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n accordance with airline industry
(ICAO) regulations a scanner has
been installed at Flamingo Airport.
Secure Solutions of Ontario, Canada,
provided the scanner and on-site train-
ing for airport personnel. Luggage for
all passengers flying internationally
will be scanned and, as a result, hand
inspection will be minimized.

A Continental announced its
schedule for round-trip air service
from Newark's Liberty Interconti-
nental Airport. Beginning in mid-
December planes will leave on Satur-
days at 11:55 pm and arrive in Bonaire
on Sundays at 5:40 am (Flight #1553).
The return Flight #1556 will depart
Bonaire on Sundays at 7 am and will
arrive at Newark at 10:45 am.
After Daylight Savings Time ends in
May 2007 the southbound flight will
arrive in Bonaire on Saturdays at 4:40
am and depart the island on Sundays at
6 am (arrival and departures times
from Newark will remain the same).
Continental Airlines will use a Boeing


A The Curacao-based airline, Insel
Air, made a successful test flight to
Aruba, Aruba to Bonaire and Bon-
aire back to Curacao on Friday, Au-
gust 4. The flights were the final steps
towards obtaining its Air Operating
Certificate set for on this Friday, Au-
gust 11. It will begin with flights to
Aruba and after that to other Antillean
islands. This is a welcome addition to
ABC island service.
Insel Air is also working on a lease
agreement for MD-80 and MD-82 air-
planes to begin flights to St. Maarten,
the Dominican Republic, Jamaica,
Haiti, Suriname, Miami and Vene-
zuela. Insel Air, in a deal with Suri-
nam-based SLM, already has one jet in
Curacao.

A Venezuela-based Avior Air be-
gan flying between Caracas and
Curacao on Wednesday, August 2.
Because of the Curacao Tourism Bu-
reau's (CTB) subsidy Avior Air can
offer lower ticket prices than Aero-
postal and Aserca, the two other Vene-
zuelan companies that fly to and from
Caracas. A new, 108-passenger Boeing
737-200 will make the flight twice a
week. The current price for a Curacao-


Caracas round-trip ticket is about
NAf700 to NAf 850. Avior offers
prices around NAf400.

A Effective August 1, passengers
booking KLM tickets will pay an
additional charge of 7.50 euros when
purchasing economy class tickets using
their credit cards. The additional
charge will be for all KLM flights and
any type of credit card.



Herald photo


A The handling of the first KLM
Boeing 747 airplane at the newly-
built Hato Airport terminal in Cura-
cao was satisfactory, but the passen-
gers had to use a ladder to get off the
plane. However, passengers going back
to the Netherlands used the new jet
way. It was also the first time passen-
gers were checked in at the new termi-
nal. This was done by hand because of
a technical problem with the new
check-in system.

A Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez said on Thursday the nation
would acquire a missile-based anti-
aircraft defense system to repel a
(Continued on page 3)


The REPORTER

IN THIS ISSUE:
Letter
Renewable Energy Resources 5
Where to Find the Reporter 5
Kas di Arte-Homage to the
Bonaire Artist 6
Salsa Swings 7
Announcement
Aaliyah Madelief Thode 7
Turtle Tracking (Heit) 8
Selibon Honored in Tera Kora 9
Windsurfing Report
Pro Kids Freestyle 2006 10
Pro Kids Results 12
Bonaire Pros Dominate in
Fuerteventura 13
Antique Houses (Kas di Porchi) 14
New Shop, Best Buddies & Pearls 15
Snorkeler's Notebook:
Humor on the Reef 22

WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Coral Glimpses 3
Biologist's Bubbles
(Lobster Migration) 3
Snack Detectives (Mi Banana) 6
Picture Yourself,
(Mettingen, Germany) 9
(Galapagos Islands, Ecuador) 9
SuDoku Puzzle 16
Classifieds 16
Tide Table 16
Reporter Masthead 18
SuDoku Answer 18
Pet of the Week ("Boris") 18
What's Happening 19
Movieland Film Schedule 19
Shopping & Dining Guides 20
Born on Bonaire
(Ruman Leoneta) 21
Sky Park
(Perseids Meteor Shower) 23
The Stars Have It 23


Bonaire Reporter August 11 to August 18, 2006


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coral g Iirn pse
(a bit of information about
corals presented each week K
by naturalist Dee Scarr)


(Flotsam and Jetsam Continued from page 2)
possible foreign invasion. The an-
nouncement came just days after
Chavez agreed to buy some $3 billion
in weapons and military equipment
from Russia during a two-week world
tour following US moves to block
Venezuelan military purchases.
"We are going to install a system of
aerial defense with equipment that
detects a target from 200 kilometers
(124 miles) away and fires heat-guided
missiles," Chavez said during a
speech.


E ven with the polyps
contracted, the
mouths of these corals are
visible [ photo by Dee Scarr


A Frank B6hm, owner-operator of
DeFreewieler bike and key shop,
was in Long Beach, California, with
other international water polo referees
from the Caribbean. The group took
the course, "FINA School for Water
Polo Referees." In order to maintain
their licenses the referees must attend
the course every two years. Frank is
well known as a referee on the water
polo circuit throughout the Caribbean
and on Bonaire as the man to see for
any bicycle needs or problems.


Checklist of the
Birds of Bonaire
by Jerry Ligon
IAt's not just an advertising bro-
chure that naturalist Jerry Ligon has
produced. It's a comprehensive
checklist of the Birds of Bonaire, put
together over the years of Jerry's guid-
ing nature and bird lovers on the is-
land. The list of 208 birds includes
indigenous as well as "transits." There
are some nice photos too. You'll find
the brochures in shops around the is-
land. Thanks, Jerry, it's something we
all can use. Contact him for Bird and
Nature Tours, 791-6079 or email: jcli-
gon@gmail.com


A Bonaire is preparing for hurri-
cane season storms. Last week Gov-
ernor Domacass6 hosted a meeting to
explain the island's emergency proce-
dures and to encourage island residents
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id You
Know...
Lobsters
march in for-
mation?
The Caribbean Spiny Lobster, Panulirus argus, migrates to deeper waters late in
the year. Groups of up to 65 individuals have been observed marching along in
formation, antennae to tail, towards deeper waters. They've been observed to
march over seven miles per day! Scientists believe that these lobsters are migrat-
ing to deeper, calmer (and often warmer) waters to wait out the storm season. The
migrations are usually associated with a drop in water temperature that is often
associated with the onset of storms. Diminishing daylight hours could also be an-
other factor that influences the timing of the migrations. Has anyone seen a lobster
parade in Bonaire? If so, I would like to know! O Story by Carin Eckrich; photo
courtesy ofManuelMola


Bonaire Reporter August 11 to August 18, 2006


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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 3)
to prepare with stocks of canned food
and water just in case. Although Bon-
aire is below normal hurricane paths,
strong storms have been recorded in the
past.

A Education Minister Omayra Leef-
lang has introduced a bill in Parliament
to officially make English, Dutch and
Papiamentu the three official lan-
guages in the Netherlands Antilles.

A The Natalee Holloway case is still
making news. Last week a New York
judge tossed out a lawsuit filed against
Dutch teenager Joran van der Sloot by
the parents of Natalee Holloway, who
vanished in Aruba, saying it shouldn't
have been filed in Manhattan. Hollo-
way's parents alleged in the suit in Feb-
ruary that Van der Sloot had imprisoned
and sexually assaulted their daughter
and was responsible for her mysterious
disappearance last year in Aruba. In a
10-page decision Thursday, state Su-
preme Court Justice Barbara Kapnick
cited an earlier ruling that found local
taxpayers should not have to foot the
bill for a complex case when their inter-
est in the case was "so ephemeral." The
lawsuit sought unspecified damages.
Van der Sloot, who just finished his
first year of college in the Netherlands,
was "elated" by news of the decision,
according to his attorney Joseph Ta-
copina. Holloway, then 18, was last
seen leaving a bar in Aruba with Van
der Sloot, also 18, on May 30, 2005. He
and two friends, brothers Deepak and
Satish Kalpoe, were arrested a few days
later on suspicion of involvement in her
disappearance.
Joran van der Sloot's father, Paul van
der Sloot, was recently awarded a large
cash settlement for false arrest by the
Aruba police.

A Because of procedures involving
the new immigration laws, the Island
Government announced changes in
the days and hours for submission of
some paperwork required for work
permits and admission as a Bonaire
resident:
Petitions for residency and work per-
mits will only be accepted on Tuesdays
from 8-10 am.
Permits other than those above will only
be accepted on Wednesday and Thurs-
day from 8-10 am.
Take a number and wait to be called.
If the petitions are for more than four


persons call for an appointment during
the above days and hours: 717-5330 ext.
261.


AThese four prikichis, Brown-
throated Parakeets (Aratinga perti-
nax), were strangled by being tangled
in a monofilament net. It is suspected
they were accidentally trapped by some-
one trying to capture Loras, Bonaire'
endangered Amazon parrots. Parakeets
do not enjoy the same legal protection
as Loras but it is a crime against nature
to kill wild animals for no reason.
Thanks to Elsmarie Beukenboom of
STINAPA for calling public attention to
this atrocity.


A Last week Bonaire Marine Park
Rangers and Park volunteers explored
the Kai area of Lac Bay and found 306
empty baby conch shells in a few
hours. What is especially tragic is that
most of the shells were less than 4
inches (10 cm.) long, meaning they
were too young to reproduce. Not only
that, but the poachers get only a small
fraction of the meat obtainable from a
mature conch for the same work in
breaking the shell and cutting the mus-
cle. Because of human predation, col-
lection of conch without a permit is
prohibited in Lac Bay in order to give
the once thriving conch a chance to re-


A Last Sunday 30 volunteers from The Freewinds and the sail-charter boat
Suave, locals and visitors, including several from Pennsylvania who read the no-
tice in The Bonaire Reporter, plus STINAPA personnel cleaned up the main
beach at Klein Bonaire. All sorts of trash was collected and the sand was sieved.
Everyone who visits Klein Bonaire is asked to take all their trash as well as any
they find washed up on shore, back with them, and not to make open fires (BBQs
are provided). OSTINAPA photo & press release


establish themselves. Unless this prac-
tice is halted Bonaire's conchs will soon
be extinct.

A In a new forecast just released,
American hurricane forecasters have
slightly reduced the number of storms
expected, but still say that the 2006 At-
lantic Hurricane Season will be above
average, with nearly the entire month of
September covered in storm activity.
They could not say, however, whether
the storms would affect land or remain
in the open ocean. The new forecast is
for 15 named storms (down from 17),
seven hurricanes (down from nine) and
three major hurricanes (down from
five). The forecast is still higher than
the long-term average, which is nine
named storms, six hurricanes, and two
major hurricanes.

A The oceans are teeming with 10 to
100 times more types of bacteria than
previously believed, many of them
unknown, according to a study released
on Monday that has jolted scientists'


understanding of evolution in the seas.
Using a new genetic mapping tech-
nique, US, Dutch and Spanish scientists
said they found more than 20,000 dif-
ferent types of microbe in a single liter
of water from deep sites in the Pacific
and Atlantic Oceans. Microbes make up
more than 90% of the total mass of life
in the seas, from bacteria to whales.



A On August 1st, Match Consul-
tancy launched its new training pro-
gram for 2006-2007, the Hospitality
Awareness Program, at Divi Flamingo
Resort. This program is a follow up of
last year's Hospitality Training Pro-
gram. This season Match Consultancy
will have nine training seminars within
the Hospitality Awareness Program
between August and December. The
seminars train hospitality sector em-
ployees to provide better service and
improve their skills. Contact Annette
van Rooijen at Match Consultancy, tel:
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Bonaire Reporter August 11 to August 18, 2006


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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 4)
786-5711 or E-mail;
info@matchconsultancy.com, for more
information on the schedule and/or pro-
gram content.

A The All Denture Lab will be mov-
ing on September 1. They will be lo-
cated in Antriol, just off Kaya Korona
near Botika Korona, next to J.G. Heran-
dez. Tel. 717-2248 or 787-3714. See
their ad on page 7.

A Harbourtown Real Estate is offer-
ing a free appraisal in case you decide
to take out home/building insurance
through their company. The appraisal
determines the rebuilding value so the
insurance will fully cover all eventual
damage and prevent being underinsured.
If you are interested please contact them
at 717-5539 to make an appointment. If
you are not on the island this can be done
by fax (+599-717-5081) or e-mail
info @harbourtownbonaire.com.


from the USA-www.
islandgenera-
tors.com- is selling
diesel generators at
low prices (ad on
page 12). The mod-
em 6 kW unit pictured is only $2,199
shipped free to AMCAR freight in Mi-
ami. You can arrange delivery to Bonaire
through Rocargo (717-8922) and have it
on-island in a week. Prepare for the
storm season or WEB problems.


A It's almost unbelievable to see this
sign at the edge of the mangroves (a
Ramsar site) near Sorobon bordering
Lac Bay: Mangrove Village, coming
soon. Luckily, no building permits have
been issued... yet. The impact of con-
struction with its attendant mess, the
sewage and presence of numerous
homes on that site is bad news for the
nearby mangrove lagoon that is the
nursery to Bonaire's sea life. But it's
great news for the hungry mangrove-
dwelling mosquitoes.


A Louise "Lou" Reid, (photo above) a
Scottish singer-guitarist, will perform
Friday evening, August 11, at Le Flam-
boyant. She's a small girl with a big, rich
voice.

A Welcome to new Bonaire Reporter
advertiser, Caribbean Homes, the
"refreshing realtor." Stop in at their
office on the waterfront, next to Watta-
burger and City Caf6, and meet the
friendly staff. See their ads in this issue.

AFirst it was billboards; now it's paper
advertising flyers tucked under your
windshield wipers. Last weekend at So-
robon people returned from the Pro Kids
event to their cars to find ads for a busi-
ness selling CDs, not only under their
wipers but also blowing in the wind. This
may be a good marketing idea in other
places but not in Bonaire with its high
winds that scatter these flyers and clutter
the landscape. STINAPA expressed its
displeasure with this form of advertising
last week when flyers for a real estate
development were found "flying" all
over SABADECO.

*Congratulations to Benito Dirksz and
his Special Security Services (SSS)
company. As of this month they have
been in business for 23 years, helping
to keep Bonaire safe. The company is
very community minded and has assisted
the police numerous times at crime
scenes. Keep up the good work, guys!

ASome of the cruisers on the yachts in
the harbor have re-instituted an old tradi-
tion here-the Cruisers' Happy Hour.
It's now on Thursdays at Vespucci's in
Harbour Village Marina, from 5 to 7
pm. Drinks are at happy hour prices and
snacks are free. Everyone is invited. It's
a good opportunity for people from land
and sea to mingle. The cruisers would
like to assist the Maria Hoppner home
for boys (ages 4 to 15) and ask that you
bring to the happy hour donations of
things they can use (clothes, towels,
shorts, socks, pens). They would also like
to have a shade cover for an outside sit-
ting area. O G./L.D.


RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES
Dear Editor:
I am 15. I was born on Bonaire and have lived here all my
life. I am concerned about global warming and worried because
WEB still relies on fossil fuels to generate our power even
though we have abundant renewable energy sources right here
on Bonaire.
If you want to:
* Reduce your electricity bill
* Reduce Bonaire's carbon footprint
* Reduce fossil fuel usage, and
* Protect Bonaire's reefs from coral bleaching,
please contact WEB director Hubert De Palm at h.depalm hbmg.an
or 715-8244 and urge WEB to convert as quickly as possible to generating power
from the sun, wind, and waves.
You can send the same message to Council member R.R. Dortalina, the Commis-
sioner with responsibility for WEB, at ragiLZbonairelive.com or by faxing 717-7153.
If you want more ideas about what you can do, please log on to my web
site: www.save-our-planet.tk
If you take the time to contact these two people, you will be doing so much to help
Bonaire and the world.
Masha danki!
Radinka Ustasia


': WHERE TO FIND

i THE REPORTER


Car Rental Agencies:
At the Airport

Airlines:
Aboard Divi Divi Air

Banks:
MCB (Playa & Hato
branches),
RBTT

Restaurants:
Bistro de Paris
Cactus Blue
Capriccio
City Cafe
Croccantino
Lost Penguin
Lover's Ice Cream
Pasa Bon Pizza

Dive Shops:
Yellow Submarine
WannaDive
Carib Inn

Shops:
Benetton
Best Buddies & Pearls
Bonaire Gift Shop
Chat 'n' Browse
City Shop
DeFreewieler


Snip and save so you can always find a copy of
The Bonaire Reporter if there are no more
at yourfavorite spot


Exito Bakery
INPO
Larry's Bakery
Last Bite Bakery
Paradise Photo
Photo Tours, Playa
Plantation Furniture

Hotels:
Buddy Dive
Capt. Don's Habitat
Carib Inn
Caribbean Club, Hilltop
Caribbean Court
Divi Flamingo
Eden Beach Hotel
Golden Reef Inn
The Great Escape
Plaza Resort
Sand Dollar Resort

Supermarkets:
Bo Toko, North Salina
Cultimara
Montecatini
Progresso
Sand Dollar Grocery
Tropical Flamingo
Warehouse Bonaire

Government:
Bestuurscollege
Customs


Parliament Office
BVO

Others:
Bonfysio
Botika Korona
Caribbean Laundry .
Fit 4 Life, Plaza
Hair Affair
Harbour Village Marina
Rocargo
San Francisco Hospital
TCB
Telbo

Bookstores:
Bonaire Boekhandel,
Flamingo Bookstore

Realty Offices:
Caribbean Homes
Harbourtown
Re/Max
Sunbelt

RINCON:
Chinese Store
Joi Fruit Store
Lemari Grocery
Rincon Bakery
Rose Inn

08/11/06


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The Snack Bar Detectives r
Their Mission: To seek out the mysteries thatlie behindthe
doors ofBonaire's snacks

This week: Mi Banana
Kaya Nikiboko Nord


A whisper had been circulating
about a snack bar in Nikiboko, Mi
Banana. It certainly sounded tropical
enough and what I had heard about the
food was enough to get me on my way. It
was said that it is located near a well
known "Gentleman's Club" of which
neither I nor Big D have any knowledge
at all!

I rang D but he was on other business,
so JJ, the tar with a thousand salty tales,
was enlisted. We felt immediately wel-
come as we sat at the cozy bar. Our host-
ess greeted us with a warm Latina smile
as we ordered our beer. A few locals sat
around, chatting and laughing; it was all
very relaxed.

As the evening fell, we decided to
check out the menu. Despite Spanish
being the language of choice, the menu
was in English. I was surprised to see
such a choice: local food such as Kabritu
and Galinja were there as expected but
also, a big selection from the grill as well
as shellfish and other seafood. My many
Polars had given me an appetite, the kind
of appetite that only meat can satisfy. I
spotted the Mixed Grill that boasted a bit
of everything. Having seen that, I didn't


need to look any further.


We moved away from the bar and onto
one of the tables. By this time, it was
getting quite busy with a rather cosmo-
politan clientele; the word had obviously
got around. Our food arrived; I certainly
wasn't going to be hungry after this. A
large plate containing a pork chop, beef
steak, chicken fillet, sausage, fries and
salad. All this for just NAf20! We were
given accompaniments of Guacamole
and Spicy Salsa Sauce as well as the
usual condiments. JJ had finished his
steak and I was still only half way
through my meal, but, never beaten, I got
there in the end.

After our meal, our hostess continued
to look after us, bringing us beer after
beer as our bottles emptied. JJ talked
long into the night about tales of bravery
and daring on the high seas. To be hon-
est, I think that he had had one too many
Polars!

Next week, another Snack Bar, another
meal, and, the return of Big D.
O SBD


as Arte,



fw toage to e Bonairean Artst"


(R to L) Marieke Postema-Roozenburg (SGB art teacher), Isabel (volunteer ex-
SGB student, this year's best studentr), Elvio Cecilia (board member ofKas di
Arte), help to fill out the paperwork for artists bringing in their work. Artist Nina
Ledezma (standing next to her seated friend) and Hilda St. Jago


ast Saturday, August 5, artists of
Bonaire were invited to submit
their work to the Kas di Arte for the up-
coming exhibition, "Homage to the Bo-
nairean Artist," in November. Board
members of Kas di
Arte didn't know
what to expect be-
cause this was the
first time they'd or-
ganized such an
event. Kas di Arte
wanted to give the
artists the opportunity
of showing their work
to the public and the
public the opportunity
to meet the artists.
And the surprise
was really a surprise.
From 8:45 in the morning until 1 in the
afternoon, 36 people came in with a total
of 96 pieces. Most were paintings, from
small to works or more than one by one
and a half meters. The subjects ranged
from abstract to nature to people. There
were also three-dimensional works of
stone, driftwood, calabash, shells, mosa-
ics, coral, clay, textiles (such as batiks),


leather and glass. From the start, every-
body was looking at all the works. They
were talking, enjoying the camaraderie of
artist to artist. I think that most people
were surprised by the high quality of all


irte


the works the works
created by people who
are inspired by the
island. Some are true
Bonaireans born on
the island; some come
from another conti-
nent like Europe,
America or Africa.
But they all have the
same love for this
beautiful island.
This week ajury will
decide which works
can be hung or stand


in the November exhibition.
But we want to give the public the
opportunity to see all the work that
was brought in to the Kas di Arte. So
this Friday August 11, Kas di Arte will
be open to the public from 5 to 9 pm to
show these works from such a rich
artistic community that exists on Bon-
aire. O Wilna Groneneboom


Bonaire Reporter August 11 to August 18, 2006


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SAtSA


Sw'fryS


Sunday, August 6th 2006


Welcome to the world, sweet
Aaliyah Madelief Thode.


TUII WORLD CUMlSE

THU FISH MARKET &IVWEM
FRI WORLD CUtSINE
SAT WORLD CVKSINE
SUN WORLD C e E


One of Bonaire's most exotic places to dine, Salsa lives up to its initial impres-
sion with a gastronomically high plateau menu and a lot of details seen to.
Starting with the Pesto Carpaccio or the Tuna Sashimi, for example, the menu takes
us on a gourmet's road trip through homemade soups, favorite meat dishes like tour-
nedos, ribs and veal schnitzel or more epicurean delights like duck breast, stopping
along the way for a potpourri of pastas or seafood. Desserts tempt with crdme
brulee, white chocolate ice cream or a mango dessert.
On Thursday evenings they pull out all the stops with the Famous Fish Market,
where you choose how much you want (in increments of 100 grams) from an attrac-
tive and enticing array of fresh fish and seafood which is cooked to order for you.
The chefs are helpful and knowledgeable. Fresh seafood soup, salads and home
baked bread come with your order, as do hot side dishes.
Prices are moderate to expensive. Starters begin at NA1f2,50; soups at NAf9,50;
main courses at NAf22,50. Seafood starts at NAf27,50; pasta at NA1f9.
The chefs present some great tastes, the setting is fascinating and the view is spec-
tacular. Salsa is open seven days a week; now open for lunch as well as dinner. Drop
by for a robust drink or mixed cocktail and check it out. Call 717-3558 for reserva-
tions. O L.D.


Special thanks to
Dr. Dick van der Vaart (you're simply the best!) and Maria
"Zus" Janga-Martinus.-From all your grandparents.


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 August 11 to August 18, 2006


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STCB Turtle Tracking


' eit,' a female hawksbill turtle, is
1 still swimming around Klein
Bonaire. It was thought that she would
lay at least one more nest and possibly
more. Hawksbills nest at intervals of
approximately 14 days, and it is quite
likely she will be with us for a while
longer.
Bonaire's sea turtles are tracked by


STCB (Sea Turtle Conservation) to learn
more about their migratory patterns, their
behavior at sea and where their marine
habitats are located. On July 13, a trans-
mitter was attached on this large adult
female hawksbill turtle which was found
resting on the reef in the area of Ebo's
Special, close to the nesting beach at
Klein Bonaire.


Tracking of this hawksbill is made
possible by a full sponsorship provided
by Ria and Jeannette Heitkonig of Bon-
aire. Satellite tracking works through
signals sent out by the transmitter, which
is switched on whenever the turtle comes
to the surface to breathe. These transmis-
sions are then collected by Argos system
receivers onboard weather satellites that
circle the globe. Turtle locations are
mapped frequently and available on the
website located at
www.bonaireturtles.org. O Andy Uhr


Editorial Comment
s it worthwhile to continue efforts to
understand and protect sea turtles?
A study, published in the August issue
of Frontiers in Ecology and the
Environment, says among other things
that "turtle populations have declined
significantly since the 17th century, with
the number of green turtles living
throughout the Caribbean falling from 91
million to 300,000 today and the popula-
tion of Hawksbill turtles plunging from
11 million to fewer than 30,000 during
this same time period. The change
represents a 99.7% drop in historic
Caribbean sea turtle populations."
"The loss of even a single nesting site
makes a permanent, irreversible dent in
the sea turtle population," said Loren
McClenachan, who conducted the re-
search with Jeremy Jackson and Marah
Newman of the Scripps Institution of
Oceanography. O Ed.


Bonaire Reporter August 11 to August 18, 2006


Heit gets help going back into the sea STCB photo


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Picture Yoi
Mettingen, German:

B onairean
Jeannette Nolen- Wllkom
Heitkonig, during her -
recent vacation, went Metin
digging for her roots M
in Mettingen, a small
German town, from
where her ancestors left
for Holland in the 18th
century. She remem-
bered to bring along a
copy of The Reporter.


irself with The Reporter

y Galapagos Islands, Ecuador


SELIBON Honored


O f all Bonaire's
government
services perhaps the
one that people appreci-
ate most is SELIBON,
which picks up and
disposes of the island's
trash. Last Friday the
bario of Tera K6ri,
which celebrated its
156th birthday on Au-
gust 1, gave special
recognition to SELI-
BON employees. The Lilian Solai
Directors of the Com- Leito, accept th
munity Center (Sentro
di Bario), in the name of the people of
Tera K6rd, expressed their appreciation
for the excellent job SELIBON does
every day to keep their community, as


na, along with Karel Pikerie and Rudsel
he recognition plaque from Bbi Goeloe.
well as the rest of Bonaire, beautiful. E
SELIBON photo & press release


B onaire Reporter staff
member, Wilna Gro-
enenboom, writes, "This year
we went on holiday to the
Galapagos Islands with the
whole family. My husband,
Herman visited there five
years ago. At that time I was-
n't able to go because I was
pregnant with Niek. This time
we wanted our children, Al-
mar and Niek, to view and
also be a part of the special
nature of those islands.
The guide explained to us
that while visiting the animals
of the Galapagos we had to
respect their "house rules.
So when we met the sea
lions they were the ones who
decided when, where and howo
they wanted to play with us. -
And they do, whether you like Almar and Niek answer the sea lion's ques-
it or not. Also the game of tag tions about The Bonaire Reporter.
(tikkertje) is one of their fa-
vorites, Niek discovered. He didn't like it and started running very fast. So fast that
the camera couldn't capture it well.
The photo (with The Bonaire Reporter) lets us see that because everyone respects
the rules and keeps his distance, the animals aren't afraid of us. So we could read
The Reporter within a meter of the sea lion. It was a unique and special moment, in
a special place with a very special animal, that we will never forget." 1

WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or when
you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper in hand. THE BEST
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M i- mi 11fiI -
Win lsaurfna Roepo


' "" "


his past weekend's freestyle
windsurfing Pro Kids event was
an over-the-top success, not to mention
being Bonaire's first world-wide live
webcast. And it was due to the vision
of a Bonaire fisherman's son who be-
lieved in and revitalized the sport of
windsurfing. Along the way he helped
create sports career opportunities for
young Bonaireans where none existed
before.
Before the start of the three-day com-
petition Elvis Martinus proudly an-
nounced that it would include nearly
100 youngsters, ages 2-18, from nine
countries (Bonaire, Curacao, Holland,
Belgium, Aruba, Canada, France, Ger-
many and Switzerland).
Elvis ("Piskechi" to his life-long
friends) was Bonaire's first windsurfing
champion more than 25 years ago, but


winning wasn't always uppermost in his
mind. Windsurfing as the national sport
of Bonaire was. He and his supporters
worked tirelessly to make that happen
and were so successful that a score of
Bonaire youngsters have sailed profes-
sionally in events all over the world.
Manufacturers even began to produce
boards especially designed for these pro
kids. Starboard, the maker of the Pro
Kids line of windsurfing boards was the
title sponsor.
The vision snapped into sharp reality
this past weekend with the successful
completion of the Pro Kids Freestyle
Windsurfing Competition at Lac Bay.
Pro Kids was a great success by all
accounts. The weather was superb with
mostly steady trade winds in the high
teens, making all sorts of maneuvers
possible. O G.D.


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Some highlights:

At one extreme was the adorable Baby Kids class; at the other the 18 plussers
featuring Bonaire's own Taty Frans and Quincy Offringa from Aruba. The
wind was more than sufficient for some nice planing conditions allowing the freesty-
lers to do what they do best: Flakas, Gonzagas, Chachos and other space age-named
moves.
Event organizers Jessy Sint Jago and Liesje Saragoza, windsurf moms themselves,
made sure the kids had T-shirts, rash guards and were well fed. Magnolia's Snack
provided the delicious food for the day. Susie and Tinho Dornelas once again flew
in from Florida to provide a professional race organization, a challenge with so
many young competitors. Their crew of volunteer judges and staff made things
move smoothly all weekend.
The press in the house including crews from the ABC and the infamous Dasher, a
windsurf video guru who shot much footage for a future DVD. Dasher began cover-
ing the Bonaire kids when Kiri
Thode was just five years old and
has videoed their success. So @"7
many windsurf moms and dads
volunteered to make this interna-
tional event happen. Word on the
beach was the weekend was noth- W r.
ing short of perfect. I
Bits Bonaire and Telbo UTS I
used their technical expertise to
present live streaming video on ,
the website www.
prokidsfreestyle.com.
There were parties with great
food and music and of course
some awesome entertainment.
Magic happens when an entire
community comes together to put
on something special for the kids.
Windsurfing has become a na-
tional pastime here, transforming
the lives of some and impacting
many. Special thanks to all the
sponsors and volunteers who
made Pro Kids 2006 a great event.
11 Ann Phelan


Pro Kids continued on page 12


Pro-Kids-14-15 Girls winners:
Mallory, Andrea, Sarahquita with Taty Frans


Pro-Kids Champion mom, Della Thode with her son and overall winner, Kiri









\First timer Harley, just two and windsurfing, with coach and grandma


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Windsurfing Report


Bonaire Pros Dominate in Fuerteventura

Taty Frans takes 2nd place


Kiri Thode takes 4th place


Tonky Frans takes 5th place!



S| t was a very hard competition
Jin the Canary Islands, but we
survived the challenges sufficiently to
obtain great scores," according to Bon-
aire's pro windsurfer, Tonky Frans
(NB-7).
Bonaire
Tonky is competing in the Profes- final...
sional Windsurfing Association (PWA) And we
2006 World Tour. Along with him nearly
were several other Bonairean profes- did!"
sional windsurfers including his brother
Taty Frans, and his cousin Kiri Thode. The
The latest event they attended was in first
Sotavento, Fuerteventura, which ran elimina-
from July 21st to the 31st. Tonky ex- tion
plains, "Fuerteventura has always been round was very successful for Tonky.
one of my favorite spots to windsurf. "My heats were flawless and I was just
The conditions are comparable to Bon- enjoying the action. I was very deter-
aire so that is one less hurdle for the mined to get in the finals. During my
windsurfers from Bonaire. This year last heat of the first elimination round
the people's expectations of us were the judges chose Gollito (a pro wind-
very high. I even received an email surfer from Venezuela) over me, leav-
from a friend telling us to have an all- ing me in second place."


The next day there was no competi-
tion at all because of the lack of suffi-
cient wind to guarantee consistent
heats. On the third day of competition
the second round of eliminations con-
tinued. "During this second elimination
I did not sail as consistently as I did in
the first round," Tonky says. "I was
winning one heat and losing another
and failed to keep my second position.
Therefore I ended up in fifth place of
the event. My brother Taty fought his
way up to second place of the event
and Kiri's performance was good for a
fourth place. So we nearly got an all-
Bonairean final. I am content with my
fifth place for this event, especially
when I compare it to my performance


during this same event back in 2005!
An improvement of 300% is some-
thing!"

Right now Tonky is in Gran Canaria
awaiting an event in the Netherlands.
"My board sponsor asked me to con-
sider not attending the Silvaplana event
in Switzerland for strategic reasons of
the brand. And if my sponsor asks me
so... I better follow their advice. I still
have two weeks to go. When you want
to get home badly, 14 days are a lot!
Especially when you know that the
other Bonairean riders are already long
gone to the island! O
Tonky Frans with Sapphira Coffie


Bonaire Reporter August 11 to August 18, 2006


Tonky Frans Shows them how at Fuerteventura John Carter (PWA) photo.


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Antique Living Houses of Bonaire
Cas di VPrchi lF.stann lanoa Wilna Crnenenhnnm Preservin Bonaire's Architectural Herita


n this Cas di Porchi house lives Este-
fano Janga, born in 1928, 78 years
young, who still works as a housepainter.
Before 1950 he worked on Aruba. His
father, Marti Janga, who passed away in
1994, reached the age of 101. He was a
bricklayer his whole life. So Estefano
comes from a strong family.

Most of the Cas di Porchis were built
around the 1950s, and in the Nikiboko
area we can find some very attractive ex-
amples. As I already mentioned two
weeks ago, everybody can recognize them
by their square shape. They always have a
front porch built "inside" the house. The
more decorative houses have the "inside"
porch on the left or right side of the house.
And those with the "half built out" porch
have it mostly on the front side of the
house.
The porch and most of the fence around
this property are decorated with round
open cement concrete forms fit into a
horizontal concrete construction (see
photo top right and left). The Janga house
even has three different types of "circles."
During the 50s, people wanted to let in
more light in their houses so glass was
combined with the normal wooden shut-
ters. This glass was mostly colored.
Nowadays, to let in even more light, some
of the wooden shutters (right bottom)


have also been replaced with glass (left
bottom).
In the 50s, as people had become taller,
the doorways and the walls of these
houses were built higher, giving the house
a more open view.
These Cas di Porchis were built to the
owner's specifications, not a house inher-
ited from the family. The owner's budget
determined what kind of materials were
used and how detailed it could be.

This is a "rich" house that has tiles from
Aruba inside (center photo right).
And on the porch we can see beautiful
tiles from Bonaire (center photo left).
Janga's house has a painted decoration
in each of the four upper covers in the
living room, more or less a silhouette of
the top of the pillars by the porch (photo
right). This house has many beautiful
original details, those above the windows
on the outside and the horizontal lines in
the gutters around the house.
The Cas di Porchi houses, as far as I
know, are not mentioned in the govern-
mental "List of Monuments of Bonaire."
If this is true then it is not so strange. In
the 70s and 80s when people like Ank
Klomp started to do research and investi-


The Thonet chair we can see in the
photo at right is more than 100 years old
and belongs to Estefano Janga. It came
from his paternal grandmother.
This chair model is one of the 50 million
chairs which Thonet made between 1859
and 1910. Like the Thonet chair shown


two weeks ago in this column, this one
was also made of wood that was damp-
ened, then steamed and bent into a form
and then dried. On Bonaire we can still
see some quite beautiful and different
styles of Thonet chairs. 1
Wilna Groneneboom


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The new owner of Best Buddies, now called "Best Buddies and Pearls" on
Kaya Grandi, is Marjoleine Gramsma, a face familiar to many on Bonaire.
Marjoleine came to the island as a child from Holland with her parents in 1989 and
started school at Papa Comes. She graduated from SGB four years ago and returned
to Holland for further study, but the lure of the island drew her back. Retailing is her
specialty, having worked and trained at H & M clothing retail stores in Holland.
When the opportunity to own her own shop came up she took advantage of it.

Along with fashion and gifts one of the shop's specialties are freshwater pearls that
come in wonderful soft colors, in necklaces, bracelets and other designs. It began
when Marjoleine's aunt returned from China and brought her a pearl necklace as a
gift. Marjoleine was so impressed with these new fashionable pearls that she knew
she had to feature them in her shop.

These freshwater pearls are found in
bays and rivers in China, where they're
cultivated from freshwater mollusks.
The most common color for these cul-
tured peals is white, but there are some
other natural colors such as lavender,
dark purple, cream and pink, depending
on the type of mussel.


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JANART GALLERY
Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art
Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes.
Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am- 5 pm
Friday 1- 7 pm; or phone 717-5246 for
appt.

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. Inexpen-
sive. Call Donna at 785-9332.

BONAIRENET
The leading consumer and business
information source on Bonaire. Tele-
phone (599) 717-7160. For on-line yel-
low pages directory information go to
http://www.yellowpagesbonaire.com

CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in garden/
septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda
Lagoen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt.
Don and Janet). Phone: 786-0956


Bonaire Images
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful
boxed note cards are now available at
Chat-N-Browse next to Lover's Ice
Cream and Sand Dollar Grocery.
Photography by Shelly Craig
www.bonaireimages.com


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



JELLASTONE PETPARK
Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 7864651
www.bonairenet.com/jellastone/



SUPPORT BONAIRE
The Island you love could use your help!
Support Bonaire, Inc. provides support
to Bonaire's non-profits.
To learn more about making a US tax
deductible donation visit
www.supportbonaire.org and help make
a difference!


GUIDED TOURS

Would you like to visit Bonaire's beau-
tiful caves with a professional guide?
Night tours and snorkeling also avail-
able.
Please call: 540-0389


Plantronics PC Speaker Headset
switch. New in box. Unused. Allows
you to use headphones or speakers
without having to unplug them each
time.


NAf26 Call 717-8819 8 am to 5pm
For sale: Dinghy, AB Marine RIB
Ventus 9VL, Hypalon (UV-
resistant !) 2.90 meter, 48 kg. As new,
Used once only, April 2006, Price:
USD $2,300. contact42@gmail.com


Epson Printer Cartridges for Ep-
son Stylus printers, Model num-
bers: C64 / C66 / C84 / C86 / CX
4600 / CX 6400 / CX 6600. Color 3-
pack has never been opened. The black
cartridge was opened, never used, and
tightly re-sealed. 50.00 guilders for
everything. You can have the Epson
printer if you would like to use it for
spare parts, or as a small boat an-
chor. Please call after 18:00 (6:00
PM): 717-6537


Carib Inn has new dive tanks avail-
able once again. Contact Carib Inn at
717-8819 or stop by, 8 am to 5 pm.


Digital Camera for Sale: Olympus
C-5050Z, 5 megapixel digital cam-
era for $150.00. Call 717-7814
(afternoon) or e-mail
ellen@flamingotv.net.


For sale: large modern mirror,
square Plexiglas (you can look
through it) with a triangle-shaped mir-
ror in the middle, NAf50, tel. 786-
5591


FOR SALE: Boat, Container, bot-
tle cooler and freezer. Tel 786-0730


For Sale: Wooden five-drawer desk,
pecan finish, in very good condition,
NAf 200.00; Top Quality Wooden
Two-Drawer Filing Cabinet (made by
Kimball), very good condition NAf
100.00; Chest of drawers with five
drawers, wood, good condition, great
for storing spare parts, etc., NAf
85.00 ; Ceiling fans with four-light
units, white, various size downrods,
220 v, NAf 90 each, or NAf 500.00 for
all six.; 3 different TV/VCR stands
available, all wooden finishes, one is
NAf 40.00, one is NAf 50.00, and one
is NAf 60.00 please call 717-2848.


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by advertising in THE BONAIRE REPORTER
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Complete solution on page 18.


C-a rs
For Sale


BMW 520i 4-door sedan, 1991,
white, excellent condition. NAf8,000-
Call 785-9041


1998 Toyota Camry, Black, Fully
equipped. In good condition. NAf
12.500. Call 786-6550

For Sale: 2000 Nissan Sentra, 4 door,
auto/ac, NAf7.000 email- LadyLar-
son@Hughes.net

LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale
1991-4X4 drive 1.6 It.; 95.000km
NAf1,800 717-2844 or 786-2844


W7-a n- -ted


Washington Park needs a do-
nation of two first stages from old
regulators (or new) with a BCD infla-
tor hose only. This is in order to be
able to assist the people with flat tires
inside the park. Contact Fernando Si-
mal, Park Manager, at 717-8444 or
788-9015 -email: washington-
park(stinapa.org


Wa rn-uted


Who would like to take one of my
beloved cats? I leave the island and
can't take them with me. They are be-
tween 2 and 3 years old. They are all
special. 786-3015.



S-/a c at -: i i r-
Fr--e ta I

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






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DO YOU

SUDOKU?
S uDoku means "the
digits must remain
single" in Japanese. To
solve the puzzle, enter the
numbers 1 through 9 to
the partially filled in puz-
zle without repeating a
number in any row, col-
umn or 3 x 3 region. For
a tutorial visit the web
site
www. sudokushack.com.
1 Molly Kearney (who
has to solve the puzzles)


5 3 9 7 2

6 1 8 1

4 9 5

7 2 4 3 9

1 7 8

6 2 5 1

2 6 5 3

9 2 1

1 3 59 4


KRALENDIJK TIDES
(Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF

8-11 2:19 1.7FT. 10:13 1.OFT. 15:40 1.3FT. 18:23 1.2FT. 102
8-12 3:27 1.5FT. 10:28 1.1FT. 16:20 1.4FT. 21:02 1.2FT. 99
8-13 0:03 1.2FT. 4:42 1.4FT. 10:32 1.1FT. 17:15 1.5FT. 92
8-14 2:07 1.1FT. 6:40 1.2FT. 10:06 1.2FT. 18:05 1.7FT. 82
8-15 3:27 0.9FT. 18:52 1.8FT. 70
8-16 4:25 0.8FT. 19:43 1.9FT. 59
8-17 5:21 0.8FT. 20:25 2.OFT. 52
8-18 6:08 0.7FT. 21:12 2.1FT. 50


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Who's Who on The Bonaire Reporter
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Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or
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2006 The Bonaire Reporter


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et of the Wee

H andsome "Boris" must have a lot
of Collie in him with his beautiful,
longish multi-colored coat and his bright,
quizzical expression.. Although his fur is
long it's fairly easy to take care of be-
cause it's like that of a "herding dog." His
outer coat, like a true Collie, is straight
and harsh; his undercoat is soft and furry.
Boris is six years old and has been
trained to sit and lie down and he loves to
play with a ball. He's friendly, playful,
very intelligent and a quick learner. He
needs a home where he can get plenty of
exercise. Boris was brought in because his
current owner said their yard was too
small. He's been castrated and is in excel-
lent health. This fellow is a prime pick at
the Bonaire Animal Shelter right now.
You may see him at the Shelter on the
Lagoen Road, open Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm. Tel. 717-4989.
So far this year there have been over 80 adoptions at the Shelter. People are begin-
ning to realize that a pet up for adoption from Bonaire's Shelter is healthy and so-
cial, and it's one of the best deals in town. The adoption fee includes testing, shots,
worming and even sterilization. Stop by and see the all the great pets for yourself.
OL.D.


DO YOU

SUDOKU?



And the
solution is:
(puzzle and direc-
tions on page 16)


7 3 6 4 8 2 a 9 1
4 ? i ____a a 6
. I 7 .5




2 4 1 g B 1 6 2a 3

9 5 4 7 2 1 6 4
t 6 3 B 9 2 7 4


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WIL


MOVIELAND


ly NOIE OUlTIlII
Late Show
CaIlto makesure (Usually9pm)
The Fast and The
Furious: Tokyo Drift
(Lucas Black)
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
Superman Returns

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf14 (incl. Tax)
NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
THURS THRU SUN
2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM
MON THRU WED. 1 MOVIE 8PM
SATURDAY 4 PM
Garfield 2


THIS WEEK
Thursday, August 11-Admirals
Hour happy hour at Vespucci's, Har-
bour Village Marina, organized by
yachtsmen/women 5 to 7. Everyone
welcome, cruisers and non-cruisers
alike. Will support Maria Hoppner
home again this week. The 9 boys resi-
dent there (ages range from 4 to 15)
need clothes, towels, shorts, socks,
pens and also a shade cover for an out-
side sitting area. Bring items to happy
hour.

Friday, August 11- Pre-exposition
at Kas di Arte of all works submitted
for the November exposition, "Homage
to the Bonairean Artist" 5 to 9 pm at
Kas di Arte. Come see these works
from the rich artistic community that
exists on Bonaire. More on page 6.

Friday, August 11-Lou Reid, Scot-
tish singer-guitarist, performs at Le
Flamboyant, 7-8:30 pm

COMING
Saturday, August 26-End of the
month Flea Market at Parke Publico-
3 to 8 pm General info call Vicky 786-
1592. Booth info call Elisabeth 717-
6907/565-5225

Sundays August 27, September 3-
Bonairean Night at Divi Flamingo's
Calabash Restaurant with all the local
specialties and more Live Music. $20-
total. Call for reservations 717-8285 ext.
444.

Wednesday, September 6 Bonaire
Day will be celebrated in the bario of
Amboina

Saturday, September 16 -Quarterly
underwater cleanup. All welcome-
divers and non-divers alike. Meet at
Yellow Submarine at 1 pm.

REGULAR EVENTS
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 Sunday) 5
to 7 pm,
* 2 for 1 appetizer with entree, Cac-
tus Blue
* Divi Flamingo Casino open daily
for hot slot machines, roulette and black
jack, Mon. to Sat. 8 pm- 4 am; Sun. 7
pm- 3 am.
* Daily by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $12
(NAfl2 for residents). Tel 717-8489,
540-9800.
Saturdays
* Grill Night on the Beach, Buddy
Dive
* Rincon Marsh-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
Marsh6 1st Saturday of the month.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi
Flamingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm,
NAf26,50. Call for reservations 717-
8285 ext. 444.

Sundays
* Live music 6 to 9 pm while enjoy-
ing a great dinner in colorful tropical
ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant
& Bar, Divi Flamingo. Open daily 5 to
10 pm

Mondays
* Caribbean Night live local mu-
sic- Buddy Dive.
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart
of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria
717-6435
* Kriyoyo Night BBQ Buffet featur-
ing 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

Tuesdays
* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, 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
* Caribbean Gas Training free
"Beyond Gravity An Evening with
DIR," 6 pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure
786-5073.

Wednesdays
* 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 Sorobon
* Movie Night at Buddy Dive

Thursdays
Live music by the "Flamingo Rockers"
5-7 pm-Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach
Bar
"Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen
and others, Vespucci Restaurant, Har-


bour Village Marina. HH drinks, gratis
tapas, 5-7 pm..

Fridays
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per per-
son. 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
by All You Can Eat BBQ
* 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

FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- "Discover Our Diversity"
slide show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm,
717-5080
Sunday "Bonaire Holiday" -Multi-
media dual-projector production by Al-
bert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's
Habitat. 717-8290.
Monday- Dee Scarr's "Touch the Sea"
slide show at Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30
pm. 717-8290.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conser-
vation (STCB) Slide Show by Bruce
Brabec. Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7
pm, 717-8819.
Wednesday -Buddy Dive Cocktail
Video Show by Martin Cecilia, pool
bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm, 717-5080

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past
in this venerable old home that has been re-
stored and furnished so it appears the family
has just stepped out. Local ladies will tell you
the story. Open Monday thru Friday, 9-12, 2-
4. Weekends by appointment. Call 717-2445.
Mangasina diRei,Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 717-4060/ 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J v.d Ree, behind
the Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays
from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.

CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or 717-3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Cancer Survivor Support Group Ma-
jestic 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


WING
the Forma Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank. All levels
invited NAf5 entry fee. 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: Re-
nata Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 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 Zeezicht Restaurant. All
Rotarians welcome. Tel. 717-8434

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or
7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451; Valarietelbonet.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) -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

CHURCH SERVICES
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays,
9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bonaire -
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-
8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papia-
mentu, Dutch and English on Sundays
at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting
and Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonk-
man. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu,
Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm
in Papiamentu 717-8304. Saturday at 6
pm at Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol,
in English. Mass in Papiamentu on
Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at
7:30 pm. 717-2194

Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cell. 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

Chibi h Restaurantd Bar Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet or
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resrt. Waterfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar.
At the D Flam goBea17-8285 Resort. WaterrontOpen 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
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 717-5025 Dinner Chef David prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients. Be served in a
Closed Monday 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 Breakfasts Only Breakfast Buffet 7: 30-10 am every day
717-7488 Happy hours 5 to 7 daily.
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 made from
717-3293 pm, Closed Sunday scratch.
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 ingre-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Open from 5-11 p Wednesday-Sunday dients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
Smile north of town center. 780-1111Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-SundayCall ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111
SalsaModerate Fantastic food in a fantastic setting. Varied menu.
On the Waterfront across from City Cafe Moderate Special Fish by Weight menu on Thursdays.
Downtown... but miles away in atmosphere 717-3558 Open for Lunch and Dner Best views of the harbor.

The Bonaire Windsurfing Place Low-Moderate A genuine sandy beach restaurant cooled by the trade winds
At Sorobon Beach Open from 10-6 pm daily, Top quality food and friendly service
Get away from it all. Wednesday night BBQ at 7 pm BBQ night a specialty


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AIRLINES
Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curaqao. Your first
choice for inter-island travel.

APPLIANCES fTV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances. Fast
service and in-store financing too.
BAKERIES
The Last Bite Bakery-Now in town next to Xerox. Fresh
baked specials every day. Make it a regular stop.
BANKS
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.
BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, wax-
ing 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.
DIVING
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.
Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow
Submarine) -low prices on the seaside at Kralendijk,
at Caribbean Club, Caribbean Court and the Hamlet
Oasis. Join their monthly cleanup dives and BBQ.
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintain-
ing the highest professional standards. In town at City
Caf6 and at Eden Beach.
FITNESS
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to
suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or
just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.
Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in
Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.


FURNITURE, ANTIQUES
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 chemi-
cals. Incredible selection of pots.

GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR
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.
HOTELS
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet and
tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in Bel-
nem. 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, including
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:
hans @outdoorbonaire.com
PHOTO FINISHING
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers
fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and ser-
vices Full digital services.
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor, special-
izing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and prop-
erty management.
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional customer
service, top notch properties and home owners insur-
ance.
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 insur-
ance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bon-
aire, stop in and see them.
REPAIRS
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Electri-
cal, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.
RETAIL
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.
Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water pearl
jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Under new manage-
ment.
SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
able.
SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent.
WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup.
WINDSURFING
The Bonaire Windsurfing Place can fulfill all your
windsurfing dreams and more. They offer expert in-
struction, superb equipment on a fine beach. Lunch
and drinks too. BBQ and windsurf videos Wednesday
nights.
WINES
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest; now
try the best: best prices, highest quality wines from
around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free
delivery. Shop at Kaya Industria 23, Tuesday-Saturday
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Evaristo Damianor

4T was born in Antriol Pariba on
SOctober 26th 1932. My father was
Pablo Leoneta, my mother, Bemasita
Leoneta-Wanga. My grandmother was
Maria Leoneta Felix. When she gave
birth to my father the midwife went to
register the baby and they asked her,
'What's the mother's name?' And she
answered, 'Maria Leoneta,' so one of my
grandmother's first names became our
family name.
I grew up on a kunuku north of the
landfill with my brother and sister. We
had goats, sheep and pigs and we grew
watermelons, pumpkins and corn. My
father also made charcoal to sell, but we
ourselves cooked on wood. Every day we
walked from the kunuku to school and
back. In the sixth grade you could get
typing lessons, but school ended at 3 and
typing class would start at 5. You were
not allowed to stay at school or in the
street, so I had to run home, then a little
while later I had to go back again. Those
were not compulsory classes and after a
month I told my father, 'I don't want to
do this anymore, it's too much.' My fa-
ther said, 'You have to learn because in
our time we couldn't go to school and
this is all I can offer you. You can go by
donkey, but not all the way to school
because the donkey can stay at the house
where you were bom in Antriol, but you
have to make a small pack of corn leaves
so the donkey will have enough to eat.'
To ride a donkey... it wasn't done, no-
body wanted that... but it was a solution.
When we got the results from typing
class, we, the kids from the kunukus,
came out best!
At 13 I finished elementary school and
for us there was no other education. We
were not allowed to stay at home, so we
had to find an employer. I went to some-
one called Jacob and from him I learned
masonry and carpeting. When I was 17 I
decided to go to Curacao to find a job.
For a short while I worked for a construc-
tion company until I met all the Bonaire-
ans who were working with CSM
(Curacao Steamship Company). I also
applied for a job and on September 1st
1949, I started sailing as a Jack-of-all-
trades. Two years later I became a helms-
man and I steered the ship and stood
watches.
A cousin of mine who was on the same
ship was always reading and writing and
studying. One day I asked him what he
was doing and he said he was taking a
correspondence course. He offered to
arrange it for me too and I chose to do
English commercial correspondence.
Fourteen months later I received the
"declaration," a diploma, and as a present
I got a 'gentlemen's pen,' a fountain pen.
I thought, 'now I have this paper but


"Ruman" Leoneta.
what am I going to do with it?' But the
word got out and people came to me ask-
ing me to write letters for them and that's
what I did for years.
From 1949 till 1960 I sailed from
Aruba and Curacao, back and forth to the
Venezuelan ports. In 1958 CSM began to
modernize and many ships were sold and
a lot of people panicked. In August 1958
I had married Rosa Julia Adriana de Palm
and I didn't want to lose my job. Married
and no job that was bad... Some of my
friends came to me asking if I could write
an application letter to CPM (Curacao
Petroleum Company) and they got the
jobs. Now they are retired and they have
their pensions, but Ruman doesn't have a
pension... At the time I wasn't interested
because Rosa didn't want to live on
Curacao."


"At 13 I finished elemen-
tary school and for us there
was no other education.
We were not allowed to
stay at home..."


Ruman Leoneta is a good-natured,
dead-honest and solid person; he is a
sweet man and still very handsome.
"I came back to Bonaire in December
1960. What was I going to do? Many
people heard I was back and they came
asking me if I could build a wall or lay
tiles. Then the priest of the Coromoto
church in Antriol decided that one en-
trance was not enough and that a church
should have at least three doors, so I took
the job. The priest in Kralendijk asked
me if I could demolish the concrete pulpit
and the communion bench. After that I
built some houses in Nort di Salina and
Antriol. As the boss I was making
NAf76 per week.
One day an American from Trans
World Radio (TWR) came to me and
asked if I could build a couple of houses
for them on the coast in Belnem. There
were no houses in Belnem, only at the
very end of what was a dirt road at the
time, stood two little houses. I put a team
of 17 people together and finally I could
use my "declaration" as I had to write the
wage sheets and the lists of materials in
English, because in those days everything
had to be imported. I made NAf100 a
week, working five and a half days. In
two and a half months I built two houses
and they gave me a bonus of NAf500,
and that's how I built my own house in
Nikiboko. In two years I built 12 houses
in Belnem and two in HATO for TWR.
They gave me a letter of recommendation
saying that in the States it meant a lot
when you started your own business.


Evaristo Damiano "Ruman" Leoneta


I started my own company in the early
70s. In 1976 I was approached by some-
one from Curacao who was the director
of a road construction and construction
company to partner with him as he had to
build the Luis Bertran School in Rincon
and 50 houses. That night I couldn't
sleep, but I did take the offer and within a
month I'd lost 10 kilos working like a
horse! To make a long story short, the
company got into financial problems
within a year. The owner sent the director
away for a vacation and together with the
bank it was decided that Mr. Leoneta had
to finish everything. I managed, but it
cost me a lot because they put an attach-
ment on the heavy equipment and my
guarantee money, NAf30.000, my sav-
ings of many years. I also found out that
they'd never paid my old age government
pension, NAf60.000. I finished the pro-
ject and I started all over again when I
was 46.
During the years I built dozens of
houses. In 1999 I stopped working and
came home and it felt good. My wife
Rosa was a hardworking, sweet lady. We
had six children and she never allowed
me to leave the delivery room for one
second until the baby was bor! During
her life she wrote down everything that
happened in our family, and she did that
until three weeks before she passed away.
She died, surrounded by all of us, at
home, July 15h 2003. I feel her spirit is
always with me. I never thought that she
would go first, and after being together
for almost 45 years there is this loneli-
ness, and I think everybody who's ex-
perienced it knows what it feels like even
though my children are always around.
I feel blessed with our children, of


whom I am very proud. They are sweet,
thoughtful, tender and talented. Our sons,
Johnny and Dwight, won the Tumba fes-
tival last year, and Dwight is studying at
the conservatory in The Hague and he
has his own band. He is very successful
and has won lots of prizes. Three weeks
ago he performed with Oscar de Leon in
Holland. We have eight grandchildren,
one of them, a little boy, died when he
was still in his mother's womb and it was
a great loss.
My life, the way I see it, is good. I am
healthy. As a hobby I cook for myself
and sometimes for other people. I still
have some goats and geese to worry
about. I visit old friends, and with one of
my sons-in-law I am in the Bonaire Easy
Riders motorcycle club. I wouldn't want
a change in my life.
Of course Bonaire has changed over the
years. I don't know what our politicians
are doing every day and so I don't know
what they're worth, but compared to
what we, the oldies, are getting in gov-
ernment pension, about NAf550 per
month, I think their salaries are extrava-
gantly high. Of the money I get, I pay
32% in water and electricity because I
think a garden without trees and plants is
not healthy. How do you live if you don't
have children? Luckily I can still talk, my
eyes are good, I try to stay active because
I don't want to rust. And when I retired I
never thought that I
could still use my
brain 14 years later
and tell you every-
thing about my life,
that's the truth!" 1

Story and photo by
Greta Kooistra


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The first
time it
happened a
trunkfish was
the culprit.
Something about
the way it
floated lazily
along like a
strange, spotted
hat made me
laugh out loud,
breaking the seal
of my mask and
flooding my
nostrils with
burning saltwa-
ter. But I couldn't help but find the
mirth in the triangular-shaped "clown
of the reef' with the perpetually pursed
lips. I am certain that it is my anthropo-
morphism that causes me to find hu-
mor on the reef since obviously there is
nothing inherently funny about the
daily activities of the reefs crea-
tures. I'm sure some would find me a
bit peculiar to guffaw at a snapper
chasing a crab right into two banded
shrimp who chased the crab right back
into the snapper, but in those few mo-
ments of predation (I think), it looked
like a chorus line of motley fellows
dancing awkwardly to a song only they
heard. Without a doubt, the underwa-
ter world is always on the edge of trag-
edy--someone getting eaten, someone
losing a home, etc.--but comedy usu-
ally arises in the midst of tragic cir-


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cumstances involving unusual charac-
ters and bizarre behaviors. And there
are plenty of these on the reef that can
elicit a laugh if you are in the right
mood.
Three of my favorites are the French
Angelfish, the Queen Triggerfish, and
the Queen Angelfish: all have such
outrageous, garish make-up jobs that
you are tempted to take away their
lipstick, eye-liner, and mascara. With
her white lips, the French Angelfish
looks like she needs a matching set of
white "go-go" boots to party down at
the local disco. The Queen Triggerfish,
well, let's just say that her overdone
violet and black lines might be found
in the local brothel sitting on a bar
stool luring customers. The Queen An-
gelfish, however, has a bit more so-
phistication to her cosmetic design,
even wearing an iridescent blue crown
that might be found on a drag queen in
the Castro district of San Francisco. In
spite of their cosmetic excess, all three
seem to be taking life pretty seriously,
not realizing how ridiculous they look
to me at that moment.
A few chuckles can also be had at the
expense of the Soapfish, the Flounder,
and the Scorpionfish--all of whom try
to make themselves "invisible" but
inevitably fail to hide an errant fin or a
moving eye-ball. I always smile when
I find a Soapfish stuffed into a crevice
or under a rock because it seems to
have forgotten a tail or a fin. I must


admit the
Flounder is
pretty good at
camouflaging
itself in the
sand, but its
shifting eyes
say, "Please,
please I'm not
really
here!" But the
smug Scorpion-
fish is the fun-
niest, trying to
disguise itself
as a weed and a
rock at the
same time. Except I never laugh at a
creature whose spines could do me
harm.
The slapstick moments on the reef are
my favorite. In fact I can often hear in
my head the soundtrack from some
crazy cartoon like the Roadrunner
when the Bar Jacks chase the scream-
ing Silversides back and forth under a
dock or when a school of panicky
Squid squirt every which way to es-
cape the human snapping her fingers in
their direction. Just recently at Tori's
reef I found a Stingray buried in the
shallows, eying both me and the Shark-
sucker on its tail with equal animos-
ity. I immediately personified the ray
and imagined it yelling, "Hey get that
freeloader off me; I really don't like
hitchhikers leaving suction marks on
my tail." And, almost every time I
snorkel, I find Groupers and Bar Jacks
hovering over some exasperated eel
trying to find a snack, kind of like


Larry and Curly (of the Three Stooges)
following Moe. Now I know the ma-
rine biologists would have perfectly
sane and scientific explanations for all
these characters and behaviors, but I
prefer the ones I create for myself in
order to get my daily quota of healthy
laughs.
In the end, however, as I am sure every
snorkeler and diver knows, the joke is
on us, because after all, we look the
most farcical on the reef--stuffed like
sausages in skin-tight suits, eyes bulg-
ing out behind masks, and mouths
sucking on regulators or snorkels. I can
tell by all the fish eyes rolling in my
direction that the humor is mutual. 1
Pauline Kayes
Pauline Kayes, part-time resident on
Bonaire, is a college professor ofEng-
lish, Humanities, and Women's Studies
from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.


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*to find it... just look up

The Perseids Meteor Showers


Look closely to see the meteor during full moon. V. Castro photo


've got some good news and some bad news for you. The good news is that
The Perseids, traditionally the best meteor shower of the year, will occur
this Sunday morning, August 13, but the bad news is that a four-day-past-full Moon
will be in the sky. That means that its bright light will hide all but the brightest of
The Perseids. But the good news again is that The Perseids frequently have very
bright, very fast meteors so you may see a few.
This Sunday morning, August 13t between 3 am and sunrise, face northeast and
although it is summer time don't be surprised to see some of winter's brightest stars.
To your right will be Orion the Hunter, Taurus the Bull and Gemini the Twins.
And up to your left, the dimmer stars of the mythical hero Perseus, for whom this
meteor shower is named. You see, meteor showers are always named for the con-
stellation from where the meteors appear to originate. But in case you've forgotten
what a meteor is, let me explain.
Meteors are simply tiny specks of comet debris which slam into our Earth's at-
mosphere and light up. You see, every time a comet visits our Sun it sheds tons of
debris in its path. And eventually this debris gets spread out all along the comet's
path. Now whenever our Earth plows directly into any path of comet debris these
tiny pieces of debris slam into our Earth's atmosphere. But because they plunge
through our atmosphere, traveling many miles per second, their friction causes the
atmospheric gasses surrounding them to heat up and glow, making visible streaks of
light. And we call these streaks of light meteors, or incorrectly "falling stars."
The meteors we see during the Perseid meteor shower each August are the debris
of a comet named Swift-Tuttle whose debris-filled orbital path our Earth plows
through every August. It is one of the oldest recorded meteor showers in history and
has been seen every August for over 2000 years, although you'll see only the bright-
est ones this year because of the bright moonlight.
Take a blanket or a chair outside early this Sunday morning, lie back with your
feet facing northeast, then slowly scan the sky as long as possible because the
longer you stay out the better your chance of seeing a few bright Perseids. And let
me give you the single most important rule for observing a meteor shower, which
is: You must constantly scan the sky and have patience. You may see no meteors
for 20 minutes or so and then all of a sudden two or three may flash by all at once.
But each time you see a Perseid streak across the sky this Sunday remind yourself
that what you're actually seeing is a tiny piece of comet litter plunging to its fiery
death Head for the shower! n Jack Horkheimer


nir M u M rn rl B



Sunday, August 6 to
Saturday, August 12, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Be prepared to jump quickly if you wish to stay in the
forefront of your industry this week. You'll communicate easily and develop new
friendships. You may have difficulties while traveling or problems dealing with
close friends or relatives. Be honest in your communication and don't lose your cool.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) This is not the time to be extravagant. If they want
help that's great, but if they try to take credit for your work, you will have to set
them straight. You must be careful not to reveal secrets or get involved in gossip.
Groups and organizations that indulge in social events to raise money will be condu-
cive to meeting new and exciting lovers. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Your talents might just be discovered. Be prepared
to counteract the damage that adversaries are about to create. You may want to pull
out some of those unfinished project you've got tucked away. Don't promise to de-
liver the goods if you aren't positive that you can meet the deadline. Your lucky day
this week will be Monday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You will find that money could slip through your
fingers. Do not trust others with important information. Unstable relationships are
likely. You can look into new jobs, but don't count on getting help from someone
who may have promised you assistance. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Don't make promises you can't keep. Your emotional sta-
bility may influence the changes taking place in your personal life. New hair, new
outfit, new you. Don't make a move; your confusion has caused this dilemma and
you are best to back away and reassess the situation. Your lucky day this week will
be Thursday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You can make financial deals, but it may be best if
you're not using your own cash. You are best not to say too much to colleagues.
Your determination and sheer desire to do your own thing will be successful. Ro-
mance will develop through work. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Some of your new friends may not be that trustwor-
thy. You need to do something that will make you feel better about yourself.
Chances to express your ideas and beliefs can bring popularity as long as you're not
arrogant. It's a good time to make changes to your living quarters that will give you
more space. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Don't put your professional reputation on the line.
You will be emotional about your personal life. Avoid extravagance or risky finan-
cial schemes. Expect to pay more than anticipated for entertainment or other pur-
chases. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Your competitive nature will enable you to
win any contest you enter. Don't make any drastic changes or begin new projects
this week. Don't make excuses. Be discreet about any information you uncover.
Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Be careful how you deal with colleagues.
Changes in your domestic scene are apparent. Better still, take your mate and let
them foot the bill. Strengthen your position among your peers. Your lucky day this
week will be Tuesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Be careful signing important contracts this week.
Feeling under the weather may be a result of overindulgence. You are best to stick
to yourself this week. Partnerships with creative people could lead to financial gains.
Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You need to start planning that vacation. Make ar-
rangements to meet friends at your local dance club. Your obviously unique way of
doing things has caught the eye of someone in a higher position. This may not be the
time to lend or borrow. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. 1


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