ViUYTSM AND rnAWi
Now every Antillean island wants to
get on the referendum bandwagon.
Curagao has now pledged to organize a ref-
erendum in the first half of 2005, an-
nounced Minister of Constitutional and In-
ternal Affairs, Richard Gibson, following
last Monday's "constitutional inter-island
summit" in St. Eustatius. Curagao will even
look into keeping a constitutional referen-
dum in the 1Q-2005, before the Round Ta-
ble Conference in the Netherlands slated for
the second quarter next year, Gibson stated.
It will have at least three options, as ad-
vised by the United Nations (UN): status
quo, independence and autonomous status.
As it looks now, Curagao will be the last
island to have a referendum.
Bonaire will have its referendum Sep-
tember 10. It will be the first island of this
new round of voting. St. Maarten held a
Referendum in June 2000 and selected
Status Aparte, but was blocked by Holland
so is still part of the Netherlands Antilles.
Saba is next in October, followed by St.
Eustatius, which committed itself to orga-
nizing a referendum "by the end of this
year." See the Referendum Chronicle on
page 6 for the latest on the Bonaire Refer-
Breaking news: Senator Ramonsito Booi
will be interviewed on Sean Peyton's ra-
dio show, Forum, on Mega FM 101.5, at
1 pm this Friday, September 3, offering
his views on Referendum choices. Senator
Jopi Abraham was on the show last Mon-
day expressing his opinions. Tune in if you
are interested in Referendum topics. The
Forum, a program in English, normally airs
on Sundays and Mondays, 12 noon to 2 pm.
Call in if you have an opinion or want to
ask a question: 717-2101.
A There's a likelihood that Bonaire's
Antillean Rice Mill (ARM) will close and
its employees discharged. ARM produces
most of the rice consumed in the Nether-
lands Antilles, processing about 5,500 tons
of rice a year. At one time, before trade
restrictions were imposed by the European
Union, ARM was processing 70,000 tons
annually. The rice all comes from US grow-
ers. (You've never seen a water buffalo in
the mondi have you?)
Bonaire's rice milling business dates from
1983 when it was granted market protection
to produce rice for the Antilles, which at
that time included Aruba. In its heyday,
after the European Union allowed foreign
rice to be imported provided it had value-
added by a EU associate territory, it em-
ployed 125 people directly and dozens
more indirectly. Production dropped when
several EU countries demanded a reduction
in the quota of EU rice. It now appears that
what little quota remains will be usurped by
the mill in Curagao because Curagao has
favored status from the Central Govern-
ment. The Antillean Central Government
Minister of Economics, Errol Cova, is on
Bonaire as we go to press to discuss the
matter with local officials.
A The Exel Aviation Group hopes to com-
plete the takeover of the Antilles Central
Government-owned, Windward Islands
Airways, Winair, by the end of this week.
Winair is in extreme financial difficulty.
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Exel spokesman Patrice Hamers did not
want to go into details but indicated that
negotiations were going well. Conditions
include maintaining regular service be-
tween St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatiu
and taking over the employees. It will bt
reborn as St. MaartenExel.
Exel has also announced its intention
to fly between Curacao and St. Maartc
under the name CuracaoExel. The rou
is now reserved for Dutch Caribbean Air
lines (DCA). Exel spokeman Patrice HaE
ers added that Exel was following the de
velopments at DCA closely. "If they sto1
we will see if we can fly certain DCA
routes." DutchCaribbeanExel Director
Harm Prins added that the purchase of V
nair fits perfectly into the company's stn
egy to increase its market share in the re
A In a related
on the night
sary, opened Harm
the door to
the possibility of Exel's taking over
DCA. "Fear of being laid off is unnece
sary." No one not even DCA person-
nel -needs to worry about a job. Ther
is room for at least 500 people at the d:
ferent Exel-companies if free enterpris
in the airline field is allowed to pro-
gress," he was quoted as saying in an
interview in Curagao.
p Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Police Update 5
Letters (Referendum) 5
vi- Opinion (Referendum) 6
at- Rincon Marsh6 8
S Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Pet of the Week (Carlito) 12
What's Happening 15
v Shopping & Dining Guides 16
| On the Island Since
(Marlis Seelos-Schmid) 17
(Republican Convention, N.Y.) 18
Bonaire Sky Park 19
The Stars Have It 19
A The well founded rumor that a five-
(5) story apartment building will be built
on Bonaire's downtown waterfront has
some people up at arms. A developer plans
:s- to replace the charming historical
"Hausmann' s Folly" buildings with a mam-
e moth, for Bonaire, apartment bloc. There
if- was, in the minds of many, an unwritten
e law that limited waterfront buildings in
Bonaire to be no higher than Government
House. The pricey four-story Blue Water
Residence apartment building in Playa
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Lechi dashed that idea.
The government appears to support this
new, larger scale construction. Many peo-
ple think it destroys the unique quality that
makes Bonaire what it is. What do you
A Save the day: Tuesday, September 21,
at 6 pm, at Chez Nous, the restaurant
school at the high school (SGB). To help
send four deserving culinary students to
study for four weeks in Italy in the
Emilia Romagna region, there will be a
fund raising dinner at Chez Nous. Four
students from Bonaire will be leaving with
culinary teacher Vernon Martijn on October
4. Those of you who attended the dinners in
the past know what a fabulous gastronom-
ical evening it can be. See what the stu-
dents, with the help of their talented teach-
ers, can do. The pros could learn from
them! More information later as it becomes
available. This year, students from Aruba
and Curagao will be going to Italy as well.
A Will Curacao's Island Council approve a so-called
"restart" for ailing Dutch Caribbean Airlines (DCA), under
the name Curacao Airlines? Commissioner Ivar Asjes, who is
responsible for the Island Government-owned airline, said that
different scenarios had been analyzed and that was the most real-
istic option. Asjes and his party believe in a public/private part-
nership for the airline, where the company is privatized, but the
Curagao Island Territory maintains a minority "golden share"
package to safeguard economic interests.
Several foreign companies, the DCA employees through their
retirement fund, and a private group have expressed an interest
to participate in the "new" airline, at least temporarily.
Meanwhile, the president of the airline's largest labor union,
NABLP, Frensel Marchena, who is also a Curagao Island
Council member, has stated that, in his opinion, the Central Gov-
ernment and not the Island Territory of Curagao will be responsi-
ble for between NAf23 and NAf25 million in retirement
(cessantia) payments should DCA fold.
t Sam Williams, the parrot researcher
who changed the direction of Bonaire's
Lora protection program, will be back on
Bonaire in January to continue his research.
Also in support of Lora preservation a new
conservation-oriented Non Governmental
Organization has been formed. The objec-
tives of the new Lora Protection NGO
are: to protect, conserve and eventually
reinforce the population of the Lora on the
out to be a 37-year-old Aruban resident,
had gone out Sunday morning at 9 am but
ran out of gas and drifted off. The Coast
Guard arranged for the Aruba rescue foun-
dation (SARFA) boat, Jacoba Elisabeth, to
pick up the man and the wave runner from
the tanker at 9:10 pm, some 15 miles west
of Aruba's high rise hotels, to bring them
back to land.
If DCA changes its name to Curagao Airlines,
only their planes' tails will need repainting.
team is the "Pabao
Little League" from
The Curagao team
had some of the best
defensive plays ever
seen. Their offense
was amazing with the
kind of heads up base
running that is usually i
Island; to expand the knowledge of the Lora A The Curacao, Netherlands Antilles seen only with older t
and its habitat; to inform and educate the Little League team did it! First they de- kids. It took four
people of Bonaire about the Lora in the feated Mexico 4-0 to become the Interna- trips to the interna-
wild and to teach them how to take care for tional Little League Champions. Then they tional finals, but this
the (registered) Loras as pets; and to seek beat Thousand Oaks, California, 5-2 to be- was their break-
funding for the realization of the above come the winners of the Little League through
mentioned objectives. World Series. It's the first time Cura9ao has year. Congratulations, Carlos "BigPapi"
* Congratulations to Island Council- ever played in the final championship boys! Pineda
man Eddy Thielman on being awarded Last Sunday the Coast Guard received game. They were in command from the
the royal title and ribbon "Knight in the word from the Chinese oil tanker Da Yuan beginning. Carlos Pineda was the pitcher (Thanks to Steve Careyfor this report)
Order of the Oranje" for his perform- Hu that it had picked someone on a wave for the Netherlands Antilles and did a great
ance of duties of Secretary of State last runner watercraft about 40 nautical job, striking out 10 before giving up a two-
year. miles west of Aruba. The man, who turned run home run. The official name of the (Continued on page 8)
L E T T E S e f e r e d um-
I3P OLICE *UPDATE
"1t, his men Officer R Abraham is
would begin in charge of the Zero-
enforcing Tolerance program
with "zero-tolerance." Simply said,
Bonaire's police will not tolerate ANY
type of criminal activity. The goal is to
"make Bonaire to a tranquil island
once again." Police will be "on the
street" enforcing all laws. (According
to Police spokesman Charles Souriel,
this includes noise level enforcement--
like that issuing from motorcycles and
scooters.) The Chief seeks cooperation
from the community to make this pro-
gram successful. They will be assisted
by members of the VKB (volunteer
militia) who, although they cannot
make arrests, will assist the 13 police
officers on the Zero Tolerance Team.
He also announced that repairs on the
jail in Rincon would begin almost im-
mediately and be completed in three
weeks. Repairs on the downtown jail
are set for some future time.
*Last week the Police Department re-
leased some figures, covering the pe-
riod between January 1, 2004 to July
During those seven months there
were a total of 250 arrests: Playa, 83;
Amboina, 18; Rincon, 11; and 138
arrests by detectives.
*The Detectives Section issued figures
as well, covering the time from Janu-
ary 1, 2004, to August 26, 2004. Dur-
ing that period there were 138 arrests.
They handled 52 cases; 30 persons
from those cases are still being held.
(Charles Souriel explained that even
though not all are injail they will still
Confiscated during that period
were: 197.2 kilos of cocaine, 357.5
grams of marijuana and 400 grams
*On Wednesday, August 25, the Fla-
mingo Team at the airport received a
tip and intercepted 10 kg, 480 grams
of cocaine hidden in the suitcases of
three "mules" (J.S.S., 25, and M.J.S.,
24, of the Dominican Republic; C.D.
K.,32 of Curacao. The three were on
Flight KL742 to Amsterdam. All three
were arrested and are in jail pending
*August 29, two female Dutch women
were caught at the airport with 9 kilos
of cocaine in their suitcases, on their
way to Holland.
*Ever wonder what happens to all the
drugs that are confiscated? Police re-
port that they are periodically burned
up in secret locations, the attendees
wearing protective breathing masks. 1
The Reporter wants its readers to offer
their comments and opinions with re-
gard to the Referendum. Letters se-
lected will be published in the Septem-
ber 9th edition, just before the Septem-
ber 10th Referendum vote. Letters
must be received by Monday morning
September 6th. Deliver by hand, email
FOR OPTION B -BUT...
In Bonaire a referendum will be held
before long in which the voters, approxi-
mately 6,000 strong, may make their
wishes known about the future status of
their island. (According to Bevolking
there are 9,557people eligible to vote.
See Referendum Chronicle. Ed.) Four
possibilities are offered, which may
seem ample, but I wonder how ample
and how real these four possibilities are.
In my opinion, two of them may be with-
drawn forthwith: independence and
"status aparte." In both cases Bonaire
will have to become a separate State,
with its own government, its own laws,
its own judiciary and monetary systems,
its own economy and its own pension
fund, which will not only be empty but
show a hole of more than 35 million
guilders in debt. Who will have to pay
this debt and all the other debts the Is-
land Territory now has? What is the cork
the economy must float on, considering
that the Government is the greatest em-
ployer by far? Where do we get the ex-
pertise and the manpower to run this lit-
tle country? Just forget independence
and status aparte. They are no real op-
The third option is continuing the status
quo: "Integration of Bonaire in the King-
dom and in the constellation of the Antil-
les." This is hardly an attractive pros-
pect, taking into consideration that the
present State Government mainly has the
interests of Curagao at heart. From the
market protection only a few badly run
businesses in Curagao will profit, but it
will be detrimental to Bonaire's econ-
omy. See the attitude of the State Gov-
ernment towards BonairExel. Nothing
but sabotage. For each right BonaireExel
has, she had to take the State Govern-
ment to court and even though this Gov-
ernment knew beforehand that she would
lose the case, it did not stop her from
having herself being hauled into court
again and again. Conclusion: very little
or no good is to be expected from con-
tinuing the status quo.
On the other hand it is a good thing to
realize that we are bound hand and foot
to Curagao for medical facilities. Who
needs radiation, a CT or MRI scan, kid-
ney dialysis or an operation apart from
the simplest ones and any medical ex-
amination for which expensive apparatus
must be used, he or she will have to go
The only option left then is "Integration
in the Kingdom and direct ties with the
Netherlands." A solution? I really do not
(Continued on page 7)
T he Referendum enters the final week before voting eligible to vote in the Referendum. That includes
with the 70% island population, according to a 6,885 normally qualified voters, 1,370 foreigners, and
TV-11 poll, saying they are still confused on the 332 youngsters, 16 and 17 years old. The extension of
choices. The opposition political parties are accusing the right to vote to 5-year+ foreign residents and 16
the Referendum Commission of not providing suffi- and 17-year-olds has expanded the electorate by al-
cient or impartial information. Indeed, except for the most 18%.
actual balloting poster, no information has been offi- According the UN guidelines 50% of the eligible
cially released by the Commission in English (There voters must participate in the Referendum for it to
are three official languages in the Antilles; English is be meaningful.
one of them). That means 4,779 votes must be cast.
According to published statistics there are 9,557 peo-
ple (Bonaire's total population is listed at 13,380) In review, here are the choices:
THE A. Stay within B. A direct link C. Autonomous E. Independence
REFERENDUM the Antilles with Holland country within the from the Kingdom
CHOICES Kingdom of the Netherlands
Definition from Bonaire to remain Bonaire to become Bonaire to become an Bonaire to become
the Referendum part of the an integral autonomous country an independent state
Committee Netherlands Antilles part of Holland within the Kingdom
of the Netherlands
MANTENSHON INTEGRASHON DEN ASOSASHON KU E INDEPENDENSIA
(PAPIAMENTU) DI E AKTUAL E MADRE PATRIA MADRE PATRIA
This election may be the biggest in Bonaire history.
Whatever your preference be sure to exercise your democratic rights. VOTE!
The following is The Bonaire Reporter's summary of some of the advantages
and disadvantages of each of the four choices:
OPTION ADVANTAGES DISADVANTAGES
+Established infrastructure that has -A form of government that has
endured for 50 years been tried and failed.
A. Bonaire to remain part +Easiest for maintaining family ties -Has been proven economically
of the Netherlands Antilles +Economies of scale, strength in disadvantageous for Bonaire.
unity -Curagao's economy and
+Now that problems are known, population overwhelms other
corrections can be applied Antilles members.
+Potential long term economic and -Requires negotiation with and
social benefits with eventual agreement of, Holland on far more
equivalence with Dutch standards, extensive details than other choices
B. Bonaire to become an +Possible full E.U. privileges -Open immigration from Holland
integral part of Holland +Dutch police and judicial procedures and EU countries very likely
in force at the grass root level. -All EU and Dutch laws and rules
may apply, autonomy impossible.
+Autonomy, Bonaire's traditions -Bonaire may not have sufficient
C. Bonaire to become an Preserved with minimal interference, economic and human resources to
autonomous country within +Immigration rules remains under carry out effectively.
the Kingdom of the local control -Requires negotiations and
Netherlands +Proven economic superiority of the agreement of Holland, Aruba and
Aruba model as compared to Bonaire. other Antillean islands.
+Freedom to choose alliances -Unable to defend against serious
D. Bonaire to become an (witness Japan/Peru) aggressors and imperialists
independent state +Able to negotiate for American -Insufficient economic, human
bases and economic aid resources, experience and
+UN membership likely infrastructure to succeed
A REFERENDUM CHOICE
BETWEEN A DREAM AND REALITY
While the organization and administration of the Refer-
endum may be attacked as being deficient, the Com-
mission has been able to make things clear enough to separate
A (status quo) and D (independence) from the choices that are
most confusing; B (close ties with Holland) and C (Aruba
style status aparte).
If choice C is interpreted strictly to be the Aruba model, (an
interpretation not everyone agrees on), then it boils down to a
choice between a dream and a reality.
B, close ties, is a dream; a dream that will come true if you
listen to its supporters. There's no existing Dutch state struc-
ture wherein Bonaire fits, not a municipality or a province.
Something new must be defined. That's not a problem, say
B's advocates. It's completely realizable because Holland has
already agreed to "tailor make" a solution for each Antillean
island in accordance with the will of the island's people and
the rest of the Kingdom partners. Certainly long and hard ne-
gotiations will be needed if Bonaire is to get the economic
support it needs from Holland while at the same time preserv-
ing its cultural identity.
On the other hand, C, Aruba-like status aparte, is a known
quantity. Simply said; Bonaire must do everything for itself
except defense and foreign diplomacy but can still have the
right expect "foreign aid" from The Netherlands. Detractors
say Bonaire is too small to accomplish all the things needed.
However, some of C's supporters say that modifications from
the Aruba formula is allowed if C is chosen by the voters.
Does that sort of thinking turn C into B or B into C?
If I were a Dutch official, I probably would see little differ-
ence in negotiating a new governmental status for Bonaire
whether B or C was chosen by the voters.
But we in Bonaire see things differently because we have so
many concerns about what precise form our new government
will take. And, if we are not voting for the status quo (A) or
independence (D), we should carefully think about the fine
differences between having a dream come true (B) or choos-
ing a reality that can be altered (C).
When you vote on September 10, and EVERYONE eligible
should vote, THINK about what you personally want for
yourself, your family and your community. Consider if your
choice is a realistic one within the
capabilities of the people who N um b
govern and those who work on
Bonaire; then cast your ballot. A I" i1d 1, ;
referendum is democracy at it pur- Bu
est and its outcome carries consid-
erable moral weight. O G.D. vt
REMEMBER TO VOTE ON SEPTEMBER
10TH Bring your voter card.
If you haven't received your voter card visit
the Post Office or Bevolking (Census) to get it.
Be sure to bring valid ID: an up-to-date
sedula, passport, driver's license, social
security ID or recent Bevolking certificate.
I9ET R S o t i u d R e f e r e n d u m
(Referendum. Continued from page 5)
know for it depends on how they/we will
go about it. What did the French do with
the departments d'outre-mer? Maybe
they have set an example? I do not know
and yet I think the solution has to be
found in this direction, the other options
not being realistic or being undesirable,
but how realistic and desirable is this
FOR OPTION B -NO BUTS ABOUT IT...
To The Editor:
As a resident of Bonaire who is eligible
to vote in the September 10 Referendum I
have spent considerable time studying the
13 issues connected to the Options of A.
B. C. and D. Options B and C appear to
be the major contenders in this race and,
while the position of many of the issues
for B and C are close to or are the
same, there are some very major differ-
ences that the voters need to be aware
of. Listed below are some significant
issues where B and C part company. The
following comments and observations are
mine, based on my understanding of the
erlands Antilles thus putting it on the
same basis as Aruba.
If you want to get out from under our
hopeless relationship with Curagao
and have close ties with, and advice and
support from Holland, you will want Op-
tion B. Becoming an autonomous country
within the Kingdom as suggested by Op-
tion C could be a very dangerous choice.
Option B eliminates the possibility of
Bonaire becoming an independent state.
Foreign affairs, defense and nationality:
C supports the future possibility of Bon-
aire becoming an independent
state. B does not support this.
If you realize that becoming an independ-
ent state is a very bad move for
Bonaire you will want Option B which
does not support this.
Commerce and Industry:
B proposes that commercial movement to
and from Holland be Free (no Customs
clearance required). C proposes con-
trolled commercial movement between
Bonaire and Holland. If you believe that
the movement of goods, capital and ser-
vices between Bonaire and Holland, with-
out Customs clearance is a good thing for
our island choose Option B.
plies a whole new currency, the Bo-
nairean guilder, to serve as legal tender in
Bonaire with a Central Bank of Bonaire
to supervise monetary policy. If you think
Bonaire having its own currency could
wreak havoc with the island financial
structure and economy you will want
Option B which is considering the Euro
or the US dollar as Bonaire's legal tender.
Prosecution and police; judicial power:
Option B proposes that Bonaire come
under the Dutch Public Prosecution Of-
fice in Holland and would put the Bo-
nairean police force under
this Office. Public order would be main-
tained by Bonaire itself but the Dutch ju-
dicial power would have jurisdiction in
Bonaire. Option C proposes that Bonaire
handle its own police force and that the
same Common Court of Justice that we
have at this time would continue to have
jurisdiction in Bonaire.
This is probably the most important of all
the issues in this Referendum. If you DO
NOT want the current police situation to
continue and if you DO NOT want to be
under the thumb of the Common Court of
Justice (read Curagao here) by allowing it
to have jurisdiction here on Bonaire, then
you will definitely want to vote for
Option B which wants public order to be
maintained by Bonaire but with the Dutch
judicial power having jurisdiction.
and the future of our island will be held in
the balance. Think hard about each of the
issues then vote your conscience. Your
C FOR ME
I'm voting for C separate status. Why?
Because I think Bonaire can handle the
duties and responsibilities involved. Why
am I sure? Because I can see what the
Bonaire has done at the airport: fuel de-
pot, long runway, new platform, catering,
bigger terminal and customers-KLM and
Look at the success of Bonaire's NGOs.
All done successfully in spite of opposi-
tion from Curagao.
I want to be free of a big brother: Cura-
gao, Holland or anybody else.
Bonaire must keep its values and culture.
Special societies, like ours, must strive
for the utmost in realistic autonomy. C is
the best way.
j Name withheld
(Flotsam. Continued from page 4)
A A most beautiful and moving
wedding ceremony happened last
week on August 24, when Ferina
"Roosje" Goeloe and Jan-Pieter
"J.P." van der Hoek were mar-
ried at the water's edge at Playa
Lechi, the ceremony conducted by
Walter Coffie. Family and friends
came from the island and Europe.
Roosje works at BonairExel in
Marketing; J.P. works with Jacobs
Architects. Both are well loved on
the island. Guests were treated to a
sumptuous array of hors d'oeuvres
and exotic drinks prepared by stu-
dents and teachers of SGB's culi-
nary school, Chez Nous.
A The Sunset Beach Hotel
property was cleaned up last
week It's hoped that the cleanup
will make the site more attractive
to developers. Right now it re-
mains Bonaire's most obvious
Commissioners el Hage,
Dammers and head of
check the tidy area
A If it's anything like last year, this
year's Bonaire Day (Monday, Septem-
ber 6) will be full of exciting events.
There will be booths selling food, drinks
and small items, bands performing as well
as formal ceremonies, appearances and
speeches. While most of the barios will
A lecture series organized by the Rosicrucian Order
AMORC will be held at Jong Bonaire.
The origin of the Rosicrucian
philosophy is in the tradition, philosophy and myths of ancient Egypt. Thousands
of years ago in Egypt schools were founded to study the laws of life and the universe.
Only serious students were admitted to these schools, where they were initiated into the
so-called 'mysteries. 'These were really natural laws, but to the ignorant they were
mysterious. Today some of these laws are widely known, such as the law of karma and
reincarnation. But although many people talk about these laws, they do not always have
a deep understanding of them. The Rosicrucian Order AMORC, an international non-
profit organization, can help you explore these topics. On 24 September 2004 the Bo-
nairean section of AMORC, the foundation Parthenon AMORC Bonaire, is organizing
a public lecture on some aspects of the Rosicrucian philosophy. The lecture is entitled:
'Verlichting is verplichting' (Enlightenment entails obligation) and will be held by Mr.
Michiel Bijkerk. The lecture will be in Dutch, but anybody should feel free to ask ques-
tions or join in the discussion in English or Papiamentu. The lecture starts at 7 pm in
one of the rooms of Jeugdhuis Jong Bonaire. The evening will end before 11 pm. Any-
one interested is welcome. Entrance is free. O Michiel Bijkerk
THE PLACE TOBE TIISSATURDAY
THE RINCON MARSHES
September 4 starting at 6 am
"Folklore" is the theme of this week's Marsh6.
Special guest, Anisa, will be doing her famous
story telling. Another highlight will be will a
celebration of the link with Bonaire's Surinam
Sign up for the Soldachi Tours: the Alta Mira
Nature Walk, Town Walking Tour and Bus
Tour. Call Maria 717-64350 L.D.
AA ACTN ADSAGE
This year's inaugural press conferen
D uring the second half of
2004 Bonaire will host
a number of exciting events
and festivals, including the
Bonaire International Sailing
Regatta. One of Bonaire's
largest and longest festivals,
the Regatta is an event not to
The 37th Annual Bonaire In-
ternational Sailing Regatta,
from October 3 9, is shaping
up to be one of the best events
of the year. Boats from micro-
size to yachts to windsurfers
and sunfish will attract sailors
from all of the surrounding
islands as well as Venezuela,
Holland and the US.
The tentative program for the
2004 Regatta will include not
only five days of sailing, but
an international softball festi-
val, kayak racing, running races, land and
boat parades and much more. Most events
take place in front of Kas di Regatta.
The evening Regatta Festivals offer a vari-
ce was held on the seafront promenade.
LOCAL FISHING TOURNAMENT
If you have a Bon-
boat you should take
it fishing this Sunday.
First, sign up at Doei
Diaz's house (next to
rant). It's free.
Then get out as early .- ....
as you can (the event
opens at 2 am on..
5". Take along as
many crew as you
want. Spend the day,
but be sure to be back
before 5 pm to get
your catch weighed
in. If you want, you
can join in a lottery
for the biggest fish or
heaviest catch. There
are some terrific
prizes, all related to
fishing. Last time the
Tournament was held
was in 2002 and over
200 people partici-
pated. This year's
event is dedicated to master fisherman-boat builder Luty Craane.
So get out there and bring home some food fish. Reef fish, sharks and tarpon are
not allowed to be taken. O G.D.
Promoting the 1981 Regatta
ety of stands with food, drinks, souvenirs,
games and shirts plus shows nightly with
live local and international bands. O G.D.
KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
9-03 1:39 1.1FT. 17:09 1.6FT. 77
9-04 2:47 1.0FT. 17:59 1.7FT. 65
9-05 3:42 0.9FT. 18:41 1.8FT. 53
9-06 4:20 0.8FT. 19:26 1.9FT. 42
9-07 4:57 0.8FT. 20:02 1.9FT. 34
9-08 5:35 0.8FT. 20:35 1.9FT. 31
9-09 6:05 0.8FT. 21:14 1.9FT. 34
9-10 6:32 0.8FT. 21:50 1.9FT. 42
3T Honalee Safari
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Alegria, USA Jacuzzi Santa Maria, Sweden
Alaluya Macaby, Netherlands Scintilla, Germany
Aleria Maggie Side by Side
Aurora Makai Sirius
Avatar, USA Marathon Sojourner
Batje Marina Em Southern Cross
Bluprint Marnel IV Starlight Dancer
Brehorn Misty Blue Sylvia K
Bright Sea My Dream Israel Ti Amo, USA
Camissa, Chan Is. Natural Selection, USA Too pfarr out
Camperdown Nonesuch, USVI TopCat
Cape Kathryn Nut N Honey Tothill
Chacuco One Way Wind Ty Dewi, USA
Delphinius Ottifant Ulu Ulu, USA
El Sabor Pamela Jean Unicorn, Norway
Escapade Pastime Varedhuni, Germany
Fan-Fan Polecat Wind Born III
Flying Cloud, USA Pomona Wingin It
Gatsby, USA Pow Wow Windmiller, Canada
Gonzo II Precocious Gale, USA Ya-T, BVI
Guaicamar I, Venezuela. Rumbacon Zahi, Malta
IT'S ALL ABOUT HEALTH
D ienst Gezondheid En Hygiene
(The Health Department and
Hygiene) in Kralendijk offers many in-
credible no-cost and low-cost services to
Bonaire residents. As one of their many
services, they have an open door pro-
gram every Wednesday between 8 am
and noon whereby anyone seeking help
or guidance is welcome to come in and
meet with their staff free of charge.
They can help you with a wide range of
things -from locating a walker for your
grandmother to handling many types of
family issues. This service is free of
While The Health Department and Hy-
giene has many responsibilities, their
primary focus includes:
Does your school or organization want j
or need alcohol or drug prevention edu-
The youth of Bonaire is one of our
drs. Maria Roselly Gromotka-Pourier
most important assets! The Health De- drs. Maria Rsl Gromotka-Poue
partment and Hygiene reaches out to our and drs Marugia Janga talked about
youth by offering drug prevention educa- health with author Sharon Barlass.
tion. They have worked in our schools
and Jong Bonaire to provide young people with skills that they may use to resist the
pressures to use alcohol and other drugs.
Do you need condoms or birth control? Free condoms and low cost birth control
aids are available through the Health and Hygiene Department.
Do you need information about sexually transmitted diseases? Information and
training about sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/Aids is available through the
Health Department and Hygiene to companies, schools and Jong Bonaire. In addition,
individual HIV/Aids patients can receive counseling on preventing the spread of the
Did you ever wonder who controls food handling and process inspections on
Bonaire? The Health Department and Hygiene is responsible for the inspection of the
food handling processes at restaurants, grocery stores and other food oriented opera-
tions. And, they provide education to these organizations on the proper handling and
preparation of food.
Complaints regarding hospitals, dentists and clinics should be directed to the Health
Department and Hygiene. They will obtain information, analyze the data and if there is
concern, they will request inspections via the Central Government.
3. Health Promotion
They work in partnership with dieticians to develop programs that promote healthy
eating, positive nutrition and prevent obesity.
Oral health is promoted through education to our children in the school system.
Mental health care in dealing with depression, family and social problems is available
through their staff of nurses.
4. Factor Control
Do you have mosquitoes, rats, cockroaches and termites? The Health Department
and Hygiene will arrange for inspections of your home or business, provide advice and
they have a variety of products available for purchase. In addition, they inspect and
certify incoming tourist ships and cargo ships for cleanliness.
The Health Department and Hygiene plays a major role in advising the government
on policies that involve the public health system. Their offices are located at Kaya
General C.M. Piar #9. Office hours are 7:30 am to 1 and 1:30 to 5 pm. To learn more
about their services you can call them at 717-3737 or email them at
DGH(lbonairelive.com. OSharon Barlass
onaire has been
known for its
"natural doctors" in
wise, gifted, spiritual
men and women who
were blessed with natu-
ral healing powers. Not
by applying spooky
hocus pocus voodoo
but using, for example,
the natural resources
our island has to offer
like herbs and plants.
One of these gifted
people is the well
known Rincon lady, 4
Mrs. Johanita Janga,
better known as Mama .
Johanita orMa Jochi.
Her daughter in law,
Mrs. Rudmila "Ruth"
Janga, helped promote
her products during the
traditional end of the
year sensia sale
(incense to get rid of Benito Dirksz, Angdlique Salsbach and
the bad luck of the Marugia Janga
whole year) in Rincon.
Some of Ma Jochi's well known prod- to a stand at the now famous Marsht di
ucts are anti-joint pain medicine, cough Rincon on Saturdays. There, her sister
syrup, coconut oil, and ground kadushi Marugia Janga and friend Angdlique
(cactus) for making soup. Salsbach joined the party by adding a
From house-to-house sales Ruth moved (Continued on page 11)
(New Age. Continuedfrom page 10)
variety of products to the line.
These "Three Musketeers" are, in their
daily lives, highly trained professionals
in the field of public health. Ruth is a
registered nurse, Marugia a health scien-
tist specialist and epidemiologist with
masters and bachelors degrees in, among
other things, Biology and Health Promo-
tions and Education, while Ang6lique
works for the Health Department and is
the author of The Bonaire Reporter's
"Ask the Dietician column." They have
beenjoined by businessman Benito
Dirksz who was inspired by the philoso-
phy of Ma Jonchi. "We now call our-
selves "The Fantastic Four!" Benito says
with a grin.
It's because of their professions that
they were concerned about a healthy
physical and psychological balance in
the human being. Unfortunately they
noticed a lot of misbalance during their
"Our philosophy is based on evaluating
people on the holistic level, the total bal-
ance. This is to prevent, for example,
physical symptoms. The ultimate result
would be a well functioning person who
can contribute to a better community,"
"That's why we provide tools
like advice, knowledge,
products, lectures and
courses to reach this 0
goal," adds An-
kinds of oils, incense (more than 80 dif-
ferent scents!), decorative receptacles to
bur the oil and incense, crystals, miner-
als and Feng-Shui products."
In short: all kinds of products to bring
peaceful harmony into your life.
And these ladies know what they're
talking about, considering their back-
ground in the spiritual field. With more
than six years experience and degrees in,
among others, metaphysics, Raja Yoga,
Hatha Yoga and Spiritual Human Yoga,
they've already successfully advised
Now, four years after their first stand in
Rincon, they are celebrating a new
achievement: Ma Jochi on Kralendijk's
Kaya Grandi. Located in the Tambu
shop you can't miss their impressive
sign outside: a precious soft orange de-
sign with trendy letters and a dazzling
but soothing sun. When entering the
premises don't be surprised if you can't
hide your peaceful smile: a cozy corer
with a soft ambiance is the guilty party.
Honoring one of Bonaire's wise women,
the three ladies and one gentleman show
that they didn't forget their roots. What
Ma Jochi offered for more than six dec-
ades you are now able to experience in a
modem version by the friendly, experi-
enced and professional quartet.
O Don't miss this great oppor-
tunity and visit Ma Jochi
in the Kaya Grandi, in the
Tambu shop. 1 Natalie
A A.C. Wanga
YOONG BAKERS MN OMPETITION
The proud winners show off their tempting entries: Raydeline Coffie (3 '"prize),
Monique Janga (2"d prize) and Kingsleyan Susana (1" prize)
ast Saturday the graduates of Lilian
Cicilia' s "Boka Dushi" (sweet things
to eat) baking course showed what they
can do. There were 16 dishes artistically
arrayed on tables cakes, cookies, can-
dies that were created by individual stu-
dents who range in age from seven to 14.
Judging was based on taste as well as pres-
entation. Well-known Chef-Judge An-
thony Anthony said it was a tough compe-
tition with so many tasty candidates! Par-
ents, friends and siblings were all gathered
at the Antriol Sentro di Bario, awaiting the
outcome of the judging.. It was in the
kitchen there that the children, all from
Antriol, had met once a week for four
months to learn from Ms. Cicilia. The
courses, held in the different Centro di
Barios, are offered to children from that
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at a home
where he was
nately, the eld-
cats didn't care
for his intru-
sion. It was tough for Carlito, but ever
since the humans brought him into the
Shelter he's been doing just fine, getting
along perfectly with the current residents
of the cat cage. He's very well adjusted
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Don't forget the Free Sterilization
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who are born and often abandoned on
the island every year. If you can help,
call Shelter Director Jurrie Mellema at
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PAPIAMENTU IN THE EARLY GRADES IN SCHOOLS
WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT?
D r. Nick Faraclas, Professor ofLin-
guistics, in an article last week, dis-
cussed why it's so important to start teach-
ing children in their mother tongue to give
them a good foundation for their educa-
Dr. Faraclas participated in a study in
Papua, New Guinea, where English is the I
"official" language" (like Dutch is here). Tradi-
tionally the children, who spoke languages other
than English, were taught in English. As a result,
only 3% of the students finished Grade 12. During
the study a class of children in the first two to three
grades (Class A) were taught in their mother tongue.
Gradually, English was added, and by the fourth year,
it was totally in English. At the end of the fourth year
the children in Test Group A were tested in English
and 100 % ofthem passed.
This test group was compared to a class of children (Class B) who were taught in the
traditional English-only way. However, of the students from the traditional all-
English system, Test Group B, after the Sixth Grade, only 20% passed. The premise
is that ifa child has a good foundation in his own language (for the first couple of
years), then he can build on that foundation. In other words, "Success Breeds Suc-
As a result of the outcome, the government ofPapua, New Guinea, gave in, and the
parents determined which language, of the more than 350 languages in New Guinea,
would be used. (Bonaire does not have that problem; it has only one Papiamentu!)
"Without the teachers' support, no pro-
gram will succeed. Now the teachers have
been trained to teach in Dutch all these
years, so imagine if you were a teacher
and all of a sudden someone came along
and said you have to change everything.
Many teachers have no experience in
teaching in Papiamentu so it would be like
starting their careers all over again. (In
changing over to the new system) you
need the time to train the teachers, to re-
train them, to explain the program very
well because I think a lot of teachers aren't
really sure; they have the same kind of
doubts that the parents have.
It would be great if all the teachers in Bon-
aire could go the Erasmus School in Cura-
gao to visit and see the teachers there be-
cause this would really convince them that
teaching in Papiamentu is the best thing.
Those teachers are so enthusiastic. They
all taught in Dutch before, and they know
what a brick wall that was. When they
taught in Dutch, the kids would sit there
and ask, 'Teacher, could you please speak
normal?' The children probably under-
stood less than half of what the teacher
Can you imagine going to school and not
understanding what the teacher is saying
and then being expected to do well? Not
only are the children totally frustrated by
having all their lessons in Dutch, but the
teachers are frustrated too: the students
don't learn well and so many of them fail.
All teachers want their students to suc-
ceed, but to have such a high failure rate is
not very encouraging.
The Erasmus School teachers said when
they got to the school they were overjoyed
with the response from the children. The
students were awake. Right away they
were responsive; they were curious. Right
away they were using all their intelligence.
This was the first time they had experi-
enced this. Before, when they'd been
teaching in Dutch, they were faced with
children who seemed very dull; they
seemed to lack curiosity; they were very
silent, afraid to speak in class, totally in-
timidated. Now the children seemed very
spontaneous, very enthusiastic. Those
teachers are so positive about their experi-
ence. I think that enthusiasm would catch
on immediately if the teachers from Bon-
aire went there.
TAKING TIME TO
CHANGE THE SYSTEM
Of course changing the system takes time.
If you try to change in one or two years
you'll miss the opportunity to establish a
Good foundation. There's no real short
Scut to changing an educational system.
You have to do it methodically, systemati-
cally. So the teachers from Bonaire should
come over and see what's going on and get
a sense of what a great experience it is to
be a teacher in a classroom where you
don't have to worry about the language
problem. The teachers need to understand
what's going on, to be convinced.
You need to have materials. Now in the
area of materials it's not as bad as in other
countries. In Papiamentu there is a good
number of materials already being pro-
duced by the Foundation for Linguistic
Planning in Curagao. They've produced a
complete series for the primary level and a
complete series for language instruction at
the secondary level. They're putting to-
gether materials for the other subjects -
mathematics, science, social studies.
They've done translations of literature -
all kinds of stories from all over the world
in Papiamentu and also are producing
books by writers in Papiamentu from
Curagao, Bonaire and Aruba. They are
adapting the text and the pictures to the
particular island so they reflect the society
there. They're doing a great job.
The Foundation is forming 'word banks'
so if there are areas of vocabulary where
Papiamentu doesn't have words for phi-
losophy, geography, etc. they're using
Papiamentu words and constructions to
designate these different concepts. And
when they can't find Papiamentu words
they'll take words from either Spanish or
English or Dutch. This is a normal process
in our languages. For example 60% of
English vocabulary came from French,
Latin and Greek. Spanish has a great deal
of Arabic vocabulary. Dutch has a tremen-
dous amount of English, a tremendous
amount of French. Every language does
this, but people shouldn't think that be-
cause Papiamentu borrows from other lan-
guages that somehow it's less of a lan-
Dr. Nick Faraclas,
Professor of Linguistics
Papiamentu is not "simple" at all. It has a
fully developed grammatical system, a
fully developed sound system which is
tone, stress, and accent a fully developed
vocabulary for most needs. But if there are
technical, academic needs it's very easy to
either use Papiamentu words to name the
concepts or, if necessary, take words from
other languages. Right now the Institute is
doing a word list about psychology and
many other different areas in Papiamentu.
Papiamentu does have a sizeable vocabu-
lary but it hasn't extended to different
realms like psychology or sociology -
very technical concepts. It hasn't gotten
there yet, but it's not hard to get there.
Think of all the vocabulary you use for
computers. In French most of it comes
from English. In Dutch a lot of it comes
from English too. As new things are devel-
oped languages have to find words for
them. If they can't use their own words,
they pick them from other languages. It's a
normal process in languages; it's not ex-
ceptional. In fact it's a sign of a language
that's really alive. The only languages that
don't borrow are dead languages, and
Papiamentu is certainly not a dead lan-
guage! It's a sign of its vitality that it can
borrow from other languages without los-
ing its identity.
CHILDREN COMING FROM
There are different ways to deal with chil-
dren entering the educational system who
have come from other countries. If the
children have learned Papiamentu as a first
language even though their parents have
come from another country, there should
be no problem. Many may have grown up
speaking Papiamentu with the other chil-
dren. For those children who don't have
Papiamentu as a first language there's al-
ready a provision in the system for special
(Papiamentu in the Schools.
Continued from page 13)
classes for English, Spanish or Chinese
speaking children. Those classes in bi-
lingual instruction can be continued for
those children for a two to three year pe-
riod. As a matter of fact, that's one rea-
son why those children have such suc-
cess, because those children got to learn
to read and write in their own languages
first. These are the star students in the
Bonaire system. They're not the Bonaire-
ans; they're kids from aboard who've had
the chance to learn their own languages.
This is another proof that learning to read
and write in your own language helps you
for your entire academic career."
CAN OUR GRADUATES
Dr. Faraclas believes that when someone
has respect for his own culture and cher-
ishes it, he will have the desire to return
to his island, bringing with him an appre-
ciation for its poetry, literature and art.
He'll have a strong identity with his own
culture. In this time of a global economy
he can do business over the Internet and it
doesn't make any difference where he's
operating from. (Professors are teaching
on line now; there's desk top publishing
for example.) In this way he can generate
jobs on the island secretaries, support
people. O L.D. in an interview with Dr.
Last school year in Bonaire, Papiamentu
as the language of education was begun
in the kindergarten classes with 10 to 15
minutes per day of Dutch, according to
Hacynphea Pourier of the Education
Department. These periods ofDutch, she
explains, are used in play in games
and songs. This year the program was
continued in the First Grades, with a
period of 15 minutes of Dutch a day,
again in a play environment. Year by
year the program will be extended to an-
other year until the children reach eight
years whereupon classes will be totally
Ms. Pourier said there is a lot of support
from the teachers who are interested in
doing workshops and who are creative
and have translated a lot of the teaching
materials they already have. As well,
they've completed books in Papiamentu
with pictures of Bonairean people,
houses, etc. Working with these books,
teachers instruct six children at a time.
2004 The Bonaire Reporter
Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or
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Reporters: Sharon Barlass, Michiel Bijkerk, George Buckley, Nick
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NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM Garfield
SUNDAY MATINEE 4 PM
September 2 through 6 Big Biker
Weekend. There will be rides, parades
and lots of parties for the participants
and everyone else.
Saturday, September 4 Rincon Mar-
sh6 & Soldachi Tours, 6 am to 4 pm
(more on page 5)
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)
Monday, September 6- Bonaire Day
Celebration at the Sentro di Bario in
North Salifia. Public Holiday, most
Until September 25, at Cinnamon Art
Gallery an exhibition of "Nochi"
Saturday, September 18-Clean Up
the World-Selibon and Fundashon
Tene Boneiru Limpi. Tel. 717-8159.
Tuesday, September 21-SGB Culinary
School Fundraiser Dinner, Chez Nous,
at 6 pm. To help send four students to
study cuisine in Italy for 4 weeks. More
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
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,
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
(NAfl2 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) 7174303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Delno
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings -eveiy Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or717- 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
entiy fee. Call Cathy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Caf6. Registration at 4, games
at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, 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
Mangazina di Rei, Rincon. Einoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse" while learn-
ing about Bonaire's history and culture and
visit typical homes from the 17th century.
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 Church in town Open weekdays from 8
am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
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. Alta Mira
Nature Walking Tour at 6:30 am.
Town Walking tour at 9:30, Bus
Tour at 10. Call Maria at 717-6435 to
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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Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252
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De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
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Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
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it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden
Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with
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METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
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Kodarama- the only digital lab and studio handles all
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Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
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REAL ESTATE I RENTAL AGENTS
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
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Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
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Laur'an is a store dedicated to providing quality toys
and games to Bonaire. Find them on Kaya Gerharts in
the Lourdes Shopping Mall
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ON THE ISLAND SINCE ...
We sailed from the Canary Is-
lands to Senegal and Gambia.
We did part of the Gambia River then
crossed the Atlantic to Trinidad and
Tobago. Carnival in Trinidad hun-
dreds of thousands of people me danc-
ing soca soca. You couldn't walk nor-
mally, hearing the music from the steel
bands. The idea was to go in steps
around the world. This was the first
step. We had to go back to Germany
and make money. Curacao was a safe
place to leave the boat for eight months.
The first time I saw Bonaire I'd sailed
over from Curacao. It looked so peace-
ful. I thought I'd like to live in one of
those old houses. I found a house like
that in 1990 and opened up a boat busi-
ness, even offering laundry services
because there was nothing for the sail-
ors. I did all kinds of stuff. I was honor-
ary port officer from the Trans Ocean
Stiltzpunkt! I built up my business and I
survived. I didn't go to
Germany anymore, just
once 10 years ago
shortly before my
mother died. I'Ve
I'd lived in Germany,
traveled all over Europe, wanted
Peru for six months, to
Chile, thenbackto once I '
Europe on a cargo ship.
Bonaire was the first I didn'
place outside my coun-
try where I've lived, and gO hor
from the first moment I hen
felt very much at home.
At first I saved my say af
money to put it into the
business, but then I weeks
started to travel. I am a
typical Cancer. I had to to go
learn to open my mouth
and not to swallow eve- never
rything or behave like a
crab at the shore that way
hides under a rock!
I've always wanted to
travel, once I was there I
didn't want to go home. Now, when I
travel, I say after a few weeks, 'It's
time to go home.' I never felt that way-
before. There are still quite a few places
left that I want to see: Easter Island, the
south of Chile, Patagonia. As long as I
can afford it I'll give myself a ticket for
my birthday and for Christmas. I like
places with very strange cultures like
Mexico, Peru and Ecuador the Indi-
ans and the small islands in the Pa-
cific. I never get enough of islands. I
don't know why. It's just wonderful to
explore an island where the people still
live like a hundred years ago.
I love marketplaces where I sit and
watch the people for hours, talk to
them. I want to be outside, sleep in a
hammock and wash myself and my
clothes in the river together with the
local women. I think, on the other hand,
Bonaire is enough, but I wouldn't have
known that if I didn't have the opportu-
nity to travel."
Marlis Seelos-Schmid (60+) is an ex-
traordinary, extravagant woman with a
big heart, a beautiful soul and a tre-
mendous lust for life. "I was a little
devil as a child- more like a boy than a
girl. We were four children and my fa-
ther died when I was eight. It wasn't
easy for my mom, but she managed.
She was a great person. We lived in a
small village. At 14 you dropped out of
school because it was a waste to let a
girl learn a profession as she would
marry anyway. At 15 I worked in a
photo business. I worked there for three
years and went to school once a week.
Then I passed my exam and became a
professional photographer. My mother
pushed me to do it.
She taught me sewing
too; now I make my
living from it! My
always mom and I were al-
ways singing. When
to travel she heard a waltz on
the radio she would
ras there push the table aside
and we danced. A
want to real waltz is gor-
geous! I love to dance
e. Now, and I love music-
travel I every kind as long
as you can hear the
.r a few instruments clearly.
My parents had a
'It's time gramophone a piece
of furniture it was.
1ome. I My favorite music
ewt t t as the Overture to
felt that the Barber of Seville
from Rossini. I sat
efo re. there in my night-
gown, singing and
playing the harmo-
nium like a diva!"
"Now I'm 60+ and I feel free to do
whatever I like. I can be crazy as can
be. I have an excuse I am an old
woman! The things that keep me going
in life are the small things. If you can
appreciate them there'll be something
good about every day. It goes up and
down, up and down. You sit on cloud
nine and you fall down very hard -the
big bang! Never boring! One has
dreams, but reality is a little bit differ-
Life has so many compromises. You
could or should learn from your mis-
takes, but you don't listen to yourself.
That's the way you are. Everybody gets
hurt in life and it's like with a wound:
some people heal
fast; others take for-
ever. But don't tell
me, 'Life goes on.
It was hard to learn to
be alone, but now I
can spend a whole
Sunday in my ham-
mock, relaxing and
reading. I couldn't do
that a few years ago.
I have mountains of
books. I need books,
books, books. I think
just in my bedroom I
have more than 200
books. If I don't have
three or four books to
choose from I'm very
unhappy. I don't have
TV. I read every day,
at lunchtime, even
when I come home at
3 o'clock in the
Since I was a child
I've had animals.
When somebody said, 'This animal will
die,' I said, 'No! It won't!' I took what
people brought me. I'm still doing that.
I can't say no, but I learned that I can't
take everything. Now I show people
how to do it, but if it goes wrong I'll
still do it myself. My house is full of
animals. I think I have 22 cats. I have
chickens whose eggs I see when they're
already walking around. I have a mon-
key, three prikitchis, eight Loras, a big
Macaw, three dogs and three flamin-
She closes her eyes and says: "Listen to
that song: the melody, the words very
touching the way they fit. It's the per-
fect match!" She smiles:
"Always happy, always cheerful what
is on the inside is nobody's business.
You know what I also like? Edvard
Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite, beautiful with
the sunset! The last time I went to see
my brother in New Zealand I came
back with 110 CDs, all classical music!
Twice a year I go to Panama, to Kuna
Yala, Kuna Land 365 tiny little islands
on the Caribbean side of Panama. There
I buy the handcrafts I sell in my shop.
The Kuna women are quite powerful.
This is something I like; they have a lot
to say. They handle their own business
and the husband has nothing to say
about the handcrafts or the selling. If
they many the husband goes to her
family and he has to help them. There
are about 40 islands big enough for a
small village. You can't just go there.
Boat people are allowed, but that does-
n't mean you can walk around all day.
They have very strict rules. You must
go to the island chief and he'll tell you
what you're allowed to do. I am a
friend of one of the women, so I can
stay. I hang my hammock outside the
'house' one big room made out of
sugarcane stalks because inside it's
too crowded. I see the stars and I hear
the sea two meters away. I eat whatever
they cook and I learn about their cul-
ture. But it's not easy; they don't want
to tell you. It takes a long time. We're
both in a hammock; we smoke a ciga-
rette, then little by little my friend, one
of the men, tells me about the rituals of
the burials, the carved little persons that
are your personal protector and the way
they see religion until his wife tells
him to shut up! It's always very quiet
there no music and they don't sing -
very strange. These things I like to ex-
But all in all, somehow, I found my
place here. I kiss the ground like the
Pope! I like the mixture of the different
cultures: we are so many. A tourist
asked me once, 'Don't you miss culture
or nice conversations?' I got really an-
noyed, and I said very seriously, 'If I
want intelligent conversation I just talk
to myself!' Here I can live in personal
peace nobody is cutting my wings I
feel free to do
things my way.
It seems long
ago that I ar-
in between. It
Greta Kooistra .
WITH THE REPORTER
Republican National Convention, New York City
Garden in New
York City, the site
of the Republican
tion, on Sunday,
August 22, 2004
with a copy of the
August 20, 2004
edition of The Bon-
aire Reporter. Alan
is a freelance pho-
tographer for The
Journal News, his
home town newspa-
per in Westchester
County, NY, and
was working on a
story for the paper
with a reporter on
how people thought
would affect their
daily lives in New
York City for that
week. Alan and his
wife Joan, who are
frequent visitors to Bonaire, just returned from a two week visit to the island. O
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W HARVARD COMES TO BONAIRE
G e orge Buckley, a long time visi-
tor to Bonaire and Director of the
Marine Ecology Project that has aided
in the protection of Bonaire's reefs and Klein Bon-
aire, has announced a dynamic new program that he
is coordinating at Harvard University. As part of the
University's effort to expand educational opportuni-
ties to the world, he has assisted in the development
of a series of environmental courses that are now
available on-line for credit through Harvard's Exten-
sion College. A graduate Certificate in Environ-
mental Management can also be earned online
through the new program whose aim is to provide
students with an extensive repertoire of management
protocols to address the many types of programs that impact the world's environ-
The courses are designed to study local, regional and international environmental
problems and their solutions. The students who enroll in the course may be from
local, state or national governmental agencies, non-governmental environmental
groups, industry, the consulting field and the general public.
Several of the available courses already use Bonaire as a case study for sound en-
vironmental practices. There are several local aspects of environmental studies that
local students could use if they took courses through the program.
At present the courses include: Environmental Management; Ocean Environ-
ments; Strategies for Environmental Management; Life Cycle Analysis and Indus-
trial Ecology; Environmental Ethics and Land Use Management; Sustainable De-
velopment; Global Climate Change; Principles of Occupational Health; Rain
Forest Conservation; Sustainability; and Industrial Challenges. People who are
interested in courses on the Environmental Management Certificate graduate pro-
gram can check out the particulars at www.extension.harvard.edu/environment.
Specific questions, including course costs, etc., can be directed to the Program Di-
rector George Buckley at email@example.com. OGeorge Buckley
*to find it, just look up
September 10th is the Day
When the Moon,
Venus and Saturn
Form a Super Triangle
and Mercury Bumps into
the Heart of Leo the Lion
f you do any planet gazing
for the entire month I sug-
gest you do it Friday morning,
September 10thjust before
dawn. Not only will Venus, Sat-
urn and the Moon form an ex-
quisite triangle, but the planet
Mercury will bump into the
heart star of Leo the Lion in
what astronomers call a "super
On September 10thjust before
dawn face due east where you'll
see an absolutely breathtaking
slender sliver of a 26-day-old
Moon making an exquisite trian-
gle with the brightest planet of
them all, planet #2 Venus, and the prettiest planet of them all telescopically, planet #6
Saturn. And just to throw in a couple of cosmic goodies just above them will be the
two brightest stars of the Gemini twins, Castor and Pollux. Please don't miss this
sight because cosmic triangles are always really nifty.
But keep in mind that even though the Moon and Venus and Saturn will look close
together they're not. In fact our 2,000-mile-wide Moon will be 250 thousand miles
away on the 10th; 8,000-mile-wide Venus will be 83 million miles away; and 75,000-
mile-wide Saturn will be a whopping 893 million miles away! It's all an illusion.
But if you're not turned on by triangles perhaps I can interest you in a super close
conjunction just below the cosmic triangle. The brighter object of the two will be
planet #1 from the sun, Mercury. And only 1/4 of a degree above it, which is less than
half the width of a full Moon, will be the brightest star of Leo the Lion, the blue star
Regulus, which you may want to compare with the pink color of Mercury. And once
s f eth .
again this close visual meeting is also an illusion because on the 10t tiny 3,000-mile-
wide Mercury will be only 89 million miles away while 5-million-mile-wide Regulus
will be 5 1/2 million times farther away, 85 light years beyond! Don't miss this
And if you want to add even more fun to your viewing begin your watch one day ear-
lier, Thursday morning the 9th when a slender sliver of a 25-day-old Moon will be
parked above Saturn just to the right of Castor and Pollux. If you look closely at Mer-
cury and Regulus you will see that they are farther apart, 3/4 of a degree apart and get-
ting ready to close in the next morning on the 10th. Then just to show you how rap-
idly things change in the heavens, on Saturday morning September 11th an even skin-
nier Moon will be well below Venus, and Mercury and Regulus will be much farther
apart 11% degrees. And by Sunday they'll be a whopping 3 degrees apart.
So there you have it. A fabulous cosmic triangle and a super close conjunction on the
10th! And an opportunity to watch the Moon as it gets skinnier and lower in the
heavens each day as Regulus and Mercury approach, meet and then distance them-
selves from each other. O Jack Horkheimer
Moon Info Last Quareter September 6 New Moon September
14th Full Moon September 21st First Quarter on September 28th
For the week:
September 3 to 10, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Unexpected events may upset your routine. Take care of
any paperwork concerning institutional or governmental agencies. Offer consolation,
but don't give them any direction. Make changes that will enhance your appearance.
Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You are best to deal with those outside your family.
Don't allow personal problems to conflict with professional duties. Now is the time for
completing hobbies that you've been working on for a long time. If you're willing to
cut loose you will find yourself in the midst of an exciting encounter. Your lucky day
this week will be Monday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Deal with in-laws this week. Driving too fast or double
parking will result in difficulties with officials. Don't hesitate to sign up for creative
courses or physical fitness programs. Your obviously unique way of doing things has
caught the eye of someone in a higher position. Your lucky day this week will be
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You can make changes to your living quarters, but not
everyone will be pleased with your efforts. New romantic partners will evolve through
group endeavors; however, the association may not be likely to last. You will be at-
tracted to unusual forms of entertainment and foreign cultures. Try to deal with the
problems of those less fortunate; however, don't allow them to make unreasonable de-
mands. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Extend an invitation to clients you enjoy spending time with.
Don't let them blame you. You are best to work at home if you can. You can make ca-
reer moves that will bring you a much higher income. Your lucky day this week will be
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Channel your energy into decorating or household
chores. In-laws may cause difficulties. Travel should be considered. Try to be patient
and understanding. You are in a high cycle where travel, education, and creative en-
deavors are concerned. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Your outgoing nature will win hearts. Do something spe-
cial for them. Be sure to take care of the needs of your immediate loved ones first. Do
you really want to start something with someone you can't reason with? Your lucky
day this week will be Saturday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You can complete any projects efficiently, especially
if you put the effort in yourself. Residential moves will be hectic and may be unsatis-
factory. If you've been really busy, try to schedule some time to spend with loved ones.
Try to bend to their wishes if you want to avoid conflict. Your lucky day this week
will be Thursday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You can make it up to them later. Plan to do
things with your faithful pet or with youngsters who have interesting hobbies. You can
dazzle members of the opposite sex with your quick wit and aggressive charm. Oppor-
tunities to make advancements through good business sense are evident. Your lucky
day this week will be Thursday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You should be able to tie up loose ends this week.
Avoid any erratic behavior or it could cause isolation at home. You'll find travel or in-
volvement in large groups gratifying. Changes in your home may be disruptive and
upsetting. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Don't let your partner start any arguments. Passion
should be redirected positively. You may feel that someone at work is holding you
back. Partnerships may be strained if one of you has been erratic and hard to deal with.
Watch for empty promises that may give you false hope. Your lucky day this week will
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You will meet some interesting people if you at tend pro-
motional functions. Don't jump into investments too quickly. Take time to help chil-
dren with projects that may be too hard for them to do on their own. Use your charm to
get your own way. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday. 1