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Swimmers from Abaco, comprising three different clubs, dominate at Nationals

The event of the year for many swimmers started on June 20. Though the largest amount of swimmers from Abaco represented Abaco Swim Club, the island’s locally coached and supported swim club, five other swimmers from Abaco competed with different clubs at the 2013 Championships. Each club and swimmer could be proud at the end of the weekend as the young Abaco swimmers earned medals, including Golds in relays and individual swims. Above: The Abaco Swim Club enters the Nationals. For the full story on all the swimmers see page 14.

Defence Force Rangers hold Installation Ceremony

Above: The Defence Force Rangers repeating their pledge and motto during their installation ceremony in the Government Complex in Abaco. Photo by Able Mechanic Al Rahming.

Press Release The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Rangers programme continued to exceed expectations in youth development when it officially installed some 55 students from five junior and senior high schools in Abaco into its youth programme on June 13. The Defence Force has been involved in youth development since 1995. Since that time, the RBDF Rangers program has evolved into a vibrant youth organization with students participating from 25 schools in New Providence and 14 schools in the family of islands, namely Grand Bahama and Abaco. Recently, the focus of the program has shifted, becoming more leadership centric with emphasis on principles that promote the core concepts and values of the Defence Force. To date, the Defence Force has inducted over 5,000 students into its Rangers Program and has approximately 800 active members under its instruction, encompassing a total of 39 schools in New Providence, Grand Bahama and Abaco. After inspecting the parade, Minister Please see


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of National Security, the Honourable Dr. Bernard Nottage inspired and challenged and encouraged the students to live by the Rangers motto, “Discipline, Dedication and Determination.” “I take note that you have voluntarily made a decision to join this program. This program has for many years been successful in producing well rounded and disciplined citizens of our country. The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Rangers is steadily becoming a model of excellence for youth organizations,” echoed Dr. Nottage. “Today, we see the culmination of

your hard work and sacrifice that will lead to your future success if you remain focused”. The Minister also commended the parents for their commitment and involvement in the programme, and urged them to continue supporting their children and the Rangers programme. After a brilliant array of display by the Abaco Rangers Drill Team, the students were presented with numerous certificates and awards. These included the Minister of National Security Award, the Commodore’s Award, the Rangers Director Award, and academic achievements certificates.

Above and left to right: Rotaract President Chandi Lowe, Treasurer Rachel Johnson, Jason Evans, Garnell Limperes Stuart and club Secretary Nyisha Tilus. The Rotaract Club is a group of 18 - 30 year old, community minded individuals who meet regularly and pursue social projects on Abaco.

By Mirella Santillo A group of young adults belonging to the Abaco Rotaract Club, a service organization affiliated with the Rotary Club of Abaco, organized a social event at Mangoes Restaurant and Marina. The group hopes to recruit more socially-minded citizens from the community. Rotaract had publicized the meeting, which took place on June 14, by posting invitations on Facebook and distributing flyers in the community. Though the turnout was limited, the club’s board members warmly received visitors. Several members of the Rotary Club came to give their support and ad-

vice. Members from both clubs held a brain storming session to get ideas on how to better recruit new members. The Rotaract Club is presently engaged in the maintenance of the Airport Roundabout and is developing the Project HELP program. Project HELP will consist of helping older persons with housekeeping, yard maintenance and landscaping. Members say belonging to the Rotaract Club offers a great opportunity to meet people with the same interests, and to develop friendships while serving the community. Interested persons can contact club sponsor Jo-Ann Bradley at 5778077.

Above: Minister of National Security, the Honourable Dr. Bernard Nottage along with recipients of the Ministry of National Security award, Commander Defence Force award and Rangers Director award. Photo by Able Mechanic Al Rahming.

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School & Youth News Forest Heights Academy graduates fourteen

S.C. Bootle graduates stand out as diamonds

Above: Forest Heights Academy’s graduating class of 2013.

By Mirella Santillo June is the month for high school graduations. Forest Heights’ took place in front of the District Superintendent of Education, Dr. Lenora Black and a representative of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Mr. Ismael “Stretch” Morley, as well as a room full of parents, relatives and friends who came to support and congratulate the 14 graduates. Teacher, Leslie Kennedy, was the MC for the function which was held at New Vision Ministries on the evening of June 12. Following the processional entrance of the graduates, and the singing of the National Anthem, the most improved student of the year, Abria Hield, pronounced the invocation. The welcome by Salutatorian Alexandra Phillpot was followed by the Principal’s remarks. James Richard reminisced how he had seen most of these children grow over the last six years. “They were small and insecure when they first arrived to the school, but I watched them become self-confident and powerful,” he reflected. He praised their adherence to discipline, their compassion and good sense of humour. Even though the four more students who joined the initial ten at FHA since grade seven might have changed the dynamics of the group, the core was still there, explained the Principal. Over the years, they traveled to Orlando with their home room teacher; they joined various service clubs such as Interact, Governor General’s Youth Award Program and the Defence Force Cadets and were involved in many community service events. “This group has really shined and made me proud”, said Mr. Richard. After a few words of advice and well- wishing, he concluded, “I proudly launch you in the next chapter of your life.” The guest speaker, a former teacher at Forest Heights Academy, Joy Chaplin, described the qualities of the graduates that she had met briefly, “you are vibrant and enthusiastic,” she said, acknowledging their diversity. But, she warned, this is not a dress rehearsal for your life; this is the real thing. She highlighted her speech with anecdotes and personal teaching experi-

ences, especially the ones in Africa, where motivated students hiked miles to attend the only school at their disposal. She advised the graduates to grab opportunities before anyone else did and to be positive. She advised that life battles do not always go to the strongest or the biggest, so stay positive and make things work to your advantage. Finally, she advocated, “choose your friends, your associates and your spouses carefully, so you can introduce them with pride. The only person who can destroy you is yourself.” Graduate Amanda McIntosh then introduced Lori Thompson, Grade 12 homeroom teacher, concluding that, “over the years our class has become attached to Mrs. Thompson. She has become our mother figure.” Mrs. Thompson addressed each student personally, comparing them to candies. She compared Valedictorian Rebecca Strachan to a Snicker’s bar and Amber Wilmore, to a sweet but spicy Red Hot. She recalled memories of events shared with her class over the years and concluded, “I leave you, my dear class, and be a Star Burst!” Rebecca Strachan, who had taken 12 BGCSEs, compared life to the examinations. “We receive these tests to prepare for life,” she said. She acknowledged that her class has really impacted her life, saying, “I have learned to accept each of you for what you are.” Her emotion overflowed when she mentioned her mother, her role model, thanking her with tears for her support. The graduates were then handed their certificates and trophies that they received from Mrs. Chaplin, Mrs. Thompson and Mr. Richard. The Valedictorian was handed a basket full of trophies and a whole book of certificates, so impressive were her achievements. Ms. Strachan will attend Arcadia University in Canada after a stage in Eleuthera and Ms. Phillpot will pursue a degree in education at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Above: S.C. Bootle High School’s Graduating Class of 2013 on June 14 at the Faith Walk Church of God. By Canishka Alexander Under the theme: “Diamonds: Precious…Potent…Powerful,” the procession of 31 graduates of S.C. Bootle High School strode confidently through the aisles of Faith Walk Church of God in Cooper’s Town on June 14. Sherrie Romer gave a spirited welcome address before remarks were made by Leslie Rolle, senior officer of the Department of Education. Principal Huel Moss tapped into his creative side this year, by delivering his principal’s report through a video presentation. Moss listed a host of accomplishments by students in local, national and international events and the school’s special assemblies. He was pleased that the Media Center at S.C. Bootle is now fully computerized, and that the school was able to purchase a school bus to transport students to and from competitions. In her reflection, 2013 graduate Savannah Cooper shared her high school experience with her classmates, whom she aptly described from their personable attributes to their outrageously humourous antics sending a chorus of laughter through the audience. Subsequently, Andquone Burrows gave the salutatorian’s address. He noted that their commencement that day would lead to even greater accomplishments in their lives. Burrows vowed to never forget those who he had crossed paths with and how they had touched his life. He concluded by thanking his parents and guardians as well as the teachers and administrators of S.C. Bootle High School for educating them academically and spiritually. Shantell Bernadin led her classmates in their musical selection: “Diamonds in the Sky,” which was written by Enzel Cooper, music teacher. Father Deangelo Bowe delivered the keynote address sharing with the graduates that the day was a time of joy, a time to celebrate the accomplishments of the past, and for them to bask in the endless possibilities that lie ahead of them in the future.

Like diamonds, Father Bowe told graduates that they carry great intrinsic value. “Remember you are precious. You must never allow anyone to determine your self-worth in life, and never make you feel less than,” he said. “One of the keys to success in life is called self-love. Having the ability to be confident about who you are; being of the view that you are special as you have been uniquely created by God, and bask in that fact that there is no one else in the world like you.” He further encouraged them to discover the potency and power that lies within them because like diamonds they will stand out. Finally, Father Bowe shared a story about how his wife had lost her ring, and eventually he had found the ring by illuminating the area with a flashlight. As diamonds, he encouraged that graduates to never allow their lights to be hidden. Graduates were awarded their diplomas and subject awards after which they presented roses to their parents. Rosemika Charles, valedictorian, greeted their distinguished guests, pausing to acknowledge their time at S.C. Bootle High School as being instrumental in shaping the graduates into the young men and women they have become. To their parents, she said that it was because of them that they stood there as graduates. “Yes, I am a testimony of how parental involvement is very important in a child’s life,” she declared. “You see I have been blessed by parents who not only supported me, but always spoke greatness in me. I have also been raised by adopted parents, who aside from giving their love and support, never accepted mediocrity from me.” Charles encouraged her colleagues to never give up or be discouraged if the doors in life were to suddenly close. “Let us seize our future, taking it into our own hands, and continue to strive toward excellence!”

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Four graduate from Horizons Academy

Graduates excited about maritime opportunities, industry

Above: Bahamas Maritime Cadet Corps graduates, along with coordinator Glender Knowles (far left) at their graduation ceremony on June 13 at the Spinnaker Restaurant.

Above: Horizons Academy graduates. From (l) Clevano Dawkins; Philencia Nixon; Petra Rolle; and Royasen Smith. By Canishka Alexander A graduation ceremony was held for Horizons Academy’s Class of 2013 on June 12 at Change Ministries International. The graduating class was comprised of: Clevano Dawkins; Philencia Nixon; Petra Rolle; and Royasen Smith. As their names and career aspirations were announced by Eric Cunningham aka “the Sage,” the graduates marched victoriously toward the front of the sanctuary. Following the opening prayer, Scripture reading and opening song – “How Great is Our God” – Philencia Nixon gave the welcome address. In a dedication to the graduates, Joinel Jeune recited his poetic work called: “Oh Generation.” Audience members looked on as the Class of 2013 and students of Horizons unveiled an animated media presentation on HIV/AIDS, demonstrating how the deadly disease is impacting many of our nation’s youth. Soon, Sherell Brown, moderator, called on Simmone Bowe to give her administrator’s remarks. Bowe commented that although it was an emotional occasion, God had brought her through the most challenging year of her life. Nevertheless, she was grateful that He had sent people every step of the way to encourage her. To the graduates, she added that it was beneficial for them to experience life for themselves because even though there are times they will fall, they are sure to get back up. Bowe acknowledged everyone who had taught, mentored and shaped the lives of the students at Horizons. Finally, she left the graduates with two words: show up.

“Show up; be present because success is defined by you,” she admonished. After her remarks, Bowe and Clevano collaborated in a selection that greatly touched the audience members and set the stage for the guest speaker, Troy Edward Clarke, who was introduced by Petra. Founder of the National L.E.A.D. Institute and Eagles Academy, Clarke outlined the grasshopper complex in his speech, which refers to a mindset of inferiority. He warned the graduates to never see themselves as weak or powerless because in their minds, they would have already lost the battle. Growing up with a speech impediment, Clarke knew all too well the ease in which a person can feel inadequate. Like the Creator, though, he reminded the students to speak into existence what they want to see in their lives. “You decide your habits, and your habits decide your future,” he simply stated. In his response, Clevano Dawkins, valedictorian, spoke of the importance of having manners, and a good upbringing to take you through life. He also shared how formulating a plan can help one to accomplish their goals. “I choose to rise to the challenge, and be different,” he declared. Presentations were made to parents before awards and diplomas were dispersed to the graduates. Destinee Roberts gave the vote of thanks, and Bishop Terrance Strachan and Pastor Stephen Knowles, Abaco Christian Council president, closed out the ceremony with a prayer and benediction for the graduates.

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By Canishka Alexander The 4th Bahamas Maritime Cadet Corps (BMCC) Graduation Ceremony was held at the Spinnaker Restaurant on June 13. The 2013 Graduates were: Pedro Maycock of Forest Heights Academy; Johnson Auguste, Andrew Doute, and Oliver Forbes of S. C. Bootle High School; Mary Ann Fenelon, Nija Led, Yoba Wilson and Chester Davis of Abaco Central High School; and Devin Winder of Agape Christian High School. After introductory items were completed, Programme Moderator and BMCC Instructor Kimberly Butterfield called on Cadet Pedro Maycock to share his experience throughout the maritime program, and its impact on his career decision. May-

cock said that he when he first entered the program he was unsure of what maritime was, but as time went by he learned the parts of the ship, rules of the water, and navigation, and thoroughly enjoyed their field trips to the Duke of Topsail, Grand Bahama Shipyard and Albury’s Ferry. Also bringing remarks was Former Cadet Shavado Smith, who congratulated the cadets on their graduation, and outlined the many careers in the maritime industry to them. As last year’s top student, Smith was awarded a $5,000-scholarship to Holland College in Canada. “Every bit of hard work deserves a Please see


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little payment with some leisure time, but it’s important to not get caught up with that fun; stay focused and remember your true purpose and your true goal,” he emphasized. “It’s easy to get caught up and get sidetracked, and that could mess up your entire future. “I just want to encourage everyone that’s sitting here – all the maritime cadets – to pursue maritime. It’s a very lucrative industry, there are many things you can do with it, and there’s a lot of benefits.” BMCC Abaco Coordinator Glender Knowles added that Smith is a determined young man, who survived a tragic car accident where three people perished, yet he continued his studies at the College of The Bahamas despite the psychological trauma he endured. In his second year in maritime, he broke his leg and still came back to continue his education adding to his commitment and credibility. He had the option of completing his sea time hours for 18 months, but he decided to begin his college studies first. However, Knowles said that maritime cadets like Tevon Strachan and Patiqua Thurston opted for their sea time first. She was also pleased to announce that the Duke is now hiring their cadets. “That’s something that’s really motivating for us in even in our fourth year,” Knowles said. Administrator Gregory Knowles was the next speaker in line. He was priviledged to attend the ceremony, and he commended the graduates for the fine work they have

done and for the field they have chosen. “You have chosen a field that I believe that you yourself will be happy and pleased about, and I see great opportunity and a privilege for you as you seek to advance in this particular area.” Everyone was surprised to learn that he had acquired his B Class License, and that he, too, has a love for the sea. Knowles advised the graduates to never limit themselves, and to realize that success lies in how much they include God in their plans. As he spoke, Knowles left the graduates with many principles to guide them including honesty and integrity and being trustworthy. Additional nuggets were to seek the wisdom of God as they plot their course on land and sea; to take the compass of life in case they go off course to help them find their way; and to take the map of hope for it will show them their destination. Akeem Adderley sang a selection before Anthony Hanna, BMCC instructor, addressed the graduates as the keynote speaker. He gave an overview of the Cadet Corps program, and how he was one of three retired Defence Force marines, who was approached by Dudley Martinborough, BMCC coordinator, approximately 10 years ago to form the BMCC program. Amazingly, there are more than 1,500 international ships registered under our flag, and as far as they were aware, there were no Bahamians aboard any of those ships. The premise was that if at least two Bahamians were employed by these ships, there would be 3,000 Bahamians employed.



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“We have an unemployment problem; unemployment among the young people is at 34 percent, but if we were to employ 3,000 from those young people who are unemployed, imagine the dent we would put in that unemployment figure,” Hanna reasoned. “My thing is if they are flying our flag, shouldn’t we have some rights to work on those ships? Shouldn’t our young people be employed on those ships? So we did something about it, we created this [Bahamas] Maritime Cadet Corps.” With the help of shipping vessels like Campbell Shipping, young people are working, and travelling over the world and being paid. He encouraged the graduates to take advantage of the opportunities that are available to them. “Young people, you’ve been told to think out of the box, but I’m here to tell you there is no box. The world is open to you. What are you doing in the box in the first place? Get rid of the box, get rid of the notion of the box – there is no box. My challenge to you is to grab the world, put it in the palm of your hand and move.” All of the cadets were awarded their graduation certificates and were given cheques for their participation in the program. In addition to his rewards, Pedro Maycock was recognized as the top student this year.

Guana Cay holds first graduation in 20 years By Samantha Evans Great Guana Cay Primary School has had a primary school on the island for over 20 years, and on June 11, 2013, they held their first ever graduation at Seaside Gospel Chapel under the theme, “Climb as High as You Can Dream.” It was a proud day for the parents of Kayrene McLennon and Ghannen Lowe, who made history at the school as the first two graduates. Once the preliminary welcome and prayer were done,Glen Laing presented the graduates, followed by Diane Williams, who gave her Principal’s report. She stated that she is so proud to be serving at Great Guana Cay Primary while history was made by graduating the first two students. She is also proud that they have achieved all of the goals they have set, including hosting a readers' theatre, science fair, Thanksgiving program, Majority Rule Day Assembly, a Patron’s Day where they honored Sherri Pinder, book parade, and coastal clean ups and Earth Day activities. The students’ academic performance was also remarkable as the grade 3 and 6 students took GLAT exams, and grades 2, 4, and 5 took the Iowa Math and Rigby Read. Dr. Lenora J. Black, Superintendent of the Education for the Abaco District, also attended. She stated that she had another graduation she was invited to attend, but had to be here with the students and principal at Great Guana Cay Primary as

they made history. She added that this is a special moment for graduates and parents, because this occasion will forever be etched in their minds. She commended the parents for trusting their kids to the public education system and having confidence in education to equip them with all they need for life and work, especially in this interdependent, ever changing world. She further noted that Great Guana Cay Primary School exposed the students to learning inside and outside of school. She congratulated the students on their hard work and dedication to learning all that was taught. She told the parents that she was very impressed with how well the students from this school performed on their GLAT exams, especially young Ghannen who got a 70% on his written composition exam, which is an extremely good score by GLAT standards. She told them that when they travel to the mainland for school beginning this September, to hold fast to all that they learned. She told them that as they go to junior high school to remember the pledge they recited, especially the following four points: to pursue excellence, never give up, to not be afraid to stand alone, and to be a positive role model to their community. She reminded them that their theme has a singular focus, so they must each take responsibility for their choices and accomplishments. The charge to the graduates was made by Samantha V. Evans, Guidance Counselor for Central Abaco Primary and lecturer for Success Training College and Coordinator for the Bachelor’s Degree Program with Nova Southeastern University. She began by commending the parents for all of the sacrifices, prayers and struggles they have endured to get their children to graduation day. She told them that she too can relate because she is the proud parent of a high school graduate with honours. She stated that in spite of all of the sacrifices made, today makes it all worthwhile, because they have been blessed to see their children pass from grade to grade, passing exams and knocking down hurdles. She said that graduation is as much about them as it is about the students, so she told them to take a bow and applaud themselves for a job well done. The students were then presented with their diplomas and awards. Kayrene received the Good Citizenship Award and Most Improved Award. Ghannen received the Most Outstanding Award and Best Behavior Award. Graduates presented their parents with flowers and the guest speaker and superintendent with special gifts. Mrs. Williams was also presented with a special gift by her two graduates that brought her to tears. A reception followed with food that was donated by the PTA and parents, Grabbers, Glen Laing, and Nippers Bar and Grill.

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School & Youth News Pilot Club installs new officers and initiates new members

December 2013. The Pilots held a Valentine’s Adult fun night which was a time for them to have laugh and fellowship together. They partnered with the Rotary Club to raise funds and show love for the Lowes who lost their home to a fire. They are currently working on another project to assist with constructing the home. They have some volunteers already but are in need of more so they are appealing to the general public for their assistance where possible. Mr. Williams explained his experience as being a humbling one as he has wholeheartedly committed himself to service and friendship as Pilot International so proudly promotes.

ECC: the Generosity of Understanding Above: Director Charlamae initiating new members, Peter Williams and Gwendolyn Sawyer, President Augustine pinning the Pilot Pins on them. By Samantha Evans The Pilot Club of Abaco held its initiation and installation ceremony at the Spinnaker Restaurant in Treasure Cay on Saturday June 22, 2013 beginning at 7pm. The speaker for this ceremony was President of the Abaco Red Cross Association, Barbara Johnson, who spoke on volunteering with focus on the Red Cross. Charlamae Fernander, Senior Director with the Pilot Club, led the initiation and installation of officers. The two new members were Peter Williams and Gwen Sawyer. The new officers are: PresidentChristine Lightbourne, President ElectStacy Dean, Treasurer-Omar Archer, Assistant Treasurer-Claudia Pinder, Secretary-Barbara Williams, Chaplain-Claudia Pinder, Parliamentarian-Augustine Williams, Public Relations-Keora Archer, and the Directors-Charlamae Fernander, Paul Pinder, Augustine Williams and Claudia Pinder. These officers will begin their term in office on July 1, 2013. Throughout the night, the Pilots engaged in fun, exciting activities and won door prizes, and ate a scrumptious meal prepared by the restaurant. All prizes were donated by the Pilot members. The incoming president also named the committee coordinators for the year and they are as follows: Fundraising Coordinator-Linda Mills, Membership

Coordinator-Lauren Riviere, Projects Coordinator-Margo Dean, Leadership Coordinator-Charlotte Swan, and Anchor Coordinator (Youth Arm)-Chef Noel St. Claude and Keora Archer.

Pilot’s outgoing president reflects on productive year By Samantha Evans Pilot Club International promotes friendship and service and last year, the outgoing 2012-2013 President of the Pilot Club of Abaco, Augustine Williams, had a very productive and fruitful year as he implemented a number of firsts for the Pilot Club which he expects will become annual events. He was able to lead his club in the Meals on Wheels Program to Little Abaco and Central Abaco where they distributed care packets to the elderly. They painted the home of a widow senior citizen in Sandy Point and cleaned her home with the assistance of some of the Miss Abaco Contestants 2012. They hosted senior citizens from across Abaco to a Christmas concert in conjunction with the Anchor Club at Abaco Youth Ministries after which time they fed them. They hosted their first Emerald Ball which was such a huge success that the second one is already being planned for

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By Ruth Harkin By the fall of 2007, the school enrollment had grown to 86. More and more kids were referred to the school by parents and teachers, but most families and children heard about the school through other children. Among other skills, word was out that the school had teachers trained in remedial reading. Other schools didn’t of-

fer that kind of extra help. Lyn had met Dr. Sharon Kossack from Florida International University through friends in Miami. Dr. Kossack helped Lyn organize the research program, and provided the initial two year training for teachers, parents, and volunteers. She got other professors involved, and their assistance was invaluable in setting up evaluations and education programs. The students came from all over Abaco-Sandy Point, Guana, Man-O-War, Green Turtle Cay, Cooperstown, Hopetown, and Dudas and Murphy Town. Prior to admission, they were and are given tests including the Woodcook Johnson Test of Cognitive Ability and a reading battery including IRI, SORT, Dolch Testing, and Key Math- all standardized testing. The testing also includes hearing and eye screenings. More elaborate testing with a neurologist, psychologist, or other professionals is sometimes recommended prior to making a decision to remove a student from the mainstream to a special school. Students are accepted based on the results of the testing, recommendations, and personal history. Once in ECC, an individual educational plan is devised for each student based on their needs. These plans are made by their teachers after initial evaluations and at least a month of observation. Goals are different for everyone, but an overall goal is successful independent functioning Please see


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in the community to the highest level possible. The curriculum includes independent life skills, functional academic skills, pre-vocational and job skills as well as character development. The school offers three diplomas. The 1st diploma, the academic/vocational diploma, is given when the student has achieved a reading and math level of higher than grade 5 (some have achieved a reading and math level at eighth and ninth grade) and successful job apprenticeship for a minimum of one day per week for a full year. The second diploma is the life skill/ vocational diploma where the student has achieved a level of independence in life skills, functional reading, math, communication, and a successful job apprenticeship for one day per week for a full year. The third diploma is for life skills. This is where the student has achieved the highest level of life skills that he/she can for their diagnosis or condition. Aside from learning basic skills, these students must also learn to cope with their families and community. Understanding and acceptance of learning disabilities is still a process. It is difficult for families and friends sometimes to understand and accept learning disabilities or disabilities of any kind. A general attitude still remains that the children aren’t really trying, not a recognition that real strategic help is

needed to overcome the disabilities. As a result of years of frustration and failure, some children may act out and misbehave. The remedy is not punishment, but understanding and patience. Every Child Counts strives to educate parents and guardians. This coming school year it will be mandatory that each child be accompanied by a parent on the first day of school for an orientation program and financial meeting. The Social Work students from Ryerson University who have been assisting at ECC have been working on newsletters about the myths and facts regarding disabilities and an explanation of various disabilities to share with parents. The group also hopes to do outreach for community awareness to share with other schools. Community awareness is an important part of helping these students find acceptance and be productive. When Prime Minister Christie recently spoke at graduation exercises on June 10, he emphasized the need throughout The Bahamas for public awareness and support towards those with disabilities. Meanwhile, the budget is growing with expanding enrollment and teachers. Over the years, Ira Sochet and other supporters continue to say “Keep going. We’ll find the money.” That is exactly what happens at Every Child Counts. They do keep educating children to realize their potential and they do find the resources.


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Above: Vogel Williams (right) is with a former student of his, Kevin Altidor. By Mirella Santillo After forty seven years of teaching Physical Education on several islands of The Bahamas, Vogel Williams, a native of Rum Cay who was also a renowned coach, is retiring. But he is quick to say that he is retiring from teaching, but not from coaching. Mr. Williams, who started teaching PE in Nassau in 1966, interrupted his first assignment to go back to college in 1981. He came back in 1984 with a bachelor degree in Physical Education, having graduated summa cum laude. He then took a teaching post on Andros from 1984 to 1990, creating the Andros Invitational Track & Field Competition in 1986. From Andros, he was sent to SC Bootle High School on Abaco, and from there to Eight Mile Rock on Grand Bahama, “Blue Jay Country,” he specified. Then he was back on Abaco from 2002 to present day. His most rewarding experience was creating the Track & Field Invitational Competition which was coincidental to his becoming a National Coach. As National and Assistant-National Coach, Vogel Williams traveled all over the Caribbean as well as the United States. He went to New York, Mexico, Columbia, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Trinidad and Barbados. He mentioned, modestly, that he was one of the founding father of the Baseball


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Little League, a sport that he still intends to coach. He encountered his most challenging situations as a teacher during the past five to six years because of the change in students’ and parents’ attitude. “There has been a total change in Education which makes teaching more difficult,” he stated. Overall he is very proud of his achievements as a PE teacher and coach. “I elevated people to Olympic levels, and the schools I coached in were very dominant,” he recalled. Some of his most talented students over the years were Carl Oliver from Andros, who won a medal in the 400m in the 2000 Olympics and one as member of the relay team in 2004; Alvarado McDonald, from Cooper’s Town a super jumper who won a silver medal for triple jump in one of the CARIFTA Games; more recently, Shane Jones that Mr. Williams qualifies as an all-around athlete. Shane Jones could compete in the decathlon, volleyball, shot put and discus, but his best performance was as a sprinter in the 100m. He set a record for Abaco a couple of years ago. Besides coaching the little league baseball, Coach Williams intends to revive the Green Arrow Club, a Track & Field Club that he started in 2011, opened to anyone interested. Training usually takes place at the Murphy Town Park track.

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Entrepreneur Watch Becky’s Take A-Way By Samantha Evans Becky’s Take-A-Way opened on May 14, 2013 after taking over the former Dis We Style Take-A-Way on Crocket Drive. They specialize in lunch and dinner meals, which includes an extensive Bahamian cuisine menu. Meals are served with conch n’ rice, peas n’ rice or stir fried rice. They now have a grill that is open Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 10:00 p.m. which serves ribs, pork chops and chicken. Their breakfast menu will be added in a few weeks and will include sheep tongue, stew fish, stew conch, pig feet souse, corn beef, tuna, and sausage, which will be served with yellow grits, white grits or Johnny cake. For dessert there is coconut and pineapple pie and banana bread. They are open for lunch from 11:30-10:00 p.m. When breakfast starts, they will be open at 6:30 a.m. Their phone number is 367-3939.

Munchies Ice Cream and Take Out By Samantha Evans Munchies Ice Cream and Take Out opened for business on April 25, 2013 on Crocket Drive between Gully and Jack Lanes. The inspiration for this business came from Nita Albury, who was always interested in selling ice cream. She, her mother Maria Albury and her father Bookie Albury came together to start this business. They specialize in ice cream, takea-way foods, conch fritters, nachos and cheese, blizzards, and slushies. They have differently flavored ice cream added to their stock on a weekly basis. The children’s menu includes corn dogs, cheese sticks, chicken strips, burgers and hot dogs, all of which can be ordered with fries. They also offer dinner specials daily, which can be ordered for lunch as well. For the summer months, they will have the soda machine operational, games for the children and snack foods for the kids. They also plan to add a party room and cater children’s parties which will include the food and ice cream they sell. Albury stated that they are all about giving the children something to do. Since they have been open, business has been great but there is more to come, including cabanas and an outdoor grill. They are open 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and

again from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. On Tuesdays and Sundays they are open 4:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. They can be contacted by calling 4751920 to place an order.

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Teen Swagg Keeps Teens in Mint

By Samantha Evans Hair and make-up are essential to completing the flawless elegant look of a woman and to assist with beautifying the women of Abaco is Sementha Shanice Davis, owner of Define Beauty. She specializes in full face make-up application for any occasion including weddings and parties. Many persons have been so impressed with her make-up application skills that she is now considering offering classes. As far as cosmetology services are concerned, she is trained to offer full cosmetology services but now only offers braiding and weaving services. She will be offering full hair services in August once her store is fully completed. Ms. Davis has had an interest in hair care since high school and found herself experimenting on the hair of family and friends. She later travelled to New Providence to attend Cosmetology classes at BTVI in 2005 then returned to Abaco. She recently completed an advance certificate in hair care at a training seminar organized by Restoration Beauty Parlour but facilitated by Beauticians from Atlanta, Georgia. She intends to further her studies in this field in the coming years. Shanice has a natural ability to apply make-up as she has not attended any classes in this field. She has been a make-up artist for the past three years. She makes house calls but will soon only offer this service to her clients on the Cays. Her work hours are now flexible but once she moves into her shop, she will be open Monday to Saturday from 8am to 6pm. She will also be selling cosmetic supplies such as face powders, blushes, eyeliners, powder brushes and the like. She can be reached by calling 6992016 or 458-7764.

By Samantha Evans At the end of May 2013, teen entrepreneur Kyro Taylor started his business called Teen Swagg in Murphy Town. His interest in fashion and his desire to raise funds for college motivated him to start this business. He added that he has always had a keen sense of fashion and since his peers were always impressed with his attire, he decided to outfit them with his style which he calls Teen Swagg. His business specializes in graphic tees, cargo pants, snapbacks, Nike Elite socks and slippers, Ray Bans, Hello Kitty items for girls, G-shock, Vans and US Polo Tennis and perfumes. To date they specialize in attire for persons ages 12 to 21 but will be expanding to include pre-teen gear for ages 9 and 10 in the coming months. They also place orders for persons from any store online. They can special order items to arrive as early as one week after the order is placed. According to Kyro, they carry a few items for girls but the focus is on the guys. However, they will be expanding their inventory so that they can outfit the teen girls as well. He stated that they have new items in stock every two weeks and once they arrive, he posts them on his Facebook page. The items are so popular, he explained, that they go before they have been unpacked. At Teen Swagg, they aim to keep kids fashionable because they represent their parents but more importantly they need to be confident when they step out to important events. Kyro will be getting some Independence color pants and caps in soon so persons can match them with their 40th Anniversary tees and polo style shirts. In August, they will be getting all of their back to school gear in stock such as name brand school bags. They are open week days 6-9pm, Saturdays 9am to 9pm and Sundays 2-9pm.

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Abaco Dental Associates opens in Marsh Harbour By Samantha Evans Abaco Dental Associates opened its doors for business on May 29 in the Royal Harbour Village, Suite 102 A. The main dentist at this office is Dr. Ricardo Crawford from Nassau who is a general dentist who has a special interest in implants but other dentists specialists will be added to their list in the coming weeks. They specialize in everything dental, including general maintenance and restoration of the mouth. The dental hygienist is Giselle Knowles, who has many years of experience in the field. Dr. Crawford started coming over to Abaco every three weeks but due to the demand, he will now be making visits weekly. Some of the additional specialists will include an orthodontist and an oral surgeon. In September, they will launch their school education program to educate students on how to take better care of their teeth. As a part of this program, they will promote care for teeth, the importance of getting x-rays once a year, ceiling and fluoride treatments and cleanings. Furthermore, she will encourage students to visit the doctor every summer and again offer the Easter Break which will take care of their two visits for the year. They will also have an anti-cavity club at the office for the children where the staff will post the pictures of the kids who are cavity free. They will also get a free Colgate kit when they visit. Right now they have a promotion where adults get their first visit for $85.00, which includes cleaning and four x-rays, and children get their first visit for $65.00, which includes cleaning and four x-rays. When they complete the promotion form, the kids can enter to win a Sonicare Electric toothbrush. The offer expires on June 30, 2013. They can be reached by calling 3670164 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except on weekends. They will be open one Saturday each month for spillover cases.

Winners announced at Cash N’ Go promotional event By Canishka Alexander On June 14, Jason Clarke, general manager of Cash N Go (CNG), announced the winners of a bill-payment promotion specific to Abaco that began on May 1 and ended that day. Customers simply had to visit the Cash N Go location during that time period and make full or partial payments on their bills. Please see


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With nine locations throughout The Bahamas, Cash N Go offers a one-stop shop for bill payment services for the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC), Grand Bahama Power Company, Grand Bahama Utility Company Ltd., and BTC. Clarke was joined by Gina Milien, Cash N Go Customer Service Representative, as the winners of the drawing were announced. Theresa Pinder-Haynes was the winner of BEC Bucks; and Theadorsha Lowe and Jeremy Sands, were the two winners of BTC smartphones. Louise Delva Cash N Go Customer Representative presented Mindy Sands with the smartphone on Jeremy’s behalf. Cash N Go also provides MoneyGram international money transfers and customers can purchase Sky Bahamas and Western Air tickets. The traditional BTC top up for mobile phones is also available. Cash N Go’s Abaco location is open six days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with

the exception of Saturdays when the store hours are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Clarke added that the company is an exclusive agent for the United States visa service, and also offers school loans. He revealed that more products are coming on stream regarding small loans, and that there are negotiations in the pipeline for the opening of more locations. No additional fees are charged for the services they provide. “Today, we are having a promotion specific to Abaco; it’s a bill-payment promotion with BEC and BTC bills,” Clarke explained. “The drawing allowed for one person to get $250 off their BEC bill, and BTC Blackberry smartphones for two persons if they paid their BTC bills from May 1 to June 14.” Clarke was pleased to see that the promotion raised awareness about the services the company offers. Cash ‘N Go Money Stores presently have five locations in Nassau, two in Grand Bahama, one in Abaco, and one in Exuma.

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Local artisan crafts polyhedra models for Independence Celebration

Above: Gene Ferguson holding up his Bahamas Independence polyhedron model.

By Canishka Alexander Earlier this month, Gene Ferguson stopped in at The Abaconian office to show off one of his polyhedra models that have been keeping him rather busy lately. In geometry, a polyhedron (plural polyhedra or polyhedrons) is a solid in three dimensions with flat faces and straight edges. The word polyhedron comes from the Classical Greek language meaning “many faces or bases.” Taught by Father Magnus Wenninger while attending boarding school at St. Augustine’s College in Nassau, Ferguson learned the craft 43 years ago. Today, he is still adept in fashioning the symmetrical shapes into unique forms of art. “In the past few weeks, I decided to start back up because of Independence, and it is going pretty good,” Ferguson shared. “The banks have been ordering quite a bit of them, and I can’t make them fast enough for my guests out to Winding Bay.” Unlike the aquamarine, yellow and black colours of the Bahamian flags, he also has to make his signature red, white and blue ones for the American Independence. He is currently working on ten of

them for homeowners who’ve requested them at the posh resort. Certainly, he has his work cut out for him. Although the polyhedra models look simple, they take Ferguson approximately six hours to complete each one. Each triangle has to be measured, marked out, folded, and glued precisely to create the polyhedron using construction paper. Ferguson has created other polyhedra models with peaks that are more or less protruding. However, the polyhedra are usually named according to the number of faces. The naming system is based on Classical Greek or by a description of the kinds of faces present like the Rhombic dodecahedron or the Pentagonal dodecahedron. “I like doing it,” he disclosed,” because anything you produce that turns out beautiful, and everyone likes it, gives a lot of self-satisfaction. It’s not always the money that satisfies you.” So far, he is teaching his 12-year-old son how to make the polyhedra, and would be willing to teach school-aged children how to make them. However, his concern is that the craft is very time consuming, so not many students may be willing to sit down for that length of time. Even he finds it difficult at times to keep at it, so with the exception of one or two cigarette breaks, he doesn’t stop until he finishes. Once glued, the models are quite sturdy, and can be hung as decorations or placed on a desk or table as a centerpiece. Ferguson’s polyhedra models can be purchased at $25 a piece or each piece can be rented for $10. Ferguson added that the other polyhedra he has made start as triangles, but form different shapes like the deltahedra models, which are made from equilateral triangles. This model is accomplished by having the height stay the same, but allowing the base to change. Gene Ferguson can be contacted at: or at 1(242)458-9401 for those interested in his artistically eye-catching polyhedra creations.

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Mount Hope resident achieves excellence through perseverance

Above: Jaron Cornish, left, standing with friend Ashton Forbes at Agape’s graduation. By Mirella Santillo One of the best high school basketball players in the country, Jaron Cornish, did not earn this qualification solely through his talent, but through dedication and arduous training. The fact is demonstrated in the fact that he also took the first place in his class in mathematics and accounting. Jaron Cornish, a resident of Mount Hope, attended Agape Christian School since grade 10. For the last three years, the young man who obtained perfect attendance during his last year of school, had to hitch- hike daily from Mount Hope, leaving his home no later than 7:00am to make sure he would make school on time. After school, there was basketball practice with Coach Adderley until 5:00pm and then, hiking again from Marsh Harbour to get a ride back home. How did he do it? “I got motivated by the people who

supported me,” he said, “my parents, my teachers, my friends, my coach.” The fact is that his teachers and above all his basketball coach, Wayde Adderley, confer him the highest esteem. The proud coach confessed that he had the utmost confidence in his former student and expected him to do great things. Interviewing Jaron before his departure for Florida to attend summer classes, he was asked what had been his most challenging experience during the last school years. “Commuting to school every day.” was his immediate response, adding “Sometimes I had to walk part of the way.”

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Flesh wins the Independence Cup

Above: excited fans and players of Flesh gather around their trophy. By Mirella Santillo Flesh won the Independence Cup final during an exciting game that went on in overtime and penalty kicks as both teams were determined to steal the title. Fresh and Flesh, who had respectively defeated Abacom United and Heat in the previous Sunday games, were the finalists in the June 16 Independence Cup match that was sponsored by Western Union and Cable Bahamas. The match started at 5:30pm in the

afternoon at the Murphy Town Park soccer field and went on until dark, both teams alternatively playing aggressive and defensive tactics. Fresh scored first within minutes of the beginning of the game and again a few minutes later. But they had to contend with a determined opponent who equalized before the end of the first half. The second half was played in a very Please see


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His efforts did pay though. In September, he will enter a college, also in Florida, on a two year basketball scholarship, studying accounting and playing basketball, his two favorite occupations.

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defensive way with none of the two teams managing to take the upper hand. There were several attempts at scoring by both teams, but the match ended in a tie 2-2. It was followed by a 30 minute overtime which again did not bring a winner. A crowd of supporters of each team then invaded the field forming a circle around the goal area. So, it was surrounded by fans of Flesh and Fresh that the ten penalty kicks were shot, people cheering each time their team scored. Again it was a close outcome, each team scoring and missing until the last goal by Flesh made them the winner with a final score of 3-2, thanks to Flesh Goalie, Michael Carlos Derisma, who parried Fresh’s shot in its last attempt to score. There was an explosion of joy as Flesh players and their fans hugged each other. They were handed the trophy by the league President, Malcom Spicer. The players then took the cup on a tour of the soccer field, brandishing the trophy while jumping and cheering. Representatives of Western Union and Cable Bahamas had set up a tent at the entrance of the field, giving promotion items to players and supporters alike and taking surveys that would help them to market their new products, following a live introduction on Radio Abaco.

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All-Abaco Softball tournament scheduled for June 28-29

Above: Creter's Bulldogs vs. Hope Town Wreckers on June 22. William Weatherford was the winning pitcher in the game. The score: 4 to 1. By Canishka Alexander Softball games continued on June 15 with Simple Solutions playing their first game for the season against DNR Sluggers. Although the game got off to a late, and a rough, start, players became more enthusiastic as the game went on. DNR achieved a slim win against Simple Solutions. They scored nine runs; and Simple Solutions scored eight. In the featured game between the TC Jets and the Hope Town Wreckers, the veteran North Abaco team was not so accommodating. The Jets edged away with 16 runs to beat the Wreckers, who scored four runs. Then on June 21, a game was scheduled for the women’s teams – Abaco Groceries Diamond Dollz and Team LA, but Team LA was a no-show. Simple Solutions

faced the Creter’s Bulldogs in the final game of the night. This time, they managed to score two runs, but it was far from enough to topple the Bulldogs’ nine runs. The following night, June 22, Creter’s Bulldogs played again against the Hope Town Wreckers. Errors clouded the Bulldogs’ game giving the Wreckers time to advance during the innings particularly in their defensive mode. After seven innings, though, the Creter’s Bulldogs triumphed over the Wreckers winning the game 4 to 1. Now this weekend, fans will enjoy an All-Abaco Tournament at the Murphy Town Ball Field where all Abaco teams will be represented. Also scheduled to play are men’s softball team, AAA Razorbacks, and women’s softball team, Gilly Girls, from Spanish Wells as well as the

New Providence Softball Association’s Men’s Championship Team: the Bommer G Truckers out of Nassau. Games begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 28 with the last game scheduled for 10 p.m. On Saturday, a full slate of games has been arranged with the first game between DNR Sluggers and Razorbacks at 10 a.m. ending with the Terez Gas Angels vs. Team L.A. at 4:30 p.m. The evening will feature playoff games and single eliminations starting at 6 p.m. The concessions stand will be open and entertainment will be provided on site by Abaco’s best deejays. Be sure to stay updated via the Abaco Softball Association’s (ASA) Facebook page or contact Cay Mills, ASA president, for more details.

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Abaco Swim Club

Above: Miller Albury, son of Victoria and Bill Albury, earned nine medals overall. His efforts with the Alpha Aquatics Boys relay team set six new Bahamian records.

Swimmers bring home medals, set personal bests at 2013 Nationals The 2013 Bahamas National Swimming Championship took place June 20 through June 23. Swimmers from around the country competed at all levels and many national records were broken this year. Though locally coached Abaco Swim Club brought the majority of swimmers from Abaco to the event, two other clubs have been training Abaco swimmers for this grand swim meet. When the pool wake finally calmed, every Abaco swimmer and their coaches and families could be proud of their accomplishments.

Abaco Swim Club took 21 swimmers to the 2013 Nationals. By the end of the weekend the local club held several individual medals, ranging from Gold to Bronze, and relay medals including a Silver for their Girls 9-10 200 Meter Freestyle Relay and a Gold for their Boys 8 & Under 200 Free Relay. Besides medals, many of the young swimmers improved their times and set personal bests. Coaches and trainers for Abaco Swim Club include Laurence Higgs, Sara Knowles, Chris Pinder, Brenda Sawyer and Monica Higgs. Medalling for Abaco Swim Club were: -Taryn Carroll with 1 Silver: -Taylor Albury with 1 Silver: -Joshua Wong with 1 Bronze: -Christina Pyfrom with 1 Bronze: -Maddox Pinder with 1 Gold: -Carter Albury with 1 Gold: -Emily Sims with 1 Silver: -Kiana Hicks with 1 Silver: -Paxton Albury with 1 Silver: -Carys Pinder with 1 Bronze and 1 Silver -Mackenzie Dam with 2 Bronze, 2 Silver and 1 Gold. -Brayden Dam with 4 Bronze, 2 Silver and 2 Gold. -Jewel Pinder with 5 Bronze, 3 Silver and 1 Gold. Please see


Above: Stella Higgs, Albury Higgs, LIlly Higgs and Samie Williams at the 2013 Nationals. The four girls, who live in Hope Town, swim for the SWIFT Swimming Club. Their stellar performances helped push their club to take first place this year. Below: Noah Albury, Brayden Dam, Carter Albury and Maddox Pinder, who swim with local Abaco Swim Club, took Gold in the 8 & Under Boys Relay.

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SWIFT Swimming Four swimmers from Abaco swam with the Nassau-based SWIFT Swimming Club. SWIFT took top marks at this year’s Championship with the help of these young athletes. Included in this group is Abaco CARIFTA star, Albury Higgs, who took High Point Trophy for 13/14 Girls at this year’s Nationals. The Abaconians on the team were: Samie Williams, who scored many personal bests as well as the High School Academic All Bahamas Swim Team (3.5 or better average). Stella Higgs who scored personal bests on all seven of her races and took a Bronze in the 200 Free Relay. She is on the Primary Academic All Bahamas Swim Team. Lilly Higgs scored two Gold (50M

Breast & 400M Free Relay), three Silvers (200 Free, 400 Free, 400 IM Relay) and one Bronze in the 100M Breast. She is on the High School Academic All Bahamas Swim Team. Albury Higgs earned twelve Golds, one Silver and one Bronze. She now holds National Records in 50 Breast (individual), 200 IM Relay, and 400 IM Relay. She received the High Point Trophy and a Best Swim Trophy for the 13/14 Girls. She is also on the High School Academic All Bahamas Swim Team.

Alpha Aquatics Miller Albury swept up awards in the 13 -14 boys group this past weekend. Representing Alpha Aquatics at the 2013National swimming championships, he earned nine medals overall: 5 Gold, 3 Silver, and 1 Bronze. Last year, Miller came home from nationals bearing silvers, so this year he


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was determined to bring the Gold. In additional to winning Golds in all his relays, Miller’s relay team shattered two Open Records and four National Records, setting six new Bahamian records in total. Miller said, “the relay team has been training very hard to achieve our personal and team goals here at Nationals. I am very pleased with my performance, and proud of all the swimmers that participated. It was one of the most exciting competitions ever!” Miller was instrumental in helping Alpha Aquatics finish 3rd overall. He is also looking forward to continuing his swimming career while away at school in Asheville, N.C this September.

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Above: Albury Higgs accepting her BEST SWIM award from BSF VP John Bradley and Secretary Zelda Allen

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Abaco excelling in Judo, tournament shows improvements By Timothy Roberts The progress in just a few short years was impressive as the Abaco Judo Club held their year-end tournament, joined by several contestants from All Star Family (ASF) out of Nassau and attended by the President of the Bahamas Judo Federation on June 15 at Forest Heights Academy. D’Arcy Rahming, President of the Bahamas Judo Federation as well as the Treasurer of the Bahamas Olympic Committee, said the tournament was “absolutely fantastic.” “The techniques used; the skill in the refereeing; the camaraderie of the team; the discipline of the athletes – all of this was just outstanding,” he said. Albert Lill, Sensei of the Abaco Judo Club, along with Coach Regina Perotti, teach Judo to students anywhere from six years old up to thirty-two. “We have only been doing Judo for three and a half years here in Abaco and in that time frame we have become the National Team Champions for three years which is a pretty good record,” said Sensei Lill. “We deliberately limit the class sizes so the students get more hands on help and give us an advantage.” He said their goal is simple. “We are taking a team of the top five of our students to the States to compete at the US Open and it is our hope that we medal at least two of our players.” Sensei Lill said that the goal for next year is to win the US Judo Open and the World Cadet Open and have at least two students from Abaco go to Rio de Janeiro to represent the Bahamas in Judo at the Olympics in 2016. Mr. Rahming said Abaco had great Judo in the seventies and for some reason it did not last but he is excited to see this renewal of Judo in Abaco which began almost four years ago. He said they already have four members of the Abaco team, along with another four members from Nassau, going to represent the country at the World Cadets Judo Championships this August in Florida where there will be 150 countries competing for positions to go to the Youth Olympics. “I’m very pleased and would like to know we would have not only a Bahamian but an Abaconian represent us in the Youth Olympics,” Mr. Rahming said. He said Judo is an Olympic sport and “every Judoka (practitioner of Judo) I see here is a potential Olympian. I can see the

(ASF); Third Place, Scott Lightbourn (AJC) Division D – First Place, Dre Hall (AJC), Second Place, Desmond Bootle (AJC); Third Place, Desomdo Bootle (AJC) Division F – First Place, Ozeke Swain (AJC); Second Place, Jarett Clarke (AJC); Third Place; Ben Belotte (AJC) Left: Desmond and Desmondo Bootle, twin brothers, compete in Division D. Both young men are expected to make the National Team. Below: L-R Ozeke Swain, Jarett Clarke and Rebecca Strachan present six-year-old Sebastian Parr with the Top Judoka Award (voted on by the three top students of the Abaco Judo club) for most outstanding athlete of the tournament. Sebastian also won First Place in Division A despite being the smallest in his class.

results in several years from now of an Abaconian standing on the Olympic Platform, a gold medalist at the Olympics within the next eight years (two Olympic Cycles).” Ishmael “Stretch” Morley, Director of Youth for the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture in Abaco, said “I think it’s a good program for the island of Abaco. It also teaches the boys discipline and help them become a gentleman because when you watch the tournament today it’s basically skills and concentration; and knowing the skills and technique of how to take down a person.” It is a good program here for the young boys as well as the young ladies who are trying to get involved as well. The results of the Abaco Judo Club (AJC) Tournament Division A – First Place, Sebastian Parr (AJC); Second Place, Azzari Simmons (AJC); Third Place, Seth Miller (ASF); Fourth Place, Robert Lightbourn (AJC) Division B – First Place, Keano Greene (AJC); Second Place, Jason Charles (ASF); Third Place, Nikahi Johnson (AJC); Fourth Place, William Russell (AJC) Division C – First Place, Johnathan Strachan (AJC); Second Place, Brad Copper Jr. (AJC); Third Place, Kerone Greene (AJC) Division E – First Place, Max Andrews (AJC); Second Place, Jacob Charles

NOTICE The owners of Island Delight Juice and Water Company wishes to let all of its valued customers know that they will be unable to offer their usual services for approximately 4 to 6 months as they rebuild due to a fire that completely destroyed their facilities. Also, Abaco Ice (1996) Ltd. still offers their services of ice deliveries and can be reached at 367-2697 or 367-3937. We appreciate your business and apologize for the inconvenience. MANAGEMENT.

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Youth News

Local pursues marine dream

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By Canishka Alexander Alcindor McIntosh Jr., an 18-yearold resident of Dundas Town, graduated from Abaco Central High School on June 18. It is a noteworthy accomplishment because he is the first person in his family to graduate from high school persevering to the end even when he lost his father in the tenth grade. In the face of adversity, Alcindor’s resilience drove him to achieve even more. Working as an intern at Friends of the Environment over the past three years, he dreamed of studying marine biology after graduating from high school. This summer, he will move one step closer to making his dream come true. Alcindor was awarded a scholarship to Island School in Cape Eleuthera. He was expected to leave on June 27 and remain there for the entire month of July. Before leaving, Alcindor expressed that he is interested in deep water pursuits, so he wants to work with sharks. “[James Boyce] went there before, and he gave me clues on what they will do. But I want to get into the shark aspect of it by examining them and tagging them,” Alcindor shared. “So that’s what I like – deep water stuff.” FRIENDS staff members were excited for him because he has made the most of life’s opportunities. “What drew me to this area is just helping out the environment, and learning what I can do to sustain it, and help it to be better than it is,” Alcindor shared. “Protecting and preserving the environment is my passion; it is something that keeps me going every day.” Alcindor helps with the FRIENDS

nature trail, and assists scientists like Brian Kakuk with research and field work as well as visiting scientists. He went on to receive his dive license at Above and Below Abaco, and also attended whale camp at the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization. Once he attends Island School, Alcindor has his eyes set on enrolling in the College of The Bahamas or perhaps a university abroad like Florida International University or Nova Southeastern University. Because of financial challenges, however, he is hopeful that he will obtain a scholarship to fulfill yet another dream – this time of becoming a marine biologist. Futuristically, he plans to share his story with young people once he obtains his degree, so that he can demonstrate how important it is to take care of our environment and to help others. “That’s exactly what I did; I helped out other people, and in turn, they helped me,” he said, gratefully. “I plan to work greatly with institutions that help protect the environment like FRIENDS and Bahamas National Trust, maybe starting my own business, and just trying to get a lot of young men off the streets. “I plan to help The Bahamas to be a better place like the coastal parts and beaches, and to show the young men better ways to do things from the Christian aspect of it as well.” A well-rounded individual, Alcindor was also a shot put, discus and volleyball athlete at ACH, and a top academic achiever. He is a member of Change Ministries Int’l and sings on the church’s Praise Team.

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Remembering Family and Friends Funeral Service for the late Bish-

op Henry Wright,

Above: Alcindor McIntosh Jr., an intern at FRIENDS, who is headed to Island School on scholarship for the month of July.

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80 years old of Coopers Town Abaco Bahamas was held on Sunday June 9th, 2013 at 1p.m at Revival Time Penecostal Church, Coopers Town Abaco Officiated was Bishop Burnell Parker and Pastor Franklin Lightbourne assisted by Rev. Silbert Mills, Pastor Cedric Bullard, Pastor Tyrone Mills, and Bishop Archilaus Cooper. Interment followed in the South Side Gardens, Coopers Town, and Abaco. Left to mourn his passing: Wife: Magnola Wright, Son: Elvis Wright, Daughter : Rose Mary Edgecombe, Adopted sons: Franklin Lightbourne, The Hon. V. Alfred Gray( Minister of Local Government), Richard Outten & Tego Adderley. Adopted Daughters: Hyacinth Lightbourne, Bessley Gray, Burella Gardiner, Donnette McIntosh, Leona’Dell Outten. Brothers: Joseph Wright, Lofton Wright, Erskine Wright, Alphonso Wright. Sister: Rebecca McKenzie. Brothers in Law: Beltruim Curry, Stanley Delancy, Hillgrove Delancy, Maxwell Rolle. Sisters in law: Louis, Shirley & Dorren Wright. Grand Children: Romando & Johnaleer, Johnneisha Edgecombe, Quanieka, Kaylynn Wright, Onanis & Anton McIntosh, Kenrick Tristan& Italia Gardiner, Joshua & Benjamin Outten, Marvin & D’Antae Pritchard, D’Angelo. Great Grands: Romandz Edgecombe,Fantasia Cooper. God Children: Maxine Duncombe, Melany Pedican, Sandra Sawyer, Jewel McIntosh , Abby McKinney, Hancel McIntosh, Donell Gardiner, and many more family & friends.

Mrs. Virginia Alexandria Pinder affectionately called “Teenie” age 66 years old of Sandy Point, Abaco and formerly of Dead Man’s Cay, Long Island died at her residence on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 47 years: Benjamin Alexander Pinder; children and their spouses:

Constance (Sherwin) Delancy, Terrance (Denise) Pinder, Joycelyn (Alexis) Bailey, Bejamin, Bartholomew and Francita Pinder; grandchildren: Sydney and Georgianna Delancy, Alexis Pinder, Amy and Jalen Mackey, Adam Clarke, Alexandria, Patrick and Ryan Pinder, Kelsey Burrows, Kristen Pinder and Kassidy Eyma, Batholomew and Summer Pinder; sister: Antoinette Weech; brothers: Logan, Vernon, Talbot, Vincent Adderley, Valerie Hardy, Debra Benevides, Catherine Greene, Beatrice Rolle and Patrece Williams, Estelle and Brickell Pinder; brothers-in-law: Dr. Robert Ramsingh, Captain Archie Moree, Donald and Simeon Pinder; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.

Ruth Kenyon Troughton, dearly beloved wife of Jeremy Troughton, passed away on June 2nd in Plettenburg, South Africa,.following a short illness. Born in New York City on February 11, 1928, Ruth grew up in Aurora, New York. In the early 1950's, she set sail from Florida with her then partner, and on hearing of Hope Town sailed into the harbour and decided to stay. Ruth was instrumental in developing the hospitality industry of Elbow Cay, first with the defunk New Hope Lodge and Yacht Marina, soon followed with the Hope Town Harbour Lodge, and some years later the Abaco Inn where she touched many lives helping young people get where they are today. In time her adventurous spirit took her to Johannesburg, South Africa, where she owned and operated a successful bed and breakfast inn, and when about to leave met Jeremy. They returned to Hope Town where they resided for some years before returning to live in Jeremy's homeland. Ruth is survived by her beloved Jeremy, her brother: Frank Kenyon, nieces: Jane Patterson, Cha Boyce, Lory Kenyon, and Heidi Andrews, daughter in spirit: JeanAnn Holm and step sons, Wayne and Mark Troughton... and many many friends.


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Pathfinders awards eleven for 2013 On June 24, Pathfinders, the local scholarship organization, held its award recognition ceremony. Bringing remarks at the event were Leazona Richard, Jo-Ann Bradley and Michael Albury. This year eleven students received scholarships from the organization to further their education in this country and abroad. Students must maintain an average Grade Point Average of 2.5 or risk losing the scholarship. Maintaining that average at institutes of higher learning is more difficult than many of these top students expect going in. Because of this, the floor was opened to past recipients and college graduates who were in attendance. They gave words of advice and encouragement to the new recipients. Work-leisure balance, focus and pursuing all available help were some of the tips that were frequently shared. Many parents and past recipients also took the opportunity to thank Pathfinders for the opportunities they have provided for many students throughout the years. It was an emotional morning for many. Every year the Monty Albury Award for Excellence is presented to one student. Named for the late Monty Albury of Hope Town, the award goes to a student who

Above: Leazona Richard and Micahel Albury stand with some of this year’s Pathfinders Scholarship award winners. particularly stands out to the Pathfinders’ Committee. This year Rebecca Strachan was awarded the honour. Closing the ceremony, Michael Albury and Leazona Richard made a plea with the audience. They asked the current and past recipients not to forget their communities: to return to Abaco and contribute to the islands positive development. They also asked for anyone interested in getting involved with the organization to step forward, since the current directors have had many rewarding years and wish to start let-

ting go of the reigns. This year’s scholarship winners were: Miranda Albury of Marsh Harbour, is the daughter of Anthony and Darcy Albury. She will be studying Business Administration with a minor in Education. She is a 2013 graduate of Forest Heights Academy where she received awards for Honour Roll, 1st place in Marine Biology, 1st place in Business, Junkanoo Participation, and Interact Participation. Chante Basden, a 2013 Graduate of Agape Christian School. She is the daugh-

ter of Deborah and the late Keith Basden, and she hopes to follow in her mother’s footsteps of baking, by taking ‘da best yet bakery’ well beyond where it is now. She’s entered many Lil’ Chef Competitions and recently won a competition at Lincoln College this year. She will be studying Culinary Arts and Business Administration at Lincoln College in West Palm Beach Fredrecka McIntosh is a 2010 graduate of S.C. Bootle High. She has completed her Associates Degree from the College of the Bahamas, and will be attending Johnson & Wales University in North Miami where she will focus on baking, pastry, and food service management. Fredrecka is the proud daughter of Freddie and Alrecia McIntosh. Anthonea Nottage is a 2013 graduate of St. Francis De Sale, hails from Cedar Harbour and is the proud daughter of Kadie Mills and Anthony Nottage. She is a consummate volunteer and has been involved in so many activities throughout her high school years. Anthonea hopes to study Bio-Chemistry at Miami University in Ohio, or the College of the Bahamas. Alexzandra Phillpot will be attendPlease see

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ing Palm Beach Atlantic University where she will study Elementary Education. Her awards: Salutatorian, Principals List, Honorable Mention: Art, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, History, Math, Religious Studies, First Place: English Language. Allie Is the daughter of George and Melissa Phillpot of Man-O-War Cay. Rebecca Strachan is a 2013 graduate is of Forest Heights Academy. She will be starting out at The Island School in Eleuthera, and then hopes to continue at the University of Tampa where she will be

studying Bio-Chemistry. She is the daughter of Janet Wedgewood and the late Prince Strachan. Rebecca was also the recipient of this year’s Monty Albury Award for Excellence. Paytan Stubbs is on an expedition with the GGYA. She is pursuing the silver level and will start hiking in Exuma. At her school’s graduation ceremony, she received the Salutatorian Award, Outstanding Achievement in math, music, chemistry, physics. Most outstanding in Religion, Biology, Civics and Honour Roll Award, Ranger Guide Award, Science award, Head Girl Award. She will attend College Of the Bahamas, where she will be

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studying Bio-Chemistry. Her parents are Cleveland and Lavaughn Stubbs of Marsh Harbour. Olujimi Ojay Scott is a 2013 graduate of Abaco Central High School. He will be attending Howard University. Sherrie Romer hails from Treasure Cay and is the daughter of Brian and Paula Romer. Sherrie is a 2013 graduate of S.C. Bootle High School where she received awards for Top Debater for 3 years for the island of Abaco, Honour Roll Award, 3 successful BGCSE Awards with C or above, and Prefect Award. She hopes to study Bio-Chemistry at the College of the Bahamas.

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Nyisha Tilus is a 2009 graduate of Abaco Central High School. She is one who has overcome some extreme odds, and Pathfinders is proud to add her among our number of supported students. She has been accepted at St. Thomas University in Canada, but will begin her studies at the COB where she will study Psychology. Cathy Weatherford is a graduate of Mary E. Albury in Man-O-War Cay where she lives with her parents Ray and Pamela Weatherford. Her goal is to study Nursing and come back to the islands. She enjoys Mission trips and has a great heart for helping the young people of her community.

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