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									                                                                                                   September 1 , 2010              The Abaconian               Section A         Page 1




                                               VOLUME 18                     NUMBER 17                SEPTEMBER 1st, 2010


 Abaco welcomes darts tournament participants
                                    Two international darts tournaments are held
                                                                                                                                                             By Mirella Santillo
                                                                                                                                                    The official opening ceremony of the
                                                                                                                                                fifth America’s Cup Darts Tournament
                                                                                                                                                took place on August 21 Faith Conven-
                                                                                                                                                tion Center in Marsh Harbour before the
                                                                                                                                                commencement of the games. The Hon.
                                                                                                                                                Charles T. Maynard, Minister of Youth,
                                                                                                                                                Sports and Culture, performed the sym-
                                                                                                                                                bolic darts throw that officially opened the
                                                                                                                                                tournament.
                                                                                                                                                    Mr. Maynard offered his best wishes to
                                                                                                                                                all the players, admitting however that he
                                                                                                                                                had a favorite team (no need to mention
                                                                                                                                                which one)! He jokingly asked the visitors
                                                                                                                                                to leave some of their belongings behind in
                                                                                                                                                order to make space for a few gifts to take
                                                                                                                                                home. “Have fun while you compete,” he
                                                                                                                                                advised. In spite of claiming to be nervous,
                                                                                                                                                he did very well, managing to throw all
                                                                                                                                                three darts within the board.
                                                                                                                                                    Perfectly rehearsed and performed,
                                                                                                                                                the ceremony unrolled as the participat-
                                                                                                                                                ing teams were called to the stage in turn.
                                                                                                                                                First, the various participating countries’
                                                                                                                                                teams marched to the podium preceded
                                                                                                                                                by a bearer carrying the country’s flag, as
                                                                                                                                                MC Julieth McCafferty called the names
 The opening ceremony of the fifth America’s Cup Darts Tournament included the presentation of the participating members of each
                                                                                                                                                of each player. The men and women from
 of the 12 countries represented. Each group was escorted by a standard bearer with the country’s flag. This ceremony was held on
                                                                                                                                                Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Trinidad
 August 21 with an enthusiastic audience in attendance at the Faith Convention Center in Marsh Harbour. Sixteen Bahamians are
                                                                                                                                                and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, the United
 competing in both the America’s Cup and the Caribbean Cup Darts Tournament that will follow on August 24-29. Time has been
 allowed in the schedule for our visitors to explore Abaco with trips planned to Hope Town and other interesting trips.                         Please see   Darts                 Page 7




         School administrators                                                                            Crown Haven residents
         hear motivational talk                                                                           learn about subdivision




 School administrators attended a two-day motivational seminar. Keynote speaker was
 Rev. Carla Culmer, well known to many as she previously served here as pastor of
 three Methodist churches. Her talk was well appreciated as she guided the audience to
 realize its opportunity to influence the next generation. The administrators were given
 guidelines in effective leadership. The new school year begins for government schools              The Hon. Kenneth Russell, Minister of Housing, left, is discussing government’s plans
 on August 30 and teachers are already preparing. Other schools will open on Septem-                to make 154 lots available in Crown Haven for Bahamians 18 years and older and
 ber 6. See story on page 6.                                                                        who do not have homes presently. The cost of the lots will depend on the cost of put-
                                                                                                    ting in utilities. Following the meeting, he spoke with individuals with questions. On
                                                                                                    the wall is the land plat showing lots currently occupied and those that will be made
                                                                                                    available. All vacant land in the area is Crown land.
                                                                                                        Residents of Crown Haven nearly which is intermingled with existing resi-
                                                                                                    filled the Anglican Church to hear the dences. Some roads will have to be con-
                                                                                       Requested
                                                                                                    Minister of Housing, the Hon. Kenneth structed along with expansion to power,
                                                                                                    Russell, outline the new subdivision with phone and water service.
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          Tournament reception brings friends together
             By Mirella Santillo                  The reception was organized by the Min-
   By August 20 six of the eight interna-      istry of Tourism with music by the New En-
tional teams participating in the America’s    try band, drinks sponsored by Burns House
Cup Tournament, the first of two darts         and food prepared by Merissa Catering. It
tournaments scheduled to start the next        drew a large crowd of visitors and locals
day, had arrived on Abaco where the event      who gathered around the swimming pool,
was being held for the first time. The play-   enjoying the drinks and chatting.
ers from Belize had to stay in Nassau be-         Jeritzan Outten, Director of Tourism for
cause of incorrect travel programing. The      the Northern Bahamas, offered a short but
team from Florida which is entering only       warm welcome to the visitors and invited
the Caribbean Cup was not due to arrive        them to see as much of Abaco as they could
until the following week.                      during their stay, describing for them some
   An informal welcome party was held at       points of interest.
Abaco Towns that Friday evening. The at-          Practice lanes had been set up inside in
mosphere was laid back and relaxed, allow-     the bar area and some of the players got in
ing the visitors to renew their friendships    a little practice.
with each other and get acquainted with the       After dinner the Spring City Rockers
                                                                                             The Spring City Rockers Junkanoo group put on a great show as part of the entertainment
locals. They enjoyed Bahamian flavor and       Junkanoo group made their appearance,
                                                                                             at the reception for the tournament guests. Many people assisted in organizing all facets
hospitality. Many Bahamian officials attend-   rushing through the crowd in their colorful
                                                                                             of this event including the Ministry of Tourism.
ed including the Minister of Youth, Sports     costumes. Dancing and socializing occupied
and Culture, the Hon. Charles T. Maynard.      the guests for the reminder of the evening.
                                                                                             COB offers athletic scholarships
                                                                                                        By Samantha V. Evans                   out of high school. She encourages students
                                                                                                The College of The Bahamas is now              to focus on their grades as well as the skills
                                                                                             developing its athletic department as it          they need to qualify for such scholarships.
                                                                                             strives to obtain university status, and one         Jeff Rodgers Sr., host of basketball camps
                                                                                             of the incentives it is offering is athletic      in The Bahamas for the past 23 years, plans
                                                                                             scholarships.                                     to bring NBA players to Abaco next year to
                                                                                                This will bring further recognition to the     see the talent the kids have. He sees his bas-
                                                                                             college and offer scholarships to students        ketball camp as an opportunity not only for
                                                                                             who are talented in various areas of sport        kids to learn the skills of basketball but as a
                                                                                             so that they can further their studies abroad.    stepping stone for them to gain scholarships
                                                                                                According to Charlene Smith, assistant         and thus pursue additional education when
                                                                                             coach of the women’s basketball department,       they complete high school.
                                                                                             the department is still developing so there are      Parents were encouraged to let their
                                                                                             a great number of opportunities available for     girls play as they, too, can receive scholar-
                                                                                             athletes that qualify for scholarships. She       ships to play basketball at the college and
A welcoming reception was held at Abaco Towns on August 20 for the particants of the         stated that interested persons can attend the     university level with the possibility of mak-
darts tournaments. Many of the competitors brought family and friends for the event.         college to play sports, then advance their        ing it to pro ball status.
Since many of them attend these events regularly, they get to know each other well so the    play abroad at other colleges. COB is in the         Scholarships from the College of the Ba-
reception was a time to renew these friendships. Shown are Edison Key, MP, and wife,         process of putting a good program together        hamas athletic department are also avail-
center, at the beautiful buffet.                                                             to provide scholarships for players coming        able in other areas.




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                                                                        Lorraine Armbrister, PS Litfield Rolle, with Russell

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              Subdivision lots open in Crown Haven
                                                lots in Phase II are in areas not presently        A Fox Town resident asked if similar lend itself to the settlements of Guana Cay,
Crown Haven                   From Page 1
                                                served by roads.                                lots could be made available in his town. Elbow Cay or other towns where virtually
Bahamians 18 years and older who do not             It will be up to individual purchasers to   Mr. Russell is aware of 94 applications on all the land is privately owned.
presently have a house or property. These       build their houses either by themselves or      file from Fox Town
lots are not a gift but must be purchased,      by using a contractor. Mortgages for hous-      persons and appreci-
either with cash or by way of a conven-         es can be through a commercial bank or          ated their desire to re-
tional mortgage.                                through the Bahamas Mortgage Corpora-           main in Fox Town. He
    Prices have not been determined as this     tion. Qualified buyers can begin with the       felt that this could be
will depend on the cost of installing elec-     Bahamas Mortgage Corporation with as            accommodated.
tricity, phone and water. The cost of this      little as five percent down and the balance        Then it was brought
infrastructure will be divided among the        by mortgage.                                    out that about 30 per-
entire Phase I lots.                                The proposed development includes           sons in Cedar Harbour
    A government project several years ago      commercial lots for businesses. Provision       were interested in a
regularized the property of those persons       has been made for duplexes and triplexes,       similar program. The
who had essentially lived there all their       and these can be financed through the Ba-       Minister promised to
lives but did not have proper land docu-        hamas Mortgage Corporation with a pri-          look into that.
ments.                                          mary requirement that the owner of the             This offering is dif-
    Residents of many of Abaco’s northern       building lives there.                           ferent from the typical
towns were settled on Crown Land with               To a question from a resident who felt      lots made available in
government assistance after severe hurri-       he needed a larger piece of land than be-       Central Abaco where
canes in the 1930s. Although moved there        ing offered, Mr. Russell suggested that he      raw forested land is Mr. Kenneth Russell presented the plan of the new subdivision
by government, proper land documents            make an application to Crown Lands which        converted into a resi- to the residents of Crown Haven. He then listened to all their
were not processed until recently.              makes land available when circumstances         dential     subdivision. questions. Shown is Delgarnas Parker, who asked if his son
    These additional lots will be available     warrant.                                        This program does not and daughter standing with him would qualify for lots also.
to those with low- and mid-level incomes
who do not presently own a house.
    All the vacant land in Crown Haven and
the other towns in Little Abaco is Crown                           Crown Haven
Land so there is no conflict in government
making lots available between existing
houses.
    A posted plan showing the lots to be
made available in Phase I indicates another
230 lots that could be undertaken in Phase
II if there is sufficient demand. Most of the


          AA and Al Anon
             Meetings
    The AA (Alcoholics Anomyous)
 group of Marsh Harbour meets Mondays
 and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Marsh
 Harbour Community Library.
    Al-Anon in Marsh Harbour meets by
 request. Call 357-6511.
    The AA group in Hope Town meets
 Mondays and Wednesdays and Fridays
 at 6 p.m. at the Hope Town Library.
    The AA group and the AlAnon group
 meet in the Treasure Cay Community
 Center on Mondays at 7:30 p.m.
                                                This is the map of Crown Haven showing the existing private property and the 154 lots being offered in Phase I of a government plan
    Please call 357-6511 for additional
                                                to make more land available for both homes and businesses.The plan also shows the additional 230 lots that can be made available if
 information.
                                                the need warrents. The lots in Phase I will have roads, water, electricity and phones. The price of the lots will depend on the cost of
                                                putting in the infrastructure. This cost will be divided among all the lots.



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 School administrators learn leadership techniques
           By Canishka Alexander                leadership include the power of self mas-    had served as his primary school teacher.       in herself, which are valuable attributes
   The Abaco Department of Education            tery, focus, people, persuasive communi-     Now that he was in his last year in high        that all administrators must have.
has adopted the theme Pursuing Excellence       cation, execution and the power of giving.   school, he extended an invitation for her to       “She said that there are some people
in Challenging Times for the 2010-2011          Leaders must give of their time and re-      become his high school teacher because of       who meet blessings wherever they go, and
school year. School administrators held a       sources on many occasions, but one thing     her positive influence in his life. Needless,   I think she’s achieved that. I really think
motivational workshop on August 18 and          is certain, “Giving is a gift that always    to say, it is one of the greatest and most      that Carla is the kind of person who has
19 at the Education office in Marsh Har-        gives back,” she said.                       memorable highlights of her career.             achieved the comfortableness with herself,
bour. Rev. L. Carla Culmer facilitated the         As for team building, Rev. Culmer said       Candace Key, principal of Hope Town          and she does meet blessings where she
first of two sessions on August 18 while        that leaders must lead by example and        Primary, was asked to give the vote of          goes. She’s unbelievable isn’t she? She’s
Cardinal Woods led the session on August        build up their staff. She challenged the     thanks. She recognized that Rev. Culmer is      down to earth; she’s not talking to us –
19. During her remarks, Rev. Culmer in-         administrators to develop a legacy and to    comfortable being who she is and believes       she’s talking with us,” Mrs. Key said.
structed the administrators to be passionate    make a difference in the lives of people
and to have a love for what they are ac-
complishing at their schools.
                                                they come in contact with.
                                                   Beatrice Moxey of Central Abaco Pri-       Tagging bonefish will reveal
   Ever an engaging speaker, she soon led       mary was touched by what was said. She
them to consider the road less travelled
as written by Robert Frost as they seek to
                                                told her colleagues that as administrators
                                                they have the potential to impact students
                                                                                              their movements and habits
                                                in a positive or negative way. She de-          The Abaco Fly Fishing Guides Asso-           to their spawning habits. Learning about
make a difference in the lives of their staff
                                                scribed it as “touching eternity.”           ciation is working with the Bonefish and        where Abaco’s bonefish live, how quick-
and students. Before she introduced the
                                                   Dr. Lenora Black, District Superinten-    Tarpon Trust to conduct a first of its kind     ly they grow and where they spawn will
principles of leadership and team building,
                                                dent, could attest to what was being dis-    tagging program on Abaco the week of Oc-        give us the information to design effective
she emphasized the importance ensuring
                                                cussed as she recalled a recent conversa-    tober 17. The goal is to have guides and        management and conservation plans so that
that their staff has the resources they need
                                                tion with one of her former students who     anglers catch, measure, weigh and tag hun-      healthy bonefish fisheries are maintained
to do their jobs and to develop themselves.
                                                had searched for her over the years. She     dreds of bonefish with spaghetti tags. As       here for years to come.
   Rev. Culmer said the six principles of
                                                                                             these fish are re-caught in the near future        Any angler wishing to become part of
                                                                                             and information about size and location         history by helping to close the gaps in our
                                                                                             changes are put into a database, we will        knowledge about bonefish can partici-
                                                                                             begin to learn about the habits of bonefish.    pate in the tagging program by contact-
                                                                                                There will also be dozens of fish im-        ing mick@tarbone.org for information on
                                                                                             planted with sonic tags so scientists can       single, three day or six day all inclusive
                                                                                             learn about bonefish movement in relation       bonefish tagging trips.


                                                                                                         Notice to Illegal Immigrants
                                                                                                             Bahamas Immigration Department
                                                                                                There has been a noticeable increase in      who were detained at The Bahamas De-
                                                                                             the number of Haitian migrants attempting       tention Centre.
School administrators met for a two-day seminar prior to the opening of school. Most         to gain entry illegally into The Bahamas           Having regard for the recent heightened
schools will open on August 30 while a few private school will open on September 6. The      over the past six months and, in particu-       infringement of Bahamas Immigration Law,
administrators meet monthly during the school year to discuss common problems and            lar, during the last few weeks. The gov-        notice is hereby given that with immediate
keep up with the Ministry’s plans and goals.                                                 ernment wishes to remind the public of its      effect, all illegal immigrants are requested
                                                                                             long standing policy with respect to illegal    to leave The Bahamas voluntarily.
                                                                                             entry into its territory from all countries        All persons who are here illegally are
                                                                                             including Haiti.                                in contravention of the laws of The Ba-
                                                                                                Following the January 12 earthquake,         hamas, and are advised to return to their
                                                                                             the government was understanding and            country of origin or be subject to appre-
                                                                                             responsive by temporarily suspending its        hension and deportation.
                                                                                             apprehension exercises with respect to             Persons who are found to be in The Ba-
                                                                                             Haitians residing illegally in its territory.   hamas illegally will be repatriated forth-
                                                                                             Further the Department of Immigration is-       with.
                                                                                             sued permits “To Reside” to 102 persons                   12th August, 2010



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     Darts Tournaments had a grand opening
                                              and twelve-year-old Arek Archibold from         in Bahamian colors and many live plants.       two international tournaments being held
 Darts                       From Page 1
                                              the Cayman Islands, will compete for the        Set up with a stage, it was lined on each      during the next few days.
States stood in turn upon the stage in the    Darts Youth Cup.                                side with the darts lanes to be used for the
midst of welcoming applause which be-            Edison Key, MP for South Abaco, gave
came loud hurrays and cheers as the Baha-     a brief history of how a Darts Federation
mian team made its appearance.                was founded in The Bahamas and congrat-
   Malcom Spicer, President of the World      ulated the local committee for its efforts in
Darts Federation, Americas Region, ex-        organizing the event.
plained that The Bahamas was chosen to           Eight members of Rev. Charles Carey’s
be the host country after Jamaica gave up     Abaco Culture Club, provided a welcome
its place in February. He acknowledged        interlude as they performed traditional Ba-
all the committees and government agen-       hamian dances, inviting members of the
cies that lent their support. He announced    audience to join in.
the creation this year the first America’s       The large auditorium of the Faith Con-
Region Youth Tournament. For the first        vention Center where the ceremony took
time three young men, Laseton Glinton,        place was air-conditioned and beautifully
a Bahamian; Shaun Naraine, a Canadian;        adorned with Bahamian flags, decorations




                                                                                              Members of the Abaco Culture Club demonstrated their agility as they performed tra-
                                                                                              ditional Bahamian dances. They involved members of the audience including Malcolm
                                                                                              Spicer shown here. Mr. Spicer holds top positions in several of the national and interna-
                                                                                              tional darts organizations and was the coordinator of all the planning for the two darts
                                                                                              tournaments held in Marsh Harbour on August 20 to 30.


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    The Editor Says . . .                                                    Darts give an economic boast
                                                   together drew from his knowledge and ex-        music concerts are a definite possibility       importantly, what other events fall within
                                                   perience with other darts tournaments.          but might require a larger space for the        the parameters shown to work for the darts
                                                      Assisting were several working commit-       audience. There are probably other events       tournament.
                                                   tees tending to the myriad of details, trav-    that could be hosted here. All of these have       During some portions of the year,
                                                   el, accommodations, food and drink, the         the advantage of not requiring a stadium        Marsh Harbour’s visitor facilities are full,
                                                   tournament itself and others. We under-         or playing field, bleachers or changing         and during these seasons it would not be
                                                   stand that teams of volunteers worked day       rooms.                                          appropriate to attempt hosting several hun-
                                                   and night getting the main hall into shape.        Well organized community festivals are       dred delegates. However, we suspect that
                                                   We were told that people were working           common on Abaco. Committees of local            our guest facilities would welcome groups
                                                   virtually until the opening ceremony. The       persons do an excellent job with these home     in late August, September, October, early
                                                   building’s interior was finished just in time   grown events. Later, the Abaco Tourism          November and possibly January when tra-
                                                   for the opening ceremonies and was well         office expanded and became a partner in         ditional occupancies are way down.
                                                   received by the delegates. The facility is a    many of these larger productions. Tour-            The success of this event has opened
                                                   credit to the area.                             ism’s subsequent involvement has elevated       our eyes and hopefully the eyes of oth-
                                                      The players are enjoying their stay here     these events to a higher level. The pride       ers. Marsh Harbour, Abaco’s commercial
                                                   and many have extended their return reser-      Abaco people have for their island is ap-       center, does not have the quaint charm
                                                   vations as they want to see more of Abaco       parent when these events are staged.            offered by Hope Town or Green Turtle
                                                   before returning home. Several free days           In the past year mention has been made of    Cay. However, those cays do not have
   Nearly 200 contestants, family and              are scheduled between and during the            hosting an international Little League tour-    the facilities to host events with several
friends are in Marsh Harbour for two darts         competitions. One player wrote a note that      nament or possibly an international track       hundred participants. Hope Town, and
tournaments being held back-to-back: the           this was the best organized tournament that     meet. Field sports such as these require        perhaps similar settlements, have hosted
Americas Cup followed by the Caribbean             he had attended, not only for the tourna-       extensive ground facilities and bleachers       small groups such as foreign instructors
Cup. The players have come from loca-              ment itself but for the warmth and atmo-        which are presently not available, at least     who brought their art students for practical
tions as far away as Canada and Brazil.            sphere of the surrounding Marsh Harbour         to international standards. To host any of      lessons. These are mini-groups of 10 - 20
Between these two extremes are teams               area.                                           these larger field sports will require ma-      persons, and this type of tourism should
from the United States, Central America               The darts competitions had the advan-        jor capital investment in grounds and fa-       be encouraged.
and many Caribbean islands.                        tage of needing only a large room which         cilities. The immediate future for funding           We are suggesting that Marsh Har-
   The tournaments had been scheduled              could hold 20 dart boards on the sides with     sporting facilities does not look promising.    bour’s tourism potential should be revis-
to be hosted by Jamaica. However, early            sufficient center space for team managers.      It is expensive to meet the standards and       ited and expanded. Marsh Harbour has the
in the year Jamaica cancelled and the Ba-          Now that Abaco has successfully hosted          expectations that would be required for an      capability of having small international
hamas was asked to host the event. The             an international event, we should look for      international event.                            events. These events will affect all of Ab-
president of the Bahamas Darts Associa-            other relatively small events that could be        The Ministry of Tourism and the Min-         aco as the participants explore the island.
tion quickly spoke to several key persons          successfully held here.                         istry of Youth, Sports and Culture must            It is doubtful that Marsh Harbour will
on Abaco who would be critical to hosting             Other programs that could function with      now assess these darts tournaments in           ever match the popularity of Hope Town
a successful international event in Marsh          similar space requirements might be bridge      terms of the promotional value or exposure      or similar settlements. However, the Ba-
Harbour. They were enthusiastic, and the           or other card competitions, chess or other      for Abaco, the economic impact the event        hamas’ third city may have a bright future
word went back that the tournament would           board games, poker competitions and bin-        contributed to the area, the potential for      for visitors if the focus is shifted and pre-
be held here in late August. The Minis-            go. Small conventions and business meet-        return visits by the participants and most      sented differently.
try of Tourism and the Ministry of Youth,          ings are another area to explore. Small
Sports and Culture threw their weight into



                                                                                   Letters to the Editor
the effort. It may have helped that the
President of the Bahamas Darts Associa-
tion is our own Malcolm Spicer of Aba-
com Computer Store in Marsh Harbour.
   The key to success for an event like this
is having people capable of organizing and                                                         more for less and less adequate or reliable     control. When work began, we noticed that
who follow through to see that everything              A letter to BEC                             electric service.                               money was constantly being received from
gets done in a timely way. Several of our          Wenzel Jones, Manager: BEC Abaco                          Sincerely,                            the bank by the contractor, but very little
communities have those persons who are             Marsh Harbour, Abaco                                      Elwood D. Bracey, M.D.                work was being done at our home.
capable organizers and excel at seeing to          Dear Mr. Jones:                                           Treasure Cay, Abaco                      During this same time we learned that
the myriad of details necessary to stage a            Enclosed find my invoice to BEC for                                                          he was building his own home and that of
successful event.                                  two months supply of propane for a gener-        Saddened by death                              his girlfriend. Still we did not suspect any-
   Late August was chosen for ease in              ator that I had to install because of BEC’s     Dear Editor,                                    thing until he started providing the same
securing the necessary rooms. Regat-               inadequacies.                                      It is with sincere sadness that we recent-   invoices for the bank covering items pur-
tas and Abaco Towns have the bulk of                  I am not submitting a bill of the pur-       ly heard of the passing of Sammy Albury.        chased and declared previously in an at-
the delegates with Island Breezes, Conch           chase and installation costs of $25,000 for        We met Sammy at his shop on Man-O-           tempt to justify the funds being received.
Inn, Lofty Fig and Pelican Shore Villas            the generator but only for the fuel neces-      War four winters ago and had several very       This did not work and a battle ensued. As
absorbing the overflow. The tournament             sary to prevent further mildew damages to       informative discussions of boat building on     this battle continued my friend and her hus-
organizers worked with Larry Williams,             furniture, clothing, books and food spoil-      Abaco and specifically those built on Man-      band fired the contractor for misusing the
owner of Faith Convention Center on Don            age which greeted us on return to our home      O-War. Last winter we had put together a        funds received from the bank. The quality
MacKay Boulevard to complete the large             in Treasure Cay in mid-July.                    short DVD slide show of Man-O-War-built         of the work done on their duplex was so
room in this building for the opening cer-            My BEC bill is paid in full through June     boats including the Lady Di which Sammy         poor that most of it had to be redone while
emonies and the 20 dart boards.                    2010 as presented. I request the cost of the    built in the 1990s and gave Sammy a copy.       other mistakes were so profound that they
   Bringing this competition to Abaco was          fuel, $2,189.42, to be applied to my BEC        Of course, Sammy was most appreciative          have to live with them.
a natural for Malcolm Spicer, who holds            account, #269101-313843, before the next        and reciprocated by giving us a couple of          In an attempt to get some answers, a
several executive positions in national and        BEC invoice is issued.                          his handmade key chains.                        meeting was held with the bank to discuss
international darts organizations. He has             I understand a rate hike is going into ef-      Sammy was a true gentleman - we’ll           the spending of the funds on our home.
attended and arranged for many competi-            fect as of July 2010. I fail to understand      miss seeing him this winter! Our thoughts       When this meeting was over, work on the
tions in other places so putting this event        why consumers are being required to pay         and prayers go out to Sammy and his fam-        house continued and as we thought, the
                                                                                                   ily and friends.                                contractor was making progress.
                                                                                                             Tom and Kaye Assenmacher                 However, besides putting the windows
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                                                        Letters to the Editor
                                                   ning off with our money and possessions        Prior to this date, there had not been any      which they have not done to this date.
 Letters                         From Page 8       while leaving us with incomplete homes         effort made to compensate me for the mon-          On August 3 I gave this Ministry an
spotted numerous problems as our house             and lots of bills.                             ey lost as a result of this mistake. In fact,   ultimatum to pay me the balance owed to
was being built, but he was not around to             I appeal to the Prime Minister and those    I was told by the Minister at this meeting      me for the work already done on the four
show them to him. Since he was building            who are in the appropriate ministries to put   that I owe this Ministry money for what?        remaining houses prior to my termination
other homes including his own, he had to           an end to such unscrupulous business and       I do not know! Even before this meeting,        which totaled a little under $21,000 or I
be tracked down at one of these sites.             save those of us who have no knowledge of      the office manager made the same state-         would go public. Well, the fact that you
   Numerous other problems developed in-           shady building contractors from becoming       ment which I do not understand.                 are reading this indicates that I am yet to
cluding workers complaining of not being           victims in the future.                            To add, I have all of my documents to        hear from them.
paid. When the contractor was confronted              Fed up and disgusted homeowners             support my claim of money received and             The Prime Minister asked them to look
about this matter, he told us to stop talking                                                     that which is owed. Also present for this       into this matter. So I called this office back
to the workers and not to visit our home
                                                      Robbed Contractor                           meeting was the local office manager and        but they are still stating that there is no in-
site again. Of course, we told him no and             Sue Local Ministry                          his secretary. The reason this meeting was      dication of money owed. It is clear to me
continued to monitor the site. We were                                                            held was because I gave these parties sev-      that someone is hiding something. I am not
not informed when this man was going to
                                                           Part II                                en days to respond to me before I took this     about to be used so that someone can pock-
                                                   Dear Reader:                                   matter public.                                  et money I worked hard to earn.
the bank to receive money as he was the
                                                       Since the termination of my contract,         I was paid a little over $13,000 for            Well, all I can say is that it appears as if
professional. But after being lied to about
                                                   I have had to face several lawsuits, per-      the house I completed after this meeting        I have to sue this Ministry and all parties
our shipment that never came and missing
                                                   sonal financial crisis and being arrested.     took place. They stated that they would         concerned because the money owed to me
money not being accounted for, we in-
                                                   I am being sued by suppliers for money         also look into the money owed to me for         just disappeared. I cannot afford to work
formed the bank of all that was happening.
                                                   owed and am behind in my own personal          stage four of the house that was 95 percent     for free so I am demanding my money
   This contractor was heartless and had
                                                   expenses with some $10,000 being owed          finished which I am still waiting to hear       right now!
no remorse for what he did. He walked
                                                   on my mortgage. I need immediate res-          from them on. The total amount still owed                 Brent Brooks
away with money from both families along
                                                   titution. I owe Standard Hardware some         to me is $145,498.65. The total has in-                   Building contractor
with items that should be in our homes.
                                                   $106,000 and the Paint Place $2, 598.95.       creased due to interest added onto the bal-               Abaco
We trusted him with the biggest investment
                                                   However, there is still a great abundance      ance owed by Standard Hardware and their                  To be continued
of our lives, and he stole the joy from us,
                                                   of money owed to me by this Ministry that      removing the contractor’s discount. This           [Ed. note: We regret that Brent Brooks’
took advantage of us, misused our funds
                                                   I am in desperate need of at this time. As a   is unfair but it is what it is. This amount     name was on the wrong letter in our Au-
and lied to hide the fact that he was steal-
                                                   husband and father, it has been very hard      also includes money owed for National In-       gust 15 issue. We apologize to the writer’s
ing from us.
                                                   for me to function under these conditions      surance payment, to the cabinet builder,        of both letters affected.]
   This incident was extremely stressful
                                                   because of lack of finances.                   workers, plumber, mason, electrician and
and put un-needed strain on our relation-
                                                       Additionally, I have been made aware       other workers.
ships. It is so strange that after all that took
                                                   that the uncle of the local office manager        The second week of July, I spoke with
place this contractor took it upon himself to
                                                   was given the contract to complete the re-     the Prime Minister who may or may not
seek legal action against us. In my case we
                                                   maining four houses but the twist in this      have had knowledge of this case but was
hired a lawyer and the case was dropped.
                                                   saga is that the company is owned by the       quite interested in what I was stating. He
From my investigations this seems to be
                                                   office manager. This, as far as I am aware,    gave me his fax number. I faxed him the
the practice of a great number of the con-
                                                   is nepotism, which is prohibited in busi-      information on July 23.
tractors on the island. We are tired of it
                                                   ness.                                             A few days later I went into Nassau
and decided to speak out.
                                                       On June 18 I was arrested as a result of   with hopes of meeting with him but was
   I am concerned for unsuspecting per-
                                                   money owed by a former worker on this          unable to. But I was able to meet with the             “Honesty and Quality
sons who may not have knowledge of such
                                                   same job. A court order stated that I was to   Permanent Secretary of this Ministry. At                You Can Count On”
unethical and unprofessional practices tak-
                                                   pay him the full amount owed. But he and       this meeting, she stated that there is no
ing place at the hands of those who present
themselves as building contractors. I have
                                                   I came to another agreement. Since I was       record of any money being owed to me.             Brandon Thompson
                                                   not working and could not make the second
learned further that some of the banks keep
                                                   arranged agreement, he took this to mean
                                                                                                  I asked her to provide me with proof of                     242-357-6532
these persons on their list of builders which                                                     this but was told that they do not have to
is an unethical practice as well.
                                                   that I was ignoring him so he went to the      provide me with any proof. I even asked if               Dock Construction
                                                   police station and had me arrested. It was     she wanted to see the pay slips for money I           Residential and Commercial
   Building practices need to be regulated.
                                                   my character that saved me from having to      received but she said no! She then invited a         Customized to suit your lifestyle
Contractors should be required to receive
                                                   stay in jail. To this date, I am grateful to   co-worker into the meeting who she stated
training and monitoring so that if anything                                                                                                                       Boat Lifts
                                                   the officer who knew me well enough to         would look into my financial grievance
like what I described happens again, the                                                                                                                      Sales and Service
                                                   speak to his boss on my behalf.
watch dogs will catch it immediately and                                                                                                             Quality boat lift dealer for 10 years
                                                       I got an opportunity to meet with the
take their license away permanently. Right                                                                                                                 And Much More...
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now there is no board, committee or min-
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          Housing Minister Inspects Spring City
            By Timothy Roberts                   to the 35 homes that are part of Phase II of
   The Hon. Kenneth Russell, Minister            the Ministry’s housing project.
of Housing, toured Spring City’s newest             The plans call for numerous commer-
phase of government housing to view the          cial lots as well as an area for a park, and
progress made, announcing that infrastruc-       government will be offering about 100 lots
tural work is to start at the beginning of       for sale where purchasers can either have
September this year to provide these hous-       the government build the house for them
es with power, phones and water.                 with one of the present plans or build their
   Mr. Russell was interested to see the         own. He said the houses being built in the
progress of the buildings and to get an idea     current phase are even better than the ones
of the time line for completion so they can      built during Phase I and that the “little
get BEC, BTC and Water and Sewerage              touches have made it even more special.”
coordinated to install the necessary utilities   He added, “The people who will live here
                                                 are going to get a very nice house at a very
                                                 nice price.”
                                                    Mr. Russell, who was very pleased with
                                                 the progress, said, “This subdivision is the
                                                 most beautiful one ever built in The Com-
                                                 monwealth of The Bahamas.” When it is          The Hon. Kenneth Russell, Minister of Housing, far right, is examining the quality of the
                                                                                                carpentry in the government-built houses in Spring City. With him are Ms. Lorraine Arm-
                                                 Please see   Spring City          Page 21      brister, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Housing; Litfield Rolle, First Assistant
                                                                                                Secretary, Housing; and Kevin McIntosh, Abaco Housing official.




One of the contractors building houses in
Spring City put in a cathedral ceiling with
a real wood. Ms. Lorraine Armbrister, is
admiring the ceiling. The same contractor        A few of the new houses in Spring City are on a cul-de-sac recently opened up as part of Phase II of government’s project of building
is making high quality cabinets also. The        affordable houses for low income families. The Hon. Kenneth Russell was impressed with the quality of the construction work and the
workmanship of the houses is very good.          progress being made.
                                                                                               September 1 , 2010               The Abaconian                Section A         Page 11


                                               Central Abaco News
    Brown’s Bay Gets                           frozen lemonade. Since this summer has           is able to meet the needs of shoppers. The          Abaco Island
                                               been extremely hot, patrons have surely          campaign will end in October. The winners
    Further Upgrades                           enjoyed these frozen treats. The treats          will be announced shortly after the promo-       Pharmacy is moving
           By Samantha V. Evans                range in price from $3 to $5 each. His           tion ends. The Chemist Shoppe also sells                    By Jennifer Hudson
   The Dundas Town Local Government            business is open Monday to Saturday 11           school and lunch bags. Both stores have           The Abaco Island Pharmacy, which is
Committee has been working hard in their       a.m. to 8 p.m. He is looking forward to          great prices on back to school items that      presently located in Dove Plaza, is moving
community since their election two years       extending his business hoursto Sunday af-        parents can afford.                            to a new location. It will be opening in Sep-
ago, and now they are working to ensure        ternoons from 2-6 p.m.                                                                          tember in the building between Batelco and
that the residents have a safe place to go                                                           Ma Designs & Art                          Every Child Counts. Pharmacist Ricardo
for family fun and relaxation. To provide      Merchants offer back-                                  Center opens                             Miller opened the Abaco Island Pharmacy
such a place, Brown’s Bay was further          to-school promotions                                         By Samantha V. Evans               eight years ago. The business has grown
enhanced and fixed up to add to what the                  By Samantha V. Evans                     A few weeks ago Shamsi Cartwright           and the current premises are no longer
previous committee had done. According            It is time for parents to make back-to-       opened her own business, Ma Designs            adequate for its needs. The new location,
to Chairman Cay Mills, a few months ago        school preparations and to make this easy        and Art Center, a place where children         which is still central and convenient, will
some additional work was started which is      during these tough economic times, two           can have lots of fun, be creative and make     more than double the interior space and has
just about completed. The focus this time      local merchants offered back-to-school           wonderful new things. Children will be         ample parking. The interior has had a ma-
was the completion of the seawall, bath-       promotional initiatives. Bellevue Business       able to explore their talents by painting,     jor renovation and is bright, spacious and
room tiling, adding outdoor showers and        Depot has an initiative where it gives away      t-shirt painting, bead making, scrap book-     very nicely appointed with the welfare of
garbage drums and the construction of          prizes and cash. To enter parents have           ing, cross stitching, cutting and pasting,     customers in mind. As Mr. Miller stated,
benches under the cabanas. The cost of the     to spend $50 or more at which time the           holiday decorating and much more. Par-         “The majority of time people who come in
material and labor is donated by Scurvy        they will become eligible to win wonder-         ents can drop their children off for an hour   here are feeling unwell so we want to try
Few Motorcycle Club. These benches will        ful prizes. The grand prize is a Dell mini       or more for a small fee.                       and lift their spirits.”
allow families a nice place to have a family   laptop and the second prize is a Nintendo           In September she will launch her after-        The bigger space will allow for a much
picnic, eat lunch or just have a quiet place   DS Console. Other smaller prizes will be         school program and care center which will      larger inventory of over-the-counter mer-
to sit and watch the sunset.                   given out as well which include school           operate from 2-6 p.m. A registration fee       chandise and for a greatly expanded phar-
                                               items. Bellevue is well stocked with back        will be charged for all school students. Ad-   macy area. The line of homeopathic medi-
  Aj’s Daiquiris opens                         to school items. This promotion will run         ditionally schools can take their students     cations will be expanded as Mr. Miller has
          By Samantha V. Evans                                                                                                                 noted that his customer base is changing,
   Albert Johnson, a veteran bartender of      through September. The drawing of the top        to the center for a day of fun while they
                                               prizes will be on September 25 at the store      improve their art and design skills. Ses-      and people are becoming much more inter-
20 years, opened AJ’s Daiquiri next door                                                                                                       ested in homeopathic solutions. He will be
to Shell Service Station in Dundas Town.       in Marsh Harbour.                                sions can also be personalized to meet the
                                                  For several years now, the Chemist            needs of groups.                               continuing blood pressure readings with a
According to Mr. Johnson, he opened for                                                                                                        one dollar donation each time going to the
business three weeks ago and so far busi-      Shop has offered its back-to-school promo-          Thursday is the day set aside for group
                                               tion. Since many parents are planning to lo-     sessions which are by appointment only.        Abaco Cancer Society and also cholesterol
ness has been good. He stated that business                                                                                                    and blood sugar testing.
in the hotels is slow now so there is not      cally again this year, this campaign will be     Birthday parties and church groups are
                                               very easy on the pockets of many parents.        hosted at the design and art center.              The new pharmacy will be complying
much work. He did an assessment of what                                                                                                        with the new National Insurance Prescrip-
was missing in the community and opened        To enter, shoppers spending $20 or more             It is located on Don MacKay Boulevard
                                               are instantly entered to win many great priz-    in the Abaco Shopping Center in the new        tion Drug Plan. Mr. Miller is impressed
a daiquiri stand. Daiquiris come in a vari-
ety of flavors including strawberry, pina      es. The Chemist Shoppe sells school sup-         section and is open Monday to Saturday 9
colada, mango and many others. Custom-         plies year round but for back to school, it      a.m. to 6 p.m. The phone number is 554-        Please see   Central               Page 12
ers can also get combination flavors and       ordered additional supplies to ensure that it    8534.
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                              More Central Abaco News
                                               notification and 24-hour technical support.     not know when that will be. He stated that       a survey done which will tell them where
 Central                    From Page 11       Wireless systems can be purchased with          to make the traffic light legal there will       their boundaries are. He added that it is
                                               the same features.                              need to be turning lanes on Don MacKay           the responsibility of the homeowner. But
with the plan the Ministry of Health has
                                                  Executives from the company will be          Boulevard. He realizes that speeding is a        where necessary, the Ministry of Works
put in place to bring health care in The
                                               on Abaco again soon to further promote          problem on Abaco but wants the commu-            will have it done. However, this is not al-
Bahamas more in line with the rest of the
                                               their services. To find out more about the      nity to know that his Ministry will do what      ways the case so property owners should
Caribbean. “This will bring in a new client
                                               services and the cost to get one of these       it can to alleviate this once authorization is   do all of their homework before building.
base, and we are looking forward to as-
                                               packages, persons can call 367-5300 from        given from Nassau.                                  Builders should know that the Ministry
sisting these people with the monitoring of
                                               9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Friday.                     He encouraged locals to drive carefully      of Works has taken over the electrical in-
their health care regimen.”
                                                                                               as with limited zebra crossings and speed        spection from BEC which is required for
   Mr. Miller is assisted by his pharmacist        Ministry of Works’                          bumps, drivers are not adhering to speed-        owners to get electrical service for their
wife, Avalon Miller. They remind custom-
                                                    safety initiative                          ing laws as they should. The speed bumps         home. Additionally, this Ministry now has
ers that they are trained to give advice and
                                                          By Samantha V. Evans                 that are on the island were put in privately     a three-phase electrical inspector who is
make recommendations as to whether cus-
                                                   A few weeks ago workers from the Min-       so he cannot say if his Ministry will sanc-      a part of the building control department.
tomers need to see a doctor.
                                               istry of Works began repainting the zebra       tion his team to put any in place. However,      This person has been here for three weeks
      SSI provides                             crossings (also known as pedestrian cross-      he is hoping that this safety initiative will    and does all final inspections for this Min-
                                               ings) to ensure that the kids are safe when     help drivers abide by the law.                   istry. Mr. Schaefer wants to remind build-
    security for Abaco                         the new school year begins. According to                                                         ers that they are now required to have a
           By Samantha V. Evans
                                               Abaco’s resident Works’ engineer, John
                                                                                                Changes to the home                             riser diagram which is to be completed
   Security System International         has                                                                                                    by a licensed electrician as a part of their
opened an office upstairs in the B & V Plaza
                                               Schaefer, this is an initiative they are do-    inspection regulations
                                               ing in conjunction with the Kiwanis Club                   By Samantha V. Evans                  plans. He is seeing too many plans com-
in Marsh Harbour on August 9. On August                                                                                                         ing in without it. This has to be in place
                                               of Abaco. His crew started by putting              Many persons in the Abaco communi-
16 Chuck Lobosky, Abaco Manager, and                                                                                                            for them to get their inspection certificate.
                                               one crossing on Forest Drive for Central        ties are constructing homes or businesses
Nolan Carey, Marketing Manager, were                                                                                                            This riser will show the load sharing and
                                               Abaco Primary School students and one at        and others are applying for plan approvals
on hand to answer questions from potential                                                                                                      lets BEC know what system it needs to
                                               the Abaco Shopping Center. Both are busy        but sometimes there are delays as the Town
customers. Even though this company is                                                                                                          have in place to provide adequate service
                                               streets so they placed the crossings in these   Planning Board does not meet on a regular
now opening an office on Abaco as a solo                                                                                                        for the building. To apply for this inspec-
                                               two locations first. They have plans to put     basis. As a result of this, John Schaeffer,
company, it has been doing business on the                                                                                                      tion, 48-hour notice is needed and a form
                                               crossings in front of all public and private    Abaco’s engineer with Works is seeing a
island through Seaside Securities. Some of                                                                                                      must be completed. A licensed electrician
                                               schools starting in Central Abaco, then         number of homes going up illegally.
the clients this company has served for the                                                                                                     should be present when this inspection is
                                               they will branch out to north and south Ab-        To prevent such illegal construction,
past seven years include several banks and                                                                                                      being done. These changes may seem like
                                               aco. They plan to work with the Kiwanis         he hopes that Town Planning will approve
Batelco.                                                                                                                                        a lot for some persons, but it is important
                                               Club to put up speed limit, school zone and     plans for building in a timely fashion. He is
   SSI offers many services but the two                                                                                                         that all builders comply so that there will
                                               other safety signs so that drivers and walk-    seeing many building problems as well, es-
services they are promoting on Abaco                                                                                                            not be any delays in them meeting final
                                               ers can be safe on the streets of Abaco.        pecially when it comes to persons not set-
are home and business alarm systems and                                                                                                         inspection requirements.
                                                   Mr. Schaefer would like to see the sec-     ting their building back sufficiently from
closed circuit television. With the alarm
                                               ond traffic light in Marsh Harbour opera-       the road. He stated that buildings being
system, the customer can feel safe knowing
                                               tional. But since it was not paid for by his    constructed on the highway should be 80-
that they have 24-hour monitoring. When
                                               Ministry, he cannot address the matter un-      100 feet from the road and those in settle-
                                                                                                                                                     Advertise in
a customer purchases this package, he can
                                               til allowances are made for it in the next      ments can be nearer. To know how far back            The Abaconian
get fire alarm systems, access control, sur-
                                               road improvement project budget. He does        their building should be, owners should get
veillance cameras, automated gates, police
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                                                hull and threatened to flounder the boat.       pound equaled several U.S. dollars with           Whether you were living on a farm in
  Cherokee Sound                                After some advice from one of our local         20 shillings to the pound and 12 pence to      the U. S. or a remote island in the West
               By Lee Pinder                    fishermen, an immediate S.O.S. was sent         each shilling. In addition, there were two     Indies, everyone looked forward to receiv-
    Trouble on the reef                         out to a salvaging company in Freeport and      half-penny stamps and two penny stamps         ing those catalogs that would bring some
   A 62-foot luxury yacht named the Bella       a rescue vessel was soon enroute.               in that particular George VI Postal Issue in   of the outside world right to your door.
Veloca from Miami was returning to its             It wasn’t long before they moved the boat    1938. So it works out that her stamps cost     Back then they were referred to as “Dream
home base after cruising Abaco waters.          off the reef, but there was still work to be    her perhaps 12 cents, a huge decrease from     Books.” There certainly was not an E-Bay
Those aboard decided to spend the night         done before they could attempt the ocean        todays rate of postage rates.                  back then, but still, I guess they served the
anchored off Little Bay near Cherokee           crossing. All in all, it took about two and a      What is amazing is that the buyer of        same purpose.
Sound. On board were the captain and            half days, but temporary repairs were made,     the stamps just happened to have visited          How thoughtful of that person who pur-
owner of the vessel.                            and they were once again on their way.          Cherokee and had met Lorraine. What a          chased the envelope to think of Lorraine
   During the night the anchor shifted and         Living so close to the sea and being a       coincidence! Because they knew Lorraine,       and get in touch with her and bring back
the heavy boat drifted up onto the reef in      community of fishermen, word quickly gets       they returned a copy of the envelope to her    some memories of a simpler sweeter time
front of Cherokee Sound. The wave action        around when a boat is in peril on the reef,     and her family as a keepsake.                  in her childhood.
tore quite a few dangerous gashes into the      and everyone is concerned for their safety.        Remember, World War II had just
                                                   We can only surmise that once they           ended in May of that year and things were             Storytelling Day
                                                pulled away heading south they completed        just starting to get back to normal. As far       Almost nothing can ever compare with
                                                their journey successfully. But for a short     as Lorraine can remember, being one of         our first Cherokee Day, and people are still
                                                while Cherokee residents kept a constant        Cherokee’s pretty young teenagers, she         talking about it almost 25 years later.
                                                watch from along the shoreline, waiting,        was probably looking for a new outfit for         However, the most memorable part of
                                                anticipating the worst, yet hoping for the      the holidays that she could wear on a Sat-     that day in January 1986 was the renewal
                                                best.                                           urday afternoon when all the unmarried         of old friendships and the experience of
                                                                                                young ladies strolled the streets around       stepping back in time to visit a place of
                                                  Long lost Cherokee                            town with the idea of catching themselves      one’s childhood, as many persons with
                                                                                                a beau. After many long years of ration-       Cherokee roots came back for a visit.
                                                 letter found on E-Bay                                                                            We were once described as coming up
                                                   They say you can find almost anything        ing and having to do without “for the war
                                                                                                effort,” she had placed an order with Na-      “out of the doldrums.” There is no doubt
                                                you want on E-Bay and I guess “they” are                                                       about the fact that today’s Cherokee is dif-
                                                right.                                          tional Bellas Hess, one of the popular mail
                                                                                                order businesses in New York that would        ferent in lots of ways, and yet, it’s still the
                                                   Actually Cherokee is hardly more than                                                       same.
                                                a fly speck on the world map and prob-          ship merchandise to The Bahamas. Other
                                                                                                well known mail order houses were Mont-           Before 1954 we were cut off from the
                                                ably 99 percent of the world’s population                                                      mainland like many of the other settlements
                                                couldn’t even find us. But someone look-        gomery Ward and Sears Roebuck & Co. In
                                                                                                Chicago, Illinois.                             and the only mode of transportation was
                                                ing for rare stamps found an old envelope                                                      by mail boat. We had a little more contact
This is the envelope of a letter sent by Lor-   with a return address simply marked Lor-           Lorraine would have purchased a postal
raine Pinder of Cherokee Sound to Na-                                                           order from the Post Office in Cherokee to      when J.B. Crockett pushed through a road
                                                raine Pinder, Cherokee Sound, and dated                                                        to Big Mangrove. Big Mangrove was on
tional Bellas Hess in 1945. It was found        November 15, 1945. That is 65 years ago.        cover the cost of her order. I wonder if it
on E-Bay by a person who had met Ms.                                                            may also been lost in some filing cabinet      the mainland and a dinghy boat ride away
                                                   The coveted stamps were Bahamian
Pinder and who sent it to Ms. Pinder as         George VI stamps valued in English              somewhere? It just may turn up someday
                                                                                                                                               Please see   South                  Page 15
a keepsake.                                     pounds (our currency of the day). Each          too.




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                                  More South Abaco News
                                                the public and some new and unique crafts          A historic wedding in                            business operation.
 South                       From Page 14       items. Some will be on sale. We feel this is                                                           Jennifer’s (the bride’s) mother, Sue, was
from Cherokee. But then we could ride a         one day you won’t want to miss.                      Casuarina Point                                four years old at the time. This was the first
pick-up truck into Marsh Harbour.                  The plan is to bring back many of the                      By Jennifer Hudson                    family here and there was no water or elec-
   Even with the road pushed all the way        games and competitions remembered from               The thunderclouds rolled back, the rain        tricity. Later Owens Illinois started build-
through to Cherokee, for better or worse,       the old Empire Day celebrations. And              stopped and the sun shone for a beautiful         ing regular homes and a total of 53 were
we are still a pretty remote little piece of    our quilting ladies, under the direction of       and rather historic wedding on the beach at       completed, 35 on the ocean side and 18
Abaco. We are definitely unique, but our        Joanne Sturrup, a Cherokee roots’ person          Casuarina Point on August 9. Jennifer Ste-        across the road for managers, supervisors
residents like it that way. Some hope it will   herself, will be raffling off another of their    venson and Thomas Ramsey were joined              and specialists. Bob Chandler soon built his
never change, especially our second home        beautiful handmade quilts. You could be           in matrimony by Vernon Malone with her            own house, the first private home built in
residents.                                      the lucky winner with the purchase of only        11-year-old sister, Julia, as bridesmaid.         Casuarina Point, hoping to encourage other
   Every once in awhile we get a chance to      one ticket.                                          What made the wedding so historically          managers to build their own homes. Teach-
re-live some of those moments out of our           A bake stall will offer lots of homemade       special was the fact that her grandfather,        ers were hired by Owens Illinois from the
past and on October 11 we will do it again.     goodies, conch salad, conch fritters and          Bob Chandler, worked as Project Manager           United States and Canada to start a school
   We’re hoping some of Cherokee’s best         homemade ice cream. The grill will be             for Bahamas Agricultural Industries Lim-          for the children of the employees living in
“Storytellers” will be here to help reminis-    kept going all day with delicious hamburg-        ited (BAIL), a subsidiary of the Owens Il-        Casuarina Point and so the first school for
cence about some of those long forgotten        ers.                                              linois Company at Snake Cay in the 1960s.         mangers’ children was begun in Casuarina
“good old days.” We are going to show              We can’t possibly compete with any of          He started coming here in 1965 in prepara-        Point in a porta-camp.
off some of our local talent. There will be     the bigger fairs and fund raisers held around     tion for a move in 1966 to assist in estab-          Bob Chandler, his wife Naomi, and their
an art exhibition, a display of local artists   the island these days, but our aim is for ev-     lishing the sugar cane operation.                 four children lived in Casuarina Point until
with works that have never been viewed by       eryone to come and enjoy an afternoon of             Since then he has spent many hours             1969 when the sugar cane operation closed
                                                fun and relaxation with fellow Abaconians.        over the years relating interesting stories       down. The family loved the years spent in
                                                                               Any      funds     to his family of his enjoyable time spent         Casuarina Point and have many fond mem-
                                                                               raised     will    living at Casuarina Point. So when his            ories. They said that the area was magnifi-
                                                                               benefit     the    granddaughter became engaged last year,           cent and was maintained to the nth degree
                                                                               W.W.Sands          she immediately asked her parents if she          by the company with all of the properties
                                                                               Community          could get married at Casuarina Point. Her         beautifully landscaped. When they returned
                                                                               Center Res-        mother, having spent several years here           for a visit 10 years later, they were sad to
                                                                               toration and       as a child and absolutely loving it, readily      see that the homes deteriorated. During
                                                                               Maintenance        agreed.                                           the 1970s they made a couple more return
                                                                               Fund in Cher-         In 1966 Bob Chandler arrived from              trips to Casuarina Point, one of them for a
                                                                               okee.              the United States with his wife and four          Service Awards Banquet for long term em-
                                                                                  So, mark        young children, aged four, six, seven and         ployees. Their last visit prior to the wed-
                                                                               your     calen-    eight years, to take up residence in one of       ding was 10 years ago.
                                                                               dars     NOW       the cottages owned by the Owens Illinois             The Chandler family have noted sev-
                                                                               for October        Company at Casuarina Point. When the              eral changes since they lived in Casuarina
                                                                               11, 2010, and      subdivision of Casuarina Point in South           Point, the main ones being the number of
                                                                               come to Cher-      Abaco was first developed, the developer          new homes, some of them much larger, and
                                                                               okee.              built five small cabins on spec along the         the presence of a canal running through the
                                                                                                  shoreline. Owens Illinois bought these cab-
                                                                                                  ins as residences for its company manag-           Please see   South                Page 19
                                                                                                  ers, thus providing a starting point for their



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                                                People in the News
                                                quickly removed the prosthetic leg, deftly   achieving this honour at the ceremony and         Mrs. Parotti began learning the art of
   Ironman competitor                           wiping sweat from his leg, and reattached    explained that a black belt can be awarded     Judo as a young Girl Guide when she took
   vacations on Abaco                           the leg. With an easy smile, Glasbrenner     in two categories: fighting and coaching.      it up in order to earn her Sea Rangers Self
          By Canishka Alexander                 shared that life has been good to him, so    A young man of 15 years was the other re-      Defense badge. She fell in love with the
   Ironman Jeff Glasbrenner zipped              much so that he is a motivational speaker    cipient and won his in the fighting category   sport immediately as she found that she
through downtown Marsh Harbour head-            when at home in Little Rock, Arkansas.       while Mrs. Parotti won hers for coaching.      could do this sport well. “I enjoy the struc-
ing for the airport road at top speed. In          Waving goodbye and giving a thumbs        She was very proud to have finally earned      ture of the sport and the science of how to
most cases, seeing a person running in          up sign, he headed back into town to meet    her black belt after participating in the      use leverage,“ she stated.
soaring high temperatures throughout the        his family, who was vacationing with him     sport for 32 years and termed it “a major
                                                on Abaco.                                    achievement.”                                  Please see   People               Page 17
day would not be remarkable. However,
seeing a man run with a prosthetic leg is
simply astonishing unless, of course, you
                                                  Regina Parotti earns                             H.G. Christie honours its top agents
witnessed Glasbrenner in action.                   Black Belt in Judo
   Born on Jan. 20, 1973, he was eight                     By Jennifer Hudson
years old when his life was changed for-           Regina Parotti was recently awarded
ever. While on his family’s farm in Wis-        her black belt in Judo during a ceremony
consin, his pant leg became entangled in a      in Nassau. She was one of two persons
hay cutter, and sawed his leg off in the pro-
cess. Tragic, yes, but Glasbrenner refused
to wallow in self pity. Instead, he soon be-
came involved in the sport of wheelchair
basketball.
   He didn’t stop there.
   The triathlon event soon caught his atten-
tion because of its challenging nature. He
first competed in the 2006 Ironman World
Championship in Kona, Hawaii, and since
then he has been recognized as the most
valuable player on several occasions. He
has earned many sportsmanship awards,                                                        H.G. Christie Ltd. honored its top real estate agents for 2009 at a luncheon recently held
and he has acquired countless medals.                                                        in Nassau. John Christie, Vice President of H.G. Christie Ltd. said, “Despite 2009 being
   On May 1 he completed his 8th Ironman                                                     a tough economic year, we’re excited to announce the exceptional achievements of our
competition at the Ironman St. George in                                                     top producing agents.” The agents included Dwayne Wallas of the Marsh Harbour office.
Utah. The event is considered as one of the                                                  Gifts were presented to each of them including an all-inclusive trip to the 2010 National
toughest Ironman competitions. It incor-                                                     Association of Realtors Conference being held in November in New Orleans. Mr. Wallas
porates 8,000 feet of climbing on the bike                                                   said, “2009 was a tough year for anyone who works in the business. Over the past four-
course and an exceptionally difficult run-                                                   plus years since my relocation from Nassau, I’ve put significant effort into making con-
ning course.                                                                                 tacts and networking within my new home, the Abaco community. Additionally, I focused
   Despite his many accomplishments,                                                         on building solid relationships with good friends and keen colleagues. These efforts seem
however, life has humbled him. As he pre-                                                    to have started to pay off.” Shown are the top producing agents Samara Albury, Donna
pared to head back into Marsh Harbour, he                                                    Laing Jones, Cara Christie, John Christie and Dwayne Wallas.
was fortunate to find a bench convenient-
                                                 Regina Parotti has earned her Black Belt
ly located under the shade of a tree. He
                                                 in Judo.




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                                More People in the News
                                               some time in                                    then the A Captains License – all accom-      has now be-
 People                      From Page 16                                                      plished by the time he was 18 years old.
                                               September                                                                                     come       her
   After Mrs. Parotti moved to Abaco 18        with Camp-                                         Tevon attended Holland College in Can-     favourite
years ago, she helped Sensei Toote for a       bell Ship-                                      ada where he became certified in bridge       event.      At
while, then met Sensei Rahming, who ini-       ping, but he                                    watch, basic marine, first aid, and earned    14 she com-
tiated the Abaco Judo Club under the Ba-       is uncertain                                    a standard training certification in watch    peted in the
hamas Judo Federation, which has classes       about     the                                   keeping. He was selected as the top leader    Junior CAC
every Saturday morning in St. Francis de       countries                                       in his class.                                 games for
Sales School during the school year. She       they      will                                     His plans are to major in marine trans-    the Bahamas
has been coaching for him since May of         travel     to.                                  portation and minor in global studies and     in Santa Do-
                                                                     Tevon Strachan
2009. She has recently been assisting three    He has al-                                      marine affairs, and he eventually hopes to    mingo and
young lads for a prestigious international     ready worked with Campbell Shipping and         become a master sergeant.                     was      very
competition in Nassau on August 7.             completed a three-month contract with the                                                     successful
   There are two things Mrs. Parotti would     company earlier this year.
                                                                                                   Abaco Girl Excels                         in coming
                                                                                                            By Jennifer Hudson
like to see change on Abaco regarding the         He is fascinated about the maritime in-                                                    3rd overall.
                                                                                                  Eighteen-year-old Zinia Miller is a
Judo classes. One is to see more females       dustry because it has become a career for                                                     She went on
                                                                                               young lady for whom dedication and hard                                Zinia Miller
joining. Her second wish is for Judo to be     him. “It’s now a passion; something I en-                                                     to compete
                                                                                               work are paying off in a big way, and she
a year-round sport. She would like for the     joy doing,” he said. “I am doing my best to                                                   in Carifta in
                                                                                               is a role model for all young people. Zinia
Judo Club to have a building where they        be an example for all of the other Abaco-                                                     Guadeloupe. There, as a 15-year-old she
                                                                                               graduated in June from the Florida Air
could hold summer camps and not have to        nian Cadets and maybe even students that                                                      competed in high jump against 17-year-
                                                                                               Academy in Melbourne, Florida, where
close during school holidays.                  are interested in the career. If I leave for                                                  olds. “I did a lot of hard training for that
                                                                                               she excelled not only in academics but also
   Congratulations to Mrs. Parotti for her     sea in September, I will be at sea for ap-                                                    but it paid off,” she said.
                                                                                               in athletics. While in 10th Grade at Forest
years of dedication to the sport and finally   proximately six months after which I will                                                        While at Florida Air Academy, she
                                                                                               Heights Academy she was offered a full
achieving the honour of a black belt. “It      return home to rest. Now is the best time                                                     made history by being the first female to
                                                                                               scholarship to the Florida Air Academy
is a sport which combines structure, dis-      to join the industry because it’s growing!”                                                   represent the school at the state level of
                                                                                               when a recruitment officer attended her
cipline, science, self defense and is a fat-      He said that the world depends on the                                                      competition and won silver medals in all
                                                                                               school and noted her outstanding grades
burning sport which induces good physical      maritime and shipping industry to transport                                                   her events which were high jump, long
                                                                                               and athletic involvement.
fitness,” she says, and strongly encourages    goods and cargo from country to country.                                                      jump and 200 metres. Just four days be-
                                                                                                  When she graduated from the Florida
young people to join.                          He added that it is the only way to trans-                                                    fore graduating the University of Iowa
                                                                                               Air Academy in June, Zinia had A grades
                                               port bulk cargo overseas.                                                                     called her with the great news. “We want
          Maritime                                “The industry will not die, and it pro-
                                                                                               in five of her six subjects and had served
                                                                                                                                             to make you a Hawk Eye.” She left Abaco
                                                                                               as teacher’s assistant. Although Zinia
       student travels                         vides an opportunity to travel and experi-                                                    on August 14 on a full four-year athletic
                                                                                               found it tough transitioning from family
          By Canishka Alexander                ence diverse cultures as well as being an                                                     scholarship to the University of Iowa.
                                                                                               to boarding school, she was grateful for
   Tevon Strachan is an Abaco Marine Ca-       extremely lucrative career,” he said, en-                                                        While at university Zinia has set herself
                                                                                               the experience saying that it taught her a
det who has already travelled to a number      thusiastically.                                                                               goals to increase her height in high jump
                                                                                               lot of independence and the ability to make
of provinces of China. Now we learn that          After graduating from St. Francis de                                                       from five feet eight inches to six feet and
                                                                                               decisions.
he has applied to the Maine Maritime Col-      Sales School, Tevon went to Suny Mari-                                                        her distance in the long jump from 18 feet
                                                                                                  Zinia’s athletic prowess was discovered
lege in the hopes of attending that institu-   time College in New York. Next, he com-                                                       five inches to 20 feet. Zinia intends to re-
                                                                                               when she was in 4th Grade. She began as
tion next year.                                pleted his captain’s license course where                                                     main devoted to her academic studies with
                                                                                               a distance runner but a coach soon discov-
   In the meantime, he will leave for sea      he acquired his B Captain’s License and                                                       her sights set on becoming a veterinarian.
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                                                Police Crime Report
   Stealing From A Vehicle - On August          from Murphy Town. The assailant was ar-            Stealing From a Vehicle - On August          Bahamas Star Farm reported that a person
10 a resident of Murphy Town reported           rested.                                         20 a car belonging to a resident of Cedar       known to him went to his him and hit him
that someone forced entry to the trunk of          Shop Breaking & Stealing - On August         Harbour was broken into and an assort-          in his face with a rock.
his car and stole two speakers valued at        18 someone broke a window at a restaurant       ment of fishing and diving equipment was           Causing Damage - On August 21 a po-
$830 and an amplifier valued at $200. The       in Fox Town and stole six cartons of ciga-      stolen from the trunk. The owner had left       lice officer reported that a tire on his truck
person named a suspect.                         rettes, one bottle of gin and one bottle of     her car on the S.C. Bootle Highway near         had been punctured while it was parked at
   Threats of Death - On August 10 a            vodka altogether valued at $50.                 the Cedar Harbour dump as she had me-           his residence. Later five juveniles of Sandy
resident of Spring City was approached             Stealing By Reason of Employment -           chanical problems.                              Point were arrested.
by a man he knew, also from Spring City,        On August 13 an employee of a business             Assault - On August 22 a resident of
who pulled a cutlass on him and threaten        in Marsh Harbour stole $19,614.45 from
to kill him. This incident took place at a
service station in Marsh Harbour.
                                                the safe. The employee admitted to taking
                                                the deposit and returned all the cheques                 Police Holds Town
   House Breaking - On August 12 a              and $2,620 in cash leaving a balance of
contractor from Fire Road reported that
someone stole building materials from his
                                                $2,777. The employee admitted to the of-
                                                fence, was charged with stealing and was
                                                                                                       Meeting in Dundas Town
construction site in Spring City. The value     released on bail.                                          By Samantha V. Evans                 departments and in the north, central and
of these items totaled $3,984.04.                    Sudden Death (Suspicious Circum-              In an effort to keep the communities of      south districts.
   Stealing - On August 12 a resident of        stances) - On August 20 an unknown black        Dundas Town and Murphy Town informed               In the second half of this year, Supt.
Cedar Harbour reported that someone             male was found laying on the road in Cen-       as to what is happening in their areas, the     Curry explained that they plan to continue
stole 10 sheets of green board Sheetrock        tral Pines Estates. He appeared to be intox-    Royal Bahamas Police Force hosted a town        with many of the initiatives started earlier
valued at $150 from his home under con-         icated. He later died at the Marsh Harbour      meeting at the Dundas Town Burial Society       in the year, including school patrols and
struction in Wood Cay.                          Government Clinic. He was later identified      on August 11. This meeting was the first        visits, neighborhood visits and community
   Disorderly Behavior, Assaulting a Po-        as a resident of Central Pines Estates. A       of many to be hosted by the police depart-      walk-a-bouts, dialogue with the media as
lice Officer, Causing Damage - On Au-           check of the body did not show any vis-         ment.                                           well as training and retraining staff. He
gust 14 a Murphy Town woman was ar-             ible signs of injuries. As a result of police      Each of the officers in charge of the var-   assured residents that they would see im-
rested in the parking lot of a bar in Murphy    officers inquiring about the man from his       ious divisions gave updated reports to the      provements in the manner in which the
Town after she popped a gold neck-chain         neighbours, it appears that he was involved     residents and it was revealed that though       police address the public and said he was
off a police officer. It is estimated to cost   in an altercation with a neighbour who was      there have been some incidents, crime on        looking forward to a rejuvenation of the
$148 to repair. She was later released on       questioned. An autopsy will be performed        Abaco from January 1 to June 30 has been        community youth marching band.
$1,500 police bail, agreeing to appear in       to determine the exact cause of death.          minimal, which can be credited to the of-          He is looking into the force acquiring
the Magistrate’s Court in Marsh Harbour            Housebreaking & Stealing - On Au-            ficers beefing up patrols and the commu-        new police cars so that they can respond
on August 18.                                   gust 21 a house in Central Pines Estates        nities working together to help the Police      more speedily to complaints and patrol
   House Breaking - On August 15 a visi-        was broken into and two sets of bedroom         Force keep the neighborhoods safe.              the communities better. He hopes to attain
tor from Italy staying at Mariners Cove in      furniture and one set of living room furni-        After some presentations by various of-      some more motorcyclists in the traffic de-
Treasure Cay reported that someone stole        ture were stolen. Value is unknown.             ficers such as Sgt. Johnson, who offered        partment who can help to minimize traffic
$1,100 U.S. cash and $350 Euros from the           Stolen Vessel - On August 21 a 33-foot       fire prevention and general safety tips for     infractions.
top drawer of the night stand in his bedroom.   Pursuit with twin 250 HP Yamaha engines         the hurricane season, Supt. Noel Curry             According to Sgt. Henfield from the
   Vagrancy Arrest Report -On August            was stolen from a private dock on Guana         spoke to the meeting at length. He is proud     Traffic Department, 273 traffic infractions
15 a man was arrested near a bar in Trea-       Cay. The boat was later found afloat two        of the work his officers are doing on Abaco     have already been reported for the year
sure Cay and was charged with vagrancy          miles north of Guana Cay and was recov-         and is pleased with the level of dialogue       and police are appealing to the Abaco com-
after he was unable to give a satisfactory      ered. The boat was stolen a second time         that has taken place between police and res-    munity to abide by the traffic regulations.
account of himself.                             from the dock. This time it was found on        idents of the community. He said that even      Otherwise, they will be penalized.
   Assault - On August 17 a minor of            the rocks a short distance from the dock.       though they are short-staffed, with only 50
Murphy Town was taken to the police after       The ignition switch had been tampered           police officers in the whole of Abaco, they     Please see   Police                Page 19
he was assaulted and beaten by a male also      with.                                           have fine leaders at the helm of the various



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                                                                                                September 1 , 2010               The Abaconian                Section A         Page 19


 Police                      From Page 18       on weekends, increased police patrols of                 The Boy Scouts had a
                                                streets and a speedy turn-around in reports.
   At the end of the presentation, several
residents asked questions and made sug-
                                                   The police force will continue the
                                                Thursday morning show on the Bahamas
                                                                                                          good sailing season
gestions. Some of the concerns were clos-       Christian Network to apprise the public of                    By Mirella Santillo                was captained by Bruce Ost, who had the
ing down drug houses and penalizing traf-       what is going on. It is likely to become a          This year’s Boy Scout season was a very      help of a first mate this year, 15-year-old
fic offenses. Residents showed a desire for     call-in show in the coming months.               successful one, according to Kim Cansler,       Will Claridge. The Shear Water can ac-
increased police presence at the airport                                                         director of The Bahamas Sea Base. Boy           commodate 22 Scouts and a crew of two.
                                                                                                 Scout troops come to Abaco with their              Their daily journeys took them to Man-
                                                                                                 Scout leaders for a one-week trip, staying      O-War, where they discovered Out Island
                                                                                                 on a sailboat to learn sailing techniques and   hospitality at the home of Miss Lola, while
                                                                                                 navigation. August 10 marked the end of         enjoying her famous cinnamon buns. They
                                                                                                 the 23rd Scout season on Abaco, which           received a dose of local culture and history
                                                                                                 this year saw 1300 Scouts visiting Abaco        when they visited the Hope Town Museum
                                                                                                 from February to August.                        and excitedly climbed the lighthouse.
                                                                                                    Mrs. Cansler replaced Capt. Joe Mag-            Mrs. Cansler mentioned that each group
                                                                                                 gio last year as Director of the Sea Base       of visitors was asked for an evaluation at
                                                                                                 program. Capt. Maggio still works for the       the end of their stay and a recurring an-
                                                                                                 Sea Base, but now in the capacity of Ma-        swer was how welcome they had felt and
                                                                                                 rine Superintendent.                            how appreciative they were of the Abaco
                                                                                                    During their week-long stay, the Scouts      community. She personally appreciated the
                                                                                                 took trips through the Sea of Abaco from        help of Mr. Leland Russell and Mr. Troy
                                                                                                 their Marsh Harbour base. These trips           Mills at the Port Authority for facilitating
                                                                                                 were sometimes challenging, said Mrs.           the process of licensing the Captains and
The police held a community meeting for residents of Dundas Town and Murphy Town to              Cansler, as the visitors – some from the        the nine boats of the fleet.
inform them of their work and to ask for cooperation. They gave reports of their activi-         East Coast but most from the Mid-West –            The Sea Base program has been major
ties for the first half of this year and discussed their goals for the remainder of the year.    had never been near the sea before. They        contributor to the local economy over the
                                                                                                 were taught sailing, snorkeling and respect     years and the director thinks that, in spite
                                                                                                 for the reefs and the environment.              of a slight slow down in spring compared
                                                wish when her grandparents, parents and             This year there were nine boats in the       to previous years, this season’s contribu-
 South                       From Page 15
                                                brother and sister all came down here for        fleet used for the program, including the       tion to the Abaco economy was over a
area which was excavated in the 1980s.          her wedding. They stayed in the house just       catamaran Shear Water, which took the           $1,300,000.
   The family now lives in Northern Mich-       three doors down from the house Bob and          place of the famous William H. Albury,             Mrs. Cansler thinks that, according to
igan but loves to reminisce over old times      Naomi built for their family in the 1960s.       sold last year and now based in Jamaica.        the reservation records, next year’s atten-
here. Sue, the youngest daughter, has al-          Talking to me about their time in Ca-         The Shear Water, a center-cockpit vessel,       dance should be back to normal.
ways wanted to come back and has kept           suarina Point brought back so many won-
in touch and shared stories via the Abaco       derful memories for the family that they
message board. Her daughter, Jenny, has         told me later when I attended the wedding
always wanted to visit Casuarina Point          that they had stayed up that night talking
with her parents and grandparents to see        and reminiscing late into the evening about
                                                their wonderful time in Casuarina Point.
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where they lived as she has seen pictures of                                                                Donate Used Items to Be Sold in
Casuarina Point around the house and has        They definitely want to come back again,
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    Human trafficking is topic of seminar
             By Mirella Santillo                 Convention regarding human trafficking,         reach prosecution. “Human trafficking has       information, from planning the topic, to
   A three-day training seminar was held in      The Bahamas enacted The Trafficking             to be determined and at what level.” For        how to dress, behave and talk to hold an
Marsh Harbour on August 17-19 address-           in Persons (Prevention and Suppression)         human trafficking to exist, an adult has to     audience captive and interested. During
ing the problem of human trafficking. The        Act in 2008. The training group handed          be recruited, coerced and forced into some      the three days the participants divided in
training was geared to the personnel of          out a copy of the Act of which Elsworth         work or situation they cannot get out of        groups to rehearse various cases that they
government agencies with the understand-         Johnson, a legal representative from the        easily. In the case of children only recruit-   acted in front of the others, either on an
ing that they would in turn train others and     Etienne Dupuch School of Law, outlined          ing and forced labor are sufficient to prove    individual basis or as a tag-team, as demon-
spread awareness on human trafficking in         the most important points. They included        human trafficking; coercion is not neces-       strated by two of the presenters, Ms. Muel-
their communities.                               acts linked to trafficking such as unlawful     sary. She mentioned that more and more          ler and Gayle Outten Moncur, a represen-
   Most people attending were aware of           withholding of identification papers and        not only women and children were submit-        tative of NEMA who relayed each other
smuggling, but many did not know that            transporting or housing a person for the        ted to exploitation through trafficking, but    during most of the seminar.
human trafficking was rampant in the Ca-         purpose of exploiting such as prostitution.     also men who are lured into near slavery           As the end of the seminar, the partici-
ribbean with people from Haiti, Domini-          The Act covers the restitution to the victim    on the hope of bettering their material situ-   pants were asked what they would do with
can Republic, Jamaica, Guyana and other          and sentencing guidelines. It provides as-      ation.                                          the information they had collected. They
countries being lured to travel to other         sistance and protection for the safety of the      The role of the Women’s Bureau is to         all agreed that they would organize first a
countries or even within their own country       victims and addresses prevention.               bring awareness, hence the partnership with     town meeting and several church meetings
for exploitation. The Bahamas in particu-           However, in spite of The Bahamas be-         the International Organization for Migration    in order to spread the information rather
lar is one of the top destinations for human     ing a member of the United Nations’ Con-        which has helped with training key people.      going through a training process. Police
trafficking, perhaps because of the higher       vention and its adherence to the United            Because the trainees were expected           Investigator Oswald Moore from Cooper’s
per capita income compare to other Carib-        Nations’ Protocol, there is no national task    to spread the awareness through public          Town said that being the only policeman
bean countries. The class was introduced to      force or national plan of action in place       speaking, for example, in town or church
the three “P’s” - prevention, protection and     addressing human trafficking, hence the         meetings, they were given guidelines on         Please see   Seminar             Page 21
prosecution.                                     need to inform the public and to bring          how to put together a scenario for public
   The first point brought to the attention of   awareness through seminars and training
the participants was the difference between      to achieve prevention and possible pros-
“smuggling” and “trafficking.” Smuggling         ecution.
involves facilitating entry in a country ille-      Since 2005 Chissey Mueller, a present-
gally with the agreement of the person be-       er from the International Organization for
ing smuggled. It is a crime against a state.     Migration, has been partnering with the
Trafficking involves mobilizing or recruit-      Women’s Bureau through a series of semi-
ing a person by means of abduction, fraud        nars held in New Providence and Grand
or false promises for the purpose of servi-      Bahama.
tude, forced labor or sexual exploitation.          Lynn Symonette, a representative of the
Human trafficking is a crime against the         Women’s Bureau who has been involved
individual. Poverty, lack of employment,         in the training, stated that The Bahamas,
gender discrimination and lack of informa-       being involved in international law, is
tion are some of the causes for individuals      obligated to take steps to dismantle any
to be lured. Demand for inexpensive labor        form of violence and trafficking. Since the
and restrictive immigration laws fuel the        enactment of the Trafficking in Persons
crime together with monetary reward for          Act, no one has been prosecuted so far.
the traffickers.                                 Pressure is being put on The Bahamas,           A two-day seminar was held to inform those in government departments and other inter-
   Because it joined the United Nations’         she said, but a strong case is needed to        ested persons of the problem of human trafficking and human smuggling that is prevalent
                                                                                                 throughout the Caribbean and The Bahamas. Many of aspects of the problems were dis-
                                                                                                 cussed and the Bahamian laws covering these problem were explained. Shown is Chissey
                                                                                                 Mueller from the International Organization for Migration. She is part of a group orga-
                                                                                                 nizing a series of seminars in New Providence and Grand Bahama.

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                                                                                                                                            with nicely landscaped yards.” He was
                                             tend by the Department of Social Services       Spring City                 From Page 10       pleased with the yards of several homes
 Seminar                From Page 20
                                             which was coordinating the event. Alto-                                                        that were built in Phase I and would like
attending, he would be expected to brief     gether 25 persons participated represent-      all done, he added, “it will probably be the
                                                                                                                                            to see the same done throughout the com-
other members of the force on what he had    ing many government departments.               best planned subdivision on Abaco. We are
                                                                                                                                            munity.
learnt. Many persons mentioned that from                                                    about to let the contracts go out to bid on
                                                                                                                                               Government will be speaking with the
now on they                                                                                 the roads for Spring City, the power lines
                                                                                                                                            few residents of Spring City that live in
will look on                                                                                and the water very soon.”
                                                                                                                                            houses dating to the logging days on Grand
certain persons                                                                                When the contracts for the roads, lights
                                                                                                                                            Bahama to encourage and possible assist
in a different                                                                              and water have been dealt with, the appli-
                                                                                                                                            them to have their homes upgraded or have
light, trying to                                                                            cations for purchasing the homes will be
                                                                                                                                            a new one built, giving them the opportuni-
learn about the                                                                             dealt with “vary rapidly” so that as soon
                                                                                                                                            ty to have a better home as the sub-division
person before                                                                               as everything is completed, persons will be
                                                                                                                                            expands.
judging.                                                                                    able to move in almost immediately.
                                                                                                                                               Water and Sewerage has already been
   It was agreed                                                                               Mr. Russell said, “What I’ve seen in
                                                                                                                                            contracted to provide more water to the
that the first                                                                              Spring City so far is the lack of care to the
                                                                                                                                            area via a pipe from Marsh Harbour, ac-
number to call                                                                              lawn and landscaping. I hope that changes
                                                                                                                                            cording to Mr. Russell, with work expect-
to report pos-                                                                              with the new inhabitants raising the level
                                                                                                                                            ed to begin shortly.
sible cases of
human traffick-
ing was the po-                                                                               A $300 cart carries $30 to
lice who in turn
would       alert
other agencies.
                                                                                               $50 worth of groceries
   Members of
                  Chrissey Mueller, one of the presenters at a seminar on Human Traf-
various agen-
                  ficking, is enjoying a conversation with Millie Dawkins of Tourism and
cies had been
                  Charlemae Fernander of Social Services.
invited to at-




                                                                                             Grocery stores bear the expense of having to replace grocery carts as many walk away
                                                                                             as shown here. These carts cost $300. So the customers have to absorb the cost of every
Many government departments were represented at the seminar on human trafficking and         cart that is taken from the store and not returned. No wonder our groceries cost so much!
human smuggling. Some of them are shown here.
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 Bahamahost program has been revamped
             By Jennifer Hudson                is still important, he saw the need for more   now only take up the first workshop and                     so that visitors will know that service here
   The 31st Bahamahost session for Abaco       customer-service skills. A survey was car-     further sessions will address more person-                  is exceptional.
opened on August 16 in the Ministry of         ried out to find out what visitors want to     al topics such as attitude check, personal                     A new high school training programme
Tourism Training Centre. Dushinka Rob-         know, see and experience. This led to the      image and branding of oneself, customer                     is also being offered. The course is be-
erts, who is in charge of Abaco’s Baha-        newly revamped Bahamahost programme.           diversity, the visitors’ voices and tourists’               ing offered in schools in Nassau and the
mahost Programme, was very pleased with        Consultants were brought in to assist with     health and safety.                                          Ministry is hoping to offer it in schools on
the number of persons who signed up to         the preparation of the new curriculum.            Ms. Roberts stated, “The Ministry                        Abaco. “There is definitely a need for it
participate which meant that they have a          Previous Bahamahost programmes con-         wants us to see how we can maintain our                     here, and we would like to see all of the
full class. “I am pleased that so many peo-    sisted of a series of 30 lectures but now      edge. People here are lackadaisical, and                    students coming out of high school with the
ple share the vision and see the importance    there are four separate modules:               we need to get back to where we used to                     Bahamahost certification.
of the Bahamahost programme,” she said.           • “My Bahamas” Product Knowledge            be. We need the right people for the ser-                      Ms. Roberts is very excited about the
   Ms. Roberts stated that although the Ba-       • Professional Service Excellence           vice industry. Although the Bahamahost                      new programme. “It is a wonderful pro-
hamahost programme has been running for           • Sustainable Tourism                       programme is mandated for only taxi driv-                   gramme and is much better now,” she
30 years, this year’s course is number one        • Leadership Excellence.                    ers, it is beneficial to everyone; and I en-                says. “Tourism is everyone’s business,
of a completely revamped format so this           Instructor for the first session was Du-    courage people to sign up.”                                 and we all have to do our part. Our visitors
year’s Bahamahost participants are making      shinka Roberts, and instructors for the           The revamped Bahamahost offers a cor-                    have spoken and the new programme ad-
history. The Ministry of Tourism and Avi-      remaining workshops were Juliette Mc-          porate training component and the goal is                   dresses the things they need.”
ation and its partners have made significant   Cafferty, Athena Russell and Simmone           to have 60 percent of employees certified
changes to make the course more relevant       Bowe. A very attractive and helpful book-
to today’s needs. In the past the focus has    let has been designed for each workshop.
been on the memorization of cultural and
historical facts, but now the course is more
                                               This new programme is very interactive.
                                               Whereas before if someone missed a
                                                                                              Summer Reading Book Club
customer-service oriented. Ms. Roberts         week, he could get the facts from a friend
stated that the change came about because
Minister of Tourism and Aviation, Vin-
                                               and just learn them. Now they have to be
                                               there to take part. A tour of Marsh Har-
                                                                                                Motivates Kids to Read
cent Vanderpool Wallace, felt that while a     bour was included in the first workshop.                 By Samantha V. Evans                              in problem areas. Math sessions are pro-
knowledge of Bahamian history and culture      History, geography, flora and fauna will          The 2nd Annual Summer Reading Book                       vided. The Summer Reading Book Club
                                                                                              Club took place at Friendship Tabernacle                    used special books along with level readers
                                                                                              Church Hall on July 13 - August 6. The                      targeting the child’s current reading level
                                                                                              program was geared towards improv-                          to improve fluency and comprehension
                                                                                              ing students’ overall reading skills. This                  skills. The cost was $30 per week with half
                                                                                              year, however, the focus was somewhat                       price tuition given for siblings.
                                                                                              different in that the program was aimed                        The coordinator of this program was
                                                                                              at reaching lower primary students rather                   Theodora Fernander, who is a teacher at
                                                                                              than all school-age children. This allowed                  Central Abaco Primary School. About 20
                                                                                              more progress to be made for the students                   students were involved in the program and
                                                                                              involved.                                                   got a chance to benefit from individual as
                                                                                                 This year the students received attention                well as group reading sessions.


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The Abaco office of the Ministry of Tourism offered the Bahamahost course for the 31st
time. However, this time it is a completely revised course, emphasizing service. Shown is
presenter Athena Russell instructing the group.                                                      Hotels and House Rental Agents
                                                                                                                                    + agents with multiple cottages and houses
                                                                                                Area Code 242 unless listed otherwise                                      Lubbers Quarters
                                                                                                        Island-wide Abaco Listings                        Sea Level Cottages             4 hse        366-3121
                                                                                                Abaco Vacations +                      800-633-9197                            Man-O-War
                                                                                                Abaco Vacation Planner +        25 hse     367-3529       Island Home Rentals +          8 hse     365-6048
                                                                                                Bahamas Vacations +                    800-462-2426       Schooner’s Landing              5 condos 365-6072
                                                                                                                     Cherokee                                             Marsh Harbour area
                                                                                                Lee Pinder +                   3 hse     366-2053         Abaco Beach Resort               82 rms      367-2158
                                                                                                Marina Albury Cottages        5 cottages 366-2075         Abaco Real Estate +              6 hse       367-2719
                                                                                                                     Grand Cay                            Alesia’s                         3 rms       367-4460
                                                                                                Rosie’s Place                             352-5458        Ambassador Inn                   6 rms       367-2022
                                                                                                                Green Turtle Cay                          Bustick Bight Resort             8 rms       367-3980
                                                                                                Bluff House Club              12 units   365-4247         Conch Inn                        9 rms       367-4000
                                                                                                Cocobay Cottages              6 cott 800-752-0166         D’s Guest House                  6 rms       367-3980
                                                                                                Green Turtle Club             35 rm      365-4271         Living Easy                      16 hse      367-2202
                                                                                                Island Properties +           34 hse     365-4047         Island Breezes Motel             8 rms       367-3776
                                                                                                New Plymouth Inn              9 rm       365-4161         Lofty Fig Villas                 6 eff       367-2681
                                                                                                Ocean Blue Properties +       34         365-4636         Pelican Beach Villas             6 cott      367-3600
                                                                                                Other Shore Club                         365-4226         Regattas (Prev. Abaco Towns)     32 effic    367-0148
                                                                                                Roberts Cottages              3 cott     365-4105         HG Christie                      11 hse      367-4151
                                                                                                                     Guana Cay                                              Moore’s Island
                                                                                                Dive Guana                    11 hse        365-5178      Moore’s Is Bonefish Camp         8 rm        366-6334
                                                                                                Dolphin Bch Resort            4 rm 10 cott. 365-5137                           Sandy Point
                                                                                                Donna Sands +                 12 hse        365-5195      Oeisha’s Resort                              366-4139
                                                                                                Guana Beach Resort            6 units       365-5133      Pete & Gay’s Resort              14 rm       366-4119
                                                                                                Guana Seaside                 8 rm 7 cott 365-5106        Rickmon’s Bonefishing             10 rm      366-4477
                                                                                                Ocean Frontier                         519-389-4846                            Spanish Cay
                                                                                                Ward’s Landing                4 units 904-982-2762        Spanish Cay Resort               18 rm 6 hse 365-0083
                                                                                                Ruth SAnds                    9 hse         365-5140                           Treasure Cay
                                                                                                                     Hope Town                            Bahama Beach Club                88 units    365-8500
                                                                                                Abaco Inn                     22 rm       366-0133        Island Dreams +                  45 hse      365-8507
                                                                                                Club Soleil                   6 rm 1 cott 366-0003        Treasure Cay Resort              95 rms      365-8801
                                                                                                Crystal Villas                7 villas 888-812-2243       Mark’s Bungalows                 4 units     365-8506
                                                                                                Elbow Cay Prop +              53 hse      366-0035        Abaco Estate Services                        365-8752
                                                                                                Hope T Harb Lodge             25 rm       366 0095                                Wood Cay
                                                                                                Hope T Hideaways +            63 hse      366-0224        Tangelo Hotel                    19 rm 3 villa 365-2222
                                                                                                Hope T Villas +               3 hse       366-0030           Web Sites with Abaco Information
                                                                                                Lighthouse Rentals            4 cott      366-0154        http://www.abaconian.com       http://www.abacos.com
                                                                                                Sea Gull Cottages +           3 hse       366-0266        http://www.abacoinet.com       http://www.oii.net
                                                                                                Sea Spray Resort              6 villas    366-0065        http.//www.abacoinfo.com       http://www.bahamas.com
                                                                                                Tanny Key +                   43 hse      366-0053        http://www.go-abacos.com
                                                                                                Turtle Hill                   4 villas    366-0557
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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 - Dundas Town                               367-2935 or 4935                                                                                                                                                                 All phones use area code 242 unless noted
                                                                                                                                                Compliments of The Abaconian
Fire -Hope Town                                          VHF Ch 16                                                                                                                                                                                                                Man-O-War
Fire - Green Turtle Cay                                  365-4133                                                                               www.abaconian.com                                                                    Bonefish Guides
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         David Albury ....... 365-6059
Fire - Man-O-War                                         365-6911                                                                                                                                                                      Sandy Point
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Crossing Rocks
Treasure Cay Fire & Rescue                               365-9112                                           Ferry Schedules • Departure times shown •          Daily service unless noted                                       Patrick Roberts .. 366-4286
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Tony Russell .......366-3259
BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc - all areas        Marine VHF 16                                  Marsh Harbour to Hope Town or Man-O-War - 20 minutes, Guana Cay - 40 minutes                                                   Nicholas Roberts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Cherokee
   Hope Town 366-0500          Marsh Harbour 367-3752                                         Albury’s Ferry Service • Ph 367-3147 or 367-0290 • VHF Ch. 16 • Hope Town & Man-O-War from Crossing Bch                           Derrick Gaitor
                                                                                              Marsh Harbour > Hope Town 7:15 am 9 10:30 12:15 pm* 2                                                                                                                    Will Sawyer ............. 366-2177
  Guana Cay 365-5178            Treasure Cay 365-8749                                                                                                                              4      5:45                                  Ferdinand Burrows 366-4133
                                                                                                       Return                         8 am 9:45 11:30           1:30 pm* 3 4 5                6:30                                                                     Marty Sawyer.......... 366-2115
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Vernal Burrows
                                                                                              Marsh Harbour > White Sound Contractor’s special - Mon - Fri 7 am                Return 5 pm                                                                             Noel Lowe ...............366-2107
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kendall White
                  Medical Services                                                            Marsh Harbour > Man-O-War 10:30 am 12:15 pm                                  4         5:45                                                                              Randy Sawyer .........366-2284
   Abaco Family Medicine Marsh Harbour ...367-2295                                                                                                                                             * Not on                         Anthony Bain ...... 366-4107
                                                                                                       Return                8 am              11:30      1:30 pm                 5            Sundays                                                                       Casaurina Point
   Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic .............367-0020                                                                                                                                                                        Floyd Burrows .... 366-4175
                                                                                              Marsh H. > Guana Cay (& Scotland Cay with advance notice) from Conch Inn                            or                                                                   Junior Albury ...........366-3058
   Marsh Harbour Medical Centre ................367-0049                                           (6:45am - Union Jack Dock) 10:30         1:30 pm          3:30                              holidays                         Links Adderly ...... 366-4335
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Hope Town
   Government Clinic Marsh Harbour .........367-2510                                                                                                                                                                            Valentino Lightbourne
                                                                                                       Return      8 am             11:30           2:30 pm            4:45                                                                                            Maitland Lowe ........366-0234
   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)              Ricky Burrows .... 366-4233
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                North Abaco
   Government Clinic Cooper‘s Town .........365-0300                                          Green Turtle Ferry • Phone 365-4166, 4128, 4151 • VHF Ch 16 • Ten minute ride
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Marsh Harbour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       O’Donald McIntosh ..477-5037
   Government Clinic Green Turtle Cay .....365-4028                                                                                                                                                                             Jody Albury ......... 375-8068
                                                                                              Green T Cay to Treasure Cay Airport 8 am 9 11 12:15 1:30 3 4:30                                                                                                          Pope McKenzie .......477-5894
   Government Clinic Hope Town ................366-0108                                                                                                                                                                         Richard Albury..... 367-0367
                                                                                              T Cay Airport to Green T Cay 8:30 am 10:30 11:30 1:30 2:30 3:30 4:30 5                                                                                                   Orthnell Russell ......365-0125
   Government Clinic Sandy Point .............366-4010                                                                                                                                                                          Terrance Davis .... 367-4464
                                                                                              New Plymouth one way adult $10 (Children $7) • Round trip $15 • Extra to some G T Cay docks                                                                              Alexander Rolle .......365-0120
   Government Clinic Fox Town .................365-2172                                                                                                                                                                         Buddy Pinder .......366-2163
                                                                                              Abaco Adventures • Ph 365-8749 VHF Ch 16                                                                                                                                 Edward Rolle ..........365-0024
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Justin Sands ...... 367-3526
                                                                                              Treasure Cay to Guana Cay Sunday Lv 12 & returns 4:45 p.m. $25 RT                                                                                                              Green Turtle Cay
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Danny Sawyer..... 367-3577
                                                                                              T Cay to Man-O-War/ Hope Town - Wed 9:30 am, return 4:30 pm $35 RT                                                                                                       Rick Sawyer.............365-4261
        Tourism’s People-to-People program                                                                                                                                                                                      Jay Sawyer ........ 367-3941
                                                                                              T Cay to Guana Cay Sunset Cruise - Fr $25 , call for time                                                                                                                Ronnie Sawyer .......365-4070
Be matched with a local person or family with a similar interest such
as Bird watching, Attending church, Foreign language, School class                                                                                                                                                                                                     Jeff Survance ..........365-4040
                                                                                              Pinder’s Ferry Service Between Abaco & Grand Bahama -
visit, Environmental interest. Marine, Native plants, History, Humane                         Crown Haven, Abaco to McLean’s Town, Grand Bah. -Daily 7:00 am & 2:30 pm
Society, etc. This is not a dating service or an offer for a free meal                                                                                                                                                       To Abaco by land and sea from Florida • Take Discovery Cruise
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                                  Line (954-971-7347) from Ft. Lauderdale to Freeport •Bus to McLeans Town •
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                                         Ferry to Crown Haven • Bus, taxi or rental car to Green Turtle Ferry or Marsh
tion. Email: dswain@bahamas.com                                                                      Bus between Freeport and McLean’s Town • Rental automobiles at both terminals.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Harbour •Taxi to Marsh Harbour ferry dock • Ferry to Hope Town, Man-O-War
                                                                                              Bahamas Ferries Sandy Point to Nassau under 4 Hr. Call Sandy Point 366-4119                                                    or Guana Cay • Its an adventure
                 Airlines Serving Abaco                                                       or Marsh Harbour 367-5250 for sailing dates • Adults $95 RT, $55 OW • Cars & trucks
Abaco Air - Nassau, N Eleuthera, Moores Is ........ 367-2266                                                                                                                                                                                                       Restaurant Guide
                                                                                              The Great Abaco Express Marsh Harbour charter bus to N Abaco • Call 367-2165, Group tours                                                          Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper
American Eagle - Miami ...................................... 367-2231
Bahamasair - Nassau,W. Palm B, Ft Laud .......... 367-2095                                                                                                                                                                                                 (Based on dinner entree range)
Continental Connection - Miami                                                                                            Attractions                                                                                                            + Picnic tables & restroom only ‡ Provides ride from town
     Ft. Laud and W Palm Beach......................... 367-3415                               Albert Lowe Museum .......................................Green Turtle Cay
                                                                                                                                                                                 Bring errors & revisions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Marsh Harbour
Locair - Fort Lauderdale ............................. 1-800-205-0730                          Capt Roland Roberts House, reef exhibits.......Green Turtle Cay                       to our attention                                            Anglers ...........................$$$ ....... .... 367-2158
Regional - Freeport............................................... 367-0446                    Memorial Sculpture Garden .......................... Green Turtle Cay                Revised 15 Jul 10                                            Blue Marlin .........................$ ............. 367-2002
Sky Bahamas - Nassau ........................................ 367-0996                                                                                                                                                                           Curly Tails ......................$$$ ............. 367-4444
                                                                                               Wyannie Malone Historical Museum ........................Hope Town
Southern Air - Nassau .......................................... 367-2498
                                                                                               Elbow Cay Light Station ...........................................Hope Town    Everyone reads The Abaconian                                      Gino’s .................................$ ............. 367-7272
Twin Air Calypso - Fort Lauderdale ..................... 367-0140
                                                                                               Walk to & swim on Mermaid Reef off M Harb. ..Pelican Shore                                                                                        Golden Grouper ..............$ ............. 367-2301
Western Air - Nassau ........................................... 367-3722
Yellow Air Taxi - Ft Lauderdale ............................. 367-0032                         Drive to & swim in Blue Hole .............Treasure Cay farm road
                                                                                                                                                                                               Charter Boats                                     Island Cafe .........................$ ............. 367-6444
                                                                                                                                                                               Lucky Strike - Hope T                             366-0101        Jamie’s Place .....................$ ............. 367-2880
Local air charters serving Bahamas &                                                           Art studio & working foundry- ........................ Little Harbour
S.Florida                                                                                      Working boatyards........................................... Man-O-War cay      Sea Gull - Hope Town                              366-0266        Jib Room .........................$$ ............. 367-2700
Abaco Air .............................................................. 367-2266             Pocket beaches • Crossing Beach in Marsh Harbour                                 A Salt Weapon - Hope Town                         366-0245        Kentucky Fried Chicken ............... ... 367-2615
Cherokee Air Charters ......................................... 367-3450                      • Witches Point - 3 miles S. of Marsh Harbour                                    Down Deep                                         366-3143        Mandarin Chinese .............................. 367-0544
                                                                                              • Little Harbour - 20 miles S. of Marsh Harbour                                  Local Boy                                         366-0528        Mangoes ........................$$$ ............. 367-2366
                                   Dive Shops                                                 • Cherokee - 23 miles S of Marsh Harbour                                         Back Breaker                                      365-5140        Pinacle ..............................$ ............................
Abaco Dive Adventures, Marsh Harbour .............................367-2963                    Miles of beach are generally on ocean exposures                                                                                                    Pop’s Place ........................$ ..... + ..... 367-3796
Above & Below, Marsh Harbour ..........................................367-0350               • Treasure Cay • Green Turtle Cay • Guana Cay • Elbow Cay                                                                                          Sea Shells .........................$ ............. 367-4460
                                                                                              • Man-O-War Cay • Casuarina Point • Bahama Palm Shore                                Bikes & Scooters • Boats • Cars &                             Snack Shack .....................$ ..... + ..... 367-4005
Dive Abaco 1978, Marsh Harbour..................................... 367-2787                                                                                                                            Carts
Froggies, Hope Town......................................................... 366-0431         • Sandy Point & more                                                                                                                               Snappas .............................$ ............. 367-2278
                                                                                              Items of interest • Man-O-War boat yards • Blackwood                                       Rentals * Marsh Harbour                                 Signatire Sub Sandwiches ................ 367-3664
Treasure Divers, Treasure Cay.............................................365-8571
                                                                                              blue hole & sisal mill • Cedar Harbour plantation ruins - need                    A & P Car Rentals ............................. 367-2655         Wallys ............................$$$ ............. 367-2074
Brendal’s Dive, Green T. Cay ............................................ 365-4411
Dive Guana........................................................................ 365-5178   guide • Hole-in- Wall lighthouse - last mile very rough road •                    B & B Boat Rentals ............................ 367-7368                                  Hope Town
Man-O-War Dive Shop .......................................................365-6013           Abaco wild horses by appointment 367-4805 • Bird watching -                       Bargain Car Rentals........................... 367-0500          Abaco Inn .....................$$$ ............. 366-0133
                                                                                              ask tourism 367-3067                                                              Blue Wave Boat Rentals ................... 367-3910              Cap’n Jacks .......................$ ............. 366-0247
                                                                                                                                                                                Concept Boat Rentals ........................ 367-5570           Harbour’s Edge ............... $$ ............. 366-0087
             Taxi Cab Fares one or two passengers                                                                                                                               Power Cat Boat Rentals ...................................
             Extra $3 for each passengers above two                                                       Tours & Excursions                                                                                                                     H T Harbour Lodge .......$$$ ............. 366-0095
                                                                                                                                                                                Quality Star Car Rentals (Texaco) ..... 367-2979                 Munchies ..........................$ ..... + ..... 366-0423
 • Marsh Harbour Airport to: (effective Dec 08)                                               Abaco Eco Tours & Kayak rental     475--9616                                      Rainbow Boat Rentals ..................... 367-4602
 Clinic, Downtown, Regattas, .........................................$10                     Abaco Island Tours • Marsh Harbour 367-2936                                                                                                        OnDa Beach ...................................... 366-0558
 Ab Bch Resort, Eastern Shore close, Ferry ...........                            $15
                                                                                                                                                                                Rental Wheels Scooters, Bikes, Cars 367-4643                     Sea Spray ......................$$ ..... ‡ ..... 366-0065
                                                                                              Abaco’s Nature Adventure           559-9433                                       Rich’s Boat Rentals .......................... 367-2742
 Spring City                                        .......                       $15                                                                                                                                                            Sugar Shack ......................$ ..... + ..... 366-0788
 Dundas Town, Nat Ins bldg, C Abaco Primary Sch .........$15                                  Above & Below • Marsh Harbour      367-0350                                       Sea Horse Boat Rentals ................... 367-2513                                    Little Harbour
 Murphy Town & Great. Cistern ........................................$20                     Adventure on Prozac - T Cay        365-8749                                       Sea Star Car Rentals ........................ 367-4887           Pete’s Pub .......................................... 366-3503
 Snake Cay ......................................................................$35          Brendals Dive • Green Turtle Cay    365-4411                                                    Green Turtle Cay                                                     Lubber’s Quarter
 Casuarina Point ...............................................................$60           C & C Charters - Treasure Cay       365-8506                                      Bay Street Rentals + ........ 477-5300 365-4070                  Cracker P’s......................................... 366-3139
 Cherokee, Winding Bay, Little Harbour............................$80                         Dive Abaco 1978, Marsh Harbour      367-2787                                      Brendals Dive Bikes & Kayak rental ...365-4411
 Bahama Palm Shore .......................................................$90                                                                                                                                                                                            Man-O-War
                                                                                              Excursion boat • Froggies • Hope T 366-0024                                       C & D Cart Rental ............................. 365-4084
 Crossing Rocks .............................................................$105                                                                                               D & P Cart Rental .............................. 365-4655
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Drop’n Dine ...........................365-6008
 Sandy Point ..................................................................$150                                                                                                                                                              Hibiscus Cafe ............................. 365-6380
 Leisure Lee .....................................................................$50           Abaco Marinas - Slips Fuel Phone                                                Donnie’s Boat Rentals.........................365-4119           Island Treats Snack Bar ..................... 365-6501
 Treasure Cay Airport, G Turtle ferry ...............................$80                                    Green Turtle Cay                                                    New Plymouth Cart Rentals .. 365-4188 or 4149                                            Guana Cay
 Treasure Cay Resort .......................................................$85                 Bluff House ................45....... F......365-4200                           Reef Boat Rentals ............................. 365-4145         Grabbers ........................$$$ ............. 365-5133
 Fox Town ......................................................................$185            Green Turtle Club ......32....... F......365-4271                               Sea Side Carts & Bikes...................... 365-4147            Nippers ..........................$$$ ............ 365-5143
 • Between Marsh Harbour Ferry and:                                                             Black Sound Marina ...15................365-4531                                T & A Cart Rentals.............................. 375-8055        Orchid Bay .....................$$$ ............. 265-5175
 Clinic, downtown, Ab Beach Hotel ................................$ 10                                                                                                                            Guana Cay
 Nat. Ins. Bldg, Murphy Town, Gr. Cistern ........................$10                           Other Shore Club .......12....... F......365-4195                                                                                                                      Treasure Cay
                                                                                                                                                                                Donna Sands Cart Rentals ............... 365-5195                Florence’s Cafe .................$
            Wait time $0.40 per minute, Hourly rate $40 per hour                                Abaco Yacht Service ..10....... F......365-4033                                 Dive Guana Boats & Bikes................. 365-5178
             Children under three - free • Caged pets - as people                                               Treasure Cay                                                                                                                     Coconuts ..............................
                                                                                                                                                                                Orchid Bay Cart rentals...................... 354-5175           Harbour Cafe ....................$ ............. 365-8635
               Luggage $0.75 each over two, large bags $1 ea.                                   Treasure Cay Marina150 ...... F......365-8250                                                     Man-O-War                                      Hudson’s Delight ...............$ ............ 365-8648
 • Treasure Cay Airport to: Effective Dec 085
                                                                                                                  Man-O-War                                                     Conch Pearl Boat Rentals.................. 365-6502              Spinnaker Restaurant ...$$$ ............. 365-8469
 Green Turtle Cay ferry dock ............................................$10                    Man-O-War Marina ...26....... F......365-6008                                   Island Treasures Cart Rentals ........... 365-6072               Traveller’s Rest .................................. 365-8654
 Madeira Park ...................................................................$20                          Marsh Harbour                                                     Ria-Mar Golf Cart Rentals.................. 365-6024             Touch of Class .............$$$ ............. 365-8195
 Sand Banks ....................................................................$25             Boat Harbour Marina 183....... F......367-2736                                  Waterways Boat Rental ..357-6540 & 365-6143                                        Green Turtle Cay
 Treasure Cay Resort .......................................................$30                 Conch Inn...................75....... F .....367-4000                                             Hope Town
 Leisure Lee .....................................................................$45                                                                                                                                                            Bluff House.....................$$$ ............. 365-4200
                                                                                                Harbour View Marina .36....... F .....367-2182                                  Cat’s Paw Boat Rentals ..................... 366-0380            Jolly Roger Bistro .............$$ ............. 365-4200
 Black Wood ....................................................................$20                                                                                             Hope Town Cart Rentals ................... 366-0064
 Fire Road & Cooper’s Town ............................................$40                      Mangoes Marina ........29................367-2366                                                                                                Green Turtle Club ..........$$$ ............. 365-4271
                                                                                                Marsh Harbour Marina52 F                     367 2700                           Island Cart Rentals ........................... 366-0448         Harvey’s Island Grill .........$$ ............. 365-4389
 Cedar Harbour ................................................................$60
 Wood Cay .......................................................................$70                              Hope Town                                                     Island Marine Boat Rentals ............... 366-0282              Laura’s Kitchen ...............$$ ............. 365-4287
 Mount Hope .................................................................... $80                                                                                            J R’s Cart Rental ................................ 366-0361      McIntosh’s Restaurant ....$$ ............. 365-4625
                                                                                                Hope Town Marina .....16................366-0003
 Fox Town ........................................................................$85                                                                                           Sea Horse Boat Rentals .................... 366-0023             Miss Emily’s Restaurant ..................... 365-4181
                                                                                                Hope Town Hideaways...................366-0224                                  T & N Cart Rentals ............................. 366-0069
 Crown Haven ..................................................................$90                                                                                                                                                               New Plymouth Inn .............................. 365-4161
 Marsh Harbour airport ....................................................$80                  Lighthouse Marina .......6....... F......366-0154                                               Treasure Cay
                                                                                                Sea Spray ..................60....... F......366-0065                                                                                            Pineapples ......................................... 365-4226
                                                                                                                                                                                Adventure on Prozac - Kayak .............365-8749                Plymouth Rock Cafe .......................... 365-4234
 Green Turtle Ferry to Marsh H Airport ............................$80                                          Spanish Cay                                                     Alison Car Rent ................................. 365-8193       Rooster’s Rest ................$$ ....... .... 365-4066
                                                                                                Spanish Cay Marina...75....... F......365-0083                                  Cash’s Carts....................................... 365-8771
 T Cay Hotel to Marsh Harbour ........................... X$65 + $10                                                                                                                                                                             Sundowners ....................................... 365-4060
                                                                                                                  Guana Cay                                                     Claridge’s Cart Rentals ..................... 365-8248           Wrecking Tree Restaurant
 T C Hotel to G Turtle Ferry (Blue Hole $24) ........ X$18 + $ 5
 T C Hotel to Bonefish Marles ................................ X$22 + $5                        Bakers Bay Marina...158....... F......365-5802                                  Cornish Car Rentals........................... 365-8623                                 Sandy Point
 T C Hotel to Joe’s Creek ...................................... X$35 + $5                      Guana Hide-aways ....37................577-0003                                 JIC Boat Rentals ............................... 365-8582        Nancy’s ................................
 T C Hotel to Moxey .............................................. X$16 + $5                    Orchid Bay .................64 ...... F......365-5175                           Triple J Car Rentals ........................... 365-8761        Pete & Gays .................$$$ ............ 366-4119
                                                                                                    Boats can clear Customs at Green Turtle Cay,                                Abaco Adventures - Kayaks .............. 365-8749
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Rickmon Bonefish Lodge ................... 366-4477
                                                                                                           Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour
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                                          VOLUME 18                 NUMBER 17                SEPTEMBER 1st, 2010


              Maxwell’s is impressing everyone
                        Abaco’s supermarket rivals the best anywhere
                                                                                                                                                    By Jennifer Hudson
                                                                                                                                          Where Shopping Is a Pleasure is a catch-
                                                                                                                                       phrase used by a large supermarket chain in
                                                                                                                                       America with which we are very familiar.
                                                                                                                                       However, that same slogan would indeed
                                                                                                                                       be true of our very own new Maxwell’s
                                                                                                                                       Supermarket here on Abaco. I shopped in
                                                                                                                                       the new store yesterday, and it was truly
                                                                                                                                       a pleasure not only for me but obviously
                                                                                                                                       for everyone else shopping there for all the
                                                                                                                                       customers had big smiles on their faces as
                                                                                                                                       they pushed around their carts piled high
                                                                                                                                       with goodies.
                                                                                                                                          From stepping out of the car in the
                                                                                                                                       beautifully landscaped car park to walking
                                                                                                                                       in and experiencing the whole new store,
                                                                                                                                       it does indeed feel as if some magic has
                                                                                                                                       taken place and one is now across the Gulf
                                                                                                                                       Stream shopping in the United States. Just
                                                                                                                                       about every customer I spoke with made a
                                                                                                                                       similar comment.
                                                                                                                                          It is 22 months since the previous Max-
                                                                                                                                       well’s burnt down, and we have had to
                                                                                                                                       deal with maneuvering our carts round
                                                                                                                                       narrow isles congested with packing boxes
                                                                                                                                       and lads trying to keep the shelves stocked
                                                                                                                                       in the inadequate space which was Price
                                                                                                                                       Right. Chad Sawyer made a valiant effort
                                                                                                                                       to provide for the community in that small
A very large variety of produce is attractively displayed at the new Maxwell’s Supermarket, even with trays of cut-up fruit ready-     space while a new Maxwell’s was being
to-eat. All departments have large selections with many new products available, and read-to-eat foods are available to make meal
preparation easy. The store equals any supermarket in the States.                                                                      Please see   Maxwell’s             Page 2




             BEC’s new plant is                                                                      Cacique nominations
             nearing completion                                                                        are wanted now
                                                                                                                      See page 8 for details



                                                                                            Proposed Elbow Cay Club
                                                                                           development is controversial




Toni Seymour, a mechanical engineer who is working at the new Wilson City power
plant representing Bahamas Electricity Corporation, is showing how the new equip-
ment is monitored closely by computer. She is learning about all the complicated sys-
tems being put in place there.
            By Timothy Roberts              lary equipment are in good order as well
   The power plant at Wilson City is near- as fine tuning the voltages for output. The
ing completion and one generator may majority of work left to be done is in gen-           The Hope Town District Council met with the Hon. Earl Deveaux, Minister of the Envi-
be put online as early as the first week eration and distribution. However, the            ronment, to discuss the plans proposed for the Elbow Cay Club property by developers.
of September, according to MAN Diesel’s fuel storage is now complete.                      Many residents of Elbow Cay feel that the proposed marina extends too far out into
site manager, Carlos Escobar, who said         During a recent visit to the plant, Toni    the Sea of Abaco and Fry’s Mangrove, restricting the navigable water. They also feel
that the $105 million station is about 70 Seymour, Site Manager for the Bahamas            the density is too high and will put too much demand on the infrastructure of the cay.
percent complete.                           Electricity Corporation (BEC), led mem-        Dr. Deveaux did a site inspection of the property with Council members. Shown on the
   As they prepare to bring one of the gen- bers of the media on a tour of the facil-      far left is Administrator for South Abaco, Benjamin Pinder. Those studying the plan
erators online, Mr. Escobar said that they ity and noted the progress that has been        are Dr. Deveaux; Lorraine Cox, BEST Commission engineer and with the Ministry of
have been running preliminary tests in or-                                                 the Environment; Councillor Harold Malone; Ronald Thompson, Permanent Secretary
der to ensure that the engines and auxil- Please see Wilson City                Page 4     with the Ministry of the Environment; Councillor Walter Sweeting; and Chief Council-
                                                                                           lor Jeremy Sweeting. See story on page 6.
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  Maxwell’s offers wide variety and good service
                                                do and every day is a learning experience.      for years.                                      lection of specialty items includes interna-
 Maxwell’s                     From Page 1
                                                As Chad stood at the front of the store            In a corner at the front of the store can    tional products, several different types of
built and now at last the long awaited day      surveying the scene, he looked justifiably      be found healthy fresh salads and fruit sal-    flour including gluten free and a range of
has arrived when we can shop in comfort         proud but admitted, “It all looked so nice      ads, ideal for lunch. Next to those are the     organic products.
and enjoy the magnificent new building          that when we had finished stocking and the      very convenient rotisserie chickens. Run-          A large alcove accommodates a house-
which is Maxwell’s new store. As he says,       doors opened and people began to come in        ning the length of the side wall is a cooler    wares section where one can find a wide
“Good things come to those who wait.” No        and start taking things off the shelves, I      with attractively displayed fruits, cheeses,    array of bathroom and kitchen accessories
more crashing into other people with a cart     almost wanted to go up to them and tell         milk and other dairy products. Facing that      and yet another section houses all the toi-
since the aisles in the new store are ex-       them they couldn’t do that because it was       is a fresh vegetable section where produce      letries, cosmetics, vitamins and first aid
tremely spacious and the interior is bright     spoiling the arrangement!”                      items can be bought singly if desired. This     items plus the largest selection of sun-
and airy. That is what strikes one on enter-        All of the staff looked so proud and        is especially appreciated by persons who        glasses I think I have ever seen. Garden,
ing the store, its openness and size (after     expressed their delight at working in the       live alone and do not want to buy huge          automotive, sporting and play equipment,
getting over the sight of the magnificent       new store saying how they were enjoying         packs which spoil before they can use           pet needs and large household items such
floor which is buffed to such a beautiful       its spaciousness and great organization and     them.                                           as storage units, televisions, safes and air
shine one almost needs sunglasses!)             layout. I thought all of the staff looked es-      At the back of the store are a deli, a       conditioners round out the massive variety
   The store opened on Friday, August 13,       pecially smart in their uniform polo shirts.    huge meat section and vast array of frozen      of merchandise.
so one presumes owner Chad Sawyer is not        I asked one young man wearing a pale blue       foods. The frozen foods continue down the          Furniture Plus, which is almost ready to
superstitious, but it was a special and ap-     shirt what each of the colours signified        far aisle which is a dessert lovers’ delight,   open its doors to shoppers, has an entrance
propriate day on which to open as it is his     and I was told, “Light blue is for the shelf    well stocked with cakes, pies and an im-
wife’s birthday. This is the second store       staff, yellow for the cashiers, green for of-   pressive array of ice creams. A good se-        Please see   Maxwell’s            Page 13
he has opened on her birthday. Although         fice staff, dark blue for morning packing
the store is so vast, Chad says that he has     people and white for after school packers.”
hardly had to employ any additional staff       All of the staff are extremely courteous,
as he kept on all of the previous Maxwell’s     and with nine cashiers, checking out is
staff after the fire. George Harris, the gen-   swift. Even on opening day when the car
eral manager, told me of the long hours         park was full with so many shoppers eager
staff had put in leading up to the store’s      to view the new store, there were no long
opening day. “For the past three weeks ap-      check-out lines. Two motorized carts are
proximately 30 - 40 people have worked 20       provided for persons for whom walking
hours a day seven days a week putting in        around the store is a problem, and there
all the merchandise. On the day before the      are several well marked handicapped park-
store opened, members of staff from Chad        ing spaces in the car park.
right on down began working at 7 a.m. and           All of the aisles are clearly marked and
did not leave until 3 a.m. on opening day,      there are even attractive hanging illustra-
feverishly working to get everything fin-       tive banners ensuring that items are very
ished and cutting up fruit salads until the     easy to locate. The selection of goods in
early hours of the morning.”                    the store is huge, and food items range
   When asked if he felt relieved now that      from the higher priced specialty brands to
the store was finally open, Chad said that      the very affordable Flavorite brand. The
although the main part of the work is done,     choice is almost mind-boggling, and it is
                                                                                                Nine check-out counters mean that no long lines form even when the store is busy. The
he still has a lot of finishing touches to      exciting to once again find certain items on
                                                                                                store has included the best features that other stores have developed.
                                                the shelves which have not been available
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           New power plant is 70% complete
                                             the generators themselves at this point.           The 12.25 MW generators, according          however, no work is known to have started
 Wilson City                 From Page 1        While there is optimism about getting        to Mr. Escobar, are very efficient and         on this yet.
made. With most of the other areas of the    the generators online soon, there are still a   will each burn about 6000 gallons a day;          Mr. Escobar said they would be test-
plant complete, the focus is primarily on number of issues remaining before the in-          at present the Marsh Harbour plant which       ing two engines together on August 20,
                                             frastructure can handle the full load of even   runs about 22 MW consumes 20,000 gal-          synchronizing them. If all went well, they
                                                                 one generator. Mr. Es-      lons a day. He said that when the plant        would test 2 MW on the power grid. He
                                                                 cobar confirmed that        starts running full time they would keep a     said that, if all went according to plan and
                                                                 the power lines from        60-day supply at the site.                     there were no issues, they could have one
                                                                 the Marsh Harbour              The Prime Minister said during his July     online at its rated capacity by the first week
                                                                 Power Station cannot        24 visit that plans to install a pipeline to   of September.
                                                                 handle more than about      the shore would continue, saying that it is
                                                                 15 MW, and the trans-       a “scatterbrained idea” to truck diesel from   Please see   Wilson City            Page 15
                                                                 formers are limited to      the dock in Murphy Town to the new site;
                                                                 10.7 MW. He said this
                                                                 is the perfect time for
                                                                 BEC to upgrade vari-
                                                                 ous parts of their infra-
                                                                 structure.
                                                                    In the weeks fol-
                                                                 lowing the Prime Min-
                                                                 ister’s visit on July
                                                                 24, the Wilson City
                                                                 Power Plant received
                                                                 telephone service from
                                                                 Bahamas Telecommu-
                                                                 nications Corporation
                                                                 (BTC) and has been
                                                                 connected for electric-
                                                                 ity from the present
                                                                 grid. It has received
                                                                 120,000 gallons of die-
                                                                 sel which is necessary
This is the incinerator intended initially to dispose of the for testing the genera-         Each of these tanks will hold one million gallons of diesel. A third tank will hold an ad-
sludge remaining after purifying bunker C fuel. However, it tors and getting them            ditional half a million gallons. At this time fuel has to be trucked from Murphy Town.
will now dispose of used crankcase oils. Unfortunately, it is ready to be put into           However, the plans call for a dock to be built on the east coast of the Wilson City peni-
not configured to accept hazardous or other waste material.      service.
                                                                                             sula. But construction of the dock has not begun yet.


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                                                                                               • NEW!!! Rustic furnished two bedroom two bath cottage sea to sea on White
This is the heat exchanger area where hot engine water is cooled in huge heat exchangers
                                                                                               Sound and the Sea of Abaco. A/C in bedrooms. Kit/liv/dining great room. Share in
using ground water which is taken from and returned to the ground. The coolant in the
                                                                                               prvate dock. Great swimming and sunsets. Very private. Only accessible by boat.
engines does not enter our water system.
                                                                                               Located a mile from the historic town of New Plymouth. Asking price $660,000
                                                                                               • Great price on land!!! Lot No. 1 located just steps from Atlantic Ocean Beach.
                                                                                               9,000+ sq.ft. Located close to tarred road and power.
                                                                                                                                  FURTHER PRICE REDUCTION $40,000
                                                                                               • SOLD! Waterfront lot with dock on Black Sound
                                                                                               • “Beau Soleil” Immaculate waterfront furnished home with guest apartment and
                                                                                               separate guest cottage. Total four bedrooms five baths. 1/2 acre. Large swimming
                                                                                               pool. Dock. Beach. Many amenities. Commanding views of White Sound Harbour.
                                                                                               Price reduced to $1.3M
                                                                                               • Unique spacious one story, two bedroom one bath furnished home with loft set
                                                                                               on lushly landscaped one acre parcel on the the bonefish flats on the Sea of Abaco.
                                                                                               Home is converted airplane hangar with special touches by the artist/owner. Fea-
                                                                                               tured in Volvo commercial in conjunction with “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Many
                                                                                               amenities. Asking price $1.5 m
                                                                                               • NEW PRICE!!! House overlooking Settlement Creek Two air conditioned master
                                                                                               bedroom suites. Kit/liv/din. Short walk to town. Dock. $415,000
                                                                                               • New Price!!! Roberts’ House in historic settlement of New Plymouth. Waterview.
                                                                                               Furnished. 3 beds 3 baths. Immaculate. Owner moving. $450,000
                                                                                               • Boch Property: Secluded Bahamian estate. Over two acres with 1,000 ft. of wa-
                                                                                               terfront on Bluff Harbour and the Sea of Abaco. Three bed three bath home. Dock
                                                                                               with lift. Beautiful sunsets. $2.1 million
                                                                                               • On north end: “The Pink Cottage” Approximately 2½ acres sea to sea from Coco
                                                                                               Bay to the Atlantic Ocean. Gorgeous beach and dock. Furnished cottage with work
                                                                                               shop and garage. Very private. $1.2 million
                                                                                               • Summer Breeze: Recently remodeled furnished two story three bed 2½ bath home
                                                                                               located on waterfront in the heart of New Plymouth. A/C. Satellite TV. W/D. Golf
                                                                                               cart garage. Established rental history. New Price $550,000
                                                                                               • Tranquility: Two bed two bath furnished contemporary home sitting on Atlantic
                                                                                               Ocean Beach. Excellent rental even in these tough times. 90’ on beach. $995,000
                                                                                               • Beachfront; waterfront; and inland lots on Green Turtle Cay and Munjack Cay.
                                                                                   September 1 , 2010            The Abaconian              Section B         Page 5




       Marcellus Roberts                                                                                                           Everett Pinder
           Broker                                                                                                                 Sales Associate

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                                                         in assorted sizes for boats, cars, golf carts and        2 bed/ 2 bath villa facing garden and pool
     Prestigious Canal Front Development offering
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       Carriage House units in blocks of four plus
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       individual cottages. Both offer docks/ boat
                                                            8” wide. Listed forER
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          Prices start at $680,000 + 14%                                 ONTRA
                                                               price of $29,750.00 EXC
                                                                       C                                                                 EXC $368,875 + 7.5%
                                                       MARINA VIEW VILLA                                        Second row beach with direct ocean access.
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                                                         Recently completed delightful villa with great           Great view. 2 bed / DE
                                                                                                                                   UN 2 bath, T
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       on Treasure Cay beach comprising 10               pool, office, laundry
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                                                                                                                  walk. WOW! MLS $1,999,000 + 7.5% closing
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     site pool and many other features                                                                            dining/ utility. Apartment annex 1bed/ 1
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                                                            2 bed/ 2 bath lower unit with marina view.
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         ocean views with patio/ balcony                                                                          open living/dining area, modern well
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                                                          Ready to go. Both units never rented but definite       ing the garden. Ground level has an extra
  6. PALM BAY DEVELOPMENT
                                                          potential. MUST SEE PROPERTIES.                         large garage/ workshop with lots of storage.
     “Palm Bay” Unit #3 4 bed/ 3½ bath fully fur                                                                                             EXC. $996,300 FGS
                                                            Downstairs unit 3 bed / 2 bath with den/
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       slip with 20’ beam. Located at Palm Bay
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       Development 2,000 +/- sq. ft.                                                                            6.667 acres on the highway between Treasure
                                                            garage and Ford Taurus $742,000 + 14%
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                                                       ATLANTIS                                                   from highway north to the sea of Abaco. 180’
     “Palm Bay” Unit #5 Waterfront Townhouse
                                                          Canal front condo with on-site pool.                    on water front and 165’ roadside, 1500’ road
       fully furnished. Lower level 2 bed/ 2 bath
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       with garage. Upper level master bed with
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       ensuite bath/living/dining/kitchen/lanai,
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       powder room. Dock, 25’ Carolina skiff
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 Minister inspects dump and development site
   The Hope Town District Council re-        veaux, Minister of the Environment, at the   be one of moderation. He did not feel that        yard waste, trees and branches into mulch.
jected the revised plan for the Elbow Cay    request of the Council.                      constructing a marina would set a prece-          This material is expected to be used on
Club property at an extraordinary Council       Contrary to the Council members’ ex-      dent for more marinas all along the west-         the island. Mulching this yard waste will
meeting August 12.                           pectations, the Minister did not make any    ern shore of Elbow Cay which concerned            greatly reduce the amount of trash put into
   This followed a visit and inspection of   definitive statements for or against the     Council members.                                  containers and barged to Marsh Harbour.
the property by the Hon. Dr. Earl De-        project although his attitude appeared to       He asked what would come of the la-               He concluded his visit with a private
                                                                                          bourers now living in the rooms of the            meeting with Council members, then ex-
                                                                                          closed resort if the development moves for-       cused himself, allowing the members to
                                                                                          ward. Council members felt that it would          debate and vote on the Elbow Cay Club
                                                                                          be up to the seller and purchaser to resolve      proposal. They rejected the proposal stat-
                                                                                          this issue. It is believed that the tenants are   ing that Elbow Cay could not support fur-
                                                                                          of Haitian origin and are paying rent to the      ther development at this time.
                                                                                          property owner.                                      Accompanying Dr. Deveaux were staff
                                                                                             While on Elbow Cay, Dr. Deveaux vis-           members Lorraine Cox, an environmen-
                                                                                          ited the nearby public dump and was im-           tal engineer who also serves on the BEST
                                                                                          pressed with the organization and overall         Commission, and Permanent Secretary
                                                                                          cleanliness of the site. He was impressed         Ronald Thompson.
                                                                                          with a huge mulching machine converting




Dr. Deveaux and group are looking at the area of a proposed marina on the Elbow Cay
Club property. The marina will extend out into the Sea of Abaco and Fry’s Mangrove
shown here in the background.




                                                                                          C & C Waste has brought in this large mulching machine. Grinding up yard debris, bush
                                                                                          and trees will greatly decrease the amount of trash that has to be sent to the landfill on
                                                                                          mainland Abaco. Elbow Cay now has a small-size compacting garbage truck that can
                                                                                          maneuver the narrow streets of Hope Town.




The Hon. Dr. Earl Deveaux was impressed with the clean state of the Elbow Cay dump.
Management of the dump has recently been taken over by C & C Waste that won the
contract for garbage collection and dump management. Thomas Bethel, with a cap, is
showing the group before and after pictures of the dump. Shown are Permanent Secretary
Ronald Thompson, Dr. Deveaux, Administrator Benjamin Pinder, Mr. Bethel, Lorraine
Cox, BEST Commission engineer, and Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting.


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                                                               School News
               Florida girls donate                                                                      Department of Education Abaco District
                 school supplies                                                                               Back to School
   It was an exciting morning when the small     long they corresponded by e-mail with Mrs.
plane from Vero Beach, Florida, touched
down in Marsh Harbour on August 18. Chan-
                                                 Key. They put up signs about their project,
                                                 sold their used clothes, pet sat and dedicated
                                                                                                           Helpful Hints for Parents
dler MacWilliam was bringing school supplies     their summer to this project. Last week they        1. Teach your child to make wise decisions.
for the Hope Town School. She and her friend     were ready to deliver and had a friend who
Alexa Mercil spent their summer raising mon-     would fly them over with the supplies. They         2. Support your child by attending PTA meetings, visiting teachers,
ey and receiving donations of supplies for the   had been so successful that Mrs. Key was            requesting homework and examination schedules.
school as their Senior Project. The supplies     able to share with all the Abaco schools!
will be distributed to all Abaco schools.           This project is just an example of a             3. Maintain proper hygiene (body).
   The MacWilliam family and Alexa visit-        goodwill gesture between the Florida com-           4. Ensure that your child gets healthy meals, enough sleep and good
ed Hope Town in June on one of their many        munity and Abaco. Jeritzan Outten, Di-
                                                                                                     exercise every day.
trips to Abaco and visited the Hope Town         rector of Tourism for the Northern Baha-
School. Principal Candace Key showed             mas, and Leslie Rolle, Education Officer,           5. Ensure that your child conforms to the rules and guidelines of the
them through the recently renovated, his-        thanked the girls and Mrs. Key presented            school (dress code, school hours, etc).
toric 115-year-old school. Chandler re-          the hard-working girls with a canvas bag
membered the damage done to the school           (donated by the Hope Town Lodge) filled             6. Provide the necessary materials for class.
by the hurricanes, and they were pleased to      with goodies from the Ministry of Tourism
                                                 and Hope Town School.
                                                                                                     7. Display the characteristics that you want your child to have (com-
see the condition now. The girls said they
wanted to collect school supplies for our           The best of luck in your Senior Year,            passion, honesty, generosity and openness, etc.)
school as their Senior Project. All summer       Chandler and Alexa!                                 8. Be a good listener, ask questions and encourage your child to do
                                                                                                     the same.
                                                                                                     9. Help your child discover self-confidence and self- discipline.
                                                                                                     10. Set a regular time and place for schoolwork. During this time,
                                                                                                     there will be NO television, NO radio, NO phone calls.


                                                                                                       Cacique Nomination Time is Here
                                                                                                               By Michelle Mikula              velopment, Creative Arts, Sustainable
                                                                                                     Do you have a star employee or know       Tourism, Handicraft, Sports, Leisure &
                                                                                                  of a talented individual whose performance   Events, The Clement T. Maynard Lifetime
                                                                                                  or product has positively impacted the de-   Achievement Award and The Minister’s
                                                                                                  velopment of Bahamian tourism? If you        Award.
                                                                                                  do, the Abaco Tourist Office is pleased         To find out more about the nomination
                                                                                                  to announce that they are now accepting      categories and criteria, contact the Abaco
                                                                                                  nominations for the 2010 Cacique Awards.     Tourist Office at 367-3067. Submission
                                                                                                     The nomination categories include         deadline of Cacique nominations is Sep-
                                                                                                  Transportation, Human Resources De-          tember 24, 2010.
Chandler MacWilliam and her friend Alexa Mercil spent their summer raising money to
purchase school supplies that will be distributed to all Abaco schools. A friend flew her
and the supplies on his plane to Marsh Harbour. Shown are Leslie Rolle, Senior Educa-
tion Officer; Stephanie MacWilliam, Chandler’s mother; Principal Candice Key of the
Hope Town School; Chandler MacWilliam; Jamie Rardin, Chandler’s sister; Jeritzan
Outten, Director of Tourism for the Northern Bahamas; and Ray Comparetta, pilot. Not
pictured is Alexa Mercil, who worked with Chandler MacWilliam in organising every-
thing but could not come on the trip.

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                                                             Sports News
                                               “lots of money.”                                                                            year-old Levaughan Forbes won a bronze
   Top athlete holds                              Because the following day’s workshop
                                                                                                   Abaco wins in                           medal in the boys’ lightweight division.
      track clinic                             was not attended as well as anticipated,            national Judo                              Because of Ashton’s standard of fight-
                                                                                                                                           ing, he was allowed to fight in the men’s
             By Mirella Santillo               it was moved from the morning to the af-
   Tonique Williams Darling hosted a           ternoon. A group of about 14 children at-            competition                            Caribbean Cup International Division and
two-day track clinic in Central Abaco the      tended both days and were guided by the                   By Jennifer Hudson                was awarded the bronze medal. “This was
beginning of August. She wanted to teach                                                        The three Abaco lads who have been in      a remarkable feat,” according to Mr. Lill,
                                               three coaches through a series of exercises
track and field to aspiring athletes. It was                                                 Nassau for the past five weeks on an in-      “since Ashton had to fight adults, some of
                                               aimed at teaching them proper body posi-
held at the track in Murphy Town.                                                            tensive Judo training course, working out     whom were brown and black belts. Ashton
                                               tions and developing the muscles necessary                                                  won the bronze medal in that class which
   Mrs. Darling was the 2004 Olympic                                                         seven hours a day five days a week and
                                               to perform at competitive level.              four hours on Saturdays, had all their hard   is a remarkable accomplishment. He is
Gold Medalist for the 400m and later won
                                                  At the end of the last session the par-    work greatly rewarded on August 7.            clearly the best junior fighter in the Carib-
several other awards internationally.
                                               ticipating athletes were rewarded with           “Their performance in The Bahamas          bean.”
   She arrived in Marsh Harbour on Au-
                                               a certificate of attendance. Three of the     Judo Federation Open Tournament on Au-           Ashton said that he enjoyed fighting in
gust 12 accompanied by Peter Pratt, long-
                                               children, Connor Alexander, Brenae Bain       gust 7 was a spectacular success, and the     the men’s division. Even though fighting
jump coach; Edward Clarke, sprint coach
                                               and Dylan Christensen, received an extra      boys came back with four medals,” stated      adults is much harder, he enjoys the chal-
at the College of The Bahamas; Joseph P.
                                               award for the enthusiasm and the interest     Albert Lill, one of their coaches who was     lenge. He was justifiably very proud of his
Johnson, President of VIP Services Inter-
                                               they showed during the training.              extremely excited with their accomplish-      achievements.
national; and Pia Rolle, a friend and for-
                                                  Mrs. Darling explained that after see-     ments.                                           In order to keep in tip-top physical con-
mer model who is part of TWD Athletics
                                               ing the reaction of the 40 kids who “were        Fourteen-year-old Ashton Forbes won        dition the three lads must stick to a very
organization.
                                               thrilled to see me” on Moore’s Island in      a gold medal in the boys’ middleweight        strict diet which many young people would
   The group visited the Ministry of Educa-
                                               November, she had wanted to impart her        division with 15-year-old Ozeke Swain
tion’s office and Radio Abaco to announce
                                               knowledge of athletics to more children of
their arrival on the island. They explained                                                  winning silver in the same class. Thirteen-   Please see   Sports               Page 10
                                               Abaco.
the advantages of participating in track and
                                                  Before leaving Abaco on August 14
field activities and invited parents to take
                                               Mrs. Darling said that TWD Athletics will
their children to Murphy Town Park the
                                               try to organize another workshop in Marsh
following day.
                                               Harbour in the fall. She is hoping that the
   Mrs. Darling reminded the public that
                                               mid-term break in October will offer the
athletics could contribute to education in
                                               opportunity for more students to partici-
the form of scholarships and could offer
                                               pate.
opportunities to those dedicated to make




                                                                                             Tonique Williams Darling held a track clinic in Murphy Town. She and the coaches who
                                                                                             came with her taught the youth exercises and proper form for being successful at develop-
                                                                                             ing their track talents.




Tonique Darling, Olympic gold medalist in track, center, held a track clinic for the chil-
dren of Central Abaco the beginning of August. She is shown here on her arrival. They
are Ishmael Morley, Edward Clarke, Kandy Anderson, Pia Rolle, Mrs. Darling, Melinda
Williams, Peter Pratt, Vogel Willams and Joseph Johnson. Mrs. Darling expects to re-
turn to Abaco to hold another clinic in the fall.
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                                               More Sports News
Sports                      From Page 9      to follow the diet to improve their fitness    day of competition. It was pleasing to see    ing of medals around swimmer’s necks
                                             levels and ultimately improve their fight-     that Angel’s Academy entered for the first    was deafening! All schools returned home
find hard to do. These three are so dedicat- ing skills.                                    time this year.                               sporting many ribbons and medals but in
ed to their sport that they are quite willing                                                  The meet is held in memory of Perry        the end it was Hope Town School that tri-
to give up all junk foods, fast foods, pizza, Perry Cooke All Abaco                         Cook, who was so instrumental in pro-         umphed to win the Primary Division and
sodas and juice.                              Swim Meet a Success                           moting sports, especially swimming, on        Forest Heights that won the High School
   After the tournament, since they had                     By Candace Key                  Abaco. His wife Cheryl and daughter           Division. High Point Swimmers in dif-
stuck so rigidly to their routine, trained       The annual Perry Cooke Memorial Aba-       Jessica are always on hand for the meet.      ferent age categories came from several
so hard and done so well, they were taken co Schools Swim meet was held once again          The meet is an all-day affair with com-       schools. High Point Trophy winners
by their coach for a special treat of pizza at the metered community pool in Hope           munity members and teachers acting as            Jack Butler and Braydon Dam tied for
and soda. But after that it was straight back Town. Ten schools, primary and high           lane coaches, timers, coaches and score       the 6 & Under High Point trophy. Both at-
onto their strict diet.                       school, traveled to Hope Town to enjoy a      keepers. Great food is also a part of the     tend Agape Christian
   Judo coaches on Abaco are looking                                                        exciting day.
for more per-                                                                                  As the afternoon drew to a close and the   Please see   Sports            Page 11
sons to take                                                                                awards ceremony began, soon the clang-
up the sport
and join the
classes which
take place at
St. Francis de
Sales School
every Satur-
day. Mr. Lill
stressed that
not everyone
who takes up
Judo has to
go onto the
strict diet, so
they     should
not be put off
by that. The        Three Abaco youth have been training in Judo in Nassau for five weeks
diet is only for preparing for the Bahamas Judo Federation Open Tournament. All
the contestants three did very well, earning medals in their age groups. Shown are
at national and Ashton Forbes, who won gold; Ozeke Swain, who won silver; and               The Hope Town community swimming pool is the site of competitions as it is half the
international Levaughan Forbes, who won bronze. They are shown with Vlad Ma-                length of an Olympic pool. The students look forward to the days when they can enjoy
levels who are nescu of the International Judo Federation and Regina Parotti, one of        the competitions.
quite willing their coaches on Abaco.




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                                                                                                Albury and Lilly as well as Charlotte Reed    cessfully competitive swimmer also teach-
Sports                      From Page 10        Sisters Excel at                                and Lauren Knowles, blew past all other       es successful school subject discipline!
                                                                                                relay teams in all strokes and lengths to        Albury and Lilly’s proud parents are
6 & under girls - Stella Higgs, Hope Town      National Swim Meet                               win gold in all their relays. For those who   Chris and Pleasants Higgs of Hope Town.
8 & under girls - Katie Pinder, Angels Aca.                  By Candace Key
                                                                                                watched the three-day meet on television,
8 & under boys - Brady Pinder, Angels             The colour gold kept showing up for the
                                                                                                it seemed as though the girls were always         Championship
10 & under girls - Albury Higgs, Hope Town     Higgs sisters, Albury and Lilly, as they
                                                                                                on the medal stand.                             games end summer
10 & under boys - Joshua Wong, Agape           competed in the Bahamas National Swim
                                                                                                   Albury, who came in second as the
Christian                                      Meet in Nassau recently.                                                                          basketball camp
                                                                                                High Point winner for her age category,
12 & under girls - Ashley Louis, Hope Town        The girls are still members of the Swift                                                             By Canishka Alexander
                                                                                                just graduated from Hope Town Primary
12 & under boys - Christopher Albury, Hope T   Swimming Club in Nassau with whom they                                                            The weekend of July 15 to July 17 was
                                                                                                and will be attending Forest Heights Acad-
14 & under girls- Natasha Albury, Forest Hts   swam for years before their move to Abaco                                                      an action-packed weekend for basketball
                                                                                                emy this fall. She also won the second run-
14 & under boys - Ashton Kemp, Cyber           nearly two years ago.                                                                          fans. Teams represent North, South and
                                                                                                ner up position in May at the Bahamas Pri-
Learning                                          The sisters practice daily for long hours,                                                  Central Abaco competed in a basketball
                                                                                                mary School Student of the Year Awards
15 & over girls - Jennifer Cooke, Agape        rain or shine, warm or cold, either in Hope                                                    camp organized by Ishmael “Stretch”
                                                                                                in Nassau. Ironically, the boy who won the
Christian                                      Town or Marsh Harbour. That is clearly
                                                                                                Student of the Year Award from Nassau
15 & over boys - Brian Higgs, Forest Heights   what it takes to be winners!                                                                   Please see   Sports             Page 12
                                                                                                was also a fellow swimmer. It appears that
                                                  The girls’ relay team, which included
                                                                                                the dedication needed to train to be a suc-




                                                                                                Two sisters from Hope Town competed in the Bahamas National Swim Meet as part of the
The Perry Cooke Memorial Swim Meet brought students from 10 schools together for the            Swift Swim Club that they belonged to before they moved to Abaco. Albury Higgs and Lil-
annual competition. It is a day of fun along with the friendly competition. All the schools     ly Higgs, both on the left, did very well in a relay with two Nassau swimmers, Charlotte
went home with ribbons and medals.                                                              Reed and Lauren Knowles. This relay team won gold in every category they competed in.
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                                                                                             Mr. Rodgers described her as one of the         ketball games were held at Grace Gym at
 Sports               From Page 11             Basketball camp is                            best coaches he has and one of the top fe-      which time the kids showcased for their
                                              held for second year                           male basketball players in The Bahamas.         parents and relatives the skills they had
Morley and others.
                                                          By Samantha Evans                     The camp focused on basic basketball         learned. After the games were played, the
   Among the players were Leon Gideon,
                                                 Coach Jeff Rodgers, who has been host-      skills, life skills and discipline. The camp-   children were given their certificates fol-
Livingston Cornish Jr. and Vonrico Toote,
                                              ing Basketball Camps in Nassau for the         ers learned drills and the fundamentals of      lowed by a game played by the Nassau
who are either looking to attend college,
                                              past 23 years, has now committed himself       the game such as how to stand, shooting,        coaches and the Dundas Town basketball
play professional basketball or return home
                                              to assisting the youth of Abaco in develop-    fouls and how to hold the ball correctly.       team.
to benefit their community at a later date.
                                              ing their undiscovered skills.                    On the first day they learned drills,
   Mr. Morley worked with Coach Wayde                                                                                                         Golf Camp for Kids
                                                 At the beginning of August, youth           played defense and moved without the
Adderley, Coach Penn and Coach Godfrey
                                                                                             ball; on day two they started to handle the
Rolle to coordinate the program, which        across Abaco got a chance to improve
                                                                                             ball and engaged in footwork and passes;          at Winding Bay
was created for the purpose of offering the   their basketball skills at the second an-                                                                  By Mirella Santillo
                                              nual Jeff Rodgers Basketball Camp. The         on day three they began to focus more on
youth of Abaco something constructive to                                                                                                        A large group of Central Abaco Prima-
                                              camp was held at Grace Gym from Au-            ball handling and each day after that they
do during the summer.                                                                                                                        ry School and Abaco Central High School
                                              gust 2 to 6 with a basketball jamboree and     learned something new.
   On July 15 Game One was played by                                                                                                         students met early on the morning of Au-
                                              closing ceremony held on the evening of           Mr. Rodgers Sr. stated that drills be-
Treasure Cay and Crossing Rocks. Game                                                                                                        gust 9 awaiting buses that would bring
                                              August 7.                                      come more extensive for the children as
Two featured the Young Boys vs. the Mur-                                                                                                     them to the Abaco Club at Winding Bay
                                                 Organizer of the camp, William Davis,       they get older. The campers were divided
phy Town Stoppers. Although many at-                                                                                                         for a week-long “golf camp.”
                                              was not sure that the camp would happen        into three groups: under 10 years, 11-14
tended the games on Friday, more spec-                                                                                                          The weather did not look favorable that
                                              this year as it is quite expensive to pull     years, and 15 years and up. Rodgers de-
tators attended on Saturday when the                                                                                                         day, but after a briefing from Head Coach,
                                              off; but due to his commitment to commu-       scribed these kids as smart, keen and quick
Treasure Cay Sporting Club competed                                                                                                          Malcus “Marley” Hield, and a welcome
                                              nity development, he took a leap of faith      at learning.
against the Marlins. Treasure Cay won                                                                                                        from the Director of Golf and Community
                                              to host it again.                                 Mr. Rodgers explained that what keeps
with 26 points, while the Marlins scored                                                                                                     Footprints, Justin Norvell, the weather had
                                                 This year Mr. Rodgers brought five          him going is the knowledge that the camp
22 points.                                                                                                                                   cleared sufficiently for the group to pro-
                                              coaches from last year’s camp, Mitch           helps many of the kids to make something
   In the under 16 boys’ game Treasure                                                                                                       ceed to the driving range.
                                              Johnson, Kramer B. Taylor, Leonardo            positive of their lives. He tries every year
Cay continued its winning as they beat the                                                                                                      The camp started with a total of 32 boys
                                              Morris, Harrison Moxey and Jeffrey Rod-        to improve the camp so that the players
Youth in Action team with a score of 29 to                                                                                                   and girls. Some of the older children, such
                                              gers Jr., along with a new coach Charlene      will be more physically prepared and play
19. However, the Youth in Action under                                                                                                       as Austron Johnson, Kevin Deveaux and
                                              Smith. All of the coaches are experienced      better basketball. Further, he tries to stay
17 boys team broke Treasure Cay’s win-                                                                                                       Christopher Smith had already participated
                                              and work in the field on a consistent basis.   up-to-date with technology so the coaches
ning streak by defeating them 37 to 33.                                                                                                      in a previous camp two summers ago.
                                                 Mitch Johnson was recently drafted          can improve the game for the players.
   The senior boys were represented by                                                                                                          As they practiced for nearly two hours,
                                              by the 76ers NBA team D league which              He would like to appeal to the Abaco
the Dundas Town and Young Boys teams.                                                                                                        the coaches, Mr. Hield and Mr. Frank
                                              is known as their “farm club.” As a part       community to support this camp by spon-
The young men sizzled the basketball court                                                                                                   Austin, could already notice who among
                                              of this team, he will get to play various      soring one child who may not be able to
with their defensive plays and three-point                                                                                                   the participants had the proper position,
                                              countries and has a great chance of being      otherwise attend. To date, one Abaco
shots. Unfortunately, the game was inter-                                                                                                    the proper swing and the proper eyes to
                                              picked from this group to join their NBA       youth has attended college on an athletic
rupted with only two minutes left in the                                                                                                     become a real golfer.
                                              team.                                          scholarship, and Mr. Rodgers is certain
game when it began to rain. Although no                                                                                                         After working on their position and grip
                                                 Charlene Smith is presently the coach       that with community support more athletic
winner was declared, Mr. Morley revealed
                                              of the female national basketball team and     scholarships will be granted.
that Dundas Town was ahead of the Young                                                                                                      Please see   Sports              Page 13
                                              a coach at the College of the Bahamas.            On the final evening the closing-out bas-
Boys by at least eight points.
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                                               were given two chances to accumulate the                   came Brenae Bain, the youngest of the            is less harsh on the joints. For this reason
 Sports                     From Page 12
                                               points that would determine the winner and                 contestants.                                     it is a highly recommended surface for this
for the first couple of days, the youngsters   runner-ups in each age group.                                 Clementino Burrows, a very positive           type of court. This field is expected to be
were introduced to shot techniques. Mr.           When the points were tallied, nine-year-                young man who had declared he would be           completed sometime in September.
Hield demonstrated which club to use de-       old Connor Alexander was declared the                      the winner, did indeed claim the first place
pending on the shot one wanted to throw.       winner for the under 13 age group, mak-                    in the 14 and over age group. He was fol-
   By the end of the camp, 13 children re-     ing his mother, Canishka Alexander, very                   lowed by Sebastian Andrews who missed            Maxwell’s                     From Page 2
mained to take part in the final skill com-    proud. He was followed by Teo Smith                        by very little. Kevin Deveaux came third.
petition. These were divided into two age      in second position. In third place came                    Austron Johnson, the previous camp’s             directly from Maxwell’s so that people
groups, 14 and over and 13 and under, and      Chelshiano Adderley, and in fourth place                   winner, placed in fourth position.               can access the furniture store without even
                                                                                                             Ishmael “Stretch” Morley, the coordi-         having to go outside.
                                                                                                          nator for the program, is hoping that there         The great size of Maxwells new store
                                                                                                          will be enough interest among the parents        was brought into focus by one shopper
                                                                                                          of the participating students to create a ju-    who, when asked what was his impression
                                                                                                          nior golf club that would enable the more        of the store, replied, “Well, I have lost
                                                                                                          dedicated youth to practice regularly, per-      my wife!” All of the comments I received
                                                                                                          haps with the help of other Abaco golf           were glowing, with people remarking on
                                                                                                          clubs.                                           the variety, amount of stock, wide aisles,
                                                                                                                                                           quick checkouts, brightness, pleasant ap-
                                                                                                           Tennis Court being                              pearance and large attractive parking lot.
                                                                                                                                                              There are even sparkling restrooms for
                                                                                                              constructed                                  the convenience of customers and hand
                                                                                                                     By Samantha V. Evans                  sanitizer dispensers. No more do we have
                                                                                                             Work began in July at the Central Aba-        to feel embarrassed for our visitors having
                                                                                                          co Primary School field for the construc-        to shop in conditions they are not used to
                                                                                                          tion of a full-size professional tennis court.   at home. I heard a group of visitors say, as
                                                                                                          Since more persons are now interested in         they entered Maxwell’s yesterday, “Cool,”
                                                                                                          the sport for exercise and the kids do it for    and I don’t think they were just referring to
The Abaco Club at Winding Bay hosted a golf camp for the youth of Central Abaco. They                     recreation, the committee was prompted to        the air conditioning. Maxwell’s is certainly
learned techniques and the various kinds of clubs. Shown are Ishmael Morley, Austron                      begin work on this court as the courts now       a place of which we all on Abaco can be
Johnson, Kevin Deveaux, Clementino Burrows, Connor Alexander, small boy in front                          on Abaco are all private. The field will         very proud and can enjoy.
Brenae Bain, behind him Chelshaino Adderley, at the back Sebastian Andrews, Teo                           come equipped with all amenities needed             Price Right closed its doors at 3 p.m.
Smith, Coach Marley Hield and Justin Norvell.                                                             and the committee will try to get some ten-      on August 16, just three days after Max-
                                                                                                          nis equipment as well. Bobby Russell will        well’s opened. According to Chad it will
                                                                                                          be the instructor for the tennis program         be completely cleared out, cleaned up and
                                                                                                          which will be offered free to the kids in        repainted, then opened as a store selling
                                                                                                          the community. He will make private les-         non brand name items for those wishing to
                                                             Now Open                                     sons available for those persons interested
                                                                                                          in learning to play the sport. The court will
                                                                                                                                                           shop on a restricted budget. Sav-A-Lot will
                                                                                                                                                           become a wholesale store and warehouse
                                                          Until 7 P.M.                                    be sand-sealed (a surface one grade next to      for the other two stores.
                                                                                                          asphalt) which is better than concrete as it
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                            Obituaries of Family and Friends
   The funeral for Florence “Baby Flo”       Tamika, Dornell, Juliet, Rochelle, Wenta,     Travis Gibson, D’Vaughn and D’shawn             numerous nieces and nephews; and many
Stuart, 52, of Murphy Town was held on       Gwendolyn, Emma, Misty, Millie, Erica         Knowles, Craig Smith Jr., Mackinson,            other relatives and friends.
August 14 at Zion Baptist Church in Mur-     Theagen, Terry Stuart, Zelma Alladice,        Michael, Frank, Ferdnand, Quinton, Clint           The funeral for Deacon Vernal Bur-
phy Town. Rev. Christopher Dean offici-      Patrick, Slyvia, Ruthamae, Rebecca,           Lauriston and Drumeco Archer; nephew-           rows, 49, of Sandy Point was held on
ated, assisted by Rev. Everette Strachan.    Rosiemae, Sean, Luden, Joshua, Shanell,       in-law Quinton Charlton; grand-nieces and       August 21 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in
Interment was in the Murphy Town Public      Tasha, Henley Vandyke, Doric, Pamela,         nephews Quitel, Tanisha, Tamara, Quiton         Sandy Point. Rev. Dr. Michael Symonette
Cemetery.                                    Maureen, Royette and Judith, Quincy, Sa-      Jr., and Stephon Charlton, Althera and          officiated
   She is sur-                               mantha Jones, Milton, Malita, Lil Sil, San-   Michelle Willie, Mackel Sands, Lina and         assisted by
vived by her                                 dy, Felix, Edley and Desmond; god sisters     Logan Lauriston, Reagan Searcy, Isaiah          Rev. Napo-
sons Marlon                                  Barbara and Porsha; and many other rela-      and Khalil Orne, Khassidi, Khamaran and         leon Rob-
and Kadeem;                                  tives and friends.                            Khaylan Laing, Katia and Dylan Archer;          erts. Inter-
adopted son                                     The funeral for Bertram Joseph Reck-       and many other relatives and friends.           ment      was
Jerod Doug-                                  ley, 59, formerly of Green Turtle Cay was        The funeral for Samuel David Albury,         in in Sandy
las; grand-                                  held on August 14 in Nassau. Interment        63, was held on August 20 at the Man-O-         Point Public
son Jordan;                                  was also in                                   War Gospel Chapel. Bro. Tom Roberts,            Cemetery.
daughter             Florence Stuart         Nassau.                                       Bro. Freddy Pinder, Bro. Glenn Albury,             He       is
Jevina; sis-                                    He is sur-                                 Bro. Mark Lacey and Evangelist Frank            survived by            Vernal Burrows
ters Dedrie, Cindy, Vernie and Sharon;       vived by his                                  Perry officiated. Interment was in the          his sisters Dafinette Bain and Diana Cole-
brothers Leslie and Alexander; sister-in-    wife Mary                                     Man-O-War Public Cemetery.                      brooke; nephews Ranaldo, Darron, Lenard
law Velma Stuart; brother-in-law Clem-       Reckley;                                         He was                                       and Lavon; nieces Sherville, Lenaire and
ment Clarke; aunts Edith Clarke, Wilamae     mother Jen-                                   married to                                      Asia; grandnephew Malik Burrow; uncles
and Isamae Dawkins, Leonie and Minerva       nie Reckley;                                  Arlene Key                                      Vincent and George Burrows, Bob and Ner-
Davis; uncles Lebon, Kenneth, Hencel         son     Jeron                                 of     Hope                                     on Greene; aunts Winifred Brown, Vernita
and Ronald Davis; nieces Shanique, Max-      Reckley;                                      Town. He                                        Darville, Louise Green, Rita Davis, Marga-
ine, Zoe, Ciara, Gia, Kemi and Lauren;       daughters        Bertram Joseph Reckley       wore many                                       ret and Irene Burrows; grandaunt Dorothy
nephews Lindsey, Dwight, Leslie, James,      Maria and Jonique Reckley; sisters Valerie    occupational                                    Burrows; brother-in-law Lensworth Bain;
Maxwell, Jerome, Akeem, Kyle and Tre;        Thompson, Susan Jones, Maureen Gibson         hats, from                                      godmother Bernice Wells; cousins; and
cousins Patricia, Misty, Carla, Donna,       and Sarah Roberts; daughter-in-law Shane-     a fisherman                                     many other relatives and friends.
Lisa, Timmy, Ray, Rozena, Violet, Ollie,     ka Reckley; sisters-in-law Euphemia Poiti-    to    restau-
Mispha, Weldon, Rodney, Eddison, Ed-         er and Jannine Ann Lauriston; brothers-       rant owner            Samuel Albury
diemae, Helen, Barbara, Lillian, Vergil,     in-law Wenzel Poitier and Richard Jones;      to boat builder. And his most recent ven-
Patsy, Aaron, Jermaine, Marrietta, Bust-     uncles Leroy, Leon and George Reckley,        ture was a gift shop where he displayed his
er, Kenneth, Rinsor, Annamae, Austin,        James Curry, Brian Russell and Rev. Eu-       handmade woodwork.
Loretta, Theresa, Bridgette, Henriletta,     len McIntosh; aunts Viola Curry, Roberta         He is survived by his wife Arlene;
Bill, Annie Darville, Madene McBride,        Russell, Barbara Reckley and Adline;          daughters Melissa, Lenora, Samantha and
Antoinette, Anosh, Olga, Nathaniel, Eliza-   nieces Stephanie Charlton, Jenna Gibson,      Mary-Lou; sons-in-law George Phillpot,
beth, Daniel, Jason, Gilbert, Dale, San-     Abigail Jones, Kobie Roberts, Kenji and       Stephen Sweeting, Jay Sands and Dale
dra, Cleveland, Micheal, Ruth, Norma,        Kimanthi Poitier, Mackinta Orne, Lucy         Hill; granddaughters Adrianna, Stephanie,
Hank, Wendy, Cardinal, Prince, Bobbie-       Lauriston and Charmaine Searcy; niece-        Alexzandra, Dayna, Abigail and Kelsey;
mae, Cindy, Gwendolyn, Terrance, Na-         in-law Chakita Archer; nephews Jarrod,        grandsons Andrew, Caleb and Ryder;
dia, Cheryl, Sharman, Rozena, Rhonda,        Dwight and Daniel Jones, Terrance Jr.,        brothers Hartley, Roland, Joe, David and
                                                                                           Jeff; sister Betty Kroon; sisters-in-law An-
                                                                                           drea Albury, Charlotte Albury, Mary-Ann
                                                                                           Albury, Sharon Albury and Phyllis Al-
                                                                                           bury; brother-in-law Richard Kroon; aunts
                                                                                           Movena Russell, Mary Albury, Florrie;



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       Many enjoy Baker’s Bay                                                                       Friends is pleased with
          eighth Sail Away                                                                        repeat attendance at camp
             By Mirella Santillo               affair with children and parents having fun               By Canishka Alexander                  the classroom.
   The eighth Baker’s Bay Sail-Away held       in the sea with balls and frisbees and dogs       Although Friends of the Environment’s             One of the most exciting experienc-
on August 15th was once more a great suc-      running along the beach.                       executive director Kristin Williams did not       es for campers is their snorkeling trip at
cess. The event seemed to be doomed as            The sun never made an appearance until      have an official count of the children that       Mermaid’s Reef. Mrs. Williams said their
heavy thunder clouds hung threateningly        after six at which time the drinks dropped     attended camp this year, she was pleased          reaction is often one of amazement when
over the horizon most of the day. But the      to half price, and the volunteers started      that not only were the camps all full, sev-       they see the coral reefs and the different
weather never got bad, and the people who      packing what was left since the hamburg-       eral were repeat campers.                         types of fish swimming around them. The
joined the beach party enjoyed a comfort-      ers, the T-shirts and some of the drinks          This year marks the fourth year that           experience is always unforgettable.
able temperature and a great social event,     had been sold out. By sunset the beach was     Friends has offered the summer camp,                 The campers were given opportunities
which is a fund raiser for Every Child         once more deserted.                            and the children are treated to a number of       to learn about coral reefs, mangroves and
Counts and Friends of the Environment.            According to Mrs. Williams, the event       exciting learning experiences. However,           their importance to the Bahamian wetlands,
   The committee members bringing the          was very successful with over 200 persons      camp was only offered in Marsh Harbour,           blue holes, the pine forest, and the Abaco
supplies, President “Li’ll Bill” Albury with   attending. The committee and the majority      Sandy Point and Cooper’s Town. Last               parrot among other species of birds. They
his wife and son, Kristin Williams, Ashley     of people who frequented the party liked       year, Moore’s Island was also included.           are taught general conservation efforts,
Sands and Maria Silvester, arrived at Bak-     the location better as it was away from the       Junior camp was held for children ages         which include recycling, waste manage-
er’s Bay by mid-morning. This year they        resort and more private.                       seven to nine on July 13 to July 16; camp         ment, litter prevention and beautification.
were directed to a different beach. They          The results were comparable to previ-       was held the following week for the senior           Mrs. Williams thanked Disney Cruise
were met by the resort staff who brought a     ous years with close to $6000 collected,       children aged 10 to 13 on July 19-23. All         Line for its continuous support of the
large barbecue grill, charcoal and ice and     even though there were no business spon-       camps are free of charge.                         camp because feeding and transporting the
stayed to help set-up.                         sors this year. However, the food, the al-        Mrs. Williams said the camp is struc-          children to various locations can become
   By noon everything was set up for the       cohol and the T-shirts had all been donat-     tured to allow the children to spend time         costly.
party. By 1 p.m. 17 boats had arrived in-      ed. Some of the sponsors included Snappas      in the classroom learning about Abaco’s              At the end of the camps the campers in
cluding a small ferry equipped with a gen-     Bar & Grill, Sky High Spirits, Sands Beer,     environment. Then the children go on field        Central Abaco enjoyed a beach clean-up
erator captained by Raymond Lowe. The          Sawyer Soft Drinks, Abaco Groceries,           trips to reinforce what they have learned in      and lunch at the Crossing Beach.
ferry served as a music station all through    Abaco T-shirt & Design, F&V, Nippers,
the day with James Malone and Leigh Da-        the Art Café, Hope Town Harbor Lodge as
                                               well as Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club.         Wilson City                                                                  From Page 4
vis acting as DJ’s.
   By 3 p.m. over 40 boats lined the bay,         The proceeds were divided and distrib-         There are a few BEC technicians cur-           provide the necessary auxiliary power in
the crowd had disembarked hanging out by       uted to Friends of the Environment and         rently in training with MAN Diesel, and           the case of zero power on site. They have
the refreshments area, walking the beach,      Every Child Counts the following week.         the company is contracted to remain on site       installed lightning rods to mitigate against
swimming and socializing. It was a family                                                     for one year after completion and will con-       lightning strikes and the plant should not
                                                                                              tinue to provide hands-on training during         be subjected to the same problems the cur-
                                                                                              that time. MAN Diesel, headquartered in           rent plant has when struck.
                                                                                              Germany, also has locations in Canada and            The Wilson City site has an extensive
                                                                                              nearby in Fort Lauderdale, fully equipped         fire protection system in place including a
                                                                                              to handle sales, parts, services and train-       30,000 gallon water tank with fire hydrants
                                                                                              ing. It is noteworthy that many cruise ships      and nozzles placed strategically around the
                                                                                              that port in Miami use these same engines         plant. They have on the way a FM200 wa-
                                                                                              and are supplied from the nearby branch.          terless fire suppression system which will
                                                                                                 The generators can be controlled manu-         be installed in the computer and electrical
                                                                                              ally or by a computerized system that can         control rooms. FM200 is a gas that is non
Many Marsh Harbour boaters anticipate the Sail Away held annually in August. The              start and stop all equipment from a room          toxic to humans but can suffocate flames in
casual family atmosphere is a great climax after a busy summer season. The Sail Away          that overlooks the engines. This system           a matter of seconds while leaving no resi-
is held on a beach at Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club.                                        provides valuable information as it moni-         due.
                                                                                              tors the engines, alerting if oil is low, pres-      The site has been designed to allow for
                                                                                              sures or temperatures are wrong and when          future expansion with the present facili-
                                                                                              service is needed.                                ties covering little more than half the land
                                                                                                 A separate 500 KW generator is used            space provided.
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Burial Societies were important in the past
            By Jennifer Hudson                 by voluntary subscription for money to be            Mr. Bill Swain, who was President of        Murphy Town. This building was used for
   Last year the old pink Burial Society       paid upon the death of a member or for fu-       the Murphy Town Burial Society for 25           25 years. The society now owns a build-
building which had stood on the seashore       neral expenses of a husband, wife or child       years from 1979 making him its longest          ing on Amon Drive and meetings, which at
in Dundas Town since the 1940s and which       of a member or widow of deceased mem-            serving President, gave me a very interest-     one time were held monthly, are now held
had become rather dilapidated was refur-       ber. They also looked after the needs of         ing overview of the work of the Burial So-      quarterly.
bished by Local Government and trans-          the dying. The Dundas Town Society actu-         ciety. The people of Bluff Point were also         The Cooper’s Town Burial Society has
formed into a smart, modern sage green         ally began in Cornish Town, a settlement         moved out after the devastating hurricane       been active ever since its inception in 1900
and white building. The original building      between Blackwood and Fire Road, before          of 1932 and formed the community of             though its format has changed slightly.
was constructed a few years after the peo-     the 1932 hurricane which caused the set-         Murphy Town in 1942. About two years            Albert Bootle formed the society in 1900
ple moved to Dundas Town from Old Place        tlers there to have to move.                     later a group of residents came together to     just for family members, but it has since
after the devastating hurricane of 1932. It       First in command of the Dundas Town           form a union for the development of Mur-        been opened to all members of the North
was a meeting place for the Dundas Town        Burial Society today is Field Marshall Le-       phy Town and the Burial Society was a           Abaco area. It is a large society with 300
Burial Society and for the laying out of       rnis Cornish. He tells the fascinating story     result of this community effort.                members at present and meets in the gov-
the dead The building was badly damaged        of how after the hurricane of 1932 every-            Original founders were Thomas Swain         ernment school just once a year. President
during Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and stood       one was presumed dead by people outside          (deceased), Sheddy Simms, William               Clayton McIntosh feels that while mem-
unused ever since. Now that it has been re-    the settlement. But one day a plane was          Simms, Preston Swain, Eamon Curry               bers should visit the sick and dying, the
furbished, it is used not only for meetings    heard flying overhead so a man began to          and Eamon Swain. Membership currently           Cooper’s Town Society only assists with
of the Burial Society but also for Local       wave a white flag. The seaplane landed and       stands at 120 and the current committee         the burial. Instead of quarterly or yearly
Government and other community meet-           found many survivors. These survivors            consists of President Della Davis, Vice         dues, a Death Tax is collected when some-
ings. Keeping up with modern times, there      were moved to land granted them by the           President Peter Swain, Treasurer Salathial      one dies. The Cooper’s Town Society in-
is now also a computer lab for students to     government.                                      Swain and trustees.                             cludes members living all the way from
use for their projects and homework.              After residing there for a few years the          Mr. Swain explained the purpose and         Treasure Cay and north to Black Wood
   The refurbishment of this old build-        people rejuvenated the Burial Society hold-      tasks of a Burial Society as a group of         and Fire Road and Cooper’s Town. Green
ing led to an interesting piece of research    ing their meetings first in a tent and then      people who come together to assist each         Turtle Cay has its own society.
on the Burial Societies on Abaco. I was        in a building which they built. The Dundas       other whenever there is a death of any             Wood Cay has the most northerly Burial
surprised to discover how many there are       Town Burial Society has been dormant for         of its members. Dues are paid and so the        Society and is the only one on Little Aba-
and interested to learn of the work of these   some time, but Lernis Cornish and second         family is assisted financially. There is also   co. It was started in 1948/9 when just the
societies. Burial Societies are a form of      in command, Colin Swain, are trying to           a committee for visiting the terminally         equivalent of $2 was collected to start it
Friendly Society. These historically exist-    resurrect the society though they are find-      ill. Whenever a member is very sick and         (those days money was still in pounds ster-
ed in England for the purpose of providing     ing it difficult to interest the young people.   not expected to live, if a family member is     ling). “This Burial Society was first started
                                                                                                not able to be with them at all times, then     as a Friendly Burial Society where families
                                                                                                the society makes sure that there is always     of the community came together to help
                                                                                                someone from the society to sit with that       each other, but over the years it has grown
                                                                                                person day and night until they pass.           so greatly that now it is governed by 37
                                                                                                    “The task of the Burial Society today is    by-laws,” stated Secretary and Vice Chair-
                                                                                                the same as the system used in Bluff Point,     man Burnell Parker. Originally named the
                                                                                                that is to cut the grave and bury the casket.   Wood Cay Burial Society, the society has
                                                                                                When I was President, it was customary to       now been named The Saint Thomas Burial
                                                                                                always have two open graves in case a per-      Society after the church in Wood Cay. The
                                                                                                son died suddenly,” explained Mr. Swain.        society currently has 45 up to date mem-
                                                                                                “All members pay dues, but the gravedig-        bers from as far as Dundas Town to Grand
                                                                                                gers do not pay dues. For a funeral, the        Bahama and Nassau. Members meet in the
                                                                                                members march in procession from the            church four times a year unless an emer-
                                                                                                church to the cemetery, the women wear-         gency requires an extra meeting.
This is the recently renovated Burial Society building in Dundas Town. The original             ing all white and the men in black wearing         The Saint Thomas Burial Society up-
building was badly damaged by Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and stood derelict until re-              their badges. When someone dies there is        holds the policy of visiting its sick mem-
cently. The Dundas Town Committee is be commended for restoring it and adding an                a ‘setting up’ or a ‘wake.’ Family mem-         bers in the community. There is a male
extension to it. It now serves as the local government office, a place for community meet-      bers and friends gather at the home and sit     sick committee for visiting the men and a
ings, even a computer lab for students as well as a meeting place for the Burial Society.       up all night singing hymns and get up and       female for the women. If a person is des-
                                                                                                reminisce about the deceased.”                  ignated to sit with a sick person and can-
                                                                                                    The first society building, which was       not go, then their penalty is to pay another
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    Burial Societies were                                                                                     Abaco schools
neighbours helping neighbours                                                                               excel in many areas
                                                  costs. I would like to see the benefits in-
Burial Societies                    From 16       crease, but some people are finding it hard                                                          and 25 students took part in local weekly
                                                                                                         Achievements for                              apprenticeships for the year. This included
person to go and work in their place. “This       to even pay the dues as they are. These
is a very strong society and is one of the        days the older persons are keeping up the              Man-O-War School                              our link with Emerald Organics Farm for
strongest on Abaco,” stated Mr. Parker.           payments for their children as the younger            Eighty-three percent of our students           skill training in agriculture and animal hus-
“We pay $3,500 per death.” Chairman is            persons do not seem to see the need,” said         achieved the Honour Roll for the 2009-            bandry after cognitively impaired students
Rev. Elon McIntosh and Ms. Araminta               Mr. Pinder.                                        2010 school year.                                 participated in our own agriculture pro-
Curry has been made President Emeritus               Also in the South is the settlement of             Two of our students were recognized na-        gram at school.
as she ran for so many years.                     Cherokee Sound with its Burial Society run         tionally at the Minister’s Literacy Awards           Our micro-business initiative was ex-
   At the opposite end of the island lies         by Kenneth Albury, who has been its Pres-          Ceremony as top students in Literacy. In          panded with older more disabled students
Sandy Point which has its own Burial So-          ident for 25 years. Mr. Albury believes            addition, three of our classes were given         in assembling and selling individual utensil
ciety overseen by Chairman Benjamin Pin-          that the Cherokee Burial Society has been          trophies for scoring the highest as a class       packets. Many local businesses and indi-
der. “This group was started in 1929 and          in existence since the 1800s though the ac-        in the district in both Literacy and Math.        viduals are purchasing these packets with
was concerned with providing for the fish-        tual written records in its possession only           A grade four student won first place in        Snappas Restaurant being our biggest and
ermen who had no means of burying their           go back as far as 1942. It has 140 members         the piano solo for her division in the Na-        steadiest customer.
dead individually. The society has contin-        which include not only people from Chero-          tional Arts Competition.                             Our basketball team of learning disabled
ued without interruption to this day and          kee but also others who now live away but             Students from grades one and two won           students participated in the Abaco Sports
presently has about 270 members. Mem-             would like to be buried in Cherokee. The           the district spelling competitions.               League and won second place overall for
bers are expected to meet quarterly in the        Cherokee society does not hold meetings               Our students took second and third in          the season.
society hall though it is difficult to get them   but Mr. Albury goes once a year to the             their divisions at the Earth Day Science             Over 30 of our more developmentally
to turn out,” lamented Mr. Pinder. Dues           homes of all the members to collect the            Competition.                                      disabled students participated in Special
are very small at only $6 per year with           $12 annual dues. “We help with the sick               Nine students joined the swim team and         Olympics in Nassau and won numerous
a death tax of $7 payable when a person           and the dying; we help buy the casket and          brought home ribbons and medals.                  gold, silver and bronze medals. Two stu-
dies. “When the society first began, mem-         see to the burial,” said Mr. Albury. An               Students from grades 3-6 formed a Sand         dents, Patrick Darville and Deangela Mur-
bers would sit with a dying person until the      interesting snippet of history is that chil-       Watch Club to monitor a local beach.              ray, participated in the Caribbean region-
end. But over the years it has become more        dren only were always buried in the old               Our General Knowledge Team partici-            als in Puerto Rico and brought home gold
and more difficult to get people to sit like      cemetery by the spit, but now people of            pated against the big schools and come in         medals in bocce and track.
that, though people do still visit the very                                                          6th out of 12 teams.                                 Progressive Reading Stream students
sick. Today we mainly help with burial            Please see   Burial Societies Page 18                 Most students chose to eat healthy             produced a DVD of their original drama
                                                                                                     breaks for the entire school year.                about students with learning and other dis-
                                                                                                        Several students earned high scores on         abilities on Abaco. This was done with
                                                                                                     their GLAT exams.                                 the assistance of students from the media
                                                                                                                                                       department of Rollins College who visited
                                                                                                       Accomplishments                                 ECC during the school year.
                                                                                                                                                          We expanded of our life skills curricu-
                                                                                                        of Every Child                                 lum including our cooking program in or-
                                                                                                            Counts                                     der to prepare students for independence
                                                                                                        For the first time and with their own          and jobs in food preparation. Cooking
                                                                                                     determination and the dedication of their         classes began to prepare lunches for their
                                                                                                     teachers and volunteers, selected ECC stu-        schoolmates three days per week.
                                                                                                     dents sat the BJC exams with encouraging             Expansion of our sensory integration
                                                                                                     results despite their learning disabilities, a    program for students with sensory defen-
                                                                                                     shorter than normal study period and few-         siveness and focusing issues has proved ex-
                                                                                                     er resources than regular schools. All the        tremely beneficial along with our leveled
                                                                                                     students who sat the Art exam passed the          behavior system in enhancing improved
                                                                                                     exam and many of the others had passes            and responsible behavior throughout the
                                                                                                     in Math and English and Religion – three          school.
                                                                                                     with B’s and C’s.                                    Four students received alternative diplo-
                                                                                                        Due to fund raising efforts, we were able      mas from ECC in June and are working
                                                                                                     to expand our job coaching positions again        as productive members of our community.



Most settlements on Abaco formed a Burial Society to assist families who had members                   Police reminder to motorists: Slow down and live.
that passed away. This is the building in Hope Town. Most Burial Societies had members               Obey the speed limits. The life you save may be your own.
who would stay with the dying to help the families.




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                           Mother Merle Remembered
             By Jennifer Hudson                Cay. If a person needed to be hospitalized,                                                   hospitality industry of Abaco and the Com-
   The name Merle Louise Williams may          the only thing to do was to wait for a boat                                                   monwealth of The Bahamas.
not “ring a bell” with everybody. But if,      going into Nassau. While on the boat, the                                                        Later, Mother Merle was limited in her
instead, this remarkable lady is referred to   patient could be on the sea an entire week                                                    ability to get around due to surgery she un-
by her affectionate title of “Mother Merle,”   and often would not survive.                                                                  derwent in 2009 which confined her to a
then instantly she was well known to most.        During the terrible hurricane of 1932,                                                     wheelchair, but her spirit was undaunted.
   Mother Merle was born on October            all of the homes in Cornish Town were                                                         Although she loved to read, her favourite
23,1929, in Cornish Town to Cecilie But-       destroyed. “When a plane flew over after                                                      thing was to travel. She traveled a lot with
ler from Cornish Town and Alfred Rolle of      the hurricane, the pilot said that the area                                                   her family to the United States where there
Cooper’s Town. She was the youngest of         looked just like a lumber yard. The land                                                      are other family members and had hoped
four girls and three boys. She enjoyed her     was too low, and there was a pond in the                                                      to go to Canada to visit even more family.
childhood in the small settlement of Cornish   back so water from the sea went right over.                                                      Mother Merle was a dedicated member
Town located on the south side of North        Several people drowned and one family                                                         of St. Andrews Methodist Church and her
Abaco close to the settlement of Fire Road.    was swept right out to sea. Thatch houses                                                     favourite Bible verse was in Galatians The
Life was simple in those days with the men     were built to live in after the hurricane,”                                                   fruit of the spirit is love. “I always preach
earning a living from fishing, sponging and    remembers Mother Merle.                                                                       love to my children,” she said. “Life to-
                                                                                                              Mother Merle                   day is very different from how it used to
farming while the women kept house and            In 1940 at the age of 11 years, Mother
helped their men folk on the farms.            Merle moved to Dundas Town with the rest        working at several upscale establishments     be,“ she lamented and was saddened by the
   The women set aside each day of the         of the survivors from Cornish Town. The         and becoming a “chef extraordinaire.” In      factt, “Everyone these days is too busy for
week for a different chore - bread mak-        government granted land to the residents        1965 she returned home to Abaco with Ce-      each other.” This cheerful octogenarian
ing day, sewing day, visiting day, wash        of Cornish Town on which to build homes         cil Williams from Turks Island whom she       lived by her testimony. “My joy in life is
day and ironing day - and when those           as it was not practical for them to continue    had married in 1964 and the couple made       to make people happy.”
tasks were completed, they went off to the     to live in such an unsafe location. The men     Abaco their home. It was soon after this         She passed away quietly on May 12,
farms. To preserve fish and meat in the        went first to build the houses and then their   that Merle Louise Williams went to work       2010, a legend that needs to be remem-
heat without the luxury of refrigeration or    families followed when the homes were           for Dr. Ejnar Gottlieb and before long the    bered.
ice, it was salted and hung on a line to dry   complete. “I missed my old home at first,”      doctor’s older son, Cay, gave her the af-
and cure. This way it would last a very        lamented Mother Merle, “but after a while       fectionate name “Mother Merle” which           Burial Societies            From Page 17
long time. When the time came for it to be     I got used to the new place.”                   has stuck to this day.
eaten, it was placed in water to soak.            She attended the Marsh Harbour All              On May 24, 1967, Mother Merle              all ages are buried in the Assembly of God
   “I loved living there,” reminisced Moth-    Age School until the school leaving age         branched out and opened her own estab-        Church Cemetery.
er Merle. “They were the good old days.        of 14. About two years later she moved to       lishment in Dundas Town - the famous             Hope Town has sustained a Burial Soci-
People were more loving so the community       Nassau with her parents who went looking        Mother Merle’s Fishnet Restaurant which       ety for more than 70 years and was started
was better. Everyone was equal and every-      for work as there was none on Abaco at          became well known both nationally and         as a family affair when people could not af-
one helped each other out.” Life was not       that time. After a while her parents moved      internationally. Over the years several       ford to foot the expense of burial. Accord-
without its challenges. If one was sick, the   back to Abaco, but young Merle Louise           of Mother Merle’s seven children (all of      ing to President Suzanne Bethel, the major-
only way to reach a doctor was to go by        stayed in Nassau and carved out a good ca-      whom she taught to cook) helped her run       ity of Hope Town residents were members
boat to see Dr. Kendrick on Green Turtle       reer for herself in the hospitality industry,   this 150-seat restaurant, and she herself     at one time as well as some second hom-
                                                                                               worked there until 2001, the year her hus-    eowners who desired to be buried in Hope
                                                                                               band died. After that her grandchildren ran   Town. But the society is presently not ac-
         Tourism is promoting                                                                  the restaurant for her with her daughter,
                                                                                               Angela, as chief cook. Mother Merle at-
                                                                                                                                             cepting any new members as the cemetery
                                                                                                                                             is full and they are waiting for Council to
         Abaco as a destination                                                                tributed her culinary skills to her mother
                                                                                               who was a very good cook and to watching
                                                                                                                                             find more land for burials. A very small
                                                                                                                                             yearly fee is collected from each member
                                                                                               other people. However, probably the big-      which covers the casket, digging of grave,
                                                                                               gest secret to her tasty cooking is in her    burying of casket and church service. Hope
                                                                                               statement, “I put plenty of love in it.”      Town resident Winer Malone, well known
                                                                                                  Mother Merle was honored by the Ro-        for his crafting of Abaco dinghies, builds
                                                                                               tary Club at a banquet in 2009 and pre-       and varnishes the caskets.
                                                                                               sented with an award for her outstanding         There are two Burial Societies on
                                                                                               contribution of more than 65 years to the     Moore’s Island.



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                                                                                                   Monthly bird watching trips are being organized for both North
                                                                                                 Abaco and Central Abaco.
                                                                                                   The first Saturday in September Dr. Woody Bracey will conduct a
                                                                                                 tour in North Abaco. Anyone interested should be at the junction of
Vernice Walkine, Director of Tourism, center, was on Abaco on August 17 to discuss               Treasure Cay Road and Great Abaco Highway at 7 a.m. For more
Tourism’s goal of advertising several Out Islands as separate destinations. Abaco will           information call 365-8305.
be one of those promoted individually. She is shown with Cubell Davis, Chief Councillor
for Central Abaco; Wynsome Ferguson of the Abaco Tourist office; Steve Pedican, Chief
                                                                                                   Reg Patterson will conduct a tour in Central and South Abaco on
Councillor for North Abaco; Ms. Walkine; Michael Albury, President of Abaco’s Cham-              the third Saturday in September. Anyone interested should be at the
ber of Commerce; Preston Roberts, Chief Councillor for South Abaco; and Administrator            Friends office at 7 a.m. For more information call 367-2721.
Cephas Cooper.




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         Three Influential Women Speak at Rotary
             By Mirella Santillo                   importance and its fragility. The popula-            read on a one-to-one basis and in complete        the Chamber of Commerce operate.
   The Rotary Club of Abaco can boast              tion of approximately 2600 seems to be               anonymity. Ms. Bowe is hoping to have                The ambassadorial umbrella deals in
of inviting influential and knowledgeable          steady. However it is vulnerable to sev-             the program operational soon.                     service and in trying to reach the average
speakers, so it is no wonder that three well       eral dangers. The Abaco parrot nests in                 Project Read is not Ms. Bowe’s only vi-        person in order to make a change. Local
learned women, albeit in completely dif-           ground cavities which leaves its eggs and            sion addressing literacy and learning issues      people with local knowledge who have inti-
ferent fields, took the stage recently.            its chicks threatened by a variety of preda-         in the community. Her second approach             mate experience of what has to be changed
   Caroline Stahala, a researcher from             tors, among them snakes, feral cats, rac-            to literacy is through the foundation of a        to better service the community are in-
the University of Florida, who has been            coons and poachers. A more insidious                 school, Horizons Academy.                         vited under that umbrella. The idea is to
studying and monitoring the Abaco par-             threat to the parrot population is the loss of          This would be an alternative school for        organize workshops to educate businesses,
rot population in the Abaco National Park,         habitat because of development. She sug-             at risk students. Ms. Bowe is hoping that         particularly small businesses which are the
gave a detailed presentation, sharing with         gested protective zoning and satellite parks         volunteers in the community will support          backbone of a community, explained Mrs.
the club members the results of months of          be created in order to help reduce the loss          both of her projects.                             Simmons.
study. Her presentation was aimed at dem-          of habitat of the parrots.                              Rosnell Simmons, a Director of the                The Island Planning Umbrella liaises
onstrating the importance of the parrot in            The next speaker, as passionate about             Chamber of Commerce and the owner of              with local and central government regard-
the environmental and economical impact            her completely different topic as the previ-         North Rock Water Company, was the third           ing issues concerning Abaco, creating an
of the island.                                     ous presenter, was Simmone Bowe, Vice-               influential woman. She was there to let it        opportunity to change things on the island,
   As she had previously suspected, she            President of Human Resources for Baker’s             be known that the Chamber of Commerce             especially changing labor policies.
confirmed that the last recent tests she           Bay Resort and Ocean Club. The subject               is not for certain people only and is not just       She invited all businesses to join. “If we
performed on the birds confirmed that the          of her presentation addressed literacy, first        a show. She wanted to bring visibility and        form a larger group, we will have a louder
Abaco parrot was endemic of Abaco and              with Project Read, an endeavor target-               publicity to the new directors and let peo-       voice,” she insisted, reminding the assem-
not related, as previously assumed, to its         ing persons who cannot read, especially              ple understand that the Chamber of Com-           bly that the local Chamber of Commerce
southern cousin, the Inagua parrot. She of-        adults, a problem that she was made aware            merce was for everybody. “It is an entity         office is aligning itself with its Nassau par-
fered the opinion that as such, the Abaco          of through her job.                                  that promotes the interest of its members,”       ent, which is opening itself to the Family
parrot had not only a symbolic value, a               Project Read was introduced in 1991 by            she assured.                                      Islands.
bio-diversity value as it shares the same          the Rotary Club of East Nassau, one of the              The yearly membership fee has been re-            Information on two business awards, the
habitat, the coppice, with other species but       reasons for Ms. Bowe to enroll the support           duced to $100 in order to get more mem-           Mike Malone Award and the Derek Lee
also an economic value for the island as a         of the Rotary Club of Abaco in her efforts           bers and bring diversity to the organiza-         Entrepreneur Award, created to recognize
potential attraction for bird-watchers.            to launch the program. Project Read would            tion. The board members are encouraging           small businesses and what they do for the
   Because of her passion for the Abaco            operate as a non-profit organization which           small businesses to join and voice what           community, will be announced by the Ro-
parrot, Ms. Stahala would like to raise            would function through the help of volun-            changes they would like to see. She gave a        tary Club in September.
the awareness of the residents about its           teers previously trained to teach people to          brief overview of how the two umbrellas of




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