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EDITORIAL – Pirates Week: Yo ho ho. Ready set go …

Ahoy readers! Steel yourselves for fireworks, food, music and – yar – an invasion of buccaneers and scurvy scallywags from near and abroad. Pirates Week, the national festival of the Cayman Islands, is upon us.

Praise for ‘District Days’

I want to thank you and commend you for the section you have added a while back to the Compass called “District Days.”

West Bayer Rebecca Hydes celebrates 85th birthday

The 85th birthday of Rebecca Hydes was celebrated recently with a special affair befitting the beloved member of the West Bay community.

50 years ago: One unlucky turtle meets its fate

“An unusual thing happened in West Bay on Sunday at about 1:30 p.m. A loggerhead turtle crawled a distance up onto the beach and began making a nest. She was sighted by some bathers who called for help and Oriel Hydes turned her over."

Shelter found for homeless man

A homeless man who had been living rough on East End Heritage Beach now has a new place to call home.

Farmer recalls early days of agriculture

Farming is not for everyone, but for one East End farmer, it’s been his entire life.

The people time forgot: Lemmie McLaughlin

Lemmie McLaughlin never did go to sea like most men of the eastern districts.

50 years ago: Girls’ Brigade exchange group heads to East End

“Gail McIntyre and Susan McBride from Canada, who are visiting the Girls’ Brigade, spent six days in this district, two of which were at the Tortuga Club through the kindness of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Bergstrom."

George Town farmers market keeps vendors busy six days a week

The George Town farmers market has been open only seven months, but already it is making a mark in the community for the fresh produce it offers.

Musical theater students hit the stage at Disney World

A group of young performers from Cayman got a major thrill recently when they had the opportunity to appear on stage at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Cayman Academy grads join a growing cohort

Cayman Academy recently celebrated its latest cohort of graduates at an elegant commencement ceremony.

50 years ago: Party marks police chief handover

In the July 20, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, George Town news included:

Land crabs focus of latest scientific research

Land crabs and other local creatures are the focus of a number of research projects under way in North Side.

50 years ago: Community mourns Caroline Carter’s passing

“Arriving on the 3rd from Jamaica was Mrs. Josephine Pearson, who visited her sick husband Mr. Carlton Pearson. He is feeling much better and hopes to be back soon."

Service with a smile all in a day’s work

A service station attendant’s reputation for being well-mannered, friendly and welcoming is earning him much attention in the Bodden Town community.

Horse lovers saddle up at Cowboy Town camp

Children in Bodden Town are learning to ride, take care of, and be safe around horses at Cowboy Town Stables’ “Summer at the Barn” horse camp.

50 years ago: Road safety comes into question

In the July 13, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote:

Bike prizes for Sir John A. Cumber students

The last day of school was an exciting one for departing Sir John A. Cumber students, from looking forward to the freedom of summer to starting high school in the fall.

50 years ago: Scott family welcomes daughter Letsie Ann

“Miss Debra Ebanks, daughter of Capt. and Mrs. Graham Ebanks left on the 10th to spend her school holidays in Tampa with relatives. She is accompanied by her uncle Mr. Rayburn Farrington who was home on a short vacation."

Bible school in session

The West Bay Wesleyan Holiness Church invites children ages 5 to 12 to its annual Vacation Bible School.

Horsin’ around

It’s summer camp time at the Equestrian Center. For young horse lovers, it’s hard to beat a summer spent hanging out with horses.

Baking up summer delights

Aspiring young pastry chefs recently had the chance to gain some hands-on experience in the kitchen at a specialty camp.

Prep principal says goodbye at graduation

Friends and family gathered at Cayman Prep and High School to recognize the 56 members of the graduating class of 2016.

Former student offers inspiration

Former George Town Primary School student Ruth Harris paid an inspiring visit to the Year 6 class at her former school on Thursday, June 30.

50 years ago: Shoppers head to Miami for wedding supplies

“Welcome to Lavonida Marrietta Conolly, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walsham Conolly, who was born at the George Town Hospital on June 29, weight 7 and a half pounds."

Local artists featured in new exhibition

The temporary exhibition, “A Legacy of Light” opened to members June 30, and runs through Sept. 16

Art camp focuses on creative fun

This summer, kids will once again have a the chance to express their creativity and learn some new artistic techniques at the Visual Arts Society’s Kids Summer Arts and Craft Camp.

50 years ago: Students excel, state of schoolhouse panned

In the July 6, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote: “Mrs. Julia Cameron, fondly known as ‘Jule,’ died on Saturday, July 2."

Turtle Nest gets a face-lift

Preparing for the busy summer crowd, the Turtle Next Inn is brushing up its walls with a fresh coat of paint.

50 years ago: Chisholm family arrives for a visit

In the July 13, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote:

Ceremonies mark achievements of eastern district students

Proud parents, family, friends and dignitaries showed their support at two recent events marking the achievements of the Clifton Hunter High School graduating class.

A beach wedding for the Campbells

Joined by 30 of their closest friends and family members, 22-year-old Lavessa Welcome and 25-year-old Travis Campbell exchanged their “I do’s” last month at Smith Cove.

Top Clifton Hunter students receive honors

A packed house celebrated students from the eastern districts at the Clifton Hunter High School graduation ceremony last week.

Counterfeit goods in the spotlight

Counterfeit goods proved to be a hot topic at a recent presentation to Clifton Hunter High School students

The People Time Forgot: Linda Whittaker

Linda Whittaker was considered the best land crab chef in North Side.

Designer heads to New York Fashion Week

Local fashion designer Olivia B has been selected to participate in the Nolcha Shows during New York Fashion week in September.

50 years ago: Seymours welcome baby Claudette; administrator takes leave

In the June 22, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Caymanian Weekly, George Town correspondent Frances Bodden wrote:

Little Cayman home to rare iguanas

Along with a few humans, Little Cayman is home to some special animals, including the largest red-footed booby colony in the Western Hemisphere, along with a land creature similar but different to its blue cousin in Grand Cayman.

Students reflect on primary school years

Students who will soon be moving on from West Bay’s public primary school recently took some time to look back on their experience and offer words of thanks and advice.

50 years ago: Numerous visitors make for a busy week

In the June 15, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote:

50 years ago: Sea rescues recounted and medical inadequacies highlighted

In the June 15, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

Graduations and summary court coming up

Upcoming events in the Sister Islands include graduation celebrations and Summary Court.

Young aviation enthusiasts get a boost

Aspiring pilots and aviation professionals in the eastern districts got a welcome boost recently thanks to a local scholarship.

50 years ago: Large turnout for Powery Whittaker wedding

In the June 15, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote:

Rains signal start of crabbing season

A first good rain of the season usually signals the beginning of crabbing season, which meant a taste of Caymanian tradition was in the...

Couple celebrates 64 years of marriage

An East End man who married a girl he fell head over heels in love with at a town hall dance is just as much in love today as when he first met her on the dance floor 69 years ago.

Spring is for school at Pedro

The end of the school year signals time for school field trips, and Pedro St. James in Savannah is proving a popular Bodden Town district destination.

Heritage House reopens Monday

The Bodden Town Heritage Committee and elected representatives invite the public to attend the dedication service and reopening of the renovated Heritage House at Harry McCoy Sr. Park on Monday, June 13, at 4 p.m.

50 years ago: Dependence on seafaring raises questions

In the June 8, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote:

Cox Lumber celebrates first anniversary

Activities including horseback riding were part of the anniversary celebration at Cox Lumber Company in Bodden Town on Saturday.

50 years ago: Mosquitoes and agriculture are hot topics

In the June 1, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote:

Getting to know Cayman’s birds

Last weekend, the Global Big Day saw local birders including Christine Rose-Smyth, Stuart Mailer, Geddes Hislop and Peter Davey in the eastern districts trying to identify and record as many species of birds as possible.

No politics in this yard

A sign at this home off John McLean Drive in East End is making the occupants’ stance clear on discussing politics in their front yard.

50 years ago: Church and road construction progresses

In the May 18, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote:

Schools tennis program nets fans in Bodden Town

The Cayman Tennis Federation schools outreach program continues to elicit a lot of excitement from district primary students.

Primary school students visit Joint Marine Unit

The RCIPS Joint Marine Unit recently hosted 32 Bodden Town Primary school Year 1 students on an action-packed day-long field trip on April 28.

Astronomical Society meets next week

The Cayman Islands Astronomical Society will hold its next regularly scheduled monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. May 11 at Pedro St. James.

50 years ago: Government asked to step up services

In the April 27, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote: “For many years now the district of Bodden Town has been neglected by Government."

This month at the Watler House studio at Pedro

The Visual Arts Society will host a number of workshops and other events this month at the Watler House studio at Pedro St. James.

Roadwork postponed

Island Paving Ltd. has rescheduled to July 5 the roadwork to reinstate Bodden Town Road between Gun Square Road and Monument Road.

Students find inspiration in flotsam

The student artists in the National Gallery’s Walkers Art Club at Spot Bay Primary School recently focused their creative skills on turning found objects into eye-catching artwork.

Upcoming Sister Islands events

For those interested in honing a new skill, Cayman Traditional Arts holds its community thatch plaiting class at Heritage House on the second and last Thursday of each month.

Cayman’s 4th island, pop. zero

Cayman’s fourth island sits in the gin-clear waters of South Hole lagoon off Little Cayman.

50 years ago: Burgess Meredith visits the Brac

In the April 27, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, the newspaper reported: “Burgess Meredith, famous character actor and star of ‘The Music Man’ is pictured at Owen Roberts airport with his wife after their return from a week’s vacation on Cayman Brac with their friend Mr. Carl Marcum."

Calling Young Brac Bakers

Time is running out to enter the fourth Child Month Cupcake Wars competition, open to Brac pastry chefs ages 10-25.

Celebrate Earth Day at the botanic park

North Side’s Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park will be marking Earth Day with a family friendly fair and plant sale this weekend.

Health City expands internship options

Health City Cayman Islands is inviting students to apply to their summer Healthcare Explorers programs.

A night to remember

This old photo offers up a fun twist on the “People Time Forgot” series featured in the District Days section.

50 years ago: Seamen come ashore for a visit

In the April 20, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote: “On Monday, April 11th the MV ‘Chemical Trader’ called in at George Town for two days, giving the Cayman crew an opportunity to see their families."

NRA keeps roadside clear

On Monday, April 11, in East End a National Roads Authority cutting tractor was making the roads safer for motorists by assisting with controlling vegetation and other grass and weeds along the roadside. It is the duty of NRA to maintain the road shoulder but it is the responsibility of landowners to keep the bush maintained on their property.

Slice of history

Informational signs like these dot the district of North Side, offering detailed information on points of historic interest and curious tales of days gone by.

North Side students explore careers

North Side primary students recently had the opportunity to learn about a variety of jobs at a careers day.

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