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VOLUME 19 NUMBER 18 SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
Irene causes minimal structural damage
Dune erosion at Elbow Cay’s White Sound was the most serious
By Timothy Roberts
Residents of Abaco breathed a sigh
of relief in the wake of Hurricane Irene,
thankful that the storm did not strengthen
as forecasted, leaving behind only minimal
damage, roof shingles blown off, a little
flooding, a mess of tree limbs, leaves and
debris to clean up. The most serious dam-
age was to the dune at White Sound on El-
bow Cay. The ocean once again breached
the dune, just as Hurricane Floyd did in
1999. The road south of Abaco Inn was
covered with three to four feet of sand as
much of the dune washed over to the creek.
Additionally, the waves undercut the dune
north of Abaco Inn where the road follows
the crest of the dune, threatening to make
the road impassable.
People across the island appeared to be
prepared as they hunkered down for the
storm. Storm shutters were put in place
and food and water purchased as well as
gas tanks filled as Abaco people prepared
for what was expected to be a storm with
winds as strong as Hurricane Floyd.
The low Category 3 storm made its
presence known by midday Wednesday,
August 24, as the first effects of the storm
began to be felt as the huge storm moved
northwest at about 10 miles per hour, af-
fecting nearly the entire chain of Bahamas
The sand dune at White Sound on Elbow Cay was heavily damaged. This picture taken north of Abaco Inn shows that the wave action
has undermined the road, breaking away large segments of pavement. This is similar damage to what occurred during Hurricane
According to forecasts Hurricane Irene
Floyd in 1999. At that time the dune was rebuilt by sand washing back onto the beach. But nothing was put in place other than plant-
ing sea oats to hold the sand from eroding away again. There is concern that future storms including Hurricane Katia will do further was expected to increase to a Category 4
damage, destroying the road to the point that it will not be useable. That would mean that the cay would be cut, preventing residents
in the south from accessing the Hope Town settlement. Please see Irene Page 2
Hospital planning is underway
Sandy Point suffered The Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Hu- built. Mr. Ingraham made the announce-
bert Ingraham, announced that construc- ment at the signing of the contract for the
wind damage tion will begin on a hospital on Abaco be-
fore the end of the year. The hospital will
new terminal building.
The hospital will replace the govern-
be built in the area of Dundas Town where ment clinic in Marsh Harbour. The Min-
the administration building is under con-
struction and where the gymnasium will be Please see Hospital Page 22
Boats in several harbours
The office of Lightbourne’s Marine in Sandy Point suffered much damage as it lost the
roof and had other structural damage. However, the beach did not suffer erosion in
town. Even though many of the buildings in Sandy Point are low, there was very little
flooding. The Rocky Point beach where Sandy Point residents enjoy beach parties and
events, lost a lot of sand.
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Clean-up from Irene is well underway
gles coming off roofs, with select instances surge came in from the
Irene From Page 1 harbour flooding all
where large sections of shingle (or metal
storm, with winds possibly as strong as roofing) came off and rare occasions of the way across to the
130 mph, as it moved across the Northern significant roof damage. graveyard, several hun-
Bahamas, However, as the eye passed over The most noticeable and widespread dred feet inland. Sever-
Abaco, Irene went through a phase of re- damage was landscaping and vegetation al small resorts on the
organizing, and the winds were reportedly damage. Numerous trees fell to the strong cays saw minimal dam-
115 mph which is a minimal Category 3. winds of Irene, which reportedly gusted as ages and are all expect-
Hurricane force winds lasted throughout high as 140 mph. many old ficus trees fell ed to return to normal
the day on Thursday, August 25, with only in Treasure Cay, including a very large operation quickly.
a slight lull in the middle of the day for one near the Spinnaker Restaurant known Impressively, BEC
about one and a half hours when the eye as General Sherman. restored power to a
passed. Families and friends kept in touch Also causing some damage was the large number of its cus-
by phone until they stopped working, then storm surge which came initially from the tomers by Friday, Au-
by way of VHF radio, sharing storm in- south and flooded Murphy Town when the gust 26, as it received
formation and ensuring that everyone was wind came out of the southwest, bringing little to no damage in
alright. as much as two to three feet of water to the Central Abaco area. The Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham, visited
Despite rumors of devastating damage some areas. However, just a few homes North of Treasure Cay, Abaco a few days after Hurricane Irene passed through to see
in certain areas of Abaco, the damage was saw any water damage. Green Turtle Cay and for himself the damage that Abaco sustained. He is shown here
for the most part minimal. Most instances The Blue Bee Bar in New Plymouth saw other cays experienced at the Marsh Harbour airport. He received a BEC status report
of damage to homes was limited to shin- flooding of over two feet of water as the utility pole damage and from George Martin. Shown behind him are Edison Key, MP
are expected to take a for South Abaco, Kendi Anderson and Wynsome Ferguson of
little longer to be re- the Abaco Tourist office and the Hon. Neko Grant, Minister of
stored. Public Works and Transport.
Cherokee Sound had an intrusion of salt water well into the community. This is one of Beach erosion was prevalent in several areas of Abaco. This picture was taken in Hope
the roads completely submerged. The salt water came up almost to the W.W. Sands Com- Town near the Methodist Church.
munity Center. Shawn Roberts took this picture during the storm.
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Cays survived Irene with minimal damage
By Timothy Roberts Receiving the most significant damage reconstructed this way, they are always go- because we have a lot of tourists that fre-
An assessment group representing sev- was the dune road and the lower road to ing to have problems with hurricanes that quent here, and at present it is very danger-
eral government agencies toured Elbow White Sound on Elbow Cay. The storm will come and wash it out,” he said. ous,” he said.
Cay, Man-O-War and Great Guana to surge and waves eroded the 30-foot high Mr. Key noted that each Member of “I can’t say enough about the spirit of
view damage done by Hurricane Irene, a mound of sand known as the dune road, Parliament is granted $50,000 allowance, community here (Guana Cay, Man-O-War
Category 3 storm that impacted Abaco on making it very dangerous to pass. The low- which is still in place. “I will speak with and Hope Town) and how they have re-
August 26. The group was headed by Ad- er road just a few hundred feet south of the the Prime Minister and I would be more ally come together after the storm, not
ministrator Cephas Cooper. hill was covered in about four feet of sand. than happy to allocate a portion to assist necessarily waiting on the government but
The assessment was favorable as the “The people have already started clear- with the road in Hope Town as well as to getting as much as they can done even be-
majority of homes and businesses on these ing the road to White Sound but what they other areas.” fore government assistance arrives,” Mr.
cays weathered the storm well, losing only need is diesel, and we need to see how Jeremy Sweeting, Chief Councillor for Sweeting said.
a few shingles here and there. Docks and we can get it there,” Mr. Key said. “The the Hope Town District, said the damage Harold Malone, Deputy Chief Council-
boats fared well with a only small percent- structure of the homes all appear intact so to the dune road was similar to that expe- lor, noted that overall there was almost
age receiving significant damages. they just need to excavate this sand for ac- rienced after Hurricane Floyd in 1999. He no damage but mentioned that a few boats
Edison Key, MP for South Abaco, said cess.” added that about two years ago, a decade ended up on the rocks and a couple got tan-
that Abaco was “blessed.” He said that The most extensive damage that Mr. after Floyd, “We completed repairs to the gled up. He said, “The main thing needed
the cays fared well with almost no dam- Key observed was the damage to the dune dune road with the little funding that we is to get the road (to White Sound) pushed.
ages to homes and that the worst damages road which is very dangerous. “We need had – we invested $50,000 into this. It is
appeared to be to landscaping and trees. to think about reconstruction of this by very important that we get money from the
Please see Assessment Page 15
He remarked about the spirit of the Abaco putting in steel pilings that can last 25-30 government to help put this back in place
people who immediately sprang to action years, tie it in to the road and fill that area
in cleaning up their island. back in with sand to reinforce. Until it is
The Hon. Neko Grant, Minister of Public Works and Transport, inspected the damage
The people on the left are standing on the road at White Sound on Elbow Cay where a
that Hurricane Irene caused to the dune at White Sound on Elbow Cay. This is the area
backhoe was already working on clearing sand from the road. The ocean breached the
south of Abaco Inn where the road is on the inside, below the dune. The sand was blown
dune and covered the road south of Abaco Inn with several feet of sand. The sand was
inland and covered the road with three to four feet of sand.
washed toward the creek on the sound.
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Tourism assesses resort damage
By Timothy Roberts ited in the wake of Irene, Abaco was “al- with it damages to its
A group of tourism officials visited ar- most unscathed.” decking and oceanside
eas of Abaco affected by Hurricane Irene Ronald Parker, general manager of the kitchen. Though it and
on August 30 to evaluate and assess the Abaco Club Ritz-Carlton, said that the others face quite a bit
readiness of small resorts across the island Club received a lot of debris damage from of clean up, all resorts
in the wake of Hurricane Irene. The group landscaping, There was minor structural appear to be on track to
was pleasantly surprised by what they damage to some of the homes, to some of reopen on schedule, Mr.
found, noting that the majority of resorts common areas and to other buildings as Rolle said.
would be ready to resume business shortly. well as some significant beach erosion. He Tourism officials tour-
Clarence Rolle, General Manager of believes his crews will be able to repair ing the resorts included
Communications at the Ministry of Tour- damage quickly enough to reopen for Oc- Tourism’s Director Gen-
ism, was with the group that surveyed tober 20 as was scheduled before Irene. eral David Johnson, Ba-
Abaco and said that they were “pleasantly Properties such as Green Turtle Club hamas Hotel Association
surprise as we received numerous reports that dealt with flooding during the hur- President Stuart Bowe,
that damage was severe, so coming and ricane plan to reopen in October – their Bahamas Hotel Asso-
seeing for ourselves has helped reassure usual winter reopening. ciation Executive Vice
us that the reports were exaggerated.” He The Abaco Inn was hit hard by ocean President Frank Comito
said compared to other islands he had vis- swells from the Atlantic which brought and Bahamas Out Is-
lands Promotion Board Frank Comito, Executive Vice President of the Bahamas Ho-
President Shavonne Dar- tel Association, spoke with Lynn Johnson, manager of the
ville. Everywhere they Green Turtle Club, about the damage that her resort suf-
observed crews hard at fered.
work putting the property back in order, cleaning up the landscaping and doing restora-
A group from the Ministry of Tourism inspected several resorts on Abaco to confirm
opening schedules later this fall. They are shown at Treasure Cay. Pictured are Patrick
Fetsch, General Manager of Treasure Cay, Ltd.; Frank Comito, Executive Vice Presi-
dent of the Bahamas Hotel Association; Wynsome Ferguson, Manager of Abaco’s Tourist
office; Shavonne Darville, President of the Bahamas Out Island Promotion Board; and
Kendi Anderson with the Abaco Tourism office.
Coco Beach Bar in Treasure Cay sustained damage. However, Patrick Fetsch is confi-
dent that the repairs can be made promptly, allowing it to re-open.
Ronald Parker, center, General Manager of the Abaco Club at Winding Bay, is shown
with some of the crew cleaning up that resort. The damage was minimal and he expects
to be able to open on October 20. On the left is Stuart Bowe, President of Bahamas Hotel
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The Editor Says . . . Observations on Irene
previous contours. There were no struc- age or conversely cause further erosion. get the job done quicker. We now have a
tures on that piece of the dune as they had It is probably to Elbow Cay’s long term better understanding and appreciation for
been destroyed by Hurricane Floyd. benefit that the sand be replaced to original proper construction methods and tech-
In both cases, it appears that Mother contours so another storm has to start over niques. Building materials and fastening
Nature found the replaced sand at these and not cause more destruction. methods all play a part in hurricane-resis-
two locations to be soft, loose and eas- There are many local examples of dra- tant construction.
ily removed. Hopefully, this time govern- matic change over time due to the move- Several reasons are given for less de-
ment will be pro-active in finding a way ment of sand. In the late 1700s when the struction with succeeding hurricanes.
to strengthen the dune to avoid a repeat. Loyalists first arrive, Lovell’s Island, or Contractors and homeowners pay more
It has been suggested that sheet piling be Treasure Cay as it is known now, was a attention to construction details after each
driven into the dune base as a barrier to separate piece of land. Over the past 200 major storm. Another factor may be that
future wave action and to give permanence years the separating channel has filled in the earlier hurricanes, Floyd and others,
to any repairs. connecting it to Abaco. demolished many buildings not designed to
Erosion on most other beaches can be The recent erosion at the north end of withstand high winds.
expected to be replaced over time by wind the beach has been severe, probably caused We recall talking to a Man-O-War con-
and currents. Beaches and dunes are a by nearby “developments” affecting coast- tractor years ago who did not believe in
product of nature and tend to slowly come al currents. hurricane clips. Before I could comment,
In broad terms Abaco fared very well and go until we change some feature of It is interesting to remember back to the he said, “If it calls for a hurricane clip, we
from Irene, a low Category 3 hurricane. the landscape, the water’s edge or the sea days of Hurricane Betsy in 1965. The dam- put in a half-inch bolt.” It is this attention
No lives were lost and we are unaware of bottom, causing rapid change. Sometimes age was severe, much greater than Floyd. to details that keeps our buildings largely
any injuries of consequence. Island-wide, our efforts improve on Mother Nature’s But what is remarkable is that the old Loy- intact.
physical damage to buildings appears to be designs but more often the results are not alist-built houses, small and rudimentary, An interesting recent exchange on Green
minimal. as we anticipated and may take years to were still standing after the storm passed. Turtle Cay between the Prime Minister’s
We have heard that a few coastal build- become visible. By then it is usually too The houses most heavily damaged were inspection team and Greg Curry was com-
ings in Little Abaco were flooded with five late to rectify the objectionable change we those of second homeowners who had pro- mented on in the Nassau Tribune and is
feet of salt water. Essentially, everything created. Seawalls, groynes, dredging and fessional architects from away draw their reprinted on the next page. It is this fierce
people own is in the lower five feet of other man-made works may help one prop- plans. pride that many of our towns exhibit that
their residence. It is little consolation that erty owner to the detriment of others. The 34 years between Hurricane Betsy brings Abaco back from the brink of disas-
the cornflakes survived on the top kitchen Elbow Cay’s present erosion appears to in 1965 and Hurricane Floyd in 1999 al- ter time and time again. While other islands
shelf. be due solely to severe storm conditions. In lowed us to become complacent and take pine for government help, Abaco rolls up its
Unable to damage our houses the way time, Mother Nature might repair the dam- construction shortcuts to save money and sleeves and gets back to business.
Hurricane Floyd did in 1999, Irene tore
through Abaco with winds in the 115 - 120 In my humble opinion
mile-per-hour range with higher gusts.
Some trees showed signs of being twisted
or wrung suggesting tornado-like winds.
The Life of Riley
The eye passed over much of Abaco’s By Stephanie Humblestone fetched items. There were designer brand pushing a cart on top of which was perched
length with some persons noting a period On a recent trip to Nassau I glimpsed name outfits such as the Roll Over Rover an alert, gaily be-ribboned white Chihua-
of dead calm and others experiencing light a brightly painted sign with cavorting ani- Collection of rain wear for the dog who, hua. The animal’s happy expression was
summer breezes and clear skies. mal designs. Another new day care center, it would appear, enjoys the life of Riley in stark contrast to a grimacing toddler
Irene’s winds had to settle for mass I thought to myself. How nice! We can- rather than Rover, flotation devices for sea who was struggling to keep up with mother
damage to landscape items, trees, fences not have too many with the population on dogs, leg straps for Dalmatians, hooded and cart. The mother was making strange
and signs. Some roofs lost shingles and the increase and these hard economic times T shirts for the landlubber “Skateboarder gurgling sounds to the dog and chastising
some beachfront properties lost decks or forcing mothers out of the home and into mutt,” fancy pants for garden party poo- the child for lagging behind. I find it sadly
had water damage from windblown rain the workplace. dles, dog slickers for slick dogs and cre- amusing that we treat our domestic pets
and salt water. There were a few instances I continued to reflect from afar on the ative costumes for “trick or treat” terriers sometimes better than we do ourselves or
of roofs either torn off or sustaining seri- happy welcoming sign and imagined pretty who refuse to “lie doggo” for Halloween. each other.
ous damage. playrooms alive with singing children and Along one wall was a plush, tastefully- I finally found an overpriced packet
The most extensive damage seems to teachers reading Mother Goose and Dr. designed red satin dog couch which re- of beggin’ bacon pieces and a stuffed toy
be two areas of beach erosion on the El- Seuss. As I drew closer, I deciphered the sembled a chaise lounge. Had it been a for Teddy for $23, an expensive treat and
bow Cay dune. Both are virtual duplicates logo and saw it was a pet care facility, one bit larger, it would have given a certain more than I planned spending (but less than
of the dune problems caused by Floyd in more outlet catering to the whims of over- panache to my living room. Afforded cen- the dog bed, had I succumbed!) but I told
1999. The dune face in front of the road indulgent pet owners and the “needs” of tre stage was a gigantic, round, fluffy dog myself he was worth it. This is the ratio-
on top is again severely washed out. The pampered pooches. bed which looked so comfortable that I was nale of pet owners such as I.
road has been barricaded to one lane on the Don’t get me wrong. I am a great ani- tempted to curl up on it. If these are exam- I made my way to the till where there
inland side as was done 11 years ago. mal lover and in no way begrudge any pet ples of doghouse furnishings, I am happy was an odd array of CD’s entitled Make
Merely replacing the sand will not pro- the attentions of a besotted owner. I admit to be banished to it for any faux pas I may Your Bird A Star which had such pet fa-
vide long term protection as evidenced by to spoiling my red standard poodle, Teddy, make in this article. vourites as Come Up and See Me Sometime
the sand being replaced after Floyd, then but sometimes these stores are, to put it I really could not see Teddy, all 65 by Mae Westbird and I Want to Be Alone
subsequently removed by Irene with her colloquially, a bit over the top. pounds of him, squeezing himself into by Greta Garbird. What next, I pondered.
heavy winds. Abaco has not seen the havoc However, having said that, my curiosity fancy pants, tight fitting or otherwise, or I waited in line and watched people en-
a Category 4 or 5 storm might bring. prevailed, and I decided to stop and see stretching out on the designer couch so I ter the store, many with dogs and children
About half a mile south, the storm what sumptuous treats I could find for him, continued on to packaged doggy treats. in tow. I realized as I stood there how vital
breached the dune again, as happened something tasty to take back to Abaco. The display was so vast that it was over- our pets are to us and how mutually depen-
in Floyd. The road inside the dune was To get to the food department I had to whelming; it made our nuts and crackers dent we are. Some people sacrifice their
covered with three or more feet of sand. wade through a section entirely devoted shelf at my local supermarket look very own needs for those of a close and irre-
Frontloaders have opened the road, but it to canine comforts. I found myself caught wanting. placeable four-legged friend.
will take weeks to restore the dune to its up in rows upon rows of curious and far- Pets are a highly emotive subject. I am If there is an afterlife, then I am happy
well aware of that. However, I cannot help to go to dog heaven if its anything like
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Those independent-minded Abaconians
This is the editorial appearing in the - had boats being torn from their moor- and no damage in Treasure Cay. other than being home to him, these were
Nassau Tribune of August 31, 2011, and ings, roofs being ripped off homes, trees While others had been worried for their deeply endearing, accepting people, inde-
reprinted with the permission of the Editor, uprooted and about three feet of flooding welfare, the Prime Minister’s party found pendently minded, self-starters “and as
Eileen Carron. in such areas as Murphy Town. However, the hardy, independent people of Green you can see quite boastful!”
Reports reaching The Tribune short- in Marsh Harbour residents were thankful Turtle Cay busy cleaning and repairing The Tribune’s Robert Carron, who was
ly after the passage of Hurricane Irene that they were spared - only one electric their island. Although pleased to see their among reporters who flew to the various
claimed that at least two of our settlements pole was down. The north of the island had prime minister, they seemed to wonder islands after the storm and was also on the
had been washed out to sea - Lovely Bay, taken the brunt of the storm. what all the fuss was about. Abaco trip, was impressed by the spirit
Acklins, and Green Turtle Cay, Abaco. Up until Monday there were still fears Of course, no one could get in touch and attitude of the people of Green Turtle
While both these settlements suffered dam- for little Green Turtle Cay, which got the with them. They had no electricity, no Cay.
age, happily they are still with us and, un- worst of the blow. It had still not been cable, no cell phones - so what! They were “The interesting thing is that not once
like HumptyDumpty, they can be put to- heard from. too busy putting their island back together on our tour of the other islands did we
gether again. With the Meteorological office warn- again to concern themselves with the wor- find such an independent, determined at-
As government officials toured the is- ing serious thunder and lighting storms for ries of the outside world. titude,” Robert told us. “In every settle-
lands, they found serious damage in many later Monday and advising boaters not to When a Bahamas Information Servic- ment we heard complaints. We heard no
areas, but little in others. Cat Island, for venture out, Prime Minister Ingraham took es reporter asked Chief Councillor Greg complaints in Abaco although they had
example, which took the brunt of the off by helicopter to visit his home island - Curry how much his settlement would ex- been without electricity since Wednesday
storm, was the worst hit. Repairs, which Abaco. pect government to provide in hurricane - no telephones, no cable, no cell phones
will be major, have already started at that Among the settlements called on were aid, Mr. Curry seemed taken aback by the - they were just busy getting on with the
island. However, other areas in the island Sandy Point, Moores Island, Coopers question. “We don’t need government’s job. They told the Prime Minister that if
chain seemed almost untouched by the sav- Town, Blackwood, Treasure Cay, Green money,” he retorted. “We don’t need BEC did not come to put up their electri-
age storm. Turtle and Marsh Harbour. There was money to clean up - this is our island. This cal poles, they would do it themselves and
First reports out of Abaco - when it was minimal damage in Sandy Point, slight ain’t the government’s island, and we can charge BEC!”
eventually confirmed that Green Turtle damage to a wooden dock in Moores Is- clean it up. The stubborn Loyalist blood still runs
Cay had not disappeared into the ocean land, minimal damage in Coopers Town “In fact,” he said, “if you look, we strong in the veins of those people.
started on Saturday at 10 a.m. with four “The way Abaconians come together
Letters to the Editor
trucks and finished at 3 p.m. - as you can in times of crisis is an example of what
see, it’s all done.” people can do when they do not depend on
Photographs show clean streets, neat government’s social services to do it all.
homes, a quiet, peaceful, tranquilly co- “The impression I got was that they will
In closing, I feel that Mr. Ingraham and lourful island - everything back to normal. ask for help if they need it. But it seems
Law enforcement is the police let these Haitians do anything Nature only has to do its part by returning they consider the offer of help an insult
of no assistance they want just for votes. When you sell the foliage to the trees. However, Sund- to their ability to take care of themselves.
Dear Editor, your country to others for gain, you need owners Bar to the southwest of the island If the rest of the Bahamas was like this,
I write this letter in total disgust. I am a to seek God for help. was badly damaged. It had suffered severe this country would truly be a Garden of
native Abaconian and a resident of Marsh I am so fed up with the Haitians that I beach erosion. The government dock also Eden.”
Harbour. am planning to fix them. The police will lost its seawall, which affected the wooden Now we can better understand our
I called the police on August 29 at 9:30 not do anything. So we can do to them dock behind it. However, the ferry dock Prime Minister, who brings this same de-
a.m. They did not come. I called back a what they have been doing to us. But the was still intact. termined, let’s-get-it-done attitude to his
total of four times. They still did not come. police would come and lock us up because Asked what made Abaco so special, administration.
Then I called my lawyer. She called the po- we are white. the Prime Minister listening to the Chief
lice. Then they sent an officer. They might I will not let them get away with killing Councillor with obvious pride, said that
as well not sent him. my kittens and hurting mama. The police
Haitian children jumped my fence and will not do anything.
stole my mama cat and five babies that Mr. Ingraham, you should be ashamed
were one week old. They killed the babies to have taken our rights and given them to
and stuck sticks in mama. As far as I be- the Haitians.
lieve the Prime Minister Ingraham found Shame! Shame! Shame.
men on the street and made them police. Martha Russell
They should all go to jail for not doing
their job well.
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Page 10 Section A The Abaconian September 15, 2011
Central Abaco News
Irene flooded parts Shawn Simms, who assessed the flood-
ing, confirmed these facts. Several houses
efforts on the elderly, single mothers and
other persons who they confirmed truly
streets of Dundas Town organizing cleanup
for residents and removal of debris from
of Murphy Town in the area of Change Ministries including needed assistance. the streets. Mr. Newbold stated that the
By Mirella Santillo the old folks home were flooded with sea According to Chairman Faron New- damage to homes was not bad with most
In comparison with Hurricanes Frances water. The water did not rise high enough bold, the Committee has to be very careful of it being minor roof damage, fallen trees
and Jeanne, Irene was not a wet hurricane. inside the houses to cause much damage who they extend assistance to since they and vegetation damages. A few homes had
But when the center of the storm passed but in some instances the flooding was have been taken advantage of in the past. some water damage as well. There were
Central Abaco in the afternoon of August compounded by roof damage. They agreed to purchase plywood for the no visible signs of flooding. Cecil Ingra-
27 with winds coming from the south- It took more than four days for the wa- homes of the persons needing help. They ham, Committee member in charge of
west, it forced the waters from the western ter to recess from the streets in that sec- drove around the community until late into Central Pines and Brown’s Bay, stated that
marles side of Abaco inland with enough tion of Murphy Town, but the surround- the night on August 24 to ensure that all they started clean-up in the older areas of
strength to flood areas on both side of the ing grounds were still under water a week residents in need of hurricane protection Dundas Town because the damages were
S.C. Bootle Highway from Central Pines later. were assisted. Accompanying them was worse there. When they are done, they
to Sand Banks. PLP candidate for North Abaco, Renardo will clean up the Central Pines area. Plans
When the storm subsided, the South Dundas Committee Curry, who assisted them with putting up will be made to address those issues that
Side Road in Murphy Town was filled helps with clean up plywood. Throughout the day they cut required more extensive planning such as
with more than three feet of sea water and By Samantha V. Evans down and trimmed trees.
several buildings were flooded. Funneled The Dundas Town Committee held an On August 26 Mr. Newbold, Cecil In- Please see Central Page 11
through the area of the South Side dock, emergency meeting on August 23 to dis- graham and George Cornish were on the
the water reached inland to the north side cuss plans for the coming of Hurricane
of Forest Drive. Irene. The members decided to focus their
According to Pastor Samuel Cornish,
Church was surrounded
by approximately three
feet of water which did
not recede until the fol-
lowing Tuesday. The
building itself was not
flooded inside. But be-
cause both access roads
were submerged and
closed to traffic, Pas-
tor Cornish explained
that he had to hold his
weekly Sunday servic-
es in Marsh Harbour at Salt water from the marls was driven from the southwest in
Grace Gymnasium. storm winds into Murphy Town as far as Forest Drive. This is This is S.C. Bootle Highway at Pastor Stephen Knowles farm behind Murphy Town. Sea
Murphy Town taken from S.C. Bootle Highway at the Kipco corner looking water flooded the entire area, crossing the road and pushing debris from the marls to the
Committee Chairman, easterly on South Side Road. highway and beyond. The water extended all the way to Forest Drive in places.
September 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 11
More Central Abaco News
roots while others were snapped in half. downed trees, vegetation damage and roof tral Abaco fared quite well. There was no
Central From Page 10 Some gardens and yards were destroyed, damages. Flooding was minimal in this known loss of life nor serious injury. The
the replacement of street signs. power lines pulled out of place and light community with only a few side streets clean-up effort will be massive.
polls snapped in half. Some residents being flooded. A few businesses had their But when we think of the devastation on
Irene caused extensive described the howling of the wind as so signs blown down and there were a few other islands of the Southern Bahamas, we
frightening that they could not sleep. overturned containers. must pause and give God thanks for His
vegetation damage Early Friday morning the streets were Soul Saving Ministries lost a lot of shin- covering and protective arms over us. This
By Samantha V. Evans
busy as residents surfaced to assess the gles. Irene did not care about the nature of was, indeed, a time for all of us to prove
Hurricane Irene made landfall on the is-
damage Irene left behind. The Red Cross the structure she impacted; she just flew that the Bahamas is a Christian nation and
land of Abaco early in the morning of Au-
and Social Services officials were gath- through with much force and hard torren- we help each other clean up the debris and
gust 25 as the feeder bands brought with
ering information to assess the damages tial rain. Downtown Abaco was mostly repair those parts of our homes damaged
them much gusty winds and some rain. As
caused by the hurricane. No official state- impacted by downed trees and power out- by Hurricane Irene.
predicted, the effects of the storm lasted
ment could be obtained from anyone but ages as in all other areas. The water supply
more than 24 hours. What was so disturb-
this reporter spoke with residents and rode to some areas of Central Abaco was re- Abaco Business
ing was that so many residents were out
around town to find out the conditions of stored immediately while other areas were Outlook will be held
driving around in their cars in this storm of
shelters and the extent of damages. without water for three to four days. But The 2011 Abaco Business Outlook will
winds over 75 and in some instances 100
Due the flooding in the Murphy Town residents had to spend another day or two take place on September 21. This year’s
miles per hour.
area, anyone living in the western part in the dark as many power lines were in theme is Shaping the Future: Investment,
As the center of the storm was over Cen-
of Murphy Town and in a shelter had to need of repair after the storm.
tral Abaco, the winds took hold of many
remain there until the water receded. In In spite of the vigor that Hurricane Irene Please see Central Page 12
trees with some being pulled out by the
Dundas Town most of the damages were had when it made landfall on Abaco, Cen-
The roofs of both the international warehouse and the domestic warehouse, shown here,
at the port in Marsh Harbour were damaged with similar problems. The picture also
This is one of the boats that dragged and was blown onto the rocks along Marsh Har- shows the flooding in the freight yard adjoining the warehouse. The harbour can be seen
bour’s waterfront, about a block from the traffic light. to the right of the building.
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More Central Abaco News
the Hon. Neko Grant, M.P., Minister of co, it was important to have the input from bury, owner of the Conch Inn & Marina, is
Central From Page 11
Public Works and Transport, has agreed to the directorate of the industry at the nation- currently President of the Abaco Commu-
Invention, Integration. be our keynote speaker. al level. David Johnson, Director General nity Tourism Foundation and heads Abaco
Joan Albury, president of The Counsel- “By the same token, local food produc- Tourism will give this input. Pathfinders, a fund raising organization to
lors Ltd., organizers of the Abaco Busi- tion and food security have become press- “Algernon Cargill, Director of the Na- assist students in furthering their education
ness Outlook, commented, “We are truly ing issues. Edison Key, South Abaco MP tional Insurance Board, will be joining us abroad.
pleased that Abaco was spared the worst of and Chairman of BAIC, has been active in in Abaco again,” Joan Albury informed. Jeremy Sweeting, Chief Councillor for
the ravages of Hurricane Irene, but know- promoting the strengthening of the agricul- Mr. Cargill is dedicated to giving an ac- the Hope Town District, serving the islands
ing the resourcefulness and cooperative tural sector, so we are glad for his partici- count of his stewardship to communities of Hope Town, Man-O-War Cay and Great
nature of Abaconians, we are hardly sur- pation. He brings a wealth of experience throughout The Bahamas. Guana Cay has confirmed his participation
prised that they have pledged to continue in agriculture and particularly in food pro- The presentation of Eric Carey, Ex- in the upcoming forum. “Mr Sweeting is
their support of the Eighth Abaco Business duction on Abaco,” Mrs. Albury said. She ecutive Director of the Bahamas National a young man from Man-O-War Cay, who
Outlook.” expressed pleasure that two representatives Trust, will round out the environmental has an understanding of island ecology and
Mrs. Albury revealed the slate of of government will be address two highly picture of Abaco very nicely. “We could knows how important waste management
knowledgeable speakers for the forum. topical and sensitive topics. not possibly hold this Outlook without is to environmental protection,” Mrs Al-
“As infrastructural projects are top of mind She continued that, given the leading representation from the Trust, as Abaco is bury commented.
in our country today, we are pleased that role tourism plays in the economy of Aba- home to 26,453 acres of national parks and “Some of the new entries to Abaco tour-
reserves to protect the environmental trea- ism are located in Mr. Sweeting’s district,
sures of the area,” Mrs. Albury said. notably Baker’s Bay, which is one that has
Michael Albury, President of the Abaco excited a lot of interest. This year’s Out-
Chamber of Commerce will be presenting
the Outlook and Vision segment. Mr. Al- Please see Central Page 14
The cruising boat shown here was not anchored adequately during the winds of Hur-
ricane Irene. She drifted through the harbour from east to west, then east again, finally
smashing into the docks of the Marsh Harbour Marina. She tore the bow off two boats,
one shown in the picture and more extensive damage to the other boat, as well as doing The roof over the pumps at Marsh Harbour Auto Parts lost its marquee.
extensive damage to the docks.
September 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 13
Page 14 Section A The Abaconian September 15, 2011
More Central Abaco News
New Businesses wife learned about the self-starter program commercial structures.
Central From Page 12 and applied for a grant. They used this Over the years he has worked with many
Brown’s Landscaping grant to buy their start-up equipment which companies and has built homes in Central
look will have the benefit of perspectives By Samantha V. Evans
on Baker’s Bay from Mr. Sweeting and is top-of-the-line. Shortly after Mr. Brown Abaco, Winding Bay and Treasure Cay.
Desmond Brown has ten years of expe- got the grant, he branched out on his own. He is trained to do renovations, repairs
Carter Redd, who is general manager of rience in the landscaping business and has
Baker’s Bay. While doing this, his wife was transferred and general carpentry work. He has an en-
now opened his own business on Abaco. to Abaco to work. So he and his wife relo- tire team of professionals in the fields of
“This year’s Outlook will include a pre- Mr. Brown worked for many years at vari-
sentation on Arawak Port Development ous nurseries in Nassau where he devel- cated to Central Abaco. masonry, plumbing, painting and finishing
Limited. Two speakers, Michael Maura, oped an interest in landscaping and learned The services offered by this business work ready and able to offer their services.
Jr, CEO of the development, and Kenwood about the operations of this business. includes creative landscaping designs, tree His company also does stamp concrete,
Kerr, CEO, Providence Advisors Limited, trimming, weeding and chemical spray- driveways and parking lots. His motto is
A few years ago Mr. Brown and his ing, edging, lawn mowing and slashing. Making Your Dream of Home Ownership
will provide details of
the new Nassau Con- Brown’s Nursery and Landscaping be- a Reality. His office hours in Dundas Town
tainer Port and Glad- lieves that landscaping adds value to one’s are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and
stone Freight Terminal property and makes a house a home. Mr. he can be contacted by calling 367-4668 or
that are under devel- Brown believes that landscaping or lack 475-2410.
opment,” Mrs Albury of it affects a person’s mood, too. The Zion Landscaping
said. Browns take pride in the services offered By Samantha V. Evans
The 2011 Abaco as they know that landscaping enriches the Zion Landscaping is owned and oper-
Business Outlook environment as well. ated by Rodney Stuart. This business was
speaker slate is round- Mr. Brown is offering a special to main- inspired when he helped a friend landscape
ed out by a surprise en- tain your lawn for $50 a month. He offers his yard, then later it grew into a business.
try. The author of Cu- free consultation and will be happy to pre- He provides yard maintenance services
linaria: The Caribbean pare an estimate or invoice for your home including lawn mowing, tree trimming,
and Nyam Jamaica, or business. He is open Monday to Friday hedging and edging. He removes debris
Rosemary Parkinson 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. His motto is Beautifying from properties as well. Even though his
will focus on self-suffi- the Bahamas One Yard at a Time. He can focus is on lawn and yard maintenance,
ciency in food and the be reached at 242-565-2650 or 242-465- he can plant a beautiful garden for your
value of local cuisines 2926. home or business. He currently offers his
in the development and K H Construction Company services to hotels, private homes, churches
promotion of tourism. By Samantha V. Evans and preschools. He looks forward to ex-
Albury’s Ferry Services had its boats hauled at the Marsh Har- Kevin Hutchinson is the owner of KH panding his business to include commercial
bour Boat Yard. The safest place for boats during a hurricane Construction Company and has been in the businesses in the not too distant future. He
is ashore. building field for most of his adult life. In
2006 he obtained his contractor’s license.
His company can build residential and Please see Central Page 15
This is the new bypass road under water that is being constructed between the S.C. Bootle
Highway and the airport roundabout. Officials now realize that the road will have to be
raised to keep it from flooding again in the future.
September 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 15
More Central Abaco News
Central From Page 14 but is looking to expand his services to
commercial sites. He now secures service
can be contacted at 475-8717. His business stations, small family businesses and pa-
is located in Murphy Town. trols neighborhoods and buildings under
Zion Security construction. When he expands, he will
By Samantha V. Evans be able to secure government complexes,
Zion Security was started in April 2011 banks, privately owned businesses and re-
by Rodney W. Stuart. He started this com- sorts. His office is open 24 hours a day
pany because he had a desire to secure and and is located in Murphy Town. He can be
protect the businesses of Abaco merchants. contacted at 475-8717.
He secures residential properties currently
Assessment From Page 5
We need to be able to get diesel to the Receiving significant roof damage,
machines as well which right now is a Man-O-War resident Michael Albury,
difficulty.” said he will be going with asphalt shin-
All agencies were pleased to find there gles in the future. His house, located
were no significant damages to private near the softball field on the ocean side The crew from Water and Sewerage had to repair the main water line leading to Pelican
properties or to government facilities. of the cay felt the full brunt of Irene’s Shores in Marsh Harbour. The roots of a large almond tree broke the line, as it has sev-
Tourism observed some minor damages winds. eral times in the past. The tree has since been cut down.
at Abaco Inn and Nipper’s Bar and Grill. Nancy, his wife, said, “Everybody Voter
However, it is believed that with little in Man-O-War has a piece of our roof
damage and repairs already underway in their yard.” She described the ordeal Registration
these businesses will be ready for their as scary and “I didn’t know if I had 20 Staff from the Adminis-
normal start for the season. seconds or two hours to gather up my be- trator’s office in Marsh
Resident of Man-O-War Cay, Joe Al- longing before the roof would go.” She Harbour goes to Max-
bury, said his wind gauge clocked the said that as each strip of metal roofing well’s Supermarket
wind over 100 mph and his barometer came up, “it sounded like a gun-shot.” several times a week to
“went down low as it could go.” His The roof leaked, like it was raining in- register voters. These
house and others in general did not re- side, and her daughter’s room seemed to women also go to Dun-
ceive any damage, but there was a lot of have received the worst of it. das Town and Murphy
tree damage. The group included Police Supt. Ron- Town to register vot-
“There’s a lot of cleaning up to do, ald Campbell, Education Superintendent ers. We urge Bahami-
leaves, branches and sand. We’re run- Dr. Lenora Black, Tourism officials ans in all communities
ning on generators and fared well; we’re Wynsome Ferguson and Kendi Ander- to register at their clos-
very thankful,” said Mr. Albury. He said son, Nurse Brown and representatives est Administor’s office.
the boats and docks in the harbour all did from the Ministry of Works and Social
fairly well with only a few docks and Services.
boats receiving any damage.
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South Abaco News
would be flooded and debris would be
Cherokee Sound washed out to sea and back up onto nearby
Cherokee beaches beaches which took weeks to clean up. This
time the nearby beaches got only seaweed
survive Irene and sand and stayed reasonably clean.
By Lee Pinder However, whenever there is lots of rain,
Cherokee came through almost un- as in Hurricane Irene, the shallow waters
scathed, just a few trees down and a few near the shoreline becomes a dark brown
shingles lost. No loss of life and no ma- colour (almost rusty looking) and not its
jor damage. I guess some would disagree usual clear aqua blue we are used to seeing
with me, but actually we were very lucky that lures the tourists and fishermen to our
and should all be very thankful. As far as I shores.
can remember, and I’ve experienced lots of The access road to the dump got cov-
hurricanes in The Bahamas, this one was ered with tons of beach sand and had to
one of the worst (as far as wind speed was be bulldozed before residents could take in
concerned). downed trees, limbs and leaves devastated
Of course, we are getting lots of calls by the storm which hampered the clean-up.
from all the second-home owners, family Cherokee people cannot easily be held
and friends, but we are happy to report back, no matter what the obstacle, and the This is the “before” photo of the Creek Bridge in Cherokee showing the creek flowing
“Cherokee is still here, alive and kicking.” general clean-up started the minute the under the bridge that allows pedestrians to access the beach and Long Dock.
The Cherokee dump stayed intact due storm passed. We didn’t win the very first
to discarded block and cement taken from Keep Abaco Beautiful Award for nothing.
the Old Clinic recently knocked down and
moved to the southern perimeter of the Please see South Page 17
dump area. In past hurricanes the dump
This is Cherokee Bridge Creek crossing after Hurricane Irene. The bridge is gone, leav-
This is what is left of the Long Dock. Hurricane Floyd damaged it heavily, and it has ing no access to the Long Dock. The bridge was washed up into the mangroves. It will
taken years to rebuild. Now the work will have be repeated. Sections of the dock were now have to be disassembled and reconstructed in place.
washed up on the beach and may be able to be used again. The Long Dock was built in
the 1950s and has been very popular all these years.
September 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 17
More South Abaco News
This is the Ernest Dean Highway near Crossing Rocks.
This is seaweed on the Cherokee Road. The water of Yellow The sea was pushed ashore by the winds of Hurricane Pictured is Nancy’s Restaurant, a popular place to eat in
Wood Creek was driven ashore all along the road that follows Irene and left this debris. Sandy Point. At one time the building was threatened by the
the edge of the marls. erosion of the beach so badly that the ocean was lapping un-
The story about der its porch. However, since a ramp was removed a short
South Abaco’s distance away, the beach has begun to build back. We are
School Jamboree pleased to report that Hurricane Irene did not materially
is on page 21. damage Nancy’s place.
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The Abaco Club on Winding Bay came through the hurricane with minimal structural
damage. However, it lost quite a bit of beach and suffered landscape damage.
South From Page 16
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Page 18 Section A The Abaconian September 15, 2011
BEC’s preparation mitigates Irene’s damage
By Timothy Roberts that damages to the power lines and trans- staff strapped down
Citing preparedness and hard work as formers would have on the system. The what they could and
reasons, Wenzel Jones, Manager of Aba- protection systems at the new power sta- reinforced all the doors
co’s operations of the Bahamas Electricity tion are more sensitive, and the company at the Marsh Harbour
Corporation, stated on September 5 that did not want to risk damaging the equip- plant. Because of the
BEC was back to 100 percent operation ment at the new station. As crews restored extra efforts, he said
capacity. power after Irene, Abaco was run on the they did not lose a roof
Mr. Jones said that the tree trimming generators at the Marsh Harbour Power or suffer any signifi-
program he implemented four years ago Station. cant damage.
paid off as it mitigated the severity of the Wilson City has since been restored to Mr. Jones said that
damage on power lines throughout the is- service, having only received minor dam- preparation helped
land. He said the largest concerns to util- ages on the aluminum sheeting and insula- them to plan for the
ity poles in a hurricane are trees and tree tion around one smoke stack. The Marsh Hurricane Irene’s pas-
branches. Harbour power station also received minor sage and allowed them
During the storm a decision was made damages losing an exhaust fan and one of to come through the
to turn off the Wilson City power station as the large metal doors blew in despite ef- storm with less damage
management was concerned with the effect forts to reinforce it. Mr. Jones said his than in previous years.
He assigned staff to
different sectors with
individuals being ready
to respond more quick-
ly to the damages and
restore power after the The line crews of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation got to
hurricane passed. work quickly to repair lines after Hurricane Irene past, re-
During the storm storning power as fast as the lines were found to be OK.
they had a transformer
station go down while two poles broke were washed away. They had to relocate
nearby and numerous other faults caused the stays on the other side of several poles.
Cedar Harbour and the communities be- BEC lost many street lights, and there
yond to experience a longer wait for the were many service wires to indivisual
restoration of electricity. homes to repair. While he expressed some
Between Treasure Cay and Cooper’s satisfaction with having restored power to
Town several faults and downed spans of all of Abaco just a little over a week after
wire coupled with three downed poles cre- a Category Three hurricane, he recognized
ated power outages. In Marsh Harbour, that there may be other problems in the in-
Dundas and Murphy Town the power com- frastructure that may cause further power
pany experienced blown transformers as a outages, but this is to be expected.
well as minor wire damages with Guana Overall the island fared well, Mr. Jones
This was the only pole down south of the new BEC plant in the agricultural Cay, Man-O-War and Hope Town sustain- acknowledged, saying he has only encoun-
farm area. It is the primary line carrying power to Crossing Rocks and Sandy ing similar problems. tered minor damaged in most areas which
Point. However, Sandy Point was able to run its original generators that pro- Green Turtle Cay was one of those areas he personally visited because phone servic-
vided power to the community prior to being connected to the main grid. hit harder than most with several poles and es were down. He gave special thanks to
12 spans of wire down. Green Turtle Cay his staff who performed up to expectations
is now back online. Sandy Point also re- and especially those few who went beyond
quired significant work as utility pole stays his expectations.
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September 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 19
Local Government at Work
affect any buildings or families. did recommend that an alternate location hood nor is there any public notice required
• A request was made to the Commit- be found for this proposed service. to inform residents of proposed businesses
tee to approve leasing the Crown Land at It was noted that the public restrooms at in their area.
Crossing Beach used by a ferry service for this location were used by the applicant’s • As part of Spring City’s expansion,
MH Town committee - 17 Aug 2011 -
their office several years ago. The request earlier ferry service with the permission of now at 182 houses, a playground and bas-
• A Bahamian built a house in the Mud is asking to expand the office and convert the Town Committee. However, the ferry ketball court will be either improved or es-
along the port road and was told to stop it into a restaurant using the adjacent public had been asked for a $300 monthly dona- tablished by the Department of Housing by
construction. However, the owner pur- restrooms. The request includes the infor- tion to the Marsh Harbour Maintenance Christmas.
chased the pre-approved plan from the mation that the public dock would be used Committee to pay for cleaning services to • It was authorised that a collapsed grate
Housing Department and claimed to have again for a competitive ferry service to the Crossing Beach’s facilities, but nothing on a storm drain will be replaced by a fab-
received permission from an elected mem- Hope Town. was forthcoming. ricated one that will cost $900. It will be
ber of Parliament. She addressed the Marsh After a short debate it was concluded Committee members were unanimous installed on the road leading from Queen
Harbour Town Committee at their request that parking at the Crossing Beach is pres- against issuing a lease for this site and will Elizabeth Drive to the Union Jack dock.
but claimed, again, to have received per- ently insufficient, and a restaurant would so advise Crown Lands. • Contracts awarded - amount per
mission. only add to vehicular congestion. Commit- • Town Planning is to be notified by month
Members wanted to contact the person tee members further objected to additional the Marsh Harbour Town Committee that Spring City public bathrooms to Shirley
to get his version of the conversation. In dock congestion by a commercial ferry as a food take-away recently approved to be Mills for $300
any event, permission is required from it now serves residents coming to Marsh located in the residential Cove Estates sub- Spring City road cleaning and verges to
Town Planing that requires all applicants Harbour from Man-O-War, Elbow Cay, division is contrary to the deed restrictions, Trevor Mills for $1500
to provide proof of ownership for the land. Lubber’s Quarters and smaller cays. and a formal objection will be submitted to Spring City twice weekly garbage and
The Mud settlement is on government land Residents of Eastern Shores submitted a Town Planning. waste services to Monica Adderley for
occupied by squatters so no one has a title. letter objecting to a restaurant as the area • It was noted that a Club License has $2000
However, some Committee members is already too congested by insufficient been applied for by a bar located in down- Marsh Harbour nurses’ yard to Modesto
were concerned that a Bahamian was told parking. Additionally, they noted that per- town Marsh Harbour. Committee mem- Smith for $300
to stop when Haitians in the same com- sons attempting to use the public beach are bers objected to this conversion as there is Marsh Harbour street and verge clean-
munity are allowed, by default, to build often thwarted by a lack of parking. insufficient parking presently and patrons ing to Vincent Pinder for $7000
as they wish. It was said to be unfair to Understanding that this public dock and there often spill out into the street. It was Crossing Beach restrooms to Fursteana
discriminate against a Bahamian who at- adjacent parking is used by the residents also said that the septic system behind the Swain for $400
tempted to go by the rules while giving an of the Hope Town District, Jeremy Sweet- building is grossly inadequate. Marsh Harbour cemeteries, the Garden
advantage to the Haitian squatters. ing, Chief Councillor for that District, was Questions were raised about applica- of Memories to Perry Sawyer for $400 and
It was also questioned how buildings invited to attend the meeting and share his tions of this nature as the recently revised Coffey Cemetery to Evelyn Archer for
could be approved on Keys Track property opinion on the application. licensing system neither makes provision $400
as ownership issues have not been resolved He presented a letter based on the views for objections to applications deemed to be Marsh Harbour twice weekly residential
during the past 100 or more years, yet con- of the residents of the two settlements he noxious or inappropriate to a neighbour- garbage to E and D Waste for $8,300
struction is allowed. serves who use this dock. Their objections
• It was noted that a road has been autho- were based on the lack of parking and the
rized by the Ministry of Works through the fact that a ferry would use the lee side of
Mud from the road opposite Royal Bank on the dock, forcing the small boats used by Donate dog food or money to
Don MacKay Boulevard through the Mud residents to use the rougher windward side.
to the port bypass road on the western side. The letter urged that Crown Lands should
Pops Animal Shelter
This road would be on land made vacant by not support the application for leasing this Call 367-3796 • Behind Shell Station in MH
the last large fire in the Mud and will not land for a restaurant or a ferry. The letter
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Viewpoint Agriculture - The way forward?
By John Hedden the time. Agricultural production accounts with an efficient and practical group of ag- Trade Organisation, the FAO of United
So far in this series we have briefly for less than 1 percent of the country’s eco- ricultural staff who are capable of assisting Nations, the rules and regulations for free
examined various aspects of agriculture nomic output; and this tells me that some- farmers with all aspects of production and trade incentives for developing countries,
including its history, technology and in- thing is very wrong. Pretty forlorn, isn’t marketing. In other words, the Ministry of and the implementation of environmentally
frastructure, its viability, and the exist- it? Agriculture must be ploughed under and friendly agricultural practices. Interna-
ing governmental policy. To date nothing The only way forward with any sem- reseeded and replanted from the staff up, tional trade concessions can be made, and
thrown at the problem has stimulated any- blance of successful farming to take root in even to the minister responsible for the financial support is available for the design
thing, be it politicians, ministers, ministry the country is for the government to create sector. What a crop? and implementation of “green” farming
staff, or the few brave farming souls who a favourable economic and political climate The government must be prepared to methods. This kind of support can, and
seem to end up “eating dirt.” for the agricultural entrepreneur with the make an investment in the infrastructure of should, be actively sought by our “keyed
So what is the way forward for agricul- understanding that there is no such thing as farming including communications, access in public service” on behalf of the Bahami-
ture and farming in The Bahamas? either sustainability or self sufficiency in to farm areas, utilities education and access an farmer. In addition, the well developed
We have no soil. We have no native the local farming sector. to financial tools. Extension services must nations have an intricate system of agricul-
mineral fertilisers. We have a raw lime- With this in mind is the government go- be instituted and must include knowledge- tural subsidies that give the perception of
stone rooting medium. We have fresh wa- ing to put in place the incentives and the able and practical staff, fruit and vegetable cheaper food prices. For example, sugar in
ter in limited supply. We have a good win- policy to genuinely encourage investment trials and demonstration plots, the prima- the U.S. at 11 cents per pound has already
ter climate. As any fruit grower will tell and application of modern techniques in ry and secondary school system, and, of cost the unwitting consumer 11 cents in
you, we have hurricanes. We have loads of agriculture? What is needed? course, a well structured programme in af- taxes. Food for thought?
bugs and diseases. We have a consuming First of all, we need a good and sound filiation with the College of the Bahamas. Active marketing strategies must be de-
public with cultured beautiful nails, green policy that plants the farmers firmly and Concessions must be made to farm- veloped and must include storage, transport
with cash and allergic to the very idea of legally on the land for at least three gen- ers overcoming import and tax obstacles and product standards including pesticide
brown soiled hands. That pretty much cov- erations. Conditions can and should be that genuinely encourage investment and use to ensure quality and consumer safety.
ers the physical environment. Oh, I forgot built into any contract, and the option for growth in the sector. Again, conditions Seminars between producers, the middle-
to mention the sunshine, plenty of it; we a grant or purchase must be included at the must be put in place that disavow favourit- men and the consumer must be brought
do, after all, cultivate tourists, and quite end of the contract period. Remember the ism and ensure transparency in the award into play to develop a good dialogue. For
a crop. Though, like our produce, I can’t “Homesteading Act” of the U.S. govern- policy. Strict monitoring must be the rule some unknown reason the public service is
vouch for the quality. ment? Remember the building ordnance of of the day. Other measures must include the least public oriented of our institutions
As for infrastructure and governmental the redlands area of Florida? One dwelling duty free fuel and “energy” that will help and much prefers to operate hidden away
policy, we have a very harsh climate with for every 15 acres of farmland. accelerate the move towards mechanised in cavernous offices where John Doe can
no favourable conditions to encourage any We also need a good solid policy to and irrigated agricultural production by only hear his own echo.
entrepreneurship unless affiliated with the encourage the development of the small lowered costs. A spin-off of equipment As I have previously said, the Bahamian
appropriate powerful entities. Marketing is business model which would necessarily use will be the lower cost of labour-inten- government in general, and the Prime Min-
hampered by our geography, and the na- include the small farmer. We have yet to sive grow out, so assisting in reducing the ister specifically, must take the bull by the
tive tastes tend toward name brands and realise that the small business creates a farm gate price. All are financially costly, horns over this policy issue and move from
imported foodstuffs. Costs of food pro- method of employment and reward that no a minimum of $5000 per acre start up. So the subjective policies which exist today,
duction are really high, and genuine land mega development can provide. And the the government needs to create an environ- well supported by and with overt political
tenure is pretty much unavailable to the cost of investment per job created does not ment where private sector investments are favouritism (at least that bit is transparent).
normal farmer. range into the $1,000,000 (million) dollar encouraged and partnered. This again re- This move towards an objective policy
All of this tells me that sustainable agri- range. We have to leave our “Plantation quires the removal of the spectre of politi- cast in stone will be open, accessible and
culture and self sufficiency are also pretty Mentality” of employment behind and now cal interference from the programme. a source of motivation to the small agri-
much a figment of the politician’s imagina- become the planters. The really interesting thing about this
tion. Yet we hear noises to the contrary all The country must also equip the sector kind of scenario comes from the World Please see Hedden Page 22
September 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 21
South Abaco holds Back to School Jamboree
By Jennifer Hudson focused and invest the best into yourself. school students received exercise books, plate of chicken, sandwiches and a bag of
Students from the settlements of Chero- Practice excellence, self control and dis- ruler, pencils, crayons and glue stick while fruit. From the enthusiasm of all of the
kee Sound, Casuarina Point, Bahama Palm cipline in all you do and learn to control the high school students received file fold- students it was obvious how much they
Shores, Crossing Rocks and Sandy Point your temper but remember that you can- ers and file paper, pens and a calculator. had enjoyed the afternoon organized for
were hosted to a Back to School Jamboree not make it without God,” was some of the Before leaving, each person received a them.
on September 3. The event, which was or- advice given.
ganized by members of the South Abaco ASP Bruce Arnett warned the students
District Council, was held in the Sandy about the serious times in our country now.
Point Community Centre and children He told of his own difficult experiences in
were bused from each of the settlements to his early years growing up on San Salva-
Sandy Point for the event. dor and how he overcame them to illustrate
It was a very lively group of students, how a person can triumph over adverse
some accompanied by parents, who gath- circumstances. He encouraged the students
ered for an afternoon of fun and excite- to persevere and always seek what is right.
ment. Brenell Higgs, Principal of the San- He advised parents to teach their children
dy Point Primary School, acted as Mistress how to pray.
of Ceremonies and welcomed everyone In addition to these very important
telling them, “We gather as one in South words of wisdom for the students, there
Abaco and are here to celebrate and get in was plenty of fun and games for them to
gear for school which starts on Monday.” enjoy. A very interesting Judo display was
Following an opening prayer by Israel put on by three students of the Abaco Judo
Williams, Deputy Chief Councillor for Team, Lavaughn Forbes, Rebecca Stra-
South Abaco, Brianna Sweeting, a student chan and Jonathan Strachan, led by their
from Cherokee Primary School, welcomed coach, Albert Lil. Coach Lil described the
everyone to the Back to School Jamboree, finer points of Judo which he and his stu- Students from all the communities in South Abaco enjoyed the Back to School Jamboree
wishing them a good term and encouraging dents demonstrated followed by some ac- that the South Abaco District Council organized. Held in the community center in Sandy
them to do their best in school. tual judo fighting. The young audience was Point, the students were admonished to do well and study hard. The remainder of the
Two inspirational messages were giv- very engrossed in this display. program was entertaiment with games and a Judo exhibition. The event ended with re-
en. The first by Eva Bain, a parent from A variety of games kept excitement high freshments.
Crossing Rocks, who urged the students to as there was a large variety of excellent
strive for excellence. “Prepare your mind
for a brighter future, apply yourself, stay
prizes to be won and the jamboree ended
with the presentation of bags of school sup-
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answer. Words do not germinate into any
Golf Tournament donates to Hedden From Page 20 useful harvest, but actions and policies
might just sow the seeds of a greener Ba-
cultural entrepreneur. If the administration
Every Child Counts is serious, then it must first remove itself,
and successive administrations, from the
hamas. You hail from the most industrious
and independent island of the archipelago.
The 12th Annual Ba- basic framework of farm production by Make your fellow islanders proud of their
hamas Shoot-out Golf putting a genuine and effective policy in native son.
Tournament was held place that cannot be interfered with by the This is the second to last article of the
recently in Treasure politics of the day. series. The final article will present an al-
Cay in conjunction with There now exist a few special pockets of ternative view of farming and its history in
the recent North Abaco more advanced agricultural development The Bahamas. “The ironies of farming.”
Festival and Power including greenhouse production at Lu-
Boat Race. This event cayan Tropical in Nassau and field produc-
is put on to raise funds tion by the North Andros farmers around
for charity and the San Andros. However, the vast majority of
tournament organizer farms in the country still rely on the most
and main sponsor was basic practices which are essentially slash
R.H. Culmer. This year and burn. As a result production is inef-
they donated $1060 to ficient and yields are minimal.
Every Child Counts, a How do the farmers themselves need to
school for special needs develop a successful farming venture?
children in Marsh Har- “Honesty and Quality
Firstly, the farmer has to be realistic
bour. Steve Pedican of about the size of holding desired, thus You Can Count On”
Treasure Cay said it seeking a lease for a land area he is ca-
was a pleasure to again pable of working, not dreaming about the
support this wonderful school that is so important to the community. Accepting the dona- big time and money like dirt. 242-357-6532
tion was Stacey Thompson of Every Child Counts. She expressed her gratitude on behalf Secondly, the farmer must realise the
of the staff, students and volunteers of the school as she noted that the school is dependent Dock Construction
reality and effort needed to operate a busi-
on donations alone to continue operating. Residential and Commercial
ness efficiently. Living out of a cheque
Customized to suit your lifestyle
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Hospital From Page 1
Energy efficiency tips build a successful venture. Boat Lifts
Electric bills can be reduced. Thirdly, the farmer must ensure that all Sales and Service
• Replace all incandescent bulb with the necessary tools are available along with Quality boat lift dealer for 10 years
istry of Health is completing its studies to
know how many rooms, what type of bed- compact flourescen bulbs. They cost more a sound and well structured business plan. And Much More...
initially but they use 66 percent less en- Finance is essential, and we must realise
ding and the types of instruments that will Offering unsurpassed attention to
ergy and last up to 10 times longer. that for start-up of a well structured field
be needed. detail with almost two decades
• Clean or relace filters on air condtion- operation a requirement of some $5,000
The new community hospital will have of hands on experience
ers monthly. per acre minimum is essential.
state-of-the-art facilities that will connect
patients here with specialists in Nassau. • Seal cracks where cold air condi- A good, solid, well rounded education Contact us today!
tioning can escape. Use weatherstripping in farming practices, maintainance and fi-
It will mean that patients’ records can be
around doors. nancial management is also required. www.lbtmarine.com
seen instantly on either Abaco or in Nas-
• Use cold water rather than hot water Minister, by all means, tell us again firstname.lastname@example.org
sau. Tests performed here can be read by
to wash clothes. that “Farmers must become more com- Cell: 242-357-6532
specialists in Nassau. If patients transfer to
• Turn the air conditioning thermostat petitive;” but this time provide us with the
a hospital in Nassau, his records will be Ph/Fax: 242-367-2704
up two degrees. “right tools.” An airy fairy, wishy-washy,
• Shade your windows with trees or half-hearted agricultural plan is not the
The hospital will have the most ad-
vanced technology available. Hopefully, curtains on the south and west exposures
this facility will decrease the need for air to keep out the heat.
• Insulate the pipes from your water
heater. Hotels and House Rental Agents
+ agents with multiple cottages and houses
Area Code 242 unless listed otherwise Lubbers Quarters
Island-wide Abaco Listings Sea Level Cottages 4 hse 366-3121
Abaco Vacations + 800-633-9197 Man-O-War
Abaco Vacation Planner + 25 hse 367-3529 Island Home Rentals + 2 hse 365-6048
Bahamas Vacations + 800-462-2426 Schooner’s Landing 5 condos 365-6072
Cherokee Marsh Harbour area
Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas Lee Pinder + 3 hse 366-2053 Abaco Beach Resort 82 rms 367-2158
Ph: (242) 366-0023 Marina Albury Cottages 5 cottages 366-2075 Abaco Real Estate + 6 hse 367-2719
Fax: (242) 366-0189 Hope Town • www.captplug.com Grand Cay Alesia’s 3 rms 367-4460
Licensed Boat Captain Available for: Rosie’s Place 352-5458
Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Ambassador Inn 6 rms 367-2022
Ph: (242) 367-5460 • Orientation to the Area Green Turtle Cay Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms 367-3980
Fax: (242) 367-2516 • Rental Boat Handling & Instruction Bluff House Club 12 units 365-4247 Conch Inn 9 rms 367-4000
• Island Hopping & Sightseeing
VHF 16 • Beaching, Picnicking & Shelling
Green Turtle Club
6 cott 800-752-0166
35 rm 365-4271
D’s Guest House 6 rms 367-3980
www.seahorseboatrentals.com Living Easy + 16 hse 367-2202
• Snorkeling, Diving or Fishing Island Properties + 34 hse 365-4047 Island Breezes Motel 8 rms 367-3776
Complimentary Pick Up & Delivery • Whatever You May Desire to Do New Plymouth Inn 9 rm 365-4161 Lofty Fig Villas 6 eff 367-2681
Ocean Blue Properties + 34 365-4636 Pelican Beach Villas 6 cott 367-3600
Other Shore Club 365-4226 Regattas (Prev. Abaco Towns) 32 effic 367-0148
Roberts Cottages 3 cott 365-4105 HG Christie + 11 hse 367-4151
Guana Cay Moore’s Island
Dive Guana + 11 hse 365-5178 Moore’s Is Bonefish Camp 8 rm 366-6334
Dolphin Bch Resort 4 rm 10 cott. 365-5137 Sandy Point
Donna Sands + 12 hse 365-5195 Oeisha’s Resort 366-4139
Guana Beach Resort 6 units 365-5133 Pete & Gay’s Resort 14 rm 366-4119
Guana Seaside 8 rm 7 cott 365-5106 Rickmon’s Bonefishing 10 rm 366-4477
Ocean Frontier 519-389-4846 Spanish Cay
Ward’s Landing 4 units 904-982-2762 Spanish Cay Resort 18 rm 6 hse 365-0083
Ruth Sands + 9 hse 365-5140 Treasure Cay
Hope Town Bahama Beach Club 88 units 365-8500
Abaco Inn 22 rm 366-0133 Brigantine Bay Villas 4 units 365-8033
Club Soleil 6 rm 1 cott 366-0003 Island Dreams + 45 hse 365-8507
Crystal Villas 7 villas 888-812-2243 Treasure Cay Resort + 95 rms 365-8801
Elbow Cay Prop + 53 hse 366-0035 Mark’s Bungalows 4 units 365-8506
Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm 366 0095 Abaco Estate Services 365-8752
Hope T Hideaways + 63 hse 366-0224 Wood Cay
Hope T Villas + 3 hse 366-0030 Tangelo Hotel 19 rm 3 villa 365-2222
Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Web Sites with Abaco Information
Sea Gull Cottages + 3 hse 366-0266 http://www.abaconian.com http://www.abacos.com
Sea Spray Resort 6 villas 366-0065 http://www.abacoinet.com http://www.oii.net
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Police - Marsh Harbour 367-2560 • 911
B. Electricity Corp 367-2727, 367-2846, 367-4667
Water & Sewerage 475-1499, 475-5518
The following services are provided by volunteers
Fire - Marsh Harbour 367-2000
Restaurants • Services • Transportation
Fire -Hope Town VHF Ch 16 All phones use area code 242 unless noted
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Fire - Green Turtle Cay 365-4133
Fire - Man-O-War 365-6911
Treasure Cay Fire & Rescue 365-9112
www.abaconian.com Casaurina Point Marsh Harbour
BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc - all areas Marine VHF 16 Ferry Schedules • Departure times shown • Daily service unless noted Junior Albury............366-3058 Jody Albury..............375-8068
Hope Town 366-0500 Marsh Harbour 367-3752 Marsh Harbour to Hope Town or Man-O-War - 20 minutes, Guana Cay - 30 minutes Sidney Albury...........477-5996
Guana Cay 365-5178 Treasure Cay 365-8749 Albury’s Ferry Service • Ph 367-3147 or 367-0290 • VHF Ch. 16 • Hope Town & Man-O-War from Crossing Bch Cherokee Richard Albury.........367-0367
Marsh Harbour>Hope Town Noel Lowe................366-2107 Terrance Davis........367-4464
7:15am 9:00am 10:30am 12:15pm 2:00pm 4:00pm 5:45pm Marty Sawyer...........366-2115 Buddy Pinder...........366-2163
Return: 8:00 am 9:45am 11:30am 1:30pm 3:00pm 4:00pm 5:00pm 6:30pm Randy Sawyer.........366-2284 Justin Sands............367-3526
Abaco Family Medicine Marsh Harbour ...367-2295
Marsh Harbour>Man-O-War Will Sawyer..............366-2177 Danny Sawyer.........367-3577
Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic .............367-0020 * Not on
10:30am 12:15pm 2:30pm* 4:00pm 5:45pm Jay Sawyer..............367-3941
Integrated Medical Center.........................367-1304 Sundays
Return: 8:00am 11:30am 1:30pm 3:15pm* 5:00pm or Crossing Rocks
Emergancy.......................................458-1234 Marsh H.>Guana Cay/Scotland cay From Conch Inn holidays Tony Russell............366-3259 North Abaco
Marsh Harbour Medical Centre ................367-0049 (6:45am - Union Jack Dock) 10:30am 1:30pm 3:30pm 5:45pm O’Donald McIntosh..477-5037
Government Clinic Marsh Harbour .........367-2510 Return: 8 am 11:30am 2:30pm 4:45pm 6:30pm Green Turtle Cay Alexander Rolle.......365-0120
Corbett Clinic Treasure Cay ...................365-8288 Fare • Adult prepaid oneway $15 / open return $25, • Kids 6-11 half, Under 6 free (Phone after hours 359-6861) Rick Sawyer.............365-4261 Edward Rolle...........365-0024
Government Clinic Cooper‘s Town .........365-0300
Green Turtle Ferry • Phone 365-4166, 4128, 4151 • VHF Ch 16 • Ten minute ride Ronnie Sawyer.........365-4070 Herbert Thurston.....365-2405
Government Clinic Green Turtle Cay .....365-4028
Government Clinic Hope Town ................366-0108 T Cay Airport>Green T Cay 8:30am 10:30am 11:30am 1:30pm 2:30pm 3:30pm 4:30pm 5:00pm
Return: 8am 9am 11am 12:15pm 1:30pm 3:00pm 4:30pm Hope Town Sandy Point
Government Clinic Sandy Point .............366-4010
New Plymouth one way adult $10 (Children $7) • Round trip $15 • Extra to some G T Cay docks Maitland Lowe..........366-0234 Valantino Adderley...366-4323
Government Clinic Fox Town .................365-2172
Abaco Adventures • Ph 365-8749 or 375-8123 VHF Ch 16 Charters Available Anthony Bain...........366-4107
Tourism’s People-to-People program Treasure Cay to Guana Cay Sunday departs 11:00am & returns 3:30 p.m. $40 RT Man-O-War Derek Gaitor............366-4249
Be matched with a local person or family with a similar interest such T Cay to Man-O-War/ Hope Town - Saturday departs 9:30 am, $45 RT David Albury.............365-6059 Nicholas Roberts.....366-4486
as Bird watching, Attending church, Foreign language, School class Pinder’s Ferry Service Between Abaco & Grand Bahama -
visit, Environmental interest. Marine, Native plants, History, Humane
Society, etc. This is not a dating service or an offer for a free meal Crown Haven, Abaco to McLean’s Town, Grand Bah. -Daily 7:00 am & 2:30 pm To Abaco by land and sea from Florida • Take Discovery
or lodging but an opportunity to meet someone locally with similar McLean’s Town to Crown Haven - return Daily 8:30 am & 4:30 pm
Cruise Line (954-971-7347) from Ft. Lauderdale to Freeport •Bus to McLeans
interests. Call Tourism’s Doranell Swain at 367-3067 for more informa- Fare $45 OW / $90 RT • Children half fare • Call Abaco 365-2356 for information
Town • Ferry to Crown Haven • Bus, taxi or rental car to Green Turtle Ferry
tion. Email: email@example.com Bus between Freeport and McLean’s Town • Rental automobiles at both terminals.
or Marsh Harbour •Taxi to Marsh Harbour ferry dock • Ferry to Hope Town,
Bahamas Ferries Summer Schedule only (April to Dec)
Man-O-War or Guana Cay • Its an adventure
Airlines Serving Abaco Sandy Point & Nassau Every Friday & Sunday, except holidays, under 4 Hour Call 225-3376 or 366-4119
Abaco Air - Nassau, N Eleuthera, Moores Is ........ 367-2266 Adults $110 RT, $60 OW • Child under 12, $75 RT, $40 OW......Call for car & truck rate
Air Gate Aviation - Daytona/New Smyrna..............367-3636 Restaurant Guide
The Great Abaco Express Eco & Historical bus tours • Call 367-2165 or 559-9160
American Eagle - Miami ...................................... 367-2231 Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper
Bahamasair - Nassau,W. Palm B, Ft Laud .......... 367-2095 (Based on dinner entree range)
Continental Connection - Miami Bring errors & revisions + Picnic tables & restroom only ‡ Provides ride from town
Ft. Laud and W Palm Beach......................... 367-3415 Attractions
Craig Air Center - North Florida.............................367-3522 Albert Lowe Museum .......................................Green Turtle Cay
to our attention Marsh Harbour
Revised 26 Jul 11 Abaco Pizza....................... $..............367-4488
IBC Airways - Ft.Lauderdale, W Palm Beach........367-1336 Capt Roland Roberts House, reef exhibits.......Green Turtle Cay Anglers ...........................$$$ ............. 367-2158
Locair - Fort Lauderdale ............................. 1-800-205-0730 Memorial Sculpture Garden .......................... Green Turtle Cay Everyone reads The Abaconian Blue Marlin .........................$ ............. 367-2002
Regional - Freeport............................................... 367-0446
Sky Bahamas - Nassau/Ft. Lauderdale.................367-0996
Wyannie Malone Historical Museum ........................Hope Town Curly Tails ......................$$$ ............. 367-4444
Elbow Cay Light Station ...........................................Hope Town Charter Boats Gino’s .................................$ ............. 367-7272
Twin Air Calypso - Fort Lauderdale ..................... 367-0140 Lucky Strike - Hope T 366-0101
Western Air - Nassau ........................................... 367-3722 Walk to & swim on Mermaid Reef off M Harb. ..Pelican Shore Golden Grouper ..............$ ............. 367-2301
Drive to & swim in Blue Hole .............Treasure Cay farm road Sea Gull - Hope Town 366-0266 Island Family Rest .............$ ............. 367-3778
Yellow Air Taxi - Ft Lauderdale ............................. 367-0032
Local air charters serving Bahamas & Art studio & working foundry- ........................ Little Harbour A Salt Weapon - Hope Town 366-0245 Java Coffee House.............$..............367-5523
S.Florida Working boatyards........................................... Man-O-War cay Down Deep 366-3143 Jamie’s Place .....................$ ............. 367-2880
Abaco Air .............................................................. 367-2266 Pocket beaches • Crossing Beach in Marsh Harbour Local Boy 366-0528 Jib Room .........................$$ ............. 367-2700
Closed Jul 31 to Mid Nov
Cherokee Air Charters ......................................... 367-3450 • Witches Point - 3 miles S. of Marsh Harbour Back Breaker 365-5140 Kentucky Fried Chicken ............... ... 367-2615
• Little Harbour - 20 miles S. of Marsh Harbour Mangoes ........................$$$ ............. 367-2366
Closed Aug 15 to Nov 17
• Cherokee - 23 miles S of Marsh Harbour
Bikes & Scooters • Boats • Cars & Pop’s Place ........................$ ..... + ..... 367-3796
Dive Shops Miles of beach are generally on ocean exposures Snack Shack.......................$..... +......367-4005
• Treasure Cay • Green Turtle Cay • Guana Cay • Elbow Cay Cart Rentals
Abaco Dive Adventures, Marsh Harbour .............................367-2963 Marsh Harbour Snappas ...........................$$ ............. 367-2278
Above & Below, Marsh Harbour ..........................................367-0350 • Man-O-War Cay • Casuarina Point • Bahama Palm Shore Closed Aug 20 to End .............
Wallys ............................$$$ of Oct 367-2074
• Sandy Point & more A & P Car Rentals ............................. 367-2655
Dive Abaco 1978, Marsh Harbour..................................... 367-2787 Abaco Dorado Boat Rentals................367-1035
Froggies, Hope Town......................................................... 366-0431 Items of interest • Man-O-War boat yards • Blackwood Hope Town
blue hole & sisal mill • Cedar Harbour plantation ruins - need B & B Boat Rentals ............................ 367-7368
Treasure Divers, Treasure Cay.............................................365-8571
Bargain Car Rentals........................... 367-0500 Abaco Inn .....................$$$Nov 1
Closed Aug 1 to ............. 366-0133
Brendal’s Dive, Green T. Cay ............................................ 365-4411 guide • Hole-in- Wall lighthouse - last mile very rough road • Closed Aug 6 to ............. 366-0247
Cap’n Jacks .....................$$Oct 1
Dive Guana........................................................................ 365-5178 Abaco wild horses by appointment 367-4805 • Bird watching - Blue Wave Boat Rentals ................... 367-3910
Concept Boat Rentals ........................ 367-5570 Harbour’s Edge ............... $$ ............. 366-0087
Man-O-War Dive Shop .......................................................365-6013 ask tourism 367-3067
Cruise Abaco...................................... 577-0148 H T Coffee House (B & L)...................366-0760
Closed Mid Aug to 1st Nov
Tours & Excursions Quality Star Car Rentals (Texaco) ..... 367-2979 H T Harbour Lodge .......$$$ ............. 366-0095
Abaco Eco Tours & Kayak rental 475-9616 Rainbow Boat Rentals ..................... 367-4602 Munchies ...........................$...............366-0423
Taxi Cab Fares one or two passengers
Extra $3 for each passengers above two Rental Wheels Scooters, Bikes, Cars 367-4643 OnDa Beach.....................$$...............366-0558
Closed Aug 22 to End Oct
Abaco Island Tours • Marsh Harbour 367-2936
• Marsh Harbour Airport to: Effective Dec 08 Rich’s Boat Rentals .......................... 367-2742 Sea Spray ......................$$ ..... ‡ ..... 366-0065
Abaco’s Nature Adventure 559-9433 Sugar Shack ......................$ ..... + ..... 366-0788
Clinic, Downtown, Stop Light, .......................................$10 Sea Horse Boat Rentals ................... 367-2513
Ab Bch Resort, Eastern Shore close, Ferry ........... $15
Above & Below • Marsh Harbour 367-0350
Adventure on Prozac - T Cay 365-8749 Sea Star Car Rentals ........................ 367-4887
Spring City ....... $15 The Moorings Boat Rentals.................367-4000 Little Harbour
Dundas Town, Nat Ins bldg, C Abaco Primary Sch .........$15 Brendals Dive • Green Turtle Cay 365-4411 Pete’s Pub.........................$$..............366-3503
Closed Aug 14 to End of Nov
Murphy Town & Great. Cistern ........................................$20
Green Turtle Cay
C & C Charters - Treasure Cay 365-8506
Snake Cay ......................................................................$35 Brendals Dive Bikes & Kayak rental ...365-4411
Dive Abaco 1978, Marsh Harbour 367-2787 C & D Cart Rental ............................. 365-4084 Lubber’s Quarter
Casuarina Point ...............................................................$60
Excursion boat • Froggies • Hope T 366-0024 Cruising Cart Rentals..........................365-4065 Cracker P’s......................................... 366-3139
Cherokee, Winding Bay, Little Harbour............................$80
Bahama Palm Shore .......................................................$90 D & P Cart Rental .............................. 365-4655
Crossing Rocks .............................................................$105 Abaco Marinas - Slips Fuel Phone Donnie’s Boat Rentals.........................365-4119 Man-O-War
Sandy Point ..................................................................$150 Green Turtle Cay Kool Karts............................................365-4176 Dock’n Dine .................................365-6139
Leisure Lee .....................................................................$50 Bluff House ................45....... F......365-4200 Reef Boat Rentals ............................. 365-4145 Island Treats Snack Bar ..................... 365-6501
Treasure Cay Airport, G Turtle ferry ...............................$80 Sea Side Carts & Bikes...................... 365-4147
Treasure Cay Resort .......................................................$85 Green Turtle Club ......32....... F......365-4271
T & A Cart Rentals.............................. 375-8055 Guana Cay
Fox Town ......................................................................$165 Black Sound Marina ...15................365-4531 Baker’s Bay - Market Place.................612-1021
Other Shore Club .......12....... F......365-4195 Guana Cay
Grabbers ..........................$$ ............. 365-5133
• Between Marsh Harbour Ferry and: Abaco Yacht Service ..10....... F......365-4033 Donna Sands Cart Rentals ............... 365-5195
Dive Guana Boats & Bikes................. 365-5178 Nippers ............................$$ ............ 365-5143
Clinic, downtown, Ab Beach Hotel ................................$ 10
Nat. Ins. Bldg, Murphy Town, Gr. Cistern ........................$10
Orchid Bay Cart rentals...................... 354-5175 Orchid Bay .....................$$$ ............. 365-5175
Treasure Cay Marina150 ...... F......365-8250
Wait time $0.40 per minute, Hourly rate $40 per hour Man-O-War Cruise Abaco................................321-220-8796 Treasure Cay
Children under three - free • Caged pets - as people Man-O-War Marina ...26....... F......365-6008 Man-O-War Coco Beach Bar & Grill......$...............365-8470
Luggage $0.75 each over two, large bags $1 ea. Marsh Harbour Conch Pearl Boat Rentals.................. 365-6502 Florence’s Cafe .................$...............365-8354
Boat Harbour Marina 183....... F......367-2158 Ria-Mar Golf Cart Rentals .................. 365-6024 Spinnaker Restaurant ...$$$ ............. 365-8469
• Treasure Cay Airport to: Effective Dec 08 Touch of Class .............$$$ ............. 365-8195
Green Turtle Cay ferry dock ............................................$10 Conch Inn...................75....... F .....367-4000 Waterways Boat Rental ..357-6540 & 365-6143
Madeira Park ...................................................................$20 Harbour View Marina .36....... F .....367-2182 Hope Town
Cat’s Paw Boat Rentals ..................... 366-0380 Green Turtle Cay
Sand Banks ....................................................................$25 Mangoes Marina ........29................367-4255
Treasure Cay Resort .......................................................$30 Elbow Cay Cart...................................366-0569 Bluff House.....................$$$ ............. 365-4200
Marsh Harbour Marina52 F 367 2700 Jolly Roger Bistro .............$$ ............. 365-4200
Leisure Lee .....................................................................$45 Hope Town Hope Town Cart Rentals ................... 366-0064
Black Wood ....................................................................$20 Island Cart Rentals ........................... 366-0448 ..........$$$ to Oct 21
Green Turtle Club Closed Sept 6............. 365-4271
Fire Road & Cooper’s Town ............................................$40 Hope Town Marina .....16................366-0003 Harvey’s Island Grill .........$$ ............. 365-4389
Hope Town Hideaways...................366-0224 Island Marine Boat Rentals ............... 366-0282
Cedar Harbour ................................................................$60 J R’s Cart Rental ................................ 366-0361 Laura’s Kitchen ...............$$ ............. 365-4287
Wood Cay .......................................................................$70 Lighthouse Marina .......6....... F......366-0154 McIntosh’s Restaurant ....$$ ............. 365-4625
Mount Hope .................................................................... $80
Sea Horse Boat Rentals .................... 366-0023
Sea Spray ..................60....... F......366-0065 T & N Cart Rentals ............................. 366-0069 Miss Emily’s Restaurant ..................... 365-4181
Fox Town ........................................................................$85 Spanish Cay New Plymouth Inn .............................. 365-4161
Crown Haven ..................................................................$90 Treasure Cay
Spanish Cay Marina...75....... F......365-0083 Adventure on Prozac - Kayak.............365-8749 Bar & Grill........365-4039
Pineapple Restaurant Closed Sept & Oct
Marsh Harbour airport ....................................................$80
Guana Cay Blue Marlin Rentals.............................365-8687 Plymouth Rock Cafe .......................... 365-4234
Green Turtle Ferry to Marsh H Airport ............................$80 Bakers Bay Marina...158....... F......365-5802 Cash’s Carts....................................... 365-8771 Sundowners ....................................... 365-4060
Guana Hide-aways ....37................577-0003 Cornish Car Rentals........................... 365-8623
T Cay Hotel to Marsh Harbour ........................................$85 Orchid Bay .................64 ...... F......365-5175 JIC Boat Rentals ............................... 365-8582 Sandy Point
T Cay Hotel to G Turtle Ferry...........................................$25
Boats can clear Customs at Green Turtle Cay, Triple J Car Rentals ........................... 365-8761 Nancy’s...............................................366-4120
T Cay Hotel to Blue Hole.................................................$30
Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour Abaco Adventures - Kayaks .............. 365-8749
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September 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 1
VOLUME 19 NUMBER 18 SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
Airport terminal contract is signed
New terminial will be completed by end of 2012
By Timothy Roberts
“This airport terminal has been a long
time coming,” Prime Minister, the Rt.
Hon. Hubert Ingraham, said at the con-
tract signing for the $27.3 million terminal
building, air traffic control tower and fire/
crash rescue facility at the Marsh Harbour
Mr. Ingraham said that in consideration
for naming the new terminal facility, “We
have determined that one name and one
man stood out above all others. He is the
man who singlehandedly has done a great
deal to improve and expand the economy
of Abaco. He was the one who brought us
the largest single development on Abaco
Island.” On completion, the new airport
terminal will be named the Leonard M.
Thompson International Airport.
Mr. Ingraham said, “It is clear to all
who would see that Central Abaco is grow-
ing in importance as an economic centre in
The signing of the contract for the construction of a new terminal, control tower and fire/crash/rescue facility at the Marsh Harbour The Bahamas. The government is commit-
airport took place on September 1 near the site of the future building giving the contract to FES Construction from Freeport. Shown ted to ensuring that Central Abaco has the
are Administrator Cephas Cooper; the Hon. Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, Minister of Tourism; the Hon. Neko Grant, Minister of infrastructure befitting its stature.”
Public Works and Transport; Fletcher McIntosh, one of the owners of FES Construction; Donald Dean, architect; Michael Albury, “Planning for this terminal,” he said,
President of the Abaco Chamber of Commerce; Edison Key, MP for South Abaco; and Colin Higgs, Permanent Secretary for the “has not been easy - points of view as to
Ministry of Works. when, how and where this facility and new
airport ought to be located expressed over
the past years and months have been as far
Schools begin new school year apart as east is to west.”
Please see Terminal Page 2
will get water
During the Prime Minister’ speech at
the signing of the contract for the airport
terminal on September 1, he stated that
when the sidewalks are completed in Dun-
das Town and Murphy Town, the paving
of roads in all three communities of Cen-
tral Abaco will begin. He also announced
that Sweeting’s Village will get water as
This is the scene at Abaco Central High School Murphy Town on opening day of school for the new school year. It is expected that well has paving. Roads in Spring City are
Abaco will have record numbers of students in both public and private schools. This is the biggest high school on Abaco while the big- also scheduled for paving.
gest primary school is Central Abaco Primary located in Dundas Town. See story on page 8.
Roads will be repaved Rally marks opening of DNA
in Hope Town campaign headquarters
A contract was signed on September 1 for the repaving of the roads in Hope Town.
A local Elbow Cay company, Abaco Rock, Ltd. won the contract. Shown are George
Hutchinson, Deputy Director of Works; Administrator Cephas Cooper; Hope Town The Democractic National Alliance party opened a campaign headquarters for the
Councillor Donnie Carey; the Hon. Neko Grant, Minister of Works and Transport; Ken- South Abaco constituency on September 2. It is located in the Abaco Shopping Center.
neth Meltarp, owner of Abaco Rock Ltd., Vernon Malone; Edison Key, MP for South Shown is Roscoe Thompson III, left, candidate for South Abaco, and the party leader,
Abaco; and Colin Higgs, PS for the Ministry of Works. See story on page 5. Branville McCartney. See story on page 4.
Page 2 Section B The Abaconian September 15, 2011
Preparatory work for new terminal is underway
government’s Job Training Programme.” Murphy Town and in Marsh Harbour; and nal will be a modern facility with archi-
Terminal From Page 1 They will be trained in trades: masonry, Sweeting’s Village will get potable water tectural elements that reflect Bahamian
Mr Ingraham said, “The continued de- plumbing, electrical, air-conditioning, tile and drivable roads.” culture. The 51,000-square-foot terminal
velopment of various industries on this is- laying, carpentry and other allied building The Hon. Neko Grant, Minister of Pub- will include 22 counter positions, a state-
land over the years places Abaco in a fa- trades. lic Works and Transport, said that with a of-the-art luggage scanning system, pilot
vourable position for further growth.” “We must have sufficient skills on population increase of 21 per cent since briefing room, two restaurants, a lounge,
The multi-million dollar contract was Abaco to meet our requirements and de- 2000 and the considerable development of VIP lounge, eight retail shop spaces, two
awarded to Grand Bahama-based FES mands,” he said. “For me it is irksome and various industries, Abaco is in a favorable kiosks, long and short term parking areas
Construction Company Limited, which unacceptable to have so few Bahamian ma- position for further growth with the upturn along with taxi and employee parking ar-
is expected to complete the project in 60 sons on the mainland of Abaco.” of the country’s economy. eas, said Mr Grant. The facility will also
weeks, completing it by late 2012; howev- Mr. Ingraham said that all of the devel- “The airport terminal project will fur- be equipped with 100 percent back-up
er, a principle of FES, Fletcher McIntosh, opments they are undertaking in Central ther enhance Marsh Harbour airport’s emergency electrical supply. The present
said they intend to be finished in 50 weeks. Abaco are part of a planned new township capacity to provide quality service to the terminal will be converted into an air cargo
He and his partner, James Edgecombe, are and before the end of this year construction growing number of residents as well as facility.
both from Cooper’s Town originally. will begin on a new hospital. A new road visitors to this island who will use this fa- He said that the project will comple-
Mr. Ingraham stressed the need to pass is currently being constructed to connect to cility,” he said.
on skills and trades encouraging FES Con- the S.C. Bootle Highway and Forest Drive. According to Mr. Grant the new termi- Please see Terminal Page 4
struction company to maximize the use The Prime Minister added, “When the
of local subcontractors and suppliers of sidewalks along Forest Drive are com-
goods and services. He said, “We are us- pleted to better accommodate pedestrians,
ing this opportunity to attach to this proj- and school children in particular, we will
ect 30 or more training positions of the black top your roads in Dundas Town and
A ground breaking exercise was held at the conclusion of the signing ceremony officially
This is the architect’s drawing of what the terminal at the Marsh Harbour International acknowledging that FES Construction has the contract for constructing the new terminal,
Airport will look like. Ground work has begun and the building will be completed by the control tower and fire/crash/rescue facility at the Marsh Harbour airport. The Prime
end of 2012. Minister, the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham, is the one without a hard hat.
September 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 3
Page 4 Section B The Abaconian September 15, 2011
DNA holds Grand Opening of constituency office
By Timothy Roberts He addressed concerns within the ag- those who are here illegally must go, plain the public asked about the party’s stance
Roscoe Thompson III, the South Abaco riculture and fisheries industries, in par- and simple!” on topics such as education, immigration,
candidate for the Democratic National Al- ticular, illegal poaching, immigration and Education, he said, is key. “You can- duty-exemptions and more. Other can-
liance (DNA), announced on September regularization, crime, utility upgrades and not become first world with a D average. didates of the DNA attended in support
2 that, if elected to Parliament, he would the exploration of modern energy supplies. We cannot celebrate a D or D+ when we of Mr. Thompson and mingled with the
pledge the majority of his salary to the DNA leader and Member of Parliament need to strive to become A students.” If crowd during the event.
South Abaco community. for Bamboo Town, Branville McCartney, we want to improve as a country, we can- To date, the DNA has named 19 can-
Speaking at the grand opening his DNA also addressed the audience. Speaking on the not go with what we got. didates and is slated to reveal further can-
constituency office to about 300-350 peo- development of The Bahamas, Mr. McCart- “When it comes to our economy, we didates in the weeks ahead, including the
ple, Mr. Thompson pledged to use his sal- ney said that the nation is stuck in a third- must not settle. We deserve the best,” candidate for North Abaco.
ary for traveling expenses, leaving more world leadership. “The Bahamas should be Mr. McCartney said. He continued that The DNA party will continue holding
that $20,000 to support and further devel- the best country in the world, but after 38 the time has come that we can no longer Town Meetings where they will discuss
op the communities of South Abaco. years of being an independent country, our continue to rely so heavily on tourism to and get input from the public on issues
“I want to be the representative that leaders are still thinking third world. keep our economy going, but “we must such as crime, immigration, the economy
takes your concerns to central govern- He said crime and the fear of crime has diversify our economy.” and education.
ment… taking it back to those people in never been as bad as it is now in the his- “Agriculture, marine resources, alter- The office of the DNA South Abaco
the communities and getting their input tory of The Bahamas. Concerning immi- native energy, telecommunications, film constituency is located in Abaco Shopping
and their feedback to move this country gration, he said, “We need to regularize and movies: we must go out there and grab Center and will be fully operational Mon-
forward. We can take the steps that have who needs to be regularized, but those who it. This world is our oyster!” he said. days through Saturdays, something that
not been taken before,” he said. don’t have any right to make application, After the speeches the meeting was most Abaconians are not used to, accord-
opened to the audience for questions, and ing to Mr. Thompson.
Terminal From Page 2
ment recent upgrades to the airside infra- lished a reputation of delivering quality
structure that were undertaken a year ago. work within agreed timelines and maxi-
“These upgrades included construction of mises Bahamian participation in other
a new jet runway of 6,100 feet, conver- projects.
sion of the original runway into a taxiway; Abaco has around 90,000 visitors ev-
installation of new signage, approach, and ery year. The Marsh Harbour airport is
runway lighting and the development of the second busiest airport in the country
new flight procedures for the new runway and one of the busiest airports in the entire
to ensure compliance with the International Caribbean region. And Abaco is growing.
Civil Aviation Organisation.” During the period between 2000 and 2010
He said FES Construction has estab- the population grew by 21 percent.
Branville McCartney, seated center, leader of the new Democratic National Alliance
party, was the keynote speaker at a rally to celebrate the opening of the South Abaco
constituency office in Abaco Shopping Center. Roscoe Thompson III, standing center, is
the DNA canditate for South Abaco. On the left is Reg Sands, Chairman of the DNA party
for South Abaco, and on the right is Jamarl Chea, President of the Young Democrats, the
youth arm of the DNA.
This is the site of the new terminal building to be constructed just west of the present
building. The FES Construction company from Freeport entered the winning bid. The
work has been slowed by the discovery of a couple of holes that have to be filled and
compacted before further work can be done. The present building will be used for a cargo
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September 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 5
News of the Cays
opportunity “to give back to the commu- Town District Council, gave a vote of
Contract is awarded for nity he has called home for so long.” He
expects to get started right away. “Having
great thanks to the Minister of Works for
getting the road work started. He felt that
road work in Hope Town lived here for many years, I want to keep
Hope Town looking beautiful,” he said.
Mr. Maltarp is a good choice to carry out
By Timothy Roberts was awarded to Kenny Maltarp of Abaco Donnie Carey, member of the Hope
The Hon. Neko Grant, Minister of Pub- Rock Ltd. to construct concrete roads at
lic Works and Transport, held a contract Hope Town.
signing in Hope Town on September 1 for A pre-qualification tender exercise was
the re-paving of some roads in the Hope undertaken for these works. On review of
Town settlement. the bids received, it was determined that
A contract in the amount of $101,834.27 Abaco Rock Ltd. had submitted the lower
Mr. Grant said, “I
take this opportunity
to thank the techni-
cal staff members of
the Ministry of Public
Works for their efforts
in the planning of this
I congratulate Aba-
co Rock Ltd. on the
award of this contract. This is a boat that was blown ashore along the Man-O-War waterfront near the garbage
We look forward to dump.
This is one of the buildings at the Green Turtle Club.
the successful comple-
tion of the construction
of the roads at Hope
Town within the allot-
ted time frame.”
Edison Key, Mem-
ber of Parliament for
South Abaco, said that
Hope Town greases the
economic wheel with
its contribution through
tourism. “Hope Town
amenities,” he said.
He stated that govern-
ment will keep the
roads in their old his-
toric style to maintain The Man-O-War ballpark is located directly on the ocean seen at the left. These are the
the island’s charm. He poles for lighting the field that will all have to be replaced.
said he expects it to be
a first class job.
thanked Mr. Grant and
the community for the
This is the government dock at the eastern end of Guana Cay.
The dock at the western end of the settlement, the dock the
ferry normally uses, was also damaged to the point that the
ferries are now using the dock at Guana Hideaways.
The Green Turtle Cay community was inundated with sea water. The water in this part
of town was three feet deep. The water came through in the vicinity of Blue Bee Bar and
exited in the area of the cemetery. Photograph by Jason Bethel.
Page 6 Section B The Abaconian September 15, 2011
Shelters were well manned for Hurricane Irene
By Samantha V. Evans housed 12 persons. Some shelters like St Ms. Fernander stated
Abaco shelters were very well support- Francis Church saw an increase in occu- that the nurse assigned
ed by appropriate government and shelter pancy while others like Full Gospel had a along with Head nurse
management officials who ensured that decrease. Those shelters utilized that were Maxine Brown and the
those who needed to be housed were in safe new such as Faith Walk Church had a good EMS crew did an ex-
quarters and misbehavior kept to a mini- number of occupants. cellent job treating the
mum. According to Charlamae Fernander, Most shelters opened on August 25 at injured man. In fact,
Assistant Director of Social Services, nine 7 a.m. but a few opened the night before. they stayed at the shel-
shelters were occupied during Hurricane Ms. Fernander noted that many persons ter through the storm to
Irene that hit Abaco on August 25. opted to stay in private shelters during the care for him. Present at
The New Hope Baptist Church in storm while others had confidence that this particular shelter
Mount Hope housed 14 persons, Faith their houses were secure enough for them were Ms. Fernander
Walk Church of God in Cooper’s Town to remain at home. She reported that the who was the site man-
that housed 83 persons, Miracle Church shelters used did not have any significant ager, the principal and
of God on Green Turtle Cay housed five damages even though some of them were vice principal of the
persons, Abaco Central High School in not as sound as they would have liked. school, and the De-
Murphy Town housed 20 persons, St. There were a few shelters that did not have fense Force officer in
Francis de Sales Church in Marsh Harbour adequate shutters which posed a challenge, charge. Also present at
housed 215 persons, Central Abaco Prima- but they were able to make it through the the shelters were Red
ry School housed 162 persons, Full Gos- storm. Cross personnel, De-
pel in Treasure Cay housed 110 persons, One person was taken to the Central fense Force officers,
Sandy Point Community Center housed 65 Abaco Primary School shelter with ma- Police officers and a
The Treasure Cay Real Estate office lost part of its roof, dam-
persons and Hope Town Primary School jor injures sustained during the storm. center manager. Social
aging the interior and ruining records and files. Photo by Pat-
rick Fetsch, General Manager of Treasure Cay.
Cephas Cooper and the
armed forces moved around from shelter received from Emmit Bootle of Murphy
to shelter to ensure that all was well. Ms. Town, who used his bus to pick up persons
Fernander commends the police for being from the Mudd and Peas and others free of
very helpful as this was the first time they charge. At the shelters Social Services and
had around the clock presence during a the Red Cross provided shelter kits, and
storm. She believes that this played a sig- the clinic had first aid kits. All occupants
nificant role in maintaining the peace at were responsible for their own personal
shelter sites. items including food.
After the storm passed, the shelters were Ms. Fernander stated that the shelters
closed on August 26 and the schools were were well maintained because the pro-
cleaned immediately with the assistance of fessionalism shown by all agencies that
local government. However, some sites worked together to ensure the safety of the
took responsibility for their own clean-up.
She was very appreciative of the support Please see Shelters Page 18
The playground equipment at the Great Guana Cay Primary School ended up in this
jumble. The residents there are pleased that they had minimal damage.
Abaco Inn on Elbow Cay lost much of its decking on the ocean side. Also damaged were
areas of the interior including the kitchen. Abaco Inn had already closed for the fall sea-
son but expects to be fully repaired for reopening on November 1.
The Abaco Beach Resort at Boat Harbour
has a limited number of
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September 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 7
Baseball field is under present committee will operate the conces-
sion stand and the Little League and Soft-
the others were taught the basics of the
game starting with how to hold a racket
opportunities golfing could provide such
as college scholarships if they were seri-
temporary management ball associations will collect an entrance and receive or hit a ball. According to Mr. ous about learning the skills. Mr. Hield’s
By Mirella Santillo fee at the gate. The money collected will Russell, the younger they start the faster daughter, Marlique, a scholarship benefi-
The International Little League Baseball be used to pay for the upkeep of the field children will become good tennis players. ciary thanks to her golfing abilities, dem-
Tournament held in July in Central Abaco and for the expenses associated with hold- A free clinic for kids will be held once onstrated her talents to the group. Marlique
not only was a great success, but it helped ing games at the facility such as electricity, a month, but private lessons for adults and represented The Bahamas in Jamaica as a
provide the area with two state-of-the-art cleaning and bathroom supplies, mowing children are available. member of the national team.
baseball fields which cost thousands of dol- the grass, general cleaning and garbage Mr Russell’s goal is to develop a steady The children were divided into three age
lars to create. collecting. tennis program, to organize friendly tourna- groups, then were handed a golf iron and
In order to preserve that investment and Contrary to rumors going around, the ments among local tennis players, even to a ball. They were shown how to hold the
oversee the management of the Murphy teams will not be charged field fees to play coach kids towards obtaining scholarships. club and which proper position to keep to
Town Park where one of the baseball fields at Murphy Town Park, but people will Tennis is among the many sports to offer achieve the most accuracy. They practiced
is located, the Hon. Charles Maynard, the have to pay an entrance fee to come in. scholarship opportunities for college stu- for several hours the first day and for three
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, dents. A former student of Mr. Russell’s hours a day for the next two days.
asked the Little League Committee to man- Tennis pro offers benefitted from such a scholarship that On the fourth day the younger children
age the facility until the Ministry can take free lessons helped her all the way to a masters degree. were put to the test of putting and chipping.
it over. By Mirella Santillo For more information, call Bobby Rus- The first three in each age group were to re-
The Little League Committee Chair- In June 2011 the first public tennis court sell at 458-6530. ceive a trophy the following day. On the last
man, Malcom Spicer, gave a proposal to on Abaco was completed and ready to be day of the clinic, it was the turn of the older
the Minister in which he recommended used. It was funded by the Dundas Town
Winding Bay holds a students to compete before the distribution
that a committee be formed. This com- Committee through the efforts of Faron golf clinic for youth of the awards that were to be presented by
mittee would be comprised of a Murphy Newbold and George Cornish. Located on By Mirella Santillo the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture
Town Town Committee member, a Cen- Forest Drive behind Central Abaco Prima- A record number of young people gath- himself, the Hon. Charles Maynard.
tral District Council member, a member of ry School, the single court is fenced in and ered in front of Abaco Central High School Mr. Maynard addressed the children be-
the Little League, a member of the Softball has ample parking around. in Murphy Town this summer to get the fore handing out the trophies. He reminded
League, a representative of the Ministry of Tennis Pro Bobby Russell, who helped bus to take them to the third annual golf them how lucky they were for the oppor-
Sports, Youth and Culture, and a member oversee the construction of the court, held clinic at the Abaco Club at Winding Bay. tunity they had of being able to learn that
of the Ministry of Tourism. This commit- the first group training for kids there on Chaperoned by Ishmael Morley, represen- sport. He urged them to say a loud thank
tee will manage the facility and make de- September 3. tative of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and you to Mr. Parker and Mr. Hield. “Keep
cisions regarding the upkeep of the park. Approximately 20 youngsters aged six Culture, 28 kids, some as young as six, practicing; you will get better. You can get
The Minister wanted to know how the up- years and older attended the free clinic. registered for the clinic. places with sports,” he told them.
keep of the park would be funded. Some students had already taken lessons They were greeted on the golf course In the under 10 category Dante Russell
In the interim it was decided that the with Mr. Russell and played games while by the resort General Manager, Ronald came first, followed by Brenae Bain. Her
Parker, and the golf pro, Malcus”Marley” brother, John Bain followed in third position.
Hield, who has been teaching the rudi- In the 10 to 13 category Anthony Lloyd
ments of golf to some of the children of received the first place trophy. Taye Stuart
Abaco since the beginning of the program. placed second, help by a hole-in-one that
The students were reminded of the rules
pertaining to attending the clinic and of the Please see Sports Page 17
A public tennis court was built by the Dundas Town Committee allowing children and
adults to learn to play tennis. Tennis pro, Bobby Russell, is organizing classes includ-
ing a monthly free clinic. He is hoping to develop tennis players who can acquire tennis
scholarships to further their education. Mr. Russell is shown on the right.
Page 8 Section B The Abaconian September 15, 2011
More school reports show outstanding results
Ashanti Duncanson and Alisha Greene Police Spelling Bee Competition.
Man-O-War Cay Fox Town made the international arena via YouTube GLAT Grade 3-78 percent students
Primary School Primary School singing the song The Prayer.
The Shinning Stars achieved an 85 percent
passed Writing & Reading Skills, 67 per-
cent passed Listening Comprehension, 89
Eighty-five percent of our students A student from this school, Liberty
made the Honor Roll. for their performance for National Arts. percent passed Language Skills, 100 per-
Clarke, was the first place winner in the Ashanti Duncanson was awarded nation- cent passed Concepts, 89 percent passed
The General Knowledge team place Primary District Speech Competition.
second in the District Competition. ally at the Ministers Literacy & Numeracy Computation.
One of our grade six students captured Awards as well as at the Primary National GLAT Grade 6- 90 percent students
Our students were challenging com- the third place trophy in the grade 6 Dis-
petitors in the district spelling bees. Erica Student of the Year Awards. passed Listening Comprehension and 80
trict Spelling competition. Trevett Cornish placed first in 400m fi- percent passed Reading Comprehension.
placed third in the grade one bee, Aaliyah During the year the percentage of our
placed first in the grade two bee and Ka- nals at the District Primary Sports Com- At least 70 percent of the school is read-
students reading at or above grade levels petition. ing at or above their grade level.
lina placed fourth in the grade 5 bee. increased by approximately 17 percent.
Felicia was a semi-finalist in the Na- Ashanti Duncanson placed 15th in the
There was notable improvement in the
tional Primary Student of the Year Con- grade 3 GLAT Results in Mathematics and
test, winning a $2,000 scholarship. 3 students attend Special Olympics in Greece
in the grade 6 General Science. By Jennifer Hudson Deangela Murray also did extremely well
Many of our students had excellent With a donation of four used comput-
GLAT results. Lily’s score of 100 percent Three students from the Every Child winning gold in the 4x1 relay, bronze in
ers from Donnie Adderley of Green Turtle Counts School had the experience of a the 200 metre race and eighth place in the
on the writing portion of the GLAT is at Cay, we were able to partially resurrect
the top of last year’s achievements. lifetime during the recent summer school 100 metre race. “Unfortunately, Deangela
our computer room. However, because of break. On June 17 Ashwell Murray, Dean- suffered a leg problem. But once her leg
Lower Primary students placed first in the failure of the air conditioner, we were
the Earth Day Science Competition. gela Murray and Tyler Davis traveled with was wrapped, she did extremely well,”
not able to make much use of it. their coach and teacher, Nicole DeNardin, stated her coach.
In sports our students competed and A baseline study using the students of grade
placed in the Abaco District Swim Meet, and 35 other athletes and their coaches “This was an awesome experience for
2 in Spelling and Numeracy revealed some from The Bahamas to Athens, Greece, to them,” said Ms. DeNardin. “The venue
Optimist Jr. Sailing and Colin placed sec- very commendable results. The study was
ond in Junior Judo. compete in the Special Olympics Summer was not the best due to the poor state of
conducted by officers from the Special Ser- Games. “This was the first major trip for Greece’s economy and things were rather
Aaliyah was one of the winners in vices Division of the Ministry of Education.
the Marine Mammal Tee-Shirt Design these students. The journey going took 50 chaotic. People were stressed out, but the
We procured additional bulletin boards plus hours including a plane journey, bus actual games and events were awesome.
Contest. and were able to erect one outside each of
Blue and Felicia were recognized for ride, layover and waiting time and the re- We did see some of the rioters and squat-
our classrooms. turn journey took even longer, so everyone ters in downtown Athens. Public transport
their high scores on National Exams at the
was very tired. But they all coped with the went down and a week later the tear gas
Minister’s Award Ceremony in Nassau.
All of our students are reading at
J.A. Pinder whole experience very well,” said Ms. De- still burned our faces in town. We were not
Nardin. allowed to wear our Special Olympics T
We had a fantastic year and ended
Primary School The first week the athletes and coaches shirts in town. But other than that, our trip
in Sandy Point stayed in a five-star resort for a time of cul- was not affected by the riots,” said Ms.
strong! Listed below are the major accomplish- tural immersion which they all found very DeNardin.
ments for this school year. pleasant. The second week they stayed in The athletes really enjoyed their time
Alisha Greene placed third in the Rotary the Olympic village camp which was a at the Special Olympics and described
Club Speech Competition military base that left some comforts to be some of the experiences they remembered.
desired. “Bathing in cold water on chilly Their teeth and feet were checked out at the
Greek mornings was not fun,” commented Health Centre and they were all given hand
Ashwell. sanitizer. Some athletes even had their eyes
The students needed a lot of stamina to tested and were given eye glasses. “The
cope with the busy schedule. For the first food was weird so all I ate was chicken,
day’s events they had to be up at 6 a.m. bread and apple,” said Ashwell. But Ms.
for the preliminaries after only four hours DeNardin enjoyed the Greek delicacies of
of sleep as the opening ceremony had not octopus, fish, olives and cheeses. A big hit
ended until 2 a.m. Each day the athletes with the athletes was the party at the camp.
had to work out three times beginning at One of their best memories was meeting
5:30 a.m. new people from so many different coun-
Eighteen-year-old Ashwell Murray and tries. The new friends they made were from
14-year-old Tyler Davis competed on the India, the Virgin Islands and China.
Bahamas basketball team. “Despite some The next Special Olympics Summer
tough competition the Bahamian team Games will be held in Los Angeles in 2015.
came fourth in the entire world,” said a
proud Ms. DeNardin. Eighteen-year-old Please see School Page 9
September 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 9
More School News
“We want to train the children for life,” level of the teachers, but the involvement months to come more business persons will
School From Page 8 he insisted, by teaching them, among other of the home and the community.” support her in other such community proj-
things how to deal with anger and relation- The program ended with the cutting of ects throughout Abaco.
Change Ministries ships. He introduced Director Charmica the ribbon, the gesture that indicated that
Curry. He expects to add a grade to the the school was officially open. It was cut Bakke University
opens new school school every year and to ultimately help by Pastor Samuel and Lady Carmen Cor-
By Mirella Santillo offers new degree
September 2011 was the date that Pas- students to obtain scholarships. nish. By Canishka Alexander
tor Samuel Cornish set for the opening of The speaker for the event was Dr. Leno- The audience then visited the class- Bakke Graduate University is now of-
the Change Ministries Preparatory School. ra Black, who congratulated Pastor Samuel rooms that were ready for the opening of fering a new degree called the Doctor
However, because of unforeseen prob- Cornish for a vision that will contribute school. Refreshments were served after of Transformational Leadership degree.
lems, the construction of the preparatory to the scholastic advancement of Abaco. the tour of the school. Bakke established its Abaco cohort in April
school was suspended, to the Pastor’s dis- She commented on the motto of the school of this year, and at that time students could
“Learners today, Leaders tomorrow,” and Miss Teen Abaco choose from one of four degree programs:
may. Determined to provide a school for
the children of the town, Pastor Cornish announced that her own grandson will be donates school supplies Doctor of Ministry; Master of Arts in
heeded a Divine suggestion to turn part of attending the school, an evidence of her By Phillippa Farrington Global Urban Leadership; Master of Arts
the church building into classrooms that trust in the establishment. “I am sure that On September 1 the reigning Miss Teen in Social and Civic Entrepreneurship; and
would accommodate kindergarten and first the group of students who will enter will be Abaco D.R. Rosemicka Charles distrib- Master of Business Administration. BGU
grade classes, even a nursery as well as a among the ones who will blaze a trail for uted back packs filled with school supplies only offers masters’ and doctors’ degrees
playground in the back. others to follow,” she stated. to five students who are residents of the in business and theology.
After relocating the administrative offic- She mentioned that the protocol of the Farm community in Treasure Cay. The This new degree is offered to students
es to the second floor after a few months of Department of Education will be followed recipients included three primary school who are looking to obtain a doctoral de-
work, five classrooms and the nursery are and that the teachers were already attend- students and two high school students who gree with a strong focus on leadership and
ready for the opening day, September 5. ing workshops sponsored by the Depart- were all grateful for Rosemicka’s (a senior business, and it also serves leaders in or-
A dedication and ribbon cutting cer- ment of Education. student herself) desire to see them ready ganizations that focus on urban relief, de-
emony took place on September 3 with She addressed the parents urging them to for the start of the new school year. velopment/advocacy or cultural influence
George Cornish, brother of the founder of do their best to support their children, the The project came about during the sum- from a Christian perspective. Students are
the school, acting as moderator. teachers and the school. But above all, she mer months as Rosemicka pondered how
Pastor Samuel Cornish, acknowledging stressed, “Ensure that the home becomes she could give back to the youth of her Please see School Page 11
the support of his wife, Lady Carmen Cor- an extension of the school. All our chil- community. During such difficult econom-
nish, stressed the importance of religious dren can learn,” she said. “But the greatest ic times she real-
education as part of the learning process. ingredient for learning is not the academic ized that many
out Abaco would
for school. So in
the final weeks
of summer Miss
D.R. sought do-
the Abaco com-
munity to pur-
chase the school
sheets, pens, pen-
cils, rulers and
back packs. She
Pastor Samuel Cornish and his wife, Lady Carmen Cornish, right, cut the ribbon to the is grateful to all Rosemicka Charles, Miss Teen Abaco, wanted to contribute to her
new school that is opening this fall, Change Ministries Preparatory School. They are who donated and community. She collected school supplies and book bags that she
shown here at the ribbon cutting with Director Charmica Curry, far left, and Education hopes that in the donated to five students. She is shown here, second from left, with
Superintendent, Dr. Lenora Black. The ceremony was held on September 3. three of the students who received the school supplies.
Page 10 Section B The Abaconian September 15, 2011
Police Crime Report
Shop breaking - Near midnight on Au- Point discovered that someone entered his mate causing cuts and bruises. The assail- nis shoes. A Grand Cay man was arrested
gust 25 a mobile police patrol discovered unlocked home during the passage of Hur- ant was subsequently arrested and held in on September 4.
that a shop in Marsh Harbour had been ricane Irene sometime between midnight custody pending arraignment in the Marsh Unlawfully Carrying Arms - Just after
broken into. The store manager was called on August 25 and dusk on August 26. Sto- Harbour Magistrate’s Court. midnight on September 3 a Murphy Town
who subsequently determined that cloth- len were a computer, camera, jewelry and Stealing from a Vessel - Sometime be- man was arrested at a bar in Dundas Town
ing, tennis shoes and dress shoes had been cash with a total value of $6,000. tween August 22 and September 2 some- for possession of a switchblade knife.
stolen. Stealing & Receiving - Close to mid- one boarded a 52-foot sailboat moored off Unlawfully Carrying Arms - About 2
Assault - A resident of Forest Drive night on September 1 a resident of Dundas the Hope Town harbour entrance and stole a.m. on September 3 a Spring City man
was hit in the mouth about 10 p.m. on Au- Town left a bag with two computers and electronic equipment, tools, batteries, a 15 was arrested in government subdivision
gust 26 by a man he identified. two cell phones on a restaurant porch in HP outboard engine, a 70-foot power cable area for possession of a switchblade knife.
Disorderly Behaviour - A resident of Dundas Town. Five minutes later he dis- and snorkeling gear. Disorderly Behavior & Resisting Ar-
the Mud was arrested close to that settle- covered the bag missing. He was told that Possession of Dangerous Drugs - At rest - A Dundas Town resident was ar-
ment when he acted in a disorderly manner a man was later seen carrying a similar two in the morning on September 3 two rested shortly after dark on September 3
and used obscene language. This happened bag. At noon on September 2 a man was men were arrested near government sub- for resisting police officers.
about 8 p.m. on August 28. arrested in Central Pines when he was seen division in Marsh Harbour for possession Throwing Missiles, Causing Dam-
House breaking - On returning home in carrying the missing bag containing the of marijuana. One was a resident of Spring age, & Causing Harm - Late Sunday af-
the early afternoon on August 28 a resident stolen items. City and the other was a resident of Marsh ternoon on September 4 a Murphy Town
of Fire Road discovered that her home had Causing Harm - Several hours before Harbour. man with his family at Crossing Beach in
been broken into during her two-hour ab- dawn on September 2 a resident of Dun- Possession of Dangerous Drugs - A Marsh Harbour was injured when a group
sence and money had been stolen. das Town was beaten about the face with Sandy Point resident was arrested about of men threw bottles at him. His car’s rear
House breaking - A resident of Sandy canned goods and a glass mug by her room- 1 pm on September 3 when found with window was broken. A resident of Pigeon
marijuana near the Sandy Point basketball Peas was later arrested.
Boat theft suspects face court.
Housebreaking, Stealing, & Receiving
Stealing & Damage - A resident of Pi-
geon Peas reported that someone stole his
- A Grand Cay resident had his apartment jeep while it was parked at his apartment
charges in Magistrate’s Court broken into sometime during the day of during the night of September 4. The jeep
By Canishka Alexander quharson, police received a call from the September 3. Stolen was clothing and ten- was later recovered at the dump.
Five of eight suspects appeared before boat’s owner, Augustino Campi, who re-
Magistrate Ancella Evans-Williams on
August 22 to face charges of boat theft.
ported that his boat had been stolen. By
August 20 police received a tip that the two
Police praised for their fast
Theshard Murray, 21; Justin Kemp, 23; Yamaha engines had been discovered just
Kyle Pinder, 19; Ervin Miller, 26; and off the S.C. Bootle Highway. Soon after action in power boat theft
Oslee McCardy, 25, were charged with the discovery, they arrested the five sus- At approximately 2 a.m. on August 18 a Chief Delancy, officer in charge of North
one count of stealing and one count of re- pects. However, police are still looking for power boat was stolen from a Royal Palm Abaco, and Detective Boyd were at Royal
ceiving a 2005 Grady White, which was 33 three additional suspects: Delvin Curry, dock in the Treasure Cay marina. The boat Palm. They alerted BASRA and the other
feet in length and had twin 250 hp Yamaha Gregory Bain Jr., and Bradley McKenzie and the thieves were filmed on a surveil- police stations on the island about the theft
engines. The boat was valued at approxi- Jr. lance camera. The owner happened to be immediately.
mately $260,000. All of the young men As for the five suspects, Magistrate Ev- up at 2:15 a.m., noticed that the boat was The boat was discovered the following
pled not guilty to the charges and asked ans-Williams set bail for them at $9,000 missing and immediately alerted the Trea-
that they be tried in the Magistrate’s Court. each with two sureties. They are scheduled sure Cay police who promptly responded Please see Boat Theft Page 16
According to Det. Sgt. Christopher Far- to reappear in court on January 19. to the call. Within a few minutes of the call
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More School News
from Central Abaco Primary and Abaco mentioned that some students and teach- suffered some damage, especially on the
School From Page 9 Central High Schools. Freddie Jones of ers came to help over the first weekend grounds where the Pavilion was completely
not required to have a Master of Divinity Jones Construction was hired to tackle the of September. The panels contaminated destroyed, but nothing severe enough to
degree as a prerequisite or to qualify. repairs. The cleanup work included re- by mildew were removed and will be re- prevent a timely opening. The Principal,
City transformation, cultural transfor- moval of debris from the school grounds placed after the roof repairs are completed Jacquelyn Kumar, said a first day assembly
mation and entrepreneurial organizational including trees and leaves, and pruning big by contractor Freddy Jones. Then the in- was held on September 5.
transformation are the three potential track trees so that they could grow healthy and terior will be fixed. Mr. Jones is hoping Forest Heights Academy and Agape
options that students can pursue with this more beautiful. that the repairs can be done without dis- Christian School were the only two schools
degree. This degree was developed for stu- The repairs to the structure consisted rupting the classes. In an effort to allevi- in Central Abaco which did not incur any
dents who wish to continue their studies in of roof repairs and plumbing. There was ate the concern of the staff, the Education damage at all. School resumed without any
business and organizational leadership, but a lot of work to be done. Many questioned Superintendent, Dr. Lenora Black, visited disruption.
are not in a church setting. Additionally, whether the contractors would complete the school to meet with them in the morn- There was some shingles lost on the
some students work in countries where the the work in time for school. But the work- ing of September 5. The contractor and a roof of Central Abaco Primary School, but
word ministry is a confusing or negative ers were on the job throughout the week- representative of the Ministry of Works according to the Vice-Principal Beatrice
term. Bakke believes that with the intro- end trying to get the work completed. were also present at the meeting. Moxey, everything was ready for the start
duction of this degree, the needs of leaders Work began at the school on August 29. Five new teachers will be part of the of the school year.
in cross-cultural and diverse organizational faculty for the year 2011-2012 to replace In Treasure Cay the primary school re-
Schools sustained some who have left. The number of stu-
and political settings will be met. For more
information, visit the Bakke website at: minimal damage dents registered shows a slight increase Please see School Page 16
http://www.bgu.edu. By Mirella Santillo over last year. However, there will be a
Most schools were ready to begin the more definite census in a few days.
Repairs at Central new school year except for Long Bay Long Bay School
School. In spite of Hurricane Irene which suffered severe roof
Abaco Primary School battered Abaco only a few days before the damage that forced
By Samantha V. Evans Principal Jacqueline
If someone looks at Central Abaco Pri- opening of the new school year, the dam-
age to the schools was minimal compare to Collie to postpone the
mary School from the outside, the dam- opening of the school
ages from Hurricane Irene appeared to be that caused by Hurricane Floyd in 1999.
Most of the schools in Central Abaco suc- for a week. Neverthe-
minimal. But when one ventured onto the less, she held an ori-
grounds, the damages and clean up became ceeded in opening on September 5 either
for orientation or an actual school day. entation meeting in the
more pronounced. The roof lost a lot of evening of September
shingles which exposed the roof enough to Long Bay School did not open because the
roof had to be nearly completely redone. 5 for parents and stu-
cause flooding, causing water damage in dents. A team of roof-
classrooms and storage areas. Trees and Abaco Central High School held orien-
tation on September 5 and regular a school ers was actively work-
debris were very notable. The lack of win- ing on the roof to have
dow louvers kept windows from closing day resumed on the 6th. The roof was dam-
aged over part of the buildings and water all the repairs done by
properly, resulting in classrooms getting the weekend.
wet. leaked from windows causing water dam-
age to ceiling tiles and mildew to develop. On Don MacKay The roof of Long Bay School lost many shingles. Principal
To assist with the cleanup, Chief Coun- Boulevard St. Fran- Jacqueline Collie postponed the opening of school by a week
cillor George Cornish hired Brown’s Nurs- In one room, the ceiling tiles collapsed.
Abaco Central Principal, Arthur Jones, cis de Sales School to allow repairs to be made.
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Page 14 Section B The Abaconian September 15, 2011
Obituaries of Family and Friends
Leathia Dames, 69, formerly of San- law Samantha Bonaby; grandchildren Shae, grandchil- Winter and Thelma Roberts; sisters-in-law
dy Point, in Freeport, Grand Bahama, on Shianne, Shania, Sherman Jr., Shamar and dren Da- Julia Carey and Nellie Johnson, Beth Saw-
August 25. Skye Bonaby; sister Rosamae McIntosh; raneika, yer and Bonnie Sawyer; brothers-in-law
She is sur- brothers Sylvan McIntosh, Charles Adder- Damahja, Joseph Lleida, John Winter, Philip Saw-
vived by her ley, George Bonaby Jr., Daniel, Brian and Glenneisha, yer and Burnice Sawyer; nieces; nephews;
husband Jo- Tyrone Bootle; aunts Mary Whylly and Glennise, grand and great-grandnieces and nephews;
seph Dames; Suzie Longley; uncles Alexander Reck- Gleniah, and many other relatives and friends.
daughters ley, Jacqueline Reckley, Andrew Longley; Lateika, On April 27, 1924, Mabel Lorraine
Sophia Mill- mother-in-law Oslie Bullard; sisters-in-law Lateira, Sawyer was born to Redith and Lula Saw-
er and Steph- Emily Cornish, Monica Adderley, Naomi Darrinae, yer in Cherokee Sound. Mabel grew up in
anie Dames; Bootle, Frederica, Marion Munroe, Kay Deno, Talia, Cherokee and loved her island home. At
sons James, Curtis, Shirleen Bullard, Lydia Burrows, Trevor Jr., Edward Reckley the age of 22 she married Clarence Sawyer
Stephan and Leathia Dames Mila Munnings, Briciemae Hall, Terry Samantha, and they were blessed with a son, Spur-
McGarrett Cornish, Denise Bullard, Frazer Bullard; Sameika, Alexus, Cedettre and Marissa; geon. At a
Dames; grandchildren; sister Lena Fer- brothers-in-law Gregory Bullard, Frazer great-grandchild Isyss; sisters Monica young age
guson; brother Martin Dames; numerous Bullard, Daniel Burrows, Winston Hall, Reckley and Marjorie Roberts; brothers- Mabel ac-
nieces, nephews and a host of other rela- O’Donald McIntosh, Ornell Munroe and in-law Atlee Davis, Herbert Roberts and cepted Jesus
tives and friends. Cyril Curtis; nieces Patrice Baker, Tina, Roger Jones; sisters-in-law Margaret Jones Christ has
Ivan Jerome Bonaby, 62, formerly of Abigail, Tounia McIntosh, Deshara Ad- and Michelle Davis; nieces Sophia Stra- her personal
Cooper’s Town, died in Nassau on Au- derley and Crystal Bootle; nephews Clyde, chan, Latoya Roberts, Joan Cox, Rosie Saviour and
gust 24. The funeral service was held on Thaddeus, Nado, Sidney Jr., Julius, Cardi- Reckley, Ginger Moxey, Ivy, Oralee, Sy- was a de-
September 3 nal, Valentino Cornish, Enrico Adderley, novia and Oprah Davis and Raquel Jones; voted Chris-
in Nassau. Doral, Oscar, Kirkland, Dwayne, Drexel nephews Ivan and Tommy Reckley, Fed- tian. She
Cremation and Troy McIntosh; and many other rela- rick Knowles, Tyron, Chad, Dentry, Ber- attended the Mabel Lorraine Sawyer
followed. tives and friends. nard, Antone, Meko, Edward, Michael, Epworth Methodist Church.
He is sur- The funeral service for Edward Reck- Robert, Lindy and Clint Davis and Roger Mabel was known for her loving and
vived by his ley, 73, formerly of Moore’s Island was Jones Jr.; grandnephews and grandnieces caring efforts as she went from place to
wife Uneta held on September 3 in Freeport. Inter- including Reggie, Kizzy, Kenny Cox, place to help care for any of her family
Bonaby; son ment was also in Freeport. Jamine and Janie Johnson, Nikki, Ivan Jr., and friends who were in need. She was
Sherman He is survived by his wife Leotha Reck- and Patty Reckley, Erris Jr.and Latequia known for her wonderful and delicious
Bonaby; ley; sons Glen, Trevor and Sedrick Reck- Strachan; aunts-in-law Minera Davis, Lati- home-cooked meals and sweet tasty pies.
daughter-in- Ivan Jerome Bonaby ley; daughters Melissa and Julie Reckley; sha Swain and Emily McBride; uncles-in- Mabel passed away on August 31 after a
law Leon Swain and Henzel Davis; and long illness.
many other relatives and friends. Her funeral service was held at Epworth
William (Bill) Winer Carey of Trea- Chapel in Cherokee Sound on September
sure Cay passed away in Miami on Au- 1. Rev. Neilly officiated assisted by Bro.
gust 14. A memorial service is planned for Robin Weatherford and Bro. Hartis Pin-
September 10 at New Vision Ministries in der.
Marsh Harbour. Mabel was predeceased by her husband
He was predeceased by his wife, Mar- Clarence Sawyer, her son Spurgeon, her
garet; broth- sister Effie and husband Joseph Bursell
er Percy Bethel.
Carey; and She is survived by her daughter-in-law
sisters Mil- Molly; grandson Thurman and his wife
lie Lleida Jeren; granddaughter Mailin Sands and
and Doris her husband Grant; great-grandson Alex-
Daigle. ander Sawyer; great-granddaughter Maya
He is sur- Sawyer; brother Carroll and his wife Lor-
vived by his raine Sawyer; and many other relatives and
daughter Su- friends.
sie Neilly;; William (Bill) Carey The funeral service for Hershel H. Ish-
son-in-law Richard Neilly; grand daugh- mael Davis, 74, of Murphy Town, was
ters Amber Lynn Creach and Autumn Ma- held on August 27 at Zion Baptist Cathe-
rie Neilly; great-grandchildren Avery Paul
Creach and Jaydin Marie Hallmon; sisters
Pauline Roberts, Betty Higgs, Gwenyth Please see Obituaries Page 15
September 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 15
Residents are encouraged More Obituaries of
to keep community clean Family and Friends
Obituaries From Page 14 and George McKenzie; sisters-in-law Inez
Stuart, Jessimae Ferguson, Margaret, Ruth
dral in Mur- and Bethsheba Dames, Prescola Edge-
phy Town. combe, Lucy Symonette, Nadine and Cher-
Rev. Chris- yl Curry; nieces Jennive Simms, Barbara
topher Dean Thurston, Paula Rolle, Sandra McKenzie,
officiated. Helen Forbes, Joy and Cecile Davis, Edith
Interment Johnson, Wanda Russell, Collette Sears,
was in the Colene Murray, Leta Dames, Leana Fer-
Murphy guson, Ruth McQueen, Lucy Davis, Savel-
Town Pub- lette Reckley, Evelyn Russell, Annie Mc-
lic Cem- Intosh, Deborah Jones, Bridgette Stuart,
etery. Hershel H. Ishmael Davis Kendra Ferguson, Kenice Paul, Nareshea
He is and Nae Adderley, Nakera Rolle, Datavia
survived by his wife Beverley Davis; Johnson, Veronica, Monique, Shanell and
daughters Pleasant Dawkins and Nadia Jessy Curry, Camille and Cara Symonette,
Members of the Murphy Town Committee are working to keep their town clean. The Com-
Newbold; son Philip Davis; step-son Ju- Amanda Davis, Andrea and Mable New-
mittee has recently cleaned the bush along South Side Road only to find garbage strewn
nior Davis; sons-in-law Michael Dawkins bold; nephews Frank, John, Eddie, Tony,
around. Chairman Shawn Simms is appealing to the community to take pride in their town
Sr. and Kristan Newbold; step-daughter- Paul and Jacob Curry, Cramston Sy-
and asks everyone to assist in keeping it clean.
in-law Dellarese Davis; grandchildren monette, Steven and Simeon Edgecombe,
By Canishka Alexander “We’re appealing to the public to take Michael Dawkins Jr., Philippa, Kayla, E.J., Edward, Ryan Williams, Elvis Jr.,
After completing extensive work along- some pride in your town because we’re do- Ashley and Travez Davis; great-grand- Kyle, Joseph and Silvan Davis, Sen-
side South Side Road in Murphy Town, ing this work for a reason. We want this child Mikell Dawkins; step-grandchild Ju- dal, Wayne, James and Clay McKenzie,
Shawn Simms, chairman of the Murphy town to look clean and presentable,” he menia Davis; sister Arementha McKenzie; Ryan, Chuck and Shawn Stuart, Fredrod
Town Committee, was visibly upset when commented. “If you have garbage, make adopted children Cheryl Davis, Debbie and Fredrico Adderley, Nickell Russell,
he discovered illegal dumping near one of sure it is secure and dump it in the right Roldan, Shekera Williams, Ponchita Pitter Jayden Dames, Denvil Newbold, Sterling
their major streets. Torn garbage bags re- facility.” and Dion Moultrie; brothers-in-law Joseph McKenzie and George Benaby; and many
vealed discarded food items, pampers and Although illegal dumping is common in and Edmond Dames, Erskin, Beltram and other relatives and friends.
various household products strewn across many areas, Mr. Simms said it is the first Edward Curry, Pastor Stafford Symonette
an area where they had pushed the bush time they have seen someone dump trash
back at a considerable distance from the directly on the side of the road. He warned
road. that illegal dumping carries a fine and said
Mr. Simms said he was concerned for that if persons are caught dumping trash
two reasons: the garbage was dumped ad-
jacent to the entrance of Bethany Gospel
Chapel and the committee had worked hard
in un-designated areas in the community,
he and his committee members will ensure
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People in the News Viewpoint
Abaco has a love to motivate young people, and I enjoy A plumbing inspector is
speaking to school groups. Young people
By Jennifer Hudson
need encouraging, and we need to encour-
age them before they get into problems. It
needed for Abaco
Abaco welcomes Magistrate Ancella Ev- is possible for young people to turn their By Samantha V. Evans the entire system replaced.
ans-Williams as Stipendiary Court Magis- lives around,” she states. Abaco has a community of young pro- This level of faulty work is unaccept-
trate following the departure of Magistrate fessionals who are building on a consistent able and should not be allowed. According
Renardo Curry basis on the island. Besides this, Abaco has to one resident, a faulty cesspit resulted in
Crawford McKee, who returned to Scot-
land in May. Magistrate Williams arrived donates a computer many second homeowners and construc- her spending thousands of dollars to get it
on Abaco on July 21 and officially took up By Samantha V. Evans tion projects that warrant experts in the pumped, a well dug and a new soak-a-way
office on July 25. Prior to her appointment Recently, the Progressive Liberal Party field of construction from start to finish. built. She stated that this experience has
to Abaco, candidate for North Abaco, Renardo Cur- Along with building a home comes many been so bad for her and her family that she
Magistrate ry, donated a computer to Fox Town Pri- challenges such as unexpected costs, mate- will never build again. Another person just
Williams mary School just in time for the new school rial delays and bad weather. The last thing moved into her house less than six months
worked in year. Mr. Curry, a young business profes- any of these persons expect is that there ago and already her cesspit is full and her
Nassau with sional himself, realizes the importance of would be problems with the structure of soak-a-way does not work. It was so bad
responsibil- exposing the youth to technical machines their home, electrical problems or plumb- that her toilets were over flowing into her
ity also for and the many great things they can do as ing problems. house. When she got a plumber to come,
Bimini and the children prepare themselves for the Abaco has had a major share of shady he stated that the septic system was so bad-
Long Island. work world. contractual work done but now there is a ly built that it has to be replaced. These ho-
Magis- Mr. Curry is a community-minded new problem that has been surfacing all meowners trusted the Ministry of Works to
Magistrate Ancella over the island. The problem is plumbing police the work of the contractors to ensure
trate Wil- young man, who plans to make his pres-
Evans-Williams inspection or lack thereof. This issue was that they were doing the work according to
liams re- ence felt in the community of Abaco. He
ceived her early education at Nassau is a native Abaconian and is ready to pro- taken up with the Ministry of Works the the Ministry of Works’ standards. If they
Christian Academy and Saint John’s Col- vide all his people with fair non-partisan week of August 22nd as too many residents were not doing it right, Works should have
lege, Nassau. Upon graduation, she attend- representation. As a part of this, he plans in newly constructed homes have been hav- them redo it. But this does not happen, not
ed the College of The Bahamas where she to impact the school communities by con- ing problem with indoor plumbing and sep- on Abaco.
obtained an Associate degree in history. tributing his time and resources assisting tic tanks. Some of the problems encoun- Both situations were so frustrating for
While at the College of The Bahamas she with the education of the youth of this great tered included poorly built septic tanks and the homeowners but according to the Min-
served as President of the student body and nation. soak-a-ways, poor plumbing work, wash- istry of Works official, this problem hap-
graduated as Valedictorian of her class. ing machine water coming up in shower pens so much that they, too, are frustrated.
Ms. Williams pursued a degree in in-
Musician is stalls, toilets backing up into showers and In fact, they get a mouthful from home-
the like. owners who have spent their hard earned
ternational studies at Union College in promoting his albums The question was raised with the Minis- money investing in a home that is worth
Schenectady, New York, completing one By Samantha V. Evans
term abroad in Sao Paolo, Brazil, during try of Works official to find out how it is hundreds of thousands of dollars to be less
Rodney Stuart is an Abaco-based entre-
that time. Upon completion of her degree, that they can grant approval for work that than perfect.
preneur who began singing in 1996 while
Ms. Williams entered the workplace for they know was poorly done. The response This writer hopes that by exposing such
in grade 10 on Andros. He started writing
one year before deciding to study law and given is that the Ministry of Works has delinquencies allowed on behalf of this
songs for personal recreation and today has
fulfill the dream she had always had of be- been advocating to Nassau for a plumb- Ministry will prompt the Minister in Nas-
written more than 200 songs, mostly gos-
coming a lawyer. She completed one year ing inspector to be assigned to Abaco for sau to give Abaco the same level of respect
pel. He produced his first album in 2005
of study at the Mona Campus of the Uni- years, but they have not been taken seri- and professionalism Nassau receives. All
that was released in Freeport. The re-
versity of the West Indies, Jamaica, fol- ously. The official stated that he has been islands of the Bahamas are important, and
sponse was good and he sold many albums
lowed by a further two years at Cave Hill, called on numerous occasions to new it is grossly unfair of the Minister to think
and gave away the rest for promotion.
Barbados. She then obtained her Legal homes to view poor plumbing work that so less of us here on the island that we are
Mr. Stuart moved to Abaco in 2007 and
Education Certificate, which qualifies one results in homeowners having to get septic not given adequate inspectors to ensure
produced his second album in June 2010.
to practice law at the Eugene Dupuch Law tanks pumped on a regular basis or having that the investments of locals are protected.
The flavor of the album was positive lyr-
School in Nassau. ics along with reggae beats. He wanted to
After working in private practice for a produce an album that encouraged people Boat Theft From Page 10
number of years, Mrs. Williams became to believe in all that they do. In August
a Magistrate in 2005. Since becoming a 2011 after an interview with Radio Abaco, morning in a small hidden harbour several all worked hard and efficiently to solve this
Magistrate, Ms. Williams has been re- a few of his songs were played live for the miles north of Treasure Cay at Robert’s case which should go a long way toward
sponsible for criminal, civic and traffic of- public to hear. He described the experience Nursery by a man who was out early look- warning other thieves that the Treasure
fences in the extremely busy Court #6. “I as thrilling. The feedback was good and he ing for migrating birds. Officers were on Cay Marina and canals are guarded and
enjoyed it there; it has been intellectually received positive encouragement from the top of this case from the beginning. The protected.
stimulating with never a dull moment and public. crime scene unit from Marsh Harbour We will still back any efforts to further
has provided good experience,” she stated. This was the type of support he needed was notified by Chief Delancy and Offi- increase security in our area.
She has also taught law in her spare time. to move him forward. Now that he has had cer Boyd. Detectives came quickly from
Magistrate Williams is looking forward Marsh Harbour and took fingerprints and School From Page 11
a response from the public on his album, he
to working on Abaco “Everyone is very plans to focus more of his time promoting blood samples from the abandoned boat.
opened on time said Principal Myrtis Rus-
warm and I am sure that I will enjoy work- both albums. To do this he will perform at All this was accomplished by noon!
sell in spite of having lost a few desks and
ing here,” she added. Her hobbies include churches, special events and concerts. Thanks to the prompt and efficient ac-
some books to water damage. She men-
reading, writing and public speaking. “I tion of the Bahamian police the motors
tioned receiving great support from the
were recovered and the culprits apprehend-
Treasure Cay Town Committee, Kelvin
ed. We, the owners, wish to express our
Thurston, Cramston Symonette and Ryan
gratitude and appreciation to Chief Delan-
Forbes as well as from the school support
cy, Detective Boyd, Treasure Cay Police
staff. She expressed her gratitude for their
and the Marsh Harbour Detectives. They
help and that of the workers who came to
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More Sports News
ture, and Golf Pro Nelson Ranger held a activities. One of them was the Holistic sports, video games, card games and board
Sports From Page 7 briefing on the establishment of the Abaco Summer Camp which focused on teaching games. This camp exposed the kids to the
boosted him up to the near top. Denver Junior Golf Program on August 8 at the kids various skills through fun activities different ways people learn. By exposing
Moss took the third place. Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture of- and games. This camp was held in Central them to learning in a variety of ways, it in-
In the 14 year to 15 year group, Jake fice. Mr. Morley was especially grateful to Pines Estate. Thirty kids got an opportu- creases their chances of obtaining success.
Consulta, a first time player who drew the the management and staff of the Abaco Club nity to take part in it and win lots of cool The students who completed the full three
attention of the “pro” with a hole-in-one, on Winding Bay where they had recently stuff. The focus of the camp was on char- week program received certificates. Spe-
claimed the first place. He was followed by completed a summer golf program that had acter building, but the kids got some aca- cial gratitude is extended to those persons
Joshua Robbins and Andrew Hanna. enrolled approximately 30 children. demic assistance during the late morning who assisted by sponsoring a child. The
The annual golf clinic was sponsored Following Mr. Morley’s remarks, Mr. and early afternoon sessions. The students camp was open to kids ages 4 to 12.
by the Ritz Carlton Community Footprints Ranger expressed his excitement about the engaged in art and craft activities, outdoor
program. The Community Footprints pro- progress they have made over the past year
gram aims at giving back to communi- with the planning of the junior golf program.
ties where the Ritz Carlton is established The program was sure to instill discipline in
through educational, vocational or hands- the players. He mentioned that he had ben-
on projects. The Chairman for the Com- efitted as a youth by obtaining a golf scholar-
munity Footprints is the Director of Hu- ship that paid his way through college.
man Resources, Frederick Munnings. While Mr. Morley and Mr. Ranger ex-
Mr. Parker mentioned that he was hop- tended an invitation to parents who are in-
ing to follow up on the program by identi- terested in their children aged 7-17 being in-
fying a handful of skilled students among volved in the program, they emphasized the
the participants of this clinic. They would importance of parental involvement because
continue to be trained on weekends de- golf is an expensive sport that has to be in-
pending on their availability. Mr. Marley vested in. Applications are available at the
will be happy to give his time as long as Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture Office
there is genuine interest from the trainees. in the B & L Building in Marsh Harbour.
Junior Golf Program is Holistic Camp provided
established on Abaco Fun and Games Twenty-eight children from Central Abaco attended a golf camp offered by the Abaco
By Canishka Alexander By Samantha V. Evans Club at Winding Bay. Since the camp this past summer, a Junior Golf Program has been
Ishmael Morley, Abaco’s representative This past summer kids had an oppor- organized and will be ongoing. Included in the picture are Ronald Parker, General Man-
of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Cul- tunity to take part in many fun summer ager of the Abaco Club, second from left, and Ishmael Morley, center back.
At the end of the golf clinic held at the Abaco Club at Winding Bay, the top children in
each age group were presented with trophies. The Hon. Charles Maynard, Minister of
Youth, Sports and Culture, was present for the trophy presentation. He is shown third
from the left.
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Financial Fitness Plan
A botched job of
Five common mistakes
stealing a boat
people make with money
By Victoria Albury Poor Planning
Spending More Than You Earn Looking at your baby girl on her first
A lesson was taught to youngsters many birthday. You know then that there is a
years ago, to “live within your means.” large expense in your future. Similarly,
But this message has been lost in recent you know that you want to go on a cruise
years. Let’s get back to basics – know next year. The wedding requires medium
what we can afford, which expenses are term saving, the vacation is short term
top priority and urgently necessary. If you saving. Both require you to be a respon-
have too little cash left at the end of ev- sible planner. Otherwise, you fall back
ery month after basic expenses, then you into the Careless Spending Mode (not sav-
need to generate more income (move back ing for the short and medium term goals)
home, trade in your car, take on a second and Careless Borrowing Prison (going to
job, delay the vacation, etc) or spend less. the bank for a planned event). You can’t
It is simple: either cut spending or increase plan for everything; try to plan for the big
your income. You have to do one - or both! money events in your life.
The thieves who tried to steal this boat really messed up with attaining their goal. The
Buying Things for Putting off Saving 30-foot Jupiter had two 250 ph Yamahas. The boat was on a lift secured with a steel
Social Status for Retirement cable. Additioanlly, the boat was fastened with a stainless steel chain to make good
Some people buy items for status instead Stop fooling yourself, thinking someone that no one would steal it. The thieves cut through the cable and the chain on the stern
of assets like land, house, investments will take care of you. Be proactive, save of the boat, not realizing that it would immediately drop into the water and mud. The
Retirement is too late to buy your first now to take care of yourself. You have boat is owned by Raul Overstreet of Kissimee, Florida, and was located out on the
house. In your 20s buy your first piece of worked hard; you deserve to enjoy life end of Pelican Shores in Marsh Harbour. The mechanics who worked on it after it was
land. In your 30s you should have a mort- when you retire. Start putting money aside floated got the engines running later that day.
gage and your own house. In your 40s start today. If you get a raise, take 75 percent of
diversifying with investments and long the increase and put it away every month.
term cash savings. By the time you are in If you get a bonus, do the same. Also, do Prevent mosquitoes from breeding
your 50s you, should be at the end of your not “borrow” your retirement savings.
mortgage and planning for retirement. You Commit to a retirement savings program Rain and flooding in a hurricane area blast from a garden hose.
want to have something to show for your and DON’T TOUCH IT. The sooner you may lead to an increase in mosquitoes that Cover or tightly close all water contain-
hard work. So invest your money wisely. have retirement money saved, the sooner are most active at sunrise and sunset. Giv- ers.
Don’t waste it on status symbols which you can retire! en the recent increase in cases of Dengue Empty all other containers and turn
hold no real value. Questions? Email us at Financialfitness. Fever that is transmitted by mosquitos, it them upside down.
Careless Spending email@example.com is important that the public continue to rid Seal wells, septic tanks and soak-awys
their homes, business places and neigh- properly.
and Careless Borrowing bourhoods of all mosquito breeding sites to Dispose of garbage properly.
If you are a careless spender, you have Shelters From Page 6 prevent and control the spread of dengue Remove water in plant plates, clean and
to keep borrowing. This is not good. Keep
occupants. Her team is still doing assess- fever and other mosquito borne illnesses. scrub the plate thoroughly to remove mos-
close tabs on income and expenses with a
ments to determine the needs of residents Remember: quito eggs.
budget. See where you can cut the fat and
which appear to be a very tedious task. Empty all standing water in open con- Change water every two days.
earn more green. While the thought of re-
She wants residents to note that Social tainers both inside and outside. Do this Clean and scrub the inside of vases.
financing your existing loan for additional
Services is not responsible for providing every few days. Water can often be found To protect yourself from mosquitoes,
cash is tempting, this should be your very
building materials. Her job is to conduct collected in old appliances, left outside, use screens on your dwellings and wear
last source for more money. Speak with
assessments and forward the information in junk tires, in boats in yards or on trail- light coloured clothes with long sleeves,
your Financial Mentor to help guide you
to NEMA. When the information is send ers. Even the small amount of water found long pants and socks.
how better to monitor spending, cut your
to NEMA, it will make its allocation deci- in dishes under flower pots is enough for Insect repellents are very effective in
debt and improve your overall financial
sions. mosquito larva to develop. Either empty preventing mosquito bites.
the trays or flush them regularly with a
The AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) group of
Marsh Harbour meets on Mondays and
Thursdays at 6:30 pm at The Marsh Har-
bour Community Library.
The AA group in Hope Town meets on
Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:00 pm at
The Hope Town Library.
The AA and The Al-Anon group meets in
the Treasure Cay Community Center on
Mondays at 7:30 pm
Please call 367-6619 for additional infor-
September 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 19
Parrots Weathered Impact of Sea Base Scout
Storm Well program on our Economy
By Timothy Roberts Ms. Stahala, who has been on Abaco By Jennifer Hudson while in the cays and such treats as local
Parrot biologist Caroline Stahala’s ini- for the past several months, is studying the Each year approximately 1500 Boy bread and other treats from vendors on the
tial assessment of the Abaco National Park parrots’ behaviors and socialization and Scouts from various parts of the United cays visited. Each Scout brings with him
and the resident parrots gave her confi- has been banding parrots. She will now be States of America participate in the Sea spending money of $300 which he spends
dence that the parrot population fared well preparing a comprehensive assessment to Base High Adventure Programme which on restaurants, souvenirs and their one big
with a minimum mortality rate during the provide a better understanding of the over- involves sailing the waters of Abaco. This night out during their stay.
passage of Hurricane Irene over the island. all impact of the storm on the Abaco parrot is very beneficial to Abaco because be- Another direct impact on the economy
She said that parrots can “ride out” population. tween February and mid August each year is that several of the Scouts are now choos-
hurricanes in the forest, as most birds do. while the scouts are here over $1 million ing to come early and stay late so that they
“The actual hurricane is not what causes is added to our economy. One hundred can enjoy even more of what Abaco has to
mortality for most parrots affected by hur- scouts each week sail around Abaco in offer. They often have their families come
ricanes,” she said. “The worst part of a nine boats which all pay marina dockage and join them when their week of sailing
hurricane is the lack of food afterwards.” fees, licensing and inspection fees, cruis- is over. The Scouts and their families then
The Abaco parrot relies on fruits and ing permits and fishing fees and buy fuel. patronize the rental homes and/or hotels,
seeds as their food source, but after hur- Boat yards benefit from all of the repairs restaurants and souvenir shops and some
ricanes, these are usually dropped by trees required by the Sea Base boats and, appar- rent boats, go on dive trips and bonefish-
and bushes if they were not blown off. ently, this has been an especially big year ing excursions. “All the Sea Base money
Ms. Stahala said this is when we find par- for repairs, according to Kim and Steve stays here,” say Kim and Steve Cansler.
rots dispersing to areas we usually don’t Cansler, Sea Base boat captains. During the 28 years that Sea Base has
see them. It was observed after Hurricane Teenagers are noted for having healthy been running this programme on Abaco,
Frances that parrots could be seen as far as appetites and especially when they are out thanks to the vision of Capt. Joe Mag-
Man-O-War Cay, 50 to 60 miles north of in the sea air all day. So consequently, gio, a lot of money has been pumped into
their normal habitat. This was presumably each boat spends a great deal on groceries Abaco’s economy. There is a very benefi-
to find food. at our local supermarkets. The food has to cial rebound effect in that many of these
Once the pine forest started providing be cooked and so a large slice of money Scouts and their families return for future
more food in the spring, Ms. Stahala said goes on propane gas and a further large holidays since they have enjoyed their Ab-
the parrots left the cays and headed back to chunk on ice. Each boat spends a certain aco experience so much.
South Abaco. “I don’t know if we will see amount a week in petty cash for moorings
parrots on Man-O-War again after this hur-
ricane, but I am sure we will see parrots
in areas where they are usually not found,
Heroes Day - October 12
maybe up into Marsh Harbour.”
Ms. Stahala was actively monitoring
Marsh Harbour Maintenance Committee
several nests prior to the passage of Irene will induct
and visited the nests after the storm and
found that the fledglings were still alive
and getting ready to leave the nest.
She said that this particular hurricane as the 43rd hero
was not as wet as it could have been and
the chicks were protected from high wind Marcus Davis, the Assistant Warden at the
on the Wall of Heroes in Memorial Park
in these deep holes and the rain just flowed Abaco National Park where many Abaco
through the cavity without severely im- parrots live, is holding a young parrot that
pacting them. will be banded.
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then it will make recovering
Friendship Tabernacle basis,financial setbacks a little easier. from
adults from the Baltimore churches com-
mended the kids for doing a fine job on
7th Day Adventists
is community-minded Miracle Church of God this trip. have a new pastor
By Samantha V. Evans Pastor McIntosh explained that this ex- By Samantha V. Evans
For the past few years, many residents goes to Baltimore perience helped to reinforce all that they On January 1 Pastor Ashton McFall be-
of The Bahamas and specifically Abaco By Samantha V. Evans have been teaching the youth through gan his tenure on Abaco with responsibility
have been having some tough financial Twenty-one persons from Miracle church-based ministries on Green Turtle for Marsh Harbour Seventh Day Adventist
times making it nearly impossible for them Church of God on Green Turtle Cay, five Cay. They learned the importance of hav- Church and the church in Crossing Rocks.
to maintain the way of life they had be- adults and 16 kids, went on a mission trip ing healthy relationships with their parents Pastor McFall came to Abaco from An-
come accustomed to. One church has de- to Baltimore, Maryland, for two weeks in after they were able to see many single par- dros, the first church that he has pastored.
cided that they will not allow the recession August. At this church Pastor Rubin McIn- ents, some of whom were on drugs. They He is excited to be on Abaco. He feels that
to cause them to not remain community- tosh explained that they plan a mission trip learned that a number of these kids are vic- he has met a solid foundation in place at
minded and assist those they know are al- every year to reward those kids who do tims of abuse. the main church in Marsh Harbour and he
ways in need of help – the elderly. well in school. They were going to Albury, Pastor McIntosh is planning a local com- will do what he can to take it to higher
The pastor of Friendship Tabernacle Georgia, this year but changed their plans munity outreach so that the kids from his heights.
Church, Rev. Dr. Silbert Mills, has re- when one of the ladies from Inner City church will be more visible. The money He has begun several programs for the
mained focused on his church helping not Mission in Baltimore was on the island for the trip was raised through sponsorship Marsh Harbour church. First, they now
only the senior citizens from their church staying at his house. Since Mission Balti- from local government and community- have a soup kitchen that operates every
but those they visit on a monthly basis and more always visits Abaco, they decided to minded persons. The kids ranged in age other Thursday taking soup to the elderly
others who the church calls about on a visit them. The church that they connected from 9 to 17 years of age. and needy. They also serve those persons
weekly basis. Pastor Mills has called upon with was Freedom Baptist Church in Balti- who come into the kitchen in need of a hot
his church family to bring items of food more. Through the lady staying with Pas-
Church of Christ meal. Secondly, they have several evange-
into the church pantry on a weekly basis tor McIntosh and his family, they learned holds Bible School lism efforts where they go out into the com-
which is delivered to elderly persons ev- a lot about the Inner City Mission and were By Samantha V. Evans munity to share the gospel. He has formed
ery week. He believes that no matter how so impressed that they began planning the The Church of Christ held Vacation several small groups for Bible study. Next,
tough things get in society, we all have an trip. Bible School at the church in Marsh Har- the Pathfinders youth program meets on
obligation to help those in need. To add, While on the trip they did a lot of things bour in mid August. The theme chosen for Sundays at the church. Finally, the church
he extended this help to include persons including working in a soup kitchen where this event was Believe It or Not…It’s in the has a clothing drive where they collect
in the community who may have lost their they helped serve over 1200 persons, dis- Bible. According to Pastor Jason Quashie, clothing from members of the community
jobs or may just be having hard times. The tributing book bags and school supplies to he borrowed the name from Ripley’s Be- to distribute to those in need.
church family does not ask questions, the over 80 kids and interacting with 1500- lieve it or Not because the kids do not be- Pastor McFall is all about making a dif-
members just rise to the occasion and bring 2000 kids from various areas. Pastor Mc- lieve that so many cool things happened ference in the community. The church’s
in their donations of non-perishable goods. Intosh felt that the trip taught the kids to in the Bible. Hence, the kids got to learn teaching ministry is thriving and in the
It is important for all persons who are be more grateful for what they have and about some of those great events that took coming months it will sponsor health pro-
Christians not to forget that they are their to be good persons. Some of the persons place in the Bible. There were five topics grams. Earlier in the year the church held
neighbors’ keeper and extend a helping they assisted were homeless while others and each topic had an application that gave a health program at the church to educate
hand to those in need. There are many were having hard times. The kids were so the young people advice on how they can the community about the importance of liv-
hurting people out in the Abaco commu- moved by the experience that they are al- make decisions that will be beneficial to ing a healthy life style. Additionally, they
nity. But if everyone adopts a family or ready planning a trip to Baltimore for next their lives. educate the community about stewardship
assists a family on a weekly or monthly summer. Pastor McIntosh said that the The Bible School began with 65 kids so that they can spend money wisely.
Pastor McFall welcomes anyone to wor-
and ended with 116. Pastor Quashie stated
that the Bible School has always open to ship with them as the doors of the church
teenagers but this year they had the best are always open.
MUST SELL attendance ever by teens. On the last day
parents were invited to the closing ceremo-
Zion Baptist Church
Great Guana Cay ny when the kids performed and received is active
Colonial style commerical build- certificates and awards. By Samantha V. Evans
ing known as Art Cafe situate in For the past four years this VBS has Zion Baptist Cathedral has had an ac-
the vicinity of the public dock in been assisted by Grandville Avenue Church tive calendar year as the members continue
the settlement of Guana Cay. Ap- of Christ in Richardson, Texas. Twelve to work hard not only to save lives but to
praised $656,000 adults facilitated the classes assisted by lo- empower the residents of the surrounding
Vacant land lot No. 15 & 17, cal church members. These adults repre- communities. Pastor Christopher Dean is
portion of Orchid Bay Subdivision sented a cross section of careers such as pleased that his church is active year-long.
Property comprises of 7,500 square teachers, engineers, lawyers and doctors, Earlier this year the Men’s Ministry held
feet. Appraised $90,000 for both or which made them further qualified to fa- its 19th Anniversary with three days of ac-
$45,000 per lot. cilitate sessions with kids. Pastor Quashie tivities. The theme of the event was Redis-
Marsh Harbour described this Bible School as the most covering Morality.
Multi-purpose commer- successfully attended one ever. In March the ladies held their confer-
cial building known as The Church of Christ has sceduled ex- ence under the theme Sought Out but Not
Faith Convention Cen- citing events monthly. The first event is Forsaken.
ter. Multipurpose $1.7 the fellowship service which takes place A special Leaders Appreciation Week
million the last Sunday of the month that features was held in April when 13 outstanding
a special speaker. This is followed by a leaders were honored and presented with
Marsh Harbour meal. Pastor Quashi stated that it serves plaques. During the month of July, the
This complex consists of five Pastoral 8th Anniversary Service was held
as a community outreach effort to feed
octagon buildings. Three sin- at the church.
both the soul and body. Also monthly the
gle storey buildings and two The church plans its annual Youth Cel-
church has a Marriage Social where cou-
two-storey buildings. Known ebration of Praise to be held September
ples have an opportunity to talk about is-
as Simmons Place. Appraised 21-25. The youth Pastor is Leroy Thomp-
sues and fellowship together. Finally, over
$491,000 son. On October 26 to 28 the members will
the Discovery weekend beginning October
Marsh Harbour 12th the church will host its sixth annual have their Marriage Conference.
Two Storey Commercial Building Men’s Retreat at Camp Abaco. Speakers Pastor Dean encourages the youth to put
Complex contains 10 commercial will come from across The Bahamas and a God first.
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September 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 21
The Abaco Rage sails on
By Timothy Roberts continuing with the program because they “We have not sailed her nationally in has not been one on Abaco since 2004; an
When it comes to sailing, there are not know from experience “we are gonna end two years now,” he said. They are getting attempt at it in 2005 “ended in disaster.”
many sloops better known than the Abaco up mid pack.” requests to bring her back to compete. “So The current regattas have three classes
Rage. She is a source of pride and an icon On top of keeping a motivated crew, let’s take her back in 2012 with a crew that of work boat competing: 28-foot A Class
of Abaco boat building, but she’s faces they also face challenges raising enough will know going in that we are probably (such as the Abaco Rage), 21-foot B Class
challenges going forward. money to maintain and campaign her in gonna end up mid pack, but so what! You (such as the Lonesome Dove) and a smaller
Despite the challenges, there is a group the local regattas, but “we have some crew had the experience of sailing in the Nation- 17-foot C Class (Abaco does not have a
of sailors and admirers who will do what- that have been on board since we first got al Championship for A Class work boats boat in this category).
ever they can to ensure the legendary Class her who are really dedicated to seeing her in The Bahamas which is quite a unique He said the C Class “may be the wave
A sloop continues to sail into the future. through her entire career, whatever that experience to say the least.” of the future. By far this class has the most
A small group of dedicated men, the team may be.” He added that if the boat is down in Ex- boats at the nationals, about 30 compared
that ensures her future readiness and crew, He explained that The Rage needs about uma, “Why not send it over to Long Island to about 10/12 A boats and 14/16 B boats.”
the Abaco Rage Sailing Syndicate (ARSS) a 12-person crew to sail. With the econ- for their Regatta in a month.” He said they want to build a new C boat
continues to keep her going. omy the way it is, to sail in the George Mr. Patterson believes it is inevitable and a new A boat, too. But money and time
Stafford Patterson, secretary of the syndi- Town Regatta requires six to seven days at some time that a national regatta will are a huge constraint.
cate, said, “To me, the Rage represents the off work for the crew, and they have to return to Abaco as long as sailing remains
best of Man-O-War’s shipbuilding industry pay their own way, food and board which the national sport of The Bahamas. There
of the past in that she was built in the tradi- is not cheap.
tional way (no plans), designed to perform He said that presently they have about
in a certain way (which she certainly did) six crew who will travel – which is enough
and was built so well by the Man-O-War to sail the Lonesome Dove (their Class B
men that she is still in (semi) competitive sloop) – but they need another six moti-
shape today almost 32 years later.” vated people who are willing to pay to go
Built in 1980 on Man-O-War, the Rage and who want to see nothing but our best
did not take long to make her presence performance as a team.
known, winning consecutive titles in 1983 John Bull sponsored The Rage from
and 1984 at the Out Island Regatta. She 2005 – 2008 allowing her to continue to
continued her success throughout the de- sail in at least two Bahamian work boat re-
cade with second place finishes in 1987 gattas a year, upgrade their sails as well as
and 1990. maintain the hull bottom. “And for that we
However, the Man-O-War team (then are forever thankful,” Mr. Patterson said.
owners) decided to call it quits, parking The Syndicate puts together at least two
her in retirement on Man-O-War, a victim fund raisers each year to offset expenses,
of rising costs and falling enthusiasm for selling food, drinks and t-shirts. It costs
the rigors and demands of the distant re- about $10,000 to campaign The Rage in
gatta in far off George Town, Exuma a Regatta such as George Town or Long
She languished for seven years before Island.
a group from Hope Town took it upon Presently, Mr. Patterson said, “We will The Abaco Rage, built in Man-O-War, has won her share of races in the work boat re-
themselves to restore her and race her once haul The Rage out from August till mid gattas held in many of the Family Islands. She is now owned by a group in Hope Town.
again. Fund raisers were held, repairs December. Then after having done annual However, the newer boats in the work boat competitions have faster hulls, meaning that
were made and materials were scrounged. hull maintenance and bottom painting, we The Rage will not be in the top winning group. Now she races only in local races.
She was finally ready to race again. will launch and participate in the Hope
Since then The Rage has competed in Town Sailing Club’s 2012 winter sailing
numerous races with varying degrees of
success. Mr. Patterson, also a captain, said
that The Rage is not competitive on a na-
series of races from the 26 – 28 of De-
Next year the Syndicate is planning to
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The Bahamas Flats McPhee sentenced to life in
Editor’s note: Jesse Ratiner is a 12-year-
old boy who wrote the following story for
Once Captain Ody reached my side
of the boat, he swiftly grabbed the fish’s
prison for murder of Abaco man
his Language Arts class. It tells about his tail, then the head, lifting it out of the wa- On September 5 Shavardo McPhee, 19, charge against Mills, and the case against
experience of catching his first bonefish ter while I grabbed it as fast as I could, was sentenced to life in prison for the mur- Edgecombe was dropped in exchange for
when he was five years old. Captain Ody as though I would never fish again. The der of Brendon Dion Strachan. Strachan, his becoming a witness for the Crown,
is O’Donald McIntosh of Cooper’s Town. bonefish looked like a silver bullet with a who worked as a cashier, was gunned a jury returned with a 7-5, non verdict
By Jesse Ratiner pink mouth, angling down for eating bot- down during an armed robbery at M & R against Russell, who is on $30,000 bail.
I still remember my first time bonefish- tom crawlers, and black markings along its Food Store on November 27, 2008. Russell will learn if the matter will be re-
ing in The Bahamas flats. I had never seen back. It felt wide and smooth in my hands McPhee was convicted four months ago tried when he returns to court on Decem-
anything like it: the flat water and the fish when I grabbed it from the end of the line. with his co-accused Lavardo Rahming, 26, ber1.
just swimming around so abundantly. This When I saw the size of my fish, I felt proud who absconded during the trial in May. Ini- Acting Chief Justice Hartman Longley
experience left such a big impression on and eager to catch another. My dad was so tially, McPhee and Rahming were charged handed down a life sentence to McPhee,
my life. impressed that he measured it and took a with three others. Dario Mills, 24, and Jer- who will also have to spend eight years on
After arriving at the flats in an old beat- picture of my prize. maine Russell, 22, were both charged with the armed robbery account. The sentences
up car, we met our captain, Ody. In the Once I heard the click of the camera, conspiracy to commit armed robbery while will run concurrently. McPhee, who was
background was a brackish flat, rang- I slowly lowered the fish into the water Calvin Edgecombe, 24, faced charges of 16 when he committed the offence, was
ing from one to ten feet in depth. It was and saw it race away for its life. The day I murder and armed robbery and two counts not eligible to receive the death penalty;
closed in by islands with trees that looked went out fishing in The Bahamas flats left of possession of a firearm and ammunition. however, Rahming, now a fugitive, does
identical to each other. As we went down such a big imprint on my life, and I wish I Although the prosecution dismissed the qualify for the death penalty.
the dock, I saw the small, old, blue boat could relive this experience every day. As
that we would be fishing on. I slowly got
on and leaned over the side of the boat to
a memory of my experience, I now have a
mounted version of my bonefish hanging
BNT Plans to Expand
catch the sight of blue crab under the sand. on the wall in my room.
It moved, so I saw its blue body and its
darker claws. I was suddenly startled by
Discovery Clubs on Abaco
a thumping sound, but it was only the en- By Samantha V. Evans T-shirt and insurance. The Trust will look
gine, not the best, but still, we got moving. The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) has for local sponsors to subsidize some of the
The wind blowing in my face felt good been in existence in the Bahamas since the registration fees and provide school coor-
after getting cooked at the dock. Feeling late 1950s and it has done an excellent job dinators with opportunities to raise funds
a sudden halt from the boat, I figured the teaching Bahamians how to better care for to help offset fees.
engine had finally given up until I heard the environment. The chapter of the Trust Ms. Mills noted that the Discovery
Captain Ody tell me to put my Polaroid on Abaco is still fairly new but with the Clubs open many doors for students to
glasses on and to cast the line in the water. help of Friends of the Environment, it has develop skills and talents while they learn
Once my glasses were on, everything be- been teaching this community about the about the environment. Students benefit
came more visible; it was like all the fish importance of caring for the environment from the program by visiting other islands
had magically appeared. Throwing my lure as well. and clubs, watching a live shark feed,
out, I saw shadows racing across my eyes: To assist the Trust staff with reaching swimming with dolphins, attending semi-
bonefish? the younger population, Friends of the En- nars on environmental concerns and going
On my second cast, I threw it in another vironment launched the Trust’s Discovery on local field trips. They will learn about
school, except this time I reeled a rota- Club program on Abaco. The mission of marine and terrestrial life.
tion slowly, then I jerked the rod. I saw this programme is to conserve and pro- Ms. Mills stated that Abaco has six parks
the slack on my line leave with a sudden tect the natural resources of The Bahamas that many adults are not aware of: Walk-
tug. The excitement went down my back through stewardship and education for er’s Cay National Park in the north, Black
until I finally jerked the rod in the air to set Five-year-old Jesse Ratiner was so excited present and future generations. Sound Cay National Reserve off Green
the hook. I slowly lowered the rod while I when he caught his first bonefish that all Students from several Abaco private Turtle Cay, Tilloo Cay Reserve, Pelican
reeled the slack in. The silver blob slowly he could do was grab it and hug it. His schools have joined the Discovery Club Cays Land and Sea Park and Abaco Nation-
transformed into a bonefish. father was there to take the picture. and now the Trust is focusing on the gov- al Park, the major habitat of the Bahama
ernment schools by encouraging teachers parrot. This offers children many local op-
to spearhead the program. portunities about learning to preserve their
Shakara Lightbourne, coordinator of the environment. Since these parks are also a
Discovery Clubs, and Kaderin Mills, Of- draw for visitors, the Trust works with the
Donate Books to your fice Manager of BNT for Abaco, are hop-
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Ministry of Tourism to educate the com-
munity about all of the beauty it contains.
the new school year. BNT will provide
Commuinity Library all of the start-up material for the schools.
The only thing they will have to do is ex-
In addition, the children’s involvement in
the Discovery Club will expose them to ca-
reer opportunities in environmental areas,
ecute the program. Students must pay the ecotourism and sciences.
registration fee which includes badges, a
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Marine research students present their findings
By Jennifer Hudson found there to be a greater density of these Overfishing and most nutrient limited area. After studying
Three marine research students recently jellyfish around Blue Holes. Her main nutrient pollution areas where there is dense human popula-
returned to Abaco to continue the research work last summer was a jellyfish manipu- In his study Jake Allgeier looked at the tion and thus few fish against areas which
projects they have been working on for the lation study. implications of over fishing and nutrient are sparsely populated and therefore rich
past several years. Elizabeth Stoner and Elizabeth ended her presentation on the pollution for coastal food webs in The Ba- in fish, he found that where there are more
Lauren Yeager are both Ph.D. students subject of marine preservation and offered hamas . He found that in The Bahamas, fish, more nutrients are going into the sys-
who work in the lab of Dr. Craig Layman a couple of suggestions as to what we can the water is very nutrient limited. The two tem. He has set up an experiment to study
at Florida International University. Jake do to curb the proliferation of these jelly- main sources of nutrients are rivers and algal growth by forming an artificial reef
Allgeier is also a Ph. D. student from the fish. deep sea upwelling. Fish provide a sub- and setting up a system whereby fertilizer
University of Georgia who works on proj- 1. Prevent point source pollution by not stantial amount of nutrients through excre- releases nitrogen and phosphorus into the
ects along with Professor Layman. The allowing sewage into the water and making tion and this enhances seagrass growth. He water. In his newest experiment he is look-
three students presented their most recent sure that septic tanks are not leaking since discovered that Cross Harbour, an impor- ing at the question Can human nutrients
findings in power point presentations at the effluent seeps into the porous limestone tant ecological area in South Abaco, is the make up for a lack of nutrients from fish?
a meeting in the Friends of the Environ- and eventually into the sea.
ment Conference room to a very interested 2. Curb overfishing.
audience of Friends of the Environment
members and staff, and officials from the
3. Decrease sedimentation.
“It is important to try to prevent nutri-
Sidewalks along Forest
Bahamas National Trust and Department ents from entering the water,” she stated.
of Fisheries. Seagrass Seascapes Drive are taking shape
Upside Down Jellyfish Lauren Yeager has been studying Sea-
Elizabeth Stoner presented on the Cas- grass Seascapes and their Effect on Coral
siopea Jellyfish which is very commonly Reefs. “Coral reefs are very important;
found in Florida and The Bahamas in sandy there is a high connectivity between sea-
areas and sea grass beds. It is also known grass, mangroves and coral reef systems,”
as the Upside Down Jellyfish as it lives up- she informed. In her research Lauren dis-
side down on the bottom. Elizabeth studied covered that fish make daily foraging mi-
10 human population density sites where grations and move between the ecosystems
she looked at the human distribution, num- and there is a transportation of nutrients
ber of buildings and boats and found that from seagrass beds to coral reefs. She ex-
Cassiopea jellyfish populations are much perimented with different seascapes and
higher in high human density sites. They built artificial reefs from concrete blocks
are not only more abundant but also much placing 10 in the Bight of Old Robinson to
larger. Nutrient concentrations in these ascertain how these would impact the fish
areas are also greater. Little Harbour was communities. She found that where there
the area in which they were found to be was more seagrass there were more fish
most prevalent with a very high volume and that not all species respond in the same
at Cherokee and Treasure Cay. She also way. This first study was to show that sea- Sidewalks are being constructed along Forest Drive. Children attending the two largest
researched Blue Holes since she believes grass is important for reef fish and that schools on Abaco walk on this busy road so sidewalks will provide a measure of safety
that they are a potential source of nutri- changes in the cover of seagrass can nega- for these children. The work is being done by John Williams of Williams Construction.
ents for organisms living around them and tively impact reef fish communities.
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Marsh Harbour area or use your 242-365-4648
Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677
Sandpin Motors Ltd, Trucks 1/2 to 2 tons.
Priced from $11,800.00. CALL 242-325-0881
MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE
Sanpin Motors Ltd, 4 Door Sedans. Priced
Gas Stove, apt size, white, only one year old. from $4,800.00. CALL 242-325-0881 BOATS AND MARINE
Good condition. $225 OBO. Call Elizabeth at 29’ Donzi, 2007 ZFC, center console, cuddy
ITEMS FOR SALE cab. Go fast, fishing boat, 2-Mercury 225HP
16’ Hobie Cat, 2005, hardly used, sails and Optimax engines, XM Radio, new bottom
tramp always under cover. Includes trailer. paint & batteries. Good Condition, in Hope-
WANTED TO BUY $7000 USD 305-942-3597 town. DUTY PAID. $33,000 OBO. Call Capt
Wanted To Buy! Small old wooden dingy Jack 242-366-0034
(doesn’t need to float), old wooden oars, old
sails, (any size, any condition), old wooden
water skis, old metal floats, and any other old
nautical looking “stuff”. Call Stacy 242-458-
Sandpin Moters Ltd, We have lots of SUVS.
3521 or email email@example.com
Priced from $9,800.00. CALL 242-325-0881
VEHICLES FOR SALE
20.2’ Sailfish 206, 2005 , Yamaha 150 HPDI
with 205 hrs. T-Top, electronics box, Garmin 45’ Hatteras, 1973. Needs generator & forward
182c gps, Furuno 600L fish finder & VHF. clutch on one engine. In Treasure Cay. DUTY
Good Condition & runs perfect. DUTY PAID. PAID. Reduced to $38,500 as is. Contact hat-
Located at White Sound, Elbow Cay. Make firstname.lastname@example.org, 561-228-1424 or 365-8057
Sandpin Motors Ltd,7 seater wagons. Priced offer. Email email@example.com
at $9,800.00. CALL 242-325-0881
1997 Range Rover HSE Ltd Hunter green
with tan leather interior, V 8 engine, auto
trans, in mint condition with only 38,560
miles. $14,500 Call 366-0029 or pdthomp- 46’ Sports Fisherman, 1992, twin diesels
firstname.lastname@example.org A/C, generator. REDUCED 50% for quick
Sandpin Motors Ltd, cargo/passenger buses sale. Willing to accept property as part pay-
2006 Yamaha 225 xt dirt-road bike, excellent
Priced from $9,800.00. CALL 242-325-0881 ment. Call 242-375-1317
cond. Low hours. $4500 USD 305-942-3597
20’ Key West, 2009, center console w/ Yama-
ha 150hp engine. Low hours. Includes alumi-
num trailer $17,500 USD 305-942-3597
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