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Americans flying to the Carib-
bean, Canada and Mexico are
complying with a
new law requiring
them to show their
passports to re- en-
ter the US, the US
Department of
Homeland Security
said. US Customs
and Border Protec-
tion statistics show that since the law took
effect Tuesday, only 164 passengers out
of 80,058 or 0.01% did not have a
passport, according to the Homeland Se-
curity Department. Travelers arriving at
airports without their passports have been
reminded of the new rule and handed
passport applications but have not been
penalized. More than 70% of Ameri-
cans don't have passports.
From a sample of 1,100 users, 32% said
they had planned to get a passport, but
only half of them had initiated the proc-
ess. And one in five respondents said the
new regulations would cause them to alter
their travel plans.
Another poll by Travelocity said one in
four people surveyed were unaware of the
new passport requirements.
The George W. Bush administration
said the move was necessary to help fight
terrorism.


ized for students and instructors on Janu-
ary 27. Fifteen persons are enrolled.
A HAVO- or MBO-4 diploma is re-
quired for this study. It is also possible to
take an entrance test. The last day to take
this test will be February 24, and a new
class will begin if there are 12 passing
applicants. Currently, UNA is conducting
a class in Papiamentu for teachers in Bon-
aire. The University plans to offer a law
degree course in Bonaire next semester.


1 The three parties involved in talks
to form a new Dutch government ex-
pect to reach broad agreement on a
new cabinet policy by the end of this
week. A spokesman for Herman Wijffels,
the man coordinating the talks, said the
negotiations were now nearing the end.
The Christian Democrats (CDA), Chris-
tenUnie (CU) and PvdA (Labour) have
been involved in talks on forming a new


The University of the Netherlands cabinet since the beginning of January.
Antilles (UNA) based in Curacao will The Dutch general election was held on
start with the Lerarenopleiding Funder- November 22.
end Onderwijs (Teachers' Training
Basic Education) in Bonaire on Febru- Parliament is preparing a draft law
ary 5. An introduction day was organ- exempting minimum wage earners


from paying wage (income) tax as of
January 1, 2008. The law will also man-
date a 15% minimum wage increase for
Curagao, Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius.
Just what this and other laws passed by
the Central Government this year will
mean when Bonaire joins with Holland in
July 2007 is not certain. It will be up to
the island territories as to when they will
let the minimum wage increase go into
effect.

Another draft law, this one affect-
ing medical care, was passed by Parlia-
ment last Thursday. Its objective is to cut
into medical costs by establishing rules
for medical practitioners and regulating
the purchase of medical equipment.
Among other things the law requires that
medical practitioners maintain a proper
medical history of all their patients. Any
medical institution should be able to ask
for and receive a complete medical his-
tory of a patient.

N Airlines don't have to ask the gov-
ernment to set air fares, as long as the
companies don't try to bankrupt each
other by selling tickets at less than cost,
Transport Minister Omayra Leeflang
announced this week. She mentioned as
an example that Insel Air had been offer-
ing low air fares to travelers for their
destinations. Until recently, in certain
cases, the law stated that the request had
to be at least 30 days in advance.
Opening the market of air fares applies
to local companies with regular flights
such as Insel Air, DAE, Divi and Winair.


According to the figures of the
Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS),
(Continued on page 4)


Bonaire Reporter February 2 to February 9, 2007


THIS WEEK:

The REPORTER
Table of Contents
Letter 4
We Are All Responsible
Guest Editorial
Ideas About Bonaire Development 5
Part 2. The GOOD Example of Bermuda
High School SBO Motivation Day 7
Bonaire on Wheels
(Fichi's Landrovers) 7
Self Management Leadership Confer-
ence 7
Antique Houses (Kas di Caha) 8 & 9
Lora Count Results 10
Lion's Auction Action 11
Special Olympics Walk-a-Thon
-Is HERE 13
Shrink Studies SCUBA (Obesity) 18

WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Biologists Bubbles (Humpback
whales) 3
Coral Glimpses 3
Pet of the Week (Helen & Dorothy,
Volunteer Gathering) 10
Picture Yourself (Arequipa, Peru) 12
Classifieds 12
SuDoku Puzzle 12
Straight Talk 14
Tide Table 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since (Linda Baker) 17
Sky Park (Winter Sky)
.. 19
1 The Stars Have It 19
b SuDoku Answer 19

-: Only2days


before the WalklaThon!


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B.fi an m oo s t coral glimpses (bit of information about corals presented each week
albs n a coovuaW ma coral glimpses by naturalist Dee Scarr)


D id You Know...Humpback whale
males come to the Caribbean with one
thing on their minds?
The only reasons male humpbacks migrate to
our waters is to mate. Female humpbacks come
down to the Caribbean to mate or to calve.
While in the Caribbean, the humpbacks don't
feed because our waters don't produce the
plankton masses required to feed these massive
beasts. They live off their fat reserves (blubber). Humpback whale photo Tim Calver
Although it is rare that humpbacks will migrate
as far south as Bonaire, it's not impossible. Several were sighted last week close to
shore. The one I saw was rolling around and flapping its tail repeatedly. This behavior
could signal that: 1) it is a male trying to attract a mate; 2) the whale is playing; 3) or the
whale is trying to remove parasites or dead skin. The whale I saw will eventually mi-
grate back north to one of the following feeding grounds depending on which herd it
belongs to: 1) Gulf of Maine; 2) Gulf of St. Lawrence; 3) Newfoundland/Labrador; 4)
southwestern Greenland; or 5) Iceland-Denmark Strait. Perhaps it's still
around or it will return next year o fod
when the waters are cool, so keep Sea & Discver re'marineeducat
searching those blue waters that spaldi
we love so much. O C.E. adults dv rrr r


T his lettuce
coral at
the Bonaventura
dive site is suc-
cessfully compet-
ingfor space with
the orange ele-
phant ear sponge
in which it rests.
The coral growth
is affected,
though, especially
at the top of the
coral where it's
growing up
rather than out
because of the
sponge. 1 Captions & photos by Dee
Scarr. Dee's Photos restored by Jack
Drafahl of the Oregon Coastal Digi-
tal Center


Bonaire Reporter February 2 to February 9, 2007


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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
the working population in Bonaire has
increased 20% in the last 20 months.
The unemployment rate dropped to 7%.

Reportedly, the building start of the
new Divi (Sunset) Hotel and also a few
other large construction projects will be in
March.

Manager of the Bonaire National Ma-
rine Park, Ramon de Leon, writes, "Very
soon the Bonaire National Marine Park
will restart a survey in Lac. The idea is to
redo the monitoring done by Cindy Lott in
1999-2000. As you already probably have
noticed, Lac is getting busier every day.
This area is ecologically very important for
our coral reef system and is a very popular
recreational area as well. Therefore, we
need to do our best in order to obtain data
that allow us to make the right manage-
ment decisions. The work will involve a
lot of data collection (shallow water
dives) of conch, macro-algae and other
organisms. This project will take several
weeks and will be coordinated by Sabine
Engel. Training will be provided for every-
one interested in participating. If you want
to participate or just know more about this
program, please come Monday, February
5th at 4 pm to the STINAPA office at Bar-
cadera."

In the past The Bonaire Reporter and
its predecessor, Port Call, published 57
stories by Captain Don. Publication re-
cently has tapered off, although we plan to


print some soon again. If you want to find
out more about Captain Don, the au-
thor, go to: http://
captaindon.booksvarnsfairvtales.com to
discover three novels, three novelettes, 96
short stories and over 50 more waiting to
be placed.

DROB, the department that manages
Bonaire's roads, announced one-way rules
for two streets in Antriol and Sabana-
Kaya Sabana and Kaya Karpitan- are in
force. Look carefully to familiarize your-
self with the new directions and interna-
tional one-way signs. These modifications
are necessary for the road safety according
to DROB.

Young Dancel Elhage will travel to
Holland for a
month of ad-
vanced tennis
training. Other
local youngsters
who have partici-
pated in the
course include
Jovani Meeu-
wsen, Gino
Meeuwsen,
Quincy Oly and
Monica Winkel.
Tennis coach
Robby Doma-
cass6 joins Dan-
cel in the photo.


WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE can see farther than today, backed by
countless scientists trying to do what
Never before has mankind walked on they can to turn this downward trend
such thin ice. No longer is our seem- around. We have been warned, but this
ingly endless existence on this earth falls on too many deaf ears. Too many
taken for granted. It is not even meas- are in denial. Too many do not even
ured in 1000's of years but now in dec- care. For them, money today is far more
ades. important than anyone's future. It is the
world's politicians who are now the
In 40 years or so we will minority.
have depleted 90% of the vi- When we kill the trees, we are killing
able fish stocks of the oceans. ourselves. When we bury the land
Add a few decades and there under concrete, we are burying our-
won't be much oil. Give or selves .When we empty the oceans,
take another decade and the we are emptying ourselves.
south end of Bonaire may No one is only a citizen of
well be under water. Don't Bonaire. We are all citi-
plan on using aluminum zens of the world and
dive tanks to visit it. Alu- have a worldwide re-
minum will be $1,000 an sponsibility to do what
ounce, having used it all. we can. Just two of many
(Sadly I can see people examples how can an
thinking they should hoard island that is seeing huge
aluminum and make money in- drops in fish population not
stead of thinking of ways to correct the install "No Take" zones immediately?
problems). We are using up our nonre- How can an island famous for wind
newable resources at an alarming rate. question the use of proven wind power
This is not fanaticism. This is no over oil-fired generators which not only
longer a joke about a few hippies in the pollute the air, but add to global warm-
US or Europe tying themselves to trees. ing?
This is 100's of millions of people who Bruce Bowker


N After seven years of service,
Imre Esser announced his resig-
nation as President of Sea Turtle
Conservation Bonaire (STCB)
and his intention to move back to
the Netherlands with his family in
the near future.
Imre had been president of the
organization since 1999, and under
his leadership STCB matured from
a relatively simple field project to a
multifaceted organization skilled at
high technology research applica-
tions, fund-raising, and addressing
sustainable development issues. Queen Beatrix, Elsmarie Beukenboom Antilles
With Imre's resignation as presi- Governor Frits Gooderdrag and Imre Esser during
dent, the Board of Directors asked the Queen's recent visit. STCB Photo
Andy Uhr to serve as acting presi-
dent. The Board also extended invitations to Marlene Robinson and Bruce Brabec, island
residents and long-time STCB volunteers, to join. Bruce has agreed and accepted the
position of Treasurer. Marlene has also agreed and accepted special duties related to fund
raising and grant writing.
The current composition of the Board and staff is:
Andy Uhr Acting President/ Secretary; Bruce Brabec Treasurer
Members: Imre Esser, Albert J de Soet, Allerd Stikker, Corine Gerharts, Diana Sint
Jago, Marlene Robinson. Staff: Mabel Nava de Simal Manager; Gielmon 'Funchi'
Egbreghts Field Manager/Ranger; Dr. Robert van Dam Scientific Advisor.


Bonaire Reporter February 2 to February 9, 2007


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IDEAS ABOUT BONAIRE DEVELOPMENT continued from last week

PART 2- The GOOD Example of Bermuda


A S there are
As wrong mod-
els for the develop-
ment of our island, i
there are also good
examples. I recom-
mend to the members -
of the Island Council
of Bonaire to visit the I n
island of Bermuda to .
and speak to the
Minister of Tourism L
and to the head of
the Department of
Planning. According
to my experience dur-
ing long years of co-
operation with the
main local construc- Bermuda's Wa\
tion company, Ber-
muda could serve as an excellent example
for the development of our island.

Bermuda Island, a self-governing over-
seas territory of the United Kingdom, is in
fact an archipelago of interconnected is-
lands, 30 km long and 3 km wide at its
broadest point. They are the world's
northernmost coral islands, with excellent
visibility and underwater life similar to
that in the Caribbean. Particularly popular
is diving the hundreds of Bermuda's
wrecks. The reefs are one of Bermuda's
most fragile environments, and large-
scale reef kill occurred during construc-
tion of the USAF base (now Bermuda
International Airport) during WW II.
Bermuda has a long history of environ-
mental management, with Acts dating
back to the early 17th century. In recent
years the island has experienced consider-
able development pressures which
threaten Bermuda's attractive and unique
environment. Like Bob Bartikoski pro-
posed for Bonaire in his October 2006
article in The Bonaire Reporter, Bermuda
has its Development Plan of 1992, con-
taining planning policies, zoning and land
use provisions for the island. It is based
on the Development and Planning Act
1974, the law that regulates all develop-
ment in Bermuda. The governmental De-
partment of Planning has as its main task
to protect Bermuda's environment and to
develop a sound ecotourism industry.
Also in this respect, Bermuda can serve as
an example for Bonaire.


The densely populated island boasts a
standard of living exceeded by very few
countries in the world. Bermuda's econ-
omy relies on tourism (62% of the coun-
try's revenue) and financial services for
international business. The tourism is
focused on visitors with high household
income. There is a moratorium, intro-
duced in 1974 (!),
on construction of
hotels. A new hotel
cannot be built
unless another of
equal size closes
down. In order to
protect the quality of
island life, the num-
ber of cruise ships
calling at the island
has been reduced to
only four a week.
They may never The solution to toi
berth during the muda-scooters, call
weekend. cals, is probably un
Some of the drastic Internet photo
measures concern
the island traffic. The number of vehicles
is limited to one car per household. The
size of the cars is also limited. Only the
Governor and the cabinet ministers may
have bigger automobiles. Only locals may
drive cars and there are no car rental com-
panies. The transport on the island is pro-
vided by a smoothly operating public bus
system and taxis.


Bermuda has been made popular by
very rich people, mainly from the US.
They have not been discouraged by very
high taxes in connection with a house
purchase. Besides the License to Acquire
Property (22% of the purchase price),
paid in advance, an additional, high stamp
duty must be paid. Bermuda also has a
very high import
duty. On the other
hand, there is no
income tax, sales
tax, capital gains
tax and capital
transfer tax.
The prices of resi-
dential houses and
condominiums have
been soaring, par-
ticularly during the
last five years.
rist traffic in Ber- While the average
?d cycles by the lo- price of a condo-
uitablefor Bonaire. minium in 2002 was
$400,000, it is now
$770,000; the aver-
age price of a house is now $2.4 million.
These prices are only for property owned
by non-Bermudians. In order to protect
the Bermudian citizens (61% black), there
are strict regulations concerning owning
and selling of properties. Non- Bermudi-
ans are permitted to buy houses and con-
dominiums, but only from Non-
Bermudians. Bermudians may not sell
their house to a foreigner. Foreigners are


also not allowed to buy
Undeveloped land.
There is, therefore, a big
difference between the
price of Bermudian and
Non-Bermudian proper-
ties. In spite of that the
government has built
f thousands of affordable
S houses for its citizens.
More houses for low
income people are still
needed.

In spite of the men-

sky-high prices, the
construction, particu-
larly of luxurious con-
dominiums in exactly
specified areas, is cur-
rently booming. Local contractors are
complaining that they need more workers,
but no work permits for foreign labor are
being given. According to the govern-
ment, bringing people from abroad would
mean higher crime (the current crime rate
is very low), pressure on the infrastruc-
ture, on schools and medical facilities.
Bermuda's natural resources are its peo-
ple, and the government wants to protect
them. The slogan of Bermuda, which I
recommend also for Bonaire, is:
"Whereas many countries are spending
a lot of money in order to change, we
are spending money to stay the way we
are."

It is evident that enforcing some of the
mentioned measures, like car number
limitation and no rental cars, given the
high population density of Bermuda,
would not be necessary on Bonaire. As
well, the introduction of Bermuda's taxa-
tion and property transfer regulations
doesn't seem to be feasible on our island,
although the current prices of ocean front
houses and land make it virtually impossi-
ble for the local inhabitants to acquire
such properties. Nevertheless, I am con-
vinced that application of the Bermuda
development model would be much more
appropriate for Bonaire than the model of
Aruba.n Jiri Lausman
Author's note: It was a very good idea
to add a map of Aruba hotels to my article
last week. However, four hotels are miss-


Bonaire Reporter February 2 to February 9, 2007


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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 4)
Dyrichemar "Rico" Martis, who did
such a good job during his brief tenure at
the Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB),
has taken a position as Marketing Man-
ager for Digicel. He will continue as head
of Tene Boneiru Limpi The Keep Bonaire
Clean foundation.
Karnaval is coming soon and this
year the TCB, recognizing its cultural
contribution and the attraction to tourists
and locals both, is encouraging creativity by
offering a prize for the group whose theme
recognizes consciousness of tourism and
exemplifies "Welcome To Our Kamaval."
Call 717-8322 and ask for Roosje van der
Hoek for more information and details. You
can also e-mail Projectscoordina-
tor(2&tourismbonaire. com.


N Bon-
aire has a
new free
newspa-
per.
Named
AMa-
kubek'n, a
word used
in old
Papiamentu
never even
heard by
lots of Bo-
naireans. It
dates back to when news was passed around
by word of mouth. It seems fitting for a
newspaper that focuses on the natural envi-
ronment of Bonaire and what it means to the


local people. (See last week's Reporter for a
story on the kick-off of the campaign.) The
paper will be sent free to all homes on Bon-
aire four times a year and will be available
at other spots around the island too.
Makubek'n is part of STINAPA's cam-
paign, Nos ta biba di Naturalesa, designed
to show the value of environmental conser-
vation to Bonaire's citizens. It's written in
Papiamentu with some Dutch. Look for it in
your mailbox at the end of the week. If you
don;t get a copy and want one, call
STINAPA 717-8444 or e-mail
info@stinapa.org

N This coming Saturday, February 3,
from 3 to 7 pm and every first Saturday
of every month the "We Dare to Care"
Flea Market is held in the Parke Publico


Bonairiano (behind the hospital). It's free.
Just come and browse to find that deal.
There are hundreds of used or new items for
sale at the market for very low prices. You
can find stoves, china, antiques, furniture,
books, wines, plants, board games, clothes,
electronics, baby stuff, toys, video tapes and
much more.
Want to sell your stuff? The "We Dare to
Care Foundation" rents out spots for NAf5
(bring your own table) or rent one with
space for NAf 10. Individuals, NGOs and
businesses are welcome.
Drinks and snacks are available. The funds
from our "We Dare To Care" stand and fees
from the spots go to the maintenance of the
Parke. For more information call: 786-1592,
510-4050, 786-9377 or 787-0466. 0 L./G.D.


> On Saturday,
February 10, at
4pm, Bonaire Well-
ness Connexions
will host a mountain
bike tour through
scenic areas of Bon-
aire. All are invited.
The route will start
at the BWC Activity
Center (Eden Beach
Resort) and take the
tourist road to Rincon
then back to Eden
Beach. To get more
detailed information
about the route email
abonaiut the rote emilSome of the group from the last trip.
bonairewellness (flamingotv.net.
Anyone interested in joining in
should meet at Eden Beach Resort Activity Center at 4 pm. Participation fee is NAfl5
per person ($8.43) and includes drinks and fruits. Advance sign up is available now at
Eden Beach Activity Center Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5 pm, or you may
sign up on the day of the tour. Helmets are necessary. (Bonaire Wellness Connexions


AKIB leaders, headed by President Sidney Manuel (3rdfrom right)
met with government officials, AKIB photo
S-This past week representatives of AKIB, The Bonaire Businessmen's Associa-
tion, met with Governor Herbert Domacass6 and the Commissioner of Labor and
Economics, Onnie Emerenciana, to discuss the activities and new directions for the
group. At the same time they presented the first edition of their new newsletter in Papia-
mentu and English that offers valuable information for the business sector. The newslet-
ter, named the Bonaire Business News, will be published quarterly. In addition to other
innovations AKIB will create a "One-Stop Business Center" to handle business ques-
tions quickly and efficiently.


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Last Friday, January 26, was the big day for all SBO-Administration stu-
dents: their first Motivation Day, prepared and organized with the utmost
care by the teachers and Charite Coffie and Sharon Bol. When the bus carrying the
students arrived at Sorobon, the Administration 3.3 class was already there, busily
decorating their section for the day so they had the decided lead on the other classes.
When the games started at 9:30 in the morning all the students were ready for
them. The games were created to encourage teamwork, which was the goal of the
day. At the end of the games there was a match between teachers and students. The
students turned out to be the stronger parties. Then it was lunchtime.
After lunch there was one more game to play, and then the results of the games
were announced. Class 3.3 finished as the best team. The second and third places
were divided among the Classes 3.1 and 2.1. With a very small difference the com-
bination of the Classes 2.2/3.2 finished as the last team. Around 3 o'clock the bus
came to bring the students back to school.
Hopefully next year there will be another Motivation Day because at the end of the
day all participants agreed that there had been wonderful teamwork between all the
students and their teachers. n Jeroen Seegers


Self-Managing
Leadership
Conference


S ome of Bonaire's best and
brightest attended a Self Man-
aging Leadership Conference Satur-
day and Sunday at the Sport Hall.
Led by Bentley College Professor
Emeritus of Management, Edward
Wondoloski, the participants were
challenged to question their purpose,
values, vision and barriers to suc-
cess. Entertaining lectures were in-
terspersed by student participation in
"learning to listen" interviews with
others, creating individual life "time
lines," small-group work and inspir-


Professor Wondoloski (at right) with
organizers Erna Chirino and
Nerrv Gonzales


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


Fichi and His Fleet
Of Land Rovers

T he house of Philip
(Fichi) Bernabela
along Kaya Gilberto F.
Croes, Kralendijk. is literally
surrounded by old British
built cars, especially Land
Rovers. On the left hand side
of the house a beige short-
body model Land-Rover
pick-up, Series III, is parked.
Fichi recently imported the car from Curagao. At this moment the car is "under con-
struction," but one day he will definitely fix it and drive it along the quiet unpaved
roads of Bonaire.
On the other side of the house, along the small road, two other Land-Rovers are
sitting: one short-body pick-up, a Model 88, and one long-body pick-up, a Model 109.
Both cars are painted green, beige and black, camouflage colors. All the Land Rovers
were built in the late 60s or the early 70s. All are fitted with the same reliable cast iron
four-stroke, four-cylinder overhead valve engine of 2,286 cc, that generates the rela-
tively small amount of 81 British horsepower.
On the other side of Kaya Gilberto F. Croes lives one of Fichi's best friends, Erwin
Phelipa. Erwin also owns a Land Rover, an open Model 109, painted light blue. The
owner drives his rugged vehicle every day.
Fichi also uses his Land Rover every day. There is a big metal drum in the back of
the car. Every day, seven days a week, year after year, Fichi drives his Land-Rover to
the Pos di awa (well) to fill the container with water for his goats and pigs at his
kunuku (farm) in the mondi of the island.
Fichi is very proud of his old British cars. He has owned Land Rovers since 1975
and he maintains them himself. Only in the case of an emergency does he ask other
specialists for help. On the island there might be 10 Land Rovers at the most, and
hardly anybody knows anything about British-sized bolts and nuts, Smiths gauges,
Lucas ignitions, Girling springs and Zenith or Solex carburetors. On this island a Land
Rover owner has to be independent and do almost everything himself.
In the garden of the Bernabela family there is also a Hillman Husky station car, built
in 1972, and a cute little Austin Mini Moke, built in approximately 1970. Both cars
are more or less complete, but they are quietly waiting for some attention. In another
location Fichi saves his stock of spare parts: a pile of old Land Rover parts chassis,
axles, wheels, brakes, shafts parts enough for a lifetime.
Fichi is a relaxed and a busy man. During the interview he took the time to talk to
me, but in fact he and a friend were preparing things for a float for the upcoming car-
nival. Thanks for your time, Fichi. Enjoy life! n J(n Brower


ing films ("What's Right with the World,"
"The Man who Planted Trees")
They learned "Rule #6" (Don't take
yourself so X !! Seriously), how to turn
failure into feedback, how to recognize the
"downward spiral," the "Dolphin Dive," (a
vehicle to reach your inner being), a trick
for handling anger and many other exer-
cises in self-examination. At the closing
Jon Hilgers played on his guitar and sang a
song he composed based on a poem by


Mother Theresa. John was accompanied
by Ema Chirino.
The result of the conference a very
fulfilled group of people an audience
with "smiling eyes."
The program was presented by the
Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Univer-
sity to help individuals to develop their
internal leadership skills through under-
standing of their purpose, vision and val-
ues. OL.D.


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Kas di Caha
(Boxhouse model)


Antique Living Houses of Bonaire Preserving Bonaire's
by Wilna Groenenboom Architectural Heritage
It


Bonaire Reporter February 2 to February 9, 2007


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Alntiq cjne iv-rina flonuss esf oBSonaire


Everybody knows Kaya Grandi and
everybody knows the Best Bud-
dies Building on the street. Without look-
ing very carefully you might say we
don't really know this building.
This was a house built around the
1920s but not for an ordinary family.
When a house was built of stone with a
tile roof and a second floor, then most
likely a Shon (important person) lived
there. More often than not the Shon or
landlord was also a business man. The
ground floor was used as a shop or store,
as it still is today. The second floor was
where the family lived.
In the old days they called this street
Breedestraat (broad or main street), just
like they have a Breedestraat (Broad
Street) in New York City (formerly New
Amsterdam) and in Willemstad on Cura-
qao. Originally this street served as the
border between the fort and the buildings
behind. Now days it's called Kaya
Grandi, the main street of Kralendijk.
This building is so beautiful with so
many lovely and traditional old details
inside and out most of them still in
very good condition.
The photo collage is dominated by a
big blow-up background photo of a black
skirting board on the floor connected on
the right side with a white skirting board
around a doorway. Every door, built-in
cupboard and window is decorated with
such a "frame." Most of the rooms have
a traditional wooden ceiling which is
hidden behind a modem floating panel
ceiling that we often see in shops.
In the left photo on the facing page we
can see that the owner has removed part
of this modem ceiling. Even the wooden
ceiling has a beautiful skirting board
(center photo top). If they want to have
their high, spacious atmosphere back,
they have only to remove this modem
unattractive ceiling.
One of the doors inside has a remark-
able star above the doorway (photo top
this page).
The outside of the building is domi-


nated by the Greek architectural elements
(500 to 146 BC). It appears as though the
building has been built of large cut
stones,
as the
Greek
used to
do in
their
temples.
But in ,
this case
coral
stone was used and plastered over to
give the appearance of cut stone. The
ridge piece covering the gutter is also
decorated in the Greek style. And under
the balcony we see Doric style columns
(the left illustration of the two columns).
We can recognize them by their simple
capital on top and "feet" on the bottom.
The column itself has vertical fluting.
The Ionic (at right) is more commonly
used on Bonaire, called here Tuscan col-
umn or Pila Toskano. But it appears
mostly without the
typically curly vo- i
lute on top.
On each comer
(photo at right) we
see a fluted pilaster
strip Leshinan ver-
tical ku gruff). This
is a half column
which was common
during the Roman
period. On the top half the column has a
long vertical strip, which changes to
horizontal small strips on the ground
floor.
The wooden balustrade on the balcony


is made of beautiful abstract figures, ex-
cept on each comer (middle photo be-
low). It looks like an abstract bird!
Above each window and door we see a
horizontal decoration which we call in
Dutch luifel (awning). They appear only
on the two shop windows in front on the
ground floor (photo left below). This
design is difficult to find on Bonaire,
however, Bambu Restaurant has one on
each window and door.
To reach the second floor now days we
must climb the stairs behind the two
buildings. It was different in the past.
When you stand between the Best Bud-
dies Building and Atlantis on Kaya
Grandi you can see a door on the second
floor. When Atlantis was built the stair-
case had to be removed.
A beautiful building, well kept and
preserved, soon hopefully to be more of
a "living" space because the second floor
is to be renovated, keeping it as original
as possible. If it's restored properly it can
compete easily with the high quality of
architecture on Curaqao.
The meaning, "living," can have two
meanings: one, as a house for a family to
live in. But it can also mean that it can be
made into a museum, with its traditional
kitchen, bathroom of the 20s, furniture,
curtains, lamps all from the same pe-
riod. One room could be devoted to dis-
playing old photos, books and much his-
torical background information from the
time when they began building this
house.
A better location I can't imagine. It
would not only be of interest to the tour-
ists, who will love it, but also for our
local people young and old so that we
don't forget what a rich culture and ar-
chitecture that Bonaire has had.
Story & photos by Wilna Groenenboom


Wilna Groenenboom is an artist
and photographer who teaches
art at the SGB high school


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Pets of the Week

1I


One thing about the Bonaire Ani-
mal Shelter the residents all get
along really well. Here, taking it easy in
the cat cage "bunk beds," are "Helen" on
top and "Dorothy" on the bottom. Helen
is about three years old, is grey and black
and has two black "necklaces" around
her neck. And she's got two-toned
whiskers too. Her bunk mate, Dorothy,
has dark teardrops on her eyes. She's a
little over a year. Both these laid back
and relaxed kitties have excellent dispo-
sitions and would most likely fit in well
to a loving family environment. And,
like all the other animals up for adoption
at the Shelter they're healthy, have had
their shots, testing, worming and are
sterilized. You may see them at the Shel-
ter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday
through Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm. Tel.
717-4989. Website hosted by volunteer Bea
Jones of Colorado: www.bonaireanimalshelter.org


.. .
++m+ +


HHIIIJ* 1111


"Helen" on top;
"Dorothy" on bottom


Shelter staff volunteers and spouses


Last Sunday afternoon some of the volunteers at the Bonaire Animal Shelter got
together for a social time around the pool at the Yacht Club Apartments. It's
thanks to people like them that the Shelter is able to keep its doors open to receive un-
wanted cats and dogs on the island. Shelter Managers Jurrie Mellema and Marlis Tiepel
joined the crowd as did the members of the Shelter Board. n L.D.


Bonaire Reporter February 2 to February 9, 2007


About 50
volunteers
spent early Satur-
day morning last
weekend at 22
different sites
around the island
counting Loras, the
endangered Bon-
aire parrot, Ama-
zona Barbarendis.
A count has been
done nearly every
year since 1980
and usually around
this time of year.

The results for
2007: the Lora
population is stable
at around 650
birds. More birds
were counted at the
11 sites outside
Washington Park's
11 sites this year
than last. Experts
Odette Doest from
Curaqao and Sam
Williams from the
United Kingdom
traveled to Bonaire
especially for the Loras in the morning sun Sam Williams photo
especially for the
count. Sam, together with its colleague Rowan Martin, is also conducting a three-
year study of the birds and provided a pre-count briefing to the volunteers.
Following the count there was the traditional breakfast at the entrance to Wash-
ington Park, sponsored this year by STINAPA.

Interestingly, Bonaire has more than 600 captive Loras registered, about the
same number as in the wild. Currently it is forbidden to capture wild Loras, an
offense punishable by a fine and confiscation of the bird. If you see a caged Lora
without a ring around its leg contact STINAPA or DROB. o Elsmarie Beuken-
boom/G.D.


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L ast Sunday's
Lions Club
fundraising event
was a resounding
success with
NAf17,800 raised
just from the selling
of the art works
created last week
by some of Bon-
aire's better known
citizens. The top
prices went to Capt.
Don for his
"Accolade on the
Cover of Time
Magazine" and
MCB Bank Man-
ager Evert Piar's,
"Bonaire Is Not For
Sale" paintings.


The event was beautifully organized
from the start when local artists were
teamed with the "celebrities" to create art
works that expressed their vision of Bon-
aire in its planned closer relationship
with The Netherlands. The works were
displayed for a week at the Kas di Art


alongside some of the work of the indi-
vidual guiding artists.
There was universal agreement that the
event was innovative and enjoyable for
everyone involved. Hats off to the Dis-
sels for their work in leading the Lions
organization of the event. o G.D.


Lots of interest in Notaris Maartense's artwork


If you're wondering, here's what the "celebrity"
artists' works were sold for:


Carlene Petersen
Raymundo Saleh
George de Salvo
Capt. Don Stewart
Martin Maartense
Geraldine Dammers
Boi Antoin
Ramonsito Booi


NAf400,-
500,-
350,-
3000,-
1300,-
500,-
800,-
1100,-


Jackie Bernabela
Ernst Wesselius
Herbert Domacass6
Richard Hart
Nolly Oleana
Jan van der Straten
Elsmarie Beukenboom
Evert Piar


Bonaire Reporter February 2 to February 9, 2007


I ...,, ,..Th
Elsmarie Beukenboom seemed to not want to
let her sculpture creation go.


350,-
900,-
2800,-
250,-
350,-
400,-
1100,-
3000,-[


Lj:Da;


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Picture Yourself with The Reporter DO You SUDOKU?


Are quip a, Peru



;


Peggy Bakker and Greta Kooistra at the Plaza des Armas in Arequipa
(population over a million) in the southern highlands of Peru. The "White
City" is one of the most impressive colonial centers of Peru and it's dominated by
the active volcano El Misti. One of the towers of the cathedral on the picture fell in
2001 when a severe earthquake struck, but was quickly repaired. Arequipa is an
extremely lively city; lovely people, delicious food, great culture and it is the jump-
ing-off point for some of the best outdoor adventures in Peru. 1

WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or when
you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper in hand. THE BEST PHO-
TOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN THE PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter, Box 407, Bonaire,
Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail to: picture @bonairereporter.com. (All 2007 photos are eligible.) D

Bonaire Reporter Classifieds- Are still free
Got something to buy or sell?
Non-Commercial Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20 words):
Free ads run for 2 weeks.
Commercial Ads only NAf0.80 per word, per week.
Call 786-6518 or 7866125 or email ads@bonairereporter.com


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


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


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


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


Bonaire Images
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful boxed
note cards are now available at Chat-N-
Browse next to
Lover's Ice Cream and
Sand Dollar Grocery. Photography by Shelly
Craig www.bonaireimages.com
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SUPPORT BONAIRE
The Island you love could use your help!
Support Bonaire, Inc. provides support to
Bonaire's non-profits. To learn more about
making a US tax deductible donation visit
www.supportbonaire.org and help make a
difference!


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


Searching For GOOD Maid Service?
For Quality House Cleaning
CALL JRA
Serving Bonaire for more than 14 years
Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough,
Low rates, One time or multiple service
Phone 785-9041 You'll be glad you did.


O> u td oo r
Spo rts

Rock climbing/Rapelling/Abseilen
Every Saturday. Call Outdoor Bonaire 791-
6272 / 785-6272



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


S uDoku
means"the 7
digits must re-
main single" in 5
Japanese. To
solve the puzzle,
enter the numbers
1 through 9 to the
partially filled in 4
puzzle without ..-
repeating a num- 1
ber in any row,
column or 3 x 3 8
region. For a
tutorial visit the
web site www. 3
Sudoku shack. -
com. 6
1 Supplied by
Molly Kearney
(who has to
solve all theCo
Co
puzzles first)


1a cat Ho n

Cozy guest cottage available
Studio with kitchen, airco, cable TV, two
single beds (or
king) pull-out
sofa, porch, yard
and private en-
trance. Five min-
ute walk to sea-
side promenade; 10 minute walk to town.
$50/night. Contact: bonairecot-
tage@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.

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. Com-
plete NAf250. Call George
786-6215.

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


C a rs
For Sale
1995 Toyota 4-
Runner 5 Speed, 4
Wheel Drive Excel-
lent Condition 11.500
NAF or $6,650 US
Call 700-0089 or 717-
8019

FIAT BARCHETTA
Cabrio, 1997, yellow,
with hard-top and wind-
stop. NAf 16,000 Tel.
786-5591.

BMW 520i 4-door
sedan, 1991, white,
excellent condition.
Fast, beautiful. A
CLASSIC! Great price
Call 785-9041


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9 3








2 3 9


mplete solution on page 19.



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 & Reentals

I'm looking for a family house with 4
bedrooms. Please call 522-7450


Lookli ng for
\Wo rk5
Cleaning lady (speaking Spanish and
Papiamentu) is looking for part-time work.
568 9506.

Spanish speaking lady with some English
is looking for work as a full time, live-in
maid. 700 9577.

Wa n to*ed
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. Call 786-5591.

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

Cashier needed part time. Dutch, Eng-
lish, Papiamentu preferred. Last Bite Bak-
ery call: 717-3293. 1




Porch Sale on Feb 4 at 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Address # 110 Sabadeco Terrace
Pls check this website http:/
thai4real.spaces.live.com

The Bonaire Reporter is
looking for a person to do
layout for the weekly
editions.
Must be very compe-
tent with Microsoft
Publisher and famil-
iar with Microsoft
Office programs.
Great part-time job
and could possibly
be done from home.
Call George or Laura at 786-6125 or
786-6518.


Bonaire Reporter February 2 to February 9, 2007












The Special Olympics Walkmamthon


Even if
you don't
want to
make the
trek your-
self 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 send our Special
Olympic athletes to
compete in this year's
international games
in Shanghai.
The route is his-
torically important -
the road taken by the
slaves between Rin-
con and the salt pans
where they labored.
"How To" for
Participants
Everyone meets at


Es


U-U e re


S t -1 n CI a1S I


See vou there! DL.D.


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STRAIGHT TALK
I t's all about dating, love, sex, friendship, and marriage so let's
talk. Email your relationship questions to my attention:
reporter(bonairenews.com.

Question from: "Used and Taken For Granted"


Betty Wills


Dear Betty,
My boyfriend and I have been living together for about a year. We're great to-
gether and really do love each other. I'm 25, and he's 0 years older. We were both
married before, and each has children. He shares joint custody of his son and
daughter, ages 15 and 10. I'm a stay-at-home Mom with full custody ofmy five-
year-old daughter. My daughter loves and respects my boyfriend, but his kids feel
the opposite about me. To them, I'm nothing more than a maid, cook, and chauf-
feur. My boyfriend and I rarely argue, but when we do, it's usually about his kids.
He wants me to act like his wife and be a mother to his kids. The problem is, I'm not
his wife, and right now I'm feeling used and taken for granted. He hasn 't asked me
to marry him because he doesn't want to jump into another marriage until he feels
comfortable it's going to work. He bought me a promise ring for Christmas, but
what does that really mean?

ANSWER: Uhm, he ran out of gift ideas? I guess a promise ring is better than
ring around the collar, a bathtub ring, a ring in your nose, or the ring-a-ding-ding of
yet another bill collector. There are all sorts of rings, but the only one that says mar-
riage is a wedding ring. Sounds like your guy is gun shy after his failed marriage.
If he truly is gun shy, forget the shotgun wedding! Start waving a gun at him, and
chances are he'll disappear forever. I'm not talking about a real gun, rather I'm talk-
ing about relationship pressure, which to some guys is the same as holding a gun to
their heads. If he truly wants to spend the rest of his life with you, you won't need
a gun, although handcuffs might be fun.

We teach people how to treat us it's learned behavior so if you allow his chil-
dren, to disrespect you, they will. You can't make them love you, but you can gain
their respect. One good thing about children is that they don't stay children forever.
Some even mature into responsible adults. Bide your time, exercise patience, enjoy
your life together, and maybe by next Christmas you'll have that wedding ring. 1

JOKE OF THE DAY
Marriage is a three-ring circus:

Engagement ring,

SWedding ring,

S and

Suffering.


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
2-02 12:46 1.9FT. 22:06 0.9FT. 87
2-03 13:25 1.8FT. 22:31 0.9FT. 85
2-04 13:54 1.6FT. 22:49 1.0FT. 82
2-05 14:16 1.5FT. 22:58 1.1FT. 75
2-06 7:02 1.4FT. 22:40 1.1FT. 68
2-07 6:52 1.5FT. 21:24 1.1FT. 60
2-08 7:12 1.7FT. 17:11 1.1FT. 18:12 1.1FT. 19:11 1.1FT. 51



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WHAT'S HAPPENING


MOVIELAND



WEEKLY MOVIE SHOWTIMES
Late Show
Cal to make sure (Usually9pm)
r-e
Dreamgirls
(Beyonce Knowles)


Early Show (Usually 7pm)
Rocky Balboa
(Sylvester Stalone)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
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


THIS WEEK

Wednesdays in February Happy One
Year Birthday at Cactus Blue Restau-
rant. Dine there and win great prizes;
music by Moogie. Open 5 pm until late.
J.A. Abraham Blvd. #12. Tel. 717-4564

Saturday, February 3-Big Monthly
Rincon Marshe-A Real Bonairean
Tradition-Rincon Style-Stands selling
gifts, fruits & vegetables, drinks, herbs,
local foods & BBQ 6 am to 2 pm.

Saturday, February 3-Flea Market
sponsored by We Dare to Care Founda-
tion at Parke Publico behind hospital. 3-
7 pm. Call 786-1592, 510-4050. More on
Page 6

Sunday, February 4 -Fifth Annual Spe-
cial Olympics Walk-a-Thon-See Page
13.

Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 3 & 4 Bon-
aire Tumba Festival 2007 Adults on
Feb. 3; Children on Feb. 4 Telbo Festi-
val Center

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, Sun-
rise Restaurant, Sand Dollar Condomini-
ums. Tickets at the BONHATA office,
NAf50 each and includes a welcome
drink, substantial snacks and happy hour
prices all night. Marion Wilson at 717-
5134, Fax 717-8534, E-mail:
marion(2i)bonhata.org. See page 4.

Monday, February 5-Lac Bai Survey
Meeting, STINAPA office at Barcadera.
All persons interested are invited, 4 pm.
More on page 4.

Until March 30-Guest Artist Markus
Taurer Exhibit at the Cinnamon Art Gal-
lery.


COMING

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

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; Wed. Feb.
21 Crown Princess; Thurs. Feb. 22 -
Silver Wind; Tues. Feb. 27 -Lili Marleen


REGULAR EVENTS
Daily (more or less)
* HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 5-7 pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-50% off Buddy Dive Resort,
5:30-6:30
* HH Cactus Blue (except Sun.) 5-6
* 2 for 1 appetizers with entree 6-7,
Cactus Blue
* Divi Flamingo Casino open daily for
hot slot machines, roulette and black jack,
Mon. to Sat. 8 pm- 4 am; Sun. 7 pm- 3
am.
* By appointment -Rooi Lamoenchi
Kunuku Park Tours $12 (NAf12 for
residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
* Parke Publico children's playground
open everyday into the evening hours.

Saturdays
* 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-
0466.
Sundays
* Live music 6-9 pm while enjoying a
great dinner in colorful tropical ambiance
at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant & Bar,
Divi Flamingo. Open daily 5-10 pm
Mondays
* Beginning Yoga 6.30pm Harbour
Village 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
Tuesdays
* Advanced Yoga 6.30pm Harbour
Village 786-6416
* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-


ers, 5-7 Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach
Bar
* Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine, 5-
7, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* Buy a Bucket of Beer & get free
chicken wings, 5-7, Cactus Blue
* Caribbean Gas Training free
"Beyond Gravity An Evening with DIR,"
6 pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure 786-
5073.
Wednesdays
* Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7-9,
Cactus Blue.
* Beach BBQ 7-10 & Live music by
Flamingo Rockers -The Windsurf Place
at Sorobon -Reserve ahead. Tel. 717-
5091, 717-2288
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers,
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-
6:30.
* Caribbean Night A la Carte Buddy
Dive Resort, kitchen open from 6:00 pm -
10:00 pm
Thursdays
* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, 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
Fridays
* Mixed Level Yoga 8.30am Buddy
Dive 786-6416
* 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
Diving. New original paintings of Bonaire
and diver stories of the East Coast every
week.

FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- "Discover Our Diversity" slide
show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm, 717-
5080
Monday-Dee Scarr's "Touch the Sea"
Slide Show, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30 pm.
Call 717-8290.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conser-
vation (STCB) Slide Show by Bruce
Brabec. Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm,
717-8819.

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past in
this venerable old home that has been restored
and fumished so it appears the family has just
stepped out. Local ladies will tell you the story.
Open Monday thru Friday, 9 -12,24. Weekends
by appointment. Call 717-2445.
Mangasina diRei, 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,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays.
717-8444/785-0017


CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267or 717-3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Cancer Survivor Support Group Majes-
tic Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes Shop-
ping Center 2nd Level Kaya LD Gerharts #
10. Call 717-2482/566-6093.
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at
the FORMA Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank. All levels
invited NAf5 enty fee. Call Cathy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Caf6. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI
Bonaire, formerly known as Bonaire Jay-
cees) 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
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate
House', above Zeezicht Restaurant. All
Rotarians welcome. Tel. 717-8434

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte
Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451; Valarie@telbonet.an
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) -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.
Contact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik
717-8051

CHURCH SERVICES
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. Services in
Papiamentu, Dutch and English on Sun-
days at 10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, Services in
Papiamentu on Sundays at 8.30 am.
Children's club every Saturday at 5 pm in
Kralendijk.
Sunday School every Sunday at 4 pm in
Rincon. Bible Study and Prayer 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 Meet-
ing at 7 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu,
Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu 717-8304. Saturday at 6 pm
at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, in
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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DINING GUIDE


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RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Balashi Beach Bar Open every day Extensive snack/salad/burger.
Bar and Beach Service 8am 8pm. Menu available daily from noon.
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Happy Hour, two for one, 6-7 pm.
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. orMeat Dinner Special ($10,-); Wed. Caribbean Night A la Carte; Fri. Free
717-5080, ext. 538 Dinner on theme nights 6:00 pm 10 pm. Rum Punch Party (5:30- 6:30 pm) and All-u-can-eat BBQ for $ 19.50 (7:00 10:00 pm)
Bistro de Paris Moderate Real French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Lunch Monday Friday 11 am-3 pm Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Dinner Monday Saturday, 6 to 10 pm Owner-operated Eat in or Take away
Cactus Blue Moderate Trend Setting Menu
Blvd. J. A. Abraham 16 Dinner Bonaire's newest hot-spot to eat and drink. Margaritas a specialty
(half-way between town and Divi Flamingo) 717-4564 Closed Sunday Owner-operated for top service
Calabas Restaurant &ModerateExensive
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Break unc and Dinner Biggest BBQ Buffet on Bonaire every Saturday
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Breakfast, Lunc and Dinner from 6-9pm. Only NAf 28 or $15.75.
717-8285 Open 7 days
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof.
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast Breakfast Buffet 7: 30-10 am every day
717-7488 Sandwich Lunch 10 am-12 noon Super beer selection-Happy hours 5 to 7 daily.
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate NAf 10 take out lunch every day -
Kaya Grandi 70 Open Tuesday through Saturday main dish with 2 side dishes.
717-3293 7:30am-5:30pm; Sat. 9am-2pm Special on Tuesday and Thursday: Lasagna.
Papaya Moon Cantina Moderate Margaritas a Specialty
Downtown- Kaya Grandi 48 Open everyday except Tuesday 2 for 1 Happy Hour 6-7:30
717-5025 For Dinner Incredible Mexican Cuisine
Pasa Bon Pizza L -MoratBonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingre-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-od e dients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
12 mile north of town center. 780-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111
The Bonaire Windsurfing Place Low-Moderate A genuine sandy beach restaurant cooled by the trade winds
At Sorobon Beach Open from 10Oam-6 pm daily, Top quality food and friendly service. Reserve for the Wednesday Beach BBQ.
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AIRLINES
Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curaqao. Your first
choice for inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba.

APPLIANCES lIV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest se-
lection of large and small home appliances, furniture,
TV, computers, cell phones and more. Fast service and
in-store financing too.

BANKS
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.

BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, wax-
ing and professional nail care.

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

DIVING
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.
Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow
Submarine) -low prices on the seaside at Kralendijk,
at Caribbean Court and the Hamlet Oasis. Join their
monthly cleanup dives and BBQ.
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintain-
ing the highest professional standards. In town at City
Cafe and at Eden Beach.

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

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


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

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

REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor, special-
izing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and prop-
erty management.
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's most experi-
enced real estate agent. They specialize in professional
customer service, top notch properties and home own-
ers insurance.

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

Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insur-
ance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bon-
aire, stop in and see them.
REPAIRS
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Electri-
cal, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345


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

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

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

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


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On the Island S'i


Linda Baker


I' iE) E3iE


S am originally from Canada and
II knew for a long time I was
going to live in the Caribbean, but I
didn't know where. Then I started div-
ing in Canada; it was okay but not my
favorite thing to do. I went straight to
Australia and Fiji and dove there. Then
I took another class in Canada, met
some more divers and went to Curaqao
for a two-week diving vacation and... I
still wasn't hot!
I can remember what changed it.
When I was taking another course I had
this light-bulb moment and I thought:
This could be my ticket out of here. My
field was therapeutic recreation and my
specialty was using arts and crafts as a
tool for educating. I'd started working
in the field with blind people when I
was 13, then with autistic kids when I
was in high school. That's what I did
before graduation. When I got my de-
gree I was either overqualified or under
qualified. Mostly they wanted me in
management, but I wanted to work with
the kids. I never got a job in the field.
But I needed work, so for a joke I went
down to the railway they were hiring
- and they hired me. So yeah, 13 years
later I was disgusted I hated my job.
The people were great but the work
sucked. It was office work and I don't
do office work!
When I got my instructor's certificate
I put my resume with PADI-Canada and
waited for a phone call. I was at my
brother's house when I got a call from
Anton Heetkamp of Dive Inn. I bounced
off walls; nobody believed it and the
only question I asked was 'When do
you need me?' They replied: 'As soon
as possible!' I went to work the next
day and handed in my resignation; this
was so unusual for me. Two weeks later
I called Anton back to ask all the impor-
tant questions, packed up the house and
then came to Bonaire.
We worked at Sunset Beach and I did
seven months there. Then I made the
decision to go to work for Bruce
Bowker who was looking for a new
instructor and... that's it! I am still at
Carib Inn and it's going to be 16 years
in May. With Anton we'd work six days
a week, but with Bruce we work five -
wonderful... two days off- heaven!
The first few years I rented and then I
bought the house here in Nort di Salina.
It's been 14 years in this house. Bonaire
was small, quiet and peaceful; it was
unique and it had not been westernized
yet and I loved it. We used to joke that
there were no traffic lights, but now I
am waiting for that to be changed... I


don't like the way the island has
changed; I think it's very, very negative
and I am afraid that the Bonaireans and
we who have been here very long are
going to lose our quality of life. There
was crime back then, but there's more
of it now and it's harsher. It's sad for
me to see all the Bonairean houses be-
ing ripped down and being replaced by
mansions and condos. The places that I
used to walk in nature are no more;
there are fewer and fewer every year
and... it sounds so negative but it really
truly bums through my soul how they
are changing it. My biggest worry is
that the Antilleans are going to be
pushed to the side and the middle class
in general will shrink and the lower
class is going to get much bigger.

"...I don't like the way the
island has changed; I think
it's very, very negative and
I am afraid that the
Bonaireans and we who
have been here very long
are going to lose our
quality of life...."

What I am seeing is that when all the
real estate businesses came in the prices
went from guilders to dollars and I am
afraid the Antilleans who are growing
up now will end up in government
housing. If I hadn't bought this house
when I did there's no way I could afford
a house now. It scares me, but only be-
cause I come where I've come from and
I have seen it and there's no way back.
Foreigners can always go home, but the
Antilleans have nowhere to run. I am
concerned. I am lucky where I live; I
am still with all the Antilleans in the
heart of Bonaire. Again, I don't want to
sound so negative and if I had the solu-
tion for the island I would work on it,
but I have no idea. They have to cut
down building, they have to sit down
and talk about what they're doing and
not to have just a mish mash of build-
ings going up everywhere. The environ-
ment has to be considered, that's the
number one priority."
Linda Baker is a true person with a
big heart and a lot of common sense.
She's truly sad and worried about the
direction the island is heading for and
that doesn 't make her a negative lady,
only a very realistic one.
"I travel a lot and I've made it around
the world finally. I've made six of the
seven continents, but I still haven't fig-


ured out what to do with Antarctica, ha!
ha! Yes, I do look at other places as a
possible alternative option to Bonaire,
but I still haven't found it Bonaire is
still my home. I thought I'd found Uto-
pia, but it's gone. However... if they
stop right now, I could stay. It's heart
wrenching, because honestly, I don't
see it happening. I was trying to remem-
ber when I started to sound so negative,
because that was not the me when I got
here. I still love walking through Wash-
ington Park with my buddy Kalli, and I
still enjoy running, especially from Oil
Slick to BOPEC and I still enjoy riding
my bike in the kunuku. When I was
younger I used to travel to cities be-
cause I wanted to party. Then I was
introduced back into nature and now I
travel!
I completed my A-list, the four most
important things I wanted to do: 1.
Make it around the world. 2. Climb
Kilimanjaro. 3. See Africa. 4. Run a
marathon. I am still working on my B-
list, but on the top of it is to do the Iron
Man one day. I used to say I was going
to do the Iron Man for my 70 birthday;
I would retire at 65 and that would give
me five years of training, ha! ha! At 30 I
took up scuba; at 40 I did the triathlon;
at 50 I did the marathon and now I'm
heading for the Iron Man: 2.4 miles
swim, 112 miles biking and a 26.2 miles
run.
Of course I don't feel negative all day
long; there are many things that give me
joy. I have my pets, I have my orchids
and I count fish with Reef. Since I
started my orchids, about seven years
ago when I went to Costa Rica, I started
asking around for other people buying
them for me and that's how I met peo-
ple who are growing them. I wasn't
having any success with orchids until
about two years ago. Now they are all


blooming for me! Recently I met some-
one from BOPEC who's thinking of
shipping them in from Indonesia and he
and I are thinking about getting together
with other orchid people to make that
dream come true.! So, there may be an
orchid club one day.
I could talk about traveling forever. I
love traveling. I look for culture, foods
and lifestyles. One of my favorite places
in Africa was at an orphanage. An Afri-
can, Kenyan couple has one child of
their own. She loves children and
started adopting and it never stopped.
When I first arrived there were 150 chil-
dren. I went off and came back and
she'd picked up three more. And when I
went to Tanzania for three weeks I re-
turned and there were two more. Last I
heard through Delno Tromp that she's
gotten three more babies! It's a small
building on a small piece of land and
they started a school and they're build-
ing a church and the children were all so
happy and grateful for what little they
have. It was just a happy, happy place! I
can donate to a place like that and I can
go and volunteer for a while, but I can't
live that lifestyle because I need money
to travel. I couldn't live in a really poor
place, I couldn't live in a shanty-town,
but also I could never live in Monte
Carlo or Dubai. I just want it to be me-
dium; work a regular job, have a beat-
up car and a place to call home because
my life has never been about money and
keeping up with the Joneses. The one
thing I can't give up is traveling; it's my
addiction there are still mountains to
climb and oceans to
swim..." 1




Story & photo by
Greta Kooistra


Bonaire Reporter February 2 to February 9, 2007


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A Shrink Studies SCUBA


Bonaire dive buddy Andy Owens on the Wild Side of Bonaire David Colvard


ously, high BMI values can also indicate
relatively high muscle mass. While ele-
vated body fat may be more common, the
data are confounded by not knowing what
type of tissue is responsible for the high
values. More direct estimates of body
composition such as those relying on
skin-fold thickness or hydrostatic weight
are necessary to talk about obesity. Using
BMI is just stirring up muddy waters with
a very muddy stick. There is enough am-
biguity in the fatness/DCS argument to
not want to add to it. I encourage you to
postpone the discussion until you get
more relevant data."

If you still want to know what I found
and promise not to ever tell anybody, then
please feel free to email me at
david@idivepsvch.com and I'll check
your security clearance.

Next week Andy and I will focus on
helping overweight people dive more
safely. O David F. Colvard, M.D


Table 1. Scuba Divers Reporting Decompression Symptoms
in 2003 as a Function of Body Mass Index


When I wrote two weeks ago that
I would "report the survey re-
sults on decompression symptoms and
their relationship to obesity, an area of
some question in the dive literature," I
had no idea what a firestorm that would
set off.

My Bonaire dive buddy Andy Owens,
who has already lost a great deal of
weight and is trying to lose more, let me
know what he thought of it:
"What you don't get, because you are
skinny, is that the reason there are a lot of
big divers is that it is a sport that they can
do, so let's be careful not to take that
away, too. I used to be 380 and I could
dive better than 90% of everyone I ever
dove with when I was at that weight. If
you are morbidly obese, then a little extra
DCS (decompression sickness, "The
Bends" to the layman) risk is the least of
your concerns. The highest risk for DCS
is bad dive technique. I think that if big
divers are properly trained, then the risk
you might see in the numbers could be
reduced."

When I sent my survey data chart of
DCS symptoms versus BMI sorted by
gender (Table 1) over to friends at Divers
Alert Network, I got this response from
Vice President of Research Richard
(Dick) Vann, Ph.D.:
"This is interesting, David, and consis-
tent with the literature of the past 50 years
or so (see Bove's Diving Medicine 3rd
edition page 156 and Bennett & Elliott's
The Physiology and Medicine ofDiving
4th edition page 383). For fat animals and
for fat humans in the early days of diving
(probably before the 1956 USN tables),
there was an unambiguous correlation
between weight/obesity and DCS risk. A
number of published studies indicate that
this is no longer true for humans although
it is still true for animals."

"Why might this be? My supposition is


that human dive procedures have be-
come much safer than they used to be
(before the USN tables) both in the
overall DCS incidence and DCS sever-
ity. Further, I suppose that obesity is a
risk factor for serious DCS but not for
mild DCS. I can't prove this right now,
but we are working on methods that
may allow us to estimate separate
probabilities for mild and serious DCS
while controlling for the dive profile.
This might be helpful. So, you can see
from your own data why data are so
important and why received wisdom
(in this case increased DCS risk with
increased BMI) needs to be questioned
rather accepted without thought."

I also heard from Neal W. Pollock,
Ph.D., Research Associate, Center for
Hyperbaric Medicine and Environ-
mental Physiology at Duke University
Medical Center: "I am quite uncom-
fortable with your association of BMI
and DCS. Most importantly, BMI does
not provide a measure of body compo-
sition. As you have observed previ-



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David F. Colvard, M.D., is a private psychiatrist and clinical investigator
in Raleigh NC, and a divemaster, He hosts the website
www.DivePsych.com which provides evidence-based information for di-
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*to find it... just look up

Winter Skies
Sn the Sky Park
winter sky you can
see more bright stars in
a shorter time than in
any other season. Plus
winter skies contain
some of the most in-
credible cosmic objects
you can ever see with
the naked eye. And one
of the most wonderful
and my personal favor-
ite is a star which really
isn't a star at all.
Anytime during the
next few weeks in early
evening face east where
you will see winter's
most famous constella-
tion, Orion the Hunter.
Three evenly spaced
stars in a row mark his
belt, and above them Trapesium
two brilliant stars mark
his shoulders, and below two more mark his knees. And although I usually talk
about these brightest stars every January, this year I'd like to zero in on one of
Orion's dimmer "stars" because as magnificent as Orion's bright stars are, it is one
of his dimmer stars that is one of the most awesome wonders of our nearby uni-
verse.
To find it simply look below his three evenly spaced belt stars for three more
evenly spaced, much, much dimmer stars which make up his sword. And then if
you look very carefully at these three stars you will notice that no matter how sharp
your eyesight is, the middle "star" always seems to look fuzzy and slightly out of
focus. And that's because this so-called middle star is not a star at all but something
we call a Nebula, which is a great cosmic cloud of gas and dust out of which brand
new stars have been and are still being born. In fact this nebula, the Orion Nebula,
is a stellar womb, a birthplace and nursery of stars, a place where new stars are be-
ing created. And incredibly you can see this great cloud and some of the new born
stars embedded in it with even the cheapest pair of binoculars. And even better,
with a small telescope you'll be able to see the four recently born stars which illumi-
nate this vast cloud. They are arranged in the shape of a baseball diamond and are
called the Trapezium.
Now although the Orion Nebula looks tiny to the naked eye, in reality its size is
mind boggling because there is enough material in this nebula to produce over
10,000 stars the size of our Sun. In fact, it is an outrageous 30 light years in diame-
ter, which means it takes 30 years for light to travel from one end of it to the other;
so huge it would take 20,000 of our solar systems lined up end to end to reach from
one edge of the Nebula to the other. Or to put it another way, if the distance from
our Earth to the Sun were only one inch, the distance across the Orion Nebula
would be 12 miles. Is that mind boggling or what?
So get outside to see the wonderful fuzzy middle "star" in the sword of Orion and
experience some of the awe and wonder of winter's brilliant night skies. o Jack
Horkheimer


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solution is:
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directions
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Sunday, January 28 to Saturday, February 3
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You may get upset with peers or relatives. Look into
alternate means of supporting your financial burdens. Romantic encounters are evi-
dent through travel or educational pursuits. You will be able to pick up on future
trends if you keep your eyes peeled for unique ideas. Your lucky day this week will
be Friday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Your creative imagination will help you in coming up
with unique ideas. You can discuss your intentions and ideas with your colleagues or
friends this week. Get involved in creative projects that could turn into moneymaking
ventures. You can make alterations to your appearance that everyone will admire.
Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Make those phone calls and pay your bills. You are
ready to blow up and your stress level has gone into overdrive. Your philanthropic
contributions will bring you praise. Don't let your emotions interfere with your profes-
sional integrity. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You can offer your help to others, but back off if they
appear to be offended by your persistence. If you join intellectual or cultural groups,
you should meet individuals who stimulate you. Trips will be more than adventurous.
Lovers may prove unworthy of your affection. Your lucky day this week will be
Thursday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You will learn a great deal from the foreigners you meet.
You can have quite the romantic adventure if you take time to get to know your mate
all over again. Relationships will be emotional this week. Sit back. Your lucky day
this week will be Monday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Watch for empty promises that may give you false
hope. Spend time getting into physical activities with your lover. Jealousy may be a
contributing factor to your emotional ups and downs. Do something that will be
stimulating and creative. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Put aside any decisions concerning your position at
work. You need to pamper yourself for a change. You can make changes that will
enhance your appearance. Help if you can, but more than likely it will be sufficient
just to listen. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You could experience unusual circumstances and
meet eccentric individuals. Your outgoing nature might work against you this week.
Your unique contribution to the organization will enhance your reputation. It will be
important that you have your priorities straight. Your lucky day this week will be
Sunday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Organization will be the key to avoiding dis-
cord and family feuds. Don't count your chickens before they hatch. Residential
moves will be favorable, and larger quarters the most probable direction. Organize
your day to avoid any setbacks that might ignite temper flare-ups. Your lucky day this
week will be Sunday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Look into physical activities that will help get rid
of some of that tension you may be feeling. Pamper yourself; you deserve it. You
would be wise to socialize with as many people as possible. Look before you leap.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Make plans to meet again in the near future. Real
estate ventures will be to your ad vantage. You should consider getting your whole
family involved in a project at home. Your self esteem will come back if you take part
in organizational functions that allow you to be in the lime light. Your lucky day this
week will be Friday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You can get others to do things for you but be sure not
to overpay them or lend them money. Electrical problems may be an issue. Get in-
volved in groups that can offer intellectual stimulation. this week is not the day to try
to comer people by giving them ultimatums. Your lucky day this week will be Sun-
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