Title: Bonaire reporter
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t's not certain when Bon-
aire will actually receive
the second hand water tank
trucks from the Netherlands
to haul wastewater away from
waterfront hotels and busi-
nesses, said the Radio Neder-
land website. There is an ur-
gent need to remove wastewater
from the shore area to protect
the coral reef. Removal of the
sewage is part of an action plan
to protect the reef until the cen-
tral serer system is completed in
According a report, Jozef van
Brussel, Quartermaster of the
Netherlands Ministry of Public
Housing, Environmental Plan-
ning, and Conservation of Na-
ture (VROM) on Bonaire, there
is a plan for the purchase of a
two or three tank trucks, not
10 trucks as originally antici-
However, the plan still requires
details and the approval of the
Bonaire Executive Council. Ad-
ditionally the price hasn't been
agreed upon since the tankers
will be transferred from the
Ministry of Defense and have to
be shipped to Bonaire. It still
has to be confirmed whether the
tankers are technically suitable,
who is going to drive the tank
trucks, as well as where they
will be garaged and maintained.
The "portable" wastewater treat-
ment plant, to be located at
LVV, will be offered for bid
next month and hopefully be
installed on Bonaire by the end
of this year.
A local environmentalist told
The Reporter, "Why the ob-
struction? Hauling sewage
isn't rocket science. Our reefs
are suffering... don't delay.
Septic tank pump out is already
common practice on Bonaire. "

0 Last weekend the Govern-
ment health department con-
firmed additional cases of
AH1N1 "swine flu" in the An-
tilles. At press time the Antilles
have registered 17 confirmed
AH1N1-cases: one on Bonaire,
10 on Curaqao, zero on Saba,
one on St. Eustatius, and eight
on St. Maarten. Dr. Esther Bern-
abela said Bonaire's victim is
suspected of having become sick
on Bonaire. There are 100 doses
of the general anti-virus pill
Tamiflu available on the island.
An AH1N1 specific anti virus
vaccine won't be available for
general distribution until the end
of this year according to drug

0 Also last weekend heavy
haulers transported the large
MAN biodiesel generators to
the new power plant near
BOPEC from the downtown
wharf, past the Ministry offices,
through Playa and Hato, con-

Topics relating to the upcoming link of the BES Islands with The Netherlands

0 Commissioner Marugia Janga (photo right), in charge of the structural
changes in government that are evolving towards a direct tie between Bonaire and
Holland, is unhappy with late delivery of documents relating to proposed changes. For
example, Bonaire government approval was requested for changes to the labor agree-
ments for the schools when Holland takes over, but there was no time to allow a re-
view by the teachers' union. She wants the procedure to be corrected.

'Kingdom Relations State Secretary Ank Bijleveld-Schouten authorized the transfer of more
than NAf 12 million to the island of Bonaire for payment of outstanding debts. This is mentioned
in her letter of June 16th to the Board of Governors regarding the island's debt reconstruction. The
creditors are the FZOG fund (Medical Expenses, Government Retirement Fund) and SVB for unpaid
premiums, the Water and Electricity Company Bonaire (WEB) and the Mariadal Foundation (San Fran-
cisco Hospital).
There is still a large outstanding amount with the Government Workers Health Plan (BZV) for unpaid
health insurance premiums because the insurer has not confirmed the outstanding amount yet to the
State Secretary. As soon as BZV confirms this, an additional amount of more than NAJ 5 million will
be transferred. In total, Bonaire will receive NAJ 17.638.983 for the debt reconstruction.

,In spite of the promise to pay off the debts of Bonaire, it appears that the Netherlands will not
finance everything. The reason is that some of the debts lack the legal basis to pay them. With some of
the debts which Bonaire acquired during the past years it is not clear whether they "actually exist."

Independent Island Council member Anthony Nicolaas feels he's been cheated. After all, the
Netherlands had promised to take over all debts which Bonaire had incurred during the past years. It
concerns debts with local entrepreneurs and with semi-state-controlled institutes such as the APNA
pension fund, the Lands Ontvanger, and the Bonaire Holding Company, but the island also has out-
standing debts with Bonaire Road Construction Company and Koop Tjuchem.
No funds will be made available for other unspecified debts which the island reported for debt pay-
ment by the Netherlands if it cannot be proven that these debts still exist.
Bijleveld advises Bonaire to look for a debt reconstruction solution in cooperation with the College
financial supervision (Cft). The State Secretary could still arrange for payment in the future, only
"when further developments turn up" with regard to these debts.
According to Lt. Governor Glenn Thod6, there is no question of distrust or deceit.

) Before this coming December The Netherlands is set to take over approximately half of the
tasks of the Netherlands Antilles on behalf of Bonaire, St. Eustatius, and Saba that were previ-
ously performed by the Antilles Central Government in Curacao. This information is based on
Political Process Progress Report, which the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Kingdom Relations for-
warded to the Dutch Second Chamber for action.

444 More on BES Islands transition to The Netherlands on page 8 444

tinuing along the Tourist Road
to the new power plant under
construction past Karpata.
Bonaire's roads, already pot-
holed by heavy dump and con-
crete ready-mix trucks travelling
to the plant and wind generator
sites, took another beating.

non-stop flight has returned
thanks to Insel Air. The fare is
about $479, but could be more
or less depending on time and
class. See details on page 18.

)Delta Airlines changed
their schedule to Bonaire
which caused consternation
among Americans planning their
Bonaire trips. Eventually the
Delta website was updated on
Saturday, July 11th which
cleared things up.
Instead of the round trip from
Atlanta departing Friday eve-


on Sat-
will in-
stead operate a round-trip flight
on Sunday, with the same time
schedule. The Friday night flight
has been canceled. Effective
Saturday, July 11, the Sunday
round-trip was added to the
DL 663 9:40-
2:55, flight
time, 4 hours,
15 minutes.
Return: DL 662
3:45-6:55, flight
time, 4 hours,10
minutes. Fare is
$1300. Add -
$957 for busi- -
ness class.
the resumption
of the seasonal
flight is now
scheduled for
December 19.
Delta also plans CL-

to upgrade to a big 767 aircraft
on the Saturday ATL-BON
flights between November 7 and
21, 2009. Those passengers
holding reservations on Delta
from Atlanta are encouraged to
contact Delta to re-book new
flights with the revised sched-
ule. (Source: TCB-NY)

) Passengers from US visa
waiver countries (Andorra,
Austria, Australia, Belgium,
Brunei, Czech Republic, Den-
Continued on page 3.



Table of Contents

This Week's Stories
BES Transition Update 2
Digicel Special Olympics Donation 3
Four DayWalkers Leave 3
Citien Science- BBBJ 6
Jong Bonaire Searching 6
Custom Kitchens 7
Church On The Rise 9
Music School Concert 9
Royal Decoration for EMs 9
Windsurfing Week 1C
Parrot (Lora) Watch (Chicks Grow) 11
Pool Time with ATC 12
Going Backto 2001 14
DiadiArt#17 15
InselAir-BON-MIA 18
Looking for Lucky 2C

Weekly Features
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
On the Island Since (Jan Brouwer) 4
Bonairean Voices (Wndsurflng) 7
Bon Qui #10- Bonaire Coat of Arms
Body Talk (Drug Sugar) 12
Pet of the Week (Ponky) 12
Bubbles-Did You Know(Plankton 1
Picture Yourself (Aleuians) 13
Classifieds 13
Tide Table 13
BonQuiz Answer 16
Reporter Masthead 16
Whafs Happening 16
Dining, Shopping Guides 17
Bonaire On Wheels (Cadillac
Eldorado) 18
Sky Park (Scorpio/Cat eyes) 19
StarPower (Astrology) 19

How to contact us
Letters to the Editor:
Story tip or idea:
info@mto Archives"
The Publisher:
Box 407, Bonaire,
Neth. Antilles.
Phone 790-8988
Phone 790-6518 / 786-6518
Available on-line at:

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Page 2


Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
mark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany,
Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan,
Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxem-
bourg, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands,
New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San
Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia,
South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzer-
land, and the United Kingdom), are no
longer permitted to use an emergency
passport or a passport without an em-
bedded electronic chip when traveling
to the US. If they do, a visa is necessary.
A US consulate office could make an
exception to this rule. However, this is
only possible in emergency cases, such as
urgent medical reasons or matters such as
the passing away of a family member.
Children travelling to the US should
possess their own passports. This infor-
mation was issued by the Dutch military
police, Marechaussee.

) Following in the BES' islands foot-
steps? The introduction of the Ameri-
can dollar as legal currency on Cura-
cao and St. Martin seems more profit-
able than maintaining the Antillean
guilder, Central Bank President Emsley
Tromp stated. The banks considered his
proposal worth contemplating, even
though his statement surprised a few of
According to Tromp, the introduction of
the dollar is not an immense step since
it's already accepted on Curaqao and St.
There are also arguments against the
introduction of the dollar because the
Central Bank will lose its most important
source of income, namely revenues

through issuance of bank notes and by
investments in foreign currency.

0 MCB head Chicu Capriles also
endorses the dollar as a better option
than the euro, as the guilder is already
linked to the dollar, and most of the busi-
ness is done in dollars as well.

0 Central Bank President Emsley
Tromp announced that the 2008 econ-
omy figures for the Netherlands Antilles
increased 2% last year, which is nearly
50% less than in 2007 when the Gross
National Product increased by 3.8%.

) In the early hours of Monday,
July 20, Special Security
Services (SSS) was alerted
to a break-in at Consales
Cash and Carry by the si-
lent alarm. A security guard
was immediately dispatched and when he
noticed a forced entry he called for store
management, backup and the police. Fol-
lowing a search a suspect was found in-
side and arrested. Good work, SSS.

) The Animal Friends Farm could
use your help to feed their 200 animals.
Sylvia asks for donation of bread, fruits
and vegetables. You may drop them off in
the three big buckets in front of the house
selling smoked marlin down the street
from the Pauw Gas Station. There is a
light blue Toyota often parked there.

Have you seen Lucky, the dog?
Turn to the back page. 0 G./L.D.

I We wish great success to
Bonaire power-walkers
SNazario Alberto and Roy
Martinus who are participat-
ing in the famous Dutch Four
Day Walk of Nijmegen. It's
Nazario's 8th consecutive
year and Roy's 7th in the
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2M- Bert Foks

S*'T he nose wheel of the
I airplane seems a bit
smaller than my wheelbarrow's -
in fact the whole plane looks like
a miniature, but it's well kept and
clean. I don't see any rust or bro-
ken parts and anyway, I don't
know anything about airplanes.
But this one is tiny. I love to look
at the endless sky above, but
that's when I have my feet on the
ground and the endless waters
that surround us. Yes, they're
beautiful, but I respect them. I
did this once before, somewhere
in the Bahamas. We were in a
tiny plane heading for a big black
cloud filled with thunder and
lightning. The pilot said, 'I'll go
around it,' and he started whis-
tling and the woman next to me,
whom I didn't know, grabbed my
hand and I felt her sweat dripping
through my fingers and I heard
the tremor in her voice when she
said, 'I'm from London...'
Well, here I am, on a beautiful
Sunday afternoon, Bonaire at its
best and not too much wind. So,
after Bert cleaned the window,
checked the gasoline (super) and
everything else, he pushes the
plane on the tarmac and we hop
on. He tells me where the life
vest is not that I would ever
remember in case it comes to that
point he tells me we're not al-

lowed to smoke (I'm dying for
one) and that I can't chat with the
pilot during takeoff or landing.
I feel like we're on a scooter
pretending we're a plane, but... a
miracle happens and we're up in
the air. It wobbles a little bit and
then it seems to get the taste of it,
and there we go.
We're a thousand feet high -
about three hundred meters and
I can see everything, but every-
thing is different. This island that
I love and know so well looks
like a mossy long stretched rock
surrounded by oceans of water.
It's a brave little thing, and to see
it like this, I love it even more. I
forget where I am because this is
another dimension, a different
time and place. Bert's eyes are
trained. He knows what he's see-
ing, I don't it's all new to me.
Bert is my guide. He translates
what my eyes are seeing but what
my brain doesn't seem to get.
At the donkey sanctuary I see a
few donkeys, the land looks very

neat and orderly,
like pieces of a
puzzle put to-
gether. Bert
spots the sta-
dium and says,
'Look, they're
playing!' But to
me the soccer
teams look like
the ants on my
kitchen floor.
The tug boats
are resting at
their pier, the
yachts in the
marina are made
of paper and on
we go, along the
coastline, up
north. I see the
house where my
daughter and granddaughter live
in Hato and my heart shrinks,
because here we are, in the mid-
dle of the endless sea. How come
we people think we own the
world, as in a different perspec-

"It's been magic, this trip... a yellow
sun goes down to sleep in the ocean,
the twilight is setting in and strange
shadows are falling over the island."

Bert Foks

tive we're reduced to nothing?
We fly over Sabadeco, Bert's
house and all the other houses
and the dinky toys that someone
put there, the new electric plant
that's coming up by Bopec, and I
see the misty horizon and the
narrowness of the island. Then
Goto Lake, with its white edges
of salt, pink dots, green hills a
hazy dream land.
We reach Playa Frans and up
and down we go a bit as the wind
comes from a different angle, the
salt pans and more pink dots, a

fishing boat with a very brave
man in it, and cacti, cacti, cacti,
like the stubby beard on a man's
face after a rough night on the
Washington Park is a restricted
area for planes, but as the island
is so narrow you can see it all,
flying along the coastline. The
Park is pure like someone pulled
it out from the waters just re-
cently a handful of hills in the
center sloping towards the sea,
peaceful and precious.
(Continued on page 5)

Bonaire Reporter- July 24-August 7, 2009

S--A ranka sali ku e fabuloso kampafa di

F Finansia pa 3 ania largu

dor di nos banko amigu

Maduro & Curiels Bank
M (Bonaire) N.V.

Page 4


On the Island Since
(Continued from page 4)
The rock formation on the east coast is
odd; a long forgotten tsunami must have
taken a big bite out of the original natural
wall. And then we see the foundations for
the 12 windmills which are going to pro-
vide us with 30% of our electricity needs.
We pass Rincon, embedded in the hills,
colorful, beautiful, Caribbean old and
very dear. Fontein is a shiny emerald, and
all the colors around it seem faded. Then
Washikemba, where the excavation ma-
chines of the government ate away layers
of rock from the coastline to use in con-
struction. We see the old slave wall of
Rooi Lamoenchi and then the deep green
mangroves of Lac Bay, following the
coastline as we're not allowed to fly over
the saltpans. Bert points out where the
flamingo sanctuary is a mystic place
known by few.
From the air I see the old basins from
the time of slavery, neatly cut in squares,
Red Slave, White Slave, magically re-
vealed from the past by the freak of the
light. Then, at my request, Bert takes me
to the animal shelter and I whisper 'hello'
to all our dogs and cats, and as a bonus we
fly over my house in Nort di Salina, the
most beautiful place of the island my
terrain and that of my neighbors' over-
grown with trees... but what's that?
What's all that water and those glistening
streams that come down from those hills?
It isn't the rainy season! A dam, tiny little
rivers! That's why I have so many mos-
It's been magic, this trip. A yellow sun
goes down to sleep in the ocean, the twi-
light is setting in and strange shadows are
falling over the island. We make a velvet

landing and any time, whenever, I
would do it again, immediately!

Bert says, "It's Edith's fault (his
wife), because on August 24t 2006, A
she gave me a private flight with the
BonAero Club. I got hooked and I
started taking flying lessons with Roy
Celestijn as my instructor. I had to get
used to such a small plane (a Cessna-
172) and during the first lesson we
went straight up in the air. Very scary!
Well, maybe not scary, but it was
strange: the two of us glued together
in such a tiny space, the heat, the
sweating and the stress. The first cou-
ple of lessons I came out of the plane
looking like a rag. Roy's job was to
prepare me for my first solo flight and
I was fast; I started September 2006
and after 20 lessons, November 28t
2006, I went on my first solo flight.
And that's something you never for-
get... one of the most important moments
of my life.
It went like this. I flew three times a
week and was doing mostly touch and
goes, which is the most important thing,
and then one day Roy told me, 'I'm get-
ting out of here, you can do it yourself!'
Sweat in my hands lots of it and then I
did three 'touch and goes' alone actu-
ally I did four," he laughs. "All nerves! It
was a milestone and then it started for
I had to work towards my exam. I did
the theory part in Aruba, the American
training supervised by the FAA. It's not
possible anymore. Then I had to work on
building up my hours, and when I had 80
hours of flying I went to Florida. I was in
Pompano Beach Airport at a flight school

for two weeks doing the final part of the
training which ended in a checkup ride
with an examiner who checks to see
whether you've been taught well.
If you want to become a pilot, you
should start when you're young. It's eas-
ier to learn things and you don't think so
much about everything that can go wrong.
I am 61 now and I got my license when I
was 60. I am more careful than a younger
person. In the beginning I was very inse-
cure, but now I feel confident. I trust my
material, my knowledge and experience.
The more you fly, the better you get. I've
made 550 landings now and I've flown
220 hours. It's not a cheap training. All in
all it costs about $15,000. But you get an
American license for a single engine air-
craft, which is valid all over the world.

This plane belongs to the BonAero
Club. It has four owners and I am one of
Shortly after I got my license I found
out there was a big interest in sightseeing
flights and I also started to promote them.
It's unique, everyone sees it with different
eyes, but they all love it!"
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Bonaire Reporter- July 24-August 7, 2009

itiBBontoo fo tLh [Boi2m BLdod ox Jo0l

Bud Gillan has been compiling sightings, photos, videos, and
specimens of the BBBJ since 1989.

Bud Gillan's recent CIEE
presentation on the
magnificent new species" of
Cubozoan (box jellyfish) found
primarily in Bonaire's waters
emphasized how "everybody,
regardless of background, de-
grees, etc. can be a contributor to
real science." A biologist work-
ing with the Smithsonian Institute
in Washington, D.C., Gillan de-
scribed the "citizen science" on
Bonaire that enabled jellyfish
experts to determine that the
Bonaire Banded Box Jellyfish
(BBBJ) is most likely a new spe-

Although five box jellies are
found off Bonaire, the BBBJ is
found almost exclusively here,
with occasional appearances off
St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Cozumel
and Roaatan. Since the 1980s
there have been sightings of the
BBBJ, but it took some time be-
fore there were actual photo-
graphs, video and specimens to
examine. When the first video
images of the BBBJ were sent in
2001 to Gillan by tourist Vicki
Carr, he showed them to 10 jel-
lyfish experts "who had no idea
what it was." One even theorized
that it could be an entirely new

genus. From 2006-2009, there
were more sightings, stings, pho-
tographs and finally some speci-
mens. The first specimen, a bit
raggedy after being collected off
a rock at Bachelor's Beach by
Pauline Kayes and Siomara
Albertus, was turned over to
Tish Dace and Jake Richter for
photographs and preservation.
The second, and most intact
specimen of seven inches long,
was lured into a plastic bag by
Johan van Blerk at No Name
Beach on Klein Bonaire. Both
specimens have entered scientific
history and become part of the
Smithsonian Institute's collec-
In June, "The Year of Science
2009," a website sponsored by a
collection of renowned scientific
institutions, agencies and organi-
zations, celebrated the "Year of
the Ocean" by featuring the
BBBJ and initiating a "Name the
Species" contest. In fact, the
contest was advertised in the new
Ocean Hall at the Smithsonian
with over 500 suggestions sub-
mitted for a species name to be
added to the genus name of ta-
moya. (To view the submissions
and the finalists, go to
According to Gillan, both the
Smithsonian and the Year of Sci-
ence were impressed with all the

"citizens" involved in the science
of this new discovery.
Authored by Gillan and his
colleagues, an article on what is
known so far about the BBBJ will
appear in a forthcoming issue of
the journal Zootaxa. Some high-
lights: the BBBJ is a strong and
fast swimmer (not just a floater);
it has sensory organs called rho-
palia with a total of six "eyes";
its tentacles are generally
"banded" orange and white with
some variations in color. Like
other box jellies, its nematocysts
(or stinging cells) shoot out fast
(up to 5 million times the force of
gravity) and can cause painful,
even deadly, stings! And, al-
though Gillan is looking for more
specimens, he advises, "Take a
Ziploc bag with you snorkeling
and diving to collect BBBJs, but
don't get stung!"
As for the winning species
name for the new tamoya, that
has been put on hold because a
"cousin" has just recently been
found in the waters off Brazil.
Before the BBBJ can be declared
a distinct species, the DNA of the
two creatures must be compared.
Stay posted.
Special Note: If you do get
stung by a BBBJ or any other box
jelly, the best advice is to go di-
rectly to the hospital in case you
have an allergic reaction, which

Johan van Blerk shows off
samples of tiny box jellies he
collected last year on Bonaire
for Gillan's examination.

can trigger breathing problems
and heart palpitations. Story
and photos by Pauline E. Kayes

Kayes is a
from Cham-
paign, IL and
visitor to

Jong Bonaire Searching Showroom Kitchens
Coming Soon Our Grand Opening

mer and
members of
Jong Bon-
aire are in-
vited to visit
Larry's Bak-
ery during
July to sign Bilha Thomas, (left) with the 2007 Championship
the Jong Jong Bonaire Ping Pong Team
Registry and receive a free lemonada. Jong Bonaire is trying to find all former
members as part of its 10-year celebration and Larry's Bakery will be the central
location during vakansi.
Larry's Bakery, on Kaya Cacique, across from the buurscentrum in Nord Salina, is
now owned by Bilha Thomas, former manager of Jong Bonaire and still a part-time
member of the Jong Bonaire staff. Bilha is helping to organize the 10-year celebration
and wants to find all former members.
"We have copies of a short registration form for members to use at the bakery," says
Thomas. "And I would enjoy seeing all our old members again and learning about
what they are doing now."
"Former members can also sign up on-line at http://www.iongbonaire.org" says Tho-
mas. "click on the button that says '10 ana reunion'." Former members can also stop
by Jong Bonaire or contact Thomas via phone at 556-3018 if they do not have internet
"We also want to find former members in Curaao, Holland, Aruba and where ever
they are," says Thomas. So former members are asked to pass the information on to
friends and family members. "We could have as many as 1,000 teens who have been
members over the past 10 years and want to find them if we can."
On 5 August there will also be a big BBQ at Jong Bonaire for all former and current
members, to kick off the 10-year celebration. "Our goal is to try to find as many former
member of Jong Bonaire as possible and to learn about what they are doing," says Jong
Bonaire manager Jona Chirino. "We also want to find out what they think the young
people of Bonaire need in the future so we want their ideas and suggestions." "Jong
Bonaire will host a conference in October where young people of the island will be able
to meet and to discuss what they think Jong Bonaire and the island should be doing for
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W indsurfing is one of the most profes-
sional and popular sports here on
Bonaire and it's a great example for other
sports organizations on the island. Let's have
the same courage as the members of the Bo-
nairean Windsurfing Club have to help sports
here in Bonaire for the sake of our children.
The president of the Bonaire Sailing Founda-
tion, Elvis "Piskechi" Martinus, greeted the
participants to the Pro Kids Free Style World
Championships and Slalom events and wel-
comed them. Lt. Governor Glenn Thodd dis-
played his enthusiasm by arriving on a wind-
surfer board instead of in his limo.
Elvis says:
"About 20 years ago we tried to have slalom
competitions here in Bonaire. We are very
thankful for this year's participants in the Pro-
kids Freestyle and Junior and Youths in the
Slalom event. What happened in this beautiful
sport of windsurfing doesn't happen in all
sports where people of all ages can participate:
daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, grandchil-
dren and grandfathers competing for the world
title in the same event.
Something very personal to me is that more
than 25 years ago we didn't have a lot of peo-
ple practicing this sport in Bonaire, but the
Aqua Speed group stimulated a lot of young
Bonaireans to practice this sport. Today, with a
lot of effort, the Aqua Speed Bonaire Wind-
surfing Club together with the Bonaire Sailing
Foundation (BSaF) have produced good wind-
We have Patun Saragoza who has partici-
pated twice in the Olympics games. And what
about Tonky and Tati Frans and Kiri Thod6
who are strong candidates for the free style
world title? Tati Frans is having a lot of suc-
cess in professional slalom. And titles have
been won by our younger youths like Jurgen
Saragoza, Amado Vrieswijk, Jup Smit and
Bjom Saragoza. Even Sarah-Quita Offringa
fell in love with windsurfing because of the
Bonairean kids. Representing Aruba today she
is a professional world champion.
What makes us even more proud today of
windsurfing, and what a lot of people don't
know, is that the category, 'Pro-kids,' was
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'masters' category and it's a guarantee that
windsurfing has a bright future.
This week, with youths competing with the
masters it is a good opportunity for them to
learn from the grown ups. Bonaire, with only
15,000 habitants, has at least three windsurfers
in the top 10 of professional freestylers. In
slalom we have a world champion in kids less
than 13 years old and this year in the competi-
tion on our home island of Bonaire, different
ages are inspired to win various titles.
Windsurfing has become a national sport
here in Bonaire, and it's the only sport that has
organized a world championship here on the
island. On three occasions the PWA
(Professional Windsurfing Association) organ-
ized world championships and the Interna-
tional Funboard Class Association (IFCA)
had one last year in freestyle as well as this
year's slalom world championships.
The Aqua Speed Windsurfing organization
and the BSaF are more than thankful to all the
sponsors and also to the volunteers. Without
them it would be impossible to organize this
magnificent event. And a special thanks to all
the visiting participants. We know it's not easy
to get to Bonaire with all their equipment. But
in spite of all this they are here and we hope
they will enjoy themselves in the sea, with the
wonderful breeze that Bonaire has to offer and
its nice nature.
Our local athletes have been training for a
long time and almost every day. Bonaire is
very proud today of its athletes. And addition-
ally, this year in this event we launched a new
style of competition which was created by
Bonairean Cesar Finies. The style of this com-
petition is called 'flowstyle.' What makes this
style more special is that the competition can
be done with wind or without wind.
Once more, welcome and enjoy this tropical
paradise Bonaire."E
Siomara E. Albertus
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Transition Updates

Transition Continued from page 2

) During the negotiations
with the BES islands on the
future political structure, too
little attention was given to
environmental protection, ac-
cording to the Dutch Council for
the National Territory (RLG).
The Council, which advises the
Government and the Chambers
on nature policy, wrote that, as
soon as the BES islands become
public bodies of The Nether-
lands, The Netherlands would
also be responsible for the nature
on the islands.
When the BES islands are
added The Netherlands...
"biodiversity will increase from
about 40,000 up to about 50,000
species. Among those, there are
200 planet-unique species, and
more than 100 are registered as
endangered species on the
CITES list (Convention on Inter-
national Trade in Endangered
Species of Wild Fauna and
Flora). Caribbean coral reefs
(Bonaire) and cloud forests
(Saba) will be added to dunes,
heather and arable land, as im-
portant sceneries of the Nether-
lands," the RLG wrote.

) Currently, there is a sub-
stantial local and central gov-
ernment responsibility for na-
ture on the BES islands. With
the transition of the islands in
2010 to The Netherlands, the
support of the local government
will stop. Consequently the un-
spoiled environment, Bonaire's
prime asset for tourism, will be
at risk unless The Netherlands
steps in. The responsibility for
arranging this protection lies
with the Dutch Minister of LNV,
Gerda Verburg, and the State
Secretary of BZK, State Secre-
tary Ank Bijleveld-Schouten.
Around September 1st the LNV
will be dispatching a project atta-
ch6 to investigate the situation.
Bijleveld-Schouten feels that
this is important, "as it empha-
sizes that we will obtain very
exceptional natural territories.
The preservation of the nature is
very important, also for the local
economies which for the most
part are dependent on tourism."

0 For the time being, State
Secretary Ank Bijleveld-
Schouten of Kingdom Rela-
tions (CDA) will not concern
herself about the plans to hold
a referendum on the political
future on Bonaire. However,
she does warn that the stage of
negotiating has expired and
that it would not be evidence of
good governance to recant on
the agreements. During Bi-

jleveld-Schouten's visit in June,
political leader Jopie Abraham
confirmed that there was an in-
tention to hold a referendum.
The delegation from Bonaire
also stated "that in general
they were positive about the
process and that they did not
have the intention to restrain,"
said the State Secretary in her
answer to questions of Lower
Chamber member Cynthia Or-
tega-Martijn. However, the new
Bonaire Executive Council
wishes to take the time to study
all agreements and plans be-
tween The Netherlands and Bon-
aire before it takes a stand.

0 The Second Chamber
wants the Dutch Government
to say "no" to new constitu-
tional negotiations with Bon-
aire if its people were to vote for
another status, member of Parlia-
ment (MP) Bas Jan van Bochove
of the Christian Democratic
Party (CDA) said to State Secre-
tary Ank Bijleveld-Schouten
during a meeting of Parliament's
Permanent Committee of Antil-
lean and Aruban Affairs.
MP Johan Remkes of the lib-
eral democratic VVD party also
warned the State Secretary not to
enter into renegotiations with
Bijleveld-Schouten said Bon-
aire was free to organize a refer-
endum. She did not comment on
the possibility of new negotia-

) The Lt. Governors,
Deputies/Commissioners and
Island Council members of
Bonaire, Saba and St. Eusta-

tius will retain their income
when the islands soon tighten
bonds with the Netherlands.
Their legal positions will remain
similar to that of the current
situation for as far as possible.
Minister Guusje ter Horst of In-
ternal Affairs and Kingdom Re-
lations announced this in a letter
to the Lower Chamber. There
will be no transfer to the Dutch
system for the officials. Accord-
ing to her, this would not be logi-
cal due to the tax differences, the
cost of living, the exchange rates
and the level of provisions.
Nevertheless, she had a compari-
son* drawn up. Except for Bon-
aire, the salaries and reimburse-
ments of expenses of the Lt.
Governors on average are com-
parable with those of Mayors of
Dutch municipalities with a com-
parable population.
Members of the Island Council
will also earn approximately the
same as municipality council-
members in The Netherlands.
Only the Deputies get less. The
Deputies of Bonaire will receive
approximately 2.000 euros less
per month than their Dutch col-
leagues. Moreover, for all Depu-
ties, two of the reimbursements
of expenses will be cancelled as
they will become redundant after
the transition. The Lt. Governor
of Bonaire earns less than a
mayor of a Dutch municipality
with a similar population size.
Also employees of the prison
system, the police, coastguard,
customs and the judiciary will
not qualify for Dutch terms of
employment, according to Ter
Horst, and an adjustment of the
current agreements is not


*According to a sheet provided
by Ter Horst, the Lt. Governors of
Saba and St. Eustatius earn a
monthly salary of NAf 10.506
plus an allowance ofNAf 852. In
Bonaire the Lt. Governor earns a
salary ofNAf 11.501 plus an al-
lowance of NAf 1.085. In the
Netherlands, a mayor of a town
with a population of 14,000 to
24,000 earns 700 to 2,000 euros
more than his "'colleague" in Bon-
Commissioners in Bonaire and
St. Eustatius earn less than alder-
men of Dutch municipalities. Sa-
ban and Statian commissioners
receive a salary of NAf 8.700,
whereas their colleagues on Bon-
aire earn NAf 9.257. Aldermen of
small Dutch towns comparable in
size to Saba earn some 500 euros
less then the commissioners on
Saba. Aldermen of Dutch munici-
palities with 2,000-4,000 inhabi-
tants earn some 350 euros more
than the commissioners on St.
Commissioners also receive
an allowance if they are members
of the Island Council. On Bonaire,
Island Council members receive an
allowance ofNAf 942, in St.
Eustatius NAf 800 and in Saba
NAf 418. With the exception of
St. Eustatius, these amounts are
comparable to the allowances of
members of municipal councils in
the Netherlands. 0 G.D.

BonQuiz #11

A Coat of Arms is often
used to establish an iden-
tity be it a country or a family.
Bonaire has a coat of arms which
often appears on official govern-
ment correspondence. On June
26, 1986, an island decree was
signed, accepting the design.
The crown indicates the island
is part of the Dutch kingdom, as
permitted under heraldic rules.
The seafarer's wheel represents
the Bonaireans' seafaring tradi-
The compass is to guide the
course of the island.
The six-pointed star, besides
representing the compass rose,
also reflects Bonaire's six tradi-
tional neighborhoods.
The color blue connects the
island to the skies and sea, both
of which are blue.

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both the Flag and the Coat of
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Page 8

he International Bible Church of
Bonaire (IBCB) had its ground
breaking ceremony this past Sunday with
many of the members and some invited
guest attending. Rain threatened the cere-
mony but held off until Pastor Baran said
the final prayer.
The church was known for many years
as the only English speaking church on
the island and originated with Trans
World Radio (TWR) missionaries back
when the radio station was built. Since
that early beginning, the church has gone
through many changes and several pastors
and with each change and each pastor,
improvement was noted. In the early days,
there were over 60 families working with
TWR and so the church had, on many
Sundays, over 100 people at the service.
Changes in TWR resulted in fewer than
five families remaining on the island.
Most of the programming is now done in
other countries so the 60 families are no
longer needed here on Bonaire. With that,
the membership in the church started de-
clining in 2000 and finally hit a low in
2005. Now with the energy of the congre-
gation, and the Pastoral staff, the people
attending are now topping 60 so, as one of
the members said, "We are now known as
the "Church On the Rise." Many new
programs have been instituted, such as
"Feed the Poor and Down and Out." New
children's programs in English and Dutch
are taught. A team of young teachers from

Nashville Tennessee,
are flying in on the 18th
of July to teach kids
who attend Bible
School beginning July
20th for two weeks.
Over 100 kids attended
last year and an even -
larger number is ex-
pected this year.
IBCB has become the
tourists' home church
when they come to
Bonaire for a vacation.
During tourist season
there are many families
who regularly attend
the church services, and as Pastor Baran
says, "They are all welcomed and greatly
appreciated." Many of the medical stu-
dents who are fluent in English find a
comfort in the service of the church, so
one can only imagine the growth potential
for new members present on Bonaire.

One of the members stated that the old
saying was absolutely true: "The way to a
man's heart is through his stomach." So
they have instituted a pancake breakfast
starting July 26th for all those in atten-
dance, starting at 7:30 am. The church
says it is free and all are invited to attend.
This is scheduled to be a quarterly event
until it is proven it is needed no more.
Each Sunday before service, and after


service, the church and visitors are serve
coffee and cookies. This program was
started about a year ago and is
going very well especially with
the kids. The church is open to
all people from all walks of life
and especially those who have
new ideas and want to see the
church stand as The Church on
the Rise.
Each Sunday, the church
meets at 9am for the morning
service, at the local high school,
300 meters south of Flamingo
TV, and will do so until their
new building is ready which is
estimated to be in the fall of
this year. 0 Bob Lassiter

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fairs in the Central Government.
On February 27 he stepped
down to become a member of
the Bonaire Executive Council.
Last week at the Governor's
Palace in Curaqao he received a
royal honor and was named an
Officer in the Order of Oranje
Nassau from Antilles Governor
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competitions: the first Bonaire Slalom Worlds and the fifth
Pro Kids Freestyle. It was an event that rivaled the annual Bonaire Regatta in scope
and organization. .-
And the winds at Lac Bay were cooperative, blowing strongly every day, except
Sunday when it didn't matter too much for the Freestyle event. The week-long series
focused both on beach culture and sailing. Competitors were from Hawaii, The Neth-
erlands, Martinique, Turkey, Poland, Italy, Argentina, Denmark, Venezuela, Aruba,
Curaqao, Austria, Great Britain, the US and of course Bonaire.
It is the first time that an IFCA (International Funboard Class Association) event
was held on Bonaire. Pro Kids entered. National and international windsurfing celebri-
ties participated, and there were competitions amateurs too. Numerous other interest-
ing activities were organized round the competitions. Enjoy the photos (courtesy of
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T his year, the Bonaire Lora project
is hosting a diverse and dynamic
team of researchers. Recently Gabriela
Hadjuk, a recent graduate from Chelten-
ham Ladies College in England, joined
us on the project. Gabi has a fascinating
background in keeping and breeding
captive birds and brings a great new in-
sight to the project. Sadly, the project's
long term assistant, Jon Dunn, will be
leaving the island this week to continue
with his studies and master's thesis in
Imperial College London. Jon has been
an enormous help to the project this
year, and we will certainly miss him
when he leaves.
Jon's work towards his master's thesis
has involved observing the growth rate
of chicks in certain nests when some
native fruit is provided for the parents to
feed on. We will eagerly await his find-

Back in the mondi, the Loras are com-
pletely oblivious to the comings and
going of the team and are happily getting
on with feeding their chicks that are fi-
nally beginning to look like real Loras.
By now, they are developing feathers
and those beautiful colours that we get
glimpses of when they fly overhead. The
chicks that have made it this far have run
a serious gauntlet, competing with sib-
lings for food, fighting potential disease
and predators. They are no longer com-
pletely defenceless, are more alert and
are developing into real characters.
These are the strongest of all of the
chicks that hatched, but they still face
one more threat-poachers.

The poachers strike when the chicks
are about to fledge. That way they don't
have to do any of the work involved in
raising it such as hand feeding. Poachers
wait until the Lora parents have done all
of the work in raising their young to an
age where they are ready to join the wild
population. Then they are snapped up
and put in a cage, never to experience
the freedom of flight.
The ringing of captive Loras in 2002
and the enforcement of a significant fine
for keeping an illegally captured bird has
deterred many poachers from this unsus-
tainable activity, but in truth it still hap-
pens. Chicks that have been monitored
closely by the Lora Watch team in the
wild have since appeared in people's
houses as pets.

For Bonaire's Lora, life is getting in-
creasingly hard. The constantly changing
face of the island with more and more
habitat destruction for development
means that the Lora's feeding and nest-
ing grounds are under threat. As a result,
finding food is difficult, especially in the
dry season, and this means that they
must venture into the irrigated gardens
of Kralendijk and Rincon to find some
sustenance. This is why people are notic-

ing more Loras in town in the past few
weeks, and as a result an increasing
amount are turning into road-kill!
A nesting Lora will very rarely fledge
all of its chicks, as many will fail to sur-
vive the first three weeks. With an al-
ready high mortality rate amongst
chicks, the Lora doesn't need any more
threats and struggles contributed by hu-
mans to produce young that will make it
into the wild.
We know that a Lora in captivity can
live to at least 30 years of age, but no-
body knows long they live in the wild.
With a healthier diet, better quality of
life and good social interaction, maybe
they can live even longer.?
Who knows what Bonaire will be like
in 30 years time for the chicks that will
make it into the wild this year?E
Rhian Evans
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ofBirmingham UK. She is in her second
year ofstudying the Loras on Bonaire.

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Did You Know...
That planktonic larvae could
beat humans in a swimming
Many fish species have a
bipartite life cycle. This means
that they live the first part of
their lives as plankton and the
second part as fish on the reef.
Plankton are organisms (both
plants and animals) that float
freely with the currents in the
open ocean. Plankton are the
base of the marine food web.
The plant plankton called
phytoplankton can photosynthesize. They use
the sun's energy and carbon dioxide to make sug-
ars and oxygen. They have many strategies for
staying afloat in the water such as small bodies or
oil droplets in their body. Planktonic organisms
also have many ways of moving around in the
currents. A study by Leis and Carson-Ewart
(1997) showed that one planktonic larvae can
swim the equivalent of 13 of its body lengths in 1
second. This is the equivalent of a human swim-
ming 100 meters in 3.6 seconds. The Olympic
record, held by Pieter Van Den Hoogenband of
the Netherlands for the 100 meters freestyle, is

Pet of the Week

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I decided to take him home because there
was somebody who showed interest in
offering Ponky a better life. Unfortu-
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with us because I thought him too shy for
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When you take a substance
out of nature and refine it
to maximize its chemical surface
area and biological activity, you
create a drug outlawed by most
governments worldwide. Why?
Because it is dangerous to a per-
son's health! Considering the cur-
rent world population, these drugs
are used and abused by a very small
percentage of people.
Of course, the War on Drugs is
much closer to home, especially if
you have teenage children. We have
all seen the destruction and heart-
aches that drug abuse causes indi-
viduals and families.
Let's go back to the well known
outlawed drugs. We all agree they
are derived from a natural sub-
Cocaine a drug refined from
coca leaves
Opium- a drug refined from
Most of us know that these drugs
are highly addictive; they will rot
your teeth, cause irritability, mood
swings, irrational behavior, disrupt
normal brain function and cause
severe withdrawal symptoms.
I will now add a third drug -
SUGAR- a drug refined from
sugar cane.
The difference between Cocaine,
Opium and Sugar is that the first
two are outlawed by governments,
whereas sugar is subsidized and
receives legal immunity.
Have you ever been without that
"sugar fix" for a few hours? What
do you have for a quick "pick me
up?" A soda drink, a chocolate, a
cookie or even a cigarette. (Yes,
most cigarettes contain sugar in the
form of molasses.)
Almost everyone will deny that
they or their children are addicted to
sugar and will tell you they con-
sume very little table sugar. How-
ever, most people are blissfully
unaware of all those hidden sugars,
cleverly disguised and reasonably
healthy sounding like corn syrup,
or high fructose corn syrup or
corn starch, found in most manu-
factured food items.
Sugar in its correct form, is as
essential to our bodies as fuel is to
our vehicles. With the correct "fuel"

our bodies will function at their best
and without disease.
Your saliva (alkaline) neutralizes
all acidity and washes away leftover
bits of food, aiding the digestive
process. This process is reversed
with the consumption of refined
sugar which feeds dangerous bacte-
ria and fungi in the mouth allowing
them to proliferate.
Refined sugars together with dairy
products cause a lot of mucus pro-
duction. This rubber like substance
called "mucoid plaque" develops
in the gastrointestinal tract and is
made up of gluten, mucus, foreign
protein and other food by-products,
blocking the nutritional components
of our food from being adequately
absorbed into the body. This leads
to congestion problems in areas like
sinus, throat, bronchi and lungs.
In short, sugar in the daily diet
interferes with the immune system's
ability to fight off bacteria, leading
to long term problems like arthritis,
allergies and asthma, hyperactivity
in children, peptic ulcers, yeast in-
fections, cholesterol, colds etc.
Have you, because of health or
weight problems, moved onto
"diet," "sugar-free" or "light"
drinks or are you using artificial
sweeteners? Beware! UStephanie
Next issue: Continuation: Sugar
Author Stepha- 7
nie Bennett was
born in Cape
Town, South
Africa, where she
studied herbs,
minerals and
nutrition. Before
moving to Bonaire she continued her
studies in UK, and now researches
health issues that particularly affect
people on Bonaire and other Carib-
bean Islands.

Participants of the Activity Training Center in Rincon celebrate the opening of the newly-
accessible pool at Roomer's Hotel The ATC works with people of all ages with mental and physi-
cal disabilities and will be having "pool time" once a month at the Roomer Resort in Belnem.

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Bonaire Reporter- July 24-August 7, 2009

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7-25 3:38 1.6FT. 11:17 1.0FT. 17:42 1.4FT. 21:08 1.3FT. 95
7-26 0:18 1.3FT. 4:40 1.4FT. 11:30 1.1FT. 18:12 1.5FT. 85
7-27 2:24 1.1FT. 6:07 1.3FT. 11:26 1.1FT. 18:47 1.6FT. 73
7-28 3:52 1.0FT. 8:14 1.1FT. 10:33 1.1FT. 19:31 1.8FT. 60
7-29 4:52 0.9FT. 20:08 1.9FT. 49
7-30 5:53 0.9FT. 20:45 2.0FT. 42
7-31 6:35 0.8FT. 21:26 2.0FT. 42
8-01 7:20 0.8FT. 22:01 2.0FT. 47
8-02 7:59 0.8FT. 22:33 2.0FT. 53
8-03 8:29 0.8FT. 23:07 2.0FT. 60
8-04 9:00 0.8FT. 23:44 1.9FT. 67
8-05 0:11 1.9FT. 9:32 0.9FT. 72
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The Bonaire Reporter Back In Time To 2001
Commemorating 15 Years

2001 8 YEARS AGO.

In April 2001 The Bonaire
Reporter became tabloid
size, as it remains today. The
paper grew to 16 pages and
added new columns including
"On the Island Since..." by Greta
Koistra, and "Picture Yourself
with The Bonaire Reporter, fa-
vorites which continue, plus
"Pat's Puzzle;" "Burrfish Chroni-
cles" and "Eeery, Elfish Eng-

Just Some of the Stories in
2001: Free Diving, NGOs team
up for Nature, Photo Adventures
at Harbour Village, Ecotourism,
Dive Festival, History Lesson for
Dealing with Development, Bon-
aire's Special Spots, Tortuganan
Project-local kids learn to snorkel
and about marine environment,
Bonaire's Bats, New Restaurant
News, To Feed or Not to Feed
Fish, Young Windsurfers Com-
pete in Florida, Karnaval, Nature
Shop Nutrabon, LVV, Chaine
des Rotisseurs, Majestic Journey
opens, Bonaire Jazz Club events,
Clean up Volunteers, Flowering
Brasilwood, Bongo's from the
Congo, Camp for Kids, Jazz A 1
Fresco, Drug Busters (Nolly and
dog Chita at airport), Goat
Roundup at Washington Park,
Blonk Boatworks, Fishing Tour-
nament, Portrait of an Artist-
Nochi Coffie, Franklin Antoin-
Medic Air Pilot, Medic Air Am-
bulance Plane, Earth Day Activi-
ties, Medical Emergencies- What
Happens? Spa at Harbour Vil-
lage, BOPEC, Soldachi Tours,
Maritime Day, Rincon Market
Day, Web Cam Wackiness, Jerry
Ligon's Season of Change, Man-
gazina di Rei, Bonaire's Oldest
Diver and Oldest Windsurfer,
New Police Commissioner Tiara
Haselhoef, Flamingo Fast Ferry,
Bonaire Sports Pro Miguel Angel
Brito-Adrian, Dive Festival
2001, Changing Times in Real
Estate, Understanding Land
Lease, Stan Waterman, the Man,
Peruvian Photo Adventure with
Dos Winkel & Team, Artist
Yenny Rijna & Adi Figaroa,
Bonaire Opens its Heart for Billy
Valentijn, Skol di Bario, Florida
Park Service Aids Washington
Park, Environmental Hero Andre
Lendering of Napa, Local Fish-
ing Tournament, East Side Div-
ing, Bonaire Day Festivities, Se-
ries on Bonaire's Bats, Booby
Paradise, Soldachi Tours, Don-
key Dilemma, The Sextant, Priki-
chi Study, Bonaire's Marathon
Man Delno Tromp, Alcon Liq-
uors & Wines-a Perfect Blend,
Cooking for Kids with Lillian
Cicilia, Tutti Frutti Folkloric
Group, Artist Winfred Dania-
Bonaire's Living Treasure, Bon-

aire Runners Win in Curaqao,
Cape Cod comes to Bonaire
(Ann Phelan), Dutch Holiday
Traditions, Universal Flying
School of Bonaire-The Sky's the
Limit, Drift Diving Bonaire
Style, Exploring the Windjam-
mer, ARTEBON Exposition:
Ronald Verhoeven & Josephine
Ebing, In the Path of Cousteau-
Hendrik Wuyts, Liquid Gold of
the Caribbean (Aloe Vera), First
Woman Diving Instructor in
Bonaire-Jenny Marchena, Creat-
ing Chefs of Tomorrow, Marine
Park Volunteers......and many,
many more.

Highlights week-by-week
Jan. 9

-Haitian bike team visits Bon-
-15 police officers leave for
better paying jobs, mostly in Hol-
-Karpata Project debated.
(Project is for 500 vacation
houses, 18-hole golf course and
sports complex on 600 acres-200
hectares of govt. land)
Jan. 30
-Wastewater project with Paul
van der Heijden's plan. By 2004
the first phase, Playa Lechi, to be
operational (We're still waiting)
-Opening of De Islander Res-
taurant by Tulsie and Davika
-Press Association names
Maritza Juan Pedro & Dennis
Martinus as Man and Woman of
the Year
Feb. 13
-Bonaire tourism dipped in
2000 by 17% as compared with
-In 2000, 71 cruise ships called
at Bonaire carrying 43,540 visi-
tors an increase of 294% from
-Netherlands Antilles Park
Managers visit Bonaire and
compare notes
Feb. 27
-Bonaire has 6% unemploy-
Mar. 6
-Population declines by 3.5%
Leaving were 996 citizens and
159 immigrants. Majority of citi-
zens went to Holland for better
economic conditions. Immigrants
left because of a diminished de-
mand for their labor.
-About 35% of population is
foreign born
-Effort to establish a Montes-
sori school on Bonaire (failed)
-Windsurfing Team has swept
the Midwinter Competition in
Merritt Island, Florida
-Bonaire's Bat Action Team
becomes a non-profit founda-

tion. Its aim is to educate and

make people aware of these im-
portant animals as well as spon-
soring research to map caves to
determine which are sensitive to
human intrusion. What they ac-
complished: spoke to Parliament,
CURO, tour guides and
STINAPA, arranged for a bat
researcher to begin baseline
study of population, inventoried
82 caves (29 housing bats), com-
pleted a Bat Module to be used in
the elementary schools, stopped
blasting next to the sensitive
Lima cave system for the air-
port's runway extension, de-
signed and installed an awareness
sign at Slagbaai, initiated a tour-
ist awareness program through
Bonaire Talk, the local press and
The Reporter and installed two
experimental bat houses at Bar-
Mar. 13
-24 members of Bonaire Junior
Windsurfing Team return
from Florida sweep first three
places in their classes including
racing and freestyle events.
-Bonaire shore-dive 'Bible,'
"Bonaire Diving Made Easy,"
gets baptized
-Country census says popula-
tion of Bonaire is around
11,000 rather than the 14,200
listed on the Census Department
(Bevolking) rolls.
-ALM will expand transatlan-
tic schedule using Belgian airline

-First ever Bonaire Jazz Festi-
Apr. 10
- The Reporter becomes twice
as big tabloid size and in-
creases printing to 1,500 issues
a week. Cover Shot is Kirk Gos-
den of Lion's Dive Beach Bar &
-Economy on the upswing -
visitor arrivals show increase this
year, but will the peak of 65,000
visitors in 1996 be approached?

-Corine and Jan-Henk van der
Wier at Sunbelt Realty
May 1
-Yacht Club Apartments
grand opening
-Pascal DeMeyer's Dive Bus is
May 8
-Bonaire's first Internet Mar-
riage: Edward Thielman &
Nydia Sergo
May 22
-Cornelia "Connie" Fischer
& Rob van Lier marry
-Air Jamaica confirms it will
fly to Bonaire three times a week
beginning July 1
-American Eagle begins non-
stop service to Bonaire from San
Juan, Puerto Rico.
June 6
-Jong Bonaire hosts world's
first Internet banquet fund
-Government awards historic
old slave hospital to ARTE-
BON, Bonaire Art Association
June 13
-Caren Eckrich & Frans
Roefs marry
-Budget Marine opens
July 4
-CURO (Council of Underwa-
ter Resort Operators) figures: In
2000 Bonaire had 51,000 tour-
ist arrivals. Over 50%, or
25,561, were scuba divers
July 18
-Pieter Zweers begins kite
boarding on Lac Bay
Aug. 29
-Divi Divi Air begins Bonaire-
Curaqao air service with a 7-
passenger Cessna
Sept. 19
-Bonaire grieves and remem-
bers September 11
Sevt. 26

-First Annual Swim to Klein
Bonaire sponsored by Jong Bon-
Oct. 3
-Harbour Village Resort
closes the hotel portion of the
operation; 70 to 100 employees
to be laid off
October 17
-Air ALM ceased operations
when it stopped flights within the
Netherlands Antilles. DCA takes
over the same day. ALM also
closed down flight to Amster-
dam, however, DCE stepped in

October 24

-Bonaire welcomes the Dona

Luisa I, a new freight ship for
the de Jong family's company,
and Chogogo, the new fast ferry.
-Beginning this spring KLM
will fly eight non-stop flights a
week to Bonaire
Oct. 31
-Harbour Village says they've
transferred about 30% of the
closed hotel's staff to other op-
erations and offered other resorts
access to interview the laid off
Nov. 14
-Caribe Casino at Plaza opens
with Manager Alexander Mozir
and Martina, the Slovenian Wine
-First Annual Bonaire Eco-
-Dive Site Thieves Nabbed:
ages 14, 15 and 16
Nov. 28
-Bonaire fishermen incensed
that boats from Curacao are
using mechanized techniques to
fish close to the coast of Bon-
aire. No official action has been
-Klein Bonaire gets legal pro-
tection as Island Council passes
ordinance detailing rules for use
of the island designed to pre-
serve the island's delicate bal-
ance of flora and fauna and pro-
tect the sea turtles' nesting
grounds. Development and ex-
ploitation are forbidden.
Dec. 5
-Divi Flamingo Casino re-
-Gala movie opening at Movie-
land with actor/director Jeroen
Krabbe-" The Discovery of
Dec. 12
-Construction of new fueling
facility and catering building at
Flamingo International Airport
Dec. 19
-ARTEBON, Bonaire's Art
Foundation, opens officially in
the old slave hospital.
Compiled by Laura De-

Readers are invited to write
in their recollections, and per-
spective for this "look back."
Send a letter to the editor:

Bonaire Reporter- July 24-August 7, 2009

Page 14


T he streets were alive on July 5 with
this year's 17' annual Dia De Arte
event. Music flooded Wilhelmina Park as
both visitors and residents wandered
through the incredible spread of this year
offerings. Some found themselves danc-
ing away, or banging on a community
drum. Others found their spirits high in a
tree, but many youngsters were tucked
away at artist Janice Huckaby's stand
where they had the opportunity to express
their very own artist within. Over 40 chil-
dren participated this year. As a first time
attendee of Dia Di Arte I can say with full
honesty that every face that I passed had a
smile on their lips or a twinkle in their
eye. 0 Alexa Gintoff Reporting for
JanArt Gallery

It was a day for families and friends

from 10 in the morning to the late eve-
ning, and it was one of the best ever.
Sponsored by the Foundation for Bonaire
Art and Culture, the event put on by the
tireless volunteers, the participating art-
ists, craftsmen, food and drink providers
and entertainers made it a day to remem-
Enjoy the photos and meet some of the
artists. U L.D.
Alexa Gintoff
a student at the Uni-
versity Nevada
Reno, is spending
her summer with
Janice Huckaby at
the JanArt Gallery
in an apprentice
program to further
her studies in art and photography.

Lula Nicacia and traditional dolls

Two winners at the JanArt booth: Evita and Nelly

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By appointment Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $21
(includes tax). Discounts for residents
and local people. Tel. 717-8489, 540-
Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the cooler
evening hours.
* Rincon Marshe-6 am-2 pm.
Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while you
shop, fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts,
candles, incense, drinks, music. Big
March first Saturday of the month-
* Flea Market at Parke Publico
every first Saturday of the month, 3 to
7 pm. Everyone welcome to buy and to
sell. 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 Bisses-
sar 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 (NA1f7,50) per person. Tel. 560-
Soldachi Tours-See the real
Bonaire and be transported back in time.
Learn about the history, culture and na-
ture by Bonaireans from Rincon. Call
Maria Koeks for more information-796
* 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
Sunday- Creature Feature- John and
Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital photo
center present a multimedia slide presen-
tation about Buddy's House Reef pool
bar Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-5080
Monday-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 ofBon-
aire Slide Show. Every 1st & 3rd Tues-
day, Buddy Dive Resort, 7pm-717-
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 ofBon-
aire Slide Show, every 2nd & 4th
Wednesday at Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn
(717-8819) at 7pm.
Kas Krioyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's
past in this venerable old home that has been
restored and furnished so it appears the family
has just stepped out. Local ladies will tell you
the story. Open Monday thru Friday, 9 -12,2-
4. Weekends by appointment. Call 717-2445.
MangasinadiRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790-2018
Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d. Ree, behind
the Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays
from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on 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, call Joop at
786-6003 to find out the evening's loca-
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at
5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bon-
aire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO build-
ing, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to
9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact:
Renata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions welcome. For more
information call 510-0710.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm- 'Pirate House', above
ZeeZicht Restaurant. All Rotarians wel-
come. Tel. 717-2066
Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Cru-

sita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Marti-
nez 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, Satur-
day at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papia-
mentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios):
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30
pm. 717-2194
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services
Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire
Youth Center in English, Dutch and Papia-
mentu. Preaching the full gospel. Contact:
Prayer and Intercession Church, in
English. A full Gospel Church located
temporarily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20,
Santa Barbara, Republiek. Services are
held on Sunday mornings from 10am
until 11:30am. Bible studies in English
are on Monday nights from 7 to 8 pm.
Contact: 717-3322
The Church of Jesus Christ of 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 Pri-
mary held from 10:20-12 noon Visitors
Welcome: 701-9522 for Information

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6Q) What two
items appear in
both the Bon-
aire flag and its
Coat of Arms.

Answer: These
are the seafarers compass, and
the red six pointed star

Bonaire Reporter- July 24-August 7, 2009

Who's Who on The Bonaire Reporter
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Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curacao. 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 too.

Digicel has the most subscribers, widest choice of call-
ing plans and interesting phones. Visit their office on
downtown Kaya Grandi and see for yourself.

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

Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire's best. Freshly prepared piz-
zas made with the fmest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat
in or take away. Nice bar too.
On Kaya Gob. Debrot
1/2 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
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
Modem workout rooms and machines, professional
trainers and low prices make it easy to lose weight and
get fit.

Green Label has everything you need to start or 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.

Bonaire Second Home Care can handle all the needs
of second home owners on Bonaire including inspec-
tion, management and cleaning,

For custom kitchens and bedrooms visit Brugman on
the traffic circle. They carry fine German crafted cabi-
nets and other classy items,


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.

To learn more about these businesses check their ad
in this issue of The Reporter

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Not Just Great Pizzas!

Call ahead
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Open Wednesday to Sunday
5 PMto llPM

Hair Affair

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
Is your plan to marry on the island?
We can make you beautiful and stay
beautiful for your happiest day.

Personal attention by Janneke
Appointment by tel: 717-5990
or just walk in.
Downtown, near the waterfront
next to Little Havana
Tues-Fri: 9-12, 2-6 Sat: 9-2 non stop

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B onaire has a con-
venient new Sat-
urday non-stop flight
between Miami and
Bonaire's Flamingo Air-
port that seems to extend
your vacation. -

It all starts in Terminal
F of the Miami airport
where Miami's rapid-fire
English and Spanish is
replaced by the lilt of
Papiamentu. Just hearing
the sound of Bonaire's
native language makes TO
you feel you are there "Boop
already, although you've with
not left American soil. Insel,
You'll be flying on Insel tional
Air (Insel is a Middle Bon
Dutch/German word for
island), a privately held airline
based in Curagao, Bonaire's
sister island. Although incorpo-
rated in 1993, Insel didn't start
flying until August, 2006, when
"the time was right," said its
founder Edward Heerenveen.
The start was small, a prop-jet
"commuter plane" between
Curagao, Aruba and Bonaire,
but the airline has grown fast
and profitably. It draws on crew
talent from the failed Govern-
ment-owned airlines, ALM and
DCA, but isn't burdened by the
top-heavy labor force of those
operations. Its estimated earn-
ings were $1 million last year.
In January 2007, Insel Air
added a MD-83 to its fleet and
began flying to the eastern and
northern Caribbean islands
through Sint Maarten and in
June 2008 added another MD-
82. Now still another MD-82
lets it offer scheduled flights to
13 destinations, including daily
service to Miami from Curagao.
On Saturdays the Miami flight
is non-stop to and from Bonaire.
We were offered seats on the
maiden Bonaire-Miami non-
stop on July 4. Before leaving
Bonaire there was a brief cere-
mony in the Flamingo Airport
Terminal with tourism and gov-
ernment officials who expressed
appreciation to Insel Air for
resuming Bonaire-Miami ser-
vice. There was another cere-
mony on arrival in Miami where

op InselAir shareholder Henry |
psie" van der Quast shakes hands
Commissioner Nolly Oleana as
Air Chief of National & Interna-
Affairs, Edward Heerenveen and
'aire's Hugo Gerharts applaud.

the director of the airport noted
that the two best places for
flamingoes to live were Bonaire
and Miami. Miami Airport, with
flights to 62 different destina-
tions, is the busiest gateway to
Latin America.
There is a definite pleasant
"Southwest Airlines" feel to
your flight experience. The
cabin crew is relaxed, cheerful
and competent, meal and drink
service minimal, and coupons
are handed out for an on-board
drawing for a free ticket on an
equivalent flight. It's the fastest
way to the US too, only 2/2
hours in the air. There's no in-
flight entertainment but with the
proliferation of I-Pods and
small computers passengers
often bring their own. The inau-
gural flight was full with Bon-
aire residents, press, airline ex-
ecutives and government offi-
The 150-seat Insel Air MD-82
aircraft is of the old-school of
comfort with leather seats and
reasonable legroom. Hundreds
were built by McDonnell-
Douglas (now Boeing) in the
1980s and 90s. According to
Airline Business magazine the
MD-82 is currently in an eco-
nomic "sweet spot," balancing
aircraft cost with fuel economy.

The free checked luggage al-
lowance is generous: 40 Kg (88
lbs) max, in up to two

Five and a Half Meters of Cadillac Eldorado
The 51"" of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J(n Brouwer, featuring some of Bonaire's
interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."

The helpful Insel Air ground team in Bonaire

Bonaire/Republiek -
Somewhere along a hardly
paved road in Republiek,
is the house of Wieger de Jong
and his partner. In front of the
house a metallic pink colored
V8 mastodon is parked: the im-
pressive Cadillac El Dorado,
built way back in 1969, before
the oil crisis. Wieger and his girl
friend visited the island of Bon-
aire for several years, then they
decided to buy the house in Re-
publiek and move here. For the
last year it's been possible to
admire the soft floating Cadillac
El Dorado moving slowly over
the tarmac.

Wieger believes he is the third
owner of the El Dorado. In 1969
the car was sold in Arizona by
an official Cadillac dealer. In
the late 90s the car was im-
ported from the States to The
Netherlands by a guy from Am-
sterdam. The papers coming
with the Cadillac, said, "Miles
as shown are actual miles." In
the first 30 years of her life the
El Dorado had covered 121,000
original American southern
miles. The second owner pos-
sessed the Cadillac for only a
couple of weeks. Reason? No
parking place to find in the city
center of the Dutch capital for
this vehicle, measuring 5,600
centimeters! Then Wieger de
Jong saw the Cadillac with a
sign behind the front screen,
"For Sale." Wieger bought the
car and drove it to the nearest
gasoline station. There was
hardly any drop of fuel left in
the gas station's tank. After a
few days Wieger returned to
Amsterdam to pay all the
money. The former owner gave
a $100 discount on the car. For
this amount of money Wieger
filled the tank and drove the car
to his village: Molenend, north
of the city of Leeuwarden in
Friesland, The Netherlands.
Wieger says, "I have owned
some 25 American made cars.
Or more... I've driven this

(2) pieces. Rather than the
usual 50-pound weight limit
per bag, Insel air allows your
heaviest bag to weigh 70 lbs
(32 kg.) without an extra
charge; just the thing for shop-
ping trips. Extra weight or
extra bags cost $50. Carry-ons
are permitted at no charge pro-
vided they meet the stowage
The flight schedule is conven-
ient for connecting flights and

vehicle to mark Cadillac's 50'
anniversary. Wieger's El Do-
rado was designed in 1967 and
built in 1969. The car shares the
so called "E-body" and the front
-wheel drive with the Oldsmo-
bile Tornado. The El Dorado
can reach a speed of 60 miles an
hour in less than nine seconds,
and the top speed is 120 miles
an hour. Wieger's vehicle in-
deed does 120 miles an hour.
The engine has sufficient power,
but to Wieger's opinion this
speed in not safe.
In Europe Wieger's job was
pile driver or rammer. He spe-
cialized in laying and restoring
the foundations of old to very
old buildings. His hobby was,
and is, cars and restoring cars.
So once he restored a 1936
Studebaker President, an eight-
cylinder, in-line, flat head with
side mount spare tires. And he
completely rebuilt a Maserati
Sebring built in 1964, designed
by Vignale. And once he was
the owner of a Lotus Omega.
And he also brought an Opel
Monza to Bonaire, the car his
girl friend is driving. And the
current project is a four-wheel
drive V8 Chevrolet Blazer. This
car is under construction. And
the next car might
be a German made
G... But this is
still uncertain...
Story & photo by
J@n Brouwer

gram) can be used to defray
25% of the fare price. Booking
can be done smoothly on-line
at http://www.fly-inselair.com/
which uses the Sita airline
management system. Insel
Air's slogan is, in English:
"Reaching Higher." Based on
our experience, it's doing that
and making getting to and from
the Dutch Antilles easier,
cheaper and pleasant. 0

Bonaire Reporter- July 24-August 7, 2009

Cadillac for about nine years
now. In Europe we used it only
during the summer season. We
covered some 6,000 kilometers
every year. The car is very reli-
able. Of course I changed the oil
and the filters, but it was only
after six years that I unscrewed
the cap of the radiator for the
first time.
The El Dorado is fitted with a
V8 big bore engine of 472 cubic
inches. That is about 7.8 liters.
The cast iron engine is fitted
with eight pistons, 16 valves and
one massive four-barrel carbure-
tor. Under the bonnet there is a
little dwarf constantly pouring
gasoline into the carburetor.
When the engine is idling at
some 800 revs it is already pro-
ducing about 85 horsepower.
Idling for 10 minutes takes
about a liter of fuel. That's six
liters an hour. Remember, this
car was produced before the oil
crisis! And did you know it
takes more energy to produce a
car than the energy a vehicle
consumes during its whole life-
time? At the gasoline station we
always shut off the engine oth-
erwise the tank could never be
filled up. The car produces 390
S.A.E. horse power. It weighs
2,390 kilogram and when we are
cruising at a speed of some 45
miles we get about four miles
out of a liter!"
The first Cadillac El Dorado
was produced in 1953. The
name was proposed for a special

no "red-eye flying" is
needed. The plane leaves Bon-
aire at 10:55 am and is sched-
uled to arrive in Miami at 2:05
pm. The flight to Bonaire
leaves Miami at 3:25 pm, arriv-
ing at Bonaire's Flamingo Air-
port at 6:35 pm, then continues
on to Curagao. The fare is
about $479 (NAf 861) and pro-
motional rates may be available
for certain travel dates. Fun
Miles (the Antilles loyalty pro-

Wieger de Jong Cadillac Eldorado

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4= N % L I R-s

*to find it... just look up

"The Pussy Cat and the Scorpion:
A Strange Tale of a Tail"
night skies are
loaded with
named after
animals not
one of them is
named after
America's fa-
vorite house-
hold pet, the
pussy cat.
However, to
compensate for
this obvious
every summer
two marvelous
cat's eyes glide
across sum-
mer's skies and in the most improbable of places, on the tail of a scorpion.
On any night in July and August, from after dark to after midnight, if you look
overhead toward the south you will see summer's biggest constellation, Scorpius
the Scorpion. It's one of the few constellations which actually looks like its name.
It even has a red star where its heart should be, named Antares, which is a humon-
gous 700 times wider than our own million-mile-wide Sun. And if you follow the
stars down from Scorpius' heart star you will see how his rather nasty tail curves up
and then back on itself just like a real Scorpion's tail, with two stars marking its
poisonous stinger. Their Arabic names from left to right are Shaula and Lesath.
And these names mean "the sting."
In folk legend, however, they are not only "the sting" but are also the two eyes of
an ancient celestial cat which stare out at us every single summer. Now although
they don't appear to be all that exceptional to the naked eye, if we look deeper into
these cat's eyes with a telescope we can see the secrets they have hidden within
them for thousands of years, wonderful secrets because when we compare each star
to our Sun they are truly marvelous. Indeed while our Sun is about a million miles
wide, Shaula is almost twice as wide. And it is a much hotter star than our yellow
Sun and bums a fierce blue-white and is in fact 1,200 times more luminous. It looks
dimmer only because it is 280 light years away, which means that we see Shaula
not as it exists now this summer but as it existed when its light left it 280 years ago
in the early 1700s.
Lesath, the dimmer of the two, is even more incredible and appears dimmer only
because it is over 5 times farther away than Shaula, 1,600 light years beyond, which
means that we see it not as it exists now but as it existed 1,600 years ago, around
400AD. And it bums an even fiercer blue-white hot than Shaula and is 15,000 times
brighter than our Sun. Plus Lesath makes both Shaula and our Sun seem puny by
comparison because it is 2 1/2 times the diameter of Shaula and 7 times as wide as
our Sun. Some pussy cat, eh folks? So get outside the next few weeks and find these
two magical cat's eyes peering through summer nights as they silently glide across
the southern sky masquerading as the sting of the Scorpion. 0
Jack Horkheimer

ARIES: March 20th April 20th You'll
feel more passionate and ready for fun now
that Venus and Mars are in your sign! If
single; it will be easy to find somebody new
to love! Mercury retrograde in your 3rd
house of communication could cause mis-
understandings. Think twice before you
speak or sign off on important documents!
TAURUS: April 20th -May 21st Money
is a biggie this month. With a new Moon
and Mercury retrograde in your house of
cash you could find new ways to earn more.
But finance isn't the only thing on your
mind. While ruler Venus hooks up with
sexy Mars you may uncover a mystery
about a loved one or discover a secret ad-
GEMINI: May 21st June 21st A new
Moon in your sign has you brimming with
new ideas; yet since your ruler Mercury is
retrograde it might be better to keep some
things to yourself. Venus and Mars in your
house of friendship send a flurry of social
invitations your way. This is also a time
when a friend may introduce you to some-
one new or even become a new love!
CANCER: June 21st July 22nd A
Scorpio full Moon in your 5th house of
creativity and romance makes you more
passionate; but it can also bring jealous
tendencies to the fore. It's best to avoid love
entanglements and focus on career inten-
tions. With Venus and Mars in your house
of honors you could develop a fan base for
one of your talents. If single, you find ro-
mance with a higher up!
LEO: July 22nd -August 23rd While
Mercury retrogrades your career sector, you
may feel the grass is greener elsewhere -
yet this is not a time to be overly optimistic!
Jupiter in harsh aspect to your ruler (the
Sun) at the time of the full Moon; suggests
you think twice about jumping ship or even
changing lanes. Romance can be found with
someone much different from you!
VIRGO: August 23rd September 22nd
That sudden flash of light you see at the end
of the tunnel causes you to feel more hope-
ful about your future! And a new Moon in
your career sector could certainly bring a
real opportunity your way. Yet ruler Mer-
cury retrograde (in practical Taurus) sug-
gests you review your possibilities, take a
study course or investigate before you make
a new move!
LIBRA: September 23rd October 23rd
Ruler Venus with Mars in your house of
partners puts you in a mood to have fun! If

By Jenny


single you will enjoy ardent others or ac-
tively pursue someone new! You may also
uncover some secrets while Mercury retro-
grades your house of mysteries. It's a good
time to study something esoteric or enhance
your psychic ability!
SCORPIO: October 23rd November
22nd A full Moon in your sign could bring
relationship tension. Disagreements may
arise over shared money or resources while
Mercury back pedals into your partnership
house. On a more positive note singles
may find a new relationship brewing on the
work front, thru everyday activities or while
SAGITTARIUS: November 22nd De-
cember 21st Venus and Mars in your house
of love promises much romantic pleasure!
If single, you have a good chance of meet-
ing someone new when you least expect
it! A combination (of the Full Moon at odds
with ruler Jupiter and Mercury going retro-
grade) in your work sector demands some
fast action and new solutions to a work
related crisis!
CAPRICORN: December 21st -January
20th A new Moon in your house of health
marks a perfect time to begin a new re-
gime. You can use this Mercury retrograde
best by getting checkups or changing your
diet around. With Venus and Mars at the
bottom of your chart; your organizational
talents can work wonders by making home
improvements or your personal life more
AQUARIUS: January 20th February
19th Love planets Venus and Mars in your
house travel marks a perfect time for a
quick get away. Because you're in a mood
to chat things up you'll enjoy conversing
via email or phone calls more than usual. If
single; a new Moon in your house of ro-
mance is a good time to join an Intemet
dating site someone wants to connect with
PISCES: February 19th -March 20th
Venus and Mars in your money house
makes you more confident about your
spending and earning power. Because
you're in the flow; you might also receive a
gift from someone! While Mercury retro-
grades in your house of thinking you may
change your mind more than once. Allow
yourself some time before making impor-
tant decisions. Singles enjoy hearing from
some in their past. It's a good time to catch
up with others! 0


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Lost in the Bolivia area on Saturday but he could be anywhere now.
Please call Bob & Dabney at 717-3949 if you see him.
He needs medicine twice a day.
El a bai perdi djasabra parti atardi den area di Bolivia pero awor por ta
kualke luga. Si bo mir 'e sea asina bon yama Bob i Dabney na 717-3949
Mester di remedi dos bia kada dia
E ta bon kacho i no ta molestia kabritu

Bonaire Reporter- July 24-August 7, 2009

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