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Guys burned on Green Turtle Cay

The burning of the “Guys” is a well anchored custom in the English tradition. On Abaco it is celebrated mostly on the Loyalists founded settlements. This year, the residents of Green Turtle Cay held the event on November 9. The celebration took place on the basketball court in New Plymouth where several “Guys” built by kids and adults were on display.

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Official confirms January terminal opening

Despite pessimism and rumors to the contrary, the Marsh Harbour International Airport Terminal and Air Traffic Control Tower are still on course to be completed by January 2014 according to an airport official. During her contribution on amendments to the Airport Authority Act in late October Minister of Transport and Aviation, Glenys Hanna-Martin, said that the new terminal will not open this year and indicated that the opening is expected to happen in January.

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New airport fees to be replaced

Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe in a recent interview said an increase to the departure tax in place of some of the new and increased aviation fees may be “an acceptable position” for all sides as the government anticipates a greater return from air arrivals. Mr. Wilchcombe said, “We want to make sure that the airlift numbers increase. It’s one thing to say look at the new rate, but that rate has to be predicated on your deliverables and we’re expecting a greater return.”

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December 1 Crime Report

On Wednesday 20th November 2013 at 3:30pm, a 65 year old resident of Forest Drive, Dundas Town, came into MHPS and reported that sometime between the first week of September 2013 and Tuesday 19-11-13 some unknown person stole 10 white double push up windows, 3 rolls of electrical wire, a central air conditioning air handler, and a fiber glass bath tub from his duplex building under construction, together valued at $6,100.00. Same is situated at the junction of Grace Avenue and Bay Street. Police action requested.

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Double recommitment service surprises Fox Town

Nestled in the northern end of the Fox Town community, the Open Door Church Ministry, under the leadership of Pastor Lyndon McIntosh and his wife, co-pastor Jacqlyn McIntosh, saw the need to rededicated the ministry on Friday, November 15.

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Epworth Methodist Chapel raises funds through Christmas Concert

The Epworth Methodist Chapel of Cherokee Sound presented a Christmas concert on November 23 in the Caitlin Grace Albury Gymnasium in aid of their renovation project. In her words of welcome the Rev. Marie Neilly, Pastor of the church, stated that this was the second time around as a similar fundraiser had been organized earlier in the year and that now Christmas had indeed come early. She thanked all the organizers and participants for their singing and fellowship and she prayed that; "Everyone's hearts would be filled with joy and their sorrows soothed by the music."

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Island-wide power outages explained

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) explains that a line fault in one instance and high winds and salt spray in another are the reasons for multiple power outages in Abaco which happened November 19, 20 and 25.

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Magistrate Hosts Appreciation Luncheon

More than 20 members of the Juvenile Panel plus officials of the Magistrate’s Court attended an appreciation luncheon hosted by Magistrate Ancella Evans-Williams in the conference room of the office of the Prime Minister on November 19. Magistrate Evans- Williams welcomed everyone, thanking them for all the hard work they put in volunteering their time to serve on the juvenile panel. As an icebreaker she then asked each person to introduce themselves.

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Pilot Club paints home of disabled woman, promotes Anchor Club in schools

In the early morning hours of Nov. 16, the Pilot Club of Abaco celebrated International Care & Kindness week by demonstrating what it means to be kind. According to Pilot Keora Archer, the team of volunteers painted the home of Sheila Calma, a disabled lady residing in Murphy Town.

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TSA regulations ensure tightened security at Marsh Harbour Airport

Last month, the Department of Civil Aviation on Abaco announced that passengers must arrive early to satisfy the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) regulations, and to ensure that flights depart on time at the Marsh Harbour International Airport.

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