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The leaders of the now defunct Central Government: Prime Minister Mirna
Godett, on her right is Justice Minister, Ben Komproe, to her left, above, Errol
Cova, Economic Affairs Minister.

When Justice Minister Ben
Komproe failed to resign at
high noon on Sunday, PNP (the
Curacao National Peoples Party)
leader Ersilia de Lannooy withdrew
her party's support and the Central
Government of the Netherlands An-
tilles collapsed. De Lannooy officially
informed the Governor of the Nether-
lands Antilles Sunday night around 8:30
that her Curaqao party no longer sup-
ported the Louisa-Godett Cabinet. With
that she effectively brought down the
FOL-led Central Government.
Komproe, the Justice Minister has been
surrounded by controversy since it be-

came public that he had allowed a con-
victed member of his FOL party, Nel-
son Monte, to stay in a first-class wing
of St. Elizabeth's hospital rather than be
locked up in the Bon Futuro prison.
Despite the fact that every non-FOL
Minister has resigned, at press-time
Prime Minister Godett and the FOL
party seem to be ignoring the cabinet
shambles around them and have not
officially informed the Governor of the
Antilles of the situation. FOL leader
Anthony Godett said on the radio that if
everyone else resigned, there would be
enough FOL administrators left to run
the country. "We won the elections

twice. We are here to stay." Godett took
the stance of not caring about the fact
that the ministers want to leave. "If they
want to go, let them go! You don't need
a friend like (Bonaire) DP-leader Jopie

A sticking point in forming a new gov-
ernment built on the results of last
year's elections would leave out the
criminally convicted FOL party, the
clear winner of the last two popular
elections in Curacao. If not handled
most delicately, it could be a cause for
civil unrest especially if Godett is able
somehow to persuade the masses who
voted for him and his party that there is
some kind of conspiracy against "the
little man."
In the event of new elections, recent
surveys by University of the Nether-
lands Antilles have shown that support
for FOL has diminished because of the
legal problems of party leadership, but
it is still strong. Anthony Godett re-
mains the most popular Curacao politi-
cian. Godett and FOL advisor Nelson
Monte have appeals coming up in two

A Don't try to pay your sales tax or
social taxes at
Amigoe Photothe Ont-
the Ont-
vanger's of-
fice, or any
payment to the
Central Gov-
(Land). It
seems that the
Central Gov-

Ersilia de Lannoov page 4


Referendum Chronicle
Concrete King Scores
A Good Example
Yoga (Beauty of 3 P's)
Bonaire Loras
Where to Find The Reporter
Gardner (Season Change)
Tower to Tower, Again
Fitness (Eye Exercises)
Road Repairs Begin
Orlando's Wedding
Dive Inn Egg Hunt
Art for Fun (Easter Eggs)


Flotsam & Jetsam
Police Update
Letters (Bonaire Safe II;
Pet of the Week (Volunteers)
Windsurf Scene (Slovenians)
Yachts & Water Sports
Picture Yourself (On Stage)
Bonaire Hit Parade
What's Happening
Shopping Guide
On the Island Since
(Wendy Horn)
Dining Guide
Bonaire Sky Park
The Stars Have It

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Ellen Felix

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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
eminent doesn't trust the island of Bon-
aire to collect its taxes any more. The
"official" word is that the Central Gov-
ernment's Finance Minister, Ersilia de
Lannooy in one of her last official acts,
without notice, banned Bonaire's
"Island Ontvanger" from collecting
Central Government monies. Report-
edly, she thinks Bonaireans were doing
a bad collection job. Precise details are
not available at press time, but Bonaire
Senator Ramonsito Booi thinks that it
may have something to do with a lien
BonairExel put on Central Government
income to get the money from the fines
ordered by the Court. Unfortunately,
citizens aren't relieved of their require-
ment to pay taxes on time. They should
be paid directly to the Central Govern-
ment accounts at the banks, but for
some payment transactions it may be
Although a "Land Ontvanger" for Bon-
aire has been named by de Lannooy, he
has no staff, office or equipment. With
no financial policy maker in the Central
Government it may take months before
the ruling can be rescinded.

*.um *n -

A After a long history KLM an-
nounced they will be stopping their
flights to Caracas in favor of Air
France. Air France's public offer for
the Dutch carrier KLM began on April
5 and will run until May 3, the French
airline said. The transaction calls for
the exchange of 11 Air France shares
and 10 subscription certificates for 10
ordinary KLM shares and would create
the world's largest airline by sales. The
takeover will also result in Air France
being privatized.
Interestingly, KLM is the only airline
to have used all DC aircraft, from the
DC-2 though the DC-11, including the
advanced DC-5 (see photo below)
which was shelved for most uses by

File photo- DC-5

A DCA was offering some great
Internet-only deals for Easter to fly to
their foreign destinations last weekend.
There's one problem, however. The
website said the it was out of order for
maintenance. Who would buy a seat
from those people? The Fly DCA web-
site is at http://www.flydca.net/.

A Is every Caribbean island starting its
own airline? Venezulea's Deputy

Tourism Minister, Dalila Monserrat,
has announced a new Venezuelan na-
tional airline named Conviasa, re-
placing the defunct Viasa Airlines ...
which some people were glad to see go,
owing to its inefficiency, loss of bag-
gage and plain, simple and permanent
bad manners on the part of its staff.
The new national airline will have its
hub on Isla de Margarita, and initial
flights starting on July 5 will be limited
to two a day to cities in Venezuela and
then spread to Caribbean, Latin Ameri-
can and European destinations.
Look for St. MartinExel to join Bonair-
Exel and ArubaExel very soon.

A Seventeen bakeries on Curacao
joined Bonaire in urging Economic Af-
fairs Minister Errol Cova not to rein-
troduce market protection on flour,
cornmeal and other wheat products.
They contend that the elimination of the
market protection not only led to a drop
in the prices of bread and other flour
products but also to an improvement in
the quality of the products. The gradual
elimination of the market protection
over the last four years caused prices of
flour products to drop by 25%.

A Bonaire resi-
dent Tish Dace
asked if we'd
seen the March
issue of Na-
tional Geo-
graphic. An
article by Jona-
than E. Tourtel-
lot called
Scorecard: 115
Places Rated"
gives Bonaire a rating of 70, putting
it among the top scoring group. We
are the ONLY Caribbean island in this
group. We received this rating based
on environmental conditions, but also
got a warning on "social/cultural Integ-
rity." Can't tell from the article what
that category means. We tied, right at
the bottom of the top scorers, with Ba-
den Baden, Germany, the Bavarian
Alps, and the historic center of Krakow,
St. John, US Virgin Islands, scored only
one point lower than Bonaire, but that
landed it in the middle scoring group,
where you will also find the Galapagos,
the Great Barrier Reef, Amsterdam's
historic center, the British Virgin Is-
lands, the Grand Canyon, Cape Cod,
Fiji, St. Lucia, the Sea of Cortez, the
Great Wall of China, Bali and Belize,
S among many other attractions. The
lowest scorers include Aruba, Tahiti,
the Acropolis, Venice, the Caribbean
coast of Mexico, Negril (Jamaica), the
north coast of the Dominican Republic,
St. Thomas, and Key West, among oth-

A Holland America Line recently
launched "Personal Postage," a unique
new product of the Antilles Postal
Service which allows cruise passengers
to mail postcards and letters with legal
stamps bearing their own likeness for
delivery worldwide from any Nether-
lands Antilles port, including Bonaire.
.The Antilles Postal Service is operated
by Canada Post International Limited, a
(Continued on page 11)

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Dear Editor:
Experts think that the absence of fathers
can be linked to criminal behavior.
"Fatherlessness is the most destructive
trend of our generation," argues author
David Blankenhom. "Dad is Destiny,"
shouted a US News and World Report
headline; and internationally renowned
Bahamian Pastor Myles Munroe, adds,
"The absence of fathers is linked to
most social nightmares-from boys
with guns to girls with babies."
If you want to live in a safe place then
you must help to ensure the promotion
of strong healthy two-parent families.
Pastor Munroe tells us in his book, The
Principle of Fatherhood, "Raising mar-
riage rates will do more to fight crime
than building prisons or putting more
cops on the streets." He notes, "studies
show that only 43 % of state prison in-
mates grew up with both parents and
that a missing father is a better predic-


tor of criminality than race or poverty."
Munroe goes on to say that having both
parents in the home is a better antidote
to teen pregnancy than handing out
condoms and birth control pills.
I agree that the presence of a strong
positive male figure in the home is vital
to the development of healthy children
and particularly healthy boys. Males are
most responsible for crime, so having
an emotionally healthy father living at
home may be the single most important
factor in reducing the incidence of
criminality within communities.
An absent, disinterested or abusive fa-
ther will profoundly impair the emo-
tional development of his children; so
all males must be helped to understand
their power as models for their sons,
grandsons, and all future generations.
Living and teaching values like respect
for self and others will go a long way in
promoting honesty, integrity and emo-
tional health within our children. You
can't teach it if you don't live it. They
learn more by your behavior than by
what you say. You can't call in sick
when you're healthy and then tell your
children they must not tell lies. Chil-
dren have very powerful radar for de-
tecting lack of parental integrity.
Having babies without a committed fa-
ther often indicates that the mother
lacks sufficient respect for herself and
her future children. Women must help
ensure that their children will have
committed fathers who are emotionally
and financially helping to support their

Likewise, women must recognize their
power and influence upon their chil-
dren. Such things as preventing prema-
ture pregnancies among their daughters
have much to do with what kind of
mothering they provide and what kind
of roll model they are to both their
daughters and their sons.
When the mother fails to respect herself
and to garner the respect of her husband
and others, she sends out a strong nega-
tive message to her children. If a girl
doesn't learn how to acquire self-
respect from watching her mother, she
will give out and tolerate the same kind
of disrespectful treatment that her
mother accepted.
When a boy sees his mother tolerate
disrespect, she is teaching him to treat
her and all the future women in his life
in the same disrespectful manner. This
perpetuates negative behavior, genera-
tion after generation.
Parents who don't insist on being re-
spected typically don't treat their chil-
dren with respect either. There can be
no emotional health without respect.
Respectfulness is a behavior that ideally
grows out of trust and love but may re-
quire assertiveness training to help de-
velop it.
We need to refocus our priorities and
turn the tide against crime by raising
emotionally stable, respectful youth,
capable of assertiveness to meet their
own needs and to recognize and focus
on the importance of gratitude for what-

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ever is good in their lives.

Laraine Abbey-Katzev
Registered Nurse-Certified Nutritionist
Email: marevivo @aol.com

Dear Editor,
In the Flotsam and Jetsam section of
your April 2, 2004 issue, you had a
short report on Bonaire's Sanitary
Sewer Project. You mentioned that the
project sponsors in the EU raised con-
cern that there was "not much popular
support for the project except from
Bonaire's environmental organiza-
tions." You further went on to state
that "the cost burden of connecting to
the sewer pipes and the monthly charge
for waste water disposal is of concern
to these people."

I feel your last statement is somewhat
misleading. I can't speak for the water-
front homeowners; however, I do
feel somewhat qualified to speak for the
resort owners. While cost is, of course,
a concern in any project such as this, it
is certainly not the main concern
of most, if not all, resort and dive op-
eration owners. I would like to remind
you that over the past 10 to 15 years,
the resort and dive operation owners
have been one of the most vocal groups
in calling for a sewerage treatment
plant on Bonaire. Some resorts have
(Continued on page 21)

&referenbum Chronicle


As was reported in last week's Ref-
erendum Chronicle, the main issue
dividing the island's political champi-
ons is one of timing. Bonaire's main
political parties are at odds over the
Referendum, but to us it's more about
the timing involved rather than the is-

Ramonsito Booi and his Patriotiko party
want a decision before summer while
the tide is running with those who want
to distance themselves from the N.A.
Central Government, and everything the
now defunct FOL-led administration
stood for (or did not stand for).
Jopie Abraham and his Democrats,
want more time to study the alternative
complex choices and explain them to
the public.

Both perhaps could use some breathing
space to engage in some backroom ne-
gotiations with Dutch supportive par-
ties, or the EU.
And both are right, in a way.

It is difficult to enter negotiations with
Holland on the basis of an as-yet-
undeclared preference of the Bonairean
population. And also it is difficult to
present the Bonairean people with a full
menu of complicated choices which are
Besides the UN, the EU, and the Dutch
government have advised that more
time is necessary to get ready for the
Referendum. If it's ill prepared, they
may wash their hands of the results.

Now that the Godett administration is
no more, and Jopie and Ramonsito are
talking, the time seems ripe for a crea-
tive solution.

Why not have two Referenda, one in
July, as presently scheduled, and one in
the fall, based on the outcome of the
first? The first Referendum would offer
a choice of three clear options, under-
standable to every literate Bonairean:
1. independence,
2. a continuation of the N.A. con-
stitutional link between five
islands and
3. a different kind of link with the

The second Referendum would have its
choices based on the outcome of the
For Example:
If the people's choice was for a differ-
ent kind of link (say #3), then the
choices in the second Referendum
might be:
1. as an (overseas) county or
province, or
2. in a status apart,
with a sub choice for LGO or UPG
status, and also perhaps even a sub
choice for a dollar- or euro-backed


The advantages of a two-stage Referen-
dum seem clear:
* The two leading political parties
find their timing preference re-
flected in this double-barreled ap-
proach. And if Bonaire is unified
politically, hopefully it will have
more impact in Holland.
There is more time for analyzing
and negotiating the more complex
secondary choices.
The UN, the EU commission and
the Dutch government will be hap-
pier with this time frame, and fi-
Holland can support the second
referendum materially and finan-
cially which, according to UN rules,
is not possible in any referendum
that includes the option of inde-
pendency (which should be offered
to the voters as an option in a first

So: why not two Referenda? It may cost
a few more guilders, but the issues are
worth it. ] The Chronicler

This week the Referendum Chronicle
team discusses the financial realities of
some of the choices that may result from
a reorganization ofBonaire's govern-
ing arrangement. It's called...

(Part 1)

n the early days of referendum talk,
readers' letters in the regional press
abounded with rosy images of what
benefits would be wrought by whatever
option had caught the reader's fancy.
Politicians already knew better but pru-
dently refrained from commenting on
the preferred goodies, as this might an-
tagonize part of their electorate every
vote counts here much as a depart-
ment store manager will not make light
of any Santa Claus list at Christmas
time, however fanciful.
As the information to the public gets
better and more precise, the time has
come to inspect the list of goodies at-
tached to each option of referendum
choice and critically comment upon

The Main Options
The main options evolve from a cascade
of choices rather than from a menu of
alternative dishes. We will, however,
treat the main options as if they were of
equal dimensions. If a referendum of-
fers a complete gamut of options, the
choice will be between:

1. Independence (full island

2. Bonaire part of the N.A. (as
3. Bonaire obtains status apart
(as Aruba has now and St.
Maarten is seeking)
4. Bonaire opts for the LGO
status (associated Dutch EU
5. Bonaire opts for the UPG
status (EU territory)
6. Bonaire becomes an integral
part of the Netherlands, either
as a mim-provincie or as an
overseas county (gemeente),
both fully embedded in Dutch
law and social security
7. Bonaire reverts to crown col-
ony, crown domain or some
such pre-independence status,
such as Anguilla has sought
and Saba may be seeking today

If a two-part Referendum (see leading
Referendum Chronicle article this
week) is chosen the choices will be the
same, however, they can be presented in
a simpler fashion

Option 1 (independence) is excluding
all benefits except a one-time dowry,
such as Surinam received in 1975, and
Option 2 (part of the N.A.) reflects ex-
isting arrangements of mutual and
Dutch support; therefore we will not
discuss these options further.

Similarly, Option 7 (crown domain),
being antique, farfetched, mostly im-
practicable, must be tailor-made, so
nothing further can be said about this
option. We will therefore contain our
comments to Options 3 (status apartd, 4
(LGO), 5 (UPG), and 6 (gemeente

Also, for the purpose of this article, we
will limit ourselves to the direct eco-
nomic and social benefits and not com-
ment on sundry subjects such as law
enforcement, judiciary, constitutional
ties, taxation, coast guard, drugs con-
trol, investment climate, etc. etc., which
will be the subject of a different article.

Status Aparte (SA)
SA is a constitutional choice, no more,
no less. It means a direct link with the
Kingdom and independence from the
Curaqao-based N.A. administration. SA
has no fixed economic or social menu.
Every item has to be priced and negoti-
ated, much as in a market.

Aruba took three years, from 1983 till
1986, to hammer out its status apart
with the Netherlands. We know of no
post-colonial example of a separate
status remotely comparable to Aruba's
(some refer to Anguilla, which seceded
from the East-Caribbean state, leaving
St. Kitts and Nevis in the early 80s, but
Anguilla effectively returned to the
status of crown colony).

Status Apart6 does not preclude a fur-
ther choice for LGO or UPG status. It

all depends on the negotiation shopping
list. So, no specific economic or social
benefits can be attached to the SA op-
tion. It is a two-sided, self-service op-
tion, really.

LGO is short for "Landen en Gebieden
Overzee." The term was probably mod-
eled on the French DOM/TOM
(Domaines et Territoires d'Outremer)
and was devised to give the former co-
lonial territories associated benefits in
international trade agreements (such as
the EG, the precursor of the EU), which
the motherland had concluded.

Today, the LGO status pertains to the
N.A. and to Aruba. These two form the
majority of the Association of LGO,
mainly isolated islands once belonging
to a European colonial power. Former
N.A. Justice minister Rutsel Martha
chairs the LGO Association.
In theory, the LGO status guarantees
free entry to the former motherland of
all manufactured goods and produce of
the islands. In practice we're talking
about refined sugar, treated rice and
some bananas in the Caribbean basin,
there being no industrial or agricultural
basis for other exports.

There was a loophole in the LGO regu-
lations which treated exports as original
products even if only the slightest treat-
ment had been given to the imported
produce from third countries. This has
caused the EU commission to put quo-
tas on notably rice and sugar, and this
move spells the end of the LGO status
as a moneymaking device, which only
benefited a handful of creative trades-
men anyway, and not the population at

Curaqao is hopeful of an extension of
the LGO status to mere transshipments
and has installed a working party to this
effect, but chances are nil that Brussels
(the EU commission) will endorse such
a gaping hole in its worldwide trade
So far for the LGO. It is a dead horse, in
our opinion.

UPG stand for "Ultraperifere Ge-
bieden," territories attached to, but out-
side of, the geographical limits of the
The bottom line of a UPG status for
Bonaire is that it would become an inte-
gral part of the EU through its links
with Holland as an EU member, and the
full body of law of the EU would be
applicable, except for negotiated excep-
tions, adaptations and temporizations.

One should not think lightly of this.
In an ever-widening range of subjects
the heavy hand of "Brussels" is felt,
from fishery quotas to cow's ear label-
ing, from car safety devices to tobacco
advertising, from pharmaceutical ingre-
(Continued on page 7)

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Referendum (Continued from page 6)
dients to cheese origin branding.
The main "goodies" that are stressed by
UPG enthusiasts are the subsidies that
would be forthcoming from the EU
coffers, notably the agricultural subsi-
dies and the structural support for eco-
nomically backward regions.
Now, Bonaire has no agricultural or
livestock activity to speak of, with the
possible tiny exception of aloe produc-
tion and refining. As to the structural
support, the N.A. (and Bonaire) are not
far below the EU regional average, not
counting the "golden belt" running
from Finland to Northern Italy, and
certainly the N.A. are above average in
GNP and per capita income compared
to most new entrants to the EU, mainly
Eastern European countries.
This may be hard to swallow for the
average Bonairean, seeing the affluent
tourists alighting from their KLM
plane, but the plain fact is that the Bo-
nairean's standard of living is superior
to that of a Polish farmer, a Czech in-
dustrial worker or a Lithuanian civil
servant, and those people you won't
see coming off a plane at Flamingo
Airport. So, the flow of regional struc-
tural support will probably amount to a
trickle, and that will not be sufficient to
pay for the extra civil servant body
needed to supervise the implementation
of EU laws.
That is...unless our Dutch partners in
the Kingdom manage to extricate from
Brussels a far better package by putting

in play their vote on crucial EU issues;
and that is only imaginable if the
makamba bashing, notably strong on
Curacao, stops and is replaced by a
friendly, businesslike partner's attitude,
to which Bonaire's politicians and
population are much better suited.
Finally, as to improved social security
benefits, like old age pension, unem-
ployment and sickness benefits, these
do not derive from any EU laws this
being the domain of the EU member
countries and will depend on the na-
ture of the link with the former mother-
We will treat this in the second article
of this two-part series. O The Chroni-

Interestingly three referenda are in the
news today. It is a common method to
democratically resolve questions:

The British are considering a referendum on
its future relations with Europe about how
to defuse public hostility to the European
The Government of Ireland has confirmed
that the referendum on Irish Citizenship
will take place on June 11. It will involve
the restricting of citizenship rights for chil-
dren born to non-national parents.
Slovenians cast ballots on Sunday in a ref-
erendum on returning the right of perma-
nent residence to some 18,000 people
erased from Slovenia's records in 1992. D


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contact: (599) 717-5058; 717 -3293;

WANTED TO RENT: A small, fur-
nished house with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths
for long term rental, starting May 1.
About NAf800/month. Call 785-0581.

For sale for NAf1250: Denon AM/
FM Stereo Receiver DRA-210, De-
non CD Player DCD-210, Denon -
Cassette Deck DR-210, Bose -
Speaker System, Please call or fax
to: 717-3894

Toyota Corona 2001- Radio/AC/
Automatic, Only 13.000 Km. Price:
NAf24.000. Info Call: 564-1085

Sofa set- 2 seat and 3 seat. Brand
new covers on both. Only NAf750.
Carib Inn 717-8819

Achilles 16' Inflatable with trailer
and 25 HP Yamaha engine, well
maintained. NAF 8000 call Carib
Inn 717-8819

Traditional Bo-ma e.
nairean Sailing
Sloop. Wood, tradi-
tional construction,
about 21' long. Fiber-
glassed in and out for
minimal maintenance.
Two time winner of
Bonaire Regatta,
Class A. A dream to
sail. Bargain at
NAf10,000. One of the last of its kind.
Call 717-8988 or 785-6125.

swedisn-Dullt (ADlin "mngoala"-
'71) cruising sloop Scramble.
Berthed in Plaza Resort Marina. 34-ft.
long, sleeps 8. Good cruising equip-
ment. The two owners lived aboard
and cruised the south Caribbean for
over 20 years but now live ashore in
Bonaire. $27,000. Write: PO Box 298,
Bonaire. Macamal@childergo.com.

W here would the Bonaire
Animal Shelter be with-
out its volunteers? Thanks to
their caring ways the cat and dog
residents have a higher quality
of life, physically as well as so-
cially. Shown here are volun-
teers Marjolein Voortman and
Barbara Bianculli grooming new
arrival "Monica," talking with
her and making sure she is tick
and flea-free. Monica, as you
can see, is loving it. The ladies
were very impressed with
Monica, remarking how relaxed
and good natured she is as they
checked every part of her body
for vermin! Monica, 8 months
old, was left behind by her own-
ers who were returning to Hol- Volunteers Marjolein Voortman and
land. She's obviously been well Barbara Bianculli grooming new arrival
cared for and with that sweet "Monica."
disposition she'd be a willing
addition to a loving family. You may meet her at the Shelter on Lagoen Road,
open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until. Tel. 717-4989.
Good news about the Shelter Sterilization Project slated for October 18 to 30: A
full contingent of six veterinarians have given their commitment to come to per-
form sterilization operations on dogs and cats, males and females. The Shelter is
looking for serious volunteers who can help, people who can give their time dur-
ing both weeks or for one week. The whole community needs to be behind this
project. If you feed strays or know people who do, let the Shelter know so these
animals can be added to the list. Or if you know people who have animals that are
not sterilized, tell them about the free program. Call Shelter Manager Jurrie
Mellema at 717-4989 for more information or if you can help.
More good news: two of the ridgeback puppies shown in the March 19 to 16 edi-
tion of The Reporter have been adopted. Congratulations to pups and people!
There have been 49 adoptions already this year! OL.D.

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Z iga Hrcek,
SLO 99,
and his team
mate and travel
companion, Du-
san Sedey, are
visiting Bonaire
for their inaugu-
ral windsurf ad-
venture. Sea-
soned travelers,
the duo has
sailed in some
of the best ven- .17i
ues including
Margarita and
(Dominica Re-
public). Slovenians at Sorobon
After reading
much about Bonaire in the various European windsurf publications, they were ex-
cited to hone their skills where the world famous Bonaire Sailing Team trains.
Ziga, sponsored by the shop, Freestyle in Slovenia, loves Bonaire but is disap-
pointed with the light winds this past week. He likes the island but feels it is much
more expensive to eat and stay here in comparison to Margarita and Cabarete.
Alex, the former manager of Casino Royale, sponsored their trip with the support
of Hotel Rocheline. Alex is from Slovenia so he was also instrumental in getting
the pair to our island.
Dusan describes Bonaire as "innocent spirit wise" with "warm and beautiful people
and island charm." He is enjoying the island hospitality and the lovely sea. Dusan
is also disappointed with the recent wind conditions but is resting and mingling
with the locals when he is not sailing.
The annual presence of King of the Caribbean has certainly impacted the visitor
rate to Lac Bay thanks to the many publications covering the event and the sailing
scene. This is an example of the power of this event as a marketing device and is-
land PR scheme. We hope more Euro based sailors come to our lovely paradise.
And let's hope for wind! O Story and photo by Ann Phelan

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
4-09 4:14 1.9FT. 13:44 0.7FT. 89
4-10 5:22 2.0FT. 14:29 0.7FT. 80
4-11 6:19 2.0FT. 15:17 0.7FT. 69
4-12 7:22 1.9FT. 15:56 0.7FT. 60
4-13 8:13 1.9FT. 16:28 0.8FT. 55
4-14 1:43 1.3FT. 1:45 1.3FT. 9:09 1.8FT. 16:59 0.9FT. 23:19 1.3FT. 56
4-15 3:39 1.2FT. 9:59 1.7FT. 17:23 1.0FT. 23:12 1.4FT. 62
4-16 5:08 1.2FT. 10:48 1.5FT. 17:33 1.1FT. 23:25 1.5FT. 70

Alegria Hannah Ramprasad
Acguatenace Hero Rhapsody
Avaroa Honalee, USA Rusty Bucket
Anju Sandpiper, USA
Agre Illusions Santa Maria, Sweden
Baraka It's Good, USA Scintilla, Germany
Bird of Paradise Jalapeno Sea Swallow
Blauwe Crab, Curacao Jupiter Seren Wer
Camissa, Chan Is. Kiana Sirius
Cape Kathryn Kuan Yin Slow Dance
Cappoquin La Contenta Surprise, USA
Caravela La Escotilla
Chulugi, Netherlands Lady Diane Ta B
Coconut Lionstar Ti Amo, USA
Columbine Lucky Lobster, Curacao Today, USA
Criterion, Canada Luna C Trade Secret
Traveler, Canada
Dream Maker Macaby, Netherlands Triumphant Lady
Enya Macoma Tween, Netherlands
Flying Cloud, USA Ma Janoko Ulu Ulu, USA
FlyingScot Natural Selection, USA Unicorn, Norway
Gabrielle, USA Nieke Varedhuni, Germany
Galadrial, USA Pegasus White Whale, Anguilla
Gatsby, USA Precocious Gale, USA Ya-T, BVI
Global Ombaka Queen of Hearts Zahi, Malta
Goril Too Quo Vadis Zeno's Arrow, USA
Guaicamarl, Venezuela. Raichel V, Belize


B ack in I
Merel Hout-
huijzen, while
visiting the
seaside with
her grandpar-
ents, noticed
unusual in the
water. It was
a spear gun!
As almost
everyone on
knows their
possession "
and use has
been forbid-
den for years
to better pro-
tect Bonaire's
Merel and her
knew this and
together with
Merel's par-
ents turned inMerel Houthuijzen and
the spear gun interim Marine Park Manager, Fernando Simal
to the Bon-
aire National Marine Park. For this Merel was awarded a Certificate of Recogni-
tion for protecting the environment. 1

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If you have the patience to wait, gradually the muddy water becomes clear. If you
can remain in non-doing, the perfect action arises by itself
Lao Tse, the Tao Te Ching, Verse 15

F or me
ally, finding the
dedication to
practice yoga
on a regular
basis creates
patience and
allows me to be
aware of differ-
ent challenges
within, which
allows me to
find inner

Quiet, being in
my pose and
Silence, being
nowhere but

Instead of concentrating on the external
aspect of one's body, yoga allows you
to look within and just be. You don't
have to do anything, just breathe. You
will be surprised by what arises.

During the past two weeks I was fortu-
nate to discover many new challenges
within my body. I have just returned
from Puerto Rico where I attended a
yoga teacher training course with inter-
nationally known Beryl Bender Birch.

It was a very intense experience that I
will never forget. My goal is to hope-
fully pass some of her teachings on to
you. If you wish to look at Beryl's web-
site the address is: www. Power-yoga.
The pose in the photo is
NATARAJASANA, Dancer's pose
Stand with heels together, arms at
Raise left arm overhead, shift
weight to left leg, and raise right
foot behind you
Reach back with right hand and

hold right foot. Left arm moves
forward and pull right foot up-
ward. Gazing point is over the
middle finger.
Maintaining the balance is a challenge.
Practice patience and repeated at-
tempts will result in success and peace.
This asana (pose) develops your back
and leg muscles. It releases tensions in
your spine; the arch in your spine will
relax your nervous system. Your chest
expands which stimulates your lungs.
It gives you a feeling of balance and

May your life be filled with inspira-
tions, compassion, love and laughter.

On every first Saturday of the
month at 6:30 a.m. there is a
meditation at Sorobon beach by
the wooden fisherman's hut.

Saturdays BEGINNERS Yoga
class at Jong Bonaire started on
the 3rd of April 10 am.

Don andDesirde of
"Yoga For You" offer classes in
yoga, from beginners to advanced.
See their ad on page 16.

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ijsaathe Dancer's Pose-
4/asana,i he Dancer's Pose we

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 4)
wholly owned subsidiary of Canada
Post, the Canadian Post Office.

A The Harbour Village Spa is indeed
opening. The group that will manage it,
Intermezzo Group from Aruba, arrives
next week to finalize the plans. There
appears there will be a "soft opening"
in mid April, and a "Big Bang of an
Opening the middle of May," according
to the group. "And everything will be
just like before," they say. More infor-
mation as it comes.

A At last Bonaire will once again
have a full-time art gallery. Cinna-
mon Art Gallery will hold on-going
exhibitions featuring the works of Bon-

aire-based artists. It opens this month in
downtown Kralendijk. The opening
celebration will be held on Saturday,
April 24, from 7 9 pm, at Kaya A.P.L.
Brion #1, located just off Kaya Grandi
behind Banco di Caribe.
The gala reception is open to the public
and will include spiced sangria, appe-
tizers, live jazz music and drawings to
win art work and handicrafts.
Cinnamon Art Gallery is a project of
the Bonaire Artists Foundation, which
plans to showcase the work of local art-
ists in a permanent gallery setting. The
non-profit Gallery will feature a con-
tinuing exposition of pieces created by
Foundation directors Avy Benhamron,
Linda Richter and Jake Richter. Other
local artists will be profiled on a rotat-

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i PsittaScene Magazine

Sam Williams, the parrot researcher who came to Bonaire last summer for four
months and won the hearts of many of the island's people, returned to England
to write the Bonaire Lora story which is the cover story in the February issue of
PsittaScene, the magazine of The World Parrot Trust.
Sam, along with his girlfriend, Rebecca Tempest, spent many mornings getting up
at 4:30 am, cycling over 15 miles before dawn to sit studying our loras for hours on
end. They climbed trees, abseiled down cliff faces, looking for nests. In the PsittaS-
cene magazine story, Sam wrote, "Loras are known to nest in tree and rock cavities.
There are very few trees on the island large enough to form a cavity suitable for an
Amazon, and unfortunately it seems any tree nest that was once active had also
been poached."
Originally the research plan had been study the wild parrots, but after the banding
program conducted by DROB last year it was found that there were more of these
birds (600) in captivity than there were in the wild (about 350 to 400). As Sam ex-
plains, "This is despite it having been illegal to take parrots from wild nests. Hope-
fully the ringing work and enforcement of the Loras' protected status will now con-
tribute to a reduction in poaching...(When) Lora owners were asked the age of their
pet, the results were alarming: approximately half of the captive Loras are said to
be less than five years of age and less than a quarter are over 10 years. These num-
bers suggest that in the last five years around 300 chicks have been taken from
the wild, but actually the figure may well be many more because this does not
account for chicks that died."
"The low number of older pet birds," says Williams, "suggests that many of these
captive birds are dying young, the obvious cause being poor care. If the level of
care given to pet parrots was improved then it may serve to benefit both the captive
and the wild birds. Firstly the captive birds would have a better quality of life, and
secondly if captive parrots lived longer then the pressure on the wild nests would,
in theory, be reduced (read: 'poaching'). With this in mind a pet care campaign
was launched."
The article explains that "the Yellow-shouldered Amazon Parrot (Amazona bar-
badensis) is certainly not one of the rarest parrots in the world today. There are
small populations on four Caribbean islands and a few more isolated populations
are scattered over the northern coast areas of Venezuela. On the island of Bonaire
there are estimated to be around 400 of these charismatic birds. Numbers, however,
do not paint the full picture. The wild populations of the Yellow-shouldered Ama-
zon have experienced habitat loss, drought, predation, and most significantly, in-
tense poaching. There may be a few thousand individuals of this species in total and
the population may appear stable, but with so few young birds joining the wild
adults each year as a result of poaching, the wild populations are ageing. If
nothing is done then in a matter of years these populations will almost cer-
tainly crash."
Sam and Rebecca teamed with Bonairean Anna Pauletta who had been on the band-
ing team the year before and together they visited parrots and their owners who ex-
emplified good parrot care: having a large enough cage, giving the bird attention,
providing fresh wood, and most importantly, diet. Each of these owners was desig-
nated "Owner of the Week," and photos of them appeared in The Reporter and Ex-
tra along with an article discussing why they had been chosen and why that aspect
was important for good care. The articles were also aired on radio.
As Williams explains, "Promoting parrot care whilst not encouraging others to want
to keep parrots proved challenging but we made sure that every article reminded the
reader that the Lora is a protected species."
Sam and Rebecca made a lot of friends while they were on the island, and Sam im-
pressed everyone with his knowledge, his care and concern for the well being of
our Loras. He has been invited to return to Bonaire to continue his study and teach
us even more. His research was made possible by the support of the World Parrot
Trust. Additional support came from the Amazona Society USA and the Amazona
Society UK as well as the Parrot Society of the UK. O L.D.




M artin de Weger
writes, "Last
month we stayed in
New York. During
this trip our favorite
magazine couldn't be
left at home. Since we
only have the digital
subscription and are
going to Bonaire after
our visit to New York,
we were glad Seb, a
friend we met on Bo-
naireTalk, gave us a
paper edition from his
trip to Bonaire. As
proof we are sending
you this picture that
was taken on the stage where Beauty and the Beast plays. I am with my wife, An-
gela. We're looking forward to coming to Bonaire very soon for our eighth visit in
four years." 1

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I hope you have
Been missing my
articles for the last
weeks because that
means you really read
them! I was in Holland
visiting my family. I
was at my father's
house, surrounded by a
lot of nursery plants. It
is springtime again, so
everybody was very
busy selling and plant-
ing plants. It is always
amazing to see how
much effort Dutch
people go to to create a
nice garden. Now that
the economy in Hol-
land has dropped a
little, people seem to
stay home more and
spend more time in
their gardens. And also
the government is Not Bonaire
spending a lot of
money in creating nice green environments in areas with a lot of houses. The nicest
thing about visiting Holland at this time of year is to see the changing of the sea-
sons. New fresh green growth is appearing on the trees and shrubs, and the famous
Dutch bulbs like tulips are starting to bloom in abundant colors.
Speaking of seasons, here on Bonaire the season is changing also! After a very
long period of rain we now have Bonaire's "normal" weather again: warm, windy,
dry, with no rain. This last rainy period was much longer than normal I think, so all
of our garden plants are looking very nice! But they have been a little "spoiled"
with all the rain and all that fertilizer that works so well when the earth is damp.
So now the plants have to go back to getting used to the normal situation. They all
have a lot of new growth and fresh green leaves so it's important that you water
them enough now, maybe even a little bit more that usual. Then, after a few weeks
you can reduce the watering time.
This is also a very good season for some serious pruning. A lot of the fresh new
growth can be cut, especially on trees and hedges like the Ficus, Oleander and Sea-
grape. If the Oleander is blooming right now, you can wait a few weeks before
pruning, no problem. This goes also for other flowering shrubs like Ixora or Du-
When planting new plants, no problem, but again remember that they probably
have been growing faster than normal, so after planting you can trim back some of
the branches, but make sure that you water them enough. It is very good to put in
new plants now because the roots have been growing so well lately.
So make sure you water your plants enough. Next time I will continue writing
about different groups of plants. 1 Ap. van Eldik

Ap van Eldik is the owner of Green Label Landscaping, a company
that specializes in designing, constructing and maintaining residential
and commercial gardens. He has two nurseries and a garden shop in
Kralendijk which carries a vast array of terra cotta pots from Mexico
and South America. Phone 717-3410

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1. 1 3 ORK. CACHE
2. 2 8 ARNELL Y ORK.
4. 7 3 BANDA SUN G
8. 9 2 D.J. OPT1K
9. 13 1 NO GAME
10. 14 1 DC POWER


A new regular feature of The Bonaire Reporter is the Bonaire Hit Parade, a listing
of the 15 most popular songs on the island. It is compiled by the staff of Digital FM
91.1 and shows this week's (TW) and last week's (LW) songs. 1

page 16



New! 9:00 pm

Along Came Polly
(Ben Stiller)
Early Show (7:00 pm)
Cold Mountain
(Nicole Kidman)

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75

Peter Pan


Friday, April 9: Good Friday. Banks
and shops closed

j Easter Sunday, April 11: Dive
Inn Easter Egg Dive, Chach-
acha Beach, 10 am (see page 22)

Sunday April 11 from 12 3 pm
"KonTiki's famous Easter
lunch" Easter Buffet For the
kids: Easter Egg hunting and
Easter Egg painting contest. Cost
NAf21,50 children till 4 free, children
from 4-12 NAf 13,50 Reservations

April 12 Easter Monday, Banks and
shops closed

April 15-22: Dive into Earth Week
(Day) Check with your hotel or dive
shop for activities including beach and
underwater cleanups


Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April 16,
17 and 18, Grupo Teatral Boneriano
will present two plays, Spiritu den
Kas (A Ghost in the House) and E
Animal Kanibal (The Animal Canni-
bal) in Papiamentu. Friday & Satur-
day, 9 pm. Sunday at 11 am, at
Movieland, Tickets are NAf20, sold at
Bonaire Boekhandel, Flamingo Book-
store & office of Extra newspaper.

Friday, April 30: Rincon Day and the
Queen's Birthday

Sunday, April 18: Kite Flying Con-
test. K6ntest di Fli: 717-6586, Fla-
mingo Book Store, Kaya Grandi 21.

Saturday, April 24, Opening of
Cinnamon Art Gallery. 7-9 pm.
Celebration at Kaya A.P.L. Brion #1,
located just off Kaya Grandi behind
Banco di Caribe. (more on page 11)

Sunday -Dinner and live music at

Chibi Chibi Restaurant at the Divi
Flamingo 6 to 9 pm.
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon,
the heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-
Call Maria 717-6435
Monday -Rum Punch Party on the
beach at Lion's Dive. Dutch National
Products provides an introduction to
Time Sharing and how to save on your
next vacation. 6:15 to 7 pm
Tuesday-BonaireTalker Dinner/
Gathering at Gibi's Terrace-6:30pm
-call Jake at 717-6773 or e-mail
jake@bonairetalk.com for more infor.
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis,
Social Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10
per person. Cash bar. All invited. Call
Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225 /717-7500,
ext. 14.
Wednesday -Sand Dollar Manager's
Cocktail Party, Mangos Bar and Restau-
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch
Party, Buddy Dive Resort 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday- Open House with Happy
Hour at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya
Gloria #7, from 5-7 pm.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Au-
thentic Bonairean kunuku. $12
(NA1f2 for Bonaire residents). Tel
717-8489, 540-9800.

Sunday- Discover Our Diversity
Slide Show, Buddy Dive at the pool
bar, 7 pm 717-5080
Monday- Touch the Sea introduces
Dee Scarr's unique perspective on ma-
rine animals and divers. Aquarius Con-
ference Center, Captain Don's Habitat,
8:30 pm. Tel. 717-8290, or call Dee at
Tuesday-Fascinating Fish slide show
by Jessie Armacost at The Old Inn, at
6 pm opposite the Plaza Resort. Each
week a different show filled with fish
ID tips and other fascinating facts
about fish. Tel. 717-4888
New! Wednesday Turtle slide show
by the STCB (Turtle Club) at the
Buddy Dive pool Bar at 7 pm.
Friday- Week in Review Video Pres-
entation by the Toucan Dive Shop at
the Plaza's Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-
Friday- The Captain Don Show -
Conversation, fun, yars, a few slides.
Guaranteed 85% true. Aquarius Con-
ference Room. Captain Don's Habitat
8:30 pm Tel. 717-8290

Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter 717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 7174303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics contact Delno
Tromp, 717-7659

AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm
at the Union Building on Kaya

Korona, across from the RBTT Bank
and next to Kooyman's. All levels in-
vited NAf5 entry fee. Call Cathy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Caf6. Registration at 4, games
at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, secretary
Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at
Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions are wel-
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday,
12 noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restau-
rant, Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Ro-
tarians are welcome. Tel. 717-8454

Mangazina di Rei,Rincon. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse" while
leaming about Bonaire's history and culture
and visit typical homes fromthe 17th cen-
tury. Daily. Call 717-4060 or 790-2018
Go to the source. Visit the Bonaire Mu-
seum on Kaya J. v.d Ree, behind the
Catholic Church in town Open weekdays
from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and danc-
ing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai.
Dance to the music of Bonaire's most
popular musicians.
Saturday at Rincon Marshe Liber
(smaller markets) 8 am until 2 pm
Large market offering Rincon area
tours on the first Saturday of each
month, 10 amto 2 pm

International Bible Church of Bon-
aire Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic
circle) Sunday Services at 9 am; Sun-
day Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm in Eng-
lish. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papia-
mentu, Dutch and English on Sundays
at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting
and Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonk-
man. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat-
ter Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sun-
days 8:30 11:30 am. Services in
Papiamentu, Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kral-
endijk Services on Sunday at 8 am
and 7 pm in Papiamentu 717-8304.
Saturday at 6 pm at Our Lady of
Coromoto in Antriol, in English. Mass
in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and
6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asamblea di
Dios), Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). Ser-
vices in English, Dutch & Papiamentu
on Sunday at 10 am. Wednesday
Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays,
9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.

Send in your events to
The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252

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- The ones who made it to Manlok

T wenty three determined men and Lighthouse, 55 kilometers away, by the
women set out walking from Wil- next morning. The route just about cov-
lemstoren Lighthouse at 10:45 Saturday ered the whole island along the coast-
night with the goal of reaching Malmok line, from south to north.

The object, besides being a formidable
challenge, was to raise funds to send
five "pro" walkers from Bonaire (B6i
Antoin, Marcel Nahr, Arie Marsera,

twins Roy and Roly Martines) to the
famous Four Days of Nijmegen in Hol-
land where the participants walk for four
days at 50 km per day!
There were six water stops, the first at
City Caf6 where the action was still go-
ing on. The hikers passed without inci-
dent, except for a longing by one for a
beer. However, two or three of the walk-
ers, dubbed "the Rum Runners" by the
rest, brought their own rum and downed
a bottle and a half during the trip!
According to Marcel Nahr, the group
went at a moderate pace and stuck pretty
close together. "We had a nice itiner-
ary," he said, "going all along the coast,
then turning inland, walking single file
along a donkey road behind Playa Frans
into Washington Park. We'd seen the
sun just coming up as we got to
Six of the group had to drop out at dif-
ferent spots along the way
(understandably!) but 17 triumphant
hikers arrived at Malmok about 11 hours
after starting, arriving between 9:30 and
10:30 am.
They raised about NAf400 towards
sending the group to Holland. Later on,
on Sunday, they found a very kind
Dutch resident had offered them a place
to stay for free during the Nijmegen
walk, so now they just have to come up
with another airline ticket. Good luck,
guys! 1 L.D.

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" W hen I was 19 I went to the
V V Caribbean for the first time,
to Guadeloupe, and I said, This is where
I'm going to live, somewhere in the
Caribbean, I don't know when but I will
get there someday. Fifteen years later,
in 1996, I answered a personal ad, the
only one in my whole life, and it was
Tom Bartikoski's ad. We knew immedi-
ately that that was it. He always wanted
to live in the Caribbean too.
So, we came here in March 2000 for the
first time and stayed three weeks. By
the end of the first week we were look-
ing for a house. Again, as soon as I got
here I just knew that this was the place.
Between diving we looked at every
house that was for sale, but stuff we
liked we couldn't afford and stuff we
could afford we didn't like. One night at
Croccantino, Moreno, the chef, intro-
duced himself. We started talking and
he told us about this house that was for
sale. After dinner, it was 11 o'clock at
night, we found our way to the house.
We went in with our dive flashlights. It
was unlocked and had never been lived
in. We drove back to Croccantino and
told Moreno we wanted to buy it. By
the time we were leaving the island we
had a purchase agreement.
We went back to the States and maybe a
week or two later we looked at each
other and said, What are we doing? That
day Tom's best friend's wife died.
They'd just come back from their hon-
eymoon. We were shocked. We decided
that life is too short; if you know what
you're going to do, better go do it. We
sold our house in the States. I was run-
ning a company made up of interna-
tional law firms. I'd been the president
for 10 years and I convinced the board
that I could do the job from Bonaire.
Tom had retired early and now we were
40 and 50 years old.
On my 40th birthday he proposed to me
and said, 'If we're going to live in a for-
eign country, we should be married,'
and he gave me as a wedding ring the
ring of his best friend's wife that she
had worn only a few weeks. He made
the promise that we were going to make
the most of our time together. June 3rd
2001, on the fifth anniversary of our
first date, we got married in the same
restaurant where we met in Minneapo-
On October 2001 Tom arrived on Bon-
aire. Cayman, our dog, and I arrived a
month later because there were prob-
lems with her papers." She smiles and
tears fill her eyes: "I remember I was
sobbing, walking with Cayman across
the tarmac and I thought, 'we finally got
here,' and I tried to make my face calm
so Tom wouldn't think something bad

happened, but I was crying with joy be-
cause we all got here... we were going
to have at least one day of this
She looks at me: "It was a sin to be that
happy; that's not how life is. It was im-
possible for it to last..." Her bright, in-
tense blue eyes wander over the sea,
then she laughs: I thought a Dutch
tropical island would be the one place I
would never live. It's a contradiction,
just like Italian efficiency or good Eng-
lish food! But I found it may be Dutch,
but it has a Latin soul that I love. I knew
it had the best reefs in the Caribbean.
I'd traveled internationally and spent all
my time in big cities. What I wanted
was peace and quiet and few people.
What really made us say, 'Oh, we have
to live here!' was our first Sunday at
Lac with the music of Glenn and Su
Gang. Then when we bought the house,
the warmth, generosity and the way
people approached us. It could have

been a disas-
ter, but it
turned out the
opposite; eve-
rything went
not only well,
but better than
it should
We had seven
months of be-
ing here full

"We decided th

life is too short;

you know who

you're going to
better go do it

time and it was just blissful. But a cou-
ple of weeks after our first wedding an-
niversary, within a couple of hours, he
died... and the people of Bonaire just
saved my life... The caring and the
compassion was the silver lining of the
tragedy. My neighbors, Rob and Ilva St.
Jago, and Ilva's father Theodor came in
the middle of the night and helped me
get Tom to the hospital and stayed with
me until he died of a hemorrhage. There
wasn't enough blood on the island.
Joey, the male nurse (see On The Island
Since, March 22-April 2), was there and
explained everything in English. He was
an angel. I spoke to Tom; he was con-
scious; we knew what was happening.
Antonio de Silva, the man we bought
the house from, showed up at the hospi-
tal to hold my hand after Tom died. My
family said, 'Of course you're going to
sell the house and come back,' but I re-
plied, 'I'm not leaving and it's not be-
cause of the reef or the beauty of the
island... I'm going to stay because of
the people.'
Wendy Horn is on her way to recovery
from the terrible loss she suffered and
although she 's still fragile and the pain
is only covered by a shallow surface,

she 's started to pick
up her life again.
"After Tom died I
worked six more
months and then I
quit. I didn't want to
travel anymore and I
wanted to do some-
thing on Bonaire. I
learned all the stuff
about how to live here
that Tom had known
and I didn't because I
had been working,
and I played with
Bonnie, my friend
Caren's baby and did
nothing, trying to fig-
ure out how to keep
going. I knew that
Tom would want me
to have a happy life
and some kind of a
chapter two. I have a strong sense I'm
supposed to be here, although I'm not
exactly sure what to do.
On the first anniversary of
,at Tom's death I went diving at
Alice in Wonderland, which was
if our favorite dive site, and when I
came out of the sea my wedding
It ring was gone. It was never
do, loose, and I took it as a sign that
S Tom was saying, 'Go on and live
your life.' How much more clear
can it be? So, now I'm doing a
lot of small projects for people,
not for money. I trade services in
exchange for things I need done and
don't know how to do. It's a relief not
to work anymore. Now I realize that by
the time Tom died I was exhausted.
I've begun to spend a lot of time trying
to help local artists. How?" She laughs:
"First, I have no more wall space in my
house! And I've organized some shows.
Next month I start volunteering part-
time running a gallery here that will
only show art by Bonairean artists.
I've also spent a lot of time helping
Bob, Tom's brother, get ReMax estab-
lished. Bob came to visit us a couple of
months before Tom died and fell in love
with Bonaire and decided to live here.
He was a ReMax-agent in the US and
found out that ReMax wanted to expand
in the Caribbean. We think Tom would
be happy to have one of his brothers
here. For me it's like having family. We
lost the same person. He knows who
Tom was and when I have a bad day, he
Bonaire has been healing. I can't wait to
get up in the morning and see what the
day is going to hold. All the credit for
being happy again is owed to Bonaire.
I've thought a hundred times, thank
God if we were going to lose Tom, that

Wendy and Cayman

it happened on Bonaire and not in the
States, because in a sweet way people
didn't allow me to push them away and
hide in my house. They kept coming,
being my friends and supportive. I don't
feel isolated.
I've had lots of friends and family visit-
ing from the States, but I'm also a little
bit of a hermit. I'm not out at night and
I do some writing. I have finished
pieces of a book, 'Service Interval.' It's
a record of what it is like to live on an
island of 11,000 people after years of
running a company and traveling all the
I walk up to Seroe Largo three or four
times a week. I do it so I can keep eat-
ing funchi! I love to go to Gibi's! I love
to read, I have a whole library here and
I also read the whole tourist guide.
When I gave a lady and her daughter a
four-hour tour around the island, I over-
heard her telling her daughter, 'Wow,
she knows a lot about salt!"' She
laughs. "During my travels I realized
that happiness comes from acceptance.
It's not about what you have, it's about
the ability to see and enjoy small things.
I had Tom and my company; now I
have these incredible friendships and
She gives me a smile: "There's a saying
that if you want to make God laugh, tell
him your plans. So, if it's up to me I
would stay here. If God decides other-
wise I'll find
out about it.
Everything will
be okay in the
end... if it's not
okay, it's not
the end." 1
Greta Kooistra

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It seems that road repair will soon get underway big time. Test borings are being
conducted on Kaya Korona by the "Monster Machine." Shown in the photo are
some of the road workers flanked by DROB head Minguel Martes (right) and Com-
missioner Jonchie Dortalina (center). 1



D t id you no-
tice the
spike in fancy
motorcycles on
Bonaire last
That was be-
cause they had
been shipped
from Aruba and
Curaqao so their
owners could
serve as escorts
for Orlando
Francisco, Bon-
aire's Harley
dealer, and his
new bride, Anna.
There was a full
house at the Pas-
sengrahn where
they were mar-
ried and a beau-
tiful party after-
wards. Con-
gratulations and
best wishes to Orlando and Anna cut the cake
the happy cou- Check out the motorcycle on the second tier
ple. OG.D.

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Sxer.e eskr the s

M any of us go to the gym and work on our body mus-
cles, but we don't realize that muscles also play an
important role in how well our eyes work. It's possible to ex-
Sercise and strengthen those muscles and improve our vision.
So many people engage in occupations or hobbies that in-
volve tremendous amounts of near-point activity. Near-point activities (such as,
reading, computer viewing, manual work, etc.) require the eye muscles to sustain
much the same degree of contraction over long periods of time in order to keep
objects in focus. People engage in these near-point tasks for many hours without
taking adequate breaks to rest and relax their eyes. This can cause eye strain, head-
aches, increased nearsightedness and a loss of flexibility in the visual system.

In the last several decades, as lifestyles have become more sedentary, as many
folks spend more time sitting on the job and then coming home to sit in front of
computers or TVs, our recognition of the need for physical exercise has increased
phenomenally. Why do we exercise? Some exercise for the health benefits. Some
exercise to maintain a sleek shape. Some are in it for the endorphins. No matter
why we do it, most of us believe we need it because we spend too much time sit-
ting on our rear ends. But what other part of our bodies are we using and abusing
while we sit there looking at monitors, papers, machinery, etc.? Our eyes!

In the information age, the eyes really take a beating. Our society has become so
visual that we use our eyes for practically everything we do! Does this mean that
our eyes are already getting plenty of exercise? Well, what do your eyes feel like?
After several hours at the computer, do your eyes:
1. glow with health?
2. ache, itch or burn?
3. none of the above?
I'm guessing that most Internet users would agree that their eyes are being over-
used and abused rather than exercised in some healthful way. Here's the news. Ac-
cording to eye doctors, we still have the eyes of hunter-gatherers. It seems clear
that we may need to start taking better care of our eyes as well as our bodies. Such

Well, for one thing we can try to remember to take plenty of breaks from computer
gazing and other near-point work. Take "eye breaks" by looking off into the dis-
tance and focusing on many different targets. You can also take "eye breaks" by
viewing stereo images. If you do near-point work for hours, try to take breaks, get
up, walk around, move your eyes around, look at different objects in the distance.
Parallel viewing can relax your overworked eye muscles. Alternating between par-
allel-viewing and cross viewing can be a callisthenic workout for the eyes. It can
loosen up tight, overstressed eye muscles:

Parallel viewing relaxes the muscles of the eyes as if you were gazing off
into the distance. By parallel-viewing stereo images at the computer you
can relax the strained muscles that have been working hard to focus on
the monitor, without leaving the computer!

Cross viewing. Going back and forth from cross viewing to parallel
viewing is a form of aerobic and callisthenic exercise for those itty-bitty
little intra-ocular eye muscles. It feels good
(unless your eyes muscles are wound up
way too tight!) and increases the dynamic
flexibility of your visual system.
Enjoy your workout! O Rosita Paiman

Owner-operator of Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort,
Rosita Paiman, a physicalfitness instructor, per-
sonal trainer and nutritionist, offers classes, a
weight/exercise room and a staff to guide you in
reaching your ideal physical fitness level.

(Letters. Continued from page

even gone to great indi-
vidual expense in in-
stalling their own waste
water treatment systems
with no financial incen-
tive other than to protect
the very resource that
our businesses depend
We all realize that tour-
ism is the staple of our
economy and our coral
reefs are one of, if not


the, most important part
of that staple, and to take every action
necessary to protect and utilize them in
a sustainable manner is paramount to
sound business practice...not to men-
tion the ethical and moral responsibil-
ity we all have to be stewards to our
planet, its environment and all its in-
The concern I think that most people
who know the particulars of the pro-
posal have is the fact that the proposed
system would be returning so-called
"treated" water, which would still be
high in nutrient content, to the resorts,
which they would have to pay for and
then have to use to irrigate their gar-
dens and landscaping. This is due to
the fact that the proposed system is not
a full tertiary system. Those who fully
understand the process of waste water
treatment and the problem of over eu-
trophication of our coral reefs
know that the proposed type of system
is not a tertiary system and that
the nutrients that would remain in the
"treated" water would then still find

MEWft *I 8W*q TrtWinhaot n oiam



Projection from an official study report

their way back to our coral reefs after
the water was used for landscape wa-
tering. What we would then be doing
under the currently proposed system
would be, in essence, is paying to per-
petuate a very serious problem as op-
posed to correcting a very seri-
ous problem.
I am certainly not an economist, but in
my mind this is not sound economi-
cal use of the generous funds offered
by the European Union and would cer-
tainly not lead to reaching the objective
that I'm sure was used to lobby the EU
for those funds...prevention of over
eutrophication of Bonaire's coral reefs
thereby creating an economically and
environmentally sustainable future for
tourism on Bonaire.
You do a great job in keeping us all
informed of local issues. Thank you
and keep up the good work.
Jack Chalk, President
Bonaire Hotel and Tourism Association

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Everyone loves colorful Easter
eggs and it can be a fun project
with your kids (or kids at heart) to
decorate eggs. So here are a few deco-
rating ideas:

1. Traditional Method:
You can find food colors and egg dye
at Cultimara and Progresso. These are
the traditional dyes used for coloring
Easter Eggs. The McCormick brand
even has the directions on the back. I
really like the color chart telling you
how many drops of various colors to
use to get more colors. These instruc-
tions work great if you have white
eggs. Bonaire eggs are not white. This
means you should double the amount of
dye and amount of dying time to get
really beautiful eggs.

2. Natural Dying Technique:
Fruits, vegetables and pantry staples
can be used to dye your eggs. Here's
how: Place colorant, listed below, in

pot with % to 1 quart water and 2 table-
spoons white vinegar. Bring to boil,
lower heat, simmer 30 minutes. Strain
out the colorants and pour the colored
water back into pot. Put eggs in with
colored water and boil until eggs are
cooked. Stir eggs to keep them from
touching one another for best color re-
sults. Leave in dye until desired hues
are reached, from 20 minutes to two
12 cup paprika = peachy salmon
1 cup canned cherries in syrup = red
3 tablespoons turmeric = yellow
1 cup fresh spinach leaves = green
4 cups chopped red cabbage = blue
12 medium size onion skins = orange
/2 cup grape juice concentrate = purple

Now that the eggs are dry you can
decorate them further any way you like.
I used a Sharpie permanent marker to
create the funny faces here! Happy
Easter Egging.
Janice Huckaby -

This article is part of a series by Janice Huckaby ofJanArt.
Call 599 717-5246 or 791-5246for information on art lessons
or to view her artworks[


t's that time again for one of the
SCUBA diving highlights of every
year-the Easter Egg Hunt... and it's
not just for kids.

Here are the specifics of Dive-Inn's
annual Easter Egg dive:
Location: the house reef in front of
Dive-Inn at Playa Chachacha
Date/Time: Easter Sunday morning,
April 11th 10:00 am

Open for certified divers of all ages

Win nice prizes for:
* collecting the largest number of
* finding the SPECIAL EGG
* being the most original diver or
buddy team

For more informa-
tion and registra-
tion, contact
Dive-Inn Bonaire,
tel. 717-8761 or
email to info @7
If you're a certi-
fied diver and
aren't there, you
will miss a really
fun time. O Babs

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Using the Big Dipper as a Sky Guide

Dub ---
\ ,*, Cassuipeia

Cepheis I

E arly spring is always a roarl
good time to play the old
Big Dipper Arcturus Spica Ursa Minor
game which is simply an easy r m f t
way to find two of the most ~ mmiw
wonderful stars of spring. On
any night in April between the AI t rsA MaAir
hours of 8 and 10 pm, look due /'Joe \ air
north where you'll see the Big eS /
Dipper (which most Europeans ,. /
call The Great Bear Ursa Ma- / ..-
jor) almost directly above and
just to the right of the North "' -
Star. Its cup is pointed down in -. --- -
such a way that if it were filled tt
full of water, the water would be pouring out directly onto the ground below,
which gives a celestial significance to that old northern saying, "April showers
bring May flowers," because every April in early evening the biggest water dipper
of the heavens is indeed pouring its imaginary water onto the Earth below.
Now aside from the water pouring aspect of the dipper at this season, we can use
its handle as a finder to find two stars of spring, which are absolutely wonderful.
Simply draw an imaginary line through the handle of the Big Dipper and extend it
in the same curve, or arc, as the handle of the dipper, and you'll "arc" to the bright
star Arcturus. Then if you extend that curve, that arc, from Arcturus you can
"speed on" directly to the brightest star of Virgo the Virgin, the star Spica. Once
again, using the handle and its curve, arc to Arcturus, then speed on to Spica. Now
brighter Arcturus is relatively close, only 35 light years away, whereas Spica is
almost eight times farther than Arcturus, 260 light years away. But while Spica is
eight times as wide as our Sun, Arcturus is a staggering 21 times as wide.
Size however, isn't everything because even though Arcturus is much, much larger
than Spica, it is a much, much cooler star with a surface temperature of only nine
thousand degrees Fahrenheit. Spica, on the other hand, has a surface temperature
of 46 thousand degrees, which actually makes Spica 20 times brighter than much
bigger Arcturus. The reason Spica doesn't look as bright to us is because it's so
much farther away. But the really mind boggling thing about these two spring stars
is their incredible speed in relation to our Earth. You see, while more distant Spica
is flying away from us at a speed of 2,000 miles per hour, Arcturus is racing to-
ward us at the incredible speed of 12,000 miles per hour, so fast that Arcturus will
eventually pass us in several thousand years. In fact, in just a few hundred thou-
sand years Arcturus will no longer be visible to the naked eye.
So before it's too late, find the Big Dipper, arc to Arcturus, then speed on to Spica.
Two huge wonderful spring stars, one running away from us and the other racing
toward us. As easy to find as pie, Big Dipper 'pie' that is. O JackHorkheimer

*to find it, just look up

Arcturus and Spica:
Two Super Stars
How to Find Them
as Easy as
"Big Dipper" Pie!

For the week: April 9 to April 16, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Be cautious while traveling; minor accidents are evident.
Keep your mind on your work and stay away from situations that could ruin your repu-
tation. Be cautious handling tools, machinery, or dangerous objects. Secret enemies
may be holding a grudge that you're not even aware of. Your lucky day this week will
be Wednesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Take action. You can pick up valuable information if
you listen to those with more experience. You may have been trying to do too much,
leaving yourself exhausted and open to colds and infections. You will get out of shape
easily if you don't keep on top of things. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You need to take a long, hard look at yourself and your
personal situation. Try to keep to yourself; work diligently on domestic chores and re-
sponsibilities. Your intellectual charm will win hearts and bring opportunities that you
least expect. Your time, not your cash, will do a lot more for your relationship. Your
lucky day this week will be Monday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You will be able to contribute a great deal to organiza-
tions that you join. Put your efforts into physical fitness programs or competitive
sports. Take the time to do your job correctly or you may find yourself looking for a
new one. You have bent over backward trying to help them and now it's time to let
them stand on their own two feet. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Keep your cash in your pocket and offer them sound advice
rather than your financial assistance. Pleasure trips will be a form of healing for your
emotional state of mind. Accept the inevitable and continue to do your job. You will
have the getup and go to contribute a great deal to groups of interest. Your lucky day
this week will be Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You can easily wrap up overdue personal legal matters
that have caused problems for you. Your determination and sheer desire to do your
own thing will be successful. This may not be your day if you are overly melodramatic
and unnerving everyone around you. You may be in love this week, but who knows
what tomorrow may bring. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Enjoy the company of relatives this week. Rewards for
past good deeds will highlight your day. Tell it like it is. You can get phenomenal re-
turns if you present your ideas to those who can back your interests. Your lucky day
this week will be Tuesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) A little overtime may help you reduce the workload.
Take a look at investment opportunities. Secret information will be eye opening. New
partnerships will develop if you join investment groups. Your lucky day this week will
be Saturday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) If they don't want to get involved, work by your-
self. Risky financial ventures will result in unrecoverable losses. Take time to deal
with legal documents and the affairs of people who you may be indebted to. Chances
are you could get stuck with a colleague's job unexpectedly. Your lucky day this week
will be Thursday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You can meet new and exciting friends who will
provide mental stimulation. Try to visit friends or relatives you don't get to see often.
Your trendy style and unique way of doing things will entice new acquaintances. You
should get into some of those creative hobbies that you always said you wanted to do.
Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Your personal secrets may be revealed if you let co-
workers in on your family dilemmas. Social events held in your home will be success-
ful and entertaining for those who attend. You don't need to pay out in order to have
fun. Don't ruffle the feathers of those you care about most. Your lucky day this week
will be Friday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Don't depend on coworkers to help; they may only hold
you back. Strength will come from your ability to overtake just about any one. Try to
calm down and listen to your partner's complaints. Compromise may be necessary.
Obstacles may stand in your way where career and success are concerned. Your lucky
day this week will be Monday. 1

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