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					                                                                                                   September 15, 2011               The Abaconian                Section A         Page 1

                                           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
                                                                                                           sustained damage

 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-
                                                                                            tion work.

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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                                          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,
Change        Ministries
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.
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                               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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                                               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
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                                                   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.
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                             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.
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                                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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  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
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     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
                                                                                                                                                                 Brandon Thompson
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
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                                                    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.                     
seen instantly on either Abaco or in Nas-
                                                    • Use cold water rather than hot water          Minister, by all means, tell us again             
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,
instantly available.
                                                    • 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
ambulance services.
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                                                                                                    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
                                                                                                    Sea Spray Resort              6 villas    366-0065
                                                                                                    Tanny Key +                   43 hse      366-0053        http.//
                                                                                                    Turtle Hill                   4 villas    366-0557        http.//          Rev. Apr 11
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                       Emergency Services

                                                                                                                                                                              Visitors’ Guide
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
                                                                                                                                                 Compliments of The Abaconian
Fire - Green Turtle Cay 365-4133
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Bonefish Guides
Fire - Man-O-War 365-6911
Treasure Cay Fire & Rescue 365-9112
                                                                                                                                                                                                      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
                 Medical Services
                                                                                                                   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:                                                                       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
                                                                                                                Treasure Cay
                                                                                                                                                                                Orchid Bay Cart rentals...................... 354-5175             Orchid Bay .....................$$$ ............. 365-5175
                                                                                                Treasure Cay Marina150 ...... F......365-8250
                                                                                                                                                                                             Lubbers Quarters
              Wait time $0.40 per minute, Hourly rate $40 per hour                                                Man-O-War                                                     Cruise Abaco................................321-220-8796                          Treasure Cay
               Children under three - free • Caged pets - as people                             Man-O-War Marina ...26....... F......365-6008                                                       Man-O-War                                      Coco Beach Bar & Grill......$...............365-8470
                 Luggage $0.75 each over two, large bags $1 ea.                                               Marsh Harbour                                                     Conch Pearl Boat Rentals.................. 365-6502                Florence’s Cafe .................$...............365-8354
                                                                                                Boat Harbour Marina 183....... F......367-2158                                  Ria-Mar Golf Cart Rentals .................. 365-6024              Spinnaker Restaurant ...$$$ ............. 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

                                                                                                                                         Sweeting’s Village
                                                                                                                                           will get water
                                                                                                                                            and paving
                                                                                                                                            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.
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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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                                                  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
                                                                                                                                            the project.
           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
                                                                   qualifying bid.
                                                                       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
                                                                   project. Additionally,
                                                                   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
                                                                   deserves comfortable
                                                                   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.
                                                                       Mr.          Maltarp
                                                                   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.
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   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-
                                                                                             workers, Administrator
                                                                                                                         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.

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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.
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                                                               School News
                          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
grade level.
   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
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                                                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
                                                                                                parents through-
                                                                                                out Abaco would
                                                                                                need assistance
                                                                                                with     preparing
                                                                                                their      children
                                                                                                for school. So in
                                                                                                the final weeks
                                                                                                of summer Miss
                                                                                                Teen         Abaco
                                                                                                D.R. sought do-
                                                                                                nations        from
                                                                                                the Abaco com-
                                                                                                munity to pur-
                                                                                                chase the school
                                                                                                supplies books,
                                                                                                folders,     folder
                                                                                                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.
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                                                 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                                         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.
ery and Landscaping to clean up the debris

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       Casuarina Beach Estates • Golf Course • Galleon Bay Estates                                        OCEAN VILLA
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             Brigantine Bay Estates • Windward Beach Estates                                              privacy hedge offers real home atmosphere. Steps from the
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                        MARINA/CANAL PROPERTIES                                                                                  REDUCED $354,975 + 8.5% closing
 ATLANTIS                                             MARINA VIEW VILLA                                   ROYAL POINCIANA TOWNHOUSES
 2118 - When entering this 2bed/2 bath unit           Recently completed delightful villa with great      On-site pool and tennis, newly completed luxury townhouse
 you immediately feel a comfortable home-like         marina view and access. Modern 2 bed/ 2 bath        units directly on Treasure Cay beach each totaling 3 bed/
 atmosphere. Open living/dining/kitchen over-         CBS fully furnished home, 1020 sq. ft. plus         4 1/2 baths plus loft bedroom/den. Ground floor - garage,,
 looks the marina/dock. The covered patio offers      porches and garden area. Must see to appreciate.    2 bed/ 2 baths with ocean front patio, First floor - open
 a refreshing sea-breeze throughout this unit.                 $399,000 +8.5% closing                     concept living/dining/kitchen plus master bedroom suite,
 $449,183 + 8.5% closing                              ROYAL PALM                                          all ocean views with patio/balcony Lotf - bedroom/den with
 2217 - 2bed/ 2bath, second level, end unit.          2333 - 2 bed/ 2 bath lower unit with marina         ocean view.         Price is MLS $2,075,000 + 8.5% closing
 Beautiful decorated furnished. 12’ft wide dock       view. 12ft. Boat slip with 12,000lb lift. Never
 space, directly in front of condo.                   rented.              $601,125 +8.5% closing         THE COTTAGES
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 CARLETON LANDING LOTS                                furnished witha 17’ wide slip.                                                  Starting at $595,000 + 12%
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 living/dining room facing deep water canal.          2980 combined sq. ft. Upper level 2 bed/2 bath
                                                                                                                                    REDUCED MLS $350,000 + 8.5%
 Includes dock                                        office/3 bed option. Fully furnished. Lower level
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 lots, 180’ waterfront with 118’ serviced dock,                           OTHER                           garage / bed / bath / attic plus storage. Vast deck oceanside with
 deep water, great for larger boat.                   Lot 10, Block 182 - 16,660 sq. ft. steps from the   widow’s walk. WOW!
        MUST SEE! $1,725,000 + 8.5% closing           beach $235,000 + 8.5%                                                              MLS $1,999,000 + 8.5% closing
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 furnished. Lower level 4 bed/ 3½ bath attached       Treasure Cay and T.C airport. Running from          greenways. Private. Master bed/ bath suite upstairs. Lower
 garage. $856,250 plus purchasers closing fees        highway north to the sea. 180’ on the water         level 2 bed / 2 bath, cozy living room/ kitchen/ dining/ util-
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                         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
                                             that they are prosecuted to the full extent
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Page 16         Section B            The Abaconian              September 15, 2011

                  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
     new magistrate
             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                                             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.
                                                                                                                      Hugh Cottis
   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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                                                            Church News
                                               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.
                                                  units Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh Har-            few from the United States. The theme for
                                                  bour. Appraisal $953,970                     the event will be Foundation Builders.
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                                            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-
                                                                                                    ing schools will launch the program with
                                                                                                                                                    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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                   Call us                           Rentals:		•	Backhoe		•	Dump	Trucks                                                                Licenced Electrical Contractor
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                                                                                                                                                      										Corrected	phone	number

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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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