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elpig Boa2 ~aor G rosw Responsibly
Printed every fortnight, On-line every day, 24/7
Kunuku Shimaruku, P.O. Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, Phone 790-6518, 786-6125, email: reporter@bonairenews.com Since 1994

In this issue
More about:
Omar pg. 10
Regatta pg. 18
Marlies pg.2,8
Henk Kamp pg. 3
Coral & Eels pg. 3
Algae pg. 15

SGB students Lauriane Ammerlaan and Carlos Martis at the Bonaire Animal Shelter

On October 8, 2008, Bon-
aire became the second
island of the Netherlands Antil-
les to pass a law that provides a
comprehensive framework to
protect its environment both
on land and in the sea, taking
into account all international
agreements that the Netherlands
Antilles are part of.
All islands of the Netherlands
Antilles are required by national
law to pass such legislation but
until now only St. Maarten did
so, back in 2003, but that island
has not subsequently established
any marine or terrestrial pro-
tected areas. Bonaire, of course
has had a well managed marine
protected area for more than 20
years, as well as the Washington
Slagbaai Park on land. The new
Bonaire Island Nature Ordi-
nance will allow the island to
update and strengthen the regu-
lations that protect those areas.
For more details on the new
law see:
welcome/news events/news.phD

) Last week the Associated
Press reported that the US Na-
tional Park Service plans to
place microchips into Ari-
zona's saguaro cactus in the
Saguaro National Park to keep
thieves from stealing them and
selling them to landscapers,
nurseries and homeowners for
$1,000 or more. Bonaire's Yatu
and Kadushi cactus are very
similar to Saguro.
The NPS hopes that this will
act as a deterrent, but if not, it
will help them track down and
identify stolen saguaros.
Each microchip will cost about
$4.50, and can be read by a spe-
cial wand or scanner (which cost
sbetween $500 and $2,500).
Let's hope this never becomes
necessary in Bonaire.

The Dutch police are going
to play an important part in
the improvement of the police
organizations, State Secretary

Ank Bijleveld-Schouten stated
in a report about her latest work-
ing visit to the Antilles that she
submitted to the Dutch Lower

I KLM passengers will
benefit from a further fuel
surcharge decrease the airline
announced on October 7. Citing
the stabilizing of world oil
prices, the company will reduce
the fuel surcharge of flights
within Europe by two euros,
bringing the surcharge to 33
euros. For medium-haul flights,
fewer than nine hours in dura-
tion, the surcharge will be 112
euros, down from 115 euros. A
decrease of 15 euros will be
applied to long-haul and very
long-haul flights bringing this to
110 euros from 125 euros.
I Promoters say they will

The Bonaire Animal
Shelter will hold a Used Book
Fair this Saturday, October
25, from 11 am to 5 pm at the
Shelter on Kaminda Lagun.
Hundreds of books, both
in English and Dutch, will be
available for only NAf 2
each. You can choose from
recent titles, fiction, non-fiction,
classics, reference books, manu-
als, children's books, hardcover
or paperback. Drinks and
snacks will be available during
the fair and you can also shop in
the newly remodeled Shelter
Gift Shop where you'll find all
sorts of pet accessories includ-
ing collars, leashes, carriers,
treats, toys and much more. All

0 The Bonaire Prosecutor,
David van Delft, confirmed
that the human remains found
near a dump site in the Am-
boina area last Friday were of
Marlies van der Kouwe. The
24-year-old pharmacist's as-
sistant vanished on Septem-
ber 21, 2008, on her way
home to Sweet Lemon apart-
ments in Hato on her bicycle.
Specialists from the Nether-
lands Forensic Institute con-
ducted investigations at the
scene all day. According to
reports, the heavy rains of the Ineetp
past week helped to expose
the remains. Her sandal and Marlies Elizabeth van der Kouwe
credit card were also found nearby.
In a press conference Van Delft said that the identification was
based on dental records. The body was found Friday afternoon, Octo-
ber 17. A DNA test performed over the weekend confirmed her iden-
tity. The police will continue with the investigation.
The body was found -according to van Delft- "thanks to brilliant tac-
tical investigation effort."
Four men are currently in custody in connection with the case. The
main suspect, Ryan P., age 27, who was arrested three weeks ago,
was transferred to the Bon Futuro prison on Curagao. He denies kill-
ing Marlies van der Kouwe. Three other suspects remain jailed in
Van Delft says he expects additional arrests He would not com-
ment on how Van der Kouwe had been murdered. "We concen-
trated on finding the body. Now that we have accomplished that we
can concentrate more of our manpower on solving the case," he
Van der Kouwe's parents remain on Bonaire where they are being
helped in dealing with the death of their daughter, Police Chief
John Schagen said.
Dutch officials have guaranteed that all costs involving the inves-
tigation will be paid by Holland. "If Bonaire had to pay for the in-
vestigation we would have been bankrupt already," Schagen said.

Also see article on page 8 for some thoughts and opinion on Marlies' death.

the funds raised will benefit the
Animal Shelter. And, of course,
all the Shelter animals will be
there and you may find a dog or
cat that you would like to adopt!
Please pass by and browse, buy,
eat, drink and enjoy the festive
atmosphere at the Used Book
Fair, Saturday, October 25, 11
am to 5 pm. (By Jane Madden)

) The Dutch economy may
book no growth in 2009 and
2010, Dutch Central Bank DNB
Director Henk Brouwer told a
meeting of the Social and Eco-
nomic Council SER in The
Hague on Friday afternoon.
"Zero growth is more likely than
a plus. And a minus cannot be
ruled out, even for 2010," Brou-
wer was quoted as saying.

) The International Mone-
tary Fund, in its bleakest fore-
cast in years, said last
Wednesday the world econ-
omy was set for a major down-
turn with the US and Europe
either in or on the brink of re-
The IMF said a still-
developing financial upheaval-
the most violent since the 1930s
-would exact a heavy economic
toll as markets wrestle with a

crisis of confidence and global
credit is choked off.
In its twice-yearly World Eco-
nomic Outlook, the IMF slashed
its 2009 forecast for world
growth to 3%, which would be
the slowest pace in seven years,
from a July projection of 3.9%,
and warned that a recovery
would be unusually slow.
At the same time, the combi-
nation of soaring food and fuel
prices has pushed inflation to
levels unseen in a decade, the
IMF said, exacting an especially
heavy toll in the developing
world where families' spending
on food is high.

) Many people from around
the world, including Bonaire,
attend the "Beneath the Sea"
dive show held annually in New
Jersey in March. The sponsors
of the show also have a club for
young people called "Ocean
Pals." Every year they have a
poster contest with a specific


Table of Contents

This Week's Stories

Marlisvd Kouwe bodyfound 2
BES Czar (Henk Kamp) 3
Marine Park Investigations 3
10th Anniversary UW Cleanup 5
Selibon Scores 5
Ramonsito Booi Steps Aside 6
HS Students Help Out 9
StormOmar 1C
New Minister Has Plans 12
Unicollege Students Give prizes 13
Monique Meijer-Windsurfer 15
2008 Bonaire Regatta 18

Weekly Features

Flotsam & Jetsam
Profiles, Pauline Kayes
Bonairean Voices (Our Schools)
Sudoku Puzzle
Island View (She Has Been Found
Sudoku Solution
Picture Yourself (After Hurricane Ike)
Bonaire On Wheels ('49 Chevy)
Tide Table
Bubbles-Did You Know (Algae)
Dining, Shopping Guides
Whats Happening
Sky Park (Ringed Planet)
Star Power (Astrology)

How to contact us
Letters to the Editor:
Story tip or idea:
Print and Online
Bonairenews.com, then click
on "Go to Archives"
The Publisher:

The Bonaire Reporter,
P. O. Box 407, Bonaire,
Neth. Antilles.
Phone 790-8988
Phone 790-6518
Available on-line at:
Printed Every Fortnight,
On-line Every day, 24/7
Next edition printing on
November 7, 2008.

theme relating to marine
life. They are now extending
an invitation to international
students to participate in the
poster contest. The theme for
this year's contest is "Coral
Reefs: Nature's Underwater
City." This should be an easy
one for every student living in
The posters are displayed at
the dive show entrance and hun-
dreds of people will be able to
see what great young artists we
have in Bonaire. If you would
like to participate in the con-
test, please go to the website
(Continued on page 6)

Bonaire Reporter Oct. 24-Nov. 7 2008

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Page 2

BES "Czar"
F ormer Dutch Minister Henk Kamp (56)
has been appointed Commissioner for
the "BES islands" of Bonaire, Saba and St.
Eustatius for three years effective January 1,
2009. Informed observers take the appoint-
ment as a sign that the Dutch are determined
to make the "municipality" status of the three
islands a success.
Kamp is currently a 13-year Member of
Parliament for the liberal VVD party. In the
past he served as Minister of Housing, Spatial
Planning and the Environment and most re-
cently as the Minister of Defense. He will
reside on Bonaire and be the right hand of
Dutch State Secretary of Kingdom Relations
Ank Bijleveld-Schouten to oversee the phase-
in transfer of the three islands to the Nether-
lands. Interestingly, although he is a member
of the opposition he was named to the key
job. An appointment of a member of the op-
position party to an important job is rarely
made in Bonaire, on or any Antillean island
for that matter.
Quality, speed and decisiveness have been
identified as key elements that will be neces-
sary in integrating the BES islands into the
Netherlands. Kamp, with his experience in
Dutch politics and contacts, should have the
necessary qualities for the job.
Kamp's tasks will include "motivating the
islands, the Antillean Government and the
Netherlands to work on concrete solutions to
transparent transfer." The Commissioner has
to ensure that the plans and actions of the
Dutch ministries match the daily practice on
the three islands. He will channel the infor-
mation requests of the Dutch departments.
He is expected to have direct access to
those politically responsible at the level of the
Kingdom Council of Ministers and also on
the islands. Those factors are essential to

Marine Park Investigations

solve political deadlocks and issues of com-
petence, explained Bijleveld-Schouten.
Kamp once served as an Alderman and
Council member of a small municipality in
the province of Gelderland. Before being
elected to Parliament, Kamp was also a mem-
ber of the Provincial States of Gelderland.
He has made personal visits to the islands in
the past.
He sees his appointment as a challenge. "It
is quite a special task to bring three islands
into the Dutch Constellation. It is a task that
will require cooperation with all involved."
Kamp, a tax controller by profession, will
give up his seat in the Second Chamber for
this project.
Asked by a member of the Dutch media
whether this was a step down the ladder, he
said: "No, this is a terrific and challenging
job." E G.D.

B onaire Marine Park Manager,
Ramon de Leon, reported on the
sudden increase in eel mortality along
Bonaire's coast. He said in a STINAPA
release on October 19 that the eels sub-
mitted to the biologists at Bonaire's
CIEE (Council on International Educa-
tional Exchange) center indicated that a
bacterial infection was a possible cause,
but the results weren't conclusive. This
week Dr. Ernest Williams, an expert in
fish illnesses from the University of
Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, will be on
island to assist.
Bonaire resident naturalist Jerry Ligon
independently reported that he learned
of 27 dead eels up to October 2. More
have been reported since. Most were
Spotted or Green Morays- no Golden-
tail Morays and only a single Chain
Moray. These two do not spend much
time directly on the bottom as the others
do, but are usually seen up off the bot-
tom sticking their heads out of coral
heads two or three feet off the bottom.
Live eels apparently in good health have
also been seen.
Dive shop operators have been advised
to collect dead or sick eels and bag them
for later dissection. If shore divers find

dead eels they should do the same and
please inform the Marine Park (717-
8444/786-8444) or Dr. Rita Peachey at
CIEE (786-7394). If the eel is recently
dead, please preserve in newspaper and
pack in ice if possible it and bring it the
CIEE Center at Kaya Gob Debrot 61.
Last Thursday afternoon Manager de
Leon began a formal assessment of the
damage produced by the swells from
hurricane Omar. All dive operators
were requested to assess the damage on
their house reef using a specially de-
signed form. The assessment will check
for capsized coral heads and an estima-
tion of sand cover over coral heads. Pre-
liminary results indicate there are few
capsized coral heads deeper than 20
Volunteers who want to help please
call Sabine Engel (788-0290) to coordi-
nate which reef need to be surveyed. U

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Bonaire Reporter Oct. 24-Nov. 7 2008

Profiles: Pauline Kaj

I met Pauline on the beach;
she had just come out of the
water with her snorkel gear. She
describes herself as "a proud
snorkeler," enjoying the beauty
of Bonaire's reefs for over 20
years. And especially because of
this beauty on the reef, she has
become alarmed about the rapid
deterioration of the reef in the
last five years. Pauline claims,
"The destruction is accelerating;
I actually see the difference from
month to month."

Just recently here at Donkey
Beach, Pauline came across a
huge dead green moray eel in the
shallows, one of many turning up
in the past month. Such events
only make Pauline more deter-
mined to continue her action to
raise awareness of "saving the
reef." "There is no scientific
proof yet," she says," of the
cause of the death of these eels,
but to me it's the 'canary in the
coal mine' telling us something
is terribly wrong." Pauline
points to the "increasing pollu-
tion on the reef as stressing and
compromising every creature of
Bonaire's unique ecosystem."

"Up until last year, I very
much believed in Bonaire's
claim of pristine reefs, of being a
'divers' paradise,' but after at-
tending a four-day workshop
with marine biologist Brian La
Pointe last summer, I became
educated and radicalized about
the reef's actual condition. As we
traveled around the island, Brian
stopped to point out all the evi-
dence of nutrient pollution com-
ing from waste water and sew-
age. The 'smoking gun' was par-
ticularly evident around shoreline
properties, including, resorts,
hotels and condos, most of which
have septic systems seeping di-
rectly into the sea, which causes
increased nitrogen, increased
microalgae, smothering the reef
to death."

A college English professor
who just retired after 35 years of
teaching in Champaign, Illinois,
Pauline has been dedicated to
environmental issues in her
classroom, assigning students
both research and writing on top-
ics like climate change, overfish-
ing, endangered species, and,
yes, coral reefs. Because of the
imminent threat to Bonaire's
reefs from sewage, Pauline has
recently focused on learning
about sanitation and waste dis-
posal. She laughs, "Actually I
have learned more about sewage
than I ever wanted to know. But
it is a subject everyone on an
island like this should be edu-
cated on and not just 'flush and

yes: Helping To Save Bonaire's Reefs

S ^ /,

Growing up in an industrial
area of Chicago, Illinois, Pauline
saw plenty of pollution (and sew-
age) in rivers and lakes, which
drove her to live closer to nature.
And, her father's passion for the
West Indies (he was stationed in
Curaqao for two years during
World War II) compelled her to
travel all over the Caribbean
looking for what she found on
Bonaire 20 years ago: pristine
and accessible reefs. Her love of
Bonaire caused her not only to
buy a house here but also to edu-
cate Americans about Bonaire
when she went back to the States.

For elementary schools and
adult education classes, she gave
slide shows and informative
presentations on the flora and
fauna of Bonaire. She even
played local music and taught
words in Papiamentu. One year
she hosted 10 students from the
Illinois Math and Science Acad-
emy (Aurora, Illinois) at her
house here so they could study
the nature and culture of Bonaire.
Besides educating Americans
about Bonaire, Pauline has raised
money to support two of Bon-
aire's non-profit nature projects,
The Donkey Sanctuary and Sea
Turtle Conservation Bonaire.
Pauline comments, "I feel like an
ambassador, teaching potential
visitors about the island and its
fragile connection with nature,
especially now when Bonaire's
reefs are at the edge of no return,
unless we take action immedi-
ately. And American tourists can
indeed play a role in the rescue
of Bonaire's reefs."

In order to alert both tourists
and residents of the imminent
crisis for Bonaire's reefs, Pauline
became a member of the Friends
of Bonaire's Reefs, which re-
cently started a S (top) O (ur) S
(ewage) Campaign to lobby
shoreline hotels and other prop-
erties to truck their sewage away
from the sea and to implement
sustainable sanitation. Pauline
feels that tourists can convince
their hosts to "go green" by
spending money at businesses
that live up to the eco-oriented
image of the island. Pauline ar-
gues, "Ecologically-minded tour-
ists have a right to know if the
dive shop or the hotel they are
staying at is ecologically respon-
sible and not contributing to the
demise of the reef. After all,
'Leading by Example' should not
just be an empty slogan."

Ultimately, Pauline sees the
demise of the reefs as a moral
and ethical crime to destroy mil-
lions of years of life underwater
as well as the natural heritage of
Bonaire: "If we don't act now,
the reefs could be dead in the

"After all,
'Leading by
Example' should
not just be an empty


"Imagine", says Pauline," when
cruise ships dock here (and there
will be many this coming season:
123 visits), "all those people who
go ashore, imagine all the sew-
age they produce! Where will it
go?" Pauline and her fellow
friends of Bonaire's reefs claim
the government's plans are to-
tally inadequate and will not re-
sult in "zero outflow" of nutri-
ents quickly enough to save the
reef (completion is scheduled for
2016). Pauline looks very sad as
she contemplates the reality
ahead: "By 2016, Bonaire's reefs
will be like those of the US Vir-
gin Islands: all grey rock and no

Unfortunately, bureaucracies are
slow and inflexible. It is the same
everywhere, but because Bonaire
is so small, it would be manage-
able here within a year. The gar-
bage disposal at Lagoen is an-
other definite threat,
leaking poisonous sub-
stances into the soil
which ultimately reach
the sea water. This is the
time to invest, it will
meet with a lot of resis-
tance, but change never
has occurred without it."

When I want to take
Pauline's picture, she
joins a group of children
who are playing in the
water, remarking, "The
children will be the ones
who are most affected;
they will inherit what we
have destroyed." U

For more information
The Bonaire National
Marine Park, 717-8444,
marinepark(iZstinapa. ore.
The Park is the repository
of the latest facts, scien-
tific studies, and expert
analysis. Contact them
for this type of informa-
Friends of Bonaire's
Reefs (consist of long-
time visitors, divers,
snorkelers and residents
who love Bonaire and her
reefs) email: SOSBonair-

Page 4

Story &
photo by
Louise Rood





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

Bonaire Reporter Oct. 24-Nov.7

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next three years!" Unfortunately
there are people on the island
who react to the disappearing of
the reefs with statements like,
"So what? We'll do waterskiing,
we'll do paragliding, we'll do
casinos instead." Instead of be-
ing in denial about the serious
economic repercussions Bonaire
will experience if the reefs die,
Pauline urges everyone-groups
and individuals-to demand
swifter action on the sewage


10th Anniversary Underwater Cleanup Selibon Scores

On Saturday, September
20, a group of nearly 40
divers, snorkelers, and shore
support representing several
countries gathered to assist with
the final underwater cleanup of
2008, conducted in an area of
Bonaire's anchorage in front of
Dive Friends @ Yellow Subma-

During a complete briefing by
Susan Davis of NetTech, it was
explained what trash should be
recovered and what should be
left behind, as well as how to
keep from damaging any marine
animals. Shortly afterward, the
divers entered the water, de-
scended and began to fill their
bags with trash. When filled, the

bags were brought to the surface
to those working as shore sup-
port. There, Dive Friends crew
and volunteers checked once
again to be sure no marine crea-
tures had been inadvertently in-
cluded, counted and tallied the
trash for statistics, and then dis-
posed of it responsibly.

It was exactly a year since
this area of the anchorage had
last been cleaned, and in that
year, the following trash accu-
mulated and was brought out
of the water for proper dis-
posal: 1 paper bag, 3 plastic
bags, 4 plastic beverage bottles,
71 glass bottles or beverage cans,
caps and lids, 4 pieces of cloth-
ing, 12 pieces of monofilament

fishing line, 1 fishing lure, 3
pieces of rubber, 23 pieces of
assorted plastic, 2 car parts, 7
pieces of building materials, 1
piece of carpet, 1 pair of glasses,
1 anchor, 1 key ring, and 6
pieces of wire.

After the dive all participants
and their families were wel-
comed back for a Pot Luck BBQ.
Dive Friends Bonaire and Net-
Tech, the sponsors of the quar-
terly Bonaire cleanups, provided
drinks and main courses, while
participants supplied side dishes.
Since this particular cleanup,
also held in conjunction with
World Cleanup Day, marked the
10th anniversary of regular
cleanups, four lucky winners
were awarded raffle prizes that
included free diving services
with Dive Friends Bonaire or
free Bonaire email accounts with

Images from this cleanup are
available online at the Bonaire
Insider Photo Gallery at http://
index.php/gallery bonaire/

The next quarterly underwater
cleanup is scheduled for Satur-
day, January 10, 2008. U Story
& Photo by Susan Davis

Regatta is a fun-packed week and one of my favorite holi-
days. Every year, though, I am struck with disappointment
by the amount of trash on the streets and in the sea. Saturday morning I
went out before 7am to take some photos of the mess in an effort to get
people to use the trash cans more in the future. Lo and behold, the Seli-
bon team had already done their small miracle and cleaned the boule-
vard from end to end. Not a speck of trash to be seen. Only 100s of
trash cans filled to the brim. I had been out the night before and the
street was filled with trash and I simply couldn't believe my eyes! I
spoke with Djurick Marchena and Papito Vlijt, two men from the
Selibon team that I encounter often in the early mornings, and they
said that 10 of them had been working since 4 am to clean up the mess.
Way to go, employees of Selibon! You are truly heroes!
For anyone who throws trash on the ground instead of finding a trash
can, please don't leave it up to Selibon to clean. Much of the trash
thrown onto the ground gets blown into the sea where it poses a risk to
marine life. Tene Boneiru Limpi." U Story & Photo by Caren Eckrich

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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
opals. On the website you will find the Official International
Poster Contest Rules & Guidelines. You may also call 717-
5246 or pass by the JanArt Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7, for the de-
The deadline for entries is December 22, 2008. Contestants
in Bonaire also have the option of getting their poster to Ms.
Janice at the JanArt Gallery by December 1, 2008.
The posters will then be transported together in one package
by the deadline date at no cost to the participants. (By Janice
Huckaby Baillie ofJanArt)

1 Three evenings still remain to
learn more about Bonaire's culture and
history. All are free at the Kompleho
Deportivo (the Sport Hall) on Kaya Am-
sterdam and start at 7:30 pm:
October 22 "The Bonairean People"
October 29- "The Economic Develop-
ment of Bonaire"
November 5- "A Surprise Subject"
The presentations will be given by BbiAntoin
Franklin "B6i" Antoin, whose passion is
preserving Bonaire's traditions. To register or get more infor-
mation call: 717-5021 or email management
@matchconsultancy.com. The sessions are part of Bonaire's
Tourism Awareness Program.

1 The popular yachtie hangout in Spanish Water, Cura-
cao Sarifundy's Bar Restaurant -and the premises behind
it burned down last week. "That is bad! My favorite pub is
burning," said Sergei Boer, the winner of the Bonaire Regatta
last week.
Nearby boats were taken to safety during the fire. Sari-
fundy's Marina began 22 years ago as a yacht-stopping place
for sailors. The bar restaurant changed owners many times
following the departure of its founder, Jos, and his family. It
was also extremely popular with locals and tourists.

I The construction of
Bonaire's wind power
park is well underway on
the northeast coast of the
island. Excavation for the
underground power line to
connect the park to the
new power plant near
BOPEC stretches for kilo-
meters, and the special
sand for the concrete to
form the foundations for
the 12 turbines has been
delivered. The wind park,
together with the smaller
turbine now operating at
Sorobon, is expected to
produce 40 to 50% of Bonaire's power needs, about 10.8
million watts (megawatts). The new WEB facility at
BOPEC will have three (bio) diesel generators capable of
providing 14 megawatts. The combination is designed to
support all of the island's electrical needs.

i Last week a contract was signed for the purchase of
beacons to guide the air traffic that traverses Curacao's
airspace. The first beacon is on Aruba and the second one
on Curagao. The current one in Curagao needs replacement
badly. Traffic Minister Maurice Adriaens says, "I am
pleased with this. As person with final responsibility for
our aviation, I demand safety in our airspace."
The trans-Antilles air routes use two en-route beacons on
Aruba and Curagao. They send precise signals to an air-
plane so it can constantly monitor its course. Both current
beacons are more than 20 years old and need to be re-
placed. The new beacons cost NAf 1.6 million each. Air-
craft using the service are charged a fee.

I Bonaire is experiencing an unusually early and wet
rainy season which is providing luxuriant plant growth,
plenty of grazing for the feral goats and donkeys and lots of
wild cherries. But the standing water is also providing ex-
cellent breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes.
One of the worst of these is the Aedes aegypti which breeds
quickly in clear water. It transmits the always painful but
rarely fatal Dengue fever. There is no vaccine for the fever
yet available.
Under the direction of the Commissioner of Health,
Boy Clarinda, the Department of Health and Hygiene
has started an education campaign to stop the spread of

the mosquito. We also observed increased spraying activity.
Everyone can help to combat the spread of Dengue by elimi-
nating their breeding places. Be vigilant about places where
water can stand. If the water is for drinking, small mosquito-
eating fish can be added with no health risk. Call the Depart-
ment at 717-8323 (direct line) or 717-5330 Ext. 315 for more

The number of polluted "dead zones" in the world's
oceans is rising fast and coastal fish stocks are more vulner-
able to collapse than previously feared, scientists said last
Monday. The scientists wrote in the journal Proceedings of the
National Academy of Sciences.
Such zones are found from the Gulf of Mexico to the Baltic
Sea in areas where algae bloom and suck oxygen from the wa-
ter, feeding on fertilizers washed from fields, sewage, animal
wastes and pollutants from the burning of fossil fuels. Raquel
Vaquer Suner of the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced
Studies in Spain reported that the number of "dead zones" had
risen to more than 140 in 2004 from almost none in the late

P Cruise Ship Season is back: There will be 123 cruise
ship visits this cruise ship season between October 27 and
May 6, 2009.

) October 14's First Full Moon Meditation for Unity
and Positivism had to be cancelled due to storms. However,
it's hoped that the meditation can be held on the next full


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Bonaire out from under Curaqao's governance
and becoming a direct part of Holland, first
scheduled for July 1, 2007, but now set for this
December 15th
Last week Booi announced he is backing off
from a leading role in government in favor of
younger talent. He is 61 years old and has been
in politics for 40 years. He wants more private
time, he said. Booi will step down as a consult-
ant to the island Council and Central Govern-
ment chair but would stay on as UPB party
leader and continue as an Island Council mem-

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n the last column we learned how
important education is.
To educate children they need to be in a
proper building for their own well being.
Parents shouldn't send their child to a
school that's not safe or where the build-
ing is falling apart. Maybe the building
needs to be repaired or maybe the school
administration needs to set different disci-
plinary rules to help those who are caus-
ing problems at school to respect the
school property. We have schools that
have been newly built, others repaired,
and others still in bad shape. We realize
that the government needs lot of money in
order to finance the building or rebuilding
of schools. We are talking about millions
of euros if the Dutch government decides
to finance these projects.
In our community there are a lot of peo-
ple who are very concerned about this
matter and they have questions about it.
Many parents send their children every
day to schools where they have to con-
front class rooms in bad shape, the build-
ings filling with water in the rainy season,
incomplete learning materials, and we can
mention a lot more. The Commissioner of
Education and SEK (service for education
and culture), Maritza Silberie, is pretty
aware of the situation.
One parent we interviewed said, "If we
become part of Holland our whole educa-
tion system needs to be changed: our
buildings, our teaching process and our
school hours. But definitely we have to
start with the SGB (higher education
school), separating the different levels of
higher education in this school. It means
rebuilding or building a new school which
means more money. Is the Dutch govern-
ment aware of this situation? They give
millions of euros to renew the teachers'
salaries and to adjust education here and
there, plus rebuilding Papa Comes Ele-
mentary School. But we must remember
that when these kids finish elementary

SGB High School entrance
SGB High School entrance

school they have to go to the SGB. How
long we can continue to ignore this situa-
tion at SGB? Remember, we all have
daughters, sons, nieces, nephews and
other relatives and acquaintances going to
this school. What is the board of parents
doing? Are they active or inactive? With
everybody's input we can come up with a
solution for this school, but it must hap-
pen now. We can't wait to long."
On the other hand we have different
governmental departments that have the
ability to make a report of the schools that
need immediate assistance. Have these
reports been made and do we know pre-
cisely how much the budget is? These are
answers that we Bonaireans need.

Someone else said, "After we have all
the educational needs budgeted we still
don't have anything budgeted for the
buildings themselves. And we need to
start all over again. Every aspect of our
education needs attention: the parents, the

children, the teachers, the school materi-
als and... the buildings. These will con-
tribute to a healthier community and
country. If we demand that our children
are in school, do their best and graduate,
then we must consider in what kind of
ambiance they are getting their education.
Everyone who is concerned about this can
do something about it and don't let only
the government officials brainstorm about
this matter."

So the point is, we all must be con-
cerned. And let's do something about it, if
we really care about our children. Come
together as a group or commission and
make a change.E Siomara Albertus

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S he has been found at last (Marlies
van der Kouwe). And now we feel a
bit relieved because she is no longer miss-
ing. However, now there is no more hope
she will be found alive because it was her
body that was recovered. So we feel sad at
the same time. That is the ambivalent
feeling the district attorney was talking
about when he announced her remains
found. The police will continue with the
investigation so that we will hopefully
know the truth of what happened to her.
And her family can take her home so she
can be buried.

What will her family think about at this
point? I cannot begin to imagine their
emotions and thoughts. My mother starts
to hyperventilate when she tries to imag-
ine this happening to one of her children.
Every parent will have had thankful
thoughts about it not having happened to
their child. It may not have happened your
child, but it has happened on our island.
There are some thoughts that keep re-
peating in my mind. One of them is:
"How could this happen on Bonaire?"
This is the island people come to experi-
ence tranquility and to have safe adven-
tures. And now Bonaire has lost that inno-
cence, and we can never go back.
Another thought in my mind is: "How is
it possible that on this island with only
14,000 people, a rapist and a killer can
occur?" Or in other words: "How did a
Bonairean grow up to be able to act so
inhumanely?" This island does not have

enough people for this to happen, you
would think. You need a big country for
that, like the US, which is notorious for its
high amount of murders. There are 0.043
homicides per 1,000 Americans per year.
On Bonaire this murder alone will give us
a figure (0.071 per 1000 people that is
higher than the one in the States. r
should we now compare ourselves with
the countries in the world with the ost
homicides, like Columbia (number o e in
that sad list with 0.62 homicides per 1, 00
After we find out the true story of what
happened to her from the police, what
happens then? Do we say: "It was no
wonder he did what he did, just look at his
childhood, or look at his previous ac-
tions?" Or do we blame the circum-
stances: "Nobody should be on a bike so
late at night?" Is there a way to avoid this
from happening again? The only way is
obviously to stop creating murderers, rap-
ists, thieves and all the other miscreants
that walk on this island. They are not
born, they grow up with an urge to hurt
people. We should educate ourselves on
how these creatures come about and try to
prevent that from happening. It is not nor-
mal that so many people are victim of a
crime on this island, whether it be theft,
violence, or in the worst case, murder.
Marlies left her home for Bonaire for a
short training period. She was supposed to
come back with stories, pictures and ex-
periences. But not only can she not go
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of the collapsed Natural Bridge. Bonaire
has also found its place on the map. It is
so sad that is not because of the nature,
the sea or the climate.
Her family will always remember Bon-
aire with pain in their hearts. And Bonaire
will never forget the name Marlies van
der Kouwe. Each has left a mark on the
other, but unwillingly so. There is almost

an urge to apologize to her family: "We
are sorry you have lost your child, when
she had nothing to do with the problems
on this island. We are sorry to have be-
trayed your trust when she decided for our
seemingly peaceful island. We are so
sorry there are killers on this island. We
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've'High School Students Helping Out
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S GB High School students Lauriane
Ammerlaan and Carlos Martis are
donating 30 hours to working voluntarily
on a social studies community project, in
this case, the Bonaire Animal Shelter.
Both VWO students are in the Nature and
Health section of the school and have two
years to go before they graduate. Here at
the Shelter they bathe, clean, medicate
and socialize with the dogs and cats. The
students had other jobs from which to
choose in their General Social Studies
subject of working with non-profit or-
ganizations: working with the elderly,
SEBIKI (young children), kresh (nursery
school), Donkey Sanctuary, tutoring,
reading at the primary school, STCB
(turtles), flight simulator group and oth-
ers. But Lauriane and Carlos chose the
Animal Shelter because of their love of
animals and their eagerness to learn more
about them. Their biology teacher can
attest to that and says that both students
are hard working and serious.
Lauriane wants to learn about natural
medicines and hopes to work in the health
field in third world countries. She's al-
ready gaining information about natural
remedies from some of the elderly people
on Bonaire, most particularly from a 93-
year-old lady from Tera Kora.
Carlos wants to be a doctor/surgeon.
After SGB he hopes to continue his edu-
cation in Holland. His dream is to open a
good hospital here on Bonaire with all the
facilities so that patients don't have to go
to Curaqao for treatment; it can all be

Lauriane and two cats needing adopting (Fred and Fabian) and Carlos with
dog, Lars, who hopes to find an owner who likes running.

done here.
Lauriane is holding two black and white
kitten brothers, "Fred" and "Fabian."
They're about two months old and so
sweet and affectionate. Even with all the
bad weather and rain in the cat cage these
two kept their good dispositions.
Carlos is posing with "Lars," a big dog
with a presence! Lars followed a runner
from Republique to Hato, having a won-
derful time. He so delighted the runner
that the person wanted to keep him but
couldn't because she already has two

dogs. So she brought him to the Shelter.
He'd make a great "jogging partner," says
Lauriane. And living on a kunuku would
be good too as he could guard it well.
Lars is about 1 1/2 to 2 years old and is in
excellent condition.
You may see these pets at the Bonaire
Animal Shelter on the Lagoen road, open
Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm,
3 to 5 pm., Tel. 717-4989.

More good news: "Kai," our Pet of the
Week in the last issue, has been adopted.

Congratulations and all the best to the
new owner and Kai for a long and happy
life together.
The Shelter will hold a Used Book
Fair this Saturday, October 25, from 11
am to 5 pm at the Shelter on Kaminda
Lagun. Hundreds of books, both
in English and Dutch. Drinks and snacks
will be available during the fair and you
can also shop in the newly remodeled
Shelter Gift Shop where you'll find all
sorts of pet accessories including collars,
leashes, carriers, treats, toys and more.
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Page 9

Storm Omar Raps Bonaire with Wind and Waves

t seems like Nature was
Sick of what we were
putting into the sea and threw it
back at us," said Laura as she
viewed the littered west coast of
Bonaire. Breaking seas generated
by tropical storm Omar, 100
miles to the island's north, depos-
ited trash, coral rubble and under-
sea creatures onto the shoreline as
far as the eye could see. While
there were no injuries, the dam-
age was considerable -Bonaire's
acting Governor Eddy Thielman
said the cost to repair the damage
was in the range of NAf 7 mil-
lion- it could have been a lot
First, what is the condition of
the reef? The Bonaire National
Marine Park has begun a formal
survey to assess the state of the
coral (See story on page 3). How-
ever, anecdotal reports say there
is not significant damage, cer-
tainly nothing like the damage
done by hurricane Lenny in 1999.
The live corals, including those
weakened by warm-water bleach-
ing, have already ejected the sand
covering them. What then be-
comes obvious are the previously
dead corals which remain sand
covered. Additionally all the
LMSP rainbow underwater moni-
tors that sample the water quality
were undamaged and remained in
place. Fish are thriving but some
herbivores look hungry.
Some of the island's underwa-

ter and shore side webcams will
be out of service until new com-
ponents can arrive and be in-
The undersea sculpture at
Chachacha Beach was miracu-
lously undamaged as it was sur-
rounded by huge sunken timbers.
Most of the boats moored in
Kralendijk Bay were taken to
safety before the worst waves hit,
but some were unlucky, including
a Divi Flamingo dive boat and
some local fishermen's boats.
The head landscaper at one of
the biggest resorts said, "There's
been a lot of damage, but we're
already cleaning it up and it
won't take long." Dive shop
docks lost some of their planking
but were soon operational. The
waterfront restaurants and busi-
nesses closed during the storm
but re-opened the day after.
Many of the illegally con-
structed piers fronting waterfront
homes were demolished.

Tourists were disappointed by
the two days of rain from Bon-
aire's usually sunny skies but
after the storm were able to dive
the island's east side and pro-
nounced it untouched. KLM and
local air-taxis continued to fly,
but American Eagle cancelled
flights primarily because of the
threat to its San Juan hub. School
children celebrated and parents
grumbled as the school system

shut down for two days.
The island's Internet, telephone
system, cell phones, electrical
power and water distribution
functioned flawlessly during the
storm. It was only during a thun-
derstorm a few days later that
week that the WEB electrical
service went out for a few hours.
There was some damage to the
island's shipping wharfs. Inter-
island traffic using the roll-on/roll
-off was unaffected. Investigation
is underway to see if the cruise
ship arrival schedule will be af-
fected by needed repairs.
The heavy rains, up to 6 inches
in some places, caused cactus and
trees to topple. The Bonaire Re-
porter's wind generator tower
blew over when its concrete an-
chors came loose in the wet
Bonaire seemed to weather this
bad weather better than it ever
has. The Red Cross, municipal
employees, their managers and
even the Public Works commis-
sioner were on the scene during
the worst of it. However, it is
good that Bonaire is out of the
path of hurricanes. The island
simply does not have the safe
harbor or shelter facilities for
safety of life and property. G.D

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van Leuween, AsdrubalMarcano, Johan-
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Thank you all. Search Bonaire storm on
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Waves breaking over the road along the seaside promenade
were a common sight. Flimsy structures disintegrated from the
force of the battering seas.

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Some eight years ago Mr. Giskus be-
came the proud owner of an almost
completely original two-toned Chevrolet
Skyline Deluxe Coupe, manufactured in
1949 in the US. Early in the morning,
Johan, busy as usual, welcomes me at the
gate of his house in Hato. One of his four
American cars is parked inside the gate.
The car fits really nicely in this slightly
older neighborhood of Bonaire: Hato, most
of the time quiet and peaceful...
We walk to the vehicle and Johan Giskus
opens the bonnet of the car. A solid straight
six-cylinder engine is fitted: a cast iron
bottom, a cast iron head, 12 overhead
valves, an original W1 Carter carburetor,
an oil sump air cleaner, an old fashioned
oil filter with a cartridge, a mechanical fuel
pump made of metal and glass. This is the
real stuff! Johan shows me everything and
explains, "I refurbished this car com-
pletely. I used lots of parts that I found on
my own island. I know two other cars that
have been parked in the outback forever.
They supplied me with most of the parts I
needed to restore my beauty."

Johan shows me the 12-volt alternator
under the hood, the supplier of the electric-
ity of the car. "Of course," he continues,
"this is not the original device. In those
days cars were fitted with six-volt genera-
tors. I recently found one and I shall re-
place the modem alternator for the original
generator. It is really fun to work on an old
car like this. No fuzzy modem things. No
power brakes, no power steering, no power
windows, no electronic ignition, no power
windows. A real no-nonsense car. Not even
an automatic transmission!"

The two-toned lady stands smiling in the
morning sun, shiny lashes above her eyes.
She is waiting, she is patient, she is happy.
Johan continues, "Her original color was
black. They don't make that original paint
anymore. It is impossible to find the right

paint and color. So I had it re-sprayed. The
top is metallic blue and the body is painted
metallic olive. It suits the car fine, espe-
cially with the white wall tires."

Giskus, an independent business consult-
ant and interim manager, got his education
in Curacao and in Rotterdam, the Nether-
lands. He is an electronic engineer and
worked in the energy sector for 28 years.
His father, bor in Surinam, married a Bo-
nairean lady. Johan (58) was bom on Bon-
aire and lived part of his life on Curaqao
(where his father was a police officer) and
in Europe. He's been living on Bonaire
again since 1984 and he loves his house
and the neighborhood of Hato.
"I always loved cars," Johan says. "My
first car was a real Dutch-made DAF 44:
an air cooled opposed piston two-cylinder
with a very special variomatic gearbox.
The most special car I owned was a 1958
Mercury Montclair. It had an ignition key
and a button to start it. Modern cars do
have this gadget again mounted on the
dashboard. The car I like the most is the
hand made British Morgan. This car is
built on a wood chassis! A friend of mine
had a car like that, those days on Curaqao."
Johan Giskus is well informed about his
car. "I own a workshop manual, a parts
manual and a parts reference manual. This
third book informs me about the parts of
my car that are used in other types of other
brands. And I have the original driver's
manual and the original maintenance man-
Giskus is an open and friendly man. "If
anyone wants to know something about my
car or if anyone needs any parts, he or she
can always contact me. I
always want to try to help
them. There is only one
thing I won't do, that is,
sell my Chevrolet. My son
would never forgive
me!"E Story &photo by
Jan Brouwer

Has Plans

Bonaire Reporter Oct. 24-Nov. 7 2008




E.M. Rijswijk Denturist

D Loose? O In Your
Pocket? Kaya J.G. Hernandez z/n
J Cracked? o(Near Botika Korona)
New hours:
O Missing Causing 9am-12pm
Teeth? Gum Pain? Monday-Friday

Call For An Appointment 717-2248 or 786-3714

New Ministc
T he Congregation of the
church at the Wilhel-
mina Plaza has asked Reverend
Ernst Stutterheim to serve as
their new minister. He was in-
stalled by his friend and partner
in faith, D'arcy Lopes. Rev.
Stutterheim hails from Canada,
where he had made his living as
a businessman. There he and his
wife Matty started a family with
two daughters and one son.

Spirituality and Christian
ministry were always a passion
for Rev. Stutterheim, so for
many years he took one day a
week off to take courses at the
local university. In 1988 the
Stutterheims sold their home
and business and pursued full-
time studies at Canadian Theo-
logical Seminary, an affiliate of
the University of Regina, where
Ernst graduated with a Masters
of Divinity. Experience in
preaching, pastoral counseling and music
was gained in Edmonton Alberta, where
the Stutterheims lived for eight years.

In 1999 Rev. Stutterheim was asked to
candidate at the International Bible
Church of Bonaire. After spending a
month ministering in Bonaire, Ernst de-
cided against a ministry with that church,
but with a strong sense that he would
once come back to Bonaire. Instead the
Stutterheims were called to minister at
Ebenezer Church on Curaqao, where
Matty worked as a teacher at one of the
international schools. People knew
Ernst also as the Chair of the Council of
Churches, from "Curaqao Sings" and as
a promoter of ministry to young people.
The Stutterheims stayed in love with
Bonaire and its people and visited this
beautiful tranquil island regularly to get
a breath of fresh air and to find relief
from the busy-ness and noise of Cura-
gao. Rev. Stutterheim had the honor of
serving at the induction service of Rev.
Jan Jonkman. He also served as coach to
Rev. Kenneth Kross. When "Domi Ken-
neth" decided to leave Bonaire for Suri-
nam, he asked Rev. Stutterheim to con-
sider becoming the new pastor. Initially
the answer was "no." Good and impor-
tant work was being done on Curaqao!
Yet, during the next nine months it be-
came very evident that God wanted the

Reverend Ernst Stutterheim

Stutterheims to serve on Bonaire.

That will take quite some adjusting for
both Ernst and the people of the congre-
gation. Many people of the church are
traditional, liturgical and conservative.
Reverend Stutterheim is known for
wanting to make improvements, for an
up-beat style and an evangelical ap-
proach to church life. Yet everyone
wants to follow Jesus and to be biblical
in their thinking and behavior. A solid
Christian spirituality is desired by all.
People of great diversity are challenged
to be one in spirit.

Many dreams, plans and ideas are al-
ready being considered. There will be a
great sing-along for people of all faiths
on October 3 1th from 7.35 till 9 pm at
the church on Wilhelmina Plaza. There
are plans for "Saturday Night Live," a
get-together in English, with contempo-
rary songs, discussion, prayer and food.
Even the founding of a multilingual-
Christian school is being considered. U

Rev. Stutterheim can be contacted at
nos.kerkik@gmail.com or Sundays after
the 10 am service. Also check out


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Unicollege Students

Give Raffle Prizes
W ;j L ast week, Friday, October 3rd,
L" the students from UniCollege
S gave out the prizes to the winners of
their Fundraising raffle drawn on
September 29 at the Notary's office.
The 1st prize winner of a laptop and
laser printer donated by Obersi Elec-
tronics was number 826.
The 2nd prize winner of 6 months
free of MiTV donated by Telbo was
number 694. UniCollege is holding
the prize on behalf of the winner
who, apparently, is not on the island.
The 3rd prize winner of a Samsung
mobile cellular phone donated by
S Digicel was number 787. All mem-
bers of UniCollege Bonaire thank
Obersi Electronics, Telbo and
Digicel, the sponsors of the prizes,
and the people of Bonaire for having
helped to make the raffle a success.
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You can also come in for
facials and facial waxing.
We use and sell L'Oreal products
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Personal attention by Janneke and Anke
Appointment by tel: 717-5990
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KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
10-24 4:16 1.OFT. 10:25 1.5FT. 16:00 1.2FT. 21:36 1.6FT. 56
10-25 4:13 1.1FT. 10:39 1.6FT. 17:24 1.1FT. 22:28 1.4FT. 63
10-26 3:45 1.1FT. 11:06 1.7FT. 18:38 1.1FT. 23:24 1.3FT. 71
10-27 0:26 1.1FT. 2:30 1.1FT. 11:37 1.8FT. 20:03 1.OFT. 78
10-28 12:06 1.9FT. 21:30 0.9FT. 82
10-29 12:41 1.9FT. 22:44 0.9FT. 83
10-30 13:23 1.9FT. 23:37 0.8FT. 82
10-31 0:25 0.8FT. 13:59 1.9FT. 79
11-01 1:10 0.7FT. 14:41 1.9FT. 74
11-02 1:44 0.7FT. 15:27 1.9FT. 67
11-03 2:13 0.7FT. 16:08 1.8FT. 60
11-04 2:36 0.8FT. 17:01 1.8FT. 52
11-05 2:53 0.8FT. 17:47 1.7FT. 45
11-06 3:02 0.9FT. 18:37 1.6FT. 39
11-07 2:58 1.OFT. 10:09 1.5FT. 14:41 1.4FT. 19:34 1.5FT. 37

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Chief. Address: P. O. Box 407, Bonaire, Neth. Antilles. Available on-line at:
www.bonairereporter.com Published every two weeks
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Caren Eckrich, Jack Horkheimer, Mary Ann Koops, Jenny Lynch, Jane Madden,
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Dia di Grasia

(Day of Thanks)

Bring your castoffs, clothes, canned
food, furniture, appliances, etc. to
The parking lot of St. Dominicus School
(across from Caribbean Fasteners) for
distribution to Bonaire's poor people
On Sunday, November 9
From 9 am-3 pm

There are no middlemen-everything goes
straight to the needy. This annual event is run by
radio personality Mamita Fox and the New Crea-
tion Club

Sick of
ads that

Your advertisement can be
here and reach thousands of
people who are buyers
3,000 copies every issue
Far more than any other
Bonaire newspaper

Call Laura at 790-6518
Email: info@bonairereporter.com

By Mail or
(www.bonairereporter.com on
an Honor System)

Keep up-to-date on your
favorite island

Call George at 790-
8988 or 786-6125
info@bonairereporter. com


Bonaire Reporter Classifieds- Are still free
Got something to buy or sell?
Non-Business Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20 words):
Free ads run up to one month.
Commercial Ads only NAfl per word, for each two-week issue.

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

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

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

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

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

Searching For GREAT
For Quality House Cleaning
Serving Bonaire for more than 15 years
Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough,
Low rates, References. One time or
many Phone 785-9041 ... and relax.

Starting from NAf6 per meal.
Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981.
Web site:

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

Private yoga classes
call Louise 717- 7021 or

Ssilversmithing, stoneset-
l ting and the art of bead-
ing. Call Louise at 717-
S 7021 or 700-9422.

Learning Papiamentu? New Papia-
mentu-English Dictionary 2nd Edi-
tion Fully bilingual. Approx. 20,000
words and phrases. Sold as a fundraiser
for Jong Bonaire. Now available at
bookstores in the ABC Islands or

European Fashion
Women & Men
Lagoen Hill 18
Tuesday till Saturday: 1-5 pm
Tel: 717-5215


New Dive Tanks 63's and
80's $225, Limited quantity. Also 1
used 63 will need hydro only $75

Leigh Dove tail Jig new, never
EASY Only NAf 400

All Stainless Steel dock ladder.
Only NAf 650 Call 717-8819, 8 to 5

For rent for four weeks: Beautiful
house in Hato, fully equipped, three
bedrooms, two bathrooms, lots of
space and privacy: 1300 meters, 40
meters from the sea, private beach.
From November 8 until December 6.
Email: digitalis 1956(@hotmail.com

For rent: Apartment in Hato.
NAf500, exclusive energy. Email:
digitalis 1956(iAhotmail.com

Furnished studio apartment for rent in
Nikibiko starting November 1st
call 717-4435 or 795-3456. christie-

1999 Ford F150 pickup. 4 door back
seat model. Very good condition, well
maintained. NAf 21,000. 796-5352.

We gave up on Christmas! We have
boxes and boxes of decorations and
cool stuff for sale, by the piece or the
entire lot. 788-3837

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Bonaire behind
Subscribe to The Reporter
Get Bonaire news every week for a year,
no matter where you are in the world.
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FOR SALE HP PSC1410 Printer
Scanner Copier Includes: 3 NEW HP22
Color Ink Jet cartridges
$300; Panasonic KX-FL521 Laser
Plain Paper Fax & Copier, Includes: 2
NEW Drum Units + 2 NEW Toner Car-
tridges, $500; Xerox Phaser 3117 Laser
Printer Includes 2 NEW Print Cartridges,
$449. All in very good condition-
Call 717-8876.

Looking for a good used regulator?
Completely rebuilt with all new parts, Scu-
bapro MK 2 with R295 2nd stage plus
gauges, octopus and inflator hose.
$229 Call Carib Inn 717-8819 8 amto 5

Foundation We Dare To Care is looking
for a child oriented NGO who can run the
bar and kitchen at the monthly flea market
in the Parke Publiko Boneriano (the play-
ground behind the hospital), Reaction
please to Vicky 786-1592 or 717-4992.

On October 25 there will be a sale of
second hand books at the Animal Shel-
ter. There will be a lot of books, both Eng-
lish and Dutch, and many more!
From 11.00 till 17.00 hrs. Food and drinks
are also available.
Be there, and bring your friends!

Senora Colombiana ta ofrese su ser-
bisio pa limpia kas. Bon recomenda. mi
tin mi mes transporte. Bo por komu-
nika tel: 795-9281 /717-2137

Colombian Lady offers home cleaning
services. Well recommended. Has own
transportation. Please call 795-9281 717-

For Sale: Well maintained luxury Honda
Accord LX, V4 tech.-automatic, 2002, low
in emission & economical. Real bargain:
NAf 16.000 For info: 700-0515 or flying-

Ticket to Holland to sell: Valid until 18-
12-08. Offered at a good price. Call: 795-
9281 785-0095
Mi ta bende pasashi pa Hulanda, e tin
valideste 18-12-08. Naunbonprijs. Bo
por komunika- 795-9281/ 785-0095

For sale- Superior Dutch Bikkel Bikes
(Ladies models) Closeout on ex-rental
models, all in excellent condition. Fully
equipped. From NAf 500-800. At DeFree-
weiler, Kaya Grandi 61. Call 717-8545

Special beading classes in Native
American Tradition. Only for 3 weeks.
Tel: 717-7021

For Sale: Dishwasher (2004), brand:
Eurotech, Asking price: NAf. 350,- For
more information call: 786 2206

Two medium or large dog kennels suit-
able for airline cargo wanted. Please email
NB318 @thotmail.com or call 786 -3134.

I-o Wanted: 40-48 HP Yamaha out-
board, short shaft. Call Jorna 780-

Land on top of Lagoen Hill for sale. 1480
sq. m, beautiful views over the whole bay
of Kralendijk, Kunuku and the East Coast.
Asking price $130.000. Serious inquiries
only please. Tel: 786 4545 or sim-
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Bonaire Reporter Oct. 24-Nov. 7 2008

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Bbbles from the Biologist Who Is Monique Meijer-NB 28?

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Did You Know...that algae are thought to be the future of biodiesel?
Millions of years ago plant and animal matter was buried and compressed deep in the
ground to make crude oil. If oil was created from plant and animal matter over mil-
lions of year it must take about that time to make more of this limited resource right?
Wrong. It has already been proven that biomass from plants (switchgrass and corn)
can be transformed into biofuel (ethanol and biodiesel). Now, scientists are currently
working on converting certain algal species that are high in oil content into biofuel.
Not only can this plant replace crude oil consumption, it cleans the air by using up
carbon dioxide (a major greenhouse gas). Scientists now believe that "feeding" or
pumping the algae with even more carbon dioxide yields an even higher percentage
of oil by weight. Essentially, algae rids the air of greenhouse gas emissions and recy-
cles it through photosynthesis to make oxygen and increase oil content in its bio-
mass. There are many advantages to using algae instead of other plants such as
switchgrass and corn to make biofuel. For example, algae can produce up to 15 times
more oil. Another advantage is that algae doesn't need soil to grow and can be grown
in ponds or in areas not suitable for commercial agriculture.
Algae can also grow in fresh or salt water and scientists even theorize that algae
increases oil content when grown in water full of organic mate-
rial (sewage). The future of this planet is in biofuels and some- -
thing as simple as algae could be the answer to cutting down and
recycling harmful emissions and our dependency on a finite en-
ergy source. 0 Story & photo by Lauren Pacheco

Pacheco isfrom Arvada, Colorado, and currently is in her
fourth year majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at
the University of Colorado at Boulder. In her free time she en-
joys traveling, hiking, camping, rafting and swimming. She is
currently studying at the CIEE Research Station in Bonaire.

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The windsurf contingent at Bonaire's
41st Regatta was 23 strong, repre-
senting fleets in Freestyle, Slalom and For-
mula racing. One of the newest members
of the Bonaire Sailing Team is Monique
Meijer. Monique is attending her third Re-
gatta, competing as the only woman in the
Slalom division. Monique has been train-
ing hard for Regatta having just returned
from European events in Italy and Turkey.
Last month she was interviewed by Bon-
aire windsurfer-on-tour, Ruben Petrisie.
Here's some of what she had to say:
"Let me first introduce myself to your
readers. My name is Monique Meijer. I've
been living on the island of Bonaire since
July 2006. I learned the basic steps of
windsurfing a few years ago at Sunny
Beach in Bulgaria. After I moved to Bon-
aire in the summer of 2006 I really fell in
love with windsurfing. You can find me
almost every afternoon at Sorobon.
Besides my normal work (as a physical
education teacher at the SGB) I'm helping
out at the Aquaspeed Club Bonaire and
Jong Bonaire."
Then Ruben asked her, "How did you
end up racing on the PWA Tour?"
"After I came back from a windsurf com-
petition in Italy I was not sure yet what my
place was in the windsurfing world as I
was surfing in the master class and not in
the women's class. Taty Frans told me to
go to Turkey. It had similar sailing condi-
tions like Sorobon and that it would be a
nice event to participate in."
Ruben then asked her about her first race
"It was a very nice experience. I arrived
as one of the first racers in order to train a
few days ahead to get used to the condi-
tions there and of course to overcome the
jet lag. In Alacati, Turkey, I met you,
Ruben Petrisie, again. You helped me
around and gave me a lot of information
about the event.
When everyone arrived it was a very nice
atmosphere, everyone getting along very
well and sharing their passion. I met a lot
of new friends and gained lots of new ex-
periences on the water. After the start
(when the green flag goes up) it's a pretty
hard competition No fear-No rules. But
after the race everyone is friends again."
Monique placed 12th at her first slalom
PWA event in Turkey.
Her training coach is the best, former
Olympian Patun Saragoza. Sailing three
days each week Monique and Patun prac-
tice starts, jibing around buoys and course
racing. Her training has taught her to be

Bonaire Reporter Oct. 24-Nov. 7 2008

aggressive on the course. In this year's
event Monique is competing against some
of the island's fastest sailors including Ju-
vannie Thielman, Choko Frans and Taty
Monique expressed frustration on the
lack of wind and no fellow women com-
petitors, but she's optimistic that her train-
ing will help her rise to the occasion.
Monique hopes to place in the top three.
(She placedfourth against the men. Ed.)
Her aspirations will take her on the 2009
Professional Windsurfing Association Tour
representing Bonaire on her sail NB28.
Monique is sponsored by Bonaire Wind-
surf Place, Sign Studio and Princess. 0
Ann Phelan Ruben Petrisie


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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-
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De Bonairiaan Restaurant Inexpensv Frida De Bonairiaan Restaurant is a unique restaurant run by the stu-
Kaya J. A. Abraham Blvd., #21 Wednesday, Thursday, Friday dents of the Stitchting Project with their advisors. Each day a different
(nearly across from Divi Resort) 9 am-2 pm menu. ad a di
717-6921,786-6816 Breakfast, Coffee, Lunch menu.

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
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Modee finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too.
1/2 mile north of town center. 780-1111 Open rom 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 780-1111

Philips Cooking and Organizing Personal Chef For Private Dinners, Catering, Party Snacks and Wedding Services
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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

EZ Air Daily flights between Bonaire and Cura-
gao, headed by experienced pilot. Round trip only
Eight flights a day. From 7:30am to 6 pm.

City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances, furni-
ture, TV, computers, cell phones and more. Fast ser-
vice and in-store financing too.

Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.

Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials and
facial waxing.

De Freewieler rents bikes, scooters and quads. Pro-
fessional repairs on almost anything on two wheels.
Sells top brand bikes. Have your keys made here.

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 Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive
computer H.Q.

WannaDive They make diving fun. In town at
City Cafe, at Eden Beach and Windsock Apart-
ments .

ScubaVision Document your Bonaire vacation
above and below the water with a custom DVD by
Bonaire's top videographer

Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in
Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional
trainers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.

Top Health Bonaire Fitness and Health Center
Modem workout rooms and machines, professional
trainers and low prices make it easy to lose weight
and get fit.

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.

Professional Pest Control. Call Peter to get rid of
all those nasty pets like termites, fleas, ticks and ants
that want to invade your home. Call now and save
your investment in your home.

Pool and Spas
Sunshine Pool Care is "All About Pools and Spas" -
Building them, caring for them, providing service,
supplies and equipment.

Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center
downtown offers fast, fine processing for prints,
slides, items and services. Full digital services.

Capture Photo at the Divi Flamingo. Underwater
photo classes, camera rental, digital processing, all
state of the art!

Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor," spe-
cializing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and
property management.

Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of choices in real
estate-International/US connections. 5% of profits
donated to local community. List with them to sell

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.

Bonaire Sunshine Homes is the realtor with a local
touch. Ask them to show you the good value homes
they list. Call them if you are thinking of selling your

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. Wonderful ser-
vice, free gift wrap.

The Salt Shop offers uniquely special Bonaire sea-
salt crystals at its shop in The Rochaline and also at
Best Buddies and the airport shop.

Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-

Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent. What would we do without their
superb services?

The Island Supplier (TIS)-Enjoy shopping the
"Caribbean Way' fresh, open air feeling with rea-
sonably priced produce, frozen meats, canned goods,
wide selection of beverages and juices. Good rum

Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-
Biggest air conditioned market with the, largest se-
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Happy Hour-50% off- Buddy
Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
By appointment Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $21

Bonaire Reporter Oct. 24-ov. 7 2008

(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, 6-10pm
* Rincon Marshe-6 am-2 pm. Enjoy
a Bonairean breakfast while you shop,
fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts, local
sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts, candles,
incense, drinks, music. Big Marche first
Saturday of the Month-
* Flea Market at Parke Publico
every first Saturday of the month, 3 to 7
pm. Everyone welcome to buy and to
sell. NAf5 per selling table. More infor-
mation and reservations for a spot call
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 @ibonairewellness.com

* "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

* "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
Marina. HH drinks, gratis tapas, 5-7 pm

* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
* Free Rum Punch Party (5:30- 6:30
pm) with Moogie Nation, followed by all
-u-can-eat BBQ, 7-10 pm, Buddy Dive
Flamingo Rockers playing at
Sunset Bar and Grill, from 6 8pm.
FREE Rum Punch goes from 5:30 -
6:30pm. BBQ starting at 6:30pm. Den
Laman Resort


Sunday- Creature Feature- John and
Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital photo
center present a multimedia slide presen-
tation about Buddy's House Reef pool
bar Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-5080
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
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles ofBon-
aire Slide Show. Every 1st & 3rd Tues-
day, Buddy Dive Resort, 6:30 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 6:30pm.


Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past
in this venemble 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. Open Monday 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
century. Daily. Call 717-4060/ 790-2018
Bonaire Museum onKaya 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 holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017


AA meetings every Wednesday at 7pm;
every Sunday at 5pm. Phone: 786-7699.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly Bonaire Talker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7.30 pm)
All levels, NAf2,50. Call Joop 717-5903
for venue.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at
5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bonaire
Jaycees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Re-
nata 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, at786-2953.


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: Centro di
Bario Nord Salifia, Sundays, 10 am.
Services in Dutch. 700-0379.
International Bible Church of Bonaire,
at SGB High School auditorium (Kaya
Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya
Korona.) Sunday services in English at 9
am; Sunday evening prayer meeting at

Pastor's home, 7 pm. Fridays, 6 to 8 pm,
Light & Life Club, children 5 to 12
yrs. Tel. 717-8332.
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:
Prayer and Intercession Church, in
English. A full Gospel Church located
temporarily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20,
Santa Barbara, Republiek. Services are
held on Sunday mornings from 10am
until 11:30am. Bible studies in English
are on Monday nights from 7 to 8 pm.
Contact: 717-3322
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
-day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26, Sun-
days: 9 am Sacrament Ser-
vices (Translation to English and Papia-
mentu upon request) 10:20 Sunday
School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/PH Primary
held from 10:20-12 noon Visitors Wel-
come: 701-9522 for Information

Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel:790-6518, 786-6125
or 790-8988



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Trips daily via resorts at 10 am, 12, 2 pm
Except Sunday at 10 am only

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F reestyle windsurfing is
one of the favorite specta-
tor sport events. During Regatta
when slalom and formula racing
heats are run they are held off-
shore making it impossible for
the crowd to enjoy but creating a
challenging sport for the com-
On Regatta Wednesday the
crowds and freestylers were in
for a usual treat. Mother Nature
brought in an incredible weather
system creating onshore winds,
high winds and massive chop in
typically quiet Kralendijk Har-
bor. Early in the day the freestyle
kids and adults grabbed their
small sails and headed into the
waves. Water spray was coating
the shoreline, dousing spectators
with water and spray. Children
were frolicking in the rolling sea
that turned the harbor into a
washing machine of water.
Tricksters Youp Schmidt, Endro
Finies, Bjom and Jurgen
Saragoza and Choko Frans were
amongst the freestylers reveling
in the crazy wind reversal. It was
the makings of a perfect freestyle
event. Heats were held and the

crowd was dazzled by an array of
moves including Switch Stanch
Chochos, Table Tops and Goi-
In the end the best of the day
prevailed. Mother Nature could
not have been kinder on what
was a memorable freestyle event
at the 41st Regatta.
Freestyle Kid

Amado Vreiswijk
Youp Schmidt
Jurgen Saragoza
Freestyle Prince
Bjorn Saragoza
Hendrick Balentien
Archuendro Finies
Freestyle King
Taty Frans
Choko Frans
Jeager Sint Jago. m Ann Phelan

Weird Winds Dominated
Regatta 41 was a bit bizarre. This year's edition of the Carib-
bean's oldest sailboat racing and street party was a week of
brooding skies, big swells, wet sailors, stoked windsurfers and lots of
little boats. A great time was had by all thanks to the professionalism
and flexibility of the organizers.

The 41st Regatta honored
Edgar Kachan' Soliano by
dedicating the 41st edition of
the sailing event to him. Hav-
ing been born into a family of
fishermen, he loves the sea,
and during the 1969 Regatta
he was matroos (crew) on
Juan Margarita' s sailing boat,
Felicity, for the first time.
Since then he has participated
in many regattas, until his boat sank north of Klein Bonaire. Kachan
sailed on many other boats, until he discovered the Sunfish about 10
years ago. (Port Call, now The Bonaire Reporter, was his sponsor).
Now, at 63 years of age, Kachan is still sailing.

There were 189 entrants, down from last year's record number of
216. The 27 yachts that took part, about an average number, hailed
from Aruba, Bonaire, Curagao, Great Britain, The Netherlands, the US
and Venezuela. Besides the yachts there were classes for catamarans,
Sunfish, Lasers, Splash, Optimists, fishing boats, and microboats. A
record number of microboats, 111, including an innovative multihull
class, participated. Disappointingly, only two traditional fishing boats
participated, down from 27 two decades ago.
Pre-Regatta festivities enjoyed clear skies, but when race Monday
dawned there was no wind and lowering skies. The organizers decided
to postpone the Round-Island race to later in the week and instead run
round-the-marks races instead. It was a good choice as some good
competition was possible.
Tuesday was a bit better but when the scheduled "lay-day" dawned
the winds were the best of the week and instead of rest there were
There were a few collisions, protests and torn sails but lots of prizes
too. For a complete list of winners go to www.bonaireregatta.org. U

Bonaire Reporter Oct. 24-Nov. 7 2008

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*to find it... just look up

How to Use the Moon to Find
the Ringed Planet Just Before Sunrise

A s most of
you read-
ers know my sec-
ond favorite
planet after planet
#3 is planet #6,
the giant gas
planet with all the
rings, exquisite
Saturn. And just
recently it has
returned to morn-
ing skies and can
be seen just be-
fore sunrise. And
you can use the
Moon to find it on
Friday, Saturday
and Sunday, Octo-
ber 24th, 25th and 26th. Plus, believe it or not, Saturn will be losing its rings soon. So
see them now before they're gone.
This Friday morning October 24th, 6 am your local time, face east where you will see
an exquisite breathtakingly beautiful 25-day-old waning crescent Moon, which means
that it is getting skinnier and skinnier, rather than a waxing crescent, which means
getting fatter and fatter. And if you look closely you may notice that there will appear
to be a grayish black full Moon nestled within this crescent, which is called Earth-
shine and which can only be seen during times of a waxing or waning crescent Moon.
Look just above this beautiful Moon and you'll see Regulus, the brightest star of Leo
the Lion. Then look an equal distance below the Moon and, voila! you'll see slightly
brighter yellowish Saturn. The next day Saturday October 25th the Moon will be just
past Saturn and even skinnier and will still sport some lovely Earthshine. And 24
hours later on Sunday the 26th the Moon will be well past Saturn, and Saturn will be
equally spaced between the Moon and Regulus. Once again Friday the 24th, Saturday
the 25th and Sunday the 26th.
And while you're out there please, if you or a friend have a small telescope, use it now
because by Christmas Eve Saturn's rings will almost disappear. Why? Well, it takes
Saturn 29 1/2 Earth years to make one orbit about the Sun. And as it does so its rings
constantly appear to change position as seen from Earth. On April 9, 2003, they ap-
peared wide open as astronomers say and we were looking up at Saturn from under-
neath, so to speak, at the south side of Saturn's rings. But ever since then they've been
slowly closing month after month year after year, slowly tilting downward, so by
January of this year they looked like the middle illustration above. On Christmas Eve
December 24th they will almost disappear.
After which they will slowly reveal a bit more of themselves in kind of a tease. But
after next summer they will do a magic act and on September 4th of 2009 they will
disappear in all but the biggest of Earth's telescopes. Then they will slowly open once
again and be wide open in October of 2017 when we will then be looking at the ring's
northern side. But this is all an optical illusion. Saturn's rings do not actually tilt. It's a
matter of perspective due to where our Earth and Saturn are in their orbits. When we
are in this position we look up at the southern side of Saturn's rings and from this
position we look down at the northern side of Saturn's rings. And in between Saturn's
rings disappear. So catch Saturn now before they disappear like the white rabbit down
the famous rabbit hole. 0 JackHorkheimer

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By Jenny

October-2008 (end)

ARIES: March 20th April 20th
A full Moon and Mercury retrograde in your house of partners indicates some change
is needed in your relationships. No real worries here; having your ruler Mars in the
insightful sign of Scorpio, gives you the strength to do what's necessary. By the end of
the month, you'll be delighted with new developments!
TAURUS: April 20th -May 21st
Mercury retrograde in your house of work could cause you to miss deadlines or make
mistakes. Once you straighten things out, you'll be ready to focus on your personal
life. With a new Moon in your house of partners, you'll enjoy the romance!
GEMINI:May 21st June 21st
Having your ruler Mercury retrograde in your house of romance could cause some
confusion. Don't waste your time imagining something is wrong or trying to figure
things out. Keep focused on work and allow others some time to reveal themselves.
CANCER: June 21st July 22nd
What you need right now is some recognition and with your ruler, the Moon, travers-
ing your most public sector you're sure to find it. Others will appreciate your leader-
ship qualities and talents more than ever now. Don't be shy to take charge!
LEO: July 22nd August 23rd
Having the new Moon in your most personal arena, will assist you to make positive
changes. This could be in your home or in your attitude. With Venus in your creative
house it's a good time to socialize, throw a party or even fall in love. Exude your
charm this month!
VIRGO: August 23rd September 22nd
The combination of the full Moon and Mercury retrograde in your money house
could make you feel strapped for cash. This is certainly not a time to daydream about
winning lotto and with Saturn in your sign you can't depend on others' usual
help. You can, however, depend on the full Moon to keep you busy sorting things
LIBRA: September 23rd October 23rd
This month's new Moon inspires your drive to succeed, but best to wait till mid
month before implementing new plans. With Mercury retrograde in your sign, you
may uncover important information. You benefit from travel and conversations.
SCORPIO: October 23rd November 22nd
Consider yourself blessed! The new Moon in your sign teams up with your ruler
Mars and offers a marvelous opportunity to get ahead. Sometime wonderful is about to
happen. Since Venus is also in your sign, this is true for your love life as well!
SAGITTARIUS: November 22nd December 21st
The combination of Venus entering your sign and Mercury retrograde in house of
friends could cause a whirlwind of social activity! You may not have to time for every
invitation, but try your best. The new Moon at the end of this month will allow you
plenty of down time to recover and savor the amazing events that have just taken
CAPRICORN: December 21st January 20th
Your hard work is about to pay off! Expect some excellent new developments to
occur concerning past projects which have been delayed for sometime. Romance looks
exciting; especially if you allow others to simply be themselves! Freedom and love
come hand in hand now.
AQUARIUS: January 20th February 19th
You wish you had more money because you realize the freedom it brings. You also
wish you were anywhere but where you are! Yet, things could change in a moment,
once you remember it's not what you know but who you know. And with Venus and
Mars at the top of your chart, you can make those right connections now!
PISCES: February 19th -March 20th
Sure you feel the need for deeper understanding, but you won't find it in a book or on
your own. With Venus and Mars in your house of knowledge, perfectly matched to
your ruler in the networking part of your chart; you'll find by traveling or through the
help of a friend! Go somewhere you haven't been and meet someone new! 0

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