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Franklin An-
toin reports:
Last week Divi Divi
Air, which has been
flying for about four
years between Cura-
qao and Bonaire,
added another air-
craft to their fleet.
They now fly four
planes of which
three are 10-seater
Britten-Norman Is-
landers, while the
other is an eight-
seat Cessna 402.
There are plans for
2006 which will be
announced in the
near future.
Divi typically
flies 16 flights be-
tween Bonaire and
Curaqao every day.
The new aircraft is
registered as PJ-
The new Divi-Dil
SEA. Thursday, Oc-Th n
on the
tober 6, the aircraft
flew to Bonaire
landing at 16:04 pm local time. The pilot
aboard this flight was Captain Reginald
Richie who together with his wife, Ger-
maine Richie, own the airline. Divi Divi
is known as the most reliable company
providing flights between Bonaire and

Turtle Update, Jenni Transmits 5
Minister Pechtold Visits the BNMP 5
Letter (Raves for Rayvah) 7
Who Owns the Big Yacht?
(Tatoosh) 8
Regatta World of Windsurfing 8
Klein Swim a Hit 10
Regatta Winners 11
Tight Regatta Racing 2005 12
Paradise Photo 10 Years 13
RE/MAX Anniversary Party 14
Announcing a birthday
(Elizabeth Silberie & Gina) 15
New Deep Wall Discovery 16
Perfect Holiday Solutions Opens 16
AMFO Payments Suspended 17
Quarterly Underwater Clean Up 17
Playa Cleanup Dive 17
Roozendaal Mural at Tipsy 22

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
AMFO/NGO Platform:
Tera Corra, Part 1 6
Vessel List & Tide Table 8
Classifieds 14
Picture Yourself
(DEMA, Las Vegas) 15
Reporter Masthead 18
Pet of the Week ("Elaine") 18
What's Happening 19
Shopping & Dining Guides 20
On the Island Since (Jeroen
Beumer and Justine Gongrijp) 21
Special Olympic Spotlight 22
(Johnny Helmund)
Roozendal's New Mural at Tipsy22
Sky Park
(Halloween, Mars, 7 Sisters) 23
The Stars Have It 23

vi airplane (top photo) First passengers
flight Photos/ Franklin Antoin

A Leeward Islands Airline, LIAT
Ltd., says they are now the Caribbean's
first low-cost carrier, mirroring the
concept of international low cost carriers
such as Ryanair and JetBlue which offer
passengers lower fares, more options
and easier booking. For example: A one-

way ticket from Barbados to Antigua
used to cost from $205 to $78. The new
fares, as of this week, will range from
$130 (highest fare) and $30 (lowest de-
pending on early booking). LIAT re-
ceives government subsidies as did

A A labor union leader in Curacao
informed the Curacao press that KLM
will soon abandon its Bonaire operation
in favor of Curacao because of the inef-
ficiencies and high cost of operation in
Bonaire. The statement is unfounded
and is simply inaccurate, said a
spokesman for air services in Bonaire.
Bonaire has, and continues to set, KLM
records for low cost, fast and efficient
operation in its worldwide system.
KLM switched major South American
connecting flights a few years ago from
Curacao and Aruba to Bonaire and has
been operating at near capacity with the
fastest turnaround time in the fleet.

A There have been numerous com-
plaints recently about BonairExpress
not providing meal and accommoda-
tion payments for its passengers who
miss their flights because of late arrival
to connecting airlines. The Reporter has
been advised that a regional carrier is
not obliged to do so unless the passen-
ger's ticket is specially coded, which is
not the case for most US-destination Bo-
nairExpress passengers.

A According to the 2006 budget of
the Dutch Defense Ministry the two
Fokker-60 military aircraft stationed
in Curacao will continue their recon-


naissance flights at least until 2007. Af-
ter that civilian air reconnaissance will
be employed by the Coast Guard.

A Last Tuesday, the Antillean Coast
Guard introduced new uniforms. The
uniforms are reportedly more appropri-
ate for the tasks that the service carries
out such as stopping drug traffic, illegal
immigration, illegal fishing and environ-
ment destruction. The uniforms will be
produced in the Netherlands Antilles.

A Last Friday, construction of the
Spanish-based Pinero Group's 1,918-
room Bahia Principe Clubs & Resorts at
(Continued on page 4)

Bonaire Reporter October 21 to October 28, 2005

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2005 The Bonaire Reporter
Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or
advertising in The Bonaire Reporter, phone (599) 717-8988, 786-
6518, fax 717-8988, E-mail to: Reporter@bonairenews.com The
Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo,
Editor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth.
Antilles. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com
Reporters: Franklin Antoin, Barbara Mason Bianculli, Elsmarie
Beukenboom, Susan Davis, Tonky Frans, Roger Haug, Jack Hork-
heimer, Maria Koeks-Sint Jago, Greta Kooistra, Mabel Nava, Dee
Scarr, Michael Thiessen, Roosje v.d. Hoek
Features Editor: Greta Kooistra Translations: Peggy Bakker,
Sue Ellen Felix
Production: Barbara Lockwood
Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa);
Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas Acevedo. Printed by: DeStad Druk-
kerij, Curacao

Bonaire Reporter- October 21 to October 28, 2005

Page 3

(Flotsam & Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
Pear Tree Bottom in St Ann in Jamaica
began. Upon completion it will be the
island's largest resort. The project is esti-
mated to cost some US$200 million. It
has more rooms than all of Bonaire's
resorts combined.

A According to published reports, as
of January 1st Curacao's St. Elisabeth
Hospital (Sehos) will no longer be in-
sured for liability. Insurer MediRisk,
with dozens of hospitals in The Nether-
lands included in its portfolio, considers
that the risk of a Sehos patient filing a
claim has become too great. Sehos is the
hospital most Bonaireans must go to for
serious medical treatment.

A Between October 26th and Novem-
ber 5th at various locations in the Car-
ibbean region, Caucasian people will
walk in replica yokes and chains as a
symbolic sign of penitence for the sins of
their forefathers in the Atlantic slave
trade. Africans and Africans of the Dias-
pora will accompany them. The Africans
are also ready to apologize for selling
their brothers and sisters to the European
traders. This action is also a means of
raising awareness of slavery and racism
in our own day and marks a beginning of
a pilgrimage toward healing, hope and
peace. The first events will take place in
Barbados and then teams will disperse to
important entry points for the French,
Dutch and Spanish slave trades in Mar-
tinique and Guadeloupe, Curaqao and
Cartagena, Colombia. The Expedition is
a series of reconciliation journeys, which
constitute a Christian response to the leg-
acy of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. For
more information: Contact Helge van der
Loo, (5999) 522-0032, Email:
helge @carib-online.net


wind reversal. The captain, American
Steve Schmit, who was sailing the boat
single-handedly, was not hurt. The yacht
was on the way to Bonaire for last week's
sailing Regatta. The 70-foot yacht was
pulled off the beach by the Antilles Coast
Guard cutter Jaguar and towed to Cura-

A Hurricane Wilma formed Monday
in the western Caribbean, tying the re-
cord for the most storms in an Atlantic
season and following a path that menaces
Central America and the US Gulf Coast
later this week. Wilma is the 21st named
storm of the season. Only one other At-
lantic season had more tropical storms
since record keeping began in 1851 -
there were 21 in 1933. The hurricane cen-
ter will turn to the Greek alphabet if
Wilma is used and another storm forms -
it would be called Alpha.

A Four people were arrested last
week during a house raid on Kaya
Shivaro. Police found marijuana, hashish
and cocaine, a scale and other materials
to make "bolitas," as well as dive
watches, a large sum of money and sev-
eral cell phones.

A Bonaire
,A4 rAr Automation,
nthe island's
reliable and competent computer ser-
vice company, just celebrated its first
birthday. It's been serving our island
with quality system administration and
network maintenance for businesses and
homes. Bonaire Automation offers qual-
ity name-brand computers and computer
parts as well as custom built units. They
are celebrating their anniversary by offer-
ing incredible deals on printers. See their
ad on page 22.

A The sailing yacht Hotel California A This Friday, October 21, is Antil-
Too, which holds the speed record for les Day, an official holiday. Ironically,
the Around Bonaire Race, was dam- Holland, the Central Government and
aged after being driven onto the beach at five Antilles islands will be in conference
Klein Curamao during an unexpected discussing the dissolution of the Nether-

lands Antilles on that day..
Antilles Minister of Constitutional Af-
fairs and Interior, Richard Gibson (from
St. Maarten), is optimistic that the July 1,
2007, deadline for a reorganization of the
Netherlands Antilles will be met. How-
ever, the minister seemed less optimistic
that when meetings are held between the
Antilleans and the Dutch later this week
the parties would be able to reach a so-
called headlines agreement
"The Dutch position feels like a
straitjacket," Gibson said. "They want
us to deal with matters such as debt and
the socio-economic situation first, before
dealing with constitutional change. I
think that is setting the bar too high."
Dutch Minister of Kingdom Relations
Alexander Pechtold said he is hopeful
that all parties will be able to come to a
headlines agreement when they meet in
Bonaire on Friday.

A While debating the budget of the
Department of Kingdom Affairs many
parliamentarians in the Dutch Second
Chamber insisted on a better protec-
tion for monuments in the Netherlands
Antilles, especially Bonaire. Recently
demolished monuments include Haus-
mann's Folly (Kas di Ma Didi), Kas di
Yen and the Brion Barracks. Unfortu-
nately, the Central Government 1989 Or-
dinance for Monument Care only applies
to Curaqao and St. Maarten.
Coincidently, next week will mark the
start of a new Reporter bi-monthly fea-
ture column, "Living Houses of Bon-
aire," by Wilna Groenboom. Wilna, an
artist, a photographer and an art teacher
at the SGB (high school), noticed that on
Bonaire there are some simple old build-
ings the unsung heroes of the unique
architecture of Bonaire with very attrac-
tive details. These antique buildings are
not ruins; they are still being lived in or
used in some way. Wilna will be captur-
ing them in her photography.
At the escalating rate that so many of our
old buildings and houses on Bonaire are
being torn down we felt some sort of
photographic record should be made of

these historical places and especially
their interesting details before it's too
A The handsome model in the Benet-
ton ad this week is Jomar Vlijt from
Jong Bonaire. He's shown by one of the
fascinating pillars at Harbourtown Re-
alty. The Benetton ad is on page 24.

A Don't miss the very spooky
Haunted House at Capt. Don's Habitat
this Saturday, October 22, Sunday, Oc-
tober 30 or Monday October 31
(Halloween). The creepy place is open
from 8 to 11 pm. All proceeds will go to
Special Olympics Bonaire. Entrance is
NAf10. Wonder how spooky it really is?
They are recommending that anyone un-
der 12 years old NOT enter! See the ad-
vertisement on page 22 for more informa-
tion. O G./L. D.

Bonaire Reporter October 21 to October 28, 2005

Page 4

Sea Turtle Update leJenniquippe Minister Pechtold Visits the Bonaire Marine Park

A female Hawksbill tur-
tle nesting on Klein
Bonaire's No Name Beach
was fitted with a satellite
transmitter last Thursday night
by a team from Sea Turtle
Conservation Bonaire (STCB)
and Stichting Nationale
Parken Bonaire (STINAPA).
She has been named "Jenni"
by her sponsors, Michael and
Jenni Stanfield.
Based on the pattern of
Hawksbill turtle nesting activ-
ity observed on Klein Bonaire
during the last few weeks,
STCB staff predicted the pos-
sible return of a turtle to the
beach last Wednesday or
Thursday night. A field team
consisting of Fernando Simal
(Manager, Washington-
Slagbaai National Park,
STINAPA), Patricia Gorrin Mab
(film crew), Gielmon
"Funchi" Egbreghts and Mabel Nava
(STCB), set out each night to monitor
No Name Beach. On Thursday, around
9:15 pm, "Jenni" was discovered on
the beach, digging a nest. As soon as
she began laying eggs she was meas-
ured (93.6 cm/36.85 in straight cara-
pace length) and tagged on her front
flippers. An hour later, after she fin-
ished her nesting activity, the approxi-
mately 130 kg/286 lb turtle was inter-

el and Funchi attach the transmitter

cepted by the team on her way towards
the sea and a transmitter applied to the
top of her carapace. At 12:30 am,
"Jenni" was released and she quickly
departed into the calm waters off
Klein Bonaire.
The pattern of nesting Hawksbills is
to lay about four to six nests per sea-
son with an interval of 14 to 16 days
in between nests. "Jenni" is expected
(Continued on page 8)

ast Sunday, Dutch Minister of
Kingdom Relations, Alexander
Pechtold, in Bonaire for meetings re-
garding constitutional status for the An-
tilles later this week, paid a special visit
to the Bonaire National Marine Park at
the invitation of the World Wildlife
Fund (WWF). In 1979 the WWF was
instrumental in establishing the Bonaire
Marine Park and over the years it has
given substantial support to the Park.
Carel Drijver of WWF, who accompa-
nied the Minister, explained that the

Bonaire Park is not only important to
Bonaire, but that its corals have special
significance to the planet.
During the Minister's visit, Imre Esser
of Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire
(STCB) explained about the STCB's in-
water sea turtle survey project and its
importance in understanding and pro-
tecting this endangered species.
Elsmarie Beukenboom of STINAPA
spoke to the Minister about the impor-
tance of the mangrove ecosystem of Lac
(Continued on page 8)

Bonaire Reporter- October 21 to October 28, 2005

STCB researcher, Gielmon "Funchi" Egbrechts, shows and tells
Minister Pechtold about Bonaire's sea turtles

Page 5

Bonaire's Sentro di

Tera Corra

Part 1


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4 4 ithfunding from
V V governmental
and non-governmental
groups, like the present-day
organizations ofFESBO
(foundation in support of
community centers), funded
by AMFO, as well as from
the community itself Tera
Corra has continued to
maintain its facilities and
develop programs for the
people. Thus, it has been
able tofulfill its purpose to
strive for educational, so-
cial, and cultural programs
to benefit the people of
Bario Tera Cora as well as
Bonaire. "
Edith Clarinda DePalm

In Tera Corra, the tama-
rind tree is the traditional
meeting place. Here are
Ubaldo Anthony and Rich-
ard Goeloe talking with us.

1950, Tera Corra southeast of Kralendijk, 55 years ago

"See that big tree in the middle of our village? It must be as tall as a church bell tower
and is 300 years old. It's our Tamarind tree. My name is Pieter and I will be able to climb it
before I'm 15 years old. It's kind of a traditional rule for boys here. Already I'm pretty
strong for my size and do a lot of work at our kunuku where my family grows our food -
maize, green beans, watermelon along with some goats. How much we have to eat de-
pends on whether we get enough rain. I go there to do my chores before I go to school, but
first my sisters and I get pails of water from the well at Pos Nobo. Sometimes it takes six
trips to the well to get all the water. The girls take their baths at home, but they make me
wash up from the bucket before our last trip home! The water from the well is also used to
wash clothes. When we have rain, that water is used for drinking and cooking. My mother
works very hard, I think, but she says it is nothing compared to the work of my great-great
grandparents, 100 years ago.

It was back then, on January 31, 1850, my mother says, that a government decree sent 45
families out of Rincon. Some of them, her great grandparents included, settled in an area
that is now our village of Tera Corra. There were no houses here. They had to build shel-
ters out of the few things that were available: mud and clay from the earth and wooden
sticks. There was no cement like we have today and the roof was a thatch made from the
maize leaves. They also had to work the ground and try to grow food to eat along with the
fish, conch and crayfish they sometimes caught in Lac Bay. This new land was close to
three wells Pos di Domingo, Pos Nobo (near the present day airport), Pos Wanapa (on the
way to Lac). Many of the men worked either growing aloe or harvesting the salt. We put
the aloe on our cuts or those of the animals. When I had a bad cough, my aunt made me
drink aloe syrup.

Our families gathered here by the Tamarind tree, the pal'i tamarein, to pray, share news,
visit and make music. My grandfather told me about the tambu and bari songs, which de-
scribed how the government was being bad. Sometimes this made the government angry
and they sent the police to beat them up. Some people had to run for their lives. But great-
grandma believed that God would never tolerate injustice and that someday we would all
receive what belongs to us. It was a difficult time for my relatives, and I'm proud of how
my family survived. I think it's because of their stories that I always take out history books
when I go to the library at our community center each week."

1850, The Early History of Tera Corra, 155 years ago

On August 1, 1850, a new village, called Mundo Nobo "the New World," was estab-
lished by a small group of families from Rincon. Others went to Antriol or Nikiboko.
These first families were: Coffie, de Palm, Domacasse, Emerenciana, Janga and Thomas.
In the beginning of the 20th century it was officially named Tera Corra, the Papiamento

A neighborhood rich in folklore and history,

built on the solid foundation and spirit of its

passionate ancestors

words for "red soil," and included the area that is now Belnem. That name had been used
informally since 1864, according to church records.

The first houses were built with their backs facing Rincon. This was a symbolic gesture
and an early sign of the defiant spirit of the people who wanted to turn their backs on the
bad memories of slavery life. These early settlers worked to produce aloe resin which was
exported for the manufacture of pharmaceutical products, collected the pods from the wa-
tapana, or divi-divi trees for their tannin which was used to process animal hides into
leather, and worked at the salt ponds. Other domestic work included collecting manure,
making charcoal and lime, raising pigs, goats, sheep and chickens and cutting wood for
cooking. There was no refrigeration, so meat and fish were preserved with salt. Meals were
cooked in big pots over wood fires. Charcoal was also used, but only for parties or other
special occasions. Life was difficult. Accidents and sickness took many lives.

1925, There were 75 houses in Tera Corra 80 years ago

Traditional family values were central in Tera Corra daily life. Everyone participated in
household chores including cooking for the family meals. Some typical foods prepared
were funchi (cornmeal) with tamarind soup, funchi with beans, banana, papaya, goat or
tripe stew, goat head and iguana soup, grilled salted fish, and conch. Many people liked
tamarind juice with brown sugar for breakfast.

Children were not expected to participate in the adult conversations. They were supposed
to go outside if company came to visit their parents. Girls couldn't go to parties unless ac-
companied by their mothers as chaperones. Parents always stayed with their children until
a party was over. Youth needed permission to go anywhere, and they might be disciplined
by other adults besides their parents. Children also had to do jobs for any neighbors who
didn't have their own children.

Children no longer had the job of carrying water when the government installed pipes to
pump water from the well to Kralendijk. Although the main pipe ran through Tera Corra,
no pipes gave water to Tera Corra. Instead, they purchased the water from a truck which
came through the neighborhood.

The community of Tera Corra played a key role in the WWII internment camp at what is
now Divi Flamingo Hotel by supplying some of the wood from Lac for the cooking fires as
well as doing the cooking for the 461 prisoners.

1968 The First Community Center, 37 years ago

The area near the Tamarind tree, a beautiful shade tree with wide spreading branches,
was the first community meeting place. Children climbed the tree and adults played domi-
noes and volleyball there. The tree produces pods that contain seeds and pulp which can be
made into a delicious syrup or jam, or they can be enjoyed right out of the pod, as the birds

Edith Clarinda DePalm, a member of the first board of the Sentro di Bario says; "We got
the idea for a community organization while on a picnic at Willemstoren. We planned
Christmas and New Year parties. In 1967-8 we started a board that planned the Sentro di
Bario. With the help of Commissioner Raymundo Saleh, we wrote our statutes and by-
laws. Julian Margaritha offered his house, which is near the Tamarind tree, for a commu-
nity center. That's where we held our celebrations. We were the first community center on

The neighborhood has always had an independent spirit, so in the beginning, it main-
tained the building and paid the bills without any government assistance. Some neighbors
went house to house to raise money to start repairs and cut some of the trees. Teachers at
the high school donated money to buy cement for the building and the community made
the brick stones.

In the renovated community center, courses were organized in sewing, and cooking.
Later, Janchi Janga and others from the community organized craft classes. Udo and Berni
Lusse were among the volunteers from Tera Corra who taught some of the classes working
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(Tera Corra, Continued from page 6)
with leather. It was in this commu-
nity center that the first commer-
cial tanning of leather was done
on Bonaire. The women were also
interested and they learned an-
other method of leather making.
Additional classes made crafts
using wood, seeds, black coral,
conch and tortoise shells. Like the
goat skins for leather, all the mate-
rials came from Bonaire, and they
were all legal then! The young- Sentro di bario entrance
sters sold these "souvenirs" in
Playa when the cruise ships came in as well as to other visitors. In this way, money was
earned for the community center. Bemi explains the far-reaching effects of the commu-
nity project, "Representatives from the United Nations came to see Tera Corra's suc-
cess!" They eventually sent experts in gold and silver jewelry work, ceramics, wood-
working, leaded glass work, and leather making to train more people. In this way Tera
Cora led the way to Bonairean art and industry!

"The Governor of Bonaire and Mr. Bakker from Holland visited our center," Edith
continues, "and liked what they saw. They proposed to build a new community center
for us and, to be fair, for the other barios. That's how we helped all the barios get cen-
ters!" 1 Story and photos by Barbara Mason Bianculli
Next Week Tera Corra today





Dear Bonaire

May I give just a
small report on
how good we feel
to have the Ray-
vah Institute here
in Rincon? We'd
like to tell every-
one how good it is
to have the oppor- Some
tunity for informa-
tion and education so close to home, like we now have in Rincon.
Before Rayvah officially opened in Rincon, some ladies and gentlemen
participated in the "Windows Introduction" course during the morning and
afternoon hours. Also the FKPD "visitors" (handicapped center members)
did the Introduction course, and both groups were very happy to receive
their certificates at the official opening of Rayvah in Rincon last month.
We are sure that in Rincon many more persons want to get out of their
homes to learn more about computing and whatever more.
Also for our school kids it is a blessing that they can come back home
earlier, take a shower or a nap, and then visit Rayvah to use the Internet or
to get information for their homework.
On Monday, October 3, another group finished the course, "Getting Ac-
quainted with Microsoft Excel." Our instructor was Mr. Wesley Chirino.
We all hope to move on to Level One of Microsoft Excel.
We are sure that we are moving forward, with everyone's help, and that
we are achieving our goals.
Maria Koeks Sint Jago

Bonaire Reporter- October 21 to October 28, 2005

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(Sea Turtle Report. Continued from page 5) V
to lay one or more nests before departing to her feeding
grounds. She will be the third turtle to be tracked from Bon-
aire during the 2005 nesting season. Earlier, the female Log- ...
gerhead "Happy" was tracked from her nesting beach at Klein ONv,.-
Bonaire to her feeding area in the Vieques Passage off Puerto
Rico, over 730 km away. Male Hawksbill "Albert" is still currently around
Klein Bonaire and we expect him to leave soon.
As this year's turtle nesting season comes to an end, STCB will try to find
one more nesting turtle to track. If you are interested in sponsoring a turtle for
next year's tracking program please contact Mabel Nava (599-717-2225, 780-
0433, stcb bonaireturtles.org) for details. STCB exists to ensure the protec-
tion and recovery of Bonaire's sea turtle populations throughout their range.
Founded in 1992, the STCB is a Bonaire-based, non-governmental and non-
profit organization, part of the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Net-
work. O Story & Photo by Mabel Nava-STCB

(Pechtol Visits BMP. Continued from page 5)
Bay and its relationship to the coral reef. During a stop at Klein Bonaire, Kalli de
Meyer of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance detailed the significance and the
function of coral reefs.
After snorkeling along with Bonaire Lt. Governor Herbert Domacass6 and the
Park staff at Klein Bonaire, Minister Pechtold said he enjoyed the water very much
and was very impressed how clear it was. O Elsmarie Beukenboom

Who Owns That Big White Yacht?

The stunning 330-foot white yacht that arrived on the last day of Regatta and is
tied up at the North Pier this week is M/V Tatoosh, owned by Microsoft's Paul
Allen. The yacht, built in 2000 in Germany, carries a 30-person crew, as many as two
helicopters, a swimming pool, a spa, a private movie theater, six other surface boats
(including a separate 54-foot racing yacht and two Hobie catamarans) and a subma-
Allen bought the Tatoosh in 2000 when it was America's second largest privately
owned yacht. Three years later, he added the 413-foot-long Octopus (aptly named for
a Microsoft man), enabling him to leapfrog the founder of Victoria's Secret to own

the largest yacht
in the world.
Forbes magazine
in October 2004
dubbed Allen the
third richest
American, after
Bill Gates and
Warren Buffett,
estimating Allen's
personal fortune at
$20 billion. OL.D.

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides

10-21 1:24 0.7FT. 15:40
10-22 2:07 0.7FT. 16:30
10-23 2:42 0.7FT. 17:26
10-24 3:15 0.7FT. 18:11
10-25 3:41 0.8FT. 19:00
10-26 3:59 0.9FT. 19:43
10-27 4:09 0.9FT. 11:25
10-28 4:10 1.0FT. 10:57

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KtI AI IA WUKLU Story&Photosby Tonky
F WIN SFraGn, Bonaire's Champion
OF WINDSURFINGFreestyle Windsurfer

Jurgen Saragoza and Farley Cleofa

T he Regatta competitions started
on Monday, October 10th. Like
forecast there was not much wind that
day. Light wind is ideal especially for
the Big Kids windsurfers (Archuendro
Finies, Bjorn Saragoza and Hendrik
Balentien) who have lightweight
boards. It was obvious that not only the
Big Kids windsurfers but also the Wind-

surfer Juniors, particularly Payo Soliano,
Choko Frans and Kiri Thode, would do
very well on Monday. For these lighter
youngsters it is relatively easy to pump
up the wind with their bodies in order to
get the board sliding on the water. On
day one it was Choco who won the first
place in the Windsurfer Juniors. For the
"elder" windsurfers it is a drama when
(Continued on page 9)


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Flying Cloud, USA
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Jan Gerardus
Key Lara
Luna C. USA
La Baronne
Live Your Dream

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Santa Maria
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Bonaire Reporter October 21 to October 28, 2005


Page 8

(Regatta's Windsurf-
ing. Continuedfrom
page 8)

there is no wind
because even if
you try to pump
up the wind with
your body, your
board will barely
move. But
Ethienne Soliano
knew to sail
faster than the
rest in order to
win the leading
position that day.

On the second
day of competi-
tion it seemed as
if the wind con-
ditions would be Payo Soleano
the same. The
first start of the
day also began under these poor condi-
tions. But on the second start we were
surprised by a rush of wind and all com-
petitors were sailing as if their lives de-
pended on it. Ronald Mayer: "I had a
very good start but I made the mistake of
sailing too far before making myfirst
tack. This definitely has had its influence
on my position on this day. My sail was
big enough for this light wind condition
but I think that my board was too big
which gave me a hard time making it to
the inflatable marks!"
Ethienne Soliano kept his leading posi-
tion in the Formula category. Ethienne:
"I had a very good start right off but
during the race I discovered that my sail
was not well adjusted. To add to this, I
started to feel my left shoulder aching.
Last month I had an injury andl was told
by my doctor that I am not supposed to
be sailing or racing for a while. Never-
theless, I will do my utmost best to sail
till the end! The wind has been light so
far, but this is in my favor since I am very
light and I am used to these conditions. I
feel great being in the lead but it's not
the end yet and lots of things could still
happen. In the Big Kids category it was
Archuendro Finies again who stole the
show this day, while in the Junior Wind-
surfers it was Choko's day again.

While Wednesday was a day off for the
Formula competitors, it was THE big day
for the kids competing in the several
categories at Sorobon during the Free-
style event. I coordinated this event with
the help of several people and my brother
Taty. The judges for this event were
Ronald Mayer, Choko Frans and Taty
Frans. The scoring official did a good job
keeping the score very efficiently so that
we could have the results as soon as pos-
sible at the end.
The Baby class was a lot of fun to see:
the kids had to race on a course of about
50 meters starting in the middle of the
water at Sorobon beach and ending just
in front of the King of the Caribbean
judging tower. The kids were racing in
very light wind conditions with their
coaches running right behind them just in
case anything might happen. It was a
great sight! It was a pity that there were

gives instructions to his sister

not many spectators at the beach to en-
courage these kids. Hopefully, next year
more people will attend the event.
For the category of Baby kids, all par-
ticipants were declared winners and they
all won a first prize. Both groups of rac-
ers for the Windsurf Super kids and the
Windsurf New Boys had three racing
courses to complete at the Sorobon
Beach. Initially the idea was for them to
do Freestyle also, but we ran out of time,
and on top of that there was practically
no wind. For these two categories the rac-
ing course was adjusted and they had a
longer trajectory to complete. The com-
petitors showed great skills and promis-
ing talent during their performances.
Amado Vrieswijk won the first prize for
Regatta 2005 Windsurf Super kids after a
great battle with Charles Martijn, Dylan
Robles and Jurgen Saragoza. In Regatta
2005 Windsurf New Boys it was David
Lee Winklaar who won the battle from
Ezri Heijmans and Farley Cleofa.

On Thursday the races for the older rac-
ers continued. It was the day where each
participant could make a difference in
his/her position for the end results. On
Thursday, too, the wind was very light.
When I asked the question, what would
they do to try to move faster, they all had
the same answer: pump to get more wind.
When pumping with your body to get
more wind you will gain more speed un-
der normal circumstances. On the first
start of the day the wind was so light that
the competitors were not even moving on
the water. Some of the riders were pad-
dling with their feet. This paddling re-
sulted in a big discussion after the finish!
Participants were also protesting against
this action. In the end the scoring offi-
cials decided that paddling was not per-
mitted, and the participants who were
guilty of this act were disqualified. On
Thursday, I stole Ethienne's leading posi-
tion in Formula while in the Big Kids
windsurfers Archuendro maintained his
first position and in the Junior Windsurf-
ers Kiri Thode took away the leading po-
sition from Choko Frans.

Friday was the decisive day with a very

good start in the morning. Wind was co-
operating very well and windsurfers were
enjoying the last Regatta race day. The
second start was less successful though
because the wind died. All the competi-
tors were floating on their boards around
Klein Bonaire while making great efforts
to get back to Bonaire. Again, light-
weight participants were privileged. Kiri:
"This was my weather. I always get good
results in light wind. For the people who
know Kiri, it is no wonder that he was
one of the first to get back on land and
win the first prize of Regatta 2005 for
category Windsurf Junior, followed by
Choko Frans in second place and Payo
Soliano in the third place. In Regatta
2005 windsurfing Formula Class it was
Taty who took first after winning both
races on the last day. The second place
was for me while Ethienne Soliano ended
in the third place. In the Regatta 2005
Big Kids it was of course Archuendro
Finies who won first place (he won every
day), followed by Hendrick Balentien in
second place and in third place Bjorn
Saragoza. And just like this Regatta 2005
came to its end.
Especially on the last day there were
many spectators and the Regatta spirit
was vividly present on the boulevard and
in front of the Kas di Regatta. There was
also a big crowd of spectators during the
prize giving Friday night. I think that
Bonaire can look back to a great Regatta
2005 when it comes to the competitions.
Compliments for the organization!

Tonky photographing winners at
Regatta awards.

Bonaire Reporter- October 21 to October 28, 2005

Winner Amado Vrieswijk and his sister, Chanel

Page 9

Klein Bonaire Swim A Hit!

th Asa

: 1.was second.

The hard rke The Simal-Navafamil relaxing before th sim.

The guys prepare.
Peter Zweers (right)
last Sunday waswas thefirstton outstandiinish
success with 308 participants o(withoutfins) and
SFrank Bohm (rear)
was second.
The hard woungest of which was two!
thronged the Klein sg thim

Swim sponsored by Jpostpong Bonaire
last Sunday was an outstanding
success with 308 participants of all
ages, the youngest of which was two and
Numerous others, families and friends,
thronged the beach cheering theach
swimmers. After being postponed for a
week due to thunder and lightning last
Sunday, this event had absolutely
perfect weatherall possible: Bon Fysiotherapie.
The two who swam the fastest to and
from Klein Bonaire were Ethiene
Solian, Croca23 minutes, who swam with
fins, and Pietee Zweers, who swaPA
without fins, in 26 minutes. The
Special thanks go to Bongo's Beach
and the rest of the sponsors who made
it all possible: Bon Fysiotherapie,
Harbourtown Real Estate, More for
Less, Crocantino Restaurant, De
Freewieler, CURO with STINAPA,
EHBO, and all the volunteers. The
Director and staff of Jong Bonaire I .. ....
encourage everyone to begin training Chaz and her mom, Simone, Mary, Connie, Franeey and Malin, all dive instructors, swam well andfast
for the Sixth Annual Swim in October made the swim together.
2006! []Press Release/L.D.

Bonaire Reporter October 21 to October 28, 2005

Page 10

)verall Regatta Winners



The sailing Solianos took 1,2,3 in Class C Fish-
ing Boats- Papichi, Jopie and Giovanie holding

Sunfish winners 1" Place winner, newlywed Sipke Stapert
Oswin Margaritha took first in (2"d from right), holds up his new wedding ring from bride
Class B Fishing Boats Dianir Rivas-Torres

Ruben van Eldik
Arnd Chirino
Boy Ottens Bon

Nanouk de Jong
Robin Jansen
Desiree Baaleman

Louis Hendrikx
Deion Van Rooijen
Eugene Hendrickx

Franzl Domacass6/Robbyell Bernabella Bon
Nicolas Maciel/Emanuel Martina Bon
Bryan Bart/Jamal Trinidad Bon


Kevin Dijkhoff


Vianco Serberie Bon
Tirza van der Straaten











Rene Brandt
Tijn Siebels Cur
Sipke Stapert

Mitchell de Palm
Julia Martinus
Alexson Bloem
Yannick Finies
Anais Pauletta
Arantsa Boezem

2 Mallory de Palm
1 Chanel Vrieswijk

Ezri Heymans Bon
Farley Cleofa Cur
Rodderick Boekhoudt Bon

Dylan Robles
JOrgen Saragoza
Amado Vrieswijk

2 Samantha Diaz
1 Andreina Figaroa

Clifton Piar Bon
Raimyson Ellis
Linomar Isebia

Bj6rn Saragoza Bon
Hendrick Belentien Bon
Archuendro Finies Bon

Arthuro Soliano Bon
Demenson "Kiri" Thode
Evertson "Choco" Frans

2 Augusto Montbuun Bon
1 Chris Marinus Bon








VISSERBOTEN B (Fishing Boats)l

VISSERBOTEN A (Fishing Boats)l









3 David-Lee Winklaar Bon
2 Amado Vrieswijk Bon
1 JOrgen Saragoza Bon

Mallory de Palm
Anais Pauletta
Arantsa Boezem

Archuendro Finies
Harvey Piar Bon
Bj6rn Saragoza

2 Samantha Diaz
1 Andreina Figaroa

Demenson "Kiri" Thode
Evertson "Choco" Frans

Ethienne Soliano
Everon "Tonky" Frans
Elton "Taty" Frans

Morgen Ster Giovanie Soliano
Aranza Jopie Soliano
Unico Karel "Papichi"Soliano

Barabas Oswin Margaritha

Laurita George DeSalvo




CHAMBA II Jan Ackermans

3 AESON Piet Postma NED
2 CRUZAN CAT Anthony Hagedoorn
1 SYNERGY Lea de Haas



3 MARVIN Chris Hellburg CUR
2 VENUS CALLIPYGE Hans van Straaten CUR

3 LA DOLCE VITA Arrien Lekkerkerker
2 DEMARAGE Henri Hernandez
1 CHAMBA II Jan Ackermans

3 MASCALZONE Mauricio Constanzo
2 VOLARE Thomas Pollehne
1 RBTT Karel van Haren

RBTT- Karel van Haren




1 Pieter Zweers

Bonaire Reporter- October 21 to October 28, 2005






Page 11

Tight Racing

At 6 am on Monday morning, the
first day of the Bonaire Regatta,
a fierce storm hit Bonaire; the sea was
rough, waves crashed on the shore. An
hour and a half later, at the start of the
Around the Island and Lac Bay Race,
conditions changed to almost no wind.
The yachts' start was quite sedate and
the finish unprecedented.
The Regatta officially started the previ-
ous evening at with the traditional Cap-
tain's Meeting followed by the colorful
All Nations Parade.
A total of 27 yachts, divided into four
categories, sailed across the starting line.
Among them past competitors like RBTT
of Karel van Haren, last year's overall
winner, Jan Ackermans' Chamba II,
plus Volare, Papyro, Windhush II, Mel-
ody and Venus Callipyge. Cruzancat,
from Aruba was a first time entry.
A sole Catamaran, sailed by Bonaire's
Pieter Zweers, two Lasers, 20 Sunfish
and 14 Optimists made up the small boat
contingent. Plus, since this is the Carib-
bean's windsurfing capital, a host of
windsurfers participated. For a report on
the hotly contested windsurfer classes
check out Tonky Frans' story on page 8 .
"This is a first in the history of the Bon-
aire Regatta,"' said race official Ivo van
Doom about the after-dark finish of the
50.3-mile-long Around the Island Race.
During the day Aruban Captain Anthony
Hagedoom called in to say that he was
"being overtaken by a jellyfish!" Eleven

in the 2005 Regatta Weird Winds ChallengedRacers
in the 2005 Bonaire Regatta

Yachts set their spinnakersfor a downwind run

early-morning rain shower accompanied
by heavy thunder and lightning woke
everyone up to another day without much
wind. The Optimists, Lasers and Sun-
fishes sailed a shortened course, but the
yachts sailed the full route. Last in, a lit-
tle before 6.30 pm, was the Sirena Vfrom
Venezuela. The racer RBTT and the J-24
Chamba II did not give each other much
leeway and finished close together in first
and second place.
On the Wednesday lay day for the
yachts and small boats, microboat racing
drew the crowds to the waterfront. Bon-
aire's microboat racing is an ABC island
affair, with 19 Aruban boats locking
horns with 46 Curaqaoans, 44 Bonaireans
and 3 surprise Dutchmen. This year ra-
dio-controlled microboats tried their luck
but were frustrated by a lack of wind.
Unhappily the south wind discouraged
the racers; only one microboat reached
the finish line during Wednesday's first
heat. After the finish line was moved,
things changed and the fun started. Lots
of shouting, local music and ambiente
total surrounded this first day of micro-
boat racing.
Thursday was also the first day of racing
for the Fishing Boats. Five wooden beau-
ties crossed the starting line. Captain
George De Salvo with his Laurita came
in first both times.
The small boats and yachts were able to
sail normally, as the winds were variable
and light, but at least they held. The mi-
croboats had some difficulties once
again, with a shifting wind that caused
the organizers to reposition the finish line

Tight starting line action high- Tn"
lighted the starts on the Re-
gatta's last day. Sizzling starts, really
close to the starting boat, made these
races most interesting. One would think
that the captains of these gorgeous, ex-
pensive yachts would sail very cautiously
across the line, but no, they sailed past
with just inches to spare. The yachts
sailed a course which took them to
Wecua at the furthest point of the island
and rounded the Salt Pier buoy before
heading back to Kralendijk and finishing
before the wind died.

Continued on pg 13

e traditionalfishing sailboats all in a line

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Bonaire Reporter October 21 to October 28, 2005

Page 12

All Optimist sailors seem to be adorable youngsters

(Regatta Winds. Continued from page 12)
The Laurita and Barabas fought for the
lead in the Fishing Boat class. Toward
the end of their race the inshore breeze
failed for a time, stranding all the boats
out on the course. But after a few anxious
moments a zephyr came up and allowed a
sure finish.
The awards for all classes were pre-
sented at Regatta House that evening.

While the Regatta didn't provide the
heart-stopping action of past years, the
races tested the skills of the participants
and the smooth organization of the events
and entertainment caused most people to
pronounce the 2005 Regatta, the 38t an
unqualified success. O
Regatta Website/G.D.


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Desire and Margo at the super state-of-the-art digital photo processing machine

ongratulations to Paradise Photo on their 10" year anniversary of bringing
quality photo finishing to the island! Desire Philips and Margo Sterkens
would like to thank all those who've been their local customers all these years.
For nearly a year now Paradise Photo has been processing digital photos from
CDs, memory cards and sticks. All the work is custom, not just run through a ma-
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CDs and are specialists at processing slides, especially those from underwater. The
shop also has a lot of photography-related items: albums, frames, stationery, post
cards, and greeting cards. And they do passport photos too. Stop in and say
"Happy 10-year Birthday" to these friendly people who are doing such a fine job.
D L.D.

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Page 13

REIMAX Anniversary Party Celebration

Greeting the guests at the anniversary party, some of the RE/MAX staff: Elia-
Rosa, Bob, Zwanet and Donna, flanked by bartenders Martin and Stephan

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Page 15

New Deep Wall Discovered

A new deep wall has been discov-
ered by Roger Haug of Divi
Dive Bonaire while training technical
divers. The training dives were all per-
formed on a Tri-Mix of gasses (helium,
oxygen, nitrogen mixture) rather than
the normal compressed air. The mix al-
lows deeper depth exploration without
getting nitrogen narcosis. Haug and his
students explored four sites on Klein
Bonaire at a depth range to 200 Ft (60
meters) and a bottom time of 25 minutes
each dive. Each dive had a follow up of
staged decompression stops performed The really deep water is just
on NITROX mixes.ehind the diver
Just off Klein Bonaire, while cruising
south at a depth of 190 feet, they spotted
a huge eagle ray cruising at an estimated depth of 140 feet. Its silhouette was pro-
jected down to them by the sunlight exposure from the surface. What a great view.
Looking down they could see a huge vertical wall dropping down from 200 feet
into the blue abyss. With a "Donald Duck voice" caused by the helium Roger
spoke into his regulator to his students. They clearly understood, "Awesome."
They agreed with smiles and all mentally planned more dives there.

At the beginning of the wall the deep-water color was light blue and the sand bot-
tom was visible at an estimated 300 feet. But further down the deep-water color
was dark steel blue. They could only guess about the depth, but the fact remains
that it is a straight-down wall.
The next dive is planned to go to 280 feet for 20 minutes bottom time. Anyone
certified for this range is welcome to join Roger on the next adventure. If you
would like to join, contact him at stingerdiving @yahoo.com. O Photo and story by
Roger Haug

Roger warns:
"No one should attempt these kinds of dives without proper
training and gear. Doing so without these will be FATAL."

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Page 16

AMFO Payments

From Holland Suspended

Dutch Development Aid payments
to AMFO (Antilliaanse Medefi-
nancieringsorganisatie the Antillean
Co-Financing Organization) have been
suspended pending further investigation.
Administration and financial activities
require further examination, said a
Dutch spokesman. However, NAf2,4
million is still available for NGO pro-
jects for the rest of this year.

AMFO has provided money to deserv-
ing non-governmental organizations
(NGOs) through NGO platforms since
2004. Previously it was done through
Central Government channels and only a
trickle reached islands other than Cura-
gao. Its objective was to spend available
resources more effectively and effi-
In 2004 The Netherlands transferred
NAf20 million to AMFO. The payments
were subject to controls, conditions and
reviews by accountants. Last month the
financial reviews of AMFO and the
NGO-Platforms for 2004 were evaluated
in Holland. "These are somewhat worri-
some. It was ascertained
that funds were not spent in A N i
a justified and appropriate IV
manner," Minister Alex
Pechtold wrote in reply to
questions from members of
the Dutch Second Chamber.
"Until such time as AMFO
can demonstrate that they have their ad-
ministrative and internal organization in
order, The Netherlands will not transfer
any more funds to AMFO."

The AMFO suspension may have been
initiated by an incident in St. Eustatius,
where the former treasurer of the Statia
NGO Platform put AMFO funds in her
personal account. AMFO Director,
Werner Wiels, told reporters the woman
had held the NAf8.000 for three
months. When AMFO learned what had
happened it took measures to remove the
woman and have her sign a debt ac-
knowledgement. She has started repay-
ing the money. AMFO also took the
case to court.
In a press release, AMFO says it's
aware of the VNW examiner's analysis
of 2004 transactions. "AMFO had
reached the same conclusions (as the
Dutch Examiners) at an earlier stage,
which led the organization to implement
various changes and improvements in
2005. AMFO also agrees to further pro-
fessionalize these young organizations
and shall intensify the measures already
taken to meet all requirements.

AMFO Director Werner Wiels

Now that it has become clear that one
of the donors has reached the same con-
clusions, this in fact strengthens AMFO
in its conviction that it is on the right
track, but also needs to help develop a
strong and professional NGO sector,"
the release goes on to say.
The VNW examiners said that the
Netherlands had stopped pay-
Sment of the funds for the third
and fourth quarter of 2005. "In
the meantime, both AMFO
and the NGO Platforms have
o to improve their administration
Sand internal control before the
end of this year; if necessary,
with the assistance of the Netherlands."
AMFO, as the funding agency for most
Antillean NGO projects, emphasizes that
this is a temporary measure. Payments to
NGOs that have already received ap-
proval of their financing requests are at
no risk at all, and funding will take place
according to the plan. AMFO and the
NGO Platforms on all Antillean islands
are new and learning organizations.
AMFO has been operational for only
approximately 18 months.

For Bonaire, which is acknowledged
as having the most organized and pro-
fessional NGO Platform and NGOs,
AMFO's distribution of funds has
meant the difference between poverty
and humane survival for many peo-
ple, provided opportunities for youth
that make the difference between
criminality and good citizenship,
made the lives of the elderly more ful-
filling and bettered the lives of count-
less Bonaireans. After all, what devel-
opment assistance is all about is the
"haves" helping the "have nots."

n enthusiastic group of 20 divers plus shore support met on Saturday, Septem-
ber 17 to assist with the quarterly underwater cleanup held in conjunction with
International World Clean Up Day.
After a comprehensive briefing, which included information on what trash to bring
up, as well as information on how to avoid harming the reef or other marine animals,
the group prepared their gear and headed off to clean an area south of the Yellow Sub-
marine Kralendijk location.
The group then was divided into two main working groups. One half began on each
perimeter of the clean-up area, and then worked their way inward, to meet in the mid-
dle. The area of the cleanup was from the shoreline to approximately 40 feet/13 me-
Shore personnel made up of Yellow Submarine crew stayed on shore to assist with
receiving, sorting, and counting the trash. While doing this, they ensure that no marine
animals are inadvertently caught and brought to the surface. Any marine animals, no
matter how tiny, are immediately returned to salt water and carefully replaced in the
During this cleanup, the following trash was collected and removed for proper dis-
posal: 17 bottles, 5, caps or lids, 35 pieces of fishing line, 15 pieces of fishing net, 13
pieces of rope, 51 pieces of foam plastic, 115 pieces of glass, 15 pieces of rubber, in-
cluding one automobile tire, 54 pieces of metal, 23 pieces of paper, 9 pieces of wood,
and 19 pieces of cloth.
The Clean Up was declared a success at the Pot Luck BBQ which followed that eve-
ning at the Yellow Submarine. The BBQ was sponsored by Yellow Submarine and
NetTech, and clean up participants feasted upon chicken and ribs, along with side sal-
ads and other accompaniments provided by participants.
The next quarterly underwater cleanup will be conducted on Saturday, January 14,
2006--all are welcome, divers and non-divers alike. Meet at Yellow Submarine at 1
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Pet of the Week
This lovely calico cat is "Elaine."
She's just over seven months and
is very gentle. She was adopted from the
Bonaire Animal Shelter, but it turned out
the people were not able to keep her and
had to return Elaine to the Shelter. But Elaine"
during the time she spent with the people,
Elaine was very well looked after, and she is still a very mellow soul. As are all the
other pets up for adoption at the Shetler, Elaine is in excellent health, has had her
shots and is sterilized. You may see Elaine at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open
Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989.
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out at the Animal Shelter booth at
Wilhelmina Park during Regatta. It was a rousing success!
Thanks also go to good Samaritans: a couple from Holland who donated dog toys
and brushes to the Shelter and an American lady who spent every morning for a
week of her vaction helping out at the Shelter.

Attention dog owners: Since the rains it's tick season once again. Please
be diligent in checking to see whether your dogs have picked up any because in
worse case scenarios the ticks carry disease. There are a number of remedies.
Check with your vet (the Shelter uses Frontline). DL.D.

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Late Show
Callto make sure (Usually 9pm)
The Skeleton Key
(Kate Hudson)
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
Transporter 2
(Jason Statham)

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAfl4 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAf12
Sky High

Friday, October 21- Holiday Antil-
les Day
Market & cultural activities all
day long, Nikiboko Centro di Bario
Washington Park CLOSED
Governmental Summit meeting
with Dutch Minister of Antillean Af-
fairs, Alexander Pechtold, in Bonaire

Saturday, October 22, Sunday, October
30, Monday, October 31 Halloween
Haunted House at Capt. Don's Habi-
tat, 8 to 11 pm, NAf10. All proceeds
go to Special Olympics Bonaire. Not
recommended for children under 12!

Until October 24- Art Exhibit by
Sipke Stapert and Dianir Rivas Tor-
res at Cinnamon Art Gallery.

Saturday, October 29- Art Exhibit
Opening Edith Foks-Ferrageau de
Saint Amand at the Cinnamon Gal-
lery, 7 to 9 pm. Exhibit until Novem-
ber 30
Saturday, November 5-Rincon Mar-
sh---Big Monthly Version outdoor
market in Rincon, the soul of Bonaire.
Criollo food, drinks, gifts, music, fruits
& vegetables, plants, candles. Friendli-
est people. Opens at 6 am until 2 pm.
November 24-26- Bonaire Investment
Saturday & Sunday, November 26, 27-


Long Distance Walk-29/44 km &
29/41 km. Comcabon 717-8629, 780-

Saturday Rincon Marsh6 opens at 6
am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast
while you shop: fresh fruits and vegeta-
bles, gifts, local sweets and snacks, arts
and handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks
and music. www.infobonaire.com/
Saturday-Mountain Bike Ride-
Everyone is welcome, no matter what
your skill level. It's free. Just bring a
bike and your own water. Fitness trainer
Miguel Angel Brito leads the pack.
Telephone him at 785-0767 for more
Saturday -Wine Tasting at AWC's
warehouse, 6 to 8 pm, Kaya Industria
#23. Wine NAf2,50 a glass.
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while
enjoying a great dinner in colorful tropi-
cal ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Res-
taurant & Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm.
Live Fla-Bingo-great prizes, 7 pm, Divi
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon,
the heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-
Call Maria 717-6435
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.
Every Tuesday Night @ 6:30pm Bo-
naireTalker Dinner/Gathering at Gibi's,
known for great local food. Call Gibi at
567-0655 for details, or visit www.
BonaireTalk.com, and search for
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday- 5-7 pm Social Event at
JanArt Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7. Meet
artist Janice Huckaby and Larry of
Larry's Wildside Diving. New original
paintings of Bonaire and diver stories of
the East Coast every week
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is
open daily for hot slot machines, rou-
lette and black jack, Monday to Satur-
day 8 pm- 4 am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NAfl2 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.

Saturday- Discover Our Diversity

Slides pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-
media dual-projector production by Al-
bert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Con-
servation Slide Show by Andy Uhr.
Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm
Wednesday -Buddy Dive Cocktail
Video Show by Martin Cecilia pool
bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080

Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246
or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Vala-
rie Stimpson at 785-3451 or Val-
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to
help staff gallery during the day. 717-
Bonaire National Marine Park- 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
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 Roosje
717-4685, 566-4685

AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm
at the Union Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank. All levels
invited. NAf5 entry fee. Call Cathy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at
5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire or formerly known as
Bonaire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO
building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from
7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome.
Contact: Renata Domacasse 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 are welcome.

Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday,
12 noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate
House', above Restaurant Zeezicht.
All Rotarians are welcome. Tel. 717-

Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit typical homes from
the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060/
Visit the Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d.
Ree, behind the Catholic Church in town.
Open weekdays 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 holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and danc-
ing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai.
Dance to the music of Bonaire's popular

New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays,
9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bonaire -
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papia-
mentu, Dutch and English on Sundays
at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting
and Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonk-
man. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papia-
mentu, 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 An-
triol, 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 pm. 717-2194

Send events to The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 786-6518

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City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances. Fast
service and in-store financing too.
Cinnamon Art Gallery non-profit gallery for local
artists has continuous shows. Each month a new artist
is featured. Stop by. Free entry.
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.
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped
concrete pavement.
Bonaire Automation B.V. fills all your computer
needs: hardware, software, supplies, service, repair
and more.
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.
Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow
Submarine) -low prices on the seaside at Kral-
endijk, at Caribbean Club, Caribbean Court and the
Hamlet Oasis. Join their cleanup dives and BBQ.
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintain-
ing the highest professional standards. In town at
City Caf6 and at Eden Beach.
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.
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
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, DVD rentals, restaurant and
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Nature Exploration
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking,
hiking, biking, caving, rapeling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or 717-4555 E-mail:
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and
services Now-full digital services.
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: International/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. 717-2345
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.

Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
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-
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent.
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European
brand products. THE market for provisioning.
Lower the cost of vacationing in Bonaire. Visit Per-
fect Holiday Solutions to discover how you can get
discounts and more. Free gift for learning how.
Bonaire Oceanfront villa for up to nine people: five
kitchens, five bathrooms. Ideal for divers.
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup.
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.
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desirde and
Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body.
Private lessons too.
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 786-6518

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Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Magnificent Theme Nights: Saturday: Beach Grill; Monday: Caribbean
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

Brasserie Bonaire Low- Moderate Lunch and Dinner Lots of parking in big mall lot
Royal Palm Galleries Open 11 am -2:30 pm 5:30-9 pm Kitchen Open 11 am-2:30 pm, Dinner 5:30-9 pm
Kaya Grandi 26, Next to Re/Max, 717-4321 Closed Saturday and Sunday Breezy terrace with airco inside-Also serving big sandwiches at dinner

Calabas Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
At thii Chii Resaurant and Bar Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At e D Flamino 17-8285eac Resort. Waterfront Open 7 days vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.

Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Bonaire's Most Romantic Restaurant where dining is a delight! Tuscan
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 717-5025 Dinner chef prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients. Be served in a gar-
Closed Monday den settmg under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take out
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof. Cuban cuisine.
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Champagne brunch on Sundays 10 am to noon.
717-7488 Open 7 days Happy hours 5 to 7 every day.
The Last Bite Bakery Orders taken 8 am-4 pm Deliveries 6-7:30 Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home
Home Delivery or Take Out pm, Close Sunday or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from
717-3293 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 until 6 pm owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
Call 717-8003. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays and his wife.

OnPasa n Pizzat owModerate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate gredients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
Smile north of town center. 790-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday gredien aad esse at in or take Ni bar too.

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"W hen I met Jeroen in Hol-
VV land, it was two days after
I'd heard that I'd gotten the job as an
assistant public prosecutor on Bonaire.
In spite of the fact that I was leaving in
three months we fell madly in love. We
didn't know what to do about it so we
decided to play it by ear. The three
months became four, then five, then six.
Every month was like a beautiful gift,
but after nine months the time was up
and I had to go.
By then it was very serious between
us and we cried our hearts out at the
airport. I arrived in Bonaire July 2003.
Jeroen was supposed to come six
months later. However, after six weeks
he came for two weeks and he broke up
with me."
"When Justine had gone," Jeroen
says, "it caused such emptiness and it
made me realize, what am I going to do
on Bonaire? We'd only known each
other for nine months. I had a very
good job as a consultant in health care,
and when I met Justine I had everything
to be happy for: a good job, a nice
house, great friends and a loving fam-
ily. Was I supposed to leave all this be-
hind and go to Bonaire to be with her?
And another reason was that I didn't
want to mess up this opportunity for
"From the moment I arrived here I
was waiting for Jeroen," Justine says.
"I was working, but I didn't see a lot of
people and I hardly knew anybody here,
so when he came and broke it off, I
wanted to go back to Holland. I was
about to leave, but luckily around that
time I found a wonderful roommate,
Veronique! Together we explored the
whole island and its people, and from
that moment on I really began to like it
here and started enjoying all aspects of
But...Jeroen and I were calling each
other at least three times a week as we
were still very fond of each other. In
December I went for vacation to Hol-
land and we met again."
"Justine was becoming more and
more positive about Bonaire," Jeroen
says, "so I started thinking about my
future and decided to go for a month.
April 2nd, 2004 I arrived at Flamingo
Airport and... when I saw her, when we
held each other, it was incredible... like
we were 10 feet high. We were radiat-
ing! And so I exchanged my secure life
without Justine for an uncertain future
with her. I gave up my job, rented my
house out and gave a party, and on July
18th 2004 I came to live on Bonaire.
I worked for a while for Elvis at Tjin
N.V. but then I realized, I am on a

tropical island and I want my feet in the
sand! I felt depressed, but Justine was a
great help and very encouraging. She
told me, 'There are so many fun things
to do here,' and she showed me an ad
from Plaza that said, 'Looking for a
kayak guide...' I got the job. Two
months later the manager of sports and
entertainment left and I was given the
opportunity to take over.
In Holland I had been successful: a
cool guy in a Tommy Hilfiger suit, al-
ways busy with my career, always very
strict with my appointments. Here the
Dutch approach wasn't appreciated at
work. The social aspects were far more
important. I got frustrated, but after
three months my friends told me, 'Chill
out! Open your eyes and look at the
beautiful things! Take it as it comes!'
So, on Bonaire I learned to enjoy my
life while I was working! I am sur-
rounded by tourists who are looking for
a fun way to discover the island and I
have a super great team! My life has
changed because Bonaire taught me
how easy it can be to get the most out
of life and that every day you can
choose over and over again to sincerely
enjoy life."

"... and the best thing is to
lead a big criminal investiga-
tion, like now with the double
murder case... from the be-
ginning to the end and you're
successful, which means for
us prosecutors that the perpe-
trators get prosecuted and
punished, you feel that you
made the world a bit safer,
and that's a wonderful feel-

Jeroen Beumer (34) and Justine Gon-
grijp (27) are a very warm, loving cou-
ple; both handsome young people,
promising and enterprising. She's
thoughtful and deliberate but open
minded as well, and he is romantic, im-
pulsive and fast and it's great to see
how they obviously adore each other.
"In Holland I was an assistant to the
prosecutor in Amsterdam," Justine
says. "I graduated very early, when I
was only 21, and I thought it was great
to work at the prosecutor's office. But
after three years I felt I was still young
enough to see something of the world

and to do some-
thing exciting!
But I didn't want
to give up my
job, so the only
possibility was
the Antilles. I'd
been to Aruba
once for work,
and that was it.
So, rather dar-
ingly, I started
calling the head
prosecutor's of-
fice in Curaqao
which handles all
the Antilles. They
told me they were
looking for some-
one to handle the Hato drug cases
Curaqao for six months. Eventual
they blew it off, but then I receive
call about a job on Bonaire where
prosecutor needed an assistant. I
thought, let's give it a try! And to
great surprise I got the job!
In the beginning I had to 'fight'
accepted by the police and the juc
chain as my appointment was unk
here. They probably were thinkin
what is this girl going to do here?
ily I had the support of Prosecuto
Wesselius. He was happy with m
helped me tremendously and enco
aged me and made it very clear tc
ryone that I did know what I was
ing about. So, little by little, it we
ter and better and it became more
more fun. At the moment my wor
great pleasure, and I have a very
relationship with the police corps
the other partners involved in the
In Holland you have many diffe
teams doing specialized cases. He
you do everything, from goat theft
murder cases and from traffic offi
to drugs. In Holland I was with th
'general' team, but if we got a vei
rious crime case, for instance, the
would take it away from us and h
over to a specialized team. And th
what makes the job on Bonaire sc
cial: you're in it from the very beg
ning to the very end.
Every aspect of life passes by u
your nose as people come for div
fights with the neighbors or relati
problems. It's open house every d
although that's not the purpose at
But we give advice to everyone a
send them to the various places w
they can get professional help. Ne
theless, it makes your day very in
ing and not one day is the same.
Now I feel my job is what I hop

Jeroen Beumer and Justine Gongrijp

in would be. It's great that I function here
ly completely as public prosecutor next to
-d a Ernst, and the best thing is to lead a big
the criminal investigation, like now with
the double murder case. When you
my work on such a case from the beginning
to the end and you're successful, which
to be means for us prosecutors that the perpe-
licial trators are being prosecuted and pun-
.nown ished, you feel that you made the world
g, a bit safer, and that's a wonderful feel-
Luck- ing!
r Ernst Because my start on the island was
e. He difficult I have become stronger, and
)ur- just like Jeroen, I realize that here you
Seve- can enjoy life more. We're very busy
talk- now organizing our wedding which is
nt bet- going to be February 24th, 2006. We
and want to get married here because on
k is a Bonaire we found each other again, and
good the island has given us the opportunity
and to meet wonderful and very special
island people who have become our friends.
My contract is ending next year, so
rent we're going back to Holland because I
Ire want to become a public prosecutor
t to there as well. For that I need two more
fences years of work experience, and I can't
is do it here. I have to do it in Holland. I
ry se- am still very young, and it's much bet-
y ter to work for a certain length of time
and it in Holland. But I'm not dismissing the
hat's thought that we'll return to the Antilles
Sspe- again. I think we're going to have a real
gin- difficult time and that we're going to
miss the island very, very much. We're
under still young and flexible and there are so
forces, many things to do in Holland. But in
onship spite of all that I
lay know we're going tor
all! miss Bonaire so
nd much... but... maybe
here I'll come back as the
ever- 'new Ernst Wes-
terest- selius.' You never
know!" Estory and
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H enk Roozendaal, one of Bonaire's most prolific muralists, unveiled his lat-
est work, a 15-meter long painting on the wall of the Tipsy Seagull at Plaza
Resort last Sunday. "At first I had no idea what I'd paint," declared Henk. "But
because I'm a musician too, I felt like 'playing a solo.' I had to have the sunset, the
flamingoes in the sky, the skyline and the seagulls. I looked for a model and I
found a hotel school student from Curacao working as a trainee at the Tipsy Sea-
gull. The painting became 'The Ballad of the Tipsy Seagull!"
Friends and the press were invited to the opening, with jazz, of course, being
played by Henk's musician cronies, Guus, Lando, Chris and Pieter. 1 L.D.

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Celebrate this Halloween with Mars at Its Brightest until 2018
Accompanied by the Seven Sinister Sisters

loween we'll w o
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sky all night
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its closest and
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have been
viewed in a
sinister light Galileo recorded the movements of the Pleiades
at this time of
For Halloween week and the week after, face south at midnight, and if you look
up almost overhead you will see super bright, bloody red Mars which on the 29th
will be at its closest and brightest for 13 years. And off to its left, also almost over-
head, the legendary tiny cluster of stars called The Pleiades, the Seven Sisters,
which for hundreds of years have been associated with Halloween and other tradi-
tional days of the dead. Indeed, many ancient peoples believed that whenever the
Seven Sisters reached their highest point at midnight, which happens every year
about this time, it was a cosmic signal that this was the time of the year to honor
the dead.
Now, astronomically speaking, whenever the Seven Sisters reach their highest
point in the heavens we call this their "culmination." And whenever they culmi-
nated at midnight some ancient cultures held great ceremonies in honor of this cos-
mic occurrence. Several myths tell us that there was a widespread belief that some
great cataclysm occurred in ancient times when the Seven Sisters culminated at
midnight. And the superstitious and gullible have speculated that this great cata-
clysm might have been the great flood of the Bible or the 10 plagues of Egypt or
even the sinking of Atlantis. In fact the ancient Aztec and Maya conducted spec-
tacular ceremonies to celebrate the Sisters' culmination. And every 52 years when
their two great calendars coincided they had a very special midnight culmination
sacrifice because they believed that the world would actually come to an end on
one of these "Seven Sisters overhead at midnight" nights. Indeed they actually be-
lieved that the world had already been destroyed and recreated not once but four
times and always when the sisters were overhead at midnight.
Now although they no longer culminate at midnight on the exact same nights as
they did long ago, you can still see them almost overhead at midnight every Hal-
loween as a modem reminder that our ancestors were a lot more superstitious
about the stars than we are. Today we know the Seven Sisters for what they really
are. Because, as seen through a telescope, there are not just seven stars there but
over one hundred, all much bigger and brighter than our Sun in a sphere 14 light
years wide. Wow! And this Halloween we can see them almost overhead at mid-
night in the company of the planet Mars at its closest and brightest until 2018!
Have a heavenly Halloween! O Jack Horkheimer


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For the week: October 17 to 23, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Your interests could lead you down avenues you never
realized existed. Talking to those you trust and respect will help you sort out any prob-
lems. It might be best to spend time fixing up your premises and making changes that
will be appreciated. If your lover tries to curtail your freedom, it may lead to conflict.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You have been going through a period of change that
has caused problems for you with your loved ones. You will be in the mood to social-
ize. You may find yourself caught in a triangle. You will find the perfect outfit, and the
greatest new accessory for your house. Your lucky day this week is Thursday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You can get a lot done if you get your hands on the
right equipment. Try not to take everything so seriously. Residential moves will be in
your best interest. Your depressed mood has been hard to shake. Your lucky day this
week will be Tuesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) They won't pay you back and you'll be upset. Any fi-
nancial limitations will probably have to be dealt with on your own. You will take on
too much if you aren't careful. Stick to basics. You can deal with large institutions or
government agencies successfully this week. Your lucky day this week is Monday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Relationships will form if you get out and do things that you
enjoy. You may want to get a little extra rest. You are prone to infections and fevers.
Tell them to get out of the mess they are in and then you'll consider getting together
with them. Your ability to be a self starter will help get things done and motivate oth-
ers. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23)
Travel will entice you; however, a tendency to overspend is quite possible. Your per-
sonal life will be under the gun and you may want to avoid the questions your lover is
going to want to ask you. Go over your finances and figure out a solid budget. You can
make new connections if you play your cards right.
Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Plan events like camping or white water rafting. There's
lots to be done and if you meet your deadline you'll be in your boss's good books. You
can ask for favors or run your ideas by those who will be able to support your objec-
tives. Your mate may not be too sure about your intentions. Your lucky day this week
will be Wednesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Put your efforts into making changes to your domes-
tic scene. Don't let criticism upset you. Hassles will delay your plans. Plan events like
camping or white water rafting. Romance and social activity will be a promising com-
bination. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Difficulties will result if you have to deal with
controversial groups this week. Rest and relaxation will be more favorable than you
think. You need to keep everyone on your domestic scene too busy to complain. Your
intellectual charm will win hearts and bring opportunities that you least expect. Your
lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Physical activity will help defuse your frustration.
Travel if it's needed to start the ball rolling. You may want to pull out some of those
unfinished project you've got tucked away. You are likely to be left alone if you aren't
willing to bend just a little. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Consider a trial separation if you and your mate just
can't come to terms. Make plans to attend group discussions or get together with
friends who like to talk as much as you do. Lowered vitality could affect your work.
You will earn recognition for the work you are doing. Your lucky day this week will be
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You should be able to get a lot done. Secret affairs will
come back to haunt you. Set aside any decisions regarding your personal life this week.
You can make profitable investments if you purchase an art object for your home.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. 1

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