Title: Bonaire reporter
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Title: Bonaire reporter
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Place of Publication: Port-au-Prince
Publication Date: February 17, 2006
Copyright Date: 2005
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Since completing a major restruc-
turing of its operations, the na-
tional airline, Air Jamaica, has
achieved its best reliability perform-
ance in years, the airline said last Tues-
day. For the past two months, the com-
pany said it achieved a schedule com-
pletion reliability rate of 99.3%. In ad-
dition, the carrier's on-time perform-
ance also showed marked improvement
to 86%. Air Jamaica offers connecting
service to Bonaire every Saturday from
10 US cities and Great Britain.
It came at a price. Air Jamaica lost
$136 million last year.

A Dutch air carrier KLM is further
progressing toward 100% e-ticketing,
which is in line with the industry goal
of moving to full e-ticketing capabili-
ties by the end of 2007, as initiated by
IATA, said Bart Vos, senior vice presi-
dent of Distribution and E-Commerce
for KLM. Presently, 73% of all KLM
tickets issued are e-tickets. 1

A Last Thursday Venezuela pledged
to keep supplying oil to the US despite
an escalating diplomatic crisis that has
included the mutual expulsion of en-
voys. Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez earlier had warned that he could
shut his government's US-based refin-
eries and sell oil to nations other than


Carlos Jimenez to
Master Class in Cuba 5
Accolade Award to Dee Scarr 6
Klein Bonaire Reforestation 7
Ambassadors (Hayden) 7
Inside the Mairi Bhan 8
First Quarterly Clean Up Dive
of 2006 9
No Foot. No Problem 9
Bonaire Heineken Jazz Festival
2006 10
Antique Living Houses
(Mentor 3: Tile Factory) 11
Where to Find the Reporter 12
Karnaval Schedule 15
Diving with Dee (REEF Surveys) 18


Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Dee's Coral Glimpses 3
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Classifieds 12
Picture Yourself
(Santorini, Greece) 12
Reporter Masthead 14
Pet of the Week (Simba) 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Cruise Ship Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since...
(Rolando Marin) 17
Sky Park (Mercury,
syzygy/perigee ) 19
The Stars Have It 19

the US if Washington decided to cut
diplomatic ties. Venezuela, the world's
number five oil exporter, supplies about
15% of US petroleum imports. The
nationalized Venezuelan state oil com-
pany, PDVSA, has a storage facility on
Bonaire and also operates refineries and
gas stations in the US through its Citgo

A The new Dutch Royal Navy sup-
port ship for the Caribbean, Hr. Ms.
Pelikaan, was launched at a Dutch
shipyard in Romania, where it was
built. The 65-meter vessel with a maxi-
mum speed of 14.5 knots will sail to
Holland at the end of April to be com-
pleted and is expected to be ready for
duty in the Caribbean mid-2006.

A Effective February 1, Antilleans
under 18 who want to live independ-
ently in The Netherlands must first
prove that they have an adult in that
country who will act as their guard-
ian. These youngsters are only allowed

to board the airplane after they show
the immigration officer at the airport
the required documents. The rule does
not apply to Antillean minors who go to
the Netherlands as part of a family re-
union or who can show that they are
going for a brief stay in the Nether-
lands. The regulation is to minimize the
growing problem of crime attributed to
Antillean youngsters, primarily from
Curaqao, living in The Netherlands.

A The Central Government will em-
ploy a consultant to work on preparing
a draft law prohibiting the import of
right-hand drive vehicles to the Antil-
les. On Tuesday Transportation Minis-
ter Alex Rosaria said he has mustered
enough support to go ahead with the
ban. While no serious accidents have
been experienced, there is a strong pres-
sure from car dealers, primarily in St.
Maarten, to prevent people from im-
porting the cars which are usually pur-
chased at bargain prices from Japan.

A The current big scandal in Aruba
is the cover-up of a possible dengue
fever epidemic, which by some ac-
counts may be about to sweep that is-
The heavy rainfall of the past years
has accelerated mosquito breeding. The
dengue virus is spread by the Aedes Ae-
gyptii mosquito. Dengue is found in
areas of the tropics including the Carib-
bean. The female mosquito lays eggs in
standing water.
In classic dengue cases, it takes five
to eight days after the infection for the
symptoms to develop: headache, fever,

pain behind
the eyes, back
pain and pain
in the legs and
joints. The
headache is
often severe.
symptoms are
lack of appe-
tite, unpleas-

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Aedes Aegyptii

ant taste in the mouth and weakness. A
rash sometimes appears on the chest
and on the inside of the arms and it
itches and the skin peels. A second
dengue virus infection may be very
dangerous because it can cause internal
The last time Aruba experienced an
epidemic, 19 years ago, 24,000 people
were infected, so the chance of a dan-
gerous second dengue infection for
these people is a serious concern. Di-
rector of Public Health, Trevor van Gel-
lecum, says the situation is critical but
he doesn't see the need for people to be
frightened. According to Van Gel-
lecum, the current virus in Aruba is dif-
ferent from classic dengue and harm-
less. It causes fever and rash just like
dengue but the rash comes before the
fever, while in the case of dengue the
sequence is reversed and the fever is
Dengue fever also appears on Bonaire
with a few cases reported during almost
every rainy season.

(Continued on page 3)

Bonaire Reporter February 17 to February 24, 2006

Page 2

A A pickup truck rolled into the sea right off the waterfront promenade as
Andrew MacDonald happened by with his camera. After repeated attempts the
truck was finally yanked out by a loader. The seawater did substantial damage.
Don't forget to set your parking brake. Andrew MacDonald photo

(Flotsam & Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
A The $75 per person tourist de-
parture tax approved by the Bonaire
Island Council is in limbo. This tax,
designed to replace the car rental tax,
the room tax, and the airport tax, has
met opposition from many sides. Lo-
cals, for the most part, would be ex-
empt from the new levy. The plan to
"explain" the change in the media, ex-
pected to begin several weeks ago, has
not materialized. The Flamingo Inter-
national Airport Departure Tax is cur-
rently $20 and applies equally to tour-
ists and locals.

SFollowing long years of un-
planned growth and change the An-
triol bario is getting organized. Com-
missioner Reginald 'Jonchi' Dortalina,
who is in charge of DROB, the is-
land's planning department, announced
last week that surveying began on Feb-
ruary 3rd to provide measurements to
come up with a development plan.
The work should be completed this
Antriol began to spread out to the
northeast of Kralendijk in the 1890s
and is a maze of paved and unpaved
roads and paths on both sides of Kaya

A King of Tumba, winner
of the Adult Male Tumba Fes-
tival, last weekend was Robert
Sances of Bonaire and The
Netherlands. His song "Un
Ked6" (To Come and To Go)
was composed by Johnny
Leoneta with arrangement by
Dwight Leoneta. He was accom-
panied by Glenn y Su Friends.
See and hear him in the Kareval

S A recent survey in Aruba re-
vealed that about two-thirds (62.3%)
of the cruise ship passengers who
visit the island would love to come
back. Bonaire receives tens of thou-
sands of cruise ship visitors a year and
expects almost double the amount of
cruise ship visitors next season. If
some return for an on-island vacation it
would help tourism growth.

A Royal Caribbean is ordering a
new ship, a mammoth 5,400-guest,
220,000-ton vessel that came off the
drawing board recently and is now a
prototype developed under the project
name Genesis. Finnish shipbuilder
Aker Yards will build the ship for a
Fall 2009 delivery, continuing a 35-
year collaboration with Royal Carib-
bean. Imagine if that ship docked in
Bonaire and landed its passengers,
which would amount to about 50% of
Bonaire's total population.

coral glimpses
(a bit of information about corals presented
each week by naturalist Dee Scarr)
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A Every individual coral animal in
a coral head is a clone of every other
coral animal in that coral head.
That's why there's a ridge along what
looks like a single coral head. What
happened here is that two coral larva
landed near each other and began to
grow. Once the resulting colonies
were big enough to reach each other,
the coral animals began fighting for
space and the ridge resulted. 1

(Continued on page 4)

Bonaire Reporter February 17 to February 24, 2006

Page 3

Flotsam & Jetsam. (Continued from page 3)

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A The Venezuelan fruit boat crew arrested for possession of stolen goods
was exonerated following an investigation which determined that none of the
goods found aboard the boat during a police raid had been stolen. The items
were returned to the boatmen. The police raid on January 5 on the two Venezuelan
"fruit boats," Doia Olga and Karina, turned up the goods which included TVs,
stereos, DVD players, electronics and other articles. All 16 crew members were
arrested and the vessel was confiscated along with its cargo. However, the tip the
police based their raid on was incorrect and all were freed.

A Because of the success of the
Ronald Verhoeven exhibit at the Kas
di Arte, the opening hours have been
extended to the weekends, from 5 to
9 pm. Kas di Arte is the blue build-
ing on the boulevard, Kaya J.N.E.
Craane 34. Monday through Friday
the exhibit is open 10 am to noon and 2
to 6 pm. The exhibit continues through
the end of February.

A Beginning this month SELIBON,
Bonaire's waste management govern-
ment company, will charge its com-
mercial customers a new higher rate
of NAf30 per month, and churches
and clubhouses, NAf20 per month for
trash pickup. The fees will appear on

the water bills for those clients. Private
homes rates, presently NAf10, will not
At the end of last week SELIBON
had two trash collection trucks out of
service for repair and warned its clients
that pickups would be late. The situa-
tion is expected to return to normal
during this week. Truck V-1554 is be-
ing worked on and truck V-1557 is
waiting for parts to arrive.

A The Papiamentu language news-
paper, &xtra, ran a story this week
about the deplorable condition of
many street light poles in Kral-
endijk. But according to a dive shop
owner there is another related problem

as well. People are continuing to get
shocks from lights poles at the town
pier. Divers have complained about
this for almost a year now and recently
some of the security personnel at the
pier have said they too are getting
shocks as have tourists from the cruise
ships. This is a very dangerous situa-
tion especially near water and may
cause electrolysis problems for vessels
tying to the pier. Many people have
complained to WEB about it but noth-
ing seems to get done. CURO (Bonaire
dive operators) also sent a letter to
WEB about this but they did not get a

A At the monthly meeting, Bon-
aire's CURO (Council of Underwater
Resort Operators) expressed concern
about the continuing loss of dive
tanks. An extremely conserva-
tive estimate of this number is 650 dive
tanks valued at over $81,000 annually.
This is not petty theft but a great ex-
pense to this industry. Some tanks have
shown up in Curaqao and Venezuela. It
is obvious that the number of tanks
such as those found in these places had
to be transported by boat. Other tanks
have been found discarded in the land-
fill, along side roads and on kunukus. It
is guessed that thieves wanted to get
rid of them and not be caught with sto-
len property.
Also CURO members want to inform
the Bonaire public that possession of
any tanks from the dive resorts that
have not been authorized is illegal and
means that these people are in posses-
sion of stolen property. Anyone hav-

ing any knowledge of dive tanks be-
lieved not to belong to that person
should contact any dive operator on

On Sunday,
December 10,
2000, a young
Dutchman, Vlada
Stojanovic, 24,
stepped into the
sea near the Har-
bour Village Resort for a recreational
SCUBA dive at the "Something Spe-
cial" dive site. He was never seen
again. Authorities conducted an ex-
haustive multi-day search underwater
and above water, and his relatives,
Neko Stojanovic and Maureen
Harthoon, sought information of his
A few months ago some deep divers
discovered skeletal remains nearby and
brought them to the surface. Following
a police investigation and a DNA
matching analysis, the remains were
positively identified and Vlada's fam-
ily notified. No cause for the incident
was determined.

A The Bonaire Reporter invites its
readers to contribute short stories
for its upcoming annual April Fool
edition. Stories must be original, relate
to the Bonaire scene, be around 500
words and not vulgar or mean-spirited.
Photos illustrating the story are a plus.
The best stories will be printed and a
prize awarded for the top story.

(Continued on page 5)

Bonaire Reporter February 17 to February 24, 2006

Page 4

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 4)
that manages Bonaire's
parks) has placed showy
signs at the traffic circle,
salt works and the side of A. .
the TCB building down-
town thanking tourists
for their financial sup-
port in purchasing $10
and $25 park tags. The -
signs promote the annual
"Nature Fee" that every-
one, except children under 4 I
12 and Antillean or Aruban
sedula holders, are sup-
posed to pay. All divers,
regardless of age and na-
tionality, must have a $25
annual "dive tag" to
SCUBA. Dive tags have
been required since 1992
and are used to finance the
Bonaire National Marine
Park. The $10 annual, or $2 daily nature fee was introduced last year and also
goes directly to the parks. The signs were financed in cooperation with of the
World Wildlife Fund and are meant to emphasize STINAPA's role in preserving
Bonaire's pristine environment with the support and cooperation of its visitors.

A The Bonaire Hotel and Tourism
Association (BONHATA) awarded
Photo Tours Divers/Yellow Subma-
rine, both divisions of Dive Friends
Bonaire, as Dive Operation of the
Year for the second consecutive
year. Dive Friends Bonaire has grown
considerably in the last few years and
is beginning to see the benefits of their
hard work. Currently, Dive Friends
Bonaire consists of four dive opera-
tions: Photo Tours Divers Caribbean

Court, Photo Tours Divers Hamlet,
Yellow Submarine, and Yellow Sub-
marine Caribbean Club, plus retail
stores in Kralendijk: Photo Tours Shop
and Discount Divers. It is the goal of
Dive Friends Bonaire to continue to
provide the best personal service at the
best possible rates.
For more information call 717-2929,
email info @dive-friends-bonaire.com,
or visit www.dive-friends-bonaire.com
(Continued on page 14)

Carlos Jimenez
Invited to Master
Class in Cuba
W ell known and popular Bon-
aire percussionist and pro-
ducer of a jazz radio program, Carlos
Jimenez, has been invited to partici-
pate in a Latin Percussion Master
Class in Havana, Cuba, next month.
The 10-day class will be conducted by
Oscar Valdes, ex-member of the fa-
mous Cuban Latin Jazz Band
"Irakere." Valdes is now musical di-
rector of the Latin Jazz Band
This opportunity for Carlos to join
the master class was made possible by
funding from the Bonaire Jazz Foun-
In appreciation and to share his ex-
perience with other local musicians
and colleagues Carlos will be organiz-
ing workshops upon his return. OL.D.

New Site for
Donna and Georgio's

T he Donna and
Georgio Res-
taurant moved from its
previous location on
Kaya Grandi and re-
opened in a new water-
front location. Last
Monday gracious |I
owner, Donna Dovale
(see inset in photo at
right) hosted a grand
opening party with live
music for over a hundred persons. O G.D.

Bonaire Reporter February 17 to February 24, 2006

Wilna Gro-

Page 5

to Dee Scarr

With the awarding of the cov-
eted Accolade medal, part of
the dream of Captain Don Stewart was
born... the Accolade Diver. Bonaire has
become a symbol to the world of con-
servation... if the oceans go, the human
race goes. The ocean is not only the last
great frontier of Earth to explore; it is
one of our main hopes for survival of
the human race.
Former TV personality, Arthur God-
frey, helped popularize the word
"ecology." As his sponsor and part time
writer I was proud to have written a
statement which he made famous on
CBS TV 40 years ago which was... "For
God's sake, let's leave something for
the kids." It appears that too few paid
attention and now we've got an ecologi-
cal mess on our hands.
The world's ocean currents are chang-
ing... creating major problems on the
land and sea.
Just look at Bonaire... fewer fish to
catch and fewer varieties. In Spain,
Greece and other Mediterranean coun-
tries, fish is now a luxury. Meat is
cheaper and more readily available.
Even the sharks are disappearing, in-
cluding the Great White. We are all
aware, or should be, of the bleak out-
look for the oceans as a food source and
negative effects on the Earth's ecology.
Man has done a lot of damage and we
hope we can fix it.
Captain Don has been a leader in all
things wet. He created the Accolade
Award for those individuals who are
leading the way in saving our oceans.
Shown receiving the most recent award
is Dee Scarr, diver, lecturer, conserva-

Captain Don and The Bonaire Accolade Foundation present an "Accolade" to
environmentalist Dee Scarr of "Touch The Sea "fame. Dee Scarr's programs in
Bonaire, books and presentations at dive and ocean conferences the world over
have introduced people young and old to the wondrous nature of ocean life. L to
R: George Buckley, Dee Scarr, Captain Don, Janet Thibault

tionist and founder of "Touch the Sea."
The Accolade Award is considered by
many like the Nobel Prize for environ-
mental protection. The award medal was
created by Captain Don and beautifully
crafted by Lutty DePalm. With this lat-
est award comes the announcement of a
new class of divers... The "Accolade
Divers." Accolade Divers will continue
to lead the way in ocean ecology.
Inspired by the lectures of Dee Scarr,
the Board of the Accolade Society saw
an opportunity to combine the talents of
Dee Scarr and others into a program of
special diving skills that would benefit
the oceans. Dee advocates that divers
carry cutters (in addition to knives) and
learn how to extract fishing line from
corals in special ways so as not to dam-
age them further. She also teaches
proper buoyancy angles to observe mi-
cro life and animals. These and other
skills will be tested and the diver will be
certified to receive and wear the Acco-
lade patch and cap. The major emphasis
of the Accolade diver is the health of the
ocean along with the observance and

assistance in helping it stay clean to
propagate the reefs and protect the fu-
ture of the sea life. Many of the threats
to the ocean are man made... sewage
and garbage, over-fishing, and dumping
of junk from ships.
On Bonaire Dee Scarr has found piles
of broken glass from ships alongside the
town pier. Fish can pick up pieces of
glass that could possibly enter the food
chain resulting in human consumption.
Accolade divers could be our first line
of defense.
Bonaire is the home of the Accolade
Society, created by
Captain Don. It will
help lead the effort to
save our oceans. O
Phil Katzev

The Accolade medallion designed
by Captain
Don and
in sterling
silver by
Lutty De
Katzev photo

The Accolade to Dee Scarr
reads as follows:
Dee Scarr, you are an environmental-
ist beyond comprehension. For more
than 25 years you have dedicated
yourself to making knowledge of the
sea fun and spreading desire in others
to learn and become themselves part of
our sea.
The energy and heart put into your
collection of books is commendable.
Devotion to detail in your teaching is
outstanding. The uncountable hours
beneath the piers dedicated to salvag-
ing fallen sponges are worthy of an-
other standing ovation. Dee Scarr, you
are a most remarkable woman.
Those who have ever tasted the brine
of our oceans love you, and those
whom you have touched with your
magic will never forget
your kindness.
Dee Scarr, The Acco-
lade Foundation of
Bonaire salutes you.
Captain Don,
Captain Don

George Buckley of Harvard
University, a member of the
Accolade Foundation, added:
The Accolade Foundation has recognized Dee Scarr of "Touch the
Sea" fame with its "Accolade Award" for her work in ocean educa-
tion. With her programs in Bonaire, her books, and her presentations
at dive and ocean conferences the world over, Dee Scarr has pro-
vided people young and old with an introduction to the wondrous nature of ocean
life. For this, we commend her.
The Accolade Foundation recognizes individuals the
world over for their efforts to protect, manage and educate
about environments.
These people have inspired others to "get involved" and to do something to pro-
tect and educate about nature. We all need to better understand nature, its myriad
forms of life and their interactions. Collectively recipients of the Accolade have had
wide impact on people young and old. The Foundation aims to spread the word
about their efforts so as to recognize what they have accomplished and inspire oth-
ers to follow the paths that they have illuminated.
The effort needed to save Planet Earth from environmental degradation is a Her-
culean task. While individuals can and do have significant success with environ-
mental issues, collectively they can be a "force majeure" whose power will be ac-
knowledged locally, nationally, and internationally. The Accolade Foundation
hopes to be the spark that ignites worldwide collaborative effort to promote sound
environmental management practices.
The power of one individual multiplied by thousands of others can and must be
heard from mountains and valleys and across oceans; from villages and cities to the
leaders of all governments. Then and only then will we begin the healing process to
stop environmental degradation.
With the technological and electronic wonders of today we have for once the
power to communicate instantly across the globe. Let us start the conversation. Let
the small clapping of hands from Bonaire, "where Bonaire is to coral reef preserva-
tion what Greenwich is to time," resonate to the thunderous wave of activism
around the world. O The Clam (George Buckley)

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Dolfi, Kevin Stewart, Captain Don, Ramon

T he Bonaire
National Ma-
rine Park has started
a reforestation of
Klein Bonaire project
together with Dr.
Adolfo Debrot from
CARMABI, the re-
search and biological
institute of the Neth-
erlands Antilles. For
two days Dolfi and
Elsmarie Beuken-
boom, the director of
ST1NAPA, the foun-
dation that manages
the national parks system of Bonaire,
searched for seedlings in the bushes
along the road by Barcadera and Goto
Lake. They collected a little more than
200 seedlings from 13 different species
of plants.
The objective of this project is to
have fruit bearing plants that are native
to Bonaire re-planted on Klein Bon-
aire. These plants will attract birds, the
birds will eat the fruits and they will
spread the seeds on the island with
their droppings. The seedlings have
been brought to Captain Don's nursery
where they were potted and will be
taken care of by Ramon, the nursery
attendant. They will remain in the care
of Ramon until the next rainy season
which starts in October/November of
this year. The bigger and stronger
plants will be brought over to the is-
land to be planted.
Th plants include: Lumbra Blanku,
Kayuda, Watakeli, Rambeshi, Wayakd,
Pal 'i Sia Blanku, Mansalifa Bobo,
Uiagato Grandi and Kuchara
While these seedlings are growing
into strong plants the fresh water wells
on Klein Bonaire need to be investi-
gated. We need volunteers to find
these fresh water wells, mark them
and take water samples. If the water
is fresh enough to be used in the pro-
ject the wells need to be cleaned.
After the plants are in the ground
volunteers will be needed to water
them every other day during the
whole rainy season. During the dry
season the watering will stop and
start again in the next rainy season.
Volunteers for this project can con-
tact us at info@stinapa.org. O Story
& photos by Elsmarie Beukenboom

Bonaire Reporter February 17 to February 24, 2006

T he
ism Corpora-
tion Bonaire
passed on this
letter from
Ron and
Marian Hay-
den from Ken-
newick, Wash-
ington, re-
cently named
as Bronze
Bonaire Am-
"When we
first visited
Bonaire in Marian and
1993, we were
so taken with the island that we
stopped on our way to the airport to
leave for home and bought a timeshare.
That was a spontaneous decision we've
never regretted Bonaire has become
our second home. The diving is spec-
tacular, the weather is perfect and the
pace of the island is just right to ensure
a relaxing time.
The best thing about Bonaire is the
people. We've met new friends who
we look forward to seeing on our vaca-
tions. We've enjoyed bringing friends
from home with us to enjoy the island.
Our Bonairean friends have treated us
like family and we think of them that
They are the best! Bonaire is home to

TCB photo

Ron Hayden with Rolando Marin
us, one that we'll keep coming back to
for years."
The Tourism Corporation Bonaire
and The Bonaire Reporter congratulate
Ron and Marian as new Bonaire Am-
bassadors. O Press release


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On Saturday, January 14, an en-
thusiastic group of 24 divers
met at Bonaire Yellow Submarine to
coordinate the first clean up dive of
2006. Joining them were eight others
committed to shoreline cleanup as
well as shore support for the divers.
After a comprehensive briefing by
Jake Richter of NetTech ( co-sponsor
of the Quarterly Clean Ups), the group
geared up and walked the short dis-
tance to the dive site, Something Spe-
cial, on the southern side of the Har-
bour Village Marina. All divers were
informed on what type of trash to
bring up, safety in regard to boating
activity in the marina, as well as infor-
mation on how to avoid harming the
reef or other marine animals. Bon-
aire's own Dee Scar also joined the
shore support to ensure as little impact
as possible to marine animals would
During this cleanup, the following
trash was collected and removed for
proper disposal: 11 plastic beverage
bottles, 14 other bottles, 5 caps or lids,
6 cups, 60 pieces of fishing line, 73
plastic pieces, 3 pipe thread protectors,
73 pieces of rope, 5 straps, 2 vegetable
sacks, 8 other miscellaneous plastic
pieces, 26 pieces of foam plastic, 94
pieces of glass, 5 tires and other items
manufactured of rubber, 39 pieces of
metal, 27 pieces of paper, 13 pieces of
lumber, and 39 pieces of cloth.
That evening, over 40 persons en-
joyed the camaraderie at the evening

A couple of the volunteer cleaner-uppers
Suzan Bruls and Wouter Konsten
Pot Luck BBQ, when all participants
returned to Yellow Submarine to feast
upon tenderloin, chicken, and ribs,
sponsored by Yellow Submarine, Net-
Tech, and PSI/Sherwood Scuba. Side
salads and other accompaniments were
provided by the participants them-
The next quarterly underwater
cleanup with be conducted on Satur-
day, April 8. All are welcome, divers
and non-divers alike. Meet at Yellow
Submarine at 1 pm. O Susan Davis

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
2-17 5:49 1.5FT. 20:21 1.2FT. 70
2-18 6:05 1.6FT. 17:09 1.1FT. 17:46 1.1FT. 18:54 1.1FT. 64
2-19 6:31 1.7FT. 16:35 1.0FT. 58
2-20 7:10 1.8FT. 16:57 0.9FT. 51
2-21 7:48 1.9FT. 17:30 0.8FT. 46
2-22 8:27 2.0FT. 17:59 0.8FT. 46
2-23 9:14 2.1FT. 18:26 0.8FT. 52
2-24 0:07 1.0FT. 9:58 2.1FT. 18:56 0.8FT. 63

Alter Ego II Songo Ti Amo
Angie Isigare Udidi
Attitude Manta Ulu Ulu, USA
Augustin Maggi Unicom, Norway
Blue Moon Natural Selection Valhalla
Bright Sea Ocean Breeze Valtair
Camissa, Chan Okeanis Varedhuni, Ger.
Is. Okura Yanti Paratzi
Casa del Mar Onyva Zahi, Malta
Cape Kathryn Orino
Chaina Doll Pela
Churumrel Pishi Porko
Delphinus Pythial
Destiny Revlou
Eagle's Wing Samba
Endorphin Santa Maria
Flying Cloud, Sandpiper, USA
USA Scintella
Freestyle Sirius
Galandriel Siorse
Golden Eye Summer Breeze
Goril Two Spart I Vento
Guaicamar I, Stella
Ven. Sylvia K
Harmony Ta B
Bonaire Reporter February 17 to February 24, 2006

No Foot, No Problem

First Quarterly

Clean Up Dive of 2006

Patrick on the beach

When Advanced
Diver Patrick
Farrell of Indiana lost his
left foot in a work related
accident a few years ago,
one thing he would not
give up was scuba diving.
"I owed it to my father
who died a year ago," he
explained with pride. He
told the insurance com-
pany they had to give him
a "going out leg" and an-
other artificial leg for div-
ing and they did. De-
signed of special materials
and costing over US
$18,000, his custom-made
below the knee prosthesis
has a locking two position
ankle joint for diving. The
90 degree angle position is
for walking or driving and
the 180 degree straight-
pointed position is for
In early January 2006 I
had the privilege of diving
with Patrick on Bonaire.
He had arrived without a

dive buddy and saw my usual
"Dive Buddy Needed" notice on
the board at Bonaire Dive and
Adventure next to Sand Dollar
Condominium Resort where I
live a few weeks a year. I could
empathize with him somewhat
since I was still recovering from
a broken right leg from a NC
coastal boating accident in Sep-
tember 2005. Patrick was ec-
static to finally get back into the
Water after already being on the
island for two days. "I'm not a
gimp," he insisted, and he was-
n't.... Not by a long shot. We
started making about three shore
dives a day with Patrick driving
the dive truck. He was adamant
that he could do anything the rest
of us could do and usually re-
jected offers of assistance during
shore dive entries and exits over
" the coral rubble. We started
With the Hilma Hooker wreck
where I got some good photos of
Shim and his equipment.
Patrick would walk over the
coral rubble into the water, fully
geared up, and negotiate his way
(Continued on page 13)

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In the water above us


endijk will be full of musical attrac-

for the main concerts on
May 26, 27 and 28 will
be sold for only NAf45 ($25) for the
three concerts.

Some of the top musicians coming:
The Cubop City Big Band, Anastacia
Larmonie, Delbert Bernabela, Merietza
Haakmat, Hershell Rosario, Konkie
Halmeyer, Question Mark, Bud Gad-
dum, Ced Ride, Ronchi Matthews
Quartet, Moogie & Friends, Stingray
Latin Quartet and Bonaire Jazz Group.
More details will appear in The Re-
porter as the date approaches. DL.D.

Make sure you're on the island
for this: Bonaire's second an-
nual Jazz Festival scheduled for May
25, 26, 27 and 28. The tireless commit-
tee has come up with some outstanding
stars and groups for the event There'll
be a wide variety of jazz: Latin Jazz,
Caribbean, Salsa, Krioyo, Kaseko,
straight modernjazz of today... and a
special event songs and poetry in
Papiamentu with jazz. During the festi-
val there will be music all over the is-
land! Not only will there be main con-
certs at different beach locations but

also in cafes, bars and restaurants,
starting at happy hour time until late at
night with concerts and jam sessions.
Thanks to sponsors, musicians,
friends and the Bonaire Jazz Founda-
tion, the island of Bonaire seems to
have created another regular event on
top of the existing events like Regatta,
the King of the Caribbean (wind surf-
ing championship) and the Dive Festi-
Thursday, May 25 is a festival day
with free entry. It's the prelude to the
main concerts and the center of Kral-

Heineken will
be the title
sponsor for
2006, 2007
& 2008

Main Sponsors:
Littman's, ReMax, Bonaire Fun Travel
Other Sponsors:
Bonaire Net, Bonaire Partners, The
Bonaire Reporter, Bongo's, Budget
Rent-a-Car, City Caf6, Den Laman
Condominiums, Den Laman Restau-
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Little Havana, MCB, Multi function
Management, Party & Zo, Plaza, Ro-
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DIVE TANKS -Carib Inn just received a
limited number of new tanks for sale.
These are 80 and 63 cubic feet in size.
Already half have sold, so if you need a
new tank contact the Carib Inn at 717-
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Bonaire Gift Shop
Cinnamon Art Gallery
Exito Bakery

Paradise Photo
Photo Tours, Playa
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Buddy Dive
Capt. Don's Habitat
Carib Inn
Caribbean Club Bonaire
Caribbean Court
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Eden Beach Hotel
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Plaza Resort
Sand Dollar Resort

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Sand Dollar Grocery
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Parliament Office

Botika Korona
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stove $200; Split Unit Air
Co 12,000BTU $225; HP Scanner $50.
(pick up anytime); Lamp $15 (can be
picked up at anytime); Pot and pans and
dishes all of them $25 ([pick up anytime);
Corner tables with shelves 2 on roll-
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For sale: Ikelite Underwater Strobe
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(No Foot, No Problem. Continued from page 9)
through the un-
derwater obsta-
cles in the shal-
lows with the rest
of us. Then, he
would reposition
his mechanical
ankle to the
straight pointed
position and put
on his fins like
any other diver.
He would do the reverse before exit-
ing. Once submerged over the reefs he
easily kept up with us and began en-
thusiastically taking digital photo-
graphs. His air supply lasted as long as
anyone else's in the group, and after a
few shake-down dives he had his
buoyancy under good control. He ex-
plained how he had to compensate for
how flooded his prosthetic leg socket
compartment was, which could be a bit

After the dives and during meals Pat-
rick would proudly show us the images
he had just captured, in addition to the
ones from prior dive trips in the Flor-
ida Keys and Caribbean. He even got
some pretty good shots of me and
promised to email them. I was a bit
envious as he talked about all his dive
trips during his four-month-long winter
lay offs as a heavy equipment operator
building highways in Indiana. He was
even thinking about getting a job help-
ing to clean up and rebuild the tsu-
nami-devastated coast of Thailand.
Years ago he was a heavy equipment
operator with the US military, clearing

jungles and building roads in Panama,
so he knew what to expect in the trop-
ics. He also had heard they were pay-
ing pretty well in Thailand, and as a
bonus he could dive on his days off.
I dove with Patrick for three days,
but then had to head back home to
North Carolina where I am a private
practice physician. Did I forget to
mention that Patrick takes medication
for multiple sclerosis? Now that did
slow him down some. After I left, he
had a flare up and had to take a day or
so off from diving to rest and recover.
Another diver had promised to check
on him and dive with him and keep me

The 2001 RTSC Guidelines for Rec-
reational Scuba Diver's Physical Ex-
amination lists both multiple sclerosis
and amputation as "Relative Risk Con-
ditions," which refers to "a moderate
increase in risk, which in some in-
stances may be acceptable. To make a
decision as to whether diving is contra-
indicated for this category of medical
problems, physicians must base their
judgment on an assessment of the indi-
vidual patient." Patrick enjoys diving
and operating heavy equipment like
bulldozers and graders. He has made
his decision about the pleasures to be
had by diving and bulldozing versus an
increased risk of death or injury due to
his medical conditions. Who am I to
deny him?
Some of you may remember the
movie, "Men of Honor," the story of
Carl Brashear, the first African Ameri-
can, then also the first amputee US
Navy Diver and the man who trained

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him. Carl had to convince a navy
medical review board that he was fit to
dive with his prosthetic leg and he did.
Patrick said he was back operating
heavy construction equipment two
months after his accident and amputa-
tion. I wonder if they'll ever make a
movie about him. After all, he may
just be headed to Thailand to bulldoze
and dive. O Story & photos by David
F. Colvard

David F. Colvard, M.D. is a Board
Psychiatrist .
and PADI

Bonaire Reporter February 17 to February 24, 2006

Page 13

Pet of the Week -
S Q imba" has the most beautiful,
soulful eyes. Maybe that's why
everyone likes him so much and why he
gets along with the other dogs at the Bon-
aire Animal Shelter so well. They just
look into those eyes and melt away. And
he holds his own with the others, no mat-
ter what their size. Simba is about one and
a half years old. He's got caramel colored,
easy-to-care-for, short brown fur. He's
short and sturdy very trim looking.
Simba would make an excellent watch
dog for a very appreciative owner.
As are all the adoptees at the Shelter "Simba"
Simba has been judged by the vet to be
healthy, he's had his shots, worming and
been sterilized. He's ready to go. The adoption fee for dogs, NAf105, includes all
the above. What a deal! And you are assured of getting a totally healthy and social
animal. The Shelter on the Lagoen Road is open Monday through Friday, 10 am to
2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989. OL.D.

(Flotsam & Jetsam. Continued from page 5)

A Wannadive Bonaire has opened
its fourth location at the Golden
Reef Inn in Hato. The full-service
dive shop offers a large central dive
locker, showers, rinse basins and
multi-lingual PADI dive instruction.
Soon to be added is a rental and retail
shop. For more information call 717-
8850, email info wannadive.com or
visit http://www.wannadive.com.

A Construction of a butterfly
farm at the Landhuis De Plantage,
just off the road to Lac Kai, will be-
gin this month. The project will fea-
ture a large greenhouse with plants,
ponds with fish and butterflies. The
farm is expected to be open in June
this year and is a member of the Inter-
national Association of Butterfly Exhi-
bitions. For more information, email
info@butterflyhouse.info or visit
www.butterflyhouse.info when the site
goes live in the coming weeks.

A The Bonaire Movieland Cinema
is once again open seven days a
week: Thursday through Sunday
showing two movies starting at 7pm
and 9 pm and on Monday, Tuesday
and Wednesday: one movie starting at
8pm. Please visit the cinema, enjoy a
"night out" at a price far below that of
movie admission in the US. The cin-
ema needs increased patronage simply

to stay open.

A New Times Tune in! The Bon-
aire Reporter is on the air with a ra-
dio spot commercial on the popular
local radio station, Mega FM (101.1
MHz). Late last year the station ex-
tended it's programming in English
and Dutch to add specific tourist infor-
mation. Therefore, from Monday to
Friday from 9:30 am to 8:30 pm, every
hour (always starting 30 minutes after
the hour) they transmit Tourist Infor-
mation in English featuring news,
weather, flight info, events and island
attractions. The Bonaire Reporter 30-
second spots, which begin in Papia-
mentu or Dutch, then switch to Eng-
lish, are featured at 9:35 am, 1:35 pm
and 7:35 pm. You might recognize the
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Late Show
Callto make sure (Usually9 pm)
King Kong
(Naomi Watts)

Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
Fun With Dick & Jane

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf14 (incl. Tax)
2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM
Cheaper By The
Dozen 2

Karneval-See Schedule upper right
Now until February 28-Art Exhibit
by Ronald Verhoeven at Kas di Arte.
Mon to Fri 10am to noon, 2pm to 5.
Opening hours have been extended to
the weekends, from 5 to 9 pm
Friday, February 17-SEBIKI Chil-
dren's Parade, starts at Wilhelmina
park, 5:30 pm.
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship visiting days,
starting around 10 am to early after-
noon. See Cruise Ship Schedule above.

Karneval-See Schedule upper right
March 2006:
Mar 1 Ash Wednesday
Mar 1 Little and Senior League Sea-
son Starts
Mar 1 International Fishing Tourna-
TBA 5km Fun Run, 8am
April 2006
Apr 6 9 Tentative dates for the 2006
King of the Caribbean
Apr 8 Underwater Cleanup sponsored
by Yellow Submarine and NetTech,
meet at 1 pm at Yellow Submarine
Apr 14 Good Friday
Apr 16 Easter Sunday
Apr 17 Easter Monday
TBA Simadan (Harvest) Festival,
TBA Karel's Beach Bar Sailing Com-
Apr 30 Queen's Birthday
Apr 30 Rincon Day
Apr 30 Queen's Birthday Windsurfing
Race (Tolo)
Apr 30 Queen's Birthday Race
Apr 30 5km, 17km MCB Run

Saturday Rincon Marsh6 opens at 6
am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean break-
fast while you shop: fresh fruits and
vegetables, gifts, local sweets and
snacks, arts and handicrafts, candles,
incense, drinks and music. www.
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 information.
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 Flamingo 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 717-6435
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 Fla-
mingo, Balashi Beach Bar Live mu-
sic 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.
Tuesday BonaireTalker Dinner/
Gathering at Gibi's, known for great
local food. 6:30pm Call Gibi at 567-
0655 for details, or visit www.
BonaireTalk.com, and search for
Wednesday Divi Flamingo, Balashi
Beach Bar Live music by Flamingo
Rockers 5-6:30 pm
Wednesday The Windsurf Place at So-
robon Live music by Flamingo Rock-
ers 7:30- 9:30pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Divi Fla-
mingo, Balashi Beach Bar Live mu-
sic 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, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday- 5-7 pm Social Event at
JanArt Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7. Meet
artist Janice Huckaby and Larry of
Larry's Wildside Diving. New original
paintings of Bonaire and diver stories
of the East Coast every week
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday -Yoga
Classes-Tel. 786-6416
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is
open daily for hot slot machines, rou-
lette and black jack, Mon. to Sat. 8
pm- 4 am; Sun. 7 pm- 3 am.
Daily by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NAfl2 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.

Saturday- Discover Our Diversity
Slides pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-
media dual-projector production by
Albert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's
Monday- Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
slide Show at Captain Don's Habitat,
8:30 pm Call 717-8290 for info. NO

Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Con-
servation Slide Show by Andy Uhr.
Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm
Wednesday -Buddy Dive Cocktail
Video Show by Martin Cecilia pool
bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080

Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's
past in this venerable old home that has been
restored and furnished so it appears the fam-
ily has just stepped out. Local ladies will tell
you the story. Open Monday thru Friday, 9 -
12,24. Weekends by appointment. Call
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse." Learn
about Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from
the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060/
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, be-
hind the Catholic Church in town. Open
weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel.
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and danc-
ing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai.
Dance to the music of Bonaire's popular

AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering
and Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30
pm call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm
at the Union Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank. All levels
invited. NAf5 entry fee. Call Cathy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Cafe. Registration at 4, games
at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bon-
aire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO build-
ing, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30
to 9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome.
Contact: Renata Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th

Thursday of the month at 8 pm at
Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday,
12 noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate
House', above Restaurant Zeezicht. All
Rotarians welcome. Tel. 717-8434

Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246
or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Vala-
rie Stimpson at 785-3451; Val-
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers
to help staff gallery. 717-7103.
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) -717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Roosje
717-4685, 566-4685
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays,
9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bonaire -
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday
Prayer Meeting at 7:00 pm in English.
Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papia-
mentu, Dutch and English on Sundays
at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting
and Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonk-
man. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papia-
mentu, Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kral-
endijk Services on Sunday at 8 am
and 7 pm in Papiamentu 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. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at
7:30 pm. 717-2194

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

Bonaire Reporter February 17 to February 24, 2006

February 2006 Cruise Ship Schedule

Date Ship PAX Arrive Depart Pier
20 FEB MON SEA PRINCESS 1950 12:00 19:00 SOUTH
21 FEB TUE AIDA VITA 1260 13:00 20:00 SOUTH
27 FEB MON ARCADIA 1550 08:00 18:00 SOUTH
28 FEB TUE RIJNDAM 1258 09:00 18:00 SOUTH

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Feb. 16 Queens of Tumba- Aruba, Bonaire, Feb. 24 Teens Parade 7 to 11 pm
Curacao Feb 25 Carnival--Adult Parade Rincon, 1-6 pm
Feb. 17- Election- Queen, Prince & Pancho Feb 26 Carnival--Adult Parade Playa
adults (Kralendijk) 1-6 pm
Feb 18 Carnival--Youth Parade Rincon 2-6 pm Feb 27 Carnival--Farewell Youth Parade 3-8 pm
Feb 19 Carnival--Youth Parade Playa Feb 28 Carnival--Farewell Adult Parade
(Kralendijk) 2-6 pm 7 midnight
Feb. 23- Marathon Jump-Up, BonFM TBA 5km Run, 8:00 am,
Feb. 24- Elementary School Parade 8-11 am Sponsor: PA & Associates E

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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.

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.

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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. Margaritas 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

*T always call Bonaire 'my is-
I land,' but I was born on Cura-
gao. My parents, Basilio Marin and
Rosa Bella Marin-Winklaar, left Bon-
aire for Curagao because my father
found work at the refinery there. After
some years my mother wanted to go
back. She missed the tranquility of
Bonaire so we came back in 1966. My
dad was one of the first divers here on
the island, and he started working at
Hotel Bonaire as a dive master. He
built our house at Playa Pabou, behind
Voz di Bonaire. There was only one
other house there. When it rained we
had to leave the car on the main street,
what now is Kaya Gobernor Debrot,
because everything around the house
would flood. My dad would put me on
his shoulders, and my brother had to
take off his shoes and walk barefoot
through the mud to get home.
I had a very good childhood; my par-
ents were strict but not too strict, and
my mom was always at home. My dad
loved to fish I never did to tell you
the truth," he hesitates but then he gives
me a very cute smile: "I really like the
fish I do eat them, but I don't want to
catch them. We also have a kunuku and
in 1975 my father built a big dance
floor next to the little house and we
would organize parties, and bands from
Curagao would come to play. My father
named the kunuku 'Wanapa Ranch.'
After that many people had the same
idea, but we were the first.
My father passed away in 2004 and
my mother is in the Kas di Sosiego (old
folks home). She has people taking care
of her there and I visit her almost every
day. I have one older brother,
Reginaldo, who works as a technical
eye assistant at the hospital. Everyone
knows him as 'Dbkter di Wowo,' the
eye doctor. When he was born they
wanted to name him Basilio after my
father, but my father's sister said, 'No!
My brother was a bit naughty when he
was young and if you give your son his
name he will follow him!' Then my
mom said, 'I will give him a name that
starts with my letter, 'R.' That's how
Reginaldo got his name. Five years
later I was born and they named me
Rolando, and after another five years
my sister Rosaline was born, and when
she was five our youngest sister Ruth-
line was bor. With my two daughters I
followed the tradition. They are Ro-
chanti (13) and Romery (7).
I went to the St. Dominicus School,
after that to MAVO at SGB, then to the
Polytechnic School in Curagao. I didn't
finish it didn't go so well. I came
back to Bonaire in 1985 and started

working at a local restaurant, Den La-
man, helping the chef in the kitchen.
But in December 1985 I began to work
for Hugo Gerharts' company, Bonaire
Trading. It was a big company: a gas
station, ALM, Hotel Bonaire, various
apartments, the Ford garage and Budget
car rental with 150 cars, which was a
lot for Bonaire at the time! I started at
Budget, first as a rental agent and later
on as a supervisor. It was there I met
my future wife, Mery Martis. I fell in
love with her because she has such nice
brown skin and black hair and a very
good heart. She is a wonderful person.
We've been married 15 years! I also
worked overtime at Hotel Bonaire as a
front desk office clerk and as a bell boy
and at the airport checking in people for
charters; I even did the screening of the
passengers. I worked throughout the
company from 1985 until 1994. If you
say you worked nine years for the same
company some might think that must
have been boring but it wasn't at all!
Because when you went to work you
didn't know where you were going to
work that day!"

".....this Russian film crew
that came for 'King of the
Caribbean.' I picked them
up... early in the morning
and when we reached Soro-
bon and they saw that blue
water they completely
freaked out! All in Russian -
I didn't understand a word -
but it was obvious they were
completely flabbergasted."

Rolando Marin (43) is a wonderful
man, very honest and very sweet and a
great professional.
"In 1994 I saw an ad that the tourist
office wanted a tourist guide, and I re-
alized I met all the requirements. I was
immediately hired by Ronnie Pietersz,
the director. What I do here at TCB is
plan the visits of tourist industry pro-
fessionals, like journalists, photogra-
phers and film crews who come to Bon-
aire, and I also drive them around. We
have an average of two or three people
a month who stay for about a week. I
don't drive around with regular tourists.
Those people go with the local tour op-
erators. The press people come from all
over the world, mostly through our of-
fices in New York, Haarlem, Holland,
and Caracas, Venezuela, where they

make sure they're
press, not someone
after a free vacation!
So, as a matter of
fact, all the articles
that have been writ-
ten about Bonaire, all
the films and videos
and all the pictures
that have been made
here, I was there
when it happened! I
tell them about nature
and about the system
of the Dutch Antilles.
I show them the map
of the Caribbean and
our three little sister
islands (St. Martin,
Statia, Saba) who are
high up there. I also
tell them about Bon-
aire's history, but if
they need specific facts, I get them the
experts like Boi Antoin, Papi Cicilia or
Arthur Sealy. Someone I also like to
work with is George "Cultura" Thode
of Washington Slagbaai Park.
It's not always about diving. Last
year the BBC came especially for our
Lora. That was something really big for
the island. We spent a lot of time in
Washington Park. Bonaire has so much
to offer the journalists who visit the
island come for so many different sub-
jects. Of course we have the diving, but
we also have windsurfing, kayaking,
kite surfing, snorkeling, bird watching
and eco-tours, caving and hiking and
mountain biking and ... food, because
many times they ask me, 'What is a
culinary must?' And I tell them,
'kabritu (goat) andfunchi,' and I take
them to the Rose Inn, Maikey's Snack
or Antriol Catering. In most cases it's
the first time they've eaten something
like that, and they tell me, 'I didn't
know goat could be so delicious!' I of-
ten go out for dinner or lunch with
them and I work many holidays and
weekends. I do miss a lot of time with
my family, but I've had this job for 11
years now and I still think it's fun!
Many professionals did their home-
work via Internet before they came to
Bonaire. When they're still at home
they think Bonaire is a small island, but
once they're here they tell me and I
hear this many, many times 'I didn't
know there was so much to do on Bon-
aire' and 'How beautiful this island is!'
Just the other day I was talking to my
wife about what made the biggest im-
pression on me in all these years and I
remembered this Russian film crew that
came for 'King of the Caribbean.' I

Rolando Marin

picked them up at their hotel early in
the morning and when we reached So-
robon and they saw that blue water they
completely freaked out! All in Rus-
sian I didn't understand a word but
it was obvious they were completely
Most of my time I spend outdoors and
I love it; time goes faster outdoors, and
it's much more fun. I am enjoying my
life; I don't have any wishes or dreams.
When you are a quiet person like I am,
everything is perfect. The most impor-
tant things in my life are my two little
daughters and my wife. She also has a
son, Jos. He's 20 and is studying in
Holland now. He grew up with me and
is, as we say, my yu sin dolo, my child
without pain.
I built my house 16 years ago in the
same street where I grew up. I myself
don't travel so much. I went to Paris
with my sister and to Aruba, Venezuela
and Miami with the family.
Even though I'm always driving
around the island for my job, I still like
to go out for a drive with the family to
go for an ice cream, to drink a beer... I
really enjoy that. I also love very much
my favorite hour of the day 5 am -
before the sun comes up. I go outside
and sit on the stoop and sometimes my
youngest daughter comes to keep me
company as she en-
joys it too and I show
her which one is a
star and which one a
planet... I love that
hour of the day when
the birds begin to
sing..." 1
Photo & Story by
Greta Kooistra

Bonaire Reporter February 17 to February 24, 2006

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REEF Fi Su rveys
Are TheY wVork or Play,

Do I ever love div-
ing. I love the zone
I get into when I'm under-
water. I love the animals I
see, and I love watching
how they interact with each
other and with me. I love
introducing other divers to
the undersea world.
Lately, however, my dive
buddies have presented me
with new challenges,
mostly about identifying
fish. I'm a whiz at the crit-
ters I especially like, such
as moray eels or cleaner
shrimp, but in other areas I
was satisfied just knowing
the fish was a parrotfish, for
example, or one of the blen-

Nothing's as good as a photo for identification. I knew
that the fish with the line through its eye was a gray
snapper, but I needed the photo and the books to iden-
tify the other fish as a sailor's choice, a kind of grunt

nies who lived in a tube, or
one of the striped gobies
who clean I didn't care exactly which
one it was.
And then I got re-involved with REEF
(Reef Environmental Education Founda-
tion) fish surveys. They were begun in
the early 90s, but they were more effort
than I was willing to expend: one had to
write all the fish one had seen in long-
hand on a slate; there were no underwater
forms pre-printed with the names of the
fish. Then one had to transfer one's re-
corded fish names onto a computer form,
and mail (NOT e-mail, if it even existed
at the time) the computer form to the
REEF people. I guess REEF mailed out
a newsletter every so often. After Lenny
battered our shoreline in 1999 I did a few
surveys at the Small Wall area, but that
was the only REEF surveying I had done
until a couple of months ago.
That was when Linda Ridley, REEF's
liaison on Bonaire, told me I could send
in surveys online and showed me fish
survey forms on waterproof paper and on
a slate no more need to write out every
fish's name. Linda gave me the first test
for a REEF rating; I needed 80% and I
hardly studied and I passed with a 90 or
95%, not the least bit humbled by the fact
that my score was so high because a cou-
ple of guesses turned out to be correct.
What humbled me oh, did it humble
me was my first survey dive -and
pretty much every other survey dive after
that. Despite my test score and six thou-

sand Caribbean dives, I could only iden-
tify about two parrotfish -okay, it was
one phase of two parrotfish out of the
more than 30 "looks" of Caribbean
parrotfish. I was better with damselfish,
being able to identify three species out of
more than eight, and wrasses with four
out of seven.
On my first survey dive I looked
closely at the wrasses, damselfish, even
flounders I couldn't identify, tried to
draw them on my slate, then looked for
them in my fish identification books.
Inevitably, when I'd remember The goby
had a bar (vertical stripe) through its
eye, I'd learn there was more than one
species of goby with a bar through its
eye. I'd remember The flounder's shape
was elongated and the characteristic
wouldn't be mentioned!
After that first frustrating survey dive,
on other survey dives I used my housed
little digital camera. In fact, thanks to
survey dives I've used my little digital
camera more than ever before! Doesn't
matter if I get expert photographs; all I
need are enough details of the fish for
identification. Almost all of the time if I
can get any image of the fish at all, it
provides enough detail for a positive
After the dive I transfer the photos onto
my computer, then go through them to
identify the mystery fish, then go onto
the REEF website and fill out the survey

for that dive.
I find myself counting the
number of species I report
for each dive and wanting
to increase that number -
probably like everyone else.
I pay more attention than I
used to and notice more
types of fishes. I'm learn-
ing a surprising number of
new fish species and I'm
loving it! I wasn't forced to
memorize anything; rather,
because I'm frustrated
when I can't remember Every so o
who's which when I record fish that loo.
them on my slate, I'm re- greater soap
membering new fishes to tify it by men
make life simpler for my- also solved t
self! shade of this
And I've got a better pic- it's not artp
ture of the reef than I did sighting oft
before. I hadn't even real-
ized how overwhelmingly abundant
brown chromis are. In seeking fish to add
to the count, I've noticed that redlip blen-
nies are easy to find in relatively shallow
water they were always easy to find
there but I'd never noticed before. I'm
beginning to be able to distinguish our
three flounders from each other, and I
can identify (the flashiest phases of) sev-
eral types of parrotfish.
I've noticed for myself what scientists
and other observers on Bonaire have
been saying for a long time: we don't
have the same fish diversity we used to.
I can't remember the last time I saw a
tiger grouper or a large spotted moray.
The rosy razorfish colony that I was
showing to divers only last year is gone
this year. Even the mobs of what we used
to call Bonairean Attack Yellowtails are
reduced to just a few individuals.
Observations that would be incidental
without REEF can now go into a data
base to provide information about what's
happening with fish populations in the
Caribbean region (tropical Western At-
lantic), the Pacific, the Eastern Pacific,
and the Hawaiian islands. This informa-
tion is available to anyone who requests
Once you begin entering data, you can
take tests to qualify for up to five experi-
ence levels. You can get your own data
out of REEF's data bank, separated by
date or site or other criteria. Your total
data gives you a list of every fish you've
reported since you began sending in sur-
veys. Just seeing that list creates irre-

ften at the Pier I'd catch a glimpse of a soap-
ked different from our relatively common
fish. I never saw enough of the fish to iden-
fmory, but the camera solved that problem. It
he problem ofproviding enough light in the
s tire for us to know what we're seeing. So --
hotography, but it's great to document my
his spotted soapfish.

sistible urges to rush out and extend it,
especially for those of us who are lucky
enough to live on Bonaire
So let's see... I've painlessly learned a
bunch more fish identifications. I've
learned there are differences in the types
of fishes I see from one dive site to an-
other. I've learned the value of recording
what happens with fish populations over
time. My need to compete is filled by
trying to increase the numbers of fish I
record on each dive, and to find species I
hadn't recorded yet.
I'm a newbie at this, but one of REEF's
most experienced fish surveyors is right
here on Bonaire: Carib Inn's Linda
Baker, who earned REEF's very first
Golden Hamlet Award, for those who
have completed 1,000 surveys. Linda
received the award last year; she believes
the number of recipients has now in-
creased all the way up to three.
One unexpected effect doing the fish
surveys has had on me, is that I'm more
than ever convinced we need to record
invertebrates also. Just figuring out a sys-
tem to do that will be another challenge.

To find out more about REEF, go to
www.reef.org, or contact Linda Ridley at
on Bonaire at 791-4262. REEF's field
stations on Bonaire are Bonaire Dive and
Adventure (717-2229) and Photo Tours
Bonaire (717-3460).
Are you up to the challenge? 1 Story
& Photos by Dee Scarr

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.

Bonaire Reporter February 17 to February 24, 2006

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*to find it, just look up

Locating the
Most Elusive
and Some New
Words to Discover

H ere's a tongue
twister: "Super
size my syzygy and peri-
gee please!" And in case
you don't know what that
means, by the end of this
article you will! Plus the
closest planet to the Sun
at its best for the year
right now.


On any night this week, 45 minutes after sunset, face west, and if you have a
clear, flat unobstructed horizon you'll be able to see the most elusive naked eye
planet of them all because it never appears very high up above the horizon and ap-
pears and disappears in and out of evening and morning skies several times a year.
It's the pink iron planet, tiny 3,000-mile-wide Mercury. The reason it looks pink
is because we always look at it through the dustier layers of our Earth's atmos-
phere near the horizon. So it really isn't pink at all; it's just our atmosphere which
gives it its pinkish tint.
This Friday the 24th Mercury officially reaches its greatest elongation, which
means that it is at its farthest visual distance from the Sun for this go-round and
sets later than usual, about one and a half hours after sunset. But to make sure you
catch it I suggest looking during twilight about 45 minutes after sunset. And if you
still have a real hard time finding it, wait until Wednesday, March 1st, when an ex-
quisite crescent Moon will be parked just above Mercury.

And now what about all this syzygy/perigee stuff? Well syzygy is a word as-
tronomers use whenever three celestial bodies are in a nearly straight line configu-
ration, such as the Sun, Moon and Earth during a solar or lunar eclipse. Actually
however, our Earth experiences syzygy twice a month with the Moon and Sun at
both new Moon and full Moon. At the time of full Moon the Moon is opposite our
Earth from the Sun and at new Moon on the same side of the Earth as the Sun.
And next Monday, February 27th when the Moon is new we'll have syzygy.
But this syzygy will be super sized because on the 27th our Moon will also be at
extreme perigee, which means that the Moon will be at its very closest to the Earth
for the entire year. Now we usually say that our Moon on average is about 240,000
miles away from Earth. It can, however, be as far away as 252,000 miles. But this
Monday the Moon will be at its very closest to the Earth for the entire year. And
its surface will be only 217,000 miles away. Of course, if I didn't tell you about it
you wouldn't even notice it because whenever we have a new Moon we can't see it
because it is between the Earth and the Sun.
So new Moon always means no visible Moon. However, because the Moon will
be so close to Earth next Monday some locations may experience much higher and
lower tides than usual. Check your local media to see if you're in one of those ar-
eas. So happy syzygy/perigee and find the first planet all week long. 1
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For the week: February 12 to 18, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You can meet interesting new friends if you join
worthwhile groups. You need some excitement in your life, and meeting new peo-
ple in exotic destinations will certainly satisfy your desires. Use your innovative
mind to surprise youngsters. You need some rest. Your lucky day this week will be
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) People who try to persuade you to do things their
way will annoy you. Opportunities to meet new lovers will come through pleasure
trips or social events. Positive changes regarding your personal status are evident.
Too much work and no play will not only result in fatigue and frustration but also
loneliness, too. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Don't let domestic problems interfere with your
objectives. Be prepared to make compensations and adjustments. Travel opportuni-
ties should be your first choice. Changes regarding your career direction will pay-
off handsomely. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You will do best to entertain those you wish to
close deals with. Your lover may not understand your needs so you must figure out
a way to communicate them. Travel will be favorable. Your own small business on
the side could ease your financial stress. Your lucky day this week will be Tues-
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Trips will be enjoyable, and communication with your
lover will clear up any misconceptions. You should be doing something special
with children. Your fickle nature may cause jealousy. Get out and enjoy some en-
tertainment. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Beware of someone who is trying to make you look
bad. Don't spend too much in order to impress others. You may have problems
with those you live with. Be ready to explain your actions. Your lucky day this
week will be Wednesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You can make drastic changes in your professional
direction this week. Trying to deal with your mate will be unproductive and possi-
bly hurtful. Changes in your home will be positive. You may find yourself in the
limelight for the wrong reasons. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Pamper yourself for a change. Beware of col-
leagues who don't have your best interests in mind. You can meet potential new
mates if you socialize with friends. Your need to obtain additional details will lead
you into strange topics of conversation. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You may find that your generosity has been
taken for granted. Good friends will give you honest answers. You can make al-
terations to your appearance that everyone will admire. You need to make your
lover feel wanted, not like a piece of the furniture. Your lucky day this week will
be Friday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22 Jan. 20) Don't jump too quickly if someone tries to
make you join in on their crusade. You may find that your mate is well aware of
the circumstances. You will have difficulties spreading yourself between your
work and your home. Don't try to twist things around so that they sound more en-
ticing. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Your lover may feel rejected. Travel should be
on your mind. Don't let criticism upset you. Hassles will delay your plans. Your
loved ones could set you off. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Direct your energy wisely this week. Anger will
prevail if you expect help from others. You'll find it easy to charm members of the
opposite sex this week. Unexpected bills may set you back. Be careful not to exag-
gerate when interacting with your lover. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.

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