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T he process of the restructuring of
the Antilles will most likely stall
until a new Dutch Government takes of-
fice. In any case, even before the Dutch
Government fell after a row over Immi-
gration and Integration Minister Rita
Verdonk, the Government had already
made it clear that the mini-summit for
which the islands Bonaire, Saba and St.
Eustatius were lobbying could not take
place before September.
With the fall of the Balkenende II cabi-
net, the outgoing Minister of Internal
Affairs, Johan Remkes, is charged again
with the Kingdom Relations job. He re-
places Alexander Pechtold. Remkes (55)
had been Minister of Internal Affairs and
Kingdom Relations in the first short-
lived Balkenende cabinet. He was suc-
ceeded by Thom de Graaf, who then be-
came Minister. De Graaf resigned in
March, 2005 and his fellow party-
member, Alexander Pechtold, became
the Minister of Government Innovation
and Kingdom Relations.
The cabinet crisis in Holland is a set-



Dia di Arte Sunday 3
DEZA Bonaire Economic Report 4
(Tax Holidays)
Support Bonaire 4
Opinion (Bonaire Bulging) 5
Letter (Praise for New Divi Plan) 5
Education System Questioned 7
Big Wins at Taste of the Caribbean 8
Bondy on the Ball (7) 9
Where to Watch the World Cup 9
Graduation Day 10
Announcement (39th Anniversary-
Mercera) 10
Windsurfing Report (Greece) 11
Accolade to Din Domacass6
Outlet Moll 13
Dive into Adventure Wrap-up 18
A Snorkler's Notebook-Poetics
on the Reef 18


Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Coral Glimpses 3
Biologist's Bubbles (sea pearl) 3
Picture Yourself, (New Jersey) 12
SuDoku Puzzle 12
Classifieds 12
Tide Table 14
Pet of the Week (Don with "Cindy") 14
SuDoku Answer 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
Born on Bonaire ("Papy" Cicilia) 17
Sky Park (Aphelion, Saturn) 19
The Stars Have It 19

A Netherlands Antilles Justice Minis-
ter David Dick introduced new laws that
will make it harder for unskilled mi-
grants to settle in Bonaire and the other
four Antilles islands. The Minister said
only people who bring what he termed
"added value" to the islands should be
granted work and residence permits. The
new law took effect on July 1. Minister
Dick said foreign students who want to
follow a full-time course of higher edu-
cation will be given priority and granted
a residence permit as long as they com-
ply with all requirements, an important
factor considering the growth of medical
schools on the islands. He added that
immigrants with little or no education
should not be allowed into the Nether-
lands Antilles unless there are construc-
tion projects that require a workforce
that is not available locally. It will now
be required that immigrants stay for at
least one year as a legal resident before
being allowed to request a permit for
family members to join them. And part-
ners of immigrants must be married to be
International terrorism and human traf-
ficking has been pointed to as among the
reasons for the tighter immigration con-

S Last Sunday marked the anniver-
sary of the first meeting of the Bonaire
Island Council. It was 55 years ago that
Lt. Governor H. C. M. Krugers opened
the historic session which was com-
memorated in the Passagran last Sunday.
The Councilors present 55 years ago
were: Mrs. R. M. A. Heitkonig-Rigaud,
L. D. Gerharts, A. E. Booi, J.C. van de
Roe, J. B. Martis and J. A. Abraham.
You will recognize some of the same
names in today's political landscape.

A Last month the Bonaire Island
Council unanimously approved the
purchase of additional land to expand
the present sanitary landfill for the sum
of NAf250.000.

A You might have noticed large
quantities of scrap metal being loaded
aboard a ship for transport off the island.
Next week we will tell you more about
that activity.

A Central Bank Director Emsley
Tromp forecasts that the economic
growth of the Netherlands Antilles will
continue in 2006 and will be higher than
last year. He believes the economy is still
not growing to its full potential. He at-
tributed this to high unemployment and
government deficits that include the in-
crease of interest rates on outstanding
loans. Tromp predicts an overall eco-
nomic growth of 2% in 2006 and in-
creased growth next year.

A On Friday, June 23, the Director of
Nature of the Dutch Ministry of Agricul-
ture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) and
the Director of Public Health of the Neth-
erlands Antilles signed an agreement

renewing the 10-year-old cooperation
between the Directorate of Nature of
LNV and the Department of Environ-
ment & Nature (MINA) of the directorate
of Public Health.
The agreement provides a continued
basis for the highly successful technical
exchange and assistance between the
Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles
in the area of nature conservation. During
the 10-year cooperation, draft policy
plans of island nature and park manage-
ment and island legislation drafts were
prepared. Right now work is being done
to finalize a nature ordinance for Bon-

A Passengers ticketed to fly on Carib-
bean Star Airlines' new Antigua-to-
Curagao service on July 13 will be given
a full refund. The carrier postponed the
launch to work on achieving Category
One status under the Eastern Caribbean
Civil Aviation Authority.

A The opening of the new $42 mil-
lion airport terminal airport in Cura-
cao, originally set for July 1, has been
rescheduled for July 31. Bonaire pas-
sengers will have to continue to pay $2 to
transit through that airport. The old
building will be renovated at a cost of $1

A Parliament approved the ordi-
nance "Tax on Earnings on Savings"
late last month. The law states that non-
residents who have savings deposited
in bank accounts in the Netherlands
Antilles will have to pay tax on the in-
terest earned on these savings. This tax
varies from 15% to 30% depending in
which European country the person lives.

onaire Keporter July / to July 14, zUUo

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Flotsam and Jetsam continued from page 2

The Kick-Off Dive for the Great An-
nual Fish Count was held last Saturday,
July 1. Yellow Submarine/Dive Friends
sponsored the event at the Yellow Subma-
rine Reef site. Twelve certified REEF (Reef
Environmental Education Foundation) Di-
vers from Level II to Level V participated.
The group's total count for the Dive was
an all-time high of 146 species with three
new species added to the species listing for Ladyfish
that particular dive site. Uncommon species
found included bluelip parrots, yellow-throated pike blennies, semiscaled dash, rusty
gobies, ladyfish, dog and cubera snappers, dusty and mimic cardinal fish, spotfin and
reef butterfly fish, and a gray angel. The prize for Most Species Found, Level II, went
to Johann and Visser with 58 species, Level III to Todd and Lynn Fulks with 102 spe-
cies, and Level IV-V to Melody Hamilton and Chile Ridley with 118 species! Bryan
and Phyllis Blackburn McCauley hosted a Taco Bar dinner at their home for all partici-
pants. OLinda Ridley. Photo courtesy ofReefNet

D id You Know...
e Te D here are pearls Bonaire reefs? Have
you ever been diving and had some-
thing small and shiny catch your eye? I
can't count the number of times I've been
asked to identify what divers describe as a
small (1/2 to 2 inches across) glassy ball. A
Sea Pearl, Ventricaria ventricosa, is a uni-
cellular green alga that grows on Caribbean
reefs and is commonly found attached to
mangrove roots, sometimes growing alone,
and other times you'll see them in small
clusters. Some are encrusted with pink
coralline algae, while others are algae-free
and quite beautiful. Also known as "sailor's
eyeball" the Sea Pearl alga is one of the
largest single-cell organisms in the plant or animal kingdoms. So, if
you're looking for treasure, it's right out there waiting for you. OC.E.

IDia di ANte SundayI

a' K n .eS
It's an event and has been for the last 13 years! Dia di Arte on Sunday, July
9, at Wilhelmina Park. It's fun for the whole family. See artists and their
works, crafts, entertainment, local foods and more. Stroll the exhibits, meet new
and old friends. From 10 am to 10 pm. Don't miss it! 1

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

A This beautiful little coral forma-
tion began its attached life with
what is now facing left, facing
up. The coral polyps which had
lived under the edge of the little
head now receive more
sunlight so they're expanding the
edges of the colony. Dee Scarr photo

Flotsam and Jetsam continued on page 6

Bonaire Reporter July 7 to July 14, 2006

Page 3

SBonaire Economic Report
DEZA, Bonaire's Department of Economic and Labor Part 5
Affairs, has issued its comprehensive report for 2005.
It describes all aspects of the economy. In the next weeks The
Reporter will continue to pass on information from this report.

Hunwbr of Tax Holday Raquejst

Tax Holidays

n 2005 there were
slightly more tax
holiday requests than J
in the previous years,
10 in total. (Tax holi- I
days provide tax relief Oi )I 2N1 a
for a set period of
time- sometimes for as long as 10 years- for developers as an incentive for them to
invest in Bonaire. Included may be import duties, profit tax and other perk. Tax
holidays are not available to local entrepreneurs.) These tax holiday requests
are mainly for projects in the HORECA sector such as small hotels and apartment
complexes. The requests that are in process since 2004 are projects that have been
put on hold or delayed by the developers themselves. The requests in process since
2005 are mainly projects that require further information or companies that have
undergone changes during the petition (change of owner of company, director, type
of company, etc.) which delays the entire tax holiday process.
Moreover, some tax holiday requests from B.V.s had been put on hold since, by
law, only N.V.s were eligible for a tax holiday, but this issue has now been solved
and tax holi-
day request Sttu of Ta Holiday Requem
from B.V.s
are now be-
ing handled
by ministerial
order until KIF
the proper 1
changes have m sa*
been made in
the law. 1I.%
DEZA Report m1 0 i W

The island you love could use your help!

Bonaire is undergoing dramatic social and environmental changes,
some good and some not so good. There are many non-government
charitable organizations on Bonaire working to keep Bonaire a great
place to visit and live, but they cannot do it alone.

In the US, about 90% of funding for charitable organizations is from
individuals, not corporations or government. The non-government
charitable organizations on Bonaire are no different. They need the
help of individuals to continue and expand the important work they
do for Bonaire.

That is why Support Bonaire, Inc. (SBI) was created. SBI is a US
501(c)(3) organization that provides financial and non-financial sup-
port to educational, social and environmental charitable organiza-
tions and projects on Bonaire. The good news is that US taxpayers
can make a charitable contribution to many of Bonaire's worthy
causes and deduct the contribution on their income tax return. Plus,
SBI absorbs all processing fees and overhead so 100% of the dona-
tion goes directly to the organization designated.

To learn more about Support Bonaire, Inc. and the organizations we
support, please visit our website at:


Donations can be made on-line via the website.
You can make a difference.

Bonaire Reporter July 7 to July 14, 2006

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Opin ion0.


In case you didn't
notice, Bonaire is
pregnant pregnant
with hotels. While the
conception of several
properties may have
happened, the births
may be several years
away. Last week the
Bonaire government
announced the signing
of an agreement for the
Divi chain to build a
new hotel with 250
rooms and 60 apartments on the site of
the former (Bonaire) Sunset Beach Ho-
tel. In our mind the beginning of con-
struction of the new Divi will plainly
mark a turning point in Bonaire's for-
Then, during a presentation at the
Caribbean Hotel Association confer-
ence (CHIC) in Miami last week, Vic-
tor Lopez, Vice President of Develop-
ment for Hyatt Hotels and Resorts,
said that Hyatt will include Bonaire in
its planned Caribbean expansion. "We
hope to announce an exciting high-end
project in Bonaire by the end of the
year," he said. Hyatt's plans were con-
firmed to the press by Bonaire's Sena-
tor Ramonsito Booi. Although Hyatt
hotels are most commonly thought of
as high rise, that is not always the case.
For example, there is a luxurious 92-
room Hyatt in Key West, Florida.

Hyatt Key West -Hyatt photo

Several months ago the plan for a
major hotel school complex north of
SABEDECO was announced. Infra-
structure improvements to support that
property are underway. Other projects
of upward of 50 rooms are also in the
works, like a new resort at Sorobon
near KonTiki. There are numerous
smaller developments currently under-
way as well, even Marriott is men-
tioned. .
But for these hotels to thrive, more
than buildings are needed. These ba-
bies will need more power and water
than Bonaire can currently provide.
Even waste management for a large
property is a challenge on an island
without central sewage, and that pro-
ject is years behind schedule.
If you have tried to book a flight be-
tween Bonaire and Amsterdam or most
American cities you will find that, for


As authors who contributed to the series,
"Finding Balance for Bonaire," we would
like to congratulate the Island Government
for the apparent resolution of the fate of the
Sunset Beach property.
By limiting the hotel to 250 rooms (plus 60
condos), the character of the site and the is-
land should be preserved and enhanced. Fur-
ther, by attracting Divi Hotels to this site,
the new hotel will be built and operated by Not high rise
people who know and respect our island and
have a strong link with the Bonairean community. We hope this assures that there will
be no massive structure on the land.
We hope that both the Government and Divi see to it that direct beach access is pro-
vided to the public at the North end of the property and that adequate parking facilities
are provided for the public as well. The Sunset Beach has been an important amenity
for all Bonaireans for many years and should remain so.
Another important task will be to increase visitors to the island to fill the new beds
without just taking tourists from the existing hotels. Occupancy rates should be pushed
beyond the 85% level before any new hotels open, especially a large one.
Finally, this is an opportunity for significant new employment and the developers
should be required to provide as many jobs as possible (including training) for Bo-
naireans and other Antilleans. Given the history of Divi on the island, this should cer-
tainly be the case.
Pabien! Alan Gross & Jane Townsend

peak periods, even if well in the future, quality of Bonaire must be preserved at
seats are scarce. The arrival of a dis- all costs. That means maintaining cul-
count airline, like Jet Blue or Spirit, tural integrity, providing a good qual-
can balloon tourist arrivals like in a ity of life for its citizens and keeping
heartbeat. Jet Blue will begin offering the environment as unspoiled as possi-
a 2 pm daily $129 flight from Aruba to ble. The island's tourism planners may
New York on September 15. The talks make it easier to get here, but by offer-
several years ago between Bonaire and ing visitors a rewarding vacation ex-
Spirit should be revived. perience it should be even harder to
No matter what accommodations leave. Do it and the new Bonaire baby
Bonaire offers, or how many airlines resorts will thrive. O G.D
fly into Flamingo Airport, the unique

Bonaire Reporter July 7 to July 14, 2006

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Flotsam and Jetsam continued from pages 2 & 3

A Piper Navajo, the type of airplane
that flies the MedicAir flights.

A MedicAir introduced a new air-
plane last month to make ambulance
flights from Bonaire to destinations in
the region where hospital patients can get
specialized treatment. The new airplane
is a Piper Navajo Chieftain and has a
seating capacity of 10. As a stretcher
takes up two seats, eight persons, includ-
ing the pilot, can be transported together
with the patient. The airplane made a test
flight to Miami and back, and the first
patient has already been taken to Cura-
gao. MedicAir-owner, Renee Winkel, is
very pleased with the new acquisition.

A There is a proposal in Parliament to
increase of the premium of the Social
Insurance Bank (SVB) by 1.5% to
raise an additional NAf7 million to
cover the cost of medical referrals

Curagao politi-
cian, Island Council
member and Member
of Parliament, An-
thony Godett, asked
the Curacao Public Anthony Godett
Prosecutor to allow
him to serve his time as soon as possi-
ble. Convicted last year of bribery,
money laundering and the drawing up a

false bill for NAf106.000, Godett is
awaiting court-ordered incarceration. The
case captured the headlines for many
Sixty-six cells became available in Bon
Futuro prison this week when the
Women's Prison was relocated. There are
about 70 people on the prison's waiting

A The dome of Montserrat's Soufri-
ere Hills volcano partially collapsed
around 1 pm last Friday. Lava flowed
down Tar River Valley to the sea on the
island's east side and ash clouds towered
at least 12,000 feet into the air. Another
blast occurred last Monday. Flights in the
region were not affected, as sometimes
occurs by the collapse.

A The Bonaire Lions
Club elected their 2006-
2007 Officers: Presi-
dent -Ronald Schleper;
Outgoing President -
Jursi Marshall; 1st V.P.-
Rijnaldo Timp; 2nd V.P.
Oswin Cristina; Secretary- Marlon Ber-
mudez; Treasurer-Randolf Luciano; Do-
mador-Jose Boekhoudt; Tail Twister-
Carmen Beck; Directors: Rolando
Pourier, Francisco Soleana, Calino
Molina, Riency Holder, Hubert Nicolaas.

A Visitors from the Aruba and Curagao Rotary Clubs, Bonaire Jaycee representative
Clair Sealy, and honorary member, Soer Swinda, along with many guests made for a
special Rotary Club Annual Turnover Dinner on Saturday June 24. For the first time in
Rotary Club Bonaire's history, a woman, Marisela Croes, (left in photo) of Rocargo
and Benetton) was made President.
The first upcoming fundraiser, Marisela announced, will be the "Rotarferia," to be
held in September. The revenues will be going to the Breakfast-in-School project.
The Bonaire Rotary Board for 2006-2007: Marisela Croes President; Pieter Gro-
enendal Secretary; Sara Matera Treasurer; Ruud Vermeulen Incoming President
2007-2008; and Sergeant at Arms Edsel Winklaar.

Peter Odle,
owner and manag-
ing director of the
76-room Mango
Bay Hotel in Bar-
bados, assumed the
leadership of the
Caribbean Hotel Peter Odle
Association (CHA)
as President for the
2006-2008 term. During the Closing Gala
of the 2006 Caribbean Hotel Industry
Conference (CHIC), held June 28 at the
Hyatt Regency Miami, outgoing Presi-
dent Berthia Parle, MBE, officially
passed the gavel to Odle.

Did you know that 15 of the 17
Football World Cups have been won
by only six teams: Argentina, Brazil,
Germany, England, Italy and France. It
remains to be seen who will take the tro-
phy this Sunday, but unless it is won by
Portugal, which knocked out England last
Saturday, it again will go to a former
winner. And this year, the dominance is
even more pronounced with an all-
Europe final four. For more perspective
on the World Cup read "Bondy on the
Ball" on page 9.

A Bonaire Gift Shop, a longtime
Bonaire Reporter advertiser, has an-
nounced their new web site, highlight-
(Continued on page 7)

Bonaire Reporter July 7 to July 14, 2006

Page 6

Educational System Questioned

A group of parents,
concerned about En-
seiansa di Fundeshi
(Foundation Based Educa-
tion), together with the par-
enting committee (like the
PTA) of every primary school
and also the parents represent-
ing the Education Platform
conducted a survey, approved 4
by school authorities, to get
opinions from parents whose
children are being educated
by the Ensehansa di Fundeshi
method. The results of the Prime Minister Emily de Jongh-el Hage and
first Cycle 1 classes (4-8 students
years old) are in question.
The traditional grade level system was replaced on Antillean islands in 2002 by
the Ensenansa di Fundeshi. The new system has been criticized for lack of learn-
ing materials and incompletely prepared teachers. Additionally, Papiamentu was
introduced as the language of instruction in Cycle 1. The concerns were partially
based on the existing situation:
1. There is an enormous backlog in producing learning material in Papiamentu
2. There is not enough reading material/literature in Papiamentu
3. There is also a backlog in the development of instruction material for Dutch as
a second (or foreign) language.
4. The teachers' ability to use/apply and to instruct in Papiamentu has never been

The results were presented on May 8th at Jong Bonaire when many parents at-
tended the meeting. During the meeting, some critical opinions were presented.
The primary parental concerns parents have about their children's education are:
1. Their preference to use both Dutch and Papiamentu as instruction lan-
2. Their preference to receive the child's report card with the child's grades.
3. Their concern with the lack of teaching material.
4. Their preference to stimulate the children to reach their educational goals.
5. Their concern that their children are not ready to go into the "second cy-
The urgent need to have effective communication with the concerned depart-
ments was highlighted, and the parents should do their best to get all the informa-
tion they deserve to know.

After discussion with the parents, the decision was made to take the following
steps: To arrange a meeting with the Commissioner of Education, SEK (Education
and Culture Department), the School Board (Schoolbestuur), as well as the Minis-
ter of Education. In these meetings the concerns of the parents must be brought to
attention in order to discuss the results of the survey. The necessary improvements
have to be made in order to guarantee a good education and future for the children.

The inquiry was held at all six primary schools using Ensenansa di Fundeshi.
1) Kolegio San Bernardo /47 parents represented
2) Kolegio Kristu Bon Wardador /135
3) Kolegio Papa Comes /126
4) Kolegio Reina Beatrix /103
5) Kolegio San Luis Betran /34
6) Kresh/25
In total, 470 concerned parents filled out the survey. The questions were:
1) Are you content with the manner in which Ensenansa di Fundeshi is go-

(Flotsam & Jetsam. Continued from page 6)
ing their stock of wines and liquors avail-
able at their downtown Kaya Grandi
store. Locals can check product types
before coming to the store. Visitors may
even plan for their beverage needs in ad-
vance of their trip, simply by ordering
online and requesting delivery to their
hotel or apartment. Bonaire Gift Shop
offers a nice selection of wines, Scotch
whiskey, rum, port, brandy, champagne,
vodka, gin, and beer as well as souvenirs
and t-shirts. For more information, visit
www.bonairegiftshop.com, or email

A Good news. One of the favorite
new Bonaire dinner restaurants, Cactus
Blue, is now open for lunch. Enjoy the
Caribbean flavor the restaurant is famous
for starting at $6.95. Open Monday
through Saturday, 12 to 2 pm, and at 5
pm for dinner. See their advertisement on
page 13.

A Xavier Medical School announced
they are coming back to Bonaire in a
big way next September. As they prom-
ised when they left last year, the school
said they will make additional invest-
ments of over $3 million towards condos

for student and faculty housing on Bon-
aire and have over 500 students enrolled
on their Bonaire and Aruba campuses in
two years.

A If you'd like to live in a house with
traditional Bonaire style architecture
but with interiors of modern materials
and comfort visit the showing of the
unique Old Lagoen Villa project on the
Lagun Road. There's a Wine Tasting
event this Thursday (the first day this
issue is available, so act fast and say
you're interested because you read it in
The Reporter), July 6, from 5 to 7 pm at
the site at Kaminda Lagun 45 to intro-
duce the project. Fine wines provided
FREE by AWC, the Antillean Wine

A Something new at Bonaire's most
romantic restaurant-Croccantino, for
the finest Tuscan-style Italian food.
Every evening Chef David offers several
exciting, creative specials. Always some-
thing different. See their ad on page 6.
[G/L. D.

2) Which language do you prefer to be used as the instruction language?
3) Which language would you prefer being given as a subject?
4) Which manner of evaluating your child's schoolwork do you prefer?
5) Do you find there to be enough educational material available?
6) Do you agree with your child being in age mixed classes (4, 5, 6) (5, 6, 7)
(6, 7, 8)?
7) Do you think we are ready to start the second cycle?
8) Do you agree that your child is free to do as (s)he likes, and cannot be
O Press Release and G.D.

Bonaire Reporter July 7 to July 14, 2006

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aO wa g Tasgae oftOaiO

Vernon Martijn wins third place in the Team Manager's Presentation, with (left)
CHA President Berthia Parle and Head Judge Rick Crossland

A jubilant Janey Coffie wins the Janey gets congratulations from
Gold Medal Shown with CHA Presi- chef team members Isidoor Van
dent Berthia Parle and Bartender Riemsdij and Floris Van Loo.
Judge Josue Merced-Reyes

T here was high excitement in
Miami last week at the Hyatt
Regency Hotel when the Caribbean
Hotel Association held its annual Con-
ference (CHIC) and "Taste of the Car-
ibbean" culinary Olympics. For the
first time since the last century there
was a record number of 16 culinary-
bartender teams from all around the
Caribbean competing. "Taste" was
conceived to promote the development
and refinement of contemporary Carib-
bean cuisine, incorporating indigenous
ingredients and Caribbean culture and
traditions. While maintaining a focus
on food and beverage professional de-
velopment in the region it also seeks to
help promote tourism and overall eco-
nomic growth in the islands by enhanc-
ing the food and beverage experience
offered to visitors at Caribbean resorts
and restaurants. In addition the event
frequently predicts new culinary trends
in the US as many of the Caribbean
ingredients and cooking methods used
in the competition find their way onto
American menus in restaurants and
Head Judge, Rick Crossland, Senior
Vice President of the Culinary Devel-
opment for Bahama Breeze, says, "It's
exciting to watch these masters at work
as they sift, chop, saut6, reduce and
garnish indigenous Caribbean ingredi-
ents to create artistic, mouth-watering
delicacies, right before your very
In the Bartending competition, com-
peting teams prepare a variety of

drinks to demonstrate their creativity,
skills, personality and showmanship.
They have 10 minutes to create each of
their drinks: vodka, rum and non-
This year, in addition to the cooking
competition, each national culinary
team gave a demonstration of its coun-
try's indigenous cuisine, highlighting
the region's rich diversity and variety.
Alec Sanguinetti, Director General and
CEO of CHA, declares, "Caribbean
cuisine is a true representation of all
the cultural and migratory influences
the region has welcomed since Chris-
topher Columbus arrived on its
beaches in 1492...from native Indians,
European settlers, African slaves to
more recent migratory streams such as
Arabic, Asian, other European and
Hindu. All have amalgamated their
individual stories into the Caribbean
collective self and added their spices,
flavors and techniques to its cuisine."
Bonaire's chef-bartender team has
been practicing for months for the
competition, offering three-course
"practice" meals on Sundays at the
SGB Hotel School, Chez Nous.

Culinary Competition Results:
Gold Medals: Bahamas, Curagao, St.
Lucia, St. Maarten St. Martin, Trini-
dad & Tobago
Silver Medals: Anguilla, Antigua &
Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Is-
lands, Jamaica, Puerto Rico
Bronze Medals: Bonaire, Grenada,
St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suri-
name, US Virgin Islands

At an early morning awards
ceremony last week for the
"Taste of the Caribbean," sponsored by
the Caribbean Hotel Association at
their annual "Chic" conference at the
Hyatt Regency in Miami, chef-
bartender teams from 16 different is-
lands in the Caribbean gathered to hear
the results. Competing against many
more experienced bartenders, Bonaire's
Janey Marie Coffie garnered the Gold
Medal. Wowing the judges with her
skills, Janey was awarded, by unani-
mous consent, "The Most Creative
Overall Drinks" for her three drinks:
"Caribbean Breeze" (non-alcoholic),
"Calabas Reef' (vodka) and "Divi
Melon Coconut Cocktail (rum). Janey
has been a bartender for only two
years, but she shows poise, talent and
charisma. She went on to compete
against bartenders from St. Maarten,
the US Virgin Islands and Anguilla for
the "Best Bartender in the Caribbean"
and came in second. This makes her
the Second Best Bartender in the Car-
Bonaire's Culinary Team won a
Bronze medal for their three-course
meal: "Sorobon," a marinated conch
ceviche served with yogurt cucumber
ice cream; "Kunuku Cattle," whole
roasted leg of lamb with papaya stew,
tutu and a pork stew; and "Bonaire
Lighthouse," a chocolate mousse
mango jelly with chocolate ganache,
sponge cage and ginger caramel sauce.
During a competition for the Team
Managers to explain their country's
culture, foods and history, Bonaire's
Team Manager Vernon "Nonchi" Mar-
tijn won Third Place. Chefs on the
team are: Team Manager: Vernon
"Nonchi" Martijn (SGB Hotel School),
Team Captain Floris Van Loo (Rum

Runners), Vladamir Gijsbertha (City
Caf6), Isidoor Van Riemsdij (Rum
Runners) and Karel "Egbert" deVries
(Le Flamboyant). Well Done! O L.D.

Bonaire Reporter July 7 to July 14, 2006

Page 8

JBondy On The Ball s=o^e
ond On The Bal Germany 2-0 Sweden
..... Argentina 2-1 Mexico

Brazil 3-0 Ghana
Spain 1-3 France

England 1-0 Ecuador
Portugal 1-0 Holland


Germany 1-1 Argentina
(Germany win 4-2 on penal-
Italy 3-0 Ukraine

Italy 1-0 Australia
Switzerland 0-0 Ukraine
(Ukraine win 3-0 on penalties)

England 0-0 Portugal
(Portugal win 3-1 on penal-
Brazil 0-1 France

Germany's Goal keeper Jen

W ell, what a hectic time it has
been since the qualifying
groups. The World Cup always delivers
some surprises and 2006 has not been
any different. Above is a table that
shows the second round and quarter
final results. This week we will have a
look at the highlights, lowlights and

Argentina had looked worthy to pro-
gress, so, it was a little surprising to see
them struggle against Mexico. The
Mexicans took the game to Argentina
and ruffled a few feathers with the
opening goal. An equaliser followed
shortly and it remained that way until
extra time. With a sensational self-made
goal, Rodriguez teed himself up and
fired in the winner 8 minutes into extra
time. Argentina 2-1 Mexico.

Sunday was a big day. First off, Eng-
land took on Ecuador in what should
have been a foregone conclusion. The
game started brightly enough and a
classic Beckham set piece got England
off to the start they needed. Eriksson
chose a diamond formation with
Rooney the lone striker. The team
looked awkward and gave away the ball
with ease. However, they managed to
hold on and took the result. England 1-0

Sunday afternoon in City Cafe was
unbelievable. The place was a sea of
orange with just a scattering of Portu-
guese shirts. As the match kicked off, it
became apparent that this bore little
resemblance to the beautiful game. Hol-

land looked
good value to
go forward,
but a combi-
nation of bad
refereeing and
Portugal' s
play acting
rumined the
game. The Dutch team unfortunately
failed to rise above it and elected to fol-
low suit with play acting of their own.
The match saw an unprecedented 16
yellow and 4 red cards issued by a refe-
ree who was clearly inept. His dismissal
from the World Cup after the game was
testament to his performance. In a game
that saw nine players against nine, the
end could not come quickly enough.
Apart from the few Portugal fans, a
groan of disappointment ran through
City Cafe as the final whistle blew. A
defeat is bad enough, but to lose like
that was hard to bear. Portugal 1-0 Hol-

Monday brought no real surprises but
the awakening of the French national
side begun Tuesday. After lacklustre
displays that saw them struggling to
qualify, they pulled off a brilliant per-
formance against on form Spain.
France has some big players, none big-
ger than Zidane, who chose this game
to show what he was capable of. De-
spite Spain going ahead, France never
looked like losing. After this perform-
ance, they have finalists written all over
them. Spain 1-3 France.

The first of the quarter final matches
saw the host's line up against Argen-
tina. Both these teams were favoured to
feature in the last four so something had
to give. In an evenly fought contest, it
took extra time and penalties to separate
them from their 1-1 draw during normal
play. Germany's goalkeeper, Jen Leh-
mann, became the hero of the hour with
two crucial penalty saves; his inclusion
in favour of Oliver Kahn seemingly

justified. The match ended on a sour
note when players and officials from
both sides clashed on the pitch, with
punches thrown between the rival
camps. It later emerged that unused Ar-
gentina substitute, Leandro Cufre, was
red-carded after the game for his part in
the melee. Germany 4-2 Argentina.

Saturday saw heartache (for me) and
more surprises. England had the dubi-
ous pleasure of taking on Portugal. The
Dutch supporters on the island came out
in force to see if England could dish out
some revenge on behalf of their na-
tional side. The game was fairly well
matched and Portugal left the theatrics
in the dressing room, concentrating on
the football that they are capable of.
The game was pretty open with few

chances at each end. England looked
the stronger and seemed to be getting
the edge over Portugal. However,
Beckham was substituted following an
injury and England started to lose
shape. In the 62nd minute, Rooney got
his marching orders for stamping on
Petits groin (ouch). The 10 men battled
sufficiently to see off extra time and
take their chances in a penalty shoot
out. Sadly, that is exactly what they
didn't do, Lampard, Gerrard and Car-
ragher all failed to score from the spot.
Exit England and exit David Beckham
who steps down as Captain. England 1-
3 Portugal.

France again came up trumps as they
took on champions and favourites, Bra-
zil. Once again, Zinedine Zidane bossed
the midfield and gained man of the
match. The Brazilians seemed shell
shocked from early on as they wit-
nessed the skill, pace and organisation
that the French possessed. It took 57
minutes for the French to score, but
when they did it was sublime. Zidane
whipped in a cross that was spectacu-
larly volleyed in by Henry. They have
developed late in this tournament but
France deserves their place in the
semis. France 1-0 Brazil.

Well, that just leaves two semis, one
play-off and the final. My predictions
this far have been blown out of the wa-
ter, but, I fancy a France vs. Germany
final, let's see!
Until then, let's
keep the game
a Tony Bond

Tony Bond was born and raised in England, happy to leave
the cold ofEurope behind but stillfollows his passion for
Manchester United (Man Utd) FC.

At City Cafe there will be eight (8!)
TVs set up including a huge 50-inch flat
screen. In the mornings City will offer a breakfast buffet for NAf10,50. In the af-
ternoons they have a special lunch buffet for NAf12,50.

At The Great Escape watch in the
comfort of the thatched roof bar by the
pool and sample their huge selection of
beers. (the boss won't find you there).

Wind and Surf Beach Bar on the beach
The Windsurfing Place, Sorobon L.L

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Page 9

Page 9

Graduation Day

A nother
school class has
graduated to the
next step in their
lives; some to jobs,
others to further
study perhaps
advanced voca-
tional training or
additional aca-
demic study. Most
students were lav-
ishly and beauti-
fully dressed to Two top students of the HA VO track:
commemorate the Left: Alexandra Mendoza, middle: Fleurtje Veldkamp
important step in
their lives.
(Community High
School) is some-
what unique in
the Dutch system
as it does not fo-
cus on either aca-
demic or voca-
tional studies but
combines them in
a single school.
The Bonaire SGB
high school an-
nounced that it
will offer the More graduates. Isabella Wu, the girl in the red dress, was
fourth year of the top academic student. Douglas Abraham stands
pre-university behind her.
secondary educa-
tion, VWO, in the next school year. VWO level education began three years ago,
and the current class will be the first that won't have to continue their education in

either Curaqao or Aruba to qualify for university entrance. The SGB will increase
the tuition by NAf5 per student and the lease of books and class materials by 15%.
The high euro makes books coming out of Holland expensive and rising expenses
made the hike necessary. Bonaire students did better in their exams than in former
years. 90% of the HAVO students, 80% in the vocational and theoretical education
students, and 100% of the AGO levels passed their exams. O G.D.

Happy Anniversary

appy Anniversary to Hose Mercera and Drucela Mercera-Shepard who
celebrated "sailing together in matrimony" for 39 years on June 22nd. Our
warmest congratulations to them. 1

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 July 7 to July 14, 2006

Page 10

Windsurfing Report

T he European Freestyle Profes-
sional Tour (EFPT) and its riders
were happy to be in Mykonos, Greece,
after four events that didn't have enough
wind to compete. The organization in
Mykonos was at best, like always. It in-
cluded free pickup and transfer from the
airport, free rooms in a 4-star beach re-
sort only for 18 to 35-year-olds and the
food. What can we say from Greek sal-
ads, Souvlakies, Giros Pitas and the tra-
ditional sauce tjasikie.
The EFPT tour had a few newcomers:
guys from Israel, Russia, and for the first
time, a local freestyler from Greece.
Ruben Petersie and Clay Finies, who
showed up for the first time on the Euro-
pean freestyle tour, represented Bonaire.
They were made welcome by the organi-
zation as Bonairean riders.
The first day of the event the condi-
tions were not good for the competition
to begin. This made most of the riders
very nervous, after having four events,
all with no wind and no results.
The second day again the wind was
still not strong enough. While we were
waiting for wind we had fresh cold cof-

Clay on the beach

fee shakes provided by Nescafe, and the
DJ pumped music while we played beach
On the final day the wind was blowing
gusty and offshore around 17 to 20
knots, temperature 280C, with the water
temperature around 180C.
The first heat started at 10 o'clock.
Ruben Petrisie was in the second heat
against an Israeli freestyler and won the
heat on a close decision. Clay Finies

showed his amazing abili-
ties but unfortunately did
not make it through the
first round. They finished
the single elimination with
Clay in 17t position and
Ruben in 9th position.
After that the judges de-
cided to go for the double
elimination where the rid-
ers get a second chance to
improve or defend their
positions. The wind was a
bit up and down and super
gusty but it was still possi-
ble to sail.
Clay was beaten again by
a Slovenian freestyler.
Ruben Petrisie fought through the heats
against the Greek local hero, then had to
meet with the Polish freestyle champion.
One more heat to go and Ruben could
make it to the quarter finals. Ruben then
was against the Austrian guy who had
many years of experience in competi-
tions. The wind was super light during
this heat and both riders were searching
for the wind gusts to get onto plane. The
Austrian got some gusts on the outside
while Ruben was looking around on the
inside to stay close to the judges.
The final heats where sailed at a very
high level with riders like Antxon
Otaegui (Spain), Andre Paskowski
(Germany), Remko De Weerd (Dutch)
and Norman Gunzlein (Germany) show-

Ruben at speed

ing amazing moves during the heats.
I must say that the level here on the
European Freestyle Tour has been raised.
Next stop is the Greek island Rhodes.

The Final results for Mykonos:
1st Norman Guenzlein G 186 (JP.
Neilpryde, Chiemsee)
2nd Remko De Weerd H 23
(Fanatic, Gaastra, Fiberspar)
3rd Andre Paskowski G 2 (F2,
North, Camaro, Pat Love, Oxbow)
7 th Ruben Petrisie NB-50 (Exocet,
Camaro, bThe Loft, Gsport, Reptile-
25th Clay Finies NB-79 (Dakine,
Sign Studio, MCB, Remax) 1 Story &
photos by Ruben Petersie

Bonaire Reporter July 7 to July 14, 2006

Page 11

Picture Yourself with The Reorter New erse USA

B arbara Treue
writes, "My
husband, Don,
daughters, Tara and
Melissa, and I have
been coming to
Bonaire for over 20
years. We pur-
chased a house at
Lighthouse Beach
before it was even
constructed. We are
neighbors and very
good friends of
Delno Tromp. He
came to stay with us in New Jersey for a week to help celebrate our daughter's
wedding. The picture of Tara and new husband, Bryan, was taken at the wedding,
April 28th, in New Jersey. Reading The Bonaire Reporter from left to right are:
Delno Tromp, Melissa Treue, Barbara Treue, Tara Treue- Del Rio, Bryan Del
Rio and Don Treue."
Our best wishes to the happy couple. 1

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The leading consumer and business
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Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in garden/
septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda
Lagoen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt.
Don and Janet). Phone: 786-0956

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

Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 7864651

Bonaire Images
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful
boxed note cards are now available at
Chat-N-Browse next to Lover's Ice

Cream and Sand Dollar Grocery.
Photography by Shelly Craig

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For Sale

Wooden, five-drawer desk, in good
condition, NAf225.00 -Wooden book-
case, in excellent condition,
NAf150.00 Luggage racks (set of
two), F NAf25.00 each. If you have an
interest in these items, please call 717-

For Sale 2 twin beds with box
springs and mattresses. NAf250 each.
Call 717-8989

For Sale: 18 arm ceiling chandelier;
New cherry wood dining table, 4
chairs; cherry wood saloon table, 1 x 1
meter; 2 fauteuils (arm chairs) with
round wood antique table. Come and
see, make an offer. Tel. 717-6605

Below deck boat fuel tank, alum.
65"x20"x24" NAf350, Call 785-9047

Wooden rocking horse for children
up to 4 years. Good condition, any good
offer. Call 785 9047

Comfortable 3 seat couch. Blue

with earthy color squares and big pil-
lows. Lightweight. 9 months. Asking
price NAf700. Call for a try out
and drive it home! Call: 786-3558

Ca rs
For Sale

Toyota 4Wheel Runner, 1995 87.000
km, Air conditioning, 4x4 drive, any
good offer > NAf 10.000,-Call 785-

Ford Escort LX, 1995, new transmis-
sion and many other parts. Drives great.
NAf4900 or $2800. Call 786-0372.

Car for sale Chevrolet Celta 2003
Tel: 786-9998

FOR SALE Mazda 323 (Protege) bj
2000 automatic, Airco- NAf8650,- Call

For Sale- Suzuki Swift 1.3- airco,
power steering, power brakes. CD radio
player, 2 x 800w speakers. Very well
maintained car, just serviced. Economi-
cal in gasoline. NAf2.000, Call at any
time: 786-9389

LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale
1991-4X4 drive 1.6 It.; 95.000km
NAf2.400 717-2844 or 786-2844

Wa n to d

Wanted: A Good Home
Hello, we are two female dogs of 2
years old. We are looking for a new

home because our boss is leaving for
Holland. We are very fond of children
and like to run a lot. We are very good
watchdogs; if you treat us well we will
protect you and your family. We are also
trained and therefore we will obey you.
We also had our injections and we cannot
have puppies anymore. Our names are
Bongo (blond) and Elsa. Who will give
us a new home? Call Myma 786-7365 or
ask the Animal Shelter 717-4989..

US based Windward Islands national
seeking to return to the warmth of the
Caribbean earnestly desires an account-
ing position in Bonaire or neighboring
islands. Qualifications: MBA, CPA.
Contact Dre at (718) 919 -0396 or e-mail

Has anyone a manual for the Sharp
cash register XE-A120 lying around??
Call AWC, 717-7547

WANTED: VHS video recorder/
player for use in Lora (parrot) research.
Call 09-510-4021

"%/a cat ii o r
Fe rn ta I
Cozy guest cottage available. Studio
with kitchen, airco, cable TV, two single
beds (or king) and pull-out sofa, bikes,
kayak, porch, yard and private entrance.
Five minute walk to seaside promenade
and 10 minute walk to town. $50/night.
Contact: seabeans@hotmail.com

Pro pe rtyr

House for Sale Nicest and prettiest
house in Antriol, good neighborhood,
swimming pool, 2 bathrooms, 3 bed-
rooms +/- 3.000 sq. meters. Place for
another house. Was $450,000, now
$375,000. Call 717-7362 or 717-6605

For rent: Fully furnished 4 bedroom
house NAf900. Fully furnished 1 bed-
room apart. NAf700. Beautiful yard,
quiet and private. Tel. 717-7977

Bonaire Reporter July 7 to July 14, 2006

SuDoku means "the digits must remain single" in
DO YfOU S' Japanese. To solve the puzzle, enter the numbers 1
through 9 to the partially filled in puzzle, without repeat-
ing a number in any row, column or 3 x 3 region. For a
SSUDOi KU? tutorial visit the web site www.sudokushack.com. D
Molly Kearney (who has to solve the puzzles)

Complete solution on page 14.

J65 9 1 8

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August, when Kearney will go on an-
other buying trip. On her return, Outlet
Mol will pop-up again. "It could be back
A A r ^at Les Galleries, or it could be in another
location, depending on how much I find
and what's available." (The next sale
dates and location will be advertised in
The Bonaire Reporter; savvy shoppers
Introduces "Pop-Up" Retail to Boneire algfn nc
can also sign up for an email announce-
ment at Outlet Mol store.)

B argain-hungry Bonaire residents
have a new place to indulge their
appetites. But shoppers will need to pay
extra attention to find the store, which-
owner Molly Kearney claims-adds to
the fun and the satisfaction of finding
that great deal. Outlet Mol, a new shop
offering top quality women's wear,
opened last Friday, June 30, at Les Gal-
leries, offering merchandise from "the
world's number one retailer of women's
sleepwear, bras, panties and clothing."
Kearney's arrangement with the manu-
facturer prohibits her from using the
brand name in ads and interviews, "but
this is the first name everyone thinks of'
for intimate apparel and other clothing.

The store's unusual strategy began
with Kearney's first visit to Bonaire in
May 2005. Stopping on Bonaire during a
Windjammer cruise, she fell in love with
the island and jumped ship.

"Bonaire has a very laid back feel, and
every person I met here was welcoming.
The blue, blue waters were gorgeous,
especially for a girl who grew up in the
middle of North America." But she had-
n't packed for a long stay. "I needed is-
land wear," she said, "But money was an
issue. I'd just quit my job managing in-
ventory for Victoria's Secret, so I was

hoping to find a bargain." After years in
the clothing industry, Kearney was also
particular about style. The clothes in
some stores were close, but she didn't
buy very much.

When she returned to the island two
months later, Kearney started researching
distribution channels that would let her
bring in high quality women's wear at a
good value. Selection was another con-
cernm: "An island is like a small town.
The variety is usually limited, and that
means you could treat yourself to a spe-
cial new dress and then find the woman
sitting next to you at Mona Lisa wearing
the same thing." The solution is a "wide
and shallow" assortment: a lot of differ-
ent styles, but not in every color or size.
Kearney plans to keep prices low by
keeping overhead low, using one of the
most interesting recent innovations in
retail: the "pop-up" store. Very stylish
stores-as well as major retailers like
Target-are opening stores for just a
month or two. Then they'll shut down,
regroup and restock, then open again
somewhere else.

"The storefront at Les Galleries is
great," she added. "It's a terrific place to
launch the store." Plans are for Outlet
Mol to stay in that location until early

The first shipment includes swimwear
tops and bottoms (sold separately, to
meet women's sizing needs), swim
cover-ups, tank tops, shrugs dresses,
jeans, pants, bras and panties. Shop early;
with wide and shallow stocking, many
items are one-of-a-kind. Sales will be
final (no returns) and cash only. 1
Press release

Bonaire Reporter July 7 to July 14, 2006


Page 13

Pet of the Week
D on Ricks has been a volunteer at
the Bonaire Animal Shelter for
two years, and he's one of the residents'
favorites, according to the dogs espe-
cially. Tails wag and happy looks appear
when he reports for work every Friday
morning. And one of Don's "favorites"
at the Shelter is pretty little "Cindy." She
is so affectionate and sweet, and as you
can see from the photo, she just melts
into his arms. Her fur is a soft butter-
scotch color and is a pleasure to stroke.
Those deep brown eyes of hers are so
expressive and just exude happiness
when someone pays attention to her.
Cindy is about five and a half months
old. Everyone thought she would grow
up to be a medium sized dog, but maybe
not because she's growing like a weed. Volunteer Don Ricks with "Cindy"
"I may be sweet," she says, "but I'm turning
into a terrific watchdog too." Drop by the
Shelter on the Lagoen Road to meet Cindy and her Shelter mates. New opening hours
are Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm. Tel. 717-4989.

Who can resist a cuddly puppy? But when there are too many to be cared for
properly it turns into a very sad story. Recently a mother dog with seven puppies was
brought into the Shelter. She'd been living on the street where she got pregnant twice a
year with big batches of pups. People in the neighborhood would each adopt one of the
pups, but finally there were no more people but still plenty of pups. So someone
brought her and the pups in. Two of the puppies have been spoken for already. After
they're weaned the mom will be sterilized and put up for adoption too. She's probably
breathing a sigh of relief!
To help fight this problem of rampant pregnancies resulting in unwanted puppies, the
Shelter has established a Sterilization Fund so that people who can't afford to sterilize
their pets can get some help. You can help by donating to the fund. The monies go only
towards sterilization. Give to the fund at the MCB Account #10616410
"Sterilization Fund." Or go through Support Bonaire, Inc. www.supportbonaire.
org. DL.D.

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Bonaire Reporter July 7 to July 14, 2006

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WHAT'S HAPPENING Accolade to Din Domacasse



Late Show
Caltomakesure (Usually9pm)

United 93
(Opal Alladin)

Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
The Da Vinci Code

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

2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM
R.V. / Cars

Thursday, July 6-Wine Tasting & In-
troduction to Oud Lagoen Villas,
Kaminda Lagun #45, 5 to 7 pm
Thursday, July 6-Find out all about
having a stand at the Rincon Marshe.
Stand holders and interested parties invited,
8 pm at the Marshe office, Plasa Com-
merce, Rincon
Saturday, July 8 Underwater
Cleanup Dive at Yellow Submarine.
Sponsored by Yellow Submarine & Net
Tech, 1 pm. Potluck BBQ at 5:30 pm. Call

Sunday, July 9-Dia di Arte, Wilhelmina
Park-art, music, food, entertainment. See
pages 3 & 18
July 17-19 -Diva Women Windsurf
Clinic at Bonaire Windsurf Place. Three
free local scholarships available. For de-
tails or to register call Ann Phelan at 786-
Daily (more or less)
* HH 2 for 1 ( on all beverages ) 5-7 pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-Buddy Dive, 5:30-6:30
* HH Cactus Blue (except Sun.) 5 to 7 pm,
* 2 for 1 appetizer with entree, Cactus Blue
* 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 $12 (NAf12 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.

* Grill Night on the Beach, Buddy Dive
* Rincon Marsh6-6 am 2 pm. Enjoy a
Bonairean breakfast while you shop, fresh fruits
and vegetables, gifts, local sweets, snacks, arts,
handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks, music.
www.infobonaire.com/rincon. Extra big
Marshe 1st Saturday of the month.
* CANCELLED Until August 19. Wine
Tasting at AWC's warehouse, 7 to 9 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, Divi Fla-
mingo. Open daily 5 to 10 pm

* Caribbean Night, live local music
Buddy Dive.
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of
Bonaire, 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. Reservations
$20, walk ins $25. Drinks available for purchase.
Call 717-5759 or email info@goldenreefinn.com

* Live music by the Flamingo Rockers, 5-7
pm Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar
* Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine, 5-7 pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* Buy a Bucket of Beer & get free chicken
wings, 5 to 7 pm, Cactus Blue

* 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
* Beach BBQ 7-10 pm & Live music by
Flamingo Rockers -The Windsurf Place at
* Movie Night at Buddy Dive

Live music by the "Flamingo Rockers" 5-7
pm-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, followed byAll 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

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. 717-8290 for info.
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. Tel. 717-8819.
Wednesday -Buddy Dive Cocktail Video Show
by Martin Cecilia, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm

Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past inthis
venerable old home that has been restored and furnished
so it appears the family has just stepped out Local ladies
willtell youthe story. Open Mondaythmu Friday, 9-12,
2-4. Weekends by appointment Call 717-2445.
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view from "The
King's Storehouse." Learn about Bonaire's culture. Visit
homes fromthe 17th century. Daily Call 717-4060
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the
Catholic Church in town Open weekdays from 8 am-
noon, 1:30-5 pm Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Museum
and Visitors' Center. Open daily 8 am-5 pm.
Closed on some holidays. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing starts
about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to the music of
Bonaire's popular musicians.

AA meetings -every Wednesday, Phone 717-6105;
560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday evening at 7
pm. Call 790-7272

Chief Ranger Din Domacass6 was
awarded the coveted Bonaire Ac-
colade environmental award in June by
Captain Don Stewart. Captain Don, in his
congratulatory remarks said, Din Doma-
cass6, you are a most extraordinary Envi-
ronmental Ranger. Few know of the enor-
mous tasks which you have successfully
accomplished over the years.
Your admirable involvement with visit-
ing divers and naturalists alike is Bo-
nairean gallantry and dignity. Our knowl-
edge of thieves of the sea is well known.
Less well known is the ranger's role which
at times can become extremely difficult in
their duty to ensure that Bonaire remains
environmentally perfect.
You stand firm and unbending above
and beyond the call of duty, even in the
face of extreme intimidation. Further your
ongoing teaching of the wonders of their
own sea to Bonairean children.
Din, with your compatriots at the helm,
know that dushi Bonaire will always re-
main environmentally perfect. The caring
divers of the world salute you, Din Doma-
casse." O

Cancer Survivor Support Group Majestic
Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes Shopping Center
2nd Level Kaya LD Gerharts # 10. Call 717-
2482/566-6093 for details
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and Dinner
at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm call 567-0655
for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at the
Union Building on Kaya Korona, across from
the RBTT Bank. All levels initedNAf5 eniyfee.
Call Cathy 5664056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at City
Cafe. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel. 717-
2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month- 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 In-
ternational, every other Tuesday, 7 pm. Tel.
717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday
of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana #1. All
Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12 noon-2
pm Now meeting at 'Pirate House', above Res-
taurant Zeezicht. All Rotarians welcome. Tel.
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte Indus-
trial Bonaireano) 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.

Accolade Recipient- Din Domacasse

Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire(Youth Center)-717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child Care)
Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics- Call Roosje 786-7984
Volunteers to train children in sports. Contact
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 traffic circle) Sunday Ser-
vices 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 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 pm.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios), Kaya
Triton (Den Cheffi). In English, Dutch & Papia-
mentu on Sunday at 10 am. Wednesday
Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194

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S H- OF P I N SG LI I DE See aderisementsinissue 1

Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curaqao.

Larry's Bakery-Specialists in whole grain bakery
products-good taste and good for your health! Other
great pastries and breads.
The Last Bite Bakery-Now in town next to Xerox. Fresh
baked specials every day. Make it a regular stop.
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.
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-
puter H.Q.
Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow
Submarine) -low prices on the seaside at Kral-
endijk, at Caribbean Club, Caribbean Court and the
Hamlet Oasis. Join their cleanup dives and BBQ.
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintain-
ing the highest professional standards. In town at
City Caf6 and at Eden Beach.
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.

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.

The Bonaire Gift Shop has a 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 Cafe, DVD rentals, restaurant and
bar. New! Spa!

b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Nature Exploration
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking,
hiking, biking, caving, rappeling/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.
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 to
sell fast.
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

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.
FedEx agent.
Make Chat 'n' Browse your headquarters for phone
service, Internet connection, great clothes, footwear
and gifts. In the Sand Dollar Mall.
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.
Free delivery.

Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 786-6518
Did you know that listing in the Guides is FREE
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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 thii Chi Restarant and arf Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar.
At the D Flamingo ea717-8285 Resort. Waterfront Open 7 days Inspiring vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.

Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate Bonaire's Most Romantic Restaurant where dining is a delight! Tuscan
Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate Chef David prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients.Be served in
Closed Mondaye a garden settmg under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort.
lose onayTake out too.

The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof.
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfasts OnlBreakfast Buffet 7:30-10 am every day
717-7488 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 4 pm owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
Call 717-8003. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays and his wife.
Pasa Bon Pizza Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Oen from 5-11 m Wednesday-Sundagredients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
Smile north oftown center. 780-1111Open from 5-1pm Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111
The Bonaire Windsurfing Place Low-Moderate A genuine sandy beach restaurant cooled by the tradewinds
At Sorobon Beach Open from 10-6 pm daily, Top quality food and friendly service
Get away from it all. Wed. night BBQ at 7 pm BBQ night a specialty

-roll ^ tteZ an '-roil StiiU.II IJ

V f ery early in my life, when I
Vwas six years old, I became an
altar boy, and when I was 12 I thought I
had a religious vocation. So I went to the
seminary in Curamao to study to become
a priest. I stayed there for four and a half
years, but then a priest from Aruba be-
came the new rector. I had problems with
him so I left the seminary. After I'd gone
everyone else left too and the seminary
was closed.
I went back to Bonaire and finished the
Lourdes MULO. I wanted to study; I
wanted to become a sports teacher or a
play director, but I was one of nine chil-
dren and my dad, Herman Miguel Cicilia,
was a carpenter and my mom, Anna-
Maria Francisca Cicilia-de Palm, was a
seamstress. There wasn't any money so I
applied for a scholarship. The official
who was in charge didn't think much of
my ideas; what was Bonaire going to do
with a play director? And a sports teacher
would never find a full-time job on Bon-
aire either, so he thought. However, I
could get a scholarship from a foundation
called 'Sticusa,' but only to become a
social worker. I was 18 and two scholar-
ships were available. Someone else and I
went through the whole application proc-
ess with good results, but then a third
party showed up and he also applied for a
scholarship. So, someone had to be
dropped because this third person would
get the scholarship anyway as he came
from a well-known family. The other per-
son and I were equal and they couldn't
decide whom to let go, so neither one of
us got the scholarship. That's how it was
in the old days; people were really nar-
When I was at the seminary I'd been a
big financial burden to my parents, so I
wanted to help my family and I started
working. My first employer was the
MCB bank where I worked in the Collec-
tion Department for a month! I was really
energetic, and there I found myself sitting
in a room all day long, without any day-
light, just papers and money! The salary
at the time was NAf150 a month.
During that month I was offered a job
at what is now ENNIA insurance for a
better salary: NAf240, exclusive of com-
mission. I worked there only two days,
and then I was convinced by Mr. Hum-
berto Ellis to work for the Post Office;
the salary was NAf234. I took the job,
and I'm still grateful to Mr. Ellis, because
now, after 38 years, I have my pension!
I started out as a ticket counter clerk,
but I took management courses, govern-
ment official training, for four years and
a course for middle and top executives in
the postal system. At 26 I was head of the
administration, I did the continuous audit

and I was also deputy manager of the
Post Office in Bonaire. The year was
1976. I married Yolanda Francisca
Agostien. Before I got married I already
had had two children with someone else:
a son, Harvey Felix, born in 1970, and a
daughter, Jeamaliria, born in 1973. In
1977 Yolanda gave birth to a son, Daeda-
lus Antonio, and in 1981 another son was
born, Siangolgo Heracles. All my chil-
dren are living on Bonaire and I am the
proud grandfather of six grandchildren,
soon seven.

"We had to start from the
bottom. We were given the
building where Flamingo
Communications now sits;
we brought some tables
from home and we sat on
wooden crates. The books
were ours, so were the tape
recorders and cameras and
we drove our own cars -
everything was ours!"

In 1978, when I was 28, I was ap-
proached for something quite different;
the Bonairean government wanted to start
a cultural department. They'd asked
Frans Booi, who was a teacher at the
time, to establish the department and he
needed an assistant. All the parties in-
volved voted for me. Why? I had a very
good administrative background, execu-
tive qualities and a love of culture. I'd
always been active in sports and culture. I
danced in a folkloric dance group, I wrote
plays and directed them and also I was an
actor. The highlight was the leading roll I
played in 'Konshenshi di un
pueblo' ('Conscience of a people') a play
we performed in Bonaire, Curaqao and
Aruba. And I also wrote, published and
recited poetry.
I've always been a sports fanatic too. I
played soccer, volleyball, baseball, soft-
ball, ping pong. I was an athlete, a boxer,
a competition diver and a body builder. I
played billiards and tennis, dominos and
basket ball and I am a certified diver and
a fisherman. I've got my diploma ac-
knowledged by FIFA as a soccer referee
and I have an international diploma as a
volleyball referee. I have my interna-
tional badge as a body building referee
and my international accreditation as a
softball umpire. I've been on the board of
many, many different sports associations

and I've been pro-
moting sports all my
"Papy" Cicilia
(56) is a handsome,
strong guy in the
prime ofhis life,
top-fit and to- the-
point and way too
young to be retired!
"January 15, 1979,
was my first work-
ing day at the cul-
tural department,"
he continues. "I was
the deputy head and
Frans Booi was the
head. We had to Fe,
start from the bot-
tom. We were given the building where
Flamingo Communications now sits; we
brought some tables from home and we
sat on wooden crates. The books were
ours, so were the tape recorders and cam-
eras and we drove our own cars every-
thing was ours! The first year we had to
make a budget and the following year we
got the money for salaries and to furnish
the office. We wrote a manual for culture
management and then the work began.
We made an inventory; it was a lot of
field-work, listening to the old people,
getting information about the customs
and habits of the old days, not only the
oral history but we also had to sift Bon-
aire's topography to find out about the
original names of places and the geology
of the island, the caves, the different rock
formations, flora and fauna. We did an
anthropology research for folklore, art,
music and dance, food and costume. It
was a very extensive inventory.
Then we had to process all the informa-
tion, but also we had to advise the gov-
ernment. And then the information had to
be presented through radio and TV pro-
grams, lectures, newspaper columns and
via cultural exchanges here and abroad.
We also had to guide cultural groups and
projects. Estrella Nicolaas became our
secretary; Max St. Jago our handyman;
Mrs. Hilda Anthony did the house keep-
ing. Herbert Cesilia was our camera man
and when Max St. Jago started to do
more field work we added Winfred Dania
as a handyman. That's how we worked
together until 1994. Then the service was
decentralized, and Frans Booi chose to be
placed on half pay.
I'd been guiding the whole decentrali-
zation process, and by the end of 1996
the island territory of Bonaire could take
over the department from the Central
Government. Then they told me they
would take over the department, but they
wouldn't take me... and that was nothing

lix Antonio "Papy" Cicilia

but politics because at that moment the
Red Party was in power and they had al-
ready named Hubert Vis in my place. So,
I got my notice of dismissal and I had to
ask to be placed on half-pay; that's what I
got and then I sat at home...
In 1999 the Green and Yellow Parties
won the elections and I was asked to be-
come the coordinator of the govern-
ment's information service. I did that for
18 months, but my heart was still with
the culture department and so I asked if I
could go back. I had no problems with
Hubert Vis being the head; I have a lot of
respect for him, but the people had given
me my nickname Papy 'Cultura,' and that
is enough for me. So in 2001 I came
back, but at the end of 2002 I was named
chairman of the board of directors of Post
NV. They were having problems and so
they named me the interim director of
Post NV in Curaqao. I did that for a year,
but then Anthony Godett won the elec-
tions in Curaqao and his party fired all
commissionaires and directors, and I
came back to Bonaire.
Seven months later Godett's cabinet
fell and again they called me back to
Curaqao. I stayed there until May 2005
and when the job was done I came back
to Bonaire to the culture department.
Officially I retired May 28 this year but
on June 29th they're throwing a farewell
party for me, and as you see, everything
is already in boxes. I'm taking every-
thing, even the clock on the wall because
it's all mine, and as my
work is my hobby, I
will continue every-
thing from my house -
that is, when I am not
at sea, fishing in my
little boat, the Cul-
turita, because that's
one of the things I like
best in life!" Story &
photo by Greta Kooistra

Bonaire Reporter July 7 to July 14, 2006

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Dive Into Adventure Wrap-up

Stark, Caren Eckrich, Benji Schaub,
Captain Don and Philippe Cousteau. The
TCB offers its gratitude to them all.
Unique and popular was the "It's a
Knockout" event at the stadium on
Wednesday evening. Teams of locals and
visitors together competed in a variety of
imaginative and exciting games. The
final winner was the Ennia Ramblers

team under Captain Ronella Croes: Paco
Veeris, Katherine Healey (a tourist),
Cass Lawson (international press) and
visitor Todd Washowich. Bonaire bands
like Pal i' Wiri entertained at different
times during the week
TCB is especially grateful to Nick Da-
vies of Clever 'n Smart for his help. 1
TCB photos-G.D.

D uring my mnumer-
able snorkeling ad-
ventures on Bonaire, I am
invariably told by divers that
I should dive so that I can
truly and totally be im-
mersed in the underwater
world. It seems that "just
snorkeling" is considered by
some as a less spectacular,
more placid experience. I
beg to differ. On behalf of
snorkelers everywhere, I
hope to reveal how the liber- .nh
ating practice of no tanks, no
gauges, no regulators, no
weights and one snorkel and Tangs
a mask can elicit "poetics"
that William Wordsworth, 18th century English romantic poet, would envy.
Unencumbered and unrestrained, with an unlimited air supply, I have the leisure to
appreciate the "spontaneous emotion recollected in tranquility" that Wordsworth de-
fined as poetry. As the Romantic poets believed, in nature could be found the temple of
the spiritual for the refuge of the soul. As I hover over my "temple," I imagine what
poetic theories Wordsworth, Coleridge, and even Byron would have invented had they
snorkeled. What kind of poetry would John Keats have created if he had snorkeled the
Invisibles: fields and fields of staghom coral like someone is growing it; trumpetfish
literally "hanging together" in groups of six, heads neon blue or canary yellow; elkhom
coral arms, years in the making, embracing grunts, snappers, and others who refuse to
be seen; and then a swirling cloud of tangs spreading across the reef like blue ink, drag-
ging in others to revel in their blue moment. Perhaps, instead of "Ode to a Grecian
Urn," Keats would have given us the classic "Ode to Blue Tang" with lines like these
taught in every beginning poetry class: "O to the blue black purple hues of the tang--
forever swimming into immortality." But, alas, there is only my dream of Keats in a
mask and snorkel, perhaps a long repressed memory from a graduate course in the Ro-
mantic poets.
Are other snorkelers having similar poetic inspirations and intuitions? Or is unlim-
ited air intoxicating me into some kind of reverse-narcosis? I only know that seeing six
sherbet-colored rainbow parrotfish in the shallows at 18th Palm, fins out of water, com-
pels me to spontaneously emote and recollect in tranquility the archetypal mystery un-
folding before my eyes. And it sure does my soul good too. O Pauline E. Kayes

Bonaire Reporter July 7 to July 14, 2006

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*to find it, just look up

Earth at Aphelion This Week and

B elieve it or not our Earth is at aphelion this week, which is always fun to
explain, and if you don't catch Saturn in the next week and a half you
won't see it in evening skies again until the end of this year.
First let's find my favorite planet, ringed Saturn. This coming weekend, Saturday
and Sunday, July 8th and 9th, about 45 minutes after sunset, while there's still a bit
of twilight out, face west. And if you have a really clear, flat horizon you'll see the
first planet out from the Sun, tiny 3,000-mile-wide Mercury, then just above it,
good old 75,000-mile-wide Saturn. And just above Saturn, tiny 4,000-mile-wide
Mars, which right now is as dim as it ever gets. Three planets lined up in a row on
an imaginary line called the ecliptic, which is the path along which all the planets,
our Sun and Moon travel. But Saturn is the one we're zeroing in on because it will
be gone by mid-month.
So if you've got a small telescope, this week and next is the time to take a look at
it because even through a small telescope you can see Saturn's rings. I suggest
looking at it at about 100 to 150 power through any telescope. And in case you see
a bright pinpoint of light close to it, that's its largest Moon, 3,200-mile-wide Ti-
tan, which is even bigger than Mercury and which we've been visiting for the past
two years uncovering remarkable secrets. In fact, we now know that Saturn has 47
moons, and we're probably going to discover more before our mission to Saturn is

Now everyone has heard that Jupiter is the king of the planets, 88,000 miles
wide, which means that since our Earth is only 8,000 miles wide we could line up
11 Earths across its middle. And the spherical body of Saturn is indeed smaller
than Jupiter, being only 75,000 miles wide. But if you count Saturn's rings then
Saturn is exactly twice as wide as Jupiter, 176,000 miles wide. And because Sat-
urn's average density is less than water, astronomers sometimes joke that if we had
a bathtub big enough to hold Saturn it would actually float. Talk about a ring
around the bathtub!

And now for my annual comment about aphelion, this week Earth is at aphelion.
It simply means that Earth is several million miles farther away from the Sun than
it was six months ago in the first week of January when it was at its closest or
what we call perihelion. Indeed in January our Earth was only 91 and 1/2 million
miles away from the Sun, but this week it's 94 and 1/2 million miles away, three
million miles farther. So why isn't it colder out? My annual clue is the word "tilt."
Think about it as you watch Saturn! OJack Horkheimer

Sunday, July 2 to
Saturday, July 8, 2006

By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You need to interact with others if you want to ex-
pand your knowledge. Business trips will be more productive than trying to fight
the red tape facing you. Hide your cards and learn to say no. Read some books on
self awareness. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Sudden romantic connections may be short lived.
You can evade the issue as usual by being affectionate, fun loving, and far too ac-
tive for your lover to catch on. Friends or groups that you're affiliated with may
want you to contribute more cash than you can really afford. Real estate invest-
ments will payoff. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Extend an invitation to clients you enjoy spending
time with. Take time to listen to children and help them with projects that seem
impossible to them. Double check your work and be sure that your boss is in a
good mood before you do your presentation. Secret affairs will eventually backfire
on you. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Minor health problems could result through exhaus-
tion. Loss or theft may occur if you are careless with your belongings. You will be
up and down emotionally. Close deals that have been up in the air and move on to
new ones that appear to be profitable. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Things may not be as harmonious as you would like with
colleagues or employers this week. You are best to be discreet. You need to spend
less time daydreaming and more time accomplishing. You have more than enough
on your plate already. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You'll be able to break bad habits if you put your
mind to it. You need to look into some private matters before you can proceed with
your plans. You will be in an overly generous mood this week. If you act with an-
ger you may blow the relationship. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Unexpected bills may set you back. You need to do
something energetic and different. Opportunities to show your worth will enhance
your reputation and bring possible advancement. Misunderstandings at work could
easily lead to your demise. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Be honest in your communication and don't lose
your cool if someone backs you into a corer. Don't try to deal with important is-
sues or make changes that will upset the apple cart. You will enjoy physical activi-
ties more than you think. A romantic infatuation from your past may surface if you
frequent places that you both used to go. Your lucky day this week is Thursday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You need a day to rest and relax with the ones
you love. Close deals that have been up in the air and move on to new ones that
appear to be profitable. You can make life easier for an older member of your fam-
ily. You will back yourself into a corer if you are baited and your stubbornness
will only make matters worse. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Check your personal papers and make sure eve-
rything is in order. Sit back. You can make the most headway if you put in some
overtime. Assist a relative or good friend by setting of a budget for them. Your
lucky day this week will be Thursday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You must deal with an emotional problem with
your loved one that you have been avoiding for some time now. The talk you have
may be eye-opening with regard to your present situation. You will be misinter-
preted if you get involved in other people's problems. You have to feel free to
come and go as you please to achieve happiness. Your lucky day this week is Sun-
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You will have a problem sorting out your true feel-
ings when it comes to your relationship. You will get out of shape easily if you
don't keep on top of things. You will find that money could slip through your fin-
gers. You can accomplish a lot if you direct your thoughts toward starting your
own small business on the side. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. 1

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