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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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New Bahamas Blue Marlin record caught in Abaco
Submitted by the Bahamas Billfish Championship   
Saturday, 25 June 2011 07:32

Team Double Dog established a new Bahamas record when they boated a blue marlin weighing 1,119 pounds (507 kg).ABACO, Bahamas -- Team Double Dog established a new Bahamas record when they boated a blue marlin weighing 1,119 pounds (507 kg). The record breaking blue was caught on the second day of the Treasure Cay Championship, the fifth and final leg of the 2011 Bahamas Billfish Championship. Angler David Albury of Man-O-War Cay, Bahamas fought the big blue for three hours seventeen minutes before being able to bring the fish to gaff.

"When we saw the fish in the spread, we could not believe our eyes," said Double Dog owner Don McKinney of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. "We scrambled to clear the light tackle and get the 80's in position just in time for the giant blue to crash the port short." McKinney went on to say, "After years of tournament fishing, we knew the fish was over 900 pounds but we never imagined it to be over 1,100 pounds."

Team Double Dog has been competing in the Bahamas Billfish Championship for more than ten years and the Team won the Championship title in 2009.

An exhausted David Albury said, "I was so excited that I never realized that I was in the chair for more than three hours. It wasn't until we attempted to boat the fish that I began to realize its size. My muscles are aching today but I'm sure I'll feel much more uncomfortable tomorrow."

According to the Double Dog's captain, Jason Parker, "It was team work all the way especially when it came to getting the fish into the boat. We quickly realized that we were going to have a difficult time getting the fish through the transom door. We rigged a 'come along' to keep the fish straight while everyone aboard pulled the monster fish aboard."

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Team Galati takes first place in the 28th annual Treasure Cay Billfish Tournament
Submitted by the Treasure Cay Billfish Tournament   
Tuesday, 21 June 2011 11:15

Team Galati, Holmes Beach, FL receives the First Place Team award for the 28th Annual Treasure Cay Billfish Tournament, June 12-17, 2011, Abaco, Bahamas. (L. to R.) Left to right: Drew Hill, Mike Kasten, Christian Hightower, Capt.Chris Galati, Joseph Galati Jr. Daniel Menard, Darren Plymale, Mike Stein, Joe Galati. (Photo Credit: Paula Fishman I www.sunphoto.biz)ABACO, Bahamas -- Team Galati took top honors at the 28th Annual Treasure Cay Billfish Tournament, held June 12-17 at Treasure Cay Hotel Resort & Marina, Abaco Bahamas. Owned by Chris Galati, Holmes Beach, FL, Team Galati scored 2,500 points with four blue marlin and a sailfish, winning  Top Team, Top Release Team and other honors. They released a blue on Monday, a blue and a sailfish on Tuesday and two blues on Thursday, beating 11 teams and 60 anglers.

Boneshaker, owned by Joe Lehner, Stuart, FL finished second with a blue, a white and two sailfish for a total of 1,000 points. Third place went to Ticket, owned by Jim Jensen, Satellite Beach, FL, for releasing a blue and a white marlin 800 points.

Top Angler and Top Release Angler went to Ed Dwyer Cocoa Beach, FL, on the Ticket. Team Galati's Joe Galati, Jr. won Top Junior Angler for releasing one blue. Team Galati's second junior angler, Christian Hightower, Holmes Beach FL, released a blue but was trumped by time for the Junior Angler award.

Second place angler went to Josh Herbert, Ponte Vedra, FL for a blue marlin release and the first blue of the tournament on Pandemonium. Darren Plymale, Odessa, FL on Team Galati took Third Place Angler for a blue marlin release.

Ticket took two top honors in the Fun Fish division. Top Tuna went to Karl Schneider, Satellite Beach, FL for a 33.2 lb. yellowfin. Garett Van Orman, Rockledge, FL took Top Dolphin with a 37 lb. fish.

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Sea Spray Resort, Abaco - 2nd Annual Summer Art & Craft Show this Saturday
Submitted by Bahamian Arts & Culture   
Thursday, 16 June 2011 13:23

ABACO, Bahamas -- The Sea Spray Resort and Marina in Elbow Cay, Abaco presents its 2nd Annual Summer Art & Craft Show featuring local artists with indoor and outdoor displays this Saturday, June 18, 2011 from 11am to 4pm.

Ferry service from Marsh Harbour leaves at 10:30am and returns from Sea Spray Marina at 4:00pm, provided by Albury's Ferry Service. Call for transportation from Hope Town. Call 242-366-0065 or VHF Ch.16 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  See poster below:


 
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