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I September 17 to 24,2004 Volume 11, Issue 376




During their working visit to the Neth-
erlands of last week, Prime Minister
Etienne Ys, Finance-minister Ersilia de
Lannooy, and Justice-minister Norberto
in getting a
of NAf60
million for
and for-
giveness of
a NAfl 05
mill Prime Minister Etienne Ys
debt to
About 10% of the NAf4.9 billion Antil-
lean national debt of the Antilles is to the
Netherlands; the rest is owed locally. Since
the Antilles won't have to service the debt,
more money will be available to improve
conditions in the country.

I Dutch Kingdom Relations Minister
Thom de Graaf will visit the Netherlands
Antilles October 5-11. The work visit was
confirmed by Marielle Capello, the Dutch
Representative in Willemstad. De Graaf
will visit all the Antillean islands,

*b A press release from Cura9ao's Sea-
quarium reported that Dolphin Gee Gee
gave birth on September 5 at 8:30 pm.
Both the mother and baby are fine. Because
Gee Gee already gave birth twice before
and raised two babies, the staff is optimis-
tic. She arrived in the Seaquarium on No-
vember 30, 2003, one of four coastal bottle-
nose dolphins Gee Gee, Tela, Mateo, and

Nemo. Their previous home was the
Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences of
There was no release reporting the num-
ber of dolphins that have died in captivity at
the Seaquarium.

A The decision on the future of the
Dutch Caribbean Airlines (DCA) was
postponed because Curagao Island Council
members want more information on the
direction of the aviation industry on the
island. The Executive Council was sup-
posed to ask the Island Council (legislators)
to agree to the proposal for a temporary
credit of NAf 12 million for DCA. This
money would keep the company in busi-
ness for at least three months, until a long
term solution is found.

A At the same time, the Stichting Over-
heidsaccountantsbureau (SOAB Govern-
ment Accountants Bureau Institute)
soundly criticized the financial admini-
stration of Dutch Caribbean Airlines
(DCA). DCA's current figures do not cor-
respond with the financial records and there
is a backlog in the administration of 2004
The SOAB points out that there are miss-
ing documents and contracts and that there
is no connection between DCA's financial
analysis and the financial administration of
the company. From the figures, which the
SOAB did manage to get, it appears that the
DCA company never managed to make a
profit during its existence, contrary to what
DCA Director Mario Evertsz has stated.
In the second half of 2001, DCA's reve-
nue was NAf8.1 million. But when the de-
ductions, including the takeover of the old

ALM debt (NAf7.4 million in 2001) are
figured in, the second half of 2001 suddenly
shows a NAf4.8 million loss. It's the same
story for 2002. The revenue amounted to
NAf 1.1 million, but if you add the ALM
debts for 2002 (NAf15.9 million), you ar-
rive at a another NAf14.8 million loss.
The SOAB estimates the total debts of
DCA at NAf68.8 million. Commercial
creditors account for NAf35.8 million of
the debt with NAf 18.1 million of long
term debt, NAf 9.9 million of that is for the
lease agreements of DCA's four DC 9-30s.

A The Netherlands Antilles Police Board
(NAPB) says the arrival of Mare-
chaussees (Dutch Military Police) will
have major negative consequences if the
Marechaussees are not put on patrol in po-
lice uniforms. The union is in favor of the
Netherlands Antilles police force getting
help but says this help must come in the
form of police assistance to deal with eve-
ryday crimes. A local union representative
told The St. Martin Daily Herald, "If they
want to come, we welcome them, but let
them put on police uniforms."
The NAPB has also expressed displeasure
at the fact that the process to recruit nearly
20 Suriname police officers has been seem-
ingly abandoned in favor of the arrival of

A The Central Bureau of Statistics will
begin a survey of 2,250 Bonaire house-
holds on or about September 13th to
sample the current employment situation
on the island. If you are invited to partici-
pate you are required to cooperate under the
law. All responses to the surveys are confi-
dential and the results will be presented in
statistical format.

Referendum Results
Obituary, Lanlan Clarinda
Fish Tournament Winners
Ivan the Terrible Spares Bonaire
Naming Plasa Machi Mimi and
Mo D6 Slipway
Bonaire Gardner (Salt Damage)

Flotsam & Jetsam
Opinion (Discrimination,
Playa Ivan, New Balance)
Letters (Discrimination,
Hausmann's Folly)
Police Update
Vessel List & Tide Table
Pet of the Week (Elta)
What's Happening
Shopping & Dining Guides
Living Treasure
(Ebo Domacasse)
Picture Yourself (Cuba)
Bonaire Sky Park
The Stars Have It

general hospital for the region, has pro-
posed a price increase of 93% for inten-
sive care treatments, an increase of 10 to
20% for lab research and dialysis treat-
ment, and an increase of 11% in hospital
rates. According to financial manager
Sydney Ricardo, these proposals are meas-
ures to improve the financial situation of
the hospital. From 1997 through 2002, the
hospital lost NAf20.7 million. The esti-
mated deficit for 2003 was NAf2.5 million.

A The Dive Inn organized an incredi-
ble clean up of Chachacha Beach this past

Tuesday, not only on the beach, but also
A St. Elizabeth Hospital, the main (Continued on page 7)

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It was discouraging that so many foreign residents, promised a chance to vote on the
direction of the future of their adopted home, were denied that chance because of an un-
reasonable bureaucratic procedure.
At the polling place foreigners were informed they needed, in addition to valid ID and
the voting "ticket," an original copy of their residency permit (Vergunning van rechts-
wege toegelateni). Dutch citizens did not need a birth certificate to prove they were
Dutch, but could vote anyway. Copies, work permits, personal knowledge or other pa-
perwork were not acceptable. And to top it off, the Immigration office closed early so
the necessary paper couldn't even be obtained. The official Referendum voting notice
only said, that in addition to the ticket and ID, proof of "legal residency" was needed.
The need for the original copy of the Vergunning was not mentioned. Why were foreign
residents singled out in the rules for additional ID anyway?
Many foreign residents like Captain Don, Petri Hausmann, and others were denied a
vote. Despite years of work permits, property ownership, and community involvement
they couldn't find an original copy or never were provided with a Vergunning. Regard-
less, if that was what was needed, it should have been spelled out clearly and specifi-
We can only hope that in the next vote on our future, perhaps to choose for LGO or
UPT, the unfair procedures will be abandoned. After all, we can only blame Bonaire
bureaucracy once we're rid of Curagao rules. O G.D.


Last week, once again,
Mother Nature proved that
the coastlines of our beauti-
ful islands don't belong to
humans. In a time span of
less than five years the ocean
and the weather have shown
us, at least twice, some of
what they are capable of.
Five years ago Klein Bon-
aire took a severe beating
from Hurricane Lenny. Most
noticeable was the change of
the coastline on the north-
western part of the island.
The sandy beaches were re-
distributed. Sand was transported from west to east. Beaches west of "No Name" beach
were mainly left with coral rubble. East of "No Name" was beautifully restyled, and the
newly formed beaches could compete with the beaches on Aruba. By 2004 Mother Na-
ture had shifted the sand back where it was at the end of 1999. Even the sand dunes that
were characteristic of "No Name" before Lenny were beginning to reappear. This sand
transporting process is probably part of a larger natural cycle. Beaches are very dynamic
in this way. Actually they are alive!
Hurricanes are all natural and in this way help the beaches to stay healthy and beauti-
ful. Coastal development interferes with this natural cycle and beaches, coastlines and
reef systems are being prevented from being dynamic; in other words, they're being
On the east side, south of "Sea Hatch" (the shrimp farm), the Government has al-
lowed a particular form of coastal development lately. Severe sand mining was allowed
to take place an act that completely destroyed the coastline. They didn't even bother to
cover up the huge craters that were left behind. Hurricane Ivan was able to take care of
this problem and has leveled some of these craters. As a result a beautiful beach has
been created that has an enormous potential for humans and nature.

The only thing that we have to do is let the ocean (re)distribute the sand on the
beaches that are now partly covered with coral rubble. I bet that within five years this
beach will be one of the best there is on the island. If only the Government would leave
it alone (but protect it) and let the beach live its own life.
Happy birthday, "Playa Ivan!"

Imre Esser
President Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB)


The people of Bonaire have chosen for a direct link with Holland. This will open the
way for many great new opportunities. More than one can imagine. Warm and heartfelt
congratulations to the people of Bonaire. In life nothing comes easy. If we sit and wait at
home, work will not come knocking at our door. In other words; this decision will not
cause manna to fall from heaven, without our having to work for it. But new opportuni-
ties will certainly come falling like manna. It will be up to us to make good use of them.
First of all, I applaud the people of Bonaire. The opposition did its utmost to scare
them with all kinds of spurious stories and arguments, but they stood firm and voted for
option B anyway. Support for option B was even greater than is shown by the actual
results, if one takes the 16% who voted for option A into account. Seeing that the B and
C options together obtained 84% of the vote, this means that the general consensus is
that Bonaire should step out of the Antilles. Therefore, assuming that the A-voters had
to choose between the options B and C (as option A is out of the race anyway), chances
are that their choice would at least be divided 50-50 between options B and C. If this is
taken into account, we may conclude that option B received approximately 68% and
option C, approximately 32%.
Praise also to our politicians because they had the courage to propagate option B. Just
think about this for a minute. Bonaire will now have to give up some autonomy in ex-
change for improved security and social minimum standards. This means the people
stand to benefit with better social services and an improvement of the economy. Mean-
while the politicians stand to lose. They will get less power. The public will not notice
the loss of some autonomy, only the politicians will. They will have to endure a lot of
finicky supervision from Holland. They will no longer be free to do as they please.
Therefore, our politicians, having understood that the general interest goes before their
personal interest, have acted altruistically in taking this step. Wholeheartedly I praise

Continued on page 14

their courage and the fact that for the benefit of the people they were prepared to sacri-
fice. Ramonsito (Booi) is the man, because he is their leader.
This is a new undertaking and even though in apolitical sense I am not responsible for
this achievement, morally I am responsible, because I have actively supported our politi-
cians in their endeavor to change the direction of our island, yes, even of our whole
country. And even of Holland! Because Holland, too, will have to come to the realiza-
tion that they have to deal with a different Antilles now or at least with a different Bon-
aire. That is why I feel obliged to keep on contributing to this effort and to make sure we
will get a good deal from Holland. Negotiations will not be easy, but let us go for it
Finally I would like to say to the people of Bonaire: Let us now make good use of the
new and great opportunities which will certainly come our way. Let us not again waste
our chances to develop and uplift ourselves, as we have been doing during the past 50
years. Had the islands of the Antilles not quarreled so much among themselves and had
we made better use of our relationship with Holland, we could have progressed much
more than we have done.
But all that is water under the bridge! We must now all work seriously for Bonaire's
progress and for the advancement of mankind. Thus we will also contribute to the pro-
(Continued on page 14)

Bonaire Reporter- September 17 to 24, 2004

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a 0. U :THE Op-Ed PAGE


Recently we reported
that word, from reli-
able sources, was
that the shoreftont
Hausmann's Folly
house, previous
home to Chez Lucille
Restaurant, was to
be demolished to
make way for an
apartment building.
Here are more de-

Dear Editor:

"Well over 40
years ago our family purchased a seaside ruin no roof, walls broken down, no floor.
The family has never been able to explain, or just to mention a little, the disastrous
state of repair Folly was in.
It was my parents particularly my mother- because of her love of Bonaire and its
heritage who worked painstakingly for years to restore it to its former beauty with
fantastic gardens. I would be remiss if I didn't mention that Captain Don, who was at
Flamingo Beach, gave us a lot of advice and assistance in the restoration. The family
has never been able to get an exact history of the house and for what purpose it was
constructed (thought to be commercial, perhaps banking). What we do know is that
the house is well over 200 years old.
Frans Booi has made extensive research both here and in the Netherlands but has
not turned up any conclusive information. It took our family three years to purchase
the property as the deed circled the globe in search of the 73 required signatures.
Many of our present day politicians were born in Folly.
The Folly has been sold to investors in the Netherlands with the property changing
ownership in January 2005.
Initially plans were for an apartment complex on the property with the basha abou
(demolishing) of the existing buildings. However, the investors have become aware
of the historic value of the Folly and its sentimental value to the people of Bonaire.
At the present time I can only share that the investors are looking at alternatives for

the property which would preserve the original Folly house.
Only time will tell. Let us all remain optimistic and also recognize that the new Folly
owners are respectful of the Folly's place in the Bonairean culture. Perhaps it would be
productive to make the Bonairean concerns known to the investors.
I, too, feel great sadness in the "passing" of Folly. It was my home for over 25 years
and my family was raised there. I shall especially miss Ma Didi, our friendly ghost (well
documented), who, I suspect, is very active now looking out for her spiritual home. I
will keep The Bonaire Reporter informed as matters develop.
Petri Hausmann

Dear Editor:
I'm not sure if you will be printing a referendum voting article but when I voted (which
took all of 15 minutes from the time I left until I got back- point being the financial bur-
den of everyone having 4 hours off when business on Bonaire is tough as it is). Two
people were denied the right to vote in that short time I was there.
The government sent out a voting notice or "permission to vote slip" which had the
correct legal name and all the correct addresses, ID # etc. This notice had to be taken to
the polling station where a group of 4 people monitored what was happening. These 4
people also had a complete list of names which matched the notice. It clearly stated on
that notice that a form of ID must be presented which could be a sedula or a passport.
Upon arriving at the polling station one person was told that their sedula was out of date
even though they knew the person and that he had been on Bonaire for decades. His wife
was allowed to vote and she had the same year sedula.
The second person was told that they also needed their residency permit and she was
denied a vote until she presented it, so she did not vote at all. She also has been living
Bonaire for over 15 years and has permanent residency.
The point here is that if the government sent out a "permission to vote notice" and that
name appears on the voting roster, then the sedula or passport should have only been
used to identify that person and nothing more.
Again it clearly stated on the voting notice that a sedula or passport were needed and
nothing more.
This all occurred in the 5 minutes I was actually inside so I wonder how many others
had this same problem.

Bonaire Reporter- September 17 to 24, 2004

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3aeferenbum 3aesoultst


Option ballots vote%

A 853 16%

B 3182 59%

C 1290 24%

D 27 <1%

Total 5352

56% of the Electorate (9557)

T he majority of Bonaire's people
want to become more Dutch; or at
least to have equality with the social and
economic conditions of The Netherlands.
In the consultive Referendum held last Fri-
day, 10 September, almost 60% said they
wanted to have a "direct link" with Hol-
land and abandon the 50-year-long union
with the other five islands of the Nether-
lands Antilles. Every precinct
(stembureau) opted for B by a wide mar-
gin over the other choices. The second
most popular selection, for a status apart
similar to Aruba's, won 24% of the bal-
lots. Some 16% of the voters opted to
maintain existing ties with Curagao. Only
27 people (<1%0) wanted full independ-
ence. But what was loud and clear was
that with Options B and C combined,
84% rejected the interference of Curagao
in their affairs. While the results are not
legally binding, they place a moral obli-
gation on the island's leaders to join with
All the UN guidelines for a decisive
referendum were met. More than 50% of
the electorate voted and more than 50%
chose one of the options. It is a definitive
victory for the UPB party of Ramonsito
Booi who campaigned hard for the Option
B, direct link, choice. The turnout of only
56% of the island's eligible voters was dis-
appointing and below that of typical Island
Council elections.
With last week's decisive vote, Bonaire
became the second island territory of the
five-island constellation of the Netherlands

THE Definition from
REFERENDUM the Referendum
CHOICES Committee

A. Stay within Bonaire to remain
the Antilles part of the Nether-
lands Antilles
B. A direct link Bonaire to become
with Holland an integral part of
C. Autonomous Bonaire to become
country within the an autonomous
Kingdom country within the
Kingdom of the
(ASOSASHON KU E Netherlands
D. Independence Bonaire to become
from the Kingdom an independent state
of the Netherlands


Antilles that has voted to leave the group.
It joined St. Maarten, which in June 2000
voted to become a separate country within
the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Sometime in the next six months to a
year the remaining Antillean islands will
also hold similar referenda. If the results of
the first two referenda are duplicated, it
will send a clear signal to Holland that the
Netherlands Antilles, as structured today,
must be dismantled.
Today, however, the integration of Bon-
aire into Holland does not rank high on the
Dutch list of important "things to do."
Now that the people have spoken it is up to
Bonaire's leaders to move it up that list.
And when he succeeds, Senator Ramonsito
Booi, the man who led the drive for a di-
rect link with Holland, may go down in
history as the Father of the new Bonaire, as
did Betico Croes for Aruba. O G.D.

Independent D


Kejerenaum results postea at the rassengrann

27 February 1939 11 September 2004

S ne of Bonaire's musical giants passed
away last Saturday night after a long ill-
ness. Baldomero "Lanlan" Clarinda was the foun-
der, composer, musician, and singer of one of
Bonaire's most honored folk groups, Tipico Bon-
eriano. He was a true child of the ABC islands:
he passed his early years in Curagao, his school
years in Bonaire and worked in Aruba, as well, at
the refinery and as a blacksmith.
But when he returned to Bonaire he began a
career at LVV (Agricultural and Animal Service),
a career he was familiar with from working on the
kunuku of his grandfather, Janchi Clarinda. He
spent eight months in Israel as a representative of
the Bonaire Government, learning new soil tech-
niques which he applied after his return to Bon-
But Lanlan is best known as a musical com-
poser and musician. He was key in forming musi-
cal groups, first in Aruba in 1945, where his
group was made up mostly of Bonaireans. In Bonaire he formed the Caribbean Boys,
joined with the Tipiko Grasioso group of Antonio Valintijn. It evolved into the fa-
mous Tipiko Boneriano group about 45 years ago. His bad heart slowed him down
and he lived in Holland for his health for some years. Last year he returned to his
beloved Bonaire. 1


S Status S


Bonaire Reporter- September 17 to 24, 2004


Page 6

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
underwater (the Dive Inn house reef). Be-
cause of the high seas and powerful surge
from Hurricane Ivan there was a lot of
damage, mostly to piers on the waterfront
in this area. A lot of wood, debris and other
pier material were thrown on shore and on
the reef.
Dozens of people- tourists, local people,
Park Rangers, and Marine Park SCUBA
divers (who got a free air fill)-showed up
and worked so hard they more than filled
two dumpsters. Selibon had to make a cou-
ple of trips to empty all the trash.

Next year
Queen Beatrix will
celebrate 25 years
on the Dutch
throne. A National
Committee in Hol-
land is in charge of
the festivities, and
the Netherlands
Antilles is repre-
sented by Kingdom Council of State mem-
ber Gilbert Wawoe. The Antillean Govern-
ment recently signed an agreement with the
Dutch Orange Committee Foundation for
preparations and celebrations on the five
islands, in close cooperation with the island
governments and the National Committee,
which will make the necessary funds avail-

Building on the successes of the last
two windsurfing events, the PWA, in coop-
eration with the Bonaire Sailing Founda-
tion, has decided to re-schedule the Bon-
aire King of the Caribbean Freestyle
event to May 22-29, 2005. Bonaire, until
recently, was an undiscovered windsurfing
paradise, offering incredible sailing condi-
tions on crystal clear turquoise waters. In

2002, the Bonaire King of the Caribbean
became the first PWA Windsurfing event
on the island, catapulting the beautiful
venue to the forefront of the windsurfing
community. The 2003 event once again
made for an unforgettable finale to the
Freestyle tour with superb conditions.
The decision to move the dates will en-
sure the future of what has become one of
the strongest events on the PWA Calendar.
Lac Bay, where the event is held, has in-
deed enjoyed excellent Freestyle conditions
during previous year's contests, but the
December winds are not as reliable as
May's. Winds during May are traditionally
4-5 knots stronger than in December.
For further information contact
info @pwaworldtour.com or
ann@bonairewindsurfing. com.

A Hurricane forecaster William Gray
says there will be five named storms this
month, that two of them will become ma-
jor hurricanes and that the other three will
become hurricanes. Tropical Storm Ivan is
considered the first of five named storms
Gray forecasts for this September. As we
go to press another tropical storm, Jeanne,
is passing through the north Caribbean.
Gray had downgraded his forecast in
early August from 14 to 13 named storms
for the 2004 hurricane season.
However, Gray now expects a more ac-
tive season than he had predicted earlier.
He was reported as saying that the month
of August represented a near record for
high activity, that September will continue
the pattern, but that there will be below-
average activity in October. To date the
Atlantic Hurricane Season has seen the for-
mation of nine named storms. Gray said in
his latest forecast that he expects the cur-
rent season to be "the eighth of the last 10
seasons that have had hurricane activity

much above the last 55 year average and
above that of the quarter century period of

become something of a novelty in this is-
land nation since the country's Environ-
mental Protection Administration (EPA)
implemented tough restrictions namely,

A It's not often that an Asian country large fines against businesses that give
beats out the West with progressive envi- away plastic bags, utensils, and Styro-
ronmental policy. Yet that's just what Tai- foam and plastic food containers. Maybe
wan has done, with regulations that have Bonaire can try it too?
dramatically reduced use of what many
consider a scourge the plastic bag, the A If you want to understand more about
unofficial flag of Bonaire. Long has it differences in raising children now and in
waved from our cactus.. years past be sure to read the Living Treas-
Single-use plastics, so ubiquitous in mod- ures article on page 17. Ebo Domacasse
em life and so prevalent across Asia, have explains it clearly and simply. o G./L.D.

Bonaire Reporter- September 17 to 24, 2004

Page 7



t was wonderful to have the local
fishing tournament back as an
annual event. The gathering of fami-
lies to spend the day fishing is a
flashback to old times. And all the fish
caught are consumed, even the marlin
which is smoked; none are reef fish;
sharks or tarpon are not permitted to
be caught. Hook and line are used and
the methods have proven sustainable
over the years. If only the big com-
mercial boats did the same. Prizes
consist of fishing gear, safety stuff and
other equipment invaluable to fisher-
men. The photos capture some of the
spirit of the event. O G.D.

Weight and number of fish
12 Big boats-4622 kg., 268 fish
28 Small boats-4021/ kg., 239 fish
Total-864 kg., 507 fish
Overall Winner:

Weight 1. CHICHI RO
Quantity 1. HUNTER GIK
Heaviest fish 1. CHICHI RO

"Pot" winners: Small boats
Big Boats

Bonaire Reporter- September 17 to 24, 2004

Page 8


A New Industry

A bout a hundred years ago one of
the foremost activities on Bonaire
was boat building. From small skiffs to
freight-carrying schooners, Bonaire's boat
builders were admired for the quality of
their craft. During the last century the
practice was abandoned and today only a
handful of Bonaireans can build boats. But
boats have changed too. Technology is very
much in the picture, and boating technology
is what a proposed new industry for Bonaire
is all about.
Niek Sandman (see The Bonaire Reporter,
On the Island Since, 6 September 2002), a
Dutchman living on Bonaire, is a developer
and investor. Among his Bonaire assets are
Danielo Bowling, E WoWo Disco, Es-
merelda Resort and BonairExel. He's a
wealthy man, and like many wealthy men
before him, can afford a mega yacht. Bo-
naireans are familiar with mega yachts. Our
harbors always seem to have one or more
visiting. Mr. Sandman's yacht, now under
construction in Amsterdam, will be a stand-
out. Although most details are secret it will
be a sailing yacht about 48m. (160 ft.) long
with a 62m. (205 ft.) high mast! The boat is
scheduled for launching in the spring of
While the cost of the yacht has not been
published, it's estimated to top 30 million
euros. The mast alone costs 1.2 million eu-
ros (NAf2.5 million). And that's the start
of the story of how Bonaire is getting into
the high-tech mast making business.
It appeared that the company in Majorca
building the special mast for the Sandman
yacht, which will be named BonairRig, was
going out of business, and with it the hopes
that the yacht could be completed on sched-
ule, evaporated.
The mast is not like what we've seen on
other sailing yachts. For starters it is made
of a carbon fiber laminate. Pound for pound
carbon fiber is 100 times stronger that the
strongest mast-making metal. And lightness

and strength is all-important because the
mast is to soar more than 20 stories into the
air without bracing... no wires will be nec-
essary to support it. It will be stepped on
the keel of the yacht and emerge from the
deck 5 m. (16 ft.) above. From there it will
soar to twice the height of the steeple of the
Catholic Church in Kralendijk. And that's
not all. It must support the driving force
provided by sails 112 the size of a football
field. It weighs 12,100 lbs. (5,500 kgs.), but
if made of steel it would be over 220,000
lbs. (100,000 kg.) Other innovations to the
boom and rig will allow a much smaller
crew than usually needed to handle a sailing
yacht this size.

In addi-
tion to
the mast
he hired
to learn
craft. It Making the meg
didn't take Do you recognize Bonai
long for
them to become productive workers along-
side the New Zealanders who were already
experts. They are under the guidance of
Englishman Tony Smith, an acknowledged
yacht-building expert who was on Bonaire
for the announcement of the project. He
gained experience as part of the team that
put together the thoroughbred racing yachts
Play Station and Prada. Tony says that

gayacht mast in Amsterdam.
re sailor "Yellowman" in the center?

ing operation will be conducted in Bon-
aire's "Economic Zone." That means that
there will be no customs duty applicable to
imports and exports of the materials re-
quired to build the masts or the mast them-
selves. Fifteen men will be hired to do the
work. It will be the first time in a half-
century that Bonaireans will be involved
again in building large sailboats. A tradition
will be reborn n CrG.

Niek Sandman,
the man behind the mast

To keep on schedule Niek Sandman
bought the mast making company and relo-
cated it to Zaandam, The Netherlands. He
also thought that if things worked out, the
mast making technology and workforce
could be transferred to Bonaire and smaller
versions of the mast produced on the island.

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
9-17 14:48 1.6FT. 23:54 1.1FT. 92
9-18 1:20 1.OFT. 15:48 1.7FT. 89
9-19 2:20 0.9FT. 16:48 1.8FT. 82
9-20 3:07 0.8FT. 17:50 1.9FT. 74
9-21 3:52 0.7FT. 18:46 2.0FT. 65
9-22 4:28 0.7FT. 19:43 2.0FT. 58
9-23 5:08 0.8FT. 20:33 2.0FT. 56
9-24 5:43 0.8FT. 21:29 2.0FT. 61

3T Guaicamar I, Venezuela. Rumbacon
Abu Dai Honalee Sandpiper, USA
Angie Macaby, Netherlands Santa Maria, Sweden
Alegria, USA Maggie Scintilla, Germany
Alaluya Makai Side by Side
Aleria Marathon Sirius
Aurora Marina Em Sojourner
Avatar, USA Marnel IV Southern Cross
Bright Sea Misty Blue Starlight Dancer
Camissa, Chan Is. My Dream Israel Sylvia K
Camperdown Natural Selection, USA Sylvistre
Cape Kathryn Nonesuch, USVI Ti Amo, USA
Chacuco Nut N Honey Too pfarr out
Cop Out One Way Wind TopCat
Delphinius Ottifant Tothill
El Sabor Pamela Jean Ty Dewi, USA
Escapade Pastime Tween
Fan-Fan Polecat Ulu Ulu, USA
Flying Cloud, USA Pomona Unicorn, Norway
Frajola Pow Wow Varedhuni, Germany
Gatsby, USA Precocious Gale, USA Windmiller, Canada
Gonzo II Revid Ya-T, BVI
Grey Lady Reward Zahi, Malta
Bonaire Reporter- September 17 to 24, 2004

Page 9

Hurricane Ivan is old news in Bon-
aire this week but big news in
America. On September 8th the killer storm
took a twist to the north just before reach-
ing the island, saving it from the fate of
Granada, Jamaica and The Caymans. A
few inches of rain and brief gale force
winds were experienced on land. The
shore on all coasts took a battering as the
position of the storm moved relative to the
island of Bonaire.
We were able to follow the path of the
storm using Buys Ballot's Law* and the
satellite animations on the Intemet (http://

Hurricane Ivan approaches Bonaire
at 4:30pm Wednesday

www.ssd.noaa.gov/PS/TROP/DATA/RT/ isolated to the shore areas. The eye of Hur-
watl-ir4-loop.html). What a relief to see ricane Ivan passed 60 miles to the north-
that as Hurricane Ivan approached Bonaire east. It was a full fledged, category 4
its course deviated northward. But it was storm when it neared Bonaire. The island
most frightening to see the storm grow in last dealt with a major storm in 1996 when
size and intensity as it passed Bonaire to Cesar developed just north of the island,
the north. growing into a category 1 hurricane only
days later. (Swells from Hurricane Lenny
Bonaire handily weathered its closest in 1999 damaged some of Bonaire's reefs
encounter with a hurricane in almost a dec- but was 350 miles away.)
ade with some coastal destruction but its Aruba, Bonaire and Curagao are on the
infrastructure intact. Severe damage was southern fringes of the hurricane belt, but


they are not totally outside that belt as
many think. History says that roughly once
every 100 years considerable damage is
caused by tropical cyclones passing near
the islands.
Storm preparations, while rarely done,
were well organized. Officials declared a
Hurricane Warning early Wednesday
morning. Airlines BonairExel, DCA and
KLM cancelled all flights to the island.
Disaster services were mobilized at 8 am.
Most business closed by noon. A storm
hotline was announced. Shelters were
opened in all of the barios. Yachts and
local boats sheltered in the two protected
marinas on the island and Lac Bay. The
harbor anchorage was empty by mid-
morning and streets were deserted. Down-
town shops had their windows boarded
and taped. Some seaside areas were evacu-
ated. A curfew was in force.
Because of expected high water in down-
town areas, electrical power was shut
down to some sections. It was restored in
the morning after the storm winds passed
and the tide receded.
As Ivan moved closer to the island, it took
a slight turn to the north. The new course,
further away, is what saved Bonaire from
more serious wind damage, but magnified
the impact of the battering seas as the new
angle further exposed the built-up western
shoreline. The storm effects peaked be-
tween 5 and 7 pm. The great majority of
the damage was caused by waves which
washed over seawalls and shorefront
buildings. The highest wind gusts were
clocked in the 50 knot (60 mph) range, but
the sea spray often exceeded 15 m (50 ft)

high. The high seas continued into Thurs-
day, battering the southwest coast most of
all. Rainfall was intermittent and did not
exceed two inches in most areas. No inju-
ries were reported, except for a man who
fell from his roof while cutting branches
clear just before the storm. There was sig-
nificant damage to shorefront homes and
beach structures in the southern Belnem
residential area. The most seaward of the
"snacks" at Lac Kai was flattened. Flood-
ing in Rincon caused some people to
evacuate their homes. The roof in the new
hospital building leaked badly. Nukove
beach is gone. All coasts had beach ero-
sion; roads and shops adjacent to the shore
were swamped.
On Thursday morning businesses and
shops reopened and people returned to
their shorefront homes as Hurricane Ivan

The mess at Lighthouse Beach

spun away from the ABC Islands. Cleanup
began immediately.
Aruba was not so lucky; the day after the
hurricane passed a backlash rain band
(Continued on page 11)

Bonaire Reporter- September 17 to 24, 2004

Spray breaks over the Spelonk lighthouse before the arrival of Ivan

Page 10

(Continued from page 10)
flooded the island
There are reports
of damage in the
tens of millions.
As far as we know,
there were no hu-
man casualties but
9,000 chickens

All dive opera-
tions were back in
action on the .B # ;
weekend. Despite
some early reports, The Fisherman's Pier broke up when the supports broke
Buddy Dive Resort off the rusted bases. The bases were relatively new.
Bonaire did not
lose its dock. In
fact, after inspec-
tion and repair, it reopened on Tues-

"Free Upgrade to Unlimited Boat
Dives" special offer was even extended
from November 27th through Decem-
ber 26th, 2004.
Lots of coral rubble has been washed
ashore and there is damage between r r
the shoreline to the drop off in many
areas. We observed an underwater Cleaning up the waterfront on the
video made in the Barkadera area morning after
shortly after Ivan passed (available on-
line at http://video.blennylips.com/
IvanAftermath.wmv with the following coral rubble, mostly dead coral and man-
observations: made debris littering the bottom in the
Visibility was good, there were the usual shallow areas. Pier pilings remained verti-
numbers of fish, and there was a lot of cal. Elkhorn and fire coral were standing

Although there have been no reports of significant damage to coral below 20
ft. (6m.), Jessie Armacost [jessinbonaire@telbonet.an], coordinator for the
Bonaire National Marine Park volunteers, has asked divers to complete the
form below and return it to her or to Marine Park H.Q.

Dive site Date Assessed
Depth of damage
% of corals damaged at that depth %
Type of damage. Check all that apply:
excessive amounts of sand on the corals
corals turned over
corals broken apart
live corals washed ashore
rock washed ashore
__ gorgonians (soft corals) washed away
sponges gone

Describe damage

Other information

L __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ _

but the tips were broken off. In the deeper
water the water was clearer and the coral
looked good. There was some sand cover-
ing some formations (But according to
other reports the corals were clearing
themselves of the sand.).
At Oil Slick Leap the ladder was still in
place. In fact all the ladders build by Bot-
terop Construction ("bcb," a Bonaire Re-
porter advertiser) survived the storm.
There are new beaches on the south of
Klein Bonaire and the east coast south of
Sea Hatch (see, Playa Ivan, Opinion sec-

tion, page 4). 1

*BUYS BALLOT'S LAW, in meteorology, the
name given to a law which may be expressed as
follows: Stand with your back to the wind; the low-
pressure area will be on your left hand. It is ap-
proximately true in the higher latitudes of the
Northern Hemisphere, and is reversed in the South-
ern Hemisphere, but the angle between. barometric
gradient and wind is an approximate right angle in
low latitudes, like Bonaire's. The law takes its
name from C. H. D. Buys Ballott, a Dutch meteor-
ologist, who published it in the Comptes rendus,
November 1857.

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Oceanfront, fur-
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WANTED: (The services of) a Sia-
mese male cat for our female one.
Fam. Jonkman. Tel. 717-2006

' h E

M om "Elta" was
brought into
the Shelter with her
four kittens (Randy,
Roy, Ryan and Rita.
Randy and Roy were
Pets of the Week re-
cently). She is consid-
ered such an important
personage that she was
given the assignment of
guarding the Shelter's
supply of dog food!
Now that's an honor
and a responsibility.
Elta is a very coopera-
tive and sweet person-
ality who's so sweet.
She and her kittens
came from a family that had children, so
she's used to being handled and she's
not in the least skittish. Elta is about a
year and a half and will be sterilized. If
you want a loving, appreciative pet
who's ready to go, health and personal-
ity wise, see Elta. The Bonaire Animal
Shelter on the Lagoen Road is open
Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm,
Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989.
Do you love dogs and cats, puppies
and kittens and have a little extra time

on your hands? Then why not do some-
thing fun for yourself and those pets and
volunteer at the Shelter. If you wonder
whether you'd be welcome just check
out all the wagging tails and happy me-
ows when you show up! Give them a
call at 717-4989. You can pretty much
pick your own hours.
Note: Because of the Sterilization Pro-
gram the Shelter's Boarding will be
closed from October 11 to 30. OL.D.

Bonaire Reporter- September 17 to 24, 2004


OCTOBER 18 to 30.

Animal Shelter's Community-wide Program

Tell Your Neighbors!


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OI c) 0 E-iS IP4ML

0 The fruit and vegetable stand used by the Venezuelans on the seaside
that was once the site of a local fish market has a new name. It's
now called "Plasa di Machi Mimi, named after the legendaryfish
seller, Machi Mimi (Bernabd Dominga Everts 1892-1986).
Shown in the cover photo is Machi Mimi's 97-year-old sister, Mathilda Chrinio,
with her daughters, Felicia Chirino and Erna M. Chirino. Mathilda is the last of
Machi's siblings who consisted of two brothers and five sisters. Following is a
story written by Boi Antoin about the Plasa when its future was uncertain last
year. There had been a possibility of its being turned into another seaside bar, but
after a public outcry, the danger has passed and the Plasa now as a new name.

BernablbDc~rning EvErrt
1892 -19 -I

B onaire is an island which has
always been known for its fish.
Some were even exported to Curaqao.
Fishermen lived in every neighborhood
on the island. They were men who went
to sea very early to hunt for their daily
bread, many times under difficult circum-
In earlier times the fishermen went out in
rowboats, but those with a little more
money had sailboats. However, when mo-
tors became available, nearly all the fish-
ing boats had one.
Fishermen who returned from a day of
fishing sold their fish where they tied up
or pulled their boats onto the shore. Peo-
ple who wanted to buy fish came to those
seaside sites so they could choose the best
fish. What was left over, the fishermen
took home.
The Engelhart family of Playa Pabou had
their own place where they sold fish. It
was in a lean-to located more or less
where Zeezicht is now. There, Magri Eng-
elhart, the wife of Shon Jan Engelhart,
sold fish as long as her husband and the
other fishermen could supply them. This
was the first "Fish Plasa" in Bonaire.
In 1935, Johan M. Statius van Eps be-
came the Lt. Governor of Bonaire. He
was known as an energetic government
official, and during his tenure, from 1935
to 1939, he worked towards getting a pub-
lic plasa where fish could be sold. Statius

Machi Mimi's 97-year-old sister,
Mathilda Chrinio, with Commis-
sioner Jonchi Dortalina
van Eps himself designed the building
which some people labeled Greek archi-
tecture while others who saw it thought it
had the elements of a Chinese design.
The Plasa, once it got established, be-
came one of the most important places in
Playa. Having the Plasa made it easier for
the fishermen from Playa and Antriol be-
cause now there was a central place where

he slipway by the south pier is th
newest one built on the island, ai
recently there was a ceremony to give it
its official name. It's now called the "M
D6 Slipway," in honor of Mo D6 Marti-
nes of Playa Pariba. Mo D6 was the re-
nowned and respected master fisherman
who was a big influence on his fellow
fishermen and family, especially his
grandson, Elvis "Piskechi" Martines,

they could bring their fish for sale. A fish-
erman could sell his catch to a salesman
located at the Plasa and get payment
based on the quantity of fish that he sold.
The salesman also sliced the fish for the
buyers after the fishermen had scaled and
cleaned the fish which they brought there
that day.
Often the boats arrived at the Plasa, one
right after another, between 11 and 12
noon. Who came in first depended on
what time the fisherman went to sea and if
the fishing went well. By noon the fish
were usually sold out. Except during its
declining days, the fish sellers at the Plasa
were always women. One of the women
who without a doubt left her stamp on
the Plasa was known as Machi Mimi.
The Plasa wasn't only a place for selling

ie who is well known in his own right as the
id windsurfing "godfather." Elvis was
raised and taught by Mo D6.
o According to Elvis' sister, Liesje
Saragoza, Playa Pariba was a real family
neighborhood, many of whom got their
living from the sea. Some of the family
names along with Martines, were Diaz,
Booi, Boekhoudt and Marchena. OL.D.

fish. It was also a place where notices
were posted which were of interest to the
community. In those days there were no
newspapers, radio or television. So the
Plasa became an important source of news
and gossip for the entire Bonairean com-
About 20 years ago interest in selling
fish at the Plasa started to disappear. After
the death of the legendary Machi Mimi
others attempted to sell fish at the Plasa.
There was Chirino Silberie and later a
grandchild of Machi Mimi, Egon (Choy)
Evertsz, but no one could be successful.
Eventually the Plasa became a place
where fruits and vegetables imported
from Venezuela are sold.
Story by BWi Antoin, translation by
Laura DeSalvo

Bonaire Reporter- September 17 to 24, 2004

Dedication of the Mo De Slipway with Mo De's family

Page 13

Opinion (Continued from page 4)
gress of the other islands. The breakup of the Antilles is now an irreversible fact but not
one done out of malice. We wish the other islands well; but we simply have to take
charge of our own future now. There never was any other motive behind this. We will
always maintain fraternal ties with the other islands and Curagao will always remain our
"sister island." 1
Michiel Bijkerk
Michiel Bijkerk is a well known Bonaire attorney who advised the government ofBon-
aire on the course towards the just-completed Referendum. His story appeared in "On
the Island Since" in the September 12-19, 2003 issue ofThe Bonaire Reporter. Ed.

Michiel Bijkerk

2004 The Bonaire Reporter
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in The Bonaire Reporter, phone (599) 717-8988, 791-7252, fax 717-8988, E-
mail to: Reporter@bonairenews.com The Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo,
Publisher. Laura DeSalvo, Editor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6;
Bonaire, Neth. Antilles. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com
Reporters: B6i Antoin, Michiel Bijkerk, Imre Esser, Petri Hausmann, Jack Hork-
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New! Usually 9:00pm
White Chicks
(Shawn and Marion
Early Show (usually 7pm)
King Arthur
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75
SATURDAY 4 PM Two Brothers
King Arthur

Until September 25, at Cinnamon Art
Gallery an exhibition of "Nochi" Cof-
fie's works.

Saturday, September 18-Clean Up
the World-Selibon and Fundashon
Tene Boneiru Limpi. Tel. 717-8159.

Tuesday, September 28-NEW DATE-
RAISING DINNER, Chez Nous, at 7
pm. To help send four students to study
cuisine in Italy for 4 weeks. Call for res-
ervations 717-8120.
October 3-10-37th Annual Bonaire
International Sailing Regatta

Wednesday, October 6-Bonaire Re-
gatta Run/Walk, 5 km, 5 pm, spon-
sored by Comcabon. Tel. Richard Piet-
ersz at 717-8629 to sign up.

Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while
enjoying a great dinner in colorful tropi-
cal ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Res-
taurant & 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, So-
cial Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per
person. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisa-
beth 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 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
Marshes opens at 6 am 2 pm. Enjoy a
Bonairean breakfast while you shop:
fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts, local
sweets and snacks, arts and handicrafts,
candles, incense, drinks and music.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Au-
thentic Bonairean kunuku. $12 (NAf12
for Bonaire residents). Tel 717-8489,
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is
open daily for hot slot machines, rou-
lette and black jack, Monday to Satur-
day 8 pm- 4 am and Sunday 7 pm- 3

Sunday- Discover Our Diversity Slide
Show, Buddy Dive at the pool bar, 7 pm
Wednesdays (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conser-
vation Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib
Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Presen-
tation by the Toucan Dive Shop at the
Plaza's Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.
Friday- The Captain Don Show- Con-
versation, fun, yarns, a few slides. Guar-
anteed 85% true. Aquarius Conference
Room. Captain Don's Habitat 8:30 pm
Tel. 717-8290

The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Vala-
rie Stimpson at 785-3451 or Val-
nie @telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to
help staff gallery during the day. Con-
tact Wendy Horn, at 717-3902 or 785-
Bonaire National Marine Park- 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 7174303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child

Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Delno
Tromp, 717-7659

AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at
the Union Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank and next to
Kooyman's. All levels invited NAf5 ently
fee. Call Cathy 5664056.
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 Tues-
day, 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

Mangazina di Rei,Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse" while learning
about Bonaire's history and culture and visit
typical homes from the 17th century. Daily.
Call 7174060 or 790-2018
Go to the source. Visit the Bonaire Museum
on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the Catholic
Church in town. Open weekdays from 8 am-
noon, 1:30-5 pm Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 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 musi-
Rincon Marshe- every Saturday 6 am
to 3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's his-
toric 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 reserve.
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-
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papia-
mentu, Dutch and English on Sundays
at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting

Lecture organized by the
Rosicrucian Order AMORC in
Jeugdhuis Jong Bonaire

W hat is the source of the silent
voice from within? Intuition and
inspiration are not merely mechanistic
processes of the subconscious. Attunement
of the mind is not limited to communica-
tion with other human beings. If the uni-
verse is orderly, then it is conscious. If it is
conscious, it is intelligent. This Universal
Intelligence need not be just an occasional
sudden flash of ideas into the conscious
mind. You can call it forth at will you
can unlock it when most needed and be
the recipient of the enlightenment it pro-
vides. The Rosicrucian Order AMORC, an
international non-profit organization, can
help you explore these topics. On 24 Sep-
tember 2004 the Bonairean section of
AMORC, the foundation Parthenon
AMORC Bonaire, organizes a public lec-
ture on some aspects of the Rosicrucian
philosophy. The lecture is entitled:
'Verlichting is verplicht-
ing' (Enlightenment entails obligation)
and will be held by Mr. Michiel Bijkerk.
The lecture will be in Dutch, but anybody
should feel free to ask questions or join in
the discussion in English or Papiamentu.
The lecture starts at 7 o'clock on 24 Sep-
tember 2004 in one of the rooms of
Jeugdhuis Jong Bonaire. The evening will
end before 11 o'clock. Anyone interested,
is welcome. Entrance is free. O M.B.

and Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonk-
man. 717-2006
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 Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm
in Papiamentu 717-8304 Saturday at 6
pm at Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol,
in English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sun-
day 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.

Send events to The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
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Ebo and Suzy with grandchildren
Kevin, Mary Ann and Melissa
C { hildren nowadays have much
more time on their hands than
we ever had. I know you can't compare
the situation now to how it was in the old
days, but we certainly had some good
things that we could introduce and use
again. In our time we had the friars and
they taught us discipline after school
through scouting and sea scouting. With
the scouts, under the guidance of Friar
Franciscus and Friar Calito Nicolaas, we
went camping in Washington Park; we
went mountaineering; we played games -
all sorts of things. Friar Benno was with
the sea scouts and he taught us how to
sail, to row, to swim, to make knots and
how to use a compass. We were the first
sea scouts of Bonaire and we learned a lot
from these people.
I've been everywhere in the Caribbean
and I haven't seen a bay as beautiful as
Bonaire's and I feel sorry, because we're
not using it. Children nowadays simply
don't have a clue what fun it can be to be
out at sea and to learn about the winds
and the currents and how to handle a boat
and the sense of great freedom that it
gives you.
In my time we respected the old people
and it was for a reason, because every-
thing I know now is what they taught me.
I don't want to brag, but my grandfather
was one of the best fishermen of Bonaire.
He had his own boats and nets; he fished
the waters of Bonaire, Curagao and
Aruba; and he was independent. My fa-
ther built big fishing boats. We use to row
to Klein Bonaire to look for suitable trees.
He taught me how to cut them and how to
saw the wood. The Bonaireans should be
proud of their ancestors. We had captains,
pilots and boat builders; we had knowl-
edge and a lot of capabilities! Where did
it all go?
The future is in the hands of our chil-
dren, but somehow I feel there is no
strong leadership to guide them. There are
volunteers, and some of them mean well
and work hard, but there's also a group of
people who want to have fun themselves,
who are not doing it for the children but
for their own benefit. We need these vol-

unteers, but they should be more respon-
sible because we leave the children in
their hands.
I spend a lot of time on the waterfront
at Playa Pabou and I see the good works
Artie de Vries is doing with his Sunfish
Club, but he can't do it alone. A funny
thing I noticed is that when the Dutch
people take their children to sail they stay
with them and help them carry the boats
etc. Sad to say, but the majority of the
Antillean people just drop their children
off and disappear, so they'll never know
what their children are doing there. Why
don't they spend some time with them?
My father taught me how to make the
micro-boats. We went to the east coast to
look for wood, then he'd help me put it
together, then later I'd go swimming with
my little boat. You have to do something
together with your children and enjoy
doing it. It doesn't take a lot, but it does
make a big difference.

"I want to wake up the
people. We have to
change parents, society
and government we
have to invest in our chil-
dren. Let them play and
learn about the sea in this
beautiful bay we have.
Give them professional
teachers to instruct and
motivate them. Let them
be proud of themselves
and their island."

Captain Don and I started the dive in-
dustry on Bonaire. Now there are about
20 dive shops. The people who worked
for Captain Don and me were Bonaireans.
Now there are only a few local people
working at Habitat. I don't want to put the
blame on anybody people came to make
money here but I find they could do
something for the island in return. In the
old days, before we went diving, we took
the children to Klein Bonaire and then
picked them up on our way back. Why
don't the dive shops do things like that
now for our youngsters? They could do
something when business is slow: organ-
ize a snorkel trip, teach them how to dive
or go with them to Klein Bonaire. Why
not? We did it! Then we were poor and
we did it. Now there is money and no-
body does it." He laughs.
"They're teaching children how to
swim in a pool in Antriol nowadays -
good for the people who own the pool,
but what's wrong with the sea? The sea's
more hygienic and the water is nicer. An-
other aspect is that once they learn to
swim in a pool they're afraid to swim in
the sea; they think they will be eaten by a

Ibo Domacasse is a
wise old man; afather, a
grandfather and a great-
grandfather. Together
with his second wife,
Suzy Mayer, he's taking
care of three grandchil-
dren who are living with
them and their mother in
one house. It's not an
easy job at their age, as
the mother of the chil-
dren is working afull
time job. Suzy and bo
are cooking, cleaning,
doing the laundry and
the shopping and they
are raising Kevin, who 's
12 and at SGB, Mary
Ann, who's 10 and in the
fifth grade, and Melissa,
who 's seven and in the
second grade. So, iflbo
(80) is talking about his
concerns about Bon-
aire's children... he
knows what he 's talking
"My problem, he Ebo Domacas
continues, "is that the child, dive mast
Government and the aire), Leo (2"d,
people of Bonaire are to government
not doing enough to save (7th, tennis coac
the children. What can (4h, SGB teach
we do? It can't go on secretary at S.E
like this. It's going from Rolando (5th), I
bad to worse. I love chil-
dren. With Kevin we're going through a
tough time. He's a good boy and I'll
never give up on him, but sometimes I
don't know how to handle him. He's been
with us all his life. He needs me, but I
need him too. He comes home from
school at one o'clock and he has the
whole afternoon to himself. He doesn't
know what to do. He sits in front of the
TV, gets impatient. I bought him a boat
and when he's out sailing he's happy be-
cause he knows what he's doing. He's a
real good guy, you know. He likes to help
me and I'll do anything for him; he's like
my own child. But sometimes I look at
him, observe him, and I feel that he thinks
that we're old and silly, that we don't
know anything. But even though we did-
n't grow up with TV and all the knowl-
edge it gives you, we've grown too.
When I raised my own children, to me
their study was number one. Number two
was scouting. And thank God, they all did
well. I went to school till the seventh
grade. I was the eldest child, and without
a scholarship there was no chance to
study. I had to work to provide for the
other eight children. My father was very
strict and my mother was a very special
person who gave away everything she
owned to other people; that was her great-
est joy in life. When she died I felt as
though I was choking; I loved her so
much and she loved me. Till this day I
pray for her every night."
He smiles and he'sjust beautiful sitting
there on the table with his red painted

isd surrounded by his children: Jopie (8th
'er), Herbert (eldest, Lt. Governor ofBon-
airport managerfor 30 years, now advisor
on airport and aviation matters), Robert
rh), Arthur (6th, government advisor), Rudy
er, tennis pro), Caroline (9th, administrative
.K.). Two other children, Carlos (3rd) and
ive in Holland.

fingernails and toes, granddaughter
Melissa's piece of art. "The old people I
knew didn't have an education, but they
had something we don't have any more:
they were satisfied. I've done so many
things, I've been to so many places, I've
met so many people, good and bad ones,
and I find it a pity that everything I've
experienced will get lost. But on the other
hand, I'm happy I'm still alive."
There's ruckus at the door and a whole
bunch of children rush into the house.
They kiss their grandmother and then they
bury their grandfather with hundreds of
kisses and big, long hugs. Then they go to
the kitchen, return with a plate offood
and start talking. Ibo glows:
"I want to wake up the people. We have
to change: parents, society and govern-
ment; we have to invest in our children.
Let them play and learn about the sea in
this beautiful bay we have. Give them
professional teachers to instruct and moti-
vate them. Let them be proud of them-
selves and their island. I just want to
wake up the peo-
ple; I'm not Mr.
know-it-all, but
we all say we
love Bonaire... if
that's so, we have
to do some-
thing... together!
KO Greta

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t pleases me to start writing this
article about how lucky we have
been with how little damage was caused
on the island by Hurricane Ivan! A week
like last week makes me realize once
more that we are living on a tropical
island surrounded by the sea and that we
should never forget what could happen.
As we and others strive to make lush
and green gardens along the seaside it is
very wise to consider things like Ivan
can easily happen.
I think most of the damage done by
Ivan will be on plants. The part of Bon- S
aire most affected was probably Punt o
Vierkant at Belnem. But a lot of other
gardens on the seaside also had a lot of
salt spray. Maybe I can advise you a bit
about what to do in a case like this.

The first thing to do is to wash off as
much of the salt as you can, the sooner, the
better. You can do this several times. It's
also very wise to turn on your irrigation sys-
tem if you have one, and if you don't, give
the plants a lot of sweet water, even if it has
rained a lot. The sooner the salt leaves the
soil, the better.
It's not such a good idea to start prun-
ing the burned branches and leaves right
away because you might get more salt spray,
and in the beginning you can't really see
what is burned and what isn't. So it's better
to wait a few days, then start cutting off the
burned branches.
This is also a good time to look around
and see which plants can stand some salt
spray and which plants aren't so good to be
planted on the seaside close to the water.

Salt spray damage from Hurricane Ivan on
nce luxurious Bougainvillea 75 m from the
sea and 15 m. above it.

Here are some really good plants and trees
that wont' have too many problems with salt
spray. Most of the palms like the Coconut,
Washingtonia, Date palms and Trinax are
okay. Shrubs like the Sea grape, Silver
and Green Buttonwood and the Coco
plum will do fine. But the best of all I think
is the Scaevola. Its English name says it all:
Beach Berry. This is a very beautiful ever-
green shrub with little white flowers.
And of course I have to mention which
plants are very vulnerable to salt spray.
Everywhere the Texas Sage, Ficus and
Bougainvillea are showing burned leaves
and branches. Also some semi-local trees
like the Flamboyant and Karawara are
having a lot of problems. The palm that
doesn't like salt at all is the Manila palm, so
be careful not to plant this one close to the
So, if you have salt spray damage, spray
your plants with fresh water, wait a few

Ap van Eldik owns Green Label Landscaping, a company that designs, constructs and main-
tains 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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Island Council-
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to bring The Bon-
aire Reporter
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went on a family
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Pierro got married
in Cuba on Mon-
day 21st of June to

From left to
right: Piet Cicilia,
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Escalante, Ed-
ward Thielman and Olivia Thielman. This picture was taken by Pierro Cicilia, son of
Piet and Olivia.

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days before cutting them, and keep on add-
ing fresh water, but not too much because
then the roots can start rotting.
And, last but not least, wait a few weeks
before adding fertilizer. The salt in the soil
will make crystals around the roots and the
roots won't be able to absorb the nutri-

ents. To explain how this works will be too
technical, but after waiting it's highly rec-
ommended to add some friendly fertilizer
like Miracle Grow or Peters. This will give
the plants a new boost, and before you know
it everything will look even nicer than it did
before! Good Luck. O Ap van Eldik

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*to find it, just look up

Next Week's
Autumnal Equinox:
What It's Really All
About and One
Very Obvious Effect
It Will Have on You

N ext week, on
Wednesday Sep-
tember 22, at precisely
12:30 pm EDT and Bon-
aire time, the Autumnal
Equinox will occur, which
means that at that moment
in time autumn officially
begins for the northern
hemisphere. But what
really is the Autumnal
Equinox? And what obvi-
ous effect on that day can
you notice? Let me show


The Autumnal Equinox signals the end of the sum-
mer months and the beginning of winter. At this time
of year, days have been shortening since the Summer
Solstice some three months earlier. The Equinox is the
point where nights reach the same length as days. Af-
ter this point, the Sun will shine lower and lower on
the horizon until the Winter Solstice in about three
months' time.

The word equinox comes from the Latin words equi and nox. Equi means equal and
nox means night. That means that on the two days of the equinoxes, the Autumnal
Equinox and the Spring Equinox, the hours of night are equal to the hours of daylight
because these are the two days when the Sun, on its yearly journey against the back-
ground of stars, crosses an imaginary line we call the Celestial Equator. One crossing
marks the first day of spring and the other marks the first day of autumn.
You see if you watch the Sun rise on the first day of spring you will notice that it
rises exactly due east. However, if you watch the Sun rise each successive day you will
notice that it will rise a little bit farther north of east each successive day until it
reaches its farthest point northeast on the first day of summer, the Summer Solstice.
After which it will back up and retrace its path, rising a little bit less north of east each
successive day until on the first day of autumn, the Autumnal Equinox, when it will
once again rise due east. After that it will rise a little bit farther south of due east each
successive day until on the first day of winter, the Winter Solstice it will rise at its far-
thest point south east. After which, you guessed it, it will slowly retrace its journey
northward. And this entire cycle repeats year after year after year.
Almost all ancient cultures kept track of this rising and setting of the Sun at different
places on the horizon throughout the year because by doing so they noticed that the
seasons coincided with where the Sun rose. So they figured out that one Sun cycle
equals one year, one complete cycle of the four seasons, which was very important to
them because they needed to know exactly when to plant and harvest. Of course keep-
ing track of this constantly changing rising point of the Sun is not as important to us
because we keep track of time and the seasons with calendars and atomic clocks.
Even so if you want to see one very obvious effect the equinox still has on us today
try this little experiment. Because the Sun always rises due east and sets due west on
the equinoxes this means that if you drive to work on a due east highway at sunrise on
the equinox the Sun will rise directly over the yellow line in the middle of the road.
Conversely if you drive home at sunset on a due west highway on the equinox the Sun
will set directly over the yellow line in the middle of the road. And if it doesn't your
highway is not true due east and due west. So put those Sun visors down next Wednes-
day and experience this wonderful evidence of the equinox for yourself. It's fun and it's
science. OJackHorkimer
Moon Info \) First Quarter September 21st New Moon September

28th .: Last Quarter October 6th Full Moon October 6th


Bonaire Reporter- September 17 to 24, 2004


For the week:
September 17 to 24, 2004

By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You can use your versatile mind and dazzle others
with your speed and accuracy. Don't overlook that fact that someone you care about
may be hiding something. Do things for them but don't allow them to make unrea-
sonable requests. You must not make unnecessary changes this week. Your lucky
day this week will be Monday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You can meet new and exciting lovers through work
related projects. You may find that your plans will cost a little more than you had
expected. Don't push your mate away. Be sure that you lay your cards on the table.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Try not to be too harsh with your mate. Concentrate on
work. You may not be that popular at home but you should be able to shine at social
gatherings. A romantic infatuation from your past may surface if you frequent places
that you both used to go. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You need to take a break with the ones you love.
You are best to get out of the house this week. Focus, and concentrate on yourself
and your future. You need to control your temper and deal with the situation ration-
ally. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Someone you care about may not be too well. Not the best
time for business trips. You need some help this week. You will find their philoso-
phies worth exploring. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You are best to get out of the house this week. You will
meet some interesting people if you at tend promotional functions. Hold your temper
and refrain from doing anything that might cause injury. Talk to someone with ex-
perience about budgets or consolidating debts. Your lucky day this week will be
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You can make money through real estate or by using
your head when it comes to personal investments. Hassles with in-laws could put a
damper on your day. Express your interest if you want the relationship to progress.
Be fair, not colorful. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Try to keep your cool; you may be a tad frazzled
by all the rushing around. You may want to look into warm vacation spots. If you're
already in a relationship, use this added energy passionately. Be sure to get involved
in self improvement programs that will bring you in contact with interesting people.
Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Be careful not to hurt someone's feelings.
Try to ease any disappointment by making amends. You may divulge private infor-
mation without realizing it this week. Take a second look; difficulties with appli-
ances, water, or electricity in your home may be evident. Your lucky day this week
will be Saturday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22- Jan. 20) Relatives will not agree with the way you are
dealing with your personal problems. The existing problems must be dealt with one
way or another. You are best to back away from commitment. Don't let your mate
stop you from attending an event that could be most important. Your lucky day this
week will be Monday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You will be in the doghouse if you are being. You
may find that romance will unfold through business connections. Don't argue with
family. Get together with friends and catch up on reading and letter writing. Your
lucky day this week will be Sunday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Get involved in the activities of children. They will
teach you far more than you expect. You may find yourself in an emotional fix if
you interfere in other people's problems. You may have been too nice to a friend
who just wanted to take advantage of you. Opportunities for romance will flourish
through travel. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. 1


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