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T he Antilles had a
birthday last week. A ha
The Kingdom Charter
(Statuut), the Antilles Con-
stitution which defined the
islands' freedoms and rela-
tionship with Holland, is
50 years old. At the time of,
its signing it stood as an
international example of7
modern de-colonization.
The support received from F
Holland based on the char- 1954. Back then Minister-President of the
ter over the years has con- Netherlands Antilles, Efrain Jonckheer, returns
tributed to a higher stan- after signing the Statute in The Netherlands 50
dard of living on the Dutch years ago December 15'h.
Caribbean islands than in
many other countries in the region. But some say it is no longer workable. The
Charter may be amended soon so the individual islands of the Netherlands Antilles
can have direct relations with Holland instead of through the Antillean Govern-
ment in Willemstad (as has been the case with Aruba since 1986).


A For the third year in a row, read-
ers of Scuba Diving magazine have
named Bonaire as the Top Dive Des-
tination in the Caribbean/Atlantic.
The 2005 Readers' Choice Awards
were recently announced in the Janu-
ary/February issue. Bonaire also re-
ceived the highest scores in the follow-
ing categories: Top Marine Life, Top
Shore Diving, Top Snorkeling, Top
Destination for Underwater Photogra-
phy and Top Beginner Diving.
"Scuba Diving is the only dive publi-
cation that asks readers to rate their
dive vacations for the benefit of other
divers," said Buck Butler, editor of the
magazine. "For this issue, the reporters


in the field are our readers, diving the
world and recording their observa-
tions." Thousands of Scuba Diving sub-
scribers and web users rated their ex-
periences at numerous dive destina-
tions.

A Captain Don and Janet will re-
turn (to follow his foot) to Bonaire
from Curacao this Thursday, Decem-
ber 23 at 12:30 pm on BonairExel.
The Reporter will be there to welcome
him back. We hope there will be a big
crowd to greet them! Join us.

A Bonaire is getting a resident gy-
necologist. As part of its continuing


upgrade of medical facilities on Bon-
aire, Fundashon Mariadal (which over-
sees San Francisco Hospital and other
medical services on Bonaire) brought
on board Dr. Jan Broodt. The contract
signed between Mariadal and Dr.
Broodt is part of a plan to integrate doc-
tors into the organizational structure
(medisch ge ntegreerd bedrijj) of Fun-
dashon Mariadal.
Dr. Broodt joins Dr. Rob van der
Veen, the general surgeon, as the sec-
ond specialist to join the foundation.
Currently, Dr. Broodt provides ser-
vices to patients who are private payers,
insured through the Government, BZV,
and private medical insurances. How-
ever, Fundashon Mariadal is negotiat-
ing with the SVB to service SVB in-
sured clients, otherwise OB-GYN pa-
tients have to go to Curaqao. The prob-
lem is that the SVB fees approved by
the Central Government does not cover
hospital costs for patient care.
This problem is so severe that health
economist Gijs Boas presented it in sur-
vey report he did recently for the gov-
ernment on Bonaire. On page 6 of this
report he states that if the SVB tariffs
will not be adapted the San Francisco
(Continued on pvae 6)


IN THIS ISSUE
Santa Visits Rincon 4
KLM's First Christmas Flight 5
Bonaire's First Christmas 5
Daantje Transferred -Police News 7
New Windsurf Team Riders 8
Sailing and Surfing at Year End 9
Triathlon Results 10
Making Yoga Work for You 11
Where to Find The Reporter 11
SGB Christmas Market 12
Marsh6 Rincon 13
New Croccantino Chefs 14
International Student Chef
Competition Nears 15
Pan Pasku Pa Selibon 16
Fun with Flounders (Dee Scarr) 22
Turtle Travels (Funny) 22

WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Vessel List & Tide Table 8
Classifieds 14
Pet of the Week (Natasha) 17
Picture Yourself
(Fox, Alaska; Bonaire Hat) 18
What's Happening 19
Micro Movie Review 19
Shopping & Dining Guides 20
On the Island Since
(Chile and Linda Ridley) 21
Bonaire Sky Park 23
The Stars Have It 23






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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: Lars G. de Brabander, Dodo, Don & Desiree, Jack
Horkheimer, Greta Kooistra, Dabney Lassiter, Ann Phelan, Dee
Scarr, Alex Semeleer, Michael Thiessen, Andy Uhr, 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-
kerij


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VISITS RINCON


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KLM'S FIRST CHRISTMAS FLIGHT


E xactly seven decades ago
a lot of people, both in 1
Holland and here in the Nether-
lands Antilles and Aruba, were
looking forward to the first trans-
Atlantic flight of the Snip. This
was not merely for its historic
value to civil aviation but for what the
Snip was bringing. It was loaded with
Christmas mail put on board by people
in Holland for their beloved faraway
families and acquaintances in the west:
Surinam, Venezuela and Curaqao.
KLM had given a lot of advance pub-
licity to the pioneer flight, offering to
take along Christmas letters and cards.
The offer was extremely well received,
and on December 14, 1934, no less
than 26,521 Christmas letters and pack-
ages were taken on board for delivery
on time and at the right destinations for
the upcoming festive days of Christmas
and New Years.
It was the first time that the Christ-
mas post was delivered by air to the
Netherlands Antilles (and Aruba), and
it all went perfectly well right from the
beginning. Since then the load of
Christmas post has only grown more
rapidly and massively. Due to the Inter-
net and other modem telecommunica-
tion facilities, the traditional Christmas
post may have diminished somewhat,
yet it is still there, now both by airways
and airwaves.
Today, on behalf of the staff and per-
sonnel of KLM in the Netherlands An-
tilles and Aruba, we'd like to wish all


our travelers
joyful holi- x
days, hope-
fully sur-
rounded by
those most
dear to them.
SLars G. de
Brabander,
KLM Com-
mercialMan- "
ager Carib- -
bean Area :
Editor's
note: The tri- j j
motor Fok-
ker F-XVIII
made a cross-
ing from Am-
sterdam via
Paramaribo to Curacao, carrying
maiL The 11,000 km. (4,000 over wa-
ter) flight landed eight days after take-
offfrom Schiphol, on December 22,
1934, in Curacao. The captain was J.
J. Hongdong; co-pilot/navigator, J.J.
van Balkom; engineer, L.D. Stolk;
wireless operator, S. v.d.Molen. The
route was from Amsterdam via Mar-
seille, Alicante, Casablanca, Cabo
Verde, Paramaribo and Caracas.


BONAIRE'S

FIRST CHRISTMAS


t was a time of change, both socially
and politically. The Queen wanted
to know more about the population in the
kingdom so everyone had to go to the
place where they were from to register.
Joseph and Maria had to go to Bonaire.
They had no friends in Bonaire and did
not know any of their relatives. However,
by royal decree they were obliged to re-
turn to Bonaire to register.
They arrived in Bonaire aboard the mo-
tor vessel, Niagara, to discover an island
of fresh air and clean waters. As they
were walking on the main street, looking
for a place to stay, they met a man who
told them about Pension Reina: "good
place, not expensive." However, when
they arrived there, all the rooms were
already occupied. They knocked on many
doors, only to find "no" for an answer.
Maria was in her last days of preg-
nancy. So they moved slowly, reaching
guest houses where others already were
queuing up to book their room. Joseph,
worried about his wife, was getting nerv-
ous. "Don't be afraid, Joe," Maria said.
"We didn't get a room in Playa because
God has a better place for us."
After leaving the city, Joseph saw
many donkeys. They were not shy, and
they could approach them. Joseph got a
donkey and made a simple saddle. With
Maria on the donkey's back they moved
faster, going north along the coast. A boy
told them that farther north there were
caves where fishermen used to spend the
night. Finally, they reached the caves.
From brushwood, Joseph made a broom
and cleaned the place. "Well, darling," he


said, "it's
not much
but better
than noth-
ing." Maria
was too
tired to an-
swer. She
kept feeling
this pain...
"Joe," she
said, "I
think the time has come." Joseph made
the necessary preparations and helped
her. Orion was quietly shining high in the
sky. Suddenly the sky was filled with
flocks of Bonaire parrots, changing the
color of the sky to green with hues of
black, blue and red. The screech of hun-
dreds of birds filled the air, echoed in the
caves and made Maria's labor pain cries
less audible.
In this symphony of nature, at a most
humble place, Jesus came to earth. Maria
cried from happiness and Joseph did not
know what else to do.
In the early morning hours fishermen
came by with reef fish. From Purunchi,
Gutu and Scandlchi they made a very
strong soup. "Drink this madam; this is
'aw 'i playa. This soup will give you
strength. When they left, the sun was
coming up.
"Joe, my son is going to be a very im-
portant person."
"For how long, Mary?" Joseph asked.
"For thousands of years, Joe."
Joseph grinned, showing his strong
white teeth. O Alex Semeleer


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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued fom page 2)
Hospital will have significant financial
problems in 2005.

A Antillean Minister of Transport
and Communication, Omayra Leef-
lang, is holding up a
permit for regional
flights by Exel. Be-
cause of recent nega-
tive publicity in Hol-
land she says she
wants to be sure all
doubts concerning the
company are removed. "I have no rea-
son to think there's anything wrong
with the Caribbean operation," said the
Minister.

AA recent survey of 1,108 Dutch
men and women in Holland investi-
gated their perceptions about the
Netherlands Antilles and Aruba.
More than half (55%), when asked what
they thought about first when the is-
lands were mentioned, gave positive
responses like "good climate, a vacation
destination with nice nature and
beaches," "the culture" and "the peo-
ple." Only one in five (22%) associated
the Antilles and Aruba with "drugs"
and "bolita swallowers."
A majority feels Holland should assist
the islands to improve education, fight
crime and erase poverty. Only one in
five in the 18- to 34-year group is fa-
miliar with the Kingdom Charter, while
close to half (48%) of those over 55 are.
Only 13% were able to name all five
islands of the Netherlands Antilles.


can see a fiery glow. Is Curaqao burn-
ing? No, it's just the Isla refinery again.
Things there seem a bit out of control
environmentally e with contaminated
catalytic powder being released into the
air, mysterious gigantic bags filled with
light colored contaminated sand being
surreptitiously buried on refinery prop-
erty and now the never-ending fires.
The refinery is under notice to reduce
pollution, but with thousands employ-
ees on the island, which already has
high unemployment, a shutdown is out
of the question.

A Judge Jan Harm Bosch was
harsh in his sentencing of the defen-
dants in the Post Office fraud cases.
"They misappropriated almost a million
guilders belonging to the old Post NV
in Curaqao," he said. Former chairman
of the Board of Directors, Roy Heeren-
veen, was sentenced to three years in
prison. Lucette Komproe-Kwidama,
owner of Pinnacle Insurance, and her
husband, former Post director Hedwig
Komproe, were sentenced to two years
each. Former Board of Directors mem-
ber, Rufus McWilliam, received a con-
ditional sentence of 18 months with two
years probation, mostly due to his age
combined with his ill health. Post attor-
ney Andr6 Small was acquitted. "This
is an extremely appalling example that
creates a feeling of indignation towards
those confronted with it, as well as a
lack of trust in government. ... the
credibility of the institution also was
damaged," concluded the judge.


ers, Curaqaoans Germaine and Richie
Reginald, who were both pilots for
ALM. The previous owners and foun-
ders, Carla Siercke and Hans Peter
Barth, we heard, are building a house in
Curaqao and going fishing. The
Reginalds say there are no changes in
the operation and planes will continue
to keep flying on schedule.

A Bonaire's expert surgeon, Dr. Rob
van der Veen, has been cleared of any
wrongdoing in a case of a bolita swal-
lower who died from the effects of the
cocaine balls she swallowed. An in-
quiry revealed that the woman most
likely had swallowed more cocaine
balls after surgery.
The 29-year old woman was arrested
at the airport on May 8, 2004, on suspi-
cion of bolita swallowing. She was
admitted to the hospital, complaining of
stomach pain. In the hospital, she defe-
cated numerous cocaine balls. She was
discharged from the hospital on May 9,
but re-admitted on May 10, again with
stomach pains. Dr van der Veen oper-
ated on her that same night and re-
moved 53 more bolita balls from her
stomach. The woman died on May 19.
An autopsy disclosed one of bolitas that
were found in the woman's body had
split open and killed her. Thorough
investigation revealed that the woman
had possibly swallowed more cocaine
balls after the surgery on May 10 and
before she died.

A Park Manager Fernando Simal
writes that "both the long and the


SBai Bini Air Charters, which short routes are open to high clear-
A If you look west after dark you operates DiviDivi Air, has new own- ance vehicles (vans, jeeps, pick ups)


in Washington Park (WSNP). The
Park looks great!" Plus he reports that
the construction work of the library at
the Washington Park entrance is fin-
ished thanks to a grant from the Prins
Bernhard Cultuur Fonds. He adds,
"Now we need BOOKS and/or DOCU-
MENTS! The library is intended to pro-
vide information on topics related to
Bonaire in general and WSNP in par-
ticular, so if you have any books, old or
new, that you would like to donate or
sell regarding the following topics, let
us know, porfavor: geology, history,
flora, fauna, archaeology, diving, old
maps, scientific research documents,
old documents, pictures, field guides,
bird ID guides, reptile ID guides, flora
ID guides, any others that you think are
good to have available."

A The Bonaire Basketball Federa-
tion (BBF) is looking for youth mem-
bers maximum age 16 to play on
our teams at an inter-island tournament
on Bonaire in April, 2005. Information:
786-0060 or 791-4750.

A Support Bonaire, a philanthropic
organization that solicits funds from
American donors, reports they have re-
ceived and passed on almost $19,000
in donations from generous donors to a
variety of projects on Bonaire. They
report, "The projects and organizations
we support work steadfastly, day in and
day out, to improve the lives of Bon-
aire's young children, promote the is-
land's rich history and culture, and pro-
vide for the protection and well being
of the island's environment and ani-
(Continued on page 7)


Bonaire Reporter December 24 to December 31, 2004


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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continuedfrom page 6)
mals. They include: Sea Turtle Conser-
vation Bonaire, Bonaire Animal Shel-
ter, Bonaire Donkey Sanctuary, Bonaire
National Marine Park, Fundashon pa
Bon Koral (Coral Resource Manage-
ment), Foundation for the Preservation
of Klein Bonaire, Maria Hoppner Foun-
dation, Stichting voor Kunst en Cultuur
van Bonaire (Foundation for Bonaire
Art & Culture), Wowo di Bario, Jong
Bonaire and Mangasina di Rei."
Visit their website at http://www.
SupportBonaire.org for information
about these organizations.

P Justine
Gonggrijp,
who is Bon-
aire's Assis-
tant Prose-
cutor, has
just been
promoted to
Plaatsvervan-
gend officier,
which means
she is the
"Substitute
Prosecutor." In this capacity she can
carry out all the same duties as does the
Prosecutor, except go to court. How-
ever, after a "training period" of a few
months she will be able to do that as
well. When Prosecutor Ernst Wesselius
is not present, Ms. Gonggrijp will sub-
stitute for him. Congratulations,
Justine!
*Take a look at the Benetton Adver-
tisement on page 22. Those aren't pro-
fessional models but members of Jong


CHIEF DAANTJE TRANSFERRED?


T here has been significant pres-
sure from some interests in Bon-
aire to replace Police Chief Gerold
Daantje. They cite the poor perform-
ance of the police force in solving
crimes, overreaction to public expres-
sions of dissent and an overall lack of
leadership and police training. Several
weeks ago The Reporter disclosed that
the St. Maarten Chief of Police, Rich-
ard Panneflek, had been approached to
take over command of the police in
Bonaire.
Early last week, on December 13th
Chief Daantje received a communica-
tion from the Minister of Justice, Nor-
berto Ribeiro, that he was assigned to
new duties in Curaqao beginning De-
cember 15". This news did not sit well
with the policemen of Bonaire. They
believe their chief was shamefully and
rudely treated and given insufficient
notice. They underscored this by pick-
eting in front of the Pasangrahan
(Island Council meeting hall), sending
the Justice Minister a stern letter with
their complaints: the unexpected re-
moval of their Chief of Police, the un-

Bonaire. Keep an eye on future Benet-
ton ads for more of these youngsters
wearing Bonaire Benetton fashions.
They are: Imka-Maria Thomas, Paulo
Allee and Rhoda Celestijn.


derstaffing and lack of material for the
force and the Minister's poor commu-
nication with authorities on Bonaire.
They collected signatures from the pub-
lic in support of their chief. The Police
Union supported the action.
The next day Minister Ribeiro visited
Bonaire to speak with police and other
Bonaire officials. The police union also
contacted Jopie Abraham, the leader of
the political opposition and a Member
of Parliament who promised to make
inquiries at the national level. During a
radio interview on Mega FM's "The
Forum" Thursday edition, Abraham
confirmed the reports of the shabby
treatment of the Chief and added that
Chief Daantje himself had requested
reassignment months ago. He com-
mented that a police chief cannot be
removed without ministerial level dis-
cussions, and he was unaware of any.
Interestingly, according to Abraham,
the Chief was also relieved of his com-
mand in the same message that reas-
signed him. As we go to press, how-
ever, no replacement has reported for
duty on Bonaire and Chief Daantje is

AMany of our Bonaire restaurants
are going all out for special holiday
meals this year. There's everything
from the traditional to the exotic. See
their ads in this edition of The Reporter.


still on the
job. The
transfer is
on hold.
The police
continued
their job
action for
another
day before
returning
to work.
G.D.

POLICE ChiefDaantje
NEWS
Prosecutor Ernst Wesselius reports
that it was relatively quiet last week
with no drug arrests.
Two scooters were stolen, one of
which is the only means of mobility for
a handicapped man who works at the
FKPD (handicapped foundation) in
Rincon. The Extra newspaper reported
the story with photos, causing a public
outcry against the crime and offers of
financial and other kinds of aid. A sus-
pect, a juvenile with numerous of-
fenses, is being held. O L.D.


All of us at The Bonaire Reporter
wish you a wonderful and joyful holi-
day season. And especially warm
thanks to our faithful advertisers
who continue to support us so we can


say, "It's Still Free!" 1 G./L.D.
A Correction from last week's Re- AFLASH! Ramonsito Booi, Bon-
porter. The Picture Yourself article it aire's top political leader, is scheduled
should read, "Leipzig in the Eastern to be interviewed on the English lan-
part of Germany," rather than "East- guage FORUM radio show, Thursday, pi
Germany." 22 December. 12 noon. 101.1 FM.


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WINDSURF SCENE AT SOROBON


NEW TEAM RIDERS


T wo deserving junior windsurf-
ers will join some of their
multi-talented Bonaire brethren to
achieve sponsorship with an interna-
tional windsurfing brand. Jaeger Sint
Jago, 15, and Arthuro "Payo" Soliano,
14, are now team riders for Angulo
Boards, an international windsurf com-
pany headed by one of the windsurfing
pioneers, Josh Angulo. With the recom-
mendations of top pro, Taty Frans, and
Ann Phelan, Josh decided to take a
chance and sponsor these two rising
stars to represent his company.
Josh Angulo from Hawaii is only 30
but has a vision to create boards that
give a windsurfer the best gear to fol-
low their passion. Josh's faith that these
two riders are noble and passionate
enough has enabled them to earn two
free boards to follow their dream.
There are many levels of sponsorship.
Top team members such as Michael
Jordan make millions of dollars for en-
dorsing products such as Nike. In the
windsurfing community some of the
top sailors can earn decent money
through self promotion and sponsor-
ship. Some riders have clauses in their
contracts that pay for each photo that
shows the rider using their gear. Others
are paid a monthly salary. Team riders
like Payo and Jaeger get free gear in
exchange for promotion. To promote,
the riders are expected to adhere to a
rigorous training program, do well in
school, attend and compete in as many
events as possible and to hopefully win.
They must maintain contact with their


sponsors and have good character and
leadership ability. Most of all they
must possess drive, motivation and pas-
sion.
Currently, Bonaire has riders spon-
sored by the best companies in the
windsurf world. Because Bonaire's first
pros like Keke Dammers, Ro Mayer
and Tonky and Taty Frans paved the
way for their team mates to strut their
stuff, windsurfers in Bonaire can cer-
tainly aspire to be sponsored. Compa-
nies like Angulo see the Bonaire riders
as excellent marketing tools. When you
see a Bonaire sailor with lots of stickers
on the sail, it shows their level of spon-
sorship. For instance, Kiri Thode, Bon-
aire's hottest young pro, has many
stickers from his sponsors which in-
clude Starboard.
For the parents of Jaeger and Payo
this is a dream come true. Most of Bon-
aire's hard working windsurf parents
pay large amounts of money to person-
ally fund this costly sport. Some of the
kids, like Jaeger who is sponsored by
Budget Marine, have local sponsors
who help defray the costs of expensive
gear. This type of community support is
invaluable.

Just how much does gear cost? The
average board runs around $800 to
$1,400. Sails are around $300 to $500.
One needs a carbon or aluminum boom
and mast for the sail, each around $400,
and then fins, mast extensions, har-
nesses, harness lines, up hauls and foot
straps. One rig can cost over $2,500.


And if that sounds like a lot, MOST
sailors own several rigs. One sail won't
work in all wind conditions. High
winds require small sails, and in turn
low winds require larger sails to catch
the breeze.
Jaeger and Payo are very fortunate to
have achieved a team rider position. As
we speak their new carbon boards are
being shipped out of Europe, so look
for them at the next freestyle event, the
Holiday Freestyle Event, December
26th at Lac Suite in Bonaire. See www.
anguloboards.com for more information
on this sponsor. O Story andphoto by
Ann Phelan


Ann Phelan is the Bonaire based owner
of Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations, a
windsurf and eco tour specialty travel
service. She is also the Event Coordina-
tor of the Annual Bonaire PWA King of
the Caribbean. To book a trip or consult
with Ann email her at:
ann(@bonairewindsurfing.com


KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
12-2411:27 2.1FT. 21:12 0.7FT. 69
12-25 11:56 2.1FT. 22:02 0.7FT. 73
12-26 12:25 2.1FT. 22:39 0.7FT. 76
12-27 12:58 2.1FT. 23:12 0.7FT. 78
12-28 13:29 2.0FT. 23:45 0.7FT. 77
12-29 0:14 0.7FT. 13:56 1.9FT. 75
12-30 0:46 0.8FT. 14:24 1.8FT. 72
12-31 1:07 0.9FT. 14:54 1.7FT. 67
1-01 1:12 0.9FT. 15:01 1.5FT. 61


VESSELS MAKING A PORT CALL:^


Angie
Alegria, USA
Aleuya
Bingo
Bright Sea
Camissa, Chan Is.
Cape Kathryn
Coral Moon

Dallia
Delphinius
Desire
Dulcinea
Elza
Firemoose
Flying Cloud, USA

Galandriel
Gammler
Gatsby, USA
Grey Lady
Guaicamar I, Venezuela.


Jandreso
Inspiration
Isukara
Luna C. USA
Mahi Mahi
Maggi
Mary Morgan
Michelle
Midnight of Goodrich
Moon Rice
Nana Marie
Natural Selection, USA
Nowdays

One Way Wind
Odetta
Oniro

Papillon
Pisces III
Plane Sailing
Precocious Gale, USA
Pura Vida


Sandpiper, USA
Serendipty
Sirius
Sylvia K
Surprise

Ta-B
Ti Amo, USA
Tsih
Tartufo
Tween, Netherlands

Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicorn, Norway

Varedhuni, Germany
Ventura II, Costa Rica
Verena
Windmiller, Canada

Ya-T, BVI
Zahi, Malta


Bonaire Reporter December 24 to December 31, 2004


Jaeger Sint Jago, andArthuro "Payo" Soliano


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SAILING & SURFING

at the END of the YEAR


beer, etc...
Regatta Results:
Optimist B: Jim, first; Urs, second
Optimist C: Olivier, first; Chip, second
Catamaran: Pieter Sweers, first; Geerlof
& Anita v/d Wal, second
Windsurf Super Kids: Amado Vrieswijk,
first; Jurgen Saragoza, second, Linomar
Isebia, third.
Windsurf Men: Elton "Tati" Frans, first;
Ethienne Soliano, second
Windsurf Women: Femke van der Valk.
Windsurf Junior: Jaeger Sint Jago, first;
Bjorn Saragoza, second
Fishing Boats: Aranza -Captain Jopi Soli-
ano, first; Barabas -Captain Oswin Marga-
rita, second; Tu y Yoy Tu -Captain Con-


A dying breed-the Bonairefishing
boat -under sail

Sunfish, Optimists, windsurfers,
Hobie Cats, catamarans and fish-
ing boats joined the 'End of the Year'
Regatta last Sunday in Playa at 'Kas di
Regatta.' Except for the Optimists all
the other racers rounded Klein Bonaire
in a relaxed race where to participate
was more important than winning. No
trophies are awarded at this regatta. It
is unique on Bonaire because the prizes
are items related to the holiday: hams,


Sunfish duke it out after the start
Sunfish A: Franklin Soliano, first, Her-
nando Velandia Vargas, second
Sunfish Junior: Kevin Dijkhof, first; Nico-
las second

The next races will be on the third Sun-
day in January. OMarian Walthie


stantino Saragoza.


Bonaire Keporter uecemDer 24 to uecemDer 1, zuu4


Photos by
Marian Walthie


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TRIATHLON ,'"' f
RESULTS

C ool and sunny conditions were the
order of the day at the start of the 2004
Jong Bonaire Triathlon. Wet weather
the previous evening might have been
the cause of the poor turnout for the
second annual Jong Bonaire Triathlon.
Last year 159 participated, this year
only 31.
The winners were:
Kids
1. Juliano Clarenda 1:34:22 (Last year
second-this year first)
2. Archundro Fines
Women
1. Annemiek LeNoble 1:08:29
2. Simone Sweers Ladies winner Annemiek relaxes
3. Erika Sanders
Men
1. Frank Bohm 1:07:25
2. David Foster
3. Tim Brunt The
Team with Kids winning
1. Antje Guntho, Eric v/d/Keuken, Giada Team
Binelli 1:12:01 with
2. Steve Wilsoe, Sharlon Sumter, Riavently Kids:
Paulina
3. Team Essers: Tomas (4% ), Yasmin
(7), Laslo (11) and Imre (too young to Eric,
mention) Giada
and
Adult Team
1. Peter Zweers, Eduard Vingerhoets, Jan Antje
Welter 0:58:25
2. Fred Ros, Hernando Velandia Vargas,
Willy Gerits 0


The Bonaire Reporter's Marian Walthiefinishes


Fastest team: Peter, Eduard and Jan


Bonaire Reporter December 24 to December 31, 2004


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YOGA FOR YOU



AS THE YEAR DRAWS TO AN END, IT
IS WORTH EXAMINING THE RISE OF
YOGA AS A MAJOR STRESS RELIEVER,
FITNESS PROVIDER AND AS A TOOL
FOR CONTENTMENT.

T he best part about yoga is that
it understands the complex
relationship that exists between the
body and mind.
Yoga grows on you in a way that the breath synchronizes body and mind per-
fectly.
As this harmony is developed, contentment is created which makes you want it
to go on.
Yoga understands the union between the body, mind and energy. It simultane-
ously works in an interconnected manner so that the development of the body
automatically leads to the development of the mind and energy and visa versa.
How it works
As you do yoga exercises with awareness on the movement pattern it creates a
three-fold effect:
It provides the physical toning to the applicable muscles, organs, joints and
ligaments.
Simultaneously, this unlocks the energy blockages and help in channeling the
energy (Prana) appropriately.
Also, as the physical exercises are carried out with awareness-an awareness of
the breath flow and awareness of the body parts during the movements-it exer-
cises the mind by creating the right thought pattern for effective meditation.
As you proceed, you will feel the effect that yoga has on your mind. The think-
ing will become clearer; the head lighter as you experience a unique calmness.
This in turn will motivate you to practice on a daily basis, which will tone your
body in a better manner.
With the New Year soon approaching, it is perhaps the best time to give yourself
a great opportunity for self-development-it will be one resolution that you wished
you had made earlier.
Life is beautiful and yoga helps you realize it.
Embrace yoga for what it provides to your mind and body.
Happy New Year. O Don & Desiree


WHERE TO FIND

THE REPORTER
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Exito Bakery
Bonaire Super Store (old 7-7)
Aboard Airline:
BONAIREXEL
Hotels:
Airport: Buddy Dive
Car Rental Agencies, Capt. Don's Habitat
Airport Arrivals Area Carib Inn
Caribbean Club Bonaire
Banks: Dive Inn
MCB (Playa & Hato branches), Divi Flamingo
RBTT Eden Park Hotel
Harbour Village
Bookstores: Lion's Dive
Bonaire Boekhandel, Plaza
Flamingo Boekhandel Sand Dollar

Realty Offices: Supermarkets:
Harbourtown Cultimara
Re/Max Consales
SSunbelt More for Less
Progresso
Restaurants: Sand Dollar Grocery
Bistro de Paris Tropical Flamingo
Brasserie Bonaire Warehouse
Capriccio
Chez Lucille Others:
City Cafe Bonfysio
Croccantino Botika Korona
Wil's Tropical Grill Bestuurscollege
Garden Cafe Caribbean Laundry
SKentucky Fried Chicken Customs
Lost Penguin Fit 4 Life
Lover's Ice Cream Hair Affair
Pasa Bon Pizza Harbour Village Marina
Seahorse Cyber Cafe Parliament
Subway Rocargo
TCB
Shops: Telbo
Bonaire Gift Shop
Cellular One RINCON:
City Shop Chinese Store,
DeFreewieler Joi Fruit Store,
Inpo Lemari Grocery,
Paradise Photo Rincon Bakery.
Photo Tours, Playa


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Bonaire Reporter December 24 to December 31, 2004


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SGB CHRISTMAS MARKET-

A JOYFUL HAPPENING


A
huge
crowd
helped the
third an-
nual
Christmas
Market of
the SGB
high
school
turn out to
be a most
pleasant andjoyful gathering.
"Unexpected," math teacher Ray Finies
remarked. "I am delighted so many
people (families) and students showed
up.
Finies and colleague Edi Carolina
(English, Dutch and Papiamentu
teacher) were the hosts of the evening
to announce all the performing acts on
the stage (karaoke and dance). Not only
did they serve as professional MCs but
the performances of the students from
all different classes were even more
professional and exciting. "Stars are
born...here at SGB," someone re-
marked.
But there was a lot more than per-
forming. The students did a wonderful
job in inventing all kind of games and
activities, among them a beer/cola taste
test, makeup and manicure service, a
Play Station 'house' and a second-hand


and new book sale. However, the
Spooky Ghost House turned out to be
the most popular adventure. All evening
long lines formed at the Ghost House. It
seemed to be so real and scary that the
lights had to be turned on several times
because the youngest children became
too frightened.
And of course no Christmas Market is
complete without Santa Claus, "Ho, ho,
ho," and delicious snacks and
'goodies.'
Sharlene Winklaar, an SGB student,


was the lucky winner of the door prize
from BonairExel, where you had to be
present to win. Roosje van der Hoek-
Goeloe, sales manager of BonairExel,
congratulated the happy Sharlene with a
round trip ticket to Curaqao.
Teaching couple Carolien (art) and
Pim (chemistry) van der Moolen evalu-
ated the event. "We are so pleased to
see what the immense cooperation of
students and teachers showed us to-
night. It's a very successful event and
stimulating end of the year," the satis-
fied couple confessed. Bon Pasku i Fe-
lis Aha Nobo! O Story and Photos by
Marian Walthie


Bonaire Reporter December 24 to December 31, 2004


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INSIDE


MARSHE


RINCON
M arsh6 Rincon is the official
name of the market place in
Rincon. Last November 11 Marsh6
Rincon celebrated its first lustrum (five
years). It was time to look back to five
years ago when 10 women and one man
founded what has now grown to be the
Marsh6 Rincon.
The number of founding mothers
compared to only one man in this group
is remarkable, and this unbalance has
remained through the years. There are
now more men active in the Marsh6,
but they are still greatly outnumbered
by the women. In many market places
around the world there seems to be an
equal number of men and women in-
volved. After some questioning around
I found out a few reasons. Men think
that it's women's work. Men feel that
people will think that they are in great
need of money. For this reason also,
there are men who do not want their
wives to sell in the market. Generally,
men on Bonaire think that selling goods
publicly or on a market place is some
kind of work for a beggar. Conse-
quently when asked if they want their
son to become a salesperson, most men
say no. With this present situation, the
future does not hold much promise ei-
ther. Teenagers do not seem to want to
help their parents in the market.


The
organiz-
ers of
the mar-
ket in
Rincon
are now
trying
their
very
best to
involve
younger
people.
The
board of
the Mar-
sh6 Rin-
con has
great
plans to
spread
its
wings
and aim
at a
broader
Maria Kocks Sint Jago,
cus-
us-e founder of the now famous
to mer
tomerSoldachi Tours
base.
Market-
ing efforts are being made to attract
people from Curamao and Aruba to
Marsh6 Rincon. Because of their lim-
ited financial resources, the committee
is doing this by sending press releases
to all newspapers, radio and TV sta-
tions. It's not that easy. There are a few
hurdles to overcome. People will not
pay $80 a night to come to the Rincon
Market Place. One possible solution is


being worked out privately by
one member of the committee.
The idea is to organize a pool
of persons who have empty
rooms that they would like to
make available for guests for a
low price. Future guests can
call a contact person who will
refer them to the available
rooms of their choice.
The committee is also work-
ing on organizing training ses-
sions for the market vendors,
teaching them selling and
presentation techniques, giv-
ing them language training
and awareness of the impor-
tance of their work.
After five years of existence,
Marsh6 Rincon is alive and
kicking. [ Alex Semeleer


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JanArt Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7, Bon-
aire 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. Telephone (599) 717-7160.
For on-line yellow pages directory in-
formation go to http://www.
yellowpagesbonaire.com




PSYCHOLOGY
PRACTICE BONAIRE. Con-
sultation, Supervision, Hypnotherapy,
Psychotherapy Drs. Johan de Korte,
Psychologist, Phone: 717-6919

CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
Trees and Plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 of plants and nursery. Spe-
cializing in garden/septic pumps and
irrigation. Kaminda Lagoen 103, Is-
land Growers NV (Capt. Don and
Janet). Phone: 786-0956 or 787-0956

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




NEW NEW
BRASSERIE BONAIRE
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.
ROYAL PALM GALLERIES,
DOWNTOWN KRALENDIJK,
Kaya Grandi 26 F/G, TEL/FAX:
717-4321
NEW NEW

visit Gallery "MyArt" Mar-
jolein Fonseca-Verhoef call 785-
3988

Elegant greeting cards and
beautiful boxed note cards are now
available at Chat-N-Browse next to
Sand Dollar. Photography by Shelly
Craig. www.bonaireimages.com








FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy healing
China trained, Experienced. Inexpen-
sive. Call Donna at 785-9013


2 steel Scuba Tanks with boot,
good condition but need the '5 year
pressure test'. NAf50,- each. Phone
717-5038

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
NAf200
*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

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




For Rent: Perfect Location! 2-
bedroom, 1-bathroom apartment lo-
cated just 1 block from the ocean and 5
blocks from the center of Kralendijk.
The apartment features an updated
kitchen, large living room and two good
sized air conditioned bedrooms. Hot
ticket... Apartment will go fast! Call
717-7362

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). please call 717-2848


Wanted to buy, borrow or rent: a
wheelchair in good condition with
big wheels and foot support. Also a
walker. Call 786-0956.

Work pick-up truck wanted. Prefer
Hilux Type with 4 doors. Older is
fine, must be in excellent mechanical
condition. Looking to no more than
NAf2.000. Call 790-0959 ask for
Renee or email eginocchio @comcast.
net

WANT TO BUY: Loader/Backhoe in
good condition: Call George at 717-
8988/786-6125.


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NEWSPAPER BY ADVERTISING IN
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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


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

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


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


These two male dogs were found wan-
dering the street in the area of Habitat,
Buddy Dive, and on down to the Water
plant. Both dogs have collars and it is
apparent that they were raised together,
as they appear to be good friends. If you
happen to know who owns them, please
tell the owners that they can pick up their
dogs at the Animal Shelter, on Kaminda
Lagoen. Phone #717-4989


A large male dog black with brown
and tan markings was found in Niki-
boko, near the Kolegio Kristu Bon War-
dador School. This rather energetic fel-
low is only about 1 year
old. Call BONAIRE ANIMAL SHEL-
TER, Kaminda Lagoen #26-A, Open
Mon. through Fri., 10 am to 2 pm; Satur-
days until 1. Phone #717-4989


rIB*AREfST SO


Visit our shop:
SCUBA VISION
In town at Kaya Grandi #6
Phone 717-2844 or 785-9332
WWW. SCUBAVISION. INFO
E-mail: INFO@SCUBAVISION.INFO


Have Bonaire's professional
underwater filmmaker, Hendrik
Wuyts ("World of Ocean Films" and
"Eye On" Series -most recently in
Peru and Kenya), custom produce
an underwater video of your dive
for only $85.00.

VIDEO SERVICES
Digital stock footage
TV productions
Documentary films, DVDs
Weddings, Video art
Diving-windsurf films


Bonaire Reporter December 24 to December 31, 2004


tNew Croccantino Chefs
Arrive in Time for Christmas

Meet the
new chefs in
the kitchen of
Croccantino
Restaurant:
Head Chef
Fabrizio Ber-
narbini (right)
and Sous Chef
David Ardita.
Both gentle-
men are from
the province of
Tuscany in the
northern part
of Italy. As well
as the best Ital-
ian food on the
island, the
chefs will be
serving Christmas specials d la carte on December 24, 25 and 26. Stop in and say
hello to the newcomers. O


WANTED: Part time waiter or wait-


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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CHEF COMPETITION NEARS


Some of the members of the group working behind the scenes to make the
Bonaire International Culinary Student Competition 2005 a success: Vernon
"Nonchi" Martijn, Kees Leeman, Ann Leong, Sara Matera,, Sapphira Coffie,
Laura DeSalvo, Liz Rijna


teams competing: two from Bonaire,
three from Curaqao, three from Aruba
and one from St. Martin. Judging will
be according to internationally recog-
nized rules of the Caribbean Culinary
Foundation (CCF).
The teams and their coaches will ar-
rive on Thursday, January 13. The next
day, Friday, January 14, the competition
begins. During the competition there
will be two demonstrations open to the
public at Chez Nous: a bartending dem-
onstration from 4 to 6 pm and one on
pastries, time to be announced.
Then on Saturday, January 15, is the
Gala Awards Dinner, with proceeds go-
ing towards funding the event. O L.D.
be a buffet with "food stations," each
representing a different theme: Italian,
Caribbean, Dessert, etc. Attire is
"Caribbean Elegance with lots of
Color!" There are a limited number of
tickets, NAf55, available so call now to
reserve yours. Call Liz Rijna at the


CALL TO RESERVE
YOUR GALA DINNER TICKETS.

The Award Dinner is a buffet with
"food stations," each representing a
different theme: Italian, Caribbean,
Dessert, etc.

Attire is "Caribbean Elegance with
lots of Color!" There is a limited num-
ber of tickets available so call now to
reserve yours. They're NAf55.


Call Liz Rijna at the school at 717-
8120; Sara Matera at 786-9299; or
Laura DeSalvo at 791-7252. O L.D.


Bonaire Reporter December 24 to December 31, 2004


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PAN PASKU PA SELIBON


u


O n Friday, December 17thjust
before going home, all 45 em-
ployees of Selibon received a freshly
baked Pan Pasku (Christmas bread)
from a group of residents living in Sa-
badeco Shores who wanted to show
their appreciation for the good service
that this agency provides to our island.
This Christmas gift was the result of an
announcement made two weeks ago


that Selibon employees were again not
going to receive a Christmas bonus. As
a result, Mrs. Helmi Staartjes took the
initiative to mobilize Shores neighbors,
Jacques van Gennip, Rene Hakkenberg,
Jacqueline and Bart Landheer, Dabney
and Bob Lassiter and Paula Overakker
to participate in this special thank you.
"The people of Selibon do a great job
and they really deserve to be recog-


nized for it," said Mrs. Staartjes.
"Bonaire is the cleanest island in the
Caribbean; that's because of the work
of those dedicated people of Selibon."
Bonaire is indeed fortunate to have
Selibon working for it.
Special Bon Pasku wishes to all of the
employees and their families. O Photo
and story by Dabney Lassiter


Bonaire Reporter December 24 to December 31, 2004


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his is "Natasha" and
what a story she has.
During the sterilization pro-
gram in October she and
another dog appeared out-
side the Bonaire Animal
Shelter, but they were too
skittish and afraid to come
in. They lived on the street,
avoiding, by some miracle, being hit by
a car or truck. Every day Shelter Man-
ager Jurrie Mellema tried to coax the
two into the Shelter yard with food. Fi-
nally, after about a month, one of them
decided to enter, but Natasha still held
out. Jurrie still kept trying for another
month to gain her trust. Then one day
when she saw him she started jumping
and twirling. Jurrie got a ball and threw
it into the Shelter yard, with Natasha
right behind. Ever since she's been the
ideal pet: intelligent, loyal, social and
very cute. She's made it very clear that
there's no way she'll ever go back to
the street again. It's people she loves. In
fact she is so trustworthy that she is al-
lowed to run free in the Shelter yard but
still sticks close to Jurrie or one of his
staff if he's not around.
Natasha is very special and needs a
very special and appreciative owner.
She's a medium sized dog about seven
or eight months old, has longish hair, a
very alert and expressive face Her
companion, by the way, has already
been adopted.
The Shelter is on the Lagoen Road,
open Monday through Friday, 10 am to


"Natas a"

2 pm, Saturdays
4 u until 1. Tel. 717-
S 4989.

\ s ATTENTION
PET OWNERS:
It's fireworks time on the island now
until New Years, and the Shelter staff
says this is the worst time of year for
runaway dogs and cats who are terri-
fied of the noise. As it has in the past,
the Shelter will act as headquarters for
lost pets. If you find a lost animal or are
missing one, call them at 717-4989.

Please be cautious in setting off fire-
works, making sure that children and
pets are at a safe distance. A live fire-
work could be a disastrous "toy" that a
dog might try to retrieve.
Plan ahead so that your pet will have a
safe refuge from all the noise. If you
have a particularly nervous animal you
might check with the vet for tranquiliz-
ers. Another suggestion is to make sure
you have enough "chewies" on hand -
rubber, rawhide or other bones or pigs'
ears. The chewing will help them re-
lease their fears and nervousness. OL.D.


Bonaire Reporter December 24 to December 31, 2004


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PICTURE YOURSELF
WITH THE REPORTER
in

Fox, Alaska, U.S.A.


H ato area residents Bob and Joyce Clark had this photo taken of themselves
at a gold mine! It's the El Dorado mine in Fox, Alaska, just north of Fair-
banks, about 100 miles south of the Arctic Circle. O


BONAIRE
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WHArs


SWELY MOVIfE IHWTI

Call to make sure:
Usually 9:00 pm
The Grudge
Early Show (usually 7pm
Shall We Dance


Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. T


HAPPENING


S


ax)


NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM Shark Tale
SUNDAY MATINEE 4 PM
Without a Paddle


MICRO MOVIE REVIEW
Seen recently in
Movieland Cinema:
T he Grudge" by Ta-
"T kashi Shimizu, star-
ring Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sometimes I hate this job. Normally I
never go to horror movies because they
can really give me the creeps espe-
cially the good ones and "The Grudge"
is excellent in its genre. It gave me all
of what it's supposed to raised hair,
crawled skin and a sleepless night. If
you want to scare your girl friend, this
film will deliver, I promise, not to men-
tion the fact that you will probably be
scared witless, too.
"Grudge" can't be recommended for
someone who has a weak heart or for
children, but for someone who fancies
seeing something really frightening,
it's great. ODodo


THIS WEEK

Employees of the Central
Government on Bonaire
have been given two half
days for the Christmas
holidays. The Cabinet has
decided that federal em-
ployees working office hours will be off
from 11:30 am on both Friday, December
24 (Christmas Eve) and Friday, Decem-
ber 31 (New Year's Eve). This means all
Central Government offices will be
closed by noon.
Saturday, Dec. 25 Christmas Day
(Holiday). Stores closed
Sunday, Dec 26 Boxing Day (Holiday).

Sunday, Dec. 26th is the last 2004
windsurf event slated for 11 am at Lac
Suite. If winds are strong, a wave event
will be held, showing off the multi talents
of the Bonaire Team. If the winds are
light please head to Sorobon. There will
be either the crowd favorite, Wave Chal-
lenge or a Freestyle event.
At 7:15 that
e evening,
Gameland
will host a
Video Night
where Tonky
Frans and
other pros and
sailors will
show their
best 2004 DVDs of the action in Bonaire
and on the PWA tour. If you have a video
you wish to share, bring it along for this
fun movie night. Come at 7:15. Admis-


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sion is free. Beverages and food are
available for purchase.
Friday, Dec. 31 5k San Silvester Run.
Sponsored by Comcabon. Call Richard
Pietersz, 717-8629
Friday, Dec. 31 Fireworks all over
Bonaire! stores close early
Now 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)
Now through January 5, 2005 -Renate
van der Byl Art Exhibition at the Cin-
namon 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 786-
9563.
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days: Dec. 26-Oceana; Dec. 27-Queen
Mary 2, Dec. 28-Aida Vita, Dec. 29-
Silver Whisper

COMING
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 Interna-
tional Culinary Student Competition
2005 (students from ABC islands and St.
Martin)- Chef demonstrations -Chez
Nous, SGB- see page 15
Saturday, January 15 Bonaire Inter-
national Culinary Student Competi-
tion 2005 Gala Awards Dinner and
Cocktail Reception NAf55,place to be
announced -see page 15
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 Freestyle
Frenzy two days of the hottest fun free-
style.

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
www.bonaireworldfreestyle.com

EVERY WEEK
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while en-
joying a great dinner in colorful tropical
ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant
& Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm. Live Fla-
Bingo with great prizes, starts 7 pm, Divi
Flamingo
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria 717-6435
Monday -Rum Punch Party on the
beach at Lion's Dive. Dutch National
Products on Time Sharing and how to
save on your next vacation. 6:15 to 7 pm
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, So-
cial 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 Restau-
rant
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,


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

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit typical homes from the
17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 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 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 musicians.
Rincon Marsh6- 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.

CHURCH SERVICES
International Bible Church of Bonaire-
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-
8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papia-
mentu, Dutch and English on Sundays at
10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting and
Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonkman.
717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu,


ONGREGASHON PROTESTANT
DI BONEIRU
kdiensten/ Sirbishinan Kerst en Oud en
Nieuw/ Pasku i Aiia Nobo:


Buddy Dive Resort, K(
5:30-6:30 pm
Friday- Open House Ker
with Happy Hour at
the JanArt Gallery at
Kaya Gloria #7, from 24 December
5-7 pm. Kralend
Saturdays Rincon
Marsh6 opens at 6 25 December
am 2 pm. Enjoy a Rincon 9
Bonairean breakfast
while you shop: fresh 26 December
fruits and vegetables, Gezame
gifts, local sweets and Kralend
snacks, arts and Kinderk
handicrafts, candles, Kralend
incense, drinks and 31 December
music. www. 7.00 p.n
infobonaire.com/ 2 Januari Ni
2 January Nit
rincon Rincon
Every day by appoint-
ment -Rooi De Kerkenraad'
Lamoenchi Kunuku wenst U allen een
Park Tours Bo- Nieuwjaar 2005.
nairean kunuku. $12
(NAfl2 for Bonaire
residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is open
daily for hot slot machines, roulette and
black jack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm- 4
am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.


Oudejaarsavonddienst Ds. J. Jonkman
i. Kralendijk


euwjaarsdienst '05
9.00 a.m.


Ds. J. Jonkman


van de Protestantse Gemeente van Bonaire
gelukkig Kerstfeest en een gezegend


Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm
in Papiamentu 717-8304. Saturday at 6
pm at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol,
in English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sun-
day at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at
7:30 pm. 717-2194
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays,
9:30 am. 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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ON THE ISLAND SINCE . .


DImb 2006


e dove here in 1994 and
VV just loved it," Chile says.
"Part of the reason, besides the security
and the beautiful diving, was that we
were raised in the desert, in far West
Texas about 60 miles from the Mexican
border. I was raised in Valentine and
Linda was raised in Marfa. During the
1800s they were building a railroad
across the US with train stops every 35
miles. Valentine was named because
that's where the train arrived on Valen-
tine's Day. Linda's little town, Marfa,
was named after a character in a Rus-
sian novel that the engineer's wife was
reading. Marfa has 2,000 people and
Valentine approximately 500.
My father was a rancher, raising cat-
tle and doing a lot to make ends meet to
keep the ranch going. He did a little bit
of everything but mainly drilled water
wells for irrigation and cattle. My
mother worked as the tax collector for
the Valentine school district. Every-
body had to pitch in. My father died
when I was 15, then shortly after my
brother passed away. Suddenly I was
the only child. It dumped a lot of re-
sponsibility on me, but my mother was
a strong woman and we managed. I fin-
ished high school, went to college and
got a job at the regional feed mill and
leased the ranch from my mother."
"My father and grandfather worked in
the community bank in Marfa and I
worked there too," Linda says, "so we
had three generations working in the
bank. Chile and I knew each other...
gosh... all our lives; our families knew
each other." Chile laughs: "She was too
snooty for a Valentine boy; we were
wild and crazy!" "When Chile was 33
and I was 31," Linda says, "some mu-
tual friends of ours arranged a dinner
party to 'make the match.' We were
both divorced and weren't looking for
anybody. We were both very independ-
ent. I was living in El Paso." "So, I had
to drive 200 miles all the way up and
back to see her every weekend," Chile
says, "but so far it's worked out!"
"We got married," Linda smiles, "We
were living in Marfa and I had made a
full circle: I'd been to England, back-
packed through Europe and ended up
back in my hometown. For our honey-
moon in 1981 we went to Europe.
Chile's favorite place was Amsterdam.
We liked Holland. It's well organized,
beautiful and people would talk to you.


ing and solving people's problems.
Chile was still at the mill and ranching.
We were very active in community ser-
vice, working with young people and
doing a lot of things to promote our
community."

"In 1996, when I was 45, I retired
from the feed mill after 24 years," Chile
says, "We were lucky; we'd worked
hard and saved our nickels and dimes.
About the same time I retired, Linda's
bank was sold so she also had the
chance to retire. In 1991 we learned to
dive which was something I'd wanted
to do all my life. We took all the course
work in the desert. We learned to dive
in a huge natural spring, 35 feet deep,
two acres wide the largest outdoor
swimming pool in the US. Scuba diving
opened up a different world for us. We
went to Bonaire, Honduras, the Cay-
mans and Saba. So when we got the
chance to retire we decided we needed
a change of scene."
Linda laughs: "Basically we had a
midlife crisis, but at least we had it to-
gether!" "We decided to buy a sailboat
and sail back to Bonaire," Chile says.
"That was the goal. It took us seven
years to get here!" Chile and Linda
Ridley are sweet, heartwarming people
with good senses ofhumor; people you
instantly like. Together with their big
black cat, "Chavez, whom they found
in Venezuela and raised since he was
three days old they make a beautiful
family.


"90% of sailing is joyful
and boring, and 10% is
horror and pure terror
because until you get out
and try you really don't
know anything"


"Well, as we are from the desert, we
didn't know how to sail," Chile grins,
"but we'd bought a boat and had to
learn. We're both private pilots, we
both had an airplane, so we thought
sailing would be easy because we knew
about airflow! Wrong! It's totally dif-
ferent! We spent a year learning to sail
on Natural Selection and we were
lucky we had a very good teacher. We
lived on a lake in the states for a year
and sailed in all kinds of weather, try-
ing to prepare for the ocean, the deep
blue sea. However, there's no teacher
like the ocean; it makes you very hum-
ble."


and 10% is hor-
ror and pure ter-
ror because until
you get out and
try you really
don't know any-
thing," Linda -
says. "We sailed or
the entire Eastern "
Caribbean and
stayed for a year
in Venezuela
which is truly
beautiful, but as
the political
situation deterio-
rated we left.
Bonaire was
the ultimate des-
tination because
of the diving, but
we didn't know
how long we
were going to
stay. Having cov-
ered the Carib-
bean there's just
something unique C
about Bonaire.
It's safer than any other place in the
Caribbean and it hasn't turned into the
US yet no big hotels and people run-
ning around everywhere. We're at-
tracted to its smallness. There are a lot
of different people here and you get a
taste of other cultures. We went through
the paperwork and Immigration was
very gracious. They went above and
beyond the call of duty in our applica-
tion for residency. Where else in the
world can you go and ask for an audi-
ence with the Governor to help solve a
problem? We learned some Papiamentu
and we have a Dutch dictionary and we
found out that the people here still like
their fellow people; they still have time
to explain things and help you. Maybe
the world is moving too at too fast a
pace for me. The fact that people greet
you on the street is one of the reasons I
like it here.
We're avid divers; we love the diving
and we're involved with Paul Hu-
mann's reef environmental education
foundation here. Jessie Armacost is the
representative on Bonaire." "Bonaire
gives a contribution to the world be-
cause of its efforts in conservation of
the reef through STINAPA and the
Bonaire Marine Park," Chile says.
"That's another reason why we're
here because we're enjoying being
part of this. The world will see benefits
of what the Marine Park and STINAPA
does. The rest of the world has used its
oceans as a dumping ground, but Bon-
aire realizes the importance of their


7hile, Linda and Chavez


reefs. We admire that.
Linda also volunteers at Jong Bonaire
with their diving program. We like to
give a little something back to a com-
munity that has been so good to us.
However, everybody needs a break
once in a while. I love to go back to the
States to see Linda's parents. We're
very close to them; they're good peo-
ple, but I get fed up real fast with the
hustle and bustle and it doesn't take
long for us to come back.
We just renewed our residency and
we need to go to Venezuela to do some
work on the boat, but after that I would
like to stay here a bit longer. It takes
awhile to learn how things work around
here. First you have to learn about the
place. Linda still wants to travel the
Western Caribbean. For her, part of the
adventure is getting there in a slow
boat, but as far as I'm concerned I'm
tired of traveling in a sailboat; I like a
747 a lot better! We've been discussing
sailing the boat back to the US and
coming back to Bonaire to buy a piece
of land, build our own house and start a
business.
We're still
looking...
we're still
looking
around... we
still have pro-
ductive years
left." Greta
Kooistra .


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t's always fun to see a flounder. If
the flounder is swimming by we can
watch how sinuously its body waves as it
moves along. We might see it change
colors after it lands, to better match its
surroundings. If the flounder is resting,
we can see how beautifully it camou-
flages itself against coral rock, sand or
other surface. The flounder inspects us in
return, swiveling its eyes more than 180
so that it can see in all directions.
Flounders are pretty much ambush
predators, as you may have deduced by
noticing that they blend in with the bot-
tom very well and aren't particularly
speedy swimmers. A flounder who's
"resting" on the bottom may not be rest-
ing at all but actively (well, its eyes and
its brain are active) lying in wait for a
goby or other small fish to cruise by.
The lunging distance of a 14-inch floun-
der is about six inches, so if your floun-
der is lying in an area with many small
fishes, you may notice that the little fish
stay six inches or so away from the
flounder's head.
Flounders have been in the ambush
predator business for a long time,
though, and they use all their physical
characteristics, in combination with a
ledge or the top of a wave on the sand's
surface, to get within lunging distance of
little fish: the flounder positions itself so
that its eyes -- which are on stalks so
they function like periscopes -- can look
over an edge. Once the prey fish wan-
ders close enough, the flounder puts on a
burst of speed, darts over the edge and


sucks down the little fish.
A new diver once asked me, "Why did
that flounder we saw have snails on its
head?"! It was a funny question, but it
made me realize that's exactly what the
little fish on the other side of a sand
wave must think if it happens to see a
flounder's periscope eyes. Peacock
flounder even have growths around their
eyes that resemble snail tentacles. A
peacock flounder could bury itself in the
sand, exposing only its raised eyes. The
flounder would easily see any approach-
ing prey (or predators). To the prey only
the flounder's eyes would be visible,
looking like a pair of insignificant snails.
The moment the prey fish gets close
enough, the flounder bursts from the
sand and gulps it down.

How did flounders acquire the physical
peculiarities they use so well? The as-


sumption might be that a flounder is a
"regular fish" flattened from the top, like
a stingray or batfish but in this case the
assumption is wrong. The flounder is a
"regular fish," flattened, not from the top
but from side to side and lying on its
side! If you don't believe me, would you
believe a flounder? Take a close look at
one. Observe that its jaws hinge on the
"top" and "bottom" of its body, that its
"dorsal" fin attaches in a single spot and
swivels and that its tail is "side to side"
rather than "up and down." Now imagine
this same fish upright: its jaws hinge on
the sides, it has a pair of pectoral fins, its
tail is vertical like other fish tails. Al-
though this upright flounder's sides don't
match each other, the flounder still looks
more fishlike in this position than it does
when it's lying on its side. Well, except
for the minor detail that its eyes are on
the same side of its head.
When they first hatch from eggs
which have been drifting with other
plankton flounders look and behave
like "normal" side-to-side flattened fish,
with one eye on each side of their body.
As they continue to drift, their bodies
change; the most remarkable change is
that one eye switches sides! By the time
the little flounder settles from the plank-
ton it's already orienting to the bottom
sideways.

Flounders are in the Order Pleuronecti-
formes (PLUR-oh-NEKT-uh-forms),
which means "side swimming shape."
The peacock flounder is the largest we're
likely to see on Bonaire, growing to 16
inches or more. It's seen most often on
and around the coral reef, where we dive
most often.
For years, I thought the peacock floun-
der was the only flounder we had here on
Bonaire. Then one late afternoon I saw a
pair of flounders definitely interacting
with each other. Finally they began
swimming, one on top of the other, both


TrU rcra T trL S


'F unny', our
1 y female "
Hawksbill turtle su ms
has resumed her
journey to the
west and is
headed in the di-
rection of Central America. After analyzing the newest set of data points, it was
determined that the last data point reported the prior day was erroneous and de-
leted. 'Funny' has picked up speed and in the last 24-hour period covered 120 km.
She is now almost 1000 km from Bonaire. If the coast of Honduras or Nicaragua is
her destination, she still has over 600 km to go. O Andy Uhr


sets of eyes toward the surface. They
swam upwards with quick ripples instead
of the larger waves with which flounders
usually swim. A few feet off the bottom
they snapped apart and released gametes
and then returned to the bottom sepa-
rately. Since this happy pair was each
about three inches long, I realized they
were too small to be adult peacock floun-
ders. That's how I met the "Eyed Floun-
der." We have a third species here, too.
By the way, all our local flounders are
lying on the same side. Can you tell
which side? 1 Photo and story by Dee
Scarr


Dee Scarr con-
ducts "Touch the
Sea dives. It will
enhance your div-
ing forever.
Call 717-8529


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*to find it, just look up


A Spectacular
Early Morning Sky
Show for the Holi-
days!


W e will end
the year
right because, starting
Christmas week
through the end of the
year, we'll be treated to
a pre-dawn Sky Park
show with a super
close meeting of the
two planets closest to
the Sun.
This Friday, Decem-
ber 24th, Christmas
Eve morning, 45 min-
utes before sunrise,
face southeast where
the brightest object you'll see will be the brightest planet in the solar system which
is always mistaken for the Christmas star when it appears at this time of the year:
Planet #2 from the Sun, 8,000-mile-wide Venus. Just below it, but only 3% as
bright, is the elusive planet which makes only brief appearances throughout the
year: Planet #1 out from the Sun, the tiny 3,000-mile-wide pink planet Mercury.
And if you've never looked at either of these through a telescope before you'll see
that because they are closer to the Sun than our Earth they go through phases just
like our Moon and change their appearance, which makes them a lot of fun to
watch through small telescopes.
Now on Christmas Eve morning they'll be only 2/2 degrees away from each
other, and because a full Moon is half a degree wide, this means we could fit five
full Moons between them. But, as you regular viewers know, things are always
moving and changing position in the cosmos, and we can see these changes if we
watch from day to day.
In fact 24 hours later on Saturday, December 25th, Christmas Day morning, they
will be a half a degree closer only 2 degrees apart, which means 4 full Moons
could fit between them. On the 26th they'll be only 13P degrees apart. On the 27th
only 11/2 degrees or 3 full Moon widths apart. On Tuesday, 1 1/4 degrees apart,
Wednesday even closer and on the next three days they'll be at their very closest:
December 30th, December 31st (New Year's Eve morning), and January 1st (New
Year's Day morning), a little more than one degree or only 2 full Moon widths
apart, or only one index finger apart, holding your hand out at arm's length. That's
close.
Now you probably noticed that when we started our watch on Christmas Eve,
Venus was above Mercury, only slightly above on Christmas Day and side by side
on the 26th and 27th, then they changed places. Once again: Christmas Eve morn-
ing December 24th, Christmas Day the 25th, the 26th, the 27th, the 28th, the 29th
and the three closest days the 30th the 31st and New Year's Day.
So you've got something wonderful to see every single morning from Christmas
through New Years if you get up with the chickens. But remember that this close
meeting and passing of the two closest planets to the Sun is only an illusion be-
cause, in reality, next week Mercury will be only 93 million miles away from us
while Venus will be a whopping 140 million miles beyond! So starting this holi-
day week end watch a super sky show ring out the old year. 1 Jack Horkhimer


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"tDID tI/n





For the week:
December 24-31, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen


ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You can make progress professionally. Uncertainty
about your relationship is prevalent. You could come into extra cash. Be careful
not to come on too strongly. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You need more space for the whole family. Don't
consume more than necessary. Social activities or travel should be in your plans.
You must refrain from overspending on entertainment. Your lucky day this week
will be Thursday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Not everything you hear will be legitimate. Organi-
zations may cost you more than you can afford. Try not to lend or borrow money
this week. You may want to make changes in your home environment. Your lucky
day this week will be Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Those you live with may be experiencing prob-
lems. Partnerships will be successful. Keep your feet on the ground, if you can.
Don't be shy; show your abilities! Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Things aren't as they appear. You will tend to overeat
this week. You will do your best work on your own. You need to take a break with
the ones you love. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Visit friends who have not been well. You should
make special plans for you and your lover. Changes in your residence will be fa-
vorable in the long haul. Take the time to help those less fortunate. Your lucky day
this week will be Tuesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Travel will initiate new friendships or love connec-
tions. Emotional matters may not be easy for you to handle. This is probably caus-
ing upset and confusion on the home front. Travel and communications will not
run as smoothly as you had hoped. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You can make gains if you work in conjunction
with others. You will be able to work with fine detail this week. Try to deal with it
quickly; don't dwell on past regrets. If you haven't already, don't be afraid to start
your own small business on the side. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Residential moves will be in your best in-
terest. Don't jump the gun; you may find yourself getting angry at the wrong per-
son. Organize social events or family gatherings. It's time to reevaluate your own
motives and make changes to yourself first. Your lucky day this week will be Fri-
day.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22. Jan. 20) Confusion at an emotional level will cause
you to make wrong decisions concerning your personal life. Partners may try to
argue with you; however, you must stand your ground. Read some books on self
awareness. Your outgoing charm and obvious talent will be admired. Your lucky
day this week will be Wednesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Don't hold yourself back because you think
you're too old. You need to be sure that you aren't in your present relationship be-
cause it is convenient. It's time to reevaluate your own motives and make changes
to yourself first. Concentrate on yourself or your work.
Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You will be tempted to shop till you drop. You're
best not to get involved in joint financial ventures. You can expect your mate to
get fed up and make the choices for you or back off completely. You should get
out and enjoy social events where you are likely to meet new potential mates; how-
ever, don't over spend. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. 1




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