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II Novembermer2, 205Volue12,ssue4




Senator Ramonsito Booi

T he Antilles Central Govern-
ment has fallen because Bon-
aire political strongman, Senator
Ramonsito Booi, withdrew his two
seats of support and left Prime Minister
Ys without the necessary (13 member)
majority for his coalition government.
Senator Booi kept to his promise to pull
his UBP party out if the Central Gov-
ernment didn't come up with funds to
allow full services to resume at Bon-
aire's San Francisco Hospital. Booi will
now approach Holland directly for sup-
port, something he said he couldn't do
if he was part of the problem-the Cen-
tral Government.
Said the Senator, "It's not the coali-
tion that I have a problem with. It is the
Central Government. I must conclude
that the problems of the island territory
of Bonaire are not being addressed. I
ask myself if a politician from Curagao
could defend the closure of its airport



Antique Houses (Pasangrahan) 3
Editorial: Measure AMFO Fairly 4
Letter: TEC Diving 3
New TDI Instructors 8
Barracudas Swim Team 9
Tracking Three Turtles 9
Gardner (Rain & Rock Gardens) 10
Day of the Child 11
Dietitian: Asparagus 13
Old World Look New Walls (Paint) 18
Beaujolais Nouveau is here 18

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Special Olympic Spotlight 7
(Angelica Castillo)
Picture Yourself
(Quito, Equador &
Caracas Race Track, Venezuela) 8
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Classifieds 12
Pet of the Week
(Volunteer Myrthe with "Diane") 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
December Cruise Ship Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
Born on Bonaire & On the Island
Since (Frans Booi & Maggie
Booi-Kaiser) 17
Sky Park
(Mars, Venus & Three Cosmic Birds) 19
The Stars Have It 19

A Compounding the issue of neglect
by the Central Government was an
incident at the airport last Friday night.
One air traffic controller had called in
sick and his colleagues at first refused
to come in because their employer, the
Central Government, had not made
proper arrangements. As a result Fla-
mingo Airport was closed for several
hours and flights had to be diverted.
Parliamentary elections are due in
January, 2006, so a new election or
government reorganization is unlikely.
Booi is expected to hand in his party's
portfolio later this week. Whether he
will join a new government after elec-
tions, if invited, is a question.
The withdrawal is not expected to af-
fect Bonaire's representation at the first
Round Table Conference to begin the
critical negotiations for the restructur-
ing of the Antilles which starts Satur-
day, November 26.

A The crisis at San Francisco Hos-
pital has eased as we go to press. The
Central Government said they could

come up with NAf800.000 now and
another NAf400.000 later in the week.
The hospital is again admitting patients
and supplies are replenished, However,
a shortfall of NAf3 million still exists.

Legislation has been proposed in
the Central Government Parliament to
raise the old age pension (AOV) to
NAf1.000 per month. The current
AOV pension is NAf536. Bonaire re-
cently decided to add NAf100 to that
for "needy" pensioners.

A A new airline, Insel Air, says it is
ready to start flying between the An-
tillean islands. Their ultimate plan is to
regional, then go trans-Atlantic.
Transportation Minister Omayra
Leeflang confirmed that the budding
airline had indeed followed permit pro-
cedures and all that remains is to type
certify their aircraft. They plan to use
an Embraer Bandeirantes that carries 19
passengers, a plane that needs certifica-
tion by the Aviation Administration.
The company also met with Atlantic
Airlines, another airline that wants to
start flights from Curagao with a Boe-
ing 737 as soon as possible. The Insel
Air International partnership was
founded 12 years ago and was intended
to replace DCA after it went bankrupt.
It received a business permit earlier this
week, and joins other airline wanna-bes
like Curacao Airways, PIAS, and Trans
Caribbean Airways, as well as Curagao
Airways. Insel Air has submitted its
manuals, which were approved. As
soon as the aircraft is inspected, the
company can start with the flights.

A KLM announced its winter
schedule. It will continue to fly five
times a week using an MD-11: Amster-
dam-Bonaire-Quito/Guayaquill- and
return (between January 30 and March
25, 2006, it drops to four flights per
week) and seven times per week using
an MD-11 :-Amsterdam-Bonaire-Lima-
and return.

A BonairExpress had two aircraft
out of service for several days last
week. In St. Maarten stranded passen-
gers, including the Governor of the
Netherlands Antilles, Frits Goedgedrag,
and Prime Minister Etienne Ys flew
KLM's Amsterdam-originated 747 to
Curacao. Besides the ATR 42 aircraft
stranded by a technical problem in St.
Maarten there was another in Curagao.
Combined with the rain, conditions
were chaotic. Most afternoon and eve-
ning flights were cancelled. Chief Ex-
ecutive Officer (CEO) Floris van Pal-
landt of BonairExpress said, "KLM had
open seats on the St. Maarten-Curagao
route. I was happy to solve the problem
this way," he said. Normal 'Express
schedules resumed Tuesday
To further add to the chaos of local
air travel an air traffic controller
called in sick around 7:30 pm on Fri-
day night and the airport was left with-
out direction. The American Eagle
flight had to return to Puerto Rico. At
11:30 pm the tower was manned again,
allowing normal landings of KLM but
very late arrivals for BonairExpress and
American Eagle.
(Continued on page 4)

Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005

Page 2

Antique Living Houses of Bonaire
The Pasangrahan Preserving Bonaire's Architectural Heritage

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Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005

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S interklaas (Santa Claus) is
coming to town! And he will
arrive at the historic Pasangrahan
first. After being gone for a year
Sinterklaas and his Zwarte Pieten
(Black Pete) helpers are expected to
land via boat in Bonaire this Satur-
day at 10 am at the North Pier. He
arrived in Holland two weeks ago,
but it took a bit longer for him to
get here.
Two years ago Sinterklaas stayed
in the Pasangrahan. That is maybe
not so strange because this building
started its career as a hotel for civil
servants from Aruba and Curagao.
At that time there were no hotels on
Bonaire. Perhaps to impress these
persons, they put the building in the
middle of the city center of Kral-
The construction and decoration
of the architecture was and is very
beautiful, with many horizontal and
vertical lines. You can see this not
only in the shutters, windows and
doors, but also in the plaster above
the shutters, under the gutters and
on the covers of the building. To-
day, however, it
can use some plas-
ter and paint be-
fore it is too late! E
photo and text by
Wilna Groenen-

Page 3

(Flotsam & Jetsam. Continuedfrom page 2)

The Antillean economy is still
growing but at a slower rate than in
2004 and 2003, while inflation is in-
creasing, according to the First Quarter
Report of the Central Bank. The Sec-
ond Quarter Report is expected at the
end of this month. January, February
and March showed a real growth of the
gross domestic product by 0.4%, com-
pared to 1.3% a year earlier. The real
growth is the nominal growth minus
inflation. Inflation for all islands in-
creased by 2.6% for the first three
months of the year, with Bonaire regis-
tering a 1.8% jump. However, the rate
of inflation in Bonaire has decreased
to 0.1% in October compared to a
0.4% growth in August. Over the past
12-month period the inflation rate was
1.5%. Moving the price index up was
food (+0.4%), especially meat and fish
and personal care items (1.1%). Costs
for health care (-0.3%) and beverages
(0.2%) declined; beer goes down but
bread rises.

"Projekto Pa Pueblo" (PPP- Pro-
ject for People) was inaugurated last
month with the start of construction
of 34 homes in Nikiboko North. It's a
joint project of the Government, a pri-
vate developer and the Postal Savings
Bank. It's aimed at providing afford-
able housing. Additional PPP homes
are planned near Wanapa and Tera

A The Antillean Post Office has a
new website where lots of postal infor-

mation is available: http://www.

The tropical depression that
drenched Bonaire became Tropical
Storm Gamma. That was the same
November day that brought record
rainfall and lots of damage to Bonaire
last year. This time the heavy rainfall
began Wednesday. Many homes and
streets were flooded and electrical
power went out following a lightning
strike near WEB's Hato plant. The
heavy downpour further eroded Bon-
aire's poorly maintained roads, and
ruts and potholes are everywhere.
November named-storms aren't
strangers to the Atlantic Basin. Last
year, Tropical Storm Otto flared in the
open Atlantic Ocean the last day of
November, and who on Bonaire can
forget the effects of Hurricane Lenny
whose 6th anniversary was last week.
Gamma is the 24th named storm of the
Atlantic hurricane season, extending
this year's record. The previous record
of 21 named storms had stood since
1933. Will there be a Storm Delta?

A It's the Caribbean bargain of
the season. People living in downtown
Detroit can soon board a plane and
head to the tropics for less than 10
(Continued on page 6)



W erner Wiels resig
head of AMFO (
lean Co-Financing Office)
ber 7. Wiels told the Cura
newspaper that he didn't w
disturbing factor" in the or
tigation into AMFO's
operations. He is not sus-
pected of embezzling
AMFO funds or any ille-
gal activity.
We believe Mr. Wiels
deserves a lot of credit
for taking the helm of a
new organization that
brought a bounty of
benefits to the Bonairean
people as well as those

most. They specified a new, non-
FO government office, to do that, and
AMFO was formed from scratch.
AMFO had to define its own proce-
ned as the dures as it grew as well as guide the
The Antil- budding NGO Platforms on all the is-
on Novem- lands. Dealing with five different
cao Amigoe groups of well meaning, but often un-
rant to be "a tried people, was a major challenge to
Going inves- success. But it did succeed.
Criticism of AMFO, to
A its credit, came from the
1 bean counters, the people
SI focused on accounting
for each guilder donated,
.. UO" rather than law enforce-
ment authorities. And



on other islands. Over the past year
just about every issue of The Bonaire
Reporter carried news of a positive
contribution of AMFO to fight pov-
erty, help the aged, inspire youth, de-
velop community ties, assist the envi-
ronment or preserve culture.
But from the start Werner Wiels was
in an almost impossible position politi-
cally. He was distributing funds that
people formerly received from the lo-
cal and central government- a clear
threat to the established power struc-
ture. That structure had been deemed
unworthy and inadequate by the or-
ganizations who wanted their donated
funds to go to people who needed it

While their criticism may
O be justified, the AMFO-
II j NGO Platform-Needy
SPeople chain worked
well on a large scale, per-
haps better than anything else that was
done before to meet the goals of effi-
ciently reducing the effect of poverty
and improving social conditions.
If the auditors' report causes the de-
cision makers to eliminate AMFO,
then the Antilles, and especially Bon-
aire who participated 100% with the
program, will lose big-time. And the
biggest losers will be the people who
can afford it least.

Let's remember Werner Wiels by the
good he did and give him a medal, not
the cold shoulder. And then ask him to
take his job back. G.D.

Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005

Page 4



Dear Editor:
As promised, the next dives on the
newly discovered wall came sooner than
I expected. (Divi Dive Operations Man-
ager) Serge de Groote promoted TEC
diving at the recent DEMA show in Las
Vegas. Two divers signed up for some
TEC instruction. Two weeks ago I started
two classes simultaneously. Erin C.
Turner from Monterey, CA signed up for
an Advanced Tri-Mix class and Geo Hirst
from Las Vegas NV for Advanced Nitrox
and Stage Deco class.
On one of the Trimix dives we searched
for the Sea Explorer (sunk after an on-
board explosion). We started at the air-
port area for 25 minutes bottom time
(BT) at 200 feet, unfortunately with no
results. Maybe it takes a deeper dive to
find it. Till next time.
The next dive was planned to 240 feet
for 20 minutes at the newly discovered
wall. But the dive site was occupied so
we choose another. After swimming

north for 12 minutes we came to the
deepest part of the wall. Even from 240
feet there was no bottom in sight. Com-
ing to the limit of our BT time we started
our ascent. The first deep stop was at 140
feet. In the distance we saw a pale
shadow approaching us. As it got closer
we saw it was a Spotted Eagle Ray. This
became a most weird encounter. As we
ascended to the other decompression
stops it stayed with us. The total Deco
Time was 71 minutes, and the curious
animal stayed with us, swimming circles
around us till the last stop at 10 feet.
What an amazing encounter. Later I
found out that divers from Toucan Diving
had also met the curious Eagle Ray.
On Friday Erin's final dive was
planned to go to 330 feet for 12 min BT.
It cost $84 each for the Tri-Mix blends
and we took three different decompres-
sion mixes. We left at 8:15 am. After pre-
paring the gear we entered the water for a
planned 102-minute total time dive.
We descended to 150 feet on the travel
mix, required because the bottom mix
contains less oxygen. We approached the
gas switch. TX 12/50, 12% Oxygen and
50% Helium; the rest is Nitrogen, to be-
gin the descent to 330 feet. After three
minutes we reached 330 feet and started
cruising south. Looking up at the drop off
can be described in one word,
"awesome." Looking down we could see
a visible sand bottom at an estimated
400+ feet. Towards the end of the BT it
seemed to go deeper and deeper below
us. The water temperature was 710F, a
good 12F difference from the warmer
water at 50 feet.

With this new perspective we can con-
clude that it is not a straight-down wall as
it looked when we first discovered it. But
there are walls and steep plateaus and
again walls. Some cliffs are like a hang-
over rock where you could virtually go
under Klein Bonaire a totally dramatic
view with a special beauty. During the
ascent to the first stop at 190 feet, on the
way up I got charged by a big spotted
moray at 300 feet. I gave some strong fin
kicks and avoided the confrontation. A
long deco followed and I am looking for-
ward to the next dive on this site.
I'd like to congratulate Erin Turner for
being the first woman to earn the highest
level of TEC training certification, Ad-
vanced Tri-Mix Diver, on Bonaire. Dur-
ing an interview she said, "The week was
a great experience and superb diving."
Bonaire proved to be an excellent train-
ing area and above all a beautiful and
easy environment to TEC dive. She
hoped that Bonaire would one day get
another deep wreck. "It will make Bon-
aire even more attractive to TEC Divers."
I sure would agree on that...
The Divi Dive team is happy to an-
nounce that we have four TED instructors
on staff. Because of the growing interest
in TEC diving we are planning to add a
gas booster in the near future so we get
more efficiency out of the blending sta-
tion, and it could cut the consumer price
on gas blends.
Roger Haug and Serge de Groote

Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005

Page 5

(Flotsam & Jetsam. Continuedfrom page 4)
bucks. Spirit Airlines is offering a spe-
cial deal that lets Detroiters fly to Ja-
maica for $9 each way. Would-be trav-
elers have been entitled to book their
flights since November 7 and travel
dates must be between November 10
and December 14. What would a fare
like that mean to Bonaire?

A Keep an eye on Kralendijk Bay
for a new sailboat, a restored Volen-
dammer kwak with dark brown
(tanbark) sails. It was once at home on
the Zuiderzee. Soon artist Fred Ros
(famous for his underwater art show
off the WannaDive pier) will be offer-
ing a variety of trips so you can inspect
this genuine floating antique for your-
self. We hear that Sanikolas will use it
to make his appearance in Kralendijk
this Saturday. It's tied up at the Nau-
tico Bonaire dock downtown.

A Five youngsters representing
several different Bonaire organiza-
tions attended the Youth Summit in
St. Eustatius (Statia) last week under
the guidance of Soeraly Pourier. Pov-
erty and other issues of special interest
to young people in the islands were
discussed. Attending for Bonaire were
Richandro Emerencianan of the Bon-
aire Youth Outreach Foundation,
Christopher Frans of the Rincon Youth
Group, Reginald Manuel of Jong Bon-
aire, Krystel Rombley represented
Scouting, and Ruthbella St. Jago of the
Rincon Sentro di Bario.

A Mexico's Congress passed a tour-
ism ministry-backed law introducing
tax-free shopping for international
tourists as of July 1, 2006. Spear-
headed by the Secretary of Tourism,
the law-which passed with little oppo-
sition-is designed to increase competi-
tion in tourism and foster private in-
vestments. Bonaire's tourism has
never seen as many visitors as it did
before the imposition by the Central
Government of the OB sales tax in the

A Portraits ofBonaire, the very
popular and opulent "coffee table"
book by writer Guus Gerritsen and
artist Henk Roozendaal is being re-
printed as a second edition and will
be available next month. There will
also be a follow up to the book, Por-
traits ofBonaire- Volume 2. The au-
thors have already begun the inter-
views and portraits that will be in-
cluded in the new book; it will be pub-
lished in the second half of 2006.

A The Logos II "Book-Ship" has
returned to Bonaire. It brings much
more than just books, offering a unique
and unforgettable experience to all who
come onboard. The international crew
of 200 people represents over 45 dif-
ferent nations. In addition to books, the
Logos II also offers a program of on-
board conferences. During its 10-day
stay in Bonaire, conferences will be
held for all age groups. The purpose of

the conferences is
to share Biblical -
principles as a basis
of their lives. Crew
members will take
their outreach pro-
gram into schools,
the jail and other
locations, with the
purpose of serving
the community and I II
sharing a message LO I
of love and hope.
The Logos II will
be berthed at the North Pier in Kral-
The Book Fair is open to the public
from November 23 to 30, Tuesdays to
Saturdays, from 10am to 10pm, and on
Sunday and Monday from 2pm to

A The Netherlands edition ofAmi-
goe, the Dutch language newspaper
that carries Antillean, but mostly Cura-
gao, news will soon only be available
on line. The printed edition will not be
published after November 24. Mailed
subscribers will be able to get credit for
conversion to the on-line edition which
will be available for a fee after Decem-
On-line newspaper reading is the
wave of the future. Even some people
in Bonaire, who can get the printed
edition free, choose to subscribe on-
The Bonaire Reporter is free in print
and has been available on-line by sub-
scription since 2000. The current ver
(Continued on page 7)

Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005

Page 6

(Flotsam & Jetsam, Continuedfrom page 6)

sion is designed to be either viewed on
the screen or printed out at home. It in-
cludes all photos in color and every
story in the printed edition. Although
individual ads are absent, the Dining
and Shopping Guides are shown. Go to
www.bonaireporter.com to check it out
and sign up. It makes a great gift.

A A confidential study of Curacao's
Isla Refinery reveals no easy alterna-
tives for solving its problems of pollu-
tion and inefficiency. The conclusions
of a Strategic Orientation Studies (SOS)
report on the Isla-refinery ordered by
the Curagao Island Executive Council
(BC) said a $1 billion in investment is
necessary to keep the Isla refinery open.
Early closing will cost $500 million.
The dismantling of the refinery and the
cleaning up of the grounds will cost an
additional $400 million. Postponing the
investment is not an option, because the
refinery will be obsolete and forced to
shut down in 2019 or sooner. Bonaire
gets most of its fuel from that refinery.

A The model in the Benetton ad this
week is Jong Bonaire member, Jer-
mainy Diaz, who's pictured in the
Royal Palm Galleries Mall, in front of
the ReMax office. The Benetton ad is
on page 20.

by Grupo Kayena starting at 6 pm. It's
authentically Bonairean and costs only
$20 including a welcome drink at the
Calabas Restaurant.

A We apologize for the late deliv-
ery of the free edition of The Bonaire
Reporter last week. Although it was
prepared and printed on Wednesday on
schedule, using emergency power dur-
ing the downpour, six bundles of news-
papers, each the size of a large suitcase,
"disappeared" after being delivered to
the airport in Curagao. Perhaps difficul-
ties at the airport and the curtailed
schedule of flights were a contributing
factor. On Friday morning the papers
were reprinted but didn't arrive from
Curacao until 3 am on Saturday.

Happy Thanksgiving

A Join us in offering thanks as
part of one of the best American tra-

ditions Thanksgiving Day. Even
A John Janga, the winner of the Divi with some of the occasional inconven-
Song Festival in Aruba last weekend, iences that Bonaire offers we still
will be the special guest star at Sun- wouldn't trade life here for anywhere
day's (December 4th ) Bonairean else. For Bonaire as it is -we are thank-
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Picture Yourself

In the Reporter

Quito, Ecuador
R ita Lepsche (center), who lives
in France but has two sons on
Bonaire, sent us this photo from
Quito, Ecuador. In the photo she is
posing with The Reporter with a group
of doctors who specialize in natural
medicine. O

Bonaire dive instructor, Pepe Mastropaolo, is reading his Bonaire Reporter at
the 10th National Race for the Venezuelan Supercross Championship for
Team Honda. Next year Pepe, who also plays a fine saxophone, will represent
Bonaire riding his motorcycle at International Supercross events. 0

WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or when
you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper in hand. THE BEST
PHOTOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN THE PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter, Kaya Gob.
Debrot 200-6, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail to: picture@bonairereporter.com. (All
2005 photos are eligible.) D

New TDI Instructors At Divi Dive Bonaire
eginning this month a TDI
(Technical Diving International)
instructor training course was organized
at Divi Dive at the Flamingo Beach Re-
sort. Dive Operations Manager Serge De
Groote and Director of Technical Diving
Roger Haug, managed to get David
Burroughs on island. David is vice presi-
dent sales and marketing of TDI and an
instructor trainer as well.
The three proud instructors from Divi
Dive Bonaire achieved the following
levels: Emile Van Aesch became ex-
tended range instructor and gas blender
instructor and got qualified for several
other technical specialties. Jose Mas-

Brothers Johan and Frans Van Kessel
with their instructor Geertje De Groot

Advanced Instructors Emile Van
Aesch, Jose "Pepe" Mastropaolo
and Geertje De Groot
tropaolo got the extended range instruc-
tor ranking as well, and Geertje De
Groot became an advanced nitrox-deco
procedures instructor and extended range
Just certified as instructor, Geertje De
Groot gave her first advanced nitrox-
deco procedure course this week to
brothers Johan and Frans Van Kessel
from Holland. Congratulations to them!
For 2006, Serge and Roger are planning
to expand the project with a full re-
breather service. Check it out and see
what more is coming in the deep and
fascinating world of technical diving at
Divi Dive Bonaire! U
Photos and story by Roger Haug

Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005

Page 8


Bonaire Barracudas Swimming a team sport

A team of 13 diehard
Bonaire Barracuda
age group swimmers along
with their coaches and par-
ents took the 6 am flight to
Curagao on November 12
to compete in the 3rd Cura-
gao Open swimming com-
petition of the 2005 2006
season. The team spent the
hours before the meet at the
Nederlands Antilliaanse
Voetball Unie (NAVU) fa-
cility next door to the Sen-
tro Deportivo Korsow
(SDK) pool, preparing mentally and
physically for the upcoming competi-
Boys and girls 10 years and under
swam in the morning session which
started with warm up swimming at 10
and competition at 11. Bonaire has
three ranked swimmers in the 10 and
under class who have the possibility of
qualifying in one or more events for
the Netherlands Antilles National
Championships to be held in Curagao
December the 9t 11th. Rankings and
invitations will be issued on December
6th. This is the first year that Bonaire
swimmers have been eligible to qualify
for Nationals.
After the morning session it was
back to NAVU for a healthy lunch and
rest before returning to the pool at 5
pm for the 11 years and older category
events. Fellow Barracuda swimmers
and fans cheered Giada Binelli (Girls
13 14) on as she swam times in both
the 50 meter butterfly and 50 meter
backstroke under the qualifying times
for Nationals.
It was back to the airport to catch the
11 pm flight home and a day off before
swim practice on Monday. Many
thanks to the Barracuda coaches and

Giada Binelli receives congratula-
tions from her teammates for her 50
meter butterfly performance. Her time
was 38.51 seconds.

parent volunteers and our sponsor Tec-
nobar for making this trip possible. 1
Valarie Stimpson

Volunteer Opportunity
The Netherlands Antilles Swimming
Federation and the Bonaireaanse
Aquatics Club Barracudas will be
holding an introductory swimming of-
ficials clinic given by Mr. Eddy Solo-
mon, FINA representative, on Satur-
day, November 26th. The clinic is
free. The Barracudas wish to invite
anyone interested in participating to
contact Valarie Stimpson at vala-
rie@telbonet.an to sign up. D

TrackiA Turtle

'Albert' picked up some speed over the weekend to 80 km per day. Then he
increased his speed once again, and is now traveling at a rate of 85 km per
day. He is still moving west and is now approximately 1100 km from Klein

No signals were received turtle from 'Jenni.' in the past few days. STCB is still
attempting to obtain information about her last recorded location. Her last reports
indicated that she might have been at her feeding grounds.

'Mariposita' increased her speed to a rate of 98 km per day. She appears to be
turning slightly to the northwest. The next day she slowed down significantly
and is now traveling at a rate of 72 km per day. She is headed more toward
the west. She is approximately 485 km from Klein Bonaire. O
Andy Uhr & Mabel Nava

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
11-25 2:36 1.OFT. 10:18 1.6FT. 16:46 1.3FT. 19:22 1.4FT. 31
11-26 2:10 1.OFT. 10:10 1.7FT. 18:04 1.2FT. 20:04 1.3FT. 34
11-27 1:41 1.OFT. 10:17 1.8FT. 19:05 1.1FT. 21:25 1.2FT. 43
11-28 1:13 1.OFT. 10:35 1.9FT. 20:07 1.0FT. 22:42 1.1FT. 54
11-2911:05 2.0FT. 20:53 0.9FT. 66
11-3011:37 2.1FT. 21:48 0.8FT. 77
12-01 12:12 2.1FT. 22:32 0.7FT. 87
12-02 12:56 2.2FT. 23:10 0.6FT. 94
12-03 13:43 2.1FT. 23:48 0.6FT. 97

Alter Ego Galivanter Pizazz
Always Saturday Gdansk Samba
Andrea Good Hope Santa Maria
Annka Goril Two Sandpiper, USA
Angie Guaicamar I, Ven. Scintella
Arcadia Jan Gerardus Sirius
Augustijn Jennifer Spartivento
Aurora Kantinka Syjoli
Batje Karminda II Sylvia K
Bright Sea La Baronne Tatoosh, Cayman Islands
Camissa, Chan Is. Lazzorone Ti Amo
Cape Kathryn Longo Mai Tigger
Cheers Maggi Ulu Ulu, USA
Corail IV Midwatch Unicorn, Norway
Delphinus Natural Selection Unimak
Double Boggey Nexus Varedhuni, Ger
Eclipse Nirvana Water Musik
Endorphin Noorhinder Williwaw
Flying Cloud, USA Okura Ya-T, BVI
Freestyle One Way Wind Yanti Paratzi
Future Pacific Zahi, Malta

Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005

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Bonaire's First Investmenl onerence

EZA For more information call; 717-3618


Lots of Rain and Rock Gardens

n my last articles I
wrote about creating
a rock garden. Maybe
after this week it would
be better to write about
creating a pond in your
garden! Wow, did we
have a lot of rain this
week! I hope you didn't
have too much flooding
and none of your plants
were washed away. As
always, when I have to
update you, here are some
things to remember after A red Euphorbia pulcherrima
this very nice rain, which
is for the plants of course!
I've seen some Bougainvillea falling over, heavy with blossoms and new
growth, Bougainvilleas don't have a very good rooting system, so when the soil
gets very wet they can just fall over. The thing to do is to prune them back a lot,
put them back straight, maybe tie them to a stick or wall and add some new firm
diabaas (dirt). In that way they will be spared.
Also with the flooding and heavy rain many of the "dams" around the plants
have been washed away or become flattened out. Make sure before the plants dry
out to dig them in them again and make it easier for the plants to collect the water.
Also, once the sun returns the topsoil can become very hard. Especially older gar-
dens get these problems so make sure that you do some raking and in some cases
add some organic soil to enrich the garden.
After it's been raining so much a lot of nutrients can be washed away. We
see that especially in potted plants. So in a few weeks, make sure the plants get
enough nitrogen by adding a fertilizer like the Peters or Miracle Grow. You can
easily see when there's a lack of Nitrogen when the plant's leaves very quickly
turn yellow, affecting the whole leaf.
But most of all, see how beautifully green everything is!
-If the soil is really wet, wait a few days before planting. Even Cactus or Suc-
culents can be planted now, no problem.

This brings me to our earlier topic, the lower rock garden plants. There is a
large number of flowering types that are useful for this purpose. It is important
that all the plants you use shouldn't get too big and shouldn't need a lot of pruning
because everything should look as natural as possible.
Some Red Euphorbia types are really nice and have white, red or yellow flow-
ers, and they all stay small.
Another great plant is the Broadleaf Lily with great white flowers, which, al-
though it is very common here, is so nice in a rock garden. They spread out a bit
and give you a very nice green accent. One of my favorite flowering plants to use
in a rock garden is the Desert Rose, with amazing red flowers that bloom all year
round. This is also one of the best plants for pots if you are not sure your plants
will be watered enough. And there are also some really nice Cactus-like plants
with great flowers, like some Aloe varieties, Stapelia (Stinkbloem) or the com-
mon Magdalena. They grow without too much attention and give a very nice ac-
cent to the lower part of a rock garden.
Next time more about this topic when I'll write something about what rocks to
use. O Ap van Eldik

Ap van Eldik owns Green Label
Landscaping which designs, con-
structs and maintains residential and
commercial gardens. Two nurseries
and a garden shop in Kralendijk
carry terra cotta pots from Mexico
and South America. Phone 717-3410.
STOP 9 TO 4.

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Page 11

Got something to buy or sell?
by advertising in THE BONAIRE REPORTER
Non-Commercial Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20 words):
Commercial Ads only NAf0.70 per word, per week.
Free adds run for 2 weeks.
Call or fax 717-8988 or email ads@bonairereporter.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.

The leading consumer and business
information source on Bonaire. Tele-
phone (599) 717-7160. For on-line
yellow pages directory information go
to http://www.yellowpagesbonaire.

Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in gar-
den/septic pumps and irrigation.
Kaminda Lagoen 103, Island Growers
NV (Capt. Don and Janet). Phone:

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

Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call
CHINA NOBO 717-8981

Make it more livable from the start.
Interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy, healing,
China-trained. Experienced. Inexpen-
Call Donna at 785-9332.

100% natural body salts "Scrub
100% natural Bath Salts available at
Chat-n-Browse, KonTiki and Jewel of
Bonaire or call 786-6416 for more in-

Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 786-4651


Is your computer slowing down, not
responding the way it used to ? It
might be a virus or spyware. Let the
professionals fix it. Bonaire Automa-
tion (next to Hitess) Call 717-4306

For sale: Stroller NAf75 and kid's
seat for bicycle NAf75, Items are as
new. Tel. 717-7977

1996 Suzuki Vitara (jeep) with bi-
kini top, great shape. NAf6.000. Call

Suzuki Vitara. jr. 1997 NAf 7.500,-

Giant brand mountain bike -
NAf300 Call 717-7648

For sale: Scubapro 7mm wetsuits. 1
x male, XL. 1 x female M. $50 each.
Weights 1, 2 and 3 kg. weights.
$2,5 per kg Pony bottle 30 Cu. Ft.
$100. Also lots of small stuff! Call
Rogier 791-2439

For Sale: Refrigerator: A big refrigera-
tor with 2 sliding doors. Height: 59 Width:
30 Depth: 19 Inches $1.672; Slicing ma-
chine: To cut meat and cheese $ 500;
Freezer: Height: 3 Width: 4 Depth: 2.5 Ft
$ 175; Horror movies $1 a piece; Christ-
mas Decorations/ Jeans size 32 and 38,
Food warmer small.: Food Cooler: Food
processors: Food mixers: Letter Board:
And more. PHONE: 790-7674

For sale: Chair solidly built Oak An-
tique Chair NAf100 Also Persian
Rug. Beige/Yellow. Call Rogier 791-

2 Sky Kennels for dogs, 1 large (E-
class acc. to KLM), 1 extra large (F-
class) NAf150 and NAf300 tel. 786-

N.V. FOR SALE- Registered for
environmental and educational con-
sulting. On going and active. Send in-
quiry to bonnv4sale@aol.com

Brand New. Never Used. Scu-
bapro Classic Air BCD, Size large
Only $399. Call or visit Carib Inn

LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale
1991-4X4 drive 1.6 Cyl. 95.000km
NAf5.400 717-2844 or 786-2844

For rent: for upcoming six weeks.
Nicely fully furnished 1-BR apart-
ment, incl. cable TV/internet, airco,
alarm, washing machine etc. with big
porch and nice garden in quiet
neighborhood. Tel.- 717-7977

Modern house Santa Barbara www.
posada-bonaire.com +599 785-0918

Three bedroom apartment in
Hato, completely furnished; Inter-
ested? Contact Amanda at Harbour-
town Real Estate 717 5539

EBoat for

It breaks my heart to sell the
undefeated Bonaire Sail-Fishing boat-
class A winner, Laurita. Would cost
$20,000 to replace. Refit at Blonk

Boat works completed October 2nd
Asking NAfl4,000
Call George 786-6518/717-8988.

WVamri ted


The Bonaire
Reporter is look-
ing for a partner. Join us to
"Publish in Paradise."
Working partner with writing/
editing skills, business sense, and
energy desired. Call The Reporter at
717-8988, 786-6518.

Tutor Needed Nov. 21- Jan. 5. 8th
Grade Geometry. Please email

Looking for house sitter 17h De-
cember to 6th January. Clean, cen-
trally located house, Must be re-
sponsible animal lover. Please call:
Donna 785-9332

WANTED- We are looking for a
full-time experienced Assistant to the
Operations Manager for a small-
scale resort on Bonaire. For more in-
formation or to apply please call
Marieke Schmitz phone number 717-

Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005


announces an immediate opening for employment:

Assistant Storeroom Supervisor/

Storeroom Supervisor-in-training

Education: Minimum HAVO/MAVO

Language: Papiamentu and English

Physical ability: Some heavy lifting required, freezer work.

Leadership ability: Necessary, experience preferred.

Computer skills: Intermediate to advanced necessary

Drivers license: Needed, rijbewijs C a plus.

Other: Must be reliable, accurate with numbers, and able to
work closely in a team environment. Good conduct letter and
keuringskaart required.

Please apply in person at Kaya Internashonal z/n or
fax your CV to fax number 717-2989.

~Or ISalc~

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Ask the Dietitian

Asparagus Queen ofVeg*tables

Nowadays it's easy to find fresh
asparagus on Bonaire. You
should try this nice tasting vegetable!
Asparagus contains few calories and is
very rich in carotene, Vitamin C and Se-
Below are two low-fat recipes for this
tasty vegetable.

Asparagus Vinaigrette
(4 servings)
1 lb. asparagus, tough ends trimmed
2 Tab. no-salt-added tomato paste
% cup orange juice
2 Tab. reduced-sodium vegetable broth
or water
2 Tab. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. olive oil, preferably extra-virgin
/4 tsp. salt

In a large pot of boiling water, cook the asparagus until just crisp tender, about
3 minutes. Drain well and pat dry on paper towels. Arrange the asparagus on a
serving platter.
Put the tomato paste in a small bowl. Whisk in the orange juice, broth, vinegar,
mustard, oil and salt until well combined. Spoon the vinaigrette over the aspara-
gus and serve.
Calories: 47; Fat: Ig; Carbohydrates: 7g; Protein: 2g

Helpful hints:
When buying asparagus select spears with moist-looking, unwrinkled stems and
tight tips. If the stems are very thick, you may want to peel the though outer skin
with a vegetable peeler. Refrigerate asparagus for no more than a day or two,
wrapping the bases of the stems in moist paper towels and placing them in a plas-
tic bag. Be careful not to overcook the asparagus. The spears are at their best
when they are still firm to bite.

Asparagus-Cheese Puff (4 servings)
3 lb. asparagus, tough ends trimmed, cut into %-inch pieces
3 Tab. flour
2/3 cup low-fat (1%) milk
3 cup canned white kidney beans, rinsed, drained, and mashed
2 egg yolks
1 '/2 oz. crumbled goat or feta cheese
% tsp. dried tarragon
/2tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
6 egg whites
1/8 tsp. cream of tartar

Preheat the oven to 3750F. In a medium saucepan of boiling water, cook the
asparagus until barely tender, about 2 minutes. Drain well and blot dry on paper
Place the flour in a large saucepan over medium heat and gradually whisk in the
milk until no lumps remain. Bring to a boil and cook, whisking frequently, until
the mixture is slightly thickened, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir
in the beans. Whisk in the egg yolks, cheese, tarragon, /4 teaspoon of the salt and
the cayenne until well combined.
In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the egg whites, the remaining
teaspoon salt, and the cream of tartar until stiff, but not dry, peaks form. Stir
about 1 cup of the egg whites into the milk mixture, then gently fold in the re-
maining egg whites. Gently fold in the asparagus.
Spoon the mixture into an 8-cup souffl6 mold and bake for 30 minutes or until
the souffle is golden brown, puffed, and just set in the center. Serve immediately.
Calories: 164; Fat: 5g; Carbohydrates: 15g; Protein: 14g

Helpful hints:
For variety, replace the asparagus with cauliflower, green beans or broccoli. Be
sure to use the cream of tartar, since it helps stabilize
the beaten egg whites and increases volume as well.
0 Angelique Salsbach

Angdlique Salsbach, a dietitian with Bonaire's Department
of Health and Hygiene, has a radio program every other
Tuesday 9 to 9:30 on Bon FM. Write her at dieti-

Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005

Page 13

Pet of t\

Volunteer Myrthe (16) with "Diane"

Here is teen Shelter volunteer
Mrythe with puppy "Diane." For
the last several months Mrythe has been
coming to the Shelter to help out Satur-
days, and the dogs and the cats all look
forward to her arrival. What would the
Shelter do without its volunteers? Not
such a good job because it is they who
help the staff feed, clean and keep the
pets familiar with people.
You might call this lovely dog with
Mrythe a "slow starter." Diane was
brought in by the dog catcher at 10
weeks old because the people couldn't
handle any more dogs. At first she was
shy and retiring, but little, by little, she
opened up as she gained confidence,
beginning to show her alert and intelli-
gent nature. She'll be easy to train and a
good guardian of her owner and family.
She's had all her shots, is sterilized and
in tip top health. You may see Diane at
the Shelter, open Monday to Friday, 10
am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-
This week we have a guest photogra-
pher, Melinda Plasse, a New Yorker
who was on vacation in Bonaire with her

The Shelter is having a very inter-
esting fundraiser soon. Last year's
event was such a success that there had
to be a repeat. It's an Indonesian Din-
ner and Art Auction on Thursday,
December 8, at Bongo's Beach, and all
the proceeds go to the Shelter. As it
was last year, many well-known artists
of Bonaire have donated pieces to be
Dinner is at 6 pm, followed by the auc-
tion at 8:30. Tickets are the same as last
year -NAf45.
You are welcome to attend just the
auction if you like.
Tickets for the event are on sale at the
Bonaire Animal Shelter (717-4989),
from Lydia Juijn (717-8721), Hans
Wennink (717-3207) or Paul Wichers
(787-0466 cell). OL.D.

husband. While he went diving she vol-
unteered at the Bonaire Animal Shelter
every day for a week of her vacation.
She took this shot during her visit.
Thank you, Melinda! EL.D.

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: Re-
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DeSalvo, Editor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth. Antilles.
Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com
Reporters: Wilna Groenenboom, Roger Haug, Jack Horkheimer, Greta Kooistra, Mabel
Nava, Angl6ique Salsbach, Valarie Stimpson, Michael Thiessen, Andy Uhr, Ap van Eldik
Features Editor: Greta Kooistra Translations: Peggy Bakker, Sue Ellen Felix
Production: Barbara Lockwood
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Late Show
Call to make sure (Usually 9pm)

(Jodie Foster)
Early Show (Usually 7pm)
In Her Shoes
(Cameron Diaz)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf14 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAf12
Sky High


November 22 to December 1 Book Fair
Ship Logos II docks in Bonaire at the
North Pier. The Book Fair is open to the
public Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 am
to 10 pm and on Sunday and Monday from
2 pm to 10 pm. For more information
about on board events and conferences, call
Conferences aboard the ship:
Friday November 25 -- Youth Conference
(14 21 years old) Sex, Drugs & Self
Esteem -Are they of any true values? 8
pm, NAf5.

November 24-26- Bonaire Investment

Saturday 26 November, Wilhelmina
Park International Night With music,
dances, dramas and a challenging mes-
sage. Entry free for everybody, Wilhelmina
Park, 7 pm

Saturday, November 26 First Round
Table Conference to begin the critical
negotiations for the restructuring of the

Saturday, November 26 -The Nether-
lands Antilles Swimming Federation and
the Bonaireaanse Aquatics Club Barracu-
das will be holding an introductory swim-
ming officials clinic given by Mr. Eddy
Solomon, FINA representative. The clinic
is free. Contact Valarie Stimpson at vala-
rie@telbonet.an to sign up.

Saturday, November 26 Darts competi-
tion, City Caf6, 7 pm, free to all
Aboard Logos II
Sunday, November 27- The Vacant
Chair Men's Conference From Men to
Men. What responsibilities do we have?
7 pm, Speaker: Lt. Governor H. Doma-
cass6, NAf5.

Tuesday, Wednesday, November 29-30-
Coral ID Course. Call Bonaire Marine
Park 717-8444 for information.

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship Visiting days, starting
around 10 am to early afternoon: Tuesday,
Nov. 29-Aida Vita

Saturday & Sunday, November 26, 27-
Long Distance Walk-29/44 km & 29/41
km. Comcabon 717-8629, 780-7225.

Saturday, November 26- Surinam Day


Sunday, December 4- Divi Flamingo
Resort Bonairean Night Music by Kanja
Brabu and dance by Grupo Kayena. Special
guest star John Janga, who won the Divi
Song Festival in Aruba last weekend.
Time: 6 9 pm, $20 includes a welcome
drink at the Calabas Restaurant.

Sunday, December 4 First edition of a
Monthly Jazz Brunch at Den Laman.
Music by the Bonaire Jazz Group (Lando,
Guus, Chris and Benji) plus guest musi-
cians from the island and abroad. Broad-
cast live on Bon FM 102.7 -
For info and reservation call 717-4106.
Advance bookings will get 10% discount
on the $25 menu.

Thursday, December 8 Indonesian
Dinner and Art Auction to benefit the
Bonaire Animal Shelter, 6pm -NAf45.
Tickets available at the Animal Shelter
(Tel. 717-4989), from Lydia Duijn (Tel.
717-8721), Hans Wennink (Tel. 717-3207)
and Paul Wichers (Tel. 787-0466 -cell)

Saturday Rincon Marsh6 opens at 6 am -
2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while
you shop: fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets and snacks, arts and handi-
crafts, candles, incense, drinks and music.
Saturday--Mountain Bike Ride- Every-
one is welcome, It's free. Bring a bike and
your own water. Fitness trainer Miguel
Angel Brito leads the pack. Telephone him
at 785-0767 for more information.
Saturday -Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 6 to 8 pm, Kaya Industria #23.
Great wines NAf2,50 a glass.
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while enjoy-
ing a great dinner in colorful tropical ambi-
ance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant &
Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm, Divi Fla-
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. 14.
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 "Gibi."
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 Wild-
side 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, roulette and
blackjack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm- 4
am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NAf12 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity Slides
pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-media
dual-projector production by Albert Bian-
culli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's Habitat.
Monday- Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea slide
Show at Captain Don's Habitat, 8:30pm

December 2005 Cruise Ship Schedule

Day Date Ship Name Time Pier # PAX Line

Fri Nov.25 Wind Star 0800-2300 N.Pier 150 HAL

Tue Nov.29 AidaVita 1300-2000 S.Pier 1260 P&O Ger

Mon Dec.05 Veendam 0930-1730 S.Pier 1440 HAL

Tue Dec.06 Silver Whisper 0800-1800 N.Pier 388 Silversea

Tue Dec.13 Sea Princess 1200-1900 S.Pier 1950 Princess

Tue Dec.13 AidaVita 1000-2000 N.Pier 1260 P&O Ger.

Sat Dec.17 Silver Whisper 0700-1600 S.Pier 388 Silversea

Mon Dec.19 Arcadia 0800-1800 S.Pier 1968 P&O Cruises

Mon Dec.26 Braemar 0800-1700 S.Pier 720 Fred Olsen

Tue Dec.27 AidaVita 1000-2000 S.Pier 1260 P&O Ger.

Call 717-8290 for info
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conserva-
tion 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

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.NAf5eniry fee.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at City
Caf6. 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 Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya In-
ternational, every other Tuesday, 7 pm. Tel.
717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2"d 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. 717-8454

Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte Indus-
trial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie Stimp-
son at 785-3451 or Valrie@telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to help
staff gallery during the day. 717-7103.
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 7174685,

Mangasina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view from "The
King's Storehouse." Lean about Bonaire's culture. Visit
typicalhomes fom the 17th centuy. Daily. Call 717-
Visit the Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind
the Catholic Church intown. 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 holidays. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing starts
about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to the music of
Bonaire's popular musicians.

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 Ser-
vices at 9 am; Sunday Prayer Meeting at 7:00 pm
in English. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire. Wil-
helminaplein. Services in Papiamentu, Dutch
and English on Sundays at 10 am. Thursday
Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev.
Jonkman. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays 8:30 11:30
am. Services in Papiamentu, Spanish and Eng-
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk Ser-
vices on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in Papia-
mentu 717-8304 Saturday at 6 pm at Our
Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, in English. Mass
in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios), Kaya
Triton (Den Cheffi). In English, Dutch & Papia-
mentu on Sunday at 10 am. Wednesday
Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194

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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

Calabash Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
At the ivi C g aua t a t erfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or A la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At the Divi Flamingo eac 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 setting 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 m; 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.

Pasa Bon Pizza wMdratBonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate gredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too.
V2 mile north of town center. 790-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday gredientalaad esse atin or take y.i bar too.

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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
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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-
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APA Construction are professional General
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Bonaire Automation B.V. fills all your computer
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Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
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Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow
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Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to
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Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pi-
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Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
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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
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Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connec-
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Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and in-
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Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed

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Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours mcluding 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
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Special Security Services will provide that extra
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4 e first met at Cinnamon Art
V Gallery. Bonaire's master
artist, Winfred Dania, had an exhibition
of his paintings. I fell in love with one of
them and wanted an explanation. Winfred
was called but he couldn't explain in
English so Frans was asked. He'd been
explaining the paintings as Winfred can
only communicate in Dutch and because
he's deaf it's especially hard. We started
talking. I bought the painting, and we
made an appointment to meet at the mu-
seum the next day."
Frans: "So, the following day when I
showed Maggie the book I wrote, The
Book of Uncle Louis, she saw that the
painting she'd bought was connected to
another painting of Winfred's, like one
was the beginning and one was the end of
what basically is the Bonairean mythol-
ogy. She bought that painting too."
Maggie: "The other thing we learned
the first time we met was that there was a
spiritual connection. Frans' wife, Elia
Statius, had died a year before, and my
husband, Nick Kaiser, had died in the
same period. After I'd picked up the sec-
ond painting Frans asked me to go out for
lunch. I said, 'Let's go to KonTiki,' but
he said, 'Maikey's Snack!' "We had
kabritu (goat) and he told me about his
cooking and his idea to create a solar wa-
ter plant for individual use and the third
world. We were having a great time and
he asked if I'd like to help him. I said,
'No!' To me he looked like someone be-
tween 60 and 80! He had this strange out-
fit I remember the suspenders -he just
looked like 80! Then he took me back to
Playa. As we passed by his house on
Nikiboko North, he clicked open the
automatic doors of the gate and I think,
'Oh my God, a dirty old man!' But it
turned out he was just showing off his
new automatic system to open the gate.
He was so proud of it so sweet, so inno-
During our lunch he had said, 'You
must try my kabritu sometime; stop
over!' So one day I stopped at his house
and he nearly died because here was this
strange woman at his door. He said,
'Why are you here?' "And I answered,
'To eat kabritu!' 'I have no kabritu,' he
said. It was so embarrassing! Neverthe-
less, he offered me some tea and days
later when he came over to my house to
hang the painting he asked me out to din-
From the first moment we'd met we felt
something was coming. So, that night
after dinner we walked around town and
he showed me where he was born, in the
house where now Maduro Travel sits,
and he told me all his family's history.
During the walk we started holding hands
and at 2 am we came to City Caf6; we

jumped on the dance floor and surprised
all the young people!"
Frans Bool (61) and Maggie (59) Booi-
Kaiser are vibrating; they're full of en-
ergy, of life, full ofplans and they 'vejust
started off!
"Maggie is beautiful and I love her; it's
just a bunch of things: her smile, her
thoughts, the good communication we
have and the fact that we are soul mates
and we have the same interest in many
things. And at our age we have to look
after each other and help each other and
take good care of our health.
I don't have projects just for this life; I
have projects for the other existences too.
I don't believe in eternity of life or in re-
incarnation; that's not going to happen.
Let's say we learn in this life; that's the
most important reason for living. You
learn to be a bird, a fish, a tree, an ani-
mal. These things you call totems be-
cause they are the animal part of your
spirit. But you also learn to be human, all
the different kinds of humans, and the
ultimate learning is how to be a personal-
ity that is an essential part of the commu-
nity a full grown person. You have to
learn about your own community: the
wisdom, the language, the history and the
principals. The group has personality too,
and that's what you call culture.

"From the first moment
we'd met we felt
something was

The last thing you learn as a person is
that you are a stone and that stone is what
we call matter, material or mother. All
these things the animals, the trees, the
plants and the stones have a soul. You
cannot destroy matter or energy; it only
changes image, form. So, as matter, as
material you are eternal. So, if you are a
stone you have eternal life and you are
unified with the origins. When I go cav-
ing or hiking with Maggie we sit and I
tell her all the old stories about that cer-
tain area, about the plants and the ani-
mals, the medicines and the myths. Bit by
bit I'm writing it all down, documenting
Maggie says, "One of our projects is
marking all the concrete tables at the his-
torical and tourist's sites and we will also
publish an accompanying book. Frans
built all these tables and the obelisks
when he was head of the Department of

Culture and Education from the 70s until
the early 90s. My company in the States
is donating it, and Frans is telling me
what to write. We're doing it together,
but it's his brains and information behind
it. He is the historian of the island. One
of our other projects is to publish a map
with all the old names of all the old
places and a book with all the old stories
to go with it. But there are so many more
other projects.
When we got married people were
afraid that Frans would lose his identity
and not worry about the culture anymore.
But of course that will never happen; it's
one of the reasons that I love him! Frans
is also an inventor; he works with Auto-
CAD inventor, very sophisticated stuff.
He's a teacher, he is a sculptor, an artist
and a musician and he just knows every-
thing there is to know about Bonaire. My
sister calls him a 'true Renaissance man,'
very dedicated in everything and he also
supports me in everything. I went from
working all the time to playing all the
time that's a big change! When I see
myself chopping my way through the
bushes with my machete I feel cool! And
I never crawled like an iguana into a cave
before! We're having so much fun!
I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Ten years ago I came with my husband to
Bonaire to dive. Four years ago we
bought the house in Belnem on the sea
and we spent a whole year renovating,
traveling back and forth and E-mailing. It
was fun, really fun! Then, on our way
here to take over the house, my husband
of 37 years died of a heart attack at the
airport in Jamaica. He never saw the
house finished. So I didn't come; I took
him home. After a couple of weeks I ran
away from home to Bonaire.
The first time I didn't stay that long,
but every time it became longer and
longer and then, after a year I met Frans.

When Frans and I fell in love I told my
son Tom, 'I think I am in love.' He said,
'You hardly know that man and if he
really loved you he would be here any-
way!' I told Frans and he came on the
next plane! My whole family was going
nuts-my six sisters, my daughter-in-law-
they were so upset! They told me, 'You
don't know him; you don't know what
his intentions are!' Like I was 16! So I
gave a big beach party at Lake Michigan
where I lived. My mother asked Frans,
'Are you rich?' and he said, 'I am not
Frans laughs: "And everybody was
telling me how brave I was to come all
by myself! The next trip we came to the
States I said, 'I want to talk to Tom.' But
Tom already knew what was coming and
he didn't like it. So he gave me a lecture
about 'You don't get married that fast,'
etc! We said, 'Sure, we'll wait till next
summer.' We waited a year, but we had
lots of things to do and marriage was just
one of our projects.
We got married this year on August 26
at Seroe Largo," Maggie says, 'The
whole island was there... it was beauti-
ful. We've been very lucky, very blessed,
because Frans' daughters Lizbeth and
Desiree and my son Tom and daughter-
in-law Jody, my two grandsons Caelen
and Simon, all get along well. We have
such wonderful families, everybody has
been beautiful. She laughs: "Once
when Jody saw me going out with my
machete, she cried out,
'My mom with a ma-
chete! It's too much!
You've gone over to
the other side! You're
totally gone! You're
not coming back?' And
I said, 'I won't.' 1
Story and photo by
Greta Kooistra

Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005


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An Old World Look for YourNew Wals

N ow available in
Bonaire is an
ancient natural product
that gives a whole new
"Old World" look to
buildings and homes.
It's a lime wash that
was used before "paint"
was invented on the
Coliseum and on the
Acropolis for instance.
Now it's being re-
discovered and used on
architecture in France,
Spain and around the
Mediterranean, the rest
of Europe and in Mex-
ico. It gives a softer and
more aged look than regu-
lar paint. It's non-toxic and perfect for
new concrete buildings because it al-
lows the walls to breathe, making the
interiors cooler. And it lasts.
C6t6 Sud N.V. in Curacao carries the
product and has 40 different color pig-
ments, with which you can make al-

Cotd Sud Lime Wash Paint

most unlimited color choices. Prices
are similar to paints available on the
island. For more information and
prices, call Michel Nataf at 09-510-
2086 or email: m.nataf@intemeeds.
net. OL.D.


Snip and save so you can always find a copy of The Bonaire
Reporter if there are no more at your favorite spot

Airport: Hotels: Government Offices:
Car Rental Agencies, Buddy Dive Bestuurscollege
Airport Arrivals Area Capt. Don's Habitat Parliament Office
Banks: Carib Inn Customs
MCB (Playa & Hato), Caribbean Court BVO
Divi Flamingo
Restaurants: Eden Park Hotel Others:
Bistro de Paris The Great Escape Bonfysio
Brasserie Bonaire Harbour Village Botika Korona
Capriccio Plaza Caribbean Laundry
City Cafe Sand Dollar Fit4 Life
Croccantino Hair Affair
Hilltop at Caribbean Supermarkets: Harbour Village Marina
Club Cultimara Rocargo
Lost Penguin Montecatini San Francisco Hospital
Lover's Ice Cream Progresso TCB
Pasa Bon Pizza Sand Dollar Grocery Telbo
Tropical Flamingo Yellow Submarine
Shops: Warehouse
Bonaire Gift Shop Bookstores: RINCON:
Cinnamon Art Gallery Bonaire Boekhandel Chinese Store,
City Shop Flamingo Bookstore Joi Fruit Store,
DeFreewieler Lemari Grocery
Exito Bakery Realty Offices: Rincon Bakery
INPO Harbourtown
Paradise Photo RE/MAX
Photo Tours, Playa Sunbelt

Still can'tfind a copy? Visit our office at Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6 or Call 717-8988

B istro de Paris was the
scene last Thursday eve-
ning of the grand arrival of the
annually touted French Beaujo-
lais Nouveau. The new young
wine traditionally always makes
its debut at destinations all over
the world on the third Thursday
of November. Of the approxi-
mately 120 million bottles pro-
duced, 60 million are drunk that
first night, according to AL-
CON's Mocky Arends, who im-
ports the wine for Bonaire.
Nearly every year Mocky has
hosted a party to celebrate the
arrival- and they're always a
big surprise. This year the wine The
was delivered by Anna in her
husband Orlando's 1930 Ford
Sedan Model A.
Beaujolais Nouveau is made from the
Gamay grape in the Beaujolais area of
France. The grapes are picked in Sep-
tember and through a fast, but difficult
process, ends up in the bottles by No-
vember. It's made to be drunk early.
ALCON has a limited supply of the
exciting new wine. Call them at 717-
0168. Thanks to Patrice and Fred of the
Bistro de Paris Restaurant and Mocky
and Conchita of ALCON liquors for
making this such a festive occasion.

Antillean Wine Company just re-
ceived a fine 2005 Beaujolais Nouveau,
Chateau Cambon, produced by wine
maker Marcel Lapierre. It's a rare
Beaujolais produced the natural way.

e 2005 Beaujolais Nouveau arrives with Anna
in a 1930 Ford Sedan Model A

Lapierre makes beaujolais according to
his own stubborn ideas; no artificial fer-
tilizers, no chemicals, he ploughs the
vineyard ( a labor intensive rarity nowa-
days) and so captures the natural yeast of
the vineyard. It's one of the few wines in
the word without any sulphur.
This is the real thing, not a high alco-
holic grade wine that tastes like banana
sweets because of the yeast added for
mass-production, but beaujolais like it
used to be and is supposed to be: light,
fresh, fruity, thirst quenching; wine to
share with friends.
Come taste on Saturday, November
27th at Antillean Wine Company, Kaya
Industria 23 L1-L2 (across from Ware-
house) between 6.00 and 8.00 PM at
only NAf2,50 per glass. L L.D.

Bonaire Reporter November 25-December 2, 2005

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Super Bright Venus and Mars Share the Sky with
Three Cosmic Birds for Thanksgiving Week

C osmically speaking, American Thanksgiving week is super because in ad-
dition to the usual Thanksgiving turkey on the table we have our annual
appearance of three cosmic birds in the sky, which you can see right after dinner
all week long, plus this year they are joined by the two currently brightest planets
Venus and Mars.
On any clear night this Thanksgiving week, about 7 pm Sky Park time, face west
where you'll see the brightest planet of them all, super-bright Earth-sized Venus.
Then if you look higher above the horizon you will see the three bright stars which
mark the points of what is officially called the Summer Triangle but which every
November I unofficially call the Thanksgiving Poultry Triangle. You see, histori-
cally these stars have been associated with cosmic birds.
The highest star is Deneb, the bright tail star of Cygnus the Swan. So in addi-
tion to our Thanksgiving turkey we have a heavenly swan to be thankful for. The
bright star farthest to the left, Altair, is the brightest star of another bird, Aquila
the Eagle. But the brightest of the three stars and closest to the northwest horizon
is Vega the brightest star of Lyra the Harp, which strange as it may sound has
had more feathery incarnations than the other two put together. You see Lyra was
not always a harp. In fact, long ago before it became a lyre it was a cosmic turtle.
But before it was a turtle it was a bird of one sort or other.
Ancient records tell us that Lyra's association with birds goes back over 2,000
years. In ancient India Lyra was seen as a heavenly vulture, and in Babylon as a
great mythological storm bird named Urakkhga. Some desert peoples of ancient
Arabia saw it as two birds, the desert eagle, and would you believe, a cosmic
goose? Lyra was also once known as an osprey and a wood falcon. Anyone for a
wood falcon or osprey drumstick? At any rate only in the past couple of hundred
years or so have we in the west seen Lyra exclusively as a lyre. In fact at the time
of the American Revolution these stars were still seen as a bird an eagle but
holding a lyre in its beak. But since then the eagle has flown away and only the
lyre remains. So perhaps we should play lyre music after Thanksgiving dinner.
At any rate this Thanksgiving weekend, after you've had turkey up to here, just
step outside after dinner and look for some birds of a different feather. And thank
the heavens above you'll never get them in your leftovers. But if three cosmic birds
and super bright Venus aren't enough for you then simply face east and high above
the horizon you'll see the planet which is now Number Two in brightness because
it is so incredibly close to Earth super- bright, rouge-gold Mars which will make
this Thanksgiving week extra special. O Jack Horkheimer

For the week: November 20-26, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You will back yourself into a comer if you are baited
and your stubbornness will only make matters worse. Do not trust others with im-
portant information. Talk to someone you trust if you need advice about broaching
the subject. Your emotional life may be up in the air if your mate has been going
through a change of heart. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Take time to deal with authority figures or govern-
ment agencies. It's time to reevaluate your motives. They won't pay you back and
you'll be upset. You will be emotional with regard to your personal life. Your
lucky day this week will be Thursday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Don't overlook that fact that someone you care about
may be hiding something. Hassles with female colleagues may lead to problems
with your boss. Accomplishment is yours if you direct yourself accordingly. Older
family members may try to put unreasonable demands on you. Your lucky day this
week will be Tuesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Unique forms of entertainment could capture your
attention and bring about a romantic interest. Don't get into heated discussions.
Talk to people who can give you important knowledge. Get down to business and
do the work yourself. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You can meet potential new mates if you socialize with
friends. You may find your self in a romantic situation. This is a great day for a
trip. Discuss your objectives with partners or peers. Your lucky day this week will
be Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Romance is likely if you can bring yourself to go out
with friends. Be prepared for an active but rewarding time. Your words will be
taken out of context if you're evasive with coworkers or employers. Try not to at-
tempt to do something unless you are fully intent on following through with the
plans. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Pleasure trips will promote new romantic encounters.
Changes could be overwhelming. Avoid letting children and friends borrow. New
partnerships will develop if you join investment groups. Your lucky day this week
will be Thursday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You might just as well let others do their own
thing. If you can't get away, make plans to do something special with friends or
relatives. You may have difficulties with in-laws or family members. Your mate is
going to want and need some attention. Your lucky day this week is Wednesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) The answers can only come from within.
Opportunities to make financial gains through investments look promising. Get
involved in groups that will help you meet established individuals. You can help
other people with their financial problems by setting up a budget for them. Your
lucky day this week will be Thursday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Do something together and you'll be surprised
how sweet a deal you can make. Major moves will be emotional and not necessar-
ily to your benefit. You must get out and mingle. Be courteous if you wish to
avoid major delays. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You need to do something energetic and different.
Tell them to get out of the mess they are in and then you'll consider getting to-
gether with them. Relatives may not be telling you the whole truth about a family
situation. You might be overly emotional when dealing with your partner. Your
lucky day this week will be Monday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Changes in your home are apparent, and you must be
willing to bend if you don't want to find yourself alone. Don't count your chickens
before they hatch. Your lack of attention may have been a factor. Favors will be
offered readily. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. O

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