Following its winning of two
seats in the recent Federal elec-
tion the UPB, green, Party has shuf-
fled party members into new posi-
tions. Burney el Hage will move from
his seat on the Bonaire Executive
Council to become Minister of Eco-
nomic Development and Labor. He
handled similar functions for the Bon-
aire Island Government and was the
man who upgraded DEZA, Bonaire's
Economics and Labor department,
when he was its chief. Taking his place
will be Onnie Emerenciana who has
held several positions in FORMA (Job
Training) and is active with Bonaire's
Special Olympics Foundation. Ibi
Martis, long a UPB stalwart, will take
over as a State Secretary from Noris
Gomez. Anthony Nicolaas, another
committed UPB member, will become
a Member of Parliament, joining his
UPB leader, Ramonsito Booi, and op-
position leader, Democrat Jopie
Abraham, in that body.
A It is set
that a BOO
power plant enter- e
prise, similar to the
one that supplies the
Isla refinery on Cura-
cao and some public
electric power as
well, will take over the management
and operation of Bonaire's power
company, WEB. WEB management
and BHM (Bonaire Holding
Maatschappij, which oversees all of
Bonaire's island-owned companies,
headed by prior governor Richard
Hart, Tonnie Rossen and Stijn Janssen)
announced the change to its workers
last week. The change was motivated
by advice from consultants at KEMA,
a Dutch firm, founded in 1927, from
Amhem, with a Curacao office, that
specializes in electrical power techni-
cal consultancy, inspection, testing and
certification. BOO will also take over
the WEB plant at Trans World Radio
BOO, with KEMA advice, has built
conventional power plants and wind
farms on Curacao. The replacement of
the Hato WEB plant, damaged by fire
last year, by a new facility next to the
BOPEC terminal has been discussed.
It's hoped that BOO will be able to
reduce the costs of electricity and wa-
ter for Bonaire customers.
Bids are being solicited from 20
companies for construction of the
new facility near BOPEC with a re-
sponse due by the end of April and a
go-no go decision this June.
The high cost of WEB power has
motivated the Buddy Dive Resort to
produce its own power from on-site
generators and at least two other re-
sorts to produce their own fresh water
through reverse osmosis.
A Another island-owned company,
TELBO, may be bought up by a, as
yet unnamed, communications com-
pany. According to Stijn Janssen, a
BHM director, the island has "invested
quite a lot" in TELBO and even
though the Bonaire market is relatively
small, there is interest from big tele-
communications companies. Following
deregulation there has been a competi-
tive trend to consolidate communica-
tions companies in the Caribbean in
A While over the Caribbean, at
07:45, Monday's American Eagle 7
am flight (EGF 5055) to San Juan radi-
oed that it suspected problems with
the landing gear of the ATR aircraft.
It was carrying 51 passengers and four
After consultation airline technicians
decided to have the aircraft return to
Bonaire. Flamingo Airport's emer-
gency standby plan, including closing
some roads in Belnem, was activated
IN THIS ISSUE:
Springtime in Bonaire 3
3 on Tourist Tax 5
Open Letter on Crime, Rectification 5
(Dee Scarr) 8
Dive into Adventure 2006 7
Antique Living Houses
(Wooden Houses) 10
New Research into Bonaire Loras
Where to Find the Reporter 12
Kite Festival (Kontest di Fli) 13
gets even better 13
Announcements (TC leaves) 18
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Coral Glimpses 3
Tide Table and Vessel List 9
Reporter Masthead 14
Pet of the Week ("Esther") 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Cruise Ship Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island since
(Monica Ordosgoitia ) 17
(Bagdad, Iraq) 18
(Celestial Equator) 19
The Stars Have It 19
SIt's official. High Com- '.
missioner Gerold Daantje
has stepped down after
nine years of leadership of
the Bonaire Police Force. In
his goodbye address he said
he was grateful for the sup-
port of the Police Union
(NAPB), the press and other
organizations. He is proud of
the accomplishment of the
force over the years and its
upgrade and modernization.
New Police Chief van der
Stratten, who headed the
Aruba police during the
Natalie Holloway disappear-
ance, said he felt that openness
and support from the Bonaire froh
community was necessary.
and the appropriate island medical and
rescue agencies alerted. The plane
landed safely, after circling the airport
to bum off fuel, at 08:38.
A DAE, the only airline to connect
the ABC Islands with the Antillean
Windward island of St. Maarten, is
ready to wage war with any compe-
tition. "We no longer leave people be-
hind at the airports," says DAE man-
ager Floris van Pallandt. He was ex-
plaining that unless there are extenuat-
ing circumstances, as there are now,
"competition is good and healthy, it
keeps the parties keen. When the pro-
posed new Curacao-based airline, Insel
Air starts inter-island flights, it will be
at the expense of DAE, but this com-
pany will respond. Then, there will be
war." According to a report in the
Amigoe newspaper, van Pallandt, the
ChiefDaantje (1) receives a parting gift
mi Governor Domacassd. His replacement,
Jan van der Stratten (r), looks on.
former KLM manager who started
with DAE last year, is a hardliner in
the aviation world who will use legal
means to fight the competition. He re-
fers to price/quality-related actions and
he thinks that the company would be
able to hold out longer, flying at a loss
in order to drive out competition.
Aviation in the Antilles is a difficult
business. ALM didn't make it; neither
did DCA, Air Aruba, or BonairExel.
When it turned out that the ATR air-
planes that BonairExel used and DAE
now uses require careful maintenance,
the fleet of three aircraft, including a
back-up, was not sufficient. DAE was
forced to purchase and stock $2 mil-
lion worth of spare parts.
Divi Divi Air flies between Bonaire
and Curacao as well, charging a
lower fare than DAE.
Continued on page 3
Bonaire Reporter- March 17 to March 24, 2006
(Flotsam & Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
A The Aruba Balashi Boys
were on Bonaire for the pre-
liminary arrangements to set
up the first-on-Bonaire
Balashi's Bartenders' Com-
petition. A real challenge is
that all cocktails must have
the Balashi beer ingredient!
This same format has been
used in Aruba with the
Balashi Bartenders' competi-
tion and met with huge suc-
cess. Competition will be held
on Bonaire April 29, just be-
fore Rincon Day kicks off.
More details will follow.
Those interested in participat-
ing in this professional and
fun competition should con-
tact Liz Rijna, Bonaire's very Fernando Kock, Clifton Jong (Balashi Boys), Liz
own GOLD Medal Winner of Rijna, andfrom Divi Flamingo, Sara Matera and
the CHA Bartender Competi- Caroll Ann Soliano,
tion, or Albert Silie from
Balashi Bonaire. Sara Matera
(a bit of information about corals
presented each week by naturalist
Look at a star coral head, or
starlet coral head: every single
little mound or indentation --
every single little circle of the
whole coral head -- is an indi-
vidual coral animal.
The individual Great Star
Coral animals are easy to see in
overing the hillsides, particularly in the northern parts of the island, are
blooming Brasilwood or Dyewood trees (Latin name Haematoxylon bra-
siletto). This year the flowering has been spectacular with massive patches of yel-
low blooms. This relatively short tree, tough looking with its deep grooves in the
branches and short heavy thorns, is a gift of beauty to the island when it blooms.
Its small stature and strong wood brave the arid climate and strong winds, and
when many other plants and trees have lost their leaves and nearly given up, the
Brasilwood bursts into bloom. This is a tree with a positive attitude.
The flowers grow together in tight clusters, giving it the appearance of the north-
ern forsythia. The Brasilwood trees once covered Bonaire, but when it was dis-
covered that their roots could produce a fine quality red dye not only for fabric but
for bacterial stain cultures, they were nearly wiped out. Even now where Brasil-
wood are cleared, the less desirable Cossie tree with its long sharp thorns takes
over and makes it impossible for any of the original vegetation to come back.
You can see a massive display at Hilltop where a developer is planning a multi-
hectare hotel project with a "wedding village" that was announced last week. He
must have an environmental conscience and leave some of these ancient trees
when the backhoe and bulldozers arrive to "clean" the land.
But right now enough Brazils are left for you to enjoy the blooming and appreci-
ate the fine qualities of this sturdy little tree. L.D.
Continued on page 4
Bonaire Reporter March 17 to March 24, 2006
(Flotsam & Jetsam. Continued from page 3)
A Twelve Arubans or Antilleans
secured seats during Dutch city
council elections last week. MAAPP,
which is the organization that promotes
Antillean-Aruban participation in poli-
tics, made the announcement. Of the
12 successful candidates elected to the
Dutch city councils, eight were from
the PvdA political party.
A Following weeks of speculation,
the Round Table Conference (RTC),
a key step on the road to a new govern-
ing structure for Bonaire and the other
Antillean islands scheduled for March
28, has officially been postponed.
Dutch Prime Minister Jan-Peter Bal-
kenende made the announcement on
Friday, March 10, following the King-
dom Council of Ministers' meeting.
Balkenende said that "It's too early and
there are too many unanswered ques-
After a meeting in Bonaire at the end
of February, the committee concluded
that a Kingdom summit was required
on issues concerning finance and jus-
tice for the RTC of March 28 to be a
success. Politicians in The Hague are
still very skeptical whether the neces-
sary constitutional reforms can go into
effect by the scheduled date of July 1,
2007. The Antilles are not happy with
A Dutch Minister of Defense Henk
Kamp was quoted in the media as say-
ing he believed Venezuela wanted to
control the Antilles, but that the
Dutch Kingdom's military could easily
Defense Secretaries Rumsfeld (US)
and Kamp (The Netherlands)
counter any Venezuelan attack.
"Venezuela only has second-hand na-
val vessels, which are no match for the
Royal Dutch Navy. But Chavez wants
to invest in more powerful armed
forces within 10 to 15 years. Holland
will try to prevent Venezuela, via dip-
lomatic and political channels, from
becoming a threat in the future," Kamp
He also referred to Chavez as an
"unbearable populist who has a lot of
money and who has a big eye for the
'snippets of land' adjacent to the Vene-
zuelan coast that are part of the Dutch
The Central Government of the Neth-
erlands Antilles said the Minister's
comments were unexpected. Prime
Minister Ys said Kingdom policy was
"... to have a good relationship with
neighboring country Venezuela and
wants to reinforce the traditionally
friendly relationship with Venezuela."
A The Morotin
garbage dump in Selibon photo
Rincon will be
ing to a release from
aire's waste manage-
Residents of Rincon
have long been
household trash at
SELIBON Interim- ,
Manager, Rudsel _ -
Leito, wants to have Burning trash at Morotin
a bulldozer sta-
tioned there to bury
the trash. Part of the trash was being burned due to lack of machines to bury it.
Before burning, the SELIBON employees separate the waste and remove glass and
material that are harmful to the environment. A gate will be installed at the new
site. Eric Frans will supervise the operation. SELIBON also collects household
refuse that does not belong on Morotin for transport to the Lagun Road landfill.
The service is free.
A Early Sunday morning an open
30-foot boat with six men aboard
capsized off Bonaire's northeastern
coast. The men, from Trinidad, had
been adrift for 15 days after their en-
gine stopped. As their boat neared the
coast a large wave turned over the ves-
sel and the men had to swim to shore.
The Bonaire police boat and the Coast
Guard helicopter participated in the
rescue and recovery. One man, who
drowned during the grounding, was
found near Willemstoren light. The
weak and dehydrated men were admit-
ted to San Francisco Hospital and will
return home as soon as they are fit.
A The Public Health Administra-
tion in Aruba is conducting an infor-
mation campaign and large-scale
cleanup action to exterminate breeding
places of the Aedes aegyptii mosquito
that spreads Dengue Fever. It was an-
nounced that 1,642 cases of dengue
had been registered in Aruba be-
tween October 3, 2005, and Febru-
ary 1, 2006. Authorities still don't call
it an epidemic.
(Continued on page 6)
Bonaire Reporter- March 17 to March 24, 2006
TOURIST TAX TRAUMA II
Now that it has turned out that the pro-
posed Island Ordinance on tourist taxes
is unfeasible, the Tourist Corporation
Bonaire (TCB) has come up with some
amendments. They divided humanity
into three categories: residents of Bon-
aire; non-residents, but born in the Neth-
erlands Antilles or Aruba; and the rest.
They suggested special lower rates for
the old and the young on local flights,
which is a nice gesture but irrelevant to
the problem at hand. Locals pay NAf10
airport tax when they go to Curaqao, but
aliens pay NAf27/US$15 (Why more?)
The only persons who pay $75 are aliens
traveling abroad. These are people who
travel on Air Jamaica, American Eagle,
KLM or go straight to Valencia.
The aliens who travel through Curaqao
leave the island on a local flight and pay
consequently NAf27. (A couple yielding
$30 instead of the $610 that would be
collected now.) Why do aliens always
have to pay more on this island? At the
entrance of Washington Park they al-
ways want to know what you are: resi-
dent or non-resident. The latter category
pays more. Are they being discouraged
from going to the Park on purpose, and
in general are aliens purposely being
discouraged from coming to Bonaire?
Strictly speaking the airport charges no
tax at all. It is, or is at least supposed to
be, compensation for the services the
airport renders to travelers.
It is time for the conclusion that tourist
taxes such as room tax and rental car tax
cannot be replaced by a higher airport
tax they are not being of a kind and at
the same time be fair and non-
discriminatory. The government just has
to do its best with a little more collecting
of the tourist taxes as they are.
OPINION ON TOURIST TAX
I know that the government is trying to
figure out how to get its hands into tour-
ists' pockets, but personally I think the
whole thing stinks. My friends, Lois
and Ted Santy, remember the days when
Cai Cai Cecilia, the islands only tourist
guide, used to greet every airplane in a
white uniform with a hat, and the words
"wel-a-come to Bonaire." He was al-
ways there with his beautiful smile
and he took them in his own car for no
remuneration to the Hotel Bon-
aire, followed by an on-island tour the
next day. What a sweet man and won-
derful representative for the island.
On departure, instead of a tax, tourists
were given a basket of gifts including
such items as a bottle of Scotch, bag of
salt, a map or picture of Bonaire.
These days, it's not good enough that
tourists choose to come here (often hav-
ing to take three airplanes) and spend
their money at all the island's busi-
nesses for hotel stays, restaurant dining,
diving, car rentals, windsurfing, fish-
ing and other water sports, and in our
shops and supermarkets (all of which
already include our regular 5% OB).
Now Bonaire expresses its deep
heart-felt gratitude for being chosen
as a vacation spot with an island tax.
The reason Bonaire has grown to this
point is because of people like Cai Cai
who loved his island and the people who
Cai Cai has passed and so has the love
Bonaire resident (who first came as an
REACTION ON AN ARTICLE IN THE
REPORTER ABOUT THE ISLAND TAX
I read that the TCB is thinking about
changing the system of getting the Tour-
ist Tax. I see it as discrimination be-
tween Residents and Non-Residents and
also for Pensionados who bring yearly a
lot of money to Bonaire.
The reason for the TCB doing this is
that they cannot get a sufficient grip on
the car rental companies and hotels to
pay the tax to the government. And in-
stead of doing something about that they
find out another way of treating the tour-
If an Antillean citizen goes to the US,
Europe or even The Netherlands, they
don't have to pay any money for getting
into the country.
So by the human rights it's more of a
tourist discrimination than something
else, and I think that the TCB is creating
a bad situation for the tourists that will
affect Bonaire in the future.
Scuba divers saw also an increase in
tax for scuba diving from $10 to $25,
without any reason. And what to do for
all the passengers of the cruise ships?
They will stay away as well so the econ-
omy of Bonaire is slipping away.
I'm thinking sending a letter to the
Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Min-
ister of Koninkrijkszaken in The Nether-
lands and asking them to do something
about the plans.
Also I will send a letter to all the world
diving societies to stay away from Bon-
aire as soon the Government starts with
the plans as mentioned in the article.
F. Boon, The Netherlands
AN OPEN LETTER TO (GOVERNOR) DOMACASSt, (SENATOR) BOOI AND
I have lived on Bonaire for two and a half years and, as with many others, I am
concerned about crime here and how our police force responds to it. Sadly, with
another violent crime taking place, this time in Hato, we find our police force still
seeming to not want to take care of the victims of such crimes.
We have a new police chief, but apparently the same "police culture." We have
public servants who do not want to serve the public. Something must be done
about these officers who were so rude, indifferent and unkind to the victim of this
I understand that none of you can directly solve this problem. However, you
must use your political power to bring pressure on the police chief to force him to
change the attitude of his police officers. You must also work to involve the Min-
ister of Justice and responsible parties in Holland so that they too will help to en-
sure that our police will do what they are paid to do-'protect and serve.'
A LP Brown
Scott and Sharon Barlass requested the following be published to clarify
their position on a paid advertisement by APA Construction that first ap-
peared two weeks ago in The Bonaire Reporter:
"The APA Construction NV 10th Anniversary ad listed in the March 3 10
Bonaire Reporter did not have the permission of Scott and Sharon Barlass
to be named in the ad as a "client who supported us from the start and
continue to so." In fact, there are unresolved quality issues, payment issues
and completion issues on our home. In no way would we recommend APA
Construction, Asdrubal Marcano nor Justino Bravo for the construction
of a home, pool, concrete work nor remodeling.
Ralf and Julia Klug were also mentioned by APA in the ads and they also
did not give permission to APA Construction."
Bonaire Reporter March 17 to March 24, 2006
Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 4)
A The Bonaire Nature Alliance
(Aliansa Naturalesa di Bonaire) has
elected a new Board of Directors.
Elsmarie Beukenboom, representing
STINAPA Bonaire, is President;
Mabel Nava representing Sea Turtle
Conservation Bonaire is Secretary;
Marlis Melis, representing The Don-
key Help Foundation, is Treasurer.
Active Aliansa member organiza-
tions include: STINAPA Bonaire,
Washington Slagbaai National Park,
Bonaire National Marine Park, Animal
Shelter, Sea Turtle Conservation Bon-
aire, Donkey's Help, Fundashon pa
Bon Koral (Coral Protection) and
Magazina di Rei (King's Warehouse).
Inactive members are: Fundashon
Salba nos Lora (Save the Parrot), Fun-
dashon Tene Boneiru Limpi (Keep
Bonaire Clean), Bat Foundation and
Amigu di Tera (Friends of the Earth).
A Rotary Club Bonaire will hold
its popular annual RotaRally road
rally event on Sunday, 26th of
The RotaRally is
a tradition on Bon-
aire and is celebrat-
ing its 20th anniver-
sary. A road rally is
a contest where one
follows a series of
cryptic and intentionally misleading
directions, via car, from the rally's
starting point at Seru Largu around
Bonaire to collect "points" for spotting
specific markers around the island. The
entrants with the most points for accu-
rate direction-following win prizes. A
snack/meal will be ready at the Ro-
taRally's destination, Jos' Kunuku. All
profits go to charity.
The entry fee for each car participat-
ing in the RotaRally will be NAf25
per vehicle, with trophies awarded to
the top three point-getters. The lunch
tickets will be available at a special
price of NAf12,50 p/p. The RotaRally
starts at 10 am at Seru Largu. It's rec-
ommended that tickets be purchased
prior to the event. The tickets can be
bought from any member of the Rotary
Club or Aijen Botterop, 786-0251;
Edwin Vrieswijk, 786-2005; or Jules
van Dongen, 717-5877.
A Welcome to new advertiser, Digi-
tal FM Bonaire, 91.1 on your FM
dial. The station broadcasts 24 hours a
day and is the only radio station on the
island with breaking news. Their an-
nouncers are everywhere! Their first
regular scheduled news of the day is at
7 am, followed by 12 noon news. In
between there's music and other vari-
ety programs. Check it out!
A From April 13th through April 17
over a hundred enthusiastic tennis-
players will swarm over our island as
the 4th annual MCB Cup will be
played at the Harbour Village Ten-
nis Center. The main sponsor is MCB
Bank. Co-sponsors are Heineken,
Budget Car Rental, Littman's Jewelers.
Tennis School Sport Bonaire will han-
dle the matches.
The players will come from Bonaire,
Curaqao, Aruba, the US, the Nether-
sewer project for
Bonaire is sus-
pended following a
opinion that returning
waste water to the
coastal zone will
harm the coral. The
effects of sewage,
even if it has been
given treatment to
remove solids, were
made very clear dur- Dr. Brian Lapointe of Harbor Branch Ocean Research
ing a presentation by presenting at Capt. Don's Habitat
Harbor Branch re-
searcher, Dr. Brian
Lapointe. Dr. Lapointe described the total devastation of Jamaica's coral reefs fol-
lowing the installation a similar type of sewage system around Negril on Jamaica's
west coast. In the area swept by the exhaust plume of the sewage outfall many va-
rieties of algae have overgrown the reef.
Bonaire and Curaqao are about to begin monitoring for algae growth and sea wa-
ter nutrients, some of which may come from human and animal waste. In Bonaire
10 sites around the island will be checked to establish a "nutrient baseline" for
future years, if and when Bonaire gets central sewage. Using modem technology
the researchers will be able to tell if the nutrients and any algae growth are due to
man-made or natural sources. Paul Houtjes of the Central Government Environ-
mental Department is in charge of the work.
lands, Surinam, Germany and Vene- from Tournament Director Elisabeth
zuela. Registration is open for Men's Vos by dropping her an e-mail at
and Ladies' singles, doubles and mixed evos @harbourvillage.com. Registra-
doubles in A, B, C and D (beginners) tion fee is $30 for 1 category or $40
in 18+, 40+ and C 50+. Registration for two categories, and includes a tour-
closes April 10th or when maximum nament shirt, a BBQ, a Party night,
capacity is reached. Registration forms Happy Hours and lots of tennis. For all
are available at the Harbour Village info call 565-5225 or 717-6907.
Tennis Center, at the Barracuda Tennis
Club and at all MCB branches. You A Every Saturday from noon to 1
can also request a registration form (Continued on page 7)
Bonaire Reporter- March 17 to March 24, 2006
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 6)
pm there's a new radio program on
Voz di Bonaire, 94.7 FM. It's a pro-
gram especially for local people to
help them understand the importance
of tourism on the island. There'll be
lots of information, interviews and
prizes. The program will be hosed by-
Merel of Match Consultancy and
Diana Sint Jago from BONHATA.
A Bingo Bango started on radio
Voz di Bonaire (94.7 FM) last week.
It's a radio Bingo where the listeners
can sit at home and win lots of cash.
The big prize now is NAf15.000! Buy
a Revista (magazine) Bingo Bango at
Voz di Bonaire, Larry's Bakery or
Movieland for NAf5 and play to win.
More information call 786-1919.
A This is the week for the Full
Moon Walk through the beautiful
countryside of Rincon and Playa
Grandi. It's Friday, March 17. It
starts at the Rincon Catholic Church at
6:30 pm and ends there as well. The
cost is only NAf7,50 for adults and
NAf5 for children, and it includes wa-
ter, juice, fruit, and bread and salad at
the end. There's a special route for 60
plussers too. It's organized by mem-
bers of the Rincon Parish. Call Edith
Strauss Marsera at 717-4060 or 786-
4643 for more details.
Ned and Anna will stay with us again
for the third consecutive year," said
Buddy Dive's general manager Jan
Willem 't Hoofd. They will be on is-
land during the week of September 10,
the coral spawning season, which
peaks September 13 and 14. The
DeLoaches will present several semi-
nars and dive with the guests.
A Starting April 1, Golden Reef
Bonaire will offer All Inclusive Resort
Packages: choose meals from numer-
ous Bonaire restaurants including Cac-
tus Blue, El Fogon Latino, Bambu, La
Guernica, Bistro de Paris, Pincho's de
Brazil, Imperial Japanese, The Pirate
House and Zeezicht. A different res-
taurant can be chosen each night. The
seven-day package has unlimited shore
diving and a four-door pickup included
with the meals, accommodation and
other goodies- tax included, for $915.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or
call from the US 866-790-7333 or on
A If you missed out on getting your
"ID My Gear" marking paints,
Carib Inn just received another ship-
ment. It sells quickly so get there soon.
It's indispensable in a place like Bon-
aire where look-alike dive gear is eve-
A In last week's Reporter it was
A Two of this island's most re- incorrectly stated that the car rental tax
spected and loved visitors, authors was $6 per day. The correct amount is
and marine biologists Ned and Anna $3.50 per day. Thanks to Budget Car
DeLoach, will return to Bonaire in Rental for spotting this error. G./L.D.
Sontemhbr "We arp verV nrmrl that
Ronella Croes P
announced that 1 0to A'
"Dive into Adven- 80
ture Bonaire 2006-
(DIAB 2006)," set to start
on June 17, will draw on local and
international experts to create a
truly fantastic total eco-adventure
experience. Philippe Cousteau, the
President of EarthEcho International, a
foundation dedicated to unifying scien-
tific studies to promote nature conser-
vation, ecology and education, will
headline the event along with Charlie
Mazel, a scientist with Physical Sci-
ences Inc. Dos Winkel, internationally
renowned author and photographer, a
former Bonaire resident, and underwa-
ter photographers, Bill and Alice
Miller, will be available to talk with
Bonaire is known worldwide for its
underwater expertise with people like
deep-diver Walter Stark (Rec Tek
Scuba); Larry Baillie (Larry's Wild-
side Diving); Naturalist Jerry Ligon
(Bonaire Dive & Adventure); Dee
Scarr ("Touch the Sea"); Benji Schaub
(Caribbean Gas Training); Karen Eck-
rich (Sea & Discover); Hendrik Wuyts
(Scuba Vision); dive pioneer Captain
Don Stewart; Kalli de Meyer, Execu-
tive Director of
1 The Dutch Carib-
S I bean Nature Alli-
ea urt / Simal, Manager
IRE of Washington
Slagbaai Park; Ramon
de Leon, Manager Bonaire
Marine Park; and Elsmarie Beuken-
boom, Director of STINAPA.
DIAB 2006 will draw on the island's
broad eco-adventure talent at Kite-
boarding Bonaire and Plaza Resort's
center for mangrove kayaking, snor-
keling and cave snorkeling. Around-
the-island tours will be available from
Bonaire Dive & Adventure including
sunset kayking, mountain biking and
nature tours. There's also Landsailing
Bonaire, visits to the Mangrove Kayak
& Info Center and especially Outdoor
Bonaire's rugged rappelling, top rope
climbing, mountain biking, caving and
kayaking. Participants may try horse-
back riding in the surf with the Riding
Academy Club and sail on the Wood-
wind trimaran's snorkel/sailing trips.
More details will become available
as the event nears. For additional in-
formation contact the TCB at 599 717-
bonaire Keporter- viarcn 1 to viarcn 24, zuub
DIVING with DEE
The Misinformation Highway
The sargassumfish is closely related to ourfrogfish: they each blend in to their
environments, and neither is venomous or poisonous. The arrow points out a
frogfish. Photo credit: Dee Scarr, Touch the Sea
Our authoritative, inaccurate adult gave us something worse than misinforma-
tion: the idea that just because some animals are capable of hurt-
ing humans, those animals should be exterminated. Sheesh -- did he ever pick
the wrong kids! Look at this beautiful, venomous scorpionfish. Photo credit: Dee
Scarr, Touch the Sea
That was my introduction to the way
people behave around marine creatures
and to the misinformation they revere
like the air they breathe.
We'd picked up so many little sargas-
sumfish with our bare (but wet) hands,
and never even felt a spine, much less
had any problem. After this pillar of
authority departed, the next sargassum-
fish fell from the weed. We looked at
each other, picked it up gently, by
hand, and put it in the bucket as before
and ever after.
It was later that we officially learned
the sargassumfish had no venomous
spines or other defense mechanism
other than camouflage, but we still in-
stinctively recoiled from killing some-
thing just because it was capable of
As adults, though, what's our respon-
sibility when we hear or overhear -
misconceptions about marine animals?
It's awfully easy to figure "It's none of
my business," and walk away.
The trouble is, most of the misinfor-
mation about marine creatures alleges
Bonaire Reporter- March 17 to March 24, 2006
I AC HYING AND WAYERS A .AGE I
(Continued from page 8)
that the creatures are harmful, aggres-
sive, anti-human, etc. Every time
someone believes something like that,
they care less about the health of the
oceans because they're thinking about
their own safety. They believe, for
example, that the oceans would be bet-
ter for people if sharks were all wiped
out. They don't understand how all the
ocean creatures are interconnected.
My friend Terry chose not to walk
away and made a difference. At the
Jersey shore one July, our attention
was caught by a crowd of people.
Turned out they were in a wide circle
around a stingray at least three feet
wide, actually taller than the ankle-
high water where it rested. We could-
n't tell if the ray was rippling its
"wings," or if they were being moved
by the waves, but it wasn't moving
much other than that. Above the gen-
eral babble, one voice was raised in
proud inaccuracy: "It's a devil ray! I
know because my dad fishes. Don't
get near it, it will hurt you, it's a devil
The lifeguard had called for help,
and was keeping everyone away from
the ray, which made it seem even more
The combination of the kid's inaccu-
rate identifications and the guard's
protectiveness was too much for Terry.
"This is a stingray," she announced
loudly to the teenager (and the rest of
the crowd). "It could hurt you with
these spines (she showed them the
ray's spines) on its tail, but you can see
that it's not even trying to use them."
She told 'em she was a biologist, and
delivered a brief talk about stingrays:
such rays normally fed on bottom
dwellers such as urchins, so the intake
for their gills was on the top of their
bodies, just behind their eyes. This
was easy to point out since the top of
the ray's body was out of the water.
(Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather
can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT
3-17 2:46 1.6FT. 12:55 1.1FT. 79
3-18 3:31 1.6FT. 14:10 1.0FT. 77
3-19 4:16 1.7FT. 14:45 0.9FT. 73
3-20 5:15 1.8FT. 15:25 0.8FT. 67
3-21 6:05 1.9FT. 15:58 0.8FT. 60
3-22 7:01 1.9FT. 16:26 0.8FT. 53
3-23 7:53 2.0FT. 16:55 0.8FT. 50
3-24 8:43 2.0FT. 17:24 0.8FT. 53
Suddenly three little girls whispered
excitedly to each other, grabbed their
buckets, and ran up to us. "The ray
can't breathe because the water is too
shallow!" they told Terry. "Shouldn't
we use our buckets to pour water over
the ray?" The guard gave permission,
and until the decision-makers arrived,
all the children filled and refilled their
buckets with water and carefully
poured it over the ray's spiracles. No
one left, and no one laughed at the kids
for trying to help.
People who had earlier been discuss-
ing whether, if the ray was alive, it
should be killed because it was a devil
ray were sincerely regretful when the
ray was declared to be deceased.
Thanks to Terry's willingness to speak
up, though, those people's perspectives
of one sea creature and to some ex-
tent their perspectives of all sea crea-
tures were changed forever. That was
a nice change from those people pre-
paring to kill the creature just because
they thought it could hurt them.
So, when non-diving acquaintan-
ces (off Bonaire, of course) discover
you are a diver, after you reply to their
question about sharks then what? Do
you use this opportunity to personalize
the ocean's other inhabitants?
One of the biggest animal areas of
confusion on Bonaire is sharptail eels.
They aren't nearly as common in the
northern Caribbean (such as the Cay-
mans) as they are here, and they're
rare in the Bahamas and Florida. Their
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family is called "snake eels" for
good reason: they look like
snakes and they move like
snakes. Thus they're often con-
fused by divers new to Bonaire
with sea snakes, which have not
been reported in the Caribbean.
When you overhear divers talking
about the sea snake they saw, it's
a perfect opportunity to offer the
comforting information that
we're unlikely to have sea
snakes, but we do have snake
eels most commonly sharptail
eels and they're completely
There's one obvious objection to
all this: isn't it rude to incorporate
yourself into the conversations of oth-
ers? The answer, in general, would be
"Yes." But this isn't a general situa-
tion. This is a situation in which you
can help the speakers (just remember
to be tactful), AND help marine ani-
Around the same time I watched a
man squoosh an innocent sargassum-
fish, a young Alan Broder was buying
a spear gun from a California dive
shop owner who assured him that fish
were incapable of feeling pain. It was
years later on Bonaire that Alan
realized that of course fish feel pain.
Sharptail Eel (Myrichthys breviceps)
The significance of that wasn't that he
stopped spear fishing; he'd stopped
spear fishing years before. The signifi-
cance was that once he realized fish
(and other marine animals) could feel,
he felt much more connected to them
and much more respectful of them.
When he opened AB Sea Photo and his
undersea art gallery and bookstore,
Alan made sure to be well-stocked in
books about marine animals, especially
Imagine what he could've done if
someone had corrected that dive shop
"expert" all those years ago.
Dee Scarr ;
Dee Scarr conducts "Touch the Sea" dives. They will enhance
your diving forever. Call 717-8529. See her slide show "Touch
the Sea" at Capt. Don's Habitat, Mondays 8:30 pm. (No shows
will be held March 20 and 27th)
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Bonaire Reporter March 17 to March 24, 2006
VESSELS MAKING A PORT CALL: I
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Bonaire Reporter- March 17 to March 24, 2006
New Research into the Life
of Bonaire's Loras Beains
Sam Williams, who conducted the successful Lora awareness project on Bonaire
in 2003, is back this time with a look-alike academic colleague from the Uni-
versity of Sheffield (England)- Rowan Martin.
Sam hopes to look at the factors that limit the population, for example food con-
straints, poaching and the predatory pearly-eyed thrasher. Rowan wishes to investigate
the maintenance of the parrots' long term monogamy and the role of males and fe-
males within a pair. Both of them hope that their doctoral research, which will extend
over a three-year period, will be of benefit to the Lora's conservation.
Mating Systems and Conservation of
T he Yellow-shouldered Amazon, in common with
other Amazon parrots, has an unusual and complex
mating system. Pairs initially delay breeding for several
years, but during this time they forge extremely strong
bonds that last for many years.
A better understanding of how Amazon parrots repro-
duce and why they use this strategy will aid in the conser-
vation of the parrots of Bonaire and elsewhere.
I'm Rowan Martin, a Ph.D. student form the University
of Sheffield, UK, and am visiting Bonaire this summer to
study the mating systems of the Yellow-shouldered Ama-
zon, Amazona barbadensis. The work is supported by the World Parrot Trust and The
Natural Environment Research Council in the UK.
The study has two main aims: Firstly, to gain a better understanding of reproduction
in the Loras through exploring questions such as how they choose a
mate. Are they always faithful? How long do partnerships last? Sec-
ondly, to investigate how environmental changes might influence the
mating decisions of Loras and in turn, affect the future of the popu-
The work will take three years to complete and is part of an inter-
national collaboration also using a captive population of Amazon
parrots in the US. It is hoped that this work will not only help to
conserve the Loras of Bonaire but can be applied to other species
around the world. Rowan Martin Rowan Martin
Conservation and Ecology
of an Endangered Amazon
Parrots are the world's most endan-
gered group of birds with one in
three species considered at risk of extinc-
tion. Habitat loss and poaching are the
main reasons for their decline. Specific
ecological information is, however, lack-
ing for many threatened species, as are
conservation strategies based on scientific
PhD research student Sam Williams
from the University of Sheffield will in-
vestigate ecological pressures facing the
endangered Yellow-shouldered Amazon
on Bonaire. The study is funded by the
World Parrot Trust in partnership with the
Natural Environment Research Council.
This work is a natural progression from
conservation efforts made by Sam during
his visit to Bonaire in 2003.
The number of wild parrots on the is-
land of Bonaire is declining. Nature re-
lated tourism is the major industry in this
region and consequently there are eco-
nomic reasons, in addition to aesthetic
and moral justifications for protecting this
Habitat alteration appears to have re-
duced the available food resource, and at
crucial times, such as during historic
droughts, the parrots may lose out in
competition with other species over the
available food. Breeding success is influ-
enced by the aggressive nest competitor.
Sam and a Yellow-shouldered
the pearly-eyed thrasher, and most impor-
tantly by poaching. "Poaching has dra-
matically reduced the number of chicks
going into the wild population, and if
people continue to take Lora chicks then
soon there won't be any wild Lora," said
Williams. Population declines during ma-
jor droughts are likely to have influenced
the level of genetic variation within the
parrot populations. Maintaining genetic
variation is important for the long term
survival of a species.
The effect of food availability on sur-
vival and reproduction will be assessed.
Furthermore, competition over food be-
tween parrots and other animals will be
investigated. Breeding attempts will be
monitored to determine what prevents the
chicks fledging from wild nests. The
population's genetic health will also be
Ultimately it is hoped that this research
will provide information on which to base
the future conservation management for
this species. Sam Williams
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Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes.
Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am- 5 pm Friday
1- 7 pm; or phone 717-5246 for appt.
The leading consumer and business in-
formation source on Bonaire. Telephone
(599) 717-7160. For on-line yellow pages
directory information go to http://www.
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
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
LUNCH TO GO
Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call
CHINA NOBO 717-8981
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100% natural Bath Salts available at Chat-
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or call 786-6416 for more information.
Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 7864651
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: Wooden, rotating CD
Stands, holds about 300 CDS, FL 50.00,
or best offer; HP 45 Black Printer Car-
tridges, 4 available, FL 40.00 each; Low
Volume Dive Mask, FL 15.00; Miracle
Cleaning Cloths, FL 8.00 for two; Hiba-
chi Beach BBQ Grill, FL 15.00; Four
Cushions for Outdoor Furniture, Hunter
Green, excellent condition, FL 60.00; Mini
Cuisinart Food Processor, with manual
and all extra parts, FL 45.00; Slide Carou-
sel, 80 slides, FL 5.00; Slide Carousel,
140 slides, FL 8.00; Four Drawer, Metal
Lateral File Cabinet, Beige, FL 75.00; If
interested in any of these items, call 717-
For sale: Sky kennel for large dog,
KLM-approved, size F, NAF 300, tel. 786-
For Sale: water ski bindings for combo
ski's. Size 38 to 46 (Eur.) New, Complete
with mounting material. Naf 100/pair. Tel.
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: Ultra Classic Yoga Mats.
Color: Black Price: NAf60. Call 786-
LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale
1991-4X4 drive 1.6 Cyl. 95.000km
NAf5.400 717-2844 or 786-2844
Soat fo r
Why import a sail boat when you can
own a fast Regatta winner built right
21' Bonaire i,
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,all sizes. 717-6862 or 791-6003
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doctoral students studying Bonaire's
Loras. Minimum of 6 months. Call The
Reporter at 717-8988.
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Home-exchange with the Netherlands.
We are a family of 6 or 7. We offer a big
house (11 rooms) in the centre of The
Netherlands (near Utrecht) plus cars (seat 7
and 4). We are looking for a comfortable
house (+ car) on Bonaire. e-mail: bob.
Wanted to buy: 4x4 vehicle in good
condition. Jeep, SUV or pickup. Call The
Reporter at 717-8988.
House-keeper for house and 3 dogs
from June 9 till 24. Outlying house in
kunuku. Own transportation and maximum
presence wanted. Good reward! Please
make an appointment, tel. 786-5591
Wanted: Diving Partner(s)
Allison Perry, a PhD student from the
University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK,
is here doing research until the end of May.
She is carrying out underwater surveys to
see how the number of corals and fish spe-
cies depends on the area of reef surveyed,
in order to better understand how many
species might be lost in the future with the
loss of reef area. This research is very im-
portant for the marine park. Allison needs
to be diving 5 days per week (with 2
dives on most days) to complete her
work, and is looking for buddies to ac-
company her. At a minimum, she needs
someone to be within visible distance dur-
ing dives, but if people are interested in
helping with the actual fish and coral sur-
veys, she would be very happy to have
their help! If you are interested, please
contact Ramon de Leon, Marine Park Man-
ager 717-8444 or Allison (780-9809,
Joint Garage Sale. Large Variety.
Saturday and Sunday, March 18 & 19.
Start at 9 am.
Kaya Cherokee (Use back entrance to
Kaya Caribe #7)
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 female black/brown dog
with the red collar was found by the dog
catcher, location unknown. Shelter Man-
said this dog
can sing. He
said she has
that she is a
dog! She is
must be missing her.
be a mix %I .
late 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 Shelter by tourists who had been feed-
ing 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.
Bonaire Reporter- March 17 to March 24, 2006
28th Annual Ki
One of the most exciting,
fun and innovative ac-
tivities happens once a year on
Bonaire and it's for everyone
to enjoy. It's the now famous
Kontest di Fli a fantastic
kite contest where you'll see
the most amazing things that
people have put together and
try to fly.
The Flamingo Book Store on
Kaya Grandi has sponsored
this kite contest for the last 28
years, and it's always surpris-
ing how creative people can
be. This year it will be held on
Sunday, April 9, at the field
behind Kooymans, and will
begin at 9 am. Everyone is in-
vited to participate, starting
with children from the age of 7
years. Last year, according to
contest organizer Iris Se-
meleer, there were 165 entries.
Prizes will be given for categories:
Biggest, Smallest, Most Beautiful,
Most Strange, and Most Original. All
kites must fly for at least two minutes
to qualify for a prize.
Contestants of all ages come from all
over Bonaire and groups come from
Aruba and Curaqao to try to sweep the
winnings. You can stroll around and
view the entries, some of which are
works of art and you may meet their
Contestants vie against each other in
different categories, and that in itself is
a sight. Often it takes a whole team of
te Contest Don't Miss It! Washington-Slagbaai Park Gets Even Better
A kite from lastyear's Kontest di Fli
people just to launch one of these kites.
The ambiance is festive and exciting
with the element of high competition in
the air. Somber judges scrutinize and
measure the kites, question their own-
ers and make serious notes. There will
be food and drinks for sale and music
provided by HB disco.
If you're feeling creative or just want
to have some fun yourself, enter the
contest by signing up at the Flamingo
Book Store, Kaya Grandi 19. Children
are NAf3,50, adults pay NAf7,50
This year the contest is dedicated to
Botika Bonaire. L.D.
Stichting Doen, the Dutch Founda-
tion that funds environmental
projects, gave a grant to the Washing-
ton-Slagbaai Park to build one house,
but got three buildings for the price of
one! At the Park entrance there are now
three very attractive buildings, all in the
Bonaire architectural style. The funds
paid for the materials, and the project
got done with a lot of sweat labor pro-
vided by the Washington-Slagbaai Park
staff. The celebration of the completion
last Friday was attended by environ-
mental activists: STINAPA board mem-
bers, DROB's Peter Montanus and
Frank van Slobbe, Fundashon Cas Bo-
naireano (Arthur Janga of FCB drew up
the plans), Washington Park and Marine
Park staff and the press.
The first building houses beautiful,
clean new toilets for the visitors to the
A second building is set up for the
employees: a canteen, meeting room,
locker room, storage for equipment and
(Continued on page 14)
Bonaire Reporter March 17 to March 24, 2006
Washington Park Staff and more.. in front of the guest house
Pet of the Week
Ssn't this calico cat a darling? Just
one look at those big beautiful,
soulful eyes and you might lose your
heart forever. "Esther" is a year and a
half and already she's been a mother.
But her kittens have moved on and she's
been sterilized. No more maternal re-
sponsibilities for her, just time to give
love and affection to a special owner
who appreciates intelligence and great
beauty in a feline! She's one of the nic-
est cats at the Shelter right now and gets
along with everyone. But she has "Esther"
enough self confidence to get along on
her own without other animal companions if necessary. She's healthy, she's had her tests
for feline leukemia, she's had her shots and she's ready to go. You may meet Esther at
the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Friday, 10 am to
2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989.
Many, many thanks to Shelter volunteer Melody Hamilton who has taken the time to
photograph and list each of the cats in the cat cage. In her descriptions of each cat Mel-
ody notes identifying markings and colors and makes it so much easier to tell who from
whom! This is especially important when there is a number of the same kind of cat: cali-
cos, tabbies or black cats for example. Thanks a million, Melody! L.D.
(Washington-Slagbaai Park. From page 13)
The third building serves as a guest-
house. At last there is a place to stay -
on the premises for visiting scientists,
internists, colleagues from other islands,
visitors from NGOs (non-governmental
organizations) and volunteers. The
house, which can accommodate six per-
sons, has two bedrooms with poured
concrete beds, two bathrooms and a
large kitchen-office area where research
projects can be carried out. Right now
there are two young women from Eng-
land staying there who are volunteering
in both Washington Park and the Marine
Park. Others coming will be two men
from Holland who will be helping with
the environmental ordinance. Later an
intern will be there who will be working
with the Klein Bonaire reforestation pro-
Washington Park Manager Femando
Simal hopes the day will soon come
when the Park will have a close relation-
ship with a university so that their scien-
tists can come here on a regular basis to
work on research programs that are mu-
tually beneficial to them and Bonaire.
(Build it and they will come?)
Simal explained that he and his staff (a
chief ranger, three rangers and two
maintenance workers) have brought the
Park up to a certain level with all their
projects (the museum, the signage, the
new trails, etc.). "Now," he says, "we
have a decent crew and it's time for us to
do nature management. So companies
will be hired to work on roads and fenc-
ing. And we'll make nature management
our priority. That's what we are sup-
posed to do."
Entrance to one of the rooms
Stop by yourself and see how Wash-
ington-Slagbaai Park just keeps on get-
ting better and better: new trails, a com-
prehensive museum, an outdoor dining
area, new toilets, a gift shop, even a
whale skeleton. L.D.
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IIELI IlIE lIH ITIElI
Callto makesure (Usually9 pm)
The Pink Panther
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
An Academy Award Winner
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
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
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 animadoman
Parokial di Rincon).
Monday, March 20-First Day of Spring
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship visiting days, starting
around 10 am to early afternoon. See
Cruise Ship Schedule above.
Saturday, March 25 Monthly Flea Mar-
ket at the Parke Publico 3 to 8 pm.
Held every last Saturday of the month.
Anything to sell? For registration and
booth-reservation please contact Elisabeth
Vos at 565-5225 or 7176907.
Sunday March 26-Bonairean Night with
all the local specialties and more, Divi Fla-
mingo. Call for reservations 717-8285 ext.
Sunday, March 26 Rota Rally Rotary
Club Car Rally sign up now 786-0251,
786-2005, 717-5877 See page 6
Sunday, April 2-Nail Design Work-
shop-Divi Flamingo Meeting Room, 9
am-5 pm-See page 18
Sunday, April 9 Kite Contest (Kontest
di Fli) All day, Great fun, food, drinks,
music incredible kites See page 13
April 13 17 4th Annual MCB Tennis
Cup at Harbour Village Tennis Center
565-5225, 717-6907. See page 6
Saturday, April 29 Balashi Beer Bar-
tenders' Competition Divi Flamingo -
See page 3
Sunday, April 30 Rincon Day
Daily (more or less)
HH 2 for 1 ( on ALL beverages ) from 5-
7pm, Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
HH-5:30-6:30, Buddy Dive
HH 5 to 7 pm, Cactus Blue (except Sunday)
2 for 1 appetizer with every entree, Cactus
The Divi Flamingo Casino is open daily for
Bonaire Reporter March 17 to March
hot slot machines, roulette and blackjack,
Mon. to Sat. 8 pm 4 am; Sun. 7 pm 3 am.
Daily by appointment -Rooi Lamoenchi
Kunuku Park Tours Bonairean kunuku.
$12 (NAf 12 for residents). Tel 717-8489,
Grill Night on the Beach, Buddy Dive
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/
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 infor-
Wine Tasting at AWC's warehouse, 6 to 8
pm, Kaya Industria #23. Great wines -
NAf2,50 a glass.
All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Flamingo
with live music, 6 to 9 pm, NAf26,50. Call
for reservations 717-8285 ext. 444 .
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
Caribbean Night, live local music- Buddy
Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of Bon-
aire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria 717-6435
Kriyoyo Night BBQ Buffet featuring Chef
Gibi and Los Princes Mariachi, Golden Reef
Inn Band 7 pm, BBQ at 7:30 pm. Reserva-
tions $20, walk ins $25. Drinks available
for purchase. Call 717-5759 or email
Live music by the "Flamingo Rockers" 5-7
pm Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar
Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine, 5-7pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
Buy a Bucket of Beer & get free chicken
wings, 5 to 7 pm, Cactus Blue
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."
Yoga Classes-Tel. 786-6416 (None in
Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7 to 9 pm,
Live music by Flamingo Rockers Divi Fla-
mingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-6:30 pm
Live music by Flamingo Rockers The
Windsurf Place at Sorobon 7:30- 9:30pm
Movie Night at Buddy Dive
Yoga Classes-Tel. 786-6416 (None in
Live music by the "Flamingo Rockers" 5-
7pm-Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar
Harbour Village Tennis, Social Round
Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person. Cash bar.
All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225
Live music by the "Flamingo Rockers"
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar- 5-7 pm
Swim lessons for children by Enith Brighitha,
a Dutch Olympian, at Sorobon from 1330 to
Manager's Bash-free Flamingo Smash &
snacks, Divi Flamingo, 5-7 pm
Manager's Rum Punch Party, Buddy Dive
Resort; 5:30-6:30 pm, followed by Al You Can Eat
5-7 pm Social Event at JanArt Gallery,
Kaya Gloria 7. Meet artist Janice Huckaby
and Larry of Larry's Wildside Diving. New
original paintings of Bonaire and diver stories
of the East Coast every week
Yoga Classes-Tel. 786-6416 (None in
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. (No shows March
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conserva-
tion Slide Show by Bruce Brabec. Carib Inn
seaside veranda, 7 pm
Wednesday -Buddy Dive Cocktail Video
Show by Martin Cecilia, pool bar Buddy
Dive, 7 pm 717-5080
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past in this
venerable old home that has been restored and fur-
nished so it appears the family hasjust stepped out.
Local ladies will tell you the story. Open Monday
thu Friday, 9 12,2-4. Weekends by appointment.
MangasinadiRei,Rincon. Enjoythe view from
'The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bonaire's
culture. Visit homes from the 17th century. Daily.
Call 717-4060/ 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-
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
AAmeetings -everyWednesday; Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or717-3902.
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 enty
fee. Call Cathy 5664056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Caf6. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month- Jun-
ior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI Bon-
aire, formerly known as Bonaire Jaycees)
meets at the ABVO building, Kaminda Jato
Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is
welcome. Contact: Renata Domacass6 516-
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm.
Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thurs-
day of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana #1.
All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate House',
above Restaurant Zeezicht. All Rotarians
welcome. Tel. 717-8434
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte
Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451; Valrie@telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to help
staff gallery. 717-7103.
Bonaire National Marine Park- 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -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-
New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda
Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Services
in Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bonaire- Kaya
Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle) Sunday
Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer Meeting at
7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire. Wil-
helminaplein. Services in Papiamentu, Dutch
and English on Sundays at 10 am. Thursday
Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at 8 pm.
Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays 8:30 -
11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu, Spanish
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 of Coromoto in Antriol, in English.
Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6
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(abonairenews. corn
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 786-6518
March, April 2006 Cruise Ship Schedule
Date Ship PAX Arrive Depart Pier
21 MAR TUE AIDA VITA 1260 13:00 20:00 SOUTH
28 MAR TUE RIJNDAM 1258 09:00 18:00 SOUTH
04 APR TUE SEA PRINCESS 1950 12:00 19:00 SOUTH
04 APR TUE AIDA VITA 1260 13:00 20:00 NORTH
11 APR TUE RIJNDAMh 1258 09:00 18:00 SOUTH
N IN ID G G U I D E
-See avertisemens in mis Aissue
S -I OO1 I i L.I I D E See adertisementsin (issue E
Richter Art- By Jake and Linda: Digital paintings,
Giclees on canvas, limited edition and open prints.
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials,
waxing and professional nail care.
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
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-
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.
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to
suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or
just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.
Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in
Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional
trainers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.
The Plantation Has lots of classy furniture and an-
tiques at very competitive prices. Stop in to see great
teak furniture and Indonesian crafts.
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.
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet
and tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in
Belnem. Cyber Caf6, DVD rentals, restaurant and
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.
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking,
hiking, biking, caving, rapeling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or 717-4555 E-mail:
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and
services Now-full digital services.
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
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and in-
surance services. If you want a home or to invest in
Bonaire, stop in and see them.
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
CesMar-Local company offers top quality, fast ser-
vice for monogramming, silk screening, embroidery.
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European
brand products. THE market for provisioning.
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup.
The Bonaire Windsurfing Place can fulfill all your
windsurfing dreams and more. They offer expert in-
struction, superb equipment on a fine beach. Lunch
and drinks too. BBQ and windsurf videos Wednesday
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest;
now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines
from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse.
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desirde and
Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body.
Private lessons too.
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 786-6518
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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 first came here to visit my
I mother who's now been here for
17 years. At the time, 12 years ago, my
son Dany was a baby; my relationship
with his father had ended, and I stayed
for a year. Then, back in Colombia I was
always thinking about Bonaire, but I had
a good job selling tickets for this big bus
company, 'Transportes Rapido Ochoa,'
and I'd been working there for 10 years.
My mother, however, was pushing me to
come back to Bonaire. She'd say, 'It's
better for your future, for Daniel's educa-
tion. In Colombia there's no future for
anything.' So, I was always thinking,
maybe yes, maybe no. And I was afraid
because I only spoke Spanish. Then the
bus company got in serious trouble be-
cause guerillas would set the buses on
fire and people got scared and didn't
want to travel by bus anymore. I lost my
job. It was very difficult to find another
one; I thought now it's time to go to Bon-
It was easy because I could stay for
three months visiting my mother. She
introduced me to several companies, then
I got a job at Karel's. It was the only
place that gave me the opportunity to get
my permit. They believed in me; I didn't
speak English, Papiamentu or Dutch -
not one word! I went to work behind the
bar and I started repeating what people
would say. Americans would say, 'Hello,
how are you!' I'd repeat it and I'd do the
same in Dutch: 'Hallo, goedenavond, hoe
gaat het!' It was funny! Now I speak
English very well and a little bit of
Dutch. I learned everything on the job.
From Karel's I went to the Cappuchino
Bar on the pier, then to Buddy Dive,
later on to the Flamingo Airport cafeteria.
But I got tired of all this bumping around
and I went back to Karel's because that
was my first job and they were my first
family and I'll always appreciate and re-
spect them for what they did for me.
Then this very big and beautiful private
motor yacht came to Bonaire. I met the
captain and the crew at the bar. The
owner was Venezuelan and the crew was
all Americans. The captain offered me a
job on the ship, and I said, no way! I am
no swimmer! I am scared of the ocean!
But the crew told me it was a good op-
portunity and a good offer. 'Think about
it,' they said. I had only two days to say
yes or no. I started worrying a lot about
Dany; he was only nine and we'd always
been together. I told him, 'I can get a job
on a yacht, what should I do?' He said,
'It's your decision. If you want to go...
do it!' So, I answered, 'I think it's good
for our future; I'll take the job.' 'When
are you leaving?' Dany asked, and I said,
tomorrow in the morning.' 'What!!! And
where am I going to stay now?' he asked,
and I answered, 'You stay with grandma
and I'll go and try it, but if I don't like it,
I'll come back soon.'
So I went and left him. It was a very
difficult moment in my life and... my
first sailing experience. I boarded the
ship at Harbour Village and we left for
Venezuela; 18 straight hours at sea and I
got sick as a dog! We spent several
months in the Caribbean, then we went to
Fort Lauderdale where we stayed for a
year. I will always remember it as one of
the best times of my life and whenever I
have the opportunity, I'll do it again!
After two months I could visit Dany,
and he said, 'If you're not coming back
to me, I'll go back to Colombia.' So I
took him to his father in Barranquilla;
that was the first time he'd lived with his
"...guerillas would set the
buses on fire and people got
scared and didn't want to
travel by bus anymore. I lost
my job. It was very difficult
to find another one; I thought
now it's time to go to Bon-
We talked a lot on the phone and I
thought about him all the time and
missed him terribly. One day he started
crying on the phone: 'I miss you so
much, I want my mother.' It made me
feel very bad. I had to make a decision:
my son or my job. It wasn't easy because
I had a good salary and it was a good op-
portunity, but I said 'Sorry' to the captain
and left for Colombia. I picked up my
son and we came back to Bonaire. Then I
had a real problem with Immigration, but
I explained my situation, that I really
hadn't been living in a country anymore
as I'd stayed on the boat. Well, in the end
I got my permit. Again I started working
Then, one day as I was working, I see
this man who impresses me immediately.
It was a mutual attraction and he was go-
ing to be my beautiful and perfect hus-
band. I'd never thought I'd marry some-
one from a different culture. He's a seri-
ous person, intelligent, quiet; he always
looked like a 'Sir.' I'd met many people
at the bar and many had spoken nicely to
me, but only he came into my heart.
In the beginning the relationship was a
bit rocky and he went back to Holland
three times, but after the third time he
asked me to marry him. It was true and
honest love. We got married on Bonaire.
He didn't like me to work at night any-
more, and that's logical, so I started
working for Cappuchino's in the daytime.
I went to Colombia with him and showed
him my place, my family, my father. He
didn't like it very much; Barranquilla is
totally different; it's a very busy and big
city with four million people. And the
people from Barranquilla are different
too; they work hard all week, but from
Friday night till Sunday night they like to
drink and dance and party! He didn't like
to party, but he liked my father although
they couldn't communicate because Rob
doesn't speak Spanish.
I love my husband so much and I be-
lieved when I married it was going to be
for the rest of my life. I respected him
and I always took very good care of him
and the marriage. For four years we did
everything together, but... life has
changed... in one second life changes,
then you have to be strong and try to un-
derstand what happened. I'd have a lot of
pain if this relationship ends, but on the
other hand, I always believe that every-
thing happens for a reason. Still, my idea
of a good marriage is that you need to
love and respect each other in the good
and in the bad moments and that you al-
ways need to try and remember the good
things you did for each other. When it's
real honest love you have to push your
energy and try what's possible. I still be-
lieve in myself; I am not going to change
because I'm having a difficult time."
Monica Ordosgoitia is a great girl;
she's funny and pretty and smart and
melancholic, but a very strong personal-
ity. "By telling my story I want to be an
example for other women. When you
open your heart to your man then it's
possible to forget about the differences,
even when he doesn't speak your lan-
guage. It's difficult in Bonaire to believe
in people because they come and go and
you really don't know anything about
their family or their past. You need to
trust and look them in the eye and when
you honestly believe 'this is my man'
then everything is possible. This is the
only reason I tried married life.
Now I'm working at City Caf6; it's a
good job and I'm happy. People of the
tsunami have real serious problems and
the children in Iraq have real serious
problems, but one problem in your life is
only one problem and you need to be
strong and go for the solution; don't get
scared! My son is the most precious per-
son in my life and he gives me the power
to always look at the future, never at the
past. And when you fall you get up and
you learn not to be afraid of anything.
This is my home. When I lived on the
boat I saw many places, but no place like
Bonaire. Sometimes you hear Latin peo-
ple say, 'One day I'll go back to my
country,' but for me Bonaire is my coun-
try. My son is in 2nd VWO high school
and he speaks four languages fluently.
He's safe and he gets a good education
and for me... I will
stay open and friendly
and wait for my good
love." story and
photo by Greta Koois-
Bonaire Reporter March 17 to March 24, 2006
Bye for now, T.C.
Bye for now, TC.
Last Friday popular Bonaire F & B personality, "TC" Panecaldo, said good-
bye, at least for a time, to her friends on Bonaire at the Manager's Cocktail
Party at Buddy Dive. She will be joining her friend, Rocky, at left, at his fishing
resort in Alaska. Moogie, at right, put it all to music.
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.
In The Reporter
S ergeant First Class
Jim O'Ferrell of
Richmond, Virginia, now
serving in the US Army,
writes, "Since you like to
see a reader enjoying a
copy of The Reporter in
unusual locations, I
thought I'd send you a pic-
ture of me with my copy
in Baghdad, Iraq.
I didn't get to come to
Buddy Dive this year
since I'm rather busy over
here, but my family did
have a chance to chill on
the island. I've dived Bon-
aire before with them so
they knew I'd appreciate
this February (only two
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WHY DOES THE SUN RISE
AND SET OVER THE
MIDDLE OF SOME ROADS
ON THE FIRST DAY OF
G meetings, Skyparkers.
Spring officially begins
next Monday, March 20th. And
as most of you readers know,
every year on the first day of
spring the Sun rises and set ex-
actly over the middle of all roads
on Bonaire running exactly due
east and due west. But in case
you're one of those who doesn't
know why, let me elucidate.
The first moment of spring is
really an astronomical moment in time, the precise moment our Sun lies smack
dab on the Celestial Equator. That moment this year is 1:26 pm Sky Park Time,
on Monday, March 20th
But what, you may ask, is the Celestial Equator? And what does it have to do
with the middle of the road? Well for simplicity's sake let's simply imagine that we
can take our Earth's equator and extend it way out into space so that it draws an
imaginary line completely around the night sky, thus dividing the heavens into two
halves, which we call the northern celestial hemisphere and the southern celes-
Now if we could dim our Sun way down like a light bulb on a dimmer and keep
track of its position against the background of stars day after day all year long we
would notice that on the first day of spring the Sun is smack dab on the celestial
equator. Then if we kept track of it day after day we would notice that it would
move a little bit farther north of the equator each day until on the first day of sum-
mer it would reach its highest point north of or above the Celestial Equator. Then
it would slowly move a little bit farther south each day until on the first day of au-
tumn it would once again be smack dab on the Celestial Equator. Thereafter, it
would continue to travel south of the equator until it would reach its southernmost
point on the first day of winter. And then it would seemingly reverse and start to
travel north again until once again on the first day of spring it would be smack dab
on the Celestial Equator.
Simply try to remember that each year the Sun is at its northernmost point on the
first day of summer and at its southernmost point on the first day of winter. And
that on the first day of spring and fall it is always smack dab on the Celestial Equa-
tor. But how does all of this look from Earth?
Well, the Sun, as seen from Earth on the first day of summer, rises and sets at its
most northern points on the horizon, and on the first day of winter it rises and sets
at its most southern points on the horizon. But on the first day of spring and fall
when the Sun is on the Celestial Equator it always appears to rise exactly due east
and set due west. So if you're driving to and from work at sunrise and sunset on a
due east/west highway the Sun will rise exactly due east over the middle of the
road and set exactly due west over the middle. And if it doesn't then your due
east /west highway is not running true east and west. It's a perfect way to check
directions. It's that simple. So put your sun visors down next Monday! Jack
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For the week: March 12 to 18, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Romance can develop; however, it will most probably be
short-lived. People you live with will not be terribly happy with you regardless of
what you do this week. You will be relentless when it comes to getting yourself back
into shape. Luck is with you, regardless of the financial venture. Your lucky day this
week will be Monday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Travel will be on your mind; however, be careful and
proceed with caution as minor accidents will cause delays. Get involved in volunteer
work that will bring you satisfaction, not an empty wallet. Lovers will be less than
accommodating, and decisions regarding personal direction a necessity. Take a look
at the possibilities of starting a small part time business with friends or relatives.
Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Try to make your lover understand that you need to do
things with your friends. Disappointments are likely if your mate embarrasses you in
front of friends. You will be able to pick up on future trends if you keep your eyes
peeled for unique ideas. Too many opportunities and too many changes going on.
Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Problems with large corporations or institutions are
apparent. You can expect opposition from family as well as colleagues. Think twice
before you pursue an unrealistic endeavor. Family members may want you at home,
when your heart is telling you to spend time with someone you recently met. Your
lucky day this week will be Friday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You will have a childlike approach this week, big hearted and
full of spunk. Love could develop with someone of a different cultural background.
You'll be able to break bad habits if you put your mind to it. Put something away in
case of an emergency. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Be careful; you may say something you'll regret later.
You will be extremely sentimental, and if pushed by others you may hold a lasting
grudge. Try to calm down and listen to your partner's complaints. Compromise may
be necessary. Don't forget to read the fine print. Your lucky day this week will be
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Don't let your emotional upset interfere with your profes-
sional objectives. Stop telling others about your problems. New methods and innova-
tive technology will make your job far easier than you anticipated. You can become
obsessed with detail and must be sure to divide your time appropriately.
Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You will easily blow situations out of proportion. Be
cautious when dealing with coworkers. Situations you can't change should be forgot-
ten for the present. Depression may result if you don't get to do things your own way.
Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Don't evade issues or twist the truth around.
You need a change of pace. Trips will be more than adventurous. Accommodate oth-
ers but not before you do your own thing. Do the proper safety checks before you go
out. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Depression may result if you don't get to do things
your own way. You'll feel much better when your slate is clean again. You can enjoy
doing things that include children. You may find your nights sleepless due to bad
dreams. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Your diplomacy will be of utmost importance this
week. Try to satisfy both of your needs. Expect to have more people on your domes-
tic scene. The personal problems you may be having are interfering with your produc-
tivity. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Be careful not to reveal private information. Escapist
tendencies may lead to overindulgence. You may experience setbacks due to addi-
tional responsibilities with loved ones. Unpredictable events will disrupt your routine.
Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
Bonaire Reporter March 17 to March 24, 2006