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he Islands Summit on the future
government of the Antilles held
in St Maarten at the end of last week
showed that Curacao has strengthened
its objections to the agreement it signed
last year and does not want to commit to
sharing a Central Bank, currency, pension
fund or social insurance bank with St.
Maarten as envisioned.
The Islands Summit started late, at 2
pm instead of 9am, at the request of Cura-
gao because its delegation insisted on
traveling aboard Curagao-based Insel Air
rather than the Bonaire-based Dutch An-
tilles Express (DAE).
Without the prospect of a monetary
union with Curagao, it is highly unlikely
that The Hague will approve an autono-
mous status for St. Maarten, say informed
sources. They feel the Dutch Parliament
wants to stick to the Final Statement that
is partly based on the sharing of several
tasks by the two islands when the Nether-
lands Antilles ceases to exist.
This situation may not affect the fate of
the three less populated islands of Bon-
aire, Saba and Statia. A meeting to work
out details between the Dutch and the
three islands are were held in Saba this
week but produced little according to
several island delegates.
While the dismantling of the Nether-
lands Antilles could theoretically con-
tinue without the cooperation of the Is-
land Government of Curagao, there are
many practical obstacles, such as the divi-
sion of assets and liabilities, including the
Antillean debt. Curagao's main objections
to the Final Statement regard the instruc-
tion authority of the Dutch Justice Minis-

ter towards the attorney general and lack
of a clear time limit for financial supervi-
sion at the Kingdom level.
A new Dutch Cabinet is not expected to
be installed until February so major pol-
icy decisions for the kind of new initia-
tives and alternatives probably won't be
taken in The Hague for months.
There are Island Council elections on
all Antilles islands in April. In Curagao it
is turning into a sort of referendum on the
Final Statement between the parties in
favor and those against.

The military airfield at Hato in
Curacao was officially transferred
from the Dutch Royal Air Force to the
Coast Guard. This coming October 15
the sea surveillance done by the Dutch
Air Force will be privatized. Provincial
Airlines Limited, a Canadian company
specializing in maritime air surveillance,
using the Dash-8 planes under supervi-
sion of the Coast Guard, will take over
patrol duties.

> The Carib-
bean will have
one less regional
air carrier at the
end of this
month when
Caribbean Sun ceases operations after
just over a three-year run. The San Juan-
based Caribbean Sun fleet comprises four
Dash-8 100 series aircraft, each with 37
seats. The carrier serves nine gateways
throughout the Caribbean with more than
161 weekly flights.

o Antillean
Governor Frits
Goedgedrag has
asked Bonaire's
Lt. Governor
Herbert Doma-
cass6 to report
any building
activities in the
area that may
arbe in violthatmayion Wilna Groenenboom photo
be in violation
of the Ramsar Treaty for the protection
of wetlands. A press release by his cabi-
net said the Governor requested this be-
cause he is getting signals that such ac-
tivities are taking place in the buffer zone
of 500 meters along the Lac lagoon which
is protected by the treaty. The Lt. Gover-
nor has been asked to investigate the law-
fulness of these alleged activities and
report to the Governor. On January 3 the
Governor annulled two decisions by Bon-
aire's Executive Council regarding the
Mangrove Village project because it vio-
lates the treaty.

1 The recent annul-
ment by the Antillean
Governor of the deci-
sions made by Bonaire's
Executive Council to
allow the Mangrove a
Village project Booi
prompted ruling UPB
party leader, Ramonsito Booi, to say
that his party is not against environ-
mental conservation and has a good
record to prove it.
The UPB believes that on Bonaire con-
servation and development must be bal-
anced. Booi said that the same laws must
(Continued on page 3)



Table of Contents
Coral Glimpses 3
MCB Anniversary (Nelson Manuel) 3
Letters 5
Changing Times
Guest Editorial (Property Values) 5
Waterlands Village Bonaire,
Highest Point 6
Divi Flamingo's "Gimme Five" 6
A Shrink Studies SCUBA
(Overweight Divers) 7
Antique Houses
(Donna & Giorgio) 8&9
Difference Between Loras and
Prikichis 10
Bonaire on Wheels
('57 Chevrolet Belair) 11
15 Days til Special Olympics
Walk-a-Thon 13

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Biologist's Bubbles (eagle ray) 3
SuDoku Puzzle 12
Classifieds 12
Straight Talk 14
Tide Table 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Pet of the Week ("Charles") 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since
(Charbel Sassin) 17
Picture Yourself
(Tenerife, Canary Is., Spain) 18
Sky Park (Longest/
shortest season?) 19
The Stars Have It 19
SuDoku Answer 19

Only 15 days
before the Walk-a-Thon!

Bonaire Reporter January 19 to January 26, 2007

Page 2

Spotted Eagle Ray photo by Albert Bianculli

On January 13, MCB Bank-Bonaire had the pleasure of celebrating the 35th
anniversary of their employee, Nelson Manuel, at Donna & Giorgio's Bar
Restaurant. Nelsonjoined MCB on January 2, 1972, in the Operations Department.
In 1994 he became Cash Supervisor and in 2002 assumed his present position as the
Supervisor Office Services. The photo shows Nelson in the company of his family.
1 Lily-Ann Domacasse

D id You Know... Spotted Eagle Rays shell clams using only their
Spotted Eagle Rays are one of my very favorite animals and watching one glide
by with its graceful fins and incredibly long tail leaves me in a state of bliss. If
you've ever seen one rooting around in the sand or mud with its shovel-shaped
snout, then you've seen it hunting for prey. They also have electroreceptors that aid
in detecting buried prey. The upper and lower teeth of Spotted Eagle Rays are fused
into plates and help them to crush mollusks such as clams, oysters, and even large
snails (conch and tritons). Some people believe that rays leap out of the water as a
way to crush their prey between those two big plates when they fall and hit the sur-
face of the water. Another fascinating aspect of their feeding is that they have papil-
lae (small, fleshy projections) in their mouths that sort shells from flesh. The flesh is
swallowed and the shells are not. In addition to shelled animals, Spotted Eagle Rays
also feed on crustaceans, octopus, squid, sea urchins and bony fishes. Sometimes
they will overturn large rocks in search of food or tear prey directly from rocks.
Plate-like teeth, papillae, electroreceptors, flexible snout, flying acrobatics who
knew it would be so
complicated? iologist CarenEs Sa
Caren Eckrich,

verywhere that reefs attract divers,
they attract anglers, and anglers
leave entangled fishing line, so divers
often find fishing line on the reef. The
encrustations on this fishing line show
that it's been down a while; the coral has
probably grown into contact with the
line. After taking this photo, I removed
the fishing line.
As the coral head grew, it pressed

against the line. The areas beneath the
line have already "bleached" (the algae is
gone from those areas), but when I mag-
nified the original photo, I could only
find damage to eight individual blades of
the coral, in three separate spots, so the
coral should recover well --
if it otherwise remains
healthy. O Captions and photos
by Dee Scarr. Photos restored by
Jack Drafahl of the Oregon

Bonaire Reporter January 19 to January 26, 2007

Page 3

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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
apply to everybody and discussed the Soro-
bon hotel project that started in the 60s but
was later abandoned. The Island Council at
that time decided no more permits would be
granted for that area, but several construc-
tion projects were still approved later.
"Now that (Bonairean developer) Angelo
Clarinda wants to build the Mangrove Vil-
lage, it is suddenly not possible." Booi
added that "there are many other projects
under construction in that area, for which an
environmental impact assessment was never
The reason the land deed was signed at a
notary's office in Curagao was because the
Bonaire notary refused to have the deed
signed at his office because he didn't want
to be involved in the quarrel between
Clarinda and Nolly Oleana of the opposition
party who were once partners in this pro-

The Commissioner
in charge of issuing
building permits,
Reginald "Jonchi" Dorta-
lina, says that consider-
ing construction during
past years in the area of
Sorobon, the Mangrove
Village project is noth- Dortalina
ing out of the ordinary.
The UPB Commissioner was reacting to the
recent annulment by Antillean Governor
Frits Goedgedrag of two decisions to allow
the Mangrove Village because no environ-
mental impact study was done in keeping
with the international Ramsar treaty on the
protection of wetlands.
Dortalina listed the projects built since the
80s when the treaty was signed: Sorobon
Beach Resort, Marcultura, KonTiki and the
windsurfing places. "There is too much

fanaticism in nature conservation; the island in Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti, Turks & Cai-

needs to get a chance to develop," he said.

4 TELS DIgiceIl

The Democrat party opposition on the
Island Council is concerned about
Digicel's acquisition of Telbo's cellular
business and wants a look this week at de-
tails of the agreement and any contracts
made by the government since Telbo is is-
land government owned.
In December of 2003, Telbo and UTS,
which is a Curagao-owned company, en-
tered a GSM-cooperation contract with an
income split of respectively 45-55%. The
contract expires next month and it's been
announced that Telbo users must switch to
Digicel or have their cell phone numbers
cancelled. UTS won a lawsuit that chal-
lenged the transfer against Telbo and
"The customers and employees of Telbo
and UTS are currently very confused,"
wrote the Democrats in a letter. According
to the party, while Telbo is a government-
owned company, the Island Council was not
made aware of this sale.

Mobile tele-
phone service pro- D ig iceI
vider Digicel, head-
quartered in Ja-
maica, claims subscriber growth in excess
of 100% throughout the Caribbean. In a
release issued last week, Digicel declared
that it ended the year 2006 with a total
investment in the Caribbean region ex-
ceeding US$1.5 billion and now operates in
22 markets with four million customers,
representing a subscriber growth in excess
of 100%.
Last year Digicel established a presence

cos, Guyana, Bonaire and acquired existing
operations in Martinique, Guadeloupe and
French Guinea.
Digicel now employs 3,000 people
throughout its Caribbean operations and last
year introduced a company-wide employee
share option program.

1 During his annual
reception, held this year at
the Tera K6ra Community
Center, Bonaire's Gover-
nor, Herbert Domacass6,
said that in 2007 atten-
tion must be given to
Bonaire's people. The
reception, which formerly
was held only in the Gov-
ernor's residence but, in a Domacassi
tradition initiated by the
Governor, is now held in a different bario
every year, was co-hosted by the Governor's
wife, Maria-Elena.
In his New Year address the Governor
said that 2007 will be very active for Bon-
aire with much work to be accomplished.
Changes began in 2006 especially for the
civil servants. The government has im-
proved the infrastructure of the island and
many projects started up. The visit of Queen
Beatrix to Bonaire was a highlight Of '06.
The signing the "Final State-
ment" (Slotverklaring) outlining the transi-
tion of Bonaire from a member of the Neth-
erlands Antilles to a unique municipality of
The Netherlands itself was an important
event for the island in the past year. "Now
we have come to the implementation stage
and the implementation of the declaration
must take place."
"A goal in 2007 is to work for the devel-
opment of people on Bonaire. We cannot
get a New Bonaire without the people. We

must work for the development of people on
Bonaire and everyone must be productive. It
is important to focus on the family and the
young in 2007. We must take into account
that we are all responsible for the young-
sters to be able to grow up as a responsible
adults," he added.
The Governor was again critical of easy
access of alcohol to children and cable TV
pornography. In closing he directed his at-
tention on the elderly residents of Tera
Kora who were on hand at the reception.
"We must follow the example of my friend,
Janchi Janga, who has done a lot for the
Tera Kora neighborhood."

The Bonaire Police Corps wants to
become the 27th police district of the Neth-
erlands. It wants to do this together with
Statia and Saba, the so-called "K3" or
"smaller islands" that hope to become a
special municipality of the Netherlands this
year. The Netherlands has currently 25 po-
lice districts, plus the national Police Corps,

1 Preparation
for the 40th Bon-
aire Regatta has -
already begun. Set
for October 7-13, .
2007, it promises to
be the best organ-
ized and exciting
yet and to attract
more visitors to the latNDatSui
island. A media M
plan has been pre-
pared to publicize the event overseas. The
venue will continue to be the Kralendijk
waterfront and Plaza Wilhelmina. Contact
Robert Evertsz at the TCB 717-8322 to
coordinate personal and business activities
(Continued on page 6)

Bonaire Reporter January 19 to January 26, 2007

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Dear Editor:
It takes virtually no imagination to
plug Bonaire in here instead of Egypt.
Bonaire's classic houses are disappear-
ing. Perhaps our bread has not changed,
but read carefully, especially the last
three paragraphs, and give this some
serious thought.

From BCC Radio. As spoken by the
administrator of the Muslim College of

"I just returned from my first trip to
Egypt in 30 years. I was there in January
1977 and now in January 2007. Well I
couldn't help but think of the 7th century
mystique's line, 'I keep hidden within
myself an Egypt that doesn't exist'.
Egypt has changed. My village is no
longer a collection of low level mud
brick houses arranged along a canal.
The canal has been piped underground
and 3 and 4 story blocks are now the
norm. The Egypt I remember from 30
years ago, of course, no longer exists.
Cairo has also changed and is now
surrounded by recently built suburbs to
which many of the middle classes have
moved. There are huge shopping malls
and massive arterial roads that mean
that you can easily travel from one part
of the city to another, if you have a car
or can afford a taxi fare.

The steady creep of globalization can
also be seen in the change in Egyptian
bread. I remember the old of 30 years
ago as a nutty brown flat bread, dense
and tasting strongly of grain. I was
amazed to see that the bread has become
much whiter and more refined.
I'm suspicious of nostalgia and no one
can deny that we and our societies must
change and develop, but what struck me
about the nature of development in
Egypt was its relatively unplanned and
chaotic nature. In this kind of environ-
ment if you don't have money to buy
into the new society and have no status
so you can defend your interests you are
abandoned. You become invisible, occu-
pying the spaces under overpasses strug-
gling to survive in a situation where all
your means of survival are negatively
impacted by these new developments.
It seems that we all too easily lose
perspective about what we want to dis-
card and what we want to preserve.
Whether it is in my village or even in
this country all the negative sides of
development seem to come from a fail-
ure to consult with those being affected.
It's precisely this tendency to ignore
those without social or economic power
that endangers all the positive possibili-
ties inherent in progress.
The Koran says, 'consult with them
about the affairs concerning them.' This
seems to me the essence of a sensible
development policy. The people's voice,
a social consensus, is the best guard
against destnictive modernization R


There seems to be a lot of people,
mostly foreigners, who are overly
pleased that property values have sky-
rocketed, making their land and homes
worth so much more. The excessive
number of real estate agencies are doing
extremely well, selling and reselling
with prices climbing each time. Buy
property, tear down old houses, build
new and sell right away. Make money,
raise values the cry is "great for me but
to hell with everyone else." With this
comes the flood of speculators buying
and selling to other speculators, leaving
the average Bonaire citizen in the dust.
Has anyone given thought to the Bo-
naireans who have lived here for count-
less years and now, because of such in-
flated and fabricated real estate values,
will most likely get taxed right out of
their homes? Those who still have sea-
side land will soon not be able to keep it,
forced to sell, most likely, to foreign
rich. You say, "So what, the Bonairean's
property also increases in value." What
does this person do? Sell and go back
home? This is or rather was home. Sell
and bnv a lesser nnalitv home?

This trend is evident throughout the
world. Speculators and developers come
in and suddenly there is an increase in
real estate agents and people dealing in
property, just like here. The entire econ-
omy spins out of control greater sepa-
ration between the classes and higher
taxes for everyone. Bonaire once en-
joyed a reasonably close society but now
the rich are richer and more Bonaireans
are being left behind with only empty
nromises nothing else n A.R

Bonaire Reporter January 19 to January 26, 2007

Page 5

L-at er4I

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continuedfrom page 4)
in support of Regatta. President of the
Bonaire Sailing Foundation (BSaF), Elvis
Martinus, and BSaF coordinator, Byron
Tromp, as well as the TCB hope all Bo-
naireans will cooperate and get involved in
making the next Regatta the best ever.

l The Dutch inflation rate was 1.1%
in 2006, the lowest level since 1989, the
Dutch national statistical office said. The
low inflation rate is mainly the result of
lower government taxes and a reduced
increase of energy prices. Excise duties on
strong liquor were decreased and the price
of audio and video equipment fell. Food
was one of the few categories that re-
corded price increases. Last year was the
third successive year that the Dutch infla-
tion figure remained under 2%.
As in Bonaire (see last week's Re-
porter) Dutch housing prices are con-
tinuing to rise and sales volumes are
reaching record heights, the real estate
agents association, NVM, said. NVM re-
ported that the average selling price of a
home increased by 1.1% in the fourth
quarter of 2006. Over the full year, the
average price went up by 3.7%, and the
average selling price is now 241,000 eu-
ros. The number of house sales climbed
nearly 3% in 2006 compared with 2005,
news service NIS reported. In citing a
small increase in interest rates and fore-
casting economic growth of 3%, NVM
predicts a 5% increase in average housing
prices in 2007.

> St Maarten ordered 100,000 tons of
salt from Bonaire to counter the growth
of midges, a mosquito-like insect that is a
nuisance to communities surrounding
Great Salt Pond, which is no longer salty
enough. Some salt is still available from

Construction of Waterlands Village Bonaire
Reaches Highest Point

n December 15th, 2006, just before the construction trades'
holiday for Christmas, the "highest point" was reached at
the construction site of Waterlands Village Bonaire: time to cele-
brate Spantenbier (free drinks for attaching the highest rafter).
Construction workers are working very hard and with dedication
to accomplish this beautiful small-scale resort along Kaya Interna-
tional. There will be 24 one-story cottages, a large communal pool,
lush gardens and, alongside the waters around the peninsula a
(man-made) beach, with seven docks. O Press Release

the 100,000 tons of Bonairean salt bought
last year to deal with a plague of midges
that infest households and businesses.
SOn Saturday, January 13, the first
cleanup dive of this year was held, spon-
sored by Dive Friends Bonaire NetTech.
Some 40 volunteers joined the activity.
Dee Scarr and Christine Trosztmer, in-
specting the collected materials, found the
usual materials lost in the water: drinking
bottles, cans, fishing line, plastic cups and
plates, pvc pipes, pieces of iron, copper
and stainless steel. Christine said, "This
time we also found some really weird
things in the sea: a full bottle of ketchup,
an unused diaper and nearly enough parts
to reconstruct a jet ski!"
At the barbecue afterwards, salads, an
onion quiche and homemade (warm) cook-
ies were brought. According to Clement
Bartelet, a dive instructor at Dive Friends
Bonaire, the chocolate cake made by Aud-
rey Sonka from Seafari, was voted most
The next cleanup dive organised by Dive
Friends Bonaire and NetTech will take
place on Saturday, April 14. (J. B.)D

Divi Flamingo
"Gimme 5"

D ivi Flamingo
loves its em-
ployees and they want
to show it. Last week
General Manager Sara
Matera, as part of the
"Gimme Five" pro-
gram, handed out $5
bills to those employ-
ees who received com-
pliments from the hotel
guests....$5 per com-
pliment. Employees "Gimme 5" winners with Divi Managers
receiving $5: Selimah
Agostien, Claydrick Clarinda, Rollin Petersie, Orlando Thomas, Poppy martis, Serge De
Groote, Caroll-Ann, Roy Martinez, Ibi Thomas, Pierre Anthony, Carmen Abadia-
Martinez, Sheila Thielman.
$10 winners: Oy Cicilia, Jaap DeKort, Marie-Jeanne, Gianna Martinus.
$15 winner: Geertje DeGroot Top Winner for $35: Mirna Arrindel of the Front Of-
fice. Over the last year the Divi has awarded $800 to these very special employees.
All the past winners' names from last year were put in a box for a drawing. Lucky
winner was Orlando Thomas who won the Grand Prize of a trip for two for three
nights at the Divi All-Inclusive in Aruba. At Divi you can say, "Itpays to be
nice!" L.D.

Bonaire Reporter January 19 to January 26, 2007

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A Shrink Studies SCUBA

%qVW.l1 s-hco

Table 1. Body Mass Index of Scuba Divers in 2003-04

SNormal (BMI<25)
*Owerweight (24 o Obese (BMI>29)

34% 33% 33%

0% --

US Adults in 2003-04


Divers (n=1935)

Divers-Male (n=1490)

Half offemale divers have a weight
problem; more than three-quarters of In contrast we have Bonaire's dive-
male divers do too Internet photo model, Suzi Swygert

Table 2. Age-adjusted* prevalence of overweight and
obesity amona U.S. adults, aqe 20-74 years


Divers-Female (n=445)








*Age-adjusted by the direct method to the year 2000 U.S. Bureau of the Census
estimates using the age groups 20-39, 40-59, and 60-74 years.
**NHANES II did not include individuals over 74 years of age, thus trend estimates are
based on aae 20-74 years.

tonaire Reporter- January 19 to January 2z, 2UUz




Page 7

Donna & Giorgio's Bar Ristorante, Antique Living Houses of Bonaire Preserving Bonaire's
Cha Cha Cha Beach by Wilna Groenenboom Architectural Heritage

Bonaire Reporter January 19 to January 26, 2007

Page 8

AfntiqcXaue tltivinr nfonuses of SB onaire

f you arrive by cruise ship, there is one thing you
can't miss: the "fiery red" and the "hot pink" col-
ors of the bar-restaurant Donna & Giorgio's. This was
the former living house of Mama Telly Marchena-
Boekhoudt born in 1880 and Tata Chris Marchena born
in 1881. Chris was the captain of a cargo ship, sailing
between Bonaire and Curaqao. They bought this house
in 1912. Three of their four children, Martina, Ernesto
and Julio, moved out when they got married. Sarah did-
n't marry and lived in this house until her death in 1997 at 84
years. Telly, her mother, passed away at the age of nearly
103 in 1982.


Li :

It is a simple Cas di Hadrey (house with porch). On the L W rL
right side of the hadrey was the kitchen with the oldfornu Telly
(oven) and water cistern (photo left below).
Later the kitchen housed a little shop. Sarah sold buttermilk or kalmelki, which
came from the family kunuku Wanapa where they had cows and goats. She also sold
candy and other things to the children who played on the beach and in the sea in front
of the house It was one of those candy buying children who started calling Sarah her
well known name of "Cha-Cha-Cha." Although the family had given Sarah the pet
name, "Titchi," Robby Beukenboom was the one who asked Sarah to give her name
to the beach in front of her house, which is now known as Cha-Cha-Cha Beach.
For more than seven years after the death of Titchi the house stood empty.

When Donna and Giorgio bought the house in September 2005 they started restora-
tion immediately. They had to make some drastic decisions. A living house is not a
restaurant and bar which has different demands, so it was necessary to do some dras-
tic rebuilding. They removed the cistern, some pillars and part of the back section of
the oven on the right side of the hadrey (photo upper left). In rearranging the place-
ment of the pillars they made new pillars around the terrace in the same style as the
old ones, of which one remains on the left side in front of the hadrey
By reducing the size of the oven it gives us the opportunity to understand and see
the architectural structure and materials used .
The cross pan tiles orpanchifranses on the house are still the same as those of a
hundred years ago. They were cleaned and painted for better protection against the
weather. The hadrey got new roof tiles.
The wooden floor in the hadrey was in such terrible condition that it had to be re-
moved. The living room, or sala, still has its original wooden floor (photo right). The
planks are different in size and structure. Probably they had to change a few of them
during the years. Looking closely at these wooden planks you'll notice that some
were made by hand with a chisel and wooden hammer. So they must be very old.

The kitchen walls were "decorated" with little papers, each with a little prayer: one
asking for good health and protection, another asking for blessings for the house or
good business. There was one about the protector of the Virgin Mary who protects her
from danger. Most of the little papers were badly deteriorated and had to be removed,
but this one is still in its original place in the doorway on the left side of the front

house is named Kaya Francia.
Donna and Giorgio's daughter
is named Franci. Above the left
doorway from the hadrey to the
sala is a portrait of a lady,
painted in Venezuela, with the
Titchi text: "Nuestra Senora Del Valle
Del Espiritu Santo." Dovale
means "from the countryside."
The name has its roots in Portu-
gal but through the years Del
aif ________

One of the prayers for protection

Valle changed to Dovale. In reading about the Virgin
Del Valle we can understand why the Marchena fam-
ily, with a ship's captain, especially took her as their
"protector." Del Valle or Virgin of the Valley is a
very well know virgin in Spanish speaking countries.

Many simple but beautiful antique living houses often
have a hidden history, sometimes difficult to discover.
But for this story I got a lot of help from Donna about
the Marchena family living on Bonaire and Curaqao.

- Patronages
The most popular prayer to the Virgin of the Valley is
The Virin of the Valle from the sailors and fishermen who never go to the sea
without asking first, "With God and the Virgin of the
Valley." In 1981, on November 15, Pope John Paul II
officially proclaimed the Virgin of the Valley as the Patron Saint of the Venezuelan
Near the island of Coche off the Venezuelan coast, a fisherman went out to get oys-
ters and was wounded on his leg by a stingray. It became infected with gangrene. The
doctor decided that only the amputation of the leg would save him. The sick man and
his wife appealed to the Most Holy Virgin of the Valley and they made a promise to
dedicate the first pearl to her after he became well.
He was cured in a short time, and he again went diving for oysters. In the first one he
opened there appeared a pearl in the form of a leg and on its side a mark like a scar
exactly in the place of the wound.
This and many other signs have given witness to the power of God through the inter-
cession of the Virgin Mary. O W.G.

Wilna Groenenboom is an
artist and photographer
wha toorhov art at tho

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For Donna Dovale and her husband Giorgio Arra there are many coincidences. The

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Page 9

The Difference Between Loras and Prikichis

Loras in flight

and as a result they move very differently.
The prikichi with its pointy wings and long
tail is like an efficient private jet flying fast
and directly. The lora, on the other hand,
appears to struggle a little with its more
rounded wings and chunky body. It's more
like a Hercules transport. The size and
shape of a lora in flight can actually appear
quite similar to that of the island's pigeons,
but the way they move is very different.
The lora has a very distinct and comical
way of flapping its wings. A cruising lora
holds its wings straight out and moves them
up and down, seemingly as little as possi-
ble. If you saw a bird and felt concerned it
was putting so little effort into flight that it
may drop out of the sky it was probably a
lora. A pigeon by contrast moves its wings
up and down so much that when it takes off
Vi1 o .

its wings actually clap together at the top of
the stroke.

The screech of a prikichi is unrefined,
much like a cheap white wine. The lora,
however, makes a delicious warbling and
babbling sound and by comparison is more
like a fine Italian red wine: it takes time to
appreciate its full complexity. Once you
can spot the difference (in the calls!) you
will never mistake the two again, and often
hearing their calls is the first sign they are
nearby. Some would say the lora is noisy,
but really it is just their enthusiasm for life,
especially at the start of a new day.

Continued on pg..12

B onaire's annual lora count will take
place at the end of the month so
here are a few light hearted observations
which will hopefully have you telling loras
from prikichis at half a mile in bad light.
Even if you are not volunteering in the
count you may still like to know how to
spot one of the island's best treasures, so do
read on.
Several thousand years ago the prikichis
realized how cool loras are and they put in
a big effort to look more like them. The
loras are brightly colored birds with yellow
heads and green bodies. The prikichis got
pretty close to the lora's colors, but their
heads are more orangey-yellow, and their
green bodies are a fraction darker. Should
you only look at colors it may seem diffi-
cult to tell these two apart so we are going
to look at some other key details, then the
differences between these birds will hope-

fully become obvious.

Appearance and movement
The difference in size between these birds
is the first clue in telling them apart al-
though it may not be obvious until you see
them side by side. From head to tail a lora
measures 33cm and the prikichi is smaller
at 25cm. The difference is greater than the
numbers suggest, however, because a lora
is a full bodied and short tailed parrot,
whereas the prikichi is a slim, long tailed
parakeet. If you can't picture that, imagine
a lora as a big tub of Lovers ice cream and
a prikichi to be a single scoop on a waffle
cone. The prikichi's tail is actually about
the same length as its body and as a result
the bird's silhouettes are very different
when they fly.
Through the process of evolution these
parrots have evolved into difference shapes

When loras gorge themselves on cala- iquito
has they dirty their faces. A ubiquitous priich
(also on the cover)

Bonaire Reporter January 19 to January 26, 2007

Page 10

A series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brower, featuring some of
Bonaire's interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."

Hidden Beauty

O ne of Bonaire's best kept se-
crets is hidden in the peaceful
and quiet village of Rincon. She is a bit
sleepy, almost completely covered with
sheets to protect her skin against the
rays of the burning Bonairean sun. But
with her left eye she winks at me, as if
to say, "Hello, I'm here! Come on and
have a closer look at me."
She is a four-door Chevrolet Belair, a
grand lady, born in 1957 and owned by
Raymond Nicolaas from Rinc6n. Her nick-
name is "Prechochin," which means some-
thing like "darling" or "my love." This two-
tone Chevrolet Belair has a white roof and a
blue/green body with rocket wings on the
rear and two styled jet planes on the front of
the bonnet. The four brand new whitewall
tires make a nice combination with the body
work. The Belair is equipped with a strong
six-cylinder, in-line overhead valve engine
driven by push rods. The car is almost com-
pletely made of steel and chrome and a little
aluminum. It is very difficult to find any
plastic parts. That's why this car has lasted
this long.
This year she will be 50 years old. The

contributes to anniversaries. The B233
Belair and her owner are happy. They have
got smiles on their faces.

Then, at the end of the interview, I thank
Mr. Nicolaas for his time and all the infor-
mation he gave me. I start my motorcycle,
ready to leave for home. When I turn my
head and wave I see Mr. Nicolaas carefully
covering his beauty with the sheets against
the sun. One eye winks at me.
Story & photo by J@n Brouwer

Chevrolet was made during the time driving
a car was really hard work: no power
brakes, no power steering, no power win-
dows, no air-conditioning, just a fan as an
Back in 1963 Raymond Nicolaas was the
owner of a Chevrolet pick-up, built some-
where in the early 50s, also equipped with a
straight-six engine. In that year he bought
his blue/green painted four-door sedan. He
is the fourth owner. The car was sold new in
Curagao. After a few years she was shipped
to Bonaire to serve as a cab. Now the car
has retired, like her owner. She may be re-
tired, but she is still going strong and in a
complete and good operating condition. The
car is regularly taken for small tours around
the island and she drives newlyweds. She is
also used to transport celebrities and she

tonaire Reporter- January 19 to January 2b, 2zoo

Page 11

(Loras vs. Prikichis. Continued from page 10)
Where to find them
The prikichi is one of the most numer-
ous birds on the island. They can be found
almost anywhere from Belnem north-
wards. The lora prefer to stay in the north
and tend to be more particular about when
to visit town. The loras are busiest and
most vocal in the early hours and just be-
fore sunset, and they are more likely than
the prikichi to have a nap through the
middle of the day.
The key things to remember then are
that you are looking for the coolest bird
on the island which is a good size, a re-
laxed flyer who sings badly despite great
enthusiasm for doing so. Now that you'll

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.

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

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

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

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

Tarot Readings- Call 700-9422 Louise

be able to tell them apart you must not
forget that the lora is recognized globally
as an endangered species so don't forget
how privileged you are when you do get
to spot one. 1
Story & photos by Sam Williams

Sam Williams and his
colleague, Rowan Martin,
were on the island for six
months as part of their
doctoral research, study-
ing the Bonaire Lora.
Both of them hope that
their research, which will
extend over a three-year
period, will be of benefit
to the Lora's conserva-


Cozy guest cottage
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: bonairecottage@aol.com

For Sale
DANGER: If you are using a first
stage from a scuba regulator to fill flat
tires etc and do not have a 2nd stage at-
tached, it is possible if the first stage
fails, to have the hose explode. Carib Inn
has a limited number of pressure relief
valves at $10 each to protect both you and
the hose. These are small and simply screw
into one of the LP ports on the first stage.
Carib Inn 717-8819 8 am to 5 pm.

b For sale: Brand New ECCO
shoes in original box size:
EU 38, US size 7. Asking
price $55. Store price: $100. Call 701-
5225 after 3pm.

era and Macro tube Set.
Still the best camera for
macro shots. Original
owner. NEVER been
flooded. Past Nikonos Shoot-Out winner.
Complete $250. Call George 786-6215.

For Sale: Nikon N90S Underwater
System with Sea & Sea Housing:
Pelican Case; l
Nikon N90S; AFN
Nikkor 2.8-80MM
1:35-5.6D; AF Micro
Nikkor 60mm
1:2.8D; AF Nikkor 28-80MM 3.5-5.6D
Zoom Gear; 2 aperture gears, Bower 62-52
gear; NX-990 Pro housing (Sea&Sea);
NX-90 Dome Port/cover; NX50/90 Flat
Zoom port/cover; aperture gear; dual sync
cord (Sea&Sea); 2 YS-120 Duo Strobes
(Sea&Sea); 2 Sea&Sea head adaptors; 4
ultralite clamps; 2 dovetail adaptors; 1
dovetail shoe; 2 strobe screws; 3 ultralite
4" D-ball; 2 ultralite 12" D-ball; extra o-
ring set; Sekonic Marine meter II. Asking
$1,000. Call 717-2050.

New Diadora Cayman Mtn. Biking
Shoes, size 39 (mens 6.5, womans 8) but
seem to fit smaller than that, NAf 35.
Swanson 717-8814


means "the 9
digits must re-
main single" in A
Japanese. To 4
solve the puzzle,
enter the numbers
1 through 9 to the
partially filled in 7
puzzle without
repeating a num-
ber in any row, 8
column or 3 x 3
region. For a 2
tutorial visit the
web site www.
Sudoku shack. 5
1 Supplied by 9 3
Molly Kearney
(who has to 7
solve all the
puzzles first)

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. As new, wor twice.
Black with magenta trim. Size
13-14. NAf70 ($40) OBO.
Call 786-6518.

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

= a rs
For Sale
1995 Toyota 4-Runner. Good Condition,
low mileage, NAF 11500. Call 717-8019

BMW 520i 4-door
sedan, 1991, white, excel-
lent condition. Fast, beau-
tiful. A CLASSIC! Call

CHETTA Cabrio, 1997,
yellow, with hard-top and
windstop. Tel. 786-5591.

FOR SALE-Deawoo Nubiria 98 In Good
General Condition -Few Scratches and
repair needed. Book Value is Fl 8000.
Selling Price Fl 5000 Call-717-6997.

P ro pe rty,
Sales &
Re Inta IIs
FOR SALE: Kunuku (farm) 949 sq.
meters. Modem 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.
NAf1800,00. Call 785-6378.

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

W1 a u-n t l
Looking for work. Cleaning lady
(speaking Spanish and Papiamentu) is
looking for part-time work. 568 9506.

96 3

8 6

2 7

7 4

9 2

nplete solution on page 19.

Dog kennel, medium size for dog weigh-
ing 13 kilos/30 lbs. Airline approved. (Not
needed until March) 717-6862.

Cashier needed part time. Dutch, Eng-
lish, Papiamentu preferred. Last Bite Bak-
ery. 717-3293

Kitchen/Prep/Dishwasher needed- part
time Some English preferred. Last Bite Bak-
ery call: 717-3293

Missing Dog

Bonairean Ridgeback, reddish
coat, white face, spayed female, a
bit chubby

Lost in vicinity of Lagoen Road

Not overly friendly with strang-

If found contact the Bonaire
Animal Shelter at 717- 4989

Porch Sale 21- 28 January -Kava Alk-
maar # 6 (Hato ) Various Porch set 2 and
4 seat with table.(plastic);Double semi Or-
thopedic bed; Side Tables Hair Dryer -
Bar Stool Lots of old LP's / Cassette -
Chest of drawers Antique Lamp TV -
Lamps Screen -Bed Cover- Vertical Blinds
- Radio /Cassette/CD Monitor Showcase
-cabinet (vitrine kast) And lots more.

The Bonaire Reporteris
looking for a person to do lay-
out for the weekly editions.
Must be very com-
petent with Micro-
soft Publisher and
Familiar with Micro-
soft Office pro-
grams. Great part-
time job and could
possibly be done
from home. Call
George at 786-6125
or 786-6518.

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m A

Only 5 days Special Olympics Walk-A-Thon
before the vvii ________

T he Fifth Annual Special
Olympics Walk-a-Thon is on
Sunday, February 4. No matter who you
are you're welcome to join the groups and
individuals who will be walking, biking,
roller blading, whatever, from the Slave
Huts to the Pasa Dia in Rincon. No matter
whether it be rain or shine, the Walk-a-
Thon will go on. Special Olympics Bon-
aire National Director Claire Sealy prom-
ises some surprises along the way and
another at the end at the Pasa Dia.
Groups are forming to
do the walk together.
Signed up already is the
enthusiastic "Go Fast"
group coming in from
And even if you \
don't want to make h
the trek yourself you
can be a sponsor of
one of the groups or
an individual person... or just buy a ticket
and watch from the sidelines.
Tickets are only NAf25 and it all goes
to a good cause, sending our Special
Olympic athletes to compete in this year's
World Games in Shanghai, China, in Oc-
The Walk-a-Thon event, begun five
years ago, was the inspiration of ex-head
coach, Elizabeth Wigny, who wanted it to
not only be a fund raising event but one
that was historically important the route
taken by the slaves between Rincon and
the salt pans where they labored.

"How To" for Participants
Everyone meets at the Slave
Huts in the southern part of the
island at 5 am, where the 30-
kilometer walk begins. You may
leave your car at the Stadium in
Playa and take the FKPD bus
which leaves at 4:30 am Sharp to
take you to the Slave Huts starting
area. It's a wonderfully quiet time
before sunrise as you traverse the
coastline. Birds will be-
gin to awaken and
you'll witness the
sunrise. At the end,
you'll be able to get
e ts a ride back to your
a Gcar from the Pasa
Dia in Rincon.
a emen d Those who did the
te trip on bikes can
get their bike trans-
ported back to the Stadium. Along the
route there will be refreshment stops every
five kilometers where you'll be offered
water, Gatorade, oranges and plenty of
encouragement. The Red Cross will be on
the road to make sure everyone is okay,
and pickup trucks will be patrolling to
give a lift to the tired ones. At the Pasa
Dia you'll get a certificate and a delicious
hot meal and drink and time to re-hash the
day. For your NAf25 you get: a free
Walk-a-Thon T-shirt, canvas carrying bag,
water bottle and a hot meal at the end. Get
your tickets at TCB (717-8322),Chat 'n'
Browse, Obersi Electronics, (Xerox),
Bowling di Danilo or from any Special
Olympics board member (National Direc-

Walkers from 2006

tor Claire Sealy; President Lupe Uranie;
Treasurer Suzy Bakker; Head of
Coaches Chio Semeleer; Board Member
Aura Kock). Or email-
info(alspecialolvmpicsbonaire.org. Present
your ticket and pick up your gift bag at
City Cafe/Hotel Rocheline in the lobby on
Friday, February 2 from 4 to 7 pm, or Sat-
urday, February3 from 10 am to 4 pm. See
you there! OLD


Maduro &
Curiel's Bank

Bonaire Reporter January 19 to January 26, 2007

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: "Real Love" Betty Wills

Dear Betty,
How can you tell if it's real love or just lust?

ANSWER: It depends on how much alcohol you've had to drink. More than five
drinks and you may think it's real love, much the same way ugly becomes beautiful.
One way to tell for sure is when you sober up. If you don't remember falling in
love, it couldn't have been real. It was just 80 proof lust. On the positive side, too
much alcohol is a good method of birth control almost as good as having an 80-
year-old body and that's what you might find lying beside you when you wake up
the next morning!

Another way to tell if it's real is to determine whether or not your love is uncondi-
tional, which is something that can only be determined over time. If your love does-
n't falter, regardless of the annoyances, faults, and shortcomings of the other per-
son, it's probably real love. Take the "tingly test," but only when you're sober. If
you still get warm and tingly when you touch each other affectionately after 10+
years into the relationship, there is a good chance it's real love. The fact you waited
that long to do the test, and are still touching each other affectionately are pretty
good clues it's real love. O


Did you ever notice that when you fall in love, you sink into his
But after the wedding your arms are in his sink?

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
1-19 12:43 2.1FT. 22:29 0.8FT. 92
1-20 13:31 2.0FT. 22:54 0.8FT. 96
1-21 14:16 1.8FT. 23:16 0.9FT. 97
1-2215:16 1.7FT. 23:35 1.0FT. 94
1-23 6:23 1.4FT. 11:06 1.3FT. 16:15 1.5FT. 23:44 1.1FT. 87
1-24 6:46 1.6FT. 14:07 1.2FT. 17:47 1.3FT. 23:34 1.1FT. 78
1-25 7:28 1.8FT. 15:46 1.1FT. 19:47 1.2FT. 22:51 1.1FT. 68
1-26 8:06 1.9FT. 16:46 0.9FT. 59

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tonaire Keporter- January iu to January zL, Lzuu

Page 14

wHarsS APPENIN Pet of the Week


Late Show
Call to makesure (Usually9 pm)


(Brad Pitt)

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

January: Happy Feet


Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship Visiting Days start-
ing 10 am to early afternoon: Tuesday,
January 23 Veendam, Wednesday, Janu-
ary 24 Crown Princess

January 21 28 -Local well known peo-
ple show their art for the Lions Club
Fundraiser Kas di Arte, 5-8:30pm
Sunday, January 28 -BBQ at Kas di
Arte in connection with Art Show at Kas
di Arte, 5:30 pm followed by
Auction at 8 pm.

UntilMarch 30-Guest Artist Markus
Taurer Exhibit at the Cinnamon Art Gal-
Sunday, February 4 -5th Annual Special
Olympics Walk-a-Thon-See Page 13.

Saturday, February 10 The 2nd BWC
Mountain Bike Tour. Meet at Eden
Beach Resort Activity Center at 4 pm.
NAf 15 per person (includes drink +
fruits). Sign up at Eden Beach Activity
Center Monday through Saturday, 9am -
5pm or day of the tour. Notice: Helmets
are compulsory for the tour and can be
rented at Eden's Activity Center

Daily (more or less)

* HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 5-7 pm, Divi
Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-50% off Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-
* HH Cactus Blue (except Sun.) 5-6
* 2 for 1 appetizers with entree 6-7, 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 resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
* Parke Publico children's playground
open everyday into the evening hours.

* Steak Night On the Beach (a la carte)
- Buddy Dive Resort, kitchen open 6:00
pm- 10:00 pm
* 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
Marshes 1st Saturday of the month, 6
am-2 pm.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Fla-
mingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm,
NAf26,50. Call for reservations 717-8285
ext. 444.
Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 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 Pub-
lico. Everyone welcome to buy and to sell.
NAf5 per selling table. For more informa-
tion and reservations for a spot, call 787-
* 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
* Beginning Yoga 6.30pm Harbour Vil-
lage 786-6416
* 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 717-6435

* Advanced Yoga 6.30pm Harbour Vil-
lage 786-6416
* 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, Bon-
aire Dive & Adventure 786-5073.
* Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7-9,
Cactus Blue.
* Beach BBQ 7-10 & Live music by Fla-
mingo Rockers -The Windsurf Place at
Sorobon Reserve ahead. Tel. 717-5091, 717-
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers, Divi
Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-6:30.
* 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, Harbour Village
Marina. HH drinks, gratis tapas, 5-7
* Buddy's Bingo Show Buddy Dive
Resort, 8:00 pm 9:30 pm
* Mixed Level Yoga 8.30am Buddy Dive
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social Round
Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person. Cash bar. All
invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225
* Live music by the "Flamingo Rockers"
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar, 5-7
* Swim lessons for children by Enith
Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Sorobon from
13.00, for children 0 18.
* Manager's Bash-free Flamingo Smash
& snacks, Divi Flamingo, 5-7 pm

H ere's a cat that makes a statement.
Just look at the photo of "Charles"
and I'm sure you'll agree. Such self-
confidence and handsome demeanor in this
young eight-month old kitty. The Shelter
staff reports that he's very perky and smart,
in good shape and of course very social. If
you like tabbies, he's your boy. He even has
white feet and a white tipped tail to round
out his stylish appearance. See him at the
Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen
Road, open Monday through Saturday, 8
am to 1 pm. Tel. 717-4989. Already this
year there have been 11 adoptions at the
We're happy to announce that the found
dog shown last week turned out to be
"Skinny" and was retrieved by his owners.
It's not such a happy ending for a number "Charles"
of other pets who disappeared during the
fireworks. At least a dozen people have called the Shelter looking for their missing ani-
mals. And the fireworks continue and pets continue to run away in fear. Shouldn't peo-
ple be a little more considerate of our animals? OL.D.

* 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 paintings of Bonaire and diver stories
of the East Coast every week.

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

Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past in this
venerable old home that has been restored and fur-
nished so it appears the family hasjust stepped out
Local ladies will tell you the story. Open Monday thu
Friday, 9 12,2-4. Weekends by appointment Call
Mangasinadi Rei,Rincon. Enjoy the view from
"The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bonaire's
culture. Visit homes from the 17th century. Daily.
Call 7174060 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, Mu-
seum and Visitors' Center. Open daily 8 am-
5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-

AAmeetings -every Wednesday; Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or717-3902.
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
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and Din-
ner 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
eny fee. Call Cathy 5664056.
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- Junior
Chamber International Bonaire (JCI Bonaire,
formerly known as Bonaire Jaycees) meets at
the ABVO building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36
from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome.
Contact: 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 2"d 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

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 Claire 717-8290
Volunteers to train children in sports. Con-
tact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik 717-8051

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
Sunday School every Sunday at 4 pm in Rin-
con. 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. Services
in Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bonaire- Kaya
Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle) Sunday Ser-
vices 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 Ser-
vices on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in Papia-
mentu 717-8304. Saturday at 6 pm at Our
Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, in English.
Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6
pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios), Kaya
Triton (Den Cheffi). In English, Dutch &
Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am. Wednesday
Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194

Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel:786-6518 or 786-6125

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City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest se-
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TV, computers, cell phones and more. Fast service and
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Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
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Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, wax-
ing and professional nail care.

De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally
repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top brand
bikes. Have your keys made here.

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
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Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in
Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.

The Plantation Has lots of classy furniture and an-
tiques at very competitive prices. Stop in to see great
teak furniture and Indonesian crafts.

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

The Bonaire Gift Shop has a wide selection of gifts,
souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras, things
for the home, T-shirts all at low prices.
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet and
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Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insur-
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Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Electri-
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Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.

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

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

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

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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.
Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast daily 6:30 am Buddy's Magnificent Theme Nights: Sat. Steak Night A la Carte; Mon. Fish
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort 10:00 am. Lunch daily 11:30 17:30 am. or Meat Dinner Special ($10,-); Wed. Caribbean Night A la Carte; Fri. Free
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On the Island Since .

Charbel Sassin

S was born on Curaqao, but only
I because of the fact that my
mother gave birth to me in the hospital
there. My whole family was living on
Bonaire; we are related by both sides -
father and mother to the Salehs here
on the island and in Curaqao as well.
My family had a shop in Nikiboko
North, next to Achie Tours. So, after
one week my mom and I came back to
Bonaire where I lived until I was seven.
I didn't go to school on Bonaire, maybe
for a few months, but that was it. I don't
remember much of that time because in
1968 we went to Lebanon with the
whole family to live there for good.
We lived in the north of Lebanon in a
small village about one and a half
hour's drive from Beirut. Father didn't
have to work, and I went to school, but
in 1976 the civil war broke out, and in
1978, 10 years after we'd left, we all
came back to Bonaire. We'd gone with
four and we came back with six because
two more brothers were born in Leba-
It was a great pain to leave the coun-
try, but we had no choice. Lebanon is
beautiful and Beirut was like Paris; it
had everything and there was a lot to
do, but the war destroyed everything
and there was no future any longer and
that's why we came back.
For me it was okay to be back on Bon-
aire again; I felt good because I was
born here. I'd forgotten my Papiamentu;
I'd spoken only Arabic and French, but
I picked it up again fast. We stayed on
Bonaire for four months and then all six
of us went to live in Cagua, Venezuela,
close to Valencia. We didn't speak any
Spanish, so we had to learn it. We had a
lot of family there. I didn't go to school
because I was too old, but my brothers
did. I was with my family all the time.
First I worked as a shoe salesperson and
then I worked for years in a furniture
store that belonged to my mother's fam-
ily. In 1987 things went really bad in
Venezuela because of the devaluation of
the Bolivar and so we all came back to
I was 26 and a bachelor. I went to
work in our fruiteria (fruit and vegetable
shop) next to Achie Tours. The shop
was doing well and after three years we
moved across the street to a much big-
ger location where we also sold meat. It
was more like a supermarket and we
called it Commercial Cedros. I was
working very hard and did all the busi-
ness planning, but then, due to family
circumstances, we had to downsize the
business. The building and the business
were sold and it belongs to a Chinese

man now.
I worked three, four years at Cedros,
then we opened a discotheque where
now the furniture shop and supermarket
are, at the very beginning of Kaya Niki-
boko North. I'd figured we would do
well because people here like music,
they like to dance and go out. But it
didn't because people would have par-
ties outdoors and when those parties
were finished they'd come to the disco-
theque at four in the morning and they
would complain about the prices, telling
us the entrance fee of NAf10 was too
high. But we had to pay the bands that
came from Curacao, 10 to15 people, the
airfare, food and hotels. So, it didn't
work out and we closed after one year."
Charbel Sassin is a quiet, humble and
honest man, a hard worker and some-
one who's experienced the hardships of
life. "

"Before I got married I'd
been just a boy; I had some
good times, but I never had
the money to get married,
and in my culture you
don't conceive a child out
of wedlock."

I kept on working at Cedros and in
1997 I went with my parents to Leba-
non for vacation. It was there that rela-
tives introduced me to Claudia. I liked
her the moment I saw her. I asked about
her and she had good references. You
see, you can't just marry wildly. It's not
easy to marry someone whom you just
met. Divorce is prohibited in our relig-
ion; we don't have civil marriage, we
are only married in church. We are
Catholics. The family is very strict
about it and everybody knows who is
who. I liked Claudia, the way she talked
- she was serious and she had a very
good education and she was pretty,
but... pretty alone is not enough! How-
ever, she had many qualities. It's not so
easy to find a real good wife because
most Lebanese are leaving the country
due to the constant wars and when they
come back to Lebanon, they come to
look for a wife. It's not the rule because
others have married American, Euro-
pean or Latin girls.
It was a courtship of two months and
then Claudia and I got married in Leba-

non in the church, I
was 37.
Before I got mar-
ried I'd been just a
boy; I had some
good times, but I
never had the
money to get mar-
ried, and in my
culture you don't
conceive a child out
of wedlock. So,
when I was 37 I
thought: Three
more years and I'll
be 40! I want a
child! One gets
tired of living on
his own... We
came back to Bon-
aire together.
In the beginning Charbel
Claudia cried a lot; it was terribly diffi-
cult for her as she was very homesick
for her family, but it was impossible for
us to live in Lebanon as the wars hit us
with a hammer on the head. We have a
beautiful country, but we cannot enjoy
it because we have bad neighbours. Af-
ter two years, in 1999, our daughter,
Marie Elena was born in the hospital in
Curaqao. We have only one daughter.
She's very intelligent, she's got flair
and she's very witty! Een leuk meisje!
(A cute girl!)
In 2000 my wife and I opened a small
supermarket, Tera Kora Trading, in
Tera Kora. I wanted to start something
together with my wife; I was a married
man and wanted to go on my own. It
was a good location. I didn't think the
business would grow here, it was just to
make a living, but God has helped us
and we're doing really well.
It's a hard job to have a business here
because we work with 52 agencies from
Curaqao which represent all the differ-
ent products and we have five people
working for us. Yes, I do get stressed
sometimes and I don't want to kill my-
self. I only have one child and I would
like to take it easier because life is not
only about money. I have some plans
for the future but I have to work it out
first. Bonaire is growing now and there
are many opportunities. Maybe in the
very end I will have a fruiteria again, a
small shop, pretty, with air-conditioning
and tiles and everything nicely dis-
played, just to have something to do.
After I married I never went back to
Lebanon again, but my wife has gone
twice with Marie and Claudia's mother
came here three and a half years ago to
see her grandchild and how we lived

, Claudia and Marie Elena Sassin
I like Bonaire; it's my country. Al-
though I was born in Curaqao I was
brought up here and you can't deny the
country where you live and work and
produce. I made it here. When I don't
work I feel bad, but when there is time I
play with my daughter or I go around
for awhile, but mostly I work, day in
day out. What is life without work? I
wouldn't know. To have an income you
have to work a lot and only after you
have it can you retire. I like to social-
ize; I would like to see the world, to
speak with the people and see their life
and to be with my family more often,
but my work is here.
I live in Tera Kora and it's tranquil.
The people are very nice and the busi-
ness is booming. Papa and Mama live
here too. My father is retired; they are
so used to Bonaire, they like it so much.
All three of my brothers also live here;
Joseph, Mario who has the hairdresser's
salon in the shopping mall in town, and
Mike, who has a wholesale store.
I suffered a lot because I didn't get the
chance to study. I had to make many
sacrifices, but... I made it. However, to
gain your future you have to sacrifice
your family, your freedom, your dreams
and you have bad nights. In life nothing
is easy, but it's a joy for me to help my
family and when you're very straight
everybody appreciates you and respects
you and that's my
biggest joy... my
family and my
story and photo by
Greta Kooistra

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eTeneie, CManar Islands, Spain

The two Englishmen, Rowan
Martin and Sam Williams,
who are studying Bonaire's parrot,
the Lora, presented information at
a world parrot convention in Tene-
rife late last year. Of course, they
took a copy of The Bonaire Re-
porter with them for this photo.
Sam Williams returns to Bonaire
briefly this week to help with the
annual Lora count coming up in
two weeks. See page 10. [

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*to find it... just look up

I t just ofWhich Season is the Longest? And
that most of
you are under Which is the Shortest? Spring, Summer,
the impression Autumn or Winter
that the four
seasons are
equal in length.
In fact none of --.,m
them are the
same number of
days and nights ....
long. So which
season is the
longest and o cI r 'J^
which is the
shortest? Well
I'll bet most
school children .....
would say that
summer is the
shortest because L ."
it seems to just
fly by. But is
that true or is it
simply a matter of human perception? Let's find out.
Everyone knows that our Earth makes one trip around the Sun every year. In fact,
astronomically speaking that's exactly what a year is-the amount of time it takes
for any planet to make one trip around the Sun and one Earth trip is 365 1/4 Earth
days long. Now according to Kepler's laws of motion the closer a planet is to the
Sun the faster it will travel. The farther it is from the Sun the slower it will travel.
So, because our Earth's orbit is not a perfect circle, but is a slightly stretched out
circle called an ellipse, and since our Sun is not at the center of this ellipse our
Earth actually varies its distance from the Sun during the year. When it's closest to
the Sun it travels fastest and when it's farthest it travels slowest. Now believe it or
not our Earth is actually closest to the Sun in January and farthest in July. So our
Earth actually travels faster when it's winter in the northern hemisphere and slower
during the summer.
On the first day of spring our Earth is traveling at a speed of 66,900 miles per hour
and is moving farther from the Sun and slowing down and thus takes 93 days to go
from the first day of spring to the first day of summer. So spring is 93 days long.
Then the Earth continues to slow down until it is at its farthest point from the Sun
the first week of July when it reaches its slowest speed of 65,500 miles per hour.
Thereafter, because it's starting to move back closer to the Sun, it slowly starts to
speed up. Even so it takes 94 days for our Earth to travel from the first day of sum-
mer to the first day of fall, which makes summer 94 days long. Then as it moves
closer and closer to the Sun it picks up more speed day by day so that it takes only
90 days to travel from the first day of fall to the first day of winter. Thus fall is 90
days long. And our Earth continues to speed up until it reaches its closest point to
the Sun the first week of January, zipping along at 67,600 miles per hour which is
2,200 miles per hour faster than its speed in July. In fact, it takes only 89 days for
our Earth to go from the first day of winter to the first day of spring.
So even though summer feels like the shortest season to any school kid, winter is
actually 5 days shorter and is the shortest season of the year for the northern hemi-
sphere. And summer is the longest. In the southern hemisphere it would be just the
reverse. Happy 'shortest season of the year'. O Jack Horkheimer




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

Sunday, January 14 to Saturday, January 20
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Travel should be on your mind. Your charm will at-
tract members of the opposite sex. Make sure that you get legal matters checked out
thoroughly. You can get good solid advice from relatives or close friends you trust.
Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- may 21) Talk to someone you trust if you need advice about
broaching the subject. This might not be a day for hasty decisions. You can make
career changes that may put you in a much higher earning bracket. Find ways to
make extra cash. Start making things or reusing rather than buying ready made.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) This is a turning point. Talk to your mate about a
vacation and discuss the expectations of your relationship. Take care of your own
responsibilities before you help others. Friends may not be completely honest with
you. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You won't have to look for the action. Your emo-
tional state could leave you vulnerable and confused. Get involved in jobs that re-
quire creative input. You can win points with both peers and superiors. Changes to
your self image will be to your benefit as long as you don't over pay. Your lucky
day this week will be Sunday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Try to be there for someone if they need assistance. Op-
portunities to meet new lovers will evolve through your interaction with groups or
fundraising functions. Be willing to listen, but don't be fooled. You can make money
if you're willing to push your ideas on those in a position to support your efforts.
Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Mingle with those who can help you get ahead.
Make amends if you can. Get into fitness programs to keep in shape. Your ambi-
tious mood may not go over well with loved ones. Consider starting a small business
on the side. Look for a marketable gimmick. Your lucky day this week will be
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Reciprocate by offering helpful hints. You can set
your goals and make a beeline for your target. You need an outlet. You must make
sure that all your personal documents are in order. Your lucky day this week will be
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Channel your efforts into achieving your goals.
Use your creative flair. A change in position could be better than you thought. Diffi-
culties with your mate may lead to isolation. Your lucky day this week will be
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Don't let your emotional partner upset you
this week. Someone you work with could try to undermine you. Try not to attempt
to do something unless you are fully intent on following through with the plans.
Your lover may disappoint you in such a way that estrangement will follow.
Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) If you are not already, think about going into
business for yourself. Female colleagues may be able to help you get the job done.
Your involvement in sports or entertainment will lead to new romances. Get back
into the swing of things. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You need some help this week. You can make
personal changes that will enhance your reputation and give you greater self confi-
dence. Your partner could also use some time alone with you. You will have origi-
nal ideas for ways to make extra money. Your lucky day this week will be Thurs-
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You can expect to feel confused about your personal
prospects. Try not to judge too quickly. You can continue to forge ahead if you
make a few long distance calls pertinent to closing pending deals. New interests are
preoccupying your time. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday. 1

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