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T he Bonaire De-P
celebrated its 50" birth-
day this past Tuesday.
It is the oldest political
party on Bonaire,
founded the same year
as the constitution
(ERNA) that formed
the Antilles. The foun-
der was Julio Abraham,
the father of the present
party leader, Jopie A Bonaire media frenzy greets Jopie Abraham
Abraham. The Democ-
ratic Party is the only
Bonaire political party
that has political affilia-
tion on other islands.
The party had its roots
in the time when there
were only about 2,500
people eligible to vote,
when women cast most
of the votes because
men were off working
in other places and the
issues seemed more Curagao political leader Errol Cova with Riet Sealy
straightforward. In addi-
tion to Julio Abraham, people like Cola
Debrot, LD Gerharts, Momon Marchena
and Shon Bubu Booi were prominent.
There will be another all-day celebration
on Friday, August 13th, at the party head-
quarters in Antriol. Activities for 60-
plussers, children and families will begin
at 9 am and run until midnight.
Ladies at the Pirate House buffet
SThe economy of the Netherlands An-
tilles continued to expand in the first
quarter of 2004, supported by the further
recovery of the world economic climate,
says the Central Bank in its latest Quarterly
Bulletin. The Real Gross Domestic Product
is estimated to have grown by 0.9%, a de-
celeration compared to the 1.4% growth in
2003. The expansion stemmed from higher
domestic demand, driven by private sector
spending. Consumer spending gained
strength, supported by an increase in con-
A The Venezuelan carrier, Avior Air-
lines, has shown interest in joining with
DCA and making Curacao its hub. The
airline gave the Curagao Executive Council
a presentation of its plans to terminate DCA
operations and continue as Curagao Air-
lines. Avior Airlines is a privately owned
carrier established 10 years ago and is the
second largest in Venezuela, after Aero-
postal. Up to three years ago it flew to
Curagao. It still flies Venezuela Aruba.
The Curagao Government held talks earlier
with the Dutch Exel Group about its plans,
but Exel director Harm Prins does not agree
with Commissioner Ivar Asjes' request to
submit a business plan as long as there are
still talks with others. He also expressed
doubts about using DCA personnel in the
Avior Air plans, "because a pilot is consid-
erably cheaper in Venezuela than in Cura-
gao." Prins does not believe government
should support any airline.
Exel is also in talks with Winair about pos-
Yoga (Positive Changes)
Pet Professor (Obedience 101)
A Parable (Two Monks)
MCB Makes Music
Bonaire's Riches (Fish Count Report)
Flotsam & Jetsam
Rincon Marshe Schedule
Vessel List & Tide Table
Pet of the Week (Saga of Susie)
(Sea World, Orlando, Florida)
Shopping & Dining Guides
On the Island Since
Bonaire Sky Park
The Stars Have It
sible cooperation as St. MartinExel. They
have submitted a request to fly Cura9ao-St.
Maarten. Prins said they had asked to proc-
ess it with urgency, "because the way DCA
going now is a disaster." "We want to fly
twice a day, with a new type ATR 42 -
twice a day and on time."
A ArubaExel's first flight (to Curacao) is
set for August 27. Initially, it will only fly
to Curagao and Bonaire, but future plans
are also to fly to Venezuela and Colombia.
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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
Flights to the US and South America are
promised. ATR-42s similar to Bonair-
Exel's will be used. ArubaExel flights will
supplement BonairExel's. ArubaExel will
fly twice a day to Curagao and once a day
to Bonaire. For the time being, Bonair-
Exel pilots will fly the ATRs. The Dutch
Exel Aviation Group is the owner of
ArubaExel. This Group has 36 airplanes
in Europe and the Caribbean, like Hollan-
dExel and DutchCaribbeanExel.
ArubaExel has recently received the re-
quired business permits and expects to
receive the Air Operator Certificate within
a few days.
A Things became tense at the Dutch
Caribbean Airlines' (DCA) counter at
Curagao's Airport last Thursday morning
when it was discovered that only one plane
was available for all the regional flights.
Then about 20 angry DCA ticket holders
to Holland showed up, demanding refunds
because they were stuck in Curagao be-
cause the airline has been unable to fly
them home. Consequently, DCA employ-
ees barricaded themselves in the office and
airport security had to restore order. The
day before an official had become physical
with a DCA telephone operator and report-
edly grabbed her by the neck.
"The combined problems were too much
for the personnel," confirmed DCA com-
mercial manager Cesar Prince. At the end
of the morning there was one DC-9 avail-
able for takeoff. To where? "All regional
routes," answered Prince.
When negotiations to receive payment
failed, the Curagao Van der Valk Plaza
Hotel had no other option but to force 40
guests all stranded DCA passengers to
leave. The Trupial Inn gave these people
A It's like buying an old car. The up-front
price is low and maintenance costs are
high. Last year DCA acquired three aging,
uneconomical, noisy DC-9s. Last week
only one plane in their jet fleet was op-
erational. The DC-9s, first introduced in
1965, are used on the longer flights as well
as short inter-island flights. Last week
only one was flying. Another was stuck in
Haiti with technical problems. A third was
grounded for technical reasons in Curagao.
Of the remainder of their jet fleet, more
modem MD-80s, one was in Miami for
work on the engine. The other two MD-
80s were still undergoing mandatory main-
tenance. Despite announcements that a
Twin Otter would be pressed into service
for inter-island flights, it remained in the
hangar, as it has been for months.
Consequently, DCA cut most flights in-
cluding ones to Bonaire. BonairExel took
over several flights after obtaining a pay-
ment guarantee. Some flights to St.
Maarten were cancelled, and others were
carried out after major delays. KLM
helped DCA out by leasing a plane to
transport Curagao students to Holland last
week. Offers to fly DCA passengers on
other KLM flights were declined.
(Continued on page 5)
f you see or hear something suspi-
cious, call the POLICE HOTLINE -
DIAL 108. You may remain com-
pletely anonymous. The Police can use
your eyes and ears. If you were a victim
of a crime wouldn't you appreciate some-
one giving a tip to the police?
FYI, The police tell us that if you have a
local phone you may call 911 and get
Bonaire police. However, if you have a
Chippie phone, 911 will connect you to
It has been a month since the jail has
been closed for reconstruction, but there
is no reconstruction going on so far. Ac-
cording to sources it is the chief of police
who is responsible for maintaining the
jail, but if there is no money to pay the
contractors nothing is going to happen.
There is supposed to be 1.5 million guild-
ers allocated to Bonaire, which was to be
distributed by the Minister of Justice in
Cura9ao. Police Chief Daantje has not
been available for comment.
Minister of Justice Norberto Ribeiro
(PAR) is asking Holland to ship
"container" cells from the Netherlands to
the Antilles to offset the shortage of cells.
Ribeiro got the idea when he heard that a
few container cells were exported from
the Netherlands to eastern Europe. There
are still a few containers available with a
total capacity of 100 cells. Hopefully
Bonaire can get its share.
Special Security Services (SSS) Re-
Last Monday morning around 4 am SSS
received an alarm from Littman' s
Jewelers on Kaya Grandi. An SSS patrol
was sent and the owner of Littman's was
notified. Police patrols also arrived on the
scene. Together, the SSS patrol and the
police surprised the suspects who were
hiding on the flat part of the roof between
the Shopping Mall and Littman's. The
suspects were trying to get through the
roof using crowbars which were found on
the roof. The two suspects were arrested
and sent to jail. According to Littman's
owner, the same suspects had been
arrested for break-ins in Belnem and
other neighborhoods and released after
two days because of lack of jail space.
Assistant Prosecutor Justine Gong-
grijp Reports: The suspects from the
Belnam, Plaza break-ins were indeed re-
leased by the Preliminary Judge because
of lack of jail space. Curagao was asked
to take them but their reply was that they
have to incarcerate more serious crimi-
nals (like murderers) and have no room
for "youngsters." However, they will
now accept the two from the Littman
break-in. As well, two brothers (H.M.O.
15 and K.R.O 24) will be shipped to
Curagao after they severely beat a man
(Z.T.) in Rincon this past weekend. Z.T.
is in a coma in Curagao. The two brothers
turned themselves in.
A theft suspect was brought in Monday
At the airport, since the new policy of
taking away passports from drug smug-
glers was begun, the number of arrests
has decreased dramatically-only 4 so
In jail are 3 who assaulted and threatened
the police, the Public Prosecutor and the
Preliminary Judge. They will be prose-
cuted, their sentences depending on their
prior records. L./G.D.
(Flotsam and Jetsam Continued from page 4)
Reportedly there are about 1,200 DCA pas-
sengers stranded in both Curagao and Hol-
land. DCA requested an immediate 4.5
million guilders from its sole shareholder,
the Curagao Island Government, to tide it
over its immediate problems.
- Last Monday the Curacao Executive
Council coughed up NAf7 million so that
DCA could pay salaries, cover short term
debts and return some 1,200 stranded. It
also accepted the resignation of longtime
president Mario Evertsz. The government's
auditors will be given access to all financial
data for a thorough audit. Based on the re-
sults and recommendations of a tripartite
committee (yet to be established) Curagao
will decide whether and how to continue
with the airline.
A As a result of negotiation between the
airline and Bonaire tourism officials
American Eagle will be flying to Bonaire
three times a week in the coming season.
Southbound service from the US via San
Juan (SJU-BON) will be on Friday, Satur-
day and Tuesday, with the reciprocal flights
(BON-SJU) on Satur-
day, Sunday and
ADuring a two-week
period ending last
Monday the Curacao AmericanAfrlines
confiscated 90 passports from drug cou-
riers caught at the Curacao airport with
2.5 kilos or less in drugs. These were not
cocaine-ball (bolita) swallowers but people
who concealed the drugs in their luggage or
on their body. The measure was taken to
further curb the stream of drug couriers.
Previously smugglers were sent home with
a summons (the penitentiary is full) giv-
ing them an opportunity to try again. They
could also risk another try after their ver-
dict. Most couriers don't show up for court
and are sentenced to unconditional jail
time. Ironically they can't serve their time
anyway because of the lack of space at the
SEx-Curagao FOL advisor Nelson Monte,
convicted of corruption, has twice refused
to be transferred to the hospital, despite the
recommendation of the prison doctor. The
reason: he wants to receive first class
hospital accommodation. Monte was sen-
tenced to four years in prison on several
counts of forgery and accepting
bribes while a
cluded that the
he should be
the hospital be-
cause of his .
lems. Once they Nelsn 11
got to the hospi- .n .pi nt
tal and Monte
realized he was being placed in a third class
room, he refused. As a result he could not
be seen by a specialist. "We cannot give
him special treatment," said acting prison
director Jaime Andrea. "All inmates who
must go to the hospital are placed in third
Monte suffers from a heart condition and
had a pacemaker installed in Miami last
year. Upon his return he was taken to a first
class hospital room, with the blessing of
SIF YOU GO TO ONLY
ONE PLACE THIS
SATURDA YMAKE IT
-> THE RINCONMARSHE
Rincon Marshi- August 14th
; This Saturday Marshe's theme
will be "Back to School" with the
emphasis on kids with fun activi-
ties, foods, drinks and music by
DJ Eddie. Come and enjoy the
kids competing in old time activi-
Dushi cooks at the Marshi ties like roll the hoop, carrying
eggs with spoons and other nearly
forgotten games. Bring your own kids too and join the fun. Stands
will be selling local snacks and sweets, barbeque, fruit smoothies,
gifts, fruits and vegetables and more. Open at 6 am for breakfast.
Next Saturday August 21st a Big Cultural Marshd with the Kibrahacha
Dancers, Los Veteranos, Kaha Brabu (band that plays only folkloric music). There
will be a competition, "Mara Kabes" (the colorful fabric head pieces worn by the
ladies in traditional garb), where ladies will show their artistic talents in making
these head pieces. Los Veteranos will start off the Marshd at 6:30 am. They're old
time guys playing old time music. They'll be accompanied by some of their
friends from the 50 plus group.
Coming on Saturday, August 28 The theme of this week's Marsh6 will be the
sea. Hear Pal'I Wiri, taste pastechi di karko (conch), buy fresh fish, more.
then-Justice Minister Ben Komproe (FOL).
He stayed there rather than being returned
to prison, even after his heart specialist had
discharged him. When that was revealed, a
motion of no confidence against Komproe
was passed and he was forced to step down,
followed by the collapse of the national
' Hurricane forecaster William Gray of
Colorado State University has slightly re-
duced his prediction for the number of
tropical storms in the Atlantic and Car-
ibbean this year but said he still expected
there to be more than normal. His team now
expects 13 tropical storms to form. He had
predicted in May that there would be 14
"Based on atmospheric changes from late
(Continued on page 6)
A It's a scuba diver's worst nightmare: stranded in the
middle of the ocean while scuba diving on vacation. And
now there's a movie about it. The film, "Open Water," has
generated media buzz after playing at the Sundance film fes-
tival and will soon hit local theaters. It is sure to draw view-
ers in Bonaire. Husband-and-wife filmmakers, Chris Kentis
and Laura Lau, avoided special effects, instead choosing to
shoot 20 miles off the coast of Hawaii amid the sea life, in-
cluding real sharks.
Pretty much the entire movie consists of a young married
couple, Susan (Blanchard Ryan) and her husband, Daniel
(Daniel Travis), bobbing up and down in the water after their
dive group leader miscounts, thinks he has everyone back on
board the boat and motors away. Their initial annoyance
gives way to boredom (they kill time playing word games) followed by panic once the
jellyfish start stinging them. Then the sharks begin to circle. It escalated deftly, becom-
ing not about job or the money they paid for the trip, but survival.
One reviewer said the film intertwined the ethereal being of the natural world with the
meaninglessness of those two "bobbing heads." Calling "Open Water" the second
coming of "Jaws" is a reach. Another reviewer said it simply doesn't have enough nar-
rative momentum to be considered an instant horror classic to mass audiences. But di-
vers may think differently; in fact they may not get enough of the experience because
"Open Water" is so short (79 minutes). The film's low-budget look is admirable and,
at times, startlingly effective. Filmmakers Kentis and Lau do take time to craft a sur-
prising, elegant ending. "Open Water" is rated R for language and some nudity. We'll
let you know when it's scheduled to be shown at Movieland.
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 5)
May to early August, including an unex-
pected minor warming of sea surface tem-
peratures in the central Pacific indicating
possible weak El Nino conditions, we have
slightly decreased our seasonal hurricane
forecast," Gray said in a statement.
"We expect storm activity in August and
September to be above average, however,
October is expected to be below average."
As we go to press Tropical Storm Charley
is passing north of Bonaire set to clobber
Jamaica. Except for a short switch to a
west wind Bonaire was unaffected.
A Watch out if you haven't paid you car
license fee. Already the police are check-
ing. For the remaining half year the fees are
NAf 174 for a gasoline-powered car/pickup,
NAf 754 for diesel power and NAf125 for
A The International Bible Church of
Bonaire has moved their prayer service
on Sunday nights from 7:30 pm to 7 pm.
On Sunday morning, August 22, one time
only, the service will be at 10 am. Dr.
David Tucker, President of TWR, will be
giving the sermon. The public is invited.
There will be a reception at the church after
A Cinnamon Art Gallery continues its
Guest Artist Program with an exhibition
August 21 to September 25 featuring works
3Referenbum EChronicle M u
hings were quiet on the Referendum
scene last week without any new de-
velopments to report. The four Referen-
dum questions are:
A. Bonaire remains a part of the Neth-
B. Bonaire obtains direct ties with The
C. Bonaire becomes an autonomous
country within the Dutch Realm
D. Bonaire becomes politically inde-
pendent of the Realm (independence).
of Juan Guillermo Norwin "Nochi" Cof-
fie. His exhibition opens with a special re-
ception on Saturday, August 21, from 7 to 9
pm at the Gallery. The event is open to the
public and will include 27 ofNochi's paint-
ings, live Bonairean music and appetizers
from Bonaire's popular Middle Eastern
restaurant, Garden Caf&. The Gallery is
located just off Kaya Grandi in Kralendijk,
behind Banco di Caribe. (Kaya APL Brion
#1). For more information, call the Gallery
at 599 717-7103.
' In Papiamentu, another performance of
the puppet play Rek e Buriko Redk as well
as "Safari Through Africa" by storyteller
Emerita Emerencia on Friday, August 13,
6 pm, Rincon Sentro di Bario; Saturday,
Sunday, August 14, 15, at Movieland 4 pm.
Should option B
or C be selected
by the popula-
tion, a second
Referendum will be scheduled to deter-
mine the specifics of Bonaire's connection
with the Netherlands.
As we go to press advisors to the govern-
ment are preparing to publish a detailed
comparison of the four alternatives.
To make things easier for the many first-
time voters, next week we'll provide infor-
mation on casting your vote. Chronicler
Ramon de Leon,
New Marine Park Manager
SLast week (page 8) we told you about
our new Marine Park Manager,
Ramon de Leon. Here he is, already on
*Fhe ITALIAN CONNECTION
On the cover: Italians and friends in Rincon
In a tree at Rose Inn: (front, in white) Sponsor Elizabeth Wigny, (behind)
Vernon "Nonchi" Martijn, Sara Matera, Valerio Vignoli, Fabrizia Monti (in
F abrizia Monti and Valerio Vignoli, officials from the schools in the Emilia
Romagna region of Italy that are hosting the SGB (high school) Bonaire Culi-
nary students, have been vacationing in Bonaire with their friends and families.
Fabrizia is Executive Manager for Professional and Vocational training for the re-
gion. Valerio is the Executive Program Manager.
Last Sunday they spent the afternoon dining Bonaire style under the trees at the
Rose Inn along with family, friends and supporters of the young chefs program.
Serving the appreciative crowd was Vernon "Nonchi" Martijn, one of the organiz-
ers of the program and a teacher at the SGB culinary school. Nonchi accompanied
the students to Italy two years ago and will do so this October as well. He and his
family run the restaurant at the Rose Inn and can always be counted on to offer a
real Bonairean gourmet feast.
The project, to send Bonairean culinary students to Emilia Romagna, Italy's prima
food region, to study for four weeks, was conceived and accomplished more than
two years ago by Project Coordinator Sara Matera of the Bonaire Restaurant Asso-
ciation (BRA) and the Bonaire Culinar Foundation in conjunction with the staff of
the SGB and contributing members of the island. Fabrizia and Valerio have been in
contact with them since that time and because of that association and their connec-
tion with Bonaire, they decided to spend their vacation here.
This October from the 4th to the 31st, four students and one teacher, Nonchi Martijn
from Bonaire, will be greeted by Farbrizia and Valerio in Italy. As well, this year,
for the first time, culinary students from Aruba and Curacao will be joining the
Bonaire contingent. The schools, the Serramazzoni School and the Cesenatico
School, will offer the students a total immersion experience in the culinary arts. LD
In order to help finance their trip, as in the past, there will befundraising gour-
met dinners at Chez Nous for the public starting in September. (Remember those
three-course extravaganzas two years ago?) The Bonaire Culinarfounda-
tion will help raise money as wellfor plane tickets. Once the students are
at the schools in Italy, their room and board is provided by the re-
spective schools. When the students return they'll be conducting
cooking skills workshops for their peers. Last time the entire
community and visitors to Bonaire helped support the group
in the form of money, airline award points, advice, free
labor, production and goods at no charge. -
an I practice yoga and lose weight? is a frequent question from
all ages kids, teenagers and adults. Like everything else in life,
"The key to success is motivation, regular and committed practice,
keeping an open mind and learning from experience."
it's about dedication, practice and really trying to change your life style
(only if you really want to lose weight or change your lifestyle, that is).
Yoga is not a quick fix but can be an excellent long-term approach to
losing weight- and keeping it off.
Yoga also creates many other positive changes: it improves self-esteem, increases
mental focus, reduces stress, promotes flexibility and increases strength and balance.
Twisting poses, back bends, forward bends and inversions are used to stimulate the
endocrine system and boost metabolism. Do remember though that the age-old weight
loss formula of reducing the calorie intake and increasing calorie output is still impor-
tant to follow. Practicing the sun salutations will be especially helpful in boosting the
body's metabolism as will the vinyasas between any series of poses. Do not attempt a
fast paced vinyasa until you have a basic understanding of the poses.
The standing poses, especially the warrior and lunging poses, are used to strengthen
and tone the muscles, build endurance, warm the body and increase caloric output.
The standing poses are empowering and grounding, and regularly practicing them in-
creases self confidence and self esteem.
Incorporating a yogic diet and lifestyle will create a weight loss program and positive
long-term change. A yogic diet is high in fiber, whole grains, legumes and vegetables
and low in fat, animal protein and processed foods. A yogic lifestyle encourages
awareness and consciousness, compassion, self knowledge, and the practice of the
principles of right conduct and lifestyle of the yamas and niyamas:
Yama respect for others, includes nonviolence, truth, honesty,
moderation, and non hoarding.
Niyama positive self-action, includes purity, contentment,
discipline, self-study and devotion.
Yoga is a process and should be approached as such. Focus on slowly increasing your
commitment to the yogic practices outlined above and enjoy the gradual changes that
appear. Ideally, practice yoga six times a week or alternate your yoga practice with
other forms of movement, taking one day off per week for rest.
Give change a chance. Desire
Don and Desirde of
"Yoga For You" offer
classes from beginners to
advanced Call 717-
On every first Saturday of the
month at 6:30 am there is a
meditation at Sorobon Beach by
the wooden fisherman's hut.
T he following are a few of the basic
commands every dog should know.
"Watch me" (pay attention): Take a treat
(or squeak toy) and bring it to your
mouth as you say "watch me." The sec-
ond he makes eye contact with you,
throw him the treat. Do this often, and
use it before new or unfamiliar com-
"Sit": Take a treat and point it at the
dog's nose, raise your hand (palm up)
above his head (pointing at his rear end),
and say "Sit." He will sit automatically
as he follows your hand with his eyes.
Reward him the instant he sits, and say
"OK" to release him. At first, give the
"OK" immediately, and then gradually
lengthen the time between "Sit" and
"OK" (delaying the treat).
"Down": First ask him to sit, then point
at the ground in front of him (holding a
treat), say "Down," then lower the treat
to the ground in front of his nose and
move it slowly away from him (keeping
it on the ground). Give him the treat the
second he lies down. Say "OK" to re-
lease him etc.).
"Leave it" (stop doing whatever you're
doing immediately): Simply say "Leave
it" and then distract him with an appro-
priate toy or activity for which you can
praise him (e.g. "Leave it...let's play
with your ball..."). Always praise him
the second he stops.
"Move" (get out of my way): Make eye
contact briefly, and then calmly say
"move." If he does not move, don't ask
him again or look at him, just walk right
through him, shoving him out of the way
if necessary. He does not get rewarded
for this command -- he is only giving
you the respect you deserve. Never walk
around or over your dog -- ask him to
move. (Note: if you are intimidated by
your dog or have any concerns about his
temperament, then consult a professional
before shoving him around!)
"Off" (get off me, the couch, the
counter): Unfortunately "Off' requires
physical handling sometimes, which can
make it seem like a game to some dogs
and can therefore be hard to teach. To
teach a dog to not jump up it is helpful to
have two people one to hold the leash,
say "Off', and prevent the jumping up,
and the other to praise and pet the dog as
long as he remains down, ignoring him
(arms crossed) whenever he tries to jump
up. To teach him to stay off furniture,
say "Off' and then call him to his own
bed and reward him for lying there.
"Wait" (until I say "OK"): This com-
mand tells him that he needs your per-
mission before going ahead. It can take a
while to teach, but it is worth it. Start by
asking him to "Sit" and
"Wait" for his food (wait
until he is still and looking
at you, then put his food
down and say "OK").
Next, insist that he allow
you to walk through door-
ways first. Swing your
hand down by your side,
palm towards his nose, and
say "Wait!" as you keep
walking. If he hesitates at
all then immediately say
"OK" and wave him
through and reward him.
The key is to gradually
lengthen the time between
"Wait" and "OK." He will
learn that he doesn't get
what he wants (reward)
until you say "OK," and
that you won't say "OK"
unless he stops and waits
t for it. Once he gets it go-
ing through doorways, you
can use it for going through gates, get-
ting out of the car, etc. (Note: always
use a quiet and cheerful tone when you
"Come": A trainer's worst nightmare is
an adult dog who won't come when
called. "Come" is best taught when the
dog is a puppy. Say the word often, and
reward it ALWAYS, no matter what the
little guy has just done. So, you have
established your role as Alpha Dog, and
taught your dog some commands, but he
still doesn't behave?! OK, at some point
you may have to correct your dog (next
time). Susan Brown
Susan Brown is a professional dog
trainer on the island who has been in
the "pet business "for 28 years. "I do
anything related to pet care, she says,
"training, pet sitting, grooming, even
help with the after care of recuperating
animals. For all your dog training or
pet care needs contact Susan at the Pet
Professor, e-mail: bandbfarm@yahoo.
corn or call 717-2620.
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owner and board de-
signer, Rob Wymore,
has been looking for a
way to promote his
brand in international
waters. But until re-
cently his exposure
has been mostly on
shores. Enter Clay
Emer, a 17-year-old
from the Caribbean
island of Bonaire.
The up-and-coming Bonaire's focus o
freestyler, who has ties for Bonaire's
Bonaire sailor Cla
been refining his Rive
technique on the Co- r("The Gorg
lumbia River over the promote their pro4
ing. Clay has been
past few weeks, was ng. Clay has bee
looking for a way to to compete in the
expand his windsurf-
ing resume. Meantime, Wymore was
looking to maximize exposure of his
brand, which has called Hood River
home for the past 17 years. Both parties
realized that a partnership could be mutu-
ally beneficial, and just like that, the Clay
Emer era was born.
"I was pretty stoked when I got the
news," said Emer, the 2004 Gorge
Games Junior Freestyle champion who
met Wymore through his coach, Elvis
Martines. "Back home it's very expen-
sive to own nice gear, and Real Wind has
some of the best stuff out there. I figured
I would give it a try, and now that I've
been riding for them for a year, it's only
getting better," he said. Likewise, Wy-
more said the partnership has been a huge
step in the right direction for his com-
ni windsurfing has presented opportuni-
youngsters. And it works both ways too.
ly Emer has partnered up with a Hood
e" Oregon) company, Real Wind, to
ducts, and has found it much to his lik-
Sin Hood River for the past few weeks
pany, which he runs along with his wife
of 24 years, Laury.
"I haven't had a lot of luck with team
riders in the past, but Clay is such a good
kid that I thought I would take a gamble,"
Wymore said. "He's a good student, he
isn't into drinking or drugs, and he is get-
ting involved for all the right reasons.
That's why I wanted to see if we could
help each other out."
Wymore began outfitting Emer with
boards, sails and booms last year, and
Emer has taken full advantage, winning
nine amateur titles in the past two years.
He has also been spreading the word
around the Caribbean. "I want to let the
world know what a great brand Real
Wind is," said Emer, who had been look-
ing forward to sailing in the Gorge since
t would appear
'Extra' is back on her
grounds. She con- ,
tinues to meander
slowly and is spend-
ing little time at the
surface. Her current
position is over 1,500 km from Bonaire and about 170 km off the coast of Hondu-
ras near Gorda Cay. Since 'Extra' is home, I will no longer be issuing tracking re-
ports on her movements. Should she decide to start traveling again, I will alert
you. With good fortune we will see her back at Bonaire in several years.
In the meantime, male Hawksbill 'Tom' remains near Klein Bonaire. An email
received yesterday reported his being sighted by divers off Jerry's Reef on the east
side of Klein. I'll let you know when 'Tom' starts his journey. Andy Uhr
March, when the Gorge Games dates
"Since I have gotten on Rob's boards, I
have won nearly all of my competitions.
His equipment helps me sail faster, but it
is also very sturdy for freestyle. I feel like
this gear has helped me progress as a
windsurfer," he said.
Wymore prides himself as being the only
shaper-owned, old-style board company
in Hood River. He wants to produce the
best-quality products possible, and hopes
that people recognize how much work he
has put into building the Real Wind
brand over the past 17 years. "My prod-
ucts have always been based on perform-
ance, not marketing," Wymore said. "We
have relied mostly on word-of-mouth
advertising. But now that I have a com-
mitted rider like Clay working for me,
I'm really going to push the brand inter-
Real Wind has expanded its business into
the kite boarding arena, and Wymore's
goal is to develop a 100 % vertically inte-
grated line in which all the pieces are
manufactured by Real Wind. He has also
considered the possibility of running a
windsurfing school in Hood River that
Emer and Martines could run. But for
now, Wymore and Emer are taking things
one step at a time.
"My goal is to help improve the sport by
getting new kids involved," Emer said.
"That is what is missing right now. I be-
lieve that the people who are into the
sport should give everything they have to
help it grow. It's not about what your
sport can do for you; it's what you can do
for your sport." Dave Leder Reprinted
from the Hood River News (Oregon)
KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
8-13 8:21 0.8FT. 22:57 2.0FT. 57
8-14 8:56 0.8FT. 23:33 2.0FT. 65
8-15 0:04 1.9FT. 9:34 0.9FT. 73
8-16 0:40 1.8FT. 10:03 0.9FT. 80
8-17 1:17 1.7FT. 10:24 1.0FT. 84
8-18 1:58 1.6FT. 10:30 1.1FT. 86
8-19 2:54 1.4FT. 9:55 1.2FT. 16:34 1.4FT. 20:16 1.3FT. 85
8-20 1:32 1.2FT. 4:13 1.3FT. 8:51 1.2FT. 17:12 1.5FT. 82
VESSLS AKIN A ORT ALL
THE SAGA OF SUSIE by Laura Buchbinder
S ometime late and
spring, I noticedSue a pu
a new dog in the
seemed friendly and
was playing with
one of our
neighbor's dogs. I
didn't pay much at-
tention to her until a
couple of months
ago when she began
to look very preg-
nant. "Should we
take her to the Ani-
mal Shelter? What if she belongs to or companionship might come her way.
someone? Maybe if I wait, someone else Of course she disappears for long periods
will do it-how can anyone abandon a of time-probably to care for her young.
family pet?" I wanted to take her to the Shelter, but I
The next time I saw the dog she was a couldn't until I located her puppies,
fur-covered skeleton, obviously having which were hidden somewhere.
had her pups. She looked hopefully at us, Time passes. "Susie" (even a stray de-
as Ruffles, our well fed, long haired serves a name) now gets fed on the
dachshund, and I went on our morning porch, considers herself one of the family
walk. I would say a few kind words and and a regular participant in morning
she would come over for a pat on the walks-much to the dismay of Ruffles
head. The next morning she was waiting and our two cats, who are totally trauma-
for us and -JUST THIS ONCE-I took tized by this new development in their
her home and fed her. She devoured lives. But still no puppies.
whatever I could find to give her. We Then, one morning after breakfast Susie
bought extra dog food for her. (We can't headed over to the planter boxes by our
let a nursing mother starve can we?) As back door. She seemed to expect me to
the days went by, we could see that she follow so I did. There in my planter box
was a really nice dog, waiting patiently were two puppies one black, one
outside on our porch for whatever food brown, both healthy along with the con-
STERILIZATION PROGRAM UPDATE
Shelter Director Jurrie Mellema reports that they now have a full contingent of
volunteer veterinarians to conduct the Free Sterilization Program October 18
to 20. There will be five vets working the first week and six the second week. Ten-
tatively they have found lodging for the vets and their wives but still needed are
rental cars so they can get back and forth from their lodging to the Shelter
where they will be doing the sterilization operations. If anyone can sponsor
one or more cars it would be deeply appreciated.
Right now there are lots of puppies on the island. If you know someone whose dog
is either pregnant or has recently had puppies tell them about the free sterilization
program in just two months from now. It will be the perfect time to have their pet
Another happy note: Little "Renaldo," the darling pup who was Pet of the Week
last week, has been adopted. All the best to him and his new owners for a wonder-
ful life together.
In 2002 there were 90 adoptions from the Bonaire Animal Shelter. In 2003 there
were 110. This year, and it's only just August, there have been 98! L.D.
$HELPING HANDS OIW
Frank Bohm; Kimberly; physiotherapist Antje Giinther; Kimberly's sister,
Conny and Kimberly's father, Ceferin
K imberly Vasquez is now proudly riding her new bike, one especially designed
for her. Since she was born with a handicap it is not as easy for Kimberly to
walk, let alone play or ride a bike as it is for other kids. In order for Kimberly to dis-
cover the joy of riding a bike, the team at Bon Fysio physiotherapy searched for a
special bike in Holland but soon found out that this would cost thousands of euros
and would take months to be delivered. However, with the help of Frank Bohm,
from Bonaire's De Freewieler bike shop, they were able to find a bike in the right
size. With some necessary adjustments done by Frank, this bike now fits the needs of
Kimberly. The costs for this bike were considerably lower and were borne by Kim-
berly's parents and an anonymous donation.
Thanks to all who made it possible for Kimberly to get that bike. Antje Ginther
Antje Gunther is a therapist at BonFysio
A A -_ 7-1
A party was held last week at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant at the Divi Flamingo
to honor the Divi Employee of the Quarter. To win the coveted prize, em-
ployees are judged by their supervisors on personal appearance, their relations with
the staff, their willingness to work shifts or overtime and how they perform their
Winner of the Divi Employee of the Quarter was Astrid Priest of Housekeeping.
First Runner Up was Ivy Josephina of Food and Beverage, and Second Runner up
was Nydia Thielman of Accounting.
The winners got gift certificates from Warehouse in the amounts of NAf 150,
NAf100 and NAf50, respectively.
Shown above are Astrid Priest, her boss, Violetta Martina, Nydia Thielman, boss
Gersham Binns, Ivy Josephina, boss Caroll Ann Soliano. L.D.
ABY woAREm RK
T wo monks set out on a pilgrimage.
They'd left their families behind
because the journey was planned to take
at least a year. Customarily, as you
might know, during a pilgrimage any
form of contact with the opposite sex is
As the monks approached a wide
river they stopped to rest before
crossing. Just then a woman ar-
rived with two big bags of gro-
ceries. She too wanted to cross
the river but because she
was so small and her bags
were so big it was impossi-
ble. One of the monks
stood up, walked over to
her and asked if he could
help her. She was pleased
with the monk's offer and
answered that if she could sit
on his shoulders and the
other monk carry her bags,
then all three would reach the
other side of the river safely.
So it was done, and when they
reached the other side the monk put the
woman down, she thanked him with a
smile and good wishes, and each contin-
ued on their ways. After half an hour the
monk who had carried the bags said to
the other, "We might as well end this
journey because we have touched a
woman." But the monk who carried the
woman replied, "I put the woman down
half an hour ago, but you are still carry-
What is this parable telling us?
So many times something happens to us
and we carry it with us all through the
day, and even when we are in bed it's
still on our mind because we keep think-
ing about it: "I should have done it this
way!" "I should have told him this or
that." "Why didn't I lis-
It's an art to be able to
set a thought aside.
One needs the power
to pack up. That
power can only
be used when
there is control
over the mind.
happen by acci-
dent but by a con-
The only way to
avoid these kinds of
waste thoughts is to
create a thought better
than the one you have -
a thought which is positive and the truth,
a thought which comes from a higher
consciousness. Good luck! Marie
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Playa Chikitu Revisited
Long-time residents of the island brought my attention to the potential danger of
Playa Chikitu. "Hush-Hush Seaside Spots" is a series of articles on the discovery of
the beaches ofBonaire, where I, as a newcomer, report on my personal experiences
of the beaches and what I observe. I can only assume that I must have visited Playa
Chikitu when the surf was quieter than usual because I did not find it unsafe at that
time. Having lived on the eastern coast of Canadafor more than a decade and hav-
ing the temperamental North Atlantic ocean as my neighbor, I learned two things: to
have a healthy respect for the ocean's power (or any large body of water) and to
never dismiss the local knowledge of the coastline. Every year too many lives were
lost during the tourist season because of the tourists' lack of knowledge of the coast-
line. I would like to thank Mr. Udo Lusse and Mr. Bob Lassiterfor sharing their
local knowledge of Playa Chikitu with me, and do hope that the families ofBonaire
will build sand castles at Playa Chikitu rather than bodysurf in the waves.
T his week's beaches are also located at visitors not to swim past the protective
the Washington Slagbaai National reefs, and after seeing the strong currents,
Park. The beaches are as different from visitors should understand the warning.
each other as black and white another The pool is full of small places to discover.
wonder of Bonaire's coastline. We spent quite some time searching for the
smallest shell at the bottom of the pool. As
you relax from your swim, you
will probably wonder, as I did,
.....oka Ko ishi how many storms this tiny
cove endured in order for na-
ture to create such an unusual
VWITH17I TH1-E REPORTER
B onaire's Kimberly
Chirino visited Adven-
ture Park, Sea World in Or-
lando, Florida, with Sue
Haily and Sue Nick Offer- U
man from Curaqao. They
had a great time at the Dol-
phin and Shamu Show.
Lucky for us, they remem-
bered to bring a copy of The
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MCB MAKES MUSIC
M aduro & Curiel's Bank (MCB Bonaire) cooperated with Orlando Meijer to
make life a bit more dushifor some ofBonaire's 60plussers. They donated
funds to buy guitars and kuartas to make music in the barios. In the photo: Or-
phaline Saleh (center), a member of MCB's management, accompanied by music
teacher Jose Dortalina and Antriol's 60+ Group Director, Irene Saragoza, with
the instruments. O
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Laura Buchbinder, Desir6e, Antje Giinther, Jack Horkheimer, Greta
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WEI 0L 1IE I0 HOrIN ES
New! Usually 9:00pm
Early Show (usually 7pm)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75
NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM Shrek 2
SUNDAY MATINEE 4 PM
Harry Potter III
Friday, August 13, 6 pm, Rincon Sen-
tro di Bario; Puppet play Rdk e Buriko
Rdke as well as "Safari Through Af-
rica" by storyteller Emerita Emeren-
cia, in Papiamentu also at....
Saturday, Sunday, August 14, 15, at
Movieland 4 pm.
Friday, August 13 Democratic Party
Aniversary Open House at Party HQ
in Antriol. 9-11 am 60 plusser events,
4-6 pm youth events, 7-midnight Adult
Saturday, August 14, Rincon Marshe
with an emphasis on kids- fun activi-
ties, foods, drinks, music by DJ Eddie.
Opens at 6am (see page 5)
Saturday, August 21, 7- 9 pm Cinna-
mon Art Gallery opens an exhibition
of "Nochi" Coffie's works which runs
August 21 September 25.
Sunday, 22 August International Bi-
ble Church of Bonaire 40th Anniver-
sary Celebration & Worship at the
TWR Activities' Building on Kaya
Amsterdam 3. 10 am to noon
Sunday, August 29-Special Olympics
Bonaire Fundraiser -Let's Go Latin/
Jazz Concert aboard the visiting
cruise ship, Freewinds, 7:15 to 9 pm,
tickets NA/17.50 from Croccantino
Restaurant or any Special Olympics
Sunday, September 5" Bonaire Lo-
cal Fishing Tournament. Only Bon-
aire registered boats. Crew may be
from anywhere. Sign up at Doei
Diaz' (next to Richard's Restaurant)
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while
enjoying 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
Gathering at Gibi's Terrace-6:30pm
-call Jake at 717-6773 or e-mail
email@example.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,
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 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.
Saturdays during summer Rincon
Marsh6 opens at 6 am 2 pm. 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 Au-
thentic Bonairean kunuku. $12
(NAf12 for Bonaire residents). Tel
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is
open daily for hot slot machines, rou-
lette and blackjack, Monday to Satur-
day 8 pm- 4 am and Sunday 7 pm- 3
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Sunday- Discover Our Diversity
Slide Show, Buddy Dive at the pool
bar, 7 pm 717-5080
Wednesdays (2nd and 4th) Turtle Con-
servation Slide Show by Andy Uhr.
Carib Inn seaside veranda, 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
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Vala-
rie Stimpson at 785-3451 or Val-
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers
to help staff gallery during the day.
Contact Wendy Horn, at 717-3902 or
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Delno
CLUBS and MEETINGS
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 invited NAf5
enrryfee. Call Cathy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Caf&. 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, sec.
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
MangazinadiRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
fiom "The King's Storehouse" while learn-
ing about Bonaire's history and culture and
visit typical homes from the 17thcentury.
Daily. Call 717-4060 or 790-2018
Go to the source. Visit the Bonaire Mu-
seum onKaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the Catho-
lic Clhuch 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-
Sunday at Cai- Live music and danc-
ing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai.
Dance to the music of Bonaire's popular
Rincon Marsh&- 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 Satur-
day of the Month. NAf10-Call Maria
International Bible Church of Bonaire -
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday
Prayer Meeting at 7:00 pm in English.
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-
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papia-
mentu, 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 (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). Services in
English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sun-
day 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.
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717-3293 Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6- home or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always
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Call 717-8003 Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays owned and run by a European educated Master Chef and his wife.
Nonchi's at Cultimara Low Delicious local and international food to take out, or eat there. Everyday a dif-
79 0 O n 5 a8 pm Moferent combo. Sandwiches and roast chicken too.
791-4280 Open 5 am-8 pm Monday-Saturday Lunch from NAf7-
Pasa Bon Pizza Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too.
2 mile north of town center. 790-1111 from 5-1 Wednesday-Sunday all ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111
The Seahorse Cyber Cafe Low-Moderated Tasty breakfasts, pastries, fresh tropical juices, homemade bread,
Kaya Grandi #6. Phone 717-4888 CLOSED FOR VACATION special sandwiches, delicious desserts and more make this a favorite.
S- Hi- > P F IF i I Ds E Seeadvrisemenits in this issue
BonairExel. Bonaire's own ON TIME airline flying
between Bonaire, Curaqao and Aruba. Look for The
Bonaire Reporter on board.
City Shop is Bonaire's mega-store for TV, Stereos,
Air conditioning, large and small kitchen appliances,
computers. Name brands, guarantees and service cen-
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, wax-
ing and professional nail care.
BICYCLE / SCOOTER QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
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 es-
sential 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
See Restaurant Guide for The Seahorse Cyber Cafe.
All Denture Lab. For denture repair or new ones. All
work done on the island, fast results. Owner-operator
denturist. Repairs while you wait.
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
Dive Inn Seven studio apartments and dive shop/
school directly on the waterfront in the heart of town.
Friendly, highly experienced with an exceptional
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 Pi-
lates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain
it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden
Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with
fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire
neighborhood. Just a 3-minute to diving and the sea.
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Kodarama- the only digital lab and studio handles all
digital media and offers the largest variety of profes-
sional services -across from MCB Bank
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fast, fine processing for prints and slides plus a
variety of items and services for your picture-taking
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer services and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connec-
tions. 5% of profits donated to local community.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and in-
surance services. If you want a home or to invest in
Bonaire, stop in and see them.
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc.
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.
Woodwind has it all: Smooth trimaran sailing, to
Klein Bonaire, affordable prices, snorkeling with
equipment, guide, drinks, snacks. Call 560-7055
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
able. Call 717-8125.
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent. Call 717-8922/8033.
Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modem, ef-
ficient and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Located
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
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Call Bonaire Nau-
tico at 560-7254. Ride the Kantika di Amor or Skiffy.
Hotel pickup too.
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.
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desired and
Don at Jong Bonaire for a workout that will refresh
mind and body. Private lessons too.
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
The most advertising for your guilder.
ON THE ISLAND SINCE .
4T was born in 1964, inEwijk, a
I small town close to Nijmegen,
Holland. Within a year my parents went
back to Curacao. I don't know anything
about Holland and the country doesn't
appeal to me at all. I've only been there
four times. I grew up in Curamao. My
father is from a family of builders. He
and his two brothers owned Lendering
Construction, the oldest construction
company in Curaqao. It still exists. We
are six children: the first two born in
Curaqao, the second two in Canada,
another in Curacao again and I was
born in Holland. My parents were plan-
ning to stay there, but circumstances
brought them back to the Antilles. We
lived in Santa Rosa; every day after
school we went to play in the mondi,
hunting iguanas or playing softball. I
was just a normal Antillean boy.
Luckily (I would have never said so
when I was young!) my parents were
very strict. I had to be
home for dinner every
day at 5:30. I was hardly
ever allowed to go out.
Every Sunday I had to "My who
get up early to go to years I've
church; we were never here as an
allowed to sleep in, and
feel I am
they really checked on
our homework. Boring, I but some
thought, but now I ap- the way p
preciate the way they always agr
raised us. I'm sure I'd call me
never have come this far
without them. They kept (Dutch per
up the pressure and the blame a
discipline, and when I there's no
finished M.T.S. do ab
(polytechnic school) my
father said, 'Either
you're going to study or
get yourself a job... or
you're out of here!' Knowing my dad,
he wasn't kidding!
Fact is that if I had done the studies I
wanted to do when I was working as an
intern with Smit International in Cura-
gao, I would never have gone to sea and
never ended up on Bonaire! During my
internship I decided I wanted to become
an engineer so after finishing M.T.S. I
went to Holland to enroll in a training
college. I was already 20 and most of
the boys were 14 or 15. As I walked
through the building a boy came up to
me and asked, 'Sir, is your son going to
study here?' That did it!" Andre Len-
dering laughs heartily and digs out a
photo from a drawer. "That was me at
the time," he says. It shows a big guy
with a beard sitting behind a desk, im-
pressively mature. "I didn't fit in any-
more. It was too late," he smiles.
"Nevertheless, my internship with Smit
was worthwhile. For four weeks I was
on a tugboat, delivering a boat to Punta
Arenas, Tierra del Fuego. Eight people
together at sea: it's then that you learn
what you can and can't do with people.
You depend on each other; you have to
support each other; you're in the same
boat, literarily. It was one of the best
life experiences those four weeks at
A year later I graduated and applied for
a job with NAPA on Curaqao. The only
help they needed (it wasn't a real job)
was on Bonaire. It was Friday and they
told me that if I wanted I could start on
Bonaire on Monday. In Bonaire there
wasn't much, just an empty building,
the four of us from Curagao and two
girls from Bonaire. That's how we
started in 1986. After we got the busi-
ness set up the owner asked me to stay
and I answered, 'Yes, but only for six
months.' Bonaire was
definitely too quiet for
me! After those six
months they asked me
life of 38 for another six. I said I'd
een living do it, but then I'd really
ntillean. I have to go. However,
before the second term
om here, was over I met someone
lere along who changed my whole
)ple don't life. Then I didn't want
, and they to go anymore.
akamba Ludwina Thielman was
from Bonaire. She lived
In). I don't right across from what's
ybody; now Swiss Chalet.
ling I can Friends of mine had a car
it it." rental and when they
went on vacation they
asked me to keep an eye
on the business.
Ludwina, 'Loetje,' was
working there for the holidays and one
of my 'obligations' was to take her
home every night. That's how we got to
know each other. Her personality is
what I like best about her; she's a
happy person with a lot of initiative, a
workaholic just like me, but not as bad!
We went steady for a very long time. In
1989 she went to Holland to study
MEAO (Middle Economic Administra-
tion School) and stayed for two years.
We married in 1992. I'd started as a
salesman with NAPA in 1986; in '88 I
became the manager; and in 1993 when
I had the opportunity I bought NAPA
with the help of the bank.
NAPA Bonaire have fused and we
opened a new business in Curaqao. We
just took over NAPA Aruba where we
want to start two new branches. I like
the organization, the change, and I'm
having fun! Loetje has worked for the
tax collector's office across the street,
for Mesa, for the Ontvanger. She's a
person who calls it quits when she's
had enough. For two and a half years
she's been the director of Wega di
Number, Bonaire's lottery. We have
two children: Mary Jo, nearly nine, and
Vincent, seven. Mary Jo is a talented
tennis player and she's very ambitious!
They are lively, very active, sharp chil-
dren with great senses of humor. They
never sit still and they always want to
help. I no longer live for myself; I live
for them. They brighten my day! I love
to go fishing with them. They love the
sea. I leave all my worries ashore and
forget about everything for four or five
Another passion of mine is car racing.
In Curaqao NAPA has its own team of
21 people with four winning cars. I'm
doing the organization with somebody
else, and keeping the team going is not
an easy job!
There's another group of people who
have captured my heart completely, the
mentally disabled people of the FKPD
in Rincon. In 2001 we celebrated our
15'h anniversary on Bonaire and I made
two donations, one to the FKPD. When
we had our party with three race cars,
stands and music, the FKPD staff came
with their whole group and they
touched my heart in such a way. If
there's one group of people I'll do any-
thing for it's these people who cannot
take care of themselves and who need
our support in every way. It makes me
proud to be their sponsor.
I am a patient man and I am a go-getter.
If I want something, I make it happen.
One of my main nroiects is to collect
the used batteries. I find that we also
have the "obligation" to keep the island
clean. Together with Selibon and Fun-
dashon Tene Boneiru Limpi we started
the campaign to collect used batteries.
People get a coupon forNAf7,50 and I
sell the batteries to the highest bidder
(now the US). With what we get we
can just cover the expenses of ship-
ping. I'd like to do the same with used
oil, but I'm not the only one who sells
it. I haven't figured that one out yet.
I pay my taxes; I employ people; I do as
much for the island as any other 'child
of this land.' I wasn't born here, but
that's about it because here I learned
how to walk and to talk; here I played
with my friends and I went to school
with them. I fell in love and got married
and became a 'daddy' here. My whole
life of 38 years I've been living here as
an Antillean. I feel I am from here, but
somewhere along the way people don't
always agree, and they call me
Makamba (Dutch person). I don't
blame anybody; there's nothing I can
do about it.
I feel very much at home on Bonaire.
Life is good. Every Sunday we sit un-
der the tree together with the children
and Loetje's mother and brother. We
light the barbecue and spend a beautiful
cozy day with the family. That's the
best Sunday you can wish for! I don't
know about the future. It depends on
the business in Aruba, the school for
the children. It's
just something, a
have to make
page i /
GAFC BONAIRE 2004
THE FINAL REPORT
T he Great Annual Fish Count in
Bonaire was very successful this
year. Our goals of finding over 200 fish
species, completing over 100 surveys and
getting at least 10 new surveyors were all
The weekly FISH-O event at Yellow Sub-
marine provided an exciting way to learn
fish names and was very well attended.
Prizes provided by "Bonaire Diving Made
Easy," Photo Tours Divers, and REEF were
awarded to those who could recognize the
pictures of the fish named on their FISH-O
cards well enough to know if they had four
in a row. The pictures were then reviewed
with learning clues given so that by the end
of the evening everyone in attendance could
name most of the 48 fish in the game. Sev-
eral people commented that it was fun find-
ing their FISH-O fish in the water the next
On Sunday, July 18, Yellow Subma-
rine hosted the First Annual Fish survey
Challenge Dive and Barbecue. Sixteen di-
vers surveyed at Green Submarine Reef in
front of the dive shop trying to find as
many different species as possible. Prizes
were awarded in each survey
level to the buddy team that
found the most different species.
Susie Arnold and Jeanie Brown
won the beginners category with
91 species found on their very
first fish survey dive. Maureen
and Jim Rogers won the Level 3
prize with 105 species found.
Competition among the ad-
vanced group was the toughest.
Linda Ridley and Melody Ham-
ilton won the prize in the ad-
vanced category with 129 spe-
cies. All competing buddy teams
in that group found over 100
different species on the dive. The Mauree
Best Find Award was given to
Gail and Ashley Drane for report-
ing Bantum Bass, a very small and unusual
sea bass. Over 150 different species were
found by the group on the dive.
All surveys completed during the
GAFC by registered GAFC participants are
entered in a drawing sponsored by REEF.
This year Bonaire participants completed
123 surveys and found 213 different species
in the three-week period. Along with the
Bantam Bass, Chessboard Blennies, Cave
Bass, and Mushroom Scorpionfish were
among the group of unusual species re-
Reef fish surveys can be completed by
anyone on any dive or snorkel at any level
of fish ID ability. Many people find survey-
ing to be a useful tool for learning the fish
names and for some it becomes a passion-
ate form of treasure hunting. For these peo-
ple REEF has established different survey
levels that can be reached by completing
en Rogers actually doing the Fish Survey
Challenge survey underwater
surveys and passing a series of tests. Dur-
ing the Great Annual Fish Count several
people moved to a new survey level by
passing the appropriate tests and complet-
ing the required surveys. Phyllis Blackburn
passed a test of 100 common fish to achieve
Level 3 Rating. Melody Hamilton, Maureen
Rogers, and Jim Rogers, gained the distinc-
tion of REEF's highest rating, Level 5.
The end of the Great Annual Fish
Count does not end the fish survey effort in
Bonaire. Fish distribution information is an
ongoing need that anyone with a basic
knowledge of fish names can help to pro-
If you would like to learn more about
fish surveys or REEF you can visit the
REEF website at www.reef.org or call
Jessie Armacost at 786-0076.
Story and photos by Jessie Armacost.
clockwise: Chris Armacost, Chile Ridley, Melody Hamilton, Sharon Huang,
Kimberly Jones completing the survey forms
Jupiter Cozies Up
to the Moon
and the False Dawn
of Omar Khayyam
N ext week we have
something very easy
to find in the night sky, our
nearest neighbor right next
to the king of the planets
and something not so easy
to find, the False Dawn of
Omar Khayyam. Just after
it gets dark out next Tues-
day evening the 17th, face
due west where right above
the horizon you will see an
extremely thin sliver of a
two-day-old crescent Moon
parked right next to the
king of the planets, Jupiter, which is so huge 44 moons could be lined up side
by side across its middle. Don't miss this because they'll be only four degrees
away from each other, which is very close! If you do miss it, however, on the
next night a slightly fatter crescent will be nine degrees to Jupiter's left, much
farther away, but still making a very striking duo. So this is the easy part of what
you can see next week.
To find the not-so-easy-to-see part means we have to turn around and face the
opposite direction many hours later, just before dawn. On any morning next
week face east two hours before sunrise before the real dawn. I say real dawn
because we're going to look for a False Dawn, the one the Persian poet Omar
Khayyam wrote about in his famous book of poetry, "The Rubaiyat," almost a
thousand years ago. It can only be seen every August and September, provided
you're far away from lights during the nights when there's no moon in pre-dawn
skies to hide its faint, faint glow. You'll know you have a good chance of seeing
this rare phenomenon if the skies are dark enough to see the Milky Way because
it's about the same brightness. It will look like a wedge or cone-shaped patch of
light, and it will extend from the horizon almost half way up to the zenith, an
ethereal, faintly glowing rounded pyramid of light, which would capture any
poet's imagination. And although this phenomenon remained a mystery to almost
all of mankind, we now know its secret.
If we could go way out into space and look down on our solar system with super
human vision we would notice a faint, almost imperceptible, vast cloud of cos-
mic dust extending outward from the Sun in the plane of the orbits of Mercury,
Venus, Earth and slightly beyond. And while one would expect it would be im-
possible to see this super faint cloud from Earth, nevertheless we now know that
this is the false dawn Omar Khayyam wrote about and which we now call the
And next week when you see this false dawn, this ghostly cone of light, think of
its poetry throughout the ages, but also remind yourself of what it really is which
is equally wonderful because we now know it is simply pre-dawn sunlight
bouncing off of all those tiny particles of dust in that enormous cosmic cloud that
lies along the path of the planets. See what an ancient poet saw. Jack Horki-
Moon Info New Moon on August 16 First Quarter on August 23rd
Full Moon on August 30 Last Quarter on September 6t
For the week:
August 13 to August 20, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Health problems may prevail if you haven't been get-
ting enough rest. Your mate may not be too sure about your intentions. Don't let
children or elders put demands on your time. Someone you care about may not be
too well. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You must be careful not to ignore the needs of the
youngsters in your family. Channel your energy into decorating or household
chores. Emotional relationships will be plentiful if you attend group activities.
Travel for business will be advantageous. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You can make financial deals, but it may be best if
you're not using your own cash. Expect some flak. You're best not to get involved in
joint financial ventures. Travel will be enjoyable but could be expensive. Your lucky
day this week will be Wednesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You can accomplish the most if you travel for busi-
ness purposes. Talk to your emotional partner about your intentions. Don't make a
move; your confusion has caused this dilemma and you are best to back away and
reassess the situation. Look into alternatives that would better suit both your needs.
Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Concentrate on your job. You will be able to get along well
with colleagues. Don't depend on co-workers to help; they may only hold you back.
Finish up any correspondence by early afternoon. Your lucky day this week will be
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Don't count on your friends to be loyal when it comes
to doing things. They won't pay you back and you'll be upset. You must refrain from
overspending on entertainment. Tone down and put some of that hard earned cash
into a safe, long-term investment. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Check your personal papers and make sure everything
is in order. You can make money, but try not to let it slip through your fingers. In-
volvement in groups will be favorable. Business partnerships will prove lucrative.
Friends and relatives may be hard to take this week. Your lucky day this week will
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Changes in your home will be positive. Children
will be of major concern if you haven't kept the lines of communication open. Lend
an ear to children; it can make a difference. Avoid any confrontations with col-
leagues. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Take some time to change your house around.
You can make a big difference to children if you are understanding of the difficulties
they are experiencing. Don't point your finger unjustly at others. Don't let your fam-
ily put demands on you. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22- Jan. 20) Be careful of disclosing personal information.
You must use discretion when talking to others. Gambling should not be an option.
You need to make your environment a better place, with more comforts and a better
entertainment center. You're in the mood to get out and visit friends. Your lucky day
this week will be Sunday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) This is a great day to beautify your living quarters
or to entertain at home. Your ability to communicate with ease will win the hearts of
those you are in touch with this week. Partnerships will be successful. Travel and
entertaining conversation will be informative and uplifting.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You can make financial deals, but it may be best if
you're not using your own cash. Don't be too eager to buy things for those who
really don't deserve it. Read between the lines before you sign your name. Focus
your efforts on your work. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.