years, a period overshadowed by the
killings of right wing politician Pim
Fortuyn in 2002 and controversial film
maker Theo van Gogh two years later.
The new government was installed
three months after parliamentary elec-
tions delivered a shift back to the center
following four years of conservative
The 16 ministers, 11 state secretaries
and the Queen posed briefly for photo-
graphs on the steps of the Huis ten
Bosch palace after a closed-door, oath-
> "The cabinet will pay the neces-
sary attention to the transition proc-
ess of the political restructuring of
kenende in the
report of his for-
that he sent to
the Lower House Dutch Prime Min-
at the opening of ister Jan Peter
Parliament last Balkenende
She is not
to vote, but
she does hope
that the peo-
about the State Secretary Ank
importance Bijleveld will be re-
of the final
eop te fican sponsiblefor restruc-
stCurao did n touring the Antilles
"If you con- Dutch info services photo
sider the so-
cial-economic and financial aspects,
then you will observe that what was
agreed upon is simply good and the
people can only benefit from them."
Curaqao did not sign the agreement
which was signed by all the other Antil-
lean islands because it allowed Dutch
supervision of the Judiciary.
person charged with forming this cabi-
net asked me to do this and said that he
knows that I know the Antilles and
Aruba very well and that I will do this
with dedication." "Mrs. Bijleveld will
take on almost all the responsibilities
of former Minister Nicolai. Hirsch
Ballin will deal with legislation. After
they are done with all the negotiations,
Hirsch Ballin will put them into legis-
lation." Bijleveld doesn't expect any
problems. "In addition to his other
responsibilities, the Justice-Minister
does the few things that have to do
Hirsch Ballin will be responsible for
the Statute, essentially, "for the
amendments in connection with the
restructuring of the Antilles and also
for the legislation, the regulations to
interpret the Statute." Ballin praised
former Minister Nicolai: "He has done
excellent work in the past and it was
agreed to try to arrange the restructur-
ing by December 15th, 2008."
> Ramonsito Booi reacted to the
announcement that a State Secretary
rather than a full Minister would han-
dle the Kingdom Relations portfolio:
"We prefer (rather than a Minister) a
State Secretary who will dedicate her-
self to the small islands rather than a
Minister who does not have enough
time." According to Booi the fact that
State Secretary Ank Bijleveld-
Schouten belongs to the CDA party is
good for Bonaire because the PDB has
has good contacts with that Dutch po-
Table of Contents
From Overseas 6
Out of Proportion
Hands Across the Sea-Dutch 6
It's About Reef Conservation 7
Antique Houses (Functional Buildings)8
Shrink Studies SCUBA (Panic 3) 10
Help From the Top 11
B6i's Nature Walk 13
Envirowatch (Tene Bonaire Limpi) 14
Bonaire Bats 18
New Cave Guide 18
Flotsam & Jetsam
(Guinea Equatorial, Africa)
Pet of the Week ("Dilan")
Movieland Film Schedule
Shopping & Dining Guides
Born on Bonaire (Win de Grijze)
Sky Park (Orion)
The Stars Have It
(Continued on page 3)
Bonaire Reporter- March 2 to March 9, 2007
Balkenende cabinet ministers with the Queen
A lthough flower
coral doesn't build
massive formations, the
polyps grow and split like
the polyps of massive
formations. The polyp(s)
in the center of the photo
is (are) in the process of
splitting; three split pol-
yps surround it (them).
Caption & photos by
(a bit of information about corals presented each week
by naturalist Dee Scarr)
Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2.
der Straten-van 4
Twillert will :
open her art
Kas di Arte this
March at 6 pm.
She is a well
artist who stud-
ied in The Neth-
erlands and has
stamps and illus-
Over the past
year the sea was
year the sea was One ofEefje's works on exhibit Kas di Arte photo
a source of in-
spiration to the
artist. Her art tells a tale about the sea, a tale which is in fact not yet finished be-
cause new things are always being discovered. This show features 30 works focus-
ing on the sea around Bonaire. The exposition will be open daily from 4 March
from 5-7.30 pm. Entry is free. [ Flotsam continued on page 4.
D id You Know...that there
are hundreds of invisible
corals, anemones, and fire-
worms in the rubble and sand
areas that most everyone ig-
It's incredible! Last week, I had
the distinct pleasure of diving with
Dr. Charles Mazel, a leading scien-
tist in the field of marine fluores-
cence. We went out with special-
ized equipment that he developed
(and which is available through his
business, NightSea) in search of
fluorescence. With a blue light and
visors that fit on the outside of your
mask, there's no need to even
search! Brilliant oranges, greens,
and yellows belonging to all sorts of
critters jumped out at us. And gor-
geous fireworms were EVERY-
WHERE! I saw several stunning
anemones and nudibranchs that I Fluorescence coral Photos by Charles Mazel
had never seen in over 15 years of
underwater observations and research. Teeny tiny coral spat (juvenile corals) and
anemones would glow brightly but POOF would simply become invisible (too
clear to detect) when I would switch off my blue light, remove my visor and use my
normal dive light.
What an excellent tool for scientists studying coral recruitment! So, if you
(photographers and instructors especially) think that contacting the bottom in the
sand and rubble zones is harmless, you're dead wrong. This experience has
changed my views and will indeed change my behavior when I'm cruising over
sand and rubble areas. What a revolution and inspiration to the reef's complexity
and abundance of life! o Caren Eckrich
Bonaire Reporter March 2 to March 9, 2007
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 3)
instructed the Eco-
nomic Affairs and
tion (DEZA) to
conduct a quick
scan to get an idea
of the number of
persons who are Commissioner
unemployed and Harlton 'Onnie'
of those who are Emerenciana
employed but are
looking for an-
other job. The department also wants to
get an overview of persons who want to
start their own business and instances
where businesses are looking for workers.
In connection with this, DEZA will organ-
ize a "walk and meet" at the end of this
month. This is a new concept where
DEZA employees invite proprietors and
other clients of DEZA to meet. Five dif-
ferent groups will be arranged: the econ-
omy of Bonaire, the labor market, permits
requests, the future, and complaints.
DEZA believes this exercise is very im-
portant to guide the economy of Bonaire
in the desired direction. Commissioner
Emerenciana also says that DEZA will
soon publish the figures that illustrate the
current economic situation.
In addition DEZA will establish a help
desk for complaints in order to improve
service. There were several informal com-
plaints on DEZA in the past years. If
someone is not satisfied with a DEZA
response he or she can submit a complaint
to the head of DEZA who must give an
answer in writing within three weeks. If
the person does not receive a reaction
within the three weeks, he/she can send a
letter to the office of the Lt. Governor who
also has three weeks to handle the com-
Complaints about service or staff can be
sent by e-mail to
afdDEZA@bonaireeconomy.org, or by
letter to Kaya Amsterdam # 21 or phone
717-5330 extension 236.
> Last Saturday's American Eagle
flight from San Juan was diverted to
Curacao because there were no lights at
the airport. Sections of Bonaire also ex-
perienced an outage on Saturday when
WEB lost power. After circling to wait for
power to be restored from the airport's
emergency electric plant the ATR began
the final approach after the lights came on
again. However, before it could land the
power failed again. The plane then flew to
Curaqao. Passengers had to wait in the
plane on the tarmac for the aircraft to be
refueled and then it returned to Bonaire,
landing just before midnight.
This week campaigning for Bon-
aire's Island Council will begin in ear-
nest. Contending are: UPB-Patriotic Un-
ion (color: green); the current majority
party led by Ramonsito Booi; the ADB-
Aliansa Demokritiko Boneriano (color:
red), the coalition of PDB Democrat,
PABOSO-Socialist and PAN-Labor led by
Jopie Abraham; and the PRO Pro Devel-
opment (color: orange) a new political
force led by Benito Dirksz. Elections are
set for April 20.
two and a half
passed since the
since you are
you should be
able to see an
eclipse of the
after sunset on
Saturday, March 3. The eclipse will already be in progress when the Sun sets and
the Moon rises, two events that happen almost simultaneously on a lunar eclipse
night. Because some of the sunlight that strikes our Earth is diffused and scattered by
our atmosphere, its shadow is not completely dark. Enough of this light reaches the
Moon to give it an eerie coppery glow even when it's totally eclipsed. It is antici-
pated that during the upcoming total eclipse the Moon will glow brightest across its
upper portion, while its lower part (closest to the center of the shadow) will appear a
darker shade of brown or chocolate color.
> Enhancement and protection of
Bonaire's kunuku lifestyle is one
method of preserving the island's cul-
ture. Recently, under its current President,
Sidney Manuel, Kriabon has been more
active than ever. Kriabon is an agricultural
cooperative that protects and advances the
interests of Bonaire's farmers, kununkeros.
Last month it held a meeting to lay future
The main points discussed included a
campaign to promote the husbandry of
animals and planting on farms and gar-
dens; taking a census of farm animals and
ear-tagging or otherwise marking them,
improving the security of the farms and
Kunuku highway Marian Walthie photo
protecting them from rustling and vandal-
ism. LVV, the government agricultural
(Continued on page 5)
The REPORTER has moved!
The Bonaire Reporter has moved its headquarters to the
Bolivia plantation area of Bonaire.
The new address is Bonaire Reporter, P.O. Box 407,
Kralendijk, Bonaire, Neth. Antilles.
The telephone numbers are: 786-6518 and 786-6125.
Backup numbers are: 796-6125, 790-6518 and 790-8988
Email and website remain the same:
There is no fax number at this time.
Bonaire Reporter- March 2 to March 9, 2007
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 4)
service managed by Rocky Emers, will provide technical assis-
tance and cover 50% of the costs for many activities. Animal
veterinary services are also subsidized.
The next Kriabon meeting is set for 31 March.
1 Hollywood [
has its Oscars
and around the
same time Bon-
aire has its Duof-
est. Last Monday
the competition for
duos was held
aboard the cruise
Joulaika Molina &
Simon Quant for Winners Martina Gerling & Jon Hilgers
Si te hasefalta
composed by Oscar Alberto/Abudelo Molina, arranged by
Most Popular: The Shining Stars Duo Gilberto Martis &
Composer-First Place: Mary Tjin-A-Sjoe for Balor di Amor
Composer-Second Place: Jon Hilgers for Silent Place
Best Arrangement: Orlando Tjin A Sjoe for Balor di Amor
Third Runner-up: Duo Dulsura- Dinayda Figaroa & Wesley
Sint Jago for Mi ta mi s6, composed and arranged by Byron
Second Runner-up: Duo HEAVEN- Janina Cicilia & Yelrish
Nicolaas for Huntu den Orashon, Composed by Janina Cicilia/
Sigfried Molina, Arranged by Sigfried Molina
First Runner-up: THE SHINING STARS Duo- Gilberto Mar-
tis & Syphard Willem
for Balor di Amor, composed by Mary Tjin A Sjoe arranged
by Orlando Tjin A Sjoe
Overall Winner: LOTUS Duo Jon Hilgers & Martina Ger-
ling for Silent Place, composed and arranged by Jon Hilgers
> The oceano- Ih
ship Savannah has
the seabed around
the power plant in
Curaqao and there
is speculation that
soon it will do the
soon it will do the ame around Savannah Internet photo
Bonaire. It is checking the sea bottom in anticipa-
tion of a seawater cooling project for Aquaelectra,
Curaqao's electric power provider. The seabed was
mapped up to a depth of 900 meters. The tempera-
ture at this depth is 5.50C. The water from there
will be piped up to the shore and used to provide
cooling for nearby resorts.
The target for completion is April 2008. The cool
water system is expected to provide savings of 20
to 50% of the current energy costs.
> This is not an April Fool joke.
The Bonaire Tower is one of the
four buildings at the Park Island
development, a premium four-tower
designer condominium complex that
offers upscale community living in
its own exclusive district at Dubai
Marina. Dubai, in the United Arab
Emirates on the Persian Gulf, is one
of the main competitors for tourism
in the world; Bonaire rises to 28
storeys above the flat. The island
towers, built amidst cascading and
stepped water features, palm trees
and terraced planting beds, offer a choice of one
and two bedrooms. G./L. D
The "logo"for the new foundation
> The first steps to get Bonaire an encyclopedia were
begun with the formation of the foundation Fundashon En-
siklopedia Bonaire, abbreviated to FEBON. The main mission
of the foundation is to establish encyclopedic information for
Bonaire. The idea to start this project originated during the
second half of 2005 after Henry Tore, Frans Booi and B6i An-
toin worked together on a commemorative book for the
Maduro & Curiel's Bank Bonaire. They involved other persons,
like John Schermer, a person who cherishes a great love for
Bonaire and who has done research at the National Archives of
the Netherlands Antilles. At a later stage Maria Elena Doma-
cass6-Vis, Nathalie Schermer, Hubert Vis and Dick Dissel also
joined this group.
If you have information to contribute to the encyclopedia visit
the (Papiamentu/Dutch/English language) website
www.febon.org, email email@example.com or call 717-8482. If
you wish to contribute to this project you can make a deposit to
FEBON in MCB account 114.259-03
Bonaire Reporter March 2 to March 9, 2007
Hands Across the Sea
Bbi Antoin, SKAL 's Hubert Vis, Mayor Baukje Galama, Governor Domacassd,
Edith Strauss-Mercera, Ruud Vermulen, Mayor Joke Geldorp, Co DeKonig
M any wonderful things have been
accomplished when people of
like minds can sit down and just have a
That's been happening this week as two
mayors of Dutch islands are on Bonaire
and meeting for four days and discussing
things that islands have in common.
Their islands are considered
"municipalities" of Holland, as will be
Bonaire in December 2008.
Baukje Galama is mayor of Vlieland
(population: 1,700) and Joke Geldorp,
mayor of Texel (population: 15,000) and
both have been touring the island, visit-
ing the Mangazina di Rei, Gotomeer, the
Windsuring Place, Washington Park,
Klein Bonaire and other sites and talking
with their counterparts on Bonaire. Their
trip was arranged and paid for by the de
klos club (see story on page 11) and other
At a round table discussion at Man-
gazina di Rei this Tuesday, there was an
animated exchange of ideas coming from
Governor Domacass6; journalist-historian
B6i Antoin; head of SEK, Hubert Vis;
Mangazina's "Godmother," Edith
Strauss-Mercera; and de klos member Co
(Continued on page 14)
FROM AN OVERSEAS SUBSCRIBER
Dear Bonaire Reporter:
...Thanks for the great newspaper! It really keeps me up to date on island happen-
ings. It seems as if there is more going on in Bonaire than here in New York!
As more and more people move to Bonaire who really would rather live in Aruba
(apparently they cannot get permits to live there) these "newly arrived" want to
make Bonaire into Aruba. This is obvious with all the building going on, the major
increase in traffic and the demand for more and more.
The current government says (lies) that Bonaire will not become an Aruba, but it
only takes a simple glance around to see what is happening and what the plans are.
More hotels, more big hotels, more apartments, more big apartments and on and on
while continually telling the Bonaire people that Bonaire will not become an Aruba
and all this is for their own good. Own good? Has the quality of life gotten better?
Those who have been living on Bonaire for a long time and do not want to live on
Aruba had better seriously get their priorities straight in the April elections. The
unfortunate thing is, though, that so many "newly arrived" have now dictated policy
and can vote, turning Bonaire into what they want and not what the older, longer
time residents and citizens want, a huge number of whom cannot vote.
OUT OF PROPORTION
I just saw the Feb 23-March 2 Reporter and the Envirowatch photos. Without
having much opinion to offer on the development of the waterfront, I think I have
to object to the lower picture. The photoshopped apartment buildings are all four
storeys high, but differ from each other in total height by up to 100% !! Unless
someone is planning twenty-foot ceilings in their apartments this is not credible. It
would be interesting and useful to see an accurate rendering of the planned water-
front so that one might fairly judge. lan M.
The Bonaire Reporter welcomes letters from readers. Letters must include the
writer's name and telephone number or e-mail address. Letters without that
information will not be published. If a writer wishes to remain anonymous or
just use initials we will honor the request. Letters should not be more than 400 words in length
and may be edited at the Editor's discretion. E-mail: letters(a)bonairenews.com
Bonaire Reporter- March 2 to March 9, 2007
It's About Reef Conservation
The International Accolade
in Bonaire has announced plans
for growth and expansion in
The foundation recognizes indi-
viduals the world over for their
efforts to protect, manage and
educate the population about
ocean and reef conservation. Col-
lectively, the recipients of the
Accolade Award have had a wide
impact on people of all ages.
The foundation aims to spread
the word about these people's
efforts so they are recognized for
their accomplishments while at
the same time inspiring others to
follow in their footsteps.
called the Accolade Divers, as well as the
activation of Accolade Units around the
world which can assist with identifying
local members of the diving community
deserving of recognition.
It is the foundation's goal that, by the
end of 2007, one award can be announced
each week. The organization can be
reached at callingintheclan@ yahoo.com.
In recent years, the Intema- The Accolade was founded in 2005 by
tional Accolade Foundation has Captain Don and is located on Bonaire.
honored such luminaries as Bill Dee Scarr was one of the early recipients of the medal. On her right is George Buckley, a Initially providing award recognition to
Acker (Yap), Maggie Booi- member of theAccolade board. On the right, Captain Don and Janet Thibault Bonaire's leaders in the dive and conser-
Kaiser (Bonaire), Bruce Bowker vation areas, in 2006 the foundation ex-
(Bonaire), George Buckley (US), Jack Laura DeSalvo (Bonaire), Jack and Sue Outreach plans for 2007 include the panded to include international locations
Chalk (Bonaire), Din Domacass6 Drafahl (US), John C. Fine (US), Geri construction of a comprehensive Web and awardees. n Press release
(Bonaire), DEMA (US), George and Murphy (US) and Dee Scarr (Bonaire). site, the creation of a society of friends
Bonaire Reporter March 2 to March 9, 2007
Antique Living Houses of Bonaire Preserving Bonaire's
by Wilna Groenenboom Architectural Heritage
Bonaire Reporter- March 2 to March 9, 2007
.AntiCque Living Houses of Bonaire
Using Old Techniquesfor Modern Living
Although some people say it's not true, quite a number of people know things are
not going well with our environment and nature in many different ways. If you
have seen the movie, "An Inconvenient Truth," by Al Gore, I don't have to explain to you
what and why. If only 25% of this movie is true then we still have a big problem, not only
world wide, but also on our beautiful little island, Bonaire.
More and more houses on Bonaire are being built with glass windows which cannot be
opened. So those households must have their air conditioning on day and night to cool the
house. The demand for electricity on Bonaire is rising, but it's also the case in the rest of
the world. Making electricity consumes a lot of natural oil resources. Combining that with
all the other things we produce from oil is depleting the oil sources rapidly. In maybe 25 to
35 years this oil will be inaccessible or so difficult to dig up that we won't be able to use
this source any more. Making electricity out of oil also produces CO2 what is also very bad
for our environment.
But what has this all to do with "Antique Living Houses of Bonaire?" Maybe we don't
need high tech solar and wind generators to cool our houses. Why don't we look around
and make use of the ways our ancestors built their homes a good combination of building
techniques that came from the three continents: America, Africa and Europe.
In the past the people had no electricity to cool their houses so they had to discover how
to make use of nature to have a pleasant inside temperature.
The first inhabitants of Bonaire were the Indians. They used to sleep in hammocks. From
Africa came a Kas di Bara, which was made of twigs, mud and plastered with white clay.
The slaves from Africa used to sleep on the ground, so the ground had to be as cool as pos-
sible and clean. So they used "cold" stones on the ground. Searching for those stones was
done most effectively between 2 or 3 in the afternoon, when they could feel whether the
stones were cool or not.
also brought the
hadrey (porch) or
gallery made of
cactus wood. In
the open air mu-
di Rei, we can
see an example
of such construc-
tion. This "open"
style hadrey was
built on the south
side of the main
house. The open
the cactus wood
let the wind
through. The Cactus wood house at Mangazina di Rey
shade of the
hadrey cools down the hot wind, and by the time this wind finally comes into the main
house it has turned into a nice cool breeze.
Maybe the positioning of the house was even more important than the materials that
were used. If you build your house from east to south the sun can't heat the walls as much,
so the inside of the house stays cooler. A beautiful example of this we can see in the four
old houses (photo left below) on Kaya Gob. Debrot. They aren't positioned in line with
the street or the sea, but with the daily rising and falling path of the sun.
As times changed the materials used for the hadrey also changed. The "open" cactus
wood wall changed into a massive, closed coral stone wall.
If you are going to build a new school it can be of utmost importance to design it with
nature in mind. Five days a week, from 7:30 am until 3 or 5 pm, people work and study
inside these buildings. The SGB and SBO have more than 55 classrooms with more than
1,000 students and over 100 teachers. How much better the working climate conditions
could be better for teacher and student. The VSBO and SBO (Achi Tours side) class-
rooms were built in 1978 and range from north to south, 100% on the windward side all
with metal shutters. It's very pleasant with a light wind, but when there's a lot of wind the
shutters clanging can sound pretty raucous.
On the TKL-Havo (Kaya Korona) side most of the classrooms were built in 1975 and go
from east to west (photo right above). The walking path under the roof is very airy and
refreshing, but the way the classrooms are laid out makes it nearly impossible for the
breeze to enter through the fixed glass windows, half of which cannot be opened. Even a
ceiling fan can't do much about this heat. How strange it is that nearly all of the "100%
wind positioned" classrooms have an air conditioner. The air conditioning must work on
full power because of the "open structure" of the closed metal shutters. The curtains in
front of the shutters
give some help, but
still a lot of cool air is
escaping and cooling
the outside of the
classrooms. The class-
rooms are dark with
no natural daylight.
Some teachers work
more than eight hours
a day in artificial
light! Wouldn't it be
better to put the air
conditioners in those
"fixed" glass win-
dows, with less waste
of light and lower air
co costs? And scien- The SGB with closed shutters, almost no place
tists have proved that to study in thefresh air.
working with natural
daylight is better for your mind and body.
The newly built TKL-Havo Director's office isn't protected from the sun. (top right
photo, left building). The big windows offer a good view, but with this short roof the sun
pours in. Had the roof been constructed a little bit longer it could have provided natural
shade. In the classrooms on Kaya Amsterdam it's more or less the same problem. The big
palms that have been planted cut down somewhat on the sun's rays, but not enough to be
The Kolegio Kristu Bon Wardador seems to me a very good example of a naturally built
school. By adding a second floor, the roof of the first floor isn't directly heated by the sun.
The roofs of all the buildings are all so long that even at noon the first and second floor
windows are in shade (photo middle below and top left) All the windows have glass shut-
ters, so the wind and sunlight can come in freely. The extension of the big roof prevents
direct sunlight from coming into all the classrooms (photo top left). In some places the
walls on the first floor aren't directly constructed under the walls of the second floor, thus
preventing direct sunlight into the first floor classrooms.
The concrete floor between the different buildings serves as the playground for the chil-
dren. Even though it is a hard surface, it keeps the dust down outside and inside the class-
rooms and it is easy to bike on. The drainage in the playground was so well planned that
even with a short, heavy rain, the area is soon dry. That's a big difference compared with
the "frog concerts" coming out of the different pools on the SGB-SBO ground after heavy
Children of the Kolegio Kristu Bon Wardador can sit in the fresh open air, under a tree
which gives a lot of natural shade, on a concrete bench. These benches may be too light a
construction for the SGB and SBO students. "Watta Burger style" heavily constructed
benches may be better. And there are many willing useable trees in and outside of the Yel-
During the time when the school in Rincon was being built (small middle photo) life
was simple and easy.
o Story & photos by Wilna Groenenboom Wilna Groenenboom is
an artist andphotogra-
pher who teaches art at
the SGB high school
tonaire Reporter Marcn 2 to Marcn 9, 2UU0
A Shrink Studies SCUBA
TWR building mural (see column 1)
Believe it or not, I had never heard
of Bonaire until Dave Farrar of
Gypsy Divers in Raleigh (North Carolina)
recommended it to another family with
whom we were planning a dive vacation.
We had the usual stressful travel experi-
ence dealing with now-defunct ALM, but
Lynn and I fell in love with Bonaire as
soon as we arrived. We bought a studio
unit at Sand Dollar Condominium Resort
for family vacations and our future retire-
ment and began bringing our friends. The
fellowship at International Bible Church
of Bonaire and the underwater scene and
Bible verse on the side of the Trans World
Radio building inspire my photography of
the Lord's underwater creation.
A look at the Table of Relative Risk of
Panic that was in the column two weeks
ago shows why Bonaire has long been
known as "Diver's Paradise." While I
have not dived all around the world like
some of my dive buddies, I have dived
West Palm Beach, the Florida Keys, San
Diego CA, Cozumel, Eleuthra, St. John
USVI, Nevis WI, and North Carolina's
"Graveyard of the Atlantic" wrecks. Bon-
aire offers many advantages that make it a
preferred dive destination for many di-
vers, especially those who might already
be prone to panic due to above average
trait anxiety, i.e. Nervous Nellies. Some-
day I would like to see statistics on all
those dive students who panic on their
first or second open water check out dive
and never complete their certification. At
least one very large training agency has
told me they do not track the incompletes.
Among the top relative risk factors for
dive panic are fear of the unknown, cold
water, poor visibility, task overload, fear
of scrutiny or embarrassment, loss of ori-
entation, fatigue or overexertion, low on
air or out of air, deep dive, separation
from buddy or instructor, strong current
or surge, and entrapment or entanglement.
We all look forward to finding a sea
horse or frogfish or octopus or seeing
something new or different, like a whale
shark or manta ray. If your name is Jerry
Ligon, then you might even discover a
new species of goby or blenny. But, it is
hard for me to imagine what unknowns
there might be in the Bonaire Marine
Park that would strike fear in a diver
aside from suddenly having Charlie the
Tarpon as your "up close and personal"
dive buddy on your very first night dive
off Capt. Don's Habitat or Sand Dollar.
The usually warm, clear, blue water
around Bonaire qualifies as "Tidy bowl"
diving to me, especially compared to the
10-cm visibility I encountered a few
years ago when I agreed to check out the
clogged drain in a park's chilly duck
pond. I suppose a diver could get task
overloaded on Bari Reef, but only be-
cause he or she was carrying too many
cameras while doing REEF fish surveys
and trying to keep his or her kids from
taking off each other's weight belts. The
people of Bonaire and the dive profes-
sionals are so friendly and encouraging
that I cannot imagine how anyone could
fear scrutiny or embarrassment.
With the reef within easy swimming
distance from shore and easily identifiable
landmarks both underwater and along the
shoreline, I am not sure how anyone could
become disoriented on Bonaire. Diving is
so easy here that fatigue and overexertion
are rarely problems unless a diver is on
his seventh or eighth dive of the day.
(Women are smarter than that.)
Divers on Bonaire can run low on air or
out of air. My daughter's dive buddy
once had to grab my octopus (see photo)
after waiting forever for her to photograph
a bashful fish. New divers who have not
mastered efficient breathing or those who
actually chase fish trying to get a better
picture can run low, but they are the ex-
Relatively deep dives are possible on
Bonaire, but hardly necessary. Some of
the diver fatalities on Bonaire have re-
sulted from poorly planned and poorly
executed deep dive attempts. For my
purposes pursuing the next winning photo
contest shot, I rarely need to go below 20
If a diver gets separated from a buddy
on Bonaire, then it is probably because a
photographer's dive buddy got
tired of waiting or somebody was Davit
just plain not paying attention, private ps
Usually, the only significant cur- ter, He
rent or surge on Bonaire is found www.Div
on the windward and southern evidence-
wild sides visited by Wild Larry's vers on p
SEAL wanna-be's. There are a few dive
sites on Bonaire where you could get en-
trapped or entangled, but I have not heard
of any recent diver fatalities from such.
Not that it is impossible. My son once
received a torrent of scolding after an
unplanned penetration and swim through
the Hilma Hooker without dive lights
"leading" his sister and my friend Jona-
than's kids. Meanwhile, I had to hover
outside hand-holding the kids' panicky
mother who just happened to be another
psychiatrist with whom I had trained at
Duke University Medical Center. Funny
how that works.
All in all, it is my professional opinion,
as a psychiatrist and clinical researcher
and divemaster, that Bonaire has about as
low a relative risk for panic as any place
short of a swimming pool. Wait a minute.
My initial confined water training in 1979
was in a poorly maintained motel swim-
ming pool in West Palm Beach that could
have easily doubled as a filthy duck pond.
Bonaire, just what the Dive Psych or-
dered. Fill as prescribed. Accept no sub-
stitutes. David Colvard
d F. Colvard, M.D., is a
psychiatrist and clinical inves-
Raleigh NC, and a divemas-
hosts the website
vePsvch.com which provides
-based information for di-
sychological and stress
scuba divers. O
Bonaire Reporter- March 2 to March 9, 2007
HELP FROM THE TOP
KLM's CEO Kees Storm smiles as he awards Senator Ramonsito Booi a silver
In attendance at the informal award presentation at the home ofRuud Ver- bobbin, de Klos. Note: The silver object Senator Booi holds in his hand is the
meulen were Co de Koning, Ramonsito Booi, Kees Storm, Ruud Vermeulen, "Silver Bobbin Prize," the first time this prize was awarded to anyone, for his deci-
Richard Hart, George DeSalvo, Edith Strauss-Marsera, Rob Strauss and Imre sive presentation which triggered the de klos support program.
Esser. Not pictured, Laura DeSalvo, Sara Matera. Photos by Ruud Vermeulen and Laura
DeSalvo The Tintin album, the delightful "E Kas-Flor i Sol," will be given free to all school
children from 9-13. More details will follow.
F ormalization of
close ties with In future issues The Reporter will describe more of these projects and also two upcon
Holland may be more ing Klos initiatives concerning research on biomass energy through algae and a schof
than a year away but a milk program for children. O G.D.
group of 12 philan-
thropic Dutchmen is
doing things right now
to make it better for
group, a delegation
from a 45-member
club which was
founded more than 24
years ago, is crypti-
cally known as "de
klos," the Dutch word
for bobbin; another
translation of which
"de klos zijn" is to be
the "fall guy." How-
ever, the group is De klos member Co de Koning presents a check to Man-
anything but that. It is gazina de Reyfounder, Edith Strauss Marsera.
made up of the top
men, CEOs and such,
of some of the largest and most successful companies in The Netherlands. What bonds
the group especially is not that they were invited to join the "club" after they reached
the top, but when they were new, lower-level managers. Interestingly the companies
these men lead employ, on the average, 16,000 people, more than the population of
Bonaire even if you count the tourists.
The group was inspired to action following a presentation last month made by Bon-
aire's Senator Ramonsito Booi and Economic Minister Burney El Hage about Bon-
aire's direction in its relationship with The Netherlands. The group was "mesmerized
by Bonaire," said Co de Koning, the organizer of the de klos visit and presentation,
one of the two founding members of de klos (the second being Kees Storm). The ac-
tions were not what Bonaireans are used to seeing Dutch businessmen do, like buying
property to develop and resell.
De klos' chosen task is to support Bonaire's culture, environment, people, especially
children, in a variety of ways. It will begin with five initiatives:
1. Support for Mangazina di Rey
2. Support for Sea Turtle Conservation (STCB)
3. Sponsoring an album of Tintin stories in Papiamentu (already available in 68 lan-
guages and soon in Papiamentu, thanks to the work of historian/journalist B6i
Antoin), to be printed in May.
4. Expansion of the market for Bonaire aloe
5. Support for the visit, taking place this week, of the mayors of two environmen-
tally-protected Dutch islands, Vlieland and Texel, in the Wadden Sea east of The
Netherlands. (See page 6.)
Financing for the Tintin (kuifje) project is by de klos and six companies: Bonaire's
Bonaire Air Services (BAS), Bonaire Management Holding (BMG), Bonaire Law,
Maduro Holdings (Habitat), Playa Trading, Rocargo and from Holland, KLM.
Bonaire Reporter March 2 to March 9, 2007
Pet of the Week
t's amazing what one can find under a
shipping container. A Good Samaritan
found a mother dog with two puppies, barely
alive, and brought them to the Bonaire Animal
Shelter. The mother was in such bad shape
that she had to be put down, but her two pup-
pies, "Dilan," and his sister, "Dorothy," were
saved. Today, both pups are real beauties fat
and sassy. You'd never believe that they had
such a close call with death! And Dilan has
the most gorgeous eyes pale and beseeching "DDan"
and intelligent. He's a soft fawn color and
should grow up to be a medium sized dog. Right now he and his sister are about
three months old, they've been examined and tested by the vet, have had their shots,
been wormed and will be sterilized when they're old enough. They're ready to go to
a good and appreciative home. You may see them at the Shelter on the Lagoen
Road, open Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm. Tel. 717-4989.
Good news: Our "Pet" last week, snow white kitty "Francine," and her brother,
"Floyd," also white, were both adopted thanks to the photo of Francine in this col-
umn. Congratulations to the new owners and their gorgeous new pets.
So far this year the Shelter reports that there have been 20 sterilizations, thanks to
the Sterilization Fund, and 20 adoptions. They're doing it right! o L.D
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for a start up business. NAf170 or best
offer. Call Bob at 786-7362 or 717-7362
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Bonaire Reporter- March 2 to March 9, 2007
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Bata, Guinea Equatorial, Africa
on another of
his "historical adventures" this time
down the east side of Seru Largu and into
the depths of the Bolivia plantation. The
expedition was sponsored by Top Health
Out of their cars and walking down the
mountain road the group was able to ap-
preciate the countryside, the flora and the
fauna up close as the sun rose and the
First stop was the field where Bonaire's
first airport was established where Queen
Juliana arrived to visit in 1936. Looking
down at the island for the first time, we
were told by a fellow walker, she ex-
claimed to the pilot, "Why it looks like a
(Dutch) potato farm!" Later, we hope, she
was to realize the true beauty of the island
and its surrounding coral reefs. Standing
on a small (maybe five by seven meters
by 5 meters) concrete pad, B6i explained
that this was where everything took place:
airport immigration, emigration, police,
customs all of it!
Hiking past kunukus alive with goats,
sheep and geese and acres of newly
planted sorghum we came upon the ruins
of the entrance to the Bolivia Plantation,
complete with gate pillars and the house
of the "vito" overseer.
Later we encountered upon another con-
crete pad relic. This was the tennis court
for the American soldiers who were sta-
tioned at the base here during World War
II, B6i explained.
Walking through the mondi, enjoying
the nature and the ambiance, was condu-
cive to friendly conversations between
good friends, acquaintances and even
strangers with strangers.
On the return trip, as the group ap-
proached Seru Largu, on the hillside there
appeared a dramatic dash of yellow. It
was a single old Kibrahacha tree, explod-
ing with its short-lived blossoming and
it seemed like it was just for us! o L.D.
C zella Williams (holding the copy ofThe Reporter) writes: "On a recent trip
to Africa, I found the children hungry for knowledge. There are as many as
80 children in some classrooms. These are a few of the students I visited, who are
studying English at a Baha'i school in Bata, Guinea Equatorial, Africa. They were
happy to speak English with me and were extremely inquisitive about The Re-
porter. In fact, they asked me to please give them The Reporter and I did. They
immediately made copies of the pages, passed them out among themselves and were
reading what was happening in Bonaire as I left." [
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sea highways in the world with huge oil
tankers and ships passing close.
With the news that the island of Bon-
aire will soon become a municipality as
well, the idea sprouted in the minds of
some of the de klos members: why not
get the islands together to meet each
other and share some thoughts and ideas.
They thought it was particularly im-
portant as historically the larger mu-
nicipalities on the Dutch "mainland"
would very much like to have these
Wadden Sea islands as part of their
"domain." Until the announcement of
this island-meeting trip, the Dutch
press paid little attention to the small
islands. "What?" they ask. "Could they
be demanding 'status aparte' like
Aruba?" "Who's paying for this trip -
is it the government?" (neither the
Dutch nor the Bonaire government are
paying; it's the deklos group and spon-
sors). The little guys are all of a sudden
getting a lot of attention.
The mayors are getting a whirlwind
trip, but they seem to be enjoying it
immensely as are those who've met
and had the opportunity to talk with
them. Thanks, members of de klos. By
opening up lines of communication
you've accomplished a remarkable
deed. O L.D.
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
3-02 1:55 1.2FT. 2:55 1.1FT. 11:52 1.8FT. 20:10 1.OFT. 77
3-03 1:44 1.3FT. 4:24 1.2FT. 12:25 1.7FT. 20:25 1.OFT. 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
3-07 4:05 1.6FT. 14:28 1.1FT. 71
3-07 4:05 1.6FT. 14:28 1.1FT. 71
3-08 4:48 1.6FT. 15:02 1.OFT. 65
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Bonaire Reporter- March 2 to March 9, 2007
Edith Strauss-Mercera (center) show
Mangazina de Rei shop to Mayors Bau
(Hands Across the Sea. Continued from page 6)
"We are five Dutch islands," the may-
ors said, "but because our populations
are small we have to come together to
cooperate." In fact these islands do co-
operate with their neighboring islands in
the Wadden Sea: 25 German ones and
three Danish. As well as being friendly
with each other they lobby for sea safety
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NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
THURS THRU SUN
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MON THRU WED. 1 MOVIE 8PM
SATURDAY 4 PM
February: Night At The
Museum / 'N beetje verliefd
March: Charlotte's Web
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
Saturday, March 3 Monthly Flea
Market at Parke Publico 3 8 pm.
Special this week will be food from
around the world. For only NAf5 you
may purchase a "Worldly Plate" which
includes samples of foods from Mex-
ico, India, Bonaire and Italy. There will
be stands selling clothes, books, bric-a-
brac and more. Two NGOs, the Foun-
dation for the Blind and the Bonaire
Animal Shelter, have stands there as
well and all proceeds go to the founda-
tions. More information 787-0466.
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-More on page 3.
Tuesday, March 6-Unicollege Par-
ents Information Evening, 7-8:30 pm,
Kaya Amstrdam #3 (see page 6)
Thursday, March 8-Unicollege
Open house for new students, 2-4
pm, Kaya Amsterdam #3 (see page 6)
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:
Tues. Feb. 27 -Lili Marleen; Tues., Mar. 6
- Veendam; Wed. Mar. 7 Crown Prin-
Sunday March 18, Fundraising concert
on the Freewinds, 7:30 pm. Tickets sold
at Shelter NAf25. Tel. 717-4989.
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship Visiting Days start-
ing 10 am to early afternoon:
Tues. Mar. 13 Lili Marleen, Sea Princess,
Wed. Mar. 21 Crown Princess; Tues.
Mar. 27 Lili Marleen, Veendam
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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 Marshe-6 am-2 pm. Enjoy a
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* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Fla-
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Flea Market every first Saturday of
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* Live music 6-9 pm while enjoying a
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$10. Buddy Dive Resort, 6 -9:30 pm
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of
Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria 717-
* Advanced Yoga 6.30pm Harbour
* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, 5-7 Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach
* 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-
Note: The B(
Wednesdays mal Shelter
* Open Mike Night Show to ben
with Moogie, 7-9, Cac- Sterilization
aboard the F
* Live music by aboard the
Flamingo Rockers, March 18, n(
Divi Flamingo, Balashi
Beach Bar 5-6:30.
* Beach BBQ 7-10 & Live music by
Flamingo Rockers -The Windsurf Place
at Sorobon -Reserve ahead. Tel. 717-5091,
* Caribbean Night A la Carte Buddy
Dive Resort, 6-10 pm
* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar, 5-
* "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- 9:30 pm
* Mixed Level Yoga 8:30am, Buddy
* 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-
* 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
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- "Discover Our Diversity" slide
show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm, 717-
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
Conservation Bonaire presents the Sea
Turtles ofBonaire Slide Show. Every 1st &
3rd Tuesday at Buddy Dive Resort (717-
3802)at7:00pm. Every 2nd & 4th
Wednesday at the Bruce Bowker's Carib
Inn (717-8817) at 7:00pm.
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past in
this venerable old home that has been restored and
finished so it appears the family hasjust 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 diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view from
"The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bonaire's
culture. Visit homes from the 17th centuy. Daily.
Call 717-4060/ 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the
Catholic Church in town. Openweekdays 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-
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings -every Wednesday, Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or717-3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Cancer Survivor Support Group Majestic
Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes Shopping
Center 2nd Level Kaya LD Gerharts # 10.
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm -
ot March 4.
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at the
FORMA Building on Kaya Korona, across
from the RBTT Bank. All levels invited
NAf5 eny fee. CallCathy 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
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
IndustrialBonaireano) 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 -7174989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics- Call Claire 717-8290
Volunteers to train children in sports.
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 Meet-
ing at 7 pmin 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, Span-
ish and English.
Catholic San Bemardus 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.
Send event info to:
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Tel:786-6518 or 786-6125
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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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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
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At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Breakfast, Lunc and Dinner from 6-9pm. Only NAf 28 or $15.75.
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The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate NAf10 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.
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Downtown- Kaya Grandi 48 Open everyday except Tuesday 2 for 1 Happy Hour 6-7:30
717-5025 For Dinner Incredible Mexican Cuisine
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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-
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Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, wax-
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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.
Day Spa by Nubia offers relaxing body and facial
treatments, nail and foot care, waxing. Special pack-
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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-
Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow
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at Caribbean Court and the Hamlet Oasis. Join their
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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.
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.
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet and
tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in Bel-
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METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
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stainless. Complete machine shop too.
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fast, fine processing forprints, slides, items and ser-
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Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
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Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
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Bonaire Reporter- March 2 to March 9, 2007
rn n o nre............
Win de Grijze
This is a reprint of an article that appeared in The Reporter in April,
2005. Greta Kooistra will return with a new column next week.
Sr I he Plasa Machi Mimi on the
I boulevard where the Venezue-
lans sell fruits and vegetables was my
grandmother's. She sold fish there prac-
tically until she died in 1986 at the age
of 94. Last year the plasa was officially
named after her. Her real name was
Bernabe Everts, and she raised me. Eve-
ryone thought she was my mom and to
me she was the queen.
My mother is Petra Candida Everts-de
Grijze, a Bonairean who now lives in
Curaqao. My father, from Curaqao, was
stationed as a soldier on Bonaire. He
was Sergeant Major Marco de Grijze
and his father was Dutch. When they
met in Bonaire my mother already had
my sister, Lourdes. When I was born in
1943 they got married. When I was
eight my family and I moved to Cura-
qao. After primary school I went to
technical school with the friars at Brak-
keput. I had a wonderful childhood.
At 17 I returned to Bonaire and lived
with my grandmother. She took care of
me, did everything for me; I didn't do
anything; I went fishing! It didn't last
very long though; when I was 18, I went
to sea, working for KNSM, the Royal
Dutch Shipping Company. First we
sailed the Caribbean, then we went to
Holland and back. When I was fur-
loughed I didn't go back because I had
So, on Bonaire I started working for
Trans World Radio, building the trans-
mitting towers. Eddy Rijna and I were
the only ones who climbed the towers.
After the job was done they didn't need
us anymore and I went back to sea,
working for Dammers van der Heiden, a
shipping company just like KNSM ex-
cept with smaller ships. We went every-
where: to Panama to deliver electronic
equipment, through the Panama Canal
to Ecuador where we picked up bananas
for Miami, then to the coast of Africa to
pick up fish for Puerto Rico, as the
Japanese fishing there weren't allowed
to sell it in Puerto Rico. It was a great
job! I'd signed for eight months twice,
and when my time was up I went back
The day I arrived I didn't go straight
home; I went to some bars and it lasted
all night long! I fell asleep in Kaya
Grandi, right on the street in front of
'Centro.' A friend of mine, Police In-
spector Franssen, woke me up and I
said, 'I didn't do anything!' He an-
swered, 'I know! But we've been look-
ing for you for a long time! Someone
from Radio Netherlands asked who
built the TWR towers. They need you
there!' Franssen took me to Radio Neth-
erlands; I started working for them right
away as the foreman, in the same condi-
tion Franssen had found me in the
street! Everyone knew me as 'Win di
Machi Mimi,' so when I went to take a
nap to get rid of my hangover the other
workers said, 'Hey, don't do that! The
new foreman, de Grijze, will be here
any minute!' Because of the name, they
were expecting a Dutchman!"
Win de Grijze (61) grins. Sitting in his
old chair in his garage, Muffler King,
and surrounded by his people, engines,
cars and noises, he's completely at ease
and enjoys telling his story. "I had won-
derful years working for Radio Nether-
lands 20 years in all. I have a very
good pension; they have the best labor
agreement in the Antilles! I didn't re-
sign my job, I got the caisson disease
and after that bone narcosis in my
shoulder joint. I am the first bone-
transplant patient in the Antilles.
I used to dive a lot; I could go tremen-
dously deep without the aqua lung.
Percy Sweetnam and I were the first
friends of Captain Don, but I never
worked for Don commercially. I
wanted to be free and I didn't want the
responsibility. With Percy, Victor and
another Aruban guy we got a big job on
Curamao: cleaning the Queen Elisabeth I
underwater. We started in Curaqao, then
to Aruba, then to Trinidad where we
finished the job.
"The most beautiful
thing about Bonaire is
the people; forget about
knows one another and
practically everybody is
related by marriage!"
I had the accident because I'd made a
mistake. I was diving with two bottles
and stayed too long underwater. When I
came up they went to refill the bottles
and I went skin diving, spear fishing,
without waiting an hour. But I didn't
add that time to my diving time. After
my bottles were filled I went diving
again; when I came up... bang! Luckily
there were some YMCA doctors on the
island. They put me under water for one
hour, then I was taken to Curacao by
plane, a plane that had to fly very low.
After I'd recovered I couldn't go back
to the Radio Netherlands towers any-
more. Dr. Welvaart talked with my boss
and they gave me a job for half days -
washing cars, making coffee but it
didn't work out, not with my salary! I
left, so someone else could replace me.
They've always treated me well and
my hobby is fishing. I built my first
boat, a small one to start with, and now
I have a real big one, the Triple J,
named after my two daughters, Juliette
and Julisa, and my son Jerwin. I married
their mom, Zena Dammers 30 years ago
here on Bonaire. She was the cutest;
everything about her was just so nice.
Now we have two grandchildren, Jean-
Marc and Jarrold. I also have another
daughter Mary and a granddaughter,
Emily. My daughter Juliette is the
woman I appreciate most in my life.
We're one of a kind; we understand
each other perfectly well.
Yeah, I did a lot and I still do a lot. I
take a lot of young kids who don't go to
school or have a job out to sea. I talk to
them and try to teach them something
and it works; most of them find good
jobs after a while. I've got a countless
number of friends, here and on the other
islands, and so I feel I'm the richest guy
in the Antilles. But my best friends are
the ones from my childhood: George
Ammerlaan, Rafael Damascus and Doei
I did some crazy things when I was
young. Ivan Floris, who now owns the
crusher and who was working at the
time as the chief mechanic at the Ford
garage, and I read a book about helicop-
ters. He'd gotten an engine and every
weekend we worked on it. The first
flight of our helicopter was quite im-
pressive; we pulled the starter string...
and up it went... straight into the elec-
tric cables! Never ran so fast in my life!
All of Antriol was out of power! Crazy
things! I'm not so active anymore; I'm
trying to pay off my taxes and hope my
son Jerwin will take over Muffler King.
Then I'm going fishing!
I've never wanted to live anywhere
else but here in Bonaire. Life was so
Win de Grijze
easy. I built this garage with friends,
and we built each other's houses. Eve-
ryone helped each other; that was how
Bonaire was in the old days very
beautiful. Now we have lots of foreign-
ers. I'm not against them, but every
person brings the good and the bad from
his own culture and that's how things
start to change.
The Central Government in Curaqao
has made many people leave because
they were never interested in Bonaire
and they never helped us. Then the tax
collectors office finished it off by hunt-
ing for the small businesses, and that
meant death for everyone. They de-
stroyed our economy instead of helping
the people and it's like this in all the
Antilles, except for Aruba. We'd be
better off if we had a direct connection
Our politicians have good capabilities,
but they shouldn't be so divided. Once,
in Miami when I was visiting a good
friend he went to Cuban political meet-
ing. As I was waiting there for him I
met the president of the meeting, and
when I told him I was Antillean he said,
'There are two politicians of great cali-
ber in the Antilles whom you should
always support. One is Don Martina and
the other one Ramonsito Booi!' I was so
proud! In Miami of all places!
The most beautiful thing about Bon-
aire is the people; forget about politics.
Everybody knows one another and prac-
tically everybody is related by mar-
riage! We're all people and nobody is
perfect. All my life I've had the most
beautiful times and I think
it will last... There has
never been another place
for me; I love Bonaire
Story & photo by Greta
Bonaire Reporter March 2 to March 9, 2007
W hat makes
bats so im-
portant to Bonaire? It's
only that they are crucial
to holding the whole is-
land's soil together and
controlling the mosquito
Bats are Bonaire's only
native mammals and are
vital to the balance of our
ecosystem. They're cru-
cial to the pollination of
the cactus, our main plant
species, agave and fruit
trees. They pollinate the
flowers and disperse the
seeds. Most cactus bloom
only at night and it is the
bats who are the chief
pollinators. Research was
done in Curagao, where
the scientists covered
some cacti so they could-
n't be pollinated. As the
scientists expected, the
cacti eventually died from
lack of being pollinated by
the bats during the night.
Our cactus not only
holds the island's earth
together but it provides
food and homes for par-
rots, iguanas, lizards and
on down the chain.
Imagine also an island
without its insect eating
bats. Just one lone bat can
eat 600 to 3,000 mosqui-
toes an hour! Consider the
In past years eight spe-
cies of bats have been
reported as living on Bon-
aire: insect eaters, flower
and fruit pollinators and
fish eaters. But things
have changed a lot, which
have affected those num-
bers. Housing construction near and on top
of caves, blasting near the airport, cave div-
ing, snorkeling and spelunking all have
disturbed the habitats of these misunder-
stood "keystone species." Bonaire needs its
Niw Cavw ulWid
ecently the TCB awarded cave
guide certificates to Wilco
Candzaat from the staff at Captain
Don's Habitat and Rick Antonio Aguilar
from the Black Durgeon. (pictured
above with TCB's Ronella Croes) 1
mammal and because of their important to
the islands' ecosystem the BAT team gath-
ered information and mounted an education
and awareness campaign targeted at the resi-
dential population, both adults and school
children, as well as towards the visiting tour-
Currently, the government has an agree-
ment with six tourist businesses on the is-
land, allowing them to have only registered
cave guides to enter four "sacrificial" caves.
How many bats does it take to keep our
island in balance? That figure has not been
determined, but by the time it becomes an
issue it may be too late.
And there's such a simple solution: Stay
out of the caves where the bats are living
and raising their voung. [ L.D.
Bat feeding headfirst on cactus flower nectar Herman van Leeuwen photo
Bonaire Reporter- March 2 to March 9, 2007
BC> E I FE
*to find it... just look up
The Wonder and Majesty of The Four
Brightest Stars of Orion The Hunter
A almost everyone knows that the
most famous star pattern of winter
is Orion, the Hunter. And although eve-
ryone loves his red shoulder star, Betel-
geuse, Orion's other three bright stars are
also quite wonderful.
On any clear night in February, from 7
to 9 pm, Sky Park time, look almost
overhead to see Orion in all his glory.
The dead giveaway is the three equally
spaced stars in a row, which mark his
belt. Above them are the two bright stars
which mark his shoulders, and below are
the two bright stars which mark his
knees. Betelgeuse comes from an Arabic
word which means "armpit of the giant"
and is correctly pronounced Bet-El-Gerz.
But most people pronounce it Betelgeuse
so they can remember it because if you
stepped on a beetle you'd get red beetle
juice. At least that's what lecturers in
planetariums have been telling kids for
years. Constellation Orion
At any rate Betelgeuse is a giant redtion Oion
variable star. When it contracts to its
smallest size it is 500 times as wide as our million-mile-wide Sun, but when it ex-
pands to its largest size it is almost 900 times as wide. And its red color indicates
that it is a much cooler star than our yellow Sun. Orion's other shoulder star is
named Bellatrix, which in Arabic means the conqueror. And although it is much
smaller than Betelgeuse it still is three solar diameters, which means it is three
times as wide as our Sun. And it is a pale blue-white star, which means that it is
many, many times hotter than both red Betelgeuse and our yellow Sun.
Orion's right knee is a white super giant star named Rigel. And it is much larger
than Bellatrix, 60 solar diameters or 60 times as wide as our Sun. His other knee
star named Saiph is blue in color and is likewise a super giant, although somewhat
smaller, 38 solar diameters, which makes our Sun really look puny next to it or any
of Orion's four brightest stars.
Now although experts disagree as to the exact distance of each of these stars from
Earth, they are all hundreds of light years away, which means that when we look at
them we see them not as they exist now but as they existed some time in the past
depending on how far away they are. For instance, when we look at Bellatrix we
see it as it existed 300 years ago because it is 300 light years away and it takes that
long for its light to reach us. We see Betelgeuse as it existed 500 years ago because
it is 500 light years away. But as far away as his shoulder stars are his knee stars are
much, much farther. Indeed, Rigel is 1,000 light years away and Saiph is 1,400 light
years away. Wow!
So there you have it: the shoulder and knee stars of Orion the Hunter, each one
much larger than our own Sun and so far away that no one alive will ever live to see
what they actually look like in the present time. Something to think about and mar-
vel at. And don't forget the total lunar eclipse on Saturday, March 2 at sunset!
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Bonaire Reporter March 2 to March 9, 2007
Sunday, February 25 to Saturday, March 3
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Take time to do something nice for yourself. Roman-
tic opportunities will be plentiful if you get out and mingle. Uncertainty about your
relationship is prevalent. Get more involved in group efforts at work. Your lucky
day this week will be Saturday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Listening can be more valuable than being a chat-
terbox. Your mate will appreciate your honesty. Don't rely on others to do your
work. Take the time to help those less fortunate. Your lucky day this week will be
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Your dynamic, determined approach will win favors
as well as a helping hand. Recognition will be yours if you meet your deadline.
Give everyone in the house a physical chore that will help burn off some of the ex-
cess energy. Opportunities to get ahead will be evident. Your lucky day this week
will be Monday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You can expect to have a passionate time if you go
out with someone you are romantically interested in. Your own small business on
the side sounds pretty lucrative. Problems with relatives and friends could surface.
You may find yourself in an uncomfortable situation if you have overloaded your
plate unintentionally. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You are best to stick to yourself this week. Get together
with those you find men tally stimulating. Plan a nice evening for two. Being unap-
preciated by your boss could make it hard to do your work effectively. Your lucky
day this week will be Monday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Difficulties will result if you have to deal with con-
troversial groups this week. You will feel tired and rundown if you have allowed
yourself to get into a financial mess. You may find that family members may not be
too easy to get along with. Throw yourself into your work. Your lucky day this
week will be Thursday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Your devotion will be persuasive. Be prudent and
don't be led down the garden path. You will have to help family members sort out
unfortunate difficulties. Your efforts won't go unnoticed; however, someone you
work with may get jealous. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22)
Don't use the interstate as a racetrack. Difficulties with females you live with could
cause emotional stress. You must not lead someone on or show interest in them for
the wrong reasons. Try spending the day catching up on any responsibilities that
need to be taken care of. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Try to spend some time on your own. You
will accomplish the most in the work environment this week. Make sure all of your
travel and driver's documents are in proper order. You will be able to get your own
way if you use your intellectual charm and knowhow. Your lucky day this week
will be Friday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Opportunities to make financial gains through
investments look promising. Find a quiet spot where you can work diligently and
stay out of the way. Don't play on your partner's emotions. Don't avoid situations
that may deteriorate; try to mend them. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You can make financial deals that will bring you
extra cash. You can make some money if you get involved in a conservative finan-
cial prospect that is presented to you. Keep a lookout for any individuals eager to
confront you with unsavory situations. You can anger others quickly this week.
Avoid overspending on items for your home. Your lucky day this week will be
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Praise will be yours if you have been pursuing your
goals. The talk you have may be eye-opening with regard to your present situation.
Insincere gestures of friendliness are likely to occur. Secret love affairs may be en-
ticing; however, you must be prepared for the restraints that will follow. o