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Nature Trail at Camp Abaco named in memory of Ranger Ricky Johnson

On Wednesday, March 19, Pastor Symonette officiated a short ceremony dedicated to the memory of the late Ricky Johnson: a Park Ranger, a Nature Tour Guide and an avid bird watcher who passed away last year.

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GTC’s new “Artist in Residence” seeks the tranquility of island life

Green Turtle Cay has a new face that’s become quite familiar these past few weeks. Usually found with his easel propped opposite his muse - one of the cay’s street views, homes or beaches, Rett Sturman has a growing collection of oil-painted scenes like the Albert Lowe Museum he’s currently working on.

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Abaco student shares her college experience in China

Pamela Smith, a 2011 graduate of Forest Heights Academy, is now attending Beijing Union University (BUU) in pursuit of a degree in International Business and Trade. Smith has already completed two years of study at BUU in addition to learning to speak and write in Mandarin.

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Pete’s “20th Annual 50th Birthday” celebration excites crowd

On Saturday, Jan 25 Pete Johnston, proprietor of Pete’s Pub, held his “20th Annual 50th Birthday Party”. Pete’s Pub is tucked away in Little Harbour, and is one of Abaco’s best kept secrets.

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Chamber hosts CPA to speak to Abaconian dual citizens on FACTA compliance

On Jan 17 the Abaco Chamber of Commerce hosted a US based Certified Public Accountant to discuss the new FACTA taxes and taxation regarding dual citizens (Bahamian/U.S.A) living in Abaco. The CPA, Scott Williams, is a long-time visitor to Abaco. Over 120 people came to the meeting, which was held at the Anglican Hall.

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A fighting chance: The story one child’s survival and the power of hope and prayer

At the time of his birth, doctors were not convinced that he would live to see another day much less a year. With a due date of Jan. 3, 2009, Destin’s mother, Audra Parker-Bootle, had to undergo an emergency C-section exactly three months early at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH).

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Tourism’s BahamaHost Programme graduates 60-plus participants

In a combined graduation for participants in Sessions 3, 4 and 5 of the Ministry of Tourism’s BahamaHost Graduation Ceremony, more than 60 people graduated as certified BahamaHost professionals on Nov. 24 at the Government Complex.

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Annual Urban Renewal Luncheon hosts community’s elderly

Each year, Abaco Urban Renewal 2.0 hosts the elderly people of the Abaco communities to a Thanksgiving luncheon. The luncheon for the elderly of Central Abaco was held on Tuesday, November 26 in the Burial Society Hall, Dundas Town. Also in attendance were ministers of the gospel and heads of various government agencies. Everyone enjoyed a sumptuous Thanksgiving meal of turkey, ham and all the trimmings but before the food was served, various persons brought remarks which were, of course, all centered on the theme of Thanksgiving.

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Magistrate Hosts Appreciation Luncheon

More than 20 members of the Juvenile Panel plus officials of the Magistrate’s Court attended an appreciation luncheon hosted by Magistrate Ancella Evans-Williams in the conference room of the office of the Prime Minister on November 19. Magistrate Evans- Williams welcomed everyone, thanking them for all the hard work they put in volunteering their time to serve on the juvenile panel. As an icebreaker she then asked each person to introduce themselves.

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November is Aviation History Month: a look one of Abaco’s most famous pilots and the legacy of out-island aviation

November is Aviation History Month and so this is a fitting time to honour the memory of Capt Leonard Maurice Thompson after whom the new Marsh Harbour International Airport is to be named. Leonard Thompson was an astute businessman who built up many businesses in Nassau and Abaco but whose passion was always for flying.

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