Abaco teams compete in Freeport tourney

The Annual High School Basketball Tournament held in Freeport over mid-term break saw two high school teams from Abaco compete. S C Bootle High School from Coopers Town coached by Mr. Paul Sattern competed in Pool A.

Abaco Central High Schools Marlins coached by Mr. Charles Poitier and assisted by Kevin Rolle competed in Pool B.

The teams traveled to Freeport via the ferry from Crown Haven to McLeans Town.

Silent art auction

The Abaco Chapter of the Bahamas Cancer Society will be holding a silent art auction on November 14, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mangoes Restaurant. Many local artists will be donating pieces for the auction. Among those artists is popular Marjollen Scott who paints watercolours on silk. Proceeds are to aid the chapter in their work with cancer patients on the island and in education and prevention of cancer.

Memorial service

On Wednesday morning the 24th of October, the Ministry of Education held a Memorial Service for the Late Mrs. Mary Cartwright at Central Abaco Primary School. Mrs. Cartwright passed away on the 24th September, after a long battle with cancer. Mrs, Cartwright was a teacher at Central Abaco Primary since it opened in 1997. Prior to that she was a teacher since 1972 at Marsh Harbour Primary School, which was closed when Central Abaco Primary opened.

Mrs. Cartwright began her teaching career in 1963 at Kingsway Academy in Nassau. After taking time off to have her first two children and moving to Abaco with her husband Pastor David Cartwright, pastor of Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel, she taught at the school in Spring City.

Well loved by former and present students all government primary schools in Abaco were closed on Wednesday so students and teachers could attend the memorial service.

Each school presented an item and the 2 government high schools S C Bootle in Coopers Town and Abaco Central in Murphy Town each presented an item in memory of Mrs. Cartwright.

Mrs. Cartwright's family attended the service led by husband David, daughter Cecvile Albury and sons Jonathan and Andrew as well as four grandchildren, a son-in-law and two daughters-in-law.

Visitors slowly returning

September and October are usually the slow months for tourists or visitors in Abaco anyway despite the events of September 11th.

However in the last two weeks signs of visitors and tourists returning are evident as one walks about the business district of Marsh Harbour. One lady sailed her boat from Ft. Lauderdale and intends to stay for the whole winter. She told me she was so happy to be back in Abaco and away from all of the fears in the US.

Abaco's winter visitors are a combination of persons coming by plane for a few weeks, second homeowners who come for the winter and boaters who may come for the entire winter or part of the winter.

So now many persons in Abaco are predicting that we will have a good winter season.

Youth march for Jesus

On Saturday October 27, youths from Unity Baptist Church, Treasure Cay and St. Thomas Baptist Church Wood Cay assembled in the parking lot of Abaco Shopping Center in Marsh Harbour for a Youth March for Jesus.

The march began with a word of prayer and was led by a sound system on the back of the truck. The youth marched to the traffic light and left marched through Dundas Town and Murphy Town proclaiming that not all youth are lost.

Unity Baptist Church in Treasure Cay where the pastor is Pastor Ed Laroda held a youth convention from Wednesday evening the 24th October to the 28th October.

Anti littering signs

Last spring the Central Council in Abaco asked the grade 12th art class at Abaco Central High School to make some street signs against littering. The council provided the wood and the paint. The art teacher then was Miss Cavelle McDonnell. Six grade 12 art students each made a sign of their own design against littering. These signs have now been finally put up in places in Dundas Town, Murphy Town and Marsh Harbour.

The sign at the entrance of Central Abaco Primary School on Forest Drive has a young man kicking a soda can and the message is "Let's Kick The Habit!"

Spay and neutering clinics

Continuing in their quest Abaco Animals Require friends along with Spay and neutering Incentive Programme (SNIP) of the United States conducted spay and neutering clinics in Abaco. On October 15 and 16 clinics were held in Sandy Point, October 17 and 18 clinics were held in Coopers Town and on October 19 and 20 clinics were held in Marsh Harbour.

The clinics were sponsored in part by The Humane Society International and The Pegasus Foundation.

According to AARK spokesperson Chris Roberts most dogs have been spayed or neutered in the Marsh harbour area so the focus is now on North Abaco and South Abaco.

Camp Simon

Camp Simon a Christian Life Experience has opened up in Treasure cay.

It is a complete retreat facility located on Treasure Cay beach and features a fully equipped kitchen, air-conditioned hall, a bunkhouse for thirty persons, swimming, volleyball, snorkeling, 1/2 mile from golf course and 10 minutes from the Treasure Cay Airport. For more information contact St Simons Anglican Church in treasure Cay at 1-242365-8422.

Abaco Central Ensemble

From October 10-14 the Abaco Central High Ensemble travelled to North Carolina and participated in the Fifth Annual North Carolina Fall Gospel Classic sponsored by Luther Barnes Song Ministries. The students traveled to Freeport via boat from Crown Haven and then on Discovery Cruise to Florida and then drove to North Carolina.

After their performance an agent who wants them to record some songs approached them.

For performing the ensemble received a Certificate of Appreciation and came in fourth, overall.

Each school presented an item and the 2 government high schools S C Bootle in Coopers Town and Abaco Central in Murphy Town each presented an item in memory of Mrs. Cartwright.


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