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Fire destroys water company

An early morning blaze destroyed the main structure of Island Delight and Abaco Ice in Marsh Harbour on May 18, though fire fighters were able to prevent the spread into adjacent buildings. Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire and Rescue responded to the call just after 5:30am and met the warehouse section already fully engaged.

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Duchess of Topsail Sails Away

After years serving Abaco through United Abaco Shipping Company and some time out of service more recently, the Duchess of Topsail was towed away by tug to Panama to be refurbished and put back in service elsewhere.

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Bypass Road Nears Completion

The bypass road that runs from the Marsh Harbour International Airport’s roundabout to the newly built roundabout on SC Bootle Hwy is nearing completion and is open to traffic. The road works started in 2011 by Knowles Construction & Development Company Ltd. faced some delays but is now on its way to be completed with hot mix asphalt.

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Two Boaters Rescued South of Abaco

Two people stranded at sea just southwest of Abaco were rescued by a United States Coast Guard air crew aboard an MH-60 helicopter from Air Station Clearwater on May 20.

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North Abaco MP donates to Dundas Town

The Parliamentary Secretary and Minister of Parliament for North Abaco, Renardo Curry, presented Dundas Town Committee Chairman, Faron Newbold, with financial assistance in completing the project of a Cultural Center that the local government group is building.

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New Assistant Family Island Administrator arrives

Stephen Wilson arrived on Abaco on April 20 to take up his position as Assistant Family Island Administrator. He will be assisting Senior Family Island Administrator, Preston Cunningham. Mr. Wilson describes himself as a real family island boy having been born at Pinnacle Hill, Acklins, where he grew up and attended the all age school which was held in the Methodist Church. He moved to Nassau to attend the CH Reeves Junior High School and later the Government High School. While in Nassau he was very active in the Boys Brigade.

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Man-O-War’s Low Place repaired

When Hurricane Sandy passed over Abaco last October Man-O-War Cay fared well; however, one well-loved area on the island, the picnic cabana at the Low Place, suffered some damage. Hope Town District Council Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting said, "Even though we were faced with budget challenges, [the Council] felt responsible to see that the repairs were carried out one way or the other. We just can't wait on government to solve our problems."

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2013 Central Abaco Lionfish Derby set for June 15

Friends of the Environment is hosting its fourth annual Lionfish Derby in Marsh Harbour, Abaco at the Marsh Harbour Marina and Jib Room on Saturday June 15. Lionfish have become a major threat to the marine resources in The Bahamas. Although this fish is here to stay, derbies such as this one are a way to help maintain local populations and generate awareness about this voracious predator.

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Inaugural Abaco Auto Show gathers enthusiasts

Abaco had its first auto show on May 25 attracting a few classic and new vehicles as well as a bevy of motorcycles displaying for auto aficionados to admire. The show, organized by Don Wood, is the beginning of what is hoped to be an annual event in Abaco and an outlet for auto enthusiasts to see and show off their vehicles.

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AMMC to oversee the restoration and maintenance of lighthouses

During a two day meeting held in Hope Town between key people involved in the maintenance of Abaco lighthouses it was decided that the lighthouses of The Bahamas would be placed under the jurisdiction of the Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation (AMMC). Representatives of government agencies, such as the Port Authority, The Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation and The Bahamas National Trust, were joined by local stakeholders for the meeting.

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