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The plan to replace the present departure, room and car rental taxes with a
single "Island Tax"* continues to move forward. Last week the TCB pre-
sented details of the new structure. In summary, it lowers the departure tax for resi-
dents of the Antilles and Aruba and most long-term visitors who stay in hotels and
guest houses. It raises them for short-term tourists and others who visit their family
on Bonaire.


Residents will pay their tax as usual on
departure. Non-residents, depending on
their destination, can also pay as part of
their "travel package" in advance. The
TCB suggests that the "average" Bonaire
visitor will pay less tax as a result of this
measure. The TCB will continue to in-
form the public about the tax plan which
has not yet gone into effect but has been
okayed by the Bonaire Government.
Supporters of the new tax say it will
reduce administrative problems and result
in more equitable collection of taxes from
tourists staying at small inns which had
not been paying their "room-tax" and us-
ing informal car rental companies which
had not been paying "car-rental tax." Op-
ponents feel the impact of a large tax at
departure will negatively affect tourist
perception and make family visits overly
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Thr'ThPORTER
IN THS ISSUE:
Letters:
Spelonk Gatherers, Errata 5
Dietitian (Minerals) 6
More Windjammer Discoveries 8
Bonaire's Deepest Dive (Helmut
Meyer) 9
Portraits of Bonaire:
The actress-Jackie Bernabela 10
Obelisks in Danger-Bonai
to Rescue 18
Ambassadors (Slavin family) 18
WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Coral Glimpses 5
Tide Table and Vessel List 9
Classifieds 12
Picture Yourself
(Melbourne, Australia) 13
Reporter Masthead 14
Pets of the Week (James & Jessica) 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Cruise Ship Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
Born on the Island (Elvis Martinus) 17
Sky Park (Algol ) 19
The Stars Have It 19


A Effective immediately, persons
traveling to the US on Air Jamaica
will be required to provide the air-
line with the full address of the place
they will be staying. Details of the
change were announced last Thursday
by Air Jamaica. The airline said the
new requirement was recently intro-
duced by US authorities for the pur-
pose of security screening and applies
to all non-residents of the US. The air-
line is required to turn over this infor-
mation to American officials before
the flights leave for the US.


Residents of Bonaire, Travel within the Travel outside the Antilles
Antilleans and Arubans Antilles and Aruba and Aruba
Children (0-12) NAf 5.00 = US$2.86 NAf 18.00 = US$10
Adults (13-64) NAf 10.00 = US$5.71 NAf 36.00 = US$20
(current fee)
Seniors, 65 and above NAf 5.00 = US$2.86 NAf 18.00 = US$10
Non-Residents (and Travel within the Travel outside the Antilles
those not Antilles and Aruba
born in the Antilles and Aruba
and Aruba)
Children (0-12) NAf 13.50 = US$7.50 NAf 67.50 = US$37.50
Adults (13 and older) NAf 27.00 = US$15 NAf 135.00 = US$75


Like the people who live here full time, tourists pay tax in several different
ways when they come to Bonaire. In addition to any sales taxes paid on purchases,
if they are staying at a hotel, they pay "room tax," usually $6.50 per person for
every night of their stay. (Room tax is officially NAf9.75. If one uses $1.80 as an
exchange rate it comes to $5.42 per person per night. Hotels round this to
$5.50. The $1.00 T.I.L., which stands for Tourism Improvement Levy, is an op-
tional charge that was created by the Bonaire Hotel and Tourism Association. Not
all hotels charge it and it is not a tax that legally must be paid). And there is a $6/
day tax on a rental car if they use one. Everyone also pays a $20 per person airport
tax on departure to foreign destinations. A tourist who fits Bonaire's typical profile
stays at a fine resort and rents a car for all or part of his/her stay. It's easy to com-
pute that it doesn't take a long visit to equal or exceed the $75 "Island Tax" voted
in at the end of last year and set to become effective on June 1st. (Thanks to Ger
Vellinga, Corine Gerharts and Bruce Bowkerfor these clarifications. Note: Ger
Vellinga did originally give the correct figures in his Letter to the Editor but they
were incorrectly interpreted by the fax program.)


(Continued on page 4)


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Bonaire Reporter- March 10 to March 17, 2006


Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

At a rural military base on the out-
skirts of Caracas, Venezuelan officers
have started classes in unconventional
warfare to repel a US invasion that
left-wing President Hugo Chavez warns
Washington is planning. Washington
denies the charge. "If someday a group
of invaders comes looking for me, they
will never take me alive," Chavez said
last week. An initial group of 500,000
civilian reservists and territorial guard
volunteers will soon start four-month
basic training nationwide.

A A draft amendment to the Antil-
les Federal Ordinance for accident and


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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: Albert Bianculli, Guus Gerritsen, Dr. Jamie Love,
Greta Kooistra, Henk Roozendaal, Angelique Salsbach, Dee Scarr,
Walt Stark, 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 Druk-
kerij, Curacao
2006 The Bonaire Reporter


Bonaire Reporter- March 10 to March 17, 2006


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SBird flu has been ruled out in the case of flamingo deaths in the Baha-
mas. Last week, 15 of that island's flamingos, five roseate spoonbills and one cor- The Bonaire Animal Shelter and other groups and individuals took part in a
morant were found dead with no external injuries on the island of Great Inagua, Flea Market at the "Parke Publico Bonaiiano" on Saturday, March 4, from 3 to
., Flea Market at the "Parke Publico Bonairiano" on Saturday, March 4, from 3 to
just north of Haiti. No problems have been reported with Bonaire's large flamingo 8 pm. The Shelter was offering used clothing and books at low prices. Anyone
population. who has old books (all languages) and/or used, but good clothes and wants to do-
The H5N1 bird flu strain has killed at least 93 people and spread to 20 new coun- nate them to the Shelter for sale at the market can call 787-0466 or 717-8721. All
tries in the past three months alone. The H5N1 virus is endemic in birds across
the money goes to the Animal Shelter to help to cover the yearly operation costs.
parts of Asia but has since spread to Europe and Africa. Experts fear it could mu- The next flea market will be on Saturday, March 25, 3 to 8 pm. Pass the word.
tate into a form more easily passed between humans and trigger a pandemic in The Market will be held every last Saturday of the month.
which millions of people could die.


(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
health insurance for medical treatment
abroad is being debated in parliament.
Article One states that if medical
treatment is not available on another
island of the Netherlands Antilles
and it is a life threatening situation,
then the insured patient has the
right to seek medical treatment
abroad.

A The Caribbean Hotel Association


(CHA), through its foundation, is of-
fering scholarships for students
studying hospitality as well as em-
ployees working in the industry
seeking to better their skills. Applica-
tion forms are available on line at
www.caribbeanhotelfoundation.org
and must be submitted by March 15.
The scholarships range from $1,000 to
$10,000 a year. In the Caribbean, the
travel and tourism industry provides
for 2.4 million direct and indirect jobs,


representing 15.5% of employment,
according to a 2004 World Travel and
Tourism Council (WTTC) study.

A Make sure you have your 2006
license plate sticker on your car this
week. Beginning March 9. the police
will ticket and impound any vehicle
without the sticker. Stop at the Ont-
vanger's (Tax Collector) office at
Kaya L.A. Abraham Boulevard 27 to
get yours.


A This year's hurricane season
could match the record breaking
destruction caused by storms in
2005, the United Nations warned. An
unprecedented 27 tropical storms, 15
of which became full-blown hurri-
canes, formed during the 2005 Atlantic
hurricane season. "We have reason to
fear that 2006 could be as bad as
2005," Jan Egeland, the undersecretary
(Continued on page 5)


Bonaire Reporter- March 10 to March 17, 2006


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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 4)
general for humanitarian affairs who
coordinates U.N. emergency relief,
told the Reuters news service last
Wednesday.


Pr Te Soutriere fills volcano in
Montserrat has been belching smoke
recently. The Montserrat Volcano Ob-
servatory (MVO) reports emissions of
ash and steam "at fairly regular inter-
vals," according to the Netherlands An-
tilles Meteorological Office's Thursday
forecast. The biggest of the emissions
sent ash and steam up to about 5,000
feet.

SBonaire has
a growing number
of Peruvians,
many who come
here to work in
the building
trades. Now Peru,
the land that
gave us the to-
mato and the
potato, has an-
other gastronomic gift for the world: a
38-year-old chef named Gaston Acurio.
He aims for nothing fewer than 50,000
Peruvian restaurants around the world
where food lovers could savor the hot
peppers, lime, onions and fish of a cevi-


che, creamy yellow Andean potatoes or
maybe even the Peruvian delicacy of
guinea pig. "My dream is that in 10
years there will be 50,000 to 100,000
Peruvian restaurants out there," Acurio
said. Bonaire already has Argentinean,
Brazilian, Colombian, and Venezuelan
restaurants, all South American based.
How about a Peruvian one too.
A In this week's Reporter there is a
story about deep diver Helmut Meyer
(page 9). You may remember a story we
ran a few weeks ago about a possible
east coast "shallow spot" visible on
Google Earth's images of Bonaire. Last
November Helmut chartered a plane and
he and Rec Tek's Walt Stark flew over it
looking for anything that would indicate
such a place. They then chartered Larry's
(Wild Side) boat to go out and search,
using his depth sounder, taking the GPS
coordinates off the maps. Although they
were prepared for a 400-foot dive they
were unsuccessful in finding the spot.
That is probably what stirred up all the
interest in it on Bonaire, suggests Walt
Stark.

Join the Full Moon Walk through
the beautiful countryside of Rincon and
Playa Grandi on Friday, March 17. Or-
ganized by members of the Rincon par-
ish it will start and end at the Rincon
Catholic church at 6:30 pm. The cost is
only NAf7,50 for adults and NAf5 for
children and includes water, juice, fruit
and bread and salad at the end. There's a
special route for 60 plussers too. Call
Edith Strauss Marsera at 717-4060 or
786-4643 for more details. Tickets are
obtainable from members of the Rincon
Explorers (Verkenners) and The Rincon
Parish Animators (grupo animadornan
Parokial di Rincon).


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


The branching corals, like Elkhorn
and Staghorn, grow more quickly
than the "head" corals, such as
brain coral and star coral. They
thrive in shallower waters, though,
so are more prone to being broken
by wave action. NOAA photo


AFans of /
Linda and Jake
Richter's art can
now make an ap-
pointment to view
their new works in
person by calling
717-4112. All
their art is view-
able on-line 24
hours a day at
www.
LindaRichter.
com and www.JakeRichter.com, and
purchasable via www.CaribbeanArt.
com. It is no longer available at the
Cinnamon Art Gallery.

(Continued on page 7)


SPELONK GATHERERS
Dear Editor:
On March 2, we made a little trip to
the Spelonk Lighthouse. For me it's a
special place because the vegetation
makes it look like a botanical garden
with a beautiful lighthouse at the end.
I don't know any other place on Bon-
aire where these kinds of little plants
are growing, not invaded by other
plants or vegetation. They've learned
to live on the difficult, very rough side
of this island.
But what I saw makes my heart cry.
Each time I go there, it looks like
people have taken more stones and
coral from around the lighthouse. And
this is happening more frequently
lately.
Why not leave some of the beautiful
special places like this in peace? The
delicate balance between the coral and
the little plants took many years to cre-
ate to become what it is today. If you
take the coral away it will never be the
same. And also the appearance of the
lighthouse will never be the same.
Island lover

Errata:
Due to a typographical error in last
week's edition in the Letters to the
Editor section, "US Passport Renewal
Tips," misnamed the writer as Trish
Dace. The correct name is TISH Dace.
Sorry, Tish. (Spellcheck rules!)
We also listed an outdated phone
number for Rec Tek Scuba. The cur-
rent number is 780-6537.


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Ask the Dietitian




... a han I Ga nd save.


M inerals are micronutrients that
are required in small amounts
to maintain life. Minerals are essential because most of them cannot be made by
the human body but must be obtained from foods. They are important to many vital
functions in the body.

Calcium
Needed for bone and tooth formation, heart function, blood coagulation and mus-
cle contraction.
Rich sources are: dark leafy vegetables, sesame seeds, oats, navy beans, almonds,
nuts, sunflower seeds
The recommended amount per day: 1000 mg
Magnesium
Needed for healthy muscle tone and healthy bones and heart. It's a natural tran-
quilizer.
Rich sources are: dairy products, whole grain products, nuts, soybeans, green
leafy vegetables, apples, lemons, peaches, almonds, salmon, (luncheon) meat.
The recommended amount per day: 250 to 350 mg
Iron
Builds resistance to stress and disease. Essential for the formation of hemoglobin,
which carries oxygen from the lungs to every cell of the body.
Rich sources are: dried fruits, prunes, raisins, dates, blueberry, cranberry, rasp-
berries, passion fruits, whole grain cereals, green vegetables, dry beans, lentils,
(luncheon) meat, nuts
The recommended amount per day: 15 mg
Zinc
Aids in wound healing, growth, tissue repair.
Rich sources are: (luncheon) meat, bread, nuts, cheese, shellfish, pumpkin seeds,
sunflower seeds, green leafy vegetables
The recommended amount per day: 9 mg
Fluorine
Essential for bones and tooth building.
Rich sources: fish, tea, toothpaste,
Recommended amount per day: 3 mg
Iodine
Essential in the function of the thyroid.
Rich sources are: fish, seaweed, salt
The recommended amount per day: 150 mcg
Copper
Needed to release energy from foods, for healthy skin.
Rich sources are: vegetables, fruits, (luncheon) meat, bread
The recommended amount per day: 0.9 mg
Manganese
Needed to release energy from food.
Rich sources are: whole grain products, vegetables
The recommended amount per day: 45 mcg
Molybdenum
Needed to release energy from food.
Rich sources are: brown rice, whole grain products, dairy products
The recommended amount per day: 300 mcg
Selenium
An antioxidant.
Rich sources are: whole grain products, bread, fish, vegetables
The recommended amount per day: 50-150 mcg
Chromium
Essential for proper use of sugar.
Rich sources are: whole grain products, (luncheon) meat, fish, vegetables, fruits
The recommended amount per day: 25 mcg Angelique Salsbach



Angilique
Salsbach, a
dietitian with
Bonaire's De-
partment 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 dieti-
tan(@bonairenews. corn or call her at the
Dept of Health Care 717-3737


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A Last Friday MCB (Bonaire) N.V. contributed NAf10.000 so that the San
Berardo Catholic Church in Playa could complete the construction of a church
parking lot for its parishioners. Evert Piar, Managing Director of MCB (Bonaire)
N.V., presented the donation to Pastor Andres Makowiec (center). Also present in
the photo is Deputy Jonchie Dortalina (right) who was in charge of the project on
behalf of the Government.


(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 5)


SHarbourtown Real Estate is now
offering Homeowners Insurance in
cooperation with a large Antillean in-
surance company. The most extensive
policy offers coverage for fire damage,
heavy weather/hurricane damage, bur-
glary and includes a FREE liability
insurance as well as FREE accident
insurance! They can offer you this pol-
icy at a premium of NAf2,60 per
NAf1.000 insured value, which is of-
ten at least 20% less than others. An
inspection or appraisal of the property
is usually needed. Contact Harbour-
town at 717-5539 for a free consulta-
tion.


A On Sunday,
March 12 there will
be another Jazz
brunch at the Den
Laman Restau-
rant. They will fea-
ture a very special
guest, Antonia Lib-
ert, an excellent
cello player. She
will perform some
jazzy boleros with
singer Linda Anthony.
G./L.D.


Geraldine Dammers and
Barbara Lockwood


S The English-
Papiamentu phrase-
book, Getting Arout
the Island in Papia-
mentu, was nomi-
nated for an
UNESCO Antia's
prize. The prize is
awarded to promote
of the Netherlands
Antilles. The
phrasebook, written
by Terry Dovale (e.
p.d.), Geraldine
Dammers and Bar-
bara Lockwood,
was published late
2005. It's available
at Capt. Don's
Habitat, Carib Inn,
Chat 'n' Browse,
Sand Dollar Gro-
cery, TCB and Val-
erie's Airport Shop.


Terry Dovale

the mother tongue


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Bonaire's Deenest Dive


Helmut Meyer -Bonaire's deepest diver


Helmut gives the OK on the surface


R ec Tek Scuba would like to congratulate Mr. Helmut
Meyer for completing what we believe is the deepest
scuba dive on record here on Bonaire.
On 8 December 2005, Mr. Meyer successfully completed a
dive to 152.1 meters / 499 feet in depth. He was diving using
an Inspiration closed circuit rebreather specially modified for
this particular dive. He has added an additional 2-liter 02 tank
across the top of the Inspiration Rebreather and 7-liter high-
pressure composite tanks on each side. Walt Stark of Rec Tek
Scuba was acting as safety diver on this particular dive. He
dove with 7 tanks: 4 80s, 1 63 and 2 40s. Two of his 80s
were for Helmut in case he had any problems.

The dive was 3 hours long including the decompression.
Helmut did this 3-hour dive using 1036 liters of gas, which is
the equivalent of 37 cu. ft. Most divers would have trouble do-
ing a 20-minute dive to 60 ft. on 37 cu. ft. of gas.


Helmut said the reason he did the dive wa
the technology will do what it claims to be a
it a little farther. During his research he foul
part on the stock Inspiration Rebreather
that will implode at 180 meters so he lim-
ited his dive to 150 meters.
Mr. Meyer, a resident of Hattersheim,
Germany, has been diving since
1958. His very first dives were spent
searching for a German warship in a fjord
in Norway. This is his seventh visit to
Bonaire. We are glad he has decided to
keep diving in warmer waters.
Helmut's next adventure is planned for
Australia. He is having a RIB, similar to
Larry's Wild Side Diving boat, but with a
small cabin forward and twin inboard die-
sel engines. It is a very custom job with
space for oxygen and helium tanks and 2
Haskel booster pumps so he can explore
up and down the Australian coast doing
Trimix Dives with his new Evolution Re-


s he likes to see if
able to do and push
nd out there is one


breather. Our hearty congratulations, and we look forward to
his return. Story by Walt Stark, Rec Tec Scuba; photos by
Stark & Meyer.


DIVE PROFILE:
Time Down: 11:14 Time Up: 14:14
Duration : 180 minutes Max Depth : 152.1 m = 499 Feet
Location : Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles
DiveSite: Karpata
Buddy : Security Diver in 50 m.


KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
3-10 10:01 1.9FT. 18:35 0.8FT. 49
3-11 10:35 1.9FT. 19:05 0.9FT. 56
3-12 11:14 1.8FT. 19:29 1.0FT. 63
3-13 1:07 1.3FT. 3:58 1.2FT. 11:47 1.7FT. 19:42 1.0FT. 69
3-14 1:21 1.4FT. 5:20 1.2FT. 12:18 1.5FT. 19:40 1.1FT. 73
3-15 1:42 1.4FT. 6:56 1.3FT. 12:59 1.4FT. 19:06 1.2FT. 77
3-16 2:11 1.5FT. 10:06 1.2FT. 13:44 1.3FT. 18:09 1.2FT. 78
3-17 2:46 1.6FT. 12:55 1.1FT. 79
Bonaire Reporter- March 10 to March 17, 2006


TABLE 1
Karpata dive usage
Five tanks carried
Helmut Meyer
152m 181min 8.12.2005
<= deepest dive on
Bonaire


Safety diver Walt Stark ofRec Tek Scuba carried seven tanks


Bottom time 181 minutes plus time to surface Gas
consum tion
Ltr.
TANK location Contents Ltr. /min. kg used
Inspiration Tank on top 02 140 0.77 0.20 50%
Inspiration Tank inside right 02 195 1.08 0.28 46%
Inspiration Tank inside left tx 8/76 390 2.15 0.18 70%
Inspiration Tank outside right air 0 0.00 0.00 0%
Inspiration Tank outside left air 311 1.72 0.40 18%
Summary 1,036 5.72 1.05 Equiv. to 37
_u. ft.


Alter Ego
Angie
Atalama
Augustin
Banana Lady
Blue Moon
Blur Thunder
Bright Sea
Camissa, Chan Is.
Carlsea
Cheshire
Colonel's Lady
Cristina
Dahu
Decibelle
Deneb
Delphinus
Destiny
Dutchess
Endorphin
First Light
Flying Cloud, USA


I The basic rebreather backpack

VESELSMAKNG POT*CLL


Sandpiper, USA
Savoir Vivere
Scintella
Second Lady
Sirius
Summer Breeze
Spart I Vento
Sylvia K
Ta B
Ti Amo
Turn One
Ulu Ulu, USA
Umilk
Unicorn, Norway
Valhalla
Varedhuni, Ger.
Water Music
Yanti Paratzi
Zapphire


Freestyle
Galandriel
Goolka
Goril Two
Guaicamar I, Ven.
Honalee
It's Good
Kanana
Keley
Kika
Manta
Maggi
Makani
Natural Selection
Ocean Breeze
Okeanis
Paleochora
Prospera
Rasmus
Reality
Samba
Santa Maria


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P ortraits ofBonaire, the first book of paintings and stories of people of Bonaire (in English and Dutch), written by
Guus Gerritsen, paintings by Henk Roozendaal, came out in 2002 and was an instant best seller. After the final
copies were sold last year, Gerritsen and Roozendaal ordered a reprint. The second printing is now on the island and
available in shops, restaurants and resorts, in the same high quality as the first edition. Only the cover has changed. Elvis
Martinus is on it now, and below the title, "Vol. 1" has been added because "Vol. 2" is expected to be published at the
end of this year. The distribution is being done by Henk himself. Call for books at 717-6938.
As was done in 2002, The Bonaire Reporter will print stories and paintings from the new Portraits ofBonaire, Volume
2. "The Actress Jackie Bemabela" is the first story we present.


The Actress


W ould you like
V chicken or
beef?"
I had dozed off before I
found myself looking into
the hazel eyes of a lovely,
charming woman who, just
before, had explained the
oxygen masks with a show
as if she was working the
stage. Her graceful gestures
and dance steps were com-
plimented by a smile that
seemed to imply she would
even have been willing to
strap the thing to your face
personally. As she switched
to the life vests, I was
treated to more pleasing
movements. What a breath
of fresh air after all those
little ladies from Het Gooi,
fresh from secondary school and se-
lected by our native airlines solely on
the basis of their priggishness and
blonde hair...
I go for the chicken, as I usually do
on my return flight to my warm island.
It's always a nice prelude to all the
lovely roasted chicken breasts I'll have.
Jackie Bemabela was never going to
be a stewardess for long, which was
obvious from the start. A little too
much out of the ordinary maybe, a little
too kind to passengers who only want
to sleep through their long flights?
She had other interests anyway. Per-
haps inspired by her father, who
morphed into a flamboyant singer and


Jackie Bernabella


entertainer, "Tipo Tom," at Bonairean
birthdays and parties, Jackie discovered
a hankering for the world of art.
After five years of service in the Blue
Bird, she moved to Amsterdam and
studied at the Utrecht School for the
Arts. She joined famous acting troupes,
saw her name in neon at the theatres
and could be seen on the goggle box in
the soap series, Good Times, Bad
Times. After six years of acting and
traveling, she accepted an invitation
from the Bonairean government to re-
turn to the island and take a leading
role in the dissemination of culture.
Jackie became a member of SKAL, the
Sekshon Kultura Arte i Literatura.
The actress, in her newly cast role as


government official for the Arts on one
of the most beautiful islands in the Car-
ibbean: "My mission on this island is to
bring the Arts to the people. I will work
for this with all my power, and I will
continue to do so until I'm dead and
buried at the Kaya Korona!"
Bonaire is a small island, inhabited by
approximately 14,000 people. Despite
this small number, there are quite a lot
of artists creating in one form or an-
other: painters, writers, musicians, and
actors. Only a few of them earn a liv-
ing: the audience is small and there is a
general preference for either television
or a party with a little music, good food
and some stoba over a rare and exclu-
sive arty get-together. Writers can't
find a publisher, painters can't find a
supply shop, actors are without a
troupe, and musicians are well-advised
to stick to playing popular tunes to the
tourists in caf6s and restaurants.
The life of artists can be meager and
lonely here, however much they love
their art. You can't live off love, alas!
What can you do for them, Jackie?
How are you going to bring the arts to
the people and raise the standard of liv-
ing for the artists?
"That is quite hard here. We have
plans enough, but usually we lack the
money to carry them out. And if we do
have the money, the problem is finding
the people who are willing to put their
shoulders to it. Even then, if we get to a
fully realized plan, such as the Skol di
Music, the Music School, we suddenly
have to evacuate the premises because
the plot has been sold to a project de-
veloper! Artebon, our exposition space
beautifully located overlooking the sea,
is unfortunately not a place we can con-


vert into a real Art Centre. It would be
an ideal situation if we could find a
building that could house all kinds of
arts a place where both artists and art
lovers could meet, a Kas diArte that
would be open and inviting to every-
one. A place we, as Bonaireans, would
be proud of; that is my ideal!'
She speaks with verve and passion,
underlining her speech with theatrical
movements. If Jackie had her way,
there would be a Kas di Arte tomorrow,
but it's a slow and cross-grained proc-
ess, full of political hence vague -
promises.
Perhaps striving for the realization of
an ideal art centre is bound to fail. Per-
haps she should gradually work her
way up; looking at smaller, separate
problems and putting her energy into
solving them first.
"But that's what we're doing! For
instance, last year we staged a play for
kids based on 'Gold Donkey' and lots
of children from the schools here have
come to see it. We did some shows in
Holland as well, by the way. This has
led to people coming up to me, asking
them to help with their own produc-
tions which I will, of course. I'd love
to do something myself again, here and
in Curaqao, we just have to find a good
director to help us out. I can't do every-
thing myself, you know!"
I hope she will be successful because
she definitely has the talent. In the sum-
mer of 2005, at the Kwakoe Festival in
Amsterdam, she performed with the
same troupe that did 'Gold Donkey.'
She performed the part of storyteller,
and did so with a lot of energy. (We
Continued on nnp a I I)


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(The Actress. Continued from page 10)
enjoyed it immensely, please keep it
up!)
"Some things come off fine, I can tell
you. The Prince Bernhard Culture
Foundation helped us a lot, as did the
Antillean Co-Financing Organization
(AMFO). We've had a lot of success
with our literary evenings, bringing
both Antillean and Dutch writers. The
latest one, with Gerrit Komrij at the
Fort Oranje, was a great evening: Lit-
erature from the Netherlands, Surinam
and Indonesia, all under the starry sky
of Bonaire... the sound of surf as back-
ground music... sometimes a fitting
musical context provided by Bonairean
musicians...
But you know, it's not enough. This
and other programs are being attended
by only a select crowd, the happy few
of the island. I would like to see more
people, and also I would like to organ-
ize these things more than once a year.
If more people attended, then probably
more people would be motivated to
visit the library which is good, be-
cause books are expensive here, and
hard to get anyway."

Since I had been looking for a couple
of books by Antillean author Tip Ma-
rugg, I decide to visit the Bonairean
public library. I had been there before,
but still it's hard to find my way -
there's very little signage.
Paying the modest contribution of 3
Antillean guilders, my eyes light on an
interesting poster in several languages:
'Libraries change your life.' A good
adage for a library on a small island.
On my way to find Tip Marugg in


the big hall, with its separate study
room, I come across a large pile of
books waiting to be categorized, and a
table with discarded books which are
for sale: 25 cents apiece. In the big
hall, there are a few rows of books
marked 'Papiamentu' only some 4.5
feet, is that all? -- but not a single Tip
Marugg volume among them.
Dear Jackie, what can we do to help
this library? The readership numbers
are going down, and too few new
books are being bought. What about
some colorful shop signs, a few news-
paper adverts, or pulling some strings
at the Prince Bernhard Foundation to
buy some new books... Surely you
know how to organize these things?
"Oh, I can pull strings alright, but
you must realize there are a lot of ini-
tiatives like this that require my atten-
tion. And I might have to cut through
layers and layers of red tape just to get
one sign saying 'Library.' These foun-
dations, for all their merits, are quite
tiresome. I'm sick of begging, to tell
the truth."

We talk about getting help from the
Kingdom of the Netherlands some
more; it's an issue right now, also be-
cause a new stance toward the Nether-
lands is hotly debated: Should the con-
necting ties be pulled tighter or not, or
should we even go our separate ways?
"What really annoys me in all of this
is the fact that it's all these men around
big tables being important. Why aren't
any women present? They are deciding
our future, for heaven's sake- a future
that has always been uncertain to say
the least. What future did we have in


the age of slavery, in the decades after
that, and even now? No one knows for
sure, and now we have these old, so-
called 'Wise Men' deciding. Don't
think of me as a feminist, by the way, I
love strong, assertive men and have
known them in all shapes and sizes -
but it's like this in politics as in my
job: they hold the reins! I think it's ri-
diculous."
She looks embittered, and, fuelled by
anger, her beautiful brown eyes are
rolling from left to right.
"You may find it hard to believe, but
the times of slavery are no more than a
couple of generations behind us. They
are still present with a lot of people. If
your future is uncertain, now as it was
then, it makes you vulnerable and
forces you to look back instead of
ahead."

Does that explain why a lot of art in
the Antilles seems to be inspired by, or
set in, the past? Does the Antillean art
savor the past?
"Well, I guess that's true to some
extent, but culture is always a product
of the past, so embracing that seems
quite normal to me. Every country,
every people does that and maybe we
do that a little bit more than others. I'm
kind of nostalgic myself. I live in my
grandfather's home and cherish his old
belongings, old like the ruin right
across the street: a house that used to
be one of the finest on Bonaire."
She looks a bit misty-eyed. Her
words are always accompanied by
strong body language, as befits an ac-
tress.

"Would you like chicken or beef?"


A young, charming KLM stewardess
wakes me from the reveries that al-
ways accompany me on long journeys.
She's not an actress, like Jackie, that's
clear right away. She's probably a
young mother flying home, longing to
be reunited with husband and children
after a full week's work.
Chicken or beef? Because it will be
cold in Holland, I decide on the beef. It
seems like a good step towards the
heavy mash-and-gravy with crisp pork
cuts. No chicken or fish for me now.
I doze off with the Tip Marugg
poem, 'Growing Older,' on my lap. I
hope that when we return, in a couple
of weeks' time, there will be a big, col-
orful sign over the Bonaire public li-
brary so everyone will find Marugg's
book of poems, and Henk's and mine...
Will Jackie take care of it? Story
by Guus Gerritsen; Painting by Henk
Rozendaal


Bonaire Reporter- March 10 to March 17, 2006


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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 NA f5 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.


For Sale

FOR SALE: Second Hand Dive Gear
with 3-month unconditional repair war-
ranty: Cressi regulators, BCs, with and
without computers. From $200. Wan-
naDive at City Cafe. Call 717-3531.

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: 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



oats fo r
Sale

For Sale -
Cabo Rico 38
Yacht 1989,
Excellent off-
shore cruiser.
One-owner, little
used, only 800 en-
gine hours, many
sails, many spares,
new s-s rigging. Includes Avon R2.8 inflat-
able and Nissan outboard. Luxurious inte-
rior. Bristol condition. Hauled out on Bon-
aire $109,000. Phone/fax (599) 717-5038.
Email to icarus@tflamingotv.net

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


Em 3Moplroyees
Wea n 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


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Wanted: two-three bedroom house for
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Wanted to buy: 4x4 vehicle in good
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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
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


For Sale Leaving_4 the Islancd-.
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.
*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
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* McCulloch 14 inch blade electric chain saw. Nafl. 100
*Makita model 5007 NB 13 amp 7 and 1/4 inch circle saw with 12 blades (regular, carbide and dia-
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Bonaire Reporter- March 10 to March 17, 2006


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

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


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





Here are a couple of FOUND dogs that
Mary DeSanza, who helps out at the Bon-
aire Animal Shelter, asked us to post.

The young fe-
male black/
brown dog with
the red collar was
found by the dog
catcher, location
unknown. Shelter
Manager Jurrie
Mellema said this
dog can sing. He
said she has quite
the range of
sounds, some
quite amazing to
hear, given that she is a dog! She is very
lively and we know her owners must be
missing her.

This lovely chocolate colored female
dog looks to be a
mix with possibly -
some Chocolate
Lab in her. She is
really a great dog.
She has already
been spayed. She
was found in the
Belnem area and
brought to the Shel-
ter by tourists who have been feeding her
for the last week.

If one of these is your dog contact the
Bonaire Animal Shelter on Kaminda La-
goen #26-A. It's open Monday through
Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1.
Phone #717-4989


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Pets of the Week


his sister, Jessica. T
They and their other two
siblings, Jennifer and
Joan, are now safe at the
Bonaire Animal Shelter,
after having had a harrow-
ing experience. Someone
surreptitiously dumped
them in front of the Shel-
ter then left. The poor
puppies were running
around over the road, to-
tally terrified. The Shelter
staff heard them and came "James" and "Jessica"
out to try and catch them
before they were hit by a car but the pups were so frightened they kept running
away. Finally they were able to catch one pup, which screamed in terror. Eventu-
ally all four were captured and brought into the Shelter.

The moral to the story is: please don't just dump your unwanted dogs and pup-
pies. The Shelter is open every morning and can accept these animals. Even on
Sunday when the Shelter is closed someone is there to feed the resident pets. The
newly arrived animals will be checked by the vet and if they are healthy they'll be
wormed, given shots and sterilized when they are old enough. And they'll get
"socialization" from the volunteers who spend time with the cats and dogs.
These puppies, the four J's, are very healthy it turns out. They're about 3 12
months old and now that the trauma is over, they're settled down but full of life.
Three of them are black and tan, very attractive coloring, and one's a light beige/
gray. As you might have noticed from their names there are three girls, one guy.
It's estimated that they'll be in the middle to large size range.
The Shelter on the Lagoen Road is open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm,
Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989.

Flea Market. The Parke Publico is now running a
Flea Market at the Park every last Satur- day of the month,
and volunteers from the Shelter will be there selling used
items, with all the proceeds going to- wards the operat-
ing of the Shelter. If you would like to donate things for
them to sell, call 787-0466 or 717-8721. They'll accept
books (in all languages), clothes in good repair and other
used items. The next Flea Market will be on Saturday,
March 25 from 3 to 8 pm. L.D.


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MOVIELAND



IIELI IlIE l IH ITIIl

Late Show
Callto makesure (Usually9 pm)

The Matador
(Pierce Brosnan)
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
Munich
An Academy Award Winner

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
Bambi II


THIS WEEK

Sunday, March 12 -Jazz brunch at the
Den Laman Restaurant with special guest
cello player Antonia Lebert and singer
Linda Anthony. See Flotsam & Jetsam


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

Friday, March 17- Full Moon Walk
through the beautiful countryside of Rincon
and Playa Grandi. Starts and ends at the
Rincon Catholic Church at 6:30 pm.
NAf7,50 for adults, NAf5 for children.
Includes water, juice, fruit and bread and
salad at the end. There's a special route for
60 plussers too. Call Edith Strauss Marsera
at 717-4060 or 786-4643 for more details.
Get tickets from members of the Rincon
Explorers (Verkenners) and The Rincon
Parish Animators (grupo animadornan
Parokial di Rincon).
COMING

Saturday, March 25 Flea Market at the
Parke Publico 3 to 8 pm.

Sunday March 26, April 2 and Easter
Sunday-Bonairean Night with all the
local specialties and more, Flamingo
Balashi Beach Bar
Sunday, April 2-Nail Design Work-
shop-Divi Flamingo Meeting Room, 9
am-5 pm-See page 18

REGULAR EVENTS
Monday-Saturday HH 5 to 7 pm, Cactus
Blue
Daily HH 2 for 1 ( on ALL beverages )
from 5-7pm, Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
Daily HH-5:30-6:30, Buddy Dive
Saturday- Grill Night on the Beach,
Buddy Dive
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
handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks and
music. www.infobonaire.com/rincon
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.


WHAT'S HAPPENING


Saturday -Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 6 to 8pm, 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 en-
joying a great dinner in colorful tropical
ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant
& Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm, Divi Fla-
mingo
Monday Caribbean Night, live local mu-
sic- Buddy Dive.
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 Band 7 pm, BBQ at 7:30
pm. Reservations $20, walk ins $25. Drinks
available for purchase. Call 717-5759 or
email info@goldenreefinn.com
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Divi Flamingo,
Balashi Beach Bar Live music by the
"Flamingo Rockers" 5-7 pm
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
565-5225 /717-7500, ext. 14.
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
Wednesday -Movie Night at Buddy Dive
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, 5:30-6:30 pm, followedby
All You Can Eat BBQ
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
black jack, Mon. to Sat. 8 pm- 4 am; Sun.
7 pm- 3 am.
Daily by appointment -Rooi Lamoenchi
Kunuku Park Tours Bonairean kunuku.
$12 (NAfl2 for residents). Tel 717-8489,
540-9800.

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 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

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past in
this venerable oldhome thathas beenrestored
and finished so it appears the family has just
stepped out. Local ladies will tell you the story.
Open Monday thm Friday, 9 -12,2-4. Weekends
by appointment. Call 717-2445.
Mangasina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from 'The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bon-
aire's culture. Visithomes fromthe 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,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays.
717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.

CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings -every Wednesday; Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or717-3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at
the Union Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank. All levels
invited NAf5 eny fee. Call Cathy 566-4056.
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-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI
Bonaire, formerly known as Bonaire Jay-
cees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Renata
Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7
pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate
House', above Restaurant Zeezicht. All
Rotarians welcome. Tel. 717-8434

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
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 -7174989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center)- 717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Roosje 717-
4685, 566-4685

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.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papiamentu,
Dutch and English on Sundays at 10 am.
Thursday Prayer Meeting and Bible
Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu,
Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu 717-8304. Saturday at 6 pm
at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, in
English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday
at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am.
Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm.
717-2194

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


Bonaire Reporter- March 10 to March 17, 2006


March 2006 Cruise Ship Schedule

Date Ship PAX Arrive Depart Pier
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
Richter Art- By Jake and Linda: Digital paintings,
Giclees on canvas, limited edition and open prints.
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 Cafe, 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 Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
At th ii aig ea Resran an aerfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar.
At e D17-8285 Flamingo eac Resort. Waterfront Open 7 days Inspiring 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
Closed Monday garden setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort.
Closd MondayTake 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






























J T 'm from a very happy and active
I family. I was born November 4th
1959, the son of fisherman Doei Diaz and
Hyacintha Martinus. I grew up in Playa
Pariba, living with my mother in the
house of her parents, Andres Mode Mar-
tinus and Clara Martinus, very close to
where Richard's Restaurant is now. Eve-
ryone in the neighborhood was like fam-
ily: the Dammers, the Boekhoudts, the
Gonzalezes and the Leonardo-Meyers.
We were always by the sea. My grandfa-
ther had a small business: a very big net
to catch masbango. Eight to 10 people
would work for him when the fish came.
I went into the business when I was
very young. At eight I started playing
with the net, practicing, because it takes
great skill to throw it. You had to know a
lot of things: how to plan the operation,
who you're going to work with and what
positions to put the men in. The fish are
fast so the action has to be fast too, other-
wise you'll end up with an empty net.
And after you catch the fish, from five to
15 tons, you have to keep them alive in
the net. All of them had to be sold within
two weeks otherwise they had to be set
free because they'd become weak. You
had to advertise to let people know you
had the fish, and the marcaderas would
come from Curamao, mostly women from
Boka San Michiel. They'd buy the fish
and resell it. The market was very com-
petitive because Curaqao could have the
fish too and Venezuela also, so you had
to make a good price, but we had one ad-
vantage: everyone preferred fish from
Bonaire!
The transport wasn't easy either be-
cause it had to happen at midnight. The
fish were put on ice in the boat, and it
would take about six hours to sail to
Punda in Curaqao. It was all in the dark
because once the sun came up the ice
would melt and the fish would rot.
When I was 14 my dad, my grandfather
and Kees Visser had a technical problem
with the boat and it almost sank. From
that time on my grandfather didn't want
to go anymore, so I took over the busi-
ness and became the manager. Two years
later my grandfather passed away. He'd
been a very creative man and I'd learned
a lot from him. I went on with the busi-
ness. Apart from the net we also had
about a hundred fish traps and we owned
some fishing boats like the Chambembe
which was a very famous one.
I finished lower technical school in
1977 and went to work in construction,
but I still took care of the business. In
1978 I went to sea; I joined the Sun
Coast, a cargo ship. We sailed to Florida,
to Aruba and the Windward Islands. I had
this romantic idea about sailing. All the


old sailors would tell me their stories and
adventures and how great it was in all
those ports, but what I didn't know was
that you had to work every day, eight
hours straight, when you were at sea! It
was hard! I did it for one year and when I
came home I saw how neglected every-
thing was. Even the famous Chambembe
had rotted as no one had been taking care
of it. My family had missed me and they
needed me. I was 18, maybe 19 then. Af-
ter what I'd experienced abroad I decided
I never wanted to leave Bonaire again,
and instead of complaining that things
were not going so well here I was going
to do something to help the island.
At the beach, at 'Caballero,' I sat and I
wrote this article about what's more im-
portant money or happiness. I felt that
many people ignore the good things they
have in life and start running after the
money, and finally, when they have the
money, they buy this happy life, forget-
ting they already had it when they started
with the whole process. Like: you live by
the sea, you have two boats, all your chil-
dren have a bicycle, you have an old car
and a kunuku, and every day you go out
fishing for four or five hours. Then you
eat, you take a nap and you go to the
kunuku. And by the end of the day you


"After what I'd experi-
enced abroad I decided I
never wanted to leave
Bonaire again, and instead
of complaining that things
were not going so well
here I was going to do
something to help the is-
land."

come back to the sea to talk to your
friends on the waterfront... and because
you have no money you think you're
poor... While a rich man spends his time
inside some building, saving up, making
more money and a couple of times a year
he spends some weeks in a place like
Bonaire to live the life you're living. The
article was published in the extra news-
paper. After that I thought, 'I don't want
to be another person who only comes
with criticism; by showing some facts I
can be an example for others.'
I became a member of the international
service club, 'Jaisis,' and I also formed a
pressure group with youngsters. My plans
were to go into different organizations
and to promote the idea that we from
Bonaire can accomplish a lot if we work


for it. We
started
with
sports
organiza-
tions, and
one of the
sports I
wanted to
see de-
velop was
water
sports.
We
brought
together
local
boys who
were
great wa- E
ter skiers
and we started organizing events. We
even brought a trick ski world champion
to Bonaire to help us and demonstrate his
skills. We did that for two years, and dur-
ing that time we contacted the only two
windsurfers Bonaire had, Erwin Muller
and Patun Saragoza, to organize the
windsurfing here.
The first windsurf contest took place
March 27th 1987, at the public beach of
Playa Lechi. Then the pressure group fell
more or less apart and," he smiles, "Elvis
had lost his heart forever to windsurfing."
Elvis Martinus is a pensive and philoso-
phical man, but he's also dynamic and
fun and, undeniable, a born authority.
"In those years," he continues, "we also
founded the 'AquaSpeed' windsurf club.
Next year we will be 20 years old!
While all this was going on I started
working in 1980 for HMK (L.D.
Gerhardts' Trade Company Kralendijk)
in the BonOil department. I worked there
for 15 years. I also did my ISW, middle
management training. In the meantime I
was practicing karate, baseball, softball
and volleyball,and with the 'Terremoto'
volleyball team we became the Sub-
Antillean champions. In 1988 I was cho-
sen sportsman of the year, mainly be-
cause I was the first Bonairean who had
won the Bonaire Regatta in windsurfing.
In 1991 stopped windsurfing because I
became the manager at BonOil... no
more time! In my spare time I coached
Little League baseball every afternoon,
seven days a week. Then, with a lot of
effort, they convinced me to become the
Race Director of the Bonaire Regatta.
We've been very successful for 15 years,
but it's time for someone else to take
over!
In 1995 I stopped working for Bon Oil
because I wanted to spend more time on
sailing activities, and also I founded, with


ivis Martinus


Roger Jurriens and Patun Saragoza, the
Bonaire Windsurf Place at Sorobon.
We'd waited seven years for the permit
because an environmental study was go-
ing on about Lac Bai. Luckily they ac-
cepted windsurfing because it's not pol-
luting, but it's the last activity allowed in
this bay. I think Jibe City and our place
are located on one of the most beautiful
spots on the island where people can be
active. One thing is for sure: There are
not many sports Bonaire can identify it-
self with, but as Brazil has its soccer,
Bonaire has its sailing.
In the old days Bonaireans were well
known for being excellent sailors with
fast sailboats and ships built here and...
windsurfing is nothing but a modern
variation. When you see the kids, you see
it's in the blood, in the genes. We have
many world champions on the island and
they're all kids who started very young.
Eight years ago, on May 13, 1997, my
princess was bor Julia Marisol Mar-
tinus and it seems that just like her dad
she is a child of the sun and the sea. On
May 13 we'll have the eighth 'Copa
Julia,' a windsurf competition for chil-
dren. I am also proud and happy that my
idea of organizing a world championship
free style on the island has become very
famous in only one year. All over the
world there are now qualification con-
tests to send the finalists to Bonaire this
coming August. I am very happy that my
dream to establish Bonaire as a windsurf
island has come true much sooner than I
expected. I think Bon-
aire will always be a
Diver's Paradise, but
for windsurfers it's
Heaven on Earth!"

Story and photo by
Greta Kooistra


Bonaire Reporter- March 10 to March 17, 2006


Bono oar

Elvis Martinu


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Historical Obelisks in Danger!

Bonai Students to the Rescue

T he historical obelisks
on the southern shore
of Bonaire, once used as
guides to ships coming in to
load salt, are in danger of
deteriorating and crumbling.
One of them, the white one,
was completely destroyed by
waves from Hurricane
Lenny.
As part of their current
science project, the 10 mem-
bers of Bonai, led by Jackie
Bernbela and tutored by his-
torian and 1st Antillean Gov-
ernor of Bonaire, Raymundo
Saleh, are helping to restore
these venerable structures
which played such an impor-
tant part in the island's his-
tory. The Bonai students are
working together with artist
Adi Figaroa, and they've
even enlisted their families
and friends to help!
In the early days, the color Bonai does more than just study about it!
of each obelisk red, white, Wilna Groenenboom photo
blue or orange related to
the salt pan behind it. As a ship ap- the ponds, and the women, with the
proached the island someone from the salt in baskets carried on their heads,
salt works would raise a colored flag, would deliver the salt to the lighter
meaning that's the color of the obelisk which was drawn back and forth from
where the ship would have to head for the shore to the ship innumerable
and anchor, that site being where the times.
salt was to be loaded. A lighter was set A plaque will be placed on each of
up from shore to deliver the salt to the the obelisks, describing their historical
ship. The men gathered the salt from function. L.D.


S onai re
Afla bassadc ors
S m- ".-. ... '..... -l


T he Slavin family sent us this
secutive January in Bonaire.
derwater beauty and the warm,
our children 15 years ago and now we
have also spent several summer weeks
like a second home for us. Although it
US, it's definitely worth it! Good luck

For Tourism Corporation Bonaire it
as official Bonaire Ambassadors.
Congratulations!


photo and wrote, "This is our 19" con-
We fell in love with the island, its un-
friendly people. We started bringing
also come with our grandchildren. We
here. We really feel that Bonaire is
can be challenging to get here from
for a bright future!"

is a pleasure to have the Slavin family


Bonaire Reporter- March 10 to March 17, 2006


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A Special Star

T his month we celebrate the Vernal
Equinox (when the sun crosses the
Equator on its annual visit to the north and
day and night are of equal duration), and
the March sky is dominated by brilliant
constellations such as Orion. This month
also provides an excellent opportunity for
our readers to extend his or her observa-
tions to a particularly interesting sight:
Algol.
Throughout the month of March, Algol
is nearly overhead at sunset and is visible
the entire evening. This star is easy to
overlook because it's not nearly as bright
as some stars in the night sky, but it is Al-
gol's brightness that makes it so unusual
and fascinating. You see, Algol's bright-
ness changes, making it a so called
"variable star." There are many different
reasons for a star to change its brightness. How Algol dims and brightens
Some stars change due to an intrinsic property
of their compli-
cated astrophys-
ics. Other stars
change bright-
ness because
they are regu-
larly eclipsed by
a darker com-
panion orbiting
around it. Algol
is of the latter
type an eclips-
ing variable.
The star we see
as Algol is actu-
ally the brighter
of the two stars, so technically we should call it "Algol A." It has a magnitude of
2.1. That's fairly bright. In fact, Algol A is about 100 times as bright as our Sun,
but it's much further away. Orbiting Algol A, like a planet, is Algol B, a very dim
star. Fortunately for the amateur astronomers of Earth, the plane of Algol B's orbit
is along our line of sight. That means Algol B passes in front of Algol A during its
orbit. As it does so, Algol B eclipses Algol A, blocking most of the light from the
brighter star. During this eclipse Algol dims from a magnitude of 2.1 to 3.4.
This is a fascinating event to watch but, of course, the first thing you have to do
is find Algol. These directions will help you. (It's not easy.)
Imagine a line from the very bright star Capella to the (not quite so) bright stars
of Almaak, Mirach and Alpheratz. There is a star on either side of the line be-
tween Almaak and Capella, about midway between them. The one to the north is
Mirphak, but the one to the south is our target- Algol. (Don't confuse it with the
brighter star Hamal, and don't confuse any of these with Saturn and Jupiter
which would be visible farther south than these stars!) Dr. Jamie Love




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G=1&OA7E1 EW
For the week: March 5 to 11, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen


ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Take time to visit someone who has been confined due
to illness. You could experience delays in shipments or mail and should be careful
while traveling. Be diplomatic and honest, and that person will only be made to look
bad. Now is a good time to ask for favors. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) They will jump at the chance to do something without
you if it sounds like more fun. If you can't trust someone, question the connection.
Take care of any paperwork concerning institutional or governmental agencies. Un-
foreseen changes in your location are apparent. Your lucky day this week will be
Wednesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Sit back and observe, regardless of how hard that
might be. You may experience setbacks due to additional responsibilities with loved
ones. Don't ignore any emotional issues that could be causing problems. Try to take
some time to listen to their complaints, and in turn, do something to appease them.
Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You must be extremely careful not to let relatives or
friends interfere in your personal life. Hassles with in-laws could put a damper on your
week. Be honest in your communication and don't lose your cool if someone backs
you into a comer. You may find it impossible to get the rest you require. Your lucky
day this week will be Tuesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) If you can put some work into home improvements, you
should. Problems with ear, nose, or the throat are likely. Don't be critical or overly
opinionated with dislikes; it could cause disapproval and unwanted opposition. You
will accomplish the most in the work environment this week. Your lucky day this
week will be Sunday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Try to bend but by no means should you give in com-
pletely. Visit friends or relatives you don't get to see very often. Socially, you need a
fast paced form of entertainment. You will meet new friends and enjoy a multitude of
new activities. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You can meet potential new mates, but make sure that
they aren't already committed to someone else. Try to bend but by no means should
you give in completely. Opportunities will come through behind the scenes activities.
You mustn't make promises that you won't be able to keep. Your lucky day this week
will be Thursday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You can expect changes in your financial situation
as well as in your status. Travel will promote new romantic connections. Overindul-
gence may cause conflicts. Regardless of your first reaction, the outcome will be fa-
vorable. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Don't make unreasonable promises. Your
charm will mesmerize members of the opposite sex this week. Your trendy style and
unique way of doing things will entice new acquaintances. You will find that friends
or relatives may not understand your needs. Your lucky day this week will be Tues-
day.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Make changes to your living quarters that will
please the whole family. If they don't want to get involved, work by yourself. Changes
regarding your image will bring you greater confidence. You will be too quick to point
your finger at your mate. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You will do well in social settings, and new and
interesting individuals may spark a romantic curiosity. Do a little extra work at home.
You hard work and dedication will pay off, so stick to your guns and do your job well.
You must refrain from overspending on entertainment. Your lucky day this week will
be Monday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Avoid any gossip and be careful that you aren't misin-
terpreted. You will enjoy socializing and unusual forms of entertainment. You may
not be that popular at home but you should be able to shine at social gatherings. You
could meet an interesting individual you'll want to get to know better. Your lucky day
this week will be Thursday.


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