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BNT receives eco-friendly coat from Marsh Harbour Boat Yard

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.

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BTC opens flagship store in Marsh Harbour

On Nov. 10, the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) opened the doors to its newest flagship retail store in Marsh Harbour. Hundreds attended the opening with hopes of purchasing advertised phones that included the iPhone 4s that were on sale and in limited numbers.

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Abaco law firm celebrates 10 years of service by giving back to the community

This year one of Abaco’s oldest and largest law firms is celebrating their 10-year anniversary by giving back in a huge way to their community. “We are planting 10 coconut trees for every year we have been open,” said a very excited Rhonda Hull, Managing Partner of L.C. Hull & Co. “That’s 100 trees to help beautify our island and help spruce up our public dock areas.” Hull is pictured (far right) helping plant trees to celebrate her law firm's 10th year anniversary.

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Couple utilizes solar power at home, business

After leaving GWS Worldwide Express Ltd., Jeffrey Cooper was in search of a job to provide for his family. Even as a photographer, Mr. Cooper still needed something more to fall back on. It was then that he and his wife Kaye decided to open a hot dog stand on Fire Road. That was 17 years ago.

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Project focuses on sustainability of spiny lobster fishery

Lester Gittens, assistant fisheries officer at the Department of Marine Resources, began a project this summer that is aimed at protecting our country’s spiny lobster fishery. Gittens adopted the project as a PhD student at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. The spiny lobster is considered the most important fishery in The Bahamas because it provides employment for thousands of people, and roughly brings in between $50 million to $95 million in foreign exchange every year.

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Effect of Sandy on local agriculture

Hurricane Sandy, which visited the island on October 25, was a strange storm: it came sooner than expected, appeared to have left by midday Friday, but came back with a vengeance that same evening with the eye sitting for hours fifteen miles northeast of Marsh Harbour. Apart from severe flooding in some areas of Abaco, the damage did not seem too bad at first: a few fallen trees and broken branches, missing shingles on the roofs and a lot of debris. Many Abaconians rejoiced at first that there was no loss of lives and not excessive property damage

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Ryan Pinder Visits Manufacturers

With a view to better support and encourage manufacturers in Abaco and The Bahamas, Minister of Financial Services, the Hon. Ryan Pinder, brought welcome news to producers that the Industries Encouragement and the Tariff Acts have been amended and that they will be setting up a standards bureau. Mr. Pinder visited a variety of local manufacturers and producers on September 10 including Albury Brother’s Boat Builders, Albury's Sail Shop, Abaco Big Bird and Abaco Neem, in order to get “an understanding of the concerns and also the opportunities that exist for these local manufacturers.”

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BEC appoints new acting manager

Toni Seymour became the new acting manager for BEC’s Abaco Operations on August 6, and although surprised by the appointment, she expressed that she is looking forward to the challenge. It is a notable and historic move on Seymour’s part because a female has never held such a position on the Family Islands before. She explained that the position for manager was advertised internally and externally, and after completing an interview, she was selected for the position. So far, Seymour admitted that she has been overwhelmed by the support received from her colleagues, and she is hopeful that she can live up to their expectations.

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