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Publication Date: December 29, 2006
Copyright Date: 2005
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T he
ince of North
Holland has
offered Bon-
aire, Statia,
and Saba (the
three small,
klein, islands,
K3) the possi-
bility of becoming townships of
North Holland. The islands would
have Haarlem as their provincial
"With our proposal, we anticipate
that fewer deviations will be needed
from the norm. The legal provisions
regarding Dutch municipalities will
also apply to the islands," writes the
province. "Besides, a provincial role
fits well in the basic principles formu-
lated in Article 7 of the agreement of
last October 11th.
Harry Borghouts, Royal Commis-
sioner in North Holland says, "Well,
effective today, there is a formal offer
from us." The Royal Commissioner is
of the opinion that North Holland has a
link with the Antilles; many Antillean
people live in North Holland and this
province is, according to him, a mari-
time province. It also includes Schi-

phol airport. "On a daily basis, hun-
dreds of people travel back and forth
between the Antilles and the Nether-
Borghouts thinks that when it comes
to tasks that go beyond municipalities,
like infrastructure, child welfare, the
tackling of environmental problems,
and permanent water control, North
Holland can offer added value for the
trio of islands.

> Insel Air plans to start flying to
St. Maarten from Curacao on De-
cember 27, Director Edward Heerev-
een announced last Wednesday. They
are even offering free passage via a
drawing for seats on the maiden flight.
The airline was waiting for the neces-
sary permit to fly in their MD-83 air-
craft from France. The aircraft, which
is owned by Air Adriatic of Croatia,
has successfully passed the compre-
hensive C-check and after a test flight
flew to Curaqao. The 167-passenger
MD-83 is a larger aircraft and faster
than the Dutch Antilles Express (DAE)
turboprop currently flying the route.
Insel Air will start with four flights per
week, but this number will increase as
the demand grows.

> Low-cost air-carrier Spirit Air-
lines is set to fly twice weekly non-
stop to St. Maarten from its hub in
Fort Lauderdale as early as April 21.
This development is the result of close
to two years of negotiations. The Re-

porter was informed that in the past
Bonaire had also approached Spirit,
but no deal was done.

The WEB workers union,
FEDEBON, in a "Position Paper" last
week questioned the recent decision
to use wind power to provide elec-
tricity. They want the project stopped
because it may cripple WEB's ability
to provide reliable power. They want
more analysis done and an evaluation
of whether converting to a BOO (Build
Own Operate private structure) is in
the public interest.

> Some local shop
owners on Kaya
Grandi have reported
incidents of shoplift-
ing during cruise ship
visits, particularly dur-
ing the first call of the
Crown Princess.

> The organization of Telbo work-
ers, "ISOTE," was recently organized
to promote social, educational and rec-
reational activities for its members and
to provide a positive contribution to
the island of Bonaire. Following a
recent election Nicasio (Odilio)
Evertsz was elected president along
with a board of directors.

Continued on page 3.


Table of Contents
Training Project Youngsters
To take Next Step 4
Top Stories 2006 5
Where to Find the Reporter 6
Pet Project 2006
Remedy for Firecrackers, Pt. 2 7
End of Year Regatta 2006 8
Why Divers Cancel 9
Another Brilliant Christmas
Triumph (Pasku Briante) 10
Gear Doctor (Dust Caps) 12
Sea Turtle Annual Update 13
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Pet of the Week (Cindy) 7
Biologist's Bubbles (Barracuda) 9
Sudoku Puzzle 12
Classifieds 12
Straight Talk 14
Tide Table 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since
(The Benekendorffs) 17
Picture Yourself (Denver, Colorado
& 2006 Winner) 18
Sky Park (Sirius) 19
The Stars Have It 19
Sudoku Answer 19

Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007

Page 2

Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2.


> Digicel and Telbo "jumped the the mobile 78-numbers. A key detail is
gun" in their eagerness to merge, said that Telbo and Digicel announced the
the judge. UTS (the Curagao-owned transfer two weeks ago, but the govern-
phone company currently providing Bon- ment still has to approve the taking over
aire "Chippie" cellular service with of the 78-numbers by Digicel.
Telbo, Bonaire's phone company) went to The 78-number customers are currently
court to retain the almost 8,000 custom- running on UTS infrastructure (antennas,
ers having mobile 78-number prefixes in transceivers, etc.) which Telbo uses be-
Bonaire after Telbo said they were drop- cause it was too small to have such a
ping UTS in favor of Digicel on January system itself. UTS claimed that the Telbo
first. concession falls under the coordinating
Earlier this month Telbo and Digicel mobile network of UTS.
announced that Telbo had rene- Telbo's arguments that UTS was
gotiated its mobile concession foot-dragging negotiations, had a
and these numbers to its former conflicting pay-TV service, and
competitor, Digicel. They of- that the 78x customers' SIM cards
fered incentives for customers to had the Telbo logo were brushed
modify their phone SIM cards to aside by the judge, who did not
switch to Digicel and that the forbid the eventual activation of
change would be effective January 1, the Digicel 78 numbers,
2007. The campaign has been underway According to Paul de Guus, UTS Direc-
for several weeks and hundreds of Telbo/ tor, in an interview with the Papiamentu
UTS customers have had their SIM cards language newspaper Extra, Telbo will
switched to Telbo/Digicel. These cards have to pay NAf1 million per day in
can't connect until February 10, 2007 damages if it carries out the transfer on
according to the judge. the January 1 schedule.
It's also rumored that UTS has entered Because of the long holiday weekend
an agreement with MIO (ex-Cellular few additional details or information at
One) which also has a concession for press time on what Telbo customers who
Bonaire mobile service, with the guaran- have already switched to Digicel will
tee that the 78-numbers will stay with have to do.
UTS. UTS serves the mobile network for This week many 78-number clients
these numbers, for which UTS has a co- were called by a Digicel representative,
operation agreement with Telbo until telling them they must change their SIM
February 10, 2007. card to Digicel by the end of the year or
Last Friday a judge ruled in UTS' favor, they would lose their current telephone
UTS claimed the right to keep managing number. That is now incorrect.

> Last Saturday, December 23, Santa arrived at the Rose Inn on a bright yel-
low three wheeler. He brought lots of toys for all the good girls and boys of Rin-
con. Sponsors of the event were Larry's Wildside Diving, ReMax Paradise Homes,
Rose Inn, BITS B.V., and Rent-O-Fun.
Flotsam and Jetsam is continued on page 4.

Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007

Page 3

Training Project Youngsters to take the Next Step

Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 3.

I t

A fter half a year of
hard work, learn- -
ing and gaining new ex-
periences, youngsters par-
ticipating in the Training _
Project received their well
deserved certificates for
Phase 1. These young
people in the project (Part
of the Stichting Project)
have problems at intellec-
tual, social, behavioral or
emotional levels. Next
they will follow a two-
year course together, learning to trust I
in themselves and others, to cultivate
the positive 'us' feeling.
Beside sports, games and outdoor 3
activities the youngsters got training
in first aid, sewing, fish and coral
recognition, boat handling, turtle
study and hospitality. All of them
earned basic certificates for this train-
After Christmas vacation the
youngsters will begin Phase 2, where
they will receive more individual
attention. This is the phase of positive
'me,' focused on the future. They will
get a follow up on their basic training
and start with computer lessons, div-
ing and cooking lessons. For some
courses the youngsters can achieve an
official diploma.
Thirteen of the 14 youngsters (boys
and girls) are now starting in Phase
2. This is only made possible by
good cooperation among the parents,

Training Project youngster helping at the
Kon Tiki restaurant

Some of the new members of the
Curacao BC

> In Curacao last week a new island
government was formed composed of
the parties FOL, MAN, MSL and NPA.
The former ruling coalition parties led by
PAR are out. The formation process was
deadlocked until the impasse was re-
solved through personal intervention of
the FOL leader and prison inmate, An-
thony Godett, who was in the hospital.
According to FOL-spokesman, Maurice
Adriaens, peace and unity will be central
in the policy of this new Executive Coun-
cil (BC). The draft-action program of the
new Council is ready and is named Ban
Sembra pa Rekohe Kosecha (Let's sow in
order to reap). A reformation of the Cen-
tral Government may be in store as well.

the school and the Training Project. All
the parents and some of the teachers were
present at the graduation of Phase 1, proof
positive of the cooperation.
The Training Project also has a parent
panel which discusses things that involve
the Training Center and the development
of the youngsters. They also organize
theme evenings for all the parents to-

l Imprisoned leader of Curaqao politi-
cal party FOL, Anthony Godett, is feel-
ing better but still is a little bit tired
and is worried about his medical condi-
tion. "I'm receiving seven different pills
every day for my heart, lungs and blood
pressure," he told St. Maarten's Daily
Herald in an exclusive interview. Godett
was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit
(ICU) of St. Elisabeth Hospital two
weeks ago with chest pains

> Golden Reef Inn has brought Chef
Gibi back. Gibi will be serving his fa-
mous All You can Eat Kriyoyo BBQ at
the Golden Reef Inn and Villas every
Monday night The feast includes items
such as BBQ ribs, fresh fish, goat stew,
beef stew, garlic shrimps, grilled steak
and chicken. Also included are sides
such as tossed salad, homemade potato
salad, macaroni salad, cole slaw, rice and
funchi just to mention a few. Vegetarian
meals can be made to order with ad-
vanced notice. The BBQ is served start-
ing at 6:30 pm.
For reservations and more information,
call Golden Reef Inn at 717-5759.

The Training Project organizers would
like to give a year-end thank you to all the
parents, teachers, the Sentro di Bario of
Nordt di Salina, all volunteers, organiza-
tions and everybody else who was in-
volved with Stichting Project for their
support and help the last year.
Story & Photos byMick Schmit

Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007

Certificate Winners

Page 4

The Reporter's

1- Real Estate D
week. The mult
tough to find good co
Among the highligh
resort on the site of th

project highlighted the conflict between development
and environmental preservation; construction was sus-
pended. Billboards, roads deteriorating from the pas-
S S T O sage of heavy trucks, enhancement of the power plant
and other elements are all related to Bonaire's building
boom. The year ended with stories on cellular tele-
phone wars as big companies fought for a piece of the k .
tiny Bonaire market.
Top Stories of 2006 Agreement is reached on breaking up the
Netherlands Antilles Bonaire to link directly
with The Netherlands. If all goes according to plan
Bonaire will no longer have the Central Government
of the Netherlands Antilles in Curaqao in the path to
.. its relation with Holland. There will be no "country" of the Netherlands Antilles after
July, 2007, because all the five islands will go separate ways- Curaqao and St.
Maarten to a separate status, similar to Aruba's, and Bonaire, Saba and Statia to a
unique municipal arrangement with Holland.

S- Conservation of the Bonaire's environment was top news too. Boca Onima,
raped for building sand last year, was restored. A three-year project aimed at
learning about Bonaire's endangered parrot, Amazonia barbarensis, the lora, was
begun. More sea turtles were tracked, resulting in some surprises as to their destina-
tions. Reef balls were placed in area needing a substrate for coral to take hold. And a
bevy of coral protection efforts are underway led by Dee Scarr's initiatives.

4- Development of the island's tourism image got into print often as Bonaire
took a turn to the future, focusing on Internet presence, special events like host-
ing the Wounded Warriors, and a "dive festival" that featured land-based activities.
The $75 proposed for a Tourist Tax was a casualty of public pressure, but an end-of-
year surprise increase in the departure tax from $20 to $32 made lots of people un-
Manrove village STINAPAhoto happy, especially locals.

5- The Reporter doesn't focus on crime reporting because complete and accurate
police reports aren't released and because major crimes are rare by any meas-
)evelopment captured the pages of The Reporter week after ure. Nevertheless, crime is a problem and armed robbery against island residents is
iplication of building projects, especially apartments, made it increasing. The emphasis was on social efforts, especially focused on youngsters,
ntractors for new jobs and created a demand for skilled foreign to eliminate the root causes of crime. Our stories about Mick Schmit's Stitchting
Project highlighted this again and again (See this issue page 4). We reported on the
its: the Divi Resort chain announced plans for an all-inclusive visit of an astronaut emeritus which inspired many youngsters as well, judging from
ie former Bonaire Sunset Beach Hotel. The Mangrove Village their letters and reaction. G.D.

tonaire Reporter DecemDer 29 to January 5, 200I

Page 5



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z Reporter if there are no more at your favorite spot

A Christmas party was held in the
offices of SELIBON, Bonaire's
waste management company, on Kaya
Industria to express friendship and a job
well done throughout the year. SELI-
BON, under the leadership of Director
Rudsel Leito, Administrator Marja
Oleana, Managers Raimy Thomas and
Randy Leonora, continue to exemplify
the best of Bonaire's municipal services.
The families who live in SABADECO
Shores, led by Helmi Staartjes and Jac-
queline Landheer, with the help of many
of the other residents of "Shores," col-

lected money to buy Christmas cakes to
give to every employee of SELIBON.
At the party a Christmas tree was the
central theme and several of the employ-
ees helped build a nativity scene under
the tree. Soft drinks were served and SA-
BADECO resident Bart Landheer read a
thank you note in Papiamentu. In return
SELIBON employees gave a very nice
pen to each of the SABADECO resi-
dents, showing a Christmas spirit of giv-
ing during this most important holiday
season. Story & Photo by Bob Lassiter

Car Rental Agencies:
At the Airport

Aboard Divi Divi Air

MCB (Playa & Hato

Bistro de Paris
Cactus Blue
City Cafe
Lover's Ice Cream
Papaya Moon
Pasa Bon Pizza

Dive Shops:
Yellow Submarine
Carib Inn

Best Buddies &
Bonaire Gift Shop
Chat 'n' Browse
City Shop
Exito Bakery

Last Bite Bakery
Paradise Photo
Photo Tours, Playa
Plantation Furniture

Buddy Dive
Capt. Don's Habitat
Carib Inn
Divi Flamingo
Eden Beach Hotel
Golden Reef Inn
The Great Escape
Plaza Resort
Sand Dollar Resort

Consales Cash &
Sand Dollar Grocery
Tropical Flamingo
Warehouse Bonaire

Parliament Office

Botika Korona
Caribbean Laundry .
Fit 4 Life Plaza
Hair Affair
Harbour Village Ma-
San Francisco Hospi- .
tal 0
SGB (High School) 0

Bonaire Boekhandel,
Flamingo Bookstore

Realty Offices:
Caribbean Homes

Chinese Store
Joi Fruit Store
Lemari Grocery
Rincon Bakery
Rose Inn


* Still can'tfind a copy? Call us at 786-6518 or 786-6125 .
* U

Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007

SELIBON staff enjoy a light moment with Bart Landheer

Page 6

The Pet Project

Calming Your Pet During New Years Eve Fireworks

A s we look for-
ward to the New
Year holiday, I con-
clude this series about
Rescue Remedy, a
natural solution for pet
stress. This is a
homeopathically pre-
pared formula which was invented by Dr.
Edward Bach in London, about 1930. He
discovered the calming properties of cer-
tain flowers and then prescribed them for
people under stress. The previ-
ous articles described
these flowers: Clema-
tis, Cherry Plum, Rock
Rose, Impatiens and Star of
The remedy is helpful for all levels
of stress- even for firework blasts.

Where to find Rescue Remedy:
Bistro de Paris Kaya Gob. N.
Debrot 46. 717-7070
The Animal Shelter, Kaminda
The Sand Dollar Grocery, Kaya
Gob. N. Debrot

How to give your pet the remedy:
Place one drop of the solution in your
pet's water dish on the morning of Dec.
31st. This will have a calming effect by
the time fireworks begin. Your pet will
drink many times, making the effect
During loud noise you may also give it
topically. Place one or two drops on your
palm and touch the pads of your pet's
foot. Be patient. If five minutes goes by
and the remedy has had no effect, you
may repeat it and place another drop on
the foot pad. Repetition is the key, not
large amounts. Remember that this isn't a
sedative. It is first aid for stress.

Questions that are often
asked by pet owners:

Are there side effects to
Rescue Remedy?
This unique formula has never induced
side effects.

How much is too much?
Give the remedy as described above.
Continue to repeat. Do not give large
amounts at one time. The repetition
seems to build effectiveness. This is a
plant material and not known to over-

May people take this remedy?
Yes. It was intended for people. Later it
was noted that pets benefit. If an adult
takes Rescue Remedy the dose is four
drops in a glass of water. Use caution not
to touch the applicator to either your
mouth or your pet's mouth. That will
contaminate the solution.

My dog is afraid of lightning, is it rec-
ommended for that?
Yes. This is a solution for all levels of

How much does it cost?
You may purchase it for two guilders

I say a special thanks to all those who
helped make the Pet Project available in
Bonaire. Florence Diltow

Bach Center, Bach Flower Essences for the Fam-
ily, May 1996

Ifyou have more questions about
Rescue Remedy, email: Jhum-
mingbird@yahoo. com
r Florence Ditlow is a Regis-
tered Nurse and certified in
the use ofBach Remedies
through the Bach Center.

Pet of the VVWeek

Meet sweet and demure ap-
pearing "Cindy." She's
only five months old but she's
growing and will be a big dog when
she's through. Even now she's
showing signs of being a perfect
watch dog. Her soft, toffee-colored
fur is so soothing to stroke. By get-
ting a dog this age you have the op-
portunity to train her to your way of
life. Cindy is a smart pup who
should respond to good training
immediately. She's a dog who wants
to please.
Remember, all the pets that are up
for adoption at the Bonaire Animal
Shelter are in perfect health, having
been checked out by the vet and
given their shots, worming and test-
ing and they're social and friendly.
The adoption fee includes all that
plus sterilization when the pet is old "Cindy" Photo by Edith Foks
enough. You can't get a better deal anywhere.
You may see Cindy at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through
Saturday, 8am to 1 pm. Telephone 717-4989.

qW ATTENTION PET OWNERS: It's fireworks time again on the island
from now until New Years. It may be fun
4 for people, but it's hell for pets. The Shel-
/ ter staff says this is the worst time of year
for runaway dogs and cats who are terri-
fied of the noise. As it has in the past, the
Shelter will act as headquarters for lost
pets. If you find a lost animal or are miss-
ing one call them at 717-4989.
Please be cautious when setting off fireworks, making sure that children and pets
are at a safe distance. A live firework could be a disastrous "toy" that a dog might
try to retrieve. Plan ahead so that your pet will have a safe refuge from all that
noise. If you have a particularly nervous animal you might get some Rescue Rem-
edy from the Shelter (see accompanying article). Another suggestion is to make
sure there are enough chew toys on hand rubber or other bones or pigs' ears. The
chewing will help them release their fears and nervousness. L.D.

Keep it
Pass on your
Florence Ditlow and her dogsREPOTER to someone. Please.
REPORTER to someone. Please.

Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007

Page 7

EN/D OF TiHE YEAR Regatta 2006

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Top winners get edible prizes Very happy participants celebrate

B onaire's last Regatta of
the year is always special
because instead of the usual tro-
phies, food and drink are the
prizes. There was an enthusiastic
turnout this year. The final re-

Sunfish juniors
1 place Laurensz en Roben Hauer
Sunfish B
1 place Kenneth Abrahams
2 place Shemick Winklaar
3 place Fred Korporaal
Sunfish A
1 place Sipke Stapert
2 place Franklin Soliano
3 nlace Victnr Blanon

Windsurf Superkids
1 place Rodderick Boekhoedt
2 place Jamil Jonis
3 place Jurgen Saragoza
Windsurf Kids
1 place Charles Martijn
2 place Mozart Sances
Windsurf Big Kids
1 place Dylan Robles
2 place Amado Vrieswijk

Micro Boot Class 30
1 place Angel di Jerry Domacasse
2 place Machu Pichu di Roy Winklaar
3 place Matador di constantino Thielman

Micro Boot Class 35
1 place Gipi di Constantino Thielman
2 place Sobra di Dios di Jopie Soliano
3 place Crocodile Dundee di Rpy

1 place Panta Rey
2 place Marinella
3 place Ella Rosa
4 place Second Wind
5 place South Of Reality
6 place Wishful Thinking

Fishing Boats
V.D. 17

Optimist B plc ..............3 place Cymbert Sances Micro Boot Class 40 Aqauaspeed Bonaire Windsurf-
1 place Ardt Chirino Laser Windsurf Junoirs 1 place Bobbejans di Contantino Thiel- ers thank all their sponsors for
2 place Max 01. Dick de Jong "ao oiaman
3 place Noah Oleana 1. D1 place Arthuro Payo Soliano 2 place Double Trouble di Le Roy the End of the Year race includ-
3 place Noah Oleana 2 place Double Trouble di Le Roy
Optimt A Hoie Cats 2 place Bjorn Saragoza Winklaar ing Edwin Vrieswijk of Akker-
Optimist A 3 place Harvey Piar
1 place Urs Schulthies 1 place Anita and Gerloof van der Wal 3 place Dios ku nos di Jerry Domacasse mans Auto Supplies N.V., Toy-
2 place Roben vanEldik 2 place Peter and Cristiaan Zweers Windsurf Baby kids ota Lexus and also Peter and
3 place Aldair Koeyers Anais Pauletta Ni of T S.
3 place Aldair Koeyers Ninico of T.I.S.

Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007

Page 8

WhyDivers Cancel Dives

T he chart below is from an online
survey completed by 1,982 di-
vers conducted in early 2004 and shows
the conditions sited by 383 divers who
cancelled dives in 2003 for medical
reasons. The total is more than 100%
because some divers cancelled dives for
more than one medical reason. David

June 2000 Bonaire
Dive Festival, I
David F. Colvard,
M.D., a private
psychiatrist and
clinical investigator David Colvard
in Raleigh NC, a
divemaster, and a Sand Dollar Condominium
Resort home-owner, has been conducting
online surveys of thousands of divers around
the world. His first study on diver panic in

over 12,000 divers was sponsored by Rodale's ber 2004 Southeast Asian tsunami. Dr. Col-

Scuba Diving magazine and was supported by
Drew Richardson at PADI. Dr. Colvard pre-
sented a poster and abstract at the 35h Under-
sea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Scientific
Meeting in San Diego, CA, in June 2002. He
and his wife Dr. Lynn Colvard, wrote A Study
ofPanic in Recreational Divers for The Un-
dersea Journal, (Professional Journal of Pro-
fessional Association of Diving Instructors),
which was the feature article in the winter
quarter 2003 issue. He has continued to con-
duct follow up online surveys of those divers
and others on a variety of topics, including
PTSD in the divers who survived the Decem-

vard recently completed a study of middle ear
pressure equalization using SINUS RINSETM
for NeilMed Pharmaceuticals and represented
the company at DEMA Show in Orlando. He
has made several presentations to the staff of
Divers Alert Network at Duke University
Medical Center and is frequently quoted in
Scuba Diving magazine and elsewhere. He
hosts the website www.DivePsych.com which
provides evidence-based information for di-
vers on psychological and stress factors in
scuba divers. For fun David enters underwa-
ter photography competitions.

Medical Reasons Divers Cancelled Dives in 2003*

Cold/Upper Respiratory Infection


Recent Surgery

Back Pain

Broken Bone(s)

Motion Sickness

Dental Pain

DCI or DCS Syrrptons



Marine Animal/Life Injury (Bites-Cuts-Scrapes-Stings)



m 1.8%
1 0.8%




(*Total is more than 100% because sorre divers had more than one problem)

D idYou Know...
Barracudas 'dress'for their grooming
appointments ?
Barracudas, if large enough, can inspire fear and
respect in the bravest of adventurers. But when it
comes time for their cleaning, barracudas are as
gentle as pussycats. If you've ever seen a barra-
cuda turn very dark (instead of its normal silver
color) and hover over a coral head, then you've
witnessed a barracuda getting cleaned. Many fish
change colors as a cue to cleaners that they're
ready for their daily (or hourly) grooming. The

r n)II difficult part about un-
L5)UB U )UUU^ derstanding fish behav-
ior is that you must be
familiar with the fish's normal coloration to be
aware that they have changed colors and that in-
deed something interesting is taking place. Then
you can observe the fish and search for the tiny
cleaners flitting about on the fish's body or in and
out of its mouth or gills. Now if you see a barra-
cuda all dressed up in his 'cleaning suit', you
know what's going on. Caren Eckrich

Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007





Page 9

Another Brilliant Christmas

(Pasku Briante) Triumph

Last Saturday the "Goodhearted Young-
sters" (H6bennan di Bon Kurason)
group, as part of the Bonaire Youth Outreach
Foundation, organized the seventh edition of
the Brilliant Christmas gift-giving marathon.
Under sponsorship of USONA the teens pur-
chased, wrapped and presented gifts to many
of Bonaire's less advantaged children.
BYOF photos

Decorating the boxes

Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007

Page 10

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Reporters: Bruce Bowker, David Colvard, Florence Ditlow, Caren
Eckrich, Jack Horkheimer, Molly Kearney, Greta Kooistra, Bob
Lassiter, Mick Schmit, Michael Thiessen, Andy Uhr, Betty Wills
Features Editor: Greta Kooistra Translations: Peggy Bakker
Production: Barbara Lockwood Distribution: Yuchi Molina
(Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa); Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas
Acevedo. Printed by: DeStad Drukkerij, Curacao
2007 The Bonaire Reporter

Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007

Page 11


S uDoku
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.
Supplied by
Molly Kearney
(who has to
solve all the
puzzles first)

Complete solution on page 19.

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

Make it more livable from the start.
Also interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy, healing,
China-trained. Experienced. Inexpen-
sive. Call Donna at 785-9332.

The leading consumer and business
information source on Bonaire. Tele-
phone (599) 717-7160. For on-line yel-
low pages directory information go to

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

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

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!

Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 786-4651

/a cati i n-
Re n- ta I
Cozy guest cottage available
Studio b

TV, two
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: bonaire-

For Sale=
Phillips 29" TV. Perfect condition.
NAf225. Call 786-6518
or 786-6125

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

For Sale Woman's shorty Scu-
baPro wet suit with long
sleeves. As newworn twice.
Black with magenta trim.
Size 13-14. NAf70 ($40)
OBO. Call 786-6518.

9 2 6

7 5 8 1 3

4 3 7 5

6 2 9 4 8

1 3 7

7 1 4 5

2 8 9 6

1 4 3 9 8

6 5 3

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

4-f rs

BMW 520i 4-door sedan, 1991,
ful. A CLASSIC! Call 785-9041

For sale: FIAT
Cabrio, 1997, yel-
low, with hard-top
and windstop. Tel.

P ro pe rty,
Sales & Re nta ls

Wanted starting January 07, 6
apartments for medical students. Call
Natalia, Xavier, 717-3966.

Harbour Village Marina Front
Condo For Sale- Large one bedroom, 2
bath apartment located in a secluded all
condo building away from the hotel traf-
fic. Full kitchen and laundry, tons of
storage space, large patio with walkout
to marina dock. Private owner sale.

a I^^.H .. I nam
STINAPA Bonaire is looking for a
seio~ s and responarile rewlaer
to rent the gifdhop in the
Washington Slagbaai National
Park Business plan requIrfd.
For more information cal
STINAPA Bonaire at
786 5229

Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007

fGear Doc
S< Here 's a new bi-monthly series in The Re-
porter devoted to helping you maintain your
dive gear.

\ y first thought for this new column
was to use a too well worn name and
Scall it Scuba Maintenance for Dummies. But
divers aren't dummies and this is not really
rocket science. Some topics that will be dis-
cussed are really simple maintenance issues,
most likely mentioned in the basic scuba course but sometimes forgotten. Other top-
ics will be repairs that can easily be done with wrench or two. I do hope you enjoy
this, get something from it and keep your scuba equipment top condition.

Dust Caps

Dust caps keep dirt out, but just as im-
portant they keep water out so make sure
it is in place when washing the regulator.
A simple maintenance procedure is to dry
the dust cap before placing it back on the
first stage air inlet. This can be done easi-
est with just a small amount of air from
your tank. Years ago I knew a "macho
man" who used to set his tank in the back
of the dive van, open the valve up to
what seemed like all the way and held his
dust cap two miles from the valve. This
was more for attention that anything else.
Those in the van certainly noticed with
all of us holding our ears until we were deaf.
Some tanks have hard-to-turn valves so test it first. Then put the dust cap tight
against the tank valve, allowing just a tad of air to dry it,
not making so much noise that people need a set of Bose
noise canceling headphones! I like to hold the cap di-
rectly against the valve and let a minimal amount of air
flow. This is quieter for sure and blows the water out
which is quicker than drying it.

Some people actually "dry" the regulator air inlet, only
which in theory could not have any water, and then put a
wet dust cap in place, negating whatever they thought
they were trying to do in the first place. Obviously be
careful not to blow the water from the dust cap, or from
anywhere else, into the air inlet when drying. Some Bruce Bowker
plastic dust caps have an o-ring in them. Without the o-
ring it is probably not water tight so check that the o-
ring is there. Bruce Bowker, Owner-Operator of Carib Inn

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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Sea Turtle Satellite Tracking Annual Update

A s has become a tradition on Christmas, Sea Turtle
Conservation Bonaire (STCB) prepared an over- .
view of this year's satellite tracking activity and included
our prior years' work as well.

STCB's Andy Uhr writes: "Our plans for 2006 called
for us to track two turtles. Unfortunately due to some tech-
nical issues with a transmitter, some poor luck and some U. i"
mistakes on our part, we only tracked one, 'Heit'. In late
November we thought the last breeding female had left the
area, but in mid-December we were surprised to discover
two others had arrived. We did manage to capture one, a female hawksbill, on Decem-
ber 15, right at sunset, directly in front of the Divi Flamingo Hotel, and were ready to
deploy the second satellite transmitter. Upon closer examination of the turtle, it was
apparent that she was very old, not in good condition and she was released immedi-
At the same time, dive operators reported seeing the second hawksbill in the water
near Harbor Village. Intensive efforts, including two nights on Klein Bonaire hoping
she would come ashore to lay her eggs, and two days of searching in the water from
Small Wall to Harbor Village, were unsuccessful.

2005 and 2006 Satellite Tracking

'Heit's track is the "pinkish" line in the lower right of the map that is shown above
in the right-hand column. As you can see comparing her path to all the others, she
headed in a different and, at least for us, an unexpected direction. In August, she ar-
rived at her home foraging grounds in the Los Roques Archipelago approximately 180
km from Bonaire. In October, Mabel Nava, STCB Project Director and Gielmon
"Funchi" Egbreghts, STCB Project Assistant, traveled for a one-week working session
with their counterparts in Los Roques and attempted to retrieve 'Heit's transmitter.
While the search for 'Heit' was unsuccessful, the trip provided an excellent opportu-
nity to compare field techniques used by both projects, to learn from one another, and
to establish a cooperative relationship in order to improve the protection of our sea
turtles. The trip, funded by the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), is the beginning
of an ongoing collaborative effort between STCB and La Fundacion Cientifica Los
Roques (FCLR).

2005 and 2006 Satellite Tracking

As for 2007, current plans call for us to track two turtles. In November, Queen
Beatrix of the Netherlands visited Bonaire and agreed to sponsor a satellite transmitter
for 2007. The turtle will be named for her eldest grandchild, Eloise. The other turtle
will be named Dar-
win at the request n H1 in
of Karen and Ken m
Miller, our very
patient and under-
standing sponsors
for 2006.
Again we want to
also thank 'Heit's
sponsors, Jeannette
and Ria Heitkdnig.
Our best wishes
to all for a happy
holiday season and
the best of New
Years." Andy Uhr 2003 and 2004 Satellite Tracking

tonaire Reporter uecemDer 29 to January 5, 200U

Page 13

It's all about dating, love, sex, friendship, and marriage so let's
talk. Email your relationship questions to my attention:

Question from: "Desperate for a relationship" Betty Wills

Dear Betty, I consider myself an attractive guy with a good sense of humor. I'm 38,
never been married, and have a pretty good job, but when it comes to being in a rela-
tionship, I can't seem to get beyond the initial dating sequence. I either lose interest or
stop calling, or ifI am interested, my phone calls aren't answered or returned. I desper-
ately want to be in a relationship with someone I truly care about, maybe get married
and have children some day. I'm ok with living alone because I don't depend on a part-
nerfor my happiness, but on the other hand, I don't want to be alone, either. What are
your thoughts?

ANSWER: Hmmm....you're ok with living alone, and don't depend on a partner for
your happiness? How can you possibly be ok without a loving partner to argue with all
the time? You're missing out on the best part of a relationship.... (drum roll, please)
....make-up sex! What are you thinking? You can certainly enjoy sex alone, but sharing
makes it twice as good, mirrors excluded. Dead-end dating may also be the result of
choosing the wrong date, which may be why you're not getting the call backs. Another
problem may be unrealistic expectations, which may be why you're not calling them
back. Perhaps you simply like the excitement of dating and sub-
consciously sabotage any potential for a relationship. Your lack
of commitment to marriage and having children may be another
obstacle. Bite the bullet. Make a commitment, and join the hun-
dreds of thousands of men who have been committed.


Man is incomplete until he is married. Then he is finished.
Betty Wills

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
12-29 0:15 1.OFT. 9:11 1.9FT. 17:51 0.9FT. 22:05 1.1FT. 57
12-30 9:48 2.1FT. 18:46 0.8FT. 62
12-31 10:24 2.2FT. 19:48 0.7FT. 71
1-01 11:07 2.2FT. 20:36 0.7FT. 80
1-02 11:48 2.2FT. 21:29 0.6FT. 87
1-03 12:26 2.2FT. 22:16 0.6FT. 92
1-04 13:10 2.1FT. 22:52 0.7FT. 92
1-05 13:47 2.0FT. 23:24 0.7FT. 89

Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007

Page 14



Late Show
Cal to make sure (Usually9pm)
(Carice van Houten)

Early Show (Usually 7pm)
Deck The Halls
(Danny De Vito)

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAfl4 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAfl2
2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM

December: The Santa Claus
3: The Escape Claus
Happy Feet


Until March 30-Guest Artist Mar-
kus Taurer Exhibit at the Cinnamon
Art Gallery.

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days starting around 10 am to early
afternoon: December 27 Crown Prin-
cess, Silver Shadow; Thursday, Dec. 29 -

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

Monday, January 1-Maskarada-
colorfully costumed, masked, silent
characters dance and pantomime-
Wilhelmina Park area, morning hours.
Uniquely Bonaire.


Saturday, January 6-Big Monthly
Rincon Marsh6-Now a Bonairean
tradition stands selling gifts, fruits and
vegetables, candles, drinks, BBQ, local
foods and sweets, music, friendly peo-
ple, 6 am to 2 pm. In the center of Rin-
con. www.infobonaire.com/rincon.

Daily (more or less)
* HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 5-7 pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-50% off Buddy Dive Resort,
* HH Cactus Blue (except Sun.) 5-7


* 2 for 1 appetizer with entree, Cac-
tus Blue
* Divi Flamingo Casino open daily
for hot slot machines, roulette and black
jack, Mon. to Sat. 8 pm- 4 am; Sun. 7
pm- 3 am.
* By appointment -Rooi Lamoenchi
Kunuku Park Tours $12 (NAf12 for
residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
* Parke Publico children's play-
ground open everyday into the evening

* Steak Night On the Beach (a la
carte) Buddy Dive Resort,
kitchen open 6:00 pm 10:00 pm
* 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 Marsh6 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,
call 787-0466.
* Live music 6-9 pm while enjoying
a great dinner in colorful tropical ambi-
ance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant &
Bar, Divi Flamingo. Open daily 5-10
* Fish or Meat Dinner Special for
only $10,-. Buddy Dive Resort, kitchen
open from 6:00 pm 21:30 pm
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart
of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria
* Live music by the Flamingo
Rockers, 5-7 Divi Flamingo, Balashi
Beach Bar
* Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine,
5-7, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* Buy a Bucket of Beer & get free
chicken wings, 5-7, Cactus Blue
* Caribbean Gas Training free
"Beyond Gravity An Evening with
DIR," 6 pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure
* Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7-
9, Cactus Blue.
* 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-
* Caribbean Night A la Carte -
Buddy Dive Resort, kitchen open from
6:00 pm 10:00 pm

* Live music by the Flamingo
Rockers, Divi Flamingo, Balashi
Beach Bar, 5-7
* "Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen
and others, Vespucci Restaurant, Har-
bour Village Marina. HH drinks, gratis
tapas, 5-7
* Buddy's Bingo Show Buddy Dive
Resort, 8:00 pm 9:30 pm
* 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
* Free Rum Punch Party (5:30 pm -
6:30 pm) & All-u-can-eat BBQ (7:00 pm
- 22:00 pm) Buddy Dive Resort
* 5-7 pm Social Event at JanArt
Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7. Meet artist
Janice Huckaby and Larry of Larry's
Wildside Diving. New original paint-
ings of Bonaire and diver stories of the
East Coast every week.

Saturday- "Discover Our Diversity"
slide show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm,
Monday-Dee Scarr's "Touch the
Sea" Slide Show, Capt. Don's Habitat,
8:30 pm. Call 717-8290.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Con-
servation (STCB) Slide Show by
Bruce Brabec. Carib Inn seaside ve-
randa, 7 pm, 717-8819.

Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past
in this venerable old homethat has been re-
stored and fumished so it appears the family
hasjust stepped out. Local ladies will tell you
the story. Open Monday thmr 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-
days. 717-8444/785-0017

AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Cancer Survivor Support Group Ma-
jestic Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes
Shopping Center 2nd Level Kaya LD
Gerharts # 10. Call 717-2482/566-6093.
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at
the FORMA Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank. All levels
invited NAf5 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
in Kralendijk.
Sunday School every Sunday at 4 pm in
Rincon. Bible Study and Prayer meet-
ings, every Thursday at 8 pm. in Kral-
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays,
9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bonaire -
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papia-
mentu, Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm
in Papiamentu 717-8304. Saturday at 6
pm at Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol,
in English. Mass in Papiamentu on
Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at
7:30 pm. 717-2194
Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter(@onairenews.com
Tel:786-6518 or 786-6125

Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007

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Bar and Beach Service 8am 8pm. Menu available daily from noon.
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City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
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Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
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Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, wax-
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De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
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Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
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Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
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it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemi-
cals. Incredible selection of pots.

The Bonaire Gift Shop has a wide selection of gifts,
souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras, things
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Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007

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On the Island Since

Peter Benekendorff and Maria Isabel Calvo de Benekendorff

Swas bom in Berlin in 1940, just
I at the beginning of World War II.
It was a very difficult childhood: every-
thing destroyed, nothing to eat. From
when I was very little I learned what it
was to be hungry, and until today I can't
understand why people throw away food
because there are still very many people
in this world who are hungry.
When I was 14 I started working in a
motel near Hamburg. I learned to clean,
to cook, to serve anything. Later I
worked in restaurants and hotels in Ger-
many, Switzerland, Spain and the Canary
Islands. In 1962 I met my first wife in St.
Moritz, Switzerland, and we married in
1963. That changed my life because we
went to Frankfurt where I went to study at
the Orthopedic University of Frankfurt to
become a physiotherapist. My wife was a
physiotherapist and so I thought it was
time to stop drinking so much alcohol and
living the nightlife and start doing more
decent things.
I studied two and a half years in Frank-
furt; then came the hospital practice, but
in between I had to do military service,
and that for me was really a waste of
time. After a year and a half of practice in
the hospitals I was ready and got the cer-
tificates from the government. I worked
in my mother-in-law's practice for a year,
and then I opened my own physiotherapy
I worked well and very hard too hard
- because in three years I had two prac-
tices and three souvenir-art shops where I
was selling arts and handicrafts imported
from Africa, India and Ceylon. I was
making a lot of money, but I got very
tired of paying a lot of taxes. So, in 1982
I sold everything and packed up all our
things, and my wife and I and our three
children went to Paraguay in South
America. I had visited a friend of mine in
Asuncion, and to me the country looked
very inviting. It was a very big change
though, especially for the children who
had to learn everything all over in Span-
ish. I opened an art shop, just like I had in
Germany, but later I went back to my
physiotherapy profession because I love
my job; it means a lot to me when people
can move again and feel good. We had a
nice life in Paraguay but then my wife
died of cancer in 1987.
In 1989 I met my present partner and
that was the best thing I found in my
whole life I found a diamond." He ca-
resses his wife's arm and looks at her and
she gives him a gorgeous smile.
"Maria Isabel was born in 1946 in
Asuncion, Paraguay. She studied to be-
come a commercial secretary in Argen-
tina; then in Paraguay she studied cos-
metic aesthetics everything about skin
care. She specialized further in Spain, the
US and Argentina and later in Venezuela

where she lived and worked while she
was married. After her divorce she came
back to Paraguay in 1987. When a mutual
friend introduced us in 1989 I asked her
out for dinner and then I was lost... Six
months later we went to Argentina to get
married in Formosa. It had rained a lot
and everything was flooded and we had
to go in a little boat to the office of the
justice of the peace to ask him how to go
about it if we wanted to get married. The
judge said I had to pay 200 pesos. I an-
swered that I wasn't prepared to get mar-
ried right away and that I didn't bring any
witnesses, but he said, 'No problem!' and
he whistled on his fingers and two men
came from somewhere and he made out
the marriage certificate and we signed
and 10 minutes later we were married!
We had no photo, nothing! It doesn't
happen every day like this.
In 1990 my children went to Germany.
They're still living there; everybody is

"Most of our clients are
locals and we're happy
about that because now I
can see results in a client
and that gives me the
inspiration to do this

married and I have 10 grandchildren. My
wife has three daughters and four grand-
children, all of whom live in Paraguay,
except for one granddaughter who is
studying in Venezuela. She's now here on
Bonaire and we're very happy to spend
the holidays with her and we're going to
show her every comer of the island!

Well, in Paraguay we had our own
practice massage and cosmetics but in
1997 we got the idea of working and liv-
ing in Venezuela where Maria Isabel had
lived for a long time. There I met the
previous owner of the thermal baths in
Trincheras, close to Valencia. We talked
and he asked us to come to work for him.
It was a very nice spa and we both
worked as therapists. My work is thera-
peutic massage; every massage is relax-
ing, but I specialize in back pains, head-
aches, shoulders, everything around the
spinal vertebrae. Also I am a Reiki Mas-
ter in Usui Reiki, the Tibetan system of
natural healing. Maria Isabel is the es-
thetic specialist in cosmetic treatment and
especially here on the island it's some-
thing you need because the sun is very
strong and we have a lot of dust too. She
also is a specialist in aromatic Hindu

massage and she does cellular nutrition
by injections.
We had a very good life in Venezuela
and we built our house in Valencia think-
ing we would never leave Venezuela ever
again, but then the political atmosphere
made us change our minds. In the Trin-
cheras spa we met our best friend that we
have here, Rosemary Winklaar from Bon-
aire. She came to the spa as a client. We
talked and she told me she was from Bon-
aire, and I asked, 'Where is Bonaire?' as
I'd never heard of it. She told me that we
should come over one day to see the is-
land. So we came to visit for a few days
and we fell in love with the island be-
cause of its beautiful nature and its quiet
life. We applied for the permits and Rose-
mary helped us very much, but we also
got help from James Kroon, Jonchi Dor-
talina, Nerry Gonzales and Alejandra
Dolleman. That was very important. It
took a year and a half to get the permits,
then we found this location next to the
Government building, across from the
Post Office. Maria Isabel named it
'Pedisa' Pedro and Isabel!

We came to live here in 2004. At first it
was a big change because we were with-
out all our friends and Maria Isabel felt
very much alone, also because she speaks
only Spanish. But when we started work-
ing it went better and better. My wife has
found new friends even someone from
Paraguay named Daisy. Together they are
the only two Paraguayans on the island,
and last year they were together in the
parade of the nations representing Para-
guay! We're doing fine now, except
around this time of the year we long for
our families. Paraguay is a very colonial
country and its music is beautiful, the
people are sensitive and gay, they like to
dance and they like the barbecue! The

country is in the heart of Latin America,
in between the big ones: Brazil, Bolivia
and Argentina. I love to visit Germany,
but not to live. I am terrified of the cold. I
can't stand it anymore.
I really love this island. All year round
you can wear short sleeves and I've never
seen such a crystal clear sea and it also
inspires me to paint. We work five days a
week, Tuesday through Saturday, and
when we have time we go snorkeling and
swimming and we go to the famous Sat-
urday market in Rincon to have breakfast.
We are very lucky to be here on Bonaire.
Most of our clients are locals and we're
happy about that because now I can see
results in a client and that gives me the
inspiration to do this work."
"We work with knowledge and the
heart, and that's the difference," Maria
Isabel says, smiling. Peter looks at her -
there's a lot of tenderness between them-
you can sense it and it makes you feel
good to be with them. "She's my best
comrade and my best wife," Peter says
"and we do everything together and we
have a lot of things in common we are
"He is the most beautiful thing that ever
happened to me in my life," Maria Isabel
says and then they laugh and I take their
picture. And when that's done Peter says,
glowing "It's the most special thing,
something you will never find again in
your life. In this kind of world where we
live in it is so important to have some-
body on your side
that you can trust
with closed eyes -
that is something so
special I have no
other words."
Story and photo by
Greta Kooistra.

Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007

Peter Benekendorff and Maria Isabel Calvo de Benekendorff

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T he 2006 Winner of the
Picture Yourself com-
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cover, in the center. Submit-
ted by Jane Madden, the
photo shows Bonaire property
owner, Dennis Kellner, at the
top of Mt. Everest, the
planet's highest mountain,
showing his copy of The Bon-
aire Reporter (July 28, 2006
issue). The technical problems
of preserving the newspaper
in the wind and a frozen cam-
era were just some of the
problems. Congratulations,
You are the winner of a
Bonaire Reporter "night on
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In an effort to top this sev-
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working on getting a photo of
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sent us this photo of themselves at a Bronco-Raider Football game in Den- month.
ver, Colorado, on October 15, 2006. "By the way we were rooting for the Broncos Year 2006 runner-ups to will be announced in upcoming issues. G.D.
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Bonaire Reporter December 29 to January 5, 2007

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*to find it... just look up

Celebrate New
Year's Eve Again
With the New
Year's Eve Star

E very year I encour-
age you to cele-
brate New Year's Eve the
cosmic way because if
you happen to go outside
at the stroke of midnight
every New Year's Eve you
will see something very
special which I like to call
the New Year's Eve star.
Around 8 pm Sky Park r k_, ,
Time, this Sunday, De- 1
cember 31st New Year's 1 n n New se i
Eve, face due south. And wi u4' W 4 h4
first, like all good as- p
tronomers, draw an imagi- Sirius
nary line from the due
south horizon straight up to the zenith point overhead and then down the other side
of the sky to the horizon due north. This line is called the meridian and it divides
the eastern half of the sky from the western half.
Now as our Earth slowly and endlessly rotates from west to east we are treated
nightly to the grandest optical illusion in nature that of watching the stars appear
to rise in the east, slowly travel across the sky all night long and eventually set in
the west. And if you watch the stars every single night you will eventually deduce
that the highest point any star reaches above the horizon in its nightly journey is
when it is on the meridian.
Now this is very important to telescope users because the higher a sky object is
above the horizon the better its telescopic image will be. So several years ago when
I was researching which planets would be high up off the horizon for viewing that
New Year's Eve I stumbled across something which to me was and still is an amaz-
ing coincidence, something which I had never read about in any astronomy book.
That coincidence is that no matter where you happen to be on New Year's Eve, Sir-
ius, the brightest star we can see, will slowly climb up the southeastern sky hour
after hour and at midnight will reach its highest point almost on the meridian. Think
of it, the brightest star visible from our planet reaches its highest point above the
horizon at midnight every New Year's Eve.
How wonderful, how poetic. Almost like a cosmic reminder that this most bril-
liant of stellar lights is welcoming in and shining on the New Year, giving us all
hope for a bright new beginning. And even better if you happen to miss it on New
Year's Eve because it's too cold or cloudy out, don't fret because Sirius will be in
almost the same spot at midnight each night for the first week of the New Year. And
think about this as you gaze up at Sirius this New Year's Eve. While our Sun is a
million-mile-wide, relatively cool, yellow star, Sirius is a much hotter, almost twice
as wide white star. And it's very close, cosmically speaking, only 81/2 light years
away, which means that when we look at Sirius this New Year's Eve we will actu-
ally be seeing the light that left it 81/2 years ago in June of 1998.
So step outside at midnight this Sunday night and make your New Year's Eve
bright with cosmic light. Happy New Year and keep looking up! Jack Horkheimer




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

'Sunday, December 23 to
Saturday, December 30

By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ASTROLOGY Date: Sunday, December 24 Saturday, December 30
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Avoid being intimately involved with clients or col-
leagues. Social activities will be satisfying. The answers can only come from within.
You'll need to exercise control. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Minor fevers or infections will develop if you're
over-stressed. You will have a tendency to put on pounds. You may have major
blowups with someone you love if you don't back down. Your competitive nature
will enable you to win any contest you enter. Your lucky day this week will be Sat-
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) If you are in the midst of a financial deal, this is your
lucky time. Spend time by yourself to avoid any conflicts with family members.
Speak of your future goals, intentions, and commitments. Use discrimination and
play hard to get. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Get involved in physical activities that will stimulate
you. Travel for business purposes may bring the highest returns. You won't be ad-
mired at home if you haven't been taking care of your share of the work. You will be
appreciated for the competence you exhibit and for taking on responsibilities. Your
lucky day this week will be Monday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Spend time by yourself to avoid any conflicts with family
members. Don't deny yourself this week. You will be able to talk to your lover about
future goals and perhaps make plans for the two of you to take a vacation. Don't
overdo it. You need to enjoy yourself. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Do not expect others to do your work. Work quietly
on your own. You don't like confrontations at the best of times; however, you may
find them difficult to avoid. Losses are likely if you have left your financial affairs
in other people's hands. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You may have difficulties finishing projects you start.
However, you must not neglect your family. Check into art objects or precious
stones. You can do well in group endeavors. Overindulgent people will cause dis-
ruptions in your life. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You must make them stand on their own two feet
regardless of how much you want to make things better for them. Cutbacks at work
will be a cause for worry. Deception is evident around you. Don't push your luck
with authority. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Think about your budget before booking a
trip. You can make extra cash if you act on a hunch. Friends and relatives may not
understand your needs. Travel will entice you; however, a tendency to overspend is
quite possible. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You must take care of health problems that
have been lingering. Refuse to get involved in idle chatter; it will only make you
look bad. Avoid any hassles. Be honest if you wish to solve the problem. Your
lucky day this week will be Saturday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) A residential move may be in order. Be extra care-
ful with your valuables; loss and theft are evident this week. Organize your house
and be sure to include the whole family in the projects you have set out to do. Pushy
people must be kept at arm's length. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Difficulties with your mate may lead to estrangement.
You can make favorable changes in your home environment. Express your interest
if you want the relationship to progress. Listen to the problems of others and offer
suggestions where possible. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.

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