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Table of Contents
This Week's Stories

Cultural Landmarks-Mati Mati 3
More than a Hilton 3
Coming Our Way (wooden
houses) 5
Turtle Rescue 6
Pastor's Pen' 7
Animal Shelter Auction 7
More Tour Guides 7
FKBO gets MCB Award 8
Rocargo Talent Show 9
MCB Honors Press 11
Kreater Choir 11
Dirt Drivers-Editorial 12
Bonaire on Wheels (Unimog) 18
Marsh6e Navidad 18
Rescue Remedy 19
NGOs Fuente di Awa Biba 19

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Light & Motion Sensor
(Clear Blue Water News) 6
Sudoku 6
Sudoku Solution 12
Classifieds 12
Picture Yourself with
The Reporter (surinam) 13
Biologist's Bubbles (Marine
mammals) 13
Dining & Shopping
Guides 14
Tide Table 15
Reporter Masthead 15
What's Happening 16
Sky Park (santa, Moon, Mars) 17
Caf6 Astrology 17
Pet of the Week (Monique, Julia,
Jessica) 19

How to contact us
Letters to the Editor:
Story tip or idea:
Print and Online
laura @tbonairenews.com
Bonairenews.com then click
on "Go to Archives"
The Publisher:
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P. O. Box 407, Bonaire,
Neth. Antilles.
Phone 790-8988
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Page 2


Cultural Landmarks A Gift
to Bonaire

Around the island are what
used to be empty pedes-
tals. The idea, a number of years
ago, was to have an explanation
of the particular area and why it
was important historically, tra-
ditionally and/or mythologically.
The pedestals sat empty for years.
However, as a gift to the island
and its visitors Frans Booi, whose
idea it was so many years ago,
and his wife Maggie, have trans-
formed these pedestals into the
cultural showpieces they were
intended to be. They include the
paintings and an explanatory text
in both Papiamentu and English.
Most of the paintings were done
by Frans Booi; four were done by
Winfred Dania. Six plaques have
been finished and are now in
place with another eight to go.
Maggie's Wisconsin company,
Industrial Graphics Corporation,
is printing the plaques as a dona-
tion to Bonaire.
The pedestals are all being
painted, "faux art stone," each one
different, by Winfred Dania.
Beginning this week The Re-
porter will feature one of the
plaques with the painting and the
text (English version) and tell


you where on the island you can
find it.
To commemorate this project,
the Boois are hosting an art show
at Kas di Arte this month,
"Cultural Landmarks Bonaire -
History, Mythology, Traditions,
Architecture," with copies of many
of the plaques on display. The
show is open daily from 10 am
through December 31.
This week's feature is Mati Mati,
located near the Indian Inscriptions
at Boka Onima. Take the Rincon
road north and turn off to the right
(east) at the Indian inscriptions
sign. Just before you arrive at the
Indian inscriptions on the same
side you can look down a little
path and see the pedestal which is
located outside the cave.D L.D.

Mati Mat
In Bonaire mythology Maati Mati
means a big hole high up in the
ceiling of the cave through which
you see the heavens and a mysteri-
ous Star, where the Great Spirit
comes from. At the end of each
year the star shines through this
hole and revives the dying forces
of the earth.
When you look straight up in the
cave of Mati Mati you will see the
hole where the rays of the Christ-
mas star shines through. There
often were Christmas services and
Nativity performances under this
cave. The Kunuku owner covered
the hole with a rock during most of
the year to save his goats from
falling through. It is a tradition to
uncover the hole and Christmas
time. O Frans Booi

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Page 3

Aruba. Ihe ICl hosted the
potential investors and in coop-
eration with Bonaire Tours &
Vacations, offered them lunch
and a tour.
The Aruba Investment Bank
(AIB) which also financed the
Renaissance hotel in Curagao is
providing a major part of the
financing of the project. The
infrastructural work for the pro-
ject is underway, while construc-
tion will start in a few months.
The official opening is planned
for 2010. O Press release

Flotsam and Jetsam (Cont. from pg. 2)
time to under 10%: 9.5%. This
percentage was as high as 12.5%
in 2003.
For savings, the time deposit
percentage was 4.1% in 2005.
Last year and until now it's risen
to only 4.3%. However, saving
accounts are still not paying more
interest than 2.7%. Some banks
are currently offering 3.5%. The
Postal savings still pays 4%.

) Bonaire Government of-
fices will be closed on Decem-
ber 27 and 28. The Executive
Council awarded employees the
holiday in lieu of a Christmas

1 The Government of Bon-
aire has petitioned the Central
Government to remove all im-
port duty and sales tax (OB) on
sports equipment. The repeal
will requite a vote in Parliament
as well as Antillean Government

) Marco van de Kreeke, who
resigns his position as Director of
Bonaire Airport on December 31,
will start working on January 1,
2008, as operational services
director at Maastricht Airport,
reported Dutch Aviation News.

P Some 2.75 billion passen-
gers will take domestic and
international flights by 2011, an
increase of 29% of the total pas-
senger traffic in 2006, the indus-

try body IATA said in Geneva
last Wednesday.
) For the sixth consecutive
year Bonaire topped Scuba
Diving Magazine's "Reader's
Choice Awards." Bonaire
scored as "Top Shore Diving,"
"Top Destination for Beginners,"
"Top Destination for Advanced
Divers," "Top Destination for
Underwater Photography," "Top
Marine Life," and second place
for "Top Value." The TCB
thanks all those involved in Bon-
aire's dive-hospitality industry for
their involvement.

0 If you're quick you can
make it to the SGB High
School's Christmas Market this
Thursday, December 20. It runs
from 7 pm to 11. Everyone's
invited to this fun and exciting
event. Entry is NAf 1.

) The delicate balance of the
Caribbean's coral reefs is in
jeopardy as more parrotfish

end up on dinner plates, ac-
cording to international scien-
tists. The colorful grazing fish,
named for their parrot-like beaks
which are used to scrape up al-
gae, play a vital role in stopping
algae from smothering coral.
They're common on Bonaire's
reefs. Parrotfish are not consid-
ered a food fish on Bonaire but
are elsewhere, where their num-
bers are now being threatened by
over-fishing. New research based
on computer modeling shows
parrotfish are a key defense in
preventing the vulnerable reefs
from becoming a very different
ecosystem- one dominated not
by living coral but by blooms of
algae or seaweed.

0 Dive Inn tells us that dive
photographer Harley Moody
would like to invite divers inter-
ested in discovery to join him for
complimentary guided night
dives (please bring your own
equipment and tanks) to explore

With great sadness we take notice of the passing away of

Mr. Edward A. Ridley (Chili)

STINAPA Bonaire volunteer and coordinator of the Bonaire
National Marine Park volunteers for over 3 years

We wish his wife Linda a lot of strength during these difficult


Or ring 560-7539 and they'll

0 City Shop just gets bigger
and better. New merchandise
coming in has made the man-
agement push the walls out to
expand the shop so that now you
can find just about anything for
the home: big and small appli-
ances, furniture and beds, chil-
dren's furniture, accessories and
toys, kitchen ware, air condition-
ers, computers and more. City
Shop is at Kaya International
#36. Telephone 717-4630.

) Bonaire's construction
boom is causing utility prob-
lems. After Thursday's power
failure caused by a crane that
touched a high-voltage cable in
Belnem, it appeared later that two
important underground high-
voltage cables in Belnem and
Sabadeco were seriously dam-
aged. WEB personnel worked 14
hours non-stop on Thursday to
get the situation under control.
Yet another problem on Friday,
when a contractor who was
working on Boulevard J.A. Abra-
ham broke a water pipe and left
Playa Pariba without water. The
problem was solved after four

) DeFreeweiler, Bonaire's
foremost scooter and bike shop,
is now carrying exciting new
accessories for the bicyclist:
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Bonaire Reporter Dec. 21, 2007- Jan 4, 2008

the Cerianthid habitat of Cha Cha
Cha Beach based around the sand
anemones (Tube-dwelling Anem-
ones). Harley Moody, from
Texas, is well known for his
amazing underwater photo-
graphs, which are on display at
Texas A&M University. There
will be pre-dive briefings on the
anatomy and natural history of
the anemones. The dive plan is to
observe the anemones as they
emerge from their tubes at sunset,
watching them release their last
meal from the night before,
watching them feed in the cur-
rents, understanding the photo-
phobic nature of the anemones
and their reaction to pressure,
vibration and other factors. Con-
tact Harley Moody at Dive Inn.

) It's only a month late but it
has arrived at AWC (Antillean
Wine Company) on Kaya Indus-
tria: The Beaujolais Nouveau
wine, just in time for the holi-
days. No pesticides used, no arti-
ficial fertilizers, no harvesting
machines, no SO2 added. Pure
fermented grape juice from the
Gamay-noir-a-juice-blanc grape.




Wow, there is a lot of construction going on in Bonaire these
days. Just try driving over the island for 10 minutes without seeing
someone carrying bricks, making concrete or painting walls. You
will probably not make it, not even on a Sunday.
We want to know what is coming our way on the island, so in
future issues of The Reporter we 'll go somewhere and find out.

T his time exploring for
"What's Coming Our
Way?" we don't see anyone
carrying bricks at the construc-
tion site in the middle of the
mondi along Kaminda Sorobon
(coming from Playa, just past the
water windmill and Rancho
Chapparal, on the right hand
side). Actually, it does not look
like a regular construction site at
all; a wooden house is being as-
sembled here.
This is the first house, of six
planned on this piece of owned
land of almost two hectares, and
all will be assembled (including
full kitchen, three bedrooms and
baths) in a time frame of just
three weeks.
Three weeks Did we hear that
correctly? Yes, it's true.

There's a philosophy behind
this project, we are told. The
natural area surrounding the
houses will stay as it is right
now. It has always belonged to

goats, donkeys, parrots and oth-
ers, and it will remain that way.
This means no fences, no sepa-
rate gardens, no nothing.
The land has been touched only
by a limited number of small
holes drilled where anchors have
been placed. These anchors hold
the wooden beams that support a
platform 2.40 m. (8 ft.) high, on
top of which the house is built.
You can imagine the views at
this level over the nearby man-
groves and the countless flamin-
gos around. We've been there
and we're very impressed. The
platform itself is 320 m2
(approx. 3,444 sq. ft.) in area.
Septic tanks and other systems
have not been dug into the
ground, but installed above it,
right under the platform. Simple
and effective, isn't it? The stairs
to the platform can be pulled up
automatically by just turning a
key, when one is away or just
wants the 'door' to be shut.
We actually expected mosqui-

toes at this location, especially in tains.

this season, but we couldn't find
any, not even at dawn. We first
thought it had to do with the
Manzalina trees that are around
(handle with care as the leaves
and branches can be pretty harm-
ful), but we later learned this is
not the case. We still have to
figure it out.
From the first moment we ar-
rive we can tell this project is
really innovative. Some exam-
ples: water for showering, etc. is
re-cycled for flushing toilets; the
wind blowing in has free access
under the roof which consists of
two layers. As a result the house
is cooled in a natural way.
More? The swimming pool
(indeed, above the ground, on
platform level) is filled up during
every rain shower that passes.
The water falling from the roof
will create the necessary foun-

Want more yet? Cooling of the
bedrooms is not through conven-
tional air conditioning units that
use lots of energy but by a simple
but efficient system, where shade
air from under the platform is led
through a freezer installation
towards the bedrooms, using just
300 Watts.
We are told that all six houses
on this particular property have
already been sold 'among
friends,' but there are very seri-
ous intentions to build more of
these houses on Bonaire else-
where. In fact, we may expect
that more of them will be set up
in the middle of nature north of
Kaya Statius van Eps (the
straight road from Belnem to
Sorobon), on a plot of 80 hec-
tares. The same philosophy- no
fences, no gardens, no building
in Ramsar area, natural surround-

ings to remain untouched-
will apply there.
At the same time, the creative
minds behind this concept offer
the very same wooden house as
an assembly package to anyone
who wants to have one set up
on their own piece of property.

Another good thing to hear is
that the Sabal Palm will be
brought back to Bonaire as part
of this project. Before the arrival
of the Spaniards this used to be
the native palm on the island, but
all of them were chopped down
as the wood was used for build-
ing boats. Now we will see this
beautiful palm tree coming back
to Bonaire. The first ones are
already being cultivated as we
Next issue we'll go somewhere
else finding out "what's coming
our way" on Bonaire.
There are many places we want
to know more about. D Marcel
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B onaire, known as one of the
top three dive destinations
on the planet and recently rated #1
as "The Top Dive Destination
Overall" (Caribbean/Atlantic) for
the sixth consecutive year in
Scuba Diving Magazine's Read-
ers' Choice Awards 2008, contin-
ues its leadership role in Reef
Conservation, with its effort to
capture sea water quality and
chemistry data in a long-term
study, needed to evaluate the Ajuvenilefilefish between
health of the reef. This past Au- two LMSP sensors
gust, the Bonaire National Marine
Park, under the advice and guidance of Ramon de Leon, BNMP
Manager, Stichting Nationale Parken Bonaire (STINAPA), an-
nounced the launching of the Light and Motion Sensor Program

In cooperation with BNMP and STINAPA, prominent American
scientist, Burt Jones, and his partner, researcher Tom Reynolds,
developed a unique, low-cost solution that, with the cooperation of
on-island diver volunteers, meets Bonaire's needs. Early in 2007,
with the help of Albert Bianculli, well known diver, author, photog-
rapher and Bonaire resident, testing of the concept was conducted
for several months off the coast of Klein Bonaire. As a result of this
effort, after a review of the data collected and customized fine-
tuning of the in-water hardware, the "Rainbow Mooring Cluster
Array" was created. Its purpose, as Phase 1 of the study, is to estab-
lish a "Base-Line" data bank of existing seawater conditions for
"trend analysis." Each independent mooring line contains nine spe-
cialized instruments that continuously read and record data every
eight minutes. With further cooperation of the Harbormaster, the
battery powered optical sensor devices are being deployed in the
sea at selected locations along the entire leeward coast of Bonaire.
Unseen from the surface, the Rainbow Moorings do not interfere
with boat traffic or the natural beauty of the coast and are visited by
a team of on-island diver volunteers each week for service and data

This 10-year-long project is entirely funded by private donations
from concerned and interested individuals and is being carried out
by volunteers on Bonaire and at the University of Southern Califor-
nia (USC), under the administration and guidance of a newly
formed non-profit NGO called, the Sea Monitor Foundation. The
purpose of the foundation is fund-raising, administration, data proc-
essing and release, and logistical support for the duration of the
program. The Sea Monitor Foundation is totally independent and is
a gift to the people and the island of Bonaire.
This past week the first donation to the new Sea Monitor Founda-
tion, a full Rainbow Mooring, value $450, was received from three
visiting divers from the Slovak Republic: Eva Hanackova, Karol
Gottschal and Erik Batora. With this donation from visitors from
Eastern Europe the Foundation extended its reach for funds in a
new area. The Sea Monitor Foundation is launching an aggressive
public awareness and funding campaign and actively seeks the co-
operation and support of all interested parties, individuals, dive
operators, resorts and related business enterprises on Bonaire and
Here are the new Sea Monitor Deployment Reports for two new
Rainbow Mooring Sites on the south coast and an additional site,
north of Hato, completing the planned installations for 2007:
Site #10, "Runway," aka, Flamingo Airport/Donkey Beach/
Windsock, Mooring Name: "Carrie," donated by: Cassandra and
Franklin Neal.
Site #11, "Pinky," aka, White Slave, Array Names: 5m- "Bill &
Donna Goodwin," donated by For more information, to do-
Venny Cable; 12m- "Vinnibu," nate or to volunteer contact:
donated by Vincent DePietro; 20m Ramon de Leon, Manager of the
- "Hanulia," donated by Barbara BNMP, marinepark@stinapa.org
and Robert Gillmour. or

Site #12, "Sabado," aka, Andrea
2, Mooring Name: "Harmoni,"
donated by Harrie Cox. O Albert

Albert Bianculli, President, Sea
monitor Foundation, email
directab igmail.com or
Blue McRight, LMSP Off-
island Coordinator, Fundraising
bluenessp@earthlink.net. O

nTuesday, A..
11, a sea turtle was
rescued due to the -
vigilance and effort
of the community.
Earlier in the day,
around 8am,
STINAPA received
a phone call from
Clinton Sint Jago, a
resident of Rincon,
reporting a turtle in
trouble. While
walking along the
shore at Morotin,
in the northeast
part of the island,
he came upon an
entangled and
stranded turtle.
STINAPA called
STCB and both STCB staff Bruce Brabec, Mabel Nava and Funchi Egbreghts with turtle.
teams traveled to
Morotin and found
the turtle alive. In all likelihood, this adult
male hawksbill got entangled with ropes
and thick nylon lines somewhere in the
open seas and had drifted for quite awhile.
Now, weakened and hurt, it had washed
ashore and probably would have died if
Clinton had not happened upon it.
STCB staff checked the turtle after cut-
ting the lines. The turtle was measured and
tagged. He was then taken to Boca Onima
for release. Everyone present was im-
pressed to see how fast the turtle entered
the water.
In order for STCB and STINAPA to ac- The tangled turtle would have died
complish its conservation goals it is essen-
tial we get reports of problems in a timely fashion. This is a happy example of how a sea turtle was
saved and it would not have happened if it weren't for the concern and effort of Clinton. We encour-
age everyone to become part of this very important network and always report problems promptly.
STCB would like to thank Clinton and BNMP Rangers, Din Domacass6 and Angelo Duvale. O
Mabel Nava, STCB story & photos

Cleaned nid reada l sell- uDoku means "the digits must remain single" in Japanese. To
rs. EN rything looks solve the puzzle, enter the numbers 1 through 9 to the partially
od. Noticed a large Tarpon filled in puzzle without repeating a number in any row, column or 3 x 3
dindng as a sentil while region. For a tutorial visit the web site www. Sudoku shack. com. So-
: did ourjob. One pygy lution on page 12.
c fish was present on the Supplied by Molly Bartikoski-Kearney (who has to solve all the
oorilng line at the 5-meter puzles first)
gel. During the dive, we\\
w a cute julenile Balloon
sh asleep deep in a thick 9 7 2 1
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es. We had a )first" on this 8 6 4 5
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it, I w\as watching a couple
catfishh exhibiting a kind f 4 3 1 7 2
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urging each other, and as
Cy met the\ intertwined
eir -feelers." Don know if 8 3 7 4
was a mating behavior or a
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Itch anyway,. So, a first 5 1 9 7
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Bonaire Reporter Dec. 21, 2007- Jan 4, 2008

Page 6

Annual Animal Shelter Auction

During the holiday season we thought it
appropriate to reflect on the meaning of this holiday.

The Night Before Christmas

Sr was the night before
1 Christmas," begins
Clement Moore's poem written
in 1823. Perhaps nothing ever
written has so influenced our
secular view of Christmas than
this poem. Is Christmas only
secular or is there a biblical and
spiritual component? Here is the
clear Scripture record of four
First there is the arrival of
Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem,
their frantic search for quarters,
their settling down in a shelter
for cattle. The "fullness of time
had come for Mary." For months
she had been pondering in her
heart the annunciation of the
angel, the words of Elizabeth
(Luke 1:39-45), the angel's as-
surance to Joseph, and the Old
Testament prophecies she incor-
porated in what we call "the
magnificat" (Luke 1:45-55). All
these things were now moving to
a climax in Mary's heart. She is
now in Bethlehem with Joseph.
Second, there is the virgin birth
of Jesus. Isn't it remarkable that

the event on which all history
turns was unheralded, unat-
tended, and unknown except for
the animals and the angels? This
was the advent of that ancient
prophecy that a virgin should
conceive and bear a son and call
his name Immanuel, which being
interpreted is, God with us.
(Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23).
Hosts of angels fell down to wor-
ship and rose up to sing.
Third, there was the appear-
ance of the angels to the shep-
herds. Unto these simple and
faithful men, who believed the
prophecies and had prepared
their hearts, the veil that sepa-
rates earth from heaven was
drawn back, and they saw and
heard the heavenly hosts. How
wonderful was the announce-
ment, how glorious their praise.
Fourth, in a far-off land the
Magi, as they studied the skies,
saw the appearance of a new star
that night. Perhaps no part of the
Christmas story has a greater
appeal to popular fancy than that
of the wise men mentioned in
Matthew's gospel. Who were
they? Where did they get the
information they had to have

about the promised king? What
was their country, their national-
ity? How many of them were
they? It appears they were men
in search of the truth regarding
the birth of the promised king.
Thus they embarked on the long
journey. When they saw the star
they knew somehow that the
King had been born. In them we
have divine provision, through
their gifts (gold, frankincense
and myrrh) of safety and finan-
cial security for the long journey
to Egypt of Mary, Joseph and the
infant, and the return to Naz-
areth. O Pastor Baran
(International Bible Church of


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Bonaire Reporter Dec. 21, 2007- Jan 4, 2008

B onaire visitors are most fortunate when they are guided by a graduate of
Sue Ellen Felix's In-Depth and Guiding Skills Class. Earlier this month the
latest group of 24 students received their certificates after an intensive 10 weeks
(70+ hours) of study at a ceremony at the Black Durgon Inn. Governor Herbert
Domacass6 presented the certificates, Helen Thode of TCB offered congratula-
tions following a talk by Archeologist Jay Haviser on his research into Bonaire's
WW-II involvement. Student Suze Joukes and her husband Philip catered the food
for the evening.
The course consisted of classroom instruction and practical work as well as tours
of Bonaire, Kralendijk, Cargill Salt Co., Butterfly Farm, BOPEC, San Francisco
Hospital and the recompression chamber. Experts from various sectors of Bonaire
freely gave of their time and knowledge in classroom lectures. Rona Aguilar as-
sisted Ms. Felix in the conduct of the classes.
A special "thank-you" goes out to all of those who shared their knowledge and
helped to make this course a success. O Sue Ellen Felix

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Fundashon Kuido pa Bista i Oidoe FKBO- Receives MCB Annual Award.

Evert Piar, Managing Director ofMCB (Bonaire) N.V. (right) hands FKBO founder,
Wicha Coffie a token of the bank's award. Looking on are Assistant Managing Director
Orphaline Saleh, Assistant Managing Director Rudy Gomez, current FKBO President
Elka Coffi and FKBO Secretary Roxanne Timp.

those with hearing problems, while adding
guidance and prevention to their objectives.
Armed with new bylaws and a new name,
the foundation went to battle for their own
office center, with advanced equipment,
which they successfully achieved.
Additionally, they completed extensive
and professional surveys to determine the
need for care on Bonaire. Contacts were
made and alliances formed with similar
organizations outside Bonaire, and so ob-
taining know-how and information to share
in our community. Several educational lec-
tures for the public were organized, also
highlighting good care and prevention. An
information campaign and trainings were
executed to familiarize Bonaireans with the
"White Cane" used by the blind.
These are just a few examples and only
the beginning! The organization is working

hard on a number of important projects,
which will surely benefit not only those
with seeing and hearing limitations, but our
society as a whole.
Generally speaking, Fundashon Kuido pa
Bista i Oido has raised awareness on Bon-
aire about our co-citizens with seeing and
hearing limitations, to encourage their active
participation in daily life, while at the same
time educating each one of us how to better
care for our eyes and ears to prevent dam-
age. We often do not realize how precious
the senses of seeing and hearing are, and
most of us cannot imagine what it means not
to be able to see or hear. This is why the
role of FKBO in our community, to make us
more aware and emphasize proper care, is
so important and valuable." 1 Orphaline

M CB's Orphaline Saleh explains:
"At the occasion of our 40th anni-
versary, we introduced the Annual Award to
recognize each year one organization which
has excelled with activities benefiting our
community at large. We are presenting the
6th Annual Award to FKBO which joins the
ranks of distinguished previous winners
such as Bonaire Sailing Foundation (BSAF,
2002), Bonaire Special Olympics (2003),
Sentro pa Hubentut Jong Bonaire (2004),
Bonaire Youth Outreach (2005) and Prinses
Wilhelina Fonds (2006).
FKBO is an organization dedicated to
citizens with sight and hearing limitations,
while at the same time providing preventive
education about good eye and hearing care
to the public. Active since 1975, this society

or foundation was originally named Blin-
denzorg (Bonaire Foundation for the Blind).
Mrs. Wicha Coffi, who with an immense
dedication used to drive and pick up all her
'blind friends' and take them to have a good
time. She and her team worked endlessly to
achieve miracles with very little resources.
In 2002 the foundation was re-activated
under the direction of Onnie Emerenciana,
pioneers Wicha, Elsa Molina and Lelia
Booi, and a new board. Now the president
is Elka Coffi, who followed in her mother
Wicha's footsteps. Everyone remembers the
powerful Radiothon that captured all of
Bonaire's attention, raising funds to pur-
chase a new bus. In the same period, their
target client was expanded to include, be-
sides patients with eyesight problems, also

I-......esults-have a m.e!u a a i

Bonaire Reporter Dec. 21, 2007- Jan 4, 2008

Page 8

R ocargo's Youth Talent
Show for Bonaire's ele-
mentary schools demonstrated
how much talent Bonaire's
youngsters possess and how hard
they can work to show it. The
entertaining program at the SGB
auditorium on Sunday, Novem-
ber 25, played to a large and
enthusiastic audience and deliv-
ered lots of surprises.
The afternoon was opened with

children of the primary schools
of Bonaire today."
And then show itself began.
One after the other the kids of
the schools San Luis Bertran,
Kristu Bon Wardador, Papa Cor-
nes, Reina Beatrix and the Wa-
tapana presented very diverse
shows with songs, rhythmic po-
etry, playback, drama, dancing,
choir music, a fashion extrava-
ganza and brass band music. The
public was
again and
again in their
applause. The
intense prepa-
ration of the
was evident
from the very
original cos-
tumes and the
with which

pressed by
what they
had seen. He
urged the
children not
to stop, but
to continue
and develop
the talents
they had
when MC
Miss Kathy
was to announce the results there
was another surprise. It was Sin-
terklaas who wanted to see the
show but arrived a bit late. But
he was just in time for the an-
nouncement of the three winners.
And the winners were: First
prize: Kishaya Melaan and
Luigi Molina from Skol Papa
Comes with their presentation
playback of Shakira.

mar Nicolas, Shaedra Baromeo
and Errol Martha as President.
Also Ms. Kathy the MC, the
Press, Playa Trading, Claire
Sealy and all who helped to
make to show a success.
Also a big thank you to the
organizing committee who took
care of the stage, the program
and full coordination: Yardline
Sint Jago, Ludsilla Rosaria,
Mariella Goeloe, Jo-Ann Thiel-
man, Albert Sint Jago and Rod-
ney Thode. Incidentally, the
stage backdrops and decorations
were all made with recycled ma-

future leaders, our children. But those standing and sitting.
perhaps the most important ad- Around 7:30 pm the jury had
vantage is that the children get to their decision ready. It was a
experience the excitement of rather heavy task to select the
being creative. This is arranging, three winners. Mr. Errol Mar-
performing, reciting poetry, act- tha, the jury president, first ad-
ing, dancing, singing, or playing dressed the children. He compli-
an instrument! I am certain that mented them on their presenta-
you will all enjoy and feel stimu- tions. He said also that all the
lated by the presentations of the jury members were very im-

There have been requests to
repeat the show and also to or-
ganize a Youth Talent Show for
the students of the SGB. The
possibilities are being consid-
ered. O Marisela Croes; photos
by Claire Sealy


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$ 8.50

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Spicy coconut flavored chicken broth prepared with
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shrimp, tomato and cilantro
$ 13.50

Fresh catch prepared in banana leaves,
served with an orange, mint and basil relish
accompanied by tabouleh
$ 22.25

Filet Mignon served with duck liver and a
wild mushroom-cognac sauce, mashed potato
and gluwein poached pears

Petit grand dessert
Sweet surprise

This menu will be served only on December
24th and 25th in addition to our regular
and pizza menu.

All courses can be ordered separately.
Prices do not include 5% tax.
Please make your reservations early.

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at Captain Don's Habitat
Kaya N. Debrot 103 North Hotel Row
Reservations 717-8290
Email: rumrunners@habitatbonaire.com

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ever, being on small remote island means that these are not always available. If this is
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Page 10

A Cois Bom -3me or

Last Friday the MCB Bank Bonaire
hosted a Press Appreciation
evening at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant at
Divi Flamingo. The event which has
become a tradition for the last six years
is the Bank's way of saying thank you
to the members of Bonaire's press
corps. Evert. Piar, MCB Managing
Director, put it this way.
"Especially for our friends of the
Press, I would like to express on behalf
of Bo Banko Amigu our great
appreciation for your contributions. On
many previous occasions I have already
thanked you for your efforts to inform
and educate our co-citizens and the
critical role that you fulfill. Your
function in society is extremely
important to keep our community
informed about events and

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developments that impact our daily lives
Particularly now, when our island and
people are at a crucial point, and we
have already started feeling the effect of
the constitutional changes, you carry a
serious responsibility. Besides keeping
us all well-informed about
developments, you hold the tools to
generate healthy discussions and call
attention to situations requiring
adjustment or improvement. In doing
this, Press objectiveness is key. By
offering objective information,
constructive criticism, and mature
dialogue, you hold the keys to a form of
social control which keeps us all alert
and I hope on the right track. Today,
once more, I thank you for playing this
significant part." D L.D.

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he choir, "Kreater," was founded
this past September by John and
Mieke le Noble who recently moved to
Bonaire from Holland where they'd cre-
ated another choir, also called "Kreater."
Since Kreater's inception on Bonaire 21
members have joined. They practice once
a week on Mondays from 7:30 pm to 9:30
pm in the Brazil Room at the Plaza Re-
sort. Everybody is welcome to pass by
and join them. Rhonda Bennett of Sign
Studio is the conductor. At the moment
the monthly fee for members is NAf 25.
During this holiday season they are per-
forming Christmas music. Last Friday
they sang at the Rotary dinner and offered
three performances for auction for the
Animal Shelter Dinner and Auction last

They entertained the elderly at the hos-
pital and will sing for the FKPD. Those
performances were for charity. You may
hear them on December 23 at 8 pm at
Donna and Giorgio's and on December
25 at 9 am at Yacht Club Apartments.
Rhonda has a lot in mind for the next
year for this group which considers itself
a pop and rock choir. They sing mostly
with digital music, but anyone who can
play an instrument is welcome as well.
Rhonda does plays guitar and sometimes
accompanies them.
For more information contact Amanda
at Harbourtown Realty:
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So, Janto Djamin (The beloved IT-Guy here on Bonaire), Mudji Djamin
(Medical analyst in the San Francisco Hospital) and Michelle Djamin (pupil of the
Hardin di Chikitin) are here posing at the wedding of their sister and aunt Murni
and her newly-wed husband Marciano Dasai in front of the Presidential Palace in
Suriname. After the wedding the couple went on a three-year honeymoon trip to
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from terrestrial ances-
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marine environment,
they went through many changes. For instance, for insulation in cold water, some
marine mammals developed a layer of blubber while others have thick fur with a
waterproof underlayer. As a diver, the area that intrigues me the most is how ma-
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periods of time. Many have lungs that collapse at great depths and the air is forced
into the windpipe where nitrogen can no longer be absorbed into the bloodstream
and later cause decompression sickness upon ascent. Some marine mammals un-
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extremities slows. Some humans undergo bradycardia when submerged in cold
water. Toothed whales, like the sperm whale, can dive and hunt
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De Freewieler rents bikes, scooters and quads. Professional
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Special Security Services will provide that extra measure of
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Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tide's height and time

DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
12-21 10:30 2.2FT. 19:56 0.8FT. 76
12-22 11:17 2.2FT. 20:44 0.7FT. 87
12-23 12:00 2.2FT. 21:41 0.6FT. 95
12-24 12:45 2.2FT. 22:28 0.6FT. 100
12-25 13:35 2.1FT. 23:06 0.6FT. 100
12-26 14:19 2.0FT. 23:42 0.7FT. 97
12-27 0:11 0.8FT. 15:12 1.9FT. 89
12-28 0:43 0.8FT. 15:57 1.7FT. 79
12-29 1:01 0.9FT. 9:25 1.5FT. 13:00 1.4FT. 16:48 1.5FT. 67
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French uinio Soup with cheese gratis
Tragitiol tail soup

Turkey Breast stuffed with Spinach
and Blue Cheese
Red Snapper with an orange sauce

Mango Dessert

(A La carte Meu- also lvalLable)

Live music :

Moogle's ChrLstmas CaoroLs unpluggeod!

Ha2ppyJ HouVr with Free ChrLstiv as Svacks

6.o3 10.00 pmV
4-Course christmKas Menu (4 29.75)

The deliciou4s 4-course chrivstv as Mevnu covusists
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Carpaccio with a Raspberryj Dressing
Mushrooms in. eer Pastry served with Toast

vegetable B~ouillon
French Mustard Soup with Hami

Fieyt ofctod ?with a creay salmon. Mousse
Tenderloin. and Bacon served with a RKed wiLne
Tournedos of Turkey with a stroganoffsauce
classic spinach Lasagina

BelgiumI wafle served with warm Cherries
and vanilla ice C /rea
Keiyi iime Pie served with vanilla ice Creanmt

MaiL cure i-s serve with: Apple ompote, pr7ee
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Now Through December 31 Art
Exhibition by Frans Booi and
Winfred Dania at the Kas di Arte.
Open daily from 10 am. See page

Now until December 31-MCB's
45th Anniversary Celebration-
See page 4

Thursday, December 20-SGB
High School Christmas Market-at
the high school- everyone's invited, 7
pm to 11pm. Entry is NAf 1.

Saturday, December 22-Winter

Saturday, December 22- Doubles
tennis tournament, starting at 9am
sharp. Youth players can sign up at
the Harbour Village Tennis Center
before December 22nd. Registration
fee is NAf 10 and includes lunch.

Sunday, December 23-Full Moon

Sunday, December 23-Kreater
Choir sings Christmas Carols,
Donna & Giorgio's, 8 pm

Monday, December 24-The Inter-
national Bible Church is having a
candle light service and a concert
by Barbara and her husband Keith
Johnston from Canada. Service starts
at 6:30 pm at the church building
across from the TWR station
Tuesday, December 25-Christmas
Day Banks and most shops closed

Tuesday, December 25-Kreater
Choir sings Christmas Carols,
Yacht Club Apartments, 9 am

Wednesday, December 26-Boxing
Day Banks and most shops closed

Monday, December 31-Celebrate
new Years Eve at Buddy Dive. Buf-
fet 6:30 to 9:30 pm; Kaumati thrillers
entertain 10 pm to 2 am. Champagne
at midnight; big fireworks show- see
page 13

Holiday Banking Hours: December
24 and 31-8 am to 12 noon; Janu-
ary 2-Normal opening hours

Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship Days, 10 am-
2 pm: Sunday, Dec. 23-Mlaasdam;
Tuesday, Dec. 25 -Amsterdam;
Wednesday, Dec. 26-(2 ships)
Crown Princess, Queen Elizabeth II;
Tuesday, Dec. 27- Galaxy; Thursday,
Dec. 29-Aidavita; Sunday, Dec. 30-
Club Med 2; Tuesday, Jan. 1 -(2
ships) Emerald Princess, Sea Prin-

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-
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 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-
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

* "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 been restored and
finished so it appears the family hasjust stepped
out Local ladies will tell you the story. Open
Monday tlu Friday, 9-12,2-4. Weekends by
appointment Call 717-2445.
Mangasina di Rei, 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:
786-4651 or786-7699.
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
Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle) Sunday
Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer Meeting at 7
pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26, Sundays
8:30 11:30am. In Papiamentu, Spanish
and English.
Catholic: San Bemardus 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.
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services Sun-
day mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire Youth
Center in English, Dutch and Papiamentu.
Preaching the full gospel. Contact: 786-2557.

Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter(honairenews.com
Tel:790-6518 or 790-8988

*to find it... just look up

"What Do Santa Claus, the Moon and Mars Have in Common?"

Sn case
are won-
what Santa
Claus, the
Moon and
Mars do
have in
the short
answer is
all three
will be up
all night
from Sun-
set Christ-
mas Eve to
Sunrise Christmas morning. In fact old Saint Nick will be able to fly all night long
guided by the light of the highest riding full Moon until the year 2023, accompa-
nied by Mars at its highest until 2040! Plus Mars will be at its closest and bright-
est until the year 2016! And if that's not enough, Mars will also be officially at
opposition on Christmas Eve which means that it will be at its very best for this
close encounter! Let me explain.
On this Sunday December 23rd, one hour after sunset, face east where you will
see a brilliant full Moon, called the Moon before Yule, and right below it is the
4th planet out from the Sun, half the size of our Earth, 4,000-mile-wide, rouge-
gold Mars which will not be this close or this bright for another 8 1/2 years. In
fact Mars will be brighter than any star in the sky. Plus if you go out every hour
you will see that Mars and the full Moon will stay beside each other all night long,
climbing the sky until they reach their very highest point around midnight. After
that they will slowly descend toward the west and will set in the west as the Sun
rises in the east. So they'll both be in the sky all night long from sunset to sunrise.
Now 24 hours later on Christmas Eve Mars will be officially at opposition,
which means that it will be directly opposite the Sun as seen from Earth and thus
will be in the sky all the hours that the Sun is not. So wherever you happen to be
on Christmas Eve if you look to the east just after sunset you will be able to watch
Mars rise higher and higher above the eastern horizon followed by the Moon. And
they'll travel across the sky together in this formation all night long. So dear old
Santa will have two celestial companions to light up the night, a super bright
Moon and a super bright Mars.

But just how close is Mars this Christmas Eve? Well about 14 months ago, Sep-
tember 30th 2006, Mars was 242 and 1/2 million miles away. But by January 1st
of this year Mars was only 221 million miles away, and we've been chasing it ever
since. On June 1st it was only 150 million miles away, by December 1st only 57
1/2 million miles away, but on Christmas Eve it will be only 55 million miles
away and so bright it will knock your socks off. So if you get a telescope for
Christmas make sure that one of the first things you look at through it is good old
rouge-gold Mars. And if it's not cloudy out Christmas Eve I guarantee you will see
both Mars and the Moon. And I think I can safely say that this year Mars' red light
will completely outshine Rudolph's! Ol Jack Horkheimer

oo ~MEDIATE, and
Phone: (599) 09 512-6375
Phone: (599) 717-2500 EXT. 8210




ODecember 2007
Aries-Focus this month is on branching out, expanding your interests, higher educa-
tion, 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 December, or your focus on one partner becomes more expansive, warm,
and intimate. This is a brilliant month for working with a special partner.
Gemini-December is a month in which you could see dazzling changes to a partner-
ship. You can negotiate more successfully than ever, and, if applicable, win in nego-
tiations or legal matters. Challenging problems from the past can be resolved, and
more casual disputes can be settled. Good publicity may come your way this month
with a positive, winning 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. Improvements to your working environ-
ment are likely.
Leo-Your love life and creativity thrive in December! Creative projects could possi-
bly 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 existing ties are deepened and enhanced. Pregnancy or childbirth may oc-
cur during this period, if applicable.
Virgo-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
themselves, making it much easier for you to get from point A to point B. Gifts and
opportunities may come through visits, short trips, messages, emails, or through con-
tacts with siblings, classmates, and neighbors.
Scorpio-A strong financial month is in store for you, dear Scorpio. Monetary prob-
lems from the past may clear up, especially in the first three weeks of December. A
major purchase 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 vari-
ous dealings with financial 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 impression 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 help-
ful, and business income is strong.
Aquarius -The achievement of a long-term goal is likely to occur this month, dear
Aquarius. You may have opportunities to join or lead clubs and groups. Group activi-
ties and associations 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.
Pisces -December is a power month for your career, professional influence, and
reputation. 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 boon. O Annie Fox


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The 24th in a series
of Bonaire Reporter
articles by J@n
Brouwer, featuring
some ofBonaire's
interesting vehicles
that are "on wheels."

Bastian and His

"Big Foot" Unimog

Bonaire/Kralendijk -
B astian Kuipers rolls his
"Big Foot" four-wheel
drive Unimog along the boule-
vard of Kralendijk very care-
fully, heading for the harbor
where a huge cruise ship is an-
chored. It is high season; the
Unimog truck fits 14 passengers
and Bastian and his vehicle are
prepared to show the tourists the
beautiful island of Bonaire.

The impressive Unimog mon-
ster truck has recently been fitted
with huge new tires over a yard
in diameter. The view from the
passengers' compartment of the
windows truck is more than ex-
cellent. No air co, just air; no
plush or leather, just wooden
benches; no windows, just wind.
Enjoy the view of the island!
The green and every time a
bit more yellow colored Uni-
mog mastodon can be frequently
seen on Bonaire's paved and
unpaved roads. The truck is al-
most three yards high and goats
and small donkeys can easily
walk underneath the vehicle to
continue their path.

Bastian imported the Unimog
from the continent. The car
served in the Swiss Army and
was later bought by a Belgian
collector and addict of Unimog
trucks. Bastian fell in love with

the sturdy vehicle and shipped
it to our tropical island where
he and his partner Anke are
busy creating "Bamboo Bali,"
the complex of apartments un-
der construction between Kral-
endijk and Hato, opposite Cap-
tain Don's/ Hamlet Oasis, on
Kaya Gobemador Debrot. This
week Anke will open her hair-
dresser's salon in one of the
buildings of the organically
growing complex of apartments.
(We shall report about her funny
little tiny purple Fiat 500 back
pack on wheels in the future./jb)

The Unimog is a "small" Ger-
man-made truck produced by
Mercedes-Benz. Unimog stands
for Universal Motor Geraet
(Universal Motor Machine).
They were first developed on the
first of January 1946, and the
first prototype was ready at the
end of 1946. The Unimog was
designed for agricultural uses
and the distance between two
wheels was as big as two rows
of planted potatoes. The first
production vehicles were fitted
with diesel engines, producing
25 horsepower. Modem Unimog
are fitted with Euro III-diesel
engines, producing over 215
horsepower. Unimogs are used
as ambulances, in armies, in the
woods, as snow plows and by
fire departments. In 2006 two
Unimogs were very successful in

The green and yellow colored "Big Foot" Unimog, owned by
Bastian and Anke, parked next to a palm tree. In the back is one
of the glass icebergs that visit our island regularly during the high
season, delivering tourists.

the Dakar Rally.
Bas adds, "This Unimog was
built by Mercedes in 1970. It is
fitted with a huge six-cylinder in
-line petrol engine. There is an
old fashioned mounted carbure-
tor. This engine drinks more
than his boss! I never really
checked it but I am convinced
that she uses a lot of fuel.
(Luckily not only the car but also
the fuel tank is of an impressive
size. /jb) My Unimog has per-
manent traction on all wheels.
The car has been fitted with a
high and a low gearing and lock-
differentials in the front and rear
axles. There is a set of sprockets
mounted underneath the ends of
the two axles, therefore the heart
of each wheel is situated under
the heart of the axles which
gives the vehicle an even greater
ground clearance. Theoretically
this car can climb a wall!"

It is obvious that, apart from
Anke, Bastian completely fell in
love with his iron lady. He con-
tinues, "Unimogs served in the
Swiss, German, French, Belgian

and Dutch armies. The best
maintained trucks served in the
Swiss army. There was no war
in Switzerland for centuries so
the only thing the Swiss could
do was shovel snow, blow their
Alp horns and maintain the vehi-
cles. The Unimogs were used to
carry the crew and to pull artil-
lery. My Unimog is a crew car-
rier, able to transport up to 14
passengers. She is completely
original: original paint, all the
maintenance booklets, all the
tools. When I bought her she had
only 9,000 kilometers on the
odometer. I use this car every
day. During the high (tourist)
season I transport and guide
tourists from the cruise
ships. Normally the car
helps me, carrying building
materials and working on
the land with apartments
along the road to Hato. Be-
ing an ex military man I
really like this honest vehi-
cle!" U
Story & photograph by
J(an Brower

The Dive
Inn Bonaire
Happy Holidays
The team at Dive Inn Bonaire
would like to wish everyone joy and
happiness over the holidays and
throughout 2008.
At the Dive Inn Bonaire we offer a
full range of personalized diving and
snorkelling services tailored to meet
your individual needs including
complimentary daily tank drop-off
and pick-up service to your front
door. We are conveniently located
on the ocean at Kaya C.E.B. Hell-
mund 27, Kralendijk (right in front of the cruise ship pier). Please feel free to contact us or visit
or website for more information (email: infop@diveinnbonaire.com, phone: (599) 717-8761).
Dive Inn Bonaire. Dive into Paradise!!

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Di Awa Bibu

Mr. and Mrs. Francees
are a Bonairean couple
who have been married for 46
years. Before retiring Mr.
Francees worked as a clerk at
the courthouse and Mrs.
Francees has an education in
childcare. Together they raised
seven children, so the house was
always full. The kids would
bring friends over after church
and Mr. and Mrs. Francees
would drive them home in their
van. From then on the kids' play
dates grew into a kids' club and
later on developed into the
Fuente di Awa Bibu Foundation
that now has 20 years of history.

The foundation combines
spiritual, recreational and social
work for kids as well as adults.
The name, Fuente di Awa Bibu
means "Source of Life Water."
This phrase comes from the Bi-
ble and shows that the founda-
tion works from an evangelic
base. The Franceeses use their
knowledge of the Bible in their
work, for example, by choosing
themes to structure their activi-
ties and by telling stories.
Mrs. Francees is a well known
story teller. Several schools have
invited her to come and speak
around Easter and Christmas
time. Also for visitors on the
island she will tell stories of
biblical times as well as Bo-
nairean folkloric stories. She
uses her own handmade craft
works to illustrate the stories,
which the public always seem to

Kids' Club
In 1987 they founded the
Foundation Fuente di Awa Bibu
and started with their first activ-
ity: the Kids' Club. For many
years every Wednesday and Sat-
urday they would organize ac-
tivities with children, not just
from Nort Salinja or from their
church, but from all around Bon-
aire. Together they did arts and
crafts, sports and theater. The
Franceeses would take them to
the kunuku (farm), explore caves
together and go camping and
The kids of the Francees fam-
ily as well as the other kids from
the beginning years of the foun-
dation are now all grown up.
One of the sons has moved to
Aruba and has taken part of the
foundation with him, so the
foundation is in its second gen-

eration! On Aruba they do prac-
tically the same as their parents
on Bonaire. The family has
stayed in touch with many of the
kids who spent their childhood
years with them and they love
seeing how they ended up.
On Curaqao there is also a
kids' club thanks the Foundation
Fuente di Awa Bibu. The
Franceeses went there a couple
of years ago to help set up the
activities program and to train
the youth leaders.

With their years of experience
in marriage, raising kids and
dealing with so many different
people, the Franceeses have also
become counselors for anyone
who needs help with marriage
problems, family affairs, prob-
lems with raising kids, dealing
with addiction and so on. It is a
task that was given to them as
more and more people came to
them for advice or a listening
ear. The Franceeses love to help
anyone in any way they can.

Also the foundation organizes
workshops and seminars on dif-
ferent topics which aren't al-
ways easy such as suicide,
menopause and anger manage-
ment. In May 2008 they are
planning a seminar especially
for men to explore the different
roles as sons, husbands and fa-
Another project from the
Fuente di Awa Bibu Foundation
is the collection of goods, such
as clothes, toys and food. A cou-
ple of years ago they got a con-
tainer full of these items all the
way from Canada! Also they
helped people get things such as
crutches that were not be cov-
ered by health insurance. This is
just one example, after 20 years
of helping people. The list is just
too long!

For all this work Mr. Francees
was made an honored citizen of
Bonaire. The Governor of Bon-
aire gave him this title on Dia di

rots of

r heEm eWeek

As Bonaire Ani-
mal Shelter
staff member
Monique Degenaar
says, "These two I
sisters are so beauti- e

they should be in a
good home, not at the
Shelter!" Monique is
shown with the two,
"Jessica" and "Julia,"
who are doing what
they like best, sitting
on someone's lap.
What attractive look-
ing pups these are
with their blond wavy
fur, very much like
that of a cocker span-
iel's. Julia has a long
curly tail; Jessica has
a shorter one. The Moiu rM ad
pups are adorable to
see; they're peppy, enthusiastic, love people and should be very easy
to train. They're about eight months old now and have had their
shots, medical tests and have even been sterilized. They're ready to
go to a loving home. See them at the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the
Lagoen Road, open Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm and 3
to 5 pm. Telephone 717-4989.
And don't forget to check out the Shelter's Gift Shop. It's stocked
and open with dog and cat accessories: toys, treats, leashes, collars,
harnesses, toys, catnip treats, cat tunnels, even a feather boa (only
one!) for a cat. All these items are brand new and priced below nor-
mal retail as they have been donated by Bonaire Talk visitors, tour-
ists and residents.All the proceeds go directly to helping to keep the
Shelter open for unwanted cats and dogs. L.D.

Boneiru in 2004 as an acknowl-
edgment for all the efforts he
and his wife have made over the

Plans for 2008
Even though Mr. and Mrs.
Francees are reaching respect-
able ages (72 and 69), they are
still not thinking of stopping
with their foundation. With help
from their kids, volunteers and
other organizations such as
Palabra di Bida, they have sev-
eral activities planned for the
year 2008, such as seminars,
sports and a new kids' club,
which will now have their
grandchildren as members.

On Saturday January 26th this
new kids' club will start with an
afternoon full of kids' activities.
If you want your kids to join or
if you want to support the foun-
dation, you can contact Mr. and
Mrs. Francees at: 717-2161. O
Story &d photos by Annemarie

Annemarie works at the NGO
Platform Bonaire, where all of
Bonaire's NGOs can come for
information and support. You
can find the office at Kaya
Grandi 23F or call: 717-2366

Bonaire Reporter Dec. 21, 2007- Jan 4, 2008

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Harbourtown Real Estate

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Merry Christmas
and a
Happy New Year!

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