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The Bonaire Reporter will not be published next week.
The next issue will be available on February 10.

T he Council of Ministers has
agreed to "sober up" the lavish
pension rules for Central Government
Ministers and Parliament members, and
at the same time to introduce a pension
scheme for Commissioners and Island
Council members of the Windward Is-
lands and Bonaire, who never had any.
The Cabinet also approved new rules
for the financing of political parties.
The reduced pension arrangement will
go into effect with the appointment of a
next Central Government, while the in-
tention is to have the rules for financing
politics in place before the Parliamen-
tary elections of 2006. The pension
benefits have been criticized for years as
excessively generous as compared with
the private sector.
At the moment ministers can accrue a
complete pension within four years, at
70% of their government salary, to be
paid out once they're 45. The new ruling
requires 23.3 years of service. Addition-
ally, (Former) Ministers won't be enti-
tled to receive their pensions until age
The new pension regulation will also
apply to Commissioners and Island
Council members of Bonaire, St.
Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba, who up
to now have had no such arrangement. It
won't apply to Curagao, as the adminis-
trators on that island already have their
own pension arrangements.
The Council also agreed to new rules

for the financing of political parties in
the country. They propose that a politi-
cal party may not accept donations or
gifts of more than NAf15,000 a year
from individuals or companies. Contri-
butions to the parties may no longer be
anonymous. All donations and gifts must
be registered and the records must be
kept for 10 years.
Violation of the rules can lead to a
maximum sentence of three months in
prison and a fine of NAf10,000.
Prime Minister Ys hopes the proposals
can be drafted into a law by July, so that
it can be introduced before the federal
elections next year.

A Many people believe that Dutch
rules prevail in the Dutch Antilles.
That's not always true, especially when
it conflicts with religious beliefs and
local customs. The Netherlands Antilles
will not recognize gay marriages, an-
nounced Prime Minister Etienne Ys after
the matter was discussed in the Cabinet.
The Central Government is sticking to
what the new Civil Code says: that a
marriage is between a man and woman.
According to Ys, article 40 of the
Kingdom Charter, which requires that
official Kingdom laws must be respected
in all parts of the Kingdom, does not
refer to marriages. The executive branch
is taking the same position as the Antil-
lean Parliament, which has already con-
demned gay marriages.

Prime Minister Ys meets with Dutch
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ben Bot

Another issue revolves around eutha-
nasia, which in a limited form is allow-
able in Holland, but is completely illegal
in the Antilles.

A Dutch Queen Beatrix will visit the
Netherlands Antilles and Aruba as
part of the
tion of her 25
years on the
Dutch throne.
The visit to
the islands
will start on
July 29, 2005,
chairman of
the Silver An-
niversary Queen Beatrix
Reign Com-
mittee, Yvonne Timmerman-Buck, in
The Hague. The visit will coincide with
the Kingdom Games being held in Cura-

Letters (TC Thanks, Jessie's Farewell) 5
Tsunami Help 5
Lion's Club Youth Race 6
30th Tumba Festival 7
Walk-a-Thon Triumph 8
The Gorge (Clay Emer) 9
Future Rangers 9
Announcements (Imre Esser,
Co de Koning, Henk Roozendaal and
Herma Merx) 10
Traveling to Learn 11
Bonaire Sailors in Curagao Regatta 11
Gardner (Mealy Bugs) 11
Art (Doodle Art) 13
Karpata, May 1972 (Capt. Don) 18
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Classifieds 12
Pet of the Week (Thelma) 13
Picture Yourself
(Rostock, Germany) 14
Reporter Masthead 3
What's Happening 15
Micro Movie Review 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since (Mick Smit) 17
Bonaire Sky Park 19
The Stars Have It 19

gao. The visit is focused on youth and
culture. The queen will perform the
ceremonial closing of the games at the
national sports centre and witness some
of the events in various disciplines. Af-
ter the finals the games will end with a
cultural presentation involving young-
sters from Holland and the islands.

A Windsurfers and shoppers take spe-
cial note. Jasta Travel, a Venezuelan
(Continued on page 4)

Bonaire Reporter January 28 to February 4, 2005

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Bonaire Reporter January 28 to February 4, 2005

2004 The Bonaire Reporter

Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or
advertising in The Bonaire Reporter, phone (599) 717-8988, 791-
7252, fax 717-8988, E-mail to: Reporter@bonairenews.com The
Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo,
Editor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth.
Antilles. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com
Reporters: Capt. Don, Clay Emer, Dodo, Wilna Groenenboom,
Jack Horkheimer, Janice Huckaby, Greta Kooistra, Bon Fysio-
therapie team, Michael Thiessen, Ap van Eldik, Marion Walthie
Features Editor: Greta Kooistra, Translations: Peggy Bakker,
Sue Ellen Felix
Production: Barbara Lockwood
Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa);
Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas Acevedo. Printed by: DeStad Druk-


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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continuedfrom page 2)
air charter company with a counter at
Flamingo Airport, is flying direct to
Isla Margarita. Their 12-passenger
propeller driven aircraft takes about 1
hour and 50 minutes for the trip. After
Bonaire and Aruba, Margarita is known
as a windsurfing mecca. It is also a duty
free port and a shopper's paradise.

Passengers on BonairExel's first

P Exel will announce the details of
its reorganization within two weeks an
Exel spokesman in Holland, Dig Istha,
confirmed last week. The airline is
working to obtain new financing, but
Bonaire resident Niek Sandmann will
remain the main shareholder. It is ex-
pected that his former partner, Eric de
Vlieger, will eventually withdraw as a
shareholder. The new director of Exel,
the former KLM-manager, Bart Drech-
sel, is, according to Istha, cleaning up
the "the heap of trouble" that former
partner and CEO, Harm Prins, left be-
hind. Prince is free pending his trial on
extortion and money laundering. He was
dismissed from Exel and his shares with-

The emphasis at Exel is to rebuild
through cooperation between Exel busi-
nesses in the Antilles and KLM. Exel
will eliminate its unprofitable operations
at Maastricht and Eindhoven among
other cost cutting activities. Bonair-
Exel's first aircraft to enter service
flying between Bonaire and Curacao,
PJ-XLL, is returning to Europe. That
leaves the airline three aircraft to serve
Bonaire, Aruba, Curagao and St.

A You thought that pollution from
Curacao's Isla refinery was only a
Curacao problem? Think again. Last
week's west wind blew the smog all the
way to Bonaire. Those with sensitive
noses could detect it and the Divi Divi
airplanes had to fly higher for better
visibility. Curagao's coasts were being
polluted by oil. If the winds had contin-
ued westerly it could have reached Bon-
aire. From Venezuela, you think, but no.
The nautical advisor of Curagao Ports
Authority, Ramon Frankel, said that it
was oil from Curagao own oil refinery
harbor. "There's always oil at the har-
bor's bottom. After heavy rains the oil
seeps up from the bottom of the Schot-
tegat (the harbor) and forms a layer at
the water's surface. When the wind
changes directions, such as the case with
the south-southwesterly winds, the oil
drifts towards the south coast (into the
open sea)." There is no solution at hand.
"Only if the refinery were to leave and
the bottom were to be completely
cleaned up, would the problem cease to
exist," Frankel emphasized.

RE/MAX real estate agency an-
nounces that Anna Kleimer has joined
the firm as a senior agent. Anna brings
to RE/MAX her over 20 years of experi-
ence as a realtor. Her objective is to
help sellers and buyers achieve their
goals quickly, easily, and in a positive
way. Anna capped a sterling career by
being the first person ever to be recog-
nized as a "Starpower Star" within 4
years of becoming a realtor. In 15 years
only 220 people worldwide have been
selected as a "Starpower Star." She
started her career in Vail, Colo-
rado. Her e mail address is

A Cleopatra bathed daily in it, just
like Napoleon's Empress Josephine.
These ladies knew what we seem to
have forgotten: donkey milk is a bene-
fit for your skin and terribly healthy
for your body's systems. People with
auto-immune diseases, allergies, chemo-
therapy effects and psoriasis seem to
especially benefit. Currently a farm in
Belgium is specializing in producing
donkey milk for therapeutic purposes
reported last Sunday's Dutch newspaper,
The Telegraph. The Belgian farm's 75

female donkeys are milked by hand.
Production is about two liters per day
per donkey. Now that Bonaire's Keeshi
Kiki goat cheese farm has proven to be a
success, perhaps someone will get or-
ganized to produce donkey milk.

A Journalists suffered possibly
their highest death toll ever in 2004,
when at least 129 reporters and media
staff were killed--more than a third of
them in Iraq, an international press
group said on Tuesday. "By any stan-
dards 2004 has been a bad year, perhaps
the worst year ever, for the killing of
journalists and media staff," the Interna-
tional Federation of Journalists (IFJ)

A Buy your wine this week from
AWC (see their ad on page 11), and
donate to charity. This year, as it has
for the last 3 years, AWC will donate to
the Special Olympics Bonaire NAf 1,00
for every regular bottle of wine sold
from January 24th-30th.
Or you can donate to Tsunami Asia.
The 84 bottles of Novello that could not
be auctioned due to lack of time at the
Tsunami Hand to Hand fundraiser, are
available for NAf 15,00. All profits will
be donated to Hand to Hand.

A As you've probably noticed in the
Benetton ads in The Reporter, all the
models are from the island, in particular,
from Jong Bonaire. This week the Ben-
etton models are: Marino Leonicia,
Miangela Semeleer and Joemy Ribardo.
1 L./G.D.

Bonaire Reporter January 28 to February 4, 2005

Page 4


It has been my pleasure to coordinate
the activities of the Bonaire National
Marine Park Volunteer Group, now
know as the STINAPA Volunteer
Group, for the past 5 years. During that
time I have had lots of fun working on
many different types of projects and
have met some wonderful people. Bon-
aire is lucky to have so many good
people willing to help preserve the en-
vironment. We have surveyed for baby
corals, conducted Reef Check, sur-
veyed fish, painted dive marker rocks
and assisted several researchers. Not all
the work was easy but in the end it was
all satisfying.
My husband and I are leaving the is-
land this spring so the time has come
for me to step down as your leader. But
the work doesn't end. Ram6n, the new
Marine Park manager, needs your help
with several projects starting with
Earth Day in April. So a new leader,
Chile Ridley, assisted by his wife
Linda, has agreed to begin coordinating
the activities starting now. You will be
hearing from them soon but if you want
to contact them this is how: Phone 786-
2397 or 791-4262; email to
Thanks to everyone for the support
and help you have given me over the
past 5 years.

The Bonaire Reporter welcomes letters from readers.
Letters must include the writer's name and telephone number or e-mail ad-
dress. Letters without that information will not be published.
If a writer wishes to remain anonymous or just use initials we will honor the
request. Letters should not be more than 400 words in length and may be edited
at the Editor's discretion. Send letters or diskettes to The Bonaire Reporter,
Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6, Bonaire; via fax 717-8988 or E-mail:

A couple of months ago there was an
article in this paper that was titled "On
The Island Since..." and because of
that article my animals, all 15 of them,
want to say "Thank you." They have
received many gifts from the readers of
The Reporter. Some of the gifts were
just placed in the back of my pickup
truck while I was at work with just a
"thank you" note attached...no names
I've also received a few gifts from peo-
ple in the US by mail. On behalf of
them and myself I want to take this op-
portunity to say Thank You so much,
you will never know how much they
and I appreciate these gifts. My two
new puppies that you saw in the picture
are growing so fast, in fact, they have
now learned how to jump on the bed
and are so proud.
Well, thank you again so very much
and have a healthy and very happy

Jessie Armacost My email address is
STSEAl@ hotmail.com
"TC" and my family of dogs

B onaire's Tsunami Relief project
continued following the incredible D
fundraising effort of the previous week-
end. Donations and money keep coming
in. MCB contributed NAf5.000 and Telbo
NAfl.000 The total contributions are F 4 t b AM
around the mid 60's now.
However, a lot of prizes haven't been END
collected. If they are not picked up soon,
the organizers want to auction them off.,
(They think perhaps they will invite people to fill out a coupon to bid on multiple
items, and then have them deposit the bids in boxes set up in the supermarkets.)
The Reporter will keep you posted.
The latest report from the Reuters News Service says the global death toll from
the Asian tsunami shot above 226,000 Wednesday after Indonesia's Health Minis-
try confirmed the deaths of tens of thousands of people previously listed as miss-
ing. The ministry raised the country's death toll to 166,320. It had previously given
a figure of 95,450 while Indonesia's Ministry of Social Affairs had put the death
toll at around 115,000 before it stopped counting. O G.D.

Bonaire Reporter January 28 to February 4, 2005

Page 5


Last Saturday Richard Pietersz
sounded the start signal for the
Third Lions Club Comcabon Race,
'Kareda Hubenil.' The race, 2.5 kilo-
meters for children and 5 kilometers for
adults, started at the Stadium and fin-
ished at Karel's Beach Bar. Thirty run-
ners participated. The Bonaire Lions
Club Bonaire organized the event. The
runners earned prizes-bowls, medals,
certificates and gifts-that were gener-
ously donated by the Comcabon spon-

sors, who included MCB Bank, Ennia, 2. Kevin Abdul 8 min 41 FEMALE
RBTT Bank, Tung Fong Store, Karel's 3. David Lee Winklaar 8 min 42 7 9 years:
Beach Bar, Special Security Services, 12-13 years: 1. Marvien Soliana 6 m
Bonaire Printing Services and Budget 1. Jancarlos Migia 9 min 55 2. Ridaloes Emer 6 min
Car Rental. 2. Ariel Monero 12 min 12 3. Charisa Abdul 7 min
The results: 16-24 years: 10 11 years:
MALE 1. Benito Coffie 18 min 01 1. Eusvine Soliana 9 m
7 9 years: 25 years and older: 12-13 years:
1. Maxim Wilsoe 5 min 20 1. Cassius Coffie 18 min 39 1. Thammy Albertsz 11
2. Gilio Emers 5 min 42 2. Perry Martin 19 min 21 14-15 years:
10 11 years: 3. Elmer Frans 19 min 23 1. Davmaris Mercera 2

1. Sharlon Sumter 8 min 05

Photos and Story by Maria


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Bonaire Reporter January 28 to February 4, 2005

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TOUMB FE VAtI Annlversav..,

It wasn'tuntil 4:00 am into the depthsOf the night.
that Deputy of Education,
Geraldine Dammers designated the
winner of the 30th TUMBA Festival
of Bonaire. (She was substituting
for Deputy of Culture, Reginald
Dortalina who couldn't preside be-
cause he was one of the contestants
himself!) Rignald "Tiri" Trinidad,
named the King of Tumba-2005,
was awarded the robe and crown.
The excited "Tumba Ganador
(winner)"' is no stranger to the
stage, as he has won seven times.
Tiri was delighted to sing his
Tumba song "Tur ku tin" again for
the handful of people, including
your reporter, who decided to stay
awake to witness the ceremony at
the tremendously muddy stadium.
He was accompanied by Glen &
Friends Combo. The composer of
the song, which will be the Carnival
hit in coming weeks, was Johnny
Out of 17 participants the jury
picked out the 10 best to be honored
on the stage. Geraldine Dammers crowns 'Tiri' Trinidad
The festival started with the Chil- King of a 5
King of Tumba-2005
dren's Tumba. Four groups enter-
tained the large roaring crowd.
Mark Abdul accompanied by the Kriojo Band was voted the "King of Tumba for
Kids 2005" with the song "Bai Skol" written by Alvertico Wanga.
Marjan Maldonado, Secretary of FUKABO, proudly said, "I am overwhelmed by
the massive and frantic crowd. Over 1,100 people came to encourage the Tumba
participants, fantastic!" Some severe rain showers turned the field into a mud bath
and some technical problems with the music made the festival last much longer

than expected. Nevertheless, the spec-
tators danced and cheered the night
Marjan continued, "the acts were
very entertaining and the Tumbas
turned out to be of a higher level than
former years. Hopi great!" It was a
good prelude for the coming Children's
Carnival Parades during the 28/29th of
January and the Grand Parades during
the weekend of 5/6th February.

The 30th Tumba festival was dedi-
cated to Mrs. Violeta Rosiaro Cicilia,
honored on stage, for all her enormous
efforts over the years in teaching island
music. Many of those participating in
the Adult Festival now learned from
her as children. Patricio Thomas was
also specially honored. Patricio was the
Master of Ceremony for Tumba from
the beginning but couldn't be on this
night because he'd lost his voice. The Mark A
honor was presented to his grandson, T
Papi Cicilia, who took over as MC for
the evening and did a great job leading
the Festival.

The 10 finalists: (the first three in order of finish)
1. Rignald (Tiri) Trinidad Tur ku tin
2. Juan Angela Hisa Man
3. Richard Molina Lele Karnaval
(The following are in no particular order)
4. Riginald (Jonchi) Dortalina Chikitu Pero
5. Johny Vlijt Karnaval Zudoep
6. Gwiovara Alberto Pla pla pla
7. Gaby Simon- Wes 'i Lomba
8. Luigi Statie Hala Dilanti
9. Robert Sanchez Bolbe Aki
10. Evelon Jano -Awa 1 Ph

Bonaire Reporter January 28 to February 4, 2005

bdul was voted the 'King of
umba for Kids 2005'

lotos and Story Marian Walthie

Page 7


t was rainy, dark and
cold at 5 am as walk-
ers and bikers congregated
at the Slave Huts last Sun-
day to begin the Third An-
nual BonairExel-Special
Olympics Walk-a-Thon.
But nothing deterred the
hardy. Off they went, full
of spirit. Some stayed in
their cars, waiting for the
rain to slow down; it did,
and they too took off. No
one could say it was too hot
and actually, the cool '
weather was rather invigo- 1
rating. The stands that were
situated about 5 kilometers
apart were manned by
cheerful volunteers who
offered water, fruit, Gator-
ade and whatever they
could to help out. Students
from Jong Bonaire partici-
pated thanks to the dona-
tion from Wega di Nomber
who paid for 20 entrance ,
There were more bikes
this year. Although we : -:
can't give an exact figure Maikel Bergsma, Elesier Angel and Andrea Simal,
we do know that it was allfrom Jong Bonaire, walking in the downpour
around 50. Frank at De-
Freewieler rented out 12 of
his for the event.
Some people, like Malin Kaijser, got sponsors who not only pledged money but
who autographed her t-shirt to prove it. "I raised about NAf400," she said proudly.
Thanks to a handy little computer gadget that Malin purchased at Littman's she

knew exactly how many kilometers she
walked (nearly 30) and even how many
calories she expended (1,356, if the walk
was on flat ground... but all we walkathon-
ers know the Karpata-Rincon hill multi-
plies that figure a lot.)
At the end at the Pasa Dia in Rincon, run-
ners, walkers and bikers emerged through
the rain amid cheering and clapping. Wait-
ing for them was an abundant, hot, deli-
cious barbeque. Was it all worth it? Abso-
lutely, they said.
In all, 471 tickets were sold, according to
Special Olympics Bonaire National Direc-
tor Delno Tromp. "We want to thank all
those sponsors, volunteers and people who
came out, despite the weather," Tromp

The Special Olympics Bon-
aire Board is happy to an-
nounce that their next fund
raiser will be a high fashion
showing of the designs of Juan
Carlos Padrino on Saturday,
April 16, at Croccantino Res-
taurant. Last year this event
was a sellout and many were
disappointed when they could-
n't get tickets. So put the date
on your calendar and we'll
give you more information as
we receive it. DL.D.

Stretching-A popular
activity after walkathon

Bonaire Reporter January 28 to February 4, 2005

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Malin collected another NAf400W
from her sponsors




A fter years of train-
ing hard and com-
peting in local and national
events, I finally realized my
dream to make it to the
windsurf hot spot, The
Gorge at Hood River, Ore-
gon. I've wanted to go
there since my teammates
Tonky and Ro traveled
there and told me about it.
I was lucky enough to meet
by a super guy named Rob
Wymore. Rob is the owner
and board shaper of Real-
wind Boardsports. Rob
helped me in the biggest way by being
my first sponsor. I am so proud to be a
part of his team because his equipment is
the best. I have tried a lot of gear and
believe Realwind works best for me as a
freestyler and racer. Once I started using
his boards I immediately started to im-
prove. I even find I win more competi-
tions. I started by winning King of the
Caribbean in the amateur men division
and went on to win other events.
I was stoked to have the boards and
the sails and was training hard everyday
after school and on the weekends. When
I heard that Gorge Games were on again,
I was so happy and prayed I could go.
First Rob sponsored me to attend King
of the Cape, which I won. The water and
weather was very cold, but I worked
hard and did well. I came home for four
weeks to train hard and then went to
Aruba Hi Winds. We had no wind but it
was a lot of fun. I was as crowned
"Prince of the Huts." Everyone should
go to at least one Aruba Hi Winds. JP
and his team put on a great show.
I then flew to Oregon for the Gorge
Games. We had good times hanging and

sailing. It was training, going back
home and then eating the good food Lau-
rie or Rob always cooked for me so I
could be all fit for the next day. Then
back on the water. This family took such
good care of me. I am so thankful for all
they did.
When the competition started I was a
little bit nervous. This is a great event so
well organized and well attended. It was
very different in that the conditions are
harder and sailing is such a challenge.
Everyone was so warm and friendly and
made me feel at home. Despite the chal-
lenge I performed well and won the jun-
iors division. After the competition it
was hard training and chilling with my
bro's and having fun.
I competed in the pro's division for The
Triple XXX class and I did pretty good.
On no-wind days we would skate-sail
in the parking lot. Two days before I
came back home it got crazy!!! It was
blowing 50-55 knots so I was sailing
with a tiny 2.7m2 sail having the time of
my life. This was survival sailing in what
seemed like a hurricane!!! It was great.
After three weeks in the Gorge, it was


eacher Christy Dovale poses with her students who recently graduated from
a swimming and snorkel program. The kids, all from the Maria Hoppner
Home spent six weeks training with Christy as part of the Jr. Ranger program
sponsored by the Bonaire Marine Park and the Maria Hoppner Home. The boys,
from 12 to 14 years old are: Luigi, Fransen, Remi, Royson, Elvison, Vianni and
Axel. As part of a pilot project the boys will be taking a wide change of courses,
often with the assistance of Jong Bonaire, in first aid, diving, computers, radio op-
eration, etc. The pilot project was developed by Mick Smit. See On the Island
Since....page 17. O L.D

all over and I had to go back home. I had
a good time there and met a lot of nice
people. The people in Swell City were
all so friendly to me. My first trip to the
Gorge; thanks to Rob and Laurie and the
cool sailors and community at Hood
River who made it very special. I will
go back again next summer for sure. 1
Clay Emer

Bettina, Venezuela
Bright Sea
Camissa, Chan Is.
Cape Kathryn
Flying Cloud, USA
Gatsby, USA
Guaicamar I, Ven.

Lady Alice
La Familia
La Orana
Little Mermaid
Luna C. USA
Mahi Mahi
Nava Maria
Natural Selection, USA
Precocious Gale, USA
Rire II
Santa maria
Sandpiper, USA

Sea Fever
Sea Festa
Sylvia K
Ti Amo, USA
Tween, Netherlands
Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicorn, Norway
Varedhuni, Germany
Windmiller, Canada
Zahi, Malta

Bonaire Reporter January 28 to February 4, 2005

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
1-2813:55 1.6FT. 23:55 1.OFT. 78
1-29 14:12 1.5FT. 75
1-30 8:10 1.4FT. 23:04 1.1FT. 70
1-31 7:08 1.6FT. 22:04 1.1FT. 64
2-01 7:29 1.7FT. 16:58 1.1FT. 19:43 1.1FT. 21:19 1.1FT. 56
2-02 7:59 1.9FT. 17:31 0.9FT. 51
2-03 8:34 2.0FT. 18:03 0.9FT. 50
2-04 9:20 2.1FT. 18:35 0.8FT. 56
2-05 10:01 2.2FT. 19:16 0.7FT. 66
2-06 10:46 2.2FT. 19:56 0.7FT. 78
2-07 11:35 2.2FT. 20:31 0.8FT. 89
2-08 12:19 2.1FT. 21:11 0.8FT. 97
2-09 13:12 2.0FT. 21:51 0.9FT. 101
2-10 4:00 1.2FT. 5:25 1.2FT. 14:00 1.8FT. 22:21 1.OFT. 102
2-11 4:32 1.3FT. 7:40 1.3FT. 14:57 1.6FT. 22:45 1.OFT. 98


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Bonaire Reporter January 28 to February 4, 2005

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ongratulations to Co de Koning,
Bonaire part-time resident, Bon-
aire Reporter contributor, business con-
sultant and philanthropist on celebrating
his 70t birthday. He did it in fine fash-
ion with a fantastic birthday party for his
many friends at the Mangazina di Rei.
Coincidently, the party also commemo-
rated the 70th birthday of KLM whom
Co served for many years as a consult-
ant. Many credit him with helping to get
that airline to use Bonaire as a "technical
stop" on some of its South American
flights. On hand to help him celebrate
were: Leo van Wijk, KLM's top execu-
tive, Senator Ramonsito Booi, Co's fish-
ing buddies, wife Hanne Vibbeke and children and grandchild and his many island
Keep those years ticking by, Co. You are living proof that good scotch and cigars
mean longevity. 1

H enk Roozendaal and Herma
Merx were married on January
5, 2005 after 17 years together. Follow-
ing was a small private party at Jibe
City's Hang Out Bar. You might recog-
nize Henk as the wild harmonica player
who occasionally appears with Bon-
aire's jazz groups, or as the painter of
Cultimar's murals. Congratulations to Henk, painter about town.
the newlyweds. O

Readers are invited to send their photos of their
anniversaries, engagements or
weddings to The Reporter.


S tudents of the
class (Academic
track, level 5) used an
art project to earn
money for their Janu-
ary field trip to Cura-
gao. As part of their
study of the colonial
period, they had to
make masks reflect-
ing the culture of sev-
eral Caribbean coun- -e
tries. The Benetton
shop downtown paid
them to decorate its
window with the
masks. On their trip
they will visit the
Rechtbank, Police
Academy, Capriles Clinic, Curacao Museum, Bon Futuro Prison, Maritime Museum,
Theater Luna Blou, Jubi Kirindongo and Kura Hulanda. O Wilna Groenenboom
i. a, uN Ka o aK. a u W- a


anuary continued as December
ended, with a lot of rain! Suddenly
on Bonaire a real Dutch habit appeared:
Talking about the weather! Everybody
is very surprised about the continuing
rains and liked to talk about it. Let me
remind you of what I wrote on earlier
stories: This cannot hurt the plants, just
make sure that they don't stay too long
with their roots in the water, especially
Bougainvillea doesn't like this!
One problem that appears with all
these wet circumstances is the infections of the plants with a lot of bugs like the Mealy
Bug. Because it is so humid in daytime and relatively cold in the nights, they multiply
even faster than rabbits. So if you see even the beginning of an infection (which you
can recognize on the bottom of the leaves as white crawling small insects), act fast,
prune it off or clean it with just water or in the last case spray it with chemicals. I will
give you a list of plants that are venerable to what on Bonaire are called Pies-Pies-
Very much infected at the moment: Frangipani (Plumeria obtusa) and Olean-
der di Boneiru, a white flowering Plumeria that grows tall.
Some infected at the moment: Bougainvillea, especially old specimens, Texas
Sage (Leucothophyllum) and some variety of Crotons.
In danger of being infected: All Citrus-fruits, Ixora coccinea Red, Allamanda
and of course several other types.
The biggest problem with controlling these diseases is that maybe you are trying to
control the bugs, but you neighbors are not for some reason, it is so contagious that
your garden will also be infected all the time, especially in this time of the year. This is
giving us and other gardeners a lot of headaches. Nobody likes to use chemicals, but
sometimes you have to. So if everybody helps to control the bugs, that would really
help a lot. You don't have to spray all the time. If you have problem at the moment,
you can cut off all the infected branches, rake all the dead and infected leaves, and get
rid of all that, then spray the trunk of the plant just with clean water with a high pres-
sure hose. You can find "nests "of the bugs on older infected plants everywhere.
Even these measures will help us gardeners big time and of course yourselves. This
time of the year is like I wrote many times before, excellent, because your cut-back
plants will grow back in no time! Good luck. O Ap van Eldik
Ap van Eldik owns Green Label Landscaping which designs, constructs and maintains residential and
commercial gardens. Two nurseries and a garden shop in Kralendijk carry terra cotta pots from Mexico
and South America. Phone 717-3410. NOW OPEN SATURDAYS, NON-STOP 9 TO 4.

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Commercial ads are onlyNAf0.70 perword, perweek Free ads run for 2weeks.
Call or fax The BonareReporter at 717-8988 e-mail ads@bonairereporter.com

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

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

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

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

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

Bonaire Images
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful
boxed note cards are now available at
Chat-N-Browse next to
Lovers Ice-Cream and Sand Dollar.
Photography by Shelly Craig

Visit Gallery MyArt "
Marjolein Fonseca-Verhoef
Call: 785-3988

Restaurant Terrace Take away
NAf35.OO $ 20.00
OPEN: 11.30 a.m. -02.00p.m.
DINNER 06.00p.m. 09.30p.m.
Sunday and Monday closed
Kaya Grandi 26 F/G, TEL/FAX:



Apollo Color Printer by Hewlett-
Packard, comes with extra set (1 black
and 1 color) of ink Cartridges (uses HP
ink cartridges), software, and user
guide. NAf100.00. Call 717-2848.

Brand New (never been used, in the
box) Sea & Sea MX 10 Underwater
Camera and YS-40A Strobe.
NAf360.00. Call 717-2848.

Mitsubishi Pajero 4WD, 5 speed,
Good condition. Perfect motor, Color
white. NAf 4.500 Phone: 786-7045

HP Notebook model: ze5400. P4
(2.4Ghz), 40GB, 512mb, Wireless e-
card. Almost brand new, carrying case
included, $1,600 (US). Info (599)785-
7425 after 3pm

1996 Mitsubishi Lancer. 60K miles,
4-Cyl. Very good condition. Asking
$5,200US. Info (599)791-6009 after 3

Laptop Computers for sale: Sony
VAIO V505DX, Pentium M 1.4 GHz
Centrino RAM 512 MB HD 60 GB -
CD-RW / DVD, LAN, Wireless
802.1lb Centrino 12.1" TFT XGA
Screen Size, $2,000 (negotiable) and...

a Toshiba Satellite A75-S229, Pen-
tium 4, 3.2 MHz, 15.4 TruBrite Wide-
screen, TruBrite, 512MB RAM, 80GB
Hard Drive, CD & DVD
Writer, 802.11 g Wireless, LAN, $2,800
(negotiable). Call 786-5119 or thu-
sisiva @hotmail.com

FOUND: Dive Knife at Windjammer
boat ramp on Jan 20. Call 717-6354

2) This brindle
colored dog was
found by Sand
Dollar Resort.
He'd been
around for about
five days and
some kind tour-
ists fed him.
They called him
"Velcro" because he was sticking to
them. But the tourists had to leave, and
because he was such a nice dog they
wanted him to have a chance at life so
they took him to the Bonaire Animal
Shelter. He's a young male, about five
months old. The Shelter will hold a dog
for 10 days for the owner to claim him.
After that he can go up for adoption.
Call 717-4989. 0

This Saturday & Sunday 10am to
4pm at Kaya Rotterdam in Hato.
Kitchen appliances and supplies; Sew-
ing supplies, fabric, toys, games, etc.

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

Traditional Bonairean Sailing sloop.
One of the last of its kind. Call 717-8988
or 785-6125.

Sabana Eco-Cultural Tour to Suri-
nam, March 24 to April 2. In Dutch and
English. 8-day tour includes all tours,
accommodations, food and drink. Free
day April 1. Air round trip Curagao to
Paramaibo NAf678. Tours Euro 455.
Anglieg Baidjoe, Kaya Betico Croes 17,
Tel. 717-5634 after 8 pm.

Make it more livable from the start
Interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy healing
China trained, Experienced. Inexpen-
sive. Call Donna at 785-9013

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For Rent: Comfortable 2-bedroom
beach villa-weekly or monthly-choice
location-privacy & security-May 1st
until Dec. 15th. Brochure available.
Phone (Bon) (599) 717 3293; (US)
(570) 586 0098. Email larjaytee@aol.

Try a Little "doodle art"

Doodle Art releases
creative energy!
Have you ever wanted to
paint or create something and
felt you didn't really want to
do all the thinking that it takes
to compose a really good
painting? Doodle Art is a
way to dance your way into a
nice painting without the
stress of worrying about how
it will work out. Try out this

Supplies Needed:
Watercolor Paper, card-
board, or cardstock paper
3 colors of watercolor
paint Magenta (red/pink)
Thalo blue (turquoise), and
Lemon yellow
Sharpie black marker

Julia and Kaile demonstrate Doodle Art projects

Technique for "Under the Sea" 16"x20" Watercolor
1. Mix water with Lemon yellow water-
color paint. Pour it onto the paper
and tilt the paper so the paint dribbles
and slides in all directions. Let this
layer dry slightly.
2. Repeat above step with Magenta (red/
pink) paint and splatter it over the
first color. Some of the color will
bleed with the yellow, creating or-
ange. Let this layer dry completely.
3. Mix Thalo blue (turquoise) with wa-
ter and pour on the paper, letting it
run over some of the Lemon yellow
to create green. Let the paper dry

ere's "Thelma" in
the arms of Shelter
volunteer Don Ricks. She
was found wandering on the
street all alone and brought
into the Shelter where her
winning personality made
her a good candidate for
adoption. Thelma is only
about four months old and
she has the sweetest disposi-
tion. She's a smooth haired
pup who should grow into a
big dog. Of course she's
been checked over by the
vet, given her tests, shots
and worming and is ready to
go. The NAf 10 adoption
fee includes all that as well
as her sterilization. You're
always assured of a healthy
and sociable pet when you "Thelma" in the arms of
adopt from the Shelter. The Shelter volunteer Don Ricks.
rest is up to you!
What would the Shelter be
without its devoted volunteers? Under staffed and overwhelmed! It takes a lot to
run a fine Shelter such as we have on Bonaire and it in turn makes working there a
pleasure and something to look forward to every week. Volunteers like Don and
his colleagues do a myriad of jobs in the care of the animals and help keep the resi-
dents happy. Thanks to all of you who devote your time, energy and love to Bon-
aire's Animal Shelter. You're indispensable!
If you're interested in spending some fun hours during the week as a volunteer,
give Shelter Director Jurrie Mellema a call at 717-4989. They can work out a
schedule that goes with your lifestyle. The Shelter on the Lagoen Road is open
Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1.
Notes: "Carlos," the big beautiful dog in Pet of the Week in The Reporter
(January 14) has been adopted. Congratulations and best wishes to all. Since the
first of the year there have been seven adoptions. 1 L.D.

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CkiT I M llE fHOTL n Seen recently in
Calltomake sure:Usually9:00pmn Movieland Cinema:
Blade starring Wesley
Blade Trinity Snipes. Lots of violence and
(Wesley Snipes) profanity in this movie. It has
the looks and feel of a first
shooter game. Plenty of weird mon-
Early Show (usually 7pm) sters to shoot at, a lot of weapons and
Ocean's Twelve other gadgets to choose from and it's

Kaya Prinses Mariehard to die. The movie is from the
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery Marvel factory and it sure looks like a
Tel. 717-2400 comic. I had the feeling it was a visu-
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax) alization of heavy metal music. If
High Schoolers NAf7,75 you're into the genre, it's probably
good. O Dodo
SATURDAY 4 PM The Incredibles Curacao and local DJ, Juan Danger. At
rnn Chnnnrnl 8 nm tn 1 nm Tilckets


28 January Election of the Queen
29 January Youth Parade Rjncon
30 January Youth Parade Playa
5 February Adult ParadeTRncon
8 February Adult Parade Playa
8 February Farewell Parade
12 February Festival Closing

Saturday, January 29 Windsurf Ex-
pression Session Event Site 11 am. On
site, special industry people from Hi Fly
and Starboard.
Monday, January 31" at 7 pm Docu-
mentary of 'Proyecto Italia' (The ABC
Islands Jr. Chefs in Italy) on Tele Cura-
Now through February 9-Art Exhibi-
tion of Helen Sargent ("Elena") at the
Cinnamon Art Gallery, Kaya A.P.L.
Brion #1, just off Kaya Grandi, behind
the Banco di Caribe.

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting

February 5 & 6 Bonaire Windsurfing
Freestyle Frenzy & Beach Bash two
days of the hottest fun freestyle. Ann
Phelan (786-3134) or Elvis Martinus
Monday, February 14 St. Valentines
Fundraising Dance Party to benefit the
FKPD (disability foundation). Featuring
"All in Two" professional singers from

Ulpl --rd-da, Pill .(-) Iai. CL
NAf100 per person. A 10% discount to
groups of 10 at a table -Nafl80 per cou-
ple. Call Shunilla Kroon 717-6210 or
Ansherella Frans 717-6292 during office
Saturday, February 19-Lora Count.
Call 785-1000, 717-8444
Sunday, February 27-2005 School
Swimming Championships, Meralney
Sports Complex.
15h" to the 22nd May 2005 King of the
Caribbean at Lac Bay, Bonaire, in the
Dutch Antilles. The event will kick off
the 2005 PWA Freestyle Tour. For info,
see www.pwaworldtour.com or
www. bonaireworldfreestyle.com

Saturday Rincon Marsh6 opens at 6
am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast
while you shop: fresh fruits and vegeta-
bles, gifts, local sweets and snacks, arts
and handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks
and music. www.infobonaire.com/rincon
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while en-
joying a great dinner in colorful tropical
ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant
& Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm. Live Fla-
Bingo with great prizes, starts 7 pm, Divi
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria 717-6435
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, So-
cial Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per
person. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth
Vos at 565-5225 /717-7500, ext. 14.
Wednesday -Meditation at Donkey
Beach from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to all.
Call S.H.Y. 790-9450
Wednesday -Sand Dollar Manager's
Cocktail Party, Mangos Bar and Restaurant

Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday- Open House with Happy Hour
at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya Gloria #7,
from 5-7 pm.
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is
open daily for hot slot machines, roulette
and black jack, Monday to Saturday 8
pm- 4 am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NAf12 for Bonaire
residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.

Saturday- Discover Our Diversity Slide
Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-media
dual-projector production by Albert Bi-
anculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's Habitat,
Monday Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
slide experience at the Aquarius Confer-
ence Center, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30-
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conser-
vation Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib
Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Presen-
tation by the Toucan Dive Shop at Plaza's
Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.

Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit typical homes from the
17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790-2018
Visit the Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d.
Ree, behind the Catholic Church intown. Open
weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel.
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.
Rincon Marsh6- every Saturday 6 am
to 3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's his-
toric town.
Soldachi Tours show you the Rincon
area. Alta Mira Nature Walking Tour
at 6:30 am. Town Walking tour at
9:30, Bus Tour at 10. Call Maria at 717-
6435 to reserve.

International Bible Church of Bonaire -
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papia-
mentu, Dutch and English on Sundays at

10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting and
Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonkman.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu,
Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu 717-8304. Saturday at 6
pm at Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol,
in English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sun-
day at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at
7:30 pm. 717-2194
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays,
9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.

Send events to The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252

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See advertisements in tis issue


Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Magnificent Theme Nights: Saturday: Beach Grill; Wednesday: Mexican
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Dinner during Theme nights only. Night; Friday: Manager's Rum Punch Party
717-5080, ext. 525 Open every day and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q

Bistro de Paris Moderate Real French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Lunch and Dinner Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Closed Sunday Owner-operated Eat in or Take away

Calabas Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At e D Flamino 17-8285each Resort. Waterfront Open 7 days vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.

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

Garden Cafe Moderate Finely prepared Middle Eastern cuisine plus Venezuelan specialties.
Kaya Grandi 59 Monday-Friday, Lunch & Dinner Excellent vegetarian selections.
717-3410 Saturday, Dinner. Closed Sunday Pizza and Latin Parilla
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home
Home Delivery or Take Out Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7:30 or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from
717-3293 pm, Closed Sunday scratch- for take out or delivery only.

The Lost Penguin Low-Moderate Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro
Across from MB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
Call 717-8003. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays and his wife.
Pasa Bn Pizza LBonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate gredients. Salads, desserts. Eat i or take away. Nice bar too.
mile north of town center. 790-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday gredients. Sally ahead to eat-in or take out 790-111 away. Nice bar too.

*- O COP P I N C G U I See averl"isemenlsin thisis

Bonaire Pro can keep your financial records in order,
minimize your tax liability and provide helpful ad-
vice. For individuals or businesses.
City Shop is Bonaire's mega-store for TV, Stereos,
Air conditioning, large and small kitchen appliances,
computers. Name brands, guarantees and service cen-
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials,
waxing and professional nail care.

De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
Bonaire Diving Made Easy, Third Edition, is an es-
sential in your dive bag. The latest information on
Bonaire's shore dive sites.
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped
concrete pavement.
Conetal Cleaning Service cleans homes, apartments,
offices. Offers babysitting, gardening, laundry.
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.

Dive Inn Seven studio apartments and dive shop/
school directly on the waterfront in the heart of town.
Friendly, highly experienced with an exceptional
Ocean Adventures Discover the world of low bub-
ble, quiet diving. Learn, use, and try our Drager Re-
breathing equipment. At Dive Inn. Interested? call

Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to
suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or
just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.

L R t J t F b 4 U

Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pi-
lates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.
Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain
it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden

The Bonaire Gift Shop has an wide selection of
gifts, souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras,
things for the home, T-shirts all at low prices.
Julimar assists with the paperwork and procedures
needed to obtain permits, citizenship, residency and
more. Experienced in Immigration procedures.
Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with
fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire
neighborhood. Just a 3-minute walk to diving and the
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fast, fine processing for prints and slides plus a
variety of items and services for your picture-taking
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer services and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: Interational/US connec-
tions. 5% of profits donated to local community.

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

Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc.
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.

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

Littman's Jewelers, where good taste is foremost.
Expansive selection of jewelry, collectibles and top
name watches. Bonaire's official Rolex retailer.

Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
able. Call 717-8125.

Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent. Call 717-8922/8033.
Intermezzo Day Spa at Captain Don's Habitat is the
newest of this ABC island chain of elegant spas. Now
offering seaside massages and facials.

Pedisa Day Spa -for all your body and wellness
needs. 40 years of experience Classic and specialty
massages, Reiki, Reflexology and more.
Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modern,
efficient and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Lo-
cated behind NAPA.

Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European
brand products. THE market for provisioning.
Bonaire Oceanfront villa for up to nine people: five
kitchens, five bathrooms. Ideal for divers.
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Call Bonaire Nau-
tico at 560-7254. Ride the Kantika di Amor or Skiffy.
Hotel pickup.
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest;
now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines
from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse.
Free delivery.
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desirde and
Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body.
Private lessons too.

Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
The most advertising for your guilder.

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from all different ethnic backgrounds,
but mainly Moroccan, Turkish, Dutch
and Antillean. What struck me about
the Antillean children we were working
with was that once they'd moved from
the Antilles to Holland and they ended
up in the care-system they were deal-
ing-besides their personal problems-
with two other issues: A whole differ-
ent culture and the vast memories that
still connected them to their island. You
start wondering: Wouldn't it be much
better for a child like that if he could
receive professional help on his own
At the time lots of discussions were
held in Holland about Antillean youth,
their problems and what goes wrong. I
talked about it with several people and
came to the conclusion that I wanted to
go to the Antilles and work on the prob-
lem at its source. Jose, my wife, had
been to Bonaire once and she told me
that it was just great, so everything fell
into its place and we decided on Bon-
aire. We made the decision in March,
together with our three sons: Bram
who's 17, Lars who's 16 years old and
Youp who's nine. We arrived in Au-
For me, it's not so important to talk
about my personal life, but I feel it is of
great importance to let people know
what's going on in youth care on the
island. I'm speaking for the children. I
didn't have this job when I came here;
we just came to see what it was we
could do. But before I left I had found a
foundation in Holland that was willing
to pay me a salary if I could put up a
project on the Antilles. For six months I
talked to everybody who was involved:
the police, SASO, the child welfare
board and many others, and I ended up
with the Maria Hoppner Foundation.
After all the conversations I'd held it
seemed to be the most reasonable thing
to do: connect with an institution that
already exists. I had been talking to
Elly Albers at the Hoppner Foundation
several times and the outcome was that
we got along and that there was a need
for a professional with experience. In
spite of the fact that they had done sev-
eral workshops with their staff it re-
mained difficult to accomplish essential
changes with untrained personnel. So, I
started working full-time with Maria
In the meantime I'd founded my own
foundation together with Selly Pourier,
Theo Knevel and Marcella Djamin:
"Stichting Project". It contributes to
organizations specialized in youth care,

by giving them training, support, ad-
vice, coaching, team building, training
on the job and a training method in
group-education. Group-education im-
plies that all the members of the group
are responsible for one another and also
they are corrected by each other. All of
this with one goal: To change the
course the youngsters are on.
At the moment I'm working 40 hours
per week for Maria Hoppner but with
the purpose that when the time comes
and they are ready for it, they them-
selves will take over. Before I came
here people were doing their job with
the best intentions but each one of them
had their own vision about education,
so there was not one definite policy and
that didn't work out for the children.

"Every child has a right to
education, to a stable
environment, a safe place.
If they can't have it at
home, the government has
the obligation to offer them
an alternative."

At the moment we have 11 boys here.
Four are in a group between the ages
from six to nine; the second group is in
the age from nine till 14. All these boys
were taken from their homes by court
order for different reasons; they are not
criminals, but they went through a lot.
Many of them suffer from some sort of
disturbed behavior and offering a home
and giving them shelter until they are
18 is definitely not enough. Of course
they were going to school, they were
fed and taken to their clubs and from
the outside it seemed they were well
taken care of, but the problems they
were carrying inside were lingering
there and professionally speaking, noth-
ing much was done about that. The staff
had a hard time, because the boys were-
n't listening and they didn't know how
to handle them as their training was in-
sufficient. So first we must look at what
we can offer the children. Secondly we
look at what is realizable for the child
and also if it appeals to him. And we
look at the environment they're living
in: The Antilles.
The group with the eldest boys is in a
social phase: they like to sit together,
chat and do things together. In this age
they look for excitement and adventure.
And many times they look for it in a
negative way. What we wanted to offer
them was excitement and adventure in a

Mick Smit

Positive way and so I came up
with the idea to train them to
become park rangers. We
started in September 2004 and
the entire course a ranger
gets-they get, but on their
level. Part of the course is given
by Stinapa and part of it is done
by professional volunteers. The
whole week, after school,
they're busy with it. The course
includes sports, computer les-
sons, swimming and rescue
swimming, boat handling, his-
tory, underwater navigation,
diving, and snorkeling, radio
operating, flora and fauna and
coral fishes, basic training for
mechanics, a first aid course,
social skills, communicative
skills, open water junior and
signals. The aim of this course
in the long run is to offer these
children a future, to improve
their self-esteem, to prevent youth
criminality and to protect Bonaire's na-
ture. The project itself couldn't be more
The boys are doing really well, they
love it and they want it to last forever...
It gives them a great deal of self-
esteem, of confidence; they feel proud
of themselves at school and at their
clubs, that's the most important thing!
Because of that they change and the
image they have about themselves be-
comes positive. And not only that: now
they've experienced several sides of
various professions they know there's
always a choice and that it can be fun to
have a job that you like. However, in
August 2005 this project ends and the
boys will be certified junior rangers.
The necessary follow up would be that
these boys would move from this refor-
matory home to a home where they can
live independently but under guidance;
that should be their new perspective.
Next door on this terrain there is a
property, exactly the same as this one
and suited for 12 boys. If these boys
could go and live there, the ones that
are still on the waiting-list could move
here. The problem is money. There are
funds to fix the property, but we don't
have money, structured funds, for per-
sonnel. The foundation which is paying
me is very much aware of the fact that
in the long run prevention is much
cheaper than the fight against crime. I
wonder why the government can't see
that. It should be a priority to politi-
cians, but so far they don't seem inter-
ested. Once a boy is 17, 18 and he's on
the wrong track, it's almost impossible
to turn that around. It's not only society
that suffers, it's also another lost life.
And I'm not even talking about the
girls!" Mick Smit, a hard faced man,

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but with a kindly character, raises his
hands in despair: "There is no facility
whatsoever on Bonaire for them! The
way I see it: Every child has a right to
education, to a stable environment, a
safe place. If they can't have it at home,
the government has the obligation to
offer them an alternative.
Well, one of the structural things we
changed at Maria Hoppner is that now
we involve the parents too; once a
month a newsletter goes out to the par-
ents and once every two months we in-
vite them over. We talk about the boys,
but we also listen to the parent's prob-
lems. And the family that's coming is
really willing to make a difference! An-
other important thing is that 'Stichting
Project' is paying one member of Maria
Hoppner's staff to specialize in becom-
ing a team-leader. As I said before, my
aim is that they themselves will take
over when the time is right. Then I can
lend my services to other projects on
the island as well. In the meantime,
we're working hard and I really enjoy
the progress I see in the boys and the
staff; everyone is functioning much bet-
As for my personal life: Bonaire is a
terrific island and it's a great place to
live; the people are nice and nature is
beautiful. Our sons are doing fine and I
admire them for picking up their lives
so fast, especially
at their age. For
all of us it has
been and still is a
bit of an adven-
ture and a great
We're still learn-
ing and enjoy-
ing." 0 Greta
Kooistra Greta Kooistra

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DONAIR'S *"WINDOW!4": wanawra

K arpata, a word in the Caribi In-
dian language meaning
"cockroach," means "tick" in Papia-
mentu. Karpata is also the name of a
large plantation that produced aloe dur-
ing the 1800's, and which came to be the
landlord of a small cove where exists
one of the most fantastic reef systems of
all Bonaire.
For some time it had been my inten-
tion to open the cove of Karpata as a
new window. My opportunity arrived
with Joe Strykowski, a YMCA instruc-
tor, who was bringing in a small group
of divers to see what Bonaire had to of-
fer. "A week of fantastic diving" is what
I had promised. If all went well, this
group could christen the site. I, also, a
little selfish perhaps, was looking for-
ward to polishing my operational func-
tions. We were the best simply because
we were the only dive operation here-
abouts, and I was always eager to learn.
The Flamingo Beach Club's diving
operation was just Ebo and myself. We
had the only air compressor and what
little diving gear there was. We also had
the best knowledge of the reefs. For
qualifications, Ebo was a certified NAUI
Basic Diver, and I was a self-certified
Captain Don Diver, more a blessing than
a certification.
I had eagerly been looking forward to
meeting Joe for a long time. I had heard
of him from the owners of Dacor Diving
Equipment, located just outside Chicago,
divers whom I knew well.
Joe, I understood, had authored a book
on diving in 1969 called Diving for Fun.
I really wanted to meet this guy. Further,
I wanted a copy of that book. Up until
now we island divers had nothing in
writing concerning the sport. I wanted to
know more about those gas laws that
some of my divers were talking about.
The truth is that I had been winging
this diving thing since the beginning.
Thinking back, I frequently wonder how
Percy and I had ever gotten away with it.
I was teaching diving and awarding my
students the certification of Captain
Don's Divers. I taught my students how
to swim like sharks, as if they were born
with fins and a tank on their backs. I was
a good instructor and my students excel-
lent in the water; however, our theory
was rather weak.
Joe's people arrived late that after-
noon. I got them registered and quickly
shown to their cottages. Then, I wanted
them to do a little snorkeling. The reef


just offshore in front of the Club was
beautiful, a fine example of things to
come. Joe's people weren't the first
group I had ever serviced but certainly
were among the pioneers.
After snorkeling, followed by dinner,
they got their gear ready for the morning
dive and listened to my instructions,
which I called the "reading of the arti-
cles," an expression left over from my
sailing days. Nowadays, we call it "the
That evening after Joe's divers went to
bed, my anger and frustration at the new
owner's perversion of my family resort
came to a head and we fought. I saw the
Flamingo Beach Club as a family resort,
a place for guests to experience the
beautiful Caribbean sea. Alberto had a
stable of girls and another use for the
tourist cabins. I knew that Joe's group
would be my last at the Flamingo.

never wore gear,
just mask and snorkel with sneakers on
my feet and heavy work gloves.
I always felt there was an art to the
cutting of a new channel. In my mind it
wasn't just a trench, but the doorway to
a church. It had to follow the natural
curve of the corals, be deep enough to
admit a prone body even at low tide and
wide enough not to beat a diver against
the walls when a surge was running. It
was an art and I thought myself rather
good at this type of sculpting.
Until the storm of July 21st 1975, I felt
the Karpata dive site was the best. As
with all of my diving tours, I had estab-
lished a routine swim pattern. I would
always be the first one through the chan-
nel, moving out to the first mooring
which was a submerged floating Clorox
bottle suspended just at the mouth of a
vast vertical canyon that plunged down
into the deep.
I would wait and start counting divers
as they came through the pass. Some
times I would have a diver hung up in
the channel with some gear tangled in
the corals and have to swim back into
the channel to untangle them, then worry
myself out by swimming backwards.
My pattern was to dive down the first
of the gorges which started at the second
mooring bottle at 60 feet. I would then
turn left and swim across the next three
gorges and continue to incline down-
ward until I hit the one hundred and
twenty feet level-off, ending at the
mouth of the Karpata Cave. I would
peek in but not enter. This was the
fourth gorge.

I would swim up the gorge to 35 feet
then turn left and beyond would be Jules
Verne's bathysphere. Fifty feet further
was the world's biggest anchor with its
chain sliding off into the deep. From
there I would head back to the channel
mooring, fool around, burn off some air
and then swim back in.
Joe's group and I christened the dive
site called Karpata and had the fantastic
week of diving that I had promised
On my last day at the Flamingo, Joe
inscribed his book to me as he and his
group departed for home: "For Don
Stewart. A truly civilized citizen of the
underwater world.
Best Personal regards. Joe
Strykowski. May 1972"
My karma then took me to the beach
of the island's largest hotel, actually the
only other one on island, which had been
dormant for just over a year. It was to be
a brand new future for both of us. On
June 1, 1972, the Caribbean saw the
birth of a new and exciting venture of
undersea tourism.
Aquaventure, my
new diving com- K
pany, was the pio-
neer of many new
and wonderful
things to influence
the world.
As for Joe's book,
it became our bible.
S/don r

Captain Don

Bonaire Reporter January 28 to February 4, 2005

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left me bleeding.
Remember, in
those days there
was no rubber to
cushion being
swept up against
the corals that
abraded like a
My next dive
from that small
beach I used my
coral tamers, a
heavy solid iron
bar and a small
short handled 8
oz. sledge ham-
mer and set about
making an en-
trance. When cut-
ting channels I

The anchor at Karpata. "The World's Biggest Anchor"

The traditional yellow road marker tells you
you're there.

The next morning, although my body
showed signs of the tussle with Alberto
the previous evening, none of the group
mentioned my appearance. I got the ton
and a half old blue Dodge loaded with
gear, after dive treats, a case of beer, and
rolled out of driveway, heading north for
the undersea surprises of Karpata. Al-
though the journey itself was not a long
one, being able to introduce Joe's group
to Karpata had required some time and a
lot of work. The government road crew
had built stairs down to a small secluded
beach. I marveled at the beach which
was covered not with sand but with
small mocha colored stones, none larger
than palm of my hand.
The bases of huge staghorn corals
grew tight against the shore line, making
it almost impossible to gain entrance to
the sea beyond. My first entrance had

*to find it, just look up

Saturn's rings showing the Cassini Division (see story).

Saturn Takes Center Stage Among Winter's Hexagon Of Bright Stars

Right now the ringed planet Saturn is about as good as it gets because it's ex-
tremely close to Earth and thus much brighter and bigger to both the naked
eye and through small telescopes. And it's visible almost all night long. Plus it is nes-
tled within the great hexagon that is formed by some of winter's brightest stars. During
this week and next, about 7 pm, face southeast, where just above the horizon you'll see
the brightest star visible from Earth, Sirius, which is the eye star of Canis Major,
Orion's bigger dog. Directly above him you'll see the seven stars which make up his
owner Orion the mighty hunter. Two bright stars mark his shoulders and two bright
stars his knees and three not quite as bright, equally spaced stars in a row mark his belt,
which you can use to find two other bright stars. First if you're not positive that you've
located Sirius then shoot an arrow down through Orion's three belt stars and it will land
smack dab on Sirius.
Conversely if you shoot an arrow through his belt in the other direction it will pass
very close to Aldebaran the fierce red eye star of Taurus the Bull, which is one of the
six bright stars that make up winter's hexagon. To form the first part of our hexagon
draw a line from Sirius to Orion's bright knee star rigel then up to Aldebaran and then
hang a left and continue that line to Capella the brightest star of Auriga the Chario-
teer. Hang another left and go down to Pollux the brighter of the two brightest stars of
Gemini the Twins, the other of which is Castor. Then drop your imaginary line down
to the next nearest brightest star Procyon, which marks the eye of Orion's smaller dog
Canis Minor. And finally draw a line from Procyon over to Sirius, and you have con-
nected the six bright stars that mark the points of the Winter Hexagon.
Now after you've done that you may notice that there's another very bright light in
the hexagon this year that isn't usually there. In fact, only Sirius is brighter. It's located
just below Pollux and is beautiful, brilliant Saturn almost at its best. And please if
you've got a small telescope or a friend who has one make sure you look at Saturn now
while it's still very close because it will absolutely stun you. You'll actually be able to
see the dark gap between its two major rings called the Cassini division named after
the 17th century astronomer who first discovered it. And if the name sounds familiar
it's because our Cassini spacecraft is exploring Saturn and its moons right now. For
even more fun watch Saturn and the Winter Hexagon as they slowly climb the heavens
hour after hour because there are more bright objects in this part of the heavens than
any place else in the entire sky. Around 10:30 p.m. your local time Saturn will reach its
very highest and in some places will appear almost overhead. So there you have it six
super bright stars making a great hexagon in winter's skies and a super bright visitor
nestled among them. O Jack Horkhimer

For the week:
January 28 to February 4, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Matters pertaining to work must be completed before
you leave. It might be best not to spend your money on luxuries this week. You will be
uncertain of your feelings. Take care of any paperwork concerning institutional or gov-
ernmental agencies. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Try to be precise in your communications. You may
have major blowups with someone you love if you don't back down. Losses could oc-
cur if you haven't been careful when dealing with joint financial ventures. Get involved
in worthwhile endeavors and meet new friends. Your lucky day this week will be Tues-
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Do your chores and get on with the things you enjoy
doing. Dazzle them with your intellectual conversation. You can expand your circle of
friends if you get out and socialize. Career changes may not be your choice right now,
but in the long run they will be to your advantage. Your lucky day this week will be
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Talk to the party involved and make sure that they are
informed as to what actually happened. Your tendency to dramatize may be a little
much for your partner to take constantly. Make arrangements to spend quality time to-
gether. Instant romance could be yours if you go out with friends. Your lucky day this
week will be Tuesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Do things for them but don't allow them to make unreason-
able requests. Don't let coworkers get wind of your ideas or they might try to take
credit for your hard work. You will be entertained and intrigued by the logic foreigners
possess. You will have a problem dealing with groups. Your lucky day this week will
be Sunday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Someone may not be thinking of your best interests.
You can make moves, but they won't be settling. Your time, not your cash, will do a lot
more for your relationship. Put your plans into motion by presenting your intentions to
those who should be able to give you financial support. Your lucky day this week will
be Friday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Make changes to your home that will be pleasing to
everyone involved. Be careful not to exaggerate when interacting with your lover. You
can expect opposition at work. Don't let your competition be privy to information that
could be in criminating. Changes will not be easy for the youngsters involved. Your
lucky day this week will be Friday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Older family members may try to make demands
that are impossible for you to handle. Opportunities to expand your circle of friends
will result in possible new romantic encounters. Emotional upset at work will set you
back. Your partner's a little jumpy. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Don't let emotional upset force you into the
poorhouse. Your self confidence will attract members of the opposite sex. Don't be
afraid to confront situations concerning loved ones in order to solve any problems that
may exist. You may find your self a bit frazzled if you allow someone to goad you into
an unsavory debate. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You can make financial gains through your unique
and creative approach to business. Social get-together will bring you in contact with
intelligent new friends. You need to enjoy the company of those who enjoy the same
pastimes. You can make money if you concentrate on producing services that will
make domestic chores easier. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Be prepared to take care of the issues at hand. You
may have difficulties with someone who lives with you. Attend to things that you
should have done yesterday. Uncertain changes regarding your personal life are evi-
dent. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Dig deep to find out how costly a new venture will be
before you sign on the dotted line. You may find yourself mixed up in a triangle of
sorts. Talk to others about your plans. Your lover may be annoyed if you have been
flirtatious or not attentive to their needs. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. O

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