Title: Bonaire reporter
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Publication Date: October 26, 2007
Copyright Date: 2005
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I am happy to do whatever it
takes. Please just tell me the
time and the place. I consider
myself a guest on the island, but
I also consider myself part of
the community, so please don't
take this the wrong way.
I think Bonaire is at a critical
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need to reduce
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education and
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I don't want

Diving newsletters and re- ... an.u "icm "' y" a complainer,
ports on the Internet are full is not stopped now someone me know wha
of stories of crime on Bonaire will get killed and you will all solve this probe
these days. Burglaries, thefts have the residents marching in A Concer
and hold-ups spoil people's va- the street for improved safety
cations causing untold incon- much like they did years ago. 0 A PLAN'
venience and trauma. Up until This is not good for tourism or CRIME
now Bonaire has been fortunate for any kind of business. Many Ronella Cro
because violent crime against ofthe people committing these TCB, replied t
island visitors, as is a problem cmes are experienced crmi- working with
in the Dominican Republic, St. nals who are VERY thorough action. Her off
Lucia, Jamaica and other places and who know exactly what the following
in the Caribbean, is practically they are doing. Many of the The TCB 1
unknown. Official reaction has burglaries are not local kids just for all accomn
been muted, sometimes giving getting into trouble, however ers to distribi
the impression that the island's this is how local kids learn to be to their guests
leaders don't care enough. Be- bad guys. that, although
low is a letter from a local busi- I have been on Bonaire long tion and relaxi
nessman that does a good job enough to know that much of to always be c
expressing the willingness and this is due to either poor police boosting awar
frustration of island residents training or police indifference, contains safet
and the reaction from Bonaire's or perhaps worse. The local emergency ph
tourism office (TCB). Recently, people know who the bad guys well as victim
Minister Elvis Tjin Asjoe, the are, so I assume the cops do too; police tip line
Antillean Central Government's yet the problem continues. I can cious activity.
man in charge of Economic Af- spotthe open air drug markets
fairs, expressed his concern that are taking place every day, To combat
publically. He wants the police so I assume the police can see of crime, a C
force, local businesses and the them too. Yet day after day tor program
tourism sector to work together there are drug sales going on in been develope
to reduce crime. The Antillean the same place. and launched
island of Bonaire (with 14,000 I see lots of police during the with the purpc
inhabitants) is for a large part day, but there is virtually no of providing c
dependent on tourism," said police presence at night when and attention t
Tjin Asjoe, who is from Bon- crime normally occurs. This is common socia
aire. He explained that tourism compounded by the factthat we problems. F
is "the chicken that lays golden also have an absentee olice cused largely se
eggs. Chief, (no offense Jan. I know I ou, these
Police protection is a Central could not run my business effec- mentors will t
Government responsibility and timely if I was gone fromthe with young pe
high level action is needed to office half of the time) so I ple about the
obtain increased resources for know that such a situation does issues that th
Bonaire police, which officials not help with effective operation deal inc
say is at the root of the police's of the police, or with the moti- ing peer pres-
failure to stop these crimes. vation of the cops who are sure, parental
Now the letter: working on the street. communication
I think everyone, including and other daily
(Police Chief) van der Straten life concerns.


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or) Mr. van Delft,
ntions, but good
ne will not solve
We need increased
and it needs to
he long term we
c the local drug
ell as offer better
employment op-
the local young

to just be seen as
so PLEASE let
t I can do to help
)lem now.
ned Businessman"


es, Director of the
hat she has been
the police to get
Fice has instituted
ias created a letter
modation provid-
ite upon check-in
reminding them
they are on vaca-
ing, to remember
autious, thus
eness. The letter
y tips and various
one numbers as
help lines and a
to report suspi-

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The Police Department offi-
cers have been undergoing fur-
ther training in Holland with a
focus on crime prevention and
are introducing two initiatives -
one targeted to schools and an-
other toward local business
owners to encourage helping the
island's young people by pro-
viding them withjobs.
Together with the private
sector, the Bonaire Government
Tourist Board is in process of
designing a new crime report-
ing tool for business establish-
ments such as hotels, restau-
rants, car rental agencies etc.
involved with tourists that will
enable them to download a form
and bring it to Police headquar-
ters, thereby eliminating the
need for the guest to do so
themselves. This is intended to
enhance visitor experience by
attending to a guest's needs at a
critical time (after an incident
has occurred).
The TCB has also recently
established the Bureau
Slachtoffer Hulp, or "Crime
Help Center" to attend to every
possible need, both emotionally
and administratively, of victims
of any crime no matter how

Continued on page 4


This Week's Stories
Personal Chef 3
Love Our Planet Week 5
Windsurfer Report 7
Regatta 8,9
Announcements 10
RE/MAX party
Birthdays-Gina & Elizabeth
SGB Chefs in Italy
Turtle Tracking -Darwina
Special Olympics Gold 11
Softball 11
Doggy Myths 13


Flotsam & Jetsam (Crime) 2
Sudoku 6
Sudoku Solution 9
Pets of the Week (cats) 13
Biologist's Bubbles:
(Slippery Dicks) 12
Picture Yourself With
The Reporter (Siciily.) 12
Classifieds 12
Dining & Shopping
Guides 14
Clear Blue Water News 15
Tide Table 15
Reporter Masthead 16
What's Happening 16
Sky Park (Jupiter) 17
Caf6 Astrology (October) 18
Carbon Neutral 19

The Bonaire Reporter,
P. O. Box 407, Bonaire,
Neth. Antilles.

Available on-line at:
Published every two weeks

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Air conditioned or open air terrace

Lunch: Open Monday through Friday from 11am-3pm
Dinner: Open Monday through Saturday from 6pm-10pm

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Bonaire Reporter September 28- October 12, 2007


cHe'll Do It
amhi iliAll For You

O ur little island is becom-
ing tres sophisticated as
we now have a Personal Chef at
our disposal. It's no longer just
the rich and famous who can have
personally prepared meals, but
you and I as well! Philip Joukes
of Philip's Cooking & Organiz-
ing Bonaire saw a need and has
met it. The Dutchman, whose
hobby has always been creative
cooking and who has worked with
friends in the restaurant business,
is a born chef with a natural tal-
ent. He has studied in Italy and,
among his many skills, has mas-
tered the art of making fresh
pasta. He recently gave a demon-
stration and tasting of several
kinds of pasta to the Rotary Club
and scored five stars for his ef-
forts. He works closely with his
wife Suze, a former flight atten-
dant with KLM and right-hand
Chef Philip will customize a
menu to cater to all of your culi-
nary needs, and after a personal
consultation he will create a menu
to fit your occasion, whether it's
formal or casual. He will come to
your home and do all the work,
saving you time and money and
assuring that you get exactly what
you want. Philip's philosophy on
party giving goes something like
this. "Why do all the work when I
can do it for you." His services

are turnkey and include every-
thing from providing tables,
chairs, linens, bartenders, and
waiters, to delicious, creative food
and end-of-party cleanup.
Theme dinners have been very
popular with his clients as are
romantic dinners for two at your
home, on a quiet beach, or wher-
ever you would like to have it. He
also offers four-course dinners for
up to 12 people including specially
selected wines.
Wouldn't it be fun to get a
group together and have Philip
create a gourmet treat just for you
and your friends?
If a cocktail party is what you
have in mind, trays of mini tuna
tortillas and quiches filled with
salmon, cheese, ham, or sun-dried
tomatoes, tiny phyllo cups with
different fillings, a variety of
vegetarian goodies, and, of
course, the always popular
chicken and beef satays are only a
sample of what can be prepared
for you by your own Personal
Chef. Working with you to deter-
mine your preferences, Philip will
create something unique just for
your party.
Another service provided by
Philip, along with his wife Suze,
is wedding planning. If you de-
cide that Bonaire is the place
where you want to make your
commitment, Suze will handle

everything from the paperwork at
Government House, the church,
the florist and the photographer,
to Philip's creative food for the
reception. They have done wed-
dings at Sorobon, at Seru Largu
and on the beach and are prepared
to make all your wedding wishes
come true.
Other offerings include gift cer-
tificates for romantic dinners for
two (the gift for those who have
everything!), cooking lessons
(want to learn to make pasta or to
prepare a gourmet meal get a
group together and let Philip
show you how), or something
interesting for your club or or-
ganization to do as a special treat.
Aren't we
lucky to
have such a
talent as
Philip avail-
able to us?
Check him
out because
he's superb!

Phillip can
be reached
at 701-1100
and Suze at
701-1200 or
at their
website. I

Philip and Suze Internet photo
Contact: www.philipscooking.com or info@philipscooking.com.

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Bonaire Reporter September 28- October 12, 2007

Page 3

Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from
page 2)
0 Dutch Antilles Express
(DAE) has had technical prob-
lems for a week, especially dur-
ing the Bonaire Regatta, but the
situation is improving. All of its
turboprops were grounded on
Saturday, and just one of its two
Fokker-100 jets were available.
Delays of up to seven hours were
commonplace as the airline chose
not to cancel flights. DAE even-
tually chartered a Venezuelan
DC-9 to take up the slack. One
propjet was undergoing sched-
uled maintenance, the other
planes were waiting for parts.
Last month 82% of the flights
departed on time. Competitor
Insel Air also made the Winair
Twin Otter available for flights
between Bonaire and Curacao.

Ironically, Insel Air's lone
jet aircraft used for its St.
Maarten-Curacao flight was
out of service last weekend and
DAE's St. Maarten flights had to
accommodate Insul Air passen-

1 Dutch Antilles Express
opened a sales office in Kral-
endijk last week. Director Ray-
mundo Saleh officiated at the
opening. Previously, DAE had
an office only at the airport. The
new sales office is in Les Galler-
ies. Business hours are from
Monday to Saturday from 9 am
to 6 pm.



From Bonaire Nautico Marina



Catamaran Kantika di Amor
Trips daily via resorts at 10 am, 12, 2 pm
Except Sunday at 10 am only

Tie up dockside
for $7/day -+tax
Water/115/220V & Cable TV
Dinghy tie-up at north-inside dock
at US$10 weekly from Saturday to
Saturday. Pay at Kantika diAmor
water taxi daily 10 am, 12, 2 pm.
Sundays 10 am only.
Your boat name will be recorded.

At It Rains Fishes Restaurant
Call Henk at 560-7254 / Bob 786-5399
www.bonairenauticomarina /VHF 68
Page 4

1st 9 months 2007 Bonaire's Immigrants By age group

SPrincess Ariane, the third
daughter of Dutch Crown
Prince Willem-Alexander and
Princess MAxima, was chris-
tened at the Klooster church in
The Hague last Saturday. The
princess, who is fourth in line to
the throne, was christened with
water from the river Jordan. The
62-month-old princess wore
robes made of Brussels lace,
which were made for the chris-
tening of Princess Wilhelmina in
1800, the Dutch news agency
ANP said.

1 The political faction lead-
ers in the Dutch Second Cham-
ber arrived in Curacao Mon-
day to start a 10-day visit to the
Netherlands Antilles. The par-
liamentarians are scheduled to
visit all five islands. They will
also be in Aruba for a day. The
topics of discussion during the
visit will be constitutional re-
newal, good governance and de-
mocracy, education, combating
of poverty, justice and prison
matters, and social-economic


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0 In the first nine months of 2007 Bonaire's population
jumped by 473 people (3.4%), according to the Civil Registry
(Bevolking). The number jumped from 14,006 to 14,479. There
were 114 births and 49 deaths; 895 immigrated while 487 emi-
grated. Of the immigrants, 292 were from the Netherlands, 229
from other Antillean islands, 79 from the US, 60 from Peru, 51
from Colombia, 36 from the Dominican Republic, and 33 from
Of the 14,479 people, 7,453 (51%) are male, and 7,026 (49%) are
female. The immigrants moved to Antriol (211), Nikiboko (128),
Playa Pabou (75) and other neighborhoods.

) About.com, a webpage of
the New York Times has selected
the National Marine Park of
Bonaire as one of the seven
natural wonders of the Carib-
bean. "It's true that almost all
Caribbean destinations have cor-
als, but Bonaire has the most
beautiful and best protected
ones," said The Times.
About.com also gives informa-
tion on the Marine Park and a list
of allowable activities. The other
six destinations that form the
natural wonders of the Caribbean
are: The Baths at Virgin Gorda
on the British
Virgin Islands;
Bay in Vieques,
Puerto Rico; the
rain forest El
Yunque; the Pi-
tons in St. Lucia;
Pitch Lake in
Trinidad and the
Soufribre vol-
cano in Montser-
S rat.




Les Galeries Shopping Center
(Bordering the parking lot)
Tel. 717-5890
Open M-F 8:30-12, 2-6 pm,
Sat. 9-12

> Central Bu-
reau for Statis-
tics reported the
consumer price
index figure for
Bonaire in-
creased 0.2 %t
from June to

August. The price-index-figure
for home furnishing and house-
hold goods went up by 0.5%.
The biggest price increase in this
sector was for home appliances
and tools. The prices in the food
sector rose 0.3% (2.0% for cook-
ing oil, 1.2% for dairy products,
and 0.7% for sugar and choco-
late); in the living sector by 0.3%
in the 'alcoholic beverages and
smoking material' sector by
0.1%. In the recreation and de-
velopment sector, prices have
dropped by 0.1%. In clothing and
shoes, healthcare, and transporta-
tion and communication sectors,
the prices remained the same.
Over the past 12 months, the
prices increased by 1.7%.

Former Curaqao Commis-
sioner Dr. Jos6 Middelhof and
his sons, Jonathan (19) and Gino
(20), were rescued in good con-
dition after spending 17 hours
floating in rough seas after their
boat sank while returning home
following the Bonaire Regatta.
Dr. Middlehof had been in con-
tact with the Coast Guard report-
ing engine trouble and that the
boat was taking on water until
shortly before the 9-meter-long
Poppe Gem slipped beneath the
waves. A search was immedi-
ately begun, coordinated by the
Rescue Coordination Centre

(RCC), but the trio drifted in
their life jackets with a small
float through the afternoon and
night until fishermen and the
Coast Guard helicopter spotted
them north of Klein Curaqao at
daybreak Monday. The cutter,
Panter, picked them up and re-
turned them to shore. The former
elected official thanked God for
his rescue. "When you are drift-
ing in the open sea and it turns
dark and nobody can see you, all
you can do is pray. We knew that
somebody would be looking for
us and I kept telling them to keep
on swimming."

> STINAPA plans to set up a
visitor center, tentatively
named Kas di Naturalesa
(House of Nature) for Bon-
aire's parks. To launch the ef-
fort they invited Enit Scholtens
who coordinates visitor centers in
parts of Holland to help. Prior to
that job Enit was the Conserva-
tion Education Officer in Bonaire
for three years.
Enit invited people from
DROB, SGB, the Government,
Art, Mangazina di Rei, the press,
and others) to brainstorm on the
setup of the center. Six target
groups were considered: adults
from Bonaire, young children,
older children, sun tourists,
cruise tourists and dive tourists.
Because of the diversity of the
target groups the brain-stormers
came up with enough ideas to
build 10 different centers. Schol-
tens and STINAPA will use these
ideas to help create one center for
all. Further development and
building the center will probably
take about two years. Such a cen-
ter has been considered for many
years and would be a dream
come true for STINAPA and
Scholtens and an asset to Bon-
aire. (Mary Ann Koops)

N Bonaire's Maduro and
Curiel's Bank is Bonaire's larg-
est and offers virtually any ser-
vice a resident or visitor requires.
With four branches in Bonaire
and another 28 branches on Cura-
gao, Aruba, St. Maarten and St.
Eustatius, MCB is the largest
commercial bank in the Dutch

Continued on page 6


"Your Friendly Bank"

ET We keep making things
C convenient for you!

GIO M E With 4 branches and 6 ATM's located
throughout the island and our
___ -internet banking MCB@Home, at your
www.mcbb-home.com service anytime, anyday, anywhere.

hge 6)

Bonaire Reporter September 28- October 12, 2007

Main Branch Kaya L.D. Gerharts 1 Phone +(599) 715-5520
Website: www.mcbbonaire.com Email: info@mcbbonaire.com

Love Our Planet Week

During the workshops and seminars, participants identified as major threats to Bon-
aire's reefs, the issues of pollution, especially sewage; coastal development; and over-
fishing. As it turns out, most experts view these same factors as major problems for
coral reefs. In the year 2004, it was estimated that 70% of reefs worldwide were under
imminent or long-term threat of destruction (up from 58% in the year 2002). Coastal
development threatens 33% of the reefs, land-based sources of pollution 35%, and over
-fishing more than 60%. Specific to Caribbean reefs, the coral cover of these reefs has
declined 80% in the last 30 years, including over 90% loss of staghorn and elkhorn
corals. The potential impact of dwindling reef health could devastate local economies,
as well as environments. The Caribbean provides 57% of scuba diving tours world-
wide, which now earn $1.2 billion per year for the region. Divers make up only 10% of
the visitors to the Caribbean, but contribute 17% of all tourism revenue. The average
diver spends around 80% more than a non-diver. By 2015 coral reef degradation could
result in annual losses of US$100 million to $300 million to the Caribbean tourism
industry. Losses to particular areas within the Caribbean could be proportionately
greater, as tourism shifts away from areas where coral reefs have become degraded and
toward areas of remaining intact reefs. Ol Rob McCaleb

Jenny, a dive instructor at Plaza Resort, can
show you great diving (TCB photo)

uring the week of September 17, Bonaire celebrated
"Love Our Planet Week" as a part of its Dive into Sum-
mer Celebration, with a focus on coral reef conservation. Major
sponsors included Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB), Scuba 1 0 offie
Diving Magazine, Air Jamaica and the Coral Reef Alliance, a
San Francisco-based nonprofit organization that works globally .,,
to protect coral reefs and healthy oceans. ""**

Rick MacPherson, Director of Conservation Programs for the
Coral Reef Alliance (coral.org), kicked off the week with a pair
of boat dives on Klein Bonaire aboard one of the Photo Tours/
Yellow Submarine dive boats. McPherson gave a "surface inter- Sterlo audio alarm clock
val" presentation on the boat between dives to introduce a proc-
ess called CSI--not "crime scene investigation" as in the popular for your iPod Digital M 4 Player OGB
TV show, but "conservation sustainability index," a rapid assess- 1 .5 Color Display
ment of conservation awareness and training by dive operations A F'md RarI
and of reef health, utilizing a 10 point "Sustainable Practices "" Iy 4 C[lr
Score Card" and quick inventory of "keystone species" of fish. S srir,
The scorecard includes assessments of how well dive operators.
fulfill their role in conservation education by reminding divers L
about the fragility of coral and other marine life and by empha-
sizing good diver behaviors including buoyancy control, fin -
awareness and "no contact" with marine wildlife. MacPherson
also emphasized the importance of dive guides being vigilant adAGB 7SSman tVPC+Mar
during what he called the "terrible 10," the first 10 minutes of a
dive, when negative diver impact on the reef is most likely to

The presentation also detailed keystone fish species to watch
for, including herbivores that clean algae from the reef (blue
tang, parrotfish), carnivores that indicate reef health (tiger grou-
per, yellow snapper) and special species, such as boxfish, that
indicate good three-dimensional reef structure. All the key spe-
cies were found on both dives on Klein Bonaire. Each participant
on the dive received a laminated handout showing the keystone
fish species and the 10 questions for assessing the conservation
awareness of your dive operation.
Monday night, participants in Love Our Planet Week found
Rick MacPhersonjoined by Captain Don Stewart at the weekly
Meet the Captain party at Captain Don's Habitat, which hosted
Rick's stay. On behalf of Coral, Rick lauded Captain Don for histandit ur desk ount it on thewall t toyou.
visionary leadership in establishing protected reefs for the enjoy-
ment of divers on Bonaire. Captain Don was impressed with
MacPherson's knowledge and presentation.
Rick made a series of presentations to the public along with 1
seminars and workshops for tourism officials, resort operators
and marine park officials. Rick stressed that Bonaire boasts one
of the healthiest reefs in the Caribbean and that a major goal of .. ..
Coral is to help spread the model of Marine Protected Areas
(MPA) exemplified by Bonaire throughout the world. The or-
ganization is working in Belize, Honduras, Mexico, Fiji, Papua
New Guinea, and most recently in eastern Indonesia to improve
MPA effectiveness. Coral works with existing marine parks, and
in one case, the remote Raja Ampat islands of Indonesia, Coral
has established a new MPA and implemented a diver fee and tag Kya Internationa # 36 Bonaire/ Kralendijk / Tel 7174630/ Fax: 717-4650
to pay for its operation. F-mlI. : nltrihvnnnrnm

Bonaire Reporter September 28- October 12, 2007

Page 5

Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 4)
Caribbean. Through the past eight dec-
ades, the bank has also grown in many
areas of non-banking financial services.
Its services include insurance brokerage,
underwriting and loss adjustment, port-
folio management and investment ser-
vices, private banking, and offshore trust
and corporate management services.

- Fundashon Kuidopa Besta i Oido
(Foundation to aid the Blind and Deaf)
will have a fundraising Thanksgiving
Dinner at Chez Nous at the SGB High
School on Thursday, November 22,
from 7 to 10 pm. Your donation of NAf
55 will be used to purchase material and
equipment to assist the most needy the
poor-sighted and blind as well as the
deaf and persons with hearing problems.
For more information and/or purchase
tickets call 569-7610 or 785-0518.

A local photographer, Bart Land-
heer, has developed two lovely calendars
for the new year and will be making
contributions to Jong Bonaire for each
calendar purchased. Purchase one of
these calendars as a way to help sup-
port the after school program for
teens on Bonaire. All you have to do is
click http://home.tiscali.nl/scadvies/
engcalender2008.html to view the calen-
dars and make your purchase -- and a
donation to the youth center. It's a good
way to start the new year!

0 Cruise ship season has arrived. On
October 31 the Princess Cruise Lines,
Crown Princess with 3,100 passengers
aboard will arrive in port. The TCB en-
courages all who would like to have a
stand in Wilhelmina Park to sell items to
the cruise visitors to sign up at the TCB
office as soon as possible.
Currently a questionnaire is circu-
lating by hand and on-line asking peo-
ple for their opinion on cruise ships visit-
ing Bonaire. Regardless of the outcome
this year the Bonaire government
strongly supports cruise ship (see cover
of brochure above) visits because they
believe it is a big economic boost for
smaller businesses and individuals. The
votes of these folks could strongly sup-
port the ruling party.

1 Although it's not a race, the first
finishers of the 1,200-meter distance
between Eden Beach and Klein Bon-
aire and vise-versa, for the annual Jong
Bonaire fundraiser carries status. This
year, for the seventh consecutive time,
pharmacist Peter Zweers was the first to
finish with a time of 25 minutes. He was
followed by Felip Winkel at 27 minutes
and Frank Bdhm, also swimming for the

seventh year, at 28 minutes. Christine
Humphreys was the first woman to fin-
ish, taking 36 minutes. All the above
swimmers were barefoot.

Gardeners Alert! The Green Label
garden center on Kaya Industria has pal-
lets full of good potting soil. Good soil
will ensure your plants get off to a good
start in Bonaire's sometimes inhospitable

The Dive Inn Bonaire has re-
opened under new ownership and
management. Bert Hagting, a long time
member of the Bonaire dive community,
has recently gone into business with his
partners to acquire and manage the Dive
Inn Bonaire. Under the new manage-
ment, the Dive Inn Bonaire offers those
little extra services which go a long way
to ensuring you have a great diving ex-
perience while on Bonaire. Bert has a
long standing reputation for providing
professional and personalized services to
divers and snorkelers from all over the
world. Bert and his team invite everyone
to stop by Dive Inn Bonaire to view the
facilities and check out the services be-
ing offered. Dive Inn Bonaire offers
complimentary daily tank delivery and
pick-up service right to your front door.
See their ad on page 13.

) Janice Huckaby, JanArt, will be
exhibiting her newest underwater
paintings of Bonaire in Orlando, Flor-
ida, at the DEMA (Diving Equipment
and Marketing Association) Dive
Show, October 31 through November 3.
The paintings were created using under-
water photos that were all taken on Bon-
aire's beautiful reefs. You may see more
of her work at www.janartbonaire.com
or visit the JanArt Gallery at Kaya Glo-
ria 7.

1 Two Bonaire businesses have just
won two awards but not for diving as
you might expect.
Bonaire's Breathe-IT BV was pre-
sented with an award for the latest,
most innovative application of
MOBOTIX IP cameras at the Interna-
tional Partner Conference (IPC) of
MOBOTIX Ag, in Kaiserslautern, Ger-
many. Jorge W. Ferr6n, owner/director
of Breathe-IT, explained to his fellow
partners the challenges, rewards and
results associated with placing a
MOBOTIX 22M camera underwater in
an open water sea environment at 15


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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. Solution on page 9.
Supplied by Molly Bartikoski-Kearney (who has to solve all the puzzles first.)

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meters deep. As a result of this presenta-
tion Breathe-IT was rewarded the most
valued MOBOTIX Partner Award.
The camera is placed in the Bonaire
National Marine Park at the dive site
Something Special. This camera sends a
completely digital high resolution image
(3 megapixels) every two seconds to the
website www.breathebonaire.com.
MOBOTIX Ag is recognized as the
market leader in the megapixel IP camera
market. Breathe-IT BV is the authorized
partner for MOBOTIX products in the
Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. For
more information please contact Jorge W.
Ferr6n, at +599 717 2626 or send an
email to mobotix(ibreathe-it.net. You
can also visit Breathe-IT BV's website at

) And the Cactus Blue Bar & Res-
taurant won the International Award
for Tourist, Hotel and Catering Indus-
try 2008 which honors "outstanding es-
tablishments in the tourist, hotel and res-
taurant catering fields world wide." The
selection committee also recognized both
Corinna and Hagen, for their
"commitment to quality of service and
cuisine" by awarding them a gold badge
for "Global Quality Management." "We
were both very surprised and excited to
have been selected for this Trophy and to
receive a gold badge," said Corinna. "We
work hard together as a team to bring a
high quality of service and cuisine to our
guests at Cactus Blue," added Chef
Hagen. The restaurant's website is http://

The Bonaire Animal Shelter will
have their next Bi-Annual Art Auction
Fundraiser on Friday, December 7. They

) On line
surveys relat-
ing to Bonaire
have been
made easier
with a new on- C
line service,
Bonaire Sur-
veys,TM accessible at
www.bonairesurveys.com It offers to
conduct online surveys to test different
market segments of Bonaire's tourist
visitors or resident population. This is
the first such survey system available
for Bonaire. Results are automatically
and immediately tabulated and can be
viewed by the public or kept private for
the entity requesting the data. Surveys
may run for a specified amount of time
or for an unlimited term.

are looking for local artists who would
like to donate their pieces. It's for a very
good cause. Call 787-0466.

Last but certainly not least, do not
miss this year's Halloween Crib
haunted house at Capt. Don's Habitat.
The ghouls and goblins who put this hap-
pening together are really weird but crea-
tive. The last two years they did this the
lines to get in were long and people were
so impressed and scared that they had to
do it again....and sometimes again! All
the money goes to Bonaire's charities. It
could be an experience you'll never for-
get. It's only on for three nights (October
26, 27, 31) so save the dates. You might
want to bring someone along to hold your
hand or catch you if you faint. See their
ad on page 20. O

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T he Engadinwind event
used to be one of the big
ones on the European Freestyle
Pro Tour. Unfortunately, it has
been reorganized as an invita-
tional jump event for freestylers
and doesn't count for the official
EFPT rankings. The organizers
also hosted the legendary mara-
thon race where many old timers
showed up to compete in a race
that years ago was their favorite.
This year it celebrates its 30th
anniversary, a special year for
the Engadinwind event.

The trip to Silvaplana started
after hanging out with Loft team
rider Pascal Somers and Yellow-
man Nick, two young and active
riders in Belgium. We organized
our equipment and got ready for
our road trip to Switzerland.
Winter jackets, formula boards,
freestyle boards, masts, booms,
lots of sails, food, energy drinks
and much more were put into
Pascal's bus. Early in the morn-
ing around 2am we took off to-
wards France. Around 7am we
were still passing through the
landscape of France. After eight
hours, with a few stops of
course, we finally reached the
Swiss border and drove with nice
mountain views of the Alps.
When we finally arrived in
St.Moritz-Lake Silvaplana we
checked out the event site and
went straight to our rooms which
had been arranged by the event
organizers who had invited some
freestylers to take part in the
jump session.
The next day we all had a nice
morning with sunshine, not too
cold, and a power St. Moritz
breakfast. Soon it was time to
register for the event. At the
beach we met friends and chatted
about the previous events.
The forecast for that day wasn't
that promising according to the
local "mountain" windsurfers:
too many different wind shifts
and clouds between the moun-
tains. When it comes to predic-
tions and forecasts at such spots
you better pay attention to the
old experienced local sailors.
The weather started to turn bad
with less sun and appeared likely
to be rainy for the afternoon so
we headed back to our rooms to
escape the cold rain. At night we
had a meet and greet party at the
Julier Pass, the famous get to-

gether point for windsurfers in
Day 2 opened with a sunny
morning and winds blowing
across the big mountain from a
very strange direction. The or-
ganizers decided to put on a fun
race a light wind figure eight
long distance slalom.
Most of the formula riders
went out to have some fun in this
crazy wind. The conditions were
extremely tricky and a Polish
champ managed to win the race.
The spectators finally had some-
thing to see and most sailors
were happy to at least try instead
of waiting on the beach. So a
second race was run where this
time my friend and team rider,
Pascal Somers from Belgium,
surprised all the guys by taking
the lead and winning this fun
That night we celebrated the
30th anniversary on top of the
mountain, Mount Corvatsch,
which is about 3,000meters high,
where I did a special perform-
ance including a soundtrack for
the event.
On the last day the weather
was beautiful and the course was
set for the marathon race and the
Euro Cup Formula. Also the
ramp was out, waiting for the
stronger winds in the afternoon
so the invited freestylers could
perform a super session with
tricks and jumps over the ramp.
It was a day full of action on
Lake Silvaplana windsurf races
with different disciplines and
levels. The freestyle super ses-
sion lasted 30 minutes, full of
freestyle action and jumps over
the ramp. (See photo sequence

Later on that afternoon the
awards ceremony was held.
The results for the Freestyle
jumps session:
1. Kevin Mevissen H-79
2. Babtise SUI-
3. Tom Hartman AUT-
4. Ruben Petrisie NB-50
5. Tine Slabe SLO-6

After this event most riders
went straight to the airport to
catch their flights to Turkey
where the PWA Pegasus Airline
World Cup slalom event was
held on the next day.

I drove back with my friends to

Belgium R
and flew
back to
Turkey the
day after.
As I arrived
at the air-
port in Iz-
mir I got a
phone call
from my
who asked
me to come
ately to a
beach party
to perform
some tracks
in front of
the windsurfing audience. After a
three-hour flight and a one-hour
drive I am on stage with a mike
in my hand at midnight.
Next day I woke up and headed
to the beach
that was full S
of equipment
and spectators
and where
races were
already run-
ning. Unfortu-
nately I could
not join the BO IRE
event because
as I was well
known in Tur-
key the local
organizer did-
n't leave me

out and
quickly asked
me to perform
a freestyle
session every
afternoon with
some local
friends. These
sessions were
sponsored by a
named Sneak-
ers. The spec-
tators and the
PWA crew
enjoyed the
races and the
freestyle ses-
sions close to
the beach.
My next trip
was set to rep-
resent my
sponsors at a

windsurf festival in Holland fol-
lowed by the Kona Worlds long
board racing in France.
Check out the full official clip
for the Eurosport TV at

www.engadinwind.com. Thanks
for reading. O Ruben Petrisie
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Roaring Success

Page 8

Ime team rom SLLIlSUIV ana tneir arenas ala a great Jon
cleaning up the streets each night of the Regatta Festival

ThIe lamingo Kockers put on an inspiredperformance to
"warm-up the audience for George McCrae at the Plaza Resort;
from l-r, standing: Rhett Nelson,backup vocals, who is a medical
student here and who sits in with us often, George Mc Crae,
Thomas Kinslow lead guitarist and vocalist, Gilbert Bomba
rythym guitar and vocals. Kneeling are Lando Rafaella bassist,
and Rien Donkers drummer and vocals.

SCuragao Marine 1010 of Sergey Boer from Curagao
j accepts the Nikki Tromp Trophy from the Governor
and the Tromp family. Herman van Leeweun photo

Hello all the people
of Bonaire:
Through this mail I
will say thanks to all
of you and all the
sponsors who spent
the money and
made it possible to let
me come over to your
beautiful island.
A special thanks I
need to send to Bert
Poyck and Jo Bux of
Fundashon Bonaire
Entertainment, who
planned the whole
Me and my family
enjoyed the 5 days on Bonaire and for sure:
Someday, I will come back. And ..... don't forget: Keep The
Soul Alive "Mr. Rock Your Baby" George McCrae

Racing II
Demaragge (Cur)
Chamba II (Cur)
Panta Rhei (Bon)

Racing Cruising I
Marvin (Cur)
Venus Callipyge (Cur)
Windhush II (Cur)

Racing Cruising II
Ella Rosa (GBR)
Eva Luna (Aru)
Cap de Long (Cur)

Open Class
Tranquilo (Aru)
Wishful Thinking (UK)
Aeson (Ned)
Round Bonaire Overall
Merlin (Cur)
Round Bonaire
Racing I: Cur Marine 1010
Racing II: Merlin (Cur)
The Lac Bay Race
Open: Tranquilo (Aru)
Racing Cruising I: Venus Calli-
pyge (Cur)
Racing Cruising II: Eva Luna

In addition to the yachts, there
was racing for Sunfish, Splash,
Laser and Optimist classes,
windsurfers, catamarans, fish-
ing boats and microboats. Un-
fortunately space available
does not permit us to print
those results. O G.D.


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Puzzle on page 6

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3 4 7 6 8 2 1 5 9

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Ii- I
t's becoming an annual fantastic cocktail party-ReMax
Paradise Homes celebration of their birthday. Led by Bob
Bartikowski this year's party to celebrate their third year on
Bonaire was a blowout-great music, drinks, snacks and peo-

ur six students from SGB Horeca sector are enjoying
life in Italy. The students shopped for chef uniforms
on behalf of Nazareno School and Region Emilia Romagna,
then had an orientation with School Director Luca Franchini
and project coordinator Claudio Ciresola. It was a warm and
beautiful sunny day in Italy when this photo was taken -in
front of the school where they will have lessons for the next
three weeks.
Nazareno is located outside Modena near Carpi, a famous
area for its worldwide exported products-Balsamico vine-
gar... and Ferrari cars. O Sara Matera

Turtle Tracking
D arwina', our Green turtle has slowed down considera-
bly to a speed of under 40 km per day as she is ap-
proaching her first shallow-water area after leaving Bonaire.
She is nearing the Pedro Bank, which belongs to Jamaica and
she is now just over 1170 km from her starting point. O
Anouschka van de Ven

Happy Birthday, October 23, to
The Bonaire Reporter's Delivery Team: Elisabeth Sil-
berie and her granddaughter, Georgina. Both have their
birthdays on the same day. These two familiar faces
you'll see all around town, delivering The Reporter with
a smile. We thank them for helping to keep the island


New Stock
New Styles
Men, Women and Children

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Page 10

D uring the Spec
pic Games in S
Bonaire's team won 1z
5 Gold, 3 Silver and 1.
A total of 14 athletes i
aire participated.
Among the Gold wii
Winella St. Hilaire, W
Singles Tennis; Johnn
mund, Men's Single B
and Patrick Bernabela
ter Track.
The athletes, coache
rest of the Bonaire del
enjoyed the ambiance
of China. Our team wa
prepared by their coac
performed outstanding
Special Olympics Sh
2007 drew 7,291 athle
164 countries. They po
in 21 different sport go
Photo Captions:
Top-Gold medalists
Soliana and Natiana
with coach Elske Luc
Bottom-Gold medal
Patrick Bernabela wit
coach, Earon Rosario

ial Olym-
4 medals:
4 Bronze.
'rom Bon-

nners were
y Hell-

Nrd Braves Softball Sub champions

,200 me- T he 2nd Challenge Cup Mr. Bug and the 6th Dutch Carib-
bean Ladies' Softball Tournament was a success, al-
s and the though the ladies didn't play the finals on Saturday, October 13,
egation because of the heavy rains and the bad condition of the field. The
and food finals will be played next year whereever the ladies' tournament
as well takes place.
hes and The tournament started Thursday, October 11, with the arrival
ly. of the ladies in the morning. The Boston team got here later that
shanghai night with 12 good players.
tes from The games were played at a high level. Despite the rain, be-
articipated cause of the efforts of the Nrd Braves team players, the field was
ames. F repaired so the games could continue later that night.
ss Release The Boston team became champion and Nrd Braves sub-
champion. Boston won a cash prize of $1,000 and Nrd Braves a
cash prize of $500, sponsored by Mr. Pier Rigaud of Mr. Bug
Lucille and Bug patrol.
Nicolina Next year's tournament will take place on the same date. The
ia Boston team was so delighted with Bonaire and the hospitality
winner that they promised to come back again next year.
th his Thanks to all our sponsors for cooperating and Mr. Bug and
Bug patrol. Thanks to the press in general and to you, Bonaire
SOB Photos Reporter.
Stay tuned for our next activity. O Edsel Pieter

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Antlllean Wne Company
(599) 09-660-7539
Fax (599) 717-2950

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

Make it more livable from the start.
Also interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy, healing,
China-trained. Experienced. Inexpensive.
Call Donna at 785-9332.

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

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

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

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

Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call
CHINA NOBO 717-8981.
WEB-www. chinanobobonaire. com


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

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

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

Scuba Vision Nature films seeks
Vietnamese Translator to translate
from Vietnamese to English or to
Will pay you for your work, call
Hendrik Wuyts, 717-2844

Harbour Village Marina Front
Condo For
Sale- Large
one bed-
room, 2
bath apart- -
ment lo-
cated in a secluded all condo building
away from the hotel traffic. Full kitchen
and laundry, tons of storage space, large
patio with walkout to marina dock. Pri-
vate owner sale. www.luxurybonaire.

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

NAf 500 Reward (Beloning)
For passports in the
name of Gijzen and
Gijzen-Kurver stolen
on October 12 from an
apartment in Lima. Call
510-7594. Discretion

Two metal glass paned lanterns for
candles: Grey NAf150;
Black NAf 250. Call 795-3456

USB Flatbed scanner, comes with
original software and all cables, excel-
lent working condition, NAf40.00,
Call 717-2848

T wo brothers,
"Michael" and
"Milton," pose for the
camera. We are adorable,
they say, and look how
well we get along with
each other. It's true they
had the same mother, but
they certainly are different
from each other. Michael
has longish black and
white fur while Milton has
sleek black short fur. The
brothers are about six

months old and have
proved to be very affec-
tionate to their human
caretakers at the Bonaire
Animal Shelter. They were
brought into the Shelter
because their owner had
too many cats. Lucky for
them because now they're
up for adoption. They've
been tested for feline leu-
kemia, been wormed and
check out and had their
shots. And sterilization is

included in the NAf75
adoption fee for cats. What
a deal and you get a near
perfect pet to join you and
your family.
You may meet these two
at the Shelter on the La-
goen Road, now open
Monday through Saturday,
8 am to 1 pm, and 3 to 5
pm. Telephone 717-4989.
O L.D.

"Baby Sitter" Wanted!
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W hile on an extended trip, Bon-
aire residents Silvan Henneman
and Carla Verheggen received some bad
news. Their dog sitter, after five months,
had to unexpectedly leave for Holland
and put their two sweet dogs in the Ani-
mal Shelter!

Sil writes, "Our sweet Lola and Pukkie,
two sterilized female dogs around five
years old, are inseparable. Lola, the size
of a small Labrador, is a bit afraid of
strangers and needs Pukkie, half her size,
to adapt to others. Who has the heart to
adopt these two angels 'till we are back
on the island in June /July? They, and
we, will love you forever for that! These
great dogs need to be on your front
porch, guarding the premises at night and
playing with you during the day.

If Pukkie could talk she'd say, Please,
pick us up from the shelter, and my
boss, Silvan, will send you a big pie with
all his love!" 1 Silvan Henneman

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Doggy Myths
One of the first things people mention when they talk about Bonaire is its tran-
quility. I am also one of those people who like the peace and quiet of this is-
land. But that serenity is often being brutally disturbed. Just when I want to have a
nice and well-deserved lie-in, the neighbor's dog starts howling and barking at 5
o'clock Sunday morning. If one dog starts, the others in the neighborhood will soon
follow the pack, and before you know it your calm island is covered in an avalanche
of noise. I have come to think that this is a result of a belief in a number of myths
about dogs.
Myth 1: When I chain my dog it will become a good watchdog.
Tying up a dog will only make the dog frustrated and mentally unsound (like my
neighbor's dog). The need to roam is in the dog's nature. Keeping a dog on a short
chain will only accomplish that it will start barking at nothing and keep going for
hours on end. It will not be a watchdog because who will check if something is wrong
if it is always barking? Also, a frustrated dog is a potentially dangerous dog. What
happens if that chain should break? You may be big enough for it to only bite you in
your calf, but I shudder at the thought of what it can do to a two year old.
You can get a watchdog with a lot of attention and training. A dog wants to belong
to a pack. If you make your family its pack, it will defend it till the end of time...
without chains.
Myth 2: Dogs bark; there is nothing I can do about that.
Indeed, they will bark. But you can train them to shut up. If you can train your dog
to listen to its name, you can certainly train your dog to stop barking when you want
it to. All it takes is a little effort and time. The best tools you can use while training
your dog are your voice and posture. If you say, "You, horrible, smelly, excuse of a
dog," in a sweet, melodious, and high-pitched voice, your dog will come wagging its
tail. It does not understand what you are saying, but it will understand the tone of
your voice. Dogs have an instinct to follow a leader. If you stand like a leader, it will
follow you to the end of the world...without barking.
Myth 3: You need to chain a newly-b(r)ought puppy, otherwise it will run away.
Dogs are one of most easily bribed mammals of this planet. All it takes is a little
affection and food. You will find that you have just made friends for life. If you want
to leave and your yard is not fenced, it will be wise to keep the puppy in a secure area
for a short while. Your new friend will try to follow you when you leave. If you are
the hand that feeds it and if you praise your dog when it does what you want, it will
stay put.. .without chains.
Myth 4: My dog digs holes in the yard out ofpure spite.
Dogs are mostly binary creatures. They either do or they don't. And when they do,
it is not because they want to get back at you. While they are pulling your laundry off
the line, you will not find one vengeful thought in their minds. Jealousy, vengeance,
spite and envy are merely human emotions.
If your dog is destroying your property it is because it is bored out of its mind. Dogs

need exercise. You need to walk your dog
every day for at least one and a half hours so it
can spend its energy. A nice bonus is that you
also will get your own daily exercise...without
holes in the yard.
Dogs which are well-cared for and well
trained will make Bonaire an even more
peaceful island. A well-trained dog will be one
of the most joyful and faithful animals you can
find on this earth. When you are considering
getting a dog, but you find that all that care
and training is too tedious and time-
consuming, remember that NOT getting a dog
is also one of the options. It will ensure that
you can sleep without disturbance...and your
neighbors as well. E MaryAnn Koops
The author is a dog owner and a biology
teacher at the SGB

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Did You Know...
Slivers might interfere with the
mating patterns of Slippery
Dicks? Not much is known about how
divers might interfere with fish behavior,
especially mating. One of our students
will be monitoring mating patterns of
these wrasses when there are no divers around versus when there is a diver swimming
directly above. All month she'll be studying these fish and should have some answers by
late next month.
Slippery Dicks mate every day around 4pm. Both snorkelers and divers can enjoy the
antics of this busy fish as it tries to secure a territory and coerce nearby females into a
spawning rise. Terminal phase (male) Slippery Dicks are small about five inches long -
and pastel colored and are very common in shallow water from 3 -15 feet deep. For
such a silly name, they're quite beautiful little wrasses. Initial phase (females and small
males) Slippery Dicks are skinny and small roughly one to four inches long and are
white with a black stripe running from their noses to their tails.
Every afternoon the busy males try to commandeer a small territory consisting of one or
two corals or rocks from which they can begin a short and very rapid spawning rise. The
males have to juggle two goals: defend their territories from other males and try to get
nearby females to mate with them both are formidable tasks. To impress the females,
the males will race upwards, bob up and down, flap their fins basically whatever it takes
to prove their worth and all the while racing frantically after sly interlopers. And all this
for a few short spawning rises that last less than a second each!
If you're as interested in this whole subject as I continue to be, then you'll want to look
for two things to see these fish in action: stay shallow, stay calm, and stay close to the
bottom (without touching of course). Look for a terminal phase slippery dick chasing
another terminal phase male. Maybe you can figure out the boundaries of his territory.
Then you might notice two or three initial phase gals close by. Keep your eyes on them
because if you blink you'll miss the very quick, very short rise where they both race up-
wards and release eggs and milt.
Keep reading our "Did You Knows" and we'll let you know the results of this study. D
Caren Eckrich

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Jerry's Reef Mooring

---------8 -F

Note: Hurricane Felix passed north of
Bonaire on Sat./Sun. September 1-2, 2007.

-3 meters (10)
- 10 7 meters (35)
- 1 3 meters (6')
" 9MI 093 9

Date 2007

Light & Motion Sensor Program
Food for Scientific Thought

Preliminary data from the Light & Motion
Sensor Program typifies the complexity of the
ocean mechanisms. The L&M sensor on Jerri's
Reef is the original program deployment loca-
tion. Jerri's Reef is located on Klein Bonaire
and is considered the "control" sensor array
because it is further from Bonaire's coast than
) all other arrays. Thus, Jerri's reef constitutes a
baseline of water largely unaffected by Bon-
aire's land issues and can be used to compare
results with near-shore sensor arrays.
It can, however, provide additional informa-
tion about how the ocean surrounding Bonaire
operates and, in some cases, raise more ques-
tions than it answers.


842 F

82.4 'F

60-6 F

788 'F

. 771 F

The array remained operational during the
recent hurricane. The attached graph shows the
average hourly water temperature at three
depths before, during and after Hurricane
Felix. It is well known that the high winds of a
hurricane can produce significant mixing of the
ocean waters creating dramatic changes in
water temperature and other properties.
What the LMSP data shows is something
different. The red line on the chart is the meas-
ured temperature near the surface. The data
shows that the temperature dropped less than 1
degree (c) during the hurricane On the other
hand, the blue line on the chart shows that the
water at 60 feet (18M) dropped over 1 degree
C, a significant change. The green line on the
chart shows that the 30 foot (10m) water also
dropped about 34 degree C.
The conclusion is that the cold water is the
result of the upwelling (deeper, colder water

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
10-26 12:24 2.0FT. 21:23 0.9FT. 99
10-2713:18 2.0FT. 22:42 0.8FT. 103
10-28 14:08 2.0FT. 23:44 0.7FT. 102
10-29 0:42 0.6FT. 15:10 2.0FT. 97
10-30 1:34 0.6FT. 16:08 2.0FT. 88
10-31 2:16 0.6FT. 17:13 1.9FT. 77
11-01 2:50 0.7FT. 18:10 1.9FT. 65
11-02 3:22 0.8FT. 19:11 1.8FT. 53
11-03 3:42 0.9FT. 10:41 1.4FT. 14:37 1.3FT. 20:03 1.6FT. 46
11-04 3:50 1.0FT. 10:28 1.5FT. 16:05 1.3FT. 20:53 1.5FT. 45
11-05 3:42 1.1FT. 10:34 1.6FT. 17:30 1.2FT. 21:50 1.4FT. 49
11-06 3:06 1.1FT. 10:52 1.7FT. 18:40 1.1FT. 22:37 1.2FT. 56
11-07 1:58 1.1FT. 11:18 1.8FT. 20:03 1.0FT. 23:39 1.1FT. 63
11-0811:44 1.9FT. 21:21 0.9FT. 69
11-09 12:10 1.9FT. 22:30 0.9FT. 73
11-1012:41 2.0FT. 23:15 0.8FT. 76

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These are the monitoring sites that are deployed:
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2) Front Porch, DIVI All-Inclusive (to be built
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3) Black Durgon, Hato, Rick Aguilar, Saturday.
4)17 Palm, Plaza Resort, Irene da Cunda, Friday.
5)Kas di Arte, Playa, Bill & Pro Phan Wildin,
6) Bari Reef, Den Laman/Sand Dollar, Marge
Lawson, Candace Platz, Joanie Fitterling, Tuesday.
To be Deployed November:
7)Zee Bad, Divi Flamingo/Cha.Cha.Cha Beach,
Bill & Pro Phan Wildin, Wednesday.
8)Salty, Buddy Dive, Cassandra & Franklin Neal,
Marge Lawson, Wednesday.
9)W.E.B., Hamlet/Habitat, John & Cindi Jensen,

rising) probably due to the hurricane and not due
to wind -driven mixing from the hurricane. Ob-
vious questions are: "Did the hurricane cause this
upwelling, if so how, and did this occur at other
This is the second significant upwelling meas-
ured on Jerri's reef. An even larger upwelling
event occurred between June 24 and July 16
when a subsurface temperature drop of 2.5'C and
a surface decrease of nearly 2'C was recorded
during the pilot phase of LMSP in June 2007.
BNMP head Ramon de Leon indicated
STINAPA measured a similar upwelling in June
The mechanics of why, how and the timing of
this phenomena is not currently well understood.
This is, of course, why actual measurements are
necessary to make sound decisions concerning
the protection of Bonaire's wonderful reefs. That
is the goal of the Light & Motion Sensor Pro-
We'll keep you posted, D Tom Reynolds,


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Nightmare Crib Ghost House, at Capt.
Don's Habitat, 8 pm to 11 pm.
Friday, October 26, Saturday, October
27, Wednesday, October 31-To benefit
Bonaire's charities. See page 20.
Wednesday, October 31-Halloweeen
Arts & Crafts Market at Wilhelmina
Park during cruise ship visits, 10 am to
early afternoon: Wed., Oct. 31 (Crown
Princess); Friday, Nov. 2 (Emerald Prin-
Saturday November 3: 7th BWC Moun-
tain Bike Tour For Riders of All Levels
of Experience; Distances: Beginners
15km; Beginners-Intermediate 20km; Inter-
mediate-Advanced 30km; Registration
Bonaire Wellness Connexions at 3:45 p.m.
Participation Fee: NAf 15 per person
(includes drink + fruit)

Saturday, November 10-7th Annual
EcoSwim. Call BONHATA or go to
Saturday, November 17: Mountain Bike
Tour 50km Bonaire Wellness Connex-
ions, Eden Beach, 785-0767, email
info @bonairewellness.com
Sunday, November 18: Mountain Bike
Tour at Washington Park see above
Sunday, November 18-Dia di Gracia-
Contribute what you don't need to be given
to the needy. Call Meredith Nicolaas (717-
4658 or 786-2024), Shela Winklaar (510-
7412) or Mamita Fox (717-2953 or 796-
Thursday, November 22-Fundashon
Kuido pa Besta i Oido (Foundation to
aid the Blind & Deaf) Fundraising
Thankgiving Dinner, Chez Nous at the
SGB, 7-10 pm. Donation: NAf55. For
more information and/or purchase tick-
ets call 569-7610 or 785-0518. See page
Saturday, December 1-Bodybuilding
Competition. More information contact
Judel at 786-0290
December 2, 2007: 2nd BWC Mountain
Bike Race
* HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 6-7 pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-50% off- Buddy Dive Resort,
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Divi Flamingo Casino open daily for
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Monday to Saturday 8 pm- 4 am; Sunday
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 playground
open every day into the evening hours.
* Steak Night On the Beach (a la carte)
with live mariachi- Buddy Dive Resort,
6-10 pm
* Rincon Marshe-6 am-2 pm. Enjoy a
Bonairean breakfast while you shop, fresh
fruits and vegetables, gifts, local sweets,
snacks, arts, handicrafts, candles, incense,
drinks, music. www.infobonaire.com/
rincon. Extra big Marshe 1st Saturday of
the month, 6 am-2 pm.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Fla-
mingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm. Call for
reservations 717-8285 ext. 444.
Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
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pm, Kaya Industria #23, across from Ware-
house Bonaire. Great wines. NAf20 per


person for 6 to 8 wines.
Soldachi Tours-See the real Bon-
aire and be transported back in time. Learn
about the history, culture and nature by
Bonaireans from Rincon. Call Maria Koeks
for more information-796-7870.
Flea Market every first Saturday
of the month from 3 to 7 pm, Parke Pub-
lico. Everyone welcome to buy and to sell.
NAf5 per selling table. For more informa-
tion and reservations for a spot, call 787-
Mountain Bike Training for riders
of all levels (also Tuesday) at 5pm. Bon-
aire Wellness Connexions, Eden Beach,
785-0767, email
info @bonairewellness.com
* Live music 6-9 pm while enjoying a
great dinner in colorful tropical ambiance
at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant & Bar,
Divi Flamingo. Open daily 5-10 pm
* Dinner and a Show at Casablanca
Argentinean Grill-Reporter writer Al-
bert Bianculli presents his Multi-Image
Production "Bonaire Holiday" at
6:30pm, 7:30 pm & 8:30pm
* "Dive & Dine" Buddy Dive Resort,
6:30 -9:30 pm
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of
Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria 717-
* 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. Reserve
ahead. Tel. 717-5091, 717-2288. (see back
* "Live Cooking by the Chefs" with
live music by the Flamingo Rockers Un-
plugged Buddy Dive Resort, 6-10 pm
* Flamingo Rockers, at "Admiral's
Hour" for yachtsmen and others,
Vespucci Restaurant, Harbour Village Ma-
rina. HH drinks, gratis tapas, 5-7
* 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, glasswork, Bon-
aire pictures, driftwood art, paintings and
all kinds of Bonaire souvenirs, 9 am to 2
Swim lessons for children by Enith
Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Sunrise
Poolbar and Sportsclub, for children 0 18.
* Manager's Bash-free Flamingo
Smash & snacks, Live music by Flamingo
Rockers, Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach
Bar 6-7 pm
* Free Rum Punch Party (5:30- 6:30
pm) with Moogie Nation, followed by all-u
-can-eat BBQ, 7-10 pm, Buddy Dive Re-

Saturday- Discover Our Diversity slide
show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm, 717-
Monday- Land & Ocean Bonaire by
Fish-Eye photo staff, 8 pm on the big
screen in front of Bonaire Dive & Adven-
Tuesday -Sea Turtle Conservation Bon-
aire presents the Sea Turtles ofBonaire
Slide Show. Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday,
Buddy Dive Resort, 7 pm-717-3802.

Wednesday- Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles ofBon-
aire Slide Show, every 2nd & 4th Wednes-
day at Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn (717-
8819) at 7pm.
Wednesday-Diving Facts And Fiction -
An Evening 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 hasbeen restored 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 Bon-
aire'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. Openweekdays from 8
am-noon, 1:30-5 pm Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open daily
8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-
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 Majes-
tic Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes Shop-
ping 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 Jay-
cees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Renata
Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm.

Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thurs-
day of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana
#1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm 'Pirate House', above Zeezicht
Restaurant. All Rotarians welcome. Tel.
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 -7174989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) -717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics- Call Claire 717-8290
Volunteers to train children in sports.
Contact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik

Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papiamentu,
Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in Kral-
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rincon.
Bible Study and Prayer meetings, Thurs-
days, 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 Am-
sterdam 3 (nearthe traffic circle) Sunday Services at
9 am; Sunday Prayer Meeting at 7 pm in Eng-
lish. 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 Bemardus in Kralendijk -
Services, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu, 717-8304.

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Halloween with
the Seven
Sinister Sisters

B ecause Hallow- -
een greeting
cards often depict a
witch riding a broom in r-
front of a full Moon % -
many people have the d
mistaken notion that t
there's a full Moon
every year at Halloween "
when in fact we won't
have a full Moon on Halloween again until 2020. But there is something you can see
in the night sky every Halloween that is even niftier than the Moon to my way of
thinking, the Seven Sinister Sisters.
On, any Halloween night, around midnight face south. If you look up almost over-
head you will see the tiny cluster of stars called The Pleiades, or the Seven Sisters.
And to several cultures long ago, when the Seven Sisters reached their highest point
at midnight, which happens every year at the end of October and beginning of No-
vember, this was a sort of cosmic signal telling people that now was the time of the
year to honor the dead. Now astronomically speaking, whenever any object reaches
its highest point in the heavens we say that it has culminated.
And whenever The Pleiades culminated at midnight many ancient cultures held great
ceremonies in honor of the dead, which is basically where our Halloween comes
from. There was also a popular belief that great natural catastrophes had occurred on
some of the nights when The Pleiades culminated at midnight. In fact some legends
claim that the Great Flood and the 10 Plagues of Egypt, even the legendary sinking of
Atlantis, occurred when The Pleiades culminated at midnight. Indeed, this belief was
so widespread that the ancient Aztec and Maya conducted spectacular ceremonies
when The Pleiades culminated at midnight because they believed that the world had
already been destroyed and recreated not once but four times when the Seven Sisters
were overhead at midnight. Even the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico,
was oriented to the setting of The Pleiades as were all of the city's west facing streets.
And coincidentally many ancient Greek temples were also lined up with the setting or
the rising of the Seven Sisters.

Now although The Pleiades no longer reach their highest point, that is culminate,
exactly at midnight on the same nights as they did in ancient times, nevertheless, they
are still almost at their highest every Halloween at midnight as a modem reminder
that our ancestors were deeply moved and affected by the cosmos and used many
cosmic coincidences to determine important religious and ceremonial events in their
life. In fact some people still believe that the next time the world ends it will also
happen on a Pleiades overhead at midnight night. But I wouldn't hold my breath if I
were you.

Instead if you're out this Halloween or any Halloween at midnight look almost over-
head for the beautiful cluster of stars some people have seen as the Seven Sinister
Sisters and remind yourself that these same stars have been seen by thousands of gen-
erations who have gone before us. Now doesn't that make Halloween at midnight
even better than a full Moon? O Jack Horkheimer

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For the month of November 2007
Aries- From the 8th forward, improved relations with a close partner figure. Communication
is effortless now and helps strengthen your bond. You are working with, instead of against, each
other. Love blossoms all month. Although work in and around the home is a focus, you are
likely to encounter obstacles on the home front. Money matters are more successful with a part-
ner or through social connections.
Taurus -Your working life improves dramatically this month. A sense of peace regarding
work and health routines puts a spring in your step. Career and reputation matters move for-
ward, and progress is tangible. You are more popular than usual, both on the job and in your
personal life. Pleasing social activities and perhaps even love can be found through your work.
Gemini -The most satisfying elements of your life in November are romance, pleasure, and
creativity. Work and career come in second place, as previously blocked work projects move
forward and career doors open. Domestic matters improve, although increased responsibilities
with family also figure. Tie up loose financial ends before the 15th. In the second half of the
month, financial projects won't get off the ground as smoothly. Control urges to spend impul-
sively and review your budget.
Cancer -There is nothing quite like the peace we derive from a smooth-flowing domestic life,
and this is what lifts your spirits this month. It's an excellent period for entertaining from your
home. However, getting your personal projects into motion may be a lesson in frustration from
mid-month. Impatience works against you in obvious ways now. Expect more opportunities to
enjoy leisurely activities in November.
Leo -Mental pursuits, communications, and relationships with acquaintances run especially
well this month. Delays lift, and you are able to sweet talk the birds from the trees if you so
choose. Career matters are strong. Making pleasant connections on the job figures. Caution is in
order until the fog lifts. Domestic matters demand attention.
Virgo -A sense of peace about your personal finances boosts your overall mood. Spending on
frivolous items may be a lure, but you deserve some pampering. It can be hard for you to work
together as a team, or to feel a strong camaraderie with friends, from mid-month. Some Novem-
ber is a busy month for you, with plenty of phone calls and errands to keep you on your toes.
Libra- Personal popularity increases dramatically this month -- you are in your element, and
others can't resist your natural charm, particularly from the 8th forward. Toning down aggres-
sion on the job. Be patient! Love opportunities arise on the 18-20 (although some tension and
conflict is involved) and the 25-26. Finances are strong all month.
Scorpio- A feeling that you have been missing important information, or that secrets have been
kept from you, lifts this month and you are more confident about your perceptions and hunches.
Love this month is privately delicious. Romantic secrets and sacrifices keep you feeling vital
and irreplaceable. Career opportunities continue to seek you out.
Sagittarius-The ability to count on friends in time of need carries you this month. Friendships
flourish, and any missed connections or disagreements with friends become things of the past in
November. If you need financial support, try to squeeze it in before mid-month, when delays
and snags with finances can become an issue. Some rest and relaxation may be in order until the
last week of November, when the pace of your life speeds up considerably.
Capricorn- Any misconceptions and frustrations on the career front clear up beautifully this
month, dear Capricorn. Career and reputation confusions lift, and others read you loud and clear.
You will need to cultivate patience in order to avoid frustration. Concentrate on your work,
which is blossoming and especially fruitful.
Aquarius- Travel plans, education, and other mind-expanding activities are strong in Novem-
ber and keep you smiling. Your adventuresome spirit and faith in life attract others to you. At-
tention to your career is necessary this month. You will need to tone down your impatience with
slower co-workers and stalled projects. Communication mix-ups are the source of friction, so
check and double-check your work and insist others make themselves perfectly clear. Romance
blossoms from the 21-26.
Pisces- You may be uncharacteristically aggressive or rash in affairs of the heart, tendencies
that need to be kept in check especially after mid-month. Romance continues to be a strong
focus all month. There may be some financial complications in November, but shared resources
are strong. Opportunities for travel and education figure. Grab opportunities on the 25-26.


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The 21s of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring
some ofBonaire's interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."

he KM.colored Afrsteam Coach of Bonaire Tours & Vacaions

P -a

Bonaire/Harbour Village Marina There is only one Airstream vehicle on the
island ofBonaire. It is the Airstream Executive Coach owned by Bonaire Tours
& Vacations.

Corine Gerharts, General Manager of Bonaire Tours & Vacations, is very
proud of her Airstream, nicknaming it "the fat boy." "Our Airstream Coach
has been fully restored, taking almost a year and a half to complete. We designed
the paint work on the body, using the KLM blue to highlight the unique Airstream
shape. On the road since March 2007, it is the designated KLM crew bus. The
KLM crew really loves their vintage bus, often taking pictures with the "fat boy."
The cockpit crew is always impressed to find such a bus on Bonaire as they are
familiar with the technical aspects of the Airstream construction. For example, the
body is made of aluminum and rivets were used to assemble the body, just as air-
plane manufacturers do."
Bonaire Tours & Vacations is the third owner of the Airstream Executive Coach.
The vehicle was originally brought in from Curacao by Pascal de Meijer (Photo
Tours) with the intention of transporting special dive groups with all their gear in
one fully equipped vehicle
Bonaire Tours & Vacations is the third owner of the Airstream Executive Coach.
"Our 1983 coach was constructed in the last year that Airstream manufactured
their world famous bullet shaped coaches," Corine continues. "It is a real classic
and a collector's item. The body is mounted on a Chevrolet chassis fitted with a V8
engine, air suspension and fully air conditioned. Holding up to 16 passengers, the
interior is completely original with VIP cloth reclining chairs, wall to wall carpet-
ing, recessed lights and a folding mahogany wood table. It's like sitting in a nice
living room!"
We walk to the parking lot behind the office. There stands the reconditioned Air-
stream, license plate: B 3687, with his split window and smiling face. When we
open the door, a flight of stairs automatically folds out. And when we close the
door, the stairs fold in again! Those funny Americans! (In Europe we occasionally
forget to fold up the stairs and we smash them after afew hundred meters or we
just simply leave our stairs in a parking lot and heading to a camper shop to buy a
new set!/jb.)
The interior is very luxurious indeed: nice seats, nice table, nice view, nice air
conditioning too! I take some photographs of the inside and outside: split window,
nice flight of stairs, nice paint job, huge wheels, double air on the back, ridged
chassis. This road plane will survive us. Did you know a vehicle made of aluminum
can stay alive for 90 years?
(For more information about renting the coach: call: 717 8778 or visit the web-
site: info bonairetours.com). O J@n Brouwer

Picture Yourself With The Reorter
Agrigento, Siclly, aly

Sara Matera and Rudi Vermeulen sent us this photo of themselves in Agri-
gento, a Sicilian town with a population of 55,000 people and a few old tem-
Here they are in La Valle dei Templi (Valley of the Temples) dating from the
Greek occupation of Sicily around 500 BC.
Their favorite site was the temple of Castor and Pollux, the names of their past
Golden Retrievers dogs who were the best boys ever.

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Entrance to the property through gate and driveway.
Through the entrance to the hallway which leads to the ground
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down the hall one finds a spacious living room with open kitchen
and porch overlooking the pool. Taking the stairway one enters
the upper section of this lovely home which consists of a spacious
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Caribbean Sea and a large part of the island. The master bedroom
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Unique selling points:
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The pool. Garage with lots of storage space.
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The upper class and quiet neighborhood
Year of construction: 2001 Harl
Building area: approx. 375 m2 (4,035 ft")
Pool: 6 x 5 meters (approx. 19.7 X 16.4 ft)
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