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Ryan Pinder Visits Manufacturers

With a view to better support and encourage manufacturers in Abaco and The Bahamas, Minister of Financial Services, the Hon. Ryan Pinder, brought welcome news to producers that the Industries Encouragement and the Tariff Acts have been amended and that they will be setting up a standards bureau. Mr. Pinder visited a variety of local manufacturers and producers on September 10 including Albury Brother’s Boat Builders, Albury's Sail Shop, Abaco Big Bird and Abaco Neem, in order to get “an understanding of the concerns and also the opportunities that exist for these local manufacturers.”

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BEC appoints new acting manager

Toni Seymour became the new acting manager for BEC’s Abaco Operations on August 6, and although surprised by the appointment, she expressed that she is looking forward to the challenge. It is a notable and historic move on Seymour’s part because a female has never held such a position on the Family Islands before. She explained that the position for manager was advertised internally and externally, and after completing an interview, she was selected for the position. So far, Seymour admitted that she has been overwhelmed by the support received from her colleagues, and she is hopeful that she can live up to their expectations.

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Blood drive scheduled for September

A blood drive is being organized for Abaco on the dates of September 28 and 29. The “Blood Mobile” will be brought up to Abaco from Nassau along with technicians to draw blood. The site for the blood drive will be at Maxwell’s Supermarket in Marsh Harbour. People will be able to donate from 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Abaco, President Dwayne Wallas expressed that he hopes this event is successful and can become an annual event. Blood reserves in The Bahamas are notoriously low meaning many life performing procedures cannot be completed in a timely matter. Blood drives, such as the one planned for September 28 and 29, replenish supplies and save lives.

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Central Abaco District Council

The Central Abaco District Council voted to forward their favor of a boat storage facility to be located in the area of Snake Cay as they conducted business during their meeting on August 30. Council members reviewed and discussed an application that is before the Foreign Investment Board (FIB) for Bahamas Boat Storage, a sailboat storage yard to be located at Snake Cay. The applicants said they had received approval of their plans by insurance companies as a hurricane safe design and would allow boats to remain in Abaco throughout the hurricane season.

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Central Abaco Town Planning

The Central Abaco Town Planning Board met on September 10 to review plans and applications dealing with residential and multi-dwelling homes, fences and storage sheds among other matters. The board reviewed nearly twenty applications worth a value of almost $2.4 million and approved all but one that required further information.

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Two Abaco men arraigned at Magistrate Court 1

A number of matters were heard by Magistrate Ancella Evans-Williams at Magistrate Court #1 on September 10. The first matter involved Charles Bodie Jr. who faced two counts of break-ins and stealing and receiving. Bodie Jr. was arrested in Dundas Town on September 8 and interviewed by detectives at the Marsh Harbour Police Station. A search of his residence also yielded a collection of stolen items from Lofty Fig Inn and Boy Meets Girl Boutique. Bodie Jr. pled not guilty to all charges. Meanwhile, Prosecutor Perkins Collie requested that Bodie Jr. be fitted with an electronic monitoring device or ankle bracelet. Bodie Jr. was granted $10,000 bail. Magistrate Evans-Williams also told the accused that he must remain at his residence after work hours and to check in at the Marsh Harbour Police Station twice a week. His trial date is set for December 6.

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Bahamian students attend Whale Camp

During the first two weeks of August, Bahamian students from throughout The Bahamas travelled to Sandy Point, Abaco to work with the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization (BMMRO) and take part in their Summer Whale Camp. BMMRO received sponsorship to support the students for a week at a time. The participating students were: Karissa Maycock, Noah Hanna, Devynne Charlton, Nate Gabe Hudson, Pachancia Knowles, Kerwin Mullings, Jurique Russell and AJ McIntosh. While living at the BMMRO research center they had the opportunity to experience dolphins and whales in their natural habitat and gain hands-on experience in the field of marine mammal science.

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Community Health Fair to promote healthy lifestyle choices

Plans for the Department of Public Health’s Community Health Fair are taking shape and another meeting was held on September 11 for further discussions. The event, which will be held under the theme: “Let’s Get Well Abaco” is scheduled for October 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the BAIC Farmers Market. Once again, Shanishka Bain-Cambridge led the discussion and was joined by Head Nurse Maxine Brown and R/N Shavone Brennen and Wendy Sands of the Marsh Harbour Government Clinic; Kendy Anderson from the Abaco Tourist Office; Ishmael Morley from the Dept. of Youth, Sports and Culture; and Nadia Russell-Lewis from the Dept. of Public Health in Fox Town.

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Green Turtle Club holds Staff Appreciation Party

On September 3, the Green Turtle Club on Green Turtle Cay held an awards ceremony for its hardworking and long-serving staff. Twenty staff members that night received awards for their service ranging from ten to forty years. The successful hotel and marina has been a popular tourist destination for over 50 years. The event was held at Bluff House Beach Hotel, the cay's other hotel, and ensured a night off from work for all the staff at the Club. With honorable guests and speakers including Min. Ryan Pinder, the Club's owner, Adam Showell and representing the Ministry of Tourism, Ms. Outten, the night doubled as a farewell to its General Manager, Lynn Johnson.

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New Administrator for South Abaco introduced

Joshua Smith arrived to take up the office of Administrator for South Abaco on July 15 having previously enjoyed two years and eight months as Island Administrator for Crooked Island. “Abaco is larger and there are more people than Crooked Island so there is obviously more work to do but I have been warmly welcomed by the friendly people here and I’m enjoying it very much and looking forward to serving the people of South Abaco,” stated Administrator Smith. Mr. Smith’s first posting as an Administrator was in 2009 to Crooked Island. This followed a six-month period of training in Nassau and then some time working alongside the Administrator in West Grand Bahama. Mr. Smith is no stranger to Abaco since during his many years of work with the Ministry of Works and later as Chief Estate Officer for the Ministry of Education he frequently travelled to Abaco to inspect schools. He was also responsible for the building of schools, one of which was Man O War Cay School in the early 90s.

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