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October 07, 2011
Jacob Knowles, 61

Funeral service for Jacob Knowles  age 61 years a resident of  Little Creek South Andros will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 8th 2011  at Blue Hill Gospel Chapel, Baillou Hill Road South . Officiating will be Pastor Perry Wallace , Elder Hartley Rolle assisted by other Ministers.  Interment will be made in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
 
Left to cherish his precious memories are his wife Theresa Knowles; Brother Edwin (aka Rudolph) Knowles; Sisters,  Rose Carey, Mary Agnes Rolle, Rebecca and Olly Mae Knowles; Brothers in Law; Sam Rolle, Carl Sullivan, and Allen Major; Sisters in law Colette Brown, Cheryl Saunders and Renae Sullivan; 2 Uncles,  Elijah Forbes and Pedro Neely; 2 Aunts Pearlene Thompson and Ena Forbes; `Nephews, John Johnson, Keith (aka Pauly), Clifton and Oscar Knowles, Edmond Rolle, Edwin Jr, Brian and Oman Saunders, Mario and Allan Major and Dashanko, Nieces Nurse Rendell Johnson, Leila Collie, Vanda, Dena, Valarie and Delarese Carey, Tracey Simmons, Sonia Black, Racquel Knowles-Griffin, Veranell Dean, KucyKim and Vanessa Knowles, Tiffany Saunders, Ashley and Lauryn Brown; Grand nephews , Jefferson Jr and Jaleel Simmons, Matthew Griffin Jr, Deon Johnson, Anston Poitier, Anton, A.J. Darisio, Travis, Jason, Keenon and Leandro, Grand Nieces, Cindell Lockhart, Nadia Bain, Shantae and Charlysa Johnson, Natasha and Kathy, Brittney, Royann, Anthonique, Anya, Anthrice, Deshanae, Jade, Soniqua, Geoquanya, Rachea, Janae and Janell; God parents George and Theresa Johnson, and Minister Beulah Burrows: Godchildren, Hubert Sands Jr, Sonia Black, Nikitress Sands and Rechea Griffin; other relatives and friends including Hezekiah and Florence Johnson, Henry, Melbourne, Laverne, Jethro, Joseph, Frederick, Bernard, Hezekiah Jr, Harry, Allen, Jeffrey, Christopher, Michael, Elsie, Ethoyl and Dorcas Johnson, Margaret McKenzie, Clara Rahming, Marinetta Allen, Orlean Clarke, Victoria Lawerence, Cheryl Bodie, Bunita Sands, Eulene Kemp & family, Frankie Scott & family, Christina Carey & family, Hubert Sands Sr & family, Eldridge Sands & family, James Sands & family, Lenora Barr & family, Rachel Munroe & family, Pastor Jeremiah Duncombe & family, Edward Duncombe & family, Lloyd Sands & family, Joyce Conliffe & family, Rufus Sands & family, Boston Sands & family, Barbara Sands & family, Pastor Felix Smith & family, Pastor Henry Bullard, Pastor Bursell Rolle & family, Dr James McCartney & family, Dr Leon Higgs & family, Dr Elliston Rahming & family, George Farrington & family, Jacob Adderley & family, Bleva Gordon & family, Lillian McKenzie & family, Aramentha Taylor & family, Theophlius and Veronica Rolle & family, Norwood Rahming & family, Steadman Forbes & family, Noralee Cartwright & family, Jenny Knowles & family, Minister Angela Grey & family, Miriam Sands & family, Stephen Rolle & family, Willamae and Roberta Johnson & family, Brenhilda Basden & family,  Alfred Adderley & family, Mable Morrison & family, Agnes Bain & family, Anthony Sweeting & family, Hillman Sweeting & family, Lizzie Watkins & family, Minera Jones & family, Caleb Sweeting Jr & family, Ethelyn Smith & family, Eula Nixon, Mary Barr, Lenox Smith & family, Patsy Francis, Dorabell Sands, Lilly Mae Bell & family, Majorie Black & family, George Black, Jefferson  Simmons Sr, Charles Johnson, Matthew Griffin Sr, Stephanie Blatch, Darren Bain, Dudley Lockhart, Sarah Burrows & family, Joycelyn Carey & family, Minister Marion Forbes & family, Lofton Neely & family, Sterling and Zelma Bevans & family, Pastor Perry Wallace and the Blue Hill Gospel Chapel family, Staff and Students of S.C.Bootle High School, Staff and Students of Carlton E Francis Primary, staff and students of South Andros High, the entire South Andros Community  other's too numerous to mention.
 
Relatives and friends may pay their respects at Cedar Crest Funeral Home, Robinson Road and First Street on Friday from 12:00 noon to 6:00p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to service time.

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Sharon Annette March, 50
October 13, 2011
Sharon Annette March, 50

Memorial Service for the Late Sharon Annette March, 50 years of #23 Grace Avenue, Marathon Estates, will be held on Wednesday October 12th, 7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas More Parish, Madeira Street. Monsignor Alfred Culmer will officiate.

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October 17, 2011
Sharon Annette March, 50

Memorial Service for Sharon Annette March, 50, of Grace Avenue, Marathon Estates, will be held on Wednesday October 12th, 7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas More Parish, Madeira Street. Monsignor Alfred Culmer will officiate.

Funeral Service will be held on Friday October 14th, 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, West Hill Street. Fr. Alfred Culmer will officiate. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Soldier Road.

She is survived by her mother, Anna March; Sisters: Donna Nottage, Maureen Catalano, Kelly Lockhart-Gaillard and Rhonda March; Brothers: Stirling and Frederic March; Nieces: Rudi-Marie Bria Nottage; Nichole, Nathalia and Rhyse March and Jolie Lockhart-Gaillard; Nephews: Xavie ...

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October 19, 2011
Volunteerism in sports

In the Prime Minister's address on crime, he invited the populace to increase the level of volunteerism, something he felt would reduce the crime level. People from many sectors in The Bahamas have been and continue to be involved in volunteerism.
You name it - Rotary, Kiwanis, fraternities, the church, Yellowbirds, The Cancer Society, etc. Much has been done and continues to be done by volunteers in The Bahamas. There is however a whole body of volunteerism which has not gone unnoticed. We are speaking about the sporting community which strives on volunteers.
At the closing ceremony of this summer's IAAF World Championships numerous volunteers were at center stage on the field. We often forget how many volunteers are needed to pull off a national, regional, or international competition, much less to carry on a continual program of bringing athletes from the introduction to a sport, to them becoming world champions. Today we salute those unsung heroes who have made a difference in sports in The Bahamas.
The School System
It is said that most things are learned in school. Most athletes have been introduced to sports through their schools. From the track and field perspective we single out Andrea Lockhart of Oakes Field Primary who was instrumental in the start of Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie in track and field. About 55 years ago, Dr. John Carey was instrumental in the athletic start of former Member of Parliament and Olympian Leslie Miller at Eastern Junior School.
Numerous world class athletes can trace their humble beginnings to somebody in the school system that recognized their talent and encouraged them to pursue sports further.
Bahamas Association of Certified Officials (BACO)
Andrea Lockhart became a member of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Officials (BACO) of which Deacon Leviticus Adderley was a driving force. This organization is now headed by Ralf McKinney and assists numerous groups in staging road races throughout The Bahamas, in addition to their regular obligation of officiating at all Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations events as well as numerous other organization's events.
The Club System
There are the numerous clubs throughout the country through which athletes are guided and hone their competitive skills. No athletes who won medals for The Bahamas this year, or any previous year, could do it without the guidance of somebody in a school or club.
In the early years of track and field clubs like St. Bernards, The Southerners, St. George's followed by the Pioneers' Sporting Club, The Ambassadors, and The Bain Town Flyers, to name only a few, made a significant impact on the sporting and cultural life of The Bahamas. Some of the coaches like Henry Crawford, Charlie Wright, and D'ynza Burrows were legendary and contributed to the development of numerous national and international level athletes.
Volunteerism was the 'name of the game' with them. Fast forward to today where there are about 20 track and field clubs in The Bahamas which monitor the progress of our upcoming athletes. Many of them hold their own track and field meets which are heavily subscribed by athletes. Each of these clubs have numerous volunteers who give of their time, and occasionally resources, to ensure the success of the athletes.
Parents
Parents are a significant factor in the success of numerous athletes and clubs. Sometimes they act as just transportation to practice and sometimes they are a significant part of the clubs, whether they are coaches or part of the organizational structure. There are numerous parents throughout The Commonwealth of The Bahamas who give yeoman service to the sport.
The Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA)
This is the organization given the mandate by the international body, the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF), to develop and promote Road Running, Cross Country, Mountain Running, and track and field throughout The Bahamas. The BAAA will celebrate its' 60th anniversary on May 6, 2012. The organization's initial membership included president Alfred Francis Adderley, Cyril Richardson, Joseph Garfunkle, Edward Mitchell, Reginald Farrington, Fred Moultrie, Reginald Robertson, Kendal Isaacs, Cecil V. Bethel, Gerald Cash, Randol Fawkes, and Orville Turnquest.
The presidents who succeeded Adderley were Cyril Richardson, Harold Munnings, Paul Adderley, Levi Gibson, Sir Arlington Butler, Reverend Enoch Backford, Winston Cooper, Dr. Bernard Nottage, Alpheus Finlayson, Foster Dorsett, Desmond Bannister, Mike Sands and Curt Hollingsworth (Interim).
From its inception, the organization has been defined by volunteers who have worked untiringly to make it one of the premier sports federations in the country and in the region. As the BAAA moves into its' 60th anniversary and London Olympics year, it is imperative that more volunteers, in addition to the elected members are needed to fulfill its mandate. The volunteers can be to the local clubs or the BAAA.
We have members of BACO who have officiated in regional and area competitions and look forward to an increase in the number of members of BACO and hope that one day soon, one of its members will soon qualify to officiate in the World Championships and Olympic Games. Funding is a critical area so persons who adept at those skills are in high demand. Then there are those who are adept at organization. They are needed in every organization.
The BAAA has had athletes win Olympic and World Championships gold medals and coaches who coached at the highest levels. We have had two Bahamians, Alpheus Finlayson and Pauline Davis-Thompson, who have been elected to the Council of the IAAF, the world's governing body of track and field. In the process, the organization has been influential in the lives of many young persons, in and outside the inner city, who would have been left by the wayside and may have pursued a life of crime otherwise.
Next year will be a significant year for Bahamian track and field. Volunteers are definitely needed for the organization to do what we all know is possible. If you have some extra time or are looking forward to a rewarding experience, please call the BAAA office at 325 4433 or e-mail us at bahamastrack@hotmail.com.

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November 21, 2013
Saunders knocks Salem Union into the winning bracket

What a way to comeback!!
After watching Salem Union celebrate with a big walk-off victory on a three-run homer from JeVaughn Saunders on Saturday, Golden Gates' men came back on Tuesday night as the Baptist Sports Council continued its 2013 Coca-Cola Softball Classic, taking their frustration out on Macedonia.
In the feature game at the Banker's Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex, Golden Gates got a towering two-run blast from Sherman Ferguson in a walk-off 12-2 rout, stopping Macedonia in three
innings via the ten-run rule.
With the win, Golden Gates improved to 4-1, but now trail Calvary Deliverance mathematically in the pennant race. Calvary Deliverance stayed unbeaten at 2-0 with a 13-10 victory in an extra inning over
BIBA in the other men's game played.
Golden Gates and Calvary Deliverance will clash in what could determine the men's pennant on Thursday night in the middle game of a triple header at 8 pm. With their losses, Macedonia dropped to third at 3-1 and BIBA remained in fourth at 2-3.
In the other game, Golden Gates clinched the co-ed pennant as they doubled up Macedonia 10-5. While Golden Gates remained undefeated at 3-0, Macedonia dropped to the bottom of the pile at 0-3.
Here's a summary of the games:
Golden Gates 12, Macedonia 2: After playing to a 2-2 tie at the end of the first inning, Golden Gates' bats came alive with a three-run second and a seven-run third, highlighted by the monster jam deep over the center field fence, picking up Garfield Bethel on the game ending two-run blast.
Ferguson finished with a 2-for-3 night with four RBI and two runs scored; Bethel was 1-for-3 with two runs and a RBI; Richard Bain was 2-for-2 with a RBI and two runs scored and Anthon Rolle had one hit, a RBI and two runs scored.
Ken Wood Jr. was the winning pitcher. Maitland Demeritte came in relief of starter D'Kyle Rolle and was tagged with the loss. Rolle had a RBI double, driving in Courtney Smith and he scored the other run for Macedonia.
Calvary Deliverance 13, BIBA 10: It took an extra inning as Calvary Deliverance broke up a 9-9 tie in the sixth inning by scoring four runs, sparked by Brad Wood Jr's RBI single, Jayson Clarke's RBI double, Patrick Lockhart RBI sacrifice fly and Robert Cox RBI single. Clarke finished 2-for-3 with a two-run homer; Lockhart was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs and Angelo Butler was 1-for-3 with a RBI
and two runs scored. Wood Jr. was the winning pitcher. Glenroy Saunders Jr. was tagged with the loss. McNeil Albury was 2-for-3 with three RBI, including a two-run homer; Tony Strachan was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs, and Burlington Moss had a solo homer.
Golden Gates 10, Macedonia 5: Eugene Pratt went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer, scoring three times; Sherman Ferguson was also 2-for-3 with three RBI, including a two-run homer, scoring twice;
Jenette Hilton was 2-for-4, scoring twice and Thela Johnson also scored two runs for golden Gates.
Alfred 'Skater' Munnings was the winning pitcher. D'Kyle Rolle got the loss. Shaquell Smith was 2-for-3 with a run scored; Kili Kemp was 2-for-2 with a RBI and a run scored and Sheena Taylor was 1-for-3 with a RBI.
Here's the current team standings:
Teams

W

L

Pct.

GB
Men's division
Calvary Deliverance

2

0

1,000

-
Golden Gates

4

1

.800

1//2
Macedonia

3

1

.750

1/2
BIBA

2

3

.400

11/2
Salem

1

2

.333

11/2
St. Paul's

1

3

.000

2
Temple Fellowship

0

3

.000

21/2
Co-ed division
Golden Gates

3

0

1,000

-
St. John's

1

1

.500

11/2
St. Paul's

1

1

.500

11/2
Macedonia

0

3

.000

3
19-and-under division
Golden Gates

2

0

1,000

-
Macedonia

0

1

.000

1
New Bethlehem

0

1

.000

1
Here's the schedule for the remainder of the week:
Thursday night
7 pm - Salem vs. Macedonia (M).
8 pm - Calvary Deliverance vs. Golden Gates (M).
9 pm - BIBA vs. Men of Vision (M).
Saturday's schedule
10 am - Macedonia vs. New Bethlehem (19).
11 am - Macedonia vs. Men of Vision (M).
Noon Salem vs. Calvary Deliverance (M).
1 pm - St. John's vs. St. Paul's (Co-ed).
2 pm - Calvary Deliverance vs. St. Paul's (M).

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December 02, 2013
BSC softball getting ready for championships

While Macedonia secured their berth into the 19-and-under championship of the Baptist Sports Council's (BSC) 2013 Coca-Cola Softball Classic this past weekend. League action will be completed this week.
On Saturday over on the Banker's Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex, Macedonia turned around a dismal season by sweeping New Bethlehem, winning 12-4 and 8-2, to advance to the best-of-three championship that will be played on Saturday against pennant-winning Golden Gates.
Meanwhile, in the co-ed division, St. Paul's pulled off a close 8-6 win over St. John's to take a 1-0 lead going into Game Two on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Pennant-winning Golden Gates won by default over Macedonia to take a 1-0 lead in their series, which will continue on Thursday at 7 p.m.
On the men's side, St. Paul's blanked Macedonia 6-0 to snatch a 1-0 lead in their playoff series that will continue on Tuesday at 8 p.m. Pennant-winning Golden Gates had to come from behind for an 18-15 walk-off victory over Calvary Deliverance for a 1-0 lead, with Game Two of that series on Thursday at 8 p.m.
The winning teams in both the co-ed and men's playoffs will clash in the best-of-three championship that will be played on Saturday, along with the Macedonia vs. Golden Gates in the 19-and-under division.
Golden Gates 18, Calvary Deliverance 15
Eugene Pratt hit a two-out grand slam home run to lift Golden Gates in their slugfest as they rallied from a 15-14 deficit for the walk-off victory in the bottom of the fourth inning. Pratt went 2-for-3 with six RBIs and Sherman Ferguson, who had a two-run homer, finished with three intentional walks, scoring four times. Richard Bain was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and four runs scored, Ramon Johnson was 2-for-2 with a homer, three RBIs and two runs scored, and Calvin Greenslade was a perfect 3-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Alfred 'Skater' Munnings was the winning pitcher, and Brad Wood Jr. was tagged with the loss. Angelo Butler was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, scoring three runs, Jayson Clarke had two hits with an RBI, scoring four times, Patrick Lockhart was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored and Kawon Dames was 1-for-2 with three RBIs and a run scored for Calvary Deliverance.
St. Paul's 6, Macedonia 0
Addie Finley went 2-for-3 with two runs and Peter Rahming was 2-for-3 with an RBI as St. Paul's got the win. Zhivargo Archer helped out by going 1-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Deval Storr got the win and D'Kyle Rolle was tagged with the loss. Kili Kemp, Kevin Moxey and Gregory Lockhart were all 1-for-2 in a losing effort.
St. Paul's 8, St. John's 6
Zhivargo Archer was a perfect 2-for-2 with an RBI and three runs scored, Lamar Watkins had a solo in-the-park homer and Addie Finley was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored to lead St. Paul's to the win. Harold 'Banker' Fritzgerald was the winning pitcher and Alcott Forbes suffered the loss. Donnette Edwards and Shavette Taylor were both 1-for-2 with two RBIs and a run scored each for St. John's. Detrix McCardy was 1-for-2 with two runs scored.
Macedonia 8, New Bethlehem 2
Courtney Smith had a perfect 3-for-3 day with a run scored, and both Keith Moss and Weymond Demeritte were 2-for-3 with an RBI, scoring a run each. Demeritte had a three-run triple, scoring a run to lead Macedonia to their sweep. Tavares Dames was the winning pitcher and Devon Curtis was the losing pitcher. Jafer Rolle, Devon Knowles, Christian Wright and Frederick Bethel were all 1-for-2, with Knowles scoring a run and Bethel getting an RBI in a losing effort.
Macedonia 12, New Bethlehem 4
Keithra Moss (two runs), Kili Kemp (two runs), Courtney Smith (with an in-the-park home run) and Kevin Moxey (with a solo homer) were all 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the win. Keith Moss was 2-for-2 with a two-run homer, scoring twice and Tre Gilbert was also 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored to help out. Tavares Dames was the winning pitcher and Jafer Rolle was tagged with the loss. Craig Bowe was 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored, DeShawn Knowles and Christian Wright were both 1-for-2 with a run scored, and both Jafer Rolle and Devyn Munroe had one hit with an RBI each. Rolle added a run scored.
BSC Softball Schedule
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
7:00 p.m. - St. John's vs. St. Paul's (co-ed)
8:00 p.m. - St. Paul's vs. Macedonia (men)
Thursday, December 5, 2013
7:00 p.m. - Golden Gates vs. Macedonia (co-ed)
8:00 p.m. - Golden Gates vs. Calvary Deliverance (men)
Saturday, December 7, 2013
10:00 a.m. - Macedonia vs. Golden Gates (19-and-under)
11:00 a.m. - Co-ed Division Game
12 noon - Men's Division Game
1:00 p.m. - Golden Gates vs. Macedonia (19-and-under)
2:00 p.m. - Co-Ed Division Game
3:00 p.m. - Men's Division Game

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May 14, 2012
The 1970s showcased speed demon Turner

There is a long list of speed merchants of Bahamian baseball. In the early decades, players like Tyrone McGregor, Lou Adderley and Basil 'Slick' Burrows set the pace on the base paths during Bahamas Baseball Association (BBA) games.
The 1970s however produced a special set of artists, skilled in getting from first to second, to third and home plate very quickly. It was a fearless lot, those speedsters trotted out by the top teams. Roosevelt 'Bruso' Turner of Del Jane (the organization known at times also as St. Pauli Girls Barons and Holsten Knights) was arguably the best. Turner also played for Beck's Beer.
He won the league scoring titles from 1972 to 1978 with the exception of the one year, 1977. In winning his six scoring titles, the first two for Beck's, Turner hit the 50 runs scored mark four times, his highest being 55 in 1975 for Del Jane. He had 50 in 1972 for Beck's, 53 in 1976 for Holsten Knights and 54 in 1978, also for Holsten.
However, his Holsten teammate Eddie Ford scored 58 in 1977. That mark is considered to be the all-time record. Jayson Moxey won the runs scored title in 1971 with 19 and Anthony Smith won in 1970 with 15. In the stolen bases department, Turner again separated himself from his peers. He won four stolen bases crowns (1972, 1973, 1974 and 1977). His 48 in 1972 is thought to be a record.
The 1970s also produced two pure speed specialists. The Schlitz Beer Franchise (also 100 Pipers and Bahamian Lumber) sort of took a page out of the book of Charlie Finley who owned the Oakland Athletics of the American League. Finley who was known for novelty tactics, once signed a track star named Herb Washington, just to steal bases. Washington never had an at-bat or played anywhere in the field. He was called into the game exclusively to pinch-run. Washington's career did not last too long because he had no baseball background.
During the 1974 and 1975 seasons, he stole 31 bases in 48 attempts and scored 33 times. He was never a big factor and Finley soon got tired of the exploration and let Washington go. Schlitz though, had Gordon Farrington and Anthony 'Skeebo' Roberts. They were different from Washington. Both Farrington and Roberts understood baseball.
Nevertheless, they were asked primarily to generate runs by stealing bases. It was an exciting time when they reached first base. Everybody in the park knew they were going to attempt a steal of second and if they got there, it was a try for third. They made for an added dimension of excitement to the 1970s.
Then of course, there were the regular starters around the league with speed, players like Jayson Moxey, Richard Lockhart, Eddie Ford, Lorenzo Lockhart, Ron Smith and Anthony Huyler. None of them were as successful however, as Turner. He was the biggest threat on base. Indeed, Roosevelt Turner was the speed king of Bahamian baseball in the 1970s. The statistics indicate as much.
Milestone statistics provided by Sports Historian Jeff Williams. To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at sturrup1504@gmail.com.

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May 09, 2012
Final decade of golden baseball era in The Bahamas

Recently, sports historian Jeff Williams and I were reminiscing about the golden era of baseball, from the beginning, in 1954, to the last decade of the special period, the 1970s. The year 1954 ushered in a sports element which significantly, over the years, contributed to the international sports power image of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
"Baseball has come a long way in our country. There were those early glory years. I'm saddened by the personality problems that beset the Bahamas Baseball Association (BBA) and caused it to hit rock bottom, so to speak, but, the BBA produced great chapters in our sports history," said Williams.
Indeed it did. An exciting brand of league play began in that first year. Within three years, in Andre Rodgers who went into the New York Giants organization, The Bahamas had its first professional baseball player. Tony Curry would follow in 1960 with the Philadelphia organizations.
League play would flourish, more professional players, in goodly numbers were to join Rodgers and Curry. The Bahamas made two impressive National Baseball Congress ventures. In the decade of the 1970s, Wenty Ford and Ed Armbrister pushed the number of Bahamian players to reach the major leagues to four. Armbrister netted two World Series rings with the mighty 'Big Red Machine', Cincinnati Reds.
While Ford was having his short stint with the Atlanta Braves and Armbrister was a reliable utility performer, hobnobbing with Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Don Gullett, Tony Perez, Dave Concepcion, Joe Morgan, etc., locally the BBA enjoyed vibrancy.
It was the decade of the 1970s however that connected the eras. Rodgers and Curry retired and got involved again with field competition in the BBA. Those who ended their professional days and others who were still playing at that level, came home and blended right into the BBA competitive scene.
The names make a classic who's who list. There were Simeon Humes, Fred 'Papa' Smith, Vince Albury, Jayson Moxey, Eddie Ford, Henry Williams, Colin Thompson, Eugene 'Sucki' Thompson, Sidney McKinney, Fred Taylor, Roosevelt Turner, Sidney Outten, Crestwell Pratt, Adrian Rodgers, Andre Wood, Will Culmer, Hugh Bethel, Randy Rodgers and Edmondo Moxey, to name some of them.
Then there was that longevity group. They were in the BBA during the very early years and stayed around to give thrills for decades.
I refer to players such as Bummie Albury, Lorenzo 'Captain Blood/Doonie' Lockhart, Basil 'Duran' Hall, Bertie Murray, Harry Miller, Sonny Haven, John Adderley, Edwin Smith, Sidney Wilkerson, Frankie 'Cinderella' Sweeting, Sherwin 'Seaegg' Taylor, Lester Gardiner, Glenroy 'Flo' Saunders and Nat Dorsett.
A younger generation began in the 1960s and made their contribution to the spectacular 1970s of Bahamian baseball. You had players named Anthony 'Poker/Bud' Huyler, Roy 'Cowboy' Rodgers, Eddie McQuay, Dick Lockhart, John 'Brother John' Williams, Lloyd Bowleg, Kirk Smith, Roscoe Hall, Dencil Clarke, Danny Wilkerson, Ronald Smith and Everette Neeley.
To a little or great extent, the aforementioned players overlapped on the diamond in thrilling BBA encounters.
(To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at sturrup1504@gmail.com)

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January 03, 2014
Some gripped by fear as crime rages on

Driving down the fear of crime and reducing violence in the country were major initiatives of Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade's policing plans in 2012 and 2013.
In the 2013 plan, Greenslade said reoffending criminals out on bail was a major challenge for the country.
"Our citizens continue to tell us of their concerns and fears because of the commission of crimes," the report said.
"Therefore, we will spare no effort in launching multifaceted initiatives which together will positively reduce the level of offending in our communities and give assurances of safety to our citizens."
The country ended 2013 with the murder count standing at 120, up from the 111 recorded in 2012 and down from the 127 recorded in 2011.
No crime statistics have been provided since July, but authorities have continued to say that crime overall is down.
The fear of crime is difficult to gauge, but authorities have also said repeatedly that this fear is too high as is the level of violent crimes in The Bahamas.
Many citizens continue to speak of that fear.
Ana Lockhart, who was robbed outside a Bank of The Bahamas ATM in December, said she was left traumatized by the ordeal.
Lockhart, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, said she is living in fear, afraid to drive to the food store, the ATM, and even to work.
"I'm living in fear," she said.
"I've had to pray. I've spoken to people about it and they've told me that I need to go for counseling.
"I had an incident last week where I had to go out and I went to a flower store to get some flowers for my grandmother's grave.
"And the flower store door, once it closes it locks. So a patron was coming in and she came at me really quickly to catch the door and I almost had a coronary in there.
"When I got to my car I just broke down crying because I was like 'God, I cannot live like this. I cannot live in fear'."
Tina Ferguson said her home was broken into five times within two months in 2012.
Ferguson, whose name was also changed, said she went on vacation with her two children in July 2012 and left her neighbor to watch her home.
She said her neighbor thwarted two separate house break-ins that month.
Ferguson said when she came back home in August she met all of her and her children's belongings in black plastic bags in the front room.
She said it looked like the thieves broke into her home again, but had to flee.
In August 2012, she said her home was broken into again.
"The last time they took everything," she said. "They took my son's games, my daughter's computer, even my bed."
After that, she said, she could not sleep in her home anymore and moved out.
Recently, Prime Minister Perry Christie spoke of his concerns about widespread crime fears and the decision by some people to adjust their lifestyles as a result.
On Monday, Christie unveiled initiatives intended to escalate the crime fight.
They come ahead of Greenslade's 2014 policing plan, which is mandatory under law.

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Harriet Lutisha Munroe, 84
August 18, 2011
Harriet Lutisha Munroe, 84

Funeral service for Mrs. Harriet Lutisha Munroe age 84 yrs. will be held at Chruch of God of Prophecy, East St. Tabernacle on Saturday August 20th at 10 am. Officiating will be Bishop Franklin Ferguson and internment will follow in the Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery.

Left to cherish her memories are her: FIVE DAUGHTERS: Delmeta Seymour, Hilda Ferguson, Pamela Johnson, Vernese Albury and Sheralee Munroe; FIVE SONS: Michael E., Earnal" Wilmore, Ralph and Lyndon Munroe; GRANDCHILDREN: Tanya & Kenson Turnquest, Narissa King, Sean A. and Ryan M. Munroe; Delmar, Delray, Daren, Delbert, Deron and Dahlia Seymour; Kesa & Pastor Lennett Anderson, Kishan, Kharisma, Leneitra, Elise and Earnal (E.J.) Munroe, Yasmine & Earl Johnson Jr., Jalinka & Jermaine Strachan Sr., Zenobia and Dawn Munroe; Delia and Kermeka Ferguson, Donato, Kyle and Asher Munroe, T' Arnold, T' Anthony and Tanisha Johnson, Joshua, Jonathan, Joel and Joanna Albury; GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: Kenya, Khloe and Kenson Turnquest, Aniah King, D'Nevia Seymour, Micah, Caleb and Jordan Anderson, Isaiah Ellis, Earle Johnson; Jamila and Jermaine Strachan, Jr.; DAUGHTERS-IN-LAW: Eulease P., Marilyn, Altamese, and Cecilyn Munroe; SONS-IN-LAW: Tommy Johnson, Brian Albury, and Gladstone Ferguson; GRANDSONS-IN-LAW: Kenson Turnquest, Andrew King, Earl Johnson Jr., Jermaine Strachan Jr. and Pastor Lennett Anderson; SISTERS-IN-LAW: Evelyn and Verva Wallace, Clothilda Ferguson and Willamae Bridgewater; ONE BROTHER-IN-LAW: Harold Bridgewater, Sr.; NIECES: Louisa Richardson, Beryl Mortimer, Ora lee Lampkin, Marileta Bethel, Dorothy Strachan, Lorna Major, Victoria Wright, Mildred, Margo, Beryl, Sadiemae, Gloria, Ann and Eunice Wallace (Godchild), Merlene Dames, Frederica Schult (of Germany), Nicola Hanna and Trancinell Bridgewater; NEPHEWS: DeGlandvilie Panza, Cecil, Bursil, Winston, Pastor Perry Wallace; Maurice, Frederick, Calvin, John, Percy and Lester Wallace; Herman Munroe, Harold Jr., Frederick, Stephen and Trevor Bridgewater, Keith and Pastor John W. Fergusol, and Rev. Stephen Armbrister; A HOST OF OTHER RELATIVES AND FRIENDS INCLUDING: Her childhood friend - Louise Curling & family, Prayer Partner - ,Ada Munroe & family, Neta Lockhart & family, Mercileta Neeley & family, Nurse Brunell Munroe & family, Cephas Maycock, Sr. & family, Demison Nesbitt & family, Rev. Matthias Munroe & family, Mizpah Munroe, Prieta Burnside, & family, Marjorie Wallace & family, Pastor Cyril & Angela Osmane, Lamond Maycock, Mary Jane Moxey & family, Clement and the Family of the late Henricus & Vashti Maycock, Family of the late Arthur & Rose Maycock, Family of the late Raphael & Manell Munroe, Family of the late Phalmon & Marilyn Collie, The Wallace, Hepburn, Lockhart, Maycock, Munroe, Moxey, Curling, Bridgewater, Wilson, Johnson, Joffre, Nesbitt, Pintard and Poitier Famlies, the congregations at Ebenezer Baptist Church and Holy Innocent Anglican Church, and the entire community of Ragged Island; South Beach Community Clinic Nurses and Nurse Joycelyn Pratt, Bishop Franklin M. Ferguson & family, Bishop Dr. Woodley C. Thompson & family, Minister Kendal C. Simmons & family, Bishop Brice H. Thompson & family, Bishop Elgarnet B. Rahming & family, Bishop Cephas Ferguson & family, Bishop Rudolph V. Bowe & family, Bishop Hartman L. Rolle & family and the Exuma  District, Bishop Sterling Moss & family, Minister Barbara F. Williams & family, Rev. T.G. Morrison & family, Minister Denver Dames & family, Roselyn Curry-Lightbourne & The Curry Sisters, Dianna Hepburn & family, East Street Ladies' Fellowship, Roberta Hepburn & The Helping Hands Ministry, and the entire Church of God of Prophecy Family.

Friends may pay their respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home on Friday from 10 am to 6pm and on Saturday at teh church from 9am until service time.

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