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Custom computers A's for excellence
September 04, 2012
Custom computers A's for excellence

Several talented students will start their new academic year off right thanks to Custom Computers Ltd.

After randomly drawing 25 student names from the entries in the “As for Excellence” campaign, the winners of the top three prizes were recognized for their outstanding academic achievements with the latest technological gadgets sure to make project research and writing for school a little sweeter.

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October 16, 2013
Customer First Associates to hold sixth high school speech competition Oct. 17

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Customer First Associates is scheduled to hold their Sixth High School Speech Competition on Thursday, October 17, 2013 11:00a.m at Foster B. Pestaina's auditorium.
We extended invitation to all high schools to participate in this significant event. However, we received confirmation from Eight Mile Rock High, Grand Bahama Catholic High, St. George's High, Sir Jack Hayward High and St. Paul's Methodist College.
The vision of The Customer First Associates is to sensitize awareness in the delivery of quality service in Grand Bahama; and indeed throughout The Bahamas.
Therefore, in order to drive this initiative we decided in 2008 to involve students from various high schools throughout Grand Bahama. They are the next generation to effect the desired change in this delicate commodity.
Our paramount concern is to instill values in our young people, to guide them on this significant journey to maximize performance in the delivery of continuous improvement in "World Class Service"
Additionally, in 2012 students who participated in the speech competition were employed throughout the summer. We were very encouraged by the impressive results confirmed in The Employer's Report, remarkable improvements of work ethics, going above and beyond in delivery of customer service and a good team player.

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DNA Announces New Candidates At Street Meeting
November 04, 2011
DNA Announces New Candidates At Street Meeting

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) is prepared to deliver our message of REAL CHANGE for ONE BAHAMAS to every Bahamian in every community. In that manner, we have hosted a "Street Meeting" on Thursday November 3 at the corner of East St. and Hay St........

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March 30, 2012
DW Davis Junior High School wins the Highest Enrollment Award Floating Trophy JA Bahamas

Nassau, Bahama - DW Davis Junior
High School wins the Highest Enrollment Award Floating Trophy in the Junior
Achievement Bahamas (JA) First Cycle of the Elementary and Juniors Programme.

The Certificate Presentation Exercise was held March 23, 2012 at Golden Gates Outreach Ministries,
Carmichael Road. Other winners include: the Grates Initiative Award
Primary School, Xavier's and Our
Lady's Catholic Primary Schools; the Grates Initiative Award Junior School, C.
H. Reeves Junior High School...

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October 19, 2012
Darville Calls For Appreciation Of The Bahamas

Minister for Grand Bahama Dr Michael Darville called for more appreciation of all things Bahamian.

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October 18, 2012
Darville Wants More Appreciation for What is Bahamian

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - Minister for Grand Bahama and Member of Parliament for Pineridge, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville said October 18, that to build the country it is important to recognise and appreciate what is Bahamian.

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April 03, 2012
Drama and poetry on the roster as the National Arts Festival adjudications continue in Nassau

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- St. Cecilia's Catholic Primary School students recently perform a skit about Sir Milo Butler opening a bank account, entitled 'They Told Me No' by Candace King, during the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival's New Providence Adjudications, at the Holy Trinity Activities Centre, Stapledon Gardens.  (BIS Photo / Eric Rose)

Centreville Primary School Drama Club members recently perform a skit about Bahamian fathers and their duties, during the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival's New Providence Adjudications, at the Holy Trinity Activities Centre, Stapledon Gardens.  The group received the highest score for their New Providence performing class.  (BIS Photo / Eric Rose)

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November 22, 2010
Eight straight!


Senior Sports Reporter

The St Cecilia's Strikers got their eighth straight victory Monday in the Catholic Diocesan Primary Schools Basketball League, taking advantage of their home turf to delight their fans with an impressive 68-21 win over the struggling St Thomas More Sparks.

It was a stellar performance from St Cecilia's, who posted two 50-point decisions this season, according to statistics provided by tournament organiser Patricia 'Pat' Coakley.

The score of yesterday's game was the second highest ever behind an historic 74-2 win by the St Francis/Joseph Shockers over the Xavier's Giants in the mid-1990s.

Talented ...

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Empowered young men
July 11, 2013
Empowered young men

Ivar Lightbourne can look back at the school year and smile at the about-face he's made in life through a mentoring program he enrolled in at Aquinas College during his eleventh grade year. Because of the Male Empowerment Program, Ivar said he has matured physically and can now boast of sharing a spiritual relationship with God.

"I am a changed young man," Ivar said, adding that his grades have improved and that most importantly, his attitude and outlook on life did a 360-degree turn. He gives all the credit to Barry Wilmott, who mentored a group of young men during the school year through the use of religion...

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February 10, 2012
Eric Bertram Cash, 93

Funeral Service for the Late Eric Bertram Cash, 93 years of #8 Cusbin Road, Blue Hill Estates and formerly of Wulff Road and Smith's Lane, will be held on Monday February 13th, 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady's Roman Catholic Church, Deveaux & Young Streets. Fr. Alain Laverne and Deacons Peter Rahming and Maxwell Johnson will officiate. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Soldier Road.

He is survived by His Sons: Dr. Earl Cash, Patrick, Gregory, Ronnie Cash of Orlando, Fla. and Duane Cash of Hollywood, Fla.; Daughters: Georgina Albury of North Port, Fla., Sandrea Miller, Jennifer Cash, Paula Nedd of Tampa, Fla., Angela Cash of Miami, Fla., Sonia Thompson, Anna Heastie, and Dr. Cheryll Cash M.D. of Houma, La.; Sons-in-law: James Albury, Clyde Nedd, Kenneth Thompson, and Anthonty Heastie; Daughters-in-law: Cheryl, Michelle, and Ruth Cash; Grandchildren: James Jr. and Christopher Albury; Dr. Earl Cash Jr. M.D. and Christie Cargill; Erica Cash-Burrows; Precious Smith, Krystal, Gregorinique and Basilena Cash; Jannah Wilmott; Dr. Nona (Tara) Martin-Storr M.D. and Clyde Nedd Jr.; Kenneth Gerrick, Jermaine, and Tatianna Thompson, and Dr. Tanya Badamosi M.D.; A. Antoine and Ajene Heastie; Ronique, Staff Sargeant Karyss Cash, Christal, Lisa, Rychelle, Yasmine and Yolanda Cash; Sharde Husain, Duane Jr. and Michael Cash; Nicholas and Nicholette Cash; Grandsons-in-law: Dr. Adrian Cargill M.D., Akeem Badamosi, Dr. Virgil Storr, Dwight Burrows, and Dario Smith; Granddaughter-in-law: Vedell Heastie; Great grandchildren: Jai-Le Simmons, Jade Williams, Anarghya Heastie, Gianna and Jayden Badamosi, Adrian Cash, Johann Sebastian Cash, Brittany Gomez, Tyler and Dario Jr. Smith, Michael Husain, Bryce Albury, Ari and Gayle Burrows, Jermia Thompson; Niece: Dorothy Francis; Other relatives and friends: Arch-Bishop Patrick Pinder, The Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie, Father Alain Laverne, Monsignors Preston Moss and John Johnson, Father Michael Kelly, Seminarian Oscar Ferguson, Deacons Peter Rahming, Maxwell Johnson and Samuel Mitchell, Sisters Ena and Cecilia Albury of St. Martin's Monastery, Pastor Jeffrey Woods, Francis Richardson, Eleanor Mitchell, Eugene Nicolls, Donald Wallace, Christopher and Francita Outten, Sandra Johnson, Willie, Stephen, Bernard, Sterling, Wendell, Kaven, and Joanna Francis, Agatha Bevans, Theresa Simpson, Sonia Bostwick, Henrietta Miller, Roland Goffe, Paula Henry (care-giver), Margaret Claridge, Carolyn, Myra and Rayangelo Sturrup, Harold and Betty Grant, Shirley Roberts and Family, Hilda Moxey and Family, Jack Thompson and Family, Andrea Rahming and Family, Adrian Russell and Family, The Daniels Family,  Rosemary Sargeant, Ruth and Wayde Thompson, Nellie Thompson of Canada, Prosper and Carmelina Burrows of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Reverend James Rahming, Freddie Lord, Stencil Ferguson, Patricia Dickenson, Marjorie and Harry Lord, Jeffrey Sturrup, Myra and Rayangelo Sturrup, Philip Butler, Brad Storr, Gary Smith, Charles Butler, Ryan Dorsette, The Lyford Cay Family, The Lou Adams Orchestra, Our Lady's 6:30 a.m. Choir, The Bahamas Musicians and Entertainers Union, The Wulff Rd. Community, The Our Lady's Church Family, The Department of Public Health, S.C. McPherson Jr. High School, Ms. T. Nicola McKay and Ms. Cheryl Samuels & the H.O.Nash Jr. High School Family, Higgs and Johnson, Arawak Homes, Tyre-Flex, The Bahamas Industrial Tribunal, The Immigration Department and the Department of Labour, and many others too numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, Nassau Street on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Monday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.

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August 01, 2013
Evaluation of stem cell research and therapy from the perspective of Christian ethics

There can be no doubt that one of the major burning issues in our nation is the matter of stem cell research and therapy. Discussion on what direction our nation should take in dealing with stem cell research has led to much heated debate often highly polarized in nature. Indeed, the dust has not settled around the controversy generated by this debate and is discussed everywhere from the halls of Parliament to the barber shops...

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November 18, 2014
FLIFF 2014 Presents "Every Child Counts" A Triumphant Bahamian Story

Documentary of Bahamas School for Special Kids a hit at Film Festival...

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September 23, 2010
Falcons fly over Big Red Machine


Senior Sports Reporter

The Jordan Prince Williams Falcons rode into St Augustine's College Big Red Machine territory and put a dent in the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools' junior boys' softball season.

In the season opener for both teams yesterday at SAC, the Falcons came from behind to fly past the defending champions Big Red Machine 15-13 in a game that had a whole lot of thrills and spills.

"It was a game that could have gone either way. We are just glad that we came out with the victory," said Falcons' coach Dave Wood as Jordan Prince Williams beat their Catholic arch-rivals for the first time sinc ...

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March 20, 2011
Family Island Schools Registered for Scotiabank national High School Track and Field Championships

Nassau, Bahamas - There are just three days away from
the exciting and competitive Scotiabank National High School Track and
Field Championships.

Several schools from Grand Bahama have
registered for the competition. They are Tabernacle Baptist, Catholic
High, and Bishop Michael Eldon High. They are bringing their largest
teams in recent memory.

Schools registered from other islands

Long Island: North Long Island, N.G.M.
; Andros: North Andros, Central Andros,
Mangrove Cay
; Abaco- Central Abaco, Moore's Island,
Agape Christian...

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Family Island student makes history
April 02, 2014
Family Island student makes history

Taliah Cooper made history when she won the Jr. Minister of Tourism competition and became the first Family Islander to capture the coveted title...

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December 02, 2010
Festival Noel School Chef Competition to be a FUN School Battle!

Freeport, Grand Bahama - With ticket sales in full swing
Festival Noel is gearing up for a real "Sweet 16." As part of this year's annual event local high schools and the
College of The Bahamas will compete for the coveted title of Chef Noel.

Confirmed for this year's Chef
battle event are Catholic High School, Eight Mile Rock, St. George's and the
College of The Bahamas. "These
students are really excited to show off their talents to Grand Bahamians," said
Cecilia Bodie, GB BNT Manager, "I am excited to see how the Chef battle turns
out and who has been the most creative!"

to two new sponsors the students will be able to participate this year. Both
SAVEMORE Food store and the Freeport Container Port and its group of Companies
generously stepped up to help them. "Freeport Container Port (FCP)...

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Fitzgerald appeals for greater focus on special needs students
September 02, 2013
Fitzgerald appeals for greater focus on special needs students

Minister of Education, Science and Technology Jerome Fitzgerald appealed to teachers last night to be more concerned about students with learning disabilities, and said he expects that with training they will do a better job of identifying those students this year...

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April 28, 2013

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April 29, 2013
Fitzgerald praises the Catholic school system

SUPPORTING Catholic education is a worthwhile cause, Minister of Education Jerome Fitzgerald said Saturday night, adding that the Catholic system has produced top scholars over the years.

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May 02, 2014
Fitzgerald: Special needs school complete by end of May

The special needs school at the former Our Lady's Catholic Primary School will be completed by the end of this month and opened in September, Minister of Education Jerome Fitzgerald said yesterday.
Last April, Fitzgerald announced the government will spend more than $1 million to renovate the former school into an institution for special needs students.
The school was expected to be completed earlier this year.
Fitzgerald said there were some challenges with the floor of the building and a decision was made to reinforce it in January.
He said while he has not been advised that the project is over budget, he expects there will be some cost overruns.
"To what extent that is I cannot say at this point, but I do not suspect that it will be that much," he told The Nassau Guardian during a tour of the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.
The government recently completed the proposed draft legislation on the Persons with the Disabilities Equal Opportunities Act, 2013.
Fitzgerald added that the renovation of St. Bede's Catholic Primary School, which the government became responsible for last year, is complete and the media will soon be invited to tour the school.
"The school is a beautiful facility, and probably has the most modern and beautiful preschool we have in the country," he said.
"It will also house all the administrators for the preschool department."
The minister said the new schools are expected to have a major impact on the academic performance of students with special needs who attend.

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November 19, 2012
Flag Day Ceremony Held At Our Lady's Catholic Primary School

Nassau, Bahamas - Rodney Moncur, coordinator of the Bain and Grants Town Urban Renewal office, conducts an inspection of Brownies during the celebration of Flag Day at Our Lady's Catholic Primary School November 16.

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December 08, 2010
Flames, Strikers in finals!

Two teams who tangled in the Catholic Primary Schools basketball playoffs last year, will meet in the best-of-three championship this year. The Our Lady Blue Flames stifled the Xavier's Giants in their sudden death playoff game, 31-23, yesterday, and the St. Cecilia's Strikers blasted the two-time defending champions St. Bede's Crushers, 29-10.
Blue Flames 31, Giants 23
The Giants outscored the Blue Flames, 13-3, in the final three minutes of their playoff game yesterday, but it proved to be too little too late for them.
Deangelo Mackey put his team on his shoulders and carried them to an impressive victory. Arguably the best primary school basketball player in the country, Mackey di ...

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April 30, 2013
Former Catholic school to be turned into education centre for the disabled

THE Government plans to convert Our Lady's Catholic Primary School into a special education centre for the disabled, Education Minister Jerome Fitzgerald said.

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April 06, 2013
Former Guardian publisher Ken Francis dies at 82

Kenneth 'Six' Francis, former publisher of The Nassau Guardian, died quietly in hospital around 3:22 a.m. yesterday, his family said.
He was 82.
Francis was instrumental in shaping the pages of the print business much of his life as he brought on board the new generation of talent in the media business, the family noted.
It was during Francis' era when The Nassau Guardian was transformed into a fully digital publishing facility.
Francis was born in Nassau on May 15, 1930 at his parents' home on Fort Fincastle.
As a youngster, he was an avid sportsman and an aspiring musician in the St. Francis band.
Francis once said he was not a Catholic but was invited in by the organizers because of his talent. His musical instrument of choice was the clarinet.
Francis met his wife, Stephanie Marie Francis (nee Marshall), as they both played in the band.
Although he played many sports, his sport of choice was cricket.
On many occasions during his early adult years, he had the privilege of representing The Bahamas throughout the West Indies on The Bahamas National Cricket Team.
'Six', as he was affectionately known, had his name carved in the pages of Bahamian sports history for his dedication and commitment to breaking down the color barrier for golf in The Bahamas.
He was a former president of The Bahamas Golf Federation.
During his professional career, Francis often spoke to students impressing upon them the benefits of staying in school and completing their education.
His proudest accomplishment was being awarded the Queen's Honour of the Commander of the British Empire (CBE), an award which he said represents the greatest honor for community service.
"He has left his indelible print on the sands of time here in The Bahamas and across the region," his family said.
"Today he leaves us to be forevermore with the blessed, and take up his place in the court of the saints."
Francis is survived by his wife Stephanie and children Joyann, Patricia, Stephen, Debra and Kenrah, along with a host of relatives and friends.

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June 20, 2011
Fr. Bonaventure Dean: Priest, educator, husband, father Part II

"Look around. Think about what you see. Give thanks."

A month ago, we paid tribute to Fr. Bonaventure Dean who died in Canada on May 16, after a protracted battle with prostate cancer. That column covered his life in The Bahamas, focusing primarily on his career which spanned the period beginning with his ordination as a Roman Catholic priest in 1963 up to the time that he left St. Augustine's College and Monastery, the priesthood and The Bahamas in the summer of 1971.  During his brief, but meteoric career in The Bahamas, he rapidly rose from history teacher to Dean of Discipline at St. Augustine's College, finally becoming, from 1967 to 1971, the first Bahamian to simultaneously hold the positions of Headmaster and Prior of St. Augustine's College and Monastery, respectively.

Therefore this week, we would like to Consider This... what became of Fr. Bonaventure Dean, in the four decades after leaving The Bahamas in 1971 until his death, during which period he reclaimed the name given to him at birth: John Dean?

Perhaps the most immediate question that many persons familiar with that tumultuous era would want to know is why did he leave? His dazzling spectacular rise at St. Augustine's was legendary. At the exceptionally tender ecclesiastical and secular age of 31, he had become the leader of the Monastery and the College and also during that period he served as the President of the Bahamas Christian Council.  Without a doubt, he was on a rapid trajectory that probably would have catapulted him to become the first Bahamian Catholic bishop had he remained, potentially accelerating that historic moment by three decades from its actual realization. So why did he leave?

The most succinct answer can be found in the words of John Dean himself, who in a Canadian publication in 1977 asserted that: "We have the tools to live in the way that [humans] can live most richly and in the way that may well become inevitable--i.e. communally, where the individual has privacy and at the same time he shares with his friends so much of life which is meant to be shared. I did not find this in religious life. I realized in 1968 when all the Benedictine abbots met in Rome that the answer was not there. That is why I am here [in Canada]."

John Dean's decision to leave Holy Orders was not an easy one. In fact, everyone with whom this writer has spoken about Dean's decision to leave his religious vocation has characterized that decision as a profoundly and excruciatingly painful one, particularly in light of the changes that were in train during the latter years of the tumultuous 1960s.  In short, it appears that Father Bonaventure felt irretrievably and inescapably trapped "between the ocean and the deep blue sea"   -- torn on the one hand, believing that the hoped for changes in the Catholic Church would not happen soon and, on the other hand, fearing at the same time that leaving the priesthood, particularly after attaining such an historic and lofty position, could be interpreted as incompetence and failure of another black man, yet again.  But as we all know, he did leave and began another, very different chapter of an already eventful life.
John Dean's love of community and living in a community of like-minded souls prompted him to move to Therafields, one of the largest psychoanalytic communes of the 1970s in North America.  Therafields, which was located outside Toronto, was a ground-breaking community of lay therapists. Interestingly, almost half of them had also belonged to the Order of St. Benedict and had left the religious life to found a radically new form of communal life. The commune involved individual and group therapy, endeavoring to empower people to explore their lives deeply and sincerely. To live at Therafields, individuals were required to commit to living together honestly and to struggle with the challenging realities of complex human interactions. Therafields seemed to so naturally match the ideal type of communal life John had been envisioning and searching for at the time.

At one point there were over 800 people involved in Therafields.  It was an amazing experiment in communal living, organic farming and psychotherapy. John Dean and Ann Cowper Green, a former English teacher and librarian at St. Augustine's College, were married after leaving The Bahamas and settled at Therafields. In 1977, John's and Ann's daughter, Jerusa Lea, was born.

While he was at Therafields, John was hired as the manager of Therafields Farm, which was comprised of 400 acres and included five houses and a renovated barn complex that included dormitories for weekend guests, a large kitchen and dining-room, a loft with a stage, a construction workshop and John's office.  During the time that John and Ann lived on the farm, Therafields grew to include a school, a book store, an organic vegetable enterprise, and an arts centre.  According to Ken Plotnik, a former schoolmate of John at Saint John's University who had also become a priest, left the priesthood, married and lived at Therafields while John and Ann were there, Therafields "was a vibrant place that attracted young people who were learning to live emotionally, healthy and ecologically respectful, purposeful lives."

Eventually as people and events moved into the new era of the 1980s, which focused more on the more self-centered outlook of an individual's wants and needs and less on the idea of gaining self-fulfillment from working together, Therafields disbanded.  In 1984, John and Ann divorced. Ann and Jerusa returned to The Bahamas, where Ann taught at The College of The Bahamas and Jerusa attended St. Andrew's School.
Shortly after leaving Therafields, John married Margaret Weiler. Margaret, a native of Thunder Bay, Canada, had worked in The Bahamas in 1971 for one year as a nun at St. Cecilia's Catholic School. In 1986, Margaret and John had a daughter, Katie Rose.

Also after leaving Therafields, John returned to teaching, this time in the Toronto Catholic School District, as he had done at St. Augustine's many years earlier. Thus began the third chapter of John Dean's life story, a chapter in which he resumed a familiar role -- Roman Catholic school principal. There he worked until his retirement in 2001. Following his retirement from the Catholic School system up to the time of his second bout with prostate cancer, which had first surfaced a decade earlier, John worked as a consultant in the Toronto Catholic School District.
So what conclusions can be derived from the life of the man we first knew as Fr. Bonaventure Dean and later simply as John Dean?   Several characterizations are pervasive, regardless of who one talks to. He was a deeply spiritual individual of immense intellect, a life-long Catholic, warm, charming and charismatic, a consummate educator, one who sought through a philosophical and inquiring mind to honestly confront the conflicts in his life, and above all, one who strived to achieve his destiny.

There is more, much more, to this enigmatic person who walked this way and impacted so many lives. His ability to touch lives profoundly is a gift not often seen.  His gargantuan intellectual thirst to understand the divine complexities of life, while living a simple and what could be characterized as an old-fashioned life, amongst his brothers and sisters and close to the soil, illustrate a fascinating dichotomy that is unique.  His consciousness as a black Bahamian pushing the boundaries of a heretofore white world at a time when the struggles of the black Bahamian were matching those of other men and women of color the world over was also a distinctive part of his character.  And his decision to walk away from a position of power and influence in his church and in his country also marks this man as one with an exceptional and extraordinary moral compass that bears much more examination so that future generations of Bahamians can learn from his example, as did so many of his students. The formative years in The Bahamas, as well as the forty-year sojourn in Canada that morphed Fr. Bonaventure once again into John Dean, from priest and educator to husband, father and educator, continue to be a fascinating story which needs to be and will be told in greater depth and detail -- sometime in the not-too-distant future.
As we remember Fr. Bonaventure of an earlier era or John Dean of the recent past in a Memorial Service and Memorial Mass at the Emmaus Centre and St. Anselm's in celebration of his life this Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, his family members, friends, students and acquaintances will take a moment as he admonished us more than forty years ago to "Look around.  Think about what you see.  Give thanks."
Philip C. Galanis is the managing partner of HLB Galanis & Co., Chartered Accountants, Forensic & Litigation Support Services. He served 15 years in Parliament.

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May 13, 2013
Francis de Sales School Shines with Drama and Dance

Marsh Harbour

Abaco, The Bahamas - St. Francis de Sales Catholic School student
Ashanti Duncanson recites "Junkanoo", during the recent E. Clement
Bethel National Arts Festival adjudications, at the St. Francis de Sales
Church, in Marsh Harbour, Abaco.

Photos enclosed...

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May 03, 2011
Freeport in the Sixties group planning January 2012 reunion

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- A large number of former and current Freeporters will be returning to the island of Grand Bahama on January 19, 2012 for a reunion.

The group consists of former students of Freeport High School and Grand Bahama Catholic High School, families, and friends who lived in Freeport in the 1960s and 1970s. Oragnizer Diane Lawrence reports there are already 200 plus in the group with over 100 comfirming they will be attending the reunion in Freeport from January 19 to January 22, 2012.

For more information on the Freeport in the Sixties reunion event, email or visit the public Facebook page HERE.

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November 30, 2013
From kitchen star to Salvation Army chef

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) --
Jeff Ansorge once commanded a staff of 17 and made around $80,000 a year as executive chef at a posh downtown Minneapolis restaurant where a 24-ounce dry aged Porterhouse steak goes for $48. But he gave it all up to become the head cook of a Salvation Army soup kitchen, where the meals are free. Now he brings his culinary skills to bear making salmon, ribs and stews for the poor and homeless who come to The Salvation Army Eastside Corps Community Center in St. Paul. For the Thanksgiving meal that's being served Wednesday, Ansorge planned a traditional feast of turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce and rolls, served on tables covered with white tablecloths.
"It is not your old-fashioned soup kitchen where you get a bowl of soup and a piece of bread and (are) sent on your way. He makes phenomenal meals that you would pay quite a bit of money to go to a restaurant and have," Salvation Army Capt. John Joyner said of Ansorge, who left The Capital Grille to run the soup kitchen.
The clients agree. "This is outstanding. On a scale of 1 to 10, I give him an 8-and-a-half, yep," Donnie Richardson, 55, a homeless man from St. Paul, said over a meal of chicken thighs, rice and mixed vegetables in the center's white-walled gymnasium. Ansorge, 40, says a spiritual awakening led him to his new job at the soup kitchen in October 2012, making just onethird of his previous salary. "I went through a divorce. I was suffering from major depression for four years. And my priorities were all wrong,"Ansorge recalled while standing near the center's pantry shelves. "I wanted the highpaying job. I wanted the big house. I wanted the cars. I wanted all that. And ultimately, none of that satisfied me."Ansorge started cooking when he was 16 at a mom-andpop restaurant. He went to school in Rhode Island, earning degrees in culinary arts and food service management before joining The Capital Grille, where he spent 12 years.Now Ansorge is lucky to get as many as three volunteers to help him in the soup kitchen. On a recent Thursday, Ansorge -- a trim man with short gray hair -- set up the tables, seasoned, seared and baked the chicken thighs, dished up meals and wiped down the tables afterward. Instead of a traditional white chef's hat and uniform, he wears a dark blue T-shirt with the words "SHIELD CREW" in white with the red Salvation Army insignia, and blue jeans.
Raised Catholic, Ansorge -- a former altar boy -- said he drifted away from his faith in his 20s and 30s. Despite his prominent position at the restaurant, Ansorge said he was spiraling downward.
"My priorities were backwards. I had a big mortgage, I had car payments, I had credit card debts," Ansorge said. "And now I have none of that."He sent about 10 applications to mainly Christian nonprofits, hoping to make a change. He chose The Salvation Army because "it's a nonprofit that works with people that need help."
Joyner said The Salvation Army initially felt Ansorge was overqualified. But none of the other candidates seemed a good fit.
"His credentials are unbelievable. He could easily be making two, three times what he makes working for us. But he told us that he wanted to give back and he really wanted to do this," Joyner said.
Susan Dunlop, chef and coowner of Joan's In The Park restaurant in St. Paul, worked with Ansorge for nearly three years at The Capital Grille. She says she's not surprised by his decision.
"That's his true passion. He wanted to do something where he was giving back to the community," Dunlop said. "It's who he is. He needs to do that to be happy."
Ansorge didn't just bring cooking skills. Joyner said Ansorge's shopping skills save the organization money.
Ansorge said he looks for bargains on food nearing its expiration date that grocery stores don't want to sell but has been frozen and is salvageable. The Salvation Army also has a partnership with the Second Harvest Heartland food bank that allows it to get 40-pound cases of mixed poultry for $5, he said. Before Ansorge came to the soup kitchen, The Salvation Army spent $28,000 on its lunch program at the East Side center. In Ansorge's first year there, he spent $13,000 on the lunch program. The center serves from 80 to 140 people each day at its Monday through Friday noon meal.
Ansorge also tries to bring nutritional value to whatever meal he serves. For some, it may be their only meal of the day.
He's eliminated desserts and cut back on the fat and sugars in meals.
"I don't want to feed them anything that I wouldn't eat,"he said. "I try to feed them something that I would feed to my own family."

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June 09, 2011
From the Beaches to the Plains

The Auburn Plainsman: Things seem to be rolling right along for Auburn's own Caribbean track and field treasure.

women's track and field coach Henry Rolle was born in the town of
Freeport on Grand Bahama, where track is the most popular sport.

It was here he ran the 100-meter dash and hurdles while attending a private Catholic high school of about 400 students.

Rolle said life was fun growing up in the Bahamas, and he was quite the typical island boy.

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August 24, 2011
Full 2011 Emergency Shelter list for the Family Islands

ABACO - 24

Grand Cay
 Shiloh Baptist Church

Grand Cay All Age School (Preschool room only)
Church of God Pentecostal

Green Turtle Cay

Amy Roberts All Age School
Church of God

Mount Hope

New Hope Baptist Church

Cedar Harbour

Ebenezer Baptist Church

Copper's Town

Faith Walk Church of God

Fox Town

Fox Town Primary School

Fire Road

New St. Andrew Baptist Church

Crown Haven

Revival Time Pentecost Church Youth Hall

Dundas Town

Central Abaco Primary School
Friendship Tabernacle Church

Murphy Town

Abaco Central High School

Marsh Harbour

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church

Hope Town, Elbow Cay

Hope Town Pre School

Man-O-War Cay

Man-O-War Public School

Guana Cay

Guana Cay All Aged School


Cherokee Sound

Assemblies of God Church

Casuarina & Bahama Palm Shores

Casuarina Point Fire Station

Crossing Rocks

Crossing Rocks Primary School

Sandy Point/Sands Cove

Sandy Point Community Center

Moore's Island- The Bight, Hard Bargain

Soul Seeking Ministry
Moore's Island All Age School


Chesters Bay

North Acklins Hurricane Shelter

Snug Corner

St. Paul's  Baptist Church

Delectable Bay

Church of God of Prophecy

Salina Point

Zion Ebenezer Baptist Church

Spring Point

Command Centre

Mars Bay

St. Mary's Anglican Church

Deep Creek

Deep Creek Primary School

Black Point

St. Paul's Baptist Church

Smith's Hill

Mt. Olive Baptist Church

The Bluff

Friendship Baptist Church
High Rock Primary School

Long Bay Cays

Long Bay Cays Pre-School

Mangrove Cay - 2

Mangrove Cay High School - Lisbon Creek to Pinder's
Burnt Rock Primary School -  Little Harbour to Burnt Rock

Central Andros - 10
Cargill Creek Township
St. Bartholomew Anglican Church - Behring Point
Church of God of Prophecy - Cargill Creek
Pentecostal Church - Bowen Sound

Fresh Creek Township

Catholic Church - Fresh Creek
St. Paul's Anglican Church - Calabash Bay
Voice of Deliverance Church - Calabash Bay
Mt. Sinai Baptist Church - Calabash Bay
Mt. Ethel Baptist Church - Love Hill

Staniard Creek Township

St. Hope Baptist Church - Blanket Sound
Stafford Creek Primary School - Stafford Creek

Nicholl's Town

Nicholls Town Primary School
Church of Christ

Conch Sound

Church of God of Prophecy

South Mastic Point

Mount Sinai Baptist Church

North Mastic Point

Pleasant View Assemblies of God
Methodist  Residence

San Andros

First Baptist Church
Salem Baptist Church

B.A.R.C. Community
YEAST Training Center
Red Bays

Great Harbour Cay

Church of God of Prophecy

Bailey Town

The Gateway Gymnasium



Arthur's Town

St. Andrews Anglican Church


New Ebenezer Baptist Church

The Bluff

Lovely Zion Baptist Church


New Bight

Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
Mt. Sinai Baptist Church

Old Bight

Zion Baptist Church Hall

Port Howe

St. Mark's Anglican Church


Zion Baptist Church

Devil's Point
Restoration Baptist Church

Cripple Hill

Church of God of Prophecy

Cabbage Hill

St. Paul's Baptist Church

Church Grove

All Saints Anglican Church

Landrail Point

Seventh Day Adventist Church

Colonel Hill

St. John's Baptist Church
Command Centre (Administrator's Dwelling)



Current Island

Zion Methodist Church
The Current Community Centre
John Wesley Methodist Church
Haitian Baptist Peoples Church
St. Paul's Anglican Church
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
Wesley Methodist Church
Purple-Mae Restaurant
Mission Church of God

The Current
Harbour Island
Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church
Wesley Methodist Church Lighthouse Church of God
Harbor Island Public Library (Special Needs Shelter)
The Bluff
Lower Bogue
Upper Bogue

Spanish Wells

The People's Church

Gregory Town

Cambridge Village

Hatchet Bay

Saint Mark's Methodist Church

James Cistern

Camp Symonette

Governor's Harbour

Governor's Harbour Primary School

North Palmetto Point

Salvation Army Church
Church of the Nazarene

Savannah Sound

Resource Centre

Tarpum Bay

Church of God of Prophecy

Rock Sound

Rock Sound Primary School

Green Castle

Green Castle Primary School

Wemyss Bight/John Millar's/Waterford

Wemyss Bight Primary School

Deep Creek

Deep Creek Middle School

Bannerman Town

The Administration Building


Williams Town

St. Mary's Anglican Magdalene Church

Forbes Hill

St. Peter's Union Baptist Church

Harry Cay/ The Ferry

St. Mathew's Baptist Church

Hartswell / Rolle Town

Mount Carmel Mission Baptist Church

George Town

St Andrews Anglican Church Community Center
St. Theresa's Catholic Church Center
The College of The Bahamas Resource Center

Hermitage/Moss Town

St. John's the Baptist Anglican Church

Mt. Thompson/Ramsey

Ebenezer Baptist Church
Mt. Hermon Baptist Church


Palestine Baptist Church

Farmer's Hill

Ebenezer Baptist Church

Roker's Point & Harts

St. Margaret's Anglican Church


Zion Baptist Church

Stuart Manor

Mt. Sinai Union Baptist Church


Ebenezer Baptist Church

Farmers Cay

St. Mary's Union Baptist Church

Black Point

St. Luke's Baptist Church

Staniel Cay

Mt. Oliveth Baptist Church

City of Freeport - 9

St. George's High School Gymnasium
Living Waters Assembly of God
Cancer Association
Church of Christ
Foster B. Pestaina Centre Pro-Cathedral of Christ the King (Special needs shelter)
First Baptist Church Hall
Central Church of God Hall
Sir Jack Haywood High School
Maurice Moore Primary School

West Grand Bahama - 2

Eight Mile Rock High School Gymnasium
Martin Town Community Church


St. Phillip's Community Centre
Basil McIntosh Complex

Albert Town

Old Post Office Building
Desmond's Duplex


Seymours Gospel ChapelSimms

Beulah Baptist Church

Salt Pond

First Assemblies of God
St. Joseph's Anglican Church


Seniors Recreational Centre

Clarence Town

The Community Center


St. John's Anglican Church Hall


Holy Cross Anglican Church Hall


Holy Family Anglican Church

Abraham's Bay

Abraham's Bay Secondary School

Pirates Well

Pirates Well Primary School

Betsy Bay

Betsy Bay Community Centre


Administration Building

Port Nelson

St. Christopher Anglican Church
Gerace Research Center
St. John's Baptist Center
Zion Baptist Church- United Estates


United Estates

North Victoria Hill
St. James Native Baptist Church

Long Bay

Zion Baptist Church

Total Family Islands Emergency Shelters- 155

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