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I October 20-27, 2006 Volume 13, Issue 40







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Sf one person can be said
Sto be the "Father" of
Bonaire's new status with
v* The Netherlands it's
Ramonsito Booi. He is
relentless in his goal of get-
ting Bonaire out from under Curacao's
governance and becoming a more inte-
gral part of Holland. "It's a great mo-
ment," Booi was quoted as saying fol-
lowing the signing of an agreement
putting Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eusta-
tius on the road to having the same
rights as Dutch municipalities. The
Netherlands will draw up a plan for the
transition process, which will be com-
plete no later than January 1, 2007.
The original target for the restructuring
of the Netherlands Antilles was July 1,
Bonaire's Commissioner Reginald
Dortalina, who assisted with the nego-
tiations described the signing of the
agreement as an "historic moment" for
the three islands.
Antilles Prime Minister Emily de

Ramonsito Booi

Jongh-Elhage calls this an 'historic
agreement.' "I am very pleased for the
Antilles. It is now Curacao and St.
Maarten's turn for an agreement with
the Netherlands." "There is a kind of
exultant mood in The Hague" she
Dutch Kingdom Relations Minister
Atzo Nicolai called the agreement a
breakthrough in a dialogue that has
been going on for decades. He hopes
that the growing problems like crime,
poverty and a bogged down economy

can be tackled better this way and that
it would put an end to the continuous
uncertainty about responsibilities. The
agreement begins the writing of the
epitaph of the collection of islands
known for over 50 years as the country
of the Netherlands Antilles
The final declaration states that the
three islands, also referred to in The
Hague as the K3 (the K referring to
Klein "small" in Dutch) will be given a
constitutional position in the Dutch
constellation in the form of a public
body (openbaar lichaam) as defined in
article 134 of the Dutch Constitution.
The agreement sets out responsibilities
and tasks for parties on both sides of
the ocean. It also addresses the posi-
tion of the islands, supervision, assis-
tance, need for further analysis, rights,
a transition process and an interim
period. A lot of work remains to be
This past Monday a series of broad-
casts on BoTV (Flamingo Cable 24)
began explaining the new direction.

Main Points of the agreement: I
Sephos photo
The legal regulations of Dutch municipalities will apply, tak-
ing into consideration the special conditions of the islands.
Antillean legislation will remain in effect at the start of the i
new status, and Dutch Legislation will be introduced gradu-
Citizens will be able to vote in elections for the Second Cham-
ber of the Dutch Parliament and the European Parliament. (A
provision will be made to vote in the First Chamber elections
as well.)
The islands will carry out as many tasks as they can. Specific R ns B (nr r A
Ramonsito Booi (Bonaire), Roy Hooker (Statia), Atzo
areas to be examined include: education, public health, social Nicolathe Netherlands and Will Johnson Saa sin
y ad te l l o s s Nicolai (the Netherlands) and Will Johnson (Saba) sign
security and the level of social services.theosing statement of the mini-summit
the closing statement of the mini-summit
The Netherlands will become responsible for law enforcement in the Spaansche Hof in The Hague.
security on the islands. The Joint Court of the Netherlands
Antilles and Aruba, be it under a new name, will remain responsible for the administration of justice.
Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius will have to present balanced budgets and have multi-annual financial perspectives. They
will not have borrowing authority.
Financial supervision will come from The Hague.
Still undecided is the issue of the official currency, monetary supervision, the future fiscal system, be tax free port status
and the role of the Dutch Tax Office.
The possibility of Dutch structural support in the areas of social security, pensions and public health will be investigated.
The islands have to involve the Dutch Minister of Foreign Relations before they can make agreements with countries in the
A study will be done on the possibility of acquiring and the implications of Ultra-Peripheral Territory (UPT) status in the
European Union (EU).

However rosy the picture appears to
the participants in the agreement,
Dutch politics can undermine any
agreements... and Dutch elections are
set for next month. Dutch D'66 Mem-
ber of Parliament Boris Dittrich said in
the Dutch press that the agreement is
merely a psychological concord, which
depends on the Dutch Government also
reaching an agreement for constitu-
tional reforms with Curacao and St.
Maarten and that the necessary budget-
ary items in the Municipality Fund, the
fund that distributes the available
budget among all Dutch municipalities
is not in place.


Table of Contents

Letters (Mangrove Village Sales) 4
Announcement (July Ann Frans) 7
6th Annual EcoSwim 8
Regatta 2006 9
Regatta 2006 Race Results 11
Other Regatta Events
Bike Trip 13
Creativity 13
Klein Bonaire Swim 15
Wounded Warriors 16
SGB Day at Jong Bonaire 22

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Biologist's Bubbles (Mangroves) 3
Picture Yourself, (Jamaica) 6
Straight Talk 7
Snack Detectives (Yue Hua) 9
SuDoku Puzzle 14
Classifieds 14
Tide Table 14
Pet of the Week (Doug) 18
SuDoku Answer 18
Reporter Masthead 18
What's Happening 19
Movieland Film Schedule 19
Shopping & Dining Guides 20
On the Island Since (Rita
Berghaven & Randy Lucas) 21
Sky Park
(Halloween, Pleiades) 23
The Stars Have It 23

> Beginning
January 8,
2007, accord-
ing to a new US
law, all Ameri-
can travelers
visiting the
Caribbean by
air must have
passports. Cruise
ship passengers do
The World Travel
& Tourism Council
(WTTC) strongly
opposes the deci-
sion of the US Con-
gress to grant an
extension to 2009
for cruise ship
Vincent Vander-
pool-Wallace, Sec-
retary General for

Vincent Vander-
pool- Wallace,
Secretary General
for the Caribbean
Tourism CTO photo

the 32-member Caribbean Tourism Or-
ganization (CTO), compared the recent
decision by the US government to amend
the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative
to "a category 6 hurricane" for the Car-
ibbean region.
Gordon 'Butch'
Stewart (14 Sandals
Resorts), the Carib-
bean's leading hotel-
ier, suggested that
support by Jamaica
and other regional
countries for Vene-
zuelan President
Hugo Chavez was Butch Stewart,
behind a US deci- Resort Magnate.
sion that has sent CTO photo
shock waves
through the region's tourist industry.
"That decision is probably the single
most destructive economic catastrophe
that could happen, short of a nuclear
attack on Caribbean countries," Stew-

art said. He added that it appeared that the
region's flirtation with Venezuela's
Chavez had triggered the US decision,
referring to Chavez' description of US
President George W. Bush as "the devil"
in his recent speech to the United Nations
General Assembly in New York.
WTTC estimated that the region could
lose US$2.6 billion in visitor exports and
more than 188,300 Travel & Tourism
jobs as a result of the rule. The same
study found that some 80% of US visitors
to Jamaica do not use a passport, while in
St. Vincent, The Bahamas and Antigua,
the figures are 50%, 30% and 25% re-
spectively. Most Bonaire tourists have
passports, according to a TCB spokes-
man, so there will be less impact here.
Only about 27% of Americans have
current, valid passports according to the

> In response to decreasing fuel prices,
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has re-
duced its fuel surcharge by 5 euros

NAf 11) per stretch on all intercontinental
flights (including between Amsterdam
and Aruba/Netherlands Antilles).
KLM's policy is to adjust its fuel sur-
charge if the oil price per barrel rises
above or drops below a certain level for
more than 30 consecutive days. The last
reduction was because the international
oil price level dropped below US $70 per

> The occupancy rates for Cura-
cao's hotels are the highest in years. In
the first seven months of 2006 they en-
joyed an average occupancy rate of 82%
as well as higher room prices, according
to information provided by the Curaqao
Hospitality and Tourism Association.
Unfortunately, this is not the case in Bon-
aire which has far fewer flights to both
the Americas and Europe.

Continued on page 3

Bonaire Reporter October 20-27, 2006

Page 2

Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2

> Following an outcry of public in-
dignation and pressure from environ-
mental groups, Mangrove Village De-
velopment has been put on hold for at
least three months. Governor of the
Netherlands Antilles, Bonaire-born Frits
Goedgedrag, suspended two decisions
(the lease of land and the issuance of a
building permit to developers) taken by
the Bonaire Executive Council on Octo-
ber 4, because they are in conflict with
the Treaty ofRamsar (Iran, 1971) re-
garding wetlands of international impor-
tance, according to the Governor. The
ruling was unpopular with some Bonaire
officials who railed against the watchdog
organization, the Bonaire Nature Alli-
ance, accusing it of political favoritism.
The area, close to Lac Bay, is protected
by the Ramsar Treaty which mandates
maintaining its ecology and natural re-
sources. According to Ramsar Treaty

Mangrove seedling Carin Eckrich photo
provisions, a report on the environmental
impact of the land use must be made be-
fore a decision can be made to develop
such a Ramsar protected area. No favor-
able environmental assessment was ever
presented. In fact an informal report cau-
tioning against development in the area

was issued by a
Dutch scientist
Goedgedrag said
the Executive
Council did not
present the report
that meets the
conditions out-
lined in the Ram-
sar Treaty. To
prevent the Lac
area from sustain-
ing irreparable
damage, he has
decided to sus-
pend the decision
of Bonaire's Ex- Work had already
ecutive Council.
Based on the Netherlands Antilles Is-
lands Regulation (ERNA), the Governor,
as representative of the Kingdom, can
suspend or annul a decision taken by one

h begun at Mangrove Village. STINAPA photo

of the island territories if the decision is
against international treaties. The suspen-
sion is for a three-month period.
(Continued on page 4)

^le^^ De nM@0

D idyou know ... the Red
Mangrove is its own
desalinization plant?
Mangroves are trees and shrubs that
can live in or near saltwater. When
Bonaireans think of mangroves, they
think of Lac, but Bonaire has other
stands of mangroves along the coast
where wave action is minimal. Man-
groves have special adaptations to deal

with salt, since even these hardy plants
can't stand too much salt. Some man-
groves, such as the White and Black
Mangroves, take in saltwater from
the sea and excrete salt from special-
ized glands on their leaves. The Red
Mangrove, Rhizophora mangle,
doesn't allow the salt in by acting as
its own reverse osmosis filter. Red
Mangroves concentrate magnesium

(taken from saltwater) in its cells,
which forces out sodium ions (salt). It
has an internal 'salt pump'. If we
could get the mangroves to make fresh
water for us perhaps people would ap-
preciate them more! O CE

Bonaire Reporter October 20-27, 2006

Mangrove Aerial Rt
Carin Eckrich photo

Page 3



Dear Editor:
In light of the recent controversy sur-
rounding the halt in construction of the
Mangrove Village project and the in-
volvement of RE/MAX Paradise Homes,
I would like to clarify some things. First
of all, it was my understanding that the
Mangrove Village development had re-
ceived approvals to build from all of the
required government departments and
agencies. As a foreign born resident, I
love living on Bonaire, but don't feel
qualified to pass judgment on the
"correctness" of any individual develop-
ment plan since that is not my area of
expertise. I think it should be the job of
the Bonaire government.
Problems like this are becoming more
common on Bonaire and I would like to
offer a positive solution to prevent this
from happening in the future. I believe
that Bonaire needs to immediately create
a comprehensive and enforceable land
use plan for the whole island. This type
of plan sets aside areas that will never be
developed, as well as designating spe-
cific areas of the island for environ-
mental protection, i.e. no development,
resorts, residences, businesses and other
purposes. Within the last six months a
number of controversial construction
projects have been started. Most of these
controversies are the result of either not
having, or not enforcing a comprehen-
sive development and land use plan for
the island.

As you might expect, I am not some-
one who is against new development.
While my company does not do develop-
ment, it is an every day part of my busi-
ness. I think further development on
Bonaire is inevitable. The only question
is, how can we make that development
positive, and how can we minimize the
negative effects that new construction
projects have on the island and on the
environment in which we live? I support
having any additional developments take
place within the context of a larger
"master plan" covering the future devel-
opment of all of Bonaire.
Both government officials and island
residents should get together now to cre-
ate a plan for all of Bonaire which pro-
vides for both the construction of new
homes, apartments and resorts while also
protecting the special parts of Bonaire.
This development plan needs to be long-
term in nature, and not subject to excep-
tions or being changed by the politicians
who are currently in power. By following
a plan, new development can take place
in a controlled and orderly fashion. Ide-
ally you get the economic development
that the island needs, while still main-
taining the beautiful environment which
we all love. Once such a plan is in place,
it must be enforced. Exceptions should
be rare and made only after extensive
review in public meetings involving the
government, DROB, residents and any
other concerned parties.
Instead of organizing protests or boy-
cotts against any specific oroiect. I rec-

Realtor Bob Bartikoski (shown here
with transmitter-equipped turtle) has,
through RE/MAX, sponsored many
community and environmental causes.

ommend that you encourage the Bonaire
government to use their existing develop-
ment plan (if they have one) or else cre-
ate a comprehensive long term plan for
Bonaire that they will enforce. This will
enable Bonaire to grow and move for-
ward in a positive and sustainable way.

Bob Bartikoski
RE/MAX Paradise Homes

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 3)

AntIilliaans DagIbad

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1 The October 6 issue of The Bon-
aire Reporter featuring Nobel Peace
Prize winner Wangari Maathai and
Delno Tromp made the front cover of
the Dutch language newspaper Antil-
lianns Dagblad last week.

D Ernst Wes-
selius who's served
as Bonaire's first
full-time prosecu-
tor, will try his last
case on Friday as he
begins his
(mandated under
Antillean law) re-
tirement. His presence has made a dif-
ference in the fight against crime on
Bonaire and all who have worked with
him appreciate his work. He will stay
on in Bonaire and be involved with
public safety issues.
(Continued on page 5)

Bonaire Reporter October 20-27, 2006

Page 4

Flotsam andjetsam (Continuedfrom page 4)

> Liesbeth Hoefdraad (55) was nomi-
nated as the president of the Gemeen-
schappelijk Hof (Public Court) of the
Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. She'll
be the first woman to head the court in its
almost 140 years of existence.
Hoefdraad is replacing the universally
respected chief judge, Luis de Lannoy,
who is taking an early retirement next
year. By then he'll have been the court's
president for 14 years, twice as long as the
average term.

protect the immediate environment.
STINAPA thanks Chief Ranger George
"Cultura" Thode for guidance and Sticht-
ing DOEN for financial support.

Stichting Prinses Wilhelmina Fonds
Bonaire, the excellent Foundation that
provides information and assists cancer
victims, wants to thank the Bonaire com-
munity for their donations that totaled
NAf10.616,89 which was more than last

> A new tugboat- B B C OPECot
was christened Smit
Bonaire on October
14 in Kralendijk. The
Smit Bonaire 'was
named by Mrs Angela
Garmendia de Nieves,
wife of Mr H. Nieves,
General Manager of
BOPEC Bonaire.
SMIT is currently
operating three tugs in
Bonaire for BOPEC.
The naming ceremony
was part of SMIT's
worldwide new build-
ing program. The Smit Bonaire will be deployed in Manzanillo, Panama, All three
tugs have 57/60 tons of bollard pull power.

> The installation of 5 km of new
wire fence was recently completed in
Washington Slagbaai National Park.
Working since March Rodger Gijsbertha
and his team restored the fence that sepa-
rates the former plantations of Washington
and Slagbaai. The fence is significant be-
cause it will keep out the vegetation-
destroying goats that roam elsewhere in
Bonaire. His permanent team is made up
of brothers Oy and Toyan Frans, Te
Obispo and Arthur Martis.
The work was especially difficult be-
cause of the rough terrain and the need to

> Bonaire youngsters gave a good account of themselves at the opening of the
Congress on Dance for the Caribbean Child held in St. Maarten. Look at the
action and joy in the above photos. Jackie Bemabella photos

Bonaire Reporter October 20-27, 2006

Page 5

Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from nape 5.

Picture Yourself with The Reporter

J a rna Li c a:

M artth aB fra e flv e r
anc lose Hall

> Victor Brouwer, Vianco Serberie and Sipke Stapert competed in the 2006
Sunfish World Championships in Charleston, South Carolina. Johannetta Brou-
wer reported that in the light winds our team was unable to sail to top positions. Isn't
that a copy of the Bonaire Reporter in their hands? Fan the sail with it?

This week is the debut of a personal
advice column, one that has been re-
quested often by many of our readers.
It's called "Straight Talk" and is written
by Betty Wills. As she says, "it's about
relationships, friendship, dating, love sex
and marriage." Betty's "credentials" are
that she "lives for a living and has had
lots of practice at it!" It's for fun.
Straight Talk is on the next page.
> On October 1, Hilltop Divers took

Caribbeaut (: thoE aijr' '

over operation of the dive shop at Car-
ibbean Club Bonaire as part of the man-
agement change that took place at that
resort. Hilltop Divers offers a complete
range of services, from air fills to a full
retail shop with a broad variety of rental
gear. Rinse tanks and shower facilities
make this the top dive shop north of

> After a year of weekly wine tasting
events, Antillean Wine Company will
now hold monthly wine tastings on the
second Saturday of every month from
7 to 9 pm. So that a wider range of
wines for tasting can be presented the
cost will be NAf20 per person. A selec-
tion of six to eight wines will be offered
accompanied by snacks. The opening

hours at the storage/retail store have
changed. AWC is now open an extra
morning on Mondays from 9 am until
12:30 pm.
Buy a full box of the same wine (except
special offers) and get a 10% discount.
Of course delivery service is still avail-
able. Call in your order at (09) 560-7539
and they will deliver most anywhere on
the island.

> This week Bonaire is hosting ma-
rines and soldiers who are recovering
from limb amputations as a result of
war injuries suffered in Iraq and Af-
ghanistan. They are attempting to earn
Open Water Dive Certificates. It's an
amazing story of strength, courage and
will despite bad odds.
Beginning with their arrival last Satur-
day Bonaire pulled out all the stops to
make sure their visit is successful and
memorable. Although the notice is short,
You might want to join them at the
Cactus Blue Restaurant, tonight,
Wednesday, for a special three-course
seafood dinner ($30). Moogie will be
playing and the Warriors will be hosted
by the Cactus Blue owners. We've heard
the Warriors will be presented with some
special gifts too.
And then don't forget to be at the
airport around 2 pm Saturday to say
goodbye before they board their Air Ja-
maica flight. There are more details in
the story on page 16. O G./L. D.

A copy of The Bonaire Reporter took a trip to Jamaica recently. First it went on
a raft trip down the Martha Brae River, then to a special pre-Halloween visit.
Norma Cole writes, "On a recent trip to Jamaica, Norma, Rob and Rosita visited the
Rose Hall Great House, an old sugar plantation built in 1770, hoping to catch a
glimpse of Annie Palmer, nicknamed the White Witch of Rose Hall, who is reputed
to have killed three husbands before age 29. This house was also featured in the
September/October issue of the widely read Islands Magazine as the most haunted
place in the Caribbean." D

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 PHO-
TOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN THE PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter, Kaya Gob. Debrot
200-6, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail to: picture@abonairereporter.com. (All 2006 photos
are eligible.) D

Bonaire Reporter October 20-27, 2006

Page 6

The first of a series
of columns by Betty Wills

t's about relationships: friendship, dating, love, sex,
and marriage so let's talk. For those of you who may
be wondering what makes me qualified to talk about rela-
tionships, well, the simple answer is.... life. I live for a
living, and had lots of practice at it, not to mention years of
hands-on experience. I'm sure there are one or two people
out there you'd like to get your hands on to experience.
Some of us learn from our mistakes others write about
them. I'm a writer. I'm also a retired educator, lecturer, and Betty Wills
documentary filmmaker. I retired to Bonaire a little over
three years ago, and discovered retirement wasn't for me, so here I am writing
again. Enough about me...let's hear about you! Email your relationship questions
to my attention at betty@ bonairenews.com.

Question #1 from:
"Still Single, and Getting Worried!!

Dear Betty I am a single, professional woman in my 50s, and I live alone no
children, never married. I'm attractive, have a good sense ofhumor, and had two
long-term relationships. I ended the first after Ifound out he was cheating. The
second one ended because ofa conflict with his children. I'm beginning to think at
this late stage in my life, I will never find anyone, much less get married. Men my
age prefer to marry younger women, and are only interested in me for sex. What
should I do?

ANSWER: The first thing you should do is...(drum roll, please)...stop complain-
ing! It's not every day men are interested in having sex with a woman over
50. It speaks volumes for you, foxy lady. What are you saving it for? Retire-
ment? Run a personals ad in a retirement magazine if you're looking for a guy who
isn't interested in you for sex. Better yet, try the Obituaries. You'll get a better re-
If you're looking for Mr. Perfect, forget it. No one is perfect, so try looking for
Mr. Right instead. The right man is probably waiting for you out there somewhere,
and you're too busy looking for Mr. Perfect to notice. They're going to leave the
toilet seat up and squeeze the toothpaste in the middle. A lot of men are like that,
and it's ok.
I prefer to think a man's choice in women has less to do with youth and perky
boobs and more to do with love, compatibility and what a woman is willing to ac-
cept. You can be older and wiser, and still be young at heart. I'm not saying to
lower your standards, rather adjust your expectations to better accommodate Mr.
Another thought professional woman are usually a little more reserved, and
dress more conservatively in the work place. They also tend to bring that same re-
serve to the cocktail party. If that's you, loosen up! Try showing a little more skin,
and a bit more cleavage. It's ok for a woman to look sexy, feel sexy and be sexy.
It doesn't mean you are obligated to have sex. And remember, sex is not an obliga-
tion, unless you work at Pachi's.

Question #2 from:
Married and living alone.

Dear Betty I'm in a relationship for afew years now with a married man who
lives by himself Recently Ifound out he was seeing another woman but when asked
about the relationship, he denied it. I saw them together and confronted him. They
both admitted it was platonic. I don't trust him anymore plus he's married.
Should I give him a second chance or his walking papers?

ANSWER: Hmmm...let's see, he's MARRIED, and you don't TRUST him, per-
haps because he is LYING to you?!! Red flag! Red flag! Do you need someone to
type up his walking papers, or should we ask the nice folks at Nike to send him
some running papers with a brand new pair of running shoes?
Ok, here's the poop some men see variety as the spice of life, as in hot and
spicy. Are you ajalapefio or a red hot chili pepper? Perhaps the wife became too
salty for his taste, so he went back into the spice cabinet to try something different.
Sorry, but I've never heard of a spice called "platonic." As we all know, women
have control over the spice cabinet. Put a lock on it, and save the key for Mr.
Healthy, loving relationships grow with love and trust, and without them, you
have nothing. If the bed of your relationship wasn't built on solid ground, you
won't be able to grow much of anything from it...at least not
beyond sex. You have to decide what YOU really want.
Is it bed me, or wed me, or BOTH?
Joke of the day....
After a quarrel, a husband said to his wife, "You know, I
was a fool when I married you."
She replied, "Yes, dear, but I was in love and didn't no-
tice." 1 Betty Wills

STINAPA Director Elsmarie Beukenboom and Board Member Ivo Cecilia
officially congratulate July Ann

S TINAPA commemorated 10 years of service by July Ann Frans who can usu-
ally be found at the STINAPA HQ's "front desk." She was honored by
STINAPA management with a promotion and an "envelope." During her tenure July
demonstrated exemplary work and took on ever-increasing responsibilities. Con-
gratulations! O

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 October 20-27, 2006

Page 7

6th Annual Bonaire EcoSwim


Awards ceremony from a previous Eco-Swim

T he 6th Annual Bonaire EcoSwim
is this weekend, Saturday, October
This year six races will be offered:
10k solo swim,
5k solo swim,
5k swim with fins,
metric mile solo swim,
metric mile with fins
kids' pier-to-pier fun swim, which
is approximately 200 meters.
The course for the 10k, 5k and metric
mile events will start and finish at Capt.

Don's Habitat and will be swum along
the coast of Bonaire, allowing swimmers
the opportunity of enjoying the beauty of
Bonaire's tropical reefs. The kids' pier-
to-pier fun swim will be from Capt. Don's
Habitat to Buddy Dive and back. Swim-
mers participating in the fun races may
wear masks and snorkels.

While there will be several "elite" swim-
mers competing this year, the race is for
FUN and is designed for all who wish to
swim at their own pace, simply for the
joy of swimming in the pristine waters of

Bonaire. Awards will be given to top
male and female finishers in the 10k, 5k
and metric mile races.

The registration fee for all local partici-
pants is NAf35 f($20) for adults and
NAJ17,50 ($10) for kids. This includes
the registration fee, a pasta dinner, T-
shirt, swim cap and other goodies in a
goody bag. Entry forms are at the BON-
HATA office next to the lighthouse at the
Harbour Village Marina. Talk to Diana
Sint Jago. Remember this need not be
a competition! Come join us and have
some fun in the 6th Annual Bonaire

Friday, October 20th:
4:30 to 5:30 pm Official registra-
tion at Capt. Don's Habitat and man-
datory check-in
5:30 to 7:00 pm A pasta dinner,
served and sponsored by Rum Run-
ners Restaurant at Capt. Don's Habi-
tat for all participants
7:00 to 7:30 pm Mandatory pre-

race meeting at Capt. Don's Habitat

Saturday, October 21st:
6:30 to 7:30 am Race day check-
in and body marking at Capt.
Don's Habitat 7:30 to 7:45 am-
Last minute race instructions
8:00 am Race start for 10K, 5k
and metric mile swims
9:00 to 10:00 am Registration for
the kid's pier-to-pier fun swim
10:30 am Pier-to-pier fun swim
30 minutes after completion of
race Awards ceremony at Rum
Runners at Capt. Don's Habitat

The Bonaire Hotel and Tourism Associa-
tion (BONHATA), Capt. Don's Habitat,
Divi Flamingo Beach Resort, Sand Dollar
Condominium Resort, Aqua Moon Ad-
ventures, Rum Runners, Budget Rent-a-
Car and STINAPA Bonaire Marina Park.
1 BONHATA release

SPECIAL NOTICE to all pleasure boats, dive boats,
fishing boats and others:

Please be advised that some dive sites will be closed for
the races between 7 am and 1 pm on Saturday, October 21. The Bonaire
National Marine Park will announce which sites will be closed. If you are
boating through the area, please use extreme caution as there will be many
swimmers in the water between the hours mentioned above.

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learn is Jrom r uragao

T he 39th edition of the Annual Bonaire Regatta was filled with ex-
citement day and night, fine weather, breezes ranging from strong
O to zephyrs and enjoyment for everyone. There were a few collisions,
several protests, good sportsmanship, and parties into the early morning
hours highlighted by the return of the Magic Sound Band to the island
O of their beginning.
But actual racing is just one facet of Regatta Week in Bonaire. Schools
Share closed and there are people on the streets until 4 am partying. Fol-
lowing the Nation's Parade, the Regatta officially opened on Sunday
night, October 8, with music and dance in Wilhelmina Park. Strong,
emotional words about sportsmanship and friendship were the message that Gover-
nor Herbert Domacass6 used in his Regatta opening comments. His words seemed to
mean even more because of the presence of the many flags that were held high by
the marchers in the All Nations Parade.
(Continued on page 10)

The All Nations Parade began the 2006 Regatta Wilna Gronenboom photo

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

This week: Yue Hua, Kaminda Lagoen.

We had planned to sample more
local food this last week, but
the Regatta had most of the local snacks
offering their wares in Playa. As such we
decided on our old favourite, Chinese

Passing Yue Hua every day, I thought
that it was high time that we gave it a try.
First things first, a few aperitifs to build
up the appetite. We have discovered a
new watering hole where the company is
good and the price of Polar is right.
NAf2,50 from 5pm to 7pm gives us just
enough time to quench that thirst. A
NA 116 bar tab between three of us sug-
gested we had probably had enough and
we decided to soak up a little fluid with a
good meal.

Yue Hua recently moved into new
premises and as such, everything is
bright and clean. We sat inside at the bar
and joined in a few drinks with some
locals. A glance at the extensive menu
had our mouths watering. With most
dishes under NAf15, it was apparent that
our food bill was going to be a lot less
than our bar bill!

Bami Goreng special and a few hot
curries were ordered with anticipation.
The atmosphere was friendly, and we
joined in with some banter with the regu-
lars. As we exchanged beers between us,
our food was served. As expected, there
were huge portions freshly made. JJ and
I helped ourselves to the hot sauce as if
we were in competition, neither of us
admitting that maybe we had overdone it

a little. Big D ate in silence, only giving
the occasional approving nod that said it

As the last grain of rice was absorbing
our alcoholic excesses, we sat back with
a sharp outtake of breath. An excellent
meal, great atmosphere and just over
NAf50 for the three of us with drinks.
To think that this place is in my
neighbourhood and it is the first time that
I have been. Well, I certainly won't be a
stranger in future.

Next week we are going local. Snacky
owners, you have been warned! D
Story & photo by SBD

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(Regatta 2006. Continued from page 9)

Commissioner Geraldine Dammers
presents Augustin Kroon with
painting by Adi Figueroa
Gronenboom photo

Singer/songwriter Augustin Kroon
was honored on stage for writing the
rousing "Hymno di Regatta" 25 years
ago. Mr. Kroon, who is the lead singer of
his band Foyan Boyz, is in his 70s but
still going strong. The lyrics of his fa-
mous Regatta song are easy to remember:
...dianan di Regatta, na Boneiru bo
mester ta.... got everyone on the island
singing along.

On Monday the performance of the
Freewinds Band with singer Debbie
Beaujon was absolutely fabulous. Tues-
day saw the group Chispa from Curaqao
and Sebari from Rincon on stage as well
as Z.O.Z from Aruba. Wednesday eve-
ning featured local music, but sports fa-
natics could participate in the 21st Com-

cabon-Web Run. Thursday saw the an-
nual Working Boat Parade at dusk with
sail and powerboats cruising with all
their lights along the shoreline.

In thefirst race on Monday, Thomas
Pollehne, captain of the Volarefrom
Venezuela, crossed the line first in the
Round Bonaire Race. He did this in 7
hours and 17 minutes, two minutes more
than the record set in 2001. The Aruban
yacht Tranquilo came in first last Mon-
day in the Lac Bay Race, crossing the
finish line in 5 hours and 28 minutes, just
23 minutes more than the record. Captain
Anthony Hagedoor and his son Marc
Anthony sailed beautifully!
Roxy v.d. Werf, a top contender in the
new Splash division, escaped injury
when, at the start, Ethiene Soliano, one of
Bonaire's top windsurfers crashed into
her, damaging his board in the process.
Ethiene, ever the gentleman, jumped into
the Splash to see whether Roxy was
badly hurt. However, after the initial pain
and shock, Roxy was back.
Fortunately, no major harm was done,
and no one was to blame for the accident.
Roxy sailed her Splash across the starting
line with a big smile. As Anthony Hage-
doom's Tranquilo crossed the finish line
victoriously after the Lac Bay race his
eye-catching Aruba flag spinnaker crum-
pled when a corer of the spinnaker tore.
The traditional fishing boat races are
always fun to watch: the relaxed crews
handle their boats with ease, and one has
to admire the lovely traditional lines of
the oversize sails that power them.

(Continued on page 11)

1 7-vear-old .Johnnv at the helm

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(Regatta 2006. Continued from page 10)
On Wednesday's first start in the tradi-
tional fishing boat races all five fishing
boats were lined up at the starting line. M
when the bowsprit of Giovanie Soliano's
Morgenster broke and he had to abandon CAR
the race. But he repaired it and was backPO
sailing on Thursday.
For the first time in the history of the
Bonaire International Sailing Regatta,
the exciting windsurfers freestyle event
was held in downtown Kralendijk. People
lined up under the shaded canopies and sat
on the new bleachers to watch the action
on the water which began on Wednesday
The windsurfers got their moments of
glory in front of a great crowd. Showing
their moves they got cheers and applause,
especially the Baby Kids. Even though not
too steady on their tiny legs, they gave a FaridAyubi, a veteran microboat
performance filled with innovative and builder, had several of his designs in
intricate moves. Serginho Finies of Bonaire the competition.
the competition.
won, with Mitchell de Palm of Curaqao in
second place. Marvin Gustowski of Bon-
aire was third.
Other categories were the somewhat older Kids, all from Bonaire, where freestyle
windsurfing is a popular as Little League baseball in America. Future star Jurgen
Saragoza performed really well, taking Freestyling to a new level. AmadoVrieswijk
came second, and Dylan Robles was third. The title, Prince of the Regatta, went to
Archuendro Finies. Archuendro lifted his entire sail high up in the air, turned it up-
side down and continued his freestyle moves in this position. Bjorn Saragoza came
second after Endro and Hendrick Belentien in third. There was only one Queen, and
her name is Mal-
lory the Palm of Wilma Grone nboiAm photo
The King of Re-
gatta competition
was intense. A high
level of radical
moves filled the
spectators with
awe. Demenson
'Kiri' Thode
showed that he
truly deserves the
title of world
as he twisted,
turned and rail-
rode his board. His
signature Gekko
move was, of
course, part of the
performance. Re-
sults: 1. Kiri
Thode, 2. Tati
Frans and 3. Jaeger
St. Jago.

Continued on page 12

The wind was too light to beat the motorboats that day

Race Results
Monday, October 10th 2006 ROUND BONAIRE






Sailing Class Place Boat Skipper Country
Racing 1 1 Volare Pollehne VEN
Racing 1 2 Curagao Marine Boer CUR
Racing 1 3 Team Ibis Van Haren CUR
Racing 2 1 Chamba Ackermans CUR
Racing 2 2 Demarage Hernandez CUR
Racing 2 3 Merlin Getrouw CUR

Monday, October 10th 2006 LAC BAY RACE

Sailing Class Place Boat Skipper Country
Open TFC 1 Tranquilo Hagedoorn ARU
Open TFC 2 Bugalu Sweers BON
Open TFC 3 One Way Wind Kooij
Cruising 1 1 Dauntless Dekkers CUR
Cruising 1 2 Venus Callipyge Van der Straaten CUR
Cruising 1 3 Melody Merkies CUR

V Sail Fishing Boats Final Results





NB 32 Laurita Edward Leask 1
444 Barabas Oswin Margaritha 2
NB Karel (Papichi)
151 Unico Soliano 1
651 Aranza Jopie Soliano 2
667 Morgen Ster Giovanie Soliano 3
Awaiting final results for other classes. Look for
posting on the website www.bonaireregatta.org.

The future of Bonaire-Young Freestylers
(Continued on page 12)
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(Regatta 2006. Continued from page 11)
With the sun shining fiercely down on the hats of the microboat captains and a light wind
and favorable current making for perfect microboat conditions, no one was complaining. In
the early races Bonaire won first places in eight categories and quite a lot of second places as
well. Curaqao and Aruba captains did not do so well but came on strong with big wins in the
last days. There were 87 microboats entered, divided into several categories. Bonaire had 45,
Curaqao 30, Aruba 8 and Holland 4.
On the last day of the Regatta the wind, which was so strong on the first day that speed re-
cords were almost set, dropped. The catamarans of Pieter Zweers and Geerlof v.d. Wal had a
tough time just crossing the starting line.
The Awards ceremony was filled with excitement as the winners stepped on stage to receive
their prizes. The Regatta's overall winner was the yacht Volare owned and captained by Tho-
mas Pollehne, for whom this edition of Regatta was dedicated. O G.D./BasFpress releases

Windsurfers to yachts, the Regatta has it all Microboat madness

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Regatta Bike Trip Regatta 2006 Creativity
Regatta Bike Trip Regatta 2006 Creativity

More than window dressing-great experience

Each year Regatta time inspires some people. An example is in some of the
shop windows in Kaya Grandi. This year three shops were decorated by
students from the SGB SPW 3.3 (Social Pedagogical Work):
* City Fashion was done by Sudesca, Carmen, and Nohely
* Flamingo Bookstore was done by Taniuska, Bianca, Stacy Ann and Ruthaily

TCB was done by Morena, Anahyr, and Pamela
The students, learning to be assistant teachers at a basic school, often work with
Ecstatic Regatta bike rider themes, so Regatta was a good opportunity to practice. They have to learn how to
work in a group, within a time limit and show creativity.
I think the ladies have done a great job.
O n Sunday, October 8 a total of 55 people made a bicycle trip, beginning at But also experienced teachers have used the Regatta theme in the classroom with
5 am. The first to complete the trip was Kos Winklaar at 7 am, followed by their students. The class of teacher Angela of the Pelican school built a big harbor
Julius Melaan and Stephan Decaster. O Wilna Groenenboom with many ships a real harbor visited by three mermaids in blue. O Wilna Gro-

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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
10-20 3:50 1.1FT. 11:48 1.6FT. 19:46 1.1FT. 23:41 1.3FT. 64
10-21 0:45 1.1FT. 2:53 1.1FT. 2:54 1.1FT. 12:08 1.7FT.
21:24 1.1FT. 70
10-22 12:35 1.8FT. 22:47 1.0FT. 75
10-23 13:10 1.8FT. 23:41 0.9FT. 79
10-24 0:32 0.8FT. 13:44 1.9FT. 81
10-25 1:17 0.7FT. 14:26 1.9FT. 81
10-26 1:54 0.7FT. 15:19 1.9FT. 78
10-27 2:25 0.7FT. 16:11 1.9FT. 73

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Sixth Annualea

Swim to

Klein Bonaire First in... first out Frank and Pieter
This year again the Klein Bonaire swim on Sunday, October 8, was a great
success. At least 350 tickets were sold. Although the highest ticket number
was 406, the counting became a little difficult because there were more people than
tickets available, but for sure there were 325 people in the water. The swim, rela-
tively easy due to nearly no waves and no current, started at 8:42am. The return was
a little bit difficult; as time passed
the waves increased The first swim-
mers to reach Klein Bonaire were
Pieter Sweers and Frank BOhm in 12
minutes. Pieter was back in a total of
27 minutes and Frank in 28 minutes.
Philip Winter from the Barracuda
Swimming Club came in 3rd. The
last swimmers, Thoda Celestijn and
Daimandre Frans, arrived at 10:32
am. The food, fruit and drinks were
again perfectly arranged by Elisa-
beth Wigny of Croccantino Restau-
rant. O Story & photos by Wilna

Thoda Celestijn and Daimandre Frans finally floated in

Splashing all the way to Klein Bonaire

What's wrong with this picture?

FinMnih, anhnre

Watch the first step!

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Wounded Warriors on Bonaire

T his week six remarkable and coura-
geous men severely wounded in
Iraq and Afghanistan arrived in Bonaire to
complete their scuba diving certification.
This is the continuation of a journey that
started in Rockaway, New York, in July
2006 at the Adaptive Water Sports Festi-
The Adaptive Water Sports Festival is
part of the nationwide Wounded Warrior
Disabled Sports Project, collaboration
between Disabled Sports USA and the
Wounded Warrior Project. It provides the
opportunity for injured service men and
women, many of whom have lost limbs, to
experience a number of different water
sports. It was at this Festival and with the
help of the Diving Equipment & Market-
ing Association's (DEMA) Scuba Tour
and specially trained volunteers from Dis-
abled Sports USA, the New York City
Fire Department and the Handicapped
Scuba Association (HSA), that eight*
service men and women along with their
family members were introduced to adap-
tive scuba diving.
Determined to prove they could do any-
thing to which they set their minds, the
US Soldiers and Marines decided to pur-
sue their dive certification in their home-

towns with the added goal of completing
their open water dives in a warm water
location, freeing them to use lighter and
more flexible equipment. This week their
goals will be realized when the people of
Bonaire welcome them with dinners,
events and more. But what will be most
important is that they will be able to com-
plete the open water dives necessary to
become certified scuba divers.

"I have always loved to swim, but never
considered scuba diving," said Capt. Les-
lie Smith, US Army (Ret.), one of the
service people who was to be on the trip
to Bonaire. "However, when I was of-
fered the opportunity to learn at the
Wounded Warriors Disabled Sports Pro-
ject Water Festival in Rockaway Beach,
NY, I did not hesitate! Having almost lost
my life, I now want to try everything and
push myself to the maximum limit. The
first time in the pool, I was challenged
with finding a new comfort level. With-
out my left leg and vision in only one eye,
my balance and depth perception were my
biggest obstacles. I gained confidence as I
practiced with the different scuba appara-
tus the instructors provided, such as the
scooter and gloves."
"These service men and women have

Thefull complement of the Diving Warriors-not all could make it to Bonaire.

Learning underwater signals This and all underwater photos courtesy of Jason Hirsch.

worked diligently to make their goal
dream of completing their dive certifica-
tion come true are an inspiration to all of
us," said Tom Ingram, Executive Director
of DEMA. "The pursuit of their certifica-
tions proves that scuba diving is an activ-

ity that is not only fun and exciting for
anyone, but has therapeutic value in pro-
viding safe physical exercise as well as
building self-esteem."
Echoing the sentiments of Mr. Ingram,
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(Wounded Warriors on Bonaire.
Continued from page 16)
Kirk Bauer, Executive Director of Dis-
abled Sports USA and a disabled Viet-
nam War veteran, said, "Facing the chal-
lenges of a disability can be an over-
whelming experience. Seeing these men
and women realize their dream goal of
becoming certified divers sends a power-
ful message to everyone that all chal-
lenges can be faced and overcome with
courage, perseverance and support from
The Wounded Warriors Disabled
Sports Project enables injured service
members and their families to experience
everything life has to offer through sports
and recreation and achieve success in
sports, thereby providing the foundation
for an active and positive life. The
Wounded Warriors Disabled Sports Pro-
ject is a partnership between Disabled
Sports USA, its chapters and the
Wounded Warrior Project (both are 501
03 not for profit groups). To find out
more about the Wounded Warrior Dis-
abled Sports Project visit
www.woundedwarriorproject.org or
www.dsusa.org. For more information on
DEMA call 858-616-6408 or visit
www.dema.org. For more information
about Bonaire call 1-800-BONAIRE.

Joining the service men coming to Bon-
aire are their spouse or companion,
DEMA's Scuba Tour's "Big Wave
Dave" Reidenbach, and Stewart Snyder
from the Handicap Scuba Association,
David and Carla Reidenbach of DEMA
and Harvey Naranjo from the Walter
Reed Medical Center. The group is stay-
ing and diving with Captain Don's Habi-

Warriors and their spouses and companions were at Flamingo airport. They were greeted by Bonaire Governor Domacasse

tat, Divi Flamingo and Buddy Dive.
They'll be hosted for meals at those ho-
tels, City Cafe, Cactus Blue and KFC.
They'll have a Texas BBQ (hosted by
Jack Chalk and Adams Unltd.). Jewel
of Bonaire will present each "warrior"
with a $200 gift certificate to spend in
their shop. On Friday there will be a
Harley Davidson bike parade and fare-
well reception at the Governor's home.
Participants: From the US Army:
Aaron Bugg (21), Justin Leon (21), Cris-

tian Valle (23), Dean Schwartz (23) and
Tim Boots (25). From the US Marine
Corps: Adam Kisielewski (22)..

Very special sponsors are: Capt. Don's
Habitat, Buddy Dive Resort, Bonaire
Talk Newsgroup, Divi Resorts, Jewel of
Bonaire, City Caf6, Cactus Blue, Jack
Chalk, Adams Unlimited, Kentucky
Fried Chicken, TCB, Scuba Tour,
DEMA, PADI, Princeton tec, Scuba Pro,
Ocanic, Disabled Sports USA, Big Wave

& Carla, Wounded Warrior Project,
Aeris, and more. O Donna Jannine/
Candice Adams KimmelAdams Unlim-
ited, TCB NY/L.D.

*Unfortunately, Sgt. Orlando Gill and
Capt. Leslie Smith had to postpone their
trip to Bonaire due to personal emergen-



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Eden Beach Hotel
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The Great Escape
Plaza Resort
Sand Dollar Resort

Bo Toko, North Salina
Sand Dollar Grocery
Tropical Flamingo
Warehouse Bonaire


Parliament Office

Botika Korona
Caribbean Laundry
Fit 4 Life, Plaza
Hair Affair
Harbour Village Marina
San Francisco Hospital

Bonaire Boekhandel,
Flamingo Bookstore

Realty Offices:
Caribbean Homes

Chinese Store
Joi Fruit Store
Lemari Grocery
Rincon Bakery
Rose Inn


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Pet of the Veek

A perfect example of a Bonairean "cow cat" is "Doug." Someone came up
with that term for those cats with markings like the black and white Holstein
cows. They're also known by some people as "Tuxedo Cats." But Doug has some-
thing special a terrific Charlie Chaplin-like mustache! One day Doug wandered
into someone's yard, obviously looking for someone to be his master. But the peo-
ple couldn't do that so they did the next best thing they brought him in to the
Bonaire Animal Shelter. There he was examined by the vet, tested for feline leuke-
mia, wormed, given his shots and then put under observation to make sure he was
social and well adjusted enough to be put up for adoption. Doug passed with flying
colors. He's such an easy going, fun and nice cat, says the staff, he'd make a per-
fect house pet. Doug is about two years old. You may see him at the Shelter on the
Lagoen Road, open Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm. Tel. 717-4989.
Did you see the Animal Shelter stand at Regatta? It was busy, busy, busy when
we stopped by. Thanks to all the volunteers and to the customers it was a big suc-
cess and brought in funds to help keep the Shelter open. DL.D.


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Late Show
Cal to make sure (Usually9pm)
Snakes On A Plane
(Samuel L. Jackson)

Early Show (Usually 7pm)
(Ben Affleck)

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf14 (incl. Tax)
2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM
SATURDAY 4 PM October:
Barnyard: The Original
Party Animals


October 20-23-Mountain Bike events
sponsored by Offroad Valley Bikers
from Curagao. Locals invited to partici-
pate. October 20-race in Washington
Park; October 21-island bike tour.
Call DeFreewieler, 717-8545, or 510-
3790, 560-4055. WWW.orvb.org.

Saturday, October 21- Attention:
Artists in "Homage to the Bonairean
Artist" Bring your art to the Kas di
Arte between 10am and 10:30 am. At
10:30 you'll hear information about the
opening ceremonies.

October 27, 28, and 31 Friday, Sat-
urday, Tuesday "Nightmare Crib"
Haunted House at Capt. Don's Habitat,
8 pm 11 pm. Entrance Naf7,50 to
benefit FKPD & the children's ward at
San Francisco Hospital.

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days, starting around 10 am to early
afternoon: Sunday, Oct. 22 -Rijndam,
Wednesday, Nov. 1 Silver Shadow
(first call), Sunday, Nov. 5 -Rijndam.


Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days, starting around 10 am to early
afternoon: Wednesday, Nov. 1 Silver
Shadow (first call), Sunday, Nov. 5 -

Friday, November 10-Arke Fly's
"Back to Rock n Roll concert, Plaza.

Saturday, November 25-Sint Nicko-
laas arrives in Bonaire, Wilhelmina
Park. Sponsored by the Fundashon Sani-
kolas. Call 717-8482 for more informa-


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, 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.
* 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
* Grill Night on the Beach, Buddy
* Rincon Marshe-6 am-2 pm. En-
joy a Bonairean breakfast while you
shop, fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts,
candles, incense, drinks, music.
www.infobonaire.com/rincon. Extra
big Marshe 1st Saturday of the
month, 6 am-2 pm.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi
Flamingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm,
NAf26,50. Call for reservations 717-
8285 ext. 444.
Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 2nd Saturday of the month, 7 to
9 pm, Kaya Industria #23, across from
Warehouse Bonaire. Great wines.
NAf20 per person for 6 to 8 wines.
Flea Market every first Satur-
day of the month from 3 to 7 pm, Parke
Publico. Everyone welcome to buy and
to sell. NAf5 per selling table. For more
information and reservations for a spot,
call 787-0466.

* 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

* Caribbean Night live local mu-
sic- Buddy Dive.
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart
of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria

* Live music by the Flamingo
Rockers, 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
* Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7-
9, Cactus Blue.
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers,
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-
* Movie Night at Buddy Dive

* Live music by the Flamingo
Rockers, 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

* 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
* Swim lessons for children by Enith
Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Soro-
bon from 13.00, for children 0 18.
* Manager's Bash-free Flamingo
Smash & snacks, Divi Flamingo, 5-7
* 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 paint-
ings of Bonaire and diver stories of the
East Coast every week

Saturday- "Discover Our Diversity"
slide show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm,
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 Con-
servation (STCB) Slide Show by
Bruce Brabec. Carib Inn seaside ve-
randa, 7 pm, 717-8819.

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.
MangasinadiRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
centuIy. Daily. Call 7174060 / 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d Ree, be-
hind the Catholic Church in town. Open week-
days from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017

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.
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 enty 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 Bon-
aire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO build-
ing, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to
9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact:
Renata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
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

Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451; Vala-
Bonaire National Marine Park- 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 7174303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics- Call Roosje 786-
Volunteers to train children in sports.
Contact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik

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-
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 Papia-
mentu, 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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Sewea vrtsement shwas

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 Lunch Monday Friday 11 am-3 pm Real French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Dinner Monday -Saturday 6-10pm 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 i Restaurantd Bar Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet or
At the Divi Flamino Beach Resort. Waterfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar.
At the D Flam 17-8285 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
Dow ntown at Kaya Grandi 48 717-5025 Dinnerate 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 Br asts OnlBreakfast Buffet 7:30-10 am every day
717-7488 Happy hours 5 to 7 daily.

OnPasa Bon rot Low-Moderate PizzaBonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingre-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate dients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too.
12 mile north of town center. 780-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111

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

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Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curaqao. Your first
choice for inter-island travel.
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances. Fast
service and in-store financing too.
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, wax-
ing and professional nail care.
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
Bonaire Creations new 2007 Calendar available now
at shops around town.
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 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.
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.
The Plantation Has lots of classy furniture and an-
tiques at very competitive prices. Stop in to see great
teak furniture and Indonesian crafts.

Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain
it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemi-

cals. Incredible selection of pots.

The Bonaire Gift Shop has a wide selection of gifts,
souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras, things
for the home, T-shirts all at low prices.
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet and
tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in Bel-
nem. Cyber Cafe, DVD rentals, restaurant and bar.
New! Spa!
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:
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers
fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and ser-
vices. Full digital services.
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
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.
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Electri-
cal, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345

Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.

Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.
Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water pearl
jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Under new manage-
The Touch Skin & Body-Birkenstock shoes for men
and women. New styles
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent.

Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup.

The Bonaire Windsurfing Place can fulfill all your
windsurfing dreams and more. They offer expert in-
struction, superb equipment on a fine beach. Lunch
and drinks too. BBQ and windsurf videos Wednesday
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest; now
try the best: best prices, highest quality wines from
around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free
delivery. Shop at Kaya Industria 23, Tuesday-Saturday
9 am-12 noon.

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On the Island Sinc

Rita Brghaen and Rand Lucas

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R ita is the cutest! She's standing in
the doorway of her new house.
She just got the key today. Also she and
her boyfriend Randy have to return the
key of the old house today, so the whole
move and cleaning of two houses has to
be done in one day, and they have a six-
month-old old baby and a six-year-old
son and two little puppies who are sort of
lost between all the boxes. Nevertheless,
Rita says with a big smile, "Let's do the
interview!" I don't do it but I admire
her tremendously. I return the next day
and the transformation of the house is
complete. The curtains are hung, flower-
pots in the windows, the TV is working-
the baby is all smiles and the little boy is
playing soccer in the garden. It's incredi-
ble, they're all set! Randy (26) and Rita
(27) are a strong team and together with
their two boys they form a close-knitfam-
"I was born and raised in Dordrecht,
Holland. My father is from Surinam; my
mother is Dutch. I first saw Randy in the
street and when I found out he lived on a
side street close to our house I'd pass by
his house all the time with my sister to
see if Randy would be there. I was 19, he
was still 17 and he looked like Tupac. I
like everything about Randy; he's not too
nice and not too naughty. That's why it's
still exciting!"
"Rita is a bit of a tough girl," Randy
says, smiling at her. "She was daring and
she came looking for me, to talk to me."
"Pretty soon after we started seeing each
other," Rita says. "I moved in with
Randy's mother and I stayed with them
until we found a house of our own.
Randy was born on Bonaire, but he
moved to Curaqao when he was three. He
never came back to Bonaire, and when he
was 16 he went to Holland."
"I came alone, to live with an aunt,"
Randy says. "Later on my mom, my step-
father, my two brothers and my sister
arrived. I went to school, studying preci-
sion metal working and interior decora-
tion, then I started looking for a job and
real life began. At first I worked through
employment agencies. I was a plumber, I
did cleaning, everything, as long as it was
work. Then I got a job as an orthopedic
instrument maker, a real job. Once I had
to make a boot for a little nine-year-old
boy with a clubfoot who was a big fan of
Feyenoord soccer club. When the boy
told me that he was going to an opening
where Feyenoord would be I made this
Feyenoord emblem out of leather on his
boot. I liked that job a lot; it was a good
"I worked for seven years at a snack
bar, Cafetaria de Smulhoek, in
Dordrecht," Rita continues. Those people
were and still are like family to me."

Very proudly she shows me a picture
made for the web site of the business and
its workers. "You see," she says, "this is
me, and when this picture was made they
knew I was leaving, but they said they
wanted me in it anyway!
In 2000 our son Milangelo was born.
Maybe it was a little bit too early as far as
finances go, but at that time we didn't
think so much about those things. But he
was well brought up and we got him eve-
rything his little heart desired. In the day-
time he was with me and at night with his
daddy and during the weekends Randy's
mother or my mother would say, 'You've
been working so hard all week, bring the
little guy for the weekend so you guys
can do something together.' Then we
would rent a stack of movies or we would
go out to play pool.

"For both of us this is
the island of tranquility.
It's freer, it's easier, it's
cheaper, but it's the
tranquility that does it."

When after nearly five years Randy
became allergic to the glue that was used
in the orthopedic business he had to quit
the job. He went back to the employment
agencies and it wasn't easy. He'd always
said if he ever got the chance to go back
to his own country he'd take it. So, I
started chatting with Randy's father,
Etienne Bazoer, who's living on Bonaire
and who has Camin Cargo Control, an oil
inspection company. I told him that
Randy was having a hard time. Randy's
father asked me if I'd like to come and
live on Bonaire. Well, I'd never been to
the Antilles, not even to Amsterdam, as
my parents were very, very strict, but I
told Randy's father that if Randy wanted
to come, I wouldn't stay in Holland. We
have a child together and I choose for
him! Meanwhile Randy wasn't aware of
anything going on, so his dad told me to
talk to him first, then he would get in
touch with him, and if Randy wanted to
come he would do his best to get us
"I wasn't so thrilled when I heard what
was going on," Randy says, "because I
like to take care of my own things, but it
was a once-in-a-lifetime chance." "Then
the decision was made," Rita says. "And
as the days flew by it became a reality.
Both our mothers, especially mine, were
heartbroken because their little grandson
was leaving. Ay, mom! It isn't so easy!
Saying goodbye to all my people was
very, very hard and I cried my heart out.

We arrived at Flamingo Airport at 4.45
am and the first thing I thought was, oh,
how nice and warm! Milangelo was to-
tally impressed when he saw the plane.
The only thing he would say over and
over again was, 'Gee! That's a big one!'
It was very nice; Randy had not seen his
dad for 10 years and Milangelo met his
grandfather for the first time. Also Randy
met his brother, Reetienne, who's 15 now
and who was six months old when Randy
last saw him. So that was a big scare
too," she laughs!
"The island was beautiful, that's what
we both agreed on, but the first two
weeks were difficult for me. I missed
everyone who had been close to me."
"I started working with my father,"
Randy says, "and after some months I
began on my own as a free lance oil in-
spector. For the last four months I've had
a steady job with Aivepet, a Venezuelan
company in Curaqao. I am Aivepet Bon-
aire. We're an international company, but
I arrange everything here. When I was
working freelance it was terribly busy;
everyone wanted me and I was working
for all of them: SGS, CBS, Inspecciones
and Inspectorate. I hired myself out to
them, doing oil accounting, quantity and
quality checking at BOPEC, the refinery
in Curacao and on oil tankers. Nice work!
Absolutely! But the work is at all odd
hours and you can never plan anything."
"After being here for two months I
started working as a waitress at The Lost
Penguin," Rita says. The American sys-
tem was quite different. But being
friendly with customers was never a
problem because that's me that's Rita -
working with people is great! I didn't
know anybody when I arrived here but
because of that job I got to know so many

people in such a short time people from
everywhere, great people, all of them.
And that's Bonaire too!
I'd always said I wanted two children
before I was 30, so I became pregnant
with Quincy. He was born at home on
April 2 this year. Randy was there. My
sister-in-law and her boyfriend, who were
living with us at the time, kept Milan-
gelo. Because I thought him too young to
understand childbirth I told him I had a
little key, and he would ask me repeat-
edly, 'When is the little door going to
open?' It went perfectly. Marita (the mid-
wife) was with me. She's a lady who
knows what she's doing. It was so beauti-
ful I just can't describe it. To have a
baby... that's the most beautiful thing.
In the morning Randy had to go to
work, and three days later my sister-in-
law Jermienne had to go back to work,
and the fourth day I walked to the bakery
to buy bread. For both of us this is the
island of tranquility. It's freer, it's easier,
it's cheaper, but it's the tranquility that
does it."
"Bonaire is precisely the way I want it,"
Randy says, "It's really quiet and nothing
much is happening and that's exactly
right for me. I've settled here a long
time ago and I am only going back to
Holland for vaca-
tion." "It was a big
step, but it was the
right choice," Rita
says. "Sometimes
I think it had to go
like this and I'm
glad it went this
way." 1
Story and photo
by Greta Kooistra

Bonaire Reporter October 20-27, 2006

Rita, Quincy, Randy and Milangelo

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SGB Day at Jon

S GB High School students from all
the 52 classes (AGO to VWO
level) had a ball at SGB Day on Friday,
October 6. Starting at 7:30 am the event,
opened by Director Pop and Deputy of
Education Geraldine Dammers, went on
until noon. Everyone had to participate
within a group in at least seven games.

There were 16 games including mini .. 'I
football, sack race, dominoes, blind
volleyball, water pyramid.

There was a lot of competition. The
first classes had it a little harder, in skip-
ping rope, for example, due to their
height and weight but they didn't give
up. And it didn't rain so everything was

There was a dance competition at the
end with the crowd voting by clapping
their hands. There was no doubt about
the audience's choice; there was so
much whistling, clapping and yelling
that your ears started to reach a level of
pain. The winner of the girls' was Si-
anara Winklaar, Luizinho Gomes won
the boys'.
It was a very well organized day, with
a lot of fun, water fights and sporting
moments. O Story & photos by
Wilna Groenenboom

Bonaire Reporter October 20-27, 2006

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*to find it... just look up

Halloween and the Seven Sisters

Y ou know,
Halloween greet-
ing cards often
depict a witch
riding a broom in
front of a full
moon that many
people have the
mistaken notion
that there's a full
moon every Hal-
loween when in
fact we won't
have a full Moon
on Halloween
again until 2020.
But there is Pleiades, the Seven Sisters
something you
can see in the
night sky every Halloween that has long been associated with traditional days of the
Around midnight, any night in late October and early November, look up almost
overhead. You will see a tiny cluster of stars called the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters.
And to many peoples long ago, when the Pleiades reached their highest point at
midnight, which happens every year around this time, it was a signal that this was
the time of the year to honor the dead. Now astronomically speaking, whenever the
Seven Sisters reach their highest point in the heavens, we call this their culmina-
tion. And whenever the Pleiades culminated at midnight many ancient cultures
around the world held great ceremonies in honor of the occasion.
The 19t century astronomer, W.T. Olcott, wrote that these widespread memorial
services often commemorated a great cataclysm that supposedly occurred in even
more ancient times when the Pleiades culminated at midnight. In fact many specu-
lated that this cataclysm might have been either the Great Flood of the Bible or per-
haps the 10 Plagues of Egypt or even the legendary Sinking of Atlantis. Indeed, this
belief was so popular that even Chaucer and Milton called the Pleiades the Seven
Atlantic Sisters.
In fact, the belief that a great cataclysm had occurred when the Pleiades culmi-
nated at midnight was so widespread that even the ancient Aztec and Maya con-
ducted spectacular ceremonies every year when the Pleiades culminated at midnight
because they believed that the world would come to an end on one of these
Pleiades-overhead-at-midnight nights. In fact they were convinced that the world
had already been destroyed and recreated four times when the Pleiades culminated
at midnight. Indeed the belief was so widespread that in Mexico the pyramid of the
sun in Teotihuacan was oriented to the setting of the Pleiades as were all of the
city's west running streets. And in ancient Greece several temples were lined up
with the rising and setting of the Seven Sisters.
Now although the Pleiades no longer culminate at midnight on the same nights as
they did in ancient times, nevertheless, you can still see them almost overhead and
almost at their highest every Halloween at midnight. That's a modem reminder that
long ago the Pleiades signaled not only the night of the dead, but to some even the
end of the world itself. So, should they perhaps be renamed the Seven Sinister Sis-
ters? Whatever, look for them yourself this Halloween and every Halloween at mid-
night. It's easy and it makes any Halloween just a little bit spookier. O Jack Hork-

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Sunday, October 15 to
Saturday, October 21, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) It might be best to keep your ideas to yourself this
week. Plan your day thoughtfully, but try not to rely on others. You will be able to
dazzle others with your obvious charm and your outgoing nature. You will have
problems with coworkers if you are too extreme about doing things perfectly. Your
lucky day this week will be Sunday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Don't make promises you can't keep. Any attrac-
tions toward clients will be one sided and must be put right out of your head. You
can ferret out secret information if you just listen to what others have to say. Don't
depend on coworkers to help; they may only hold you back. Your lucky day this
week will be Thursday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Go out with friends. Visit friends or relatives you
rarely see. You are best not to say too much to colleagues. New love connections
can be made through group associations. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You mustn't give too much to your children. You
should consider getting your whole family involved in a project at home. Make any
decisions you have to in order to avoid feeling unsettled. Relationships will become
stronger. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You need to keep everyone on your domestic scene too
busy to complain. Get busy on those home improvement projects that you've been
procrastinating about. Your outgoing, aggressive nature will attract someone you've
been eager to meet. Your emotional reaction will be dependent upon your partner's
responsiveness. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Do not blow situations out of proportion. Opportu-
nities for travel and communication are evident. You will want to complain about
the injustice that is going on, A change is as good as a rest. Don't go looking for
change. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You must be sure not to be frivolous, because as the
saying goes, easy come, easy go. Hold your temper and refrain from doing anything
that might cause injury. You need time to put your house in order and sort out what
you are going to do about your personal direction. Refrain from overspending on
entertainment or luxury items. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Catch up on your reading and correspondence.
You can make money through your creative efforts. You need to spend time with
friends and family. Social get-together will bring you in contact with intelligent new
friends. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Mingle with those who can help you get
ahead. You can expect to have a passionate time if you go out with someone you are
romantically interested in. You are best to back away from commitment. Your fam-
ily may not be pleased with your decisions. Your lucky day this week is Sunday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You will be moody and react poorly to issues
concerning your mate. Try to include friends and relatives in your activities. You
can make financial deals that will bring you extra cash. Be aware that a female you
work with may be trying to hold you back. Your lucky day this week is Tuesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Much knowledge can be obtained through the
experiences you have. Look into intellectual and physical games that will test your
abilities. Be careful when dealing with loved ones. Don't blow situations out of pro-
portion. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Make changes that will enhance your appearance.
Your hypnotic eyes will capture the hearts of those who interest you. Problems with
females you live or work with will try your patience and cause temper flare ups.
You're in the mood for love. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. 1

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