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B onaire Holding Maatschappij
(BHM) Director, Richard
that because of A "I
the drop in world
oil prices, Bon-
aire's electric rate
will drop about
February 1st every-
body will pay 6
cents less per kilowatt-hour," said Hart,
who manages the company that con-
trols WEB, Telbo and other island-
owned firms. Hart says that BHM has
decided to look for international strate-
gic partners, like Cargill for biodiesel,
KPN for international telecommunica-
tion, E-Concern for the development of
alternative energy, MAN for Diesel
generators, Enercon for wind-turbines,
and Digicel for cell phone service.
A US citizen flying home last
weekend from a ski jaunt in Canada, a
beach break in Mexico or a dive in
Bonaire could flash a
driver's license or a birth
certificate at airport cus-
toms officials and walk
on through. As of this
past Tuesday, those docu-
ments will no longer
Beginning then, US citizens, includ-
ing children, returning to the US by
air from any country in the Western
Hemisphere will have to present a
passport. US officials, parrying com-
plaints from Caribbean nations, said the
measure was mandated by a 2004 law
in which Congress adopted many pro-
posals of the September 11 commis-
The purpose is to reduce the types of
documents travelers can use to enter the
US, simplifying the job of inspectors
looking for fake or invalid ones. More
than 8,000 styles of birth certificates
are issued by agencies in the US, ac-
cording to Maura Harty, Assistant Sec-
retary of State for Consular Affairs.
"No inspector could ever possibly mas-
ter all of those."
The US passports now being issued
can be read by scanners in airport cus-
toms booths and instantly verified
through a federal database. The new
measure applies only to air travelers.
Until recently, only 27% of eligible
Americans had passports. The new re-
quirements set off a rush, with a record
12.1 million passports issued last year,
Ms. Harty said.
> On a positive note concerning the
progress of Bonaire towards closer
ties with Holland, Dutch Kingdom
Relations Minister, Atzo Nicolai, said
that Bonaire, Saba, and Statia can look
forward to financial commitments from
The Netherlands during the planned
meetings in St. Maarten on February
12th. On the other hand, St. Maarten
Commissioner Sarah Wescot-Williams
indicated in last week's press confer-
ence of the St. Maarten Executive
Council that it is not feasible that her
island will have autonomy by July 1st
Maintenance technicians em-
ployed by Air Jamaica say the airline
should reconsider its proposal to re-
place its current Airbus system with
14 Boeing 737-300 airplanes, warning
it would boost the loss-making airline's
operating expenses by $1.1 billion. But
Air Jamaica executives immediately
dismissed the claim, saying the techni-
cians were being influenced by Airbus.
Technician Austin Ferguson stated at
a meeting of the special select commit-
tee appointed to examine the financial
and operational state of Air Jamaica:
"The switch to a Boeing 'classic' fleet
means introduction costs of up to
US$16 million and a recurrent yearly
cost of another US$4 million." The
airline plans to use the 737-300 aircraft
on all but two routes London and Los
Angeles. "The lower seating capacity of
the Boeing fleet," he said "represents a
loss in revenue of over US$5 million
per year." The technicians suggest that
if the airline wants to reduce its operat-
ing costs, it should lease cheaper A320
Air Jamaica flies to Bonaire every
> On December 20, 2006, the United
Nations General Assembly adopted a
resolution entitled: "Towards the Sus-
tainable Development of the Carib-
bean Sea for present and future gen-
(Continued on page 4)
Table of Contents
Diving with Dee (Scorpionfish) 3
Gear Doc (Swivel pins) 5
Ideas About Bonaire Development 6
Property Values (x2)
Where Did All the Big Fish Go?
Arts to Benefit Lions Club Charities 8
AWC Wine Lovers Destination 8
Nature Education Begins 9
15 Years Protecting Nature
(George Saragosa) 9
Diversity on the Reef 10
What a Difference a Year Makes,
Bonaire Barracudas 11
Divi Training Success 12
8 Days till Special Olympics
New Bonaire Pilot, Patrick Angela 18
Sunfish Sail to the
Curagao Regatta 18
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
(Mt. Kilamanjaro, Tanzania, Africa) 10
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
(Fulco de Vries) 17
Pet of the Week (Volunteer
Lisa Schut with "Fred") 18
Sky Park (February Sky) 19
The Stars Have It 19
Only 8 days
before the Walk-a-Thon!
Bonaire Reporter January 26 to February 2, 2007
DIVING with DEE
Scorpionfish are one of my favorite fish.
They're so cooperative!
My scorpionfish friend, Antares, examines the camera system. The growths in
the center of his mouth have tiny teeth to help him grasp his prey. Their shape
and whiteness probably also lure some smallfishes closer (right into lunge
A nyone with a command of buoyancy ing lengths of 14", and I know of at least
control can hover near a scorpion- two individuals who are 16" long. Humann
fish and watch it to their heart's content. and DeLoach's ReefFish Identification lists
The scorpionfish you're most likely to see a maximum length for the spotted scorpion-
on Bonaire's reefs is the spotted scorpion- fish as 18".
fish, Scorpaenaplumieri. It's also the larg-
est type of scorpionfish, commonly reach- You'll see a fish covered with little bits of
fake algae. Usually the fake algae is wispy
or leafy, but sometimes it's more like the
pink or green encrusting calcareous
(calcium-based) algae that sometimes
grows along shoreline rocks. Scorpionfish
spend most of their time resting on the bot-
You might notice that little wrasses,
chromis, and damselfish seem quite blase
about the scorpionfish, swimming remarka-
bly close to it. A closer observation would
show that no matter how many little fishes
are around, they almost never get closer to
the scorpionfish's mouth than about two-
thirds of the scorpionfish's body length.
Why? Scorpionfish are called ambush
predators since they lie in wait, and they eat
small fish like wrasses, damselfish, and
chromis. The tricky part is that their poten-
tial prey fish know very well that they're
there, despite the camouflage. How can we
tell that they know? Because the small fish
just happen to stay out of the 2/3rds body
length hemisphere in front of the scorpion-
But if the small fishes know the scorpion-
fish is there, why does the scorpionfish
The scorpionfish knows that every single
little fish won't remember its presence
every single moment. All it takes is one
moment of inattention on the part of a little
fish, and the scorpionfish lunges. As it
springs forward it opens its large mouth
wide and flares out its gill flaps, creating a
vacuum which sucks down the momentary
inattentive fish. Scorpionfish can easily
grab fishes half their length this way, espe-
cially if they swallow them head first.
A few years ago we had a queen trigger-
fish baby boom on Bonaire's west coast
reefs: dozens of 2" 4" long queen triggers
appeared on the reefs where there had been
few or no queen triggerfish for years. I
watched one 3" youngster flitter closer and
closer to a scorpionfish's lunge radius until
the scorpionfish couldn't resist, and gulped
the triggerfish but tail first. That day the
trigger saved the triggerfish: the raised
trigger absolutely prevented the predator
from swallowing the prey. Eventually the
scorpionfish gave up trying to swallow it
and spit the triggerfish out.
Scorpionfish avoid being someone else's
meal in part because they're not easy to see,
and in part because of the characteristic
from which they got their name: venomous
spines. The scorpionfish's dorsal spines are
hollow and rest upon a venom sac. When
the spine is pushed down such as when a
predator tries to swallow the scorpionfish -
the spine penetrates the venom sac, and the
venom squirts through the spine into the
So, most predators who see through the
disguise and try to swallow a scorpionfish
end up being envenomed and lose their
chances to contribute to the gene pool.
Although one scorpionfish's life might be
sacrificed, the result makes the world safer
for all scorpionfish (from an evolutionary
As we hover there, studying that scor-
pionfish, eventually we realize that this fish
isn't doing very much. Even if the average
scorpionfish ate, say, one little fish a day
(and it might eat less often than that), and
say it had 10 unsuccessful lunges for every
fish caught (it probably has fewer unsuc-
cessful lunges), and say each lunge took
one minute (a lunge definitely takes less
time), that would mean the average scor-
pionfish spends only 10 minutes of each
Once in a while, though, scorpionfish
engage in behaviors not related to hunting
and which are probably related to courtship.
There have been a few reports of scorpion-
(Continued on page 5)
tonaire Reporter January 2b to F-eDruary 2, 200/
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
erations" (A/C.2/61/L.30). This resolu-
tion differs from previous resolutions
adopted by the UN in that its declared
objectives are unequivocal. The resolu-
tion is an achievement due to efforts
made almost a decade ago by organiza-
tions in the region including CARICOM
and the Association of Caribbean States
to secure the recognition of the Caribbean
Sea as a special area in the context of
sustainable development by the intera-
SIt should be no surprise that between
October 2004 and October 2006, the
number of people working in Bonaire
increased by almost 1,000 persons, or
21%. The total number of working per-
sons on the island is now more than
5,600. The number of people in search of
a job during that same period increased
by 5.5% to 480 persons. The unemploy-
ment percentage dropped from 8.9% to
7.8 %. The total number of people consid-
ered part of the working population based
on their age increased by 20%, to 6,100
Youth unemployment has dropped from
25.2% in 2004 to 20.5% in 2006. The
Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) con-
ducted a Workers' inquiry in September
and October of last year, a random check
amongst households. The figures are the
result of the developments that took place
in the period between October 2004 and
> The Save the Lora Foundation
(Fundashon Salba Nos Lora), Scouting,
STINAPA and DROB are organizing
27. More pre-
will be used
this year to
assure a more
in kunukus, are invited to take part.
Counting is done by assessing the num-
bers of loras that are present in a given
roost. For that an early morning count is
needed. If you want to volunteer call 785
7749 or STINAPA 717 8444 or DROB
at 717 8130.
D Mangazina di Rey, Bonaire's liv-
ing outdoor museum, is offering a new
program for young people (especially
Rincon residents) to acquire skills in the
agrarian sector, as well as reinforcing
their personal and social development. A
side benefit will be the enhancement of
the botanical gardens of the Mangazina di
Rey for the enjoyment of locals and visi-
Unemployed young people and school
dropouts are the targets of the project set
for five participants. The involved young
people will work six days per week to
sow, transplant, weed, harvest and do
general gardening tasks. The five partici-
pants will work as a team, which should
contribute to their personal development.
For further information contact Danilo
Christiaan, tel. 786-2101.
> Happy One Year Birthday to Cac-
tus Blue Restaurant. Owners Corinna
and Haagen want to share their celebra-
tion with their patrons. Every Wednesday
in February diners at Cactus Blue may
win great prizes and hear music by
Moogie. Cactus Blue is on J.A. Abraham
Blvd. #12, open 5 pm until late. Tel. 717-
> This week the Prokurador General of
the Netherlands Antilles, Dick Piar (above),
swore in David van Delft as Bonaire's
new permanent Public Prosecutor in the
office of Bonaire's Governor. He replaces
Ernst Wesselius, who recently retired but
still resides on Bonaire. v&P photo
The Bonaire Hotel and Tourism
Association (BONHATA) will hold its
10th Anniversary Awards Event on
Sunday 4th February at the new Sunrise
Restaurant at Sand Dollar Condomini-
ums. The awards are in recognition of a
company's or an individual's contribution
to the tourism industry of Bonaire.
President of the Caribbean Hotel Asso-
ciation (CHA), Mr. Peter Odle (Mango
Bay Beach Hotel, Barbados), will be the
> Many years ago Tene Bonaire Limpi started a campaign where visitors enjoy-
ing Bonaire would take batteries back to their home country to get recycled.
Batteries are one of the most toxic elements to be put into land fills. Bonaire's
landfill has no special means to deal with them.
Here, Bruce Bowker, owner of the Carib Inn, hands over a bag of batteries to vol-
unteers Hanne Hansen of Cranford, NJ and Tricia Rowen of Dallas, TX. The Carib
Inn has, since the start of the Tene Bonaire Limpi campaign, held old batteries, and
throughout the years has continued with great success in having people who love
Bonaire and its nature take these batteries off the island. Carib Inn photo
> New traffic and street signs are popping up on Bonaire's streets to re-
place missing and worn out ones. In addition, some traffic changes and one-way
streets will be more clearly defined. Keep a lookout. v&P photo
guest speaker along with the President
and CEO of the Aruba Hotel & Tourism
Association (AHATA), Mr. Jorge
Tickets are available at the BONHATA
office for NAf50 each and include a wel-
come drink, substantial snacks and happy
hour prices all night.
Time: 18:00 hours to 22:00 hours
Dress code: Vibrant Tropical with a
touch of yellow!
Raffle proceeds for this year are to sup-
port the Bonaire Culinary Team's partici-
pate in the CHA Culinary Competition in
Miami. The Bonaire Culinary Team will
prepare the food that evening. For infor-
mation contact Marion Wilson at 717-
5134, Fax 717-8534, E-mail:
(Continued on page 5.)
1 On Monday Bon-
of Economics, Onnie
with tie), along with
DEZA officials paid
an informational visit
to the Punta Blanku
Chicken Farm which
since 1983 has been
producing eggs for
> A Government press release said Bonaire is considering building its own
asphalt factory to repair Bonaire's deteriorating roads. According to the Gov-
ernment the fact that Bonaire cannot produce its own asphalt is a prime reason for
the deplorable state of the paved
roads. Not mentioned in the press
release is the presence of an asphalt
recycling machine on the island. It
was recently used to pave a parking
lot in a new building on Kaya Gob.
Debrot. There's lots of source mate-
rial on island according to an in-
formed source who also mentioned
that some temporary road repairs are
already being done but with "cold" Asphalt recycling machine on
asphalt when the hot asphalt from the Kaya Gob. Debrot
recycler would do a better and more permanent job.
Bonaire Reporter January 26 to February 2, 2007
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued
from page 4)
> Maduro & Curiel's
Bank (Bonaire) N.V. do-
nated NAf5.000 to the San
Bernardo parish in re-
sponse to a plea for finan-
cial assistance to cover gen-
eral costs and improvements.
In the photo, bank executive
Rudy Gomez (right) presents
the check to Pastor Andres
Makowiec. MCB photo
(Continued on page 9)
(Scorpionfish. Continued from page 3)
fish involved in mouth-fighting: two scor-
pionfish face each other and lunge toward
each other, interlocking their jaws. In one
observation the interlocked scorpionfish,
apparently pushing each other, then rolled
all over the bottom. This behavior seems to
be competition between males.
Mouth fighting isn't seen very often; less
rare are gatherings of two, three, or more
scorpionfish. Obviously two would have to
be together before they could mouth-fight.
Over the last month I've seen, in three dif-
ferent spots on the same dive site, a pair of
scorpionfish. The smaller one moves
around, and the larger stays nearby with its
mouth partially open. I wonder if the
smaller is a female, releasing pheromones
(chemicals exclaiming "Let's mate") and
the larger a male whose open mouth may
better sense the pheromones. If this is so,
the advertising female may be swollen with
eggs. Next time I'll have to look for swell-
ing of the smaller scorpionfish.
Since scorpionfish aren't "commercially
valuable," there hasn't been any funding for
studies of their behavior. The one species of
scorpionfish who has been observed spawn-
ing, by coincidence, did so at midnight!
The female released an egg raft eggs
imbedded in gelatinous material similar to
that of frogfish.
Although it's frustrating to hit the books
or the Internet and fail to find information,
the exciting part is that because there's so
little known about scorpionfish behavior
our observations are especially valuable.
Scientists have told me more than once that
they wished they could spend the time un-
derwater that we divers have, instead of
being stuck in the lab.
What can we teach them about scorpion-
fish? 1 photo and story by Dee Scarr
Dee Scarr conducts "Touch the Sea" dives. They will enhance your diving
forever. Call 717-8529. See her slide show "Touch the Sea" at Capt. Don's
Habitat, Mondays, 8:30pm.
A bi-monthlyfeature in The Reporter devoted
to helping you maintain your gear.
If you are getting an air leak from
the pressure gauge boot, most likely
it is bad o-rings on the gauge swivel.
This is one area that should get done in a
normal overall service of a regulator but
rarely does. The repair is quite simple
but quite important. If a swivel is left
untouched too long it can actually
"weld" itself in the hose or gauge and
will have to be drilled out. That is an
extreme case of course, but not that un-
Remove the gauge with hose from the
console or boot by pushing, pull-
ing, swearing, getting help from your
friends or otherwise. For some reason
some manufacturers think that unless the
gauge and hose are ridiculously tight in
the console, they could come out in a
nuclear blast. In some cases very hot
water poured over the console will sof-
ten it, making it easier. It rare cases the
console is so old that the rubber breaks;
time for a new one.
Use two wrenches. I will say that one
more time. Use two wrenches. That is 2.
I hope that got across. One wrench is to
hold whatever size fitting is actually on
the gauge. The other wrench, usually
9/16th, holds the high pressure
hose. There are two hex areas on the
gauge end of the hose. It is the one clos-
est to the actual gauge.
Remove the hose. You should see a
pin with an o ring either in the hose or
sticking out of the gauge. Only in a very,
very old US Divers model (maybe some
other old units) this pin does not come
out of the gauge. I found out the hard
way. Remove the pin and you should
now see two rings, one at each end. If an
o-ring is missing, it is probably still in-
side the gauge or hose. Remove it. The
pin can be cleaned in a mild solution of
vinegar or some other acidic solution
and a clean water wash. If the pin is
stuck you may have some problems
which will have to be solved by a pro-
If the o-rings are clean, the pin is
clean, the inside of the hose fitting is
clean, probably just lubricating the o-
rings with some silicone grease will be
adequate. If there is corrosion, a thor-
ough cleaning is needed with new o-
rings. After I clean a hose (which I keep
facing down) I attach it back to the regu-
lator and blow it out well with air from
the regulator. Again,
use two wrenches to
attach the gauge. Just
snug it up. No need to
over tighten. Then
fight to get it all back
in the boot. n B.B.
Bonaire Reporter January 26 to February 2, 2007
a c P u c 3 ,4swt E c I t c exp e ssesI t heopinionsof Ithe writer
IDEAS ABOUT BONAIRE DEVELOPMENT
PART 1- The Bad Example of Aruba
n the wake of the Governor's deci-
sion to cancel the building permit for
the Mangrove Village project at Bonaire's
Sorobon Beach, we have heard during the
last weeks various protesting voices of
members of the Island Council, like
"Bonaire needs to get a chance to de-
velop!" or "There must be a balance be-
tween development and environment!"
The fact is that the island can and
must have both an extensive develop-
ment and at the same time further pro-
tection of our precious environment.
Unfortunately, in the eyes of our gov-
ernment, led probably by the wrong
example of Aruba, the development of
Bonaire means mainly one thing con-
struction of new hotels.
We are now, fortunately, not in the
same position as Aruba in 1985 when,
after closing its gigantic refinery, thou-
sands of workers were on the street with-
out any job opportunity.
At that time, construction of hotels
along Aruba's magnificent beaches was
the right development for the island. But
Bonaire of 2007 is not Aruba of 1985!
After staying for several weeks on
Aruba, my home of 18 years, I asked my-
self and my friends there what have been
the benefits for the Aruban people of the
frenzy of construction of thousands and
thousands of new hotel rooms in the last
years. You would expect that on Aruba,
with its thriving economy, the quality of
life of the people has improved considera-
bly. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
While Aruba has always been proud that
there has never been any sales tax on the
island, due to a very difficult current fi-
nancial situation (!?!), the government of
the leading political party MEP, a fervent
promoter of new hotel projects with abso-
lutely no respect for the environment, has
been obliged to introduce a sales tax on
Aruba as of January 1, 2007. At the same
time I read in the local newspapers that
the government had promised that, due to
streamlining of the approval process,
work permits for another 20,000 (!) for-
eigners would now be given in a record
time of 6 weeks. In connection with the
introduction of the tax, mass protest dem-
onstrations were organized by the opposi-
tion parties and even a fight took place in
the parliament which finally resulted in
However, because the governor, a for-
mer MEP minister, approved the measure,
the inhabitants of Aruba and the visitors
must now also pay a sales tax like on
Bonaire. And furthermore what has hap-
pened to the quality of life of the simple
inhabitants of the island? Only one of
many examples: The garbage from pri-
vate houses, deposited mostly in old oil
drums, and piles of plastic bags, torn
apart by street dogs looking for food,
remained on the streets for the whole
week after the Christmas holiday! Thou-
sands of tourists did not see it. The hotel
garbage, in regularly emptied large
metal containers, was collected without
any delay. It is a shame that Bonaire
with its perfect garbage collection sys-
tem must serve as an example for the
rich, overdeveloped Aruba, which is still
admired by some Bonaireans!
But back to the matter of development
of Bonaire. In the case of our island
with scarce local labor, development
must certainly not mean building new
hotels. What do you think would happen
if the government would give to a devel-
oper, local or foreign, all the necessary
permits for the construction of a hotel
under the condition that no foreign labor
could be used for the construction and
no work permits would be given to for-
eigners (with the exception of managers
and some specialists) to operate the hotel?
The answer is clear: the developer would
withdraw because under the current cir-
cumstances it is impossible to build and
operate a hotel on Bonaire without for-
eign labor! No study on the environ-
mental impact of the project or interven-
tion of the Governor would even be nec-
In the case of Bonaire, development
must mean realization of all projects lead-
ing to improvement of the quality of life
of the people. Thus in the first place de-
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Map of Aruba hotels
development of the people themselves by
training of young men and women in exe-
Map ofArba hotels
courtesy Aruba Travel Guide
velopment of the people themselves by
improvement of education and intensive
training of young men and women in exe-
cuting various jobs, for which hundreds
of foreign workers have had to be im-
ported to our island to keep the economy
running. Development of Bonaire further
means improvement of the roads, con-
struction of a new modem small hospital
and realization of other projects for the
benefit of local inhabitants.
Next week- The good example of Ber-
Bonaire Reporter January 26 to February 2, 2007
I read, with interest your article on prop-
erty values. My wife and I are looking to
buy a property on the island (we hope to
come and live on Bonaire soon). The
problem that you face is a common one
throughout the world. The area where we
live in the UK the Yorkshire Dales -
suffers from the same problem.
We could not afford to buy the house
we live in now at today's inflated prices.
Many young local people have to leave
the area in order to find affordable hous-
ing. The rise in the value of our property
is no real use to us unless we sell up and
move to a much cheaper area as all
houses in the locality are increasing in
value at the same rate. The only people
who really benefit are the estate agents
who charge a commission and the govern-
ment (at least in the UK and I suspect in
Bonaire too) who also rake off some
As soon as a property is seen as an in-
vestment rather than a place to live you
are on the slippery slope and I'm afraid
that there is no really easy answer to it.
Attempts to make affordable housing /
housing cooperatives have had some
measure of success. Trying to ensure that
houses are sold to 'local' people only
have met with much less success. It takes
a very great social conscience to sell a
house to a 'local' person for $100,000
when you could get $400,000 on the open
The only note of caution I would advise
is not to forget that some incomers actu-
ally want to move, live, and contribute to
life on the island and not just use it as an
easy way to make a short term profit
Right after Richard Willis sent
us the above letter regarding
property prices he sent this:
"Coincidentally my wife also
wrote an email about the same
subject which she also was
about to send to you (she's in
the UK and I'm actually in
Amsterdam at the moment)!
Great minds think alike!
I read with interest A.B's concerns (vol.
14, issue 4) about the increasing house
prices in Bonaire causing problems of
affordability for Bonaireans, and would
like to add a different perspective.
My husband and I have just returned
from Bonaire after the most wonderful
holiday and we are now actively looking
to buy a property on the Island if we pos-
sibly can. Ironically we currently live in a
"tourist area" of the UK, the beautiful
Yorkshire Dales, and the cry from the
locals here is exactly the same. Property
prices here have increased by over 200%
in 5 years and the National Park has had
to bring in new regulations to allow local
people to have access to affordable hous-
ing and prevent properties from being
bought up as second homes. This is pre-
serving our villages and preventing them
from becoming empty "ghost villages"
during the winter when few tourists visit.
I don't see that there is a way to arrest
the escalation in house prices either on
Bonaire or in Yorkshire, as it is driven by
market forces. So maybe there is a lesson
here from other parts of the world where
consideration of the needs of local people
can be made through sensitive regula-
For our part, as divers, nature lovers and
as marine biology graduates, Bonaire is
our dream come true and if we are lucky
and brave enough we would love to move
to Bonaire. We are active community
members and would want to contribute as
much to the Island as we can. House
prices are never certain and investment is
not without substantial risk. We certainly
don't want to act as pirates in the property
market but feel it is time in our life to
follow our hearts and make our dreams a
reality if at all possible, as life is not a
WHERE DID ALL THE BIG FISH Go?
Divers regularly notice, and numerous
studies confirm, that there are today not
only less fish in the ocean than in the past,
but the fish today also are much smaller.
For example, top predators now are on
average one fifth and rarely get to one
half of the size they used to be. What's
going on? Why so small? The answer is
evolution. The Darwinian evolution is
happening in front of our eyes, but instead
of good old natural selection, this time the
evolution comes as result of "unnatural
selection" by fishing.
Fishermen selectively target big fish.
By taking big fish they not only take out
a large specimen they also take out of
circulation the genes, which cause fish to
grow large. They not only take out big
fish of today they eliminate big fish that
could be there tomorrow.
Fishermen prefer large fish; so, fish
"prefer" to be small. Under this selective
pressure, small fish have a better chance
to survive and reproduce, i.e. small
fish are fitter in this world of human fish-
ing. So, this is how they evolve:
by getting smaller! Even if fishermen
didn't take much, the fishing selection
would cause this trend.
Well, there is at least one practical con-
clusion from understanding of this evolu-
tion: macro-photography should be a
Will blennies ever become the
"Big One?" Interet photo
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I LETTERS I
Art to Benefit Lions Club Charities
AWC A Wine Lover's
Rien van Silfhout coaches Ernst Wesselius
dom," will see their artworks auctioned commissioners, environmentalists, a for-
off for charity. The auctioneers will be mer prosecutor, the chief of police and
radio personality Aymed Ayubi and Papi other well known persons
"Cultura" Cicilia. The artworks will be auctioned next
In the Kas di Arte over two evenings Sunday evening. Revenues will be used
last week, assisted by local artists, they to fund the renovation of the Skol di Arte
painted or carved their art pieces. For (art school) building; Sosiedat Diabetiko
Bonaire it was a cultural watershed event, Boneriano (Diabetic Society); Drecha
involving some of the island's luminar- Kas (renovation of houses of the less for-
ies: political leaders, a bank president, tunate in Bonairean society).
The participants, in
alphabetical order, were:
Stewart, Captain Don
Straten, van der, Jan
They were assisted
the following artist
Bijl, van der, Renat
Arte. The art exhibition is underway right
now and will run through Sunday when
the auction will follow an informal BBQ
at the Kas di Arte. The schedule is:
Exposition: January 21-28 from 17.00-
Barbecue: Sunday, January 28 starting
Auction: Sunday, January 28 starting
at 20.00 o G.D.
ed by Nijdam, Germaine
ts: Rijna, Jenny (o.v.)
e Roozendaal, Henk
Silfhout, van, Rien
Trinidad, Tony (o.v.)
Twillert, van, Eefje D
top by the Antillean Wine Company's
shop on Kaya Industria #23, and see all
the new wines and displays they've got. Here
are the two Marjoleins trying to guess the
weight of the bottle of Rocca delle Macie
Chianto Classico. "We have 150 different
kinds of wines," the Marjoleins declare.
They've got bags, boxes, baskets, trays and all
sorts of interesting containers for wine gifts.
And gaze upon their spectacular wine coolers
- fit for a king or queen's table. Stroll the
aisles and see the specials of the week. There
are wine glasses for red or white or cham-
pagne. They carry ports, sherries, vermouths,
cognacs, even a gift basket of olive oil and
balsamic vinegar. The shop is open Monday
through Saturday, 9 am to 12:30 pm.
The second Saturday of every month join the
Wine Tasting at the shop from 7 to 9 pm. You
can taste from six to eight wines for NAf20
per person. It's the place to meet old friends
and make new ones. OL.D.
2006 Beaujolais Nouveau has arrived
Bonaire Reporter January 26 to February 2, 2007
Nature Education Begins 15 Years Protecting Nature
Nasta Biba sponsors with STINAPA staff I
Last week the "Nature NGO,"
STINAPA Bonaire, began a
three-year campaign to inform and
educate its population about the value
of preserving Bonaire's relatively un-
spoiled environment. The campaign,
labeled Nos Ta Biba di Natu-
ralesa" (Nature Nurtures Us), sends the
message to conserve nature and the envi-
ronment because eventually we all profit
from it. The information has a positive
slant and offers lots of information about
Bonaire's plants, animals and natural ar-
eas. "Nature is the "green engine" of Bon-
aire's economy," said STINAPA Director
Elsmarie Beukenboom. The campaign
will publish weekly columns in the Papia-
mentu language newspaper, Extra, and
the Dutch language newspapers Amigoe
and the Antillean Dagblad. The English
language Bonaire Reporter and some
other Papiamentu language tabloids are
not included. Advertisements are to ap-
pear in those newspapers and on the ra-
dio. STINAPA's internet site has updated
information and three times annually a
free newspaper, Makubeken, will be
mailed to island homes. The effectiveness
of the campaign will be evaluated by the
Central Bureau of Statistics. The project
is financed by government and private
donors. O G.D.
ongratulations to George Saragosa on his 15th anniversary as a Park Ranger for
STINAPA Bonaire. George is well known by many Bonaire divers. In the
photo he is joined by his family and STINAPA management. n
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 5.)
> This Saturday, January 27, Antil-
lean Wine Company will introduce the
2006 vintage in an extra wine-tasting at
Antillean Wine Company (Kaya Industria
23) from 7 until 9 pm.
You'll be tasting the wine by the bottle
only, so bring a friend to share this rare
opportunity to enjoy a totally natural
wine. Snacks will be provided.
According to AWC, in producing this
great wine no pesticides were used, no
artificial fertilizers, no harvesting ma-
chines, no S02 added. It's a pure fer-
mented grape juice from the gamay-noir-
a-juice-blanc grape. The price of a bottle
of Marcel Lapierre's Beaujolais Nouveau
Chateau Cambon 2006 is NAf19.75
> The work to cover Bonaire's sta-
dium playing field with "Astroturf" be-
gan this Monday (photo at right). The
project is expected to take four months to
complete. Following drainage work,
crushed rock will be spread on the field,
then sand capped with rubber. The artificial
turf will be glued to that. The work is fi-
nanced by a Dutch grant. v&P photo I L./
tonaire Reporter January 2z to F-eDruary 2, 2oo/
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M elting pot,
quilt, mosaic, salad-all
these metaphors have
been used to describe
the ideal of cultural di-
versity, especially in the
United States. But as I
snorkel 1000 Steps to-
day, I propose a new
metaphor- the coral
reef-to describe the
model integration and
interaction of cultural
The coral reef Internet photo
In the human world, differences are often construed as abnormal, divisive, and
threatening, which causes all kinds of conflict, violence, oppression, even genocide.
In fact, almost every culture and country is plagued by skirmishes, wars, and power
struggles rooted in differences in gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation,
class, etc. The coral reef offers another direction: here difference is essential to the
vitality of the community with each species dependent on the other for a healthy
ecosystem. Indeed, this diversity is one of the reasons Bonaire's reefs are the most
vibrant in the world.
Hovering over 1000 Steps, I am truly amazed at the diversity of life, with numbers
of species only a marine biologist could estimate. In the coral reef world each spe-
cies contributes its part to the functionality of a community where any imbalance-
(i.e. one species dominates another)-has the potential to harm all the others. You
could say that the integrity and survival of each species is inextricably connected in
a vast delicate web of life. Can you imagine a similar human world where the vi-
ability of each race, religion, gender, or culture depended on others who were differ-
ent from them? Would we still feel compelled to subordinate or destroy others be-
cause of racial, religious, or cultural differences? Yes, the "burgeoning reef' is a
more appropriate metaphor, with no "melting" of any sort.
One final observation of note: just think how boring snorkeling would be if we
only saw two or three species all the time, like the bluehead wrasse and boulder
corals, at every dive/snorkel site. Ultimately, just as diversity causes the reef to teem
with a synergistic energy, so too is our world enriched by all the differences among
humans. As I study one very busy section of the reef with a different creature in
every crevice, I am reminded of recent research that proves that diverse work teams
are far more productive and creative than homogeneous ones. I just hope we learn
the lesson of diversity that the coral reef is teaching before it is too late. O Pauline
Pauline Kayes is a college professor ofEnglish, Humanities, and Women's Studies
from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. She is also a part-time resident on Bonaire.
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Bonaire Reporter January 26 to February 2, 2007
WHATA DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES
A ge group swimmers become one
year older with the New Year as
their competitive group is determined by
their age on the last day of the previous
year. Swimmers who were at the top of
their game as the oldest members of their
age group last year now find themselves
starting all over. Likewise, the younger
swimmers from last year have now become
the "senior citizens" of their categories.
Eight Bonaire Barracuda swimmers
tested out their new status at the 4th Cura-
cao Swimming Federation Open Swim
Meet on Saturday, 20 January at Sentro
The meet format had swimmers either
participating in the 9 10 year age group
or the 11 and over age group. Asked what
it felt like to be swimming in the same heat
as 19 year olds, 11 year old Samson
Evertsz said, "The first event was scary
and seemed unfair, but by the second event
I was used to it." Club rivalry came into
play when Barracuda swimmers were pit-
ted against each other in the same heat.
Giada Binelli, 15, swam against Barracuda
teammate Ryda-Luz Emer, 11, in the 200
meter individual medley event. Giada led
Ryda until the 50 meter freestyle leg when
Ryda-Luz started to catch her. Giada said
after the event, "I heard my teammates
screaming and I saw Ryda coming up be-
hind me. I said to myself, 'Go Giada'."
Giada finished 0:01.13 ahead of Ryda-Luz.
The Barracudas swam very well, either
improving or swimming close to their per-
sonal best times at this meet. Olivier
Wagemakers achieved an "A" time in
Boys 10 and Under 50 meter backstroke
Bonaire swimmers' prospects are "Lookin' up."
while Samson Evertsz swam an "A" time
in Boys 11 12 100 meter backstroke.
All Bonaire swimmers had strong "B"
times in every other event they swam.
Biggest personal best time improvements
were Asdrubal Marcano in Boys 9 10
200 meter individual medley and Rooske
Wagemeakers Girls 11 12 100 meter
The Barracudas entered a team in the
Boys 9 10 200 meter freestyle relay.
Alejandro De Lima, Eduard Arends,
Olivier Wagemakers and Asdrubal
Marcano showed real potential for future
The Bonaire Barracudas and SEDREBO
are organizing the 3rd Bonaire School
Swimming Championship on 28 January at
the Meralney Sports Complex. All 10
Bonaire schools will be sending teams and
more than 90 swimmers are expected to
participate. Top swimmers from this com-
petition will represent Bonaire at the Inter-
island School Swimming Championship in
Curagao at the end of March. Warm up
begins at 12.00 with the Opening Cere-
mony and competition to start at 14.00.
The public is cordially invited to attend. n
Story & photo by Valerie Stimpson
Bonaire Reporter January 26 to February 2, 2007
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
IS YOUR HOUSE NEW TO YOU?
Make it more livable from the start.
FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
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
CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in garden/
septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda
Lagoen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt.
Don & Janet). 786-0956
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
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 dona-
www.supportbonaire.org and help make
Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 786-4651
Searching For GOOD
House Cleaning Services
Serving Bonaire for more than 14 years
Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough,
LUNCH TO GO
Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call
CHINA NOBO 717-8981
Re n ta I
Cozy guest cottage available
Studio with kitchen, airco, cable TV,
two single beds (or
king) pull-out sofa,
porch, yard and
Five minute walk to
10 minute walk to town. $50/night.
DANGER: If you are using a first
stage from a scuba regulator to fill
flat tires etc and do not have a 2nd
stage attached, it is possible if the
first stage fails, to have the hose ex-
plode. 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 amto 5 pm.
NIKONOS III Camera and
Macro tube Set. Still
the best UW camera for
macro shots. Original
owner. NEVER been
flooded. Past Nikonos
Shoot-Out winner. Complete NAf250.
Call George 786-6215.
For Sale: Nikon N90S Underwater
System with Sea & Sea Housing:
Pelican Case; Nikon N90S; AFN
Nikkor 2.8-80MM 1:35-5.6D; AF Mi-
cro 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
For sale -Dive tanks 80 cu ft.
aluminum. NAf125 Call 717-8819 8
am 5 pm
FOR SALE- 1995 Toyota 4-
Runner 5 Speed, 4 Wheel Drive Ex-
cellent Condition 11,500 NAF or
$6650 US Call 700-0089 or 717-8019
In the photo with the new graduate: Human Resource Head Marelva Solian,
Comptroller Gershim Binns, General Manager Sara Matera
ongratulations to Violetta Martina, Divi Flamingo Housekeeping Manager.
She graduated from a three-month English course given by FORMA and fi-
nanced by Divi. O
FOR SALE: FIAT BARCHETTA
BMW 520i 4-door sedan, 1991,
CLASSIC! Great price Call 785-9041
FOR SALE-Deawoo Nubiria 98 In
Good General Condition -Few
Scratches and repair needed. Book
Value is Fl 8000. Selling Price Fl
P ro pe rty .
SRe- ta I
FOR SALE: Kunuku (farm) 949
sq. meters. Modem house with 2 bed-
rooms, 1 bath inside, 1 outside. On
water line, plus sweet water well.
Electricity via solar and wind genera-
tor. Tras di Montana road.
NAfl80.000. Call 785-6378.
Harbour Village Marina Front
Condo For Sale- Large one-bedroom,
two-bath apartment located in a se-
cluded all-condo building away from
the hotel traffic. Full kitchen and laun-
dry, tons of storage space, large patio
with walkout to marina dock. Private
owner sale. www.luxurvbonaire.com
WN r-a t :e l
Wanted: Looking for the owner of
the incomplete motorcycle stored for
one year at the Antillean Car Centre,
Kaya Amsterdam. Please call: 786 -
Who has seen our little gnome
(kabouter)? He is almost completely
orange and is wearing a pointy cap. He
disappeared on January 14 between 2
and 6 p.m. We miss him very much. For
information call 786-5591.
Looking for work. Cleaning lady
(speaking Spanish and Papiamentu) is
looking for part-time work. 568 9506.
Dog kennel, medium size for dog
weighing 13 kilos/30 lbs. Airline ap-
proved. (Needed in March) 717-6862.
Cashier needed part time. Dutch,
English, Papiamentu preferred. Last
Bite Bakery. 717-3293
part time Some English preferred. Last
Bite Bakery call: 717-3293.
Porch Sale 28 January -Kava Alk-
maar # 6 ( Hato ) Various Porch set 2
and 4 seat with table.(plastic); Dou-
ble semi Orthopedic bed; Side Tables -
Hair Dryer Bar Stool Lots of old LP's /
Cassette -Chest of drawers - Showcase -
cabinet (vitrine kast) And lots more.
Porch Sale on Feb 4 at 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Address # 110 Sabadeco Terrace
Pls check this website http://
The Bonaire Reporter is
looking for a person to do
layout for the weekly
Must be very competent with Micro-
soft Publisher and
familiar with Mi-
Scrosoft Office pro-
grams. Great part-
time job and could
possibly be done
from home. Call
George or Laura at
786-6125 or 786-6518.
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day bore.. Special Olympics Walk*A*Thon
Sunday, February 4
T he Fifth Annual Special
Olympics Walk-a-Thon is on Sun-
day, 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
prises along bo
the way and
the end at
Dia. Groups are forming to do
the walk together. Signed up
already is the enthusiastic "Go
Fast" group coming in from
Curagao, Bonaire's "Pia Pia"
and some Special Olympics
athletes. And even if you don't
want to make 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 Shang-
hai, China, in October.
The Walk-a-Thon event,
begun five years ago, was the
inspiration of ex-head coach, Happy wa
Elizabeth Wigny, who wanted
Bonaire Bike Club served refresh-
ments at Karpata-2006
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.
coastline. Birds will begin to awaken and
you'll witness the sunrise. At the end,
you'll be able to get a ride back to your car
from the Pasa Dia in Rincon. Those who
did the trip on bikes can get their bike
transported 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-
tor Claire Sealy; President Lupe Uranie;
Treasurer Suzy Bakker; Head of Coaches
Chio Semeleer; Board Member Aura
Kock). Or email-
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
<, SPCCI L
Congratulations to Jordy Bernabela
of Kolegio Papa Comes. Jordy, who's
in the 6b class, created the winning
logo, out of 50 entries, for the Bonaire
Special Olympics Walk-a-Thon. The
logo will appear on the official Walk-a-
Thon Tee shirts.
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Bonaire Reporter January 26 to February 2, 2007
It's all about dating, love, sex, friendship, and marriage so let's
talk. Email your relationship questions to my attention:
Question from : "Moving too fast" Betty Wills
My boyfriend and I have been living together for three years, and we are both happy.
I truly do love him, and he says he loves me, but apparently not enough, because he still
hasn't asked me to marry him. I want to get married and start building a life together,
but he isn't ready to make such a commitment. Am I wasting my time on this one?
ANSWER: It depends on what you consider a waste of time. A mind is a terrible thing
to waste a waist is a terrible thing to mind so throw your clock out the window, and
watch time fly. For me, sitting around watching TV all day is a waste of time. Loving
someone who doesn't love you back is a waste of time. Some people spend time; some
invest it, while others waste it. You are spending time with someone you love he loves
you back you are living life together it's time well spent. It appears you are already
committed to each other if you've been together in a monogamous relationship for the
past three years.
Joke Of The Day
Top 10 answers to that silly question, "Why aren't you married yet?"
#10. You haven't asked yet.
#09. I was hoping to do something meaningful with my life.
#08. (For Single Mothers) Because having a husband and a child would be redundant.
#07. Just lucky, I guess.
#06. I already have enough laundry to do, thank you.
#05. Why aren't you thin?
#04. They just opened a great singles bar on my block.
#03. Because I think it would take all the spontaneity out of dating.
#02. We really want to, but my lover's spouse just won't go for it.
#01. What? And spoil my great sex life?
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
1-26 8:06 1.9FT. 16:46 0.9FT. 59
1-27 8:46 2.0FT. 17:48 0.8FT. 55
1-28 9:32 2.1FT. 18:34 0.7FT. 58
1-29 10:10 2.2FT. 19:25 0.7FT. 64
1-30 10:51 2.2FT. 20:09 0.7FT. 73
1-31 11:34 2.1FT. 20:47 0.7FT. 80
2-01 12:09 2.0FT. 21:31 0.8FT. 85
2-02 12:46 1.9FT. 22:06 0.9FT. 87
WEEKLY MOVIE SHDWTIMES
Call to makesure (Usually9pm)
Early Show (Usually 7pm)
Black Book (Zwartboek)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tickets NAfl4 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAfl2
NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
THURS THRU SUN
2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM
MON THRU WED. 1 MOVIE 8PM
SATURDAY 4 PM
January: Happy Feet
Thursday, January 25 Lora Count meet-
ing, SGB Classroom #17, 7 pm. If you want
to volunteer call 785 7749 or STINAPA
717 8444 or DROB at 717 8130
Friday, January 26-"Krossfyah" calypso
plays at the tennis courts (behind MCB).
Tickets purchased before NAf25; NAf35 at
door. Tickets at City Caf6. To benefit Ju-
ventus Soccer Team
Saturday, January 27- Annual Lora
(parrot) Count sponsored by Save the Lora
Foundation (Fundashon Salba Nos Lora),
Scouting, STINAPA and DROB Bonaire-
ans, especially those in kunukus, are invited
to take part. Counting is done by assessing
the numbers of loras that are present in a
given roost. For that an early morning count
is needed. If you want to volunteer call 785-
7749 or STINAPA 717 8444 or DROB at
717 8130. More on page 4.
Saturday, January 27- 2006 Beaujolais
Nouveau arrives at Antillean Wine Com-
pany (AWC) in an extra wine-tasting at
Antillean Wine Company (Kaya Industria
23), from 7 to 9 pm. More on page 9.
Exposition of art works by well known
Bonaireans with the theme, "Bonaire, a
Special Municipality within the King-
dom." Sponsored by Bonaire Lions Club,
Kas di Arte.
January 21-28 Exposition daily, from 5
to 8:30 pm
Sunday, January 28 Barbecue: starting
at 5:30 Tickets from Lions Club mem-
Auction: Sunday, January 28 starting at 8
All revenues will be used to fund the reno-
vation of the Skol di Arte (art school) build-
ing; Sosiedat Diabetiko Boneriano
(Diabetic Society); Drecha Kas (renovation
of houses of the less fortunate in Bonairean
society). See more on page 8.
Sunday, January 28 3rd Bonaire School
Swimming Championship. Warm up at 12
noon with the Opening Ceremony and com-
petition at 2 pm. The public is cordially
invited to attend. Meralney Sports Com-
plex. See more on page 11
Wednesdays in February Happy One
Year Birthday at Cactus Blue Restau-
rant. Dine there and win great prizes; mu-
sic by Moogie. Open 5 pm until late. J.A.
Abraham Blvd. #12. Tel. 717-4564
Until March 30-Guest Artist Markus
Taurer Exhibit at the Cinnamon Art Gal-
Saturday, February 3-Big Monthly
Rincon Marshe-A Real Bonairean Tra-
dition-Rincon Style-Stands selling
gifts, fruits & vegetables, drinks, herbs,
local foods & BBQ 6 am to 2 pm.
Sunday, February 4 -Fifth Annual Spe-
cial Olympics Walk-a-Thon-See Page
Sunday, February 4-Super Bowl XLI-
City Cafe, 5 pm
Sunday, February 4 Bonaire Hotel and
Tourism Association (BONHATA) 10th
Anniversary Awards, 6 to 10 pm, Sunrise
Restaurant, Sand Dollar Condominiums.
Tickets at the BONHATA office, NAf50
each and includes a welcome drink, sub-
stantial snacks and happy hour prices all
night. Marion Wilson at 717-5134, Fax 717-
8534, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. See
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 Activ-
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship Visiting Days start-
ing 10 am to early afternoon: Tues. Feb. 6 -
Maasdam; Wed. Feb. 7, Crown Princess,
Mon. Feb. 12, Lili Marleen, Tues. Feb.
13-Veendam, Sea Princess
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.) 5-6
* 2 for 1 appetizers with entree 6-7, Cac-
* Divi Flamingo Casino open daily for
hot slot machines, roulette and blackjack,
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 -
* Rincon Marsh6-6 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 Marsh6 1st Saturday of the
month, 6 am-2 pm.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Fla-
mingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm, NAf26,50.
Call for reservations 717-8285 ext. 444.
Wine Tasting at AWC's warehouse,
2nd Saturday of the month, 7 to 9 pm, Kaya
Industria #23, across from Warehouse Bon-
aire. Great wines. NAf20 per person for 6 to
Flea Market every first Saturday of
the month from 3 to 7 pm, Parke Publico.
Everyone welcome to buy and to sell. NAf5
per selling table. For more information and
reservations for a spot, call 787-0466.
* 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-
* 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-
* Advanced Yoga 6.30pm Harbour Vil-
* Live music by the Flamingo Rockers,
5-7 Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar
* Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine, 5-7,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* Buy a Bucket of Beer & get free
chicken wings, 5-7, Cactus Blue
* Caribbean Gas Training free "Beyond
Gravity -An Evening with DIR," 6 pm,
Bonaire Dive & Adventure 786-5073.
* Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7-9,
* Beach BBQ 7-10 & Live music by
Flamingo Rockers -The Windsurf Place at
Sorobon Reserve ahead. Tel. 717-5091,
* 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 -
* 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 Rock-
ers" Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar, 5-7
* Swim lessons for children by Enith
Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Sorobon
from 13.00, for children 0- 18.
* Manager's Bash-free Flamingo
Smash & snacks, Divi Flamingo, 5-7 pm
* 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 Gal-
lery, Kaya Gloria 7. Meet artist Janice
Huckaby and Larry of Larry's Wildside Div-
ing. New original paintings of Bonaire and
diver stories of the East Coast every week.
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- "Discover Our Diversity" slide
show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm, 717-5080
Monday-Dee Scarr's "Touch the Sea"
Slide Show, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30 pm.
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 has just stepped out.
Local ladies will tell you the story. Open Monday
thru Friday, 9 12,2-4. Weekends by appointment.
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view from
"The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bonaire's
culture. Visit homes from the 17th century. Daily.
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-
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings 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.
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
enty fee. Call Cathy 5664056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel.
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 Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm.
Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thurs-
day of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana #1.
All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate House',
above Zeezicht Restaurant. All Rotarians
welcome. Tel. 717-8434
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)- 7174303.
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-
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. Services in
Papiamentu, Dutch and English on Sundays at
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
Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer Meeting at 7 pm
in English. Tel. 717-8332
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays 8:30 -
11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu, Spanish
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 ofCoromoto in Antriol, in English.
Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios), Kaya
Triton (Den Cheffi). In English, Dutch &
Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am. Wednes-
day Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194
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Bonaire Reporter January 26 to February 2, 2007
On the Island Si
Fulco de Vries
J T studied in Gent, Belgium, and I
I lived there for six years. I had a
wonderful time. People were very conge-
nial, nice to go around with, and also
they approached their studies seriously.
After I became a veterinarian I worked
three years in Zutphen, a city in the east
of Holland, and then I moved to Lemmer,
Friesland, one of the northern provinces
of the Netherlands, where I also worked
three years as a vet.
I am originally from Friesland, and
when I was about eight I decided I
wanted to become a vet. We lived among
the farmhouses in a rural area, but my
parents were not farmers; they were both
teachers. When I grew older I forgot
about becoming a vet, but when I was
about 20 I picked it up again. Why? Be-
cause it fits me! I am interested in many
different things, but for me this is the
most interesting. I've always handled
animals. However, there are things you
find out when you're working in this
profession. I think it's the same for any
other profession: there are always things
you like better and things you like less
about your job.
What I like best is the surgical part. I
like to operate because it's something
that requires skill. How do I see an ani-
mal? An animal can be very good com-
pany and it's not more or less than a hu-
man. It has different qualities from what
we have. When you keep an animal,
whether it is as a pet or as a domestic
animal, you should always treat it well
because you chose to keep it and it de-
pends on you. I will never say that an
animal has more value than a human
being, but they are characters and indi-
viduals, like dogs, cats, cows and sheep.
They make a deal with us... you feed
them and they help you without grum-
bling about it.
But this doesn't apply to all animals.
For instance wild animals don't have the
instinct to serve us and to make us happy,
and many of them who live in captivity
are suffering from being kept by people.
They are bored or they have the need to
do certain things they are unable to do or
they miss their companions. You have to
think about those things before you take
such an animal because it creates suffer-
ing. Of course, in most cases the animal
will adjust to the situation in the long
run, but it will become numb.
I came here with a contract for two
years. I was looking for something
abroad, looking for a change in life as in
Holland it had become too much of the
same thing, and when you have the feel-
ing that you have to change things in
your life, that's what you do. The asso-
ciation of veterinarians in Holland has a
kind of a list of jobs available and you
can respond to that. I'd never been here,
not in any part of the Caribbean, but a
long time ago I lived for a year in Israel,
and when I served the army I was sta-
tioned in Germany for a year. I didn't
come to look here first, but I applied and
then I got the job and I came. However,
Arie Binksma (one of the vets of the ani-
mal clinic in Kaminda Lagoen) instructed
me and I also contacted my predecessors
to find out if it would be something for
me. They were all very positive so I
"The only thing I find
that doesn't fit Bon-
aire is the traffic. It's
too much for such a
small island and the
same for petty crime."
My first impression? Nice and warm!
Professionally it seemed to be okay. Peo-
ple are super friendly and that makes the
job nice. In every way it turned out well.
I meet a lot of people who really care for
their pets and we communicate well.
That's the most important thing you
have to understand each other. The work
here is conveniently arranged; but most
of all it's a pleasant atmosphere and that
for me is the most important thing. Ruth-
milda, our assistant who has been at the
clinic for ages, helped me tremendously,
especially when it comes to communicat-
ing with the people everybody knows
her and she knows everybody and that
is very important. We work together with
the Animal Shelter and I also work part
time for the government, for LVV.
For instance when someone has a sick
goat, sheep or cow I visit them as an offi-
cial and they only pay for the medicine. I
also check the animals at LVV and the
chickens at Punto Blanco, and when the
food inspector is not on the island I also
do the slaughter house inspection and
that's also an aspect of being a vet.
Everywhere in the world there are
many colleagues who keep an eye on
food safety to prevent people from get-
ting sick. You can keep meat by freezing,
drying or salting it, but when you keep
pork or chicken meat under bad condi-
tions, there's a big chance that people
will suffer from food poisoning. That
chance is way less with goat meat be-
cause goats carry less bacteria, although
you always have to be careful when you
handle it. Here people don't suffer much
from food poisoning. The drinking water
is safe and the food inspector also visits
kitchens and restaurants to check the
sanitary conditions. The climate is very
healthy; there's no pollution, it's fresh
and warm at the same time, and the
weather never changes much a change
of weather, that's what makes people
In my job I've seen different things
than I was used to in Holland: a dog that
has 10 thousand ticks or dogs that are
completely covered with lice; dogs that
are suffering from scabbies, but espe-
cially the karpatten (ticks) are a disaster.
I've seen other exotic disorders and also
Parvo is still around, something you
don't see in Holland anymore because of
the vaccinations. Those are things you
encounter here and I've never seen be-
"Fulco de Vries (35) is a gentle, mat-
ter-of-fact person, not much of a talker,
but someone who is very practical. He 's
just cool. When I need a dog for the pic-
ture he takes "Fred" from the kennel in
the next-door Shelter and says: "I've
adopted his sibling, they're great dogs!"
When the photo-session is over he takes
"Fred" back very sweetly and goes on:
"I'm enjoying my stay here more and
more because I always see new things.
When you first arrive here it may seem
that it's all more or less the same, but the
more time you spend in the outdoors, the
more you recognize the beauty of this
island's nature; it needs time...
For my job I visit people and their ani-
mals at kunukus and I'm also involved in
the Lora conservation project, and the
area around Punto Blanco I know quite
well now as I also started playing golf at
the golf course there. It's fun! Just
great! Strolling around in the open air
on that bare piece of land! I never played
golf in Holland and I am not sure if I
would like to do it there because you
would get immediately involved in all the
swank! On the weekends I go surfing,
golfing or I go out with my dog and I
visit some people; I'm having a great
The only thing I find that doesn't fit
Bonaire is the traffic. It's too much for
such a small island and the same for petty
crime. The best thing about Bonaire is
that it's so positive; people are so
friendly to one another. Life here is
pleasantly simple because you don't have
a lot of choices. Most of the time you can
buy anything you need, but there is not
such superabundance like in other coun-
tries. For me such a thing is completely
unnecessary; it makes everything way
I like Bonaire better than Holland. Hol-
land is a great country, but here every-
thing is simpler. It might be different
when you're here at another time of your
life and you still have to study for in-
stance, but when you already have a pro-
fession it's very agreeable.
I'm not thinking much about the future.
I don't have a job in Holland anymore.
My belonging are stored somewhere and
the only thing I still have there is a car.
So, I can't tell because I don't know. I
am not someone who goes somewhere
with great expectations I am very open-
minded. I took a course in Papiamentu
and I did my best so far and... that's
something isn't it?"
Story & photo by
Bonaire Reporter January 26 to February 2, 2007
Fulco de Vries with "Fred"
B onairean Patrick Angela returned from the US licensed to fly Fokker 100s,
the plane used by Bonaire-based DAE. He was greeted at the Flamingo Air-
port by his sister, Suzy, and mother as well as island officials. Congratulations from
The Bonaire Reporter, Patrick. D
ur "Pet" this week, little "Fred," shown here with teen volunteer Lisa Schut,
is getting a lot of press in The Reporter this week. He's shown as the pet
model with the vet, Dr. Fulco deVries, who is the subject of Greta Koistra's "On the
Island Since..." column this week. Fred and his sister were dropped off at the ani-
mal clinic by someone.
Dr. deVries was so impressed with them that he adopted one, Fred's sister. Fred
himself is a dog with a fine character. He's about six months old. Although he looks
like a younger puppy he's growing like mad and should end up being a pretty big
dog. He's alert and now that he feels comfortable in his new surroundings he's
started barking to defend "his area," so he'll be an excellent watchdog for a good
and loving owner. He's a handsome
boy too. Notice the dark color
around his eyes; it looks like he's
wearing eyeliner. You may meet
Fred and the other fine and healthy
pets at the Bonaire Animal Shelter
on the Lagoen Road, open Monday
through Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm. Tel.
Sunfish Sail to Curaqao Regatta
V ery early in the morning on Sunday, January 21, two Bonairean Sunfish
sailors aboard their open 14-foot long sailboats, took off from the Kas di
Regatta heading for Curaqao. Sipke Stapert and Victor Brouwer had packed their
well prepared little boats with safety gear, food, drinks, clothes and a small tent for
an open water voyage to Curaqao to defend the Bonairean flag during the 2007
Sunfish South American and Caribbean Championship Regatta. Sipke and
Victor just recently returned to Bonaire from the World Championships Sunfish
Sailing, in Charleston, South Carolina, in the US.
At seven o'clock in the morning the two courageous sailors left Bonaire, heading
west. There were no chase boats, no guard planes, no radio contact, just Sipke (sail
number 111) and Victor (sail number 222) on their boats, facing the wind and the
water, defying the elements, heading for our sister island over 35 nautical miles
After a little more than six hours of concentrated downwind sailing they reached
Curaqao. From there they made a short phone call to their families: "Yes, we made
it." No further comments about the elements, the time or the hardship. They had
reached Curaqao and that was the only important thing. They were ready to unpack
their boats and had already set up on the beach where they will spend the nights in
their small tents during the week. They can't wait until the first race on Wednesday!
The Regatta will be held from Monday, January 22 until Sunday, January 29. L
Story & photo by J@n Brouwer
Bonaire Reporter January 26 to February 2, 2007
*to find it... just look up
Planets In The February Sky
T his Febru-
ary the Sky
Park offers in
early evening not
one, not two, but
objects for planet
#1, planet #2 and
During the first
week of February,
about an hour af-
ter sunset, face
west where smack
dab in front of
you, you will see
the most brilliant
of all the planets,
planet #2, 8,000-
mile-wide Venus, Mecury
which is often
referred to as "the evening star." But once in awhile there are two evening stars,
and such is the case the first and second week of this February because just directly
below Venus is the planet we call the pink iron planet, planet #1 from the Sun,
3,000-mile-wide Mercury. It's called the "pink iron planet" because it always
looks pinkish due to the fact that it never gets very high up off the horizon. So we
always see it through the dusty layers of atmosphere, which makes it appear pink
even though it is not pink itself. It's called the iron planet because it actually has
more iron in its core than our entire Earth does. So we have two so-called evening
stars to open up the coldest month of the year.
Now Mercury quickly darts in and out of evening and morning skies a few times a
year, so it's difficult to catch unless you find it at its farthest visual point from the
Sun, which is called "greatest elongation," and luckily this occurs on Wednesday
February 7 which means Mercury will be at its highest above the horizon. So
don't miss these two planets which our ancestors always called the "evening stars"
when they were seen in the evening just after sunset and "the morning stars" when
they were seen just before sunrise.
On Thursday, February 1st around 8 pm, look east and you'll see an almost full
Moon right in front of you. Look directly below it and the brightest cosmic object
you'll see is planet #6, 75,000-mile-wide ringed planet Saturn, which on February
10th will be at its closest and brightest for the entire year, and which just begs you
to get out a small telescope. But in case you miss it on Thursday night, go out the
next night Friday, Groundhog Day night, and an exquisite full Moon will be
parked right underneath it which is the perfect telescopic opportunity to not only
look at Saturn but to also peruse the lunar mountains, valleys, seas and craters.
Now February's full Moon has three names which are all very descriptive of Feb-
ruary, the Cold Moon, the Hunger Moon and the Wolf Moon. And if you were a
wolf out under this February full Moon you might be howling. So get outside the
first week of February to see three pretty planets: the ringed planet only a week
away from its closest approach to Earth, plus the two planets known to our ances-
tors as "the evening stars". O Jack Horkheimer
Sunday, January 21 to Saturday, January 27
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Your charisma will no doubt attract a lot of attention.
Quarrels will erupt if you get into philosophical debates with friends. Try to keep
your opinions to yourself. Involvement in groups will be favorable. Business part-
nerships will prove lucrative. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Added knowledge will give you the edge when deal-
ing with peers. Someone you care about may let you down or criticize your meth-
ods. Get involved in activities that will bring you knowledge about foreign lands,
philosophies, or cultures. You have to believe in yourself and your talents. Your
lucky day this week will be Sunday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Mingle with those who can further your goals. Look
into joining groups that can give you hands-on advice about business. New romantic
ties can be made; however, you must make sure that your motives are not selfish
before you make your move. It's time to reevaluate your own motives and make
changes to yourself first. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You should feel a little more stable about your posi-
tion; however, don't be surprised if ajob offer comes your way. You will need to
work diligently in order to accomplish even the smallest amount. You can make
new friends by taking part in social events involving colleagues. You will be able to
close any deals successfully. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You'll have amazing ideas, but superiors may try to block
your attempts at implementing them. Don't try to hide your true feelings from your
mate. You will be able to get along well with colleagues. Be sure to take time for
old friends or relatives you don't get to see that often. Your lucky day this week will
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Put your efforts into making constructive improve-
ments to your environment and to your state of mind. Be aware of any deception on
the part of those you deal with. You can pick up valuable information if you listen to
those with more experience. You will do well if you mingle with the brass this
week. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Don't trust others with private in formation that could
be used against you. You will be best suited to doing things around the house or
inviting friends over for a visit. Your intellectual wit will bring greater popularity
with your peers. Pleasure trips will be favorable and bring about possible romance.
Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You will be emotional about family matters. Those
close to your heart may be difficult to reason with. Go after your goals and don't be
afraid to ask for assistance. Spend time with friends or family. Your lucky day this
week will be Saturday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Be precise in your communications to avoid
any misunderstandings and arguments. Your efforts will be rewarded handsomely.
You could come into extra cash. Some of your new friends may not be that trust-
worthy. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Take a look at yourself and prepare to make
those changes you've been contemplating. If you work in conjunction with someone
else you may find they're trying to steal your thunder. Creative pursuits should pay-
off. Clear up domestic chores that have remained undone for some time. Your lucky
day this week will be Monday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Your mate may be distressed if you refuse to make
a commitment. Later in the week your boss will pat you on the back for ajob well
done. Things aren't as they appear. It's doubtful anyone will try to stand in your way
or cut you off at the pass this week. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Your involvement with children will be most reward-
ing. Go out with close friends who understand your situation and your needs. Unex-
pected events may be upsetting. Help an older member with a problem that faces
them. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. 1
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