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December 15, 2012

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Christmas Bazaar delights with food and games Tourism minister declares official opening of 9th Annual Christmas Festival By Canishka Alexander The Official Opening Ceremony for the 9th Annual Christmas Festival began on Dec.8 with the vocally talented Ashanti Duncanson, who sang the National Anthem before Wynsome Ferguson, manager of the Abaco Tourist Office, brought remarks. Ferguson noted the festival’s theme of “Christmas in The Bahamas” as she reflected on how it began. In the aftermath of Hurricane Jean and Francis, she and Brenda Sawyer were approached by JoAnn Bradley to do something to lift the spirits of the people of Abaco. “Out of this idea came the birth of the Abaco Christmas Festival,” Ferguson said. “The organizing committee co-chaired by Brenda Sawyer and JoAnn Bradley has accomplished much over the years creating the largest family-oriented event on the island of Abaco. In addition, Above: Santa was one of the many fun surprises during the Annual Christmas Festival. Wreath-making contests, dog competitions, crash some five years ago this event was introand fire drills, food, gifts and music highlighted the day-long event. This year there was a little something for everyone. duced to the other islands of The Bahamas using our model. “Next year we will celebrate our tenth year and we anticipate this being a

Flights delayed New airport sees mid-2013 opening

Despite concerns raised by the Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin earlier in the month, the contractors and government have since had “fruitful” conversations that, despite delays, have the project back on track. For the story, see page 26.

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Early morning blaze in Pigeon Peas extinguished

Above: the restaurant / gaming room / apartment / dance hall that burned down during the early morning hours of December 10. No loss of life was reported. By Timothy Roberts Greater disaster was averted in the early hours of December 10 due to the quick response of Marsh Harbour Fire and Rescue as a fire in the Pigeon Pea only claimed one building. A wooden structure just off Crockett Drive that housed a restaurant, a gaming room, a dance room and an apartment was

reported by a witness to be on fire at about 5:30 a.m. A witness claimed the fire appeared to start in the kitchen area of the apartment. The structural fire was brought under control and extinguished in under three hours with no injuries or loss of life to report.

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Central & All Abaco the world that can’t do what we are doing,” Wilchcombe expressed. “For all of us, we have to stop and appreciate all that we have in our country [and] all that we have worked so hard to achieve.” Turning to Mr. Key, Wilchcombe announced that they would soon transform the site into a cultural center, that people could enjoy and where Bahamians can sell their wares and education can take place. As he closed, Min. Wilchcombe declared the Christmas Festival officially opened. Meanwhile, Brenda Sawyer, committee co-chair, thanked everyone for their support particularly the sponsors of the event and those who had volunteered their time and resources.

Following the opening ceremony, Akeem Adderley of Abaco Central High School sang a selection. During the Kiddies Corner performance, children raced toward the stage when Dora the Explorer, Spiderman, SpongeBob and Elmo were spotted. The legendary Estin “Music Man” Sawyer continued with his one-man band performance onstage. During the evening hours, children participated in a bell ringing and drumming competition where first, second and third place winners were announced. This year, Senator Gary Sawyer was given the honour of participating in the Official Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Above and seated left to right: Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe; Senator Gary Sawyer; Renardo Curry, MP for North Abaco; and Edison Key, MP for Central & South Abaco.

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special and grand event. We hope that you experience a true feeling of Christmas in The Bahamas.” Shelly Austin, festival moderator, invited the Hon. Edison Key, MP for South Abaco, to the podium. Mr. Key called the event a much-anticipated one, and he commended the committee for their ongoing success with the festival.

Renardo Curry, MP for North Abaco, also commended the committee for their exceptional work. He admonished the audience to celebrate thanksgiving, love and joy beyond the Christmas season. The students of Angels Academy sang a few selections before Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe delivered his speech. “As we celebrate Christmas it is important to know that there are places in

Above: Angels Academy students performing at the Christmas Bazaar.

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Central & All Abaco Dogs, wreaths and safety demonstrations highlight early Bazaar fun By Timothy Roberts Crowds of people gathered in anticipation of yet another pinnacle event of the year on December 8, browsing through the myriad crafts and wares and the fantastic variety of foods at the Ninth Annual Christmas Festival. Along with the variety of goods and treats were a number of events and entertainment; from fun competitions, to live singing as well as a visit

from Old Saint Nick himself, there was something for everyone to enjoy or take part in. While the Zion Baptist Praise Team entertained the crowd with song the first fun event got underway with a wreath making contest. Enthusiastic and creative participants young and old pulled together a variety of decorations into fantastic Christmas wreaths. After the judging was over Patricia Johnson won the top prize for her wreath. Not to be outdone by wreaths, a Christmas themed dog show followed where the pooches were able to show off their holiday styles. On this day the big dog in the competition took the prize as Shiloh Shepherd Axel – be-

Above: top three in the wreath-making competition. Left to right: Gina Matthews, Patricia Johnson and Annalee Coakley.

Above: Bell, one of the dogs dressed up for the Christmas Bazaar dog contest.

longing to Amanda Darville – took top prize. At just after 2 p.m. the announcement the children had been waiting for was made and the line grew large as hundreds of young ones awaited a gift. Meanwhile Santa arrived in his sleigh and passed out candies to eager children all around. This year not only did the dedicated men and women of Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire and Rescue (MHVFR) have a booth with a variety of goods, but along with the Emergency Medi-

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Central & All Abaco Abaco Police give update on several matters Weekend patrols to target traffic offenders By Canishka Alexander On Dec. 6, police officers of the Road Traffic Division and Central Detective Unit (CDU) met for a press conference to bring an update on Abaco’s most recent traffic fatalities. Inspector Mario Murphy began with the traffic accident on Nov.17 at 11:50 p.m., which claimed the lives of three young people near Fire Road in North Abaco. Police arrested 18-year-old James Alexander Williams, the driver of a gray Cadillac. He was arraigned before Magistrate Ancella Williams on Dec.3 on several charges. Mr. Williams was charged with three counts of killing in the course of dangerous driving; driving a motor vehicle while not covered by third party insurance; driving a motor vehicle in excess of the speed limit; and driving without a valid driver’s license. Mr. Williams pled not guilty to the charges, and was granted $9,000 bail with one surety and ordered to report to the Cooper’s Town Police Station every Sunday. The matter is adjourned until Feb.18, 2013. Meanwhile, Techelet Joseph, 34, was the victim of the second traffic fatality,

which occurred on Nov.25 at 12:30 a.m. Joseph was driving along Forest Drive in a green, two-door Honda with three other passengers when the accident occurred. Inspector Murphy said that based on investigations, speed and possibly the use of alcohol is believed to have been a factor in this latest incident. There were no charges in this matter. Inspector Murphy went on to urge motorists to exercise care and to cut back on the use of alcohol while driving. He said that during the holiday season they will be paying special attention to those who drink and drive, and people who are speeding on Forest Drive and S.C. Bootle Highway particularly in the evenings. With the introduction of weekend patrols, Inspector Murphy said they will begin targeting traffic offenders like those who travel with one headlight, and those with high definition lights. Next, Detective Sgt. 2377 Christopher Farquharson shared that an increase in crime during this time is expected. The CDU unit will focus on shopbreaking, housebreaking and armed robberies. Farquharson suggested that people pay attention to their properties, and ensure that their residences and businesses are secure. He suggested the addition of surveillance cameras and alarms. “If you see anything unusual call the police,” Detective Farquharson recommended. “We’ll be doing a lot of special patrols around, so we’ll be there to assist.” Detective Farquharson shared that just the night before on Dec. 5, there was an attempted armed robbery at the Island Game Shop around 7:10 p.m. A male dressed in female clothing entered the establishment

demanding cash, but was unable to get behind the cash register. Unsuccessful, the would-be robber fled the scene. He said that police are actively investigating leads from that incident. “This is just an example of some of the things that we can expect as the Christmas season approaches,” he said. “We are asking business owners to pay particular attention to what’s going around the building, [and] make sure the surveillance cameras are working and in good order.” Finally, Detective Farquharson said that police are still on the lookout for Nevin Russell, who is wanted by the CDU for housebreaking, shop breaking and stealing. Russell’s last known whereabouts are between The Mudd and Pigeon Pea communities.

Music caps off festival By Mirella Santillo Even though the day-time activities were mostly geared towards children, with contests, gifts distributions and a Santa appearance, the evening of the 2012 Annual Christmas Festival offered musical entertainment for all ages as well as for every taste. From puppet shows to dancing bands, from Christmas carols to calypso and oldies. Children and the adults found a performance that caught their fancy. The evening attractions started af-

ter the official Christmas Tree Lighting, with cartoons characters who brought all the kids to the stage. Sponge Bob, Spider Man, Dora and Elmo danced to the music of popular songs ending with a Junkanoo beat that had the boys and girls jumping around. Their excitement peaked when Dora started to throw candies around, followed by Spider Man and other characters. Children mobbed the bottom of the stage, fighting each other to fill their pockets with the treats. The four characters then mingled into a gathering of children and parents who were trying to take photographs. They eventually disappeared, replaced on the stage by a group of Praise Dancers from Abaco Youth Ministries who performed a free dancing show. Alchara Knowles, Elcita Davis and Nadia Kemp moved gracefully to the rhythm of a Christmas song. Reggae came next. Written and performed by young musician from Murphy Town, Tavon Ferguson, the songs sent a message about the ills of modern society. Look for him under the name “Article.” Arthur Moxey put the audience in a romantic mood, bringing back yesteryears’ favorites. Accompanied by Joseph Davis, he performed such country oldies as “Help me Make it Through the Night,”and incorporating a couple of Christmas carols into his own island beat. He ended his performance with more Country, singing “The Green, Green Grass of Home.” Please see

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Merry Christmas, Abaco. We have come a long way this year. We played in not one, but two elections. We outlasted another rocky tourist season. We stared down the barrel of another hurricane. We struggled through astronomic electrical bills (which is a topic for another day.) We watched our boys take gold in the Olympics, and we saw our country’s credit rating continue to be knocked. We hurt with the tragedies. And we reveled in the victories. But I want to ask you, since this is the last newspaper before the New Year, want have you done this year to contribute to our island’s march into the future? What have you done to raise your brothers up and reach out to your sisters? What small motion have you made that will echo in someone’s life? We have choices every day. Some choices are disguised and subtle to us. Others we calculate. And as this year closes out it provides a fantastic opportunity to review. When you had the opportunity, did you go with your family in the boat? When in the stores did you look to buy Bahamian? At work, did you give that little bit extra that is required to put our country in the lead, and to make Abaco the envy of The Bahamas. Did you treat your employees fairly? Perhaps we shouldn’t focus too closely on the big picture, we get lost too easily in the details. Instead I urge all of us to make those little choices, as we close out this year, that make those around us better and that make us better as well. Because whenever we have a chance to influence we should cherish it. We should cherish these chances because there are things going on in our country, and on our

The Abaconian Bradley M. Albury Editor-in-Chief AB 20213 Marsh Harbour Abaco, The Bahamas

// By Sea and by Plane: Part I

island, that we seemingly have no control over. Seemingly. Speaking of Christmas, a new airport would have been a nice present for all of us here. But as the year closes we see, yet again, a series of delays. All the problems are, of course, easily explained. Of course the explanations are sometimes different depending on who you ask. One set will tell you we don’t have the airport today because of political meddling and vitriolic sabotage. Another set will tell you it is because of the incompetency of a former administration and a dry treasury. There is only one thing that matters, however, and that is today we have an embarrassment greeting our visitors who travel by air. We can market Abaco as a premier destination, but when passengers come through our gates and witness the situation that greets them, I don’t want to know their first impressions. Now, I have no doubt that the situation will be resolved. In all my tours and meetings with the people in charge of the airport project they each, individually, honestly seem to care and be knowledgeable. Make no mistake; I believe the project will be completed and it will be a testament to design and Bahamian work. I just wish it had happened sooner. I plead with those in charge to take the situation seriously. I plead they can come to easy understandings, which, thankfully, it appears to be going on the right track after a few hiccups. I argue that the cost of not completing this project correctly and in a timely manner will be more devastating than letting it sit. My worst nightmare is seeing that beautiful, hulking shell of a terminal rot through another two or three tourist seasons because of miscommunications and undelivered promises. Again, I have full faith that the project will be completed. I believe because I know Abaconians. And I know we can raise a fuss. Since we won’t get to talk again until January, I want to take this time again to wish all of you reading, a very merry Christmas. And Happy New Year.

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Letters to the Editor Lost and Found Dear Editor; Upon returning to Treasure Cay from ladies day out in Marsh Harbour I discovered my wallet had slipped its mooring in my handbag. The last time I had used it was a credit card purchase at Maxwell’s. From there I drove directly home to Treasure Cay. A call to Maxwell’s drew a blank. The next step to be followed would have to be notification of banks, credit card accounts, etc. both in The Bahamas and Canada. Before starting the calls, and on a hunch that came from nowhere, I checked my e-mail where there was a message from our son in Victoria, Canada. He had just received a phone call from Officer Hepburn in Marsh Harbour who had picked up the wallet in Maxwell’s parking lot and the wallet could be retrieved from our own Officer Bullard at Treasure Cay Security. To my immense relief the wallet’s return was a miracle. Every item was intact and fortunately included the dogeared scraps of paper upon which my children’s phone numbers were written. Without them my family could not have contacted. I can only say a most sincere thank you to those involved in returning the wallet. This tale proves that it is always better in the Bahamas.

bour. We are an animal rescue organization based in Atlanta, Georgia, and we sponsor clinics as part of the rescue. We spend our own personal time and money to travel to Abaco to help with the local cat and dog population. Royal Potcake Rescue pays for the medical supplies and the surgeries. RPR is a non-profit organization, and relies on donations for funding, so we are extremely grateful for the support of these kind folks for providing accomodations. We couldn't do it without them! We would also like to thank the following for their support: Melanie Albury (Orchid Bay), Donna Sands (Guana Cay), Michael & Uni Roberts (Guana Cay), Albury’s Ferry Service, Seaside Gospel Chapel (Guana Cay), Jerry at Pirate’s Cove (Guana Cay), Lisa Roberts (Guana Cay), Lynne & Steve Burnett (Guana Cay), Deborah Lanahan (Guana Cay), Janie Thompson (Friends of Abaco Animals), Trudy Marshall (Dunedin, FL), Michelle Steed (Atlanta), Olivia Key (Marsh Harbor), and Nancy Kluisza (Atlanta). We plan to return to Guana Cay on June 1 and 2, 2013 to sponsor another clinic to control the cat population. Will you help? Contact us if you can help or donate: potcake_rescue@ bellsouth.net.

2009) to the throwing only Bahamian students out of school when they retaliate towards an immigrant child when it was the immigrant student who initiated the altercation as usual. Since I was in the twelfth grade in 2008/2009 fights would occur, mainly started by the immigrant students and would always result in the Bahamian student being expelled. Now six years later it is a shame that ignorance still occurs. It was Tuesday, November 26, when an incident occurred between a Bahamian student and an immigrant child where the immigrant student walked into an ongoing class with a stick to attack the Bahamian student. The teacher of the class honestly told the principal that the immigrant student entered her class while she was teaching, yet the Bahamian student, defending himself, was sent home. This school is a school in The Bahamas. Why a Bahamian student should be sent packing escorted by a police officer just for defending himself? If immigrant students cannot respect us enough to discipline themselves in our educational institutions then why should they remain? I also say to the other students and parents stop sitting in groups gossiping. Nothing will ever be done unless you speak up and make it happen. No change will come unless you bring the

change! We have to compete with immigrants now in every area of society. We should not allow our children to compete in school against them when the immigrant students are undisciplined. The way this high school is being handled in certain situations is very ignorant and stupid. If the principal cannot be for the Bahamian students, at most in times when they are in the right, then he needs to go back where he came from to be replaced by someone who cares for them. Signed A former student

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School not for Bahamians Dear Editor; Too many times there have been reports of a high school principal that make it to the parents’ ears and are gossiped about, but is never dealt with in any way accordingly. From a yet-to-be-seen bus that the school has been raising funds for since I was in tenth grade until now, six years after (I completed high school in

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Shopbreaking (Suspect being sought)

At 5:20pm on 27 November, 2012, a 49 year old male resident of Bahama Palm Shores, Abaco, reported that between 26 November, 2012 and 27 November, 2012, some unknown person/s broke into a local Church located Forest Drive, Dundas Town through a rear northern door. Nothing appears to be stolen. Police action was requested. Police Officers and detectives visited the scene. The suspect in this matter is Nevin Russell of Crockett Drive who is evading the police. Investigation continues.

Housebreaking (Suspect being sought)

At 1:30pm on 27 November, 2012, a 51 year old resident of Bahamas Coral Island, Abaco reported that sometime between 8:00am and 1:30pm on 27 November, 2012, some unknown person/s broke and entered her residence. The culprit/s searched and stole an assortment of jewelry valued at $4000.00. Police action was requested. Police Officers and detectives visited the scene. The suspect in this matter is Nevin Russell of Crockett Drive who is evading the police. Investigation continues.

Shopbreaking (Suspect being sought)

At 1:40pm on 27 November, 2012, a 46 year old male resident of Murphy

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Town, Abaco, reported that sometime between 7:15pm on 26 November, 2012 and 1:30pm on 27 November, 2012, some unknown person/s broke and entered a local church located Marsh Harbour, Abaco. The culprit/s searched the interior but nothing appears to be stolen. Police action was requested. Police Officers and detectives visited the scene. The suspect in this matter is Nevin Russell of Crockett Drive who is evading the police. Investigation continues.

a wrench and broke the back glass of his 1998 Nissan Maxima car. The value of damages is estimated at $950.00. Police action was requested. He further stated that he suspects she in on drugs and needs help from Sandilands. Suspect Arrest A 40 year old female of Forest Drive was arrested reference to this matter. Investigation continues.

Causing Harm (Suspect arrested and charged)

At 9:40am on 2 December, 2012, a 39 year old male resident of White Sound Marina, Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, reported sometime between 11:10pm on 1 December, 2012 and 8:00am on 2 December, 2012, while on his 37ft boat moored at White Sound marina, some unknown person/s stole his 11ft dingy with 9.8 HP engine attached. Vessel Recovered. The vessel was later recovered in the area of a local restaurant located GTC with the engine removed. Police action requested. Investigation continues.

At 1:25pm on 29 November, 2012, a 44 year old male resident of Bahama Palm Shores, Abaco, reported sometime around 6:00pm the same date while at his residence on Forest Drive, Dundas Town, he was hit to the face with an object by his baby’s mother causing a laceration to his jaw and lips. Police action was requested. Suspect Arrest A 40 year old female of Forest Drive was arrested reference to this matter. Investigation continues.

Causing Damages (Suspect arrested and charged)

At 6:00pm on 29 November, 2012, a 44 year old male resident of Bahama Palm Shores, Abaco, reported that sometime around 9:30pm on 1st November, 2012, his girlfriend of Forest Drive, Abaco took

Stealing (Vessel Recovered)

Stealing (Under Investigation)

At 8:05am on 2 December, 2012, a 66 year old resident of Black Sound, Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, reported that sometime between 9:00pm on 1/12/12 and 7:30am on 2/12/12 some unknown person/s stole his yellow 13ft boat with 15HP Johnson engine attached valued at $3,000.00 from

his dock. Police action requested. Investigation continues.

Armed Robbery

At 6:55am on Friday, 7 December 2012, a forty-seven [47] year old male of Cove Estates, Government Sub., who reported that sometime around 6:50am while at his residence on the same date, a slim, dark male clad in dark clothing and purple wigs, armed with a handgun robbed him of about $6,000.00 in cash. The culprit fled the scene into the nearby bushes. Police action requested. Police investigation continues.

Armed Robbery (Suspects arrested)

At 4:30am on Saturday, 8 December, 2012, a 39 year old male of Dundas Town, Abaco, reported to the Police, that while walking in the area of the basketball court in the vicinity of the Mudd, Marsh Harbour, he was approached by four [4] men. One armed with a black shotgun robbed him of his $20.00 cash and a silver & black Rolex watch valued at $3,000.00. On Saturday 8 December 2012, two [2] male suspects, ages twenty-eight [28] and nineteen [19] of Murphy Town and Pigeon Peas were arrested reference to this matter. Police investigation continues.

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Crime Report Armed Robbery (Suspects arrested)

At 3:35am on Saturday 8 December 2012, a 28 year old male of The Mudd, Marsh Harbour reported to the Police, that at about 2:10am on Saturday, 8 December 2012, he withdrew $350.00 cash from his account, via the ATM at the Royal Bank of Canada, Marsh Harbour branch. However, at about 2:30am while returning home in the area of the basketball court in the Mudd, two [2] dark males, one armed with a shotgun and the other with a black small handgun approached him from behind and robbed him of the $350.00. On Saturday, 8 December 2012 two [2] male suspects, ages twenty-eight [28] and nineteen [19] were arrested reference to this matter. Police investigation continues.

Housebreaking

At 10:40am on Saturday, 8 December 2012, a female resident of Central Pines reported to the Police, that sometime between 8:35am and 3:35pm on Friday, 7 December 2012, some unknown person(s) broke into her apartment and stole one [1] Blackberry Cellular phone , one [1] Android Tablet and one [1] Cruz Tablet. Police investigation continues into this matter.

Stealing

At 3:35pm on Saturday, 8th December 2012, a male suspect, age unknown of Dundas Town, Abaco was arrested at Maxwell Food Store in reference to Stealing. Police investigation continues.

Stealing

At 7:50am on Sunday, 9th December 2012, an employee of Island Groceries located in Dundas Town, Abaco, reported to the Police, that sometime around 7:45am on the same date, while viewing the store surveillance camera footage, a male known to them was observed stealing items from the store. Police action requested.

Drug Arrest

At 1:15pm on Saturday, 8th December 2012, the crew of Charlie #1, D/Sgt. 2377 Farquharson, D/Cpl. 2629 Beneby, D/Cpl. 2868 Miller and P.C. 146 Rolle arrested a seventeen [17] year old male in reference to Possession of Dangerous Drugs. Officers reported arresting the accused in the area of Auskell Medical Clinic located on Archer’s Boulevard, Marsh Harbour where he was found in possession of a quantity of substance believed to be Marijuana. He was charged for the offence and given $500.00 bail to attend Magistrate’s Court at 10:00am on Tuesday, 11th December, 2012.

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Local Government Marsh Harbour Town Council: 29 Nov, 2012 By David Ralph - Roving Contributor A commercial lawn mower was purchased six years ago for approximately $6,000 by the Dundas Town Committee. Freight and duties were paid by a broker but the broker was never reimbursed for these fees. The mower is in the possession of a previous Dundas Town committee member who refuses to relinquish it. The Dundas Town committee is willing to contribute if they can get the mower. The broker is threatening legal action and Council is trying to resolve the issue since it assisted Dundas Town originally in the mower’s financing. Steps are now being taken to reclaim the mower and settle the outstanding bill from the broker. Without resolution, it was wondered how maintenance staff will be absorbed once the new airport terminal is opened

and operated under a private management contract. Council paid approximately $8,000 to restore its previous office space in Dove Plaza to its original condition. Other government offices have had similar or higher costs for restoring their space. Several land requests were reviewed for Council’s recommendation to Crown Lands about land requests. Most were for two to five acres on the new highway bypass to the Marsh Harbour airport. A laundromat asked for five acres and an eight unit shopping plaza asked for two acres. Five acres seems to be the standard request. Most applications were deferred as it was not clear where the requested land was located. Council only makes recommendations to Crown Land requests which are forwarded to Nassau for final determination. Barring any unusual events, this was Central Abaco Council’s last meeting for the year.

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Memorial Plaza businesses hold Open House

Above: a shopper admires the some decorations on display at the Buds and Blooms Open House on December 1. By Mirella Santillo Saturday, December 1 was the day that the owners of Buds and Blooms, the local flower and gift shop, held their annual open house. This year, all businesses in Memorial Plaza held open houses as well to join in the festive spirit. Starting at 5:00 p.m., it was the proper event to remind shoppers that Christmas was only twenty five days away.

Business A large snow man claimed the window. Inside the shop there were several Christmas trees overloaded with lights and beautiful Christmas decorations. One tree was decorated with birds and butterflies in blue or white, illuminated by small white lights. The effect was subdued and soothing. Another tree stood on a table. It was packed with cartoons characters and toys. The coffee shop next door- Casiah’s Candy Bar- also had its own tree, standing tall on a table, decorated in blues and pinks. Every table and stand offered a Christmas display of gifts or decorations. Larger compositions hung from the ceiling. The festive atmosphere, and greetings from co-owner Annie Lowe as one entered the store, were enough to communicate the spirit of the season to the many who walked through the doors. Greetings were not the only things offered by Ms. Lowe, she also handed out to each visitor a door prize coupon, good for a special Christmas arrangement, should the name of the holder be drawn. Owner Melinda Pinder and helper Kelly Pinder were also on hand, greeting acquaintances and helping customers with their purchase. People shopping for decorations or Christmas gifts could take advantage of a 30% discount. The price of wall items and lamps was also lowered by 20%. It was the perfect occasion to start Christmas shopping. The sale, said Melinda Pinder, will run until Christmas. Refreshments in the form of canapés and bite size hors-d’oeuvres were offered in the coffee shop. Prepared by employees and family members, small cheese balls, chicken salad on crackers, mini hot dogs wrapped in bacon, cookies and chocolate

sweets were hard to resist as evidenced by the gathering around the display table. Other businesses in Memorial Plaza also took advantage of the crowds that evening. Each store had discounts or their products on display, such as Shear Dynamics with their specialty hair product lines. The event was to take place between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., but people were at the door even before 5 p.m. Thereafter, it was a steady flow of persons coming and going. The Buds and Blooms’ Christmas Open House is a tradition that the present owners carried on when they purchased the business nearly twelve years ago. Seasonal arrangements made with fresh boxwood or pine as well as compositions of man- made materials can be ordered, up to a few days before Christmas.

Below: RBC staff members from the Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay branches during the Home and Auto Expo.

RBC offers special deals at Home and Auto Expo By Canishka Alexander Royal Bank of Canada’s (RBC) Marsh Harbour branch held a Home and Auto Expo on Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Joyce Riviere, area vice president for RBC for the Family Island branches, said they thought it fitting and appropriate to reach out to new and existing clients to make this the best Christmas ever for them. RBC offered special deals on home equity loans, VISA platinum cards and any loan for any purpose, she said. Many vendors set up outside the bank to promote their services, and a bouncing castle was set up for children to enjoy. Partnering with RBC for the day were Please see

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representatives from Alexiou, Knowles & Co.; Higgs and Johnson; Furniture Plus; H.G. Christie Ltd. Real Estate, Aisle of Palm Realty, Insurance Management, and Abaco Motor Mall. Samantha Fox, an attorney from Higgs & Johnson, was pleased to attend the event. As one of the country’s oldest leading law firms, Higgs & Johnson opened its doors on June 25, 2007 on Abaco, and is headed by Stephen Melvin, a partner from the Nassau office. The company is one of the largest full-service corporate and commercial law firms in The Bahamas, and offers services which include conveyancing, civil, and commercial litigation, international commercial law, maritime law, insolvency and corporate restructuring. “As our clients deserve and expect the highest service, we are committed at all levels to provide professional and reliable legal services underscored by a client-centered approach that combines respect for time, communication, innovation, accessibility, and pro-action to secure the best results possible,” Fox emphasized. RBC staff members were also on hand to assist customers. “We have a full complement of staff here with us today, loan officers as well as client care support teams supporting this event,” Riviere said. Riviere added that there will be ongoing assistance for clients throughout the week, and that they anticipate a short turnaround on applications.

BNT receives eco-friendly coat

Local business donates to children

Above: Renardo Curry, MP for North Abaco, accepts a cheque in the amount of $2,000 from Renaldo Gardiner to go towards the purchase of Christmas presents for underprivileged children on Abaco. Above: (left to right) Lynn Gape, Laurence Higgs and David Knowles stand in front of the newly painted BNT patrol boat. An experimental eco-friendly paint was used. On December 3, Marsh Harbour Boat Yard manager, Laurence Higgs, made an official presentation to David Knowles and Lynn Gape of the Bahamas National Trust (BNT). Marsh Harbour Boat Yard donated the time and labour to clean and paint the bottom of the BT boat, and Sea Hawk Premium Yacht Finishes donated the Smart Solution paint. The Smart Solution paint is a metalfree antifoulant that has minimal impact on the environment. Traditionally, metalfree bottom paints have proven ineffective. However, this new product has shown a lot of promise. The benefits of the paint are coupled with a reduced carbon-footprint

as well as keeping heavy-metals out of the environment. Mr. Higgs considered the idea to use the new Smart Solution paint when BNT approached his business about hauling and caring for their boat here in Abaco. After some research into the product he determined it aligned with BNT’s conservationist ideals and decided to donate the time and resources of the Boat Yard into repainting the hull with the environmentally friendly paint. He also managed to get the paint donated from Sea hawk, as well. Immediately after the presentation, the BNT boat was lowered back into the water to be used later that same day.

On December 7 Renaldo Gardiner made a courtesy call on the North Abaco Member of Parliament, Renardo Curry. Mr. Gardiner’s company, Kamala Boyz Roofing, made a donation of $2,000 to go towards toys for underprivileged children on Abaco. Mr. Curry expressed gratitude for the gift, saying how easy it is to impact the lives of children. “It’s going to be a very merry Christmas for many children thanks to Mr. Gardiner’s gift,” Mr. Curry remarked. Mr. Curry encouraged other businesses to give back to their community. The gifts, once purchased, will be distributed across the island to different children.

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Abaco businesses hold open houses as Christmas approaches

Above: Donna Bain at Iggy Biggy in Marsh Harbour happily helps shoppers during their Open House on December 8. Iggy Biggy is one of many retail stores on Abaco that is both popular with tourists and locals for gifts.

In anticipation of the holidays, many businesses around Abaco are holding open houses. In an attempt to buoy sales, or simply as an exercise in customer appreciation, many retail stores can be found open during extended hours on the weekends leading up to Christmas. During a particularly busy weekend, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8, businesses all through Marsh Harbour opened their doors to serve hors d'oeuvres and offer specials to customers. These businesses had to compete not only with each other, but the Christmas Festival as well. With two more weekends before Christmas, look to see more businesses open their doors in an attempt to participate in the festive season. Many retail outlets sell Bahamian, and Abaconian-made, products along with the rest of their inventory. A common call from many store owners is the need for shoppers to buy locally during the holiday season, as opposed to ordering online and shipping from the United States.

Above: Brianna Higgs (right) displays her jewelery at the Tupps Wines & Spirits Open House on Dec 7. Below: Sherry and Percy Pinder greet customers during the annual Abaco Gold Open House.


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South Abaco Pilot Club helps Sandy Point community

BTC CEO visits Moore’s Island community

Above: Pilot Club members along with some Miss Abaco contestants assisted an elderly resident, Enza Russell, of Sandy Point on December 1. Her home was painted and other repairs were made by the members. By Samantha Evans The Pilot Club of Abaco is one of the service-based organizations on the island. They have their focus this year on community service projects. The group engaged in their second community service activity on Saturday, December 1 at the home of 89 year old Enza Russell in Sandy Point. Ten pilot club members arrived at her home around 8:30 a.m. at which time they primed and painted the exterior of her home. All of the paint donated by the Paint Place. Prior to this, the home was repaired by Social Services. The exterior wood was changed and repairs done to the sheet rock on the walls and ceilings. The team of Pilot members worked under the charge of president Augustine Williams. The team worked hard and told jokes to keep their

momentum going as they only had until 2 p.m. to complete the entire structure. After 10 a.m., four of the Miss Abaco contestants, along with TJ Stubbs, arrived to lend a hand. The young ladies painted the exterior of the home and worked on the inside of Miss Enza’s home washing dishes, sweeping the floor, fixing the bed, organizing her dishes in the cabinets, washing clothing and hanging them on the clothes line. She was so appreciative for the help that she even tried to get Mr. Stubbs to fix her plumbing. Unfortunately plumbing was not his expertise. However, he did try to assist her as much as possible. Hopefully this good gesture by the Pilot Club will touch the hearts of others to help her as much work still needs to be done to Miss Enza’s house.

Press Release Moore’s Island residents recently welcomed the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) executive team headed by CEO Geoff Houston. They had travelled to hear any customer concerns and also to give good news for the islanders following the post Hurricane Sandy restoration work. Normal telephone service is now restored on Moore’s Island following the Hurricane Sandy flooding of the BTC office in Sandy Point. The 2G network is fully restored and the high speed 4G is in the testing phase. The flooding had rendered the telephone system inoperable and Sandy Point and Moore‘s Island customers suffered the consequences. “It is important that we came here today, to Moore's Island, just as we did for Mangrove Cay, because your concerns are important to me. I just want you to be as honest and open as possible so I can

answer all your concerns,” said the CEO The CEO also thanked those residents who lent a hand in the BTC cleanup efforts at the flooded BTC centre. “A number of you helped our people from the BTC team; our technicians were most appreciative, thank you very much.” Tellis Symonette BTC Senior VP for the Family Islands and Commercial closed the meeting with a pledge of BTC support and attention at all times “We are dedicated to making sure that you are satisfied. It is important to us that you are all receiving the best service possible.” Before closing the meeting, attendees were given a pledge that the lines of communication would always be open and this was clearly an important message for them. Additionally, mobile subscribers received $50 phone credit and landline subscribers received $30 credit as a small gesture to those customers who were inconvenienced.

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Attendees were happy that BTC came to visit. Thomas Hield and Lillian Laing agreed it was informative, and enjoyable. “We got the answers we needed and it was very interesting,” said Lillian Laing. This was the second meeting of its kind for the company, the first was held on Mangrove Cay. To date, BTC has spent approximately $2.4 million on Hur-

Sandy Point PLP Branch delivers food to elderly

ricane Sandy damage restoration nationwide. Jerome Sawyer, BTC’s Senior Manager of Public Relations commented on the visit, saying no community was too small for a follow up call from the CEO. “Sandy Point and Moore’s Island represents just 4% of our Abaco customer base but every customer is important to us. Our CEO wanted to meet his customers and thank them for their patience under trying circumstances.

Above pictured left to right are: Oeisha Flowers Roberts, Prescola Penn (recipient), Brenda Bain and Shenique Bain. Press Release On Thanksgiving evening members of the Sandy Point PLP Branch helped put a smile on the faces of many of that community’s senior residents. The Branch members feel it is crucially important to be a part of the lives of others by making their load a little easier to carry. They insisted that giving hope to others in an inseparable duty that is in the core values of their party's dna. Above: residents of Moore’s Island attended a BTC meeting held by CEO Geoff Houston. They heard good news from the CEO and learned they would be receiving some phone credits to help make up for the service disruption caused by Hurricane Sandy.

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Arthur Moxey relinquished the stage to Gary McDonald who performed solo on the keyboard. Waking up the crowd with a more up-beat rhythm, Mr. McDonald sang a medley of Christmas Carols on a Junkanoo beat, Calypso songs and also Country favorites. The last entertainers of the evening were the members of the popular band New Entry. The band was formed when its members were still students at Abaco Central High School. Since then it has acquired popularity, becoming much in demand at private and public functions. New Entry ended the musical evening, performing for over an hour a selection of calypso, reggae and island-styled Christmas songs in a lively beat. Adults did not get up and dance but as long as the band played, a group of very small children got lost in the music, dancing together or alone. Finally the beat of drums could be heard. As it drew closer, people made space in the center alleys of the Farmers Market to let the parade come through. The bright green and yellow of the Junkanoo costumes swayed through the crowd, the free dancer, none other than Colin Curry from the Spring City Rockers, making his way among the rushers, cow bells in hands, his white and burgundy- red costume standing apart.

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The Cays Scientists present blue hole findings along with a BNT presentation in Hope Town By David Ralph - Roving Reporter The Bahamas National Trust held an informative meeting in Hope Town on December 3 giving the background of the discoveries of 2,000 year old extinct crocodiles, tortoises and bird life on Abaco. A slide show added clarity to the discovery process describing how skeletal remains of these creatures were found deep underwater in an Abaco blue hole, Sawmill Sink.

Dr. David Steadman, of the University of Florida, explained how the blue holes formed and how changing sea levels thousands of years ago allowed these holes and underwater caves to form. Unique chemistry reactions between the fresh, surface water and the bottom saltwater combined with decaying organic matter formed an oxygen depleted water lens which has preserved the skeletal structures.

Above: Dr. David Steadman, who has done extensive research on Abaco, makes his presentation at the Hope Town harbour Lodge on December 3. The findings in Abaco’s blue holes, especially Saw Mill Sink in the south, have the scientific community buzzing.

Dr. Steadman told how these discoveries and their state of preservation are unparalleled in the scientific community. To date, fourteen tortoise shells and fifty four crocodile remains have been documented. All became extinct with the arrival of the Arawak Indians who migrated into the Bahamas from Cuba. Some remains have been removed tor scientific study and some remain undisturbed for future scientists to research with advanced analytical techniques. Janet Franklyn, a professor at Arizona State University, spoke next showing the bird life that once habited the island. These birds have been identified from their bones found in the underwater caves where owls roosted while devouring their victims, similar to patrons chucking Kentucky Fried bones under a picnic table. The BNT took advantage of these two scientists doing research here on Abaco and scheduled the presentation. Accompanying the scientists to Hope Town were Lynn Gape and David Knowles of the BNT. Credit was given to cave diver Brian Kakuk, who discovered these remains initially, and Nancy Albury of Antiquities, Museums and Monuments Corporation, who brought these discoveries to the attention of the scientific community. A question and answer period showed that the small audience was enthralled with the information presented. Hope Town Harbour Lodge hosted the two-hour evening event with light refreshments served at the conclusion.

FRIENDS Film Festival to showcase in Hope Town, Green Turtle and Treasure Cay Press Release This winter, FRIENDS will once again be hosting a traveling film festival with a selection of environmental films from around the world. Featured films include The Island President, End of the Line and Conservation in Abaco. The Island President is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced – the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. After bringing democracy to the Maldives after thirty years of despotic rule, Nasheed is now faced with an even greater challenge: as one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable. A classic David and Goliath tale, The Island President captures Nasheed’s first year in office, culminating in his trip to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009 where the film provides a rare and unprecedented glimpse of the political horsetrading that goes on between world leaders at such a top-level global assembly. The End of the Line, the first major feature documentary film revealing the impact of overfishing on our oceans, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Documentary Competition. In the film we see first-

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Central & All Abaco Junkanoo Committee presents seed money in preparation for upcoming cultural events

Spotlight on Sea Spray Competition and 2013 Love Rush

The All Abaco Junkanoo Committee Members met together with sponsors and media on December 6 to explain plans for the two upcoming Junkanoo events as well as present seed money to the Junkanoo groups. The first event on their calendar is the Second Annual Junkanoo Competition held at Sea Spray Resort in Hope Town. The second event is occurring in February: Love Rush 2013. Junior Mernard, general manager at Sea Spray Resort, explained this year’s competition. Held on December 28, the Junkanoo Competition will be honouring the memory of Monty Albury, the late owner of Sea Spray Resort. He was a mentor and friend to many on Hope Town and the committee found it fitting to remember him this year. Each year they attempt to honour the memory one person who has made an impact in Abaco. Last year they honoured Leonard Thompson. The theme for this year’s Sea Spray event is: “Bringing culture to the front door of Hope Town.” VIP tickets to the event can be purchased prior to the event at the Albury’s Ferry snack bar. Billed by Mr. mernard as a “Family outing,” he explained ferries will run directly to Sea Spray starting at 6:30 p.m. that Friday night and continue every hour until 8:30 p.m. All boats start returning to Marsh

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Harbour at midnight. Mr. Mernard wanted to recognize Sands Beer, who are a major sponsor of this year’s Junkanoo Competition. On February 22 and 23 the Junkanoo Love Rush is scheduled to highlight the work and practice of both senior and junior Junkanoo groups. To date, nine schools have signed on and two senior groups are confirmed. The two senior groups are: the Spring City Rockers and the Treasure Cay Explorers. The two senior groups have each won the competition at some point in the past, so regardless of how many more groups join the committee noted it is already going to be a “Battle of the champions.” A point of pride among the committee members is the fact that Abaco’s parade is regarded as second only to Nassau. “Fourteen years ago,” said Mr. Davis, committee member, “we were unrated. Now we are second.” The committee also noted how important Junkanoo can be to a local economy. As a draw to both international tourists as well as visitors from other islands in The Bahamas, putting out a good cultural product can energize the community. $800 seed money was presented by Junior Mernard and William Davis to the

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Across 3. ________ Point; site of recent illegal trash dumping. 4. Flavour of Christmas. 6. A scientists comes up with this to test. 9. Saint that inspired Santa. 10. A student held to a higher standard. 11. Abaco Senator 15. Don't get whipped by this cousin to sharks. 16. MP for Cedar Harbour. 17. Not a festival, but a _________.

Down 1. MP for Crossing Rocks. 2. Caribs often accused of being these. 3. Bahamian Foreign Affairs Minister. 5. This "Sound" can be found on both Elbow Cay and Green Turtle Cay. 7. The opposite of a desert, but can only be found in deserts. 8. to change from one language to another. 12. Recognized as "Coach of the Tournament" in Eleuthera. 13. These mark the end of many college students' semesters. 14. Celebrated by people of the Jewish faith this time of year.

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Marsh Harbour Airport opening shifts to Mid-2013 By Timothy Roberts James Edgecombe, partner in FES Construction Company, called a recent meeting with Minister of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna-Martin and relevant agencies “fruitful” and indicated that they are hopeful that the Marsh Harbour International Airport Terminal will be completed by mid-2013. The meeting came in the wake of recent statements from Mrs. Hanna-Martin in which it was said the terminal faced delays in completion due to "logistic and design issues." “For example, the air traffic control tower has no electrical power, no facility was made for electrical power; things of that nature have caused the opening of that airport to be set back,” Mrs. HannaMartin said. “There are also some other aspects of design which I have been disappointed by in terms of efficiency, energy conservation, whether or not the airport can sus-

tain itself. These are the issues that we are now dealing with, but one of the major issues was the tower.” Mr. Edgecombe said that there were some misunderstandings; however, they got sorted out in a meeting with the contractor and Mrs. Hanna-Martin in Nassau on December 10. He said that “by now we thought we should have been completed this project but some of the department heads have changed and those that are taking over have come in with new ideas which they say will make the project move even smoother including the FAA and input from Civil Aviation.” He stated that there are changes and upgrades those agencies would like to see and needs to be taken into account by the government requiring approval from cabinet so that they can fund those alterations. “Mrs. Hanna-Martin said some things in relation to these changes that weren’t explained the way it really is,”

Mr. Edgecombe said. During their meeting they were able to clear up some misconceptions. “It was a fruitful meeting and all the parties involved got a better understanding of what is going on here on the project.” He indicated that some of the construction left to be done is where the changes are and can’t be completed until they get approval and funds for them. The extension of the parking area (tarmac) is being delayed as the wiring for the approach lights runs along the edge of the current tarmac. Civil Aviation came and inspected and gave recommendations. They will have to reroute the wiring in order to prevent future problems. They also discussed the flooding at the airport and the need for more drain wells. He also suggested to the government to have in place a management group for the airport to take care of the necessary maintenance and service of the airport terminal.

Mr. Edgecombe said “We are satisfied that we can complete the building in five to six months when the changes are approved.” He said FES could complete their work in about three months and the various agencies would be able to finalize their work in the following two months. “As explained in yesterday’s meeting, because of the limitation to BEC on the out islands that kind of work [running the electrical cable from the utility pole to the control tower] is subcontracted out because they don’t have the volume of people to do the work,” he noted. He said in response to the rumor that the control tower is too short that “in the scope of works on the plan that is the height of the tower – if it was supposed to be taller… we are not the experts on that.” They have been asked to fence the airport in and to clear another 100 feet so the tower will have full visibility of the runway.

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Further Business Eco To-Go containers arrive in Abaco for large scale distribution Press Release In the last year and half, Juliette Deal of Out Island Eco Company has brought the World Centric Eco To-Go Container product line to Abaco & Eleuthera as Sole Distributor for The Bahamas. On December 10, 2012 Chad Sawyer and Cody Lowe of Price Right sat down with Juliette to discuss larger plans for distribution here on Abaco. Price Right will now be the exclusive Wholesaler for Out Island Eco Companies World Centric Whole Sale & Retail Product Line here in Abaco. Styrofoam takes over 600 years to break down in the environment and plastic over 200 years. Styrofoam is also known to be carcinogenic. When eating from Styrofoam, especially foods that are hot, a person normally ingests the BPA chemical into their body. The World Centric Eco To-Go Products are 100% Compostable, all natural materials. They are made from Sugar Cane (known as Bagasse) and Corn (known as pPolylactic acid or PLA). Bagasse breaks down in compost between 60-80 days and PLA between 120-180 days. “We are very excited to bring these products to Abaco on a much larger scale. Please join us in the process of taking Styrofoam off our streets, our pristine beaches, our beautiful forests, out of mangroves, blue holes and creeks.” said Juliette Deal

The first shipment under the new agreement is scheduled to arrive Thursday, December 20, and will be on shelves by Saturday, December 22. “The Eco Containers will be available in all of our stores, Maxwell’s, Price Right, Guana Grocery Store and Man-OWar Grocery Store. We look forward to making The Bahamas Greener one step at a time and are always looking out for our customers’ health and best interests,” said Chad Sawyer.

Royal Bank of Canada donates non-perishable items to Pilot Club By Samantha Evans The staff of Royal Bank of Canada Marsh Harbour donated non-perishable items on Thanksgiving Day and these items were presented to The Rainbow Pilot Club of Abaco on Thursday morning at the bank. Four boxes of items were donated including rice, sugar, noodles, soup, a case of juice and other non-perishable items. These items were distributed to senior citizens across the island of Abaco. All bank staff and Pilot Club executives were on hand for the presentation.

Entrepreneur Watch

A & G Beauty Supplies By Samantha Evans Allita Bain opened her business on December 5, 2012 at Suite #103 Dove Plaza. A & G Beauty Supplies, with the motto: “Shine like a Diamond,” has a large selection of human hair from Remy to Rainbow to Realistic. They also sell beauty and hair supplies including Mac make up, facial creams, oils and lotions, braiding hair, ponytails, hair rods, and limited hair accessories. Early in 2013, she will be selling perms especially Mazzini and Olive Oil. Later in the year, she will be fully stocked with beauty supplies which will allow her to sell these items wholesale to beauty salons and hair stylists. Further, she will have a wide selection of curling irons, flat irons, and other such equipment that beauticians use in their line of business. The store is open Monday to Saturday 9am to 6:30pm but is on call on Sundays. The phone contact is 225-9014.

Diamond Travel Agency By Samantha Evans Diamond Travel Agency opened its doors for business on December 5, 2012 in the Dove Plaza with the theme “Professional Service with Miles of Smiles.” They sell airline tickets and car vouchers, book hotel rooms, arrange tours to all of your favorite venues such as Disney World and Miami, cruises, and other hot vacation spots around the world. Give them a call at 699-2250 to book your next vacation, family trip or week-

end get-a-way. VIP Customers get 10% off every 5th purchase. Customers receive points for every item sold. Once points accumulate, you will receive discounts off of items purchased. The store hours are 9:00am to 5:30pm Monday to Saturday.

Bahamas Concierge Service By Samantha Evans This business was started to provide regular residents with the same level of first class service provided to tourists who visit the island of Abaco. Bahamas Concierge Service was the brain-child of Vashti Williams who has worked in the hotel industry for several years. She loves customer service and counts it a joy to be able to provide VIP service to clients. Even though she worked exclusively with VIP guests, she is now excited to be able to provide this first class service to locals as well. Her concierge service can be for business or personal purposes. Personal concierge includes providing a private chef, transportation to and from the airport, property management, housekeeping, and boat trips and tours of the Abacos. Business concierge includes all of the above along with event planning, setting up venue for functions, decorating room, filing, preparing Powerpoint or Microsoft office programs and the like. Her office hours are Monday to Friday 9:30 am to 5pm and she is located in the Dove Plaza. She can be contacted by calling 699-2250 or 458-2475.

Integrated Medical Center

is pleased to announce the schedule of Clinics for December 2012 Walk in Welcome Same Day Appointments No Long Waits No referrals needed The place where complete healing begins Dr. George Charité Tel: (242) 367-1304 • Fax: (242) 367-1305 Medical director

e-mail: imcabaco@gmail.com

SLEEP APNEA TESTING NOW AVAILABLE & STAT IN-HOUSE BLOOD RESULTS Dr. Rashida Brown-Clarke; Psychiatry Please call for date Dr. Charles Diggis: General Surgery/Lap Band Surgery Please call for dates Dr. Arthur Clarke: Jan 31st Dr. Carnille Farquharson; Family Medicine Dec 19th Dr. Winston Forbes; Cardiology/Internal Medicine Call for dates Dr. F. Bartlett; Pediatrics Please call for dates Dr. Lucio Pedro; Obstetrics/Gynecology Please call for dates Dr. Timothy Williams, General Practice Please call for dates Dr. N. Akazie, Dec 14th, 21st & 28th Dr. Marc Binard, General Practice & Internal Medicine Jan 6th - 18th Dr. George Charité; General Practice, Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine, Daily Dr. Rogers; Opthamologist Jan 10th TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT CALL OUR FRIENDLY STAFF AT 367-1304/225-8014 OR FOR EMERGENCIES 458-1234


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Central & All Abaco Horticultural Society of The Bahamas - Abaco Branch holds Christmas Luncheon By Mirella Santillo The annual Christmas luncheon of the Horticultural Society of the BahamasAbaco Branch was held on December 8 at the home of the society’s President, Ximena Thompson. It was a great success with approximately thirty people attending the event which was catered by .J Williams of Bellevue Restaurant in Dundas Town. Turkey roasted to perfection, macaroni and cheese, green salad and pumpkin pie were only a few of the items on the menu that day. The large deck surrounded the house on two sides, overlooking the Thompsons’ garden. It was the perfect setting for the occasion and soon guests had found a seat in the sun or in the shade according to their preferences. Members had come from as far south as Sandy Point and as far north as Treasure Cay. What brought so many members out that day, besides the food, was the orchid sale that has become a customary event at the Christmas luncheon. The orchids had

December 1 Crossword Answers

Across

1. WHOLESALE—Not retail. 4. WEPT—Second word of the shortest verse in The Bible. 7. DERBY—This is held annually in Hope Town using home made box carts. 12. GLOSSARY—A ________ of terms. 13. ERROR—Trial & _______ 15. SUFFRAGE—The right to vote. 16. POURS—When it rains, it ________. 17. INFLATION—To do with both balloons and monetary policy. 18. FOSSILIZED—The crocodiles in Abaco's blue holes are _________. Down 2. HOMER—This regatta in Elbow Cay is named after _______ Lowe. 3. AUTOBIOGRAPHY—Written about oneself, by oneself. 5. DOLPHINS—Dynamic _______; Name of SC Bootle Basketball team. 6. REPEAT—To say something twice; to say something twice. 8. BLOCKADE—Many Bahamians used to "run" this to smuggle goods. 9. SEAFOOD—Fish, shrimp, crab, crawfish, scallops, etc. 10. RENEW—Name of the social program launched recently at Abaco Central High School. 11. WREATH—A bushy holiday ornament often hung outside doors. 14. BULLDOGS—Softball team that represented Abaco in the National Championship; also the name of the college football team that beat the University of Florida Gators in both 2011 and 2012.

been sent from Nassau by Coolidge Cartwright of Flamingo Nursery. They were displayed on two tables and consisted mostly of Phalaenopsis and Dendrobiums, in an assortment of beautiful colors. The prices ranged from $50.00 for large potted plants in bloom to $5.00 for bare roots plants, some of them already showing upcoming flower spikes. Only a few plants were left by the end of the function. The lunch was preceded by the hostess’ welcome and by the monthly plant auction orchestrated by Gardner Jack Hardy. Tomatoes and peppers were popular vegetable garden plants that attracted quick bids. There were also a few ornamentals such as bougainvilleas and palms. After the meal, Ms. Thompson gave a tour of her garden to a few interested people. Above: Ximena Thompson, president of the society, inspecting some orchids at the Christmas Luncheon.


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To our Customers and Friends, at the close of another year, we at Price Right Ltd would like to say

“T hank You” and wish you Happy Holidays and a Prosperous New Year!

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Illegal dumping corrupts one of Abaco’s more scenic areas

Films

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hand the effects of our global love affair with fish as food. It examines the imminent extinction of Bluefin tuna, brought on by increasing western demand for sushi; the impact on marine life resulting in huge overpopulation of jellyfish; and the profound implications of a future world with no fish that would bring certain mass starvation. Filmed over two years, The End of the Line follows the investigative reporter Charles Clover as he confronts politicians and celebrity restaurateurs, who exhibit little regard for the damage they are doing to the oceans. Habitat Conservation in Abaco is a film by Loggerhead Productions and sponsored by The Nature Conservancy and the Waitt Foundation that looks at three different conservation efforts going on in Abaco. Talking to fishermen, residents, scientists and students, the film

visits Cross Harbour, East Abaco Creeks and the blue holes of Abaco. The film festival will be presented in Hope Town at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge, Tuesday January 15th, 6 -8 p.m. Green Turtle Cay at the Green Turtle Club on Tuesday, January 22nd 6 – 8 p.m. and in Treasure Cay at the Treasure Cay Community Center on Wednesday, January 30th 4 – 6 p.m. FRIENDS members are free, otherwise tickets are $10. Visit FRIENDS website for more information or to see the trailers: www.friendsoftheenvironment.org

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the editor and staff of The Abaconian.

Marble and Granite

counter tops, showers and floors installed Made in Marsh Harbour Call 367-6867 or 367-4726 View installations on our web site:

Local outdoor enthusiasts recently noticed that one of their favourite spots had been covered in garbage. The area, Matthew’s Point, is home to wildlife and pristine ponds and waterways. Currently the road that normally leads to the ponds has been blocked with debris from illegal dumping, making the road impassible to vehicles. Above: the road that once lead to a favourite picnicing spot now is blocked by garbage. Below: debris at Matthew’s Point seen smoldering. The effort required to bring all the illegal garbage to this once pristine site hardly seems worth it.

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Hotels and House Rental Agents + agents with multiple cottages and houses Sea Level Cottages

Area Code 242 unless listed otherwise

Island-wide Abaco Listings

Abaco Cottage + Abaco Vacation Planner +

114 hse 25 hse

Lee Pinder + Marina Albury Cottages

3 hse 366-2053 5 cottages 366-2075

Cherokee

Grand Cay

Rosie’s Place

Green Turtle Cay

366-0576 367-3529

352-5458

Barefoot Homes 14 hse 577-4092 Bluff House Club 12 units 365-4247 Cocobay Cottages 6 cott 800-752-0166 Green Turtle Club 35 rm 365-4271 Island Properties + 34 hse 365-4047 New Plymouth Inn 9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties + 34 365-4636 Other Shore Club 365-4226 Roberts Cottages 3 cott 365-4105

Guana Cay

Dive Guana + Dolphin Bch Resort Guana Sunset Beach Ocean Frontier Ward’s Landing Ruth Sands +

11 hse 365-5178 4 rm 10 cott. 365-5137 13 units 365-5133 6 cott 519-389-4846 4 units 904-982-2762 9 hse 365-5140

Hope Town

Abaco Inn 22 rm 366-0133 Crystal Villas 5 villas 321-452-0164 Elbow Cay Prop + 53 hse 366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways + 63 hse 366-0224 Hope Town Inn 6 rm 4 Villas 366-0003 Hope T Villas + 3 hse 366-0266 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages + 4 hse 366-0266 Sea Spray Resort 6 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key + 43 hse 366-0053 Turtle Hill 4 villas 366-0557

Lubbers Quarters

4 hse

Man-O-War

366-3121

Island Home Rentals + Schooner’s Landing Waterway Rentals +

2 hse 365-6048 5 condos 365-6072 14 hse 365-6143

Abaco Beach Resort Abaco Real Estate + Abaco Towns Ambassador Inn Bustick Bight Resort Conch Inn Living Easy + Island Breezes Motel Lofty Fig Villas Pelican Beach Villas Regattas HG Christie +

82 rms 6 hse 16 apts 6 rms 8 rms 9 rms 16 hse 8 rms 6 eff 6 cott 32 apts 11 hse

Marsh Harbour area

Sandy Point

367-2158 367-2719 367-0148 367-2022 367-3980 367-4000 367-2202 367-3776 367-2681 367-3600 577-6764 367-4151

Oeisha’s Resort 366-4139 Pete & Gay’s Resort 14 rm 366-4119 Rickmon’s Bonefishing 10 rm 800-628-1447 Spanish Cay Resort

Spanish Cay

18 rm 6 hse 365-0083

Treasure Cay

Bahama Beach Club 88 units 365-8500 Brigantine Bay Villas 5 units 877-786-8455 Treasure Cay Resort + 95 rms 365-8801 Mark’s Bungalows 4 units 365-8506 Abaco Estate Services + 365-8752 Island Dreams Rental + 357-6576

Turtle Rock

Villas at Palmetto Beach

3 villas 262-820-1900

Tangelo Hotel

14 rm 1 villa 365-2222

Wood Cay

Web Sites with Abaco Information

http://www.abaconian.com http://www.abacos.com http://www.abacoinet.com http://www.oii.net http.//www.abacoinfo.com http://www.bahamas.com http.//www.abacocottage.com Rev. March 2012


December 15, 2012 Emergency Services

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 Fire -Hope Town VHF Ch 16 • Fire - Green Turtle Cay 365-4133 Fire - Man-O-War 365-4019 Abaco Crash & Rescue 365-9111 BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc - all areas Marine VHF 16 Hope Town 366-0500 Marsh Harbour 367-3752 Guana Cay 365-5178 Treasure Cay 365-8749

Medical Services

Abaco Family Medicine Marsh Harbour.......................367-2295 Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic.................................367-0020 Integrated Medical Center...........................................367-1304 Emergency................................................458-1234 Marsh Harbour Medical Centre....................................367-0049 Government Clinic Marsh Harbour.............................367-2510 Corbett Clinic Treasure Cay ..........................................365-8288 Government Clinic Cooper‘s Town...............................365-0300 Government Clinic Green Turtle Cay............................365-4028 Government Clinic Hope Town ....................................366-0108 Government Clinic Sandy Point...................................366-4010 Government Clinic Fox Town .......................................365-2172 Tourism’s People-to-People program

Be matched with a local person or family with a similar interest such as Bird watching, Attending church, Foreign language, School class visit, Environmental interest. Marine, Native plants, History, Humane Society, etc. This is not a dating service or an offer for a free meal or lodging but an opportunity to meet someone locally with similar interests. Call Tourism’s Doranell Swain at 367-3067 for more information. Email: dswain@bahamas.com

Airlines Serving Abaco

Abaco Air - Nassau, N Eleuthera, Moores Is............................367-2266 Air Gate Aviation - Daytona/New Smyrna............................367-3636 American Eagle - Miami ......................................................367-2231 Bahamasair - Nassau,W. Palm B, Ft Laud .............................367-2095 Continental Connection - Miami Ft. Laud and W Palm Beach...............................................367-3415 Craig Air Center - North Florida............................................367-3522 IBC Airways - Ft.Lauderdale, W Palm Beach..........................367-1336 Locair - Fort Lauderdale..............................................1-800-205-0730 Regional - Freeport...............................................................367-0446 Sky Bahamas - Nassau/Ft. Lauderdale..................................367-0996 Twin Air Calypso - Fort Lauderdale ......................................367-0140 Western Air - Nassau ............................................................367-3722 Yellow Air Taxi - Ft Lauderdale..............................................367-0032 Local air charters serving Bahamas & S.Florida Abaco Air...............................................................................367-2266 Cherokee Air Charters .........................................................367-3450

Dive Shops

Abaco Dive Adventures, Marsh Harbour......................367-2963 Above & Below, Marsh Harbour..................................367-0350 Dive Abaco 1978, Marsh Harbour............................... 367-2787 Dive Time, Man-O-War................................................365-6235 Froggies, Hope Town.................................................. 366-0431 Treasure Divers, Treasure Cay.......................................365-8571 Brendal’s Dive, Green T. Cay........................................ 365-4411 Dive Guana................................................................. 365-5178 Man-O-War Dive Shop .................................................365-6013

• Between Marsh Harbour Ferry and: Clinic, downtown, Ab Beach Hotel .................................................. $ 10 Nat. Ins. Bldg, Murphy Town, Gr. Cistern ...........................................$10 Wait time $0.40 per minute, Hourly rate $40 per hour Children under three - free • Caged pets - as people Luggage $0.75 each over two, large bags $1 ea. • Treasure Cay Airport to: Effective Dec 08 Green Turtle Cay ferry dock................................................................$10 Madeira Park.....................................................................................$20 Sand Banks .......................................................................................$25 Treasure Cay Resort...........................................................................$30 Leisure Lee ........................................................................................$45 Black Wood .......................................................................................$20 Fire Road & Cooper’s Town ................................................................$40 Cedar Harbour ..................................................................................$60 Wood Cay ..........................................................................................$70 Mount Hope..................................................................................... $80 Fox Town ...........................................................................................$85 Crown Haven ....................................................................................$90 Marsh Harbour airport ......................................................................$80 Green Turtle Ferry to Marsh H Airport ...............................................$80 Treasure Cay Hotel to Marsh Harbour.................................................$85 Treasure Cay Hotel to Green Turtle Ferry............................................$25 Treasure Cay Hotel to Blue Hole.........................................................$30

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Visitors’ Guide Restaurants • Services • Transportation w w w. t he a b a c o n ian .c o m

Ferry Schedules • Departure times shown • Daily service unless noted Marsh Harbour to Hope Town or Man-O-War - 20 minutes, Guana Cay - 30 minutes

Everyone reads The Abaconian

Albury’s Ferry Service • Ph 367-3147 or 367-0290 • VHF Ch. 16 • Hope Town & Man-O-War from Crossing Bch Marsh Harbour>Hope Town 7:15am 9:00am 10:30am 12:15pm 2:00pm 4:00pm 5:45pm Return: 8:00 am 9:45am 11:30am 1:30pm 3:00pm 4:00pm 5:00pm 6:30pm Marsh Harbour>Man-O-War 10:30am 12:15pm 2:30pm* 4:00pm 5:45pm * Not on Return: 8:00am 11:30am 1:30pm 3:15pm* 5:00pm Sundays Marsh H.>Guana Cay/Scotland cay From Conch Inn or holidays (6:45am - Union Jack Dock) 10:30am 1:30pm 3:30pm 5:45pm Return: 8 am 11:30am 2:30pm 4:45pm 6:30pm

All phones use area code 242 unless noted

Fare • Adult prepaid one way $17 / open return $27, • Kids 6-11 half, Under 6 free (Phone after hours 359-6861) Note: During the month of August through December there are some adjustments made to the schedule. You are advised to contact the office for the changes.

Green Turtle Ferry • Phone 365-4166, 4128 • VHF Ch 16 • Ten minute ride T Cay Airport>Green T Cay 8:30am 10:30am 11:30am 1:30pm 2:30pm 3:30pm 4:30pm* 5:00pm Return: 8am 9am 11am 12:15pm 1:30pm 3:00pm 4:30pm* * * Note: 4:30 pm trip to GTC not on Sundays

** Note: 4:30 pm trip will be made from New Plymouth only

New Plymouth :One way adult $12 (Children $7) • Round trip $17 (Children $10) • Extra to some G T Cay docks

Abaco Adventures • Ph 365-8749 or 375-8123 VHF Ch 16 Charters Available Treasure Cay to Guana Cay Sunday departs 11:00am & returns 3:30 p.m. $40 Round Trip T Cay to Man-O-War/ Hope Town - Saturday departs 9:30 am, $45 Round Trip Pinder’s Ferry Service Between Abaco & Grand Bahama Crown Haven, Abaco to McLean’s Town, Grand Bah. Daily 7:00 am & 2:30 pm McLean’s Town to Crown Haven - return Daily 8:30 am & 4:30 pm Fare $45 OW / $90 RT • Children half fare • Call Abaco 365-2356 for information Bus between Freeport and McLean’s Town • Rental automobiles at both terminals. Bahamas Ferries Summer Schedule only (April to Dec) Sandy Point & Nassau Every Friday & Sunday, except holidays, under 4 hours. Call 225-3376 or 366-4119 Call for rates. The Great Abaco Express Eco & Historical bus tours • Call 367-2165 or 559-9160

Attractions

Albert Lowe Museum.................................Green Turtle Cay Capt Roland Roberts House, reef exhibits...Green Turtle Cay Memorial Sculpture Garden..................... Green Turtle Cay Wyannie Malone Historical Museum..................Hope Town Elbow Cay Light Station.....................................Hope Town Swim Mermaid Reef off Marsh Harbour......... Pelican Shore Drive to & swim in Blue Hole............Treasure Cay farm road Art studio & working foundry....................... Little Harbour Working boatyards......................................Man-O-War cay

Pocket Beaches

• Crossing Beach in Marsh Harbour • Witches Point - 3 miles S. of Marsh Harbour • Little Harbour - 20 miles S. of Marsh Harbour • Cherokee - 23 miles S of Marsh Harbour Miles of beach (most exposed to ocean) • Treasure Cay • Green Turtle Cay • Guana Cay • Elbow Cay • Man-O-War Cay • Casuarina Point • Bahama Palm Shore • Sandy Point & more

Items of interest

• Man-O-War boat yards • Blackwood blue hole & sisal mill • Cedar Harbour plantation ruins - need guide • Hole-in- Wall lighthouse - last mile very rough road • Abaco wild horses by appointment 367-4805 • Bird watching - ask tourism 367-3067

Taxi Cab Fares one or two passengers

Extra $3 for each passengers above two • Marsh Harbour Airport to: Effective Dec 08 Clinic, Downtown, Stop Light, .........................................................$10 Ab Bch Resort, Eastern Shore close, Ferry .........................................$15 Spring City.........................................................................................$15 Dundas Town, Nat Ins bldg, C Abaco Primary Sch ..............................$15 Murphy Town & Great. Cistern ..........................................................$20 Snake Cay .........................................................................................$35 Casuarina Point.................................................................................$60 Cherokee, Winding Bay, Little Harbour..............................................$80 Bahama Palm Shore..........................................................................$90 Crossing Rocks.................................................................................$105 Sandy Point ....................................................................................$150 Leisure Lee ........................................................................................$50 Treasure Cay Airport, G Turtle ferry....................................................$80 Treasure Cay Resort...........................................................................$85 Fox Town .........................................................................................$165

The Abaconian

Charter Boats Lucky Strike - Hope Town......................366-0101 Sea Gull - Hope Town............................366-0266 A Salt Weapon - Hope Town..................366-0245 Down Deep............................................366-3143 Local Boy...............................................366-0528 Back Breaker.........................................365-5140

Abaco Marinas - Slips - Fuel - Phone

Green Turtle Cay Bluff House ....................... 45..........F..........365-4200 Green Turtle Club ............... 32..........F..........365-4271 Black Sound Marina........... 15......................365-4531 Other Shore Club................ 12..........F..........365-4195 Abaco Yacht Service........... 10..........F..........365-4033 Treasure Cay Treasure Cay Marina......... 150..........F..........365-8250 Man-O-War Man-O-War Marina ........... 26..........F..........365-6008 Marsh Harbour Boat Harbour Marina....... 183..........F..........367-2158 Conch Inn........................... 75..........F ..........367-4000 Harbour View Marina......... 36..........F ..........367-2182 Mangoes Marina................ 29......................367-4255 Marsh Harbour Marina....... 52..........F.......... 367 2700 Hope Town Hope Town Marina............. 16......................366-0003 Hope Town Hideaways.................................366-0224 Lighthouse Marina............... 6..........F..........366-0154 Sea Spray........................... 60..........F..........366-0065 Spanish Cay Spanish Cay Marina............ 75..........F..........365-0083 Guana Cay Bakers Bay Marina........... 158..........F..........365-5802 Guana Hide-aways............. 37......................577-0003 Orchid Bay.......................... 64 .........F..........365-5175

Boats can clear Customs at Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour

Bring errors & revisions to our attention Revised March 9 12

Bonefish Guides Casaurina Point Junior Albury................ 366-3058 Cherokee Noel Lowe.................... 366-2107 Marty Sawyer............... 366-2115 Randy Sawyer............. 366-2284 Will Sawyer.................. 366-2177 Crossing Rocks Tony Russell................ 366-3259 Green Turtle Cay Rick Sawyer................. 365-4261 Ronnie Sawyer............ 365-4070 Hope Town Maitland Lowe............. 366-0234 Tom Albury................... 366-3141 Man-O-War David Albury................ 365-6502

Tours & Excursions Abaco Eco Tours & Kayak rental........................475-9616 Abaco Island Tours • Marsh Harbour.................367-2936 Abaco Neem • Marsh Harbour..........................367-4117 Abaco’s Nature Adventure................................577-0004 Above & Below • Marsh Harbour......................367-0350 Adventure on Prozac - T Cay.............................365-8749 Brendals Dive • Green Turtle Cay.......................365-4411 C & C Charters - Treasure Cay............................365-8506 Dive Abaco 1978, Marsh Harbour.....................367-2787 Excursion boat, Froggies • Hope Town..............366-0024

Bikes & Scooters • Boats Cars & Cart Rentals Marsh Harbour A & P Car Rentals ..............................................367-2655 Abaco Dorado Boat Rentals...............................367-1035 B & B Boat Rentals............................................367-7368 Bargain Car Rentals...........................................367-0500 Blue Wave Boat Rentals ....................................367-3910 Concept Boat Rentals........................................367-5570 Cruise Abaco......................................................577-0148 Quality Star Car Rentals (Texaco).......................367-2979 Rainbow Boat Rentals.......................................367-4602 Rental Wheels Scooters, Bikes, Cars...................367-4643 Rich’s Boat Rentals ..........................................367-2742 Sea Horse Boat Rentals .....................................367-2513 Sea Star Car Rentals .........................................367-4887 The Moorings Boat Rentals...............................367-4000 Green Turtle Cay Brendals Dive Bikes & Kayak rental...................365-4411 C & D Cart Rental ..............................................365-4084 Cruising Cart Rentals.........................................365-4065 D & P Cart Rental ..............................................365-4655 Donnie’s Boat Rentals........................................365-4119 Kool Karts.........................................................365-4176 Reef Boat Rentals .............................................365-4145 Sea Side Carts & Bikes.......................................365-4147 T & A Cart Rentals.............................................375-8055 Guana Cay Donna Sands Cart Rentals ................................365-5195 Dive Guana Boats & Bikes..................................365-5178 Orchid Bay Cart rentals......................................354-5175 Lubbers Quarters Cruise Abaco..............................................321-220-8796 Man-O-War Conch Pearl Boat Rentals..................................365-6502 Ria-Mar Golf Cart Rentals..................................365-6024 Waterways Boat Rental .................357-6540 & 365-6143 Hope Town Cat’s Paw Boat Rentals......................................366-0380 Elbow Cay Cart..................................................366-0530 Hope Town Cart Rentals ...................................366-0064 Island Cart Rentals ...........................................366-0448 Island Marine Boat Rentals ..............................366-0282 J R’s Cart Rental.................................................366-0361 Sea Horse Boat Rentals.....................................366-0023 T & N Cart Rentals.............................................366-0069 Treasure Cay Adventure on Prozac - Kayak.............................365-8749 Blue Marlin Rentals...........................................365-8687 Cash’s Carts.......................................................365-8771 Cornish Car Rentals...........................................365-8623 JIC Boat Rentals ................................................365-8582 Triple J Car Rentals............................................365-8761 Abaco Adventures - Kayaks ..............................365-8749

Marsh Harbour Jody Albury................375-8068 Sidney Albury.............477-5996 Richard Albury...........367-0367 Terrance Davis...........375-8550 Buddy Pinder.............366-2163 Justin Sands..............367-3526 Danny Sawyer...........367-3577 Jay Sawyer................367-3941 North Abaco O’Donald McIntosh....477-5037 Alexander Rolle.........365-0120 Edward Rolle.............365-0024 Herbert Thurston.......365-2405 Sandy Point Valantino Adderley.....366-4323 Anthony Bain.............366-4107 Derek Gaitor..............366-4249 Nicholas Roberts.......366-4486 Treasure Cay Capt. Joe Pritchard....559-9117

Restaurant Guide Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper (Based on dinner entree range) + Picnic tables & restroom only ‡ Provides ride from town Marsh Harbour Abaco Pizza..................................$................... 367-4488 Anglers....................................$$$................... 367-2158 Blue Marlin..................................$................... 367-2002 Curly Tails ................................$$$................... 367-4444 Gino’s...........................................$................... 367-7272 Golden Grouper .........................$................... 367-2301 Island Family Rest........................$................... 367-3778 Java Coffee House........................$................... 367-5523 Jamie’s Place................................$................... 367-2880 Jib Room ...................................$$................... 367-2700 Kentucky Fried Chicken................$................... 367-2615 Mangoes..................................$$$................... 367-2366 Pop’s Place + ...............................$................... 367-3796 Snack Shack +.............................$................... 367-4005 Snappas.....................................$$................... 367-2278 Wallys .....................................$$$................... 367-2074 Hope Town Abaco Inn ...............................$$$................... 366-0133 Cap’n Jacks.................................$$................... 366-0247 Harbour’s Edge.......................... $$................... 366-0087 H T Coffee House (B & L)...............$.................. .366-0760 H T Harbour Lodge ...................$$$................... 366-0095 Munchies.....................................$................... 366-0423 OnDa Beach...............................$$................... 366-0558 Sea Spray ‡................................$$................... 366-0065 Sugar Shack +.............................$................... 366-0788 Little Harbour Pete’s Pub...................................$$................... 366-3503 Lubber’s Quarter Cracker P’s..................................$$................... 366-3139 Man-O-War Bradley’s on the Harbour..............$................... 365-6380 Dock’n Dine..................................$................... 365-6139 Island Treats Snack Bar.................$................... 365-6501 Guana Cay Baker’s Bay - Market Place.......$$$................... 612-1021 Grabbers....................................$$................... 365-5133 Nippers .....................................$$ .................. 365-5143 Orchid Bay................................$$$................... 365-5175 Treasure Cay Coco Beach Bar & Grill..................$................... 365-8470 Florence’s Cafe..............................$.................. .365-8354 Spinnaker Restaurant ..............$$$................... 365-8469 Touch of Class .........................$$$................... 365-8195 Treasure Sands Club.................$$$.................. .365-9385 Green Turtle Cay Bluff House..............................$$$................... 365-4200 Jolly Roger Bistro.......................$$................... 365-4200 Green Turtle Club .....................$$$................... 365-4271 Harvey’s Island Grill....................$$................... 365-4389 McIntosh’s Restaurant ...............$$................... 365-4625 Miss Emily’s Restaurant..............$$................... 365-4181 New Plymouth Inn.....................$$................... 365-4161 Pineapple Restaurant Bar & Grill.$$.................. 365-4039 Plymouth Rock Cafe...................$$................... 365-4234 Shorties Take-a-way...................$$..................365-4342 Sundowners...............................$$................... 365-4060 Sandy Point Nancy’s......................................$$................... 366-4120


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The Abaconian December, 15 2012

INSURANCE MANAGEMENT

(BAHAMAS) LIMITED, INSURANCE BROKERS & AGENTS

To Our Valued Customers We would like to thank you for your patronage over the past year and look forward to continuing to serve you with the same professionalism and dedication in the New Year.

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We wish you a Very Merry Christmas season and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

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