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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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Healthy Lifestyle Classes Offered

The Auskell Fitness Centre has expanded its range of classes to include a Healthy Lifestyle Class. This class takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and is led by Elaine Pilon. Ms. Pilon is a qualified Cardiac Nurse who has worked in Internal Medicine and Cardio in the United States. She is also a certified Yoga instructor and has taught yoga and Pilates classes for many years.

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Beauties at Brunch series honours five Abaco women

On August 5, Cia Monet’s Beauties at Brunch series was held under the distinguished patronage of Astrid Stratton at the Great Abaco Beach Resort to honour several prominent women on Abaco. In celebration of 50 years of the Women Suffrage Movement, Stratton was honoured along with Anna Albury; First Lady Carmen Cornish; Wynsome Ferguson; and Quitel Charlton. Stratton was recognized as the first Bahamian female pilot. First Lady Carmen Cornish was honoured for her work in the ministry whereas Wynsome Ferguson was recognized for her work in the Tourism sector. Quitel Charlton was commended for being an intelligent and well-rounded role model in the community.

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Phe begins a new chapter in his music career

Bringing exceptional talent and recognition to his rising musical platform, Bahamian-born Azriel Reckley is known to the world as Phe. “The name Phe was short for Phenom; that’s the name I started out with, but as I matured in music as well as myself, [I] decided that Phe would be a new beginning, a new chapter.”

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Abaco Cancer Society donates tickets and organizes screenings

The Abaco Cancer Society, which is a branch of the Cancer Society of The Bahamas, has helped hundreds of Abaconians suffering from cancer since its inception in 1990. There are various ways in which the society assists patients, the main one being with airline tickets to treatment destinations. Since March of this year to the present the society has donated 66 tickets at a cost of $15,000.

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Ryerson students reflect on time spent at Every Child Counts School

In May, 2012, seven students from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada volunteered for five weeks with the Every Child Counts School in Marsh Harbour. The five students were recent social work graduates; two were on academic student placements in Early Childhood Studies. Here are their reflections on ECC and Abaco.

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An Insight into the Art of Crabbing

‘Tis the season to go crabbing. I have spied many people enjoying this pastime over the past weeks. Here in Casuarina Point, during the months of May and June especially, it is not unusual to see people running down the road carrying a croaker sack in pursuit of a large crab or poking in the bush with a stick or machete. Then, after dark truckloads of people is a familiar sight crawling along the roadside on the lookout for these creatures with people running alongside shining torches into the bush. A flashlight shone into its eyes will blind a crab causing it to stop and thus become an easy target. These crabbers are always well rewarded as land crabs are plentiful at this time of year.

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Interior decorator’s work entered in Fidelity competition

Vashti Johnson, an interior decorator and designer from Creative Designs, entered Fidelity Bank’s Independence Day competition in July. Her latest creation was featured at the bank’s Abaco location, and displayed an old-time Bahamian scene. She constructed a wooden home that contained items from as far back as the 1920s.

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The Life of A Remarkable Lady

Lovely Rockley’s presence in the community is felt in many ways. She is a remarkable lady whose influence and generosity touches many lives. “Life is good,” she says as she exudes joy. “We have a choice in life; we can be better or bitter. Everything we go through is a lesson to learn.”

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