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D uring the visit of Prime Min-
ister Jan Peter Balkenende
and State Secretary Bijleveld
(Kingdom Relations) to Bonaire,
the island politicians thanked
Bijleveld for the commitment in
the process of political renewal.
During their five-day trip along
the Antilles and Aruba, Bal-
kenende and Bijleveld visited
Bonaire for just a few hours. As
for meeting the December 15
transition date, Balkenende
repeated that he cannot guaran-
tee that. He can guarantee the
effort to work hard to achieve

1 In contrast to the positive
outlook for meeting the Decem-
ber 2007 date for the BES Islands,
Prime Minister Balkenende sent a
clear message to the islands of St.
Maarten and Curacao which are
going for separate status within
the Dutch Kingdom rather than
integration into Holland. They are
in no position to make the transi-
tion, he said. The conditions to
guarantee that are not in place.
Expect their transition date of
December 15, 2008, to be revised

D The recent rounds of talks
between Holland and the BES
Islands have identified some
changes that will occur after the
Some highlights: The islands will
become "public corporations"
instead of municipalities. They
will become for a time a newly
created separate territory, which is
part of the Dutch territory, and
where rules deviating from the
conventional Dutch legal order
apply. Considering the size of
the population of the three is-
lands, the huge distance between
the Netherlands and the islands,
and the insular character, devia-
tions are deemed necessary.
The Island Governor will be
renamed the "Representative of
the Kingdom" for the time being.
Bonaire will go from four island
commissioners to three. Com-
missioners can no longer serve as
Island Council members.
Most of the new regulations will
become effective in 2011, when a
new Executive Council and a new

Island Council take office follow-
ing the next regular Island Coun-
cil elections.
The Island Council of the
"public corporation" of Bonaire
will consist of a minimum of
nine and a maximum of 15
members. Extraordinary is that
for the election of the Dutch Up-
per House, the members of the
Island Council are equal to the
members of Provincial States.
Island Council members can be
sworn in Dutch, English, or
The legal arrangements for Bon-
aire, St. Eustatius, and Saba
(called the WolBES) will be
drawn up based on the key ele-
ments in the regulations of Bon-
aire, St. Eustatius, and Saba,
which will become "public corpo-
rations." Currently for Dutch
municipalities this is laid down in
the Local Government Legisla-
As in the case with municipalities,
the financial relations between
the Kingdom and the public
corporations are defined in a
separate Dutch law, in which the
budget for Bonaire, St. Eustatius,
and Saba (the BES-fund) will be
set up and the local taxes and
rules regarding the budget and
annual accounts will be settled.
Five years after the BES Islands
have received a constitutional
position within the Dutch gov-
ernment, the result of the new
structure will be jointly evalu-
ated. That's when the constitu-
tional final model can be deter-
mined. There will be two options:
the islands will remain as public
corporations, or they will become
special municipalities, whereby
possibly not all the legal rules for
Dutch municipalities apply.

Bonaire's Lt. Governor
Herbert Domacass6 plans to
limit casino visitation by locals.
Domacass6 says that visits by
locals to the casino are starting to
get out of hand. "I receive com-
plaints that the island residents are
visiting the casinos excessively.
The casinos are mainly for the
entertainment of tourists. It is the
responsibility of the government
to prevent addiction. I am there-
fore of the opinion that I need to

0 The State Secretary for Kingdom Relations Ms. A. Bijleveld-
Schouten; the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles, Ms. E.
De Jongh-Elhage; the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mr. J.P.
Balkenende; and the Governor of Bonaire, Mr. H.F. Domacass6,
following a meeting in Bonaire declared that they have started
talking about future relations between Bonaire (as part of the
'BES' islands) and the Netherlands. They are very positive
because there is trust between all parties involved. The kickoff
talks focused on health, education, finances and housing. Ms. E.
De Jongh-Elhage especially requested the press to give a favorable
report, and she congratulated Bonaire on this promising start. 0
Story & photo by Mary Ann Koops

take measures."
Effective this coming Friday,
the casino inspector will register
all the local visitors of casinos.
They have already received the
order to comply strictly with this
and to write down the names with
no exceptions. "When we notice
that a person is visiting the casinos
way too often, we will mention
this to the person. If he/she still
continues to go to the casino, we
will take measures," said Doma-

D Because of motor difficulties a
DAE plane flying from Aruba to
Curacao had to land with only
one engine but had no other prob-
lems. The Curagao control tower
alerted the fire department and
other authorities at the airport as a

D Two Havilland Dash 8 air-
craft are now in service patrol-
ling the Dutch Caribbean. Out-
sourced to Canadian company,
Provincial Airlines, the planes

perform functions assigned to the
Coast Guard like rescues at sea,
fishery patrols, and anti-drug
smuggling. In an emergency the
plane can be reconfigured within
three hours to transport 29 passen-

D Richard Hart, Director of the
Bonaire Holding Company which
owns Bonaire's Flamingo Airport,
says he's been contacted by the
management of Amsterdam's
Schiphol Airport about taking a
stake in our airport. Schiphol
recently extended its joint operat-
ing agreement with Reina Beatrix
Airport on Aruba and is a leading
candidate to take over the shares
of the Hato Airport on Curagao.

(Continued on page 6)


Table of Contents
This Week's Stories
Flotsam & Jetsam, Closer to
Holland-Progress 2
First Delta Flight 3
Envirowatch-Billboards, trash
dumping 3
Bonaire On Wheels-Polish
Testarossa 4
New Book and Toy store 10
Shelter Volunteers 10
Lost Cat -Wanda 10
25 years at MCB-
Martinus Pikerie 10
2nd Klein Bonaire Relay 11
Jong Bonaire Walk 11
Mangazina Open House 11
Bonaire Gardener (Dry Season)
Football Scholarship (R. Booi Jr.)
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Profiles-Wilma Bohm Sandig 5
Sudoku Puzzle 7
Clear Blue Water News 8
Bonairean Voices (Development)
Pet of the Week (Josie Estill)12
Classifieds 12
Did You Know (Flying Fish) 13
Dining & Shopping
Guides 14
Tide Table 15
Reporter Masthead 15
What's Happening 16
Suoku Solution 16
Sky Park (Saturn) 17
Caf6 Astrology 17
Picture Yourself Winners 18
Island View (Greening of
Bonaire) 19
What's Coming Our Way
(Jibe City) 19
How to contact us
Letters to the Editor:
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Bonaire Reporter February 22-March 7, 2008


Page 2

New Delta Airlines Nonstop a [

Bonaire is a beautiful island. We wonder why people want to
make it unattractive. Some current examples are below:

Tourism Commissioner Burney El Hage; Antilles Economics
Minister Elvis Tjin-a-Sjoe; and Bonaire Governor Domacassci Ee u glie than the
cut the ceremonial ribbon with Delta's Charisse Evans. Trash dumped along the roadside of the trail front of a billboard is the
between Karpata and Subi Rincon back of one
elta Airlines began flying non-stop Atlanta-Bonaire on Sat- Sam Williams.photo
urday, February 9. The Saturday flight, which takes just un-
der four hours, will be joined by a similar Wednesday flight in
March or April said Delta representative Charisse Evans during the
inaugural ceremony. The Boeing 737 carries 150 passengers. The
new flight arrives on Saturdays in Bonaire at 3:15 pm, and leaves at
4:10. In Atlanta connections to domestic and international routes are
readily available as Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport is America's busi-
The Delta team that was here for training for a month stayed at the
Divi Flamingo and expressed their appreciation for the hospitality
they enjoyed. Ms Evans and Governor Domacass6 exchanged gifts
in an expression of friendship.

A report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper was en- Cellphone company Digicel continues on
thusiastic over the new connection: "Getting away gets easier today their mindless quest to plaster their name Is the entire island waiting breathlesslyfor
when Delta begins non-stop service from Atlanta to Bonaire... re- on Bonaire's countryside. They even had the message that is soon to appear here
garded as one of the world's best spots for snorkeling and SCUBA the Kralendijk Stadium namedfor them- along the Rincon road?
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Bonaire Reporter February 22-March 7, 2008

Page 3


La Testarossa della Tanneke Bartels
The 26rd of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brou-
wer, featuring some ofBonaire's interesting vehicles that are
"on wheels."

Bonaire/Republiek -

t is as red as an Italian to-
mato, only slightly bigger,
and it is fitted with six wheels.
This is the vehicle owned by
Tanneke Bartels from Republiek:
the Bosmal 650 Cabrio, a four-
stroke twin cylinder powered
Testarossa red sprayed converti-
ble 2+2 seater that once in its life
transported three full grown di-
vers with complete equipment!
Tanneke Bartels and her hus-
band Otto have lived on the is-
land since 1999. For a certain
period they owned a neutral Toy-
ota Starlet, but although the car
was pretty reliable it did not
really impress Tanneke. Those
days, in the old world, she was
the proud owner of a small Ital-
ian-made FIAT 600 and a French
Citroen 2CV (a Lelijk Eend/Ugly
Duck/jb). Tanneke really loves
small cars.
One day Otto saw a huge male

human being unloading a very
small car from a container. Otto
stopped and asked the man
whether the cabriolet was for
sale. Indeed, the car was for sale
and Otto bought the Bosmal
Cabrio (never heard of) for his
wife as a birthday present.
So in 2001 Tanneke Bartels
became the very proud owner -
the car is hers, given to her by
her husband of an original Pol-
ish-made Bosmal 650 Cabrio.
Tanneke is the second owner of
the tiny car and when she got it
as a present from her spouse
there were only 1100 real kilo-
meters registered by the odome-
ter. In the next six years the vehi-
cle proved to be very reliable.
Today the meter shows a serious
amount of 28.000 kilometers.
Tanneke explains, "Every half a
year or so Gijs from Tropical Car
Care has to pay a little attention
to the adjustment of the engine.
He has the




speed wiper motor
with an interval
switch, a fog light
mounted on the rear
bumper and a white
light that is connected
to the reverse speed of
the gearbox.
No fancy gadgets: no
power locks, no power
steering, no power
brakes, no rev counter,
no cruise control.
"I prefer to drive my
Testarossa with the
hood down," Tanneke
says. "I always wear a
hat. It is really fun to
drive this Polish car
Tanneke Bartels, sunglasses, hat, behind the steering wheel of her Testa- with Italian blood."
rossa red sprayed two-cylinder, single carburetor Bosmal 650 Cabrio. The Then she turns the ig-
car was manufactured in Poland in 1995 and designed in Italy. nition key on. The
electric fuel pump
Fingerspritzengefuehl. We little devil is completely original, starts to make a kind of clicking
ever needed to replace serious apart from the electric fuel noise. The current is connected
)arts. We have a nice connection pump. For the mechanical pump to the ignition and the starter
vith Pim's Parts Amsterdam. the membranes were no longer motor. Shaking her back, the car
?im specializes in small Italian available so Tanneke had an comes alive. A real standing
designed and made cars. So we electrical pump installed. twin. Tanneke puts the gearbox
re lucky!" The Bosmal Cabrio two-lunger carefully in reverse. Then she
The Bosmal 650 Cabrio is a engine is mounted in the rear and stops and selects the first gear.
rind of chopped FIAT 126 connected with a real four-speed No noise from the gearbox. The
nodel, designed by Michelotti. gearbox. There is no syn- engine runs as smoothly as a
'he 126 was very popular in chromesh on the first gear so you twin can run. Tanneke smiles.
Europe, especially in Italy in the really have to stop and to stand She enjoys life. Then she parks
0Os. Later on the manufacturing still to shift the box in the first her beauty in front of the house
ines were exported to Spain, gear without the sound of tooth for a photo session. Italian art in
Zomania, Czechoslovakia and brushing. The two-door car is the Dutch Caribbean: a smooth
?oland. This Bosmal was pro- fitted with an impressive roll bar, combination. O
luced in Poland. modern safety belts, racing seats, Story & Photo by J@An Brower

The Testarossa red sprayed

a light in the interior, a two-


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Bonaire Reporter February 22-March 7, 2008


Wilma Bohm Sandig, Pioneer In School Education

W ilma Bohm and her
husband Frank came to
the ABC islands for the first time
in 1992 on vacation. Bonaire was
their favorite, and once they
were back in Holland they kept
fantasizing: "How it would be
if..." Their life in Holland was
secure and comfortable; the
course of their lives planned far
beyond retirement. Wilma had
been a school principal for many
years, but in 1995 they decided
to move to Bonaire where she
got a three-year contract with the
Reina Beatrix Elementary
In those days the local educa-
tional system was very different
from that in Holland where indi-
viduality was already an estab-
lished and implemented aspect of
the school system. On Bonaire
uniformity was the rule; children
were considered as a group
rather than as individuals. Wilma
saw the enormous difference in
the teacher-student relationship,
which was much more distant
than she was used to. She got the
impression that kids didn't enjoy
learning or even going to school.
She knew from her years in Hol-
land that school and learning
could be fun when the teacher-
student relationship is more per-
sonal and trusting.

So her first year was hard, but
during her second year the fruits
of her approach became more
apparent: the children became
more open, spontaneous and
trusting towards her and were
eager to learn new things. She
also encountered huge problems
with children who needed special
assistance. In those days, chil-
dren could just remain at the
same level and grade for years,
just because they couldn't follow
the crowd. They had the initials
WL after their names (wegens
leeftijd). Age wise they should
have left the school, but result
wise they shouldn't.

Shortly after, in 1999, the Late
school system on Bonaire started
to undergo its first changes and
Foundation Based Education
(FBE) was introduced because
the Bonaire government ac-
knowledged that changes were
needed. Wilma and two Bo-
nairean colleagues were put in
charge to assist the teachers in
using a different approach. They
gave workshops, coached and
advised the teachers. Wilma still
honors the willingness of most of
those teachers. "Imagine," she
says, "you have been driving on
the left side of the road all your
life, now suddenly you are told
to use the other side." They had "Aatk t
to change from teaching the stan- $lffi
dard curriculum to a more per- Fd
sonal, individual approach, to
recognize that each child grows

and learns at its own tempo, has
strong and weak points and
needs to be stimulated individu-
ally to develop its specific tal-
ents. Of course there was resis-
tance because every change
needs time, but still, there was a
lot of cooperation. Many teach-
ers even started to develop their
own material. Foundation Based
Education rests on three pillars:
the teacher-child relationship, the
competence and the individuality
(independence) of the child. If a
trust relationship exists the two
other pillars automatically exist
as well. If a child feels safe
enough to show its competence
("Look, teacher, my work!"), its
independence grows. "That's
how school education should
be," says Wilma, "because the
foundation of every relationship
is trust."
When the government chose
Papiamentu as the instruction
language in schools, many peo-
ple, including Wilma, also saw
the disadvantages. Education

should have a long term vision.
Most of the children continue
their studies in Holland and all
the study books are in Dutch. On
Curacao there is a choice in the
instruction language at schools
and there are four bilingual
schools which are subsidized by
the government.
Wilma decided to offer the
same choice to Bonairean chil-
dren, but with a price tag be-
cause the government doesn't
subsidize this option. She
founded the elementary school,
The Pelikaan, four years ago,
which was welcomed by many
parents and children. The school
has to raise its own funds and
unfortunately, not everybody can
afford it. The annual cost per
child is NAf 10.000. Almost
70% of the annual costs go for
teachers' salaries; 8 % is for
study material; and building rent
is almost 20%. The parents cover
88% of these costs (NAf 4.680
per child from eight years and
Continued on Page 7

Bonaire Reporter February 22-March 7, 2008

Page 5

Flotsam and Jetsam (Contin. from pg 2)
Last Saturday, Flamingo Air-
port handled 18 flights, including
the first Delta Airline flight. The
other flights were the KLM flights
from Amsterdam and Quito, Conti-
nental Airlines from Houston, Air
Jamaica from Montego Bay, Arke-
fly from Amsterdam, American
Eagle from Puerto Rico, and the
inter-insular flights of DAE and
Divi Divi Air.
Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport,
America's busiest, and the termi-
nus for the Delta flight, handles
the same number of flights in six

I Want to experience a real
Bonairean product other than
charcoal, salt or goat? Buy
some of Aletta's goat cheese.
It's made by hand on island and
is mild, creamy and delicious.
Available at Warehouse Bon-
aire for around NAf 7.

The perfect car for Bon-
aire? This recent picture released
by Swiss car maker Rinspeed
shows people aboard Rinspeed's
new model, the sQuba, the world's
first submersible car that will be
presented at the 2008 Geneva car
show in March. The zero-emission
electric sports car, with power
supplied by rechargeable Lithium-
Ion batteries, can perform a sub-
merged stabile flight at a depth of
10 meters (33').

D According to Divi Manage-
ment, work on the new Divi hotel
at the former Sunset Beach
property began this past week
Activity is not obvious from the

- A lawsuit between the posh
Harbour Village Resort and
eight of its condominium owners
was settled mostly in favor of the
condo owners in the Netherland's
highest court last week. The case
had begun in 2001 following cur-
tailment of services after the Sep-
tember 11th attack in New York
and the consequent drop in Ameri-
can tourism.
At that time the owners of Harbour
Village decided to close the restau-
rants, the dive center and other
facilities and the water was drained
out of the swimming pool. The
condo owners sued for reinstate-
ment of the services and put a lien
on the resort. This began a years-
long barrage of civil suits and
countersuits some of which were
resolved by the high court.
A hostile relationship between the
owners and the hotel management
began which exists to this day.
The latest chapter was played out
last week when condo owner Co
de Koning and a reporter from the
Papiamentu language newspaper,
Extra, were refused service at La

Balandra restaurant. The restaurant
staff explained that they were un-
der strict orders from Oscar Haack,
the acting hotel manager, not to
serve them as well as other victori-
ous owners. Eventually, but too
late for lunch, the order was re-
scinded. The story made head-
lines in the Bonairean newspaper
which previously had accused
Harbour Village of similar dis-
crimination on its front page.
Harbour Village is a complex of
rooms, restaurants, shops, confer-
ence rooms, a spa, a swimming
pool and more. Condominium
owners have a right to use all these
facilities as a condition of pur-
chase. "Not only are we hindered
in the use of the facilities of Har-
bour Village, but they harass us in
different ways; the rates for many
services have more than doubled,
they did not pass mail and tele-
phone calls until recently. Of
course we did not accept this and
we have been fighting for about
seven years in court," said de
Koning, the leader of the litigation
against Harbour Village, to Extra.


D The sunscreen that you
slather on before a swim on the
beach may be protecting your
body, but a new study finds that
the chemicals are also killing
coral reefs worldwide.
Four commonly found sunscreen
ingredients can awaken dormant
viruses in the symbiotic algae
called zooxanthellae that live in-
side reef-building coral species.
The chemicals cause the viruses
to replicate until their algae hosts
explode, spilling viruses into the
surrounding seawater, where they
can infect neighboring coral com-
The researchers estimate that
4,000 to 6,000 metric tons of sun-
screen wash off swimmers annu-
ally in oceans worldwide, and that
up to 10% of coral reefs are threat-
ened by sunscreen-induced bleach-
Even low levels of sunscreen, at
or below the typical amount used
by swimmers, could activate the
algae viruses and completely
bleach coral in just four days, the
results showed.
Seawater surrounding coral ex-
posed to sunscreen contained up to
15 times more viruses than unex-
posed samples.
Several brands of popular sun-
screens were tested and all had
four ingredients in common: para-
ben, cinnamate, benzophenone,
and a camphor derivative.
Robert van Woesik, a coral ex-
pert at the Florida Institute of
Technology, who was not involved
in the research, questions whether
conditions in the study accurately

reflect those found in nature. For
example, the coral samples were
exposed to sunscreen while in
plastic bags to avoid contaminating
the reefs. But van Woesik worries
this prevented dilution of the
chemicals through natural water
circulation. "Under normal situa-
tions on a coral reef, corals would
not be subjected to these high con-
centrations because of rapid dilu-
tion," van Woesik said.
But, according to study author
Danovaro, the effect is not dose
dependent-so coral's exposure to
a very small dose of sunscreen is
just as dangerous as a high expo-
Danovaro says to use sunscreens
with physical filters, which reflect
instead of absorb ultraviolet radia-
tion; and use eco-friendly chemical
Reported by Genady Filkovsky
[lagoenhill20@yahoo. corn]from
National Geographic News

D The Golden Reef Inn, per-
haps Bonaire's most innovative
small resort, has teamed up with
Fish Eye Photo to provide their
guests with a full service photo
experience while on Bonaire.

Jazz Festival -2006

D Another fantastic Bonaire
Heineken Jazz Festival will be
held this year on May 22, 23, 24
and 25. Considering the large
number of well known jazz musi-
cians who want to participate in
the concerts it is obvious that Bon-
aire as a whole, and the festival in
particular, are becoming well
known in the international world
of jazz. It's the fourth consecutive
year for the jazz festival.
Although the festival's program
has not been finalized and negotia-
tions with several jazz artists are
still taking place it was announced
that two internationally well
known artists have been con-
These are Izaline
Calister (very
popular in the Antil-
les and Aruba) who,
with her orchestra,
will perform the
main act on opening
night, May 22, and
on Friday, May 23.
Willie Martinez,
top jazz artist from ARE
New York, will also ] Loo
perform several
main acts with his E Cr
sextet. Negotiations
are still taking place
with the KLM Jazz O Mis
Band, Sugaro and Tec
several other inter-
national, Antillean Cal

Page 6

The Bonaire National Marine Park recently received a do-
nation of three SeaLife underwater camera systems from Cap-
ture Photo located at Divi Flamingo Beach Resort and Captain
Don's Habitat.
These cameras will benefit the monitoring programs. Pictured
during the presentation are Edwin Domacass6, Bonaire National
Marine Park Chief Ranger; Juan Pablo Camevale, Videographer;
Kathy Lapsys, Capture Photo co-founder; and Brenda Yorke, Cap-
ture Photo Manager.
"Capture Photo is proud to support the efforts of the Bonaire Na-
tional Marine Park. We will continue to advise underwater photog-
raphers on how to protect the reef and "capture" a great photo at the
same time," they declared. During their courses for PADI Under-
water Photography and Videography, Capture Photo pros instruct
students on neutral buoyancy techniques and the importance of
protecting our fragile reef.

and local jazz bands. The Bonaire open Monday-Friday 8-11 am, 4-8
Student Band which proved to be pm, Saturdays 8 am -noon.
such a success last year will again
be part of the festivities this year.

Be sure to visit Cha-Cha-Cha
Beach to take a look at the sculp-
ture of traditional Bonairean cook-
ing equipment before it is placed
underwater. The sculpture by Ady
Figaroa is a joint project of the
Department of Culture (SKAL)
and the BONAI high school youth

D The island is short of small
change. Notices in markets and
restaurants are warning their cus-
tomers that local banks can't pro-
vide them the coins they need. Is
the phase-out of Antillean currency
beginning early?

D For nearly three years the
famed Windjammer wreck of
Bonaire had been closed to all
(Continued on page 15)


E.M. Rijswijk Denturist

Kaya J.G. Hernandez z/n
(Near Botika Korona)
New hours:
9 am-12 pm,
2 pm-4 pm

- Fit 4 Life not only has exercise
and weight loss programs they
also carry great workout clothes
for men and women. Odet (a.k.a.
Barney) loves hers and agreed to
pose for us. Behind Barney is the
showcase for their new line of
fragrances and lotions which in-
clude Victoria's Secret fragrances
and gift selections. Fit 4 Life is in
the mini mall at the Plaza Hotel,

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Bonaire Reporter February 22-March 7, 2008

Profiles (Continued from page 5)
NAf 4.080 for the younger
ones). The Dutch N.O.B.
(Nederlands Onderwijs
Buitenland) provides a 12% sub-
sidy for children with a Dutch/
Antillean passport. Other nation-
alities at the school total around
30%. Those children have to take
extra classes in Dutch. Classes in
Papiamentu and English are part
of the standard curriculum for
children from the age of eight.

The first years of The Pelican
Wilma had to focus primarily on
the behavioral and psychological
approach but the focus has gradu-
ally melted together with teach-
ing and creativity.

Wilma and her team work for
the children of Bonaire. She
praises the passionate involve-
ment of her team and she's
touched by their dedication.
"Working for The Pelikaan is
like a joint venture," she says.

The school has to rent various
buildings to run the school, some
located some distance away,
making team communication
complicated. Each grade has to
take turns at the playground so
interaction between the different
age groups is impossible. In the
present situation, Wilma ex-
plains, the school can only take
in a few new pupils and there is a
long waiting list for the other
groups. Two years from now they

have to leave the locations but by
then there should be a new and
permanent school building on the
school's erfpachtgrond. The
Pelikaan isn't planning to grow
into a huge school, just two more
groups will be established, to
complete the full range of an
elementary school from grades 1
to 8.

Of course subsidy has been
applied for from Holland, but by
law, education is the responsibil-
ity of the local government.
Wilma explains the reasoning by
citing that, "A school where edu-
cation is being given in the Dutch
language isn't considered a local
school and since there are still
available places for kids at the
local schools, no subsidy is
granted to The Pelikaan."
But Wilma, her team and many
parents and their kids keep their
hopes up. Wilma is realistic
enough to know that by 15 De-
cember 2008 nothing will change
that very day, but she hopes and
is confident, that the need to con-
tinue The Pelikaan will be ac-
knowledged In the meantime
they continue to organize fund-
raising events.
Wilma's personal wishes are
for a continuous quality growth
of her school, continuous im-
provement of her school educa-
tion, acceptance within the fund-
ing system, a new location and
above all: happy children, happy
parents and interaction with the

other local schools.

Wilma is determined to make
the school accessible to every
child who will blossom when he
experiences the school's philoso-
phy: "Share with others, learn
from and with each other, en-
courage and praise each other,
reward a positive attitude."

At the end of our long and
pleasant talk, when I say goodbye
to her and her two lovely Dalma-
tians, Wilma has one request: the
school needs volunteers who can
offer cooking lessons, music les-
sons, excursions, help with book
reading in Dutch and various
other activities.

The Pelikaan is a wonderful
initiative and a positive contribu-
tion to Bonaire. It certainly de-
serves our support! D
Photo & story by Louise Rood

Author Louise (Lous) Rood, is
the former owner ofSorobon
Beach Resort, andfounder of the
Bonaire Animal Shelter. She lived
for many years on the island, left
for a while to travel the world, but
has since returned. She teaches
silversmithing and stone setting,
gives yoga to kids at school and
gives private yoga classes.
Rood says, "Bonaire always had
and still has a draw for many pio-
neers who contribute to the island
in their own unique way. I am in-
terested in their stories, their ide-
als, motives, philosophy and their
experiences which can also inspire
and stimulate others."

Words Not Needed
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Photos by Dennis Lensink



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With this edition of the
CBW News, we are
reporting observations and pho-
tos concerning the acceleration
of algae growth observed by our
volunteers over the past months.
Volunteers visit their assigned
"Rainbow Sensor Site" each
week to clean the sensors and
retrieve the data:

Jacks, Turtles and Algae
Thursday, January 24, 2008 ...
Site #9... visibility was very good -
Part way through the cleaning
process we were visited by a small
school of Horse Eye Jacks. They
seem to be curious about the
mooring cleaning and data collec-
tion. This is the second time in
several weeks that Horse Eye
jacks have passed by. After finish-
ing with the mooring, spotted a
small, untagged Hawksbill turtle in
the shallows. We followed, took
pictures and video before the
turtle swam up the coast.
Algae Growth:...about 5 mm
long on the 5meter sensors, 3-4
mm long on the 12meter sensors,
and 2-3 mm long at 20meter level.
John and Cindi

Strong Current and Algae
Thursday, January 31....Site
#12...This week the current was

much stronger than usual. We
swam to the marker, then sub-
merged to begin cleaning only to
find no marker. We had been
taken well over 100 meters away
as quick as a wink. We swam
North until we sited the line and
started cleaning and reading from
the bottom which was not too
bad. Algal growth was medium,
(less than 2 cm. and not as thick
as last week. Imagine our surprise
when as we rose to the next sen-
sors we discovered more and
more, longer and thicker growth.
The 10 meter sensors and bottles
were almost invisible due to ma-
jor long, (3-4 cm) and thick cover-
age. It took twice as long to clean
everything this week, ( a half hour
to be exact and we should have
had another cleaning pad; next
week I'll bring two). Did our best
but couldn't remove some of the
deeper spots. No time for sight-
seeing this week on the way back.
We actually used up most of our
air while locating and cleaning.
Judi and Ken

And Just More Algae
Sunday, February 03, 2008...Site
#11....no swell on entry, which
was nice Algae Growth: 6.0 mm
growth at 5m, 4.0 mm growth @
12m, 1-2 mm growth at 20m.

Bonaire is experiencing un-
precedented growth in popula-
tion, expansion of development
and modernization of infrastruc-
ture. These activities, and later
the habitation and use of the fa-
cilities currently under construc-
tion, threaten to change the envi-
ronment in a negative way. Ad-
vancements, in the name of
"Progress." If Bonaire's prime
attraction, its reef, is to survive
all discharges of fresh water used
in the daily activities of every
living person, business and social
activity, must be processed, re-
used or disposed of in an envi-
ronmentally safe way. With clear
thinking, assisted by modem
technology and a willingness to
take action, this can be accom-

The visionary "Light and
Motion Sensor Program" being
reported in these CBW News
articles, has been developed to
establish a scientific database
of the present sea water quality
on Bonaire reefs, and, with con-
tinuous monitoring, produce a
data stream to show any changes
and trends, good or bad. This 10-
year-long project is entirely
funded by private donations from
concerned and interested indi-
viduals, like our readers, and
carried out by dedicated research
volunteers on the island. 0

Story & photos by
Albert Bianculli

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niit/llNlllllIIllliullH l e
One week's growth on a sensor

One week's growth on a line
Donations accepted by Support
Bonaire (US tax deductible) or you
are invited to directly deposit your
donation to SEA MONITOR
Foundation accounts:
Maduro & Curiel's Bank (Bonaire)
USD Account # 116.735.09
NA Account # 116.736.07


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When we talk about our minds is the
donkey as transportation in the
past as compared to a car in the present, or
the slave huts in the past compared to nice
big houses in the present. Well, Bonairean
Voices are concerned with every aspect of
our development.
"Your last articles about Traffic and Tour-
ists are part of our development," some-
body said. He (29) continued,
"Development is good in the sense that it
brings good money into the businesses. You
can see a lot of construction going on the
island now. Foreign investors are bringing
big money to the island and that opens a lot
of possibilities. With this you see there is
development in sports, especially in Judo
and Windsurfing. In our airlift we now have
Delta Airlines coming straight from Atlanta
to Bonaire. We all want to see Bonaire pro-
gressing and become better and better. This
development is good for me as a young
man. It's bringing good benefits to the
company I work for, to my well being
and my salary." That's one spot we might
think about.
"This area is so grown up here now," a
woman (74) says, who lives in Belnem.
"We were the first people in this neighbor-
hood. We moved to Bonaire in August
1968 and we were the first ones to build a
house here. There were so much empty land
to choose from, but we chose the right spot.
We didn't have water facilities, only elec-
tricity. The government provided water
from its company but before that everyone
needed to have a well. Then Harry Bela-
fonte and Maurice Neme bought all the

property along the sea and called it
Belnem. After that we got the street
name, EEG Blvd. (Europese Econo-
misch Gemeenschap). The water
company put in water pipes to Bel-
nem, so we didn't need to buy water
from the trucks; we had water
straight from the water company.
More people started building
houses in Belnem and in the sur-
rounding area. But still we have nice
neighbors. They are very social and
friendly. It's still a very quiet
neighborhood and I hope it stays like
this. So as you can see this year we
will have been living 40 years in the
same spot."
Development is giving Bonaire a
price tag for some people. It's get-
ting very expensive indeed. Accord-
ing to a 79-year-old lady, "We used 0'
lanterns, got water from the well, and
could buy a pound of meat for 8
cents, sugar for 5 cents and cornmeal
for 25 cents a pint and a cent for ,
phosphorus. The Watapana trees had
many fruits and they were exported to the
US where the fruit was ground into a pow-
der to make paints. I can keep mentioning
all the good things we had back then. Todi
we are living in a modern world and every
thing is so expensive. Some neighbors don
like each other; they don't like to share.
Like in the past, if I needed sugar and I ha
another product that I could share I'd go tc
my neighbor and we would trade our prod-
ucts and I got my sugar. Money was not s'
important; living together as family was
important. But today even the families ar
broken. Children don't have respect for

Plan for the
shopping mall
at the traffic circle A

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their parents. Schools have a big influence
on our children. We need a change, but
where we can start changing is my big con-
cern," she said. D
Siomara E. Albertus

If you have any com-
ments about these topics
send your letter to The Bon-
aire Reporter, P.O. Box
407, Bonaire, or email re-
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Martinus Pikerie (center) surrounded by hisfami
andMCB colleagues.

O n February 1 Martinus Pikerie celebrated 25 years
vice at MCB-Bonaire, "Your Friendly Bank." The
employee, better known as "Tinchi," marked the day in the
pany of his family, including his mother and brother who a
from Holland in time for the party, as well as MCB manag
He joined the bank in 1983 and quickly rose to the positi
teller, a job he performed diligently for many years. He se
a teller in the Rincon branch with kindness and dedication.
receiving a promotion in 2001 he now works in the Hato b
Remittance Teller where he's known as a responsible and
person. Heartfelt congratulations from the MCB family an
his clients. U Translatedfrom a press release

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B onaire now has a comprehensive new book and toy shop.
Owned and operated by a real Dutch gentleman, Addo Stuur,
who was in the publishing business in Holland, the shop carries books
in Dutch, English and Papiamentu. Addo is especially proud of the
section of books by Antillean authors. And good news for parents are
the children's books in Dutch and Papiamentu. Just about all of the
"guide books" for Bonaire are there as well as the nature series of
plants and animals of the island. In English are Caribbean novels, top
selling books in the US, South American travel guides, and Caribbean
guides and maps.
Addo also promises "authors' visits" with book signings and talks. The book selection right now will
be increasing more and more as every two weeks shipments arrive from Holland and the US.
The toy and kite section has only high quality toys from Europe like Leggo and Fisher Price. "These
are toys that will last," Addo says, "not fall apart after a day!"
ily Stop in and say hello to Addo and his staff. They're located on the Kaya Grandi, across from Littman's
Jewelers. The shop looks small from the outside but it's spacious inside, enough so it can house a
lovely long real library table. Tel. 717-6618 or 786-1418. Website: www.addosbookstore.com. U L.D.
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Wanda escaped from a win-
dow in Tera Cora near La Por-
tugesa. She is a white cat and
has an injury with new stitches.
She needs medical attention.
She is very shy. If you see
Wanda try to capture her or
call 786 3134 or 786 4538.E

L ast weekend
some of the
volunteers from Bon-
aire's Animal Shelter
got together with the
staff and board of
directors for drinks
and camaraderie at
Roomers (formerly
The Great Escape).
Keep up the good
work, guys, helping to
keep the Shelter a
loving place for un-
wanted cats and dogs.

American Books
Caribbean Novels
Top selling books USA
Dive Books and nature
Travel Guides South America
Books about the Antilles and Bonaire
Caribbean Guides and Maps
Dutch Books
Top 20 Dutch books (novels, thrillers)

S Nowis the
For Kites
Stunt kites
Wind games
Ch-idren'5 kites i

Caribbean novels Toys Ses Creative materials
Books about the Antilles Lego I Duplo Jumbo games and puzzles
and travel books Mighty World Board and travel games
Dictionaries Papiamento, Fisher Price Bruynzeel pencils
Dutch, Spanish Bradz and Barbie dolls Sesame street
Children's books Waterplay Stickers
Dutch Magazines and puzzle books Nijntje Pool Toys
Books in Papiamento for adults Knex Bruder and Tonka cars
and children

Tel: 7176618 (shop) 7861418 (mobile) E-mail: bookstore@addostuur.nl
Every 2 weeks new arrivals from Holland and the USA Ordering

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Website: www.addosbookstore.com
service for books and magazines

Bonaire Reporter February 22-March 7, 2008

Addo's Bookstore Bonaire N.V. Kaya Grandi 36


Second Annual Klein Relay Jong Bonaire

Rona Aguilar photo R A N I o f

On Saturday, February 9, at 8:30am the Black Durgon Inn
had a swim/kayak relay from the Black Durgon to No
Name Beach on Klein. It was the second annual relay.
Participants swam or kayaked from Black Durgon to Klein Bon-
aire. They spent about 20 minutes on the beach and then they
switched places for the return. The winds picked up on the way to
Klein and got worse on the way back but everyone made it back
eventually. Emily and other fans cheered them on and waited for
their return.
Pictured left to right:
1. Roland Verbeek Warehouse Bonaire manager
2. Rene Pash -Guest of Black Durgon (sister to Stan)
3. Stan Pash guest of Black Durgon, also same guy who swam
around Klein Bonaire in 2006.
4. Rick Aguilar Black Durgon Scuba Center manager
5. Maria Schuttpelz, swim coach
6. Dan Deanda Seahatch manager
7. Emily Cheerleader
Not pictured, Bret Schuttpelz, Cargill Salt manager, who went
back in the water after the relay to snorkel. 0 Rona Aguilar

L.WJB photo
The Jong Bonaire Walk Team

Last Sunday's First Jong
Bonaire 20K Fun Walk
was a huge success with 150
people participating, either in
groups or individually. All
funds collected were to benefit
Jong Bonaire, the after school
program for teens that has be-
come an example for other is-
lands to emulate. The event was
touted not as a competition but
as a fun opportunity for people
to train. However, the first three
people to finish were: Maria
Schuttpelz (2 hours), Nazario
Alberto (2 hours, 10 minutes)
and Miguel Brito (2 hours, 20
minutes). Jong Bonaire says
thank you to all the sponsors,
volunteers, parents and students
for making this event so suc-
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Make sure you visit Mangazina di Rei on the road to Rin-
con this Saturday. It's an opportunity to sample the Bon-
aire of the past. preserved by this living outdoor museum. The
program begins at 9 am and lasts all day with demonstrations of
sorghum grain processing, exhibits, storytelling, music, dancing,
art and videos of the Heritage (Herensia) TV series. Special local
food-to reserve your dish call Edith Strauss Mercera at 717-4060
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Open Tu.-We.-Th. & Sat 10 am- 5 pm Fri-
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Make it more livable from the start.
Also interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy, healing,
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Studio for rent near by the center of
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Fully furnished house for rent in Bel-
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2nd Annual Hato Neighborhood
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March 8 & 9 9am to 2pm, Sunday
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It seems that our rainy season is over
now, some light showers come now and
then, but we have entered the time we call
"Quarisma. This is the period of strong
winds, very good for windsurfing, but bad for
After our rainy season, not really spectacu-
lar this year, most of our plants have become
spoiled by having so much water and have
grown a lot. So it makes them pretty vulner-
able for this new period of strong winds. It's
very important to let the plants get used to
this new windy period. That means water
them frequently, not much, but on a regular
schedule. Also now is a good time for some
pruning of the abundant new growth.
This brings us to the conclusion of our last
topic, the use of septic-tank water for irriga-
tion. We all know by now that we have to be
very careful with this type of irrigation, sim-
ply because we don't want any of this water to
reach our beautiful sea. But for sure, right
now it is much more preferable than dumping
it somewhere else, with all the consequences.
Let's start with the basics. Every house built
recently should have a septic tank with multi-
ple compartments. In the very last compart-
ment you can install a small pump. Don't use
too heavy a one 12HP is usually enough. The
irrigation lines are a closed system, the only
pressure the pump needs is to suck up the
water and fill the lines. With too much pres-
sure, you might blow out the drippers and
lose a lot of water. Some plants need more
water than others, so use the kind of dripper
that the plant needs. Always try to make a
closed circuit of your irrigation lines, so you
have the pressure well spread out. If you
don't do this, the first plants near the pump
will get way too much water and the last ones
You must always try to have a balance
between the amount of water available and
the number of plants you have. If you use a
lot of water in your house, you'll always
have lots of water in your septic tank. But if
you have only a few plants and want to use
that water for irrigation, that is not so good
because then you irrigate with so much water
that the plants will never be able to absorb it
and the water might float away to places we

don't want! And if, for some reason, you
have more water than usual, don't try to pump
it out all at one time. But do so, spaced out so
you give the plants time to absorb the water.
And if you don't have a lot of septic water
or if you don't want to spend a lot of money
for WEB water, either don't plant too much or
use plants that don't need a lot of water. No-
body wants to spend money for nothing!
This is the most important part of this story:
If you use septic water, use it in a responsible
way and try to make a balance between the
water available and the plants' needs so no
water will be wasted.
And the last part, but also very important, is
to maintain your irrigation system well, so no
leaks or other problems can do damage to
either your wallet or our reefs!
In my opinion if you keep to these easy
rules it is a good way of re-using this water
until we find a better alternative!
If you have any questions, please feel free
to contact me or visit our shop on Kaya In-
dustria. O Ap Van Eldik
Apfounded Green Label Landscaping
which designs, constructs and maintains resi-
dential and commercial gardens. The garden
shop carries all
your gardening
needs plus terra
cotta pots from
Mexico and South
America. Tel. 717-
8310, 566-6033.

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Did You Know...

kph as they break the sur-
face of the water and 'fly'
through the air? It's true!
In fact, they have also been
recorded to reach heights
of up to 1.2 meters above
the water, so don't be too
surprised if one lands in
your boat! These incredible
creatures normally have
flights that cover a dis-
tance of 200 meters, but
flights reaching 400 meters have been recorded, which the animal is able to achieve
by flapping its tail.
Flying fish are common to many tropical seas such as the one surrounding Bonaire.
It is suspected that the flying fish developed this characteristic to evade predators,
such as tuna, marlin, mackerel, swordfish and other large predatory fish. 0

I hope you enjoyed these fun facts. Hi! My name
is Lola Nygaard I am 22 years old, and am cur-
rently studying at the CIEE Research Station Bon-
aire and finishing up my last year of undergradu-
ate studies with the University of Minnesota, Mor-
ris. I will graduate in May with a BA in Biology
and have plans to continue my education at the
University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry in
late summer. A fun fact about Minnesota is that it
is known as the land of 10, 000 lakes, even though
there are actually 11,842 lakes, plus many wetland
areas. In fact, the total water surface area in Min-
nesota is equal to 13,136,357 acres, which is
roughly 185 times the entire surface area ofBon-



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Balashi Beach Bar Open every day On the beach
Bar and Beach Service 8am 8pm. Extensive snack/salad/burger menu
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Happy Hour, two for one, 6-7 pm. available daily from noon.
Bella Vista Restaurant, Buddy's Pool Bar Moderate. Breakfast daily 6:30-10 am Buddy's Magnificent Theme Nights: Sat. Steak Night; Mon. "Dive and
Sea Side at Buddy Dive Resort Lunch daily 11:30 Dine;" Wed. -"Live Cooking by the Chefs;" Fri. Free Rum Punch Party (5:30-
717-5080, ext. 538 Dinner on theme nights 6-10 pm 6:30 pm) and All-u-can-eat BBQ for $19.50 (7-10 pm)
Bistro de Paris Moderate Real French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Lunch Monday Friday 11 am-3 pm Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Dinner Monday Saturday, 6 to 10 pm Owner-operated Eat in or Take away
Calabas Restaurant &
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar B kft nrate DinnrBiggest BBQ Buffet on Bonaire every Saturday
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Open 7 days from 6-9pm. Only NAf 28,50 or $16.
717-8285pn dys
Casablanca Argentinean Restaurant Moderate Indulge your whim-beef seafood, chicken, vegetarian
One block south of the Post Office Lunch Tues-Sat-11:30-2:30 Mondays-All you can eat and special slide shows starting at 6 pm
717-4433 Dinner 7 nights- starting at 6 pm Great value anytime.
Hilltop Restaurant Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -in Bonaire's hill country
At the Caribbean Club Bonaire-on the scenic Rincon Road Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Frequent Dinner Specials
717-7901 Happy hours 5 to 6 daily, to 7 on Tuesday BBQ night.
Pasa Bon Pizza L -Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the
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Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16 flights a
day between Bonaire and Curagao. Your first choice for
inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba.
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest selec-
tion of large and small home appliances, furniture, TV,
computers, cell phones and more. Fast service and in-store
financing too.
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest number
of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank.
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-
sional repairs on almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
At last, a real book and toy store on Bonaire, Addos,
in downtown Kralendijk sell books in three languages and
has a variety of quality toys.
Mio offers by far the clearest, most phone reliable signal
on the island. And their personnel are trained and friendly.
Check out their unlimited calling plan.
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch dive
shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bon-
aire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q.
Dive Inn-For your diving with a personal touch. Located
in town at Chacha cha Beach. Drop ins and cruise ship
passengers welcome
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintaining
the highest professional standards. In town at City Cafe
and at Eden Beach.

Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates,
Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness
machines and classes for all levels.
Interiyours- New name, same owner and location. Has
lots of beautiful, often one-of-a-kind furniture, antiques,
crafts and accessories from mainland China and Indonesia.
Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain
your garden. They can design, install and maintain it and
offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals. Now
in new expanded location off Kaya Industria.
Bonfysiotherapie helps when you need physiotherapy for
any reason. It's professionals treat you with the most mod-
em equipment and techniques. Phone 717-7030/7850 Fax
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center down-
town offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items
and services Full digital services.
Capture Photo at the Divi Flamingo. Photo classes, cam-
era rental, digital processing, all state of the art!
Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor," specializing
in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and property man-
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's most experienced
real estate agent. They specialize in professional customer
service, top notch properties and home owners insurance.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of Choices in real es-
tate-Interational/US connections. 5% of profits donated
to local community. List your house with them to sell fast.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insurance
services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop
in and see them.

Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours
including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling and
exploration. Full service dive shop and photo shop too.
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available now in
Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For men, women
and children.
Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water pearl
jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Under new management.
Valerie's Airport Shops Convenient shopping for
unique items, magazines, gifts and more.
Special Security Services will provide that extra measure
of protection when you need it. Always reliable.
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
agent. What would we do without their services?
Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-Biggest
air conditioned market with the, largest selection and low-
est prices on the island.
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on Klein

Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest; now try
the best: best prices, highest quality wines from around the
world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free delivery. Shop at
Kaya Industria 23, Monday-Saturday 9 am-12 noon.
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Football Scholarship

for Bool, Jr.

Ramonsito Booi Jr., the
son of Bonaire's UPB
green party political leader, has
received a football scholarship
from Wake Forest University.
His performance on the field
attracted national attention. He
is the first Antillean to receive an
athletic scholarship for American
football. Wake Forest is a pri-
vate liberal arts university in
Winston-Salem, North Carolina,
offering small classes, dedicated
faculty and advanced technol-
ogy. Its football team is rated
number 15 in the US and they
played in last year's Orange
Ramonsito Booi, Sr. attended
his son's scholarship signing in
the US several weeks ago.
Currently Ramonsito Jr. is the
first string Offensive Tackle on
the Fishburne Military School
(Waynesboro, VA) team. He is
6'7" (2,1m.) tall and weighs 340
lbs (154,2 kg.).
Fishburne Military School is
one of the oldest military high
schools in the country with an
enrollment of 160 cadets. Ac-
cording to the school's website,
its average academic SAT scores
were 1500 vs. the 1001 US na-
tional average. The yearly tui-
tion for boarding students is
$22,200 per year.
Tuition and fees at Wake For-
est University typically amount
to $47,550 a year, which will be

Boot, Jr. on the Jela

covered by the scholarship as
Booi plays with the Demon Dea-
cons football team. U G.D.

Son and proudfather.

KeThBoa -r e o r
S p ral ua v te -.,

IC Hair Affair
We do our best to make
your hair and make-up wishes come
You can also come in for
facials and waxing.
We use and sell L'Oreal products
Is your plan to marry on the island?
We can make you beautiful and stay
beautiful for your happiest day.
Personal attention by Janneke and Bfirbel
Appointment by tel: 717-5990
or just walk in. Tues-Fri: 9-12 2-6
Sat: 9-2 non stop

16 Flights a day
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24 hours a day
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Flotsam (Continued from page 6)
diving due to security at the
BOPEC oil terminal. After years
of meetings and discussions
an agreement was reached and the
site was once again opened with
very controlled restrictions on who
can dive there. (At present only
"tech" diver guides are on the per-
mitted list.)
An application must be sent to
BOPEC by approved dive guides.
All names of those diving must
also be on this application. Once
approved then the divers are per-
mitted to pass inside the gates and
fence to make the dive. Unfortu-
nately, some people are jeopardiz-
ing this process by violating the
rules. If this continues it is possi-
ble that this site could be closed.

The transition of Bonaire
from Island Territory to Dutch
Municipality is being docu-
mented by the well known island
videographer, Hendrick Wuyts
of Scubavision, and local busi-
nessman Gerard van Erp.
The idea is to portray life on the
island and how it is being influ-
enced by the dismantling of the
Netherlands Antilles. It is planned
to play on Dutch TV in 2009.

The first Tintin comic book
in Papiamentu, E Asuntu di Flo-
risol (The Sunflower Case), a Bon-
aire project, was officially pre-
sented in Curacao by the man who
came up with the idea for the book
and made it happen, Co de
Koning. This "comic book," trans-
lated by B6i Antoin of Bonaire's
Extra newspaper, was made possi-
ble by donations from sponsors in
Bonaire and the Netherlands.
Tintin is a very popular comic
book character world-

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Recently the Bonaire Hotel
and Tourism Association
(BONHATA) formally recognized
its members and some other or-
ganizations who boosted Bonaire
tourism last year. Named were:
Max van Dordtmondt of Bonaire
Affair, Bart Snelder of Wannadive,
Deepak Daryanani of Bonaire Gift
Shop, Junny Janga of Sand Dollar,
Telbo, Rum Runners Restaurant and
team, Kontiki, Jack Chalk/Captain
Don's Habitat and Mama Smile
(Poppy Rodriguez). A special prize
went to STINAPA.
Following that, BONHATA do-
nated the proceeds of the raffle
held during 2007 BONHATA Sev-
enth Annual Awards event. Checks
for NAf 2.350 were presented to
teacher Kees Leeman and Isidoor
van Riemsdijk for support of the
SGB High School Culinary Team.
(photo above) The money will go
towards the expenses for the team to
compete in an ABC Islands culinary
competition in March.
Another NAf2.350 check was
presented to Ruud Vermeulen, Flo-
ris van Loo and Isidoor van Riems-
dijk, to support the Culinary Bon-
aire Foundation. The money will go
towards the expenses to compete in
this year's Caribbean Hotel Asso-
ciation Taste of the Caribbean com-


Sara Matera, Isidoor van
Riemsdijk, Kees Leeman and I
Marion Wilson of BONHA TA

D Due to a misleading press
release we had the wrong name
for the Kamaval Queen last issue.
We apologize for the error. The
Karnaval Queen on the cover is
Thasjanara Rosario. E G./L.D.

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Through February 29 -Andre
Nagtegaal Art Exhibit, "My
Gigis" Kas di Arte, 5-9 pm

February 22-29 -Art Show Ex-
hibit by Bonaire's Captains of
Industry, Plaza Hotel

Saturday, February 23 Man-
gazina di Rei Open House -
Demonstrations of cutting mai-
shi, music, story telling, guided
tours, more. Great family fun. 9
am to 5 pm. Local food reserve
your plate, call Edith Strauss
Mercera at 717-4060 or 786-
4643. See page 11.

Saturday, February 23 Little
League Season Opening, La
Sonrisa Ball Park 5 pm

Saturday, March 1-Dinner &
Auction, Captains of Industry
Art Show. Dinner 5:30-7:30 pm,
Auction 8 pm. Naf65. Phone/fax
717-3015, email dickdisselbo-
naire@flamingotv.net (More on
page 7) Plaza Hotel

Saturday, March 1 Big
Monthly Marshe in Rincon -8 am
to 2 pm. Enjoy a real Bonairean
experience with the people of Rin-
con. Music, local food, gifts,
plants, and more. A program will
begin at 10 am on the outdoor

March 14-24 Medium Jan
Arnold Francken on Bonaire.
Call 786-3341 for more informa-
tion or on the internet:
www.spirituelecoaching.nl or
Sunday, April 6-30th Annual
Kontest di Fli (Kite Contest)

Arts and Crafts Markets at
Wilhelmina Park on Cruise Ship
Days, 10 am 2 pm
Cruise Ship Schedules
Subject to Change
Mon., Feb. 25 -Arcadia
Tues., Feb. 26 Sea Princess
Wed., Feb. 27 Summit
Thurs., Feb. 28- Emerald Princess
Tues., Mar. 4 Veendam
Wed., Mar. 5 -2 Ships Summit,
Crown Princess
Wed. Mar. 12 -2 Ships Sea Prin-
cess, Summit
Tues., Mar. 18 Seven Seas Navi-
Wed., Mar. 19 Crown Princess
Tues., Mar. 25 Sea Princess
Wed., Mar. 26 Summit
Fri., Mar. 21 Emerald Princess


The popular SGB High School

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restaurant, Chez Nous, is now open to
the public. Four-course dinners with
welcome cocktail on Tuesdays. Seating
begins at 6 pm. Lunches on Wednesday
& 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 Re-
sort, 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-
Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the evening

Steak Night On the Beach (a la carte)
with live mariachi- Buddy Dive Resort,
* Rincon Marshe-6 am-2 pm. En-
joy a Bonairean breakfast while you
shop, fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts,
candles, incense, drinks, music.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi
Flamingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm.
Call for reservations 717-8285 ext. 444.
Soldachi Tours-See the real
Bonaire and be transported back in time.
Learn about the history, culture and na-
ture by Bonaireans from Rincon. Call
Maria Koeks for more information-796
Mountain Bike Training for
riders of all levels (also Tuesday) at
5pm. Bonaire Wellness Connexions,
Eden Beach, 785-0767, email
info @bonairewellness.com

* Live music 6-9 pm while enjoying
a great dinner in colorful tropical ambi-
ance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant &
Bar, Divi Flamingo. Open daily 5-10
* "Dive & Dine" Buddy Dive Re-
sort, 6:30 -9:30 pm
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart
of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria
* Margarita & Taco Tuesdays!
With $2.50 Margaritas and a Taco bar!
Plus Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, 6-8pm Divi Flamingo, Balashi
Beach Bar
* "Live Cooking by the Chefs" with
live music by the Flamingo Rockers
Unplugged Buddy Dive Resort, 6-10

* Flamingo Rockers at "Admiral's
Hour" for yachtsmen and others,
Vespucci Restaurant, Harbour Village
Marina. HH drinks, gratis tapas, 5-7

Le Boulevard Restaurant, open 9 -
10:30 am, run by teens in training. Only
on Fridays. Coffee, tea, homemade
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
Swim lessons for children by
Enith Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at
Sunrise Poolbar and Sportsclub, for chil-
dren 0 18.
* Manager's Bash-free Flamingo
Smash & snacks, Live music by Fla-
mingo Rockers, Divi Flamingo, Balashi
Beach Bar 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

Saturday- Discover Our Diversity slide
show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm, 717-
Monday-Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
Slide Presentation, Capt. Don's Habitat,
8:30 pm. 717-8529
Monday- Land & Ocean Bonaire by
Fish-Eye photo staff, 8 pm on the big
screen in front of Bonaire Dive & Ad-
Tuesday -Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles ofBon-
aire Slide Show. Every 1st & 3rd Tues-
day, Buddy Dive Resort, 7 pm-717-
Tuesday-Diving Facts And Fiction -
An Evening with DIR slide/video show
by Caribbean Gas Training, 8 pm, Bon-
aire Dive & Adventure,786-5073
Wednesday- Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles ofBon-
aire Slide Show, every 2nd & 4th
Wednesday at Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn
(717-8819) at 7pm.

Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past
inthisvenerable old home that has been re-
stored and furnished so it appears the family
has just stepped out. Local ladies will tell you
the story. OpenMonday thru 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
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
centuy. Daily. Call 717-4060/ 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind
the Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays
from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017

AA meetings -every Wednesday at 7:00
PM-every Sunday at 5:00 PM. Phone:
786-4651, 788-1369 or786-7699.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Cancer Survivor Support Group Ma-
jestic Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes
Shopping Center 2nd Level Kaya LD
Gerharts # 10. Call 717-2482/566-6093.
Weekly Bonaire Talker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7.30 pm
at Old Inn (across the street from
Plaza) 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 Bon-
aire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO build-
ing, 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 Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm 'Pirate House', above
Zeezicht Restaurant. All Rotarians wel-
come. Tel. 717-8434
Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Crusita
de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Martinez
Beck, at 786-2953.

Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papia-
mentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rin-
con. Bible Study and Prayer meetings,
Thursdays, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Kaminda Santa
Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Services
in Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bonaire:
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26, Sundays
8:30 11:30am. In Papiamentu, Spanish
and English.
Catholic: San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, Satur-
day at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papia-
mentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios):
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30
pm. 717-2194
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services
Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire
Youth Center in English, Dutch and Papia-
mentu. Preaching the full gospel. Contact:

Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
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*to find it... just look up

See the
Ringed Planet at
its Very Best
for 2008,
This Weekend

T his weekend
planet #7, the
exquisite ringed
planet Saturn, will
be at its closest, big-
gest and brightest
and best for the en-
tire year because this
Sunday, February
24th it will be offi-
cially at opposition.

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Saturn's magnificent rings show some of their intricate
structure in this image taken on May 11, 2004, by the
Cassini spacecraft's narrow angle camera.

Around 9 pm, Sky Park time, face east where you will see the stars of one of the
oldest known constellations, Leo the Lion, looking very much like a reclining
Egyptian sphinx. Leo's brightest star, Regulus, marks his heart and looks like the
dot at the bottom of a backward question mark or sickle-shaped group of stars,
whereas the hind portion of Leo is marked by three stars, which make a wonderful
right triangle. Now blue white Regulus is usually the brightest star-like object in
this area, but this year it has a visitor almost three times as bright just below it.
And it is the most beautiful of all the planets in our solar system as seen through a
telescope, 75,000-mile-wide Saturn, whose ring system is twice as wide as Jupi-
Now as Saturn makes one trip around the Sun every 30 years we see its rings
from a constantly changing perspective. In 2003 they were, as astronomers say,
wide open and we saw the bottom or southern side of the rings, looking up at
them. But since then they have been slowly tilting or closing so we now see much
less of the southern side of the rings. And if you look at them through a small tele-
scope now they will appear more edgewise to us than they have in 10 years. In
fact by September 2009 they will completely close as astronomers say and we'll
see them edge on. And they will actually seem to disappear for several nights.
Then they will slowly open again and gradually more and more of the northern
side of the rings will be revealed until October 2017 when they'll be wide open
from the northern perspective. And then the whole cycle will repeat all over again.
Now whenever a planet is at opposition it is directly opposite the Sun as seen
from Earth, 1800, which means that it will be visible all the hours the Sun is not.
So this weekend as the Sun sets in the west Saturn will rise in the east. It will
slowly travel up the sky and reach its highest point around midnight, Sky Park
time, and then will slowly descend hour after hour until it finally sets in the west
as the Sun rises in the east. So you can see it all night long.
Also because Saturn is at opposition it is at its closest and brightest and looks
much bigger through a telescope than when it is far from opposition. In fact this
Sunday Saturn will be only 771 million miles away, which is a whopping 181
million miles closer than when it was at its farthest point in August, 952 million
miles away. So get out this weekend and watch Saturn out-dazzle the regal heart
of Leo the Lion. 0 Jack Horkheimer


Your energy for tackling household projects returns this month, dear Aries. It's a great time
for spring cleaning, reorganizing, and even remodelling. Getting riled up with, or on behalf of,
family members is a possibility now. Watch for tensions on the 4-8, when you seem to attract
trouble or angry situations. A surprising connection with a friend occurs around the same time.
Matters from the past resurface and need attention. Until mid-month, love is more about sharing
and camaraderie than anything, but in the last two weeks of March, it's deliciously private.
A pleasantly busy social agenda and active professional life figure strongly this month, dear
Taurus. Others are seeing you in a most positive light. Surprises from friends or groups are part
of the picture. You are likely to meet a new friend out of the blue, and interesting connections
are made in March, particularly around the 6-7 and 28-29. You are enjoying the company of
people of different social or cultural background than yours in March.
A desire to act freely and to be on the move gives way approximately mid-month to the need
to tend to practical matters. You are expenencmg a yearly professional peak, dear Gemini, and
this time around, you are especially well-received professionally. Watch for interesting synchro-
nicities surrounding your career and reputation, particularly around the 4-9 and the 27th. Oppor-
tunities to advance and for greater exposure and recognition seem to come out of the blue. En-
ergy for financial projects and making money increases this month.
The fiery planet, Mars, returns to your sign this month, dear Cancer, serving to quicken your
impulses, increase your heart rate, and motivate you to move forward with personal ventures.
An extra burst of vitality helps you to create new beginnings. Just remember that the rest of the
world isn't moving quite as fast as you are! Impatience has a way of backfiring on you during
this period. Career opportunities come to you quite naturally now. Partnerships are healthy. A
domestic or family revelation occurs around the Full Moon on the 21st.
Your relationship with a significant other or close friend takes top billing this month, dear
Leo. You continue to put special effort into making others happy in March--and quite success-
fully at that! A meeting of minds or a partnering opportunity arrives around the 8-9, but a power
struggle on the job could also capture your attention. Avoid mind games and the people who
play them now. Keep your eyes open for social opportunities that seem to come out of nowhere.
Pleasing a partner, negotiating successfully, and your social life in general figure strongly in
March for you, dear Virgo. It's a strong month for marriage, affection, new love relationships
with commitment, close friendships, business, dealings with women, and personal magnetism.
Expressing your affections comes easily. Your zeal for friendships established near the end of
2007 returns this month, or you reconnect to a friend or group now. A conflict over money is
possible on the 5-8, but this period is also strong for connecting with a close partner.
Some of the fun from last month carries over into March, dear Libra, but by mid-month (and
for some, sooner), it's time to pick up your sleeves and get down to work. Surprises concerning
work or health matters are likely to pepper the month, keeping you on your toes. Love is more
than likely found through work or professional interests and contacts this month. The practical
aspects and implications of relationships are in focus.
March is a playful month for you dear Scorpio. Surprises surrounding recreation, entertain-
ment, children, and romance pepper your month, and communications are especially flowing
and open with a lover. Sharing favorite pastimes boosts friendships. Romantic opportunities
abound all month, but particularly on the 13-16.Getting in touch with your "inner child" is easy
now, as you recognize your need for more play time. Your thirst for adventure resurfaces after a
period of hesitancy. Watch for tension on the 7-9, when you are more likely to attract angry
people or circumstances into your life.
Domestic life captures much of your attention this month, dear Sagittarius. It's a good period
for refocusing and re-establishing yourself and your goals. Career demands are likely strong,
and finding a balance between personal and professional interests is necessary. Romance deep-
ens and is especially intimate this month. An intense interaction that might feel uncomfortable
at first can lead to greater understanding on the 5-8. Good news about work or health is likely to
arrive around the same time. A partnering opportunity may come as a surprise on the 27th.
March is a busy and successful month for communications and learning, dear Capricorn. The
pace of your lifequickens, and there are likely to be times when you feel pressured and stressed.
However, good ideas come to you easily. Conversations are lively and productive, and good
news arrives that puts a spring m your step. An excellent period for financial surprises occurs on
the 8-9. Magical moments romantically speaking are more likely to occur on the 6-7.
Aquarius March may seem a little tame for you, dear Aquarius, after a rather dramatic and
personally involving month. However, it's one of quiet revelations. This month is especially
strong for personal finances and partnering. The 6-9 brings financial activity that puts you m a
good mood. It's also a period of coming together with a special someone. You see eye to eye
and feel secure with one another. The 28-29 is excellent for love and romance, and brings a
pleasant surprise. A whirlwind of work projects keeps you busy.
Pisces March is an excellent month in which to launch new ventures and otherwise display
your independence, dear Pisces. A partner is in your comer, perhaps even like putty in your
hands! Romance is vigorous and active. Your powers of attraction skyrocket, so take advantage.
Work is strong, and for those looking for a newjob, this could be the month when new work
finds you. Financial initiatives move forward, but your tendency towards speculation may need
to be tamed. 0 Annie


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1 ast year's (2007) entries into the
Picture Yourself in The Bonaire
Reporter made it nearly impossible for the
staff to pick the best. Photos came in from
all over the world, for example from Hol-
land; Rome, Italy; Sicily; Cowes, Great
Britain; Sydney Australia; Suriname; Brit-
ish Columbia, Canada; the Panama Canal;
Paraguay, Cusco and Arequipa, Peru; Paris,
France; Istanbul, Turkey; The Great Wall of
China; St. Maarten; Berlin, Germany; the

hure Yourself with The Reporter 2007

Polish border; Canary Islands; New Guinea
and Mount Kilimanjaro! We even got a
photo of Laura and Marijn van Erp reading
the paper on a KLM airliner, 33,000 ft. high
over the Atlantic Ocean.
In the US we got entries from, among
others, Maui and Kauai, Hawaii; Ardsley,
New York; Las Vegas, Nevada; Minneapo-
lis, Minnesota; Boulder and Denver, Colo-
rado; Lake Michigan. The Reporter even
showed up at DEMA (Dive Equipment

Manufacturers Association) in Orland, Flor-
ida, and The Taste of the Caribbean in Mi-
ami, Florida (where Bonaire's culinary team
competed), as well as in Manhattan at Henk
Roozendaal's art opening.
Applause and great thanks to all of you
who brought The Reporter along and sent
us the marvelous photos.
And now, the First Prize winner:
Bonaire resident, Czella Williams, in

Bata, Guinea, in Equatorial Africa
with students from the Baha'i School
Honorable Mentions go to
Marga and Jan Piet van Zeggelaar in
And to Fernand van Silfhout whose
photo of him reading The Reporter on the
toilet was sent in by his mom and dad,
Linda and Eric, whom he will probably
never forgive once he gets old enough! co

Bata, Guinea Equatorial, Africa Antav Mtima

C zella Williams (holding the copy of The Reporter) wrote: "On a recent Marga and Jan Piet van Zeggelaar, from
trip to Africa, I found the children hungry for knowledge. There are as Naarden, The Netherlands write, We really hope
many as 80 children in some classrooms. These are a few of the students I vis- we are the first diehards to show The Bonaire Re-
ited, who are studying English at a Baha'i school in Bata, Guinea Equatorial, porter on Antarctica. The picture was taken on
Africa. They were happy to speak English with me and were extremely in- January 1, 2007. Anyway, we are friends of The
quisitive about The Reporter. In fact, they asked me to please give them The Reporter from the beginning. This copy of The
Reporter and I did. Czella's prize is a large Pasa Bon pizza and two drinks. Reporter travelled a lot!" 11


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and Eric van Silfhout youngest son,
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The Greening of Bonaire

Please mark in your list of
books that you must read
the following: Unbowed by Wan-
gari Maathai. It is an autobiogra-
phy of the winner of the Nobel
Peace Prize from Kenya (She was
on the cover of the 6 October 2006
issue with The Bonaire Reporter).
She started the Green Belt Move-
ment. That movement has many
goals, and one main goal is plant-
ing as many trees as possible. Ms.
Maathai explains the necessity of
planting trees, not only for nature
but also for ourselves. Ask my
students why trees are important.
They will answer that there are
made for us so we can breathe
oxygen. But trees are more impor-
tant than that.
What is the situation on trees on
Bonaire? Luckily for us more and
more people see the importance of
planting and conserving trees and
plants in general. Bonaire used to
be covered by trees. Those trees
were cut down and exported and
the island has never fully recov-
ered. The trees cannot return be-
cause of goats, donkeys, but
mostly because people are still
bringing them down.
What do you consider a tree? A
Watapana is a tree, no doubt about
it. But a Kadushi and a Yatu
(cactus)? They are also trees, but
they have thorns instead of leaves.
They are considered a pest when
you want to build on a site with a
lot of cacti. So what would be a
good solution: plowing down all
that is green, and start your build-
ing? This "'cleaning" of a plot of
land is common practice on this
island. It destroys a lot of plants as
well as trees.
It is understandable that you
need room to build. But still I
wonder if trees can be saved if you
make an effort to build around
them. This "cleaning" leaves a
bare piece of land where wind and
rain have free play with the dust
and soil. We lose a lot of fertile
soil because the wind and rain take
it away.
After a house has been built, the
owners sometimes design a nice
garden. Palm trees are one of the
favorite trees to plant because that
is the image of a tropical island.
They are not indigenous and de-
mand a lot of water. You can also
plant some indigenous trees like
Wayaka, Pal'i Brasil or Pal'i Sia.
They need less water, so there
will be less erosion from your
Also a lot of gardens have to
endure what you could call a
spring cleaning. This is a wide-
spread custom on Bonaire. Most
customs have a purpose even
though people cannot always tell
you why they are practicing it. For
example when you turn 33 you
give everybody a dime so you can
make a wish. What is the real pur-
pose of this custom? It probably
had a practical reason, but now it
is just fun. I still ask everybody
why gardens are "cleaned." No-
body can tell me what the purpose
is of this practice other than

"making it look tidy," which I do
not find funny anymore.
People even say that removing
all grass from your yard will keep
mosquitoes away from your house.
Mosquitoes are attracted to water.
Leaving water standing is and al-
ways will be the main problem
when it comes to those horrible
buzzing insects. But if you remove
all the undergrowth, you will de-
stroy the habitat of the enemies of
the mosquitoes. Also a naked piece
of land cannot house insects and
other critters as well as a grown
piece of land, so where else can
they go but into your house? After
a nice "cleaning" of your garden
you may find that the amount of
mosquitoes has increased, and that
for example cockroaches and scor-
pions will consider your house
their home.
There are more reasons for peo-
ple to clear trees. On this island
you can buy homemade charcoal.
More people are coming to this
beautiful island; more people are
barbequing their steaks and pork
chops. This increase in demand for
charcoal is not a problem if it was
the custom to plant a couple of
trees every time you take one.
Someone once told me that Bon-
aire has more groundwater than
WEB can produce on a yearly
basis. Also a lot of rainwater still
flows from our roofs into the
ground without watering our
plants. There is enough water on
this island to have new forests and
beautiful gardens, but we do not
make use of it. And if you start
planting, the undergrowth will
hold the water because there will
be less evaporation. The more you
plant, the less water you need.
If everybody starts planting trees
we will have an island you cannot
recognize from pictures of the
past. You will have enough trees to
make charcoal for years to come.
You can have forests where the
tourists and residents can hike. If
you are tired you can sit in the
shade of a tree. And while you are
walking you can enjoy the nice
juicy mangos that grow on a, that's
right, TREE! We can tell Ms.
Maathai that she is right. With
trees we have more fertile soil, less
erosion, fewer pests, more shade,
more moisture, more food, and that
makes us happier people. O
Mary Ann Koops

In addition to
observing us,
Koops teaches
Biology at the
SGB High School.

E xploring w
"what's ;
coming our
way" should
not necessar-
ily be only
about major
or be limited
to projects
that are so many stories high and
take years to complete. We don't
want to ignore the smaller things
happening around us.
So this time our eyes fell on
work being done in, around and
especially at the back of the re-
tail shop at the windsurf center
Jibe City. What's happening
here? It seems that the once little
mini shop here has now emerged
into a serious beach-style retail

Until just 20 years ago there
was not any windsurf center at
Sorobon Beach. The water sport
manager at the Bonaire Beach
Hotel at the time (doing the
maintenance of the one-handed
bandit slot machines in the eve-
nings as well) was one of the
very first ones to try windsurfing
on the island. As he wanted to be
able to give proper instructions
to newbees, he took a Mistral
course to improve his own skills.
In the beginning he would occa-
sionally bring boards, gear and

windsurfers to
Sorobon Beach
without the
presence of any
facilities there.
Over time this
pioneer ob-
tained the lease
of the land, put
a container up
for the gear and
moved on from
there. What is
the Hang Out
Bar nowadays
wasn't much
more than a
cooler with ice
and some

Bonaire Reporter February 22-March 7, 2008

Back to today: for the re-doing
of the shop no contractor needed
to be hired. The entire design,
planning and construction itself
has been done by Jibe City staff
themselves. They started around
mid-November and have nearly
finished it now. The outside ap-
pearance of the shop has hardly
changed, but the inside definitely
has. Turns out that the windsurf
pros here are not just great wind-
surfers but also great handymen!
In between helping people on
their surfboards and showing off
the latest tricks and moves, well-
known faces like big Windsurf
Champ, Tonky, and "the em-
peror of balance," Caesar, built
up and painted an entirely new
shop. However, do not forget
about all the others around.
Many hands made light work
Playa Trading and Kooyman
had some nice business over the
last few months and they were
always happy to see the PP
(proud proprietor) of Jibe City

coming back again for new ship-
ments of wood, nails, screws and
Things have been done in a
creative and funny way. The
windsurfer wanting to test the
harness he considers buying can
hook it on to the boom that has
been fixed to the wall and place
his feet in the foot straps on the
board on the floor. The fitting
room has been made out of palm
leaves. They are still looking for
a distorting mirror to be used
inside. If you happen to have one
in the attic, please...
Besides any accessory a wind-
surfer may need, we see trendy
beachwear and other fun stuff for
sale, although the most important
role of this shop will remain to
welcome windsurfers and get
them on their boards ASAP.
Usually they just can't wait!
A sign near the entrance says
"No shirts, no skirts, no shoes,
No Problem." We feel it fully
represents the atmosphere this
place has always been, and still
is, about. O Marcel Leurs

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