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P. 0, Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean, Phone 790-6518, 786-6125, email: reporter( Since 1994

The Bonaire Delegation
Arlene Engelhart, Delegation Leader
Sylvio Semeleer, National Director
Lucia Coffie, Coach
Ruthsella Willems, Coach
Earon Rosario, Coach
Eugon Augusta, Coach
Mercelino Josefa, Athlete
Omar Leonicia, Athlete
Cherryl Cicilia, Athlete
Kenneth Piar, Athlete
Revelino Engelhart, Athlete
Swinda Offerman, Athlete
Margriet Anthonij , Athlete
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Another ship was "arrested"
and chained to the pier be-
cause it had defects that threatened
navigation, safety and the environ-
ment. The vessel, Santa Paula
sailing under the Venezuelan flag,
had serious faults that made it a
threat to navigation such as not
complying with the minimum stan-
dards for buoyancy, safety equip-
ment, crew and international envi-
ronmental laws. The maritime
authorities of Venezuela were in-
formed and performed the neces-
sary inspections and repairs. The
ship, which was moored at the
South Pier (freight pier), has since
departed following corrections.
The Santa Paula arrived from
Aruba with a consignment of ce-
ment for Bonaire. Her next desti-
nation is unknown.

IThe Execu-
tive Council has
issued a ban on
dogs on many
beaches. The
measure aims to m
avoid nuisance
and annoyance and to protect na-
ture. On these beaches absolutely
no dogs are allowed, even on a
Recently the prohibition signs
were posted on many beaches.
Violation is punishable with a fine.
The ban applies to large parts of
the island: the total area of Kai and
Sorobon, the area between the salt
pier and the Williamstoren light-
house including the kiteboarding
beach, the fisherman's hut and the
Slave Hut tourist attractions. The
beaches include;
* Playa Lechi (Sunset Beach);
* Playa Lechi Suit (Promenade
* Playa Chachacha;
* Playa Pal'i Mangle (Donkey
Beach dive site);

* Forn'i Playa Kalki (dive site
Bachelor's Beach);
* From Salina (Salt Pier) to Lacre
Point (Willemstoren) lighthouse;
* Sorobon and Cai;
* Fuse ( dive sites and Andrea 1,
Andrea 2);
* Piedra Haltu / trapi (dive site
Thousand Steps);
* Tolo;
* Dive Site Nukove;
* Klein Bonaire.

,The political party "Movementu
Lucha Boneiru" (MLB) which
did not get any representation in
the last election, noted that Bon-
aire does not appear to have a
government or an opposition
since the elections of March 2nd.
It is the Dutch who make the deci-
sions on the island, said MLB
chairman Allee Wemet. The
chairman called on both the coali-
tion and opposition party, "Union
Patriotiko Boneriano," (UPB) to
take action in the interest of the
Bonairean people. He added that
the population of Bonaire can
barely cope with the current situa-
tion. "The electricity rate seems to
rise rather than drop as promised
earlier and medical costs are also
sharply increasing."

>On Sunday June 19th the Minis-
ter of Home Affairs and Kingdom
Relations Piet Hein Donner will
have started a five-day working
visit to the Dutch Caribbean.
Dormer will review the coopera-
tion programs, the progress com-
mittees, transport of persons and
goods and the kingdom conference
planned for later this year. The
meetings come in the wake of ac-
knowledgement by the Dutch Sec-
ond Chamber of the need for
closer cooperation among the An-
tillian islands for taxation, medical
needs and transportation.
The visit coincides with the visit of
the Secretary of State of Finance
Frans Weekers. The visit of the
State Secretary is meant to get
acquainted with local officials and
to discuss the tax laws.

1Last week Minister Donner,
presented the first Interim Report
of the National Representative
for Bonaire, St. Eustatius and

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Island Secretary Neri Gonzales, Commissioner Michiel
Bijkerk, Commissioner Mirelva Cicilia, Commissioner Delno
Tromp, and Governor Glenn Thodi

,-On Monday, May 30, attorney and PHU (Party
for Justice and Unity), Michiel Bijkerk was
sworn in as a Commissioner in the Island
Government replacing Peter van de Mosselaar
who stepped down for medical reasons. Sworn in
to replace Bijkerk on the Island Council was
Rafael Santana (at right) , a leader in the PHU party.

Saba, Wilbert Stolte, to the
Second Chamber of Parlia-
This first report looks back to the
October 10, 2010, transition
from the Antilles to the Dutch
government. During that period
new laws went into effect, the
dollar was introduced as legal
tender, the health insurance re-
vised and new taxes became
applicable. Representative Stolte
wrote that he plans to strengthen
confidence in the Dutch Islands
relationship and promote a close
collaboration between island
residents and administrators and
the European part of The Nether-
lands. He is convinced that coop-
eration and coherence can be
improved when all stakeholders
are committed and work to-
gether. The Interim Report will
soon be available in three lan-
guages at the RCN offices and
can be downloaded from the
RCN website.

,Christie Dovale reports that
the Bonaire Post Office should
be getting its first postage
stamps since the integration with
Holland and the introduction of
the dollar. Until now you had to
mail all letters at the Post Office
where "machine" postage was

applied. Look for them this
month or in July. Oh yes, postal
rates have gone up.

,Curagao's Council of Minis-
ters has decided to build a new
hospital at Groot Piscadera,
near the University of the
Netherlands Antilles to replace
the aging St. Elizabeth Hospi-
tal. The government also wants
to incorporate the financially-
troubled Taams Clinic in the
The new hospital will have 300
rooms. St. Elisabeth's is the
regional hospital for Bonaireans.

0Bonaire's pioneer supermar-
ket, Cultimara, has merged
with Cash & Carry, also known
as Consales, which is now
closed. A visit to Cultimara last
week, however, found many
empty shelves, but improvement
was promised. Meanwhile Ware-
house Bonaire on Kaya Industria
is trying to keep up with the in-
creased demand.

PWatch out for hornets and
wasps, known locally as mari-
bombas. Favorable weather con-
ditions this spring have caused
an explosion in the population of
(Continued on page 3)

This Week's Stories

Know Your Executive Council 2
Seventh Bonaire Jazz Festival 6
Up-turn for Bonaire's Reefs 7
On The Island Since- Mr& Mrs Donkey �
Special Olympians Off to Greece 9
Co de Koning Is Gone 9
Al and Sue's Romance 10
Sailors Who Never Left- Captain Don 11
Cleanup Dive 17
Coral Bleaching Alert 17
Animal Shelters News 18
PVWA Freestyle Worlds 20

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
On the Island Since (Hugo Gerharts) 4
Bon Quiz #51 (Dradu) 7
Latin Music Classics- Jennifer Lopez 9
Classifieds 12
Tide Table, Sunrise & Sunset Times,
Moon Phase 12
Body Talk-An Unholy Alliance 13
Bonaire Real Estate Reflections-How To
Buy And Sell Bonaire Real Estate 13
Picture Yourself (Vadi Rum, Jordan) 13
Shopping & Service Directory/Guides 14
Bonaire On Wheels- BMVV R-65 15
Masthead 16
What's Happening? 16
Bonaire Voices-What More Do We
Need? (Delno Tromp) 17
Sudoku Puzzle 17
Sudoku Solution 17
Bon Quiz Answer 17
Pet oftheVWeek-Braummetje 18
Sky Park (Celestial Triple Headers) 19
The Stars Have It 19

How to contact us

Letters to the Editor:
Story tip or idea:
The Publisher:
Box 407, Bonaire,
Dutch Caribbean
Phone 786-6125
Phone 790-6518 / 786-6518.
Note: the 790-8988 number is
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IOn Friday, June 24, the Bonaire Red Cross along with a num-
ber of businesses and NGOs will sponsor a Taste of Bonaire and
Dia di San Juan fund-raiser in Wilhelmina Park from 7 pm til
late. The proceeds from the bar and donations from the food vendors
will go to the fund to construct a building to house our two new state-
of- the-art ambulances. All your favorites will be there to tempt you
with local, Suriname, Indonesian, Chinese and continental dishes.

mud wasps, ground dwellers and
paper nest-making types. Local
supermarkets are out of spray.
Their sting does hurt and often the
days after the stings swell and itch.
Unless you are especially allergic
recovery comes in a couple of

1If you want to buy Bonaire
produce be at the Farmers'
Market this Saturday, June 25,
at Kriabon (Amboina).
Disappointingly, at the last Farm-
ers' Market there were few par-

ticipants because of personal
obligations and an email failure.
If you want to participate or if
you grow produce on Bonaire
call the GoGreen Shop, They
are interested in buying your
produce. For info; call Tina
Woodley at 700-5488, e-mail:

I What's special about The Bon-
aire Reporter?
*Bonaire's first free weekly news-
* First paper in the Caribbean to go

directly from computer to press.
* First newspaper on Bonaire to
have color covers and have full
color editions.
* First newspaper to feature photos
of its readers in exotic places-
hundreds of photos have been
published with The Reporter
from the top of Mt. Everest to the
bottom of the sea in the Picture
Yourself feature
* First Bonaire newspaper to be on
* First free classified ads
* First environmental advocate
newspaper: Sea Turtle campaign,
Save Klein Bonaire, Stop Kar-
pata Development, Sewage treat-
ment, flamingo deaths, spearfish-
ing and more.

US Vice Consul Winifred Hofstetter presents a collection of books to
the after school program at Jong Bonaire. L to R (back row)
Gezaghebber Interino Peter Silberie, Vice Consul Hofstetter, Diputado
Delno Tromp, Thevin Clappers, Sharsy Anthony, Ilona Burgers, Bilha
Thomas. Front row: Jong Bonaire teens

,The US Consulate presented a collection of English language
books to the after-school program for teens at Jong Bonaire. Do-
nated books include novels, biographies, US history and anti-drug flyers
and will be used by Jong Bonaire as part of its homework and tutoring
programs. he book donation is part of the Consulate's educational dona-
tions to each island in the Dutch Caribbean.
The after-school program at Jong Bonaire is the largest such effort in the
Dutch Antilles, involving more than 260 teens as current members and
more than 1,500 past participants. US Vice Consul Winifred Hofstetter
made the presentation to Manager Bilha Thomas and several of the Jong
Bonaire teens. Mrs. Thomas thanked Vice Consul Hofstetter and pre-
sented her with a copy of the Papiamentu English Dictionary which
Jong Bonaire sells as a fund raiser. Also present to greet the Vice Con-
sul were Gezaghebber Interino Pieter Silberie, Diputado Delno Tromp,
Michael Gaynor, Consulate Warden for US Citizens on Bonaire, and
Ilona Burgers, General Manager of Jong Bonaire.
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ApdI 1931-

M A y father was born in
Slv The Hague, The Neth-
erlands. In 1925 he was stationed
on Cura9ao as an accountant for
KNSM, the Royal Dutch Shipping
Company. Then he got promoted
to inspect the offices of KNSM in
Latin America and the Caribbean
islands. On one of his trips to
Bonaire he met my mother, Julia
Maria van der Ree, who was go-
ing by the name Herrera, a true-
born Bonairean. They married in
1930; my father was 28, my mom
had just turned 20. I was their first
child and my parents decided it
was better to take the boat to
Cura9ao before I was born, so the
delivery took place there. I was
born April 11, 1931. Officially, I
am a 'Yu di Korsou.' (Child of
Cura9ao) I have one sister, Astrid;
she lives in Holland.

When I was eight, my parents
split up and my father fought very
hard to keep me with him. My
sister stayed with my mom. After
the divorce my father borrowed
some money and started his one-
man business, and in 1936 he

brought KLM to Bonaire. So, my
father, LD, and I and my son
Larry have done the handling of
KLM on Bonaire for 75 years:
three generations of Gerharts.
When I was 10 1 was sent to
Cura9ao, to Saint Thomas Col-
lege. Then my father planned to
send me to his sister in Holland in
July 1940 to continue my studies,
but in May 1940 the Germans
invaded Holland and WW II broke
Still, my father was determined
to get me a good education, and
he took the advice of a friend of
his, Mr. Merryweather, who was
the director of Shell on Aruba.
Mr. Merryweather had a son who
was at a boarding school on Ja-
maica and my father decided to
send me there. It was 1941; I was
almost 11 years old and I didn't
speak a word of English. In those
days Jamaica was a British colony
and when I arrived they almost
sent me back because I was a
child, alone in Kingston, and I
only spoke Dutch and Papiamentu
and my boarding school was in a
remote place in the mountains. A

Dutch family took pity on me and
explained to the governor of Ja-
maica that I had been accepted at
the school. I stayed in Jamaica for
seven and a half years. Only once
a year could I visit Bonaire, but I
am grateful for the excellent edu-
cation they gave me. I participated
in all kinds of sports and all our
exams were related to the Univer-
sity of Cambridge. In June 1949 I
In Jamaica I had been a junior
tennis player champion three
times and so I wanted to go to
Cura9ao where the real tennis
players were. I applied for a job
with Shell and with KLM. I par-
ticipated in a tennis championship
- a skinny little boy of just 18
years old - and I won! I got a job
offer from KLM and another one
from Shell. I asked my dad, LD,
what to do and he told me 'You
go and work for KLM.' So I took
his advice and worked for KLM in
every department. Then they sent
me to their head office in The
Hague, to 'brainwash' me - get-
ting me ready for an important
job. When I came back to Curagao

"My work was my passion, my life, but

now I feel I should have dedicated more

time to my family ..."

I told my father KLM wanted to
send me to Mexico City. But... in
those days children obeyed their

parents and my father said, 'NO!'
I had to come to Bonaire to work
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Hugo Gerharts with his dog Happy

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On the Island Since (continued from
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with him and so I landed here in
My father was very strict. He
put me in a store and I was de-
graded to pricing articles, but
soon after I took over the respon-
sibilities for KLM and I did so
until 1999."
Hugo Gerharts is 80 years old
but young at heart. He 's a man
alone, taking care of himself and
his dog "'Happy. " He reads all
the available newspapers, listens
to all the different radio stations,
he 's up to date with the news and
is cooking his own onion soup
from a recipe from the internet.
He 's kind and he 's still a
"In 1940 my father founded
Bonaire Trading Company Ltd.
and Kralendijk Trading Company
Ltd. He had shipping agencies
and freighting, he had a grocery
store, a bakery, a Shell agency, a
Ford dealership and KLM. Al-
though my specialty was KLM, I
learned very fast how the other
businesses were run. I traveled a
lot and being young I had good
ideas. In the course of the years
new companies were formed.
When Hotel Bonaire went bank-
rupt it was bought by another
group and when they went bank-
rupt too, I got some people in-
volved to buy the hotel and it was
named Sunset Beach Hotel. I was
a very small share holder; I had

2%. Beforehand, I'd gotten in-
volved in crude oil trading and in
two years my partner and I be-
came the second largest crude oil
traders in the world. I invested all
the money I made into Bonaire
and it helped me buy the majority
of shares of Sunset Beach Hotel
and to expand my other busi-
nesses. Once I transferred three
million dollars of the crude oil
trading profit to Bonaire and it
was entered in our administration
books at Bonaire Trading Com-
pany. When we had an inspection
from the tax office, they saw
these 5.5 million guilders in our
books and although the entire
crude oil trading was done outside
Bonaire and my being director of
this crude oil trading company, I
was taxed 2.5 million guilders...
As tourist promotion was very
important for me and Bonaire I
continued improving the Sunset
Beach Hotel. At a certain time I
had to borrow 1.5 million guilders
from a bank to upgrade the hotel
and of course I had to give guar-
antees to get the loan, both per-
sonal and from my other busi-
nesses. Then, some time later, the
bank called in the loan, and in
spite of the fact that I had a
monthly payment schedule which
was always executed on time, I
didn't have the money at that
time. It was a set-up - born out of
hatred and jealousy to break me
and... they succeeded.
When I came to Bonaire, my

father had a company with 23
people working for him, and
when they set me up we had 20
companies and 345 people work-
ing for us. We were the biggest
employer after the government.
For me it was the end - I left for
Miami, penniless.
I have paid all my employees
until the very end. But I didn't
succeed in paying for the Pension
Fund Foundation. I did try, be-
cause the 250.000 guilders I was
going to get from the pension
fund I left in the fund. Lots of
people say I made millions, but...
where are they?
I stayed in Miami for about
eight years and then I came back
to Bonaire, three years and three
months ago. I've got nothing; my
children are taking care of me and
I have a 'job' as an advisor with
my son Larry, who has his own
company, Bonaire Air Services.
I have four children from my
first marriage: Jennifer, Larry,
Debbie and Grace, and from my
second marriage I have Natasj a
and Alexander, and I have 13
grandchildren. I have always been
a work-a-holic and a go-getter
and all my life I wanted to do
something good for other people
and the island. Unfortunately, I
never took care of myself; I in-
vested everything in the island.
I've felt a lot of rancor, but now
I've accepted what has happened,
but I have not forgotten... I am a
person who thinks things over - I

On the airport apron with a . jtinr
On the airport apron with a KLM jetliner

am not impulsive, I have pa-
My work was my passion, my
life, but now I feel I should have
dedicated more time to my fam-
ily. I took care that they all got a
good education, but I've missed a
lot of time with them...
Bonaire was another passion
and I still believe Bonaire could
become the Cote d'Azur of the
Caribbean. It has all the potential
to become one of the best places
in the region, but... for that we
need at least a hotel like the Hil-
ton, the Marriot or the Hyatt at the
top location where Sunset Beach
Hotel used to be." He grins.
"Having KLM's 'blue blood' I
would like to see more flights

coming from Europe. I also would
like to see all the apartments and
villas being organized under one
umbrella, like the hotels did in
Bonhata. And I think we should
explore the Canadian market. It
has been done and it can be done
Further, I hope to live to be-
come 90 and keep my healthy
mind and if I take my pills and
behave, I might succeed!
And whoever wants some ad-
vice - I am
always willing
to give it -
take it or leave
it!" H Story
& photos by
Greta Kooistra

Bonaire Reporter- June 24, - July 8, 2011

The Bonaire Jazz Festival, officially
from June 2 to June 5th, actually
started a day earlier when Henk van
Twillert's saxophone ensemble, "Vento
do Norte," appeared outside City Cafe and
showed Bonaire what marvelous music 10
sax players can make. This whet the appe-
tite of quite a few people who were able to
enjoy this group of young players the next
night in the intimate atmosphere of Fort
Oranje during the Jazz and Poetry evening
that officially opened the Festival. The local
band, Pal'i Wiri, started off the program
with their wonderful Caribbean rhythms
followed by the lovely voice of Slovenian
Nina Strnad who played beautiful classic
jazz tunes with a trio of Antillean instru-
Bonaire's winner of Arte di Palabra,
Junella Nicolaas, who had captivated the
jazz festival audience last year, read some of
her poems and joined Henk van Twillert
during the performance of "Vento do Norte"
to read the lyrics of one of his compositions.
On Friday the event continued at Plaza
Resort with some great acts. The kids' band,
"Kara Kora," who won this year's Tumba
Festival, got up on the stage and opened the
show, followed by the husky Brazilian
singer, Kenia. She dazzled the public, per-
forming vivacious and sensuous rhythms
full of melody with a beautiful Brazilian
accent together with a buoyant, experienced
jazz trio. The lyrics of one of the composi-
tions was a recipe (put to music by Brazilian
composer Dorival Caymmi who passed
away in 2008 at the age of 94) and even
though the words were in Portuguese, the
swinging song made it possible to imagine
how to stir the ingredients for this recipe .
This evening was rounded off with the
sexy and vivacious, St. Maarten-born
Merietza Haakmat who was accompanied

by the Curagao band, "Jazz 2 Soul," and
local guest percussionist James "Boy"
Janga. Merietza entranced the public not
only with her great voice but also with her
sassy stage presence. Band member, Ismael
Jeserun finished the show by burning one
of his keyboards on the beach.
Bonaire was able to show off more of its
local talent during the pre-program on Sat-
urday evening. Benji Schaub's Quartet did
Coltrane and Miles Davis and a sensitive
rendition of Billy Holiday's God Bless the
Child. When it started to rain they were
able to continue by playing faster than the
raindrops could fall.
Fortunately the rain stopped and real jazz
enthusiasts could enjoy two internationally
acclaimed bands during the rest of this eve-
ning. The Pablo Gil Jazz Ensemble played
with vibes artist Dave Samuels who is rec-
ognized for his fresh and innovative ap-
proach to both the vibraphone and ma-

rimba.. This veteran band was followed by success again with a varied program for a
another professional band with a Latin wide audience. Merietsa Haakmat was a
American approach to jazz, Conrad Her- lively and spirited mistress of ceremonies
wig's Latin Side All-Star Band. The piano and Rene Hakkenberg and the members
and percussion set up the rhythm for Herwig of the Bonaire Jazz Foundation managed
on the trombone and Mike Rodriguez on to organize this huge event professionally
the trumpet playing their mutual tunes with with a team of volunteers. Hopefully, Bon-
gusto. Too bad rain intervened again just aire will be able to enjoy this international
before the end of the show and due to all the festival for many years to come. 0 Johan-
electrical appliances on the stage the show netta Gordijn. Photos by Hermnan van Leeu-
was over. wen

Those who could not get enough could
enjoy jam sessions at the after parties at
Little Havana and Sense.
All good things have to come to an end.
This goes for Bonaire's Jazz Festival as
well. Instead of organizing the traditional
jazz brunch, the Bonaire Jazz foundation
had decided to offer a free concert. On this
lazy Sunday afternoon jazz fans were
treated to a performance by Madeline Bell.
Ms Bell enraptured the audience together
with Frits Landesbergen and his band.
The atmosphere was very relaxed with
families watching the show and enjoying a
BBQ meal on the grass in the lush garden
on which the stage was built. Despite the
drizzle that started near the end of the per-
formance they continued to play a few more
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cially) and to make compost fertilizer.
The intention is to transport wastewa-
ter especially from the coastal strip to
the purification plant. According to the
Ministry of Infrastructure and Environ-
ment the seawater around Bonaire cur-
rently contains twice as many nutrients
as 10s of years ago and those substances
come from wastewater. The wastewater
eventually ends up in the sea through the
soil and the groundwater. This leads to

an increase of the algae growth in the
Marine Park, and hampers coral vitality.
The additional nutrients in the sea-
water do not only form a problem for the
corals but also for the entire natural bal-
ance in the sea. This can increase the
growth of harmful bacteria, which could
be harmful for public health. U G.D.
Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and
Environment press release

T he first sub-
stantial step
in decades towards
improving the
health of Bonaire's
fringing reef was
taken last week
when a "vacuum
tanker" dumped
the first load of
sewage into the
new wastewater
(sushi water) puri- .
fiction plant at the
Department of
Agriculture, Cattle
Breeding and Fish-
eries (LWVV).
In the early An example of th
In the early
1990s Bonaire's need for sewage treat-
ment, especially in the coastal zone, was
recognized. Negotiations were held and a
promise was made to have a plant opera-
tional by the year 2000. For a variety of
reasons, that never happened.
Shortly after the turn of the century the
increase in algal build-up on the reef
from the nutrients in the sea water be-
came more alarming and the environmen-
talists' call for sewage treatment was
answered by a multi-million euro study
which provided a preliminary design for
a system that would initially collect the
wastewater from the coastal zone from
the Plaza Resort to Hato. Pipe it inland to
LVV then return it to the resorts proper-
ties to use for irrigation. It was a fine
plan, perhaps for Rotterdam, but not for
Bonaire as the wastewater was to only be
treated for bacterial contamination, and
actually made the nutrients more soluble
and harmful to the reef. Fortunately that
plan was blocked by the island's nature
conscious NGOs, but again, no solution
for the continuing pollution was forth-
coming. A call for shorefront resorts and
businesses to voluntarily treat or truck
away their waste was ignored by most.
When Bonaire voters opted for "closer
ties" with the Netherlands, which
morphed into quasi-integration, the re-
sponsibility for correcting the problem
was assumed by the Dutch Ministry of
Infrastructure and Environment.
Now, less than a year after the 10-10-10
transition, a temporary solution is in
place. Responsibility will eventually be
transferred to the Island Government.
Purification of wastewater is important
both for the health of Bonaire residents as
well as the reef. The plant is the first of
two planned for the island. The LVV
treatment facility processes wastewater
from cesspools and septic tanks that the
pump out (vacuum) tankers trucks bring

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e 'surplus" dumping trenches at L VV

For many years the tankers were dump-
ing the wastewater in ditches at LVV
where it disappeared in the soil but even-
tually filtered through Bonaire's lime-
stone substrate reappeared, nutrients in-
cluded. Into the sea.
The purification plant can handle
478,000 liters (124,280 gallons) of waste-
water per day. When fully operational,
the plant can remove 350 kilos (159 lbs.)
of biological pollutants, 74 kilos (33 lbs.)
of nitrogen and 65 kilos (30 lbs.) of phos-
phate per day. That's about equivalent to
two sacks of high-grade fertilizer.
The purification process is to start
gradually. If all goes well, the plant will
be fully operational within three months.
It is currently being put through a trial
run under responsibility of the Ministry
of Infrastructure and Environment and by
the Curaqao M.I.C. architecture firm.
This company also supervised the con-
struction and trained employees of WEB
to be installation managers.
The second wastewater purification
plant is now being built on the same loca-
tion, where sewage system wastewater
will be taken in the future. Expectations
are that it will be operational in 2013.
It is important that the wastewater in-
troduced into the system not contain any
undesired substances and products that
will disrupt the purification process. Oils,
fats, chemicals and concentrated sea wa-
ter are the biggest problems.
Bonaire residents will be informed as
soon as possible on the substances that
may and may not be flushed down the
toilet or poured in the sink.
Rejected wastewater and surplus will
be dumped in the trenches. The purified
wastewater is disinfected to remove
gennrms and bacteria. Afterwards, the clean
water will be used for irrigation of farm
animal feed (maishi -sorghum espe-

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deep water fish.
This fish in
Papiamentu is
called Dradu,
and yet those
who serve us
tend to give it
the name of a
totally different species of fish called do-
rado, a fresh water fish found only in South
America that can weigh up to 70 pounds
and is a member of the Characidae family.

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With apologies to Greta Kooistra and her "On The Island Since..." series Ih, ,i,:.i. driving training and en-
Ieicctiiiril of road safety rules is a
'mL. i1 m, .oc logical solution than
' , b, ,. ._. ,.p the donkeys. And ex-
l,., .. I our visitors that feeding
,i,, I. I' fromthe car is not wise
,u'IlI.I icip a lot. We even have a
11 , 1iII. ! -ilfic sign to warn the car
-- ..'.,, ci I.,twe are walking around
. - *ii ie island."

A woman guiding a pack donkey

?t V es, our family
Shas lived a long
time on the island. I've
honestly lost count how
many generations we are
now. Our great-
grandparents came here
by ship. Yes, at that time
you could not, of course,
fly to Bonaire. It was a
tough journey by ship.
Our great-grandparents
were brought here by the
Spaniards to work. Yes,

my ancestors have
worked hard here on the island. You cannot
imagine what they carried around the island:
casks with water, baskets with harvests,
people, and later they hauled carts over the
barren land. Over time our family has ex-
panded further. The people were careful
with us and were proud to possess us. We
were a valuable asset..."
Mr. Donkey talks with pride about his
grandma Diligencia. She was the Police-
donkey of Brigadier Vis. Together they
made sure the Rincon area remained safe in
those days.
"...until the introduction of the
least until after the construction of the first
roads. When the first car arrived on the is-
land my family laughed costly. In the rough
and impassable tracks of Bonaire the thing
could not drive a single yard. A donkey cart
was much more effective on this terrain.
But once more roads were built we be-
came slowly but surely unemployed.
Supplanted by the automobile, we were
increasingly able to enjoy the outdoors of
our lovely island."
Mr. and Mrs. Donkey are relaxed fellow
islanders who have worked hard for the
island and are part of the cultural heritage

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of our island. They are friendly and funny.
Tourists appreciate their presence on the
island very much.
After the flamingos, they are the most
photographed fellow islanders.
.i. -- .i...,; . the family is very happy liv-
ing on Bonaire. In 1993 there came a shelter
for injured relatives. Since that time injured
family members are cared by Mrs. Marina
Melis. We are happy that there is now a
hospital for our family because we were not
really welcome at Fundashon Mariadal. But
we have a little concern namely that family
members when they are recovered are not
discharges from the hospital. And now even
relatives who are not sick are caught and
brought to the hospital. What would you
think of it as Fundashon Mariadal would do
the same with human fellow islanders?"
Mr. Donkey looks at Mrs. Donkey again,
and says, "We appreciate the care of Mrs.
Melis but would like our family to come
home again after a visit to the hospital. And
now we are appalled to read in The Bonaire
Reporter that Mrs. Melis has plans to catch
all family members to lock us up. We are
very concerned. We have done nothing
wrong, have we? This is still a free island,


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isn't it? We have been here so long and love
living here.
Of course there are car accidents because
of collisions with donkeys. But take a look
around yourself on the roads of Bonaire.
There is often very irresponsible driving!
The humans cannot blame us for that. A

/ i,. 1, hie concerns of the donkeys
S, ..... . 't out of sight when the
iM ..... n.." changed from 'Donkey
h :!...:..d. '".. "-" 1 . to 'Donkey Safari Park'
u d -iJi, . AMelis paid NAfl5for each
'problem' donkey. Mrs Donkey says,
"If I paid $10 to anyone who signs
' on a troublesome 'human newcomer'
to lock up, we'd need a lot of money
very fast. When I read that 'more
people are demanding that they (us,
the donkeys) be removed,' I was
shocked. We do no harm to anyone
and have lived here for much longer
than these people. We have to share
this island in a respectful way with
each other. We do not want to be
want to
wncia alk
na around
as we have done
here for almost
500 years! " 0
Story & photos
byAlma overstekende

Bonaire Reporter- June 24, - July 8, 2011

Page 8

Co de Koning

Is Gone

Co de Koning, a true friend of Bon-
aire and one of the key people re-
sponsible for the resurgence of Bonaire's
economy in the early 2000s, passed away
following a stroke in The Netherlands on
June 3, 2011. In Holland he was consid-
ered the best-known management consult-
ant of the 70s and 80s. He was 76 years
Co was born and raised in Brussels. He
studied economics and econometrics at
Erasmus University in Rotterdam. As a
young man he was an adventurer who
toured as an actor, sailed small boats, nar-
rowly escaped death in a 1962 train crash
and met his lifetime wife, Hanne Vibbeke.
As a businessman he called himself "a
trustee of the captains of industry" rather
than a "management consultant." Many
companies at that time sought advice from

B onaire's Special Olympics team left
the island this last Sunday (June 19)
for Greece, but they almost didn't make it.
Just the day before KLM decided to cancel
Bonaire's flight to Holland. There was a
big scramble as the team's organizers
called everyone and anyone who could
help get the eight athletes and the six
coaches and support people on a flight
from Curagao. Luckily, they reached the
"right people" and got the group of 14 on
an Insel Air flight to Curagao where the
team could connect with the KLM going to
With a sigh of relief, that Sunday morn-
ing the team's supporters, families, spon-
sors and former Special Olympics athletes
were all at Flamingo Airport, wishing the
team bon voyage and good luck.
The athletes left, filled with trepidation,
excitement and wonder at what was going
to be new and different, wondering what
the next two weeks had in store for them.
Many have never been away from Bonaire
before. The only world they really know is
this island, their families and the people
who care for them and their disabilities. It
is a giant step and they have to rely on their
coaches and delegates.
This is the fourth year that the Bonaire
team has participated in the international
Special Olympics. First was in Raleigh-
Durham, North Carolina, in 1999, second

At the presentation of the Kufije
album to the executive Council

De Koning received a company's top
executives in the garden shed behind his
house on the Prinsengracht in Amster-
dam. The results of those meetings in-

in Ireland in 2003 (the first time that Spe-
cial Olympics was held outside the US),
then China in 2007. The team also com-
petes in regional games between the Olym-
pic years. This year our team will be par-
ticipating in Bolas, Bowling and Athletics.
All the people involved in this effort are
volunteers. The cost to prepare, outfit,
house and transport the athletes and
coaches is thousands of dollars, all pro-
vided by donations and fundraising events
like the Walk-a-Thon. Bonaire team is sup-
ported 100% by donations and volunteers.
Most of the other teams from round the
world have the full financial support of
their governments. Sadly, Bonaire's team
does not. Sponsors: MCB, Wega di Nom-
ber, Digicel, Toshiba, Palm Trading
(bags), Littman Jewelers (shirts), and
Norca's Deli Cafe.
Special Olympics Bonaire has been serv-
ing the community since 1990. Their mis-
sion is to provide year-round sports train-
ing and athletic competition in a variety of
Olympic type sports for children and adults
with mental retardation. The training and
competition provides them continuing op-
portunities to develop physical fitness,
demonstrate courage, experience joy and
participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and
friendship with their families and other
Special Olympics athletes as well as the
community. U Laura DeSalvo

starting the Bonaire
economy by helping to
negotiate the "technical
stop" of KLM aircraft
: -, en-route to Ecuador and
Peru. The impetus of
that move is reflected in
Bonaire's closer con-
nection with Holland
He wasn't all business
either. He founded a
private "club," called de
clos, of Dutchmen and
Bonaireans who
. pledged thousands of
..guilders each year to
benefit, in an informal,
anonymous fashion,
island activities that
Co with the things he loved most: his wife, a pen, needed a financial boost
a good cigar and Scotch whiskey n- like senior nancitizenal boost
- like senior citizen

eluded the merger of AGO and Ennia and
perhaps as many as 13 others, said Ae-
gon's CEO, Kees Storm. (De Koning
himself never said anything about his cli-
We first met him when he threatened to
sue The Bonaire Reporter for panning a
Bonaire guidebook written in part by his
daughter. After a convoluted conversation
he did admit The Reporter had a point and
we became fast friends and he wrote nu-
merous stories for the paper. In the slip-
pery days before the integration of the
BES islands into The Netherlands to bet-
ter cement the relationship between Dutch
and Bonairean businessmen, he hosted a
reception at Reporter headquarters for top
Dutch CEOs and Bonaire's business lead-
Depending on your viewpoint you may
bless or curse him for his role in kick-

ennifer Lopez
(also known by her nickname J.Lo)
born in 1969 in The Bronx [New York] to
Puerto Rican parents, is an American ac-
tress, singer, dancer and television person-
Lopez came to prominence within the mu-
sic industry following her debut studio
album, "On the 6, " in 1999, which
spawned the number one hit single, "If You
HadMy Love." Her second studio album,
"J.Lo, " sold 8 million copies worldwide.
In 2007, she released her first full Spanish-
language album, "Como Ama Una Mujer. "
Her contributions to the music industry
have garnered her numerous awards and
the estimated sale of over 55 million re-
cords worldwide. In 2011 she returns to
music with a brand new album, titled
"Love? " Its single, "On the Floor, "is
currently impacting charts worldwide.
Lending her musical knowledge to others,
Lopez is currently a member of the judg-
ing panel of American reality television
competition, "American Idol "



todjs asxaen & Msuic
Jody's is the well-known fashion shop
for men and women at Lagoen Hill.
In their collection they have 100% origi-

homes, the sailing club, the music school
and sea turtle conservation. Perhaps the
most fun was his sponsorship of the trans-
lation of a famous Kufije (Tin-tin) adven-
ture into a handsome Papiamentu lan-
guage edition.
His passing was unexpected. Today, as
I write this, we were to join him on a fish-
ing trip aboard Piscateur.
Co de Koning was a connoisseur of fine
art, fine homes (in Amsterdam, Biltho-
ven, Switzerland and Bonaire), fine alco-
holic pleasures and beautiful women.
"Our family patriarch is gone. The party
will continue somewhere, " wrote his
family in a Dutch newspaper obituary.
Laura and I will miss him and I am sure
there are several Dutch CEOs who will
miss him too. The odd mix of charm, hu-
mor and intelligence of this man has had a
salutary effect on many people. U G.D.

Last week's answer: "Jennifer Lopez" is
the singer of "Let's Get Loud."
Unfortunately there was no winner this
This week's question:
Who is the father of Enrique Iglesias ?
Please send your answer to: and be entered in
a drawing to win a CD of your own choice
in Jody's shop at Lagoen Hill #18.
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announced in the next edition of The Re-
porter. U Jo Bux

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Lacoste, Zucchero, A Priori and Zulu.
At the Friday crafts market Jody's Music
is one of the stakeholders and always
tries to bring in the best music for young
and old at the right moment.

Bonaire Reporter- June 24, - July 8, 2011

Page 9


Al and Sue'

The Lora breeding season is in full swing
and the Echo team has so much news to
share. Nests across the island have wel-
comed beautiful white Lora eggs and
some of those eggs have already hatched.
The wonder of romance and reproduction
is the topic of today's tale, and so without
further ado it is time to bring you Al and
Sue's remarkable romance.

Everybody said Al and Sue were a
lovely Lora couple. And they were.
Al was attentive to Sue's needs and made
her feel safe. She was shapely and didn't
talk too much. Other Loras wanted what
they had. Al and Sue were a little old
fashioned in that they didn't value mate-
rial wealth. They didn't want a flat screen
TV or ridiculous SUV. They knew these
things didn't bring happiness. They had
each other and so they had everything,
well, almost everything. Al and Sue
longed to have a family.

Being Loras Al and Sue were vastly
intelligent. They had studied some history
and they knew that the early human colo-
nisers of their island had chopped down
virtually all the trees. The beautiful Lig-
num Vitae had been desired for its dense
wood, and the silvery barked Satinwood
provided good timber. These trees had
also provided nest cavities for Lora fami-
lies. Sadly there were now so few of these
big old trees that only a handful of Lora
pairs got to have families.
Al and Sue's growing urge to have a
family had bothered them for a few years
now. They stayed together because they
knew in the long run it would pay off.
They were, of course, familiar with the
good work of Dr. Rowan Martin, which
showed that more co-ordinated Lora pairs
have greater reproductive success. Al and
Sue also ticked each other's boxes and
they just felt they should be together.
At first monogamy had felt restrictive
but it was clear to them that it was the
right thing. Al and Sue knew they were
Amazons, not Eclectus parrots. Naturally,
Dear Reader, you will be aware that when

s Romance

sailors first arrived on Papua, New
Guinea, they thought the bright red fe-
male eclectus and the deep green male
eclectus were different species. More re-
cently it has been found that female eclec-
tus parrots will fight to the death to de-
fend their nest site. This makes perfect
sense when you realise that in the breed-
ing season they may be attended to by up
to nine male parrots. Male eclectus par-
rots equally have their fun and may visit
five or more females.
Being a perfect male Amazon Lora Al
knew his way around and didn't ever have
to ask Sue to read a map. On the morning
of their great surprise they were in a lush
area of vegetation they knew well. This
being the case, it was indeed a great sur-
prise to find a perfect nest where previ-
ously, Al was quite certain, there had not
been a nest or even a tree. He couldn't
quite explain it because of course he did-
n't know Echo's conservationists had
created this nest box for Loras such as
himself and Sue. In that moment these
details were, however, irrelevant. They
had found a nest!
Spring was in the air and suddenly hor-
mones were surging through Al's feath-
ered body. After all those years of waiting
he and Sue would finally get to have a
family. Sue could hardly believe it. The
timing was perfect. There had been so
much rain that winter there was food eve-
rywhere and both she and Al were in per-
fect condition. After only a brief inspec-
tion of the nest Al and Sue looked at each
other, they didn't have to say a thing.
There was an intense and palpable ten-
sion. They had wanted this for so long.
Finally they would get to start a family.
Dear Reader you would be forgiven for
thinking this was going to be a tale of a
long and creative courtship. However, the
remarkable feature of Al and Sue's ro-
mance was in fact the brevity of their
courtship and the rapidity with which they
became more intimate. After but a mo-
ment of tail fanning and purring Al and
Sue were at it. So happy were they to fi-
nally release the tension they had felt for

so long, they threw caution to the wind.
They made love in the nest box, on top of
the nest box and even in the tree tops.
We shall save the wonderful outcome of
Al and Sue's remarkable romance for a
future edition of The Bonaire Reporter.

In the meantime you are invited to have
a look at the latest news on Echo's face-
book page U
Story & photo by Sam Williams

I -.



Conservationist Sam
Williams has been
involved with Bon-
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seven years. Find out

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Part 5-Best known as Bon-
aire 's diving pioneer, Captain Don
looks back on his other life as a
sailor a half century ago.

* *T t was 14:30 hours on May
121, , 1962," recalls Don
Stewart of his landfall on Bonaire.
"I had 63 cents in my pocket."
As the story goes, it was the is-
land's Lieutenant Governor, van
Hesteren who met the vagabond
sea captain soon after arrival and
sternly told him, "Produce you
stay; a bum and you're out." For-
tunately for Don, he had six air
tanks and a small compressor
aboard his schooner. With that
equipment and Stewart's moxie,
the diving industry on Bonaire was
bom. The stories that followed are
a mix of island lore and scuba his-
tory known by many. But fewer
know about Captain Don's life at
A couple of years before landing
in Bonaire, Don found himself in
Hollywood, California, restless and
in his mid-30s. He had served as a
medic in the Navy, ran a successful
business called Stewart Screens,
and had just spent a year traveling
the length of the Mississippi River.
Stewart then thought the time was
ripe to break into the movie busi-
ness and submitted a script to a
studio boss. It was an adventure
story that involved a large sailing
ship. Ever the optimist, Don
thought it best to buy a boat so that
when the movie went into produc-
tion, it would be used in the film-
"I bought the boat to do a movie.
I had never been on a sailboat in
my life. I searched the entire west
coast from Washington to Mexico.
There were some beauties, but
most were too expensive. I needed
something big-70, 80, 100 feet
long-for the film. Then one day
in San Diego, in one of the back
bays on a mud flat, I found a boat
leaning over at low tide."
She was a two-masted, gaff-
rigged, 70-foot-long, wooden, top-
sail schooner built in 1912 called
Al Rene. The mainsail alone car-
ried a thousand square foot of can-
vas. Reportedly newspaper mogul,
William Randolph Hearst, was a
previous owner. "I bought her for
$7,000 from an old Norwegian.
Handed him the cash in a paper
bag." Stewart renamed the schoo-
ner, Valerie Queen after his Welsh
girl friend, whom he married in
1955. "Me and another fella' with
no sailing experience somehow got
the boat back to LA. I remember
looking down the deck from be-
hind the wheel. It looked like the
length of a football field!"
Don was in need of help. He
offered a group of local Sea Scouts
a chance to sail the Valerie Queen
on weekends. In exchange, he
would look over their shoulders,
watching their every move. Sailing
school had begun. Don also char-
tered Valeria Queen to a women's
sailing team on vacation from Ger-
many. "They sailed the boat. It

was a wonderful experience. I was
watching every detail-how they
tied knots, everything. It was an
educational trip for me."
It was about this time the studio
boss delivered the bad news. The
company was not interested in
making a movie from Stewart's
script, but the man offered some
life-changing advice, "It's a good
story. You should go live the
Stuck with a 70-foot schooner,
Don began to contemplate his fu-
ture. In the meantime, he began
running dive charters to Catalina
Island, 22 miles out in the Pacific
Ocean from Los Angeles. "The
Coast Guard was chasing my ass
all the time. I had no license. I had
no insurance. I had nothing but a
big boat."
After a short time sailing San
Francisco Bay, Stewart decided to
point Valerie Queen south on Saint
Patrick's Day, 1960 and begin his
sailing adventure of a lifetime. It
was time to 'live the script.' The
voyage took him and his ever-
changing crew along the coast of
Mexico where Don had several
dangerous encounters with Baja
desperados. He eventually reached
the Panama Canal and headed to
the Caribbean with the vague goal
of sailing to the Leeward island of
Antigua. These were the days with-
out GPS, cell phones or reliable
satellite weather information, con-
veniences that most sailors today
take for granted. Guts and good
intuition served captains like Don
But trouble continued to shadow
the schooner. At one point, Stewart

summarized his problems as:
"Latins, redheads and a loose can-
non hurricane named Anita in Ja-
maica." It was off the coast of
Aruba where Don claims a deck
hand threatened him with a knife.
It was mutiny aboard the Valerie
Queen. Don had chased the crazed
man high in the mast, and with
blade in hand, the deck hand
threatened to slice the ship's hal-
yards. "I had a rifle, but chose to
shoot a flare gun at him instead.
That might look more accidental if
I did hit him." What Don failed to
realize is that his barrage of flares
got the immediate attention of the
Aruban authorities ashore. "We got
hauled into port in Aruba by the
police. After a long discussion, I
was told to leave the island. But I
still have that flare gun." he says
Stewart and his Aruban first
mate, Percy Sweetnam, pointed the
schooner south to Colombia. While
heading east along the coast of
South America, the crew of two
spotted a suspicious boat. Peering
through binoculars, they could see
the vessel was armed and, with a
sudden puff of black smoke, the
boat made an abrupt change in
course in pursuit of the Valerie
Queen. "We were sailing short
canvas," recalls Don. "Schooners
have a way of getting along with
only a foresail. Our main was cut
down to the third reef. I said,
'Percy, spread this boat.' Valerie
Queen really loved the wind to her
shoulder. By this time, I knew my
ship well."
'Where are we going, Don?'
inquired Percy. 'We're going
north. Those guys got machine

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The Valarie Queen under

"I already had two of my buddies
killed by pirates. We were going to
hit an island somewhere if we
headed north. Through glasses the
following day, I spotted Mt. Bran-
daris and said, 'That looks like the
place. It's land.' We cut across and
finally came into port, spotted a
Dutch flag and dropped anchor. A
policeman came aboard and gave
me a cold beer, a smile and a wel-
come. That had never happened
before on the voyage. I looked over
at Kralendijk. Clean! Clean! Or-
ganized! What a difference after
the filthy 'Spanish' ports we had
visited before. I turned to Percy
and said, 'I like this place'."
Don and Percy were soon aston-
ished by Bonaire's pristine under-
water world, and slowly they be-
gan to bring dive tourism to the
island. A year later, Valerie Queen
met her fate while anchored off-
shore. Even today, Don Stewart
pauses in silence when asked about
the end of his beloved schooner.
"It sank at six in the morning. The
seacock (a shut-off valve located
below the water line) was left
open. Somebody must have opened
it. I never found out who."
With no boat with which to de-
part, Don thoughts of eventually
reaching Antigua vanished. But
the sinking of the Valerie Queen
did not stop him from sailing. A
few years later he bought Sislan, a
traditional Bonaire sailing boat. In
a moment of bravado, Stewart
challenged Hubert "Ibo" Doma-
cass6 to race his boat, Vella against
him. The stakes? Twenty-seven
cases of cold beer. Ibo ended up
beating Don by three minutes in an
exciting sailing duel. When asked
why he sailed the race, Stewart
answers bluntly, "Money. We had
a weeklong party after the race and
that was where I made the money.
October was always a slow month
so the income helped a lot."
That race spurred on an annual


sail in San Francisco Bay

competition that eventually became
the Bonaire International Sailing
Regatta, now in its 44f year. And
Sislan 's fate? One day Don ran the
boat aground and ended up selling
it to the local legendary sailor,
Ismael Soliano. Ismael repaired
the hull, renamed it Etiene after his
youngest son, and won the regatta
numerous times thereafter. Etiene
is the last of its kind on the island
and can still be seen on a mooring
just offshore from Kaya Playa
Stewart still had one more sailing
chapter left. In 1971, the salty cap-
tain sailed a Sunfish (a basic, 14-
foot sailing dingy) from Bonaire to
Curagao in record time, around six
hours. That record stood for a
dozen years until a Dutch sailor
broke it in 1983.
These days, Don resides inland
with his partner, Janet Thibault,
out of sight of the sea. After sell-
ing his resort, Captain Don's Habi-
tat, the couple began a plant and
landscaping business to promote
the use of native plants on the is-
land. To this day, Stewart is unim-
pressed with his voyage on the
schooner and claims that he's not a
sailor. "That day I landed in Bon-
aire was the beginning of my life,"
states Don. "I'll never leave this
But if one considers the blue
water adventures of the Valerie
Queen, the exciting coastal races
aboard Sislin and his record-
breaking Sunfish journey to Cura-
9ao, Captain Don is undeniably a
sailor. He is, indeed, another sailor
who never left. U
Patrick Holian

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and film
living on

Bonaire Reporter- June 24, - July 8, 2011

Captain Don in Bonaire-Sislin beached behind

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and Maintenance..
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After decades of innovating
Bonaire's diving Captain Don is
applying similar principles to
growing plants.
Pay him a visit.g
Meet Bonaire's
Living Legend.
Get him to sign
his new book-
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103 Kaminda
(road to Lagun)
(Look for the blue
rock and dive flag)
Phone: 786-0956

Studios for rent at Hato, ($490-530)
see Kaya Utrecht 25

For rent: Fully furnished cozy apart-
ment in Belnem near the ocean. Hot
water, a/c, full kitchen, patio, terrace
with garden. 110 & 220 volt and internet.
Phone: 796-5530

FOR RENT Apartment. 1 person $50/
night 2 persons $60/night plus room tax.
available June 03.


GE Profile side by side fridge
freezer. White, 69.25" high; 35" deep:
36" wide; 26 cubic feet capacity - $400
or nearest offer. Magnavox 27" colour
TV - $200 or nearest offer. Please call
717-8454 or 785-1790

Mitsubishi L 200 pickup for sale 1995,
in good condition. Never used as a dive
truck, airco, cd, radio, 4 new tires call
795 3456 after 6pm 717-4435

For sale 1997 Chrysler V6 3.3L Mini-
van, 156 kMi, new radiator and rack &
pinion, no reverse gear, asking $1650
obo. New transmission can be supplied
for $800. Call 796 3637, or mail digital-
Yokohama Geolander tires -size
30X9.5X15 With KMC 6 lug aluminum
wheels. Fits Toyota, Mitsubishi trucks
etc. All 4 in Good condition
$399. call 717-8819 8 am to 5 pm.

Range-Rover Classic 3500cc V8 for
sale. $ 1250. Kaya Gobernador Nicolaas
Debrot 166, 796-3637,

For sale: inflatable boat, Achilles, Ya-
maha outboard 15hp and boat trailer for
sale. $ 1750. Kaya Gobemador Nicolaas
Debrot 166, 796-3637,

For sale: dive tanks, hydrostatic test
valid till Jan. 2013, for $90 ea.; all three
for $250. Call 796 3637, or mail me at

For sale: porch set consisting of a large
(200x90 cm) table with lava stone inlay
and five chairs. Asking $800. Call 796
3637, or e-mail

Fitness Business Opportunity
The fitness company Top Health Bon-
aire BV and its fitness equipment in-
ventory at La Hacienda are available
for sale or rental.
For Sale: This is a special and unique
opportunity to invest in an expanding
business sector.
For Rent: It's possible for a fitness
instructor to start off without an invest-
ment because all the equipment is al-
ready in place and pay only the rent and
Call 795-5578 or email: for more

Bonaire-Sun Rise/Set,
Winds and weather can . .

Moon Phase and Tides
. .. the local tide's height and time

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As a seller or buyer on Bonaire, you
will find the process is very simi-
lar to the process where you live now.
Similar means you need that piece of ex-
tra knowledge to make sure you know
what is going on. Here are some tips to
help you along to your success.
First of all, you should seek the assis-
tance of the most professional real estate
agent you can find. Interview at least
three different agents and ask questions.
Be sure you feel comfortable with the
agent as a professional and as a person.
The best indicator of the agent's success
for you is his or her past success with
others. Experience counts in real estate.
Another difference for some, Bonaire
follows the Dutch system of legal, cul-
tural, and practical relationships between
client and agent. In this regard, there are
very significant differences from North
American practices.
Commissions are different. Compensa-
tion and cooperation with other agents is
different. Legal duties to you, other
agents, other parties are different. There
is no multiple listing system. The listing
agent only represents and has duties to
the seller, never to the buyer.
As a seller after you select your agent
the process you follow should be exactly
the same as in your home country. Work
closely with your agent to determine the
current fair market value of your prop-
Your agent should explain the pluses
and minuses between your property and
similar properties. Your agent should
explain the value of those differences.
Appraisal is not a science. It is a scientific
process mixed with the art of reading the
market and its directions.
Markets not only move up and down,
markets have velocity. Market velocity is
a key component in pricing to fair market
value because it is the speed at which the
market is moving up or down. Be sure
you know what this is so you are able to
price your home before the curve, not
Rapid upward velocity may encourage a
seller to be too aggressive in pricing.
Sharp negative velocity may cause a
buyer to make too low an offer. Either
way you are going to fail in your goal of
selling or buying. I always give a
"hearing" check to my prospective clients
to make sure they are hearing exactly
what the market is saying rather than
what they "hope" the market is saying.
Buyers and sellers who overreach on
price never achieve their goal.
As a seller make sure your agent tells
you what is hot and what is cold in the
market and get a check list of what you
can do in your home to make it hot, hot,
Buyers, you also have a hot list. Cash
is always king especially on Bonaire. Be
sure you have all your cash either on hand
or easily obtainable. If you are going to

Be sure you have all your cash on
hand or easily accessible

need financing make sure the money is
easily in hand. Sellers don't want to wait
60-90 days while your loan is being proc-
essed. If you plan to borrow on Bonaire
you must get all your approvals in ad-
vance of house hunting.
If you plan to move to Bonaire be sure
you begin processing your residency ap-
plication before you buy a house. You do
not want to make a significant investment
and find there may be limitations on us-
ing it. The local bank-lending rate for
residents is lower than for foreign nation-
als. So smart planning can save you thou-
sands in interest over the years.
Sellers, make all your repairs before
you officially put your home on the mar-
ket. You must put your best foot forward
if you want the highest price and a fast
Buyers, you must work with your agent
to know what you want to buy and where
you want to buy. There is no time to re-
search a neighborhood or talk to 10 condo
owners when a great buy hits the market.
If you realize it is a great buy so will oth-
ers. While you are sleeping on the idea or
researching for information someone else
is making an offer.
For most residential contracts your
agent will use a contract form already
approved by the Notaris/Notary. You may
use a lawyer of course but it is not man-
datory. If you are buying commercial
property we always insist you use a law-
yer to prepare the agreements.
Once the contract is executed and deliv-
ered to the Notaris the process is very
similar to your home country. 0

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Bonaire Real Estte Rflections


Have you noticed how medical sci-
ence always presents things as fact,
when in reality they are only expressing an
opinion based on the information they have
at the time.
Throughout history, medical I.i. I ." have
been proven not to be true, over and over
again, yet the medical industry presents
itself as the only source of truth when it
comes to health, illness and disease! Words
like credible scientific evidence, scientifi-
cally tested and scientifically proven are
common buzzwords used by the medical
industry. Medical doctors are still looked
on as gods and what they say is taken as
absolutely true! No one can say anything
about health, illness or disease with the
credibility of a medical doctor!
Anybody involved with any kind of
"alternative" medicine is usually treated
with skepticism at best. Natural remedies
have been around for many centuries, and
medicine men and women were held in high
esteem. On the other hand, medical science
has absolutely 100% failed in the curing and
prevention of illness, sickness and disease.
More people are suffering from ill health or
disease than ever before, yet more people
are on prescription drugs than ever before!
Health care, defined as the treatment, pre-
vention and diagnosis of disease, is the most
profitable industry in the world! As long as
people stay sick, billions and billions of
dollars profit are made every year! As long
as you are sick, you are potentially a good
customer, and there is no financial incentive
to prevent or cure disease.
Just think of the most profitable
"diseases" of today - cancer, AIDS, heart
disease and diabetes. Let us add a few
more, high blood pressure, cholesterol and
depression! Do you know of anyone that,
having been on prescription drugs are now
off them and completely disease free?
Most people are put on medications and get

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With The Reporter in...

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Anna & Art Kleimer --
The Kleimers are -P
founding partners of
Bonaire Island Real Es-
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Anna( his family with The Bonaire Re- Louie Petrich (12), Abigail Petrich (5),
or Artk( porter in Wadi Rum, Jordan, which is our Bedouin guide (Baraka), and me. We
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locked in. Some even question their doctor
about them and are told in no uncertain
terms that they will die if they stop their
medications! These are the very drugs that
have terrible side effects well known to the
pharmaceutical industry.
The FDA has set as "law" that there is not,
and never will be, a natural remedy that can
cure, or prevent a disease. This unholy alli-
ance between the FDA (who supposedly is
there to protect the man in the street) and
the pharmaceutical industry is killing inno-
cent people. Because the FDA is partly
funded by the pharmaceutical industry, over
the last ten years the FDA has approved
over nine specific drugs that have been
proven to have deadly side effects! The
Journal of the American Medical Associa-
tion estimates that over 125,000 Americans
die each year from the side effects of FDA-
approved drugs. It is not difficult to see that
it is all about the money and not about
I find it very difficult to understand, that
with information on just about anything just
a click away, intelligent, educated people
just do not research their medications! They
have put the responsibility of their illness or
disease in the hands of their doctor! In the
next issue I will cover the role of natural
remedies and why every effort is made to
deny their benefits.
If you do want to research your medica-
tions, the following websites are possibly
the best - , Wikipedia , These are inde-
pendent evaluators and have not been writ-
ten by the drug company concerned. 0
Stephanie Bennett

Author Stephanie Bennett
was born in Cape Town,
South Africa, where she
studied herbs, minerals and
nutrition. Before moving to
Bonaire she continued her
studies in the UK and now
researches Bonaire health

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Divi Divi Air- Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curagao. Your
first choice for inter-island travel. Now flying to

City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances, furni-
ture, TV, computers, cell phones and more. F service
and in-store financing too.


Exito offers fresh homemade breads and pastries,
fruit shakes including fresh orange juice maker on
the island, freshly made sandwiches, an expanded
salad bar and other take-out items-at affordable


Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials and
facial waxing.


De Freewieler sells bikes and all kinds of bike ac-
cessories. They do professional repairs on almost
anything on two wheels. Have your keys made
here too.


Total Home Sustainable Building Products stocks
a large collection of European quality hardware.
Call 701-7011, above Caribbean Homes Realty


All Denture Lab-for the best denture care by an
experienced professional. Repairs while you wait.
Next to Botika Korona on Kaya J. G. Hernandez.


Norca's Deli Cafe, upstairs above Botika Bonaire
on Kaya Grandi offers lunch plus a special "after
hours" Rijsttafel dinner if you call ahead: 717-4376

Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire's best. Freshly prepared
pizzas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts.
Eat in or take away. Nice bar too. Very cool jazz mu-
sic!780-1111 Call ahead to eat-in or take out, Next
to Bistro (above)
Lunchroom de Bonairiaan-Breakfast & lunch
prepared and served by Stichting Project students
under professional guidance. Monday-Friday, 9-2.
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot, opposite Divi Flamingo.

Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with dive shop
and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bon-
aire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer

Dive Friends has four dive schools and three retail
shops so you always get the best deals and can be
assured of top notch training.

ScubaVision - Pro video of your Bonaire vacation,
above and/or below the water with a custom DVD
by Bonaire's top videographer, Hendrik Wuyts


Green Label has everything you need to start or
maintain your garden. They can design, install and
maintain it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and
garden chemicals. Now in new expanded location off
Kaya Industria.

Captain Don's Plants, Trees and More sells genu-
ine acclimated Bonaire plants. Take a 30-minute
tour too. Strong plants for strong Bonaire gardens.

HEALTH and WELLNESS - Also see Spa & Gym

Essentials -New health center brings together nu-
trition, health food and massage in a single location
downtown. Beautiful new courtyard location just
off the main street.

Bonaire Second Home Care can handle all the
needs of second home owners on Bonaire including
inspection, management and cleaning.

Paradise Photo in the Les Galeries Shopping Center
downtown offers fast, fine processing for prints,
slides, items and services. Full digital services.


Bonaire's creative video and still photographer
for the wedding or other important events in
your life. ScubaVision, Kaya Grandi 6, see website or YouTube


Bonaire Island Real Estate,
B.V. Brings personal atten-
tion, experience and integrity
BONAl ISLAND to property transactions. In
1993 they were "America's
Ir Trred ReorOutstanding Realtors."
lour Truaied Realtken

E Caribbean Homes, "the Re-
freshing Realtor," specializing
in luxury homes, condos, lots,
CA N HOMES rentals and property manage-
AJBBEAN O ment. And now Yachts!

*. Sunbelt Realty offers full
real estate, rental, and insur-
: ance services. If you want a
home or to invest in Bonaire,
stop in and see them.
Sunbelt ealty

Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.

Bon Bida Spa & Gym World
Class fitness and health facility-
Classes, top notch machines,
trainers. Day, monthly or annual -
rates. L A

Nubia's Face and Body- Professional massage ther-
apy, facials, reflexology, lymph drainage, Shiatsu,
deep tissue massage and other body and facial treat-

Warehouse Supermar- -| W , ,.,
ket on Kaya Industria- I "' .. .""
Biggest air conditioned
market with the, largest AR HOUSI
selection and lowest 0O N A I P E
prices on the island.

Christie Dovale will personally take you on a fas-
cinating tour of the island. Contact her via her
website: Phone 717-4435
or 795-3456. You will remember it always.

Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika
di Amor. Hotel or downtown pickup The only wa-
ter taxi to Klein Bonaire with built-in ramp

Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest;
now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines
kept in a cooled warehouse. Free delivery. Kaya
Industria 23, Mon.-Sat. 9 am-1 pm.

Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always

The Storehouse
(Mangazina in
Papiamentu) of-
fers Secure Stor-
age For Vehicles,
Household Items, -. ~JGASINA
Sporting Gear,
Business Files or Inventory. Across from the north-
ern hotel row.

Services N.V. -

Bonaire Reporter- June 24, - July 8, 2011

Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent. What would we do without their
superb services?

BEVERLY Bio Aesthetics-Offers several meth-
ods for treating skin challenges like Skin Tags,
Facial Cholesterol Deposits, Milia, Acne Pimples,
and more as well as massage and beauty care.

Fortnightly Advertisers in The Bonaire Reporter are
included in this guide. Free!
To place an ad
call 790-6518, 786-6518
or email


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The 89th of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring
some of Bonaire's interesting vehicles that are "on wheels." On course for 100+

lisa and her BMW R65 Gelande/Strasse

Playa Pariba/Bonaire -
O ne morning, a couple of
weeks ago Corine and I
were having a talk, sipping from
our tea when a man stopped his
truck in front of my house,
jumped out and started jelling at
the front gate. I was just in-
volved in an interesting conver-
sation and slightly irritated I
asked Corine for permission to
pay attention to the to me un-
known person. "Are you J @n
Brouwer?" he asked. And I con-
firmed his question. The man
introduced himself as Richard,
from Richard's Sea Coast Din-
ing Restaurant and he just wanted to thank
me for writing all those articles about the
interesting vehicles Bonaire hides, keeps,
restores and maintains. Very surprised I was
when the gentleman handed me a beefy grey
colored t-shirt with embroideries reading:
"Classic Car Club, Island of Bonaire, and
Dutch Caribbean". This was the last gesture
I expected at that moment. I gratefully
thanked Richard and waved with the t-shirt
in my hand. Then he and his truck disap-
peared behind the horizon...
I went back into my house and I made my
apologizes for my preoccupation towards the
until recently unknown gentleman. Those
days I suffered from a severe depression and
the negative effects of lovesickness which
made me unable to concentrate on life and
the writing of articles. I had to get mentally
and physically healthy again and people told
me to keep breathing which, at that time,
was difficult enough for me. To Corine I
explained that the gesture of the man pre-
senting me the special t-shirt gave me the
sursum corda, a new impulse of life and
energy to start writing again...
A couple of days later I had to visit the
pharmacy along the Kaya Korona. Several
times I had seen a two wheeled Beemer,
parked in front of the "botika", next to the
main entrance. I walked in and asked the
lady behind the counter whether she was the
owner. And she was. And her name was Ilse
Wikkerink and I asked her for permission to
write an article about her motorcycle and she
reacted positively and she knew about the

series of articles and she had read the story
about the BMW R65T, owned by Aat Oud-
shoom from Subi di Rincon and the BMW
R90S, owned by Benito Aranguren from
Sabadeco. So I handed out my business card
and I asked her to make the first email con-
tact. And so she did.
Last Wednesday I had my appointment.
Kaya Finlandia, Playa Pariba. I had to make
a quick stop at the Divi Hotel to borrow an
island map because I could not find the right
street with the right name that easy and I and
my dog Sneetje had an appointment at nine
in the morning. Then I saw the black, blue
and white colored BMW, parked inside the
gate of a house along the right Kaya. Ilse
Wikkerink invited me in and she immedi-
ately offered me a mug with hot black cof-
fee. There was fresh water for the dog.
Although there is not a single consonant
from the brand BMW to find in the name of
Ilse Wikkerink, she grew up, spent a huge
part of her life and thinks and breathes
BMW. Then she shows me her little photo
album with a collection of pictures of all the
boxer twins that played a role in her life. She
experienced a BMW R50S, constructed in
1960. All black with two separate seats,
there was an Ural Dnjepr 650 (a Russian
copy of a pre-war BMW/jb), a BMW R75/5
(a 750 cc twin with a special Wema fairing),
a BMW R80ST (which she owned for thir-
teen years) and another Ural Dnjepr, now
combined with a side car. The combination
had the looks of a twentieth century sputnik.

And a BMW R100RS (RS stands for "Renn
Then, one day, a guy wanted to buy an all
American V-twin at Orlando's motorcycle
shop. He wanted to trade in his BMW.
Those days Ilse had a job at Orlando's so
within less than no time Ilse became the
proud new owner of a BMW R65GS, pro-
duced in Germany in 1990. According to
Ilse from this particular type of GS some
1700 are produced. Most examples served in
the Danish army. The quite rare R65GS
model measures 650 cc, producing some 50
horse powers. Ilse had the choice out of one
so now she has a handy and quick 650 cc
boxer twin model with push rods, two Bing
constant vacuum carburetors, a twelve volts
system, an electric start and a kick starter, a
prop stand and a jiffy stand and a nice two
into one original exhaust system. The twelve
volts system powers the starter engine and
the bright H4 halogen front beam. There are
no electrical gadgets on this motorcycle.
This bike is a work horse and a desert
fighter. Used materials like iron and alumi-
num are superior of quality. The dual front
fork is protected with gaiters and in the rear
there is a mono lever with a single shock
absorber. The 18" rear wheel is mounted
with only three nuts and very easy to discon-
nect. Power from the engine finds its way by
a dry clutch, a gearbox and a shaft to the rear
wheel. So no messy chain.
Ilse: "I am very happy with my BMW.
Especially a GS is very functional on this
island. Not a lot of chrome to find. The alu-
minum is of a very good quality. The bike is
quite high and steps are foldable and small.
This bike is relatively light for a six fifty. I
mounted new road tires instead of the knob-
bies. Most of the time the bike is used for on
road trips. Most of the maintenance I do
myself: changing the oil, mounting new

gaiters to protect the legs of the front fork,
fiddling with the adjustment of the two car-
buretors. It takes some time but I will finally
get there!"
Then she turns the key in the ignition posi-
tion and she pushes the start button. The
bike shakes and coughs. Then the engine
starts running. "Patpatpatpat." Silence... She
gives it another try and another try. It is just
some fine adjustment that is needed and time
and miles... Then: the typical and unique
sound of a BMW boxer twin. Ilse sits on the
buddy seat of her bike
and she smiles. She likes
the sound and the smell
of her bike. An honest
bike, an honest lady. A
good team. Zum Wohl!
* Story & photo by
J.a1n Brouwer

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* Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park
Tours $21 (includes tax). Discounts for
residents and local people. Tel. 717-
8489, 540-9800.
* We Dare to Care Park children's
playground open every day in the
cooler evening hours.
* Rincon Marsh6-8am-2 pm. Enjoy a
Bonairean breakfast while you shop,
fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts, local
sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts, can-
dles, incense, drinks, music. Big
March first Saturday of the
*Bonaire Animal Shelter's "Garage
Sale" every Saturday, 8am-5pm. At
Kaminda Liberador Simon Bolivar,
across from Brandaris Cafe. Tel. 717-
* Monthly flea market at "We Dare
To Care" Playground, 1st Saturday
of the month, 2- 6 pm. Rent a table for
$10. Information: Marissa Jansen (Tel:
701-1103) or Kim de Raadt (Tel: 787-
* Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine
Company's warehouse on Kaya In-
dustria, second Saturday of the
month, 7-9 pm. Snacks and tasting of
six wines for $10 per person. Tel. 560-
* Soldachi Tours-See the real Bon-
aire and be transported back in time.
Learn about the history, culture and
nature by Bonaireans from Rincon. Call
Maria Koeks for more information-
* Soldachi Tours of Rincon, the heart
of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria,
717-6435-best island tour value
* Meet the Captain Night at Captain
Don's Habitat Bar- Get up close and
personal with Bonaire's dive pioneer.
The Captain will autograph your copy
of his newest book Reef Windows.
*SGB High School Chez Nous Res-
taurant- 6 pm, multi course dinner,
$20. Reservations 700-4628.
*SGB High School Chez Nous Res-
taurant- 12:30 multi course lunch,
about $12. Reservations 700-4628
*SGB High School Chez Nous Res-
taurant- 12:30pm - Multi course
lunch, about $12. Reservations 700-
*Bonaire Chess & Draughts
(checkers) players get together on
from 19.00 till 21.00 at the SGB-
school: Kaya Frater Odulfinuz z/n.
* Jong Bonaire Chess & Draughts
players get together from 17.00 till
19.00 at the SGB-school. Kids can start
at age six. Tourists are welcome. Con-
tact Serapio Pop, at 701-9660

Sunday- Creature Feature- John and
Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital photo
center present a multimedia slide pres-
entation about Buddy's House Reef -
pool bar Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-
Monday -- Touch the Sea -- Dee Scarr,
honored as a member of the Women
Divers Hall of Fame conducts Bonaire's

Touch the Sea programs of personal-
ized dive guiding. She presents a
unique perspective on critters and cor-
als, plus an updated Bonaire lionfish
report, every Monday she's on-island
at 8:30 pm in the Aquarius Conference
Center at Captain Don's Habitat, Call
Wednesday - Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion Bonaire (STCB) presents an infor-
mative slide show: Sea Turtles of Bon-
aire, at 8pm, every 2nd and 4th
Wednesday in the conference room at
Captain Don's Habitat (717-8290)
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse." Learn
about Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from
the 17th century. Daily. Call 7174060 / 790
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, be-
hind the Catholic Church in town. Open
weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel.
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on December
25th. and January 1st. Call 788 - 9015
or 796 - 5681
AA meetings -every Wednesday at
7pm. Phone: 790-7001 and 796-4931
Al-Anon meetings - every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Bridge Club - Wednesdays, 7:15
pm- All levels, NAf2,50, call Renata
at 796-5591 to find out the evening's
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at
5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI - First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bon-
aire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO build-
ing, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30
to 9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Con-
tact: Renata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at
Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions welcome.
For more information call 510-0710.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesdays,
12:15-2 pm - Divi Flamingo Beach
Resort in Peter Hughes meeting room
upstairs above the dive shop. All Ro-
tarians welcome. Tel. 701-1100.
Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Cm-

sita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Mar-
tinez Beck, at 786-2953.
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papia-
mentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rin-
con. Bible Study and Prayer meetings,
Thursday, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Centro di
Bario Nord Salifia, Sundays, 10 am.
Services in Dutch. 700-0379.
International Bible Church of Bon-
aire, at SGB High School auditorium
(Kaya Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya
Korona) Sunday services in English at
9 am; Sunday evening prayer meeting
at Por's home, 7 pm. Friday, 6 to 8
pm, Light & Life Club, children 5 to 12
yrs. Tel. 717-8332.
Catholic: San Bernardus in Kralendijk
- Services, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, Sat-
urday at 6 pm 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 Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at
7:30 pm. 717-2194
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services
Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bon-
aire Youth Center in English, Dutch and
Papiamentu. Preaching the full gospel.
Contact: 786-2557.
Prayer and Intercession Church, in
English. A full Gospel Church located
temporarily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20,
Santa Barbara, Republiek. Services are
held on Sunday mornings from 10am
until 11:30am. Bible studies in English
are on Monday nights from 7 to 8 pm.
Contact: 717-3322
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
-day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26, Sun-
days: 9 am Sacrament Ser-
vices (Translation to English and
Papiamentu upon request) 10:20 Sun-
day School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/PH
Primary held from 10:20-12 noon Visi-
tors welcome: Call 701-9522 for infor-
Foundation Fountain of Living Wa-
ters, Centro Fuente, Service Sunday at
Kaya Aruaco 4 at 6 p.m. Preaching in
Papiamentu and Spanish. For Marriage
Counseling, contact 717-2161

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O n Saturday June 4th a clean up dive
was organized by Dive Friends of
Bonaire. Wind, weather and current con-
ditions were perfect. Because of the Blue
Water Project Week this extra happening
was sponsored by the RBTT bank of
Bonaire, by Dive Friends of Bonaire, by
Nettech and by SELIBON. Free air tanks
were supplied by Dive Friends. The Cap-
tains' meeting or briefing was held at the
Dive Inn location of Dive Friends of
Bonaire. The goal was to clean the under-
water world around the South Pier. Over
70 volunteers collected more than 250
bottles. Apart from glass, metal and
wood the divers found a Motorola walkie
talkie, a machete, an empty safe box, a

digital camera, reading glasses, a fishing
net, lead, parts of an outboard engine, a
grill, ajar filled with Belgium-made
mayonnaise and two pairs of underwear.
Around 5 in the afternoon all the volun-
teers got together at the Yellow Subma-
rine location to enjoy a very complete
barbecue meal. The party lasted until
after eight. As a contribution to a cleaner
Bonaire durable plates, knives and forks
were used.
Next clean up dive will be organized on
the second Sunday of July. Remember:
"Without blue, there is no green!" U
Story & photo by Jan Brouwer

CsswI DBesehing AlertI

A s summer approaches, sea wa-
ter temperatures are rising rap- "- ....i
idly, so the possibilities of coral
bleaching events like the one we
suffered last year increases. Coral
bleaching is the whitening of corals
due to stress-induced expulsion or
death of their symbiotic protozoa. \..
The corals that form the structure of
the reef ecosystem of tropical seas
depend upon a symbiotic relation-
ship with this unicellular organism,
called zooxanthellae. Zooxanthellae
give coral its coloration. Under
stress, corals may expel their .,- -
zooxanthellae, which leads to a 1
lighter or completely white appear-
ance, hence the term "bleached." i
According to the NOAA Coral Reef Watch i
monitoring system, coral bleaching is likely p
in the Caribbean in 2011. With tempera- c
tures above average, NOAA's models show B
a strong potential for bleaching in the t
southern and southeastern Caribbean that t
could be as severe as in 2010 c
STINAPA just received from NOAA the s
first Coral Bleaching Alert for the 2011 i
season. Last year Bonaire had the highest a
bleaching alert level possible, 9.9.
Definitions of Alert Levels:
Our sea temperature is 28.50C and the pre- i
sent temperature is 290C since June 9, 2011 p

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meaning Bleaching Watch. For more infor-
mation about NOAA Coral Bleach Watch
please log into http://
coralreefwatch.noaa. gov
Be aware that coral reefs under these condi-
ions are highly vulnerable to external fac-
ors and most care should be giving spe-
cially to oil, detergents and other chemical
spills. Also, corals are more susceptible to
illness by losing their protecting mucus by
abrasion. Please practice and promote good
buoyancy skills in order to diminish contact
with coral heads. Report bleaching to: U STINAPA
press release

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This is a time to harvest the good fruits
from our nature and get all the benefits from
it. There so many things nature can offer
that are within our reach and sometimes we
don't know how to use them. People's
knowledge and experience are some of the
many things we have at hand. Bonaire has
some great personalities who can help this
island to reach its promising status: to be
self-sufficient. Mr. Delno L. A. Tromp PhD
(44) helps us to understand that.
In an interview with him he helped me to
understand the many things that we are
about to achieve. Mr. Delno Tromp, Com-
missioner of social, economic and agricul-
tural affairs, tells us about them. Delno likes
to be involved in different charitable organi-
zations. He doesn't think about himself; it is
all about others. In the past he's helped the
Maria Hoppner Home where there is care
for needy children. He's been a big part of
the Special Olympics organization, taking
part in their affairs to aid them in participat-
ing in the Special Olympics games. He's
organized Christmas dinner every year for
senior citizens and after dinner everyone
receives a gift. Delno has been a friend to
every one who wants to be helped.
His involvement in politics as a public
figure began as an advisor to Mr. Pancho
Cicilia when Pancho was a commissioner.
Delno realized that as a public figure he
could fit in the position as a commis-
sioner. He gained lots of experience during
his years working at the TCB (Tourist Cor-
poration Bonaire) and at the Kenyatta Uni-
versity in Africa. Now being back in Bon-
aire he's been given the time to help Bonaire
"There are many plans for this island.
We've lived by nature so we have to pre-
serve our nature, like the STINAPA Plan to
help Bonaire produce and conserve its own
conch. Yes, if we say we live by nature that
means we have to practice what we preach.
Development worldwide is happening on a
greater scale. Economics enhancement is
affecting every single soul on this planet.
The economics crises have been the main
cause of many countries having to make
drastic decisions. Oil Prices caused by the
different turmoil in the Organization of the
Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)
have been a point on the agenda for years
and for those yet to come. Bonaire, having


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communication with the rest of the world,
also feels the pressure. Our people are not
happy with the living costs on Bonaire. Eve-
rything is expensive and with the introduc-
tion of the dollar you feel the weight in your
Our plan as the Bonairean government is
to do a lot of research. At the end of these
investigations we want to come to a very
comfortable solution for our people. We've
had different meetings where we pointed to
these outcomes. It's necessary and very
important to have definite decisions on the
table now. My wish is for us to work to-
gether as one community, to work on our
communications. Good communication is
the source of success. Changes in the gov-
ernment and currency's worth bring a lot of
confusion to the people. When we go back
to our Bonairean hymn, we learn we are
humble people. We can get through these
changes and succeed. We have to see these
changes as something positive, and it's al-
ways good for us to get involved in these
changes. We can live by the chances that
these changes give us in our lives. Don't
throw the stone and hit your hand. Let's put
the stones together and make a beautiful
home, Bonaire."
Delno Tromp is a very dynamic, energetic,
enjoyable Bonairean and human being. He
has a lot of experiences to share and is capa-
ble to work for our lovely Bonaire. U Sio-
mara Albertus

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News ---i
T he Semi-Annual Book
and Flea Market will be *
on Saturday, July 2 from 11 ,,K
am to 5 pm at the Shelter on
the Lagoen Road. Incredible ..
bargains in books, clothes,
household items, crafts - hun- .
dreds of items -all priced to �
sell. Meet old friends and new .'
ones, meet the pets and con-' -
sider adopting one that day. .H''
Good local food and cold, - '.. ---
cold drinks will be available , .is"'.''. :^
too. All the proceeds go to- Harbourtown Real Estate donated a year of
wards keeping the Shelter open puppy food to the puppy cage at the Shelter.
for homeless dogs and cats. What a generous gesture. You too can sponsor the
The Shelter Flea Market shop food for a year or more for a cage at the Shelter. In
in town, normally open every return you'll have your name proudly displayed on
Saturday, will be closed this that cage and know that you've done good!

In collaboration with the Animal Wel-
fare group the Shelter is conducting a
"Wipe out Mange Campaign." Mange
is an insidious, very contagious disease
that seems to reappear on the island
every couple of years. If you think your
animal has it, call the Shelter at 717-
4989 and your animal will be treated free
of charge. Treatment is a series of three
shots, one per week. This is a lot easier
than the dipping with Parmite! Call for
an appointment.
Want to board your dog during the
summer? Call now as the spots are fill-

ing up fast. Also, although you think it
might be early, do make your reserva-
tions for Christmas boarding. We under-
stand that the need for boarding kennels
is so high that the Shelter could double,
quadruple and more their existing ken-
nels, but that takes money.....and they
sure could use some.
There's a new Shelter video that you
can find on the front page of the website
(, on
the right side. It's an amazing compila-
tion of "Fund Facts." And it is totally
adorable with puppies, kittens doing all

Pet of the Week

4- raummetje" may have a
IBDutch name but he's
truly an American bull dog. He's
strong, he's smart, but he is an
extremely mellow fellow. This
handsome guy was seen wandering
around Lagun for about three
weeks. It was a lucky day for him
when a Good Samaritan found him
and brought him into the Bonaire
Animal Shelter where he was wel-
comed with love, a visit to the vet
for a thorough exam, shots and
good nutritious meals. And how he
responded: When someone comes
into his pen he is so happy and
welcoming, and he just wiggles
with delight.
Braummetje is a young dog, un-
der a year old. He needs a good,
educated-about-dogs, kind of
owner. Or maybe a couple, but
someone who can give him the
time he needs to show his potential. Although he'd probably like to be an "only
dog," he can deal with one other.
At the moment the Shelter has a number of big dogs. Many of them have come
from the street and as staff member Monique says, "These dogs need a job!" So it a
nice opportunity for people who want a good guard dog.
You may meet Braummetje and the other dogs and cats that are up for adoption at
the Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm, 3 to
5 pm. Tel. 717-4989. U Laura DeSalvo

sorts of cute things. Don't miss it.
Like did you know that the cat and dog
residents of the Shelter give 25 kilos of
poop a day!

The video is sponsored by Bonaire Keys
Real Estate and was prepared by Claudia
Critelli and Marco DiGianvito at a re-
duced price. U Laura DeSalvo

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A Bunch Of Celestial Triple Headers Next Week

Next week you have multiple
chances to see three celestial ob-
jects line up in a row. Let's start with the
early morning trio first.
On Monday morning June 27th about
4:45 am look east and you'll spot a
skinny, 26-day-old, waning crescent
Moon. It's between one and two fists
high. Down to its left is a little cluster of
stars called The Pleiades. If you look
carefully they might look like a Little
Dipper but the Little Dipper it is not. If
you wait too long the morning twilight
will wipe them out so get out early.
Up to the right of the Moon you'll easily
spot a bright white spot of light in your
morning sky, the planet Jupiter. So that's
triple header number one The Pleiades,
the 26-day-old Moon and the king of the
planets, Jupiter. For the next triple you'll
have to wait a little bit. As time goes by
The Pleiades and everything else will rise
higher. Look below The Pleiades for a
reddish orange spot of light, our old
friend planet Mars. Mars is not very
bright right now because it's on the other
side of the solar system and is more than
twice as far away as the Sun. Below Mars
look close to the horizon for Aldebaran
in Taurus the bull. So The Pleiades plus
Mars and Aldebaran make the second of
our triple line-ups.
Then if you go out the next morning,
Tuesday June 28th, same time, same di-
rection and the Moon has gotten a day
older and is now about three degrees be-
low The Pleiades and almost in line with
Mars and Aldebaran. It will be worth
getting out of bed for, believe me. Let's
take a look at that one more time, Monday
June 27th, The Pleiades, the crescent
Moon and the king of the planets, Jupiter.
Then line up number two, The Pleiades,
Mars and Aldebaran. Then Tuesday the
28th a really skinny, waning crescent
Moon is worming its way into the other
line-up of The Pleiades, Mars and Alde-
Now I know some of you are reluctant
to get up this early in the morning so just
for you I have scheduled a couple of eve-
ning triple line-ups. Go out after sunset

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June 28th and look northwest. And as it
gets even darker you'll first see the closest
planet to the Sun, Mercury. As it gets
darker you'll be able to spot the twins of
Gemini, Pollux and Castor. Mercury
will be noticeably brighter than Pollux
and Castor but you have already noticed
that these three aren't quite in a straight
line. Just be patient. The next night June
29th Mercury will have moved a bit
closer to a straight line and the next night
June 30th things will be even better.
This is a great opportunity to see the
reason why planets are called planets,
they move against the background of the
sky while stars do not. The word planet
comes from a Greek word that means
wanderer. The Greeks noticed that five of
the bright stars in their night sky moved
and logically enough referred to them as
the wandering stars, asteres planets.
Well, Mercury will give you a good
demonstration of this motion over the
next few nights if you care to watch. June
28th Mercury will be here, June 29th,
here, June 30th, here, July 1st, here, July
2nd, here, and then July 3rd look who
joins the party. A three-day-old waxing
crescent Moon is off to the left of Mer-
cury and guess what? It's making up the
next triple line-up for us with Mercury
and Pollux.
So next week has an abundance of triple
line-ups for us to enjoy; Castor forms one
last triple with the Moon and Pollux on
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ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) A friend-
ship might suffer if money becomes an
issue. You will be able to get along well
with colleagues. Try not to hurt your part-
ner's feelings. Travel for business pur-
poses may bring the highest returns Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Listen to
a good friend who is truly looking out for
your best interests. Exaggeration or de-
ception coupled with overindulgence
might be a problem. You will have the
ability to capture the interest of others.
Discord may arise with someone you're
close to. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Sunday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Your
charm will attract someone special. Don't
make accusations unless you are com-
pletely sure that you are correct. Don't
overspend on luxury items. Family get-
togethers will be interesting. Your lucki-
est events this month will occur on a
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You can
make new friends and experience new
things if you do a bit of traveling. You
can offer your mate a commitment or
promise that will help stabilize your per-
sonal life. Find out if they have other
commitments. Your charm will attract
members of the opposite sex. Your lucki-
est events this month will occur on a
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Enjoy some
socializing this month. Be on your best
behavior. Stretch the truth, and you may
get blamed for something you didn't do. If
you haven't already, consider starting
your own business.
Your luckiest events this month will oc-
cur on a Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Social
evenings at your place will be highly suc-
cessful. Implement your ideas into your
projects at work. Don't get involved in
idle chatter that will hurt your position.
Don't press your luck with your loved
ones. Your luckiest events this month will
occur on a Thursday.


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tainties are still prevailing. You could be
misinterpreted if you're not careful. Your
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SCORPIO (Oct. 24 - Nov.
22) Communication must be open, pre-
cise, and honest. Daydreaming will be
your downfall. Your personal life will be
disrupted if you have been too busy with
business. You will easily blow situations
out of proportion. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Wednesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec.
21) You may not be too pleased with the
actions of those you live with. Tempers
may flare if you haven't been completely
honest about your intentions or your
whereabouts. Set aside any decisions re-
garding your personal life this month. Go
to the top if you're being harassed or held
back. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Friday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan.
20) Talk to your emotional partner about
your intentions. You'll be surprised how
much you can accomplish. You will
benefit through hidden assets and prop-
erty investments. Look into alternate
means of sup porting your financial bur-
dens. Your luckiest events this month will
occur on a Tuesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Your
mate may not have been honest with you.
You will meet some interesting people if
you at tend promotional functions. Don't
believe everything you hear. Take a short
business trip if possible. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Friday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Try to
keep your opinions to yourself. Don't
make large purchases unless you have
discussed your choices with your mate.
Your ability to see other people's points
of view will allow you to come to reason-
able agreements. You're not your usual
self this month. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Monday. 0

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Bonaire Reporter- June 24, - July 8, 2011

Kiri Thode and Sarah-Quita Offringa bril-
liantly finalized their five-day of sailing
Lac Bay to claim their crowns asking and Queen
of Lac bay and winners of the PWA (Professional
Windsurfer Association) Freestyle world Champi-
Under the influence of ideal strong winds up to
25 knots Bonaire erupted into a freestyle frenzy,
as the sailors brought everything they had to the
table in an attempt to progress through the double
Men's Final
During the eliminations local hot shot Youp
Schmit (JP / NeilPryde / Dakine) ploughed
through Julien Mas (Hot Sails / Patrik) and
Amado Vrieswijk (Starboard / Hot Sails) perform-
ing enormous culos and shaka flakas in front of
the judges' tower to secure his place in 11th at this
event. Schmit was finally stopped in his tracks in
heat 45 against Tonky Frans (Tabou / Gaastra).
Tonky took the day by storm and blew the judges
away with his diverse array of tricks and his Car-
ibbean smooth style. But his brother, Taty Frans
(Starboard / MauiSails / Mystic), put a stop to his
advance by sailing the perfect heat.
It took an amazing routine from Kiri Thode
(Starboard / Gaastra) to put an abrupt end to
Taty's hopes, blowing him out the water with his
trade mark air bob's and the largest kono of the
The men's final boiled down to mind blowing
heats between Bonaire's Thode and Belgian con-
tender Steven Van Broeckhoven (F2 / Gaastra).
Having won the single elimination Van Broeckho-
ven held the advantage over Thode and had to be
beaten twice to lose the second double. Motivated
by his home-town fans and with event title already
secured, Thode went on to earn his crown as King
of the Lac Bay pulling a gravity defying Kabi-
kutchi and an unbelievable Grubby Ponch.



Women's Final
Bonaire witnessed one of the finest PWA
women's finals of all time. Sarah-Quita Offringa
(Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic) and Laure Treboux
took to the water. Withjust one opportunity re-
maining to break Offringa's stronghold on the top
spot, Treboux pulled out all the stops. But Of-
fringa decided it was time to reveal her big moves.
The end result was a spectacular show and a final
to remember as both women pulled out all the
stops for the cheering crowds. Despite Treboux's
fighting every inch of the way, Offringa squeezed
past Treboux with her incredible moves and took
her fourth final win at this event and the title of
event winner. 0 PWA press release G.D.


Men's Fleet
1st Kiri Thode
(Starboard / Gaas-
2nd Steven Van Broeck-
hoven (F2 / Gaas-
3rd Taty Frans
(Starboard /
MauiSails / Mystic)
4th Jose 'Gollito' Estredo
(Fanatic /
5th Davy Scheffers
(Tabou / Gaas-
6th Dieter Van Der Eyken
(Starboard / Sev-
7th Tonky Frans (Tabou /
8th Choco Frans

Top Winners- Men's fleet

8"' Bjorn Saragoza
(Starboard / Hot
8th Philip Soltysiak
(Starboard / Dakine)

Women's Fleet
1st Sarah-Quita Of-
fringa (Starboard /
Gaastra/l Mystic)
2nd Laure Treboux
(Fanatic /
3rd Yolanda Freites De
Brendt (Fanatic /
4th Arrianne Aukes
(RRD / Simmer / Da-
5th Xenia Kessler (JP /
6th Mio Anayama
7th Daniela Si-
8th Maxime Van Gent

Top Winners- Men's fleet

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