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Local Bahamian artists and guests descend on Furniture Plus in Abaco for 'Plus Arts & Culture' Summer Showcase 2011
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Thursday, 01 September 2011 06:16

 Local Bahamian artists featured at Furniture Plus in Abaco for 'Plus Arts & Culture' Summer Showcase - Interested collectors, home owners and artists attended the Plus Arts & Culture (PAC) Summer Showcase debut at Furniture Plus in Maxwell's Plaza in Marsh Harbour, Abaco. Featured at the event were the works of 26 artists including handmade quilts, bronze sculpture, ceramics, watercolor on silk, oil on canvas, imprints, Androsia table linens, wooden bowls, tile mosaics, photography and more.  Pictured at the reception is (far left) Mrs. Krystynia Lee d'Arville, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Furniture Plus along with some of the local artists whose work is being featured in the Furniture Plus Abaco showroom.  (Photo courtesy of Beulah Wong)MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco -- Interested collectors, home owners, and artists attended the Plus Arts & Culture (PAC) Summer Showcase debut at Furniture Plus in Maxwell's Plaza in Marsh Harbour, Abaco. The private reception was held to launch Plus Arts & Culture (“PAC”), a celebration of arts, crafts and more by Bahamian artists.  Among the attendees were Winsom Ferguson from the Ministry of Tourism, representatives from Commmonwealth Bank, Royal Bank and Scotia Bank, second homeowners from Hopetown, Green Turtle Cay, Marsh Harbor and Treasure Cay, and more.

Featured at the event were the works of 26 artists including handmade quilts, bronze sculpture, ceramics, watercolor on silk, oil on canvas, imprints, Androsia table linens, wooden bowls, tile mosaics, photography and more. The showcase is open to the public through September 30, and new artistic works will be introduced every week for the duration of the show. These include  underwater photography, stained glass, and lithographs.

Guests were treated to hors d’oeuvres served by Moments Bahamas as well as fine wines served courtesy of corporate sponsor Burns House. Door prizes valued at over $3,000 came from among Furniture Plus’s lineup of accessories. T-shirts imprinted with the custom PAC logo were also given away.

“Everything looks perfect,” commented Marjolein Scott, Chairman of the Abaco Island Artists. “It’s hard to believe how beautifully the showroom was transformed into an art gallery in which any artist would be proud to display their work. It’s breathtaking.”

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Rapid Damage Assessments available for Abaco and Eleuthera following Hurricane Irene
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 30 August 2011 07:19

Pathfinders Task Force has completed a Rapid Damage Assessment on Abaco and Eleuthera following Hurricane Irene.  Rapid Damage Assessments contain information about individual structures and classify structural damage based on Type and Damage Condition.  These PDF format assessments also include geo-tagged photos providing a picture of where critical areas are and what resources are allocated towards them.

Click HERE to download the Rapid Damage Assessment for Abaco.

Click HERE to download the Rapid Damage Assessment for Eleuthera.

Additionally, Pathfinders Task Force has completed a SWEAT-MS (Sewer, Water, Electricity, Academics, Transportation, Medical, and Security) infrastructure survey for Abaco.  This displays colour codes for functionality in each area assessed.  Click HERE to download.

 
Multi-purpose gymnasium planned for Abaco
Written by BIS   
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 12:51

Government officials visit site of proposed gymnasium for Abaco. (BIS Photo/Kristaan Ingraham) ABACO, The Bahamas – Plans are under way for a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose gymnasium for the island of Abaco.

Senior Government officials including Public Works and Transport Minister the Hon. Neko Grant along with Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Charles Maynard, informed residents of plans for the gymnasium during an Information Meeting on July 28.

The meeting held at Friendship Baptist Church was attended by Government officials including Edison Key, MP for South Abaco; Colin Higgs, permanent secretary; Calvin Balfour undersecretary; John Canton and Tim Munnings, directors; Livingston Forbes, chief architect and Shaun Forbes, engineer. Also in attendance were representatives of the Department of Education in Abaco including Lenora Black, district superintendent and Local Government officials.

Minister Grant told those present that much effort has gone into preparing plans for the gym. He said the objective of the meeting was to present the plans and ask the people of Abaco for their views and an endorsement to proceed with contract drawings for the facility

Minister Maynard said the idea is to ensure that it is a multipurpose gym.

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Government awards three contracts for infrastructure upgrades in Abaco
Written by BIS   
Tuesday, 02 August 2011 07:09

The Hon. Neko Grant, Minister of Public Works and Transport (third from left) presents a contract to Emile Knowles, president of Knowles Construction and Development Company Ltd. for various infrastructure works including the resurfacing of the runway and taxiway at the Treasure Cay Airport and construction of the Great Central Abaco Bypass Road. Also shown in front row from left are Shaun Lightbourne, engineer; the Hon. Edison Key, MP for South Abaco and Octavia Dean-McIntosh special guest. Shown in back row from left is John Canton, director and Colin Higgs, permanent secretary. (BIS photo/Kristaan Ingraham)ABACO, The Bahamas – The Government’s Infrastructure crusade continued in Marsh Harbour, Abaco with the award of three contracts totaling $3.5 million for the upgrade of physical infrastructure on this northern island.

Public Works and Transport Minister the Hon. Neko C. Grant headed a delegation to the island during a weekend visit. Along with him was Colin Higgs, permanent secretary; John Canton, director; Livingston Forbes, chief architect and Shaun Lightbourne, engineer. A small audience was present to participate in the ceremony held at the conference room of the Department of Education.

The Hon. Edison Key, Member of Parliament for South Abaco, Lenora Black, District Superintendent, Local Government representatives and John Schaefer, area engineer were among those in attendance. A contract for $965,818,95 was awarded to Knowles Construction and Development Company Ltd. for construction of a Great Abaco Highway Bypass Road in Central Abaco.“The new Great Abaco Highway Bypass Road will provide access to the new Government Administration Complex,” said Mr. Grant. “This new by-pass road will stretch from Marsh Harbour Airport round-a-bout to the new Government Administration Complex. Construction of the new Government Administration Complex is progressing well and should be completed by the end of this year.

The road works comprise application of a layer of 1.5” thick asphalt on round-a-bouts and on the new access road. The contract also includes installation of a water main from SC Bootle Highway to the new Government Administration Complex and the installation of laterals to provide access to water. Having submitted the lowest qualifying tender, Knowles Development Co. Ltd. was selected from a group of six contractors and received the award of a $1,894,222.70 for the resurfacing of the runway and apron at Treasure Cay Airport.

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Bahamas Striping wins first Out-Island job in Abaco at Winding Bay
Submitted by Bobby Bower   
Friday, 29 July 2011 06:28

Atario Mitchell on Bahamas Striping’s Graco LazerLiner 3900 striping a side road off Gladstone Road.ABACO, Bahamas -- A young entrepreneur who was raised in Murphy Town, Abaco is excited to return to his birthplace to work on a project marking roads at Winding Bay. Atario Mitchell, now 24 years old, is president of Bahamas Striping, a company launched with the help of the government’s Self Starter Program early last year. The job at Winding Bay is his first job in any of the Family Islands and he hopes this will be the first of many.

Bahamas Striping and Knowles Construction are expected to sign a contract for striping on the new government complex and NIB in Marsh Harbour.

“The most important thing for this trip is for me to perform quality work on the job. I take a special pride here because this was where I was born and raised. It will be wonderful to see many familiar faces. Like everyone who was born here, one day I want to move back here and settle,” said Mitchell. Having graduated from Abaco Central High, Mitchell worked holidays as a bus boy at the Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour Marina, before moving to Freeport and then Nassau.

Since Bahamas Striping’s start several months ago, Mitchell has been operating exclusively in Nassau where he has built an impressive list of clients including high profile companies such as Bahamas Hot Mix, Old Fort Bay, Charlottesville, Serendipity, Sheraton, Wendy’s, and three Super Value food stores.

In 2010, Mr. Mitchell used a $5,000 grant from the Ministry of Youth, Sports & Culture to buy an industrial-grade paint machine called a Graco LineLazer 3900 with a self-propelled seat for striping long roads. That machine painted car parks until the company invested in its own thermoplastic handliner from Georgia, USA. Melted thermoplastic is not as simple as paint but lasts four times longer, according to US State’s Department of Transportation.

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'Plus Arts & Culture' to showcase local Bahamian artists in Abaco this summer
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Sunday, 24 July 2011 11:08

Plus Arts & Culture' to showcase local Bahamian artists in Abaco this summer - The Furniture Plus family is pleased to introduce Plus Arts & Culture (PAC), a celebration of arts, crafts and more by talented Bahamian artists.  PAC, in association with the Abaco Island Artists, will launch its Summer Showcase 2011 at a private reception to be held on July 29th in the Furniture Plus store location at Maxwell's Plaza in Abaco. The showcase will then be open to the public from July 30 through September 30, 2011.  Pictured is one of the works that will be displayed by Chairman of the Abaco Island Artists, Marjolein Scott.  She noted that, 'It is a privilege to be associated with this event. We proudly invite the public to come out and experience for themselves the hidden cultural treasures that the Bahamian artistic community has to offer!MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco -- The Furniture Plus family is pleased to introduce Plus Arts & Culture (“PAC”), a celebration of arts, crafts and more by talented Bahamian artists.  PAC, in association with the Abaco Island Artists, will launch its Summer Showcase 2011 at a private reception to be held on July 29th in the Furniture Plus store location at Maxwell's Plaza in Abaco. The showcase will then be open to the public from July 30 through September 30, 2011.  

Artistic works like oil and watercolor paintings, straw work, ceramics, sculpture, quilting, photography and more will be displayed in tasteful vignettes throughout the Furniture Plus showroom. "We wanted to do more than just have an art display," explained Mrs. Krystynia Lee d'Arville, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Furniture Plus. "Our mission is to give Bahamians a chance to see, touch, feel and experience the beauty and drama portrayed in these fantastic works in a casual, pressure-free shopping environment. This way they can better envision how these pieces might look in their own homes." The goal is to encourage showcase visitors to purchase their favorite art pieces and thereby directly support local artists in the community.

These artists include Furniture Plus's own Leanne Russell, Sales & Store Operations Assistant for the Abaco store, who has championed this cause and is working to collaborate with over 20 artists in The Bahamas. "It is so exciting to be included in such an important cultural event, especially since we will be introducing many of these works to the public for the very first time," said Ms. Russell. This talented artist,  whose vibrant painting is included in advertising collateral for the event, has carved out a partnership with the Furniture Plus in-house finance department to enable collectors to finance their work and make it more affordable. "This is unprecedented for us. It's a  unique opportunity for the average collector to bring their most beloved pieces home to love and appreciate daily, something many may not have thought possible."

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Treasure Cay celebrates new Bahamas blue marlin record
Submitted by Treasure Cay Billfish Tournament   
Tuesday, 28 June 2011 07:11

The Bahamas blue marlin record of 1060.5 pounds was shattered on June 24 by a 1,119 pound fish boated by Team Double Dog, Ft. Lauderdale, FL fishing out of Treasure Cay.TREASURE CAY, Abaco -- The Bahamas blue marlin record of 1060.5 pounds was shattered on June 24 by a 1,119 pound fish boated by Team Double Dog, Fort. Lauderdale, FL fishing out of Treasure Cay.  The team caught the grander during the Treasure Cay leg of the Bahamas Billfish Championship (BBC). This eclipsed the previous Bahamas blue marlin record set in 1979 by Sam Jennings of Miami, Florida during the BBC's Bimini leg.

Angler David Albury of Man-O-War Cay, Bahamas fought the big blue for three hours seventeen minutes before being able to boat it. Double Dog owner Don McKinney of Fort Lauderdale, Florida said they knew this monster of the sea was over 900 pounds but never imagined it to top 1,100 pounds. Angler David Albury was exhausted but excited to be the first Bahamian to hold the record.

"At weigh-in, the dock was electric with the new record," commented General Manager Patrick Fetsch. "The excitement in the marina spilled over to the Tipsy Seagull, where anglers celebrated the incredible accomplishment beneath the mount of Weekend Hooker's grander on the ceiling."

Ranking as the third largest marlin ever captured in the Bahamas, the 1,030 pound fish displayed at the Tipsy Seagull marina-front bar was boated by Ralph Eckler in 1996. In the same remarkable week, a 115 pound white marlin, 134 pound wahoo,180 pound yellowfin tuna and 87 pound mahi mahi were all caught out of Treasure Cay.

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