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New Assistant Family Island Administrator arrives

Stephen Wilson arrived on Abaco on April 20 to take up his position as Assistant Family Island Administrator. He will be assisting Senior Family Island Administrator, Preston Cunningham. Mr. Wilson describes himself as a real family island boy having been born at Pinnacle Hill, Acklins, where he grew up and attended the all age school which was held in the Methodist Church. He moved to Nassau to attend the CH Reeves Junior High School and later the Government High School. While in Nassau he was very active in the Boys Brigade.

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Iva Duncombe honoured at Retirement Luncheon

The Department of Local Government held a Retirement Luncheon on May 21 in honour of Iva Duncombe at the Prime Minister’s Office in the Government Complex. Mrs. Duncombe dedicated more than 30 years of service, and was employed by the government since the Board of Works was in existence.

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Artist Profile – Leanne Russell

As a self-taught Bahamian artist, Leanne Russell remembers a connection to art from an early age. She recalled a humourous story of being attached to her pacifier as a toddler. One day her mother gave her crayons, and she coloured on her pacifier. From then on she relinquished the pacifier, and became quite content to gaze upon its transformation to that of a work of art atop a shelf.

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Project Hope focuses on improving parenting relationships

Project H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Potential to Emerge) was facilitated by Simmone Bowe on Jan. 5. The event took place at Garnell Limperes’ Island Waves Community Center in Marsh Harbour, and will take place every six weeks. Bowe, a transformation strategist for the Horizons Development Group, explained that the free community forum for parents provides strategies on understanding teens, exploring the learning process, and engaging in the child's learning experience.

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Two Abaconians nominated for the 2012 Cacique Award

Two Abaconians, nominated for the 2012 Cacique Award, have remained on the finalists list in their category. They are Mr. Malcom Spicer in the Event Planner category and Mrs. Candace Key, who was nominated in two categories, Human Resources Development and Sustainable Tourism. The list of their contribution to Abaco tourism is impressive, with both of them achieving international recognition.

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Bishop Lernis Cornish retires from active ministry

A Retirement Service was held in honour of Bishop Lernis Cornish of the Marsh Harbour Church of God on November 18 at the Dundas Town Church of God. Bishop Anthony Campbell, moderator, requested that everyone stand as Bishop Cornish and Mother Rovina Cornish were escorted by their children – Daniel Cornish and Taanah Newbold – to the front of the church.

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Cacique finalists revealed

Organizers of the Cacique Awards, the highest honor in the Bahamian tourism industry, revealed the finalists for the 15th awards ceremony – a group that was described as one of the strongest in recent years.

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Island Waves continues making waves in community

Garnell Limperes continues to make worthwhile contributions on Abaco through the Island Waves: Patti Limperes Creative Community Cultural Centre and C4 Studio. In recent months, she’s made meaningful contact with numerous international networks throughout the United States particularly in Florida, North Carolina, and Chicago, IL.

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Abaco couple wins Cacique Lifetime Achievement Award

A couple, who opened some of Abaco’s early hotels and worked to preserve kerosene-fueled lighthouses, have been named winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award for the 15th Cacique Awards, the awards organizers announced. David and Phoebe Gale beat out 16 others to win the prestigious Clement Maynard Lifetime Achievement Award. The Abaco couple moved to the Bahamas in 1954 and later became Bahamian citizens. They started out in the tourism industry as hoteliers, but Mr. and Mrs. Gale eventually opened Island Marine, renting small boats and cottages to visitors.

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Pastor awarded Paul Harris Fellowship

On September 2, a nearly speechless Silbert Mills was awarded the highest honour given by Rotary International, the Paul Harris Fellowship, at the Anniversary Service commemorating his eight years with Friendship Tabernacle Church.

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