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Team members Isidoor van Riemsdijk, Waldi Gijsbertha, Floris van Loo, Vernon "Nonchi"
Martijn in the kitchen after the first tryout dinner for guests at Chez Nous (not pictured: Tico
Marsera). The dishes for the three-course meal are pictured below.
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n response to the soaring fuel
prices, KLM Royal Dutch Air-
lines increased its fuel surcharge by
5 Euro to 57,00 Euro per stretch on
long-haul flights. The increase, im-
posed on tickets issued as of April 15,
will be withdrawn as soon as the barrel
price drops below US$65 for 30 con-
A Antillean Minister Plenipotentiary
Paul Clemencia accused the Aruba
police, the Aruba Public Prosecutor
and the producers of the TV program
"Opsporings Verzocht" (Dutch version
of America's Most Wanted TV show)
of consciously twisting the facts by
depicting the white Joran van der
Sloot, the chief suspect in the Natalee
IN THS ISSUE:
Earth Day 3
Wowo di Bari Claims Credit 4
Tourist Tax Debate Continues:
Timing is Everything 4
Mooring Fee Injustice 4
Yacht Defends Bonaire 5
Liane Rojer Obituary 6
Reading Contest 7
Sports Games, Aruba, 2 Swimming
Medals for Bonaire 8
Ambassadors (van Geldere) 9
Conch Culprit 9
Dania-Soul of an Artist 10
JANART Anniversary 11
Popo Morales Returns 12
Last Bite Bakery Opens in Playa 13
Culinary Team Chosen 13
Where to find The Reporter 15
Marine Animal or Underwater
Tourist (Dee Scarr) 18
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Coral Glimpses 6
Tide Table 8
(York Beach, Maine) 9
Pet of the Week ("Debbie") 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Cruise Ship Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since
("Henk" Gevers) 17
Sky Park (Moon, Venus,
Jupiter, Scorpio) 19
t The Stars Have It 19
Holloway case, as a brown Antillean.
According to Clemencia, Joran van
der Sloot, a white Dutch boy, was un-
justly presented as an Aruban person of
color. In a press release response, the
Aruba Prosecutor said that in the TV
show reenactment of the supposed
crime, the actor who depicted Joran
has very light skin and is considered
white in Aruba. Besides, skin color
was not considered during the selec-
tion. "It is not important for the investi-
gation team what the color of a per-
son's skin is, or how dark the person
is." Within 24 hours of the show being
aired 60 tips were received. They are
being followed up.
A Last Saturday authorities made
an arrest in the Natalie Holloway
case. Mariaine Croes, spokeswoman
for the public prosecutor's office, said
Aruban authorities were not prepared
to disclose why the person was ar-
rested. Croes also would not say how
the arrest was linked to the disappear-
ance of Natalee Holloway nearly a year
ago, on the final night of her high
school graduation trip.
Croes would only say that the person
who was arrested is 19 and has the ini-
tials "G.V.C." In Aruba, as in Bonaire,
when an arrest is announced, officials
usually release only a suspect's initials,
not a full name.
However, the news media soon re-
ported that the suspect is named God-
fried van Cromvourt. A former
neighbor told The Reporter that Van
Cromvourt lived in Bonaire up until a
few years ago when his father left to
take a Security job in Aruba He lived
in the SABADECO neighborhood.
Holloway, an 18-year-old honors stu-
dent from Mountain Brook, Alabama,
was last seen on May 30, 2005, leaving
an Aruba bar with Joran van der Sloot
and Deepak and Satish Kalpoe. The
young men were arrested in June but
were released after a court ruled there
was not enough evidence to hold them.
Police would not say if this arrest was
based on a tip from the Opsporings
Verzocht TV show.
A Crime among young Antilleans in
Holland is a high profile problem with
lack of jobs being one cause. Accord-
ing to a report in the Dutch Press, a
group of 50 youthful Antilleans will
be given special training at Rotter-
dam Airport this autumn. The Antil-
leans are selected by Rotterdam's po-
lice. Once the police have made a
choice, the 'candidate' is given a psy-
chological and intellectual test as well
as showing the motivation to attend the
classes. The initiative is a continuation
of the extremely successful project,
Marokkans,' that in 2004 trained 25
underprivileged Moroccans. Within a
couple of weeks they'd been instructed
to be 'all around' airport employees
with a diploma, which also increased
their chances in the labor market.
A The Nether-
lands Antilles and
joined the Oil
Fund of the Inter-
national Maritime I MO
(IMO). The Oil Fund compensates
the fishery, flora and fauna, and the
tourist sectors for damages suffered
due to incidents with oil tankers. Since
she took office, the Dutch Minister of
Transport and Communications, Karla
Peijs, insisted that the Antilles should
join the Oil Fund because in the King-
dom the Caribbean islands are most
vulnerable to an oil spill due to the im-
(Continued on page 3)
Bonaire Reporter- April 21 to April 28, 2006
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
portance of tourism, the coral reefs,
and the fisheries. There is a lot of
tanker traffic in the region, and a lot of
oil is being shipped in and out of refin-
eries in Curaqao and Aruba and storage
facilities in Bonaire and Statia.
A There has been criticism of the
Foundation Based Education (FBE)
System used in the Antilles for the
past several years. In addition to the
directive that the first years' classes be
conducted in Papiamentu, which has
resulted in waiting lists at private
schools, there is concern that children
are not competent to advance to higher
levels. Education Minister Omayra
Leeflang said after an FBE workshop
in Curacao last week that, "This is nor-
mal in any innovation process."
The Dutch Ministry of Home Affairs
and Kingdom Relations has ordered an
evaluation of FBE and preparatory sec-
ondary vocational education in the
Netherlands Antilles. Two Dutch con-
sultants will be visiting all the islands
of the Netherlands Antilles to meet
with all relevant parties. They were in
flights. An SLM MD-82 airliner will
be used for this.
A In a release to Luchtvaartnieuws,
an Internet publication specializing in
aviation items, Germaine Richie, one
of the owners of Divi Divi Air, an-
nounced her airline will begin flying
Up until now Divi's largest plane
was a 9-passenger Norman Islander,
but they will put a 20-seat aircraft into
service for the Aruba route. Divi says
they expect to process the needed pa-
perwork in May.
Divi Divi is appreciated by Bonaire-
ans for the reliable service they already
offer between Bonaire and Curaqao.
The new route will be from Curaqao
A An Air War is developing over
regional flights. Dutch Antilles Ex-
press, born as Bonaire Express, is hav-
ing its monopoly on the Aruba-
Curaqao challenged by three carriers,
Divi-Divi, Tiara Air (see last week's
Reporter) and Insel Air, a Curaqao-
arth Day is this Sunday, April
23. Earth Day is most often
observed by the media, hundreds of
local groups and noted on calendars
on April 22. Heads of State deliver
their "Earth Day" speeches and make
other environmental policy announce-
ments at this time. Many also observe
Earth Week and Earth Month, and
since most events and festivals need to
take place on a weekend, Earth Day is
observed in some places on the week-
ends before and after. The first Earth
Day in 1970 rallied over 20 million
Americans, other millio-ns from
around the world, from around the
Curaqao last week to talk about devel- Justice Minister David Dick is country and on college campuses to
opments in Curaqao and Bonaire. The working on a decree requiring a get involved in environmental "teac
results are expected to be in by next Dutch citizen to have a gross ins."
month, monthly income of NAf1.500 to
bring his or her foreign spouse to
A One of the investors of Curaqao's live in the Netherlands Antilles. For
yet-to-fly Insel Air airline indicated non-Dutch citizens the amount is cept all cohabitation contracts," he
that the new company wants to start NAf3.000. Dick said the decree wasn't said. Dick hopes the decree will be f
flying next month. The small airplane complete. For example, in the future ished this week.
for the inter-insular flights is ready. cohabitation contracts will only be ac-
Then the company will join forces with cepted from countries where they are A Anthony Nicholaas, Bonaire's
Surinam Airways (SLM) for regional legally regulated by law. "Now we ac- newest Member of Parliament, has
A cleanup is scheduled for Satur-
day, April 22, at Lagun, starting at
8:30 am and finishing around 11:30
am SELIBON will have rough-
cleaned the area with a front-in loader
and volunteers will be collecting the
excess. Bags and lots of cold water
will be available.
A group of Bonaire youngsters from
the schools and Jong Bonaire will be
cleaning the Playa Chikitu area.
Sponsors are needed. If you cannot be
there but would like to help, a dona-
tion would be appreciated. Donations
will fund bumper stickers for vehicles
showing the support for Earth Day on
Bonaire. The cost should run around
NAf4 for each bumper sticker. If
you're interested but have no way to
get to the cleanup, please call Linda
Ridley 791-4262 or 786-2397 to ar-
Also planned are "What on Earth"
activities and a parade for children.
Call 717-4593 for more information.
asked the Justice Minister how to han-
dle the question for Medical Insur-
ance for foreigners when they reach
60 years old and cannot qualify for
the government SVB Health Insur-
/iMontml,,n eIdMo nnon 6
tonaire Reporter- April 21 to April 28, 2UU0
o- ed pa.gee-ETTERSI
WoWO DI BARIO SAYS THEY HAVE
SOLVED LAPTOP CRIME
As long-time supporters of WOWO
DI BARIO (security organization) we
were dismayed and upset to learn of a
crime associated with a new graduate of
the WOWO DI BARIO training pro-
gram. The media reported the official
police statement which did not express
the situation accurately. (See The Bon-
aire Reporter 4/7-14/2006; Flotsam and
Jetsam) The police were apparently not
aware of all the facts when they issued
their report. We are hopeful that, with
the facts of the situation now revealed,
they will issue a corrected report. Robert Statie
We contacted Robert Statie, the founder
and director of the AVST foundation which runs WOWO DI BARIO. Robert told us
that WOWO had actually solved the crime and reported it themselves to the police be-
cause they work closely together. At the time of the incident WOWO was contacted by
the victim of the laptop theft, and WOWO began an investigation. WOWO discovered
the location of the laptops and contacted the police. The police did not come and re-
cover the laptops. WOWO recovered the laptops and brought them (along with one of
the two individuals who were involved with the crime) to the police station to aid the
police in carrying out their criminal investigation.
Naturally Robert is upset and concerned about the penetration of WOWO by a per-
son of mal intent. Only one of the two individuals involved with the crime was a mem-
ber of WOWO DI BARIO. Robert stated that all prospective WOWO candidates are
first cleared by the police who issue a good conduct paper. This individual had been
cleared before taking the WOWO training program. The man had just started patrol
work with WOWO approximately three weeks before the incident. The second indi-
vidual who was party to the crime had no connection with WOWO DI BARIO. The
crime was not committed on work time and not in the neighborhood to which the man
Robert Statie says, "We do our very best to prevent such things, but rotten apples can
get into any organization. If, and when, such things occur in any organization they
must be dealt with immediately. WOWO DI BARIO is a serious organization that has
solved many crimes in the neighborhoods in cooperation with the police. While noth-
ing is perfect, we do a very good job for Bonaire."
Other organizations and clients have expressed support and satisfaction with the
WOWO DI BARIO services.
Laraine and Phil Katzev
TIMING IS EVERYTHING
I have the good fortune to have a Bonaire Based Travel Business specializing in eco
tours and windsurfing vacations. I thoroughly enjoy this labor of love bringing won-
derful people to Bonaire.
As a seasoned travel professional with over 19 years experience in Caribbean Sales I
am concerned about a few aspects of tourism in Bonaire. With the loss of 3 weekly
flights on Air Jamaica I personally lost much business to clients who could not find air
or could not afford the high fees, some upwards of 1000.00 USD pp. I communicated
my concerns to Ernst Van Vliet, Ronella Croes and others on island so they were
aware we are all losing clients who were going to nearby Aruba which has more airlift
and much more affordable flights. Some weeks I lost 2-6 clients who chose to travel to
Aruba. Another concern is the increased crime targeting tourists. I had 10 guests (3
parties) who were victims of robbery from Feb. 14- March 20. It included robbery at
Washington Park as well as at three hotels. Lastly there is the new tax being imposed
in June. My concern is that imposing such a tax on an already fragile tourism economy
is poor timing. We need to rectify and resolve the crime problem. We need more air
lift to the island. Many are working diligently to improve these two areas. Please, gov-
ernment officials, stabilize our tourism sector before imposing a fee that is going to
send more people to other islands. The timing is NOT right for this drastic change and
timing is everything. Ann Phelan
Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations; www.bonairecaribbean.com
Errata: In last week's Reporter Larry Thielgard provided the incorrect last name of
one of his staff Poppy Rodriquez (not Martinez). He offers his profuse apologies. (Ed)
MOORING FEE INJUSTICE
To the Editor:
This letter comes from a visitor to your island, on a second visit in the last 16 months
and on our own boat tied to a mooring in Kralendijk. This is offered as constructive
comments about the lovely island of Bonaire and after reading your excellent paper,
The Reporter, which I have thoroughly enjoyed and has given me a pleasant insight
into life on Bonaire along with our many visits ashore to your shops and restaurants
My letter mainly involves the changes we have noted here on Bonaire in between our
two visits here. 15 months ago we paid US$5 to be on a mooring and today it is US
(Continued on nnp 5)
Bonaire Reporter- April 21 to April 28, 2006
(Letters. Continued from page 4)
$10. The difference in the service we receive is nil. I asked around to ascertain
whether the cruise ships visiting Bonaire had a similar rise in charges, was told 'no'
but do not have the evidence to support this. However, if 'no' is correct I am amazed.
As sailors visiting the island we spend money in the supermarkets, restaurants, hair-
dressers, diving, internet cafes; the list is endless. We all know passengers on cruise
ships spend very little money ashore so my suggestion would be to raise the price to
the cruise ship operators certainly in ratio to that of the sailors' charges. Many locals
have told us that tourism is 'down' and that fewer sailing boats are coming here.
We visited Klein Bonaire for snorkeling and general enjoyment again after 15
months to be dismayed this time by litter in the form of, in one case, over 15 empty
cans and bottles of Amstel beer, empty cartons of milk, general polythene etc. With
your unique marine life situation one would think local youngsters or older would be
employed to clear the litter.
On snorkeling in close proximity to my boat I had to leave the water for fear of my
life as Jet Ski bikes were racing in the vicinity of the boats. On enquiry at the customs
office I was told they are 'allowable' on the island. The Tourist Office put it slightly
differently: 'that they were 'allowed' but we don't normally have a problem with them.
They must be away from diving and snorkeling areas, and maybe they came from
In many places on the island you see 'expressions' of "protect our marine life" etc.
One thing that will not protect marine life and therefore not promote tourism are Jet
Skis, for obvious reasons of abhorrent noise, danger and nuisance.
I have asked myself many times whilst here 'does the Bonaire government really
want tourists, does it want sailors visiting and injecting money into the economy?' I
read in your newspaper that indeed Bonaire relies on tourism for its economic well-
being..... sadly I fear many tourists will just not come. And now I have just read of
the proposed 'departure tax for visitors, so if we were to leave our boat in a marina
in Bonaire to 'pop home' for a short while, we would be penalized there too.
In the interest of preserving your 'island bliss' I write this letter to you and hope it
may help in some small way.
DEFENDING BONAIRE AS A YACHTING DESTINATION
The following Letter to the Editor was written in response to a letter sent to the
boating newspaper, Caribbean Compass, which was critical ofBonaire's treatment of
visiting yachtsmen and women.
I think the overall picture of Bonaire that was presented (difficult immigration
rules, expense, attitude) may influence unknowing cruisers to conclude that they
don't want to go to Bonaire. If that occurs, I believe it will be the cruisers, not Bon-
aire, who will lose the most. True, Bonaire will lose some income, but the cruisers
will miss a lifetime cruising opportunity to visit a truly wonderful island an island
that my wife and I have loved the best in almost 10 years of cruising the US, the Ba-
hamas and mostly this terrific Caribbean.
We have many cruising friends who feel the same way. Some of them are returning
here in June by sailboat, some by air, for a bit of a reunion, celebrating our time to-
gether here as cruisers. We will be visiting cruisers' favorite places like Bobbejan's
and Richard's restaurants plus diving, sailing, touring, drinking and partying. I'm
sure there will be much laughter and tears as we remember and enjoy a place we all
consider the closest to Paradise we have found.
In 2002 my wife and I left Bonaire "for good" to return to a stateside live aboard
life, closer to family and old friends, better medical facilities for our ageing bodies,
etc. After two discouraging years up and down the East Coast from South Florida to
Washington DC, Annapolis, Maryland, and both sides of the Chesapeake Bay where
most marinas don't want live aboards. Many cities don't have dinghy docks; anchor-
ages are inconvenient or scarce; in general, we felt unwelcome and uncomfortable in
our own country so we decided to head to the Bahamas for the winter. We anchored
mostly in the south and out islands of the Bahamas, but it was cold, and we were for-
ever dodging fronts with high clocking or reversing winds, and swimming without a
wet suit was impossible. In the spring we decided that Bonaire was where we had
been happiest, so we turned the bow south.
We had a crew for the passage from Provo, Caicos, to Bonaire a family member
and an English cruising couple we had met who had returned to England. They all
jumped at the chance to make the trip. You see, they had all been to Bonaire and were
eager to return. As we approached our mooring, stretched out on the dock behind was
a large, wildly colorful banner which proclaimed, "Bonbini bek, Banjo," (Welcome
back). Where else but Bonaire?
We've been back in Bonaire since June, aside from making a few trips to Vene-
zuela for immigration purposes.
We've recently been granted residency status. We have American, Antillean, and
Dutch friends on Bonaire who are a big part of our love of the island. We are proud
and happy to be Bonairean and hope to make Bonaire our home base for a long, long
No, Bonaire isn't perfect. It has a few flaws, but when I look in the mirror, so do I!
Tom Davis, SV Banjo
Bonaire Reporter- April 21 to April 28, 2006
Aubrey Seeley, Vicky Bissessar, Sidney Manuel and Adele Everts Winklaar
Chamber of Commerce photo
A The Bonaire Chamber of Commerce and the Business Association
(AKIB) is putting together a delegation to attend the Trinidad and Tobago
Trade and Investment Convention (TIC) from May 17 to 21. The TIC is the
Caribbean's largest business-to-business event for manufacturers, suppliers, ex-
porters, buyers, distributors, service providers, financial institutions and investors.
The Convention includes a trade show, a business education program and several
networking events. The country of Trinidad and Tobago is one of the largest manu-
facturing islands in the Caribbean and specializes in petroleum-based products,
natural gas and asphalt. Bonaire's coordinator for the event is Davika (Vicky) Bis-
sessar. Others forming the delegation include Sidney Manuel, President of AKIB;
Aubrey Sealy, President of the Chamber of Commerce; Anthony Linkers, Airline
coordinator; and Adele Evertz Winklaar. Onnie Emerenciana, Commissioner of
Economic Affairs, is in charge for the Government of Bonaire. For more info con-
tact Mrs. Davika Bissessar Tel. 786-1592, Tel/ Fax 717-3348,
email email@example.com or Ms. Adele Evertsz Winklaar Tel. 515-6379 or
513-6379. Visit the website www.tic-tt.com.
(Flotsam and Jetsam., Continued from page 3)
ance. Immigration law requires all for-
eigners to have medical coverage.
Dutch citizens can qualify for PP
medical coverage, but foreigners are
(a bit of information about corals presented
each week by naturalist Dee Scarr)
The tissue of every coral polyp in a
coral head is connected to all the
polyps around it. Thus, the entire
surface of a coral head is covered
with living coral tissue, text and photo
by Dee Scarr
A Dr. Mark Vermeij from the De-
partment of Botany at the University of
Hawaii reports that plans are currently
underway to start a field station for
marine biological research on Bon-
aire. A location directly bordering the
water has been acquired and designs
for the station are currently being put
together. The station will be built from
scratch and is planned to be fully op-
erational in two years. The station will
be capable of housing up to 28 people,
making it suitable for classes/courses
as well and provide modern facilities
for diving, lab work and experiments
on the nearby (deep) reefs, mangrove
systems and sea grass beds (or even
land ecosystems and geological work).
To strengthen the capability to obtain
additional funding for this undertaking
and enhance local as well as interna-
tional support for this facility, he is
putting out a call to people who would
be interested in using these facilities
(how many people and for what period
of time), what ideas exist regarding its
desired inventory (e.g. lab- and dive-
wise) and other suggestions. He ex-
pects construction to start sometime
this year, so the time to make sugges-
tions is close. Contact him at ver-
firstname.lastname@example.org or (808) 250-4133.
A rock at Tolo (01' Blue dive site)
deposited by an ancient tsunami
SA seismic warning system will
be centered in the Dutch Windward
Islands to closely monitor volcanic
and seismic activity. Highly sensitive
measuring equipment will be installed
later this year to provide early warning
for earthquakes and volcanic activity
forming part of a tsunami warning sys-
tem for the Caribbean. The coastal ar-
eas of Bonaire show evidence of large
tsunamis several thousand years ago
and smaller ones in historical times.
(Continued on page 7)
Bonaire Reporter- April 21 to April 28, 2006
Liane Rojer Called to the Lord
In this photo of the 2005 Regatta opening ceremony, Liane Rojer and Roy
Bottse, both instrumental in organizing the Regattas in the years 1985-
1998, were honored by the Regatta organization. Extra photo
L iane Manon Rojer, the woman who automated the results for the Bonaire
Regatta, passed away last week following an extended illness. Last year
Regatta 38 was dedicated to her. Liane's Regatta involvement dates back to
1985, when Niki Tromp was in charge, and continued through 1998.
Although ill, Liane maintained her fighting spirit and unwavering faith. She
will be sorely missed by her husband, Roy, and child 'Maui' as well as all her
family and friends, especially the sailors and Bonaire Sailing Foundation. Thanks
to Byron Tromp of the Bonaire Sailing Federation for this information. G.D.
A Last week 33 people were naturalized as Dutch citizens in a ceremony led
by Governor Herbert Domacass6 and the head of the Register's Office
(Bevolking), George Mensche. Congratulations! People who are legally living on
Bonaire can apply for the Dutch citizenship after residing here for five years.
Flotsam and jetsam (Continued from page 6)
S One of Bonaire's most renowned
artists, Winfred Dania, is having an
exhibition of his artwork at the Kas di
Arte, Kaya J.N.E. Craane 34 the blue
building on the waterfront. Acclaimed
in Holland as a painter with
"extraordinary dimension," gifted in
"portraying the spiritual" with a
"spontaneous, direct and narrative
style," Winfred will be showing his
work from April 24 until May 21,
daily from 10 am to 5 pm. His opening
will be on Sunday, April 23, from 5 to WinfredDania with his on
7 pm. See the article about Winfred Winfrdan w i lni *
7 pm. See the article about Winfred friend, Frans Booi, who's explaining
Dania on page 10. one of Winfred's paintings. Frans
L./G.D. Booi will assist with the exhibition.
Reading contest commences
n Tuesday, April 4, a reading contest was held at Kolegio Papa Combs.
This contest was organized by three trainees from the Netherlands: Mar-
loes Verbrugge, Bas de Smit and Sascha van Eldik.
The week before the Finale Grande (Grand Finale) the contests took place in the
3rd till 6th forms. The winner of each form went to the final contest on April 4th.
There were nine winners who had to compete against each other. The Finals
started at 10:30 am and went until 12:30 pm. All contestants had to read two pages
from a book of their own choice. The jury, Marloes, Bas and Sascha, gave them
scores for eight criteria. A few of them were: presentation and pronunciation. It
goes without saying that all the other pupils were very eager to hear the results of
the competition; they screamed a lot!
And then....The Winners Are...: Germaine Sijsling (3rd place), Giovanni Castro
(2nd place) and Mary-Ann Dijkhoff (1st place).
The awards were a lot of books from the library of Bonaire. Two workers from
the Bibliotheka Publika Boneiru had the honor of handing the prizes to the win-
The principal, Mr. Kurban, was very enthusiastic. He said that from now on this
contest will be held every year!! Story & Photo by Sascha van Eldik
Bonaire Reporter- April 21 to April 28, 2006
Inter-island School Sports Games in Aruba -
2 Swimming Medals for Bonaire
T he top 15 swimmers from the 2006 Bonaire School Swimming Champion-
ship competed in the Inter-island School Sports Games held in Aruba on
April 7 and 8. The swimmers, aged 9 to 14, competed against teams from Aruba
and Curaqao in 50-meter backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle individual events
and 200-meter freestyle mixed relays (teams of two boys and two girls). Although
the School Games are an annual event, swimming has not been a featured sport un-
til this year. The Aruba Olympic Pool at Saveneta was the venue for the swimming
competition which took place on Saturday afternoon.
The Bonaire team, representing six different local schools, was accompanied by
coaches Imre Esser and Valarie Stimpson and a delegation from INDEBON led by
interim head Francis Wanga.
Basisschool de Pelikaan: Samson Evertsz, Vera Ghazzouli
Kolegio Papa Comes: Asdrubal Marcano, Jemuel Richards,
Daniela Simal, Florian Wegerer,
Kristu Bon Wardador: Arshemira Charles, Ryda-Luz Emer,
Danique Oleana, Rooske Wagemakers
Kolegio San Bernardus: Sue-Ellen Richardson
Scholengemeenschap Bonaire (SGB): Giada Binelli, Churmer
Bomba, Philip Winkel
Unicollege: Enrique Vasquez Meza
(Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
zouli and Sam-
in the 9- 10
year age cate-
gory. The most
exciting race of
was the Boys
9 10 years
style event in
separated the Bonaire Swim and Soccer teams after the Opening Ceremony
first and fourth
place finishers. Samson Evertsz finished fourth in this event, being edged out of
medal contention on the last stroke by a competitor from Aruba.
Eighty-seven percent of Bonaire swimmers improved their personal best times in
at least one stroke at this meet and 80% of the swimmers improved their personal
best times in all three strokes. The team was prepared for this competition by the
volunteer coaching staff of the Bonaire Barracudas Swim Team and visiting coach,
Mary Anne Coburn, a Masters swimmer from the US.
Soccer and dam (a board game) competitions were also held during this Inter-
island School Sport weekend. After the opening ceremony on Friday night the
swim team enjoyed watching two soccer matches including one played by Bonaire
School Champions, Kolegio Papa Comes. Saturday morning the team was treated
to an island bus tour. Immediately after the swimming competition on Saturday all
athletes attended the closing ceremony followed by dinner and a pool party.
The Bonaire School Team and their coaches would like to thank Mary Anne
Cobum, Meralney Sports Resort, Sand Dollar Grocery, GAIA Productions,
Chat'N'Browse, Cesmar and INDEBON for their contributions to our team.
Story by Valarie Stimpson; photos by Asdrubal Marcano & Valarie Stimpson
Bonaire Reporter- April 21 to April 28, 2006
R udy van
our recent ambas-
sador, is a fanatic
rapher. Rudy has
been taking under-
water pictures for
31 years. On his
fourth dive he al-
ready had his un-
with him. His ad-
vice though is to
start with underwa- .. t
after approximately Mr. and Mrs. van Geldere with TCB representative
100 dives. Rudy
visited the island 15 years ago upon an invitation from Pascal and Kali de Meyer,
and since then he's been visiting two months every year.
Rudy says that Bonaire is a marvelous nature island, both on land and below the
water. The underwater nature is one of the best and most beautiful in the Carib-
Rudy has produced two underwater photography books; his last one includes
much of the underwater scenery of Bonaire. The book, titled 4000 Duiken in
Beeld, is for sale at different dive shops on island, among them Divi Dive shop.
Rudy has won underwater photography competitions worldwide, his first one in
1988. He's an underwater photography instructor as well. Rudy wants to empha-
size that the people of Bonaire are friendly with a good heart! Rudy's wife is also
in love with Bonaire and they both share this passion.
Ronella Croes, Director of Tourism Corporation Bonaire said, "For Tourism
Corporation Bonaire it is a great pleasure to have Rudy as a Bonaire Ambassador.
We thank Mr. van Geldere and his wife for their numerous visits and are delighted
with their decision to return year after year to our beautiful, tranquil and friendly
island. We are confident that Rudy can find plenty of material in Bonaire for his
passion which is underwater photography. Congratulations!" O TCB Press Release
Inr T he R p rter
Park Staff Confounds Conch Culprit
Discarded immature conches
The growth stages of a conch
Cindy Lott diagram
Recently the Bonaire National Marine Park (BNMP) received an anonymous
phone call informing them about possible conch poaching in Sorobon. Ac-
cording to the Marine Environment Ordinance A.B. 2001, no. 13, art. 16.1, it is
forbidden to collect conch in the Marine Park without a permit. When the staff ar-
rived at the location, the reality appeared to be even worse than what they could
have imagined. Forty-six juvenile conch were found, already taken out of their
shells. They were all dead.
The poacher had deserted his catch as soon as he realized Marine Park rangers
were on the scene. This poacher might think that he outsmarted everyone. But in
reality it's completely the contrary. The poacher is taking away the future of his
own people and the fishermen of Bonaire.
The fact is that the Marine Park is working closely with fishermen in order to
give the conch population a chance to replenish themselves and make it possible to
eventually start harvesting conch the way it was done in the old days. This goal
can only be achieved by creating a healthy and sustainable conch population and
NOT by killing 46 juvenile conchs.
STINAPA and the Bonaire National Marine Park staff in particular would like to
thank the anonymous caller. Without his help, they would not have been able to
stop this illegal activity. Masha danki.
To the poachers they have a message; "Be patient, let the conch grow and give
all of us a chance to eat conch in the future. You will benefit too."
If you notice any illegal activities in the Bonaire National Marine Park,
STINAPA would appreciate your cooperation. You may call them anonymously;
no need to give your name, at 717-8444 or 786-9603. Karen van Dijk, STINAPA
Bonaire Reporter- April 21 to April 28, 2006
W infred Dania, well known lo-
cal Bonairean artist, is open-
ing his Artwork Exhibition at Kas di
Arte this Sunday April 23. His many
new paintings reflect the ever changing,
intriguing, provocative and mystical di-
mensions of his art. "I want to be paint-
ing something deep from within myself,
but I will remain painting mythology as
part of what I create."
Winfred's paintings have become
more vibrant, more alive these past few
years. In his beginning years he painted
at Frans Booi's "Moon Era Workshop"
and feels that it was there that he painted
his best. Then in the following years he
began to paint at home. His wife, a
deeply religious woman, was afraid of
the mythology he painted. She asked
him to tone down what he did and he
feels that he went into a less inspired
though still interesting period in his
painting life. Now he is working in a
small workshop by himself and feels his
new freedom coming out in his paint-
Winfred feels that some people misun-
derstand the Boynay mythology of Bon-
aire. He wants them to understand and
enjoy the mythology and not be afraid of
it. It is not black magic, not voodoo. It is
the stories of Boynay, the first mytho-
logical Bonairean, and the stories of Un-
cle Louis that are most prominent in his
"I have no goal when I start a painting.
I just take the colors and play with them
on canvas. Then I look a long time at
what I did and discover new forms and
new color combinations; then I follow
my feelings." This is all normal, sponta-
neous and simple. Not having to be
afraid of the forms just free giving of
The painting for the exhibition poster
is called "Baptized in Fire and Water."
As a Catholic, a baby is baptized with
water, and candles are lit all around -
fire. Winfred sees the baby in the wild
as an ancestral Indian. The baby is
cleaned with water, and the people are
joyful. Fire dries the baby; his family
cooks on the fire and dances around it.
The animal soul is represented in the
deer that looks at you. The dove is the
symbolism of rain. There are many deep
spiritual dimensions to this painting.
Winfred has started to paint a series of
birthday paintings. "On my 53rd birthday
I received a letter from my good friend
Frans Booi who lived in the Nether-
lands. He wrote that there were 52
weeks in the year and then the one day
the year all comes together was my 53rd
birthday. He told me about birthday
cakes with candles all around and the
last one in the middle to symbolize that I
am the center of the world that one day."
So Winfred started to paint his birth-
days. His first one was a tree-like cake
with 52 candles around the center one
and fire all around. Every year his birth-
day paintings become more exotic, ex-
uding deep emotional feelings and free-
The themes of his paintings in this ex-
hibit are: Mythology, Birthdays and
Mystical Numbers, Sun and Rain,
Doves, Self-Portraits, Old Bonairean
Indian Art which has cave drawings
and replicas of beautiful old Bonairean
pottery and Don Booi Elements. His
latest painting is a three dimensional
Winfred was born deaf in Aruba. His
father was a Bonairean customs worker
and his mother was from Aruba. At the
age of 4 he went to St Michael's School
for the Deaf in The Netherlands. At St
Michael's there was an enormous gold
angel on top of the tower, and two large,
powerful, gold lions on balls flanked the
gate. He watched that angel every day
and understood her mystical power. He
grew up as a humble Bonairean with the
richness of Europe all around him. He
was a great actor and sportsman. There
he learned to read, write, and lip-read.
He began the laborious task of learning
to speak which he mastered after years
Winfred studied to become a graphic
designer. His first job was the solitary
work of a typesetter for a local newspa-
per. The work was too lonely so he next
tried working for a zoo, taking care of
feeding the animals.
At 17 Winfred came back to Bonaire
after a short stay in Aruba. He took over
his father's old family home in Antriol
and went to work for Capt. Don's Habi-
tat where he learned to love gardening.
He still has a "green thumb."
In the mid 80s he met Frans Booi.
Winfred had been doing some painting
on paper with pastels, and Frans helped
him to make the transition from pastels
to vibrant oil on canvas. He taught him
how to do his own framing, and he put
him to work. Winfred moved into Frans'
Moon Era Workshop and started to paint
seriously. He became immersed in the
magical tales of Uncle Louis and Boy-
nay from the mythology of Bonaire that
Frans would tell to people who came to
the shop, and he put onto canvas the vis-
ual image of Frans' tales. Winfred be-
came enormously productive and even-
tually helped Frans to set up the Bo-
nairean Museum where he continues to
work to this day.
Winfred Dania's paintings hang in
museums in the Antilles and in The
Netherlands. His artwork is owned by
collectors throughout the world, and
many Bonaireans proudly display their
own "Dania's" in their homes.
The Winfred Dania Exhibit runs
from April 23 until May 21 at Kas di
Arte. Hours are from 10 am to 5 pm
daily. Story and photo by Maggie
Opens: Sunday April 23, 2006
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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Daily 10:00 to 5:00 thru May 21
Bonaire Reporter- April 21 to April 28, 2006
Winfred Dania with painting, "Baptized in Fire and Water"
T his Friday, April
21, Janice Huck-
aby of JanArt will cele-
brate her Ninth Anniver-
sary with an Open House
from 5 to 7 pm. Two spe-
cial exhibits have been
organized for this open-
ing. The first is a new se-
ries of oil paintings titled
"Rincon Ladies." These
were created from photo-
graphic images acquired
during Rincon festivals Mermaid
and Rincon Marsh6 days.
The second organized exhibit is a new collection titled, "Trophy Fish." These
pieces are made from Bonaire's driftwood. As Jan says, "As I was putting these
fish together, I recalled my younger days in Texas when the fishermen would
catch big bass and mount them on wooden plaques for displays around the fire-
place. Making my 'Trophy Fish' from driftwood and various pieces of beach
trash provided me with a humorous frame of mind with contrast and compari-
Traditionally, Ms. Huckaby paints in all mediums, but this year as been a
"clay discovery" year. Be sure to look for and enjoy her new series of clay
sculptures. These include reef scenes, mermaids,
turtles and a very special octopus!
The JanArt Gallery is located at Kaya Gloria 7.
Turn right off Kaya Korona onto Lagoen Road, then
right on Kaya Gloria.
The exhibit will continue after the open house on
Friday during regular open hours.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturdays
10am-5pm, Fridays 1 to 7pm. Phone 717-5246,
email email@example.com. Story & photos by
Bonaire Reporter- April 21 to April 28, 2006
POPO (ALFONSO) MORALES
Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art
Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes.
Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am- 5 pm Fri-
day 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
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.
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: 1995 Mitsubishi 4-door
pickup truck, diesel, 4-wheel drive, asking
NAf 6.000. e-mail... ellen@flamingotv.
net or call 717-5567 late evenings.
For sale: Sky kennel for large dog,
KLM-approved, size F, NAf 300, tel. 786-
Refills! Do you have an empty 1.25 oz
container of SeaGold, SeaDrops or a 2-
oz. container of PSI 500 defog? Bring it
in and the Carib Inn will fill for half the
price of a new bottle!! You must have an
original bottle though.
For Sale Daewoo Matiz 2002 +/- 30.000
km Airco, Radio, very good condition.
First Owner, Call 717-5632
LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale
1991-4X4 drive 1.6 It.; 95.000km
NAf2.400 717-2844 or 786-2844
Soats fo r
Hartley Rorc 39 Sailing Yacht for sale.
Ferro-cement ocean cruiser in good
shape with lots of equipment; new sails-
2005, GPS, solar panel etc. Presently
cruising the Netherlands Antilles. Asking
price: $35,000 US.
Please email : Hilde for more info e-
Why expensively import a sail boat
when you can own a fast Regatta winner
built right here?
Classic 21' Bonaire Sail Fishing boat
recently refurbished is for sale for
NAf 14,000 ($8,000)
Call George 786-6125/717-8988.
W 4a n teci
Last Bite Bakery looking for kitchen
help, part time, 4 days a week, some Eng-
lish preferred. Call for details 717-3293.
looking for a
Join us to
"Publish in Paradise."
Working Partner or Managing Editor
with journalism, writing/editing skills,
business sense and energy desired.
Most important: Must Love Bonaire!
Call The Reporter at 717-8988, 786-6518.
Email qualifications to:
Wanted to buy: 4x4 vehicle in good con-
dition. Jeep, SUV or pickup. Call The Re-
porter at 717-8988.
Hbfi Ambiental Tour with Popo Morales
he H6fi Ambiental (Nature's Garden) is a combination eco-plantation and
restaurant at Kaya Mexico 110. It was closed for three years while its foun-
der, Popo Morales, was in Holland studying horticulture. He apprenticed at several
nurseries around The Hague. Who else but Popo would do that at age 50?
Now his H6fi is open once again.
Recently back on Bonaire he started up his plantation again, cleaning, planting
and harvesting, and will make it an economically viable endeavor with a combina-
tion of home grown, eco wise products and a restaurant.
The first group of 27 people, all living on Lagoen Hill, visited the H6fi and had
an overwhelming evening starting with a tour of the plantation (planned by Popo
for 15 minutes, but lasting instead for one and a half hours), followed by a wel-
come drink of home-made tamarind juice, a three-course dinner prepared by Ingrid
and her daughters (iguana soup was on the menu) and a great after-dinner evening.
From now on he is open for groups (even small ones) by appointment for tours,
dinners or the complete evening. Telephone 786-0651.
He even has had requests from people who have been there in the past to serve a
dinner on, for instance, April 24, with certain vegetables which he is now growing
to be ready for that day. He showed us several of these letters. We now can under-
stand why since he is always very enthusiastic, explaining all that is possible and
showing amazing results.
Popo has proved that it's possible to do everything to make nursery economically
valuable. He trained himself and has a good plan and the guts to work hard. We all
believe he is going to make it and wish him all the success. Story & Photo by
Bonaire Reporter- April 21 to April 28, 2006
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Good News for Gourmets
LAST BITE BAKERY
OPENS IN PLAYA
S ince Last Bite
started serving up
savory delights and
items five years ago
it's continued to
gather many, many
loyal fans private
persons as well as
restaurants. "My a
first restaurant cli-
ent was Richard of
Richard's Restau- Last Bite owner Annette Roswell shows a tempting delight
rant," Annette says, to fitness girls: Rosita of Fit 4 Life and Bon Fysio's Aleta,
"He said, 'You Anja andAlbertina
bake 'em; I'll sell
em. Baileys and butter cream for example!
Until last week owner Annette Ros- Annette also makes event cakes
well operated out of her home, but her (birthdays, anniversaries, etc), quiches
business got booming and nearly took and a multitude of appetizers by order.
over her whole house, so she had to And she'll continue to do take-away.
find a bigger spot. That's good for all The first two days of the shop's open-
of us because now all ing everything was sold
those goodies are easily jas Sk e i out...so don't tarry. Get
accessible in a conven- y e down there early and
iently located shop in YIA make your selection.
Playa on Kaya Gob. De- FRj! p Last Bite opens early, at
brot (next to Xerox and 717f2l93 7:30 am, Tuesday
across from BonFysio), ih,9 N aLuAElt through Friday, so you
chimney red on the out- can stop by before work
side, and a relaxing pale blue with or going to the gym. And have a coffee
white clouds on the inside. And of or tea too. They're open until 6 pm. On
course in the "showcase" are all those Saturdays Last Bite is open 9 am to 4
tantalizingly delicious items she's so pm. Telephone is 717-3293. Don't
famous for fresh baked breakfast miss it! (Please note: this is the correct
items like cinnamon rolls, muffins, telephone number. The number was
ham and cheese rolls as well as carrot incorrect in Flotsam in last week's Re-
cake, key lime pie, coconut pie with porter.) L.D.
B onaire has a
new team to
send to the "Taste of
the Caribbean," a
held every year, this
year in Miami in
June, when star chef
and bartender teams
from the islands all
over the Caribbean
compete. Last year
our team got a
bronze (the bartender
got a silver), but this
award has galva-
nized the team to
pull out all the stops,
work hard, get super
creative and go for
the gold this year.
already and had their
meal for some of Popp I
their supporters last Team Captain Nonchi Martijn explains the courses to
Saturday night at the an appreciative audience of diners
The Bonaire Team 2006 consists of Captain Vernon "Nonchi" Martijn (SGB Ho-
tel School); Floris van Loo (Rum Runners at Capt. Don's Habitat); Isidoor van
Riemsdijk (Rum Runners); Vladimir "Waldi" Gijsbertha (City Caf6); and Tico
Marsera (Den Laman Restaurant). The bartender member of the team will be
determined after the April 29 Balashi Bartender competition in Rincon. BON-
HATA, as well as other on-island purveyors, have offered their support for
the team to go forward to practice.
You too can be part of this event that has helped to elevate the quality of
the island's restaurants. Support the team and have a top-of-the-line
gourmet three-course dinner with wine for S25, every Sunday, starting
this Sunday, April 22 (except April 30), at 7 pm at Chez Nous. Make reser-
vations with Sara at 786-9299, Flo- ris at 786-1508 or Laura at 786-6518.
Bonaire Reporter- April 21 to April 28, 2006
Pet of the VVeek
S ur pet this week is "Debbie," a
very petite and dainty one-year
old who already has been a mother to
four kittens. Although she was forced
to live on the street she was being fed
by tourists, so she and her kittens were
in pretty good shape considering they
were a homeless family. However, the
kind tourists realized that they had to
leave and so Debbie and her little fam-
ily were bought into the Bonaire Ani-
mal Shelter to be taken care of and put
up for adoption. Debbie was tested for
the deadly feline leukemia and she
passed with flying colors, and her kit-
tens are free from the disease as well.
She's had her shots and now that her
kittens have been weaned she will be
sterilized so she can live a full and
happy life, knowing she will no longer
be susceptible to an unwanted preg-
nancy. She's so sweet and demure and
her coat is soft and lovely perfect for
petting and loving. And who can resist
those huge, expressive eyes? She'd make "Debbie"
a great addition to an appreciative family.
You may see her and her kittens at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday
through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1 pm. Tel. 717-4989.
If you find an unwanted dog or puppies or a cat or kittens don't ever hesitate to
bring them into the Shelter. It's the kindest thing you can do for them. At first
they'll be put into a quarantine cage until they can be seen by the vet who will ex-
amine them. If they're healthy and "social" they'll be given their shots, wormed,
sterilized (if they are male; females when they are adopted) and put into an appro-
priate cage with the other cats or dogs. They will be cared for and have the oppor-
tunity for inter-action between others of their kind and loving humans. That's why
you can't go wrong when you choose a pet from the Shelter: they're healthy, well
cared for and relate to humans. Stop by the Shelter to see for yourself. L.D.
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Wht l e IN l
WIEEKLY EIE SHN lT il
Callto make sure (Usually9 pm)
Failure To Launch
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
When a Stranger Calls
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tickets NAfl4 (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
April: Curious George
Friday, April 21-Jan Art Open House,
5-7 pm, Kaya Gloria 7-see page 11
Sunday, April 23-Winfred Dania Art
Exhibit Opening Kas di Arte, 5-8 pm.
Until May 21-Hours 10 am-5 pm- see
Sunday, April 23-Bonaire Culinary
Team Dinner, 7 pm, Chez Nous, $25 for
3-course meal with wine. Call Sara 786-
9299, Floris 786-1508, Laura 786-6518 -
see page 13
Until May 14- Fer and Rob de Wit Photo
Exhibition at Plaza Resort. 5-8 pm, Sun-
day, Tuesday and Friday. 717-5398.
Saturday, April 22-Earth Day "What
on Earth" activities, parade for children.
Saturday, April 22 Beach Clean-up
at Lagoen, starting at 8:30-11:30 am.
Tel. Linda Ridley 791-4262, 786-2397.
See page 3.
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship visiting days, starting
around 10 am to early afternoon. Great gift
ideas-many "made on Bonaire." See
Cruise Ship Schedule at top right.
Saturday, April 29 Balashi Beer Bar-
tenders' Competition Rincon, 7 pm-
Saturday, April 29 -Flea Market at Park
Sunday, April 30-
Queen's Birthday Race,
Windsurfing Race (Tolo),
MCB 5 km, 17 km run
Monday, May 1 Labor Day-Banks &
many stores closed
Sunday, May 7-Bonaire Culinary
Team Dinner, 7 pm, Chez Nous, $25 for
3-course meal with wine. Call Sara 786-
9299, Floris 786-1508, Laura 786-6518
Friday, May 12 Big party and show for
'mom' at Don Paranda, from 8:30 pm to 2
am, entrance F1.35- Featuring Melania van
der Veen, Boy Thode, Romeo Heye, Denis
Cicilia, Wilbert Petronella and DJ HB
Disco. To benefit the FKPD (Handicapped
Foundation) Call 717-6210 for tickets.
Daily (more or less)
HH 2 for 1 ( on all beverages) 5-7 pm, Fla-
mingo Balashi Beach Bar
HH-Buddy Dive, 5:30-6:30
HH Cactus Blue (except Sunday) 5 to 7 pm,
2 for 1 appetizer with every entr6e
Divi Flamingo Casino open daily for hot
slot machines, roulette and blackjack, Mon.
to Sat. 8 pm 4 am; Sun. 7 pm 3 am.
Daily by appointment -Rooi Lamoenchi
Kunuku Park Tours Bonairean kunuku.
$12 (NAf 12 for residents). Tel 717-8489,
Grill Night on the Beach, Buddy Dive
Rincon Marsh--6 am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bo-
nairean 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
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- 9:30 pm
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, followedby All 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
Bonaire Reporter- April 21 to April 28, 2006
dual-projector production by Albert Bianculli,
8.30 pm, Capt. Don's Habitat.
Monday- Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea slide
Show at Captain Don's Habitat, 8:30 pm Call
717-8290 for info.
Wednesday (2nd and 4'h) Turtle Conserva-
tion (STCB) 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-StepintoBonaire'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
h u Friday, 9 12,2-4. Weekends by appointment
MangasinadiRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view from
'The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bonaire's
culture. Visit homes from the 17th century. Daily.
Call 7174060/ 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the
Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays from 8
am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Mu-
seum and Visitors' Center. Open daily 8
am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-
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 every Wednesday; 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.NAf5enty
fee. Call Cahy 5664056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Cafe. 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
At the Airport
Aboard Divi Divi Air
MCB (Playa & Hato
Bistro de Paris
Lover's Ice Cream
Pasa Bon Pizza
Bonaire Gift Shop
Photo Tours, Playa
Capt. Don's Habitat
Caribbean Club Bonaire
Eden Beach Hotel
Golden Reef Inn
The Great Escape
Sand Dollar Resort
Bo Toko, North Salina
Sand Dollar Grocery
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)- 7174303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child Care)
Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics- Call Roosje 786-7984
Volunteers to train children in sports. Con-
tact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik 717-
New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda
Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Services
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 ofCoromoto 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
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number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
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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.
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
bar. New! Spa!
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 Full digital services.
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer service, top notch properties and home owners
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.
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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 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 laig ea Resran an erfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar.
At the D17-8285 Flamingo eac Resort. Waterfront Open 7 days Inspiring vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.
Croccantino Italian Restarant ModerateExpensive Bonaire's Most Romantic Restaurant where dining is a delight! Tuscan
Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Chef David prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients.Be served in
oClosed Monday a garden setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort.
Take out too.
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof.
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Cuban cuisine. New kitchen. New cook
717-7488 Breakfast every day; Lunch, Dinner Tues-Sun. Happy hours 5 to 7 every day.
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home
Home Delivery or Take Out Now in Playa-next to Xerox 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.
Pasa Bon Pizza Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate gredients. Salads, desserts. at 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 'd lost all contact with my old-
Iest sister Thelma when I was
17. In the years after my retirement my
wife and I traveled extensively and we
decided to try to find my sister. We
knew she was living in Brazil where
she had emigrated to after World War
II. Via Holland, where we went to visit
my mother, we flew to Brazil and went
to the Dutch consulate. Miraculously
the woman who was working there
knew my sister personally and she took
us to her house. We knocked on the
door and told my sister we'd come to
bring a message from her mother.
Thelma let us in and we were chatting
for two hours and she never recognized
me! Her husband came home and she
told him: 'We have visitors who came
to bring news from my mother.' My
brother-in-law had been an old school
friend of mine from elementary school.
Another hour passed by and then, sud-
denly, my brother-in-law looked at me,
hit his fist on the table and said: 'Damn
it! He's your brother!' And we laughed
and cried and hugged what a thing!
Why did I keep it up for so long? Life
is very boring without a thrill!
I was born December 18th 1923, in
Surabaya, Indonesia. In 1941 I was
called up by the land forces because
Japan had invaded Indonesia. One of
my first assignments was to clean up
the remains of dozens of school chil-
dren who had been on a train that was
bombed by the Japanese. I was just 18.
In 1942 I was transferred to the marines
in Surabaya and after that to the south
coast because we had to evacuate to
Australia. Before I left, my dad and I
said goodbye at the train station. It was
the last time I saw him; he died in a
I left for Melbourne and then to Syd-
ney where I boarded the Queen Eliza-
beth, destination South Africa. In Cape
Town the ship was loaded with German
and Italian POWs from North Africa
and we sailed to the US. At the end of
1946 I resigned from the marines and
started working for Shell on the lake
tankers, sailing back and forth between
Cura9ao and Maracaibo, Venezuela. I
was adventurous and I'd always wanted
to become an engineer on a ship, but I
had one tremendous handicap: I was
always seasick. It probably had some-
thing to do with my inner ear balance.
But I stayed for a year on the lake
tankers, then I started working for
OGEM Cura9ao (Overseas Gas and
Electricity Company) as an engineer in
the engine room of the plant heavy
work, hot too. Three years later I was
transferred to Aruba. I was a bachelor,
27 years old. One day, walking the
street, I saw an open door and a girl
sitting behind a desk. She was a beauty!
I didn't know what to do and I had
never fished in my life, but the one
thing that entered my mind was to ask
her where I could buy some fish hooks.
It was her I wanted to hook! Her name
was Yvonne Hartogh. She was 17, born
in Paramaribo, Surinam."
"I had so many boyfriends I was so
popular," his wife smiles, "but I thought
he could be something for my sister, so
I took him home. I am one of 10 chil-
dren; we're Jews. I was six when I
came to Aruba. My mother had died
and my eldest sister had promised her
on her deathbed to take care of all of
us. She and her husband had a small
house in Aruba, and one by one, they
had us come over to live with them.
Both of them were darlings."
"Just before I was transferred to Bon-
aire in 1951 Yvonne and I got engaged.
On Bonaire OGEM had taken over L.
D. Gerharts' electricity company and
we needed to build a whole new plant.
In 1952 Yvonne and I got married on
Aruba and she came with me to Bon-
"Another hour passed by
and then, suddenly, my
brother-in-law looked at
me, hit his fist on the table
and said: 'Damn it! He's
your brother! "'
"When I think about it, I don't know
how we did it!" Yvonne says. "Three
hours of electricity per day, no refrig-
erator, no plumbing! You had to save
rain water in a cistern, and in those
days it hardly ever rained! We could
get sweet water in oil drums sent by
OGEM, but the taste was awful! Every
night Henk had to go to Rincon where
they had a small generator, to shut the
thing off. In Playa the building where
Exito Bakery and Movieland are was
the plant and office."
Henk continues, "A 30-year-old
Deutz engine was send to Bonaire from
Surinam. The flywheel alone weighed
five tons! The transport from what was
the pier to the plant took place by roll-
ing the engine over pipes through the
streets; there was no heavy equipment
to lift anything whatsoever. When the
engine was finally installed Kralendijk
had round-the-clock electricity; not
Nikiboko or Nort di Salina just Playa!
Years later we expanded the capacity
with a Stork and a Brons' engine, and
the old equip-
Playa went to
As the man-
ager I was re-
had to keep it
any major prob-
there was no
with a popula-
tion of 5,000 Jhr. Frederik W
was never any
return. For the company Bonaire was a
loss. When there was a power failure
the Governor would come, even in the
middle of the night, knocking at my
door, and I had to fix it immediately!
Life on Bonaire was good though and
we had wonderful friends like Anton
Heitkonig, L.D. Gerharts and Leo and
Mr. 'Henk' Gevers is a gentle man
blessed with a very nice and subtle
sense of humor, and both he and his
wife are very hospitable people. "In
1954 our daughter Diana was born and
two years later our son Arthur, both in
the hospital here on Bonaire. In 1965
we were transferred to St. Martin where
I installed the first power plant. I did
the same in Saba and Statia. It took a
lot of improvisation; the islands were
primitive at the time. The children went
to schools where the instruction lan-
guage switched between Dutch and
We survived several hurricanes and
one day, while we were on vacation in
Holland, I was called, not to go back to
St. Martin but to Peru! OGEM had
taken over a plant there and the whole
structure had to be rebuilt. Yvonne and
the children couldn't come with me.
Chimbote, the city in Peru I was trans-
ferred to, was in a desert and had 34
fish-flour factories. The smell was be-
"I went to my sister's in Surinam,"
Yvonne says. "I got Henk's salary and
he got pocket money. We took taxis
everywhere and my sister bought four
aircos for the house! The children went
to school; Surinam has excellent
schools. It was a great year; we had
such fun, I was only 27. After a year
the children and I went to Peru to join
Henk. It was beautiful, gorgeous. The
people were so sweet. What poverty!
What wealth! And so many earth-
quakes! But I had the best time of my
life. Once a year the fishing was
Villiam "Henk" Gevers and Yvonne
stopped to protect the species and the
factories closed. So one day you'd
wake up and realize that something was
missing, something was wrong. The
smell had gone! Funny thing is, you get
used to it. The children went to school
half days, the other half day they did
IVIO School, a correspondence course
"In 1974 we were transferred again,
to Curagao this time," Henk says. "And
in 1976 we came back to Bonaire and I
retired two years later. We're lucky to
have our daughter Diana living here
too. She works at SGB as a computer
and mathematics teacher and she
spends a lot of time with us. Our son
Arthur studied at the Massachusetts'
Institute of Technology (MIT) in Bos-
ton. He got a master's degree in ocean-
ography and is now working for
PDVSA in Curagao. We have three
For me the years I spent in St. Martin
and Peru were the best years of my life
because of the people, but also it was
interesting to build a whole plant from
scratch. After my retirement we bought
this oceanfront property and built our
house here. I was thinking, 'Where
should I go?' I love peace and tranquil-
ity and I got used to these islands. It has
been the right choice. Everything has
its pros and cons, but when you get
older it's easier to live in a small place
where everything is at hand. I never
regretted my decision to stay here. I
don't feel Dutch, Indonesian, or Antil-
lean. I don't think about those things,
but I do feel that this
is the most beautiful
place to spend my
when you're getting
old like me." Story
and photo by Greta
Bonaire Reporter- April 21 to April 28, 2006
On the Isand Since m 195
DIVING with DEE
Are You A Marine Animal, OrAn Underwater Tourist?
I 'm delighted to
my status as a marine
Homo sapiens (Homo
sus?) was recon-
firmed this week.
Twice. (I define a
person as a marine
Homo sapiens if
they're accepted as a
marine animal by a
marine animal.) The
first time was with a
banded coral shrimp
pidus, "narrow- The banded coral shrimp cleans my finger;
footed," "bristly"). the shrimp in the lower right is his mate.
Banded coral shrimp
are reputed to be
cleaners. I've seen
photos of them clean-
ing it seems that
everyone in the
world has seen them
cleaning but until
recently I'd never
seen them clean. Not
only that, but even
though I'd offered
my hand as a client
to numerous banded
coral shrimp in the
daytime and also at
night I was always
spuned.n The banded coral shrimp cleans my finger with his
Then, in February I
saw a banded coral smaller claws, keeping the big ones ready to defend us if
saw a banded coral
necessary. His mate is to the right; the turquoise color on
shrimp cleaning a
shrimp cleaning a her underside is eggs.
graysby in mid-
morning but deep under a ledge.
Then, last month, I saw a banded coral shrimp cleaning a scorpionfish who was
resting on the sand in about 15 feet of water. Then, last week, I saw a pair of
banded coral shrimp on a vertical rock. The place was an easy one for me to reach
so just for the heck of it I offered my hand to the shrimp. AND GOT CLEANED!
By a banded coral shrimp!
So, the next question is: why? Why this time and not all those other times?
Maybe because banded coral shrimp are suddenly becoming much more eager to
clean? Nah, not likely. This is the first time I've been able to offer my hand from
the side rather than from above. But, I've offered my hand in front of banded
shrimp several times, unsuccessfully.
From the photos you can tell that the individual to whom I presented my fingers
was the male of the pair since his mate shows the turquoise tummy of the female
with eggs. Maybe the male is less picky about who he cleans?
I was able to hold my hand very steady and that helped, too. And, finally, maybe
this shrimp's willingness to clean was related to the fact that it was BIG. Other
creatures become more confident as they reach full size; maybe banded coral
shrimp are the same way. Whatever the reason, I'll always feel closer to them be-
cause one individual (so far) was willing to accept me as a client.
The second instance in which I was treated like a marine Homo sapiens wasn't
quite so warm and
fuzzy, and this
wasn't the first
time it's happened.
The first time was
more than 25 years
ago in the Florida
Keys with visibil-
ity of 30 feet or
less. I turned my
head, sunlight re-
flected off my
So m This barracuda has been hooked; the line broke, leaving
and something the hook in hisjaw, but it will rot out or fall out in afew
and something weeks.
flashed right in weeks
front of me: a bar-
racuda who was 3 feet long, or longer. (At the time it seemed to be at least eight or
10 feet long ...) The barracuda's mouth was open; it was wriggling its lowerjaw;
and its teeth were even more apparent than usual. I believe the open mouth was a
deliberate display of weaponry, a sort of "Okay, the situation wasn't what I ex-
pected. But don't forget that I can handle anything!"
Once I was able to think again, I remembered that barracuda will instinctively
investigate flashes of light or even extra-pale things. When I was diving in the Ba-
hamas a snorkeler dropped a dive knife from the surface in about 30 feet of water.
The knife twisted and flashed its way to the sand bottom and attracted an audi-
ence of several barracudas. The water was clear, they could see it wasn't a strug-
gling fish, but they watched it closely until it stopped moving. Barracudas would
be attracted in the same way by a diver waving a white towel. Or by a diver simply
waving, displaying the pale inside of his or her hands. Or, in this most recent in-
stance, the 'cuda was attracted by the pale soles of my feet. Sure, I know that
something as large as I am would be too big for just about any barracuda to seek as
prey. And I know that my feet would be around the right size for prey for a 3 foot
'cuda, but I also know that the visibility is too good for the 'cuda to miss the fact
that my feet are attached to the rest of me. I know all this, but turning my back on a
3 foot barracuda in order to flutter the soles of my food-sized feet in its face is just,
well, impossible. I tried swimming backwards, facing the 'cuda but discovered
that (1) I still had to flutter my feet in its face, and (2) its response to this was to
watch me and ease closer. Not the response I'd hoped for.
Maybe acting like prey wasn't the best idea. I turned around and swam directly
toward the barracuda who finned backwards gently. After catching my breath, I
swam directly at the 'cuda again. This time it swam back to the formation it'd been
near when we first saw each other with its mouth open, its lower jaw wriggling,
and its teeth prominently displayed. Suddenly I realized This barracuda is treating
me as a creature which defended itself better than expected in fact, it's treating
me as ofl were just another marine animal. I'd become a competitor something
close to an equal-to this barracuda.
Considering what happened to the naturalist who made whale noises around a
mother humpback, her calf, and their escort, I'd just as soon stick with being the
kind of marine Homo sapiens whose responsibilities I understand: being a cleaner
station client. 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.
la A3L fl FC I F NE
*to find it, just look up
The Moon and Venus Make an Awesome Pair and
Jupiter Sidles Up to the Scorpion's Claw!
M ark next Mon-
day April 24th
on your calendar as the
morning just before
sunrise when you'll see
not only an exquisite
pairing of the most bril-
liant planet of them all,
Venus, with our nearest
neighbor, the Moon,
but you'll also see the
king of the planets,
Jupiter, in a super
close meeting with the
southern claw of the
On Monday, April
24th, an hour and a
half before sunrise, Libra
face southwest where
just above the horizon you'll see the second brightest planet of them all, brilliant
88,000-mile-wide Jupiter. And not only will it be beautiful to the naked eye but it
will also dazzle you through a small telescope. And just below Jupiter, only one de-
gree away, which is about the width of two full Moons lined up end to end, the star
with the strange sounding name, Zuben Elgenubi. Translated that means "the
southern claw" because it and the star directly above Jupiter, Zuben Eschamali,
"the northern claw," were formerly the two claws of the ancient constellation Scor-
pius, the Scorpion, which went through a dramatic change in Roman times when the
scorpion was declawed and Zuben Eschamali and Zuben Elgenubi became the two
brightest stars of the new Roman constellation, Libra, the scales.
Be that as it may you will be able to see Zuben Elgenubi easily with the naked eye.
But through a small telescope or pair of binoculars Zuben Elgenubi and Jupiter, side
by side, will make an exquisite picture. But keep this in mind: while Jupiter is an
88,000-mile-wide planet, 500 million miles away, Zuben Elgenubi is a star over two
times the size of our almost million-mile-wide Sun, almost a million times farther
away than Jupiter, 77 light years. Wow! Don't miss these two, please.
And while you're outside Monday morning if you wait another half hour, until
about an hour before sunrise, and look east south east you'll see a super close pairing
of the brightest planet of them all, 8,000-mile-wide Venus, and a super thin waning
crescent Moon complete with "earthshine" which will look like a bright slender
crescent with a dark, almost black full Moon nestled within it. We call the darkened
portion of the Moon earthshine because unlike the bright crescent, which is sunlight
bouncing directly off the Moon to the Earth, earthshine is sunlight bouncing off our
Earth onto the darkened portion of the Moon and then back to Earth again, thus its
Don't miss this, please, because historically super close pairings of Venus and a
crescent Moon have been depicted in art all the way back through prehistoric times.
Indeed every time I see such a pairing, it still, after all these years, takes my breath
So there you have it: Monday morning April 24th an hour before sunrise Venus
parked next to the Moon in the east and in the southwest the king of the planets
parked next to the ancient southern claw of the scorpion. Jack Horkheimer
For the week: April 16 to 22, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Don't let others bait you into arguments. Losses
could occur if you haven't been careful when dealing withjoint financial ventures.
Be prepared to lose friends or alienate other people if you insist on being stubborn.
Help elders get their personal papers in order. Your lucky day this week will be
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You can make life easier for an older member of
your family. Investments will not be as they appear this week. Have some fun, but
draw the line if someone tries to fast talk their way into your heart. Changes in
your domestic scene are evident. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You can make money through your own creative
efforts. Emotional matters may not be easy for you to handle. Problems with your
boss could lead to unemployment. You don't need to pay out in order to have fun.
Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Someone around you may not be trustworthy. This
is not the week to be extravagant. Try to be reasonable. You will be prone to care-
lessness that could result in accidents. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You will be emotional with regard to your personal life.
You may as well work on projects that will allow you to make progress. You are
best not to discuss your personal life with others. Try to understand both sides of
the issue before taking sides. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Social get-together will bring you in contact with
intelligent new friends. Do not invest injoint ventures. Things will be hectic and
family members will be erratic. Be diplomatic and honest, and that person will
only be made to look bad. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) If you have to deal with large institutions, be careful
not to make waves. You will feel the limitations if you have been overdoing it.
Deal with the needs of children and get into groups that deal with self awareness.
You will have a tendency to put on pounds. Your lucky day this week will be
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You need to keep busy doing things that you
both enjoy. Think twice before you say something you might regret later. Take
care of any pressing medical problems that you or one of your parents may be suf-
fering from. Outdoor sports events should entice you. Your lucky day this week
will be Monday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You can get ahead if you are willing to take
a partner. If you're already in a relationship, use this added energy passionately.
You will be uncertain of your feelings. Travel will be favorable. Your lucky day
this week will be Friday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Don't let your mate bully you into thinking
that you owe them your time and your life. You may find your nights sleepless due
to bad dreams. You may as well work on projects that will allow you to make pro-
gress. Overindulgence will be a problem if you are out in a social setting. Your
lucky day this week will be Monday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You need to sit back and enjoy. Your own small
business on the side sounds pretty lucrative. Your obviously unique way of doing
things has caught the eye of someone in a higher position. You will have a blowup
this week if your partner does things that you feel are not aboveboard. Your lucky
day this week will be Thursday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Try to stay calm and understand both sides of the
situation. Difficulties will result if you have to deal with controversial groups this
week. You can expect sorrow to evolve from the information you discover. Look
out for those wanting to push you into a disagreement. Your lucky day this week
will be Monday.
Bonaire Reporter- April 21 to April 28, 2006