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ABACO TOURIST OFFICE UPDATE
A PERFECT CHRISTMAS
ATLANTIS CHIT CHAT
ROYAL PALM FRONDS
THE ALBERT LOWE MUSEUM
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
LOCAL GOVERNMENT NEWS
NEW YEARS CHILDREN'S PARTIES
WHAT COLOUR SAYS
The Bahamas Government has signed a $6.2 million agreement with the Motorola Corporation to make the communications network of the Royal Bahamas Police Force one of the world's most sophisticated.
The Commission of Enquiry into public corporations resumed hearings on 13th January. Former Prime Minister Sir Lynden Pindling was present to assist the Commission in its investigation of unusual circumstances surrounding contracts awarded during his government's tenure.
An amendment to the Immigration Act has been proposed that will allow non-Bahamian husbands of Bahamian women to live and work in The Bahamas. Initially, they will be able to work for a period of five years for a fee of $250 while applying for permanent residency or citizenship.
On 11th December, Heidi Rolle of the Bahamas Hotel Association headed a group to Abaco on an assessment visit to Abaco hotels. The group visited the Conch Inn Resort & Marina and Different of Abaco Resort. Accompanying Ms Rolle were Mr Jeremy McAvean, General Manager at Comfort Suites, and Ms Kelly Robinson of the Caribbean Hotel Association.
Bruno Ociepka, a self-study guide, visited Abaco from 12th-14th December on a familiarisation trip. He visited Marsh Harbour, Hope Town and Treasure Cay.
On 13th December, the Road Traffic Department, in conjunction with the Abaco Tourist Office, held the Second Annual Taxi Drivers Awards Banquet at Bayview Restaurant in Dundas Town. The keynote speaker was Antoinette Davis, Senior Manager for Abaco, Andros and Bimini.
The first unit at the Admiralty Court, located at Admiral's Yacht Haven and Pizza Hut, is complete. It is the first of four units to be built in the first phase. The unit is a two bedroom, two bathroom structure.
Conquest Tours Ltd of Toronto, Canada, is now offering a charter flight service directly to Treasure Cay and then on to Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera from Toronto on a weekly basis. The first flight was launched on 22nd December and brought a total of 31 visitors to our island. This service will be offered every Sunday and they will drop off and pick up customers. Conquest Tours is using the charter service of Canair which is an 120 seat aircraft. For further information you may contact the Abaco Tourist Office at 367-3067 and ask to speak with local Conquest representative Paula Theagene.
Souse is one of the most popular breakfast and lunch meals on Abaco. You will often see it advertised as 'souce'. This is an archaic spelling but perfectly in tune with Abaco's Loyallist heritage.
Souses are usually made from pig feet, sheep tongue and chicken. There's even conch souse. King of all souses on Abaco is one prepared from local wild hog.
There are as many souse recipes as there are cooks. Everybody adds their own touches. The meats are usually scrubbed well, covered with cold water and brought to a boil. The first water is discarded and the meat rinsed well before covering with a second set of water.
Bristles are removed from pig feet and sheep tongues are skinned and de-boned. Chicken souse is normally made from necks, hearts, wings and gizzards. The hearts and gizzards are trimmed of fat but the neck skin is usually left on.
The standard seasonings for souse are onions, salt, whole black peppercorns and whole allspice. Whole bird peppers, chopped celery and diced sweet peppers are sometimes added. A muslin bag containing pickling spices can be used for the seasoning. Sliced or diced potatoes are sometimes added to chicken souse towards the end of the cooking time.
The cooking time for souse depends upon which meat is used. Serve souses with bird peppers and lime wedges on the side, along with lots of freshly-baked bread.
Those who were lucky enough to spend the holiday season on Abaco were treated to Bahamian weather at its very best.
February is the month by which all of your vegetables should have put out. The cooler weather sowings such as Brussels sprouts can be harvested this month while cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, spinach and lettuce should already have been enjoyed.
Remember to re-sow seeds for a continuous harvest. Successive sowing is the secret to a successful vegetable garden. Once plants are firmly established, sow the next set.
Even in February you'll have to take note that many vegetables sown this month will be maturing in June - a hot month. Select your varieties well and use those that are bred for tropical conditions.
February is pigeon pea month, so if you haven't grown your own it's a reminder to sow some bushes for next year. They are attractive and make an efficient windbreak.
It's probably time to prune your Christmas poinsettia if it is looking ragged. Cut it right back when the time comes, to about 6 inches above ground level. Throughout the year until August you can prune it for bushiness and shape to have hundreds of bracts on display next Christmastide.
If you bought potted poinsettias for Christmas you can put them in your yard and prune the tops off. Choose a sunny location for best growth.
Many other flowering shrubs take a little rest at this time of the year. Towards the end of February you can prune them for shape if the weather has remained mild. If not, leave them until March. Remember that you will be depriving your hibiscus, bougainvillea and such of flowering capabilities for several months after you have pruned them.
February is a great month for planting bulbs of all sorts. Instead of narcissus and gladiolus, try planting flowering ginger tubers, canna and calla lilies. Once established, bulbs and tubers reappear every year - sometimes more than once a year.
If 6 men can lay 24 bricks in 3 minutes, how long would it take 30 men to lay 1,000 bricks?
SOLUTION TO THREE COINS
If coins with diameters measuring 1, 2 and 3 units are laid flat on a table touching each other their centres will form a right-angled triangle with sides measuring 3, 4 and 5 units.
Flying in over Abaco, rows of beautiful green fronds waved in the breeze and reminded me of the golden candle-like fruit soon to be reaching towards the sun. The farm near Treasure Cay was in production.
The ubiquitous banana is part of a large family. There are as many as 300 edible varieties. Bananas are indigenous to Malaysia but are common all over the tropical and semi-tropical world. Sugar bananas, fig bananas (a rich brownish maroon in colour), finger bananas, hog bananas and 'Chiquita' bananas are among the most common.
Does the average person realise that in tropical countries ripe mashed or purˇed banana is an adjunct to infant formula, either cow's milk or soy milk, thus supplying vitamins and a healthy dose of potassium?
Bananas, although often thought of as trees, are in reality large herbaceous plants which grow to 20 feet or more in height. Each plant bears only once then dies, but suckers usually grow close to the base so in another 18 months further fruition occurs.
This amazing plant is an important export crop for the West Indies totalling as many as 150,000 tons annually. Plants are used for thatching, cattle fodder, wine, medicine, alcohol and cloth. While visiting the Philippines I was amazed to be shown a hacked down banana tree. The trunk was peeled off until a sticky, white fibrous core was revealed. When the core was broken into several pieces and then extended, fine white fibres were visible which were very elastic. This fibre can be woven into fine linen-like cloth. This cloth is elaborately embroidered and fashioned into evening bags, traditional wedding dresses and perhaps most attractive of all, into 'barong tagalogs'. The latter are very formal, decorated evening jackets for gentlemen to wear as a cooler substitute for a tuxedo. Ladies' stockings and gorgeous wigs are also part of a growing industry.
Banana is served in many ways i.e. flambˇ in cognac and banana liqueur which intensifies the flavour, green, boiled as a replacement for Irish potato, and banana cake to mention a few. Better than a banana split is banana roasted in its skin, popped open then covered with melted or curled chocolate and lime juice as a fitting accompaniment for ice cream.
Plantain, banana's coarse brother, should be mentioned. It is a staple vegetable often boiled or fried. There is also the Heliconia branch of the family: the red lobster claw, the hanging Heliconia (both yellow and red) which grow wild in the jungles, and the pink and green 'sweetheart's boat'. All are exotics which are marvellous and long lasting for flower arrangements.
Most spectacular are the flamenco dancers of the family - Bird of Paradise or Crane Flowers. On their upright stalks emerging from banana-like leaves, they do resemble tall brilliantly plumed birds. But blowing in a group, they dance the flamenco.
The Voyager Tree or Traveller's Palm originated in Madagascar. To me it is the most magnificent and unique of all the cousins. Its fan shape catches one's attention. Its flowers resemble and are as sticky as the white Bird of Paradise but are a boon to thirsty travellers. Each hollow leaf stalk stores a quart of potable water to the delight of tree frogs that live and raise their families in its shelter, thus giving the trees the name 'Singing Palms'.
Thus we learn that the family Musaceae comprises both beautiful and useful members.
Last year the Prime Minister declared that computers given as a gift to schools would have to be of a certain generation to receive a duty waiver. Good for him. I wish he would put a total ban on old books being brought into the country.
Don't get me wrong - I'm a bibliophile. I still have books I have had for over 40 years. But in our schools there are thousands of irrelevant readers and text books that are useless or harmful. They, by and large, have been given to the schools by well-meaning people with misplaced intentions.
Thirty years ago things were different. Schools appreciated everything they could get hold of in the way of reading material. Since then we have become an independent country with a sense of national pride and dignity. We should no longer be giving our children books that declare on the inside front cover they used to be the property of a certain US school district or were discarded from a certain library.
Part of the poblem lies with principals and teachers themselves. They tend to look upon all books with a kind of reverence which precludes them from loading the offending books on a truck and taking them to the dump where they belong.
The Bahamas has the largest per capita income of all the Caribbean region. Every school is capable of raising funds to stock up with new and relevant reading material that will stimulate young minds and give a sense that education is valuable and NOW. It must be perplexing for early graders to have to learn reading from books illustrated with such mythological figures as postmen and smiling white policemen wearing funny hats.
We do not need hand-outs, other people's cast-offs. We should graciously accept gifts of worth, of course. The British High Commission regularly distributes copies of new books to Bahamian schools and they are very much appreciated. One new and up-to-date book is worth a dozen cases of foreign rejects. Our children deserve better.
We checked our back copies of Treasure Times and confirmed our suspicions: every winter issue of The Journal carries more information about Treasure Cay than was included in the Treasure Times. The Journal has grown and it just appears to include less news about TC.
It is true, we cannot replicate the effervescent style of Marilyn Irr or cover the same beats she did. Our correspondents from Royal Palms, Atlantis, Mariners Cove, the Villas, the Homeowners and Brigantine Bay do a magificent job in keeping readers abreast of the happenings in their particular areas. They take you into the heart of what Treasure Cay is all about - lovely weather, lovely surroundings and lovely people to enjoy them with.
Our move from Treasure Times to Abaco Journal is not a matter of apology. Treasure Cay is part of Abaco and no man, let alone a resort area, is an island. The features every month relate as much to Treasure Cay as any one place on Abaco. Indeed, articles such as 'Gardening' bear the winter homeowner resident very much in mind.
Take a good look at the advertisers in The Journal. Most of them are Marsh Harbour businesses. They look to serve residents of Treasure Cay, certainly, but also want to reach Central and South Abaco residents and the visitors who stay in any part of our lovely island. Our Internet presentation serves the purpose of giving subscribers a quick peek at the nitty gritty while people with money to spend on a vacation (or a second home) may well look the site over to see whether Abaco suits them. I am sure that Betsy, Edna, Lee, Natalie, Ellen, Carol, Alan, Naomi, Jean, Kirk and Suzanne demonstrate that being part of Treasure Cay is like being part of an extended family.
Change is inevitable. The Abaco Journal will continue to respond to its readers' input. We don't know where we are going, we only know we are going to change slowly.
We welcome input from everybody, not just our special correspondents. If you have news to share, please send it in. Photographs are extremely welcome at any time. And a special task for our many Ohio State readers: please find out if QB Joe Germaine's father used to teach at St Francis de Sales and Abaco Central High School. Consider yourself a special investigative reporter for The Journal!
This is the first time in four years that David and I have been in Treasure Cay to greet the New Year. We were one day late due to heavy fog on the whole east coast but in past years we have been late for much longer due to being iced in, flu'ed in, and last year snowed in - so we were very lucky this year. We also managed to get the last tie down at Treasure Cay airport. As we were unloading the plane I noticed the bright red Aerostar plane owned by Atlantis owners Bob and Sally Syme. Unfortunately, we didn't get a chance to visit with them before they left for Ohio to await the birth of their first grandbaby. How very exciting! There is nothing quite like it.
On our first boardwalk stroll, David and I were delighted to see so many lights on and boats in slips. If we had a prize for the building with the most lights on, Building #1 would be this month's winner. Bob and Sally Syme's units were well lit up. Roy and Pat Kinsey were here for their customary holiday visit. Bob and Gerry Giles have been here for almost two months enjoying golf and I understand Bob managed to get in some good fishing.
Henry and Carol Cholewecki only managed to be here for ten days, which certainly wasn't long enough, but they did enjoy wonderful weather before returning to Montreal. Woody and Nancy McKay enjoyed some great fishing and a little sailing with Alita and Fred Hosak in their super sailboat. Alita, Fred and Pat Bell were the only occupants in Building #2.
Happily, Phil and Sally Cappello are back after an almost one year hiatus. Maybe they got some advance notice we were going to have such wonderful weather. Glad to see you back. Ingeborg Pupprecht was here with his family for the holidays. Marge and Ray Pearlson were both here to greet the New Year. Unfortunately, Marge had to return to Miami where she is very active in Dade County and recently received an award for her services. Congratulations, Marge! Ray remained in Treasure Cay for some super fishing.
My David also enjoyed some super fishing. He was out on Skymaster's Toy with Milt Fehrenbach (BVOA) and they caught a 71 lb jewfish. This was David's second 'biggie'. Fifteen years ago, while fishing with Charlie Conger, David caught a 110 lb Nassau grouper. Jerry Hill (Royal Palm) recently brought in a 50 lb black grouper.
No-one can remember such wonderful weather and seas at this time of the year. Hopefully, we'll get more of it.
Ira and Linda Friedman were here for the holidays. Ira had a couple of hard workouts on the tennis court with Ivan while Linda enjoyed reading and catching a few rays.
Building #5 was rather quiet. Mike and Kathy Sawyer enjoyed having son Sean home for the holidays. He's now back in the States working and going to school. Bob and Cheryl Finkelstein were here for their annual holiday visit - it sure beats the holiday season in Massachusetts. Maybe they'll be here more often now they have another plane, a super looking Baron. Their tie down was next to ours at the airport.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Roy Chappell. We miss Doris and Roy and hope they will be able to join us real soon in Treasure Cay. I can personally vouch for Treasure Cay being the greatest place to be to get well.
Our lawns and flowers are all looking great, the pool has been repainted and the laundry room repainted and tiled. We are all set for a busy season with lots of boating and parties at the Tiki. So 'Haste Ye Back' for fun in the sun!
Abaco had the warmest weather in late December and early January that anyone can remember. It was just wonderful for days on end. Even the fishing was good and fresh fish in December is a real treat.
Jorge & Consuelo Latour spent the holidays here and so did Consuelo's brother, Marco Perez, who has just become our newest owner. Welcome, Marco! Roger & Jacqueline Hedge arrived from England for a long stay. Carol & Bob Young flew in from a very cold Canada and Mike & Jill Rohan visited us for two weeks. Tim & Vera McNamara came down with Elizabeth and Tim's son, Tom, over from California, and they seemed to have a wonderful family visit.
Shortly after Christmas Day Joyce Turpin returned home following total knee replacement surgery. She was looking very fit and feeling years younger. Welcome home, Joyce. You were missed.
We have reinstalled the RPCA Bulletin Board on the office building and urge you to make use of it for condominium business and notices.
New Year's Eve found this reporter marrying Dr Elwood Bracey overlooking the Sea of Abaco on a beautiful, warm and forever special day. You never can tell what marvellous happenings may occur when you are in Treasure Cay! So take a chance, come on back!
The museum occupies a wooden two-storey house build about1826 for a prosperous businessman. Dormers jut from the steep cedar shingled roof. The beaded clapboards covering the sides of the house are of various widths, some over 24 inches wide. Painted the traditional white with green trim, the wide porch invites visitors to stop a moment to enjoy the salt air breezes. Behind the museum, in the garden, are the original outdoor kitchen and latrine. A cistern for storing water "caught" from the roof, and a cellar now used as a nautical exhibit area, complete the establishment.
During its 170 year existence, the building has served not only as a private home but also as a storehouse during the wrecking period for goods salvaged from the sea, as offices over which flew the United States flag when it was occupied by the Council for the United States, as a library and, according to oral tradition, as a place where England's future Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, stayed before purchasing a house when as a young man he lived and worked in the islands.
Today the Albert Lowe Museum charms visitors with a look back at Bahamian history. There are a number of artifacts from the days when the peaceful Lucayan Indians inhabited the islands. Other exhibits trace the arrival of the Loyalists and their various enterprises from cotton, to pineapples, to sisal growing, to shark fishing, to today's highly successful crawfish industry and strongly tourist based economy. The rooms are large and pleasant. Ship models created by Albert Lowe himself are in the main exhibit area as are a number of historical subjects painted by his son, well-known artist Alton R Lowe. Upstairs are two handsome, small bedrooms furnished in early Victorian period style.
The museum, filled with over three hundred years of history, is a fitting memorial to the early Bahamian and Loyalist settlers and stands as a cultural landmark for all of The Bahamas.
Reprinted with permission from the Albert Lowe Museum brochure. For information call 242-365-4094.
Dear Abaco Journal,Contents
I'm a US writer planning a visit to Abaco in the spring (March or early May) for research and field work on an article for the North Carolina Literary Review treating the connection between the Carolinas and Abaco, dating back to the Loyalist diaspora of the Revolutionay period. I'm especially interested in interviewing members of families who trace their roots to the Carolinas, but I'm also interested in Abaconians who might have worked as migrants, or in other capacities, in the Carolinas. Any help you can offer would be appreciated.
I can be reached at the Department of English, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-8105 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any suggestion on the most convenient place fo me to stay during my visit?
North Carolina State University.
The holiday season found Mariners Cove humming with activity. Arriving in time for the beautiful weather were Cliff & Skippy Emory and family, Elfie & Walter Kunzel, Kent & Kay Kelly, Bob & Jan Rodin, Ed & Pat Bladow, Max Collins and El Anderson, John & Norma Rich and their large family, Fred & Ann Zuloff, Mack & Lucy Beckwith (plus Zuloff and Beckwith daughters) and Patrick & Carolyn Kingsford and family. Dick & Minna Passman and Harold & Rene Smith unfortunately left before the holidays.
Ray & Sue Young are enjoying picture postcard perfect holidays in New England. Donna & Bob Jackson win the prize for the most visitors with their guests Norman & Dolly Sigel, Ivan & Sheila Weinstock, Donna's sister Estelle and family, and newlyweds Doug & Lynn Jackson.
Also new to Mariners Cove are a pair of peregrine falcons that appear to be checking us out for a possible vacation site, much to the chagrin of the local dove population. Folks who live overlooking the Marina have frequent opportunity (especially around 7am) to observe dolphins which come in to feed and watch us watching them. Watch for the big ripples and listen for the WHOOSH when they breathe. A vantage point on any dock should provide you with an opportunity to see these fascinating mammals. Our own mini World of Discovery! Also watch for the occasional sea turtle or eagle ray.
What a delight on the balmy nights in the last week of December to have dinner on the balcony and see the happy folks making their way to the Spinnaker, whose crowds spilled over into the al fresco dining area, and hear the cheerful calypso rhythms provided by our own Chris Russell at the Tipsy Seagull. It's wonderful to be part of the scene here in Treasure Cay during the holiday season or ANY season.
Application has been made by William Rodgers and Carrington Lightbourne for the construction of a private 11.53 acre sub division at Cabbage Point.
The first party on New Years Day was held in Mount Hope for the children in Little Abaco. Refreshments were served and the children enjoyed the Star Walk, an inflatable enclosed walk on which the children bounced up and down. Gifts were given to all children attending the party.
The next stop was Coopers Town where the party was held at IngrahamÕs Park for children living in Coopers Town, Wood Cay, Cedar Harbour, Blackwood and Fire Road.
Treasure Cay at the Don Corbett Basketball Court was the venue for the third party for children living in Treasure Cay and Leisure Lee.
At 8 pm that evening the Prime Minister travelled to Dundas Town where a party was held at Ocean View Basketball Park for the children of Dundas Town and Murphy Town. The Prime Minister told the children that he came to Dundas Town to give them " a little treat " because he fully expected Dundas Town to be in his constituency when the Boundaries Commission reports. The children were treated to a meal of hot wings, a hot dog, cake and soda. The Star Walk was set up and was throughly enjoyed by the children.
On 2nd January the Prime Minister travelled to Green Turtle Cay to host a party on the basketball court and then on to Grand Cay. By the end of the day the Prime Minister had held parties for all of the children in his constituency.
Funeral services for Morton Sawyer, aged 74, were held at Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel on 8th January. Officiating were Pastor David Cartwright, Rev Bob Cornea, Rev Kenneth Touchton and Pastor Robin Weatherford. Interment was in Marsh Harbour Public Cemetery.
Mr Sawyer is survived by his wife, Maggie; two sons, Curtis and Floyd; one daughter, Nellie; ten grandchildren, Kent, Nancy, Cindy, Hope, Marty, Ron, Clint, Natasha, Corey and Victoria; eight great-grandchildren, Cora, Lyle, Kerri, Santana, Shaquille, Myron and Monique; son-in-law, Chesney; daughters-in-law, Pauline, Flora and Delcie; grandsons-in-law, Scott, Frankie and Otis; granddaughters-in-law, Kimberly and Maria; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services for Miss Diane Swain, age 37, were held on11th January at Bethany Gospel Chapel, Murphy Town. Officiating was Elder J Williams. Interment followed in the Murphy Town Public Cemetery. She is survived by two brothers, George and Michael; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services for Mrs Violet Bootle, age 64, of Murphy Town were held on12th January at Marsh Harbour Seventh Day Adventist Church. Officiating was Pastor H A Roach assisted by Pastors Ken Price and Paul Scavella. Interment followed in the Murphy Town Public Cemetery. Mrs Bootle is survived by seven sons, Wilfred, Carl, Hilly, Emitte, Lester, Jonathan, and Rocklyn; two daughters, Minnalee Bodie and Keva McKinney; twenty grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; an adopted daughter, Samantha Gaitor; one sister, Ida Swain, and numerous other relatives and friends.
A surprisingly large number of suggested topics received were related to subjects that border uncomfortably on the fringe of rumours. Some of these topics, if the reports are accurate, affect the health and well being of Treasure Cay residents. We have made a commitment to research these subjects and will include them in future reports as soon as fact can be separated from fiction.
Colour is one of the most interesting and studied areas of art and design. The scientific approach breaks colours into measurements of amounts of chemicals to produce colour as well as other measurable information.
Several studies on the psychological impact of colours have been published. Even a study on using colours for healing certain parts of the body is available.
For fun and to evaluate what you are expresssing in your choice of colours in clothing and interiors, here are some colour characteristics:
In mediaeval days, GREEN was a colour of hope. It is still one of our reassuring colours. Nature comes to mind when green is used and people who are outdoor enthusiasts usually favour green. Also, those who choose green are usually open and honest.
BLUE is symbolic of the sea, sky, serenity and spaciousness. The shade of blue varies the message conveyed. Light blue is soothing and is a sign of sincerity and consistency. Dark blues represent order and emit practicality and authority. Thus, many business suits are dark blue.
The most sensual and stimulating colour is RED. The perception is exciting, bold, and natural leadership. It attracts a lot of attention.
PINK is associated with little girls and femininity. A preference for pink indicates a warm disposition and caring about others. Studies of pink rooms in prisons show results of calming inmates.
Intense YELLOWS are associated with caution, such as in road signs. People or interiors done in yellow come across as cheerful and sunny.
ORANGE followers love to eat, drink and be merry. How many orange McDonalds have you eaten in? Orange people are stimulating and highly sociable and are good mixers.
PURPLE has long been the symbol of royalty. Purple people appear more powerful, strong minded and enigmatic.
BROWN is the earth colour. Its use indicates solidity and strong grounding.
WHITE, in recent times, has indicated purity and innocence. Cleanliness and crispness are messages sent by the colour white.
BLACK is the illusive colour. Drama and sophistication accompany the use of black. Remember Coco Chanel and the "little black dress".
These characteristics are the basic guidelines used in colour selections for emotional or psychological effects. The use of values, shades, tints and tones of the same colour will vary the impact.
For further information on colour or general design questions, contact Barbara Farnan (242) 365-8800.