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Economic Platform Board members: Sidney Manuel Richard Duijn, Evert Piar,
DJMethorst andBIDA Director, Raymundo Saleh, announce the hotel school plan.

On Tuesday the Bonaire Eco-
nomic Platform Foundation
announced a new project, unprece-
dented for the island, that will shift
the center of Bonaire's tourism to the
north. According to their press release
a top hotel chain, whose name is being
withheld pending further negotiations,
will run a "quality suite-residential ho-
tel" that will be partnered with Maas-
tricht's Hoge Hotelschool. The complex
will include classrooms for advanced
hotel instruction, student residences,
and a park with gardens and recrea-
tional facilities.
The Maastricht's

offers bachelors and
masters degree
courses in hospitality
management. On
graduation, students can embark on a
career as a manager or consultant with


A Loving Farewell, Buddy Needed 4
Tourist Tax Trauma, Cruise Ships
Not Always a Plus, Meaningless
Statistic 5
Stitching Project Success 7
Dietitian: Vitamins 8
Youth Tennis Results 8
Bonai News (Obelisks) 9
Barracuda Results 9
Kids Karnaval 2006 10
Hands on for SBO Students 12
Elvis Margarita (Embroidery) 13
Karnaval Schedule 15
Memory of Bonaire (archives, B1i
Antoin 18


Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Dee's Coral Glimpses 6
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Classifieds 12
Reporter Masthead 14
Pet of the Week (Arlene) 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Cruise Ship Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
Born on Bonaire...
(Poppy Rodriguez) 17
Sky Park (Gemini Twins, Castor
System ) 19
The Stars Have It 19

hospitality and service organizations
such as hotels, restaurants, etc.
Originally planned to be located in
Lac Bay, the Platform board, following
an unfavorable environmental impact
study, decided to relocate to a govern-
ment provided area in the Colombia
Plantation area. As part of the project
the road now running past SABADECO
will be paved and extended to Rincon.
Construction is planned to start by the
end of the year.

A Dutch Antilles
Express (DAE) an-
ticipates flying jets
in place of the
turbo-props it now
uses on its regional
flights and the Cura-
qao-St. Maarten
route. DAE Manag-
ing Director Floris

van Pallandt said. While he could not
give an exact date, DAE plans to extend
its regional flights, now only to Valen-
cia, Venezuela, "as soon as possible."
"For DAE to extend regional flights
operations have to be moved to Cura-
gao," said Curaqao's Minister of Trans-
portation, Omayra Leeflang. "They will
need more planes, a hangar, pilots, en-
gineers, cabin crew. The market for re-
gional flight is in Curaqao, not Bon-
aire," she added. Van Pallandt con-
firmed that Curaqao Free Zone busi-
nesses complained that the ATR and
Fokker-50 planes now flying have lim-
ited cargo capacity. He said that the
ATR planes now undergoing service
would be back from maintenance and in
service by the end of next month and
the more comfortable Fokker-50 re-

A KLM Royal
Dutch Airline
dropped fares as
much as 25%
this week. The
reduced fares can
be for travel be-
ginning with the
March 26 summer schedule, and apply
to KLM flights originating in the Neth-
erlands Antilles and Aruba. New fares
will be introduced for students, the eld-
erly and business class as well as a one-
way trip to Amsterdam.
Aside from lower fares, KLM will
introduce five new price classes. Each
price class has a recognizable name,
conditions and price tag: Take Off fare,
Economy Flex fare and Full Flex fare in

economy class and World Business
Class Holiday Fare in addition to the
existing World Business Class.

A INSEL Air, a new Curaqao-based
airline led by a former DCA head, that
was formed to conduct flights among
the ABC islands but has not yet taken
off, has requested permission to make
international flights as well. It was
supposed to begin flying in October,
2005. However, the Air Operators Cer-
tificate for its only airplane, a 19-person
Embraer Badeirantes, is not complete.

A Things may get tougher at next
month's Round Table Conference
that is working towards the new struc-
ture for the Antilles. Both houses of the
Dutch government say they are willing
to come to restructure Antilles debts,
not forgive them, only if acceptable em-
phasis is given to crucial tasks like
maintenance of law and order, effective
financial supervision and sound govern-
ment. The Dutch Second Chamber of
Parliament passed a motion on Friday
which will not allow the Dutch Govern-
ment to absorb the 5.4 billion guilder
debt of the Netherlands Antilles without
these "safeguards."

A The Netherlands is a haven for
money laundering, with at least 18.5
billion euros ($21.95 billion), equiva-
lent to around 5%, of the Dutch gross
domestic product every year, 20 % of
which stems from domestic criminal
activity, a study said on Friday. The
study added that money was most often
(Continued on page 6)

Bonaire Reporter February 24 to March 3, 2006

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Bonaire Reporter February 24 to March 3, 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: Jackie Bemabela, Elsmarie Beukenboom, Jack Hork-
heimer, Greta Kooistra, Ann Phelan, Angelique Salsbach, Dee
Scarr, Valarie Stimpson, Michael Thiessen, Elisabeth Vos
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

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To my friends on Bonaire,

The time has come in my life for an-
other adventure. I will be leaving not
only Buddy Dive Resort, where I have
had the pleasure of working for the last
5 years, but also leaving this beloved
island of Bonaire. That is the sad part
of my new adventure. My life has
taken a turn for the best and I will be
moving to Prince of Wales Island in
Alaska...YES...I did say Alaska! I have
met someone who has made my life
complete and have fallen in love. Yes,
he does live in Alaska and that is
where my new adventure will start.
But Bonaire remains in my heart; it is
the place I chose to live because of the
Bonairean people the kindest in the
world and the island one of the most
beautiful in the world. I am not only
leaving my job at Buddy Dive but
many others who have helped me make
my way here: the folks at Rum Run-
ners Restaurant, which gave me my
very first job on the island; Plaza Re-
sort; The Bonaire Motorcycle Club;
my family at Capriccio Restaurant,
Swiss Chalet, Casablanca, Pasa Bon
Pizza, and the one and only Rose Inn
in Rincon. This extended family helped
me in countless ways, including seeing
me through illness and recovery.
Some of you know I am quite the dog
owner, and I have been able to find
homes for all of my 13 dogs. Thank
you, each and every one of my

TC and Rocky
"families" new owners. In case any of
you are wondering, Sassy, my little
"motorcycle dog," will be going with
me (see inset on photo at right) She
can fit under the seat on the plane.
George and Laura of The Bonaire
Reporter have been special friends.
The Bonaire Reporter has featured me
a few times, and my family in the US
has been able to keep up with my years
here in Bonaire.
Not many people have been able to
say that they have lived a life like I
have here in Bonaire. That alone
makes me a very, very lucky person.
To everyone whom I have shared the
incredible experiences with I want to
say THANK YOU! To the guests
whom I have been so fortunate to meet

and become close friends with and to
the beautiful people of Bonaire be-
cause of you my stay here has been a
life altering affair. I can only hope that
our paths will cross again and that we
can maintain contact for many years to
My email address will remain the
same: tseal@hotmail.com
Please let us stay in touch. I may not
be living on Bonaire, but neither am I
"leaving" Bonaire. It abides in my
heart, as do my friends and extended
family on Bonaire.
Farewell, but not goodbye,
On Friday March 10, at Buddy Dive
during happy hour, 5:30 6:30, there
will be a small partyfor TC. All her
friends are invited. Drinks are half
price andMoogie will play until 8 pm.

My name is Maria Calvo and I am
on the island doing research for both
my PhD and the Marine Park. I am
trying to survey the maximum number
of dive sites in Bonaire and Klein Bon-
aire, focusing on coral, sponges, and
I would like to understand what
things are available underwater at each
site, trying to understand if divers and
dive masters choose sites depending
on what is there. For this research, I
will be three more months on the is-
land (which is not too much for the
amount of dive sites here!) and I am
looking for buddies willing to help
with the research.
Mainly, I need a buddy to help me
carry equipment and do the setting up
underwater, but it would be very much
appreciated if there are also available
buddies with fish identification skills
or/and underwater photography skills.
That would make the research go
faster, but it is not a need.
Please contact me at 780-9812 if you
are interested in doing research with
me and if you have time available to
be spent on a normal routine during
these three months (e.g. every other
day available in the mornings).
Thank you very much!!
Maria Calvo
School of Biological Sciences
University of East Anglia, UK

TC and friends on Bonaire

Bonaire Reporter February 24 to March 3, 2006

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Dear Editor:
When tourists say
goodbye to Bonaire,
they leave behind
quite some tax
money. Not only the
sales tax at the checkout counter of the
supermarket, but also room tax ($8.50
pppn) and tax on the rental car they
used ($8 per day). Friends of mine
who have come to Bonaire for years
and stay a month pay $390 (room) plus
$180 (car) and like everybody else,
$40 airport tax. Grand total $610. If
they had stayed for only two weeks the
taxes would still have amounted to
Strictly speaking it is not they who
pay the tax to the government but the
owner of the accommodations they
stay in. There seems to be a problem.
According to our government too
many of these owners do not turn over
the tourist taxes to the Island Tax Col-
lector, so it was decided to do some-
thing about it.
The Island Council approved an Is-
land Ordinance (which up to now has
not yet become effective), with the fol-
lowing contents. Room and car taxes
are completely abolished and replaced
by a tax to be paid by everybody when
leaving the island, amounting to $75; a
kind of super airport tax. It's not ap-
plied to entirely everybody as excep-
tions are made for the following cate-
gories: island residents and persons

born in the Netherlands Antilles and
What are the consequences of this?
The people who used to pay $610
would now only pay $150, costing the
government $460, and what was $306
would become also $150, loss for the
government $156. Other victims are
persons who live in the Antilles but
were not born there. The specialist,
living in Curaqao, but not born there,
who is obliging enough to come to
Bonaire to see his patients here, will
have to pay, when he goes home after
a hard day's work, $75. He will most
probably no longer come to Bonaire so
that his Bonairean patients will have to
consult him in Curacao, costing them-
selves and BZV and SVB handfuls of
money. Businessmen who regularly
come to Bonaire, belonging to the
same category, may close down their
branch offices in Bonaire, for fear of
going bankrupt.
One of the Curacao specialists comes
monthly to Bonaire, bringing his
Dutch-born wife as his assistant. When
the couple goes home the husband
pays his regular NAf10 and his wife
has to pay $75! This would be just ri-
diculous if it were not at the same time
extremely discriminatory. Conclusion:
Everybody loses. Maybe it would be a
good idea if the government checked
things a little better.
Apart from all the above, it is psycho-
logically speaking not a very good idea
to charge such a high amount to per-
sons when leaving the island.
G. Vellinga


Dear Editor:
You might want to print this to provide balance to your report favorable to cruise
From Halifax Nova Scotia- With double digit growth anticipated for the cruise
ship industry, ports in the Maritimes need to assess the economic, environmental
and social impacts of cruise ships, according to a report released today by the Ca-
nadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
Ross Klein, the author of Cruising Out of Control: The Cruise Industry, The
Environment, Workers and the Maritimes, finds that "ports too often see the cruise
ship industry as a 'cash cow,' with much money to be made with very little cost.
The facts are somewhat different ports often find that the income expectations are
overblown and the costs of hosting a cruise ship are understated."
Many of the anticipated economic benefits do not pan out for communities.
Cruise lines skim off some of the profit associated with on-shore excursions and
charge onshore merchants fees to be included on the "approved vendors" lists.
There are also economic costs associated with tens of thousands of passengers
passing through port communities.
Download the Complete Report/Study: Cruising Out of Control: The Cruise
Industry, The Environment, Workers, and the Maritimes

Addendum: The cruise ship industry provides an example of "economic enclave"
tourism. Ocean cruise ships carried some 8.7 million international passengers in
1999, more in recent years. On many ships, especially in the Caribbean (the
world's most popular cruise destination with 44.5% of cruise passengers), guests
are encouraged to spend most of their time and money on board, and opportunities
to spend in some ports are closely managed and restricted.
Name withheld

k The Bonaire Reporter welcomes letters from readers.
Letters must include the writer's name and telephone number or e-mail address.
-, Letters without that information will not be published.
SIf a writer wishes to remain anonymous or just use initials we will honor the
request. Letters should not be more than 400 words in length and may be edited at
the Editor's discretion. Send letters or diskettes to The Bonaire Reporter, Kaya Gob. Debrot
200-6, Bonaire; via fax 717-8988 or E-mail: lettersi@bonairenews.com

Anyone who gives this any thought
would immediately realize that when asked, most people will say, "Yes, I would
like to return." It is simply a matter of politeness to do so. How many times at a
restaurant do you hear the waiter asking if the meal was fine? The answer is al-
most always "yes," regardless of the real feelings. Same at a hotel when asked if
the customer had a nice time. The answer is almost always "yes." Being polite is
not a statistic for how many people return.

Bonaire Reporter February 24 to March 3, 2006


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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
laundered through the real estate or
property sector, regular import and ex-
port traffic or channeled through enti-
ties that could disguise loans as reve-
nues, for example.

sioner of
and Secu-
rity of
Marianne Marianne van den Anker
van den
Anker, would like to force Antillean
teenage mothers, pregnant drug ad-
dicts and mentally handicapped
women to have an abortion to pre-
vent child and sexual abuse. It
sparked an outcry in and outside of
politics. According to Van den Anker,
Antillean teenage mothers' children
run the risk of growing up without love
and affection in a violent, neglected
atmosphere with physical and sexual
The foundation that promotes Antil-
leans and Aruban affairs in Holland
called van den Anker's statements
"dehumanizing." It is displeased that
Antillean girls are likened to drug ad-
dicts and the mentally disabled. Other
political parties in Rotterdam's munici-
pal government rejected Van den
Anker's idea and distanced themselves
from it.

A Pedro Atacho, the official named
to form a new Antillean cabinet fol-
lowing the recent election, informed
the Antillean Governor that three po-
litical parties from Curaqao PAR (5
seats), MAN (3), and PNP (2) one
from Bonaire, the UPB (1), two from
St. Maarten National Alliance (2) -
one from Statia DP Statia (1) one
from Saba WIPM (1) are willing to
form the new Antillean government.
Atacho hopes to give the Governor his
final report no later than March 3rd
well ahead of the anticipated schedule.
The governing coalition of the island
of Curaqaohas also realigned to reflect
a political mix similar to the Central
Government cabinet.

A The Natalie Holloway drama
continues to linger. Last week Joran
van der Sloot, once the chief suspect in
causing the disappearance of Hollo-
way, and his father Paul were handed
summons for a US damage suit when
they arrived in New York for a televi-
sion interview with ABC. The New
York suit was filed by Natalee's par-
ents, Betty Twitty and David Hollo-
way. They referred to Van der Sloot as
"a predator who purposely and mali-
ciously neglected the rights" of their
daughter. It accuses him of holding her
against her will with the help of others
and sexually abusing her. The father
was summoned because he allowed his
son to "drink, gamble and freely go
after victims." The suit does not pre-
vent the van der Sloots from leaving
the US.

A Curaqao officials announced that
they will be holding their first annual

Dive Festival
from May 20
to 27. Partici-
pation is free.
This year
Bonaire abandoned the "dive festival"
format it originated in the 90s and re-
placed it with the Dive Into Adven-
ture Festival that will run from June
17 to 24 The Bonaire festival will in-
clude many other island activities in
addition to diving.

A Event organizers have announced
that the 2nd Annual Pro Kids Wind-
surfing Worlds will be held in Lac
Bay August 3-7. Qualifier events for
kids will be held during May and July
internationally. The finals will be held
in Bonaire when it is expected that kids
from the UK, France, Italy Germany
and more countries will compete for
the title of Pro Kid. Starboard Boards
is once again sponsoring this event.
This second contest is expected to
eclipse last year's great success.
Concurrent with this announce-
ment was the cancellation of the
King of the Caribbean Freestyle
competition, provisionally slated
for April 6-9 which had been held for
the last three years.
It is hoped that all support and spon-
sors of KOTCaribbean recognize the
youth and our sport and transfer spon-
sorship to the Pro Kids Worlds.
A new professional freestyle event is
in the works for 2007 which will blow
away the windsurf world. Keep watch-
ing The Reporter for news and up-
dates. Contact Elvis Martinus at 717-
2288 or Ann Phelan at
ann@bonairecaribbean.com for spon-
sor or event details. Ann Phelan

coral glimpses
(a bit of information about corals presented
each week by naturalist Dee Scarr)
Ur" A

most diseases and pests and is decora-
tive. In parts of India the tree is con-
sidered holy and is called a wonder tree
because of its medicinal qualities. Tea
brewed from the leaves counters some
diseases. Birds spread the seeds of the
tree which quickly take root. They
might successfully compete with the
native trees like the indju, the pal 'i kui,
mahogany, the wayaka and different
kinds of cactus. Bonaire's sensitive en-
vironment may become unbalanced
without great care being observed to
limit the Neem population.

A number of large fish species
are fast disappearing from the wa-
ters around the ABC islands. That's
the conclusion of Natascha Leenstra of
the Raboud University in Nijmegen,
who with the help of local officials
monitored the catch of the island's pro-
fessional fishermen for six months.
Fish such as the Nassau Grouper and
King Mackerel are now rare.

A Around the same time fish species
were being reported as dwindling an
expedition discovered new species of

Saba coral DCNA photo

fish and seaweed on the Antilles Saba
Bank. The Bank forms the world's
third-largest atoll, entirely submerged,
and has some of the richest diversity of
marine life found in the Caribbean, ac-
cording to scientists who recently ex-
plored the area. Among the apparent
new fish species found were two types
of gobi, while the total number of fish
species recorded reached 200, com-
pared to fewer than 50 before the expe-
The unprecedented richness of ma-
rine life and vulnerable status of the
atoll's coral beds make Saba Bank a
prime candidate for designation as a
Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA)
under the International Maritime Or-
ganization (IMO). The Bonaire-based
Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance
(DCNA), an umbrella group represent-
ing the six Dutch Caribbean islands,
also calls for PSSA status for the Saba
Bank atoll.

Continued on page

A hemispherical coral head three
feet across is 200 to 300 years old!

A Prominent Curacao biologists,
Dolfi Debrot and Eric Newton, re-
cently issued a warning about the
spread of Neem trees. Elsmarie Beu-
kenboom of STINAPA observed that
the tree is spreading itself in the coun-
tryside. The Neem tree comes from
India and was introduced in Bonaire
gardens because it is fast growing,
doesn't need much water, is immune to

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Stitching Project Success

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continuedfrom page 6)
k Gaby Mercera, the percus-
sionist and one of the pioneers of
Bonairean jazz, was again invited
to the May jazz festival in St. Lu-
cia. He will be accompanied by the
Freewinds Band, Al Green, Seal and
Poncho Sanchez on the main stage.
Gaby works for SKAL (Sekshon di
Kultura, Arte i Literatura), gives
kwarta lessons at elementary
schools and shows how to make
music with everyday objects. In the
afternoon and evenings he teaches
drums at his Deco music school.

A Last week we reported that Bon-
aire will soon have a "butterfly
farm." This week it was reported that
the Butterfly Foundation in Curaqao is
working on its own garden at the Parke
Tropikal Zoo. Initiator Monique
Anderson took a year and a half to
study the topic all over the world.


A Caribbean Gas Training and Bon-
aire Dive & Adventure announces the
first DIR (Do It Right!) Fundamen-
tals course ever to be held in the
southern Caribbean from March 2
to 5 by GUE (Global Underwater Ex-
plorers the most formidable and strin-
gent dive certification agency in exis-
tence). Instructor Dan McKay from
Ontario, Canada, will be on Bonaire to
elevate the diving skills, knowledge,
attitude and team spirit of three Bo-
nairean candidates who wish to pro-
gress in the art and craft of scuba div-
ing. Caribbean Gas Training went to
great lengths to accommodate the
equipment needs for this class, vastly
augmenting its existing stock. Bonaire
Dive & Adventure will provide shore
access and other amenities. For those
interested in the "Doing It Right" phi-
losophy there will be an informal cele-
bratory event at the bar of Den Laman
Restaurant on the evening of the 5th,
with CGT staff and course participants

A Bonaire's hotel school restau-
rant, Chez Nous, is again open for
luncheon and dinner. If you enjoy
good food and a pleasant dining ex-
perience visit them. Some of the stu-
dents studied at a cooking school in
Italy where they learned new skills.
Menus change constantly so the stu-
dents can try out new recipes.
The restaurant is open for a three-
course lunch on Fridays, starting at
12:30 pm sharp. It's NAf17,50. Four-
course dinners are on Tuesday, starting
at 6 pm sharp, NAf25. On certain
Mondays the higher level, more ex-
perienced students cook, and a four-
course dinner and a cocktail is
NAf27,50. Additional beverages, alco-
holic and non-alcoholic, are available
and sold separately. The place can be
very popular so call at least the day
before if not sooner. Telephone 717-
8120 and ask for "Chez Nous."
G./L. D.

Grass roots projects that help people are usually the most effective. Bon-
aire's Stitching (Foundation) Project for teens is a prime example. Run
by Mick Schmit with two Bonairean leaders these youngsters learn skills that
build self-esteem and confidence.
Currently a group of the teens are involved in the Junior Marine Park Diver
Training program that began January 9th. Thanks to the Divi Flamingo resort
that is providing the necessary gear and facilities they are ready for their ex-
ams in snorkeling seamanship and boat handling. They've already completed
swimming and social skill training. SCUBA dive training comes next.
If you want to help this no-nonsense program with a proven successful track
record contact: Stichting Project at the North Salifia Community Center, 786-
6816, Email mickschmit@atelbonet. an. G.D.

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A SELIBON trash pickups returned
to normal last week following the repair
of two of its three compactor trucks.
SELIBON, Bonaire's waste management
company, remains one of Bonaire's most
efficient operations.

Bonaire Reporter February 24 to March 3, 2006



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Ask the Dietitian

Vitamins are micro nutrients that
are required in small amounts to
maintain life. Vitamins are called
"essential" because most of them cannot be
made by the human body but obtained from
foods or supplements. Unlike protein, fat
and carbohydrate (the macro nutrients),
which are the main ingredients of all foods,
vitamins occur in much smaller amounts in
food. They're important to many vital func-
tions in the body, like growth, maintenance
and recovery from illness.
Two Groups
Vitamins are divided into two groups:
fat-soluble and water-soluble. The fat-
soluble vitamins are A, D, E and K. They
dissolve in fat and are transported by fat.
They are found in fatty foods, such as dairy
foods, fat and oils and the fat-containing
parts of grains and vegetables.
Water-soluble vitamins dissolve in water-
based fluids. These include the eight B-
vitamins, B1, B2, B3, B12, B1 1, B8, B5,
and Vitamin C. Water-soluble vitamins are
more common in fruits, vegetables and
grains. Because these vitamins dissolve in
water, care must be used during food prepa-
ration to keep the vitamins from dissolving
into cooking water. For example, vegeta-
bles lose a lot of their water-soluble vita-
mins when cooked improperly in too much
water. Steaming or boiling vegetables prop-
erly in just a small amount of water helps
keep the vitamins intact.
Vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid.
Works as a powerful antioxidant, aids in
the absorption of iron, is critical in fighting
off infections and aids in wound healing.
Rich sources are: vegetables and fruits
The recommended amount per day: 80 mg
Vitamin Bl, also called thiamin.
Helps in the metabolism of carbohydrates
for energy and proper transmission of nerve
Rich sources are: whole and enriched grain
products, sunflower seeds, vegetables
(legumes), potato, luncheon (meat)
Recommended amount per day: 1.1mg
Vitamin B2, also called riboflavin.
Necessary in the release of energy from
food, healthy skin
Sources are: dairy products, eggs, green
leafy vegetables, (luncheon) meat
Recommended daily amount: 1.1 mg

Vitamin B3, also called Niacin.

Necessary in the release of energy from
food. Also required for proper metabolism
and brain function
Sources are: eggs, whole grain products,
fish (tuna), potato, vegetables, (luncheon)
Recommended daily amount: 13 mg
Vitamin B5, also called pantothenic acid.
Necessary in the release of energy from
Sources are: eggs, whole grain cereals,
vegetables (legumes, broccoli, avocados),
fruits, diary products, (luncheon) meat
Recommended daily amount: 5 mg
Vitamin B6, also called pyridoxine.
Needed for proper protein metabolism.
Necessary for normal growth, proper brain
and immune function, synthesis of red
blood cells.
Sources are: potato, bread, diary, beans,
walnuts, vegetables, luncheon (meat)
Recommended dally amount: 1.5 mg
Vitamin B8, also called biotin.
Necessary to release of energy from food.
Sources are: soybeans, eggs, fortified ce-
real, nuts, liver.
Recommended daily amount: unknown
Vitamin B11, also called folic acid.
Important in the metabolism of protein.
Necessary in the production of red blood
cells. Reduces significantly the risk of neu-
ral tube defects (birth defect of the spine)
Sources are: green leafy vegetables
(spinach, asparagus), fruits, bread, diary,
(luncheon) meat, beans, fortified cereals.
Recommended daily amount: 300 mg
Vitamin B12, also called cobalamin.
Important in metabolism, production of red
blood cells and proper nerve function.
Sources are: (luncheon) meat, egg, fish,
diary, fortified soy-milk, fortified tofu, for-
tified cereals
Recommended daily amount: 2.8 mg

Vitamin D, also called cholecalciferol.

Youth Tennis Results1

L ast week the second round
of youth tennis ladder was
held at the Harbour Village
courts. Youngsters from five
years of age competed under the
direction of Coach Elisabeth Vos.
The matches were well attended
by friends and parents. Here are
the results:
A- Gino Meeuwsen beat Kevin
Abdul 4-1l4-0, Paulo Allee beat
Thammy Albertsz 4-3;4-1
B- Arnd Chirino beat Nikita van
Ooijen 4-3;4-1, Philip Winkel
beat Boy Roozendal 4-3;4-1
Cl Paola Valerio beat Alexander Hart 6-3, Kevin Djkhof beat Richandro 6-3
C2- Nigel Tromp beat Zaira Groenendal 6-3, Jordan Coffie beat Marijn van Erp 6-4
D- Sucarla Ellis beat Josephine Marshall 4-0; Max Maartense beat Constantijn
Bottrop 4-3
A- Gino Meeuwsen won, beating beat Paulo Allee 4-3;4-1
B Philip Winkel, in a fierce match, beat Arnd Chirino 4-0;4-1
C1 Paola Valerio once more became champion and beat Kevin Dijkhof 6-4
C2 Nigel Tromp beat Jordan Coffie 6-3
D Sucarla Ellis beat Max Maartense 4-2
In the final standings Yannick Finies was first, Christopher Pourier second and Nathan
Finies third.
The next matches will be held on March 11 and 12. For more information call Elisabeth
Vos at 717-6907 or 756-5225. Elisabeth Vos

Essential for the absorption of calcium:
maintenance of bone and teeth strength.
Sources are: margarine, halvarine, fatty
fish, (luncheon) meat, eggs, milk, fortified
soy milk, fortified cereals.
Recommended dally amount: 2.5 mg
Vitamin D can also be made by the body
when the skin is exposed to sunlight.
Vitamin E, also called tocoferol.
A powerful anti-oxidant. Protects body
Sources are: vegetable oil, nuts, vegetables
Recommended daily amount: 9.3 mg
Vitamin K, also called fylochinon
Essential for proper blood clotting and
plays a role in normal bone calcification
Sources are: green vegetables (spinach,
broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbage,
lettuce, fortified cereals, fruits, diary prod-
ucts, vegetable oil.
Recommended dally amount: 90 mg

Bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract also
provides the body with vitamin K.
Vitamin A, also called retinol (comes from
animal sources).
Beta-carotene (precursor to Vitamin A,
which comes from plant sources)
Powerful antioxidant which helps the body
fight free radicals damage. It is essential for
normal vision, reproduction, growth, im-
mune system, healthy skin.
Sources are: margarine, halvarine,
(luncheon) meat, eggs, whole milk prod-
ucts, fish liver oil, pumpkin, vegetables and
Recommended daily amount: 800 mg
The maximum safe amount to use: 3000
mg as retained in a day.
In my next article I will continue with the
minerals. Angdlique Salsbach, Dietitian

Angilique Salsbach, a dietitian with Bonaire's Department of Health and
Hygiene, has a radio program every other Tuesday 9 to 9:30 on Bon FM.
Her patients have successfully won the "Battle of the Bulge" and become
healthier. Write her at dietitan@bonairenews.com or call her at the Dept. of
Health Care 717-3737

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Bonai News
n the local SGB high school there is
a special group of students who
work on science projects such as archae-
ology, cultural anthropology and biol-
ogy. For the last two years, under the
direction of archeologist Dr. Jay Haviser,
they've completed ambitious projects
like classifying artifacts found under-
ground in the government buildings area
in Playa and setting up and opening a
museum at Ft. Oranje. They even assem-
bled the whale skeleton which now re-
sides in Washington Slagbaai Park. Re-
cently they've been studying coral reefs
with Marine Biologist Caren Eckrich and
will soon deliver a research paper.
The current group of 10 students is
now researching the history of the old
obelisks in the southern part of the island
which are in need of reconstruction and
repainting. The group is led by Ray-
mundo Saleh, Bonaire's first Antillean
Lt. Governor and a great historian of the

They were set up to guide ships com-
ing in to load salt. As a ship ap-
proached the island someone from the
salt works would raise a colored flag,
meaning that's the color of the obelisk
where the ship would have to head for
and anchor, that site being where the salt
was to be loaded. A lighter was set up
from shore to deliver the salt to the ship.
The men gathered the salt from the
ponds, and the women, with the salt in
baskets on their heads, would deliver the

Alter Ego
Banana Lady
Blue Moon
Blur Thunder
Bright Sea
Camissa, Chan
Colonel's Lady
Flying Cloud,
Goril Two
Guaicamar I,

It's Good
Natural Selection
Ocean Breeze
Santa Maria
Sandpiper, USA
Savoir Vivere
Second Lady
Summer Breeze
Spart I Vento
Sylvia K
Ta B
Ti Amo

This obelisk was blue

salt to the lighter which was drawn back
and forth from the shore to the ship, in-
numerable times.
Recently the Bonai group toured the
areas where the obelisks are with their
new instructor, Saleh, who explained
some of the history of the obelisks. After
researching the project the students will

The spot to build the white obelisk

issue a report that will help explain the
history. A plaque will be placed on each
of the obelisks, describing their historical
function. There is a plan for the restora-
tion of the obelisks, as well as recon-
struction of the white one which was
destroyed by the waves from Hurricane
Jackie Bernabela/ L.D.
Photos by Jackie Berabela


Turn One
Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicorn, Norway
Varedhuni, Ger.
Yanti Paratzi
Zahi, Malta

Barracuda Results

Barracudas last year for the dedication of the club's name.

he Bonaire Barracudas Swim
Team sent six swimmers to the
5th Curaqao Open Swim Meet on Sat-
urday, February 11.

Samson Evertsz (Boys 8 10)
swam an "A" time in 100 meter free-
style, qualifying him for participation
in 200 meter and 400 meter freestyle
events at future competitions this sea-
son. Asdrubal Marcano (Boys 9 10)


Boys 8 & Under
Marcano, Luis

Boys 9 -10
De Lima, Alejandro

Evertsz, Samson

Marcano, Asdrubal

Wagemakers, Olivier

Girls 11 -12
Wagemakers, Rooske

50 meter breaststroke
50 meter freestyle
50 meter backstroke
50 meter freestyle
100 meter freestyle
100 meter backstroke
100 meter freestyle
50 meter backstroke
100 meter freestyle
50 meter breaststroke
100 meter freestyle
50 meter backstroke

swam an "A" time in 50 meter back-
stroke, making him the third Barra-
cuda swimmer this season to achieve
this time goal in one or more events.
An "A" time is the fastest time cate-
gory recognized in the Netherlands
Antilles and indicates the swimmer
has met or surpassed a specified time
standard for a particular stroke and

Story and photo by Valarie Stimpson


A 2nd
A 2nd

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
2-24 0:07 1.OFT. 9:58 2.1FT. 18:56 0.8FT. 63
2-25 1:16 1.OFT. 10:43 2.1FT. 19:28 0.8FT. 23:58 1.OFT. 75
2-26 0:05 1.1FT. 3:06 1.OFT. 11:35 2.0FT. 19:54 0.9FT. 87
2-27 0:52 1.2FT. 4:25 1.1FT. 12:21 1.9FT. 20:17 1.OFT. 96
2-28 1:34 1.3FT. 5:57 1.1FT. 13:19 1.7FT. 20:39 1.1FT. 102
3-01 2:23 1.4FT. 7:46 1.1FT. 14:16 1.6FT. 20:55 1.1FT. 103
3-02 3:23 1.5FT. 10:08 1.1FT. 15:39 1.4FT. 20:55 1.2FT. 100
3-03 4:18 1.6FT. 12:22 1.1FT. 17:52 1.3FT. 20:06 1.2FT. 93

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Bonaire Reporter February 24 to March 3, 2006 Page 11

S students from
the highest
level, SBO, in the
Hotel Curriculum,
spent an interest-
ing afternoon at
Mona Lisa Restau-
rant this week,
learning from
Mona Lisa co- for -
owner Douwe
Dooper how to
properly draw a
glass of draft beer, At the Mona Lisa Restaurant SBO students learn how to
Dutch style (with draw draft beer from restaurant owner Douwe Dooper (r)
two fingers of
foam, not an easy task!) The NAf300 keg of beer was graciously sponsored by Bon-
aire Partners.
SBO (the most advanced vocational level at the SGB high school) teacher Kees
Lehman brings his students to places like the Mona Lisa, to learn things they can't
just get at school.

The six stu-
dents are now
their school
time with four
days a week
"on the job"
training in local
Wendy Here-
dia works at
Salsa; Isidro
Statie at City
Caf6; Sindy
Selberie at Cac-
tus Blue; Jhe-
ison Jaquez
Mueses at Rum
Runners; Kel- Teacher Kees Lehman (1), Douwe Dooper (r) with the students
vin Ventura at
Donna & Georgio's; and Ludwiska Bernabela at the Old Inn. The SBO program is
key to providing the training needed for young Bonaireans to enter the local job
market with the skills necessary for higher level employment. Thanks go to the res-
taurants who assist with this program and hire the students. It's a win-win situation.
FYI: a keg of beer contains 30 liters; five glasses in a liter. L.D.

Bonaire Reporter Classifieds- They are still free
Got something to buy or sell?

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

Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art
Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes.
Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am- 5 pm Friday
1- 7 pm; or phone 717-5246 for appt.

The leading consumer and business 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 NAf5 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.

Windsock Apartments
Since January we have a new telephone no.
717-4266 and new cell: 780-9760. Our
email address is:

For S-al-e

FOR SALE Hoogslaper (raised bed)
van hout Naf 195,- Tel: 717 4884, Cell:
786 -2206

For Sale: Various Delftware porcelain
articles and antiques. Call Ma at 717-

A well-designed, fast-sailing 4-meter
fiberglass centerboard sloop. Needs re-
painting. Naf850. Also a collapsible
"Banana" dinghy and two old Avons.
Email Mac at MACAMAL(amac.com or
write to PO Box298, Kralendijk.

AUTO Many new parts including, battery,
tires, shocks, service etc. Drives very well,
genuine reason for sale NAf5.250 Tel:

Mitsubishi Gallant, Automatic shift, 4
door- 11 years old, 4 new tires, new bat-
tery and starter- new license tag, NAf5000.
tel. 717-2971

11' Caribe hard bottom inflatable,

good condition, trailer included, 25 hp.
Yamaha. NAf3600. On island 02/21-
03/08. E-mail pariposo2@capecod.net.

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-
8819 as soon as possible.

FOR SALE: 4 burner large propane
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-
ers $25 each (can be picked up at any-
time); Cloth clothes closet $20 (pick up
anytime); Wooden clothes closet with 3
drawers $50 (pick up anytime); Clothes
rack for hanging wet clothes $15; Call
after 3 pm Sun-Wed; anytime Thur-
Sat 786-7072

For sale: Ikelite Underwater Strobe
Kit. Substrobe DS-50 (TTL) for Digital &
Film Cameras, Remote TTT Slave Sensor
for DS Substrobes, and Arm II System.
Like new, in the original box. Best offer.
Call 717-4593, after 3 pm.

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

P ro p4e r ty

FOR RENT: 2 bedroom apartment in
Hato, rent Nalf. 800,- including cable TV.
For more information call: Amanda at Har-
bourtown Real Estate 717 5539

wa r-r ted

ested in playing with us on Bonaire, May
13 June 10? email bubblheads@mac.
com Corky & Sy Halberg

WANTED: Small kayak....(no inflat-
ables) in any condition. 717-6862/791-

Home-exchange in the Netherlands.
We are a family of 6 or 7. We offer a big
house (11 rooms) in the center of The
Netherlands (Utrecht) plus cars (seats 7
and 4). We are looking for a comfortable
house (+ car) on Bonaire. e-mail:

The Bonaire Reporter is
looking for a Partner or
Managing Editor

Join us to
"Publish in Paradise."
Working partner with
journalism writing/editing
skills, business sense and
energy desired.
Most important: Must Love Bonaire!
Call The Reporter at 717-8988, 786-6518.
Email qualifications to:

Wanted: Part Time Office Helper 25
hours a week minimum- computer literate
(Microsoft Excel, Word, email), English-
Dutch-Papiamentu-Spanish desired. Must
be a "take charge" person. Call Liz at
Golden Reef Inn, 717-5759

Boats for

For Sale Cabo Rico 38 Yacht 1989,
Excellent offshore cruiser. One-owner,
little used, only 800 engine
hours, many sails, many
spares, new s-s rigging. In-
cludes Avon R2.8 inflatable
and Nissan outboard. Luxu-
rious interior. Bristol condi-
tion. Hauled out on Bonaire
$109,000. Phone/fax (599)
717-5038. Email to

Why import a sail boat
when you can own a fast
Regatta winner built right here? Classic
21' Bonaire Sail Fishing boat recently
refurbished is for sale for NAf 14,000
Call George 786-6125/717-8988.

Free to good home 100 33 1/3 classical re-
cords. 717-3566

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E Ivis Margarita -the Embroidery and Silk Screen Kit

C esMar is
successful home-
town (Bonairean)
company, run by a
(Bonairean) guy,
Elvis Margarita.
As one customer
we met said, after
working with El-
vis, "He's creative
and he's always
willing to accom-
modate the cus-
tomer!" Another
customer who had Elvis (r) with Screen Print Manager Jose Arias
uniforms personal-
ized for her restau-
rant employees says, "He does good whom I knew for years, we start
work and his prices are reasonable." CesMar (Ces for Cesilia, Mar for
Since 2000 Margarita's company, garita). Herbert retired last Nove:
CesMar, has been providing personal- and now I'm running the compar
ized uniforms for With an awes
elementary schools, (see photo) n
Telbo, SELIBON, chine they stz
Cargill and many out doing em
more. "It started out dery for nam
as a hobby," says logos. Businm
Margarita, who spent picked up an(
most of his working bought anoth
years either in the machine.
government tax office or with the SVB "Eventually," Elvis says, "after v
government insurance, in Bonaire, St. the SGB contract we knew we hE
Martin and Curaqao. "In 1999," he re- do more than embroidery for thai
calls, "I quit SVB in Curacao and came uniforms so we added silk screen
back to Bonaire. Together with (well last year." Now, with four emplo
known photographer) Herbert Cesilia, they are doing heat press as well.

company also employs SGB high
school students to help with the
computer work of transferring and
creating logos and designs.
CesMar puts out a quality prod-
uct. Just recently the Maduro and
Curiel's Bank presented each of the
press corps of Bonaire with a hand-
some dark blue shirt, embroidered
with the name of the press office
and a press cap with the MCB logo.
The shirts, caps and other items are
from top brands from the US like
Hanes, Outer Banks or other well
known brands. Their industrial wear
comes from Dickies coveralls,
shoes, belts, work pants. "I've visited
all the companies we deal with," Elvis
says proudly.
What does he enjoy the most? "It's
when the customer is happy and comes
back satisfied. My main goal is to
serve Bonaire with this business so
people here don't have to go abroad.
Often you may not get the right prod-
uct and it's a problem, but here on
Bonaire you're sure of what you get."
You may bring in a photo or a logo
and they can transfer it to a shirt, a cap,
a mug, whatever. Or you may bring in
your own shirts or towels, bags or even
baby clothes for monogramming and
personalizing. And the turnaround time
is measured in days, not weeks or
Stop by and see their operation. It's
something for Bonaire to be proud of.
CesMar is located at the old SELIBON

Natalia Sousa operates one of the
embroidery machines

office, Kaya Industria #25 across from
Warehouse Bonaire. Or call 717-3983
or 786-4422. L.D.

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Pet of the Week

he's alert! She's adorable! She W l
just quivers in anticipation when
she sees someone! That's "Arlene," our
pet of the week, whose fur is so long that
it stands out all around her like a halo!
She epitomizes the word, "social." She
just can't be friendly enough. "She's just
a 'purr machine,'" said one of the staff,
"and she loves to be petted." Arlene is
three months old and is superbly healthy,
having been tested for feline leukemia,
had her worming and other tests and
shots. When she's old enough she'll be "Arlene"
sterilized. And all that is included in the
cat adoption fee of only NAf75. Why not stop by the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the
Lagoen Road and see for yourself the most healthy and social pets on the island, all up
for adoption. They're open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1.
Tel. 717-4989.

At: Chat'n'browse,
Sand Dollar Grocery, Valerie's
Airport Shop, Capt. Don's
Habitat, Carib Inn, TCB

Education is one of the primary aims of the Shelter, and they've
been hosts often to school age children who have a wonderful time
with the pets, learning in a fun way how to treat animals and what
they need from people. Often these groups are in conjunction with
the Conservation Education Officer and Project Coordinator, Kri-
santa Martes of STINAPA. The children's visits are fun for every-
one, as the pets all enjoy being on display and getting a lot of atten-

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Late Show
Calto make sure (Usually9 pm)
(Eric Bana)

Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
King Kong

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAfl4 (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

Now until March 23-Brigette Kley
Driftwood and Cloth Art at Cinnamon
Art Gallery, Monday-Friday 9-12, 2-5,
Kaya APLBrion #1

Wednesday, March 1-International
Fishing Tournament
Wednesday, March 1- Ash Wednesday

-Wednesday, March 1 Little and Senior
League Season starts

Saturday, March 4- Rincon Big First
Saturday of the Month Marshe, a real
island event with music, informational dis-
cussions bou di ramada (on the porch).
Stands selling drinks, local foods, crafts,
plants, more. In the heart of Rincon, 6 am
to 2 pm

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship visiting days, starting
around 10 am to early afternoon. See
Cruise Ship Schedule above.

Monday-Saturday Happy Hour 5 to 7
pm, Cactus Blue
Saturday Rincon Marshe opens at 6 am -
2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while
you shop: fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets and snacks, arts and handi-
crafts, candles, incense, drinks and music.
Saturday-Mountain Bike Ride- Every-
one welcome. It's free. Bring a bike and
your own water. Fitness trainer Miguel
Angel Brito leads the pack. Telephone him
at 785-0767 for more information.
Saturday -Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 6 to 8 pm, Kaya Industria #23.
Great wines NAf2,50 a glass.
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 enjoy-
ing a great dinner in colorful tropical ambi-
ance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant &
Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm, Divi Fla-


Monday Two for One Appetizers with
Entrees, Cactus Blue
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria 717-6435
Monday-Kriyoyo Night BBQ Buffet fea-
turing Chef Gibi and Los Princes Mariachi,
Golden Reef Inn (2005 Small Inn of the
year). Band 7 pm, BBQ at 7:30 pm. Reser-
vations $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.
Tuesday Buy a Bucket of Beer & get
free chicken wings, 5 to 7 pm, Cactus
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 "Gibi."
Wednesday Open Mike Night with
Moogie, 7 to 9 pm, Cactus Blue
Wednesday Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach
Bar Live music by Flamingo Rockers 5-
6:30 pm
Wednesday The Windsurf Place at Soro-
bon 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, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday- 5-7 pm Social Event at JanArt
Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7. Meet artist
Janice Huckaby and Larry of Larry's Wild-
side Diving. New original paintings of
Bonaire and diver stories of the East Coast
every week
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 (NAf12 for residents). Tel 717-8489,

Saturday- Discover Our Diversity Slides
pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-media
dual-projector production by Albert Bian-
culli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's Habitat.
Monday- Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea slide
Show at Captain Don's Habitat, 8:30 pm
Call 717-8290 for info.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conserva-
tion Slide Show by Bruce Brabec. 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 fur-
nished so it appears the family hasjust stepped out.
Local ladies will tell you the story. Open Monday
thru Friday, 9 12, 24. Weekends by appointment.
Call 717-2445.
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view from
"The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bonaire's
culture. Visit homes from the 17th century. Daily.
Call 7174060/790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the
Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays from 8
am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Mu-
seum and Visitors' Center. Open daily 8

February & March 2006 Cruise Ship Schedule

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

.i..tV i 006 Schedule: 26

Carnival--Grand Parade Playa
Feb. 23- Marathon Jump-Up, BonFM (Kralendijk) 1-6 pm
Feb. 24- Elementary School Parade 8-11 am Feb 27 Carnival--Farewell Youth Parade 3-8 pm
Feb. 24- Teens Parade 7 to 11 pm Feb 28 Carnival--Farewell Adult Parade
Feb 25 Carnival--Grand Parade Rincon, 1-6 7 midnight
pm TBA 5km Run, 8:00 am,

am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to the
music of Bonaire's popular musicians.

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 Din-
ner 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 eity
fee. Call Cathy566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Caf6. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel.
717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month- Jun-
ior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI Bon-
aire, formerly known as Bonaire Jaycees)
meets at the ABVO building, Kaminda Jato
Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is
welcome. Contact: Renata Domacass6 516-
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm.
Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thurs-
day 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 Valarie
Stimpson 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)- 7174303.
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. Ser-
vices 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. Wil-
helminaplein. Services in Papiamentu, Dutch
and English on Sundays at 10 am. Thurs-
day 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 English.
Catholic San Bemardus 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. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios), Kaya
Triton (Den Cheffi). In English, Dutch &
Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am. Wednes-
day 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.
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet
and tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in
Belnem. Cyber Caf6, 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.
CesMar-Local company offers top quality, fast ser-
vice for monogramming, silk screening, embroidery.
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.

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. 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

o u non Bnire

m R r a

iM t y father is Obdulio Rodri-
V guez from Venezuela, and
my mom is Rosa Statie from Bonaire. My
mom ran a little fruit and vegetable shop
from the house in Antriol, and my father
sailed back and forth to Venezuela with
his fruit boat. I was born in 1958.
When I was about three my parents sent
me to live with my mother's brother on
Curaqao. It was a common thing to do in
those days. My uncle and aunt didn't
have any children and they were well to
do. I stayed with them until I was 12; by
that time they had children of their own.
I'd been to Bonaire now and then, but I
didn't have a strong bond with my sib-
The years I spent in Curaqao were a
great influence on my life. I missed the
love of my parents, the warmth of a
mother, and somehow it created instabil-
ity because I didn't know what was
'home' anymore. I also think it's one of
the reasons I'm so proud to be Bonairean;
I don't take it for granted! It's funny be-
cause my brothers and my sister who
grew up here are all living in Holland
I graduated from high school at 16 and
was supposed to leave the island again to
study elsewhere, but I didn't want to go
anymore and started working at the Ford
garage while I was living with my par-
ents in Antriol. My girlfriends and I
would go to Antriol's movie theatre
every Sunday. There was always a cow-
boy movie with Rex Allen... we didn't
have much choice! After Ford I worked
at the ABN bank as a teller. I loved that
job because I'm a very social person and
I love to chat and meet new people!
At that time there were only a few for-
eigners on the island and I knew them all.
Now there are so many! I don't mind, but
sometimes it seems like Bonaire is losing
its identity. On the other hand every-
body is looking for a better life. Also
many Bonaireans left for Holland, even
my own family. I couldn't live there no
way! I am a child of the sun!

When I was 20 I fell in love with Alex
Goeloe, a childhood friend of mine. We
married in October '78, young and unpre-
pared. It was good, but it lasted only four
years; we were so different. The nice
thing is that we're still very good friends
and that's important too. Together we
have a daughter, Roosje, who was born
after one year of marriage. I became
very possessive... she was only mine! I
am very proud of myself because in spite
of the fact that I'm so possessive I tried
very hard to give her space to grow and

become her own person. She studied and
graduated in Holland and now she's back
on Bonaire and married to a wonderful
good man. And I am very, very proud of

When Alex and I separated I stayed
alone with Roosje and she became one of
the first children at Criche Bon Kuido. I
started working for the salt company in
1980. I loved my job and I worked very
hard, but the evenings I spent with my
daughter. Also we made lots of trips to-
gether to my family in Venezuela."

"...I'm so proud to be
Bonairean; I don't take it
for granted! It's funny be-
cause my brothers and my
sister who grew up here are
all living in Holland now."

Poppy Rodriguez is a flamboyant per-
son, very sweet, but also straight and
strong and at the same time vulnerable
and emotional, entertaining and happy.
She's a remarkable woman, because in
spite of the tragedy that struck her family
she stood strong and still their house is a
happy home. "In 1988 I began a relation-
ship with the man who was going to be
the father of my two other children, Paulo
and Angela. Paulo was born September
1989 when Roosje was just 10. It was a
big change for all of us. Paulo is 16 now
and oh, that guy gives me headaches! He
keeps me busy and he makes my hair turn
grey, but... he also keeps me young and
decides what I should wear when I go out
with him... 'Mom, don't embarrass me!'
He's very intelligent, a great tennis
player and he loves to dance and the girls
are crazy for him! Paulo is also a very
good brother to his sister Angela, and
he's a great help when it comes to taking
care of her.
My youngest daughter Angela was born
in 1994. There have been big intervals
between my pregnancies; I've always
been working and it was a big responsi-
bility to become pregnant again. Angela
is 11 now. She's the girl with the braids
and the red lips painted on the wall of
Cultimara. She was an adorable child,
very sweet and always very polite in a
natural way. She used to be crazy for
grapes and cherries and when she saw

them at the
ket she
would ask
me, 'Mom,
do you
money to
buy them
today? And
if not, can I
pick one?'
She was al- Poppy
ways very
conscious of
eating healthy things and she loved to
talk all day long and sometimes I would
think, 'Dear me, give me a break,' not
knowing that that break was going to be
so long and that I would do anything,
anything... just to hear her talking
In December, 2002, Angie became sick.
It was never confirmed what it really
was, but most likely it was meningitis.
The doctors in Curaqao did everything
possible, but after a few days there were
complications and they told me she
wouldn't make it. So we looked into the
eyes of death. It was a very deep, dark
time. I told the doctors I wanted to take
her home when she was stable. She spent
four months at the hospital and four
months at a rehabilitation clinic. I wanted
her home desperately. I didn't want to
live without my child, and I couldn't
have my family falling apart. She needed
me, they needed me and I was needed at
work. From a healthy eight year old An-
gie changed into someone who is com-
pletely helpless. The only thing she can
do is breathe. She's fed through a tube in
her stomach, a peg catheter, because she
cannot swallow. The first four months in
the rehab clinic I couldn't tell if she rec-
ognized me or not. She was only 27 kilos,
just skin and bones. I think she missed
home so much that she would have died
if I'd left her there.
A month after I took her home she
started to change. The first thing she did
was laugh and I went crazy! I was jump-
ing like a mad woman! Now she weighs
50 kilos and still there's nothing much
she can do, but I take her out whenever
possible. She loves to watch TV and
twice a week she goes to FKPD
(handicapped center) to be with the other
children. She's a happy kid. I'm sure that
she's perfectly okay mentally because
when she looks at a picture she laughs,
and she gets the funny lines from a joke.
She's getting physiotherapy and speech

with Angela and Paulo

therapy from professionals and a lot of
attention and love from everyone around
her; I dare say that it is the best medicine
for everyone! I want to thank my cousin,
Tante Prima, who's taking care of her
when I'm at work. I couldn't do it with-
out her. Also Angie's father, he's the
other pillar. We broke up before she be-
came sick, but he and his new wife have
proven to be extraordinary caring people
when it comes to her. My colleagues
from work modified the whole house and
my boss has given me great support.
Next to my children my work is the
most important thing in my life. I've been
with the salt company for 25 years now
and I consider the people I am working
with as my family. I am the receptionist,
the payroll clerk, the secretary and the
telephone girl! I am very proud of my
salt! I was talking to Imre Esser yester-
day and I said, 'What's with this rain all
the time, I can't make salt like this!' And
he really had to laugh!
I have a very good life together with
my children and it's real; we enjoy every
day! I've met many wonderful people,
professionals and private people, who
have supported me in every possible way
and I changed. I learned to fight for the
rights of my child. I never thought I
could be this strong because a little heart-
ache used to make me feel as if the world
was ending. I still suffer from heartaches
now and then, but I am not dying of it
anymore! We celebrate life and we're
grateful for
every little thing
and if you ask
me if we have a
happy life: Yes!
We do!"
Photo &
Story by

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The "Memor of Bonaire"
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He calls the archives, "The
Memory of Bonaire," and he's
the force that keeps it safe B6i An-
toin, chief editor of the extra, the lead-
ing Papiamentu language newspaper.
Do you want to know what it was
like in the "old days" in Bonaire? Visit
the archives and find out. Read old
newspapers, books on Bonaire, reports
and studies about nature and the econ-
omy in Dutch and English, old comic
books with the island as the subject.
Listen to taped interviews with old
folks; see movies, videos, and photos
of nearly every conceivable event on
the island since the camera was in-

vented and more...
Since the early 80s Antoin has been
building an archival history of Bonaire.
Up until now it was kept in the offices
of the kxtra newspaper. He's searched
out anything that has to do with the
island, what's been written about it and
photographed. But like a living thing
the archives have grown and continue
to grow and not long ago overflowed
the kxtra offices. But now, thanks to
the Fundashon Cas Bonaireano (FCB),
this massive wealth of information has
been moved to a space in FCB's ad-
joining building on Kaya Korona,
which is right across the street from the

SGB high school, so it's easily accessi-
ble to the students as well as the rest of
the public.
Antoin explains, "People are begin-
ning to realize the importance of these
archives. It was a hobby with me, but
now it's serious. I want to thank the
FCB for this space. Soon another room
will be set up for audio. People can
study here and make copies nearby."
You can find books, nearly 1,300
titles, which include Antoin's books on
the history and culture of the island.
There are population statistics, reports
by companies, radio stations, the gov-
ernment about nearly everything that
happened on the island between 1950
to 1990. There are libraries of docu-
ments and books about the island from
the estates of people who were impor-
tant on Bonaire (L.D. Gerharts, Jan
Mol for example). There are maps of
the island like the ones of the caves of
Lima. All of the old dxtra newspapers
are there as are The Bonaire Reporters
(originally Port Call). (Did you know
that journalism started in the Antilles
in 1812 with a printer in Curaqao? The
first paper was the Curagao Gazette
followed by the Curagao Courant.)
There are archival boxes of music,
company magazines from Isla,
BOPEC, AKZO, the sentro di barrios
and boxes of thousands of photos seg-
regated by topic cars, boats, acci-
dents, celebrations, government, per-
sonalities, etc.

In the past volunteers sorted and in-
dexed the information. But the volume
of material is growing and more volun-
teers are necessary. It can be truly a

librarian's dream dealing with au-
thentic historical documents, photos,
etc. and putting them in order. They
need volunteers to transfer the videos
and cassettes onto the DVDs. "It's
easy," B6i says. "We'll give training
for that."

"We're setting up some of the files as
it's done in Curaqao," he continues, "in
archival boxes according to subject. A
lot has been accomplished already.
What we need are more boxes! Not just
money, but boxes themselves. Maybe
we can get some from Support Bonaire
(www. SupportBonaire.org)."
There are some fascinating old, and
not so old, films and videos in the ar-
chives that will be shown in the garden
of the Kas di Arte on the waterfront
every week starting in April. It's a real
treasure trove. There are promotional
films of Bonaire from the 1950s, old
Regatta films from 1977, Karnavals
through the years, "Duel in the Sea" -
a series in Dutch of 13 shows, 37 min-
utes long "Kantika di Maishi" in
English by Joan Kaufman and Elsio
Jansen, Kees and Sonia Brusser's TV
series, "The Mysterious Island," fea-
ture films "Shark's Treasure" and
"Wilson's Reward." There is no admis-
sion charge, but donations will be
gratefully accepted.

If you can help with this very valu-
able project give B6i a call at 786-
6818 or stop by the office of extra, on
the street near the APNA building,
across from BON FM. L.D.

Bonaire Reporter February 24 to March 3, 2006

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people have heard of Cas-
tor and Pollux, the brightest two stars of Gemini, not many people are aware that
these twin brothers have a magnificent assortment of hidden siblings.
During the first two weeks of March, around 8 pm Sky Park time, face due south
where a third of the way up from the horizon you'll see the brightest star in the
heavens, Sirius, which marks the eye of Orion's bigger dog. And just up to Sirius'
right the bright stars which mark Orion himself. But up much higher and to
Orion's left you will encounter two more bright stars, which are named for the fa-
mous twin brothers in Greek mythology, Castor and Pollux. Pollux, the brighter of
the two, is closer to the horizon. If you look closely you'll see that it has a slightly
orangeish tint to it. Castor on the other hand, although a tiny bit dimmer, is a
bright white. For over 2,000 years these two stars were considered the patrons of
all sailors and seafaring peoples. Plus they have also long been associated with the
phenomenon called "St. Elmo's Fire."
But as ancient as these twin stars are, modern science has revealed that there is
much more to them hidden from the naked eye. Indeed upon closer examination
we find that the brighter twin, Pollux, is a humongous star much bigger than its
brother and is in fact almost 11 times the diameter of our own million-mile-wide
Sun. Dimmer Castor, however, is not to be outdone by his brother because he
hides magnificent secrets. In fact with telescopes and other instruments Castor has
revealed himself to be more than just one star.
Indeed, way back during the time of the American Revolution astronomers dis-
covered that when they looked at Castor through a telescope it had a companion.
Thus Castor became the first true binary star ever discovered. But later as tele-
scopes improved and other astronomical instruments were invented astronomers
were astonished to find out that both Castor and his hidden brother also each had a
companion, which made Castor a quadruple star.
And then, surprise of surprises, several years later two more smaller siblings
were found which gave Castor the distinction of being not just a quadruple star but
a sextuplet star three pairs of stars, totaling six stars all together, and all moving
about each other in an extremely intricate and magnificent cosmic ballet, with four
of the stars being bigger than our own sun. Wow! Whoever said, "appearances are
deceiving," wasn't just kidding.
So go outside this week and next around 8 pm, look south and after you've found
the brightest star Sirius and above him all the bright stars of Orion the Hunter,
above him you'll see the most famous twins in the cosmos which modem science
has revealed to be seven sensational siblings. Is this universe weird or what?
Jack Horkheimer

Bonaire Reporter February 24 to March 3, 2006

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For the week: February 19 to 25, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You will be overly sensitive this week. Don't prom-
ise to deliver the goods if you aren't positive that you can meet the deadline. Ex-
pect problems with settlements that you are trying to resolve. Mingle with those
who can help you get ahead. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You can make new friends by taking part in social
events involving colleagues. Relatives will want to get together. Spend some qual-
ity time with the one you love. Your talents will shine at work. Love can be height-
ened if you sit down and discuss your future plans. Your lucky day this week will
be Thursday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Don't let them blame you. Your ability to be a self
starter will help get things done and motivate others. Your self esteem will benefit.
Friends will be loyal and caring. You will be ready to jump on anyone who gets in
the way of your progress this week. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Be sure to use your charm and diplomacy when
dealing with potential new clients. Your lack of attention may have been a factor.
Don't put all your cash in one place. You can make money through real estate or by
using your head when it comes to personal investments. Your lucky day this week
will be Thursday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Your main concern will be to spend as little as possible
of your own cash in the process. You are best to deal with those outside your fam-
ily. Your high energy will enable you to enlist the help of those in a position to
back you. You must refrain from overspending on entertainment. Your lucky day
this week will be Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You'll be an emotional basket case this week. Don't
take any comments too seriously. Don't let friends convince you that you should
contribute to something you don't believe in. You will get upset over trivial mat-
ters. Your charm and generosity will bring new friends and romantic opportunities.
Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Discuss your objectives with partners or peers. Ro-
mance will be on your mind, and chances for ideal connections are in the works. A
better diet, exercise, or a change to a relaxed atmosphere could be ways to soothe
your nerves. You can make reasonable bids on real estate or large items for your
home. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Avoid disputes with family; their complaints
can't change anything anyway. Try not to push your philosophies on others. Travel
will be enjoyable but could be expensive. Your doubt could lead to insecurity.
Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You need to take a break with the ones you
love. You won't be well received by superiors or by your spouse. They will not
have the patience to wait for you to complete things that they've asked you to do.
You will be quite excitable this week. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Communications with loved ones may be
strained. You need a break from your daily routine. This is a wonderful day to look
into courses or hobbies that interest you. Losses are likely if you aren't careful
where you leave your valuables. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Sudden changes concerning coworkers may sur-
prise you. You need to spend some time getting to know this person all over again.
You must follow your desires and dreams. Hold on; your time will come. Your
lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You must try to help. You can enjoy social events
and meet new potential mates; however, avoid being lavish. Back off if you want
to keep the relationship intact. Use your better judgment before you sign up for a
costly venture. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.


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