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The Bonaire government an-
nounced that Delta Airlines
plans non-stop Atlanta Bonaire
flights beginning in February 2008.
No guarantee payments were required
but there will be joint marketing. Bon-
aire worked for several years to win this
commitment, said political leader
Ramonsito Booi. Delta recently emerged
from bankruptcy protection. Tourism
statistics show that there is a direct cor-
relation between non-stop flights from
the US to an increase in tourism num-
bers. There was not yet information on
the delta website at press time.

0 The right of
Antilles Governor
Frits Goedgedrag to
override the Bonaire
Island Council's deci-
sion to allow Man-
grove Village Project
to begin was upheld
by the Dutch Coun-
cil of State. The Project was a small
resort adjacent to mangroves in the pro-
tected area of Lac Bay. The area was
designated a protected wetland by Bon-
aire and incorporated in the international
Treaty of Ramsar. The Ramsar Treaty is
a pact among 93 countries that agreed in
Ramsar, Iran, to target hundreds of
prized wetlands around the world for
protection. The 1971 Convention on
Wetlands of International Importance
was the first global conservation treaty
and the only one aimed at a specific type
of ecosystem.
Resort construction was authorized to
begin without an Environmental Impact
Study which is required for any develop-
ment in a protected area. The Governor
withdrew the permission when Bonaire
authorities did not act after environmen-
talists raised the issue. Currently the
unfinished project is an eyesore and will
probably remain so until the responsibil-
ity for demolishing it is argued in court.
The developer, Crown Court Estate, NV,
is asking NAf 23.6 million in damages.

) A gay couple, married in Hol-
land, were the first to register their
same-sex marriage in Bonaire. On
August 22, during office hours, they
were enrolled at the Civil Registry as a
married couple. Recognition of same-
sex marriages, recognized in The Neth-
erlands, was not accepted by the Bonaire
government. That stand was challenged
in court. Last week Bonaire decided to
accept same-sex marriages without addi-
tional litigation following the loss of a
similar case by the Government of
Aruba at the High Court in The Hague.
The gay couple moved to Bonaire after
their marriage. Up the registration their
marriage could not be registered, which
meant, among other things, that they
could not qualify for the tax advantages
offered retirees under certain conditions.
Lawyer Carlene Peterson handled the
case but was advised that according to

the civil code
of Bonaire,
same-sex mar-
riage was not
The civil code
states that a
marriage is
between a man
and a woman,
but nowhere
does it state
that gay couples already married in the
Netherlands cannot be registered as mar-
ried. The ruling does not mean that
same-sex marriages can be performed in

Bo More than one Bonaire realtor uses
the word "Paradise" in their slogan. The
NuWire Investor apparently agrees with
them. Last week NuWire said that eve-
rybody would like a piece of paradise in
the Caribbean, but some are better than
others. In the top five are ABC Islands
with Bonaire being singled out be-
cause of it's planned closer relation-
ship with The Netherlands.
NuWire listed the top five places as
Trinidad & Tobago, Aruba, the Domini-
can Republic, the Netherlands Antilles,
Roathn (Honduras) and Corn Islands of

1 The Caribbean Credit Bureau
(CCB) has been set up in Bonaire to
expedite credit checks for banks and
other lenders and should help expedite
credit requests from borrowers.
CCB will maintain payment history of
private individuals if they are customers
of participating lending institutions. The
data base will be well secured and will
contain five years of borrowers credit
history. Only subscribed credit institu-
tions can search this databank.
CCB's database is built from data from
official sources, like publications of the
Curagaosche Courant (for official no-
tices), the Central Bureau for Statistics,
banks and consumers.
CCB is not allowed to use these data
for anything else than for consumers'
credit applications. In order to guarantee
security of the databases CCB will ad-
here to the Dutch Law's protection of
personal data and the guidelines of the
European Union and the United Nations
to process computer data.
CCB will not maintain a black list of
dubious debtors. Individuals can also
check their own credit report.

1 The Central Bureau of Statistics
(CBS) report, that based on a recent
survey, Bonaire's labor needs more
than doubled as compared to a 1998
study. The construction sector accounts
for most of the vacancies. A complete
report can be found at (in Dutch)

Pensioners from Holland who live
in the Netherlands Antilles will soon be
able to get medical insurance at rela-
tively low cost from the BZV health

bureau. Under recent changes in Dutch
law it was no longer possible for pen-
sioners to continue in the health care
insurance system there. That would
mean they have to buy new health insur-
ance on the islands, while they have al-
ways paid their premiums in the Nether-
There is now a protocol between the
Dutch Government and the Antillean
Government that allows the pensionados
to be insured via the BZV. A Kingdom
Decree to that effect was handled in the
Kingdom Council of Ministers last Fri-
day. About 3,000 people can benefit
from this arrangement.

TCB Staff TCB Photo

) The Tourism Corporation Bonaire
(TCB), celebrated its 16th anniversary
last Friday at the Papaya Moon restau-
rant with their personnel and their part-
ners. The staff consists of Helen Thode,
Robert Evertsz, Roosje van der Hoek,
Rolando Marin, Evelain Marchena, Di-
rector Ronella Croes, Ivonne Craane,
Joanny Sint Jago and Glenda Sint Jago.

1 Damjen Garcia of the Peruvian
community in Bonaire thanked the
Bonairean population for their sym-
pathy in connection with the recent
earthquake in Peru. Peruvians in Bon-
aire organized collections to help their
fellow countrymen and women. People
that want to contribute can do offer with
money, clothing, or medicine. Call 717-
5558, 785-1921 or 700-2807. "In these
moments, we have to unite and give our
help," says Garcia.

Correction: In an article (A Better
Fire) in the July 20-August 3 edition we
added an editorial comment to a
STINAPA press release stating there
were no signs in some places prohibiting
fires. We neglected to identify the
comment as a an editorial addition, as
is our usual policy. Additionally, C.E.F.
Beukenboom, Director of Stinapa,
pointed out that there is a sign on Playa
Pal'i Mangel.

1 What will be the tax burden for
Bonaire residents after the island ties
closely with Holland? Last week repre-
sentatives of Bonaire, Statia and Saba
met in Curacao to discuss the situation
with their financial consultants KPMG.
According to Finance-commissioner
Burney El Hage, it is important for all
three islands, because the tax structure
will have influence on other matters that
still need to be dealt with, like the future
social benefits. The tax structure will
also determine which income the islands
can generate themselves, and how much


This Week's Stories
Probing for Pollution (Sensor Arrays) 3
Pro Kids Freestyle 5
Olivia's Dream 6
Wounded Warriors on Bonaire 7
Loras Implicated in Donkey Deaths 9
What's Next For Bonaire's Reef 10
Part IV, What Can You Do
Bonaire On Wheels-Citroen Mehari 13

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Sudoku 6
Parrot Watch (Season End) 8
Ask Olivia (Empty Nest) 8
Bubbles/Did You Know (Suspensin Feeding) 6
Classifieds 12
Sudoku Solution 12
Pet of the Week (Border Collie) 12
Tide Table 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
Sky Park (Cosmic Triangle) 17
The Stars Have It Month of Sept. 17
Picture Yourself With The Reporter 18
(deWits in Australia/Santatis in Surinam)
On The Island Since (Danilio Christiaan)

The Bonaire Reporter is pub-
lished every two weeks. Look
for the next issue on Septem-
ber 12. And it's till

they will still need.
No drastic changes in the tax system
are expected in the first years after the
transition to the new structure. The
agreement is that, in the beginning, there
will be no radical modifications to avoid
economic and social uncertainties. An-
other ground rule is that the tax structure
may not impact the net-income and the
buying power of the people.
The Netherlands presented specific
conditions like the tax structure must be
compatible with international laws; it
must not create a situation that cause a
kind of tax competition between the
Netherlands and the islands; it must also
not have negative impact on economic
and social developments of the islands.
The target date for the introduction of
the new tax structure is coincident with
the new status of Bonaire, December
15th, 2008. Commissioner El Hage ex-
pects to present the results in the last
quarter of this year.

1 Australian scientists want to
string a vast array of probes across
the oceans of the southern hemisphere
to warn of changes in ocean circulation
that may affect the global climate. The
senior science adviser to the U.N.-
backed World Climate Research Pro-
gram on Friday called for the establish-
ment of a network of deep ocean moor-
ings to extend a system already in opera-
tion in the northern hemisphere. That
system provides measurements of the
northern "overturning circulation" con-
(Continued on page 4)

Bonaire Reporter August 31-Sept. 14, 2007

Page 2

T aking a chapter from the book on
deep ocean research (see item on
page 4), Bonaire continues to stay ahead
of the curve in reef conservation. The
first two sites in a series of sensor arrays
designed to probe water quality off the
leeward coast of Bonaire over a 10-year
period were deployed last week.
The sensors will monitor seawater
qualities to identify nutrients leading to
excessive algae growth that can choke the
reef and measure dissolved organic mat-
ter- byproducts of human waste that
have a similar effect.

What It's All About
The idea first popped up four years ago
but the costs, logistics, support and per-
missions to deploy sensors were formida-
ble. A breakthrough in the design and
production of an array utilizing a $50
sensor (commercial units cost between
$8,000 to 220,000) by Dr. Burton Jones
of the University of Southern California
(USC) was key. From May through Au-
gust of this year Albert Bianculli, a local
diver and frequent Bonaire Reporter con-
tributor, volunteered to conduct a trial of
the sensors. The sensors, after minor
modifications, passed the test.
Concurrently, popular American artist
and diver, Blue McRight, through a
worldwide effort, raised money to pur-
chase the necessary equipment. Now
volunteers have stepped forward to col-
lect data and clean the sensors weekly.
Caren Eckrich, biologist and CIEE In-
structor, will manage the process of for-
warding the data to the USC scientists

who will process the data
and return it to Bonaire
for posting on the
STINAPA web site. Ex-
pect to see water quality
information, as fresh as a
week old

The posted information
will allow anyone with
Internet access to know of
the precise quality of
Bonaire's surrounding
water, which is already
among the best on the
planet. It will raise
awareness of the island's
efforts to ensure the
health of its reefs in an environment of
ever more coral-threatening planet-wide
conditions. Bonaire's coastal waste-water
treatment plant will be operational in five
years and the 10-year-long monitoring
will measure its effectiveness.
As explained by Professor Jones, who
has donated his time and expertise,
"Water quality is the chief variable in
maintaining a healthy reef. If water qual-
ity goes bad, reef degradation is certain to
follow. Unfortunately, by the time the
changes are apparent to the naked eye,
the damage has already been done, and
reversal of the degradation is difficult or
Jones explained that scientific data is a
necessary prelude to political action.
Bonaire has had septic tanks and cesspits
for years and the reef is still fine, many

Each sensor
is about the
size of a

I -

I Praifanr .r fan tnai,

would argue. As evidenced by the 18
year-long fight for a waste water treat-
ment plant, lack of hard scientific data
means meetings, not action. Fortunately,
Brian LaPointe\s recent Nutrient Study
(see previous editions of The Reporter
and What's Next For Bonaire 's Reef on
page 10) provided appropriate scientific
data and, according to Bonaire National
Marine Park Manager Ramon DeLeon,
the data was instrumental in his insisting
on lower nutrient levels in the treated
waste water than was previously envi-
However, unlike the Nutrient Study, a
quarterly collection of data over a period
of a year and a half, this project, called
"Light and Motion" by the professor, is
designed to provide continuous, decade-
long measurements along the developed
Bonaire coast and will allow scientists to
(Continued on page 9)

Bonaire Reporter August 31-Sept. 14, 2007

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Page 3

Flotsam and jetsam (Continued from page 2)
veyor belt of ocean currents, which
forms a giant loop from the Gulf of
Mexico to Iceland and back.
As far as we know, Bonaire is the
first island to install it's own monitor-
ing system. See story on page 3.

0 The thaw of Antarctic ice is out-
pacing predictions by the U.N. climate
panel and could, in the worst case,
drive up world sea levels by 2 meters
(6 ft) by 2100, a leading expert said last
Wednesday. A sea level rise of this
magnitude would inundate most of the
southern half of Bonaire as well as mil-
lions of people, from Bangladesh to
Florida several Pacific island states and
the southern half of Bonaire.
Chris Rapley, the outgoing head of the
British Antarctic Survey, said there were
worrying signs of accelerating flows of
ice towards the ocean from both Antarc-
tica and Greenland with little sign of
more snow falling inland to compensate.
The U.N. panel said that rising tem-
peratures due to more and more green-
house gases from human activities led
by use of fossil fuels were melting ice.
Antarctica stores enough ice to raise
ocean levels by about 57 meters (188')
if it ever all melted. Greenland has about
7 meters (23'), according to U.N. data.

) There is a new wrinkle in Vene-
ChAvez 's
He has
his coun-
try's name, redesigned its flag and
modified its coat of arms in his drive for
a socialist state. Now the leftist reformer
plans to adjust the country's time zone
to offer a more equitable distribution
of sunlight.
Specifically, Chhvez said the Law of
Meteorology will be changed to reflect
Venezuela's new time grid on the map
showing it to be three-and-a-half hours
behind GMT instead of the current four
hours. Minister Navarro said the longer
day would benefit "all Venezuelans in
theirjobs and studies."
Venezuelan clocks will be set at
Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) minus 3-
1/2 hours, compared to the previous
GMT minus four hours (same as Bon-
aire), Science and Technology Minister
Hector Navarro said.

) In another recent speech ChAvez
said that everything up to 200 sea
miles from its coast belongs to Vene-
zuela. This caused consternation in the
Antilles and Holland since the ABC
islands are within that zone. Dutch par-
liamentarians asked the Foreign Minis-
ter, Maxime Verhagen, to make it clear
to Chavez that he cannot unilaterally
change sea borders and annex territory
of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. "He
needs to keep his hands off our Falk-
lands, said Second Chamber of Parlia-
ment Hans van Baalen.
Curaqao newspapers asked, "Is it con-
ceivable that there will be an invasion of
Curaqao, Aruba and Bonaire by Vene-
zuela?" The Dutch Military Information
and Security Service (MIVD) labels

Chavez as a "source of tension, which
will try to increase its influence in the
region." Diplomats in The Hague are
working to obtain clarification from
Chhvez Some have labeled the situa-
tion as a tempest in a teacup.

0 ChAvez has also proposed the
creation of "artificial islands" in the
Caribbean to protect its sovereignty
and stimulate economic development.
Chhvez said his plan to rewrite the
country's constitution, unveiled August
15, would create new federal maritime
territories to support fishing, marine
research and oil production. The govern-
ment may build platforms in the coun-
try's 760,000-square-kilometer (about
472,000-square-mile) territory in the
Caribbean Sea.
"All of the economic resources that
exist there are exclusively available for
Venezuela," Chhvez said today on state
television. "We could build artificial
islands in the sea."

) In reference to his proposal to
eliminate presidential term limits,
ChAvez criticized international press
reports that said his proposal to elimi-
nate the term limits in the new constitu-
tion was a threat to democracy in the
South American country. He likened his
proposed system to those in European
countries like France and England,
where leaders also are allowed to seek
indefinite re-election. "On what moral
grounds can they criticize us?" Chhvez
said. "Margaret Thatcher governed until
she got tired. They think they are supe-
rior to us."

1 Lee's Bar was packed with pa-
trons honoring and commemorating
the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley's
passing. The Flamingo Rockers, a popu-
lar local band paid homage to the de-
parted "King" playing two sets. The
crowd thought that the Rockers had
summoned Elvis back for a final per-
formance, but it was just Lee and pa-
trons dancing on the bar. You can enjoy
your favorite tunes and dance to the
Flamingo Rockers at Lee's Bar, Friday,
August 31 at 10 pm and on Saturday,
September 8, at the Divi BBQ, 6 9pm.

1 If you have a SeaQuest or Aqua-
lung BCD, you can upgrade to a Sea-
Quest Air Source for only $139. This
special has a limited number of units.
Regular price on the Air Source is $189.
Visit the Carib Inn or call 717-8819.

) Our feature editor, Greta Koois-
tra, wrote the current Pet of the Week
column (page 12) to substitute for regu-
lar writer, Laura DeSalvo. This week
she featured a Bonairean Border Collie.
New at the shelter are two white kit-
tens found abandoned near Dive and
Adventure, adjacent to Sand Dollar.
Animal lover Suzie Swegert found then
under a shipping container and brought
them in.

) One of the nice things about Bon-
aire is that it has lots of holidays that are
celebrated with great enthusiasm, except
for one. It is hardly acknowledged ex-
cept that government offices and banks
are closed. That's Antillean Day, cele-
brated on October 21.
Now a replacement holiday, King-

1 Last weekend, Rotary Club Bonaire awarded Jan Gielen a Paul Harris
Award. The highest award in Rotary for his outstanding community efforts and
dedication to Rotary. Past treasure twice and VP in 94-95, Jan has donated himself
to humanitarian and educational projects. Jan joins Rotary Club Bonaire members
with this honor. In photo: Yke Faber, Jan Gielen, Henk Schrijver and Evert Piar.
Not present was past award winner Richard Dove. Release by Sara Matera

dom Day, is on the agenda of the An-
tillean Parliament for this week.
The intention is to make it a public
holiday on December 15, which used to
be Kingdom Charter Day ,and also the
day in 2008 when St. Maarten and Cura-
qao are supposed to become autonomous
countries in the Dutch Kingdom, while
Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba become
overseas "public entities" of the Nether-
The holiday will replace Antillean Day
since the Netherlands Antilles will no
longer exist as a country.

) In June biologist Sabine Engel
started with the Lac Bay Underwater
Survey, which is currently half done. It
is recording sea grass cover and macro-
algae and gathering other data along
three 200m.-long transect lines at 17
different locations in Lac. Some of the
people that helped in the beginning are
off island, others are not available any-
more. Sabine needs some more people
to volunteer to help. The work is not
too complicated, and might be a bit mo-
notonous. But there are a lot of nice
things you see in Lac that you won't see
on the reef. So if you have time and
want to help, or need more information,
please contact her at

) MIO, the "other" cell
phone company that has
the best deals, clearest re-
ception and extensive cov-
erage on Bonaire is mov-
ing on September 3 from
downtown to Kaya Andres A Emeren-
ciana, near the China Nobo restaurant.
They promise some new specials too.
For info call them at 790-9098 or 717-

- The global airlines organization,
IATA, said on Monday it had placed its
last order for paper tickets, clearing
the way for air travel to be based en-
on electronic ticketing from June 1 next


"In just 278 more days, the
paper airline ticket will become a col-
lector's item," said Giovanni Bisignani,
director general of the International Air
Transport Association.
The changeover from paper would not
only cut airlines' costs by $9 for every
traveler but would also mean the
industry--criticized by environmentalists
for its part in global warming--would
save 50,000 mature trees a year,
he added. Bisignani did not say whether
the $9 in cost savings would or should
be passed on to passengers.

) Reaction to the twice-monthly publi-
cation of The Reporter has been mixed.
While readers are happy there is a better
chance of finding a copy, they bemoan
the loss of weekly updates. The Bonaire
Reporter continues to be sponsored by
our loyal advertisers. When you visit
their shop or restaurant please re-
member to tell the that The Reporter
sent you. Thanks. O G.D.

Bonaire Reporter August 31-Sept. 14, 2007

Page 4

) This cat has been missing since
the 13th of August. Last seen in Hato.
She's a 7-month old female, named Mie-
sije. Ronald Schlepers's daughter loves
this cat. If found email schle-
perrmnhotmail.com or call 717-7893.

There's another "Taste of
Bonaire" coming up on the evening
of Sunday, September 9. everyone is
invited to visit Wilhelmina Park that
evening and sample foods from sev-
eral of Bonaire's best restaurants for
only NAf 7.50 a serving. There will
also be arts and crafts stands set up
and music to enjoy. It's an opportu-
nity for tourists and locals and vice
versa in a relaxed informal setting.
Be there, it's fun and a great value.

Bonaire Reporter August 31-Sept. 14, 2007

Page 5

Olivia's Dream

Suspension Feeding
Did You Know...
For many animals in the coral reef,
food is a drifting buffet? While land
animals have to work hard for their
food, sea animals can just sit in one
place and wait for food to come to
them. Suspension feeding (or filter
feeding) is popular with coral reef or-
ganisms. They collect suspended parti-
cles of organic matter (animal and plant plankton, bits of dead skin, poop, etc. -
yum) using a variety of innovative body parts. Coral polyps and anemones have
sticky tentacles with stinging cells, sponges create a current running through their
bodies, basket stars extend their sticky and finely divided arms into the current,
whales use baleen, blennies, gobies, jawfish, and seahorses simply use their
mouths, crabs and barnacles wave fine hair-like projections to continuously filter
the water, and the list goes on. It's fun to imagine what type of adaptations hu-
mans would have if we had drifting bits of food in our terres-
trial world. []C.K.

Olivia's newest seahorse painting

goals of painting at home and at the
FKPD Center. A generous contribution
from The Murray and Nadine Rubin
Charitable Foundation, Inc. supplied
Olivia with two complete sets of art sup-
plies. One set is at the center where she is

located every day, and one set of supplies
are at her home so she can paint in the
evenings and on the weekends. We
should be seeing a lot of local art coming
from the canvases of Olivia soon! O
Janice Huckaby

S uDoku means "the digits must remain single" in Japanese. To solve the puzzle,
enter the numbers 1 through 9 to the partially filled in puzzle without repeating
a number in any row, column or 3 x 3 region. For a tutorial visit the web site www.
Sudoku shack. com. Answer on page 12.
Supplied by Molly Kearney (who has to solve all the puzzles first)

9 5 4

1 6 2 7 3

8 1 9 2

3 7 8 1

4 6 5

9 7 2 3 6

5 3 1 6

8 2 6 4 7

6 4 5

Complete solution on page 12.

Bonaire Reporter August 31-Sept. 14, 2007

Page 6

Wounded Warriors

On Bonaire

Newly certified diver, Lasteen Benson, dives with one (artificial) leg with aflipper

The Warriors and their sons meet island Governor Domacassd and the press

B onaire hospitality was at its best
for the annual visit of six
Wounded Warriors- servicemen severely
injured in the course of duty for their
country. The were wined and dined by
Bonaire's best restaurants, given a $200
shopping spree, slept at a great hotel
and, with their families, certified for
PADI Open Water Diving. It was Bon-
aire's small businesses and individuals
who gave from their heart to honor these
young men.

event. He related an scene he witnessed
underwater at the end of one of the
dives: He had been escorting Justin, the
11-year old son of Army Sergeant Mi-
chael Buyas, at a shallow depth suitable
for his age and shadowing his father
who was swimming below. Sergeant
Buyas was swimming using hand flip-
pers having lost both his legs in action in
Iraq (He woke up New Year's Eve 2004
at Walter Reed Hospital a week after
being injured not remembering what
happened, but without both of his legs .)
As he ascended to the depth of his son,
Justin removed his foot flippers, placed
them on his hands, and swam along
with his dad. "I was moved," said Tom.

Participated with his wife, Shaunyce,
from Washington, DC
Army Sergeant Anthony Larsen
who participated with his partner,
Nicole Kline, from Minnesota
Army Sergeant Orlando Gill who
participated with his wife ,Maria and
son Darius, born in The Bronx, NY, now
living in Suitland, MD (a DC suburb)
Army Specialist Matthew Ceccato
from Sacramento, CA. -He retired in
February and is studying to become a

RE/MAX Realty
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Bonaire Tours And Vacations
Bikers Bonaire
Papaya Moon Cantina
Patagonia Argentinean Restaurant
Bonaire Talk
Jewel Of Bonaire
Bencho Car Rental
Mr. and Mrs. Petersen
And more...
The Reporter is privileged to be able to
feature this story. O G.D.

Bonaire Reporter August 31-Sept. 14, 2007

Page 7

he Lora breeding
season has come to
an end. All the nests that
the parrot team were fol-
lowing are now empty of
loras. Parrot parents
across the island are now
busy with the difficult task
of trying to keep track of
their offspring. It is a time
of much danger for the clueless little
parrots. They do not yet understand
that a feisty feral cat is a bad thing, nor
that the crafty Caracara might, but
probably won't, be. Just keep an eye on
him though in case today is the day he
fancies his chances with a fresh new

Our friends, the ruddy turnstones,
have been back on Bonaire's shores for
some time now. The last week has seen
an influx of swallows and even a few
ospreys have completed their southern
migration back to the island. It will not
be long before the Peregrine falcons
return from their summer breeding
grounds too, but worry not dear reader
because by then our clever little parrot
juveniles will be savvy as to who is
friend and who is foe.
Oliva's three surviving chicks are
amongst those fortunate enough to
have left their home using their wings
to carry them over the tree tops, rather
than in a poachers brown paper bag.
We are a little late with the naming

Sam Williams photo
ceremony but we have come up with
six names for Olivia and Oswald's
three chicks and we'd like you to visit:
www.parrotwatch.org and vote on
which names we should give them.
Since the last chick left the nest we
have seen the Overhang family flying
together. Two adults flying as half-
heartedly as loras do with three hope-
lessly out of control youngsters flap-
ping around behind them. We knew
them when they were just eggs, and
experiencing such beautiful moments is
just the kind of reward the parrot team
need after such an intense season.

And so it will soon be time for
Rowan, Tom and I, Bonaire's "parrot
guys", to leave the island and return to
Britain. Tom is off to face the real
world and get a job, being a parrot re-
search assistant won't exactly make
you rich! Rowan and I will return to
life of office work and data analysis.
There will, however, be a few more
parroty instalments in The Reporter so
watch this space! O Sam Williams

Ms MociOEMir Ua

Empty Nest
Dear Olivia
It has been really wonderful
watching the development of your
chicks over the past weeks. The laying
of your eggs, hatching of the chicks
and the change from naked hatchlings
into fully feathered parrots has been
unique and exciting. What I am left
wondering is what happens to these
chicks now that they have left the nest
and the view of the Parrot Watch cam-
era. Do you stay together or are they
left to fend for themselves.

Dear Ramon: M 'r MI
Watching my chicks grow
into strong young parrots makes me very proud indeed. The moment of fledging
when they leave the nest is a particular highlight. It is great for us to leave the nest to
air out for next year; a confined space full of adolescents can get awfully smelly af-
ter a while. To begin with they will depend on Oswald and myself for food whilst
they explore the world they have entered. It is quite bewildering for them when they
first find out how much more island there is than the view from the nest hole. They
also have to let their flight feathers finish developing and build up their strength so
they don't fly very far to begin with. There is much for them to learn such as which
trees produce the tastiest food and where they can be found. It takes the fledglings
about two months to become fully independent. Eventually we have to wean them as
they continue to beg for food when they really should be foraging for themselves. At
this time we must be rather cold hearted and ignore their pleas for food until they get
the idea. Two months is really not such a long time though; some of our relatives
from the mainland, the macaws, pander to the demands of their children for an entire
year before managing to wean them! Once they become independent we all join up
with the large flocks again and they start to mix with other parrots at the roosts and
feeding sites where eventually they will find a partner and have chicks of their own.
Thank you all for your questions this season. I have enjoyed answering them, till
next time good bye.
Olivia Parrot (Tom Little)

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Page s

Loras Implicated in Donkey Deaths

A satire

For months, tourists have been puzzled by an ever-growing number of
donkey corpses near Boca Onima. Rumors of gang initiations, sa-
tanic rituals, thrill killings, or hooliganism have now been laid to rest. Visiting orni-
thologist ,Dr. Pierce N. Birdwhistle, has solved this bizarre mystery.
Drawing on their noted abilities to mimic, he reports, some Loras have
learned to imitate the "love bray" of the Bonairean buriuku (donkey). The Loras
perch on the craggy ledges near the Indian inscriptions at Boca Onima, and sound-
ing the passionate bray of the female donkey in heat, have lured amorous males over
the cliff to donkey doom.
The feathered freedom-fighters, venting their rage against imported inter-
lopers and facing their increasingly endangered status, have waged guerilla warfare
in a bold attempt to rid their habitat of the slow-witted, non-native, donkeys. As
word traveled, brawls have broken out between Lora Lovers and Donkey Huggers.
The Loras are sending the island population a message. Pet owners report hearing
their Loras calling to others that "Loras rule, donkeys drool." l
Mary E. "Mel" McCombie


New requests 200 234 213 242 34 -21 29
Processed 101 148 236 173 47 88 -63
In process 86 123 154 214 37 31 60
Shelved 6 10 10 11 4 0 1
Denied 1 12 13 4 11 1 -9
Withdrawn 0 0 1 1 0 1 0

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Probing For Pollution (Continued from page 3)
see the results of changes, both good and
bad, that affect the water, the reef and
ultimately Bonaire's economy.

The Hardware
What is a sensor set? How does it
work? Each set is a string of three tem-
perature/optical sensors deployed on a
deep mooring. Each set of three sensors is
at depths of five, 12 and 20 meters, moni-
toring light absorption (see chart at right)
and temperature. At five meters, the sen-
sor measures near-surface light, i.e. sun
and cloud cover. The deeper sensors
measure differences in light levels be-
tween five and twenty meters. Addition-
ally, each sensor measures the water tem-
perature, which can indicate a variety of
processes including upwelling and trans-
port of water from other regions. The data
is sampled and recorded by the sensor
every eight minutes.
Any difference means the visibility has
changed the question then becomes
why? Was it due to outfall seepage? The
optical sensors can indicate decreases in
water clarity that could be caused by a
number of processes, including the seep-
age of dumped wastewater.
Volunteers will download the data un-
derwater and clean and check the sensors
at least once a week. The download takes
seconds using a recording reader the diver
carries. The data is then transmitted via
Internet to USC where, after decoding
and analysis, the results are sent back to
Progress Already
Phase I began last week with the instal-

lation of the first two nine-sensor arrays
in front of The Yellow Submarine Dive
Shop and the Front Porch dive site near
Sunset Beach. Each array will carry the
name of its sponsors: the Yellow Subma-
rine arrays are named "Piska" donated by
Blue McRight, "Reality Check," donated
by Candace Grove, who also volunteered
to maintain and service the complete ar-
ray as well ,and "The Iowa Steep & Deep
Dive Sensor," donated by Marcus Barnes
and friends.
Resident yachtsman Chile Ridley do-
nated the Front Porch array and named it
Sugar and Spice. He has also has volun-
teered to service the set.
Another array, already put in place by
Albert Bianculli for the recently com-
pleted feasibility study at Klein Bonaire's
Jerry's Reef dive site, will be upgraded
and serve as a control.
The sensor team would like to add up to
18 additional sensor sets from Karpata
southward along the leeward coast.
SCUBA divers are asked to not disturb
the underwater arrays.

You can help even if you do not live on
Bonaire. Please consider donating to the
Sensor Program. For US$150, you can
fund a sensor set. Fund as many as you
wish! All donors' names will appear on
the website's home page. And ... you will
be able to name your array.
Park Manager DeLeon has requested that
donations be made directly to Burt
through his company, Applied Ocean
Science, so Burt and researcher Tom Rey-
nolds can purchase additional sensor sets
and bring them to Bonaire. 100 % of all

donations will go to-
ward purchasing the
sensor sets and sup- Dissod
plies; Burt and Tom are Ori aC
coordinating all of this
with BNMP for no
compensation whatso-
ever. Not only that, but
they have offered to
assist with data collec-
tion and to provide
technology transfer.
Mail Donations to:
Applied Ocean Science
3579 Foothill Blvd.,
PMB 227--
Pasadena, CA 91107 UV
Be sure to write "Light and Motion
Sensor Program" on your check. If you
would like to name your sensor(s), please
write a brief note indicating the name(s)
you have chosen, and include that with
your check and contact information.
A relatively expensive, but worthwhile,
addition to the sensor array, although tiny
compared to the cost of traditional meth-
ods, is an instrument that can measure the
salinity, and thereby detect the presence
of fresh water. Fresh water directly indi-
cates land runoff and seepage. The pres-
ence of contaminants, together with fresh
water, points directly to the land as the
source of reef damage. Park Manager
DeLeon would like 10 freshwater sensors
at a costs of $1,000 each ($10,000 total).
STINAPA has pledged matching funds
for donations for freshwater sensors.
The Bonaire Reporter donated $1000
last week to sponsor the first two fresh-

water sensors which may be on Bonaire
as early as mid-October.
This project will only be successful if
Bonaire's resident divers volunteer to
clean the sensors and collect the data. The
task can easily be accomplished by ex-
perienced recreational divers. In most
cases the sensor arrays are accessible
from the shore. It is envisioned that a
volunteer can make two dives in a morn-
ing, servicing two sensors arrays. Yellow
Submarine will supply free air for volun-
teers. Without volunteers, very expensive
self-cleaning, self-reporting sensors cost-
ing upward of $50,000 per unit ($1 mil-
lion for 20 units) would be required to
collect similar data.
Please contact Ramon DeLeon, Bonaire
National Marine Park Manager for
information on becoming a Sensor Pro-
gram volunteer. Phone: 599-717-8444
Email: marinepark@stinapa.org. O
G.D./Tom Reynolds/Blue McRight

Bonaire Reporter August 31-Sept. 14, 2007

Rainbow Sensor Color Spectrum


Page 9

What's Next for Bonaire's Reefs?

Part 4- How Everyone Can Take Action to Cut PollutionZ

Often when there is a problem
threatening a community, it ex-
pects the government to take action.
Very seldom do we examine our role as
individuals to solve the problem. In the
case of sewage and garbage pollution
degrading Bonaire's reefs, there are ac-
tions that each resident, local, or tourist
can take to reduce his or hers personal
contribution to the pollution. Here are
some suggestions for thought and change.

Pauline Kayes' suitcase is full of re
being taken offBonaire.
I. Reduce, Re-use, And Recycle!
The amount of trash accumulating in
the landfill at Lagoen and seeping into
the sea could be significantly reduced if
we were more cognizant of what we
could re-use, recycle, and use less of.
Many of our parents and grandparents
were masters at re-using an item repeat-
edly in a variety of creative ways, but
today we are heading in the opposite di-
rection, tossing our stuff away even
though it still could be useful. If the re-
use mentality were more engrained, we
would first assess how we could make
use of something before even considering

the trash bin. And, of course, the fewer
material objects we buy and consume, the
fewer objects we will need to dispose of.
Another way to decrease the trash
stream is by recycling all glass, alumi-
num cans, paper, cardboard, plastic con-
tainers/bags, etc. Fortunately, Bonaire
now has a program to recycle glass, but
how many residents and tourists actually
deposit their glass in those yellow bins?
Since there is not yet island-wide recy-
cling of cans, paper,
plastic, etc., tourists
(especially divers and
snorkelers who love the
reefs) can do Bonaire a
big favor by bringing
back their recycling to
process elsewhere. Just
consider the impact if
every diver and snor-
keler packed just 25
pounds of recyclables
to take home? How
many soda cans, plastic
bottles, cardboard con-
tainers, etc. could be
cyclables eliminated from Seli-
bon's landfill? With
50,000 divers and snor-
kelers visiting Bonaire annually, 62.5
tons of "garbage" would be taken off the
island if each diver and snorkeler carried
25 pounds away. That would make a
dent in the landfill! And from the per-
spective of the "big picture" of climate
change, reduction in garbage equals a
reduction in CO2 since 1,000 pounds of
CO2 equivalent a year comes from 4.5
pounds a trash a day!
There has been a great response to the
Carib Inn's project of collecting batteries,
highly toxic to the reef, and then asking
divers to dispose of them off the island.
Isn't it time to go a sten further? After

all, plastic bottles and bags
being burned at Lagoen
can't be good for the envi-
ronment either.
(Note: In case you are
wondering about the reac-
tion of U.S. Customs and
the TSA: I have been tak-
ing back recyclables from
Bonaire to my home in
Illinois for four years now,
and never have a problem.
In fact they seem to be
impressed that someone
would make such an ef-

II. Compost and
Decompose! c '-
Think how much vegeta-
ble and plant matter is
thrown away when it could
be composted. All resi-
dents and locals who love
their gardens could very
easily create a compost pile where the
vegetable scraps, egg shells, etc. could
decompose and then be mixed with th
soil to improve its structure, texture, a
aeration. According to
www.compostguide.com compost is a
free alternative to commercial fertilize
adding organic matter that helps plant
flourish but with a very minute amoui
nutrients that can run off and damage
reefs. So, instead of filling your garbh
bin with leftover potatoes, onions, car
rots, spinach, peas, mangos, etc., you
could be cultivating your garden with
"nature's mulch." Even better, this pr
tice can be employed by either indivk
als with small gardens or hotels with
huge landscaping tracts.
To assist residents in getting
started with their comnost nroiects. th

Siomara Albertus turns some compost.
:ir local nurseries and LVV could hold
d workshops on exactly how to compost on
e Bonaire, and even sell containers to hold
ind all that precious food for the garden.
There is even a special guide on how to
S compost in the tropics, available through
er, HDRA-The Organic Organization.
nt of III. Collect, Collect, Collect!
Instead of irrigating and fertilizing gar-
age dens with septic wastewater, which is a
(Continued on next page

-ac- major source of pollution on the reef,
lu- garden lovers on Bonaire can easily start
collecting rainwater by installing gutters
to divert rain into a container or cistern
for later use. Just think how much rain
e (Continued on nape 11)

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Page 10

What's Next for the Reef (Continued from pg. 10)
could have
been captured
from the "tail"
of Hurricane
Dean last week
to nurture the
garden in Sep-
tember or Oc-
tober when
there are no
rains! And
compare how
plants flourish
after a rain to
how they
barely seem to
survive on just
irrigation from
WEB water.
This strategy
is especially
pertinent given
the shifting
patterns of
wind and rain
expected from
change. In-
deed, accord-
Gutters can catch
ing to the Live rain from the roof to
Earth Global store in a cistern or
Warming Sur- barrels
vival Hand-
book, if one million people used rain
barrels, they could collect enough water
for the daily usage of about one million
others. Just consider the benefits of all
new construction on Bonaire being re-
quired to include cisterns: water con-
served and money saved. Such conser-
vation is a savvy use of a natural re-
source becoming scarcer each day,
whether the collected water is reused in
toilets, washing machines, or gardens.
On Bonaire, there is even another incen-
tive: the high cost of WEB water makes
it imprudent to waste on watering the
So, besides beginning a comprehensive
sewage plan, the government might also
want to encourage cisterns, especially in
Sensitive seaside Zones 1 and 2, in order
to replace septic wastewater irrigation.

IV. Cessnools, Sentic Tanks,


Residents of Bonaire must be conscien-

a sewage line.

ously responsible for the disposition of V. Conclusion
heir own sewage. When Bonaire's All of these initiatives and actions re-
opulation was low and not concentrated quire effort and investment on the part of
ear the coastline, a cesspool, or beerput, individuals and groups. However, the
"pay-off' will be
reefs that continue
to be the most pris-
tine and impressive
in the Caribbean as
well as an environ-
Well designed, multi-chamber septic tanks capture effluent. mentally-
sustainable tourist

was an acceptable way to dispose of hu-
man waste: the effluent seeped into the
porous limestone while the solids accu-
mulated in the tank and required a "pump
-out" perhaps once in a decade. With
Bonaire's population currently over
13,000 people and growing, and with
numerous large homes and apartment
houses concentrated on the waterfront
hosting thousands of tourists, this
method is no longer acceptable because
excessive seeping sewage is overwhelm-
ing Bonaire's prized coral reefs.
For the last ten years, responsible
builders have been installing multi-
chamber septic tanks instead of cess-
pools. In fact, the Public Works Depart-
ment (DROB) now requires them for
most new construction, but the problem
remains of what to do with the septic
wastewater that eventually had to be
removed from the tank. The municipal
sewer project discussed in previous five
years away at least. So in the meantime,
what can residents do to keep that waste
from becoming a health hazard and a reef
First, have the wastewater pumped out
instead of dribbled out into the garden, or
worse, expelled directly into the sea.
This is especially important on the coast
and downtown. Indeed it is the only way
large volumes of waste get disposed of in
the Kralendijk business area: the sewage
is trucked inland and disposed of in
ponds at LVV. Homeowners can also
opt for pump-out and also make sure that
their septic systems are not leaking and
have healthy bacteria to keep solids in
suspension. Eventually all cesspools
should be replaced by septic tanks with
the future provision for future hook-up to

community that prospers. If we all prac-
ticed the "tread lightly on the Earth" phi-
losophy of so many indigenous, native
cultures, we would be rewarded by the
preservation of the Bonaire we love so
much. O
Story & photos by University Professor
Pauline Kayes, Bonaire and Champaign,

Write in !
This is the last in The Reporter's series
offour articles addressing the nutrient
pollution crisis for Bonaire 's reefs.
Readers are invited to send us their
ideas. We will make it a regular Reporter
feature. See page 14for contact informa-

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The eighteenth of a new series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer,
featuring some ofBonaire's interesting vehicles that are "on wheels".

A bright yellow smiling Citroen Mehari

in the Bonairean desert.
B onaire/Sabadeco And suddenly,
out of the complete blue, she ap- The Citroen Mehari is based on the
peared: the sun-smiling, bright yellow, chassis of a Citroen 2CV and some
completely restored Citroen Mehari. A 145.000 vehicles were produced between
French girl from the desert, strolling on 1968 and 1988. Most of them were two
the paved and dirt roads of the tropical wheel drive cars. Fewer than 1,500 were
island of Bonaire. equipped with a four wheel drive train.

A picture of the perfectly restored Citroen Mehari, owned by Monsigneur Her-
mans from Belgium. The bright yellow 600 cc vehicle is fitted with a vinyl top.
The car is definitely a collector's item. (Photograph: J@n Brouwer)

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Page 13

-es beau-ty
is Sn -the wtild

Our Lora Is our pride.
TTat-s Ihy we have to protect It.
Leave our JLora In nature;
don't cat-ch it, don't Y buy it, don't KRiI It.
If you see someone doing these things,
immediately call and alerts
717 3741
717 8000
People ujho break t-ee lauw can get
a maximum Fine oF" a thousand guilders per Lora.
This is a campaign of the Foundation Save Our Lora.
STINAPA. police department, the environmental polls and DROB.

16 Flights a day
Bonaire and
Curagao D

Divi Divi Air

24 hours a day
Call 09 888-1050

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
8-30 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
9-03 3:28 0.8FT. 18:25 1.9FT. 72
9-04 4:17 0.7FT. 19:24 2.0FT. 62
9-05 5:03 0.7FT. 20:13 2.0FT. 55
9-06 5:47 0.7FT. 21:04 2.0FT. 54
9-07 6:21 0.8FT. 21:53 2.0FT. 59
9-08 6:54 0.9FT. 22:35 1.9FT. 67
9-09 7:25 0.9FT. 12:33 1.2FT. 15:06 1.1FT. 23:18 1.8FT. 74
9-10 7:41 1.OFT. 12:40 1.3FT. 16:31 1.2FT. 80
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To Be Announced


September 4 -Dutch comedian Peter
Faber performs a benefit show, Cave-
man, at Jong Bonaire at 8 pm, tickets
at NAf 25 available at JB and City
September 6 Bonaire Day in Kral-
Sep 7- Taste of Bonaire, Wilhelmina
Park (seepage 4)
September 3 Bonaire Fishing Tour-
Sep 15 Fourth Quarterly Underwater
Cleanup Dive--Meet at 1:00 PM at Yel-
low Submarine
Sep 15-22 Love Our Planet Week

October Bonaire Regatta, Oct 7-13,
40th Year
October 06 6th BWC Mountain Bike
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
December 2 2nd BWC International
Mountain Bike Race.

* 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


* 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.
* 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
* Fish or Meat Dinner Special for
only $10. Buddy Dive Resort, 6 -9:30
* 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
* Margarita & Taco Tuesdays! With
$ 2.50 Margarita's and a Taco bar! Plus
Live music by the Flamingo Rockers, 6-
8pm Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar
* 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

* 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

* 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
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, Free rum
punch and snacks Balashi Beach Bar, 5-7
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
* Free Rum Punch Party (5:30 pm -
6:30 pm) & All-u-can-eat BBQ, 7-10 pm,
Buddy Dive Resort

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
BBQ 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. with live mu-
sic. Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar

Saturday- "Discover Our Diversity"
slide show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm,
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
"Diving Facts And Fiction An Eve-
ning with DIR" slide/video show by
Caribbean Gas Training, 8 pm, Bonaire
Dive & Adventure,786-5073
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past
in this venerable old home that has been re-
stored and finished 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 in town. Open weekdays
from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017
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
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
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.

Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte
Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451; Valarie@telbonet.an
Bonaire National Marine Park- 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics- Call Claire 717-
Volunteers to train children in sports.
Contact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik

Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English on Sundays 10
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, Services in
Papiamentu on Sundays at 8.30 am.
Children's club Saturday 5 pm in Kral-
Sunday School every Sunday at 4 pm in
Rincon. Bible Study and Prayer meet-
ings, every Thursday at 8 pm. in Kral-
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 in English. 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

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Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel:786-6518 or 786-6125

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Start A
September 4
Tradition With A'
Giant Cosmic

D o you know that
on the first week-
end of September three
very bright stars make a
wonderful triangle shin-
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extremely bright stars ultr 'a
which if you connect with
imaginary lines make a
huge cosmic triangle which stargazers have traditionally called the Summer Trian-
gle, because every year these three stars can be seen rising over the eastern horizon
in early evening announcing the beginning of summer. But since the stars change
dramatically with the season by the time September rolls around this great cosmic
triangle has shifted its position so that in early evening it is now almost directly
overhead which makes it a must-see attraction.
Now each star belongs to a separate constellation. So not only do we have three
stars we also have three constellations. The brightest star of the three is called Vega
and it will be almost directly overhead. But even though it is the brightest it belongs
to the smallest of the three constellations, Lyra the Harp. Vega is the fifth brightest
star visible to the naked eye and is the star toward which our b and all its planets
including our Earth are moving. It is however, a bit different than our Sun. Indeed it
is 2 1/2 times the diameter of our almost million mile wide Sun. And its blue-white
color tells us that it is much hotter than our yellow-orange Sun. In fact Vega is 58
times brighter. And we see it not as it exists this weekend but as it existed 25 years
ago because Vega is 25 light years away which means that it has taken 25 years for
Vega's light to reach us.
The second brightest star is Altair in a much larger constellation called Aquila
the Eagle. But Altair is almost twice as close to us as Vega only 17 light years
away. So why isn't it as bright as Vega? Simple answer, it's much smaller, only 1
1/2 times the diameter of our Sun and only nine times brighter. Finally the dimmest
of the three, is Deneb which marks the tail of a huge constellation called Cygnus
the Swan. But don't let its lack of brightness fool you. The reason it appears dim-
mest is because it is 60 times farther away than Vega and 88 times farther away than
Altair, 1500 light years away which means that for Deneb to appear as bright as it
does it must be humongously large and fiercely bright. Indeed Deneb is 116 times as
wide our Sun but 60,000 times brighter.
So there you have it three bright stars forming a giant triangle almost overhead in
early evening every September. So why not make this brilliant triangle of stars a
September tradition? It's something you and your children and grandchildren will
see every early September weekend from now on. O Jack Horkheimer



tonaire Reporter August 31s-ept. 14, 2UUz

*to find it... just look up

SFor the Month of September 2007
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Don't be too quick to judge those you live with. It's
time to let loose. You can purchase items that will enhance your appearance. Limita-
tions will set in if you haven't followed the rules. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Wednesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) If you can work at home, do so. You have two
choices; Get out on your own, or bend to your mate's whims. Be prepared to have
relatives or close friends introduce you to new and exciting individuals. Your lucki-
est events this month will occur on a Sunday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You will do your best work on your own. Plan to do
things with your faithful pet or with youngsters who have interesting hobbies. If
they're too demanding, reconsider this union. Problems with financial investments
could make you nervous. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Don't bang your head against a wall. If they want help
that's great, but if they try to take credit for your work, you will have to set them
straight. Invite friends in for a visit. Your luckiest events occur on a Thursday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Do not get upset about situations you cannot change. You
must consider yourself for a change. Overindulgence may be a problem. You will
have an interest in foreigners and their cultures. Your luckiest events this month will
occur on a Wednesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Insincere gestures of friendliness may be mislead-
ing. Attend seminars that will bring you in contact with the right people. Visit
friends or relatives who have been confirmed. Empty promises are evident and de-
ception probable. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You will have good ideas for home improvement pro-
jects. Relationships will form if you get out and do things that you enjoy. You may
be ill-treated if you have to deal with institutional environments. Your ability to take
hold of a situation will surely bring you popularity and leadership. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Thursday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Do not lend money to friends, or contribute more
than necessary to groups unworthy of your cash. Your emotions may be hard to con-
trol if your mate is forcing you to undergo drastic alterations in your relationship.
Get help setting up a reasonable budget. Look into ways of making extra cash. Try
to do your job and then leave. Your luckiest events will occur on a Saturday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You can make sound financial investments if
you act fast. Time spent with family, children, or good friends will be regenerating
and positive. Trips, educational pursuits, or projects that could lead to new outlooks
should be on your agenda. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Don't blow situations out of proportion or you
could find that others will misinterpret what really happened. Expressing yourself in
novel ways should lead you down new avenues. Spending too much time talking to
friends or relatives could easily turn into a debate that could lead to estrangement.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Make money using your ingenuity and creative
talent. Plan events like camping or white water rafting. You may want to make
changes that will turn your entertainment room into a real family affair. Your lucki-
est events this month will occur on a Monday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Travel is evident, but be cautious while in transit. If
you go shopping, only take what you can afford to part with. Your mate may not
have been honest with you. Try making some changes to your appearance and your
attitude that will reinforce just that. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a
Friday. O

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but I also worked in the vegetable gardens
and it was there that I developed my love
for nature and for small business opportu-
nities. It was just a great experience. I
stayed there for four years, I learned to
speak French fluently, and I met wonderful
French families and ate delicious food.
When I arrived the first thing I noticed, was
that the scenery was quite similar to the
Antillean landscape and the climate was
dry, just like here and when I saw the vege-
table gardens it reminded me immediately
of Dos Pos on Bonaire, it was a very spe-
cial moment.
Dos Pos belonged to my grandfather and
as a child I'd been there frequently; it's a
kunuku that meant a lot for Rincon in the
recent past, the area is very green because
there are wells and in times of drought it
was the only place where people could get
My grandfather was always helping peo-
ple and tried to give them work as well. He
was an entrepreneur; he also had a super-
market. Well, over the years I became very
good in growing vegetables and I was in-
terested to learn more about it and although
my plan was to stay in France forever, be-
cause I was living like "God in France" -
as we say, I couldn't afford to study in
France and in Holland
I still had a right to a scholarship, so I
decided to go back to Holland to study.
September 1996 I began studying tropical
agriculture and rural development at Laren-
stein International School in Deventer,
At Larenstein I met Heleen my wife -
and because both of us wanted to do rural
development work, we thought it would be
a good idea to go abroad to work as train-
ees to see how it would feel. We lived in
Tenerife, on the Canary Islands, and in
Morocco. It was a very diverse study; we
learned about cattle-breeding, tropical agri-
culture, but also about development work
and how to associate with people from
other cultures. In Morocco I learned a bit of
Arabic and also a Berber dialect as we were
working in rural areas with an international
development aid team. Our idea was to go
into development work and in the end we
thought about staying in Morocco. It's such

a beautiful country, so diverse especially
in landscapes and the food is absolutely
When I was there I read a book about
development work in all the countries of
the world; the specific problems and the
economic situations and also what the
needs of those countries were. I got curi-
ous, very curious what about the Dutch
Antilles? It really touched me when I read
about the situation on the Dutch Antilles -
they also needed development aid and there
was poverty too..."
Danilo Christiaan is a determined and
serious young man with a lot of knowledge
and great involvement. He's also a nice
and patient person.
"What I discovered in Morocco is that it
is very hard to make development aid
really effective. Big money came from
donations from Britain, but there were
many aid workers who didn't want to be
checked on their work and the way it was
carried out and they also didn't want to
cooperate when we had to test the results of
their work. We were working for school
and wanted to get the best out of the ex-
perience and when we discovered that the
farmers didn't accept the methods the aid
workers were teaching them and that they
were just going on with their old methods
once the workers had left. The aid organi-
zation wasn't interested when we told them
the facts. We were shocked, because when
so much money and effort are involved,
there should be some sort of validation of
the results.

I became very enthu-

siastic about Dos Pos
and the potential of
Rincon a lot had to be
done, but there were so

many possibilities...

I was very disappointed and with a good
Moroccan friend I started brain storming:
What if the aid organizations would lend
money to the farmers and train them to
start up their own little businesses? Back in
Holland I was very enthusiastic about the
idea and my friends said "Hey, what hap-
pened to you? First you were thrilled by the
idea of development work and now you're
so business-minded!" Well, I think people
should learn to fish themselves instead of
other people giving them the fish.
At school I entered a mini enterprise
competition and in one year we learned
how to start a company from scratch we
had to figure it out all by ourselves. In
2000 we became the best mini enterprise in
Holland and that was something really big!

In the same year I was graduating and my
wife came with this great idea that I should
do my thesis about Dos Pos. I thought it
would be fun, but just for the time being,
because I had no desire to come and live on
So, in 2000 I came here to do my thesis
and I learned a lot about my family's back-
ground and the history of Dos Pos. Twenty
years ago a Dutch TV channel had made a
documentary about my grandfather which
was called "An Old Man's Dream" and
when I looked at the recording I saw my
grandfather had seen all the possibilities I'd
encountered now and I felt very proud of
him and his dream. I became very enthusi-
astic about Dos Pos and the potential of
Rincon a lot had to be done, but there
were so many possibilities...
When Heleen arrived on Bonaire she was
very impressed and became as enthusiastic
as I was. We went back to Holland with the
idea that one day we would return to Rin-
con to work there and do something with
Dos Pos.
In November 2006 Heleen and I and our
little daughter Felisa arrived on Bonaire,
and I got the job as a project manager of
Mangazina di Rei, an open air museum
founded 10 years ago by Edith Strauss with
to cherish and to preserve the Bonairean
cultural heritage and to make the past live.
Heleen is also working here, she's the
supervisor of a project in which young peo-
ple, who don't have an education or work,
are being trained in the basics of how to
grow vegetables; they also get a training in
social skills and we're helping them to find
out what it is they want to do with their
lives work or study.
We've chosen specifically for Rincon.
My work is to show the uniqueness of
Mangazina di Rei; it's an historical build-
ing built in 1824, in a beautiful setting and
in combination with the history and culture
of Rincon, there's a lot of uniqueness to

Mangazina. My job is to develop Man-
gazina in such a way that tourists and
youngsters can learn as much as possible
about the history of Rincon.
I started to clean everything up, the
greenhouse had to be restored for Heleen's
project and the infrastructure of the water
supplies had to be built and installed and
we had to talk to FORMA about Heleen's
project. I'm also writing projects to im-
prove the structure of the museum and
therefore I'm going to Vienna, August 21st
till August 24th, to participate in a yearly
congress of the International Council of
Museums. Also I'm giving daily tours
Monday through Friday, starting at 9.00
am, when the museum is open for the pub-
I am the supervisor of the co-workers,
amongst others janitor Hubert Mercera and
Dennis and Johnny from the FKPD, I'm
doing all the administrative work and we're
also involved in buying the Onima estate,
to preserve its nature and culture, together
with the Plataforma Rincon and STINAPA.
Mangazina di Rei is also a member of the
Landscape Park which has the purpose to
preserve nature and culture in the area
around Rincon and to open it up to tourists
and for recreation. That's enough for the
time being! It's a lot, but it's a challenge!
This is a dream job, a great opportunity.
And Dos Pos? We're planning on clean-
ing it up, together with the other family
members and then
we'll see. Every-
body is still too
busy right now, so
for the time being
the dream of Dos
Pos has been trans-
ferred to Mangazina
di Rei." Ko
Greta Kooistra

Bonaire Reporter August 31-Sept. 14, 2007

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