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\ree' REPORTER
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T he Dutch
govern-
ment's represen-
tative who will
be most directly
involved with
developing the
new relationship
between The
Netherlands and Ank Bileveld
the Antilles, the
new State Secretary of Kingdom Rela-
tions, Ank Bijleveld, will be paying
an orientation visit to the Nether-
lands Antilles and Aruba beginning
Monday, March 19.
She plans to visit all islands and meet
with the Antillean Governor, the Cen-
tral Government and the Executive
Councils of Curacao, Bonaire, St.
Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba.

> A report by consultant James
Dunnigan questions: If Venezuelan
dictator Hugo Chavez made a grab
for Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao,
could the Dutch really do anything
about it? "The Dutch military is no
slouch, having performed peacekeep-
ing missions in the Balkans and has
served alongside the US military in
Iraq. However, these have been rela-
tively small contingents of land forces
as opposed to a major naval-air cam-
paign which reclaiming those Carib-
bean islands would entail. The report
concludes that because of long supply


lines and strategic factors, US and al- where the actual visa is printed. The
lied help would be needed to stop any passport and the visa is then FedEx'ed
aggression from Chavez. or mailed.


Air France-KLM is reportedly
preparing a bid for Alitalia and could
link up with investment fund Manage-
ment & Capitali, which has already
been shortlisted by the Italian govern-
ment, daily Finanza & Mercati said
without giving a source.
The Italian government holds 49.9%
of Alitalia and is ready to sell a stake
of at least 30.1% in the airline.

> Soon, Antillean students in the
US, holders of non-Dutch passports
and other travelers who need a non-
immigrant visa (NIV) for the US will
no longer have to travel to the Ameri-
can embassy in Caracas or Barbados.
The American Consulate-general in
Willemstad has started a test project
for issuing visas locally. The last time
the US consulate issued a visa was
years ago. Travelers with a Dutch pass-
port do not need a visa to travel to the
US.
With the new system visa requests
are done online. The requestors com-
plete and print the new Electronic Visa
Application Form which minimizes the
handling time. With the completed
form the requestors go to the American
consulate in Curaqao for an interview.
The requestor's passport, for which an
NIV is approved, is sent to Caracas


> The US State Department and the
Homeland Security Department now
require all US citizens and foreign
nationals to carry a passport or
other accepted secure documents to
enter or re-enter the US from vaca-
tions or business travel (by air or sea)
anywhere in the Caribbean, including
Bonaire.

> Parliament unanimously ap-
proved the National Official Lan-
guages Ordinance last week adding
Papiamentu to the Dutch Kingdom's
official languages. Dutch, English
and Papiamentu are now official lan-
guages.
Education Minister Omayra Leeflang
gave Parliament members the first
Papiamentu document from 1933,
"Bibliography of the Papiamentu lan-
guage of Maritza Coomans-Eustatia,"
and a copy of E Kas Patras (The Back
House) of Anne Frank as a gift.
"Papiamentu can no longer be called
a dialect. Together with the Dutch and
English languages Papiamentu is now
a language in the Kingdom," said Leef-
lang.

> Twenty-four divers took part in
another FREE buoyancy workshop
(Continued on page 4)


Bonaire Reporter- March 16 to March 23, 2007


The REPORTER
Table of Contents
Get Ready for Jazz Festival 4
Bonaire Ambassador (Ursula Vogt) 4
Capt'n Don's Award on Display 5
Ebo's Story 5
Letters 6
It Can Happen Here
Scale is Important
Join the Bridge Club 6
Bonaire Blooms 10
Bonaire Loras Go Global 10
New Photo Shop -Capture Photo at Divi
Flamingo 12
Young ODA Journalists 13
Shrink Studies SCUBA (Trauma) 18

VEBL Y FEA TES
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Picture Yourself (On Bonaire
from Vlaardingen, The Netherlands) 7
Straight Talk 7
Classifieds 12
Pet of the Week ("Jack ") 14
Tide Table 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since
(Bert Poyck and Jo Bux) 17
Sky Park (Moon, Venus, Saturn) 19
The Stars Have It 19


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> Last Monday the Bonaire Judo team returned from the Antillean Judo Cham-
pionships loaded with five gold medals and four silver. The medal winners were D Newest Citizens! On Sunday, March 4, SEBIKI organized a get together at
Chalton Crestiaan, Naigel Coffie, Jason Troncon, Neshomar Anthony and Alejan- Sunrise Restaurant for the mothers who participated in its pre-natal classes.
dro Sanchez pictured above. Well done! BVO photo Sixteen mothers and their babies as well as some fathers took part. BVO photo


(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
at the Carib Inn. "Entertained" by
Bruce Bowker, owner and senior dive
instructor on Bonaire, these divers got a
lot of pointers and techniques to try on
their next dive to improve both buoyancy
control and their swimming skills under-
water. Two weeks ago 28 divers took
part. In total, over 200 pounds of unnec-
essary lead were shed. Not only does
this help the divers but it saves the reefs
from divers who wear too much lead and
wind up hitting corals

> Looking for something "especially
Bonaire?" There's a wonderful selec-
tion of "Bonaire Image" greeting
cards available at Chat-N-Browse.


> Lawyers, car dealers, dealers in
precious metals and stones (jewelers)
and others are now required by the Cen-
tral Government to help the fight
against money laundering and terror-
ism financing. In the near future the
National Ordinance regarding the report-
ing of unusual transactions (P.B. 1996,
no. 21) and (P.B. 1996, no.23) will go
into force.
It will be applicable to lawyers, nota-
ries, car dealers, insurance companies
and brokers, tax advisors, jewelers, real
estate brokers and dealers in building
materials.
The Unusual Transactions Reporting
Center will be organizing information
sessions in Bonaire and the other islands
soon. More information is available from


Tel.: 09-462-6588, ext.
21/24/26/31, Fax: 462 6522,
Email: mot.na@gov.an.

> Forty-five years ago
some people on the island de-
cided that Bonaire needed a
service club and so began the
Bonaire Lions Club. Over the
years its contributions have
been countless. This year in
addition to a gala and a com-
munity party in Wilhelmina
Park, they've renovated the
Art school connected with Kas
di Arte on the Promenade.


(Continued on page 8)


Education Commissioner Dammers looks on as
Lions President Ron Schleper presents Kas diArte
President Jacky Bernabela new keys. Lions photo


tonaire Reporter Marcn 1b to Marcn 23, 2UU0


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CGe RPead g for Jan


t's not too early to think about attending the 3rd An-
nual Bonaire Heineken Jazz and Salsa Festival
May 17 through 20. Performing will be wonderful artists
including: Paoli Mejias Quintet from Puerto Rico, The
WES group from Washington DC, Gerado Rosales Mon-
gomania from The Netherlands and Venezuela, the Yuri
Honing Trio from The Netherlands, Trio Jean Jacques
Rojer from Curaqao, Affettuoso from Aruba, Oswin
"Chin" Behilia from Curaqao, plus Bonaire's local and
student bands with special guests, Boy Janga, Scott
Katzev and Franklin Granadio


We arC a sponor of


www.boonairejazz.com


Bonaire Amb


The main
sponsor is
Heineken
with very
significant
sponsor-
ship from
RE/MAX
Paradise
Homes,
Littman' s
Jewelers,
Dive
Friends /
Yellow
Submarine,
Plaza Re-
sort Bon- Benji and Guus at last year's festival
aire, More
for Less,
Rocargo, MCB, The Bonaire Reporter, and Omni Electronics.
The concerts and jam sessions will be held at Kas di Arte, Fort Oranje, Little
Havana, Plaza Resort, Divi Flamingo Resort and Bongos Beach
All admission is free except for the main concerts on May 18 and 19 which will
cost NAf30. Students pay half price.
For latest Info go to www.bonaireiazz.com 1 Press release


Ursula Vogt from Switzerland was honored with the Bronze Ambassador
medal for visiting the island of Bonaire for the last 10 years. Two friends of
hers told her about Bonaire one day and of the nice, friendly little resort Palm Stu-
dio and Blue Divers, where they spent their holidays.
Ten years ago she came here with her husband who is a dive instructor like she is
and their two children, Dominik and Martina. Since then they have spent their div-
ing holidays in Bonaire, year after year. Every year she's organized a two-week trip
to Bonaire for their friends in their diving club. The groups vary from five to 10
people, who've enjoyed every day they were here.
Ursula says that since the first day she was in Bonaire she was infected with the
"Bonaire virus." She loves Bonaire and its beauty on land and under water. She
likes the friendly people and how Bonaireans keep their culture.
They stayed at Palm Studio/Blue Divers during all their visits and were very satis-
fied. They like the garden with the palm trees and the little pool.
On their homepage they have some pictures of Bonaire and nearly every week
somebody asks about Bonaire and diving here. The only thing that she tells them is:
"Go there, you must see it, you must feel it, you must smell it it's something spe-
cial, it's beautiful!"
Congratulations and thank you on behalf of the island and its people! TCB re-
lease




T REPORTER has moved!

The Bonaire Reporter has moved its headquarters to the
Bolivia plantation area of Bonaire.


Bonaire Reporter- March 16 to March 23, 2007


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BONHATA President Bous Scholts, Steve Littman, CURO head
Bruce Bowker, Janet Thibault, Capt. Don, STINAPA head Elsmarie
Beukenboom, Commissioner of Tourism Onnie Emerenciana, TCB
head Ronella Croes, Adam Littman, Habitat head Jack Chalk

ast month Capt. Don's Hall of Fame Trophy was unveiled at
the Departure Hall in Flamingo Airport. The award to Capt.
Don was made two years ago in October and since then TCB to-
gether with co-sponsors worked on the project to place this impor-
tant trophy in a special place. Now there's a beautifully designed
display that can be seen by all our departing visitors at the Depar-
ture Lounge. The display was designed by Littman's Jewelers and
was sponsored by TCB, STINAPA, CURO, BONHATA and Capt.
Don's Habitat.
Capt. Don requested that he wanted to include a piece on Ebo
(Hubert) Domacass6 who was instrumental in getting Bonaire
where it is. He feels the award is not just for him (Capt. Don) but
for the island and therefore belongs to the people of Bonaire, espe-
cially to those who contributed to making Bonaire the Divers' Para-
dise.


Here's bit About Ebo by Capt. Don, written in
Feohrinri 19000


r cuIr y, 1i x.. .

Z I' wo old gray
I haired ladies,
tourists, pulled down
their diving masks,
locked arms and walked
confidently down the
old boat ramp to disap-
pear into the sea. This
was 1967 at the site of
the once WW II intern-
ment camp, now the
Flamingo Beach Club -
Bonaire (now Divi Fla-
mingo).
A young Bonairean
called Ebo stood watch-
ing, fascinated, as these
ladies, perhaps older
than his grandmother,
simply adorned steel
tanks and other basic
diving gear and walked into the
sea. He had watched Captain Don
and his divers doing this for years
- which stirred no real desire to
learn. However, grandmothers?
Ebo had been born to the sea:
sailed before he could walk,
swam with the agility of a fish
and dove, holding his breath,
down into the reefs to remarkable
depths, often without mask or
fins. There was no part of the sea
which brought him fear. Yet
Scuba seemed to impose a cau-
tion that held him back from
wanting to learn the art.
Ebo Domacass6 is in many
ways the heart of the Old Fla-
mingo Beach Club. He was a
trusted employee, often adminis-
trator, waiter, boat man hauling
water skiers, fishing for others.
And then as the bartender: as


natural as he was with the sea he
was equally comfortable with all
the international tourists.
Even though he had been
around the shenanigans of this
crazy Captain Don and had virtu-
ally watched the birth of the Car-
ibbean's diving craze, there was a
hidden reserve that restrained
him from the desire of com-
pressed air breathing. But now
the grandmothers had touched a
nerve. Not long after, Ebo
donned his first tank and simply
taught himself Scuba. Captain
Don, having been that route him-
self, thought it a most natural
thing and had simply cautioned
Ebo: "Never do two tanks back to
back. And pull this 'J' rod when
you run out of air; it will give
you enough air to get to the sur-
face. But don't trust it. When it


Bonaire Reporter March 16 to March 23, 2007


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IT CAN HAPPEN HERE
Dear Editor:
Last week's issue of The Bonaire Reporter contained my letter about detrimental
effects of overfishing on coral reefs, and Dee Scarr's article about a fatal disease
that struck sea urchins in the Caribbean in the early 1980s. The two topics are
seemingly unrelated. However, this coincidence reminded me of a sad story in which
these two topics came together in a very unfortunate way. This story has a great
lesson, and it needs to be retold since it happened more than 20 years ago and many
today never heard of it.

The large island of Jamaica was once surrounded by a beautiful reef that held some
60 species of corals. During the last couple of centuries, the population of Jamaica
grew exponentially, while continually fishing. Overfishing in Jamaican waters can be
traced back over 100 years. People removed more than half of the large algae-eating
fish even before the 20th century. By 1973, both herbivores (parrotfish and surgeon-
fish) and carnivores (sharks, jacks, and groupers) were taken at a rate that was twice
- or even three times the sustainable take.
Here come the urchins. As fish disappeared, the population of this algae-eating com-
petitor of fish exploded. This was good for the reef; during the 1970s the reefs ap-
peared to survive well, as sea urchins took over the niche of herbivorous fish, keep-
ing the fleshy, filamentous algae under control.
In 1980, Hurricane Allen smashed the Jamaican corals. As the reef began to slowly
recover after the hurricane, the grazing urchins played a critical role in keeping down
the algae so new corals could settle. Three years later, a disease attacked the urchins
causing their mass mortality throughout the Caribbean. With overfishing still ram-
pant, there were no major grazers left. Algae started to flourish. Clearly benefiting
from the lack of grazers, algal coverage by the end of 1980s increased from 4% to
92%, with live coral cover declining from 52% to a mere 3%! The Jamaican coral
reef died. The causes were the urchins' death after the hurricane damaged the reef,
with overfishing triggering the reduced resilience of the reef ecosystem.
Remember, the live coral reef coverage around Bonaire is about 47%, a little less
than it used to be around Jamaica before 1980.
Genady Filkovsky.


SCALE IS IMPORTANT


Join the Brid


> After many amazing bridge years with Kathy, the Bonaire Bridge Buddies
(BBB) will begin meeting at the airport restaurant. Every week a lot of nice, edu-
cated and less educated people (in bridge) spend their Wednesday evenings playing
together as real buddies. Play starts at 19.30 and goes on till 23.00 and will cost you
NAf 2,50. For more information call Joop (717-5903 or 786-6003) or better mail
mahostariiflamingotv.net Don't feel uncomfortable if you just play for a short time.
Give it a try! (Herman van Leeuwen)






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Bonaire Reporter- March 16 to March 23, 2007


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

Note: Part 1 addressed the reader's perception of how most
relationships are based on mutual understanding rather than true
love, and how economics create tolerance for a breadwinner's
misbehavior in a relationship. Part 2 addressed the reader's per-
ception of three kinds of love. Readers can obtain all three parts
of the Q&A session by sending an email request to:
betwillsZa.mac.com.Bey Wills

Question (Part 3, continuing) from:
Better to rise than to fall in love.

So how can you give advice to people who get mixed up in this mess of rules on one
side and nature on the other? Nature is strongest and rules cannot harness it.
I have the pleasure to know a little about love and I know several girlfriends, some
sexually active and others not. All I can do is help them, assist them, give them all I
can and not possess them. I let them free and therefore they love me.

ANSWER: I've always found it's better to give than to receive, which is why giv-
ing advice comes easy for me. I especially enjoy putting a humorous spin on it to
help lighten the load. It makes life a little more pleasant when you can look back
and laugh at yourself and some of the crazy things you've done.
Your conclusion that nature is strongest and rules cannot harness it sounds more
like a credo for wild animals than humans. The human conscience is nature's har-
ness and serves to contain the beast in us. In other words, our conscience harnesses
humanity with unspoken rules of civility. Some choose to listen to it; some don't.
A lack of conscience is usually at the root of repeated transgressions, including acts
of infidelity. Perhaps you've heard it said a hardpenis has no conscience. True,
but the man attached to it often does.
If you are not being deceitful to your girl friends and they are happy in their rela-
tionship with you, knowing you have multiple sex partners, then it appears you're
getting what you paid for a mutual understanding in a relationship that exchanges
sex for money. I wouldn't go so far as to call it "love, much less, 'free love. "


JOKE OF THE DAY


A woman was chatting with her next-door neighbor.

"I feel really good today. I started out this morning
with an act of unselfish generosity. I gave a $20 bill
to a bum."
"You gave a bum 20 whole dollars?
That's a lot of money to just give
away. What did your husband say
about it?"


Picture Yourself With The Reporter

Following the Queen to Bonaire
(from Vlaardingen, The Netherlands)
w -,


Anny and Johan van Winkelhoff were on Bonaire from mid- November
through the beginning of December. They say they are mad to visit here and
hope to continue for years to come. They titled this photo, Two Queens since their
visit coincided with Queen Beatrix's. O


Bonaire Reporter March 16 to March 23, 2007


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> Green Label Garden Center just
got another delivery of clay pots a
whole container's worth, and what a
selection- big, gigantic (Ali Baba
sized), small ones and everything in
between. There are simple, classic
ones, some that are decorated, others in
animal shapes. These pots are very
popular items on the island so stop in
and see them before they're all sold
out. Green Label is in Playa, across
from Napa and around the corer from
DeFreewieler. Open all day, Monday
through Friday and on Saturdays until
1.


(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 3)
> Get your 2007 license plate
sticker by paying your road tax as
soon as possible. Police checkpoints
are continuing to be set up to check.
If you're caught without one, your
car is impounded.

> The site for the
"Early" St. Patrick's
Day party, featuring the
Irish Crooners "(world
famous in Curacao and
Bonaire") is now at Steve's Red 7,
upstairs from the Bonaire Motorcycle
Shop. It's Friday, March 16, start-
ing at 10 pm and going on to the
17th (3 am). Entrance is free. There
will be Irish stew, Guinness, Irish
whiskey. Music by the Crooners will
be traditionally Irish with some sing-
along oldies. Guest musicians are
welcome.


Unloading pots into Green Label's shop
interior

D Satur-
day, March
17, is not
only St. Pat-
rick's Day,
it's Dia di
Aruba, but
it's not just for Arubans. Everyone is
welcome to their big festival at the
stadium parking lot and it goes from
10:30 am to 2 am the next morning.
There will be dancing, live music and
great food from all over the Caribbean.
The Arubans do know how to throw a
party, so don't miss it.


SI -. w.. ...r M4 Do One sure sign that elections are
The Jong Bonaireping-pong (table tennis) team and advisors, coming up is the road repair is going

> Two Saturdays ago youngsters at Jong Bonaire held a car wash to raise money on around the sland. Funded by pov-
for their great ping-pong team. They hope to be able to travel to Valencia, Vene- erty-fighting financial aid from Reda
zuela, to take part in the World Tournament, the "ITTF World Junior Circuit." Addi- ocal (you can go broke fixing your
tinnal nnnsnrchin i weprlcnme n Phntn R tno v fr inm JTnn Rnnnirp (Continued on page 9)


Bonaire Reporter- March 16 to March 23, 2007


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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 8)


'Chabe' and Governor Domacasse


Thepaving machine in action


car and tires from the damage done by bad roads) hot asphalt is
being laid in Bonaire's neighborhoods.
The contractor in charge of the work is MNO Vervat (ex-Koop
Tjuchem) managed by Dion Mulder under guidance from the
Highway Department of Dienst Ruimtelijk Ontwikkeling & Be-
heer (DROB). The asphalt is shipped from Curaqao since Bonaire
has no asphalt plant. Most work in Antriol is complete and is now
underway in Rincon.

> Have you noticed the newly opened
restaurant Patagonia in the Lighthouse at
Harbour Village Marina? This exciting
new restaurant featuring Argentine cui-
sine and flavors is owned and operated
by the Pablo Palacios family who are the
originators of Argentine cuisine on the
island. The spectacular setting on the har-
bor equals the cuisine that comes from
Chef Pablo's kitchen. Argentinean beef,
tender and succulent, chicken and fish -
all done to perfection the Argentineano ec
way. I ry
Enjoy fine cuisine, cold, cold drinks
on their outdoor terrace with views of n Su
the water or in air-conditioning inside.
Patagonia is open for lunch and dinner
every day except Monday. Reservations
are appreciated. Telephone 717-7725.

> There's another realtor in Bon-
aire. Bonaire Sunshine Homes, whose
tagline is "realty with a local touch"
opened its doors with a press confer-
ence last week. It's a partnership of
three people well known in Bonaire for
other endeavors:
-James Finies, a Bonairean and who
has over 20 years of banking experi-
ence.
-Elisabeth Vos, who came from Hol-
land more then 15 yrs ago, a tennis pro RO y Ban
at Harbour Village who created the is- P Bak aw KM
Acct 114-2ID


Catalina Elisabeth Francisca Paula-Frans, the old-
est resident of Bonaire and better known as 'Chabe,' cele-
brated her 104th birthday last week. There was a party for
her at her residence, Mariadal Foundation nursing home,
where she lives. There was also a party planned at her fam-
ily's home in Rincon. Notice the photo of her in younger
days in the background.

land's superb youth tennis program and
-Davika (Vicky) Bissessar, who made Bonaire her home eight
years ago and is the driving force behind the popular children's
Parke Publico.
The office is in the heart of Kralendijk.

> Welcome back to advertiser, Warehouse Bonaire, Bon-
aire's biggest air-conditioned supermarket with the biggest as-
sortment of fresh meats, produce, dairy, bakery and canned and
frozen goods. They have the best prices on the island and for
good reason that's why the locals shop here. Fresh products come
from Holland and the US and the bread is baked fresh daily.
They're open Monday through Friday 8 am to 6 pm, non-stop,
and on Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm. Check out their website:
www.warehousebonaire.com for detailed information and spe-
cials.

> All interested persons are invited by STINAPA to a free talk
by Dr. Peter Mumby from the University of Exeter about "The
Resilience of Coral Reefs and the Importance of Parrotfish,"
this Friday, March 16. at 8 pm in Capt. Don's Habitat Con-
ference Room. Dr. Mumby is here with Dr. Robert Steneck,
STINAPA's main advisor in the Fish Protected Areas project. Do
not miss this opportunity to learn about the ecological importance
of Parrotfish in coral reef systems. G./L. D.


Bonaire Reporter March 16 to March 23, 2007


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B onaire is blooming bright yellow!
And it's the best show in years.
Now's the time to see swaths of yellow
blossoming trees especially up and down
Seru Largu and along the north western
coast of Bonaire. The trees are Bonaire's
signature Brasilwood or Dyewood
(Brasia in Papiamentu) tree. When it
blooms it's often confused with the ki-
brahacha which also has a yellow blos-
som, but much larger.
The Brasil is a relatively small tree
with deep grooves in its trunk and
branches. It has short heavy thorns and
the leaves are pinnated and roundish.


Bonaire nearly lost all of its Brasilwood
trees with the popularity of the wood
being used as a red dye. Acres of these
trees were cut down and shipped to Hol-
land where it was rasped to extract the
dye.
Sadly, in areas where the Brasils have
been cut down they've been replaced by
the nasty, thorny Cossie which is very
adept at covering open places quickly,
leaving no room for other trees. It's an
example of how easy it is to destroy na-
ture and how difficult it is to restore it
later. oL.D.


Lora chicks in tree nest


In an ambitious attempt to raise sup- ple worldwide to follow wild parrots as
port and awareness, the Bonaire their eggs hatch and the chicks grow.
Parrot Project will soon launch its very
own website. Visitors to parrotwatch.org Three lora pairs will be in the lime-
will be able to follow the progress of our light, and each week there will be new
endangered Amazonia Barbarenus par- movie clips from inside their nests. Par-
rots as they attempt to raise young. For rotwatch visitors will also be able to
the first time it will be possible for peo- (Continued on page 11


Bonaire Reporter- March 16 to March 23, 2007


)


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(Loras go Cyperspace. Continued
from page 10)
view movies of the parrot
parents, of the parrot team
doing chick check ups, in-
terviews and much more. As
raising awareness is a big
motivation of the venture
there will also be a lot of
educational material from
parrot facts through to
online diaries from the pro-
ject personnel describing
their work.
To get access to all this
material visitors will have to
donate a small amount to
the parrot project online. It
will be possible to compare
the details of the three pairs
and their nests and choose
which to sponsor. Or parrot-
watch visitors can sponsor project volun-
teers, each with their own top trump style
profile! The funds raised will go to sup-
porting the important research taking
place and conservation efforts by the par-
rot team and their on-island partners, Sal-
bas Nos Loras (SNL).
On Bonaire the parrot team with their
partners SNL will be encouraging local
participation in schools and community
groups. There will be free access for
schools, and for every international donor,
parrotwatch will give a Bonairean school
child a parrot sticker. Once the site is up
and running they hope to run a Papia-
mentu version of the site too.
Research student Sam Williams who
first visited Bonaire to work with the lora
in 2003 is currently covering all the setup
expenses in order to launch parrotwatch


Young chicks (above) and



Older chicks (to the right)


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


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

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


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


Bonaire Images
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful boxed
note cards are now available at Chat-N-
Browse next to Lover's Ice Cream and
Sand Dollar Grocery. Photography by
Shelly Craig www.bonaireimages.com

Searching For GOOD Maid Service?
For Quality House Cleaning
CALL JRA
Serving Bonaire for more than 14 years
Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough,
Low rates, References. One time or many
Phone 785-9041 ... and relax


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

OUTDOOR SPORTS

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




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


/a cati on
Re n ta I
Cozy guest cottage available

Studio with kitchen,
airco, cable TV, two
single beds (or king)
pull-out sofa, porch,
yard and private entrance. Five minute
walk to seaside promenade; 10 minute
walk to town. $50/night. Contact: bo-
nairecottage@aol.com


SUPPORT BONAIRE
The Island you love could use your help!
Support Bonaire, Inc. provides support
to Bonaire's non-profits. To learn more
about making a US tax deductible dona-
tion visit
www.supportbonaire.org and help make
a difference!


For Sale
For sale Bambou style Bed NAf
400,00 Phone:717-2791 after 6pm

Wicker Bedroom Set Queen-size
mattress and spring, headboard, dresser,
mirror, 2 nightstands, vanity table. Like
new condition. Call 717-2208.

For Sale- Wireless Router: Connect
to internet cable- NAf 185; Starting
motor for large trucks (heavy machines-
Ford, Lincoln, Chrysler, etc} NAf190;
Oil filter for same NAf- 39; Swift Bin-
oculars ---great portable size, powerful -
NAf 87 b/o; Leather Goods-- boots (2
bl. 2wh. 1 gray. ladies) belts, ladies fash-
ion vest--- boots NAf42-72 b/o; vest
NAf 52. b/o Household items, (baking
pans ,linens, cooking pots & pans, uten-
sils) b/o AND MORE CALL: 700-
5418

Fantastic Phantom bag-less cyclonic
canister vacuum cleaner practically
new, NAf200-. Call 786-3117.

Two windsurf custom built Protec
boards with covers, calbert race sails,
2 booms and miscellaneous parts
please call 795-3456 asking price NAf
750,00 will negotiate! All must go!

Tae Kwondo suits belts/ helmet/leg,
body and arm shields. Call 795-3456
asking price NAf 300- will negotiate- all
must go!


Sailing Yacht for sale-41 Ft. Hans
Christian, blue-water ready. Immaculate
condition. Completely refit rigging, in-
strumentation, etc. 2005-too much to list
here. Located in Bonaire. Serious In-
quires only please. Contact Ron at cap-
tronbon@yahoo.com. Include "BOAT"
in the subject line.

NIKONOS III Camera and Macro
tube Set. Still the best
UW camera for macro
shots. Original owner.
NEVER been flooded.
Ideal back-up camera.. S
Complete NAf200. Call
George 786-6215.


Ca rs
FIAT BARCHETTA Cab-
rio, 1997, yellow, with hard-
top and windstop. NAf
16,000 Tel. 786-5591.


For Sale: Kia Spectra 2002, A/C, Ra-
dio, 4 doors. In very good condition.
Price: NAf 9500,00. Call: 786-1230\


New Photo Shop Opens

catrngoradetreoe enora time


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


Capturer"

[ M Pa --rE tp


"W e go the extra mile for our
Customerss" Capture Photo
owner Cathy Lapsys says proudly.
"We're a full service photo operation and
everything is state of the art." "And for
those who are new to underwater camera
photography, don't worry, we'll work
with you to capture your memories, one
at a time." The new photo shop at Divi
covers all the bases: underwater photogra-
phy classes, underwater videography,
camera rentals, film camera accessories,
digital image processing, matting and



FOR SALE: TOYOTA FUN
CRUISER BY THE FIRST OF
APRIL. Color: green,10 yrs.old, 11.000
km., original owner, perfect condition,
price $8.000Call:717-3453 or email
blok.luuk(@gmail.com


P rope rty,
Sales a
Re n ta Is

For Rent: one fully furnished tropi-
cal house in Republic Santa Barbara
area with great views and garden. Seri-
ous buyers looking to buy urgently: One
Sabadeco house with pool. Call Bon-
aire Sunshine Homes 786 1592, 510
4050.

Large House for rent 4 bedrooms and
2 bathrooms!!! Call 717-8603

Fully furnished tropical house in
Republic Santa Barbara area with great
views and garden for rent. Call 786-
1592, 510-4050.

For rent: One room plus one bath-
room apartment, water, electricity,
cleaning included. NAf 500,00 a month,
796 3637, digitalis1956(2thotmail.com

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


FOR SALE: CHOICE LOCATION
Playa Lechi Beach Villa with private
beach and secure gated entrance. Two
bedrooms. Take a virtual tour at
www.pelicanreefbonaire.com e/mail:
info @pelicanreefbonaire. com
PHONE: 599-717-5058 or contact
your broker. (Brokers protected)


Bonaire Reporter- March 16 to March 23, 2007


framing (up to size 13" by 19") -just to
mention a few of their offerings. And
they have some interesting "swimming
fish," "garden buddies," colorful flags
and unique gifts for the garden and home.
Cathy, experienced in early childhood
education, wants the shop to work with
kids, both visitors and residents, to intro-
duce them to the art of photography.
"We'd like to do summer camps, after
school programs and offer scholarships in
the field. We want to make a difference
on the island."
Capture Photo is an affiliate of the
world's largest underwater Camera repair
facility, Sub Aquatic Camera Repair
Company located in California. They're
located at Divi Flamingo Beach Resort &
Casino, tel. 717-8285, ext. 419.OL.D.





Lost & Foun cd

Found: One Walt Disney's children's
watch. 796 3637, digital-
is 1956(L&hotmail.com

Lost: License plate, registered: MF 28.
J1@ Brouwer. 796 3637. digital-
is 956(L&hotmail.com



Wa n to d
Jo bs

MAINTENANCE EXCELLENT AND
PERFECT A sincere Bonairean expert is
offering you his services in maintenance,
house, roof and framework painting. Just
call 560-6287. We are at your service.

Cleaning lady (speaking Spanish and
Papiamentu) is looking for part-time
work. Please call J&Atn Brouwer: 796 -
3637 or mail: digitalisl956(ihotmail.com

Wa n to d
Staff
Part-time Administrator wanted. Must
be multilingual-English, Papiamentu,
Dutch. Call 512-6375. 1


Wa n to d
Cricket Buddy Needed Do you have
Direct TV / Satellite TV and will watch
ICC World Cup Cricket (March 30-
April)? I seek a cricket buddy as I do not
have Direct TV. I can watch any games but
am really keen on the Windies, India, Ire-
land and Bermuda. Please email
ann@antiguacaribbean.com

Looking forAstarians in Bonaire to
start a study group. Phone: 512-6375


SIrvo n ts
Holistic 3 day Retreat Planned June
2007 by visiting expert on Ayurveda, in-
volving yoga, massage & diet. Direct
questions to email fhumming-
bird(i),ahoo.com 1



Reporter Ads Work And they are free
for personal use and inexpensive for
business. Call 786-6518


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Young ODA Journalists


ODA journalists and supporters- front (l-r): Pierryson Thielman, Ronald Cof-
fie, Tansy Piar, Jose Minguel Anthony, Richandrd Emerenciana
middle (l-r): Renata Martiszoon, Mariselle Evertsz, Gabriela Marchena, Louise
Ritchie, Juliana Ogando, Witono (Janto) Djamin
back (l-r): Zjenon Evertsz, Neyza Bernabela, Joe Ritchie, Dennis Martinus


T he team of young people that does
the radio broadcast, Outreach in Ac-
tion (ODA), took part in a special course
taught by Florida A&M University jour-
nalism professor Dr. Joe Ritchie and his
wife, Louise, a journalism expert as well.
The 16-hour course at the pre-university
level was financed by the Florida Associa-
tion for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean
and the Americas, Inc. (FAVACA).


FAVACA is a private not-for-profit or-
ganization formed in 1981 by Florida
Governor Bob Graham. FAVACA's Flor-
ida International Volunteer Corps is the
only program of its kind in the US. A state
appropriation, voted annually since 1986,
provides a funding base for an estimated
150 volunteer missions to Central Amer-
ica and the Caribbean this year.
Dennis Martinus, the organizer of the


course, believes the young-
sters should be exposed to the
ideals of journalism and free-
dom of expression in a de-
mocratic country.

The course covered topics like
reporting ethics, interviewing
skills and researching stories.
The Richies were lavish in
their praise of Bonaire and its
people. Mrs. Ritchie said,
"We appreciate Dennis' vi-
sion to bring together young
people to do something really
important. The type of educa-
tion and facilities these A
youngsters have are available
in only a few US high schools
like Beverly Hills High and Philips Ando-
ver, which President George Bush at-
tended." Dr. Ritchie added, "We have
been very impressed by these youngsters."
On the last evening of the
series of classes, which
ran from 5 pm to 9 pm all
week, the students offered
a presentation of some of
what they learned to mem-
bers of the Bonaire Press
Corps. It was profession-
ally done with live, re-
corded, multimedia,
Power Point and slides--
very 21st century. Follow-
ing the presentation they
challenged the members
of the press with provoca-
tive observations with the
goal of improving the lo-
cal press, demonstrating their Richan
R


I mock interview was part of the presenta-
tion- Don't do it like this.

newly acquired experience very well.
The Ritchies declared Bonaire to be their
favorite Caribbean island. o G.D.


ndro Emerenciana presents a gift to the
'itchies on behalf of the ODA team


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H andsome
"Jack" is
showing how alert
and smart he is. He
looks like a Pointer,
especially in this
stance, but the furry
ridge down his back
shows that there
was a Rhodesian
Ridgeback some-
where in his ances-
try too. When he
was found wander-
ing on the street
Jack was pretty
skinny and bedrag-
gled, but after being
brought into the "Jack"
Bonaire Animal Shelter all that changed. He got extra food, lots of attention and good
medical care and he's turned into this handsome creature. And to show how much he
appreciates it he just adores people. And from what the Shelter staff has observed he
will make an excellent watchdog. You may meet him at the Shelter on the Lagoen
Road, open Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm. Tel. 717-4989.

Don't forget: This Sunday is the concert on the Freewinds to benefit the Shelter
Sterilization Fund. It starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets are NAf25 and available at the Shel-
ter or from the Shelter Board of Directors. DL.D.













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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
3-16 2:55 1.1FT. 10:42 1.9FT. 18:32 1.OFT. 23:25 1.2FT. 71
3-17 4:20 1.1FT. 11:36 1.8FT. 18:44 1.OFT. 23:53 1.3FT. 84
3-18 0:18 1.4FT. 5:49 1.1FT. 12:25 1.6FT. 18:49 1.1FT. 94
3-19 1:02 1.6FT. 7:26 1.1FT. 13:34 1.5FT. 18:47 1.2FT. 100
3-20 1:50 1.6FT. 9:24 1.OFT. 14:49 1.3FT. 18:29 1.2FT. 103
3-21 2:47 1.8FT. 11:23 1.OFT. 101
3-22 3:50 1.8FT. 12:53 0.9FT. 95
3-23 4:52 1.9FT. 14:04 0.8FT. 85
3-24 5:56 1.9FT. 14:59 0.7FT. 74
3-25 6:54 2.0FT. 15:49 0.7FT. 62
3-26 7:50 1.9FT. 16:27 0.7FT. 52

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MOVIELAND



WEEY MOIE SHDWTIMES
Late Show
Cal to make sure (Usually9pm)
Norbit
(Eddy Murphey)
Early Show (Usually 7pm)
Smokin' Aces
(Ben Affleck)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf14 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAf12
NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
THURS THRU SUN
2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM
MON THRU WED. 1 MOVIE 8PM

SATURDAY 4 PM
March: Charlotte's Web


THIS WEEK
Friday, March 16-Free Talk,
"Resilience of Coral Reefs & Impor-
tance of Parrot fish" by Dr. Peter Mur-
phy, Capt. Don's Habitat Conference
Room, 8 pm (sponsored by STINAPA)

Friday, March 16 -Early St. Patrick's
Day Celebration with the Irish Croon-
ers from Curaqao. The site has been
changed. Steve's Red 7, upstairs from
the Bonaire Motorcycle Shop, 10 pm to
3 am (March 17). Free entrance. Irish
stew, Guinness, Irish whiskey, etc.
Guest musicians welcome. See page 8.

Saturday, March 17- St. Patrick's Day
Dance Party with the Flamingo Rockers,
DJ Papa, Sunrise Restaurant at Sand Dol-
lar, 9 pm-1 am. NAf20 in advance (at
AWC across from Warehouse Bonaire),
NAf25 at door (includes food)

Saturday, March 17-Dia di Aruba
Festival featuring live bands, dancing
groups, stands selling local and interna-
tional foods. 10:30 am until 2 am
(Sunday). Stadium parking lot. More
information call Bea Boekhoudt 796-
9126. See page 8

Sunday, March 18 Show to benefit
the Bonaire Animal Shelter Steriliza-
tion Program, aboard Freewinds, 7:30
pm. Tickets sold at Shelter NAf25.

Tuesday, March 20 Spring Begins

Until March 26- Art Exhibit of works
of Eefje van Twillert van der Straten,
Kas di Arte, open 5-7:30 pm.

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

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days starting 10 am to early afternoon:
Wed. Mar. 21- Crown Princess

COMING
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days starting 10 am to early afternoon:
Tues. Mar. 27 Lili Marleen, Veendam;
Wed. April 4-Crown Princess, Thurs.
Apr. 5-QueenMary 2; Tues. Apr. 10-
Lily Marlene, Sea Princess


HAPPENING


Sunday, April --29th Kontest di Fli
(Kite contest) in the field behind Kooy-
man's. All day from 9 am. Sign up at
Flamingo Book Store. Entrance fee is
NAf3,50 for children; NAf7,50 for
adults.
Sunday April 1 Palm Sunday
Sunday, April 1 Walk through Plan-
tation Bolivia area with Boi Antoin -
Meet at site of old airport, Rincon Road,
across from license plate-flag display,
6:15 am.. Sponsored by Top Health Fit-
ness Center. Tel. 786-8908.
Monday, April 2 Full moon
Tuesday, April 3 Passover
Friday, April 6 Good Friday
Sunday, April 8 Easter
Saturday, April 28 World Tai Chi
Qigong Day more information as date
approaches

REGULAR EVENTS
Daily (more or less)
* HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 5-7 pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-50% off Buddy Dive Resort,
5:30-6:30
* HH Cactus Blue (except Sun.) 5-6
* 2 for 1 appetizers with entree 6-7,
Cactus Blue
* Divi Flamingo Casino open daily for
hot slot machines, roulette and black
jack, Mon. to Sat. 8 pm- 4 am; Sun. 7
pm- 3 am.
SBy appointment Rooi Lamoenchi
Kunuku Park Tours $21 (includes
tax). Discounts for residents and local
people. Tel. 717-8489, 540-9800.
* Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the evening
hours.
Saturdays
* Steak Night On the Beach (a la
carte) Buddy Dive Resort, 6-10 pm
* Rincon Marshe-6 am-2 pm. Enjoy
a Bonairean breakfast while you shop,
fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts, local
sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts, candles,
incense, drinks, music.
www.infobonaire.com/rincon. Extra big
Marshes 1st Saturday of the month, 6
am-2 pm.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Fla-
mingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm,
NAf26,50. Call for reservations 717-
8285 ext. 444.
* Bike Trips-Meet at Eden Beach
Activity Center 4 pm. Free. Helmets
mandatory. 785-0767
Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 2nd Saturday of the month, 7 to
9 pm, Kaya Industria #23, across from
Warehouse Bonaire. Great wines. NAf20
per person for 6 to 8 wines.
Flea Market every first Saturday
of the month from 3 to 7 pm, Parke Pub-
lico. Everyone welcome to buy and to
sell. NAf5 per selling table. For more
information and reservations for a spot,
call 787-0466.
Sundays
* Live music 6-9 pm while enjoying
a great dinner in colorful tropical ambi-
ance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant &
Bar, Divi Flamingo. Open daily 5-10 pm
Mondays
* Beginning Yoga 6.30pm Harbour
Village 786-6416
* Fish or Meat Dinner Special for
only $10. Buddy Dive Resort, 6 -9:30
pm
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart
of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria
717-6435
Tuesdays
* Advanced Yoga 6.30pm Harbour
Village 786-6416
* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-


Sunday, Mai
Show-Bonain


ers, 5-7 Divi Fla- ier alerlllzai
mingo, Balashi Beach the Freewind
Bar ets at Shelter
* Wine & Cheese/
$1 glass of wine, 5-7,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* Buy a Bucket of Beer & get free
chicken wings, 5-7, Cactus Blue
* Caribbean Gas Training free
"Beyond Gravity An Evening with
DIR," 6 pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure
786-5073.

Wednesdays
* Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7-9,
Cactus Blue.
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers,
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, 717-2288
* Caribbean Night A la Carte -
Buddy Dive Resort, 6-10 pm
Thursdays
* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar,
5-7
* "Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen
and others, Vespucci Restaurant, Har-
bour Village Marina. HH drinks, gratis
tapas, 5-7
* Buddy's Bingo Show Buddy Dive
Resort, 8- 9:30 pm
Fridays
* 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
565-5225
* Live music by the "Flamingo
Rockers" Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach
Bar, 5-7 pm
* 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-
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
5)
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.

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past in
this venerable old home that has been restored and
furnished 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 century. Daily.
Call 7174060/ 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the
Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays from 8
am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open daily
8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-
8444/785-0017

CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday, Phone 717-


rch 18- Benefit
re Animal Shel-
ion Fund aboard
Is 7:30 pm. Tick-
, 717-4989.


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.
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 ery 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
Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm.
Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thurs-
day of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana
#1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate House',
above Zeezicht Restaurant. All Rotarians
welcome. Tel. 717-8434

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte
Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451; Valarie@telbonet.an
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -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
717-8051

CHURCH SERVICES
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
Kralendijk.
Sunday School every Sunday at 4 pm in
Rincon. Bible Study and Prayer meetings,
every Thursday at 8 pm. in Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda
Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. 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 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, Span-
ish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu 717-8304 Saturday at 6 pm
at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, in
English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday
at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am.
Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm.
717-2194
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RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Balashi Beach Bar Open every day
Bar and Beach Service 8am 8pm. Extensive snack/salad/burger.
At the DiviFlamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Happy Hour, two for one, 6-7 pm. Menu available daily from noon.

Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast daily 6:30-10 am -. Buddy's Magnificent Theme Nights: Sat. Steak Night A la Carte; Mon. Fish
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Lunch daily 11:30 or Meat Dinner Special ($10,-); Wed. Caribbean Night A la Carte; Fri. Free
717-5080, ext. 538 Dinner on theme nights 6-10 pm Rum Punch Party (5:30- 6:30 pm) and All-u-can-eat BBQ for $ 19.50 (7-1 pm)

Bistro de Paris Moderate Real French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Lunch Monday Friday 11 am-3 pm Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Dinner Monday Saturday, 6 to 10 pm Owner-operated Eat in or Take away
Cactus Blue Moderate Trend Setting Menu
Blvd. J. A. Abraham 16 Dinner Bonaire's newest hot-spot to eat and drink. Margaritas a specialty
(half-way between town and Divi Flamingo) 717-4564 Closed Sunday Owner-operated for top service
Calabas Restaurant & M ratE niv
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Breaa t, n an e inner Biggest BBQ Buffet on Bonaire every Saturday
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront s n and nn from 6-9pm. Only NAf 28 or $15.75.
717-8285 Open 7 days
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof.
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast Breakfast Buffet 7: 30-10 am every day
717-7488 Sandwich Lunch 10 am-12 noon Super beer selection-Happy hours 5 to 7 daily.

The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate NAf 10 take out lunch every day -
Kaya Grandi 70 Open Tuesday through Saturday main dish with 2 side dishes.
717-3293 7:30am-5:30pm; Sat. 9am-2pm Special on Tuesday and Thursday: Lasagna.
Papaya Moon Cantina Moderate Margaritas a Specialty
Downtown- Kaya Grandi 48 Open everyday except Tuesday 2 for 1 Happy Hour 6-7:30
717-5025 For Dinner Incredible Mexican Cuisine
Pasa Bon Pizza Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingre-
On Kaa Gob. Debrot Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday dients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
Smile north of town center. 780-1111 from 5-11 Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 780-1111
Patagonia Argentinean Restaurant Moderate Authentic Argentinean Cuisine
At the lighthouse, Harbour Village Marina Lunch Tuesday-Friday Owned and operated by the Pablo Palacios Family from Argentina
717-7725 Dinner Tuesday-Sunday The beef is here and more.
The Bonaire Windsurfing Place Low-Moderate A genuine sandy beach restaurant cooled by the trade winds
At Sorobon Beach Open from 10Oam-6 pm daily, Top quality food and friendly service. Reserve for the Wednesday Beach BBQ.
Get away from it all.


AIRLINES
Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curaqao. Your first
choice for inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba.
APPLIANCES TIV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest se-
lection of large and small home appliances, furniture,
TV, computers, cell phones and more. Fast service and
in-store financing too.
BANKS
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.
BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, wax-
ing and professional nail care.
BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally
repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top brand
bikes. Have your keys made here.
DIVING
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.
Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow
Submarine) -low prices on the seaside at Kralendijk,
at Caribbean Court and the Hamlet Oasis. Join their
monthly cleanup dives and BBQ.
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintain-
ing the highest professional standards. In town at City
Cafe and at Eden Beach.
FITNESS
Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in
Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.
FURNITURE, ANTIQUES
The Plantation Has lots of classy furniture and an-
tiques at very competitive prices. Stop in to see great
teak furniture and Indonesian crafts.

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


GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR
The Bonaire Gift Shop has a wide selection of gifts,
souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras, things
for the home, T-shirts all at low prices.
HOTELS
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet and
tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in Bel-
nem. Cyber Caf6, DVD rentals, restaurant and bar.
New! Spa!
NATURE EXPLORATION
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking,
hiking, biking, caving, rapelling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or 785-6272 E-mail:
hans@toutdoorbonaire.com
PHOTO FINISHING
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers
fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and ser-
vices. Full digital services.
PHOTO SERVICES
Capture Photo at the Divi Flamingo. Photo classes,
camera rental, digital processing, all state of the art!
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor, special-
izing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and prop-
erty management.
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's most experi-
enced real estate agent. They specialize in professional
customer service, top notch properties and home own-
ers insurance.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of Choices-
International/US connections. 5% of profits donated to
local community. List your house with them to sell
fast.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insur-
ance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bon-
aire, stop in and see them.
REPAIRS
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Electri-
cal, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345

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


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RETAIL
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.
Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water pearl
jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Under new manage-
ment.
The Touch Skin & Body-Birkenstock shoes for men
and women. New styles
SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
able.
SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent.
SUPERMARKETS
Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-
Biggest air conditioned market with the, largest selec-
tion and lowest prices on the island.
WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on Klein
WINDSURFING
The Bonaire Windsurfing Place can fulfill all your
windsurfing dreams and more. They offer expert in-
struction, superb equipment on a fine beach. Lunch and
drinks too. BBQ and windsurf videos Wednesday
nights.
WINES
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest; now
try the best: best prices, highest quality wines from
around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free
delivery. Shop at Kaya Industria 23, Monday-Saturday
9 am-12 noon.


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On the Island Since I 1999 and 2005

Be rt Poyck


Jo SLx ^cBBBr


"4 4 hen we were children we
V lived on the same street in
Sittard, a town in the south of Holland,
but we didn't really know each other
because I was 17 and into girls and Jo
was seven and playing soccer. It was
here on Bonaire that we became
neighbors again." Bert Poyck: "In the
early 90s I used to travel frequently to
Curagao for business and that's how my
wife, Miep, and I decided to come this
way when we retired. In Holland I had a
wholesale business in building materials
and an import/export company which
entailed a lot of traveling to Asia, but as
I suffer from asthma I wasn't functioning
well. Especially during the winters I felt
really bad and it came to a point that I
said 'Enough! I'm going to spend the
last part of my life in a nice climate!'
We chose Bonaire because of its tran-
quility and we went to live at Lagoen
Hill. The first couple of years we worked
in resort management, but soon enough
we decided to become penshonados full
time. Now I am into photography and I
sell the photos to tourists at the local
cruise ship market and to resorts as wall
decorations. I play guitar every day and
Miep and I walk a lot through the mondi.
We're no divers, we don't snorkel, but
we do enjoy the island. This is home!"
Jo Bux: "In Holland I was a profes-
sional soccer player with Fortuna Sittard
for 10 years, but originally I was a geog-
raphy teacher. During my career as a
soccer player I was teaching five hours
per week, but when I stopped playing
soccer those hours were too little to
make a living and at the time there was
no need for teachers so I opened several
CD shops and a CD wholesale business.
Music had always been my hobby and it
was the right time because CDs were just
being introduced to the public. I worked
in the business for 20 years, then more
and more people started downloading
music, so I sold the business right in
time.
My wife Dymphie and I were playing
with the idea of doing something differ-
ent, and as she was working in the fash-
ion industry we decided to do that. Then
we thought, 'Why shouldn't we do it in a
nicer climate!' We met Bert and Miep at
a party of a mutual friend in Holland.
They were already living in Bonaire at
the time. We'd just been to Aruba to
look around but we didn't like the life-
style there, so we were very interested to
hear what they had to say about Bonaire.
By the end of the party we decided to


visit Bert and Miep on
Bonaire.
It took us some years
before we finally came,
but the moment we set
foot on the island in
2004 it was love at first
sight, and we came to
live here in 2005. We
bought the house next to
Bert and Miep and we
really like it here. We're
still working. We have a
fashion and CD shop at
the house. I also deliver
music to restaurants and
I sell Bonairean music,
bachata and meringue,
at the cruise ship mar-
ket. It's funny because more and more
locals come to the house to buy CDs
with music from the old days, from
Europe and the US, like ABBA and Roy
Orbison! "


"So now we have a

long-term

commitment to the

music school. We

wanted to do

something for the

Bonairean

youngsters and we

think this is the right

way."

Bert: "When Jo and I met at the party
of this friend we found out not only that
we'd lived in the same street when we
were kids but also we had other things in
common. Jo knew a lot about music be-
cause he worked in the business and my
lifetime hobby had been rock & roll. I
was a guitar player; I wrote songs and
played in several bands. I was a child of
rock & roll: the Everly Brothers, Chuck
Berry and Little Richard those were my
idols!
So, one night on Bonaire the four of us
were chatting about all the people we
know in the music business and then we
said, 'Let's try to get some Dutch bands
to come to Bonaire to perform!' We did-


Jo Bux and Bert Poyck


n't know what we'd gotten into. We'd
already contacted Rene Schuman and
Angel Eye, and then it came to a point
that we had to set a date and book them.
After that we started looking around for
sponsors. Luckily all the business people
we approached were positive, especially
because of the fact that if there would be
any money left we would donate it to a
Bonairean cause. To show our apprecia-
tion to the sponsors we offered them a
buffet before the concert and an after
party with the artists. Everybody had a
real good time! Rene Schuman and An-
gel Eye made a video clip here on the
island, with images from Bonaire.
Maybe someone, TCB or Bo-TV, wants
to use it. If so they can contact us. That
was last year.

For this year we're planning to get an
artist to perform during the Regatta, so
there will be no entrance fee and the
show will be for everyone to attend. We
absolutely don't want it to be an elite
'Makamba' affair. The response from the
Regatta organization was positive and
we hope our sponsors will react the same
way as they did last year and hopefully
new sponsors will step in as well. We are
also interested in bringing real good
bands from South America, Puerto Rico,
the Dominican Republic or Jamaica. If
someone has contacts there we would
seriously like to talk about it.
From the very beginning it was clear to
us that we wanted to set up a non-profit
foundation because a lot of money is
involved when it comes to organizing
such an event. So, we founded Fun-
dashon Bonaire Entertainment and de-
cided to support the music school after
talking with its secretary, Ricardo Vos,


and with Boy Janga. Music, like sports,
is something that keeps the kids off the
street. Ricardo Vos said, 'It should come
to a point that the children become
'addicted' to music.' It's also good for
the Bonairean music so it will remain.
Ricardo told us they wanted to complete
the whole reorganization of the music
school first (they're also looking for an-
other location) before we hand the
money over to them. After that the
money will be used to pay for music
lessons for those who cannot afford it.
Our goal is that those children will even-
tually form a band. We shall support
them in every way, not only financially,
but also with our know-how and through
our connections in the music business.
We will still be busy with music but in
cooperation with the music school. The
staff at the school has the idea that when
a child plays in a band he or she is part
of a team. They are responsible for one
another and they also stimulate each
other.

We got the impression that the music
school takes it very seriously, and we're
confident that everything will turn out
well. It's also an obligation we have to
our sponsors. So now we have a long-
term commitment to the music school.
We wanted to do something for the Bo-
nairean youngsters
and we think this
is the right way.
We wanted to do
something to-
gether with the
local people.
That's what this is
all about!"n
Story & photo by Greta Kooistra


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A Shrink Studies CUBA agj


Treating Traumatized Divers

F or those of you who were wonder-
ing following last week's story, my
greatest phobia is nostophobia, the fear of
returning home at the end of a great dive
vacation, especially on Bonaire. But, for
some divers the problem is anticipatory
anxiety about the next dive when the last
one was psychologically traumatic.

The first traumatized experienced certi-
fied diver I ever "treated" was a clinical
psychology graduate student who wanted
to dive on her honeymoon but who could
not even put her face back in the water
after a particularly bad experience on her
last dive in Mexico.
The standard treatment for phobias is 90
to 120 minutes of prolonged exposure and
response prevention to "reprogram" the
autonomic nervous system's hyperarousal
response, etc. So, she and I spent several
hours one Sunday afternoon in a pool
doing slow deep diaphragmatic breathing
and very gradual progressive desensitiza-
tion and prolonged exposure and response
prevention. When she would start to get
anxious we would slow down and she
would belly breathe until she was ready to
proceed to the next step. Eventually, not
only could she go under and breathe com-
fortably from her regulator, but she was
repeatedly taking her equipment off and
on in the deep end. After returning from
their honeymoon her new husband re-
ported he had hired a private divemaster
to be her dive buddy as a precaution, but
she had been able to dive successfully in
Hawaii without panicking.


Last winter I received an email from Liz
Mercure, Senior Supervising Producer for
CNN in Atlanta. This is how she recently
explained her problem to Scuba Diving
magazine writer Selene Yeager:
"I was certified to dive in 1981. My
husband says I am part fish and that I
must dive twice a year to keep my gills
from growing over. I was always totally
comfortable in the water, completely fear-
less.

In 2004 I was
diving in Hondu-
ras. My group
began chasing a
turtle. We
kicked very hard
to catchup. I
suddenly could-
n't get my breath. I was hyperventilating
at about 70 feet. I stopped swimming and
hovered, trying to catch my breath. The
edges of my vision got dark and my heart
was pounding. I thought I was going to
pass out. My buddy stayed with me until
I felt better, then we continued the dive.


Sporadically after that dive I would
have instances of my heart racing, being
short of breath and diminished vision. It
was a feeling of abject terror. There
would be no warning at the onset, but it
was usually within the first 5 minutes of a
dive. I started going on shallow dives
only (40-50) feet, but it kept occur-
ring. This went on for about two years. I
was diving less and less, although I never
stopped diving. I would always stay
down and work my way through the at-
tack. Once the attack stopped (after about
3 minutes) the rest of the dive was calm
and uneventful. I didn't know if it was
physiological or psychological, but the
more I read about panic attacks, the more
I realized that's what it was.
I love scuba diving so much that I
couldn't allow this fear to ruin my favorite
activity. I read an article on panic attacks
in Scuba Diving. It quoted Dr. Colvard,
so I contacted him. We had a good discus-
sion on the phone and he sent me some
CDs on ways to understand and manage
panic. Most of it was designed for begin-
ning divers and not someone like me, an
experienced diver who had a sudden on-
slaught. Near the end of the tape they de-
scribed how to slow your heart rate by


deep breathing from the diaphragm. I
practiced doing it. I found it worked in
all sorts of stressful situations.
On my next dive trip, as soon as my
heart started beating faster I would em-
ploy the technique. I never again went
into a full blown panic attack. I struggled
with it for the entire week, having the
beginnings of one on almost every dive. I
was able to resume deep diving (80-100').
On my last two dive trips (Puerto Rico
and Mexico) I had no problems at all. I
am as comfortable in the water as I al-
ways was. It was gone as quickly as it
began. I even got winded on a dive in
Puerto Rico but never came close to a
panic attack. I just slowed down, caught
my breath and kept diving." David Col-
vard.

Tom Griffiths, EdD, produced the Train-
ing Exercisesfor Control-
ling Diver Stress & Panic
that Liz used. Free MP3
files of the program can be
downloaded from my web-
site DivePsych.com. D.C.


TomGriffiths


David F. Colvard, M.D., is a private psychiatrist and clinical investi-
gator in Raleigh NC, and a divemaster, He hosts the website
www.DivePsvch.com which provides evidence-based information for
divers on psychological and stress factors in scuba divers. O
Most photos supplied by author


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The Moon and Venus Make an Exquisite Showing on the First Night of
Spring plus a Super Close Pairing of the Moon and Saturn


A s if by some super
kind of cosmic
magic on the very first
night, in fact on the very
first moment of Spring
this year, the Moon and
Venus will form an ex-
quisite picture of the kind
that will not only take
your breath away but
which has stirred the
emotions of humankind
since our species first
began to look up at the
heavens. Plus on the sec-
ond night of Spring the
Moon and Venus will
make yet another breath-
taking sight, almost as if
to say that this Spring is
going to be absolutely The Moon and Venus
beautiful. Then only one
week later the Moon will come so close to Saturn it will make you want to grab
your binoculars or a small telescope. Let me show you.
On Tuesday, March 20th the first night of Spring, one hour after sunset face due
west where you will see an absolutely spectacular pairing of an exquisite crescent
Moon and the most brilliant planet of them all, 8,000-mile-wide, Earth-sized, Ve-
nus which is only 406 miles smaller in diameter than our own planet. But what will
make this pairing so exquisite is the fact that this slender crescent Moon will look
as if a dark, grey-black full Moon is nestled within it. We call this phenomenon
Earthshine because, whereas the bright crescent is sunlight directly reflecting off
of the Moon, Earthshine is sunlight that reflects off of our Earth onto the Moon and
then bounces back to Earth again. So in effect the dark ghostly full Moon is really
sunlight bouncing off our Earth's brilliant clouds and oceans onto the Moon's
unlighted surface, thus the name "Earthshine."
Now since spring begins at precisely 8:07 pm Sky Park Time, Tuesday night, this
means that if you're on Bonaire when you look at the Moon and Venus you'll be
seeing them just before Spring begins. And in case you're clouded out on Tuesday,
you'll have a second chance to see an equally exquisite pairing of these two 24
hours later on Wednesday the 21st, the second evening of Spring when the Moon
will be the same distance above Venus as it was below it the night before. Don't
miss this please because I can't think of a more sensational cosmic way to welcome
in the beginning of the new season.
Then as night after night goes by the Moon will slowly grow larger. And on
Wednesday the 28th around midnight you'll see an exquisite gibbous Moon, half
way between first quarter and full, parked less than one degree away from 75,000-
mile-wide ringed Saturn. And if you have access to a small telescope this would be
the time to use it because they will both fit within the same field of view and will
absolutely blow you away! O Jack Horkheimer


Sunday, March 11 to Saturday, March 17
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You should be doing something special with children.
Try to keep your cool; you may be a tad frazzled by all the rushing around. Lighten
up your serious attitude Property purchases should be on your mind. Your lucky day
this week will be Sunday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Don't be alarmed. A better diet, exercise, or a
change to a relaxed atmosphere could be ways to soothe your nerves. For now just
do the best you can. Your energetic nature and ability to initiate projects will add to
your popularity. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You may find that your mate is well aware of the
circumstances. Try to include friends and relatives in your activities. You will enjoy
the interaction with youngsters and take great pride in the projects you've com-
pleted. You might have some problems balancing your books. Your lucky day this
week will be Tuesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You'll communicate easily and develop new friend-
ships. False information is likely if you listen to idle chatter or gossip. In-laws or
relatives may oppose your personal intentions. Don't let any small misunderstand-
ings get in the way. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Your need to put great detail into everything you do may
cause you to miss the overall picture. Try not to jump to conclusions. Offers of joint
ventures are likely. You are exceptional at presenting your ideas. Your lucky day
this week will be Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You can make money if you concentrate on produc-
ing services that will make domestic chores easier. A little volleyball or other out-
door sports should be on your agenda. You will tend to overeat this week. If you
have to deal with large institutions, be careful not to make waves. Your lucky day
this week will be Monday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23)
Your hard work will pay off; advancement looks positive. You will want to com-
plain about the injustice that is going on. You must take care not to overexert your-
self if involved in sports. Try to iron out any friction over money with your mate or
conflicts could prevail. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Try to address the real issues in order to turn
things around. Secret affairs will eventually backfire on you. Don't push your luck
with authority. You will need to finalize important deals this week. Your lucky day
this week will be Thursday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Deception is apparent. It's a great week to
attend social functions. You will be on the rampage this week. You will be accident
prone if you aren't careful this week. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Involvement in groups of interest will bring you
in touch with important individuals. Take a break; you can finally mend any dis-
putes on the home front. You are apt to meet someone special on your journey. Do
not sign your life away. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Your emotional state could leave you vulnerable
and confused. The key to feeling good about yourself will be to do something about
it. Limitations on the home front can be expected if you have been restricting your
mate's freedom. Let go of the past in order to progress. Your lucky day this week
will be Sunday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You won't get the reaction you want from your mate
this week. Confusion could result when communicating with others. Tell them to get
out of the mess they are in and then you'll consider getting together with them. Try
not to get backed into covers. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. 1


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