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T he last round of talks
between the Dutch and
the BES (Bonaire/St. Eusta-
tius/Saba) was considered a
failure because the Dutch rep-
resentatives refused the re-
quest of Bonaire's Economics
Commissioner, Burney el
Hage, to specify the standard
of living the Netherlands target
for Bonaire following the is-
lands becoming municipalities
of Holland. Nevertheless Hol-
land deposited NAf178 million
in the Antilles Central Bank to
cover the islands' debts and is
continuing to move forward.

) There was a street riot in
Curacao last week to pressure
the Island Government not to
agree to the Dutch terms for
granting more autonomous
status to the island. The demon-
strators threw boulders, pallets
and tires on the road and parked
cars to block the entrance road
to the Marriott Hotel and the
World Trade Center in Pis-
cadera. They also set a tire on
fire. A large contingent of po-
lice was deployed to keep the
more than 100 demonstrators
and other onlookers under con-
trol. On TV one could see that
the police used strong-arm tac-
tics to remove some handcuffed
demonstrators. Supporters of the
opposition parties Pueblo Sober-
ano, NPA, and MAN conducted
the demonstration.

) Last week the Bonaire
government announced that it
will more strictly apply the
rules for rented land, com-
monly referred to as 'kunuku
land.' Rented land, as opposed
to long-lease land, is offered on
a year-to-year basis, automati-
cally extended, and is desig-
nated for agricultural purposes.
With the increasing develop-
ment on the island the Executive
Council has developed a policy
to prevent the erosion of the
traditional values kunukus have
brought to Bonaire culture. Lo-
cal people have expressed con-
cern that the typical character of
the 'kunuku' is disappearing.
The guidelines include prohibit-
ing the conversion of rental land
to long lease land and allowing
transfer of kunukus only among
family members. However, ex-
ceptions are allowed for provid-
ing environmental protection
and convenience of the land

) Bonaire motorists got an
unwelcome pre-Christmas gift
from the government that will
make them unhappy. Fuel
prices went up last Monday,
but not as much as on Aruba
where regular gas costs NAf 2
per liter. On Bonaire the prices
are: Regular gas, 92 octane
NAf 1,97; High test, 95 octane
NAf 2,00; Kerosene, NAf 1,29;
Diesel, NAf 127,04; LPG 100
lbs tank, NAf 71,75 and LPG
20 lbs tank, NAf 15,50.

P According to published
reports Aruban investors will
construct a Hilton Hotel of 144
rooms in the Flamingo para-
dise area north of Flamingo
Airport. Construction is ex-
pected to begin next year and be
complete by 2010. The invest-
ment, according to the devel-
oper, Azul Management Bon-
aire, will be about $100 million.

) Mexico's Senate approved
a law on October 30 to charge
cruise passengers who visit

0 While still highly ranked, Bonaire
dropped out of the top group of islands
in the 2007 National Geographic Trav-
eler Magazine Destination Rating Poll.
The two points it dropped, from 70 to 68, al-
lowed its place to be usurped by Anguilla and
Nevis. The report published in the November/
December issue considers that the world's
most appealing destinations, islands, are the
ones most prone to tourism overkill.
The Traveler and National Geographic Center for
Sustainable Destinations conducted the fourth annual study survey
aided by George Washington University. A group of 522 experts in
sustainable tourism donated time to review conditions of 111 se-
lected islands and archipelagos.
Bonaire was hailed for its conservation practices but was
negatively cited for its rapidly growing real estate boom and
the government's intention to expand tourism, minimal sewage
treatment with potential stress on the environment. Bonaire's
coral reef management and sustainable tourism awareness pro-
gram received special mention, according to the experts.
This is not news to Bonaire residents who have become more
vocal in their opposition to cruise ship calls and ever higher build-
ings. A poll of island residents' sentiments on expanding tourism,
the pollution sensor project and the soon to be announced "Keep
Bonaire Flat" Foundation seeking to limit building height, are all
evidence of that.
Is Bonaire heading in the direction of St. Maarten (with a Na-
tional Geographic score of 47) which was described as "out of con-
trol high-rise and strip development, loss of community character,
traffic congestion, and schlock?"
Of the 30 Caribbean islands evaluated by the experts, St. Thomas
scored the lowest, 37 points, putting it in serious trouble. Experts
called it: "A mess too many cruise ships disgorging their passen-
gers into the small town.." (See related story on page 7.)
In the Caribbean the highest points were awarded to Dominica -
77 points, which means it has minor difficulties. "Beautiful coun-
try. Still largely forested, amazing biodiversity." However, they
pointed out, "A serious dichotomy between lip service to preserv-
ing and protecting its wilderness, the soliciting of more cruise
ships, and support for Japan on the whaling issue." The number
one score grabber, ranked best island in the world to visit with a
score of 87, is Faroe, Denmark.
The article can be viewed online at www. national-

Mexican ports a $5 head tax
beginning in June 2008, said
Mexico's Ministry of Tourism
said. In 2006, Mexico received
6.5 million cruise passengers
who spent an average of $70
each, according to the Mexico
Tourism Board. Bonaire does
not have a cruise ship tax but is
considering one. This week
Bonaire has three cruise ships
with around 8,000 passengers
aboard. If Bonaire charged $5 a
head, it would earn $40,000.

) The
ever gold
coin is-
sued for
the Neth-
commemorates the International
Year of the Dolphin. On the 10-
guilder coin's obverse is a por-
trait of Queen Beatrix, and two
dolphins are depicted on the
(Continued on page 4)


Table of Contents
This Week's Stories
Stichting Project Kids 3
Letters- Greta, Surf iT, Bats 6
Obituary- Larry Theilgard 6
Tene Bonaire Dushi 7
Windsurfing Ruben
(Browersdam, Kona Worlds) 8
SGB Chef Thanks 8
Tennis Wins in Aruba 8
Rocargo at 25 9
Karate Kids Win 9
Kids visit JanArt 9
Indonesian Dinner/Auction 9
Magic Ed Enterprises 12
SGB Job Market 12
Rincon Gets Greener 13
Turtle Tracking -Darwina 14
Eco Swim- 2007 14
NGO Platform-Saka Man 17
Where To Find The
Reporter 17
Lost Dog (Pumba) 17

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Light & Motion Sensor
(Clear Blue Water News) 5
Sudoku 6
Biologist's Bubbles: 14
Sudoku Solution 15
Classifieds 16
Wheels (Sietse's SEAT) 16
Pet of the Week (Carlos) 17
Dining & Shopping
Guides 18
Tide Table 19
Reporter Masthead 19
What's Happening 20
Sky Park (Cassiopeia) 21
Caf6 Astrology 21
Picture Yourself With
The Reporter (DEMA.) 22
Sailing & Cooking(Bananas) 23

How to contact us
Letters to the Editor:
Story tip or idea:
Print and Online
laura @bonairenews.com
Bonairenews.com then click
on "Go to Archives"
The Publisher:
George @bonairenews.com
The Bonaire Reporter,
P. O. Box 407, Bonaire,
Neth. Antilles.
Phone 790-8988
Phone 790-6518

There's a new small
restaurant in town

IOpen Only On Friday!

From 9 am to 10:30 am

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Les Restaurant de Boulevard .
Stichting Project

Kaya J. A. Abraham 27, Kralendijk
Phone 786-6816


Bonaire Reporter November 23-December 7, 2007


They do all the jobs and take turns
doing them. At the end of each res-
taurant morning we sit down to-
gether and evaluate our day. You'd
be surprised how motivated these
kids are."
In fact, flushed with their own
success, they've started serving
coffee and cakes, first to the stand
holders at the crafts markets set up at
Wilhelmina Park during cruise ship
visits. The stand holders were so
appreciative that they suggested the
students sell to the cruise ship pas-
sengers which they are now doing.
And they have to speak English,
Dutch or Papiamentu to their cus-
Kids in front of the sign on Kaya J.A. Abraham tomers.
Adriaan, Jerson, Dayanara, Ruthlisa a

What can happen with kids
who fall through the cracks
in the academic world at school?
They can open a mini restaurant.
That's just what happened with the
second year kids of the Stitching
Project. They run a little coffee shop
-snack restaurant, called de Boule-
vard, on Kaya J. A. Abraham every
Friday morning from 9 to 11:30 am.
Customers may sit on the breezy
terrace and order coffee, tea, juice,
fresh homemade cakes, sweets or
tosties. Under the direction of Mick
Smit, Patty, Chelendra and Mark the
kids do the baking, the serving, add
up the bills, even do the shopping
with a budget and volunteer new
ideas. And, as all their customers
could see, they're loving it.
The Project deals with youngsters,
11 to 17 years old, who've had be-
havioral problems in school and are

heading on a possible downward
spiral in life. Their teachers recom-
mend these students, 18 at the mo-
ment, to the training center where
they must attend three to five days a
week, from 7 am to 12:30 pm. "The
first year is a nurturing one," says
Director Mick Smit. "They learn
how to behave through participating
in sports, drama, group dynamics,
hospitality, first aid and computer
work, to name a few activities. We
want them to learn to trust, to work
together, to negotiate (their lives).
We want to find out what their inter-
ests are in hospitality, greenery,
reception, restaurants."
Smit continues, "The kids here in
the restaurant are second year stu-
dents. We started off slowly, with
cooking classes, then opened the
restaurant in August. Every week
we're adding more to the menu.

serving unnie Emerenciana,
Mrs. Pancho Cecilia,
and Mrs. Sallie Pourier
The Stichting project has been
going on for three years, according
to Smit, but now it's more struc-
tured. Their "graduates" have gotten
diplomas in diving, first aid, com-
puter science. "And the schools,
SEK and the commissioner of educa-
tion are behind the project too,"
Mick says. "The group leaders are
with the kids the whole day. How to
behave is the most important goal."

What they can really use now
are some volunteers who've had
experience in the food and bever-
age industry. Call Mick if you can
help: 786-6816. What you can give
can come back a hundred fold.D

Mr. Turtle Conservation, Gielman "Fungi" Egbrechts
with his Stitching Project students

* Spacious roof terrace where
you can enjoy sunsets over
the ocean.
* Extras include, an alarm system,
laundry room and built in safe.
* Lot is on owned ground.

Listed For: 369,000 USD Kaya Peridoto #30


Royal Palm Galleries / PO Box 243
Kralendijk, Bonaire (N.A.)
Email: info.@bonairehomes.com
Website: www.bonairehomes.com
Office: 599-717-7362 Fax: 599-717-7366

Bonaire Reporter November 23-December 7, 2007 Page 3

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Flotsam and Jetsam (Cont. from pg. 2)
reverse. Coins can be bought
from the Central Bank or from
the Royal Dutch Mint online:
http://en.knm.nl for 49.95 euros.

) MCB, your friendly bank,
has made it even easier for you
to do banking. They have
ATMs around the island: at
their main branch in Playa, in
Hato and at the airport, Progresso
Super Market, Plaza Hotel, Divi
Flamingo Hotel, Warehouse
Bonaire, Caribe Super Market
and in Rincon at the Kas di
Hadrey. How convenient can it

) American Thanksgiving is
this Thursday, November 22. If
you're looking for a good
Thanksgiving meal with all the
trimmings call Golden Reef Inn
at 717-5759. For $30 they'll be
providing an all-you- can-eat
typical American Thanksgiving
buffet. Or try Rum Runners at
Captain Don's Habitat. They
too will have an all-you-can-eat
buffet for $21.45. Reservations at
717-8290. Seatings at 6 and 8

1 Sanikolas arrives on Bon-
aire at the town pier (Waf
Chiku Mercelina) on Saturday,
November 24, around 10:30 am
along with his sidekicks,
Zwartepietnan (Black Piets).
As is traditional Sanikolas will
arrive from the sea but on which

vessel always remains a mystery
until the day. Beforehand there
will be activities and music for
the children and those who ac-
company them in Wilhelmina
Park. The old gentleman and his
cohorts will parade through
Playa, greeting everyone and
throwing candy and sweets.
Nearly every child on the island
will be there and it makes for
fantastic photo opportunities.
Thanks to Fundashon Ata Sani-
kolas i Zwartepiet (FASIZ) and
Fundashon SEBIKI for putting
this event together every year. If
you would like to have Sanikolas
and the Zwartepietnan visit you
or your business, call 717-8482.

0 Interiyours, formerly Plan-
tation, just received two 40-foot
containers of some of the most
beautiful furniture and an-
tiques from Mainland China,
Bali and other areas of Indonesia.
Many of the items are one-of-a-
kind and some over 350 years
old. Such a variety we haven't
ever seen on the island. Interiy-
ours is bursting with unique fur-
niture and accessories antique

cabinets, standing screens, tables,
chairs, lamps, carved boxes, lan-
terns, silk pillows, sculptures,
water features and more. They've
got the biggest collection of
home furnishings and accessories
on the island. Visit them soon
before much of the stock is gone.
People sometimes buy things as
they're being unpacked from the
containers! See page 11 ad.
Interiyours has the same owner
and is in the same location (since
December 2005), behind Ware-
house Bonaire. See their sign on
the dirt road just to the south of
Warehouse and north of Lisa
Gas. They're open Tuesday to
Friday from 9 am to 6 pm, non
stop. Saturday from 9 am to 1.
Tel. 717-5449.

In the last issue we reported
on the 1956 treaty between The
Netherlands and the US concern-
ing friendship, commerce and
navigation that implied that
Americans did not require
work permits in the Antilles
and Aruba, a view recently sup-
ported by an Aruban court. The
opinion is based on the Antilles'
Federal Foreign Labor Ordinance
that says Dutch Nationals born
outside the Netherlands Antilles
don't need a work permit.
(Article 3, b of said Federal Ordi-
Under Article 3 of the Friend-
ship Treaty, US citizens are enti-
tled to treatment equivalent to
European Dutch. Does this mean

) Local artists Winfried Dania and Frans Booi will have an
exhibition of their work at the Kas di Art, opening Sunday, De-
cember 2, from 5 to 8 pm. The exhibit will continue through De-
cember 31, open daily at 10 am. Subjects will be art and architec-
ture of Bonaire and stars from the heavens. A special surprise an-
nouncement a gift to the island of Bonaire will be made at the
opening. Entrance is free and everyone is invited. For more infor-
mation call 717-5644, 09-512-1469.

no work permit requirement for
Americans? Perhaps a local court
ruling may be needed to support
this view. The English version of
the Friendship Treaty can be
found at www.expatlaw.nl.

The Economic Platform
Bonaire Foundation will host
an information evening, com-
bined with a buffet, to collect

funds for the foundation at the
Plaza Resort Bonaire on Satur-
day, November 24, at 19:30.
The theme for this evening will
be "How can we form a partner-
ship with foreign investors and
determine a strategy for the fu-
ture regarding Bonaire's direct
relations with the Netherlands?"
Experts from the accounting firm
(Continued on page 19)


From Bonaire Nautico Marina \ \, 00S \


Evry Paradise

Catamaran Kantika di Amor
Trips daily via resorts at 10 am, 12, 2 pm
Except Sunday at 10 am only FUJI MINI-LAB
Tie up dockside E-6 PROCESSING
for $7/day --tax PASSPORT PHOTOS
for $7/day t BATTERIES
Water/115/220V & Cable TV CAMERAS
Dinghy tie-up at north-inside dock FRAMES
at US$10 weekly from Saturday to
Saturday. Pay at Kantika diAmor PHOTO ALBUMS
water taxi daily 10 am, 12, 2 pm. GREETING CARDS
Sundays 10 am only. DIGITAL AND MORE...
Your boat name will be recorded.

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

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

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t' celebrate our 45'

Anniversary together!

Check our website for details about our special offers
during October 1st until December 31st, 2007
celebrating 45 years on Bonaire. A W

Tel 715-5520, Fax 717-8584
info@mcbbonaire, www.mcbbonaire.com

Because o desetrv e wer ver estl

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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

Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Tel/Fax: 717-7070
e-mail: info@bistrodeparis.com website: www.bistrodeparis.com

Bonaire Reporter November 23-December 7, 2007

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goes to Yellow Submarine for
their generous contribution of
air tanks for the project. Ol
John & Cindi Jensen

For more information, to donate
or to volunteer contact:
Ramon de Leon, Manager of the
BNMP, marinepark@stinapa.org
Albert Bianculli, LMSP On-
Island Coordinator, Volunteers and
Fundraising, directab@gmail.com
Blue McRight, LMSP Off-island
Coordinator, Fundraising blue-
ness@iearthlink.net. O

LMSP Volunteer Reports
"With the sky blue and the sun shining I left the dock and floated out to
the deep water. I cleaned the sensors which were surrounded by many
Creole wrasse and took my readings. I dropped down to the next set at 12
meters and was surrounded by many brown Chromis and one curious Tar-
pon. With the last sensors read I looked up and saw the same yellow tail
snapper with the distinctive white spot on his side, which kept us company
last week. As I started to swim away I decided to dive deeper than 20 me-
ters. With flash light in hand I check up on 2 spotted moray eels, one bar
jack with a cut on his head and 2 purple reef fish. What a dive! "
-Cassandra E. Neal

ceived, more volunteers joined
the team -John and Cindi Jensen,
Cassandra and Franklin Neal,
Leo Hoogenboom and his part-
ner Suzie and Marge Lawson -
and the first steps were taken to
establish a non-profit foundation
to lead the effort. Three more
monitoring sites are to be acti-
vated in December once addi-
tional sensors arrive in Bonaire.
On the dark side there have been
two incidents of vandalism and
theft of sensors.
Lots of practical experience is
being gained that will be valu-
able over the duration of the
project: construction of the ar-
rays, their positioning and an-
choring, the effects of interfer-
ence from sea creatures and ma-
rine growth as well as a "feel"
for the conditions along the
fringing reef.
This project, if undertaken by
an oceanographic company,
would need a million dollar
budget. However, because of the
guidance from USC, the leader-
ship of STINAPA, private dona-
tions and most of all, volunteer
divers who install the monitors,
maintain the gear and take the
readings, the cost is reduced by
an order of 10 or better.
The following story describes
the dedication of one of the
monitoring sites by its volunteer
caretakers and is indicative of
the feeling that the volunteers
have for the project. O G.D.

Dedication of the
Monitoring Site,
"Remembering Ryan"
How poignant that this special
day began with a beautiful rain-
bow arching over the Remem-
bering Ryan mooring site, just
up the coast from the Hamlet
Villa home of the mooring spon-

sors, John and Cindi Jensen.
Remembering Ryan is dedicated
to the memory of Ryan Mazzola,
Cindi's oldest son who tragically
died August 5, 2005 at age 24.
John and Cindi met with
LSMP project leader Albert Bi-
anculli at the Yellow Submarine
facility at Hamlet Beach to begin
the deployment. Albert had pre-
assembled the mooring line with
three sets of tri-color sensor
suites, STINAPA identification
tags and the handy Coke bottle
floats. The sensor suites are lo-
cated on the mooring line at
depths of 20 meters, 12 meters
and 5 meters from the sea sur-
With the pre-assembled moor-
ing in tow, Albert, John and
Cindi descended to the previ-
ously identified anchor point off
the coast from the WEB site.
Albert removed the temporary
site locator and deftly attached
the mooring line. After checking
the position of the 20-meter sen-
sor location, Albert made a mi-
nor depth adjustment to the line,
then ascended to fill the floats at
the top of the line with air. The
complete installation took about
15 minutes. His experience in
developing the installation proc-
ess and applying lessons learned
from the previous installation of
nine moorings has enabled Al-
bert to efficiently complete the
new installation.
Once the installation was done,
Cindi and John dedicated the
mooring, Remembering Ryan. It
was a heartfelt moment. Later
that day, Albert and STINAPA
Chief Ranger, Dean Domacass6,
determined the GPS position of
the mooring for future reference
and identification on a web-
based map for the LSMP project.
A special note of appreciation


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Letters to the Editor


Dear Editor:
Many thanks and best wishes to Greta
Kooistra. Her series of articles, along
with Flotsam & Jetsam, have really
helped us all understand more about the
many faces of Bonaire. Her contributions
were magnificent and we wish her well
in whatever she turns her hand to next.
We would also like to say how much
we liked the series about buildings, ar-
chitecture and old homes and history
("Antique Living House of Bonaire" by
Wilna Groenenboom).
Keep up the great work Reporter!!
Chris Ischay

Dear Editor:
It seems the Telbo time we're buying
with Surf-iT cards is literally disappear-
ing into the ether.
We are cruisers who have brought our
boat to a Bonaire mooring for the past
two summers. Last year paid WiFi ser-
vice was truly an on again/off again ex-
perience; it rarely worked because the
signal was both weak and erratic. A year
later there's Surf-it, with big promises of
fast and consistent Internet service. We
were, frankly, excited
We bought our first card (NAf 25 for 6
hours online) two weeks ago. Connec-
tions were good and service was fast.
Unfortunately we got a lot less usable
time. First, because Telbo offers no in-
structions to guide users about how to
log off. Unless you enable pop-ups and
the small window appears on your screen
to log off, you are, in fact, still connected
and paying. We got this information, not
from Telbo, but from other cruisers
who'd figured it out themselves.
After we mastered the sign-off trick,
we logged off with one hour's time left.
Next sign-on we got a message that the
card had expired.
We bought a second NAf 25 card and
we were much more careful to log off
properly. Yet, after about one hour of
use, we attempted to log on again and
were given the message that our time was
used up. Five hours lost.
We went to visit Telbo. After about an
hour of waiting, they produced a com-
puter print out "proving" that we had
used the five hours--in fact downloaded 5
megabytes and uploaded 1 meg. We were
not even on the boat at that time and I
told them their printout was in error.
Sorry, said a clearly irritated and insistent
clerk, we have to go by the printout.
Since they are the only paid working
WiFi service in the moorings (or, for that
matter for island visitors and tourists) We
purchased a NAf 50 card-15 hours of
(alleged) service. Again, after about an
hour we logged off correctly. Almost
immediately we needed to get back on.
Again we got the message that our time
was used up. Back to Telbo, again an
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1. Kudos for Greta
2. Surf iT Problems
3. Bat Mystery

hour wait for them to upload my printout.
Because it was long before the 14 hours
could possibly have been used, this time
I was given a new NAf 50 card.
And told that this almost never hap-
When we told our story to several boat
neighbors, two of them advised that they
got an extra free 14 hours on their ser-
vice-both the morning our hours disap-
Clearly, something is wrong with
Telbo's software.
We called their Internet tech support
(9212 option #4) twice on the same day
to report this problem. Twice they prom-
ised to call back within the hour with an
answer. To date (4 days later) we are still
waiting. This is frustrating, annoying and
the fact that they do not acknowledge
problems we know (and have reported)
exist, dishonest
At the very least, Telbo should print a
simple page of instructions, in English,
with helpful troubleshooting hints. In
addition, they should acknowledge these
problems and fix their software.
They are giving new meaning to the
words "Sittin' in the dock of the bay,
wasting' time."
Dissatisfied Cruisers.

Dear Editor:
In two days I have picked up four dead
bats on my seaside porches, three on
Tuesday and one Wednesday. Friends
were here yesterday so they took that
dead bat to the Vet for examination. He
said it looked as though it had been
healthy, but will have a final report later.
There was no dead bat today.
I am wondering if other people have
observed dead bats (or other dead ani-
mals like cats or dogs, or rats or mice. I
have never seen a dead animal on my
property before so this is most unusual. I
am wondering if some overly toxic mos-
quito spraying may account for these
deaths. Whatever is killing the bats
would most likely be dangerous to hu-
mans as well. Perhaps you could print
this as a letter or bulletin or something in
the paper to alert others to this situation.
Laraine Abbey-Katzev

Editor's note: Bonaire's bats are key
to the island's environmental health as
they pollinate the night-blooming cactus
that hold the soil and consume thousands
of mosquitoes.


Larry Theilgard Passes

arry Theilgard died on Tues-
day afternoon, November 13,
at his house in Waverly, Pennsyl-
vania following a long battle with
cancer. He was well known on Bon-
aire as the man who started the salt
works and who was its first manager.
He lived on Bonaire for many years
before returning to the area near his
Born and educated in Princeton, NJ,
he served in the US Navy as an Elec-
tronics Technician and received the
Victory Medal and American Theater
Medal. He was awarded a Mechani-
cal Engineer degree from Princeton
University in 1949.
He began his career in the salt
industry when he joined the Interna-
tional Salt Company and managed
various mines and plants. The high-
light of his career was building the
solar sea salt plant on Bonaire.
His retirement was filled with skiing,
bicycling, playing the trumpet, sail-
ing, travel and spending winters on
Bonaire. He met his wife Joan, on a
ski trip to St. Anton, Austria. Larry
believed that life had been good to
him and that family and friends were
his jewels.
On Bonaire he was involved in
local activities including organizing
and founding the Bonaire Lions
Club. He was a charter member of the
Bonaire Flying Club. He was a direc-
tor of Alkali Ltd, a salt industry or-


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ganization in Jamaica; trustee of the
Northeastern Philharmonic, President
of Princeton Club of Northeastern
Pennsylvania, a member and Vice
President of Scranton Tennis Club,
Senior Warden of Church of the
Epiphany, New Iberia, LA. Larry is
survived by his wife Joan; son, John
Theilgard of Chapel Hill, N.C; a
daughter, Susan Moriearty of Clarks
Summit; four grandchildren: Heather
Moriearty Smith, Stephanie
Moriearty, Nels and Peter Theilgard;
three great-grandchildren: Alexandra,
Tialynn and Rhianna; two sisters
Janet Englehart of Silver Spring,
MD, and Carel Fass and husband Len
of Towson, MD. He was preceded in
death by a son, Mark, and a brother
Neil. O



(Keep Bonaire "Sweet")
The vision ofa prosperous
and sustainable Bonaire

n 2003, the Government of Bonaire
developed a Strategic Recovery
Agenda designed to improve the quality
of life on Bonaire through economic revi-
talization and poverty alleviation. The
Agenda envisions achieving for the peo-
ple of Bonaire:
A high standard of living
Sustainable economic development
A strong common identity and social
To further this vision, Bonaire has cre-
ated the Economic Development Program
Bonaire 2004-2007. The core vision of the
Economic Program is:
Growth with preservation of nature and
culture, where growth needs to be con-
trolled and manageable, internally driven,
more qualitative than quantitative, sup-
ported by society and contributing to the
general welfare of all individuals and the
community as a whole.

Balance is the Key
Sustainable development is the very
foundation of Bonaire's recovery and de-
velopment plans. Sustainability requires a
careful balance between three elements:
A healthy society with a strong
sense of identity, connection and tradition

Bonaire Tourism Figures (source TCB)
2004 2005 2006 2007 2007 2008
Actual Actual Actual Econ. Prog. Target TCB Target TCB Target
Stay-overtourists 63,156 62,575 63,585 86,900 N/A* N/A*
Cruise tourists 53,343 40,077 61,844 46,200 155,539 230,481

is integral to the quality of each person's
S Nature, with biologically diverse
and healthy ecosystems, ensures that fun-
damental needs like clean air and water
are met, enriches quality of life and is the
underpinning of a robust economy.
S A robust economy makes possi-
ble a high standard of living for all.

For Bonaire, tourism is a vital compo-
nent of a healthy, sustainable economy.
And it is critical that we develop a tourism
industry that protects the long-term qual-
ity of life of the people of Bonaire, and is
entirely subject to the protection of nature
and the environment, the assets that make
tourism possible.
TCB commits Bonaire to mass tourism
Despite the fact that government policy
provides clear guidance for sustainable
tourism development, TCB has taken a
sudden, unsustainable turn toward mass
cruise ship tourism.
The Economic Program lays out specific
targets for numbers of stay-over tourists
and cruise tourists. The table above shows
actual numbers of tourists in 2004 through
2006, alongside the 2007 targets, as laid
out in the Economic Program, versus
TCB's targets shown in the above table

TCB has described its vision as man-
aged tourism and not mass tourism. But as

of this year, TCB has committed Bonaire
as a mass tourism destination, orchestrat-
ing an increase from 62,000 to 154,000
cruise tourists in one season. In this sea-
son, we will experience individual days
when 5,000 people could spill from as
many as three cruise ships onto our
neighborhoods, streets, sidewalks,
beaches and reefs. And as the table shows,
TCB's target for 2008-09 leaps to 230,000
cruise passengers.
This is not guided development, and the
consequences of mass tourism will be
swift, devastating and lasting on our small
Guided Tourism Leads to Success
The table shows that the Economic Pro-
gram target for stay-over tourists is not
being achieved. Two major reasons for
this, lack of commercial flights and failure
to expand hotel room capacity, are not
under the direct control of the office of
tourism. The answer, however, is not to
chase the easier target of mass cruise
ships. That market cannot compensate for
the more stable, low-impact and lucrative
stay-over market.

Mass cruise tourism will in fact defeat
our ability to attract stay-over tourism.
The answer is to stick to the guiding spirit
of the Economic Program and maintain
the relative proportion of stay-over (65%)
to cruise tourism (35%).

Improved and Sustainable Quality of
Bonaire's history is the history of small
Caribbean islands, shaped, for good and
bad, by those who saw the potential of sea
travel. The huge commercial ships of old
brought both destruction and benefit.
Small ships departing our shores brought
both freedom and loss. Today, Bonaire
has developed policies designed to create
a sustainable future, wherein the economy
will serve not just the big ships of com-
merce, but will ensure a high standard of
living for all on Bonaire, will protect our
natural environment and respect Bo-
nairean cultural heritage and identity.
Cruise ship tourism is one component of
economic activity on Bonaire. We urge
TCB and the Deputy to return to the guid-
ing spirit of Bonaire's Economic Devel-
opment Program. Be sure that cruise tour-
ism is truly managed, is in proportion to
other economic activity and brings only
benefit. Focus on stay-over tourism and
small cruises that will not compromise our
infrastructure, create gridlock in our
streets, monopolize and degrade our natu-
ral attractions, and overtax our sewage
and sanitation systems. O Bruce Bowker

Laraine Abbey-Katzev
invites all who would like to attend to a


at the International Bible Church
Monday evening December loth from 6-8 PM

Sharing of Memories Welcome
Refreshments will be Served




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Young Chefs Thank You Dinner

I arrived in Holland and
hooked up with the Dutch
Exocet distributor, Job Verbunt,
to prepare. After loading up the
trailer we drove from his office
to Browesdam, Holland, where
for the first time a Surf Fest was
hosted in cooperation with
Tonix, a German extreme sports
The Exocet stand was number
two, right at the entrance. As we
started to put up the famous blue
Exocet flags Max Keurentjes,
another sponsored rider, came
along to give us a hand, then we
had Kai Gefken, the German
Exocet distributor, and his Ger-
man assistants (Seabstian Schof-
fel, Sebastian Groitzsch and Ingo
Meyer). We all worked together
as a family, having lots of fun at
the same time. The whole range
of Exocet boards was available
from the wave boards to the
Kona Longboard collection.
Later on Flying Dutchman Ben
van der Steen and Belgium
champ Wolfgang Verlaeckt
joined us. Here was a team who
came together to represent the
Some of us even took a ride on
the Kona Mahalo, a tandem
board, lots of fun too. Job Ver-
bunt presented the Kona One to
the spectators; later that after-
noon I presented the I-style. So
many people attending for a first
-time surf festival in Holland
shows that the interest in our
sport is pretty much alive. A lot
of visitors tested our boards and
came back with positive vibes
and smiles.
Because we were located at the
entrance and the main stage was
in the middle of the whole area
we created a new interesting
idea, "The Exocet Walk." We

just took a few boards and
headed straight through the
crowds, even hanging out in the
children's playground and hav-
ing a cold drink at the bar. It was
so funny to see all these people's
and photographers' faces. Well,
what can I say? They never saw
anything like this before. It was
lots of fun with our talented
camera guy, Sebastian Schoffel,
who took lots of nice pictures
during the walk.
Next day the wind kicked in
and we decided to give the
Kona Mini Tanker a spin. It's a
light wind wave longboard. I
was pulling out some freestyle
moves with this board. Surpris-
ingly it has a pretty interesting
feeling and I'd really love to try
it in some wave conditions. Then
I took the I-style for a wild ride
on the ramp. After watching how
little kids struggled to get over
the ramp I got a bit worried. But
after the show in Switzerland I
got addicted to this feeling, so I
just went for it and pulled out
some massive loops in front of
the cameras. After that Brian
Talma, Remko deWeerd and I
were called to judge a freestyle
event. It was super cool to see
little kids ripping it up here in
Holland, especially the Belgian
styler, Ditrig. It was all together
a great event. In the late after-
noon it was time to pack and say
good bye to the fans.. O Ruben
Petrisie (Loft, Exocet, Gsport,
Reptile-Masts, Kamoana Cloth-
ing Co.)

Kona Worlds Gold Cup 2007
(Notes from Tor Bakke)
The second Kona Gold Cup
was held in southern France with
competitors from 12 countries
and tactically demanding condi-

tions with light to medium
winds. Ruben Petrisie is a free-
style specialist who did ex-
tremely well sailing on a long
board with super light wind con-
ditions. Ruben commented,
"Well I never really joined a
long board race, but I do remem-
ber years ago I used to try them
out with Patun and Taty. For me
it was like a really fun experi-
ence while at the same time ex-
periencing different pressure
points in your sail and wind
shifts. I mean there's a lot going
on when racing in such light
Ruben Petrisie, the Freestyle
king from Bonaire, surprised
himself and the rest of us by
taking home the bronze in the
heavy weight division.
For more info go to
Ruben Petrisie

Student chefs Norison Conquet, Samantha Clarinda, Elvienne
Sint Jago, Derrick Piar, Jobinella Winklaar
and Robertico Bernabela

The young SGB student chefs, recently returned from four
weeks studying cuisine, Italian style, gave a fabulous Italian
dinner at Chez Nous for their sponsors last week. The sponsors
rallied to their aid when AMFO rejected their funding request.
They were guided by teacher Vernon "Nonchi" Martijn in the
kitchen. Guests were overwhelmed with the menu. The first course
was a typical Italian antipasto complete with a selection of fresh
breads baked in the Chez Nous kitchen. That was followed by a
pasta Bolognese, a pork medallion with lemon sauce and rosemary
potatoes and grilled zucchini. Dessert was homemade strawberry
ice cream with a balsamico vinegar sauce and biscotti. Other stu-
dents, under the guidance of teacher Liz Rijna, served the courses
beautifully and professionally. Thanks to the ever generous Ruud
Vermeulen for the abundant wines and Prosecco bubbly. 0 L.D.

Bonaire Wins In Aruba

Ladies Double B players Marijke Maas and Yvette Hageman

Ruben in action

gain Bonaire had a suc-
cessful tennis trip to
Aruba. The 26th International
Veteran Tennis Classic had al-
most 160 participants from the
Antilles and America. Bonaire
sent a delegation of 26 people.
The team left Aruba with many
Men's singles A (5.0 USTA); runner-
up James Finies (w.o.)
Men's doubles A (5.0 USTA); winners
Paco Veeris & James Finies
Men's doubles B (4.5 USTA); winner
Silvio Hart & Andres Kock
Ladies doubles B (4.5 USTA); runners-
up Yvette Hageman & Marijke Maas
(Photo above)
Mixed doubles B (4.5 USTA); runners-
up; Donna Shea (Boston USA) & Andres

Ladies singles C (4.0 USTA); runner
up Lupita St.Jago
Mixed doubles C (4.0 USTA) This
Mixed Double C finals will be
played on Bonaire with Rosalie
Bierings/Ibi de Palm playing against
Marijke Maas/Theo Maas on Friday,
23rd of November, 7 pm at the Har-
bour Village Tennis courts.
Please come and watch this
Also the team would like to
thank BSC Pool & Spa/BSC
Painting for 'Team Bonaire'
shirts, Vespucci Restaurant,
Humphrey Hose, Tournament
Director and Renzo Hirschfeld
for the organization of this suc-
cessful tournament. O Story and
photo by Yvette Hageman

Bonaire Reporter November 23-December 7, 2007

Page 8

B]rowversdan Festival, Hol8 land 07

Ko~nia Worlds Gold Cuxp 2007

Rocargo Celebrates 25 Years


B onaire's proud Karate Kids and their teacher Peter Silberie,
upon arrival from a competition in Curaqao during the
weekend of November 2, 3 and 4. The group of 13 kids (six to 17
years old) returned with a total of 10 trophies. Winning Girls: Miu-
Ji Xuan, Amber Lensink and Kia-san Silberie. Winning Boys: Jean
Paul Laragaviera, Everone Vrutaal, Leonard Janga and Marvelous
Maingot. Prizes were won in different categories. Congratulations,
especially to Peter Silberie for providing good training. l
Story & Photo by Dennis Lensink

Indonesian Meal and Art Auction
To Benefit the Bonaire Animal Shelter

V "i

Managing Director Marisela Croes, Yardline Sint Jago and
Ludsilla Rosario at the Rocargo press conference

F or the last 25 years Rocargo has been there for us, making
it easy to send and receive shipments without a lot of has-
sle. We've almost come to take them for granted. In September
1982 they began operations by unloading their first container.
Their official opening was on December 8 of the same year.
Since 2000 they have been certified by the International Standards
Organization (ISO), which assures their customers that they meet
a high standard of business practices. Currently only one other
company on Bonaire (BOPEC) is ISO certified.
Managing Director Marisela Croes feels that Bonaire's young
people must have more than just sports in their life so one of the
events that Rocargo is sponsoring will benefit the community and
emphasize the island's culture. This will be a Youth Talent Show
on Sunday, November 25, at the SGB auditorium from 4 to 8 pm.
Participating will be Kolegio Kristu Bon Wardador, Watapana
School, Kolegio San Luis Bertran and Kolegio Papa Comes stu-
dents. There will be dancing, singing, drama and poetry and a
fashion show. According to Croes, "There is a lot of enthusiasm
in the schools in getting ready for the show." Rocargo is awarding
prizes for best performances.
Another celebration will be a big end-of-the-year party on Fri-
day, December 28, on Rocargo's terrace. Then, next year on
March 28 there will be an exposition of "container art" portraying
different sights of Bonaire. Another project for 2008 will be spon-
soring the distribution of a book, "EAsuntu Di Florisol," a Tin-
Tin (Kuijje in Dutch and Papiamentu) adventure, to Bonaire and
Curaqao schoolchildren.
Here's to another 25, Rocargo! Keep up the good work! L.D.

O n October 18 more than
40 students, ages 5
through 8, from the Papa Cor-
nes School visited the JanArt
Gallery. Their teacher, Mrs.
Zila Ignacio, wanted the chil-
dren to experience and see art
by people who are professional
artists on the island.

It's time again. Friday, Decem-
ber 7, for the Bonaire Animal
Shelter bi-annual fundraising event
- an Indonesian meal followed by
an art auction. It's all at the Sun-
rise Restaurant at Sand Dollar. All
the proceeds will go to helping to
keep the Bonaire Animal Shelter
open for unwanted cats and dogs.
The dinner is at 6 pm. The auction
starts at 8:30 pm.

The price for the Indonesian meal is NAf45 per person. Tickets
are available before the event.
For the auction, no ticket is needed. Everyone is welcome!
Sponsors and artists have contributed purely voluntarily and the
Shelter wants to thank all these persons beforehand.

Come join and have a very nice evening!
Asecom NV, tel. 717 3207
Jacobs Architekten NV, tel. 787-0466
Babs Domburg tel. 786-1512
Jan Kerklaan tel. 786-3454
Animal Shelter Bonaire tel. 717-4989
Or by email: paulwichers(iflamingotv.net\

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weeks. Look for the next issue on D ember 6.
And it's still

and your best source of
Bonaire information

The children made a tour of
the art gallery and were shown
many different mediums of art
including watercolor, oil and
acrylic paintings, clay sculp-
tures, jewelry and driftwood
art. After the tour the children
were guided to paint their own
art masterpiece by artist Janice
Huckaby in her outdoor atel-
ier. The subjects for the paint-
ings were based on Bonaire's
nature and included an oriole
bird and oleander flowers.


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At MbwFI

Laura Fermin, Arvienne Wilson and Mairis Wooter try on the
Coast Guard uniform

T he fourth Studie- en
(Vocational Market) was organ-
ized by the foundation 'Ban
Boneiru Bek'. The foundation's
credo is to help create a thriving
community on Bonaire by
means of a balanced structure,
with people who care about the
island and who can and want to
give a lasting contribution. Celia
Fernandes Pedra, Hans Evers,
Javier Boezem (all three from
Ban Boneiru Bek), together with
Lilian Paula, Han de Bruijne and
Iveth Anthony have done their
absolute best to make it a suc-
cessful event. The acting Lt.

Governor, Mr. Ubaldo Anthony,
declared the vocational market
officially open at 10 am, Satur-
day, November 10. The market
was, very appropriately, held at
the youth center, Jong Bonaire.
Some 33 organizations each
set up a stand with folders,
books, televisions, posters,
candy, etc. Five organizations
were from Curaqao, and seven
(almost all of them colleges and
universities) from Holland. All
other participants of the voca-
tional market were from Bon-
aire. Bon FM covered the event
live on the radio.

F inally, after years of preparation
Magic Ed Entertainment has be-
come a reality. It all began May 4th 2001
as a young Ed Janga did his first show at
a school talent show, and the dream was El_"
born. After years of practice and after
finishing school in Aruba, Ed is ready for
the challenge. So on November 8h was Tel. 785 C
the official launching of "ME E!" where IM ag/C-
the press got more information about the
company goals, staff and services.
This is a company offering mostly fam-
ily entertainment on Bonaire, where the
kids are the kings. "ME E!" will provide
entertainment with magic acts, clown, live band, DJ. Besides all that, they also can do the decorations
and even clean up after the party.
Ed would like to thank Sign Studio, Jong Bonaire (especially Rudsel Chirino), Alan Gross and all
the people who have helped this dream come true. For more info about the services and reservations
contact Ed @: 785-9802 or magiced@ihotmail.comOPress Release

SGB's VWO 5 class, with me
as their mentor, assisted in the
event. Among other things, the
students moved a lot of tables
and chairs to help build the
stands, they interviewed the
youth about their visit to the
market and counted how many
people entered the market. With
a total of 525 visitors, the organ-
izers hope to have made a posi-
tive contribution to the choices

the students of Bonaire have to

As Ms. Fernandes Pedra said in
her opening speech, "The age of
a culture or the amount of
natural resources of a country
does not determine the pros-
perity of a country, it is the
attitude of its people that mat-
ters. We cannot just sit around
waiting for something to hap-

pen; we have to be an active
part in the progress of this is-
land. So, Boneiru su progreso,
Ban p'e (The progress of Bon-
aire; Let's go for it)!O
Story & photo by Mary Ann

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Thanks to a project of the Plata-
forma Rincon, Parke di Naturalesa
Rinconero, STINAPA, LVV (agriculture
department) and the people of Rincon, 60
trees will be planted in Rincon and An-
triol. The first eight trees, all mah6k
(mahogany), were ceremonially planted
in front of the Luis Bertran School in
Rincon last Saturday. As the first tree was
planted by Deputy Boy Clarinda, assisted
by students Ruliente and Marvionne,
LVV head, Rocky Emers and Danilo
Christiaan, a chorus of young singers
sang an inspiring song composed by Yu-
frou LUnie, "Let's Plant Trees," accompa-
nied by a rousing beat from a Boy Scout
drum corps. Each of the eight trees was
planted by two students together with a
group (the elderly, different clubs, fami-
lies). And each planting was done with
sincere attention and love. The staff of
LVV (agricultural department) was there
to oversee the planting, provide the shov-
els, chapis and other equipment as well
as a truck of water.
The trees, gown by nurseryman-taxi
driver-plumber-welder, Steven "Saab"
Frans, are all local trees: mahok, tama-
rind, kneppa, flamboyant, kibra hacha,
shimaruku and wayaka.
It was a festive day. Free drinks and
snacks were passed to the visitors, plants
and local food were for sale, information
was offered by Mangazina di Rei and on
gardening by LVV.

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A special thank
you to Sra. Irene
Vlitig, a member
of the Parke
Naturalesa Rin-
conero, whose
aim is to make
Rincon more
green! And to
Plataforma Rin-
con for procuring
the money for
this project from
the Knap Funds.


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Andy Uhr from Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire writes, "Unfortunately it
looks like we are no longer receiving signals from 'Darwina.' As you can see
from today's tracking map, the last signal was received over 2 days ago on the
morning of 14 November. The most likely explanation is that the antenna on
'Darwina's' transmitter has broken off and the device can no longer send signals.
'Darwina' was first fitted with her transmitter back on 24 July. She traveled exten-
sively in between her nesting activities on the southern part of Bonaire, with a cou-
ple of journeys to Venezuela and Curaqao and to Los Roques. Her migration back to
her home foraging grounds, which began on 29 September, took her over 2,200 km
from Bonaire before her signal was lost. The actual path she covered exceeded
2,750 km. All told, since having the transmitter affixed, 'Darwina' traveled just
short of 7,000 km!
For your information, we are still receiving signals from 'Elosie' that place her in
her last reported position on the Albatross Bank off Jamaica.
We will continue to monitor the situation and if circumstances should change we
will keep you posted." ] Andy Uhr


Ecoswim 2007 Recap and Results

T he 7th Annual Bonaire
Eco Swim's field of
107 participants, its largest
ever, was greeted by sunshine,
beautiful skies and crystal
clear waters. Bonaire is recog-
nized as the shore diving capi-
tal of the world and a perfect
location for fun, friendship,
and fast open water swim-
ming. This year's course was
new, going north, taking the
swimmers around a barge,


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reefs, colorful tropical fish and cellar in the Caribbean, and
several sea turtles, several nighttime snorkeling
trips under the stars.

Competitors represented
over 18 US states, a large con-
tingent from Venezuela and
Bonaire. In addition to the
event swimmers were very
active socially with the tradi-
tional sunset cruise on board
the Samur. Also well attended
were celebratory dinners at
Age Event

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14 3K Male fins
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11 1K Female

The sponsors that made this
event possible include :
Dutch Antillean Express,
Capt. Don's Habitat, Sand
Dollar Condominium Resort,
Bonaire Dive & Adventure,
Maduro & Curiels Bank Bon-
aire N.V., Golden Reef Inn,
Samur Sailing Charters,
Divi Dive, Budget Car
ns rental Bonaire, Golly
Guarana (energy drink),
Rum Runners Restaurant,
Bonaire Hotel & Tourism
Association, Tourism Cor-
poration Bonaire, Bonaire
Sailing Foundation, Aqua
Moon Adventures, Swim

Paddles, STINAPA.
We would like to thank the
volunteers for their hard work
during the event making sure
that all the participants in the
water were safe during the
Politie Korps Bonaire: Mr.
Ibi Statie and his crew Mike &
Jennifer from the boat Heart-
jump Susie from the boat
Wishful Thinking, Mikel, Bill,
David & Gonzalez from the
boat Summerset Cat, the rang-
ers of the Bonaire Marine
Park, Jamal Trenidad, Perilla
Mansveld, Tarimar Thom,
Sipke Stapert and Bruce Bra-

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Did You


D ifferent species of sea
turtles eat different
things? If you look at the beak of
a sea turtle, it will give you clues
as to its food preference. The
Leatherback sea turtle has a deli-
cate sharp beak that is good for
catching soft jellies. It also has Hawksbill Sea Turle
many downward pointing papillae
(spine-like projections) that line its throat to keep the slippery jellies from escaping
once inside the mouth.
Adult Green sea turtles are mostly vegetarians and have a finely serrated beak that
is perfect for slicing through tough sea grass and algae.
Hawksbill sea turtles have a small head and pointed beak that help them to get into
nooks and crevices in the reef where they find their favorite food
items: sponges and tunicates.
Loggerheads and Ridleys have a very strong, heavy beak that
crushes through mollusk shells as well as the exoskeletons of
crabs and lobsters. With all of this eating going on, what eats
adult sea turtles? Sharks and salt water crocs do. Sea turtles gave
up their ability to tuck their heads into their shells in exchange for
a streamlined form that allows them to race speedily away from
predators. Sea turtles also have a hard shell (all but the Leather-
back) and employ countershading. They are light underneath and dark on top so that
when predators look up from below, their silhouette matches the light background of
the surface waters. And when a predator looks down from above, their dark shell
blends into the dark waters below making them harder to spot. So the next time
you're lucky enough to see a sea turtle, take a good look at its beak and you will have
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Bonaire/Kralendijk -
Sietse, professional cook, lives with his family in a traditional Bonairean house
along Kaya Gobernador Debrot. Sietse is probably the only owner of a SEAT on
the island and definitely the only owner of a red SEAT Aperto Sport. Sietse likes his
small Spanish manufactured car. It is a handy semi-open-air vehicle fitted with a pow-
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been designed as a four-seater but this red sprayed cutie fits only two adults and a
cooling box.
The car is in reasonably good condition. A sound and vivid engine is mounted in
between the front wheels, a square body with hardly any rust, a nice vinyl top, light
alloy wheels. The second gear of the gearbox is a bit stubborn, but after being the
owner of this small car for a couple of years Sietse knows how to fiddle around with
the gear shift lever to find the second gear, the third gear and the second gear again.
Sometimes some teeth have to be brushed but the gearbox does its job and luckily the
EP90 hypoid oil stays clear.
The trademark SEAT is an abbreviation. The name stands for: Sociedad Espanola de
Automoviles de Turismo S.A. The factory was founded in 1950 and for decades FIAT
models with expired licenses were made by the Spanish industries. Sietse's SEAT
Aperto Sport ("aperto" is Italian for "open"/jb) is based on the SEAT Marbella. The
SEAT Marbella is the Spanish equivalent of the Italian FIAT Panda, designed by
Giorgetto Giugiaro. The SEAT Marbella has been in production from 1986 to 1998.
The car is named after the popular Spanish seaside resort. The Marbella (and the con-
vertible version of the Marbella, the Aperto Sport) are fitted with the engine of the
FIAT 127. This four-cylinder engine measures 903 cc and produces 40 horse power
(30 kilowatts). Because of its light weight the car uses only one liter of gas every 15
Sietse likes his unique car, and he does not consider selling it in the near future.
Sietse even likes the challenging gearbox of his little gem. Happy trails Sietse!
O J@n Bouwer

Bonaire Reporter November 23-December 7, 2007

The 23rd of a series
of Bonaire Reporter
BONAIRE ON WHEELS articles by J@n
Brouwer, featuring
some ofBonaire's
interesting vehicles
that are "on wheels."

Sietse's SEAT Aperto Sport:

A red rarity on Bonaire's roads.

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Home Inspections

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Over 25 years building

Frans Roefs 786-5329
Kaya P.N. Antonio Neumann #11

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Yuda Nos
Gives A


S aka Man Yuda
Nos is a non- I
governmental organi-
zation that encourages -
teenagers to do volun- Students clean I
teer work for the sen- Saka Man Yuda Nos
ior citizens in their
neighborhood. With
adult supervision they help with chores in
and around the house, such as cleaning
the house and the garden, fixing small
household problems, getting groceries,
helping with manicures and pedicures,
taking a walk or drive and so on.
There are a lot of senior citizens on
Bonaire who are no longer able to do
some or all of their household chores and
they really appreciate what this organiza-
tion does. Not everybody has children or
other family members on the island who
can help them and it's not just the chores
and little improvements around the
house. It's the extra social contacts that
are very valuable too, especially to those
who live alone or are bedridden.
The name Saka Man Yuda Nos means
'give a helping hand' and that is exactly
what they do!
Now you would think that it's all about
helping the elderly, but the teenagers also
benefit from this arrangement. Their so-
cial skills improve and they learn a lot of
different tasks, which will always come
in handy. Also they learn how valuable
volunteer work and the care for those
around us is. They get to know the peo-
ple in their neighborhood and see the
way the elderly live, which strengthens
the roots of the teenagers. The increase of
mutual respect and understanding im-
proves the atmosphere of the neighbor-
Saka Man Yuda Nos was conceived by
Trifina Offerman. She decided to reach
out and help the elderly people in her
neighborhood by getting youngsters to
volunteer. They set up a structure to col-
laborate with the high school, church, a
contractor, a health care specialist, a bus
driver for transportation and lots of other
volunteers. With a strong basis like this,
projects have a bigger chance of being
successful and that is exactly what hap-
pened. The first group of teenagers was
so excited by what they did, they moti-
vated Ms. Offerman to continue with this
idea and make it a durable long-term
The teenagers are between 15 and 20
years old and come from the local high
school. They are guided by adults who
supervise voluntarily with the different
chores. They try to get different groups
involved, not just those kids who choose
to learn more about health care, but also
the students from the paint class and
electronics class get to practice what they

Ever since Trifina Offerman, Founder
the first pro- Annemarie Kl6ne photo
ject in 2004,
the number of kids who participate has
increased and now they visit at least five
houses each week. People who are bed-
ridden and need the most help get a visit
every week; the others on a less frequent

Thanks to support from several places
Saka Man Yuda Nos received some fund-
ing and materials to do a few small im-
provements, such as making a house
wheelchair-accessible for someone who
had lost his legs, changing regular light
bulbs into energy saving ones to save on
electricity bills and the placing of handle-
bars in the bathroom to prevent a fall.
Another project of Saka Man Yuda Nos
is the fruit project. Whenever the finan-
cial situation allows it the organization
puts little fruit baskets together and has
preschool children deliver them to the
elderly. Sometimes they add a few gro-
ceries, but the budget is very limited, so
much even, that right now this project is
on hold.
Ms. Offerman is very pleased with the
positive response she always gets from
both the youngsters and the elderly. "It is
a lot of work, but they motivate me to go
on. We want this to be a long lasting sup-
port system for the elderly and a regular
part of the teens' educational program."
Saka Man Yuda Nos gets all age groups
to work together, to learn from each
other, to increase respect among all, and
to develop valuable life skills. These vol-
unteers and the work they do for the
community is truly priceless!
If you want to help Saka Man Yuda
Nos, you can donate cleaning supplies,
tools and also canned goods at Kaya
Korona 64B. This is the electronics store
where you can find Ms. Trifina Offer-
man. For more information, or if you
know of someone in your neighborhood
who could use some help, you can send
an email to: pietbea(ibbonairelive.com or
call: 717-2030. D Annemarie Klone
Annemarie works at the NGO Platform
Bonaire, where all ofBonaire's NGOs
can come for information and support.
You can find the office on Kaya Grandi

Bonaire Reporter November 23-December 7, 2007

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M eet
"Carlos," an
alert, clever
little pup
who's about
five months
old. His
brought him
into the
Animal Shelter because he
had too many dogs. But
because Carlos is so full of
personality and is so
healthy he's been put at the
top of the list of adoptable
dogs. Carlos is inquisitive
and loves being around
people and other dogs.
You may just sit back and
watch his antics. See him
and the other pets up for
adoption at the Shelter on
the Lagoen Road, open
Monday through Saturday
8 am to 1 pm and from 3 to
5 pm. Tel. 717-4989.
If you've ever introduced
a new dog to those already
living with you you'll un-
derstand what is meant by
"the power of the pack."
Much of your job of train-
ing the new pup gets taken
care of by the resident dog

(s). Dogs learn by observ-
ing other dogs, cutting the
time it takes them to learn
the same task not merely in
half but by as much as 15
fold. In one case study, a
group of seven-week-old
puppies watched another
group of dogs learn, by
trail and error, to grasp a
ribbon attached to a cart
that was loaded with food.
It took the demonstrators
an average of 11 2 min-
utes to figure out how to
pull the food-laden cart
into their cage. After five
sessions the observers
were given a chance to do
the same thing. They
solved the problem in nine
seconds! (FromApplied
Animal Behaviour Sci-
ence). O L.D.



P umba is our steril-
ized Argentinean
Dog, age 2, female. Miss-
ing since November 15
from the neighborhood of
Kaya Opal, Republiek.
He or she who brings her
back safely to us can
count on a good reward!
Please be good to her!
Call us with any infor-
701-5539 or 786-
3933 or 717-3258. [

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Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest numbe
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They also offer investments and insurance.
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing
and professional nail care.
De Freewieler rents bikes, scooters and quads. Profes-
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Check out their "rugged" phone.
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch dive
shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bon-
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Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow Sub
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Dive Inn-For your diving with a personal touch. Located
in town at Chacha cha Beach. Drop ins and cruise ship
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WannaDive They make diving fun while maintaining
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Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates
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machines and classes for all levels.

Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain
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We do our best to make your hair
and make-up wishes come true!!
You can also come in for
facials and waxing.
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Is your plan to marry on the island?
We can make you beautiful and stay
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PriceWaterhouseCoopers will provide
information and Jossy Lade from Aruba
will be the speaker of this evening.
Admission is NAf 75. Tickets are avail-
able from the committee members of Eco-
nomic Platform foundation: Sidney
Manuel (AKIB), Dirk Jan Methorst
(Bonhata), Benito Dirksz (KvK), Richard
Duijn (AKIB), Raymundo Saleh (AKIB)
and Evert Piar (BBA). The evening is open
to local entrepreneurs as well as citizens
who have properties that can be attractive
to foreign investors.

) This Sunday, November 25, the Li-
ons Club will host their 7th Windsurf
Tournament at Lac Bai. Categories are
Slalom (New Kids boys; New Kids girls;
Superkids; Kids; Big Kids; Juniors), Free-
style (Lions kids; Lions Prince; Lions
King, Lions Princess), Women and Girls.
Events start at 10 am and run until 4 pm.
Awards are at 5 pm.
) The Friday Weekly Markets at Wil-
helmina Park, from 9 am to 2 pm, have
been cancelled for the time being be-
cause of the cruise ship visits. However,
a crafts and gift market is open during
those cruise ship visits, usually from 10
am to 2 or 3 pm in Wilhelmina Park.
) The "We Dare to Care Founda-
tion," which sponsors Parke Publiko
Boneirano, is holding a Fundraising
Dinner to celebrate its 2"d anniversary
on Friday, November 30, at 7 pm at Casa
Blanca Restaurant. All proceeds will go

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11-23 11:28 2.1FT. 20:36 0.8FT. 90
11-24 12:10 2.2FT. 21:48 0.7FT. 98
11-25 13:00 2.2FT. 22:43 0.6FT. 102
11-26 13:50 2.1FT. 23:30 0.6FT. 102
11-27 0:10 0.6FT. 14:42 2.1FT. 98
11-28 0:59 0.6FT. 15:39 2.0FT. 89
11-29 1:34 0.7FT. 16:32 1.9FT. 78
11-30 2:01 0.8FT. 17:33 1.7FT. 66
12-01 2:19 0.9FT. 10:03 1.5FT. 14:06 1.4FT. 18:24 1.6FT. 53
12-02 2:25 1.OFT. 9:44 1.6FT. 15:55 1.3FT. 19:28 1.4FT. 43
12-03 2:09 1.OFT. 9:50 1.7FT. 17:20 1.2FT. 20:17 1.3FT. 39
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12-07 11:19 2.0FT. 21:27 0.8FT. 61
12-08 11:46 2.1FT. 22:14 0.8FT. 68
12-09 12:13 2.1FT. 22:49 0.7FT. 73
12-10 12:46 2.1FT. 23:21 0.7FT. 78
12-11 13:22 2.0FT. 23:54 0.7FT. 81
12-12 0:26 0.7FT. 13:55 2.0FT. 82
12-13 0:55 0.7FT. 14:35 1.9FT. 80
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toward running the Park. Donation is
NAf125 and includes a welcome drink,
dinner and entertainment. Dress is casual-
elegant. Call 786-1592 or 717-4992.

) The SGB culinary school, Chez
Nous, is now open to the public for multi
- course, sit-down-with-white-tablecloth
meals: Dinner on Tuesday and lunch on
Wednesday and Thursday. Call ahead for
reservations- 717-8120 and ask for "Chez
Nous" or email keesleemanktelbonet.an.

) The Flamingo Rockers band is host-
ing a Musical Christmas Party at Jong
Bonaire on Friday, December 15. Many
musicians from the island will be perform-
ing Christmas music, and an "All Star
Christmas Jam" is planned. There will be
food vendors, Christmas craft vendors and
drinks for sale. This will be a great event
for the whole family. The doors will open
at 7pm. for food and craft sales; music
starts around 8 pm. Santa will be there as
well. The party will go from 7 pm. till
midnight. For more info contact Thomas at
796-5352. See What's Happening, pg. 20.
0 Bonaire will hold its annual End of
the Year Regatta Dec. 15th For further
information contact Elvis Martinus at 717
- 2288 for details. More in the next edition.
P This Sunday, November 25, is Suri-
nam Day. The Bonaire Reporter would
like to send its very best wishes to all our
Surinam neighbors who give so much to
the island of Bonaire. O G./L. D.


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Thursday, November 22-Fundashon
Kuido pa Besta i Oido (Foundation to
Aid the Blind & Deaf) Fundraising
Thanksgiving Dinner, Chez Nous at the
SGB, 7-10 pm. Donation: NAf55. For
more information and/or to purchase
tickets call 569-7610 or 785-0518

Friday, November 23-Tennis Mixed
Double C Finals, 7 pm, Harbour Village
Tennis Courts

Saturday, November 24 Sanikolas
arrives on Bonaire at the town pier
(Waf Chiku Mercelina) around 10:30
am along with his sidekicks, Zwartepiet-
nan (black Petes). Activities for children
before and during the event at Wilhel-
mina Park. Sponsored by Fundashon Ata
Sanikolas i Zwartepiet (FASIZ) and Fun-
dashon SEBIKI. More on page 4.

Sunday, November 25 Rocargo spon-
sors a Youth Talent Show at the SGB
auditorium from 4 to 8 pm. Participants
will be from Kolegio Kristu Bon Warda-
dor, Watapana School, Kolegio San Luis
Bertran and Kolegio Papa Comes danc-
ing, singing, drama and poetry, a fashion

Sunday, November 25 -Lions Club's
7th Windsurf Tournament at Lac Bai.
10 am 4 pm, awards at 5 pm. More on
page 19.

Friday, November 30 Fundraising
Dinner for Parke Publiko Boneirano,
at 7 pm at Casablanca Restaurant. All
proceeds will go toward running the Park.
Donation is NAf125 and includes a wel-
come drink, dinner and entertainment.
Dress is casual-elegant. Call 786-1592 or
717-4992. See page 19.

Saturday, December 1-Bodybuilding
Competition. Call Judel, 786-0290

Sunday, December 2- 2nd BWC Moun-
tain Bike Race

Sunday, December 2 Opening of the
Art Exhibition by Frans Booi and
Winfred Dania at the Kas di Arte, 5 to
8 pm. Everyone invited. Exhibition con-
tinues through December 31. Open daily
from 10 am. See page 4.

Friday, December 7- Bonaire Animal
Shelter bi-annual fundraising event -
an Indonesian meal followed by an art
auction. Sunrise Restaurant at Sand Dol-
lar. All the proceeds will go to the Bon-
aire Animal Shelter. Dinner (NAf45 per
person) is at 6. Auction starts at 8:30 pm
(auction is free). Tickets sold in advance
at: Asecom NV, (717-3207), Jacobs Ar-
chitekten NV, (787-0466), Babs Dom-
burg (786-1512), Jan Kerklaan(786-
3454), Animal Shelter Bonaire (717-
4989) Or by email: paulwich-
ers@flamingotv.net. See page 9.

Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina Park on
Cruise Ship Days, 10 am-2 pm: Fri.,
Nov. 23-Aidavita; Wed., Nov. 28 -Crown
Princess; Fri., Nov. 30-Club Med 2;
Tues., Dec. 4-Sea Princess, Veendam;
Friday, Dec. 7-Wind Star
Now until December 31-MCB's 45th
Anniversary Celebration-See page 4

Saturday, December 15- Flamingo
Rockers Christmas party to benefit
the Reina Beatrix School. Performers:
Flamingo Rockers, the Four B's, Moogie
Nation, Kreator (a 20-person choir) Tin
Foil, Three Colors and Monkey Suit. Tick-
ets: Adults (18 & over) NAf 20 in ad-
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vance, 25 at the door. Ages 5 17 NAf 5.
Children 4 and under free. For more info
contact Thomas at 796-5352. At Jong Bon-
aire. See page 19.

Saturday, December 15 -End of the
Year Regatta For further information con-
tact Elvis Martinus at 717- 2288.

S The popular SGB High School
restaurant, Chez Nous, has recently re-
opened to the public. Four-course dinners
with welcome cocktail on Tuesdays. Seat-
ing begins at 6 pm. Lunches on Wednes-
day & Thursdays. Call 717-8120, ask for
Chez Nous or email: keeslee-
man @telbonet.an
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 hot slot machines, roulette and black
jack, 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 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 Marsh6 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-
house, 2nd Saturday of the month, 7 to 9
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
* Chill Out with the Flamingo Rock-
ers at Den Laman's Reef Restaurant. 4 pm.
and goes to 7:30. Hear your favorite Rock
'n Roll, Reggae, Soul, Country and Ca-
* 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
Le Boulevard Restaurant, open 9 -10:30
am. Only on Fridays. Coffee, tea, home-
made baked goods. Stichting Project. Kaya
J.A. Abraham#27
* 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 has beenrestored and
finished so it appears the family hasjust 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, behindthe
Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays from 8
am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open daily
8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-

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 -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) -717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics- Call Claire 717-8290
Volunteers to train children in sports.
Contact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik

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 (near the 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 Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, Saturday
at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papiamentu on
Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios):
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am.
Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm.

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"A Super Easy To Find Constellation: Cassiopeia the Queen"
Some constellations in the Sky Park are easy to find and some are difficult. One of
the easiest to find was named long ago for a legendary queen of exceptional beauty,
Queen Cassiopeia of Ethiopia. Let me show you. If you go out any night in November
between 9 and 10 pm and look due north directly above the North Star you will see five
bright stars which if you connect with lines trace out a squashed out letter m. This is Cas-
siopeia. Now if you add a dim little star below the crux of the m you can trace out a nice
stick figure of Cassiopeia's throne, which at this time of year and night would require
Cassiopeia to wear a seatbelt because she'd be hanging face downward over the North
Now if you look directly opposite Cassiopeia on the other side of the North Star close to
the horizon you will see the Big Dipper. And one of the nifty things about Cassiopeia and
the Big Dipper is they circle endlessly around the North Star, always opposite each other
like the hands of a clock. As the night passes you'll notice that Cassiopeia's throne is al-
most upright and the Big Dipper has moved to the right of the North Star. Six hours later
Cassiopeia is beneath the North Star and the Big Dipper is above it. And on it continues
like a great celestial clock, which incidentally is one of the functions these stars served to
our clock less ancestors.
But why, you may ask, would people long ago put a great queen on her throne when her
throne is so often upside down in a precarious position? Well, it seems that Cassiopeia
was used as an object lesson on vanity. You see she was extremely beautiful but she made
the fatal mistake of boasting that she was more beautiful than the Nereids, the sea
nymphs who were considered to be the hotties of their time. The jealous Nereids, it
seems, complained to their father Poseidon, the god of the seas, who made Cassiopeia's
life a living hell resulting in her being finally punished for her vanity by being placed in
the heavens on her throne, forced to ride around the North Star for all eternity, sometimes
in a queenly upright position and at others in a less dignified posture. Thus Cassiopeia
still serves as a cosmic object lesson to mere mortals who brag of their personal beauty.
Today we see five bright stars in Cassiopeia.
But 435 years ago this month, in November 1572, astronomers all around the world
watched a new star grow in brightness here, which outshone every star in the sky for
many weeks and was visible for over a year. We now know that it was a giant exploding
star called a supernova. And if you look at this spot through a good telescope you will
see the ghostly remains of its shattered remnants. So get thee out and look for an ancient
super star beauty queen who once had a super star visitor, long ago. D Jack Horkheimer

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For December 2007
Aries Focus this month is on branching out, expanding your interests, higher education,
adventure, and perhaps some travel. Venturing beyond your routine is something you're
itching to do now. In fact, an opportunity to travel to somewhere exotic, a chance to reach a
wider audience in the work you do, a financial break, or a publishing deal could drop into
your lap this month.
Taurus An insurance settlement, tax rebate, or an inheritance could come your way, and
this is an excellent month in which to work on financial planning and strategy. Financial
gains may come through a partnership. Sexual and romantic opportunities abound in De-
cember, or your focus on one partner becomes more expansive, warm, and intimate. This is
a brilliant month for coupling and working cooperatively with a special partner.
Gemini December is a month in which you could see dazzling changes to a partnership.
You can negotiate more successfully than ever, and, if applicable, win in negotiations or
legal matters. Challenging problems from the past can be resolved, and more casual dis-
putes can be settled. Good publicity may come your way this month with a positive, win-
ning attitude
Cancer December is a month in which you enjoy important, positive changes to your
health or your job. It could also be a time when you receive a healthy bonus or promotion.
Your winning attitude and display of confidence on the job will go a long way towards
advancement and satisfaction.
Leo Your love life and creativity thrive in December! Creative projects could possibly
even bring some type of recognition or reward mid-month. Coming out into the open with
a personal interest or hobby can figure now. Love and romance may enter your life or ex-
isting ties are deepened and enhanced. Social engagements and recreational activities
Vireo December is a power month for you when it comes to positive changes to your
family and home life, as well as to your basic sense of well-being and security. Some form
of reward may be offered to you now. Don't pass up on any opportunities that come your
way. Opportunities to buy or sell real estate for financial gain may present themselves.
Libra This month, you find much joy in communicating, learning, and socializing, dear
Libra. You may decide to buy a new car, or transportation opportunities present them-
selves, making it much easier for you to get from point A to point B. Gifts and opportuni-
ties may come through visits, short trips, messages, emails, or through contacts with sib-
lings, classmates, and neighbors.
Scorpio A strong financial month is in store for you, dear Scorpio. Monetary problems
from the past may clear up, especially in the first three weeks of December. A major pur-
chase or sale is very possible. A significant gift or bonus could also come your way. This is
a good time to rally for a raise, apply for a loan, or take part in various dealings with finan-
cial institutions.
Sagittarius A fabulous conclusion to Jupiter's transit through your sign occurs this
month, when personal influence and prestige is very strong. Events occur that help you
overcome problems that previously seemed challenging or even insurmountable. The im-
pression you create on others is distinctive. You feel considerably more free to be yourself,
and others tend to accept you more readily.
Capricorn The first half of December is a power period for you when you could uncover
awesome opportunities that were previously hidden or unrecognizable. Work that involves
serving others may begin now and bring you much joy. Help seems to be there when you
need it. Work and career matters prosper, friends are especially helpful, and business in-
come is strong.
Aquarius The achievement of a long-term goal is likely to occur this month, dear Aquar-
ius. You may have opportunities to join or lead clubs and groups. Group activities and as-
sociations could be avenues for fulfilling your own goals. Your inclination to believe that
"if you wish it, it will be" truly takes you places in December. Income from your business
or career is likely to increase.
Pisces December is a power month for your career, professional influence, and reputa-
tion. Some form of reward and recognition comes your way now. This can be a time of
achievement, career advancement, and success in business. There could be a promotion,
new job opportunity, a diploma or other form of major award, or possibly even a marriage.
An event may occur that expands your career or professional interests. The more willing
you are to put yourself in the limelight, the more positive the rewards--this is not the time
to be a shrinking violet! D Annie C.


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S uzi Swygert (left) sent us this picture of herself with Ramon DeLeon, Bon-
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ciation (DEMA). By the way, that's Suzi on the cover of The Reporter she's hold-

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Sara Matera (left) sent us this group picture of quite a number of Bonaire ho-
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the conference. In case you were wondering where all of Bonaire's dive pros and
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1,19 1a 9wI_ h gpallh the S Caribbean

S askia Romeijn Vermeer
is a cookbook author,
artist, sailor, wife and mother
of two. Her beautiful little
hardcover book, Sailing and
Cooking throughout the Carib-
bean, has recently come out on

Banana/Musa Genera
Bananas originated in
South East Asia and
have grown in the tropics since
ancient times. They are not a
seasonal fruit so they're avail-
able throughout the year.
Types of bananas:
-Standard dessert banana
-Apple banana (Colombia)
-Green banana
After peeling and slicing ba-
nanas, sprinkle them with lemon
juice to prevent discoloring.
Banana leaves are soft and can
be folded or rolled into pack-
ages to keep fillings moist and
succulent. Apart from looking
attractive they impart a delicate
flavor to the food. When ba-
nanas ripen, brown spots will
appear on the outside. At this
stage the flesh is very soft and
sweet, which makes it perfect
for mousses, banana sandwiches
or cooking.

Baked Fish in Banana Leaves with Coco-
nut Milk
Saskia says: "Here is my favorite recipe.
You may use any fish but the best works with
white freshfish, red snapper, mahi mahi or
wahoo. "
What you need:
-4 fish fillets
-1 cup/250 ml coconut milk
-2 Tab curry powder
-3 Tab soy sauce
-5 lemon grass leaves, torn
-6 oz/175g shredded carrots and leeks
-4 pieces cleaned banana leaves or alumi-
num foil
-For garnish use 2 green onions and 2 hot
red peppers, cleaned and sliced lengthwise
What to do:
Preheat the oven to 2000C/4000F. Set a gas
oven to 5. Combine the coconut milk, curry
powder, soy sauce and lemon grass in a shal-
low dish. Add the fish and marinate for 15-
30 minutes. Mix carrots and leeks and place
a quarter of the mixture on a banana leaf.
Place a fish fillet on top and moisten it with a
little of the marinade. Wrap the fish by turn-
ing in the sides and ends of the leaf and se-
curing the package with cocktail sticks. Re-
peat with the remaining leaves, vegetables
and fish.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the fish is
cooked. Alternatively, cook the packages
under a grill or on the barbeque. Just before
serving, open the package, wrap the leaves

under the fish fillets and garnish the fish with
a sprinkling of sliced green onion and hot red

Banana Fritters
What you need:
-2 ripe bananas roughly diced
-2/3 cup milk
-2 tsp vanilla essence
-2 cups flour
-1 egg
-1 tsp baking powder
-2 Tab granulated sugar
-vegetable oil for deep frying
-icing sugar for dusting
What to do:
Place the egg, bananas, milk, flour, baking
powder, vanilla essence and sugar in a bowl
and mix well. Add some milk if the mixture
is too thick. Set aside for 10 minutes. Heat
the oil and when the oil is hot carefully pace
a spoonful of the mixture in the oil and fry
for 3-4 minutes until golden brown. Remove
from the oil and drain well on a paper towel.
Dust the fritters with icing sugar and serve

Banana Chips
What you need:
-vegetable oil
-2 green plantains
-sea salt
-cayenne pepper
What to do:

Heat the oil in a large frying pan over me-
dium heat. Peel the plantains and cut them
into thin round slices. (You may use a vege-
table peeler.) Fry the plantain slices in the
heated oil for about 3 minutes turning regu-
larly until golden brown. Remove from oil
and drain well on
some paper towels.
Sprinkle with sea
salt and cayenne
pepper. Serve and

Recipes & Art by
Saskia Romeijn

Pick up a copy of Sailing and Cooking Throughout the Caribbean. It's for sale at Antillean Wine Company, Buddy Dive Shops, Flamingo Book-
store, Island Fashions, Jibe City Surf Shop, Kontiki Beach Club, Photo Tours retail, Sorobon Resort and Valerie's Airport Shops

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