Minister Lake surprises Mighty Dow with Suckergarden land for Pan School
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Minister Lake surprises Mighty Dow with Suckergarden land for Pan School

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (Ministry of VROMI) Hon. Maurice Lake, on Wednesday evening during the Ebony Steel Orchestra Pan Recital at Port de Plaisance, surprised Isidore York in the presence of parents and steel pan youth players, documents for the allocation of government land in the district of Suckergarden for a Steel Pan School.

Isidore York, better known as the Mighty Dow from Dow’s Musical Foundation, submitted twice an application for domain land.  The first application was in 2006 and the second one in 2009.

The domain land is 1450 square meters and is near the Lion’s Club Community Center in Suckergarden.

The Mighty Dow indicated at the pan recital that he has over 750 youngsters learning the steel pan.

“It was a great honor for me to be able to once again help a local dedicated person such as Isidore York to make his dream, and the dreams of the country’s youth come true.  The Mighty Dow has dedicated his life to educating the younger generation about the steel pan which is part of our heritage and culture.

“We have a responsibility to pass on from one generation to the next our heritage, and I am very pleased that Suckergarden will be the home for our Steel Pan School.  We have to support the future of Sint Maarten, the youth,” Minister Hon. Maurice Lake said on Thursday.

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