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BONAIRE TOURIST
ARRIVALS UP 6.2% IN APRIL


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L ast week an article published in a
local Dutch language daily newspa-
per claimed that one-third of the popu-
lation of Bonaire is, in one way or an-
other, involved in the drug scene. It was
based on a recently published report by
Reda Sosial (Social Net Foundation). It
said Bonaire had 680 addicts, or 6.7 % of
the 10,114 population. It further noted
that approximately one-third of the is-
land's people were involved in the drug
scene.
The numbers were so bizarre that they
defied reason. It meant that one of every
three people you meet in Bonaire is mixed
up in drugs somehow. Now it's revealed
that it was based on a number, 680,
that was misinterpreted.
The Bonaire Agency for Drug Abuse and
Rehabilitation, OMAR, reported that dur-
ing 1998-1999, 680 persons visited its
office. That number included not only
addicts but also just visitors or persons on
other business. It appears that figure was
misused by the Reda Social report writers
to indicate drug addicts. Then a com-
monly used practice was employed to
multiply the number of addicts by five to
arrive at a viable estimate of how many
people are involved in the drug scene,
including users, pushers, mules, etc. Do
the multiplication and you come out to
about a third of the Bonaire's population.


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Bonaire recorded an estimated total of 6,549 tourist arrivals for the month of April
2004, 6% more than last year. Visitors from the US increased 8%, from 2,065 arrivals
last year to 2,222 this year, but are still below their previous more than 50% ratio.
The traffic from Europe dropped 9%; The Netherlands decreased 6.8%.
The South American market recorded an increase of 44% on the whole while the
Venezuelan market decreased by 24%. The Venezuelan political situation continues to
be a negative factor.
It's interesting to note that European tourists spend the most time on the island as com-
pared to visitors from other destinations.


Elvio Cecilia, the head of OMAR, said his
office has 50 addicts registered. If you
multiply that by five you come up with
250 people, a more realistic figure.
Prosecutor Ernst Wesselius said his office
did not have statistical data on drug abuse.
However, he noted that of the 225 traf-
fickers arrested last year, 15 were from
Bonaire.

A Dutch Minister of Justice, Piet Hein
Donner, wants to send Antilleans home


after having done jail time in Holland.
He suggested that the Curagao based Cen-
tral Government lend them the cost of a
one-way ticket to the Antilles. Alterna-
tively, he suggests that Antilleans be re-
quired to have a return ticket when travel-
ing to Holland. He added that in case a
return ticket expires because of imprison-
ment, it should be made possible to buy a
one-way (return) ticket at a reduced rate.
Perhaps that's payback for the past prac-
tice of one prominent Curagao banker


IN THIS ISSUE:
Jan Mol 5
Chefs Prepare for Italy 6
Pet Professor (Puppy Instruction) 7
Referendum Chronicle 7
Rincon Marsh6 8
Happy Birthday Capt. Don 8
Kite Surf-Aruba Highwinds 9
New Boatlift 9
Town Pier Diving 9
Delbert Bernabella 10
Miss Aruba on Bonaire/A.D. Prod. 10
Bonai Museum Opens 11
Fish Count 2004 12
Puppet Debut 13
St. Lucia Fishermen 14
Mirror, Mirror 18

WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Police Update 4
Pet of the Week (Ellen) 4
Yacht List & Tide Table 9
Classifieds 12
Picture Yourself
(Paramaribo, Surinam) 12
What's Happening 15
Hit Parade 15
Shopping Guide 16
Dining Guide 16
On the Island Since (Marjorie
Krens & Roy van der Veen) 17
Bonaire Sky Park 19

who paid for one-way tickets to Holland
for accused Curagao criminals who had
their charges suspended once they de-
parted.

A Four pickpockets-two men and two
women-were arrested by airport police
at Curagao's Hato Airport last Sunday.
The pickpockets joined the check-in lines.
By pushing up from behind against the
(Continued on page 5)


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Smiling "Ellen" was found by some
kind people after she had been
abandoned and brought into the Bonaire
Animal Shelter. As with all the other pets
brought in she was checked out by the
vet to make sure she was in good health.
She passed that hurdle and further quali-
fied for adoption because of her "social"
attributes of having such a sweet disposi-
tion. And she always tries to please. Not
only that but she gets along well with
other dogs and even cats! Ellen is about


two years old and has been sterilized.
Shelter Manager Jurrie Mellema says
she'll make a good watch dog; she's a
fairly big dog and is very protective.
The adoption fee for dogs is NAf105 and
that includes assurance of a healthy and
social dog: shots, testing, worming, even
sterilization. If you had to pay for that
separately it would cost considerably
more. You may see Ellen at the Shelter
on the Lagoen Road, open Monday
through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays
until 1. Tel. 717-4989.
Don't forget the Shelter's Massive Ster-
ilization Program which lasts for two
weeks, October 18th to the 30th. Get the
word out! The goal is to sterilize 300
dogs, the target animals being those who
may be being fed by someone but who
run freely. Veterinarians from North
America and Holland will be coming to
perform operations, gratis. Volunteers are
needed to assist in the operating room
and to help pick up the dogs. Call the
Shelter at 717-4989 if you can help.
Thanks to volunteer Bea Jones of Colo-
rado who has been keeping the Bonaire
Animal Shelter website up to date: www.
bonaireanimalshelter.org. See what a
great job the Shelter is doing with educa-
tion, lost and found pets, sterilizing pro-
grams, fund raising and more. Thanks,
Bea! It's a labor or love. And thank you
too to NetTech for hosting the site. You
guys are great! O L.D.


No matter what, Prosecutor Ernst
Wesselius tries to stay positive and
keep smiling, he says.
ublic Prosecutor Ernst Wesselius
reported that things are still active at
Flamingo Airport with the Flamingo
Team. Last week 12 drug traffickers were
arrested, seven of them between Saturday
and Sunday trying to get on the same
flight to Holland. These seven were all
bolitas swallowers. The Prosecutor re-
cently received a report from Holland's
Schiphol Airport saying that during the
last weeks the flights coming in from
Bonaire have been "completely
clean" (drug free).
On Tuesday June 29 the Prosecutor Gen-
eral came to Bonaire to confer with Prose-
cutor Wesselius, Lt. Governor Domacasse
and Police Chief Daantje. The Police
Chief wasn't able to attend as he was off
island. Results of the conference were too
late to be included in this issue.


LP -0 LICE UPZ


page 4


FREE STERILIZATION PROGRAM

OCTOBER 18 to 30. Call 717-4989

Animal Shelter's Community-wide Program


Those suspects arrested for Belnam and
Sabadeco burglaries and robberies are still
being held. If anyone has any information
that is pertinent to the break ins, please
call the Police Hotline 9208

Charles Souriel of the Police Depart-
ment reports that traffic accidents and
burglaries were the big news last week.
On Friday at 7 pm there was a car acci-
dent at the crossing of Kaya Gilberto
Betico Croes and J.A. Abraham Blvd. The
driver who caused the accident had a cut
on the head and complained of pain in the
right arm. Both cars suffered frontal dam-
age. The police are investigating further.
There was another accident at dawn on
Sunday when a donkey crossed the road
and the driver had to swerve into the wall
of a ditch. The passenger in the vehicle
suffered some scratches and a broken
tooth.
On Sunday night at 7:10 pm near the An-
tillean Rice Mills a driver lost control of
the car which rolled over. The driver suf-
fered some internal injuries and a broken
rib and was taken to the hospital by the
ambulance. The driver remains in the hos-
pital. The accident is also under investiga-
tion.
It has come to the attention of the police
that in many of the barrios and in Les Gal-
leries in Playa the people are not taking
adequate precautions against intruders.
Last Friday in one of the barrios some of
the inhabitants were sleeping with their
windows and doors open during the times
when it would be an invitation to be
robbed. The police recommend that peo-
ple make their lives easier by making life
more difficult for the culprits. 1 L.D.






(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
person in front they created the opportunity
to steal. Two passengers reported having
had their purses stolen. The four are sus-
pected of being part of a larger gang. oper-
ating in Curacao.


A DCA will continue to fly from
Curacao to Amsterdam with a Lock-
heed Tristar from Air Luxor. DCA has
been using the aircraft for twice weekly
flights since late May. On July 1 it will
fly four times per week. How long the
relationship with Air Luxor will last is
not clear. DCA does not have certifica-
tion to fly trans-Atlantic flights on its
own. Statistics show that DCA, on aver-
age, transports three times as many bo-
lita mules as other carriers flying into
Amsterdam from the Netherlands Antil-
les. This has prompted Dutch State Sec-
retary of Finance Joop Wijn to warn that
a flight ban is under consideration.
DCA offers the lowest prices for the
trans-Atlantic flight, which might be the
appeal for the cost-conscious bolita
swallower.
DutchCaribbeanExel begins flying the
same route on July 15.

A The Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics
(CBS) notes in a report released last week
that, for the first time in 20 years, more
people emigrated from Holland in 2003
than immigrated to the country.


JAN MOL
8 November 1938 25 June 2004

ast Friday our friend, fellow joural-
ist, maritime engineer and retired
ship captain, Jan Mol, died in the hospital
in Curagao after a two-year, long, hard and
uncomfortable battle to survive his failing
kidneys. Jan's kidney problems started
following an extended period of taking
medicines for gout combined with high
blood pressure. The medication slowly
deteriorated his kidney functions until
their failure killed him. He was 65.
A resident of Bonaire since 1993, Jan was
well known for his articles about Bonaire
in the local papers, written in Dutch,
Papiamentu and English. He was a man of
the sea and was involved in many aspects
of it: as a member of the team attempting
to set up a maritime museum in Bonaire
and as the organizer of a marine exhibit at
Harbour Village.
Jan was born in Amsterdam, The Nether-
lands. He was a marine pilot in Aruba,
then worked for the Coast Guard in Can-
ada. Later he returned to Holland to work
in the boat simulation center. In 1993 he


CBS says the reason for this turnaround is
the decline in numbers of Antilleans mi-
grating to Holland and the rise in numbers
returning to the islands (104,800 left and
104,500 came in). In 2002, 24,000 more
came in than left.

A Geraldine Dammers has joined the
Bonaire Island Government as the fourth
Commissioner on the Executive Council.
She is expected to be responsible for educa-
tion. Bonaire's Commissioners, the Lt.
Governor and Island Secretary make up the


and his wife, Amy, came to Bonaire where
he worked for a time as a pilot before his
retirement. In addition to maritime articles
Jan wrote many stories about the people of
Bonaire and their island, which appeared in
The Bonaire Reporter, Extra, Amigoe and
Aruba Today.
Jan is survived by his wife Amy, one son
and two daughters. His children reside in
Holland. There was a service on Wednes-
day, June 30, at the Kas di Sosiego chapel.
In lieu of flowers the family would appre-
ciate a donation to the Bonaire Animal
Shelter.


island's executive branch. Ms. Dammers
has the reputation of being intelligent and
knowledgeable.
Traditionally Bonaire has had three com-
missioners but there were complaints that
the workload on individual commissioners
was too heavy and another was needed.
That moved was nixed by the previous Lt.
Governor, Richard Hart. Opposition party
leader Jopie Abraham has called the move
illegal and points out that Curagao with a
population of 140,000 has seven commis-
sioners, while Bonaire, with less than a


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tenth of that number, has four.

A Bonaire's airport will remain simply
"Flamingo Airport." After the birth of
Princess Amalia, the local Orange Associa-
tion spread rumors about changing the air-
port's name to Princess Amalia Airport.
Ruling party leader, Ramonsito Booi, con-
firmed the no-name-change at the end of
last week.


page 3


His death brings into sharp focus the need
for Bonaire to have its own kidney treat-
ment center. An initiative to get this estab-
lished very soon at San Francisco Hospital
was announced last month. Jan prolonged
his life through CAPD Continuous Am-
bulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (Peritoneal
Dialysis). It is a method by which a sys-
tem of tubes is used to flush the perito-
neum, via a "port" into the stomach with a
special fluid. It's time consuming, uncom-
fortable and boring for it must be done
four to five times daily. For a terminal kid-
ney patient, leading an active life, the way
Jan Mol did, is only possible using a kid-
ney-function-replacing therapy. It's not a
cure; only a kidney from a human donor
might correct the problem. But the waiting
list for new kidneys is long and a "match"
with a donor is a strict requirement. There
are many patients with failing kidneys in
Bonaire for a number of factors. Being
able to have a first line kidney center here
would make their lives more comfortable
and healthier.
All of us at The Reporter offer our sympa-
thy to Jan's family. O G./L.D./Arjan Lui-
jken










CHOSEN CHEFS PREPARE FORITALY
H ere they are--The Italian Connec- are now working in Italy). The third
tion--the group from the SGB Ho- phase is an exchange program whereby
tel School, Chez Nous, who will be going Italian culinary students will study in
to Italy's prima food region, Emilia Ro- Bonaire, Aruba and Curamao next year.
magna, where they will study cuisine, Bonaire's contingent this fall will be
Italian style, for four weeks this October. four students and an alternate: Bram
The Emilia Romagna region is consid- Schmit, Isidro Statie, Luthgarda Serberie,
ered to be the very pinnacle of cuisine Wendy Heredia and Jenny Silberie.
and produce in Italy. Choosing the students was a toughjob
Two years ago, as a pilot project, a for the teachers. Choices were based not
group of seven students from Bonaire only on the student's practical and theo-
were invited to come to Italy to study. retical class work but on the student's at-
The group made such a good impression titude and maturity, willingness to help in
on the school's admin- istrators the kitchens, seriousness in continuing in
that they were invited 1 to return, the cooking industry, independence and
Due to time and I sense of responsibility. According to the
money constraints the teachers, the two Italian schools they
invitation couldn't be / will be attending are at a higher level
accepted last year. / than their studies here, and coping
However, this year with another culture and language will
not only is Bonaire be a challenge. Most of these teens
sending a contingent speak four languages already,
but there will be stu- so Italian shouldn't be a
dents coming from s I hurdle. "But these
Aruba and Curamao) are smart kids. They
as well. The idea is to learn quickly and well,"
broaden the students' 01 said one of the teachers.
education, demonstrate an- The students will have a total immer-
other way to learn and give them a cul- sion experience in Italy. They will sleep,
tural and social experience. eat, study, cook and "work" at schools
The program this year has progressed to designed as "mock" hotels and resorts.
one with three phases. There will be the These schools, the Serramazzoni School
four-week study program in October and the Cesenatico School, are equipped
from the 4t to the 31st. There will be a with multiple kitchen work stations to
summer work program in 2005 for the allow for optimal hands-on training. Stu-
students which could last from three to dents from the ABC islands will have
six months. (Presently four students from practical sessions dedicated to cooking.
Bonaire, three from the 2002 program, They'll focus on subjects such as wine


Student chefs with their teachers and parents: (Standing) teacher Vernon Mar-
tijn, Bram Schmit and his mom, Isidro Statie with his dad, Luthgarda Serberie
with her mom, teacher Liz Rijna. (Front) teacher Kees Leeman, Wendy Heredia
with her mom and dad. Not pictured: Jenny Silberie


making, olive oil pressing, agro-tourism,
etc. After school hours in the dorms
they'll mix with students from other
countries. On the weekends there will be
excursions to wineries, balsamic vinegar
and Parmesan factories.
In order to help finance their trip, as in
the past, there will be fundraising gour-
met dinners at Chez Nous for the public,
starting in September. (Remember those
three-course extravaganzas two years
ago?) The Bonaire Culinar foundation
will help raise money as well for plane
tickets. Once the students are at the
schools in Italy, their room and board is


provided by the respective schools. When
the students return they'll be conducting
cooking skills workshops for their peers.
This project was conceived and accom-
plished by Sara Matera of the Bonaire
Restaurant Association (BRA) and the
Bonaire Culinar Foundation in conjunc-
tion with the staff of the SGB and con-
tributing members of the island. Last
time the entire community and visitors to
Bonaire helped support the group in the
form of money, airline award points, ad-
vice, free labor, production and goods at
no charge and a wonderful spirit. DL.D.


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PUPPY INSTRUCTION
MANUAL
Getting a puppy is a challenge not to
be undertaken lightly. Baby dogs
can be almost as time consuming as baby
humans. So, first be sure that you have
the time and energy to care for this new
member of your family, and then be pre-
pared.
Before you bring puppy home you will
want to have a place set up for him. Ide-
ally this will be a "play pen" at least 6' x
6' x 30"H, placed in your kitchen or other
area with washable floor. He will be
very lonely at first, missing his mama and
his littermates, so an area with some ac-
tivity will help distract and reassure him.
If you must be gone for long periods you
may want to leave a radio on. Line the
puppy's pen with newspaper to start, then
gradually reduce the area of paper, al-
ways leaving some soiled paper behind to
encourage him to eliminate in the same
spot. Include some toys in his pen-hard
rubber balls or nylon chews are best
(never rawhide or soft toys he might
choke on). The ideal puppy bed is a
small hard-shelled carrier crate (door re-
moved) with a towel in it. It needs to be
small enough that he won't want to elimi-
nate in it (dogs instinctively do not soil
their beds). Dogs are den animals; your
puppy's crate will be his den where he
can rest and feel secure, so never disturb
him when he is in his crate. Whenever
puppy is out of his pen he should be su-
pervised and any areas he has access to
should be baby-proofed.
Also be sure to have an appropriate (safe)
collar with ID tag, and a lightweight 4'
leash, before you bring your puppy home.
Feeding: If your puppy is just weaned he
should be fed 4 times a day. You want
him to eat as much as he will for the first
few months, unless your vet recommends
otherwise. Start by mixing 1 cup puppy
chow with warm water (dry is fine as
soon as he is eating well), see how much
he eats in 15 minutes, and adjust the
amount accordingly. Food and water
pans should be low and hard to spill (pie
pans are perfect) and kept clean at all
times. Put his dishes near his bed, as far
from his "bathroom" area as possible,
and always clean the pen before feeding
him. At 3 to 4 months you can cut him


This puppy was "dumped" with his
brother and mother north of
Sabedeco. He's now on the
road to recovery.

back to 3 times a day, and at 4 to 6
months, twice a day. Feed at set times
and pick up the food dish when he's done.
Having a schedule will help with future
training.
Veterinary and routine care: Your pup
should have received at least one puppy
shot (for distemper and parvo). Most
vets recommend booster vaccinations at
10-12 weeks, and again at 14-16 weeks,
and then annually. Consult your vet
about regular deworming.
The Rabies vaccine is given at 4-6
months (the first is good for 1 year, then
he will need it every 3 years). Your pup
should be neutered at around 6 months.
He should also be tested for heartworms
at 6 months, and be given monthly heart-
worm preventative.
He will also require flea and tick preven-
tion, as well as regular grooming includ-
ing ear cleaning, nail trimming, and
brushing.
Remember that your puppy will grow
into a dog, who will live 12 or more
years. So be sure you have the resources
(time and money) to provide housing,
food, exercise, training, and veterinary
care for him.
Animal Shelters are full of dogs whose
families were not prepared. Dogs Are
For Life!
Next time we'll begin training your
puppy... O Susan Brown


3&C etrenibu


CKbl ronic Ie


he big news this week is the
planned shift from a two-ballot
referendum to a single ballot. The Sep-
tember decision date was confirmed
(September 10th) It remains non-
binding on the Bonaire Government,
The Netherlands or the Central Govern-
ment. The change was set to be dis-
cussed at a Monday morning Island
Council meeting which was cancelled
but was announced by government legal
advisor Michel Bijkerk on the Sean Pa-
ton weekly Mega 101 Forum radio
show. As of press time it remains only a
proposal. The next Island Council meet-
ing is scheduled for July 9th.
Voting rights remain extended to five-
year permanent residents and age 16 and
up. Bonaireans residing overseas are not
excluded, but no infrastructure to vote
overseas has been defined.
Replacing the previous two-stage format
is a single ballot with four questions. It
is very similar to the 1994 Referendum
where Bonaire overwhelmingly voted to
maintain the status quo and remain part


NOS FUTURE, BAN P'EI
(OUR FUTURE-LET'S
GO FOR IT.)


of the Netherlands Antilles.

The options are:
1. Remain part of the Netherlands An-
tilles (Status Quo)
2. Form a "direct link" with The
Netherlands (Integration with Hol-
land)
3. Be an autonomous part of the
Dutch Kingdom (Status Aparte)
4. Become an independent country

In another Referendum development,
Filomena 'Stanley' Janga and Rudolf
'Dolfi' Davelaar were appointed as new
members of the Referendum Committee.
In the same Island Decision, the Govern-
ing Board (BC) approved the resignation
of Walter Coffie and Chairman Hans
Els. Adely Jansen withdrew her request
to resign. Arthur Sealy will be the
new chairman. 2


The aim of the CEtroide team of editorial and staff writers is to inform, not to influence
public opinion or "sell" a particular option. Critical comments, useful additions and ques-
tions by the readers are welcomed and published whenever possible.


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RINCON MARSHES

W hat began
nearly five
years ago as a once-a-
month outdoor market,
then progressed to one
large and three weekly
smaller markets
monthly, has now ex-
pended to an every-
Saturday big market.
The super successful
Rincon Marsh6 began
with the help of Rin-
con Uni and Rinfa, a
Rincon women's club.
Enthusiasm by the or-
ganizers and stand op-
erators was high from
the beginning and has
continued so until to-
day. Improvements
have been made along
the way like new
stands, programs with
featured speakers and
a shaded sitting area BBQ at the Rincon Market
and furniture provided
by RBTT bank, but the essence of the the early birds who enjoy the cool of
Marsh6 remains the same: a sharing of the day. They'll be serving local break-
Rincon hospitality, foods, crafts and tra- fasts with selections such as meat soup,
ditions. The stand holders are local entre- cactus soup, corn pancakes, pumpkin
preneurs who produce local products. pancakes, coffee, tea, hot chocolate
Their customers are local residents, tour- with peanuts, corn porridge and more.
ists, divers, eco-visitors all those who It will remain open until 2 to 4.
want to get a glimpse of the living an- Stands sell fresh fruit and vegetables,
thropologic museum called the Rincon candles, arts and handicrafts, home made
community. juices, jewelry, local sweets and snacks.
The Marsh3 is now open at 6 am for At lunchtime they fire up the grills and


HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAPTAIN DON


W e welcomed the opportu- tw V
nity to once again wish
Captain Don Stewart a Happy
Birthday... his 79th. Jack Chalk,
manager of Captain Don's Habi-
tat, threw him a party of about
100 of his closest friends last
Friday.
A special treat for the Captain
was the visit of his daughter,
Gwen, who spent some of her
growing-up years on Bonaire.
Since Captain Don's retirement
about 15 years ago from running
the resort he founded he's been
a nurseryman and landscaper.
He has specialized in landscap-
ing using native plants that need
no fertilization or irrigation. At
the entrances to SABADECO
you can see how beautiful native
plantings can be. With his cur- Captain Don and his daughter, Gwen
rent emphasis on plants his con-
tributions to Bonaire's dive industry may seem to be forgotten by newcomers to the
island. But the Dive Museum, organized for the just-completed Dive Festival, served
as a refresher for many of us. Be sure to see ScubaVision's 45-minute-long documen-
tary about Captain Don if you want to be informed and at the same time entertained as
you follow the career of Bonaire's foremost dive pioneer. O G.D.
Contact ScubaVision at 717-2844 or 785-9332, e-mail scubavision@bonairelive. com.


you can get ribs, chicken, fish accompa- traditions and appreciate the fact that they
nied byfunchi or fries, want to share it with the rest of the world.
A visit to the Rincon Marsh6 is a real Bo- O L.D.
nairean experience. Admire the town that
actively strives to maintain its culture and


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A A A YAAG


kitesurf scene -
KITESURFERS TO REPRESENT

BONAIRE AT ARUBA HIGHWINDS

N ot only will Bon-
aire be repre-
sented at the Aruba
Highwinds for wind-
surfing; now the Bon-
aire kitesurfers will
be entering this year's
Highwinds competition
too! Last year the or-
ganizers of the High-
winds combined the
windsurf event with
the popular and spec-
tacular sport of
kitesurfing, adding a i
new breeze to the ac- '
tion. ,
The Bonaire competi-
tors are: Martin Cicilia, -
Zwaantje (Zwanet) ?' Z. .- -
Kooij, Jeroen Roevros
and Pieter Zweers. They look forward to testing their skills against those of the
other participants and hope to put Bonaire on the map for good kitesurfing. (It's
about time...) They are sponsored by BonairExel (thanks!) 1 Martin Cicilia &
Zwaantje Kooij


NEW BOATLIF1


.


DIVING AND FISHING AT TOWN PIER STILL OK
H ave you noticed the fencing and new construction along Bonaire's commercial
waterfront? It's part of the changes taking place to bring Bonaire into compliance
with the International Shipping and Port Security (ISPS) code, which goes into effect
worldwide on 1 July 2004. Most international ports will be ISPS-compliant; ISPS-
compliant ships may only visit ISPS-compliant ports.
How does this affect those of us who live on Bonaire? ISPS certification is necessary
for Bonaire to be an acceptable port for most international shipping, including car carri-
ers and cruise ships. Once the ISPS code goes into effect this week (July 1st), the differ-
ences here will be minor. There will be a security presence on Bonaire's piers, but fish-
ing and diving will still be allowed.
The heart of the matter, for many of us, is that wonderful phrase, "diving will still be
allowed." Of course, it won't be as simple to arrange as it was before July, but then
nothing is as simple as it used to be... Both dive masters and divers will be required
to provide identity information, in advance, to the Harbormaster's Office, and Secu-
rity Officers will be checking diving permits on site. Other restrictions may be imposed
as the system is perfected, but diving will still be allowed.
Diving will still be allowed, that is, under circumstances of lowest security. When ships
are in port, or when security levels must be heightened, diving will not be permitted.
Diving hasn't been permitted with cruise ships at the Pier for several years already, so
that's not a change. We'll know diving isn't permitted because the sign, "NO DIVING
BEYOND THIS POINT" will be posted.
Those of us who love the Pier are indebted to our Harbormasters, who have worked
hard to create an acceptable security plan that includes recreational diving at the North
Pier. The ISPS code was designed by the International Maritime Organization at the
request of the United Nations. You can buy a copy of the ISPS code, or find out more
about it, at www.imo.org. 1 Dee Scarr


KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT
COEF
7-02 0:35 2.3FT. 10:05 0.6FT. 99
7-03 1:22 2.2FT. 10:46 0.6FT. 103
7-04 2:10 2.1FT. 11:31 0.7FT. 102
7-05 3:03 1.9FT. 12:05 0.7FT. 96
7-06 3:54 1.8FT. 12:34 0.8FT. 87
7-07 4:50 1.6FT. 13:01 0.9FT. 21:59 1.4FT. 76
7-08 2:32 1.3FT. 5:53 1.4FT. 13:17 1.0FT. 20:40 1.5FT. 63
7-09 4:14 1.2FT. 7:12 1.3FT. 13:16 1.0FT. 20:47 1.7FT. 51


Hauling your boat out of the water in Bonaire has just gotten easier. A massive
hydraulic trailer that should be able to accommodate sailboats and power-
boats up to the 40' class has been added to the facilities at the Blonk Boatyard lo-
cated next to WEB. Many yacht owners prefer to be hauled in this way because it
offers the most security for their vessel. Last week the Canadian yacht, the Tartan
37, Windmiller, was the first boat hauled for inspection and repair. Call 717-6800
or 567-0871 for more information. O G.D.


Alegria
Althea
Alegria, USA
Atlas
Bird of Paradise
Blauwe Crab, Curagao
Camissa, Chan Is.
Camperdown
Cape Kathryn
Capprico
Cha Seng, France
Elandrea
El Sabor
Fifth Season
Flying Cloud, USA
Gabrielle
Precocious Gale
Galadrial, USA
Gambler, Venezuela
Gammier


Gatsby, USA
Goril Too
Guaicamar I, Venezuela.
Honalee, USA
Hotel California Too, USA
Jalapeno
Jandreso
Jupiter
Karthersis
Lady Alice
Luna C
Macaby, Netherlands
Makai
Mariele
Natural Selection, USA
Numoan
Pamela Jean
Pau Hana
Sandpiper, USA
Santa Maria, Sweden


Scintilla, Germany
Shambala
Shiraz
Sirius
Sojourner
Sovereign III
Sylvia K
Triumphant Lady
Ta B
Ti Amo, USA
Trio
Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicorn, Norway
Varedhuni, Germany
Westernesse
Wind Miller
Ya-T, BVI
Zahi, Malta
Zeno's Arrow, USA


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Miss ARUBA in BONAIRE


The group that got them to Bonaire, A.D. Productions: Tica Sealy, Soulaeka Ro-
saria, President Angelo
Domacasse, Evelin Rolldak, Viola Coffy.


Thanks to A.D. Productions for help-
ing to bring the beauteous Miss
Aruba contestants to Bonaire for a little R
and R and an opportunity to meet the
press. Ten years ago A.D. formed the
"Happy Teen Dancers," which performed
during Regatta and nearly every other
festival on the island. The name has been
changed to "The New Generation Danc-
ing Models," and they're bursting with
talent and showmanship, so watch out for


them. A.D. sponsors everything having to
do with models and dancing, starting
with children as young as four and going
up to 21 years. "But we have mothers
too," says Vice President Coffy. "We
have the best dancers and models on
Bonaire!"
Their next happening is the Mini Modelo
event on July 10 at Jong Bonaire at 6 un-
til 11. For more information call Viola
Coffy at 785-0059. O L.D.


A rubanjazz great,
A r+" r+rDelbertBernabela
Delbert Berna- W M Ill
bela, will give a special
performance at Croc-
cantino Restaurant this at c
Saturday, July 3, from 7 to 10
pm, during the dinner hours, when he'll introduce
his new CD. Don't miss seeing and hearing this very
versatile performer who will be teaming up with
Bonaire's own Benje on the guitar.
Enjoy a marvelous Italian-style superb dinner from
the menu and delight in the musical masterpieces by
two entertaining guys. Delbert's new CD will be on
sale. There is no cover charge for the show. Reser-
vations are recommended. Call 717-5025.


page 10


Once again the Miss Aruba candidates and their entourage
held court during a big party at the Divi Flamingo Resort
with Tico Janga of extra newspaper.






BONAI MUSEUM OPENS thenewest museum of the Netherlands Antilles
ql.


I ffl~ Mus~~


The Bonai team poses proudly as Commissioner Dortalina unveils the entry sign.
Jay Haviser on the right.

"T t's all about empowerment," archeologist Dr. Jay Haviser declared at the
Opening last week of the Bonai Museum at Fort Oranje. "These students,
members of Bonai, have a sense of the feeling that when they take action that it will
have an impact!" This follows the group's success with getting the Government to
protect the Indian rock paintings at Onima last month.
The Museum, which is the 24t and newest of the Netherlands Antilles, was con-
ceived and put together by Dr. Haviser and the teenagers who have been studying
and working with him for the last year as a culmination of their project. The after-
school study program, a pilot for the rest of the Antilles, involves the teens in cul-
tural anthropology, pre-Colombian archeology and historical archeology. The Mu-
seum displays the results of what they found in their various digs around the island
and in the Fort Oranje, Wilhelmina Park, Passengran areas. As well, artifacts from


Dr. Haviser's digs in 1997 add to the collec-
tion. There are ceramic shards and a fascinat-
ing bottle collection. The Museum incorpo-
rates some of the new "museology" of the 10
different museums the students visited on a
field trip to Curacao recently, one of which
is interaction where the visitor can play a
bari (drum).
The room for the mini-museum was lying
fallow, but with the cooperation of the Gov-
ernment, the Justice Department and money
from AMFO and the Prince Bernard Funds,
the museum has become a reality with the
"students doing the painting, writing the
text all the bulk of the work," says Dr.
Haviser. "The museum is self-sufficient," he
explains. There are motion detectors for the
lights and airco that go on when someone
enters. It may
be small, but
it's progres-
sive!"
Special guest
at the open-
ing was Di-
rector of Na-
tional Muse-
ums, leteke
Witteveen.
The Bonai Mu-
seum is open
from 8 to 12,
1:30 to 4:30,
Monday
through Friday.
OL.D.


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A very special fish event happens
every year in July. The Great An-
nual Fish Count sponsored by REEF
(Reef Environmental Education Founda-
tion), an organization founded by Paul
Humann, is an occasion that encourages
everyone to participate in providing a
record of the fish species present in Bon-
aire. This year, with fisheries manage-
ment one of the goals of STINAPA, the
information is even more valuable.

How It Works.
REEF fish surveyors use the roving diver
survey method to collect the information.
Each participating diver or snorkeler car-
ries a slate with a preprinted list of the
most common fish. As they swim they
simply check off the species they see.
Then after the dive or snorkel they record
the data onto a form that is used to proc-
ess the information into the REEF data
base. This data base is available to scien-
tists and fisheries managers over the
internet at www.reef.org. Anyone with
some fish knowledge can help to contrib-


ute this valuable information.
Accompanying Events.
Yellow Submarine and Photo Tours Di-
vers, one of Bonaire's REEF Field Sta-
tions, is planning several events to en-
courage participation in this year's event.
On Wednesday evenings, June 30, July 7,
July 14, and July 21, at 7 pm, anyone in-
terested in learning to identify fish is in-
vited to play FISH-O at Yellow Subma-
rine. This is a fun activity similar to
BINGO that is designed to help you re-
member fish names. One FISH-O card
will be provided free. Additional cards
can be "purchased" with a completed fish
survey form. Great prizes will be
awarded for each winner. Supplies for
fish surveys can be acquired at the Photo
Tours shop in town on Kaya Grandi.
In addition, on Sunday, July 18, at 2 pm
Yellow Submarine is hosting the First
Annual Fish Survey Challenge. Buddy
teams will survey the reef in front of the
dive shop and compete for prizes. It will
be like a treasure hunt with prizes given
for certain specific species found and to


the team at each survey level that finds
the most different species. Tanks will be
provided and following the dive a pot
luck BBQ will be enjoyed by all partici-
pating divers. To participate, buddy
teams must register prior to that day by
calling 717-2929.

Levels of Surveyor Expertise.
REEF has designated several levels of
surveyor expertise determined by the
number of surveys submitted and scores
on tests of fish knowledge. Everyone
starts out as a Level 1 surveyor, but after
completing 2 surveys and passing a test
of 25 common fish that designation
changes to Level 2.
Serious surveyors can earn Level 3 by
passing a test of 100 common fish and
submitting 25 surveys. An invitation to
join the REEF Advanced Assessment
Team is extended to anyone reaching
Level 4 or 5. Level 4 requires the com-
pletion of 35 surveys and a score of 90%
on a test of 100 uncommon fish. Level 5


requires completing 50 surveys and a
score of 95% on the same test of 100 un-
common fish. Anyone gaining Level 4 or
5 can be considered an expert at fish
identification. Each year during the Great
Annual Fish Count an opportunity to take
the test is given to qualified individuals
interested in reaching the Advanced
Level. This year the test will be given on
July 20. For more information on the test
please contact Jessie Armacost at 717-
3976.

The recreational diver is seldom given a
chance to be a valuable contributor to the
scientific knowledge about coral reefs.
REEF fish surveys are designed to pro-
vide that opportunity. Information on fish
populations has become very important
particularly here in Bonaire. So, take ad-
vantage of the events offered for The
Great Annual Fish Count and become a
contributor. O Jessie Armacost


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Sat 10 am- 5 pm Friday 1- 7
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SSEMPERFLORENS
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Bonaire. Also landscaping. Fol-
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sumer and business informa-
tion source on Bonaire. Tele-
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formation go to http://www.

PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICE
BONAIRE. Consultation,
SSupervision, Hypnotherapy,
Psychotherapy Drs. Johan de
Korte, Psychologist, Phone:
717-6919

CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
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tion. Kaminda Lagoen 103,
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Don and Janet). Phone: 786-
0956 or 787-0956

LUNCH TO GO- Starting
from NAf5 per meal. Call
CHINA NOBO 717-8981





FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy healing
China trained, Experienced.
Inexpensive. Call Donna at 785-9013


For Sale: 7000 BTU split type air con-
ditioner NAf800, 17" computer
monitor NAf300, small refrigerator
NAf250, windsurfing equipment. Tel
717-5525

Nearly new Harvey 3 mil Men's Wet
Suit, L-XL, $45. Tel 791-4262

Toyota Hi Lux pickup single cab. 717-
5525.



For Rent: Comfortable 2 bedroom
beach villa-weekly or monthly-choice
location-Privacy & security- July 15
to Jan 15-Brochure available-Phone
(Bon) (599) 717 3293-or (US) (570)-
586 0098-e/mail larjaytee@aol.com



Wanted: HOUSE TO RENT- We are
looking for a house with 3 bedrooms,
2 bathrooms and if possible, a not-too-
small porch. Kind of garden would be
marvelous. Please phone 717-4200.

Couple loolung to rent a Kunuku
long term. Call 785-9013

[Looing for storage! Call 790;1601

Wanted: ceiling kitchen lamp tel
717-0124




Traditional Bonairean
Sailing Sloop. Wood, tra-
ditional construction, about
21' long. Fiberglassed in
and out for minimal main-
tenance. Two time winner
of Bonaire Regatta, Class
A. A dream to sail. Bar-
gain at NA 10,000. One of
the last of its kind. Call
717-8988 or 785-6125.


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tlUPT THEATER DE. .


Puppet theatre for children, Je-
PoBon!, has arrived with the pre-
miere this weekend of Rdk Buriku Rek'e
("Stretch, Donkey, Stretch"), a Grimm's
fairy tale adapted to Bonaire. In this type
of theatre, the puppeteer doesn't pull the
strings or use hand puppets. He's the
actor who plays a part along with the
puppet, their having an interchange with
each other, moving together sometimes
as in a dance.
Actors are Kathy Thielman, Gina Maria
Correa and Jean-Marie Winklaar. Carlos
Jim6nez plays percussion. The costumes
and puppets were created by the
Speeltheater of Holland, a famous Dutch
theatre company for children which spe-
cializes in theatre with actors and pup-
pets. The script was written by Saskia
Janse. Onny Huisink directed. Jackie
Bernabela translated it into Papiamentu.
JePoBon! was set up in February, as-


sisted by the expertise of the Speelthea-
ter cast. President of the governing
board is Mrs. Maria Elena "Lena" Do-
macass6, wife of the Lt. Governor.
The premiere of Rek Buriku Rek'e will
be this Saturday, July 3, at 5 pm at Jong
Bonaire. The performance will be in
Papiamentu. Later performances will be
in English and Dutch. O L.D.


Paramaribo, Surinam


anto and Mariella Djamin sent us one of their wedding pictures and it included
The Bonaire Reporter! Although they were officially married in Bonaire on
April 26th 2003, they promised their parents they would return to Surinam and
have a church wedding. They retied the knot at the Hotel Torarica in Paramaribo
this June 5th
Janto is an IT specialist for Beltech and Mariella works for the van Egmond Den-
tal Clinic. O G.D.


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Puppet master Gina Maria Correa


PICTURE YOURSELF

WITH THE REPORTER


Ifyou're interested in theatre give
them a call. The Foundation is look-
ingfor volunteersfor costumes, light-
ing, sound, stage sets, tickets, posters.
For more information call Jacky
Bernahela at SKAL, 717-8868.










ST.LUCIA FISHERMEN ON BONAIRE

bout five
A years
ago, around the a
island of St.
Lucia, several
coastal areas
were placed F
off limits to
fishing. It was
to let the reefs
in those areas
"rest" and al-
low fish to
breed and
grow large.
Now five years
later the
spillover At Canti Awa: Patrick Alexia, Kai Wulf Peter Butcher, Edward
from those ar- Mangroo and Anthony Leonce represented St. Lucia
eas has re-
sulted in more and larger catches nearby. This past week five representatives came to
Bonaire to describe their experience with this experiment. STINAPA hopes that local
fishermen and other groups will be convinced to try the same experiment here. But
what did those St. Lucians think of Bonaire? We asked each of them to give their im-
pressions:
Chief Ranger Peter Butcher said he agreed Bonaire had a "healthy reef, but the fish
were depleted, and there are no sea urchins."
Patrick Alexis, a professional fisherman, fishes the deep water between St. Lucia and
St. Vincent in his slender canoe boat made from a hollowed-out log. He said his fish-
ing remains good.
Park Manager Kai Wulf said that there are differences in purpose and hydrography
between St. Lucia and Bonaire. St. Lucia has few reefs compared to Bonaire and
functions as a comprehensive Marine Protected Area rather than focusing on coral
reefs. St. Lucian waters are zoned for fishing, recreation, and yachting. "It's about
managing people, not resources," he said.
The head of the fishermen's cooperative, Edward Mangaroo, talked about the dif-
ferences and similarities between fishing techniques. "We use nets," he said, "you
don't. But we both use hand lines, not fishing rods." He was surprised by the absence
of a fishing cooperative on Bonaire. "Ours was established in 1974, and after some
difficult years, has 130 associates. Low fuel costs and higher prices for fish are just
some of the advantages for our members."
Anthony Leonce runs the dive centers that support the three Sandals all-inclusive
resorts on St. Lucia. Like Bonaire, St Lucia uses a mooring system for its dive boats.
In fact the vast majority of St. Lucia dives are boat dives. But all divers must have
local guides; no unaccompanied diving is permitted. "A typical dive costs about $50
per person, all inclusive," he said.
All added they enjoyed their Bonaire experience. O G.D.


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2004 The Bonaire Reporter

Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or
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Editor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth.
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Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com

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Dee Scarr, Michael Thiessen

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Sue Ellen Felix

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(Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa); Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas
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WHAT'S HAPPENING


rULTY i01 !IllI

New! Usually 9:00 pm

Troy
(Brad Pitt)
Eadry Show (usually 7:00 pm)

Van Helsing
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75
NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM Pietje Bell 2: De
jacht op de Tsarenkroon
SUNDAY MATINEE 4 PM
Kill Bill Vol. 2

THIS WEEK
Saturday, July 3- Aruban jazz great
Delbert Bernabela introduces his new
CD at Croccantino Restaurant, 7-10 pm.
Dine and enjoy the show. No cover charge.
Reservations 717-5025.
Saturday, July 3 Surinam Freedom Day
Foundation Miete Makandra presents a
Surinamese Fiesta. Surinamese music and
delicious Surinamese food. Everybody is
welcome, admission is free. Kunuku JOS
at Kaya Nieuw Amsterdam. Info: Call
Hugo Leter at 717-4101/ 785-0187
Saturday, July 3, R&k Buriku Rek'e, 5 pm
at Jong Bonaire in Papiamentu. See page
13.
July 4 Sunday Dia di Arte, "Art Day,"
10 am-10 pm Wilhelmina Park For more
information contact Emma Sint Jago at
717-7420. See page 18.

Wednesday 7pm, July 7, July 14, and
July 21, play FISH-O at the Yellow Sub-
marine. (similar to BINGO, FISH-O helps
you remember fish names. One card will
be provided free. Additional cards can be
"purchased" with a completed fish survey
form. Great prizes. See page 12.

COMING
Saturday, July 10- Soldachi Dos Pos na-
ture tour, beautiful vistas. Learn about the
plants, trees, birds, culture and history in
an informal and friendly way. 6:30 am.
Call Maria at 717-6435 or 790-5657 to
reserve. A small donation is requested:
NAf 10 for adults; NA f5 for children.
Saturday, July 10 Opening of art ex-
hibit by Winfred Dania at the Cinnamon
Gallery, 7 to 9 pm. Traditional Bonairean
music and food. KayaA.P.L. Brion #1, just


off Kaya Grandi, behind the Banco di
Caribe. Exhibit runs until August 6. See
page 18
Saturday, July 17- Soldachi Alta Mira
nature tour, third Sat. of month. 6:30 am.
Call Maria at 717-6435 or 790-5657 to
reserve. NAf 10 for adults; NAf 5 for chil-
dren.

Sunday, July 18,2 pm Yellow Submarine
hosts the First Annual Fish Survey Chal-
lenge. Buddy teams will survey the reef in
front of the dive shop and compete for
prizes. Tanks provided; followed by a Pot
Luck Barbecue. Buddy teams must register
prior to July 18. Call 717-2929.
Tuesday, July 20. REEF test for qualified
individuals wanting Advanced Level. Call
Jessie Armacost at 717-3976.
Wednesday 7pm, July 14, and July 21,
play FISH-O at the Yellow Submarine.

EVERY WEEK
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while en-
joying a great dinner in colorful tropical
ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant
& Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm. Live Fla-
Bingo with great prizes, starts 7 pm, Divi
Flamingo
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
introduces 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 -Meditation at Donkey Beach
from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to all. Call S.
H.Y. 790-9450
Wednesday -Sand Dollar Manager's
Cocktail Party, Mangos Bar and Restaurant
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.
Saturdays during summer Rincon Mar-
she opens at 6 am. Enjoy a Bonairean
breakfast while you shop: fresh fruits and
vegetables, gifts, local sweets and snacks,
arts and handicrafts, candles, incense,
drinks and music.

Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Authen-
tic Bonairean kunuku. $12 (NAf 12 for
Bonaire residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-
9800.
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is open


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A 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


daily for hot slot machines, roulette and
black jack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm- 4
am and Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.

FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Sunday- Discover Our Diversity Slide
Show, Buddy Dive at the pool bar, 7 pm
717-5080
Friday- Week in Review Video Presenta-
tion by the Toucan Dive Shop at the Plaza's
Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.
Friday- The Captain Don Show- Conver-
sation, fun, yarns, a few slides. Guaranteed
85% true. Aquarius Conference Room.
Captain Don's Habitat 8:30 pm Tel. 717-
8290

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Mangazina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse" while learning
about Bonaire's history and culture and visit
typical homes from the 17th century. Daily. Call
7174060 or 790-2018
Go to the source. Visit the Bonaire Museum 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 holidays.
717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's most popular musi-
cians.
Rincon Marshe- every Saturday 6 am to
3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's historic
town. Soldachi Tours show you the Rincon


area starting at 10 am. Call Maria at 717-
6435. To reserve.
Dos Pos Scenic Walk- Second Saturday
of the Month. NAf 10-Call Maria 717-
6435
CHURCH SERVICES
International Bible Church of Bonaire-
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:30 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papiamentu,
Dutch and English on Sundays at 10 am.
Thursday Prayer Meeting and Bible
Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu,
Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
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 (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). Services in Eng-
lish, 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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DINING GUIDE


See advertisements in s issue


RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE / WHEN OPEN FEATURES

Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Magnificent Theme Nights: Sunday: Beach Grill; Wednesday: Mexican
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Night; Friday: Manager's Rum Punch Party and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q
717-5080, ext. 535 Open every day

Caribbean Club Bonaire at Hilltop Breakfast, D eratosed Sunday What a place! Friendly bar next to the pool, home cooked meals, happy hours
7 minutes north of"Hotel Row" 717-7901 5 to 7. Serious BBQ on Tuesdays NAf25.

Calabas Restaurant & Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and beautiful turquoise setting when enjoying a
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. Waterfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner breakfast buffet or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant
717-8285 Open 7 days & bar. Enjoy inspiring vistas and a high standard of international cuisine.

Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Skilled chef direct from Tuscany prepares exquisite dishes. Authentic ingredi-
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 Dinner ents and romantic setting make dining a total delight. Get served in a garden
717-5025 Closed Monday setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort.
Garden Cafe Moderate Finely prepared Middle Eastern cuisine plus Venezuelan specialties.
Kaya Grandi 59 Monday-Friday, Lunch & Dinner Excellent vegetarian selections.
717-3410 Saturday, Dinner. Closed Sunday Pizza and Latin Parilla
La Balandra Moderate Cuisine by Chef Alberto Roldan of the Bonaire Culinary Team.
On the Water at the Harbour Village Resort Breakfast-Lunch If you are using the NAf25 Beach Pass, a NAf 15 credit is given for meals
717-7500, ext 62; 785-0902 Special Dinners on Friday, Sunday Bonaire's best seaside location.
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home o0
717-3293 Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7:30pm, resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from scratch-
Home Delivery or Take Out Closed Sunday for take out or delivery only.
The Lions Den Beach Bar Moderate-Expensive Spectacular setting overlooking dive sites and Klein Bonaire.
On th And Restaurant Di7173400 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Imaginative menu, open kitchen.
On theseaatLns6Dive 717-3400 Open 7 Days Owned and operated by Kirk Gosden


Across from M n in known Kralendk ear er Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro
Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner owned and ran by a European educated Master Chef and his wife.
Call 717-8003 Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Nonchi's at Cultimara Low Delicious local and international food to take out, or eat there. Everyday a different
791-4280 Open 5 am-8 pm Monday-Saturday combo. Sandwiches and roast chicken too.

Pasa Bon Pizza Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday gredients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
milenorth of town center. 790-1111 Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111

The Seahorse Cyber Caf7 Low-Moderate Tasty breakfasts, pastries, fresh tropical juices, homemade bread,
Kaya Grandi #6. Phone 717-4888 Open 7 am 7 pm Closed Sunday special sandwiches, delicious desserts and more make this a favorite.






S uH > 0P Pi=NG G"U =ID "E. SeeadEerisemenStsointhis issues


AIRLINES
BonairExel. Bonaire's own ON TIME airline flying be-
tween Bonaire, Curagao and Aruba. Look for The Bon-
aire Reporter on board.
APPLIANCESIFURNITUREICOMPUTERS
City Shop is Bonaire's mega-store for TV, Stereos, Air
conditioning, large and small kitchen appliances. Name
brands, guarantees and service center.
BANKS
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest num-
ber of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank.
They also offer investments and insurance.
BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing
and professional nail care.

BICYCLE I SCOOTER QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally
repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top brand
bikes. Have your keys made here.
BOOKS
Watercolours Bonaire and Eye on Aruba, Bonaire,
Curacao are the most original ways to remember Bonaire
and the islands at their best. At Photo Tours and many
other island shops.
Bonaire Diving Made Easy, Third Edition, is an essen-
tial in your dive bag. The latest information on Bonaire's
shore dive sites.
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios and
walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped concrete
pavement.
CYBER CAFES
See Restaurant Guide for The Seahorse Cyber Cafe.
DENTURES
All Denture Lab. For denture repair or new ones. All
work done on the island, fast results. Owner-operator
denturist. Repairs while you wait.
DIVING
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch dive
shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bon-
aire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q.


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Dive Inn Seven studio apartments and dive shop/school
directly on the waterfront in the heart of town. Friendly,
highly experienced with an exceptional staff.
FITNESS
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to suit
your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or just
keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.
Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates,
Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness
machines and classes for all levels.
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain
your garden. They can design, install and maintain it and
offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals.
GIFTS SOUVENIRS LIQUORS
The Bonaire Gift Shop has a big selection of what you
need to enjoy Bonaire and remember it when you get
home. Digital cameras and watches a specialty.
HOTELS
Hotel Bonaire Inn (formerly Friars' Inn), downtown
Kralendijk, has rooms and breakfast at Bonaire's lowest
prices. Great for tourists or when visiting family and
friends.
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers out-
standing fabrication of all metal products, including
stainless. Complete machine shop too.
PHOTO FINISHING
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers
fast, fine processing for prints and slides plus a variety of
items and services for your picture-taking pleasure.
REAL ESTATE I RENTAL AGENTS
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real es-
tate agent. They specialize in professional customer ser-
vices and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connections.
5% of profits donated to local community.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insur-
ance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire,
stop in and see them.
REPAIRS
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed or
built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Electrical,
plumbing, woodworking, etc.


RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours
including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling
and exploration.
SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra meas-
ure of protection when you need it. Always reliable. Call
717-8125.

SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
agent. Call 717-8922/8033.
SUPERMARKETS
Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modem, effi-
cient and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Located be-
hind NAPA.
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European brand
products. THE market for provisioning.
TOYS AND GAMES
Laur'an is a store dedicated to providing quality toys
and games to Bonaire. Find them on Kaya Gerharts in the
Lourdes Shopping Mall
WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Call Bonaire Nautico at
560-7254. Ride the Kantika di Amor or Skiffy. Hotel
pickup too.
WINES
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 deliv-
ery.
YOGA
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desiree and
Don at Jong Bonaire for a workout that will refresh mind
and body. Private lessons too.
ATTENTION BUSINESSMEN:

Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
The most advertising for your guilder.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 791-7252


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ON THE ISLAND SINCE ...


'4T always knew I didn't want to die
I in Holland, and besides, I never
liked the cold. So, one day I thought, if I
don't do it now I'll never do it, and I left
for Bonaire.
I was born in Indonesia and we had a nice
life, but my parents decided it would be
better for us children if we could get our
education in Holland, so we left and it
was a big change for all of us. I had a
good time and many friends, but I never
felt at home in Holland. I did a lot of dif-
ferent studies. I can't do just one thing at
a time. My mom always told me, 'Be sure
you never have to depend on a man!' So I
studied chemistry, data analysis, process
control. I studied at the sports academy
and I studied sports massage. I worked for
the Dutch Marketing Institution, I sold
kitchens and I started my own company
importing kitchens. I was a magazine
photographer, a newspaper journalist. I
did wedding videos and photography. I
was a cheerleader, and always, all my life,
I did every kind of aerobics and I danced.
I was a student, a teacher and a performer
and I was never at home. I never had time
for my family. I was always busy and
now, being so far away from them, I
found out that family is
very important, and I miss
them and my friends and "If you
my dancing life. "She well or
laughs: "That's why we
started the dance school. sick,
We thought if we can teach danc
everybody here how to
dance we don't always better.
have to dance together!"
"We met a couple of weeks
before Marjorie left for Bonaire," Roy
says. "We didn't really impress each
other because Marjorie doesn't even re-
member the first time she danced with
me! The second time we talked and she
told me she was going to Bonaire, she
said, 'It would be nice if you would hop
by some time!' I myself had been think-
ing for the last three years about leaving
Holland, but I wasn't sure where to go. In
2000 I went back to Surinam after 25
years and I'd also made a stop in Cura-
9ao. I didn't like the social climate of ei-
ther place, the criminality, the lack of
safety and the negative feeling in general.
So I was interested in what Marjorie was
doing.
There have been many parallels in our
lives. I was 10 when we left Surinam. My
dad had a great job with an American
company, but he gave it up because he
thought it would be better for us children
to study in Holland. When you're young
you see the world in a completely differ-
ent way. You don't have an opinion. You
make yourself at home in the new envi-
ronment your parents choose for you and
that's it. I had a happy childhood, but like
Marjorie, I always felt different. I was a
loner, someone who didn't socialize, who
didn't belong to a group. Because of the
way I was I always had my own ideas


about what I wanted to find out, to learn
and to know, especially about life in its
essence, the reason for being here.
I started playing the piano when I was 10.
At 13 I became interested in psychology
and read many books about the subject.
My dad always took time for us, time to
discuss, to hear our opinions, time to lis-
ten and to teach us. After psychology I
started reading all about astrology, the
human body and nutrition. I studied elec-
tronics. I was good at repairing motor-
bikes. At technical school I studied elec-
tro-technique as well. After that I went to
an aviation and electronics school. I went
into the army and became a non-
commissioned officer and specialist of the
F104 Starfighter. That's how I got my
diploma as a ground engineer for aircraft
maintenance and worked on KLM's 747s,
DC10s and DC9s. I loved that job be-
cause technology is beautiful. Then I
went to the States to study management
philosophy. It's a never-ending study, but
I did it for two years. When I came back
to Holland I worked for 13 years for
KPN, the National Telephone and Com-
munication Company.
In addition to all my official and self stud-


u don't feel
when you're
when you
e you feel
.. always!"


ies, all my jobs, I was
always busy with music.
I played in a band,
'Tropical Special,' and
we toured Europe until I
started dancing. I went
to a dance school and
found an excellent Bra-
zilian teacher. It became
a big part of my life. I
performed in shows,


gave workshops and ran a dance school.
When you start doing Salsa you discover
it's not just a dance, it's a way of life, like
surfers have their thing or skaters. After a
while you can't do without it anymore. It
becomes a way to express yourself. If you
don't feel well or when you're sick, when
you dance you feel better... always! That
counts for both of us. We never cancel a
lesson. The show always goes on and
you're never excused even if you've just
been operated on or your tooth has just
been pulled out. There is no way you fail
to show up! That's the message we are
teaching our students."
Marjorie Krens (40) and Roy van der
Veen (41) are extremely attractive people,
inside and out. They're sweet; they have a
good sense of humor; they know what
they want and they're great in what
they're doing. They're outstanding per-
formers.
"We don't drink, we don't smoke and we
don't do drugs. We don't need any of
that," Roy says. "Dancing is an art form
that you create alone or together, just for
the moment, and from that creation you
get this feeling of tremendous joy and
excitement, this blissful sensation that
inspires others and that you share with
other people. It's a very personal experi-
ence. In the first place you're doing it for


yourself, but the second biggest joy is that
you can share it with someone else. By
teaching people how to dance you take
away their barriers. Many people feel in-
secure, but once they learn dancing, an-
other dimension is added to their lives.
You're creating your own pleasure and
other people love to share it with you.
When I met Marjorie we found out that
we have the same mentality. We also be-
lieve that everything is for a reason.
When she left for Bonaire our relationship
had just begun, and we thought, 'We'll
see.'
"When I arrived here at the airport in the
morning, I thought, 'Finally... I'm finally
home... 'Marjorie smiles. "I found a job
immediately. It was funny; when I was
here all alone it was then that I fell in love
with Roy! After two weeks I called him
and we both were so sad that I told him
I'm coming back."
"When Marjorie came back to Holland
we got to know each other better and I
decided to come to Bonaire with her. I'd
never been here but I liked it and I saw
lots of possibilities. After three weeks I
had to go back. The relationship we had
felt good; it simply felt good," Roy says,
"and I had made up my mind. Shortly
after I resigned my job, packed up two
households, arrived September 2003, or-
ganized a house for us and found a job.
In March this year Marjorie stopped
working and we started giving dance


classes. Now we've got 35 students, but
it's just because of the fact that we didn't
have our own location that we had to turn
down many children and adults and we're
sorry for that! It was Movieland who
saved us when we'd just started, by giv-
ing us their place to practice. We're very
grateful for that and for all the coopera-
tion and goodwill that was given to us by
many people on Bonaire.
This week we're moving to the Sentro di
Bario in Antriol for a week. Then we'll be
permanently at the Hollandse Patio at
Kaya Uruguay #8 in Tera Cora. Our goal
is to give everybody the pleasure of danc-
ing. Whether you're 6 or 106, slim or fat,
tired or fit, talented or absolutely not,
we're going to teach you Salsa, Zouk,
Bachata, Street Dance, Bolero, Samba,
Axe and Meringue, and in the end we will
have created the only thing we're missing
here: our own dance family on the is-
land!" 1
Greta Kooistra


For more infor-
mation go to
their web site:
WWW.
vandevechte.
com/dance


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A Gunnard Gouvemeur, the owner of the
mini cruise ship, Seamaster, which recently
returned to Curagao from a school cruise
across the Atlantic, plans to make Kral-
endijk his ship's new home port. The 25-
year-old Seamaster will undergo a thorough
maintenance before beginning cruises be-
tween the Bonaire, Curagao, the Aves Is-
lands and Los Roques. =


(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 4)


A Artist Winfred Dania will be the first
featured guest artist at the Cinnamon
Gallery from July 10 to August 6.
Dania's paintings hang in the Bonaire
museum and several private collections.
He is the artist who created the mythic
representation of Klein Bonaire that was
made into the poster, "Preserve Klein
Bonaire." Hundreds of copies of the
poster were sold to help with getting the
island back for the people of Bonaire.
His exhibition will open on Saturday,
July 10 from 7 to 9 pm, when you may
meet the artist. It will be an evening of
traditional Bonairean music and food.
The Cinnamon Gallery is on Kaya A.P.
L. Brion #1, just off Kaya Grandi, be-
hind the Banco di Caribe. They're open
Monday through Friday, 9 to 12, 2 to 5,
or by appointment. Call 717-7103 or
786-9700.


assigned to Pristina, Kosovo, worked dur-
ing the 80s as the Consul-General in Wil-
lemstad. The departing Consul-General,
Deborah Bolton, will leave the Curagao
consulate in August for Colorado Springs,
where she will become the foreign affairs
advisor for the commander of the Army's
Northern Command. Sorenson will take up
his post in Curagao in October. Vice-consul
Christopher Degnan will be acting Consul
until his arrival.

A Bonaire's Special Olympics team will
travel to Jamaica from July 7-14 to take
part in the Caribbean Games. The Reporter
will bring you news direct from Kingston,
and a recap upon return.

A Bonaire had a bad air day this past
Monday. First DCA announced that four
of their six jets (2 DC-9s and 2 MD-80s)
would not be flying and that they were
curtailing schedules for their entire Car-
ibbean system, including Bonaire. (It
seems inefficient to fly a DC-9 jet be-
tween Bonaire and Curacao, a 35 mile
flight, but that's what they do.) Bonair-
Exel had one of its two prop-jet aircraft
out of service for repairs and the Ameri-
can Eagle Sunday night flight was can-
celled, stranding US-bound passengers
until the next day's flight.


MIRROR ON THE WALL

ahi fI


ttention Bonaire businesses: Look
what's coming out of the SGB high
school these days. With such creativity
right here on the island why look some-
where else for your design needs.
Art is everywhere and the theme is Recy-
cle! SGB teacher Wilna Groenenboom
reports that the students at the high school
have had some interesting projects that are
now on view to the public. Kooyman very
kindly donated broken pieces of mirrors to
the students of the "Case and Welfare

you can buy cas-
settes and CDs S t
of local artists,
paintings and
handcrafts. Sam- i
ple delicious
Creole dishes,
seafood, home-
made candy and
chocolate. Let
the kids enjoy
organized games An entry for this year's
while you relax contest by Lianne
with a cold beer Dykhuizen -12 years old
or a soft drink at
the well stocked bar. Have a look, admire,
applaud the talents. remember to buy some-


Group" who turned them into art pieces.
Take a look. They may inspire you to do
something with mirrors yourself. They're
on display at Kooyman's on the left wall
near the office as you enter.
Another group of students was given pa-
per bags, paint and odds and ends and
asked to create a shopping bag design for a
particular store: fruit and vegetable shop,
fashion store and others. Those creations
you may see at Warehouse displayed over
the entrance and exit door. 1 L.D.

thing from the art collection to remember
your visit.
JanArt will be hosting an art contest for
children and young adults, ages 4 19.
Prizes will be awarded for different age
categories. Bring your best picture to the
JanArt tent before 4 pm. Art supplies will
be available if you would like to create a
picture that day. O L./G. D.


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*to find it, just look up


The Earth at
Aphelion
and Two Super
Close Meetings
of Four Cosmic
Goodies


Mf ark this Satur-
day and Sun-
day, the 3rd and 4th,
for a close meeting of
the brightest planet
and the eye star of
Taurus the Bull.
Then Monday July
5th our Earth will
reach aphelion, and
finally, Saturday, July
10th, the M&M planets have an absolutely super close meeting you won't want to miss.
During this weekend, Saturday, July 3rd, and Sunday, the 4th, one hour before sunrise,
face east where just above the horizon you will see the most brilliant planet of them all,
Venus, which is almost always mistaken for a UFO when it appears just before dawn.
And right next to it, only one degree away (which means that we could fit only two full
Moons between them because one full Moon is half a degree wide) is Aldebaran, the
bright red eye star of Taurus the bull. But its usual brightness will be out- dazzled by
brilliant Venus. And once again I must remind you that this close meeting is only an
illusion. In reality this weekend, 8,000-mile-wide Venus will be only 35 million miles
away, while Aldebaran, which is as wide as Venus is distant from us, 35 million miles
wide, will be 68 light years away, which is 11 1/2 million times farther away than Ve-
nus. Don't miss this pre-dawn sight.
Next up on Monday, July 5th at 7 am Eastern Daylight Time our Sun will be at aphe-
lion. That means it will be at its farthest point away from our Earth for the entire year,
almost 3 million miles farther away than it was when it was at perihelion, its closest,
last January 4th. And then get ready for a super goodie on Saturday night, July 10th, at
dusk, about 30 to 40 minutes after sunset, because for a brief few minutes you'll be able
to see the two M&M planets tiny 3,000-mile-wide Mercury and only slightly larger
4,000-mile-wide Mars in an absolutely super close spectacular meeting. Look west
northwest and they will be only two tenths of one degree apart, which means that less
than half a Moon could fit between them. But once again, even though they'll look as if
they're almost touching, it's only an illusion because of our perspective here on Earth.
In fact, on Saturday the 10th, tiny Mercury will be only 103 million miles away from
Earth while Mars will be a whopping 238 million miles away.
Now I advise that you use a pair of binoculars to find them and make sure you look
while it's still light out because they'll be below the horizon when it gets dark. And
might I also remind you that the farther north you live above the equator the more diffi-
culty you'll have in finding them because they'll be closer to the horizon the farther
north you are.
So there you have it, a super meeting this weekend between Venus, the goddess of
love, and Aldebaran, the red eye of Taurus the bull, Earth at its farthest from the Sun
on Monday the 5th, and on July 10th at dusk a super close meeting of the M&M plan-
ets. What a way to begin July! O JackHorkimer


Moon Info


Full Moon on July 2nd : ) Last Quarter on July 9.


New Moon on July 17. (: Last Quarter on July 9.
0 C..*


For the week: July 2 to July 9, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Be sure to catch up on overdue correspondence and
help those you love find solutions to their dilemmas. Strong willpower will come to
your rescue. Be aware of any emotional deception. Do not sign legal contracts or
documents this week. Check your personal papers and make sure everything is in
order. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You have been stagnating for some time now and you
need a change of pace. Voice your opinions and contribute to the debate. Be careful
not to take on other people's problems. You may find yourself in a financial bind.
Your creative imagination will help you in coming up with unique ideas. Your lucky
day this week will be Tuesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Take advantage of your attributes and lure the mate of
your choice. Socially, you need a fast paced form of entertainment. You might find it
difficult to control your emotions. Throw yourself into your work. Your lucky day
this week will be Saturday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Communication will be the source of your knowledge
and you must be sure to spend time with those who have more experience. Avoid
joint ventures and steer clear of groups that want you to contribute financial assis-
tance. Don't even bother trying to get their approval on the things you want to do.
Think twice before you volunteer information. Your lucky day this week will be
Thursday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Positive connections can be made if you get involved in en-
vironmental organizations. Money may slip through your fingers. You have more
than enough on your plate already. You are likely to be left alone if you aren't will-
ing to bend just a little. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Don't shy away from potential mates they want to in-
troduce you to. Look into alternatives that would better suit both your needs. You are
best to ask questions if you aren't certain about issues that are confronting you. Ac-
commodate others but not before you do your own thing. Do the proper safety
checks before you go out. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Hard work will pay off if you refrain from expressing
your opinion to superiors. Don't let relatives stand in the way of your personal plans.
Make changes regarding your status in society. Short trips to visit others will do the
whole family a world of good. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Don't let others bully you into agreeing with them.
You can ferret out secret information if you just listen to what others have to say.
Don't offer to pay for others. Younger relatives may seek your advice. Your lucky
day this week will be Friday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Get involved in sports events that will benefit
your physical appearance. You need time to make things better. You may want to try
your hand at a little creative writing. Don't let your boss get the better of you. Take
the initiative and go after your goals. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Problems with skin, bones, or teeth may mess up
your schedule. This will be a good time for research and for sitting down with some
good, informative reading material. You will gain valuable insight and knowledge
through the experiences you have along the way. You may be confused regarding
your love life. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You should not be concerned with co-workers who
insist on spreading rumors. Try to stay calm and understand both sides of the situa-
tion. Talk to your mate about a vacation and discuss the expectations of your rela-
tionship. You can make money through real estate or by using your head when it
comes to personal investments. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Verbal abuse may lead to walkouts; don't make any
rash statements you may regret later. You will be accident prone if you aren't careful
this week. Any contributions you make to organizations will enhance your reputation
and bring you offers. Get into some activities that will help you in making new
friends. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. 1


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