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Sandy Point Honours Community Heroes

On March 21 the Sandy Point community joined together to honour seven people who have made an impact and improved the South Abaco settlement. Preston Roberts (Sandy Point Township Member) was Master of Ceremonies for the event which was held shortly after three at the Sandy Point Airport.

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Cay Topics Features Cave Diver

The third “Cay Topics” luncheon program of 2015 took place Tuesday, March 17 at the Harbour’s Edge on Elbow Cay. A capacity gathering of 120 was enthralled by Brian Kakuk’s presentation on Blue Holes & Caves.

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New Softball Hall of Fame Inductee

In 1978 we were chosen to represent the Bahamas in the Mini-Carifta Games held in Hamilton, Bermuda, courtesy of the late Mr. Thomas A. Robinson. We were successful in securing gold medals in the 800M & 1500M events respectively. During those games, I was asked to run the second leg in the 4 X 100M relay, as a result of the ill-fate of one of the original members of the relay team who suffered an injury.

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Remembering the Man Who Kept the Lights On

I was very lucky to spend an afternoon with Everette Roberts on Green Turtle Cay in May of 2008 when, thanks to his extended family, we sat together talking of his days at sea servicing the active lightstations of The Bahamas. Mandy and Dale were there that day, and his wife Peggy, and it was a wonderful afternoon spent laughing together, reminiscing with Everette about his long voyages in those earlier times. Somehow, thankfully, I thought to record our words, and at his passing this past week I sat down to listen again to those conversations. How great it was to be reminded of some of the pieces of history of which his life was so full.

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Cherokee Medical Fund Raiser

The weather channel predicted rain, but the sun shone all day Saturday, Feb 28 in Cherokee Sound for a medical Fund Raiser for one of its own, Andrew Roberts, who has had a long battle with cancer.

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Cay Topics Features Doctors Without Borders Volunteer

The second “Cay Topics” program of 2015 took place Tuesday, February 17 at the Abaco Inn on Elbow Cay. A sold-out crowd of women sat engrossed by Sidne Maddison’s account of her work as a nurse in Medecins Sans Frontiers (known in some countries as Doctors Without Borders). Her duties took her to Africa, Bosnia, Pakistan, Rwanda, Somalia and many other sites where sick or injured people face extreme hardships in obtaining medical treatment.

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Overwhelming Response Don Wood’s Art Auction

Local artist, Don Wood, suffered a bad accident at the beginning of December, 2014. The call went out to help him in the form of an Art and Craft Auction held at the Jib Room on Feb 7. Not only did members of the tight knit Abaco artist community come to show their support, but many residents from all over Abaco gladly became involved, making the event a success.

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Frank Kenyon Research Centre Celebration

Friends of the Environment is pleased to announce that their new Research Centre will be named after one of the organization’s 1988 founders, Frank Kenyon. Frank has put his heart and soul, in an unassuming way, into the development and protection of Abaco ever since he arrived here in the 1950s. Through an aggressive fund raising campaign by Frank’s friends and family members, the construction of the building is well underway and has warranted the name “The Frank Kenyon Centre for Research, Education and Conservation”.

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New Chief Councillor for South Abaco

History has been made in the District of South Abaco with the election of a woman to the post of Chief Councillor for the first time. Another surprising fact is that the new Chief Councillor is not from Sandy Point, as has always been the case previously, but resides in Bahama Palm Shores.

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Cay Topics Luncheons Begins Season with Women’s Activist

On January 20, Hope Town’s “Cay Topics” series of luncheon lectures for women launched its 2015 season with an inspiring presentation at the Abaco Inn. The speaker was Kathy Bonk, internationally acclaimed activist for women, children, and families.

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