neices Linda Albury and Charlyene Albury. Aunts, Hazel Weech and Gwendolyn Lowe and uncle Darwin Gates. After spending his early childhood in Green Turtle Cay, Al and his family moved to Nassau taking up residence on Hog Island. He was educated at Eastern Senior School and Government High School in Nassau. In 1957, Captain Lambert Albury, a family friend, noticed his interest in airplanes and, being a pilot himself, began Royal Canadian Air Force to further his In 1960, Captain Hall started his career as a commercial pilot with Bahamas Airways. In November 1964 he married the love of his life, Cynthia (Cynnie) Roberts, daughter of Lawrence and Herma Roberts. After their marriage Al and Cynnie took up residence in Nassau. He remained with Bahamas Airways until the company suspended operations in October 1970. Captain Hall later joined Flamingo Airline before going to work for Bahamas training at Caledonian Airways in EngSchool of Aeronautics in Miami. While at Bahamas World Airlines Captain Hall made history by becoming the Atlantic from Nassau to Belgium. During his tenure with Bahamas World Airlines Captain and Mrs. Hall were stationed in Germany for a time and upon returning to Nassau Al went to work at Bahamasair and retired as Manager of Flight Operations, During his retirement Al spent as much time as possible cruising the waters time between Nassau and Boynton Beach Florida moving full time to Boynton Beach in 1999, where they lived until Cynnie's death in April 2010. Al then came home to Marsh Harbour, Abaco, where he resided until his passing. He is survived by his brothers, Evan and Oswald ('Ossie') and his sisters, Dorothea Hall, Beatrice ('Bea') Sands and Geanette Albury; Brothers-in-law: Anthony (Tony) Sands & Lonnie Albury. Sisters-InLaw: Juanita Hall, Mae Roberts & Beverley Roberts. Nephews, John, Stephan, David, Ricardo ('Ricky'), Lucan ('Luke') and Austin Hall, Stephen (Betty) Roberts, Henry (Kelly) Roberts, Thomas (Dorothy) Albury, Gregory Albury, John Hall, Arnold (Bonnie) Hall, & Wayne Hall. Godson Cameron (Gina) Knowles. Nieces: Misty Hall, Angelique Hall, Jessica Hall Johnson, Kristi Wong, Lonnette Ferguson, Fallon Albury, De'Ann (Treven) Darville, Stephanie (Tony) Treco, Mary(Richard) Parks, & Karen (David) Sands, and Bernadette (Ricardo) Roberts. Also, Sharon Albury and Shiyang Roberts. Grandnephews, Josh, Nathaniel and Aaron Hall, Zachary & Connor Knowles, Joshua & Gabriel Wong, MaKale Ferguson & Peyton Sawyer, Stewart (Kelly) Roberts, Damian Albury, Jonathan (Katie) Albury, Traci Roberts, Phillip Roberts, Ryan (Lisa) Higgs, Christopher Albury , Ricardo Roberts Jr. and Charles Albert Hall . Grandnieces: Jamie, Taylor, Vera, Kiana and Katrina Hall and MacKennlee Ferguson, Alana (Ian) Carroll, Lori (Roscoe) Thompson , Gina (Todd) Pinder, Goddaughter Christina (Jamal) McIntosh, Victoria Albury. Robin Hall, Tori Hall and Maria Roberts. Great grandnephews Riley Johnston , Westley & Brooklyn Roberts, Jeffery & Jayden Albury, Rocky Thompson, Levi & Isaac Pinder, and Ethan McIntosh. Great grandnieces Taryn Carroll, Audrey & Ava Higgs A host of aunts, uncles, and other relatives including aunts Irene Lowe, Margaret Fox and Ivy Roberts and uncles Keith (Stephanie) Gates, Mark (Elva) Gates and Peter (Kay) Gates. Al’s family wishes to thank his caregivers, Wayne, Katie and Narine, for the nal years. Memorial donations may be made to Abaco Shelter (FKA Pop’s Place) Services for Captain Hall were held at Ebenezer Methodist Church, Nassau on February 28th, 2015.Ancela Gay , 57 of Dundas Town Abaco, died on Saturday February 14 2014 at Broward Medical Centre. She is survived by her Husband: Wilfred Gay; Children: Dexter, Denton and Alexis Gay; Mother: Evelyn Archer; Step-children: Tyree Gay & Natasha Regis; Siblings: Belinda McIntosh, Capt. Crewell Archer and Ivan Hoe Archer; Grand-daughter: Chloe Gay; Son-in-law: Emerson Thompson; Daughter-in-law: Sophia Gay; Mother-in-law: Rusty Archer; Sister-in-law:Lisa Archer; A host of other relatives and friends. Death Notice for Paulette Albury age 58 years of Marsh Harbour died on February 17 2015 at the Princess Margaret Hospital. She is survived by her Husband: Gayle Albury; Children: Kristina Deveaux, Chelcie Sweeting and Abagail Albury; Brothers: Gurth & Elliot Russell; Sisters: Ruby Albury and Donna Sawyer; A host of Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and other relatives and friends. John Campbell Albury , known best by most as “Uncle Jack” or “Jack” was a man with many titles: Husband, Dad, Grampy, Brother, and Uncle – even to those of no relation. Jack was loved by many. Jack, the third of seven children, was born to Ancil “Spotty” and Mabel Albury on April 10th 1943. Jack loved to laugh and loved even more so to share a laugh, a trait that everyone will agree started in his childhood and lasted his entire life. As a boy he played marbles, spun tops, all the usual childhood games of his day – not to mention the oh-so many mischievous childhood pranks. Like all the other children in Marsh Harbour his age, he attended the one-roomed schoolhouse, Marsh Harbour Public School. From an early age Jack was not afraid of hard work. At about the age of ten, he would scull out into the harbour to meet Bahamas Airways’ amphibious planes and ferry their passengers along with their lugPlease see Obits Page 13 Remembering Family and Friends


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Buildable 1/4 acre Lot C-1 oering view of Coco Bay from as yet unbuilt home. Beach and public dock nearby. Utilities in place. $53,000.00. 1/4 acre waterfront lot on the Sea of Abaco high on a blu overlooking the Sea of Abaco and Munjack Cay. Stunning sunsets. $245,000.00. 11,000 sq.ft.lot with good elevation just a short walk to Coco Bay Beach and a public dock . B$44,000.00 . 9,600 sq.ft. lot just steps to the Atlantic Ocean Beach. Quiet residential area. B $55,000.00. BACK ON MARKET! 85 x 120 lot with start-up foundation. Less then 300 steps to the Atlantic Ocean Beach. A great buy at B$59,000.00. 20,000 sq.ft. parcel 125 from Long Bay Beach. Water view possible. Water and power accessible. B $195,000.00. PRICE REDUCTION!!! The Pink PearlŽ Completely re-furbished 115 year old historic wood building centrally located in the heart of New Plymouth. Commercial/or residential use. Excellent tenant in place .Short walk to Settlement Creek and ferry service. Parking area. B$169,900.00. The Golden Reef  Large two story commercial building in the heart of historic New Plymouth. Shop/oce space on ground oor. Two furnished two bedroom one bath apartments on second oor with good rental history and sea views. Parking space. $550,000.00 gage to and from the shore. It was in doing Thompson, who would later become a man who Jack absolutely admired and learned so very much from. He left school in his mid-teens; and went to Nassau (as they did in his family to obtain them. After obtaining his BJC’s and returning home, Jack went to work along with George Albury at Thompson Brothers Liquor Store, a store that Captain Thompson owned. It was during his time there that his connection with the Thompson family would be affectionately concreted. When Captain Thompson moved to Abaco, he took Jack under his wing. Everywhere Captain Thompson went, Jack was with him. Jack was Gilligan and Captain Thompson the Skipper. Perhaps, the better analogy would be to say he helped to give Jack wings literally and metaphorically. It was from Captain Thompson and on he would even be picking up young Chris Thompson from Florida Air Academy in Captain Thompson’s Aztec.) Along with the retail ingenuity of The Loyalist Shoppe. He went on to eventually buy Mrs. Thompson’s shares out of the store and continued to run a successful business. A few years later, despite Jack and Gaye having known each other their whole lives, Jack, knowing what he wanted and with his ever-present wit, would with one single kiss charm Gaye into being his. In a small ceremony on February 10th, 1967 he, and the love of his life, Gaye, became Mr. and Mrs. Jack Albury. Ginnie who was four at the time, Jack loved as his own daughter, never thinking of her as anything but. They went on to have two more daughters: Pamela and Celeste. Jack took a major interest in politics well before he was even old enough to vote. It was also Captain Thompson’s inspiration that helped fuel Jack’s passion for politics. Captain Thompson was at the time one of the Members of Parliament for Abaco and a member of the United Bahamian Party (UBP). Jack loved his family, his country, and his community characteristics that what he thought was right. Because of this, politics became perhaps Jack’s greatest hobby. old enough to vote in was the election of 1962. Following the dissolution of the UBP into the formation of the Free National Movement (FNM), Jack then joined the FNM and has remained loyal to them ever since. Jack met his political counterpart Frankie Russell in 1969. These two became inseparable from the very beginning. Jack never missed a convention. He Frankie he did everything from marching in Bay Street to picketing in Rawson Square. He was chairman of the party for the Central and South Abaco Constituency for every election since then with the exception of 1987 and 1992. Jack went on to be honored as a Meritorious Council Member of the FNM in 2003. Anyone that’s ever discussed politics with Jack will know that his most talked about, and perhaps favorite election was the election of 1977. He would say, “the class of ’77.” as he nostalgically recalled the Russell, Robert Sweeting, Edwin Sands, and Donald Lowe. Following Jack’s many adventures with Captain Thompson, Jack along with Garth and Peter Sweeting purchased the now Great Abaco Beach Resort and its adjoining properties which they also developed into Boat Harbour Marina. Jack had a way of making everyone he worked with feel like family. In 1993 he went on to manage Sawyer’s Soft Drinks until 1998 when he purchased Albury’s Trucking and then Frederick’s Agency as well. It was here that he created yet another family. Jack was a man of his character and personality. He was clean-cut, organized, straightforward, and tenderhearted to his core. Jack was a man who believed in doing things right – the business ventures as well as in his personal life. Anyone who’s ever worked with (or lived with) Jack knows how organized he was. He did not like clutter – not even his own. They also learned to be sure to keep their heads straight – on the money that is. Some will say that Jack’s only other hobby, next to politics was working; but that’s a slight misconception. Working wasn’t a hobby to him it was a result of his determination determination to see that his family’s needs were met, and in many instances, their wants as well. Jack didn’t just meet needs in his family; but in many others. His generosity reached an astounding level; and he did so ever so quietly, not wanting any recognition. In 2010, Jack was honored by Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II for his service to the community and his accomplishments in business by being made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (M.B.E.). In his early years, under the ministry of Brother Frank Perry, Jack gave his heart to the Lord; and served him faithfully and whole-heartedly ever since. On February 6th 2015, after a short and painful battle with cancer, Jack left this world for his home in Heaven. Jack is survived by his wife: Sharon Gaye Albury, three daughters: Ginnie Sawyer, Pamela Pinder, and Celeste Stubbs. Their husbands: Chad Sawyer, Andrew Pinder, and Anthony Stubbs. His grandchildren: Cody and Heather Lowe, Wesley Lowe, Bailey Pinder, Roman Pinder, Carys Pinder, and Aiden Stubbs. Great-grandson: Bentley Campbell Lowe. Siblings: Gwendolyn Russell her husband Hartwell Russell, Pauline Sawyer, Steve Albury his wife Levon Albury and Greg Albury his wife Gillian Albury. Along with numerous other nieces and nephews, and many special friends and relatives. He was predeceased by his sister Yvonne Thorndycraft and her husband Bill Thorndycraft, his brother Larry Albury, and brother-in-law Curtis Sawyer. Byrl Eleanor Collins was born in Nassau, Bahamas on the 13th march 1929, where she lived for seventy seven years and then came to Abaco where she remained for the rest of her life. Third of a family of six children to John Lester Collins and Mary Malvena Collins. She was predeceased by her brother Clavell Collins in the early 2000’s. The remaining children are still with us: Cleone Collins, Florabelle Cooper, Shirley Kemp and David Collins (and his wife Rena), and their sister Astrid Stratton, who became a special part of this family too. Her nieces and nephews include: Charles, JoAnn and Loren Kemp; Shirley Jean Kemp; Gavin, Carrie and Harrison Collins; Andrew and Connie Collins; Katie Collins; Raymond, Beth, Amy and Matthew Collins; and John, Laurie, John Jr and Alexandra Kosobucki. Also many, many dear cousins and friends. Byrl went to be with the Lord on the 13th of February 2015 at 5:15 pm, exactly one month from her 86th birthday. Now absent from the world but present with the Lord and so many who have gone before. FULL JOY, is now hers. Words fail to express what a transition this was for her. All the trials and heartaches of life forever left behind and the fullness of Eternal Life forever with the Lord. Obits From Page 12 Remembering Family and Friends


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