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Bonaire Day

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Commissioner ofAgriculture Boy Clarinda and head of LVV, Rocky Emers,
look over a youngplant at an L VVfield.

0 It's time for kunukeros to attend to their kunukus. Because of the recent
rains the L.V.V. (Agricultural and Fisheries Department) recommends that the Bo-
nairean farmers (kunekeros) dedicate their attention to their farms (kunukus). They
should focus on pastures and fields, cleaning, plowing and repairing fencing.
L.V.V. says that even though there was a lot of rainfall in years past there were not
enough crops planted and also a lot of scarcity of animal food. This year can be
good, they say, when the farmer works more productively.
The Government of Bonaire and the L.V.V. are advising farmers to prepare for
seasons of drought. Farmers should select those animals that are healthy and robust
and slaughter unproductive animals. Also they should administer worm pills which
are available at the veterinarian's on Kaminda Lagun.
This is also a good time to prepare the land to plant buffalo grass and maishi
(sorghum). Buffalo grass doesn't have to be planted every year because the moment
it rains the buffalo grass sprouts automatically, giving the animals extra food.
L.V.V. offers agricultural and fishery service to the community and in particular to
the farmer. They sell several kinds of maishi for NAf5 per kilo. Buffalo grass seeds
are NAf30 per kilo. Sales have already begun.
Information about prices of plowing and equipment is available during office
hours. There's a possibility that the government will subsidize 50% of the work.
L.V.V. is open 7 am to noon, 1 to 4 pm Monday through Friday. Telephone 717-

A Delta

The Bonaire TCB announced on
Monday that Delta Airlines will
begin non-stop service to Bonaire every
Saturday, beginning February 9, 2008.
Flight #371 will depart at 10 am from
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International
Airport and arrive at Bonaire's Flamingo

International Airport at 3:20 pm. Flight
#370 returns to Atlanta at 4:15 pm, arriv-
ing in Atlanta at 7:45 pm. Service will be
provided by a Boeing 737-800 Boeing
with 150 seats: 16 in Business Class and
134 in Economy Class. Fare is around
$700. Bonaire now has weekend non-stop
service from three separate regions in the
US and daily service from San Juan,
Puerto Rico.


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During the celebration in Bonaire of
Insel Air's first anniversary, Manuel de
Gouveia, head of sales and marketing,
announced that effective October 15th,
Insel Air will fly three times a day be-
tween Bonaire and Curacao. The date is
tentative because a new airplane is needed
for the route. Currently Insel Air only flies
to Bonaire on the weekends. DAE and
Divi Divi Air currently dominate the Bon-
aire-Curacao connection.
Insel Air just began flying weekly to
Brazil in a joint venture with TAF
(Transporte Aereo Fortaleza). Insel Air
said it is still waiting for the necessary
permits for flights to the US. According to
Robert Page, head of flight services and
instruction departments at Insel Air, the
operational affairs of the company are fine.
However, the day after its birthday party,
the local press carried reports that Insel Air
owes Curoil NAf200.000 for fuel. Curoil
said they now will only fuel the planes on
a cash basis.

0 Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius
(BES islands) have agreed to introduce
a compulsory health care insurance sys-
tem for all residents of the three islands.
An agreement paving the way for the set-
ting up of the system was signed on
Wednesday, August 29, in St. Eustatius.
Commissioner Julian Woodley of St.
Eustatius said the health care system on
the three islands needed to be similar to
the Dutch health care structure as much as
possible, so as to promote future integra-
tion within the Dutch system.

D It is possible that Bonaire, St. Eusta-
tius and Saba will get their new status as
Dutch municipalities before St. Maarten
and Curacao get their "separate coun-
try" status, confirmed State Secretary of
Kingdom Relations Ank Bijleveld-
Schouten. She gave her opinion in remarks
at the end of a political consultation that
took place in the Netherlands last week
with representatives of the BES islands.

D Two weeks ago the Island Council of
Curacao approved the Transition Ac-
cord for Curacao to become an autono-
mous country in the Kingdom and receive
debt relief and financial aid with 13 votes
in favor and none against. Three opposi-
tion parties left the meeting when the vot-
ing started, but the other opposition par-
ties, DP and FK, voted along with coali-
tion parties PAR, PNP and FOL. Curagao
is now almost up to speed with the other
islands for the December 2008 change for
it to become a separate "country" like
Aruba. Curagao now can become eligible
for almost NAf4 billion in Dutch aid and
debt relief. Taking over the debt services
of the Curagao Island Territory will only
begin when all agreements made in the
final declaration with regard to administra-
tion of justice, law enforcement and fi-
nances have been met.

D If you want a Dutch passport and
meet all the other requirements you
must pass the naturalization test. For-
eigners living in the Netherlands Antilles
who wants to obtain Dutch nationality
must pass a new two-part exam. Although
the new system takes effect October 1, the
first tests in the Antilles would probably
not happen before the first quarter of 2008.
The first part of the naturalization test will
assess the candidate's knowledge of the
Netherlands Antilles and society. The sec-
ond part will test the applicant's ability to


Table of Contents
This Week's Stories
Urgent! Funds for Student Chefs 3
Hurricane Felix Passes Bonaire By 4
Bonaire Media Honored 7
New Port Facilities 7
Kai Minima Vacation Trips 7
Love Our Planet Week 8
Caribbean Homes Soul Night (Gewa oae) 10
Clear Blue Water (UghVMoan SensorPrject) 12
Bonaire Day2007 13
Music, Music (Musi School's 1Anniversary) 14
Turtles on the Move -Darwina, Eloise 15
LostCat ('Suusje')/Puppy Saviors 17
Bonaire On Wheels HD Sportster 18
What's Happening in Rincon (Ruta Onima) 18
Missing woman: Carolin Birkhotl 19

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Sudoku 6
Clear Blue Water Sensor Volunteers 13
Ask Olivia (Lora Population High?) 11
Biologist's Bubbles: (Coral Spawning) 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
Classifieds 17
Pets of the Week (Pedro & Patida) 17
Sudoku solution 18
Tide Table 19
Reporter Masthead 19
What's Happening 20
Movieland Film Schedule 20
Sky Park (Autumnal Equinox) 21
The Astrology Zone- September 21
Picture Yourself With The Reporter 22
(Bonae, Ardsley NY, USA)
On The Island Since (Paco Veefs) 23
read, speak and understand the local lan-
guage. An applicant who fails the test can
take it over again in six months. More
information about the tests is set to be
released by the government this month.

1 Preparations to have the Caribbean
Little League championship in Bonaire
in July 2008 are underway. Little
League District administrator Victor El-
hage visited Sports Commissioner An-
thony Nicolas, Little League Bonaire
chairman Arthur Sealy, James Kroon and
Francis Wanga of Sedrebo. A committee
is also working on getting people who
have knowledge of Little League baseball
to help.

1 CIEE Research Station Bonaire
gladly announces that it will host a free
public lecture series. A 45-minute lecture
followed by a short discussion will be held
monthly at CIEE (Kaya Gobemador De-
brot 21 next to Seaside Apartments). The
first lecture is titled "Coral Spawning" and
will be given by local marine biologist
Caren Eckrich on Thursday September
27th at 7:30pm. Anyone interested is wel-
come to join. CIEE Research Station Bon-
aire offers for-credit programs for univer-
sity students interested in tropical marine
ecology and conservation. For more infor-
mation, call 717-4140 or visit http://
i a, L I

Cargill Salt Plant Manager Bret
Schuttpelz writes that Cargill recently
organized a seminar at Plaza Hotel,
"Seven Habits of Highly Effective Peo-
ple," offered by the Franklin Covey Com-
(Continued on page 6)

Bonaire Reporter September 14-28, 2007

Financial Support for the SUB Hotel

School Student Chefs Needed

In an unexpected move, AMFO withdrew its funds to help send six SGB young
culinary students to Italy for a student exchange this year. The disappointment hit
the students hard who are to leave for Italy within four weeks. This program, begun
in 2002, has given our young students an amazing look at the world offood, Italian
style, allowed them to meet and mingle with students from other lands and cultures,
and in the process increased their self esteem and selfworth. They've returned to
the island, happy and proud, and in many cases, having had a life changing
experience which they've shared with their fellow students.
Ifyou can help in any way please call. Don't let a lack of money rob the youth
of Bonaire.
Contact The Culinar Bonaire Foundation: Ruud Vermeulen (717-5939) or Sara
Matera (786-9299). Or contribute directly to the TCBF acct # 109.541-02 MCB
Bonaire. The following was submitted by Ruud Vermeulen and Sara Matera of the
Culinar Bonaire Foundation.

A MFO, our former financing partner in the annual Italian Hotel School Stage
program, has been dressed up with a new suit, tie and chaperone, and obvi-
ously has become pickier when partners apply for support. In 2004, 2005 and 2006
AMFO was a great help in supporting the budget of the Stage for the SGB Students
going to Italy by almost 100%.
The NEW AMFO of 2007 resides in Curaqao now, and has compulsory guidance
from a mysterious, formal, and not-to-be-known, back-office advisory group that is
strongly and directly related to the "Donor," the Dutch Government. Long response
times, no contact or information requests, only a dry verdict 10 weeks after submit-
ting their obligatory and rigid application forms. And that verdict came last Thurs-
day to this project on the very last day they contractually could respond. Of the 26
applications for under NAf50.000 in the Netherlands Antilles this quarter, only two
made it. That is NOT very stimulating and accompanied by an undertone of prevent
- ing NGOs from wasting money. We wonder who is really wasting money here .

The result is that ongoing projects like our Stage Program in Italy of six students
now failed to pass the exam. Based on their new criteria the project must be a group
and not individuals (definition of a group of students?), AMFO's priority is training
and education of YOUTH (exactly what we are doing). Exchange programs are not
educational and will not be funded by AMFO.
But we MUST go Forward! Plan B!
We are asking your support for six students and one teacher to go for three weeks

This year's chefs: Norison Conquet, Samantha Clarinda, Teacher Liz Rijna,
Elvienne Sint Jago, Derrick Piar, Jobinella Winklaar and Robertico Bernabela.

to Italy to learn during 60 hours a week (including compulsory excursions during
the weekends) about the food, kitchen and culture of Italy, especially around Bolo-
gna, the origin of Italian cuisine.
The students are due to leave on October 7 and will return on October 27.All the
students are in the Hotel School of the SGB on Bonaire and are first time stage stu-
dents for Italy.
Maybe we should remember 2002 when the Bonairean community privately sup-
ported eight students to go to Italy for the first stage ever. We did not need AMFO
then. It all came together.
Can we get your promise to support at least one student for the total sum of NAf
3.500 which includies the airfare, cost of stay and educational tools or as much as
you want to support?
TCBF will also ask support from the Government of Bonaire, the signer in 2007
of the three-year bi-lateral contract for the exchange of students with the Govern-
ment of Emilia Romagna, Bologna.
NAf3.500 for one student to go to the Hotel School Stage in Italy.
Time is running out ....
You could be the proud supporter of a student. Thank you! O
Ruud Vermeulen & Sara Matera, The Culinar Bonaire Foundation

Bonaire Reporter September 14-28, 2007

Page 3

Hurmcane Felix Passes Bo

T ropical storm Felix, the sixth
named Atlantic storm of 2007,
looked like it would make history by
becoming the first hurricane to hit Bon-
aire in living memory. Bonaire was in

was falling and a brisk breeze was blow-
ing. There were no major incidents.
The island had been secured well be-
fore the hurricane was scheduled to hit
at 2 am Sun-
-day morning.
Fishing boats

items. Control centers in the barrios of
Antriol and Rincon were set up and con-
nected with the 911 hotline. Island Gov-
ernor Herbert Domacass6 said, "The
public is asked to stay in their homes
and off the streets after midnight, Satur-
day. Police and security officers will be
on duty to enforce the ban if necessary."
The police, fire
department, the
Red Cross and the
Public Works

naire By
although a Continental Airlines jet
from Newark turned back just before
passing over Hispanola. It and the de-
layed American Eagle flight landed later
Two yachts that did not seek shelter as
required dragged ashore. Recovery at-
tempts were successful.
Flamingo Airport remained open
throughout the night, with the KLM
flight from Amsterdam landing at 12:50
am and taking off on schedule at
4:25am. The local popula-
tion and visitors remained
in their homes and hotels
Overnight. No calls were
received on the emergency
line set up in preparation
for the storm.

Bonaire Reporter September 14-28, 2007

Page 4

Sam Williams photo

The former charter yacht, Oscarina, dragged onto the shore. She was
without power or steerage. Here the BNMP boat attempts to free her.
Hurricane Felix (Continued from page 4)
The rough seas that raged along the
south and west coasts started around
05:00, were impressive but returned to
normal during the course of the day.

The Lt. Governor held a press confer-
ence after the storm to thank the popula-
tion. He was satisfied that the people

had considered his call to stay home
after midnight. "Everybody must re-
main alert because this is just the begin-
ning of September and we can expect
more of these tropical systems," he
added. O G. D.

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P In the photo above Prime Minister Emily deJongh-Elhage (right) deposits her
contribution in the box as Foundation volunteers Luisa van der Linde, Norma Teeu-
wen and Ageeth Oosten look on. During the month of September volunteers
from the Princess Wilhelmina Fonds Foundation will be collecting donations.
The foundation, which receives no money from the government, distributes infor-
mation about cancer and helps those already suffering from the disease.

Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
pany. There were 32 participants from
companies on Bonaire: Cargill Salt, Telbo,
cilitator was Ilonka Sajak-Shie from
Aruba. Poppy Rodriguez and Juana Sint
Jago from Cargill were instrumental in
making this training happen and their ef-
forts are much appreciated.

D Raja Yoga is offering a free course,
Introduction to Meditation, on Wednes-
day, September 13, at 7 pm, at Kaya Hu-
landa 25 (the home of Ema Chirino). The
course will be given in Dutch by Jon
Hilgers but those speaking other lan-
guages (English, Papiamentu or Spanish)
will be accommodated as well. Wear com-
fortable clothes and bring a pen and paper.
Some of the benefits of meditation are
mental tranquility, bodily relaxation, posi-
tive relationships, self value, better con-
centration and internal stability and happi-
ness. For more information call 786-2201
(Jon Hilgers) or 717-8855 (Ema Chirino).

) The Bonaire Barracuda Aquatics
Club is active again. At their annual Gen-
eral Meeting on Tuesday, 5 September at
the Sentro di Bario Nikiboko the 2007 -
2008 swim season calendar and 2006 fi-
nancial report were presented to the mem-
bership. A new Board of Directors, which
will serve a term of one year, was elected.
New club officers are: President,
Luisa Marcano; Secretary, Valarie
Stimpson; Treasurer, Maya Oleana and
two Commisioners, Martin de Lanoy
and Monica Platiau.
Swimmer Samson Evertsz represented
the Netherlands Antilles at the 2007 Dutch
Kingdom Games in Den Haag, Holland, in
July. The Netherlands Antilles dominated
the swimming competition, finishing in
first place overall. The team was coached
by Nazario Martijn (Bulado Club, Cura-
9ao) and Valarie Stimpson (Bonaire Bar-
racudas). Delegation leader was former
Olympic medalist Enith Brigitha.
The Bonaire Barracudas currently
have 10 memberships open for the new
season. Membership is open to children

between the ages of 6 and 18 with mini-
mal "A" level swim diploma and a desire
to participate in the sport of swimming.
For more information, visit a Barracuda
training session at the Meralney Sports
Complex Monday through Friday from
17.15 18.30 or call Valarie Stimpson at
796-3451. (Valarie Stimpson report)

D Sign up for the Beach Volleyball
Tournament which will be held during
Regatta, October 7 to 14. Sign up will
continue until October 6 and 7. Call Rich-
enello Abrahams: 700-3600.
Sponsored by the softball team "Nrd
Braves," the volleyball tournament will
have two categories. The first category
will consist of business and softball teams
which may have four players and one re-
serve a total of five for each team.
The second category is for volleyball
players and beach volleyball players who
play on a regular basis. They are allowed
to have three players for each team.
Tournament commissioners are: Richen-
ello Abrahams, Edsel Pieter, George Nico-
laas and Mr. lerald Wanga (Curagao).
(SiomaraAlbertus report)

P Salinja Vlijt, the open expanse of
salt flats across from the Harbour Vil-
lage Resort, is garnering attention from
at least three developers. Obstacles to
their building include several small lots
owned by local people right in the middle
of the area and environmental concerns.
An environmental impact study (MEP) is
reportedly underway.

P Congratulations to Molly (Outlet
Mol) and Bob (RE/MAX) Bartikoski
who were married two weeks ago in Min-
nesota, two of the friendliest, most gener-
ous people on Bonaire. D G./L.D.


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 18.
Supplied by Molly Bartikoski-Kearney (who has to solve all the puzzles first)

7 1 4

8 6 2

3 5 9 8

4 9 5

67__ 1_

2 3 8 7

5 9 3 2

8 1 7

3 8 4

Bonaire Reporter September 14-28, 2007

Page 6

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Past US President John Kennedy said it well, "Even though we disapprove,
there isn't any doubt that we could not do the job at all in a free society with-
out a very, very active press. America's third president, Thomas Jefferson, presented
it another way, "Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government
without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a
moment to prefer the latter."
Press Day was celebrated Saturday, September 1. Maduro & Curiel's Bank (MCB)
Bonaire honored the Bonaire press corps with a happy hour and buffet at the Brisas
del Mar restaurant at the Eden Beach Resort on Friday, August 31. In the photo are
some of the members of the press and their hosts, Orphaline Saleh, Rudy Gomez,
and Leonard Domacass6 officials of MCB. O G.D.

Bright Vacation for Kai Mimina Members

D uring
the summer
vacation the lead-
ers and volunteers
of Kai Mimina
(club for the eld-
erly) arranged vari-
ous excursions to
entertain their
members, like vis-
its to the whale
skeleton at the en-
trance to Washing-
ton Park and the
slaughter house.
The elders were
treated to a deli-
cious kuminda
kriyo lunch at City Caf6, thanks to the kind members of the Rotary Club Bonaire.El

New Port Facilities

W ork contin-
ued this
week to install moor-
ing dolphins at the .
South Pier to better
accommodate the
planned arrival of
more large ships.
There is concern
that visiting vessels,
especially cruise
ships, will have to
anchor rather than tie
to a pier. TCB Direc-
tor Ronella Croes
says this is still un-
der consideration.
Island Harbormas-
ter Robert Sint Jago,
who is also President
of the Marine Mileu
(Environment) Com-
mission, had these
comments about an-
choring in the harbor
of Bonaire.
"Because the exten-
sion of the North
Pier (aka Town Pier)
will not be completed
until the following Three huge construction cranes are being used to install
cruise ship season, the mooring dolphins inshorefor the South Pier. The base
perhaps eight or 10 for the dolphins is in the foreground
cruise ships may have
to anchor to land their passengers during the period from the end of December
through March."
According to Sint Jago, the island has a commitment made two years ago to serve
these ships. However, those ships will not be able to anchor just anywhere. They
will be guided by the Harbormaster and the Bonaire National Marine Park
(BNMP), working with the ship captains themselves. The Harbormaster's Of-
fice, working closely with the BNMP, has already been researching flat sandy
areas in the North Pier area where cruise ships can anchor without damaging
any of the reefs. Harbormaster Sint Jago says they are already taking underwa-
ter photos and videos of potential safe anchoring areas.

Those ships at anchor, measuring nearly 300 me-
HarHbon laser photo ters long, will have to provide tenders to transport
S between 100 and 150 passengers to and from the
North Pier. Although it might be an inconvenience
for the ships, they will not have to pay dockage if
they are anchored, Sint Jago added.
S The North Pier will be extended 30 meters (100')
north, paralleling the shore. Mooring dolphins,
such as those near the South Pier, will be placed
si 1a inshore in the direction of Karel's Beach Bar, ac-
North PierExte sin Plairl cording to Harbormaster Sint Jago. ] L.D.

Bonaire Reporter September 14-28, 2007

Page 7

Stacy Colvard, visiting diver

B onaire's next week will be filled
with exciting activities, interesting
seminars for Love Our Planet Week, part
of Bonaire Dive Into Summer 2007 and
Clean Up the World Weekend. Plus it co-
incides with the peak of the coral spawn-
ing season.
Each day of Love Our Planet Week of-
fers visitors and residents the flexibility to
enjoy the island and, as an added bonus,
the option to take part in interactive dives
and seminars, which practically guarantees
fun and leaming. As a highlight of the

program, The Coral Reef Alliance's
(CORAL) Program Director, Rick
MacPherson will lead specialized dives
and conservation-related seminars
throughout the week at Captain Don's
Habitat, the host hotel of Love Our Planet
Week, and other Bonaire locations. All
participants of Love Our Planet Week will
receive an official certificate of participa-
tion from the Clean Up the World founda-
tion, which is the partner organization of
the United Nations Environment Program.
Love Our Planet Week will kick off on
Saturday, September 15th with the FREE
Yellow Submarine/NetTech, N.V. Clean
Up The World Day clean-up dive and bar-
becue starting at 1 pm. In the evening, the
weekly barbecue buffet dinner (cost is
$14.90 per person) at Divi Flamingo
Beach Resort & Casino begins at 6 pm
with live entertainment and a special pres-
entation from CORAL's Rick MacPher-
On Sunday, September 16th, participate
in the STINAPA and Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion Bonaire annual clean-up Klein Bon-
aire dive, a Clean Up The World activity,
which departs from the Harbour Village
Marina promptly at 7:30 am (no limit on
participants, event is free); or join
MacPherson on the "CORAL C.S.I." inter-
active two-tank boat dive, where Dartici-

pants will learn the tools needed to select
dive shops that ensure long-term reef pro-
tection, plus an easy way to assess reef
health. The dive will depart the dock of
Dive Friends Bonaire (Port Bonaire loca-
tion) at 8:45 am. Pre-registration is recom-
mended, as there is a limit of 10 divers. E-
mail info@dive-friends-bonaire.com to
reserve space; cost is $36 per person.
Next, visitors are invited to join
MacPherson at Captain Don's Habitat on
Monday, September 17th for the weekly
Meet the Captain Party at 6 pm where
Captain Don Stewart himself will make a
special appearance.
For those who miss the Sunday CORAL
C.S.I. activity, there will be two more
chances to participate on September 18th
and 19th. The single-tank boat dives will
depart the dock of Captain Don's Habitat
at 9 am. Sign-ups will take place the day
before each dive on the chalk board at the
Habitat dive shop, with a limit of 20 divers
per boat. The boat dives are open to any-
one wishing to participate for a cost of $29
per person.
On the evening of September 18th, join
MacPherson at 8 pm in the conference
room at Captain Don's Habitat for a FREE
interactive presentation of "Marine Pro-
tected Areas, Our Best Defense." The
session begins with a background in coral

reef ecology and then continues by show-
ing how marine protected areas are the
best defense in protecting coral habitats
and why the Bonaire Marine Park is such
an exemplary model.
September 19t, MacPherson will host a
FREE interactive presentation of "Saving
Reefs? Just Do It!" During this interactive
seminar, CORAL will help participants
take matters into their own hands by teach-
ing simple things to do every day to save
reefs and give participants a glimpse of the
long-term effects on the reefs. The presen-
tation will begin at 8 pm. in the conference
room at Captain Don's Habitat.
On September 20th, join Rick MacPher-
son at Deco Stop Bar located at Captain
Don's Habitat for the Week in Review
slideshow beginning at 7 pm. Plus, all
visitors who participate in at least one
Love Our Planet Week activity will be
entered into a drawing to win a one-week
trip for two back to Bonaire via Air Ja-
maica with accommodations and diving at
Captain Don's Habitat during Bonaire
Dive Into Summer 2008 (entrants must be
18 or older and a legal resident of the US).
Rick MacPherson will announce the win-
ner after the Week in Review slide show.
Additionally, all entrants will be entered
into the EarthEcho International Sweep-
(Continued on page 9)

Bonaire Reporter September 14-28, 2007

Page a


Love Our Planet (Continued from page 8)
stakes (one entry per person) where one
lucky winner will be awarded a trip on a
2008 EarthEcho Expedition with Philippe
Cousteau. Drawing will be held on or
about January 3, 2008. The winner and
his\her guest must be available to join the
expedition on the dates and location of the
Sponsor's choosing. The grand prize shall
include the reasonable cost of airfare,
accommodations (often on shipboard) and
meal expenses for the winner and one
guest. For more information about the
sweepstakes, visit www.earthecho.org/
Further, participants can enter the Bon-
aire Dive Into Summer 2007 photo contest
sponsored by Scuba Diving magazine
until September 30th. This opportunity
offers the chance to compete for prizes by
uploading their best Bonaire photos to
www.B onaireDiveIntoSummer. com.
Bonaire's newly established underwater
sensor arrays are deployed near some of
the participating resorts. Divers are en-
couraged to check out the expanding sys-
tem that continuously monitors Bonaire's
inshore sea conditions for evidence of
possible pollution. If interested in helping
Bonaireans Love Their Planet by pin-
pointing pollution sources that can harm
the reef they can volunteer to maintain the
sensors or donate money to provide sup-
porting equipment.
Bonaire Dive Into Summer 2007 is
sponsored by the Tourism Corporation
Bonaire (TCB), Scuba Diving magazine
and Air Jamaica. Although aimed at visi-
tors to Bonaire, the event is open to resi-
dents as well. For more information, visit
www.bonairediveintosummer.com. O
Sarah Biggerstaff G.D.

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T he countdown can begin. Next month soul star
George McCrae will give a unique performance
at the Caribbean Homes Soul Night during Regatta
week. McCrae's songs are world famous. His most
popular song, Rockyour Baby, will bring back memo-
McCrae is an example of a performer whom you
have to hear sing to recall who he is again, as his
songs were big hits some time ago and began the
"Soul Era" of music. But although the songs are old,
they are timeless, as you can still hear them a lot in
discotheques and nightclubs.
George McCrae is the acknowledged leader of the
soul revolution. His talent goes much deeper than a
flash-in-the-pan, one-time super star. His unique style,
his universal appeal and his devotion to perfection
have made him popular in more than 82 countries for
nearly three decades.
George was born in West Palm Beach as the second
oldest of nine children and had his first singing experi-
ences in church at the age of six. As a teenager he

formed his own group, the Jivin' Jets, before joining
the US Navy in 1963. At the time that George was
about to return to college to study law enforcement, he
was invited by Richard Finch and Harry Wayne Casey
of KC and the Sunshine Band to sing the lyrics for a
song that they had recorded for the band but could not
reach the high notes that were required. When George
sang the song and reached the notes, Finch and Casey
knew it was going to be a big hit for him. Rock Your
Baby rocketed him to fame in 1974, and George con-
tinued to set the music world on fire with hit after hit:
two platinum singles, two platinum LPs and 14 gold
records and top music awards all over the world. Rock
Your Baby sold more than 52 million copies, making it
one of the biggest selling records in history. It re-
mained a number one hit on the charts for months. For
more information go to www.georgemccrea.com.
His performance will be an impressive show that
will bring back a little taste of the 70s to the island. On
Friday evening October 12, during Regatta Week the
King of Soul, George McCrae, will be the featured

artist at the Caribbean Homes Soul Night, organized
by the Fundashon Bonaire Entertainment in coopera-
tion with the organization of the Regatta Week. For a
list of sponsors see page 19. O DavidRadomisli

Bonaire Reporter September 14-28, 2007

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AskEc ivrEa

Dear Olivia,
First of all I'd like to say how much I
love the loras! There seem to be lots of
loras around my house and normally I
don't mind but they can seem so noisy
especially in the morning when I am
trying to sleep. So I was wondering if
you could tell me how it is possible for
people to say the lora is endangered
when there are so many on the island?
Hope your chicks are doing well, best
Florence Depondt-Sachdev

Dear Florence,
Well, this is a very important question
that you have raised and I am delighted
to answer it for my last piece this season.
You see my chicks have fledged and
now I am just too busy trying to keep
track of them that I simply won't have
time to write anymore this year.

We loras are very social birds and we
tend to forage together in groups as this
is a lot more fun and together we can
keep an better look out for danger. You
will seldom see a lone lora (except in a
cage!). You can be forgiven for thinking
that the lora is overly abundant when my
friends visit your garden but really our
numbers are relatively small. If you
look at other lora species in mainland
South America you will see that there
are tens of thousands of them whereas
there are probably less than 5,000 yellow
-shouldered amazons (parrots like me!)
in total.
The yellow-shouldered Amazon is
found on mainland Venezuela and some
other islands as well as Bonaire. Our
population here is one of the most im-
portant though. On Isla Margarita they
have more loras but they face more
problems. Poaching continues to be a
serious problem for those birds and the
humans in Venezuela generally are not
as well informed as Bonaireans! The
people here are aware the loras are pro-
tected. The parrot boys are also doing a
good job of finding out the problems we
face and raising awareness globally of
our endangered status.
It is true, the number of loras on Bon-
aire has increased in the last few years. I
myself have managed to have nine
chicks leave my nest in the last three
years, but sadly not all of them survived.
The good rains and reduced poaching
have been great for us. It is important
though that the lora population is al-
lowed to increase as this is necessary to
secure our future.
We know that during some years there
is very little rain and in these times
many loras will die. This is unpleasant
but a natural process. For the population
on Bonaire to survive and prosper in the
future we need to have strong birds who
can make it through these periods and
this comes from a having a larger popu-
lation. I'm sure you have heard the
phrase, "survival of the fittest." It may
not be just a drought though, it may be
an outbreak of disease or a natural disas-
ter such as a "major" hurricane.
So finally this leads me to my last
point. I do hope you are still with me,
dear Florence! You may now ask why
do we protect endangered animals. It

would seem the lora is doing well so
why must you continue to protect us?
There are many reasons...
Lets start with aesthetic reasons. Many
people appreciate our beauty and cha-
risma. If you would only get out of bed
early enough you would see that a group
of loras can be a very entertaining spec-
tacle. This leads me to my second justifi-
cation: you humans also benefit from
there being loras on the island. We are
an attraction for people to come and see
and some people are smart enough to
make money from simply showing other
humans where we are.
The loras also play a role in maintain-
ing the whole ecosystem on Bonaire. For
example we eat fruits and distribute
seeds and this helps many plants species.
The ecosystem is like a big spider's web
and when you lose one species it affects
the whole web. My final point is a moral
justification for protecting species. Just
because you humans can take over the
world it doesn't give you the right to
exterminate as many species as you have
been doing. So have a little heart and
watch out for us would you!
Best wishes,

Bonaire Reporter September 14-28, 2007

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ews and Advnturs of nsor Volunt s

On May 28, 2007, a pilot program to
establish a cost-effective, long-
term, reef-water-quality monitoring sys-
tem was begun. Sensors were placed in
the water off Klein Bonaire to test the
optical data collection sensors used to
record and track the chemistry of sea-
water. It was a success and the sensors
are still there. The data produced has led
to the decision to place numerous arrays
of these sensors along the leeward coast
of Bonaire from Lighthouse Point to
1000 Steps.
Under the guidance of STINAPA, the
LMSP (Light and Motion Sensor Pro-
ject) was established to monitor Bon-
aire's leeward coast seawater for the next
10 years. Phase #1, started last month on
August 23. Arrays with "Rainbow Sen-
sors," a development of the original
monochrome sensors, consisting of three
sensors each at depths of five, 12 and 20
meters, are being placed at intervals
along the coast, on independent under-
water mooring lines. The sensors use
advanced optics and temperature to
monitor the seawater. Readings are con-
tinuously recorded every eight hours by
each sensor.
Since the sensor optics must see clearly,
a volunteer diver must visit each array
every seven days for cleaning and data
retrieval, using an underwater reader.
This method keeps the plan cost effec-

tive and manageable using resources
available on Bonaire. The funding for
the start of the program has been en-
tirely provided by donations. The raw
data is transmitted to the lab in the US,
also donating their time, analyzed, re-
turned and then posted on the
STINAPA website as public informa-
We Need Your Help
To continue the deployment of the sen-
sor arrays, LMSP needs dedicated vol-
unteers and donations. For specific
information and to make a donation
contact Ramon de Leon at the Bonaire
National Marine Park (717-8444) or
Albert Bianculli at: directab
To better appreciate the type of work
required we've listed the contents of
the first reports from the volunteers:
Thursday, August 30, 2007: Site #1-

back into the sea...there is a ripping
current, reported to be 3-4 knots from
the South!!! It propels Grant, my hus-
band carrying a video camera, and me
to my sensor mooring. I grab the moor-
ing line and I feel like a flag flying on a
pole... not a good start for this job! At
20 meters one sensor is flooded, I cut it
free, next at 12 meters another sensor
will not give up its data and I cut it free.
Up at 5 meters all is OK here. Now,
fighting against the current we make our
way back to our yacht Reality. I am
exhausted and SLEEP the rest of the
Sunday, September 02, 2007: Site
#2- Chile Ridley
reports: "...it's the
afternoon on the day
after Hurricane
"Felix" has passed
very close to Bon-
aire... the sea is still
"boiling" and very Chile Ridley
cloudy...I wonder if
the mooring is still there. During the
night a sailboat has dragged its mooring
ashore right in front of my assigned
sensors! I jump in and go down to 10
meters swimming against the surge. I
see our line...it looks ok. At 20 meters
the Blue sensor is flooded and I cut it
free. All the others
are good."
Saturday, Sep-
tember 08, 2007:
Site #3- Rick
Aguilar reports:
"...clear, calm
water, 280 C, visi-

bility 30 meters+! I get to my mooring
and all the sensors are operating. At the
top of the 5-meter float there is a tiny fish
already making its home between the
lines after only one week. It is either a
juvenile Filefish or Surgeon Fish. I can
see a tiny spike in front of its dorsal fin.
Perhaps this is a good luck omen!" l
Editor: Albert Bianculli

Further reports from volunteers and
updates on the sensor monitoring pro-
gram will be in upcoming editions of The

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icials viewed the events from under sun/rain canopies.

n contrast to some other public
holidays where the emphasis is on
food and fun, Bonaire Day is more fo-
cused on the formalities and speeches
that mark the holiday. To be sure there
are lots of stands, music and dancing,
but the contents of Bonaire Day
speeches have some importance,

leaders, Bishop Luis Secco and Father
Alex Senchi. After a parade of the uni-
formed groups, the flag of Bonaire was
hoisted and Gilberto Martis sang the
lilting Bonaire national anthem.
Bonaire Day was first celebrated in
1982 when the flag and national anthem
was introduced. Bonaire was considered


importance of educa-
tion in his talk. He
feels the school hours
must be extended, as
there are many devel-
opments that don't
leave much time to
teach. "The Nether-
lands must soon dedi-
cate herself to the
improvement of the
situations in the
neighborhoods and in
education. Tackling
the problems of the
youth must start to-
day." His message to
the Dutch: "Focus


Scouts enjoy one of the many games set up in the park

This year,
the 25th Bon-
aire Day was
celebrated in
Park last
6th. The offi-
cial celebra-
tion started
in the mom-
ing with the
arrival of the
suited Island
Council and
Bonaire Day's best- Executive
dressed bartender, Council
SKAL's Hubert Vis members,
and invitees,
including Deputy Governor Adble
Pluijm-Vrede and Antilles Prime Minis-
ter Emily de Jongh-Elhage and religious

the island of peace and quiet. This
year's theme was "Bonairean People as
Sailors." There was a time when many
Bonairean men worked aboard seagoing
ships to support their families living on
Bonaire. The sailor can serve as an ex-
ample of how motivated the Bonaireans
can be when it comes supporting their
loved ones.
Maritsa Silberie, Bonaire Commis-
sioner of Education and Culture, spoke,
saying that the celebration of Bonaire
Day is a good time to think about the
future and ask ourselves what type of
citizens we want to be; how are these
citizens going to be formed and what
would the norms and values be.
Lt. Governor Herbert Domacass6 also
emphasized the future in his speech.
Descended from a sailing family, he
thinks that the helpfulness of the past
must come back and that the parents
must guide their children and the youth.
Ruling party leader Ramonsito Booi (a
former teacher himself) emphasized the

investment more on bolstering Bonaire's
youth than looking after prisoners. The
Netherlands must help now."
Three outstanding Bonaire citizens
were honored with decorations follow-
ing the speeches:
Lelia Booi-de Palm who worked as a
nurse for many years and raised many
young children
Hubert (Buchi Ibo) Domacass3, the
father of the Lt. Governor, for being a
sailor, a pioneer in diving and the Re-
gatta that contributed to the modem de-
velopment of Bonaire
Carmo (Bubui) Cecilia as performer,
politician, journalist, founder of a radio
station, promoter of the sport of soccer,
and for volunteering for the positive
thoughts that contributed to the commu-

Boy and Girl Scouts March

Vocalist Marcel (Broertje) Janga sang,
a parade of the Bonaire Bikers Club, and
a reception in the courtyard of the Bes-
tuurcollege with free drinks followed.
On stage 15 different groups entertained
all afternoon and eveningE
G./L. D.

Bonaire Reporter September 14-28, 2007

Given decorations as Outstanding Bonaire Citizens were Ibo Domacass3,
Lelia Booi-de Palm Bubui Cecilia

An imaginatively decorated stand by Nanessa Wanga

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Celebrate the Music School's First Annivers

(Mostly) Ladies only group "Femssa:" Farahnaz Ramzan, Lead Guitar;
i Saphira Razah-Sekh, Vocal, Guitar; Ariadna Timp, Vocal, Guitar; Ely Angel,
Drum; Meralney Bomba, Keyboard; Sereeta Razar-Sekh, Bass; Sharief Kartodik-
romo, Drum; Teacher, SigfriedMolina

Mixed Group: Meralney Bomba, Keyboard; Sherigma dePalm, Keyboard; Chur-
mer Bomba, Piano; Destry Frans, Bass; Jayson Pourier, Drum/Timbal; Diego
Arias, Percussion; School Director Boy Janga (not pictured: Mitchell dePalm,
Keyboard; Sharief Kartodikromo, Drums)

Bonaire Reporter September 14-28, 2007

Page 14

Aft mmmn

T his season Bonaire's Sea Turtle Conservation group (STCB) is tracking two
sea turtles who are heading in opposite directions.
The female Green turtle, "Darwina," has continued to the southwest and is now
right off the coast of Venezuela. She is traveling at a rate of over 54 km per day and
is approximately 105 km from her starting point. Green turtle, "Darwina' started
moving to the south on September 7. 'Darwina' has made several journeys after
nesting only to re-
turn to Bonaire and
nest five times in all.
Turtle "Eloise" is
heading north and is
now swimming to-
ward Haiti. She has
slowed down con-
siderably and is now
moving at a daily
rate of approxi-
mately 70 km.
"Eloise" is over 830
km from Klein Bon-
aire. Hurricane Felix
passed directly over
her path but Eloise
was unperturbed. 7 a >0

equipped with radio
transceivers that
transmit the turtle's
position as deter-
mined by the GPS
system when they
Bonaire researchers
are amazed st the
variety of destinations
chosen by our turtles.
F STCB a ur I

Did You Know...

Most corals have one hot date a
year? In Bonaire, the most common
coral is the boulder star coral, Mon-
tastrea annularis. This coral spawns
once a year and spawns in synchrony
with most of the other boulder star
corals. In fact, if you're diving or
snorkeling on the seventh night after
the full moon in the warmest month of
the year (usually in September or October for Bonaire) C pan c d
between 9:30 and 10:30 pm, you're almost guaranteed to see this coral spawn. No

Until recently, humans were very ignorant as to what the corals were doing down
there that special night. Not many people went in the water at night and even if they
did happen to see the spawning, the pattern was hard to determine. Now, we've got it
pretty well figured out for most of the corals. Each little coral polyp releases sperm,
eggs, or both (depending on the sex) simultaneously with its sister polyps. The boul-
der star coral's sperm/egg packets look like little pink balls, and as soon as they lift
off of the colony they slowly rise towards the surface where they break apart and are
fertilized. If you're lucky, you'll see colony after colony releasing their gametes
within a matter of minutes.

CIEE Research Station Bonaire invites you to a free public lecture on Thurs-
day September 27th at 7:30pm. Caren Eckrich will be presenting a 45-minute talk
on coral spawning. CIEE is located on Kaya Gobernador Debrot # 21 right next to
Seaside Apartments on the main road between Harbour Village and
Kralendijk. F

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Since August the 25th one of our
cats 'Suusje' has disappeared from
our home at the Kaya Onix.
(Republiek). Suusje is a fluffy grey,
brown ('schildpad' in Dutch) cat and
we (and the other cats) miss her very
much. Unfortunately she is very shy.
Would you be so kind to contact us
if you've seen her.
Our e-mail address is bi-
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Pets of

The Week

his adorable couple, Pedro and
Patricia, were brought into the
shelter in June, together with their mom.
In the meantime ma has found a new
home, but her children are still looking
for one. Brother and sister are slender,
petite and elegant; Pedro's black and
Patricia is black and tan. Their charac-
ters are typically those of smaller dogs,
they are busy bodies and very alert -
they see and hear everything and it
seems they're never asleep. While
Patricia loves to be hugged and pam-
pered being the little princess she is,
Pedro is a bit more conservative and
keeps his distance; he's a bit of a ma-
cho, really. The Shelter would love to
find a home for them where they could
stay together, but it's also possible to
adopt either one of them. You can find
the Shelter at Kaminda Lagoen. Open-
ing hours from 8.00 am till 13.00 pm.
Phone 717-4989. O
Greta Kooistra

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Puppy Saviors

S several weeks ago,
Czella and Hank
Donaldson found a female
dog shot in the streets of
Rincon. Most likely the
dog had been hunting goats
and was killed for doing
so, but it was also obvious
that the dog had puppies
and so the couple went to
look if there were any sur-
vivors. They found nine
puppies in the mondi. Two didn't make it, but they raised seven by hand, from
day one. Czella says: "They are people puppies, hand raised. They're adorable
and lovable and sociable and they are paper trained. One we kept ourselves, but
we already have seven stray dogs, so that's why we brought the other six to the
shelter and we do hope they'll find a warm and loving home." According to
Monique Degenaar, one of the shelter's staff members, some of the puppies are
no longer there, but others are still waiting for someone who wants to give them
a chance for a new life. O Greta Kooistra

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The 19th of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring
some ofBonaire's interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."

F rom Wednesday September 5" until Sunday September 9th the 9th Bonaire
Bikers Motor Club Tour was held. The official BBMC Tour 2007 started on
Sunday at 11 in the morning in Playa/Kralendijk. A krioyo lunch stop was organized
at the Rose Inn in Rincon. The tour ended at five in the afternoon at the promenade
Kanti 'awa. Hundreds of bikers from Aruba, Curaqao, Costa Rica, the US, Venezuela
and Bonaire joined the annual event.
From Wednesday through Sunday thousands of tons of steel, cast iron, aluminum
and chrome have been pushed around on two wheels, mostly rear-wheel powered by
American-made, huge V-twin engines. Of course there were some single cylinder
motorcycles, some triples, four cylinders, six cylinders and even some V8s, but most
of the bikes were fitted with V-twins from the stables of Harley Davidson's in Mil-
waukee, US.
Luckily, among all those impressive vehicles, sometimes even on three wheels,
there were some sleek and neat and honest basic bikes no nonsense bikes, bikes
consisting of an engine and a frame, two wheels, a front fork, handlebars, a tank and
a seat. Do you need anything more to enjoy one of the most pure ways of transporta-
One of those honest bikes is the black Harley Davidson Sportster of Nando Bema-
bela (a member of Bonaire's Bemabela family) from Aruba. Mr. Bernabela (most of
the time riding his bike with a helmet, applause/jb) is the proud owner of the MFA -
1469. His Sportster was built in 2004 and is fitted with a five-speed 883 cc evolution
engine. Conveniently, the machine has a carburetor instead of fuel injection. The
bike is painted black and fitted with some chrome parts, nicely developed light
weight rims and is belt driven. No chain, no grease, no leaks. Just a very nice and
well maintained bike. A bike designed for driving.
This is the fourth time Mr. Bemabela joined the Bonairean event. He will stay on

A picture of the black Harley Davidson Sportster ofNando Bernabela from
Aruba. The 2004 built bike is fitted with an 883 cc evolution engine, afive-speed
gearbox and a belt drive. The bike is almost completely original and well main-
tained. Ready for everyday use. (Photo by J n Brouwer)

the island of Bonaire for 10 days. His bike and a lot of other bikes from Aruba were
transported by the Doha Louisa. Special cages were constructed in Aruba to fit the
motorcycles. Two layers of 10 cages sleekly fit in a 40-foot container. They did a
good job, those Arubans, constructing these bike cages. Easy, simple, handy and

The Harley Davidson 883 cc XL Sportster was launched in 1957, superseding the
old side-valve-fitted Model K. The XL Sportster was an instant hit, accounting for
one fifth of Harley Davidson's total production in its first year on sale. The first
Sportsters looked lean, fitted with a minimalist "peanut" fuel tank and the short ex-
hausts. Those days the Sportster was equipped with a kick starter. The four-speed
engine produced 40 bhp and had a top speed of 95 mph/152 kph. Cosmetically, even
fully equipped Sportsters were as lean as a motorcycle can be, an attribute most re-
tain to this day. O Story & photo by J@n Brouwer

What's Happening in Rincon
Maria Koeks writes:
During the month of August a group of about 60 kids from the fifth grade of the
Papa Comes School followed a very interesting walking trail in Rincon. This trail is
the Ruta Onima (Onima Route) that brought them to the caves where the Indian in-
scriptions are. It was a very educational and relaxed day for the kids and the teachers
too. Popular historian, Mr Frans Booi, happened to be at the site and he was very
happy to give additional historical information about the history of the Indians.
Such daytime excursions are planned for all the public primary schools of Bonaire
and made possible with the financial aid from USONA funds, acquired by the efforts
of Plataforma Rincon.
Soldachi Tours is responsible for conducting the tours.
Do you want to know more about our history, culture and nature?
Every Saturday morning Soldachi Tours offers you guided tours on these subjects.

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Editor's Note: Soldachi (land crab) Tours bring you the history and lore ofBon-
aire by Bonaireans from Rincon. Don't miss this real island experience.

Puzzle on page 6

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KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides

tonaire Reporter septemDer 14-28, 2UUz

DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
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9-15 2:02 1.0FT. 15:55 1.7FT. 71
9-16 2:46 0.9FT. 16:41 1.7FT. 64
9-17 3:26 0.9FT. 17:32 1.8FT. 57
9-18 3:58 0.8FT. 18:13 1.8FT. 49
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9-23 5:49 1.0FT. 11:05 1.2FT. 14:01 1.1FT. 21:57 1.8FT. 57
9-24 5:55 1.0FT. 11:15 1.3FT. 15:36 1.1FT. 22:42 1.7FT. 69
9-25 5:56 1.1FT. 11:38 1.4FT. 16:57 1.1FT. 23:38 1.6FT. 82
9-26 0:30 1.5FT. 5:54 1.2FT. 12:07 1.6FT. 18:27 1.1FT. 92
9-27 1:46 1.3FT. 5:43 1.2FT. 12:51 1.7FT. 20:11 1.OFT. 99
9-28 4:23 1.2FT. 4:41 1.2FT. 13:43 1.8FT. 22:10 1.OFT. 102
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M ssing

Have you seen this woman? She was
last heard from via a postcard from
Bonaire four years ago. She is 1,74 m.
(5' 81/2 ") tall, blue eyes, natural blonde
curly hair, (dyed black in this photo
from 2002), 46 years old. Her name is
Carolin Birkholz
Five years ago she left Germany for a
sailing trip in the Caribbean and, except
for the card, hasn't been heard from
Her sister, Claudia Janet Birkholz,
email- claudia.birkholz @hamburg.de, is
desperate to find her.
If you can help please contact Claudia
or The Bonaire Reporter, 786-6125.

C.lIbrating our
A 25th Anniversary
Rotary Club of Bonaire
"Support our Breakfast
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Rotay Bonaire Foundaion
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Soul Night Sponsors: Continued from page 10
Head sponsor: Caribbean Homes;
Co-Sponsors: ArkeFly and Plaza
Other Sponsors: Antillean Wine
Company, Bocar, BSC Painting, Car-
ibbean Laundry Service, City Cafe,
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StartAug. 2 (Usually 9pm)
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To be Announced

Call 717-2400 fordetails

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



To Be Announced


Wednesday, September 13-
Introduction to Meditation, sponsored
by Raja Yoga, Kaya Hulanda 25, 7 pm.
Call 786-2201, 717-8855. See page 6

Saturday, September 15- Fourth
Quarterly Underwater Cleanup Dive-
Yellow Submarine, 1 pm

September 15-22 Love Our Planet
Week See full schedule on pages 8-9

Monday, September 17-- Coral spawn
peak-Dive at night-See page 20

Sunday, September 23-Music School
Open House-1st Anniversary Cele-
bration Noon-4 pm. Followed by Big
Musical Celebration in Wilhelmina
Park 5 pm to 11 pm. See pagel4.
Sunday, September 23-Autumnal
Equinox. See page 21

Thursday, September 27-Free Coral
Spawning Lecture at CIEE-next to
Seaside Apts., Kaya Gob. DeBrot 21,
7:30 pm See pages 2 & 13

October 7-13 Bonaire Regatta, 40th
Saturday, October 6 6th BWC
Mountain Bike Tour, 785-0767
Sunday, October 7- 7th Annual Swim
to Klein Bonaire. Jong Bonaire fund-
raiser. Visit www.jongbonaire.org for
more information or call 717-4303.
Friday, October 12-Caribbean
Homes Soul Night with George
McCrae. Seepage 10
Saturday, November 10-7th Annual
EcoSwim. Call BONHATA or go to

SHH 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.
Soldachi Tours-See the real
Bonaire and be transported back in time.
Learn about the history, culture and na-
ture by Bonaireans from Rincon. Call
Maria Koeks for more information-796-
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.
Mountain Bike Training for
riders of all levels (also Tuesday) at
5pm. Bonaire Wellness Connexions,
Eden Beach, 785-0767, email
info @bonairewellness.com

* 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 Margaritas and a Taco bar! Plus
Live music by the Flamingo Rockers, 6-
8pm Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar

* Beach BBQ & music at The Wind-
surf Place at Sorobon, 7-10 pm. Re-
serve 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.
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, Live music by Fla-
mingo Rockers, Divi Flamingo, Balashi
Beach Bar 5-7 pm
* Free Rum Punch Party (5:30- 6:30
pm) & All-u-can-eat BBQ, 7-10 pm,
Buddy Dive Resort

Saturday- "Discover Our Diversity"
slide show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm,
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
inthisvenerable old home that has been re-
stored and fumished 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
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, 7.30 pm
at Sunrise Pool Bar. all levels, NAf2,50.
Call Joop 717-5903 or be there by 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 'Pirate House', above
Zeezicht Restaurant. All Rotarians wel-
come. 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, Sundays, 10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papia-
mentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rin-
con. Bible Study and Prayer meetings,
Thursdays, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: 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, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol, Satur-
day at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papia-
mentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-
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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An Alert to Drivers on Next Week's Autumnal Equinox

Next week Sunday, September 23rd at 5:51 am, Sky Park Time, the Au-
tumnal Equinox will occur. And every year I like to issue an alert to drivers
who venture out at Sunrise or Sunset. Why? And just what is the Autumnal Equinox
The word equinox comes from the Latin equi which means equal and nox which
means night, equal night. And there are only two days of the year when the hours of
night and day are equal, the Autumnal Equinox, the first day of Autumn, and the
Vernal Equinox, the first day of Spring. You see these are the two days when the
Sun on its yearly journey against the background of stars crosses an imaginary line
we call the Celestial Equator. Thus on these two days of the year only will the Sun
rise exactly due east and set exactly due west. Every other day of the year it will rise
and set at a different point along the horizon. And you can see this for yourself.
In fact, on Sunday the 23rd you can see the Sun rise exactly due east and set due
west. But on the next day Monday the 24t it will rise and set one Sun width to the
south of where it rose and set on the 23rd. And each successive day it will keep ris-
ing a little farther south until the first day of Winter, the Winter Solstice it will
rise at its farthest point southeast, after which it will slowly retrace its path, journey-
ing northward each day until once again it will rise due east on the other equinox,
the Vernal Equinox, the first day of spring. After that it will rise a little bit more
northeast each successive day until it reaches its farthest northeast point of rising on
the first day of Summer, the Summer Solstice, after which it will head southeast
once again until the Sun rises exactly due east on the first day of Autumn, the Au-
tumnal Equinox, which is where the Sun will rise on Sunday the 23rd.
And I issue a driver's alert for this reason. You see, if you're driving on a due east
highway at sunrise on either the Autumnal or Vernal Equinox the Sun will rise di-
rectly over the white line in the middle of the road, and conversely, if you're driving
at sunset on a due west highway the Sun will set directly over the yellow line in the
middle of the road. So to keep you from being blinded, I alert you to put your sun
glasses on and your sun visors down on both equinoxes! And in case the Sun doesn't
rise or set over the line in the middle of your east/west road, it simply means that the
road is not true due east/due west. So put those sun visors down and make sure you
do not ever stare directly at the Sun on the equinoxes or any other day. Ol
Jack Horkheimer

Aries, March 20 April 19 -You went through a difficult patch a few years back, one
that lasted for so long it was hard trying to remember anything else. Not that you gave in
to despair, despondency or did anything other than continue in your usual way, but it's
good to remember how things were and how much they have improved since then. This
month you enjoy the opportunity to build on your progress even more solidly, which
takes time, but unfortunately there is no other way.
Taurus, April 20 May 20 -The most important things to you are security and stability
and you're not going to get either without a solid foundation. Though it's meant letting go
of several potentially disruptive variables, you do have all this now, although some of the
things that you've needed to say goodbye to were definitely hard things for you to let go.
On this firmer basis, it's now time for you to reach out to the world once, again safe in
the knowledge that if the worst were to happen, your innermost sanctuary remains more
or less untouched, inviolable and safe.
Gemini, May 21 June 20-This month it won't be long before issues of home and fam-
ily are at the forefront of your mind. You don't like this much because mainly you find it
all so dreadfully dull and would rather spend your time thinking about almost anything
else. You value the security that your home provides, so you must attend to these matters
when they arise.
Cancer, June 21 July 22 -A phase of serious thinking begins that can have several
outcomes. Most typical and especially at this time of year, you might consider starting a
course of study leading in a college, school or university. Look out for significant shifts
in your thinking no matter what you do, based on changes to what you now believe.
Leo, July 23 August 22 -You and this planet, Saturn, go together a bit like champagne
and lard, since you're enthusiastic, effervescent and elegant while Saturn is dreary, dull
and dismal. In many ways you are certain to feel heaps better anyway, although unfortu-
nately your financial picture could take a while to catch up.
Virgo, August 23 September 22 -Saturn sidles into your sign this month, for the first
time since 1980 and for a stay lasting more or less, until the end of the decade. Most
people fear Saturn arriving because it means hard work and removing from your life all
that you no longer need. But you're a worker anyway and have been drifting for so long,
that to have some definite issues clarify themselves out of the sea of nebulous.
Libra, September 23 October 22 -Things change gradually and in time we get used to
them. Yet there are still many elements you are struggling to maintain and you are trying
to fit these in with all the new things that you do as well. No wonder life seems busy and
often such a frenetic rush, when cutting back does not mean quitting or shirking your
responsibilities in any case. Prioritize your goals as you move forwards into the future.
Scorpio, October 23 November 21 -It is time to look again at your ambitions and to
ensure these truly have the most personal slant you can give them. Nobody doubts the
passion with which you are pursuing your aims and it's not that you are heading in the
wrong direction. Purely personal objectives pursued for you alone won't have much
meaning, but there is some gap between this course and just running without thinking on
your childhood conditioning.
Sagittarius, November 22 December 21 -With luck, and usually you have plenty, life
seems on schedule and heading in the direction that you want. You are at a pinnacle of
achievement, something you have worked towards for a long time. You can be sure that
the things you're fully committed to will succeed, while others eventually will go.
Capricorn, December 22 January 19 -It's not long into September before your finan-
cial obligations ease considerably. Although you'll always find something to concern
you, the worst of the worries you've had over money seem to melt away. After all, it has
been hard to enjoy the limitless potential of your higher mind in conditions you consid-
ered were borderline for your survival.
Aquarius, January 20 February 18 -Being an Aquarian is one big paradox and you
are usually wrestling with one dilemma or another. Your current quandary is mainly
about being a people person versus your strong sense of individuality and the need for
personal freedom over anything else. Although this won't apply forever and a day, at the
moment it's more important keeping your own space than getting deeper into anything
that you won't be able to maintain.
Pisces, February 19 March 19 -Problems in your partnerships have been threatening
for a while, and in September whatever cracks there are, really start to show. It's just that
you have so much to do right now and your partner needs to understand and to want the
best for you. Anyone who isn't prepared to take these extras on board must start thinking
over where you're going together and about where they stand with you. O Paul Wade

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Linda (Anthony)
and Eric van Silf-
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huge fan of your
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cially likes the ani-
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ever I bring home a
copy, he grabs it,
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Meisje." (His kinder-
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nationally orien-
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4T was born on Curaqao in 1970,
I and when I was in the third
grade of HAVO, my mom, my sister and
I moved to Amsterdam. It was just too
much fun! I quit school altogether and
when I was 16 I started working at Schi-
phol Airport, cleaning planes and han-
dling luggage. I started going around
with the wrong people, but in 1990 I
changed my mind and went back to my
father in Curaqao and to finish HAVO
high school.
I lived with my father and my grand-
mother and went back to school. There I
met Marie Craane from Bonaire. She
had an eye on me, but I wasn't aware of
it; I was more interested in sports any-
way! But during the last year, just before
graduation, we were in a study group
together. Then our relationship became
more serious. After graduating Marie
left to study in Holland and I stayed on
Curaqao to study electrical engineering
at the UNA, the University of the Antil-
les. A year later Marie told me, 'You'd
better come to Holland, if not, our rela-
tionship is over!' She was such a sweetie
and I just wanted to be with her, so I
went to Holland.
I arrived in Groningen in the north of
Holland where Marie was studying to
become a speech therapist, and I contin-
ued studying electrical engineering at
HTS (College of Advanced Technol-
ogy). Being back in Holland was nothing
out of the ordinary for me; I don't care
where I live, I am a cosmopolitan.
Very soon after my arrival I quit my
studies because I heard a friend talking
about the academy for physical educa-
tion ALO and that's what I wanted to
do. From the time I was very little I
loved sports and I never knew an educa-
tion for sports existed! To make your
hobby your profession it was the per-
fect thing. The school was in Groningen,
so I could stay with Marie.
The years passed by and it wasn't al-
ways easy. When one of my best friends
went to Curaqao for vacation he was
killed in a car crash; it was a big blow to
me. And then Marie's sister a teenager
at the time was sent to Holland to stay
with us because there were some prob-
lems, so we had to study and at the same
time we were "parents" to a teenage girl.
At times it was tough.
My study was hard but also great fun. I
had to do a lot of different sports and
also I was training and coaching teams -
doing what I loved best and in that
sense I was having a wonderful time.
Marie and I got married in Groningen in
a civil ceremony on September 20, 2000,
then on December 29" 2001, in the
church in Antriol.

I'd lived in Holland for almost 10
years, and in my last year of school
Marie wanted to go back to Bonaire
where she'd been offered a job. I also
applied for a job and got one at Jong
Bonaire as a sports coordinator. They
wanted me immediately so I didn't get to
finish my studies in Holland, but it was
possible to do it by e-mail and the board
of Jong Bonaire agreed to that. But up
until now it hasn't happened because
we're always busy, busy, busy, espe-
cially because we're such a small team
at Jong Bonaire, only seven people for
133 kids this year!
I started playing sports with the young-
sters and coordinating and organizing
sports tournaments like table tennis, soc-
cer, roller hockey, volleyball and basket-
ball. I also go wakeboarding and wind-
surfing with the kids. Every student who
attends SGB high school can sign up;
it's an after school program.
I was 32 when I came here, but during
my studies I worked as a trainer with all
kinds of kids, including those with social
problems and mentally and physically
disabled kids of all ages. Those groups
were very big. I was a police officer and

"...we've been
tempted many times
(to live in Holland) as
everything is more se-
cure there, like your
job and your salary..."

a social worker as well as a gymnastics
teacher. However, being the gym teacher
was to my advantage because at least I
was doing something with them that
they liked, and because of that I had a
little better grip on them. Once you've
survived that the rest is peanuts. So,
when I came here, it was easy for me to
understand and work with the kids as I
knew the culture and the language.
Marie and I used to come to Bonaire
often for vacation, and I liked it here
especially because of the tranquility and
the friendliness of the people. And every
sport I like tennis, basketball, wind-
surfing, free diving, wakeboarding and
diving I can do here... could do here
if there were more hours in a day.
Officially I work 40 hours per week,
but we have only 15 days vacation per
year and so, for the other holidays we
have to work extra hours. That happens
frequently, for instance when we're

ing- like
for the
Swim to
7"'), or the
Mini Fun
the Jump
In with
the Song
the Mr.
and Miss
Jong Bon-
aire elec-
tions or
the Arte di Palabra (the Art of the Word)
event or Christmas dinner. Those are the
things that keep us busy throughout the
year besides the preparations for the
daily activities. For example, every Fri-
day we have a special activity: we go to
the movies or for a swim, and this week
we're going hiking in Washington Park.
This year we took a group of young-
sters to participate in the table tennis
world championships in Valencia, Vene-
zuela. We didn't win, but it was a great
experience and it was an eye-opener for
the kids because ever since we came
back they're training more fanatically
than ever. Now a colleague of mine has
taken over the table tennis; he's better
than I am, but I feel like I gave away my
baby. I've put so much time and energy
in building it up, but... my colleague
will take it to a higher level now, and so
it's okay.
I play tennis three times a week at Har-
bour Village and once a week I play
basketball at the sports hall. When I was
a little kid, 11, 12 years old, I was
scouted to go and play tennis in the
States, but my mom didn't want me to
leave; she felt I was too young. No re-
grets though I like my life as it is. As
well as work I train elementary school
children in basketball and I help with the
world championships freestyle windsurf-
ing during the Regatta. Fact is, you al-
ways see the same faces. It would be
nice if we could get some fresh blood
amongst the volunteers."
'Paco' Veeris (3 7) is a soft spoken,
friendly man, handsome, open-minded
and in very good shape. "At home I also
take care of our children, B'lana, our
daughter who's six, and our son Yuma,
four, although not as much as Marie.
She's a very busy girl; she has her own
speech therapy practice and she works
for FORMA, where she's developing
educative instruction material for adults.

She's also teaching Papiamentu at the
Pelikaan elementary school where our
children are going.
It's great fun to be a dad, and I've had
the best times with my daughter B'lana
when Marie was working in a hospital in
Holland and I was taking care of B'lana
while going to school part-time.
I like it here. Again, I don't care where
I live; every country has its pros and
cons, and when I mentioned that the
people here are so friendly, I have to say
they were just as friendly in Groningen.
Maybe it would be better if we lived in
Holland. We've been tempted many
times as everything is more secure there,
like your job and your salary, and the
way things go in a more organized way.
But on the other hand, life in Holland is
very expensive and you have to achieve
a lot to get somewhere and that causes
lots of stress. Also Marie's parents and
her sister are here and that makes it
even more difficult to leave. But as I feel
good everywhere, I feel good here too.
Maybe my future is a bit limited be-
cause there are fewer chances on Bon-
aire but, that doesn't have to be bad
because I love my job and I love to work
with kids I love to get them moving!
Well, as far as the future is considered,
we have a lot of land where we would
like to build our house one day and...
yes... I hope we stay here because Bon-
aire has become one of the places where
I really feel at home." l

Story & Photo
by Greta Kooistra

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