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Santa Returns to Cherokee for Decades Old Tradition

As they all gathered on the ground, the children waited for Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve in Cherokee Sound. It seems like they are waiting forever, but soon they hear him coming with music and lights blaring on his latest, motorized sleigh. Everyone moves in to take a photo and welcome him. He’s jolly and fat, and he quickly moved to his seat of honour by the community tree (which was exceptionally beautiful this year), to hand out the children’s gifts and have his photo taken.

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Abaco Last in Voter Registry

Abaco leads the list with the lowest voter registration totals in the country as eligible registered voters numbers are lagging nationwide according to data provided by the Parliamentary Registration Department.

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Golf Cart Parade Kicks Off New Plymouth Festival of Lights

The main settlement of Green Turtle Cay is decked out in style every Christmas thanks to the work of the Festival of Lights Committee who each year hold events to raise money to dress New Plymouth in lights and decorations for the season.

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Private-Public Partnership Plans Discussed for Abaco’s Two Airports

The Ministry of Transport and Aviation facilitated a meeting for all airport stakeholders, workers, industry partners and interested persons at the Leonard M. Thompson International Airport’s Domestic Arrival Lounge on Dec. 22.

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New MHVFR Fire Chief Lays Out Brigade’s Goals

On Dec. 10, a press conference was held at the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Rescue (MHVFR) Brigade to introduce Sarone Kennedy as the newly elected fire chief. His appointment as fire chief took place on Dec. 6.

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National Geographic Researchers, Bahamian Scientists and Local Students Explore Abaco Blue Holes

From December 3 – 19, some of the world’s top explorers and scientists in their fields were on-island to map out and research Abaco’s mysterious and beautiful blue holes. A large part of their visit has also been spent conducting educational outreach to students of Abaco.

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Florida Manatee Decides it’s Better in The Bahamas

A Florida manatee known as “Washburn” has made history by being the first manatee that researchers have actively tracked as it crossed the Gulf Stream and arrived in the Bahamas. Scientists from the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation (BMMRO) confirmed the pregnant manatee is now swimming in the waters of the northern Abacos near Grand Cay.

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Prime Minister Opens 13th Annual Christmas Festival

As a much-anticipated event each year, the 13th Annual Abaco Christmas Festival attracted hundreds of people to BAIC Park on Dec. 3.

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Spay/Neuter Clinics See Increase in Participation

Volunteers gathered on the grounds of Friends of the Environment on the weekend of November 18, where the large covered porch and a separate room had been made into a temporary Spay and Neuter clinic.

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Unresolved Issues Continue to Nag at Hope Town Council

During the opening remarks of the Hope Town District Council’s regular monthly meeting Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting took a moment to remember former council member Tony Albury of Man-O-War who recently passed away, and a moment of silence was observed.

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