oA 2 oM 5 II2 o um1
Bonaire, Saba and
signed an accord
last week to deal
directly with The
ties. The meeting
in Statia under-
scored the gap
between the more
populated islands of Curagao and St.
Maarten, which voted for "status aparte"
from Holland, and the smaller islands
which desire closer integration, "laso
direkto." Experienced political observers
say the division has the potential to make
the July 2007 target for dissolution of the
Antilles more achievable.
The main point of the meeting was to
request Holland to meet with officials
from Bonaire, Saba and Statia in a mini
summit before the next Round Table
Conference. The three islands hope to
reach fundamental agreements on their
future relations with the Netherlands.
A That Antillean youngsters in Hol-
land have more troubles with the police
is undisputed. The proposed legislation
authored by Dutch Integration Minister
Rita Verdonk addresses this problem by
first attempting to keep young Antil-
leans out of Holland, then making it
easy to send them back to the Carib-
bean. Now, additional measures to expel
Antillean youngsters in trouble with
Dutch police are moving closer to be-
IN THS ISSUE:
Tourist Tax Debate Continues:
Simplified Structure 4
Many Promises (Crime) 4
BYOF Kids-"No Limits" 6
Rincon Day Fun 7
Earth Day Cleanup at Lagun 8
Dive into Adventure-Sign up now 9
Do You SuDoko? 10
Dania Exhibit Opens 10
Kross Confirmation 12
Bouwman-Snelder Marriage 12
Antique Houses (Kas di Bara) 13
SuDoko Solution 14
Gardener (Water & more) 18
Fate of the Frigate Bird 18
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Tide Table 9
Coral Glimpses 11
Pet of the Week
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Cruise Ship Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since
(Carlos Jimenez) 17
Sky Park (Big Dipper) 19
The Stars Have It 19
coming law. But former Judge of the
Joint Court of Justice of the Netherlands
Antilles and Aruba, Bob Wit, said it is
really as "good riddance to bad rubbish."
Wit advises the Antillean Central Gov-
ernment to take a firm and principled
stand against the proposal. He feels that
in any case Queen Beatrix will be put in
an extremely awkward and embarrassing
position when asked to sign a bill that is
blatantly discriminatory towards the citi-
zens of the Netherlands Antilles, for it is
her duty to prevent discrimination within
the Kingdom. Wit believes the measures
would produce very little relief for the
Netherlands but in the long run might
prove to be disastrous for the Nether-
The latest revisions to the bill give dis-
cretionary power to the Minister to order
the expulsion of certain Antillean and
Aruban "at risk youths" between the ages
of 14 and 24 from the Netherlands to
their home islands and a power to refuse
them entry into the Netherlands. Essen-
tially, the latest amendments make return
to the Antilles as a punishment for a
crime. Expectations are that with this
type of administrative expulsion, 4,500
people will get deported in the next five
years and will cost 1.5 million euro just
to handle the appeals process..
A The Bonaire Investment and Partici-
pation Company BBPM (Bonaire Beleg-
ging en Participatie Maatschappij)
placed a lien on the shares of the Cen-
tral Government-owned Windward
Islands Airways International
(Winair) last week. Winair provides air
service among the northern Netherlands
Antilles islands. BBPM is the sole share-
holder of Dutch Antilles Express which
flies between Aruba, Bonaire, Curagao
and St. Maarten. BBPM's shares are
owned by businessman Niek Sandmann.
Winair's Managing Director Edwin
Hodge stated in a press release that the
lien had been placed either to acquire
100% of the shares or to retrieve
BBPM's investment of NAf1.4 million.
In 2004 with Winair in bankruptcy,
BBPM signed an agreement to take over
Winair's operations. At that time BBPM
invested NAf .4 million to pay off Wi-
nair's non-secured creditors. BBPM, at
that point, was involved in the operation
of DAE's predecessor, Exel Aviation
Group, operating as BonairExel and
CuragaoExel. The Central Government
decided to unilaterally pull out of the
agreement late in 2005. Winair flies
about 40 flights a day. Its shares are esti-
mated to be worth NAf5 million.
A According to the newspaper, The
Jamaican Observer, The American
Academy of Hospitality Sciences' Five-
Star Diamond Award, which Air Ja-
maica held for the last five years, has
been withdrawn because the airline no
longer meets the Academy's exacting
Jamaica CEO s
Michael Conway *r E
said, "There are
awards, and then
there are awards.
The 5-Star Dia-
mond is more
ented and per-
tains more to hotels. Now this award,
which we do not place too much stock in,
comes at a price of $25,000." Under its
previous management team, Air Jamaica
won Modem Brides' Honeymoon Airline
award as well as the World Travel
Awards for the Best Airline to the Carib-
bean. Last year Air Jamaica lost $136
million, $46 million more than it had
estimated. The Jamaican government is
projecting the airline to earn US$433
million in revenues this financial year
compared to US$385 million last year.
Air Jamaica flies once a week to Bonaire,
down from its four times a week peak. It
offers convenient connections to many
A UNESCO language expert, Simon
Clarke, wants the Antilles to preserve
its multilingualism. He says that it is
good to try to preserve the Papiamentu
language by introducing it in early edu-
cation. Clarke is in Curagao at the invi-
tation of the Ministry of Education and
Culture and the Education Administra-
tion. He emphasized that early education
in Dutch is also vitally important for
higher education. The ABC islands are
a unique community with a long his-
tory where average citizens speak four
languages. This quality is exceptional,
(Continued on page 5)
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DEPARTURE TAX QUERY
To the Editor,
I have a question about the proposed change in the departure
tax. My husband and I have owned a home in Hato for more
than 25 years. We also own a truck. On past visits, we have
merely paid the $20 departure tax when we left the island. Do
I understand correctly that we will now have to pay $75 per
person every time we leave Bonaire? Is there no relief for
property owners who pay property taxes on Bonaire?
Editor's note: As we understand it, yes, you will pay $75,
unless you are Bonaire residents. The "relief" is reserved for
those who pay both property and income taxes.
Interestingly, Marco van de Kreeke, who manages Flamingo
Airport, was quoted in the on-line world airport news site, luchtvaartnieuws.nl, that he
was concerned that the collection of the new $75/person tax would be the responsibility
of the airport to collect, as is today's $20 departure tax. In a press release following the
posting of his statements, he denied the allegation in the article that he said the higher
tax would lead to airport delays. The local press also reported Mr. van der Kreeke's
concern that when afamily offour left Bonaire they might consider the $300 they
would have to pay as grand larceny.
The TCB tells us about the new airport tax: "At time ofpayment visitors would have
to prove their place of birth/national status, date of birth and destination after leaving
This will make the Bonaire airport, from next June 1, unique in the world. Not only
will the amount of money to be paid as departure tax depend on where you go, it will
also depend on where you come from. Meaning: where you were born. The TCB speaks
of a "simplified tax structure." We shall see.
Let's give a few examples.
Bonaire- Curagao etc. (in the examples 1 through 6 commercial accommodations and
rented cars are used).
Case 1: Married couple with two children, born and bred in Curagao, pay 4 x NAf10
at the most, or less for the children who are younger than 13 or the parents who are
older than 64. All this has to be verified by checking passports and sedulas (National ID
Case 2: Married couple with two children, not born in Curagao. They pay 4 x NAf27,
or less for the children who are younger than 13.
All this has to be verified by checking passports and sedulas.
Case 3: Married couple with two children. Father born in Curagao, mother and one of
the children are not. They pay 10 + 27 + 10 + 27 = NAf74 or less for the children who
are younger than 13 (then is it NAf5 for the one and NAf 13,50 for the other one).
All this has to be verified by checking passports and sedulas. And be calculated!
So there are four different amounts of money to be paid: 5 10 13,50 or NAf27.
For the domestic flights only, four different kinds of travelers.
Case 4: Dutch (or American) couple with two children pay 4 x $ 75 = $300 or less for
the children who are under 13, (they pay $37.50). All this has to be verified by check-
Case 5: Antillean born couple with two children born elsewhere pay 2 x $ 20 plus 2
x $75 = $190 or less for the children who are under 13. All this has to be verified by
Case 6: (Very interesting!) Couple not born in the Antilles with two children pay, if
they travel by way of Curagao to their destination abroad 4 x $15 for the domestic
flight. or less for the children who are under 13. All this has to be verified by checking
passports. In Curagao they pay an additional airport tax of 4 x $23. If they had flown
from Bonaire directly to a foreign country they would have paid 4 x $75 = $300. Going
by way of Curagao saved the four of them $148.
Cases 7 and 8: The specialist from Curagao, but not born there, now pays NAf27
when he returns home after a hard day's work in Bonaire. The Curagao specialist who
comes to Bonaire regularly accompanied by his Dutch born wife, who acts as his assis-
tant, pays NAf10 when going home, his wife NAf27. Should they get the idea to go
abroad straight from Bonaire, he would pay $20, she $75. In these cases too, things
would have to be verified by checking passports and sedulas.
For the international flights three kinds of receipts have to be kept in stock: for $20,
$37.50 and $75. In total there are seven kinds of travelers. What simplified tax struc-
Things have to be verified endlessly by checking passports and sedulas. This may
take lots of time. Long queues before the airport tax booth. Irate travelers. Planes de-
parting too late.
The injustice of the system is that the ones who do not use commercial accommoda-
tions and don't rent cars or are on the island for very short periods of time have to pay
these high prices too. Isn't there something like the principle of equality? I wonder
whether it's legal. What is the justification for giving preferential treatment to born An-
tilleans and Arubans?
Then there is one little problem left. Inhabitants of Bonaire are favored too. But how
do you prove at the airport that you reside in Bonaire? A sedula or a passport tells
where and when you were bor, gives your name and nationality but that's it. It does
not say where you live. Even if the sedula says Bonaire and the passport was issued by
the Lieutenant-Governor of Bonaire, it does not prove that you live there. Many inhabi-
tants of Bonaire have foreign passports. A driver's license may do the trick, but not eve-
rybody has one. The only truly legal proof that one lives in Bonaire is an extract from
the basic administration of the Citizens' Department of the Island Territory of Bonaire,
stating that one is registered there as an inhabitant of Bonaire. It will be a little difficult
to demand producing such a document when leaving the island by air. What's the alter-
This airport regulation is a classic example of ultimate inequality and may bring, in
the long run, irreparable damage to Bonaire. One should just forget about it.
MANY PROMISES, LITTLE CHANGE
Break-ins on Bonaire are frequent. Criminal
activity is on the rise on this beautiful Carib-
Yesterday, 4/15/06, two homes in Lagun Hill
were robbed in the afternoon. Windows and
doors were shattered. Police offered these sug-
gestions: get a dog; install a security system; or
install bars on the doors and windows.
One of the homes did have a dog. Response
time from security is over 30 minutes, and last
month they cut the bars during a burglary here.
Solutions offered by the police are not helpful.
They offer suggestions other than doing their
In 2004 my son's camera was stolen and our car window smashed. This year, our pro-
pane tank was stolen and someone tried to hotwire our car.
Bonaire calls itself the "Diver's Paradise." However, it is rapidly becoming the
"Diver's Hell." The police and government have promised tougher stances on crime.
They have promised to apprehend and prosecute criminals. Little done. On an island of
12,000 people it seems incomprehensible the police cannot find out who the culprits
(,ontinned on n0QP 5)
Bonaire Reporter April 28 to May 5, 2006
(Letters. Continued from page 4)
The failure of the police and government to reduce the crime will only lead to the
ruin of Bonaire. A dive tag was $10; it's now $25. Departure tax is about to rise to $75
because the government is unable to collect the existing taxes owed by hotels, car
rental agencies, etc. While we understand the need for taxes, tourists will not be willing
to pay these increased fees to visit a crime-ridden island. Bonaire's vitality depends on
The police excuse their failure to protect the island's law-abiding population by
claiming that the police force is too small. They claim to not have a computer system
that saves and catalogs fingerprints, DNA samples, photographs and other evidence.
Yet when investigating last week's burglaries, we were informed that only two of the
seven police officers were on duty because the others were unavailable. We were of-
fered one excuse after another.
Another problem: The familial relationships between members of the police force
and the alleged criminals apparently affect the investigation and arrest of suspects.
They should not. They should also not prevent the investigation and detention of mi-
nors. Rumors suggest that many of the burglars are as young as 9. Allowing children to
get away with crime will only escalate the severity crime as children grow older. Petty
crime at 9 years old will lead to armed robbery or worse at 19 years old. Curbing
crime must begin with teaching Bonaire's youth that stealing is wrong, will not be tol-
erated, and there will be consequences. Bonaire's continued status as a premier dive
location hangs in the balance. Now is the time to do something.
If the current police force is unable or unwilling to live up to its responsibility and
oath, a new police force is required a police force with no family ties to the local
Now is the time to act.
Gil and Gladys Lombard
Editor's note: Last week a visiting yachtsman told us the story of the theft from his
boat of valuable camera equipment; equipment that he depended on for his livelihood.
The youthful thieves were pursued as theyfled the scene and dumped the equipment
into the sea, destroying it. (Remember the Nikon lens found by the underwater cleanup
team we reported two weeks ago?) The thieves were identified, but the problem re-
mains of how to discourage youngsters guilty of a non-violent crime when the island
has no detention facilities.
One observer came up with a possible idea: make the parents of the children re-
sponsible for restitution and an apology. The parents in this case wouldn't be too
happy about coming up with the $2,000 cost of the camera gear.
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
unique and an advantage in the glob-
alizing world, something that is insuf-
ficiently recognized locally, says
A Eleven Caribbean islands can be
reached with KLM and Air France from
Europe. Curagao is its cheapest destina-
tion in the Caribbean, 399 euro. A
ticket from Amsterdam to Bonaire
costs 499 euro, to Atlanta 219 euro, and
to Cairo 299 euro.
A "The navy should start giving
the cruise ships in Curacao, Bonaire,
and Aruba extra protection against
possible Venezuelan aggression," says
Dutch Parliamentarian Zsolt Szab6 in
last week's Dutch weekly Elsevier. The
safety of the Antilles and Aruba is, ac-
cording to him, "a cheese with holes."
The cruise ships are full of American
grandparents," and there is no protection
at all for them. Other reports in the press
indicate that he is not the only parlia-
mentarian that is concerned.
Dutch Defense Minister Henk Kamp
says that Venezuela and the Netherlands
coexist on friendly basis. However,
President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela
considers the Antilles a stepping stone
for a possible American invasion
against his country. He condemned
Kamp on television and accused him of
spreading lies and that Kamp is a pawn
of Washington. Szab6 is of the opinion
that Kamp should fortify the military
capacity in the Antilles and in Aruba.
"We are building a radar system on the
Leeward Islands to monitor the matter,
but when you notice that something is
going on, you should also be prepared to
take actions. One frigate is not enough.
It must be much more robust." Accord-
ing to the latest edition of Elsevier,
Venezuela has 18 Mirages that are capa-
ble of firing AM-30 Exocet ship-killer
missiles. Venezuela also has 24 Russian
MI-17 helicopters, two submarines, six
frigates with launcher for Otomat MK2-
missiles, and six Vospor patrol boats,
some of which also have missile capa-
"When it comes to taking actions,"
Parliamentarian Zsolt Szab6 said, "the
Netherlands will never be able to meet
her longstanding obligation towards the
Antilles and Aruba with just one frigate,
200 marines and 60 military police sta-
tioned on the islands. Ben Bot, the
Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, says
the Netherlands must remain neutral in
the conflict between Venezuela and the
a Ratcheting up a
war of words with
lan President Hugo
Chavez said last
Wednesday that Vene-
zuela would blow up
its oil fields if a US Chavez
attack he has repeat-
(Continued on noae 6)
tonaire Reporter April 28 to Mvay ZUUbo
week a large
group of tennis
players from the
nis school of
Bonaire for the
first time for a
Sport Bonaire at
the Harbour Vil-
lage Tennis Cen-
ter. The group
consisted of 20
youngsters and 11 adult players and a group of 25 parents. The enthusiastic young ten-
nis players participated in a three-day event that started Wednesday and lasted until
Friday The teams played singles, doubles and mixed doubles and had great fun. At the
closing ceremony ARUPRO thanked Elisabeth Vos of Tennisschool Sport Bonaire and
her assistant Cedric La Hay for their organization. Bonaire promised ARUPRO to work
on a return visit in the near future. Elisabeth Vos
BYOF Kids "No Limits"
(Flotsam and Jetsam., Continued from page 5)
edly warned about becomes reality.
While many Chavez supporters in poor
neighborhoods consider a US invasion a
real threat, critics and most international
observers call it a far-fetched fantasy de-
signed to fire up Chavez's political base.
"We would not have any alternative ...
We will blow up our own oil fields ...
They are not going to take that oil,"
Chavez said in comments broadcast on
state television. Chavez said that the re-
cent deployment of US warships in the
Caribbean Sea threatened his country and
its ally, Cuba. Venezuela also decided
to modernize its refinery in Cuba
rather than the pollution-producing
Isla refinery in Curacao
A The attorney for Holloway suspect,
Geoffrey van Cromvoirt, Elaine Lotter
Homan, says her client "is not a friend
of Joran van der
Sloot, the Kalpoe
brothers or any of
the earlier arrested
persons in the disap-
pearance of Natalee
Holloway and has
also no other relation-
ship with any of Geoffrey
them." In addition she van Cromvoirt
said van Cromvoirt
hadn't worked for his father's company,
VCB Video Camera Security Systems &
Consultancy at the Holiday Inn where
Joran van der Sloot's father, Paul van
der Sloot, told the Associated Press that
his son doesn't know van Cromvoirt.
This is the first time that van Cromvoirt
has been arrested. The Aruba Public
Prosecutor confirmed that van Cromvoirt
was arrested as part of the investigation
into the disappearance of Natalee Hollo-
way. He was released Wednesday morn-
ing because "there are no longer rea-
sons for keeping him imprisoned," said
the Public Prosecutor. It makes one
wonder why he was hassled by police.
He lived in Bonaire until a few years
SIn a brief press
Suriel, the police de-
partment's public infor- .
mation officer (left),
and two fellow officers
return the laptop that
was stolen from the
to its owner. Police photo
ago. A 20-year old, initials E.B., was
arrested on Saturday then released.
A The latest offshore search opera-
tion for Natalee Holloway's remains
was temporarily discontinued last
Thursday, said the Associated Press.
Aruban authorities had spent a week
sounding the seabed with sonar equip-
ment. They started this investigation
after 19-year old Geoffrey van Cromvoirt
A The Bonaire cellular telephone
scene is in for a big shakeup. Digicel, the
largest GSM telecom
provider in the Carib-
bean, is coming to Bon-
aire soon. According
to industry experts,
Digicel is a leader on
20 other Caribbean islands because of
aggressive marketing and high technical
standards. Its office will be in the origi-
nal Cellular One space, near Re/Max Re-
alty, at Kaya Grandi 26. They are looking
to hire administrative and technical per-
BYOF kids at the Mangrove Information and Kayak Center
uring Easter week the Bonaire Youth Outreach Foundation (BYOF) organized
a campout titled "No Limits." It was sponsored for the third consecutive year
by the RBTT Bank. The event challenges Bonaire's youngsters and helps form good
character so that they may reach their potential.
Highlights included a visit to Rooi Lamunchi to experience the history and nature;
landsailing; kayaking; sports and general fellowship.
The organizers would like to express their thanks to Willy and Jo-Anne Piar who set
up the games as well as Heidy and Aichel Mercelina, Senaida Hart, Diana Gevers,
Alejandro Martinus, Edward and Miriela Bernabela and last, but not least, Irene Mar-
tinus for her delicious food. BYOF appreciates the cooperation and support of Ellen
Cochrane-Herrera of Rooi Lamunchi, Landsailing Bonaire and the Mangrove Info &
Kayak Center. Story & photo by Sheloutska Martinus-Francees
be dumped at the landfill free of charge.
A Three members of St. Eustatius'
National Park, STENAPA, will spend
10 days getting ranger training in Bon-
aire. The visiting rangers are Walter
Blair, Gershon Lopes and Titi Spanner.
The visit is part of a ranger exchange
training scheme set up between the na-
tional and marine parks within the Dutch
Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA).
The Bonaire National Marine Park
(BNMP), a part of STINAPA Bonaire,
was set up in 1975 and has long-
established systems of operations and
maintenance that serve as a model for
marine parks worldwide. The Statia rang-
ers will spend their time working with
the BNMP manager and rangers in Bon-
aire, learning about their systems of
mooring installation and maintenance,
research and monitoring, patrolling and
law enforcement. Later this year the
manager and rangers of BNMP will visit
the Statia Park as the second step in the
ranger exchange program.
the team will serve a practice three-
course meal designed to garner them the
Gold Medal in compe-
tition with the finest
chef teams in the Car-
ibbean. The price is
$25 per person and in-
cludes wines. These
dinner events are a way to help raise
funds to send Bonaire's team to the com-
petition. Seating is limited so reserve
now. Call Sara at 786-9299, Floris at
786-1508 or Laura at 786-6518.
Bonaire Reporter April 28 to May 5, 2006
Francisco "Bubuchi" Janga, son of
the late "Mr. Rincon," Broetje
Janga, is following in his father's foot-
steps and heading up the organizing
committee for the 18th annual Rincon
Day (Dia di Rincon) this Sunday,
April 30. Those people who are on the
committee are those who, as Bubuchi
explains, "people who know the tradi-
tions, what Rincon Day is supposed to
be. It's for everyone, not just for the
people with money. Those people who
have a lot of knowledge of our culture
don't have a lot of money." Organizers
include Niko St. Jago, Carmen Goeloe,
Lourdes Winklaar and Glenda Frans.
The excitement actually begins the
night before, on Saturday, with a chil-
dren's parade starting at 4 pm from the
elementary school in Rincon. The
Balashi Bartenders Contest will be in
full swing that night with 14 super-
creative bartenders making up cocktails
that actually include Balashi Beer! It
starts at 9 pm and goes until midnight in
the big parking lot behind the fire sta-
tion in Rincon. The winner will be in-
vited to be the bartender competitor
with Bonaire's Culinary Team going to
the "Taste of the Caribbean" in June.
Stands selling food and drinks will
have been set up in the streets of Rincon
and it's Ban Topa (let's all meet) time
where there's dancing in the streets.
Sunday the camaraderie continues.
There will be music everywhere, with
three main stages set up for entertain-
ment and several smaller ones nearby.
Groups from Bonaire, Curagao and
Aruba will be on hand to entertain. Stars
like the Grupo Kristal will be coming
from Curagao and Grupo Betico will be
here from Aruba.
There will be parades, games, bands,
fun. Bring your camera for great photo
Stands will be selling all that good
Rincon traditional comida (food) like
kabrito stoba (goat stew), boka dushi
(sweet things), bachi bachi (a stew
made from many parts of the goat said
to be delicious). The stands themselves
are works of art, the creators using the
native materials growing on the island.
If you really want to be "in," get your-
self a Rincon Day tee shirt for NAf10
or 12, for adults and children. They're
sold at the Rincon Centro di Bario, the
Rose Inn and at Anna Nicolaas' store in
the village. See you there! L.D.
Don't Miss the Rincon Day Book Sale
by Hubentutpa Cristu
During the Rincon Day festivities this
Sunday stop by the stand next to the
Protestant church where there will be
lots of secondhand
books for sale includ- %
ing many children's
books and books in
English too. Everyone
who loves to read is
welcome. For the last
two years the stand has been run by the
Hubentutpa Cristu (young people for
Christ). All the profits from the sales of
the books and other goodies will be
used to get everything they need to con-
tinue the club.
Elly Oudshoorn reports that more than
40 years ago there was a successful
youth group at the Protestant Church in
Rincon. As the members left the island
the club declined. But three years ago,
members of the church who were once
members of the Hubentut themselves
wanted to revive the club where the
youth of Rincon could come for activi-
ties. With the support of many people
they started to rebuild the old building
connected to the kerki (church) of Rin-
con. It was finished and the youngsters
now have a place to come. But they
need material to keep the youngsters
busy with handicrafts like painting,
sewing, woodworking, playing ping
pong, etc. so they need to raise money
and this book sale is aimed towards that
end. They're also looking for second
For more information call Elly Oud-
shoorn, Subi di Rincon # 34, 717-3227
or cellphone 786-0870
Bikers Parades Motor and Pedal
In conjunction with the celebration of
Dia di Rincon on Sunday the Bonaire
Bikers Motorcycle Club will organize
a fund-raising Motorcycle Parade to
benefit the ATV Stanislaus handicapped
center. A donation of
NAf10 is asked of all
riders who will receive a
T-shirt courtesy of the
sponsors, Captain Don's
Habitat and the Polo
Auto Body Repair Cen-
Sign up on Sunday,
April 30 at 9 am at Capt.
Don's Habitat. Riders will assemble at
10am at Polo's. All motorized two-
wheeled vehicles are invited to partici-
pate. For more information contact
Mocky Arends at 786-5614 or Norman
Evertsz at 560-7282.
There will also be a Pedal Yourself
Bike Parade at 4 pm. Sign up at the
Rincon Sentro di bario in the morning.
Cost NAfl for kids, NAf2 for adults.
All welcome. L.D.
Bonaire Reporter April 28 to May 5, 2006
Young Volunteers and
Earth Day Cleanup at Lagun
Bonaire's Earth Day organizers are
thrilled with the turnout last weekend.
Lagun looks better than most have ever
seen it. We have two reports:
to start the clean-up by themselves. The
entire group cleaned during that Thursday
afternoon and came back Friday and
again Saturday to work. Working over the
course of three days and even bringing
their own tools to do the job, these
youngsters are a great example for the
entire community to emulate.
Day 2, Saturday, April 22, was a big
success. Building on the prior day's ef-
forts, over 40 people worked to clear al-
most all the debris that was covering the
sand. Five trash containers were filled. In
keep it clean. Why wait until next Earth
Day to clean Lagun? Wind and waves
deposit tons of trash throughout the year,
but if we clean it more often, the people
of Bonaire will have another wonderful
place to spend their free time.
Also on Saturday, the entire staff of
STINAPA and other volunteers
cleaned up Playa Chikitu in Washing-
ton-Slagbaai National Park.
STCB, STINAPA and SELIBON would
like to thank all the people involve in
this clean-up. You all did a great job!
Story & photos by Andy Uhr & Mabel
dolls, fishing nets, rope, fiberglass, oil
filters, plastic bags, hair brushes and
combs and coolers.
The weather was very windy and the
breakers were rolling, in but the enthusi-
asm levels were incredible.
The following yachts were repre-
sented: T-ab, Freestyle, Natural Selec-
tion, Entrada, Camissa, Slow Dancing,
Blue Marine, Stardust, Islomania and
Puffprfish Lindan Ridlev
Bonaire Reporter April 28 to May 5, 2006
Yachties, STCB members and friends
Dive Into Adventure June 17-24
Sign up now!
n June divers, snorkelers, nature
lovers and adventurers from
around the world can Dive into Adven-
ture on Bonaire to experience Bon-
aire's natural treasures and find out
what they can do to help protect the
environment while taking part in div-
ing and dive-related adventure and
land- and water-based eco-adventures
They will be led by local and interna-
tional experts like Philippe Cousteau,
grandson of Jacques-Yves Cousteau,
and world renowned nature photogra-
pher, Dos Winkel.
The week will be filled with exciting
activities, presentations and opportuni-
ties to rub elbows with local and inter-
national "stars." The program is filled
with adventure. With each day offering
event participants the flexibility to cre-
ate the Bonaire experience they want,
people can selectively take part in dive
and adventure activities, spend their
entire days diving or fol-
lowing the program as 200
offered. No matter
what people choose to a
do, they can rest assured '* US
they will have a fun, educa-
tional and memorable week in Bon-
Each day of Dive Into Adventure
Bonaire offers not only opportunities
to dive and take part in dive-, land- and
water-based adventure activities like
windsurfing, technical diving, under-
water photography, kayaking and land
sailing, but also presentations by Bon-
aire experts like marine conservationist
Dee Scarr; Ramon Leon, Manager of
the Bonaire National Marine Park; and
Fernando Simal, Manager of Washing-
ton-Slagbaai National Park. There will
be evening parties and guided dives.
"A Taste of Bonaire," the event's kick-
off party, will feature food from the
best restaurants on the islands, local
music and crafts. A photo contest with
great prizes and the Fun Team Event -
It's a Knockout with games and
prizes, and a BBQ at Bonaire's Na-
tional Stadium round out the week's
To be part of Dive Into Adventure
Bonaire 2006 people may purchase an
attractively priced package from one of
the event's official tour operators.
Packages include accommodations at
one of the event's five host hotels,
breakfast daily, six boat dives, shore
diving, round-trip airport
Transfers, hotel taxes and
service charge. In addi-
S tion to the hotel package
WL there's also a one-time $75
per person registration fee. The
fee includes entrance to daytime and
evening presentations by local and in-
ternational "stars," evening parties,
including music and drinks, select day-
time dives with local and international
"stars" (pre-registration required), pho-
tography workshops, "A Taste of Bon-
aire," and an event welcome packet.
For specific rates, good only for
June 17-24, 2006, go to the website
at www. bonairereporter.com and
select the appropriate link for your
country. You'll find US Bargains
(from $549) and European Bargains
from 955, including KLM airfare).
For more details on the event pro-
gram and all local and international
experts participating in the event
TCB Press release
Do You SuDoku?
The Bonaire Reporter will be printing SuDoku number puzzles- the latest trend
now running alongside crossword puzzles in many newspapers. Please let us
know if you enjoy them. Molly Keamey has joined us as puzzle editor.
SuDoku means "the digits must remain single" in Japanese. It was created and
published in 1979, although the puzzles didn't really gain popularity until The Times
in Britain began printing SuDoku in 2005, and the craze spread like wildfire across
Answer on page 14
8 3 9
6 5 1
4 8 7 2
9 1 3
5 6 4
7 9 5
Solving the Puzzles
To solve the puzzle, enter the numbers 1 through 9 to the partially filled in puzzle,
without repeating a number in any row, column or 3 X 3 region.
What makes these puzzles fun is that the rules are simple but require logical rea-
soning skills to solve. Some find it easier to pencil in the possible numeric candidates
or write them along the outside of the puzzle. Others find this distracting.
In addition to being printed in most major city's newspapers, SuDoku puzzles can
also be found on many web sites (e.g. www.sudokushack.com) and published books.
These puzzles are a good way to pass the time while traveling or while relaxing on
the beach. But be forewarned- the puzzles can be addictive. Once you master a par-
ticularly difficult SuDoku it is hard not to get sucked into a brand new one, taunting
you with a number solution that jumps out at you...
Different levels of difficulty exist. The Reporter will start out with Easy Level, and
gradually move on to the Tricky and Tough. If you are having trouble starting out,
visit the web site noted above. They have a tutorial that's a bit easier to understand.
Good luck! Molly Kearney
Bonaire Reporter April 28 to May 5, 2006
(Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
The artist and the organizers: Maggie and Frans
Booi, Kas di Arte President Jackie Bernabela,
W infred Dania, considered by many here and
in Holland as the Van Gogh of Bonaire, Eddy Rijna and his wife,
opened his newest art exhibit last Sunday at the Kas Yenny
di Arte. Throngs of well wishers, including other art-
ists, friends and Commissioner of Education Geraldine Dammers, were there at the
opening which featured the exciting unveiling of Dania's three-dimensional piece.
Dania's long-time mentor Frans Booi reminisced about their friendship and his
frontimnuirl rn nnaz 1 2)
Gabby Mercera provided
Gay Mercera provided Maggie Booi and Party & Zo's
Chelsea and Sharon
Open Friday & Saturday until 8pm
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Discover for yourself why
Dutch art critics call him the
van Gough of Bonaire
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Daily 10:00 to 5:00 thru May 21
Bonaire Reporter April 28 to May 5, 2006
(Flotsam and Jetsam., Continued from page 6)
(a bit of information about corals presented
each week by naturalist Dee Scarr)
A coral head with no interruptions
to its growth would remain a perfect
hemisphere shape. Coral heads which
are not perfect hemispheres have had
their growth interrupted.
A Their appearance can't be reliably predicted. However, the Kibrahacha tree of-
ten blooms a few days after a heavy rain following a long dry spell. And last week
saw one of the most spectacular blooming in a long time. The hills in the higher eleva-
tions were freckled with the brilliant yellow flowers that put all others to shame. With-
out its leaves the slow-growing hard wood (it's name means "break an axe") is sort of
leggy and non-descript. However, Tony Kool captured these in full bloom in Bolivia.
There are few things more spectacular on Bonaire.
A Bonaire's second annual Jazz
Festival is set for next month, May
25-28. Following the magical suc-
cess of last year's fest, this will be
even bigger. We will be reporting
more as the days lead up to the event.
But plan NOW to be there. Tickets
for all three main concerts are NAf45
or NAf20 per session. The musical
session on May 25 is free.
A Mother's day is only a week
away, Sunday, May 8. You can send
a short message telling Mom your
feelings for her with a free advertise-
ment in the Classified section of The
Bonaire Reporter. Email by Monday,
May 1, mom tbonairereporter.com or
telephone or fax at 717-8988. Cell is
Business and restaurant owners -
take advantage of The Reporter's
special Mother's Day edition to ad-
vertise special sales or dinners. L./
Bonaire Reporter April 28 to May 5, 2006
Kenneth Kross Confirmed
In a solemn service on
Sunday 23 April in the
Protestant Church in Wilhel-
mina Park, Kenneth Marlon
Kross was confirmed as the
preacher of the Protestant com-
munity of Bonaire. He takes
over from the beloved Jan
Jonkman, who may now begin
a well-deserved retirement.
Domi Kross was head of Per-
sonnel at the SGB High School.
He was born in Paramaribo,
Surinam, on September
26,1963, into a Christian fam-
ily. His late father was a long-
time member of the Lutheran
Church in Surinam. At 19 Ken-
neth graduated as a teacher
in Spanish and English and Kenneth Kross being confirmed as new head of the
advanced in the teaching Bonaire Protestant community extra photo
profession, eventually be-
coming Human Resources
Manager for a large company.
As he matured so did his interest in the ecclesiastical life. He actually experienced
his vocation on Bonaire and became more and more involved in the activities of the
Protestant Church. His exceptional life was written up by Greta Kooistra in an "On
the Island Since..." article in the February 3, 2006 Bonaire Reporter.
Please join us in congratulating Domi Kross in his new position. G.D.
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.
Bonaire Reporter Classifieds- They are still free
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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
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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
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.
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
Pe rs onals
Sunday, May 7 Mothers Day Send a
message to your mom free in the Re-
porter Classifieds. Email by May 1,
mom cbonairereporter.com Tel./Fax 717-
8988 or 786-6518.
Dodge Ram pickup extra cab V-8
$10,500.= Frigidaire 3.6 cub freezer
$210.= Brunswick antique windup turn-
table 125 years old very good condition
$6400.= Royal Dalton fine bone china
"Imperial Blue" 10 dinner and 10 rimsoup
plates $1,200.= Cel: 565-5448
For Sale: 1995 Mitsubishi 4-door
pickup truck, diesel, 4-wheel drive, asking
NAf 6.000. e-mail... ellen@flamingotv.
(Winfred Dania Continued from page 10)
Tamara (Tammy) Snelder (nd
Bouwman) and Bart Snelder with
Bart's son, Allan
L ast Friday afternoon, April 21,
Bart Snelder married Tammy
Bouwman at a beautiful beachfront cere-
mony at Jibe City. Bart's son, Allan, was
the ring bearer. The sky was filled with
planes as friends and relatives from
Europe joined the couple. Congratula-
tions and much happiness to all.
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
Boats o r
Why expensively import a sail boat
when you can own a fast Regatta winner
built right here?
Dania with artist Manuela Winklaar
support which began in 1970: the artist
portrays the mythological legends on
canvas as Booi relates them in words.
Dania's latest works are colossal;
he's a man who's sure of himself and
his message. The public showed their
approval: a number of his pieces were
sold within minutes of the show open-
The Winfred Dania Art Exhibition
will continue at the Kas di Arte until
May 21. The hours are from 10 am
to 5 pm every day. This Friday and
Saturday they will be open until 8 pm.
On Thursday May 4th, come hear
a talk by Frans Booi on "The Myths
Wan tec I
Last Bite Bakery looking for kitchen help,
part time, 4 days a week, some English pre-
ferred. Call for details 717-3293.
Wanted: 1 sea container. Doesn't have to
be seaworthy. Needed for storage. Call Ed
The Bonaire Reporter is
looking for a Partner or
Join us to
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Working Partner or Man-
aging Editor with journal-
ism, writing/editing skills, business sense
and energy desired.
Most important: Must Love Bonaire! Call
The Reporter at 717-8988, 786-6518. Email
qualifications to: search@bonairereporter.
MV i ssi "ng
Classic 21' Bonaire Sail Fishing boat
recently refurbished is for sale for
NAf 14,000 ($8,000)
Call George 786-6125/717-8988.
Our cat is missing since 5 April. She has
brown-red stripes and a bit white. She is a
europese and very friendly. She is 4 years
old and her name is Teigetje. If somebody
sees her please call 786-1716
Bonaire Reporter April 28 to May 5, 2006
Antique Living Houses of Bonaire
Kas di Bara Preserving Bonaire's Architectural Heritage by Wilna Groenenboom
A house is mostly to live in. It
has certain practical needs to
make living comfortable in our 2 lst
century. For that reason it needs cer-
tain alterations because we are now a
little bit taller than 50 years ago.
Also nowadays we prefer more con-
tact with the outside by having
"open" windows day and night. And
we prefer not to have to do a lot of
work or maintenance on our house.
With this in mind a Kas di Bara can
be very uncomfortable!
A beautiful but empty example of
such a house is on the Kaya Tanki di
Matrimonia on the road to the Maria
Hoppner home (bottom center &
right). It has the traditional closed
shutters or hatches.
A Kas di Bara was originally made
of loam (clay and mud), grass and
water. In order to repair it you must
know the old building traditions. So
when the house needs repair most
people choose the easy way; conse-
quently more and more Kas di Baras
are being repaired with cement. The
typical slanting wall on the outside is
often disappearing at the same time
as the loam.
A lot of people do realize these
problems, but they want to have a
practical house with 21 st century
comfort. For that reason there are
only a few traditional Kas di Baras
left, and most of them are empty.
And often, because of the reasons
mentioned above, the owner knocks
it down and builds a new house on
the old foundation.
The house of the Gilbert and Richard Cicilia family on the road to Lagun is a living example of a real Kas di Bara (top photos & bottom left). Even after their father and mother,
Ismael and Rosarita Cicilia, passed away, the brothers still live together in the house. The family had 13 children of which 11 are still alive today.
You must look carefully because the old basic form of the house is in the middle, surrounded by all kinds of other, newer building additions. At one time 15 people in the family
were living in it so we can imagine why they had to make more space.
The roof of the Kas di Bara is still traditional (photo right top), but the wooden shutters have been replaced by modern glass windows. And although the walls have been repaired
with cement, the typical slanting walls are still intact.
Maybe we've discovered a gap in the market here. Why not train SGB students in the old traditional ways of building and repairing the historical homes such as a Kas di Bara
house. Sadly, as the old generation passes, the old knowledge is also passing away.
Story & photo collage by Wilna Groenenboom.
Wilna Groenenboom is an artist and photographer who
teaches art at the SGB high school
tonaire Keporter April 28 to May ZUUbo
Pet of the VVeek
4"IZ rigit" is a dog of great mys-
tery. She was found and
considered a "lost dog" because she
did have a collar on and she obviously
had been around people. Her plight
was announced on the radio, in the
newspapers and on a poster, but no
one ever came to claim her. What
could have become of her owners?
And why wouldn't they come to claim
such a great dog? But enough time has
passed and now Brigit is up for adop-
tion. She's a very special pup; she's
just so mellow and easy to handle, but
she has enough spunk to be a serious
watch dog. Brigit is only about a year
and a half old. She has short, easy-to-
care-for black, brown and white fur
and even has a few freckles on her
nose. And of course, like all the other
cats and dogs up for adoption at the Bon- "Brigit"
aire Animal Shelter, she's in perfect
health, has been checked out by the vet, has had her worming and shots and has
been sterilized. You may meet Brigit at the Shelter on the Lagun Road, open Mon-
day through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989. L.D.
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Saturday, April 29 -Queen's Day
Regatta- organized by the Bonaire Sail-
ing School Association (BSSA).
Classes: Optimist Jr., Sunfish, Jr and
Sr., Windsurf Jr., Catamarans, Fishing
Boats and Microboats.
Captain's meeting: 9 am, First start,
9:30 am; Three races. Awards presented
at 3:30 pm. Call Karel de Regt at 717-
2966 for information.
E ll Iraqi!!
Call to makesure (Usually 9pm)
V For Vendetta
Early Show (Usually 7pm)
Failure To Launch
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
Saturday, April 29 -Flea Market at Park
RINCON DAY EVENTS
See page 7
* Saturday, April 29-Queen's Day
Regatta sponsored by BSSA (see above)
* Saturday, April 29 Balashi Beer
Bartenders' Competition Rincon, 9 pm-
midnight, parking lot behind firehouse.
* Sunday, April 30-Rincon Day Cele-
bration in the streets of Rincon-all day
* Sunday, April 30-Queen's Day 17
km Run -start Stadium, end Rose Inn
* Sunday, April 30-Windsurfing Race
Monday, May 1 Labor Day-Banks &
many stores closed
Thursday May 4th, Talk by Frans Booi on
"The Myths of Bonaire," Kas di Arte, 7
Until May 21-Winfred Dania Art Ex-
hibit, Kas di Arte, open daily 10 am-5
pm, seepage 10
UntilMay 14- Fer and Rob de Wit Photo
Exhibition at Plaza Resort. 5-8 pm, Sun-
day, Tuesday and Friday. 717-5398.
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, May 6- Big Monthly Marsh6 in
Rincon from 6 am to 2 pm. Meet the
friendliest people in Bonaire. There's local
foods, drinks, gifts, herbs, plants, music,
Bonaire Reporter April 28 to May 5,
Sunday, May 7 Mothers Day Send a
message to your mom free in the Re-
porter Classifieds. Emal by May 1,
email@example.com Tel./Fax 717-
8988 or 786-6518.
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.
Saturday, May 2'h- 30 Km Mountain
Bike Tour- organized by Cycle Bonaire &
BWC. Meet at Cycle Bonaire at 4 pm. Call:
Cycle Bonaire 717-2229 or Bonaire Well-
ness Connexions 785-0767
Thursday, May 25 Ascension Day -
holiday, banks and many shops closed
Daily (more or less)
HH 2 for 1 ( on all beverages ) 5-7 pm,
Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
HH-Buddy Dive, 5:30-6:30
HH Cactus Blue (except Sunday) 5 to 7
2 for 1 appetizer with every entree,
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 (NAfl2 for residents). Tel 717-
Grill Night on the Beach, Buddy Dive
Rincon Marshe-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 wel-
come. 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 Fla-
mingo 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-
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of
Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria 717-6435
* Kriyoyo Night BBQ Buffet featuring
ChefGibi and Los Princes Mariachi, Golden
Reef Inn Band 7 pm, BBQ at 7:30 pm. Reser-
vations $20, walk ins $25. Drinks available
for purchase. Call 717-5759 or email
* 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
* Yoga Classes-Tel. 786-6416
* Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7 to 9
pm, Cactus Blue
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers Divi
Flamingo, 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
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 1630
* 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 Al You Can
* 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
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity Slides pool
bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-media
dual-projector production by Albert Bianculli,
8.30 pm, Capt. Don's Habitat.
Monday- Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea slide
Show at Captain Don's Habitat, 8:30 pm Call
717-8290 for info.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conservation
(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
venerable old home that has been restored and fur-
nished so it appears the family hasjust stepped out.
Local ladies will tell you the story. Open Monday thru
Friday, 9 12,2-4. Weekends by appointment Call
Mangasinadi Rei,Rincon. Enjoy theview from
"The King's Storehouse." Leam about Bonaire's
culture. Visit homes fromthe 17th century. Daily. Call
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the
Catholic Church intown. Open weekdays from 8 am-
noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Mu-
seum and Visitors' Center. Open daily 8 am-
5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-8444/785-
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing starts
about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to the music
of Bonaire's popular musicians.
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings 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.NAf5entyfee.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at City
Cafe. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel. 717-
JCI First Wednesday of the Month- Junior
Chamber International Bonaire (JCI Bonaire,
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 Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm.
Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday
of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana #1. All
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12 noon-
2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate House', above
Restaurant Zeezicht. All Rotarians welcome.
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte In-
dustrialBonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie Stimp-
son at 785-3451; Valrie@telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to help
staff gallery. 717-7103.
Bonaire National Marine Park- 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center)- 7174303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child Care)
Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics- Call Roosje 786-7984
Volunteers to train children in sports. Con-
tact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik 717-8051
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 trafic circle) Sunday Ser-
vices at9 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 and Eng-
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. Wednesday
Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194
Send event info to: The Bonaire Reporter
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 786-6518
N IN ID G G U I D E
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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.
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.
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 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
S-T studied classical and popular
I percussion, Afro-Venezuelan
percussion and Afro-Cuban percussion at
the Conservatorio de la Orchestra Juvenil
National de Venezuela. I started playing
when I was 12, but my father didn't ap-
prove. He said a musician's life is not
good: it's dangerous; too many drugs.
But once I was 18 I started my life in mu-
sic. I played with the Orecuma Orchestra
and freelanced with different musicians
I was born in Caracas, and although I
was passionately involved with music I
also studied to become an electro techni-
cian and I studied languages French and
English and a brief course of Portuguese.
In 1988 I was invited to participate as a
musician in the carnival of Curaqao as a
representative of Venezuela. I went and
during my stay I fell in love with Rox-
anne Timp, who's the mother of my chil-
dren; she's from Curaqao.
I needed to go back to Venezuela to
arrange things, and she also needed to go
to Venezuela," he laughs, "to check me
out because she didn't immediately trust
me! It was very, very hard to leave my
family, and the way I see my life after I
left them is as my 'second history.'
On March 30th 1988 I arrived on Cura-
qao. That same year in September we got
married because I couldn't get a permit to
stay. I started playing in The Blue Note, a
nightclub, and I played at the first Cura-
qao Jazz Festival with the John James
Willekes Band. Roxanne and I stayed one
year in Curaqao, and when she got a good
offer to work for a company in Bonaire
we moved here.
The first thing I learned in Bonaire was
Papiamentu, and I tried to understand the
way people live here. After six months I
was teaching tumbadora (conga) at the
Sentro Cultural and at Gaby Mercera's
Decodrum Studio. Gaby's the best drum-
mer on the island. I needed to look for a
job. It wasn't easy as I feel I only live for
music, but I found work as a technician,
and in 1992 I started working for the An-
tillean Rice Mill Company in a steady
job. I stayed there until the rice mill
closed about two years ago. Nowdays I
am working for WEB in the operations
However, apart from my official job I
was always thinking of music! I got in
touch with different musicians on Bon-
aire and I played in several local bands
like Drama, Magic Sound, Tipiko Bo-
naireano and Dikazz. I had my radio pro-
gram, 'Kadushi Jazz,' at Ritmo FM and
at Bon FM, 'Descarga Bon FM.' Now
I'm working for Radio Digital 91.1 with
the Ayubi family. I have two shows: 'Nos
Kos Latino,' every Wednesday from 8 till
10 pm -jazz, Brazilian and straight ahead
jazz and the other program, 'Rumba
91.1,' every Sunday from noon till 2 pm,
with Afro-Cuban music, like the tradi-
tional salsa. In both programs I talk about
the music, the roots, the composer, the
musicians, the bands and the different
rhythms. When you work in broadcast-
ing, it's very important to inform the peo-
The last four years I've been playing in
a band called 'Latin Jazz Trio': Robby
Swinkel, guitar; Andreina Marcano, vo-
cals; and me, percussion. Every Friday
evening we play at the Plaza Resort from
7 to 10 and twice a month at Divi Fla-
mingo from 5 to 9 at the barbecue. We
play at private parties as well.
I've been here for 17 years now and
many things have happened. Roxanne
and I had two daughters: Tina, who's 16
and Carla, who's 13. They are my flag,
my future, my everything. But Roxanne
and I divorced after 11 years of marriage.
My ex-wife and my children still live
here, thank God, and my relationship
with Roxanne is very, very good; she is
the best mother for my daughters. Thank
God for everything."
"It's very important
that Bonaire have a
(music) school... because
we have one big problem
and that's drugs...You
have to give the young-
sters a chance to develop
their personalities and
that they can do in sports
Carlos Jimenez (45) is a lovely man.
He 's lively, full ofplans and intense, and
he's got a great smile. "My history with
Andreina is something else," Carlos says.
"We've known each other from way
back 25 years ago. I met her at the Uni-
versidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas
where she also studied languages. We
played together in the Orecuma Orchestra
where she was one of the vocalists. When
I decided to go to the Antilles Andreina
and I split up... Years later I was driving
my car through Kaya Grandi and I heard
someone call me... 'Negro!' The only
person in the world to call me 'Negro' is
Andreina. It was her! I was very happy! I
was still married and Andreina was mar-
ried to an American. That year she got
divorced and so
did I, but we did-
n't go together.
For me it was
very difficult to
when you marry
you think it's 4
forever, but life
is not always like
that. Two years
after my divorce
Andreina and I I
talked about our I
we became part- Andreina Mat
ners. She is a
woman, a loyal partner, a good friend,
she sings beautifully and she's a very
motivated person. We are different peo-
ple with different points of views, but one
point that always makes us happy is the
music. So, I love my daughters, Andre-
ina, my family and our dogs they are all
different, but I love them all!
Bonaire is an island very much blessed
by God. It has some limitations, but it's
very beautiful because of the people and
the tranquility. When you watch the
world on television you feel we are
blessed to live here. When I am outside
Bonaire I miss it like I miss my family.
It's a place with many opportunities be-
cause my experience is that I'm doing
many things here that I cannot do in my
Last year I was in Amsterdam with
Jacky Bernabela, playing percussion in
Jepebon's show 'Rek Buriku Rek'e' a
great experience. With a radio program
and being in the music scene I get to
know many different people. I got to visit
the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival.
Then my friend Ulises Menocal, who is a
radio producer in Cuba, told me about a
master class there, so I went to Cuba for
two weeks (Andreina came for one) for
tumbadora (conga) lessons in a master
class with Oscar Valdez with three and
four congas. The level was very high.
Cuba is the mother of the Afro-Cuban
rhythm. The techniques of the tumbadora
are very diverse; you can use them to
play another rhythm from another coun-
try like the samba from Brazil or the Ca-
lypso from Trinidad. In Cuba I played
with 'Septeto Tipico de son Cubano,' in
the Flamenco Music Festival in 'Gruppo
Aires,' and I had interviews with differ-
ent important Cuban musicians like
Oscar Valdez, Jiraldo Piloto, Pupi
Pedrosa and others. It was a very good
experience and the people are very, very
fantastic people, unforgettable! It was
always my dream to go to Cuba, and this
rcano and Carlos Jimenez in Cuba
year my dream came true. I decided to go
there because I want to learn more about
my instrument and to pass my knowledge
on to other people.
Bonaire has a lot of potential in percus-
sion, but it's very important that the gov-
ernment takes the culture seriously be-
cause it's the root of the country. My
plan is to hold a workshop here and dem-
onstrate everything I learned in Cuba. My
other plan is to open the door for people
from Bonaire who want to study to play
the conga in Cuba. I have the connec-
My bigger plan is a plan for everything:
a music school on Bonaire! It's very im-
portant that Bonaire have a school like
that because we have one big problem
and that's drugs...You have to give the
youngsters a chance to develop their per-
sonalities and that they can do in sports
and music. My plan for myself is to form
a jazz group and play all over the world.
Andreina and I also have a plan to organ-
ize a concert, 'Andreina and Friends.'
We'll invite musicians from Aruba and
Curacao but especially Bonairean musi-
cians. The benefits will go to a good
cause because we have to give something
back to the community. Bonaire needs it.
Also I want to take the opportunity to
thank everyone in Bonaire for their
friendship and for giving me the opportu-
nity to live on this beautiful island. I
passed different stages in my life, good
and bad ones, but now everything is
good. I am happy. I've learned so much:
You only have one life and you need to
live well with people. My heart is not
hard; it's open to eve-
rything. And it's al-
ways important to have
a dream because as
long as you have a
dream your soul is
Bonaire Reporter April 28 to May 5, 2006
Water, and more
Last week I was on Curagao for a
couple of days. I always get a little
jealous when I drive around there and see
so much more green than on Bonaire, al-
though they have the same climate as Bon-
aire does, just maybe a little more rain.
So why is Curacao so much greener?
The answer is simple: because they can
have deep wells there and that gives home
and garden owners the opportunity of hav-
ing beautiful lawns and lush green gardens.
Another great benefit in Curacao is that
the government spends also a lot of
money to make the streets nicer and
greener. A lot of palm trees have been
planted along the roads, and they've land-
scaped some roundabouts.
Whether you like those palm trees or not
(I personally think they are very ugly), the
message this idea sends is very good.
Also I've heard that new offices along
the main roads have to spend a certain
percentage of their building costs to
make a nice garden or at least to plant a
couple of attractive trees or palms. It's
wonderful to see the effect of that initiative.
Of course, if you have a deep well and
your water is free and you don't have a
roaming goat or donkey population, it's
much easier. But still, I think the idea is
For many years I've heard stories about
planting palm trees along the road to the
airport on Bonaire, I wonder what will
happen there. If indeed these plans still
exist I'm willing to help out as much as I
can. Again, the message that would be con-
veyed by such a beautiful, natural and eco-
friendly island like Bonaire would be enor-
The Fate of the Frigate Bird
Here are some trees and plants
that can handle brackish water:
Of course there is the Coconut palm;
that's the best. Also palms like the Canary
Island Date Palm, the Sabal Palm and the
Washingtonia are okay too.
(Semi)-native trees like the Karawara,
Mahogany, Neem tree, Tamarind, Kenepa
are very good too.
Shrubs like the Ixora Nora Grant, Olean-
der, Firecracker, Ruella and the Raspa will
not give you too many problems either.
Plants and trees that don't like salt at
Most of the Citrus trees (except the wild
Lamunchi), Bougainvillea, Areca palms
and the Pygmy-Date palm.
ast Sunday morning I was asked
to help an injured frigate bird that
was sitting at the end of the jetty at Yel-
low Submarine. This individual had ap-
parently been in the area for a couple of
days, and on the previous day a well
meaning yachtsman had tried to help the
bird get going by throwing it into the air.
As the bird had a serious injury on its
left wing, flight was out of the question.
It was clear "she" was in poor shape as I
was able to walk right up to where she
was slumped and catch her for a closer
look. Very quickly there were a number
of people interested to know what was
happening, but that situation isn't neces-
sarily the best to inspect a stressed and
injured bird so the bird was put into a
dive bag and taken somewhere quieter.
The extent of the injury was worse
than I'd first thought. There was an open
wound several inches wide and badly
infected on the leading edge of the wing,
close to the bones that are equivalent to
our forearm. One of the flight muscles in
the wing was severed and there was
other soft tissue damage. The
bird also had very little fat so
it was clear she was in poor
In the wild the frigate birds
use amazing acrobatics to
out-maneuver other birds and steal their
fish. To do this they must be in excellent
condition, and an injured bird or even a
bird recovering from an injury has no
chance of surviving in the harsh natural
environment. In my experience it is rare
for any wild bird to recover from a wing
injury and survive in the wild, so it was
with a heavy heart that I decided it
would be best to end this bird's life. I
was fully aware that there would be
somebody on this positive island who
would be willing to adopt the bird and
attempt to nurse her back to health (a
process that would involve much stress
and pain for the bird) but to dance in
the sky not to sit in a cage and remain
completely un-stimulated for the rest of
its days. When you see a wild frigate
bird flying behind a fisherman's boat it
is all about the wings, and a frigate bird
that could not fly would not be a happy
bird. As many people saw the bird I
thought it was appropriate to let
them know what happened to
this individual. I'm just very sad
the ending wasn't a nicer one,
though I do think it was for the
best. Sam Williams
To follow this newspiece next week Sam
will write an article aboutflight and bird's
wings. Sam and his colleague, Rowan Martin,
are herefor six months, studying the Bonaire
Lorafor their doctoral research. Both of
them hope that their research, which will
extend over a three-year period, will be of
benefit to the Lora 's conservation.
Bonaire Reporter April 28 to May 5, 2006
Ba& 4 r\giI RE
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An Update on One of the Most Beloved Star Patterns in the Heavens:
The Big Dipper
S very year
in May in
early evening the
known to North
Americans as the
reaches its high-
est point in the
year we tell you
how to find it and
give you some
fascinating facts The Big Dipper, aka The Plough, aka The Great Bear
about it, this year
we've got some
nifty updates. So if you think you really know the Big Dipper you may be in for a
On any night during the first two weeks of May, about an hour after sunset Sky
Park time, face due north where high above the horizon you'll see four stars, which if
we connect with lines form a cup, and three stars to the east, which if connected by
lines, form a handle. And a cup with a handle like this in early rural America was
called a dipper which people used to dip water out of a bucket. According to some
early American natives, however, the four stars which make the Dipper's cup repre-
sented the body of a bear, and the three handle stars were three Indian braves track-
ing the bear across the northern heavens.
And in England the Big Dipper is known as The Plough or King Charles Wagon.
And indeed the Big Dipper can look like either a plow or a wagon, although an up-
side down one at this time of year. Europeans add stars and call it The Great Bear.
Now one of the most interesting features about the Big Dipper is that you can al-
ways use the two stars at the end of the cup to find the North Star, which is the end
star of the handle of the Little Dipper. To find it yourself simply shoot an arrow
through these two stars, and measuring five and a half times the distance between
them, you'll land smack dab on the North Star, which is not as bright as many people
suspect. Another interesting point about the Big Dipper is that if you look closely at
Mizar, the middle star of the handle, you'll see that it is not one but two stars. The
second star is named Alcor, and together they're called the Horse and the Rider.
But even more interesting is that things are always changing in the field of astronomy
because as we develop more sophisticated astronomical tools we can more accurately
measure things in the cosmos. So some of the distances we gave you to the stars in
the Big Dipper in the past have been refined.
Mizar is 78 light years away, which means that the light we see from Mizar left it
78 years ago. Alcor is 81 light years away as is the star next to it, Alioth. And the
star next to it is Megrez. Phecda, above Megrez, is three light years farther away, 84
light years. Merak is just 79 light years away, which further means that all of these
stars belong to a group approximately 80 light years away and that they're all moving
together in the same direction through space. That leaves the end star in the handle,
Alkaid, at a distance of 101 light years, and Dubhe, the star at the end of the cup, at
a distance of 124 light years.
So there you have it: our old friend the Big Dipper with new refined distances to
each star. Reacquaint yourself! JackHorkheimer
For the week: April 23 to 29, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Do not get involved with individuals who are al-
ready committed to others. Don't blow situations out of proportion. Get involved in
creative projects that will enhance your earning power. Remember; talk to them,
not at them. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You can accomplish a lot if you direct your
thoughts toward starting your own small business on the side. You should put in
some extra hours developing that creative idea you have. It might be time to do
some of those chores at home. You may exaggerate your emotional situation. Your
lucky day this week will be Friday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Extend an invitation to clients you enjoy spending
time with. If you've been under stress and worrying about older members of the
family, it's time to come to terms with the situation. Don't let friends or relatives
make you feel guilty if you're not able to attend one of their affairs. You may be
able to impart knowledge that's innovative to those searching for a new angle.
Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) If you can get away for a vacation, do so. You may
want to stay in the background this week. Changes in your home may be alarming
at first. You should put in some extra hours developing that creative idea you have.
Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Opportunities for travel and communication are evident.
Take your time. Tell it like it is. You may have problems with children. You're un-
dergoing changes. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You are best to work at home if you can. Spend
some time on yourself. Your creative input will be appreciated by your boss. Fi-
nancial investments that deal withjoint money can be extremely prosperous.
Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You could have trouble persuading others to accept
your ideas and opinions. Don't argue with family. Visit friends or relatives you
don't get to see very often. Control your anger. Your lucky day this week will be
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Such overindulgence due to emotional upset
will be your downfall. Your hypnotic eyes will capture the hearts of those who in-
terest you. You will be entertained and intrigued by the logic foreigners possess.
Think before you act. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Don't forget that your budget is limited
right now. Family members may want you at home, when your heart is telling you
to spend time with someone you recently met. You may have the energy to clear
up that mound of paperwork facing you. Organize social events or family gather-
ings. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Insincere gestures of friendliness are likely to
occur. Problems on the home front might be a little disconcerting. Your best efforts
will come through investments concerning your home. Anger could lead to prob-
lems. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Your temper could get the better of you if you
confront personal situations. Real estate investments could be prosperous. You
hard work and dedication will payoff, so stick to your guns and do your job well.
Put your efforts into your work or money making ventures rather than your emo-
tional life. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) There'll be difficulties if you spend too much. Ro-
mantic opportunities will flourish through travel or communication. Think about
your budget before booking a trip. You must be sure not to be frivolous, because as
the saying goes, easy come, easy go. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
Bonaire Reporter April 28 to May 5, 2006