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September 29 to October 6, 2006 Volume 13, Issue 38


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n the reorganization following
the dissolution of the Nether-
lands Antilles, the smaller islands of
Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius
should be added to the territory of
the Netherlands. This is one of the
notable conclusions reached by the
Dutch Council of State (RvSt), the
highest advisory body in the Kingdom
of the Netherlands. Having the new
"countries" of Curacao and St. Maarten
to share the same Governor is another.
In the advice document the RvSt points
out the possibility that this Governor
can also become the 'Royal Commis-
sioner' for Bonaire, Statia and Saba,
similar to the 12 existing Dutch prov-
inces. A single public prosecutor will
also be appointed for Bonaire, Statia
and Saba.

D Last Fri-
day caretaker
Government
Minister Atzo
Nicoladi stated
that he was
"cautiously
positive"
about reach-
ing political
agreements
with the is-
lands regard-
ing the dissolution of The Nether-
lands Antilles in the next few
months. According to Nicolai, the


political agreements should precede a
"Round Table Conference" where
these agreements can be endorsed.
Nicolai stated in the letter that he
would be meeting first with Bonaire,
Saba and St. Eustatius in early Octo-
ber. The problems he listed as critical
were crime, poverty, dropouts and
stagnating economic development. He
called for "intense" cooperation in
various areas, especially those in which
the Kingdom Government must pro-
vide guarantees.

D A press
release said
that Her Maj-
esty, Queen
Beatrix, looks
forward to
her visit to
the Nether-
lands Antilles
and Aruba
later this year. She plans to spend two
weeks in the Netherlands Antilles and
Aruba during November. The Queen
referred to the future constitutional
changes in the Netherlands Antilles.
She waved to well-wishers from the
Noordeinde Palace balcony after the
presentation of the Dutch 2007 Budget
Memorandum and the opening of the
Dutch Parliamentary Year in The
Hague. "We face a combined effort
regarding the changes in the relation-
ships within the Kingdom," she said.


"This will require a big commitment
from all of us. The Government will do
its utmost for these deliberations to
lead to fruitful results."

> Insel Air cannot fly to St.
Maarten using a Surinamese Air-
lines MD-82 jet. The court suspended
the dispensation that the Minister of
Transport granted Insel Air earlier this
week. The verdict tore the Central
Government's defense to shreds in the
lawsuit instituted by Bonaire-based
Dutch Antillean Express (DAE). Insel
Air currently has facilities and person-
nel to handle only its 19-passenger-
propeller airplane. The verdict states:
"It is likely that in this competition the
company (DAE) will be disadvan-
taged, if... Insel Air is exempted from
the legal requirement having opera-
tional control on the flight." Inciden-
tally, the old MD-82 that Insel Air in-
tended to use is currently grounded in
Surinam with technical trouble.
Both DAE and Insel Air will try to
fly the Curacao-St. Maarten route with
a jet airplane within two months. Insel
Air is busy with certification for its
own MD-82, and DAE hopes to start
regional flights in November. They
plan to use two Fokker 100 jets and
will use them on the St. Maarten route
as well.


(Continued on page 3)


Bonaire Reporter September 29 to October 6, 2006


Th PORTER


Table of Contents


IN THIS ISSUE:
Star Authors-DeLoach 4
Open Letter to DROB -bike paths 4
Letters to the Editor 5
Mangrove Village (2)
Rock & Roll Update 6
Heartfelt Gift (Statie, Wijman Boat) 6
Music School Rocks 8
New Barracuda Season 9
Italy Student Chef Sponsor 10
Star of the SGB ((Dary Medina) 10
Hr. Ms, Bonaire Restoration 10
Antique Living Houses (Egbracht) 11
Help Save Our Parrots 13
Hyperbaric Training 13
Vacation Without Animal Cruelty 18



WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Biologist's Bubbles (Shark Denticles) 3
Pet of the Week (Bob) 7
(Animal Day Dog Wash)
Snack Detectives (Ponderosa) 7
SuDoku Puzzle 12
Classifieds 12
Tide Table 12
Picture Yourself,
(Wassenaar, The Netherlands) 14
SuDoku Answer 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since (Karen van Dijk)
17
Sky Park (Autumn Square) 19
The Stars Have It 19


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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
> The Netherlands is the EU country
with the highest net migration. The
Netherlands is the only western European
country that sees more people leaving
than coming in. The only other countries
with net migration were Poland, Lithuania
and Latvia. Some 121,000 persons left the
Netherlands last year, the highest number
ever recorded. The number of immigrants
totaled more than 92,000. For decades the
people coming to the Netherlands out-
numbered those leaving the country. This
trend changed in 2003.
In 2005 emigrants outnumbered immi-
grants by 27,000. A quarter of the emi-
grants moved to Belgium and Germany in
2005, presumably because of lower real
estate prices. Emigration increased further
in the first four months of 2006: 29,000
people left the Netherlands, 5,000 more
than in the same period a year earlier.
How many came to the Antilles was not
reported.

> An estimated 20,000 persons are
residing in St. Maarten illegally. That is
the figure, 40% of the total population,
that was quoted by Justice Minister David
Dick last Monday. "St. Maarten has a
population of 50,000 registered residents.
Half don't have a Dutch passport."

> Venezuela's foreign minister was
detained at a New York airport on Sat-
urday, prompting an apology from the US
government and compounding already
tense relations between the two countries.
Venezuelan television said Foreign Minis-
ter Nicholas Maduro was stopped for an
hour and a half and his travel documents


confiscated. "We denounce the US gov-
ernment for violating international law,"
Maduro told Venezuelan television from
New York. "This is a provocation from
Mr. Devil," Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez told Venezuelan state television,
using a name he called US President
George W. Bush at the U.N. General As-
sembly this week.


> The latest American warship to
visit Curaqao (and irritate Chavez) is the
frigate USS Stephen W. Groves. The 25-
year-old vessel is outfitted with modem
rockets and two helicopters. It comes just
two weeks after the carrier USS Kear-
sarge spent several days on the island.


Did You Know...
Sharks have "teeth" skin?
Sharks are fish in the Order Chon-
drichthyes and have some unique
characteristics not shared with bony
fish. The scales of sharks (and other
cartilaginous fish) are called denticles
(or placoid scales) and are similar in
structure to teeth. In fact, there are
some that believe teeth evolved from
denticle-like structures in primitive
fish. Denticles point towards the rear,
so if you run your hand along a
shark's skin from front to back, it denticles -placoid scales
feels smooth. If you try doing the
same thing from back to front, it is BioloitCar ckcho an n a
very rough and feels like sandpaper. DicoveBonir's
Smarine education center
If you think I'm encouraging you to spciaiingi
go out and try this on a shark in the dve a orkels fo
wild, you're mistaken! Even the mostadult
passive nurse sharks will attack if prog sorid o
provoked. Before the time of sandpa- ca her at
per, fishermen in some cultures would
use sharkskin to sand their boats.
Biologists studying sharks have found that denticles reduce drag to make swimming
more efficient and also allow sharks to swim more silently than other fish. O C.E.


> Colombian Finance Minister Alberto
Carrasquilla voiced concern on Tuesday
about recent large weapons purchases cent weapons purchases by Venezuela D The Netherlands Antilles Coral Reef
by neighboring Venezuela. Russia has seemed excessive and raised worries it Initiative (NACRI) is the recipient of the
sold 24 aircraft, 53 helicopters and may be funneling arms to leftist rebels. "It prestigious White Water to Blue Water
Kalashnikov automatic weapons to Vene- appears that the number of weapons or- (WW2BW) Partnership Initiative grant
zuela, the world's No.5 oil exporter, for dered is in excess of the number of folks of $24,132 for its Southeastern Caribbean
more than $3 billion in July amid protests they have in their active military force," Coral Reef Nutrient Monitoring Initiative.
from Washington. Last week, the US US General John Craddock said. This project seeks to implement a new
military chief for Latin America said re- (Continued on page 5)


Bonaire Reporter September 29 to October 6, 2006


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t a Uojijs; qo BijieJ Open letter to DROB and to Commissioner Dortalina

Anna and Ned Bonaire Bicycle Paths- Now's the Time


t- DeLoach,
known worldwide as
staunch environmen-
talists, authors and
champions for the
cause of recreational
divers, have been
kept very busy during
their month-long so-
journ on Bonaire at
their host resort,
Buddy Dive.
Every Tuesday eve-
ning they shared their
diving experiences
with everyone pre-
sent after the happy
hour by showing
photos and talking
about the behavior
and habits of reef fish
and other creatures
below the surface of
the sea.


The DeLoaches, center and far right, flanked by two
Buddy Dive guests at a book signing


Ned, author of ReefFish Behavior in
Florida, the Caribbean & Bahamas and
editor of the ReefFish, Reef Creature
and Reef Coral Identification series,
along with his lovely and energetic wife,
Anna, also signed and dedicated all cop-
ies of their books presented to them
every Friday evening at the sunset rum
punch party at the Buddy Dive Resort.
This year they added a new weekly
Fish Hunt on Bonaire where visitors
are challenged to record their own sight-
ings of fish species from a list supplied
at the Tuesday presentation. Each sight-


ing earns the participant points. An ac-
cumulation of 100 points or more is
rewarded with a free copy of their Reef
Fish In-A-Pocket guide. It is a water-
proof companion to the Reef Fish Iden-
tification for Divers and Snorkelers.
Special thanks are in order for Anna
and Ned for all their efforts. We hope
they continue to take time out of their
busy lives and return again next year to
the island they love, Bonaire.
The DeLoaches are at Buddy Dive
until September 29. O
Story and photo by Albert Bianculli.


Sj ometimes bad things can
I ^turn into good things.
Recently crews and heavy
machinery have been out,
digging up kilometers and kilometers of
trenches along the roads in order to put in
cables. Although this was upsetting to those
people who live along the roads it brought
to light the fact that the government does
indeed own these areas and can make any
changes it likes.
So wouldn't now be the perfect time,
since the sides of the roads are all dug up
anyway, to put in bicycle paths? People,
including children, on bikes would feel safe
from speeding cars. It would encourage
more people to use their bikes to go to
work, to school or just for pleasure.
So often we have seen Dutch people, new
to the island, trying to ride their bikes along
the roads. But, soon afterwards, we've seen
these same people giving up their bikes and
switching to driving a car. How sad.


What heroes
DROB and
the depart-
ment of
roads could
be if they
took this
opportunity to turn those dug up sides of roads
into bike paths. And if we're indeed going to have
closer ties with Holland (Bonaire Nobo), what a fine
compliment to the mother country than to adopt one of
her best ideas for transportation.
Bike Paths in Bonaire! It's a Win-Win situation!
OL.D.


Bonaire Reporter September 29 to October 6, 2006


PAT


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HALTING MANGROVE VILLAGE IS IN
BONAIRE'S LONG-TERM INTEREST

Dear Editor:
STINAPA's Elsmarie Beukenboom's analysis of why
the Mangrove Village at Lac should be stopped con-
tains several warning signs for citizens, residents, and,
hopefully, the government of Bonaire.
First, allowing development without a thorough en-
vironmental impact study establishes a precedent that
each new developer can point to in order to get around
any environmental regulations. The result will be un-
bridled development that harms the sensitive marine
ecosystem that is Bonaire's main asset for luring tour-
ists. Although it may be tempting for a few to make
some big money in the short-term, such environmen-
tally-irresponsible development will mortally wound
much of Bonaire in the long-term: its reefs, its econ-
omy, its citizens. After all, once the reefs are damaged
beyond repair and the marine life is gone, who will
come to Bonaire? And if there are no divers, no snor-
kelers, no tourists coming to Bonaire, what businesses
will survive and how will citizens make a living?
Next, Bonaire cannot have it both ways: pro-
jecting an image of a pristine marine environment
while at the same time polluting and degrading the
mangroves, the reefs, and the sea. Such hypocrisy will
tarnish Bonaire's reputation, and it will become like so
many other islands in the Caribbean (i.e. U.S. Virgin
islands) that realized too late that they had destroyed
their "golden goose" (i.e. the reefs) through neglect,
ignorance, and stupidity.
Finally, this is a "watershed" moment for
Bonaire. If the Mangrove Village is allowed to con-
tinue, 25 years from now people will look back and be
horrified at an ecosystem spiraling into extinction. So


Flotsam and jetsam (Continued from page 3)
type of coral reef monitoring, linking the
reefs' condition more directly to the ef-
fects of island watershed and land-based
sources of pollution.
Volunteer divers of Reef Care Curaqao
will be working at 10 sites in Curaqao,
collecting water and algae samples and
determining coral and algae cover as well
as fish densities.
Similarly, a team of volunteers will start
work in the first week of October in Bon-
aire and St. Lucia under the guidance of
the marine parks of both islands.


Mangrove Village excavation I


now is the time for citizens, the tourism board, com-
munity leaders, business owners, etc. to pressure the
government to "walk the talk" and hold them account-
able for their promises of environmental responsibility.
Pauline E. Kayes



MANGROVE PILLAGE

Dear Editor:
The main point of discussion in the newspapers last
week about the Mangrove Village is whether there is a
system to reach sustainable development on Bonaire.
It's focused on the fact that if you're in favor of sus-
tainable development you're against the "Homo Bo-
nairianus." Sorry, so you bring sloppy emotions into


> A bi-partisan group of 12 Bonaire business and government leaders re
returned from a trip to Holland to discuss social, business and environm
sues with Dutch government officials and businessmen. The visit was coi
most productive and took the delegation far and wide in The Netherlands
the Bonaire Business Association coordinated the trip.


> On Friday, September 14, Glenda
Bernabela, Treasurer of FAJ (Federatie
Antilliaanse Jeugdzorg Federation of An-
tillean Youth Organizations) and Calino
Molina, a Director of FAJ, presented Bon-
aire Governor Herbert Domacass6 the
first Children's Christmas postage
stamps and cards for 2006.
The presentation opened the 2006 sales
campaign. All the Antillean islands and
Aruba participate in this project.


The Bonaire Gift Shop in downtown
Kralendijk has started carrying a large
variety of cigars including Arturo Fuente,
Cohiba, Macanudo, Montecristo, Parta-
gas, Romeo y Julieta, Davidoff and sev-
eral more in their full size humidor.
They also added new vintages in their
wine cellar. Wines include Sancerre, C6-
tes du Rhone, Chateau Neuf du Pape,
Chablis Pommard, Moulin a Vent, Pouille
Fuisse and a good variety of excellent
Bordeaux. Mix and match up to 12 bottles
in a case and receive a good discount.


Keep the wines cool in a new
cooler from personal size to pa
a personal sized collapsible coo
Pick up a copy of the newest
Dive Guide while you're there
still free.

> Teacher Ronald Tetteroo
SGB (high school) needs help
school project, "Reading Eng
Brings You Further in Life!"
The class, "English as a Foreig
guage," wants to draw our Ang
American residents' and visito
tion to the fact that they are in


the discussion!
I, like nearly everyone else, am thinking about a good
future for the people living on Bonaire. One difference
is maybe long-term and short-term thinking. Long-
term thinking can cost a little prosperity in the near
future, but later on it can produce more profit.
How many Bonaireans are really working at the
(bigger) construction companies? How many of those
construction workers are coming from the mainland?
Those workers send their salaries back home. How
many contractors make use of a "tax-holiday?" That's
also no money for the government. How many make
all their monthly payments?
Let's talk about another fact. Is there enough appre-
ciation for construction jobs? How many students are
studying for construction work at the SGB (high
school)? There are only a few! So make certain restric-
tions on workers from overseas and pay construction
workers the salary they deserve for their hard work.
Start at FORMA or SGB's second chance education at
the vocational (SBO) level etc. Then you help the fu-
ture of the Bonaireans who are unemployed now.
That's also sustainable development for Bonaire in the
next 10 years.
If you have certain rules, you must follow them. En-
vironmental rules protect the island from people who
would like to start building the next resort on Klein
Bonaire. In Bonaire, where even less than 10% of the
area is built on, they can start tomorrow because you
can always put the rules aside if it's "good for the
economy!"
Administrators, get really interested in the stuff.
When you put economy in second place, when you
think that sustainable development is something out of
the last century. Sustainable development is still devel-
opment, a better development!
Herman


of English language reading materials
for secondary education.
All new or second-hand books are wel-
come as long as the contents are not
strictly for adults and are written by qual-
ity authors. When you travel to the US or
the UK please think of the SGB students
and bring back some books or clean out
your present collection. You can drop
them off at Kaminda Gurubu #12 or
phone 717-4300 to
ask for a pick-up of
the books.

> Bonaire tennis
instructor Robbie
Domacass6 will be
representing the
Netherlands Antil-
les at the Olympic
Solidarity World RobbieDomacass
cently Congress in Argen-
ental is- tina October 1 10. Robbie is also a
nsidered tennis coach for Bonaire's Special Olym-
.AKIB, pics team and has traveled with them to
Ireland and other competition spots.
SColeman
irty size or > Last week vet-
oler. eran writer Ron Ka-
Bonaire pon was in Bonaire
. They're and made a recorded
interview with Bon-
aire Reporter editor
from the Laura DeSalvo. For
for the more than 20 years
glish Kapon has been
writing about wine, Ron Kapon at
the Chibi Chibi
n Lan- spirits and travel and the Chii Chi
glo- teaches at Farleigh Restaurant atDivi
rs' atten- Dickinson Univer- Flamingo Resort


urgent need


(Continued on page 6)


Bonaire Reporter September 29 to October 6, 2006


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(Flotsam and Jetsam Continued from page 5)
sity. Kapon is now preparing recorded
interviews for the upcoming Sally Jessy
Raphael radio shows. His interview
covered the island's high level of cui-
sine, the chef team competitions and the
number of different types of cuisine rep-
resented here. Needless to say, there was
a lot to talk about in the 12-minute radio
spot.

> Most of us know Birkenstock
shoes; they're designed to be good and
healthy for your feet. But the styles in
the past have been heavy and orthopedic
looking. They should be good for your
feet since they're so ugly! But times
have changed and so have the designs.
In fact they're so attractive that you'd
think they wouldn't be comfortable or
good for your feet. But that's not the
case. Beauty and health can go hand in
hand. Stop by The Touch Salon at Divi
Flamingo and see for yourself the wide
range of Birkenstocks for men and
women. They still have the good-for-
you klompy ones, especially for chefs
and others standing on their feet a lot,
but wait until you see the new ones!

D Are you ready for 2007? After this
Saturday's (September 30) "launch
party" beginning at 7 pm at AWC on
Kaya Industria, you'll have no excuse,
because the wonderful Bonaire Crea-
tions calendar will be available.
They're at Chat 'n' Browse, Jewels of
Bonaire, Photo Tours, Buddy Dive,
Carib Inn, Golden Reef Inn, and Yellow
Submarine. The calendar features the
works of artists Jake and Linda Richter.
It's only $12.95.












Nolly Wilsoe and Jereline Joubert wel-
come you to the opening of the E
Wowo (The Eye) disco this Saturday,
September 30, at 10 pm. E Wowo has a
new look and promises to be an exciting
new nightlife spot. They'll feature rock,
Latin and special nights like "Back to
the 80s." Security will be tight so the
ambiance will be relaxed and safe.
They're open Friday and Saturday
nights from 10 pm until 4 am. During
Regatta Week they'll be open every
night. On Sundays, it's matinee time for
the youngsters. E Wowo is located next
to Danilo Bowling in Playa.


ArkeFly's

Back To Rock 'n' Roll

ince ArkeFly agreed to become the
name sponsor for Bonaire's first
Rock 'n' Roll concert that takes place on
November 10th at Plaza, interest in the
event is gathering pace. This week we
will profile the stars of the show. It
makes some impressive reading!
Rend started his career some 20 years
ago as a teenager in Holland. His success
started as an Elvis imitator after appear-
ing in the famous Hennie Huisman's
Soundmix show. In the 80s he scored
high in the Dutch hit parades with songs
like "Are You Lonesome Tonight,"
"Don't be Cruel," and he rapidly became
"The idol of the 80s." Following that
success he started to pen his own songs.
During this period, songs such as "But
Where My Love," "Lonely Girl" and
"Young Girls and Cadillacs" became
major hits for him. Because of the confi-
dence in Rene as an artist and in his writ-





A Heart
ugene Statie, a police
detective, solved a very
sad case after an elderly fisher-
man, Celestino "Papa" Wijman,
(72) lost his boat.
Eugene, whose hobby is build-
ing boats, was moved by the
story and decided to build a new
boat for Papa. Last Saturday
afternoon Eugene Statie offi-
cially presented Papa with the
boat. Immediately after the bap-
tism Papa took the boat,
Pabotin, out for a test.
A few weeks ago three known
delinquents decided to rob a
yacht moored in the bay, and
they used Papa's boat that had
been lying on the coast to get Celestin
there. But when they were sur-
prised by the yacht's very angry owner,
they jumped into the water to escape,
leaving Papa's boat adrift.
The next day another fisherman told
Papa that his boat was missing. When
Papa realized that the thieves had let his
boat go he was very sorry because with
his boat he could fish and make some
money to augment his meager old-age
pension.
A few days later Papa got a tip that there
was a boat that had drifted on to the coast
of Aruba. He went to the police to tell
them, but nothing came of it. So he was
left with no boat and no way to help make
his living.
"What happened to Papa moved and


ing talent his record company allowed
him in 1990 to go to Rio de Janeiro, Bra-
zil, to write, record and produce his new
album, "Mission of the Heart."
In the early 90s Rend went to America
to write and record new songs. He wrote
for his forthcoming album with people
like Mike Stoller (who wrote hits for El-
vis). His experience grew as he worked
with such stalwarts as John Durill, Chet
Atkins, Larri Londin, Ben Weisman and
Phil Everly, to name a few. Phil Everly
(of the Everly Brothers) wrote "On Top
Of The World" for Rend and sang har-
mony on the record.




felt Gift


After success in the States, Rend re-
turned to Europe to take part in a series of
tours such as "The Biker Tour" in 1995.
Next time, we will bring his story up to
date and see how he teamed up with An-
gel Eye.
We invite you to join us at Plaza on
November 10th for the show, and we
thank our sponsors who joined us for
their support! But new sponsors are still
welcome. Call Bert or Jo 717-2749,
email: fbe@grupello.nl [Antony Bond
Sponsors include:


The Antillean Wine
Company
ArkeFly
Bonaire Partners
The Bonaire Reporter
Caribbean Fasteners
Caribbean Homes
Duijn Bonaire NV
Duty General
Construction
Ennia
Grand Palace Casino
Jody's Fashion &
Music


Lisa Gas
Maduro & Curiels Bank
Bonaire
Notary Maarten
Maartense
Plantation Furniture
Plaza Resort Bonaire
RE/MAX Paradise
Homes
Rento Fun Drive
Tropical Habitat
Development
Tropicana Apartments
Warehouse Bonaire


Proceeds from the concert to benefit
Bonaire musical culture programs


o "Papa" Wijman and Eugene Statie

touched me so much," said Police Detec-
tive Eugene Statie, who had heard about
the story in his work with the police.
Eugene decided to build a boat in his
spare time to replace the one Papa had
lost.
Eugene contacted Papa to explain his
plan. Then he began to look for materials,
asking local store owners if they would
donate. Two gave their cooperation -
Playa Trading and Budget Marine.
With the donated materials, Eugene began
to build.
So last Saturday, Pabotin was baptized
and launched, witnessed by Eugene's
family and two colleagues, Detectives
Vrutaal and DePalm. OExtra/L.D.


> If you haven't done it before, do
it this year. Swim to Klein Bonaire
(and back if you wish) on Sunday,
October 8. All proceeds go to Jong
Bonaire. O G./L. D.


Bonaire Reporter September 29 to October 6, 2006


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The Snack Bar Detectives
Their Mission: To seek out the mysteries that lie behind the
doors of Bonaire's snacks


This week:
La Ponderosa, Kaya A. Emerenciana


-i!


After the previous week's success
in Rincon, it was difficult to de-
cide on our destination. After some de-
liberation and several Polars, we decided
on La Ponderosa.


Pet of the Week
E ver see a cat just pining away for an owner to
love? That's "Bob," this handsome black and
white "tuxedo" cat. His previous owner had to leave
him when she left for Europe. This sweet cat really
does deserve a loving owner. Bob is about two years
old, in great health and would be ever so much hap-
pier if he could look after some kind human who
would take him in. Cheer up, Bob. I'll bet just the
right person is out there looking for a perfect cat like
you.
You may see Bob and all the other healthy and
social pets up for adoption at the Bonaire Animal
Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through
Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm. Tel. 717-4989.
Speaking of adoptions, so far this year there have
been 100 pets who have been adopted from the
Shelter. Congratulations and best wishes to all! Last
year there were 158 adoptions for the whole year;
2004 there were 150; 2003 there were 110; and
2002 there were 90. OL.D.


Shelter Dog Wash this Saturday, September 30 at
Warehouse Bonaire Parking Lot 9 am to 2 pm. Spe-
cial washes for the dogs and special gifts for owners and
dogs. It's only NAf7,50. All proceeds go to helping to
keep the Shelter open.. Pre-sale tickets from Dierenarts
Jan Laarakker; Direnasiel, Kaminda Lagoen; Lydia, 717-
8721; Hans, 717-3207; Paul, 787-0466. 1

Attention Pet Owners and Pet
Lovers
This year for Animal Day, next Wednesday, October 4, the Bonaire Lions Club
has organized a great way to celebrate. Everyone is invited to bring his or her pet
(s). It's at Wilhelmina Park from 4:30 to 7 pm. The vet will be there to check your
pet if you like and prizes will be awarded to those owners whose pets are the best
cared for. Come and join the fun, even if you don't have an animal. You'd be sur-
prised how many interesting types of pets there are on the island. D


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Having a ball-some of the performers and staff at the Saturday 0O


B onaire's Music School is alive and
well. Its open house last Sunday
had the walls of the venerable old DOW
building rocking!
Musicians and singers of all levels and
ages were there, performing rock, jazz and
even rap with such gusto that the audience
couldn't help but rock too.

The old building next to the Harbourside
Mall has been the headquarters of the mu-
sic school (established 10 years ago) for
the last two vears and according to Presi-


dent of the school, Gilbert Van Arneman,
it will continue to be for the near future at
least, despite attempts to tear it down. But
the future of the elderly building is still
unclear at this moment. However, Van
Arneman explains that should the building
be sold, the Government has assured them
that there will still be a place for the music
school somewhere on the island.
The school, which has brought music
and purpose to numerous young people on
Bonaire, has about 20 students right now,
from ages 12 to 20 ears but Van Arne-


man says
they want
to reach
200 kids -
from five
pen House years on
up. There's no
limit to age, he contends, to come and
learn and to practice. "We're open from
10 am to 10 pm; we work in shifts," he
explains. "The main thing is to get the
kids early and to keep them off the street."
A good example is the rap group,
"Hobenan Konsiente" pictured on the
cover. These young people arrange their
own music and can come and practice.
"They're really good!" someone in the
audience said to us, and we agreed.

The instnlctors nrefer to teach small


groups of from three to five students. Cost
is minimal and in certain cases where tal-
ent shows, it can be free. If the student has
no instrument he or she is invited to prac-
tice here on the school's instruments.
The school recently got a financial input
from AMFO and funds from the island
government to hire teachers and coordina-
tors and purchase instruments. It's a treas-
ure trove for the budding musician. There
are drums, percussion, guitars bass,
acoustic, classic and Spanish kuarta,
piano, and keyboard.
Van Arneman gave special thanks to
SKAL Hubert Vis, Jackie Bernabela and
the late Eddy Crestian for all their help
and advice. For more information call
717-2795 or stop by the music school and
see for yourself. DL.D.


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President Gilbert von Arneman poses with some of the school's guitars


New Barrac

The Bonaire Barracudas have offi-
cially opened the 2006-2007 swim
season by participating in the Curagao
Swimming Federation (CZB) 1st Open
Swim Meet. Six swimmers aged 11 and
under traveled to Curagao on September
23rd for the one-day event held at Sentro
Deportivo Korsou's 50-meter pool. Bon-
aire swimmers and parents alike are de-
lighted that this season's Open Meets will
start at 15.00 rather than 10.00 as in past
years. The later start time makes travel to
these competitions much less tiring for the
young athletes.
Open Competition rules allow swimmers
10 and under to compete in two events
while swimmers 11 and older may elect to
swim as many as three events in the meet.
The Open Meets allow swimmers to com-
pete in a given event for the first time or to
try and improve their personal best time in
an event they have previously swum.
Times registered at these meets are used in
the qualification process for the 2006 Neth-
erlands Antilles National Swimming
Championships which will be held in Cura-
9ao on December 8-10.
The electronic timing system was not in
use during this competition due to technical
problems so official times are still pending.
Nonetheless, unofficial times registered by
Barracuda parents indicate improvement
particularly in the sprint (50 meter) events.
Participants in the 1st Open Meet were:
Ryda-Luz Emer (10) 50 meter breast-
stroke and 50 meter freestyle
Luis Marcano (7) -50 meter breaststroke
and 50 meter freestyle
Asdrubal Marcano (9) -50 meter breast-
stroke and 50 meter freestyle
Olivier Wagemakers (9) 50 meter back-


Swimmers front, L to R: Rooske
Wagemakers and Luis Marcano, back
row, L to R, Olivier Wagemakers, As-
drubal Marcano, Samson V. Evertsz
and Ryda-Luz Emer

stroke and 50 meter freestyle
Samson V. Evertsz (10) 200 meter free-
style and 100 meter butterfly
Rooske Wagemakers (11) -100 meter
breaststroke, 50 meter freestyle and 200
meter individual medley.
Parents accompanying the swimmers
were Patrick Emer, Valarie Stimpson and
Corrie Wagemakers. The 2nd Curagao
Open Meet will be held on 21 October.
The Barracudas have a full calendar for
this season. The next scheduled event is
the Barracuda Club Competition on Satur-
day, 30 September at the Meralney Sports
Complex pool. All club members from 6
to 15 years will participate. Warm up starts
at 15.00 with competition beginning at
16.00. The public is cordially invited to
attend. OStory & photo by Valarie Stimson


Musician Boy Janga instructs


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T he Bonaire Re-
a L porter is very
pleased and honored to
have been asked by the English teachers
of the SGB (high school) to allow them to
use the weekly issues of the paper in their
English classes. "In return, they say,
they will be sending The Reporter stories
and interviews by the students. We look
forward to afruitful relationship with the
budding English writers and journalists.

This Weeks Star Pupil:
Dary Medina
How old are you Dary? 15 years old.
What's your star sign? Taurus
In what group are you? T2B (exMA VO)
What do you want to become when you
grow up? I want to become a doctor. Or at
least study medicine. If that doesn't work
out I want to become a manager of a bank.
Why do you want to become a doctor?
Because I like helping people and I want to
be able to take their pain away.
Where are you from? I'm from Colombia.
How long have you lived here? On and
off for 14 years; I was one when we came
here. After six years we went back to Co-
lombia. From there we went to Venezuela.
But that was only for a couple of months.
And then we came back again.
What do you like about living on Bon-
aire? Bonaire is a quiet and peaceful is-
land. Things around here are safe. There
aren't any dangerous things going on. I


love the beau-
tiful sea. The
only thing I
don't like is
that there
aren't many
activities for
us teenagers.
What's your
favorite sub-
ject? Spanish.
Why? Be-
cause that's
my mother
tongue and so Medn
I'm good at it.
What's your least favorite subject? Math
Why? Because it's difficult to understand.
What would you like to change at the
SGB? I don't like having to carry these
big, heavy bags. I would love for the SGB
to get some lockers. Sometimes other pu-
pils fight with each other and I don't like
that either. What happened last Tuesday
gave me a scare, but I still feel just as safe
as before. (An explosive device was found
in the school. Ed.)
What do you like about the SGB?
I like sports and I like the kids in my group.
I feel ok at school. I do still have some
problems with Dutch, but I manage. Learn-
ing is sometimes difficult. English is even
more difficult because of the pronuncia-
tion. But I like it.
What are your hobbies?
Dancing, singing, learning, listening to
music and swimming (naturally).
0Interview by: Yvette van der Moolen
Assistant/Photographer: Sue-Ann Mo


-ophoto

Varenia Richards, Joshebed Martis and Grensley Pieters received their outfits
for their training period in Italy from sponsor Maarten Maartense of the Notaris'
Office. Hotel School teacher Vernon "Nonchi" Martijn at right. Not pictured is
another Italy-bound student, Roderick Serberie. The departure of these students
will mark the conclusion ofthefirst three-year student exchange program between
Bonaire and Italy supported by the E. U. ]Maarten Maartense

Do you know about the
Hr. Ms. Bonaire?
Launched in May, 1877,
the 53.6m. (176 ft.), 3-
masted "composite" (also .....
powered by steam)
*barquentine served in the
Dutch navy. In 1924 she
was renamed the Abel Tas-
man and transferred to the
Delfzijl Nautical College to
serve as living quarters for the students. In 1995 the college closed and the ship lay
in the harbor in Den Helder. There were plans to restore her but no funds became
available. In April 2004 she sank at her moorings, but was refloated. In 2005 a
foundation was established to restore her. A seven-year restoration project is sched-
uled. O Hans Hoornweg
*A barquentine is a 3-masted vessel; foremast square rigged; others, fore and aft


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Preserving

Bonaire's

Architectural Heritage
At this time Gielmon "Funchi"
Egbrechts is the owner of this
house which is in Noord di Salina. He
lived here from his second until his fifth
birthday with his parents. Between then
and now this house has had many differ-
ent owners, some staying a long time,
others shorter. Once there was even a
lady who ran a little toko (shop) in the
house.
In December 2004 Funchi was asked
to restore the old house for a cousin.
This elderly cousin was living in Hol-
land and planned to return to Bonaire in
five years. Funchi started the restoration
job, but a few weeks ago the cousin
passed away. Having already begun the
restoration Funchi decided to keep go-
ing, starting with the roof and the bath-
room.
Maybe some of the inhabitants of the
house didn't stay long because it's been-
said that this is a ghost house. One of
the stories is told that when the owners
of the house were in their kunuku house
some neighbors heard music and a lot
of talking. But they knew this was im-
possible because the owners of the
house weren't there. The neighbors went
to the kunuku to warn the owners. When
they all arrived back, the music and talk-
ing had stopped and the party was
over..........
(Continued on page 12)


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Antique Living Houses (Continued from page 11)
Funchi doesn't live in the house be-
cause he prefers to stay in his kunuku
house. Now, most of the time young
adults like Charles Jansen live here. They
live here on their own, and Funchi helps
them how to learn to stand on their own
two feet.
The left side of the house looks like a
Cas di Hala. The extensions they made
on the left wing resemble a Cas di
Hadrey.
After nearly one year of searching for
old houses and writing about them, I fi-
nally found a house with an open baking
oven. Like all the other houses its kitchen
is on the west side, downwind. So the
smell of cooking and smoke from the fire
goes straight up the chimney or out of the
windows and not through the house. The
bricks in thefogon (oven) are original
and not plastered with cement or con-
crete. They used thisfogon so much that
the stones of the fireplace are broken
(photo top right).


The stones in the
oven are laid in an
attractive pattern and
are in in extremely
good condition (photo
top middle).
This house has a lot
of traditional furniture
and lamps. The old oil
lamp in the photo now
works on electricity.
The old heater/stove made of foundry
iron came from Holland to Bonaire with
Funchi's sister. You can cook on it, but
here it isn't used very much.
In the bottom left photo we see a little
drinking cistern by the kitchen door. At
the back of the house is a big cistern. It's
still functioning with water inside.
Past and present coexist very well in this
house. 1

Wilna Groenenboom is an
artist and photographer
who teaches art at the SGB
high school


DO YOU SUDOKU?


SuDoku
means "the
digits must re-
main single" in
Japanese. To
solve the puzzle,
enter the numbers
1 through 9 to the
partially filled in
puzzle without
repeating a num-
ber in any row,
column or 3 x 3
region. For a
tutorial visit the
web site www.
Sudoku shack.
com.
1 Supplied by
Molly Kearney
(who has to
solve all the
puzzles first)


Complete solution on page 14.


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West Marine
Price $449.99



Solar-Powered Digital

Micro Compass

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

MOVING INTO A HOUSE
NEW TO YOU?
Make it more livable from the start.
FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Also interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy, healing,
China-trained. Experienced. Inexpensive.
Call Donna at 785-9332.

BONAIRENET
The leading consumer and business in-
formation source on Bonaire. Telephone
(599) 717-7160. For on-line yellow pages
directory information go to http://
www.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 w ww.bonaireimages.com


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!


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


JOD YS FASHION
European Fashion for men & women.
Best quality for good prices Open: Tu-
We-Th-Fr-Sa 1-5 pm. Pass by Lagoen
Hill 18. Web:www.jodysbonaire.com


I- Ho -use keeper-
PAvailable
Looking for work: Cleaning lady
(speaking Spanish and Papiamentu) is
looking for part-time work. Please call:
568-9506


or rsale
For SaleI


BMW 520i 4-door sedan, 1991, white,
excellent condition. Fast, beautiful. A
CLASSIC! Call 785-9041


SNOW SKIING GETAWAY? Park
City, Utah, home available in exchange
for your Bonaire holiday home. Con-
tact: johnbenz@hotmail.com


2 persons with sailing experience
(open water navigation) needed to
accompany me for sailboat delivery from
Miami Bonaire sometime late Nov. -
early Dec. All expenses paid. Call Tho-
mas 786-5352.


For Sale 25 ft long regulator hoses. 2
available. New never used. US $ 70 each
All Stainless Steel stern bracket in
perfect condition. Up to 225 HP. In-
creases performance, helps gas mileage,
better steering, more interior space.
80 cubic ft dive tanks. Used in good
condition. NAf125, Call 717-8819 8
am to 5 pm

ac at ion
-Re n-ta I

Cozy guest cottage available
Studio with kitchen, airco, cable TV,
two single beds (or king) pull-out sofa,


porch, yard and private entrance. Five
minute walk to seaside promenade; 10
minute walk to town. $50/night. Con-
tact: bonairecottage@aol.com



NV (Environmental Research and
Consulting business) for sale or trade
Email: Bonnv4sale @aol.com or call
786-2397 or 791-4262.


Harbour Village Marina
Front Condo For Sale
Large one-bedroom, two-bath apartment
located in a secluded all condo building
away from the hotel traffic. Full kitchen
and laundry, tons of storage space, large
patio with walkout to marina dock. Private
owner. www.luxurvbonaire.com






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Help Say

The Save the Lora Foundation is asking
the people to come up with a solution.

n the next weeks the annual campaign
will begin, asking the people to help
with the protection of our Loras- Bonaire
Amazon parrots. In the Papiamentu news-
paper Extra several stories have appeared.
Two of the local radio stations (BonFM
and Digital) have transmitted spots daily.
The goal is to protect our Loras in their
natural environment because their survival
is in danger. At the moment Bonaire has
more Loras living in cages than are in the
wild.
During the dry period there are not suffi-
cient places in the wild for them to get food
so the birds come to the populated areas
where there is food. Naturally, the owner of
a mango tree, for example, finds it un-
pleasant when the Loras eat the fruit before
he can.
So the Foundation to Save the Loras'
motive is to search for a solution and
they're asking the community to make
some suggestions.
The Foundation is going to investigate
whether kites or scarecrows in the form of
the Warawara bird could help to keep the
Loras away from certain areas. (The
Warawara is a carrion eater and feared by
the Lora).
They're also thinking that perhaps there
must be more areas in the mondi. Also
planting trees and shrubs would be a good
long-term solution.
The Foundation also suggests to the own-
ers of fruit trees that perhaps they can pick
the fruit the moment just before they are
ripe and let them ripen in a safer place. So


people of Bonaire and our Loras can live in
harmony.
The Save the Loras Foundation is looking
for volunteers and donations to put these
ideas into practice. If you can help contact
the secretary at 785-7749.

The Campaign
The information campaign in the coming
weeks is a continuation of the previous
years' campaigns. In 2002 the government
registered and banded all Loras living in
captivity. More than 600 Loras were regis-
tered. The goal was to eliminate taking the
birds from the wild. If someone has a Lora
without a ring in a cage it's considered
illegal. During the next weeks the police,
the SSV, the Environmental police and
STINAPA will be extra alert for any viola-
tions. Maintaining our laws are not only the
work of the police but also each one of us.
Everyone in the community can help by
reporting any strange actions that they
might see. Our pride in our Loras relates
directly to our Bonairean environment. 1
Elsmarie Beukenboom/ Translation by L.D.


Hosted by Buddy Dive Resort, the Bon-
aire Deco-Chamber Foundation or-
ganized a five-day course in hyperbaric oxy-
gen treatment. Since this is not an everyday
event, Bonaire's leading dive physician Mr.
Dick van der Vaart MD decided to invite the
absolute expert in this field, Dick Rutkowski
of Hyperbarics Int'l Inc., to conduct the semi-
nar. Mr. Rutkowski, retired as deputy diving
coordinator from the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) where
he trained over 600 physicians in hyperbaric
training programs, is world famous in the
dive industry as the co-founder of Interna-
tional Association of Nitrox and Technical
Divers (IANTD).
The group of students made up of doctors,
nurses and chamber operators were given the
opportunity to learn the most detailed theories
on decompression incidents and oxygen treat-
ments as well as the latest information on
hyperbaric chambers. During long morning
hours, the students were pushed to limits in


the classroom and in the afternoon hands-on
training sessions followed in and around the
hyperbaric chamber on Bonaire.
While Dr. van der Vaart was teaching doc-
tors and nurses inside the chamber during
simulated treatments, outside, the operators
had to deal with several unexpected problems
thrown at them by long-time chamber techni-
cian Ronald Simonis. At the same time Mr.
Rutkowski held supervision over "the battle-
field" as, with a big smile on his face, he
recognized that he had succeeded in passing
on a great deal of his knowledge and experi-
ence.
The use of a hyperbaric chamber is a vital
tool in modern medicine, therefore tourists,
the diving community and the people of Bon-
aire will be very pleased to know that another
milestone has been reached on the road to
safe chamber treatments with the certification
of 13 hyperbaric experts. O Story & photo
by Martin Eichhorn


tonaire Reporter september 29 to octoDer b, 200o


ts Hyperbaric Guru Teaches Bonaire's
r Parr0os Medical and Diving Pros
the


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(puzzle and
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WmrA'S HAnnnENXG


MOVIELAND



0 l1Yl NMlE I011l

World Trade Center
(Nicolas Cage)
Late Show
Call tomake sure (Usually9 pm)

Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
John Tucker Must Die
(Ashanti)
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 September:
The Ant Bully


THIS WEEK

Friday, September 29 Celebration of
Habitat 30th Anniversary. Famous
Sugaro Band Performs, Rum Runners
at Capt. Don's Habitat, 10 pm 1 am.
717-8290.
September 4 29 Activities with
Ned & Anna DeLoach at Buddy Dive.
Call 717-5080 for schedule and more
information. See story on pg. 4

September 7-October 15-Coral
Spawning in Bonaire. See September lst
issue of The Bonaire Reporter for com-
plete timetable.
Saturday, September 30 Bonaire
Animal Shelter Dog Wash, at Ware-
house Bonaire's parking lot, 9 am to 2
pm. Only NAf7,50. See page 7.
Saturday, September 30-Launch
party for Bonaire Creations Calendar,
at Antillean Wine Company (AWC),
Kaya Industria, 7 pm.
Saturday, September 30-Opening of
the new E Wowo Disco, 10 pm. Page 6
Sunday, October 1-International
Day of the Elderly-big celebration at
Amboina Sentro di Bario 9 am-4 pm.
Entertainment, lunch, refreshments
Wednesday, October 4-Animal Day
sponsored by the Bonaire Lions Club.
Everyone welcome. Bring your animals.
Vet will be there. Prizes for best cared for
pets. Wilhelmina Park, 4:30-7 pm.
COMING

Saturday, October 7-Big Rincon
Marsh6 -a real Bonairean experience.
Stands selling gifts, plants, produce, mu-
sic, drinks, local foods, BBQ, community
discussions "bou di ramada" Not to be
missed! www.infobonaire.com/rincon.
Sunday, October 8 Jong Bonaire
Klein Bonaire Swim. See page 6
October 8-14-Bonaire Regatta and
Festival: sail races along shoreline in
Kralendijk Bay start Monday with
Around the Island Race. Festival events
begin Sunday with stands, games, food
and drink. No school this week.


Sunday, October 15 Rotary Club
Bonaire Fundraising concert on the
Freewinds
October 20-23-Mountain Bike
events sponsored by "Offroad Valley
Bikers" from Curacao. Locals invited to
participate. October 20-race in Wash-
ington Park; October 21-island bike
tour. Call DeFreewieler, 717-8545, or
510-3790, 560-4055. WWW.orvb.org.

Friday, November 10-Arke Fly's
"Back to Rock n Roll concert, Plaza.
See page 6
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 Sun.) 5-7
* 2 for 1 appetizer with entree, Cactus
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.
* By appointment -Rooi Lamoenchi
Kunuku Park Tours $12 (NAf12 for
residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
* Parke Publico children's play-
ground open everyday into the evening
hours.
Saturdays
* Grill Night on the Beach, Buddy
Dive
* Rincon Marshe-6 am-2 pm. Enjoy
a Bonairean breakfast while you shop,
fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts, local
sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts, candles,
incense, drinks, music.
www.infobonaire.com/rincon. Extra big
Marsh6 1st Saturday of the month, 6
am-2 pm.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Fla-
mingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm,
NAf26,50. Call for reservations 717-
8285 ext. 444.
Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 7 to 9 pm, Kaya Industria #23,
across from Warehouse Bonaire. Great
wines NAf2,50 a glass.
Flea Market every first Saturday
of the month from 3.00 pm until 7.00 pm
at Parke Publico. Everyone welcome to
buy and to sell. NAf5 per selling table.
For more information and reservations
for a spot, call 787-0466.

Sundays
* Live music 6-9 pm while enjoying
a great dinner in colorful tropical ambi-
ance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant &
Bar, Divi Flamingo. Open daily 5-10 pm
Mondays
* Caribbean Night live local music-
Buddy Dive.
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart
of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria
717-6435
Tuesdays
* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, 5-7 Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach
Bar
* Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine,
5-7, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* Buy a Bucket of Beer & get free
chicken wings, 5-7, 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-
9, Cactus Blue.
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers,
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-
6:30.
* Movie Night at Buddy Dive

Thursdays
* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar,
5-7
* "Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen
and others, Vespucci Restaurant, Har-
bour Village Marina. HH drinks, gratis
tapas, 5-7
Fridays
* 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
* Swim lessons for children by Enith
Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Sorobon
from 13.00, for children 0 18.
* 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.
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
inthisvenerable 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 thnu 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 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

CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning 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.
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 FORMA Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank. All levels
invited NAf5 enry fee. CallCathy 566-4056.
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 Domacass6 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; Valarie@telbonet.an
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
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. Services in
Papiamentu, Dutch and English on Sun-
days at 10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, Services in
Papiamentu on Sundays at 8.30 am.
Children's club every Saturday at 5 pm in
Kralendijk.
Sunday School every Sunday at 4 pm in
Rincon. Bible Study and Prayer meet-
ings, every Thursday at 8 pm. in Kral-
endijk.
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 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
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
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flights a day between Bonaire and Curaqao. Your first
choice for inter-island travel.
APPLIANCES /TV/ 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.
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
Cafe and at Eden Beach.
FITNESS
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.


GENERATORS
Island Generators has diesel powered generators for
all your electrical needs. Order now and feel secure.
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 Cafe, 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, rapelling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or 785-6272 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 most experi-
enced real estate agent. They specialize in profes-
sional customer service, top notch properties and home
owners insurance.
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-
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The Touch Skin & Body-Birkenstock shoes for men
and women. New styles
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.
TOURIST SERVICES I INTERNET
Make Chat 'n' Browse your headquarters for phone
service, Internet connection, girfts, Brunotti and Reef
featured... In the Sand Dollar Mall.

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
9 am-12 noon.
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JT mmediately after they got mar-
I ried my parents left Holland and
went to Aruba where my dad had gotten a
job as a teacher. I was born there in 1963
and three years later I got a little brother.
Whenever my parents would go out,
they'd always take us with them; we
never had a babysitter. We went to all the
parties where we'd fall asleep together
with all the other children.
When I was six we moved back to Hol-
land. I'd never been there; it was in the
middle of summer and I was walking
around in a winter coat, shivering. The
first time I went back to the Antilles I
was 15. I went with my mother and two
of my girlfriends it was 1978. Most of
the trip was on Bonaire seeing friends. It
was all about spending time together and
sharing experiences, just like when I was
a child on Aruba. On the plane back to
Holland I was heartbroken. When we got
back my father had accepted another job
and we were going to move.
My first job was as a room maid and a
waitress in a very fancy hotel. It was all
for one purpose: I wanted to save money
to go back to Aruba. But when I had the
money for the ticket, the family I was
supposed to stay with on Aruba was
called back to Holland and I couldn't go.
It was a big disappointment.
When I finished high school I didn't
know what to study. My father had al-
ways told me, 'You can be whatever you
want to be, but I wouldn't advise your
becoming a teacher.' It was a strange
statement from someone who was a born
teacher who loved what he was doing.
So, I decided to become a teacher! I got
my second degree in manual dexterity
and drawing so I could teach at MAVO
and HAVO.
After I graduated I decided to take a
year off; I went on vacation to Pharos, a
Greek island close to Athens. I got a job
there but under the condition that I had to
read and write Greek fluently. So, I went
back to Holland and took this intense
course, eight hours a day, for three
months. Then I left for Pharos again and
started working with a goldsmith, helping
him to design and sell jewelry. I lived in
a very small room and I was working
long days. After almost a year I came to
the conclusion that in Greek society a
woman has very little to say.
It had been my plan to go and study
architecture in Athens, but I changed my
mind. I am a very flexible person and I
can cope for a long time, but don't give
me the feeling I've got nothing to say and
don't take away my freedom. I was in
love with the island, the countryside, the
little village, life in nature we would


pick the figs from the trees, kill a chicken
and roast it, catch some squid and make a
delicious lunch, just a very simple natural
life. It made me and it still makes me
very happy.
Nevertheless, I went back to Holland
and started studying communication at
HEAO night school. In the daytime I
worked in restaurants and did PR for a
Salsa dance school. In my second year I
started working as an intern at Saatchi &
Saatchi, at the time the biggest advertis-
ing agency in the world. Those were
crazy times very creative and I met so
many inspiring people! Then they asked
me to work full time for them and that's
what I did for some years until they
changed the board of directors and I quit.
For a while I worked as a freelancer for
several advertising agencies."
Karen van Dijk (43) gets up from her
chair and says, "Sorry, but I have to do
my exercises." She starts stretching her
knee and balancing on one leg while she
proceeds talking, very relaxed.


"...whenever I saw
something on TV about
Bonaire I became very
sad. On Christmas 2005 I
came to Bonaire again to
see 'Is it for real?"'

"In spite of the fact that I was having a
great time it felt like something was al-
ways missing. I wanted to go back to the
Antilles but there was always an excuse. I
had a good job, a very nice income and
career opportunities. I could study and I
had a fancy apartment. Well, I went on
vacation to Colombia with a very good
friend. I was 29 and two months before
I'd fallen in love with Angel, an Aruban.
As my friend and I had already planned
and booked that vacation before I met
Angel, I went on with it.
When we got to this island it was there
that I got this overwhelming feeling: I
don't want to go back to Holland... ever
again! Enough! It's now or never! I was-
n't married; I didn't have any children
and I wouldn't hurt anybody if my deci-
sion was the wrong one.
I went back to Holland and from there
to Edinburgh, Scotland, where my boy-
friend, Angel, was in the Navy. It was
Valentine's Day when I arrived and I told
Angel I didn't want to stay in Holland
anymore. He looked at me and asked me
if I wasn't going to ask him if he wanted
to come with me. That was February
1993 and in May that year we arrived on
Bonaire. The second night we were sit-


ting on a bench close
to Karel's and I told
Angel, 'They will
never get me out of
here!' Angel was
working for Boni-
mex, a wine com-
pany, and I was
working from the
house, painting signs
and making art, de-
signing brochures,
things like that. After
a year Angel and I
broke up. I became a
dive master, wait-
ress, babysitter you
name it!
One day I got a call
from Bonnie Kerr
from New York, who
was at the time the
owner of the Bonaire
Art Gallery, asking if
I wanted to be the
manager of the gal-
lery! I didn't know
what was happening
to me Yes! Of
course! I did it for two years and on the
weekends I was still a dive master. It was
fun and I felt so tough working on a boat
- cool!
After two years I started my own com-
pany, Sign Studio Signal. It was fun and I
did it for more than four years. I put ban-
ners and signs on cars, boats, shop win-
dows, even planes, but it was a limited
market and after some time it wasn't a
challenge anymore. There are people who
can sit out the ride in a relationship or in
a job but I'm not like that. I sold the
business to Rhonda Kossman and I left
for Holland.
I found a nice job in the graphic sector,
a good apartment. I took a theatre course,
a singing course. I learned sculpture, I
went to concerts and museums, I in-
dulged myself in books I was charging
my batteries. But there were some things
I hated with great passion: the amount of
traffic and its stinking smell, the grey
buildings and the grey weather and the
self-centered people in bad moods. But I
did live close to a lake and a forest, only
15 minutes by bike, and that saved me. I
stayed five years in Holland until I had an
accident and they put prostheses in my
right elbow.
My mom, who lives on Bonaire, called
me and said, 'Come over; I'll take care
of you.' That was April last year and
again I fell madly in love with Bonaire.
Six weeks later I went back to Holland,
hoping I would get cured of my love I
didn't feel like emigrating again; I had


Karen van Dijk
everything I wished for in Holland. I bur-
ied myself in all kinds of things, but
whenever I saw something on TV about
Bonaire I became very sad. On Christmas
2005 I came to Bonaire again to see 'Is it
for real?' and hoping it wasn't because of
all the consequences.
Within a week I knew I wanted to stay
here. STINAPA Director, Elsmarie Beu-
kenboom called me for an interview at
STINAPA and when I got the job as a
communication coordinator it was final!
It took me a little bit more than three
weeks to arrange everything in Holland
and I started with STINAPA March 1st
this year.
In all those years I never wanted to buy
a house, but now I want to buy one and
settle down. I feel the people here are a
little bit shy deep down and that's how I
am too. I see the simple beauty of the
elderly people, the fishermen, the
kunukeros and it touches me in such a
way that I can cope with the lesser things.
Holland has it advantages, but it doesn't
touch my heart. And maybe it's be-
cause I am from the
islands because I
was born here." 1

Story and photo by
Greta Kooistra


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A Vacation Without Cruelty to Animals


T he Bonaire Animal Shelter got another donation
for further improvements. Birgit Adam from
Hanau, Germany, came during her second stay on the
island to visit the Shelter. In her bag she not only had
new toys for the puppies but also $621 she gave to Jurrie


Mellema, the Animal Shelter Manager. Also
she brought an additional $175 to the Donkey
Sanctuary for the renewal of an adoption she
made after her first stay.
"I'm so happy to see all the efforts on the is-
land to help wild and domestic animals," Brigit
said. Last year she and her friend visited Bon-
aire the first time. They were overwhelmed
how private initiatives and the government pro-
tect nature (Marine Park, Donkey Sanctuary,
Flamingo Sanctuary and Animal Shelter). "This
is our first destination where we found such a
dedication to animals. Elsewhere you have
golden beaches, but if you look behind them,
you will find cats and dogs or even domestic
creatures suffering or starving."
Therefore, Mrs. Adam prepared eagerly for the second
visit: She sold books to her colleagues at the Helaba-
Bank in Frankfurt, always with the proviso that all the
money would be given to the Bonairean animals.
During her visit Mrs. Adam found the Animal Shelter


to be in "excellent condition." She knows what she is
talking about, because she had been building up the
shelter in her hometown in the early 1990s and had been
president of the Hanau dierenbescherming (animal pro-
tection) for eight years.
"It is very important that there is also a program for
neutering of cats and dogs because it is the best way to
prevent overpopulation and suffering animals. I hope
more animal owners will take part in this program and
more contributors give support. It is a great chance to
keep the Animal Shelter from being overcrowded," Mrs.
Adam told The Reporter. She is an online-subscriber in
Germany and reads about the island every Thursday. "I
first read the Pet of the Week section and then all the
news about nature." 1
Thorsten Becker


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Autumn's Great Cosmic Square Replaces
Summer's Great Cosmic Triangle


I've often reminded
you, whenever the
seasons change on
Earth, so too do the
stars change over-
head, thus the phrase
"the stars of the sea-
son." Now that
phrase, "stars of the
season," usually re-
fers to the major stars
and star groups that
reach their highest
position above the
horizon in mid-
evening. So because
autumn began last
Saturday, the 23rd weSuare and Triangle
should already see a
change in the stars overhead.
On any night during the first two weeks of October, around 10 pm Sky Park Time,
look just west of overhead where you will see the three bright stars which make up
the points of the Summer Triangle: the brightest being Vega in the constellation
Lyra the Harp; the second brightest, Altair, in Aquila the Eagle; the third bright-
est, Deneb, in Cygnus the Swan.
Now during the first week of summer, at the end of June, the Summer Triangle was
just rising in the east at 10 pm. But if you went out at 10 pm each successive week
all summer long you would have noticed that the Summer Triangle was a little bit
higher in the sky each week, and at the end of August was almost directly overhead
at 10 pm. But if you looked to the northeast at 10 pm at the end of August you
would have also noticed that the autumn constellation Cassiopeia, a group of five
stars which when connected by lines looks like the letter "m" or "w" on its side, was
just rising.
And if you looked just above and east of Cassiopeia you would have also seen four
dimmer stars which, if you draw lines between them, make up a great rectangle or
square and which is called the Autumn Square or the Great Square of Pegasus,
because it is part of the huge constellation Pegasus, the winged horse. Then if you
went out each successive week in September at 10 pm you would have noticed that
the Summer Triangle was slowly moving past overhead and beginning its descent
toward the western horizon while the autumn Square of Pegasus was ascending
higher and higher in the east, so that by the first two weeks of October it is almost
overhead at 10 pm.
And I think it is rather poetic that the three blazing hot stars that make up the
Summer Triangle are replaced by the much dimmer and softer stars of the Autumn
Square because autumn is after all the softest and gentlest season of the year. So
some night this week and next go out and see for yourself how the heavens above
have their own seasons just as our Earth has below. Look first for the Summer Tri-
angle west of overhead and beginning its descent toward the western horizon, then
look for autumn's Cassiopeia, in the northeast, and finally almost overhead, au-
tumn's biggest and gentlest Great Square which the ancient Babylonians believed
was the doorway to paradise. And, if indeed autumn is a visual paradise on Earth,
how appropriate that this lovely portal to a cosmic paradise heralds in the new sea-
son. 1 JH.


F iE TuIWE


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Sunday, September 24 to
Saturday, September 30, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Courses dealing with psychology or health care will
be of interest. Upgrading at this point is not a bad plan. Avoid functions that will
bring you in contact with those you find difficult to get along with. Don't be afraid
to say what's on your mind. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Do not invest in ventures that only appear to be lu-
crative. You can certainly gain popularity; however, don't do it by paying for every-
one else. Do a little investigating if there is someone at work you don't trust. Focus,
and concentrate on yourself and your future. Your lucky day this week will be Fri-
day.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) So smile! Elders may need your help. Don't overin-
dulge in anyway. Look into intellectual and physical games that will test your abili-
ties. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Talk to those in a position of power about your inten-
tions. Expect to have more people on your domestic scene. Don't count your chick-
ens before they hatch. You may find yourself interested in more than one person.
Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Arguments will flare up if you get backed into an emotional
corer. Problems with financial investments could make you nervous. Things may
not be as they sound. You can make money if you are careful not to let it trickle
through your fingers. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Your creative input will be appreciated by your boss.
You will get along well in social situations. Get back into a routine that promises a
better looking, more aware individual. Look into ways that you can make extra cash.
Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Your greatest enjoyment will come through social ac-
tivities and pleasure trips. Sudden changes could result in estrangements. Be discreet
about your personal life or whereabouts. Be mysterious. Make changes to your
home that will be pleasing to everyone involved. Your lucky day this week will be
Tuesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You should be getting into self-improvement pro-
jects. Don't overspend on children or on large purchases. Unexpected bills may set
you back. Socializing or travel will lead to partnerships. Your lucky day this week
will be Saturday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Depression may put a damper on your day.
You will be able to pick up on future trends if you keep your eyes peeled for unique
ideas. You can expect changes at your work place. Minor accidents may occur if
you don't concentrate on what you're doing. Your lucky day this week will be Sun-
day.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Emotional ups and downs have caused doubts in
your personal life. Your added discipline will enable you to complete some of those
unfinished projects. Help children complete projects they're having difficulty with.
A trip to visit relatives should be rewarding. Your lucky day this week will be
Thursday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Try not to hurt your partner's feelings. There might
be a problem with a will or with an insurance policy. Acceptance is the key. You
may want to make plans to take a vacation together. Your lucky day this week will
be Tuesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Turn your present relationship around or start a new
one. This will not be the day to start new business ventures or make drastic changes
in your career. Find ways to mellow out. Deception is probable if you don't use dis-
crimination. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. O M. T.


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