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A BMG, the Bonaire Management participants.
Group responsible for most of the is- A Britain's Environmental Agency is
land's government owned "private" com- concerned that the anti-depression drug
panies, is looking for investors and Prozac is being taken in such large quan-
strategic partners for three of its com- tities in the U.K. that traces are not only
panies: WEB (water and power), showing up in wastewater, but also in
TELBO (telephone and Internet) and rivers and wells used for drinking water.
Selibon (waste management). BMG head, "We need to determine the effects of this
Jopi Giskus has been in The Netherlands low-level, almost continuous discharge,"
holding serious discussions with notential says agencv snokesman Dr Andy Crox-


ford in the London Observer. What does
this have to do with Bonaire? It is an ex-
ample of how insidiously things can seep
into the ground, since almost all of Bon-
aire's water that isn't absorbed goes into
the sea where it is affects our coral reef.
That's why the proposed sewage treat-
ment plant to allow fertilizing nutri-
ents in the irrigation returned to
coastal properties is a bad one. It's
been proven that nutrients harm the coral
by promoting smothering algae growth.
The plan is opposed by Bonaire's conser-
vation organizations and is under review.


B onaire has Geographc Market Share for June 2004
recorded an Psi n rkI
estimated total of catt 1%
4,721 tourist arri- SRAh AMrr n 4
vals for the month
of June 2004. It
represents an in-
crease of2% as R[f Amnir a
compared to last Ei rs
year. 37
Visitors from the
US grew 5% com- Geographic market Share For Lrd 2004
pared to June 2003
from 2,299 arrivals RsSEM
to 2,413 in June Canebben t
2004. The total iSouth unercu 5
North America No ..
market increased 45%
4.8% compared to
2003.
Specifically, EuO
June's numbers 44%
reflected a growth
in travelers from the year-round sunshine states of California, Florida and Texas.
Tourist visits from Europe dropped by 3.6% compared to 2003, from 1,801 arrivals to
1,737 in June 2004. The Netherlands increased 2% compared to 2003. Airlift out of
Europe shows a slight decrease in June due to re-allocation of seats on the direct KLM
flights.
The South American market recorded an increase of 4.4% on the whole, while the
Venezuelan market decreased by 13.3%. T.C.B. press release


A Of the 1,000 Dutch naval personnel
stationed in the Netherlands Antilles to
combat the international drug trade, 15
have been arrested so far this year for
allegedly trafficking in narcotics, re-
ported the Dutch language newspaper,
Algemeen Dagblad.
Another 30 have been detained by the
military police for a range of crimes, in-
cluding serious assault, intimidation, van-
dalism and theft. The Dutch Royal Navy
confirmed that eight marines have been
set home this year from the Caribbean for


IN TMS ISSUE


drug possession or drug dealing. Last
year, the navy sent eight to 10 people
home for possessing or trafficking in
drugs in the Netherlands Antilles.
The Netherlands is responsible for the
defense of the Netherlands Antilles and
Aruba. The Dutch naval contingent -
made up of 300 marines and 700 other
naval personnel stationed on the Neth-
erlands Antilles is involved in combating
drug trafficking.

A Two members of the anti-drug team
at Curacao's Hato Airport have been
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Want to Vote?
Cover Story
Naming the Reefs (Capt. Don)
Selibon Does It All
Notable Visitors
Starting the Day Right (Rotary)
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Police Update
Rincon Marsh6 Highlights
Vessel List & Tide Table
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arrested on suspicion of involvement in
drug trafficking. The two Customs offi-
cials, P.P. and E.J., are the third and
fourth members of the Hato Team who
were apparently bribed by drug lords to
let through their couriers. Not too long
ago two police officers of the Hato
Team, G.L. and T., were also arrested.
The jailing of the two Customs officials
is reportedly related to the same case.
The investigation is being conducted by
the Antillean Police Force with support
from Kingdom detectives.

A The Central Bureau of Statistics
(CBS) kicked off an investigation into
the spending patterns of 1,500 house-
holds on all five Antillean islands. In-
cluded will be a determination of the
poverty level. The survey will take about
a year and involve visits to 352 house-
holds in Bonaire.
CBS publishes the price index figures of
Curacao every month and of the other
islands every two months. Based on a
list of products and services, the Bureau
determines whether or not the cost of
living has gone up. The last survey was
held in 1996. For the poverty analysis,
those surveyed will be asked not just
about their income and employment but
also about their social network and
health, as well as other living conditions
such as security, noise, etc.


jumped from the open doors to the
ground. BonairExel's chief pilot was at
the controls, and the flight crew handled
themselves very professionally, accord-
ing to reports from the passengers. The
ATR-42 was towed off the runway. The
ArubaExel plane, which is similar to the
BonairExel aircraft, was pressed into
service. ArubaExel's first official flight
is set for August 27".

A In another aircraft incident last
week a control lamp on a Dutch Carib-
bean Airlines (DCA) flight from St.
Maarten caused some concern when the
warning system indicated that the land-
ing gear cockpit was locked. However, it
was OK, and the plane landed normally

A DCA Chairman of the Board Tonchi
Leonard, a member of the Curacao Is-
land Government, said, "Seven million
(guilders) for DCA will only buy some
more time." He implied that a lot more
money will have to be spent before DCA
can be considered a solid business. One
calculation was that up until now
NAf36 million has already been spent
by the Curacao government to maintain
its national carrier. That's about
NAf200 for every man, woman and
child on Curacao.
Commissioner Leonard said that at this
time there is a conflict within the Cura-
cao Executive Council on whether to
continue operation DCA.


A A BonairExel aircraft had to acti-
vate emergency procedures during A Countries with visa waiver agree-
takeoff from Hato Airport in Curaqao ments with the US, which includes
last week after the left engine seized up The Netherlands Antilles, have been
as it was beginning the takeoff roll. given an extra year to start issuing
When the plane stopped, the passengers (Continued on page 8)


Dear Readers of The Bonaire Reporter,
It was quite a while ago that we, for the last time, read about the wonderful 98 % on time
flight results of Air Exel. Why? Because they do not fly on time any more. My recent
experiences have been very disappointing. At the end of May a direct flight to Aruba had
a two hour delay. In addition, without notifying the passengers, the flight had a non-
scheduled stop in Curagao which costs you another hour.
A couple of weeks ago I checked in for Curagao. When receiving the boarding card I
was advised the boarding time was one hour later than planned. When I asked why they
did not give me a call, the answer simply was: "It is only a delay of one hour, we call our
clients when the delay is more than one and a half hours." Due to the delay I had time to
find out why I was stuck at the airport. The answer was the same answer I received in
May: "We only have one plane available, so we have to delay and reschedule flights all
the time."
Would it be an idea NOT to sell tickets for non-existing flights?
I never had these experiences with Exel in The Netherlands. What is it with Caribbean
based airlines?! Yvonne Nuijts

Dear Readers, Customers and Others interested in BonairExel:
BonairExel is rapidly approaching its first birthday and we are very proud of what we
have achieved in the last 12 months. But we leave the 'back patting' to others, while our
focus remains on continuous improvement of our services and network. The letter of
Mrs. Nuijts proves clearly that there is still room for improvement.
BonairExel has faced quite some challenges in the last months. For a period of time, we
have hardly been able to keep our schedules, as a result of technical and operational
problems. Throughout these challenges, our aim has always been to minimize passenger
inconvenience. We truly believe that making the difference comes from solutions
offered and not from problems experienced. Contacting passengers that will be de-
layed is one of these 'solutions' and we can proudly say that most passengers highly ap-
preciate this service. Combining flights to make sure that all passengers will reach their
final destination is another solution, which might create inconvenience for some but will
benefit many more.
The fact that we had the challenges as described above is not surprising. Every start-up
company will eventually face some setbacks during its initial months. We have had our
share, from which we learned. Along the road, we have made adjustments in the way we
communicate with our valuable customers and we will continue to do so.
For all customers who have lost faith in BonairExel over the last months, we offer our
sincerest apologies. Being part of a small community as Bonaire, we are very much
aware of our image on the island and on the sister islands. It is this image and our desire
to stand out in a positive way that keeps us going in what we believe is the right direc-
tion. There is a lot to gain, still, and the airline group will not stop short of its goal to be-
come a leading airline in the region.
Arian van der Werff BonairExel Deputy General Manager


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f you see or hear something suspi-
cious, call the POLICE HOT-
LINE -DIAL 108. You may remain
completely anonymous. The Police
can use your eyes and ears.

Assistant Prosecutor Justine Gong-
grijp reports:
*Three persons in custody have been
released by the Preliminary Judge due
to lack of jail space. (In Curacao the
jail is so filled up that drug smugglers
are being freed) Two are those who as-
saulted the police and one is a suspect
in a burglary case. In the case of the
last person there wasn't enough evi-
dence and his case wasn't strong
enough to send him to Curacao jail.
*There were two arrests last week for
child abuse, but in one case the child
admitted lying. In the second case, the
suspect denies all, but authorities be-
lieve the 8 year old girl victim and are
looking for more evidence.
*A drug smuggler (nearly 18 years of
age, from Bonaire, A.A.S.) was ar-
rested at the airport last week. His pass-
port was confiscated.
*An 18 year old who's been repeatedly
arrested was arrested again last week
and threatened (a threat is considered
illegal if it concerns death) a woman
who testified against him. The case is
being investigated and a solution
looked for to deal with this repeat of-
fender.
*There was a meeting on Monday, Au-
gust 16, with the Head Prosecutor from
Curacao, Bonaire Public Prosecutor


Ernst Wesselieus, Asst. Prosecutor
Justin Gonggrijp, Lt. Governor Doma-
cass6 and Chief of Police Dantje. They
are waiting for news on repairing the
cells in Playa, for which there is some
money. However, for the jail in Rincon,
which was to be the interim jail, there
is no money. Dantje said he'd turned in
all the paperwork, but has had no word
yet. The Minister of Justice in Curaqao
says he hasn't received the money
(reportedly NAf5 million) from Hol-
land yet.
*Some advice from the Prosecutor's
Office: Don't panic. Compared to
Curaqao, things in Bonaire are not so
bad. (In the last six months in Curaqao
there were 6,000 burglaries and 800
armed robberies.) Although there has
been an increase in burglaries here the
police think it's the same people, and
once the jail is open, they'll be caught
and things should get back to normal.
There have been no other increases in
crime in other areas.

Special Security Services reports that
one of their patrols frustrated a theft of
a number of items from Exito Bakery
in Playa last Monday.

Charles Souriel of the Police reports:
*Last Friday police arrested a woman
who tried to sell a car without authori-
zation for NAf9.500. The victim com-
plained and the police detained the sus-
pect and confiscated the money. The
woman is in jail pending investigation.
* Last Friday the police made a search


THE PLA CE TO BE

THIS SA TURDA Y -

THE RINCON MARSHES
August 21

This Saturday August 21st It's a
Big Cultural Marsh6 with the Ki-
brahacha Dancers, Los Veteranos,
Kahia Brabu (band that plays folk-
loric music). There will be a compe-
tition, "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 Marsh6 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
Try the BBQ at the Rincon Marshi plus group.
Next Saturday, August 28 The
theme of next week's Marsh6 will be the Sea. Hear Pal'I Wiri, taste pastechi di
karko (conch), buy fresh fish, more. L.D.


in Tera Cora where the police detained
E. for his involvement in a robbery and
a threat. The police also took a car as
part of the investigation. The suspect
has been incarcerated pending further
investigation.
*On Monday evening, August 16, po-
lice were called to Kaya Melon in Rin-
con following a report of shots being
fired. Suspect R.W. accompanied by
three men (O., B., R.) and a woman
(C.) drove up to the house in a white
pickup and shouted for a man in the
house to come out. As he did, R.W.


fired 3 shots at the ground by the vic-
tim's feet, then aimed the gun at the
victim but it didn't fire. He shot at a
wall, then shot 2 more at the victim's
feet. The 5 drove away. They were
identified by the victim and are still at
large.
*A significant number of "traffic tick-
ets" orproces-verbal were issued for a
variety of infractions at a police check-
point on Kaya Korona on Monday af-
ternoon, August 16. Motorists should
expect to encounter similar checkpoints
in the coming days. L.D.


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*eferenbum "


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Referendum fever is in the air. Bon-
aire's political parties are pressing
their positions in the media and face to
face. However, even the political leaders
are saying don't necessarily vote your
party's choice if your conscience directs
you to another. While the result of the Ref-
erendum is non-binding and does not have
the force of law, you can be certain it will
have tremendous influence on the negotia-
tions to set the Bonaire's governmental
structure for this century.
The two leading choices, running nearly
neck and neck according to our informal
poll, are B and C. To review, here are the
four options, as described by The Referen-
dum Commission, that will be voted on.
Only one can be selected.

"Option A: Bonaire remains part of the
Netherlands Antilles
Bonaire remains part of the Netherlands
Antilles, together with the other two, three,
four, or five islands that want this. With
this option, the Netherlands Antilles re-
mains a constellation of islands. The cen-
tral government system will be maintained
as well as the Island Councils (island par-
liaments) and the Executive Councils.
With this option, The Netherlands deter-
mines the international policy and The
Netherlands is responsible for the military-
and diplomatic affairs. The people retain
Dutch nationality and passport. Complete
autonomy remains a future option. At this
moment, the Netherlands Antilles has


LGO-status (an Overseas Territory of Hol-
land). UPG-status (ultra peripheral terri-
tory of the European Union) is another
"association" option.

Option B: A direct relationship with
the Netherlands
Bonaire steps out of the Netherlands Antil-
les but remains part of the Dutch Royal
Kingdom. In this option, Bonaire has her
own parliament and government. The
other Antillean islands have no say in the
developments on Bonaire. (As described
by the promoters of this option, Bonaire
does as much as possible alone and only
asks the Netherlands for help when re-
quired.) Also with this option, the Nether-
lands is responsible for military and diplo-
matic affairs. Bonaireans keep the Dutch
nationality and passport. Bonaire can her-
self choose for the LGO or the UPG status.

Option C: Autonomous within the
Dutch Royal Kingdom
Bonaire steps out of the Netherlands Antil-
les but remains part of the Dutch Royal
Kingdom, has a parliament and govern-
ment of her own, and is protected against
the 'interference' of the other islands.
Bonaire "reports" directly to Holland. A
new Charter for the Kingdom of the Neth-
erlands needs to be defined in cooperation
with the other members of the Kingdom
(Aruba, Holland and other islands, de-
pending on their status), in which Bonaire
is being added to the Kingdom as an inde-


pendent country, just like Aruba. Also
with this option, the Netherlands is respon-
sible for military and diplomatic affairs,
and the people keep the Dutch nationality
and passport. Still, with this option there
is the possibility to extend the degree of
the autonomy to complete independence
and Bonaire can choose LGO or UPG
status on her own.

Option D: Complete independence
Bonaire becomes an independent country
and is no longer a part of the Netherlands
Antilles. Bonaire will no longer fall under
the Charter of the Kingdom of the Nether-
lands. As an independent country, Bonaire
pursues her own domestic, financial and
foreign policy and is completely responsi-
ble for defense. The population gets a Bo-
nairean nationality and passport. The
choice for an UPG or LGO status becomes
moot since Bonaire is no longer indirectly
part of the European Community."

While choices A and D are straightfor-
ward, at first glance B and C appear simi-
lar. Both keep Bonaire tied with Holland
and separate from a Curagao-dominated
central government. Both choices recog-
nize that the island cannot thrive without
significant Dutch support. Both may need
another Referendum to select how to han-
dle subsequent relationships with the
European Union.
However, there are significant differ-
ences once these issues are passed. Option
C allows for the possibility of separation
from Holland at any time in the future.
Option B would make that as impossible
as having Rotterdam become an independ-
ent country. The ties with Holland would
become unbreakable for practical reasons
since basic government services would


have to approach the Dutch standard in
administration and level. It's seems inevi-
table that Bonaire would become "more
Dutch." It's likely that Dutch or EU trad-
ing rules would be mandatory. The euro
would become Bonaire's currency.
Option C could better preserve the charac-
ter of Bonaire, but at a price. Bonaire
would be expected to step up to providing
social, educational and judicial services,
among others, on its own, although techni-
cal and financial assistance from Holland
are not ruled out and in fact should be ex-
pected. It could allow closer ties with the
other Antillean islands, and the island
could make its own rules regarding trading
with the Americas.
While there seem to be obvious differ-
ences between the B and C choices at this
point in time, the way Bonaire ends up
may be as much a result of the negotia-
tions among the Kingdom partners as the
definition of "direct ties" and "status
aparte" are. This is when the political par-
ties have the opportunity to present a
united front to use their negotiation skills
to obtain the concessions necessary to best
serve the interests of the people of Bon-
aire. Chronicler


The aim of the CbIromde team of editorial
and staff writers is to inform, not to influ-
ence public opinion or "sell" a particular
option. Critical comments, useful additions
and questions by the readers are welcomed
and published whenever possible.
Active co-operation and exchange of infor-
mation is sought with the local/regional me-
dia (press, radio, TV), and the official Ref-
erendum Commission. Any item in the Ref-
erendum Chronicle may be freely quoted
and/or downloaded via Internet. Opinions
expressed are solely those of the writers.


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WANT TO VOTE IN THE BONAIRE REFERENDUM well as the voting
place. If you are not Antillean
This year, for the first time, the Bonaire Government de- you MUST bring your Sedula and
cided to let resident non-Antilleans vote in an island elec- your Residency Permit which has
tion. Although the Opposition is against this move, the your stamped picture on it. It wouldn't
rule stands. The Government feels that it is important for hurt to take your passport too as you
foreigners who live on Bonaire, who have a stake in the never know what you might be asked to
island's future, have a say in its future. Therefore, it is vital present! Make sure that all your papers
that every foreigner Caribbean, European, North American, South American, are valid at least through September 10th
or any one ofBonaire's 38 other nationalities, if eligible, get out and vote on (voting day). Do NOT wait until Septem-
September 10h. ber 10th to check your paper dates! Re-
To make it easier reporter Dabney Lassiter has prepared this article: member to bring your voting invitation
card to your polling place.


Everyone who pays taxes and obeys
the laws of the island rightfully feels
that he or she should have a voice in
which direction the island takes in plan-
ning its future. The question is, are you
eligible to do so? The answer is, if you
are not a native Antillean you must have
lived here for five years before you can
vote in the September 10th Referendum.
How do you know if you're eligible?
Look at your Sedula (National ID card).
If the date on your Sedula indicates you
have been a legal resident of Bonaire for
five years or more then yes, you can vote.
But ... how do you do it? Where do you
go? What's the procedure?

Walter Coffee, a Coordinator of the Ref-
erendum Committee, shared with The Re-
porter what you need to know in order to
vote.

1. Check the date on your Sedula. To
be sure you have been a legal resident for
at least 5 years.

2. Beginning this week the Post Office


will be delivering voting invitation
cards to everyone who is eligible. You
must be home to receive this card; it
will not be left in your mailbox. Two
attempts will be made to deliver the invi-
tation card; after that you must go either
to the Post Office BEFORE September 7
or to the Bevolking office AFTER Sep-
tember 7 to get the card. At both the Post
Office and the Bevolking office you must
present your Sedula, passport, and Resi-
dency Permit to receive your card. If the
Post Office does not have a card for you
then you must go to the Bevolking office.
Be sure to bring the appropriate paper-
work at that time. You must bring your
voting invitation card to your polling
place on election day.

3. The voting card you will receive will
be in Dutch, but this is what it will say.
At the top of the card you are told that the
card is an invitation to vote. Next it lists
your birth date, name, nationality, ad-
dress, address of your voting place, your
voting district, the hours that voting will
be held, and that you must bring valid ID


4. Important voting rules:
a.) You MUST use the red pen given to
you when you go into the booth to vote.
If your ballot is marked with any other
pen your vote will be cancelled.
b.) You may not fill in more than one
option or your ballot will be cancelled.
c.) You must vote between the hours of 8
am and 7 pm.

When you arrive at your polling place
you will be given a folded paper ballot in
either English, Spanish, Dutch, or Papia-
mentu your choice. The Lt. Governor
will have signed his name on each of the
folded sides which makes the ballot offi-
cial. When you receive your ballot, your
name and your voting registration number
on your invitation card will be called out
and noted in the voting register. You will
then take your ballot into the voting
booth, mark it, and put it into a metal
container. As you put it into the con-
tainer a poll worker will make a note of
your name and voting number, indicating
that your vote has been put into the con-
tainer. After the polls have closed the


people working at the polling places will
separate the votes into piles of A, B, C,
and D to be counted. They will be ob-
served by designated officials from vari-
ous political organizations. The tally
from each voting location will be called
into the Central Office, and when a win-
ner is declared an 'unofficial' announce-
ment will be made at that time. On the
following Wednesday the President of the
Central Office will have a meeting at 10
am and will officially announce the re-
sults.

A note of interest: from September 9 at 6
pm until September 11 at 6 am no liquor
will be sold at local bars and stores. The
exceptions to this rule are resorts catering
to tourists.

PLEASE ... be a good citizen and exer-
cise your right to vote on September
10th between 8 am and 7 pm. If you
don't, then you have no right to com-
plain! According to UN guidelines, if
the Referendum is to be meaningful, a
minimum of 50% of the eligible voters
must cast their ballots.

Polling locations:
#1 Jong Bonaire
Kaya Libertador Simon Bolivar 16

#2 Centro di Bario Tera Cora
Kaya Monseigneur Niewindt 51

#3 Klaslokaal Criston Bon Wardador
Kaya Avelino J. Cecilia 56

#4 Centro di Bario Nikiboko
Kaya Pos di Amor 44
(Continued on page 8)


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Flotsam...(Continuedfrom page 4)


A Next Thursday, August
26th, BonairExel will celebrate
its first anniversary in spec-
tacular fashion. In the early af-
teroon (1:20 pm) the modem
Boeing 767 of sister airline,
Dutch Caribbean Exel, will
make a special landing at Fla-
mingo Airport. Then, at 6 pm,
BonairExel will host a party at
Wilhelmina Park. All are in-
vited.


passports with biometric measures like
fingerprints, the US State Department
said last Tuesday. The nations affected
now have until October 26, 2005, to start
issuing the passports under a US law de-
signed to tighten up border security after
the September 11, 2001, attacks.

A As of now 326 new students have
registered at the University of the
Netherlands Antilles located in Cura-
gao: 177 at the Social-Economic Faculty,
82 at the Technical Faculty, 36 at the
General Faculty, and 31 at the Judicial
Faculty. However, the enrollment of
some students is contingent on the release
of scholarship funds from the Central
Government. Starting this year UNA stu-
dents can't receive student loans from
The Netherlands.
The UNA enrollment fee is NAf1.000
per year (plus a college card of NAf
10.50, books and other study materials).
The new school term starts next month.

A The STCB (Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire) "Turtle Talk" is now being
given at the seaside veranda at the
Carib Inn. It's a perfect venue, with no
distracting bar noises or loud music and
is becoming very popular with turtle afi-
cionados. Andy Uhr is the speaker and
gives a very informative show with slides
and even some video footage of newly
hatched babies. It's definitely worth a
visit. The show goes on at 7 pm every
second and fourth Wednesday of the
month.

A Bonaire will host a big Biker
(Extended) Weekend from September
2 through 6. Along with the more than
100 bikers on Bonaire, about 260 addi-
tional bikers are expected from abroad:
from Curaqao, Aruba, St. Martin and the
US. There will be rides, parades and lots
of parties for the participants and every-
one else. An extra added attraction this
year will be the "old timer" cars real
beauties 12 vintage convertibles from
Aruba and six classics from Curacao. Or-
lando of the Bonaire Motorcycle Shop
says that the 12 convertibles will take up
the whole ship, Ron. Coming with the
cars will be another 40 people. And to get


Sonaire's dive shops are flourishing along with the increase in
tourism. Last week the Carib Inn took delivery of its newest dive
boat a Privateer Wanchese. This new boat is 26 ft. long with a 10 ft. beam
which is 1 foot wider and 2 feet longer than the Privateer Renegades that the Carib
Inn is presently using. It also handles rougher seas extremely well and will keep its
divers drier while underway. It's equipped with a new Yamaha 225 hp 4-cycle engine.
The Carib Inn now has 4-cycle engines on all its dive boats. These are far more fuel
efficient and affect the environment far less. Visit the website at www.caribinn.com for
more details. Or contact Bruce at info@caribinn.com .
Carib Inn staff pictured on the cover in the new boat are: Edward Thomas, owner
Bruce Bowker, Kitty Handschuh, Ralf Klug, Frank Schwarte, Rishi Anthony, and
Wendy van Leeuwen.


Officials from the govern-
ment were on hand to greet
the first plane in 2003


Patrick Angela waves from
the cockpit after the land-
ing of BonairExel's first
plane on Bonaire soil last
April Unfortunately it took
almost another four
months before the Central
Government, under duress,
allowed it tofly.



ready for the celebration the Bikers' Sa-
loon next to Zee Zicht has been painted
"shocking pink." You can't miss it.


P Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez has survived a referendum
to recall him, according to results re-
leased by the country's top electoral
officer on Monday. National Electoral
Council President Francisco
Carrasquero said in a national broad-
cast the "No" option opposing
Chavez's recall had obtained just over
58% of the vote, while the "Yes" vote
obtained nearly 42%. Pro-opposition
electoral officials questioned the re-
sult, but the results got the approval of
election observers, including the
Carter Commission.


A Do you prefer Bush, Carey or perhaps
Ralph Nader? Did you know that there
are 7,100,000 American citizens living
outside of the US? Can you imagine
what an impact that many votes would
have on the results of a federal election?
George Bush beat Al Gore by only 537
votes in the 2000 US presidential elec-
tion. And you think your vote doesn't
count? Well think again, because it does,
and your vote really can make a differ-
ence.
If you live on Bonaire and are an Ameri-


can citizen please check out the following
websites and find out how to obtain an
absentee ballot. There's still time to do
this if you hurry. Not every state has the
same rules and procedures for obtaining
absentee ballots so check out the rules for
the state in which you lived prior to mov-
ing to Bonaire. Even if you no longer
have an official address in that state or
own property there you are still eligible
to register for federal elections. Here are
some websites that will give you all of
the information that you need:
Overseas Vote2004. com
TellAnAmerican ToVote.com
FederalVotingAssistance Programcom
Depending on the rules of your state, if
you cannot have a ballot faxed to you and
fax it back to your Board of Elections,
you may want to consider FedExing your
forms to your state board and enclose a
prepaid address slip so that the board can
FedEx your ballot to you. It's worth the
price of the shipping to know that you
were able to have your say in what is
turning out to be the most important
presidential election of our time. Please
act on this information ASAP be-
cause .....YOUR VOTE REALLY DOES
COUNT!
A The name "Bonaire" is not unique to
our dushi island. We've in the past re-
ported about Bonaire, Georgia, and Bon-
aire, California. Now we'll tell you about
one in Florida. Bonaire, which is part of
the villages of Oriole, in Delray Beach,
is what some would call a "naturally oc-
curring retirement community." This
community is made up of apartment
buildings or neighborhoods where a


(Continued from page 7)
Polling locations:

#5 Centro di Bario Antriol
Kaya Gatu 2

#6 Klaslokaal Kolegio Reina
Beatrix
Hanchi Amboine 2

#7 Klaslokaal Papa Comes
School
Kaya Barakuda 33

#8 Centro di Bario Nord Sa-
lina Kaya Cacique 9

#9 Centro di Bario Rincon
Kaya Rincon 62

#10 Lokaal Fundashon
Kwido
Kaya E. B. Sint Jago 10


group of younger residents move in and
stay through the years, aging together.
And then there's the classy French
three-year-old filly racehorse, Bonaire.
She was a Group 3 winner last year in
France, but made her US debut in mid-
July at Hollywood Park, California. Since
then she's been finishing in the money
but has yet to win a race.
A Let's Go Latin Jazz Concert to
benefit Special Olympics Bonaire is
Sunday, August 29, 7:15 to 9 pm aboard
Freewinds. Show your support! Tickets
are NAf17,50. Get them at Croccantino
Restaurant, Sharon (717-8658) or from
any other board member.
A WHO FILLS THE PAGES OF THE
BONAIRE REPORTER? Although the
publisher and editor are Americans, many
of the contributing writers count English
as a second, and in some cases, a third
language. We are very proud that so
many fine international writers have con-
tributed to make The Reporter what it is
today. Here are a few examples: Greta
Kooistra -Dutch Ap van Eldik Dutch *
Desire Dutch Jos6e Bolduc Frosst -
French Canadian Gwen Wildeboer -
Dutch Co de Koenig Dutch Imre
Esser Dutch Robert van Dam -Dutch *
Angelique Salsbach Antillean Ruud
Vermeulen Dutch Femke van der
Valk Dutch Marcel Nahr Antillean *
Natalie A.W. Wanga Antillean Jiri
Lausman- Czech-Dutch Juliet Somers -
Antillean Rosita Paiman Surinamese
D.L./L./G. D.


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rasemaus no


Look for the number on your invitation card that corresponds with one of the
numbers above. That will tell you where your polling place is located. If you
have any further questions please check with the office of the Bevolking.
Dabney Lassiter
Bevolking is now located across the street from Telbo,
behind Immigration offices. TeL 717-5517.


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BOll'! W1INNlWl" GATEWAYS INTO BONAIRE'S MAGNIFICENT REEF SYSTEMS


With this issue we begin a series of
stories by Captain Don Stewart one
ofBonaire's "Living Treasures" and
the man credited with focusing Bon-
aire on Dive Tourism. The first arti-
cle, about the naming ofBonaire's
dive sites, introduces the series.

During our short stay on Curacao
in early 1961, Percy, my mate
and I, two starving aquarium fish collec-
tors, had numbered and charted literally
dozens of windows into their reefs. We
were students of nature, and our windows
admitted us into the greater coral mass,
the portal of life itself. Each site, almost
sacred, deserved to be named, charted,
and properly inscribed. However, Cura-
qao Immigration had other plans and we
moved on.
The gods sent us to Bonaire. To be the
first gives a fellow a great deal of lati-
tude. Prior to May 24th 1962, there were
no windows into the reefs of Bonaire.
"Heit's Pier," just out front of Jules
Heitkoning's place (house north of Zee
Zicht) was to be our first. We stretched a
mono-filament line perpendicularly from
underneath the little pier, past my anchor,
under my ship, ending at 120 feet. We
secured our floating sentinels and charted
the reef. We found numerous chamber
pots, zinc roofing canoes, a vast colony
of Royal Grammas at 50 feet and named
it Heit's Pier.
This was to be our formal introduction
into the reef systems of Bonaire. The ex-
act location of a window was imperative,
as the staghorn and elkhorn coral were so
thick that in many places channels had to
be cut and entrances cleared of debris.


Charts had to be drawn and recorded and
sentinels set for divers or snorkelers to
enter at that exact location. After all,
what value is a church without a door-
way?
In 1963 I took a job with Zee Bad
which eventually became the Flamingo
Beach Club. Things changed. Percy went
on to commercial diving while I chose to
stay with tourists. Between May of 1962,
when we introduced commercial Scuba
to Bonaire, and 1972, when we became
serious about Scuba,
many new reef windows
were opened.
Typically, I invented
ways to name these sites.
In no way was it haphaz-
ardly done. As a Holly-
wood boy, I insisted on
plenty of hoopla. I
would talk up one of my All underwater p
favorite unnamed win- black and white
dows, toss my divers
into a rented garbage truck and take off
to a new adventure. 1000 steps, La
Dania's Leap, and Snake Valley are good
examples of this. Then we returned to the
hotel, partied, and immortalized that par-
ticular window.
For example, there was a place on
Klein Bonaire which I knew quite well. I
rented several fishing boats to ferry a
group over to a sandy beach with an old
battered jetty. The diving was superb.
That night we had a fine party and got a
little drunk. By midnight I was still wait-
ing for the name. I delivered them to the
plane the following morning, and they
still hadn't come up with even a hint. So I
did. I named that window without group


guidance. I simply called it "No Name."
Between 1963 and 1972, there were
many windows named. Then in June
1972 I got in a fight with the new owner
of the Flamingo who didn't care for me
or my divers. The following day I was
unemployed, but I still had to fulfill my
contract with Joe Strykowski's group
from Chicago who were on island. We
christened Karpata.
June 1st 1972, I found myself involved
in the re-opening of the then defunct Ho-
tel Bonaire. Aquaventure
was born, and I pulled out
all the stops. The diving
industry was now in
vogue. We built specially
crafted pontoon boats,
revitalized old tour buses
and built a very special
diving truck.
hotography was From 1972 until 1975, I
e in those days produced reef windows
like crazy. Our guys,
Eddy Statia and Ady Evertz, got in their
two bits worth, with Valerie's Hill and
Leonora's Reef, as did Bruce Bowker
with his Invisibles, and Ebo Domacasse
with two sites, Ebo's Reef and Ebo's
Special. At least 75% of the present sites
had been opened by that time. Then in
1974 I got into a fight again, this time
with the Food and Beverage department
of the Hotel Bonaire. It was obvious they
cared little for my divers, prompting me
to envision Habitat.
Here's the story. Aquaventure owned a
big diesel boat called the Coral Queen
whose captain was a lovable giant of a
man named Basilio Marin. "Bas" cap-
tained the long hauls, usually to the west-


em end of the island. They were all-day
runs, great diving, the best. But Food and
Beverage could not be convinced that
Basilio needed the lunch boxes early if he
ever wished to get back before dark. Be-
cause of this constant battle, we tried an-
other tack. "Bas," I told him, "enough.
We will buy a piece of property up at that
end of the island near the Park and build
another dive station, a restaurant with
beaches and a pier." Well, we didn't buy,
but rented a virgin cove that few knew
about. We built a special utility truck that
had it all, built a dock, stationed a boat
there, and called this special place
NuKove.
1975 ushered in Teach Tours with Peter
Hughes filling my void at the Flamingo
Beach Club, and late 1976 saw the open-
ing of Habitat. I now had two operations,
the Hotel Bonaire and Habitat, while
Hughes had the Flamingo.
By 1979 the Marine Park was at-
tempting to get started. However, it was
hampered by numerous difficulties and
really never did get airborne for several
years. Tom van' t Hof, the Manager of
the struggling Park, and I designed the
dumbbell moorings that we still see
around today. Then in 1982 the Park fi-
nally was able to successfully commence
operations.
In 1980, I lost the Hotel Bonaire con-
tract and had to absorb Aquaventure into
the Habitat operation. In 1980 the dive
operators were Peter Hughes and me, as
well as the new operator, Al Catafulmo,
at the Hotel Bonaire. Fortunately, the
three of us worked together in harmony
to maintain the moorings as well as the
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KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
8-20 1:32 1.2FT. 4:13 1.3FT. 8:51 1.2FT. 17:12 1.5FT. 82
8-21 2:55 1.1FT. 17:53 1.6FT. 75
8-22 3:52 1.0FT. 18:35 1.8FT. 67
8-23 4:32 0.9FT. 19:26 1.9FT. 59
8-24 5:18 0.8FT. 20:10 2.0FT. 55
8-25 5:59 0.8FT. 20:59 2.1FT. 57
8-26 6:35 0.8FT. 21:49 2.1FT. 65
8-27 7:18 0.8FT. 22:33 2.1FT. 75

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12E0Iini igM I@ F T ALL FO YOU

S elibon, the island's waste management company, does an incredible job of keep-
ing the island clean. Bonaire's cleanliness consistently tops the list of tourists'
positive comments. Ever notice how after Kamaval, or parties on the street that by the
next day it's all cleaned up?
Selibon offers many services, and they're pretty reasonable, and often absolutely free.
For instance, if you want to clean up construction or garden debris around your
house or garden you can rent a very large container, 8 cubic meters, the size of a small
car, for only NAf26,50 a day. When you take it for the weekend you only have to pay
for one day! Selibon delivers it to your site on Friday sometime and then picks it up on
Monday.
If you have big items that don't fit into a container, like tree stumps, large appli-
ances, beds or bundled garden clippings, call them, tell them what you have and
they'll pick it up at no charge whatsoever! For loose debris like leaves, package it up
or put it in cardboard boxes. Usually they'll pick it up the same day as your regular
Selibon garbage pickup. (They offer this same service to businesses for a low price.)
They even pick up junk cars. You simply have to go down to their office and sign a
form which says you are the owner and what kind of car it is, or was. They take it
from there.
When your septic tank needs emptying, call them. They're quick, efficient and rea-
sonable. Another service they offer is picking up dead animals. That direct telephone
number is 785-9740 from 7:30 am to 4 pm.
If you'd like to go to the landfill yourself, feel free. They're open every day of the
week, including holidays! Monday through Friday they're open 7 am to 6:30 pm; Sat-
urday, Sunday and holidays they're open from 7 am to 4:30 pm.
You may have seen the Polis Ambiental car traveling around the island. To protect our
fragile environment the Bonairean government introduced the Environmental Police
which is working with Selibon to make sure people are living by the rules that are set
to protect our environment and to book those who violate these rules. If you see some-
one polluting the environment (that includes builders and contractors) report
them by calling the Polls Ambiental at 717-8159.
Selibon regularly works with the community in the areas of hygiene, litter prevention
and proper disposal of waste, working closely with organizations like Fundashon Tene
Boneiru Limpi, Stinapa, TCB and the government's environmental department.
Selibon's office is now on Kaya Grandi, above the offices of the TCB. When there is a
charge involved they ask that you pay ahead at their office, open from 7:30 am to 12
noon; 1:30 to 4:30 pm. Their telephone is 717-8159, Fax 717-7339. Email: seli-
bon@selibon.an L.D.

Selibon sponsors projects such as recycling activities, neighborhood cleanup cam-
paigns and the annual CLEAN UP THE WORLD action which this year will be on
September 18.


NOTABLE VISITORS


V isiting
Bonaire
recently on their
ninth holiday to
the island are
artist Marcela
de La Torre and
writer Jorge
Biggs from
Chile. The cou-
ple always stays
at Sorobon
Beach Hotel,
which they call
"a special para-
dise." Jorge re-
lates, "Ten
years ago we
found out about


Marcela & Jorge at Sorobon Beach

Bonaire and Sorobon Beach in a guide
book and we immediately fell in love with
the island. We've been to many other
places in the world, like Corsica, Maui, the
Canaries, but we still love Bonaire the
best."
Artist Marcela creates sculptures from ce-
ment, iron and wood. Some of Biggs' pub-
lished works are Voy Y Vuelvo (I Go and I
Come), KPor Que a Mi? (Why Me?),
Cuentos Verdaderos (True Tales) and Casa
de Madame Lorraine. Three of the short
stories from Cuentos Verdaderos have
been translated into English and one into
Swedish. L.D.


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B reakfast... such a normal word,
meaning your first meal of the day.
Unfortunately, not for everyone. Some of
Bonaire's children do not live in a situa-
tion that can provide them a healthy
breakfast. A study of six to 12-year-old


children resulted in the chilling fact that
some children on Bonaire come to school
without breakfast. Breakfast at this tender
age is necessary for proper development
and growth ... and not just to concentrate
at school.
After further analysis at three schools, it
was determined that about 100 children
come to school without breakfast every
school day. For about 200 school days
this comes to 24,000 breakfasts.
The Rotary Club of Bonaire decided to
remedy the situation. After consulting a
dietician about healthy nutrition for this
age group, it was decided that a sandwich
with a piece of fruit and a beverage
would do the trick. After two months of
preparation, on August 12th 2004, at
breakfast time, the program went into
action at Mango's Restaurant, where
Eddy, from Eddy's Gourmandise, pre-
pared breakfast packages for students at
three schools. Eddy's will continue to do
so very inexpensively. In addition to
Mangos, other sponsors are MCB Bon-
aire, Buddy Dive Resort and Divi Fla-
mingo Resort. The Cultimara Bakery is
supporting the program by supplying the
bread at a special discounted price.
The teachers of the Papa Comes School,
Kollegio Reina Beatrix and Kristo Bon
Wardador Elementary Schools are great
supporters. They pick up the breakfast
packs every school morning and distrib-
ute the breakfasts to the kids selected by
the schools.
Despite all the volunteer help and dis-


Past president Henk Schrijver, Chairman of the Community Service Committee
Frits Hannenberg, President Evert Piar, Treasurer Jan Gielen, Coordinator
Larry Gerharts, Secretary Ruud Vermeulen, and Head of the Papa Comes
School, Mr. Kurban at Mango's

counts this project will be a very costly very welcome. To help or for more in-
one for the small Bonaire Rotary Club. formation, contact Sara Matera at 560-
Additional financial support to keep this 7301.
project on track is Press Release


Want to make a donation? Send to: MCB Bank Bonaire,
account number 831088-02, Swift code-
MCBKANCUBON


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K itten brothers
"Randy" and
"Roy" were brought in
just recently to the Bon-
aire Animal Shelter with
their siblings "Ryan" and
"Rita" and their mom,
"Elta." They came from a
family who had "just too
many cats," an often-
heard reason. But the
good thing is that the
family had children who
handled the cats a lot and made them ex-
tremely easy going. In fact, the mother,
"Elta," is such a nice cat herself that she
will be sterilized and is up for adoption
too. Like their mom, the kittens are happy,
playful and so well adjusted that they
adapted immediately to the social structure
in the cat cage. They weren't skittish or
scared. That's pretty surprising for ones so
young, only eight weeks old. You may
meet this exceptional cat family at the
Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday
through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays
until 1. Telephone 717-4989.

Who doesn't love puppies and kittens?
They're just so adorable when they're
young that it's not hard to understand why
people want their adult pets to have litters
of darling kittens and puppies. The prob-


lem is, not that many people enjoy grown
up dogs or cats and cannot commit to car-
ing for them for all of their pet lives.
That's why it's so important to have our
pets sterilized, not only to prevent an over-
population of too many unwanted puppies
and kittens, but for the pet's health as well.
But there is some good news for all of you
puppy and/or kitten lovers. Drop in to the
Shelter and get your "fix." Play with them;
have a ball; and know that you're helping
to keep those wonderful pets "social" and
used to having an interaction with people.
Give it a try everyone will benefit!
Note: as of August 11, there were 100
adoptions from the Shelter. Last year there
were 110 for the whole year; in 2002, the
total was 90. L.D.


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JanArt Gallery, Kaya Gloria
7, Bonaire Local Art, Art
Supplies, Framing, and Art
Classes. Open Tu-We-Th &
Sat 10 am- 5 pm Friday 1- 7
pm; or phone 717-5246 for appt.

BonaireNet is the leading
consumer and business in-
formation source on Bon-
aire. Telephone (599) 717-
7160. For on-line yellow
pages directory information go to
http://www.yellowpagesbonaire.com

PSYCHOLOGY
PRACTICE BONAIRE.
Consultation, Supervision, Hyp-
notherapy, Psychotherapy Drs.
Johan de Korte, Psychologist,
Phone: 717-6919

CAPT. DON'S ISLAND
GROWER
Trees and Plants, Bonaire
grown. 8000m2 of plants and
nursery. Specializing in gar-
den/septic pumps and irriga-
tion. Kaminda Lagoen 103,
Island Growers NV (Capt. Don and
Janet). Phone: 786-0956 or 787-0956


I 0:....-TNIY


Wanted: Restaurant helper wait
tables, help in kitchen. Day shift, part
time. Must speak English well. Will
train. Call 717-8003.


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

Oceanfront, furnished, 2 bedroom
apartment for rent in Belnem. Call
717-8603.



Baldor 20 hp electric motor 230
volt 50 hz. TEFC model. NAJ1.200.
717-8819 8 am to 5pm


Achilles inflatable 16 feet with
trailer. Both in very good condition.
NAf5,950. Tel 717-8819 8am-5pm

Privateer Renegade. 25 ft with 9' 3"
beam. Cabin boat with 200 HP Ya-
maha. $19,500. 717-8819 8am-5pm


PESONL


FREE STERILIZATION PROGRAM

OCTOBER 18 to 30.

Animal Shelter's Community-wide Program

Tell Your Neighbors!


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THE BONAIR



T his column
concerns
this time of the
year. I always try
to keep you up to
date about oppor-
tunities or threats
relating to your
gardens and
plants. Unfortu-
nately this is
about threats.
As you've proba-
bly noticed, the
hottest months of
the year are here
again! These
months are the
most difficult for
your plants. Even
when you keep
them watered,
sometimes it
seems that you're
not getting any
results. There is
no need to give a lot more water, but if
you have a mature garden it might be
wise, if you are watering for example 20
minutes at a time, to change that to twice
for 10 minutes each. Also if you are wa-
tering by hand and if you can find the
time, do it twice a day, each time not too
much.
You can still keep on planting new
plants, no problem, but soak them before
you put them in the ground and make
sure they get enough water after plant-
ing. It is also important that they retain
as much soil from the pot as possible.
This time of the year also brings more
bugs, and the strong winds and weak-
ened conditions of the plants make them
much more vulnerable. So try to keep
your plants strong and healthy and they
will be less likely to get bugs. But even
though you may be taking good care of
your garden, if you live in a neighbor-
hood with a lot of sick plants, the
chances that your plants will be infected
is of course much higher! There is no
use spraying them over and over this
time of year. (Later I will give you a list


Mealybugs close up


of plants that are likely to get contami-
nated with insects.) If the infestation is
really serious, don't hesitate to cut back
a lot of the contaminated branches. Don't
forget to rake all the infected leaves and
spray them afterwards, preferably in the
late afternoon. And after that, make
sure you fertilize the plants a bit to get
new growth quicker, and of course, keep
an eye out for new bugs!
This year many Coconut palms seem
to have a lot of scale and the Frangipani
(Plumeria) are having a lot of trouble
with insects too. That is too bad, because
they are very beautiful. Also the Olean-
der di Boneiru is likely to get the Pink
Mealy bug and a lot of our nice Bou-
gainvilleas are having troubles with in-
sects as well. Still, all over the Antilles
the Hibiscus is contaminated with the
mealy bug. It would be wise not to plant
them.
I hope I didn't frighten you too much.
Let's hope for some nice rain, but in the
meantime, give your garden a little bit
more attention. Ap van Eldik


PICTURE YOURSELF

WITH THE REPORTER


Florence, Italy





Michaelangelo's
David isn't even
looking at the copy of
The Bonaire Reporter
that Anna, Sharon, Elisa-
beth and Sara brought
with them all the way to
Florence. But with so
much beautiful art in that
classic Italian city we
can understand.

WIN GREAT PRIZES!
Take a copy of The Bonaire
Reporter with you on your
next trip or when you return
to your home. Then take a
photo of yourself with the
newspaper in hand. THE
BEST PHOTOS OF THE
YEAR WILL WIN THE
PRIZES. Mail photos to
Bonaire Reporter, Kaya
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E-mail to: pic-
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(All 2004 photos are eligi-
ble.)


Ap van Eldik owns Green Label Landscaping, a company that
designs, constructs and maintains residential and commercial
gardens. He has two nurseries and a garden shop in Kral-
endijk which carries terra cotta pots from Mexico and South
America. Phone 717-3410


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(Gateways to the Reefs. Continued from page 9)
Park's ideals. It's not always easy for macho operators to do this.
In 1987, in my opinion, the island's mooring system lay in complete disar-
ray. My plan was to add more moorings to the system to bring the total moorings
to 100 and arrange them close together like piano keys. Then, like Mozart, CURO
(Congress of Underwater Resort Operators) was to call the chords to be played
that quarter. Some windows would be closed while others would be opened, al-
lowing the reef to rest and rebuild minor diver damage. Everybody liked it, and
the system is still in use today. However, the Park remained silent while I was
looking for funding and thus came another brainstorm, the Sea Tether project, but
that's another story.
A STATEMENT- November 2003
I am now knocking on the door of 80 years on
Earth and, quite surprisingly, find that the old mem-
ory is still rather good. Over the years I have had fun
reminiscing about the happenings that have led up to
the naming of some of the island's best known dive
sites ("windows").
With the exception of seven, all of these windows
had been named and were in use before 1975. Fur-
ther, I should mention that windows such as Karpata -,
and Willemstoren are the established names which I
chose to keep after appropriately charting and setting
out the undersea sentinels.
Windows like Ebo's Reef 16, Hilma Hooker 22,
and the Front Porch 18 were so widely spoken of that Captain Don
I can't claim these reefs as my discovery. However,
because I am the guy who made them famous, I have added them to the list. I am
writing these stories for the pure fun of it. If you fail to see the humorous side of
the diving business of the olden days, well, then maybe you should take up skiing.
Huh!
Captain don




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WEELY MOVIE HOW IMES

New! Usually 9:00pm
Spiderman 2
(Tobey Maquire)
Early Show (usually 7pm)
Garfield
(Bill Murray)

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 Garfield
SUNDAY MATINEE 4 PM
CALL FOR INFO



THIS WEEK
Saturday, August 21, 7- 9 pm Cinnamon
Art Gallery opens an exhibition of
"Nochi" Coffie's works which runs Au-
gust 21 September 25.
Saturday, August 21-Rincon Marshe &
Soldachi Tours, 6 am to 4 pm (more on
page 5)

Sunday, August 22 International Bible
Church of Bonaire- 40th Anniversary
Celebration & Worship at the TWR Activi-
ties' Building on Kaya Amsterdam 3. 10
am to noon
Thursday, August 26-BonairExel First
Year Celebration Party-Food, drink,
games, fun, Wilhelmina Park, 6 pm

COMING
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 NAf17.50
from Croccantino Restaurant, Sharon (tel.
717-8658) or any Special Olympics board
member.

Sunday, September 5th Bonaire Local
Fishing Tournament. Only Bonaire regis-
tered boats. Crew may be from anywhere.
Sign up at Doei Diaz' (next to Richard's
Restaurant)


September 2 through
(extended) Weekend.
parades and lots of part
pants and everyone else


nfluwe/


6-Big Biker
There will be rides,
ties for the partici-
e.


EVERY WEEK
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while enjoy-
ing a great dinner in colorful tropical ambi-
ance 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 2 pm. Enjoy a Bo-
nairean breakfast while you shop: fresh
fruits and vegetables, gifts, local sweets and
snacks, arts and handicrafts, candles, in-
cense, drinks and music.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Authen-
tic Bonairean kunuku. $12 (NAfl2 for
Bonaire residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-
9800.
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is open
daily for hot slot machines, roulette and
blackjack, 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


Wednesdays (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conserva-
tion Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib Inn
seaside veranda, 7 pm
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

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451 or Valrie@telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to
help staff gallery during the day. Contact
Wendy Horn, at 717-3902 or 785-9700.
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -7174989.
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 Tromp,
717-7659

CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings -every Wednesday, Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning 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 Kooy-
man's. All levels invited NAf5 entry fee. Call
Cathy 564056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm.
Tel. 717-5595, sec. Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restaurant,
Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Rotarians are
welcome. Tel. 717-8454

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 fromthe 17th century. Daily. Call 717-
4060 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 popular musicians.
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 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire. Wil-
helminaplein. 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. Ser-
vices in Dutch. 717-7116.

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DINING GUIDE


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See advertisements in tis issue


RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE / WHEN OPEN FEATURES

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

Calabas Restaurant & Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and beautiful turquoise setting when enjoying
Calabas Restaurant & Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Moderate-Expensive a breakfast buffet or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi'
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. Waterfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner reauant bar. njoy inrng vts and a i tanda of inr-
717-82 Open 7 days national cuisine.
Croccantin Italian Restarant pensivSkilled chef direct from Tuscany prepares exquisite dishes. Authentic
Dontno at aa an Moderatexpensive ingredients and romantic setting make dining a total delight. Be served
717-5025 Closed Monday in a garden setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned com-
fort.
Garden Caf6 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 NAf15 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
717-3293 Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6- home or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -
Home Delivery or Take Out 7:30pm, Closed Sunday always from scratch- for take out or delivery only.
The Lost Penguin Low-Moderate Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style
Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner bistro owned and run by a European educated Master Chef and his
Call 717-8003. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays wife.

Nonchis at Ctim a Lw Delicious local and international food to take out, or eat there. Everyday a
Nonch at4 marOpen 5 am-8 pMonday-Saturday different combo. Sandwiches and roast chicken too.
791-4280 Open 5 am-8 pm Monday-Saturday Lunch from NAfJ7-

Pasa Bon Pizza Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the
On Kaya Gob. Debrot en from 5-11 m Wednesday-Sunday finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too.
/2 mile north of town center. 790-1111 from 5-1 Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111
Low-Moderate
The Seahorse Cyber Caf6 Open 7 am 7 pm Closed Sunday Tasty breakfasts, pastries, fresh tropical juices, homemade bread,
Kaya Grandi #6. Phone 717-4888 special sandwiches, delicious desserts and more make this a favorite.



S H 0P-PIN G G U I D E Seedveedisemenlts inthisissue


AIRLINES
BonairExel. Bonaire's own ON TIME airline flying
between Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba. Look for The
Bonaire Reporter on board.
APPLIANCES/FURNITURE/COMPUTERS
City Shop is Bonaire's mega-store for TV, Stereos,
Air conditioning, large and small kitchen appliances,
computers. Name brands, guarantees and service cen-
ter.
BANKS
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.
BEAUTY PARLOR
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.
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 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
concrete pavement.
CYBER CAFES
See Restaurant Guide for The Seahorse Cyber Cafe.
DIVING
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.
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 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
chemicals.
HOTELS
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.
PHOTO FINISHING
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
pleasure.
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.
REPAIRS
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.


SAILING
Woodwind has it all: Smooth trimaran sailing, to
Klein Bonaire, affordable prices, snorkeling with
equipment, guide, drinks, snacks. Call 560-7055
SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
able. Call 717-8125.
SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent. Call 717-8922/8033.
SUPERMARKETS
Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modern, ef-
ficient and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Located
behind 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 Nau-
tico 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 delivery.
YOGA
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desired 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 advertisingfor your guilder.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 791-7252


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ON THE ISLAND SINCE ..


IT 'm not sure, but it must have
I been about 50 years ago when I
came from Jamaica to Curaqao to work
for the advocate general as a house-
keeper. I thought Curaqao would be like
New York. When I arrived the first
thing I asked the chauffeur was,
'Where's the train?' He looked at me
like I was crazy! In Jamaica we had the
train and the tramcar. Listen, Jamaica
has 14 parishes.

I was born in St. Elisabeth, and if they
put Curaqao, St. Martin and Aruba to-
gether, St. Elisabeth would still be big-
ger! There were a lot of differences and
I cried for at least three months! I
stayed in my job for quite a while and
then I fell in love with this man from
Curaqao, Odulo Frans, and we got mar-
ried.
Many years later when I was working at
the Intercontinental Hotel I met Mr.


Miller, the owner of Ho-
tel Bonaire in Bonaire.
He asked me to come
and work for him. He
and the owner of the
Intercontinental were
friends. My boss told me
that he didn't want to
lose me, but if I wanted
I could go. He gave me
a two-week vacation to
see Bonaire and to see
about the job. After 10
years my husband and I
were separated, so there
was no reason not to go.
I went. I stayed only one
week. I didn't like it.
Then again Mr. Miller
came to Curacao and he
begged me and so I
came.
Hotel Bonaire was the
best hotel on the island
with the most beautiful


beach and a casino. I became head of
housekeeping. I didn't have a supervi-
sor or an assistant; I had to check eve-
rything alone. I was in charge of the
room maids, the house men, the
kitchen, the cleaning and the maids who
cleaned the casino. We didn't have a
laundry. Every Sunday I had to send
everything to Curaqao. Once a week a
plane came in with gamblers. In those
days there weren't many planes coming
to Bonaire. When a plane came from
the States it came to drop off the guests
but also to pick the other ones up. That
means that there was very little time for
us to clean the rooms between one
group checking out and the other arriv-
ing. I wanted my hotel to be clean, no
matter what time, night or day, I was
there to make sure.


One day I told Mr. Miller, 'I'm going to
need a laundry here.' He said, 'Can you
manage it, Mrs. Pieters?' I said yes, and
so I did. There was an office that no-
body used and together with Viola An-
thony we cleaned it and fixed it as a
laundry. We had to hang everything on
the line. People were happy because I
put them to work, to wash and iron.
Then Mr. Miller got me three washing
machines and a dryer from the States. I
had six people working there and they
also did the guest's laundry. The way I
worked I should have worked for my-
self." Her eyes fill up with tears and she
wipes them away angrily: "I worked
like hell in Hotel Bonaire! We had
laundry from BOPEC when a ship
came in. I made money for the hotel,
not for me. When you want to know
how I worked in the hotel, you should
ask Sylvia Abraham. She can tell you,
she worked there. After 25 years you


should have some-
thing..."
Aldith Pieters (60+) is
quite a character; there
is no denying it. You fall
in love with her the mo-
ment she starts talking.
She's witty and entertain-
ing and smart and she
dares and she has the
most beautiful smile.
She'sjust a person that
makes your day!
"I did my job and of
course I took pride in my
job, I ran the hotel.
I am a Taurus, born in
May. You have to know
how to talk with people,
how to treat people, you
have to be nice with peo-
ple; it takes two to make
a fight, you know. It's
the attitude you have
with people. I love to


work with tourists." Her little nose
wrinkles up and makes a cute frown.
"I know Nat King Cole, I met him in
Curaqao and Eartha Kitt too, and I met
Harry Belafonte in Bonaire.
When Queen Juliana came from Hol-
land with her husband she took room
201 and he 202. Both of them were
nice! I talked to them, the old mother
dear. I said to her, 'Please, Your High-
ness, I don't speak Dutch so good, I am
Jamaican.' She spoke English immedi-
ately. God bless those people; they go
straight to heaven. People who have a
little money, they come with such an
attitude, but the Queen was so down to
earth. All those famous people stayed at
Hotel Bonaire; it was the best. When
the groups of gamblers came they
brought their own 'girls.' Sometimes


these young ladies
came home with me
to relax, really nice
girls. We're all hu-
man beings, every-
body lives the life
they want, it's their
own body, I don't
mind! I always mind
my own business!
I love reading ro-
mantic books and
every Monday night
from 7 to 10 I listen
to Radio Digital's
Reflection Time,
romantic music in
English, and I love
baseball! Especially
Andruw Jones, he's
my favorite! The
Atlanta Braves are
my favorite boys!
When I came to
Bonaire you could
get a whole goat for
five guilders, and a
nice, big fleshy fish,
gutu, now NAf10 a kilo, they threw
back in the sea! No lights on the streets.
Bonaire is completely different now.

If I go home I go to Kingston and from
there to St. Elisabeth. That's many,
many hours; Jamaica is a big country.
Now I'm not going there. Drugs spoiled
everything. My sister wants me to come
and live with her in New York, I've
been there and I had a good time. My
sister didn't give me a chance to sit
down, God bless her good heart! I love
lobster and shrimps and New York is
shrimps and 'Kentucky!' I don't know
how many brothers and sisters I have; I
can't even count them. You see, dear,
my father was a hot man! Tall and good
looking, big eyes, a nice moustache. All
the girls, they loved him!
My grandmother raised me. If she was
alive I would have never left Jamaica, I
was so close with her. I had a son in
Jamaica, before I went to Curaqao, Eric
Earl. He died in a car accident in Ja-
maica when he was 23. I was arranging
for him to go to my sister in New York.
God only knows... He's the one who
brings us in and takes us out." Her
cheeks get wet with tears:
"Here I have my neighbors across the
street, the Ellis family. They're more
than friends, they are family and he's
like a son to me! I've lived in this house
for 33 years and I want to stay here be-
cause of them. This is home now; you
get so much accustomed. From here
you can walk to Playa, no train, no bus
packed with people. I hate that! I like
small countries.


Aldith Pieters


Here I'm sitting watching the birds, the
donkeys (you know what they like:
chicken bones! Here the people don't
know the use of a donkey, but at home I
used to ride them. In Jamaica we use
them; they are smart you know. Jesus
used to ride donkeys, so it's a very
good animal!), the stray dogs, the traf-
fic and the people. In other countries
you're locked up. In other places you
could drop dead; nobody has time for
you. Here they say, 'I didn't see you
yesterday, Mrs. Pieters. What hap-
pened?' Here they call me on Mondays
to tell me: Bon dia Senora, bon siman!
Everybody knows me here. When you
come to my house, talk to me about sex
or how to cook food but don't talk
about gossip! I have no time for that! I
don't care, I live my life. I get up early
in the morning to take a cold shower to
feel alive, I cook my own food, I don't
go to take out, (except for crispy
'Kentucky!') and I never put a piece of
bread in my mouth without thanking
Jesus. I clean my house because when
you're clean God lives with you, and I
read and relax and sit on the porch... so
many people passing by, I don't feel
lonely. After 40
years, this is
home. And,
dear... don't put
my age in the
paper, it might
spoil my
chances!"
Greta Kooistra


"Once a week a
plane came in
with gamblers. In
those days there
weren't many
planes coming to
Bonaire. When a

plane came from
the States it came

to drop off the
guests but also to
pick the other
ones up."


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ART OPENING


Noch!6offie Exibitio

SrECiD OD Art G6allerg

Opens August 21

6 (mImon Ar GlMfrg continues its
Guest Artist program with an exhibi-
tion August 21 September 25 featuring
the works of Juan Guillermo Norwin
"Nochi" Coffie. His exhibition,
"Identidat, Model & Sombrando," opens
with a special reception on Saturday, Au-
gust 21, from 7 9 pm at the Gallery.
The event is open to the public and will
include 27 of Nochi's paintings, live Bo-
nairean music, and appetizers from Bon-
aire's popular Middle Eastern restaurant,
Garden Caf&. The Gallery is located just
off Kaya Grande in Kralendijk, behind
Banco di Caribe. (Kaya APL Brion #1).
For more information, call the Gallery at
717-7103.
Coffie was born in Rincon, has lived his
whole life on Bonaire and is a true is-
land talent. His paintings, many in his
favorite medium, oil, depict rural and
natural Bonaire: old houses, cactus,
goats and sheep, rocks, people and his
wonderful cloud formations. Recently,
he has also added some mystical themes.
"I create my style," he says. "I draw di-
rect." He may be driving along the coast
road and see an interesting rock forma-
tion at Tolo; "I might see a face in a
rock or an interesting shape of a divi
divi tree." The image goes in his head
and must stay there awhile until he calls
it back. He will see the vision in its en-
tirety and "once I start to paint a piece I
have to finish it. I do it in three to five
hours." He's learned recently that he can
create a visual art work by listening to
the words and music of a song.
Clouds are very special to him, and he
is a master at painting them. He loves to


cloud background," he ex-
plains. He epitomizes the
Bonairean spirit. "When
you want to do something,
you get it," Coffie says. He
makes his own canvas and
he creates his own style. As
a youngster in elementary
school he had only pencils
and paper to work with, but
he always won the art
-7: prizes. Later, in high school
She got to use watercolors
and house paint on wood
and hardboard. Art didn't
seem like a career that
... could support him so he
went to hotel school and
worked for the next 20
-- years in several island ho-
S ....... tels, learning just about
Juan Guillermo Norwin "Nochi" Coffie every department. When
Jerry Schnabel and Suzy
see the patterns they create in the late af- Sweigert opened a gallery on Bonaire
ternoon or the early morning. "And in the several years ago they invited Coffie to
middle of the day I can see figures in the display his art. "Then I started back with


my art in a big way. I took some lessons
from Jon Lambada (a talented muralist)
and his wife."
You can see some of his commercial
signs and murals done to help finance his
art at Lion's Den Restaurant, the Banana
Tree Restaurant, Divers' Paradise, Coz-
zoli's, Toucan Divers and a big underwa-
ter mural at Lagoen Hill. During the
week he works at the Bonaire Museum
planning activities and coordinating pro-
jects, but he still paints every day. He has
a very understanding wife and children
who often inspire him, pointing out an
interesting cloud formation or the way
the sun reflects on an object.
Coffie's work has been exhibited in solo
and group shows in Bonaire and Curaqao
and his paintings have appeared in sev-
eral editions of the Netherlands Antilles
Art Diary. Wendy Horn


Cinnamon Art Gallery is a project of
the Bonaire Artists Foundation, a
non-profit entity created to promote
the work of local artists in a perma-
nent gallery setting. The Gallery
opened in April, 2004, and willfea-
ture the works of a variety ofBon-
aire-based artists over the next year.
Visit the Gallery's website (www.
cinnamonartgallery. org) for a sched-
ule of upcoming guest artist exhibi-
tions. Bonaire Artists Foundation
and Cinnamon Art Gallery were
brought to life by three local artists:
Linda Richter, Jake Richter and Avy
Benhamron. Their work is perma-
nently on exhibit in the Gallery.


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*to find it, just look up


The Moon Pays a Super Close
Visit to a Humongous Star
And Two Cat's Eyes Stare
in Summer Skies


A s most of you regular readers know,
my favorite star of summer,
Antares, marks the heart of my favorite
summer constellation, Scorpius. So it is
with great excitement that I await Monday
night, August 23rd- when a first quarter
Moon will be parked less than one degree
away from it. Plus even though there is no
constellation of a kitty in the cosmos, nev-
ertheless two cat's eyes can be seen star-
ing at us from the heavens on summer
nights.
This Sunday, August 22nd about 9 pm Sky
Park time, face due south to see a pattern
of bright stars shaped like a giant fish
hook or the capital letter J, which is Scor-
pius the Scorpion. And not only is the star
Antares in the right place for a scorpion's
heart but it's also the right color red. And the reason it's my favorite summer
star is because it's the biggest star we can see in summer skies. In fact it is 700
times wider than our own almost-one-million-mile-wide Sun, so huge we could
fit 350 million Suns inside it. Or if you'd like to think of it this way, it is so gi-
gantic that if we placed one edge of it where our Sun is it would reach out past
the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, even beyond the orbit of Jupiter.
Wow!
Now to the right of the three stars which mark the top of Scorpius you'll see an
exquisite first quarter Moon. Although the Moon visited Scorpius last month,
nevertheless it was not nearly as dramatic as what will happen next Monday. In-
deed if you've never been able to find Antares before you'll have no trouble on
Monday the 23rd because the Moon will be parked only 3/4 of one degree above
Antares which is a sight that should knock your socks off. Don't miss this, please.
Because if you do, on the next night, Tuesday the 24t, the Moon will be well
past Antares and parked directly above the two stars which mark Scorpius' poi-
sonous stinger. Their Arabic names, from left to right, are Shaula and Lesath,
which both mean the sting. In folk legend, however, they're not only the sting but
are also the two eyes of an ancient celestial cat, staring out at us every single
summer. And although they don't appear to be all that exceptional to the naked
eye, if we look deeper into these cat's eyes with a telescope we can see how truly
wonderful they are. Indeed, while our Sun is about a million miles wide Shaula is
almost twice as wide. But it is a much hotter star than our yellow Sun and burns
a fierce blue white, which makes it 1,200 times brighter. Lesath is even more
marvelous and appears dimmer than Shaula only because it is so much farther
away, because in reality it is 7 times as wide as our Sun and 15,000 times
brighter.
Some pussy cat, eh, folks? So find the cat's eyes in summer skies and don't miss
the Moon as it visits the heart of the scorpion. Jack Horkimer

Moon Info : First Quarter on August 23rd Full Moon on August 30

:) Last Quarter on September 6t New Moon on September 14th


HAVE 0I7
For the week:
August 20 to August 27, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Be precise in your communications to avoid any misun-
derstandings and arguments. You will have to check your cash flow before you de-
cide to indulge in hobbies or entertainment that may be beyond your budget. Some-
one you live with may feel totally neglected. Pleasure trips will be favorable and
bring about romance. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Try looking into new ways to make extra money.
You can pick up additional responsibility that will lead to higher wages and a better
position. Your sensitivity toward those you love will capture their hearts. Unfortu-
nately, your personal life may suffer from a lack spare time. Your lucky day this
week will be Sunday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Put your efforts into physical fitness programs or com-
petitive sports. Opportunities to get together with friends will be enlightening and
entertaining. Tone down and put some of that hard earned cash into a safe, long-term
investment. Eliminate situations that are no longer to your advantage. Your lucky
day this week will be Sunday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Pamper yourself for a change. Get involved in creative
projects that will enhance your earning power. You may find that someone you live
with may be irritable; you're best to leave them alone. Try to include the one you
love in your plans this week. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Uncertainties are still prevailing. Money problems will be
difficult to deal with if you have a partner. Your anger may be impossible to contain
if you get into debates with family members. You can make or break your personal
relationship this week. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) If you have treated them equitably, you might be able
to count on their loyalty. Education may be the answer. Your ability to deal with
humanitarian groups will enhance your reputation. You can make money through
solid investment plans. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You would be wise to consider attending lectures that
will broaden your awareness concerning your professional direction. Find an outlet
for any mounting frustration. Consider a creative hobby. If they're really interested,
they'll wait. Focus on what's important rather than spreading yourself too thin and
accomplishing little. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Don't get intimately involved with a co-worker.
You can sort out any differences you have in an amiable manner. Your ideas are
good and career moves can be realized. Be cautious and use your head wisely in
situations that deal with the use of machinery or vehicles. Your lucky day this week
will be Tuesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Jealous colleagues may try to undermine you.
Trips will be more than adventurous. It's a great time to attend social functions.
Your dedication and fortitude when dealing with humanitarian groups will enhance
your reputation. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22 Jan. 20) Disharmony in your relationship may cause mi-
nor ailments. Your home may be in an uproar and you are best to stay out of the line
of fire if at all possible. You won't have much time for your mate this week. Avoid
lending or borrowing. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Make changes that will enhance your appearance
and entice potential partners. Older members of your family may try to take advan-
tage of you. You will enjoy getting together with friends. Observations will be far
more productive. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Being unappreciated by your boss could make it hard to
do your work effectively. Problems with female members of your family may play
on your emotions. Pleasure trips will be favorable and bring about romance. Roman-
tic opportunities are evident if you get involved in large groups or organizations.
Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.


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