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Bahamas Billfish Championship heading to Guana Cay
Submitted by the Bahamas Billfish Championship Teaser   
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 07:09
ABACO, Bahamas -- For the very first time, the Bahamas Billfish Championship will be visiting Guana Cay June 8-11th. While many BBC anglers and crew have been to Guana Cay, in particular Nipper's on Sunday afternoon, this will be the first major fishing tournament hosted by Orchid Bay Yacht Club & Marina and the island of Guana Cay.

The Guana Cay Championship is sponsored by Allied Marine and Bertram Yacht. The Bertram factory team will be competing in the tournament aboard a new Bertram 63, Hole 19.

Registration, anglers meeting, opening night dinner and the awards reception and dinner will take place at Orchid Bay. Tournament registration is from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Wednesday, June 8th. There will be complimentary Sands Beer at registration as well as throughout the week courtesy of Bahamas Brewery & Beverage Co. Click HERE to register. Click HERE to view the schedule of events.

A BBC tournament at Guana Cay would not be complete without a visit to Nipper's. So, on Thursday evening, tournament activities will include a Bacardi Anejo Drink Contest at Nipper's. The team of judges will score the contestants on originality of the drink, presentation and the contestant's performance as a bartender/'mixologist.' Cash prizes for first, second and third place.

As of Tuesday May 31st thirty-three entries are confirmed to be fishing the Guana Cay Championship. See you there!
 
2011 Central Abaco Lionfish Derby - 'No lionfish too big or small ... we gotta catch 'em all!'
Info Editor   
Monday, 23 May 2011 12:44

MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco -- Under the theme "No lionfish too big or small ... we gotta catch 'em all!" the 2011 Central Abaco Lionfish Derby takes place the weekend of May 27-28th headquartered at the Marsh Harbour Marina and Jib Room.

FRIDAY, MAY 27TH —5:00-7:00PM: Captain’s Meeting, Late Registration, Cocktails, Lionfish Presentation. (Pick up Derby Rules and Derby Bag)
SATURDAY, MAY 28TH— DERBY: Sunrise TO 4:00 PM, Official Recording up to 4:00 PM, AWARDS CEREMONY: 6:00 PM

1st Prize $2,000
2nd Prize $1,000
3rd Prize $500
*Additional prizes for largest and smallest lionfish.  Up to 4 people per boat.

To register click HERE or contact 367-2721 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Click HERE to visit Friends of the Environment's website.

 
Abaco artisans show creative form
Written by BIS   
Monday, 09 May 2011 06:49

 Birds made from shells, by Reno Smith of Moore’s Island, Abaco were a hit. (BIS photo/Gladstone Thurston)MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco -- Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) has added 103 Abaco artisans to the growing craft industry as the new multi million dollar craft market downtown Nassau nears completion.

And, construction of a virtual market place in cyberspace from where Bahamian artisans can sell their products over the Internet to anyone in the world has started, it was confirmed.

Utilising ingredients found in the local environment, participants from Moore’s Island, Sandy Point, Crossing Rocks, and Marsh Harbour last weekend showed off their creative skills during graduation ceremonies for them.

They produced a variety of figurines, jewellery, bags, hats, utensils, paper-weights, key chains, and other items.

“I am so impressed by what they have done,” said BAIC executive chairman Edison M Key. “The quality of the products is fantastic.

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St. Francis de Sales Catholic School students perform during E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival adjudications [photos]
Submitted by BIS   
Saturday, 07 May 2011 06:19

St. Francis de Sales Catholic School students performed poetry, drama, and song as individuals and groups during the recent E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival adjudications, at the Marsh Harbour, Abaco school.  Students scored well and drew praises from Drama Adjudicator and Bahamian cultural icon James Catalyn. ABACO, Bahamas -- St. Francis de Sales Catholic School students performed poetry, drama, and song as individuals and groups during the recent E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival adjudications, at the Marsh Harbour, Abaco school. 

Students scored well and drew praises from Drama Adjudicator and Bahamian cultural icon James Catalyn. 

(BIS photo gallery / Eric Rose)

 

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PLP add another new face to its growing list of candidates
Submitted by the PLP   
Saturday, 07 May 2011 05:37

The standard bearer for the North Abaco Constituency is Local Government Councilman for the Central Abaco District, Renardo Curry.On Thursday, May , 2011, the Progressive Liberal Party added to its growing list of candidates, a newcomer to national politics as the party gears up for the upcoming general elections.  The standard bearer for the North Abaco Constituency is Local Government Councilman for the Central Abaco District, Renardo Curry. Mr. Curry was tipped by the party to do battle with current North Abaco Member of Parliament and Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham.

Mr. Curry’s ratification by the National General Council of the PLP continues the fulfillment of a promise made by party leader the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie and that was to present a fine cadre of fresh, new, young, exciting and energetic candidates to the Bahamian people as he establishes the next generation of the party’s leadership. This is deliberately designed to facilitate an orderly and seamless leadership transition.

This thirty-Six year old businessman was born in Nassau on July 25, 1974 and is a 1992 graduate of the Grand Bahama Catholic High School. Mr. Curry furthered his education at the Palm Beach Community College and Everest University in Florida where he majored in Accounting and Business Management.

Mr. Curry worked extensively in the hospitality industry in Abaco before becoming an entrepreneur in the local services industry.

He remains active in the local community where he currently serves as chairman of the Murphy Town Township Committee for Local Government. Additionally, Mr. Curry is a council member of the Central Abaco District Council.  He is married to the former Temeka Cooper and they have two daughters, Reniah and Reniqua.

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Fire in the Mud
Info Editor   
Friday, 29 April 2011 09:59

Fire ripped through a Haitian shanty town called the Mud in Marsh Harbour, Abaco on April 27 destroying 40 homes and leaving about 150 residents homeless in its wake.MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco -- Fire ripped through a Haitian shanty town called the Mud in Marsh Harbour, Abaco on April 27 destroying 40 homes and leaving about 150 residents homeless in its wake.

The fire erupted at about 3pm when it is reported that a child playing with matches set a bed on fire. The fire quickly engulfed the wooden home and then spread to nearby homes in a block of ramshackle houses.

The Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department, assisted by Schooner Bay water trucks (each carrying 5000 gallons), Bahama Palm Shores Fire Department and Treasure Cay Fire Rescue tackled the blaze and brought the inferno under control by 7pm. Fire fighters remained in the area until late Wednesday night putting out the remaining smolderings.

The fire department faced many difficulties reaching the fire through narrow roads strewn with derelict vehicles and other items. Numerous electrical wires, which were strung from house to house and across tree limbs, were torn down as truck maneuvered trying to find better angles to attack the fire.

National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) Director, Captain Stephen Russell arrived in Marsh Harbour midday on April 29 with members of the Red Cross, Department of Social Services, Immigration and the Police to assess the damage.

Capt. Russell said they came to see the damage and to find out how they could best assist the local NEMA team. He said they stand ready to assist wherever it is needed.

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Smaller Abaco schools participate in the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival adjudications
BIS   
Tuesday, 26 April 2011 07:33

Cyber Learning Centre students perform as a choral verse speaking group, during the recent E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival adjudications in Marsh Harbour, Abaco.  (BIS Photo / Eric Rose)

MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco -- Cyber Learning Centre students perform as a choral verse speaking group, during the recent E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival adjudications in Marsh Harbour, Abaco.  (BIS Photo / Eric Rose)

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