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Bahamas weekly fishing report from Harbourside Marine
Submitted by Harbourside Marine   

Fishing report as of September 18, 2014

Exuma - Caleb Morton with a 25lb yellowfin caught jigging off of Georgetown, Exuma.Nassau: The local charter captains report that it has been a bit slow this week. There have been a few blackfin tuna caught offshore.
Adam Russell, Chubasco Charters,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Teddy Pratt www.fishing242charters.com    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Nicholas Pinder, Born Free Chaters, www.bornfreefishing.com
Mark Kooskalis, North Shore Charters,   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Dwayne Treco, Morinin' Ride Charters, www.morninridecharters.com

North Exuma, Highbourne Cay: No reports for offshore fishing from Highbourne Cay.
Highbourne Cay Marina   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

North Eleuthera: There have been some yellowfin and a few small wahoo caught off of the north Eleuthera points.
Devon Sawyer   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Jeff Fox, Ocean Fox Charters  www.oceanfoxfishingbahamas.com

 

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Mangrove Bush Primary School celebrates 50th anniversary
Submitted by BIS   

LONG ISLAND, The Bahamas -- The staff and students of the Mangrove Bush Primary School on Long Island joined proud members of the community to celebrate the school’s 50th Anniversary. The celebrations included reflections by former Principals, Mr. Norris Carroll and Mr. Deral Wells, respectively.  

The school opened its doors in 1964 and rests on a parcel of land that was donated by Mr. George Knowles. Mr. Norris Rexford Carroll served as its first Principal. With the assistance of community partners such as Mr. Basil Neymour and the Parent Teachers Association, the school was expanded and is now recognized as one of the quality institutions of learning in The Bahamas.  

To help mark the occasion was Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education Science and Technology, Mrs. Nicole Campbell and Mrs. Lillian Culmer-Miller, District Superintendent. Indicating that the school’s history is one of commitment, perseverance and community, the Permanent Secretary thanked the administrators and staff and congratulated them on meeting this wonderful milestone.

Mrs. Campbell also acknowledged the many successes of the school, including the fact that a large number of students are currently reading at or above their grade levels. She encouraged the students to continue to strive for excellence by embracing all opportunities afforded to them.

The students were asked to repeat the words, “I am special. I am smart. I will work hard today because I am the leader of tomorrow,” and to use it as their daily mantra.

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Halsbury Chambers hosts 10th Annual Free Legal Clinic
Halsbury Chambers Law Office   

Nerissa Greene, Partner at the law firmNASSAU, Bahamas -- The progressive firm of Halsbury Chambers will hosts its 10th Annual Free Legal Clinic, under the theme “Information You Need for the Life You Want” on Saturday the 20th September 2014 at its law office located on Village Road from 9am to 3pm.

Launched in 2004 as a community outreach effort to provide free legal advice and bridge the gap between the legal community and the public, the free clinics in the past have attracted hundreds of persons.

Nerissa Greene, Partner at the law firm, said that, “attorneys will be available from 9am to 3pm to give free legal advice on a wide range of legal issues such as mortgages, conveyances, wills, probate, divorces, adoption, personal injury, wrongful dismissal, immigration applications, trade marks, copyright and formation of companies”.  Greene stated that persons can call the law firm at 393-4551 to make an appointment to consult with an attorney free of charge on Saturday, the 20th September 2014.

Greene expressed her excitement about the fact that Halsbury Chambers believes in giving back.  “If I am correct, no other law firm has taken such a bold position consistently for the last 10 years!” Ms. Greene acknowledged that although she is most grateful for the attorneys in her firm for volunteering their time and effort, it must be acknowledged that the events, past and present, would not have been a reality if it were not for Halsbury Chambers Management team and support staff.

"I am most pleased that the firm has continued with such a wonderful community service, even during the rough economic climate, when I think it is most needed” said Branville McCartney, Founding Partner of the firm.  “I have had a significant number of persons approach me over the years and told me that they benefited greatly from these Free Legal Clinics.  I would certainly encourage all persons to take advantage of the opportunity” said McCartney.

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Albury's Ferry Service donates $10,400 to Abaco Pathfinders
Submitted by AbacoBuzz   

ABACO, The Bahamas -- Abaco Pathfinders (www.abacopathfinders.org) was formed in 2001 and has generously awarded many Bahamian youths with a college education. Abaco Pathfinders‘ goal is to provide funds to enable deserving students from the Abaco islands to continue their education after high school.

Albury’s Ferry Service is donating $10,400 to Abaco Pathfinders.

Ferries go where people go … “The young adults represent the future of our island; they are our most valuable asset,” states Denis Knowles, manager of Albury’s Ferry Service." we are proud to be part of a community which recognises the heartbeat of our talented young people.”

Abaco Pathfinders is a beneficial organisation not only for students, but as a positive impact on the community. Businesses such as Albury’s Ferry Service are vital to the program’s success.

Jim Blumberg founded Abaco Pathfinders in 2001 and his legacy is evident today — over 149 students have fulfilled their dream for higher education. With the support of sponsors, community and businesses, Pathfinders has been able to facilitate a path for those in need of help to attain their goals for higher education.

“Our sponsors and donors are our best resource. We thank Albury’s Ferry, and deeply appreciate their support. They go over and above to help us and we are grateful,” said Leazona Bethell, Abaco Pathfinders Organisation.

 
Marine artist and angler Carey Chen onboard for upcoming Wahoo Smackdown series hosted by Bimini Big Game Resort & Marina
Submitted by John Bell   

Carey Chen (center) with fishing team at past tournament at Bimini Big Game Club.ALICE TOWN, Bimini — Popular marine artist Carey Chen, (www.careychen.com) whose colorful works are inspired from a lifetime of fishing and observing the ocean and its creatures, has been commissioned to “paint a trophy” to be awarded to the top team for heaviest wahoo at the Bimini Wahoo Smackdown V tournament scheduled for November 13-15.

Chen’s paintings, which have fetched as much as $15,000, continue to grow in popularity with fishermen and collectors around the world.  The historic Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina, which is hosting Wahoo Smackdown V, is working with Chen to create a unique first place trophy depicting wahoos, the greyhounds of the oceans and the fish de jour for the upcoming tournament.

“I can’t tell you what it means to have someone as talented as Carey—both behind an easel and as a highly respected angler— to join our tournament,” said Wahoo Smackdown V Tournament Director Captain Chase Camacho. “This is a man who has attended tournaments all over the world, caught and released 300 blue marlin and spent months on the Florida flats fishing and observing the behaviors of snook, tarpon, stingrays and sharks. Though all the on-the-water activity, Carey has honed an eye for magnificent detail in creating his artwork.  He is a marine master in every sense of the word.”

Chen, who just returned from an International Billfish Tournament in Puerto Rico where he won the Top International Angler trophy, will work closely with Camacho and anglers at the Wahoo Smackdown V and will return in early 2015 for the sixth installment of the tournament as Grand Marshal and to create another top prize trophy painting.

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