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Another successful businessman
has decided he can run an airline.
Curacao entrepreneur Joel da Silva Gois
will launch a new airline to serve the
routes of the of the bankrupt Dutch
Caribbean Airlines (DCA). It will be
named Curagao Airways. Da Silva Gois
is the proprietor of the wholesaler Goisco
that is operated in conjunction with the
American wholesaler BJ's. He is negoti-
ating a joint venture with the Surinam
airline, SLM. Curacao Airways will be
able to use the air operation certificate
(AOC) of SLM. Curacao Airways is
working to get a business permit and an
operational license from the Aviation
Administration. Da Silva Gois is consid-
ering operating the trans-Atlantic route
using the Boeing 747 that SLM flies be-
tween Paramaribo and Amsterdam. SLM
is currently flying to Curacao three times
a week using an MD-80.
ABesides Curacao Airways, four
other partnerships have a license re-
quest in progress: Insel Air, Pias, PAS,
Bonaire Historic Airways and Trans-
Caribbean Airlines. Air France-KLM
announced at the end of last year that it
wants to set up a regional airline based in
Curacao. In addition it was revealed that
KLM was conducting negotiations with
DutchEagleExpress (parent company of
A Air Jamaica's Executive Chairman,
Dr. Vincent Lawrence, marked the two-
month anniversary of the Jamaica gov-
ernment's re-acquisition of the carrier
last week by giving an update on its re-
More than 170 staff have been laid
off. About 100 of the 170 are flight atten-
dants. Lawrence added, "We are still pro-
jecting that the total staff reduction will
be in the region of 10%." The airline em-
ploys about 3,000. Fifty executives will
take pay cuts of between 10% and 30%.
Curagao/BonairExpress) about operating
a regional carrier. Air France-KLM is
expected to announce details by the end
of March 2005.
Not mentioned was Northeast Carib-
bean, which announced big plans (which
fell through) for supporting the Antilles
last year using a 747. It re-requested cer-
tification of one of its three Boeing 747
aircraft three weeks ago.
About 25 years ago it was possible to
fly KLM between New York, Bonaire,
Curagao and Aruba.
A American Eagle's three-times-a-
week flights between San Juan and Bon-
aire have been flying very profitably this
season. There are indications that
American Eagle will shortly announce
resumption of daily service to Bonaire.
Concerning the recent grounding of
several flights, Lawrence said that half
of the carrier's 20 planes had to be
taken out of service which resulted in
cancelled flights earlier this month af-
ter a US Federal Aviation Administration
audit raised questions about the airline's
maintenance schedule. The cancellations
affected 10-12% of Air Jamaica's flights
and had cost the airline "millions of dol-
lars." (from Hardbeatnews.com)
AIn Curagao the Justice Court dis-
charged the cases against FOL-advisor
Nelson Monte, Campo Allegre (brothel)
owner Giovanni van lerland, his mother
Xiomara Bakhuis, Campo lawyer Leslie
Franklin, FOL-leader Anthony Godett
and Gibi de Windt in the Campo-II case
last week. The verdict is a black-eye for
the Curagao Prosecutor's Office. Both the
Prosecutor's Office and press affairs
Judge Bob Wit reiterated that the Court
did in fact consider the investigation and
detentions justified, but that there did not
appear to be enough proof of intentional
wrongdoing to convict those involved.
AAntillean Justice Minister Nor-
berto Ribeiro tendered his resignation
after the Court dismissed all charges
against the suspects in the Campo-II
case involving the admittance of prosti-
tutes from Colombia and the Dominican
Republic without the required visas.
Ribeiro made his position clear to his
party. "In this case a former minister, a
political leader and others have been
prosecuted without enough proof. With
such a ruling I am forced to step down,"
A There have been continued problems
at Curagao's Bon Futuro prison. Now
Bonaire Reporter March 4 to 11, 2005
IN THIS ISSUE
Letters (Deep Diving, Response, 4
Crime Victim's Reaction) 5
Rotary Centennial 5
Electric Power Update 6
AWhale of a Lot of Progress 6
A Ride in the Park 6
Justice is (Almost) Served 7
Return to Windjammer 8
Going for the Gold (Chefs practice) 10
Envirowatch (Marine Vandals) 10
Jazz Festival May 2005 11
Great Escape Under
New Management 11
El Fog6n Latino 13
Intermezzo Opens 13
Pet Prof (Evaluating Adult Dogs) 18
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Vessel List & Tide Table 8
Pet of the Week (Rick) 10
(Shanghai, China) 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Micro Movie Review 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since
(Denise van der Ree) 17
Bonaire Sky Park
(Winter Triangles) 19
The Stars Have It 19
that escapes are finally under control it is
now again in a crisis following three
shootings among inmates, one of which
was fatal. A variety of guns had been
smuggled into the prison. It was men-
tioned in a press conference that the fee
to sneak a gun to a prisoner is about the
same as the monthly salary of a prison
guard. The Council of Ministers has
(Continued on page 7)
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IP eN I O N a n d L E T E R 0. Op E PA ES
DEEP DIVING CAUTION
As a follow up on the last week article about The
Windjammer I would like to give some additional in-
formation about DEEP diving.
First of all I do not write this to attack or argue the
very nicely written article from Mr. Bianculli. The
only reason I do this is to prevent dive accidents and
to give everybody who enjoys diving on Bonaire a
clearer and safer vision in deep diving.
Of course one can debate endlessly about how to do
it right. When Capt. Don did the first dives on the
Windjammer for sure he was not equipped TEC
(technical diving) style. Just for the simple reason it
was not available at that time. And many others fol-
lowed the same profiles and dive methods for years.
Let's just say they had no other way to do it any safer.
Entering the new age of dive technology we might
start considering other options to do DEEP dives
much safer and more efficiently.
As a SCUBA dive instructor I always compare
scuba diving with car driving. To get certified one
needs instruction first, after that a final exam will
prove if that person is qualified to hold the C-Card. Is
that person already a well-trained and experienced
one? No, he or she needs to gain experience by doing
what he has been taught by the instructor by going out
and driving a car. It is more or less the same with
scuba diving: once you get the fundamental basics you
can increase experience by going diving. As for many
divers they have the ability to restrict themselves to
what they are trained for. But some how they will get
so confident at a certain point they might push it just
beyond that point. Or they have somebody with more
experience who would like to guide them down into
new adventures. Most of the time this is a great ex-
perience, but the person misses the theoretical and
training portion of the adventure. This essential part
was skipped to get to the fun part faster. And guess
what? It all worked out fine, and the next time too and
so on. I bet no one can deny these facts; we have all
been there and done it.
Last week's article about the Windjammer might
open some doors for divers who like to find a new
"real life adventure" and even better it is labeled
What some might not have read clearly is that Mr.
Bianculli has more than 2,500 dives. But still, why not
try it and plan a dive to the Windjammer? Oh yeah,
the brand X dive computer will be my guide for de-
compression purposes. Let's say the diver will use an
80 qft 3000 psi aluminum scuba tank. Joe average has
an air consumption rate of 0.55 Qft per minute at the
surface. At 200 ft of depth we are surrounded by no
less than 7 atmospheres of pressure. A simple calcula-
tion would give us a consumption rate of 3.85qft/min
at depth. But this only assuming we don't get any cur-
rents and highly anxious.
To get down to the 'Jammer from the reef will take
about 4 minutes. Let's say we plan 5 minutes of bot-
tom time plus an other 4 minutes to get back to 30 ft
for the first stop. 13 minutes of breathing have gone
by and 48 qft of air has been consumed. (13 times
3.7qft average). The gauge will show us 1200 psi left
in the tank at the 30 ft deco stop. One might now say
ok, just enough to do the stops and come out with an
ample amount to inflate my BCD. But what if Mur-
phy's Law was your dive buddy. What "IF" ?
If you get a free flow on your octopus regulator by
simply bumping on to the wreck because nitrogen nar-
cosis misjudges distance estimation. In these depths a
20 second free flow will purge roughly 600 psi of air
from the tank, if you are able to recover the free flow
that fast. Now at 30 ft we have 600 psi instead of
1200. Nervous already.....can you feel your respira-
tion tempo going up? You will not make it, yes,
maybe to the chamber. On decompression dives run-
ning OUT OF AIR is simply NOT AN OPTION.
Let's just cut a long story short: it is not safe to
go deeper than recreational depths without redun-
dancy. One needs a full bail out system. As I men-
tioned in the beginning, we are entering the new age
of diving where we have full availability of instruction
and materials. So why stay with the old methods if
new ones are available.
The dive industry has gone through a big change in
the past 30 years. New BCDs, regulators, dive com-
puters, mixed gasses (Nitrox -TriMix) and TEC dive
equipment. As with all evolution of technique if we
want to reach new frontiers we need to use our educa-
tion and techniques.
For anyone interested in going beyond recreational
depths I strongly advise you to step into the exiting
world of technical diving. On Bonaire it is available at
the following dive shops: Habitat Dive Resorts, Tou-
can Diving, Divi Flamingo Diving, Rec Tec Scuba.
They offer a variety of technical dive instructions
(PADI & TDI) and guided TEC dives.
Also the proper equipment and mix-gas is available
at these shops to perform deep diving safely. And re-
member that it's not just "the Ferrari" that makes the
champion, it needs a well-trained driver as well. So
don't get mislead by just getting the gear and dip 'n
dive. It takes a lot of knowledge about oxygen toxic-
ity, decompression sickness, micro bubbles, deep
stops, best mixes, conservatism, bail-out planning and
I hope this article contributes to your safety on what
any ocean challenge might bring to you in the near
future. Never forget that the training and gear is avail-
able. How much is your life worth to you or rela-
Roger Haug, PADI/TDI Instructor
(Continued on page 5)
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(Letters. Continuedfrom page 4)
RESPONSE FROM THE AUTHOR OF
I agree with Mr. Haug in that redundant safety equipment, training and experi-
ence, most of all, are required to explore the deep world under the sea. I always use
back-up air supplies and adjust the dive plan to existing conditions as I described in
the dive featured in the story. As a prerequisite to a deep dive I also advocate that
any diver who attempts to establish a new "threshold" in depth or type of adventure
should train themselves by gaining experience in stages and log as many dives as
necessary to feel comfortable with their own confidence and physiology.
CRIME VICTIMS' REACTION
This is a summary of our feelings about the proceedings in the Criminal Case
against the conspirators and attackers at our home on October 11-12, 2004:
"We are pleased that the Court Case was held today on Bonaire and has exposed
the criminals involved in our attack to the full view of the public and the families of
the confessed conspirators and attackers. The police worked to arrest the suspects,
obtain evidence and later confessions from the male individuals. That enabled the
Island Prosecutor, Mr. Ernst Wesselius, to present the strongest possible case to the
Judge responsible for the legal process of deciding guilt and suitable punishment.
With the admissions of guilt and the information that was provided by the four
male defendants it was clear that there was a plan made for the robbery and attack
and that Ms. Valery Nicolaas was a co-conspirator and willing accomplice. She
played a very large role in the gang organization and ongoing criminal activities
and, by her own admission, has used cocaine to pay for workers and others in-
volved in building her house. I was shocked at her attitude that it is perfectly nor-
mal to use illegal substances as currency. Her words tell us, that in her lifestyle as a
drug distributor, this kind of behavior should be acceptable in normal society and
social and business transactions here on Bonaire.
It is our opinion that ALL the conspirators and attackers involved, independent of
their various roles, are EQUALLY responsible under the law for their actions and
should receive the strongest and longest prison sentences permitted under the law.
None of these individuals should be shown any leniency and those that have prior
convictions should receive additional time injail as repeat offenders."
Albert & Barbara Bianculli
See story on page 7for details of the trial. Ed.
Rotary clubs and districts across the globe celebrated the 100th anniversary
of Rotary on February 23 with an array of activities and service projects.
The Bonaire Rotary Club celebrated this special day with a luncheon which in-
cluded: installation of Honorary Member Lt. Governor Herbert Domacass6, a
gathering of past Rotarian Members including partners, and a few words by Paul
Harris Award Charter Member Yke Faber. The meeting was presided over by in-
coming 2005-2006 President Edsel Winklaar.
Rotary International has 1,219,523 Rotarians in 31,926 Clubs, encompassing
529 Districts and 166 countries. 1 Sara Matera
Bonaire Reporter March 4 to 11, 2005
In the Park
Electric Power Update A Whale BONAlphoto
of a Lot
A rcheologist m
Dr. Jay Hay-
iser, who leads the
BONAI group of
high school students
who are restoring
the whale skeleton,
sends an update:Ha wfh a
"The students as-
sembled the head
and jaw onto a stainless steel frame which was built a couple of weeks ago. We have
finished the 'arms-hands' and now are working on the backbone and ribs. We're hop-
ing to have it finished and all assembled at the Washington Park entrance (to go into
the Museum) for the end of March or beginning of April! The students are doing a
great job and really enjoying this project!" OJay Haviser
Aggreko generators being set up on the WEB property
were brought in
from Porto Ca-
zuela, by the
Dona Luisa I
and should be
able provide suf-
to meet the is-
needs. The quick u ant to have a unique, athletic experience? Take a bike through Washing-
response, in an- Hurbert (Ibi) de Palm, representing the WEB board, and Stijn V ton Park like these folks did. The road is rough so a mountain bike
swer to a request Janssen interim director ofBMG sign the Aggreko contract. (available at De Freeweiler Bike Shop) is recommended. You should be relatively
from WEB, fol- fit, bring twice the water you think you will need and if possible arrange for an es-
lowing the loss cort pickup truck in case of bicycle or human failure. You should consider starting
of 5 Megawatts as early as possible. The Park opens at 8 am but can be opened earlier for a small
(MW) of generating capacity in a fire hours. fee. Call STINAPA HQ at 717-8444 for more information. O G.D.
on February 7e, came from Aggreko WEB's insurance company, AON,
(www.aggreko.com), a company in the last week declared the number 2 diesel/
business of providing emergency and dynamo made by Stork/Werkspoor a
additional power on short notice. total loss, paving the way for the pur-
Americans may recognize them be- chase of a new unit. The number 3 die-
cause they made available a 15 MW sel/dynamo made by Wartsila should
temporary power and electric heating be okay, but extensive repairs are
package for the 39th Super Bowl on needed to associated boilers and heat
February 6 in Jacksonville, Florida. exchangers.
The six 1 MW generators may be run- WEB will pay NAf1.3million to use
ning by the time you read this story. the generators for 16 weeks and has the
WEB has been doing a masterful job option to extend their use in three-week
of keeping the power on for Bonaire, increments three times (nine more
considering about a third of their gen- weeks.) It's hoped by then a more per-
eration capacity is out. In fact last manent solution will be found. O G.D.
Monday, because of conservation by
consumers, the entire day passed with-
out any load shedding required. But
one of the light-duty Caterpillar genera-
tors failed on Thursday and a large part
of the island lost electricity for a few
Bonaire Reporter March 4 to 11, 2005
Justice is (Almost) Served.
T he violent crime that
caught the attention
of all Bonaire is coming to
closure. On October 11,
2004, three men broke into
the home of two Americans
and demanded money and
that the safe in the house be
opened. There was no safe
to open so one of the men
brutally beat the woman
hoping she or her husband
would reveal the location of
the non-existent safe. The .
house was ransacked, shots
were fired, and finally the
men departed. On October
29th in an all-day action,
police arrested the several
suspects. Subsequently all
confessed. Last Friday, in
Bonaire's Justice Court,
they allocated their crimes and made
The court session started at 10:30 am
and ended at 4 pm with a half-hour
break at 12:30. All five defendants
were present and each was represented
by a lawyer.
The Judge opened the proceedings
and read the statements (Process Ver-
bal) of the victims, Barbara and Albert
Bianculli. The Prosecutor, Ernst Wes-
selius, read the charges against each of
the defendants. Each of the four male
prisoners was then identified and
placed before the Judge as he read their
statements of confession and ques-
tioned them about details. They all ad-
mitted their participation and that these
were, in fact, their statements. Valery
Nicolaas, a female accomplice and sis-
ter of Ellery, denied being a part of the
crime, but she was clearly implicated in
the planning and operation of the attack
by two of the men, Dominico Wanga
and Ryan Frans.
Following the resumption of the pro-
ceedings the Prosecutor charged each
individual with their part and described
the evidence against each. At this point
in his summary he specified their guilt
and requested the following sentences:
Ellery Nicolaas, 15 years; Sergio Mer-
cera, 15 years; Ryan Frans, 12 years;
Valery Nicolaas, 6 years; Dominico
Wanga, 3 years. At this point each de-
fense lawyer pleaded the case for their
Prosecutor Ernst Wessilius
clients. The Prosecutor rebutted their
claims. The defense had their last
words. The Judge then asked each of
the defendants if they wished to say
anything. Ellery N. said he was sorry;
Sergio M. had his attorney read a letter,
in English, to the victims asking for
forgiveness; and Valery N. asked not to
be sent back to prison on Curaqao.
At the end of the day all the defen-
dants were sent back to prison in Cura-
The Judge then announced that he
would pronounce the sentences on Fri-
day, March 4, in Curamao in the pres-
ence of the defendants and another
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continuedfrom page 2)
agreed to present an emergency law to
Parliament. This new law will limit the
rights of the prisoners. It is one of the
measures that the Justice Minister wants
to take to get the situation in the prison
Other measures he mentioned last
week are: 24-hour surveillance, addi-
tional cell inspections, more personnel,
more deliberations with the service
group, electronic outside security, the
formalizing of the legal position of the
guards that act as mobile unit inside the
prison, the use of the body scan, cell
phone traffic blocking (Many prisoners
have cell phones), obtaining an Antillean
prison expert from the Netherlands, and
the establishing a new position responsi-
ble for 'safety inside the prison.'
A The Central Government called
for three minutes of silence in Curacao
on Tuesday, March 1, at noon, as a
"moment of reflection in these uneasy
times, for peace, harmony and tran-
quility." After that church bells on the
island rang and Prime Minister Etienne
Ys addressed the people on radio and
A In January Governments of the
Netherlands Antilles and the Netherlands
signed a protocol to improve coopera-
tion between the two countries to com-
bat crime. The cooperation is focused
on tackling violent crimes, especially in
The Netherlands will make up to 40
officers available for a period of one
year. Another objective is to strengthen
the law enforcement overall in the Neth-
erlands Antilles. For this purpose the
Netherlands will make up to 20 addi-
tional specialists available for two years.
Finally it was also agreed that 13 mem-
bers of the Royal Netherlands Military
Constabulary (Koninklijke Mare-
chaussees) and 12 Customs officers
would be made available by the Nether-
lands for joint border control teams. If all
goes according to plan Marechaussees
will join the airport drug control Fla-
mingo Team on Bonaire this month.
Last week Minister of Kingdom Rela-
tions Thom de Graaf appointed Klaas de
Jong as Coordinator for this Netherlands
Antilles Security Plan effective March 1.
De Jong will coordinate the Dutch de-
ployment and inform the Antillean Min-
ister of Justice of the implementation of
A Last Thursday, the Parliament
approved a two-year moratorium on
physicians. This means that for two
years, no new physicians can be added in
Member of Parliament Philip (Fifi)
Nieuw, chairman of the Health Commit-
tee in Parliament, confirmed this. "We
need a new law, because the doors can-
not just remain closed for our children
who graduate as physicians and want to
establish business here."
The moratorium is aimed at reducing
the enormous expenses for health care.
These were more than NAf600 million
guilders for the Antilles a few years ago
(the last period for when figures were
available). The moratorium is expected
to reduce this by NAf25 million.
Health Minister Joan Theodora-
Brewster will determine how many pa-
tients a specialist is supposed to accept in
(Continued on page 9)
Bonaire Reporter March 4 to 11, 2005
IACHT GA AD T AGE
Return to the Windiammer
A/ aiver is awarjea oy me hammerr s ancnor
A s we prepared for our dive on the
Mairi Bhan, my thoughts wan-
dered back to her last fateful voyage in
December of 1912, bound from Trinidad
to Marseilles (which is odd considering
Bonaire is 400 miles in the opposite di-
rection from Marseilles. Ed.), her holds
filled with a cargo of asphalt pitch. This
once proud three-masted clipper ship
boasted a record maiden voyage in 1874
from Glasgow to New Zealand in only
75 days. Now the remains of her 239-
foot (73 meter) iron hull lay on her star-
board side, resting 190 feet (58 m) below
the surface. The azure blue sea that once
carried her from port to port is slowly
devouring her structure. The end came
swiftly. After fighting against mountain-
ous seas in a fierce storm that blew her
off course toward Bonaire, Captain
Rosetta had little choice but to ground
the ship after an oil lamp ignited the
cargo which exploded in flames. The
final maneuver was an attempt to save
the crew, and all but four of the 32-man
crew survived the horror of her sinking!
Visions and sounds of crashing waves,
intense flames, exploding barrels and
screams of terror filled my brain as I
strapped on my tank for another visit to
her sandy grave.
Our steps into the calm, warm sea, at
our chosen entry point took us over fos-
silized Elkhom and Staghom coral.
These skeletons, left behind eons ago by
tiny animals, are the ancient relatives of
the creatures that today call the Mairi
Bhan home. The first sight of the upper
spars, strewn like pick-up sticks on the
shallow reef, tells us to turn and swim
down the reef slope. At 100 feet (30 m)
we see the lower section of the four-foot
diameter (1.2 m) main mast, snapped
cleanly from the deck, silent witness to
the violent lurch that heeled the ship
over as she slid down the sloping reef.
Descending below 140 feet (43 m) we
encounter a cold thermocline, and the
water column takes on an
eerie green cast. My eyes
strain and pick up the shape
of the huge overturned hull
with the curve of the port
rail outlined against the
white sand below. Fifteen
feet (4.5 m)-long wire cor-
als extend upward in cork-
screw shapes, endlessly
dancing in the mild current.
Today the visibility is spec-
tacular and I can see the The ren
entire ship from stem to
Nothing, no previous experiences, can
prepare you for a close-up encounter at
the bow of the ship. The anchor chain is
clearly visible in the sand below, the
links slack, reminding me of the way my
own chain necklace looks when lying in
the bottom of my dresser drawer. The
graceful curve of the hull terminates at
the bow in the superstructure that sup-
ported the bowsprit. Built by Barclay,
Curle and Company in Scotland, the
Mairi Bhan was a fast sailing ship that
carried passengers and cargo to distant
ports using only her sails to harness the
power of the wind. It was the same wind
that drove her to destruction in Decem-
ber of 1912 on the north coast of Bon-
Today we are measuring the size of the
bowsprit support, and as I watch Barbara
descend to the long steel tube protruding
into the mild current, I am shocked by
the sight of her outline dwarfed by the
massive proportions of the bow struc-
ture! The length measures over 26 feet (8
m) with a ring at the end which is over
two feet (0.6 m) in diameter. I can only
Blown Away Too
Camissa, Chan Is.
Flying Cloud, USA
wains of the bow fitting that supported the
imagine the thrill of being on board and
standing at the bow watching the ship
slice through the water with the sound of
the rigging straining at the wind.
Further along the hull we see a huge
round hole at deck level where the main
mast snapped off. It measures over four
feet (1.2 m) in diameter and most cer-
tainly was over 150 feet (46 m) tall. It
now lies on the reef slope pointing to the
surface at mid-ships. It is our sign that
our time on this visit is over.
We glance over our shoulders as we
ascend to view the Mairi Bhan now
playing host to her new passengers, a
large school of silver Horse-eyed Jacks,
in permanent residence in her watery
grave. We plan to return again and ex-
plore this magnificent ship and learn her
Photos and story by Albert Bianculli
On Sundays, be sure to go and see
Bonaire Holiday-A multi-media
dual-projector production by author
Albert Bianculli, 8.30pm, Capt.
Guaicamar I, Ven.
Luna C. USA
La Escotilla, Caymans
Solvig of Lorn
Star of the West
Ti Amo, USA
Ulu Ulu, USA
Bonaire Reporter March 4 to 11, 2005
KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
3-04 8:04 2.0FT. 17:15 0.8FT. 54
3-05 8:54 2.1FT. 17:52 0.8FT. 56
3-06 0:07 1.OFT. 9:44 2.1FT. 18:23 0.8FT. 23:57 1.0FT. 64
3-07 1:26 1.1FT. 10:30 2.0FT. 18:56 0.8FT. 23:47 1.1FT. 75
3-08 3:14 1.1FT. 11:23 2.0FT. 19:29 0.9FT. 85
3-09 0:32 1.3FT. 4:33 1.1FT. 12:10 1.8FT. 19:53 1.0FT. 93
3-10 1:14 1.4FT. 6:04 1.1FT. 13:05 1.7FT. 20:11 1.1FT. 98
3-11 1:58 1.5FT. 7:53 1.2FT. 14:03 1.5FT. 20:20 1.2FT. 99
VESSELS MAKING A PORT CALL:
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continuedfrom page 7)
order to guarantee good care. She is
charged with coming up with a new legis-
lation. The Curagao Physicians Associa-
tion complained last year about competi-
tion from new physicians. For example,
there are 121 physicians in Curacao,
where the "norm" is for 57. There are 45
dentists, 25 speech therapists, and only 7
obstetricians in Curacao, while the norm
is 19, 7, and 16 respectively. Bonaire also
has "extra" doctors. However, a spokes-
man for the island's medical specialists,
Dr. Ajubi, said these figures were very
misleading because 80% of the local
doctors have training only in the ba-
sics, "basisarts," and in the Netherlands
normally an additional two or three
years of training is needed to become
AMore evidence of economic expan-
sion: A commercial mall across from
the northern hotel row, long planned but
in limbo, is getting increased interest.
And a conditional okay has been given
for a building containing shops at the
street side of the pier used by cruise
ships. The ground has been cleared.
AAnita and Guy Chaumette, who are
filming in Bonaire for upcoming docu-
mentaries, have had their production,
"Talking With Fishes" win 1st place for
'Best Camera Work' and also been
nominated for 'Best Underwater Animal
Film' at the Moscow International Festi-
val 'Golden Dolphin.'
Prince Floris andAimee together
with Prince Pieter-Christiaan and his
girlfriend Anita van Eijk
A Princess Margriet and her husband
Pieter van Vollenhoven announced mar-
riage plans for their sons. Prince Pieter-
Christiaan of Oranje-Nassau van Vollen-
hoven will marry in August while Prince
Floris of Oranje-Nassau van Vollenhoven
will do the same in October.
Pieter-Christiaan (32), the third son of
Queen Beatrix's sister Princess Margriet,
will marry Anita van Eijk (35). His
brother Floris (29), the fourth and young-
est son, will tie the knot with Aimee Soh-
Pieter-Christiaan is a major at the Di-
rectorate of Operations of the Dutch royal
military police Marechaussees in The
Hague. Floris is policy secretary at the
Prosecutor's Office. Both princes studied
ALast week the Central Bureau of Sta-
tistics (CBS) published the results of its
research on the labor situation on Bon-
aire. The survey was made in October
* The working population has grown
by more than 300 persons compared
to September 2002, an increase of al-
* The number of job seekers dropped
20%. Unemployment dropped from
11.6% to 8.9%.
* Youth unemployment decreased from
31.5% in 2002 to 25.2% in 2004.
The Bonaire Island Government stated
that it felt that the economic revival
which has been underway in Bonaire
since 2003 has had a positive impact and
has raised confidence in investors in the
A A selection of products made with
donkey milk are on sale at the Donkey
Sanctuary. Marina Melis, founder of the
Donkeys Help Foundation, got the idea to
sell these products after seeing in the TV
and print media a story about Mrs. Marie
Tack's donkey farm, L'Asinerie du Pays
des Collines in Belgium, where she has
66 giant female donkeys. Together with
her husband, she milks the donkeys and
makes soap, bath cream, body lotion,
silky cream and candies. Donkey's milk,
as we reported in an earlier issue of The
Bonaire Reporter, has been known for its
curative powers since Cleopatra's time.
These products are now available at the
Donkey Sanctuary. They are open every
day except Monday, from 10 am to 5 pm.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tele-
A For the first time there will be a
Singles Week (March 21-26th) in Bon-
aire. According to organizer Ann Phelan
it will be a time to mix and mingle with
singles of all ages and genders for din-
ners, activities and fun. Dive and wind-
surf by day and at night join a group for a
French dining experience, fondue and
wine, bowling or karaoke. Membership is
open to all. Email
email@example.com or call
(011-599-9)-786-3134 to join in the fun.
It's fun to travel solo but even more fun
to meet new people and have new social
A In last week's Reporter we wrote
about Jasta Travel's air excursions to
Los Roques, the islands north of Vene-
zuela and about 100 miles east of Bon-
aire. There has been a reorganization of
Jasta and according to owner Jacinto
Cicilia, the Roques trips will not begin on
March 7 as originally planned, but will be
begun an a later date and will most likely
allow travelers to spend more than just a
day in the islands. With the Transaven
airlines they are still flying to Valencia,
Venezuela, three times a week. As well
they do charters to Caracas via Valencia.
For more information call Jasta Travel at
717-9444 and ask for Jacinto.
A The Cunard line's Queen Mary 2
will be visiting the island this Saturday,
March 5th. She's the largest liner in the
world: 992.9 ft. long, displacing 148,528
tons and carries 2,700 passengers and
1,270 crew. Bonaire is no stranger to
large cruise ships. The QM-2's compan-
ion ship, the QE-2, is the liner in service
for the longest time of any ship and first
visited Bonaire on Christmas, 1981.
A Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn has now
added free wireless internet access ser-
vice for its guests. The wireless service
can be accessed anywhere around the
pool patio area. Anyone wishing to bring
their laptop can now enjoy some Intemet
time and emailing between dives. For
more information contact Carib Inn at
Bruce@caribinn.com or call (011-599)
A The first 2005 concert of the The
Dutch Dixies will be held this Sunday,
March 6th at KonTiki beach club from 5
to 8 pm. Starting in the early 80s as The
A Is Bonaire's hotel sector
about to boom? According to
reliable sources last week the
Island Government signed a
deal with Coral Suites by
Hilton for the former Sunset
Beach Hotel property. Coral
Suites has the rights to the
Hilton name in the Caribbean
and has several hotels in the
Dominican Republic. One
proposal is for the hotel to
have over 500 rooms.
The government is awaiting
Harbour Village Develop-
ment, NV, to sign off on a
deal to develop the area ad-
jacent to the Harbour Vil-
lage Marina. Reportedly the
developer must post a Scenes from the demolished Sunset Beach Hotel
bond and begin construction within six months and follow through with completion.
Bonaire Reporter March 4 to 11, 2005
E NVI RO WATC H
S trollers along the waterfront
promenade this weekend were
shocked to see five "headless" palm
trees and many others damaged. We
couldn't imagine what catastrophe
caused it. When we asked one of the
people who lives in a house opposite
the trees he told us. It was vandalism
and the vandals were drunk Dutch Ma-
rines they said. Incredible! Then we
heard that the Marines were also sus-
pects in the vandalism and theft of one
of the lions at the Lions' Club Time
Capsule on Kaya Grandi.
At the very minimum, the command- -
ing officer of the Royal Marine contin-
gent on island last week should make
his troops repair the damage they
caused. O G.D.
"TR ick" has one of the cutest smiling faces *
We've ever seen on a dog. He has that kind
of rakish dog look that movie directors love to dis-
cover and put into their films. But Hollywood is not
for Rick right now because hejust loves being here on
his island. Rick's mom wandered into someone's yard
with her three puppies, Rick amongst them, and the
people, not being able to care for them, brought them
into the Bonaire Animal Shelter. The puppies were
born about mid-October according to the vet's esti-
mate. Rick's mom is a darling, very nice dog, and Rick
is just like her. He's social, alert and of course so cute
and funny you just want to laugh at that whiskered
face. He's passed all his health and social tests and is
ready for adoption. The NAf 105 adoption fee for dogs
includes a health exam, tests, worming, shots and sterilization. You'd pay much
more than that if you had to pay those costs individually. Stop by and see for your-
self at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm,
Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989.
Remember, there's always room at the Shelter for unwanted dogs or cats.
Don't ever hesitate to bring them in so they can have a good chance at life.
Shelter Manager Jurrie Mellema reports that since the first of the year there have
been 26 pet adoptions. Congratulations to all and may your lives together be happy
ones. 1 L.D.
FOR THE GOLD
In the kitchen of the SGB hotel school, Chez Nous: Coach Vernon "Nonchi"
Martijn, Isadoor van Riemsdijk (Rum Runners), Ricky Janzen (Divi Flamingo),
Floris van Loo (Rum Runners), Tico Marsera (Den Laman), apprentice chefs
Bram Smit and Andreas Cicilia
B onaire's team of chefs and bartender for the "Taste of the Caribbean" com-
petition in June in Miami are hard at work. The chefs must come up with a
winning three-course menu of appetizer, main dish and dessert the ingredients
chosen from a "mystery basket."
In addition to their regular long hours as chefs in hotels and restaurants on the
island, the team members have set aside times to work together to hone their skills
as a team. They'll be competing with the best chefs in the Caribbean.
A new team member is Ricky Janzen, Divi Flamingo's sous chef, who replaces
Selsio de Palm. This year, for the first time the team will include two apprentice
student chefs from the SGB hotel school: Bram Smit and Andreas Cicilia.
The first fundraiser to help send our team to Miami is coming up in two weeks.
It's a Wine and Cheese Party on Saturday, March 19, the place yet to be deter-
mined. Participating will be local wine purveyors: ALCON, Antillean Wine Com-
pany (AWC), Bonaire Gift Shop and The Island Supplier (TIS). Cheeses and appe-
tizers will be supplied by local restaurants.
To help the team practice there will be some lunches (of the chosen three-
course menu) served during the weeks of March 14 and 21 and the public is
invited. There is seating for only 30 persons each time, so make your reservations
early. Call Sara Matera at 786-9299 or Laura DeSalvo at 717-8988 or 791-7252.
Bonaire Reporter March 4 to 11, 2005
Having an international music
festival is a good a sign that
Bonaire is growing into a more
broadly based travel destination. Last
Friday at City Caf6 the official an-
nouncement was made by organizer
Guus Gerritsen that the Harbourtown
Bonaire Jazz Festival will run from
May 19 to 22. And the program is
awesome, especially for a first effort.
There will be Happy Hour sessions
and three main concerts during the
May 19-22, 2005, long weekend:
MAY 19: WELCOME CONCERT AT
WILHELMINA PARK. Happy hour and
late night jazz in cafes and restaurants
MAY 20: MAIN CONCERT AT PLAZA
RESORT. Happy hour and late night
jazz jam sessions at City Caf6 and
MAY 21: MAIN CONCERT AT BON-
GOS BEACH. Happy hour and late night
jazz jam sessions at City Caf6 and
MAY 22: MAIN CONCERT AT KONJazz in Action
TIKI BEACH CLUB. Brunch concert.
The location has not yet
Latin and Caribbeanjazz
will be featured. Artists
signed up to date include:
Denise Jannah, Ced Ride,
Avila Blues House band,
Cuban Express, X-Hale,
The Bernabela Bislip
Project, the Freewinds
Band with guests, Stacey
Francis, Latin Quarter,
Bonaire Jazz Trio and
Stingway. More groups
are promised too. There
will be jazz all over the
place plus three main con-
certs and an all-inclusive
pass is only NAf30!
Signed up as sponsors so
far are: Harbourtown Real
Estate, the title sponsor.
The main sponsors are
Heineken and Bonaire
Fun Travel. Day sponsors
are Littman, Yellow Sub-
marine and Fatum Insur-
ance. The supporting Margon Muller of major sponsor, Harbourtown Real
sponsors are City Cafe, Estate, and event organizer Guus Gerritsen
Plaza Resort Bonaire,
Kontiki Beach Club, Bon-
gos Beach, Toyota, Benetton, Russell Insurance, Telbo, Omni Electronics, Bo-
naireNet, TCB, The Bonaire Reporter, Bonaire Express and the Bonaire Jazz
Foundation. Keep track of the event at www.bonairejazz.com. O G.D.
The new owners of the Great Es-
cape in Belnem are Americans,
Kevin and Kathy Williams, who both
had careers in computers in "Silicon
Valley" (San Jose, California). So what
was the Bonaire connection? "We're
scuba divers," replies Kevin, "and we
were looking for a new occupation.
You might say we're refugees from
San Jose!" The Great Escape hotel with
its lush gardens around the pool and the
bar and restaurant under the thatched
palm roof (Churuhuata) seemed just
the ticket and it was a pretty spontane-
ous decision they say.
The well established hotel has had a
following over the years and the couple
wants to maintain the same quality of
atmosphere and ambiance. However, a
lot of refur-
going on: new
aircos and ,
pool deck for
and DVD ma-
Each of the 10
rooms has a
brand new flat
The hotel has
The Great t
a deal with Belmar The Gat
for diving: guests get
a 10% discount.
"And kite surfing lessons can be
booked here too," Kevin explains.
"We're the closest hotel to the Atlantis
"We want to emphasize our restau-
rant and bar," Kevin says. "Our Cuban
chef, Luis Alvarez, does Caribbean cui-
sine and he makes the best black bean
soup." The restaurant is open for break-
fast, lunch and dinner. There's a break-
fast buffet served until 10 am, with a
Champagne Brunch on Sunday from 10
to noon. Lunch starts and 12 and the
restaurant remains open for dinner until
9 pm. The bar is open from noon to 10
pm, with Happy Hour 5 to 7.
A nice thing that they're doing for the
community is to open the pool to the
children on Saturday afternoons from 1
Your hosts, Kathy and Kevin Williams
Escape pool, garden and Churuhuata
roof) over the bar and restaurant
to 4. (Kids must be accompanied by an
adult.) Drinks and snacks are available.
Stop by for a cool drink or sample
Chef Luis' lunch or dinner. The Great
Escape hotel, bar and restaurant is at
EEG Blvd. #97. Tel/Fax 717-7488.
There's always someone there who
speaks English. Email: greates-
Visit our shop:
In town at Kaya Grandi #6
Phone 717-2844 or 785-9332
WWW. SCUBAVISION. INFO
Have Bonaire's professional
underwater filmmaker, Hendrik
Wuyts ("World of Ocean Films" and
"Eye On" Series -most recently in
Peru and Kenya), custom produce
an underwater video of your dive
for only $85
Digital stock footage
Documentary films, DVDs
Weddings, Video art
Bonaire Reporter March 4 to 11, 2005
grgO Em p H@W Endo Key\ l^/ \.nU
JanArt Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7, Bon-
aire Local Art, Art Supplies, Framing,
and Art Classes. Open Tu-We-Th &
Sat 10 am- 5 pm Friday 1- 7 pm; or
phone 717-5246 for appt.
BonaireNet is the leading consumer
and business information source on
Bonaire. Telephone (599) 717-7160.
For on-line yellow pages directory in-
formation go to http://www.
PRACTICE BONAIRE. Con-
sultation, Supervision, Hypnotherapy,
Psychotherapy Drs. Johan de Korte,
Psychologist, Phone: 717-6919
CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
Trees and Plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 of plants and nursery. Spe-
cializing in garden/septic pumps and
irrigation. Kaminda Lagoen 103, Is-
land Growers NV (Capt. Don and
Janet). Phone: 786-0956 or 787-0956
LUNCH TO GO- Starting from
NAf5 per meal. Call CHINA
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful
boxed note cards are now available at
Chat-N-Browse next to
Lovers Ice-Cream and Sand Dollar.
Photography by Shelly Craig
Visit Gallery "MyArt "
Restaurant Terrace Take away
SPECIAL DINNER MENU *
NAf35.OO $ 20.00
CATCH OF THE DAY
OPEN: 11.30 a.m. -02.00p.m.
DINNER 06.00p.m. 09.30p.m.
Sunday and Monday closed
ROYAL PALM GALLERIES,
Kaya Grandi 26 F/G, TEL/FAX:
For Sale: Logan compact mat cut-
ter- 120 Nafl; Lexmark Zll color
printer with extra cartridges- 60
Nafl; LG Studioworks 17 com-
puter monitor almost new- 100 Nafl,
HP 1350 Color printer; scanner,
copier with extra ink cartridges-
300 Nafl. Call 717-3976 or 786-0076
For Sale Appliances: Whirlpool
Super capacity 5 cycle washer made
for 50 cycle 127 volts- 400 Nafl avail-
able March 17; Avanti counter height
refrigerator with transformer- 225
Nafl; Daewoo large microwave with
transformer- 200 Nafl.; George Fore-
man grill- 50 Nafl. Call 717-3976 or
For Sale Furniture: Mission style
oak futon with mattress- 300 Nafl;
Comfortable sofa and loveseat 800
Nafl; 2 oak end tables- 100 Nafl;
Black lacquer table with 4 matching
chairs- 200 Nafl, comfortable Re-
cliner chair black 1 year old- 300
Nafl; Sony Trinitron 21" color TV-
125 Nafl; Samsung TV 27" almost
new- 500 Nafl; Cherry TV stand- 100
Nafl; white student desk- 60 Nafl;
assorted bookcases 50 Nafl each. Call
717-3976 or 786-0076
Revolving CD-Stand, wood, holds
about 300 CDs, NAf90.00, call 717-
2848Gaastra Force, Stealth & Phoe-
nix kites -assorted sizes 4.0 to 17.5
meter. Nearly new. Call for more
info. $300-$600 obo. Call 717-6862
Sunbeam Portable Gas Grill -
New, never been used. Includes out-
side cover and new filled gas cylinder
NAf600. Tel. 717-4915.
Lovely small restaurant in Playa.
Please call 567-0576 / 569-8871 or 717-
Wanted full time employment
opportunity. Experienced in man-
agement and administration. Many
years on the island and no work per-
mit needed. Please call Marion Wil-
son at 717-5571
Wanted- indoor garage to park my
Hi-Lux truck while away long term.
Please call Lester 717-3447
City Shop N.V. needs computer
technicians. Interested persons should
drop by City Shop personally between
5 and 6 pm daily.
WANTED: Experienced waiter or
waitress for dinner service. Call
Croccantino at 785-0581.
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Classic Sailor Make an
Offer. Traditional Bo-
nairean Sailing sloop.
Wood, traditional construc-
tion, about 21' long. Fiber-
glassed in and out for mini-
mal maintenance. Two time
winner of Bonaire Regatta,
Class A. A dream to sail.
One of the last of its kind.
Call 717-8988 or 785-6125.
Desktop Computer, in excellent
condition includes CPU (6-gig Hard
Drive), Monitor, and upgraded Key-
board with built in mouse-pad, great
for light computer work and email/
Internet. NAf500, Call 717-2848 if
For Sale: Grandstream Handy-
tone 486 ATA Connect your regular
phone to this box and make CHEAP
PHONE-CALLS over the Internet
using VOIP. No computer needed.
Works only with a Telbo Broadband
connection. $85 Tel. 791-6167
Personal Fax Machine, Model
#275 by Brother, NAf65.00, If inter-
ested, call 717-2848.
MOVING INTO A NEW HOUSE?
Make it more livable from the start
FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy healing
China trained, Experienced. Inexpen-
sive. Call Donna at 785-9013
Bonaire Reporter March 4 to 11, 2005
Grease monkey special..'83 Honda
Jazz NAf2.000 call 785-9760
Nissan Sunny- 1990 clean, runs
good. Great island car. NA1f.500
obo 717-6862 or 791-4926
2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor XLS
Fully equipped. For more informa-
tion please call 717-4343 Mrs. Statie
or 790-9020 Mr. Statie.
For Rent: Comfortable 2-bedroom
beach villa-weekly or monthly-choice
location-privacy & security-May 1st
until Dec. 15th. Brochure available.
Phone (Bon) (599) 717 3293; (US)
(570) 586 0098. Email larjaytee@aol.
BOT & ENIE forSAL
Latino- A New Colombian Restaurant Opens
A fter giving them some time to
work out the kinks we decided to
visit Bonaire's first and only Columbian
restaurant, El Fog6n Latino. We were
overwhelmed by the quality, selection,
taste, portions and service as well as the
low, low prices. The most expensive item
on the menu (broiled fresh fish thick
filets!) is only NAf 13,50! If the restau-
rant were on the Bonaire waterfront it
would be jammed with diners even if the
prices were tripled.
Right now it's in a spotless small blue
building with the two
white pillars at Nikiboko
Suid #88 (Leaving Kral-
endijk toward Sorobon
pass the first main inter-
section. El Fog6n Latino
is on your right, just a
couple of houses past).
The name, "El Fogon,"
refers to the ancient
method of cooking with
three stones placed in the
It's run by Juan Men-
doza, who is also a radio
personality with his own
program of Colombian
music on Saturday on
Digital FM, and the
popular chef Leonardo
Romero, the restaurant
offers traditional Colom- Juan and Ch/
bian dishes with all the
simple, basic and wholesome ambience
of a neighborhood Bonairean eatery.
Their soup, Sancocho de Gallina
Criolla, uses all the parts of the chicken
to make a rich thick broth with potatoes,
corn on the cob, yucca, carrots and
chicken with a squeeze of lime. There is
a vast array of beef dishes done mostly
on the grill, with a Criollo sauce or with-
out. A particularly tasty beef dish is
called Punta Gorda. There are other beef
styles: Churrasco or Care a la Plancha.
Chicken and fish come a laplancha too.
Accompanying the meats is a typical
sauce, chimichuri, which is made with
fresh parsley. Another sauce, Salsa
Verde, again with fresh parsley, can be
used on vegetables, rice and salads. All
meals come with rice, yucca, salad,
French fries or Patac6n (thickly sliced
They have a Happy Hour every day
with Polar and Amstel for NAf2, a Chi-
vas Regal goes for NAf7.
El Fog6n Latino is open every day ex-
hi ll -I
n Il I I
g 4 g
Juan Mendoza is ready to greet you.
efLeonardo Romero in the spotless kitchen
cept Tuesday, 11 am to 11 pm. The
kitchen is closed at 3 pm and is open 5 to
10 pm. Eat in or take out. Telephone 786-
2810. O L.D.
Owners and operators of Habitat and Intermezzo at the opening.
A gathering of the owners and operators of Intermezzo Spas and Captain
Don's Habitat welcomed guests to the official and gala opening of the ele-
gant day spa last Saturday evening. What was once one of the original "cottages"
at Captain Don's has been turned into a stylish and tranquil setting for massages,
facials, scrubs, wraps, nail care and more.
Cinnamon Gallery's Avy Benhamron's African-themed art decorates the walls.
In addition to the main spa there is a private little cabana adjacent to the hotel
pool and at the seaside where you may have your facial and/or massage.
Intermezzo has six day spas in Aruba's leading hotels. This one is the first in
To make a reservation call 786-7069 or Capt. Don's Habitat at 717-8290. OL.D.
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WRU tL MVIE 5IHWTIES
Cal to make sure: Usually9:00pm
Hide and Seek
(Robert de Niro)
Early Show (usually 7pm)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75
NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM
The Sponge Bob Square
Saturday, Sunday, March 5, 6-Tryouts
for new soccer players. Soccer field near
Reina Beatrix School. Ages 8-12, 13-15.
10 am-2 pm. Donations for food for kids
gratefully accepted. Tel. 717-5330, ext.
Saturday, March 5 Rincon Marsh6 -
It's become an island tradition Big out-
door market in the middle in Rincon's
town square. Local food and drink, fruits
and vegetables, gifts, candles, plants,
more. Guest speakers from business, gov-
ernment and other sectors speak Bou di
Ramada (on the porch) at 10 am. Stands
open at 6 am for breakfast and usually stay
open until 4 pm.
Sunday, March 6-Fun Run 2/4/5 km.
7:30 am at Stadium. Sponsored by Com-
cabon Tel. 717-8629 or 780-7225
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship Visiting Days: Sat-
urday, Mar. 5--Queen Mary 2; Monday,
Mar. 7-Oceana; Tuesday, Mar. 8-Aida
Saturday, March 12-Opening of art
exhibition by Willie Dijkstra, Cinnamon
Art Gallery, 7 to 9 pm, A.P.L. Brion #1.
Until April 14. 717-7103
Monday, March 15th -Premiere of two
Theo van Gogh films "Cool" and "0605"
at Movieland. Premiere party with appear-
ance of Katja Schuurman at 2300 in City
Cafe. Tickets NAf 15.
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship Visiting Days:
Wed., Mar. 16-Mona Lisa; Tues., Mar. 22-
Aida Vita; Sun. Apr. 24-Endeavor
Saturday, March 19 Wine and Cheese
Fundraiser for Bonaire's Culinary
Team Time and place to be announced
Sunday, March 20-Palm Sunday
March 21-26" Singles Week in Bonaire-
Membership is open to all. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 011-
5999-786-3134 to join in the fun
Friday, March 25-Good Friday-Banks
and shops closed.
Sunday, March 27-Easter Sunday
Monday, March 28-Easter Monday.
Banks and shops closed
Saturday, April 16-Padrino Fashion
Show at Croccantino Restaurant-to raise
funds for Bonaire's Special Olympics
Team. 7:30 pm. NAf125 donation includes
multi-course Tuscan dinner. Well-known
singer Monica Millar will perform. Tickets
at Croccantino Restaurant. Tel. 717-5025.
Saturday, April 30-Rincon Day, Queen's
MICRO MOVIE REVIEW
Seen recently in
Movieland Cinema: .
White Noise by Geoffry Sax
starring Michael Keaton. With
movies like this I don't need air condi-
tioning to freeze my blood. Like The
Grudge, this film had me covering my
eyes from time to time. When I look
beyond the scary stuff the film scores
high on the predictability scale. We see
Keaton behaving like every other horror
movie fruitcake: Abandoning the
Woman Whom He's Sworn to Protect;
Delving Into Things Man Was Not
Meant To Know; Going Into The
Spooky Place Alone. On the positive
side, White Noise was well acted and
directed. The scary effects were jolting.
The music was exciting (and sometimes
lovely) and helped to build the tension.
Saturday, April 30- COMCABON MCB
17.5 km run with prizes. 7 am. Call Rich-
ard Pietersz at 717-8629, 780-7225.
May 15h to the 22nd King of the Carib-
bean at Lac Bay. The event will kick off
the 2005 PWA Freestyle Tour. For info,
see www.pwaworldtour.com or
May 19 to 22-Bonaire-Harbourtown
JAZZ FESTIVAL May 19 22!!
Saturday Rincon Marsh6 opens at 6 am -
2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while
you shop: fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets and snacks, arts and handi-
crafts, candles, incense, drinks and music.
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while en-
joying a great dinner in colorful tropical
ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant
& Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm. Live Fla-
Bingo with great prizes, starts 7 pm, Divi
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
565-5225 717-7500, ext. 14.
Wednesday -Meditation at Donkey
Beach from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to all.
Call S.H.Y. 790-9450
Wednesday -Sand Dollar Manager's
Cocktail Party, Mangos Bar and Restaurant
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday- Open House with Happy Hour
at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya Gloria #7,
from 5-7 pm.
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is open
daily for hot slot machines, roulette and
blackjack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm- 4
am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NAf12 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity Slide
Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-media
dual-projector production by Albert Bian-
culli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's Habitat.
Monday Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea slide
experience at the Aquarius Conference
Center, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30-9:30pm.
Turtle STCB slide show is canceled for
DUTCH DIXIES JAZZ TOUR
Second Week in March Jazz lovers can enjoy 6 days of
_ music with the Dutch Dixies Jazz Tour:
12 March Buddy Dive
13 March Wilhelmina Park
Friday- Week in Review Video Presenta-
tion by the Toucan Dive Shop at Plaza's
Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.
Bonaire Arts and Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonairiano) 717-
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451 or Valrie@telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to
help staff gallery during the day. Contact
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -7174989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Delno
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or717-3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30pm call
567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at
the Union Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank and next to
Kooyman's. All levels invitedNAf5 enty fee.
Call Cathy 5664056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Caf6. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tuesday,
7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restaurant,
Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Rotarians are
welcome. Tel. 717-8454
Mangasina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from 'The King's Storehouse." Leam about Bon-
aire's culture. Visit typical homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 7174060/ 790-2018
Visit the Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d. Ree,
behind the Catholic Church in town. Open week-
days from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays.
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.
Rincon Marsh&- every Saturday 6 am to
3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's historic
Soldachi Tours show you the Rincon
area. Alta Mira Nature Walking Tour at
6:30 am. Town Walking tour at 9:30,
Bus Tour at 10. Call Maria at 717-6435 to
International Bible Church of Bonaire-
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
- City Cafe
- Little Havana
- Plaza Resort
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday
Prayer Meeting at 7:00 pm in English.
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papiamentu,
Dutch and English on Sundays at 10 am.
Thursday Prayer Meeting and Bible
Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu,
Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu 717-8304 Saturday at 6 pm
at Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol, in
English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at
9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30
am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.
Send events to The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews. com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252
Bonaire Reporter March 4 to 11, 2005
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minimize your tax liability and provide helpful ad-
vice. For individuals or businesses.
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials,
waxing and professional nail care.
BICYCLE I SCOOTER QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped
Conetal Cleaning Service cleans homes, apartments,
offices. Offers babysitting, gardening, laundry.
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
Ocean Adventures Discover the world of low bub-
ble, quiet diving. Learn, use, and try our Drager Re-
breathing equipment. At Dive Inn. Interested? Call
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to
suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or
just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.
Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pi-
lates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain
it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden
GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR
The Bonaire Gift Shop has an wide selection of
gifts, souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras,
things for the home, T-shirts all at low prices.
Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with
fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire
neighborhood. Just a 3-minute walk to diving and the
The Great Escape
Under new management. Quiet and tranquil setting
with pool and luxuriant garden in Belnem. Cyber
Cafe, restaurant and bar.
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fast, fine processing for prints and slides plus a
variety of items and services for your picture-taking
REAL ESTATE I RENTAL AGENTS
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer services and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: Interational/US connec-
tions. 5% of profits donated to local community.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and in-
surance services. If you want a home or to invest in
Bonaire, stop in and see them.
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc.
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
See adveisements in this issue 61
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
able. Call 717-8125.
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent. Call 717-8922/8033.
Intermezzo Day Spa at Captain Don's Habitat is the
newest of this ABC island chain of elegant spas. Now
offering seaside massages and facials.
Pedisa Day Spa -for all your body and wellness
needs. 40 years of experience Classic and specialty
massages, Reiki, Reflexology and more.
Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modern,
efficient and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Lo-
cated behind NAPA.
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European
brand products. THE market for provisioning.
Bonaire Oceanfront villa for up to nine people: five
kitchens, five bathrooms. Ideal for divers.
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Call Bonaire Nau-
tico at 560-7254. Ride the Kantika di Amor or Skiffy.
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest;
now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines
from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse.
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desirde and
Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body.
Private lessons too.
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RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Magnificent Theme Nights: Saturday: Beach Grill; Wednesday: Mexican
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Dinner during Theme nights only. Night; Friday: Manager's Rum Punch Party
717-5080, ext. 525 Open every day and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q
Bistro de Paris Moderate Real French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Lunch and Dinner Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Closed Sunday Owner-operated Eat in or Take away
Caribbean Club Bonaire Inexpensive-moderate Quiet country setting, lovely landscaping, friendly staff
On the Tourist Road 2 mi. north of Town Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Happy Hour from 5-7 pm
717-7901 Closed Sunday Inexpensive Bar Hap dinner plus regular menu
Calabas Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
At hibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. Waterfront Open 7 days vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.
Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Tuscan chef s prepare exquisite dishes. Authentic ingredients and romantic
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 Dinner setting make dining a delight. Be served in a garden setting under floating
717-5025 Closed Monday umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take outtoo.
Garden Cafe Moderate Finely prepared Middle Eastern cuisine plus Venezuelan specialties.
Kaya Grandi 59 Monday-Friday, Lunch & Dinner Excellent vegetarian selections.
717-3410 Saturday, Dinner. Closed Sunday Pizza and Latin Parilla
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof. Cuban Chef prepares Car-
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ibbean cuisine. Champagne brunch on Sundays 10 to noon.
717-7488 Open 7 days Happy hours 5 to 7 every day.
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home
Home Delivery or Take Out Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7:30 or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from
717-3293 pm, Closed Sunday scratch- for take out or delivery only.
The Lost Penguin Low-Moderate Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro
Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
Call 717-8003. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays and his wife.
Pasa Bon Pizza Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate gredients. Salads, desserts.Eat ortake awaNicebar too.
2 mile north of town center. 790-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday gredients. Sally heads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too.
Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111
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1T met Alvin van der Ree in a dis-
I cotheque in Enschede, Holland.
I was 18 and he was 22. He swept me
off my feet. He was a hunk, very hand-
some and interesting. He told me he was
from Bonaire; I didn't even know where
that was! I am from Oldenzaal, a small
town in the very east of Holland, near
Germany. Alvin had moved to Holland
with his family when he was 11. He was
definitely different from anybody I'd
known before and we fell in love. One
year later I moved in with him.
I gave up studying and did a one-year
receptionist course and started working
in boutiques. Alvin was a welder origi-
nally, but he'd started a carpet laying
business with a friend. When Alvin's
mother left for Bonaire to take care of
his grandmother we went to visit her as
a surprise for Christmas. It was 1988
and the first time I'd flown. The only
other place I'd been before was Sauer-
land, Germany, just over the border.
Bonaire was unbelievable... overwhelm-
ing... paradise! I couldn't believe my
eyes. I'd never seen anything like it in
my life. Those huge cactuses! The yel-
low, pink, green and blue houses! The
sun! Those white beaches! The colors of
the sea! The only open water I'd seen
was a muddy brown lake close to my
home. Because Alvin's great-
grandfather had been the owner of
Washington Park, we went there a lot. I
remember standing in the back of the
pick-up truck, the hot wind blowing in
my face, the rocks, the dusty roads. I felt
like a cowboy in a western! I just could-
n't get enough of it! And the people
were so nice; I thought it so special that
everyone would greet you in the streets!
It was a new world ... a true paradise.
We immediately thought, 'Let's stay!'
But, with pain in our hearts, we had to
go back to Holland, and life went on.
The idea of going back to Bonaire lin-
gered on, but it was a big step. Alvin's
family advised us to stay in Holland
where there were more and better oppor-
tunities. In 1990 our son Joey was born.
When he was 18 months old we returned
to Bonaire. I thought it was even greater
than the first time, and I had this over-
whelming feeling, 'I want to live here!' I
applied for a job at Bonaire Trading, and
when they told me that a gross (bruto)
salary was about NAf1.500 per month I
asked them if it was a part-time job.
They answered, 'No, young lady. That's
full time!' She laughs: Now it doesn't
seem so bad to me, but at the time..."
Denise van der Ree (38) has a great
personality. She 's pretty, she 's strong
and she has a tremendous lust for life.
"Well, again we went back to Holland;
again we were homesick and we spent
lots of time going through the pictures of
Bonaire. Rachelle was born in 1993. It
was an everyday life: two small chil-
dren, work and the creche (child care).
In 1994 Alvin came to Bonaire to ap-
ply for a job as a prison warden. After
he got back we didn't hear anything, but
we'd made our minds up. In November
1995 we bought four round-trip tickets
and left. The first day we arrived I told
Alvin, 'I'm not going back! I'm stay-
ing!' In December I got a temporary job
as a receptionist at Harbour Village. Al-
vin went back to Holland with Rachelle
to arrange everything and returned three
weeks later. We got married here on
Valentine's Day 1996.
It wasn't easy in the beginning. We
moved in with Alvin's father as we did-
n't have anything and had to start all
over again. But we had each other. After
a while I got a job at an accounting of-
fice. I didn't have the slightest idea
"I applied for ajob at
Bonaire Trading, and when
they told me that a gross
(bruto) salary was about
NAf1.500 per month I
asked them if it was a part-
time job. They answered,
'No, young lady. That's full
time!... Now it doesn't
seem so bad to me, but at
about accounting, but I'm a person who
makes the best of every opportunity. So,
I became a clerk, and at night I sold ice
cream at Colombo's. Every little thing
helped. Alvin was working all kinds of
jobs: he was a bell boy at Plaza; he
worked for Special Security Services as
a guard and as a mechanic for Akker-
mans. We moved in with a cousin of
Alvin's until we finally found an afford-
able house to rent.
Joey's first school day at Papa Comes
wasn't a big success. 'The children don't
understand me and I don't understand
them! I don't like it!' However, three
weeks later he spoke Papiamentu flu-
ently! Rachelle went to creche Bon
Kuido; when she started talking it was in
Papiamentu. I spoke Dutch and she
would answer in Papiamentu and kept
doing so until she went to kindergarten!
In 1997 Alvin's dad gave us some prop-
erty next to his house in Antriol and we
started building with the help of Fun-
dashon Cas Bonairiano. After his job
Alvin did a lot of work on the house
himself. In September
1998 the house was
ready and we moved in.
A year later I started
working for Tjin N.V.
At that time they did
business from their
house in Nort di Salifia
and it was great; it felt
While we were work-
ing on the house Alvin
started having problems:
pain in his joints, head-
aches and fatigue. He
went to see the doctor
and had some tests, but
nothing showed up. He
went for examinations in
Curagao a couple of
times. Although they
found there was some-
thing wrong they didn't
know what it was. For
the first time in five years we went for a
holiday to Holland. We'd planned to
have him examined there, but our insur-
ance wouldn't cover it, so we didn't do
it. We had a wonderful vacation though
and the children had a great time. When
we came back Alvin started working as
a technician for Radio Nederland, three
shifts. It wore him out, but he went
At the end of 2001 he got the flu and
couldn't get rid of it. The doctor diag-
nosed it as hepatitis. He was advised to
take complete rest. From that time on his
health went downhill. To make things
worse Radio Nederland didn't renew his
contract. In September 2002 he was hos-
pitalized in Curagao for more exams and
finally they found out he had leuke-
mia... and the world stopped turning. He
said, 'I want to see my kids grow up,'
and I answered, 'Of course you will.
Don't be silly.' Two weeks later we
went to Rotterdam. The children stayed
here with family. Between his two
chemotherapies the children came for
Christmas. Together we picked them up
at Schiphol Airport. You can't imagine
the way he looked like an 80-year old
man. All the complications one can get,
he got them.
That time we spent together as a fam-
ily was bittersweet. On January 3, 2003,
the kids went back to Bonaire, and on
January 12 he got a tremendous fever
and was taken to intensive care. He did-
n't respond anymore; he was in a coma.
That night it was diagnosed as kidney
failure. Then a male nurse told me,
'Listen girl, I think you should have
your children here.' I said, 'Why? They
just left! You told me it was going to be
all right!' He answered, 'You can't han-
dle this alone; you need to have your
Denise van der Ree with Rachelle and Joey
family around you.' I called Alvin's
mom and she came with her sisters and
Joey and Rachelle and Alvin's brother.
We all gathered around his bed; the chil-
dren were there; I talked to him; we
prayed and I think somehow he realized
we were there. He passed away Friday
January 17th. Together with Alvin we all
flew back to Bonaire where he was bur-
ied. It was all very unreal... I would
hear his car coming... I would hear him
The first year was very hard. We'd
been together for 18 years and we'd
been a part of each other. And I felt so
sad for the children, that they had to
miss him because he was a wonderful
dad. I started working almost immedi-
ately; I couldn't stay home. People
would ask me, 'Aren't you going back
to Holland?' I thought that was funny
because I live here, my children are
here, I've got my life here. In April 2003
I became the office manager at Lisa's
Gas Station. It's a good job and I like it.
The children are doing okay. They are
good kids and I've learned that you can't
do everything and that everything does-
n't have to be perfect. We manage. I
work out every day. I love to dance and
sometimes I go to Curagao or Aruba for
the weekend, with or without the chil-
dren. I've learned how important it is to
enjoy every single
day and not to
thing. Enjoy every
day as if it is your
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an Adult Dog
Puppies are almost always happy and
excited to see anyone. Testing them,
like training them, is pretty easy. On the
other hand, adult dogs live in a fully de-
veloped universe of which you are not yet
a part, and they have a history which de-
fines them, so evaluating them can be a bit
harder. You want to see them under as
many different circumstances as you can.
Start with observing him through the
fence. First just watch quietly and see how
he interacts with the other dogs. Then call
him over. Does he come right up to you?
Does he do this with confidence and joy?
Or does he do this because he is top dog
and doesn't want any other dogs to visit
with you? Or does he push his way
through the other dogs to get to you? If so,
how do they react to him? Does he hold
his ground once there? Or do they push
him aside? On the other hand, if he hangs
back, try to figure out why. Is he intimi-
dated by the other dogs, or simply uninter-
ested in you, or interested but aloof? All
of these observations can tell you a lot
about this dog's dominance level and his
Take him outside the fence, but stay near
it. Does he want to go back? Is he more
interested in what the other dogs are doing
than you? Is he more interested in his new
surroundings than you? Are you able to
get his attention in the face of these dis-
Take him away from the pen to some
place quiet. Talk to him -- does he prick
up his ears and look at you? Let him wan-
der to the end of the lead -- does he return
to you if you clap your hands and call
him? Does he respond to your voice, to
toys, to treats? These are things you must
know about him, because you cannot train
him if you don't have his attention.
Next, expose him to various stimuli --
cats, children, strange dogs, loud noises.
You want him to be interested, friendly,
but respectful. Then, handle him all over -
- will he allow you to pick up his feet,
squeeze between his toes, put your fingers
in his ears, open his mouth, pull gently on
his tail, roll him over on his back? (As you
do these things, remember to talk to him
in a confident and cheerful tone which
suggests that this is the most fun thing in
the world.) This testing will tell you any
areas you will need to work on with him.
Ask questions about him -- is his history
known? How does he act at feeding time?
When new dogs are introduced to the pen?
How energetic is he? How does he re-
spond to regular handling? Describe your
home set-up and ask if it's appropriate.
Lastly, you will need to introduce him to
any other dogs you have (this is best done
on neutral territory, outside your home
and yard). Be prepared for an adjustment
period for all concerned. There may be a
few skirmishes -- this is a natural part of
dog social interaction. Most dog fights are
all noise and no teeth. Unless a dog is
really in danger of getting hurt, you don't
want to interfere in these. If the new dog
is young and energetic, allow an older
well-trained dog to discipline the new dog
as he sees fit, but make sure the old guy
gets a break sometimes.
Do not change the routine your other dogs
have established (your current dogs have
seniority over the new arrival, so feed
them first, let them out first, speak to them
first...). At some point you may recognize
that the dynamic is changing, and the new
dog may naturally be dominant over one
or more of your current dogs. You will
have to respect this, but it's complicated
and we will jump off that bridge when we
get to it. To start, you want to keep your
routines and maintain the status quo. As
long as you are calm and confident and
consistent with your dogs, they will adjust
to the new family member in no time. 1
Next time: Canine Body Language
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The Three Wonderful Stars of the Winter Triangle
E very summer I frequently talk about the three bright stars that mark the
points of the great Summer Triangle. But because there are so many bril-
liant stars in the same part of the heavens in winter I often talk about the six stars of
the Winter Hexagon. But did you know that inside that hexagon is a wonderful
On any clear night during the next couple of weeks between the hours of 8 and 9
pm look due south. Smack dab right in front of you will be the brightest star visible
to the naked eye from planet Earth Sirius which marks the eye of Orion's biggest
of two dogs, Canis Major. Draw an imaginary line up and to the left of Sirius and
you'll come to the second brightest star of the triangle, Procyon, which marks the
eye of Orion's smaller dog, Canis Minor. Then draw a line to the right to the third
brightest star of the triangle, the red star Betelgeuse which marks the shoulder of
Orion the Hunter and the line back to Sirius completes our wonderful Winter Trian-
And how wonderful each star is, especially when we compare each one to our
Sun. For instance, while our Sun is 865,000 miles wide, Sirius is 1,400,000 miles
wide, and Procyon is 1,500,000 miles wide. But they are put to shame by Betel-
geuse, which is one of those pulsating stars which actually varies in size. At its
smallest it is 500 times as wide as our Sun and at its largest, 900 times as wide. So
why does Sirius appear the brightest of the three if it's actually the smallest? Simple:
it's much closer.
Now as you may recall stars are so far away that we do not speak of their distances
in miles. Instead we use the term "light year." One light year is the distance light
travels in one year. Light is the fastest known thing in the universe and travels
186,000 miles per second. So to find out how many miles light travels in one year
simply multiply all the seconds in one year times 186,000 miles which is roughly 6
trillion miles. Now our Sun is so close that it takes only 8-1/3 minutes for light to
travel from it to our Earth. So we say that our Sun is 8-1/3 light minutes away. Sir-
ius, however, is much farther away 8.6 light years from Earth. And Procyon is
even farther 11.4 light years away.
Thus, as astronomer Fred Schaaf says, "Sirius and Procyon are the birthday stars
of nine and 11 year olds," because when we look at Sirius this winter we are actually
seeing the light that left it about nine years ago when nine-year-olds were being
born. And the light we see from Procyon this winter actually left it 11 years ago
when 11-year-olds were being bor. So is Betelgeuse also someone's birthday star?
It is if you were born 525 years ago. Because when we look at Betelgeuse this win-
ter we are actually seeing the light that left it in the year 1480 the year both Ferdi-
nand Magellan and Montezuma were born! That's a lot of candles on the cake! So
get outside and do a little time travel with the stars of the Winter Triangle. O Jack
For the week:
March 4 to 11, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Problems with female members of your family may
play on your emotions. Visit friends or relatives you rarely see. Plan a day of enjoy-
ment with them. Monitor your budget carefully to avoid unnecessary stress. Your
lucky day this week will be Saturday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You may find that someone you really cared for in
the past has come back into your life. Family members may feel anxious if you
make promises you don't deliver. Let go of the past in order to progress. Romance
can surface if you get into some of those fitness programs you've been putting off.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You will learn a great deal from the foreigners you
meet. Tell them to get out of the mess they are in and then you'll consider getting
together with them. Don't say something you'll live to regret. Curb or cut out that
bad habit you've been meaning to do something about. Your lucky day this week
will be Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Avoid any confrontations with colleagues. You can
avoid hassles by sticking to your work and refusing to get involved in gossip or idle
chatter. Don't say things that could be damaging later on. Cut loose. Opportunities
will unfold; however, you must be willing to pay the price. Your lucky day this
week will be Friday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Put your efforts into your work or money making ventures
rather than your emotional life. You have the stamina and determination to succeed.
You are best to back away from commitment. Use your quick wit to win points and
friends. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Changes involving your domestic scene may be un-
pleasant. You might not accomplish all that you want to at home this week. Try to
curb your tongue and let others at least get a word in. You can certainly gain popu-
larity; however, don't do it by paying for everyone else. Your lucky day this week
will be Wednesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Put your thoughts into some trendy new ideas. You will
find that you are able to clear up a number of small but important details. You need
to keep everyone on your domestic scene too busy to complain. You will make new
friends through physical activities. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Someone you like may be receptive and actively
seeking your company. Your doubt could lead to insecurity. It's hard to stay mad if
the object of the anger refuses to react. Moneymaking ventures may just turn your
life around. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Keep an open mind when listening to the opin-
ions of others. Don't overdo it. Don't lend to people who have given you negative
vibes. Get out and enjoy some entertainment. Your lucky day this week will be
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You need to make your lover feel wanted, not
like a piece of the furniture. Your health may have suffered due to neglect or abuse.
Make career changes that may increase your income. Limitations with females could
lead to unfortunate circumstances. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You can make financial gains if you are prepared to
take a risk. It's time to get yourself back on track. Don't give out any personal infor-
mation that you don't want spread around. Try to be reasonable. Your lucky day this
week will be Tuesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Romance could be exciting if you are spontaneous.
You will have a productive day if you organize yourself well at work. Disruptions
may set you back, but you're strong, and in the end the choices you make will be
favorable. Emotional situations could bring out your stubborn nature. Your lucky
day this week will be Saturday.
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