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Also in this issue:

Political Shakeup -pg.
Parrot Watch -5 Egg Nest -pg.
Good Deed -pg.
Snorkler Saved -pg.

Algae Cleanup at Lac
Dive Into Summer
Fly-In Birthday
Back In Time 1998
Bon Karate Grads
... and much more

-pg. 12
-pg. 12
-pg 15
-pg. 14
-pg. 18

Two of the ladies from the Pia Pia
group who walked from Rincon to the
Park: Rosalinda Semper Antoin and
Sharilla Coffi Jansen. Six were in the
group; it took them just 45 minutes.


Green energy company
Econcern, which claims
to be the biggest of its kind in
The Netherlands, said Tuesday
a court had approved proce-
dures to protect it from bank-
ruptcy during the economic
crisis. Econcern is the parent
company of Ecopower, the com-
pany installing Bonaire's new
wind and biodiesel system.
"A court in Utrecht approved the
(company's bankruptcy protec-
tion) application and appointed an
administrator to work with the
board to find a solution," com-
pany spokesman Elroy Bos told
the Wall Street Journal.
Bos said the group, facing grave
financial difficulties, had "sought
a solution in close cooperation
with shareholders and banks. That
solution was not found."
The new status granted by the
court will temporarily shield
Econcem from creditors while it
tries to find alternative ways of
repaying them.
The Bonaire project, scheduled to
come on-line at the end of 2009,
replaces the present WEB power
grid with a modernized distribu-
tion system for power from 11
Megawatts of wind turbine power
and a 14 Megawatt power plant
using MAN diesels which can

burn biodiesel as well as conven-
tional petroleum products. Bon-
aire's interests in the project are
overseen by the Bonaire Holding
Maatschappij (BHM), which also
controls WEB.
As we go to press there has
been no reaction from BHM or
the commissioners involved
with the project on the effects of
the bankruptcy filing.
Econcer, created in 1984 to de-
velop projects in wind, solar and
bio-energy, employs about 1,200
people in 19 countries.

D Last Thursday the Meteoro-
logical Service of T he Nether-
lands Antilles and Aruba issued a
special bulletin for the Carib-
bean Basin about a possible
tsunami threat based on the data
from the Tsunami Warning Cen-
ter. A wave could have been
generated by last week's devastat-
ing earthquake off Honduras that
morning. The 7.3 magnitude
quake killed five people in the
Central American country and
toppled buildings. The earthquake
occurred about 4:25am local time
at a depth of 10 kilometers, with a
magnitude of 7.3 on the Richter
scale. The epicenter was more or
less 320 kilometers northeast of
Tegucigalpa, Honduras. How-
ever, no tsunami activity was
There is considerable geological
evidence that large tsunamis bat-
tered both Bonaire coasts thou-
sands of years ago.

D Good news for breathing
people in Curacao. The Isla oil
refinery in Curacao must stop
exceeding the annual average
norm of 80 g/cubic metre in
sulphur dioxide (SO2) permeat-
ing areas downwind of the plant,
as measured at the Beth Chaim
Jewish cemetery effective Janu-
ary 1, 2010.
That's what the judge ruled in the
case of 25 "downwind residents,"
the yachting marina at Piscadera,
and the Foundation Humanitarian
Care SHZC against the refinery
leased by Petroleos de Venezuela.
Non-compliance will lead to a
fine ofNAf 5 million per year.
Isla can still appeal the ruling and
(Continued on page 3)

) Look for a shakeup
in Bonaire power poli-
tics and a reassess-
ment of Bonaire's pos-
ture on its relationship
with Holland on the upcoming
structural changes.
It's because Union Patriotiko
Boneriano (UPB-green) Council-
man Anthony Nicolaas declared
himself an independent mem-
ber, disavowing his UPB affilia-
tion, and backed a motion of no -
confidence in the Island Govern- Councilman Anthony Nicolaas
ment introduced by Jopi Abra- Bonaire government photo
ham, opposition leader of the
Aliansa Demokratiko Boneirano (ADB-red) in last week's Island
Council meeting. The resolution called on the ruling party's UPB
commissioners to resign as they no longer have majority support. It
may mark the end of a 10-year-long domination of the UPB in Bon-
aire politics.
Nicolaas, who is also a member of the Antillean Parliament, said
he would continue to back the De Jongh-Elhage cabinet at the fed-
eral level for now, but hoped to do so together with DP, one of the
parties in the ADB which has a seat in Parliament, rather than the
The Island Council meeting had been called at the request of the
opposition to discuss the constitutional change process, a possible
referendum and the policies of the Executive Council and UPB com-
missioners, in particular. UPB had decided to boycott the meeting,
but Nicolaas showed up and helped form a quorum, before de-
claring himself independent and supporting the motion of no confi-
As we go to press the four present UPB commissioners, James
Kroon, Jeffrey Levenstone, Maritsa Silberie, and Elvis Tjin Asjoe,
appear to have no intention of resigning. The ADB has initiated
steps to force the action which requires several weeks.
It was reported that UPB leader Ramonsito Booi said this unex-
pected action was unacceptable. "We are on the brink of realizing
important progress for the people and we can't allow one person to
wake up crazy one day and throw it all away."
He was referring to the process for Bonaire to become part of the
BES islands with St. Eustatius and Saba, as special overseas munici-
palities of The Netherlands, which the ADB opposes in its present
Booi said "pressure" will be put on Nicolaas to give up the two seats
"that belong to the party." He said the ADB had previously intro-
duced a motion of no confidence against Nicolaas when he was
commissioner because he was convicted of beating his wife. "And
now they want to work with him?"
The "pressure" threat, said Nicolaas, prompted him to seek formally
police protection.
While no motion was passed calling for a new referendum, it re-
mains on the agenda of the meeting requested by the ADB and could
still take place.
An informal survey of Bonairean people conducted last month indi-
cated that only a small proportion of Bonaireans desired another
A referendum held in Curaqao in May to reverse restructuring agree-
ments with Holland was defeated 52% to 48%.

Table of Contents
This Week's Stories

Political Shakeup 2
Parrotwatch-Eggs in Nests 3
Snorkelers Notebook-Adventure 6
Bonaire Fisherman's Good Deed E
Swim Competition 7
Snorkeler Saved 9
WindsurfTurkey-Xenia Interview 1C
Washington Park40 Anniversary 11
Algae Cleanup at Lac 12
Dive Into Summer-Sylvia Earle 12
Going Backto 1998 14
Fly-In Birthday 15
Bon-Karate Graduates 18

Weekly Features

Flotsam& Jetsam 2
On the Island Since (Lous Rood) 4
Bonairean Voices (Bonairean Business) 7
Sudoku Puzzle 8
Bon Quiz #8 -Kas di Bara 9
Sudoku Solution 12
Reporter Masthead 12
Picture Yourself (Amsterdam) 13
Classifieds 13
Tide Table 13
Going Backto 1998 14
Pet of the Week (Tiger) 15
Bubbles-Did You Know(Silt) 15
BonQuz Answer 16
Whats Happening 16
Dining, Shopping Guides 17
Bonaire On Wheels (SAME Tractor) 18
Sky Park (Moon As Finder) 19
The Stars Have It(Astrology) 19

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- The General Court of Auditors of
the Netherlands Antilles issued a report
last week which concluded that the
Bonaire Executive Council (BC) is
guilty of "cronyism," and preferential
treatment of certain applicants for
leased land (erfpachtrecht). This is the
conclusion of an investigation which
found that there was a lack of transpar-
ency and that certain applicants received
leased land under policy and recommen-
dations that deviated from those that the
BC itself set.
D Here's the current picture on air

travel to Bonaire for the next few
months as reported by the TCB:
-Based on weak advance bookings,
Delta will not operate JFK-BON be-
tween June 20 and October 31, 2009.
All bookings to Bonaire will be trans-
ferred to the connection via Atlanta. If
the traffic from the northeast flowing
over Atlanta causes bookings to exceed
the capacity of the presently scheduled
aircraft, Delta will upgrade the aircraft
to a wide body for the remainder of the
summer and early fall.
As previously announced, a second
flight from Atlanta to Bonaire will be
added on October 2. Delta plans to
leave ATL twice a week and watch
bookings for the winter. If bookings are
up year over year, they will then look to
add a third flight.
-Based on low demand during the fall
"shoulder-season" months, Continental
has announced they will not operate
EWR(Newark)-BON between Sep-
tember 5 and October 31. All traffic
coming from the northeast will be trans-
ferred to the connection via Houston.
The second Continental Houston
flight operates from June through
August. It will not operate September,
October and November, but will return
in December. This four-month hiatus is
the same as last year and is not attrib-
uted to weak load factors out of Hous-
ton. Should demand from traffic flowing
via Houston from the northeast exceed
the capacity of the presently scheduled
airlift, the September and October
schedule of the second Houston will be
- Insel Air will begin new weekly
non-stop service from Miami, Florida,
to Bonaire effective July 4, 2009. The
flight will operate weekly on Saturdays
throughout the year. Insel Air flight #71
907 will depart Bonaire at 11:55 am,
arriving into Miami at 3:05 pm. The
return flight #71 908 will depart Miami
at 4:25 pm, arriving into Bonaire at 7:35
- KLM, after eliminating its two trian-
gle flights from Bonaire- Aruba on
March 30, 2009, has announced its con-
nection flight Amsterdam- Sint
Maarten- Bonaire- Amsterdam star-
ing June 1, 2009, with an MD11. Arke-
fly continues with its regular weekly
flights on Saturdays.

)Curacao-based airline Dutch Antil-
les Express (DAE) suffered a loss of
approximately US$ 1 million last year

according to independent analysis which
questioned whether there is sufficient
capital in the company to absorb con-
tinuing losses and survive. DAE is fac-
ing growing competition from Insel Air
and "commuter carriers."
InselAir Airlines reported they had a
profit of NAf 2 million last year.
DAE Director Floris van Pallandt admit-
ted that 2008 was a difficult year for the
company, especially during the first
half. "The last six months Insel Air and
Dutch Antilles Express are direct com-
petitors. In many cases, they fly the
same routes."
Passengers mainly complain about
DAE's flight cancellations. Many busi-
ness travelers are said to be unhappy
about the quality of the airplanes in view
of failures like breakdown of the air-
conditioning during a flight.
Van Pallandt blamed flight cancellations
on an overlap in maintenance of the
airplanes during the past year. "There
were two major 'checks' in 2008. This
calendar year is running a lot
Van Pallandt rejected suggestions that
the company cancelled flights to "save
up" passengers. "That's absolute non-
sense. We are a scheduled airline and
stick to our schedule. Saving up passen-
gers isn't even feasible, as nearly all
flights are flown with an above 50%
seating occupancy.
DAE flies with three 46-passenger ATR
42 turboprop airplanes and two 100-
passenger Fokker 100 jets.
DAE's expansion plans cut back when
Insel Air expanded their service. DAE
then adjusted and contracted its flight
schedule with the result that DAE has an
ATR and an F-100 in reserve, which is

SOne year ago the Dutch Government
introduced an "Ecotax" for all flights
leaving Schiphol Airport. KLM ob-
jected successfully against this meas-
ure so the government of the Nether-
lands eliminated this charge as per
July 1 this year. Since a lot of passen-
gers had paid this already, KLM Cura-
9ao has started contacting its passengers
on this route and returning their money
by credit card or cash. Should there still
be passengers who have not gotten any
information from KLM related to their
return travel out of Amsterdam to Bon-
aire, Curagao or St. Maarten after July
1st 2009, they are requested to contact
KLM at(+5999) 736-1422.

D The Tourism Corporation Bon-
aire (TCB) launched its new interac-
tive fan pages on the social network
websites Facebook and Twitter. Bon-
aire's Facebook and Twitter pages were
created to support Bonaire Dive Into
Summer 2009 and the Celebration of
Bonaire's Commitment to Conservation,
commemorating the 40th Anniversary of
Washington Slagbaai National Park and
the 30th Anniversary of the Bonaire
National Marine Park.
To visit Bonaire's Facebook and Twitter
page click on www.twitter.com/
BonaireTourism and http://
www. facebook.com/pages/Bonaire-
Dutch-Caribbean/908523453 1 ?ref=nf

) Bonaire divers and snorkelers
should always keep an eye out for
unusual fish. You may discover a new
species. In the top 10 of new species
discovered in 2008 is a new damselfish,
the deep blue chromis (Chromis abys-
(Continued on page 8)

t's the busiest time of the season right
now for the Loras on Bonaire, and for
the research team as well! Every day, we
are finding more and more nests with eggs
and we are doing our best to find out the
exact dates that they are being laid so that
we have an idea when the eggs will hatch.
From previous year's experience, we know
that the female will incubate the eggs for
anything between 25 and 30 days until the
first little pink chicks appear.

During this phase of the breeding season
while the female is incubating the eggs, we
wait for the female to leave before going to
check the contents of the nest. This does not
cause any distress to the female parrot that is
sitting tight on her precious clutch of eggs.
The last thing we want to do is to scare her.
Our strategy is to hide outside the nest be-
fore dawn and await the arrival of the male
parrot that will call the female out to feed.
When the pair leave together, we have an
opportunity to get a glimpse inside the nest.
This means that sometimes we only get to
check one nest each in the morning, because
this happens at about the same time at each
nest. As a result, we are too late to check
any other nests close by. This is very frus-

This season the project received six data
loggers as a donation from The Phoenix
Landing Foundation, a US non-profit or-
ganization promoting the welfare of parrots.
Data loggers are small instruments that
measure temperature and humidity and they
can be hidden inside a Lora nest. This will
give us a great insight into the conditions
inside the nest and it will mean we can com-
pare the difference between tree and cliff
nests. Some people say that Loras that hatch
from cliff nests talk more than those that
hatch from trees! Maybe we can attribute
this to a difference in the conditions where
the chicks grow up?

Unfortunately, the recently laid eggs are
already suffering at the jaws of predators.
We have found nests already where the eggs

have been removed from the nest and eaten.
Broken eggshells were also found on the
ground nearby. There's no way of telling
what is responsible, but it is highly likely to
be rats or cats which are introduced mam-
malian predators. It is also possible that
other birds are responsible as they some-
times compete with the Loras for nest sites.
Parrots are unable to construct their own
nests. They use cavities that already exist in
cliffs and trees, and it seems that these are in
demand, and not just from other birds. Last
season, we lost a nest to bees that built a
hive inside the cavity and killed three
chicks, and this year, some parrots have
been prevented from breeding for the same
reason. This time it was too early for any
chicks to be harmed.
On a more positive note, this year has seen
the first nest containing five eggs (see above
photo) -a record as far as we know from
previous years' research! It will be interest-
ing to see whether all eggs develop and
hatch. If so, it will be pretty cozy in there. U
Rhian Evans

Bonaire Reporter- June 5-19, 2009

Page 3

S T came here in 1984 and we
I built Sorobon Beach Re-
sort. Right away I found out that
Sorobon was a popular place where
pets, mainly dogs, were dropped.
So, from the very beginning I was
confronted with the animal situa-
tion on the island. I always took
them in and pretty soon I had 20
dogs, 18 cats and... two guests!
There had to be another solution
for the abandoned and stray ani-
There were some Dutch people
who had built two kennels where
they sheltered stray dogs, and the
veterinarian would come over from
Curagao every three months to put
them down. There was no other
option. So, looking for a better
solution, Lynn Tijssen, Barbara
Roswell and I asked the govern-
ment for a piece of land. They
granted us the location where the
animal shelter is on Kaminda La-
We held fancy fairs, sold books,
clothes and second hand stuff and
got the money to build the first
kennels and a cat compound, which
is still there. Another great thing
was that the government granted us
a salary for one person to take care
of the animals. That person was
Ruthmilda Pikerie. So then there
was a board of three volunteers and
one employee, and it had become
an official foundation.
As there was no vet on the island,

they also brought us medicines and
flea collars, mostly from the States.
The Americans are really generous
in supporting these causes!
Then, one of my guests turned
out to be a Dutch veterinarian and
he had close connections with the
Foundation of Foreign Animal

-Lowrs Roodc

the three of us went to the shelter
in Curagao to learn how to put the
animals to sleep. It was horrible,
but there were too many animals
and we didn't have a lot of adop-
tions, so there was no possibility of
keeping all the animals we got in.
Also, money wise, it was impossi-
ble to keep more than 20 dogs and
cats. However, we did get some
private donations which kept us
going and we even built a small
office/storage space. For eight
years I went to the shelter four
times a week, in between my work
at the hotel.
As I'd kept five dogs and 13 cats
at the hotel many of our guests
became interested in what we were
doing. We got a lot of donations;

Shelters (Stichting Buitenlandse
Asielen) in the Netherlands and he
introduced us to the founder. I in-
vited them to my hotel and together
we organized a big campaign to
sterilize dogs and cats for free. We
spayed and neutered 40 animals -
it was very inspiring! And later,
when they were back in Holland,
they sent us a shipment of supplies
for the shelter it was a great
After eight years we sold the
hotel and I left the island for a cou-
ple of years, but this feeling of
being powerless stayed with me, as
if there was no end to all this ani-
mal suffering. So, when I came
back to Bonaire I promised myself
not to get involved again.

Lous with her granddaughter Amaya at the opening of the steriliza-
tion campaign of the animal shelter.

more with improving the actual
situation of animals from horses
to parrots and everything in be-
tween in their homes. Our goal is
to raise the awareness that animals
deserve to have a decent life. Of

course there are always exceptions,
but in most cases it's a matter of
ignorance. Many people don't real-
ize that their animals are living
under miserable circumstances. We
(Continued on page 5)

After I'd left, Elly Albers ran the
shelter for some years, and by the
time I came back she had commit-
ted herself to the Animal Welfare
Foundation and she did it practi-
cally on her own. Before I knew
what was going on I was involved
again. But this time it has to do


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"... Taking responsibility for who you are

and what you're contributing here on this

planet comes from a feeling that we're all

connected and we're responsible for one
another -"

Page 4

Bonaire Reporter- June 5-19, 2009

On the Island Since
(Continued from page 4)
see dogs locked up in small
wooden crates 24 hours a day,
dogs on short chains without
enough water, shade or food, dogs
that are pregnant every six months
and puppies that are killed by cars
or just die of neglect. Animals that
run free cause accidents and get
injured. Groups of stray dogs roam
around and they attack people and
kill other animals.
When we get complaints in and
more and more local people are
putting in complaints one of us
(Elly, Suitberta, Elsmarie or I)
goes there, to have a look and
evaluate the situation. We try to
convince the owners that the situa-
tion can be improved.
We are well aware of the fact
that it's not a local problem; it
happens all over the world and it
involves all kinds of people. Our
community is made up of many
different nationalities and we en-
counter problems in every type of
household. But, if people cannot
take proper care of their animals,
the Animal Welfare Foundation
and the animal shelter are always
willing to find a way to solve the
problem, together with the owners.
We have dog and cat traps to
catch unapproachable or wild ani-
mals. We offer free sterilization.
The animal shelter just started a
campaign and their goal is to steril-
ize 500 pets for free this year, done
by the two vets on the island. If the
people don't have transport, the
animals can be picked up and
brought home again and we're
always willing to improve the

situation at home. Sometimes a
simple solution makes a whole lot
of difference."
Lous Rood is a quiet and soft
spoken lady. She looks fragile, but
don't be mistaken. There's a lot of
strength in this woman and she has
a true andpassionate soul. When
you're with her you feel there 's
hope. She's one of these people
who makes the world a better
"Why the animals? Because they
can't speak for themselves and we
are responsible for those who de-
pend on us. Animals are God's
creatures, like we all are, and they
have a soul like any other living
being. The way I see it, they are
here to teach us compassion and
responsibility. We are here to re-
spect and recognize God in every
living creature in everything
that's created nature, people and
all the animals. It all starts with
respect and awareness; why we are
here on this planet; and what it is
we have to learn. And... since the
island is small and manageable, we
can be an example of this aware-
We do have laws to protect ani-
mals, but the problem is how to
enforce them. We need more vol-
unteers, preferably local people,
because we don't want to be the
makamba with the pointing finger.
What we need is cooperation. Ani-
mal Welfare has everything to do
with people, because it's the peo-
ple we're trying to connect to so
that they can connect with their
animals. Our goal is to transfer the
Animal Welfare Foundation to
local hands, to make it a local mat-

The reason I'm
here on this is-
land is that the
strong positive
energies are still
very present on
Bonaire. The
way I feel is that
every soul on this
planet is here for
a reason and it's
different for eve-
rybody. Espe-
cially here on
Bonaire I meet
people who've
come to recog-
nize their pur-
pose in life in
all kinds of ways.
It's an island of
not only to the
outside world,
but also on the Paul Wich
inner level. Tak- former Shelter
ing responsibil-
ity for who you are and what
you're contributing here on this
planet comes from a feeling that
we're all connected and we're re-
sponsible for each other. When
you're good to others not only
people, but to every living being -
you're also good to yourself. It all
comes down to love love and
respect for all souls. I feel that is
still present here what I call
'energy and connection.' It might
be the same feeling that local peo-
ple experience when they go to the
kunuku or the sea.
Bonaire has many spiritual
places where one feels connected

ers, Chairman of the Board of the Animal Shelter, and Elly Albers,
manager and Animal Welfare Foundation member, speaking with Lous.

to a higher energy. I'm sure many
Bonaireans know it too, because
there is so much more here when it
comes to the past and the present
and the future. The reality of spirits
and souls have always been a part
of this community. And they still
are. That's why I feel at home and
at peace here. This is a very special
place and although lately things
have been disturbed in many ways,
I trust this island to be protected.
Because I'm here for harmony
and inner peace, it's hard to accept
that there are still animals which
are denied a decent existence. I
also know that many people and

children are struggling, but when I
arrived here the situation of the
animals was the first thing I was
confronted with. It simply crossed
my path and that's why I'm doing
what I'm doing." 0
Story & photos by
Greta Kooistra

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Sno'&ete' 's 'o A A Bonairean Fisherman's Good Deed

At the bottom of the steps at Bachelor's Beach I
greeted four divers, suited and tanked up, with
this inquiry: "How do you all manage to carry so
much? I admire your stamina. Snorkeling is so easy
in comparison." As one of the divers stumbled over
the coral rubble, he yelled back at me: "Are you kid-
ding? Snorkeling is the real adventure and real
work!" I guess I had never configured snorkeling as
that adventurous compared to mastering all the
gauges, hoses, weights, and valves of diving. For me
the prospect of pushing the wrong lever and being
catapulted from the depths into the stratosphere is
terrifying enough to keep me floating with snorkel
and mask, slovenly forever. Yet, something in the
diver's parting comment rang true, so I began to re-
call some of the snorkeling adventures I had either
intentionally courted or inadvertently floated into.
In Eleuthera (in the Bahamas), my friend Glen and I
realized too late that the name "Current Cut" meant
CURRENT as in carrying us away at 15 knots while
sharks slept motionless on the bottom breathing ef-
fortlessly. I was sure that it was my guardian angel
Mother who whispered in my ear, "Go right and get
out at that dock ahead!" While Glen flew ahead of me
laughing hysterically through his snorkel about a Dis-
neyland ride, something told me that it could end in
Bermuda. And when I imagined his mother blaming
me for the death of her favorite son, I sobered up fast.
After we swam furiously towards the dock, hauling
ourselves out to capture a breath, Glen turned to me,
pleading, "Can we do it again?" And we did: four
more times, each time going further than the last until
my guardian angel was yelling not whispering. Yes, I
guess that adventure made me realize that snorkeling
can be exhilarating and a tad dangerous.
Several years later, it was in Tobago at a spot
nefariously named the "Washing Machine" where
Glen and I were the only two snorkelers willing to
get in and hover over the so-called oldest brain
coral, failing to notice we were being slowly
dragged into the churning of that machine. I
clung to him; he clung to me. As the boat chugged
over to pluck us out from the soapy suds of the
Tobago Laundromat, I knew what the stares of
our companions were saying: "Are you crazy or
just stupid?" At this point, you also might be
thinking that Glen and I were bad influences on
each other. (Actually it was more like we were
two kids working on those coveted Girl Scout and
Boy Scout badges.) In any case, there was no
doubt in our mind that snorkeling was high adven-
ture enough; we didn't need to add tanks and
When I bought a house on Bonaire, I did not
always have a snorkeling partner like Glen (which
may be a good thing), but I still found plenty of
adventures on my own. The one that really made
me feel deserving of a Girl Scout bravery badge
was being one of the few who snagged a Bonaire
Banded Box Jellyfish for scientific identification
and DNA testing. This adventure was a bit seren-
dipitous with luck and circumstance in equal
measure. After seeing the BBBJ at Invisibles
pulsating in all its stinging glory, I asked my
neighbor, Tish Dace, what was that strange and
marvelous creature full of treacherous stinging
cells? Her genuine excitement spurred me on:
"Oh, you are one of the few to witness the rare
BBBJ; the scientists think it is a new species only
found around Bonaire! And they are hoping to
obtain a live specimen for tissue samples." So, a
few days later, when I came across a "live speci-
men" hurled onto the rocks at Bachelor's Beach
by an irate father whose daughter had been stung
repeatedly, my Girl Scout instincts came to at-
tention. I convinced my snorkeling companion,
Siomara Albertus, that together we should run V1IS
home, cut a liter Coke bottle in two, and run KAY
back with two sticks to pluck the still pulsating NIK
BBBJ off the rock and slide it into a saltwater
fixative. Tish was really surprised when we

showed up at her house with a Coke bottle full of
jellyfish! Anything for sci-
ence, right?
Upon reflection, I suppose
the diver is correct: snorkel-
ing is more than placidly
paddling along. Adventure is
always right around the next
coral colony. U
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Thanks to the sharp eyes and
swift action of a local fisher-
man, a visiting boat's dinghy was
recovered earlier this week.
Jack Webb, captain of the sailboat,
Denali Rose, thought he had se-
cured his dinghy to his sailboat's
cleat. He went below to work on
one of the many boat repairs on
his "To Do" list, when he heard
someone shouting outside.
Jack's wife, Susan "Fred" said, "I
think someone's outside calling
us." They both climbed up into the
cockpit. A local fisherman in his
white wooden fishing boat, with
the name "Detty" painted on the
bow, motored up and pointed out
toward Klein Bonaire at a dinghy
drifting free. "Is that your din-
ghy?" he asked. Jack, replied,
"Yes! It is!"
The local fisherman put his out-
board in gear, brought the run-
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line to its very appreciative owner.
The fisherman said he had just
come back from fishing, had al-
ready tied up his boat and was on
shore, when he noticed a dinghy
drifting away from the mooring
field. Although Jack thanked him
for his efforts, he never caught the
fisherman's name!
"We have been sailing in the Car-
ibbean since 2004, primarily in the
Windward and Leeward Islands,
but this is our second season of
diving in Bonaire. "While Curagao
and Aruba have nice features,
Bonaire is my favorite," said Jack,
"and the fisherman's act of kind-
ness just proved my opinion that
Bonaire is tops as a friendly vaca-
tion and diving spot! Thank you,
Captain of the fishing boat,
The sailboat's dinghy now has two
lines to prevent further escapes! U
Susan "Fred" Webb s/v Denali Rose

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New Styles
Men, Women and Children

Bonaire Reporter- June 5-19, 2009


Each new project or business must
begin with a solid foundation. And
as we see Bonaire developing in so many
ways, we're seeing a number of Bonairean
businesses drift away. In the past our an-
cestors had more courage to start up a new
business. We can remember some of them:
the business of making charcoal, the pro-
duction of paint, selling goat skin to make
accessories, the fish industry, the salt in-
dustry (managed by Cargill today) and a
lot more. Some of their products were ex-
ported to other islands, the US and The
Netherlands. But continuity is the key
point for a successful business.

Elvis "Piskechi" Martinus (49). Many of
you know his name. Having done so much
for Bonaire, in his own words, he speaks
about his success.
"I've always wanted to do something in
tourism, culture or sports. Windsurfing
came into my life in a very spontaneous
way. Island visitors came up with the idea.
We had two young men practicing wind-
surfing. First was Erwin Muller who
started in 1970 and then Patun Saragoza
who had competed in Regatta. We thought
of starting a business but we needed some
sponsors for the project. We contacted Mr.
Roger Juriens from Aruba who had a shop
and had a lot of contacts. He got us some
equipment. A lot of local people and local
banks didn't believe in the project, so we
got financing from an Aruban bank and
other international sponsors who gave their
support so we could continue with the

During Regatta the Venezuelan com-
petitors agreed that Bonaire had a great
area for the sport and they called it 'The
Windsurfing Island.' We went to the island
of Maui, Hawaii, and when we compared
that island to Bonaire we could say that the
windsurfing areas were about the same as
we have here on Bonaire. The only differ-
ences are the waves and how they affect
the freestyle competitions.
Windsurfing has progressed so much
here on Bonaire and a lot of local people
are practicing the sport. It's become a na-
tional sport, very different from when it
started in 1970 when Erwin Muller was
the only local person doing it.
I started windsurfing in 1987, and in
1988 I participated in a world competition
in the US. We had a high level of organi-
zation of this sport thanks to Mr. Niki
Tromp from Bonaire and Mr. Roy Bottse
from Curagao who helped a lot.
Business is going very well now, but
getting permission to start was very hard.
There had to be a study of the area first
because it was protected by the Ramsar
Treaty. We had to work hard when the
economy wasn't going so well in 1987 and
in 1989, the year we wanted to start with
the business. We got the permission in

Bonaire Reporter- June 5-19, 2009

1995. (The Windsurfing Place
opened in 1996.)
To show that we could do
it, my business partner,
Patun Saragoza, a Bonairean,
and I had the courage to make
a risky investment. From Nor-
way we bought a nice wooden
prefab building (still being
used as the Windsurf Place
office, shop and utility room)
to fit in the environment so
we could start with the busi-
ness. Although it might be
very difficult, you have to go
for it. We had to show that we
could make a career in wind-
To the Bonairean citizens:
Let's get down to the basics. There are all project
different ways to start a business, like hav- Story c
ing a plantation, a fishing industry, a car
wash company, selling our local products.
We were in Thailand to present the Pro-
Kids program and we realized there are a Send
lot of small businesses where people get ments to
their daily small income, but in the high Reporte
tourist season they get more. Continuity is 407, 1
the key to success, and be serious in what emal
you are doing. Don't close the door on @bonai
your ideas. Realize that Bonaire can reach
far. People are starting aloe and cactus 1
businesses. We must take the initiative, do R
it and continue to do it. Invest in local
things and don't be afraid to cross the bor- F
der. Care about our local food and how it's
prepared. Preserve those traditions which T
we must pass to our young ones. T
It took more than 10 years to see the F
fruits of our business, and today I can be a
proud man. One of the most successful
businesses in the world, according to the
quality of our equipment and service.
100% local people work in this business
without discriminating against others.
To contribute with my organizational
ability I participated in a big conference -
with different sports managers. The BSF
(Bonaire Sport Federation) stands for
structure and unity. With all the changes
on the government level we don't know W
what the sport objectives will be in the Cat
coming years. That's why we need to im-
prove the structure of the sports levels
now for the sake of our Bonaireans. Some- Trips
one says we have the structure but what we
need is Unity. The Federation has to come
together for agreement. We can't wait for Tie
the government to solve problems in the fo
Federation. We have to know that sports W
are part of our culture and we know how Ding
we can do it. All sports can reach a level of US$11
professionalism. In windsurfing the equip- Satu r
ment is very expensive. It's an individual water
sport and you need a lot of discipline. Sunday
Team sports are good. They mold people,
make them better people, and children B
have a lot of energy to practice a team
sport in a sound way. We have to take the Cal
initiative now, don't wait for tomorrow, do
it today."
The real point is a solid foundation for

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sus). It has kept its vivid blue spots
well hidden from humans, hanging
around deep reefs and rock out-
croppings in the western Pacific
region around Palau, an island
country east of the Philippines.
The deep blue chromis, which
even has butterfly-like iridescent
spots on its dorsal rays, is an aver-
age of about 3.9 inches (10 centi-
meters) long.

D In a reception held at de
Bonairiaan restaurant, the Stichting
Project thanked their local sup-
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Atlantic tamer than the one in
2008, which featured 16 storms
severe enough to be named.
Bonaire has a long history of being
free of hurricanes but sometimes is
affected by the storm's sea swells.
The name of this year's first
storm will be Ana.

D After the smashing success of
its first concert on May 9 another
concert has been organized to fea-
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It's set for June 13 at the Plaza
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center had a month of cultural workshops in March where the teens
learned about 14 traditional island traditions and crafts. They then
created projects about these cultural skills. From these activities Jong
Bonaire will produce a series of culture worksheets to help preserve
the skills and will also develop a 2010 calendar titled "Treasures
of Bonaire," which will be available in September. The calendar
will feature 12 teens working with 12 of the islands grandinan or
elders who taught the skills.
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quiet and re-
laxing after-
noon on Bon- I : i
aire (nothing :
special on this i
island almost
all the after- .
noons are per-
fect). On May '
21sta few peo-
ple from the
Club, organ-
ized by Classic
Travel, were
exploring We-
ber's Joy, a
diving site.
While Julia
(not even 12
years old) and
two ladies, Uta
and Irena,
were snorkel-
ing, Piotr SCUBA instructor Scott Hardy with snorkeler rescuer Julia Zielczynska

Nawrot from
the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sci-
ences from Rutgers University stood on a
rock surveying the scene. He was not
planning on swimming this day.
After a short swim, Uta returned to the
shore and explained that the current was
quite strong and was moving the snorkel-
ers quite far away. Julia and Irena began
to fight the current in hopes of returning
to shore. However, Julia soon realized
that she was swimming back alone. She
quickly scoped the surroundings and ar-
rived at a very disturbing picture: the
current had pulled Irena under water and
ripped her mask off. She was floating
with her head and hands down and the
snorkel below the surface.
On the previous day Julia had attended
classes to be certified as an "Open Water
Diver," thanks to Scott Hardy from
Buddy Dive Resort, so she was prepared
for this situation. Julia immediately
brought Irena to the surface and sent a
distress signal to Piotr. Without delay,
Piotr ran to the water and grabbed what-
ever fins he could find along the way,
which were unfortunately a few sizes too
small and got lost in the sea. He rushed to
the scene to find Julia holding Irena's
head above the surface of water to avoid
the further intake. Irena's heart and lungs
stopped functioning and she was uncon-
scious. Piotr grabbed hold of Irena's still
body and battled the harsh current back to
the rocky shore. In the meantime, Uta ran
to a nearby road and stopped the first car
she saw. Fortunately, the driver had a
cellular phone and was immediately able
to call an ambulance (thank you, un-
known driver.).
By this time, Piotr had begun to perform
CPR on Irena after emptying almost a
gallon of water from her lungs. By draw-
ing on his previous rescue experience,
Piotr was able to restore her heart beat
with a heart massage. Irena, however,
was still unconscious. At this time, Julia
ran out to the road to signal the accident
location to the arriving police cars and

Bonaire Reporter- June 5-19, 2009

ambulance. The first police car arrived
very quickly followed by the ambulance a
few minutes later. Immediately, the medi-
cal team from the San Francisco Hospital
in Kralendjik applied oxygen to Irena as
they took her into an ambulance. Thanks
to the oxygen, she regained conscious-
ness before reaching the hospital.
In the hospital, she was put in the Spe-
cial Care Unit. When she awoke a few
hours later, she asked "Where are my
sandals? Were they lost on the beach?"
After hearing that, the Polish American
Group knew that she was fine. However,
Irena was still weak and the seriousness
of her lung infection was still unknown.
Fortunately, antibiotics quickly adminis-
tered relieved the infection.
Thanks to the great skill of Doctor
Miranda and the care by the rest of the
medical staff, Irena was able to walk out
of the hospital two days later. The whole
group returned safely to the US one day
Julia's parents were concerned that such a
traumatic event might cause negative
connotations. However, when they ques-
tioned Julia about this, she answered un-
expectedly, "Maybe I will be a part of a
rescue squad one day."
This story demonstrates the importance
of knowledge, friendship and effective-
ness. It is a strong example how a se-
quence of optimal decisions and coordi-
nated teamwork saved someone's life.
Bonaire will forever stay in our memories
not only as a "Diver's Paradise" but also
as an island with friendly people who are
always ready to help. Jerzy "Yurek"

Documentation and photos collected by
Jerzy "Yurek" Majcherczyk FR'92
Fellow Explorers Club
President of Polish American Travelers
Club, P.O. Box. 3011. Wallington, NJ
07057. USA.
www.odkrywcv.com 201-384-5137

Kas di

Bara, Mud
T iny details
make a difference
when a home is
built. In the distant
past all the materi-
als needed had to
be carefully gath-
ered locally. There were no home centers or hardware stores. If you were not rich,
you might build a kas di bara.
Essentially this was a house made of dried mud. The mud was mixed with a layer
of pulverized island limestone, creating a reasonably sturdy substance that was plas-
tered on top and between the walls. After the walls were finished coral limestone
burned in ovens was mixed with water to whitewash the walls. The floor was made
of stones chosen in the afternoon, making it easier to find the coolest ones in hopes
of keeping the floor cool. The roof was constructed with sorghum stalks. During
the rainy season this would become saturated and get very heavy.
None of the original kas di bara survive in a complete form although some ruins
exist and examples have been built recently to illustrate the techniques. These first
Bonairean homes are a part of island history and culture. MStory & photo by
Christie Dovale

Question: What was the framework for the kas
di bara?
Find the answer on page 16.

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.
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A Trip to Turkey Turns Into a Bo

First thing the morning after my last
performance at the Austria Free
Style Classic (see the previous Reporter) I
jumped on a Turkish flight to South Tur-
key. After three hours I arrived at Dala-
mans airport. It took another three hours'
drive by car to get to Datca which is
perched on the peninsula that juts into the
Aegean Sea beyond Marmaris. It's a
sleepy place where you go to eat seafood,
shop in fairly upscale carpet and jewelry
shops and take boat excursions to see the
ruins of the Greek city of Knidos.
Datca is also known for its long hot sum-
mers and strong thermal winds that blow
over huge mountains. It hosted the Turk-
ish windsurfing championship races for
the last several years. There are two fully
equipped windsurf centers, traditional
Turkish restaurants and cute bungalows a
few steps away from the beach.

I was invited by the Turkish windsurfing
champion, Berk Yalgin, who has held the
freestyle title in Turkey for the last three
years. We were scheduled to do a freestyle
training and a filming project for the first
windsurfing instructional DVD in Turkish
for the Turkish windsurf industry.
A few days later the Danish female free-
style champion, Xenia Kessler, came by to
join us for training.
But the forecast was turning into some-
thing we did not want- shifting winds,
some cloud cover and rain for the next
few days. We ended up playing soccer,
table tennis, biking and swimming. As
soon as there was a bit of breeze we would
drive down to the beach to check it out.
But conditions remained unsuitable on
every single attempt. The locals would
smile and say that the winds were playing
tricks on us. Oh well, it was funny to hear
I've been training in Turkey for three
years now and never experienced such
conditions in springtime. On one of the
many windless days I sat down with Xenia
Kessler and asked her a few questions
about her winter visit to Bonaire where
she windsurfed for about three months
together with her sister, Juilie Kessler.

Xenia, How did you learn about Bon-
I got to know about Bonaire because
Elvis, Caesar, Ruben, Taty and Kiri vis-
ited Denmark in 2008 on the Starboard
Prokids promotional tour. I was there at
the event to help and got to know these
Bonairean guys who told us about Bon-
aire. Before this I had seen some windsurf
movies picturing the crystal blue water
and the mellow winds in the warm place,
but I didn't hear much about it before.
Was it easy to get to our island?
From Denmark it would have been
pretty okay because the connection flight
from Holland is really good. But I wasn't
travelling from Denmark this time, as my
sister and I were on a big training trip, so
we went from Brazil to Bonaire, which
wasn't as easy as it sounds. From this air-
port in Brazil we had to go all the way
back up to Europe, switch flights, and
cross back over the Atlantic Ocean to
come to Bonaire. But it was worth it.
Could you tell us about your first im-
It was different. It was somehow Euro-
pean, somehow American, most of all

Caribbean of course. Later I found out that
the best word to describe this place is
'Bonairean.' It's a unique place for sure,
and even though you know every little
thing from somewhere else, it makes it
something special when it's mixed to-
gether on one little island. One of my first
impressions was also the people. Those I
met were very helpful and open. It made
me want them to come to Denmark so I
could give something back. I really felt
welcome from the beginning, and I was
looking forward to living there for three
So why did you choose to come to
I chose to come to Bonaire because I
love to freestyle windsurf. I wanted to
improve my sailing and knew the waters
there were good for this, and I knew there
would be good windsurfers to train with.
We were in doubt about the wind, as the
rumours say that the winds in Bonaire are
mostly light winds. However, my sister
and I chose to go 'all out' and stay there
for three months, which is something I'll
never regret.
What do you think about Sorobon?
I like the spot Sorobon a lot, and I miss
it. There was such a good atmosphere on
the water and on land everybody hanging
out, helping each other and talking wind-
surfing. The shallow blue waters, the
sandy bottom and the winds of course
made it the perfect place for me to prac-
tice what I love the most, freestyle wind-
surfing. And I hope I get the chance to
come back one day.
What was your goal on this trip?
Apart from having a nice stay and ex-
perience living on a small island like Bon-
aire, I wanted to improve my windsurfing
skills. I reached my goals thanks to the
other windsurfers who helped me a lot
What did you do when there was no
When there was no wind we biked
around the island, swam, drew, made
necklaces, played the guitar, cooked good
food (because there wasn't always time
for this when the wind blew from morning
to late afternoons), hang out with the other
windsurfers and enjoyed the beautiful
nature of the island.
Would you like to go back to Bonaire?
I would really like to go back. And I
really hope it will be possible for me to do
one day.
Would you recommend more Danish
windsurfers come to Bonaire? If yes,
Yes, I can recommend not only Danish
windsurfers but also others visit Bonaire.
Of course there is a period with no wind,
or mellow winds, but there is a great at-
mosphere at the surf stations even when
the wind doesn't blow. And Bonaire is a
great experience. And when the winds do
blow, you've got the best freestyle wind-
surf action in the world happening right
What were the good points? Why?
That great windsurf spot allowed me to
improve a lot, but also the island is super
vigorous and beautiful. It's an easy place
to travel around, the communication is
really good as most people speak English
really well, which makes it easier and
more exciting to get to know the people.
The weather is nice and warm. What else

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can I say? The good
points are many!
What were the bad
points? Why?
With good comes bad,
even on Bonaire. Not
only do people like Bon-
aire but the mosquito also
enjoys the warmth, and
they obviously like the
taste of tourists. The
longer periods without
winds are always a wind-
surfer's nightmare, but
luckily there were only a
few of these when I was
in Bonaire.
Thanks to Everybody
who helped me and my
sister and made our stay
in Bonaire so great:
Ruben, Taty, Tonky,
Caesar, Kiri, Elvis,
Robin, JibeCity, the Pet-
risie Family, Floris and
family, De Freewieler,
Rover, Youp, Charletan,
Ezri, Flo, Sil, Normen
and Jennifer, Frederick,
Fra and Chanse, Vanessa,
Andy, Matt, and ABK
boardsports crew, Erik, 'Kiri Thod6, Ruben, Juilie and Xenia Kessler at Sorobon
Cliff, Dirk Jan, Gert and -
Fiona, Mikki, Valerina, Payo, Bastian, Thanks to Xenia for her time and thanks
Davy, Anja and Martin, Maj and Jeppe, to all for reading. 0 Ruben Petrisie
Juan and Javier, Raynell Cecilia/Ray Pro- Sponsored by : Loft Sails, Unifiber, Rep-
ductions, and so many more people we tile-Masts, Kamoana Clothing
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Bonaire Reporter- June 5-19, 2009

O n Sunday, May 31, Wash-
ington Park Slagbaai Na-
tional Park, the oldest nature
sanctuary in the Caribbean, cele-
brated its 40th birthday and
threw open the gates with free
entrance to everyone for the day.
The weather couldn't have been
better. More than 1,000 people
visited and about 130 cars drove

through the Park.
The events kicked off at 8:30 am
with guided activities like the
Kasikunda climbing trail, the 270
-foot Kasikunda hill and the La-
gadishi walking trail or the 792-
foot Brandaris climb. There were
more leisurely activities such as
strolling along the walking trails
or a guided tour through the mu-

seum. There was free transporta-
tion to Slagbaai for those who
wanted to swim or snorkel.
Roads were in good condition, so
even regular cars were able to
drive in the Park.
Festive activities centered at the
Visitor Center at the entrance to
the Park with treasure hunts,
painting and coloring projects for

the kids. There was live music
and the folk dancing..
Representatives of the weekly
Rincon Market set up their stands
with gifts, hand crafts, plants,
local food, BBQ, cakes, home-
made candies and cookies.
In the last few years the Park has
dramatically upgraded its visitor
amenities, established a resident

center for visiting researchers,
enriched the capabilities of the
staff and expanded its appeal to
both visitors and residents.
Compliments to Park manager
Fernando Simal and STINAPA
Director Elsmarie Beukenboom
for their good works. For more
information visit the STINAPA
website; www.stinapa.org. U

A biking group from the island's Jehovah Witness congregation was
joined by The Reporter's publisher

All of these hikers made it up and down the Kasikunda hill

Some of the ladies who had the stands selling localfood, drinks, gifts,
crafts and more.

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Bonaire Reporter- June 5-19, 2009

WF asington Park Celebrates 0Years

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Algae Cleanup to Protect Lac's Seagrass

T he first cleanup of lines and buoys at
Lac bay was successfully conducted
on May 22nd thanks to the support given
by Jibe City and volunteers
In November last year, a series of buoys
and swim lines were installed at Lac to
mark and protect the sea grass beds in
front of the Sorobon peninsula.
The installation of this system of ropes
and buoys was made possible by a joint
effort of the Bonaire National Marine
Park (BNMP), Progressive Environ-
mental Solutions (PES), Sea Turtle Con-
servation Bonaire (STCB) and two pri-
vate businesses: Jibe City and The Wind-
surf Place.
Ongoing maintenance of these lines and
buoys is necessary because of the con-
tinuous accumulation of algae and sea-
weed, making them too heavy and caus-
ing them to break.
Every week, staff and volunteers from
STCB and PES work on these lines and
buoys, but it has proven not to be suffi-
In search for a long term solution, a more

thorough cleanup was organized by
these two organizations with the sup-
port of Jibe City. Volunteers, mainly
residents of Bonaire, were invited to
participate in this cleanup with the idea
of repeating the effort every two to
three months. Jibe City graciously pro-
vided the food and drinks. Twenty-eight
people gathered at Jibe City ready to
work. By 6 pm most of the lines and
buoys were cleaned. Buoys and anchors
that needed repairs were also fixed.
STCB, PES and the BNMP are grateful
for the support given by this great group
of volunteers and to Jibe City.

Why is it important to stop the degra-
dation of the sea grass beds at Lac?
The sea grass beds of Lac are not only
important for the key species (such as
conch and green turtles) that feed on the
grass directly, but for the role that they
play in the ecosystem of Bonaire overall.
These beds provide shelter for breeding
and are a primary nursery for several
commercially important reef fish of Bon-

aire. The loss of these habitats can se-
verely impact the number and size of the
fish that later on move to the reef. This
would not only negatively impact the dive
industry but will threaten the resilience
and biodiversity of Lac which in turn will
disrupt a food chain on which many peo-
ple of Bonaire depend today.
The public is asked to join this effort by
respecting the designated sea grass areas
and helping us to educate others. If you

happen to see people walking on the sea
grass beds, please let them know that they
are damaging the place for all of us and
request that they step outside of the sea
grass beds. You can make a difference by
helping enforce the law that protects our
natural resources. In case you need any
help, you can always call the Marine Park
for assistance. U
STCB press release & photo by Mabel

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B onairean Delno
Tromp took time
out from managing Cura-
gao's Kura Hulanda Lodge
to connect up with his old
friend, Elizabeth Wigny,
owner of the dearly de-
parted Croccantino Restau-
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The Bonaire Reporter Back In Time To 1998
Commemorating 15 Years

1998 11 YEARS AGO.
ort Call (The Reporter's
original name) continued
to grow from 10 to 12, A-4 size
pages. Some new columns that
came along in 1998 were Dee
Scarr's Touch the Sea, Inves-
tor Trade Winds, Cruiser Pro-
files, Elly Albers' Animal An-
swers, The Sailing French
Chef, The Richter Scale.
Stories continued to center on
the fight for Klein Bonaire and
the environment. Others: pros
and cons of "theme dives" in
Bonaire, the undersea world,
election explanations, art exhi-
bitions, the mooring contro-
versy (to charge or not to
charge), Bonaire's culinary
team, local cultural events and
much coverage of the solar
Here's a retrospective of some
of the news as it appeared in Port
Call/The Bonaire Reporter in
Jan. 16
-Western Union money trans-
fer now on Bonaire
Jan. 23
-1st parrot (Lora) count since
1992 will be the baseline for
the planned Save the Lora cam-
paign that will raise awareness of
the need to protect Bonaire's
Feb. 6
-New Lt.
Gov. Rich-
ard Hart
takes office.
(Now head
of BHM)

Red party Democrats win two
Central Government parliamen-
tary seats. Ramonsito Booi,
leader of the green,Patriotiko
party wins most votes but his
party wins only enough votes for
one seat.
Feb. 13
-El Nino waves batter water-
front. Damage done from Capt.
Don's Habitat and Sand Dollar
south to Belnem and Pink Beach.
Many people and businesses
offer help.
-Skeletons of the hotel on
Sorobon Beach to be torn down.
-Capt. Don named to Diving
Hall of Fame.
-The Dome sports bar opens
(now Papagayo restaurant)
Feb. 27
Skipper of the Woodwind,
Stefan (Fanie) Leach passes
away after a long illness.
Mar. 6
-Lora count drops 20% from
last count in 1992. Now 350
birds (This year, 2009, the Lora
count was 475)

-Day of the Eclipse. Specta-
tors at Malmonk between 2,000
and 4,000. Awesome!
Mar. 13
-Antillean Nature Plan grants
Klein Bonaire full Ramsar
Treaty site protection status,
which makes unapproved devel-
opment on the island even
though it may be privately
owned illegal. The law man-
dates that Bonaire formulate a
Nature Policy Plan within two
years. (It took 10 years to com-
-New park area to be set up at
Tolo on the tourist road with
swimming beach, BBQ pit, shade
shelters and trees and plants.
Mar. 20
-WEB electricity and water
production shortage is resolved
with Trans World Radio generat-
ing site coming on line.
Mar. 27
-Sunfish World Championships
to be held in Bonaire in 2000
Apr. 10
-Bonaire's 1998 Culinary
Team Chosen will go to the
"Taste of the Caribbean" in
Puerto Rico in October (Due to
damage done by Hurricane
Georges to Puerto Rico and
other islands, the event was can-

Apr. 17
-Italian yacht, Rais, driven
ashore near Willemstoren light-
May 9
-Drought affects Bonaire's
endangered parrots (Loras)
-Bonaire selected to join Skin
Diver Magazine Hall of Fame for
excellence in "Consumer popu-
larity" and named the "Macro
Capital of the Caribbean."
May 15
-41 countries represented in
Bonaire's foreign workers
population. Foreigners make up
40% of the island's labor force
(approximately 5,000 workers)
-Zee Zicht Restaurant, Bon-
aire's oldest at 69 years, now
under new management Johan
Visser who took over from his

mother, Sylvia Abraham. Sylvia
will now run The Great Escape
mini-resort (now Roomer).
June 5
-Bonaire's newest power plant
at the Trans World Radio
transmitter in the south of the
island goes on line.
-Bonaire named to the Skin
Diver Magazine Hall of Fame
-Tourism up 10% for the
month of May (147% rise in
visitors from South America and
steady growth of 2.5% from the
US. Numbers from Germany and
Netherlands continued to decline
with a drop of 22.8% and 9.7%.
TCB's Ronnie Pieters said re-
sults were because of the contin-
ued strength of the US dollar.
June 12
-1st block laid for Jong Bon-
aire building
-Martines Importers accepts all
brands of aluminum cans for
June 26
Burney El
Hage is
named Pieters
new TCB
head. (A court later ordered Piet-
ers reinstated into his job, claim-
ing that his suspension was with-
July 3
-Amigu di Terra concerned
about damage being done to the
environment by soil mining.
-Hot new musical group,
"Moogie and the Studmuffins,"
July 10
-Simulation of a tsunami strike
with Dutch DART teams
-BonaireLive internet service
provider begins
-Sunset Beach Hotel may have
to close. Interbank, under court
orders, began removing inven-
tory of the hotel to satisfy credi-
-Lt. Gov. Hart says he will
withhold permission for addi-
tional foreign workers; there
are sufficient workers on the
island for present and future pro-
jects. Additional workers will
strain the schools, medical care
facilities and infrastructure of the
island, he says.
July 17
-Economic Shakeout Clos-
ing of Sunset Beach Hotel, China
Garden Resturant, Jardin Tropi-
cal, Bejola Construction. Fla-
mingo Beach Hotel is on the
verge of a shutdown and its ca-
sino is closed.
-Lt. Gov. Hart issues general
amnesty for all foreigners liv-
ing or working on the island
without valid permits.

Aug. 14
-Results of Port Call Coi
"What Surprises you mos
about Bonaire?" Bureauc
donkeys, Bonaire's Beauty
ties, bugs, pets
Aug. 28
-Businessmen organize
(AKIB) to do something al
the island's economy.
-Antillean Parliament dec
against granting Venezue
tuna fishing rights in our
-Frater Candidus passe
teacher and ornithologist w
lived many years on Bonai
-Bonaire government and
leaders meet with manager
of the Divi Hotel chain to
the future of the Divi Flai
Beach Hotel. It was report
in the eyes of the manager
the hotel has fallen on bad
and they were reluctant to
further investments in the
Sept. 11
-Sewer plant soon? "Sey
is a time bomb that could d
Bonaire's economy by kill
coral reefs," is the message
by a high level commission
Central and Bonairean gov
ment members and staffers
the Dutch firm of Haskonii
Consulting Engineers and
tects in a meeting. (The "b
exploded in 2008 when ran
algal cover infested some a
Sept. 18
-Bonaire Cruise Associat
says 32 visits planned by 2
ferent ships in the '98-'99
son. (127 ship arrival with
224.000 tourists are expect
the 2009-2010 season)

Oct. 2
-Hurricane Georges carve
path of destruction through
Caribbean; Bonaire has wi
reversals and some beach e
and shorefront damage.
-Island Executive Counci
votes to have Klein Bonair
dependently appraised in p
ration for Government pur
as a national park.
-Island Cleanup: 2,832
of trash collected by 2,200
ple in 66 different groups a
Oct. 9
-For sure the year 2000 S
fish Worlds will be held ii
aire (Sadly, there wasn 't en
sponsorship and the Worl
were not held here.)

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test, Hough,
st founder
racy, of the
, par- Green
away Hough
bout Oct. 23
-Letter of intent signed to re-
cides open Markultura as an operation
*la to produce shrimp larvae.
local -WEB turns off utilities to the
Regatta HQ, Sunset Beach Hotel,
s for non-payment
vho Nov. 6
re -Duerwaarder (bailiff) Pros-
d labor pero Silberi auctions off the
nent remaining contents of the Sun-
discuss set Beach Hotel (Mr. Silberie
ningo passed away last week May
edthat 2009)
lent -Hurricane Mitch, 4th most
times powerful Atlantic hurricane of
make the century, passed Bonaire with
prop- damaging waves into Kralendijk
anchorage. Much devastation in
Central America including
wage Windjammer Fantome ship miss-
lestroy ing.
ing its Nov. 13
Heard -Sewer News: Consulting firm
n of Haskoning presented their rec-
em- ommendations for sewage treat-
Sfrom ment on Bonaire to members of
ng the Island Council, the Nature
Archi- conservation NGOs and the press
omb describing solutions to the pol-
npant lution that is damaging Bonaire's
areas) coral reefs. Recommended plan
will remove the waste water
ion from homes and hotels only
0 dif- along Bonaire's shoreline area
sea- from WEB south to the Plaza
ted in Nov. 20
-A Bonaire Free Trade Zone
has been approved by the Island
SCouncil on the landward side of
the main road leading to Pink
SBeach, just south of Lighthouse
Point. (Nothing ever was devel-
oped there.)
-Belgian charter airline,
Sobleair, makes its inaugural
flight to Bonaire with 90 pas-
sengers to the Plaza Resort.
Dec. 18
-Corine Gerharts hands over
es a presidency of Sea Turtle Club to
ithe Imre Esser.
nd -Hugo Chavez elected presi-
erosion dent of Venezuela by a landslide.
-Sunset Beach Hotel bought
il by its prime creditor, Interbank
e in- of Aruba, for $4 million.
repa- (Interbank went under shortly
chase afterwards)
Dec. 25
bags -Maritime museum opens in
peo- Curacao. Five years ago several
md Bonairean residents had a plan to
open a maritime museum on the
site of the waterfront Fort Oranje
Sun- but it went nowhere. (Curaqao
n Bon- won; Bonaire lost) U
iough Compiled by Laura DeSalvo.
'ds Readers are invited to write in
their recollections.

Bonaire Reporter- June 5-19, 2009

o Bubbles from the

Did You Know...That fine
sediments in the water can cause all
sorts of problems on a coral reef?
When developers and home owners
dig up weeds, bulldoze trees, and level
lots it spells trouble for coral reefs. All
of that dirt that used to be held together
by extensive root systems is now free to
wash into the sea with the first heavy
rain. People also import black soil (and
dirt) for their gardens and if this isn't
held in place, it will also wash into the
sea during the rainy season. When sedi-
ments enter our near shore waters, they
cause several problems. Suspended
sediments (usually very fine sediments) F
lower visibility and reduce the amount
of light that reaches the corals. This
reduces photosynthesis by 'good al-
gae' (zooxanthellae) that live within and
provide food to the coral animals. Sedi-
ments may also bring nutrients along
with them. Nutrients may cause 'bad
algae' (macroalgae) to flourish and
overgrow the more slow-growing cor-
als. Corals thrive in nutrient-poor wa-
ters. Another problem that the reef faces s
when sediments enter the water is that
the sediments land on the coral animals
and smother them. Usually, if there is
only a fine layer of sediments, the coral
animal can slough off the nutrients by
producing extra mucus, but this costs the
coral energy. If the disturbance is a one-
time affair (acute), the coral may survive,
but if sediments are continually landing
on the corals (a chronic disturbance), the
corals will suffer and may die because
they have less energy, are more suscepti-
ble to disease, have slower growth and
reproduction, etc. CIEE researchers are
measuring the amounts of sediments that
are landing on our reefs here in Bonaire in
an attempt to find out if the level of sedi-
mentation poses a threat to our corals.
We've set out sediment traps at 10 loca-
tions and remove them every two weeks

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One of the CIEE sediment traps. If you
see one of these while diving, please don't
disturb it.

for processing in the lab. We hope to
have a better understanding of sedimenta-
tion rates in Bonaire by the end of this
year but plan on continuing this study
indefinitely. Story & photo by Caren
Eckrich teaches Coral ReefEcology and
Scientific Diving to American university stu-
dents at the CIEE Re-
search Station Bonaire.
She's also the Director of
Sea & Discover, a marine
education center offering
interactive learning pro-
grams to kids and
adults. You can reach
her at 717-5322.

Fly-In Birthday


Kitesurfer Zwaantje Kooij
(black shirt/cowboy hat)
invited her friends to fly on their
kite boards downwind from the
southern kite beach of Bonaire to
Klein Bonaire for her 30th birthday
BBQ party.
Congratulations "Zwanette."
Donna Wuyts

Bonaire Reporter- June 5-19, 2009

Pet of the Week

O ne of the prettiest
kitties on Bonaire is
little "Tiger" and she has a
stunning personality to go
with her good looks. Tiger
has an unusual coat with
stripes and swirls of white,
copper and grey fur that's
soft and very easy to stroke.
Tiger was brought to the
Shelter because the tempo-
rary home for her can't ac-
commodate her because
some of the visitors there
are allergic to cats. This cat
even gets along well with
some gentle dogs. In fact,
the dog that she played with
so well at her temporary
home is very sad and lone-
some since she left. So
here's an opportunity for
someone to adopt a very
special kitten who's only
three months old and who
has been proven to be a
great companion not only to
people but to certain well behaved dogs.
Of course, Tiger is in the best of health,
having had her tests, worming and shots.
She'll be sterilized when she's old
enough. The adoption fee of NAf 75
includes all that. You may meet Tiger
and the other pets up for adoption 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.
The Shelter's Free Sterilization Pro-
gram has taken off. Since the program
began on May 15 there have been 42
sterilizations. This is thanks to the spon-
sors, the funding and especially to the
hard working staff and volunteers
(whom we think never sleep!) who even


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pick up and return dogs and cats to their
owners after the operations. Between
January this year and May 15 there
were 109 sterilizations. The aim of the
program is to do 500 sterilizations per
year. For more information or an ap-
pointment call the Shelter at 717-4989.
Vacation time is coming up and if
you'd like to have your cat or dog
board at the Shelter, call now to make
your reservation as spaces are filling
up. Boarding one dog is NAf 15 per
day; two together is NAf 20 per day.
One cat is NAf10 per day; two together
is NAf 15. These prices include food.
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Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $21
(includes tax). Discounts for residents
and local people. Tel. 717-8489, 540-
Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the cooler
evening 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 month-
www.infobonaire. com/rincon.
* 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 information and
reservations for a spot call Vicky Bis-
sessar 786 1592.
* Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine
Company's warehouse on Kaya Indus-
tria, second Saturday of the month, 7-
9 pm. Snacks and tasting of six wines
for $10 (NAf17,50) per person. Tel. 560
Soldachi Tours-See the real
Bonaire and be transported back in time.
Learn about the history, culture and
nature by Bonaireans from Rincon. Call
Maria Koeks for more information-
* 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.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos
at 565-5225
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 Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles of
Bonaire Slide Show. Every 1st & 3rd
Tuesday, Buddy Dive Resort, 7pm-
Tuesday-- Bonaire Land and Ocean

presentation by Fish-Eye Photo staff,
7pm on the big screen inside the Sunset
Bar and Grill at Den Laman Condomini-
Wednesday- Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles of
Bonaire 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 furished 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." Lear about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 717-4060/ 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, be-
hind 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, 7:15
pm- All levels, NAf2,50, at ZeeZicht
Restaurant upstairs.
Darts Club plays every other Sun-
day at City Cafe. Registration at 4,
games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bon-
aire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO build-
ing, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30
to 9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Con-
tact: Renata Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions welcome. For
more information call 510-0710.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm 'Pirate House', above
ZeeZicht Restaurant. All Rotarians wel-
come. Tel. 717-2066
Toastmasters Club meets every two

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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 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 Bon-
aire, 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 ofCoromoto in Antriol, Sat-
urday 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 Lat-
ter-day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26, Sun-
days: 9 am Sacrament Ser-
vices (Translation to English and
Papiamentu upon request) 10:20 Sun-
day School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/PH
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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 sells bikes and all kinds of bike acces-
sories. They do professional repairs on almost anything
on two wheels. 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 finest 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.
Now open for lunch.
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
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.

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

WannaDive They make diving fun. In town at City
Caf6, at Eden Beach and Windsock Apartments .


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-
cals. 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.

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

Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor," special-
izing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and prop-
erty management.

Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insur-
ance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bon-
aire, stop in and see them.

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
try the best: best prices, highest quality wines from
around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free
delivery. Kaya Industria 23, Mon.-Sat. 9 am-noon.

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We do our best to
make your hair and make-
up wishes come true!!
You can also come in for facials and
facial waxing.
We use and sell L'Oreal products
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Personal attention by Janneke
Appointment by tel: 717-5990
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Action At the Bonaire Boat Yard in Hato
The 48h of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some of Bonaire's
interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."

Freek Sijsling, technical director, fully concentrating, inspects the boat and the trailer, while Harry
van den Ouweelen controls the SAME tractor, the hydraulics and the winch which is mounted some
100 meters from the waterline of the sea.

Bonaire/Hato -
It is 10 o'clock in the
morning. Not much activ-
ity in the most of the time quiet
and peaceful neighborhood of
Hato. The sea is calm, the wind
is supplying just a breeze but
there is a tension in the air. An
impressive trailer is launched
from the ramp at the Boat Yard
Bonaire. The trailer is connected
to an old SAME-tractor, the
tractor is connected with a steel
cable to a winch. A boat is ap-
proaching the boat yard. The
captain is maneuvering his boat
very carefully. It is the NB 89
that is trying to approach the
trailer that is now mostly under
water. Harbour Lady of Buddy
Dive Resort Bonaire needs to get
out of the water for normal peri-
odical maintenance and a little
face lift.

Harbour Lady is getting
closer and closer. Then her posi-
tion is right above the trailer.
Freek Sij sling attaches al kinds
of huge ropes from the boat to
the trailer while Harry van den
Ouweelen controls the tractor,
the winch and the hydraulics.
Positive stress and concentration
rule the complete boat yard now.
Nothing may go wrong, every-
thing has to be completely under
control. There is no escape. No
space for any kind of failure.
The captain, Freek and Harry -
they all know exactly what they
are doing. Then the hydraulics
of the trailer are activated by
Harry from the trailer. The boat
is getting in a fixed position. The
diesel engine of the SAME-
tractor is running a little over
idle speed. Gears are in four-
wheel drive low all the time. The
long distance fixed winch is
remote controlled by Harry.
Tension! Very slowly Harbour
Lady gets out of the Caribbean
Sea. It takes some time to cover
the distance over the 15-meter-
long ramp with a slope of seven

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percent. The 50-ton winch pulls
most of the weight of the Har-
bour Lady and the trailer. Then,
when the boat appears out of the
water more and more the SAME
90 diesel takes over and the
winch remains as a security back
Since April 2009 the Boat
Yard Bonaire, clearly visible
from Kaya Gobernador in Hato,
is active again. Ruud Koornstra
is the owner, Harry van den Ou-
weelen is director and Freek
Sij sling operates as Technical
Manager. They rule the only on-
shore shipyard on the island of
Bonaire. They are able to main-
tain, repair and overhaul boats
and engines in their dust free
workshop. The Boat Yard also
trades in all kinds of boats and
the yard supplies storage.
A new John Deere tractor is
ordered from the States but now
Ruud, Harry and Freek still trust
their very reliable SAME 90. (In
one of the boat houses there is
another SAME stored, a model
70 air cooled V-four diesel./jb).
The SAME 90 that is the subject
of this article is colored blue and
orange, supposedly the original
colors, and built in the late 50s
or early 60s in Italy. Long time
ago the machine was brought to
Bonaire. The tractor served at
the boatyard for ages. It is a
solid forced, air cooled four-
cylinder in line naturally aspi-
rated diesel engine that delivers
traction to the four huge wheels
by a gearbox with too many
gears to count. High, low, for-
ward, reverse. The engine also
supplies the power for the hy-
draulic compressor. The four
hydraulic hoses lead to the lift-
ing system of the multi-wheeled
trailer and to the control of the
front wheels of the trailer. Nice
system and very powerful and
Then the laborers immediately
start cleaning the hull of the
Harbour Lady and Freek in-

forms me about the boatyard and
the plans for the future. Harry
tells me about his fire brigade
vehicle that is under restoration
by the pupils from the
Scholengemeenschap Bonaire.
(Luckily still more than 50 sub-
jects for more articles!/jb)
It is time to leave now. I have
to write my article. I start col-
lecting all my gear, flung around
on the boatyard: camera, diary,
pen, apple... The SAME 90 still
stands between the trailer with
the boat in the rear and the land-
mounted winch in the front. The
diesel is still idling! Is this a
waist of energy warming up the
globe and the atmosphere? No.
the SAME 90 just loves to idle
and she has to idle too to keep
the pressure on the hydraulics to
control the lift and the steering
device of the trailer. That lovely
sound of a reliable SAME die-
sel. Thank you, Francesco and
SAME stands for Societd Ac-
comandita Motori Endotermici.
The brand originates in Italy and
now is a member of the SAME-
Deutz-Fahr corporation manu-
facturing hundreds of thousands
of agricultural tractors a year. In
old pictures taken in the Italy
after WW II it is easy to spot a
"Same Da," a "Puledro" or a
"Sametto." All are varieties of
the well known SAME. Some 80
years ago the Cassini brothers,
Francesco and Eugenio from
Vailante near Cremona, Italy,
presented their first Cassini trac-
tor. This was the first factory-
produced tractor with a naturally
aspirated diesel engine. Later on
they became very popular and
changed the brand name into
Story & photo
by J@n Brouwer

Recently the BonKarate School under the guidance of Sensei
Peter Silberie and Tuki Josephia awarded certificates to their
students following examination.
Yellow Belt: Blue Burger, Kevin Peters, Dimar Kalma, Andrew
Wout, Jursley Jansen, Charles Martijn and Zhihao Wu.
Orange Belt: Kayla van Nunen.
Green Belt: Alex Heijnen, Miu Ji Xuan, Amber Lensink, Everone
Vrutaal and Danique Darmaoen.
Master of Hapkido Combat, Walt Cooper from the US, on vacation in
Bonaire, presented the diplomas. 0 Press release








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*to find it... just look up

How to Find the Two Largest Planets
Using the Moon as a Finder
T his month of June
2009 you have two
wonderful opportunities to
find the two largest planets
easy as pie by using the
Moon as a finder, one of
them just before sunrise
and the other just after sun-
On Saturday morning,
June 13th, about an hour
before sunrise face south-
east where the brightest
thing you'll see will be a 21
-day-old waning, that is
shrinking, gibbous Moon.
And only 4 degrees away,
which means only eight
full Moons away you'll see
the biggest planet, 88,000-
mile-wide Jupiter. So
here's your chance to find Jupiter using the Moon. Jupiter will be very bright but
not quite as bright as the brightest planet Venus which is off to its side. Now if you
have a pair of binoculars you should take a look at Jupiter and the Moon because
you'll be surprised at how much detail you'll see.
In fact you'll see all four of Jupiter's four largest Moons looking like pinpoints of
light as they orbit around it. Three of the Moons are larger than our own 2,000-mile
-wide Moon. And on Saturday morning they will be in the following order in rela-
tion to Jupiter. To the far left, Callisto, followed by Europa, followed by Gany-
mede, with lo on the other side. 24 hours later on Sunday June 14th the Moon will
have moved well to the other side of Jupiter. But if you look at Jupiter's four Moons
you'll notice a change. While Callisto and Ganymede will still be on the left side of
Jupiter, Europa and Io will have changed places.
And it is this Jupiter Moon ballet which first caught the attention of Galileo Gali-
lei in 1610. It was the one piece of early scientific information which really made
the modem scientific revolution happen because discovering that Jupiter had ob-
jects orbiting about it turned the world of science and religion upside down 400
years ago, an event we are celebrating this year, the International Year of Astron-
So you early birds have got a fabulous Moon and Jupiter on Saturday the 13th and
Sunday the 14th. But if you don't like getting up with the chickens wait until Satur-
day June 27thjust after sunset and around 9 pm look west and you'll see a magnifi-
cent five-day-old waxing, which means growing, Moon. And just up to its right
you'll see the second largest planet, 75,000-mile-wide Saturn whose rings are ap-
pearing almost edge on to us right now. It is still a dramatic sight through a small
telescope, and with a bit of luck you may even be able to see its largest Moon, Ti-
tan, which is just slightly smaller than Jupiter's biggest Moon, Ganymede. But re-
member, to see Saturn and Titan you'll need a small telescope. To see Jupiter and its
Moons all you need is a pair of binoculars.
So there you have it Saturn after sunset and Jupiter before sunrise, the two larg-
est planets in our solar system, although if we include Saturn's rings in measuring it,
it is actually twice as wide as Jupiter. 0 JackHorkheimer

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Children will
be of major concern if you haven't kept
the lines of communication open. You
can surprise members of your family,
which in turn will bring you a pat on the
back. Your unique approach to life will
interest others. Secret intrigues could get
you into trouble. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Friday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Be careful
if a friend asks you for advice. Your part-
ner's a little jumpy. Hide your cards and
learn to say no. You will do extremely
well if you get involved in competitive
activities this month.
Your luckiest events this month will oc-
cur on a Saturday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Your fam-
ily needs to spend some time with you,
too. Don't let your personal partner hold
you back or slow you down. This is a
turning point. Sudden changes regarding
colleagues may surprise you.
Your luckiest events this month will oc-
cur on a Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Changes in
your residence will be favorable in the
long haul. Confusion is apparent and
you'll need some sound advice if you
want to do the right thing. Think of start-
ing a new business or emotional partner-
ship. You can sort out any differences
you have in an amiable manner. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Avoid any over
indulgences. Plan a trip to the country or
take a drive to the beach. Be prepared to
step into the limelight if you wish to pro-
mote your ambitions. Think of starting a
new business or emotional partnership.
Your luckiest events this month will oc-
cur on a Wednesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Take your
time; do not make any decisions in haste.
Do not let in-laws upset you. You may
need to lend an ear to an old friend. Don't
overspend to impress others. Your lucki-
est events this month will occur on a
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Jealousy
may get in the way of a good relation-
ship. Emotional relationships will be
plentiful if you attend group activities.

y Astrologer Michael Thiessen
For June 2009

Make changes that will heighten your
appeal. Make any necessary changes to
your insurance policy. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Mon-
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Enjoy a
quiet dinner for two and discuss some of
the plans you have for the future. Be
primed to use your intellect in order to
get what you want. Secret affairs will
eventually backfire on you. Exercise your
talents and present your ideas to groups
you think you can contribute to. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21)
You will be emotional when dealing with
coworkers or employers. Loss or theft
may occur if you are careless with your
belongings. Get back into the swing of
things. Your mate needs extra attention
and is feeling rather insecure when you're
not in sight. Your support and concern
will help. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Sunday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You
may be angry if someone tries to take
credit for something you did. Your crea-
tive ideas must be put to good use. This is
a great day to spend with family. You are
best to stick to yourself this month. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Your
lover may be annoyed if you have been
flirtatious or not attentive to their needs.
You need to spend less time daydreaming
and more time accomplishing. You can
make new friends and experience new
things if you do a bit of traveling. You
may find it difficult to discuss personal
matters with family members. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Be careful
not to show your temper when dealing
with the boss. A better diet, exercise, or a
change to a relaxed atmosphere could be
ways to soothe your nerves. Try to enlist
the support of your coworkers first. You
will need to spend extra time sorting
through your work. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Wednesday.



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