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An ecological nightmare in the
making? Two groups, including
one from Venezuela, have shown an in-
terest in drilling exploratory wells for
oil and natural gas near both Saba and
Curacao/Bonaire, Antillean Prime Min-
ister Etienne Ys announced last week.
Two trial drillings by a company called
"Saba Bank NV" in 2000 failed to pro-
duce anything. The last time the possibil-
ity of oil near Curagao was investigated
was 1981. "But at the time the drilling
techniques were not as advanced as now
and the oil price was $15 per barrel," said
Ys. The current price is close to $50.

A A letter with the urgent request for
a charter permit for Exel, essentially a
short-cut until all approvals have been
received, was sent to the Transport and
Communication Ministry on December 9.
The Venezuelan airline, Aserca, used the
same tactic to start flying to Curagao after
the bankruptcy of Dutch Caribbean Air-
lines (DCA). Exel wants to fly to Isla

Margarita and Merida (both in Vene-
zuela) and Colombia, in addition to Mi-
ami, Santo Domingo, Haiti and Trinidad.
This week Exel will be interviewing for-
mer DCA pilots to hire six for the Boeing
757, which is ready to start regional
flights. They can also work on the Boeing
767 DutchCaribbeanExel flights to Hol-
land. Another 20 pilots will also be given
a "subject to change" contract for the
Boeing 737, along with 40 cabin crew
members. Six DCA pilots are currently in
training for the turboprop ATR used to fly
between the islands.

A If you are in America you can now
book on BonairExel. Hahn Air is now a
ticketing carrier for more than 55 airlines
including Air Exel (XT), Holland Exel
(YZ) and BonairExel (9H). Hahn Air is a
ticketing carrier for more than 20 Euro-
pean, 10 Latin American and Caribbean,
15 Russian and 10 African and Asian air-
lines. US travel agents may easily book
those airlines through their computer sys-
tems and will earn 7% commission. As a
form of payment, Hahn Air accepts
VISA, cash, etc. A regional help desk,
based in Miami, which can be reached at
1-800-639-3590, is available to all US
travel agents.

A France was selling almost half its
stake in Air France-KLM last Thursday
as part of a wider deal which could see its
remaining stake cut to below 20% and
give staff shares in return for pay cuts.
French Finance Minister Herve Gay-
mard said the government expected to
raise 700 million euros ($929.8 million)
from the sale and would use the cash to
cut government debt. But bankers and

union officials said it was part of a wider
move to cut the government stake further.
The initial sale will leave the French gov-
ernment with around a quarter of Air
France whose takeover of Dutch airline
KLM earlier this year made it the world's
largest airline by sales.

A On November 20, Air Exel broke
its connection with KLM after 15 years
of cooperation. Originally an airline just
flying Amsterdam-Maastricht, Air Exel
became an airline which expanded to the
new world. Last year, BonairExel was
formed. Later, other regional airlines
were set up, plus the remains of Sobelair
and Air Holland were swallowed up to
form Belgium Exel and Holland Exel,
respectively. Dutchbird, a charter airline,
which competes with KLM's Transavia,
is a recent addition. Exel essentially be-
came a KLM competitor in many mar-
kets. Because of this, Exel decided that all
the connections with KLM had to be bro-
ken. The oldest of the Exel 'family,'
KLM Exel, was renamed Air Exel. Exel
Aviation's founder, Eric de Vlieger seems
to be trying to create a new Dutch na-
tional airline.

A Harm Prins, Chief Executive Officer
of ExelAviationGroup, has been arrested
and jailed in Holland. He is suspected of
extortion, money laundering (a half mil-
lion euro) and forgery. Dutch newspapers
reported the arrest on Friday and it was
confirmed by judicial authorities. Because
Antillean authorities did not receive any
request for assistance in this case from
their Dutch counterparts, it is assumed
that Exel's airlines operating on the is-
lands DutchCaribbeanExel, Curagao-
Exel, BonairExel and ArubaExel were
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Hoppner Aspiring Ranger Project 5
Bonaire's Missing Reef 6
Giant Wave Could Threaten 6
Bonaire Ambassadors (Faddis Bros.) 7
PEDISA-Wellness and Beauty 8
Windsurf Year in Review 9
World's Biggest Ship 10
Get Ready for the Walk-a-thon 11
Support to Children's Theater 11
SGB Attempts Guinness Records 12
Brilliant Christmas #5 13
Sea Turtles Get What They
Deserve 15
Turtle Travels (Funny) 15
Rincon March6 1st Lustrum 16
Dietitian (Tips for the Holidays) 16
Pet Prof (Cats Rule; Dogs Drool) 17
Novello Hits Croccantino 18
Gardner (Jasmine) 22

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Picture Yourself
(Leipzig, East Germany) 7
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Pet of the Week (Tommy) 14
Classifieds 14
What's Happening 19
Micro Movie Review 19
Shopping & Dining Guides 20
On the Island Since
(Wilma and Frank Bohm) 21
Bonaire Sky Park 23
The Stars Have It 23

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Bonaire Reporter December 17 to December 24, 2004

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Bonaire Reporter December 17 to December 24, 2004

2004 The Bonaire Reporter
Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or
advertising 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: Jackie Bernabela, Josee Bolduc Frosst, Susan Brown,
Dodo, Jack Horkheimer, Greta Kooistra, Ann Phelan, Angelique
Salsbach, STCB, Michael Thiessen, Delno Tromp, Andy Uhr,
Robert P van Dam, Ap van Eldik, Marion Walthie
Features Editor: Greta Kooistra, Translations: Peggy Bakker,
Sue Ellen Felix
Production: Barbara Lockwood
Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa);
Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas Acevedo. Printed by: DeStad Druk-

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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continuedfrom page 2)
not directly involved. Prins (33) was ar-
rested at his Rotterdam home by the fi-
nancial-economic detective bureau early
last Wednesday morning. On the same
day a second suspect, said to be a relation
of Prins, was also arrested in Almere.
Exel is a group 10 airlines owned, for the
most part, by Amsterdam entrepreneur
Erik de Vlieger and Bonaire resident Niek
Sandmann. They are not suspects, stated
the prosecution. The shareholders of Exel
have suspended Prins pending the investi-
gation. De Vlieger and his associate Mr.
G. Corver have taken over his tasks tem-

A An internal audit has indicated that,
according to majority shareholder, Erik de
Vlieger, the Exel Aviation Group has not
been involved in the money laundering
and other offences that Exel CEO Harm
Prins is accused of. "This weekend all
books were reviewed and nothing has
been found out of order," de Vlieger
stated. "The future of 1,400 employees is
at stake," he added. (John van den Heuvel
and Bart Mos from Holland)

A Dutch Second Chamber Member
Harry van Bommel wants The Nether-
lands to show more initiative in the
fight against drug crimes in the Antil-
les. The Antillean government has set up
an emergency plan in which the Dutch
military police also plays a role. Van
Bommel requested Minister Thom de
Graaf explain his rejection of the Antilles'
petition to let officers of the Royal Mili-
tary Police assist in combating crime. The
Dutch government admits that drug
crimes are a problem on the islands; Van
Bommel believes it's logical that the

Netherlands should step in. In his press
release Van Bommel points out that there
already have been more than 1,000 as-
saults in Curagao this year and that at
least 45 people have died as a result of
violence. The Netherlands is the biggest
market for drugs trans-shipped through
the Antilles.

A Joseph Goddard, Managing Director
of Goddard Enterprises, Bonaire's in-
flight catering company based in Barba-
dos and one of the Caribbean's largest
corporations, said Bajans are becoming a
bit too self-centered and instead of
adopting a strong work ethic, too many of
them are thinking the world owes them a
living. (from the Barbados Weekend Na-

A We just found out that the very
whimsical turtle mailbox at TCB that
we showed last week in The Reporter was
made by Bonairean artist Artie Figueroa.
Artie made it so children can deposit let-
ters, drawings and ideas for the Protect
Our Turtles campaign which is sponsored
by STCB (turtle club) and STINAPA.

A Did you lose "Chippie" phone ser-
vice for a time last week? That was be-

cause United Telecommunications Ser-
vices (UTS) Caribbean had installed $1.5
million+ 'pre-paid platform' for clients
throughout its network in the Antilles.
The new pre-paid platform will enable
customers to access advanced services,
including pre-paid roaming and MultiMe-
dia Services (MMS). The server for the
pre-paid platform is based in Curacao.
Some 19,000 UTS chippie customers in
the Antilles had to be transferred to the
new platform. Other enhancements in-
clude family and friends packages and
group rates. If you are a Chippie customer
check your text message in-box for the
new code needed to recharge your phone.
The info on the phone card is obsolete.

A Congratulations (Pabien!) to the
Watapana School of Rincon which
celebrated its 30-year anniversary last

A big
thank you goes
to Delo
Tromp. Because
of him and all
his friends who
donated money,
the members of
the 60 Plussers
from Kai Ma-
mina in North
Salina and Flor
di Orkida will enjoy a festive and deli-
cious Christmas dinner at Croccantino
Restaurant this week. In an unrelated de-
velopment, Delno was named to the board
of Special Olympics-Caribbean, the first
person to be so named from the Nether-
lands Antilles.

A Dive Inn is selling a beautiful
"Under the Caribbean" wall calendar
for 2005. Normally it sells for $9.95, but
especially for the holidays, until Decem-
ber 31, the price has been dropped to
$7.95. Also for the holidays they've low-
ered prices on snorkel sets and underwa-
ter (snorkel) cameras. Don't forget the
vintage 100% cotton collared Sunset
Beach shirts for $5, now in S-M-L. Buy
six and pay only for five.

A Patrice of Bistro de Paris would
like us to tell everyone that they have a
separate room where they can do private
parties of from 16 to 20 people. The res-
taurant is also becoming a favorite with
people who love vegetarian dishes.

Wil, the Master Chef at Wil's Grill,
let us sample his new appetizer: dump-
lings with (real) crab, plantains, vanilla
and more, in a truly tasty combination.
We called it Dim Sum with a Caribbean
accent. It's wonderful to have a creative
Waldorf Astoria-experienced chef right in
the heart of downtown Kralendijk.

A Whale update. The Bonai group of
SGB students is making progress on put-
ting the whale skeleton together (see last
week's Reporter), and according to their
leader, archeologist Dr. Jay Haviser, the
skeleton should be ready to transport in
sections, bit by bit, to the museum in
Washington Park by February or March.
Thanks to the following for their contri-
butions: Rotary Club Bonaire, Cargill Salt
Company, AMFO, Prince Bernhard Cul-
ture Funds, Rudy Ellis (for the container)
and for the cooperation of the Bonairean
government and SKAL (department of
culture and literature). L./G.D

Bonaire Reporter December 17 to December 24, 2004

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This phase will
be followed by
training in: basic
skills, computer
skills, rescue swim-
ming, the history
and nature of
Washington Park,
snorkeling, boat
steering, Junior
Open Water Div-
ing, underwater
navigation, and
how to assist a Park

Games can build teamwork skills as well as motor skills

T he young residents of Bonaire's
foster home for boys now have an
opportunity to take part in a new exciting
project that hopefully will help them
gain self esteem, life skills and future

The Sister Maria Hoppner Foundation,
established by Sister Maria Hoppner in
1985, runs a foster care home for 14
young boys, aged six to 14, who the
courts have removed from their home
environment. Dedicated team leaders
look after these young boys' welfare 24
hours a day.
In cooperation with the Bonaire Ma-
rine Park and the Stichting Project, the

Foundation started a new pilot program
for their older residents (nine to 14
years) called the "Aspiring Ranger Pro-
gram." The project is geared to motivate
the boys to take charge of their young
lives and to give them the opportunity to
be trained for future employment in the
environmental field.
Along with their regular schooling on
week days, the boys who participate in
the Aspiring Ranger Program are now
completing the first phase of the pro-
gram. This phase is geared to improving
their physical condition and includes
learning to repair a bicycle, swimming,
and deciding how to use their free time
in a constructive way instead of waste-

Ranger-just to
name a few of the
skills fostered by its curriculum. By Sep-
tember 2005 the boys should have ac-
complished their program and will re-
ceive their Aspirant Ranger Certificate.
What an achievement this will be in their
young lives!

The Aspiring Ranger Program is only
one of the many projects that the Maria
Hoppner Foundation is trying to get off
the ground. But, as with many other
foundations around the world, they have
to overcome the major hurdle of funding.
One of their 2005 goals is to upgrade
another building on their compound to
house a foster home for girls. Should
you want to assist the Foundation to pro-
vide a better future for unfortunate chil-
dren, do not hesitate to contact the Foun-
dation with a donation. Keep in mind

that for the many young survivors who
are placed in foster care their stay at the
Foundation is the first time they will
have been able to live in
a safe environment and
concentrate on work-
ing towards a better
future. O Josee Bolduc

Team Leaders (M/F)
The Sister Maria Hoppner Foundation
is looking to hire dedicated team leaders
to assist with the daily care of their resi-
dents. The candidate should speak
Dutch and/or Papiamentu. Please con-
tact the Foundation at 717-4181 or at
zmhs@bonairelive.com for a more de-
tailed job description.

tonaire Reporter uecemDer I to uecemDer 24, zuu4

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Part 2 of
Tsunamis on

D id you ever
wonder why
there is no fringing
reef on Bonaire's east
side? Sure it's the
windward side and
the seas are much
rougher there than on
the western, leeward
side of the island. But
islands east of Bon-
aire, at the same lati-
tude, the Aves and the
Roques all have fring-
ing reefs. There are in-

deed magnificent coral
formations along Bonaire's east coast,
but they begin 30-40 or more feet down.
The answer may lie in the fact that
tsunamis, or tidal waves as they are
sometimes (improperly) called, have
swept the island since prehistoric times,
99 in the last 500 years in fact. Accord-
ing to Anja Scheffers, post doctoral re-
searcher from the University of Essen,
Germany (see last week's The Bonaire
Reporter story, Tsunamis on Bonaire), if
you examine the coastline you'll dis-
cover, that the reef itself "lies in pieces
along the shore. The huge waves
scraped away the east side reef and its
substrate, so that the reef could not re-
form," she says. Dr. Scheffers theorizes
that a submarine slide along the Atlantic

A relic ofBonaire's missing reef?

ridge caused the tsunami.
There is no tsunami monitoring net-
work in place in the Atlantic as there is
in the Pacific although one has been
proposed for several years. An eruption
of the undersea volcano, "Kick 'em
Jenny" might go unnoticed until the re-
sulting tsunamis hit shorelines all over
the Caribbean.
Bonaire is unique in the region in that
its shoreline preserves, to this day, the
effects of thousands of years of tsunami
activity. That's why a tsunami nature
area, or Tsunami Park, has been pro-
posed for the area around Spelonk light-
house. A conference on Caribbean tsu-
namis is planned in February, 2006, on
Bonaire. O G.D.

he wave would sweep across
the island of Bonaire; only
the land above 50m (165') would
be spared. A collapsing volcano in
the Atlantic could unleash a giant
wave of water that would swamp
the Caribbean and much of the east-
ern seaboard of the United States, a
scientist has claimed.
Dr Simon Day, of the Benfield
Greig Hazard Research Centre at
University College London, UK,
believes one flank of the Cumbre
Vieja volcano on the island of La
Palma, in the Canaries archipelago,
is unstable and could plunge into
the ocean.
Swiss researchers who have mod-
eled the landslide say half a trillion
tons of rock falling into the water
all at once would create a wave 650
meters high (2,130 feet) that would spread out and travel across the Atlantic at al-
most the speed of sound.
The wall of water would weaken as it crossed the ocean, but would still be 40-50
meters (130-160 feet) high by the time it hit our island. Dr Day told BBC Science's
Horizon program: "This event would be so huge that it would affect not only the
people on the island but people way over on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean -
people who've never heard of La Palma. Day"s latest work on the subject has
been published in the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research.
The largest wave in recorded history, witnessed in Alaska in 1958, was caused by
the collapse of a towering cliff at Letuya Bay. The resulting wave was higher than
any skyscraper on Earth and gouged out soil and trees to a height of 500 metres
(1,640) feet) above sea level.
Geological studies have found evidence of giant landslides elsewhere in the
world such as Hawaii, the Cape Verde Islands and Reunion in the Indian Ocean.
But researchers caution that such a catastrophe may not occur for many dec-
ades. O G.D.

Bonaire Reporter December 17 to December 24, 2004

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Leipzig, East-Germany

L ast August and Sep- J* -
tember Joop van der
H k w on onre for ur o tnn

weeks for the wedding of his
son JeePee to Roosje Goeloe.
He took a couple of copies of
the edition of The Bonaire
Reporter that published their
wedding photo home to show
his family and friends. Here
he is at Thomas church in
Leipzig, where the world-
famous composer Johann
Sebastian Bach worked as an
organist and chorus leader. He
writes, "I took this photo be-
cause I am in awe of this man
and his compositions. On Sat-
urday December 4th, I had the
opportunity to be in that
church for the performance of
Bach's Christmas Oratorio,
composed and performed for
the first time since Bach. It
gave me a special feeling."

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W ayne

Ray Faddis have
earned their
Bronze medals
as Wayne has 12
consecutive an-
nual visits, and
Ray has made 10
consecutive an-
nual visits. They
are going for the
silver next! 1
Delno Tromp Wayne & Ray Faddis with Andre Nahr
of Cycle Bonaire

a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or when you return to your
home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper in hand. THE BEST PHOTOS
OF THE YEAR WILL WIN THE PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter, Kaya Gob.
Debrot 200-6, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail to: picture @bonairereporter.
com. (All 2004 photos are eligible.) 1

Bonaire Reporter December 17 to December 24, 2004

Page 7

Meet Peter and Maria
Isabel Benekendorff of
a new spa in town-Pedisa. Be-
tween the two of them they have
70 years of experience in the
field-40 for him and 30 for her!
They use proven methods of
massage and treatments, com-
bining energy healing, Reiki and
reflexology. They're experts at
helping their clients get rid of
accumulated stress in their mus-
culature and circulatory systems.
"We give individual treats to
relieve the body, soul and
spirit," Peter says. "We help
rejuvenate cells after so much
sun exposure that damages and
ages the skin. The skin is treated
with hydration to initiate rejuve-
nation and skin nutrition."
There are a number of skin
treatments for the whole body,
using creams, masks, exfolia-
tion-like Bafio di Luna-or Banio Peter andMariaIsabelBenekendorf
di Novia where mud from the
Black Sea is applied. "Cellular
nutrition is new here," Peter explains, orthopedics in Frankfurt. He met Maria
"and we do it in a special way. It needs a Isabel in Paraguay. Maria says, "I've
good eye and hand to do well. And the been in this business for all these years
results are spectacular!" because I love it!"
Peter has cured scoliosis patients suc- They're offering low introductory
cessfully with 10 to 12 treatments and has prices on all their treatments. They have
the X-rays to prove it. "I learned this in gift certificates too, as Peter and Maria
Germany," he says where I worked with say, "for those you love and whom you
doctors. Later I worked with doctors in want to feel better." PEDISA is located
Paraguay and Venezuela." behind the government building, next to
During the first working years of his the Central Government offices (where
life Peter was employed in the hotel busi- Anytime Shake used to be), across from
ness, but he felt a strong need to help oth- the Post Office. Stop by or call them at
ers so he changed completely and studied 717-4111 or 786-4635. L.D.

Bonaire Reporter December 17 to December 24, 2004

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2 004 was an active year for
Bonaire windsurfers. Many
of our local pros and sailors trav-
eled around the globe as Bonaire's
windsurf ambassadors. In the
Spring, young talents Amado Vri-
eswijk, a student at Papa Comes
School, and the dazzling duo,
brothers Bjorn and Jurgen Sargoza
headed to one of Europe's favorite
windsurf lakes, Lago Garda situ-
ated in northern Italy. Accompa-
nied by Amado's parents, Edward
and Nancy, and soon to be sailing
sister, Channel, Tonky Frans, now
in the top 5 of windsurfing pros,
Mom Liesje and uncle Elvis Mar-
tinus, they amazed the crowd at a
Euro Surf Expo with their hip Bo-
nairean style, attitude and their
flawless talent. It was an incredible
life opportunity for these kids to
experience new cultures, meet new
people and continue to show the
windsurf world that Bonaireans
know how to windsurf, even at a
young age.
Shortly after their return, the
Saragozas with their former wind-
surf Olympian Dad, Patun, headed
to the fabled windsurf capital of
the world, Maui. This Hawaiian
island boasts great sailing and one of the
largest windsurf communities in the
world. Starboard and Hot Sails sponsored
the trip to enable the Saragozas to attend

a photo shoot for an upcoming catalogue.
Not only are our kids famous in competi-
tion, but many are cover models for the
hottest brands in the sport.

Our Bonairean pros. Bonaire was
represented by its first Pro Woman as
Femke van de Valk joined her windsurf
brethren on her first pro tour. Femke,
originally from Holland, took on some of

Femke van der Valk performs a Vulcan

the hardest sailing venues to earn her
spot in the current rankings.
Jayson Jong, sponsored by US based
World Sails, and Ruben Petrisi, spon-

sored by Palm Trading, also joined the
Frans brothers to enter the challenging
world of pro windsurfing. The youngest
Bonairean to get his passport stamped in
the windsurf world is 14 year-old Kiri
Thode. Kiri was the crowd favorite in
Cape Cod. Showing off his new move,
which I coined "The Gecko Flaka," he
battled against his cousin, Taty Frans as
they competed in bitter cold rain to cap-

ture the top two spots. He later headed to
A young hot shot with talent and
charm, 17 year-old Clay Emer returned
to Cape Cod. Clay is a crowd pleaser
with his brilliant smile and incredibly
friendly attitude.
He went on to one of the US's windiest
venues, The Columbia River Gorge. This
geographic windsurf center is an area on
the Columbia River split between two
states, Oregon and Washington. His team
mates, Tonky Frans and Ro Meyer came
here three years ago to put Bonaire in the
Gorge Games. Clay heads back in the
summer of '05 to start a windsurf school.
Throughout the year, pros came to
Bonaire to train. Media people and
magazines came to do photo shoots and
to capture the stunning images seen daily
at Lac Bay. Windsurfers formerly at-
tracted to Aruba and Margarita changed
course and found windsurf love in Bon-
aire. ABK, one of the world's biggest
windsurf clinics returned again to train
many windsurfers.

Bonaire's island community has
given much to the Bonaire Kids over
the years. There were endless fundrais-
ers, ongoing events and trips and much
gear bought so our athletes can compete.
It's so rewarding to see that all of the
personal, family and community efforts
are so recognized. And several of our
sailors are earning their way in life with
various levels of sponsorship ranging
from free gear to cash salaries. Hard
work on all levels really paid off.
The year is coming to a close but it
ain't over yet. Dec. 18 is the next event
on tap, either a wave challenge at Lac
Suite, or if wind is lighter, a freestyle
event at Event Site. The 19th is the annual
End of the Year Race in Playa and on the
20th Freewinds is hosting a King of the
Caribbean Fundraiser Holiday Concert at
7 pm. Tickets are available at TCB, Bon-
aire Windsurf Place or through Edseline
Dammers or Gabrielle Nahr.
And what lies ahead? Caribbean Wind
and Sun Vacations, a now Bonaire based

travel com-
pany will host
several wind-
surf groups as
well as Bon-
aire's first
Singles Week
in the spring
of '05. ABK
returns for
eight weeks
of action
packed clinics
and our fa-
mous team of
amateurs, kids
and pros head
around the
globe. 2005
promises to
shine as Amado Vrieswijk and
many wind- Jurgen Saragoza
events are planned including the Third
King of the Caribbean on May 15-22.
Keep reading The Bonaire Reporter for
up-to-the-week reports on Scene at Soro-
bon. O Ann Phelan


KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
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12-18 1:59 0.9FT. 9:21 1.5FT. 13:59 1.4FT. 18:19 1.5FT. 64
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12-20 1:50 1.0FT. 9:36 1.8FT. 17:18 1.1FT. 20:45 1.2FT. 48
12-21 0:54 1.1FT. 9:58 1.9FT. 18:25 1.0FT. 22:32 1.1FT. 50
12-2210:23 2.0FT. 19:31 0.9FT. 55
12-23 10:53 2.0FT. 20:24 0.8FT. 62
12-23 10:53 2.0FT. 20:24 0.8FT. 62
12-2411:27 2.1FT. 21:12 0.7FT. 69

Alegria, USA
Bright Sea
Camissa, Chan Is.
Cape Kathryn
Coral Moon
Flying Cloud, USA
Gatsby, USA
Grey Lady
Guaicamar I, Venezuela.
Hotel California Too

Midnight of Goodrich
L' Intuile
Luna C. USA
Mahi Mahi
Mary Morgan
Moon Rice
Natural Selection, USA
One Way Wind
Panta Five
Pisces III
Plane Sailing
Precocious Gale, USA
Pura Vida

Sandpiper, USA
Sylvia K
Ti Amo, USA
Tween, Netherlands
Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicorn, Norway
Varedhuni, Germany
Ventura II, Costa Rica
Windmiller, Canada
Zahi, Malta

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Bonaire Reporter December 17 to December 24, 2004

~makes a stop in BONAIRE

B ased onthe
interest we
observed, the first
port call in Bonaire
of the new Queen
Mary 2 was one of
the highlights of the
year. Traffic was
jammed around the
port as local people
tried to get close to
see the ship and
visitors tried to get
away to see Bon-
aire. The Bonaire
Reporter received
photos of the Queen Mary 2 from no fewer than five persons. We present a few of
them here and regret we haven't room for more. 1 G.D.


From Seru Largu the QM2 dwarfs downtown.

Five of the "dolphins" that were installed
at great expense to secure the QM2.

Bonaire Reporter December 17 to December 24, 2004

Page 10


You may get your entry tickets at
TCB, Croccantino Restaurant or from
any member of the board.
Pick up your packets, by showing
your ticket, at City Cafe/Hotel Ro-
chaline in the lobby on January 20
(1600-1900), January 21 (1600-1900)
and January 22 (1000-1600). L.D

Bonaire's Special Olympic Ath-
letes compete in Bocce, Swim-
ming, Track, Tennis and now,
Bowling. Pictured are the
coaches for the Bowling team

Sunnnrt fnr Rnnaire

Children's Theater

Wega di Nbmber is sponsoring the posters and 20 kids who will be walking from
Jong Bonaire. Ludwina Lendering, Director of Wega di Nbmber, makes the
presentation to Byron Tromp

G et ready for the Third Annual
Special Olympics-BonaireExel
Walk-A-Thon Fundraiser on Sunday,
January 23, 2005. All proceeds will go to
Special Olympics Bonaire Foundation.
Everyone is invited to participate. Join
in a great fun event that benefits a noble
foundation. Age doesn't matter, nor does
your level of fitness. You just need a de-
sire to do what you can, whether it be the
whole 30 km or a part of it. You may
walk, bicycle, run or even roller blade.
Entrance fee is NAf25 and for that you
get a t shirt, canvas bag and water bottle
(MCB Bank) and a delicious BBQ and
drink (Herrera's Amstel Malta, Fria and

Spa) at the end of the walk at the Pasa dia
Karino in Rincon.
The start is at the White Slave huts at 5
am and the finish is at the Pasa Dia
Karino-whenever. The route is scenic and
it's well marked. Every five km there will
be a station dispensing water and encour-
agement. The Red Cross will be on hand
for any emergencies. Last year's success-
ful event was the biggest fund raising ac-
tivity in the history of the island with 451
Participants are encouraged to get oth-
ers to sponsor them, so much per km. Or
you may pick your participant and spon-
sor him or her.

M anager ofBanco di Caribe, Norbert Goyla, presents a check to Jackie
Bernabela in support of Bonaire Children's Theater (JePoBoN).

Bonaire Reporter December 17 to December 24, 2004

Page 11

C losing Activity Day last
Friday in the Stadium, the
SGB High school made a 'high
score' attempt for the world record
of 'World's Largest Human Trans-
portation Belt' for the Guinness
Book of Records. Standing in
rows, lined up like a snake, 780
people (for the most part students
with addition of teachers, parents
and security people) attempted to
pass a surfboard overhead from
person to person it was abso-
lutely forbidden to let the board
fall and succeeded very well.
Supported by cheering of those
who had participated in the at-
tempt, history teacher Ben Vrie-
sema said with excitement, at
12.05 pm, the words: "We have the
official World Record!"
The working group of teachers r ,
(Ben Vriesema History, Gemma
Van der Linden Art, Health, Edi
Carolina English, Dutch, Papiamentu, tary Martense. He will judge if we did the
Willie Dijkstra Tourism, Hospitality, job 'legally' and send it with an affidavit
Health, Spike Stapert Physical Educa- to the Guinness Book of Record organiza-
tion and Guno Gerling Social Science) tion, a procedure which can take approxi-
decided at the very last minute to change mately six to eight weeks. As soon as they
the attempt of the existing world record agree we will receive a certificate of ap-
'Largest Conveyor Belt' into a totally preciation and we can call ourselves offi-
new one: the 'World's Largest Human cial World Record Holder and SGB Bon-
Transportation Belt' because of the maxi- aire will be published in the Guinness
mum number of persons needed and the Book of 2006.
muddy stadium. For the Conveyor Belt "I am very proud of the kids, they
record at least 1,000 participants were showed everyone that the main goals of
needed and everyone had to kneel. Not 'solidarity' and 'do different out of school
cool! activities with each other and the teach-
Vriesema said, "So why not create a ers' have been completely fulfilled. You
new issue for the attempt of a record'... see, when you really want to achieve

said with twinkling eyes.
Head of the school Peter Haak after-
wards pointed to his T-shirt- "SGB-The
Best". Hopefully next year he can put
'Guinness Book World Record Holder'
underneath it.
The lining up
of the 780 par-
ticipants was
tumultuous and
hilarious. A
threat of a big
rain shower
made the peo-
ple run for
cover. A stu-
dent of HAVO
4 grabbed the
mike foresee-
ing that wait-
ing out the rain
could take
'ages' and

"You want to achieve a World Record, so
face the rain. If you come back as soon as
possible everyone will be free next
week." You don't need to have too much
imagination to think what happened next.

The second attempt to break a Guinness
World Record, The World's Largest Hu-
man Bonairean Flag, didn't happen.
"Unfortunately," Headmaster Haak said,
"we were unable to reach the minimum
number of participants." Nevertheless, a
"sort of' Human Bonairean Flag was at-
tempted. From WEB's "aerial bucket
truck"-together with the Extra newspaper
reporter, Tio Sje-I had a magnificent
Thanks to the sponsors: Cultimara, City
Cafe and Hotel Rocheline. With this pro-
ject, money was collected for the 25 stu-
dents of HAVO 4 (Geography/History) to
make an excursion to St. Martin in 2005.
1 Story and photos by Marian Walthie.

We made a video that will be sent to No- something you will succeed" Vriesema announced:

Bonaire Reporter December 17 to December 24, 2004

Page 12

Timothy Bissessar stacks the gifts

For the fifth consecutive year the Bonaire Youth Outreach Foundation has
organized a most worthwhile project for Christmas under the title of "A
Brilliant Christmas." The group, Goodhearted Youngsters, will present gifts ob-
tained from donations to Bonaire's less fortunate children. O G.D.

Bonaire Reporter December 17 to December 24, 2004

Page 13

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

BonaireNet is the leading consumer
and business information
source on Bonaire. Tele-
phone (599) 717-7160. For
on-line yellow pages directory
information go to http://www.

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

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

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



Restaurant Terrace Take away
Open everyday for LUNCH and
DINNER Sunday closed.
SPECIALTIES: French baguettes -
Fresh salads, Local fish-Steaks-Sat6-
Special Fish Menu $20.
Kaya Grandi 26 F/G, TEL/FAX:

visit Gallery "MyArt "
Marjolein Fonseca-Verhoef
call: 785-3988

Elegant greeting

Beautiful boxed
note cards are now
available at Chat-N-
Browse next to Sand
Dollar. Photography by Shelly Craig.

A large male dog black with brown
and tan markings was found in Nikiboko,
near the Kolegio Kristu Bon Wardador
School. This rather energetic fellow is
only about 1 year old. Call BONAIRE
ANIMAL SHELTER, Kaminda Lagoen
#26-A, Open Mon. through Fri., 10 am to
2 pm; Saturdays until 1. Phone #717-4989

For Sale: Underwater housing for
video camera (120 F) + camera Sony
TRV27 (perfect condition) Price-
$1,200. Call 790-1228.

For more information on any of the
following items, please call 717-2848.
*Two end table lamps, mint green
with beige shades, in the shape of a cac-
tus. Very good condition. Originally,
NAf 480 for the set, now both for
*Bird cage, very good condition:
19.5" wide, 16" deep, and 33" at its
highest point (the top curves upward
from right to left) originally NAf400,
now NAf150

High End Road Bicycle with 60.5cm
Dean Titanium Frame, Carbon fork,
Shimano 105, Ultegra and Dura Ace
components, two sets of wheels,
NAf1.875. Phone: 717-8800 (work) or
717-8814 (home)

Larry's Jeep Wrangler for Sale, 350
Chevy Engine, 400hp, good condition,
NAf27,000. Phone 790-9156, 717-5246

Slide and negative Scanner; Minolta
Dimage Scan Dual II, Use with Win-
dows 98, Win 2000, Mac OS
NAf200. Phone 717-5246

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

Timeshare week (7 nights, Saturday to
Saturday) in Dutch Sint Maarten, studio
apartment for two with full kitchenette,
at the Ocean Club on Cupecoy Beach.
Available year round, but subject to
availability. US$350 for the week
(taxes additional).

Inflatable Boat Achilles 16 ft with
trailer. Very good condition Now only
NAf4,990 Call 717-8819, 8 am to 5

Privateer Renegade boat- used for
diving. With 200 HP Yamaha. All very
well maintained and ready to go.
NAf29,990 Call 717-8819 8 am-5 pm

Commercial ads are only NAf0.70 perword, perweek Free ads run for 2weeks.
Call or fax The BonaireReporter at 717-8988 e-mail ads@bonairereporter.com

Nefded: An experienced babysitter
for a d ays a
wee lnl y l plus
baby-campimg b' a llea de
Koning at 791-6462.

We want to buy 40 ft container, in
reasonable condition. Call 791-4750

WANT TO BUY: Loader/Backhoe in
good condition: Call George at 717-

T his is "Tommy,"
giving us the eye
from high atop the cat
cage where he surveys
his domain. He hasn't
been in the Shelter long,
having been brought
there by someone who
said he couldn't keep
him anymore. Tommy is
a handsome grey striped
"tom" who's affectionate
and well behaved. He
has what one would call
a "solid" character.
Tommy enjoys people
and gets along well with all the other
cats in the cat cage. If you'd like to know
more about cats and why people like
them so much, read this week's "Pet Pro-
fessor" on page 17.
There have been 147 adoptions so far
this year at the Shelter. Last year there
were 110; the year before, 90. They must
be doing something right, and we can

WANTED: Part time waiter or wait-
ress for December holiday times. Call
Croccantino Restaurant at 717-5025
after 4 pm.

HELP WANTED- Part time Server,
Part time Chef Helper. Wil's Tropical
Grill 717-6616.

Restaurant Helper wait tables, help
in kitchen. Day shift part time (30 to 35
hours a week). Must speak English.
Will train. The Lost Penguin 717-8003

Bonaire Reporter December 17 to December 24, 2004

thank Shelter Manager, Jurrie Mellema,
for running such a great operation. As
someone who's had a lot of experience
said this week, "I've seen many, many
shelters in my life, and this one is about
the best ever." Thanks, Jurrie, for a job
well done. You have to really love this
job for what it is, because you sure can't
get rich from it! OL.D.

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Recognition was given for activities protecting the turtles. Pictured are:
Sydney Paulina, Managing Director Operations of Nieuwe Post NV, Governor
Herbert Domacassd, Minister of Education Mrs. Marita Silberie, Debby
Wauben, Manager Nature, Environment and Education of STINAPA, STCB
President Imre Esser, Elsmarie Beukeboom Director of STINAPA,
Kalli DeMeyer, Director of Fundashon Bon Coral and Nivia Paulina,
Manager of the Bonaire Post Office

At a special presentation in the
Plaza Resort on Friday, De-
cember 10, Mrs. Ruthmila Haseth Di-
rector Philately & Retail Development of
Nieuwe Post Nederlandse Antillen NV,
was obviously proud to present the spe-
cial bonus series of six stamps dedicated
to turtles, who are, according to Mrs.
Haseth, "the most magnificent creatures
of the sea. The beautiful stamps are de-
signed by John Baselmans (NL) who did
a wonderful job!" Each stamp shows a
different kind of Caribbean Sea Turtle.

The issue is a cooperative project for
Nieuwe Post, the Dutch Caribbean Nature
Alliance, STINAPA-Bonaire and Sea
Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB).
Mr. Sydney Paulina, Managing Director
of Operations of Nieuwe Post, addressed
an audience including Governor Doma-
cass6, Minister of Education Mrs. Marita
Silberie, Director of STINAPA Elsmarie
Beukenboom, and President of STCB
Imre Esser. "The most important reason
for us to use the Turtle is to make the en-
vironmental point of the importance of

the protection of turtles and their role in
the ecological system."
Debby Wauben, Manager Nature,
Environment and Education of
STINAPA, made this point. "Today we
present you with the poster showing the
cycle of the turtle life which is part of
the Awareness Campaign: 'Protect Our
Turtles' for locals and tourists which
started on November 1.
The campaign, strongly directed at
kids, includes a monthly newsletter for
each school child, a button, a (bumper)
sticker, a flyer delivered house to
house, a poster and diverse educational
President of STCB Imre Esser was
obviously moved by all the positive
attention 'his' turtles are getting lately.
Imre said the release of these stamps is
a highlight for the STCB. "I have a
lump in my throat, and I have the feeling
we are 'on top of the wave' with our or-
ganization which is ideal for our turtles."
Mr. Paulina presented the representa-
tives of the involved organizations with a
nicely framed drawing (by John Basel-
mans) of the stamps accompanied by all
the stamps. Governor Domacass6
rounded off the presentation by releasing
five baby turtles, previously rescued, into
the open ocean. O Story and photos by
Marian Walthie

Debby Wauben, STINAPA's
Education Officer, is leading the
campaign to raise the island's
awareness of endangered sea turtles.
Here she shows a poster,
in Papiamentu, describing the turtle's
life cycle.

Bonaire Reporter December 17 to December 24, 2004

The block of turtle stamps

Page 15



Shristmas is coming, and
that means lots of get-
togethers and dinners with fam-
ily and friends. It's still easy to
watch your weight or diet during the holidays while
having fun. Most of us have the idea that we cannot
combine our diet or healthy eating pattern with social
activities, but really it's just choosing well. Have you
planned your Christmas dinner yet? Remember that it
is possible to enjoy a meal that is low in fat and low in
calories. So try to pay attention to making healthy
choices for the holidays. Here are some tips on making
healthy choices at the supermarket:


Before shopping
* Think about some of the meals you will make. For Christmas dinner you can use a
cookbook to help you make your choices, but remember when you pick a recipe, take a
good look at all the ingredients and see which of those ingredients you can substitute
with a low fat version. For example, if one of the ingredients is full cream milk, you can
substitute low fat milk.
* Write a list of what you need to buy and stick to it.
* Have a meal or a snack before shopping. If you are hungry, you might be tempted to
buy food you don't need.

At the store
* Be aware of distractions that may tempt you to buy foods that are not in the line with
your nutritional goals or foods that you tend to overeat.
* Purchase only those foods on your list.
*Refer to the nutrition label to see how a food fits into your healthy eating plan.
* Compare the nutrition labels from different brands of the same food.
* Choose foods that are lower in fat, sodium and calories rather than their high-fat ver-
sions or counterparts.

Using food labels to select food
Food labels provide important information that allows you to compare foods and make
better choices. The percentage daily value (% daily value) gives a general idea of how
much fat, sodium, carbohydrates, proteins or dietary fibers a serving contributes to the
overall daily diet. Use the % daily value information to easily identify foods that might
be low in fat and high in fiber. This will help you see how a particular food fits into your
meal plan.
Claims on labels can help also. Choose those products with the claims:
- low calorie light or lite
- fat free, low fat, reduced/less fat sugar free, reduced/less sugar
Most of us have the idea that we cannot combine our diet or healthy eating pattern with
social activities. But really, it's just choosing well. Here are some practical tips how to
turn your favorite recipes into healthy and low calorie dishes by making smarter ingredi-
ent choices. Just think how happy you'll be when you get on the scale after the holidays
and you haven't gained an ounce or a gram!

More Tips
Reduce or eliminate an ingredient. Many recipes call for more salt, fat or sugar than
is needed for good taste. By experimenting, you can learn how much you actually need.
For instance you can omit both salt and oil from the water used to cook pasta without
sacrificing taste. When a recipe calls for mayonnaise, you can mix equal amounts of re-
duced fat or fat free mayonnaise and low fat or non fat yoghurt. Try also to experiment
with cake recipes by reducing the amount of sugar.
Substitute one ingredient for another. Use low fat or skim milk instead of full cream
milk, low fat or non fat yoghurt for sour cream. Replace bacon with turkey bacon. And
instead of heavy cream use evaporated milk "light," etc.

The following recipe shows you how to make your favorite recipe low fat.
For the crust:
1 pack of cookies (brand: Marie) 2 tablespoon of melted margarine reduced fat
2 small packs of Equal or 2 teaspoons of Equal (in powder)
For the filling:
2 packs of light cream cheese 3 egg whites
% cup of low fat milk 2 cup of sugar
1 tablespoon of white flour

PREPARATION: Crush the cookies and put them in a bowl with the melted reduced
fat margarine and the Equal. Mix everything together thoroughly. Take a cheesecake
baking dish and cover the whole bottom of the dish with the cookie mix by pressing it
flat in the bottom. Mix the cream cheese to a creamy consistency and while mixing pour
in the egg white, then the low fat milk followed by the sugar and the flour. Mix well.
When everything is well mixed, pour this in the baking dish covered with the cookie
mixture. Let the cheesecake bake in the over at 350 for 45 minutes.
(This recipe is from Marie Salsbach, former owner of a Bonaire health shop and restau-
rant.) OAngelique Salsbach


Bonaire Reporter December 17 to December 24, 2004



t all started
with the
Rincon women's
club, RINFA,
which opened
the first Marsh6
on December
11, 1999. The
results sur-
passed their
and on Febru-
ary 5, 2000, the 1
Marshes began
in earnest. Dur-
ing the years
the Marshe has
been organized
and led by
mostly ladies,
but now they
feel it's time for
more of the
men to join too.
The Marsh Some of the people of Rincon who made it happen -
Commission The Rincon Marshia's Fifth Year (t" Lustrum)
has organized
courses for the stand holders in English and how to manage their businesses, mak-
ing them even more professional.

The Marsh6 is now set up every Saturday in the center of town. Guests from the
government, business and other sectors come to speak and give information "Bou di
Ramada" (on the porch), and people who've had a positive influence on the com-
munity are recognized. It's a place where visitors and local people can come to-
gether to visit, to sit and chat under the cool umbrellas, to shop for gifts, fruits and
vegetables, sweets, to stay for a drink or lunch on local specialties or BBQ. What
started as a small endeavor has become an island tradition every Saturday which
everyone looks forward, visitor and local alike. O L.D.

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t is said that there are dog people
and there are cat people. There is
certainly no denying the differences be-
tween these two most popular pets.
Practically speaking, cats require less
space and maintenance than dogs. They
are quiet and self-cleaning and don't
need to be walked. They also purr. Un-
fortunately, nobody seems to know how
they do this let alone why, but we like it
anyway. On the other hand, cats can be
somewhat less satisfying in terms of the
emotional payback expected by dog own-
ers; you know, that unconditional love
thing? Don't even go there with cats.
Unlike dogs, cats discriminate. Do not
assume you are worthy. You will be
judged, and most likely found wanting.
Nothing can make you feel quite as in-
adequate as rejection by a cat. But when
you do manage to achieve acceptance,
and dare I say it, love, from a cat, doesn't
it somehow mean more than getting a tail
wag out of your dog? Don't you feel just
a bit more pleased with yourself?
Is this because
cats are smarter
than dogs? Not al-
ways. More lov-
able? Not usually.
Better, more loyal,
Rarely. So why
would anyone pre-
fer them to dogs?
For that matter, why would cats choose
to live with us? For dogs, life with hu-
mans is a no-brainer: they are not geneti-
cally hardwired to fend for themselves
and it is natural for them to share our
homes, acknowledge us as their superi-
ors, depend on us, and even seem grate-
ful to us. Cats, on the other hand, are self
sufficient and solitary by nature, the ulti-
mate predator, acknowledging no superi-
ors whatsoever, perfectly capable of sur-
viving without us. There is a wildness in
them that remains untouched by centuries
of domestication. Your dog licks you
because you are the one who feeds him.
Your cat rubs up against you to mark you
as his territory.
We expect respect and obedience from
our dogs. But cats demand our respect,
and manage to achieve it through sheer
arrogance -- along with undeniable
beauty and grace (well most of the time



anyway). The fact that cats choose to live
with us makes us feel special.
They keep life interesting, being much
less straightforward or predictable than
dogs. When your dog is happy, or un-
happy, you know it, and you usually
know why. Your dog does not often greet
your friendly overtures with a yawn. He
is almost always happy to see you. He
does not carry a grudge, or punish you
for something you did two days ago. He
does not pretend to be affectionate only
so he can bite you when you're not look-
ing. He will rarely disdain your culinary
efforts. He does not reject the toy you
bought him in favor of its packaging. He
would not vomit in your travel bag the
night before departure. He does not get
into the trash and then blame it on the cat
(he looks suitably guilty instead). Your
dog is not capable of perpetrating a
criminal act while appearing on the other
side of the room almost simultaneously.
He does not have sudden inexplicable
fits, or wake you up by knocking each
item one by one
off your night
These feline
amuse and im-
press us despite
The fact is cats
intrigue us, and
maybe intimidate us a bit too. There they
are (we hope) waiting for us when we get
home: but what kind of mood will they
be in? Aggrieved, demanding, coy,
aloof? You never know. Unlike our dogs,
we get the feeling cats have lives, sepa-
rate from and unknown to us, while we
are gone.
Are they thinking deep thoughts all
day? Cataloging our inadequacies? Do
they have a better understanding of the
universe than we do? Is it possible they
are higher beings? In fact they sleep 20
hours a day, but this does not diminish
the mystique surrounding cats. We are
drawn to these cute, fuzzy little killing
machines, seeking a connection with
something wild and unknowable.
Whether we achieve it or not, some of us
can't imagine life without cats.
In closing: Dogs have owners, cats
have staff. O Susan Brown

Bonaire Reporter December 17 to December 24, 2004

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C roccantino and Antil-
lean Wine Company
will be hosting a "Novello"
wine tasting on Sunday, De-
cember 19, at Croccantino
Restaurant from 6 to 8 pm,
and the public is invited. The
event will celebrate AWC's
11th anniversary.
"Novello" is the young new
wine of Italy, like the Beaujo-
lais Nouveau in France. Even
though this is a young wine
you may enjoy drinking it for
up to a year from the time it
was bottled.
Antillean Wine Company
was founded in 1993 by Noel, Marjolei and Ruud at last year's party
George Winkel and Ruud Ver-
meulen because, according to Ruud, there where the strength of AWC is and
weren't really good wines on the island always has been. Not only that, but
at that time that you could get on a they deliver free of charge. Their
regular basis even though there was motto is: "You Ring; We Bring"
an ongoing demand for them by res- Antillean Wine Company can be
taurants and private individuals. reached at 560-7539, email
Although now there are a num- wine@antilleanwine.comfor delivery
ber of wine purveyors on Bonaire, their wine list. They want to remind y
AWC still stands out as the premier. that for last minute gifts andparties
Their wines are ALL top quality and the their cool storage (white/blue building
bottles are kept in a temperature con- on Kaya Industria opposite Selibon) w
trolled storage facility (60F) be open between 9 am and 12 om De-
In August 2000 the present owners, cember 23, 24 and 30, 31.
Noel and Marjolein Hayden, took over During the evening award-winning
AWC, having run a very popular Irish photographer Shelly Craig will show h
bar in Breda, Holland, for many years. 8 by 10 underwater photos. All proceed
Their personalities and expertise have from the sale will go to Special Olymp
gained them an outstanding reputation on Bonaire. Purchasers will receive a certi
the islands. cate for tax deduction. O L.D.
They, like the original owners, feel that Shelly Craig has been photographing
selling wines is a fun business to be in. the underwater Bonaire since 1995 an
However, the buying and selling of wines has received numerous first prize aware
is totally different from dealing with for underwater photography competiti
other goods and services. It takes 100% including EPIC (Environmentally awai
attention, dedication and enthusiasm to Photographic Image Competition), the
become and stay successful. It can't be Bonaire Dive Festival and the CORAL
just a sideline to another business. This is ReefAlliance.





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New! Usually 9:00pm
Shall We Dance
(Jennifer Lopez)

Early Show (usually 7pm)
Without a Paddle

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75

SATURDAY 4 PM Shark Tale
The Forgotten


Seen recently in
Movieland Cinema:
"Without a Paddle by Steven
Brill starring Dax Shepard, '
Matthew Lillard and Seth
If movies and TV are your window
on America then you probably
think that every American has guns and
shoots them at least once a week. In
every American movie there are guns
and shooting. Even in this 'comedy'
people are blasting away. If you think
that stoner jokes, poop jokes, pee jokes,
gay jokes, lesbian jokes, erection jokes
and gross-out jokes are funny then this
is your movie. If not then the title for
this film should be "Without a Pur-
pose." The moral in this movie: "Love
your life and live it every day." That's
about as deep as it goes. O Dodo

Saturday and Sunday, December 18
and 19 Second Annual Triathlon
(swimming, cycling, running) spon-
sored by Jong Bonaire. On Saturday
at City Caf6 all contestants register at
5:30 pm and get a great pasta dinner
("carb loading" for the next day).
Races start at City Caf6 at 7 am on
Sunday. Teams pay NAf35; individu-
als pay NAf15. Call Mabel Nava at
717-4303. See page 11.

Saturday, December 18-Bonaire
Windsurfers Holiday Freestyle
Frenzy Event, Lac Bay 11 am

Sunday, December 19-Bonaire
Windsurfers End of the Year Race,

Sunday, December 19 -"Novello"
Wine Tasting at Croccantino Restau-
rant from 6 to 8 pm. Public is invited.
The event will celebrate Antillean
Wine Company's 11th anniversary

Saturday, December 20-Holiday
Concert with Freewinds Band
Fundraising Evening for King of the
Caribbean 2005. Aboard Freewinds,
7-10 pm. NAf17,50 ($10). Tickets:
TCB, Windsurf Place, Gabrielle Nahr,
Edseline Dammers, Ann Phelan

This week through Jan 27, 2005 First
ever exhibition of artwork underwater
"40 Feet Underwater": Moving
Light into an Unlimited Territory,"
Dutch artist Fred Ros. At the dive site
Front Porch, located at Bongos Beach
at Eden Beach Resort. Entrance Fee
$5 (Bonaireans free)

Until January 5, 2005 -Renate van
der Byl Art Exhibition at the Cinna-
mon Art Gallery, Kaya A.P.L. Brion
#1, just off Kaya Grandi, behind the
Banco di Caribe. Open weekdays from
9 am to noon, 2 to 5 pm. 717-7103 or

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days: Dec. 19-Adonia


Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days: Dec. 25-Oceana; Dec. 27-
Queen Mary 2, Dec. 28-AidaVita,
Dec. 29-Silver Whisper

Saturday, Dec 25 Christmas Day
(Holiday). Stores closed
Sunday, Dec 26 Boxing Day
Sunday, Dec. 26 Wave/Freestyle
Extravaganza Lac Suite 11 am
Friday, Dec 31 5k San Silvester
Run. Call Richard Pietersz, 717-8629
Friday, Dec 31 Fireworks all over
Bonaire! stores close early

Saturday, January 8, 2005 Art Ex-
hibit Opening of Helen Sargent
("Elena") at the Cinnamon Gallery
Saturday, January 8 Crossfyre Soca
Band / Fundraiser for Regatta in
Playa See Elvis Martinus for details
Friday, January 14- Bonaire Inter-
national Culinary Student Competi-
tion 2005 (students from ABC islands
and St. Martin)- Chef demonstra-
tions -Chez Nous, SGB
Saturday, January 15 Bonaire In-
ternational Culinary Student Com-
petition 2005 Gala Awards Dinner
and Cocktail Reception place, cost
and time to be announced
Saturday, Jan. 29- Windsurf Expres-
sion Session Event Site 11 am. On
site, special industry people from Hi
Fly and Starboard.

Feb. 5/6 Bonaire Windsurfing Free-
style Frenzy two days of the hottest
fun freestyle.

May 15-22 KOTCaribbean!!! This is a
World Cup Grand Prix, so many pros
and guests are expected. For info, see
www.pwaworldtour.com or

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



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Monday -Rum Punch Party on the
beach at Lion's Dive. Dutch National
Products on Time Sharing and how to
save on your next vacation. 6:15 to 7
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis,
Social Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10
per person Cash bar. All invited. Call
Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225 /717-7500,
ext. 14.
Wednesday -Meditation at Donkey
Beach from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to
all. Call S.H.Y. 790-9450
Wednesday -Sand Dollar Manager's
Cocktail Party, Mangos Bar and Res-
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 Rincon Marshe opens at 6
am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean break-
fast while you shop: fresh fruits and
vegetables, gifts, local sweets and
snacks, arts and handicrafts, candles,
incense, drinks and music. www.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NA1f2 for
Bonaire residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is
open daily for hot slot machines, rou-
lette and blackjack, Monday to Satur-
day 8 pm- 4 am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.

Saturday- Discover Our Diversity
Slide Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7
pm 717-5080
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-
media dual-projector production by
Albert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt.
Don's Habitat, 717-8290
Monday Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
slide experience at the Aquarius Con-
ference Center, Captain Don's Habi-
tat, 8:30 9:30 pm.
Wednesday (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
Plaza's Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.

Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse." Learn
about Bonaire's culture. Visit typical
homes fromthe 17thcentuy. Daily. Call
7174060 / 790-2018
Visit the Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d.
Ree, behind the Catholic Church intown.
Open weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5
pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National
Park, Museum and Visitors' Center.
Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on
some holidays. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and danc-
ing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai.
Dance to the music of Bonaire's popu-
lar musicians.
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

Bonaire Arts and Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonieriano) 717-5246
or 717-7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact
Valarie Stimpson at 785-3451 or Val-
rie @telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers
to help staff gallery during the day.
Contact Wendy Horn, at 717-3902 or
Bonaire National Marine Park- 717-
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Delno
Tromp, 717-7659

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 in-
vited NAf5 entry fee. Call Cathy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sun-
day at City Caf6. Registration at 4,
games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other
Tuesday, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595,
Jeannette Rodriguez.
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

International Bible Church of Bon-
aire Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic
circle) Sunday Services at 9 am; Sun-
day Prayer Meeting at 7:00 pm in Eng-
lish Tel. 717-8332
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-
man. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat-
ter Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26
Sundays 8:30 11:30 am. Services in
Papiamentu, 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). 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
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252


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Bistro de Paris Moderate Real French Cooking in an informal setting
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Calabas Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise setting when enjoying a breakfast buf-
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Caribbean Club Bonaire at Hilltop Kitchen open 10 am for salads and sandwiches. What a place! Friendly bar next to the pool, home cooked meals,
717-7901Reasonably priced dinners
717-7901 ClosedSunday happy hours 5 to 7.

Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Tuscan chef prepares exquisite dishes. Authentic ingredients and romantic
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 Dinner setting make dining a delight. Be served in a garden setting under floating
717-5025 Closed Monday umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take outtoo.

Garden Cafe Moderate Finely prepared Middle Eastern cuisine plus Venezuelan specialties.
Kaya Grandi 59 Monday-Friday, Lunch & Dinner Excellent vegetarian selections.
717-3410 Saturday, Dinner. Closed Sunday Pizza and Latin Parilla
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home
Home Delivery or Take Out Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7:30 or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from
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Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
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"~W e'd been hoping to live
VV abroad, mostly through a
foundation that offers Dutch education
in foreign countries," Wilma says.
"We'd been on vacation in the Antilles
a couple of times and to us Bonaire
stood out from the other islands. I sent
an application to SEK (Education De-
partment) asking for an interview while
we were in Bonaire for vacation. I was
hired as a teacher at Kolegio Reina
Beatrix for three years which I thought
was a very short time. In Holland I was
a director of a primary school and once
you have a job like that it feels like
your bed is made, and that's what got to
me. I wanted something different, com-
pletely different."
"We were looking for an adventure,"
Frank says. "What bothered me most in
Holland was the rush and the pressure.
It seemed like life was only work, work
and work. We could have moved to an-
other town, a different job, but sooner
or later we would have been stuck in
the same old routine again. The fact
that we don't have children made it eas-
ier; we wanted to go overseas, explore
our limits. When Wilma got the job I
was still working for Hoogovens
IJmuiden, an international steel com-
pany. At night I studied mechanical en-
gineering at College of Advanced Tech-
nology. I had to finish my studies as
they were paid for by my employer, so
it was a dilemma, but we didn't want to
miss the opportunity as we thought we
wouldn't get a second chance so soon."
"We put our house up for sale,"
Wilmafills in, "and I left in 1995. It
was pioneering. In Holland I was re-
sponsible for a whole school; here it
was only for one class. I had to get used
to that. I didn't speak Papiamentu; that
was a disaster! However, being a kin-
dergarten teacher originally, I knew
how to address the children in a simple
manner and body language was of
course also very important. I took a
Papiamentu course immediately but, as
I am not so talented when it comes to
languages, it went slowly. Nevertheless,
I've always felt that when you live in
another country you should learn the
language and immerse yourself in its
culture. After Frank graduated in 1996
he flew to Bonaire the next day with the
raise he got with his diploma!"
"I knew there wasn't much to do on
Bonaire in my profession," Frank says,
"but I thought, I've got two hands; I'll
see what I find. However, before I got
here I had a job with Hot Shot scooter
rentals. Wilma's job was with the gov-
ernment, so we were okay financially.
After a week's vacation I started to
work -for the first time in my life in

tourism renting out mopeds, scooters
and bicycles. I had to be friendly with
the clients, try to drag someone on a
scooter, but I got used to it quickly. Hot
Shot was having the maintenance done
elsewhere, so I said we could do it our-
selves. It was quite an experience! I
discovered that there were lots of bicy-
cles on the island that weren't used due
to a lack of spare parts, so five years
ago, I started The Freewieler.
It was a hit from the very beginning. I
asked Wilma, 'Are you using your
bike? No! Then I'm going to sell it
now! Immediately I had to deal with all
the ins and outs of having your own
business. Of course I didn't have any
experience; I had to find out everything
by myself. I went to Holland, to Bever-
wijk, the town where we lived, and
went to the bicycle shop. They gave me
some addresses of exporters who were
willing to ship. The paperwork took me
one year, but if I had to do it over
again, I'd be ready in a month! I
learned a lot!
Most of my clientele are locals who
come to buy and for repair. It's a stable
market. The rental part has more ups
and downs, but it's going fairly well. At
first I noticed people here didn't have a
lot of money to spend so I sold second
hand and cheaper bikes. However,
lately more people are asking for more
expensive bikes. Just from the last ship-
ment alone I sold four mountain bikes
in four days!

".... I started The
Freewieler. It was a hit
from the very beginning. I
asked Wilma, 'Are you
using your bike? No! Then
I'm going to sell it now!"

It's fun to have your own business,
working according to your own ideas,
and the socializing with the clients
makes it even nicer. Another advantage
of having my own business is that I can
close it when I want to, to carry on my
biggest hobby, being an international
water polo referee. Last week I was in
Jamaica, and over the years I've been
sent to many different places in the Car-
ibbean and Latin America, five to 10
times per year.
Another passion of mine is diving, I
think I've made over 500 dives, mostly
on Bonaire. Wilma and I go practically
every weekend. It's special, no matter
whether we see the usual things or we
meet a manta ray or a turtle, it's always

worth it. I always enjoy it;
I just like to be underwa-
ter." "It's a place," Wilma
says, "where you don't
think about daily life or
After working for four
years for Kolegio Reina
Beatrix I was asked by
SEK to conduct a course
on new educational meth-
ods for the primary and
kindergarten teachers. I
also worked for APEBON,
a one-time school of edu-
cational school, teaching
23 students, 18 of which
have become teachers on
the island.

I'd been asked several
times to start a Dutch pri-
mary school here, but I felt
it wasn't the right time yet.
But last August the Pe-
likaan School opened its
doors. It's a non-
subsidized primary school.
It costs Nafl. 250.- per
month per child. I know
that's a lot of money for
some people and for others
it's nothing. At the moment I have one
group of 26 children, ages four to eight.
There's a waiting list of 40 children and
we're in the process of recruiting a sec-
ond teacher. Once that's done we can
place all the children, up to 12 years,
who are on the waiting list. For the time
being I'm doing it alone, but there's
always someone available to replace
me. It appears that there's a need for
our school. Since 2002 foundation
based education has been introduced
in the primary schools on Bonaire and
the early instruction language is Papia-
mentu. It starts at kindergarten, but over
the years the instruction language will
be Papiamentu up to the sixth grade.
That's not suitable for everyone, as
there are Dutch people who come here
on three-year contracts and whose chil-
dren have to return to Holland after
that. But also there are Antillean people
whose children eventually will go to
Holland to study. There are seven na-
tionalities represented at the school
now: Aruban, Dutch, American, Vene-
zuelan, South African, Swiss and Antil-
lean. The instruction language is Dutch.

To us, not only is the language impor-
tant but also the way the children so-
cialize with each other and the way the
teacher relates to the children. Another
important aspect is the way children
themselves develop. We're teaching


Wilma and Frank Bohm

according to a progressive method
whereby each child, in his own time
and way, has the opportunity to learn
about a subject. I must say it's fun, it's
really great!
I also give classes at NA-CSI, an in-
stitute for school improvement for
teachers from all the Dutch Antilles
who work at primary and high schools.
I'm one of their local trainers; I'm do-
ing it to associate with adults, to keep
up to date with the developments in
education and to learn more about my
profession because I am a curious per-
son. Yeah", she smiles, "Bonaire has
been good to me and I don't feel the
need at all to look for another challenge
somewhere else in this world. We have
a piece of land in Bolivia and it is my
biggest wish to build our own house
there. Will we always stay here?" "I
will!" Frank says. "I will too!" Wilma
adds, "Then when the time comes we'll
go straight into the old people's home!"
she laughs.
"And by the
way: Merry
Christmas and
a happy New
Year to every-
one!" 0 Greta

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It grows like the well known Dutch
Buxus. You can trim them to any height
that you want and they will stay bushy
and green all year round. Plant them close
together for the best results. Twice a year
they will give you the most fragrant white
flowers you can imagine. They don't need
a lot of water and don't attract pests.
Another nice one for borders or even
hedges is the Jasminumpubescens or
the Star Jasmine. They have nice star-
shaped white flowers but are not fragrant.
They are really good for border planting
and will fill in an open spot in a very
short time. Again, I have not seen any
pests on them (yet).
One that has really fragrant flowers all
year round is the Jasminum "Maid of
New Orleans". I don't know any local

name for this one. It will be a nice shrub
of four to five feet high, a little bit open,
but also nice as a border plant. This type
is one of the best to plant in a nice terra-
cotta pot, close to a window, where you
can smell its flowers, although sometimes
in the morning they smell so heavy that
after a long night before you might get a
Next time I will describe some more
types and give you some good tips how to
use them and how to keep the nice plant
that you had in
mind! 1 Ap
van Eldik

Shop you have all recovered from
the rains and hopefully, so has your
garden. Plants are growing like crazy
right now and Bonaire is really green!
Now you can also see which plants are
true drought lovers. We get a lot of ques-
tions about certain plants that look bad
now. A lot of Bougainvillea that have
had a lot of water have lost their leaves
and look bad. They won't die. Just trim
them back and they will sprout out again.
Adding a little fertilizer also might help.
A lot of the Magdalena (Vlijtig Liesje
in Dutch) have died; they don't like too
much water. Don't feel sad, they have
probably dropped seedlings that will re-

place the old ones in no time. If not,
please wait a few weeks before planting
new ones. Also a tree like the Erythrina
(Bonchi di Kabai) can lose all its leaves,
also because of too much water. They
also will come back; make sure they are
not standing with their roots in water all
the time.
A plant that likes all this water a lot is
the one I started writing about some
weeks ago the family of Jasmines. As I
said, there are a lot of different types.
Some of them don't even look like a Jas-
mine. For example there is the Azahar,
or Murrayapaniculata. This type is
probably the best plant for small hedges.

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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The Winter
Solstice And
Why The
Shortest Day Of
The Year Doesn't
Feel Like The
Shortest Day Of
The Year

Dec. 21

N ext Tues- M March21 Sept. 21
day, De-
cember 21st is the
winter solstice, the
so called first day of
winter because at
7:42 am Sky Park June 21
Time the Sun will-
reach its farthest
point south of the
celestial equator.
And although most
of us were taught that the winter solstice, the first day of winter, is the shortest day
of the year, to many people it doesn't feel like the shortest day of the year. Why?
Let me explain.
On first day of spring in March, which astronomers call the vernal equinox, the
hours of daylight are equal to the hours of darkness. The Sun also rises exactly due
east and sets due west on the equinox. After which it rises and sets each successive
day just a little bit farther to the north of east until the first day of summer, the
summer solstice, when the Sun reaches its northernmost point along the horizon
and actually seems to stand still for a couple of days. In fact the word solstice
means "Sun stands still". And most of us were taught that the first day of summer
is the longest day of the year meaning the day of longest daylight.
Now after the solstice the Sun appears to reverse its direction and rises and sets
just a little bit farther south each successive day. And the amount of daylight gets a
little less each day. Then on the first day of autumn, the autumnal equinox, the Sun
will once again rise due east and set due west and the amount of daylight will be
equal to the amount of night. Then the Sun will continue its journey rising and set-
ting a little bit farther south each day and the amount of daylight will continue to
get shorter and nights longer until the first day of winter, the winter solstice, when
the Sun will reach its farthest point south and once again appear to solstice, that is
stand still. And we will experience the shortest day of the year meaning the day of
least sunlight and most night. But experience is a strange word because even
though the first day of winter is the shortest day of the year, nevertheless it doesn't
feel like it to most people. This feeling can be explained.
You see, more people experience sunsets than sunrises and at northern latitudes
the earliest sunsets occur during the first week of December. Sunset actually oc-
curs a little bit later each day as we move closer to the winter solstice. So although
the days really are getting shorter it's because the Sun is rising later each morning
and since most people judge the length of a day by sunset time and not sunrise this
is why the days at the beginning of December usually feel shorter than the actual
shortest day of the year. It's simply a matter of human perception. If however
you're an early riser and get up with the chickens then the first days of January
will feel like the shortest days of the year because that's when the days of latest
sunrise occur. Are you a morning person or an evening person? What feels like the
shortest day to you? 1 Jack Horkhimer


For the week:
December 17-23, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Your creative ideas must be put to good use. Be sure
to cover all the necessary groundwork before signing binding contracts. You will
meet new romantic partners through the company you keep. Be careful; your ideas
are good but make sure that you're realistic and start off on solid ground. Your lucky
day this week will be Saturday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) If it can make you extra cash, it will be even better.
You may want to make changes that will turn your entertainment room into a real
family affair. You will find that valuable knowledge can be gained if you are willing
to listen. Be sure to spend time helping children with projects that are too difficult
for them to accomplish alone. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Changes at home will be necessary. You have
worked hard and the payback is now. You can make adjustments in your domestic
scene this week. Visit friends or relatives you rarely see. Your lucky day this week
will be Saturday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Sentimental feelings may make it difficult to get
much done at work. You can learn from those who have had similar experiences.
You will feel tired and rundown if you have allowed yourself to get into a financial
mess. Physical activity will help defuse your frustration. Your lucky day this week
will be Saturday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Opportunities to get involved in self improvement pro-
jects will be rewarding. Your home environment may be volatile if precautions
aren't taken. You may find yourself in an emotional fix if you interfere in other peo-
ple's problems. It's time to reevaluate your motives. Your lucky day this week will
be Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Plan a nice evening for two. Leave things as they are
for the moment and focus on reaching your highest potential at work. You may want
to make drastic changes concerning your personal partner. Do your chores and get
on with the things you enjoy doing. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Your unique contribution to the organization will en-
hance your reputation. You will take on too much if you aren't careful. Stick to ba-
sics. Don't let others bully you into agreeing with them. Be willing to listen, but
don't be fooled. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Deception may cause disputes you can do without.
Problems with gas, oil, or water in your home may disrupt your routine. You could
be misinterpreted if you're not careful. Romantic opportunities will be plentiful if
you go out with friends. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) A passionate encounter with your mate
should help alleviate that pent-up energy. Don't let someone take the credit for a job
you did. Get involved in philosophic groups that will enlighten you. You are best to
avoid confrontations. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You may have the energy to clear up that
mound of paperwork facing you. Don't let your personal dilemmas interfere with
your goals. Children could cost you more than you can afford. Your stubborn nature
will backfire if you give your mate an ultimatum. Your lucky day this week will be
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Your talent will be recognized. Don't jump as
quickly as you usually do. Don't be too eager to buy things for those who really
don't deserve it. Situations could easily get blown out of proportion if you have
made unreasonable promises. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Don't count on your friends to be loyal when it comes
to doing things. Controversial subjects should be avoided at all costs. Your emo-
tional stability may influence the changes taking place in your personal life. Don't be
too quick to judge partners or those you work with. Your lucky day this week will
be Sunday. 1

SFundraising Evening

Sfor King of the

Q I Caribbean 2005.
Holiday Concert by the Freewinds Band.

Enjoy Live Music

Date : Monday, December 20th, 2004
Time : 7:00 10:00 PM
Where : Freewinds
Price: 17.50 NAF/10.00 US$ Per Person

Tickets available at TCB & The Bonaire Windsurfing Place.
See you there!

Bonaire Reporter December 17 to December 24, 2004

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