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T he distribu-
tion of port-
folios for the gov-
ernment resulting
from January's
Central Govern-
ment election is
done. The PAR
party, the same party that led the country
before the election, gets four ministers
and names the Prime Minister who will be
Emily De Jongh-Elhage. The Cabinet
can count on the support of 16 of the 22
seats in Parliament. Pedro Atacho, who
led the effort to reach the agreements,
presented the Antillean Governor with the
final report on this last week. It is now up
to the Governor to consider the final re-
port and afterwards charge a person with
the actual formation of the new govern-
ment. When all the positions are filled by
candidates, the security service will start
with the screenings. After that, the new
cabinet can be sworn in, most likely at the
end of March.
Bonaire gets the Minister of Economic
and Labor Affairs portfolio, the Secretary
of State for Constitutional and Internal
Affairs, and Second Vice Prime Minister.
Bonaire's UPB party (green), with two of
the three parliamentary seats, will get the
jobs.

A new airline, British Dutch Air-
lines (BDS), wants
to fly to the Antilles
and Surinam, said
the Aviation News
Newsletter. This June
it wants to start flying







ThbrhPORTER
IN T7S ISSUE:
Letters:
US Passport Renewal 4
Pelikaan Needs Classrooms 4
Bollixed Bollards 5
Tourist Tax Corrections 5
Population Up 6
Ambassadors (Farmer, Champagne,
Pash @ Black Durgon) 7
Reef balls-One Month Later 8
Attention Tec Divers 9
Grand Karnaval Parade 2006 10
Antique Houses (Thielman) 13
Where to Find the Reporter 14
SEBIKI (Mi Gusta Lesa) 18
Announcement (birthday, Yuchi Molina
18
WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Picture Yourself
(Lake Martin, Alabama, US) 8
Tide Table 8
Vessel List 9
Classifieds 12
Reporter Masthead 14
Pet of the Week (Martin) 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Cruise Ship Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since...
(Wilna Groenenboom Herman van Leeu-
wen) 17
Sky Park (Canis Major & Minor) 19
The Stars Have It 19


between the Netherlands, the Netherlands
Antilles and Surinam. The company be-
hind BDA is CWC Gulf, registered in
London.
CWC Gulf calls itself a project devel-
oper specializing in doing business in the
Middle East. It has offices in several Arab
countries and is active in the field of fi-
nancing, insurance and construction pro-
jects but also aircraft leasing.
On its international routes it plans to use
a Boeing 747-400. Its Internet site is:
www.britishdutch.com, but the informa-
tion it contains is superficial so far.
In recent years several "paper"' airline
companies have talked about transoceanic
flights from the Antilles and Surinam.

k A summit between the Netherlands
and the Netherlands Antilles will be
held before the Round Table Conference
(RTC) tentatively scheduled for March
28. The Round Table Conferences are the
meetings defined to work out how the
Antilles will be organized following their
breakup.

A El Al Israel Airlines has installed
anti-missile systems on all its planes,
becoming the first commercial carrier to
field a protected fleet amid growing fears
of aviation terrorism, Israeli security
sources said on Wednesday. Each system
costs about $1 million.

A Commercial space craft could be
carrying passengers by 2008, said US
Secretary of Transportation Norman Mi-
neta. Speaking to a group of space entre-
preneurs, the Secretary said that a number


A tourist visit to the International
space station would cost $20 million.

of companies should be set to take pas-
sengers into space and that the US De-
partment of Transportation would be
ready to clear these flights within two
years. That's about how long it took for
Bonaire to get the OK from the Central
Government to get permission to fly
among the Antillean islands.

Natalie Hollo-
way remains missing
and may be deceased,
but the controversy
surrounding the in-
vestigation continues.
The young man held
in jail for months in
connection with her Joran van der
disappearance but Sloot
then released, Joran
van der Sloot, appeared on American
TV to tell his side of the story for the first
time.
He admitted he had lied at first about
details of the evening he spent with Nata-
lie but emphasized he dropped her off at
the Fishermen's Huts after some smooch-
ing. He said she had drunk some, but was
not "under the influence of alcohol on the
evening of her disappearance." He denied


he, or his friends, the Kalproe brothers,
had harmed her. Natalie's parents served
him with a civil damage suit when he ar-
rived in the US. He can fight the suit
which would be very expensive or de-
fault, and in that case any American in-
come he may acquire could be seized.

A In 2005 the General Pension Fund
of the Netherlands Antilles (APNA)
said it couldn't find many high return
investments in its home country. It's
required to invest a minimum of 60% of
its capital in the local market. APNA had
a return of 6% on its investments last
year. The combined debt of the Central
Government and the five Island Territo-
ries to the pension fund is NAf1.399 bil-
lion. The total debt amounted to 41% of
APNA's capital at the end of December.
APNA is the retirement fund for gov-
ernment employees in the Netherlands
Antilles, including the employees of the
affiliated public enterprises and govern-
ment foundations.

A St. Maarten officials want to meet
with Minister of Justice David Dick to
discuss the rigid measures announced
to deal with illegal immigrants to the
Antilles. It's thought that St. Maarten has
more illegals in comparison with its
"legal" population than the other islands.
Hundreds were rounded up in raids last
week. The report issued by Bevolking
(Bonaire Census Department) last month
does not mention illegals on this island.

A There is an oil terminal in St. Eusta-
tius that performs a similar function as
the BOPEC terminal on Bonaire. Last
week Valero LP and Statia Terminals, at
(Continued on page 3)


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A Netherlands Antilles and Aruba parks that preserve the environment will receive
11 million euros from the Dutch Government over the next 10 years. It will go towards
protecting endangered wildlife and habitats. It represents a big success for the Bon-
aire-based Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) run by former Bonaire Na-
tional Marine Park Manager, Kalli DeMeyer. DCNA will be the channel for the funds.
The money will be released over 10 years, one million per year, and is specifically
aimed to strengthen and improve marine and land parks management organizations on
the islands. It will also create an endowment which will help defray the operating costs
of the parks in the future. The grant is another boost for DCNA which was founded in


February 2005.

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)

the end of the signing ceremony of a new
10-year contract, presented a NAf5
million check to the St. Eustatius Is-
land Receiver. The check, said Statia
Terminals' Managing Director Clarence
Brown was a "token of appreciation" for
the cooperation with the Island Territory.

A The St. Eustatius Island Govern-
ment signed an agreement with Historic
Maritime Re-creations Allen C. Rawl,
Inc. to begin the first phase of building a
full-size working replica of the famous
historic US Continental Navy Brigan-
tine, Andrew Doria. The entire project
will take two years.
The Andrew Doria was the first US
ship that was recognized by a foreign
power (the Dutch) while she was flying
the Grand Union flag. It was on Novem-
ber 16, 1776.


The Andrew Doria commemorative medal

In 1991, US President George H.W.
Bush designated this date as Holland-
American Day for this reason. The An-
drew Doria was delivering a copy of the
Declaration of Independence as well as
purchasing war material for the Conti-


A SELIBON N.V., Bonaire's waste management company, placed over 70 trash
containers on the streets of Rincon and Playa during the past two Karnaval week-
ends. Engineer Rudsel Leito, Manager of SELIBON, praised the behavior of the public
in their use of the containers. (SELIBON photo)


nental Navy and Army.
St. Eustatius went on to become the
single most important supplier of weap-
ons, ammunition and gunpowder for the
rebellious colonies during the American
Revolution.

A Midges, mosquito-like insects, are
infesting Philipsburg on the island of
Sint Maarten. Residents are complaining
that the insects are in massive numbers,
forming coats on their vehicles and
homes. The Island Government had im-
plemented a "rapid response plan" that
included fogging, increasing the saline
level of Great Salt Pond and treating the
banks of the pond to eliminate the rapid
breeding of the insects. The exercise,
which included applying salt from
Bonaire to the pond as necessary, was
to be continued for a four-week period.


SIf you see a flamingo that's light
brown or beige in color, it's not a new


variety of flamingo. It's a baby fla-
mingo who should be with its flock At
this time of year there are a lot of babies
around and they often get blown away
from where they should be, which is
with the adults in the salt pans. The ba-
bies are not strong enough to fight their
way back into the wind. So if you find
one walking on the road or looking out
of place, here's what to do. Grab a towel
(Continued on page 5)


Bonaire Reporter March 3 to March 10, 2006


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US PASSPORT
RENEWAL TIPS

Dear Editor:
Because of 9/11,
ex-pats can no
longer renew a US
passport in the US.
They must do this instead at the nearest
US Consulate.
Bonaire's nearest US Consulate is in
Curagao, at J.B. Gorsiraweg 1, Willem-
stad, on a hill overlooking Punda. Phone
9-461-3066. Passport Services is ext.
225. Fax is 9-461-6489.
However, nobody ever seems to an-
swer the phone. The one time somebody
tried to call me back was at a time I had
left word I would not be home. The e-
mail address (info@amcongencuracao.
an) posted on their web site has not
worked recently. There is a new Consu-
late web site (www.amcongencuracao.
an).
Follow the rules posted there, however,
NOT what the US passport web site
says. You also can download the DS-82
form for renewals on the Consulate web
site.
The best way to ensure you adhere to
whatever the rules are on that day is to
go to the Consulate in person. You can-
not walk there. Take a taxi or car. Cur-
rently Passport Services maintains a
walk-in window from 9 to 11am on
Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Allow plenty of time to get through
Security. Bring with you as little as pos-
sible. You will not be allowed to enter
with cosmetics. Evidently a lipstick
could contain a bomb. I was allowed to
carry in only my passport, money and


application papers and photos. Every-
thing else I had to leave at the entrance.
The process also involves more than the
usual airport scrutiny. They will touch
things with explosive-detecting paper,
and they will wand you from head to toe.
If you want to avoid embarrassment, do
not wear a dress or skirt, since the wand
must go all the way up the inner as well
as outer thighs. Avoid clothing with a
metal zipper if possible. The gentleman
on duty when I entered knew very little
English, but he was helpful and courte-
ous in these awkward circumstances.
Be sure to bring your old passport. It
will be returned to you with your new
one.
Currently only ONE photo is required.
Since each of the three sets of passport
photos I obtained in the US contained a
somewhat different size face, I took all
three sets with me. The people I dealt
with at the Consulate cared about this
less than the photo's brightness because
the photo itself will not be contained in
your new passport. Instead, the image
will be scanned.
I had obtained at MCB Bank in Playa a
cashier's check for the required $67.
Five people participated in the issuing
process, and the check then went to a
bank officer for signature. Everyone in-
volved understood its purpose.
Yet when I presented it at the Consu-
late, a clerk, an official, and the Consu-
late cashier all determined it was not a
valid cashier's check in the US. They
believed it could be interpreted as made
out to MCB instead of to the US govern-
ment. They said it was not negotiable in
the US. So my cashier's check was re-
fused. (It looked fine to me.) Fortunately,


I was allowed to pay cash, which I had
thought was impossible.
Currently the Consulate in Curagao
wants the cashier's check made out to
US Disbursing Officer. I had previously
heard it should be made out to US De-
partment of State but also read it should
read: Passport Services. Perhaps the
Consulate will clarify this soon.
If you want a longer passport (certainly
advisable for Americans who travel a
lot), write and sign a request for a 48-
page passport. You will receive this
longer passport at no extra charge.
Go to Rocargo and prepay an Interna-
tional airways FedEx form and take that
and a FedEx envelope with you to the
Consulate. Address it to yourself on
Bonaire.
I dropped off my application on a
Wednesday morning. Rocargo delivered
my new passport to my home exactly
one week later. Amazing!
If all else fails and you simply must
have a specific response to a question,
you can hope the nice Consular Assistant
who agreed to let me pay the fee in cash
in guilders is still there. Her name is
Saskia T. Rozier, and her business card
says her e-mail is rozierst@state.gov
Despite the difficulties which I encoun-
tered at the Consulate, I am so glad I
went there. Had I submitted the applica-
tion via mail or FedEx, it would have
been returned to me. In person, you
should solve any problem quickly.
PS, MCB cheerfully refunded my
money; although they found the rejection
I encountered puzzling. So do I.
Trish Dace


PRIMARY SCHOOL
'DE PELIKAAN' NEEDS
CLASSROOMS

Dear Editors:

There is not enough space for a new
group of 24 enthusiastic children in the
buildings of Trans World Radio, where
Primary School 'De Pelikaan' is situ-
ated. The board of the school
(Foundation 'Leren is Leuk') is search-
ing with all possible speed a location to
accommodate two new groups of 24
kids. In addition the board is looking for
financial support to be able to build an
adequate new school building.

De Pelikaan' is a primary school
with Dutch as the instruction language.
They work with a very positive educa-
tional climate. They offer developmen-
tal oriented education. The groups are
heterogeneous and the education is
based on the vision of learning from
each other and working together. The
focus, however, is on the individual
child with his talents and interests.

The school started in August 2004
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with a pioneer group of 25 kids. At a
fast tempo the school became a com-
plete Primary School with 96 students
and a waiting list of 70 children. Like all
schools on Bonaire 'De Pelikaan' is also
a multi cultural school with 35% Antil-
lean students, 40% European Dutch
(often of families with two different
nationalities) and 25% other nationali-
ties like American, English, Venezue-
lan, Peruvian, Colombian, Indian and
Lebanese.
The school staff of four professional
teachers receives the support of 25 vol-
unteers who teach English and religion.
All children also have once a week
gymnastics offered by a volunteer with
a sport teacher's certificate.
At this moment the school uses two
classrooms in the main building of
Trans World Radio; 48 students are ac-
commodated in the activity area of
Trans World radio.
Every Sunday evening parents trans-
form the activity building into class
rooms, and every Friday the children
and their teachers bring the building
back to its original state a temporary
solution.

In August this year there is a new
group of 24 kids who are eager to learn.
The board of 'De Pelikaan' has a great
concern. The waiting list has 70 children
at this moment. The need for education
in Dutch is enormous on Bonaire. The
board of the school is being forced to
search for financial support to build a
sufficient school building in the very
near future.
Inge Berben


oI


BOLLIXED BOLLARDS?
The letter to the editor about cruise
ships and the costs of having them
brings up an interesting point regarding
Bonaire. At what must have had to cost
100's of thousands of guilders, huge pil-
ings were driven to make new tie-up
bollards for cruise ships, and if I recall,
this was specifically required so the
Queen Mary 2 could arrive.
At this point, these new bollards have
not even been finished, and apparently
since they were not, the QM2 said it
would be OK without them. So why
were they built and who paid for them -
the tax payer? Why aren't they finished
if they were so necessary as dictated by
the cruise ships? A.B.

Correction:
Corine Gerharts, owner-operator of
Bonaire Tours, reports that there were
some errors in the Letter to the Editor
last week (Tourist Tax Trauma). Car
rental tax per day is $3.50, not $8. Hotel
tax is $5.50 per person, per night plus $1
("Till" tax) per person per night, mak-
ing a total of $6.50 pppn, not $8.50.
Gerharts says also that the 5% OB tax is
applied to not only the hotel or car cost
but the other taxes as well. Ed.


(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 3)
or even a shirt and try to cover the bird's
body with it. Be gentle and don't worry;
flamingoes don't bite with teeth. They
weigh practically nothing when you pick
them up. As you try to gather them up
remember that their legs bend the oppo-
site way from most other animals. Then
take the bird to the Cargill Salt Works.
All these baby flamingoes usually need
is some rest and then they can be re-
turned to their home at the salt works.
And you will know that you did a good
deed for Bonaire's special birds.
A The swim suit clad body of Tho-
mas de Groot, a visiting Dutchman,
was found floating in the yacht mooring
area last Thursday afternoon. He had
become a familiar figure in downtown
Kralendijk with both English and Dutch
people and was fond of discussing solu-
tions to various island problems. Al-
though no official cause of death we pro-
nounce, it appeared that he had drowned.

S A 400-square-meter greenhouse is
being built to house what will be Bon-
aire's newest attraction, a butterfly
garden, off the road to Lac, There Carib-
bean and South American butterflies will
be on display According to Gerard van
Erp, who is bringing the butterfly garden
to Bonaire, it will open in June.

A Papiamentu language lessons are
planned to begin again this month.
The lessons will be two hours per week
and cost NAf300. The course is meant
for newcomers on Bonaire who are 18
years or older and have English as their
native language and English speaking
residents who want/need to learn Papia-
mentu.


For information or application please
call 717-4318 email info@bonhasi.
com. The course will be taught by Celia
Femandes Pedra who has over 30 years
of experience in secondary and adult
education.


A Congratulations to our good
friends and colleagues at ixtra news-
paper as they celebrate extra's 30-year
birthday on March 1. Not only has it
been successful in Curagao but it's the
most widely read Papiamentu newspaper
in Bonaire! Pabien ,and here's to many
more years of bringing us the news!

A Unfortunately, the Wowo Riba
Boneiru (Eye on Bonaire) TV show that
ran on Flamingo TV11 has been taken
off the channel for technical reasons and
lack of sponsorship.

A Please get your funny bone going
and send us some stories for our April
Fool edition. Get your name in print.

A Join us in welcoming CesMar to
The Reporter 's family of advertisers.
CesMar is the
island's top
shirt imprinter
and embroid-
erer. When you see good-looking shirts
and designs featuring Bonaire business,
athletic teams, or events there's a good
chance they've been done by CesMar.
Why? Because they have good prices
and service. See their ad on page 14.
G./L.D.


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A n average of two people a
day gets added to Bonaire's
population according to the latest
statistics from Bevolking the is-
land census office. Births and immi-
gration swell the population while
deaths and persons returning to
their home countries reduce it.
Bonaire gained 572 people from
immigration. That's almost 5% of
the total population of the island.
The increase resulting from on-
island births/deaths was only /2%.

Citizens from 43 countries be-
came residents of Bonaire last
year (listed in alphabetical or-
der):


In Bonaire 115 babies were born last year
with the numbers peaking in the middle of
the year; in addition for medical reasons 54
Bonaire babies were also born in Curacao:

Births 2005 male female Total
January 4 4 8
February 1 5 6
March 7 2 9
April 4 5 9
May 2 5 7
June 4 9 13
July 3 10 13
August 6 4 10
September 6 4 10
October 6 4 10
November 6 7 13
December 2 5 7


2005 births
2005 Deaths


Austria
Belgium
Brazil
British Virgin Islands
Canada
China
Colombia
Cuba
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
France
Gambia
Germany
Grenada
Great Britain
Guyana
India
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Lebanon
The Netherlands
Netherlands Antilles
Nigeria
Pakistan
Panama
Peru
The Philippine Is.
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
South Africa
Spain
Suriname
Thailand
Trinidad & Tobago
Uruguay
Venezuela
United Arab Emirates
USA
Zimbabwe


Table: Bonaire 2005 Population Growth by Month:


Total at start of Month


January 2005
February 2005
March 2005
April 2005
May 2005
June 2005
July 2005
August 2005
September 2005
October 2005
November 2005
December 2005


13,078
13,136
13,195
13,241
13,314
13,365
13,441
13,501
13,529
13,586
13,665
13,729


Arrived from
born *t.g. overseas


8 0 83
6 6 72
9 2 67
9 4 86
7 7 95
13 2 118
13 7 125
10 8 106
10 2 93
10 5 109
13 6 89
7 5 90
115 54 1,133


45 551


*t.g. =Toevalige Geboorten, which, according to Bevolking, means a child born a Bonairean mother in Curacao.


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51 (44%)
18


64 (56%)
27


Returned to Total at end
died home Country of month


13,136
13,195
13,241
13,314
13,365
13,441
13,501
13,529
13,586
13,665
13,729
13,784
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Bonaire BLACK DURGON I


Ambassadors_ -


Six new Bonaire Ambassadors were
recognized by the Tourist Corporation
Bonaire last week at the Black Durgon
Inn. The awardees were treated to a
mouth-watering BBQ and received
framed maps of the island. Their im-
pressions follow.

Jim and Helen Farmer:
W hy do we come back
V every year, sometimes
twice a year? Because we have a great
time! Diving and snorkeling off the
shore instead of going out in a boat is
a real plus. We went to Belize, San
Pedro, for 10 years and always had to
take a boat to see the fish and corals.
We especially love staying at Al's
Black Durgon Inn because diving is so
accessible, and Small Wall is right in
front. We're the envy of tourists who
can only reach Small Wall by boat.
There are other special features we
like at the Black Durgon. It's an inn
with no more than 22 guests. It's like
one big family. Every year we look
forward to seeing old friends. Al, the
owner, and his family are especially
welcoming, and Doris, the cook/
housekeeper is a gem, creating the best
breakfasts and keeping the inn spot-
less.
The National Parks are wonderful
too. The flamingoes seen in their natu-
ral setting are truly thrilling, also the
occasional hawk atop a cactus, and
much, much more. In the ocean favor-
ite sightings include turtles gracefully
moving up for air and down again to
the sea floor; eagle rays do dances too;
Queen angels, French angels, squid,
eels of many hues and sizes, barra-
cuda, tarpon, etc. etc. The weather is
near perfect as anywhere on earth.
In the evening the island restaurants
offer wonderful fresh fish and fruits of
all kinds as well as a full range of
foods, and with island water safe to
drink we feel safe and healthy here.
Lenny came in 1999 and destroyed
many corals, but today, six years
later, one of the real pleasures is to see
the corals retuning in full array.
Al certified me (Jim Farmer) as an
Open Water Diver at age 68 in 2000.
I've done over 300 dives since!"

Bill and JoAnne Champagne:
"B4 onaire! What can we say? I
Believe our 16 years speak
for themselves. We started coming
here with a dive group from Vermont
and we were certified here. And we
have been coming ever since. Even
back then we knew this island was
something special, and even after all
these years that still holds true.
We came to Bonaire for our honey-
moon so this wonderful paradise holds
a special place in our hearts. Many
things have changed on the island, but
the people and that warm feeling are
still present. When we started coming
we would spend a week or so, then as
time went on we felt lucky to come for
two or three weeks, and now we're
very fortunate to spend one month or


New Bonaire Ambassadors: Helen & Jim Farmer, JoAnne & Bill Champagne, Betsy & Stanford Pash


so.
Many friends have joined us over the
years and they also feel the island's
special effect on them.
Our grandchildren are now asking to
join us, so we're planning a second
generation of visitors to our special
destination.
Ask anyone what they think of Bon-
aire. All will have different reasons
but one common one is it is a special
place and all want to come back. We
are already planning to return next
year ...so Bonaire! What can we say!
Bon Bini"

Stanford and Betsy Pash:
"X f e came to Bonaire in
VV 1997, the year we got
married. Stan was a long time diver,
but I had just gotten certified. After
diving in the cold lakes in Michigan,
the warm waters in Bonaire were a
welcome change. The ability to do
shore dives and explore at will is a big
draw for us. Every year we find new
things and have new stories to tell.
The Black Durgon is the place we
stay every year. It's a small hotel with
a very friendly, homey atmosphere.
Over the years we have made many
friends at the Durgon. Now many of
us coordinate our trips so that we'll be
there at the same time.
Over the last 10 years we've seen
many changes in Bonaire. As the is-
land becomes more popular it's easier
to get here. More airlines provide ser-
vice to the island. There are more
good restaurants to choose from We
used to love seeing the donkeys wan-
der freely. Now that they are corralled
in a sanctuary we miss them.
Bonaire is the kind of place that we
try to vacation for longer and longer
times. When we retire we will measure
our Bonaire time in months instead of
weeks."


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Pic tur e l Yours elf Inz
w-- TA , D . ..--4..1 ..


Reef Balls One Month later....
Lake IVIMartinr, Alabama, US

om Smedley writes:
"Here is a picture of
Rick Church, May-May Cook,
Tom Smedley, and Rick Mur-
chison (all frequent Bonaire
visitors) reading The Reporter
along with Chief Kowaliga.
Kowaliga stands on the shores
of Lake Martin, Alabama, and
is the statue immortalized by
singer/songwriter Hank Wil-
liams in his song, "Kawliga."
Tom is a Bonaire Ambassador
and May-May has a road
named after her in Bonaire.


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KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
3-03 4:18 1.6FT. 12:22 1.1FT. 17:52 1.3FT. 20:06 1.2FT. 93
3-04 5:23 1.8FT. 14:01 0.9FT. 83
3-05 6:17 1.8FT. 15:08 0.8FT. 70
3-06 7:12 1.9FT. 16:03 0.8FT. 58
3-07 7:59 2.0FT. 16:46 0.7FT. 48
3-08 8:41 2.0FT. 17:31 0.7FT. 43
3-09 9:25 2.0FT. 18:06 0.8FT. 44
3-10 10:01 1.9FT. 18:35 0.8FT. 49


The Sergeant Major is guarding her
egg mass deposited on the
reef ball behind her.



The Bonaire Reporter published sto-
ries about the placing of the Reef
Balls in the January 20-27 and Feb-
ruary 3-20 issues. Here's an update.

T he fish have found the reef
balls! As I enjoy snorkeling
without fins every morning for exer-
cise, I have included checking out
the reef balls on my daily swim
down the length of Bari Reef in front
of Sand Dollar Condominium Re-
sort.
(Continued on page 9)


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(ReefBalls. Continued from page 8)

Every day is ajoy, as I am
witnessing the changes taking
place on the various reef balls.
In just one month, the fish have
discovered the reef balls, and
some have "moved in." There
is the large gray snapper who
started hanging out in ball #4
and has moved from ball to
ball. He seems to like the shade
provided by the ball. Then there
are the eggs that have been laid
on #4, #9, and currently on #0
with a deliberate and deter-
mined sergeant major on guard.
An interesting sight was the
formation of several purple circles on
the "outside" of the balls which I've
been told is the sergeant major prepar-
ing the sites for potential mates to
come to lay their eggs. Reef ball #1
has had a yellow tail damsel posses-
sively swimming there almost from
day one. One morning, I was surprised
to observe a juvenile white spotted
moray peeking out from under #7, and
more recently a small soapfish lying in
#1. Seeing some larger fish such as a
Spanish hogfish in #3 as well as a
fairly large porcupinefish in #4 was
also a surprise. Some beautiful initial
phase puddingwife fish hang around
all of the balls, and an occasional
flounder swims by to check one out.
The diversity of the fish that gather at
the reef balls is quite good. Linda
Ridley, a member of Reef.org, did a
recent official survey on the reefballs,
and counted 33 different species. She
states that the more diverse the popula-
tion, the better, and where you find
little fish, you'll soon find bigger fish.

Speaking of smaller fish, there are
lots of little blennies, gobies, wrasses
and juvenile damsels around each of
the balls. With the algae now growing
on the balls, I've seen numerous blue
tangs, ocean surgeonfish and parrotfish
chomping away. On some days, it


Alter Ego
Angie
Attitude
Augustin
Banana Lady
Blue Moon
Blur Thunder
Bright Sea
Camissa, Chan
Is.
Carlsea
Colonel's Lady
Decibelle
Delphinus
Destiny


Dutchess
Endorphin
Flying Cloud,
USA
Freestyle
Galandriel
Goril Two
Guaicamar I,
Ven.
Honalee
It's Good
Keley
Kika
Manta
Maggi


Makani
Natural Selection
Ocean Breeze
Okeanis
Paleochora
Prospera
Reality
Samba
Santa Maria
Sandpiper, USA
Savoir Vivere
Scintella
Second Lady
Sirius
Summer Breeze


Spart I Vento
Stella
Sylvia K
Ta B
Ti Amo
Turn One
Ulu Ulu, USA
Umilk
Unicorn, Norway
Valhalla
Valtair
Varedhuni, Ger.
Yanti Paratzi
Zahi, Malta
Zapphire


seems like there are 15 to 20 fish
swimming around each ball. Yes, we
think they like this new artificial reef.
We can't wait to see which inverte-
brate will be the first to attach itself- a
bristle worm, an anemone?
Talking with Jerry Ligon, the natu-
ralist at Bonaire Dive & Adventure, we
learn that he did two fish surveys at the
site placement before the balls went in.
There were very few fish there before
the reef balls. He states although
we're not seeing any new species in
that area, they have now "gathered"
around the balls and are not scattered
across the rubble as before. In my ob-
servations, it seems as though the fish I
saw on the shallow rubble before the
balls placement have now moved away
from the rubble onto the balls.

If you haven't been to the Sand Dol-
lar reef balls, go to the Bari Reef site
and check them out. There's a map in
the office, and a logbook where you
can record your sightings. Have fun!
Story by Diane Amos, photos by her
husband, Dee Lawrence. Diane & Dee
are Sand Dollar Condominium Own-
ers.
For more information about the reef
balls, go to www.reeforg and check
out Sand Dollar's site #8503-0141.


A attention
Rec Tek Scuba continues to add
support for more brands of Re-
breathers. It's added tanks and Sofno-
lime for the Evolution, Inspiration and
other closed circuit Rebreathers plus a
new Haskel 02 Booster pump.
Rec Tek Scuba now stocks 812/797
Sofnolime, which is the recommended
scrubber material for the Inspiration and
Evolution Rebreathers as well as several
other closed circuit rebreathers.
In the rental department you will find
tanks for the Inspiration and Evolution
rebreathers. Those with Kiss and Mega-
lodon's or other similar rebreathers may
also use these tanks with their equip-
ment. We have multiple oxygen and
Diluent tanks so you won't have to wait
for oxygen or Diluent fills. Just drop off
your empties and pick up full tanks. You
will also be getting a FULL fill in your
02 tank via our new Haskel Oxygen
booster pump. This also means you can
get a full fill of any Deco mix.
This saves you the hassle of trying to
travel with your tanks in this very secu-


Tec Divers




rity conscious time when the security
personnel are interpreting the rules dif-
ferently each time ("Could you please
put the valve back in the tank and open it
so I can verify that the tank is empty."
This was recently heard coming from
security personnel in an airport near
you). It also could save you some
money by not having to pay overweight
baggage fees to the airlines that have
drastically reduced the weight allowance
for checked baggage.
All this added rebreather support is in
addition to the full support we already
provide for Drager Rebreathers. Feed
tanks, bailout tanks and 408 Sofnolime
are available. Drager Dolphin Rebreath-
ers are available for rent and we are a
Drager trained repair and service center.
For more information call 790-6537.
Rec Tek Scuba


Bonaire Reporter March 3 to March 10, 2006


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ranKd Knrna Parade


T hese costumes are the best I've ever seen." "The marchers were hopi enthusias-
I tic." In fact every comment we heard about this year's Karnaval Grand Parade
was positive. While not the biggest in Bonaire's history, it was a respectable 11 groups
and four individuals.
The Sunday parade included:
1. Johnny Wever's Group and Company's 10 Year Party who led the parade
2. The Alisio Group's Fishermen's Masquerade
3. The Dutch Juk Duikers
4. The Happy Navigators were back again turning a story into reality
5. The group Laga Nos Ban Gosa
6. The Caribbean Laundry with their "Fruit of the Loom" theme
7. The Crazy Happy People's Button Fantasy
8. The largest group, with 80 people, was the Uni den Pura
9. The Group Cultimara I Su Crew
10. DJ Eddy's group of "Happy Soldiers" and
11. The Group Deseo di Pueblo all dressed as hospital workers.
Individual marchers were Mona Melaan, Cancia Quandt, Ilse Melaan and Aurora
Molina, all in fantastic outfits. G.D.


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JANART GALLERY
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.


BONAIRENET
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.
yellowpagesbonaire.com


CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
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
www.bonaireimages.com


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


SALT TREASURES BONAIRE
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.



JELLASTONE PETPARK
Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 7864651
www.bonairenet.com/jellastone/



MOVING INTO A NEW HOUSE?
Make it more livable from the start.
FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
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:
windsockbonaire @dtelbonet.an




For Sale

FOR SALE Cabinet doors, white, 30
+/-, all sizes. Must take all. NAf100
OBO 717-6862 or 791-6003

EUROPEAN DISHWASHER; due to
surplus; as new, only 5 times used Price
new Nafl325,- price now NAF925,-
Call 786-2628


For sale: sky kennel for large dog,
KLM-approved, size F, NAF 300, tel. 786-
5582.

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

For sale- 1650 Pelican case $100; Spare
Air with accessories and spare parts kit.
Model 300PKYE $100 717-0146

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-
3726.

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 mac.com or
write to PO Box298, Kralendijk.

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

For Sale: Ultra Classic Yoga Mats.
Color: Black Price: NAf60. Call 786-
6416

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



P ro p e rty

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



Employees
Wa nr tod

Budget Marine Bonaire is looking for a
Part-time Accountant (2 or 3 half days/
week). Experience with computerized dou-
ble entry accounting system, preferably
Accpac or equivalent. Recognized account-
ing qualification will be an asset. bon-
aire(dbudgetmarine.com.


Dive Instructor- 12 to 14 hrs/week
Jong Bonaire is seeking a Dive Instructor
to run its Dive/Snorkel program for
teens. The program has been in operation
for several years in cooperation with most
of the island's dive operators. The goal of
the program is to teach the necessary skills
to encourage the teens to work toward
Dive Instructor as a career. Monday -
Thursday, 3-6 pm occasional special activ-
ity or meeting. Contact Manager Bilha
Thomas with qualifications and salary
requirements. 717-4303 or


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

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


bthomas@j ongbonaire.org

Windsurf Instructor- 12 to 14 hrs/week
Jong Bonaire is seeking a Windsurfing
Instructor to conduct its Windsurfing pro-
gram for teens. We have our own equip-
ment and storage facilities and work
closely with local windsurf cen-
ters. Monday through Thursday after-
noons, 3 to 6 pm plus occasional meet-
ings. Contact Manager Bilha Thomas,
with qualifications and salary require-
ments. 717-4303 or
bthomas@jongbonaire.org


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



Wa n tod

The Bonaire Reporter is
looking for a Partner or
Managing Editor

Join us to
"Publish in Paradise."
Working Partner or
Managing Editor 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:
search@bonairereporter. com


Do you speak Dutch and Spanish or
French?
Jong Bonaire is looking for volunteers who
can help Spanish and French speaking
teens improve their Dutch. These kids
attend high school but have little or no
Dutch experience. They really want to do
better in school and need your help. The
groups are small (1-4 teens). The sessions
are held in the afternoons and you can vol-
unteer for as little as two hours per week or
up to four afternoons. Contact Manager
Bilha Thomas to arrange a meeting. 717-
4303 or bthomas@jongbonaire.org

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


For Sale_ LeaEving the Islan d-
Call 71 7--8722
*Stone Company industrial grade electric concrete vibrator, 7 ft. shaft, 1 inch vibrator head. Nafl. 500
*Murex 100 amp arc welder, 120 volts, welding mask, clamps, welding rods. Nafl. 200
*Bosch 6.9 amp rotary hammer, chisel and drill set, extra drills included. Nafl. 400
*Chicago portable 14 volt drill kit. Nafl. 100
*Chicago 4 inch 10,000 rpm grinder, metal and masonry wheels included. Nafl. 100
*Sears scroll saw with blades. Nafl. 50.
*2,000 pound capacity come-along Nafl. 50
*20 ft. long 5,000 pound capacity towing-binder chains new. Nafl. 60
*Concept II rowing ergometer, the model used for the yearly world championships in Boston. Nafl. 800
*230 linear feet of new galvanized goat fencing. Nafl. 150
*Variety of new cleats, shackles, hooks and swivels.
06 HP Seagull century plus 100 outboard motor copper tank model with all manuals and parts list
used very little. Nafl. 600
* 33 HP Johnson outboard with manual and electric start, new gas tank and battery case, oil, spare
parts and service manual. Nafl. 400
* McCulloch 14 inch blade electric chain saw. Nafl. 100
*National pipe thread one half inch, three quarter inch and one inch die set and pipe cutter kit. Nafl.
100
*Makita model 5007 NB 13 amp 7 and 1/4 inch circle saw with 12 blades (regular, carbide and dia-
mond tips) Nafl. 400
*Makita model 6410 NB 3.2 amp variable speed reversible 3/8 drill Nafl. 100


Bonaire Reporter March 3 to March 10, 2006


house (+ car) on Bonaire. e-mail:
jango_01@hotmail.com

Kayak (no inflatables) in any condition.
717-6862/791-6003



Free
FREE Bees and their large honey
comb. You harvest. Call for more info.
717-6862 or 791-6003

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


Soats fto r
Sale

For Sale -
Cabo Rico 38
Yacht 1989, Ex-
cellent offshore
cruiser. One-
owner, little
used, only 800
engine hours,
many sails, many
spares, new s-s
rigging. Includes
Avon R2.8 inflatable and Nissan outboard.
Luxurious interior. Bristol condition.
Hauled out on Bonaire $109,000. Phone/
fax (599) 717-5038. Email to
icarus@flamingotv.net

Why import a sail boat when you can
own a fast
Regatta win-
ner built
right here?
Classic 21'
Bonaire Sail
Fishing boat
recently re-
furbished is
for sale for
NAf 14,000
($8,000)
Call George 786-6125/717-8988.






-. -

YARD SALE...Saturday, 4 March in
Hato- Kaya Gob. DeBrot 146 Leaving
island and selling many items: Washer
(Whirlpool ); Refrigerator (Brand New
GE STAINLESS STEEL); some furniture,
kitchen stuff, lots more...


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Antique Living Houses of Bonaire


Thielman House


by Wilna Groenenboom


Preserving Bonaire's Architectural Heritage


Driving around in the hills of Antriol, enjoying the suburban seaside view,
many beautiful old houses catch my eye.
This house captured my attention because of the shape of the windows and the
doors, which have a rounded arch at the top. I hadn't seen it before. But this half
round arch is not only visible outside but inside the house as well. You can see it
in the interior in the design of the built-in cupboard (photo above, second left).


This house is more than 80 years old. Jos6, known as "Wichi," and Helena Thiel-
man (photo-painting above to right) bought it more than 65 years ago. They gave it
the look it has today. Before they added on,
the house consisted of only the main higher
building.
The photo at left shows the Thielman fam-
ily. The little girl on the left is Anna Maria
who married a Martis. She still lives in the
house together with her 95-year-old father,
"Wichi," her daughter Janice and Janice's
son and twins (triptych photo, bottom left).
Anna Maria's husband was an upholsterer
and Anna Maria was the dressmaker of the
family. After graduation from elementary school she went to the St. Anna School
(now St. Bernardus School) for two years, studying sewing (see the diploma
above). Her work was done on a Singer treadle sewing machine.
Story & photos by Wilna Groenenboom


Wilna Groenenboom is an artist and photographer who
teaches art at the SGB high school


Bonaire Reporter March 3 to March 10, 2006


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Pet of the Week


M artin," our pet of the week,
Swas found wandering on the
streets of Bonaire and brought into the
Shelter recently. Ever since he arrived '
Martin has been doing very well.
He's so relaxed and gentle, not a hyper
dog. Martin is alert which shows in his ,
perky little ears. He'd make a very good
watch dog for an appreciative owner. His
butterscotch-colored short fur is easy to
care for and soft to stroke. Down his back
his fur twists into marcelled-like curls -
very unusual and very attractive.
Martin is about eight months old, he's
had his health examination, has been "Martin"
wormed, castrated and has his shots. He's
ready to go. And of course, like all the other animals up for adoption at the Shelter
he's very social and can interact with other pets as well as humans. You may see
him at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2
pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989. L.D.


VV-ERE TO FIND
-HE REPORTER
Snip and save so you can always find a copy of The Bonaire
Reporter if there are no more atyourfavorite spot


Car Rental Agencies:
At the Airport

Banks:
MCB (Playa & Hato
branches),
RBTT

Restaurants:
Bistro de Paris
Cactus Blue
Capriccio
City Cafe
Croccantino
Lost Penguin
Lover's Ice Cream
Pasa Bon Pizza

Dive Shops:
Yellow Submarine
WannaDive

Shops:
Benetton
Bonaire Gift Shop
Cinnamon Art Gallery
DeFreewieler
Exito Bakery
INPO
Paradise Photo
Photo Tours, Playa


Plantation Furniture

Hotels:
Buddy Dive
Capt. Don's Habitat
Carib Inn
Caribbean Club Bonaire
Caribbean Court
Divi Flamingo
Eden Beach Hotel
Golden Reef Inn
The Great Escape
Plaza Resort
Sand Dollar Resort

Supermarkets:
Bo Toko, North Salina
Cultimara
Montecatini
Progresso
Sand Dollar Grocery
Tropical Flamingo
Warehouse


Government:
Bestuurscollege
Customs
Parliament Office
BVO


Others:
Bonfysio
Botika Korona
Caribbean Laundry
Fit 4 Life, Plaza
Hair Affair
Harbour Village Marina
Rocargo
San Francisco Hospital
TCB
Telbo

Bookstores:
Bonaire Boekhandel,
Flamingo Bookstore


Realty Offices:
Harbourtown
Re/Max
Sunbelt

RINCON:
Chinese Store,
Joi Fruit Store,
Lemari Grocery
Rincon Bakery.


02/06


Still can't find a copy? Visit our office at Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6 or Call 717-8988


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: Re-
porter@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: Diane Amos, Marie Craane, Roxiana Goeloe, Wilna Groenenboom,
Jack Horkheimer, Greta Kooistra, Michael Thiessen
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 Drukkerij, Curacao
2006 The Bonaire Reporter


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MOVIELAND



MIIELI I IEiI H ITIII

Late Show
Callto make sure (Usually9 pm)
Big Momma's

House 2
(Martin Lawrence)
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
Munich

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf14 (incl. Tax)

NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
THURS THRU SUN
2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM
MON THRU WED. 1 MOVIE 8PM
SATURDAY 4 PM
Cheaper By The
Dozen 2


THIS WEEK
Now until March 23-Brigette Kley
Driftwood and Cloth Art at Cinnamon
Art Gallery, Monday-Friday 9-12, 2-5,
Kaya APLBrion #1
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 2pm
Sunday, March 5-Bonairean Night at
Divi Flamingo, local specialties, entertain-
ment, more.
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship visiting days, starting
around 10 am to early afternoon. See
Cruise Ship Schedule above.

REGULAR EVENTS
Monday-Saturday- Happy Hour 5 to 7 pm,
Cactus Blue
Saturday Rincon Marsh6 opens at 6 am 2
pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while you
shop: fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts, local
sweets and snacks, arts and handicrafts, candles,
incense, drinks and music. www.infobonaire.
com/rincon
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,


WHAT'S HAPPENING


6 to 8 pm, Kaya Industria #23. Great wines -
NAf2,50 a glass.
Saturday All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Fla-
mingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm, NAf26,50.
Call for reservations 717-8285 ext. 444 .
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while enjoying a
great dinner in colorful tropical ambiance at the
Chibi Chibi Restaurant & Bar. Open daily 5 to
10 pm, Divi Flamingo
Monday- Two for One Appetizers with En-
trees, Cactus Blue
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. 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-Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine, 5-
7pm, Divi Flamingo
Tuesday Buy a Bucket of Beer & get free
chicken wings, 5 to 7 pm, Cactus Blue
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- Live music by Flamingo Rockers
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-6:30 pm
Wednesday- Live music by Flamingo Rockers
The Windsurf Place at Sorobon 7:30- 9:30pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday- Live music by the
"Flamingo Rockers" 5-7pm-Divi Flamingo,
Balashi Beach Bar
Friday-Swim lessons for children by Enith
Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Sorobon from
1330 to 1630
Friday-Manager's Bash-free Flamingo
Smash & snacks, Divi Flamingo, 5-7 pm
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party, Buddy
Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30pm
Friday- 5-7 pm Social Event at JanArt Gal-
lery, Kaya Gloria 7. Meet artist Janice Huck-
aby and Larry of Larry's Wildside Diving. New
original paintings of Bonaire and diver stories of
the East Coast every week
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday Yoga Classes-
Tel. 786-6416
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is open daily
for hot slot machines, roulette and blackjack,
Mon. to Sat. 8 pm 4 am; Sun. 7 pm 3 am.
Daily- Happy Hour, 2 for 1 (all beverages) 5-
7pm, Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
Daily by appointment -Rooi Lamoenchi
Kunuku Park Tours Bonairean kunuku. $12
(NAf12 for residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.

FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity Slides pool
bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-media dual-
projector production by Albert Bianculli, 8.30
pm, Capt. Don's Habitat.
Monday- Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea slide
Show at Captain Don's Habitat, 8:30 pm Call


717-8290 for info.
Wednesday (2nd and 4 ) Turtle Conservation
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

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
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 has just stepped out
Local ladies will tell you the story. Open Monday
thru Friday, 9 12,2-4. 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
am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-
8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to the
music of Bonaire's popular musicians.

CLUBS and MEETINGS
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 entry
fee. CallCathy566-4056.
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- 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-
4252.
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

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte
IndustrialBonaireano) 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 -7174989.
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

.CHURCH SERVICES
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 Bernardus in Kralendijk- Ser-
vices on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in Papia-
mentu 717-8304 Saturday at 6 pm at Our
Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol, in English.
Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6
pm. 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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February & March 2006 Cruise Ship Schedule

Date Ship PAX Arrive Depart Pier

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


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ART GALLERY
Cinnamon Art Gallery non-profit gallery for local
artists has continuous shows. Each month a new artist
is featured. Stop by. Free entry.
BANKS
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.
BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials,
waxing and professional nail care.
BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped
concrete pavement.
DIVING
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.

FITNESS
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.
FURNITURE
The Plantation Has lots of classy furniture and an-
tiques at very competitive prices. Stop in to see great
teak furniture and Indonesian crafts.


GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
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
chemicals. Incredible selection of pots.
GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR
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.
HOTELS
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet
and tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in
Belnem. Cyber Caf6, DVD rentals, restaurant and
bar.
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
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:
hans@outdoorbonaire.com
PHOTO FINISHING
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and
services. Now-full digital services.
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
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
sale.
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.
REPAIRS
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.


RETAIL
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.
SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
able.
SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent.
SILKSCREEN, EMBROIDERY
CesMar-Local company offers top quality, fast ser-
vice for monogramming, silk screening, embroidery.
SUPERMARKETS
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European
brand products. THE market for provisioning.

WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup.
WINDSURFING
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
nights.
WINES
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
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desirde and
Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body.
Private lessons too.

ATTENTION BUSINESSMEN/WOMEN:
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 786-6518


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RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES

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

Calabas i Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
At th ii Cai ea Resran an aerfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At e D17-8285 Flamingo eac Resort. Waterfront Open 7 days vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.

Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Bonaire's Most Romantic Restaurant where dining is a delight! Tuscan
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 717-5025 Dinner chef prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients. Be served in a gar-
Closed Monday den settmg under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take out
too.
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.
nPasa Bn Pizza Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate gredients. Salads, desserts. atin or take away. Nice bar too.
2 mile north of town center. 780-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111





























-LI very year Wilma says she
wants to go back to Holland -
probably to find out that she wants to
come back to Bonaire again! But not me!
I came here to 'play' teacher. I studied
international politics and worked as an
intern at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
but when I'd completed my studies in
1993 it was very difficult to get ajob be-
cause at the time they preferred women,
handicapped people or those with a for-
eign background. Even then we were
thinking about looking forjobs abroad.
I'd been teaching economics and busi-
ness administration from 1988 to 1993 at
a lower agriculture school while I was
studying international politics. After I'd
finished my studies in 1993 and couldn't
find a job, I went back to teaching again
until 1999. In 1997 we saw an ad asking
for teachers in Statia. We applied, but it
turned out they'd already found an eco-
nomics teacher, but they did want Wilna
as she is an art teacher. We turned the
offer down, but in 2000 they asked Wilna
again; still there wasn't a job for me, so
again we didn't do it. Then we saw an ad
asking for teachers for Bonaire's high
school SGB.
We'd never been here and we didn't
come to see it first. We'd just bought a
house in 1999 and we had barely moved
in just 18 months before. We decided to
keep the house, then we went on a vaca-
tion to Indonesia for five weeks. We
came back to an empty house for a week
(the container had already been shipped)
and Sunday, August 13, 2000, we arrived
at 4:30 pm on Bonaire. We'd been travel-
ing a lot. We've been to India, Sri Lanka
and China and three times on the motor
bike to the Middle East, but this time we
wanted to live abroad to really get to
know life somewhere else."
Wilna (40): "The first impression we
had of Bonaire was neither negative nor
positive. I don't think we were very sur-
prised. The only thing I felt was: It was
hot! Really hot! And it didn't cool down
at night. Wednesday, three days after our
arrival, we started working. Herman was
lucky because his classroom was air con-
ditioned, but I was having a hard time
getting used to the heat and teaching at
the same time. In September a fireworks
bomb exploded in the cafeteria of the
school and within the year two students
died due to traffic accidents and one stu-
dent passed away after an illness, and
about six teenagers got pregnant. These
were things we'd never experienced be-
fore!
Another thing that struck me was more
personal. All of a sudden we didn't have
to visit the family anymore. We do miss
them of course, but there's no pressure.
Now we can dive or go to the beach to


collect driftwood. The pressure at work is
less; there are fewer 'musts,' but instead
another kind of pressure is building up.
Many times you want to achieve more
but somehow it doesn't work out. I am
someone who wants to do a good job and
I want to give the students what they
have a right to; that's why I became a
teacher. I really enjoy it when I see a stu-
dent improving, when I see them grow
and flourish. Many people think art is not
so important, but I don't agree because in
other subjects you also need creativity.
It's a skill that can help you in your life,
and especially in this tough world we're
living in it is very much needed. I realize
that many things are easier in Holland
because there's more money available
and there are more means and more ma-
terials as well."
Herman (43): "I think it's a pity that
when there is money available and you
have a warm heart for education on Bon-
aire and for Bonaire itself as well, that
you don't make the effort to spend the
money. There are project funds from
Holland available; you don't have to be
stingy. But for one reason or another, the
system here is sometimes too unwieldy to
react in time. That's a shame because if
you don't spend certain funds right away
the money will be withdrawn because it's
not allowed to spend those funds on
something else.



"......that's why I

became a teacher. I

really enjoy it when I

see a student improv-

ing, when I see them

grow and flourish."

Nevertheless, I'd like to stay. Half of
the time I am teaching and the other half
of I'm busy organizing SBO (secondary
professional education), making it inde-
pendent from Holland. My work is the
main reason that I'd like to stay. I like my
job and I'm getting more chances than I
would have had in Holland and... there's
still time to go diving, to do my underwa-
ter photography, and together with REEF
(a long term investigation project of an
American university) I do fish counting
and identification."
Wilna Groenenboom (she kept her
maiden name) and Herman van Leeuwen
have been together for 20 years, 10 of
them as a married couple. Wilna contin-
ues: "The advantage we have is that
we're both teachers and we're off for the


same holidays. We still
love to travel; it's in our
blood, so we want to
discover this part of the
world. We've traveled to
Peru, Bolivia, Colombia,
Venezuela, Jamaica,
Cuba, Surinam, Domin-
ica, Trinidad and To-
bago, and Herman's
been to Ecuador and the
Galapagos Islands. And
by the time our youngest
son, Niek, who was born
here, was six months old
he'd seen Saba, Statia,
St. Martin, Aruba, Cura-
qao and Bonaire, all of
the Dutch Antilles!
I still think India and
Sri Lanka are the most
fascinating countries Wilna and
I've ever been to, but I
was also very impressed
by Surinam. We went to one of the little
villages in the interior where the people
live whose ancestors in the early days
escaped from slavery. I saw the men
there doing the laundry while the women
were fishing. I never expected such a
thing! And also in Surinam I realized
how big a tree can grow and that's what I
miss here.
The good thing about living on Bonaire
is that you don't have the need to buy so
much and when something breaks you
don't throw it away but you try to repair
it. In that way you can save money to
travel. It takes me only 10 minutes to
school on my bicycle, and on the same
amount of ground this house is built on,
in Holland there would be six houses
built on it. This is a beautiful spot to live.
Why do I want to leave every year? Be-
cause I think I can do more in Holland. I
believe I will get more opportunities
there. But since I fixed my classroom
again this year and everything is working
well, I'm feeling fine and I can teach the
way I want to for my students. But still...
so much more could be done...
When I was three weeks on the island I
participated in Tene Boneiru Limpi,
'Keep Bonaire Clean,' and with all the
stuff I found I made a 'trash composi-
tion.' That's how it started. From there I
began with driftwood frames and photog-
raphy, and just before my exhibition at
Cinnamon Art Gallery I made some ta-
bles which I sold instantly and that's
what I'm still doing. I made a bed for my
son from balsa driftwood and some other
tables from cable reels. People could do it
easily themselves, but they don't bother.
They like to buy my stuff though!
Three months ago I came up with the
idea to do a series for The Bonaire Re-


SHerman with Almar and Niek


porter- 'Antique Living Houses of Bon-
aire.' I don't speak Papiamentu because I
don't have a feeling for languages and
maybe some students blame me for that
sometimes. But I do want to contribute to
this community and this might be a way
to make people realize what beautiful
monuments there still are on the island.
And the government should realize they
should preserve and restore these build-
ings. There is more to the island than div-
ing!
I'm also a member of the board of Kas
di Arte and we're trying to involve youth
into art and culture more. Jacky
(Bernabela) wants me to start an 'art
gang' involving the youngsters, but I'm
not sure. I work many afternoons and I
also have a family. I simply don't have
that much time!
Well, after five and a half years Her-
man went back to Holland for the first
time and it wasn't as bad as people often
say it is. Contrary to what many people
here say, he met lots of friendly people
and he traveled everywhere by train,
which was a nice way. Herman says his
project here is planned until August
2007. It could be a little longer but not
too much. We still have our house in
Holland and I
think by that
time we will
simply go back
or... maybe
we'll go to an-
other part of the
world." Story
and photo by
Greta Kooistra .


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S EBIKI (early
childhood educa-
tion) conducted the first -
meeting of the year for
the Mi Gusta Lesa (I
Love to Read) program
with parents and chil-
dren on February 15.
The topic was "Free
Time." There were 16
parents and 20 children
present. The parents
were to participate in
different activities for
their children to stimu-4
late their development, .
in particular to develop
skills in communica- Putting the fruit on skewers
tion, speaking and
reading. The ac-
tivities were prac-
tical and easy and
could be done
again at home.
During the after-
noon the parents
joined with their
children in a group
of others in a cir-
cle. There were
five different ac-
tivities, each last-
ing for 10 minutes
at a time. During
these exercises the
parents could learn
more about their Parents join in
children and create
a base of confi-


Yuchi Molina

H appy Birthday on Tuesday, March 7, to Yuchi
Molina. Yuchi, a good friend of The Bonaire Re-
porter, has been delivering The Reporter for many years
to a number of places in Rincon. Pabien, Yuchi, and we
hope you have many more years filled with happiness and
joy.

Readers are invited to send their photos of their anniversaries, engagements or
weddings to The Reporter.
The photo and text will be printed free of charge.


dence and communication.
The activities were: making a mask or poster for Karnaval, putting fruit chunks
on wood skewers, making a bracelet or necklace with beads, a telephone game, or
choosing something from the Mi Gusta Lesa packet.
It was stressed to the parents that the child should take an active role while the
parent is the guide. Everyone agreed it was a very positive event and look forward
to more.
The organizers are continuing to work hard this year to bring even more variation
to the Mi Gusta Lesa program. The next program will begin on March 17 at the
Sentro di Bario in Amboina. For more information call Roxiana Goeloe at SEBIKI
at 717-2436. Roxiana Goeloe /Marie Craane Photos: SEBIKI


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Bo0 rA IRE




*to find it, just look up

Canis Major and Canis Minor:
Orion the Hunter's Two
Wonderful Dogs


Y ou know it seems
that almost every-
one's favorite winter constel-
lation is Orion the Hunter.
But his two faithful hunting
companions, Canis Major
and Canis Minor, should
not be overlooked because
their brightest stars are quite I
wonderful. Canis Major is
Latin for the bigger dog, and
Canis Minor is Latin for the
smaller dog. So go outside
this month and observe this
cosmic dog show.

On any night for the next
couple of weeks between 7
and 9 pm, Sky Park time, face
due south where the most ob-
vious constellation will be
Orion the Hunter. Three bright
stars in a row mark his belt;
two bright stars mark his
shoulders; and two bright stars
mark his knees. And to find
his two faithful hunting dogs
all you have to remember is
that they always follow him
across the sky. To find his
first dog use the belt trick.
Simply shoot an imaginary
arrow down through Orion's
belt and that arrow will land
smack dab on Sirius, which
marks the eye of Orion's big-
ger dog and which is also the
brightest star we can see with
the naked eye.


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Now many people draw a
stick figure of a dog here in different ways, but the one in the photo is my personal
favorite. Sirius is mentioned in practically every culture that ever kept records.
Even in ancient Egypt it was called the Dog Star, and whenever it was first visible
rising before the Sun in early morning, it was used as a predictor that the Nile
River would soon flood and make the land of Egypt fertile for planting. And if
you've ever heard of the hot "dog days of summer," well this Dog Star was incor-
rectly blamed for it.

Today we know that Sirius is among the very closest of all the stars, only 8.6
light years away, which means that the light we see actually left Sirius 8.6 years
ago, which is really close. So its closeness has something to do with why it ap-
pears so bright, although we have to add the fact that it is almost twice as wide as
our Sun. And because it is so much hotter it's 23 times brighter! Additionally it
has a special companion star called a white dwarf. It's special because even
though it has the same mass as our Sun it is only two Earths wide, which makes
its material so dense that a teaspoon of it would weigh several tons on Earth.
Wow!

Not to be outdone, the brightest star of Orion's other dog, Procyon, although not
quite as bright to the naked eye as Sirius, is even bigger, 2.3 times our Sun's di-
ameter. But because it is not as hot a star as Sirius it shines only 6 times brighter
than our Sun. It too, like Sirius, is close, only 11.3 light years away, 2 1/2 light
years farther than Sirius. And strangely, like Sirius, it too has a white dwarf com-
panion star almost identical to Sirius' white dwarf.

So there you have it, the two brightest stars of Orion's faithful companions, each
with its own special companion, which to my way of thinking is really something
to howl about. Jack Horkheimer


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For the week: February 26 to March 5, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen


ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) This could be a serious relation ship. Don't waste this
exciting time by sitting at home. If you can include them in your plans, do so. You
may find that family members may not be too easy to get along with. Your lucky
day this week will be Thursday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) It's time to make professional changes. New rela-
tionships will surface through work related events. Look into alternatives that
would better suit both your needs. Your intellectual charm will win hearts and
bring opportunities that you least expect. Your lucky day this week is Saturday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Don't spend too much on products that promise
amazing cosmetic results. Don't blame others for your own stubbornness. Plan
some family outings. Communication will be the source of your knowledge and
you must be sure to spend time with those who have more experience. Your lucky
day this week will be Tuesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You will need to do a lot of research if you wish to
get to the bottom of things. Be supportive in order to avoid confrontations. Your
emotional stability may influence the changes taking place in your personal life.
You might have a problem hanging on to your money this week. Your lucky day
this week will be Tuesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You could experience delays in shipments or mail, and
should be careful while traveling. You will have a great deal of insight when deal-
ing with others. Your mate may be distressed if you refuse to make a commitment.
Uncertainty regarding your direction is likely. Your lucky day this week will be
Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You may find that others do not do things the way
you want; however, if the job gets done, let it pass. Get down to business and do
the work yourself. Trips will be exciting. Try to iron out any friction over money
with your mate or conflicts could prevail. Your lucky day this week is Monday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Finish overdue paperwork and catch up on letter writ-
ing and reading. Be careful disclosing information. You must get out and mingle.
You need to be careful not to make promises that you can't fulfill. Your lucky day
this week will be Wednesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You can get into weight loss programs or go out
and change your image with a new look in clothing, hairstyle, and attitude. You
may have difficulties at an emotional level with mates. You can come up with
ways of earning extra cash. Now is a good time to ask for favors. Your lucky day
this week will be Tuesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You are best to concentrate on your profes-
sional endeavors. Your talent will be recognized. You need to keep everyone on
your domestic scene too busy to complain. You can win points with children if you
take the time to show interest in their accomplishments. Your lucky day this week
will be Wednesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Romance can surface if you get into some of
those fitness programs you've been putting off. Accommodate others but not before
you do your own thing. Do the proper safety checks before you go out. Don't for-
get family obligations. Join humanitarian groups and let your leadership ability
take over. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You will enjoy interaction with others this week.
Plan a day of enjoyment with them. This is a turning point. You need to keep busy
doing things that you both enjoy. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Don't offer to pay for others. You should be traveling
to that exotic destination you've been dreaming about. Enlist coworkers in order to
get the job done on time. You're not your usual self this week. Your lucky day this
week will be Wednesday.


Bonaire Reporter March 3 to March 10, 2006


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