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wake of the Curagao Island


D utch caretaker
Minister of
Administrative Re-
form and Kingdom
Relations, Atzo
Nicola', says he has
the political will Atzo Nicolai
to continue to-
wards establishing a new political or-
der with St. Maarten and the three
smaller islands. He is planning a visit to
the islands late January. "I consider it
very serious what happened," Nicolai
said, referring to the decision by the
Curagao Island Council to reject the No-
vember 2 political accord they signed
with The Netherlands, St. Maarten and
the Central Government. The accord was
to pave the way for the two islands to
become a country in the Kingdom of the
Netherlands. The Netherlands already
signed an agreement with Bonaire, Saba
and St. Eustatius on October 11 to estab-
lish direct ties. He respected Curagao's
decision and called it a "democratic"
choice, but said at the same time that it
was not good for the people of Curagao
and that the consequences for Curagao
and the other islands were "serious." The
biggest objection by the Curagao Island
Council was that Holland was to have the
last say in judicial matters. (By Suzanne
Koelega)

The break-up of the Netherlands
Antilles has to be accelerated in the


Council's rejection of the No-
vember 2 accord on future constitutional
change for the islands of the Netherlands
Antilles, Constitutional Affairs Minister
Roland Duncan said last Wednesday. The
target date shouldn't be July 1, 2007,
anymore, but "as soon as possible."

1 The VVD party may have lost last
week's election in the Netherlands, but
the liberal party was still the biggest
vote-getter among Dutch residents living
abroad.
Some 32,126 Dutch expatriates were
eligible to vote in the elections for a new
government and 28,170 of those
(88.85%) cast their votes by letter or via
the Internet, it was announced by the
Central Voting Circle in The Hague.

Continuing its reign as one of the
world's top dive destinations, Bonaire
was rated the Top Dive Destination
Overall (Caribbean/Atlantic) in Scuba
Diving magazine's 2007 Readers'
Choice Awards for the fifth year in a
row.
Bonaire also received the #1 rating in
four other Caribbean/Atlantic categories:
Top Shore Diving Destination (96.7), Top
Destination for Underwater Photography
(96.6), Healthiest Marine Environment
(93.8), and Top Destination for Beginners
(93.8), and took second place in the cate-
gories of Top Marine Life (94.6) and Top
Small Animal Encounters (90). Bonaire
placed in the top three in the Top Value
(90.6) and Top Snorkeling (86.3) catego-


ries and in the top five in the categories of
Top Destinations for Advanced Divers
(90.3) and Top Visibility (86.9). Results
of the 2007 Awards will be featured in
the January/February 2007 issue of Scuba
Diving magazine.


Air Jamaica recorded a loss of just
under US$120 million during 2005, the
airline's financial statements for the cal-
endar year have confirmed.
According to the statements, which
were presented by the Minister of Finance
and Planning, Dr Omar Davies, in the
House of Representatives, the airline lost
US$119.9 million in 2005, compared to
US$99 million in 2004, and, as of De-
cember 31, last year, its current liabilities
exceeded its current assets by US$92.1
million.
The increased loss was primarily due to
a huge reduction of approximately US$80
million in its operating revenues, mainly
in terms of passengers and to a much
lesser extent in terms of freight. The air-
line's accountants suggested in the report


THIS WEEK


ThREPORTER
Table of Contents
Fast Action Saves Turtles 3
Electricity Upgrade 4
Alternative Fuels 4
Astronaut in Bonaire 6
All-Inclusive in Bonaire 7
Shoes at Warehouse 7
Antique Houses (San Bernardus) 8&9
Prokids Premiere 10
Portraits Debut 11
International Day of
Disabilities FKPD party 12
Elizabeth Wigny Honored 13
Cooking Lessons at the
Training Center Project 18

WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Biologist's Bubbles (Sharptail Eel) 3
SuDoku Puzzle 12
Classifieds 12
Pet of the Week (Newborns) 14
Tide Table 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
Born on Bonaire
(James "Boy" Janga) 17
Picture Yourself (Sheffield, UK) 18
Sky Park (Planet Meeting) 19
The Stars Have It 19
SuDoku Answer 19
Next Reporter is Dec. 22

that its continuation as a going concern
will depend on continued support from
the government, as well as obtaining nec-
essary funding and future profitability.
Air Jamaica flies weekly to Bonaire on
Saturdays.
(Continued on page 3)


Bonaire Reporter December 8 to December 22, 2006


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On November 20, oil accumulations
along the east coast were reported
to the Bonaire National Marine Park
(BNMP).
The Marine Park and the staff of the
governmental Department of Environment
and Nature management confirmed the
nature and extent of the spill. The sticky
oil had no sheen or odor, indicating that it
had been at sea for quite a period of time
before being washed ashore.
Fortunately it covered just a limited area
at Washikemba and the oil was easy to
remove because of its solid patches that
stuck mostly to shoreline rocks and ocean-
borne debris. A quick reaction was re-
quired to make sure that the sea turtle
hatchlings from the nests at Washikemba
wouldn't experience any complications
during theirjourney to the sea.
A clean-up was conducted on Friday,
November 23, by the BNMP, Sea Turtle
Conservation Bonaire (STCB), SELIBON
and the corps of volunteers of the Marine
Park. The larger, oil-contaminated rocks
and debris were removed by SELIBON
using a loader and truck. Volunteers also


combed the beach by hand, clearing oil-
laden debris.
Following the clean-up effort, officials
were very satisfied to see that the beach's
condition allowed the baby sea turtles to
navigate with relative safety from their
nests to the sea during the current hatch-
ing period.
STINAPA and STCB want to give spe-
cial recognition to both SELIBON and the
volunteers of the BNMP and STCB for
their willingness to mobilize quickly and
help in situations like this.
The cooperation of SELIBON in beach
clean-ups makes a big difference in the
results. Beaches like Washikemba and


Clean-up team
STCB Photo


Lagoen receive considerable amounts of
debris as a consequence of their location
and the direction of the wind.
SELIBON's presence with their loader


and truck to carry the collected material
away made the hard work of volunteers
and staff from the two organizations a lot
better. OPress release


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D id You Know...that there
are no sea snakes in the
Caribbean ?
Sea snakes are venomous reptiles that
live in the tropical Pacific and Indian
Oceans. Bonaire boasts a beautiful spe-
cies of eel called the Sharptail Eel that
many divers and snorkelers mistake for a


sea snake. The Sharptail Eel is non-
venomous so you can get quite close if
you're the curious type. You can often see
this uninhibited eel in shallow sand/rubble
areas of Bonaire, rooting around for a
meal. Sometimes a Bar Jack will follow
along closely in hopes of snatching a flee-
ing fish that the eel frightens. So, sea


Bonaire Reporter December 8 to December 22


Fast Action Savo Tim tglos


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Electricity Upgrade for Bonaire


G rowing at
over 25% a
year, wind energy is
the fastest growing
energy source in the
world today. And
Bonaire is finally
getting into the act.
In a press confer-
ence last week ex-
Bonaire Governor
Richard Hart, a
Director of WEB's
holding company,
described the WEB-
Bonaire's Electric-
ity and Water com-
pany of the future.
A new company, Artist's impression
EcoPower Bonaire,
BV, employing
many of the present WEB em-
ployees will build, own and oper-
ate (BOO) the facilities. It's a
joint venture of the Dutch com-
pany, ECONCERN, which will
provide project management, and
two German firms, MAN, the
largest diesel manufacturer in the
world, which will manage the
technical side of the new diesel
power plant near BOPEC at the
northwest comer of Bonaire, and
ENERCON, the world's fourth
largest provider of wind turbines.

The wind turbines will be built In Febr
on the east coast, the windward was sew
side, of our island, near Boca elect
Onima, not far from the Indian
inscription caves.
The main electrical power plant will be
relocated from Hato to an area next to the
BOPEC oil terminal. However, water de-
salinization will remain at Hato. Eventually
the Hato site will be closed.
In Phase 1, set to finish in March 2007,
the WEB power plant at the Trans World
Radio (TWR) transmitter site in the south of
the island, will be purchased by EcoPower.
The machinery will be converted to use
heavy fuel oil (HFO) which is cheaper than
the fuel oil now used. The existing inopera-
tive wind generator at Sorobon will be re-
paired and begin to provide 330 kW of
power.
Phase 2, to be completed in the 3rd quarter
of 2008, will have the new diesel plant, pro-
viding 13 million watts (MW) of electricity
running at the BOPEC site. The TWR site
will provide 6 MW of backup power. Bon-
aire currently requires about 11 MW of


which are part of a com-
plex world-wide scheme
to make air polluters pay
for their nasty emissions.
During the period from
1997 through 2004 WEB
lost NAf21 million. The
new facilities are ex-
pected to operate profita-
bly. All WEB workers
will be provided jobs or
fair compensation if
they are not qualified to Se
work in the new com- U
pany. The long-delayed


of the planned wind turbines at Onima.
WEB photo


uary 2005, the WEB powerhouse at Hato
'erely damaged by afire that cut WEB's
trical power production by 40%-50%

power at peak times. The new diesels will
be able to bum both conventional fossil and
biofuels.
The wind turbine "park" of 11 or 12 salt
air-resistant machines will be built along the
shore at Onima. Each turbine can produce
0.8-0.9 MW so ideally, they alone could
meet Bonaire's current electrical require-
ments, but the system design relies on only
40% of its power to come from wind.
The new diesels, besides polluting less
when using fossil fuel, will be capable of
using bio-diesel, so by 2010 it is conceiv-
able that Bonaire will get all its electrical
energy, including water desalinization, from
natural, renewable sources. EcoPower Bon-
aire management projections show a 20%
lower operating cost as compared to using
fossil fuel.
The cost for this upgrade is estimated at
$35 million. EcoPower expects that much of
the cost will be recovered via CO2 credits


---I1


senator Ramonsito Booi, BMG Director Richard Hart and
EB General Manager, Ibi dePalm, describe the future of
Bonaire's electric power system.


sewage system, set to
begin construction next year, when it be-
comes operational will be operated by WEB
employees.
The EcoPower concept is necessary to
support the planned expansion of Bonaire's

Alternative Fuels

Wind energy is captured through
wind turbines that usually consist
of three blades. These blades start rotating
due to the air pressure exerted on them by
strong winds, which can be found 100
(30m.) feet or more above the ground. The
spinning, in turn, powers an electric gen-
erator which is connected to the local util-
ity grid.
Technology improvements have lowered
the cost of wind power production to one-
fifth of what it was 20
years ago. Wind plants
emit no pollutants or
greenhouse gasses, unlike
power plants that use
fossil fuels to produce
energy. When these fossil
fuels are burned they pol-
lute the atmosphere with
toxics such as mercury, as
well as greenhouse gases
such as carbon dioxide.
As energy dependence
moves away from fossil fuels to renewable
energy sources, carbon dioxide levels in
the atmosphere will fall. This will in turn
help to reduce global warming because
carbon dioxide is one of its main causes.
Wind turbines bring some problems of
their own. The first is noise. Noise results
from the turning of the blades on the tur-
bines. The noise level 400 meters away is
approximately the same as a home air-
conditioner. From 2.1 km away the largest
turbines can no longer be heard
Wind farms are forced to compete for
available land space. In Bonaire the


economy, according to its supporters, and
will offer health, economic and environ-
mental benefits for Bonaire residents and
emphasize Bonaire's role as a destination
for conservation-minded visitors. O G.D.

coastal area is used for recreation but is
concentrated on the leeward side of the
island, not the windward, where the wind
turbines would be located. Birds have
been killed flying into the blades of the
windmills. Some of the precautions to
reduce this effect include placing turbines
away from bird flight patterns as well as
using repellant technology such as strobe
lights. Other side effects of a wind power
farm include higher Initial Cost, possible
Electromagnetic Interference and Unat-
tractiveness.
Using wind energy alone cannot pro-
vide a complete solution.
Wind is intermittent and
may not blow when the
energy is needed, therefore
alternate electrical power
sources, such as from a
generating plant are neces-
L2 sary. Bonaire's new elec-
tric plant will use massive
electric generators built by
S the German company MAN
whose reputation for quality
machinery is very high...
but the generators will be able to burn
biofuels.
Biofuels are defined as "fuels produced
from biodegradable fraction of agricul-
tural products, wastes and residues
(including vegetable and animal sub-
stances), forestry products and waste and
the biodegradable fraction of industrial
and municipal waste. Biofuels cut CO2
emissions by between 55 and 80%, de-
pending on production techniques when
compared with fossil diesel and gaso-
line. G.D.


Bonaire Reporter December 8 to December 22, 2006


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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)


1 Last Friday the first flight of Carib-
bean Star Airlines landed at Curagao's
Hato Airport. It is the beginning of a daily
direct connection between Trinidad and
Curagao. Reservations can be made via
www.flycaribbeanstar.com.
Caribbean Star is a private airline com-
pany based in Antigua, but the company
uses Trinidad as a hub. With these daily
flights from Trinidad, Bonaire and Curagao
are more easily accessible from the eastern
part of the Caribbean. The Dash 8-300 de-
parts from Trinidad at 09:45 and arrives in
Curagao at 12:10; it leaves Curagao at 12:45
and arrives in Piarco at 15:10.
> The Dutch Caribbean Nature Alli-
ance (DCNA) celebrated its fifth Board
meeting last week on St Maarten with the
announcement that the Dutch Ministry of
the Interior had approved a Euro 1 million
per year grant for the coming 10 years. The
funding has been earmarked to cover the
operational costs of DCNA and the nature
parks of the Dutch Caribbean. Executive
Director Kalli De Meyer said that she was
thrilled at the news but cautioned that this
was just the first step towards a more sus-
tainable future for the parks. "It may sound
as though the Dutch Caribbean Parks will be
swimming in money, but nothing could be
further from the truth. In order to capitalize
a Trust Fund large enough to cover the op-
erational costs of one marine park and one
land park on each of our islands we are go-
ing to have to tighten our belts and do an
outstanding job of fundraising over the com-
ing decade."
Calculations show that Euro 24 million is
needed to fully capitalize the Trust Fund.
Following his re-election last Sunday,
President
Hugo
Chavez
pledged to
shake up
Venezuela
with a more
radical ver- Chavez in a red VW
sion of socialism and forge a wider front
against the US in Latin America. Opposition
contender Manuel Rosales accepted defeat
Sunday night, but promised to continue
countering a leader whom he accuses of
becoming increasingly authoritarian. With
78% of voting stations reporting, Chavez
had 61% of the vote, to 38% for Rosales.


Chavez has won a loyal following among
the poor through multibillion-dollar social
programs including subsidized food, free
university education and cash benefits for
single mothers.
From his cell in the Bon Futuro prison,
Curagao defrocked politician, Anthony
Godett, wished Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez success in the presidential elections
in Venezuela. Some Venezuelan people
living in Bonaire demonstrated their support
of Chavez with a motorcade along the
Promenade Sunday evening.

1 About 700 people took part in a
rowdy demonstration against the new
sales tax in Aruba last week. The police
had put up barriers to prevent the protesters
from getting too close to the entrance of the
Government office, but these barriers were
broken. The police had trouble keeping the
protestors away from the entrance, but they
managed.


Above is an image taken from the
brand new DowntownCam on Bonaire,
which is located on Kaya Grandi in Kral-
endijk, near the offices of REMAX Paradise
Homes, the owner of the DowntownCam.
The French sailing yacht Kirsnic was
destroyed on the north coast of Klein
Curacao, the small, uninhabited island off
Cura9ao after running aground. The royal
navy frigate Van Amstel was the first to re-
spond to the distress call. The 18-meter-long
yacht was being sailed by one person aboard
from Los Roques to Curagao. Because of
the rough seas, efforts to pull the stranded
vessel free failed and the yacht was aban-
doned.
Correction: In the November 17 issue
of The Reporter in the article about Diabetes
Day we reported incorrectly that Mary
Timermans has a holistic health and therapy
center. At this time Timmermans does not
have such a center. We are sorry if this has
caused any misunderstanding.


> Bonaire's
Windsurfing Stars -
Tonky, Kiri and Tati
were on hand to
help open the new
hair salon for men
and women, Elle
Lui Coiffure, in the
Royal Palm Gallery.





offering a daily NAf10 lunch for takeout,
Tuesdays through Saturdays: a main dish
with two sides. Special on Tuesday and
Thursday is Lasagna. See the Last Bite ad
on page 14.
1 There's a new MCB-Bonaire Auto-
mated Teller Machine (ATM) available at
the Divi Flamingo Resort very convenient
for their guests and people south of the cen-
ter of Kralendijk.

Did you know Kaya Grandi doesn't
stop at the TCB office? It seems to pick up
again at the Divi Flamingo Resort where
you can walk along the seaside past their
shops and restaurants. Now is the perfect
opportunity because the whole route has
been beautifully decorated for Christmas.

1 Congratulations to Captain Frankin An-
toin who has just completed his license to fly
with DEA. Among his other talents Antoin is a
writer and columnist for the dxtra newspaper,
is a fine photographer, has been an effective
police officer and is a good friend and col-
league of The Reporter.


1 The Bonairean musical group, Tutti
Frutti, will release their newest CD Friday
night, December 8, at the Rose Inn, Rincon.
Listen to the children's choir kick off the party
at 7.30 pm, and then to Tutti Fruiti and Mike
and Friends. The CD is called, Kortado di
Sentibibu (Cutters of the Aloe). Special guests
will be elderly ladies who were once aloe cut-
ters long ago.
Mangazina di Rei, the living open-air
museum near Rincon, will celebrate its
10th anniversary on Sunday, December
17, with a big "open house" where all are
welcome. The day will be most interesting
and interactive, with activities for one and
all, plus dancing, music food and drink.
Mangazina di Rei, on the Rincon Road,
will be open from 10 am to 5pm. If you
want more information, a stand or display,
call 786-2101 or 786-4346. O G./L. D.


Bonaire Reporter December 8 to December 22


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Astronaut in Bonaire Bolden Landsat
Astronaut in Bonaire UniCollege Bonaire


Astronaut Charles Bolden with his daughter, Kelly, dive under the guidance of Laurel
Kjorlin, Instructor at the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. General Bolden, like all
astronauts is a diver, but it was Kelly's first time. Bob Lassiter Photo
It was Astronaut Time in Bonaire last week. From November 25 through Decem-
ber 1, former astronaut Charles Bolden shared his many experiences in space
with students and with the Bonaire community. He spoke to numerous classes in the
island's public and private schools and in the auditorium at Jong Bonaire. His audi-
ences were captivated by his self-effacing manner, charming wife and lovely daughter.
His influence on many young lives will continue long after his departure. The two
stories below are reports from high school students he spoke to.

Study Hard, Work Hard and
Follow Your Dreams


S ome of you
out there who
read The Bonaire
Reporter week in,
week out may al-
ready know me. My
name is Dauri
Jansen and I'm in
the 8a grade of
SGB (high school).
I would like to use
this spot to tell you
all about my experi-
ences with the for- Dauri Jansen, of SGB VH2B, and Jeff Marshall, of UniCollege
mer astronaut's visit 2VWO, collecting their awardsfor the essay contest with Astro-
at our school. After naut Charles Bolden Bob Lassiter Photo
a great introduction
by our school director, Mr. Pop, astronaut Charles Bolden came forward and gave us a
tremendous presentation with interesting slides and pictures about his job. By explain-
ing every slide of his presentation he made everyone understand what he was trying to
explain. The reaction of the pupils was great. They listened carefully to everything he
was saying and asked a lot of questions on which they got a clear answer. The pupils
wanted to know everything such as: how is life in space; how certain things are done
in space etc. But soon enough Mr. Bolden gave a clear answer to all their questions.
As well as teaching us all about his job, he also gave us a lot of useful tips, such as -
Study Hard, Work Hard and Follow Your Dreams. By telling the story of one of the
members of his crew he showed us that everyone can make it, as long as they totally
go for it. After some nice slides and good explanations he left us with a message I'll
never forget:
Do all you can.
In the time that you have
In the place that you are
With what you have.
The message is written by a famous boy who died at the age of 12 from H.I.V.
Charles Bolden also handed out autographs to pupils and I think he had a great time at
our school. Last, but not least, I would like to share with you once more that this pres-
entation was wonderful and that it deserves big applause.
Thank von Mr Charles Rnldnrn fl )auri.Janepn


O n Tuesday, the 27t of November, General Charles 'Charlie' Bolden arrived at Uni-
College Bonaire for his second informational presentation to the schoolchildren of
Bonaire. The highest two grades of Basisschool de Pelikaan also joined the audience. All
of us waited for the special moment, and then....blast off!
General Bolden started his exciting presentation on the wonders of space and his
experiences. Right at the beginning of his presentation, our impression was: Wow! This
man can speak! We were all sitting there, listening to him talk. Nobody said a word to each
other. We were all just so captivated and bewildered by his story.
He told about his experiences as an astronaut and the adventures he has had in
space, about his job and the experiments that they conducted. He talked about his opinions
about space-related issues, such as future plans for space travel. But the most important
lesson he taught us was that no matter where you live, what you do, what you want to be,
nothing is impossible. Just as long as you believe in yourself and you work at it. To teach
this important lesson, he used some encouraging advice in his presentation.
The first piece of advice was that you have to study hard. If you don't study, your
dreams might slowly begin to slip away (depending on your dreams, of course). The sec-
ond was work hard. Dreams don't just come to you overnight. To achieve them, you have
to work at it and really put some effort into it. General Bolden's third piece of advice was
not to be afraid of failure. Failure is a scary thing, but if you are afraid of it, you won't
achieve anything. Achieving your dreams is about passing the limit and doing your best.
Failure will happen sometimes, but that's just a part of life, so you can't let it stop you.
General Bolden's presentation was not only educational, but also very inspira-
tional to us. It was, as we mentioned, very captivating. Bolden combined his great ability
of oral presentation with a beautiful slideshow of pictures from, about and of space and his
magnificent adventures. Later we were allowed to ask questions (there were a lot!). Gen-
eral Charlie Bolden's presentation was in one word: Fantastic! 1
DerekAranguren and Jason Oleana


Students present for the photo (some may be hidden) Jason Oleana, Derek Aran-
guren, Tirza Obersi, Ziran Chin-On, Sarah-Ann Maartense, Rocca Chin-On, Nathan
Croes, Suley-Mae Pourier, Timo van der Veen, Jeffery Marshall,
Ilona Lane and Zahid Frans Bob Lassiter Photo


Bonaire Reporter December 8 to December 22, 2006


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All-Inclusive in Bonaire


T he announcement last week by Divi
Resorts that they will start to build
a 275-room, all-inclusive condominium
resort on the site of the former Bonaire
(Sunset) Beach hotel is welcome news.
Following the closing of the Sunset Beach
Hotel and the subsequent fire, the site, one
of Bonaire's finest beach spots, became a
hazardous eyesore. Some citizens wanted
the area turned into a public beach, but the
government preferred the revenue the site
would provide and offered it as a resort
spot.
Following negotiations, the Divi Resort
chain announced its plans. It will be Bon-
aire's first "all inclusive" resort. Accord-
ing to Wikipedia, an all-inclusive resort is
a holiday resort that includes all meals,
soft drinks, and most alcoholic drinks in
the price. Many also offer a selection of
sports and other activities included in the
price as well. They have become increas-
ingly popular over the past few years
A frequent criticism of all-inclusive re-
sorts is that they do not help the local
economy much. People who hold this
view usually cite the fact that most resorts
are located in relatively remote areas away
from major local population centers, mak-
ing it hard for the people staying there to
see any local sights or patronize local
business. They also say that most resorts
are owned and run by multinational corpo-
rations thus diverting money away from
local companies.
Proponents of all-inclusive resorts point
to the fact that these resorts usually bring
large numbers of visitors to the country,
who must travel through local airports and
towns to arrive at the resort. Bonaire's
new Divi Sunset, however, is located in
the heart of "hotel row," and according to
Mark Nooren, the Project Manager, will
provide guests to nearby restaurants and
shops if its guests are similar to the ones
staying at their Aruba properties.
All-inclusive resorts are a counter to the
growing trend towards cruise ship vaca-
tions in the winter months. Both tend to
include amenities in the base price. Book a


Among those attending the presen-
tation of the new Divi Sunset were
Antillean Minister of Economic Af-
fairs, Burney el Hage; Divi Flamingo
General Manager, Sara Matera; and
Commissioner of Tourism, Onnie
Emerenciana

mainstream cruise, and you'll receive ac-
commodations, all meals and snacks, cer-
tain beverages at meal times, use of the
ship's facilities (such as the pool, kids
club, and fitness center), onboard activities
and entertainment, and transportation be-
tween ports-of-call. You will have to pay
extra for soft drinks and alcoholic bever-
ages, gratuities, spa treatments, shore ex-
cursions, airfare, and airport transfers.
Luxury lines may include gratuities and
alcohol in their base price.
On the other hand, book an all-inclusive
resort package, and you'll receive at mini-
mum, accommodations, all meals and bev-
erages, nightly entertainment, access to the
resort's facilities, use of all non-motorized
water sports equipment (such as snorkel-
ing gear, sailboats, and windsurf boards),
and gratuities. Many also include airfare
and airport transfers, and higher-end prop-
erties often include scuba diving in the
cost as well. You'll notice that much more
is included in the resort price than in the
cruise fare. Which is a better value is up to
the individual consumer to judge.
Sales of the new condos will begin in the
second quarter next year. Completion is
set for 2009. Contact Mark Nooren at
MarkN kmegaresorts.com, for more de-
tails. DG.D.


Preliminary design of the new Divi Sunset property -
notice the present traffic circle in the foreground.


Shoes at
Warehouse

S interklaas had some prob-
lems with the weather. It
started to look like he brought the
weather from Holland, 9000 km
away, to us. Unbelievable what a
"Sint" can do. So the day stared
with rain and quite some wind.
But when he actually arrived at
10:30 am it was dry. At 11:15 it
started raining very hard. But the
"Sint" and "Pieten" managed to
give all the children their candy.
And, as usual, Warehouse took a
photo of every child with the
"Sint" and a few "Pieten." After
12 noon the "Sint" left the Ware-
house to go to another place to
make children happy. O Story &
photo by Wilna Groenenboom.


Bonaire Reporter December 8 to December 22


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Anrtidus Cure
San Bernardus Church


bv i Wilna Groenenboom
bv Wilna Groenenboom


vinf Bonas Arcir He
Preserving Bonaire's Architectural Heritage


Bonaire Reporter December 8 to December 22, 2006


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Antique Living 1Houses of Bonaire


San Bernardus Church

T he month of December has begun
and so has the period of Advent
which will end with the celebration of
Christmas Day. During this time people
are more focused on the church than they
are normally. It's a very busy time for the
pastor and priest and everybody who is
involved.

The Diocese in the center of Kralendijk
has many buildings, from all different
tperiods, styles and functions. Most
prominent is the Catholic San Bernardus
Church which was built in 1947.


In the above black and white photo we
can see the old San Bernardus built in
1829. It looks like the design of this old
San Bernardus church was influenced by
a Kas di Hala style, along with the look of
a Dutch Protestant church, with the little
clock tower above the main entrance.


used as a theatre, maybe the first on Bon-
aire. Because all the buildings are used by
people, they are truly "living." And be-
cause they're so unique and interesting
the church and presbytery will be dis-
cussed in two different issues of The Re-
porter.

The "new' church is very different from
the former church. The outside looks very
massive with big buttresses on the outside
of the walls (photo lower left). Buttresses
were used in the Gothic architectural pe-
riod of the 13th century in Western
Europe. During that period heavy thick
walls were needed to hold the weight of
the roof's vaulting, and the buttresses
were there to support the sides of the
walls and the weight of the roof. On the
San Bernardus Church we see this same
technique that was used during the Gothic
period.
The painting below shows the develop-
ment of Gothic windows. The third high
Gothic window on the right is very similar
to the forms of the present vaulted arch in
the church. The big buttresses in the inte-
rior of the church are "horizontal," con-
nected with the arches in the side aisles
(photo upper right) on top. The side aisle
is connected with the nave with "vertical"
arches.


About the history of
San Bernard

S t. Bernard was born of noble
parents in Burgundy, France,
in the castle of Foutaines near Dijon.
Under the care of his pious parents
he was sent at early age to a college
at Chatillon, where he was conspicu-
ous for his remarkable piety and
spirit of recollection. There he began
his the studies of theology and Holy
Scripture. After the death of his
mother, fearing the snares and temp-
tations of the world, he resolved to
embrace the newly established and
very austere institute of the Cister-
cian Order, of which he was destined St. Bernard
to become the greatest ornament. He Abbot and Doctor of the Church.
also persuaded his brothers and sev-
eral of his friends to follow his example.
In 1113, St Bernard, together with 30 young noblemen, presented himself to the
holy abbot, St. Stephen, at Citeaux. After a novitiate spent in great fervor, he made
his profession the following year. Soon after, his superior, seeing the great progress
he had made in the spiritual life, sent him with 12 monks to found a new monastery,
which afterward became known as the celebrated abbey of Clairvaux.
St. Bernard was the once appointed abbot and began that active life which has
made him the most conspicuous figure in the history of the 12th century.
He founded numerous other monasteries, composed a number of works and un-
dertook many journeys for the honor of God. Several Bishoprics were offered him
but he refused them all. The reputation of St. Bernard spread far and wide; even the
popes were governed by his advice. He was commissioned by Pope Eugene III to
preach the Second Crusade. In obedience to the Sovereign Pontiff he traveled to
France and Germany and aroused the greatest enthusiasm for the holy war among
the masses of the population. The failure of the expedition raised a great storm
against the Saint, but he attributed it to the sins of the Crusaders. St. Bernard was
eminently endowed with the gift of miracles. He died on August 20th 1153. His
feast day is August 20th. O Wilna Groenenboom


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In the audience: Jurgen, and elegant friends


ast Saturday evening it was like a Hollywood movie premiere at Movieland Cinema in
Playa. Bright lights, garlands of balloons, a red carpet, photo-snapping press, Governor
Domacass6, his wife and throngs of fans greeted each of the "stars" as they emerged, one by one,
from their chauffer-driven fancy cars. It was the Aquaspeed Windsurfers' premiere of their offi-
cial DVD, "Second ProKids World Freestyle Championship 2006," which was held this last
August 3 to 6. The crowd swarmed inside Movieland to grab seats to see the show.
Congratulations to all the young stars and to Elvis Martinus and his staff of organizers. OL.D.


Bonaire Reporter December 8 to December 22, 2006


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his last Sunday there was another debut: A book, Por-
traits ofBonaire, Vol. 2, by author Guus Gerritsen and
painter Henk Roozendaal at Kas di Art. The debut coincided
with the opening of a one-man exhibition of Roozendaal's
work 30 of his paintings of people on Bonaire. Henk is a
master at catching the inner spirit of his subjects and his
paintings are wild with color. The exhibition was opened by
Donna Dovale and Elvis Martinus, both portrayed in Por-
traits ofBonaire Vol. 1, published
four years ago M


Elvis Martinus and Donna Dovale make
ovenine remarks Photo by Wilna Groneneboom


Along with the public were many
of the people whose stories appear
in this edition of the book as well as
some from the first Vol. 1.

A special for this edition is the
separate Papiamentu translation
sponsored by extra newspaper and
Notary Maarten Maartense. The
translations are by B6i Antoin and
Celia Fernandes.

Roozendaal's exhibit will stay
open until December 31, daily from
2 to 7 pm. Closed on Mon-
days. OL.D.


Some of the "subjects" of Portraits in person with the authors


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DO VOU SUDOKUT International Day of Disabilities -
FKPDI' t


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


SI r JPnI Lry


I


5 7 8

2 9

3 1 4


6 5 3

1 9 2

4 8 6 7


8 4 1

2 6



Complete solution on page 19.
Complete solution on page 19.


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


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


BONAIRENET
The leading consumer and business infor-
mation source on Bonaire. Telephone (599)
717-7160. For on-line yellow pages directory
information go to http://
www.yellowpagesbonaire.com


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


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


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


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


JELLASTONE PETPARK
Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 786-4651
www.bonairenet. com/j ellastone/



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


For Sale
Apartment-size Refrig-
erator/freezer, 5.30 cu.
feet. Gold Star Best One
Designer's Feeling
GR1515. Energy efficient.
Runs perfectly. NAf225.
NewNAf550.
Tel. 786-6518, 786-6125

Lounge Chairs Aluminum welded.
All in good shape. Only NAF 100.
Call 717-8819 8 am to 5 pm


Wooden dining room table with four
matching wood chairs. Country kitchen
style with maple finish and white trim on
table and chairs. Table can be square or
rectangular with self-folding leaf, which
stores below table-top when not in use. In
excellent condition. FL 675.00. Call 717-
2848.

Surfboard Mistral "Escape," all-
rounder 3.45 m, good condition and com-
plete with two sails- 5.4/4.4m2 for the best
offer! Tel 717-5038

2 Boogie Boards. NAf75 each or best
offer. Call Bruce 717-8819 8 am to 5 pm

High quality Universal printer/copy
PAPER- Large format 11" x 17" (279mm
x 432mm). Two cases of 2500 sheets.
White (84 brightness) 20 lb. grain long
NAf60 per case., two for NAf100. Call
786-6125 or 717-8988.


For sale -Dive tanks 80 cu ft. alumi-
num. NAf125 Call 717-8819 8 am 5 pm

For Sale Woman's
shorty ScubaPro wet suit
with long sleeves. Worn
twice. Black with magenta
trim. Size 13-14. NAf70
($40) OBO. Call 717-8988,
786-6518. o


==a re
For
Sale
BMW 520i 4-
door sedan, 1991, white, excellent condi-
tion. Fast, beautiful. A CLASSIC! Call
785-9041

For sale: FIAT BAR-
CHETTA Cabrio,
1997, yellow, with
hard-top and windstop. Tel. 786-5591.



W1a -n ted
18" high Dog Kennel. Call 717-6776

Professional American couple looking
for temporary rental of a 2- 3 bed-
room home beginning 1st week of Janu-
ary. Furnished or unfurnished ok. Will


need approximately 4-6 months. 717-5759 or
780-0959

A screen door for a bedroom.
Call 786-3117


P ro p e rty ,
Sales &
F -e nta Is
FOR SALE: Kunuku (farm)- 949 sq.
meters. Modern house with 2 bedrooms, 1
bath inside, 1 outside. On water line, plus
sweet water well. Electricity via solar and
wind generator. Tras di Montana road.
NAf180.000. Call 785-6378.

Timeshare week in Dutch St. Maarten,
on Cupecoy Beach. Enjoy 7 nights at The
Ocean Club, any week that space is avail-
able, in a studio which can sleep up to four,
with privacy for two. Up to two weeks avail-
able, FL 750.00 per week. Call 717-2848.


Free4 F ree4

Printer cartridge BC-29F 4 color; Fax
cartridge: model PC-201 (2 pieces); Fax
cartridge for Plain Paper Fax: model Pc-
101- Last Chance -Call 717-5225 or 701-
5225


Bonaire Reporter December 8 to December 22, 2006


Bonaire Reporter Classifieds- Are still free
Got something to buy or sell?
Non-Commercial Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20 words):
Free ads run for 2 weeks.
Commercial Ads only NAf0.80 per word, per week.
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Domi Jan Jonkman leads the choir in a rousing hymn


Page 12


Last Sunday Bonaire's mem-
bers, volunteers and family of
the FKPD (handicapped association)
celebrated the International Day of
the Disabled at the Don Paranda, a
kunuku style outdoor gathering
place. Rousing songs were sung by
an enthusiastic choir made up of
many of the members, inspirational
and humorous talks were given by
Domi Jan Jonkeman, and members of
the community congratulated the
FKPD on their day.
The Bonaire Special Olympics
team has been made up of many of
these FKPD members.
A big event this year has been the
completion of the building of the
FKPD housing for 15 members in
Nikiboko North. The school and
workshops still remain in Rincon.
Another milestone this year is the
radio program by FKPD's Varenia
Thomas who broadcasts news of the
FKPD on BonFM the first Wednes-
day of each month, 5:30 to 6 pm.
Congratulations to FKPD Director
Lupe Uranie and her very supportive
staff, the volunteers and all the
members. OL.D.


Luis Peila addresses
a message to the audience











Elizabeth Wigny Honored



or the last nine years volunteer Eliza- "
beth Wigny has been working and


coaching Bonaire s Special ulympics teams.
Traveling with them, living with them and
sharing in their victories, Elizabeth has be-
come a dear friend to all of the athletes. As
well, Elizabeth has raised funds for her spe-
cial people with two fashion shows with a
top designer, with jazz concerts, selling
stickers, asking for donations from her
friends, acquaintances and even diners at her
restaurant, Croccantino.
It was she who conceived the idea of the
Special Olympics 31-kilometer Walkathon,
a giant fund raising event which has become
an annual happening a walk from the slave
huts in the south to the town of Rincon in the

'a


-1 0,-


Elizabeth gets a hug from Special Olympics Silver Medal winner,
Lucille Pikerie

north, mimicking the actual walk the slaves took two centuries ago.
The whole island pitches in, as walkers, bikers, volunteers serving
drinks and fruit and more. And Special Olympics athletes and their
coaches and volunteers from other islands have been part of it too.
Special Olympics Bonaire has done such an outstanding job of fund
raising for our team that they've been asked to give advice to other
islands in the Caribbean.
But it is now time for Elizabeth to leave the island, to return to Italy
and begin a new life, and it's saddened so many of the athletes with
whom she's worked. So last Sunday, during the FKPD's celebration of
the Day of the Disabled she was presented with gifts to remember her
good friends and colleagues. It was a tearful farewell.
Elizabeth assured everyone that although she was leaving the island she
will be back for sure for the Special Olympics Walkathon next year on
February 4, 2007. OL.D.


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Elizabeth Wigny with Special Olympics volunteers
and coaches and FKPD head, Lupe Uranie


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Pet of thie Weekc

T his photo of these three
newborn puppies sets a
record for Pet of the Week.
They're the youngest ever to
appear in the column. In fact
they don't even have their
eyes open yet, and they even
rather resemble little piglets.
Right now the Shelter has so
many puppies up for adoption
that they outnumber the adult
dogs. The pups will be ready
for adoption when they've
been weaned, checked out by
the vet, wormed, given their "Newborns"
shots and deemed "social."
See them at the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through
Saturday, 8 am to 2 pm. Tel. 717-4989. OL.D.


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


12-01 1:35
12-02 0:43
12-03 11:20
12-04 11:59
12-05 12:42
12-06 13:30
12-07 14:12
12-08 0:37
12-09 1:11
12-10 1:35
12-11 1:51
12-12 1:55
12-13 1:41
12-14 1:05
12-15 0:32
12-16 0:09
12-17 10:41
12-18 11:13
12-19 11:44
12-20 12:16
12-21 12:58
12-22 13:40


1.OFT.
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2.1FT.
2.2FT.
2.2FT.
2.1FT.
2.1FT.
0.6FT.
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0.8FT.
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2.0FT.
2.1FT.
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2.1FT.
2.1FT.


Time Ht. Time Ht.


10:02 1.9FT. 18:16
10:36 2.0FT. 19:32
20:34 0.8FT.
21:42 0.7FT.
22:35 0.6FT.
23:19 0.6FT.
23:59 0.6FT.
15:00 2.0FT.
15:43 1.8FT.
16:24 1.7FT.
11:23 1.5FT. 13:36
9:58 1.6FT. 15:59
9:42 1.6FT. 17:49
9:47 1.8FT. 18:41
10:00 1.9FT. 19:40
10:17 1.9FT. 20:18
20:48 0.8FT.
21:31 0.8FT.
22:11 0.7FT.
22:45 0.7FT.
23:17 0.6FT.
23:49 0.7FT.


Time Ht. COEF


1.OFT. 22:28 1.1FT.
0.9FT. 23:56 1.0FT.


1.5FT. 17:14
1.4FT. 17:49
1.3FT. 18:27
1.1FT. 19:38
1.OFT. 21:16
0.9FT. 23:32


1.6FT.
1.4FT.
1.3FT.
1.2FT.
1.1FT.
1.OFT.


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WHATS HAPPENING


MOVIELAND


WEEKLY MOVIE SHOWTIMES
Late Show
Cal to make sure (Usually9pm)
07 Dec The Grudge 2
13 Dec The Illusionist
20 Dec A Good Year
Early Show (Usually 7pm)
07 Dec The Marine
13 Dec The Grudge2
20 Dec The Illusionist

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAfl4 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAf 12
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/December:
Open Season


THIS ISSUE
December 8 to 22, 2006

Friday, December 8- Tutti Fruitti's new-
est CD release festivities. Rose Inn, Rin-
con, 7.30pm children's choir; 8pm CD re-
lease party. See page 5.

Sunday, December 10- COMCABON
Fun Run 2, 4, 5km. 8 am. Info at 780-
7225, 717-8629

Saturday, December 16- First BWC
(Bonaire Wellness Connexions ) Moun-
tain Bike Tour. Meet at Eden Beach Resort
(Activity Center). Registration from 9am,
start at 4 pm. Helmets are compulsory.

Saturday, December 16-Opening of
Guest Artist Markus Taurer Exhibit at
the Cinnamon Art Gallery, 7-10 pm. Ex-
hibit until March 30. See page 18.

Sunday, December 17 -Mangazina di
Rei, the living open-air museum near
Rincon, will celebrate its 10th anni-
versary with a big "open house"
where all are welcome. The day will be
most interesting and interactive, with activi-
ties for one and all, pus dancing, music food
and drink. The Mangazina on the Rincon
Road will be open from 10 am to 5 pm.
More information, a stand or display, call
786-2101 or 786-4346. See page 5.

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship Visiting Days start-
ing around 10 am to early afternoon: Satur-
day, Dec. 9 Crystal Serenity; Wednesday,
Dec. 13 -Crown Princess; Sunday Dec. 17
- Rijndam; Tuesday, 1 Dec. 19 Sea Prin-
cess; Sunday, Dec. 24 -Amsterdam;
Wednesday, December 27 Crown Prin-
cess, Silver Shadow; Thursday, Dec. 29 -
Prinsendam

Sunday, December 31-COMCABON
Run, 2-4-5 km. Start 1730. Different shops
will sponsor
Sunday, December 31-Disco Heaven at
Buddy Dive, 10 pm until late. Free en-
trance. See page 20


REGULAR EVENTS
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, Cactus
Blue
* Divi Flamingo Casino open daily for
hot slot machines, roulette and black jack,
Mon. to Sat. 8 pm 4 am; Sun. 7 pm 3 am.
* By appointment -Rooi Lamoenchi
Kunuku Park Tours $12 (NAf12 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
* Parke Publico children's playground
open everyday into the evening hours.
Saturdays
* Grill Night on the Beach, Buddy Dive
* Rincon Marshe-6 am-2 pm. Enjoy a
Bonairean breakfast while you shop, fresh
fruits and vegetables, gifts, local sweets,
snacks, arts, handicrafts, candles, incense,
drinks, music. www.infobonaire.com/rincon.
Extra big Marshe 1st Saturday of the
month, 6 am-2 pm.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Fla-
mingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm,
NAf26,50. Call for reservations 717-8285
ext. 444.
Wine Tasting at AWC's warehouse,
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 Saturday 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.
Sundays
* Live music 6-9 pm while enjoying a
great dinner in colorful tropical ambiance at
the Chibi Chibi Restaurant & Bar, Divi
Flamingo. Open daily 5-10 pm
Mondays
* Caribbean Night live local music
Buddy Dive.
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of
Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria 717-
6435
Tuesdays
* Live music by the Flamingo 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 786-5073.

Wednesdays
* Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7-9,
Cactus Blue.
* Beach BBQ 7-10 & Live music by
Flamingo Rockers -The Windsurf Place
at Sorobon Reserve ahead. Tel. 717-5091,
717-2288
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers, Divi
Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-6:30.
* Movie Night at Buddy Dive

Thursdays
* Live music by the Flamingo Rockers,
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar, 5-7
* "Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen and
others, Vespucci Restaurant, Harbour Vil-
lage Marina. HH drinks, gratis tapas, 5-7

Fridays
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
565-5225
* Live music by the "Flamingo Rock-


ers" Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar, 5-7
* Swim lessons for children by Enith
Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Sorobon
from 13.00, for children 0 18.
* Manager's Bash-free Flamingo
Smash & snacks, Divi Flamingo, 5-7 pm
* Manager's Rum Punch Party, Buddy
Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm, followed by AllYou
Can Eat BBQ
* 5-7 pm Social Event at JanArt Gal-
lery, Kaya Gloria 7. Meet artist Janice
Huckaby and Larry of Larry's Wildside
Diving. New original paintings of Bonaire
and diver stories of the East Coast every
week.
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- "Discover Our Diversity" slide
show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm, 717-5080

Monday-Dee Scarr's "Touch the Sea"
Slide Show, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30 pm.
Call 717-8290.

Tuesday-"Bonaire Holiday" -Multi-media
dual-projector production by Albert Bian-
culli. Beginning Tuesday, December 19,
show alternates between Buddy Dive (717-
5080) and Hilltop (Caribbean Club, 717-
7901).

Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conserva-
tion (STCB) Slide Show by Bruce Brabec.
Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm, 717-8819.

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past in
this venerable old home that has been restored and
funished so it appears the family has just stepped
out. Local ladies will tell you the story. Open Mon-
day thru Friday, 9 12,2-4. Weekends by appoint-
ment. Call 717-2445.
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view from
"The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bonaire's
culture. Visit homes from the 17th century. Daily.
Call 717-4060/ 790-2018
Bonaire Museum onKaya 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, Mu-
seum and Visitors' Center. Open daily 8
am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-
8444/785-0017
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 Majestic
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 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Caf6. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel.
717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month- Jun-
ior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI Bon-
aire, formerly known as Bonaire Jaycees)
meets at the ABVO building, Kaminda Jato
Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is
welcome. Contact: Renata Domacass6 516-
4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm.
Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thurs-
day of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana #1.
All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate House',
above Zeezicht Restaurant. All Rotarians
welcome. Tel. 717-8434
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte
Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451; Valarie@telbonet.an


Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child Care)
Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics- Call Roosje 786-7984
Volunteers to train children in sports.
Contact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik
717-8051
CHURCH SERVICES
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. Services in
Papiamentu, Dutch and English on Sundays
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 meetings,
every Thursday at 8 pm. in Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda
Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Ser-
vices in Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bonaire -Kaya
Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle) Sunday
Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer Meeting at 7 pm
in English. Tel. 717-8332
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays 8:30 -
11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu, Spanish
and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk-
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu 717-8304 Saturday at 6 pm at
Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, in Eng-
lish. 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:786-6518 or 786-6125


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DINING GUIDE


See advertisements in this issue


RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Balashi Beach Bar Open every day Extensive snack/salad/burger.
Bar and Beach Service 8am 8pm. Menu available daily from noon.
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Happy Hour, two for one, 6-7 pm. Menu a liable from noon
Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Magnificent Theme Nights: Saturday: Beach Grill; Monday: Caribbean
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Dinner during Theme nights only. Night; Friday: Manager's Rum Punch Party
717-5080, ext. 538 Open every day and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q
Bistro de Paris Moderate Real French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Lunch Monday Friday 11 am-3 pm 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 & M ratE niv
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Breaa st, n an ier Biggest BBQ Buffet on Bonaire every Saturday
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Lnc nd nn from 6-9pm. Only NAf 28 or $15.75.
717-8285 Open 7 days
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof.
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast Breakfast Buffet 7:30-10 am every day
717-7488 Sandwich Lunch 10 am-12 noon Supre beer selection-Happy hours 5 to 7 daily.
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate NAf 10 lunch every day
Kaya Grandi 70 Open Tuesday through Saturday main dish with 2 side dishes.
717-3293 7:30am-5:30pm; Sat. 9am-2pm Special on Tuesday and Thursday: Lasagna.
Papagayo Moderate Famous for breakfasts
Kaya Gerharts #4 Closed Monday Lunch -Fresh salads and burgers
Across from MCB main branch Open 8am-6 pm B'fast, Lunch, Dinner Dinner-Bistro style Take out too
Pasa Bon Pizza L Moderat Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingre-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot p ow-11 edneda nda dients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
Smile north of town center. 780-1111 from 5-11 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. Reserve for the Wednesday Beach BBQ.


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AIRLINES
Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curaqao. Your first
choice for inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba.
APPLIANCES lIV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances, furni-
ture, TV, computers, cell phones and more. Fast ser-
vice and in-store financing too.
BANKS
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.
BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, wax-
ing and professional nail care.
BICYCLE I 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.
BUSINESS SERVICES
Get accounting software to manage your payroll at
Cactus Accounting Services-717-6033
CALENDAR
Bonaire Creations new 2007 Calendar available now
at shops around town. It makes a superb holiday gift.
DIVING
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.
Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow
Submarine) -low prices on the seaside at Kralendijk,
at Caribbean Court and the Hamlet Oasis. Join their
monthly cleanup dives and BBQ.
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintain-
ing the highest professional standards. In town at City
Caf6 and at Eden Beach.
FITNESS
Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in
Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.
FURNITURE, ANTIQUES
The Plantation Has lots of classy furniture and an-
tiques at very competitive prices. Stop in to see great
teak furniture and Indonesian crafts. OPENING
HOURS FOR MONTH OF DECEMBER: Monday
through Saturday: 9 am to 6 pm, non-stop


GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain
it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemi-
cals. Incredible selection of pots.
GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR
The Bonaire Gift Shop has a wide selection of gifts,
souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras, things
for the home, T-shirts all at low prices.
HOTELS
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet and
tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in Bel-
nem. Cyber Caf6, DVD rentals, restaurant and bar.
New! Spa!
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, including
stainless. Complete machine shop too.
NATURE EXPLORATION
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking,
hiking, biking, caving, rapelling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or 785-6272 E-mail:
hans@outdoorbonaire.com
PHOTO FINISHING
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers
fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and ser-
vices Full digital services.

REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor, special-
izing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and prop-
erty management.

Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's most experi-
enced real estate agent. They specialize in profes-
sional customer service, top notch properties and home
owners insurance.

Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of Choices-
International/US connections. 5% of profits donated to
local community. List your house with them to sell
fast.

Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insur-
ance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bon-
aire, stop in and see them.

REPAIRS
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Electri-
cal, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345


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

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

WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on Klein

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


ATTENTION BUSINESSMEN/WOMEN:
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
Tel. 786-6518, 786-6125
Did you know that listing in the Guides is FREE
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So> ro n a I re


James "Btoy" Janga


S was a very active child and a very
I good soccer player; I had my own
soccer team, 'Cachoro.' People who know
me from the old days still call me by that
name. When I was 14 I started playing on
the first team of 'Real Rincon.' We are the
only team from Bonaire that became sub-
champion at the Antillean Cup Champion-
ships.

Music I got from the friars and the nuns
who instructed me. I had the talent, but
they helped me a lot. I have a very good
ear; I could always immediately play what
I heard and I can still get music out of any
instrument. After school I played in a
band called 'African Blood' together with
Broertje and Victor Janga.
Then I went to the States. I studied food
and beverage management, played in sev-
eral bands as a drummer, then I went to
Florida State University's School of Mu-
sic. I met George McCray and played in
his band. After seven years in the States I
moved to Curaqao where I played at the
Holiday Inn with Eroll Colina and later on
with my own band 'Hot Chocolate.'
In 1979 I went to Holland; I felt Cura-
qao was a little bit small for a musician. I
played in Rosa King's band and with
Dutch artists like Jan Akkerman and
Saskia and Serge. I worked for famous
artist's bureaus like Joop Koekoek's and
Gerard van der Kolk's. I also performed
with Bobby Farrell's band, 'Boney M,' in
Germany. When Rene Froger was just
starting I played with him in his band,
'Bacchanal.' Throughout the years I also
had my own jazz/funk band, 'Janga-
Project,' together with well-known Cura-
qao bass player, Utie Grigori. I also per-
formed in his band, 'Sonido Latino.'
I was involved in a car accident 23 years
ago and the doctors advised me not to
play the drums anymore. I've gone to
Cuba five times to take percussion master
classes. I played the trumpet and the piano
for awhile, but then I specialized in per-
cussion, playing fusionjazz, pop and
salsa. People started calling me and I was
invited to play all over the world. I played
with Roy Harper and Paquito de Rivera. I
did so many projects in those days. I
played everywhere: in Germany, in Bel-
gium and in England at the Nottinghill
Festival and the Wumad Festival.
After '86 I started working for Red Bul-
let Sound as a studio musician and met
world famous jazz pianist/singer, Tania
Maria. In 1989 I did a project with Janet
Jackson." He shows me a photograph of
himself and Jackson who'd wrapped a
bunch of shawls around her neck "It
was quite an experience, but I saw it as
work, fun, good music and professionals
to work with. We scored two world hits,
'When I think of you' and 'Control.'


I've worked a lot in Paris at the jazz
club, 'New Morning,' with Henri Gedon,
famous artist, painter and percussionist
from Martinique; with Cuban pianist Al-
fredo Rodriguez; with Venezuelan bass
player Mandingo; and Venezuelan band-
leader Poleo.
I worked a lot in the Caribbean and one
day I ended up on Bonaire again. I've
been away for 33 years. More than half
my life I've lived abroad: in the US, in
Holland, Italy, Germany and Spain. When
I was young I hardly ever thought about
Bonaire, but when I lived in Holland I got
this cassette with authentic Bonairean
music and I began to realize what we had.
From then on Bonaire was always on my
mind, and I began to write an essay about
Bonaire and its music. That project is still
not finished.



"... real old authentic
Bonairean music.... it in-
spired me to come back to
the island and to write it
down and show the world,
'This is what we have,
this is our diamond
mine!"'



Also I visited Anke Klomp in Holland.
She's teaching Bonairean culture at the
University of Utrecht. She lived on Bon-
aire when I was just a little kid and I
would run errands for her! I visited her to
get more information on the subject. She
has a great collection of real old authentic
Bonairean music, but she's careful with it
and you can only listen to it at her place,
and that's what I did, and it inspired me to
come back to the island and to write it
down and show the world: 'This is what
we have, this is our diamond mine!'
Boy Janga (52) is an artist, a creative
spirit, and a man of the world. He's been
there and he has seen it all but it didn 't
spoil him. He has his feet on the ground, a
good sense ofhumour and a sweet heart.
His wife drops by at the music school
where we 're having our conversation and
he lightens up:
"Ten years ago I met Caroline Laurens
in Holland in an art caf6. The moment I
saw her I thought, 'That's the one for me!'
When we met some time later, we started
dating. I was playing Antilleanjazz in
'Gruppo Zamanakitoki,' and I would take
her with me to our performances. Caroline
is an incredible woman, I keep enjoying
her; she has something very special and a
very beautiful and exceptional charisma."


"Life is never boring with Boy," Caro-
line smiles. "We can talk and laugh all
day long; he inspires me and he's a sweet
and very good daddy. We started late, but
we made up for it and now we have three
beautiful girls, Daeline, five; Chazz, three;
and Kimley, one and a half.
We'd been thinking about coming back
to Bonaire for a long time and somehow
we felt, 'Now is the time.' The children
are still small and Boy wants them to
learn about their culture, and this is a great
place for children to grow up. We'll see
how it turns out. We came back in July
this year, so we're still in the process of
settling down and I have to get used to the
climate too! I have a full time job as a
Dutch teacher at SGB, and life is much
busier than I thought it would be. On the
other hand, when we spend one day at the
beach it feels like I've been on a vacation!
And we also found an extensive family
here and that is fun too!"
"Life in Holland was never been diffi-
cult for me." Boy says, "I went there in
'79, just in time, and as a musician you
meet so many people. It was fun! Nowa-
days everything has changed because of
the immigration laws not for me, I know
so many people but life has become
very different for so many others.
Last year I was playing with a salsa
band on Aruba and met Debby, the singer
in the Freewinds band. Then I came to
Bonaire, to spend a couple of days swim-
ming, and I stayed for three months be-
cause I was asked to put new life into the
music school here. I immediately said
'Yes' and went looking for a house,
schools for the children and a job for my
wife. Then I went to Holland to take care
of everything there. I'd been thinking of
coming back to Bonaire for the last
eight years, but I was fully booked


all the time all over the world so, it didn't
work out then. But the last time I was on a
plane there was such bad turbulence that it
felt like the plane was dropping. Then I
thought, 'Enough! I'm going to put both
feet on the ground!'
The music school is new challenge. I
want to get the kids off the streets and
educate them. Music is a universal thing
and once you learn to play an instrument
you set yourself a goal. That creates disci-
pline which automatically means that
when you have discipline you will also do
your homework, and that's the start to a
better future. We want to involve all the
schools on the island and not only that...
all of Bonaire is welcome! However, we
do need help. The Freewinds is support-
ing us, but we still need instruments for
younger children. It would make a big
difference for the school because then we
can work with children of all ages.
For me personally Bonaire has changed
and I have to get used to it I've been
away so long. In my time I heard the real
music of the Simadan when all the differ-
ent groups were playing at the church in
Rincon, and you'd end up with the group
that played with the greatest passion. I've
heard it played in an almost similar way
by this tribe called the Yuruba in Nigeria,
but when I introduced it to Cubans they
couldn't believe that so far south of them
the same concept they're using was used
in our music. So, I
think I will finally
finish my essay
here on Bonaire. I
was a little bit tired
but now I am
okay." 1

Story & photo by
Greta Kooistra


Bonaire Reporter December 8 to December 22


Boy, Kimley, Caroline; in front, Chazz and Daeline


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Ceong tesssh Tining conr rd Picture Yourself with The Reporter



i Sheffield, United Kingdom


Iby with student cooks Press Release photo


Under the supervision of Iby Evertsz
at the North Salina Sentro di Bario,
youngsters from the training center project
are getting cooking lessons every Wednes-
day. During the first lesson the youngsters
made croquettes. Last Wednesday the
youngsters made a crab salad sandwich.
The results were very good and tasted
delicious. The cooking lessons are a good
combination with the "hospitality" training
which is given in cooperation with Match
Consultancy.
As well as cooking the youngsters also
get lessons in serving in a restaurant, mak-
ing menu cards, etc. and they make excur-


sions to hotels and restaurants.
If you'd like to help us with a cooking
lesson, for example baking a cake or pie,
with the youngsters, you are more than
welcome.
For information, please call Mick Schmit
786-6816 or Iby Evertsz 566-4113. Dona-
tions are welcome. O Press Release


M ini and Gerrit Bijsterbosch have been living on Bonaire the last three years.
They both work at BSC Pool and Spa. In addition to their usual visit to
The Netherlands this year they first visited Sheffield, United Kingdom, because
their daughter is studying there for her Masters in Neuroscience. They say,
"Sheffield is a wonderful clean and safe city. We had a wonderful time there." 1


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*to find it... just look up

Don't Miss This Weekend's Super Planet Meeting!
A Once In 50 Years Happening
P lease be sure
to mark this
Sunday the 10th and
Monday the 1iltjust
before sunrise as the
two days you'll see
not only the best
super planet meeting
of the entire year but
also the closest meet-
ing of three naked
eye planets until No-
vember 25th 2053.
This Sunday, Decem-
ber 10th, 45 minutes
before sunrise, face
east where you'll see
three planets so close
together that they
could fit within a
circle only one de-
gree wide, which is
easier to understand Three-Planet Line Up- Artist's Conception
if you think of it this
way. Since a full
Moon is only half a
degree wide and these three planets would fit in a circle only two full Moon widths
wide. And that is close!
In fact, as I said we'll not see three naked eye planets this close together again for
almost half a century, 47 years from now! The brightest of the three will be the larg-
est of the planets, 88,000-mile-wide Jupiter. The second brightest will be the
smallest planet since Pluto got its demotion, 3,000-mile-wide Mercury. And al-
though slightly larger but dimmer because it's much farther away than Mercury,
4,000-mile-wide Mars. And believe me this is a sight you don't want to miss. I
strongly recommend that if you have a pair of binoculars that you use them because
you'll be totally blown away. And if you have even the cheapest telescope you'll be
blown even farther away. Now if you miss it because it's cloudy on Sunday they'll
still be almost as close the next day, Monday, December 11th Although in just that
short a time Mercury will have moved from being slightly above Jupiter to just
slightly below it.
Let's show you a couple times again so you can see how dramatically Mercury
moves in relation to Jupiter in only 24 hours. So please mark Sunday December 10th
and Monday the 11th as super close planet meeting days. Of course they're pretty
close all this week as they move closer and closer and closer together. And this Sat-
urday the 9h they will fit inside a circle only one and a half degrees or three full
Moon widths wide. But Sunday is the day of their absolute closest meeting. Now as
I reminded you last week even though they will appear super close it is only an op-
tical illusion because in reality all these planets are incredibly far away from each
other. It's only our line of sight from our Earth that makes them appear so incredi-
bly close. In fact Mercury will be 120 million miles away this Sunday, Mars 230
million miles away ,but Jupiter will be a whopping 600 million miles from Earth.
Once again Saturday, Sunday, Monday. And remember if you miss this, you won't
see another until November 25th, 2053! 0 Jack Horkheimer


DO YOU

SUDOKU?

ANSWER


And the
solution is:
(puzzle and
directions
on page 12)


The Month of December
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Your ability to ferret out secret information will lead you
to an inside scoop on an amazing financial deal. Be careful; you may say something
you'll regret later. You need to get out if you want to meet potential partners. Be
careful what you say. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Real estate ventures will be to your advantage. You
will be able to make changes regarding your living arrangements. Unforeseen
changes in your location are apparent. You should feel a little more stable about your
position; however, don't be surprised if a job offer comes your way. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Sunday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You need to spend some time pampering yourself.
Overindulgence will be a problem if you are out in a social setting. Travel could be
in order. Try to communicate if you wish to help. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Saturday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Don't let criticism upset you. Hassles will delay your
plans. Make sure any presentation you have is ready. You can find out interesting
information if you get a chance to talk to people you respect. Use your quick wit to
win points and friends. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You can meet potential new mates, but make sure that they
aren't already committed to someone else. Talk about your intentions and confirm
that you both feel the same way. Talking to those you trust and respect will help you
sort out any problems. You may not be able to help, but your support will be favor-
able. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Do not get into uncertain financial deals. Be quiet
about your intentions or ideas that might bring added cash. Don't vacillate about ask-
ing for assistance if you need it. Try not to lose your cool, and make your point
known. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Opportunities to show your worth will enhance your
reputation and bring possible advancement. Try to spend more time with children
and relatives. Get the whole family involved in a worthwhile cause or cultural event.
You need to spend some time with individuals who have more experience than you.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You must watch your tendency to spend whatever
you make. You should socialize with clients or upper echelons of your industry if
possible. Entertain those who can provide you with valuable information and knowl-
edge. You should be setting up interviews or sending out your resume this month.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Exercise programs will be effective. Communi-
cation will be the source of your knowledge and you must be sure to spend time with
those who have more experience. Controversial subjects should be avoided at all
costs. You will be overly generous with children this month. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Tuesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Your intellectual wit will bring greater popularity
with your peers. Real estate should be lucrative for you. Try to channel your energy
into physical work. Organize your house and be sure to include the whole family in
the projects you have set out to do. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a
Tuesday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You can make career moves that will bring you a
much higher income. Opportunities to learn important information will surface
through discussions with peers or seminars you attend. Be sure to catch up on over-
due correspondence and help those you love find solutions to their dilemmas. This
will be a very hectic day if you've made promises to too many people. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Sunday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You will have a productive day if you organize yourself
well at work. Travel opportunities should be your first choice. Use your head and do
things to your liking. Be sure to organize events that will keep the children busy.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday .


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