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Wilna Groenenboom photo
An Air Jamaica plane was
seized at Miami International
Airport in Florida last Wednesday
afternoon by creditors anxious to col-
lect on a US$7 million debt owed by
the carrier. It was returned to the airline
on Friday after reaching an agreement
for the repayment of the debt owed by
Jamaica's national carrier.
Airline industry sources told the Ja-
maica Observer that the plane was
seized by International Lease Financing
Corporation (ILFC) agents at about
4:30 pm in front of passengers who
were to fly to Jamaica on what would
have been JM024. ILFC is the intera-
tional market leader in the leasing and
remarketing of advanced technology
commercial jet aircraft to airlines
around the world. The company, a
wholly-owned subsidiary of American
International Group, Inc., owns a port-
folio valued at more than $40 billion,
consisting of more than 800 jet aircraft.
Air Jamaica CEO Mike Conway con-
firmed the seizure but said that all pas-
sengers were accommodated at hotels
and were flown to Jamaica the next day.
Just last week, the Government re-
jected a new business plan presented by
at $136 million. The Jamaica govern-
ment is insisting it can only provide
US$30 million this year. The Govern-
ment has, however, given a commit-
ment to keep the airline flying. Air Ja-
maica flies to Bonaire every Satur-
> Continental Airlines' load factor
rose 2 percentage points from a year
ago to 79.3%, setting a record for Octo-
ber, the airline said. Continental said
revenue per available seat mile in-
creased between 4.5% and 5.5% for the
month, as demand remained strong in
the traditionally weak period for air
travel. Continental flies every Satur-
day to Bonaire from Houston and
next month will begin Sunday flights
The Central Government has
decided that it will spend only half of
the 2007 budget, in light of the target
date of July 1, 2007, on which the is-
lands of the Netherlands Antilles will
break up into separate entities.
Finance Minister Ersilia de Lannooy
said during Wednesday's press briefing
that the instructions on using only half
of the budget had been sent to all de-
partments. The budget will be drawn up
> The excise import tax on per-
fume has been removed by the Antil-
Air Jamaica losses last year were nut lean legislature, but the tax on uacks
of cigarettes was raised 20-30 cents as
an offset. Customs currently levies a tax
of 10.5% on the price of eau de co-
logne, eau de toilette and after shave.
According to State Secretary Alex Ro-
saria (Finances) this decision makes the
Antilles more competitive in the field of
sale of perfume which is a big seller
among international travelers.
Medical schools in the Nether-
lands Antilles have to seek accredita-
tion it they want to guarantee their
continued operation. The Antillean
Central Government has approached the
Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organiza-
tion (NVAO) to help with the process
of accrediting the medical schools in
the Dutch islands.
The World Health Organization
(WHO) recently introduced more strin-
gent requirements for off-shore medical
schools. In addition, certain states in the
US have imposed the requirement that a
medical student who graduates in the
Netherlands Antilles should be able to
also practice in the Netherlands Antil-
Last week the State Secretary of Fi-
nance Shamara Nicholson-Linzey said
that the Netherlands Antilles doesn't
yet comply with these requirements.
> Such is the concern about the fu-
ture viability of the Great Barrier Reef
that some audacious ideas are being
floated in order to protect it. Swathes of
Table of Contents
Royal Visit 3
Guest Editorial (What the
Government Must Do) 4
Letters (DCNA Report on Queen's
Visit; Cruise Passenger Kudos) 5
Surinam Day 6
Diabetes Day 7
Portraits of Bonaire will Debut 8
Portraits, Capt. Don 9
Astronaut on Bonaire 11
Book Week Opens 13
"Bonaire Experts" Graduate 18
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Pet of the Week (Moeke) 6
Biologist's Bubbles (Phytoplankton) 6
Snack Detectives (Kos Bon So) 6
Picture Yourself (Woudrichem,
The Netherlands) 14
Straight Talk 12
SuDoku Puzzle 12
Tide Table 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since (Elize Craane
& Dyrichemar "Rico" Martis) 17
Sky Park (Leonid Meteor Shower) 19
The Stars Have It 19
SuDoku Answer 19
shade cloth floating on pontoons and
cool water sprays are two proposals
being considered by researchers to pre-
vent future bleaching of the coral reef.
Global warming is predicted to take a
massive toll on the Great Barrier Reef,
with some experts predicting almost
complete coral bleaching within 50
(Continued on paee 3)
Bonaire Reporter November 17 to November 24, 2006
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Royal arrival Young dancers entertain the Queen at Kas di Arte
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands
ended a two-day visit to Bonaire
early Friday morning. She had a busy
program visiting numerous locations,
with the highlight being a visit to Klein
Bonaire (see DCNA Director Kalli De-
Meyer's special report on page 5).
Everywhere Queen Beatrix went she
was received with ceremony and protocol,
but the Queen herself was unpretentious
and charming. Usually there were chil-
dren to greet her and bouquets of flowers
and gifts presented.
Her Majesty arrived at Flamingo Air-
port Wednesday morning on her own
plane, PH-KBX. (PH=Dutch International
cil, asking Queen Beatrix to play a part in
the new relationship with the Netherlands.
"I hope the Queen can directly or indi-
rectly play a part in the new collaboration
with the Netherlands and that together we
can build a future for Bonaire."
Following meetings with local govern-
ment officials, the Queen paid a visit to
the Stichting Project, Kolegio Reina
Beatrix, Klein Bonaire and to a recep-
tion at the home of the Lt. Governor.
On Thursday she was greeted in Rincon
at the famous Marsh6, visited FORMA,
the Kas di Arte, the Cruyff Court and
the Windsurf Place in Sorobon.
through an "arch" of windsurf sails held
by youngsters and was greeted by a smil-
ing Elvis Martinus.
Queen Beatrix opened the "Cruyff
Court" in Tera K6rd, together with Hol-
land's football icon, Johan Cruyff, whose
foundation is behind the installation of
first rate sports facilities in the Dutch Car-
On her visit to Mick Smits Stitchting
Project in North Salifia (see write-up on
page 4 of last week's Reporter) she
learned how disadvantaged youngsters
were being helped.
The Queen charmed the people
Photos on this page by Wilna Groenenboom
At Klein Bonaire Imre Esser repre-
sented Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire
(STCB) and the Foundation for the
ID code. KBX=Queen Beatrix Xpress) The trip to Sorobon and Bonaire's Perhaps the high point of Queen Preservation of Klein Bonaire (FPKB).
Windsurfing Place was high on the Beatrix's visit had to be the trip to Klein After being introduced by STINAPA's
Bonaire's Lt. Governor Herbert Doma- Queen's agenda. There she was treated to Bonaire aboard the water taxi Kantika Elsmarie Beukenboom he had three con-
cass6 addressed the royal delegation dur- a spectacular freestyle show by champion di Amor. There the queen had a chance to versations with Queen Beatrix. He dis-
ing the Queen's visit to the Island Coun- Kiri Thode and other riders. She entered walk barefoot in the sand. (Continued on page 10)
Bonaire Reporter November 17 to November 24, 2006
WHAT THE GOVERNMENT ON BONAIRE
MUST Do -Part I (Part 2 next week)
E very person loving our island cer-
tainly agrees with the Guest Edito-
rial "Of What Value is Growth?" (The
Reporter November 3-10) Fortunately, in
the case of Bonaire there is no necessity to
build new resorts in order to create ur-
gently needed jobs for the starving local
On the contrary, already now hundreds
of workers, particularly from various
Latin American countries, are needed to
keep the local economy running. Without
these workers some sectors, like the con-
struction and hotel industry, would just
collapse. Construction of any new build-
ing or house on the island would be im-
possible without foreign labor. When you
decide to build a house, the contractor will
probably be a Portuguese, a Venezuelan
or a Peruvian, and the overwhelming ma-
jority of the employees will come from
abroad. Only for a minority, including
also workers from Curaqao, will Papia-
mentu be their mother tongue.
Years after completion of the construc-
tion of my house I am still dependent on
foreigners for various repairs inside and
outside the house an electrician from
Peru, a plumber from Chile, carpenters
from Peru and Dominican Republic and a
mechanic for garden pumps from Colom-
bia. When my refrigerator breaks down, I
call a Venezuelan, and another Venezue-
lan repairs my TV set. Practically without
exception. all of them work fast and well.
The majority of the foreign workers
came to our island because of a lack of job
opportunity in their home countries. Dur-
ing my talks with these workers, I was
very surprised to hear that some of them
did not originally work in the field of con-
struction but they have acquired all their
knowledge and skill after coming to Bon-
aire, mostly from their fellow countrymen.
An obvious question comes to my mind:
Why is it that our local young people,
having the advantage of living in their
own country and being certainly not less
talented than the foreigners, not being
trained in all these professions? Estab-
lishing Jong Bonaire, led by the dedicated
Rene Hakkenberg and others, has been the
first step in this effort. However, further
steps must be taken by the government,
for example the obligation of the employ-
ers on the island to train new local work-
ers. In addition, it can also be ruled that a
company on Bonaire may not employ
more than a certain percentage of foreign
labor. Anyway, the government must do
something soon in the urgent matter of
training young people! It is to hope that
the upcoming direct relation with the
Netherlands, favored by the majority of
our people, will also bring an essential
improvement in this important field.
Not only in order to preserve our
unique nature, but also in order to di-
minish our dependence on foreign
workers, the government must abandon
its idea that the construction of new
hotels would be beneficial for the peo-
nle of Bonaire. One thing is sure, the con-
tion of new
would need 0
of workers ii
not be re-
the local population! (Aruba has had to
import about 20,000 employees in direct
and indirect connection with its absurd
I hope that it is not necessary to repeat
again and again that the influx of foreign
workers with their families would bring
with it many unfavorable consequences,
among them increase of crime, traffic
jams, insufficient capacity of schools and
Aruba is a prime example. Everybody
on the island must know it already. How-
ever, it seems that the government just
does not care.
Next week: The examine ofAruba
Bonaire Reporter November 17 to November 24, 2006
CIAL REPORT ON
TRIP TO KLEIN
As friends and
partners in DCNA I
wanted to share with
you our wonderful
news about the royal -
visit to Bonaire. We
were lucky enough
to be able to accom- .
pany Queen Beatrix
on a visit on
Wednesday after- Queen Beatrix retu
noon to Klein Bon-
aire. Everything went well and surpris-
ingly smoothly thanks to lots of advanced
planning and Elsmarie Beukenboom's
outstanding work as host for the event.
And we have some good news to share.
In addition to her personal household
and military attaches we had Antilles Af-
fairs Minister Atzo Nicolai and Gea van
Craaikamp, Director of Kingdom Rela-
tions, on board. Elsmarie and I had a pri-
vate audience with Queen Beatrix during
the boat journey to Klein Bonaire. She
was very relaxed and obviously enjoying
the outing. She was given a copy of the
DCNA 2005 annual report in which she
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particularly entranced with the photo-
graphs and commented that the annual
report really brings to life the natural
beauty of the islands.
On Klein Bonaire Elsmarie introduced
STINAPA board members, staff and jun-
ior rangers. Members of the Sea Turtle
Conservation Bonaire gave information on
sea turtle conservation and Her Majesty
saw a recently laid turtle nest and partici-
pated in tagging a turtle, wading into the
sea to release it afterwards. She also made
a donation to STCB which will pay for the
purchase of a satellite tracking device and
asked that the turtle be named "Eloise"
after her eldest granddaughter.
On the boat journey back Elsmarie and I
again had the opportunity to sit with the
Queen and were able to give her informa-
tion about the significance of the work
which DCNA is doing, and the particular
importance of our fund raising activities
and the establishment of the Trust Fund.
The Queen was told about the role of the
Dutch Postcode Lottery in getting DCNA
started by giving us our initial project
funds. And also of the fact that we are
about to embark on a 10-year contract
with BZK. When she heard that the
'regeling' ("arrangement") for this had
not yet been signed she asked Gea van
Craaikamp to join us. The outcome is that
we now have a promise, witnessed by
Queen Beatrix herself, that the 'regeling'
will be signed. The Queen even requested
that she be informed once the signing had
taken place! She expressed deep concern
about proposed developments adjacent to
protected areas on Bonaire and regretted
the fact that we have been unable to be
That same evening at a reception for the
Queen, Elsmarie and I had the chance to
spend some time with Mr Dolf Hogewon-
ing, the Queen's Secretary. Amongst other
things we spoke about the fragility and
vulnerability of nature on the islands and
the need for leadership in tacking develop-
ment issues. Mr Hogewoning is clearly a
nature lover and wants to return to Bon-
aire to stay at Slagbaai with his family.
Wilna Groenenboom photo
Cruise ship Legacy
KUDOS FROM A
CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER
We were in Bonaire for the Regatta
aboard the Windjammer Legacy and it
seemed like one great party all the time!
The people on your island are so friendly
and I truly enjoyed every minute. I was
only sad that I didn't have enough time for
visiting more in Washington Park. I loved
the beautiful clear waters on Klein Bon-
aire, where we went snorkeling, the best.
However, I was deeply moved by the
slave huts at the salt evaporation pools.
The pools themselves were so interesting,
as well. Please tell the people of Bonaire
that I thank them for a lovely time. I will
remember it all with great fondness!
Patsy Peoples, Dadeville, Alabama,
Bonaire Reporter November 17 to November 24, 2006
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
> A group of wildlife experts and in-
dustry officials joined the increasingly
acrimonious battle over shark fishing last
Thursday, saying very few shark spe-
cies were threatened with extinction as
some activists charge. Hitting back at
what they said were misleading claims,
they told Reuters that there was no tar-
geted killing of sharks just for their
fins-a Chinese delicacy-as most
sharks are caught mainly for their meat.
"We want to tell the real picture to the
world," said Charlie Lim, secretary of
the Hong Kong-based Shark Fin and
Marine Products Association.
Some wildlife groups say that many
sharks are specifically targeted for their
fins, which are hacked off and the sharks
then thrown back into the sea to die a
painful death. Lim disputed this as mak-
ing no economic sense.
> Captain Don tells us that his Reef
Windows book will be published in
Bonaire by Flamingo Communica-
tions. The stories in the book are the
original, longer, unabridged stories with
photos, not the edited down versions for
The Bonaire Reporter. There are 45 reef
windows stories told in the book, out of
54 reef sites named by Don. "We expect
another couple of months for the crea-
tive, editing, formatting, process..." said
> Thanksgiving is next Thursday and
Annette of Last Bite Bakery asks that
you get your Thanksgiving orders in
now to avoid disappointment. Among
their other delectable delights they offer
Pecan, Pumpkin or Apple Pies, Pumpkin
cheesecake or other favorites. Call them
at 717-3293.(See Last Bite Bakery's ad
on page 4) G./L. D.
SURLAIGET READY FOR
SURIN DAM DA Y
B onaire s
group, *Mietie Makandra, will be putting
on another fun-filled day to celebrate Suri-
name's 31 t year of independence. It's called
a "Brasa Dey" (give a hug).
Every year the members of the group put
on dances, entertainment, food and music -
in their own traditional ways with colorful
costumes too. Sunday, November 25, this
truly fun event will take place at the Sentro
di Bario in Nord di Salina. At noon you'll be able to find the place by your nose as
the chefs prepare and sell authentic Surinamese food. Then the celebration begins
around 4 pm and goes until ??
This group, representing about 320 Surinamese on Bonaire, always puts on great
events, so if you're on the island, don't miss it. L.D.
Did You Know...
about half of the oxygen on Earth?
The oceans cover about 71% of the
Earth's surface. In the top layer of the
oceans are billions and billions of mi-
croscopic organisms called phytoplank-
ton. By definition, plankton are organ-
isms that drift with the currents. Some
are plant-like (phytoplankton) and
Phytoplankton photo by Jim Brandon
Fet of tte W/eekc
Sou saw one of her puppies, "Jack," last week
in this column and now you can see the
mom. This lovely, slender lady is Moeke," and she
just finished raising four beautiful black pups.
Moeke is about one and a half years old, and al-
though she was found living on the street, she's
very sweet and gentle. She was found with her pup-
pies when they were about a week old and they
were brought into the Bonaire Animal Shelter. This
family's story has a happy ending.
For another dog family the ending was not so
happy. Along the dirt road between Hato and North
Salifia on Sunday we found a starving puppy curled
up next to a bagreeking of a dead animal. When we
tried to catch it ran into the mondi. We followed it
and found another puppy, dead. Later, still trying to
catch the pup, we found the mother, also dead. With
the two of us we were able to catch one pup, per-
haps not necessarily the one we were chasing as
this one was lethargic and the other still seemed to
have some life in it. We don't know how many
other pups there were. After giving it a little water "Moeke"
we took it to the vet on Lagun Road who just hap-
pened to be there on Sunday morning. He examined it and said it was just too far
gone and should be put down.
Earlier that same morning a reporter from extra newspaper encountered three
pups at the same location. He also was unsuccessful in catching all the pups. His
outrage at the abandonment appeared on the front page of xtra 's Monday edition,
"Abusu di Bestia," with an article and photo inside.
So what should we do when we see abandoned dogs and puppies
who are afraid ofpeople and run away? Shelter Director Jurrie Mellema
suggests putting out food and water to try and lure them. Then call the LVV
(governmental agricultural department that's in charge of the dog catcher) at 717-
8836. Through putting a tranquilizer in the food the dog catcher can sedate the ani-
mals and take them to the Shelter where they can be examined and brought back to
health if it's possible.
If you have or know of someone who has an unsterilized female or unwanted
puppies encourage them to bring them to the Shelter where the adult can be steril-
ized and the puppies taken care of. Abandoning them somewhere where they have
no food or water and where they will surely die a slow and lingering death is un-
speakable, especially since it's so easy to just drop them off at the Shelter, no ques-
As for any other puppies left on that road, if they're not already dead, they soon
will be. L.D.
some are animal-like (zooplankton) and
others are just plain weird
(bacterioplankton). The phytoplankton
live in the upper reaches of the oceans
(and ponds and lakes) and photosynthe-
size sunlight. They are the main pri-
mary producers of the oceans and form
the base of the ocean food web. During
photosynthesis, they produce oxygen.
Even though most phyto-
plankton are small, there iologsCa
are so many of them that ea iscv
they produce about half centr
of the Earth's oxygen. ,.
They also consume greenhouse gases -
those nasty gases that are responsible
for the recent 'Global Warming' trend.
So, if you didn't know what phyto-
plankton were before, hopefully you
know now, because these amazing or-
ganisms are responsible for maintaining
life on Earth. Go phytoplankton!
Bonaire Keporter Iovember 1 / to0 ovember z4, zuuo
A s a fine and priceless service to
the community the Bonaire Li-
ons Club teamed up with the Sosiedat
Diabetico Boneriano to put on a free-
for-everyone "Day of Health" last Sun-
day. According to the Lion's Cub there
were 217 adult attendees who took
advantage of this opportunity to get
totally free exams for blood pressure,
blood glucose level and more. Students
from the St. James Medical School
were there testing patients for blood
pressure and blood sugar. Medical stu-
dent Prathesh Jeyakanthan said he and
his fellow students found at least five
persons who had dangerously high
blood pressure levels. "They would be
considered 'pre-hypertension' pa-
tients," he said. Surprisingly, some pa-
tients told him it was the first time
they'd ever even seen a doctor.
Attendees could have their feet and
eyes examined by professionals.
Physiotherapist and (Elektro) acupunc- Medical students on the job: (r to 1) Rosy
turist Mary Timmermans, who has a Khara, Sharmilla Mahadeo and Malay
Holistic Health and Therapy Center at Saysana.
Kaya Aurora, was there
testing patient's energy
levels. Depending on the
problem," Mary said, "the
patient can improve his or
her health by diet, exercise
or other means in a ho-
Dietitians from the
Health Department dem-
onstrated how to make
snacks and healthy food
products and passed out
Thanks to the Lions Club,
the Diabetic Foundation,
Brokx Shoes, Manrique
Capriles and Balfran
Agencies for bringing this
free day of testing to the
people of the island, many
of whom cannot afford
proper medical care. Physiotherapist and elektro-acupuncturist
L.D. Mary Timmermans with patient
Carmita Flanders and her husband Ernesto.
The Snack Bar Detectives
Their Mission: To seek out the mysteries that lie behind the
doors of Bonaire's snacks
This week: Kos Bon So, Rincon.
R egular followers may
recall that The Snack
Bar Detectives took a saunter
out to Rincon some weeks ago.
Since then we vowed to return.
This week we did just that. As
always, our evening started
early. Big D was waiting ea-
gerly as I pulled outside of his
house. This week, we were
joined by a third sleuth, a Brit
with an arm for drinking and
big appetite; he was a natural
choice to join us. Beefy Bob
(as he likes to be called) squeezed his not
insignificant frame into the back of the
truck and off we went.
As we dropped down into Rincon, we
found by chance our venue of choice,
Kos Bon So. Taking the road into Rin-
con towards the Rose Inn you'll find Kos
Bon So on the left. It can easily be
missed so keep your eyes peeled. As we
walked in we were confronted with bar
stools the size of tables. For once Big D
was going to be comfortable. Looking
around, we saw montages of photo-
graphs from everyone who had visited.
Within minutes we were posing to join
them. Three Polars were taken from the
freezer. As always, the freezer door had
hardly closed before we ordered three
One thing that is instantly noticeable is
how clean this place is gleaming white
tiles, fresh paint and immaculate staff.
Several beers later we enquired about the
menu. Chicken, Lomito and Ribs were
on offer from the Barbecue served with
coleslaw, fries, Arroz y Habichuelas
(rice and beans) and sit6 sauce. Finding
it difficult to choose, we decided on a
mix of everything.
A smell filled the air which can only be
described as mouth watering. We kept
our beer tally going until our food ar-
rived. As most people have their food to
go, we were served our meals in take-
away trays. In our case, two each! The
food was to die for succulent chicken,
tender ribs and the Lomito (a kind of pan
fried steak) was the tops. Beefy has been
known to put his food away. English fry
ups and fish and chips aren't for the faint
hearted, however, he had to admit defeat.
Only Big D cleared his plate.
We sat and chatted, exchanging con-
versation with the locals and staff. One
of the local guys even asked us if we
minded if he smoked!
In one of his occasional pearls of wis-
dom, Big D summed it up in one phrase.
"It's a hidden treasure." Once again, Big
D had it spot on. Photo & Story by
Bonaire Reporter November 17 to November 24, 2006
O n Sun-
from 5 to 7 pm
at Kas di Arte
you can get a
peek at the
Vol. 2 book
by author Guus
with the open-
ing of a one-
will show 30
paintings. The Model and Artist -Sharon Bol and Henk Roozendaal
exhibition will photo Guus Gerritsen
be opened by
Donna Dovale and Elvis Martinus, both
portrayed in Portraits of Bonaire Vol. 1, four
During this "art party," only, the new book
will be offered for $25 (NAf45), a $10 dis-
For Antilleans, the publishers offer a free
separate Papiamentu translation sponsored
by extra newspaper and Notary Maarten
Maartense. The translations are by B6i An-
toin and Celia Fernandes.
The exhibition will stay open until Decem-
ber 31st, daily from 2 to 7pm. Closed on
Mondays. Guus Gerritsen
Bonaire Reporter November 17 to November 24, 2006
On 19 December 1997, after having
sailed aboard our yacht Aeolus for 24
days from the Canary Islands, we reached the
Bonairean coast. Although it was almost dark,
we couldn't see the Willemstoren lighthouse
yet. Maybe the light wasn't switched on, not
an uncommon occurrence in the area. We had
to be careful. The lighthouse was placed quite
illogically in the middle of the southern part of
the island, instead of at the south-westernmost
point. There were some unexpected currents
here, and legend had it a lot of ships had run
on the rocks close to the lighthouse. We de-
cided to change our course due southwest, to
round the southern tip of the island. At 11 o'
clock at night, we finally made mooring in
Harbour Village Marina.
On 15 December 1979, at seven in the eve-
ning, the experimental sailing raft Sterke Yerke
III ran aground on the rocks of Bonaire. A few
hours later, the raft had sunk and would be-
come deep-sea property of the ocean. The
crew, a Dutch biologist, a few researchers and
several environmentalists, escaped with minor
scratches. Their journey started in IJmuiden
harbour, 123 days earlier.
On 1 January 1980, Captain Don, a 'friend
of the sea' and an experienced diver, oversaw
and took part in efforts to raise the raft from
the ocean floor. One of his legs became
lodged, and he broke an ankle. It didn't look
good, and it turned out he had to have a full
leg cast and would not be able to dive for
Years later, after the last screws had been
removed by his doctor, Rob Van de Veen,
Captain Don received the bill for medical
expenses at the San Francisco Hosnital: out of
respect for all he had done for the island of
Bonaire, the treatment was free. But the per-
sonal cost of the accident would be high, as
Captain Don later found out.
"I was born in California in 1925, just east
of San Francisco. My mother was an aspiring
actress; my father was an inventor and patent
holder of numerous window devices. They
suffered at the 1929 Crash, they lost every-
thing. My mother died, my dad lost his fac-
tory, and everything went from bad to worse.
Then came December 7th, 1941. The chill I
felt at the news of Pearl Harbor was no differ-
ent than that of my nation. I thought my karma
had arrived, and I reached out to embrace our
navy's retaliation: four years in the Pacific.
"In 1945, now a civilian, I sought the excite-
ment of Hollywood.
It was during those years I discovered diving
off Catalina Island. I had written an adventure
novel called Quest for Adventure, which at-
tracted the attention of a major Hollywood
studio. They said, 'We will do the movie, but
you have to furnish the prop.' The prop was a
sizeable sailing schooner.
So I purchased the 70-foot Valerie Queen for
the movie. A typical Hollywood turn-about
occurred, and they cancelled me.
I begged, 'What will I do with the ship?'
'Just live your script, Don,' they replied, 'Live
the script.' I had just turned 29.
"Well! I attempted to live the script, but it
involved the Caribbean, guns and rum, with
pirates and dozens of pretty ladies. My main
character, Captain Flynn, was like a sea-going
Indiana Jones. However, I found it all hope-
lessly beyond my skills. Yes, I had adventures
aplenty: fires at sea, hurricanes, storms and
pirates that changed my course. A course that
eventually sailed me to my personal Shangri-
la, a magic little rock called Bonaire.
"On 21 May 1962, I stepped ashore with my
mate Percy at my side, with only 63 cents and
my ship's papers in my pocket. At that time, it
was an island with barely four thousand souls.
Goats, salt and charcoal were her commerce.
Tourism was nonexistent. An untouched mag-
nificent bay, which proved to be a field of
gold. I thought of this place as an island adrift,
without purpose or destination."
Captain Don settled in Bonaire. He took
over management of the Hotel Zeebad
(currently Divi Flamingo Hotel), co-founded
the Sailing Regatta and the Bonaire Hotel
Association, established diving facilities, ral-
lied for ongoing environmentalism, and
opened his very own Captain Don's Habitat in
1976. The captain turned out to be both a good
businessman and a promoter of tourism, add-
ing an economic lifeline to the island.
"I could picture it: this island needed a new
source of income, but everything to realize
that was already there, in the form of nature
and the ocean provided they were being
taken good care of. So no oil or garbage spills,
no more anchoring right in the coral reefs, do
away with the spear guns... I fought for that,
even though I owned one myself! And with
good reason, because there would be no divers
coming to visit if the sea would not be clean
or it would be empty of wildlife.
I've become an environmentalist, or even an
activist, and not just because of economic
He received countless awards for both his
economic endeavors and his way of promoting
The Bonairean people loved him; he even
became somewhat of an icon, fighting for
important issues, working towards a better
future. He knowingly accepted this role.
Wherever he could, he spread his message
fervently, using his powerful presence and
acting abilities. Even to this day, he writes and
gives talks his friends in tourism see him as
a welcome and effective means of promotion.
They thankfully use the image of the Great
Helmsman of Bonaire, cultivating it and
spreading it for their own purpose.
What happens to someone who is praised so
consequently that he almost comes across as a
Saviour? Does he turn vain or shy?
"I see it as my job, nothing more, nothing
less. It's also the job of a team of people
around me, but to be fair, I like the attention.
(Continued on nape 18)
Bonaire Reporter November 17 to November 24, 2006
(Royal Visit. Continued from page 3)
cussed Klein Bonaire's return to the
people of Bonaire in 1999. He ex-
plained to her Majesty that in 2002
he thanked her son Prince Willem
Alexander for the royal support
FPKB got to save Klein Bonaire out
of the hands of developers. Prince
Willem Alexander answered
that Imre really had to thank his
mom for the support FPKB got. Af-
ter telling her this, her face became
one big smile and she confessed that
she did "some pushing" in order to
save Klein Bonaire.
Perhaps the highlight of
the afternoon came when the Queen
named two sea turtles after her
grandchildren. The first, a juvenile
green turtle that she released after
helping Gielmon Egbrechts (aka
"Funchi") tagging it, she named af-
ter her youngest grandchild, Zaria.
The second turtle, a mature female
sea turtle that will be fitted with a
transmitter in 2007, she named after
her eldest grandchild,
The Queen asked the STCB to take
care of"Zaria" and "Eloise." STCB
has taken care of sea turtles for more
than 15 years now and will continue
to do that in the future.
Klein Bonaire is part of the Royal
family now for the next two royal
generations. G.D./Imre Esser
Elvis leads the queen to the windsurfing show.
Wilna Groenenboom photo
A Stichting Project staff member talks with the Queen Beatrix speaks with Imre Esser (r.). STINAPA Director
Queen, Mick Smit, and Antilles Prime Minister Elsmarie Beukenboom and Antilles Governor Frits Gooderdrag
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Astronaut on Bonaire!
An astronaut is coming to Bonaire!
Former astronaut Charles Bolden
will be here November 25 to Decem-
ber 1 to talk about his many experiences
in space with students in the public and
private schools and with the community.
Astronaut Bolden will make a presenta-
tion to the community from 7 to 8:30
pm on Thursday, November 30 in the
auditorium at Jong Bonaire. This
meeting is open to all, and it's free.
His visit was arranged by Bonaire resi-
dents Ben and Laura Buchbinder. Charlie
and Ben met at NASA Headquarters 20
years ago. Ben volunteers at the Pelikaan
School and when he found that so many
students were interested in space he de-
cided to invite his old friend Charlie to
come to visit and share his stories.
General Bolden, a veteran of four
Space Shuttle missions, was the pilot of
the Shuttle mission in 1990 which
launched the Hubble Space Telescope
into orbit. A recent decision by the US
space agency, NASA, to use a Shuttle
mission to repair and upgrade the Hub-
ble, will allow the telescope to continue
to provide critical information on outer
space until 2013 or beyond. Astronaut
Bolden's visit provides Bonaire residents
with a unique opportunity to meet some-
one who has actually seen the planet
Earth from space and who has contrib-
uted to the deployment and use of the
most productive telescope in our history.
In preparation for Bolden's visit to
Bonaire, a number of schools have en-
couraged students to participate in space
poster and essay contests. The winners
of these contests will be announced at a
Press Conference on Monday, Novem-
ber 27, at 5pm. at the Divi Flamingo Ho-
tel, where General Bolden will be offi-
cially welcomed to Bonaire.
Charlie, like all NASA astronauts, is a
scuba diver. The astronauts simulate
weightlessness in their astronaut training
by diving in the Neutral Buoyancy Facil-
ity at Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Charlie is looking forward to some scuba
diving during his first visit to Bonaire,
and he may try wind surfing as well.
Discovery crewmembers, wearing mission t-shirts, pose for their onboardpor-
trait on the mid-deck of Discovery. Charles Bolden (top left), was the pilot for
this mission. The mission insignia is in the center and a model of the Hubble
Space Telescope (HST) is on the right.
As well as the
sors for the astro-
naut's visit are
Real Estate, Sup-
Car Rental, Jong
Bonaire, The Pe-
likaan School .
Many other indi-
viduals have also
time to ensure his
visit and the Pilot Charles Bolden floats while orbiting in the Discovery
poster and essay Space Shuttle while Mission Specialist Kathryn D. Sullivan
contests are a conducts a skin test on him as part of a space mission. In Sul-
success. The as- livan's left hand is a bar filled with doses of a bacterial antigen
tronaut's visit has to be administered to Bolden's skin. They are in front of the
been endorsed by forward lockers on the mid-deck of the Earth-orbiting Discov-
the Board of Edu- ry. NASA photos
cation, the RK
Schoolbestuur and SGB.
Laura & Ben Buchbinder
Bonaire Reporter November 17 to November 24, 2006
t's all about dating, love, sex, friendship, and marriage so let's
talk. Email your relationship questions to my attention:
"Single Mother Of Five"
Dear Betty -
I am a single mother, early 30s, with five
kids, ages 14 years to 18 months. My oldest
is the result of teenage love. After the baby
was born my boyfriend disappeared.
A few years later, I fell in love with a man
15 years older than me. We were together
five years, and had two children before I
found out he was already married. He
moved away to find work, and sent me a
little money every now and then. After a
year or so, the money stopped, but he con-
tinued to send Christmas presents.
I started dating again, fell in love, and had
my fourth child. Before the baby was a year
old, the father moved to Holland, and I
never heard from him again.
A few years later, the father of my second
and third child moved back to the island. I
had my fifth child with him. I think he
really loves me because he keeps coming
back and said he wouldn't leave at all if he
could find work here. He's leaving again in
a few months.
I don't know what to do. I love him, but I
need someone here full time who can help
me raise and support the children.
Betty Answers: Two MIAs (missing in
action) and a multiple hit and run are not
favorable odds. In the States, they're called
"dead-beat dads," and when they get caught
they are held financially responsible not
what's happening in your situation. You
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.
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Also interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy, healing,
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Call Donna at 785-9332.
The leading consumer and business in-
formation source on Bonaire. Telephone
(599) 717-7160. For on-line yellow pages
directory information go to http://
CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in garden/
septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda La-
goen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt. Don
and Janet). Phone: 786-0956
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful boxed
note cards are now available at Chat-N-
Browse next to
Lover's Ice Cream and
Sand Dollar Grocery. Photography by
Shelly Craig www.bonaireimages.com
were left as a single parent Bety Wills
with full responsibility of
raising your children alone. It's time for
you to start thinking smarter.
Honey, if you have any more kids by differ-
ent fathers, you'll need a software database
just to keep up! You probably can't afford a
computer right now, so if you're going to
have sex, at least use protection. You should
be practicing safe sex anyway. If he refuses
to use a condom, give him the boot.
It's difficult enough for two parents to raise
five kids, which tells me you're a pretty
special Mom who deserves a special man in
her life. Don't settle for anything less.
Joke Of The Day
A young man took his girlfriend home to
meet his parents. His mother was thrilled
with his choice, and couldn't wait for the
wedding, but his father was upset. The son
asked, "Dad, you don't seem to like her, but
Mom likes her a lot." The father explained,
"Son, there's nothing wrong with the girl.
It's just that I cheated on your mother a long
time ago, and your girlfriend is my daughter
by that woman." So the boy dumped her,
found another girlfriend, and took her home
to meet his parents. His mother was de-
lighted with her, but his father again told
him the girl was actually his half-sister. The
boy lost his temper and told his mother
what his father said. Furious, the mother
shouted, "Don't listen to him, sweetheart!
He isn't even your father!" Betty Wills
LUNCH TO GO
Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call
CHINA NOBO 717-8981
Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 7864651
The Island you love could use your help!
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To learn more about making a US tax
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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-
Electric Guitar for sale. Stratocaster
model. Brand new. NAf 300. Call Tho-
DO YOU SUDOKU?
digits must re-
main single" in
solve the puzzle,
enter the numbers
1 through 9 to the
partially filled in
repeating a num-
ber in any row,
column or 3 x 3
region. For a
tutorial visit the
web site www.
(who has to
solve all the
Complete solution on page 19.
For Sale -Woman's shorty Scu-
baPro wet suit with long sleeves. Worn
twice. Black with magenta trim. Size 13-
14. NAf70 ($40). Call 717-8988, 786-
For Sale Sharp TV with integrated
Multi-System VHS & PAL, with lots of
video tapes. Only NAf 150, Call 790-
BMW 520i 4-door sedan, 1991, white,
excellent condition. Fast, beautiful. A
CLASSIC! Call 785-9041
1987 30K Miles
Car for Sale Toyota Pick up with 4
doors, in good condition! Only
NAf6.000, Call 790-1604
For sale: FIAT BARCHETTA Cab-
rio, 1997, yellow, with hard-top and
windstop. Tel. 786-5591.
Captain and Crew needed for sailboat
delivery from Miami Bonaire. All ex-
penses paid. Call Thomas 786-5352
A screen door for a bedroom.
Porch sale: Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 18
& 19 8.30am to 4pm, Kaya Mandolin
2- Everything must go
35 ft. DUFOUR Racer/Cruiser
Your opportunity to own the most
successful model of the famous
DUFOUR French shipyard:
* 2 private cabins w/head, 3 berths, Sleeps
seven, full kitchen and saloon
* Large cockpit with foldaway dining table
10ft. CARIBE inflatable dinghy and 8 HP YA-
* Almost new, oversized, rigging, boom and
elf tailing mast, NORSEMAN connectors, tele-
scopic boom vang, LEWMAR winches, lifelines,
PROFURL roller furling, and DOYLE sails, wind
and speed instruments
* New, in the box AUTOHELM Sea Talk
ST4000 autopilot, ADLER/BARBOUR Cold Ma-
chine electric freezer.
* FRIGOBOAT Mechanical compressor refrig-
erator, 25 HP VOLVO PENTA diesel inboard
* SIGNET Echosounder (depthfinder), Ar-
ies mechanical autopilot, SIMPSON LAWRENCE
electric anchor winch, BROOKS & GATEHOUSE
* 12v/110v electrical system, 110v-12v con-
Call 717-7223 / 786-9000
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Book Week Opens
b SL L. M&RflC~
Book Week opened last Saturday at
the SGB. Then on Sunday at Wil-
helmina Park there was a festival and
presentation of the "Reading Chair."
Both days where organized by the SE-
BIKI foundation led by Riet Sealy.
The Reading Chair was built as a result
of teamwork among SGB students, teach-
ers, SEBIKI and local business. Sealy
approached the SGB art teachers with a
challenge to let the students design a
Reading Chair for Book Week. Funds to
make the chair were provided by
Marisella Croes of Benetton and construc-
tion teacher Weiman was asked to make
There were design requirements. The
chair was to be used by both adult and
child readers; it should be well con-
structed but not too heavy so it can be
transported to different locations; and it
should be of a multi-functional design,
not for "a one-night stand."
Two and a half months ago the designs
were submitted. Two designs, from Ger-
uliane Booi of SGB High School class
H3B and Ro-Angelo Martines of class
B4HO (Hospitality), were selected, then
combined into a single chair design.
Weiman made the chair and last week the
students and SEBIKI members put on the
finishing touches. Teamwork and creativ-
ity made this Reading
The Chair was unveiled
and introduced by Gov-
ernor Domacass6, who
told a story of Kompa
Nanzi, with musical
looks like that our Gov-
ernor has some hidden
musical "rap" qualities.
The children loved it.
Willemina Park was
decorated for the day
with book stands for
children. The SEBIKI
crew changed children
into little animals by
making up their faces,
while "real" animals
walked through the
crowd. Tio Gaby enter-
tained everyone with
The Reading Chair de-
signed for the Chil-
dren's Book Week was
a perfect start. This
whole week children
will see the Reading
Chair in different loca-
tions with different
Story & photos by
tonaire Reporter NovemDer 1 / to NovemDer 24, 2006
Governor Domacassd tells a story from the Reading Chair
Marisela Croes ofBenetton donated the
funds for the Chair
Picture Yourself with The Reporter
VTVou dric he rn
Tihe Netherlan nds
T his little town is the residence of
Bonaire visitor Ella van der
Ploeg. Some years ago she volunteered
together with her husband Frits at the
Krusada Foundation. They regularly
visit Bonaire and Krusada. It helps ad-
dicted people on the way to freedom.
Krusada is located at Guatemala resi-
dence on the road to Lagun.
Woudrichem was founded in the year
1356. In August there was a celebration
of the 650" anniversary of the town.
The people walked around in historical
costumes and the houses were deco-
rated with flags and paintings. When
climbing the tower (213 steps!) you
have a splendid view of Woudrichem
and the river Merwede.
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
PHOTOS 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 @bonairereporter.com. (All
2006 photos are eligible.)
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
11-17 1:53 1.0FT. 10:50 1.8FT. 19:48 1.1FT. 22:26 1.1FT. 49
11-18 0:57 1.0FT. 11:14 1.9FT. 20:48 1.0FT. 23:54 1.0FT. 58
11-19 11:39 1.9FT. 21:55 0.9FT. 67
11-20 12:04 2.0FT. 22:40 0.8FT. 74
11-21 12:37 2.0FT. 23:17 0.7FT. 81
11-22 13:17 2.0FT. 23:54 0.7FT. 85
11-23 0:32 0.6FT. 13:56 2.0FT. 87
11-24 1:09 0.6FT. 14:44 2.0FT. 86
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WEEKLY MOVIE SHOWTIMES
Cal to make sure (Usually9pm)
All The King's Men
Early Show (Usually 7pm)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tickets NAfl4 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAfl2
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 November:
Sunday, November 19-Leonid Meteor
Showers, start at 3 am. See page 19.
Sunday, November 19 Bonaire Day
of Thanks- To give away to those in
need-bring clean, non-perishable items
(clothes, baby items, appliances, tools,
canned good, office items, toys, bikes,
shoes, paint, housewares, hardware, etc)
to the building behind the big Catholic
Church in Kralendijk, 9 am-3 pm. Be-
fore Sunday drop off items at Termo
Tek, Kaya Korona (717-4658). More
info call 786-1919 or 790-7272.
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days starting around 10 am to early
afternoon: Sunday, Nov. 19 -Rijndam;
Tuesday, Nov. 21 Sea Princess;
Wednesday, Nov. 22 Amster-
dam;Tuesday, Nov. 28 Crystal Sym-
phony; Wednesday, Nov. 29 Crown
Thursday, November 23-American
Thanksgiving. Special Thanksgiving
Dinners at Rum Runners (Capt. Don's
Habitat) and Buddy Dive.
Saturday, November 25-Sint
Nicholaas arrives in Bonaire, Wilhel-
mina Park. Sponsored by the Fundashon
Sanikolas. Call 717-8482 for more infor-
Sunday, November 25 Surinam Day
celebration at the Sentro di Bario in
Nord di Salina. Food service begins at
noon and goes on the rest of the day.
Celebration starts at 4 pm until ?? See
Thursday, November 30-Meet Astro-
naut Charlie Bolden, Jong Bonaire, 7-
8:30 pm. Free. See page 11
Friday, December 1 Live from Cura-
cao "Caribbean Latina" music from
Colombia, Rep. Dominicana, Peru, Ec-
uador, Venezuela, Antilles Salsa, Mer-
engue, Vallenato, Bachata. At Don
Paranda 7 pm until ?? NAfl5 P/P
Sunday, December 3- Portraits of
Bonaire Vol. 2 Debut, Kas di Arte, 5
pm. With portrait exhibition by Henk
Roozendaal of portraits from the book.
5-7 pm. See page 8
Daily (more or less)
* HH 2 for 1 (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-
* 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 Marsh-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. 44.
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,
* 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
* 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
* 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.
FREE SLIDENIDEO SHOWS
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
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 homethat has been re-
stored and fumished so it appears the family
hasjust stepped out. Local ladies will tell you
the story. Open Monday thru Friday, 9-12, 2-
4. Weekends by appointment. Call 717-2445.
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Lear 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-
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Cancer Survivor Support Group Ma-
jestic Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes
Shopping Center 2nd Level Kaya LD
Gerharts # 10. Call 717-2482/566-6093.
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 entry fee. Call Cathy 5664056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at
5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, formerly known as 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 Domacasse 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)- 717-4303.
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
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
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cell. 786-6518
Bonaire Reporter November 17 to November 24, 2006
RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Magnificent Theme Nights: Saturday: Beach Grill; Monday: Caribbean
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Dinner during Theme nights only. Night; Friday: Manager's Rum Punch Party
717-5080, ext. 538 Open every day and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q
Bistro de Paris 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
Calabas Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet or
At the Divi Fami Bea Rert Waerfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar.
A17-8285 Open 7 days Inspiring vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof.
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfasts Breakfast Buffet 7:30-10 am every day
717-7488 Breakfasts Only Happy hours 5 to 7 daily.
OnPasa Bon PizzaLow-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingre-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate dients. Salads, desserts. Eat m 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.
APPLIANCES lIV/ 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.
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.
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.
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-
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.
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain
it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemi-
cals. Incredible selection of pots.
GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR
The Bonaire Gift Shop has a wide selection of gifts,
souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras, things
for the home, T-shirts all at low prices.
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet and
tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in Bel-
nem. Cyber Caf6, DVD rentals, restaurant and bar.
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.
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.
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor, special-
izing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and prop-
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's most experi-
enced real estate agent. They specialize in profes-
sional customer service, top notch properties and home
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
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.
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.
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, Monday-Saturday
9 am-12 noon.
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 786-6518
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Bonaire Reporter November 17 to November 24, 2006
On the Island Since ...
Dyrichemar "Rico" Martis and Elize Craane
Swas born on Curagao where my dad
I was working as a foreman for the
Curagao Dock Company until they closed in
1993. My mother was working as an admin-
istrator for Pharmacy Muizenberg. I went to
high school HAVO/VWO, the Maria Im-
maculata Lyceum, and when I finished I
went to Holland.
I arrived in the city of Tilburg with a
group of 25 students and they put us to-
gether on one floor... that was fun! I
wanted to become a chemistry teacher, be-
cause at school I'd been very good in the
subject and so it seemed to be a logical
choice. But I was 17 and Holland was quite
a different world from what I was used to. It
was too much of a good thing. We were
only partying! That's why I didn't do well
with my studies. Chemistry turned out to be
much more complex than I'd figured when I
was still in high school, but they gave me
another chance, and so I tried it for two
years. Then I worked for two years clean-
ing offices and in a cake factory. After that I
picked up another study, mathematics. I
studied for four years, but I didn't complete
it because geometry was my weak point.
In 1997 my sister came to Holland and my
parents followed in 1998 because my father
had problems with his kidney. In 1999 my
dad got a kidney transplant and it's been
going well now for seven years already and
we are all very grateful.
When I quit my studies I began working
at Jumbo Supermarkets, filling up the
shelves at night, from 11pm until 5 am.
Then after a year I began another study,
marketing management, specializing in the
organization of fairs and events. It was a
private education and twice as expensive as
the regular one, so I kept on working to pay
for my studies. I worked till 5 am and had
to get up to go to school at 8 am! It was
tough. But I realized that in the beginning
I'd partied too much and this time I had to
be really serious to complete my studies
because it was my last chance. That's how I
In 1998 I met my wife-to-be, Elize
Craane. I went for a weekend to Groningen,
in the north of Holland, to stay with an old
classmate of mine from Curagao. When we
went out I met Elize and both of us pointed
a finger in the other one's direction and we
said at the same time, 'I know you!' It ap-
peared that we'd been in the same car with
a bunch of people a month before in Til-
burg, the south of Holland, but then we
didn't have eyes for each other! However,
when we met again the second time we
started talking and until today we haven't
"I was born on Bonaire in 1980," Elizd
says, "and January 1995, at the age of 14, I
went to Holland to live with my sister
Marie, who was studying in Groningen. In
Bonaire I wasn't doing well at school and
so my parents took the risk and told me,
'Maybe you'll have a better future there...'
I am really grateful to them that they let me
go. It didn't take me long to get used to all
the new things and at school I began to do
better immediately. I thought about many
professions but in the end I completed Mid-
dle Professional Education to become an
"Well", Rico says, "I was living in the
south and she was living in the north and so
I took the train every Friday night to spend
the weekend with her. We lived like that for
four years and we became very attached to
each other. I owe her a great deal I am
who I am thanks to her. Elize is very spon-
taneous, very correct and she has a goal in
view and she taught me to set myself a goal
and to make it come true."
"You were always like that," Elize smiles,
"but maybe you didn't realize it. He's al-
ways sticking to his plans," she says, "and
Rico is also very traditional and so am I,
and that's great! We think the same about
so many things, like education, getting mar-
ried and starting a family, all in that order.
And we have a lot of respect for each other.
From when we met we've always supported
each other; we went through a lot, but we
stuck together because we always had a
bigger plan in view: to come back to the
islands and to get married..."
"It would be ideal when
all Antilleans can come
back with the knowledge
they've built up abroad to
develop our islands and
make the world a better
place. That's what I'm
working on and that's
why I came back."
"In 2002 Elize came to live with me in
Tilburg," Rico continues, "and in 2005 I
went to work as a trainee on Curagao and
Bonaire, with the purpose of finding a job
there because we wanted to come back.
During the first years in Holland each one
of us had planned on building a future in
Holland, but over the years and especially
after 9-11 the world and also Holland be-
came more and more radical. I felt like I
had to prove all the time that I wasn't like
the other Antillean youngsters who'd given
us such a bad reputation. So, after 2001,
Elize and I began to think about moving
back to the islands. During my intern period
in 2005, I was setting up an exhibition in
Curagao, 'Single Event 2005,' and that's
when I met Ronella Croes, director of TCB
(the Tourist Office) on Bonaire. I came to
ask for a donation for the event and before I
went back to Holland to graduate, Ronella
approached me and asked me if I wanted to
work at TCB. I was very happy! My dream
had come true! The negotiations took al-
most a year, until April 2006, and then I
came to Bonaire! Elize came back in July
after finishing her studies. Johnny and Betty
Craane, Elize's parents, found an apartment
for us and they helped us in every way, and
I'm grateful for all the knowledge they gave
me they are my parents on Bonaire.
I miss my own parents very much.
They've been a great support all my life and
now that I make my own decisions they're
still my advisors and we call every week-
end. I've adjusted very well and I like it
here, especially the people who are so much
friendlier than in Holland or Curagao. TCB
created a position for me. I became the as-
sistant to the director. The job is very di-
verse and sometimes you get a real adrena-
line rush I like it! Elize and I also became
members of the Flamingo Toastmasters
Club, a club that prepares you and helps
you to develop your leadership- and com-
In July I was approached by Rudsel Leito,
the director of SELIBON, to ask if I wanted
to become the chairman of the Fundashon
Tene Boneiru Limpi (Keep Bonaire Clean).
The Foundation had been stagnant for two
years and they needed someone with fresh
ideas to start it up again. I accepted the po-
sition, and Elize became the secretary and
together with the whole team we're working
hard to let it roll again.
During Regatta we organized a game to
keep the streets clean and people could win
a bicycle. It was a very successful event.
Now Kamaval is in the planning and of
course we're going to organize a "Clean-
Up the World Day" again for next year, so
be ready! Compared to the other Caribbean
islands Bonaire is a clean place, and that's
good for tourism, because blue waters and a
beautiful nature are something the other
islands have too. We have to distinguish
ourselves in other ways and by keeping the
island clean we're making a difference.
Eleven years in Holland have changed me
in many ways. I've grown up; I've learned
how to handle money and to set priorities.
Life is tough, but if it were easy, you'd
probably not appreciate it. Only when
you've conquered all the obstacles do you
know your own strength. But also I appreci-
ate my islands much more than I did be-
"I've been away for 12 years, Eliz says
"and a lot has changed: my mind-set, my
behavior, my view of life I see things in a
completely different way. I am very glad to
be back and I certainly see a future for us
here. I've always appreciated Bonaire its
environment and of course, my family.
When I returned I immediately got a job at
the RBTT bank, but beginning in mid-
November I'll be working with the Dutch
Caribbean Nature Alliance and Kalli de
Meyer. It's exactly the job I've studied for."
"It would be ideal," Rico says "when all
Antilleans can come back with the knowl-
edge they've built up abroad to develop our
islands and make
the world a better
what I'm working
on and that's why
I came back..."
Story & photo by
Bonaire Reporter November 17 to November 24, 2006
Elizd Craane and Dyrichemar "Rico" Martis
(Portraits, Capt. Don. Continued from page 9)
It's nice to see
Syou can man-
enough to get
results, and to
on your ideas.
Alumni around the world. It is our task to
mobilize them to fight for the ongoing health
of our oceans, which are in peril. Bonaire
serves as a drawing board, an example, a
leader in ocean conservation that sets the pace
for the world to follow. I founded the Acco-
lade Foundation to document and promote
images of a clean ocean and seaside, to raise
awareness and hand out awards like I re-
ceived to people who have achieved some-
thing in that respect. We plan to build an in-
formation centre in the coming years to focus
our efforts in, and I'm certain we will find the
necessary funds. The difficult part will be
finding people motivated enough to work at
the centre. We're still searching, so you can
In December 1976, a young woman from
New York followed the advice of one of her
friends to book a diving holiday with Captain
Don in Bonaire. She reserved a room at The
Hotel Bonaire (the first of two locations of
Captain Don's Aquaventure, later joined by
Captain Don's Habitat). The morning after
her arrival, with the remains of a hearty
breakfast still on the table, a strapping, hand-
some man entered the room to start the diving
His name was Don Stewart.
He asked every participant to read an ex-
cerpt from the Rules of Diving. Janet obliged,
as did everyone. The ritual was similar to the
one a fresh crew on a sailing ship has to un-
dergo: reading aloud their own possible pun-
ishments: Do this wrong, you get keelhauled,
do that wrong and you're tied to the mast for
a day without any food or water, steal from
your mates and you're thrown to the sharks!
This morning turned out to be a special one
for both Janet and the Captain.
"He had the air of a captain alright, he was
really imposing, and when he asked you to do
something, you just did it. But he was charm-
ing as well. He would tell jokes and liked to
socialize. After our diving lessons, he would
tell beautiful, exciting stories. That holiday
was the start of my life with Captain Don."
After many years Don and Janet still live in
their self-created ranch home in Lagoen, a
beautiful place with a heavenly garden, con-
taining a greenery of plants and trees that all
of Bonaire should bask in.
Captain Don spends his days writing as-yet-
unpublished novels, cleaning his collection of
antique air guns, checking on the shrubs and
trees, and drawing the plans for the Accolade
Centre with a soft pencil. Every Monday
evening, the 81-year-old visits with hotel
guests at Habitat and occasionally still does a
popular slide show/story hour.
1 December 2004 found the Captain in
surgery at Curacao's St Elizabeth Hospital,
where his friend, Dr. Van Leeuwen, ampu-
tated his right leg below the knee. The bro-
ken-ankle incident from 1980, on board the
sunken Dutch raft, had turned bad. The pain
of the last 24 years was finally removed.
As bid by Don, Janni (Janet), his mate, at
great emotional cost, saw that the foot that
first stepped onto Bonairean soil 42 years
earlier was put to rest in the land to which
Don belonged. On 4 December, the foot was
buried in Bonaire, at the Protestant Ceme-
tery's west gate, with many friends attending.
Don was still hospitalized at the time, but the
Bonaireans laughingly said, "Old Captain
Don finally has one foot in the grave!" The
living legend had created a new legend, of the
grave without a body. Story by Guus Ger-
ritsen; portrait by Henk RoozendaaL
"Bonaire Experts" Graduate
Proud Graduates with Sue Felix
Want to know anything about Bonaire and its history? Ask any one of these
22 recent graduates of Sue Felix's Tour Guide Class. The students at-
tended 70 hours of classes, interspersed with class tours over a period of 19 weeks,
and many emerged as official tour guides. Others in the group, working at the ho-
tels, graduated with tour guide knowledge. The graduates' certificates were based
on attendance, general knowledge and guiding. This year the top ranking student
was Jurrie Mellema, Director of the Bonaire Animal Shelter. Also graduating was
Henk, one of the first taxi drivers to take the course, who gave a short thank you
Throughout the course organized and sponsored by Achie Tours, guest speakers
from different sections of the community shared their knowledge with the students.
As well each of the students received a "bible," covering all the facts and figures
and wonderful stories of Bonaire.
The graduation celebration, attended by Lt. Governor Domacass6, was held at the
Black Durgeon and was prepared and organized by the Durgeon's Rona, also a
graduate, who offered drinks and an extensive buffet. L.D
Bonaire Reporter November 17 to November 24, 2006
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Get Ready For This Weekend's Leonid Meteor Shower!
E very November we are
treated to a meteor
shower which appears to
originate from Leo the Lion,
so we call this event the
Leonid Meteor Shower. Last
year it was a real dud because
bright moonlight wiped out
all but the very brightest of
the meteors. But this year
there'll be no moonlight to
interfere. So if you get far
enough away from city lights
and it's clear out you should
be able to catch quite a few.
Very early this Sunday
morning, November 19th,
around 3 am, face east, where Thepeak of the 1998 Leonid meteor shower
halfway up from the horizon (rich in bright fireballs), shown in afour-hour
you'll see th e bright strs time exposure through afisheye lens, taken by
you'll see the bright stars
which make up the constella Juraj Toth of Modra Observatory. This photo-
tion Leo the Lion. The front graph demonstrates how the meteors in a particu-
part of Leo is marked by stars lar shower appear to emanate from a certain point
part of Leo is marked by starsain of skyisall ts rbit.
which trace out a sickle shape i e lle the r
or a backwards question mark. Leo's rear is marked by three stars which form a
triangle. And this year you'll see a bright light next to Leo which usually isn't there,
planet #6, ringed Saturn.
Now every November on the nights of the Leonid meteor shower bright streaks of
light which we call meteors flash across the sky and appear to come from a spot
within Leo's sickle. But it's all an optical illusion because the meteors are millions
of times closer than the stars of Leo. You see, meteors are nothing more than tiny
bits of comet debris that slam into our Earth's atmosphere so fast that they inciner-
ate and cause gasses in our Earth's atmosphere to briefly light up, kind of like the
gasses in a neon tube. The comet that causes the Leonids is Comet Temple Turtle
which pays our Sun a visit every 33 years. But every time it visits our Sun it sheds
some of its tail and leaves a trail of debris all along its orbit. So after hundreds of
years and dozens of passages Temple- Tuttle's orbit has become filled with tiny
specks of comet debris. And every November when our Earth plows through this
river of comet debris many specks slam into our Earth's atmosphere leaving the
trails of light which we call the Leonid meteors.
Now most of these specks are very tiny and leave very faint trails, but there are
always a few bigger specks and they can leave brilliant trails which will make you
gasp with delight. So because we have no bright moonlight to interfere this year
you can expect to see 15 to 20 meteors per hour if you follow the rules for optimum
So start watching about 3 am this Sunday morning and make sure you are far
away from bright lights. Lie back in a sleeping bag or on a lawn chair (stay awake!)
with your feet pointing east, then slowly scan the sky back and forth for at least an
hour and you should see a few bright ones. You'll have a better chance to see more
bright ones about an hour before sunrise because that's when Leo will be almost
overhead. Patience is required. And remember not to use a telescope or binoculars.
This is strictly a naked eye event, which is my favorite kind.
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F i, E tMWE L
Sunday, November 12 to
Saturday, November 18, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Regardless of your first reaction, the outcome will be
favorable. Take time to listen to the problems of family members. You will be emo-
tional about family matters. Avoid confrontations with coworkers who aren't pulling
their weight. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Your charm will attract members of the opposite sex.
You can win if you're open and up front with your boss. You should channel your
efforts into getting rid of bad habits. Look into the cost factor, but don't try to get
backing yet. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Take things slowly, especially for the sake of those
you love. You may find a rare antique this week. Opportunities to meet new lovers
will evolve through your interaction with groups or fundraising functions. You must
avoid gossip and focus on what you have to do. Your lucky day this week will be
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You will learn a great deal from the foreigners you
meet. Travel will be favorable. Don't let siblings put pressure on you. Try to curb
your bad habits. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Acceptance will be necessary. Relationships may be hard to
handle. You could experience unusual circumstances and meet eccentric individuals.
You could meet an interesting individual you'll want to get to know better. Your
lucky day this week will be Monday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Concentrate on spending quality time with children
and friends. You mustn't make promises that you won't be able to keep. Try not to
overspend on luxury items. Your courage and willpower will enable you to get rid
of destructive habits as well. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Deception regarding joint finances or investments will
cause upsets between family members. Avoid joint ventures and steer clear of
groups that want you to contribute financial assistance. Your family may not be
pleased with your decisions. Be prepared to overcome frustrations and obstacles at
work. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Try to include the one you love in your plans this
week. Keep an open mind when dealing with youngsters. Your partner could also
use some time alone with you. You can make money if you concentrate on produc-
ing services or goods that will make domestic chores easier. Your lucky day this
week will be Wednesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Ignore colleagues who appear to be going in
circles. Get the whole family involved in a worthwhile cause or cultural event. Be
aware of any emotional deception. Do not sign legal contracts or documents this
week. Love relationships will flourish. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Secret enemies will be eager to spread rumors
about you. Try not to let your emotions interfere with the completion of your work.
You would be wise to consider attending lectures that will broaden your awareness
concerning your professional direction. Get back to the comforts of cottage or home.
Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You will be able to get good advice if you listen to
close friends or relatives you respect. Talk to someone with experience about budg-
ets or consolidating debts. You may be up for some changes in your home. You may
find acquaintances being deceptive. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You can learn valuable information if you listen and
observe what others are doing and saying. Unpredictable events will disrupt your
routine. Take the time to do your job correctly or you may find yourself looking for
a new one. Involvement in groups will be favorable. Business partnerships will
Drove lucrative. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
Bonaire Reporter- November
7 to November 24, 2006