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''\Eo\ R August 731, 2007; Volume 14,Issue 29

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Windsurf Pro Kid
Championship
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Wounded
Warriors Visit


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B onaire's mllBe
Tourism
Awareness Pro-
gram moved for-
ward as its com-
munity ambassa-
dors were the first
to be introduced to
the workshops ta
which will be of-
fered to everyone on Bonaire. The am-
bassadors of TAP are role models for the
Bonaire community and the Tourism
Corporation Bonaire (TCB) has chosen
them to perform honorary functions at
various activities and events. TAP's goal
is to make the Bonaire community more
aware of the dynamics and importance
of tourism now and in the future.
A few trainers have followed a course
and are ready to start giving the free
workshops. They are: Jeaninne Wong
Loi Sing, Denise de Jongh, Marcel
Lerus, Diana Sint Jago, Gilberto Lira,
Merel Zanen, Jeanne Emers, Mary Tjin
Asjoe, Juliette de Grijze and Imke Rein-
goud.


Commissioner ofEducation
SMaritsa Silberie (center) honored
Yet Provence (right) and Elsa
Boezem-Martinus
0 Commissioner of Education
Maritsa Silberie honored Yet
Provence and Elsa Boezem-Martinus
yesterday for their good work in Bon-
aire's schools during the motivation day
organized by the Servisio di Edukashon I
Kultura (SEK) for teachers of education,
primary and special education before the
start off the new school year.
Commissioner Silberie also announced
that the government is working on a new
salary structure for the educators. The
Bonaire Executive Council will model it
after the structure used on Curacao and
to implement it as soon as possible.
1 The operating room at San Fran-
cisco Hospital in Bonaire was closed
temporarily while "the surgeon was on
vacation and the hospital installs new
anesthesia equipment," said Dr. Gio-
vanni Frans, Director of Mariadal Foun-
dation that manages the hospital. The
same equipment used by the Academic
Medical Centre (AMC) in Amsterdam.


will employed. Most of the anesthetists
in Bonaire come from AMC. "The hos-
pital wants to raise the level of care in
the operating room," Frans said, explain-
ing the choice of the new equipment.
The operating room remained available
for emergency cases.

0 The Government of the Nether-
lands Antilles is looking for a new Po-
lice Chief for Bonaire. Recently news-
paper ads advertised for the position.
Present chief, Jan van der Straten was
appointed as Chief of Police on February
1, 2006, especially tasked with the reor-
ganization of the police force. However,
Van der Straten will retire in six months.
During his tenure the Bonaire police
force became more automated, the po-
lice station was remodeled and crime
seemed to decline but no precise figures
are available.

Air France-KLM, Europe's larg-
est airline, Thursday posted a 70%
increase in fiscal first-quarter profit,
helped by gains from asset sales and
strong demand for transatlantic passen-
ger flights. Net income in the three
months to June 30 improved to 415 mil-
lion euros ($572 million). Passenger
traffic was particularly strong on North


and South American transatlantic routes,
up 6.5%. Cargo activity was weak, with
revenue down 5.5%. The airline said its
fuel bill climbed 8% to 1.09 billion eu-
ros in the quarter. KLM also raised its
fuel surcharge on short and long-haul
flights.


In the first six months of this year
the passenger traffic in and out of Bon-
aire's Flamingo Airport, with the excep-
tion of transit passengers, increased sig-
nificantly in comparison to last year.
International arrivals grew 13.2 per-
cent, while the local traffic grew by 9.2
percent. Transit passengers dropped
14.8 percent because KLM stopped
making transit stops on Bonaire for
flights to and from Lima, Peru. The
number of commercial flights declined
in the first half of this year by 1.3 per-
cent from 6626 to 6539.
) Bonaire again made a good show-
ing among the 38,000 people in the
Four-Day Walk, the Vierdaagse, in
Niimegen. The Netherlands. As usual.


the Bonaire Roadrunner, Nazario Al-
berto, was in the front of the pack. Ac-
cording to Nazario, everything went
well. Due the fact that he is over 50, he
had to compete in the 40 kilometer (less
distance) group. Besides Nazario, the
brothers Boi Antoin, the Chief Editor of
the Papiamentu newspaper, Extra, the
brothers Roy and Rolly Martinus and
brothers Henky and Nolly Wilsoe also
participated (not in the picture).
Paradise Photo sponsored the polo
shirts which were used as uniforms.
Nazario wishes to thank everybody who


made his trip and participation possible.
Natalie Wanga report

) Americans may want to make note
of the contact information for the
American Consulate in Curacao. A
recent ruling from the US Social Secu-
rity Administration is encouraging its
beneficiaries residing overseas to sign up
for Direct Deposit as soon as possible to
prevent fraud and lost of checks. The
consulate can provide needed forms and
advice on this and other matters. Info:
American Consulate General, G. Gor-
siraweg #1, Curacao, Netherlands Antil-
les Tel: 09-461-3066

A few weeks ago a group of young
tennis players and coach Elisabeth Vos
were invited by Kees van der Bijl and
Farid Ajubi to join them on the land of
Farid Ajubi near Lagoen for a golf
clinic. Otto Bartels joined the group and
together they drove the kids out to the
"castle", where Farid lives and where he
works hard to create a golf course. The
group got ample explanation from both
Kees van der Bijl and Otto Bartels and
then it was up to them to practice their
golf swings. The land is perfectly suit-
able for a course, it has nice slopes,
vegetation and the kids where doing
great. It's Farid's idea to expand and
build enough holes for golf players to
enjoy their sport, and create a terrace on
top of the castle for drinks and snacks. A
golf club can be organized so junior golf
players can come out and get the training
to improve their level. It will expand the
sport of golf on the island and it will
give the Bonairean kids a chance to mas-
ter a sport that's well known in the busi-
ness world. Looking at the improve-
ments the kids had from iust one single


The REPORTER

Table of Contents

This Week's Stories
Snorkelers Notebook-Ode ToA Sea Turtle 3
Windsurf Pro Kids Freestyle Championship 4
Protecting Bonaire's Reefs, part 3 7
Turtle Traffic 8
Rescue at Sea
Another Turtle Tracked -Darwina
Bonaire On Wheels Harley-Davidsons 9
Caribbean Homes Soul Night for Regatta 10
Wounded Warriors 2007 12
MyLifeUndertheSea 13
2007 Bonaire Soccer Finals 14
DJ Contest- Mix and Scratch 15
Stchting Project at Buddy Dive 18

WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Sudoku 6
ParrotWatch 11
Ask Olivia (feeding young) 11
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
Classifieds 17
Sudoku solution 17
Pet ofthe Week mi 17
Tide Table 19
Reporter Masthead 19
What's Happening 20
Movieland Film Schedule 20
Sky Park (Moon Eclipse) 21
The Astrology Zone- August 21
Picture Yourself Wth The Reporter 22
(HilandSutmfestandAQ en, Co, USA)
On The Island Since (BeatardEEdhFcs) 23


clinic, Bonaire has hidden talents in this
sport. A big "thank you" from the kids
for Farid Ajubi and Kees van der Bijl
who made this clinic possible. Report by
Elisabeth Vos

> The Bonaire Parks NGO,
STINAPA, wants permission to carry
guns, but only to deal with animal prob-
lems in Washington Slagbaai National
Park. Dog packs are threatening other
animals and people in the Park, said Els-
marie Beukenboom, STINAPA Director.
Her request for the use of firearms has
been pending for over five years.

1 Ap van Eldik wants everyone to
come and take a look at the new
Green Label Garden Center, behind
TIS, on Kaya Industria. There's a huge
metal shed and large field filled with
plants and garden supplies. While there
will be a grand opening later this month,
(Continued on nape 6)


Bonaire Reporter August 17-31, 2007


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SaSe s at See
cit iftft
XA


On Wednesday evening, August 8,
Sea Turtle Conservation Bon-
aire invited about 60 people to witness
the hatching of151 Hawksbill turtles
near the Sweet Dreams dive site. Gil-
mon (Funchi) Egbreghts played
"midwife, gently uncovering the nest
and guiding the turtles to the sea. Re-
porter Pauline Keyes oas there, This is
her response in poetic form.


0 tiny Hawksbill turtle hatch-
lings, remember
Your mother was also hatched on this
beach many years ago,
And before her, her mother, and on
and on into perpetuity,
So many years in the working of the
universe,
Before humans ever tread this Earth.


Circling the planet, swimming every
ocean, every sea,
Blessed with the secrets of the bound-
ary of water and air
And the dark depths of stamina be-
yond compare.

humans crowding the turtles'
path, blocking out the sun, re-
member
Your mother is the sea from which all
came.
Drawn to kindred spirits as they are
drawn into the sea,
Watch while flippers and shells fol-
low the life-force beating in every
heart.
Will you dream of the hatchlings to-
night, every last one,
Drifting on currents random, floating
through time and mind,
Whispering messages of desperation
and hope
Counting down the minutes to extinc-
tion?

0, sweet angels leaving Sweet
Dreams for sea mystery, re-
member
Faces reflected in the sunset, search-
ing your newborn eyes,
To see more deeply, more brightly,
the truth shimmering just out of reach.
Hurry now, before gulls swoop down,
before barracuda circle,
Before humans set their drift nets and
long-line hooks.
Steel yourself for the journey with
kisses, embraces, and good intentions.
Survive all obstacles with the keen
instincts nature has given.


Setting the re-
cord, with 151,
not just one or
two, flourishing
into maturity.

humans
brought
together to wit-
ness this won-
drous birth, re-
member
Turtle eyes
scanning the hori-
zon for a watery
exit from a sandy
nest,
Single-minded purpose of a species
prehistorically destined and designed.
Carry now the baby Tortugas always
close in mind and heart,
Connected forever to what transpired
here as dolphins heralded their arrival.
Embrace the 151 hatchlings as harbin-
gers of a future empty of oceanic life,
And change, change, change your
ways, your thinking, your spirit.
Keep the hatchlings at the center of
life and there will be no betrayal. O

Poem and turtle photos by
Pauline Kayes


Bonaire Reporter August 17-31, 2007


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many people on the island that embrace
the windsurf culture that exists here? Is
it Elvis? It's all that and much more.
There is passion fro windsurfing on this
island. The entire community rallies
around the riders. Kids like Kiri, Youp,
Chal, Caesar and so many train hard and
almost daily. The Frans Brothers put
Bonaire on the map in the windsurf
world. Not only is Bonaire recognized in
the windsurf community but Curaqao
and Aruba both have teams now training
hard and each having local competitions.
Team Dominican has a presence each
year showing off their windsurf spirit.
The riders from Europe come weeks


T he beach at Sorobon is now quiet
after hosting one of the island's
largest international sporting events.
131 competitors representing 11 nations
participated in the 3rd Annual Starboard
Pro Kids Freestyle Worlds.

It included riders from ages 0-42. The
island hosted some of the best freestyle
windsurfers in the world. Brian Talma,
the oldest competitor in the Class Free-
style Event showed the crowd that age
does not deter one from having fun and
pulling off some smooth moves. Ameri-
can Andy Brandt showed off his version
of old school talent. The dual between
old and new school was raging with
locals Caesar Finies and Charlton
"Chal" Soliano throwing some crazy
maneuvers.

Local rock star Kiri Thode returned
from the Professional Windsurfers Asso-


ciation Tour where he is currently
ranked 1st in the world of freestyle. This
kid's personal repertoire of tricks is
staggering. He is Energizer Bunny fast
and furious with a smile that does not
quit.

The Baby Class of over 33 kids 0-7
charmed the crowds. The older kids
wowed everyone with their talent and
determinism. This year the female com-
petitor categories grew in all age groups.
It's wonderful to so many more girls in
the water showing off their freestyle
skills.

Why is Bonaire the setting of the
World Finals?? How does a small island
of about 13,000 people turn out such
windsurf talent? Is it the gin clear water
or the shallow depths? Could it be the
near perfect onshore trades that blow
steady Dec. July? Is it that there are


Bonaire Reporter August 17-31, 2007


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Windsurfing (Continued from page 4)
before the event to train knowing their
time on the water will only enhance their
performance at the event.
It was five days of competition, up and
down wind conditions, local entertain-
ment, a diverse representation of Inter-
national Press and windsurf action are
now over but what remains are the
memories, the trophies, the newly forged
friendships and plans for next year's
event. Here is a highlight:

Sunday was the finals as the best free-
stylers in the world set to face off for the
big win. The heats were very intense
with a high level of competition. The
winds started off blowing fresh. One of
the best heats of the morning was the
dual between Arthuro "Payo"Soleano
and Kiri Thode. Their rapid succession
of moves was almost too much for the
announcers to track. Some of the moves
with crazy names included a Double
Matrix and a Sleepy Hollow (clew first
heli tack into a duck in the boom), Hoss
Tacks, and some switch stance moves
including Kiri's signature, the Gecko
Flaka.

In the 10-11 year old boys final Amada
Vrieswijk (BON) and Nick Von den
Eereben (AUA) went off against each
other executing some slick moves. Nick
threw an Ankle Biter while Amado re-
turned with Seated Tack. Nick attempted
a Boomerang. There was a dizzy array
of combinations including a Fin First
Board Jibe with some amazing combina-
tions including Nick's Clew First Sail
Spin, a Combo Pirouette Hoss Tack and
a flawless Body Sail 360 for Amado.
For the 13-15 year olds Dieter van der
Eyken set off against Bonaire's own
Bjorn Saragoza in the finals. Both
evenly matched with same gear and
body size had succession of super moves
including a Back To Sail No Hands for
Bjorn with Dieter returning with a Sail
Flip Gecko. Bjorn dazzled the crowd
with a Rail Ride with No Hands.

The Baby Class was the highlight of
the day. Sarginho Finies and Nathan
Finies advanced after showing constant
sail maneuvers including the ONLY
jump thru the boom- accomplished by
Sarginho. The only US competitor was
Nicolas Sanchez from Florida. This 7-
year old is preparing for his windsurf
career by attending his first freestyle
competition. What a place to learn how
to compete! The energy of the baby class
was completely contagious. The bay was
chock full of wee ones and their parents
and coaches creating a dynamic energy.
The Baby Class Fleet grew to 33 sailors
this year.

The Classic Freestyle Expression ses-
sion featured some old school sailors
showing off some old school moves,
Brian Talma and Andy Brandt showed
off their old school tricks whilst Bo-
naireans Caesar Finies and Charlton
Soliano showed off their new school
talent. There were lots of jumps, spins
and laughs.
As the day progressed and the scoring
was completed the crowd was treated to
a concert by the popular Aruba Rap
Band, Basic 1. Event Director Elvis
Martinus introduced a new rap song


Bonaire Reporter August 17-31, 2007


Homber di Laman written by Elvis and
Taty and performed by Talento Skondi.
The spectator crowd crew and the event
site was jumping. A body building con-
test and fashion show provided further
entertainment. The Award Ceremony
featured the lead sponsors on hand to
celebrate the win in all the categories.
Handcrafted Starboard Tiki Plaques,
Digicel goodies, Starboard Rash Guards,
Dakine harnesses, Red Bull and other
prizes were given to the winners. As the
sun set with the Red Feather Drum Line
playing, the spirits remained high and
new found friends exchanged informa-
tion to keep in touch promising to meet
back for next year. The Bonaire Sailing
Foundation organizers outdid themselves
once again.

The Pro Kids Committee wishes to
thank all the sponsors, parents, volun-
teers, riders and spectators for coming
together to create a memorable event
which celebrates the youth in sports. Ol
Ann Phelan

Results
Amateur Women
1st Hilde Tuinbeek CUR
Amateur Men
1st. Caesar Finies BON
2nd Charlton Soliano BON
3rd Quincy Offringa AUA
Classic Freestyle
1st Caesar Finies
2nd Andy Brandt USA
3rd Brian Talma Barbados
Baby Kids Girls 0-7
1st. Blana Veeris BON
2nd Chloe Da Costa Gomez
CUR
3rd Alima Lageveen AUA
Baby Kids Boys 0-7
1st Nathan Finies BON
2nd Jules Van Der Horst
CUR
3rd Sarginho Finies BON
Girls 8-9
1st Anais Pauletta BON
2nd Esther Van Zadelhoff
CUR
3rd Noa Stomp CUR
Boys 8-9
1st Jurgen Saragoza BON
2nd Steven Lageveen AUA
3rd Mack Dylan Van Der
Eerenbe AUA
Girls 10-11
1st Camile Van Zadelhoff
CUR
2nd Isabelle Van Zadelehoff
CUR
3rd Ana De Windt CUR
Boys 10-11
1st Amado Vrieswijk BON
2. Nick Van Der Eerenbe
AUA
3rd Jamil Jonis BON
Girls 12-13
1st Renee Kanaar CUR
Boys 12-13
1st Youp Schmidt BON
2nd Dylan Robles BON
3rd Mozart Sances BON
Girls 14-15
1st Mallory De Palm CUR
2nd Nadia Daboussi BON
3rd Monica Harmsen CUR
Boys 14-15
1st Bjorn Saragoza BON
2nd Dieter Van Der Eyken
Belgium
3rd Felix Kervel AUA
Girls 16-17
1st Sarah Quita Offringa
AUA
2nd Andrea Simal BON
3rd Andreina Figaroa BON
Boys 16-17
1st Kiri Thode BON
2nd Arthuro Soliano BON
3rd Archuendro Finies BON
Queen of Pro Kids 2007 -
Sara Quita Offringa AUA
King of Pro Kids 2007 Kiri
Thode BON


Sports Commissioner Nicolaas (foreground) was on hand to present the awards
to Boys' Class winners Kiri Thode. Arthuro Soliano. and Archuendro Finies


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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continuedfrom page 2)
why wait? Pass by now.

0 In July Neil and Carlos van
Wilgen participating in The Nationale
Nederlanden Tennis Tournement in
Rotterdam, The Netherlands were
sponsored by Remax Paradise Homes.
This tournament was only for VIP
entries and, of course, good guest play-
ers from Bonaire. Our guys played in
the Open Mens' Doubles, and finished
as the runner up! We think that is a great
result. We look forward to having Neil
van Wilgen, son of Carlos and Marlene,
brother of Raoel, back on the island
when he has finished his studies at Eras-
mus Rotterdam.

1 This year, on it's 25th anniver-
sary, Bonaire Day, September 6, will
be celebrated in Kralendijk, better


known to local people as Playa. Wilhel-
mina park will be the centerpoint for the
day-long round of formalities, fun, food
and music. The day is being organized
by a commission (photo above) made up
of Marianne Maldonado, Nataly Dave-
laar, Hubert Vis, John Leoneta, Richen-
ello Abrahamsz, Lucresia Martis-
Dortalina, and Lyanne Arrindell-
Boekhoudt.

0 Preparations for the 7th Annual
Bonaire Eco Swim that will take place
on Saturday, November 10th, 2007 are
in full swing.


There will be four categories of races
taking place a 10k, a 5k and two new
distances, a 3K and a 1K swim
All the courses will start and finish at
Capt. Don's Habitat and will be swum
along the coast of Bonaire with the 10 K
swimmers going all the way to the Plaza
Resort and back. Swimmers will be al-
lowed the use of mask, snorkel and fins.
On November 5th registration will
close.
For entry forms, drop by the BON-
HATA office between 2-5pm next to the
lighthouse at the Harbour Village Ma-
rina and talk to Diana Sint Jago or email
diana @bonhata.org.

0 Want to learn Spanish? Free?
Then attend the excellent classes taught
by the Venezuelan consulate. Call 717-
5275 for details. Some of the students
are pictured above.


0 Peter Faber, the well known
Dutch Comedian will be performing a
benefit show at Jong Bonaire on Sep-
tember 4, at 8 pm. Tickets at NAf 25 are
available at Jong Bonaire and City Cafe.
More info in the next Reporter

It's interesting to know that in
April, 2007, 67,825 tourists visited
Aruba, about the same as visit Bonaire
in one year. Discount airline JetBlue
alone brought 4.347 passengers, almost


as many visitors as Bonaire gets in a
month from all its airlines.

0 Curacao's national carrier, Insel
Air, began service to Trinidad on Au-
gust 12. Insel Air started operations on
August 28, 2006, flying its inaugural fl
ight from Curaqao to Aruba and shortly
afterward to Bonaire. To celebrate the
first year of operation Chief Commer-
cial Officer Edward Heerenveen said
Insel Air would be announcing various
promotions on the Aruba and Bonaire
route. Insel Air operates a 19-seat Em-
braer to Curaqao, Aruba and Bonaire -
and a vintage MD-82 jet to Valencia, St.
Maarten, the Dominican Republic and
Haiti.

) Insel Air failed in its attempt to
establish air service from Curacao to
Miami in August so they will begin
weekly flights to Manaus into Miami,
perhaps next year after they acquire
another MD-83 jet.

An inventory of the Central Gov-
ernment held land in Bonaire and the
Dutch Windward islands is complete.
This necessary step in the dismantling
of the Antilles set for December 2008
was finished last week. It took longer
than expected because the St. Eustatius
and Saba mortgage info was not readily
information and Bonaire's appraisal of
Washington Park and Slagbaai took
longer than expected. Curaqao's inven-
tory is still in process. All the Dutch
Antilles islands, the Central Govern-
ment and the Dutch Government are
involved in the process.
The Antilles national debt is about 2
billion euros or 4 billion guilders. The
Dutch have agreed to start debt forgive-
ness once Financial Supervision is in
place, a moving target, but now set for
the end of this year.

According to published reports
some Antilleans are concerned about
details of the planned integration of
Bonaire, Saba and Statia into Hol-
land. They see the islands having to
comply with all the tax requirements
and other laws of the Netherlands, but
receive treatment as second-class Dutch
citizens when it comes to demands for a
balanced budget, and no access to social
benefits that are enjoyed by continental
Dutch citizens. The WIPM party in
Saba is considering another referendum
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What's Next for Bonaire's Reefs?

Part 3- Solving Sewage and Garbage Problems


In Part I and II of the Reporter's se-
ries on Biologist Brian LaPointe 's
analysis of the results of the nutrient
monitoring program, it was established
that Bonaire's reefs are approaching
the "point of no return" as many sites
are now at the borderline between
healthy and polluted. Part III examines
what governmental organizations are
doing to address the problem.

ST f we have to choose between
Snice gardens and healthy reefs,
we will be choosing the reefs," says
Minguel Martis, the head of Bonaire's
Public Works and Environment Depart-
ment (DROBI
Ramon de Leon, Manager of the Bon-
aire National Marine Park says the first
priority in addressing the threats of sew-
age and garbage to the reefs of Bonaire
is to continue gathering and interpreting
data. To fulfill that goal, de Leon is
employing the "light and motion" sys-
tem (out of the University of Southern
California) that can detect suspended
solids in the water as well as read differ-
ent wavelengths of light to determine
the content of the organic matter. The
first results from the system are due in
August, which can help establish the
"big picture" of what is actually impact-
ing the health of the reefs.. In addition,
de Leon will try to obtain funding to
repeat the nutrient monitoring program
every six months since "we will need a
baseline to compare in five years when
and if the sewage plant is working." A
marine biologist, De Leon thinks that
the reefs of Bonaire are "resilient
enough to survive" until the sewage
plant is operational (estimated to be in
2011).
According to Minguel Martis, Director
of DROB, and Commissioner Anthony
Nicolaas, the sewage project, which has
been in the planning stages for 18 years,
is now in final proposal form. The
European Union will allocate the funds
to build the sewage plant while Bonaire
will provide land, laws, and money to
facilitate both sewer connections and
operation. Martis and Nicolaas antici-
pate construction beginning in March
2009 and taking two years to complete.
In late 2008, bids will be solicited from


construction firms. It's necessary that t
be environmentally-sensitive as they
begin digging up the island from Hato to
Punt Vierkant and Esmeralda to install
sewer lines. Right now those getting
building permits for new development
are being required to design their septic
systems in order to connect to the new
sewer system. As Nicolaas commented,
"my job is now to defend this project to
the island council and to drive the poli-
tics to support the sewage project steer-
ing committee."
There are two "sensitive zones" desig-
nated between Hato and Punt Vierkant
where nutrient run-off must be halted to
preserve the reefs. In the first zone,
within 500 meters from the sea, all
structures, including hotels, will be re-
quired to pay not only the cost of their
sewage being siphoned through pipes to
the main plant but they in return will get
the benefit of low-cost treated water
returned from the plant to use for irriga-
tion purposes. According to Martis, the
treated water will have no nutrients that
can damage the reefs and will be
cheaper to use than water supplied by
WED.
In the second zone, including many
private homes close to the coast, resi-
dents will have to pay a monthly fee to
be connected to the sewer, but will not
have the option for irrigation. In both
sensitive zones, property owners will


have to shoulder the cost of installing
pipes from their septic system to the
sewer lines. For those who can't afford
this cost, Nicolaas said "Social Affairs
will develop criteria to determine who
gets financial assistance." In both sensi-
tive zones, septic pits will no longer be
allowed. Outside these two zones, there
will be no direct connection to the sewer
system but residents will pay an addi-
tional environmental fee each time their
septic system is emptied and taken to
the plant to be processed. And, most
likely in the next ten years, septic pits
will be outlawed across the entire island.
Besides addressing the sewage prob-
lem, both Martis and Nicolaas are con-
sidering how to eliminate the use of
fertilizers in the sensitive zones and
reduce fertilizer use on other parts of the
island. The dilemma, from Martis' per-
spective, is to "do as
much as possible to pro-
tect the reefs while at
the same time giving
local people and the
hotels nice yards."
However, he stressed
that reefs have priority.
DeLeon also considers
restrictions on the use of
fertilizers as essential to
a comprehensive re-
sponse to nutrient pollu- aste
tion.


Algalproofofpollution was demon-
strated by Biologist Brian LaPointe

Finally, as President of the Board of
Directors of Selibon, Nicolaas is com-
mitted to working with Selibon's new
director, Reginald Dortalina, "to start
the conversation about the operation of
LVV and the Selibon landfill in order to
prevent pollution of Lagoen." He prom-
ised that details would be forthcoming
in the next year.

Both Martis and Nicolaas confirmed
that there will be further communication
on all of these projects as soon as the
final proposal for the sewage plant is
accepted and funds are officially re-
ceived. Stick with The Bonaire Re-
porter for continuing coverage. O
Story & photos by University Profes-
sor Pauline Kayes, Bonaire and Cham-
paign, Illinois

Part IV of our series, coming soon, will
focus on what individuals, including tour-
ists and residents, can do in their daily
lives to prevent nutrient pollution and to
guarantee the health of Bonaire's reefs.


water will no longer be dumped into
pits like this one at LWV


Bonaire Reporter August 17-31, 2007


DROB head Minguel Martis and Commissioner Anthony Nicolaas
review the sewage plant drawings


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Turtle Traffic


Rescue At Sea


Green Turtle 'Darwina' is the second turtle tracked from Bonaire this season.
STCB's Mabel Nava and Funchi Egbreghts with 'Darwna'


Crewfrom the Indusbank and BNMP Ranger Duvan Rios with longline gear:
Left to Right: BNMP Ranger Duvan Rios and Indusbank Crew Members:
Francis Verginie, Leopoldo Clarenda, Florenso Thode and Willy Meye.


On Wednesday, August 8, 2007, at
approximately 5:00 pm, Sea Turtle
Conservation Bonaire (STCB) Manager,
Mabel Nava received an emergency call
from the Bonaire National Marine Park
(BNMP) that there was a sea turtle entan-
gled in a home-made longline with floats
and hooks up by the BOPEC oil terminal.

The tugboat Indusbank was on duty off
the oil terminal when it spotted a leather-
back turtle. Recognizing that it was in dis-
tress and needed immediate assistance,
Captain Willy Meye and his crew were
able to get a rope around the turtle. Work-
ing from a platform from the side of the
tugboat, the crew cut off much of the line
and a number of floats that encircled the
turtle. Realizing that additional assistance
was need, oil terminal supervisor, Jan Em-
erenciana was contacted and he, in turn,
called Din Domacasse, Chief Ranger of
the BNMP.

With time being an issue and sunset not
all that far off, Mabel working with Duvan
Rios, BNMP Ranger, quickly responded to
the call. With support from Ramon de
Leon, the marine park's manager and Car-
los Rodriguez, the operations manager at
Harbor Village Marina, a marine park boat
was rapidly fueled and equipped. Accom-
panied by Andy Uhr, acting STCB Presi-
dent, Mabel and Duvan were on the water
and headed north at 5:45 pm.

When the team reached the Indusbank,
the rope securing the turtle was quickly
passed to the marine park boat. In spite of
the Indusbank's work, the turtle still had
significant amounts of twisted nylon line
wrapped around her, with the line having
cut deeply into and around each of her
front flippers and the back of her neck.

Efforts to remove the remaining line
while working from the marine park boat
proved to be less than successful. Mabel,
donning a mask and fins, went over the
side to work in the water. With two sets of
hands from the boat steadying the leather-
back, Mabel removed the remainder of the
line and floats. Sea turtles are tough and
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resilient animals and attempting to bring
them in for veterinary treatment presents a
greater potential for harming the animal so
the leatherback was released. While seri-
ously injured she swam away into the deep
blue using a steady and strong stroke, giv-
ing the team encouragement that she
would survive her ordeal.

This rescue was made possible by the
quick and positive actions of Captain
Willy Meye and the crew of the Indus-
bank, Francis Verginie, Leopoldo Clarenda
and Florenso Thode. STCB extends its
thanks to them and everyone else involved
in the effort.

The leatherback sea turtle, Dermochelys
coriacea ,is the biggest of all living turtles,
reaching a length of over 2.7 m (8.8 ft) and
weight of 900 kg (2,000 lb) and is listed by
international authorities as critically en-
dangered. The leatherback is found world-
wide in all oceans. Our leatherback was
quite small, measuring an estimated 1 m (3
ft) across the carapace and weighting over
100 kg (220 lb). Leatherbacks are occa-
sional visitors to Bonaire and are usually
seen passing through on their way to desti-
nations unknown.

Longline fishing is illegal on Bonaire
and to our knowledge not practiced here.
But the practice is common along the coast
of South America and it is thought that is
where the leatherback became entangled.
This the second such incident this year. In
April, the remains of a hawksbill turtle
ensnared by a similar fishing rig were re-
covered from a dive site at the southern
end of the island.

Another Turtle Tracked

A Green turtle (Turtuga Blanku),
nesting on the Atlantis dive site on
the southern coast of Bonaire, was fitted
with a satellite transmitter Tuesday night
by a team of staff and volunteers from Sea
Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB). This
is the second turtle to be tracked during the
current nesting season and the second


Green turtle ever fitted with a transmitter
on Bonaire.

Based on the pattern of turtle nesting
activity observed during the last few
weeks, it was predicted that the Green
turtle would possibly return to the beach
on Tuesday night. During a beach patrol
on Tuesday morning, STCB's Funchi Eg-
breghts found crawl tracks from a turtle
but observed that it was a false nesting
attempt. So the team set out that night to
monitor the area around the dive site.
Around 8:30 pm, a large Green turtle
came ashore, but it took her three hours
before she found a spot to lay her nest.
When attempting to deploy a transmitter, it
is important that the turtle be allowed to
nest before starting the deployment proc-
ess. If she decides to go back to the sea, we
let her go and wait for her to come back
and safely lay her nest. This is done in
order to protect her clutch and avoid extra
stress on the animal. At 11:30 pm, she
began laying eggs. She was then measured
(95.5 cm (37.6 in) straight carapace length)
and tagged on her front flippers. An hour
later and after she had thoroughly covered
the nesting area with sand, the approxi-
mately 140 kg (309 lb) turtle was fitted
with a satellite transmitter. At 2:30 am, the
Green turtle was released and she quickly
departed into the sea.
This was 'Darwina's' second nest of this
season and it is anticipated that 'Darwina'
may lay one or more nests before she
leaves the area to return to her home forag-
ing grounds.
Green turtle 'Darwina' will be the sec-
ond turtle to be tracked from Bonaire dur-
ing the 2007 nesting season. Tracking of
this Green turtle is made possible by a full
sponsorship provided by Karen and Ken
Miller.
Earlier this month, the female Hawksbill
'Eloise' was fitted with a transmitter after
nesting at No Name Beach on Klein Bon-
aire. 'Eloise' is still in the area and may be
departing shortly.
The turtle tracking works through signals
sent out by the transmitter, which is
switched on whenever the turtle comes to
the surface to breathe. These transmissions
are then collected by Argos system receiv-
ers onboard weather satellites that circle
the globe, yielding location data for each
turtle that are e-mailed daily to Sea Turtle
Conservation Bonaire.


Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire exists
to ensure the protection and recovery of
Bonaire's sea turtle populations throughout
their range. Founded in 1992, the STCB is
a Bonaire-based, non-governmental and
non-profit organization, part of the Wider
Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Net-
work. 0L Mabel Nava


Bonaire Reporter August 17-31, 2007














BONAIRE ON WHEELS



The seventeenth of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, fea-
turing some ofBonaire's most interesting vehicles.







On the fifth of January 2005, Gijs and his girlfriend of 26 years, Monique, ar-
rived on the island of Bonaire, where he did a job for the Bonairean govern-
ment for a while.

Since March 2007 he and his business partner, Jimmy, are running an automotive
enterprise named "Tropical Car Care BV", located in the "windward" part of the
Kaya Amsterdam Building. Gijs and Jimmy are maintaining and repairing cars of all
years and all brands. (See ad on this page)

Maintaining an old family tradition Gijs (and Monique) really like wheels of all
kinds.
Gijs: "During the last thirty years I have had over 30 different cars. Among them
two real DAF 33's. Those Dutch-made cars are very rare now. I also have had loads
and loads of Renault 4's that transported me through Europe for hundreds of thou-
sands of kilometers, even way into the Soviet Union. There is still one Renault wait-
ing for me in the Netherlands, a brand new 1980 GTL.
But we're settled on Bonaire now, we have bought a house here and Jimmy and I
have our own enterprise. Monique and I are not even thinking of returning ever to the
old world. The weather, the rush, you know. We love our life on the island of Bon-
aire!"
Those days, back in the seventies, Gijs was not even allowed by his parents to ride
a moped. Too dangerous. When Gijs reached the age of eighteen however, his father
suggested to obtain a drivers license for a motorcycle, in order to have at least some
education in being a menace.
Gijs: "June the 18t, 1976 was a very important day in my life. I was, from that
date, officially allowed to ride a motorcycle. My first motorcycle was a single cylin-
der, 125 cc, two stroke Yamaha. I rode the bike for more than four years. Those days,
back in the seventies a motorcycle was a poor man's transportation. When I earned
some more money, the bikes disappeared and small cars showed up.
Years later, during a summer holiday in Cyprus they rented a 250 cc single cylinder
two stroke off-road bike, and, later, a four cylinder Honda 400. It was the sunny
climate and the riding without a helmet that made an impression on them! The virus
had attacked again!
In October 1992, Gijs bought his first Harley-Davidsonm a 1200 cc Electra Glide,
built in 1975, which up until the arrival of the Ayatollah was used by the Persian
Army. Gijs restored the bike and hit the road in the summer of 1993. For four years
he drove the mighty, although slightly leaking V-twin, from England, to Italy, to
Poland and Spain.,
In 1997 he traded in the Persian Lady for a brand new 1340 cc black Fat Boy. The
bike was, after lots of kilometers and rather dented by the almost daily use, traded in
for a 1450 cc twin cam two tone Heritage Springer in Y2K, in candy colors.
But the craving for another Fat Boy never left, and in 2004 he bought another one,
in stylish black. The bike was almost new but, because of the move to Bonaire
months later, it had to remain in Europe, with no more than 20.000 kms on the odo.
On Bonaire Gijs decided to order a brand new black Fat Boy at Orlando's bike
shop, fitted with the traditional carburetor instead of the usual fuel injection, that
needs a computer to be adjusted.


Gijs, itted with Ray Ban sunglasses andMacLean's teeth, sitting on his beloved
black Harley-Davidson Fat Boy, counting the revs of the V-twin engine. The other
bike is Monique's 1996 Bad Boy.

Because of Gijs' special wishes he had to wait for seven very long months. Finally,
in March 2006, his fifth Harley arrived on the island. (Helped by Ontvanger Cashier
Larry, it received the registration MF30.) The bike is fitted with a nice little Boneiru
ta Dushi flag on the rear end. This is the only Boneiru ta Dushi- flag on the island,
powered by 1450 cc!
Monique, Gijs' partner in life, obtained the valuable pink paper in 1992. Her first
bike was a red Honda 400F four cylinder. However, the first real bike she bought
was a 1987 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883, in late 1993. Welcome to the family! In
1998 the tired and worn Sportster was replaced by a brand new Heritage Classic,
displacing 1340 cc. In the fall of 2001 the bike was traded in for a 1996 Bad Boy
with a springer fork on the front end. (License plate: MF999.) This is Monique's
third real motorcycle.
The V-twin powered couple rode for years and years, in Europe and in the States,
an average of 25.000 kilometers a year. All in all, riding together, they covered a
distance of six times a trip around the globe. Gijs and Monique are fantasizing about
a very long trip through North and Central America, but at this present moment their
main point of interest is the very busy automotive garage on the Kaya Amsterdam.
Good luck and happy trails! O J@n Brouwer



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We don't say we see everything, but we can give you an estimate of the repair
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(Flotsam and Jetsam Continued from page 6)
on that island to consider backing-out of
the integration arrangement.

0 The dusty air may protect the
Caribbean from hurricanes. Storm
scientists are taking a closer look at
whether giant dust clouds from the Sa-
hara could join the El Nino phenomenon
as a leading indicator of the ferocity of
Atlantic hurricane seasons. El Nino, a
warming of eastern Pacific waters, has
become a dominant storm indicator be-
cause it can flatten an Atlantic hurricane
season by increasing the wind shear that
can rip apart cyclones.
Now scientists are intrigued by pre-
liminary research showing a direct cor-
relation between the sandy plumes and

Bonaire Reporter August 17-31, 2007


tropical cyclones. "What we've seen is,
more dust, fewer hurricanes," said Wil-
liam Lau, chief of the Laboratory for
Atmospheres at NASA.
Studies so far indicate that dust clouds
from Africa, which can grow as big as
the continental United States and reach
all the way to the Caribbean and Central
America, tend to cool the Atlantic by
reflecting sunlight. While Bonaire is out
of the hurricane belt it can be affected
by storms hundreds of miles away.

Cooler water in the Pacific and
more atmospheric dust from Africa
prompted hurricane researcher William
Gray to lower his 2007 forecast
slightly last Friday, calling for 15
named storms and eight hurricanes off


the East and Gulf coasts of the US. Ac-
cording to an Associated Press (AP)
report, Gray's forecast calls for four of
the hurricanes to be intense.
The first Caribbean hurricane of the
season may be on the way this week.

The minimum wage in the Neth-
erlands is 1,301 euros (about NAf
2,700) per month. This puts it among the
highest six in the European Union (EU),
according to figures the Dutch Central
Bureau for Statistics published last
Monday. The minimum wage in the EU
countries ranges from 92 euros in Bul-
garia to 1,570 euros in Luxembourg.
Depending on island and job, the mini-
mum wage in the Antilles is about NAf
800 per month. O G.D.


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CARIBBEAN HOMES SOULNIGHT


B onaire's 40th Regatta will of course have
sails, but this time it will add soul, the mu-
sic that erupted into popularity about the time the
Regatta tradition was begun in Bonaire
Although it's still about two months before the
Regatta Week, the organizers of the Regatta and
Jo Bux and Bert Poyck of the Bonaire Entertain-
ment Foundation are already working hard to
make the 40th anniversary of the Regatta a big
success. It seems that they are doing a good job,
as they have managed to attract a superstar to the
island, namely the world famous King of Soul,
George McCrae.
For those that haven't been on Bonaire long
enough to learn, an explanation about one of the
year's biggest event on the island is in order. The
Regatta is an annual sailing event with numerous
sailing races along the coast of Bonaire and
around Klein Bonaire. This year it runs from Oc-


tober 7th until October 13th. All sorts of boats,
coming from a number of countries participate.
Added to this are windsurfing and freestyle
competitions. Races in various categories are
scheduled during the day; the evenings are filled
with a variety of cultural and folkloric shows and
musical performances. The races are held close to
the shore so spectators can easily follow them.
The Bonaire Regatta Festival takes place on the
promenade and on the streets of Kralendijk.
Stands with local 'Creole' food, souvenirs and
handicrafts attract locals as well as visitors; they
throng the normally so quiet streets during this
time. International and local bands perform on
stage every day of this festive week.
The non-profit Fundashon Bonaire Entertain-
ment, that Bert Poyck and Jo Bux founded last
year, conducted a very successful Rock 'n Roll
night in November 2006. That's why the Regatta


Organization approached them this year to or-
ganize a Soul Night on the evening of October 12.

(Continued on page 18)


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A recentfledgling sits between its parents

With great joy and happiness I can report this week that Wee Ben has
fledged! His clever parents picked a nest so cunning it was never sniffed
out by rats. Mr Ben, an upstanding parrot if ever there was one, provided for dear
Mrs Ben in those early days so she could concentrate on incubating her eggs all day
long. And Mrs Ben a loving mother beyond compare, remained patient, forgiving
and ever attentive.

Together they kept Wee Ben from danger and fulfilled his every demand. This,
dear readers, is why he turned into the cantankerous spoilt brat the parrot team came
to know so well. It is for this reason his fledging is a pure joy for us!

To date we know of a further four chicks that have evaded the dangers all parrot
eggs must face. They have run the gauntlet that is parrot infancy, and they have been
lucky enough to evade the scuzzbag poachers who want to steal them away from
their families. Five lora chicks have fledged, hoorah! They had courage enough to
leave their nests. They have used their wings. They have crash-landed into trees.
They have flown over hilltops and a life of freedom awaits them. So long as a feral
cat doesn't nab one in these first weeks of silly mistakes and not-so-streetwise-ness,
they will be counted this January in the annual lora count. One day they themselves
may even contribute to the population.

Olivia's three chicks remain in their nest but by the time you read this the eldest
may have flown. You can see just how big and parrot like they have become when
you go to parrotwatch.org. We are about to suggest some names and you can vote on
what they should be called online too. Parrotwatch.org also gives you the chance to
read the fieldwork diaries of the parrot team and see many other movies from the
project, go check it out! O


ci O E 'MirUan


Feeding Chicks

Dear Oliva,

I have very much enjoyed read-
ing your articles and watching your vid-
eos on the Parrotwatch website. I am
very impressed that you and Oswald do
so well in bringing up all those chicks. I
have been wondering though, how do
you ensure that all the hungry chicks get
a fair share of the food that you collect
and make sure that the bigger ones don't
just push the others out of the way and
take it all?
Geraldine


Dear Geraldine,

I'm so glad that many people, such as yourself, are enjoying watching my chicks
grow on the internet. When we arrive with the food we have gathered Oswald and I
tend to take it in turns to go into the nest and give the children the food we have
gathered from plants in the mondi. They hear us arrive and start begging for the
food, making quite a racket I can tell you. Now they are older they can be quite bois-
terous as well running to the front of the nest, trying to be the first fed. We parrots
tend to gauge who is the most in need by who is begging the loudest so they gener-
ally go first. We also try to share out the food as evenly as possible making sure that
any smaller chicks pushed to the back also get a good feed.
Sadly there are times, however, when food is short and we have to arrange things
differently in order to ensure some of our chicks survive. Here in Bonaire the sea-
sonal weather is not always predictable and we parrots, as well as some other birds,
hatch our chicks asynchronously to ensure that the chicks in the nest are a range of
different ages. When times are hard and, sadly, we cannot collect enough food, this
allows us to easily select the larger chicks to feed and means we haven't wasted too
much effort on the chicks that won't make it.
Thankfully this year we are doing very well for food and we can feed everybody!
Olivia Parrot


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Hosting the


T his week Bonaire is hosting the second annual Wounded Warrior dive certi-
fication trip. And it is all Bonaire that embraces these veterans. The support
for this project a true grass roots effort that Bonaireans take personally. From their
motorcycle club escorts, gifts from fine shops, to dinner with the governor it is
there for all to see.
Again this year, soldiers and marines who were severely wounded in Iraq and /or
Afghanistan, flew to Bonaire for their final open water dives. For the first time this
year, two of the warriors are bringing their spouses and children who also complete
their certifications. In all, six warriors and five spouses and two youngsters partici-
pated. Captain Don's Habitat is hosting the diving and accommodations for the War-
riors. Numerous other Bonaire business are sponsoring meals, car rental, gifts and
more. A full report will be in the next issue of The Reporter. l G.D.


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Hometown final for Rincon teams


After an intensive soccer season
with some breathtaking play-offs
between the four highest ranked teams
on Bonaire, two teams from the village
of Rincon played their way up to the
finals. Last week, Real Rincon and
VESPO competed in their final test to
have the right to hold high the Bonaire
Cup. Rincon can almost be called the
'Village of Bonaire soccer' as not only
the seniors made it up to the final, also


newcomer on the island watching a soc-
cer match in Bonaire, the first thing that
catches the eye is the huge number of
women in the crowd. That soccer is a
real man's game doesn't hold up on this
island. Better to say, almost more
women watched the game than men did.
Their shrieks and enthusiasm had the
upper hand against the roars of the male
supporters.
During the final Rincon was probably


I VESPO celebrating their cup. On the right Ruby Balentin (white shirt). The
competition was dedicated to him for his contribution to Bonaire soccer.


the juniors of the same teams played in
the final as well on August 3rd.
Due to the always warm temperatures
on the island, soccer is played a little
differently than people are used to on
seeing it on TV. Instead of fresh green-
cut grassy soccer fields, the field at the
Rincon Stadium is completely dried out
consisting of sand and gravel. Players
running after the ball always results in a
big cloud of dust, and when one of the
players falls, most of the time this re-
sults in bruises or even bigger injuries.
That's why the soccer on the island is
almost not a contact sport so much but
mainly about technique and ball control.
Charging up to a player of the other
team almost always results in a free kick
or a yellow card.
Also the crowd is quite different. For a


completely deserted as nearly all its resi-
dents were at the stadium. It was clear
that the expansion plans and the new
seats donated by Holland will be really
necessary to accommodate all the sup-
porters next year. Most of the crowd has
to stand during the match to get a good
glimpse of their soccer stars.
On one end of the field were the Real
Rincon supporters in their "private"
zone, called the Blue Carpet and the
Blue Lounge, on the other side of the
field were the VESPO supporters in the
Red Zone. It seemed to be a final as well
between the supporters for Who Was
Making the Most Noise. With respect to
he Blue crowd, the Red crowd won this
competition easily, with their drums,
singing and air horns powered with
scuba tanks they drowned out the Blue


crowd.
The first match played during the final
night was between the junior teams.
Coincidently, the same teams as the sen-
iors had made it to the finals, which
indicates that both teams have great fu-
ture potential. The match was equal and
ended up with no score at the end and
penalty kicks had to be taken to decide
the winner. During the penalties both
young teams were equally matched. No-
body missed until the score was 5-4 for
VESPO and Real Rincon player and
Captain Ilfred Piar was under pressure to
make the kick and tie it up again. Be-
cause Piar was the top scorer of the
competition it seemed there was little
chance he would miss. Only he did miss
and Young VESPO was unleashed to
celebrate their Cup victory. The Real
players were downhearted and disap-
pointed but the VESPO players gathered
them quickly to celebrate together.
The next game was between the senior
teams of VESPO and Real Rincon
which was not as exciiting as expected.
In the first half VESPO player Shahairo
Oleano scored the a point and for the
rest of the game VESPO created a de-
fensive block against the few dangerous


attacks of Real, and only managed keep
their lead by counterattacks. This was a
good strategic decision by the VESPO
coach Ray Finies as his team was a few
times closer another score than Real.
The Real coach, Goito Winklaar, might
be faulted for some decisions during the
final game. The midfield of Real didn't
seem organized at all and all the hope
that attacker Ruliane (Prem) Martijn
would score, vanished when a player
from the youth team, Robert Frans, took
his place in the 75th minute of the game.
When the final whistle was blown it was
once again VESPO that could celebrate
their newly won Bonaire Cup.

Last weekend both teams also played
against the number one and two teams
from Curaqao in the Rincon Stadium.
The return match will be in Curacao and
they will be vying for the Antillean Cup.
O
Story and photos by David Radomisli


Bonaire Reporter August 17-31, 2007


Friends andfamily of Real at the blue carpet.


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SI c 6 ,SitmaSl@6l k itw i v tow


he dream every novice DJ has is to become famous
instantly, travel around the world, go to the best parties
and somewhat importantly, get paid a bunch for just doing the
thing they love most: mixing and scratching. Most of the time
the reality is different. There's a long and bumpy road to be-
coming a successful deejay. Last month Bonaire's neophyte
deejays got a real opportunity to take a big step to fulfill their
DJ dream. The Heineken Green Synergy DJ Competition
gave them that chance. Last Friday the eight finalists of July
had a chance to demonstrate their skills during the final night
of the competition at City Caf6.
First thing a starting DJ needs is the equipment do be able to
practice at home. Second, a DJ has to distinguish himself by
having a style of their own in mixing and scratching. Third,
and the most important skill a DJ needs to possess, is that he is
able to please the crowd. During the finals at City Caf6 that
wasn't very hard as City Caf6 was packed with partying peo-
ple, eager to have a good time. During the night each of the
eight Deejays got 30 minutes to do their stuff.
A jury, consisting three experienced Bonairean deejays, Ka-
rel Domacass6, Andy Domacass6 and Robert Sanches had the
difficult task to decide which competitor was most skilled.
Judge Robert Sanches knows exactly what the finalists were
going through as he is a veteran of deejay competitions. He is


DJFe was the winner of theDJ contest and will represent
Bonaire during thefinal in Curacao

a four time DJ champion on Bonaire and has twice been over-
all champion of the Dutch Antilles. "We look at various as-
pects for giving points during the competition. We judge them
on their choice of music, their technique, the way they handle
their equipment, the effect is has it has on the crowd, and their
mixing style. Extra points are given for talking to the crowd
and getting them in the right mood," says Sanchez.
The clear winner was Rudolf Godie, a.k.a. DJ Fe. Behind the
turntables he seemed to know exactly what he was doing, and
the fact that probably influenced the judges the most in nam-
ing DJ Fe the winner, was the reaction of the crowd. It didn't
hurt that he had an enormous group of fans along with him.
The prize DJ Fe received from Heineken was a complete turn-
table set-up. Next, he will represent Bonaire at the Antillean
DJ competition in Curaqao. If he wins that battle as well he
will go to the international DJ competition in Jamaica. O
Story and photos by David Radomisli


Bonaire Reporter August 17-31, 2007


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DINING GUIDE


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See advertisements in this issue


RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Balashi Beach Bar Open every day On the beach
Bar and Beach Service Ham 8pm. Extensive snack/salad/burger menu
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Happy Hour, two for one, 6-7 pm. 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 (7-10 pm)
Moderate
Bistro de Paris ModeReal 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

Calabas Restaurant &
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Brea tea-ExL c inner Biggest BBQ Buffet on Bonaire every Saturday
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront breakfast, Lunch and Dinnerfrom 6-9pm. Only NA28 or $15.75.
717-8285 Open 7 days

Casablanca Argentinean Restaurant Moderate Indulge your whim-beef seafood, chicken, vegetarian
One block south of the Post Office Lunch Tues-Sat-11:30-2:30 Mondays-All you can eat and special slide shows starting at 6 pm
717-4433 Dinner 7 nights- starting at 6 pm Great value anytime.

Hilltop Restaurant Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -in Bonaire's hill country
At the Caribbean Club Bonaire-on the scenic Rincon Road Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Frequent Dinner Specials
717-7901 Happy hours 5 to 6 daily, to 7 on Tuesday BBQ night.

The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate NAf 10 take out lunch Tuesday through Friday
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.

Pasa Bon Pizza Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Oen from 5-11 m Wednesday-Sunday ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too.
2 mile north of town center. 780-1111 Open rom 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 780-1111

Patagonia Argentinean Restaurant Moderate Authentic Argentinean Cuisine
At the hghthouse, 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. Bonaire's original Argentine steakhouse,

The Bonaire Windsurfing Place Low-Moderate A genuine sandy beach restaurant cooled by the trade winds
At Sorobon Beach Open from 10am-6 pm daily, Top quality food and friendly service. Reserve for the Wednesday Beach BBQ.
Get away from it all. 717-5091, 717-2288


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AIRLINES
Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16 flights a
day between Bonaire and Curagao. Your first choice for
inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba.
APPLIANCES /TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest selec-
tion 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 Bonaire bank.
They also offer investments and insurance.
BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing
and professionalnail care.
BICYCLE / SCOOTER QUADS
De Freewieler rents bikes, scooters and quads. Profes-
sional repairs on 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 Bon-
aire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q.

Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow Sub-
marine) -low prices on the seaside at Kralendijk, at Car-
ibbean Court and the Hamlet Oasis. Join their monthly
cleanup dives and BBQ.

WannaDive They make diving fun while maintaining
the highest professional standards. In town at City Caf6
and at Eden Beach.
FITNESS
Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates,
Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness
machines and classes for all levels.
FURNITURE, ANTIQUES
The Plantation Has lots of classy furniture and antiques
at very competitive prices. Stop in to see great teak furni-
ture and Indonesian crafts.
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain
your garden. They can design, install and maintain it and
offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals. Now
in new expanded location off Kaya Industria.


GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR
The Bonaire Gift Shop has a wide selection of gifts, sou-
venirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras, things for the
home, T-shirts all at low prices.

NATURE EXPLORATION
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking, hik-
ing, biking, caving, rapelling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or 785-6272 E-mail :
hans @outdoorbonaire.com
PHOTO FINISHING
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center down-
town offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items
and services. Full digital services.
PHOTO SERVICES
Capture Photo at the Divi Flamingo. Photo classes, cam-
era rental, digital processing, all state of the art!
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor, specializ-
ing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and property
management.
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's most experienced
real estate agent. They specialize in professional customer
service, top notch properties and home owners 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 insurance
services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop
in and see them.

RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours
including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling and
exploration. Full service dive shop and photo shop too.

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 management.
The Touch Skin & Body-Birkenstock shoes for men
and women.
Valeries Airport Shops Convenient shopping for
unique items, magazines, gifts and more.
SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra measure
of protection when you need it. Always reliable.
SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
agent.
SKIN CARE
Curacao Aloe.... Fantastic products for your skin and
body. Hand picked and manufactured in Curacao. Avail-
able at many shops on Bonaire.
SUPERMARKETS
Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-Biggest
air conditioned market with the, largest selection and low-
est 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 wind-
surfing dreams and more. They offer expert instruction,
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.

ATTENTION BUSINESSMEN/WOMEN:
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
Tel. 786-6518, 786-6125
Email: reporter@bonairenews.com

Did you know that listing in the Guides is FREE
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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 Lagoen
103, Island Growers NV (Capt. Don &
Janet). 786-0956


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

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

Flenta I
Cozy guest cottage available
Studio
with kitchen,
airco, cable
TV, two sin-
gle beds (or
king) pull-out
sofa, porch,
yard and
private entrance. Five minute walk to sea-
side promenade; 10 minute walk to town.
$50/night.
Contact: bonairecottage@aol.com

Bonaire Reporter August 17-31, 2007


For S a le


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 ale
For Sale: Sony Digital Camcorder,
boxed and unused, Model DCR HC96E
in PAL format, takes Mini DV tapes has
Widescreen, 3 Mega pixel still camera,
Carl Zeiss Lens, 2 Years guarantee, in-
cludes new case, tapes etc. Unwanted gift
$720, Call: 717-2675

SALE: Sea & Sea DX860G Digital
Camera in Underwater Housing,
$500 plus tax; 5 in 1 Battery Charger
$25, At Capture Photo in the Divi
Dive Resort,
www.Capturecaribbean.com Call 717-
6151.

Cars a
Scoote rs
One owner 1997 Ford Explorer
$10,000. For Sale: Tel: 786-2692



Pro pe rty
Harbour Village Marina Front Condo
For Sale-
Large one
bedroom, 2
bath apart-
ment lo-
cated 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.luxurybonaire.



Staff wanted: Capture Photo seeks
Computer Literate Individual for
full time position in busy Camera
Rental Facility. Experience with Scuba
and/or Photography preferable. Call
599-717-6151 email-
Info @capturecaribbean.com


S Fitness center is looking for
an aerobics instructor.
Teach twice a week.
Please call 796-3109 or
786-8908.



MAKE EXTRA MONEY
Reporters and feature writers
wanted for The Reporter. Get paid by
the word and for your photos. Stories
waiting to be written. Send a sample
of your writing to:
info@bonairereporter.com or Call
George 786-6125


Washing-Machine, Gen. Electric
10,5 KG, 110V/50Hz, 2004, excel-
lent cond., NAf 400.- Tel: 717-4110.



1--omes

Do you want to live in a pleasant
house? A three bedroom, two-
bathroom, sitting/dining room with
lots of space, kitchen, office, two
additional rooms and a porch. Call
796-6550.


2-bedroom apt. max 2 pers. at
Hato, bath/shower, kitchen, boiler,
weekly linen, furniture and kitchen
equipment. Minimum stay 2 months
NAf 800,--excl.
Small house in Hato. Max. 2 per-
sons, one bedroom NAfl000.--
excl, 35m2,all luxe kitchen equip-
ment and furniture, washing ma-
chine, dishwasher, boiler, shade ter-
ras, 8-persons dinner-set, glass-ware,
linen. No animals. Monique 717
2529. minimum stay 2 months.


Large House for Rent [4 bed-
rooms + 2 bathrooms] tel: 717-8603


Short Term Rental Needed or
House Sit Oct. 8-30 Dec. 15- Jan. 15
Feb.20- March 20 Call 786-3134


Want to build or mod-
ernize? Work with a seri-
ous professional with
experience, a good or-
ganization providing quick deliv-
ery and quality. Try us,
Quality On Time Construction NV.
We can do foundations, concrete,
plaster, brick, carpentry and more.
Phone 796-6550


Bonaire Reporter Classifieds- Are still free
Got something to buy or sell?
Non-Business 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


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Pet of


The Week
W hile the creator of "Pet of the
Week" is taking some time off
after more than 10 years of uninter-
rupted writing of this column we will
fill in with photos of some of the past
adoptees. The Shelter is on the Lagoen
Road, open Monday through Saturday,
8 am to 1 pm. Telephone 717-4989.d
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Regatta Soul Night (Continued from page 10)
Another factor for the Regatta organi-
zation to approach Bert and Jo is their
enthusiasm and their love for music. As
Bux is selling music on the Wilhelmina
square every Friday morning and
owned a CD-shop in Holland and
Poyck is a musician still playing in a
band himself. Fundashon Bonaire En-
tertainment doesn't aim to make money
for themselves out of the music night.
Their goal is to collect as much of it as
possible to donate to Bonaire's Skol di
Musika. "The money is not intended to
be for buying new instruments, but for
sponsoring new musical talents on the
island. With the money we hope stu-
dents will get the possibility to develop
their skill and are able to form new
bands. Our intention is to create a dou-
ble effect: the young music students
will get a better understanding of mak-
ing music and playing together in a mu-
sic band and for us it will provide pub-
licity for the companies who sponsor
the event. Caribbean Homes is the
"name sponsor" of Soul Night. "
The Caribbean Homes Soul Night will
have no entrance fee and the show will
be free for all to attend. That's why
they'll need a lot of sponsors to help
with the finances. Many signed up like
Caribbean Homes, Plaza Resort, Arke
Fly, City Caf6, Krioyo Paint, RE/MAX,
Flamingo TV, Mega FM, Digital FM,
Tiara Air, and The Reporter itself. But
new sponsors are still necessary and
very welcome."
As a reward to the sponsors for their
willingness to help with the project,


they will receive a package which in-
cludes a trip on the traditional sailboat
the VD1 7 of Fred Ros (also a sponsor),
a BBQ on the Plaza Resort Beach and a
private performance of George McCrae.
McCrae will not be the only per-
former during Caribbean Homes Soul
Night as the Dutch DJ, Rick the Soul-
man, will open the night with some
funky tunes and the local band Dikazz
will warm up the crowd before George
McCrae hit the stage.
That the money is going to a good
cause is also a reason why the Fun-
dashon Bonaire Entertainment has
managed to get the famous artist
George McCrea to the island. McCrae
has done many benefit concerts for his
own projects in Africa and South-
America and although he is very busy
he found the time to perform in Bon-
aire.
For many people the name George
McCrae probably won't ring a bell, but
his song "Rock your Baby" probably
will. This number one hit in 1974 sold
over 52 million copies all over the
world, making one of the biggest selling
records in history. More about George
McCrea can be found in upcoming is-
sues of The Reporter. Ol

Story by
-David
Radomisli


he Stichting Project is a training center, founded on Bonaire in 2004 to edu-
cate and help youngsters from 12 -17 years of age who have problems at an
intellectual, social, behavioral or emotional level. The children participate in group
activities and training programs. One of their recent projects was to make new key
chains for Buddy Dive Resort. In the picture the kids present the new chains to Paul
Coolen and Michelle van der Valk, Buddy Dive's new General Managers. Buddy
Dive Resort has seven buildings and the teens made a different shape for each build-
ing. "We were very happy to work together with Stichting Project, the key chains
look wonderful. They have done an outstanding job" said Michelle van der Valk.
The Stichting Project has been, and continues to be, one of Bonaire's most suc-
cessful programs that reach out to youngsters. It's run by its hard-working Director,
Mick Schmit, who is personally involved in its daily operation.
If you want to help with a donation contact Mick at + 599-786-6816 Address:
Kaya Botote 2 BONAIRE (Dutch Antilles). Email: mickschmit@ telbonet.an
BANK# : 180.00.703 at RBTT Bonaire N.A. O Jan Willem 'tHooft


Bonaire Reporter August 17-31, 2007


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We do our best to make your hair and
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You can also come in for
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We use and sell L'Oreal products
Is your plan to marry on the island?
We can make you beautiful and stay
beautiful for your happiest day.
Personal attention by Janneke and Barbel
Appointment by tel: 717-5990
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Bonaire Reporter August 17-31, 2007


25th Amnnlvrsary
Rotary Club of Bonaire
"Support our Breakfast
in Schools Program"


Rotary Boiire Foundation
PO Box 240, Kralandik, Bonire NA
Acet 114.238.08 with MCB Bonair


WANNADIVE
Dive Locations:
Eden Beach

Kaya Gob. Debrot
tel: 599 717-8884
City Cafe
Kaya Grandi #7
tel: 599 717-3531

Economical Accommodations:
WANNADIVE HUT
Kaya Dialma # 11,
Tel/fax: 599 717 8850
email: info@wannadive.com
info@wannadiveHUTbonaire.com


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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
8-17 2:35 1.2FT. 3:41 1.2FT. 8:53 1.2FT. 17:48 1.5FT. 68
8-18 3:58 1.1FT. 18:19 1.6FT. 59
8-19 4:27 1.0FT. 18:51 1.7FT. 50
8-20 4:56 0.9FT. 19:28 1.8FT. 41
8-21 5:34 0.9FT. 19:59 1.9FT. 34
8-22 6:04 0.8FT. 20:30 1.9FT. 32
8-23 6:30 0.8FT 21:09 2.0FT. 37
8-24 7:00 0.8FT 21:47 2.0FT. 46
8-25 7:30 0.9FT 22:24 2.0FT. 58
8-26 7:52 0.9FT 12:48 1.1FT. 13:19 1.1FT. 23:05 2.0FT. 70
8-27 8:09 1.0FT.12:39 1.1FT. 15:24 1.1FT. 23:56 1.9FT. 82
8-28 0:36 1.8FT. 8:21 1.1FT. 13:11 1.3FT. 16:46 1.1FT. 91
8-29 1:29 1.6FT. 8:26 1.1FT. 13:47 1.4FT. 18:22 1.1FT. 97
8-30 2:32 1.5FT. 8:21 1.2FT. 14:29 1.5FT. 20:26 1.2FT. 99
8-31 4:02 1.3FT. 8:00 1.2FT. 15:31 1.6FT. 23:06 1.1FT. 97
9-01 1:06 1.0FT. 16:26 1.7FT. 92
9-02 2:27 0.9FT. 17:31 1.8FT. 83


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StartAug. 2 (Usualy 9pm)
To be Announced

Start Aug. 9 (Usually 9 pm)
To be Announced

Call 717-2400 fordetails


Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf14 (incl. Tax)

NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY

SUMMER SCHEDULE
OPEN-THURS THRU SUN

SATURDAY 4 PM
CHILDREN'S SPECIALS
To Be Announced


HAPPENING SOON

Thursday, August 16 Elvis' Retire-
ment Party at Lee's Bar. 9 pm. Be
there! Special appearance 9:30-11 by
The Flamingo Rockers

Friday, August 31 at lOpm.Lees's
bar, The Flamingo Rockers-10 pm.

COMING
September 4 -Peter Faber performs a
benefit show at Jong Bonaire at 8 pm,
tickets at NAf 25 available at JB and
City Cafe
September 6 Bonaire Day in Kral-
endijk
September 3 Bonaire Fishing Tour-
nament
October Regatta, Jong Bonaire
Swim to Klein Bonaire
Upcoming Fitness events:
October 06 6th BWC Mountain Bike
Tour. Eden Beach Resort Activity Cen-
ter. Registrations start at 3:45 p.m. Par-
ticipation fee is fis. 15.00 per person
includes drink and fruits. Information
email to info@bonairewellness.com or
call Tel. +599 785 0767
October 07 7th Annual Swim to
Klein Bonaire. Jong Bonaire fundraiser.
Visit www.jongbonaire.org for more
information or call 717 4303.
December 1 Bodybuilding Competi-
tion. More information contact Judel at
786-0290.
December 2 2nd BWC International
Mountain Bike Race.

REGULAR EVENTS
Daily
* HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 6-7 pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-50% off- Buddy Dive Re-
sort, 5:30-6:30
Divi Flamingo Casino open daily
for hot slot machines, roulette and black
jack, Mon. to Sat. 8 pm- 4 am; Sun. 7
pm- 3 am.


*By appointment Rooi Lamoenchi
Kunuku Park Tours $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 Marsh-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
Flamingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm,
NAf26,50. Call for reservations 717-
8285 ext. 444.
Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 2nd Saturday of the month, 7 to
9 pm, Kaya Industria #23, across from
Warehouse Bonaire. Great wines. NAf20
per person for 6 to 8 wines.
Flea Market every first Satur-
day of the month from 3 to 7 pm, Parke
Publico. Everyone welcome to buy and
to sell. NAf5 per selling table. For more
information and reservations for a spot,
call 787-0466.
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
* Fish or Meat Dinner Special for
only $10. Buddy Dive Resort, 6 -9:30
pm
* Reporter writer Albert Bianculli
presents his Multi-Image Production
"Bonaire Holiday" at 6:30pm, 7:30 pm
& 8:30pm,. Casablanca Argentinean Grill
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart
of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria
717-6435
Tuesdays
* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, 5:30-7;30 Divi Flamingo, Balashi
Beach Bar
* Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine, 5
-7, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar

Wednesdays
* Beach BBQ and music at The
Windsurf Place at Sorobon, 7-10 pm.
Reserve ahead. Tel. 717-5091, 717-2288
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers,
Unplugged, Buddy Dive bar 6-8 pm.
* Caribbean Night A la Carte -
Buddy Dive Resort, 6-10 pm

Thursdays
* Flamingo Rockers, at "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

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
* Friday Weekly Market at Wilhel-
mina Park with local art, music and
food; summer fashions, jewelry, glass-


work, Bonaire pictures, driftwood art,
paintings and all kinds of Bonaire souve-
nirs, 9 am to 2 pm..
* 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
Sunrise Poolbar and Sportsclub, for chil-
dren 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

Saturdays
Mountain Bike Training for riders of
all levels every Saturday (also Tues-
day) at 5pm. Meet at the Bonaire Well-
ness Connexions headquarters at Eden
Beach Resort Activity Center. Contact
BWC 785 0767 or email
info bonairewellness.com


FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- "Discover Our Diversity"
slide show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm,
717-5080
Tuesdays & Wednesdays-Sea Turtle
Conservation Bonaire presents the Sea
Turtles ofBonaire Slide Show. Every 1st
& 3rd Tuesday at Buddy Dive Re-
sort (717-3802) at 7m. Every 2nd & 4th
Wednesday at the Bruce Bowker's Carib
Inn (717-8817) at 7pm.
Monday- Land & Ocean Bonaire by
Fish-Eye photo staff, 8 pm on the big
screen in front of their facility at Bonaire
Dive & Adventure.
Tuesday -Caribbean Gas Training
"Beyond Gravity An Evening with
DIR," 6 pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure
786-5073
"Diving Facts And Fiction An Eve-
ning with DIR" slide/video show by
Caribbean Gas Training, 8 pm, Bonaire
Dive & Adventure,786-5073
BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past
in thisvenerable old home that has been re-
stored and furnished so it appears the family
has just stepped out. Local ladies will tell you
the story. Open Monday thru Friday, 9 -12, 2-
4. Weekends by appointment. 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 717-4060 / 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind
the Catholic Church intown 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 holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone :
560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Cancer Survivor Support Group Ma-
jestic Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes
Shopping Center 2nd Level Kaya LD
Gerharts # 10. Call 717-2482/566-6093.
Weekly Bonaire Talker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, Bridge
Club: Wednesday 7.30 p.m. at Sunrise
Pool Bar. all levels, NAf2,50. Call Joop
717-5903, or be there in time (7.15
p.m.)


Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Cafe. 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
Jaycees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Re-
nata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate
House', above Zeezicht Restaurant. All
Rotarians welcome. Tel. 717-8434
Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Crusita
de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Martinez
Beck, at 786-2953.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte
Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451; Valarietelbonet.an
Bonaire National Marine Park- 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
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. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English on Sundays 10
am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, Services in
Papiamentu on Sundays at 8.30 am.
Children's club Saturday 5 pm in Kral-
endijk.
Sunday School every Sunday at 4 pm in
Rincon. Bible Study and Prayer meet-
ings, every Thursday at 8 pm. in Kral-
endijk.
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays,
9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bonaire-
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7 pm inEnglish. Tel. 717-8332
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30am. In Papiamentu, Spanish
and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm
in Papiamentu 717-8304 Saturday at 6
pm at Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol,
in English. Mass in Papiamentu on
Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at
7:30 pm. 717-2194

Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel:786-6518 or 786-6125


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*to find it... just look up


Don't Miss Next Week's Eclipse Of The Sturgeon Moon :
The Last Of The Dual Eclipses Of 2007


N ext Tuesday morning, August 28th, we will be treated to the last of the dual
eclipses of 2007, the first of which occurred on Saturday, March 3rd. American
Indian fishing tribes named the August full Moon the Sturgeon Moon since the fish was
easily caught during that time. But what causes an eclipse of the Moon anyway?
Let's imagine that we're out in space looking down on our Moon, Earth and Sun. Now
Moonlight is really light from the Sun reflected off the Moon and back to our Earth. So
one half of the Moon is lit up by the Sun at all times, although the only time we see the
half of the Moon that is completely lit up is when we have a full Moon which occurs
every month whenever the Moon is directly opposite the Sun as seen from Earth. Now
usually when we have a full Moon the Moon is either above or below the plane of our
Earth's orbit. But occasionally the full Moon will glide directly into our Earth's plane and
will pass directly through our Earth's shadow which will block most of the Sun's light
from reaching it. In other words our Earth's shadow will eclipse the light of the Sun
which is why we call such an event an eclipse.
But during a total lunar eclipse the Moon never completely disappears but always turns
some unpredictable shade of reddish orange and that's because the red rays of sunlight
are always bent by our Earth's atmosphere into our Earth's shadow, filling it with a faint
reddish orange light. So during a total lunar eclipse the reddish orange Moon color you
see is actually light from all the sunrises and sunsets around the world being refracted,
that is bent, into our Earth's shadow and onto the Moon and then reflected back again.
And that's what you'll see Tuesday morning between midnight and dawn.
Now if we could look at our Earth's shadow cone more closely we would see that there
are two distinct parts to it. A pale outer shadow called the penumbra and a smaller dark
shadow called the umbra. The penumbral phase of the eclipse is never very noticeable so
I'm suggesting that you start watching when the Moon begins to enter the umbra which
is 4:51 a.m. Bonaire Sky Park Time. Then as minute after minute goes by you will actu-
ally see the umbra which is our Earth's curved shadow slowly creep across the Moon and
gradually darken it and cause it to change color. The Moon will be completely within the
umbra and totally eclipsed for about 91 minutes from 5:52 a.m. to 6:23 a.m. in the Sky
Park, after which the whole process will slowly reverse. Bonaire will see only the first
half of the eclipse before the sun rises. Because no one can predict what color the Moon
will turn during totality that's what makes it so much fun. Will it be bright orange, or
blood red? Only the shadow knows. See for yourself. O Jack Horkheimer


Aries: March 20 April 19 Mid-month gets better and is great fun, plus if you're
single and looking for love, there's not a more promising time all year, so do make
the most of it. Similarly, if you're committed and hoping for children, this is also a
peak period. The last ten days of August are a balancing act, mainly between every-
thing that's going on and the fact you could use a little space.
Taurus: April 20 May 20 Your home is a refuge in times of trouble and against
the vagaries of a changing world. Bricks and mortar are an asset, but the value of
emotional security, is not something that's easily reckoned in purely financial terms.
There is nothing that beats coming home and simply closing the door.
Gemini: May 21 June 20 At times you've felt like you were going to explode
and at least now you're able to, so that's something. Obviously you don't especially
enjoy being so furious, but the old adage of better out than in holds true and anger is
an energy after all.
Cancer: June 21 July 22 You're known for being shrewd and thrifty and while
you'd rather not think about money all the time, you're aware it's an important con-
sideration where your safety and emotional wellbeing are concerned. Money matters
have been an issue for longer than you'd like to remember and during August it all
comes to a head, with the chance for a far more positive resolution than perhaps
you'd dared to expect
Leo: July 23 August 22 You have a big heart, you're optimistic, enthusiastic
and pretty much irrepressible, so there isn't much that really gets you down. You've
dreamt about those far-off days of happiness and glory like they would never return,
then suddenly they're back now almost without warning.
Virgo: August 23 September 22 During August you'll feel like hiding away.
It's often like this before your birthday, but for some even once this comes along, it
only just gets worse. There are so many difficulties now, so many issues for you to
face and so much that you need to sort out, you wonder how you'll ever do it all
without making changes on the sort of scale, you don't even want to think about.
Libra: September 23 October 22 There's a certain amount of soul-searching
for you during August. At the heart are your fondest ambitions and that it's become
increasingly clear, some changes must be made. To you maybe it seems like a set-
back, but that's not really correct, because if you hadn't aimed for what you went for
and tried out the things you did, you'd always have it.
Scorpio: October 23 November 21 During August, the focus on your career
affairs finally hits a critical mass. For many this means paid employment, while for
others it has more of a vocational slant, relating to what you had hoped to achieve
for yourself and to what you are doing with your life.
Sagittarius: November 22 December 21 During August you catch it from all
sides. Despite your famous tolerance and ability to dodge the bullets, by the end of
the month you're feeling about as reasonable as a shark in a feeding frenzy. You're
almost certainly best going away, on your own if possible and around mid-month if
you can, or alternatively burying yourself in the exhaustive contemplation of a sub-
ject far removed from your everyday life.
Capricorn : December 22 January 19 Capricorn is the business sign and if
you're a businessman or woman, then August is a great month for you. You'll al-
most certainly have some business interests, whether these are official or not, so
you'll be delighted when new opportunities to get richer present themselves around
mid-month.
Aquarius: January 20 February 18 For somebody who says they're not inter-
ested in relationships, you're going to have a hard time avoiding them during Au-
gust. If you're already spoken for then great, you'll get to spend the month staring
lovingly at your partner for hours on end. If you are single and already happy
though, you could be in trouble.
Pisces: February 19 March 19 Yours is a sign reputedly prone to addiction, but
this month it's not nicotine, drugs or alcohol, it's most probably your work. This
invokes a hectic picture with your work meaning everything that keeps your life
running smoothly on a daily basis, and with your rewards not immediately obvious,
but being stored up for the future. O Paul Wade, Astrologer


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Picture Yourself With The Reporter

Carnival Parade, The Netherlands Near Aspen, Colorado, USA
W/Oil-


F ormer Bonaire Reporter master photographer, writer and SGB teacher,
Wilna Gronenboom, writes that she is getting settled in Holland and as
a result is very busy. She's got a new telephone number, 06 23181670 and a
new car, a Peugeot 206. Email: wilnagroenenboom@live.nl
She writes," I am sorry that I forgot to say goodbye to a few people and
with this message I want to let everybody know that I like to say goodby to
them and that I miss Bonaire and my lovely friends a lovely people, and my
lovely island...........................


rank and Wilma Bohm went to Colorado for a holiday and took this
picture with the Bonaire Reporter at the highest asphalt road
(14.000 feet above sea level near Aspen, Colorado.
Frank runs the Freewieler Bike Shop in Kralendijk and, a rider himself, was
impressed with all the bikers who reached the top. That must be heavier
than the Tour de France.....
Wilma is one of the founders of the Pelikaan School and took this great
photo


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4 4' 004 was a crazy year; we came
_in April and started renovating
the house, but it was also the year of
Hurricane Ivan heavy tropical weather,
power failures and Kralendijk under wa-
ter. All of sudden Bonaire looked quite
different! If you only come here when
the weather is super beautiful, you have
no clue. The first four months I lost five
kilo's because I went on the same way I
used to do in Holland, then I thought 'it's
time to slow down Bert!' That's the
charm of the island; everything here goes
differently than you're used to and that's
what you choose for.
Ten years ago we came here for a vaca-
tion; we'd just learned how to dive. Bon-
aire felt immediately right and we de-
cided to come back the next year.
Edith: "We had a public relations bu-
reau in Holland; I was doing the person-
nel administration and Bert was the di-
rector, we had 20 people working for us -
it was quite a company and so we needed
some relaxation. Bert has been working
extremely hard ever since he was 18 and
along the way I've helped him a bit. In
Holland we had a good life, we had a
boat and the children would always come
with us, but once we'd learned how to
dive, all our vacations became diving
vacations.
When the children became adults and
went their own way, we sold the boat and
we did some diving in Holland, but it
was cold and dark and there was nothing
to see. Diving on Bonaire was easy, the
island small and cozy and the people
were good-natured. In 2000 we bought
an apartment and from that time on we
spent every vacation on Bonaire. The
difference between our hectic life in Hol-
land and the quiet atmosphere here made
us look forward more and more to come
to Bonaire. However, each time ten days
was the maximum, because we couldn't
stay away longer.
In 2002, someone offered to buy the
company, and in 2003 we bought a house
here. Bert stayed on for one more year
and in 2004 we emigrated; we sold eve-
rything we had in Holland and our sons,
Hans and Thomas, 29 and 27 at the time,
stayed there. It was a big thing it's
something you don't do just like that -
you have to get to know the island, the
people and the circumstances really well
before you come here."
Bert: "I think many people come to live
here ill-prepared and that's why they
disappear soon after; in a couple of
months the cracks are already showing.
We prepared ourselves well and we
really thought it over and also we had
several people sort things out for us."
Edith: "I'd just finished my four year
training as a reflexology therapist (an
alternative treatment where you manipu-


late certain pressure points on the foot
and by doing so you treat the whole
body) and I got my diploma 14 days be-
fore we left. Bert wanted to do some-
thing in the dive industry and I wanted to
start a practice not a very busy one -
just a few clients per week.
When we arrived here I met my first
client and one thing lead to another and
now I have more or less two to four cli-
ents a week and that's fun; I wouldn't
want it to be more, because... art is very
important to me... I have to be able to
express myself in wood, stone, painting
and drawing. I've been drawing all my
life but when I was in high school I felt
strongly attracted to sculpturing. I really
wanted to hack in stone, but I didn't
know how and I wanted to go to the
academy badly. It has been something I
wanted to do for a long, long time and
when I finally got the chance to do it, I
didn't... I went to study reflexology.
However, I did attend the free academy
at night, an open workshop where you
inscribe yourself for sculpturing or paint-
ing and there I learned the techniques of
sculpturing in two years and at the same
time I was working two days per week in
a studio together with a group of people.



'Together we enjoy
Bonaire's nature un-
der and above water
and the simple things
you can buy here are
just perfect. "


There I started to make sculptures; it
was in 1999, eight years ago. I'd wanted
it for 25 years and there was never time,
or I didn't take the time or I didn't meet
the right people. It was one of my rea-
sons to come here to have more time,
more freedom and space to do those
things, because in Holland you are preoc-
cupied with everything. Here it's easier
to work, you're outside in the open air,
not in a dusty workshop and also there's
plenty of material limestone, wood
from the trees and driftwood. I've just
started with clay but many times some-
thing goes wrong, especially when the
object is in the process of drying it's very
difficult, because it dries out too fast and
it starts cracking and so, I prefer sculp-
turing. In 2005 I started making Man-
delas in pastel. You start with a central
point within a circle and you're free to
fill it in the way you want it, but you
have to stay inside of the circle. The
Buddhists made them on the floor with


sand in every
thinkable pattern.
I love to do it, it's
very relaxing.
In 2005 I had
my own exhibi-
tion in Cinnamon
Art Gallery and in
2006 I had an
exhibition to-
gether with
Ronald Verho-
even in Kas di
Arte. I also par-
ticipated in the
exhibition in Kas
di Arte when
Queen Beatrice
came to Bonaire.
As a result of the
exhibitions many
people asked me
if I would be will-
ing to give some
workshops and in
March this year I
gave my first one
- we worked with
soapstone and
in April I gave
my second workshop. There were a lot of
enthusiastic people and reactions and I'm
thinking of doing it again in September,
but there's no hurry, it has to be fun."
While we're talking, the family's dogs
are splashing around in the pool and
they never seem to get enough of it; two
beautiful imported pedigree Rhodesian
Ridgebacks enormous by Bonairean
standards and another onefrom here,
most likely a cross between a Dogo Ar-
gentino and a Dalmatian, also huge!
They 're running back and forth to draw
Edith's attention and she gets all wet, but
couldn't care less. Bert (59) and Edith
(55) are people you instantly like;
they 're an easy going, friendly couple. A
selection of Edith 's art is exposed on the
terrain around the house and there are
some really good pieces to be found
amongst the collection. Edith: "I'd made
my mind up that when I came to live
here I would go and work as a volunteer
at the animal shelter and after two
months I started doing so. Well, yeah... I
really do love dogs a lot and now there's
one at the shelter..."
She smiles at Bert and he tries to ig-
nore her announcement and says,
"Officially I've stopped working but I
am still busy for the owner's association
of Belmar. I've become a member of the
Bonairoclub, the Bonairean aero club.
Last year Edith gave me, as a present for
my birthday, a flight to circle above the
island and I was so taken by the experi-
ence that I wanted to take a course to get
my Dilot's certificate. I haven't finished


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yet, but when I'm ready I'll be a private
pilot and I may fly as a hobby. The
weather here is very good for flying,
only the wind can be tricky when it
comes to landing. We do have a unique
strip here, one of the largest of the Carib-
bean, fit for the biggest planes.
Edith snorkels with the Queen Angels
and although I'm a PADI instructor, I
don't do much diving I just can't find
the time and my tempo is a bit low, but it
doesn't matter, because that's what we're
here for! I'm also setting up a new ster-
ilization campaign together with the
board of the Animal Shelter, and... we're
looking for sponsors! Together we enjoy
Bonaire's nature under and above water
and the simple things you can buy here
are just perfect. We also found good
friends something that's really impor-
tant when you've left your familiar envi-
ronment and you have to start all over
again it's also a challenge, but we did
it. For the time being we don't have
plans to move Holland has changed a
lot in those few years and all that space
you have here... You can't look into the
future; you live
by the day and
here you live
more intensely
than you do in
Holland." E


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On The Island Since...2004

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