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In a landmark vote the Dutch
Second Chamber voted in
favor of all 10 Kingdom Consen-
sus Laws last Thursday paving
the way for a new organization
of the Dutch Kingdom: Bonaire,
Sint Eustatius and Saba, the
BES Islands, to become an inte-
gral part of Holland while Cura-
gao and St. Maarten become
independent "countries" in the
Dutch Kingdom. The Nether-
lands Antilles, formed over 50
years ago during the Dutch proc-
ess of decolonization of its over-
seas possessions, will disappear.
"An historic day," all agreed
following the vote. "Long live the
Kingdom," exclaimed Antillean
Prime Minister Emily de Jongh-
Elhage at the end of her speech in
the Second Chamber shortly be-
fore the voting.
It wasn't a "love-in" by any
means. Feelings were running high
in the Second Chamber after state-
ments by Socialist Party member
Ronald van Raak in which he
stated he would vote against the
laws because he felt he was being
put under pressure. "We are being
forced into a trap and that trap is
called 10-10-10. The laws are not
ready, the countries are not ready
and the people are not ready."

The eruption of Mount Ey-
jafjallajokull in Iceland on April
14, and the resulting volcanic ash
cloud over Northern Europe has
caused severe disruption of
flights in Northern Europe and
upset meetings and delayed for-
malities that would confirm
Bonaire's integration as a

"special municipality" into the
"It's like a spray can of ash com-
ing from Iceland," Accu-
Weather.com Senior Meteorolo-
gist Margusity said.
There were no departures or
arrivals at Amsterdam's Schi-
phol Airport from last Thursday.
At press time some flights were
The last eruption under the gla-
cier at Eyjafjallajokull occurred in
1821 and lasted, on and off, until
1823. Some experts predicted that
another prolonged eruption could
affect air traffic for up to six

0Airlines are taking the
threat of the ask cloud seriously,
while losing $100 million a day.
In 1989, KLM Flight 867 flying
from Amsterdam to Narita, Japan,
flew through a thick cloud of vol-
canic ash from Mount Redoubt in
Anchorage, Alaska, causing all
four of its engines to fail. The
crew was able to restart its engines
after dropping to an altitude of
14,000 feet and safely landed the
plane. The ash caused more than
$80 (!) million in damage to the
aircraft but no lives were lost.
In June 1982 a London to Auck-
land British Airways Boeing 747
encountered an ash plume from
the erupting Mount Galunggung in
Java, Indonesia. At first the pilots
were unaware of exactly what had
A strange St Elmo's Fire-like
light had appeared on the cockpit
windscreen and sulphur-smelling
smoke started filling the passenger

SJust like the 70's notorious spy, Phil- ,.,
lip Agee, Americans in Bonaire can IsIl I CUMPMY
rely on the "1956 Treaty of Friend-
ship, Commerce and Navigation be- IA f
tween the Kingdom of the Netherlands
and the United States of America." Ex
-CIA agent Agee's notorious exploits
were the subject of his book, Inside the
Company: CL4 Diary. The book's appen-
dix listed the names of more than 250
CIA operatives, one of those agents was, .
according to former US President George
H.W. Bush, killed as a result. In 1977,
Agee fled to the Netherlands to avoid
prosecution. Once in the Netherlands,
Agee continued to fight deportation to
the US. He discovered that since he was a US citizen, he could
use the Treaty of Friendship to demand a hearing before the
Dutch equivalent of a US immigration court. But ultimately, the
Netherlands deported Agee, and later, the US stripped him of his
US passport.
Dutch and US residency Equivalence
If you're a US citizen, the treaty means you have the same right
to reside in the Dutch territories in the Caribbean as a European
Dutch citizen (A European Dutch citizen is someone born or
naturalized in the Netherlands.). This gives Americans in the
Netherlands Antilles more rights than other foreigners. It has not
been considered if the treaty would still apply once the BES Is-
lands are integrated with the Netherlands.
When the US and the Netherlands signed the Treaty of Friend-
ship, it gave citizens and businesses in each country reciprocal
rights in both countries. The idea was to encourage economic and
cultural relations between the US, the Netherlands and its territo-
In general, the terms of the treaty haven't been observed by
Antillean Immigration officials, with Americans usually being
considered in the same category as other foreigners. Its obser-
vance can have implications not only for the duration of non-
resident American visits, but also for rights for children born to
Americans in the Antilles, residency permits and social benefits.
While some of the treaty's provisions no longer apply in the
Netherlands, the treaty still applies to the Dutch Antilles and
Recently, a court in St. Maarten confirmed that the Treaty of
Friendship guarantees US citizens the same rights as European
Dutch citizens in the Dutch Caribbean territories. European
Dutch citizens may stay for six months at a time in the Dutch
Caribbean territories without applying for a residence permit.
The court declared that US citizens ought to have the same enti-
tlement. By Mark Nestmann (The Nestmann Group, Ltd.)

cabin. Then, within minutes, all
four engines failed. The plane
managed to glide sufficiently out
of the ash plume for three of the
four engines to restart. The air-
craft's captain said, "It was very
frightening, all the engines
stopped for 14 to 15 minutes. We
glided the aircraft about 80 nauti-

cal miles and went down from
37,000 feet to about 12,000 feet."
The Bonaire meetings and
events are to be rescheduled.

10The visit of Dutch care-
taker State Secretary of King-
dom Relations, Ank Bijleveld-
(Continued on page 6)

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Treaty of Friendship Netherlands-US 2
"After Party"to Open in Bonaire 3
RichterArt Open House 3
SGB Students' Carib Inn Mural 6
Jazz Guitarist many Moreira at Bonaire
Jazz Festival 9
Better Food For Better Kids 10
More Storage For Bonaire 11
Rincon Day Schedule 11
Windmills coming soon (cover) 13
Lionfish Galore 15
Hospitality Students to Italy 15
Picture YourselfWinner2009 16
500 Animals Sterilized Free 17

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Bom On Bonaire (Mimra Soliana) 4
Sudoku Puzzle 7
Bonaire Voices (Sts. John and Paul) 7
Letters -Bat Mystery Solved? 7
Bonaire On Wheels-'Chevy Truck 9
Bon Qui #28- (Queens) 11
Whats Happening, Cruise Ship
Schedule 12
Reporter Masthead 12
Classifieds 13
NEW! Tide Table, Sun rise and set times,
Moon phase 13
Shopping & Service Guides 14
Panchito Kid's Comer 15
Body Talk (Women, Birth Control, HRT&
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Picture Yourself--ji 16
Panchito Kid's ComerAnswers 17
Bon Qui Answer 17
Sudoku Solution 17
Bubbles-Do You Know? -Algae 18
Pet of the Week (Cai & Kitty Nora) 18
Sky Park (North Star) 19
The Stars have It 19

How to contact us
Letters to the Editor:
Story tip or idea:
The Publisher:
Box 407, Bonaire,
Neth. Antilles.
Phone 790-8988
Phone 790-6518 / 786-6518
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Story and Ad deadline:
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"After Party" Co
",After Party" is a hilariously
"A funny and sometimes poignant
play in Papiamentu (with Dutch subti-
tles via a beamer) about a group of
women, forever friends, who decide to
buy a big old beautiful house and live
together in their elder years. Their chil-
dren have grown up and their husbands
have passed away. The play opened to a
packed house at the Teatro Luna Blou in
Otrabanda in Curacao on March 21,
2009, and continued playing to packed
houses. It went on to tour in all the big
cities of Holland.
This is an outstanding piece of play-
writing by one of Bonaire's cultural
champions. Bonaire's Jackie Bernabela,
the director and co-author with Albert
Schoobaar of the play, says, "My girl
friends, whom I've known for years,
were my inspiration for this play."
Bernabela has directed plays in Bonaire
and in Holland, is a drama teacher and
has translated plays into Papiamentu for
local actors and audiences. "After Party"
was sponsored as part of Teatro Luna
Blou's Artists in Residence Program.
Jackie's girlfriends have all kept in
touch over the years and most of them
were in the front row of the theatre on
opening night, laughing their heads off as
they recognized the words and antics of
themselves and the others. "I put myself
into one of the characters too," said
Jackie, "the one who was always losing
her things."
The actresses playing the friends come

Jackie Bernabela portrait by Henk Roozendaal
from a group of extremely talented and
experienced actors in Curaqao. "They
were the Betty Davises and the Katherine
Hepburns of the 60s and 70s," declared
Jackie. They gave stellar performances -
perfect timing, talking over each other -
like real conversations in real life. Each
was comfortable in his or her role. This
same cast will be performing in Bonaire.
Sponsors are: Prince Bernard Cultural
Funds, Giro Bank and Kooijman Bon-
"After Party, a play in Papiamentu with
Dutch subtitles.
Performances on Saturday, Sunday or
Monday, May 1, 2, 3 in the auditorium
(Sala) at the SGB High School at 8 pm.
Tickets are NAf 25 and are available in
advance at SKAL (Bonaire Museum) or at
the door. For more information call
SKAL at 717-8868 and ask for Jackie
or Hubert Vis. L.D.


Bonaire, N. A. April 19,
T he Richter Art Gallery
announced today that it
will be holding its first "Open
House" on Saturday, April 24,
2010, to introduce Bonaire's
art lovers to its newly remod- Gallery
eled space. OPEN
The Open House will take
place from 2 pm until 7 pm on 7 .
April 24th and in addition to a ."
range of fine art, will feature -
wine and snacks for those visit-
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cated in Belnem, is owned and operated by
local Bonaire artists, Linda Richter and Jake
Richter and is located on the second floor of
a specially constructed extension built onto
their home.
The gallery features a variety of fine art
and unique works, all created by the Rich-
ters. Linda Richter specializes in fine oil
painting and has developed a special style
she refers to as "Nature Portraits." Linda
has won numerous awards and accolades
for her representations of the bright, color-
ful world around us. Linda has both original
oil paintings as well as limited edition prints
of her works for sale at the Richter Art Gal-
Jake Richter's experience as a nature pho-
tographer and journalist has been applied to
digital media using a process he describes
as "digital painting," where he uses his pho-
tos as a starting point to create images

which stir the imagination and soul. Limited
edition prints of Jake's works are also avail-
able at the gallery.
For those familiar with the works of the
Richters, there will be a number of new
recently created works on exhibition as
The Richter Art Gallery is open regularly
Tuesday through Fridays, from 2 pm until
5:30 pm, and at other times by prearranged
appointment. To make an appointment to
visit the Richter Art Gallery, one only needs
to call or e-mail. The gallery's phone num-
ber is +599-7 17-4112 and e-mail address is
The Richter Art Gallery is located at Kaya
R. Statius van Eps 17 (also known as the
"Road to Sorobon"), in the Belnem area of
Bonaire. More information about the Rich-
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4T |was born in Nort di Sa-
I lina and when I was a
year and two months old, the
owners of Pension Jeta, Julieta
Hart and Juchi Nicolaas, took
me in as they had no children of
their own. I grew up here, in
Pension Jeta, and when I was 18
I got a baby boy, Ermilio. I was
working in the pension, cleaning
the rooms, and we also had a
little toko (shop) where I sold
sodas. I never lived with my
own mama. My love and affec-
tion are for Julieta and Juchi.
My words of love I cannot ex-
press to my own parents; they
belong forever to Julieta and
While I was growing up we
also had a kunuku at Kibra 'i
Montana. Every day we got up
early to take care of the animals:
the goats, the turkeys, the chick-
ens and the ducks. That's how
my love for animals was born.
When Julieta got older she
couldn't see very well anymore
and had difficulty walking so I
took care of her. I was working

in housekeeping at Sunset Beach
Hotel. In the meantime I had
two more children, Lindley and
Mirnalyn. Whenever I'd ask my
own mother to look after the
children she would tell me to
take my kids and get lost, but
Julieta and Juchi always took
care of my children with great
pleasure and love. Anytime I
needed something for my chil-
dren, they immediately bought it
and that's why my kids are
Then I met somebody and I
went to live with him in Antriol.
Lindley and Mimalyn came with
me, but Ermilio stayed with Juli-
eta and Juchi. With that boy-
friend I had another baby girl,
Francheska. But the relationship
didn't last a year and so I moved
back with the children to Pen-
sion Jeta.
Some time later I met someone
new and we all moved to a gov-
ernment house in Kaya Pueblo:
me and the children, all the dogs
and cats and goats, the Loras
and a flamingo. Seven years

"... My whole life is dedicated to the ani-
mals. I get very angry when I see somebody
hit their animal or when they throw stones at
it. Then I scream, 'Why are you doing that?'"

later we got married.
When we went to
live in Kaya Pueblo,
Julieta got sick and I
took care of her until
she passed away.
Juchi stayed behind,
all by himself, but
every day I went to
see him, help him
and I did whatever I
could do for him.
Then Juchi got
sick. He should have
gone to see a doctor,
but he didn't like
doctors and when he
had to be operated in
Curagao it was al-
ready too late. We
went to Curagao, but
he died there. He
went there alive and

he came back dead.
Then we all moved
to Pension Jeta which I had in-
herited from my 'parents.'
After Hurricane Lenny in
1999, Sunset Beach Hotel closed
down and I went to work at
Plaza Resort, also in housekeep-
ing." She smiles ;ir,,'ir111/ii i
"Asi es la vida... (that's life).
Everything went well except for
the relationship between me and
my husband. I was 35, 36 years
old. In the end we divorced.
Nowadays I'm still here in

Francheska and doggie Noris, Mirna Soliana and her kitty Lulu

Pension Jeta. I live with my son
Lindley, 'DJ Toad,' who was
recently elected the best DJ on
Bonaire. He is 21 years old. He
is famous! Yes he is! My daugh-
ter Mimalyn, who's 20, and her
little son Sarjiet moved back in
with me some months ago.
Mimalyn is still studying at
SBO and she also works at Ro-
cargo. Last year she participated
in the Mama Modelo contest and
was the first runner up.

Francheska is 16, almost 17 and
she's studying at SGB. My eld-
est son Ermilio lives in Holland
with his girlfriend and his
daughter Ermilia. My own fa-
ther, Papai, is 80 now and he
lives with me as well. I take care
of him and I go to the doctor in
Curagao with him.
I am working at the Wing
Cheung Supermarket and also as
a housekeeper for an American
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Bonaire Reporter- April 23 May 7, 2010

Born on Bonaire (Continued from page 4)
lady and for a Makamba lady."
Mirna Soliana is a very strong
woman, a flamboyant and beautiful
character and in every way true to
herself But... above all she's Bon-
aire's one and only Dr. Doolittle,
because her life is all about ani-
mals. Her house, which is part of
Pension Jeta, is spotless, in spite of
the fact that it's home to a whole
bunch of animals who live together
in absolute and perfect harmony.
It's like a world within a world, a
glimpse ofparadise and a very
touching experience.
"I told you before that my love
for animals was born when I was
little. Now I have 15 dogs, seven
cats, two turtles, two land turtles,
20 goats, one Lora, one Prikichi
and two doves. In the morning I put
out water, bread and rice and I hit a

pot with a spoon or I clap my hands
and then they all come: the chu-
chubis, the mofis, the barika hel,
the chuchubi pretu, the trupial and
the doves. They fight and eat and
drink and bathe. I work for my ani-
mals; I get paid on Friday and that
same day all my money is gone, but
I get all the food for them. I get a
bag full of chicken skin every day
from Kentucky Fried Chicken. I fry
it for the dogs and mix it with rice
or funchi. Every two weeks I buy a
big bag of dog food for NAf 50 and
for the cats I buy a small bag of dry
food. I get the potato peels from
Peking Restaurant and overripe
fruits from Wing Cheung for the
goats, the turtles and the birds. The
men who own the yellow M&M
van also bring me dog and cat food
that's a bit outdated. And the turtles
eat the same food as Mirna!"

Mirna and friends at the beach

She laughs. "When I go to Curagao with my father
for him to see the doctor, I spend two hours at the pet
shop and I go loco, loco (crazy) because I want them
all. I go to the vet whenever it's necessary and all my
animals have been sterilized. Marjolijn, who works
with Jan, the vet in Nikiboko, has helped me to have all
my pets sterilized. The Animal Shelter helped me too.
They had the veterinarian in Kaminda Lagun sterilize
some of my cats; they help me with medicines and
sometimes with food as well.
And last year on Animal Day I won the contest or-
ganized by the Shelter for who took the best care of
their animals and I won one minute of free shopping at
Cultimara. I shopped for NAf 434, 29. Whoa!
Once I organized a big party on Animal Day. I sent
out the invitations and 25 people showed up with their
animals: goats wearing shirts, turtles with a ribbon,
every animal nicely dressed up and in the end each
animal got a little package containing a food bowl plus
food and a little stuffed animal to take home.
Every now and then people come to me with a puppy
which they don't want anymore. They ask me, 'Mirna,
do you want my puppy?' And I never say no. I tell
them 'bring it to me!' When I see an animal out on the
streets without a collar I take it home and take care of
it. My whole life is dedicated to the animals. I get very
angry when I see somebody hit their animal or when
they throw stones at it. Then I scream, 'Why are you
doing that?'
Almost every Sunday I go to the sea with the dogs
and my baby goat, Nero. We -15 dogs, a goat and I -
walk from Nort di Salina to Sunset Beach. The goat is
not a great swimmer, but he moves his legs in a certain
way so he stays afloat. My dogs will never bite a cat or
a goat and they never fight over food. They all know
which plate is theirs and they wait quietly for their turn.
They have to eat decently and behave, because they are
friends. When I'm at work they lay quietly outside, but
when I come home they start dancing chica, chica
chic!" She i.'./ her hips and roars with laughter.
"If I go out it's to Sunset with my dogs, and when I
sleep the cats keep me company in bed. When I am
sad, I sit here with my dogs and cats and talk to them
and make them coffee. And when I dance, they dance
with me.
There are lots of people on Bonaire who are good to
their animals and to those who aren't I want to say,
'Don't kill them, don't throw them in the mondi, bring
them to me.' I love animals; I feel a great and profound
love for animals and if they.
don't have an owner I will be
their mama."
U Story & photos by Greta

Bonaire Reporter- April 23 May 7, 2010

Page 5

Flotsam and Jetsam (Conti. from page 2) islands and that he very much liked Rico and University

Schouten, to Bonaire and the
Antilles has been delayed due to
the closure of Amsterdam's Schi-
phol Airport.
In Bonaire, the State Secretary
had hoped to sign an agreement
with the Island Executive Coun-
cil about the division of tasks
between the Island Territory and
the Netherlands. Bonaire broke
off negotiations late June, 2009,
when the new Executive Council
took office. Bijleveld-Schouten's
spokesman said it wasn't sure
when the meeting with Bonaire
would take place, but in any case
it would be at a later date.

1)THE HAGUE-Queen's
Commissioner Henk Kamp is
positive that the BES islands,
Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba,
will be ready for their new status
as public entities of the Nether-
lands as scheduled. "We will
surely make this date," stated
Kamp on the Dutch radio program
One on the Day (EMn op de dag)
earlier this month. "We started on
January 1, 2009. Two years is
more than enough," he added.
The Commissioner said he ex-
pected the standard of living to
improve on the three islands after
their new status. "The standard of
living is already a lot better when
compared to other islands in the
Caribbean region, but there's al-
ways room for improvement.
We will work on that in the com-
ing years," he said. Kamp's three-
year contract ends December 31,
2011. Kamp, who lives in Bonaire,
said he would like to conclude his
task after the islands become part
of the Netherlands.
However, he didn't exclude the
possibility that his party, the liberal
democratic VVD party, apparently
experiencing a popular resurgence,
would ask him to return and be-
come a Minister if his party would
make it into the new Dutch cabi-
net. He referred to the job of Min-
ister as the "most beautiful job
there is," but added that he also
wanted to finish his work on the

living in Bonaire.

ISt. Maarten, Curaqao and
Aruba residents will no longer
have easy entry to Bonaire, Saba
and St. Eustatius when the latter
three islands become integrated
with Netherlands.
The same admittance regulations
that the Netherlands Antilles and
Aruba currently apply to Dutch
Europeans based on the Aruban
and Antillean Admittance and Ex-
pulsion law will become applicable
to Dutch citizens, even if they are
Antillean-born, living on Aruba,
Curagao and St. Maarten when
they want to enter the BES islands.

1Education officials are opti-
mistic as they report substan-
tially higher achievements at the
Foundation Based Education
(FBE) level on Bonaire, St.
Eustatius and Saba. Math and
reading achievements of children
in groups seven and eight in FBE
schools on all three islands have
improved considerably in the past
six months. The achievements of
students in group four are also on a
reasonable level. If schools are
able to maintain this level of aca-
demic increase, students will have
better chances in secondary educa-

lThe Government of the Neth-
erlands Antilles Department of
Environment and Nature Senior
Policy Advisor Paul Hoetjes re-
ports that the Caribbean is finally
granted special area status under
Marpol Annex V, meaning that
after May 1, 2011, no more gar-
bage may be dumped from ships
except organic waste under cer-
tain conditions. In the past it was
only plastic waste that was for-
bidden, but now all other gar-
bage is forbidden (also (paper,
dunnage, linings, metals).

IThe Meteorological Service of
the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba
(Met Office), in cooperation with
the US National Oceanic and At-
mospheric Administration
(NOAA), University of Puerto

of Hawaii Sea Level a
Centre (UHSLC),
will install a sea
level monitor sta-
tion on Curaqao to
help safeguard the
population on the
ABC islands in case
of a tsunami threat.
It is part of a net-
work of seismo-
graphs and sea-level
sensors to serve as
an early warning
The project will
be financed entirely
by NOAA and local
officials will receive
the necessary train-
ing. In addition to
tsunamis, the system
can also serve to
monitor possible sea
surges caused by
hurricanes, for ex- SGB stude
ample. was officially
worked i
1Caretaker Dutch worked
Minister for Social
T. here are t
Affairs and Employ- he
ment, Piet Hein thepool whi
Donner, started his reaction of tea
visit to Bonaire, St. Keila Me
Eustatius and Saba
(BES islands) with a visit to Saba.
He will continue to Statia and Bon-
aire. The discussions will be built
on a number of decisions made
during his last November visit.
Pension AOV levels, minimum
wage including labor market
policies and programs after the
transition are to be resolved.
He did confirm that last time it
had been agreed that cost-of-living
indexing could be incorporated
into the base figures, as local rep-
resentatives made it clear that it
was important to factor this in to
improve living conditions, espe-
cially for pensioners.
He added that the new Caribbean
system would not be the same as
what is offered in the Netherlands.

1Insel Air has been told by
Curaqao Judge Spreeuwenberg
to correct two of the 12 allega-

'nts have been decorating a wall at Carib Inn and last week the wall
opened on Carib Inn owner Bruce Bowker's birthday. The students
on this wallfor a couple of months and the results are beautiful
It blends in nicely with the garden at Carib Inn.
wo more wall paintings that can be admired at Carib Inn: one near
'ch is the contest competitor, and one in the bathroom. Under the di-
icher Karine deWit, the students were Xiao Min Wu, Beverly Martis,
nsche, Farahnaz Cecilia, Jenny Agudelo and Chesron Granviel.

tions made by Insel Air Director
Edward Heerenveen and supervi-
sory board member Henry
"Boebsi" van der Kwast against
Dutch Antilles Express (DAE).
The judge believed two of Insel's
statements could not be substanti-
ated and ordered withdrawal of the
comments within 72 hours or face
a fine of NAf 10.000 per day for
non-compliance. The correction is
to appear in local newspapers.
"These (March 2010) allegations
of financial problems are not based
on concrete, verified data of DAE.
The statements on aircraft mainte-
nance are not confirmed by an
investigation by aviation authori-
ties," said the judge.

b'The rains of the last two
weeks broke the long drought in
Bonaire and caused an explosion
of green and tree blossoms. The

yellow blooms of the Kibracha tree
were more dramatic than the fabled
cherry blossoms of Washington,
DC. People who have been feed-
ing wild birds and feral animals
should continue to do so until the
plant and fruits that these animals
depend on are mature, perhaps up
to two months more.
In nearby Venezuela heavy
downpours swept away two people
and flooded homes in the central
part of the country .

IThe 2010 season will produce
an above-average eight hurri-
canes, four of them major, posing
a heightened threat to the area, the
Colorado State University hurri-
cane forecasting team predicted
last Wednesday, its second forecast
in four months for 2010.

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Rincon artist Nochi Coffie in front of one of his paintings of a traditional Rincon home

T wo common festivals here on Bon-
aire are the Saint John Day, June 23
and 24, and Saint Paul Day, June 27 and
28, celebrations. Artist Nochi Coffie ex-
"The Saint John celebration starts at 9
o'clock at night on June 23 in Rincon in
front of Tropicana Bar with different mu-
sical groups performing. They follow a pre
-planned route to the Toko (grocery store)
Magdalena, KOS BON SO snack bar, Rose
Inn Terrace and last but not least my
Nochi's real name is Juan (or John) G.N.
(Nochi) Coffie, and at his house they cele-
brate Saint John day in the original way,
with music and dancing and three ready-to-
light fires laid for the fire jumping.
"The musical groups continue visiting the
different houses in Rincon where a John or
Juan lives. This goes on until the next
morning, June 24, which is Saint John's
At 10 am the groups visit the foundation
for disabled people (F.K.P.D, Fundashon
Kuido pa Personanan Desabilitd) and the
COCARI Foundation (foundation for
elderly people in Rincon). In the afternoon
the celebrations will continue at the Oranje
Bar where the musical groups will eat and
drink. Later, after a good rest, they will visit
the Polar Bar and then finish the Saint John
celebration at the Rincon Community
Center where there is more fire jumping."
Juan (Nochi) Coffie (52) a Bonairean,
bom in Rincon, works at S.K.A.L. (Sekshon
Cultura, Arte i Lectura), the Culture, Art
and Lecture office, which coordinates local
and international cultural presentations. He
is an artist, a painter, composer of cultural
songs. He tells us more about the festivals.

"I'm coordinator of the Saint John and Saint
Paul Day celebrations and it's something I
really love and cherish. I celebrate the Saint
John festival every year at my own house.
The musical groups will visit houses
especially with people living there named
Juan, Juanita, Pablo, Pedro or Petricia.
The origin of these celebrations began
with our ancestors who used to work on the
plantations, on the sea or in other countries.
Around the times of celebration of Saint
John and Saint Paul Days those who were
abroad would come home to celebrate with
family and friends. They made up songs to
tell what they'd experienced while they
were working on the plantations, sailing or
working in other countries.
These festivals start with different
preparations: collecting wood for the fire
jumping, families preparing food and drink
for the visitors. At night everything starts
with serenades at the different houses. They
celebrated these festivals as part of their
identity, then afterwards they combined it
with the Catholic religious celebration. The


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idea of the fire is more to call the rain and
the jumping is to liberate them from bad
The celebrations continued until the next
day because nobody had to go back to work
in those times. It was a holiday for every
body, and nobody used to work like we do
today in our modem time. During these
festivals everything was for free and not
commercialized. Music was a way to bring
happiness and everybody gets to drink and
eat because everybody cooperates with
This is still a tradition in Rincon but not
like in the past. Although times have
changed these festivals have continued to
reflect the original style of the people. Not
everybody can stay up until late at night or
until the next day because they have to
work as the cost of living is getting higher.
Back then, when the festival celebrations
were over the people went back to work,
either on the plantation, on the sea or to the
country where they came from.
The Saint Paul Day Celebration on June
27 starts with music and songs by Elvin at
Toko Magdalena in Rincon, then continues
to the Galan Cicilia house, the Polar Bar,
and the homes of Pablo Sint Jago and
Patricia Frans. The next day, June 28th' the
celebration continues at the Rincon
Community Center, COCARI, Kas di
Hadrei (Cozy Comer), Kos Bon So and then
back to the Community Center as the
finishing point.
During these celebrations we can
experience the various talented cultural,
folkloric musicians and song writers,
especially our youth as they accompany the
adults. They get the opportunity for a better
future in our community. A suggestion is
that we work together with FUDECU
(Fundashon Deporte i Cultura) a
foundation for sport and culture, to create
more singers for our festivals like the
Bonairean Tumba, Simadan, Saint John and
Saint Paul festivals."
Mark the dates on your calendar and
enjoy the Saint John celebration on June
23rd and 24th and Saint Paul on June 27t
and 28. 0
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(Reporter, April 9-23, 2010, Issue 7, page
8) Some months ago I saw a bat in my
kitchen eating a banana from my fruit bowl
in the kitchen. Every evening since I cut
bananas on a plate and leave them on my
kitchen island. They start arriving at 7:30
and by 10 pm I have a kitchen full of
swooping bats eating in flight but also sit-
ting on the bananas and eating. It is a very
beautiful sight and I have made many vid-
For many years I have cooked rice and
spaghetti for the birds and iguanas. With
all my leftovers and fruit they eat well
every lunchtime. I am very happy to hear
all the stories of people caring on Bonaire.
One reason why this is a fantastic place to
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Flotsam & Jetsam (Continued from page 6)
Sensational Seas Two, a DVD grand
tour of the planet's watery realms includes
a slide show from one of Bonaire's own
photographers, Ellen Muller. The produc-
tion is a cooperative effort between film-
makers, musicians, graphic designers, writ-
ers and programmers all divers who do-
nated their skills and art to produce a spec-
tacular collection of underwater images for
the benefit of marine environmental causes.
"I know Ellen's work and how rare many
of her images from Bonaire are, so I was
thrilled when she agreed to contribute them
to the production," said Anna DeLoach, co-
producer of the DVD.

Storehouse Mangazina, the "Lock It
and Pocket" storage facility on Kaya Gob.
Debrot across from the north hotel row has

opened two new buildings. It of
nomical way to store everything
gear to SUVs.

ILarry Baillie, a pioneer in
east side boat diving, has a nei

Panga dive boat, the MAD 1, (pictured
above, that handles six to eight divers. His
new adventure, "Mad About Diving," will
take you north for a two-tank dive and bring
you to areas that are very seldom visited.
Private and custom charters are available.
Phone 717-5246 or 780-9156 for details and
reservations. Email:
larrvy larryswildsidediving.com

P Have you any comments about the
new Reporter feature, Kid's Corner? It's
a companion to the Panchito website
www.panchitobonaire.com which is a great
resource for anyone on Bonaire who has
Try the puzzle on page 15 to improve
your Papiamentu, even if you're not a

fers an eco- The cruise ship season is winding
ng from dive down, to the relief of residents driving
downtown and to the dismay of the mer-
chants and tour guides who service the
cruise visitors. There are just four ship calls
MAD photo in the next two weeks. This has been Bon-
aire's busiest cruise ship season. The cruise
ship schedules can always be found on the
Happenings page (page 12 this week).

1 We have redesigned the traditional tide
tables to add information on sunrise, sun-
set and moon phase. The column has ap-
S peared in The Reporter from its Port Call
days. We invite comments. See page 13.

) Visit the Day of Health for the Bo-
nairean population, on April 24 at the
Bonaire Bonaire Basics facility on Kaya Korona.
w 26' Apex Health practitioners will be presenting a

variety of demonstrations. Entrance is free.
Directions or further information can be
obtained by calling 717-2458 or mailing
ron.sewell(Fadiamond-waters.com. See the
poster at the bottom of this page for addi-
tional information.

SBonaire's Classical Music Board will
present another of its outstanding and in-
spiring classical concerts on April 27th, at
8 pm in Cacique Hall at Plaza Resort.
This time four musicians will amaze you
with their talents. They are:
Alissa Margulis, a highly gifted
young violinist cited by Yuri Bashmet
as "one of the most promising violin-
ists of her generation." She is a prize-
winner of many competitions.
German Marcano playing the cello.
He is the brother of Bonaire's jazz
singer, Andreina Marcano, and ob-
tained his Bachelor of Music Degree
at the prestigious Surrey University,
England. He formerly occupied the
principal cello chair with the Sim6n
Bolivar Symphonic Orchestra.
Armand Simon born of Aruban par-
ents in the Netherlands. As a pianist,
he has performed in the Americas,
Europe and the US. In 2006 Simon
was asked to perform for Queen
Beatrix of the Netherlands.
And the prize winner of the piano
competition Aruba, currently under-
way, will also be there
See the poster on page 15 or go to
www.classicalmusicbonaire.com for more
details. Get tickets early. This will be an-
other sellout.

0 For an exceptional Papiamentu-
language experience (with Dutch subti-
tles) be sure to attend the play "After
Party" at the SGB High School on one of
the three nights of the performances, May
1,2 or 3. See story on page 3.

Happy coincidence? Last Friday, April
16, Green Label Garden Center cele-
brated three birthdays: Owner Ap and two
of his employee colleagues, Luis and Rob.
A big BBQ was organized to celebrate.
Happy birthday, gentlemen.

Join in a unique musical entertain-
ment experience on Sunday, May 2nd at
the first "Shut Up & Listen" concert
featuring the vivacious and talented
Becky Alter, a frequent performer on
Bonaire. The concert series aims to let
the audience focus on the singer without
the distractions presented in a typical bar
scene performance. See the poster on page
18 for details.

I Here's a Special for Reporter
readers: if you are a first time diner at
Bistro de Paris present this newspaper
and receive free wine, beer or soft drink
with your lunch or dinner. See the Bistro
ad on page 10.

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happens on the bonairereporter.com web-
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You are cordially invited to attend the Bonaire
contribution to
World Tal Chl Qigong Day

Saturday:24 April 2010
starting :8.00 am till 12.00 pm.

Mrs Marugia Janga, Commissioner for Health,
has kindly agreed to conmend
World Tai Cii Qigong Day, to the citizens of
Bonaire and will open the event.

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Page 8

Jan Cecilia from Rincon and his Golden Chevrolet Truck
The 68th of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some ofBon-
aire's interesting vehicles that are "on wheels." On course for 100+

Bonaire -

So it was
on one
of those clear
and quiet
days in the
second part of
the month of
April that I
drove my
blue four-
stroke, off-
road motorcy-
cle over the
narrow road
along the
leeward coast

in the direc-
tion of the ruins of the manor house of Kar-
The vision over the sea was bright and clear
and the plants and trees were showing their
light green and fresh leaves. Almost all naked
flowering kibrahacha trees showed their bright
yellow blossoms.(Kibrahacha is Papiamentu
for: break the axe, so called because of the
strength of the wood of the tree./jb) Some huge
ponds on and along the road were already
overfilled with fallen flowers from the trees.
There was no cruise ship today and people
seemed to have forgotten the beauty of the
local nature. I passed the manor of Karpata and
drove towards Gotomeer.
I stopped and parked the big thumper along
the road to take some photographs of a group
of flamingos. They were as close as 20 feet
from me and my motor bicycle. Luckily there
was already more water in the lake due to the
very heavy rainfall. Two weeks ago the chil-
dren from Tera Kora were playing on the un-
paved roads, protecting themselves against the
dust with handkerchiefs bound around their
mouth. Now nature was screaming out life
because of the abundance of rainfall.

I restarted the engine and drove in towards
the kunuku (famn//b) of Mr. Cecilia. The gate
was closed. Two rows of old blue and yellow
license plates were mounted on the used elec-
tricity poles that hold the gate. No activity, no
noises. Just the sound of birds and growing

I drove in the direction of Rincon and passed
Dos Pos. Then I arrived at the house of the
Cecilia family. I had not made any appoint-
ment, but the car was there. Mr. Cecilia's
spouse informed me that her husband just left
to his kunuku. He'd passed me in his neutral
white vehicle, but I did not recognize the car.
So Mrs. Cecilia and I had a little talk. I had
met her husband before and she had already
been informed by him about my visit one day.
I asked for permission to shoot some photo-

After a little time Julien Cecilia returned. We
shook hands and he immediately started talk-
ing about his truck. Mr. Cecilia, better known
as "Jan," has owned the car for ages now. It is
a Chevrolet, built by the General Motors Cor-
poration, produced in 1968. He opens the bon-
net. There is a huge, but simple, six-cylinder,
in-line overhead valve engine mounted on the
Bonaire Reporter- April 23 May 7, 2010

I-liupleLn irAr khne toit (hen-

stiff ladder chassis.
After some 40 years Jan has a little cooling
problem caused by the radiator now. This is
why he drove the white anonymous car to his
"rancho." The problem has to be cured very
quickly because Jan really needs his truck.
Every day he starts it, drives it over the hill in
the direction of the Gotomeer, stops at Dos
Pos, fills the huge empty barrels in the back of
his truck with deep well water and drives it to
his rancho to quench the thirst of his herd of
goats and all the chickens.

The Chevrolet truck is fitted with an impres-
sive Bonairean-made metal "roof rack." In the
bed there is a thick layer of sheet metal to
carry the heavy water barrels. There is no lux-
ury at all. No air conditioning for this Rincon
car, nothing but the absolutely necessary ca-
bles and wires for ignition and lights. The
cabin is not that water tight any more, but who
cares. As long as the engine runs that is fine
with Jan.

Mr. Cecilia is a happy and a lucky man. He
was born on Bonaire, in Rincon. So he is a real
Rincohero and he is proud of it. His house,
situated along the road from Rincon to the
Goto Lake, is built in front of the house where
he was born.
Mr. Cecilia and his wife are retired now. The
kids have grown up. It is just the two of them
and the easy country life. And the six-cylinder
Chevrolet Custom fits perfectly into this life
style. Let's hope Mr. and Mrs. Cecilia and
their truck will stay together for a lot more
decades more.

The Chevrolet (GMC) company produced its
first pick up truck way back in 1924. Jan's
gold sprayed full-size pick up truck was pro-
duced in 1968. It is a so- called single cabin,
long-bed truck. The Chevrolet Custom is a C-
model. C-model stands for "conventional,"
which means: two-wheel drive, as K-model
stands for four-wheel drive. The power is sup-
plied by a straight six, measuring 250 or 292
cubic inches, which stands for 4.1 or 4.8 liters.
Jan and I just do not know
exactly and we do not care.
As long as the engine enables
the truck to carry the barrels
with well water from Dos Pos
to the rancho that is fine with
us. Story & photo by J@n

JtAas fioSwm vhLm&w7s

Jazz guitarist and vocalist
Manny Moreira will perform
the main act on Friday, 28 May, dur-
ing the 2010 Bonaire Heineken Jazz
Festival. Moreira has often been called
the US' Jazz Ambassador, even though
he was born to Brazilian parents just 10
hours after they arrived in the US.
Some of the artists and musicians with
whom he has performed and/or recorded
include: Gerry Mulligan, Bucky Pizza-
relli, Ron Carter, Phil Woods, Eliie Go-
mez, Gil Goldstein, Grady Tate, Michel
Petruciani, Gilberto Gil, Will Lee, Ear-
tha Kitt, The Temptations, Helen
Reddy, Jane Duboc and Johnny Ven-
Moreira's performance on Bonaire
can be seen on Friday, 28 May at the
Plaza Resort Tipsy Seagull. After the
Plaza concert is over there will be a jam
session at Sense Restaurant, across the
street from Plaza.
The Jazz Festival will open Thurs-
day night, 27 May, at Fort Orange
with a night of Jazz and Poetry and
then on Saturday night there will be a
stellar concert with jazz trumpeter
Arturo Sandaval. There will be a
Sunday Jazz Brunch at Divi Flamingo
Hotel on May 30.

2010 Bonaire Heineken Jazz
Festival Schedule
Thursday, 27 May: Jazz and Poetry
with Kafia Brabu, Merietza Haak-
mat and Henk van Twillert and Hans
van Schie at Fort Oranje
Friday, 28 May: Concert staring

Manny Moreira along with Joke Bruijs
and Frits Landesbergen and Angelo's
New Generation Dancers at Plaza Re-
sort Tipsy Seagull followed by late
night jam session at Sense Restaurant at
Saturday, 29 May: Concert starring
Arturo Sandoval with the Silver Bullet
Steel band and BEKU at Plaza Resort
Tipsy Seagull, followed by late night
jam session at Sense Restaurant at 23:30
Sunday, 30 May: Brunch jam ses-
sion with many of the musicians at Divi
Flamingo Hotel

For more information about the festi-
val visit www.bonairejazz.com. U
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Betr Food or Beter

"HT healthy Food" was the focus of
l Wednesday April 7's fun-filled
workshop at our Public Library. The event,
filled to capacity, and sponsored by "Better
Food For Better Kids" foundation and Bib-
lioteka Publiko, was a great success.

The children (aged 6-12 ) were fascinated
as Chef Patrice Rannou of Bistro de Paris
showed them how to prepare fruit shish
kabobs on a skewer.
Artist Janice Huckaby contributed paints
and a beautiful hand painted flowerpot that
served as an inspiration for the children
when they each painted their own terra cotta
pot for veggie growing.
Healthy food tasting was next. Manager
Sara Matera from Divi Flamingo Beach
Resort sponsored the first dish by Chef
Amin Darmaoen: deliciously prepared fish
with bell peppers. All of the kids ate the fish
although some veggies were left behind.
Next up for tasting was a wonderful Bo-
nairean chicken stew with fresh vegetables
made by volunteer Glenda Pikerie. It was a
very popular recipe since most kids ate eve-
rything and some asked for a second and
even a third portion. The absolute favorite
was the all-natural cake made with un-
bleached flour, cocoa, brown sugar, honey,
yoghurt, egg and a bit of olive oil made by
Lola of Capriccio's. In combination with
homemade whipped cream made with
brown sugar this recipe received the most
gold stars from the kids.
After the painted pots had dried, Mieke
and John Le Noble donated seeds and time
to show the kids how to sow the seeds.
Every child went home with his or her own
decorated plantar-pot and newly planted


Laraine Abbey-Katzev, founder of
"Better Food For Better Kids," is a pro-
fessional nurse and is a Master's Degree
nutritionist. The foundation's mission is to
inspire and motivate Bonaireans to re-
turn to healthier eating with natural
whole-foods meals and to create healthy
school meal programs to serve nutritious
meals to all students through the schools.
Laraine says we need to eat more veggies,
fruits and whole grains. We must reduce the
amounts of sugar, white flour, and deep
fried foods and avoid preservatives and arti-
ficial colors and flavors. These products can
cause serious physical, behavioral and learn-
ing problems. Laraine continues, "People
have to become conscious of what they are

Learning Eating Habits
For Improved Nutrition

Bistro de Paris ChefOwner Patrice Rannou demonstratesfoodpreparation
Bistro de Paris Chef/Owner Patrice Rannou demonstrates food preparation

eating. It does not mean you can never have
soda pop, candy, chips, cake or pastechi, but
these must be once in a while snacks, not
everyday meals. Fried foods, white flour,
and sugar are very low in nutrients and be-
cause nutrients are the fuel of health, we
have to make sure to eat more of the healthy
stuff. Often enough there are good alterna-
tives for snacks. Be careful with 'light' or
diet products though. Good fats are impor-
tant for health like avocado, nuts and seeds.
Diet sweeteners are chemicals that are also
causing many health problems."
This fun filled afternoon was made possi-
ble by "Better Food For Better Kids." We
also received a helping hand from: Green
Label Garden Center and It Rains Fishes.

The next "Healthy Food" workshop will
be aimed at teenagers. If you are interested
in this subject or the workshops please con-
tact Laraine Abbey-Katzev at:
info(2tbetterfoodforbetterkids.com or Sharon
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Storehouse-Mangazina Self Storage facility

Response to the first phase of The
Storehouse-Mangazina Self Stor-
age facility on Kaya Debrot, opposite
"Hotel Row" has been gratifying. The
first building with 55 available units was
full within four months of opening. With
two more buildings completed on April
1, there are an additional 91 units to of-
fer. The most rewarding fact is that 32%
of its clients are Bonairean, 28% are local
businesses and another 19% are Bonaire
The Storehouse's goal in establishing a
business has always been to provide a
service that the people of the island could
use, and they have accomplished that.
In addition to serving the local popula-
tion's needs, they also offer a great ser-
vice for frequent tourists and part time
residents, who comprise 21% of their
clientele. Small closet-size units are
available to store dive gear, bicycles and
small items while the large units are per-

fect for storing a truck or car while peo-
ple are off island. The owners say that
they appreciate the community support
and look forward to continuing to serve
the island's needs. They will be adding a
new access control system in May which
will enhance monitoring capability and
allow clients greater flexibility in the
hours they will have access to their units.
The entrance to the facility is at Kaya
Gob. N Debrot 124B, diagonally across
from the WEB power plant. Call (599)
700-1753 or email
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town of Rincon turn back the clock and
show us what Bonaire was in years gone
by. This event is so much fun that fellow
Antilleans come from the other islands,
costumed and ready to perform and join
the parade. Everyone strolls the streets,
stopping for a drink, a snack or a chat.
Music is everywhere. All ages feel part of
the action and there are smiles all over,
even from the hard working stand holders
who always have time to stop and visit.
There will be local music, dancing, a pa-
rade, food, historical displays and a
friendly and lively ambiance. Rincon is
the oldest town in Bonaire and proudly
emphasizes its history and culture, even
sporting its own flag.
General Schedule
The night before, Thursday, April 29,
between 4 and 7 pm the Children's Pa-
rade in the streets of the town. After-
wards, enjoy local musical groups playing
krioyo music.
Friday, April 30
Playa to Rincon 17 k Run, Main spon-
sor Maduro & Curiels Bank Bonaire. Start
at Kralendijk Stadium, Start Times: Speed
walk & 50+ Race at 6 am. Road Race and
Estafette Teams at 6:30 am. Finish at
Rose Inn, Rincon. Sign up at the Stadium
or call Richard Pietersz (Comcabon) 780-
7225 or 717-862
8 am- Mass at the Catholic Church,
1O-11am Official opening at the
Plaza Commerce. During the day there
will be entertainment and activities non-
stop on five different stages around the
town. Stands will sell local food and
Between 3-4 pm, there will be an Old
Time Parade with groups from the island
and abroad, singing and dancing.
After 5pm Simidan Parade every-
one invited to join
Entertainment during the day will fea-
ture different musical and dancing groups
from Bonaire, Curagao and Aruba. From
Bonaire: Foyan Boyz, Rincon Krioyo,
Watapana, Tutti Frutti. From Curagao and
Aruba: Rincon Boys, Karabela, Grupo
Komper, Grupo Betico, Dancing Grupo
Kristal, Fashion Dancers and St. Cruz
Folklore Dance Group.
See you there! U Press release/L.D.

BonQuiz #28

his particular bench near the down-
town waterfront commemorates
and gives thanks to a special woman in
the history of the Netherlands Antilles and
the Netherlands. The plaque in the photo
is attached to the bench..
She was born in 1880 and died in 1962.
When her father, King Willem the Third,
died in 1890, she was too young to take
the throne, and so her mother acted as
Regent for her until 1898.
Her 50-year reign took her through two
World Wars, with the Dutch Government
working in exile in London during WWII,
and the decolonization of the Dutch colo-
nial empire in Indonesia. She abdicated in
Seafarers leaving or arriving on Bonaire
would be greeted here by their family
members who would sit and wave to them
as they came and went from Kralendijk.

Q) What is the name of
this person after whom this
bench is named?
Q) What is the name of the
Queen who followed her?

Answer on page 17

BonQuiz appears
regularly in The Re-
porter. It's prepared by
Christie Dovale of
Island Tours. To ar-
range a tour, contact
her via her website:
IslandToursBonaire.com Phone 717-
4435 or 795-3456
Email: christiedovale@,hotmail.com.

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Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park
Tours $21 (includes tax). Discounts for
residents and local people. Tel. 717-
8489, 540-9800.
Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the cooler
evening hours.
* Rincon Marsh-6 am-2 pm.
Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while you
shop, fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts,
candles, incense, drinks, music. Big
March first Saturday of the month-
www.infobonaire. com/rincon.
* Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine
Company's warehouse on Kaya Indus-
tria, second Saturday of the month, 7-
9 pm. Snacks and tasting of six wines
for $10 (NAf17,50) per person. Tel. 560
Soldachi Tours-See the real
Bonaire and be transported back in time.
Learn about the history, culture and na-
ture by Bonaireans from Rincon. Call
Maria Koeks for more information-796
* Soldachi Tours of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria, 717-6435-best island tour value
* Meet the Captain Night at Cap-
tain Don's Habitat Bar- Get up close
and personal with Bonaire's dive pio-
neer. The Captain's will autograph your
copy of his newest book Reef Windows.

* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at

Sunday- Creature Feature- John and
Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital photo
center present a multimedia slide presen-
tation about Buddy's House Reef pool
bar Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-5080
Monday-Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
Slide Presentation, Capt. Don's Habi-
tat, 8:30 pm. 717-8529
Tuesday-- Bonaire Land and Ocean
presentation by Fish-Eye Photo staff,
7pm on the big screen inside the Sunset
Bar and Grill at Den Laman Condos.
Wednesday Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion Bonaire (STCB) presents an in-
formative slide show: Sea Turtles of
Bonaire, at 7pm -every 2nd and 4th
Wednesday at Bruce Bowker's Carib
Inn (717-8819)

Kas Krioyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's

April 27,
Tuesday 2010 Ocean Dream 0800-1600 1422
Thurs- April 29,
day 2010 Caribbean Princess 1100-1900 3100
May 3,
Monday 2010 Sea Princess 1200-1900 2016

past in this venerable old home that has been
restored and furnished so it appears the family
has just stepped out. Local ladies will tell you
the story. Open Monday thru Friday, 9-12, 2-
4. Weekends by appointment. Call 717-2445.
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 717-4060/ 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, be-
hind the Catholic Church in town. Open
weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel.
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on December
25th. and January 1st. Call 788 9015
or 796 -5681
AA meetings -every Wednesday at
7pm. Phone: 786-4651 or 786-7971
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:15
pm- All levels, NAf2,50, call Renata
at 796-5591 to find out the evening's
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at
5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.

The Hash House Harriers running
and walking club meets every second
Wednesday for a one hour walk
throughout Bonaire. The location
changes each week. The contact number
is 700-4361

JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bon-
aire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO build-
ing, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to
9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact:
Renata Domacass6 516-4252.

Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions welcome. For
more information call 510-0710.

Rotary lunch meetings Wednesdays, 12
noon-2 pm Divi Flamingo Beach Re-
sort upstairs in Peter Hughes meeting
room above the dive shop. All Rotarians
welcome. Tel. 717-2066

Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Cru-
sita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Marti-
nez Beck, at 786-2953.

Who's Who on The Bonaire Reporter
Take The Reporter Home-1-year subscription: By mail to US $70; By mail to
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The Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo, Editor in
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Reporters: Siomara Albertus, Stephanie Bennett, BFFBC Foundation, J@n
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Bonaire Reporter- April 23 May 7, 2010


Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papia-
mentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rin-
con. Bible Study and Prayer meetings,
Thursday, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Centro di
Bario Nord Salifia, Sundays, 10 am.
Services in Dutch. 700-0379.
International Bible Church of Bon-
aire, at SGB High School auditorium
(Kaya Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya
Korona.) Sunday services in English at
9 am; Sunday evening prayer meeting at
Pastor's home, 7 pm. Friday, 6 to 8 pm,
Light & Life Club, children 5 to 12
yrs. Tel. 717-8332.
Catholic: San Bernardus in Kralendijk
- Services, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol, Sat-
urday at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papia-
mentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717
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
pm. 717-2194
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services
Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire
Youth Center in English, Dutch and Papia-
mentu. Preaching the full gospel. Contact:

Prayer and Intercession Church, in
English. A full Gospel Church located
temporarily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20,
Santa Barbara, Republiek. Services are
held on Sunday mornings from 10am
until 11:30am. Bible studies in English
are on Monday nights from 7 to 8 pm.
Contact: 717-3322

The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat-
ter-day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26, Sun-
days: 9 am Sacrament Ser-
vices (Translation to English and
Papiamentu upon request) 10:20 Sun-
day School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/PH
Primary held from 10:20-12 noon Visi-
tors Welcome: Call 701-9522 for Infor-

Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Tel:790-6518, 786-6125

S Make it more livable
from the start.

Also interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy, healing,
China-trained. Experienced. Inexpensive.
Call Donna at 795-9332.

Cleaning Services
a Apartments, Hotels,
Houses, Offices & More.
Efficient Work,
s --' Good References.
Tel. 786-0019

Bonaire Images
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful
boxed note cards are now available at Chat
-N-Browse next to Lover's Ice Cream and
Sand Dollar Grocery. Photography by
Shelly Craig www.bonaireimages.com

For Quality House
and Office Cleaning
Serving Bonaire for more
than 15 years
Honest, Reliable, Efficient,
Thorough, Low rates, Ref-
erences. One time or many
Phone 785-9041 ... and relax.

Starting from NAf6,50 per meal.
Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981.
Web site:

Zapataria Rincon
Shoe and Purse Repair
Kaya Grandi 36

Tel (599) 791-6272 785-6272

Desiree Seaver
Bonaire Salt products
Arts & Things
+599 786-6416
A Place For You info@aplaceforyoubonaire co

B Does your English need a little
"polishing" for your work in the
tourist industry? Call 788-7919 for
help with conversational English.

Property Services Bonaire B.V. Taking
care of your properties (while you are off
island). Email for information and prices:
property servicesbonaire(Tahotmail.com

Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire 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.

Living Accommodations

FOR RENT 2 bedroom apartment.
Great location Abraham Blvd. NAf
1350/ month long term. Laundry facil-
ity on premises. 788-3837

For long term rental, furnished one
bedroom apartment in Playa, avail-
able immediately, call: 788-7600

For rent at Hato, apartment max
2 persons. Free. Minimum stay 4
months. No airco, no pets allowed.
Inclusive; gas/water/electricity/
parking place/terrace/TV connection
Rent per month ALL IN NAf 1150,-
-.own entrance. Deposit NAf 1150,--
Call 717 2529 or 796 2529
At Hato for rent studio max 1 per-
son. Free from 15 April. Minimum
stay 4 months. Inclusive,, water, elec-
tricity, internet & tv connec-
tion, linen, Selibon, furnished, gar-
den, parking area, private terrace, no
pets, no airco allowed. Rent NAf 750,-
Call 717 2529 or 796 2529

FOR SALE Telescope & UW
Video System: Meade 90mm ETX
series with Tripod, 2 cases, lots of eye-
pieces, and control software NAf
Light & Motion Mako Housing with
Pelican Case, lights, external monitor,
LCD back, Sony PC-100 video camera
- NAf 800. Contact Jake at 717-4112
or info@irichterart.com

For Sale: Scooter Parts for Gilera,
Runner, Aprela, Honda, Yamaha and
Peugeot. Call 560-3734, Curacao

For Sale: Pinball Machine Jokerz
- NAF 595 or best offer. Over NAF
1500 invested in new circuit boards,
parts etc. Needs finishing up with
some wiring etc. Call 717-8819 8 am
to 5 pm

For Sale: Brand new Haynes Re-
pair Manual Jeep Wrangler 1987
thru 2003, all models: Ang 50,00. Call
796-3637 or email-

For Sale: Old book in Dutch lan-
guage: "Oude bouwwerken in de Ned-
erlandse Antillen, [1968]. 50 pages:
Ang 15,00.
Spare wheel for a Toyota Hilux:
Ang 50,00. Call 796-3637 or email

Young woman, mature, responsi-
ble, single with a regular work, two
years in the island is looking for a
house to take care for long term,
one year experience in this field.
Tel 788-3423

Bonaire Reporter Classifieds-Are still free
Got something to buy or sell?
Non-Business Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20 words): FREE
Commercial Ads only NAf1,10 per word, for each two-week issue.
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sometime, very soon, we were told,
WEB, Bonaire's water and electric
utility will switch over to their new power
system, Electricity will be generated by the
new (bio)diesel dynamos in the powerhouse
near Karpata as well as from the 13 wind
turbines near the east coast. The Hato power
plant will not feed electricity to the island
grid but will still produce the power for wa-
ter desalination. The TWR plant in Belnem
will continue to operate.
Hopefully, that will mean an end to the
frequent power outages WEB customers
have been suffering,
We'd like to provide an exact date, but
there's been no official word. The best guess
is in mid-May, 2010. U G.D.

Bonaire Reporter- April 23 May 7, 2010

16 Flights a day
Bonaire and
Curagao DIVI DIV

Divi Divi Air

24 hours a day
(5999 839-1515)
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Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curaqao. Your first
choice for inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba.

The Bonaire Aero Club invites you to see Bonaire
from the air. Take a one-hour flight with up to three
persons. Ideal for photography or environmental study
or see your house.

City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances, furniture,
TV, computers, cell phones and more. Fast service and
in-store financing too.


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 and
facial waxing.


De Freewieler sells bikes and all kinds of bike acces-
sories. They do professional repairs on almost anything
on two wheels. Have your keys made here too.


Reef Windows is Captain Don's latest book and fea-
tures the true stories of the naming of many Bonaire
dive sites. A great souvenir as well.


All Denture Lab-for the best denture care by an ex-
perienced professional. Repairs while you wait. Next
to Botika Korona on Kaya J. G. Hernandez.


Bistro di Paris A real French restaurant with afford-
able prices and friendly Bonairean ambiance
Owned and operated by a French Chef
On Kaya Gob. Debrot mile north of town
Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire's best. Freshly prepared
pizzas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts.
Eat in or take away. Nice bar too. 780-1111 Call ahead to
eat-in or take out, Next to Bistro (above)
Lunchroom de Bonairiaan-Breakfast & lunch
prepared and served by Stichting Project students under
professional guidance. Monday-Friday, 9-2. Kaya Gob.
N.Debrot, opposite Divi Flamingo.

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-
puter H.Q.

ScubaVision Document your Bonaire vacation above
and below the water with a custom DVD by Bonaire's
top videographer, Hendrik Wuyts


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 chemi-
cals. Now in new expanded location off Kaya Industria.

Captain Don's Plants, Trees and More sells genuine
acclimated Bonaire plants. Take a 30-inute tour too.
Strong plants for strong Bonaire gardens.


Harmony House-The herb and mineral center. Help
your body heal itself.

Natural Way Health Store-The place where all the
hard to find natural and healthy products are. Upstairs
from Botika Bonaire, on Kaya Grandi.


Bonaire Second Home Care can handle all the needs
of second home owners on Bonaire including inspec-
tion, management and cleaning.


MIO offers by far the clearest, most reliable phone
signal on the island PLUS WIRELESS HIGH-SPEED
INTERNET almost everywhere on Bonaire.


Taste a Cactus when you try Cadushy of Bonaire
Liqueur. Available in many shops and markets it
makes the perfect souvenir of the island.


Professional Pest Control. Call Peter to get rid of all
those nasty pets like termites, fleas, ticks and ants that
want to invade your home. Call now and save your
investment in your home.


Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center
downtown offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides,
items and services. Full digital services.


Bonaire Sunshine Homes is the realtor with a local
touch. Ask them to show you the good value homes
they list. Call them if you are thinking of selling your

Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor," spe-
cializing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and
property management.

Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insur-
ance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bon-
aire, stop in and see them.

Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.

Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water
pearl jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Wonderful ser-
vice, free gift wrap.


The Storehouse (Mangazina in Papiamentu) offers
Secure Storage For Vehicles, Household Items, Diving
And Sporting Gear, Business Files or Inventory.
Across from the northern hotel row.

Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-

Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent. What would we do without their su-
perb services?

Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-
Biggest air conditioned market with the, largest selec-
tion and lowest prices on the island.

Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiff. Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on Klein
Bonaire with built-in ramp

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.
Free delivery. Kaya Industria 23, Mon.-Sat. 9 am-noon.

To learn more about these businesses check their ad in
The Reporter
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included in the guides. Free!
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Scuba Sales
Repair Replacement
New Gear Accessories

Check CARIB INN First.
Great Prices -Great Stock

Always Great Values
Dive gear specials

Since 1980
717-8819 8 am to 5 pm daily
(next to Divi Flamingo Hotel)

Pasa Bon Pizza


Water Front

ToTown kayaGob Debrra \Hole.

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T he first meeting with the students
who are going to Italy for a three-
week trainee period was held recently in
the school restaurant, Chez Nous. This
year a group of eight students will be
granted the opportunity to undergo an
intensive and rewarding learning experi-
ence for three weeks. During these weeks
the students will receive extensive train-
ing at a professional training institute in
the region of Modena, Emilia Romagna,

During the coming months the students
will be holding fundraising activities to
collect enough funds for their trip to Italy.
The group consists of Angelique de
Lanoy and Shermen Winklaar from Fun-
dashon FORMA. From SGB the students
are Leonard Janga, Pierina Joven, Sohay-
lor Molina, Corvan Veld, Sonia Winklaar
and Gervin Trinidad.
The students will be accompanied by
Mr. Ezzy Semeleer of SGB and Nuny de
Windt from Fundashon FORMA. E

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Reporter to John, the son of the acting village chief, which he greatly appreciated
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Having had such an amazing
response from the yeast arti-
cles, I decided to write one more, spe-
cifically aimed at women. Women
have, since the inception of birth con-
trol pills (BCPs), been subjected to a
yeast/fungal overgrowth and have suf-
fered endlessly for many years.

Initially birth control was seen as a
God-send, no more unwanted pregnan-
cies and to some degree far more sex-
ual freedom for women. Noresterone
and synthetic estrogens are regularly
used in the management of human fe-
male hormone therapy. However, there
is conclusive scientific data that oral
contraceptives will induce the defi-
ciency of the following nutrients Vi-
tamin C, B12, B6, B2, Folic acid, Mag-
nesium and Zinc.
Another fact is that synthetic estro-
gens can actually aggravate blood clots
and coronary heart disease, increase
cholesterol and can contribute to the
acceleration of breast cancer or any
other estrogen-dependant tumor.
We also now know that BCPs and
HRT can cause chronic candida infec-
tions, the catalyst for a host of prob-
lems in women inducing cravings for
sugars, potatoes, cakes, sodas and bis-
cuits, foodstuffs that feed candida and
in turn produce mycotoxins that induce
irritation and inflammation within the
A particularly vulnerable area for
women is of course the breasts a
natural source of lactose (the sugar
found in mammalian milk), but also a
potential food source of sugars for sys-
temic fungus. Ductal carcinoma actu-
ally means cancer/fungus in the gland
or duct of the breast, and it is very clear
that a yeast/fungal overgrowth could
spell disaster for any woman.
Although the BCP is a huge contrib-
uting factor (not the only one!) the
problem is far bigger and a lot more
complex and affects everybody, men,
women and children, and yes also our
pets. You may never have taken BCPs
or HRT, yet you could still have a yeast
overgrowth! WHY?
Let's have a look at our meat. The
normal food of cattle is grasses, shrubs
and hay food that have a high fibre
content and low to moderate glycemic
index. Corn genetically comes from
South America, while cows and pigs

come from Europe. Animals grow in an
environment that matches their dietary
needs, yet they are given corn (cheap
and easy to grow) which they are un-
able to digest and the farmer has to add
yeast to the feed for further breakdown,
which done incorrectly, could lead to
'grain sickness'. Yeast thrives in the
sugary corn environment and will fer-
ment in the hot, wet environment of the
stomach of the cow.
Cows are also given birth control for
weight gain. The animal grows larger
and this increases its market value,
reaching its slaughter weight in just
over five months instead of a year.
Could it be that our yeast and birth
control treated meat accounts for the
sexual prematurity of our children, our
high cancer rates, obesity and possibly
the large number of gastro-intestinal
disorders that seem to be present in so
many people?
Remember, our meats are 'grown' for
money, not for nutrition. 0
Stephanie Bennett

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What You Can Measure!

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Cape Town, South Africa, where she
studied herbs, minerals and nutrition.
Before moving to Bonaire she continued
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health issues that
particularly affect
people on Bonaire
and other Carib-
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Bonaire Reporter- April 23 May 7, 2010

Body Talk


Page 16

500 Animals Sterilized Free!

T he 500th sterilization of dogs and
cats on Bonaire is a fact! In May
2009 the Bonaire Animal Shelter started
a big project called "Bonny Superdog."
The goal was to sterilize 500 dogs and
cats for free. The owner doesn't have to
pay. In this way, the Shelter wanted to
contribute towards solving the over-
population of dogs and cats problem on
the island. Too many animals cause a
variety of problems for people and the
animals: the animals roam around, they
are not fed, they get sick or hurt and
they become aggressive. Consequently,
too many animals have to be euthanized
every year... a sad and unacceptable

Number 500 Kisha from Amboina
Number 500 was Kisha, a dog owned
by Mrs. Silda Beaumont from Amboina.
Kisha is a female dog of about two
years old and she's had some very beau-
tiful puppies. "I don't want her to have
anymore puppies and that's why I had
her sterilized," Mrs. Beaumont says. "I
made the appointment with the veteri-
narian myself and then I called the peo-
ple from the Shelter who came to pick her
up, and after the operation they brought
her back. She's doing great. I love ani-
mals; to me an animal is just like a person,
a child. The love I feel for a child, I feel
for an animal too.
Since 2002
In 2002 the Animal Shelter set up a fund
for free sterilization. Ever since then, pet
owners can have their dog or cat sterilized

Mrs. Silda Beaumont from Amboina
and her dog Kisha

for free. The Shelter pays the bill. In 2004
the Shelter organized a special campaign
during which foreign veterinarians steril-
ized Bonaire's cats and dogs for free. In
two weeks' time about 250 animals were
neutered and spayed. After those two
weeks the campaign went on and the local
vets took care of the sterilization.

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However, the Animal Shelter felt things
weren't moving fast enough. The island
was still overloaded with stray dogs and
cats and an excessive amount of animals
were being brought into the Shelter. An
extra boost was needed. And so, the pro-
ject of Bonny Superdog was born. The
Shelter sought a lot of publicity to make
pet owners aware of the Bonny Superdog
campaign. All over the island posters were
hung by volunteers and, thanks to WEB
NV, flyers were delivered to each and
every house on Bonaire. Also radio and
TV commercials were broadcast and the
Shelter put ads in the local papers and
people could inform themselves through
the website of the Shelter -

The Campaign Continues
So far, the campaign has been very suc-
cessful. Pet owners can still have their
dogs and cats sterilized for free. And...
every pet owner gets a T-shirt and a
bumper sticker as well. Call for more in-
formation: the veterinarians at 717-4255
or 717-3338 or the Shelter at 717-4989. E
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Pet of the Week

Young Cai just happened to be visiting
the Bonaire Animal Shelter with his
mom, Amanda, when we stopped by to take
some photos of our "pets of the week."
What a good model he is, especially when
he gets to hold one of the residents of the
Cat Cage. The lucky kitty he's holding is
Cat Cage Expert, Jane Madden writes
about Nora:
"This all white cat is Nora, sister of Nad-
ine that you did a piece on a while ago who
did get adopted. Nora is still with us and is
just as sweet, if not sweeter, than her sister
was. Nora is about seven months old and
a very playful young girl who screams
around at 100 miles an hour playing with
any toy that she can find...
But...the minute you scoop her up she is a
cuddly little lamb who just beams at you
with her big amber eyes and purrs like a
little engine. She would be a perfect fit in a
home with children who want a cat to play
with, or with an adult family who likes to
entertain and be entertained by a wonderful
Nora has been checked out by the vet, has
had her test for feline leukemia, worming,
shots and is in perfect health. The cat adop-
tion fee ofNAf 75 includes all this plus
sterilization. Such a deal and you have a
proven healthy and social animal to bring



Cai and Kitty Nora

home. When you're visiting Rincon Day,
Friday April 30, look for the Animal Shel-
ter stand selling all sorts of interesting
"Bonaire brocante," household items, books,
and bric a brac. See you there. U
Story & photo by Laura DeSalvo

Call for information

717 49 89

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Did you know...
that you might be wearing algae right
now? Extracts from algae are used as dye
to color clothes. It's also likely that you
had algae for lunch or dinner. If you ex-
amine the labels of items in your kitchen,
you will most likely find the terms,
alginatee" and "carrageenan," on many
of the labels. Carrageenans are com-
pounds extracted from red algae that are
used to stabilize and gel foods and phar-
maceuticals. Brown algae contain algi-
nates that make foods thicker and cream-
ier and add to shelf life. They are also
used to prevent ice crystals from forming
in ice cream! Alginates and carrageenans
are used in puddings, and milkshakes.
The popular color additive beta-carotene
often comes from green algae. Many
people don't realize that seaweed is har-
vested from the oceans. A substance
called algin is extracted and is used in
lipstick, toothpaste and ice cream.
Substances from marine plants and ani-
mals are used in many products, includ-
ing some medicines, fertilizers, gasoline,
cosmetics, and livestock feed. Oil from
the orange roughly, a deep-sea fish from
New Zealand, is used in making sham-
poo. The remains of diatoms, algae with
hard shells, are used in making pet litter,
cosmetics, pool filters and tooth polish.
Just think, next time you are walking
around the grocery store that you have
algae and other marine organisms to

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lot of the r'
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and is studying Tropical Marine Ecology and
Conservation with CIEE Research Station
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What You Know and What You Don't Know About the Most
Famous Star in
the Sky"

If I asked you right
now to name the
brightest star in the
night sky. What would
you say? The North
Star? Well if you did
think again. If you said
Sirius, you're right.
Don't feel bad though
because most people
think the North Star is
the brightest star even
though there are more than 50 other stars visible to the naked eye which are even
brighter. So why do so many people think the North Star is the brightest star? Well,
probably because it's the most famous star because it's mentioned more often than
any other star. Why? Well, its position in the sky is what makes it the most impor-
tant and thus the most famous star. Let me explain.
Face north any night during April and May between the hours of 8 and 10 pm,
Sky Park time, where you'll easily see the four stars which make up the Big Dip-
per's cup and the three stars which make up its handle. And once you've found the
Big Dipper you can use it to find the North Star. Because all you have to do is take
the two stars at the end of the cup which are called the pointer stars, mentally meas-
ure the distance between them and then shoot an imaginary arrow five and a half
times that distance through them and that arrow will always land smack dab on the
North Star. And once you've found it you'll notice that it is indeed not the brightest
star in the heavens and is in fact no brighter than the two pointer stars we used to
find it.
So why is it so important? Simple. #1 the North Star is always due north and #2
wherever you happen to be in the northern hemisphere it will always be the same
number of degrees above the horizon as your latitude above the Earth's equator.
So before the invention of the compass the North Star was extremely important to
navigators and explorers to determine not only which direction was north but ex-
actly how far north of the equator they were, a kind of ancient GPS. And wherever
you are you can also use the North Star to determine where north is and just how
far north above the equator you are. How?
Well we measure the distance from the equator to the North Pole in degrees of
latitude. The equator is 0 degrees and the North Pole is 90 degrees. We also meas-
ure the distance from any flat horizon to over head in degrees. O degrees is at the
horizon, 90 degrees is overhead. So if you were at the North Pole tonight the North
Star would appear 90 degrees above the horizon, directly over head. If you were in
London however it would appear 52 degrees above the horizon, New York, 40 de-
grees, Miami, 25 degrees, Bonaire, 12 degrees.
So to see how many degrees north you are above the equator first find the North
Star above a flat horizon, then hold your fist out at arm's
length. A fist will measure 10 degrees. So one fist means
you're 10 degrees above the equator and so on. Simple and
fabulous. So just remember if you get lost at night simply look
for the North Star because it will always be due north. And if
it's not you're either south of the equator or on the wrong
planet. U Jack Horkheimer

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ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) If you are
in the midst of a financial deal, this is
your lucky day. Unreliable people will
be negative about your ideas. Don't give
in too quickly. If you put your mind to it,
you could entertain or host a multitude
of social events. Your lucky day this
week will be Tuesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You
won't have much time for your mate this
week. If you act with anger you may
blow the relationship. Don't overspend
on friends or children. This could be a
serious relation ship.
Your lucky day this week will be Mon-
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You
might find added popularity with those
around you this week. Advancement can
be yours if you are assertive in your ap-
proach. Get busy on projects that im-
prove your own image; you'll have the
discipline to succeed. You can make or
break your personal relationship this
week. Your lucky day this week will be
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Talk to
someone you trust if you need advice
about broaching the subject. Strong will-
power will come to your rescue. Don't
confide in any relatives whom you know
have a tendency to meddle in other peo-
ple's affairs. You'll regret every word for
some time to come. Your lucky day this
week will be Monday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Do not get
involved in joint financial ventures.
Problems with appliances or electrical
gad gets will drive you crazy. You will
enjoy physical activities more than you
think. The only thing you'll accomplish
is a bad reputation.
Your lucky day this week will be Sat-
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Outdoor
sports events should entice you. You'll
stay out of trouble if you pick projects
that will benefit the whole family. This
might not be a day for hasty decisions.
Relatives may play an important role in
your social activities. Your lucky day
this week will be Wednesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) It may be
a disappointing day emotionally. Your

Astrologer Michael Thiessen
he last weeks ofApril 2010

best gains will come through helping
others emotionally. Any contributions
you make to organizations will enhance
your reputation and bring you offers.
Don't settle for less than the best. Your
lucky day this week will be Thursday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Try
not to take everything so seriously. Op-
portunities for romance will develop
through group endeavors; however, the
association isn't likely to last. Opportuni-
ties for romance will develop through
activities with large groups. The locks,
stove, gas, or electric wires may not be
Your lucky day this week will be Tues-
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec.
21) Don't let your partner start any argu-
ments. Passion should be redirected
positively. You can offer your help to
others but back off if they appear to be
offended by your persistence. Do not get
involved in joint financial ventures. You
may find travel to be most rewarding.
Your lucky day this week will be Sun-
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan.
20) Visitors may drop by unexpectedly,
resulting in tension with your lover.
Look into ways that you can make extra
cash. Your home environment appears to
be a little shaky. Look into physical ac-
tivities that will help get rid of some of
that tension you may be feeling. Your
lucky day this week will be Friday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Your
need to put great detail into everything
you do may cause you to miss the over-
all picture. Emotionally, things may not
run so smoothly. Listen to the advice
given by others. You might not be as
reserved on an emotional level as you'd
like. Your lucky day this week will be
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Partner-
ships could be tense. Don't push your
luck. Trips, educational pursuits, or pro-
jects that could lead to new outlooks
should be on your agenda. Insincere ges-
tures of friendliness are likely to occur.
Catch up on any correspondence you've
neglected. Your lucky day this week will
be Tuesday.


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