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SApril 241 May 8, 2009; Volume 16, Issue 9

S Helping Bonaire Grow Responsibly
Shimaruku, P.O. Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, Phone 790-6518, 786-6518, email: reporter()bonairenews.com Since 1994
Printed every fortnight, On-line every day, 24/7

Bruce Bowker, Richard Beady,
Jason Erwin and Ellen Muller at
sunset at Richard's Restaurant.

Also in this issue:

New Citizens
Looking Back '94, '95
Grand Piano for Bonaire

-pg. 2
-pg. 3
-pg. 6

Sailors in Curacao
Cruisers' Cleanup
... and much more

-pg. 9
-pg. 15


T he group who organized
the acquisition and deliv-
ery of a concert-class grand
piano to Bonaire reported that
the piano has arrived and the
first concert is scheduled for
Mother's Day, May 9, at the
Plaza resort. For details on this
cultural achievement turn to
page 6.

Following numerous fla-
mingo deaths the Water and
Electricity Company (WEB)
promised to equip overhead
electric cables with reflectors
so that the birds will not fly
into them. The company will
set aside NAf 30.000 to
NAf40.000 for the project.

Last December the Bonaire
Government passed a resolution
(AB1991#8) to help build up
the island's fish stocks by
establishing no fishing zones
within the Bonaire Marine
Park. While spearfishing has
long been banned, line fishing
was permitted. STINAPA,
which manages the Marine
Park, was designated to define,
educate and, if necessary,
enforce the new regulation.
The two zones will be marked
by buoys and signs in four
languages. Yellow painted
stones are used as well.
Zone 1 runs from north of
Harbour Village to Point Waya,
Zone 2 from the Plaza Resort
harbor to Chachacha Beach.
It is permitted to take bait fish
and two non-reef-dwelling fish
in these areas under special
Experience in other Caribbean
areas show that within a few
years fish population and fish
sizes increase in the no-fish
zones and adjecent areas.

) On Tuesday, April 14, the
Sorobon-based fishing boat

Last week Island Governor Glenn Thod6 in the name of Queen Beatrix awarded Dutch citizenship
to 31 persons who competed the necessary requirements. The ceremony was held in the Passangrahan
(Island Council Chamber). Addressing the new citizens were, among others George Menshe, head of
the Civil Registry, and Governor Thod6.

Jordano with two persons
aboard hit the reef at the en-
trance to Lac Bay. The fisher-
men were rescued unharmed
with the assistance of
STINAPA Park Rangers and the
Coast Guard helicopter.

0 Bonaire is not alone in
considering using algae-based
fuel. The city of Venice, Italy,
has announced a plan to pro-
duce 50% of its electricity needs
from an algae-based power The
city will be producing electric-
ity from two types of algae that
are brought in clinging to ships
and which regularly grow over
the seaport. The algae will be
cultivated and treated in labora-
tories to turn it into fuel. The
fuel will then be used to power
turbines in a new 40 MW power
plant in the center of the city.
The innovative project will cost
the city $264 million and should
be operating in two years.
Are algae-growing test ponds
being built on the south side of
the Sorobon road across and
east of the Donkey sanctuary?
via Eco Worldly, thanks to
Maureen Mellema

D The Antillean Parliament
will shortly receive a phasing
plan for the further process of
dismantling the Netherlands
Antilles. The promise came
after opposition member Jopie
Abraham from Bonaire re-
quested clarity regarding the
progress of the constitutional
change process.
The progress of Bonaire's
connection to Holland as a mu-
nicipality continues independ-
ently of this process.

Page 2

0 Homeowners are requested
to deposit their used glass for
recycling in the yellow
"Klinko" containers at the old
SELIBON location on Kaya
Industria across from Ware-
house Bonaire. The former in-
struction to dump them in restau-
rant or hotel yellow containers is

1 The Antillean airline com-
panies DAE and Insel Air are
having difficulties in receiving
any transfers of their revenues
in American dollars from Vene-
zuela. The Venezuelan car indus-
try, banks dealing with credit
cards and other sectors dealing
with imports are also suffering
from the dollar shortage. This is
the result of the lowered oil price
and the international crisis. Some
Venezuelan banks have informed
their clients via pop-up messages
on their websites that payments in
dollars can be made only for
food, accommodation and medi-
cal emergencies abroad.

1 Citing cooler seas and the
prospect of a weak El Nifio, the
benchmark Colorado State
University (CSU) hurricane
team lowered its 2009 Atlantic
forecast on Tuesday to 12 tropi-
cal storms, of which six could
become hurricanes.
The US research team, founded

by storm forecasting pioneer Wil-
liam Gray, said the season could
see two "major" hurricanes of
Category 3 or higher on the five
step Saffir-Simpson intensity
scale. Hurricanes of that magni-
tude have sustained winds of
more than 110 miles (177 km)
per hour.
The researchers said sea surface
temperatures in the tropical At-
lantic Ocean had cooled in recent
months. Hurricanes draw energy
from warm sea water, so cooler
water could diminish hurricane

into the
Artists Society and will be for-
mally inducted at the upcoming
DEMA show in Orlando, Florida,
October 2009. The Ocean Artists
Society (OAS) was started by
Wyland, Bob Talbot, and Guy
Harvey several years ago. The
society was created to foster an
Continued on page 0


Table of Contents

This Week's Stories
New Citizens 2
15 years Reporter(storiesfrom 9495) 3
Bonaire gets Grand Piano 6
VVO class to Holland 6
Dust Study Update 6
Bonaire Sailors in Curacao 9
Richard's Host Erwin & Friends 9
MCB EasterTennis 11
Mountain Bike Race 11
Missing Dog (Charlie) Missing Cat
(Zappa) 13
Adi'sArtforPhyllis 15
Cruisers Clean Reef 15
Watta Wnner (Paco Veeris) 18

Weekly Features
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
On Island Since-Ana BelindadeLima 4
Bonairean Voices (Bonairean Man) 7
Sudoku Puzzle 7
Sudoku Solution 8
Bon Quiz#5-beams 9
Pet of the Week(Evo) 12
Reporter Masthead 12
Picture Yourself (Galapagos) 13
Classifieds 13
Tide Table 13
BonQuiz Answer 14
Letters (Pilfered luggage, Cruise ships, 15-
yearcongrats, Bartersystem) 14
Bubbles-Did You Know (Squid) 15
Whats Happening 16
Dining, Shopping Guides 17
Bonaire On Wheels (Harley VLA) 18
Sky Park(Mercury) 19
Star Power (Astrobgy) 19

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
May 13, 2009.

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Bonaire Reporter- April 24- May 8, 2009


Happy Birthday, Reporter 15 Years Old This Month
eginning with this issue we will -Sandwich Factory opens 12-27- Proposal by Marine Park man- Maritime Museum Stichting Maritiem
look back at the past years' news r-w-( -ager Kalli DeMeyer to charge NAP 500 Museum" opens an MCB account. Ob-

that appeared in our pages. It's interest-
ing, especially when viewed in the light
of current developments.
We begin with a retrospective of some
of the news as it appeared in Port Call
(previous name of The Bonaire Reporter)
at its beginning in 1994 and 1995. You'll
notice many of the items are waterfront
related as befit the original Port Call slo-
gan-Bonaire's Boating Newspaper:

Port Call "For Yachts in Bonaire" -
1ST issue was printed in April 1994. Read-
ers had to donate NAf Iper copy (to
cover Xeroxing ).
8-8 Now called Port Call -
"Bonaire's Boating Newspaper"
9/26 The local antique fishing sloop,
Eagle, is set be rebuilt under the auspices
of the Bonaire Maritime Museum and
placed in the museum
10/3 Referendum 1994- Ban Fiha
Nos Rumbo (Let's Chart our Course) on
Oct. 21
10/17-A large, modern tuna trawler,
Lucille, (with a Hughes helicopter) was
captured with illegal drift nets. Eight
large trawlers were reported a few miles
of Bonaire's north coast. Dutch Royal Air
Force plane dispatched from Curaqao and
observed them fishing. Police boat P-1
with customs and harbor officers boarded
boat which was escorted to Kralendijk

annually for each pnvate moonng Some
residents say, "As part of the long term
Marine Park mooring plan eventually no
anchoring may be permitted in Bonaire
waters. We believe the visitors' costs of
daily mooring ($3-$5) combined with the
residents' annual charge will discourage
yacht tourism."

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11/28 Results of the Referendum
1994 Alternative #1 voted in- "Keep
Bonaire as part of the Netherlands Antil-
12/5 Next year (1995) will see the
arrival of 12 cruise ships, up from nine in
1994. This does not include the Scientolo-
gists' ship, Freewinds.
Record salt exports from AKZO-
Nobel Salt Company- 400,000 metric tons
12/19- Port Call becomes FREE and "It's
Still Free!"

jective: "To develop a selt-supportmg
museum which documents and exhibits
artifacts related to the love affair of Bon-
aire with the surround seas."

j Pirate'sI
by Jack Chlk
SChalk is the president ofCURO
d manager of dive operatons at Cap
^t4pnjjns Habitat fg wegfc/y colggnsyj
1-27- 1st of the weekly column, "The
Pirate's Pen" by Jack Chalk
2-3 -Underwater Surveys by Prof.
Gordon Younce, Ph.D. Compiling the
trash on the reef in Kralendijk harbor.
George Saragossa promoted to
Chief Marine Park Ranger
-Cultimara switch from plastic bags
to paper results in a noticeable decline in
paper bag trash
Dancing at the new Fantasy Disco.
New art gallery/ art supply store
opened in the Lourdes Mall by Bonnie
2-24- "Swedes invade Bonaire." Half the
new boats in port are from Sweden.
3-17 American Canadian Cruise Line
mini-liner visits Bonaire. Mini liners
have features which allow navigation in
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Bonaire Reporter- April 24- May 8, 2009

-Tall ship SSV Corwith Cramer out of
Woods Hole, MA, visits with crew
and students aboard.
-Club Nautico opens with a grand party

1-14 "The Museum Lives Bonaire

4 T was born in Honduras in
11968. My whole family is
from Honduras. When I was two
years old we left. My father was an
engineer in the oil industry and
first we went to live in Curagao
where my dad worked at the refin-
ery. Then we lived in Aruba, Ecua-
dor, Mexico and Santo Domingo,
and when we moved to Venezuela
I was 10. Up until then I'd always
gone to an American school and
English was the first language at
Once we were in Venezuela my
mom just loved it there and she
said, 'No more moving!' So my
dad went on working abroad and
we stayed with our mom. She was
our role model; she kept the family
together and educated us.
In 1989 my father was working
for Bopec here on Bonaire and we
four kids and my mom came
over to spend the summer holidays
here. I was 21. During that vaca-
tion my dad became ill and he and
my mom went back to Venezuela,
but they decided we could stay
here and have our vacation. We
were really excited to be by our-

selves. We went out every night
and it was perfect because Bonaire
was such a safe place, so we did
things we could never could do in
Venezuela like partying until two
in the morning!
Then I met my husband, Manuel
de Lima. He'd come from Portugal
through Venezuela to Bonaire in
1982 and he was working for a
Portuguese company on the island.
It was like destiny because he was
already divorced and he had a little
girl who was living in Venezuela
with her mom, only 30 minutes
from where I was living... a big
coincidence. We started dating, but
he was living on Bonaire and I was
living in Venezuela, so it wasn't
that easy. I was studying pre-
school education and running a
daycare, 'Colita y Mufiecon,' and
we only saw each other once a year
at Christmas, but the telephone was
our great friend. My parents didn't
let me go for summer vacations
anymore after they found out I had
a boyfriend.
In 1993, four years after Manuel
and I had first met we decided it
was enough and we got married

"...we're speaking four languages here:
English, Papiamentu, Spanish and Dutch, and
the children absorb all these
languages very quickly."

and I left everything behind and
came to live here." She smiles. "It
seems to me like yesterday. The
beginning was a little bit tough
because we were such a close-knit
family, so the change was really
huge. But with the love and pa-
tience of my husband I got through
that. I didn't speak Papiamentu or
Dutch and that's what I needed to
get a job.
Since I was 15 I'd always
worked with children, so it was
like a big part of me was missing. I
stayed at home and was a wife and
it was like that for almost nine
months. I used to torture myself by
going to the preschools and the two
daycares that I knew until play-
school 'Jiwiri' gave me the oppor-
tunity to work there as a volunteer.
Esmeralda gave me all the help I
needed to learn Papiamentu and in
less than three months I was sing-
ing with the children and God
helped me because six months later
a teacher left and I got the job per-
manently. Then I also took a Dutch
course for two long years with
Mrs. Piek because I thought it was
very important for me to be able to
understand the Dutch children as
well, and now I can communicate
with all the kids. I worked with
Jiwiri until my baby boy Alejandro
was born on the fourth of July,
Because he was a really difficult
baby as he was always sick, I

stayed at home with him. However,
in April 1997, five couples with
five babies knocked on my door.
They wanted me to take care of
their babies and that's how Colita y
Mufiecon started on Bonaire.
Because I was a foreigner it took
me some work to get the permit to
start a creche, but with the help of
SEBIKI and some deputies I got
my legal permit two years later.
After that I started taking every
course provided by SEBIKI and
the government to upgrade myself
and to keep on learning Papia-
mentu. And today I don't feel like
a foreigner anymore I'm so
happy to be part of this community
and the preschool community and I
can give my opinion and I don't
have to be afraid of saying some-


I was taught 'old school' the
old system and it's a little bit
difficult to change after you've
been working for a long time with
a specific system. The way I see it,
behind discipline there's always
love and respect. I find the new
school system too flexible. I think
it's good for children to have
boundaries, but... it all depends on
the child and the specific needs of
each child. Most of the parents
think that the majority of the re-
sponsibility lies with the creche
and not with them. The bad person
in the movies is always the teacher,
not the mom! Often they want me
to discipline the child, but at home
it can do what it likes. Maybe be-
(Continued on page 5)

Bonaire Reporter- April 24- May 8, 2009

Sice tW1993 ra

Page 4

On the Island Since
(Continued from page 4)
cause parents don't see much of
their children it's their way of
compensating. Children do miss
their parents; they miss them a lot!
They need their attention and their
Ana de Lima loves 'her' chil-
dren and she's strict but fair as she
believes that's best for the child.
She's straight to the point and she
feels very responsible and passion-
ate about helping a child grow and
"At the moment I have a bunch
of little angels; we are working
with a nice group and a nice group
of parents too. Now I'm slowly
introducing the new system. It's
been introduced in all the pre-
schools on Bonaire. It's called
'Kaleidoscope' and it's almost the
same idea as they're using in the
elementary schools now, so the
transition between preschool and
elementary school will be smooth.
But... we have to be multi-lingual.
We have to teach the child in its
own language. So we're speaking
four languages here: English,
Papiamentu, Spanish and Dutch,
and the children absorb all these
languages very quickly.
I'm really happy the preschool
system changed since I first started
here. Then it was a place where
you left your children to be looked
after; there were no crayons, or
paper, just toys. And now you can
enter into any of the 20 creches
here on the island and you'll see all
sorts of educational materials. At

my creche we
have 30 children:
some come in
the morning,
some in the af-
teroon and
some come all
day. We have a
program, a --
schedule the kids
follow daily so
it's like a routine
for them. Every
month we work
with a different
theme and at the
end of each
theme we have
an outgoing ac-
tivity or a big
party. Being
loving and strict
is what counts
most. I always
tell my trainees -
there are two
working in the
mornings and
two in the after-
noons 'Look, this is not a cookie,
we have a lot of responsibility; we
have a lot of little Spidermen and
Spiderwomen growing up here!'
I love my work, but I'm also a
mother and a wife. Alejandro is 12
now and he's in SGB at Havo. I'm
really proud of him and his
achievements. He's a good swim-
mer with the Barracuda swimming
club. At the moment he's in Aruba
participating in a swimming com-
petition and I'll be going in two

days to join him. He also loves to
go on his mountain bike anything
that's sports thrills him.
When I'm free I love to stay at
home and enjoy it. I also love ani-
mals; any little animal they bring
to me I'll take care off until it's big
enough to go to a new home. And
I'm always selling tickets to raise
money for different activities.
Sometimes we get into the car, find
a beautiful spot and sit there with
sandwiches and something to drink

and we just enjoy the view. I don't
like the sun or the beach; I don't
like to get dirty, that's the prob-
Well, my idea is to work three to
four more years, then find some-
one who would like to go on with
the creche so I can learn how to
play the piano which is one of my
great dreams and to have a little
time with my family and travel
around. But I wouldn't like Colita
y Mufiecon to disappear; I would-

n't like that at all. I think I will
always stay here you know
sometimes I think of living in
Venezuela or Portugal, but when
I'm there... I
really want to
run back to my
calm and secure
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T he Bonaire Classical Mu-
sic Board, a group of 15
culturally-minded residents and a
few companies, report that the
island's own grand piano, a Ya-
maha C5, arrived last week and
has been unpacked, installed at
the Plaza Resort and is getting
tuned following its sea voyage.
There was great help from Ro-
cargo Services who sponsored
the transport from the Nether-
lands to Bonaire.
The donations for the grand
piano already exceed NAf
35.000. There is still NAf 4.000
to finance. That will be managed
by fundraising and organizing
concerts where the grand piano is
an important instrument.
The first concert with our
grand piano is scheduled for
May 9 (a nice present for Moth-
ers Day) with a festive celebra-
tion and a recital of Livio Her-
mans, a native of Curacao who
will play compositions of Bach,
Chopin, Schubert and well-
known classical Antillean com-
posers like Jan Gerard Palm.
After the recital there will be a
pleasant "after party" with the
Quartet of Gebby Saleh pro-
viding light classical Antillean
music. The concert will be at the
Plaza Resort, in the Cacique Hall
at 8 pm and is organized by the
Classical Music Board Bonaire.
The entrance fee is Ang 35.- pp,
an "Intermission drink" is in-
If you want to attend the con-
cert please call 717-4496 or 717
-5767 or email,
or hansfaassen(dgmail.com.
There are only 175 seats avail-

able. Tickets
and seats will
be reserved on
will also re-
ceive a certifi-
cate of the do-
nation and a
pass in your
name which
gives a 50%
reduction on
tickets for two
persons for all
the concerts Some assembly n
of the Classi-
cal Music
Board Bonaire
during a num-
ber of years,
depending the
amount of the
Since the
large staff at
Trans World
Radio has been
transferred off
Bonaire there
have been al- Hans
most no classi-
cal concerts on the island since
then because the grand pianos
also left the island and the studio
was no longer available.
The Fundashon Piano Grandi
and the Classical Music Board
Bonaire, both an initiative of a
group of private persons, made it
possible to hold the great, festive
first concert on a grand piano on
May 9 at the Plaza.
The Foundation is very grateful
to Plaza Resort because there is
no other public place on the is-
land where the grand piano can



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eeded- Rocargo technicians help

Faassen tests the piano

be hosted safely and also can be
used at the same place for con-
certs and recitals. Our island
does still not have a public thea-
tre or a concert facility which

r0 j'%IoJ PlhIi(..J

can be found on
the other islands.
The initiators of
Fundashon Piano
Grandi have the
intention to offer
the use of the
grand piano to all
public organiza-
tions on the island.
For info about that
call Hans Faassen
on 717-5767
The Bonaire
Classical Music
Board is a foun-
dation whose ob-
jective is promot-
ing, organizing
and developing
classical music on
The foundation
will organize eight L
to 10 concerts per
year and at least three school
The focus of the CMBB is on
the traditional European classical
music but much attention will be
given to the South American,
Caribbean and Antillean classical
music culture as well.
In the last months interesting
contacts have been made with
organizations and artists on
Curacao, Aruba, Venezuela

(Valencia) and the Netherlands
in order to organize six interest-
ing concerts.
Tickets can be obtained at
Addo's Bookstore, Flamingo
Bookstore, Plaza Resort Bonaire
and on the evening of the concert
at the Cacique concert hall in
Plaza Resort. We recommend
you buy tickets at the presale
points because there will be a lot
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der how our Bonairean men think, behave
and act. Well, in this case, I think we have
to get the answer from an educator who
has been studying the Bonairean man's
progress from the early ages. Retired edu-
cator, Mr. Henry P.A. Tore (68), married
to Mrs. Matea Teresa Strickx, has been on
the island since 1964. After teaching in
the Dominicus Elementary School (behind
San Bernardus church), he continued his
career as an educator at Lourdes High
School (the front part of SGB (School
Gemeenschap Bonaire) today on Kaya
Korona) in English and Mathematics.
From 1970 he was the principal of
Lourdes High School for four years. In
1974 he was appointed as the inspector of
education for Bonaire and Curaqao. Then
Holland came up with a new plan for edu-
cation on Bonaire which was to put all
secondary (junior and senior) high schools
in one building, under one roof. In 1975
he fulfilled Holland's goal and was hon-
ored to be the director of the SGB from
He's since held all kinds of jobs associ-
ated with the office of education. He was
Director of the Department of Education,
founder of the Catholic School board; of
FORMA, a form of education for drop-
outs; and the FINEB finance office for
graduates who want to continue their stud-
ies in Holland, Aruba or Curaqao. As you
can see he has broad experience in the
field of education, so he can tell you about
his own experiences and the Bonairean
"From the point of view of an educator,"
he said, "a man is molded according to his
environment at home, in school and on the
street. In the past men had more privileges
than women in every sense. They had
more freedom to experience and learn to
be in high positions. Women were more at
home. They were more protected from the
outside world and were taught to do things
household things. In the past we had a lot
problems too, but the men of the past are
not the present men.
Back then we got a good education at
home and in the schools. During those
times the clergymen were the and you
had to do your homework in school. After
the emancipation of women and their ac-
quisition of additional rights, a lot has
changed. We as men had to learn to give
more value to the women, and the com-
munity expects you to make these social
changes. If you are a public figure people
will see you as a role model. If you are
disrespectful you will be judged by the
community. Of course we had people in
our community who were not thinking
like that.
In my opinion, whatever project comes

up we should do it together in a positive
way. We should be equal and respect
women's emancipation. The women need
to admire and value the men and likewise
the men need to do the same with the
Emancipation of the women and their
additional rights made men start thinking
differently, because women have proved
that they can succeed in high positions.
There are Antillean women who have had
and who are still fulfilling responsible
positions in our community, like Mrs.
Lucinda Da'Costa-Gomez, Mrs. Maria
Liberia-Pietersz and our Prime Minister of
the Netherlands Antilles, Mrs. Emily de
Jongh-Elhage. Against all odds, insult and
opposition the women have grown strong,
capable of filling all positions.
My advice to men generally, especially
to the Bonairean man, is to invest in his
future. He must study. Young men are
taking it very easy today. But we have to
start thinking about our responsibility.
Driving a nice car, dressing nicely and
playing by the rules are not enough. You
need to invest not only in material things
but also in wisdom and courage. Assume
your responsibility as a man. Get a job,
take care of your family and/or children,
do volunteer work and continue to study.
Take your responsibility in our commu-
nity and exert yourself. The modern man
must invest in himself, the community and
even in the world community, like adding
his contribution to reduc-
ing the world environ-
mental problems."
0 Siomara E. Albertus
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Mama Modelo contestants visited the TCB Tourism Awareness Program and 1 Earth Day will be celebrated on April 22, the date The Reporter goes to
Mama Smile aspart of their preparation for thepageant and election of Mama press. Several events are scheduled to commemorate it and we will report on them in
Modelo 2009 on May 8 at 8:30pm at Jong Bonaire. Contestants are Ruthaily the next edition. One highlight is the planting of 40 native trees at Pos Bronswinkel
Cicilia, Albaligia DePalm, Metty Martis, Elaiza Noris Pietersz, Ideline Saragosa, in Washington Slagbaai National Park, in celebration of its 40th Anniversary this
Mirnalym Soliana and Shanin Winklaar. year.

Flotsam and jetsam (Continued from page 2)
appreciation and develop continued inter-
est in the ocean arts. Their website is
Janice moved to Bonaire in 1991. She
worked at the Flamingo Beach Hotel as an
underwater photographer and instructor
until 1996. She then started painting full
time. She has been so inspired by the is-
land of Bonaire that she has been able to
produce over 500 paintings and thousands
of prints which are purchased by people
around the world who love Bonaire and
her art. Her theme "I Paint Bonaire" in-
cludes landscapes, people and underwater
scenes. Her latest creations include above
and below scenes of different dive sites.
Janice said, "I hope to work in the future
to promote our island of Bonaire in a
unique way through my art, increasing the
awareness of how valuable our oceans are
and how special Bonaire is to all of us."

In the last issue of The
Reporter (April 10-24, 2009)
there was an article about a
Bonaire Sports First. It con-
cerned the first two male
Bonaireans, Charlon Sump-
ter and Rayonell Lindeborg,
going to the Carifta Games.
(We made sure we said that
they were the first male par-
ticipants.) But they were not
the first athletes to go from
Bonaire. That was Miss
Kristle-Ann Figaroa in
2003 who competed in the
100-meter dash, the 200-
meter dash and the 400-
meter relay. The games in
that year were held in Trni- -"
dad & Tobago. Kristle-Ann 1
is the daughter of Ady and
Irene Figaroa.

1 Get ready for the Playa to Rincon
running race. The 24th edition of the
17,5 km. event will happen on Rincon
Day (April 30). Run 2009, 17.5 KM.
Start: Sport Stadium, Kralendijk: speed
walk & 50+ race at 6 am, road race at 7
am. Finish: Rose Inn in Rincon
The First (1) Overall Male & Female
Winners get US $200.00 each
Trophies and medals for other catego-
ries: Age groups male: 16-19, 20-29, 30-
39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-59, 60+
Age Group Female: 16-24, 25-29, 30-
39, 40-49, 50+. There will also be prizes
for relay teams and speed walk.
Time limit for road race is three hours.

The main Sponsor is MCB-Bonaire, Sub
Sponsor is the Rose Inn Restaurant
Sign up on April 28 at Zeezicht Res-
taurant, starting at 7 pm. For more info
call Richard Pietersz 780-7225

0 It's a good thing the Plaza Resort
beach doesn't have a roof because it
would get blown off the first week in
June. That's when the 5th Bonaire Hei-
neken Jazz Festival will be held (June 4,
5, 6, 7). A variety of music styles will be
heard when internationally famous musi-
cians mingle with the island's local bands
from early evening to after parties that
will keep the music playing to the wee

0 Group leader of
the Stichting Project
Foundation, Chelendra r 1T
Elisabeth, and young- I', ,
sters Edwin and Kevin ,_ _
receive the keys to a
brand new van from
Edwin Vrieswijk of
Akkermans Autos.
The Stichting pro-
ject has a good reason
to celebrate: after driv-
ing an old, beat up van
for years, a brand new
van could now be pur-
chased thanks to the
support and help of:
Wings of Support,
Madurodam Steunfonds, Fonds Wiggers van Kerchum and Akkermans Autos.
This new bus is essential for the Stichting Project as many of their training projects
are given at different locations. Trainers and students are very thankful for this great
support. (photo above)

hours. Opening of the Festival is at Fort
Oranje at 7:30 pm, admission at the en-
trance is approximately $8.45 or NA 15.
Main concerts are at the Plaza Resort
Bonaire (Tipsy Seagull) starting at
7:30pm. Tickets will cost $20 or NAf35.
Jazz Brunch at the Divi Flamingo Beach
Resort starting at 11:30am, tickets are

) Green Label Garden Center has received a new container of amazing new
furniture for your porch, terrace or poolside. All items are made of teakwood or
other solid materials Their prices are really inviting. Coming soon is a container full
of nice palms and other great greenery, so everybody is invited to come visit Bon-
aire's only true garden center on Kaya Industria. And say hi to owners Ap van Eldik
and Agnes van Dik (in photo)

0 If you have books that you don't
read anymore please consider giving
them to a good cause. They will be sold
to benefit the youth of the Protestant
Church on Rincon's Kaya Crestian. Or-
ganizers, Aat and Elly Oudshoorn, will
pick them up. Call them at 717-3227 or
786-0870 to make arrangements. The
books will be sold during the Dia Di Rin-
con festivities at a stand in front of the
church. Stop by their stand on that day
and you're sure to find something for
yourself as well.

Remember readers, The Reporter
is brought to you FREE through the
support of our loyal advertisers. Be sure
to visit them and say, "The Reporter sent
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Bonaire Sailors Win In Curacao

B onaire sailors and
windsurfers in-
vaded the Curaqao Chal-
lenge regatta held from
April 9-13 and took home
loads of prizes. Races
were held in Spanish Wa-
ter and the wind was very
strong, especially on Fri-
The six sailing kids com-
peted in the Optimist B-
Class. The kids were rac-
ing for the first time be-
tween all those expensive
moored yachts which
made all a bit nervous, but
there were no problems.
There were three races
every day. All Bonaire kids completed all
races and improved their skills.
The top five Optimist finishers were:
1- Santiago Alvares Bonaire
2- Ruben van Eldik Bonaire
3- Keinpe Montsma Curaqao
4- Nils van Eldik Bonaire
5- Constatijn Botterop Bonaire

Juan Alvares sailed in the Sunfish Junior
Class and in this really strong field he did
very well.
All had a great time and made some
good contacts on Curaqao and plan some
new activities in the near future. Kids
Sailing is very big on Curamao and the
BSSA can use these new contacts to pro-
mote the kids sailing on Bonaire. With
our good winds and quiet Bay of Kral-
endijk we have the perfect conditions!

Readying the Optimists

The 12 Bonaire windsurfers duked it
out in the Wet 'N Wild Slalom Beach
Club and also took home the gold and
Mini Junior Slalom
1- place Amado Vrieswijk Bonaire
2- place Steven Max Aruba
3- place Jurgen Saragoza Bonaire

Junior Slalom
1- place Felix Martina
2- place Alexander Da Costa
3- place Ezri Heymans

Woman's Class slalom
1 place Monique Meijer Bonaire
The Aquaspeed Bonaire Windsurfers

BonQuiz #5

Foundation thanks all those who made
the trip to Curaqao possible. Ap van
Eldik/Jessica Sint Jago

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Curaqao What were these beams used for?


Men's Open Class Slalom
1- place Elton "Taty" Frans Bonaire
2- place Demenson "Kiri" Thode Bon-
3- place Ingmar Schnitzler Curagao

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riving along the southern shore of Bonaire has got to be one of the most color-
ful and exuberant experiences on the island-colorful in every aspect of the
word. Our culture and history and the south end of the island have been tied together
for centuries, and this tiny story is a part of that. Local color is something we all seek.
After 1957 when an American based company decided to restart salt production on
Bonaire after centuries many of the former traditions in collecting salt of course disap-
peared, but several of the original elements remained. The oldest area, Blue Pan, aside
from the ruin and obelisk, has little to show from its past. But the areas of White, Red
and Orange Pan have quite a few unique relics that were left behind. As you approach
the homes at White Pan, look to your left. On a low tide day the dikes and pan walls
are clearly visible. These were built by the slaves. As you continue south you'll see
more walls and dikes made from coral rock.
But there is one relic that's quite special and must be preserved as
should all the buildings in the south! As you take the most southern
bend along the road and look to the sea you will find an original sea
inlet which was man made. Follow the inlet to the saltpans and on
the opposite side of the road you will see several wooden beams
lying horizontally to the road. U Christie Dovale; photo by Ger
Find the answer on page 14.
BonQuiz appears regularly in The Reporter. It's prepared by Christie Dovale of
Christie Dovale Island Tours. Contact her to arrange a tour, Phone 717-4435 or 795-
3456 or email: christiedovale@hotmail.com
Comments and suggestions are welcome. 0

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We can't ID everyone but we can for some (1. to r.): Linda, Papichi, Ellen, Benny, Doei, Eddie, Erwin himself, Pancho.
Jopie, Jason, Richard and Elvis. There were perhaps 70 people on hand to meet and congratulate Erwin personally.

Even though Bonaire offers universal
medicine care, it cannot provide all Erwin
needs. He needed expensive upgraded
hospitalization for top care. Because re-
habilitation facilities are superior in Cura-
qao it was deemed that Erwin recover
there. His wife Ellen commuted back and
forth and finally found a place to stay in
This has been a extremely expensive
journey. There have been many who
have offered to help and did so finan-

The evening at Richard's offered the
opportunities for Erwin's many friends
and supporters to share in the excitement
of his recovery as shown in the accompa-
nying photos. In excess of NAf 7.000
was raised.

If you want to contribute to Erwin's
recovery Ellen's American friend, Dara

BonQuiz Reporter Christie Dovale chats with Erwin Captain Johnny Craane plays. Eddy sings, Erwin smiles

Walter, has set up a way to do this in the
US. Simply Pay Pal your donation to:

There is also an account for his benefit at
the Maduro & Curiel's Bank. The account
number is 400 050 800. Direct deposits

If you would like to follow up on his
recovery Linda Baker has created a
blog. Go to http://
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Introductory lessons available.

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B onaire's annual MCB International Tennis Tournament is more than a matchup of
the areas best players. It's entertaining for players and spectators and a social event
as well. This year there were prizes galore- trophies, medals, air tickets, gift certificates and
Besides the games there was a BBQ evening with live music of the Foyan Boys on Satur-
day night were and by the Kaweati thrillers on Sunday evening.
A DJ provided every day with background music and there were free snacks and "2 for 1
Polar Happy Hours." Many spectators were on hand as well. The MVP (Most Valuable
Player) of the tournament was Jan van Tilburg for his enormous commitment to this 7th
edition of the MCB tournament..
The results were as follows:
Men Singles B1; Paco Veeris (BON)- Mark Hodgson (ARU)6-2 6-0
Men Singles B2; Wolter de Palm (BON)- Norwin Frans (ARU)7-5 6-2
Men Singles C1Matthijs Besseling (NL) Giovanni Hart (CUR) 6-2 6-3
Men Singles C2 Gabriel Albert (BON) Sebastian Peluso (BON)7-5 6-0
Ladies Singles B Sandra Joubert (BON) Karen Miller (USA) 6-1 6-2
Ladies Singles C Annemieke Stolk (BON) Kalli de Meijer (BON) 6-3 6-4
Men's Doubles B1 Andres Kock/Silvio Hart (BON) James en Enzo Finies (BON) 6-2 6-4
Men's Doubles B2 Burney El Hage/Elvis Tjin A Sjoe (BON) Edwin Sluis/Mark Smit
(BON) 6-2 6-1
Men's Doubles Cl Hugo Schiffers/Paul de Haan (NL) Matthijs van Dijk (BON)/Rudolf
Kraling(DUI) 6-4 6-2
Men's Doubles C2 Ruud vd Veen (BON)/Wil van Delft (NL) Lucas Besseling (BON)/
Matthijs Besseling(NL) 2-6 7-6 (T7-5)
Ladies Doubles B Donna Shea (USA)/Yvette Hageman(BON) Krystel de Palm/Thammy
Albertsz (BON) 6-3 6-0
Ladies Doubles C Caprice Behner/Prawphan Wilden (USA) Erica Antoin (BON)/Esther
Huige (ARU) 6-1 7-6 (T8-6)
Mixed Doubles B 1 Yvette Hageman/Andres Kock (BON) Thammy Albertsz/Burney El
Hage (BON) 6-4 6-2
Mixed Doubles B2 Tanneke Bartels/Elvis Tjin A Sjoe (BON) Rosalie Bierings/Ibi de
Palm (BON) 6-4 7-6 (T7-4)
Mixed Doubles Cl Elke Bottrop (BON)/Hugo Schiffers (NL)- Cordelia en Rudolf Kraling
(DUI) 6-2 6-3
Mixed Doubles C2 Esther en Ronald Huige (ARU) Sandra en Joseph Joubert (BON) 7-6

The next, 8th, Edition of the MCB International Tennis Tourney will be on Easter Week-
end, 2010, April Ito 5, 2010. U Press release


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Fax (599) 717-2950

Bonaire Reporter- April 24- May 8, 2009

B onaire Wellness
Connexions will
hold the first mountain bike
race of the year on Bonaire
on May 3. All local and
visiting mountain bike rid-
ers are invited to take part.
It will be a "tempo race" a
fast ride with practically no
hard climbing. This race is
all about going fast along
the wide trails of the Yato
Baku area of the island, just
outside the capital Kral-
Most entrants will ride four laps of a 4.4 km course. It starts with a seemingly
flat first kilometer, but in fact riders will be rolling through what is called in
Dutch a 'falsplaat'. There are some technical sections in the middle of the
course and the finish is a fast downhill section. An awards ceremony and music
will follow the race, with prizes awarded to overall winners. Beginners will ride
two laps, experts seven laps.
The race is open to mountain bikers of all ages and abilities. On Sunday morn-
ing, May 3, there are categories for beginners, sport riders, master and elite rid-
ers. On Saturday afternoon, May 2, there will be a race for kids from 10 years
Full details on the race and registration appear on www.bonairewellness.com.
For more information please contact Miguel Angel Brito on + (599) 717 4241 or
+ (599) 785 0767 and email info@bonairewellness.com.
Kids (Saturday May 2) 4:30 pm
Adults (Sunday May 3) 7:00 am
Awards ceremony 10: 00 am
Entry Fees
Men and Women: NAf 15 (USD $9), Kids under 17: NAf 5 (USD $3)
Participants must pre-register before the race day at Bonaire Wellness Connex-
ions headquarters or by email (miguel.britoi&bonairewellness.com). NO REGIS-

Directions to the race course:
The race will take place in the area of Yato Baku, behind the neighborhood of Amboina.
The easiest way to get there is to drive from Cultimara supermarket (situated in the mid-
dle of town) towards the church in town. At the intersection, which is in front of the
church, turn left and then after 70 m. turn right to follow Kaya Nikiboko Noord (road to
More for Less Supermarket). Follow that street till the end, then you can follow the signs
(blue-red arrows) that we will place along the road. U Photo &d story by Miguel Brito


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Birthday (Continued from page 3)
places normally accessible only to small
yachts and they carry only 76 to 92 pas-
sengers. The 12-day ABC island cruise
begins in Bonaire where the ship is based.
The 1995 season was successful and the
ship will return next season.
-Two Bonaire fishing boats reported
missing: 29' Leuma spotted within 10
miles of Curacao and towed to safety by
the CITRO boat. Mi Sorpresa with 1 per-
son aboard was not found. (Note from
Port Call, 3-24 "Miraculously Mi Sor-
presa was spotted by a tanker at sea.
After eight days in the open Caribbean
the fisherman was found in good physical
condition, perhaps due to the fact he had
a supply of water aboard."
Bonaire Cruise Association delega-
tion attends Seatrade Cruise Shipping
Convention in Miami to promote Bon-
aire for the first time.
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3-31 Patun Saragosa, Bonaire's Olym-
pic windsurfer, placed 6th overall in the
Pan American Games.
4-21-Aquaspeed Bonaire Windsurfers
Club, assisted by Mike and Carol Sol-
bach, put on a spectacular windsurf
race weekend at Kai. 29 windsurfers
from Aruba and Curacao competed with

7-7- The Plaza Hotel, formerly The
Point, opened with 150 guests on July 4.
The management plans to provide each
apartment with a boat for the use of the
7-14 In May Bonaire became the first
Caribbean island to have an Internet

website. In its first month 1,143 subscrib-
ers viewed some or all of the 32 pages of
information. Soon it was to offer multi-
media presentations of local music and
the Papiamentu language.
7/18 An investment consortium based
in Aruba has requested permits to de-
velop a resort on Klein Bonaire. In
1987 the Dutch Government rejected an
opportunity to purchase the island for
NAf 2.500.000, saying the sensitive is-
land real estate could be protected by

9-15-Hurricane Luis hits St. Martin,
Antigua, Anagada, Anguilla, Saba and St.
Eustatius. Greatest losses in St. Martin
where over 100 persons are missing and
thousands of boats and homes damaged.
Asking for financial help via MCB "Help
St. Martin"
9-22 Killer Hurricane Marilyn
smashed into Virgin islands 40 boats
driven ashore in normally well protected
Coral Bay, St. John.
10-6- The fishing sloop Eagle is on
display at Regatta House awaiting re-
building under the auspices of the non-
profit Bonaire Maritime Museum Foun-
11-10 This is year is the "Mother of
Hurricanes" with 20 named storms, 10
hurricanes and 4 hurricanes in categories
3/4/5 Rumors that at least one cruise
line (Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines)
has made inquiries regarding the pur-
chase of Klein Bonaire and/or Klein
Curacao for use as destinations for their
cruise ships.
12-8 Several cases of Dengue fever
have been detected in Curacao
12-22 -- Marine Park placed addi-
tional moorings in the anchorage con-
sisting of 3, 3-meter square blocks of
reinforced concrete. For the time being
use of an unmarked mooring is free.
-The fishing sloop, Eagle, is still on
display at Regatta House, looking pa-
thetic, awaiting rebuild under the aus-
pices of the non-profit Bonaire Maritime
Museum Foundation.
-Zuster Maria Z Hoppner Founda-
tion calendar on sale with underwater
photos by Bonaire's photo pros. 0 L.D.

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Pet of the Week

fuzzy little
black and
puppy is
"Evo." He
was dis-
covered in
stances by
who called
who sent a
Good Sa-
out to
bring him
into the
He had
been tied
up on a short chain, he was malnourished
and totally unhappy. "Evo is a very spe-
cial puppy," we were told by one of the
staff. "He has recovered from his horri-
ble early life and is just a fantastic dog.
He deserves a real good home." Evo is
only 11 weeks old but his bright person-
ality already shows through. And what a
funny face he has he's alert and comi-
cal. Just to look at him will make you
laugh. The vet has declared him fit and
healthy. He's had his shots and worming
and tests and he's ready to go to the right
home. You may see him at the Shelter on

the Lagoen Road, open Monday through
Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm, 3 to 5 pm. Tel.

In past years the Shelter has had a stand
at the Rincon Day festivities on Thurs-
day, April 30. They sell all sorts of things
for cats and dogs from their pet shop, T-
shirts and flea market items that have
been donated by caring people. All pro-
ceeds go to the Shelter to help keep it
open for unwanted cats and dogs on the
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and Valuables eBurglar Alarms
*Private Investigations *Fire Alarm Systems

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

Make it more livable from the start.
Also interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy, healing,
China-trained. Experienced. Inexpensive.
Call Donna at 795-9332.

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

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

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

For Quality House and Office
Cleaning ....... CALL JRA
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:

HAIRCUTS by Desiree Fri-Sat-Sun-
Mon. 10 am to 4pm, non stop 786-6416.
info (gaplaceforvoubonaire.com
& LOCAL ART open 7 days, 8am to
6pm. Sand Dollar Shopping mall next
door to Lovers Ice Cream. 717-5490.

Private yoga classes call
Louise 717- 7021 or

CLASSES in silver- smith-
ing, stone setting and the
\ art of beading. Call Louise
at 717-7021 or 700-9422.

Looking for artists to lead workshops @
S All mediums ~ con-
tact eveline @ EV-
ELINE; body, mind,
ia ve spirit 788-1058

Massages With Natural
Body Balance and Relaxa-
tion Physical problems/
Relaxing/Shoulder/Neck/ Foot. Reflex/Salt
Scrub. New: Achiatsu Massage Call for
Appointment 785-0006/ 786-9887
Lisette & Sameh

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Awareness, Kaya Korona #47
Starting April 15 E. LaCruz will lead a 6
week session on meditation
Wednesdays from 6 to 7 pm and Satur-
days from 7.30 to 8.30am
Starting May 5th M Brouwer will lead
the yoga class on Tues & Thurs. from
5.30pm to 6.30pm
info @ BB 717-3041
Hosted by EVELINE; body, mind,
spirit- t.788-1058

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Put your ad in The Reporter Classi-
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Nanny Experienced babysitter
available June 21- Aug. 21. Please call
796 3134 or email

For sale 1999 Honda Accord EX;
automatic and full equipped. Good
condition. NAf. 11,000. Phone 527-

For Sale -3 TVs, Instant heater, iron,
lamp (board) ,microwave, gas cooker+
oven, pans, curtains, closets, sofa,
towels, 2 printers, blender, 3 pc's
(monitor+keyboard+mouse), kitchen
table+4 chairs, swimming pools, blan-
kets + sheet, floor mats (795-1868)

For rent apartment- 1 person NAf
700,--p.m. with electricity and water.
Four months or longer, no pets.
Furnished at Hato. Possibility for
internet, bike, linen, etc. 717 2529

full suit, worn twice, zippered lower
legs, LIKE NEW condition $200 USD
Phone 717-7691

4 New Porch Chair Cushions from
outdoor fabric, white and blue stripes,
made in USA, 50x123 cm, bought on
Aruba for NAf 149 each now for NAf
99 each- Call 717-3876

For rent: Apartment in Hato for one
person. One living room/bedroom, one
bathroom, inclusive internet, exclusive
energy and water. Ang. 500,00.
Email: digitalisl956(@hotmail.com,
tel: 796 3637

Wanted: Shop Manual and also a
hard top for Jeep Wrangler. J@n
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Missing Dog:
Charlie is our Fila Bra-
sileiro, age 1. Missing
since April 7 from the
neighborhood of Kaya
Opal, Republiek. He wears
a black collar with studs.
He or she who brings him
back safely to us can count
on a good reward! Please
be good to him!
Please call us with any
information: 701-5539 or
786-3933 or717-3258

Missing Cat:
Missed dearly by us and
all five of our male
cats: our female calico cat
"Zappa". Zappa is about
one year old, dark with
ginger spots ("schildpad"),
she has a tail like a squirrel
and is very friendly. We
live in the area of Belnem.
Please call if you have
seen Zappa: 786-7440 or e

Bonaire Reporter- April 24- May 8, 2009

The Reporter In... Galapagos Islands

R eporter readers Sharyn Spray
and Pat Ingram write, "A
visit to the Galapagos Islands was the
trip of a lifetime. We had the opportu-
nity to interact with so many creatures
in and out of the water.
Despite the request that we maintain
our distance from the sea lions, igua-
nas, penguins, sea turtles, blue-footed
boobies, etc., some of these critters
didn't get the message. The sea lions
found our flippers to be fun to nip and
the penguins carried on as if we were-
n't two feet away from them.
I think the Galapagos Park Service
rivals Bonaire in keeping the islands
unspoiled and protecting the indige-
nous wildlife. Tourists are not allowed
on any island without a Park Service
guide and are prohibited from straying
off the marked paths. This keeps the nesting areas from being trampled. Hopefully tourism
won't spoil this wonderful ecosystem and future generations will have the same opportunity
to enjoy it as we have."E

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KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tide's height and time
DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
4-24 0:02 1.9FT. 8:57 1.OFT. 14:10 1.1FT. 14:40 1.1FT. 86
4-25 0:43 2.0FT. 10:13 0.9FT. 93
4-26 1:28 2.0FT. 11:24 0.8FT. 97
4-27 2:19 2.0FT. 12:17 0.7FT. 97
4-28 3:20 2.0FT. 13:06 0.7FT. 94
4-29 4:18 2.0FT. 13:50 0.7FT. 86
4-30 5:28 1.9FT. 14:23 0.7FT. 76
5-01 6:28 1.8FT. 14:57 0.8FT. 66
5-02 1:06 1.3FT. 7:36 1.7FT. 15:25 0.9FT. 22:28 1.4FT. 58
5-03 3:11 1.3FT. 8:33 1.6FT. 15:40 1.OFT. 22:05 1.5FT. 55
5-04 4:33 1.1FT. 9:39 1.5FT. 15:44 1.OFT. 22:14 1.6FT. 58
5-05 5:54 1.1FT. 10:36 1.3FT. 15:30 1.1FT. 22:34 1.7FT. 65
5-06 7:12 1.OFT. 12:00 1.2FT. 14:41 1.1FT. 23:01 1.8FT. 73
5-07 8:25 0.9FT. 23:37 1.9FT. 80
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Dear Editor:

My husband
and I were on

month earlier
this year...we
have spent a -
month there
every year for
the past 10
years. For the first time we experienced a
theft from our luggage en route to Bon-
aire. We flew out of San Juan on a com-
muter plane (American Eagle) and were
told to surrender our carry on bags so they
could put them in a secure room in the
front of the plane, as there wasn't ample
room at our seats. Since everyone was
complying with the request, we did also.
Until that time the carry on had been
solely in my possession. Upon arriving at
our destination on Bonaire, I opened my
carry-on to discover that a very expensive
electric hair smoothing device had been
taken from my luggage. While reading
your newspaper while on the island I dis-
covered other people had suffered thefts
on that same flight. One neighbor lady at
our resort had an expensive camera taken
about a year ago, too. I don't know if any-
thing can be done about these thefts, but I
thought the public should be made aware
so they can make sure nothing of value is
left in the carry-on when they surrender it
to the crew on the plane from San Juan to
Bonaire. Who would ever dream that an
electric hair smoothing device would be
the target of a thief? I was grateful that I
had put my jewelry in my purse at San
Juan prior to our departure for Bonaire.
Joan Beauch (USA)
Ed Note: American Eagle's last Bonaire
flight is on May 1.

Dear Editor:
I read the March 27 edition and one arti-
cle especially caught my attention, it was
the letter to the editor regarding the cruise
ships. Let me start by saying we are a cou-
ple in our 40s that very much like the is-
land, we have traveled around the world
and have decided after being in Bonaire 3
times that we are going to call it home and
to that end we have bought a condo on the
However our main concerns were that
if the reefs and the relaxed atmosphere
are not protected the island will essen-
tially lose both its main source of reve-
nue and its appeal.

I would first like to say it was a well
written article and second of all the au-
thor was too kind: the benefits of the
cruise ships under the current arrange-
ment is not negligible--it is rather a bur-
den on the island and its inhabitants.
Bonaire would actually fare much better
by banning the cruise ships rather than
welcoming them. Of course if the
charges were to cover all real costs in-

eluding that every person pays the full
STINAPA fee and not a portion thereof,
and the full cost of sewage and garbage,
etc... then this changes.
By full cost of course I mean enough
that the government can recover 100% of
the costs and as a minimum get a 15%
profit to handle the long term mainte-
nance. These costs must be based on the
ship's capacity and not on the tourists that
come ashore as it will make the process
much too complex to manage otherwise.
Now, you may say I sound like I dislike
cruise ships but the truth is I don't. The
issue I have is that they are in my opinion
doing much more harm to the island than
they are providing benefits.
Peter (Canada)

Dear Editor,

Congratulations on 15 years of uninter-
rupted publishing. We started coming to
Bonaire in 1993 and used to read Port
Call while scarfing down Donna and
Barry Gassert's offerings at The Sandwich
Factory. I'm sure we once told you we got
our basic open water and advanced PADI
certifications with Donna and Barry in
Poughkeepsie, and their move to Bonaire
energized us to visit, again and again. 31
trips later, we're still reading The Reporter
cover to cover, whether on island or at
home. Keep up the good work.
Corky and Sy (USA)

World's Best Natural Fertilizer
(From the Chicken)

How Round Robin Barter Works
Dear Editor,

"Easy come,
easy go" is often A e resort barters The auto rpair center
said about for radio advertising. batt rfor a vacation.
money, but lately
for many of us it
has been "Harder
come, easier go."
So I'm think-
The radio station] .
ing out loud here, bartersfor printing
an idea about office furniture
barter on the company barter
barter on the forautorepair

island, or perhaps
our own intra-
island currency
('Bonaire Bucks') let's say..... Not a new
idea, but perhaps it could be new to mod-
ern day Bonaire.
Many communities use this system, and
while living in Vegas a decade ago we
benefited by spending our "funny
money," accepted by many professionals
and businesses.
Sure saved us lots of cash.
I wonder if others on the island would
accept some way to barter businesses and
services? In a relatively small close knit
community such as this island, everyone
knows everyone else, either personally or
through others, and most everyone does
business with most everyone else.
Ideally, wouldn't it be better not to in-
volve guilders or dollars if we could leave
them out of the deals?
Tourists wouldn't benefit much from
this, and neither would there be any desire
for the big corporations, but with so many
small businesses and just regular consum-
ers, and with soooo many readers of The
Reporter, I hope some of these would


It was a bridge, built by the slaves
over the original inlet from the sea.

Bagged and ready for your garden
Delivered to your home!
Over 10 bags: 10 guilders each
1-9 bags: 12 guilders each

Call Bob Lassiter (717-3949)
International Bible Church of Bonaire

Sick of ads that don't work?
You're paying for expensive ads
but sales haven't gone up?

Your advertisement can be
here and reach thousands of
people who are buyers

3,000 copies every issue, 2 x per month!
Far more than any other Bonaire newspaper

Call Laura at 790-6518

Th printer barters
For office furniture.

respond with their '2 cents'
Has this been tried recently already?

If you are a businessman or business-
woman, what do you think?
Would such an idea fly, or would there
be fears of those left holding the bag if it
Would I sell something to a restaurateur
for a Bonaire Buck if I could buy lunch at
the restaurant with it?
Sure I would.
Would he use that Bonaire Buck to pur-
chase groceries for his family at the gro-
cery store?
Would that grocer use it to buy some-
thing at the furniture store for his home?
Would that shop keeper use it to buy
something he needed from me?
I would accept it using it again for a
hair cut.
Would that barber use it to purchase a
new pair of scissors? ...and the cycle
would perpetuate...
JP Richau (Bonaire)



From Bonaire Nautico Marina


Catamaran Kantika di Amor
Trips daily via resorts at 10 am, 12, 2 pm
Except Sunday at 10 am only
Tie up dockside
for $7/day -+tax
Water/115/220V & Cable TV
Dinghy tie-up at north-inside dock
US$10 weekly from Saturday to
Saturday. Pay at Kantika di Amor
water taxi daily 10 am, 12, 2 pm.
Sundays 10 am only.
Your boat name will be recorded.
At It Rains Fishes Restaurant
Call Henk at 560-7254 / Bob 786-5399
www.bonairenauticomarina VHF 68

Bonaire Reporter- April 24- May 8, 2009

Page 14

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Brian McCarley asked his
friend, artist Adi Figa-
roa, to create something beauti-
ful and symbolic in memory of
Brian's wife, Phyllis Blackburn,
who recently passed away.
Phyllis was an avid scuba diver
and loved being on the reef. Adi
had an idea. "In a wood carving
I wanted to show the coral reef
that she loved so much, the blue
eel (blue for sadness) and the
Queen Angel who is majestic
under water."
The piece was carved from an
old, seasoned piece of mahog-
any driftwood that had been in
Adi's garden for over 10 years,
and in this artwork it's come
alive again. U L.D.

Brian McCarley and Adi Figaroa with the carving
Brian McCarley andAdi Figaroa with the carving

Artist Adi Figaroa has been a supporter for many years of the Kas di Sosiego (old folks
home). Every Sunday he's provided sweet snacks to the residents, "to make their lives a
little sweeter," he says. But now the money has run out so Adi is now creating small
scenic art pieces made of recycled wood from pallets and soda cans. The pieces will be
sold and the proceeds will go to buying more sweet snacks for the Kas di Sosiego.

Reef Cleanup By Cruisers

T he initial cleanup on January 29th when over
60 tires were removed from the shallows and
reef along Kaya Playa Lechi and Kaya J.N.E.
Craane was just the start of a project, which would
carry on through February and much of March.
The cruisers moored in the park and the marine
park staff carried it out.
The effect of surge from Hurricane Omar, in Oc-
tober 2008, deposited a tremendous amount of de-
bris (mainly tires and wooden planks from the shore
and broken docks) lying along the reef. The cruis-
ers offered their services to the Marine Park, and
Din Domacasse, the Chief Ranger of the Park,
agreed that three Park staff and a Park boat would
work with the cruisers to clean up tires that were
free of coral or sponge growth.
Over 40 volunteers spent a half-day retrieving
tires from the bottom and lifting them
into the boat. Toucan Dive Shop kindly
provided free air fills for the divers. The www.
event was so successful (a large garbage
bin was filled with tires) that it was
agreed to complete the tire cleanup the
following week.
In the meantime, boaters gathered and
piled any tires lying in the vicinity of
their boats. Then, on February 5, the
boaters completed the tire project with
the help of Marine Park staff. In all, over
120 tires and a large piece of docking
were collected.
A meeting with Ramon de Leon, Ma-

Bonaire Reporter- April 24- May 8, 2009

rine Park Manager, confirmed that the reef clean up
was a priority and that he fully supported the con-
tinuance of the project. The cruisers next collected
and piled wood from the wreckage of the three
main docks along the waterfront. On February 19, a
boatload of wood planking was recovered. Air fills
for this day were provided by Carib Inn.
Two more work days, on March 12 and 19, saw
another two boatloads of docking, fragments of
fiberglass from broken boats, PVC piping, and even
a sink, removed. Anything too heavy to raise
manually was lifted with air bags and dropped into
deep water beyond the reef. WannaDive offered
free air for the divers on these two days.
In addition to the volunteers,
the Marine Park staff worked
particularly hard these days.
Besides lifting the debris into
their boat; they had to unload
and transfer it to their truck and
off-load it at the landfill. It was
a great effort by everyone in-
Bonaire is a favorite destina-
tion for cruisers, from all over Shop TIS for a
the world, who dive. It was a liquors, wines at
rewarding experience for every- on Kaya Industri
one to "give back" to this won-
derful island that is loved so
much. Now, shore divers, local
and visiting, who frequent this
area can once again enjoy and The Island Sup
appreciate the beauty along this 28A. Tel # 71
portion of Bonaire. U Story & Fax # 717-6447 1
photo by Karen Chelswick

Bubbles from the I

Did You Know...
Legends of sea monsters like the Kraken, a beast that ascends
from the deep to devour whole ships of brave men, may not
sound like the Caribbean Reef Squid we see here in Bonaire, but
there are some similarities between the two. This mollusk eats
small fish, other mollusks and small crustaceans. They eat about
30-60% of their body weight daily! These squid don't have to
travel from the depths of the sea but prefer to live in shallower
waters, down to 60 feet.
Caribbean reef squid use body color and pattern to communi-
cate with each other. Male squid are sending mixed messages.
Fighting males will turn white and bounce against each other,
but throw a female in the mix and the male will actually split his
coloration so that the female only sees the gentler side of him
(the male never shows her the aggressive white pattern) while
still on the offensive with the other male (an entirely different
message altogether). They will also turn
pale when approached by a predator be-
fore jetting off clearly these are not the
sea monsters of legend.
Katie Kirschbaum

Kirschbaum is a junior at the University
of Minnesota studying environmental
education and has an irrational fear of
giant squid.

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formation and reservations for a spot
call Vicky Bissessar 786 1592.

Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine
Company's warehouse on Kaya In-
dustria, second Saturday of the
month, 7-9 pm. Snacks and tasting of
six wines for $10 (NAf17,50) per per-
son. Tel. 560-7539.
Soldachi Tours-See the real
Bonaire and be transported back in
t os time. Learn about the history, culture
and nature by Bonaireans from Rincon.
Call Maria Koeks for more informa-
t Btion--796-7870.

Soldachi Tours of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria, 717-6435-best island tour value

Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per person.
Cashbar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos
at 565-5225


By appointment Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours
$21 (includes tax). Discounts for resi-
dents and local people. Tel. 717-8489,

Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the eve-
ning hours.
* Rincon Marsh&--6 am-2 pm.
Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while you
shop, fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts,
candles, incense, drinks, music. Big
March first Saturday of the

* Flea Market at Parke Publico
every first Saturday of the month, 3
to 7 pm. Everyone welcome to buy
and to sell. NAfl0 per selling table.
(NAf 5 goes to up-keep the park).
NGOs can have a free table. More in-

Sunday- Creature Feature- John and
Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital photo
center present a multimedia slide pres-
entation about Buddy's House Reef -
pool bar Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-
Monday-Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
Slide Presentation, Capt. Don's Habi-
tat, 8:30 pm. 717-8529
Tuesday -Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles
ofBonaire Slide Show. Every 1st &
3rd Tuesday, Buddy Dive Resort,
Tuesday-- Bonaire Land and Ocean
presentation by Fish-Eye Photo staff,
7pm on the big screen inside the Sun-
set Bar and Grill at Den Laman Condo-
Wednesday- Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles
ofBonaire Slide Show, every 2nd &
4th Wednesday at Bruce Bowker's
Carib Inn (717-8819) at 7pm.

Kas Krioyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's
past in this venerable old home that has
been restored and furnished so it appears the
family has just stepped out Local ladies will
tell you the story. Open Monday thm Friday,
9 -12,2-4. Weekends by appointment. Call
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse." Learn
about Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from
the 17thcentury. Daily. Call 717-4060 /
Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d. Ree,
behind the Catholic Church in town. Open
weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm Tel.
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on December
25th. and January 1st. Call 788 9015
or 796 5681
AA meetings every Wednesday at
7pm. Phone: 786-4651 or 786-7971
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening 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 Sun-
day at City Caf&. 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
building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from
7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome.
Contact: Renata Domacass6 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.
For more information call 510-0710.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday,
12 noon-2 pm 'Pirate House', above
ZeeZicht Restaurant. All Rotarians
welcome. Tel. 717-2066
Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Cru-
sita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Mar-
tinez Beck, at 786-2953.

Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10
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 Bon-
aire, at SGB High School auditorium
(Kaya Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya
Korona.) Sunday services in English
at 9 am; Sunday evening prayer meet-
ing 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,
Saturday at 6 pm in English. Mass in
Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6
pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di
Dios): Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In
English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sun-
day at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer
Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services
Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bon-
aire Youth Center in English, Dutch and
Papiamentu. Preaching the full gospel.
Contact: 786-2557.
Prayer and Intercession Church, in
English. A full Gospel Church lo-
cated 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 Lat-
ter-day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26,
Sundays: 9 am Sacrament Ser-
vices (Translation to English and
Papiamentu upon request) 10:20
Sunday School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/PH
Primary held from 10:20-12 noon Visi-
tors Welcome: 701-9522 for Informa-
Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel:790-6518, 786-6125

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Page 16


Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curaqao. Your first
choice for inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba.

City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest se-
lection 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 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. Profes-
sional repairs on almost anything on two wheels. Sells
top brand bikes. Have your keys made here.

MIO offers by far the clearest, most reliable phone
signal on the island PLUS WIRELESS HIGH-SPEED
INTERNET almost everywhere on Bonaire.

De Bonairiaan Restaurant-is a unique restaurant run
by the students of the Stitchting Project with their advi-
sors. Each day a different menu.
Kaya J. A. Abraham Blvd., #21
(nearly across from Divi Resort)
717-6921, 786-6816
Inexpensive: Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9 am-2 pm for Breakfast, Coffee and Lunch
Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire's best. Freshly prepared piz-
zas made with the fmest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat
in or take away. Nice bar too.
On Kaya Gob. Debrot
/ mile north of town center. 780-1111
Call ahead to eat-in or take out

Patagonia Argentinean Restaurant at the Lighthouse
at Harbour Village Marina is the original family-owned
and operated steakhouse and grill. Fabulous dining.
Reservations 717-7725
Philips Cooking and Organizing is your personal
chef for Private Dinners, Catering, Party Snacks and
Wedding Services. Let Philip do it all
www.philipscooking.com call 701-1100

Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
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ScubaVision Document your Bonaire vacation above
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WannaDive They make diving fun. In town at City
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Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in
Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.

Top Health Bonaire Fitness and Health Center
Modern 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 main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain it
and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemi-
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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.

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

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

Bonaire Partners-Rental and Property management
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Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insur-
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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 service, free
gift wrap.

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 Bon-
aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
agent. What would we do without their superb ser-

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 se-

Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-
Biggest air conditioned market with the, largest selec-
tion and lowest prices on the island.

Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on Klein
Bonaire with built-in ramp

Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest; now
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We do our best to
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You can also come in for facials and
facial waxing.
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Rob's Harley-Davidson WLA

The 45th of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring
some ofBonaire's interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."


W hen, on
Wednesday after-
noon, Rob van
Dongen opens the
door of his work-
shop in the back
of the yard, his
garage gives me
the impression of
a kind of histori-
cal museum. The
first item you see
is a Harley David-
son "Liberator" parked in front of a
World War II Ford Jeep. Then you see an
enormous American flag hanging on a
wall in the back of the garage, an old
fashioned fuel pump, classical American
toys for the kids, old metal oil cans and
used tools, and all kind of World War II
army gear. And of course there is the
smell of fuel, engine oil and hypoid EP 90
gearbox oil, all blended with the smell of
cigars. This is Van Dongen territory!

Rob appears to be a very open and
friendly person. He loves his hobbies and
he really wants to inform you about eve-
rything. Because it is already half past
seven he immediately rolls his classical
motor out of the workshop and parks it
along the yellow painted wall of his tradi-
tional Bonairean house. First we have to
take the pictures, and then it is time for a
talk. We will run out of tropical daylight

The motorcycle is a Harley Davidson
WLA Liberator, made in the US in the
year 1942. The drab green colored vehicle
is officially registered on Bonaire as 493
- MF and also wears a red plate on the
rear fender showing some kind of number
of manufacturing: U.S.A.W 687273.
Rob is very proud of his 750 V-twin mo-
torcycle. He bought the machine some 12
years ago in Europe and transported it to
Bonaire about 10 years ago. Rob says, "I
have been a regular visitor to my beloved
island of Bonaire since 1980. I bought the
house in 1989 and since 2006 I am an
official resident of the island. One of the
reasons for leaving the Netherlands was
the enormous increase of road traffic in
Holland. It became harder and harder to
enjoy riding my motorcycle on those
cloudy Dutch roads. My loyal Harley just
loves cruising at a speed of some 45 miles
an hour. Nowadays modem cars and
trucks don't like this speed anymore! I
had already bought my house on Bonaire
so the decision was easy. Let's go to Bon-
aire and enjoy the advantages of the si-
lence and quietness we can still find on
this island! Just think of an afternoon trip
around the silent south, enjoying the
sound of the wind and the engine!"

Some pictures are taken: pictures of the
contents of the workshop, the motorcycle,
Rob rolling his bike out of the garage, the
bike parked along the wall, Rob and his
Rob tells me about everything. A long
time ago, as a student in the Netherlands,
Rob fell in love with a Harley Davidson
Liberator. A friend of his owned one.
This friend had a lot of problems with the
bike, but when it ran it ran and the sound
was unbelievable. So Rob decided to save
money to buy his own Liberator one day
in the future. About 12 years ago, after
looking around for ages, Rob found a nice
and almost completely original Liberator
for sale. The bike had been restored and
was in very good condition. Rob made the
right decision. The engine always runs
and the machine just needs regular main-
tenance. This, of course, means topping
up all liquids and checking everything
always. You really have to run a Liberator
on a regular basis, otherwise the oil tank
starts dripping on the chain and it keeps
on dripping until it is completely empty.
And, as we know, an engine needs fuel
and oil.

The WLA is a model of Harley-
Davidson motorcycle that was produced
to US Army specifications in the years
during and around World War II. It was
based on an existing civilian model, the
WL, and is of the 45 solo type, so called
due to its 45 cubic inches (740 cc) engine
and single-rider design. The A stands for
"army." Harley-Davidson began produc-
ing the WLA in small numbers in 1940 as
part of a general military expansion. The
later entry of the US into World War II
saw significantly increased production,
with over 90,000 being produced during
the war (along with spare parts the
equivalent of many more.)

Rob's WLA was built in 1942 in the
States. It is a very reliable and quite slow
750 cc side valve two cylinder compress-
ing the fuel and air mixture only five
times. When the engine is hot it can even
run on kerosene! There are only three
speeds in the hand shifted gearbox and
using the brakes is quite an adventure.
Normally Rob uses the engine to slow

A portrait of Rob van Dongen and his Harley-Davidson WLA Liberator (1942).
Rob has lived on Bonaire since 2006. He enjoys life as a retired dentist. This does
not mean he is not active now. He still uses his skills and specialities.
Just recently he and Pieter Sweers organised a kind ofjoint venture with the Bo-
nairean government. Together with Mayra Vasseur he set up a prevention pro-
gram on the island to inform the kids about how to take care of their set of teeth
and how to keep them as healthy as possible. The program is sponsored by the
Rotary Club of Bonaire.

down. The brakes are there but the power
of the old drum brakes is not comparable
to the power of modern disk brakes.
There is no electric start on the machine.
It is just the old kick starter you have to
use. Mounted on the left hand side of the
rear of the bike is a foot-operated siren. It
works similarly to the dynamo of a bicy-
cle. The harder you push the siren to the
rear tire, the higher and more penetrating
the noise. Rob tells me the siren is a very
useful device with all the donkeys on our

Partly close the butterfly/choke of the
carburettor. Turn the ignition switch on
top of the tank. Push the kick starter an-
other time. The reward: a very nice origi-
nal V-twin low revving Harley sound and
the juicy smell of oil and
Let's shift gears, hit the
road and warn the don-

Story & photos
by J(tn Brouwer

Starting the engine is a ritual: Open the
fuel tap. Kick start the engine three times.

Watta Winner

Bonaire/Playa -
T he "Find the Differ-
ences" contest winner e1
was announced on Saturday,
April 18th. Paco Veeris
received the WattaBurger
gift certificate prize from
Henri Verhoef, owner of
Wattaburger. Henri's clas-
sic 1966 Dodge Coronet III
was the subject of the 44th
of a series of articles about
interesting vehicles on Bon-
aire. Last week two pictures
of the car were published
and there were five differ-
ences to be found: 1. Henri
was sitting/not sitting on
his Dodge, 2. The soft top
was up/down, 3. The front
wheels were straight/turned
to the left, 4. The side win-
dows were rolled up/rolled
down, 5. The lid to the tank
cap was opened/closed.
And Paco even discovered Henri Verhoef (left) hands over the prize to Paco
more differences. Con- Veeris. Paco is sports activity leader at Jong Bonaire.
gratulations Paco and enjoy Jong Bonaire is an activity center for youngsters, open
the burgers and the ice daily after school time. Also in the photo: Paco's six
creams! 0 year old son, Yuma, and daughter, B'lana, eight.
Story photo by J@n Brouwer

Bonaire Reporter- April 24- May 8, 2009

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*to find it... just look up

The Seven Sisters and the Moon Point to Mercury at its Best for 2009

This Sunday you'll have an opportunity to find Planet #1 at its best for the entire
year by using the Moon and the Seven Sisters, which will make a fabulous vis-
ual threesome.
This Sunday night, April 26th, about 45 minutes after sunset face west northwest where
you will see an exquisite crescent Moon complete with earthshine which will look like
a dark full Moon nestled within the crescent, and just below it the tiny star cluster
known as the Pleiades or the Seven Sisters, and just below it the most difficult of all
the naked eye planets to find, Mercury, but easy to find this Sunday by using the Moon
and the Seven Sisters.
The Seven Sisters names are Maia, Electra, Alcyone, Taygete, Asterope, Ce-
laeno and Merope.
Mercury is the tiniest planet of them all, Planet #1 from the Sun, 3,000-mile-wide
Mercury, only a thousand miles wider than our Moon. And if it looks pink to you don't
worry because it's called the pink planet even though it really isn't pink at all. We call
Mars the red planet because it actually has a reddish color to its soil. But Mercury ap-
pears pink due to the fact that it never ever gets very high above the horizon, so we al-
ways look at it through dusty and dirty layers of our Earth's atmosphere which gives it
a pink coloration. The dirtier the atmosphere the pinker it will look.
So if you've never seen Mercury before you can make sure you've seen it this Sunday
simply by looking below the crescent Moon and the Seven Sisters. And might I suggest
you get out a pair of binoculars or a small telescope to really make this sighting even
more fun because you may be surprised to see Mercury looking like a tiny crescent
Moon, smaller than our own crescent Moon, directly above it. And here is something to
think about. Our Earth is 93 million miles away from the Sun and takes 365 1/4 Earth
days to make one trip around it. Mercury however is only 36 million miles away from
the sun and makes one trip every 88 Earth days. And since one trip around the Sun
equals one year if you are 10 years old on planet Earth you would be 41 1/2 years old on
Mercury. Which makes it safe to say you should probably never ask a Mercury maiden
her age.
Mercury is actually the fastest moving of all the planets. In fact, whereas our Earth
moves 67,000 miles per hour in its orbit, Mercury zips around the Sun at the breakneck
speed of 107,000 miles per hour. So look for Mercury this Sunday when it will be al-
most as high as it ever gets and super easy to find. U JackHorkheimer

ARIES: March 20th April 20th
With love planets Mars and Venus in your
sign you'll be more popular and find plenty
of opportunities for romance or pleasure.
Because you feel more confident, you are
willing to take risks and could find your
finances improve as a result. This month's
new Moon encourages you to take a chance.
TAURUS: April 20th May 21st
Ruler Venus with passionate Mars puts you
in a fun loving mood and if single, you
won't hesitate to make the first move. A
powerful new Moon in your sign increases
your intuition and also your esteem. You are
making better decisions now. You may be
acknowledged, praised for your talent or
might even appear in the news!
GEMINI: May 21st June 21st
You may feel lucky or confident about en-
tering a new situation, yet this is not a time
to be overly optimistic! Neptune and Jupiter
in harsh aspect to your ruler Mercury make
you venerable to deception. Take time to
investigate things before you commit. The
new Moon in your house secrets is about
reveal hidden aspects or flaws you haven't
previously considered.
CANCER: June 21st July 22nd
This month's new Moon in Taurus brings
out your generous side, As a result you'll
want to indulge yourself and treat your
friends. Planetary action at the top of your
chart may also put you on the receiving end.
If someone wants to do you a favor it's
probably because it benefits them as well.
Your ability to understand what motivates
others, allows you an extra edge now.
LEO: July 22nd August 23rd
Sometimes things move so slowly that you
may wonder if you're on the right path. Al-
though recent frustrations have caused you
to doubt yourself and your plans, it's cer-
tainly not time to quit! If you push yourself
a little harder, you'll quickly turn the comer
and find a brand new life awaiting you!
VIRGO: August 23rd September 22nd
Mars in harsh aspect to Saturn in your sign
at the time of the full Moon has you sud-
denly duking it out with loved ones. Maybe
because you have your own problems or a
different value system; you find it harder
than ever to put up with the quirks or annoy-
ing habits of others. You're not in the mood
to compromise and words of encouragement
just won't do. You need to see action or take

By Jenny


LIBRA: September 23rd October 23rd
Relationships may offer comfort, but they
can also be stiffeling. Whether you feel
you're in a rut or just going no where fast,
this month's full Moon offers an opportunity
escape the dullness. Venus in your opposite
sign encourages you to become more self
reliant. Do something to make yourself
happy instead of pleasing others now.
SCORPIO: October 23rd November 22nd
A new Moon in your opposite sign makes
you charming, yet assertive. This is a good
time to begin a new relationship or make a
fresh start with your current partner. Even a
creative collaboration is easier now. If sin-
gle, you'll be attracting stable yet artistic
types. Taken or not, ruler Mars in powerful
Aries, demands you sacrifice routine for
SAGITTARIUS: November 22nd De-
cember 21st
This month's new Moon helps you get more
organized at work and being more persistent
in your health routines. Keeping fit and
steady is key now, but so is having fun.
Venus and Mars in your house of pleasure
could bring a new romance. You'll enjoy
being creative and entertained now.
CAPRICORN: December 21st January
In your world only the tough survive. But
real life is best when it's balanced with
pleasure. It may be hard to break away from
work and find time to spend with others, yet
this is exactly what you need now. Venus
and Mars in your house of short trips makes
a weekend getaway memorable! If single -
romance may be found by taking a class or
through travel.
AQUARIUS: January 20th February 19th
Mars close to your ruler Uranus brings out
the dare devil in you. You feel the need to
take chances, cut loose and maybe act a
little crazy. You may have a sudden urge for
something zany or unique that reflects your
fun style. You'll enjoy stimulating conversa-
tions and find others appreciate your silly
side now. Make them laugh!
PISCES: February 19th March 20th
Mars and Uranus in your sign makes you
feel restless and ready for change. Yet with
Saturn in your opposite sign, you sense oth-
ers are blocking your path. Nothing could
be further than the truth. The only thing
holding you back is your lack of a real plan.
The full Moon sheds light on a money mat-
ter and once you settle it, you'll find free-
dom from feeling financially secure. 0

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SChina Nobo
* City Cafe
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Lover's Ice
. Cream-Hato
* Pasa Bon
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Botika Bon-
Botika Korona
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