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T he Bonaire Direct non-stop
flights announced two weeks ago
to have begun in the middle of this
month have been cancelled, disappoint-
ing many who were counting on the new
According to a press release by the organ-
izers: "The partnership between BO-
NUSA Partners and Caribbean Sun
Flights (CSF) has been interrupted. Flight
services between Fort Lauderdale and
Bonaire are therefore suspended, until
further notice.
The 'Marketing Agreement' between BO-
NUSA and CSF for which BONUSA pro-
vided CSF with financial guarantees
along with a commitment to develop an
extensive marketing program has been
Due to the end of the season approaching,
BONUSA Partners has decided to stop
pursuing airlift options for this season.
We will continue to support and promote
any airlift options for the 2006-2007 sea-
son. Thank you for your understanding in
this matter."

A Caribbean Business Report reported
that Air Jamaica racked up a $136 mil-
lion loss in 2005, setting a new record for
the beleaguered airline, tens of millions
more than predicted. The airline was pri-
vatized in 1994 with Gordon "Butch"
Stewart taking control and revitalizing the
airline through marketing efforts and add-
ing new routes. However, following a



(Animals are God's Creatures Too) 5
Walk-a-Thon Triumph 6
School Swimming Championships 8
Tonky Heads for Australia 9
Kas di Arte,Opens,
Verhoeven Exhibit 10
Antique Living Houses
(Mentor 2: Brick Factory) 11
Gold Ambassadors (Seeling) 12
Cactus Blue Opens 13
Gardner (Mealy Bug) 14
Karnaval Schedule 15
Diving with Dee (Parrotfish) 18
Help Save the Whale (Skeleton) 18


Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Mega FM Schedule 5
Dee's Coral Glimpses 4
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Classifieds 12
Picture Yourself
(Sulawesi, Indonesia) 12
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Pet of the Week (The Two Lisas) 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Cruise Ship Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since
(Renata Domacasse) 17
Sky Park (Venus) 19
The Stars Have It 19

dispute over taxes, it was returned to
Government ownership at the end of
2004. The following year saw it beset
with problems. There was a maintenance
issue which resulted in many of its air-
craft having to be grounded. It was em-
broiled in resolving pilots' salaries and
pension issues; it faced reliability prob-
lems, not to mention escalating oil prices.
It decided to cut its fleet of aircraft from
20 to 16 and trimmed a number of routes,
including two weekly flights to Bonaire.
Air Jamaica continues to service Bon-
aire on Saturdays.

A A record four billion passengers
took to the skies in 2005, up 5.5% from
the previous year despite higher fuel costs
and concerns over terrorism and bird flu,
the main airport operators' association
said. International passenger traffic
jumped 6.7%, while domestic traffic grew
4.4% from 2004, the Airports Council
International (ACI) said last week.

A Dutch Minister of Immigration and
Integration Rita Verdonk has a draft law
ready to send home Antilleans who have
lived in the Netherlands less than three
years and have gotten into trouble with
the law during that period. The draft law
would make it possible for Dutch authori-
ties to send home Antillean young people,
ages 16-24, who have been in the Nether-
lands for fewer than three years and who
are found guilty of criminal activity. The
Netherlands has a big problem with
young Antilleans, mostly from Curacao.
Outgoing Antillean Prime Minister
Etienne Ys (PAR) has an issue with Ver-

donk's draft law. Essentially it treats full
Dutch citizens, Antilleans, as foreigners.
Antillean organizations in Holland have
come out strongly against the proposed
regulation, calling it "humiliating treat-
ment of a specific group of Dutch citi-
zens," and say it will use whatever means
necessary to prevent its approval.
S A respected Curagao parliamentar-
ian, Pedro Atacho, accepted the assign-
ment of"informateur" (the person who
attempts to form a government). Gover-
nor of the Netherlands Antilles Frits
Goedgedrag offered him the position last
week. His main task is to form a transition
coalition government that will have to

Pedro Atacho

deal with the dismantling of the Antilles
as well as usual Antillean legislation. It's
hoped a new national government will
be in place next month before the next
Round Table discussions with Holland.

SOne of the reasons that Curoil

charges higher-than-world prices for fuel
to Bonaire might be the fact that the sal-
ary of Curoil Director Marcel Nicolina
is over NAf29.000 a month, making him
the highest paid director of a public enter-
prise in Curagao. This salary does not
include fringe benefits and other bonuses.

A Dutch Minister of Antillean Affairs
Pechtold said the ordinances regulating
Dutch municipalities will not be applied
to the three "smaller" Antillean islands
of Bonaire, Statia and Saba, which have
chosen for direct ties with Holland. The
Minister explained, "It's based too much
on the Dutch situation and does not fit in
with particular circumstances of the is-
lands." This seems to say that Bonaire
won't be burdened with inappropriate
laws once closer ties with Holland are
made next year.

A The Caribbean's first DonkeyCam
(www.donkeycam.com) was launched
last week thanks to a donation by Richard
Mann through Support Bonaire. It shows
activities of the some of the animals resi-
dent in Bonaire's Donkey Sanctuary. The
Donkey Help Foundation created the
Donkey Sanctuary in 1993 to improve the
(Continued on page 4)

Bonaire Reporter February 10 to February 17, 2006

Page 2

Bonaire Reporter February 10 to February 17, 2006

Who's Who on 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: Tonky Frans, Wilna Groenenboom, Jack Horkheimer,
Greta Kooistra, Dee Scarr, TCB, Valarie Stimpson, TCB, Michael
Thiessen, Ap van Eldik
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
2006 The Bonaire Reporter

Page 3

Flotsam & Jetsam. (Continued from page 2)
living conditions of the donkeys on Bon-
aire. Before the Sanctuary was open, the
donkeys, used years ago for various jobs,
were left to fend for themselves since
now the need for working donkeys is
non-existent. Roaming free, they were
frequently hit by vehicles. To form the
Sanctuary, the Island Government of
Bonaire rented the sanctuary land. Now,
over 300 of Bonaire's donkeys reside in
the Donkey Sanctuary, which provides
food, water, and medical care.
In March, 2006, the Sanctuary will pre-
miere a Donkey Paradise Safari Park, a
drive-through, safari-like experience,
with all entry fees going directly toward
the maintenance of the donkeys. In
March, the Sanctuary will increase its
opening hours, from 10 am to 5 pm.

A Parrot Count Update: This year a
total of 700 Lora (Bonaire's Amazon
parrot) were counted by more than 50
volunteers, stationed at 22 different sites.
During last year's count there were 300
Loras counted from 17 different sites.
The Lora Count in 2003 was 350 to 400
birds. Thanks to Fundashon Salba Nos
Lora in cooperation with STINAPA,
Scouting and DROB. Sponsors this year
were supermarkets Cultimara, Ware-
house and More for Less.

coral glimpses
(a bit of information about corals by
naturalist Dee Scarr)

SA coral
head is started
by a single
coral larva
which grows
and begins to
secrete a cal-
cium-based skeleton, clones itself, and
repeats the process. Slowly.

A Changes are coming for the Cin-
namon Art Gallery which opened al-
most two years ago as Bonaire's only fine
arts gallery. The Gallery exhibited art
selected by the non-profit Bonaire Artists
Foundation run jointly by Linda Richter,
Avy Benhamron and Jake Richter. As of
the end of March 2006, Linda and Jake
Richter will be taking their works out of
the Gallery, as well as resigning from the
Bonaire Artists Foundation, leaving Avy
in charge of both the Foundation and the
Gallery. Beginning in May, the Richters'
works will be exhibited at their Belnem
home by appointment only (phone 717-
4112 or e-mail info@bonairecreations.
Avy says that he has some new ideas
for Cinnamon Art Gallery, which in-
cludes at least two other artists: Cath-
erine Salisbury and Nina Ledezma. Their
work will be on continuous display in the
Gallery beginning in April along with.
Avy's African-themed art and craft items.

A Support Bonaire, Inc., a US non-
profit organization created to help sup-
port Bonaire's non-profit social and envi-
ronmental efforts, announced that its
2005 grants to various Bonaire non-
profit organizations exceeded US
$18,000. Funding for Support Bonaire's
grants comes solely from individual do-
nors who select from a series of special
projects Support Bonaire has created to
focus on particular needs on Bonaire.
Top recipients of grants from Support
Bonaire were Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire (STCB) with over US$5,000 in
donations, and the Donkey Sanctuary and
Captain Don's Bonaire Accolade Foun-
dation with approximately US$2,800
each. Additionally, the Bonaire Animal
Shelter, the Bonaire National Marine
Park, Fundashon pa Bon Koral, Jong
Bonaire, and Stichting AVST (Wowo di
Bario) each received US$1,000 or more.
Other recipients for smaller grants and
donations included Foundation Animal
Welfare Bonaire, Mangasina di Rei, the
Zuster Maria Hoppner Stichting, and
Stichting van Kunst en Cultuur van Bon-

SElly Albers
now runs the Lac
Kai Mangrove Info
Center which hosted
over 5,000 visitors in
The Center offers
details of the impor-
tance of the man-
groves and offers
solar boat, kayak, and
mangrove snorkel
tours. The center will
soon offer guided.....
snorkeling via the
solar boat at the Lac Bay barrier reef, one of the most exciting snorkel spots on Bon-
aire. Gerard van Erp, the founder of the center, will remain in charge of research and
maintain contact with outside agencies supporting the center. For more information,
email info@mangrovecenter.com.

A majority of the donations were do-
nated on-line via the Internet at the Sup-
port Bonaire web site -

PNext Tuesday is
lovers' day, Valen-
tine's Day. Spend some time with those
you love and send some love to those
you don't. We've heard of three special
Valentine's Day (February 14) deals:
* The Great Escape Resort. You can
get a romantic dinner for two for
NAf60 or spend a romantic night
with dinner, champagne and break-
fast for two for NAf200.

Jazz Event at Croccantino Restau-
rant Treat your lover to a special
evening at Croccantino, Bonaire's
most romantic restaurant, where

you'll dine on a four-course totally
Tuscan meal and listen to great jazz.
Special guest artists are Konkie Hal-
meyer, a famous steel pan player
and Uti Grigorio (his bass man)
playing with local jazz musicians.
Konkie will play Latin jazz and also
some real Antillean works. Konkie
Halmeyer is one of the featured art-
ists in the 2006 Heineken Jazz Festi-
val. Tickets are $40. Call 717-5025
to reserve. Starts at 7 pm.

SFKPD (Foundation For the Dis-
abled) will be having a "Fiesta San
Valentino" benefit night at the
Lighthouse at Harbour Village Ma-
rina from 7 to midnight. Live music
by Michael Boncoeur and Krishno
Penso, guest star is Melania v.d.
Veen. HB Disco also. Donation of

Continued on page 5


Phone: (599) 09 512-6375
Phone: (599) 717-2500 EXT. 8210
Cell.: (599) -9-562-6375





Bonaire Reporter February 10 to February 17, 2006

Page 4

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 4)
NAf100 includes dinner and drink.
For tickets call 717-6210 or get
them from any of the FKPD em-

A In a previous issue we reported on
several projects that were potentially
harmful to Bonaire's environment. One
was the reconstruction of the Chogogo
house near the southern tip of Bon-
aire. Our sources said that it might be
used as a disco or night club. There was
concern that the noise and traffic might
be harmful to the nearby flamingo nest-
ing areas. This past Monday we were
assured by Joep van der Ligt, one of the
Chogogo owners, who wrote to us to say
that this was not so. He said, "The beau-
tiful house will be our paradise only for
us after many years of hard work." He
went on to express his desire to maintain
the tranquility of the place. That's good

A The Diabetic Society will hold
three Information Sessions as a service
to the people of Bonaire in the garden in
front of the chapel at the old hospital on
Kaya L.D. Gerharts.
Thursday, February 9, from 8 to
9:30 pm a talk by Sharine Loozen
of the Health Department:
"Nutrition for the Diabetic"
Friday, February 10, from 8 to 9:30
pm a talk by surgeon Dr. Ei-
jkelenburg: "The Feet of the Dia-
betic" why diabetics have foot
problems, what happens without
care, how to care for the feet
Saturday, February 11, from 11 am
to 3 pm free testing for blood
sugar, hypertension. An orthopedic
doctor will be there to check feet;

herbologist, Dina Veeres, will be
there with her herbs. There will be
tables with information, demonstra-
tions of food products. For sale will
be soft drinks, soup, chicken, salad
and bread. And more....
Sponsored by Sosiedat di Diabetikonan
di Boneiru (SODIBON), FKPD, AIDS
Foundation, Foundation for the Blind,
Anti Drug Foundation. Saturday's event
is sponsored by Brokx Shoes, Curagao.

A SEBIKI (the organization for the
betterment of children, pre-natal to 6
years) has announced special Karnaval
activities for children. On Sunday,
February 12, from 10 am to 1 pm, the
kids can come to the garden of SEBIKI,
Kaya P.P. Silie #2, to prepare for Kama-
val painting and decorating tee shirts,
masks, crowns etc. Price is NAf2,50 or
NAf7,50 (if they don't have their own
tee shirt). Parents are welcome to bring
materials as well.
On Friday, February 17, there will be a
Balloon Parade for the small children,
starting at Wilhelmina Park at 5:30 pm,
going through Kaya Grandi, by the sea,
and ending back at the Park where there
will be snacks, face painting and other
fun activities Children are encouraged to
wear their costumes and bring balloons.
During Kamaval SEBIKI will have a
stand in front of TCB, selling snacks and
drinks. Tante (Aunt) Mimi and her crew
will be there doing face painting.

A "Impress Your Friends. Amaze the
Islanders. Startle Yourself." Those words
announce the fascinating and useful little
phrase book, Getting Around the Is-
lands in Papiamentu: A Phrasebook
for Travelers and Newcomers, for



Good day Editor,
I just wrote something and I would like
to know if you would consider publish-
ing it, because I want to speak for ani-
mals that can't and I do think a lot of
people should be more aware of the fact
that animals should not be treated badly.
In Holland we used to have these little
pictures on TV in the 70s that
every night shouted to all of
us: "Animals need to be loved
too!" And, you know, it
worked. People need to be told
a lot, to develop conscious-
ness. So...I am hoping you will
let me tell my story in The Re-
porter, which we all love by
the way:
I love this island, but my heart breaks
all the times I witness or hear about the
way some people treat (their) animals. I
wonder. How can anyone sit in church,
pray, call himself a religious man or
woman when they beat, ignore and chain
animals? And if you don't believe in a
God, how can you live with yourself if
you hurt a living creature?
Reverend Henri Primatt, D.D., a 16th

Papiamentu, the Creole spoken lo-
cally on Bonaire, Curacao, and
Aruba. For visitors to the islands,
speaking some Papiamentu is
more a matter of sociability than
survival. They can get by in Eng-
lish almost anywhere they go,
but getting to know people's
language is a good way to get

Century Anglican Priest, in his time al-
ready spoke these words: "Mercy is a
universal duty, and it cannot be withheld
from any of God's creatures." In the Bi-
ble, God often talks about animals. Don't
people know they will have to account
for how they treated (their) animals?
Just really look into the eyes of an ani-
mal for once, and you will know he or
she is NOT an alarm on feet; he's a crea-
ture with a soul and should be treated
gently. He is not guarding
SS your house because you
make him hate people; he
guards your house and chil-
- 1D dren because he loves you,
even if you don't treat him
well. Now, where do you
find a better friend than that?
Please think about it: let the
dog run free in your garden,
don't beat him or her, be gentle. Don't
pester or hurt the free animals on the is-
land. Don't catch and cage a bird. How
would you feel in a cage?
Animals truly are God's creatures as
well as we humans are. Please respect
them. Thank you.
Kitty Rooker

to know them and their culture.
The book gives essential dia-
logues of everyday life.
This new guide is available at:
Chat 'n' Browse, Sand Dollar Gro-
cery, Habitat, Valerie's Airport
Shop, Carib Inn, as well as at the
office of Tourism Corporation Bon-
aire, and at Kas di Arte during Ver-

Bonaire Reporter February 10 to February 17, 2006

Page 5

Walk-a-Thon Triumph

t was a very dark but
beautiful morning as
200 intrepid souls set off
from the White Slave Huts
at 5 am for the Fifth Annual
Special Olympics Bonaire
Walk-a-Thon. Some walked,
some ran, some biked, some
even roller bladed. The
weather was making up for
the last two years' Walk-a-
Thons when it was cold and
rainy. Starlight lit the salt
pans. The planet Venus was
so bright that you could read
the street signs. You knew
dawn was coming before the
light when you heard all the
birds chirping.
Along the way another 100
people joined the walk
which ended up at the Pasa

Dia (handicapped center) in
Rincon, 30 kilometers from the start.
About every 5 kilometers stands
were set up to dispense water, Gator-
ade, pan dushi and fruits. The Bonaire
Motorcycle Club stationed at Karpata
offered even stronger fare! It was a
first for Ian and Dorothy MacDonald,
manning their stand at the beginning
of the tourist road. "We really felt like
part of the community," Ian reported.
Dorothy added, "We really will need a
lot more Pan Dushi next year! It went
very fast!" Other wonderful host and

Some of the Special Olympics-FKPD Walkers

hostesses dispensing goodies and en-
couragement were Kitty Handschul,
Norka Loft, Iris Jesurun, Guus Gerrit-
sen, Bud Pearson and their crews.
Nearly the whole island helped in
some way. The Red Cross patrolled
the route as did volunteers in trucks,
being there just in case someone got
tired or hurt.
At the end at the Pasa Dia, runners,
walkers, bikers, roller bladers were
welcomed by cheering and clapping.
There were about 300 of them. Every-

The first finisher on foot, William
van Heyningen,from the Go Fast
Walking Club of Curagao.

one got a hot meal of baka stoba pre-
pared by the students of Chez Nous
and a fit-for-framing certificate, testi-
fying that they indeed made the trek.
Shoes were kicked off and legs
stretched and time to share personal
experiences from the morning.
The oldest walker was Georges Me-
lief (71), who arrived on Bonaire just
the night before for a visit with his
daughter Irene who coaches the Spe-

The North Salina Road Runner,
Nazario Alberto, was among the top

cial Olympics Bonaire Tennis Team.
Georges made it the whole way. The
oldest biker, who seems to have made
it a tradition, was Larry Thielgard (78)
who pedaled most of the way from
his home near Harbour Village to the
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Bonaire Reporter February 10 to February 17, 2006

Page 6

Refreshment Stops & More

(Walk-a-thon Triumph. Continued from page 6)
The organizing committee is so
pleased with the results: 456 tickets
were sold, about NAf 13.250 in total
fundraising a big help in sending the
Special Olympics Bonaire team to
Shanghai, China, next year.
Thank you, Board Members: Aura
Engelhart, Claire Sealy, Chio Se-
meleer, Lupe Uranie, Onnie Emerenci-
ana, Roosje v.d. Hoek.
More thank yous in addition to those
mentioned above: Vilma Albertsz &
crew, Engelhart and Kock families,
Genny Wever, Nununu Josephia, Har-
old and Saphida Kurban, Robbie de-
Palm, Miangela Semeleer and the
FKPD crew: Meredith, Varenia, Me-
rida, Sytel, Shunilla, Inolda,
Ansherella, Lisette, Monique and Ma-


SpwrIml MomJnpkcs

Bonaire Reporter February 10 to February 17, 2006

The Gerritsen's stand in Playa

Norka's place at the entrance to

Page 7

School Swimming Champinships

T he 2nd Annual
School Swimming
Championship was
held at the Bonaire
Sports Complex/
Meralney Vacation
Villas on Sunday,
January 29. The
meet, organized by
the Bonaire Barracu-
das Aquatics Club
and INDEBON, fea-
tured teams from
Bonaire's primary
and secondary
schools. Fifty-six Sampson and Asdrubal
swimmers between
the ages of 5 and 17
years competed in 50-meter backstroke, freestyle
and breaststroke events. Medals were awarded to
the top three male and female swimmers in each age
category. All swimmers received ribbons for par-
ticipation. In addition, swimmers in the 9 10, 11 -
12 and 13 -14 age categories vied for the chance to
represent Bonaire at the 2006 Inter-island Scholastic '
Games to be held in Aruba in April.
The traditional "Pasa Boka Swim" was held after
the final event and prior to the awards ceremony.
Three age group relay teams from the Bonaire Bar-
racudas challenged their coaches and teachers to a
medley relay. The event was won by the adults with
the younger swimmers finishing close behind. The
Barracudas then treated those in attendance to a wa-
ter polo exhibition match.
The meet was sponsored by Ennia Insurance,
Maduro & Curiel's Bank (Bonaire) N.V., IN-
DEBON, and Bonaire Sports Complex.

The "Barracuda Spirit Award" was given to Kristu Chaz Sweers
Bon Wardador. In 2005 this school had only two
swimmers and no coach. This year Kristu Bon
Wardador was represented by 13 swimmers who were coached by two parent volun-
teers. Several Kristu Bon Wardador parents also volunteered to serve as timekeepers
during the meet.
The Barracudas presented achievement certificates to Giada Binelli, Samson Evertsz
and Rooske Wagemakers for representing Bonaire in the 2005 Netherlands Antilles
National Swimming Championships. Story & photos by Valarie Stimpson


1st Place School: Papa Comes 567
2nd Place School: Scholengemeenschap Bonaire (SGB) 470
3rd Place School: Kristu Bon Wardador 423

Individual Winners:
Backstroke- 50 meters
Girls 8 and under: Yasmin Esser, Tirzah
Richards Zaira Groenendal
Boys 8 and under: Luis Marcano Bravo, Erich
Fischer, Constantijn Botterop

Girls 9- 10: Arshemira Charles, Ryda-Luz
Boys 9 10: Samson Evertsz, Asdrubal Mar-
cano Bravo, Jemuel Richards

Girls 11- 12: Rooske Wagemakers, Danique
Oleana, Sue-Ellen Richardson
Boys 11 -12: Enrique Vasquez Meza, Florian
Wegerer, Vernon Kromhout
Girls 13 and over: Giada Binelli, Daniela Si-
mal, Andrea Simal
Boys 13 and over: Philip Winkel, Stephan
Decaster, Joeri Lieuw

Freestyle- 50 meters
Girls 8 and under: Tirzah Richards, Yasmin
Esser, Diane Werdath
Boys 8 and under: Luis Marcano Bravo,
Constantijn Botterop

Girls 9- 10: Vera Ghazzouli, Arshemira
Charles, Ryda-Luz Emer
Boys 9 -10: Samson Evertsz, Olivier Wage-
makers, Asdrubal Marcano Bravo

Girls 11- 12: Rooske Wagemakers, Diorella
Cicilia, Danique Oleana
Boys 11- 12: Enrique Vasquez Meza,
Florian Wegerer, Vernon Kromhout

Girls 13 and over: Giada Binelli, Andrea
Simal, Daniela Simal
Boys 13 and over: Philip Winkel, Stephan
Decaster, Joeri Lieuw

Breaststroke -50 meters
Girls 8 and under: Zaira Groenendal, Tirzah
Richards, Yasmin Esser
Boys 8 and under: Luis Marcano Bravo, Erich
Fischer, Tomas Esser

Girls 9 -10: Vera Ghazzouli, Sissi Spong,
Emily Fischer
Boys 9 10: Samson Evertsz, Asdrubal Mar-
cano Bravo, Frangois Soree

Girls 11- 12: Rooske Wagemakers, Danique
Oleana, Sue-Ellen Richardson
Boys 11- 12: Churmer Bomba, Vernon
Kromhout, Florian Wegerer

Girls 13 and over: Giada Binelli, Meralney
Bomba, Daniela Simal
Boys 13 and over: Stephan Decaster, Philip
Winkel, Joeri Lieuw

Bonaire Reporter February 10 to February 17, 2006

Papa Comes Victory Cheer

Page 8


are to get all the product pictures for their
2007 brochure, all the product pictures for
magazines for 2007, team lifestyle pic-
tures for their website, photos for at least
one travel story for magazines, photos for
at least one team story for magazines,
video footage for the F2 Action DVD
2007, video footage and pictures for all
team riders for personal use, lifestyle pic-
tures with accessories, and lifestyle pic-
tures with promo wear.

This photo and video shoot is greatly
supported by the Australian government
and Australian commerce. F2 succeeded
in getting greatly reduced air fares and
accommodation fares and free excess bag-
gage, car rental and permits. F2 in its turn
has to promote West Australian tourism
by placing the West Australian tourism
logo on brochures, videos and websites.
F2 does the promotion partly by letting all
riders promote West Australia. Therefore
you shouldn't be surprised to see me
windsurfing with the West Australia
sticker. I think that this is a great way to
promote Australian water sports tourism.
The Bonairean government should take
note of this whole idea by attracting these
big businesses to Bonaire for their photo
and video shoots by offering them great
reductions in order to get Bonaire pro-
moted internationally for its windsurfing

not allowed to bring personal sailing
equipment on the trip. You have to keep in
mind that we are 11 international top rid-
ers and that each one of us has about five
boards! The only things that we, as the top
riders, have to take with us are board
shorts, "steamers" and a shorty. Boards,
F2 lycras and all other available accesso-
ries will be given to us in Australia. I am
scheduled to promote the following
boards: the REBEL, which is the ultimate
new school wave and freestyle board; the
XTC, which is ideal for both freemove
and SuperX; the Chilli 96 and Chilli 105,
for ultimate freestyle board; and the DIS-
COVERY, which is the pure beginner

I am looking forward to meeting the
team ofF2 and the big (young) bosses of
F2 again. In spite of all the stress which a
photo and video shoot brings with it we
always have lots of fun together. In the
meantime I am preparing myself, training
on a daily basis in Sorobon and packing
my stuff according to the F2 checklist,
awaiting the day of departure. When I am
back on the island I will surely share my
Australian experience with all of you.
Tonky Frans

It's that time of year again when the This year F2 is organizing its photo and
windsurfing world businesses organ- video shoot in Australia. And since I am
ize their photo and video shoots. Last year one of their international top riders I have
my board sponsor, F2, held its photo and to be there for sure from February 1lth till
video shoot in Maui (Hawaii). It seems the 5t of March.
like yesterday that I wrote a report on this
trip to Hawaii for The Bonaire Reporter. The goals of this photo and video shoot

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
2-10 11:07 2.0FT. 20:18 0.8FT. 66
2-11 11:41 2.0FT. 20:51 0.8FT. 71
2-12 12:10 1.9FT. 21:28 0.9FT. 75
2-13 12:41 1.8FT. 21:57 0.9FT. 77
2-14 13:14 1.7FT. 22:17 1.FT. 77
2-15 13:36 1.5FT. 22:24 1.1FT. 76
2-16 13:21 1.4FT. 21:47 1.2FT. 74
2-17 5:49 1.5FT. 20:21 1.2FT. 70

Alter Ego Guaicamar I, Ven. Scintella
Angie Harmony Sirius
Attitude Honalee USA Siorse
Augustin II Songo Summer Breeze
Blue Moon Isigare Spart I Vento
Bright Sea Manta Blue Water Rally Stella
Camissa, Chan Is. Maggi Sylvia K
Casa del Mar Natural Selection Ta B
Cape Kathryn Ocean Breeze Ti Amo
Chaina Doll Okeanis Udidi
Churumrel Okura Ulu Ulu, USA
Delphinus Onyva Unicorn, Norway
Destiny Orino Valhalla
Eagle's Wing Pela Valtair
Endorphin Pishi Porko Varedhuni, Ger.
Flying Cloud, USA Pythial a-T, BVI
Freestyle Revlou Yanti Paratzi
Galandriel Samba Zahi, Malta
Golden Eye Santa Maria
Goril Two Sandpiper, USA
Bonaire Reporter February 10 to February 17, 2006

Page 9

Kas i Arte Opens wOith Veroeven

Bonaire's First Lady, Lena Domacassd opens the Kas di Arte

L ast Saturday's
opening of Kas
di Arte and the Ronald
Verhoeven exhibit was
a joyous occasion. The
venerable building, the ,
oldest on Bonaire and
originally the Slave
Hospital, was reborn
once again. It was
gleaming with fresh
paint, inside and out, ui
fresh stones in the gar-
den and state of the art
lighting inside. Artists, Governor Domacassi cuts the ribbon to open the Verho-
art lovers and friends even Exhibit: L to R: Henny Verhoeven, the artist, Lena
thronged the gallery, Domacassd, the Governor, Jackie Bernabella
spilling over into the
garden where drinks
and snacks were served and typically Bonairean music was played by the vet-

eran group, Flor di Orkadia. Lt. Gover-
nor Hubert Domacass6 cut the ribbon to
open the Verhoeven exhibit, and his
wife Lena unveiled the Kas di Arte
Verhoeven's large and striking paint-
ings caused lots of comments like:
"Why, these are the colors of Bonaire,"
"I love his work because he has a mes-
sage: there are abstract elements to be
visually interesting but with enough
realism to make it seem familiar," "As
you look at this painting you see more
and more;" "He's captured the essence
of Bonaire." Other terms we heard like
"emotional," "humorous," "roots of

Bonaire, its past," "timelessness." A
number of the paintings have been sold
already. Two of the artist's paintings
have been adapted as silk screened
prints and are for sale. They're smaller
than the originals but are masterfully
The Ronald Verhoeven exhibit will
continue through February. Kas di Arte
is open Monday through Friday from
10 am to noon and 2 to 5 pm during the
exhibition. Kas di Arte Artistic and
Cultural Formation is on Kaya J.N.E.
Craane #34, on the waterfront prome-
nade, just north of the Nautico Bonaire
dock. L.D.

Bonaire Reporter February 10 to February 17, 2006

Ronald Verhoeven with his painting, "Simidan"

Page 10

Antique Living Houses of Bonaire

Mentor 2: Brick Factory by Wilna Groenenboom Preserving Bonaire's Architectural Heritage

S he Vis family home at Mentor
T is interesting. When you first
see the place your eyes are drawn to
the old machine in front of the house.
Brother Autoon (Toontje) Vis saved
this machine from burial. If you look
hard you will see more machines on
the left side of the house by an old
wooden shack. On the shack's wind-
ward side the wood is covered with
metal from oil drums to provide more
protection against heavy rains. The old
shack was the first brick factory.
The family patriarch, Cor Vis, had
many skills and started many busi-
nesses. He had three to four boats sail-
ing from Bonaire to North America, ..,.....
Cuba and Curacao; he collected wood
to make charcoal; raised goats for
meat. He also had a business collect-
ing divi divi tree pods, the extract of 1 .
which is used for tanning leather.
He was also an innovator and liked ...5
new technologies. The machine in the
middle of this triptych was used to
crush stones into smaller ones for
road-building and crush them even
more into sand. On the left side is a
newer crusher.
Using the cement mixer (bottom o tmPAARNE
right) he made cement to put into the
molds (on top, right and left). Molds Haa e r m r
were made by sawing stones in the
particular form and then polishing
them. The stone mold was set into a
well-anchored iron box. Another ma- Wilna Groenenboom is an artist and photographer who teaches art at the SGB high school
chine filled the mold, under pressure,
with cement. The family still has these
molds, in different styles and shapes,
on their property, The bricks are not
just used for stone walls. People also
use them as "toilet windows," which
always lets in fresh air. The big stones,
such as at the bottom right center,
were for the walls of the main house.
The molds pictured in the upper cor-
ners are not architectural, so it may
seem a little bit strange to give them
so much attention in an article about
architecture. But once you start look-
ing for them, you will find these open
bricks in a lot of houses on Bonaire.
So, in some way, they influence the
architecture of Bonaire, and that
makes them important.
By the way, the barrel (center bot-
tom left) was for rum. W. G.

Bonaire Reporter February 10 to February 17, 2006

Page 11

Gold Bonaire Ambassadors

W e are honoring
our GOLD Bon-
aire Ambassadors, Susi
and Ernst Seeling from
Vienna, Austria. Back in '
the 1980s they read in a
German dive magazine
about Bonaire and its
shore diving opportuni-
ties, the perfect choice for
Ernst who suffers from
sea sickness and was look-
ing for an alternative to
boat diving.
When they wanted to
book the flight, their Vi-
ennese travel agent did not
know about Bonaire and almost sent
them to Borneo! But they finally made it
here and fell immediately in love with
the island. It was exactly what they were
looking for: a quiet and clean place with
friendly and helpful people and a won-
derful reef along the west coast. Since
then they have been coming to Bonaire
every year, stealing days from their ski-
ing vacation to save for a lengthy vaca-
tion in Bonaire.
Ernst is an enthusiastic underwater
photographer and many of his award-
winning pictures were taken on Bonaire's
reefs. Five years ago, when they retired,
they were offered the opportunity to
work as free-lance photo journalists for a
dive magazine. Since then they've pub-

Susi and Ernst Seeling

lished numerous photo stories about Bon-
aire and promoted the island in the Aus-
trian diving community. TCB has re-
ceived copies of marvelous stories that
have been published. According to the
Seelings, they've discovered also that
Bonaire has more to offer than just shore
diving. Their favorite place on land is
Washington Slagbaai Park, and they feel
that Bonaire is a great place for outdoor
people and nature lovers also.
Susi and Ernst have made several
friends on the island and have been visit-
ing for 23 years and are planning their
next trip already. They have visited many
other destinations since they retired but
keep returning to Bonaire again and
again. "Now as Bonaire Ambassadors,

ictju e You trse If

In Te ep o rter

Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Reporter sub-
scribers Corky
and Sy Halberg from
Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
write, "Here we are at
Wakatobi Dive Re-
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course we brought a
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with us. Hope to see
this photo in a future
edition of the paper.
Oh, the trip was phe-
Well, here it is.

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we feel even more motivated to write
about the island and prove with our pic-
tures its beauty both above and below the
sea," they say.
For Tourism Corporation Bonaire it is a
great pleasure to have Susi and Ernst as
GOLD Bonaire Ambassadors. "We thank

N). E-mail to: picture @bonairereporter.com. (All

Susi and Ernst for their numerous visits,
the promotion they have done for the
island and the promotion they will con-
tinue doing, true Bonaire Ambassadors,"
said Ronella Croes, Director of Tourism
Corporation Bonaire. Congratulations!
TCB release & Photo

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 in-
formation source on Bonaire. Telephone
(599) 717-7160. For on-line yellow pages
directory information go to http://www.

Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in garden/
septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda La-
goen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt. Don
and Janet). Phone: 786-0956

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 NA f5 per meal. Call
CHINA NOBO 717-8981

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

Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 7864651

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

For Sale

For sale: Water ski bindings for
combo skis. Size 38 to 46 (Eur.) New,
Complete with mounting material. NAf
100/pair. Tel. 786-5591

For sale: 2 Sky kennels for dogs, KLM-

approved, one large NAF 150, one extra
large NAF 300, tel. 786-5582.

AUTO Many new parts including, battery,
tires, shocks, service etc. Drives very well,
genuine reason for sale NAf5250; Tel:

SCUBAPRO Twin Jet fins extra large,
used once. Listed at $179-; Sacrifice $90-
"or best offer" Leave message for B. Olla
at 717-8738 for call back......

For Sale- 21" TV/VCR Quasar, TV
works great, but not VCR. Call for more
info. 100 naf 717-6862

For Sale: Ultra Classic Yoga Mats.
Color: Black Price: NAf60. Call 786-

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

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P ro pe rty
For Sale : Washikemba Kunuku land
2009 M2 Private property incl. building
permission Tel.: 717 2023
Cell:785 0918

For Sale: Modern house Santa Barbara
Visit: www.posada-bonaire.com Tel.: 717
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floats for

For Sale Cabo
Rico 38 Yacht 1989,
Excellent offshore
cruiser. One-owner,
little used, only 800
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new s-s rigging. Includes Avon R2.8 inflat-
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NAf 14,000 ($8,000)
Call George 786-6125/717-8988.

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Page 12

CACTUS BLUE RestAturAd Optes

Y ou step into the
place and you im-
mediately know it's run
by pros! You're greeted
warmly; the service is
prompt, accurate, and the
food and drinks are exem-
plary. Sure enough you
find that owner-operators,
Hagen and Corinna
Wegerer, ran a bistro style
restaurant in Guernsey in
the Channel Islands for
seven years. And Hagen
was raised in the business.
"It's in my blood," he
says. Their restaurant won
the coveted Egon Ronay
award in the British Isles.
The couple sold their
restaurant and took a hia-
tus of two years while
they traveled the world
with their three boys (two,
six and eight at the time).
Bonaire was the last stop The Ca
on their sojourn and it WO
worked its magic. "We'd
heard Buddy Dive was
looking for a Dive Manager," Corinna
says, "and I wanted to work for awhile
(be the breadwinner) so I took the job
and was there for five years." Hagen
was in the hotel-dive business too, but
the time came when they both wanted
to get back to their roots.
Cactus Blue opened on February 1.
Champagne flowed during the opening

ctus Blue Family: Corinna and Hagen
Vegerer with their boys, Sebastian,
Christian and Florian
where many of the "beautiful people"
came to offer their best wishes. Friends
of the Wegerer boys, Sebastian (13),
Florian (11) and Christian (8), helped
to round out and enjoy the all-ages
party. Guests were treated to fall-off-
the-bone spicy ribs, crab meat balls
with a sweet chili dip and salsa with

A few days later we stopped by to try
the drinks and stayed for dinner. There
are all kinds of Margaritas and a load
of "Cactus" specialties and numerous
brands of beers and wines. So many
choices, so little capacity! We decided
to try some of the show stopping appe-
tizers and soup: an exceptional Cevi-
che, crispy Calamari and the White
Chili Chicken Soup. Their entrees fea-
ture Caribbean style flavors -jerk,
curry, or a Blackened Cajun Tuna Sa-
shimi, for example. A special feature
on the menu is Mama Lou's Kabrito
Stoba. (Mama Lou worked with
Corinna and Hagen at Buddy Dive and
her stoba is to die for.) Vegetarians,
according to Corinna, can order off the
menu and their dishes will be individu-
ally prepared.

To invite people to come into their
well run bistro Hagen and Corinna are
offering specials like: Monday 2 for
1 an appetizer with every entr6e or-
dered; Tuesday "Bucket Night" free
finger Lick'n Chicken Wings;
Wednesday Open "Mic" Night with
Moogie Pitchers of beer NAf 14,40
($8); and of course Happy Hour every
evening 5 pm to 7 pm. And something
new on the island: a Cactus Blue Loy-
alty Card: spend a total of $50 on food
or drink at Cactus Blue and receive $5
off your next meal.
Cactus Blue is on J.A. Abraham
Blvd. #12, just south of the post office
on the opposite side. Tel. 717-4564.
And tell them The Reporter sent you!

Bonaire Reporter February 10 to February 17, 2006

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The Hated Mealybug

n my last article I wrote about a
goal for this year: to start a seri-
ous fight against some of the plant pests
and diseases. Soil Mealbu
This is, as I wrote, not something that
we can do alone. We need your help big
time and also the support of all of our
landscape worker colleagues.
The most important effort will be to not
plant too many types of plants that are
vulnerable to, let's say, the Mealybugs
(Mealybugs derive their name from the
white, waxy, mealy secretions that cover
their bodies). If we can reduce the plagues
after a period of time, we can always go
back to those types of plants. Not being
able to use susceptible plant types like the
Hibiscus or Texas Sage is such a shame,
because they are very beautiful.
And the second, most important effort is
to make everybody aware that some-
thing has to be done about it. There is
not much use in continuing to fight the
Mealybugs in your own garden if your
neighbor's garden is totally full of these
nasty little creatures. As I wrote in my last Mealybugs on a plant
article, the diseases are spread easily by
wind and contact with leaves. Also some types of the mealy bug are known to sim-
ply walk over to the neighbors if it gets too crowded! Don't hesitate to ask your
neighbor if he can do something about an infected plant. There are a lot of people
who may not even know there's a problem, or worse, in some cases, don't care.
That is sometimes fully understandable: if they're renting a house why should they
And the last effort is the most difficult, that is the education part. We ourselves
are still in the midst of this process because there are no easy solutions for these
When you see an infected plant, don't worry, just start by cutting off the most
infected part of the plant. That is most likely to be the top part, so not too much
damage is done. Throw all infected parts away, best in closed bag. If there is a lot
of infestation you can use chemicals. Apply them yourself or hire a professional to
do this for you. Even washing them off with a strong stream of water is effective.
Always rake leaves that have fallen down because they too are infected, and
throw them away, again in something closed. The spores or eggs can also hide in
your soil, especially in those places that get water frequently. And sometimes you
see big white clusters of spores and eggs in old trunks. Spray them off with water!
Keep a close look at those plants that have shown infection. And if you decide to
spray, once won't do the whole trick. You have to spray at least two or three
times to get rid of the problem. If the infestation is in old plants you probably
have to continue spraying for a longer period. This is a process that we and our col-
leagues still have to learn and try to keep up with all the time.
This brings me to the last part of this article. My experience is that this spraying
takes a lot of time and is a dirty job, so if your gardener has to spray regularly in
your garden, that doesn't give him much time to do other things like pruning or
other, nicer works. It is very important that your plants remain in a healthy condi-
tion. They will be less vulnerable to whatever disease. You see, they are almost
human! We will keep you informed on the progress on whatever other ways we
find to get rid of this problem. Ap van Eldik

Ap van Eldik owns Green Labe Landscaping which
designs, constructs and maintains residential and
commercial gardens. Two nurseries and a garden
shop in Kralendijk carry terra cotta pots from AoMex-
ico and South America. Phone 717-3410.

Bonaire Reporter February 10 to February 17, 2006

Page 14



Late Show
Callto make sure (LUsually9pm)
The Family Stone
(Sarah Jessica
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf14 (incl. Tax)
Zathura / Cheaper By
The Dozen 2

Now until February 28-Art Exhibit by
Ronald Verhoeven at Kas di Arte. See
page 10
Thursday, Friday, Saturday-February 9,
10, 11. Diabetic Society Information Ses-
sions. See page 5.
Saturday, February 11 UniCollege open
to students see the innovative learning
system, 10 am to noon.
Saturday, February 11 Live music by
the "Flamingo Rockers," Coco's Beach
Bar 7-9 pm
Saturday, February 11 Brigitte Kley
Exhibit opens at Cinnamon Art Gallery,
7-9 pm. Exhibit runs through March 23.
Sunday, February 12 Jazz Brunch at
Den Laman - Wonderful music by
Guus, Benji, Robbie, Lando and Chris, plus
other special guests. 11:30 am
Sunday, February 12-SEBIKI Karnaval
Preparations for Kids-see page 5
Tuesday, February 14-Valentine's Day
Tuscan dinner and cool jazz at Croc-
cantino see page 4
Tuesday, February 14 Valentine's Day
FKPD Fundraiser Fiesta at the Light-
house at Harbour Village. All inclusive,
food, drinks, entertainment, music, more, 7
pm midnight-see page 4.
Friday, February 17-SEBIKI Chil-
dren's Parade. See page 5
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship visiting days, starting
around 10 am to early afternoon. See
Schedule above.
Karneval-See Schedule upper right

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 handicrafts, candles,
incense, drinks and music. www.infobonaire.
Saturday-Mountain Bike Ride Everyone
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
Saturday -Wine Tasting at AWC's warehouse,
6 to 8 pm, Kaya Industria #23. Great wines -
NAf2,50 a glass.
Saturday All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Fla-
mingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm, NAf26,50.
Call for reservations 717-8285 ext. 444 .
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while enjoying a
great dinner in colorful tropical ambiance at the
Chibi Chibi Restaurant & Bar. Open daily 5 to
10 pm, Divi Flamingo
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart
of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria 717-


Monday-Kriyoyo Night BBQ Buffet featuring
Chef Gibi and Los Princes Mariachi, Golden
Reef Inn (2005 Small Inn of the year). Band 7
pm, BBQ at 7:30 pm. Reservations $20, walk ins
$25. Drinks available for purchase. Call 717-
5759 or email info @goldenreefinn.com
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Divi Flamingo,
Balashi Beach Bar- Live music by the
"Flamingo Rockers" 5-7 pm
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 Bonaire-
Talker Dinner/Gathering at Gibi's, known for
great local food. Call Gibi at 567-0655 for de-
tails, or visit www.BonaireTalk.com, and search
for "Gibi."
Wednesday Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar-
Live music by Flamingo Rockers 5-6:30 pm
Wednesday The Windsurf Place at Sorobon-
Live music by Flamingo Rockers 7:30- 9:30pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Divi Flamingo,
Balashi Beach Bar- Live music by the
"Flamingo Rockers" 5-7pm
Friday-Swim lessons for children by Enith
Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Sorobon from
1330 to 1630
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party, Buddy
Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30pm
Friday- 5-7 pm Social Event at JanArt Gal-
lery, Kaya Gloria 7. Meet artist Janice Huck-
aby and Larry of Larry's Wildside Diving. New
original paintings of Bonaire and diver stories of
the East Coast every week
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday Yoga Classes-
Tel. 786-6416
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is open daily
for hot slot machines, roulette and blackjack,
Mon. to Sat. 8 pm 4 am; Sun. 7 pm 3 am.
Daily by appointment -Rooi Lamoenchi
Kunuku Park Tours Bonairean kunuku. $12
(NAfl2 for residents). 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 Bianculli, 8.30
pm, Capt. Don's Habitat.
Monday- Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea slide
Show at Captain Don's Habitat, 8:30 pm Call
717-8290 for info
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conservation
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
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past in this
venerable old home that has been restored and funished
so it appears the family hasjust stepped out Local ladies
will tell youthe story. Open Mondaythiu Friday, 9 12,
2-4. Weekends by appointment Call 717-2445.
MangasinadiRei,Rincon. Enjoy theviewfrom "The
King's Storehouse." Learn about Bonaire's culture. Visit
homes fmromthe 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 /
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behindthe
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.
AAmeetings -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 invitedNAf5 enmyfee.
Call Cahy 5664056.
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,
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 In-
ternational, every other Tuesday, 7 pm. Tel.

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Pet of the Week

S wo very valuable volunteer
teens at the Bonaire Animal
Shelter every Saturday are Lisa Schut
(15) and Lisa Verbinner (16). They're
shown here with a new pup that was
just brought into the Shelter and doesn't
even have a name yet. What a nice wel-
come for him!
Both girls are working at the Shelter
as part of a school project where they
have to volunteer for 40 hours. But
they've both been volunteers here pre-
viously. Lisa Verbinner explains, "I've
worked here before. We clean the ken-
nels, feed and wash the dogs. We play
with them, teach them to be social and
love them. It's good for animals to see
people who show them love and tender-
ness." But the down side, she says is, "I want to take them all home!" Shelter Manager
Jurrie Mellema is very impressed with these young ladies. He says, "I can give them a
job to do and they can be left alone to do it. They don't need any supervision."
Jurrie also reports that there have been at least 18 adoptions since first of year, many of
them adult dogs. We wondered why there had been so many adoptions after the first of
the year. "Maybe they waited until the fireworks were over," Jurrie suggests. The two
kittens from last week's column were also among the adoptees. Congratulations and best
wishes to all the new owners and pets. May you have many happy years together!
A volunteer to do some gardening on the Shelter grounds would be very much ap-
preciated right now. If you can spare some time, call the Shelter at 717-4989. You may
choose your own hours. L.D.

717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday
of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana #1. All
Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12 noon-2
pm Now meeting at 'Pirate House', above Res-
taurant Zeezicht. All Rotarians welcome. Tel.
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte Indus-
trial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie Stimp-
son at 785-3451; Valrie@telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to help
staff gallery. 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 717-4685,
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 (nearthe 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 ofCoromoto 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

Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter(bonairenews.com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 786-6518

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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.
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.
Professional Pest Control is at your service. Get rid
of all the pests that invade your home and garden.
Experienced and reliable.
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to
suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or
just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.
Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in
Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional
trainers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.
The Plantation Has lots of classy furniture and an-
tiques at very competitive prices. Stop in to see great
teak furniture and Indonesian crafts.

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: Lots of Choices-
International/US connections. 5% of profits donated
to local community. List your house with them for
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 and other
places. Visit Perfect Holiday Solutions to discover
ow you can get discounts and more.

Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup.
The Bonaire Windsurfing Place can fulfill all your
windsurfing dreams and more. They offer expert in-
struction, superb equipment on a fine beach. Lunch
and drinks too. BBQ and windsurf videos Wednesday
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. 538 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
Cactus Blue Moderate Trend setting decor and menu
Blvd. J. A. Abraham 16 Dinner Bonaire's newest hot-spot to eat and drink. Margarita's a specialty
(half-way between town and Divi Flamingo) 717-4564 Closed Sunday Owner-operated for top service

Calabasi Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
At thii Chii R esaurant an Bar Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At the Divi Flamingo Beac 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.
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Cuban cuisine. New kitchen. New cook
717-7488 Breakfast every day; Lunch, Dinner Tues-Sun. Happy hours 5 to 7 every day.
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home
Home Delivery or Take Out Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7:30 or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from
717-3293 pm Closed Sunday scratch- for take out or delivery only.
The Lost Penguin Low-Moderate Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro
Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner until 6 pm owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
Call 717-8003. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays and his wife.
OnP asa b. Dzarot Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderagredients. Salads, desserts.Eat ortake away. Nice bar too.
2 mile north of town center. 780-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday gredients. Sally aheadtos, desserat- in or take cutaway. Nice bar too.790-1111
Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111

gr1p i iT

M / y dad is a very active person
V and my mom is quiet; she
loves to read. It was a very good combi-
nation because now I love both things.
My father is Willy Domacass6 from Bon-
aire. When he was young he left for
Curaqao and stayed there. He met my
mom, Marie Provence, who is from Cura-
gao, and I was born October 11th 1976, in
Curaqao. I have an older and a younger
brother. My father has his own business,
a small construction company, and he
also works for a trust company. My mom
works there too, after she worked practi-
cally all her life for ALM.
I left for Holland when I was 18. My
parents accompanied me for the first 10
days; after that I was on my own. The
first thing I thought was, what am I doing
here? But after awhile the feeling wore
off because my old schoolmates and my
family were within traveling distance and
I tried to see them as much as possible.
So I wasn't lonely. It was so different; for
instance traveling by train was something
I'd never done before! I lived in Amster-
dam, a multi-cultural environment, so it
wasn't so bad.
The first year I did my bachelor's at the
Hogeschool of Amsterdam; after that I
went to the University of Amsterdam to
study education. I'd always wanted to
work with children, but I wanted to do
more than teach. It was just a great study,
very broad, with a lot of sociology and
psychology, really something for me. The
first three years were theoretical; the last
three years I interned for a year in Cura-
cao where I worked at a child therapist's
private practice. Then I did research in
Curacao for my dissertation about how
many children are suffering from ADHD.
In 2003, I went back to Holland for three
months and got my master's in educa-
tional science.
During my research period in Curacao I
worked with some psychologists who
were planning to open a practice on Bon-
aire and they asked me to join them. The
plan was they'd commute from Curacao
to Bonaire and I'd be here permanently.
In the beginning of 2004 we started the
office on Kaya Korona. We did well, but
because SVB (workers' health insurance)
didn't want to cover the expenses and
BZV (government employees health in-
surance) was always behind with their
payments it couldn't last. The psycholo-
gists returned to their practice in Curacao
and I'd fallen in love with Bonaire. For
myself and my career I see many oppor-
tunities; there's a lot I can do here."
Renata Domacasse, 29, is a well organ-
ized young woman, very much to the
point and with a broad view and she's

also a nice and patient person. "I started
working for FORMA on July 1. FORMA
is an institution that provides education
for adults from the of age 16 until any
age after that, as long as someone wants
to learn. I'm the project leader of Sociale
Vormingsplicht, an educational project
for young people between 16 and 24 who
left the regular school system without a
diploma. We're offering them a second
chance in education so that they can ei-
ther go back to the regular school system
or find a steady job. This group is having
trouble finding steady work that offers a
future. In fact, since January 2006 a new
law was introduced that obliges these
young people to participate in this social
education project. But it is mainly meant
for those who are not doing anything at
the moment, who don't have a diploma
and who can't get a steady job.

"The beauty of my job is
you can help someone
reach for a better future, to
make a difference in their
life, and that's the greatest
reward! It won't make you
rich; it's because of the love
you feel for another person.
But for me that's what
wealth is all about!"

We started this pilot project in April
2005 to see how things would go, we're
seeing a positive effect. The course takes
between nine and 24 months, depending
on what the person chooses or what he or
she needs. Most people in the group vol-
unteered to participate in the course. We
have about 50% women, 50% men. In
most cases it wasn't that the person was-
n't motivated, but because of circum-
stances like pregnancy they dropped out
of school. Because they've fdiscovered
how hard it is to find a steady job without
a diploma they're eager to start again.
We looked at the market to see what
was needed on the island and we choose
three different branches: handyman, hotel
and restaurant assistant, and activity as-
sistant. The handyman group learns the
basics of how to become a painter, a car-
penter, a plumber or a mechanic. In the
hotel and restaurant assistant group they
learn to wait tables, to cook, customer
service, languages, arithmetic, bartending
and housekeeping, again the basics. In

the activity assistant
group we teach them
the principles of
education, how to
deal with the eld-
erly, child care, to
create activities and
work in after school
programs. The
course is from 8 to
5, five days a week.
They'll also go fur-
ther to complete the
At the moment
we're still in the pi-
lot project but pre-
paring for the bigger
one. In the mean-
time Holland has
given its approval
for the next five
years. This project is
primarily financed by Holland, but also
partly by the island of Bonaire and by
the Netherlands Antilles, as the same pro-
ject has been carried out on the other is-
lands. My colleagues at FORMA have
carried out several similar programs, so
we do have the experience, but still there
needs to be a lot of creativity, know-how
and organizational talent.
I've worked with the students as well,
especially in the beginning, and we still
see each other frequently as it's a small
place and they come to ask me questions.
Sometimes the difference in our ages is
only five years and that's fun! I really can
understand the position they're in, but I
also know how to help them to make the
change. From their point of view I am
one of them, but they approach me with a
whole lot of respect.
At the moment I'm giving most of my
time to FORMA, but in my spare time I
test children and interview parents and
give advice. I also give courses and
workshops for parents and teachers
and... within... let's say, five years, I'm
planning to open my own private child
therapy practice here on Bonaire.
The beauty of my job is you can help
someone to reach for a better future, to
make a difference in their life, and that's
the greatest reward! It won't make you
rich; it's because of the love you feel for
another person. But for me that's what
wealth is all about! I'm also working
with JCI Bonaire (Junior Chamber Inter-
national), an organization for people from
18 to 40, whose goal is to create future
leaders by training them to carry out pro-
jects so they learn the skills they need in
theirjobs and daily life. We're aiming for
four subjects: individual education, inter-

Renata Domacassd

national contacts, community, and busi-
ness. During the years 2004-2005 I was
the president. Now I'm the immediate
past president; my job is to advise and
guide the new president. JCI Bonaire had
been inactive for a couple of years, but
with the help of its members and mem-
bers from JCI Caribbean we've put new
life into the Bonaire section.
Well, apart from all that I like to go to
the beach and to the happy hour at City
Cafe." She laughs. "I am well-known for
that! I like to organize cozy get-togethers
with friends; I do a lot on the Internet;
and I love to play tennis but that has
been a while and I should do it more of-
ten. I also love to travel. I did it a lot with
JCI, but also when I was young we trav-
eled all over as my mom worked with
ALM. I love to read and I love to dance
and to be with my family and friends,
even if it's only just to chat or watch TV
I have a job you can never really leave
behind. You always take it with you. It's
the same for my colleagues, but the most
important things in my life are my family
and friends. And if you look for things
yourself and if you're not afraid to try
new things Bonaire has enough to offer,
and the way I see
it now: my future
is here on Bon-
Story & photo
by Greta Kooistra

Bonaire Reporter February 10 to February 17, 2006

Page 17


Perfectly Preoccupied Parroffish

S ust the other day my cousin Richie
J and I were saying it's kind of a
shame that parrotfish are so common." I
greeted this remark, delivered oh-so-
casually, with dead silence (except for the
sound of my jaw hitting the ground). The
speaker was Ben Kantor, a young man who
had been introduced to the wonders of the
sea during Family Weeks on Bonaire more
than a decade ago. "How have we failed
Ben?" I wondered, "What the heck is he
Ben noticed the look on my face and ex-
plained: "Parrotfish are so beautiful, and
people's reaction is, 'Oh, yeah, we saw a
bunch of parrotfish.' Richie and I thought
people would appreciate parrotfish more if
they didn't see them all over the place all
the time." I started breathing again. This
was the Ben we knew and loved!
It is easy to dismiss parrotfish; since
they're always around, we feel we know all
about them. But also, precisely because
they're always around, we often filter them
out of our minds and memories.
Parrotfish were named for their beaklike
fused teeth which they use mainly to scrape
algae off rocks. Sometimes the algae is
from the gardens guarded by damselfish.
The damsels nip busily at the much, much
larger parrotfish, who depart meekly after
all, other algae awaits. Sometimes parrot-
fishjoin the mobs of surgeonfish. The more
fish who mob the algae, the more targets
there are for the damsel guards, and the less
chance that any individual algae thief will
be attacked.
With each bite of algae, parrotfish scrape
off a bit of the coral rock. Also, they occa-
sionally scrape living coral, presumably for
the algae within the coral tissues, but occa-
sionally to mark territory. In this way
parrotfish are responsible for much of the
sand on and around coral reefs.
In fact, parrotfish munching algae on the
reefs is one of the first sights that divers
and snorkelers are likely to see. And hear.
Sometimes you don't even have to slow
your breathing; you can hear parrotfish
scrrrapes and munnnches despite the noise
of your breathing. Yesterday, snorkeling, I
was actually startled by a loud crunch that
turned out to be a two-foot-long rainbow
parrotfish who had found some especially
succulent algae in water about three feet
I wished I'd had my camera, then envi-
sioned what would happen: the parrotfish
would just keep on swimming. I thought
about all my other interactions with parrot-
fish. Hmmm. There really weren't any
other interactions with parrotfish. Parrot-
fish don't interact with divers, and they
don't interact with other marine creatures,

Princess parrotfish An initialphase
parrotfish, probably the princess parrot-
fish -- which is distinguishedfrom an
initialphase striped parrotfsh by dark
borders on the base of the tail.

Stoplight Parrotfish The initialphase of
the stoplight parrotfish is a very common
fish on Bonaire, especially around coral

either with a couple of exceptions.
If you see a parrotfish hovering near the
bottom, in a vertical position, head up, look
for cleaner shrimp or fish examining the
The other kinds of interactions parrotfish
have are reproductive interactions. Espe-
cially late in the day, you might notice an
especially active brightly-colored parrotfish
(the male) swimming rapidly around the
reef and checking out other parrotfish. The
exuberant one may be farther off the bot-
tom than usual. He's paying no attention to
algae at all, and the other parrotfish he's
checking out aren't colored or patterned
like he is. Eventually the exuberant one
and a more dully-attired fish (the female)
begin to circle each other. The circles in-
crease in speed as the pair ascends, sud-
denly snapping away from each other and
barreling downward, leaving their sperm
and eggs to find each other in the water.
The female resumes foraging; the bright
one often stays in mid-water, seeking an-
other dull-colored one.

Help Save the Whale

he spectacular whale skeleton at the entrance
to the Washington-Slagbaai Park was put to-
gether by the teens of the Bonai group over a period of
four months, having been "delivered" to Bonaire after
being impaled on the bow of the cruise ship Nieuw Am-
sterdam in January, 2000. (See Bonaire Reporter June
The incredible feat of erecting the skeleton was
thanks to the Bonai Group and their leader, Dr. Jay
Haviser, Cargill salt company, the Bonaire Marine Park,
the Rotary Club, the Prins Bernhard Culture Funds and Bonai students cleaned and
AMFO. According to Washington Park Manager Fer- prepared the whale bones
nando Simal, the skeleton is purposely being left uncov- for display
ered for up to a year so that the sun can "cure" it. This
was on the advice of experts in the field who also put together the flamingo and iguana
skeletons in the Washington Park Museum. Even though the vast amount of rain hasn't been
that good for it, with the dry season coming up the "curing" should continue. There are only
four whale skeletons in the Caribbean and this one is the largest.
But now the skeleton is in danger because it needs to have a roof over it to protect it from
the elements it by November this year, according to Simal, but there are no funds to build it.
You can help to preserve this fantastic work of so many by donating to Washington
Park c/o MCB Bank, Stitching Stinapa Washington Park, Account # 107-295-01, specifying
"whale skeleton roof." According to Park Manager Simal, your donations will go only to-
wards constructing the protective roof. L.D.

Dee Scarr conducts "Touch the Sea dives. They will enhance your diving
forever. Call 717-8529. See her slide show "Touch the Sea" at Capt. Don's
Habitat, Mondays, 8:30 pm.

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Venus : February's
'Super Star' Planet Will
Wow You!"

G et ready for a Venus
super show in the Sky
Park because this week and
next Venus is absolutely spec-
tacular and will be at its very
best for the entire year of
2006. In fact the old Farmer's
Almanac describes this Febru-
ary appearance as "a morning
star of great splendor" and Sky
and Telescope magazine de-
scribes Venus as "a veritable
lantern" in the sky. The par-
ticipants in this past week-
end's Walk-a-Thon could read Surface map of Venus
their watch by the light of Ve-
nus it was so bright.
During this week and next, about two hours before sunrise, face east-southeast where
the absolute brightest thing you'll see in the sky will be our closest neighbor after the
Moon, 8,000-mile-wide Venus. Often called the twin sister of our Earth because it is
almost the same size, 8,000 miles wide, although because it is completely enshrouded
in bright clouds it is much brighter as seen from space than our Earth because its cloud
cover acts like a giant mirror and reflects much more sunlight than our planet.
You can see Venus all the way to and through sunrise. It's just that as we get closer
and closer to sunrise that the sky gets brighter and brighter and thus makes Venus look
less bright by contrast. But if you follow Venus very carefully this week and next you
will actually be able to see Venus even after sunrise if you know exactly where to look.
In fact Venus is the only planet which we can ever see in the daytime because it is so
outrageously bright. This week, on the 17th, it reaches its greatest brilliance for 2006.
And its official astronomical brightness is labeled 4.6 magnitude, which means that it
is about 18 1/2 times brighter than the brightest star we can see in the sky, Sirius,
which marks the eye of Orion's dog.
Now every time Venus makes a brilliant morning appearance like this and is rather
low in the sky it frequently sparks reports of UFOs because it is so terrifically bright
and is slowly but steadily moving higher as the sky slowly brightens. Often sailors at
sea believe it to be another ship. It is said that a naval commander once ordered his
ship to fire upon it and that a railroad engineer brought his train to a screeching halt
because he thought he saw the headlight of an oncoming train heading for him. Now,
although for hundreds of years Venus has been called the morning star, it has another
name the evening star. You may recall that only a few weeks ago Venus was the eve-
ning star, very bright but very close to the western horizon just after sunset. Then dur-
ing the second week of January it disappeared from evening skies as it slipped between
our Earth and the Sun and then reappeared very low in morning skies at the end of
Through a pair of binoculars or a small telescope Venus will look like a thin cres-
cent, but as week after week goes by and it slowly moves farther away from Earth
more of its surface will become illuminated and it will appear to grow in shape like a
waxing crescent Moon. But because it is going away from us it will get steadily
smaller from night to night. So if you got a small telescope for the holidays get it out
now and do some Venus watching. Jack Horkheimer

S For the week: February 5 to 11, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You can meet potential new
mates if you socialize with friends. Focus on your do-
mestic scene. Get together with friends or relatives. Secret affairs will only lead to
deception. You will be able to close any deals successfully. Your lucky day this
week will be Friday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Opportunities to get involved in investment
groups will pay off. Exercise your talents and present your ideas to groups you
think you can contribute to. If they don't want to get involved, work by yourself.
Don't bother getting even; they'll make themselves look bad. Your lucky day this
week will be Thursday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) A new you could help your attitude. Lovers may
prove unworthy of your affection. You'll regret every word for some time to come.
Your mind may not be on the job. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Your ability to ferret out secret information will
lead you to an inside scoop on an amazing financial deal. You need to get down to
basics with regard to yourself. Difficulties at an emotional level may be likely. You
are likely to reveal information unintentionally. Your lucky day this week will be
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You may as well work on projects that will allow you to
make progress. Sign up for tours or courses that will enlighten you. Keep your eyes
and ears alert for any evasive or deceptive statements. Partnerships will be favor-
able and contracts can be signed. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Educational pursuits can bring interesting, helpful
people. You can meet new and exciting friends who will provide mental stimula-
tion. Conflicts overjoint finances are likely. Problems with in-laws may cause fric-
tion in your personal relationship. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Social functions will bring you in touch with new
lovers. Attend seminars that will bring you in contact with the right people. Con-
tracts will not be as lucrative as you think. This week will be rather hectic on the
domestic scene. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Travel may be confusing. Don't overspend on
luxury items. You may be looking through rose colored glasses. There could be
disappointment regarding investments. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Join humanitarian groups and let your lead-
ership ability take over. You can make or break your personal relationship this
week. Things may not be as harmonious as you would like with colleagues or em-
ployers this week. It will be all around you. Your lucky day this week will be
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Your involvement with children will be most
rewarding. Problems on the home front might be a little disconcerting. Be careful
not to come on too strongly. You will have to put those you live with in their place
if they try to interfere with your work. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Don't let your partner put you down. Opportuni-
ties to get ahead are evident. You will have the ability to capture the interest of oth-
ers. Your involvement with children will be most rewarding. Your lucky day this
week will be Sunday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Be cautious when dealing with coworkers. This is a
turning point. You'll find it easy to upgrade your environment by redecorating or
changing your residence. Take some time out. Your lucky day this week will be

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