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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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Monica Adderley Fun, Run & Walk emphasizes cancer awareness

Just before daybreak on Oct. 19, a circle of people attired in pink and white T-shirts clasped hands together in prayer with Rev. Willish Johnson before the start of the 4th Monica Adderley Annual Fun, Run & Walk at 6:30 a.m. As the 77 registered participants walked briskly to the starting line, they were given road safety instructions by mobile police officers on the scene. The runners took the lead, while those who opted to walk trailed behind in the cool of the morning.

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Abaconians support Dee Dee Russell Medical Fundraiser

A Dee Dee Roberts Medical Fundraiser was held on Sept. 28 at BAIC Park. Dee Dee was diagnosed with a prolapsed uterus, so doctors had to perform reconstructive surgery on her in July. Not only was Dee Dee left in a lot of pain, but because she has no medical insurance, there was also an exorbitant amount of bills to repay.

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