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l February 23. March 2,2007Volume 14, Issue 9




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photos by Wllna tironenboom, Laura Debalvo, Yill Kiposo

l e asked for 30 million
V guilders, we got 300 mil-
lion." With those triumphant words
Ramonsito Booi, political leader of the
UPB (green) party in power on Bonaire,
reported the outcome of talks with
Dutch Minister Atzo Nicolai of King-
dom Relations. The financial injection
is to give the island a healthy starting
position before it becomes a Dutch mu-
nicipality on December 15, 2008.
The money will correct a longstand-
ing liquidity problem, says Booi.
"Every day we ask ourselves the ques-
tion, how much money is there today
and which problems can we tackle with
that? Do we pay pharmacies this month
or do we a repair a school? Papa Cor-
nes, with 480 students, for example is
badly in need of major maintenance.
Bonaire is burdened with towering
debts and arrears, most of which were
generated by Central Government man-
agement. The new money must come
soon." (Trix van Bennekom)

Ank Bijleveld-Schouten is the
new Dutch State
Secretary for
Kingdom Rela-
tions. Currently
she is mayor of
the new township,
Hof van Twente.
She is the first
female adminis-
trator in The
Netherlands who
is charged with
the Antilles. The Ank Bileveld-
appointment of Schouten
the Secretary of Dutch Information
State for Kingdom service photo
Relations is one
of the last ones of the fourth cabinet of
Premier Jan Peter Balkenende (CDA).
The names of other ministers and secre-
taries of state have already been an-
nounced earlier. But as it often is in the
case of Kingdom Relations it is one of
the last.
The Antilles and Aruba will now deal
with a State Secretary instead of a Min-
ister. The last secretary charged with
the Kingdom affairs was Gijs de Vries
in 2000. Since then here were quite a
few ministers, like Johan Remkes
Thom de Graaf (D66), Alexander Pech-
told, again Remkes. and the current

outgoing Minister Atzo Nicolai.
Ank's proper name is Anna Theodora
Berandrina Bijleveld-Schouten. She is
44 years old, married, and has two
daughters. She has no specific experi-
ence with the Antilles. From Septem-
ber 1997 until September 1998, she was
the Lower House Chairwoman of the
Standing Committee for (Netherlands)
Antillean and Aruban Affairs (NAAZ).

Prime Minister Emily de Jongh-
Elhage speaking with Dutch Minister
Nicolai Dutch Information service photo

> "I would have preferred a Min-
ister," said Antilles Prime Minister
Emily de Jongh-Elhage who says that
she doesn't know the new Secretary but
that she is happy that the same advisers
and government employees with the
Antilles will remain in office. "We can
be satisfied. If the Netherlands contin-
ues to pay the same attention to us, it
doesn't matter whether it is a Minister
or a Secretary of State," says the Pre-
mier. "If we come under a Minister
with a busy portfolio, we will be ne-
glected. I would have preferred a Min-
ister only charged with the Antilles and
preferably kept Atzo Nicolai. But a
Secretary of State with attention to the
Antilles is also good, she added.

ecause Bonaire
will soon NEIHERLANS
(December 15, 2008) be 41
directly governed by
The Netherlands,
often referred to
by the name Hol- ;5 -,' )
land, we thought '."
we'd present some basic in-
formation for our readers. The coun-
try has a population of 15.6 million
people in an area of 41.526 km2. Lots
of its area is low-lying (its name liter-
ally means low countries or low
lands.) It is popularly known for its
windmills, cheese, clogs (wooden
shoes) dikes, tulips, bicycles and social
tolerance. Its policies are liberal to-
wards drugs, prostitution, same-sex
marriage, abortion and euthanasia.
At the national level there are 12
ministries headed by a Prime Minister
who leads the Government. At the
regional level there are 12 provinces
headed by a Queen's Commissioner.
At the local level there are 636 mu-
nicipalities, (gemeenten) each headed
by a Mayor. Bonaire will become an-
other. A province represents the ad-
ministrative layer between the national
government and the local municipali-
The Government of each province
consists of three major parts Provin-
cial Staten which is the provincial par-
liament elected every four years;
Gedeputeerde Staten, elected from the
members of provincial parliament
charged with most executive tasks; and
Royal Commissioner of the Queen,
appointed by the Crown. (R. Zaandam)

Bonaire Reporter February 23 to March 2, 2007


Table of Contents

Envirowatch (Shoreline) 3
Guest Editorial (School Children's
Carnival and SGB) 5
Announcements: Huckaby-Bailie wed-
ding 5
Gear Doc (Regulator Hoses) 6
Sharp Skeletons of Coral 8
Friends or Foes? (Frogfish
& Seahorses) 9
Karneval 10
Where to find Reporter 10
2nd Kiteboarder Crossing 13
Pegasus Foundation Visits 18
Bonaire on Wheels ( El Camino) 18

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Biologists Bubbles (Heart Urchins) 3
Straight Talk 7
Coral Glimpses 8
Picture Yourself (Great Wall of China)12
Sudoku 12
Classifieds 12
Pet of the Week (Francine) 14
Tide Table 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
Born on Bonaire (Emmy Schermer) 17
Sky Park (Saturn) 19
The Stars Have It 19

Page 2

D id You Know...Heart
urchins are never hap-
pier than when they have
Pea crabs that is. Heart urchins
are about the size of a big canta-
upianl hereononaire. loupe and live in sandy areas just
below the surface of the sand. You
can find them by looking for their
tell-tale track and a few pieces of
coral rubble that they keep just on
the top of their exoskeletons at the
sediment/water interface. It's eas-
ier to find them at night when they
rise up a bit and scavenge for Heart urchin with pea crab Photo by the author
food. I'll sometimes excavate one
in order to show it to a group of kids or adults. I
handle it very gently (the spines are very sharp) -
and keep it under water while searching for
their symbiotic crabs heart urchin pea crabs.
These crabs are tiny and white and once they've
found a host heart urchin, rarely ever leave. The
crabs are protected by the urchin's short, stiff
spines, and the heart urchin has a full-time
cleaning staff at its beck and call (the crabs
remove dead skin or debris from the urchin's
spines sometimes even consuming odd parti-
cles of food). After handling the urchin, I'll put
it back in the exact place where I found it and
gently push the sand back around its body and
place a few bits of coral rubble on top -just Heart urchin Photo by the author
the way I found it! It is against Bonaire Marine
Park's rules to touch anything underwater unless you are a trained biologist or natu-
ralist. So if you're dying to see one of these crabs, find a biologist or a
naturalist who is willing to show you one. o Caren Eckrich.

Bonaire Reporter February 23 to March 2, 2007

Page 3

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
> From February 26 on, Mayor
Baukje Galama of Vlieland and her
colleague, Joke Geldorp of Texel, both
Frisian islands in the Netherlands, will
be in Bonaire on an 11-day working
visit. The Leeuwarden Courant reported
that the two mayors are striving for a
similar status as that offered to Bonaire,
Saba and Statia for their islands.

> The Government Information Ser-
vice advised persons traveling to Ja-
maica where there is an outbreak of
malaria to take precautionary meas-
ures to protect themselves from con-
tracting the disease. The Ministry of
Health of Jamaica has confirmed more
than 287 cases of malaria which have
occurred in Kingston and outlying par-
ishes. There have been a few cases of
malaria also reported in the Dominican
Republic in the province of La Altagracia.
The disease is most commonly transmit-
ted to humans through the bite of an in-
fected mosquito, specifically the female
Anopheles mosquito, a dusk-to-dawn
biter. The Jamaica Ministry of Health
plans to continue intense surveillance
activities. The occurrence of the outbreak
highlights the importance of conducting
surveillance in countries that are non-
endemic to malaria.

> Insel Air, the new Curacao based
airline, flying an old MD-80 to St.
Maarten, has accused its competitor,
Dutch Antilles Express (DAE), of un-
safe activities, according to Curacao
newspapers. Insel Air alleges problems
with the ATR42 engines and kerosene
problems with its modern Fokker 100 jet.
They want a government inquiry. (source
Aviation News)

> The Economic Affairs and Labor
Service (DEZA) closed the UTS retail
shop in Bonaire last week because Cura-
qao-owned UTS "has no business permit
to open a store on Bonaire." According to
reports, DEZA informed UTS about the
problem last year but UTS did not request
a permit until last month. UTS operates a
cellular phone service as well as a wire-
less TV cable service on the island. They
are currently in a dispute with Bonaire-
owned TELBO about "ownership" of 78x
phone numbers used for cellular service
on the island.

the week of March 5th they will start
with four different groups of classes:
1)Papiamentu for beginners, plus con-
versation (instruction language English)
2) Papiamentu for beginner's plus con-
versation (instruction language Spanish).
3) & 4) English and Spanish classes for
All classes will are from 6:30 8 pm, in
comfortable classrooms with air condi-
tioning. If there is sufficient interest they
will also start with a Papiamentu begin-
ner's class during the morning hours.
You can sign up for classes at FORMA,
Kaya Korona 13 (between RBTT and
Kooyman) during office hours. When you
sign up you will be asked to do a small
test so FORMA can determine in which
course / group you will benefit most. For
more information you can pass by during
office hours or call 717-6949 and ask for
Margie Thod6.

Bonaire International Airport
(BIA), or Flamingo Field, as some call
it, had more passenger traffic last year
than the year before and expects growth in
2007. In 2006, 573,792 travelers used the
airport, compared with 552,417 in 2005.
However, more than half were transit pas-
sengers aboard KLM flights headed for
South America. At the end of March
2007 KLM will halt the stopover in
Bonaire for the Amsterdam-Lima flight
(about 150,000 passengers annually).
However, a daily connection with the
Netherlands will remain via the Ecuador
flight. (The altitude and length of the
Quito airport makes takeoff of a loaded
long-range 777 impractical). In spite of
this airport officials expect more passen-
gers because of the new weekly Continen-
tal flight from Newark, the two-flight
increase of American Eagle to San Juan
service (now daily), a weekly ArkeFly
flight and more DAE flights six flights
daily to Curaqao.
This spring Dutch Antilles Express
(DAE) will move its head office from
Bonaire to Curaqao. (Aviation News).

> Air Jamaica, will add Sunday
flights between Montego Bay and
Curacao, beginning March 11 in direct
response to increased demand. The airline
said it would continue to provide service
between Montego Bay and Curaqao every
Tuesday and Thursday, with the Tuesday
return flight operating nonstop to King-
ston (Jamaica Observer)

cal leader
Ramonsito Booi
recently invited
Bonaire's Latino
people to a meet-
ing at the Antriol
Community Cen-
ter. Craftsmen
and laborers from
Latin America,
particularly Peru, Colombia and Vene-
zuela, make up a large part of Bonaire's
construction workers. Last year the Gov-
ernment granted admission to a large
number of foreign workers specifically for
the building trades. Construction workers
with family members already on Bonaire
will be given priority for admission under
a new Labor Department policy, said
Booi. The meeting's purpose was to ex-
change ideas with the community, and the
results were most positive, according to a
press release from the UPB. Bonaire La-
tino residents who might know of workers
interested in construction work on the
island were invited to visit UPB Head-
quarters in Sabana to sign up. For more
information call Ewald Abdul at 786-

> And you think Bonaire is being
developed? Donald J. Trump has signed a
US$2 billion partnership agreement with
Cap Cana, SA in the Dominican Republic
to build a tourism resort spanning 30,000
acres and three miles of white sand
beaches. It is said to be the largest devel-
opment ever in the region.

> The Natalee Holloway case contin-
ues to echo in the ABC islands. Paul van
der Sloot, father of the main suspect in the
Natalee Holloway case in Aruba, has not
been awarded any damages by the court.
The decision cannot be appealed. He was
detained from June 23 to 26 in 2005, in
connection with the disappearance of the
American high school graduate. Last year
the court initially ruled that he should be
granted damages of 40,000 Aruban guild-
Eighteen-year-old Holloway disap-
peared after a night out on May 30, 2005.
She left a nightclub with three young men
and was never found. The police have
arrested a total of 10 people since her dis-
appearance but all have since been re-

> An American television production

> FORMA, an institute on Bonaire for crew is in Aruba to shoot footage of the
adult education, will start several interest- > Anticipating a spike in construc- sites where Natalee Holloway is be-
ing language courses in March. During tion projects on the island, UPB politi- lieved to have been before she disap-

peared during a class
trip to the island. The
material is meant for the
program "Haunting
Evidence," in which
three persons with para-
normal gifts try to solve

> Peter Pan peanut
butter with the code (2111) on the lid
has been found on the shelves of many
Bonaire markets. An outbreak of 288
cases of Salmonella illness in 39 states
has been linked with consumption of pea-
nut butter produced at a single facility in
Georgia and which have a product code
on the lid that begins with "2111." The
manufacturer has issued a recall. Who's
going to pay us back for all the half-eaten

> Windsurfing is the unofficial na-
tional sport on the island of Bonaire. Elvis
Martinus, co-owner of the Bonaire Wind-
surf Place, has been coaching, mentoring
and supporting local kids for over 20
years in windsurfing. He, along with Ann
Phelan, co-founded "King of the Carib-
bean," the popular PWA freestyle event.
As the event grew Elvis decided to add to
run a "Pro Kids" competition where kids
from around the world could participate.
Elvis's dream came true when he and a
small group of local volunteers put on the
first Pro Kids Freestyle Worlds two years
ago. Last year over 100 kids competed
for the coveted title of Pro Kid.
This year's event is slated for August
1-5 when over 150 kids are expected to
compete. To learn more about the event
click on http://
www.prokidsfreestyle.com/. For event or
travel information contact Ann Phelan at
ann @bonairecaribbean.com.

> After the success of Dive Into Ad-
venture Bonaire 2006, it has been de-
cided to take the event that started last
year one step further by expanding it
into a summer-long program. With this
in mind, visitors to the island will be able
to experience Bonaire's natural treasures
in four different categories: Family, Foto-
graphy, Fish & Fun! It will run from June
3 to September 29, 2007. Each week of
the summer will feature a guest speaker or
special event that will focus on one of the
four topics. Additionally, in September
many hotels will host special activities
and events for single travelers, so during
this month the activities and guest speak-
(Continued on page 7)

Bonaire Reporter February 23 to March 2, 2007

Page 4


I think that every year most people are surprised by the high quality of the cos-
tumes and the magnitude of the School Carnival parade. I know that a lot of
work is done by teachers, volunteers and parents to make the event so great. Many
children look forward to it for months ahead. They are prepared to walk for two
hours though the center of Kralendijk, watched by family, friends and neighbors.
And each year, as an art teacher, I am sad and surprised that our SGB (high school)
students don't get the chance to see this beautiful, enthusiastic parade "officially."
Parents tell me that their high school age children want to skip class to see the pa-
rade. Some high-schoolers don't go to school because they have an official
"function" in the parade. As a teacher it is sometimes very difficult to do your work
because in some classes from 10% to 50% of the student don't show up that day. As
a teacher at the SGB you get many questions why they aren't allowed to go the pa-
rade, asking if it is not possible to go accompanied by their teachers.
The SSV guards at school have problems keeping the students inside the school.
And since some students really want to get out, you might spot a few climbing over
the fence around the school. This can be dangerous
As an art teacher, one of the things you try to teach your students is "creativity."
Children's Carnival is an opportunity to see a lot of creativity, fantasy and a time to
have fun. Why don't SGB students have school on Monday, the day after the Grand
Kamaval Parade on Sunday and give them a free day on Friday when the Children's
Carnival is held? Another possibility is to schedule an official "Carnival Break"
from 9 till 11 am. Or a special program in the SGB auditorium. Or, why not partici-
pate in the parade itself? Many options for a little bit of creativity.
I hope that the government can be more creative in finding a way to realize a better
compromise for this unworkable situation for parent, teachers, guards and of course
the SGB students themselves.
InspiredArt Teacher
Photos by author

N ot even a
after Valentines
Day, Hell froze
over, men from
Mars walked the
streets and the
Bonaire's red
and green par-
ties joined
And Larry
Bailie and
Janice Huckaby
got married.
They then threw
a great party at
Jibe City.

Bonaire Reporter February 23 to March 2, 2007

Page 5


Regulator Hoses The Good, the
Bad and the Ugly.

Regulator hoses are not normally
checked during a routine mainte-
nance program. No dive shop that I know
has a machine for checking whether or
not these things will work for another
week, month or year. I even had a brand
new hose, never used, straight out of the
box, blow out the second I turned the
regulator on a one-off incident, but it did
happen. Other hoses have lasted for 20
years or more.

Cracks in the outer rubber cover do not
necessarily mean a hose is bad. Under
that usually black rubber cover is a woven
mesh which is really the strength of the
hose. If you look closely at this rubber
hose cover you will see, as on most hoses,
tiny pin holes about every 1 to 2 inches
apart down the entire length of the hose.
These are to allow air to escape in the
event the crimp fails, instead of the hose
cover blowing up like a balloon and
breaking with a sound like a .22 pistol
going off.

ar Doc
4 bi-monthlyfeature in The Reporter
devoted to helping you maintain your gear.

What can happen, though, is that under
water pressure, a small amount of water
can get forced into these holes. The next
time you turn on your regulator, the hose
will expand slightly, forcing this water
out in the form of small bubbles or tiny
foam. Again, this does not mean the hose
is bad. Only if you get a continuous flow
of air bubbles while under water is the
hose bad. That hose needs to be replaced.

Another thing to check would be the
area around the metal crimps on each end.
Sometimes these are all too well hidden
under hose protectors. I am not convinced
these protectors really help since I have
seen so many hoses break under them
before the user could catch it. On the
other hand, without the protector, perhaps
the hose would have broken sooner. Re-
gardless (or for those who are English
teachers irregardless), pull those protec-
tors back often to see how things look. Is
the hose spongy at that point? Can you
squeeze the hose (not just the rubber
cover) completely shut? If yes the hose
is bad.

Some problems appear to be bad hoses
when they are really something else. If
you are getting a small air leak nearest the
2nd stage of the regulator, more specifi-
cally at the swivel, the o-ring needs to be
replaced or perhaps just cleaned. With
two wrenches, one on the regulator 2nd

stage and one
on the hose,
unscrew the
hose. Inside that
fitting is an o-
ring which is
not easy to see
and can be a bit
of a problem
removing even
with a good
pick (dental
tool) of some
sort. Sometimes
a cleaning and
some o-ring
grease will cor- This picture shows a h
rect this prob- Although not recommend
lem. has functioned this way
I have seen
high and low pressure hoses blow under-
water rare, but it can happen. The high
pressure hose can look like the end of the
world when it goes, but I think it is quite
pretty in a strange way tons of air bub-
bles that look like a vanilla milkshake for
a giant! Even so, the tank does not empty
in 1 second. You should have more than
enough time to make a safe ascent to the
surface, but at the surface the noise will
really start. Turn your tank off as soon as
you can. Because the hole in most regula-
tor high pressure ports is only a pin hole,
along with a pin hole in the hose end, it is
doubtful any water will enter the first
stage. As you know, you never want wa-
ter in your first stage!
Should a low pressure hose go, you can
switch to your alternate air source and
bend the broken hose shut if it is long
enough before the break, just as some

hose outer rubber cover or lack thereof
ided, this hose is still being used daily and
for years!

people do with garden hoses. When safely
on the surface, turn off the tank as soon as
possible. Water can get into the tank
through the larger port if the tank drains

If a hose is going to break, it almost
always happens above water. But if
you've experienced a hose breaking under
water, have your first stage checked for
water damage when you get the hose re-
placed as well as the tank. Story &
photo by Bruce Bowker

Since 1980 Bruce
Bowker has been the
owner-operator of the
Padi 5 Star Gold
Palm Carib Inn. Tel.

Bonaire Reporter February 23 to March 2, 2007

Page 6

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

Better to rise than to fall in love.

Dear Betty,
Here are afew things I like to talk about:
First, how many relationships do you
know that are based upon true love, not
economics? How good or bad is it when a
relationship is based upon mutual under-
standing, not on "love?" Most women can-
not work and have kids at the same time.
Family planning is still not well applied in
our countries so most women tolerate the
behavior of the man who provides the
funds, although she would like him to be
exclusively hers alone.

ANSWER: True love, or at least what
some couples initially perceived as true
love, has been the basis for almost every
relationship I know. In several instances,
other reasons came into play after they
sobered up and had to pay the bar bill.

Without a doubt, finances play a signifi-
cant role in relationships, but more often
than not, they are a negative influence on
those who are economically stressed, par-
ticularly women who, as you put it,
"tolerate the behavior of the man who pro-
vides the funds." A significant number of
women in the free world have enabled
themselves through proper education, and
as a result, have become financially inde-
pendent. Their numbers are increasing,
while at the same time, the tolerance level
for what society once considered accept-
able behavior for men (the age old double
standard) has definitely decreased. The
free world has undergone a paradigm shift,
and as a result, we're beginning to see
fewer women tolerate men as they once
did. Granted, there is still a substantial
number of men who harbor the old mind-
set, and/or religious belief that women are
chattel, and as such, must tolerate whatever
their "owner" or "provider" dishes out sim-
ply because he brings home a paycheck. I
won't even attempt to address religious
beliefs, but I do know when a woman yells,
"Oh, God, Oh, God" during sex, it is not
considered a substitute for attending
church, although it is a form of worship.

Having a partner means you're involved
in a "partnership, and successful partner-
ships are the toughest ships to sail. You are
equals, each complimenting the other one
may be strong where the other is weak, and
vice versa. You build on each other's
strengths and compensate each other's
weaknesses. Neither has the right to take
advantage of the other's weakness for un-
fair advantage. A woman's place in a lov-
ing relationship isn't any less important
because her contribution to her partner and/
or family isn't monetary. No one should be
forced to tolerate anything they consider
hurtful or abusive in any relationship. I
don't know of any marital vows or verbal-
ized commitments made by loving couples
in the free world which grant the money-
earner any special treatment. Doing so
places a monetary value on "love," and
quite frankly that falls in the category of
slavery, or prostitution a good segue in
answer to your next question.

The way I see it, a relationship based
upon mutual understanding rather than
love is more like a business venture than a

marriage or union of love Betty Wills
and is probably how brothels
originated. Religious convictions aside,
lasting, loving relationships are customarily
based on mutual understanding, love, and
trust, and are sexually monogamous unless
both partners agree to a non-traditional
arrangement. I realize some men perceive
themselves as farmers with lots of seeds to
plant, but they must also reap what they
sow and take equal responsibility for the
resulting crop. In many instances, dead
beat dads (and moms) inadvertently con-
tribute to kids gone wild, not to mention the
rising costs of social welfare; costs which
become tax burdens for hard working indi-
viduals and married couples who are ful-
filling their moral and social obligations
and responsibilities to their families. Fur-
thermore, a person who is having sex out-
side a committed relationship is acting
unfairly for selfish reasons. They are hunt-
ing or farming new territory that, more
often than not, takes something away from
the territory to which they originally com-
mitted. Being unfaithful, and/or deceitful
is a far greater trespass than jealousy, and
when you stop to think about it, jealousy is
nothing more than one's instinctual need to
preserve and protect. Cheating and/or hav-
ing multiple sex partners also tends to ex-
pose one's partner to unnecessary risk,
including potentially serious, and some-
times-fatal STDs, regardless of protection -
and that my friend is reason enough to
maintain a monogamous relationship.
I will address your other questions in a
future column, so please stay tuned. B. W.


In the beginning, God created earth and
Then God created
man and rested.
Then God created
Since then, neither
God nor man has

1 Last week Bonaire hosted the governors of all Antillean islands for a series
of discussions. Shown above: Herbert Domacass6, mr. Franklyn Richards, mr. Li-
zanne Richards-Dindial, Haydn Gittens and Sidney Sorton. BVO photo
(The prefix mr. is Dutch for an attorney. Ed.)

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 4)
ers will be geared towards those traveling
solo. Bonaire Dive Into Summer will
feature specially priced packages, spe-
cialty topics and one-of-a-kind events.
There is no registration fee participation
for Bonaire Dive Into Summer and a free
coupon book (valid 6/3-9/29/07) filled
with valuable discounts for hotels, res-
taurants, shopping, activities, rentals and
more will be given to all visitors to the
island. For more information visit the
event's official website at
www.bonairediveintosummer.com. n

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Page 7

Dear Editor,
An image of a sharp coral skeleton is
sometimes invoked to explain why living
corals should not be touched. For exam-
ple, a beautiful marine life photography
web site (www.marinelifephotographv.
com/corals/corals.htm) says, "Please
take care to avoid touching living corals;
their delicate flesh may be injured if
pressed (even lightly) against the razor-
sharp skeleton..." The recently distrib-
uted stickers in dive shops on Bonaire
illustrate "how the fragile tissue of each
polyp rests on top of each own sharp
skeleton" and show "the damage a diver
would cause by brushing against it,
smashing the soft polyp against its stony
skeleton." I doubt this.

build their own skeleton: why would they
make it so dangerously sharp for them-
selves? Is its own skeleton really so haz-
ardous to the coral?

The edges of dead coral skeleton look
and feel sharp to us, humans. But the cor-
als are very small. What do they "see?"
The living coral tissue on the top
of underlying skeleton consists of four
layers of cells (yes, just four living
cells!) with collagen in between. It is
about 40 microns thick (0.00004
mm). Coral skeletal material, which is
calcium carbonate like chalk, is much
softer than steel and hence cannot literally
be "razor-sharp." Its thinnest edges are
about 50 microns thick. In other words,
they are about as thick as the living tis-
sue that covers them.


The notion of coral flesh injured by its This means that pressing a living coral
sharp skeleton raises the question: what tissue against its skeleton is not like press- Dear Mr. Filkovsky,
is the evolutionary advantage of such self- ing soft flesh against sharp blades as artis- The editor referred your letter to me, and
endangering morphology? Coral polyps tically depicted by the stickers mentioned -- being behind the Living with a Razor

(a bit of information about corals presented each week
by naturalist Dee Scarr)

coral glimpses
flower coral
was knocked
over onto an
surface, and
the damage
blade edges
with the liv-
ing tissue
peeled off
and chipped
& photos by
Dee Scarr.

above. It's rather more like pressing a
brick of butter against a tennis ball. Even
by pressing hard it would not be easy to
cut the butter this way. Corals don't really
make their own skeleton dangerous to
themselves. The image of coral flesh
ripped by its sharp skeleton is misleading.
Genady Filkovsky.
P.S. However, living corals still should
not be touched!


Bonaire Reporter February 23 to March 2, 2007

Sharp Skeleton decal -- I was very inter-
ested to read it. I'm glad we're in com-
plete agreement about the most important
part of the issue: that living coral should-
n't be touched!

The most direct response to your belief
that coral cannot be damaged against its
own skeleton is this one: every time a
person's skin is cut by coral, as bare-
skinned people are when they make con-
tact with living coral, the coral tissue must
also be cut, or the skeleton couldn't cut
the person! Every single diver (who's
able to see small things), can see how
contact with living stony coral scrapes
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(Letter. Continued from page 8)
the live tissue against its own skele-
ton. You yourself point out how sharp
the coral skeleton is, by pointing out how
thin it is.
I can think of only one way that your
"pressing a stick of butter against a tennis
ball" analogy makes sense: if contact
was made at the side of a coral blade, the
coral tissue would be much less affected
by the skeleton, since it wouldn't be
pressed against a sharp edge. Unfortu-
nately, for almost every type of reef-
building coral, the razor-sharp blades are
too close together for contact to be made
between them. Instead, contact occurs
on the top of the living coral, pressing the
thin coral tissue against the sharp edges
of its own skeleton, just as described in
the sticker. Harder contact also crushes
the thin blades of the skeleton, damaging
even more coral tissue of course and
making healing less likely.
Believe me, I'd be delighted if you were
right. But despite your doubt that coral
tissue is cut by its own skeleton, evi-
dence of that has been seen by every di-
vemaster on Bonaire and will be in a
Coral Glimpse photo in this issue of The
Bonaire Reporter, showing the tissue
peeled back from the blades of a flower
coral which had been knocked over. If
you'd like to see the effect of diver con-
tact specifically, I'll be happy to email
you some photos.
If I've missed your point, please contact
me again. The supporters of the Action in
Behalf of Coral Project know, personally,
how diver contact affects coral -- Gary
Carlson created the illustration for the
decal at my instruction -- and I believe
strongly that the people do not under-
stand this are the ones who make the
most damaging contact with living
I've added a section about coral to my
slide show on Monday nights at Captain
Don's Habitat -- please join us to discuss
this further! (I won't be doing the show
for the Mondays of 26 Feb and 5 March
as I'll be speaking off-island.)

Friends or Foes?

Seahorses and Frogfish: Friend or
Foe for coral reef conservation in

oral reefs are popular with ecotour-
ists, but the impact of divers on
reefs is cause for concern. A new study has
shown that even divers who do not nor-
mally touch corals can forget themselves in
the excitement of finding charismatic fish,
such as seahorses or frogfish. Loss of buoy-
ancy control and camera use play a major
role in the presence of these fish in increas-
ing the number of contacts with the reef,
resulting in damage. However, according to
divemasters and scientific literature this
damage is avoidable.

Bonaire, described as one of the 10 top
dive sites in the world and famous for hav-
ing some of the best reefs in the Caribbean,
has also been reported to have "relatively"
high numbers of seahorses (Hippocampus
reidi) and frogfish (Antennarius multiocel-
latus). Unfortunately, this does not make
them any easier to find for the average
diver. Seahorses and frogfish have well
developed cryptic skills, which allow them
to hide from predators and also from di-
vers' eyes. Thus, it is not just their cha-
risma but also the challenge of finding one
of these fish that makes people so deter-
mined to see them.

swim and therefore, remain in the same
area for a long time (even longer than 18
months), helps divemasters to show or de-
scribe to divers where some of these indi-
viduals are found. The negative part of this
story is that repeatedly bringing divers to
the same place over long periods of time
may not be such a good idea. Seahorses and
frogfish live camouflaged on the reef, and
when divers get close to the coral to ob-
serve them they can make damaging con-

In 2006 (July to October), with the help
of divemasters from several dive shops, I
identified 10 locations where either a sea-
horse or a frogfish was present, at the fol-
lowing dive sites: Small Wall, Andrea I,
Cliff, Reef Scientifico, Oil Slick Leap,
Town Pier, Salt Pier, Windsock, Rock Pile
and Carl's Hill. At those locations, I re-
corded information on the general condi-
tion of the reef (e.g. amounts of live coral,
dead coral and coral rubble) and the num-
ber of colonies with diver-related scars or
breakage at a range of distances away from
the fish. I also collected the same informa-
tion at nearby locations without seahorses
or frogfish, to be able to make comparisons
that would show what kinds of impact di-
vers have at these sites.

Unfortunately, the results of comparisons
between sites with and without seahorses/

frogfish indicated that sites with seahorses
Some experienced divemasters have de- and frogfish had less live coral, more dead
veloped the ability to find these cryptic fish coral, and more damaged coral, with more
over the years. They will show them to scars and broken colonies. However, the
tourists, expecting to please them, and good news is that the damage was very
maybe hoping to obtain some tips. The fact localized; there was no sign of any damage
that either seahorses or frogfish can barely beyond 5 meters away from the fish.

Hippocampus reidi
(Longsnout seahorse)

Interested in the causes for the damage,
we also observed the behaviour of 28 di-
vers when they were alerted to the presence
of either a seahorse or a frogfish, and com-
pared this with their behaviour under nor-
mal conditions. As we expected, their be-
haviour changed enormously. In the pres-
ence of any of these fish, divers lost their
usual awareness, and made continuous con-
tact with the reef. This was usually done
with careless fins (59%), gauges (13%) and
hands (12%), because divers forgot their
surroundings as they focused only on the
fish (46%), on taking photographs (26%),
and on maintaining their buoyancy (22%).
Even though the spatial damage around
seahorses and frogfish is limited, and these
fish were known from only 23 sites on
Bonaire, any damage from careless divers
could be avoided entirely. According to
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Bonaire Reporter February 23 to March 2, 2007

Antennarius multiocellatus
(Longlure frogfish)

(Friend or Foe. Continued from page 9)

scientific advice, and the valuable sugges-
tions of 56 dive masters from all of the Bon-
aire's dive shops, diver damage to the reef
may be avoided by following the guidelines

Ifyou are a diver...
1. Remember at all times to keep yourself
away from the reef, and be especially aware
of your fins.
2. No photograph will be worth damaging
the reef.
3. If seahorses and frogfish do not move
much, it is because they are not meant to do
so. So keep your hands to yourself, instead
of scaring them into moving.
5. Excitement when seeing wildlife is
great, but make sure that it does not affect
your underwater behavior.
4. If you find problems on keeping your
buoyancy right, ask for advice in your dive
shop or take the "Peak Buoyancy Control
Course" or an equivalent.

iteboarder Crossing

A fter last year's success, Kiteboard- for the crossing. At noon the starting signal experienced some technical problems.
ing Bonaire organized a 2nd down- was given, and all headed off to Klein Bon- Once everybody landed and packed their
winder from Atlantis to Klein Bonaire on aire. Wind conditions were a little light in kites, the BBQ was lit, and everybody en-
February 11th. the beginning, but after 15 minutes the joyed a great dinner on the beach. At 6 pm
The event started at 9:30 am at Sunset wind picked up to a solid 20 knots; perfect the watertaxi came, and brought partici-
Beach, where all 25 participants were weather for all riders to make it safely to pants back to Sunset beach, to finish the
picked up by the "kitebus." They were Klein Bonaire in about 112 hours. The day with some refreshing drinks. oStory &
transported to Atlantis Beach, where the group was guided by 3 safety boats, which Photo by Roan Jaspars
kiteboarders rigged their kites and prepared had to pick up 2 unfortunate riders who

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DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
2-23 6:38 1.9FT. 15:32 0.9FT. 71
2-24 7:34 2.0FT. 16:24 0.8FT. 60
2-25 8:20 2.0FT. 17:15 0.7FT. 54
2-26 9:09 2.1FT. 17:59 0.7FT. 53
2-27 9:53 2.0FT. 18:36 0.7FT. 57
2-28 10:32 2.0FT. 19:16 0.8FT. 64
3-01 11:15 1.9FT. 19:48 0.9FT. 72
3-02 1:55 1.2FT. 2:55 1.1FT. 11:52 1.8FT. 20:10 1.0FT. 77
3-03 1:44 1.3FT. 4:24 1.2FT. 12:25 1.7FT. 20:25 1.0FT. 80
3-04 2:07 1.3FT. 6:00 1.3FT. 13:05 1.5FT. 20:29 1.1FT. 81
3-05 2:40 1.4FT. 8:19 1.3FT. 13:40 1.4FT. 20:02 1.2FT. 79
3-06 3:24 1.5FT. 12:02 1.2FT. 14:08 1.3FT. 18:48 1.2FT. 76

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Pet of the Week

his beautiful, all white cat,
"Francine," came into the Bon-
aire Animal Shelter with her brother,
"Floyd." Both brother and sister are
gorgeous, white, super plush furred a
kitties. Their white fur is comple-
mented by their golden eyes and little
pink ears. What knockouts! The two
were brought to the Shelter because
their owners had to move to a new
place where they were allowed to
have only one cat. Francine and Floyd
were well taken care of and are not
only lovely to look at but they're
sweet, affectionate and smart. Both
have been sterilized, have been tested
and examined by the vet, had their
shots and are ready to go. These two
won't last long so hurry down and see
them at the Shelter on the Lagoen "Francine"
Road, open Monday through Saturday,
8 am to 1 pm. Tel. 717-4989.
Don't forget when you're doing your "spring cleaning" that the Shelter can use
all the things you don't need or want anymore like books, clothing, odds and
ends. Drop them off at the Shelter where they'll be taken to be sold at the monthly
Flea Market at the Parke Public on the first Saturday of every month. The next one
is Saturday, March 3, from 3 to 7 pm.
Another Shelter event is the Fundraising Show aboard the Freewinds to benefit
the Shelter's Sterilization Program. It's Sunday, March 4 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are
NAf25 and are available at the Shelter. L.D.

Bonaire Reporter February 23 to March 2, 2007

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Late Show
Call to makesure (Usually9pm)
Blood Diamond
(Leonardo DiCaprio)
Early Show (Usually 7pm)
The Holiday
(Cameron Diaz)

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf14 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAfl2
2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM

January: Happy Feet


Monday, February 26 DuoFest -
Festival of Bonairean talent with brand
new songs, sponsored by Fundashon
for Bonairean Art & Culture, Free-
winds, 7:30 pm. Tickets NAf25 for
sale at Rose Inn, Boutique Vita, Fla-
mingo Bookstore. More information
call 786-6420

Sunday, February 25 Nature
Walk with Bbi Antoin Seru Largu
to Bolivia. Meet at cross on Seru Largu
at 6:15 am. Tickets NAf7,50. Includes
fruit and biscuits. Bring your own wa-
ter. For sale at Top Health, open Mon-
day-Friday, 5-9 pm. More information
call 786-8908 or 567-1055.

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

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

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days starting 10 am to early afternoon:


Saturday, March 3 Big Monthly Rincon
Marshe Now a Bonairean tradition -
stands selling gifts, fruits and vegetables,
candles, drinks, BBQ, local foods and
sweets, music, friendly people, 6 am to 2
pm. In the center of Rincon.

Saturday, March 3 Flea Market at
Parke Publico 3-7 pm. Everyone wel-
come to buy and to sell. NAf5 per selling
table. For more information and reserva-
tions for a spot call 787-0466
Sunday, March 4 Bonaire Animal Shel-
ter Fundraising Show to benefit the Ster-
ilization Fund, on board the Freewinds,
7:30 pm. Tickets sold at the Shelter,


Sunday, March 4- Art Exhibit
Opening Eefje van Twillert van der
Straten. Kas di Arte, 6 pm. Exhibit
continues until March 26. Opening
hours 5-7:30 pm

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship Visiting Days start-
ing 10 am to early afternoon:
Tues. Feb. 27 -Lili Marleen; Tues., Mar. 6
- Veendam; Wed. Mar. 7 Crown Prin-
cess; Tues. Mar. 13 Lili Marleen, Sea
Princess; Wed. Mar. 21 Crown Princess,
Tues. Mar. 27 Lili Marleen, Veendam

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* HH 50% off Buddy Dive Resort,
* HH Cactus Blue (except Sun.) 5-6
* 2 for 1 appetizers with entree 6-7, Cac-
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* Divi Flamingo Casino open daily for hot
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*By appointment- Rooi Lamoenchi
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Discounts for residents and local people.
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* Parke Publico children's playground
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* Steak Night On the Beach (a la carte) -
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* Rincon Marsh-6 am-2 pm. Enjoy a
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* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Fla-
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ext. 444.
* Bike Trips-Meet at Eden Beach Ac-
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tory. 785-0767
Wine Tasting at AWC's warehouse,
2nd Saturday of the month, 7 to 9 pm,
Kaya Industria #23, across from Warehouse
Bonaire. Great wines. NAf20 per person for
6 to 8 wines.
Flea Market every first Saturday of
the month from 3 to 7 pm, Parke Publico.
Everyone welcome to buy and to sell. NAf5
per selling table. For more information and
reservations for a spot, call 787-0466.
* Live music 6-9 pm while enjoying a
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* Beginning Yoga 6.30pm Harbour
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* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of
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* Advanced Yoga 6.30pm Harbour
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* Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine, 5-7,
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* Buy a Bucket of Beer & get free
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* Caribbean Gas Training free
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* Open Mike Night with
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* Live music by Fla-
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* Beach BBQ 7-10 &
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* Mixed Level Yoga 8:30am, Buddy
Dive 786-6416
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
* 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, 7-10 pm,
Buddy Dive Resort

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. (No show Feb 26 and March
Tuesdays & Wednesdays-Sea Turtle Con-
servation Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles
ofBonaire Slide Show. Every 1st & 3rd
Tuesday at Buddy Dive Resort (717-3802)
at 7:00pm. Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday at
the Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn (717-8817) at

Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past in
this venerable old home that has been restored and
furnished so it appears the family has just stepped
out. Local ladies will tell you the story. Open Mon-
day thru Friday, 9 12,2-4. Weekends by appoint-
ment. Call 717-2445.
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view from
"The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bonaire's
culture. Visit homes from the 17th century. Daily.
Call 717-4060/ 790-2018
Bonaire Museum 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-

AA meetings every Wednesday, Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or 717-3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday evening
at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Cancer Survivor Support Group Majestic
Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes Shopping
Center 2nd Level Kaya LD Gerharts # 10.
Call 717-2482/566-6093.
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm call
567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at the
FORMA Building on Kaya Korona, across

from the RBTT Bank. All levels invited.NAf5
enty fee. Call Cathy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Caf6. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel.
717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month- Jun-
ior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI Bon-
aire, formerly known as Bonaire Jaycees)
meets at the ABVO building, Kaminda Jato
Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is
welcome. Contact: Renata Domacass6 516-
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.
Contact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik

Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. Services in
Papiamentu, Dutch and English on Sundays
at 10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, Services in
Papiamentu on Sundays at 8.30 am.
Children's club every Saturday at 5 pm in
Sunday School every Sunday at 4 pm in
Rincon. Bible Study and Prayer meetings,
every Thursday at 8 pm. in Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda
Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Ser-
vices in Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bonaire Kaya
Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle) Sunday
Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer Meeting at 7 pm
in English. Tel. 717-8332
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays 8:30 -
11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu, Spanish
and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendij k
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu 717-8304 Saturday at 6 pm at
Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, in Eng-
lish. Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9
am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English, Dutch
& Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am.
Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm.

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Balashi Beach Bar Open every day Extensive snack/salad/burger.
Bar and Beach Service 8am 8pm. Menu available daily from noon.
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Happy Hour, two for one, 6-7 pm.
Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast daily 6:30-10 am -. Buddy's Magnificent Theme Nights: Sat. Steak Night A la Carte; Mon. Fish
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The Bonaire Windsurfing Place Low-Moderate A genuine sandy beach restaurant cooled by the trade winds
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City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest se-
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TV, computers, cell phones and more. Fast service and
in-store financing too.

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.

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

De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally
repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top brand
bikes. Have your keys made here.
Day Spa by Nubia offers relaxing body and facial
treatments, nail and foot care, waxing. Special pack-
ages for Divers and Honeymooners.

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-
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Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in
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The Plantation Has lots of classy furniture and an-
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teak furniture and Indonesian crafts.

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

The Bonaire Gift Shop has a wide selection of gifts,
souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras, things
for the home, T-shirts all at low prices.
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet and
tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in Bel-
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b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
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Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking,
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reservations : 791-6272 or 785-6272 E-mail:
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers
fast, fine processing forprints, slides, items and ser-
vices. Full digital services.

Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor, special-
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Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's most experi-
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Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insur-
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The Bonaire Windsurfing Place can fulfill all your
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struction, superb equipment on a fine beach. Lunch and
drinks too. BBQ and windsurf videos Wednesday
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Emmy Scherme

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Swas born in Rincon in 1942.
1 My mother, Antonia Schermer,
born Martinus, was a descendant of one
of the daughters of Cornelis Marten,
'Papa Comes,' a man from Curaqao
who was very important to Antriol. We
were five children and mother was a
I think one of the reasons why every-
thing has changed and why there are so
many problems with children nowadays
is the fact that mothers are not at home
anymore. There used to be serenity for
the children, they were satisfied. You
can't turn back the times, but you have
to look for a solution because many
children are being left to their own de-
vices. Also a child needs to rest. I do
respect the creche leaders and I know
they do their work with love, but is it
necessary to put a seven-week-old baby
in a creche (child care)? Children are
better off with their parents.
My father was a lighthouse keeper at
Seroe Bentana in Washington Park and
he worked as a substitute at Spelonk.
When Hurricane Janet passed by in
1954 the lighthouse in Seroe Bentana
was struck by lightning and burned
down completely. My dad was lucky;
he wasn't there when it happened, but
somebody was burned alive and another
one was severely injured. After the trag-
edy my father started working in Wil-
We had a carefree childhood. We
spent a lot of time enjoying nature in the
Washington and Slagbaai plantations,
when it wasn't a national park. We also
owned a kunuku, like practically every-
body else did. Ours was at Subi Blanco,
halfway between Rincon and Playa. We
had goats and grew corn, pumpkins,
watermelons and beans which we sold.
It was a very serious thing.
After elementary school when I was
12 I had to go to boarding school in
Curaqao because there was no high
school on the island. I was homesick
and became very quiet, but eventually I
got used to it like you get used to every-
At 16 I went to Holland, to Breda, to
the Maria Kweekschool where I studied
teaching. I lived with a family with
small children. I think that period sub-
consciously marked my future because
that's the work I'm doing now. I am an
orthopedagoog, a child therapist, some-
one who works with children with dis-
turbed development. I specialize in chil-
dren with learning disorders (children
with normal capabilities, but somehow
they can't make it) and children with
behavioral problems. It's a healing
process and I am a follower of the hu-
mane approach because a child has to

learn to recognize why he or she is be-
having in a certain way. It's not like
People used to think genetics and en-
vironment were the two factors that
would mold a person. Nowadays they
say you have to look at the 'child fac-
tors', like intelligence, character, tem-
per, motives etc; the factors of the
child's up bringers- like those of the
father, the mother, the family and the
teachers (with all the different up bring-
ers a child has these days, it has become
confusing and less clear for the child)-
and last but not least, the environment
of the child the neighborhood, friends
and the social setting. The most recent
theory to explain behavioral develop-
ment includes all these factors and their

After four years in Breda I became a
teacher. I had not been in Bonaire all
those years and I hadn't seen my family
either, but we kept in close touch by
correspondence. I went to Curaqao and
worked at a primary school for one year
and then I returned to Bonaire where I

"Once a boy asked
me very seriously,
'Don't you have
I answered, 'Almost
all the children of
Bonaire are my

started teaching at the Saint Dominicus
School, Bonaire's first friar school. At
the same time I was very much involved
in scouting. It was a good combination;
I learned a lot a bright student could
turn out to be very clumsy, and a child
who wasn't so brilliant suddenly
showed good leadership and that made a
balance. I stayed on Bonaire for six
years and then I went on leave to Hol-
land and decided to stay there to do
extra studying.
Going back to school was an eye
opener. I had matured; I knew what they
were talking about; at the same time it
was very new. I lived in Groningen, a
university city in the north and it was
sizzling very modern and lots of new
views. It was a studious year. I started
working as a teacher at a school in a
low-income neighborhood. The children
were difficult; they were restless and

stressed and irritated be-
cause of all the problems
they were facing at home.
It was a school like many
other big city schools. I
learned a lot working with
these children. The way I
see it now is that it de-
fined my life's course.
I think I have a talent for
it and the circumstances
made it happen too, but if
you do your work with
love and dedication every-
thing falls in its place.
However, you don't get it
for nothing; you have to
work very hard. Many
children come to school
with lots of worries. They go through so
many things at home and it depresses
them and makes them sad and they are
not themselves. If they have a teacher
who's dedicated and loving, they will
feel happier and it helps them and it
works curatively and preventively. A
teacher like that can make a child
Emmy Schermer is a very special per-
son; she's extremely passionate about
her work. When you think about it, you
know that she must have seen lots of
misery and ugliness, but it never
touched her, for Emmy has no malice or
trace of bitterness. She's an angel, a
wise and beautiful person.
"I taught at that school for four years,
and at the same time I was doing more
advanced studies in education. It was a
beautiful time. After five years in Gron-
ingen I returned to Bonaire. I wanted to
be with my parents and my family, and
I was longing for my country. They
needed me here.
I started working for the Department
of Education for seven years at the
pedagogic didactic bureau as a teacher's
guide, after that for three years as an
inspector at kindergarten, elementary
schools and for special education. In the
meantime I was studying MO-B, more
advanced education, through Curaqao,
and I decided, after having been on
Bonaire for 10 years, to finish studying
in Holland. I went back to Groningen
where I was advised to get a university
degree as a child therapist. But soon
after I'd started I had to return to Bon-
aire because my mother became se-
verely ill. Before she died she told me,
'You have to go on!' When she passed
away in May 1986 I went back to Hol-
land. I finished my studies in three and
a half years, with a scholarship, and
returned to Bonaire where I started
working for SEK (Educational and Cul-
tural Service) in diagnostics, testing


Emmy Schermer

children with learning disorders. I did
that until I retired. But...I never really
stopped;" she laughs "it just went on!
Now I'm working part time, counsel-
ing youngsters and sometimes their par-
ents, and for the last few years I've
worked for the SGB high school, where
they have a special class for children
who have problems fitting in. It's very
intense and I often worry about Bonaire,
about its future and its youth. Children
have become tougher and more indiffer-
ent. When there's a lack of love and
attention it causes irreparable damage to
the child, and parents should be more
conscious of that.
I thank God for the talent he gave me.
I'm grateful when I see a child improv-
ing. That's the reward. I'm still learning
and I study every day. It's an ongoing
process. But I would like to have some
more time to be with my people, my
family, time for myself and to be with
my boyfriend in Curaqao. However, so
far Bonaire is keeping me too busy! I
know by now that it wouldn't be the end
of the world if I'd stop working, but I
wish there were more people interested
in doing this work so they could take
over. I never dreamt I would become a
child therapist, but I know for sure that
if I'd had children of my own, I never
would have worked. I would have
stayed at home with them! Some things
just happen to you, and life takes its
course. Once, a boy asked me very seri-
ously, 'Don't you have children?' I an-
swered, 'Almost all the children of Bon-
aire are my children'..." Story &
photo by Greta Kooistra

This is a reprint of an
article that appeared in
The Reporter in 2005.
Greta Kooistra is tempo-
rarily off island.
Story & photo by Greta

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Pegasus Foundation Visits

O nWednes-
day, Febru-
ary 14, Marina
Melis, founder of
Donkey Sanctuary
Bonaire, introduced
members of the
Pegasus Foundation
to representatives of
Bonaire's environ-
mental and animal
welfare organizations
involved in the Bon-
aire Nature Alliance
hopes of getting
funding and support
for their very impor- Charles Birdsey (Pegasus Foundation), Alex Brown, Peter
tant work. Montanus, Barbara Birdsey (Pegasus Foundation), Marina
Melis, Paul Wichers, Elsmarie Beukenboom, Kalli De-
Based in New Meyer, Mabel Nava kneeling
Hampshire, the non-
profit Pegasus Foundation has several focuses for funding: wildlife and habitat pro-
tection; companion animal programs; and education and outreach. Their Caribbean
Animal Welfare Initiative launched in 2002 aims to provide funding for companion
animal welfare programs in the Bahamas and the Caribbean, to expand communica-
tion with and among all island-based animal welfare organizations, and to provide
additional resources and training opportunities to increase the capacity of Caribbean
animal welfare organizations. As part of this mission, the Pegasus Foundation spon-
sors a major training conference every two years in the Caribbean with past confer-
ences held in Miami, St. Croix, and Antigua.

Barbara Birdsey and Charles Birdsey, the two members of the Pegasus Foundation
visiting Bonaire, not only toured the Donkey Sanctuary but also learned about other
key projects and organizations on Bonaire: Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire from
Mabel Nava; the Animal Shelter from Paul Wichers; the Animal Welfare group from
Alex Brown; STINAPA and Aliansa Naturalesa di Bonaire from Elsmarie Beuken-
boom; the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance from Kalli De Meyer; and Save the
Lora from Peter Montanus. After her visit, Ms. Birdsey remarked, "We were ex-
tremely impressed with the structure, dedication, and professionalism of the Aliansa.
It is certainly an excellent model of community collaboration and, as such, could be
very useful to other areas of the Caribbean and elsewhere. Bonaire should be proud
of this endeavor."
Birdsey promised that "we and the Pegasus staff will look forward to working
together on various land and marine animal protection programs, potential
land protection cooperative projects, and collaborative efforts to promote re-
sponsible tourism initiatives."
As for her tour of the Donkey Sanctuary, Birdsey raved about her "heartwarming
tour of the wonderful sanctuary, a place no visitor should miss!" n Pauline E. Kayes

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

Henk's White-striped
Red Hot Chevrolet El

In 1994 Henk Schippers
started working on Curagao.
While living on that island he fell
in love with a Chevrolet El
Camino. Henk, born in the Nether-
lands, had never before seen a car like this:
part sedan, part sports wagon, part truck. A
muscle car, however, that's for sure, pow-
ered by a huge V8-engine of 350 cubic
inches / 5.7 liters.
Henk: "You love this type of car or you
don't. There's no in between. And I just
completely fell for the model. She is about
25 years old. I spent a small fortune on her
and I don't intend to sell her ever. And if I
do sell her because of importing another
El Camino from the States I'll sell her to
someone abroad. I can't imagine seeing
someone driving my former white striped
red Chevrolet El Camino!"
When Schippers came to Bonaire his
Chevrolet El Camino came with him of
course. On our island he met a very good
mechanic by the name of Enchie from Tera
Cora. Henk: "Enchie maintains my car. He
adjusted the engine and the carburetor. In
the beginning the car used one liter of gaso-
line every four kilometers! Now, with the
expertise of Enchie I'm getting almost 10
kilometers out of a liter. Enchie really
knows what he is doing. I'm very glad I
met him on the island!"

speed is also unknown. Once, during those
days on Curagao, Henk revved the car to
reach the top speed, but then the mileage
gauge cable snapped.
The car is equipped with more or less
open "cherry bombs" and twin exhausts.
There is a lot of rubber on the five-spoke,
15-inch rims. The tires only just fit in the
wheel arches. There's less than one inch
free play left. In all those years Henk (and
Enchie of course) replaced the engine,
mounted a reconditioned gearbox, changed
the brakes, renewed the rear air-suspension
and fitted a tornado filter in the air cleaner
to obtain better mileage.
The car can be seen on the Bonairean
roads every day. Henk is a busy entrepre-
neur visiting his clients all day with his red
and white El Camino. He has a wholesale
business in food service items and is direc-
tor of Shoppers Bonaire
(www.shoppersbonaire.com), a company
that upon request locates, buys and imports
virtually any product from the US. There's
also a Chevrolet Astro used to deliver to the
clients, but Henk prefers to drive his El
Camino. Henk: "I got completely hooked
on this particular car!" n Jan Brouwers

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Sun Saturn is planet #6, but
its distance from the Sun is .
almost twice that of Jupiter. _1 .
Whereas Jupiter is on aver- -10 -5 0 5 10
age almost 500 million miles Distance from the Sun (Au)
away, Saturn is twice that -
almost one billion miles away. So even though it is almost as big as Jupiter, being
75,000 miles in diameter versus Jupiter's 88,000-mile diameter, it nevertheless is
many times dimmer than the "King of the Planets." Although in all fairness to
Saturn, if we counted Saturn's rings as part of the planet measurement Saturn would
actually be twice the diameter of Jupiter and would make Saturn the king.
And if we remember that old rule that the farther a planet is from the Sun the
slower it travels here's a real good example. Whereas it takes Jupiter only 12 years
to make one trip around our Sun it takes Saturn 29 and 1/2 years to make one trip.
And it's an absolutely fascinating trip because it constantly changes its appearance
as seen from Earth, a fact which was noted over 300 years ago by the Dutch as-
tronomer, Christian Huygens. Indeed the diagram he drew in 1659 is still pretty
accurate. To simplify it a bit, Saturn's rings are tilted in respect to its orbit, and in
the course of its 29/2 year orbit it looks as if it's wobbling, tilting up and down. Part
of the time we look at the rings from above, at their north side. And part of the time
we look at them from below, at their southern face. But approximately every 15
years Saturn will present its rings edge on to us, at which time they seem to disap-
pear. And several of its 56 moons were discovered during this edge-on phase when
there was no glare from the rings to hide them. And it's this changing position of the
rings that makes Saturn unique regarding its brightness.
You see, usually when a planet is at opposition, it's at its closest and thus always
brightest. But because Saturn's rings are a huge factor in reflecting sunlight Saturn
can actually be brighter when it's not at its closest to Earth if its rings are wide open
as astronomers say, reflecting a lot more sunlight. In fact even though Saturn won't
be this close again until 2029, it will be as bright as it is right now in only 8 years in
2015 because of the tilt of its rings. To see it right now I suggest looking east about
one to two hours after sunset. Then go out every hour and watch it as it slowly
climbs higher and higher. Between midnight and one o'clock it will be at its highest
due south and then you can watch it descend hour after hour and set in the west as
the Sun rises in the east. And speaking of the Sun you'd never get a sun tan on Sat-
urn because the Sun as seen from Saturn is only 1% as bright as seen from Earth.

J ack Horkheimer




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Sunday, February 18 to Saturday, February 24
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) They may cost you dearly. You need to take a long,
hard look at yourself and your personal situation. You need activity. It's time to get
yourself back on track. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Your charm will be captivating. You must consider
yourself for a change. You can anger others quickly this week. Avoid overspending
on items for your home. Strength will come from your ability to overtake just about
any one. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Opportunities to make advancements through good
business sense are apparent. Opportunities for romance will develop through activi-
ties with large groups. Don't let coworkers get wind of your ideas or they might try
to take credit for your hard work. You could be blind to the defects of those you
love. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Curl up with a good book or go for a drive in the
country. Try to understand both sides of the issue before taking sides. Old friends
may not like your choices. Take a close look at any contracts you've signed in order
to be sure exactly where you stand. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Someone you live with could be frustrated and upset. Get
promises in writing or you will be disappointed. Your devotion will be persuasive.
Take time to catch up on gossip and make plans to do a little adventure travel. Your
lucky day this week will be Monday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Problems with fire, gas, or oil may cause disruptions
and annoyances. Advancement can be yours if you put your efforts into work related
matters. Opportunities to get ahead will be evident. Join humanitarian groups and let
your leadership ability take over. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Now is the time to concentrate on building a strong
financial future for your family. You will be extremely sentimental, and if pushed by
others you may hold a lasting grudge. You may find that you are a little lucky this
week. Emotional deception will cause friction on the home front. Your lucky day
this week will be Friday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Don't let relatives make demands of you. Major
job changes or opportunities to get ahead professionally are apparent. Someone you
work with may be withholding valuable information. You will find that unfinished
projects at home will be most satisfying. Your lucky day this week will be Wednes-
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Be careful how you handle friends and rela-
tives, they may take things the wrong way. Too much talk will lead to disputes. You
will get drawn into groups that are not favorable to you. Much knowledge can be
obtained through the experiences you have. Your lucky day this week will be Thurs-
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You may be overreacting to a situation at hand.
Your ability to charm others will put you in the limelight at social functions. Your
partner could make you angry if they steal your thunder or embarrass you in front of
others. Talk to those in a position of power about your intentions. Your lucky day
this week will be Friday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Organizations may cost you more than you can
afford. Don't let someone you work with put words in your mouth. You should focus
on moneymaking matters and stay away from emotional disputes. It might be best
not to spend your money on luxuries this week. Your lucky day this week will be
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Put your efforts into making constructive improve-
ments to your environment and to your state of mind. Realize that you don't have to
do everything yourself. However, you must not neglect your family. You will meet
some interesting people if you at tend promotional functions. Your lucky day this
week will be Tuesday.

Bonaire Reporter February 23 to March 2, 2007

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