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Medical Equipment Donated at Green Turtle Cay

In case of a medical emergency on Green Turtle Cay, a volunteer “First Responder Group” is available to help. A recent review of the equipment and supplies currently available indicated a need for a pulse oximeter. This item is placed on the fingertip of a patient and is able to report the oxygen level by scanning the skin so there is no discomfort. An oximeter also quickly and conveniently reports the pulse rate.

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Hope Town District Council

As the meeting began on November 6 for the Hope Town District Council a moment of silence was observed in recognition of the passing of Chester Thompson and Javon Black (son of Dr. Lenora Black District Education Officer for Abaco). A letter was read formally announcing the resignation of Michael Albury, council member from Man-O-War Cay. The letter expressed frustration over “not having the ability to do the will of the majority of Man-O-War residents.” He added that he was concerned with the “distraction caused to the normal operation of the [Council] meetings while attempting to do what I believe is the will of the Man-O-War people.”

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Central Abaco District Council

The contract for the Central Abaco Landfill has expired as the Central Abaco District Council awaits a decision from Central Government on who will be responsible for overseeing the management of the site going forward. During the Council’s meeting on November 6, Chief Councillor George Cornish told the council that he had negotiated a month to month schedule of payment for the maintenance of the landfill until a decision is made, which Administrator Cunningham suggested could happen as early as this month.

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PM Visit Prepares for Bye Election

Visiting the Government Complex for the first time as Prime Minister, the Right Honorable Perry Christie was impressed with the “extravagance” of the Prime Minister’s office and said he would consider having a cabinet here in the future. “My colleagues and I saw instantaneously that there is an opportunity to hold a cabinet meeting here in Abaco and I will give consideration to holding a cabinet meeting here in Abaco,” he said.

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The Minister of Sports and Culture Visits Abaco Schools

The Minister of Sports and Culture, Danny Johnson, arrived in Marsh Harbour on the morning of Friday, September 21 to promote culture on Abaco. He also made his case to educators to ensure that local schools participated in the February 2013 Love Rush Parade. He visited several schools and attended a meeting that evening.

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Abaco Interact Clubs ready for another year of community service

There are 93 Interact members on Abaco split between two high schools. Interact Club, a youth branch of Rotary Club, is geared towards community service. Every new school year the members must be repined as new members replace those who graduate. On September 24 and 26 the two clubs were visited by Rotarians to oversee the pinning ceremony.

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Treasure Cay Hotel & Marina Make Donations

Donations of school materials were made to several schools across Abaco in early September by Treasure Cay Hotel & Marina Limited. Representing Treasure Cay Hotel & Marina Limited, Noel St. Claude said the resort believes in giving back to the community and “we feel this donation will assist with education.” He said the donation includes pens, pencils, exercise books, flash cards, calculators and some sporting equipment.

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Angels Academy Board of Advisors meets to discuss future of school

On September 24 the Board of Advisors for Angels Academy, a private kindergarten and elementary school located in Marsh Harbour, held its first meeting. Chairperson, and owner of the school, Michelle Roark welcomed and thanked those present who took time out to be present and contribute to the further success of Angels Academy.

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Discovery Club to start again

The theme of this year’s Discovery Club is “Flora.” A focus will be put on learning and understanding the native plants found in The Bahamas and Abaco. Registration forms for the Club can be found at Friends of the Environment’s office, which is also the meeting place for the program.

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Cancer screening clinics raise awareness

The annual Cancer Screening Clinics for Abaco were held on September 8 between the hours of 9.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. at the Government Clinics in Marsh Harbour and Cooper’s Town. These screening clinics, which are organized by the Abaco Cancer Society, provide free pap smears for women and PSA tests for men. The numbers of persons taking advantage of this service are always high in Cooper’s Town and this year there was a very good turnout in Marsh Harbour, so much so that the numbers in Marsh Harbour equaled those in Cooper’s Town.

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