BODDEN TOWN

Czech Inn Grill opens in Bodden Town

A new roadside grill offering Czech foods, steaks and jerk chicken has opened in Pease Bay, Bodden Town. The owners have spruced up the premises to create a more contemporary feel, offering diners a luxury, outside grill-style menu.

EAST END AND NORTH SIDE

Gretna Rankin, 85, looks back on teaching

Teaching students is an incredibly rewarding experience, according to 85-year-old Gretna Evangelyn Rankin, sharing her reflections on teaching in the ever-changing landscape of Cayman’s education system.

GEORGE TOWN

School groups delve into art at the National Gallery

The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands’ education programs have gotten off to a busy start already this school year with a number of visits from local schoolchildren. Year 3 students from St. Ignatius took in a field trip to the National Gallery on Wednesday, Jan. 4

LITTLE CAYMAN AND CAYMAN BRAC

Interns get crash course in coral reef ecology at CCMI

For the past two weeks, a diverse group of 13 international interns had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the work of the Central Caribbean Marine Institute. From Jan. 2-15, the college-level interns took part in a crash course in coral reef ecology and underwater field research methods.

WEST BAY

Man’s lifelong search for ‘albino’ conch ends after 53 years

Admiring his conch stall, laden with pink shells at the front of his home, West Bay resident Isen Powery, is all smiles. The 61-year-old fisherman’s lifelong dream of finding an “albino,” or white milk conch, has finally come true.

Interns get crash course in coral reef ecology at CCMI

For the past two weeks, a diverse group of 13 international interns had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the work of the Central Caribbean Marine Institute. From Jan. 2-15, the college-level interns took part in a crash course in coral reef ecology and underwater field research methods.

50 years ago: Launch of the Trial a cause for excitement

In the Jan. 11, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from the Brac included a colorful account of the launch of a new vessel: “The Motor Vessel Trial, the British flag flying proudly at her stern, rested on the shoal beach before noon."

Young Brac writer pens kids’ adventure tale

A young Brac writer has made his publishing debut with an exciting tale for young readers, set to capture their imaginations and sense of adventure. Josh Dilbert’s book “The Mordenham Acres,” written under his pen name Brad Tarlem, tells the story of two young brothers from the beautiful forest of Mordenham Acres.

Little Cayman football season winds up with Strikers win

Iguana United faced off with the Star Strikers in the Futsal League Championship on Jan. 11 at the Little Cayman airstrip.

Man’s lifelong search for ‘albino’ conch ends after 53 years

Admiring his conch stall, laden with pink shells at the front of his home, West Bay resident Isen Powery, is all smiles. The 61-year-old fisherman’s lifelong dream of finding an “albino,” or white milk conch, has finally come true.

Kittiwake marks six years as a dive destination

Six years after its sinking, locals and visitors continue to flock to the USS Kittiwake wreck that lies in the waters off West Bay. Since the ship’s carefully planned sinking on Jan. 5, 2011, the shipwreck and artificial reef remains ranked the number one thing to do in West Bay on the TripAdvisor website.

Principal, students share cup of cocoa

A program at Sir John A. Cumber is giving students the chance to enjoy a hot chocolate with the principal. Starting last November, teachers from Key Stage One and Two began selecting one child weekly from each class who demonstrated by their actions and choices that they are respectful.

People Who Time Forgot: Harley Rivers

Harley Rivers was known as one of Cayman’s best roof thatchers in his time. Anyone who remembers the beachfront lounge cabanas at the old Holiday Inn will have noticed his work. He was a true gentleman who shone with old-time traditional kindness and hospitality.

50 years ago: Quadrille dancers keep history alive

In the Jan. 18, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from West Bay included: “Club Inferno is to be complimented on its initiative in organizing a dance for the older people of the island in an endeavour to keep alive the old-time dances.

School groups delve into art at the National Gallery

The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands’ education programs have gotten off to a busy start already this school year with a number of visits from local schoolchildren. Year 3 students from St. Ignatius took in a field trip to the National Gallery on Wednesday, Jan. 4

YMCA community gathers for second annual training session

More than 130 staff, volunteers and supporters took part in the YMCA’s second annual Leaders for Youth conference on Friday and Saturday. The conference, held at St. Ignatius Catholic School in George Town, offered up two days of learning to the participants to support the YMCA’s work.

50 years ago: Tourism in the spotlight

In the Jan. 18, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, George Town was abuzz with the arrival of a group of tourism promoters: “A contingent of 23 people arrived here on Saturday’s BWIA flight for a three day visit."

Gretna Rankin, 85, looks back on teaching

Teaching students is an incredibly rewarding experience, according to 85-year-old Gretna Evangelyn Rankin, sharing her reflections on teaching in the ever-changing landscape of Cayman’s education system.

Produce stand offers warm welcome

Have you ever been to the eastern end of the island, and stopped by a vendor who made you feel welcome? They talk like you have known each other for years, and will not let you leave until they are satisfied you found what you were looking for.

50 years ago: James Truman Conolly visits between tours of Vietnam

In the Jan. 11, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, East End correspondent Charles Dixon wrote: “James Truman Conolly of East End, Specialist Four (equivalent to Corporal) in the 1st Air Cavalry (Helicopters) [arrived] on the island from Vietnam ... "

Czech Inn Grill opens in Bodden Town

A new roadside grill offering Czech foods, steaks and jerk chicken has opened in Pease Bay, Bodden Town. The owners have spruced up the premises to create a more contemporary feel, offering diners a luxury, outside grill-style menu.

Meagre Bay Pond hosts diverse wildlife

Bodden Town’s Meagre Bay pond, a large saline water body tucked away just next to the main road in Pease Bay, provides a home for a wide variety of wildlife, from fish to birds and reptiles. Year-round the area teems with wildlife, such as flocks of rasps, pied-billed grebes, kingfishers, coots and herons, according to National Trust Field Officer Stuart Mailer.

A glimpse into local history: Logan Bodden’s house

This single story cottage-style house in Bodden Town was built by William Jackson in 1924 and is known in the community as Logan Bodden’s house. According to the National Trust’s Historic Properties Register, the house was originally a cottage and later renovated to a cabin.

50 years ago: Richard Frederick on the mend after a successful surgery

In the Jan. 18, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Floris McCoy was welcomed by the paper as she took over for Haig Bodden as the Bodden Town correspondent: “We welcome Miss Floris McCoy as our new correspondent for the district of Bodden Town."

Special creations assist Honduran family

To mark the holiday season, Brac artisan Starrie Scott created some special decorations to sell in her family’s shop, NIM Things in Spot Bay. Ms. Scott’s creations make charming use of limpets and clam shells, as well as sea urchin shells that have been transformed into tiny snowmen wearing crocheted hats and scarves.
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